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Our NATION,
OUR AMERICA,

NEEDS

WARM/MORAL COURAGE ACTIONS!

Enough CHILLING HORRIFIC hypocrisy of elected officials.
“THOUGHTS/PRAYERS” + NRA $$$$ = ?
Thoughts +  prayers will NOT reverse trauma.
GOD did NOT do this and nor did plant life.

THIS IS A CHILLING “MADE IN AMERICA” CREATION.

MOBILIZE WARM ACTIONS.

STOP GUN VIOLENCE KILLINGS.

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FYI:

“WARM”

EXTENDED THROUGH SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY

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HOMELESSNESS

CAN

HAPPEN

TO

ANYONE.”

UNION GOSPEL MISSION

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SILENCE
America, land of the free?
Images of real life tell us the truth.
Have our minds become numb,
mouths paralyzed, avoiding confrontation?
We were put on this Earth
not to hate each other but to love.
understanding fear of those who suffer.
We must not let silence be our sin.
– Kari Irene Musil
Twin Cities based jazz musician/composer and writer

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Keeping empathy suppressed and denied, when an innate action of  humane courage is imperative, is a decision to be silence itself
–  to be complicit.
All of us have been blessed with someone’s humane actions of kindness, when our worlds seemed to have shattered, that fortified our hope, our faith, our courage, our body and mind.
Practicing humanity begins with you and me.
The measure of our character is our capacity to see/reality, empathize/compassion and do the right thing/step UP moral courage.
Recall the times when your world was fragile, and someone’s actions of “SEEING” you and, in turn, they stepped UP and fulfilled your need
– a testament of radiant RADICAL HOPE.

YES?
PAY/PASS IT FORWARD!

CLJ
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/about/

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 VALENTINE’S DAY

THROUGH

SUNDAY 

18 FEBRUARY

 

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*LOWERTOWN*

ST. PAUL

WARMS

ST. PAUL

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OUR WINTERS = BONE SHATTERING COLD

 

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OUR FELLOW ST. PAULITES NEED

HATS / MITTENS / SCARVES / SOCKS

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HONOR YOUR WARM HEART.

 DONATE

WARM!

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NOW

THROUGH

SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY

@

TWO NORTHERN WAREHOUSE RESTAURANTS

308 PRINCE STREET / LOWERTOWN ST. PAUL

– STATIONS  OF THE ONLY

WARM

DONATION BOXES*

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BLACK DOG CAFÉ *

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KYATCHI *

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Black Dog Café has served Lowertown with their warm and relaxed presence for over 20 years. They now host a full bar and serves Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner from their scratch kitchen.
They will be serving a special fish offering throughout Lent.

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Kyatchi opened their Lowertown location in December 2017. They offer happy oceans and plate up sustainable ingredients – especially with a focus on sustainable fish and seafood.

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RECIPIENT/DISTRIBUTOR of ITEMS:

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Rostropovich plays the Prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU_QR_FTt3E

NEW YORK TIMES
 

DISABLED

Almost all the other skeletons at the Man Bac site,

south of Hanoi,

are

straight.

 But the man now called Burial 9 was laid to rest

curled in a fetal position

 that suggests

lifelong paralysis.


By   
Published: December 17, 2012

While it is a painful truism that brutality

 and

 violence are at least as old

as humanity,

 so,

it seems,

 is

caring 

for

the sick and disabled.

 

 
Lorna Tilley

CRUCIAL CLUE Skeletons at the Man Bac burial ground.

 Their straight postures suggest that Burial 9’s fetal position was evidence of severe disability.

And some archaeologists are suggesting a closer, more systematic look at how prehistoric people 

— who may have left only their bones —

 treated illness, injury and incapacitation.

 Call it the archaeology of health care.

The case that led Lorna Tilley and Marc Oxenham of 

Australian National University in Canberr

to this idea is that of a profoundly ill young man

who lived 4,000 years ago

 in what is now northern Vietnam and was buried, 

as were others in his culture, at a site known as Man Bac.

Almost all the other skeletons at the site,

south of Hanoi and about 15 miles from the coast,

 lie straight.

Burial 9, as both the remains and the once living person are known,

 was laid to rest

curled in the fetal position.

 When Ms. Tilley, a graduate student in archaeology, and Dr. Oxenham, a professor, 

excavated and examined the skeleton in 2007 it became clear why. 

His fused vertebrae, weak bones and other evidence suggested 

that he lies in death as he did in life, 

bent and crippled by disease.

They gathered that he became paralyzed from the waist down before adolescence,

 the result of a congenital disease known as Klippel-Feil syndrome.

 He had little, if any, use of his arms

and

could not have fed himself

 or 

kept himself clean. 

But he lived another 10 years or so.

They concluded that the people around him

who had no metal

 and

 lived by fishing, hunting

and

raising barely domesticated pigs,

 took the time and care

to

tend to his every need.

“There’s an emotional experience in excavating any human being, a feeling of awe,”

 Ms. Tilley said, 

and a responsibility

 “to tell the story with as much accuracy and humanity as we can.”

This case, and other similar, if less extreme examples of illness and disability,

 have prompted Ms. Tilley and Dr. Oxenham to ask what the dimensions

 of such a story are, what care for the sick and injured says 

 about the culture that provided it.

The archaeologists described the extent of Burial 9’s disability

 in a paper in Anthropological Science in 2009. 

Two years later, they returned to the case to address the issue of health care head on.

 “The provision and receipt of health care may therefore reflect

 some of the most fundamental aspects of a culture,” 

the two archaeologists wrote in The International Journal of Paleopathology.

And earlier this year, in proposing what she calls a “bioarchaeology of care,”

 Ms. Tilley wrote that this field of study “has the potential to provide important

 — and possibly unique — 

insights into the lives of those under study.”

 In the case of Burial 9, she says,

not only does his care

indicate

tolerance 

and

cooperation

in his culture, 

but suggests

that he himself

had a

sense of his own worth

 and

 a strong will to live. 

 Without that, she says, he could not have stayed alive.

“I’m obviously not the first archaeologist” 

to notice evidence of people who needed help to survive

 in stone age or other early cultures, she said. 

Nor does her method “come out of the blue.”

 It is based on and extends previous work.

Among archaeological finds, she said, she knows “about 30 cases

 in which the disease or pathology

 was so severe,

they must have had care in order to survive.” 

And she said there are certainly more such cases to be described. 

“I am totally confident that there are almost any number of case studies

 where direct support or accommodation was necessary.”

Such cases include at least one Neanderthal, Shanidar 1,

 from a site in Iraq, dating to 45,000 years ago, 

who died around age 50 with one arm amputated,

loss of vision in one eye and other injuries. 

 Another is Windover boy from about 7,500 years ago, found in Florida,

 who had a severe congenital spinal malformation

known as spina bifida,

 and

lived to around age 15.

 D. N. Dickel and G. H. Doran, from Florida State University

wrote the original paper on the case in 1989

 and

 they concluded that contrary to popular stereotypes of prehistoric people,

 “under some conditions life

7,500 years ago

included

an ability

and

willingness

 to help

and

sustain 

the chronically ill

and

handicapped.”

In another well-known case, the skeleton of a teenage boy, Romito 2

 found at a site in Italy in the 1980s, and dating to 10,000 years ago,

 showed a form of severe dwarfism that left the boy with very short arms. 

 His people were nomadic and they lived by hunting and gathering.

 He didn’t need nursing care, but the group would have had to accept

 that he couldn’t run at the same pace 

or

 participate in hunting in the same way others did.

Ms. Tilley gained her undergraduate degree in psychology in 1982

 and 

 worked in the health care industry studying treatment outcomes

 before coming to the study of archaeology. 

She said her experience influenced her interest in ancient health care.

What she proposes, in papers with Dr. Oxenham and in a dissertation in progress,

 is a standard four-stage method for studying

ancient remains of disabled or ill individuals

 with an eye to understanding their societies. 

She sets up several stages of investigation: 

first, establishing what was wrong with a person;

 second, describing the impact of the illness or disability

given the way of life followed in that culture;

 and 

third, concluding what level of care would have needed.

A paralyzed person, for example, would need “direct support” 

similar to nursing care

while someone like Romito 2 would need “accommodation,” 

 that is to say tolerance of his limitations and some assistance.

Debra L. Martin, associate professor of biological anthropology

at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 

invited Ms. Tilley to write “The Bioarchaeology of Care” 

for a special report on new directions in bioarchaeology 

published this year in the Archaeological Record

the magazine of the Society for American Archaeology.

She said in an e-mail that what Ms. Tilley proposes

“is a very nicely integrated approach”

 to using all the available evidence. 

“Lorna’s innovative approach,” she said,

“has provided a way to move from the bones 

of individuals to thinking about the community

 as a whole.”

The fourth stage in the proposed method is

where the gathered facts form the basis for interpretation. 

Extrapolating from hard evidence drawn from human remains 

to conclusions about how people lived is at the heart of bioarchaeology,

 a word coined in the 1970s by Jane E. Buikstra at Arizona State University 

to describe using the methods of physical anthropology, 

which concentrates on the bones, and those of archaeology, 

 which concentrates on the culture and its artifacts, 

to try to “people the past,” as she phrases it,

 to put ancient people into a cultural context.

Dr. Buikstra, director of the Center for Bioarchaeological Research

 who currently concentrates on the co-evolution of humans and their diseases,

 said that

“People have from time to time across the years tried to attribute caring and caring for” 

to ancient humans.

 But, she said, “getting into the minds of ancient people” is always difficult. 

 Ms. Tilley’s methods for how and when to make that kind of leap

 would base such attempts on standards used today

 for evaluating health care needs for severely disabled people.

Dr. Martin, who studies violence and illness as well, 

gave an example from her own work of the sort of case

that can benefit from Ms. Tilley’s approach.

 The case is described in a coming book, “The Bioarchaeology of Individuals.”

 A skeleton of a young woman about 18 years old from a site on the Arabian Peninsula

 more than 4,000 years old

 indicated that the woman had a neuromuscular disease,

 perhaps polio.

“Her condition likely made it difficult for her to walk,”

 Dr. Martin wrote in an e-mail. 

“She had exceedingly thin arm and leg bones

with very little buildup of normal muscle attachments.”

 She probably received round-the-clock care, Dr. Martin concluded.

But one problem that she had was apparently not a result of the disease

. The teeth that she had were full of cavities, 

and 

she was “missing teeth from abscesses and periodontal disease.”

Those who cared for the young woman may have been too kind, Dr. Martin said.

 Her people grew dates, and, “Perhaps to make her happy,

 they fed her a lot of sticky, gummy dates, 

which eventually just rotted her teeth out, 

unusual for someone so young.”

 

Mahalia Jackson sings You’ll Never Walk Alone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xx4vME0d1w8

 

When you walk through a storm hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark.
At the end of a storm is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark.
Walk on through the wind,
Walk on through the rain,
Tho’ your dreams be tossed and blown.
Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone,
You’ll never, ever walk alone.

Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone,
You’ll never, ever walk alone. 

 HUMANITY IS LOVE / LOVE IS HUMANITY

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