Preventing Senior Falls

Seniors can do a great deal to prevent falls.

They can update their home to make it senior friendly.

Purchase a medical alert system

That saves lives if they trip or fall accidentally

All they have to do is to push a button

To summon access of emergency care

Seniors can install lighting that is motion activated.

This light will brighten their path as they walk

Motion light can also deter intruders from their home.

If stairs are a problem the elderly can install a ramp.

But they should make sure that the railings are secured.

Be certain the home has a fire extinguisher

As well as a smoke and carbon monoxide detector

Refurbish the kitchen so that shelves are accessible.

Cover corners with sharp edges to prevent injuries.

Upgrade and update the bathroom and be rid of slippery showers

Install safety devices for using the toilet.

Make sure that in the bathroom there’s non-slip rugs.

Using a shower chair helps seniors in taking a bath.

Adjust the home’s hot water setting to avoid scalding.

Clear clutter like books and magazines on the floors of the home

So as to reduce the probability of tripping hazards

“Benevolent Provider, help the elderly as they senior proof their homes.  Let them do so with the confidence that they will be protecting themselves from falls and other emergencies.”

Amen    

Explore Peace

Don’t let peace die.

Breathe life into it.

It’s too precious to perish.

Let the earth rejoice in peace.

Peace has to be explored.

In the streets and alleys of life

It’s vital to keep it alive

Mankind’s future depends on it.

Without peace we’ll fade away.

So sound the trumpets from roof tops.

Let these echoes resonate in villages.

Peace is alive and well

As it marches in a parade for life

Let peace reign!

A noble peace all good people seek.

It has to be based on compromise.

With a golden heart everyone wins.

This is the goal of embracing the truth.

Let peace reign!

“Almighty Negotiator, show us the way to resolve our problems.  Guide our hearts and minds to embrace what is true and just in life.” Amen

Juneteenth Freedom Day

Over 200 cities in 49 states

And the District of Columbia recognize Juneteenth

Either as a state or ceremonial holiday, or a day of observation

And activists are pushing Congress

To recognize June 19th as a national holiday

On June 19th, 1865 General Robert Granger

Issued a proclamation notifying black slaves

That they were free in Texas

This “Juneteenth Jamboree” grew in stature

And in many states it has become mainstream

The Anacostia Museum of the Smithsonian Institution

Has an exhibition Juneteenth ’91, Freedom Revisited

Reading of the works of African American novelists

Like Ralph Ellison and Maya Angelou are popular

And singing of traditional songs like “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”

And “Lift Every Voice and Sing” are sung at ceremonial gatherings

Celebrations on “Jubilee Day” include picnics, rodeos, and cookouts

Families have reunions, park parties,

Attend blues festivals

And there’s a Miss Juneteenth contest

But all revelers never forget to have a Strawberry soda –

The drink associated with these festivities

And for the more serious minded

There are lectures, exhibitions of African American culture

Accompanied by a voter registration drive

But to top it all everyone should participate in a barbecue cookout

The centerpiece of most Juneteenth celebrations

“Divine Providence, bless these Juneteenth festivities on this notable day of remembrance when African Americans began enjoying the fruits of their freedom.”    

Encroachment on Nature

People have invaded the wilderness

Homes are built besides forests

Trees tower overhead in the distant

And there’s constant logging

Mankind has definitely encroached on nature

Wildlife is crying out for help

Creatures of all kinds are losing their habitats

People are now affected

By species carrying viruses

So they are infected with diseases

They never experienced before

CO₂ is heating up the planet

Bringing in its wake unprecedented storms

For months there have been violent winds, rain, and flooding

That has been impacting many Northern and Southern states

Wildfires are raging in the West

Homes and businesses are going up in flames

Thousands are forced to flee

And Washington, Oregon, and California

Are in the throes of such a crisis

People have to be able to live in harmony with nature

“Supreme Spirit, help us learn the best way to be with nature.  Enable us to live in harmony with its abundant gifts that surround us.” Amen