I have read that it will cost approximately $160 billion to address the destruction left behind in Texas, due to Hurricane Harvey. Mother Nature is to be respected so why don’t we respect humanity? I find it unbelievable, after all these massive hurricanes we have had in the past 25 years, that virtually every time, rebuilding continues with the same methodology in other areas outside of South Florida. South Florida learned its lesson 25 years ago after Hurricane Andrew took a toll on the South Florida community. We basically have the strictest building codes in the country now, because we considered how important it was to keep the safety of the public at hand and our building codes continue to become stricter. It is bewildering when we see wood construction along coastal areas after such devastating events. It isn’t that wood construction can’t withstand water and wind but it is the power and magnitude of these hurricanes we have all been experiencing, that the type of rebuilding must be considered. Therefore, we must go to the experience others have had to face and endure to learn from. Building with concrete block, concrete and impact doors and windows makes more sense along these coastal communities.
Wood has its limitations, as all materials do. It is important that the public understand that certain materials function better in different areas. We build with wood and brick in the North because they are colder climates and these materials are readily available due to the proximity of forests. However, we must think sustainability, as well. Are we doing justice to the people or the environment, or neither? How many more does it take for us to understand that certain things work in some areas and others, in other areas. It is unsustainable anyway due to deforestation. Waste! Our lives are a consumption based economy, which is unsustainable. Therefore, we should really consider what is important to all of us and not just ourselves. Another concern that has always bothered me is why build in wood in tornado areas. Why not build a stronger foundation and skeleton? Think of it this way, “Our human body is made up of a skeleton which protects our organs and without this skeleton we literally would collapse for there would be nothing to sustain our body”. So why would we build the way we do when Mother Nature continually keeps on telling us not to mess with her. It is common sense and she could not be more explicit for all we have to do is look at the photos posted everywhere .
As Harvey has passed and rebuilding is in its presence, we now face Irma and what she can possibly inflict. Thanks to the continual hard work of the South Florida community, the care and concern our local leaders have depicted, their organization and their fast responses and concerns we have much to be thankful for and it is these actions that together we all reach out and help one another.
Humanity learns from trial and error. We are visual learners, so the photos of devastation could not be clearer. So, what can we do? Ask questions, become informed for an informed public is an educated public. It is the people of our country that make the world go around. We must protect them because in doing so we help each other. We can in turn, make it a more efficient and sustainable place for all of us.
I would like to share with my readers a wonderful book that shall be coming out this September 8th, on the day of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Super Girls and Halos: My Companions on the Quest for Truth, Justice, and Heroic Virtue by Maria Morera Johnson award winning author of “My Badass Book of Saints”.
If you have read “My Badass Book of Saints”, then you know this next book is sure to be as exciting and fun as her first. Johnson is an eloquent writer, creative and full of imagination. She keeps you intrigued and captures her audiences attention from beginning to end. In her new book she focuses on heroines and unlikely combinations of saints and our favorite science fiction, comic and fantasy characters, all of whom have influenced her life and deepened her understanding of the Church’s cardinal virtues.
She examines the good virtues of these popular heroines and how she admired them but also recognizes how exciting and interesting the lives of saints were and how their lives are also worth imitating. This association between heroines, saints, cardinal virtues and Our Lady of Guadalupe is what I find interesting.
You can visit her site at http://mariamjohnson.com/i-have-this-book-yall/
In celebration of her new book she will be giving away a Wonder Woman plush doll since she is one of the comic heroine characters in her first chapter that she came to admire.
And follow the rules below and enter to win a t-shirt of the Blessed Mother being the original Wonder Woman. NerdyCatholicTees.com Have fun and enjoy her book!
Our eyes make of what we wish to see.
We see a library full of literature and education.
Doors partially opening inviting us to come in and experience this knowledge.
However, this is nothing more than an architectural model, within a picture frame, of a library with fake books and two passages at either side leading nowhere except the imaginary. An optical illusion.
They are mirror reflections giving us a false perception of reality.
Our lives are filled with illusions. What is real and what is not. It is easy to be mislead.
After all, life is an illusion!
Munich Germany’s Central Train Station’s Location is for the Adventurous & Simple Travelers
Imagine eating the most delicious ham and cheese or Camembert and cucumber sandwich between two scrumptious all grain wheat breads in a train station, as you observe the excitement of travelers rushing past you on their way to their destinations in Munich Germany. In the meantime, you have been captivated by all the energy and you still have not stepped outside the station to a world of pure adventure, history and culture that awaits you, in this great city, all the while in a train station. You are fascinated by its grandeur, diversity of shops, food, its function and the smell.
The water ever so calm
My Thoughts so clear
The seagulls breeze by spanning their wings
Free at Last!
The boats idle in the wake
The buoy is left behind as the engines roar pass them in total excitement, into the open sea, its vastness, in infinite directions.
The coconut trees stand overlooking the water , as if they were guarding their territory with such pride, knowing that where they stand is such a divine place for they know the greatness of their being, their nature.
The sun glitters on the water in the horizon.
Its warmth illuminates my being.
You can almost hear it sizzle on the water while a bird crows in the background, reaching out to its fellow mates as they are all too thrilled, and respond back.
Oh yes, free to communicate to one another in their language. Free, to express in a song.
A fish flies out of the water in total joy as it swiftly dives in and wanders on.
A breeze begins to blow past my face as I hear the branches of the palm trees briskly brush up against each other.
The smell of the air
As time passes, I feel I have loved you in endless lifetimes.
As I watch my heart flow with the clear water stream, I can’t help but wonder where our heart has wandered. As it glides through new adventures, where is it going to now?
The passage is clear, surrounded by all of God’s fruits as it meanders through the green brushes sweeping over the water, going with the flow. Allowing itself just to be in the NOW. Whatever happens it will keep pumping towards full happiness and LOVE. We have been through many lifetimes together, which has brought us to this reality. God only knows how many thousands of lifetimes it took to reach this moment in our lives.
So the heart continues to flow with all its ups and downs through this illusion we call life.
Where we are headed now, God only knows. I can only say that the ride has been fulfilling and await the endless Love this era has in store for us.
As the heart finds its Truth.
Early Sunday morning in Miami Beach.
Out for some morning exercise.
Surrounding me, peace and tranquility.
You can hear but the wind faintly rustle against my ear.
The morning breeze and coolness make for such a pleasant summer moment.
Seagulls aimlessly wander about, ever so often.
The smell of the ocean, and its salt.
The sun has risen from beyond the abyss while it meander’s behind some clouds, it tries to poke its great round eye out.
A few spectators watch while they capture the morning serenity and soak in the water while they take it all in.
The equipment awaits me.
I couldn’t ask for a more perfect start to my day.
Welcome to Horse Country!
An area in Miami that many may not be aware that even exists. It’s not really known, for it is in the outskirts of the city. It is not an area tourists would pay to take a tour of yet may like to know that not everything is along the East of Highway US 1. Miami is not only buildings and night life it too has some country living in the suburbs. As the city continues to grow, peace and relaxation can still be found, you just need to know where to go. Among all the hustle and bustle horses wander among the green acres not dominated by urban sprawl. It is nice to take a drive through here when you want to change your mind a bit and breathe a bit of air.
There are horse farms, lamas, chickens, cattle and landscape nurseries all surrounded by a residential area and churches. Not to mention that yearly the Oktoberfest is celebrated in this neck of the woods.
Whenever you are in the mood to take a drive away from the city and maybe are heading down South to the Keys, swing by and see what else there is to see in Miami.