Former First Lady: Foster Care Scholarships

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Melania Trump has recently begun to give scholarships to those who are aging out of foster care. Annually, twenty thousand children leave foster care, and currently 400,000, are in foster care. Sales from her NFTs* are sponsoring these scholarships.

Through the Biden Pandemic Act, foster youth aging out of the system have resources to access services to stay in school, job training programs, pay rent and other bills, and transition to adulthood. Nice to see work on both sides for foster children as children are the future.

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*www.melaniatrump.com NFTs for sale on this site

Three Parks Left..

Concluded my visit with these three parks..

  • Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
  • Devils Millhopper Geological State Park
  • Ichetucknee State Park

Let’s start with Kanapaha Botanical Gardens…

What a lovely visit. Enjoyed the labyrinth, and the many gardens. Price is reasonable, and there are places to sit, and enjoy the gardens allure.

Chess anyone? The Gardens also have a children’s playground.

Devils Millhopper Geological State Park

While interesting, there is little to see at this Park. For those into geology an outdoor museum explains the sinkhole. It is a National Natural Landmark, and according to the literature researchers have studied fossil shark teeth, marine shells, and fossilized remains found here. There is a picnic area, and nature walk at the park.

The Sinkhole

Ichetucknee State Park

Had heard of this park for several years but never visited. It is a must see! The Park is spring fed, and has areas where one can snorkel, scuba, or take a tubing trip down the river. For those squeamish be aware wildlife abounds. While in one of the waterholes a venomous snake was nearby, and in tubing down the river you may view an alligator on the nearby shore or otters. My photos are limited, however, on my next visit will be sure to bring my camera as the water is smooth, and pictures would be amazing.

Drivers with their equipment. Permission is required for scuba.
A feed to the waterhole.

If bringing children have life jackets as while the pond small the current is strong due to the open crater on the pond floor. There is a rope on the dock should it be needed for dragging someone to dock. I am a strong swimmer but found myself challenged returning to the dock. By circling the pond edge return to the dock is easier.

It is a once in a life time experience.

The light blue area is entrance to the crater.
Another swimming area. This is where the venomous snake was seen in the bushes.

There is a North and South entrance to the Park. Visit both – one will lead you to the tubing area and the other to the swimming holes described above. And as always….

Enjoy!

Caveat: This concludes my blog for a bit as I am taking trips scheduled for 2019 and 2020. Will have much to report upon my return..

Butterflies and Music

Next to the Harn Art Museum on the grounds of the Gainesville College Campus, is the Natural History Museum with its Butterfly Rainforest. While the admission pricey, $14.50, it is worth the trip. Here are some photos. There are also places to sit in the Rainforest to relax and watch these gracious creatures.

And what better way to end the day but with music. Attended the University of Florida Concert Bands Spring Concert at University Auditorium. And it was free! What a delight. Am a fan of high brow music as I never can understand the words of songs and rap. The Auditorium was one of great beauty and hats off to the Conductors and musicians.

The Usual Suspects

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Funding for Ukraine was delayed yesterday by a senator from kentucky, no, not mitch, the other one, rand. Unsure why, but, find this logic beyond reason as the valiant Ukrainians are fighting this War for all.

Ever seen the WWII news reels? We sure don’t want a WWIII.

I digress… guess this senator needs a bit of the spotlight, as he’s been out of the media for a bit. Recall his insults of Anthony Fauci, and his trail of covid misinformation?

This decision will affect the people of Ukraine, and their valiant efforts.

This war could easily be on our shores.

Wish this was a Friday the 13th joke, but then rand paul is a joke.

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Who votes for these people?

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What are they thinking?

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Thanks for reading. Need to get this anger out.

Tomorrow, more of Gainesville, and leaving for EU a week from today.

old and young white republicans rats…

As I watch the news, and read about our country I become discouraged. Don’t you? There are so many issues not being addressed, and today we digressed with the inability to codify Roe vs. Wade. Next will be birth control purchase, and gay rights. It’s all on the maga supreme court agenda. However, would they ever outlaw vasectomy???? Ha! Ha!

joe manchin might as well become a republican. Biden told him to rewrite the American Rescue Plan so we could get this passed, he reneged. Biden poll numbers continue to fall, but with the cards dealt he’s moving mountains considering his lack of support. If we had orangeade in that seat we’d be fighting with the russians.

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Which brings me to mc connell, and while spell check tells me I spelled it wrong, and it should be capitalized, he deserves neither. He needs to go, and I refuse to capitalize anyone’s name who deserves no respect. If a republican has any ideas, or balls they are unable to go against the party. Upon republican arrival in DC they are required to sign on to anything the party endorses, or loose campaign money. Power is more important than ethics to these pack animals, and even more important than oath. Thus we have a blocked 50/50 senate.

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I often wonder what the grandchildren of these republicans think of their actions as it affects their world. Personally, it infuriates me as I believe we need to leave our kids a better place. However, not all think that. On a trip to of all places russia I met a Jewish “grandma” from Miami who voted for the orange guy, and when I asked about her grandchildren’s future she said,

“What do I care I’ll be dead.”

Grandma, in my eyes you already were.

And not bound for any place but hell.

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War Continues

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My prediction of putin’s assassination on May 9th did not occur. While still hopeful it appears this military exercise will drag on with terrorizing news daily. Thoughts of the beautiful Ukrainian people, and what they are going through are in my constant thoughts. Reading of the elderly with their inability to escape due to debilitating illness, and the children being injured, and tortured is beyond comprehension.

The 69 year old former kgb agent has had stomach cancer with surgery in 2020, and it is rumored he has thyroid cancer as well. However, cancer in this age bracket grows slowly. he also has Parkinson’s Disease. The dictator bathes in the blood of deer antlers as treatment for his ills.

What a crazed man, and he is controlling the world.

ONE MAN.

WHY?

A Sacred Oath?

Heard the Mark Esper* interview on CBS Mornings yesterday. In the book he is promoting he stated the orange prez wanted to shoot protestors in the legs, launch missiles into Mexico, and those were the mild ideas he mentioned, then he voted again for this idiot. All his credibility was lost after this statement. If you take a sacred oath, why would vote for someone who is hell bent on turning over the democracy? What happened to that sacred oath???

He stated as a republican he is for lower taxes, less regulation… Got to thinking if republicans are in to less regulation why are they controlling women, and driving the end to Rowe v. Wade. I know …

ANYTHING TO KEEP WOMEN DOWN AS WOMEN FACE ALL THE EMOTIONAL AND FINANCIAL BURDENS OF CHILDREN AS OUR GOVERNMENT WON’T PICK UP THE TAB, WHILE..

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MEN WALK AWAY or MORE LIKELY RUN

*27th secretary of defense under the orange prez from 2019 to 2020.

May 9

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On this day in 1945 russia declared victory over Nazi Germany. Known as “Victory Day,” in russia parades showing military armament amass the streets. putin was planning a massive show on this state public holiday to gloat over the russian “win” in Ukraine. He may still claim russia has won, however, we all know this is not the case.

Writing this blog during the early hours of May 9th, one wonders what could unfold..

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Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art

Samuel P. Harn

Mr. Harn was a University of Florida graduate, and upon return from military service established a popular restaurant in the area. He was highly respected in the area, and involved in community endeavors. He donated much to the University upon his demise.

Museum

The Museum has great variety. Plan on a 2 hour stay. There are gardens and outdoor sculptures. My favorite was the Japanese Garden.

Let’s start with the African Collection where a fascinating collection of masks were on display…

Antelope Mask of Nigeria

Paintings…

Many famous painters spent time in Florida. In View of the St John’s River, William Morris Hunt captures the beauty of the River.

Mary Eliza’s Cabin, by Marguerite Zorach, depicts Florida in 1955.

The Castillo de San Marcos, 1885, by Louis Comfort Tiffany. While known for glass Tiffany was also an accomplished painter and he and his wife wintered in St. Augustine.

In Golden Sunset, George Inness, paints Tarpon Springs, Florida’s Gulf Coast. It was here he wintered traveling by train from Montclair, New Jersey.

Some Modern Art Pieces

Porcelain Japanese Sculpture
Asian Outdoor Rock Garden

Women of Arts in China

The Japanese Garden

A few anomalies to close with..

Oat Field by Claude Monet

Georgia O’Keefe

Childe Hassam

What an amazing collection…