Lockdown luncheons, a thing of the past @sunshinysa


Lockdown Luncheons at home has become a thing of the past.  Back at work and with the new special Covid Concerns on our consciences, trips to the corporate kitchen has been banned.

Yes, no facilities, fridge, kettle, microwave oven. A host of safety measures have been enforced, rightfully so, to prevent the spread of the virus.  The impact of the corona crisis has been highlighted by the official communiques.

Corona contentment is over with the easing of the Lockdown to Level 4 which brought a staggered staff surrender to work.  Hello policed enforced distancing, no socializing or  light-hearted banter for that matter, wide-spread isolation and a quarantine of sorts in compartmentalized cubicles ordained by the newly corona cognizant committee converts. Staff dare not  voice their corona complaints as compliance is the new norm, given the dearth of new work and high unemployment rates.

As part of the construction and design industry, most of the government departments are still not at work, with the rapidly crumbling construction sector as a Level 3. No labourers on site yet = no business meetings, except for those zoom conference meetings.

Which makes for a very quiet office.  Until you reach for a Kelloggs Cereal Bar, the crinkling cacophony of the packaging piercing the silence, heralding the break of the fast and the first foray into snacking.

Attempts to work are hampered by the claustrophobic mask and spectacles which seems to fog up with every exhalation. Even the Managing Director is not exempted. Who would have thought that heavy breathing would have become legal at work? Fogging up the lenses indeed!

At least two hours have passed… Time for another treat.
What?!  No! Only a mere half an hour has trickled past. Sigh.
Time to lament the loss of leisure trips as the mind and body is still operating on the lockdown snacking clock.

Gone are the ready snacks, refreshments and home-made meals and treats. What is worse, even the savoured cup of chai has been withheld. As we enter winter, aircons pumping at full speed, the hours until lunch has to be suffered, hunger pangs literally pinching. What is worse, is that the knowledge, that lockdown is here to stay for months, rumour has it until September that all the levels have eased or back to the severe Level 5, should the covid cases continue to escalate. As it is, the reality is, that one needs to now conform to the new culture to flatten our rapidly climbing curve.

On to curves of another kind… The prolonged lack of amenities means an advantage for the summer bodies, which they say are made in winter!

Still, at work, I remember my convenient kitchen comforts,  and I sigh…

Banana Bread…with bananas fresh out of the garden

Capuccino muffins

Access to the library with a cup of chai

Breakfasts in front of the telly or in the library

Vegetable breyani with freshly cut garden veggies, split pea soup and a salad on the side

Eggs sunny side up

An egg curry with potatoes and fresh peas

Vegetable breyani, eggs sunny side up, tantalizing curried egg, potatoes and fresh peas

Lockdown Leave and no braai/barbeque? Impossible!

Mince samoosas

Margerita pizza from scratch with basil from the garden

Samoosas, a firm South African favourite and a pizza made from scratch

Kumquat pickles

Lime pickle

The joys of pickling, tasting and snacking, kumquat and lime pickles

Thankfully the weekend approaches and there is a collective sigh of relief from the team, its been a short but long week,

Lockdown luncheons, a thing of the past

It is not “child pornography,”it is CHILD EXPLOITATION MATERIAL,or CHILD ABUSE MATERIAL,or even EVIDENCE OF CHILD SEXUAL ASSAULT!


Words matter !

It is not “child pornography,”
it is CHILD EXPLOITATION MATERIAL,
or CHILD ABUSE MATERIAL,
or even EVIDENCE OF CHILD SEXUAL ASSAULT!

Stop minimising the harm that abuse does to our children !

It is 2019 and WE still have to endure the mainstream media and others, getting it all wrong, over and over again when it comes to reporting assaults, rape, domestic violence and child abuse!!!

UNDERAGE WOMAN, CHILD PROSTITUTE, SEX WITH MINOR, NON CONSENSUAL SEX, CHILD PORNOGRAPHY!!

I will mainly talk about children in this post.
Can everyone, just for a minute, put yourself in an abused child’s shoes and imagine how they feel when these headlines and reporting are made about their ordeal? Children that were raped, violated, degraded, traumatised, hurt, battered, kidnapped, stalked just to point to a few horrific experiences a child may have endured.

How dare the media and ignorant people refer to a child victim as an UNDERAGE WOMAN, really?

Where does that stupidity and disrespect come from?
A child is a child.
They are not underage when it comes to SEX. Children cannot consent
THEY HAVE BEEN RAPED !

CHILD PROSTITUTE,
Again, children cannot consent.
They just don’t wake up one day and want to do sex work. They are violated, punished, kidnapped and used to make money and satisfy perverts, paedophiles and rapists sick desires. Look at it only as that, it is like the media want to water down the trauma of victims.

The courts do the same thing with their use of language when dealing with rape and sexual assaults of children.

SEX WITH A MINOR!!

Seriously?

When writing about sexual abuse, violation, assaults. How can one even put both of those words together, when reporting or talking about minors?

Sex is about consent, mind you.

A minor cannot consent. That’s RAPE!!

Our biggest pet peeve of all is the use of the words “CHILD PORNOGRAPHY!!”

Since FACAA started back in 2010, we have campaigned to use the words “CHILD ABUSE IMAGES.” Which thankfully, mainstream media did get a hold of and some changes have been made, but still we have a long way to go when it comes to people discussing this topic, and when it is reported internationally.

Language is very important for victims and survivors. We want them to feel validated, respected and believed, for what abuse really is. Abuse is abhorrent, traumatic and horrible.

It is not pleasurable.

It is not consensual sex!!!!

We need to protect our children from abuse, not label them and put them in a category of sex, pleasure and consent!!

The truth needs to be told of their experiences. Not to be watered down and disrespected.

It is 2019. Do your bit and correct people, correct the journo’s, correct the media.

Do it for our children (KD)

If you see something in the media that crosses these lines, call them out on it !

Say, “Hey Channel X this isn’t good enough it is not “child pornography,” do not imply that children can give consent.”

If you do not like their reply screen shot it and send it to us and we will take up your mantle !

FACAA #ProudFACAA #EndingChildAbuse #RaisingAwareness #ChangingLAws #Legal #Law #WordsMatter #ChildExploitationMaterial #NotChildPorn #PornImpliesConsent #ChildrenCanNotGiveConsent #ChildRape #NotSexWithAMinor #LegalReform #JuliasJustice #NeverGonnaStop #WeWIllFight #StandUP #DoSomething #PhoenixProgram #JuliasJustice #GuardiansOfTheInnocent #VoiceForTheVoiceless #HopeForTheHopeless #ChildrensChampions #KimmysBack #SissySmash

It is not “child pornography,”it is CHILD EXPLOITATION MATERIAL,or CHILD ABUSE MATERIAL,or even EVIDENCE OF CHILD SEXUAL ASSAULT!

The stranger (A short story)😎 #TryToGetIt !


The stranger got up early

To his work he walked slowly

On his way he fed the cat

With the left over sprat

The sun smiled with joy

With its Rays reflected

On the face of the stranger

His wrinkles sang a song

Of a life that is not long

The stranger reached the place

A smile was on his face

The hospital he worked in

Was full up that day

He helped everyone

And gave money secretly

To that woman up there

She came for her son

But money had she none

On his way home

The sun began to wave

And said”please be safe”

The stranger knocked the door

Of a neighbour who was poor

Just gave him the dinner

And left him grinner

He slept late that day

Exhausted but okay

He wasn’t a famous person

He wasn’t a superman

A simple soul he was

Strangers are not stars.

Sohair.

Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:Islam initiated as something strange, and it would revert to its (old position) of being strange. so good tidings for the stranger.

🌹

The stranger (A short story)😎

Alzheimer’s ⚜️⚜️ For all those years be kind to your Elders, don’t live in remorse ⚜️⚜️


Our parents and grandparents cared for us through our childhood, providing us with love, food, shelter and protection. Important decisions were made about ‘what is best for the children’ and they often put their own needs and pleasure aside to ensure that we had what we needed.
When a parent or grandparent is afflicted by Alzheimer’s it becomes time to repay that debt to those who cared for us when we were weak and vulnerable, difficult though it may be.

Reality ⚜️⚜️⚜️🇦🇺 Let’s try and keep things in perspective. Let’s be smart, help one another out …says #Kindness


Just putting this crisis in perspective:


It’s a mess out there now. Hard to discern between what’s a real threat and what is just simple panic and hysteria.


For a small amount of perspective at this moment, imagine you were born in 1900. On your 14th birthday, World War I starts, and ends on your 18th birthday. 22 million people perish in that war. Later in the year, a Spanish Flu epidemic hits the planet and runs until your 20th birthday. 50 million people die from it in those two years. Yes, 50 million.


On your 29th birthday, the Great Depression begins. Unemployment hits 25%, the World GDP drops 27%. That runs until you are 33. The country nearly collapses along with the world economy.
When you turn 39, World War II starts. You aren’t even over the hill yet. And don’t try to catch your breath.


On your 41st birthday, the United States is fully pulled into WWII. Between your 39th and 45th birthday, 75 million people perish in the war.


At 50, the Korean War starts. 5 million perish. At 55 the Vietnam War begins and doesn’t end for 20 years. 4 million people perish in that conflict.
On your 62nd birthday you have the Cuban Missile Crisis, a tipping point in the Cold War. Life on our planet, as we know it, should have ended. Great leaders prevented that from happening.


When you turn 75, the Vietnam War finally ends. Think of everyone on the planet born in 1900.
How do you survive all of that when you were a kid in 1985 and didn’t think your 85 year old grandparent understood how hard school was and how mean that kid in your class was, yet they survived through everything listed above?


Perspective is an amazing art, refined as time goes on and enlightening like you wouldn’t believe.
Let’s try and keep things in perspective. Let’s be smart, help one another out.

Reality ⚜️⚜️⚜️🇦🇺 Let’s try and keep things in perspective. Let’s be smart, help one another out.

Being kind to each other needs everyone to be ‘ Caring & Sharing ‘ everyday of our lives …..Amen

Irish people help raise millions for Native Americans hit by the pandemic to repay century old favor #OurWorld


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Irish people help raise millions for Native Americans hit by the pandemic to repay century old favor

In the darkest time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the odds are stacked against the Navajo and Hopi families. Native Americans are in a troubled spot as the world fights against the virus. The disparity of healthcare services and the growing healthy inequity puts Native American citizens at higher risk of contracting liver and respiratory diseases, among many other illnesses.YouTube

Today, Navajo and Hopi share the same dilemma with the rest of Native American families in the time of the COVID-19 crisis. Tribes in the west suffer from overcrowded houses and lack of water supplies. Some houses even shelter up to 15 members because of limited housing. “The overcrowded home situation is at least 16 times the national average,” said Kevin J. Allis, CEO of the National Congress of American Indians.
We’ve already seen a spike in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases where areas with Native American families are living in one house. Despite the state’s campaign of social distancing and regular washing of hands, families in these areas cannot avoid close-proximity contact because of their living arrangements. Studies also show that 30% of homes in the Navajo nation don’t have running water.GoFundMe

$10 billion of government funding is currently allocated for relief programs. But the animosity between Indian groups and the government remains over when and how the money will be distributed. Allis explains how tribal leaders are doing their best to keep their communities safe from the virus.
The Navajos have instituted strict curfews, checkpoints, and mass testing to curb the rising number of cases. However, not all people own mobile phones. When someone tests positive, authorities have a hard time tracking them down.
Now that the world has seen the plight of Native Americans, a GoFundMe campaign was created to raise money for families of the Navajo and Hopi citizens. The news got around, and donations from Irish people began pouring.CBS This Morning

What drove the Irish people all the way across the Atlantic to help? It was an act of gratitude for what the Native Americans have done to help Ireland during the “Great Hunger” of the 1800s. Let’s take a quick history review.
Back in the mid-1800s, the Choctaw Nation provided $170 (equivalent to $5000 today) to the Irish. The most moving part of the Choctaw Nation’s generosity was how 60,000 Native Americans suffered through the Trail of Tears. Despite the hardships and anguish they already experienced, they continued with their donations, helping thousands of people in Ireland live through the famine.YouTube

One hundred seventy-three years later, Ireland has still never forgotten the kindness extended by the Navajo to their country. “From Ireland, 170 years later, the favour is returned,” Pat Hayes, an Irish donor, wrote in a message. “To our Native American brothers and sisters in your moment of hardship!”
The fundraising page is now both flooded with both heartfelt messages and donations. “Yá’át’ ééh from Ireland. The Native American donation all those years ago was never forgotten. There have been songs written about your generosity,” one comment said. “I am glad to be able to return the favour in some small part. Ahóá!”

Almost 44,000 people were able to donate to the GoFundMe campaign, with nearly $ 2.4 million out of the $ 3 million target.GoFundMe

The GoFundMe page was updated with this message: “Hi folks! My apologies on a delayed update! My last update was 11 days ago, and I reported then that we had broken the $1 million fundraising mark. Well we have now broken the $2 million mark, in good part due to a beautiful act of solidarity from our friends in Ireland, who remember the kindness shown to them by our Choctaw brothers and sisters, who sent them aid during the great potato famine in 1847. Thank you so much, Ireland!!!”
Native American families have lost so much in the time of the pandemic. The Navajo and Hopi tribes have lost elders and children to the disease. “In moments like these, we are grateful for the love and support we have received from all around the world,” Vanessa Tulley, one of the organizers, said.
“Acts of kindness from indigenous ancestors passed being reciprocated nearly 200 years later through blood memory and inter-connectedness. Thank you, IRELAND, for showing solidarity and being here for us.”
The amount of donations support by the Native Americans is proof that we cannot beat COVID-19 alone. Acts like these are what bring us closer together, restoring the faith we have for humanity.
Find out more about the campaign by watching the video below:

Irish people help raise millions for Native Americans hit by the pandemic to repay century old favor

Irish people help raise millions for Native Americans hit by the pandemic to repay century old favor