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The world is getting closer to the tipping point…

Good morning, and ‘welcome’ back to my weekly summary of what has been happening over in Gaza & the West Bank. This summary is based off of my daily ‘briefs’ that I share on Instagram (jessi1980) that are based off of the daily live blog feed from Al Jazeera. I’d decided that instead of writing daily here (and more or less ‘repeating’ what I wrote on Instagram)—I’d do a weekly summary. So some points may seem ‘out of place’…but everything talked about here has happened over the past week in Gaza & the West Bank.

Numbers for the week:

The numbers for Gaza: at LEAST 38,443 dead; at LEAST 88,481 wounded; somewhere between 8-13,000 still missing. 

The numbers for the West Bank: at LEAST 564 dead; OVER 5,300 wounded; OVER 9,600 ‘detained’ (aka kidnapped)—including people who had been released back in November.

Just a reminder: the occupiers are holding probably now OVER 9,300 political prisoners within their ‘prisons’ and over 3,400 people are being held as administrative detainees (held without charge or trial). Why isn’t there more outrage from the west?

What has happened over the past week:

Lebanon & Hezbollah:

Over 90,000 Lebanese have had to flee their homes in southern Lebanon due to the continuous indiscriminate bombings done by the occupiers.

Speaking of which—there was another one, and at least one of the individuals killed was a Hezbollah member…which resulted in numerous missiles being fired into occupied Palestine…causing numerous fires to break out.

Over 460 Lebanese have been murdered since Oct 7th—including an Lebanese politician (belonging to a political party that aligned with Hezbollah). Over 1,900 Lebanese have been injured (16% by white phosphorus bombs—which are banned).

Oh..and then there indiscriminate bombings within southern Syria this week as well.

Wildfires are breaking out on both sides of the Lebanese border.

‘Occupied’ Palestine:

On Sunday (July 7) there was a scheduled protest within Tel Aviv to demand that the government agrees to the latest ceasefire proposal…whether or not they’ll listen.

The West Bank:

More ‘detentions’ (aka kidnappings), destruction of homes/businesses within the West Bank this week.

And…you’re breaking (as usual) the 1967 agreement with Jordan…that while non-Muslims are allowed within the Al Aqsa mosque—you’re not suppose to hold prayers within the mosque…and that is what you were doing…acting like total jackasses.

It’s only early July…and there have already been 340 attacks on Palestinians in the West Bank by squatters.

A school within the occupied West Bank has been destroyed…making it the twentieth school within the West Bank & occupied East Jerusalem to be destroyed since 2010.

Gaza:

The occupiers sent out numerous ‘evacuation’ orders to different parts of Gaza this week…including trying to force out everyone from Gaza City.

Kudos to Hamas for being willing to work with the Palestinian Authority to develop a ‘new government’…but only after a permanent ceasefire is agreed upon & implemented. 

There was another massacre within a ‘safe zone’ (al-Mawasi refugee camp) overnight, where dozens (to possibly hundreds) were killed, & hundreds injured. Eye witnesses stated that the occupiers open fired on rescuers as they showed up to help move the injured & dead.

An attack on a prayer hall has also left numerous dead.

Rafah Crossing:

So..the occupiers are refusing to leave the Rafah Crossing & the border region of Gaza/Egypt….but then there is also talks of trying to put in an ‘electronic’ surveillance system to keep weapons out of Gaza…how about this—quit acting like psychotic bloodthirsty lunatics & get the fuck out of both Gaza & the West Bank.

Hundreds of trucks are stuck on the Egyptian side of the Rafah crossing….one load of humanitarian aid has had to be discarded because the food spoiled—due to the trucks just sitting there.

Journalists:

Fifty-one journalists have been ‘detained’ (aka kidnapped) from either the West Bank or Gaza since Oct 8…and over 150 have been murdered.

Infrastructure:

Numerous wells & pipes have been destroyed in several Gaza City neighborhoods.

Medical Infrastructure:

It’s now thought that over 1.7 million (over 73% of the population) people are dealing with an infectious disease due to the occupiers destroying the medical infrastructure of Gaza. Over 70,000 people are dealing with viral hepatitis, while over another 350,000 are dealing with chronic diseases that can’t be sufficiently treated—again due to the occupiers not allowing sufficient medical supplies, aid, medicine & such into Gaza.

436 cancer patients have died since Oct 7—due to the attacks on the medical infrastructure within Gaza & being unable to leave for treatment abroad.

Educational Infrastructure:

Another UNRWA school was targeted…resulting in the deaths of dozens of people.

UN & other aid organizations:

I totally agree with Francesca Albanese—the Palestinians are heroic, and the world should be ashamed of the sacrifices that are being demanded of them…all due to hate & greed of various western political leaders.

Almost 200 UNRWA employees have been killed since Oct 7th.

Kudos to Türkiye for stating that they’d vote against anything in NATO in regards to ‘working’ with the occupiers.

The rest of the world:

We shall have to see if the new UK government will listen to their own charity groups & stop selling weapons & such to the occupiers.

Countries may have to start ‘walking the walk’ & not just ‘talking the talk’ (especially the neighbors to the occupiers).

Final thoughts for the past week:

There is that saying—if you don’t learn from history, you’re doomed to repeat it…we’re repeating it—because a chunk of society refuses to learn the ‘correct’ lesson. The lesson wasn’t figuring how to be even more brutal in terms of war/carrying out a genocide…the lessons are suppose to be how to prevent wars & genocides…lessons that a chunk of society has failed to learn….also—trying to start a regional conflict to stay in power is a shit move…just sayin’.

The mouths of the occupiers (and their backers) open & lies spill out. I doubt they’d know the truth if it came up from behind & bite them. There is literally no justification for the past ten months of genocide…none…not even what happened on Oct 7—because that didn’t happen in a vacuum…that was a response to 75+ years of brutality, death, & destruction by the occupiers on the Palestinian population.

While I know my level of tiredness is no where near the level of those that are struggling to survive these horrors…I’m getting tired of the gaslighting, hypocrisy, & general lack of empathy/compassion that a good chunk of the western world is showing those struggling to survive these horrors. Again…hate & greed are destroying society…along with the planet. If you’re still backing this atrocity—ask yourself why? If & when this blows into a regional or global conflict…the blame is on the shoulders of the occupiers & all who support them—which means a decent chunk of society will carry the blame for the next regional or global conflict.

We’re suppose to be a diverse global community…that means different cultures, religions, languages, & even political views. We’re tied together by a common thread of humanity—caring about each other—it’s called empathy & compassion (two traits missing within a decent chunk of society today). Again—we don’t need a new cell phone, computer, tablet, or even a hybrid car every year (or every other year)—remember, the minerals for those batteries & such have to come from somewhere—and they’re also ‘fueling’ various genocides within the Congo, Sudan, & elsewhere.

It’s beyond time to dismantle this bloodthirsty, psychotic, & rabid colonial project. Staying ‘silent’ does nothing but props up the oppressor/aggressors. It does nothing but helps uphold the patriarchy & white supremacy. Are you really willing to fight someone else’s war of hate/greed? Have your children/nieces/nephews/grandchildren fight it? Are you that greedy/hateful? Or are you just that brainwashed?

It’s time to learn the real history of places & people. It’s past time to realize that we have to earn our chair at the global table.

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What results when you mix intrigue, secrets, a second-chance romance with cheese? A Montgomery Ink Saga

Welcome back to Denver, Colorado & the Montgomery Ink world….where there is intrigue, and an abundance of family, friends, and cheese.

His Second Chance is Kane & Phoebe’s story, and with a ‘brief’ flashback, starts roughly where Last First Kiss ends.

Kane Montgomery Carr is one of the numerous Montgomery owners of Montgomery Security with his cousins (and their significant others). Phoebe Dixon is his ex-girlfriend…though he isn’t sure exactly how/why their relationship fizzled out.

How did they meet? Well…that first meeting involved a hike, a public restroom, a bear, and an unlocked car…I won’t say who was in the car & who ‘jumped’ in to escape the bear.

Phoebe comes back into Kane’s life…when she needs a body guard & help trying to figure out who is sending her weird messages and such…and Kane won’t let anyone else take the job. He may be trying to also rekindle their romance. Plus…there is still the little problem Montgomery Security is dealing with—their former competitor who seems to still have it out for them.

Can Kane & the rest of the Montgomery Security figure out who is stalking Phoebe? Can they also track down their own ‘stalker’…plus there is a few other ‘surprises’ that will shock everyone within the pages of His Second Chance.

I loved this book…I always enjoy the second-chance romances…where a couple can work through their problems and find their way back to each other. I also LOVED the the little extra shock that sits within the pages…sorry—can’t say more until the book hits ‘electronic’ shelves on the 15th…but it’s a surprise everyone will love. 

What I love about the Montgomery Ink world…besides the fact that each book is more or less a stand-alone story, is that there are numerous books one can go back and binge read. I’ll be curling up later with both the Montgomery Ink: Colorado Spring series (where Kane’s parents are introduced), plus the Less Than series (which is the spin-off series for Kane’s aunts/uncles on his father side). Since we’re in the heat of summer—on July 15, grab a cold iced coffee (or ice tea), a comfy chair, and turn the fans up high, as you immerse yourself into the Montgomery Ink Legacy world with Kane & Phoebe’s story.

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Is a ceasefire agreement on the horizon…or a regional conflict?

Good morning, and ‘welcome’ back to my weekly summary of what has been happening over in Gaza & the West Bank. This summary is based off of my daily ‘briefs’ that I share on Instagram (jessi1980) that are based off of the daily live blog feed from Al Jazeera. I’d decided that instead of writing daily here (and more or less ‘repeating’ what I wrote on Instagram)—I’d do a weekly summary. So some points may seem ‘out of place’…but everything talked about here has happened over the past week in Gaza & the West Bank.

Numbers for the week:

For Gaza: at LEAST 38,098 dead; at LEAST 87,705 wounded; somewhere between 8-13,000 still missing. These are the numbers based on being able to ‘identify’ the dead…it’s actually thought that the number is well over 200,000 for dead and/or wounded.

Over in the West Bank: at LEAST 560 dead; OVER 5,300 wounded; OVER 9,500 ‘detained’ (aka kidnapped), and this includes people who had originally been released back in November during the first ceasefire agreement.

Just a reminder: the occupiers are holding probably now OVER 9,300 political prisoners within their ‘prisons’ and over 3,400 people are being held as administrative detainees (held without charge or trial). Why isn’t there more outrage from the west?

What has happened over the past week:

Outside the region:

Iran just had their run-off elections, and it seems that the more moderate/centrist candidate, Massed Pezeshkian, won the run-off—but his win still needs to be ‘verified’ by the Ayatollah…so we shall have to see what happens. It looks like this president is wanting to try to open up the country more to the world….hopefully not by totally giving into the western bullies.

Lebanon, Hezbollah, & everyone else:

More indiscriminate bombings within southern Lebanon has killed more civilians including several members of Hezbollah.

Iran has stated that if the occupiers are dumb enough to invade Lebanon, they may have to get involved…which had the occupiers ‘stating’ that Iran deserved to be destroyed….kiddies—you can’t handle both Hezbollah & Iran at the same time…hell, you can’t handle Hamas & Hezbollah at the same time.

If this blows into a regional/global conflict—the blame lays solely with the occupiers & their backers…especially since the US & Europe basically have stated that they probably won’t be able to ‘rein’ in the occupiers if they decide to invade Lebanon…so yeah…this shit show is about to get a lot worse.

Ceasefire Talks:

Ceasefire talks have resumed this weekend…it seems that the only adults at the table are Hamas. They’re willing to ‘cede’ one of their major demands: an early agreement to a total & complete ceasefire. It seems they’re willing to start with the initial ‘plans’ and continue negations through that phase to achieve a total ceasefire. Now the question—will the occupiers ‘agree’, and actually adhere to it? Probably not…but that’s just my opinion.

I also agree with various world leaders—the west (namely the US) needs to pressure the occupiers to also adhere to any agreed ceasefire agreement…and start to act like at least a semi-mature adult.

West Bank:

Okay…

So one of the psychotic ministers has stated that they may start naming their new illegal settlements after countries that have acknowledge Palestinian sovereignty…yeah…that’s really ‘mature’…and still totally against international law…but that is something that you guys have no respect for.

The occupying government just ‘approved’ a land grab…that the rest of the world is against…but of course they’re not going to be listening to the world.

It’s act like a huge jackass day in East Jerusalem…as the occupying military is refusing to allow Palestinians into the Al-Aqsa mosque for prayers…as tomorrow marks the Islamic New Year.

Attacks are being carried out on various refugee camps within the West Bank…allegedly to ‘target’ resistant fighters within the occupied region. Guess what kiddies…since you’re illegally occupying the West Bank (and technically Gaza)—they’re allowed armed resistance…that is totally okay under international law—you know the laws you like to ignore & break.

Homes & businesses within the West Bank are also being damaged or destroyed as well.

Dozens have been wounded and/or killed over the past week within the West Bank due to the actions of the occupying military & the squatters. As of this morning (July 6) at least nine Palestinians were wounded in a refugee camp, due to the occupiers carrying out a ‘preemptive’ strike on the refugee camp.

Also the squatters were setting various agricultural lands (olive groves and such) on fire..with hopes of driving the Palestinians out of the region.

Healthcare & other infrastructure within Gaza:

Various hospitals only have about 48 hours worth of fuel left…once that fuel runs out…various pieces of equipment may stop working & they may not be able to perform surgeries.

A desalination plant in southern Gaza was given back it’s electricity…which upset a bunch of the psychos within the occupying government….the military is claiming its to aid the troops & whatever captives may still be in southern Gaza (and alive).

Two-thirds of the water & sanitation facilities/infrastructures have been damaged or destroyed within Gaza since Oct 7th. Sewage is flowing in the streets & infectious diseases are on the rise.

Other bits & pieces from Gaza:

A quarter of a million people were told to evacuate Khan Younis again…but with no place to go…

Five more journalists (and some of their family) were murdered within Gaza over the past twenty-four hours, along with at least six police officers within Rafah. This brings the total number of media personnel murdered since Oct 7 to over 150. Journalists are suppose to be protected under international law….if you’re targeting them…it means you’re trying to hide something…like carrying out a genocide 24/7.

Over 8,600 students within both Gaza & the West Bank have been murdered since Oct 7th…with a vast majority of those murders happening within Gaza. 

My final thoughts on this past week:

Everyone wants the region to chill out…everyone wants peace in the region. The problem—is how will that peace be achieved?

The first thing that needs to happen: Israel has to be held ACCOUNTABLE for everything they’ve done over the past 76 years…

Then dismantle the signs of apartheid in the West Bank, return the land to the Palestinians, and have one set of rules/laws/regulations for EVERYONE. As I’ve mentioned numerous times: non-Palestinians don’t have to leave…those that fear persecution, usually are the ones that have participated in the persecution of others.

If the world doesn’t rein in Israel…and if they’re allowed to continue to bully/threaten their neighbors—there will ALWAYS be armed resistance somewhere.

With the current ‘ceasefire talks’:

This just means that the ‘pause’ button on the ticking-time bomb has been hit…because if the world doesn’t reign in the occupiers—this entire situation is going to blow into a regional conflict…possibly then a global. All due to greed, mistrust, fear/hate being able to run around without question (or being ‘reined’ in). Again—this is what happens when European colonialism gets out of hand…I have to wonder if a global conflict will at least start to dismantle white supremacy (as I’m not sure how much of a dent it would put into the patriarchy).

Again—when will people wake up? You do realize that our tax dollars are funding this genocide correct? When will we start electing officials that actually care about not only their citizens—but all global citizens. We’re a connected global community. We’re suppose to be a diverse community—different cultures, religions, languages, & even political views. We’re all tied together by a common thread of humanity: caring about each other—it’s called empathy & compassion.

Again, we don’t need a new cell phone, computer, flat screen tv, or other gadget every year. Even those ‘hybrid’ or electric cars, (and even solar panels) are part of the problem—minerals for the batteries/panels have to come from somewhere.

It’s beyond time to dismantle this bloodthirsty, psychotic, & rabid colonial project. Staying ‘silent’ does nothing but props up the oppressor/aggressors. It does nothing but helps uphold the patriarchy & white supremacy. Are you really willing to fight someone else’s war of hate/greed? Have your children/nieces/nephews/grandchildren fight it? Are you that greedy/hateful? Or are you just that brainwashed?

It’s time to learn the real history of places & people. It’s past time to realize that we have to earn our chair at the global table.

#MyViews #NotSorry #IStandWithHumanity #IStandWithGaza #IStandWithPalestine #CeaseFireNow #EndTheOccupation #StopTheGenocide #StopArmingIsrael #ReadAndLearn 

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Focusing on LORR for the Cancer New Moon: Learning, Oracle Cards, Reading & Research

So the moon will be transitioning through the Cancer constellation tonight—marking the seventh new moon of the year…and we’re slowly entering the second half of 2024. I have no idea how the rest of this year is going to go…there is the presidential election coming up in the US (in Nov), the ongoing genocide in Gaza, and numerous other conflicts going on around the world…it’s just a matter of time before something blows into a regional (and then possibly a global) conflict.

I still need to kinda reflect back on the past six months…I did my June reflections earlier this week…but haven’t really sat down to reflect on the first half of the year…I know that I’m behind on a few ‘yearly’ goals…so either I need to modify those goals…or just punt them down the road to the 2025 BINGO card.

But, back to the Cancer New Moon—if one looks to the book ‘Moonology: working with the magic of lunar cycles’ by Yasmin Boland, there are various things that one can focus on during the Cancer new moon. They include:

  1. Family time (checking in with relatives)
  2. Banishing insecurity
  3. Get in touch with your caring nurturing side
  4. Review your goals
  5. Take a hot bath

Three out of the five things seem straightforward (family time, reviewing goals, and taking a hot bath). Since the family medical issue is over…I haven’t really been in touch with many family members via social media…I should probably reach out and chat (via messenger), since our paths really don’t cross that much and travel is still currently not in the cards (at least until the cat passes). I have plenty of family time with my immediate family (since I still live at home and we see my younger brother quite frequently now that he is back in town).

I actually don’t take that many hot bathes anymore…and probably wouldn’t be doing any currently—since we’re in the middle of a heat dome/pocket/high humidity—I just want cooler weather period. The other two items (banishing insecurity and getting in touch with your caring and nurturing side) may not seem so straightforward, and may actually require more work to begin with.

How I picture these two areas:

In terms of getting in touch with your caring and nurturing side—basically this means that you’re going to try a little harder this month in terms of self-care. You’re going to try to rephrase negative self-talk into more positive self-talk, you’re going to take time to focus on your breath, and you are going to be more gentle and understanding with yourself.

In terms of trying to banish insecurity—this means being honest with yourself in terms of different areas of your life. Do you feel insecure in an area? Fearful? Or are you being overly possessive of things? The best work is to try to identify and work at getting rid of barriers in different areas of life (if possible).

If one also looks to see what house the moon is moving through, it will give you a few other things to also take into perspective. For me, the moon is moving through my ninth house (or my big picture zone). This is all about adventure, travel, and personal development.

Currently travel is still on hold. Why? Well, in part due to my cat’s age & the fact that she requires two different liquid meds (and one you have to make up—dissolving the antibiotic in water), and it isn’t fun for one person to try to give her the meds (did that—didn’t enjoy it, & neither did she). I’d love to ‘travel’—but I need to get the debt down, and I’d like for the world not to be a raging shit-show…so I’ll stick to ‘virtual’ travels currently (google meet-ups/zoom meet-ups, and the likes). As I mentioned a couple of years ago: we live in a digital world, so there are others ways of ‘traveling’—reading, communicating with others (email, online meetings, phone calls), and writing (creative, poetry, and journaling). So what are some of the things that one can do in regards to their ninth house?

Items include:

  1. Find a way to explore the world
  2. Read those books you know you should be reading
  3. Do a personal growth (development) course
  4. Manifest a new spiritual teacher
  5. Think about what you have faith in–and what you don’t
  6. Make a cyber pal on the other side of the world

Personal growth…an area that I can both excel in and suck at all at the same time. My biggest ‘hurdle’ is trying to get too much done during the day/week—aka throwing everything on the calendar & not spreading things out like I really should…another reason why I find it difficult at times trying to develop a personal/professional growth plan.

So what goals can I set during the Cancer new moon that will allow me to fit various aspects from above onto the calendar?

  1. Research the following countries: Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Rwanda, Finland, Tunisia, Romania & Uruguay. At least have some basic research done, and find a couple of interesting facts to possibly ‘intwine’ into a story idea I’ve been slowly expanding
  2. Reading—finish at least two of the many nonfiction/historical fiction books I’ve started over the past several weeks/months.
  3. In terms of learning—work through at least one e-course on either Udemy, or watch at least two short e-courses on SkillShare
  4. In terms of spirituality—continue doing a daily oracle card drawing & sharing them on the oracle card instagram channel I created

I could probably try to set a goal for networking/making a cyber pal; or having something I write published…and I should make those goals—but I’m not going to this time around. I think that four goals (in addition to all the things on the plate & various other to-do lists) is enough for this new moon period…also keeping it at these four, will also hopefully keep the anxiety in check. Though trying to do research on seven countries in just a few weeks could also be pushing it…but I did note—that the bare minimum is to find a few interesting facts that could be intertwined with a story that I’m mind-mapping/outlining currently.

I’m still in the slow process of developing plans…that include personal/professional growth (have to figure out the milestones), launching a couple of online businesses, plus continue healing my relationship with food & movement…while trying to stay sane in a world that has leaders that really don’t give a damn about the average everyday citizen…either here (unless it’s to court one’s vote) or elsewhere in the world (again unless it’s to court one’s vote).

Therefore…I’m also promising myself that I’m going to quit trying to fit a mold…I quit trying to fit the mold of higher ed research/support years ago (got tired of long hours for poor pay), now I’m going to embrace who I am…and give a middle finger to the ‘mold’ that society thinks I should fit into, while focusing on progress…and possibly trying to ‘torch’ perfectionism in the process.

What is one of your Cancer goals?

Namaste

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Improving in terms of time & project management

Introduction and Gemini Goals:

So, the moon is going to be transitioning through the Cancer constellation tomorrow…marking the seventh new moon of the year. Somehow we’ve made it through the first half of 2024 without things totally blowing up into a global conflict…I wonder how long that luck will last. But that is a topic for a totally different post. Before looking ahead to the Cancer new moon, I need to look back at the goals I set for the Gemini new moon & see how I did with each of them.

Gemini Goals:

  1. Continue to fine-tune my personal/professional growth plan (focusing on career [writing], health/wellness, finances [fine tune that plan], spirituality, hobbies/crafts, and personal space)
  2. Update the personal/professional growth game (remove a few items and/or expand others—micropaleontology is on hold currently)
  3. Continue to clean/organize/declutter the bedroom & house…in order to get the storage unit cleared out by early fall
  4. Continue with my daily intentional movements and nightly meditations/sitting quietly moments
  5. And…read, read, and read some more. I’m actually nine nonfiction/historical fiction books away from my goal of reading 44 nonfiction/historical fiction before my birthday. So—try to read three more during the month of June

So, how did I do with each of them?

Fine-tune my personal/professional growth plan (~40%):

I’m still in the process of fine-tuning this plan—the reason, I’m still trying to throw everything onto the calendar…I need to narrow the focus for awhile on certain aspects, knowing that they’d be touching other aspects of things I also want to be working on.

Update the personal/professional growth game (100% completed):

I updated the game, to where I removed one board and condensed things down within the other game board. I also ‘rolled’ the dice last month & will be giving an update on that first play on the game towards the end of July—as each ‘turn’/‘play’ lasts six weeks, and covers at least three ‘topics’ (e-courses, reading, research, or whatever).

The newly ‘updated’ personal/professional growth board game.

Continue to clean/organize/declutter the bedroom & house (~70%):

This is an ongoing project. While I have my storage unit about halfway cleared out—I need to spend a little more time cleaning/organizing/decluttering the bedroom. I’ve realized that I may need to donate or sell an afghan or two—because do I really need half a dozen? Probably not..but I think that’s how many I have currently…I’ll be putting quite a few of them under the bed in a storage bag.

I also need to go through my business casual/professional clothes and decide which tops I really want to keep, and which ones can be donated. Probably wouldn’t hurt to donate the business suit that I’ve ‘outgrown’…though I like the color…but I can always buy another one if needed.

Daily intentional movements & nightly meditations (probably somewhere around 50%):

I’ve been trying to sit quietly at night prior to journalling…but with how hot its been lately…usually I just journal quickly to be able to turn off the lights & hopefully cool the room off a little to be able to sleep. The daily intentional movement is still hit & miss…I’m ‘moving’ around daily, but for the most part it’s doing things around the house throughout the day—there hasn’t been many ‘concentrated’ blocks of movement (to really get the heart rate going)…and this is something that I’m still trying to ‘correct’.

Read, read, & read (100% complete):

I actually finished five books during the month of June (which covered not only the new moon phase, but the full moon phase as well). The books I finished reading during June were:

  1. Ocean Life in the Times of Dinosaurs by Nathalia Bardet, Alexandra Houssaye, Stephane Jouve, & Peggy Vincent
  2. The Last Days of the Dinosaurs: An Asteroid, Extinction, and the Beginning of Our World by Riley Black
  3. The Quest & the Qalandar: Experiences of Sufism by Waqar Faiz
  4. Patrice Lumumba, Ahead of His Time (Political Leadership in Africa #1) by Didier Mumbata
  5. Nice White Ladies: The Truth about White Supremacy, Our Role in It, and How We can Help Dismantle it by Jessie Daniels

I’m now six books away from the goal of reading 44 non-fiction/historical fiction books before my birthday. I can now technically state I’m going to try to just read two books during July, August, & Sept…but I’ll probably keep to the current goal of trying to read at least three non-fiction/historical fiction books a month.

Conclusions/Final Thoughts on the Gemini New Moon Goals:

Five goals for the Gemini new moon…two were more on the planning side of things (updating the personal/professional game & fine-tuning a personal/professional growth plan)—and I manage to get at least one completely done. One goal was reading—which I usually always manage to complete. The cleaning/organizing/decluttering—is always ongoing, because I didn’t realize exactly how bad of a packrat I was turning into, nor how much random stuff I’d brought to and from Boston—nor did I realize how much random stuff we had around the house that needs to be donated/recycled/discarded.

The intentional movement goal is a rough one to hit—especially when its hot & humid constantly, which zaps one’s energy/motivation (at least it does that to me). While I’m working on improving my relationship with food & movement (in other words working at getting healthy, but not necessarily ‘shrinking’ my body), I may put a new battery into the scale & just see what that number is currently at…because while ‘healing’ the relationship with food & movement is something to strive for…at times it helps to see a ‘number’ from time to time.

Progress…baby steps forward, sometimes a step or two backwards. But—progress isn’t suppose to be perfect, nor is it always a linear path. At times it spirals and while you feel like you’re back at the beginning…you’re actually further along on your journey that you realize, you’ve ‘circled’ back to something to hopefully learn a little more of the ‘lesson’ that the universe has set before you…and once you’ve gotten the message/lesson…you move even further forward in this journey of life.

How did you do with your Gemini new moon goals?

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Morning routines–check…Now time to fine-tune the afternoon schedules

Introduction/recap:

Okay…once I get this month’s review posted…I’ll have managed three months this year—and will have covered the second quarter of 2024 (I totally lagged behind in trying to do it for the first three months this year). As I’d mentioned in the ‘intro’ to May in Review—I basically ignored most of 2023 (I think I did January), and it took awhile for me to decide to restart the series. 

Doing these monthly posts is one of the ways I’m trying to keep myself accountable towards different goals, in addition to doing a weekly series in a Facebook group. As I mentioned—I probably won’t be hitting anywhere close to 100% on all the goals…in part due to the fact that I usually set out to try to achieve like 10-12 different ‘large’ tasks…and I’m still in the process of developing a fluid schedule for the day. I’ve gotten a decent fluid schedule down for part of the morning…now it’s time to fine tune that and start developing the fluid afternoon schedule. 

I almost have a morning schedule that ‘sticks’: getting on Mondly for say 20-30 minutes to learn a foreign language, then do my morning update on Gaza (post to my instagram channel), then do an oracle card drawing (posting to the oracle card channel), then do a science news brief for LinkedIn. Its after getting those four things done, that my schedule starts to semi-fall apart.

I’m going to be keeping to a list of about twelve goals for the next few months…only because I’ve only been getting about 2/3 of them done (at least fifty percent) at a time. I’m hoping that keeping things ‘similar’ month to month—they’ll become habits, and then I can start adding/stacking other goals in.

Goals that I’d set for June:

  1. Reading at least three non-fiction books
  2. Reading at least four fiction books
  3. Completing at least one (if not two) 30-day challenges
  4. Making time & making use of the intentional movement board game
  5. Launch the YouTube channel (outline & intro video)
  6. Aim for two blurbs on science, health, or medical papers
  7. Watch/work through at least three e-courses
  8. 30-minutes at least 4x/week on Mondly
  9. Posting consistently to the oracle card channel
  10. Post to each blog at least twice
  11. Finish the outlines for the three big creative research projects
    • Interviews with dinosaurs & other extinct animals
    • Interviews with toxic & venomous animals
    • Interviews with various ancient civilizations (this could be upwards of three to five different mini proejcts)
  12. Work on the needlepoint project
  13. Check in with this list at least every other day to ensure that I’m making progress

So how did I do with each of those main goals?

Reading at least three non-fiction books (100% completed):

I finished the following nonfiction books:

  1. Ocean Life in the Times of Dinosaurs by Nathalia Bardet, Alexandra Houssave, Stephane Jouve, & Peggy Vincent
  2. The Last Days of the Dinosaurs: An Asteroid, Extinction, and the Beginning of Our World by Riley Black
  3. The Quest & the Qalandar: Experiences of Sufism by Waqar Faiz
  4. Patrice Lumumba, Ahead of His Time (Political Leadership in Africa #1) by Didier Mumbata
  5. Nice White Ladies: The Truth about White Supremacy, Our Role in It, and How We can Help Dismantle it by Jessie Daniels

Five books that spanned a diversity of topics: the Mesozoic era, religion, politics, and culture. I’d mentioned previously that I’m working at becoming a better global citizen–which includes reading books on people that I’d never heard of before (I didn’t realize that the US gave ‘aid’ in getting rid of the first prime minister of the Congo–Patrice Lumumba), and topics that are ‘difficult’ to read on (aka white supremacy & women’s (specifically white woman’s) both intentional & unintentional parts in upholding those ‘aspects’ of society.

Currently I’m six books away from my goal of reading 44 nonfiction (or historical fiction) books before my 44th birthday (which is in September). Something tells me that I’ll finish ‘above’ the goal of 44 books…and that means I should totally ‘reach’ and finish ‘above’ the goal of 100 books by June 18, 2026.

Reading at least four fiction books (100%+ completed):

I probably spent a little too much time reading fiction books this month. I read well over four fiction books during June. The books I read included:

  1. Forbidden King (Magnolia Falls #3) by Laura Pavlov
  2. California Waves (The Davenports #2) by Bella Andre & Nicky Arden
  3. Fragile Sanctuary (Sparrow Falls #1) by Catherine Cowles
  4. Forbidden Hearts (Whitlock Family #1) by Corinne Michaels
  5. Broken Dreams (Whitlock Family #2) by Corinne Michaels
  6. Tempting Promises (Whitlock Family #3) by Corinne Michaels
  7. Forgotten Desires (Whitlock Family #4) by Corinne Michaels
  8. Come Back for Me (The Arrowood Brothers #1) by Corinne Michaels
  9. Fight for Me (The Arrowood Brothers #2) by Corinne Michaels
  10. The One for Me (The Arrowood Brothers #3) by Corinne Michaels
  11. Stay for Me (The Arrowood Brothers #4) by Corinne Michaels
  12. Return to Us (Willow Creek Valley #1) by Corinne Michaels
  13. Could Have Been Us (Willow Creek Valley #2) by Corinne Michaels
  14. A Chance for Us (Willow Creek Valley #4) by Corinne Michaels
  15. Destined for Me (Come Back to Me/Say You’ll Stay Crossover) by Corinne Michaels
  16. The Sweet Spot (Playing to Win #4) by Bella Matthews
  17. Dragon of Her Dreams (Dragon Knights #20) by Bianca D’Arc

Needless to say…I was reading a lot this past month…which could possibly explain why I didn’t get as much e-courses completed…also I binged read a couple of series by Corinne Michaels that were semi intertwined. 

Complete at least one 30-day challenge (100%)

Well…I’ve completed a 30-day challenge…it was another Sudoku challenge. Maybe next month I’ll remember that I’d stated it would be a jumping jack/squat challenge, along with possibly watching a different TedTalk each day.

Make time for intentional movement (possibly somewhere between 5-10%)

Still gotta get better at setting aside time for intentional movement. The only days where time is ‘set aside’ are on Wednesdays…and those are my ‘chore’ days. So—I need to actually try to ‘schedule’ in time during the other days of the week for some type of intentional movement.

YouTube Channel (outline & intro video) (still somewhere around 5%):

I still have the mind map of topics…that I need to chose from, then mind-map from that topic to determine the ‘subtopics’ that I’d be researching/talking about. One thing I realized—I don’t necessarily have to be ‘on screen’ (since currently my niche is science/health/med education—I’d be doing ‘voice over’ explaining the slides). This might go a little faster since I don’t have to try to ‘record’ myself (other than a possible introduction video to the entire channel)

Blurbs on science, health, medical papers (still around 5%)

Currently this is still sitting at roughly five percent…basically, I still have the extreme rough draft of the blurb on the sea dragon genome paper that I need to edit down to a decent length. I don’t know why I haven’t sat down to edit it yet…other than allowing the inner critic & imposter syndrome to ‘grab the reins’ on this writing project series. When I drew my yearly BINGO card, I’d decided that I was going to try to get back into a habit of reading at least one ‘research’ paper a week on different topics, & then write a blurb/review on it & post it…that was suppose to be 52 writing projects this year (because I also stated within my 101 goals—I have the goal to write a minimum of 100 blurbs/reviews by June 18 2026)…needless to say—I’m behind on this ‘project’. 

Watch/work through at least another three e-courses (about 50% completed):

I mentioned above that I read a lot of fiction books this month…and a lot of the time spent reading could have been spent working through e-courses.

Currently I’ve finished an introduction to statistics course on Udemy. This was a decent intro course on stats…there were a few problems within the course & of course ‘quizzes’ at the end of different sections. I rated it four out of five stars—mainly because one of the videos was actually a ‘repeat’, and it had been mentioned like two years ago, and the creator hadn’t gotten around to ‘correcting’ it yet.

I’m about half way through another ‘stats’ course (Statistics and data literacy for non-statisticians). Currently I’ve rated the course at a three out of five stars…mainly because there haven’t been ‘problems’ to work through…there didn’t seem to be an ‘intro’ video (introducing the content creator & content)…and I’m not sure how much I’m actually getting out of the course. I’m not sure if I’ll be finishing this one up this afternoon or not…if I don’t finish it today, I’ll have it finished by tomorrow (July 1st) afternoon.

30 minutes at least four times a week on Mondly (90%):

I started using Mondly again on the 3rd of the month; and other than the first two days of the month & the 16th, I’ve been on the site, somewhere between 20-40 minutes a day learning Arabic.

I went back and did the daily lesson for the 16th (along then with that weekly quiz) today after I finished today’s daily lesson. With ‘missing’ three days this month—I managed to start learning a foreign language & logged in to the site 90% of the time this month. 

Posting consistently to the oracle card channel (90%):

Again, I started posting to the oracle card channel ‘consistently’ on the 3rd. So, in an similar answer to the above foreign language—other than the first two days of the month & the 16th, I’ve been posting oracle cards & their messages to the oracle card channel daily (usually shortly after I do the Gaza morning update on my other instagram channel).

For June I used the Guides of the Hidden Realm oracle deck by Colette Baron-Reid. Next month I’ll be choosing a different deck (possibly The Ancient Stones Oracle deck by Rebecca Campbell that also came out last month). Each month will be a ‘different’ deck, and I think I have at least twelve different oracle decks (along with five different tarot card decks) that I’ll just ‘cycle’ through them.

Post to each blog at least twice (100%):

I did manage to post to each blog at least twice. In terms of the science/health/medical blog—I posted twice earlier this month on two different science related ‘random’ holidays (World Environment & World Oceans days). I’m still posting more often on the creative blog (at least weekly with the weekly summary of the hellish events happening within Gaza & the West Bank).  I really need to decide if I want to ‘pause’ the medical series and start a different one (one that might actually see me posting to the blog on a more consistent basis).

Finish the outlines for the various creative research projects (~5% completed):

This is sitting around 5% completed. I have the ‘basic’ outline for the different dinosaur interviews…but didn’t modify it for other extinct animals; nor did I modify it for toxic & venomous animals.

In terms of the different ancient civilizations—I need to decide how may ‘different’ people I’m going to interview—is it going to be ‘gods & goddesses’, leaders, craftsmen, or everyday people? Hopefully I’ll get more of this project completed over the next few months. I’d really like to have some of these ‘short stories’ published on different sites by mid-September.

Work on the needlepoint project (100%)

Yes. I’ve been consistently working on the needlepoint project & hopefully will have it finished sometime in July. Will it be in time for the 300-day checkin of my 101 goals? Or the 5th checkin for my 44 goals before turning 44? Maybe…but I should have it done by the end of July (or extremely early August) at the latest.

I usually take weekly update pictures on the needlepoint project to share with a friend. But I think the monthly one really shows the progress…I’m even impressed with how much I managed to get done last month. This is working at least twenty minutes (upward of two hours) a day on the project.

“Checking in on the list” (Not really a goal):

I mean there are only a few goals that I haven’t really progressed far on (the science/health/medical paper blurbs, the YouTube channel, intentional movement & getting more of the different creative projects written). Then there are others that I had no trouble completing (reading & working on the needlepoint project). I think what I need to do is have the afternoons structured a little better than what I’ve been doing…possibly try to focus on research/writing from say 2:30 to 4 three to four times a week—instead of waiting until then to try to do a e-course or something.

Conclusions for June:

So I technically set twelve goals for June (the last one was really just a reminder to myself to check the list every so often). I managed to get at least fifty percent (upwards of stating 100% progress) on two-thirds of the goals…so I did well with eight of the twelve goals. The four that I fell behind on—have been the four that I’ve been ‘stalled’ on since I restarted this monthly accountability series.

I think the only one of those four that will be ‘modified’ will be the one for the YouTube channel—I need to finish fine-tuning the outline & decide the format that I’m going to be working with (videos with voice-over, or will I be ‘on screen’ in the videos). The other three I just need to actually ‘fit’ into the daily schedule (whether at a particular time, or just pick a project for the week).

Goals for July:

  1. Read at least three nonfiction books
  2. Read at least four fiction books
  3. Complete at least one more 30-day challenge (and not just a Sudoku challenge)
  4. Set up the intentional movement plan
  5. Polish the outline for the YouTube channel & decide on the format
  6. At least one blurb on a science, health, or medical paper
  7. Work through at least three e-courses
  8. At least 25 minutes each morning on Mondly
  9. Post to each blog at least twice
  10. Post consistently to the oracle card channel
  11. Finish the mindmaps/outlines for different projects
  12. Continue working on the needlepoint project (possibly finish?)

Final Thoughts/Reflections:

Twelve goals…and basically the same (more or less) goals that I had set for June. I’ve ‘modified’ the YouTube channel goal & intentional movement goals, as well as stating I’m aiming for writing a single blurb on a science/health/medical paper for the other blog. The other goals are more or less what I’ve done for the past few months. Will I remember to do an additional challenge (along with the Sudoku)? Hopefully…I do have in the daily schedule to doodle in the early afternoon before attempting to do any learning/virtual chats.

Instead of ‘rewriting/rewording’ things—this is what I wrote at the end of May/beginning of June in terms of the goals I’m probably going to be ‘repeating’ for awhile:

The rest of the things…will require that I work on silencing the inner critic/imposter syndrome on a daily basis. I know what I want to do with my life—not only help improve how various topics are communicated to the public…but education overall…in addition to finding a way to make a partial living as an crafter/artist—as I’m starting to think about branching out and teaching myself other crafts—crochet (I knew how to do this years ago), making jewelry (I’ve got enough beads & charms), resin, mosaics, and wood-burning. I don’t need to make millions…I just need to make enough to ensure that my bills are paid, I have a roof over my head, and food on my table. Travel really isn’t even that big of a necessity currently (mainly due to the state of the world).

I want to become a better global citizen…which means decolonizing my mind and ‘relearning’ things about various parts of the world. It means learning an language (or two)—as English isn’t spoken everywhere. It means figuring out how to live with less…so to help cut back on the demand/need for vital elements that are fueling genocides and conflicts throughout the African continent. 

Progress…good, and done is better than ‘perfect, and never published’…because perfectionism is a myth…a myth of white supremacy that I’m going to jump up and down on until it’s grounded back into dust. What is one thing you’ll do to help break down the barriers around the world? 

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Are we at the edge of a regional/global conflict or a bad episode of the Twilight Zone?

Good morning, and ‘welcome’ back to my weekly summary of what has been happening over in Gaza & the West Bank. This summary is based off of my daily ‘briefs’ that I share on Instagram (jessi1980) that are based off of the daily live blog feed from Al Jazeera. I’d decided that instead of writing daily here (and more or less ‘repeating’ what I wrote on Instagram)—I’d do a weekly summary. So some points may seem ‘out of place’…but everything talked about here has happened over the past week in Gaza & the West Bank.

Numbers for the week:

For Gaza: at LEAST 37,834 dead; at LEAST 86,858 wounded; somewhere between 8-13,000 still missing. 

Over in the West Bank: at LEAST 553 dead; OVER 5,300 wounded; OVER 9,400 ‘detained’ (aka kidnapped) including people who had originally been released back in November.

Reminder: the occupiers are holding ~9,300 political prisoners within their ‘prisons’ & over 3,400 (other) people are held as administrative detainees (being held without charges or trial)…

What has happened over the past week:

Call to Action for Palestinian Children in the West Bank & Gaza:

Belgium, Jordan & the EU have come up with this ‘call to action’ to help Palestinian children. It has four major points:

  1. Immediate ceasefire in Gaza; (2) Respect for international human rights & humanitarian law within Gaza & the West Bank; (3) Ending the ‘grave violations’ against Palestinian children (including releasing those held in ‘detention & captivity’); and (4) allowing safe & unrestricted humanitarian aid access into Gaza & the West Bank.

Four totally acceptable points/demands…but we all know that the occupiers will totally & completely ignore them…in addition ignoring any type of resolutions that are passed by the UN.

Lebanon & Hezbollah:

Well..the occupiers are still threatening to invade Lebanon…not to mention the threat of ‘bombing them back to the Stone Age’…I hate to tell you children this—this isn’t diplomacy, which you’re claiming you want to ‘try’ first.

Remember—last time you tried to take on Hezbollah, it ended in a draw. That was also at a time when you hadn’t been engaging in active genocide for nine months beforehand.

The Lebanese military has stated they’ll back Hezbollah…Palestinian refugees within Lebanon have stated they’ll take up arms (mainly to protect themselves)…and Iran has stated it would enter the fray to help protect not only Lebanon, but Palestinian refugees within Lebanon.

More indiscriminate bombing of villages within southern Lebanon. At least 435 Lebanese civilians have been killed & at least 1,366 have been injured, with thousands more being driven from their homes since Oct 8th.

West Bank:

There are more assaults, ‘detentions’ (aka kidnappings), murder, and property damage in the West Bank…because the squatters & occupying military continue to act like fucking assholes & have the ‘protection’ of the occupying government.

A minimum of nine homes have been demolished in the West Bank this week—making it over 1,000 homes/businesses that have been demolished since Oct 8.

Of course the occupying government is more than willing to allow more illegal settlements to pop up in the West Bank…they’re claiming now they’ll start naming all their settlements after countries that recognize Palestine as a sovereign nation.

Disabilities, health, and such:

It’s estimated that since Oct 8—there has been a minimum of 10,000 people who have developed some type of disability. The number is probably higher—since that number (10,000) is the minimum number estimated as well for the number of children who have become amputees.

21 out of over 25,000 children have been able to be evacuated from Gaza for medical treatment abroad. These 21 children are hopefully going to be getting cancer treatments in the UAE.

Did you know that over 1,000 people require dialysis treatment in Gaza—and that there is both a shortage of supplies & medical personnel…their lives are risk.

It’s a minimum of 2,000 patients (adults) that need to be able to leave Gaza for medical treatment abroad…but they can’t get out due to both the closing of the Rafah crossing & needing ‘permission’ from the occupiers to leave for treatment.

Ten…ten children a day become an amputee…where’s the rage?

Another child in northern Gaza died of starvation.

Six trucks with medical aid (from Morocco) were able to enter southern Gaza (via the Karem Abu Salem crossing) & the aid was being distributed among the hospitals/clinics in southern Gaza.

‘Safe’ zones:

There is no such thing as a ‘safe zone’ within Gaza…and there has never been. This is just a term that the occupiers throw out to ‘gaslight’ the west. 

Al-Mawasi has been designated as a safe zone…but was carpet bombed last night & at least 5,000 people have become displaced yet again.

‘Peacekeepers’:

It’s being floated as an idea to end the ‘conflict’—put in UN peacekeepers. The only problem I see with that—is that the occupiers would want ‘total control’ over them…and try to still pull their shit…

EU & US policies/odds & ends:

So…the House has passed some resolution that bans the State department from quoting the Gaza health ministry in terms of the number of dead and/or wounded…

Technically the US is inviting the occupiers, numerous Arab nations, plus others to sit in on the 75th anniversary summit meeting of NATO in DC later this summer…I wonder how big the protests will be for that? 

Technically come July 24 there should be protests in DC…since the occupier’s prime minister is suppose to come over to address a joint session of congress.

The EU is claiming they’re going to start ‘sanctioning’ people that are associated with Hamas & other resistance movements in the middle east…but of course they won’t be sanctioning anyone in the occupiers’ government.

Gaza:

According to the founder of the International Network for Aid, Relief, & Assistance (INARA)—almost all of Gaza is totally & completely uninhabitable…which is the goal of the occupiers.

At least 273 humanitarian aid workers have been murdered in Gaza since Oct 8.

Up to 21,000 children are unaccounted for since Oct 7th…they have either been ‘detained’ (aka kidnapped), are buried in the rubble, buried in a mass grave, have ‘disappeared’ or are ‘lost’…I truly hope that there is a special place in hell for everyone who is participating in this genocide.

70 aid trucks were able to possibly get into northern Gaza…but again—that is literally a band-aid on the problem.

Over 300 athletes, referees & sports officials have been murdered in Gaza since Oct 7th. Earlier this week they killed a football player & his family (and his wife was a medical professional—bring the number of medical professionals murdered to over 400)..

Final thoughts for this past week:

If there is to be peace…I’m not sure that a two-state solution will work. But I know that is the step that the world wants…but for that to happen—Israel (and their backers) needed to be held ACCOUNTABLE for everything they’ve done (or allowed to happen in terms of the backers) for the past 76+ years.

Dismantle the signs of apartheid in the West Bank (and East Jerusalem), return that land to the Palestinians, and have one set of rules/laws/regulations for EVERYONE. Again, non-Palestinians don’t have to leave…those that fear persecution, usually are the ones that participate in the persecuting of others.

If Israel is allowed to continue to threaten/bully their neighbors (and illegally occupy territory) there will ALWAYS be armed resistance somewhere.

End the war? Get the occupiers out of Gaza & the West Bank…give the land back…and ACCEPT whoever the Palestinians decide to have in power…that’s called adulting…it’s called respect & civility. Two things that are lacking on the global political playground. Not everyone wants a ‘western’ lifestyle. 

When this blows into a regional/global conflict—the parties to ‘blame’: the occupiers & their backers. While they’ll try to blame others…they actually will have no one to blame but themselves. Again…who knows—maybe another global conflict is what is needed to at least totally dismantle white supremacy (not sure if it would dismantle that much of the patriarchy).

Here’s a reminder that current society is fueled by greed, along with a healthy dose of mistrust/fear/hate. We don’t need a new cell phone, computer, flat screen tv, or other gadget every year. Even those ‘hybrid’ or electric cars are part of the problem—those minerals for the batteries have to come from somewhere.

Diverse…we’re suppose to be a diverse global community—different cultures, religions, & languages—all tied together by the common thread of humanity: caring about our neighbors—empathy & compassion.

Let’s work at dismantling this bloodthirsty, psychotic, & rabid colonial project. Staying ‘silent’ does nothing but props up the oppressor/aggressors. It does nothing but helps uphold the patriarchy & white supremacy. Are you really willing to fight someone else’s war of hate/greed? Have your children/nieces/nephews/grandchildren fight it? Are you that greedy/hateful? Or are you just that brainwashed?

It’s time to learn the real history of places & people. It’s past time to realize that we have to earn our chair at the global table.

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Tick…tock…things are going to ‘erupt’ into a regional conflict soon: latest on Gaza & the West Bank

Good morning, and ‘welcome’ back to my weekly summary of what has been happening over in Gaza & the West Bank. This summary is based off of my daily ‘briefs’ that I share on Instagram (jessi1980) that are based off of the daily live blog feed from Al Jazeera. I’d decided that instead of writing daily here (and more or less ‘repeating’ what I wrote on Instagram)—I’d do a weekly summary. So some points may seem ‘out of place’…but everything talked about here has happened over the past week in Gaza & the West Bank.

Numbers for the week:

Within Gaza (as of 9:05 AM CST)—at LEAST 37,551 dead; at LEAST 85,911 wounded; somewhere between 8-13,000 still ‘missing’ (dead/dying in the rubble or ‘detained’). 

Over in the West Bank: at LEAST 552 dead; OVER 5,200 wounded; and OVER 9,300 ‘detained’ (aka kidnapped) including people who had been released back in November.

So what’s happened this past week:

UN independent commissions:

Several UN independent commissions this week came out stating that they found that the occupiers have been carrying out war crimes & crimes against humanity—these crimes include: force starvation, extermination, murder & the inhumane & cruel treatment of Palestinians.

The occupiers’ “war cabinet”:

The war cabinet was dissolved earlier this week after four members resigned. The prime minister decided to dissolve it instead of ‘promoting’ various lunatics to the cabinet. Not that they were able to get anything accomplished other than death & destruction

The occupiers’ military:

They seem to be having problems filling their ranks. Now they’re trying to pass laws to force the ultra-orthodox sector into service…while that portion of society is also threatening to leave if pressed into service.

I can’t really find sympathy for anyone who has served within their military over the past nine months & is suffering from mental health issues…you jackasses brought it upon yourselves by partaking in the genocide.

“Tactical Pause”:

Technically there is suppose to be a ‘pause’ during the day to allow aid to get into Khan Younis & one of the hospitals…and yet the occupiers have yet to honor that pause.

The latest ceasefire:

Well the US & the occupiers aren’t happy that Hamas wants a firm guarantee that the occupiers will be forced to withdraw from Gaza & a full ceasefire will be implemented. Of course, the US & the occupiers are blaming Hamas for things stalling…

Lebanon & Hezbollah:

Well…the US has sent someone to try to talk to both sides (Lebanon & the occupiers)…but as far as I’m concerned started off on the wrong foot by talking with the occupiers first.

Everyone wants things calm at the border…Hezbollah has stated—they’ll be willing to enter talks as soon as the occupiers are out of Gaza & a full ceasefire has been introduced…why in the hell is that so hard to understand?

More drone strikes & indiscriminate bombings within Lebanon.

Yeah…fuck no…if they’re stupid enough in wanting to go head-to-head with Hezbollah, they can stomach the consequences…the US doesn’t (and shouldn’t) get fucking involved…

Rafah crossing:

Well…the occupiers have totally destroyed the Rafah crossing to the point that nothing can get through..and I’m sure that they’re going to be trying to blame others (such as Egypt) for the ‘closure’.

UNRWA & other humanitarian aid groups

Norway is increasing their donations to the agency (UNRWA). Kudos to the various relief organizations that are trying to build shelters for people with disabilities.

Healthcare & Educational infrastructures:

A minimum of 3,500 children are at risk of dying of malnutrition due to a lack of aid (food, nutritional supplements & vaccines) being able to be delivered into Gaza.

The al-Ahli hospital needs a minimum of 4,000 liters of fuel a day…they’re rationing what they have…as the is no guarantee that they will get fuel delivered daily.

Four children died this week of starvation.

The educational infrastructure within Gaza has basically been destroyed. Every university has been destroyed & majority of the schools have been severely damaged.

Gaza is having to rely more and more on field hospitals…though everyone pitches in to try to rebuild & get hospitals/clinics back up and running.

Gaza:

Did you know that over 150 media personnel & over 190 relief workers have been killed in the region since Oct 8th?

Weaponization of food & water is a war crime…but the west is allowing the occupiers to get away with it…what is happening in Gaza isn’t ‘famine’ but forced starvation. The occupiers have targeted almost every water well within Gaza for destruction. The environmental damaged caused by the war is unprecedented. Currently, Gaza is littered with five times the debris that generated during the battle for Mosul, Iraq back in 2017.

West Bank:

A 12-year old died from his wounds…he’d been shot in the stomach by the occupying military. Squatters are upping their violence…having driven out more Palestinian families from different villages…technically ‘ethnically cleansing’ them.

Other odds & ends:

Armenia is the latest country to recognize Palestinian sovereignty…and the occupiers are throwing a fit about it. Finland really should stop the exports of weapons to the occupiers…you don’t want to be on the wrong side of history do you?

Another US official resigned from the US state department this week.

Belgium is refusing to host football (soccer in the US) match with the occupiers…realizing it would cause a security nightmare for their police. While France tried to ban the occupiers from taking part in a ‘arms expo’…a judge overruled the ban & is allowing the occupiers to show up…so maybe the deputy mayor of Jerusalem can get his boxers out of a wad…and allow the trash to be picked up from the French consulate.

Final thoughts:

Hate & greed…they’re what is destroying society…somehow we’ve allowed a small handful of individuals to be able to determine the path of society…and it’s going downhill at an alarming rate.

Over 15,000 children have been killed…it’s now thought that over 30,000 children have lost one or both parents, thousands are separated from their parents (due to the constant displacement), and thousands have become amputees.

Don’t ask me to condemn the ~30,000 children who may grow up having an extreme dislike to western society/values. Don’t ask me to condemn those in the West Bank that decide to take up arms against the occupying forces. 

Don’t ask me to support an ‘invasion’ of a sovereign nation…because the occupiers are feeling ‘threatened’…and don’t ask me to condemn those within said sovereign nation that fight for their freedoms.

These are problems…that could have been avoided…if the occupiers were held responsible for just a fraction of the shit they’ve done over the past 76+ years. These problems could have been avoided…if the west didn’t decide that Palestine would make a great landing spot for their latest colonial project.

Again—we’re suppose to be a diverse global community…different cultures, different religions, different languages…but all tied together by the common thread of humanity…caring about our neighbors…empathy & compassion. 

Current society seems to be fuel by greed…along with a healthy dose of mistrust/fear/hate. We don’t need a new cell phone every year.

We don’t need a new computer, flat screen tv, or other gadget. Technically—even the ‘hybrid’ or electric cars are part of the problem…those minerals for the batteries have to come from somewhere.

We need to dismantle this bloodthirsty, psychotic, & rabid colonial project. We need to start dismantling the patriarchy, white supremacy & all that goes into both.

Again, silence does nothing but props up the oppressor/aggressor. It does nothing but helps to uphold the patriarchy & white supremacy. When this blows into a regional or global war—are you really willing to fight it? Or have your children, nieces/nephews, grandchildren fight it? Why? Is your heart also filled with hate & greed? Or are you just that brainwashed?

It’s time to learn the real history of places & people. It’s past time to realize that we have to earn our chair at the global table.

#MyViews #NotSorry #IStandWithHumanity #IStandWithGaza #IStandWithPalestine #CeaseFireNow #EndTheOccupation #StopTheGenocide #StopArmingIsrael #ReadAndLearn 

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Mix one part time & project management with reading & e-courses: equals Capricorn Full Moon Goals

So the moon will be entering the Capricorn constellation tonight (or possibly last night depending on where you are in the world), and it will mark the sixth full moon of the year; and we’re a little over two-thirds of the way through June. We’ve passed the summer solstice, and now are slowly heading towards the shortest day of the year.

Two years ago, I wrote that: ‘I have various ideas of what I would like to do professionally (such as science/medical/health communications, creating (and selling) e-courses, e-books, workbooks (and so forth), creating crafts (jewelry, cross-stitching, scarfs, afghans and so forth) to sell on etsy, educational consulting, professional coaching, blogging, setting up a podcast and YouTube channel, and photography)…now I just need to make the ‘map’ that will blend all of them together (honoring my strengths and values).’

Last year I didn’t do much to move these goals forward (due to the family medical issues which ended in my mother’s passing; then losing two pets within four days of each other in June)…so I’m now working towards getting these goals manifested into reality.

So looking to book “Moonology: working with the magic of lunar cycles” by Yasmin Boland—what are the questions that can be asked during the Capricorn full moon?? Those questions include:

Have I been ambitious to the point of ruthlessness?

Have I been obsessed with work to the detriment of my personal life?

Have I been hard headed, hard-nosed, or just too hard on others?

I have allowed my head to overrule my heart?

Have I been planning my life enough? Or have I been planning it too much?

So if I were to number the above questions 1-5, my answers would probably be as following:

  1. No, I haven’t been ambitious to the point of ruthlessness. There is enough success to go around, and everyone is on a different path…some ‘parts’ may overlap—but not everyone is aiming to be both a science/health/medical communicator who is also creating e-courses/workbooks, crafts, and such. Also—being ambitious to the point of ruthlessness—can be seen as a sign of poor leadership, and people being severely toxic (and I’ve been trying to avoid those types of people the past couple of years). 
  2. I’ve never really been much of a social butterfly (even before the pandemic/epidemic of SARS-CoV2 virus), but in terms of my ‘personal life’…no I’m not obsessed with work to the detriment of my personal life. I do try to ‘unplug’ in the evenings and work on crafts and such; and I also try to balance the ‘work’ portion between the more research-focused work, and the creative/free style work. 
  3. Nope, I haven’t been hardheaded, hard-nosed or too hard on others. I don’t associate (in person) with many people right now. I meet up with a friend for lunch monthly (if we both remember), and currently most of my interactions are online. I try to avoid arguments with people…by either not commenting; turning off comments; or just removing the connection. 
  4. Two years ago I asked the question ‘in what context?’. Right now there aren’t that many decisions that I need to make that are in the realm of head versus heart type of decision.
  5. I’m working on accepting the ‘where you are is where you’re meant to be’ mentality. I would say that in terms of whether or not I’m planning my life enough…the answer is firmly in the middle. My ‘problem’ is trying to do either too much or not enough. Something I’d touched on a few years ago…and that problem is a extremely large one to work on correcting…and I’ll fully admit that I really didn’t do much last year in terms of trying to plan things out better. Breaking large goals down into easier ‘bite-size’ goals is still something I’m working on this year. 

So the Capricorn full moon is also going to be traveling through my third house—or the communication zone. This zone deals with both communications with people that you would see on a day-to-day basis (more or less): friends, co-workers, and possibly family; but it also deals with other things as well: to-do lists, self-expression, and so forth. While it is a time for communications—the communications are best done when people are in “good” moods—you don’t want things to spiral out of control and a disagreement started because someone took something you said the wrong way.

In terms of ‘major disagreements’…well there is a genocide being carried out live-stream, along with others that aren’t being ‘streamed’ (I’m talking about Gaza, the Congo, Sudan, & other places)…so there are disagreements with people on this topic—but I usually just delete the comments and/or block the person. I don’t think In the middle of any type of major disagreement with people that I talk to on a more day-to-day basis (my father, younger brother, or friends). 

I’m working on making the to-do lists (or as I do like to call them the to-be accomplished lists) more manageable—by only have a few things on them per day (and having a longer ‘list’ for the week, that I can go back & grab things to work on once I get other things taken care of). Self-expression/self-care is always an ongoing task..especially when you realize that you’ve spent way too many years ‘shrinking’ yourself to appease others.

So what are my goals for the Capricorn full moon period? They include:

  1. Finish fine-tuning my intentional movement game/schedule & then just doing something each day (whether it’s lifting weights, dancing around the living room, getting on the exercise bike or massive cleaning spree)—just doing something each day.
  2. Work on creating a new long-term goal list. Since I’ve listed out numerous ideas at the being of this post in terms of what I’d like to do career wise—I now need to figure out how to weave them together, plus have goals for other areas of life: health/wellness, finances, personal/professional growth, spirituality, living space, and crafts/hobbies).
  3. Work through at least part of an ‘long’ e-course (one that is over three hours) or watch at least two (possibly three) shorter e-courses
  4. Get at least half-way through at least one non-fiction book that I’ve started over the past few months.
  5. Planning for the second half of 2024 (BINGO cards; July calendars; and July brain dump; possibly August or Sept brain dump as well).

Five goals…that all focus on time & project management. Therefore I should be able to get at least three of the five done (planning for the second half of 2024 & July; new long-term goal list; working through part of an e-course; and possibly finishing (or getting halfway through) at least one nonfiction book). The fine-tuning the intentional movement game/schedule is the really ‘iffy’ one…as I’ve been great at procrastinating doing anything that is ‘fitness’ related (though I have been cleaning out the storage unit, cleaning the house, & carting around the 12 pound cat daily)…so progress is the goal—not perfection.

What is one of your Capricorn goals?

And of course remembering: Progress not perfection.

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Energy & focus…I guess I may be a morning person after all

So the moon will be transitioning through the Capricorn constellation tomorrow…marking the sixth full moon of the year…we’re a little over two-thirds of the way through June, and have just pasted the longest day of the year…so we’re now heading towards the shortest day of the year. While I like the longer days…I like the cooler temps of fall & winter over the hot temps of summer. So..before looking ahead to the Capricorn full moon, I should look back at the goals I set for the Sagittarius full moon and see how I did with each of them. 

What were the goals for the Sagittarius full moon? Well, they included:

  1. Plan for June…content editorial calendar—pick different colored pens/markers for the different projects/channels that I’ll have going. June BINGO card; June brain dump.
  2. Develop a ‘fluid’ schedule…blocks of 40-75 minutes of work followed by blocks of 30 minutes for ‘breaks’ (which could include getting some intentional movement in).
  3. Continuing with my content creation challenge (including tracking)
  4. Update my personal/professional growth game and then roll the dice to see what the next set of adventures are.

So how did I do with each of them?

Planning for June (I’ll say about 98% done):

I got my June BINGO card made, did my June brain dump, and drew the basic calendar. While I had picked colors out for different ‘channels’ (creative blog, science blog, and various social media channels)—I’ve found that I don’t necessarily grab the correct color when I’m trying to do my weekly to-do lists. So..that is something that I need to work on. 

Developing a ‘fluid’ schedule (~95% completed):

Well…I’ve developed a schedule that seems to work in the morning—for the most part. I’ve decided to put things I’d been doing fairly well (morning updates on Gaza & trying to post a science/health news blurb) between tasks that always seem to have fallen off the to-do list. 

This is working well in the mornings—I’m now doing about 20-30 minutes of Mondly (learning Arabic) before doing my morning Gaza update; then I do an oracle card reading (and share that on the oracle card Instagram channel I started), then I do the morning science/health news blurb.

I’m still working on developing an ‘fluid’ schedule for the afternoon (research, chores, fitness, and so forth), as I usually end up scrolling through various social media channels while attempting to do research on the side for different projects.

Content creation & tracking (~95% completed):

So instead of having a list of different content I want to ‘create’, I decided that I would see how much content I could create from June to December this year. I have a spreadsheet created, and every day I go in and log what type of content I’ve created & where said content is published. 

I’ve been diligent in doing daily updates on Gaza & the West Bank on Instagram (especially since I was restricted from posting to LinkedIn for about six weeks), and have been working on my latest large needlepoint project as well. 

I know I need to start creating more science/health/medical related content..as that blog/website is a little ‘sparse’ in terms of content getting published.

One major goal of this challenge is to see what my ‘go-to’ content creation is (currently it’s mainly writing and ‘publishing’ to Instagram daily), and branching out to other types of content (infographics, posters, slide decks, ‘articles’, short stories, and such).

Updating the personal/professional growth game & starting another round (100% complete):

Okay—I redrew the game. I decided to remove one of the boards & condensed down everything else to fit in on the first board. Earlier this week—I posted my update to the game & the fact that I was starting another round.

My personal/professional growth board game. Approximately 80 odd squares of ideas/topics to learn about & content to create & share

The top three things I’ll be focusing on (along with everything else on my to-do lists) are reading (aiming to finish at least three nonfiction books and/or four fiction books), working through an e-course (or three; as I stated I was going to try to do at least three e-courses [giving myself about two weeks per course]), getting the next two blog posts up on the science/health/medical blog (dealing with exocrine & endocrine glands & the cancers that can develop within each of them). The fourth item was a tie between unplugging for the night & content creation.

Conclusions:

Four items…that were focusing on planning, content creation, and time/project management. I did fairly well with all of them (minus the inability currently to use different colored pens for writing on the calendars; and having a ‘fluid’ schedule for the afternoon).  Currently I seem to have more ‘energy’/focus in the mornings for certain projects (mainly learning, sharing news, and doing my oracle card drawing/sharing), and the afternoons find me allowing my mind to wander & I start to procrastinate & put projects off.

So…

I know that I need to develop a fluid schedule for the afternoon, possibly have different colored pens out for the to-be accomplished lists (or at least have master lists written in different colors), & realize that I don’t have to be pushing full throttle everyday. I’m working at acknowledging the phrase that I’m exactly where I’m meant to be…I also know that while the phrase is ‘true’…one also needs to put in the work in order to build the future that they want. Therefore, I need to ‘fine-tune’ the daily fluid schedules—in order to ensure that projects are actually moving forward & I’m not just focusing on ‘fluff’ items (the small things that allow me to check more things off the to-be accomplished lists).

Progress is being made…it may not be quick…it may not be totally linear—but that is the path of the universe…non-linear, spiral, folding back on itself to show that while one may not have totally learned the ‘lesson’—you’re further along in your journey than you were when you first came upon the ‘lesson’.

How did you do with your Sagittarius goals? What was one key takeaway message you found?

Namaste…

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