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Pets

Mollie

I woke up this morning to a heavy rainstorm.

Mollie (pictured on today’s cuppa) was snuggled next to me. She raised her head, looked at the window, put her head down, shifted closer to me, and went back to sleep. I laid there a bit longer, listening to the rain.

Not a bad way to start a Friday.

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Animals Good

Hero

There’s a Llama named Winter who may end up being the hero we need.

Humans have one type of antibody. Llamas have two. One of those is smaller than human antibodies.

Scientists have had success using those smaller antibodies to fight against viruses such as MERS and SARS. They’ve seen similar results in COVID-19 cell cultures, using Winter’s antibodies.

Much more work is needed, but the scientists are moving toward clinical trials. The hope is that, although a permanent cure is unlikely, a vaccine could offer the ability to protect from infection for several months.

Even if Winter does end up being a hero, I doubt that she’ll ever have a building named after her, or be given a medal, or that we’ll celebrate an annual holiday in her honor. But I can certainly dedicate a cuppa to her today.

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People

Strong

I’ve been watching the Netflix show Cheer.

It’s occasionally cringeworthy (college students and cheer drama) but overall entertaining. I’ve definitely gained appreciation for the level of effort needed to pull off a three-minute routine.

These kids are strong, not just in their ability to do the stunts, but also in the way they support each other and in their determined approach to delivering a perfect performance. They’re human, which means they’re flawed. But they try anyway, and they keep trying. They push themselves and each other in pursuit of their passion.

Today’s cuppa is a nod to the fact that I originally tuned in for the backflips, but I’ve stayed tuned in for the message.


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Good People

Giving

It’s Giving Tuesday Now day.

Today’s cuppa is a reminder that social distancing doesn’t have to mean emotional distancing.

If you have the means, there are thousands of organizations you can choose from to offer financial support.

If you’d rather donate time or other resources and are looking for an organization that needs your help, the lists and details may be useful in getting you started.

The main website link is https://now.givingtuesday.org

There’s also a website specifically dedicated to North Texas giving: https://www.northtexasgivingday.org

Here’s to generosity – of kindness, of compassion, of spirit, and hope, and grace, and love.

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Adventures Life

Curiosity

I like this quote by Diane Sawyer: “Sometimes, I’m on a plane and I’m going from Afghanistan to Haiti or whatever I’m doing, and I think, ‘I can’t do this. This is the day that I just can’t do it anymore.’ Then I look down and I open a folder. I go, ‘Well, that’s kind of interesting, actually.’ The next thing you know, I’ve got 14 questions, and I’m refueled. I so believe in curiosity.”

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Life People

Numbers

There are a lot of numbers in the news today. Most of them are attached to negative circumstances.

With so many numbers, it’s tempting to distance ourselves from the details. In fact, we as human beings have evolved to protect ourselves, emotionally, in this way.

But there’s also danger in the distancing. Too much of it, and we risk losing the empathy that connects us to each other.

When I find myself going numb about the numbers, I allow it, just a bit, so that I can take in the news. And then, when the data-driven, fact-loving, processing side of me has finished its work, I allow myself to think of what the numbers truly represent.

And then, I’m reminded of the speech that Mr. Rogers made in 1997, when he accepted the Lifetime Achievement award at the Emmys. There are transcripts of it out there, but I find that watching him give the speech creates a greater emotional impact.

https://youtu.be/Upm9LnuCBUM

If I lose sight of what the numbers mean, I remind myself: each one, a person. Maybe not a person I know, but a person known and loved by others. A person in somebody’s heart, who comes to mind when Mr. Rogers asks us to take ten seconds of silence.

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Nature

Hot

The forecast temperature for the next few days is high 80s/low 90s, so of course I’ve chosen the Snowman cuppa today.

A little cuppa weather rebellion.

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Life Nature

Achoo

This is the time of year when I have a 20-30 minute post-waking-up window to take the allergy medicine…or else I’ll spend the rest of the day in sniffling, sneezing misery. Occasionally, it gets bad enough that a dose before bed is also necessary.

Like most everybody, I enjoy Spring with all the blooming flowers and trees, the fresh wind blowing, the green grass covering what used to be dead patches of ground. But sometimes, it’s wisest to enjoy it from behind a window.

Here’s a cuppa for those of us who live with allergies. If you need to find us, just follow the trail of Kleenex.

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Animals Nature

Possum

A possum has taken up residence in our backyard.

Husband and son discovered Mr. Possum yesterday. He was asleep under some broken wood.

Today’s cuppa reflects our human reaction, not Mr. Possum’s. Mr. P simply blinked, shifted to a more comfortable position, and then resumed his nap. He might also have rolled his eyes a bit at these crazy humans who were so amazed that nature was doing its thing right in our own backyard, but that’s not confirmed.

Possums eat rodents, snakes, and bugs, including roaches. Now that the initial freak-out is over, I’m ok with the arrangement. Welcome to your new home, neighbor.

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Nature

Yikes

Wednesday’s cuppa recognizes that Texas weather, especially in the Spring, can be a crazy ride.

I vaguely remember my husband saying something about 60 mph winds and hearing the sound of heavy rain last night, but I slept through most of the storm (not sure if that’s a good or bad thing?). We are fine, but I’m now seeing reports of power outages and downed trees across the metroplex. Hope all of you are ok.

Once again, Mother Nature reminds us that being predictable does not necessarily equate to being controllable.