A Matter For Concern

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  1. Truthfully, I think the most we can do, at this point, is slow things down a bit. I think it’s too late to stop things from happening. Even now, people will watch and not act. The government allows companies to continue to pollute, while paying fines to do so. Our country is run by an idiot who is working against the environment and the people as well. I don’t know what we can do other than the little things we do as individuals. I see more people bringing their own bags to the grocery store, but it’s certainly not the majority and those who don’t, don’t ask for paper. It’s such a small thing to do. Bring a bag.

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    1. Our grocery store, Wegmans is completely deleting plastic at the registers and now we have to buy bags. Even though paper and plastic was more convenient and we honestly reused those bags, I feel good that this grocery store is making such a huge change. Let’s hope others follow. We ALL should be concerned and do what we can! Bless you for commenting!

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      1. Getting rid of plastic bags does nothing to arrest the changing climate. It’s just a money grab for the store & the plastic bag manufacturers. Funny how nobody cares about all the other litter that is EVERYWHERE.

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  2. Beautiful and frightening photo, Amy.
    Yes, we can all do our best not to create more pollution in private and this helps too, but more important will be to make the US president see this too. Right now he has plans about polluting lakes etc directly again. We read about this in Europe too and get frightened, as we get regulated everything here to help the nature just a little.
    The weather are going crazy all over our world now and it will not be better, if not all go in and help to safe our world. Sad but true.

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    1. This is not the “norm” post from me, Irene. When I saw what I did in my gardens, my heart leapt up into my throat. I feel lost and a lot scared. This should not be happening, yet it is. Every time this year it has snowed, it immediately has melted. We normally have FEET of snow not just a mere inches. I am working on getting out of fear …. this is our reality and we who love this Earth, should be doing all we can to help Her. I was so upset when I took this picture, I couldn’t stop my hands from shaking.
      Thank you for commenting. I appreciate your feedback. Bless you!! (((HUGS)))!!! xo

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      1. And no matter who is doing what, we who LOVE this earth, are doing something to help Her. Gosh darn it, I know I am. People are really beginning to stand up for what is right if they wish this earth to flourish.

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  3. Of course, global warming is real. We are still coming out of the little ice age. Climate change is real, also. If the climate doesn’t change, the planet is dead. There is a really big difference between global changes in climate and microclimate changes that are influenced by a lot of the things we do, like pavement, buildings, concrete, rock and gravel landscaping, etc. A lot of recorded rises in temperature in many areas has be due more to urbanization and suburbanization than overall global warming.

    Water vapor is the “greenhouse” gas that has the biggest influence on atmospheric temperatures. Carbon dioxide has a maximin load, so more carbon dioxide will only hold so much atmospheric heat. The theory of carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas has been around for ages. Margaret Thatcher was the first to use it as a political weapon in her assault on the coal miners and their unions in England in the 80s. Al Gore picked it up about 10 years later and has made a fortune off of it.

    You also have to be really careful about any climate data these days. NASA and NOAA seem like reputable organizations, but both are really bad about manipulating data to favor alarmists theories. We were an official NOAA weather station for 10 years. I used to get their monthly and annual temperature reports for the US. I looked up the data online a few years ago and noticed the temperatures reported were much higher than the reports I used to get. Not long after that NOAA was busted for manipulating weather and temperature data to show higher temperatures than had actually been recorded.

    I don’t trust any data from any source on climate data or anything that is a hot political issue these days. Climate issues have been so politicized and climate scientists are threatened with funding cuts, even violence if they don’t produce the results the climate change politicians and radicals insist on. It’s like all the gloom a doom of overpopulation we grew up with. Now the problem is underpopulation and aging societies. The world was to be out of food and everyone starving by the turn of the millennium. The news organizations and government agencies thrive on manufactured apocalyptic crises and fearmongering, and a lot of people buy into it.

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    1. Tim, you’ve given me a lot to think about. Thank you. We have gotten to a point in time that it boils down to, who can we trust? What I have been seeing in Nature does however, alarm me. There is a change about which is confusing both plant-life and animals and birds. I used to depend on Nature to guide me in so many ways but of late, especially the past few years, I feel lost. I’m not sure what season we are in, or what is going to happen next. This post is far from my norm yet I felt it important to inform not only what I am seeing but yes I did include what I thought to be a reputable source. Now you are saying it really isn’t. I don’t watch the news. I don’t get into scare tactics, yet, here again, what I am witnessing does concern me.
      Between the chemical resistant insects, the super bugs medicine has created, and the change in the environment, if we aren’t concerned then what should we be? I’m way out of my element here for it is MY attitude to focus on the beauty and good. However, I won’t stick my head in the sand about what I am witnessing.
      And yes I know about NOAA. Hubby and I depended on it for a long time to give us accurate weather. We no longer trust this source and no longer listen to it.
      Again thank you for all you wrote. I have much to think about.

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      1. The weather cycles we will experience if we live long enough will most likely produce profound changes that are alarming, but they have happened before and will happen again. We have a book called New Mexico Then and Now (I think there are several similar for different states). When you look at the differences of the photos from the 20s and 30s compared to recent photos, the biggest difference in the landscapes is how many more trees there are now than 90 to 100 years ago. One example is the bosque running along the Rio Grande I grew up with and enjoy daily didn’t exist in the 20s and 30s. The land we live on was wet, marshland. It wasn’t until the Conservancy dug the drainage ditches and built the levees to control flooding that the bosque I know grew into what we have today. I’ve seen a lot of changes and weather cycles during my lifetime in Corrales. I try to do what I can to make things better, but I’m not going to worry myself over changes I don’t like and can do little or nothing about.

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      2. Your attitude is mine as well, Tim. I normally don’t do the “alarmist” thing nor do I write posts like this. I’ve lived in this area for over 60 years and within that time, have seen a lot of changes. Recent changes have been the most drastic. I can only work with what our reality is and do my best not to contribute to the harm that has been to our Earth. I’m just me in my tiny corner of this planet. (smile)

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      3. I normally don’t respond to posts about climate change. But I know you are a reasonable person, and wanted to give you my perspective. A lot of people go into meltdown mode. The same thing happens about my prespectives on theology. I really appreciate that you can discuss issues like this with a level head. It’s uncommon these days.

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      4. Bless you, Tim. I too avoid subjects like this and two others as well, but I felt it important that what I am seeing I write about. I also have every intention of not getting into an argument with anyone, and if anyone does leave a comment that is not respective, I will delete it. Life is too short to get into meltdown mode. I know what is happening …. my goodness my camera doesn’t lie. And like you, I will not tangle with those who want to fight nor will I myself walk in fear. You can ask my husband …. I refuse to walk in fear about a lot of things. That will in of itself drain the life out of me.

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  4. We are seeing such remarkable and bewildering changes in our environment and our planet. The ice melting , flooding , entire regions burning. Here in Florida and all up the east coast we have come to expect hurricanes that exceed our measures of category 1 through 5 into the immeasurable. As a native Miamian I’ve endured many hurricanes but only in the past years have we anticipated entire devastation of homes and wildlife. Our president mocks our proclaiming the scientists promote a hoax. With that propaganda how can we hope to fight against the pollution and destructive actions of corporations? Thank you Amy 🌹❤️

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    1. Holly, we are experiencing weather conditions never before seen here as well. Extremely high winds and too much precipitation. Our electric got knocked out for hours a couple weeks ago with severe high winds and a very violent thunder storm. We had such a powerful electrical surge, that our electrical box was hit which had to be replaced. Our neighbor’s refrigerator got fried. Our temps this winter have been wayyyyy above normal with barely any snowfall.
      Despite all this, and despite at times I feel scared and out of sync, I will not loose hope. And I will continue to do what I can to assist our earth to heal. So much damage has been done already. I will go to my deathbed with hope that those generations following us, are concerned enough to make big changes. People are waking up. I’m hearing conversation to attest to that fact.
      I will also have faith that those who are in charge of the corporations who are polluting, will grow a conscience and stop.
      I feel way out of my league with this post, dear friend, but when I saw my Crocuses beginning to come up, I could no longer remain quiet. This post is far from my norm, yet it is important to me! I LOVE this planet! I shall also continue to document with my camera the changes I do see. They say seeing is believing. I am just the messenger, nothing more. Much love to you!! xo

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    1. I care! And then some! I will not give up hope nor will I stop doing what I can to assist our Earth. I do what I can and pray that others do as well. We all are responsible, not just a few who are in leadership positions. There are many people who care … those of us especially who are deeply connected to Mother Nature. Please don’t give up. Do what you can no matter how small. Everything counts!! xo

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      1. We must not give up hope or give into despair. Yes we are human and those of us who do love this earth, yes do at times hurt. Let us turn our hurt into something positive by being active to help Mother Earth. Every time I walk in a forest for example, I do so with the attitude every step I take is planting love. Everywhere I go, that is my attitude. And it will be even more so after what I saw in my gardens this morning. (((HUGS)))!!! xo

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  5. The climate crisis should be the number one issue for our politicians, our people and the world. Your post conveys the smaller revelations of what has been happening for decades. I fear for our grandchildren who will look back and say, “how could you have let this happen and not done anything about it?” Shameful.

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    1. I agree it should be, Jane. I’m sure that with your eyes and your camera, you have seen startling changes. I know I have. These smaller revelations are always connected to the larger issues at hand. Always. I am doing what I can and not placing my eyes on anything other then what I am doing. Today, however, when I saw my Crocuses coming up over one month too early, my heart just wept and hence this post. You can tell your Grandchildren that there were some people in this world who fought back and who did all they could to assist this Earth back to wellness. Bless you for commenting. Thank you! xo

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  6. Same here Amy, lots of changes…daffodils in bloom, way too early, birds singing weeks too early, grass growing, spiders getting bigger…yuck…evenings are getting bright sooner. Way more rain and stormy weather. And despite all this our mindless government aiming to cut greenhouse gasses by 2% not the recommended 7%!

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    1. Oh, Marie. To know how many of us are seeing changes and yet those who have the ability to change the status quo are not, is so very frustrating. There is too much at times for me to bear so I opt to have my eyes on my own little world and not fall into fear. Anyone with half a brain knows that the changes we are witnessing will only accelerate. I shall continue to bring beauty and joy and love and encouragement here … this post is not my norm. When I saw those Crocuses this morning, my heart cried out and thus this post formed. How I love Mother and to know how confused and off balance She has become …. it’s hard.

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    1. There is very little we can do, Bernie, except for what we are doing already …. I know I am doing all I can to help our Earth. It’s so sad to know the known is now becoming the unknown.

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  7. The planet is getting warmer, no matter what the deniers say. Unless massive changes occur in worldwide energy consumption, the trend will continue. We need to find an alternative to the internal combustion engine, for starters. Shipping and transportation requires tons of fuel. Slowing consumption and buying closer to home helps. But I fear change won’t come soon enough. As the bumper sticker says, ‘Go, lemmings, go.’ 😦

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    1. I don’t have the answers, Eliza. You have brought up some excellent alternatives, however. Will those who have the power to decrease the energy consumption listen? Probably not. At times I really feel the little bit I am doing is just banging my head against the proverbial brick wall. I refuse to have fear wrap its clutches around me. I have to admit that this morning when I saw flowers coming up that in all honesty are not due to be up for another 6 or so weeks (even February is early!) I felt scared. I’m seeing birds that are not supposed to be here. I’m seeing insects that should be in hibernation that are not. We have every right to be concerned. As I have said to others, I’m glad I am where I am age wise. The drastic changes I have witnessed just in the past 30 years or so are shocking. You and I just keep on focusing on those flowers and celebrating them. I know the both of us do all we can to help our Earth. Thank you, Eliza, for doing your part! xo

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  8. “I am only one; but still I am one, I cannot do everything; but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do”~ Edward Everett Hale

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  9. I am seeing very similar things around me AmyRose. My strawberries and onions have started growning and we have also had very little snow and our temps are much warmer than they should be. It is very alarming………I hope today is treating you well!

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    1. It seems this is the “new” way of being as far as Mother goes, and I hope all of us can in some way figure out a pattern so that once again we can depend on Her to direct us. I’ve looked to Mother for years to show me how to live my life and what to do regarding my gardens. Now however, that has all changed. It is no use fighting this “new”. I’m in the process of accepting it and also trying to figure things out if I can. I wish the same to you, Wendi!! Much love to you! xo

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  10. I completely agree with your words, Amy and our few politicians sitting high up in their chairs have created havoc with our environment. In order to build infrastructure and buildings they are randomly cutting our nature and that is the reason for global warming and all catastrophe in our beautiful world. Hope we as few groups could help in certain ways to nurture our Mother Earth. Thanks so much for your great share.

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    1. I believe those “few” groups are growing, Kamal. There are more of us then those who sit in the political chairs. Let us hope that through our example, those who can make big changes sit up and take notice from our example. I can tell you for sure that I will keep on doing my best to continue showing our property and gardens love and respect.
      You are welcome for this share. This post is not my norm but my heart just seized up and cried yesterday when I saw those Crocuses coming up far too early.

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  11. We too seem to be having a change in our weather and in our seasons. It may be temporary and last fifty or a hundred years. Alternatively, and this seems to be much more likely, it is Man who is responsible for a whole suite of severe changes to our environment . In this case, we need to stop using fossil fuels and to stop adding CO2 to the atmosphere. It might be easier said than done, because self seeking politicians are always keen to tell their voters that they know best, and there is nothing at all to worry about.

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    1. John, I could not agree with you more. A change of energy source is vitally desperately needed for the damage that has already been done to be reversed. Every little bit helps and no matter what, I will not stop what I myself am doing. Thank you for reading this post and commenting!

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  12. I saw crocuses coming up in my neighbor’s yard three weeks ago. THREE WEEKS AGO. I don’t know if they’ve been stunted by the freezing rain we’ve had since then, I haven’t looked. But they were there.

    It smells like spring. It feels like March. I’ll be 60 in May & I have never felt a winter like this. I have kept a diary since I was a kid … being a weather junkie, I have recorded the weather there for over 30 years. This is not normal but my son tells me to forget what it used to be like & get used to the new climate, the new weather.

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    1. I’m in my 60’s and never have I witnessed weather as we are now having. Buffalo, NY is noted for its severe winters and a LOT of snow. This year a mere dusting of snow has fallen here and there and then the weather gets warmer and of course the snow disappears. No this is not normal. What I don’t know is if this is temporary or if this is here to stay.
      My reaction when I saw my Crocuses was about the same …. I was shocked. My hands were shaking so badly when I took the picture for this post. I was just that upset.

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  13. Flowers popping up and buds turning green in January is alarming. There may be other, more normal/natural forces at work, but we (humans) are surely part of this change. We can take action, and it’s not too late to make a difference.

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    1. Ah, someone else who shares my alarm. Thank you, Dan! I just feel so lost lately because these seasons are no longer making sense. I know we humans have been a big part in this huge change yet this human will not stop, regardless of what others are doing, to make sure her little piece of the pie is loved and tended to with respect and chemical free as possible. I am taking action, and for many years have doe so. It is only lately I feel that I am banging my head against the proverbial brick wall. Just so overwhelmed lately ….

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      1. I just was reading about the saffron crocus, Rob. I never knew this flower even existed. They don’t do well here due to our planting zone. And if you get more snow then we do, they wouldn’t do well where you live, unless that is, you are willing to dig them up before the frost.

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  14. My friend, I too have noticed this and it scares me. It has been so warm here that some iris and daffodils are blooming. I have had the windows up a lot-and folks are applauding this spring like weather. I see it very differently and if I think too much, it makes me sick! I am doing what I can, for that is what I can do. We must rest in that. I am so glad you wrote about this. love Michele

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    1. I see things differently as well, Michele. Those of us who are connected to Mother Earth know when to plant, when to reap, when to harvest … and so on. We have taken direction from Her for many years. These past couple of years, I feel so lost because the seasons no longer make sense to me. My confidence as to when to do what is no longer there either. As you, all I can do is try to figure things out and do my best. Those folk who are applauding the warmer temperatures don’t understand that certain geological areas depend on the cold and snow for their natural order to exist. I’m seeing insects, for example, I’ve yet to identify that are frightening in their ferocity to destroy plants. My next door neighbor who basically does nothing with her gardens had Tiger Lilies that were completely destroyed by these insects. I was shocked. Never have I seen anything like these insects. And that is only one thing I’ve noticed that is radically different.

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      1. Insects-a real sign and a frightening one. We need cold-the earth does, so we do too. I can not bear thinking of what we are leaving the children.. We can ALL do something. What if everyone did? Just a small step would make a difference. Well, we are not alone- for many folks are concerned and trying. We ought to all wake up. Enough- I know you get it. Best wishes! thank you love Michele

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  15. Hi Amy, (at the risk of sounding like a conspire theorist – this is my take on it) from what I’ve read on ‘global warning’ it all sounds way too politicized. If people knew what goes on behind the scenes regarding weather control and manipulation, news reports being bogus, chemtrails placing a metallic fence over our atmosphere, 5G microwave radiation, HAARP – it’s a “hot” issue if you will. This is not global warming from anything us humans have done, – it’s from the powers that be causing problem-reaction-solution. They get the people hyped up about stuff using back-door manipulation, cause a reaction, then offer us a solution – most of the time it’s an imposed form of something we’d rather not have. They blamed the fires in Australia on global warming – it’s a load of crap. Big companies were sold rights to public waterways and built dams, stopping water flowing in the major rivers. They started the fires. It’s all political propaganda. Ask yourself – how in the world could humans over the course of 20 years or so (since this has been a big topic) have made such a huge impact on the weather? They are screwing with mother nature and there has to be a consequence for that – they blame the people and that’s wrong. They want us angry so they feed us crap to get angry about – stirring us and manipulating us in a direction they want us to go. Someday there will be disclosure – not sure when though. More people are leaking secrets. Much love, Donna

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    1. Donna, I am only too aware of what you write here about. If I kept my head in these subjects, I’d be a boiling raging mess. I too have seen the rapid and I’m talking rapid environmental decline in the past 20 years which is shocking when you think about it. I agree that when mere man messes with Mother Nature, there will be severe consequences. They’ve already begun but as I know and you know, what we have seen and experienced are only the tips of the iceberg. I hope you are right about disclosure and I pray it is not too late to reverse the severe damage that has been done to Mother Earth. Thank you for leaving this comment. I took a big chance publishing a post like this but my heart just wouldn’t allow me to ignore the plight we are in. People really need to wake up! Those of us who are connected to Mother Earth are only too alarmed! I know I am. Much love to you! xo

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  16. Dearest Amy, I so know and feel your concern, Last year I think I had a bit of melt down myself when the enormity hits home .. Not only of our Human pollutants. from plastic, to our carbon footprints, but to the damage we are doing to ourselves in our electronic 5G untested waters yet to be flung far and wide..
    I had not forgotten to come back to this post or answer your lovely comment reply on my post either Amy..
    Yesterday you were constantly in my thoughts that I must try and find something that would help you see a wider picture so to speak..
    A book I can recommend that may or may not resonate with you is from Gregg Braden, I have most of his books upon my shelves and find his scientific approach in uncovering ‘Deep Truth’ another of his books and speaking out that not all science is telling it like it is..
    The book though that speaks about these ‘Times of Extremes’ is in the book ‘The Turning Point’…
    And as if the Universe was listening to me all day yesterday, as I was about ready to go to bed last evening a new upload from his Youtube channel came in via an alert on my phone, as I follow his amazing series ‘ The Missing Links’ on there and have found it fascinating to watch and listen too while doing chores etc..
    But first here is his website.. which speaks of these extremes in climate our behaviours where he states From ….. Website ~ https://greggbraden.com/blog/time-climate-extremes/

    ” Another warming episode in the late 1200s involved temperatures twice as high as today.5 While the variations are in fractions of a degree Celsius, I’m sharing them here to offer a rounded perspective on climate change and what it’s meant in the past. It’s interesting to note that these temperature changes occurred without the factors that are commonly believed to be the cause of such extremes, such as industrial sources of CO2. The question is, Why? If the CO2 was not the trigger at that time, what was? And what does it mean for us today? These are questions we must honestly answer if we are to address the issues of climate change that we will face in the coming centuries. “…

    He goes on to share more information in his books which prove from ice core samples etc that we have warmed up higher and cooled down in iceages before and these come in cycles due to our planetary positioning… Again which we are not being told about, and yet within many cirlces, anomalies are being witnessed in seeing two Suns, and other orb like shapes in the skies.. Which is what the Hopi prophecies also spoke of .. The Blue Kachina…
    I will leave you the video link in my reply to your comment upon my blog page so as not to clog up your comments here..

    Sending Love your way Amy.. and now to get the video and leave on my reply to your comment on my blog..
    Love and Hugs your way Amy..
    Sue ❤

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    1. Sue, I have Gregg Braddon’s books and I will look through them for the “Turning Point”. I also thank you for the Youtube link which I have immediately bookmarked. I cannot thank you enough for all your help. My scientific mind needs answers …. real answers. I know I will be able to get those answers in the material written by Gregg. Bless you! xo Much love and huge (((HUGS)))!!!

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      1. Wonderful Amy then we are on the same wave length… Fear Nothing my dear friend… We are all in this together illuminating each other His I left you his Vid link on my reply comment on my post.. Go to his YouTube site.. And follow the series on his play list… Missing LINKs… you will find more answers.. ❤

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  17. We’ve had droughts before in Australia but not like the current one. Bush fires are not rare but these are hotter, burn longer and destroys millions of acres. Some mega fires have joined up with other mega fires. It’s like hell on earth.

    We need rain. Not just cloud bursts. We need long steady rainfalls.

    What’s happening to our world?

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    1. I have a friend who lives in Australia and he is as concerned as you are. What is happening? A lot. We who are alive at this time of history have to choose to either live life with a smile or with a frown. I know it’s not easy to smile when so much destruction is evident all around. Hopefully soon you will see the rain that is so desperately needed. xo

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      1. It must have been meant to be said. 🙂 We’ve had steady rain all night. Forecasters say more on it’s way. Whether or not the drought will break, only time will tell.

        In saying that, there are many parts of Australia still to get a drop.

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