7 Quick Takes: Why You Should Support My Fundraiser for RAICES

7 Quick Takes

I’m using my Camp NaNoWriMo novel to raise money for RAICES. If you don’t think what’s going on at the southern border is atrocious, read this. If you are feeling helpless in this situation, read this.

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Because RAICES is actually on the ground and working in this situation. RAICES stands for Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services. According to their “About Us” page:

RAICES is a frontline organization in the roiling debate about immigration and immigrants in the world. As an organization that combines expertise developed from the daily practice of immigration law with a deep commitment to advocacy, RAICES is unique among immigration organizations. A diverse staff of 130 attorneys, legal assistants, and support staff provide consultations, direct legal services, representation, assistance and advocacy to communities in Texas and to clients after they leave the state. In 2017, RAICES staff closed 51,000 cases at no cost to the client. Our advocacy and commitment to change are driven by the clients and families we serve every day as our attorneys and legal assistants provide legal advocacy and representation in an immigration system that breaks apart families and leaves millions without pathways to legal status.

In other words, they provide the services necessary to help the situation.

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Because I need people to kill off interestingly in my novel. It’s a murder mystery and I’ve had people ask to be killed off interestingly every time I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo. Starting the second time I participated, I’ve asked for a donation to charity in exchange for me making that person one of my victims. We’ve had drive-by scythings, we’ve had someone killed by poison in the chalice during Communion, we’ve had various types of tainted food, someone has spontaneously combusted on a waterslide… (Apparently, I need to find a friend group that doesn’t like slasher movies?) If I didn’t have people to kill off, I’d have to start killing off characters based on people I actually like.

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Because it helps out people who are in an impossible situation. People don’t randomly decide to leave everything and walk through multiple countries to get to a place. For example, my dad’s family left Ireland to escape the famine, got to America where the harbor was closed to their ship, sailed up the St. Lawrence River into Canada, and came across the border from there. (I’ve actually seen my great-great-grandfather’s citizenship papers where he forswears his loyalty to Queen Victoria, who was the monarch over Ireland at that time as Ireland was part of the UK.) Our currently impossible citizenship process was much different at the time, or I would probably be writing this from somewhere in British Columbia.

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Because the ones suffering the most are children. Some idiot on Fox News made the comment that it’s not like this is happening in Idaho and that these are not OUR children. I find that statement reprehensible. Imagine your child being taken from you and put in a place like that. THESE KIDS DID NOT ASK FOR THIS TO HAPPEN TO THEM! We as a country have a horrible history of doing this with the babies of slaves (they weren’t the babies of the slave-owning families) and Native Americans (we sent them to boarding schools where they were severely abused and forced to give up their culture). WE NEED TO BE BETTER THAN THIS!

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Because our Lord commands us to not abuse foreigners. Here is an article that lays all of that out beautifully with Scriptural citations. Also, people get hissy about helping Syrian refugees because they’re Muslim… so I hope those people (misguided as they are) might consider helping because THESE REFUGEES AND ASYLEES ARE CATHOLICS.

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Because it’s personal for me. I know a family who was separated and united. The son was sent to Texas, the husband was sent to Arizona, and the mom was sent to Washington. She somehow ended up in my area and came to my church. With the help of the Diocese, we were able to get legal help to get everyone back together. The family is lovely and the son is doing spectacularly in school in the local dual-language immersion program.

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Because it’s fun. You get to pick how you die and I will send you whatever I write about your death. RAICES gets necessary funds to do the amazing work they do and can help in this situation, while you get a small piece of fiction written about you.

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How to Help Immigrants on the Southern Border

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Unless you live in your own little bubble, you’ve heard about the concentration camp situation at the southern border of the USA. I’m sure there are people who would say that I’m being a drama queen… and those people need to read this. The actions taking place in denying these kids basic hygiene, clothes, and their families is unconscionable. If you want to pull a FOX News and say that “these aren’t our kids”, I pray God has mercy on your soul because you are in violation of Matthew 25:34-45.

Please share this liberally. All I ask is that you credit me with a link as “Jen of Meditatio” as I don’t use my last name online.

Anyway, before I start listing groups off, I want to remind people that I will gladly kill you off creatively in my Camp NaNoWriMo piece this month in exchange for a donation to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES). Details are here.

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7 Quick Takes: Sumer Is Icumen In Edition

7 Quick Takes

**WARNING** I’m going to get political and say this unapologetically: if you support the evil of taking kids away from their parents and housing them in concentration camp conditions, read this and if you still think there’s nothing wrong with what’s going on and you claim to be a Christian, I pray that God has mercy on you because you are a horrible human being.

My deepest thanks to my friend Sarah for speaking out about all of this on Facebook. I’ve been sharing everything she has posted and some of those things are in this post.

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An explanation of the title. I learned this round in high school, and it is a favorite of mine.

Also, people might actually read what I’m about to say if I don’t put that I’m getting political in the title.

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Concentration Camp Take #1. How the actual [expletive] do our elected officials not think this is wrong? These statements could very easily have been taken from the concentration camps run by the Nazis.

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Concentration Camp Take #2. Do you think that I’m just playing politics? Here is an essay that accurately reflects my religious beliefs on the subject. Bible verses are included.

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Concentration Camp Take #3. For those who claim that they would support asylees entering the USA if they were doing it the right way, you might want to read this instead of letting the idiots at Fox News give you bad information.

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Concentration Camp Take #4.

The real way Anne Frank died.

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Concentration Camp Take #5. Want to help? Here is a place you can donate money to help fight these atrocities legally. Here is another blog post with a list of ways to help.

I will have a post up on Monday morning with a list of all of these things plus addresses for elected officials.

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Get killed off for charity! I’m taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo this July and will gladly kill you off in a creative way in exchange for a donation to Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES). My fundraising page is here. (If you want to donate without dying in my novel, that’s fine too!)

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: June 24, 2019

For Today… June 24, 2019

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Looking out my window… sunny and in the high 60’s.

I am thinking… about Homer, my parents’ cat who we had to let go a year ago today.

I am thankful… for my nephew Braden’s first birthday today. I saw the little beast yesterday and got smiles. I am a very happy Auntie Jen!

One of my favorite things… quiet. I rarely get it with Daniel out of school for the summer (with the exception of ESY).

I am wearing… charcoal shirt and jeans capris.

I am creating… plot points for my Camp NaNoWriMo piece.

I am reading… Inspired by Rachel Held Evans. I’m finding it hard to read since Rachel died, because I don’t want to be done with her writing.

I am hoping… there’s something fun for me in the mailbox. **UPDATE** It was just a yarn catalog, my car insurance bill, and my AAA magazine.

In my kitchen… whatever is in the freezer.

In the school room… Daniel is out for the next two weeks until ESY starts.

Post Script… the Classic Editor plugin I use to keep the editor that existed on WordPress before they rolled out “Gutenberg”.

Shared Quote… “It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people.” – Neil Gaiman, Good Omens

A moment from my day…

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7 Quick Takes: “What’s Next?” Edition

7 Quick Takes

I’m graduating tonight with my AAS in both of the Office and Business Technology degrees from Skagit Valley College, and I have a lot of people asking “what’s next?” when I see them. So… this is my list of things that are coming up:

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Appointments. Daniel has a psychiatrist appointment in Seattle tomorrow, and we are going to be grilling the doctor on what we can do because he has been crazy this week. Next week, I have a therapy appointment on Monday and Daniel has a couple on Wednesday. I just called and got a bunch of stuff set up and the calendar is looking a little crazy.

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Adulting. The last three years have been crazy with the divorce and school, so I have some adult and legal appointments happening in July to get everything squared away before I’m working full-time.

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Possible surgery. There’s a hysterectomy in the somewhat near future for me. My surgical consult appointment keeps getting moved, so I have no clue when.

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Biobehavioral Therapy for Daniel. We’re apparently at the top of the list now, so it might be in July or August? We’re hoping it’s late July because we need some tools for parenting and working with this kid. Autism tends to throw all the normal kid rules out and his developmental issues mean that I have a 3-4 year old in a 10 year old’s body.

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Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m aiming for 50,000 words of a story written in July. I’m sorting out plot stuff and working with characters right now. It’s something creative my brain can do now that it isn’t full of Accounting or Microsoft Office things.

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Family time. My nephew turns 1 this weekend, we have another family thing next weekend, and we’ll be headed to the pioneer cemetery to bury Grandma at some point this summer. I’ll definitely be seeing a lot of family members and I am actually pretty excited about it.

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Look for jobs. My resume is up on a few sites and we’ll see what shakes out this summer.

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Here is a picture of me in all my graduation regalia with my honor cords, tassel, and medals. I was also eligible for a stole from Phi Theta Kappa, but I did not get it ordered in time.

Me in graduation regalia with honor cord, tassel, and medal.

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7 Quick Takes: Stunned Edition

7 Quick Takes

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So, um, this happened. I received an invitation to the Honors Reception this year because I was receiving something. I had no idea what it was and thought it might be grades-related or something. Let’s just say that I was completely stunned when it was announced that I was receiving this:

President's Medal

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An explanation. Apparently, my GPA was noteworthy and I met some other criteria that I have yet to find out. I’m one of 21 students in my graduating class who received it. I have been instructed to wear it when I graduate next week.

Redacted medal

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Some more pictures. Here’s a medal selfie and a picture of me with my dad.

Car selfie
Me and Dad outside of McIntyre Hall

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My last final. I got 6 of the 7 documents in rough draft form for my Document Production final while I was stuck outside the house today. (Mom was polishing the hardwood floors today, so we all got banished until early afternoon.) I have a report to key tomorrow, and then I’ll spend the weekend proofing them and trying to make sure my formatting is correct. Getting the medal is pushing me to finish strong. The highest I’ll get in the class is an A-, but I’ll at least keep my killer GPA if I focus on getting at least 90/100 on this final.

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IBS. I started feeling queasy on Tuesday and having some stomach pain, and I’ve been fighting the less fun aspects of IBS for the last two days. Eating is hard enough already and I’m having to find things that are not making my stomach cranky. My coffee habit doesn’t help this and I’ve been pushing the liquids because it’s in the 80’s with humidity here, so I also face the threat of dehydration. Thank goodness for Starbuck’s Pink Drink!

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My plans. I’ve had people ask about what is coming next for me. Daniel *STILL* needs to start his biobehavioral stuff and that won’t be until later this summer. I’m also looking at a likely hysterectomy, so I’m having to figure out that in addition. It looks like I’ll probably start applying for jobs around November, and I’ve got some tax-preparation training that is possible this summer and fall.

A parishioner joking asked me that now that I’ve won the President’s Medal, what am I going to do? My response: “I’m going to take a nap!”

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Huh. Kelly provides some food for thought today with her ponderings about blogging as a side hustle vs. blogging for leisure. Go read it. Do it now.

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