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Gov Evers approves 700M for ventilators and masks for WI....

Now we’ll see if the gop drag their feet....more info in link.


PSA we've gotten twice today..and messages from our walk this afternoon! ❤️

It’s all too real in my part of the state, my family is safe and that’s all that I can concern myself with at this time....My ex-dil sat helplessly at the bedside of the 1st person to die in our county...

Messages from our neighborhood children....a glimmer of hope from the littles! ❤️💜💙💚🧡💛

An inspirational quote for these times.....

“We all owe everyone for everything that happens in our lives. But it’s not owing like a debt to one person— it’s really that we owe everyone for everything. Our whole lives can change in an instant— so each person who keeps that from happening, no matter how small a role they play, is also responsible for all of it. Just by giving friendship and love, you keep the people around you from giving up— and each expression of friendship or love may be the one that makes all the difference.”

Schwalbe, Will (2012-10-02). The End of Your Life Book Club (p. 212). Random House, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

I hope it makes your day a bit better (and thankful) as it did mine....

This is frightening, sad and straight from the epicenter tonight!

haztac is a personal friend of my daughter. I’ve met him and he’s a fine, compassionate man. Please keep him and all the other 911 First Responders in your thoughts....and if you pray, your prayers....

Stay safe everyone and stay home!

Questions on this coronavirus bill and payouts....

I’m hearing senior citizens aren’t eligible, anyone else hear that? Will a person, still able to work full time with no interruption in income, receive the payout? If someone who has not filed taxes in 2018 or 2019 (complicated audit) be eligible?

Please no judgement, just need info.....

PSA...Safe Grocery Shopping during Coronavirus pandemic...A Must Watch!

From Facebook....

In three short months, just like He did with the plagues of Egypt, God has taken away everything we worship. God said, "you want to worship athletes, I will shut down the stadiums. You want to worship musicians, I will shut down Civic Centers. You want to worship actors, I will shut down theaters. You want to worship money, I will shut down the economy and collapse the stock market. You don't want to go to church and worship Me, I will make it where you can't go to church"
"If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
Maybe we don't need a vaccine, Maybe we need to take this time of isolation from the distractions of the world and have a personal revival where we focus on the ONLY thing in the world that really matters. Jesus.
If you believe this copy and share. Start the revival in your home......Spread the Love of Jesus.

***Correct me if I’m wrong but God didn’t mention stadiums, Civic Centers or the Stock Market anywhere, did he?

John Pavlovitz....March 24, 2020

Their Money or Your Life (The Fraudulence of Pro-Life, Christian Capitalists)

"Love is powerful.

It will make human beings do almost anything.

We’re seeing that right now.

Some people adore capitalism so much, they’re willing to sell their souls to support it.

They’re willing to spend other people lives in service of it.

In the middle of a brutal sprawling pandemic, on a day when 100 Americans died and our confirmed cases topped 43,000, Republican lieutenant governor of Texas, Dan Patrick, went on Fox News and said that older Americans would and should be willing to die in order to preserve the economy; that the elderly are the acceptable collateral damage of boosting the Stock Market and getting businesses rolling. He essentially served up grandparents and great aunts and Nanas and neighbors as seed money for Trump’s reelection campaign and as a temporary recession stay.

Not coincidentally, this unthinkably macabre theory came on the same day that Donald Trump began suggesting he will send people back to work next week—even as doctors and scientists have been begging people to take self-isolation guidelines seriously because the virus is approaching uncontainable levels; even as school systems are announcing shutdowns until at least May; even while test kits are still unavailable to hundreds of thousands, even as people are stockpiling toilet paper and rice and guns; even as our health care workers are pushed to the brink of collapse.

It also came on the same day when Republicans are trying to ram a slush-fund trojan hose disguised as economic crisis aid through the Senate; one that pads the already heavily buffered nest eggs of corporations and does little more for day laborers and the working poor, than give them the cheap buss of a one-time token gift.

This is the repugnant sham of pro-life Christianity revealed in all its grotesque ugliness.

This is what the Religious Right really thinks about human life: if the price is right, it is all expendable.

This is the economy of soul capitalism: their money is worth your life.

Other’s supply can meet their greedy demand.

For all their tearful, showy displays of phony religion, all their impassioned pleas about embryos in the womb being sacred—they will let sentient human beings with grandchildren and spouses and decades of wisdom, die on the altar of their 401Ks.

They’re actually lobbying to send millions of people back into the swirling chaos of an infectious disease even before the peak of its spread—because their identity and the President’s base is so beholden to a group of numbers and a ledger ending up in the black, that it sees no value in sick, elderly, and vulnerable human beings, for whom relaunching business as usual would be a certain death sentence.

Jesus said you cannot serve both God and money.

I never see these pro-life Christian Republicans wearing that verse on their chests or plastering it on their bumpers or brazenly broadcasting on social media, because then they’d be forced to face their fraudulence, they’d be forced to admit their hypocrisy—and they’d have to confess that the teachings of Jesus and the sanctity of life aren’t all that critical when there’s a buck to be made or a bailout to be brokered.

Call me strange, but I don’t think the sick or the elderly are expendable just so Republicans can hold the presidency or so some already wealthy people can become even wealthier.

I don’t see my mother or your grandfather or your next-door neighbor or your co-worker’s spouse as the acceptable collateral damage of temporarily boosting the Dow or nudging Donald Trump’s poll numbers or providing a one-day national emotional placebo that allows a virus to keep killing. I don’t believe older people’s lives are chips for someone else to cash in.

Maybe I’m not a “pro-life” Christian—just a decent human being who values elderly and sick and vulnerable people who are living here right now, who deserve to be here as long as anyone else.

I don’t give a damn about the economy if it costs us humanity.

I’ll be okay with that balance in my ledger.

I can look myself in the mirror.

I can sleep at night."

~ John Pavlovitz March 24, 2020

Link.... https://johnpavlovitz.com/2020/03/24/their-money-or-your-life-the-fraudulence-of-pro-life-christian-capitalism/

Bill Penzey and the Coronavirus....

So along with our stores, as of this past Sunday we’ve closed our warehouse for shipping orders for 3 weeks because it is the right thing to do. There’s lots of essential jobs out there but very-very few that are so essential they can’t shut down for 2-3 weeks. Everyone in America whose job isn’t truly, absolutely critical should be staying home right now. We are doing our part, as should all of you. Go home. Stay home. Really stay home. This isn’t the time for grand meanders around the neighborhood. Save lives by not letting your ability to transmit viruses overwhelm our hospitals and their courageous staffs. Please.

And for all the uncertainty we are all facing on so many levels, there really is no uncertainty to the way out of all this. The answer is a nation-wide shut down followed by as many as possible being tested. I can’t help but imagine how different this all would have been for America if that over-prepared woman who far more people voted for was in the Oval Office to shut everything down in February. Elections truly do have consequences. South Korea was prepared and no one there called this a hoax. Even though they were hit well before us they already coming out of this with 120 deaths total. Yesterday alone America had 140 deaths and that number is now taking off like a rocket ship. Damn.

So we are shut down until April 13th. Orders already placed and new orders placed going forward will be given priority by day placed. With your huge response in support of our email announcing our stores temporarily closing we were a few days behind in getting orders out when we shut down. I am sorry. If you need to cancel your order click here, but of course we would appreciate it if you didn’t. In fact, I believe there’s a lot to be said for placing an order right now so you are up by the front of the line when orders start shipping again, but I suspect I may be biased. Nobody gets charged until orders ship.

In trying to think of a story of value to share for times like these I’ve arrived at my very earliest days working in my parents' spice store at the corner of 33rd and Galena on Milwaukee’s near northwest side. And where growing up in the Milwaukee county suburb of Wauwatosa was all pretty non-stop white privilege, working in the 33rd and Galena neighborhood was pretty much the exact opposite of that.

Back in the late seventies we had customers driving in to shop with us from all over southeastern Wisconsin to stock up, but some of my best moments were with the people of the neighborhood just walking over to get what they needed that night. That despite my white kid suburban privilege I also got the chance to play a part in generations connecting to their roots through nutmeg and sage and cayenne pepper is a huge part of why Penzeys is what it is today. Thanks Dad!

I think in some ways I was a curiosity to our neighborhood customers, but for whatever reason they seemed to like me. At times they would share with me bits that their lives had given to them that they knew my life had left me clueless to. The late seventies was, like now, a time where the economy got so bad layoffs had actually reached into the lives of the privileged as well as those who usually bear the brunt. Against this background one of the neighbors shared this joke of truth with me: “Hey kid, do you know the difference between a Recession and a Depression?” I responded with a weak: “Maybe, but not really?” To which he delivered: “A Recession is when your family moves in with you. A Depression is when you move in with your family.”

That one stuck. It’s so nice on so many levels. At first you want to respond with: Hey wait a minute... but then it’s pretty much everything Einstein was getting at with his Theory of Relatively with double-extra bonus points for being about your relatives, but ultimately it’s a story about kindness, acceptance and even hope. Wrapped in this joke was the gift of the basic truth that no matter what happens, no matter how much our plans have gone amiss, in our humanity there is always someone there to catch you if you fall. So beautiful. Thanks neighbor man from 42? years ago!

Our original Galena Street and newer no-salt Galena Street are us doing our best to sum up the popular flavors of our original neighborhood and those efforts were well-received. Yes, originally they were used a lot for chicken and ribs, but the Galena flavor is also great for root vegetables, wonderful for stuffing, and makes for an awesome breakfast sausage patty with whatever meat or non-meat you choose. Order yours today. You will have to wait 3+ weeks for delivery, but you will be at the head of the line. Thanks.

And please stay home waiting for that delivery. With the nature of the coronavirus the death toll of the next 12-14 days is already virtually carved in stone. For the next 14 days we will pay the price for not taking this seriously and that price will be heartbreaking. But what happens on that 15th day is very much in our hands today. Today is our chance to make a difference. Please do what is right.

Thank you,


While their mom is quarantined at the hospital...

We are doing our “social distancing” part...these and FaceTime will have to do for now...#staythefuckhome

* Their mother is an RN in the NICU of a large hospital where a doctor in the OB/GYN department tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday...the boys will stay with my son until things get sorted....no idea when that will be at this rate.
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