I have another guest post from Slim Randles for today, but first I wanted to share this information I received from the Texas Commission on the Arts. Because so many parts of the country have been affected by the recent storms – and the spring storm season is not over – I thought this would be helpful for more people than just the folks in Texas.
Grab a slice of this great coffee cake and enjoy…
Following the recent spate of devastating tornadoes, hundreds of people affected in Texas are left with the task of recovering. The Heritage Emergency National Task Force, a partnership of 42 national service organizations and federal agencies co-led by FEMA and the Smithsonian Institution, would like to provide the following valuable resources.
Please share this information with your constituents, and ask them to pass it along:
- Download the FEMA fact sheet Salvaging Water-Damaged Family Valuables and Heirlooms, with tips and resources on salvaging different types of objects, from photos to fabric to furniture, and more. https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1490121650722-14c891088abe31790eda2e346280eaf2/Salvaging_Family_Valuables_FIMA_Fact_Sheet_2017_508WDU.pdf
- Download the free ERS: Emergency Response and Salvage app, for at-your-fingertips salvage advice, http://www.conservation-us.org/emergencies/ers-app.
- Cultural institutions, keep this 24/7 hotline number handy: 202.661.8068. The National Heritage Responders, a team of trained conservators and collections care professionals, are available 24/7 to provide advice to cultural stewards.
- Familiarize yourself with the disaster declaration process in case one is declared for your state, https://www.fema.gov/disaster-declaration-process.
Additional response and recovery resources can be found on the Heritage Emergency National Task Force website, https://culturalrescue.si.edu/resources/response-recovery-resources/
And now some fun with Slim and the gang.
When Harley Jacobsen came into Doc’s office the other day for his physical it was a treat for Doc.
Harley is one of Doc’s favorite people. Harley is a farmer. A 24/7 farmer. Ol’ Harley can make hair grow on a bald head and wheat grow on rocks.
When he’d been thumped and bumped and listened to and pumped up and partially drained, Harley asked Doc for the verdict.
“Not bad at all for someone your age, Harley,” Doc said, grinning. “But you look tired. Take some time off and go fishing or take Gladys to the beach.”
“Can’t right now, Doc,” Harley said. “Planting.”
“Well, how about later on?”
“There’s plowing summer fallow, you know, then harvest, and the trees will have to be pruned before winter, and then the winter wheat will go in. Have to overhaul the wheel tractor this winter and by then it’ll be time to plant again.”
“Harley, you need two weeks with nothing to do. Get someone to help with the farm and go do something fun.”
“I just can’t do it in two weeks, Doc,” Harley said. “Took 60 years of farming to get this tired.”
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I can relate to Harley. Even with the health issues that have plagued me for a year and a half, it has been hard to slow down and not want to be outside to take care of those endless farming chores. One of the reasons I moved to the country was so I could be outside as much as possible, and for many years I have enjoyed those endless farming chores. There is something good for the soul to be digging in dirt, touching animals, and keeping up with gardens.
Before I sign off until Friday, I want to share a new banner for my suspense novel, One Small Victory, that a designer on Fiverr made for me. When my daughter is not able to make banners or other graphics for me, Fiverr has become the backup. I really like that the prices are so reasonable, and the quality is so good.
Now, if you would like to, you can hop over to The Blood-Red Pencil Blog, where I have a post on what I have learned about writing dialogue by playing on stage.