We Know

We Know

While he ran.
His family grieves
We run free.

Murdered in her bed
She was only twenty-six
Her family weeps,
We still sleep.

While we watched.
On his neck a knee,
He couldn’t breathe.

It is not about a counterfeit bill,
Not about a no-knock warrant,
It is not about looting or fires.
We know what it is about and
Yet we fail to speak, to act, to change.



Please read this post from January 2019:         https://crookedcreek.live/2019/01/23/pollinators/

Here we are sixteen months later and the EPA has finally begun to acknowledge what research has shown for years: that neonic pesticides pose serious risks to bees, birds, other wildlife — and even human health. But, rather than taking sweeping measures to crack down on neonics, the EPA is pushing to continue allowing widespread neonic use all over the country, including on food crops.

Bees in particular, are necessary for successful food crops and their numbers have been reduced by over 90% in large part by the neonic products listed in the above referenced post. During the current corona virus pandemic many are worried about our food supply chain. We need to be more aware and concerned about how the lack of pollinators and neonic use will affect our agriculture in the future.

What Can We Do?

  • We can plant flowers for the pollinators
  • We can refrain from the use of insecticides
  • We can contact the EPA and complain about their lack meaningful action
  • We can call our US Representatives and Senators’ offices and express our concern about the EPA’s inaction


Source: NRDC



Favorite Color

What colors inspire you and how do they inspire you, what feeling do they evoke?

My Answer

Yellow is my favorite color and I believe that is inspired by the daffodils that bloomed when my daughters were born in March.

Daffodils are pure, bright, and beautiful. To me, their appearance in springtime heralds new life . . . my precious daughters.


What is your favorite color and why?



“It’s a good thing that when God created the rainbow he didn’t consult a decorator or he would still be picking colors.” Sam Levenson

What’s Your Status?

Stay inside! Wash your hands! Wear a mask! Stay 6 feet apart!

I realize all this is essential. As an extra high-risk senior, I appreciate the guidance, but it is sure getting redundant! I have been mostly inside since March 16th and I am bored. Yes, I need a haircut and a visit to the nail salon. Yes, I’d like to eat out. Although I’m not a big shopper, I’d like to go to a mall. But, still, the biggest complaint is boredom. I know that’s a small price to pay for being safe from COVID-19 and I’m ashamed to be complaining so I’ll stop now.

Thank goodness for books! I have been reading one book after another and it sure passes the time for me. Folks have loaned me their books, I’ve ordered online and I’m even re-reading books that I’ve read years ago.

So, that’s my status, I’m grateful for books and for every ray of sunshine that I see from my windows. I enjoy the flowers in my courtyard and I also take an occasional walk in the neighborhood and that is pleasant. Oh, yes, and I’m eating a lot of chocolate.

How are you coping during these unprecedented times? 


“Since boredom advances and boredom is the root of all evil, no wonder, then, that the world goes backwards, that evil spreads. This can be traced back to the very beginning of the world. The gods were bored; therefore they created human beings.” Kierkegaard

Words to Live By


“We . . . would like to start a petition that all teachers get paid $1.71 million . . . per day.”  John Kransinski, after homeschooling.

“Use this time to spread kindness, check in on your family and friends, and, of course, no biting.” Arnold Schwarzenegger

“We’re realizing how much we need each other, how we’re all in this together. Don’t you hope we remember that on the other side?” Alfre Woodard

“Laughter is a symbol of hope, and it becomes one of our greatest needs of life, right up there with toilet Paper.” Erica Rhodes

“Just a reminder that when Shakespeare was quarantined because of the plague, he wrote King Lear.” Rosanne Cash


Graphics by Pixabay


Various Definitions of Hypnosis

  • The induction of a state of consciousness in which a person apparently loses the power of voluntary action and is highly responsive to suggestion or direction. Its use in therapy, typically to recover suppressed memories or to allow modification of behavior by suggestion, has been revived but is still controversial.  Webster’s Dictionary 
  • Hypnosis is a human condition involving focused attention, reduced peripheral awareness, and an enhanced capacity to respond to suggestion. Wikipedia 
  • Hypnosis, also referred to as hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion, is a trance-like state in which you have heightened focus and concentration. Mayo Clinic
  • Hypnosis is a therapeutic technique in which clinicians make suggestions to individuals who have undergone a procedure designed to relax them and focus their minds. Although hypnosis has been controversial, most clinicians now agree it can be a powerful, effective therapeutic technique for a wide range of conditions, including pain, anxiety and mood disorders. American Psychological Association

These are just a few of the definitions I found in a search of less than five minutes. I’m sure there are many more out there and some are more accurate than others. Similarly, there are different professional opinions about what hypnosis is and how therapeutic it can be. Some probably see it as entertainment, the “quack like a duck” trick. This is not what hypnosis is today. It is a sound medical treatment for various mental health issues and can be very successful in controlling pain.

I am no expert, but I have been hypnotized more than once and I have found it very helpful in changing habits. The first time I was hypnotized was many years ago to stop smoking. It didn’t make smoking cessation easy. Hypnosis did not do it for me, but it helped me to do it for myself. I did stop smoking permanently.

More recently I have been hypnotized to reduce anxiety. I won’t go into details, but it has helped me to control anxious thoughts about a particular issue that was troubling me. It has included what some refer to as “self-hypnosis” which involves listening to a taped session by a trained hypnotist tailored to an individual’s needs. I listen to that twenty-four minute recording at least once per day. It involves deep relaxation and peaceful imagery and is a very positive experience.

Anyone can claim to be a hypnotist so if you trust your issues to someone, be sure they are certified. If you have experience with hypnosis, please share with us.



“There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.” Ronald Reagan


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Poem: Find Me

Another Poem by Sylvia ADBE4DB2-4E24-46F1-A184-6945C10916DF

find me
look among my wealth of nature’s bounty…
among feathers, acorns,
and a harvest of dried leaves…
among the marbles and arrowheads
that i plucked from the ground…
and the skeleton keys and old coins
that rose from there as well
look among my treasure chest
of cherished things…
the photos of loved ones
both living and gone…
the shelves of books
that house a hundred voices…
and walls of art
that feed my hungry soul
look among my memories of
timeless things…
loves and friendships
that know no end…
places ventured
that echo a thousand footsteps…
and unknown journeys
whose steps are yet unknown
look among these things
and that’s where you’ll find me…
divided between the present
and the fragmented pieces of time…
between nature, relics, sentiments
and written words…
only look…
look among these things…
and find me

written by: Sylvia L. Mattingly, August 18, 2019

Book Review

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

I cannot explain why this book has such a hold on me, but I have read it four times. It was copyrighted in 1962. I was introduced to it by my psychiatric nursing instructor in the early 70s. I saw the movie and re-read the book a few years later. Finally I read it in 2010 and again in 2020. Seeing the movie influenced me because in subsequent readings I always pictured the main character, Randall McMurphy, as Jack Nicholson.

If you like a good story, if you are interested in psychiatry or if you are just curious and haven’t yet read “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” I recommend that you try it. The psychiatric ward is running smoothly under the direction of Nurse Ratched until McMurphy lands there. Nothing is ever the same. The wards are full of competition, gambling and testing the boundaries for a time. Then it comes to a stop and you need to read it to see who wins, Nurse Ratched or Randall McMurphy.

I recommend this book for FB00F524-F085-48F4-906C-63BBC3F4C766 an inside look into psychiatric care in the sixties and before.



“The personal ego already has a strong element of dysfunction, but the collective ego is, frequently, even more dysfunctional, to the point of absolute insanity.” Eckhart Tolle


The Earth Could Heal

the earth could heal

if we were gone
the earth could heal
we see the evidence
now that viral pandemonium
has herded us into seclusion
nature has begun to breathe again…
the air and water have cleared
as we have been forced
to shrink back in isolation
but even after this pandemic
has passed
will we have seen the difference
will we ever understand
that one day the earth might die
for it requires care and respect
and its resources are finite
we pillage and plunder
to make our lives more
convenient and comfortable
and we are never satisfied…
we will always want more…
we will take until
there is nothing left to give…
like Shel Silverstein’s “Giving Tree”
we have been given a level
of intelligence
that supersedes all…
and a sharp conscience
with which to hone wisdom
if only we were good stewards…
if only we could live
in balance and harmony
but just remember
that the earth could heal
the earth could heal
if we were gone
Sylvia L. Mattingly, May 8, 2020
Written during the Covid-19 pandemic that has rocked our world.
I feel passionate about how we affect our planet and Mother Nature.
We only have one home, and we’d better take care of it.
Photo by Pixabay


May Is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Now that warm spring weather is here we see more motorcycles. We also hear them revving up beside us. I used to find that loud sound intimidating but now I know that for the most part they are loud so that we know they are there. Too often motorcycles are overlooked on the streets and highways. Car and motorcycle drivers must be more alert to one another to prevent accidents.


  • Always check mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles
  • Signal before changing lanes or merging with traffic
  • Increase following distance behind motorcycles
  • Never try to share a lane with a motorcycle. They have the same right to lanes as other vehicles.


  • Before you ride check tires, brakes, headlights and turn signals
  • Be sure cargo is secure
  • Always ride with a helmet and other safety attire. Helmets are 67% effective in preventing a brain injury and 37% effective in preventing death. When I see a cyclist without a helmet I immediately think, “Organ donor.”
  • Make yourself visible. Keep your lights on and wear bright colors. Position yourself in the lane where other drivers can see you.

Both cyclists and other drivers must always follow traffic laws. Each should respect the rights of the other. Never ride or drive impaired.



Some information from “AAA Traveler” May 2020
Photo from Pixabay

Cinco de Mayo

Do you know the meaning of Cinco de Mayo? Most Americans do not and we probably celebrate it anyway with Mexican food and maybe a margarita or two. Cinco de Mayo actually means May 5. It marks the day of Mexico’s unlikely defeat of Napoleon’s French army in 1862.

Happy Cinco de Mayo to our Mexican friends!



“Cinco de Mayo has come to represent a celebration of the contributions that Mexican Americans and all Hispanics have made to America.” Joe Baca

Photos by Pixabay

Physically Distant

“physically distant” by Pat Bush

I plan to stay “physically distant”,

Not giving up for a day or an instant.

Yes, it is hard and NOT the norm,

In any way, shape, or form.

My heart is aching for those not paid,

For graduations, proms, canceled, or delayed.

Yet if we’re careful for some months or more

Our reunions will mean more than ever before.

Sadly, for some, it’s never to be,

Because some they loved they’ll never see.

Let’s do it right. Stay strong and hope.

Calling and texting will help us cope.

“Normal” will be a thing of the past,

But what we learn can truly last.

Pay closer attention, develop new skills.

For it is ignorance that truly kills.

We are better when we are wise.

Don’t be fooled by selfish lies.



This Should Have Been Derby Day

The Kentucky Derby

This year’s Kentucky Derby will be the 146th running of three-year-old thoroughbreds. Known as the fastest two minutes in sports this horse race attracts people from all around the globe. Beginning in 1875 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY the Derby runs on the first Saturday in May. It is preceded by the Derby Festival with steamboat races, world-class fireworks, and many other special events.


Due to the coronavirus, things will be different this year. The Kentucky Derby along with all of the festivities have been rescheduled for September. It will be exciting, but it will not be the same. The change is unavoidable and the jockeys will still give it their best, the ladies will wear their fancy hats and the Kentucky Derby will run to the cheers of excited fans. At the end of the one and one quarter mile race the winner will be draped in a blanket of over 400 roses and we will sip mint juleps and dream of next May.



“You can’t win the Kentucky Derby unless you’re on a thoroughbred.” Joe Torre

Photos by Pixabay