IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: Big Thoughts: Health, Government and the Ukraine.


Big Thoughts: Health, Government and the Ukraine.


Paul your Barista

Paul your Barista

Welcome to Willow’s weekly coffee and tea garden. My name is Paul and I’m happy to be here once again in the garden tending to your needs for a cuppa, a biscuit and scones. I must say, it’s great to see you all here in this relaxing atmosphere surrounded by flowers and butterflies. Have a seat where you choose, at a table in the sun or shade, and I’ll be happy to bring a pot of whatever beverage you prefer – we have a wide range of teas and coffees to satisfy our world-wide readership. We can relax while we discuss the affairs of the week both personal and/or worldwide. How has your week been? I see from our friend Willow’s last post that she has had some furry visitors this week – did you have any visitors?


This week has been very peaceful for me, no major issues. I was accepted for a Canadian government prescription plan called Trillium. It is designed for those who are on low income, as I am on disability. That is a relief. It astounds me how much paperwork and how difficult and time-consuming it was to get through the hurdles. I am relatively well educated and had enlisted the aid of the hospital social worker at dialysis. It took numerous meetings and volumes of paperwork and assistance from a city EHSS worker (Emergency Health and Safety Services) to get to this point. It occurred to me that this process is so disillusioning that very few would make it to the end. It was instituted to help those in need and yet it certainly is not accessible to that demographic. I would say that the enrollment is kept low by the hurdles that have to be crossed for entry. I cannot see how this would be of help to most of those in need due to its lack of accessibility. Have you found any government services so complex that they are virtually inaccessible? Any services that are designed to help but cannot be used because of that complexity? Any paperwork horror stories? I am suspicious that many such services are designed that way in order to reduce the number of users – or a least no consideration was given to the users during design.


Speaking of governments and such, a lot of the talk around here this week is about the Ebola virus. It enters most conversations. Although it is relatively small as outbreaks go, it is the 50% mortality rate that catches everyone’s attention. The Americans have moved two infected American aid workers back to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) in Atlanta Georgia for treatment. There is one suspected case in Canada and 22 in the US currently but no confirmed cases. All the other cases have been in Africa. Apparently it is difficult to contract from others and requires touching body fluids for transferral. What are your thoughts on this?

Is this a topic of conversation in your area? I did some numbers and the chance of a random infection is somewhere around the chance of winning a multi-million dollar lotto – pretty low. And the real chances in first world countries are much less than that given the geographical focus of the outbreak – perhaps one in billions. And yet the topic is on the top of many minds. What do you think? Would you like another cuppa? Perhaps a biscuit, a piece of cake or a scone?


Still with governments, Russia seems to be having a bit of a problem in the Ukraine this week. Putin’s play to take back the Ukraine or parts of it because of their application to the EU seems to be failing of its own accord. He has agitated and armed the resistance and supplied members with weapons. The turmoil caused was gradually breaking apart the Ukraine, but they have rebounded and now state troops are pushing back the resistance.

It looks like the resistance will be out of business shortly and Putin will lose face. He has stationed thousands of Russian troops at the border and the big question is what will he do next? Do you think we can offer him a way out, a way to save face in the world forum? Putin is inordinately sensitive to his reputation as a strong leader and may simply engage in war to satisfy his ego.

The problem is that Russia has recently become more integrated with the rest of the world and dependent on trade. For the first time in decades there are ample supplies of food and other goods on store shelves for the population. He can no longer act in a way that may jeopardize this or it could result in a popular uprising and a spiraling back into a dictatorship and hard times. What do you think of the situation?

What will Putin do next? How will this affect our daily lives in our respective countries? Do you think this could be the dangerous beginning of a big problem or is it just a tempest in a teapot Personally I didn’t think it would go this far before blowing over but apparently Putin’s support in the Ukraine is much lower than he anticipated. Once again one man’s desire for power may very well condemn many innocent people, including women and children, to war and starvation. I hope not. We’re taking suggestions on how to placate Putin and will pass them along to the UN ( 😀 ). Any ideas?

Willow and I hope you have enjoyed our visit in the garden with a cuppa and conversation. It has been a joy to sit with you once again and solve the world’s problems. If only governments would listen to us here in the garden, they would make much better decisions, don’t you think? Please help yourself to another cuppa and a sweet. I’ll seeyou here next week again and may your days be filled with happiness and joy. We’d be honored if you would take a look around at Willow’s site while you are here, she has some wonderful posts.

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:  I would  tell you how very welcome  you are  and how much I look forward to our weekly get together, and that I do hope  they continue for a while  to come. So  for now  be well and be happy.  😀

If we were having coffee I’d ask  you : would you like another  cuppa, or  a biscuit . I’d  tell you I have really  come to enjoy  these chats  and I’d  love  to hear  what you would  tell me , If we were having Coffee  Original idea  from  http://parttimemonster.wordpress.com/


The evening

The golden shafts of light cascade through the branches and leaves of the tress opposite

The shadows creeping silently across the lawn usher out the day in preparation for the night.

It is still warm, OH! that’s such a treat .To sit here in the garden wrapped in the evening’s glory

Celebrating  a glorious day , a once in a life time, stunningly sunny perfect story.


I was sure I could see fairies dancing, tiny wee beauties leaping and prancing.

Okay it was, maybe a trick of the light , as it flowed through the garden setting me off romancing!

Sipping  a glass of ruby red , drinking in the scene sipping at the wine

It was all so glorious, a precious moment it could be nothing less than divine!

Finally the in the last rays glow , the silent birds  now knew it was time for day to go

Leaving us here all hushed and quiet , basking in pure delight as we lay below.

Colours now all monochrome, gone the golds and greens of day slipped away into black and grey.

Sipping gently on  this succulent  wine, regarding  nights approach, pushing away all remnants of the day.


A collective sigh at nature’s glory, we raise our glasses  to her  story.

The flowers bend and go to sleep, the ivy silently and relentlessly creeps

Children from their bedroom windows peep.It has been a wonderful day, hey kids are you still not asleep

Little Mouse and silence

Aha, but this silence was good , thought little mouse as she quietly breathed as she wrote in the house.

All alone for a while contented she sat, with a smile. No one to creep around, no to throw out a shout!   It was early evening and everyone was out.

Everyone that was except little mouse who was being herself and writing alone in the house.    No eggshells to walk on, no  broken glass. No one was arguing  what more could she ask.

Aha, but this silence was good, thought little mouse as she quietly breathed as she wrote in the house.

How much longer would the silence last, it would not last forever it is like war and peace she knows from time past.

So lets creep away and leave little mouse  to enjoy a few moments of peace alone in the house.

Silence is the loudest scream. Anonymous

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