Story Telling


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Our story is ours to tell. We have to reclaim our right to speak our truth without taking into consideration how it would be perceived. We aren’t keepers of other peoples feelings and biases. We are all accountable to ourselves for whatever ills or good we disperse.

© Norma Bobb-Semple 2021

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China’s UN envoy: Myanmar violence could lead to civil war – The Washington Post (Me: significant move)

China’s U.N. ambassador on Monday urged stronger diplomatic efforts to resolve the confrontation in Myanmar since the Feb. 1 military coup, warning that further violence could lead to a chaotic situation “and even a civil war.”

Zhang Jun also warned that “any wrong handling” might lead to further tension in Myanmar.

The U.N. Security Council on Friday strongly backed calls by Southeast Asian nations for an immediate cessation of violence and talks as a first step toward a solution following the military coup in Myanmar that ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her party and reversed years of slow progress toward democracy.

The council again demanded the restoration of democracy and the release of all detainees including Suu Kyi and condemned the use of violence against peaceful protesters and the deaths of hundreds of civilians.

Source: China’s UN envoy: Myanmar violence could lead to civil war – The Washington Post

General Tso’s Tofu


Every Saturday evening, our family sits down together to savor this delicious Asian dish. Even the one meat-eater enjoys the crispy marinated tofu served over fluffy jasmine rice and drizzled with an addictive sesame sauce that there never seems to be enough of.

STEP ONE – Preparations

  1. Get out a cast iron skillet, a shallow rectangular dish, a large frying pan, and a medium bowl.
  2. Get out a medium pot with a tight-fitting lid.
  3. Get out a small bowl and a small saucepan.
  4. Get out a small pot anda colander.

STEP TWO – Make the Tofu


1 16-ounce block extra-firm tofu
4 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons cornstarch


  1. Slice the tofu in half horizontally, wrap in paper towels, and place a cast iron skillet on top for 10…

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Bella Ciao


you will bury me over there on the mountain

under the shadow of a wonderful flower

and all the people passing by

will say “what a wonderful flower!”

e seppellire lassù in montagna
sotto l’ombra di un bel fior.
utte le genti che passeranno
mi diranno: «Che bel fior!»

These artistic lines are from a famous Italian song, Bella Ciao. In the song, a courageous man leaves his love of life behind, to fight invasion from the enemy. “Bella Ciao” translates to, “Goodbye, my beautiful.”. We might know this song from the Money Heist show, but the song carries much more emotion and history. As our friends from Europe would say, Bella Ciao is an emotion first, and a song second.

Bella Ciao originated as a folk song during the late 19th century in rural Italy. Workers near the river Po basin used to sing the “Mondine” version of this…

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Schumer Readies Plan B to Push Immigration Changes Unilaterally – The New York Times

Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the majority leader, is quietly considering trying to use a fast-track budget maneuver to legalize millions of undocumented immigrants should bipartisan talks on providing a pathway to citizenship fall apart.

Mr. Schumer has privately told members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in recent weeks that he is “actively exploring” whether it would be possible to attach a broad revision of immigration laws to President Biden’s infrastructure plan and pass it through a process known as budget reconciliation, according to two people briefed on his comments.

The move would allow the measures to pass the evenly divided Senate with a simple majority of 51 votes, shielding them from a filibuster and the 60-vote threshold for moving past one, which would otherwise require at least 10 Republican votes.

South Carolina Fire Chief Who Made Racist Facebook Post Has Resigned

As awful as Facebook is, it has single-handedly put more racists out of work than any other social media site. Last week, a volunteer fire chief in South Carolina landed in hot water after making a blatantly racist Facebook post that he swore wasn’t racist. Evidently, the backlash was too much as the man has resigned from his position.

According to WFAE, Francis “Butch” Ghent resigned from his role as chief of the McDonald Green Volunteer Fire Department last Friday. He was already suspended on April 22 after posting on Facebook that cops should stop responding to Black neighborhoods as “they will eventually kill each other and the fake news won’t have a story.” Ghent was adamant that the post wasn’t racist as it was intended to target the news media.

Source: South Carolina Fire Chief Who Made Racist Facebook Post Has Resigned