America, Houston has a Problem


Hurricane Harvey has delivered a crushing blow to the people of Houston, and the surrounding communities in Texas.  It is time to open your wallets to help.  If you are interested in researching prior to giving, please visit Charity Navigator.  Credit to NPR for researching this information, I am just trying to spread the word.

General Disaster Relief

American Red Cross Greater Houston Community Foundation United Way  Houston

Food Security Needs

Feeding Texas Food Relief Houston Food Bank Interfaith Ministries

Children’s Needs

Save the Children  Texas Diaper Bank

Disability Needs

Portlight Inclusive Strategies  Easter Seals Houston

Homeless Families

Caring for the Homeless

Animals

Houston SPCA

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Shout Out!


A shout out to Not An Autism Mom, in real life Meghan Ashburn, who was kind enough to post an article by me about what I worry about as the father.  If you are a parent of a child with a disability, or just a parent trying to learn how to be a better parent, check out her blog.

 

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Imposters


Hummingbird Moth, a hummingbird imposter

The hummingbird moth

Recently, I was looking out my window and saw what I believed to be a hummingbird.  I took my phone outside to grab a picture of it.  The more I looked at this “bird”, zooming in on it from a number of angles and scrutinizing it, the more baffled I became.  The tail resembled a shrimp’s tail.  And what were those things on its head?  Antennae?  It flew like a hummingbird, rotating its wings in a rapid-fire figure-eight motion.  But it was just wrong looking.

After a quick search online, I discovered that this enigmatic beast was a hummingbird moth hemaris thysbeshortened to H. thysbe by those in the know.  It is an imposter species that looks similar to and inhabits the same biological niche as common garden hummingbirds, like the ruby-throated hummingbird.  It was a fake, a fugazi, a counterfeit, an imposter.

I have witnessed a fair share of imposters in life.  Not criminal imposters or con artists, but the everyday fakery of misrepresentation, where charm and a pat on the back substitute for ability and competence.  A resumé that overstates qualifications, misrepresents ability or inflates accomplishments, this is the currency of the professional imposter.  As far as I can tell, this is encouraged.  Better to lie and get hired than to be a sucker and tell the truth.  There is no reward for honest humility.

The value of honesty is on my mind a lot these days, as we witness the downfall of our country due to a President who clearly values pugilistic demagoguery over forthright truth. Perhaps the H. thysbe should replace the bald eagle as the symbol for our country in this new era of decline.

 

 

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