“In Remembrance of Mother Argentina; A Mother’s Heart”

March 15, 2018
“For you Mother” Mom, over the years we had some discussions about many things, but many of those conversations would at times touch on the matter of faith!

Your son Franklin, my brother told me often especially in his latter days on this earth that, and I quote, “Larry, Mom is a beautiful woman and a great Mother, I love her with all my heart, we’re so lucky to have Mom as our Mother!” And of course I knew Frankie was right, even if I were irritated over one thing or another, I felt the same feelings in my heart and knew we were “blessed” in many ways to have you and Dad as our parents while in the life on earth. Now you have moved to your final home forever with God our heavenly Father, the Holy Spirit and Jesus whom you were so devoted to in your thoughts, prayers and actions.

I know we are blessed additionally by all the rosaries you did over the years and I want to thank you again for doing that for us. The power of prayer is unstoppable and undeniable, as I’m certain many things that could have gone haywire or been much worse than they were in my life and all of your other children’s lives over the many years; were often kept back from the brink, never going so far off course that we wouldn’t have a way to reconcile the problem, or difficulty, because your prayers made the difference!

You and Dad taught us many important lessons about life giving us more insight as we grew in our own wisdom. And, there were times when we felt that no one was there to comfort and assist us even as adults at times, other than you and Dad. How does that line go, “I couldn’t have done it without you,” well that would have to be it in a nutshell as far as I’m concerned. There were so many junctures in my life where either you or Dad helped me to stay on track and if I fell, I was sure I could get back up and get through what I needed to because of your encouragement and all those “prayers!”

I know that you are going to still be helping us with Dad and others from where you are now through the Glory of God; by means of the Holy Spirit,” because now that you have joined our heavenly Father you are part of that amazing, spiritual Almighty power over all things that God created. So, as I mentioned how I couldn’t have done it without you, I still believe that holds true, and I know in my heart and soul that you and Dad will still be helping us in ways that God the Father will want. “Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven,” right Mom?

I am very happy that you are there now Mother, and I will try even harder now to do God’s will as best I can, so that I too can be there where you are, when my time comes to leave this earthly life. I’ll be thinking of you often and any bit of sadness I feel in my missing you, will turn quickly to happiness in my heart and a rejoicing in my soul, knowing that you are now home where you belong, as you are happy beyond my comprehension!

Your Loving Son,
Lorenzo (Lawrence) Anthony Morra III

Defamation of Character’s Irretrievable Consequences

The news media is playing up with fervor our Presidents statement,” lives are being destroyed by mere allegations!” Immediately the media and most pundits started to attack it seems without thinking or perhaps in some cases they know that to draw more attention to themselves or the news outlet it will be best to find fault with what the President says, taking a very biased stance. But, I believe he was speaking to the need for there to be additional focus on the fact that many innocent individuals’ lives have and are being shattered by false accusation or extreme exaggeration of facts by some women toward some men. That there needs to be more balance if these kinds of situations are put into a public forum as they have been. I think he was being careful not to join or add fuel to the frenzy of such one-sided movements like #METOO lately, in the manner by which he handled the subject with the press. Especially today with the internet, a person’s reputation that took a lifetime to develop and build by living a respectable decent life can be destroyed by one such terrible allegation, leaving that person severely damaged on many levels. Granted there are many true cases of violence or predator behavior toward women. But sheer logic tells us that every single claim or accusation can’t be true and at best is most likely exaggerated.

Therein lies the enormous problem which is once a person’s reputation has been attacked in such a way by a falsehood the severe damage is done; so it behooves all of us to never want to see anyone accused of anything falsely especially physical abuse or sexual crimes. Those types of charges carry a stigma that is always going to be associated with the accused regardless of the accused being exonerated. As an illustration, with the advent of the internet it’s become so easy for individuals to meet virtual strangers and slip into some sense of complacency and let ones guard down allowing a generous and kind heart to trust these virtual strangers; only to later find that they are being accused not only by the stranger but even a publisher that may print very false or unproven defamatory information that the accuser initiated, a “weaponized” accusation if you will. This magnifies and exponentially replicates the initial falsehood to unimaginable proportions as compared to these situations before the internet was around. So then, even if the accused is proven innocent, by virtue of what goes out into cyberspace the person that was accused now becomes a victim of a perpetual punishment! Perhaps akin to early Colonial times here in America of which author Arthur Miller illustrated in “The Crucible” or another great work by renowned author Nathaniel Hawthorne,” The Scarlet Letter!” In those stories which had their basis on the fact that in those earlier times a person accused was either severely physically punished, banished or executed, a life destroyed! Yet many of those early accused were absolutely innocent, but a frenzied approach to accusation based on lies and falsehood led to their demise!

I should hope by now, we have a society that works diligently to prevent any fraction of such injustice wherever it can be prevented! A person once accused but even found innocent today, still carries a great degree of negative public sentiment, if even only by virtue of being, “that person that was once accused of doing a horrible thing!” Who would in their right mind want that kind of millstone tied around his or her neck? To then, being punished and further damaged for something that never happened. But yet there is no due process or eventual justice in this type of attack upon one’s personal integrity or standing in the community of which this person belongs.

I believe the President responded with prudence to indicate that there is a need to prevent false allegations or accusations from being made too easily in the first place. And he along with most of us can see how judgmental the public can be when viewing these matters through a “media circus!” True crimes should be properly vetted and presented in a court of law to establish fact from fiction and to make certain that only the guilty are punished. I think that the President shows insight and character to not join in the hoopla of the media, or lynch mob mentality and would rather see that these matters are vetted and dealt with properly, in a quiet judicial process so as not to enflame or add to the inherit difficulties these matters carry with them.

I really think this is a good time for the best people to come together and figure out how to keep this sort of thing from happening; perhaps by changing statutes of limitation or improving vetting methods to sift out truth from fallacy! I hope there is some way to serve justice better, in this highly technological era in history, or we may now only be seeing the tip of a giant iceberg which is about to collide with our society!

Lawrence Morra

Environmental Concern: Tell the EPA: Don’t Expand the Use of Bee-Killing Pesticides!

“Bee populations are rapidly declining and neonic pesticides are a huge part of the blame. To make matters worse, Syngenta and Bayer, two big chemical corporations, are pushing Trump’s EPA to consider a plan to allow even more bee-killing pesticides to be used on 165 million acres of crops.”

We only have until April 21st to speak out against this attack on our bees.

Please contact the EPA and make your voice be heard!

MY OWN PERSPECTIVE, along with the LCV pre-endorsed message:

I live by an airport that recently expanded breaking down the many small microcosms within the many backyards within my neighborhood that were bought out and destroyed to open up a wider buffer zone for the airport. Then the open space was for a time allowed to have vegetative growth to a height that allowed wildflowers, clover and even milkweed to grow again as had been the case over the years, giving many bee populations uncontaminated wild growth areas to use as way-points in their daily travels, gathering nectar and pollinating. Then a decision by a few bureaucrats to cut everything to the ground meant that the entire area would now be void of any ecological benefits for the bees and other plant dependent animals that in turn help us humans have a healthier better life!

This is only one example that I mention here but I’ve seen many other similar problems and lack of concern by a small group of public officials that continue to allow damage to our environment at an unprecedented pace, which will go beyond the tipping point if it hasn’t already, if we as Americans don’t get more proactive in repairing and preventing damage to the Eco-system! By throwing these powerful chemicals into the mix it makes the problem 10 times worse; as I did witness damaged bees in my immediate area that had been exposed to weed and pest control products being used throughout the wider range. I don’t see how we can make progress in preventing the destruction of our environment and health or well-being unless we make a concerted effort to first eliminate these toxic agents from the environment, and then protect all ecosystems wherever possible on a large scale! I know you folks at the EPA will see all of this and do the right thing to protect and preserve, which I will thank you in advance for that!

Lawrence Morra

LCV message: “The EPA announced it is considering expanding the use of the neonicotinoid thiamethoxam so that it can be sprayed on more than 165 million acres of farmland in the U.S. The science is clear that this pesticide is toxic to our environment and harms our pollinators, and that EPA should be reducing its use, not expanding it.”
“Right now, a quarter of our honeybees are at risk for extinction. Scientists have confirmed that pesticides deserve a large part of the blame. Urge the EPA to ban thiamethoxam, not increase the use of it.”

LCV: League of Conservation Voters @lcv.org

Where does that creature belong

“Human Creatures”

via Daily Prompt: Creature

The word creature has both good and bad connotations when I see the word or think of it. Most people would recall hearing the term “they’re all God’s little creatures.” Many of us were fascinated by Hollywood versions of creatures, like “The Creature from the Black Lagoon,” or “Sea Creatures from Outer Space,” and so many others that sometimes were frightening while others were laughable. But, to me the most important piece of work from my perspective about creatures by any artist or in this case an author is James Herriot, which is the pen name for Alf Wight. His book “All Creatures Great and Small,” chronicles the many experiences of a veterinarian who finds that the realities of veterinary practice in rural Yorkshire England are drastically different from the sterile or controlled setting of veterinary school. In this literary work I found the deeper significance of “our fellow creatures” that we inhabit the planet with, along with those whose charge it is to care for them when in need. My appreciation increased dramatically by the sharing of this window into a world and area of medicine that I along with countless others have taken for granted far too often! This book helped me to understand how oblivious I was to the varied nuances and difficulties that our fellow creatures experience in life; while at the same time these dedicated people who to me are no less than heroes that take due diligence to the highest level, while providing treatment and care to so many simple but beautiful creature beings.

Throughout life my appreciation has grown and increased to an intensity that I now find myself many times wanting to know all creatures better and whenever possible to help in some way by offering myself up to the task at hand. I have rescued a small flock of farm ducks next to an interstate highway that got out of their pen and were about to try crossing where there was no crossing! I averted disaster and although no one was sure who they actually belonged to. I kept them in my garage temporarily which got a bit messy, but it was a short stay because it didn’t take long to find out who knew what to do with them. I remembered reading an article about a couple that had an animal farm which had become a menagerie of sorts where some people who had to move or had other life altering events occurring in their lives would bring many little creatures, from alpacas to bunnies and all kinds in between! But, once I got them to the right kind of people who knew how to help them, they were permanently placed on a beautiful tranquil farm with a pond, barn and enclosed adjoining area for them to “free roam!” I’ve many times rescued injured or orphaned wildlife from a certain bitter end, and then turned them over to caring hands of rehabilitators which in turn eventually led to seeing these creatures get their, “second chance!”

I know from my experiences that this world wouldn’t be worth living in it if not for all the “Creatures Great and Small,” that are part of our lives here on earth as “humans,” or if you will allow me, we “Human Creatures,” which also can conjure up good and bad connotations! Without going on about that last point, which I will leave for another writing sometime, suffice it to say that I’ve experienced firsthand many cases of countless “creatures great and small,” that I would prefer to be sharing my life with, rather than some of the human kind I’ve run into or had to deal with out of necessity!

Lawrence Morra