Feline Friday: Lazy summer days

Here’s Mr. Romeo welcoming you to Feline Friday.

Mr. Romeo

He doesn’t normally jump up onto our kitchen counters. This time I put him up there hoping for some good light as he explored the space. It worked.

Things have been relatively peaceful in the cat household the past couple of weeks.

No vet visits. No new illnesses or suspected illnesses. No breakout attempts. But lots of hot weather napping, window watching, and snack begging.

The regular, I guess.

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Planning ahead

Good advice from a FB post of a friend, Lora Williams Helmer, formerly of Honolulu.

Dealing with my sister’s situation has been a rather rude wake-up call for us. I admit that thinking about such possibilities is depressing, and it’s hard to get motivated to do the work. But then something happens and you quickly realize that the time to get affairs in order is before you desperately wish you had already done it.

People, get Durable Powers of Attorney for each other NOW. And get your end of life wishes stated now. These documents are in place for me and Brian Helmer, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the ability to assume the responsibilities I have now, with our best interests at heart.

Many folks say “what, me?” Well, look at us. Do it. Make your lives easier when the stress is especially high.

Throwback Thursday: Back to 1955

It was November 1956, according to a notation on the photo. A family outing somewhere in Hawaii.

November 1956

That’s my sister, Bonnie, and me, taking a break. Location unknown, unless for some reason she has a specific recollection.

I was 8 and Bonnie was 12. I’m carvrying my Scout’s canteen with the funky canvas case. It probably yielded nice, warm water, not the refreshing, cool drink you really wanted.

I’ll show Bonnie the photo when we visit the hospital later this morning and see if she can add anything.

Click on the photo to see a larger version.

State Supreme Court rules against Office of Elections

Hawai’i Supreme Court Rules Chief Elections Officer Violated The Law

For Immediate Release
From the office of Lance D. Collins
July 19, 2016

HONOLULU – The Hawai’i Supreme Court today ruled that the Chief Elections Officers violated state law when conducting the 2012 general election.

The case was originally filed on Maui in 2012 by the Green Party of Hawai’i and seven registered voters from across the state, from different political parties, due to widespread problems at various polling sites across the state – including 57 voters who were denied the right to vote.

The Green Party and individual voters alleged that three aspects of the running of the 2012 general election violated state law Chapter 91, HRS: (1) the formula for determining how many ballots to print, (2) the process for obtaining additional ballots when a precinct runs out, and (3) the procedure for counting a ballot that has been cast in the wrong precinct.

The Chief Elections Officer claimed that those formulas and procedures were “internal management of the agency” and not subject to the public notice and hearing and publication requirements.

Both the trial court and the Intermediate Court of Appeals ruled in the Chief Elections Officer’s favor.

In rejecting the Chief Elections Officer’s defense, however, the Supreme Court noted that the “internal management” exception to formal rule-making is a very limited exception that cannot be used when the regulations “affect private rights or public procedures”.

The Supreme Court ruled that ballots shortages “may result in the deprivation of the right to vote” and so regulations that can cause ballot shortages are not merely the “internal management of the agency.”

Attorney Lance D. Collins said: “This clarification strongly supports the purpose and intent of the Hawai’i Administrative Procedure Act – which is to provide openness and transparency in government.”

Why I’m a bit out of touch this week

I suppose that from the birds eye view, we’re all in the process of dying.

But my sister, Bonnie, suddenly finds herself on a faster track, and we’re all scrambling to keep up with the journey.

She’s been hospitalized for a week, and I’ll just say that the news so far weighs on all of us.

But in the digital age, she can keep in touch with faraway friends via text, email, Facebook, and phone, all from her hospital bed. That’s new in human history, and a good thing, I think.

This is Bonnie and I at a much earlier stage of our life journeys, ready to leave for Holy Nativity Church one long ago Sunday morning.

Ready for church.

Send Bonnie your prayers, if you are into such things.

Bonnie’s husband, Ray Stevens, died of lung cancer 9 years ago. Bonnie blogged about his life with cancer, and at least some of that blog survives via the Internet Archive. You might want to check it out.