When-Will-Dark-Times-End?-Bob Davis Podcast 981

When Will Dark Times End

When Will Dark Times End? Most importantly there seems to be a lot of grief to go around these days. A friend asked me to do a podcast about the subject, Find out why in When-Will-Dark-Times-End?-Bob Davis Podcast 981.


Certainly I am dealing with a loss in my own life.

Don’t Want To Talk About It

Even more I don’t like talking about it.

Many In Grieving

However my friend said lots of other people are in the same position these days.

Sharing To Help

Moreover, he said, my experiences and thoughts might help.

Don’t Want It To Be About Me

I don’t want this to be about me. But many people are dealing with grief in these dark times.

When Does Darkness End?

Therefore When-Will-Dark-Times-End?-Bob Davis Podcast 981 wonders when the dark time will end.

Any Loss Can Cause Grief

Firstly death isn’t the only cause of grief and bereavement. For instance many of us can be deeply effected by the loss of an animal, a breakup or the loss of a job.

Subtle And Long Lasting Effects

And the effects of grief can be subtle and long lasting.

Above all I don’t have any clinical experience in these matters. In fact I tend to be rather stoic in these situations.

Travel Helps

On the other hand I have traveled across the country most of this year and last.

Darkness All Over America

Consequently I can speak with authority on a general sense of what can only be called darkness that seems like it’s been with us forever.

Tough Times

To sum up it’s not inaccurate to suggest many are going through tough times.

Secondly the cure for me is travel. Just hearing the tires on the highway makes me happy.

Finally as my friend suggested, talking about it seems to help.

Spring Is Coming

Meanwhile the days are getting longer and spring is coming. Maybe the dark time will end soon for everyone.

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When-Will-Dark-Times-End?-Bob Davis Podcast 981


Concern For Neighborhood Pets After Fireworks

Concern for animals inspired me to blog about a friend’s non profit called Inspire and Flourish. This fourth of July weekend I couldn’t believe the intensity of neighborhood fireworks.

Neighborhoods Were Popping

Firstly without full community fireworks this year it seemed like everyone in the neighborhoods put on their own displays!

Not So Fun For A Golden Retriever Named ‘Murphy’

It was a rip roaring good time. However not so fun for most people’s pets.

People Still Looking For Their Pets

Secondly people took to social media the next day to search for terrified pets that ran away.

Still Wandering Scared and Confused

Even more, people continue to report animals missing. Pets continue to wander, confused and scared.

Scared To Death…Concern-For-Animals-Inspires-Flourishes

Likewise my son’s dog was scared to death even though he’d been raised in a frat house! Learn more in Concern-For-Animals-Inspires-Flourishes.

Inspire and Flourish To The Rescue

Therefore I called Steffany Flemming, creator of Inspire and Flourish, for some advice.

What’s Inspire and Flourish?

Inspire and Flourish is a nonprofit helping animals and people in need.

Creating and Supporting Events To Help People and Beloved Animals

Above all Inspire and Flourish creates and supports great events like its annual dog fashion show. In addition Inspire and Flourish features carnival games and inspired benefit events.

Podcast From Dog Fashion Show

Certainly you can check out my podcast live from that event here.

Helping Partners Flourish

Above all these events provide fundraising and awareness to help partner organizations flourish.

Helping The Most Vulnerable

Steffany says Inspire and Flourish exists help the most vulnerable.

Children and Animal Rescue

It all started just wanting to help animal rescues, and seeing the need everywhere. These days it’s extended to children that are struggling, as well as animal rescue groups.

Animals Are A Comfort

Animals are a comfort to all of us, especially children.

Those In Crisis Are Likely To Aid Their Pets First

Most importantly someone in crisis will often feed their animals first.

Inspire and Flourish Helps Their Beloved Pet So They Can Help Themselves

They can come to an inspired event, get a bag of dog food and save enough money feel so they can better about taking care of their own needs too.

Plugging Gaps In Animal Rescue Needs

But plugging gaps in the animal rescue world is what Inspire and Flourish does best.

Always Animals In Need

Flemming says there will always be animals in need. There will always be a need for animal rescue.

But Helping Them Is Expensive

It’s really expensive, she says.

Intervene To Offset Expenses

If Inspire and Flourish can intervene to offset expenses for these organizations, “then we have fulfilled our purpose”.

Volunteer With Inspire and Flourish

Finally Steffany Flemming and the volunteers at Inspire and Flourish will do just about anything to help animals in need.

How To Help Dogs Triggered

Oh yeah, what about the fireworks effects on my son’s dog? Inspire and Flourish let me know rescue dogs especially can be triggered by loud noises and revert as a result.

Hold And Comfort As Long As It Takes

In short you have to hold and comfort the animal as long as it takes to calm them down. They don’t understand what all the fuss is about.

And that’s Steffany. Whatever it takes. As long as it takes!

That’s Inspire And Flourish

In the same vein CBD oil for dogs doesn’t hurt either.

Especially for a golden raised in a fraternity house in the heart of Baltimore.

Check out Inspire and Flourish here.

Donations always help too

And, Steffany says she can put volunteers to work right away.

Inspire and Flourish



Minneapolis Homeless Tent City Walk Through-Bob Davis Podcast 771

During the summer homeless people pitched a few tents along a highway in Minneapolis. Politicians visited. Publicity helped the camp population swell to hundreds. Take a walk through a homeless tent city in Minneapolis Homeless Tent City Walk Through-Bob Davis Podcast 771.

Homeless People In Lots of Tents Equals Instant Controversy

Now, as the weather gets colder interest and controversy about this encampment grows.

Native Americans In Tents-New Immigrants in Public Housing

Most of these folks are Native Americans. The camp is less than a hundred feet away from public housing. Especially relevant many of the public housing units in the neighborhood are occupied by recent immigrants to the US.

Tent Cities Everywhere-America’s New Homeless Problem

Across the country these tent cities are popping up. These days everyone knows about homeless in San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. What about Minneapolis? Documentarian Brandon Fertig is making a video detailing America’s homeless problem. Brandon’s website and links to social media are here. Last summer he decided to focus on the tent city here in Minneapolis. He says things have changed a lot when it comes to the Homeless since the 1950’s.

More Homeless Than Houston-Despite The Cold

Why? Many people don’t know the City of Lakes has more homeless than Houston.

Walk And Talk Through The Encampment

What you hear is what we experienced when Brandon and I did a walk and talk through the encampment.

Some Are Helping Now

We met James Cross of Natives Against Heroin and Allan Law, better known as the Sandwich Man. We also spent some time talking with residents of this tent city at Franklin Avenue and Highway 55 in South East Minneapolis. Check it out in Minneapolis Homeless Tent City Walk Through-Bob Davis Podcast 771.

Solutions May Not Be In Time

Finally what about solutions? One of the Tribes is tearing down a building across the highway. The plan is to bring in trailers. They won’t be ready for another two months. Moreover not all the residents of the camp will be able to move in. Then what? No one knows. Learn more in Minneapolis Homeless Tent City Walk Through-Bob Davis Podcast 771.

Politicians Visit In Summer-Not Around When November Winds Turn Cold

In conclusion Minneapolis could have a very serious and controversial problem on its hands when the weather changes. The real question is whether the city’s policies of subsidized apartment buildings for the rich, as well as other ‘regentrification‘ projects fueled by public money have contributed to the problem. Meanwhile the problems of the old city are stubborn reminders all is not well in the shining city of Minneapolis.

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Minneapolis Homeless Tent City Walk Through-Bob Davis Podcast 771