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YOU can fight family separation

Under the Trump administration's extreme "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which was officially announced on May 7, more than 1,300 immigrant children have been ripped from their parents, The stories from the border are horrifying: federal agents allegedly taking away a mother's baby as she was breastfeeding, asylum seekers listening to their children scream from another room,

To find out how the general public can fight this policy, the Cut reached out to various organizations that advocate for immigrants' rights.

As reported on THE CUT website with instructions - HELP MORE

Weekend Events, June 15, 2018

Deep Spring Farm 16419 W CR 1491, Alachua, Florida 32615



6:30: Boom For Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat, OPENING NIGHT, Hipp Cinema, various days – times, Downtown. Boom for Real follows acclaimed American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat through his formative years in New York City in the late 1970s. Featuring never-before-seen works, photographs, and archival footage, the film chronicles how New York City, the time period, and his fellow artists transformed Basquiat into the artist we know today.



7:00: Seed & Spark — A Night of Summer Storytelling, Working Food, 219 NW 10th Ave. Local storytelling group Guts & Glory GNV hosts this event with themes of summer. Prior to the event a food truck will be on hand selling food while event goers enjoy can also enjoy drinks. Storytellers will tell tales with themes of discovery, nature, farming and personal growth. Tickets: $12, $10 for student ( .



7:00: Honky Tonkin' Opry, Triple Cross Ranch, 20736 NW 100th Avenue Road, Micanopy. Live radio show recording featuring Cheyenne Rose, Judy McKibbin, Bruce Mosley and Leland Mitchell. Hosted by Norm Edwards and the The Jayc Harold Band. Also features comedy acts. Concessions onsite. Tickets: $10-$15. (615-492-8253).



8:00: The Shakedown, Free Fridays Concert Series, Bo Diddley Community Plaza, Downtown. a five-piece, Gainesville based band specializing in contemporary blues with a rock and classic soul edge. The band has some of its greatest influences from blues greats such as Albert King and Koko Taylor to the newer stylings of artists like Walter Trout, Susan Tedeschi, Eric Clapton and Danielle Nicole. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.



9:00: Connect The Dots Live Show, Civic Media Center, 433 S. Main St., Downtown. Featuring: Pco Lipps, Shark Anatomy and Jane Eyre. Free, donations appreciated.



10:30: Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, OPENING NIGHT, Hipp Cinema, various days – times, Downtown. Superstar Grace Jones herself has said watching this film "will be like seeing me almost naked" as it reveals her world off and on the stage. Sophie Fiennes's documentary takes us on an electrifying journey through the public and private life of pop culture mega-icon Grace Jones, contrasting dazzling performances like Pull Up to the Bumper with intimate personal footage. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.



9:30: Junior Ranger Program Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, 100 Savannah Blvd., Micanopy. Come visit our Junior Ranger table on Saturday. Learn how to become a Junior Ranger and join us for lots of cool nature activities. Children can complete the Junior Ranger CORE activities, collect passport stamps, and earn an official Junior Ranger badge, patch, or pin. Junior Ranger activities are appropriate for children aged 6 and up, but we will also have critter coloring pages and puzzles available for all ages. No reservation required. Meet us inside the Visitor Center located within the main park entrance, off US 441 in Micanopy. 9:30am to 3:30pm. This event is free to park visitors.



7:30: Start Making Sense: The Ballad of Gary Gordon, Thomas Center, 302 NE Sixth Ave. An evening of original songs and some storytelling by Gordon, who returns to Gainesville after 28 years. In addition to his work as a musician, Gordon was a local political activist who served on the city's commission and as mayor in the '80s.




9:00: Father's Day Blueberry Picking, Deep Springs Farm, 16419 W County Rd 1491, Alachua. you celebrate Dad and things he values with Father's Day at Deep Spring Farm. Start thinking of that something special you can whip up for Dad at home (smoothie, muffins, pancakes, crisp, pie, mojito). There are also lots of organic veggies and cut flowers for purchase to support the farm too. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.



9:30: Junior Ranger Program, Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park, 4732 Millhopper Rd. Visit the Junior Ranger table on Sunday from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm Learn how to become a Junior Ranger and join us for lots of cool nature activities! We will be doing critter coloring pages, native vs. invasive plants, and wildlife watching throughout the day. These activities are welcome for all ages, however the Junior Ranger program is usually appropriate for children aged 6 and up. Participants can complete the Junior Ranger CORE activities, collect passport stamps, and earn an official Junior Ranger badge, patch, or pin. No reservation required. Meet at the table under the right side of the Millhopper's visitor center.



2:00: Father's Day at the Museum, High Springs Museum, High Springs. Father's Day Blues is to honor thy father in a different fashion with a little Blues. Featuring all acoustic, upclose and personal performances by: Sheba the Mississippi Queen and Jim Allen's Finger Lickin' Blues. Hors d'oeuvres by the Great Outdoors Restaurant, The Diner, Brett Harder's world famous chili. $10 Donations suggested. Reservations Required! Seating is limited! Reserve your seats now!

La Cocina De Abuela

June 15, 2018: Sneaking in from around the corner La Cocina De Abuela has been open at 125 NW 23rd Avenue for 3 months. The Husbandand wife owners of Flaco's Cuban Bakery and Deli have returned the building to a Latin American buffet lunch line bringing back memories from years ago when two Latin American restaurants back-to-back were open this location. Abuela's offers a complete buffet line of latin Amerian delicacies including rice, black beans, plantains, chicken Fricasse,lentils beans, pot roast,Yucca Fries with garlic sauce and many more lunch time entrees plus a daily lunch special. This Cuban restaurant opens daily at 11:00 - 7:30 pm.

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GM's diabetes followup

Daily diabetes issues become overwhelming

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

EDITOR'S NOTE: In 2015, 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4% of the population, had diabetes. Two years ago in May, 2016 the GLOB Master was diagnosed with diabetes. This odyssey update is the first of four articles assessing the GLOB Master's current diabetic world.

I was lying on my small bathroom floor with my legs wrapped around the toilet in a pretzel like design with excruciating pain emanating from my twisted foot. "Roseanne Roseanna Dana is correct," I think to myself. "If it ain't something, it's something else."  This is two Wednesday's in a row my hypoglycemic symptoms got the best of me in my early morning trip to the bathroom.

On the bathroom floor – in my underwear -- looking up to the ceiling, my cell phone charging in the bedroom, all I could think of is I have fallen down and I can't get up.

That certainly isn't the high point of the two-year anniversary of my diabetes diagnosis anniversary. It is more like a day, like all other days, in the life of Mike Sanford, Type II diabetic.

West Texas Flatlander singer songwriter Joe Ely is in my head often with singer songwriter Harry Nilson summarizing my life with diabetes perfectly in the chorus of his song Joy when Joe Ely sings, Things went good, things went bad. Things went good, things went bad, good, bad, bad, good...



I used the falling down events for a dramatic opening to this story. In reality I am usually upbeat and positive regarding my daily conflict with diabetes symptoms and complications. My life is full of diabetic highs and lows, good outcomes and bad outcomes, second guessing answers, follow up opportunities to try again:

zzGLOBbullet I recognize it could be a lot worse. Some days it seems like my diabetes is my obnoxious best friend in my face from when I wake up in the morning until I take my nighttime meds and go to bed.

zzGLOBbullet After six months of daily struggles I am currently not in the best of places. As Jim Morrison sings. I am ready to break on through to the other side of this blood sugar number-crunching madness.

Don't get me wrong. I am unbelievably happy with being the GLOB Master. I enjoy telling folks I am living the dream. I believe that.



Right now I am in the middle of a blood sugar funk I cannot get out of. You know how people say a little knowledge can be your worse enemy? Let me explain.

Last November my diabetes management process was not working. My blood sugar numbers were all over the place from highs over the 300 mark to hypoglycemic lows in the 40 range. I looked online as saw I was in fact having a defined issue called Diabetes Burn Out. Finding a definition of what was happening to me gave me license to surrender, give up all the good processes I have refined through the last 18 months of my diagnosis. I decided to wait this madness out until I see my doctor in February.

At my February doctor visit, I had an A1c test and my 90-day average zoomed up from the previous test result of 7.2 to 9.4. After some stiff, constructive lecturing, the doctor thought increasing my nighttime insulin dose by 5 units might help me get out of my present funk.

"Hopefully this increase will get you in the right place to start your day in a better mindset Mike," the doctor said.

Dr. Seitcheck was correct. I saw an immediate improvement in my morning fasting blood sugar number from 180-220 range down to 100, a double-digit, morning-fasting, first-ever score many times for the GLOB Master.



Shortly after my doctor's visit I began experiencing hypoglycemia symptoms in the middle of the night: Cold sweats, unable to sleep, disorientation, unsteadiness when I get up. They became regular nighttime sleep-over friends.

I did become concerned the first time I fell.  But wrote it off as X-S+$+@ happens. When I fell again a week later, I reduced my insulin until I could see the doctor for help.

The doctor(s) then adjusted my insulin dose to a different level, which reminded me what Erica Corbett told me over a year ago. "You need to include some walking intervals, walking/jogging at a faster pace to make your vascular system stronger Mike."



"You need to include some light-weight lifting into your exercise routine to build more muscle mass," Erica said. "The additional muscle will burn more of the unnecessary blood sugar," the substitute doctor added.

I try to be a good patient. I can accept my new assignments and try to make them work. The alternative to not complying can be disastrous.

My diabetes positives are still great for me:

For the first time in my life I have maintained my weight loss for two years with no yo-yo-ing back to my original 250-pound weight.  I am eating better and healthier and have a better understanding of how, why, and what I eat can have severe negative consequences. I have a daily struggle with blood sugar and some days I win, and other days the diabetes devil wins.

UP NEXT:  UF/Health and Diabetes Group Coordinator Dr. Danielle Nelson, MD, MPH, discusses the importance of participating in a diabetes group class.

zzGLOBbullet EMPOWERING GROUP PARTICIPANTS Dr. Danielle Nelson the value of diabetes group therapy sessions.

zzGLOBbullet AMY APONICK HAS WRITTEN AN ARTICLE discussing diabetes and the resources available for persons with diabetes.

zzGLOBbullet THE GLOB MASTER RECREATES HIS DIABETES ADVENTURE from being hospitalized with diabetes through a recovery period of succesful outcomes and disappointing consequences. 

zzGLOBbullet AMY APONICK EXPLAINS THE ROLE of meaningful blood glucose testing and diabetes self-management.

LOCAL DIGEST: Blueberry Picking

Stormy weather cools down blueberry adventure

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

Rick & Roll icon Fats Domino has his Blueberry Hill. Film Director, Screenwriter David Lynch has his classic film Blue Velvet. The Sanford family has now claimed Deep Spring Farm as their every Summer Blueberry respite.

Jana Sanford-Heller, her daughter Penelope Rain Heller, and the GLOB Master headed North to Alachua and Deep Spring Farm 10 miles due North of the city of Alachua on 16419 W County Rd 1491. There we were GLOBers in spite of ominous looking black clouds and thunderstorm warnings the Sanford's were determined to pick their fair share of extra large, deep purple, juicy blueberries.

The DSF website offers and inviting suggestion for a very special afternoon:



Welcome ~ Aloha ~ Namaste.
Deep Spring Farm holds space for you to connect. 
Pick organic blueberriesExplore spring fed pond recreation… Have a picnic on the waterfront under sprawling live oak trees… Attend community eventsTour the hydroponic greenhouse and take greens homeVolunteer to get farmfitHost a wedding or other private event celebration… Buy seasonally available organic produce… Practice yogaRelax in a yoga swingorder flowers and arrangements… Tour agricultural and ecology restoration projects… Camp out… Plan a photo shoot… Teach a workshop…Help with a FL LakeWatch monitoring session…


Thanks to the recommendation of the GLOB's Eating Healthy Columnist Dr. Michelle Cardel we were on our way to Deep Spring Farm organic blueberry and seasonably available produce to check what sounds like a piece of heaven right here in North Florida.

We arrived just after the rain had stopped and met DSF co-owner Leela Robinso who had been waiting inside for the rain to stop.

"Now that is perfect timing if I have ever seen such a thing," Leela said extending a hand in greeting. "I checked the temperature just now and it is a lovely 72 degrees," Leela added.

"These Summer storms bring back a lot of memories of waiting under giant golf course trees for the rain to stop and we could continue our round of golf," I said looking up and seeing a high gray sky with no real storm clouds apparent.



Mike and Leela Robinson have created a beautiful setting of organic, flourishing blueberries, hydroponic lettuce and many other varieties of fresh grown produce.



"Our hydroponic lettuce has been popular at the farmers markets," Mike said proudly. "People like the fact there isn't any grit, or sand on my lettuce," Mike added with a confident smile.



"Last year it was a tough blueberry season so I decided to prune out plant back and it really paid off," Mike added.  "But you all are here to pick blueberries, and our plants are absolutely loaded with really big, plump berries." he said.



061518DSFberryVERTNow the GLOB Master has picked his share of blueberries. I don't remember seeing blueberries stacked on the plant stalks on top of each other like these little corn like rows of blueberry goodness.

Leela has created a handy set of gallon jug with a shoulder strap allowing that you to pick blueberries with both hands. And like the character's in the Wizard of Oz we were off to fill our buckets with plump blueberries down the blueberry way.

The six foot tall berry bushes made for perfect height and ease of picking as we filled our jugs in a fast, fun successful manner.

That was a good thing because Mike wanted to show us his green house of hydroponic lettuce, and Leela was bragging about her organic produce as well.



Standing under a giant magnolia tree Penelope asked if they ever picked the magnolias because she loved their smell. It was a great surprise and a perfect ending to a very special family afternoon when farmer mike surprised Penelope with her very own magnolia.

Kudos and much GLOB applause to to the Robinson's for taking the correct approach toward local farming, community partnering, and sustainability. I'm going back to pick some more blueberry after the next big rainstorm. There are still are a lot of blueberries left out there with the GLOB Master's name on them.  FOLLOW THIS LINK for Father's Day Blueberry picking information.

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