His name is Grayson Blake hes an Gray may be considered an professional rightup and coming boxing superstar. now, but he already has a record of 3 and 0.If you were to watch this young man With one knockout to his credit, hes at thebox, youd understand hes going far. beginning and has many more bouts to go.Boxing is a sport that requires a lot He trains with an eye towards the future andof intense training, sweat, and tears. he is one who really does happen to believe;When you step I to the ring you must That “If you work hard and are willing tobring your best and put aside all fears. sacrifice, there is nothing that you cant achieve.Hes is embarking on a career path that Watch for him and remember the name of Blakefew people have the desire nor discipline. because this young man has a bright future ahead.Gray has the skill set to be a contender in Family is everything to this lion heart with histhe Welterweight Division that he is in. eyes on the prize―for this he was born and bred.Dont ever bet against him, unless you are They say to make as a boxer, perhaps an Olympianeither wealthy or have the money to lose. takes a lot of spirit, but it especially a lot of heart.First, you have to check him out and see Gray has all the making if a fine champion and withthis rising star, then youd be free to prayer and support from family, hes doing his part.choose.
Only the living are conscious that they will die. The one thing I would not have done is panic aboutIf I should die it would be too soon that I depart. that day, when once again, my life is on the line.But, not without leaving evidence of my being Because I recorded them all down as I knew that Iwhich I am blessed with a melancholy heart. should, that everything in the end will be just fine.The words will take on a certain symbolic I realize that some will see this as a fatalistic way ofmeaning that you will be able to understand seeing things, but still I have a trick up my sleeve.That the words—All truthful in questioning When those sayings are considered posthumously, thenthat which we seek by some unknown command. things will come full circle and even skeptics will believe.If it is a gift, and I think that it is an outstanding Some will recall that I was quite the “chatterbox” frompresent to share it all, and a weighty responsibility. a very early age I always had to know what was true.That people will be able to get it (without thinking I grasped not only what the adults said, but I also knewIm speaking in Chinese) to the best of my ability. why things were important to them but also my own view.Do not feel ashamed that you did not know, nor Thats the magic of a poets soul—There amongst thedid you see—For I was like an invisible wraith. things that are forever unclaimed in the lost and found.Traveling through time and space connecting the Are pearls and gems that are like diamonds in the ruffdots along my way leading me back to my faith. beautiful spell-bound words read and shared around.No one in particular would have made a much of That is what I shall miss most about people that we aremy paintings of words with incandescent light. all on the same journey towards an ever-present quest.They were merely opportunities for me to express To push the boundaries of what is physical and lookmyself with musings of my soul that come at night. with your eyes at words that will speak when you rest.You could not have known that sleep did not come All good things do eventually have to come to an end;easy, and there were many nights of pain and sorrow. It really matters how people will remember me then.That by the first light of dawn are forever in the And, they will recall a time when we crossed paths andpast and today, I get to look forward to tomorrow. we continued to connect through space time and again.I hope you smile when you read some of the clever If only one person is somehow changed for the betterwitticisms and my toying with words too hard to say. because of me, it would be like winning the Super Bowl.Knowing full well that the average person will not A final validation for the “Gift of Gab” that always wasget it and go about unenlightened throughout the day a righteous cause from the depths of this poets (my) soul.
I dont know about anybody else, but on the night of Not everybody was happy, especially those who support theNovember 4, 2008, I unabashedly cried and cried. McCain/Palin ticket and worked very hard to get out the vote.It was at this moment that I saw what was for many a Obama carried some unlikely states that were traditionally redThe dream come true―s bitter past finally died. We were ready for change and his supporters did not gloat.The election of Barack H. Obama was something I hoped Even those who did not have kind thins to say about Obamafor, although I thought Id never see it, I did so privately. recognized the significance of this historic election and gotThe affairs of this world generally do not concern me swept up in the moment as the country celebrated his victory.because I follow the requirement to live my life separately. Putting aside any derisive comments or any such thought.Not that Im unaffected by such things as war and politics, I As people have always done they will pick him apart andboth of which are among things that I do not participate. critique everything that he does, but he will hit the groundMy life course has been to follow the example of our Lord running and try to tackle the looming recession and answerto be neutral on worldly affairs and continue being separate. his critics by looking for solutions wherever they are found.Life has its own dictates and most times you only get one Even those who did not have kind things to say about Obamachance to bring about changes that people will understand. recognized the significance of this historic election and gotUntil such time things that were promised long ago occur, it swept up in the moment as the country celebrated his victory.does my heart good to see someone who is able to command. Putting aside any derisive comments or any such thought.Stripping off failed policies of the previous Administration As people have always done they will pick him apart andthat worsened Americas stock in the rest of the civilized world, critique everything that he does, but he will hit the grounda new day is dawning in which and the country has the chance running and try to tackle the looming recession and answerto reverse course as a new day is dawning―Emotionsswirled. his critics by looking for solutions wherever they are found.
Some families do it better than we doothers—Some that I know do it better.We do not have a family reunion andtheres no occasion that gets us together.I know families that celebrate everythinghappening in a relative life; everyone comes.If it is someones anniversary the wholefamily celebrates it because theyre all chums.So why is it that a family who has been blessedin so many ways and has talent to spread to all.Cant find the time to gather together to just betogether and enjoy a good time—off the wall.Realizing that people are people and will prettymuch do what they want to do, as they please.My family has never done this and you wouldthink that this is something to be done with ease.If people that we preach to are to see that this isthe best way of life and they can be happy like us.Then isnt prudent to demonstrate it in how youlive your life; how you relate on matters to discuss.Will they ever be convinced that we have the bestway of life that our Creator intended us to have?We are the ones who are supposed to know theanswers and set the example—putting it in halve.
“Sayanora, see you later, adiós, au revoir, arrivederci. "¿Nunca sè preguntado ústed porqué? Have you everTạm biệt, and goodbye, Sister Moon.” Goodbye. wondered why?” “Sister Moon” Is it your dumb luck?You are the lesser luminary whos the sole ruler of the Were you there when Cain, out of jealousy killed hisdarkness and the one who dominates the nights sky. brother because, he was what is called “Moonstruck.”“¡Mira!Viene el sol. Look. Here comes the sun!” "Le Roi le Voit. At the kings pleasure,” Has it not been your"Sister Moon.” Will you hide your own light? designated place from the beginning?” “Sister Moon.”The greater luminary is just below the horizon. Why then are there phases that you must always go through?What do you think of our Native suns might? Tạm biệt the reason why you play and rundown the sand dune? Is that"Ah sì, ahora recordarme. Ah yes, now I remember.” "Que serà, serà. What will be, will be, for you Sister Moon”You were given the subordinate role, “Sister Moon.” What mysteries are at the depths of your “Sea of Tranquility?”A footstool before the throne of God, second in What secrets do you have that before the seven “Creative Days”importance to the sun, that for you comes too soon. when you were there at the beginning before the dawn of humanity."Que làstima, què làstima por ùsted. Too bad, too bad "¡ Madre De Díos! Umm Al-Dunya. Mutter Gottes Mother of God!”for you,” “Sister Moon.” The sun is the giver of life. The sun determines the changing seasons, you know, “Sister Moon.”Leaving you to wage war upon the oceans and seas, It is part of the web that is the “Circle of Life” Without it all lifeturning tides into constant waves of sow and strife. would cease and you will not have your famed yearly “Harvest Moon.”"May tháy câhn náyco quen khôg? Does that sound “Sé pone el sol. The sun sets.” Is it enough that you wait for thefamiliar, “Sister Moon?” Trapped deep inside a tomb? opportunity to overtake the sun, Sister Moon?” Do you take delight?Do your sister stars weep tears made of stardust, simply You place yourself between us, hiding our life giving star from view―because you are barren just like a womans empty womb. The eclipse that plunges part of the earth in darkness from hidden light."Vas ischt das? What is this? You changed your color to The tale is not complete without mention of “Sun Moon Lake” thatred,” “Sister Moon.” Did you do this to give men a fright? is in China whose geography mirrors the very heavens as a respite.Does your “Blood Moon” color serve to scare them into This time, God did not make a choice, but chose you both to representcowering in the darkness if you refuse to give your light? paradise that once was and will be again and the need to remember it.
It has been a very contentious summer. The American people feel that they are helpless, asThe effort to put the breaks on our debt. helpless as a bunch of fish caught in a fishing net.The President, Democrats, Tea Party and They have the right to complain as the are treatedRepublicans argued and if I had to bet.... no better than the average familys household pet.Most say that no one was the victor in the The President as our leader has tried to bring thediscussions and more debate has been set. parties together and is like no one Ive ever met.With the requirement to form a committee to But, the Presidency is a job after-all and he has foundmake more cuts, its as uncertain as it can get. out the hard way, he can do only what Congress will let.Unemployment is triple the national average, Some may want to go to another country and escapeespecially if you happen to be a returned vet. the madness to a far far away place on the fastest jet.These men and women served their country The debate with all its drama has shifted the focus fromin Iraq and Afghanistan and without any regret. growing the economy, proving that Congress is all wet!As politics as usual has increased the chance the To anyone who was following the debate and is as fedopposing sides will enter into a lengthy tet-a-tet. up with the process as America came apart at the seam,The frustration of the American people has risen to you might well ask yourself a question as you view theits highest level of dissatisfaction in numbers yet. accompanying picture, this―”What about his dream?”
he 2011 campaign season is up;on us and Some people think this dichotomy is a joke and think thealready there is the same level of scrutiny. basis of the present reality is nothing personal but the money..They are looking at potential challengers to Saying his “Stimulus Plan was more big government and aPresident Obama and opinions of who it may be. waste of money while taking Bush-ear tax credits is not funny.For his part, the President has had a contentious The “Tea Party was over before it hardly started and it allsummer to pass key legislation inside Washington. began with the mid-term elections and the big “shellacking.”The debate on the national debt was especially nasty It cant all be blamed on President Obama because he cantand people are upset with what Congress has done. help it people people dont wait for the details before attacking.Was the expectation of change what you thought it The “Tea Party was over before it hardly started and it allwould be and are you now disgusted and dissatisfied? began with the mid-term elections and the big “shellacking.”Did President Obama fail to live up to your expectation It cant all be blamed on President Obama because he cantor are you happy with his first term, because he has tried. help it people people dont wait for the details before attacking.Of course, the haters, nay-Sayers and pundits have already I could publish an assessment that realistically answers thegiven the President an F for failure for his first attempt. question on “what has changed” and wasnt it just wonderful.What grade would you give him for his efforts thus for in I could hit all the highlights and the low points without beingoffice when so many people hold the President in contempt. unfair to the President if only I could say that Im not cynical.Some people think this dichotomy is a joke and think the Try to walk in the Presidents shoes for a day and you will findbasis of the present reality is nothing personal but the money.. yourself easily overwhelmed by what he does for the nation.Saying his “Stimulus Plan was more big government and a After “just one day” you will want to go back to your normalwaste of mToney while taking Bush-ear tax credits is not funny. existence or do what he cannot do and that is take a vacation.
The moment two souls come come together in a Their rapture was all that it was promised to be when itunion of love, they are seamlessly meld into one. was decided that the sparks between them instantly ignited.The raw energy of pent up passion that is left to Their foreplay was a purposeful time of exploration ofwane in the afterglow when they are finally done. each other that built to an explosive point beyond excited.Very slowly they return to normal sinus rhythm It isnt always the case when it can be said that the bells pealbreathing, while sweat glistens and bodies cool. nature applauds and the angels in heaven start to quietly sing.In the light breeze blowing across them half in the Lovemaking is the greatest expression of the love betweenilluminating moonlight and in view of a slight pool. compatible people in expectation of all the passion itll bring.With the quiet that follows the screams of sheer And whenever the night is over there will be a rejuvenationdelight and pure pleasure as their bodies enmesh. of both mind and spirit to spread throughout the body whole.Drawn deeper in the moment of sensuous music urge A refreshing of satisfaction to their encounter with lingeringthem on to yield to the insatiable desires of the flesh. memories of the moment that had the ability to capture the soul.The music expertly chosen for its unique sensuality Those who disavow such pleasure are surely the most disciplinedlike how Ravels Bolero was used in the movie Ten. among both women and men who choose to be single or celibate.The character needed their lovemaking to conform to Their denial of the so-called “forbidden fruit” have their ownthe pace of the music in surround sound in their den. cross to bear for their sacred secret and theyve no knowledge of it.Like a musical crescendo, they reach an orgasmic wave If this life is to be over, a tribute to lovemaking and to all whovethat is like a Tsunami that seems not to crest nor cease. had the pleasure to experience it―truly is a gift from above.It is the most powerful feeling in the universe in a very Music and melody that combine to ignite passion so easily canclimactic physical and emotional and intimate release. only be performed by musicians who perform in the key of love.
What is the color of your dreams? Do you desire to give back to those who had a handAre they vivid, stark or in silhouette? in helping people like you to find a way to succeed?Does the landscape inspire you or Does your future goals include a place for charity orcause fear you for what may come yet? generosity towards those who are always in need?Do you view life as either black or white? Don you think a black man in a commercial of allDo in between shades of Grey even exist? white people can be characterized as just a token?Do you expect mornings to be bright and Do you believe the perception of African Americanssunny or will only gloomy days persist? has improved after each time the President has spoken?Do you like the color of your skin or do Do you believe that Affirmative Action is necessary toyou wish that you were another ethnicity? reflect the nations diversity as it stands right now?Does heritage have meaning in your life Does whether or not someone is in the country illegallyand can you relate your familys history? affect your view on the issues of migrant workers somehow?Are you politically correct when referring Do you think Barack Obamas victory will somehow opento anothers background or religious belief? doors for other minority groups to produce future leaders?Do you give respect to individuals who are Does the country owe a debt to those who have been dis-different from you and is reality that a relief ? enfranchised according to recent polls amongst its readers?Do you dream of being with someone with a Does being color-conscious help or hurt the minority culturea penchant and skill to entertain an audience? and can you tolerate the behaviors of neo-Nazis or the KKK?Do you live for the lim3elight or the fifteen Can you benefit from listening to the members of such groupsminutes of fame or do you use common sense? as they espouse hatred for Blacks, Jews, and anyone whos gay.Do you believe in role models that can mentoror become a big brother or sister you can emulate? These questions will never appear on a questionnaire for anyDoes you outlook on life say ”the skys the limit position requiring a high degree of judicial temperament.and do you agree with the need to teach and educate? In the privacy of our thoughts we can practice what we cant preach to others, because America is still a social experiment.
The lines of the world are drawn to Missionaries dont allow borders to keep them fromdelineate boundaries on the continent. preaching the Gospel message they have worldwide.Whenever there is encroachment or Even the most inhospitable places on earth cant stop them from proselytizing like God is on their side.dispute, their respective armies are sent. REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERSMost of the time neighboring countries As war causes people to cross borders like they haverespect boundaries without needing a gate. in places the Sudan, the boundaries must be re-drawn.Yheir have been noteworthy take over Displaced families end up in refugee camps and theirattempts like Sadaam Hussein and Kuwait. property and personal belongings are now forever gone.There are “Doctors Without Borders” who There are scientists engineers, and teachers amongprovide needed medical treatment for free. other disciplines that go to third-world countries to be,The work is sometmimes provided where an “Angel of Mercy” and try to alleviate some of thetheres hostility towards them, as it may be. suffering from starvation abuse, and disease they see.“Reporters Withgout Borders” go for the story As long as humanity exists divided there will alwayssometimes into hot spots so the truth gets out. be borders that countries need to defend and protect.They are bold and brazen in their efforts, yet But, when the peoples needs are not looked after orthey go into danger still devoted no doubt. corruption keeps them needy and suffering from neglect.There “Nurses Without Borders” who must Nationalism and patriotism will sometimes wane in time.treat the very sick with diseases like HIV-AIDS. Across the world there are wars being waged to enslaveRemembering that those who do this are everyday people who live in a repressive society run by a despotcitizens with a desire to help them out in many ways. who they want to be over-thrown, and their world to save.
Like millions of fellow Americans, I depend on the monthly There are valid issues related to the nations debt that shouldbenefit check that I receive from direct deposit Social Security. be resolved in the spirit of compromise if it can be achieved.The budget debate this summer caused a panic when there The arguments for those unwilling to reach an accord, rememberwas discussion on Social Security and Medicare causing anxiety. politics is a fickle female sometimes and not to be believed.The ugly debate showed the unwillingness of Congress to The long-term status will depend on cuts made elsewhere incompromise in the face of international criticism and default. the overall budget submitted to the President Office by Congress.In the end a deal was struck but looming questions remain; The American people stated their displeasure at how theyWill Social Security remain solvent and not be under assault? performed during the process and they should also see a redress.Any attempt to attack social Security and Medicare will be There is responsibility, enough to go around, but that is a weakpolitical suicide and the “baby-boomers” wont allow it to be. argument and the voters bear the blame if they expected more.The issues go straight to the heart of the matter and these two How are they going to answer their constituents who they claimprograms exist because that is the obligation of our society. interests is what drives them on the House and Senate floor.In fact the numbers are going to increase as the boomers come President Obama may not achieve the same results as Presidentof age and are eligible for these benefits, what will you say? Clinton and enjoy a balanced budget and actually have a surplus.There are some very powerful people that will dedicate all But, that does not mean the Presidents obligation is to all of ustheir time and efforts to ensure that never happens that way. Americans and this duty he must try to impress and not be callus.
Youd think it would be easy—The blind need to have assistance, and Seeing for the first time, ever.are coached or led about by animals. Being born blind is not as badThey have caregivers each and everyday. as sight being taken from you.They act as substitute eyes for them. Stupidity, accident, or intentionallyCreated in the minds eye is a picture —It doesnt really matter howoff dazzling color—Pressing the eyeball. The result is the same, darknessSort of like a kaleidoscope, only unreal. Blackness and darkness forever.But then, their heart loved it, cause it was. It is like being in a cave with noIn the absence of light, you probe, feel and visible light to guide your steps .move cautiously along to get anywhere. Also you have no sense of directionHowever, with light comes color and with Anything that prevents light and/orcolor comes variety—differences are noticed. theres only darkness is blindness.Walk slowly towards the light, because just Peering into blackness is like seeingbecause there is light doesnt mean welcome. into an abyss not knowing whatsA light in pitched blackness is a fixed spot there looking back at you—Scared?on an invisible compass—A destination. Is it a friend or foe and no way to know.How could you have not known? Are you Maybe its like seeing inside your ownblind? Or maybe you didnt see it clearly. soul and not believing what you see.Maybe the lens was just dirty and needed You just might be able to see in a newa good cleaning so that you can now... See? way, like those who are remote viewers.Now that light has found you and you can It can actually be quite painful—being thrust“see the light,” Youll want to see everything into bright light after being in total darkness.all at once, but do not be tempted to do so. Is the dot on the horizon is the source of it ?It takes time to adjust to the light—Do it slow. It is a journey worth undertaking for the blind.
Whenever a child is sleeping, haveyou ever wondered what they dream?A childs imagination can think themost unbelievable things as they deem.You cannot know the things that a childmay aspire to achieve or one day become.All children at a point dream big dreams.Not all are encouraged to achieve as some.How cruel it would be if a parent were tothwart them before they have the chance.To reach their potential and live their dreamwith all its possibilities, passion or romance.A wise parent is the one who is protectiveof their young mind and to assist them to grow.If you have had the good fortune to live yourdream, then you have experience and must know.When a childs sleep is fitful or restless, it couldbe a sign that the child, not knowing is troubled.The chance that they will have a life full ofdifficulty and controversy is more than doubled.Take a glimpse at your sleeping child and watch herfor a while―you can easily imagine or see.That childs future is reflected in the look ofcontentment on her face and your responsibility.
Join us on World Poetry Day as we celebrate the creative spirit of poetry and of free verse. We hope that you have the chance to experiment with poetry and maybe participate in a slam If you have not had the chance to discover poetry, Today, free your mind and let thoughts take flight. Sail on the seas of your imagination and discover that poetry can take you to the highest height. There are many styles to choose from, but it is best if you create your own style and express your voice.Write a sonnet, a rhyming or non-rhyming poem of any length you want, poetry always gives you a choice. As a poet myself, I can tell you to try your hand at “collagetry,” which is what you get if you add images.They can convey more than the words themselves and strike a common ground with some ancient addages.
At last, at last, at last, Thank God Almighty! At last, I can be joyful that I was still alive toNot “Free At Last,” This isnt about freedom. witness Barack Obamas historic achievement.Its about a day that many African Americans Like many others I am lost for words to sayincluding myself, thought would never come. just what his being elected President has meant.At last there is irrefutable evidence to support At last a milestone has been reached that will bethe notion that any black man can be selected, noted in future Black History month celebration.by an established major political party as its They will tell the incredible journey from thisnominee for President and actually be elected. son of former slaves who now leads our nation.At last the rest of the world can see democracy At last the parents of all children, but especiallyin action, as America lives up to its promise. those of poor economic background or poverty.Giving a chance for an aspiring junior senator Have an example that they can point out to theirwho is African American to extend his service. children show that they can have an opportunity.At last, here is a shining example of what can At last it has come full circle―the era of civilhappen when you possess a higher education. rights and the African American sense of pride.You must also set your standards high enough Back in the sixties, saying, “Black and Proud”and sacrifice in order to reach your aspiration. was polarizing and drew suspicion to either side.At last the First Family looks a lot like mine, At last the color barrier has been broken andbut there are others with stories of their own. change has come faster than the speed of sound.Being raised mostly by a single parent and a Who will have the opportunity in the future is agrandmother whom he thanks as hes grown. question to be answered the next time around.
The following is a Public Service Announcement Be aware that depression Depression can occur at any for women of all socioeconomic status and ages. time and there is evidence that it can lead to a stroke.Do you know the medical screenings that are Depression is a medical condition and it can be treated,appropriate for you to have in your life at this stage? but the coincidence of a stroke increases if you smoke.Starting in your late teens through your twenties you The annual check up should include these blood testshave annual pelvic exams and if there is concern, you and screening for cholesterol, thyroid, blood sugar, too.may need to see your doctor more often to keep on To prevent the onset of osteoporosis, levels of vitamin Dtop of any changes, so that you will know what to do. might be checked by the doctor when hes checking you.Report to your gynecologist yearly for a full exam so Report any changes you have noticed to your doctor andmake the appointment now and you will not forget. do not hesitate, especially if you think its not really bad.Some cancers and other diseases have a hereditary, so Your doctor can best advise you if it warrants furtherget your family history and you wont have any regret. investigation and if its something serious you will be glad. And that is s goal worth achieving no doubtWomen of color need to be especially aware of theincidence of both diabetes and high blood pressure. This PSA has brought to you by a humble poet who has aSee your doctor and have your blood pressure knack for writing spontaneous verse and who has no clout.monitored to prevent this “silent killer” to be sure. Pay attention to this PSA and you will live a healthier and happier life if you do and that is a worthy goal, no doubt.
It happened during a Q&A with the press I was hurt, I was angry as I thought about all thein the early days and it was about race. individual celebrations that they attended that night.If President Obama had any reaction to it Fifty states helped sweep him into office, so whyat all, it did not appear anywhere on his face. did they not celebrate, this does not feel quite right.It was a good strategy to help introduce the I have resisted venting my disappointment to somePresident to the nation, but it was answered. newspaper editor muting my own sense of outrage.The President in his almost surgically-used How proud Americans are the ones for whom this daywords and he answered the question undeterred. rewarded and who are cynical this day and age.He said more or less that the significance of the I challenge every state to in the future find a way tohistoric election and this day was not lost on him. honor the road to the White House and show tribute.Then he said the most heartfelt and sincere thing President Obama would never suggest such a thingI think anyone could come up with just on a whim. because it is about accomplishing things. So astute!After expressing his feelings about this historic The nation comes together in times of disaster andelection and the emotions of “Inauguration Day.” should do so whenever it is time a time to celebrate.He did not miss the point of its significance and was This was not done for the President the first time, buthumbled then, “Unfortunately it only lasted one day.” as the saying goes, “Try, try again; It is never too late.
Suicide is not chosen; it happens when painexceeds resources for coping with pain. Christ Jesus came into this world sent The psalmist wrote, “if errors were what you by Jehovah God as a ransom sacrifice. watched, O Jehovah who is there able to stand?” He suffered an ignominious death that Knowing that our imperfections He offers some included torture as was a Roman device. comfort for those who are suffering on demand. The heavens wept and lightnings flashed Understanding the mindset of those who have brilliantly at the very moment he expired. or attempted suicide are not thinking clearly. The Roman soldiers casts lots over his They cannot understand the depth of Jehovahs clothing as was prophesied, not required. loving kindness and that He loves each dearly. The heavens opened up and the angels To considers ones self-worth, it is plain to see wept at this expression of divine love. what events have contributed to these feelings. All that he suffered was for our benefit and Is a crucial step if we want to avoid the pitfalls an absolute testimony from heaven above. of traps set by the Devil as he tries to dealings. When someone does not like himself, he or she is It takes “strength beyond what is normal to usually accompanied by moderate to severe pain. assist us in our need to overcome our shame. They have a dire need to make the suffering end And when times are especially hard we know is by whatever means and they have little to gain. behind the scenes and who is the one to blame. That sets up thoughts of taking the easy way When sadness takes hold of us and we feel like out by ending their life by committing suicide. we are all alone, we know this cannot be true. Unlike the theme song from the long-running It helps to know that there are others like you series, “MASH,” it is not easy matter to decide. who need Jehovahs comfort from feeling blue. Separation from Jehovahs love is a slow and Anytime the “older men“ pays us a visit with deliberate, and careless form of spiritual suicide . copious amounts of healing oil for the head. Blinded by the guilt of sin, they know that from It is a good day to contemplate our awesome Jehovahs peering eyes they are unable to hide. Gods ability to rescue us from feelings of dread.
As to warnings about lung diseases like COPD and high bloodC. Everette Coop, former Surgeon General of the U.S. pressure, I am concerned to give the effort my very best to quit.was first to recognize dangers of cigarettes and the harm. Like any other form of addiction, smokers crave nicotine that isArmed with statistics that showed the rates of throat and boosted with carcinogens that most people do not know are in it.other cancers and used his position to sound the alarm.Suddenly there were warning messages on cigarette packs Smoking has a somewhat calming effect on people with nervousthat warned of low fetal birth weight among other diseases. conditions and has been reported to actually aid long-term memory.But, people continue to smoke, even after learning the But, the longer a person smokes the greater the risk of dying fromtobacco industry doctored them and does whatever it pleases. any number of causes that are eventually discovered upon autopsy.I smoked on and off for several years and understand that to I have finally “kicked the habit” for the best reasons in the world,quit smoking is harder to do than heroine or cocaine to beat. my family who loves me and God in heaven who expects cleanliness.Smoking does seem harmless to some and yet, in America No doubt smoking is a bad habit and to finally quit and to give uppeople have gotten the message and have begun a hasty retreat. smoking is the only way a sincere believer can achieve Godliness.Pregnant women who smoke run a high risk of having babies I urge all smokers to participate in the “Great Smoke-out day and towith low birth weight and other health problems when born. pick a day and quit―Ait wont be easy, you can succeed.Learning difficulties, asthma, a predisposition to heart disease Supportive friends and family who care about you will be of benefitare just a few of the thing that smoking causes, so doctors warn. and knowing what triggers the desire is all the information you need.
Look inside the mind of a poet and you will To engage in discourse with a poet is a chance to seelikely find yourself in an insanely busy place. their world view and is more than you bargained for.Electrical synapses seemingly firing all at once The whole universe of words and their wisdom tendsand the truth is it never shows upon their face. to pour forth from the heart when a poet has the floor.The soul of a poet is in bondage, tethered to A poet only reveals about themselves and their humblethe floor of reality and not so by their choice. existence leaves a lot of questions to be answered or not.Hoping to compose something either inspire Spending quality time with a poet you can be truly leftor confound by using their own prosaic voice. with a sense of awe at what they can do with a thought.The mind of poet is expansive, from the depths of Great orators of the past knew what, when and how tothe ocean, shallowest hole, or highest mountain peak. say important things that soon became the talk of the day.A poet is connected to the living world all around us Poets lent their voice to the chorus of people, but with athe bases of knowledge itself they continually seek. uniqueness that distinguished them in a pretty special way.One does not put themselves with the masters of Oh, to be just like them, as glorious as the daybreak thatrhyme and verse―eventually they succumb. teases away the darkness along with the days rising sun.To the desire to emulate them, perhaps with a style The poet is rent to pen one thoughtful verse if he is toof their own fortunate enough maybe t catch a crumb. have satisfaction for the effort whenever the day is done.Some thoughts are light and airy, like a cool breeze It is, perhaps, the only time one can say something andblowing in off the ocean on a hot mid-summer day. actually have a completely different meaning in mind.Instantly, a thought crystallizes in the poet’s mind It is in the soul of the poet that you can glean a newthat is simple and just like a picture, easy to convey. meaning of life, as in the verse of many poets youll find.
The playgrounds for the rich and famous offers freeFor most of us the only membership that we membership only to the right “kind” in their clubs.can enjoy is a gym or our graduating class. Their self importance is attenuated by the prestige itMembership in a fraternity or sorority can be affords them and there is no concern for those itor amongst leaders like a group of military brass. snubs.Those who are selected to become a member of The highest political office that can be reached in ora specific group or an organization in a society. nation is without a doubt the Office of the President.feel privileged for the opportunity and must keep There are perquisites however, and is the mostthe groups pledges and follow rules it has as priority. exclusive club, open to anyone who is a legal resident.Groups like the Masons and the Knights of Columbusare familiar to most as theyve been around for awhile. It wasnt too long go that the first African AmericanAs is the Fraternal Order of Police who have a “Widows was elected as and appointed to State governorship.and Orphans Fund and the reputation that is a lifestyle. The nation as a whole did not celebrate this African American “first”―its importance was let slip.There are too many exclusive memberships to evenbegin to count and not everyone is invited to be a part. There was a time when women were excluded fromAdmission is denied by some groups based on race or old country clubs and even the military was divisive.other factors in discrimination with no place from the The historic election of Barack Obama is a strongstart. signal that the White House is no longer exclusive.You have to have an I.Q. Over 130 to be a member of Let us hope that after the 2012 election whatever theMENSA, the group of smart people with no age limit. outcome will usher in a new era of opportunities.You can be a high school dropout and still be in the Maybe the future will see the first woman Presidentgroup, if you have the required intelligence to be in it. and women politicians represent real possibilities.
Mr. President, you stated during an interview with news anchor You are loquacious and obviously well-read to speak so eloquentlyKatie Couric during a Q&A the Bible is your favorite book. History teaches that one must listen as well as speak with his equals.I wholeheartedly agree as its counsel is timeless and of great Whether heads of state, Prime Ministers, President or ruling despotbenefit to anyone who decides to give the Bible a closer look. whose arrogance challenges the world, you will determine the sequel.You, no doubt are familiar with this proverb that says that says You are also writing a new chapter in American history that will be aclearly “when there is no vision the people go unrestrained. testament to all who fought for civil rights and equality and will doYour vision for Americans to be working, the economy is robust, For this time you were born to lead and to conquer the toughestour enemies have been subdued, and the workers highly trained. issues facing the country with the goal of better times, it is up to you.How are you going to sway those who oppose you and accuse you Anytime you feel down-trodden or question whether you are fulfillingof being a fraud and try label you un-American to those who doubt. the oath you swore when you took this job, you remember this verse:Will public forums and and appearances and all the network news “The road to greatness is filled with obstacles that you must surpass.coverage help or hurt as you constantly try to get the wod out? If you think of those who came before, we can prevail if its worse.”Many prayers will be with you and your family who accompanies I never thought I would see the first African American President in myyou to foreign soil where your diplomatic skills are likely to shine. lifetime and cant express my profound delight you have this chance.Many people around the world celebrated with the country as we May the “peace of God that excels all thought” guide and direct youcelebrated your historic victory and share the same view as mine. as you do your utmost to govern to the very best of your ability.
When Barack Obama was just a candidate One of the Presidents supporters in 2010 said shehe was not deterred despite standing in the rain. was “tired of defending him,” making some say:He was not able to stop the downpour, but the “The President is not in touch with the country andtens of thousand there with him did not complain. they wonder what happened to change anyway?”It was his intention to be wherever he was with him in the pouring rain― he could not stop it?expected and to see each and every resident. Are you disappointed in the lack of progress and doThis was his style to be personable and really you think he deserves another term or should he quit?listen to the people if he was to be President. If you no longer support the President do you give theMillions of you came to celebrate his historic Tea Party and Republicans credit―what about politics?victory and the occasion was important to all. It is the nature of politics such as it is and the issue isBut, the President was soon to learn that the to do whatever has to be done until it one day sticks.success of his policies was not to be his call. Which do consider to be more important: Standing inHe learned very quickly that “Change” was not the rain with your future c”Commander-in-Chief” orup to him and he must work with the Congress. remembering the “Promise of Change” and continueIf he is to advance his Administrations goals and to stand with him now and understand what he stands for?objectives, he must press the many issues to address.
One day Eve was by herself and a serpentSome people think that the Bible started to speak with her about the tree.book of Genesis is just a story. They both knew what death was becauseThere was no Adam and Eve and the animals died and this they could see.that is meant to be an allegory. The serpent was the Devil and told her thatThey say that it was written by a God kept something from them, as he triedclever man in order to help find, to make her eat from the forbidden tree bya way to teach people a lesson inferring to Eve that God had purposely lied.one that would keep in mind. Eve kept looking at the tree and decided theAdam was said to have been made tree would be good for food and ate some.by God and formed out of the dust. She eventually gave some to her husbandHe spent much time by himself, so and much worse for them was yet to come.that God thought a mate was a must. God punished Adam and Eve for what theyGod said it was not good for the man had done an put them out of their Eden home.to be by himself and put him to sleep. He reserved judgement for the Devil who wasHe took one of his ribs anfd formed responsible for their sin and having to roam.Eve and brought her to him to keep. This is why God sent His only-begotten son toGod performed the first marriage and die on behalf of us and regain what Adam lost.brought them together as man and wife. The lesson is quite clear: Wwhen we disobeyHe gave them a command to be fruitful God, the penalty of death is the ultimate cost.and a warning that could mean their life. The truth is that the Genesis account is a factAdam had the responsibility to teach his much of which was dictated by God above.wife many things and to make sure sheunderstood what God expected of her The need for us to have it available to us is aso that Eve would always act obediently. blessing from God and an act of devine love.
Lurking in the shadows and hidden from view Finding the truth about alleged abuses of power isand the glare if spotlights searching him out. most difficult when the persons position is above the law.There was a man some say was the true brains Unrestrained power is a liability and can even persuadeand the real reason the Iraq war came about. a President to break the rules and this is a fatal flaw.This powerful individual had the Presidents ear Former president Bush believed he had this authority toon the intelligence leading to the troops invasion. enact policies that he deemed to be of national concern.Something that America had never done, go to war; The lesson of history can be applied here and the reasonfailing to get support nor succeeding at persuasion. is what they refer to as hubris and eventually they will learn.Allegedly, he was also the mastermind behind water- This behavior cannot stand and the public backlash shouldboarding and other forms of torture that is abhorrent. b e enough to ensure that no individual can be allowed this.It is unimaginable that the U.S. could allow such a He must not use his position to operate at will without censuredevice and trying to get information by water torrent. or accountability and neither should concern come to be amiss.The extent if his power was demonstrated when he There is no need to mention this uber-powerful man by name―used his position and influence to fire state attorneys. but if you do nit know who he is, his last name rhymes with rainy.Using his position of authority in a manner that is, if Congress have the authority to demand answers to what he hasnot unlawful and may have crossed ethical boundaries. done and in whose authority, but details are, at best mostly grainy.This important man was also able to get the assistance Individuals who think like this fail to comprehend that theof the telephone companies to spy on fellow citizens. rule of law is sacrosanct and demands that we all comply.all of this was, ostensibly done in the interest of our The only way to uphold the law is to ensure that there arenational security―unprecedented in historys denizens. no exceptions, no matter the position or office they occupy.
Love is an emotion, the personification of There is a lack of natural affection on the part of manywhich cab only be summed up in God. people throughout the whole world today.The wonders of creation itself fills us with They do not owe anyone anything, even those they shoulda sense of wonder and we are rightly awed. care about or at least that is what they say.The Bible tells us that we were created in the There is a proverb in the Bible that says: “Expectationlikeness of Him and have the capacity to love. postponed is making the heart sick” quite literally.When we show love to one another we are If you consider the degree that love influences the mindsharing a gift that came directly from God above. because it is the seat of motivation, it had to be.Mankind has put a name or label to everything we The American Heart Association has information onmanydiscover in the course of exploration and know topics concerning killer heart diseases and more.that in the scheme of things there are times when our The things that can cause a heart attack are specific toexperience defies our ability of love to show. personal lifestyle and is preventable at the matters core.We have always been comfortable with the who, what, Love is not a disease, but it can make you sick whenwhen of matters, but never understand how. you get that feeling that you have not had for a while.What is it about love that makes it frustrating and Maybe you did not think it could happen to you as youdifficult to cope with sometimes especially right now. maintained your single and free attitude and lifestyle.
When a family member took their life Violent death is especially hard to cope with and isfor a long time I felt completely numb. traumatic in both a psychological and physical way.I was not able to show any emotion and Part of might feel like it died too and it is naturaland because of it I considered grief dumb. to shut down for a little while before you have a say.The reality is that I merely postponed the There are many activities that surround loss and griefgrief that would someday surely come. and in the heat of the moment harsh words may be said.I am better at holding my emotions in check This too, comes with the territory and should not affectand tend to do grieve privately than some. your ability to cope because your loved one is now dead.Whenever there are more questions than When a loved one dies of disease or old age it still hurtsanswers, it can lead to depression or anxiety. just as it does for sudden tragic death that leaves us sad.Not knowing the circumstances that caused Trying to remember only the good things about them is awhatever happened to cause their end is reality. way to turn all the sadness of grief into reason to be glad.Anyone who, like me finds that they are not The absence of tears does not imply that you have noyet able to express themselves in grief, you are emotions or that you do not care about your loved one.not to be criticized for this because “grief is a Something will spark a memory some day and you willprocess, not an event” and leaves an invisible scar. shed the tears that have been delayed and it will be done.
When it comes to preserving our Fifth Amendment rights Laws are designed to protect our rights and not only theunder the Constitution, passionate argument cannot dissuade Courts have the duty, we must as individuals do our partthe passions that are aroused when there is any attempt to To serve on juries of required to decide cases that are thelimit free speech and the Supreme Court cannot be swayed. most difficult and might establish legal precedent as a start.You cannot yell “fire” in a crowded theatre and believe you It can be said that all things may be lawful, but not all thingsare protected by the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution. are advantageous and the saying has an element of truth in it.When the Supreme Court sided with protestors at military Your rights and mine stop when it limits or adversely affectsfunerals it erred and their decision was not the best solution. the rights of others and the harm that is done hurts quite a bit.To say to a grieving family, “You just have to put up with Freedom of speech is a guarantee that allows for Freedom of“Thank God for dead soldiers” signs is just too much to bear. Worship, the Press, and the Right to Choose to name a few.The justices apparently do not understand the emotional toll Whether or not you exercise your rights is always up to thethe protestors take on lives of those which they do not care. Individual and the limitation is not just a legal point of view.The highest court in the land could have said, “Yes, you have You might as well muzzle a bull then to trample on the rightThe right to protest, but you must respect the grieving family.” of freedom of speech and it is a fundamental right in societiesThis would not have encroached on the right to Free Speech that are free and the people have a voice and can choose forand would have put the matter to rest for each side finally. themselves the things that are acceptable in their priorities.
The ancient Greeks were the first to exercise a Some people have the notion that these representativesform of government that the people had a voice. are somehow protected such as how God protects fools.This kind of governance was called Democracy But, they must have the right personality, education,and the people enjoyed the fact they had a choice. political and personal agenda, with the necessary tools.This was on the minds of our founding fathers This little experiment in Democracy has made America aswho left behind the kind of tyranny from a king. great as it is for two hundred years and is still going strong.When they first arrived on American soil with The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are unique among theall the possibilities this new nation could bring. nations on earth and why those who come her feel they belong.The issue that sparked the cry for independence This “land of the free and home of the brave” welcomes thosewas the issue of taxation without representation. who desire to live and work here as long as they obey the laws.They wanted to decide for themselves how best to The grateful citizens of America appreciate those who governgovern and what direction to take this new nation. on their behalf, even when they show their humanity and flaws.America was built on a promise that all men would The U.S. Government as the largest employer in the land hasbe free to pursue their dreams as its cornerstone. the responsibility to protect and secure its borders from enemies.It broke free from the vestiges of the “Old Country” To prevent future terrorist attacks, such as 9/11 or the Oklahomathrough revolution and saying no to a king on a throne. The city bombing of a federal building and any possible atrocities.The men and women who represent the people, come The nations defense takes the lions share of the federal budgetfrom all walks of life and recognize the privilege to serve. and there is a constant battle as to how taxpayers money is spent.Their terms are not set, but continued service is based No matter who is in the White House, or the political party theyupon their voting record as long as they keep their nerve. belong, the nation survives the based on the founding fathers intent.
When I was a little girl growing up, it was Without proper guidance for a mature female figure whomexpected that my sisters and I would read. they can confide, and their emotions can run to the extreme.There was a constant effort to keep me away Girls can end up with eating disorders, self-mutilation orboys and all the problems they could lead. other behavior that can lead to her having low self-esteem.Girls who didnt like to play with dolls were A teenage girl will “act out” and become rebellious in wayscalled “Tom Boys” for wanting to play rough. that they never behaved or acted in an extreme manner before.Growing up with older brothers is a good way They may threaten to run away and may defy and refuse toto look out for myself and learn how to be tough. do what you ask of them or refuse to listen to you anymore. Where are girls to turn to when they need “motherly advise?”In gym class there very few options for girls; We If they need straight talk in the manner of televisions Dr. Phil,had volleyball, basketball, dance and gymnastics. there is only one obvious answer and that is to be like the “BigThe sweeping changes brought about by Title Nine Sister can be there for her while she finds herself and she will.allowed girls in other sports which was fantastic. Mothers are not the only ones who can sit a girl down and talkFinally, the disparity between girls and boys athletics to her in such a way that she does not feel like being defensive.ended and girls could get sports scholarships as well. Sooner or later they need to hear the “facts of life” and not theIt was a chance to attend college and gain valuable digested version so that she will understand when she is pensive.experience that could help them in other areas to excel. There is a famous quote by Susan B. Anthony, who was an earlyBecause girls develop physically and tend to mature supporter of a w omen’s rights, especially with the right to vote.much faster than boys they can be subject to abuse. “A woman must not depend on men to protect themselves, weOlder men with bad intentions have used their status must always be prepared to defend ourselves, she said, endas a coach to get into a girls life as a legitimate excuse. quote.Advertisers are especially adept at enticing this vulnerable, So mothers do you talk to your daughters and keep the channelsocially significant, fresh faces that drive this demographic. of communication open for not only the time called , “When.”They create advertisements aimed at these young girls who If they did not listen to what you said back whenever you triedare impressionable and at a disadvantage to avoid conflict. to talk and she ignored everything, you must consider the “Then.”The signs of young womanhood—the curved figure, the There are so many avenues of opportunity for young ladies todeveloped breasts, and the onset of monthly periods early. explore and her future depends upon the degree that she is wise.Can make them want to be more of the woman they are Discretion is not only valor in the theater of war, but it also is thebecoming and as a consequence reject things that are girlie. early warning system for girls to be aware of troubles disguise.
In the second Book of Timothy in the Holy Scriptures it saysconcerning the Last Days: “Critical times hard to deal with Things that happen in the country like the economy and jobs notwill be here...” and it outline what evidence there would be only affect us directly, but also impact on those whom we love.to cause hardship to humanity how it would be forthwith. People feel paralyzed and cannot afford the basic necessities of life―that originally a gift directly from God in heaven above.Of these critical times it went n to say that they would behard to deal with and that is the essence of todays reality. Many people have lost confidence in the government and believeThe condition does not exist in just one location, the that even the church has failed in its mission to help or intervene.whole world has prodigious evidence of extreme difficulty. The church does not hold the place it once held and this amid a climate of dissension and the scandal about abuse was unforeseen.By critical, the meaning is clear that people everywherewill be affected and therefore, unable to survive or cope. There re many ways to describe this current state of affairs, but itThese times are indeed desperate and the incidence of ones has a significance beyond what we are experiencing and its meaning.having no natural affection, greedy, haughty, not open to any Any attempt to trivialize what people are experiencing does notagreement, and proving false to godly devotion means no hope. answer the questions and in most cases it ends up being demeaning.The kind of reality that meant things went according to the There is a satisfying answer as to what these “critical times” actuallyprescribed manner to which we are used to, now gives us pause. does mean and we can look to reliable source for the complete truth.No longer can we take for granted having a home, good health Gods Word, the Bible is where our present circumstances is fullyand financial security in our lives as an entitlement or because. explained and the present conditions―do not have to be a sleuth.
Not everyone is cut out to be a Marine and the ones that succeed without a doubt say its worth the sacrifice.Their motto is “Sempre Fidelis; Always Faithful You can never know the feeling from getting the honorIf you do not already know they are the Marines. and respect that comes from being as Marine unless youThey are the “few and the proud” and once a give it a try; understanding success is not a roll of the dice.Marine always a Marine―their exploits go unseen. It is a fact that the Marines are the best at what they do―To say that they are always faithful is quite an Their sacrifice to accomplish their mission cannot be denied.understatement as not too many things are faithful. Like any other branch of service, there is the possibility thatThe United States Marines are a unique branch of things can sometimes go bad, evidenced by those who died.the Department of Defense and we are most grateful. Becoming a Marine is an accomplishment that is attainableYoung recruits come to the Marines with a lot of by the select few with the will and determination to succeed.attitude and the belief that they are already fit. They are fully trained, fully equipped with the best equipmentBut, after twelve weeks of “Hell on Earth” they available and integrated in a system that provides all they need.learn things about themselves while wanting to quit. If you see the distinctive uniform of a U.S.M.C. member youBy the end of their intensive training they have grownfrom being an immature youngster to a mature man. might want to say, ”Semper Fi” and he will likely appreciate it.They are well prepared to join the ranks of fellow Remember that they are “Always Faithful” and it is an honorMarines in protecting our nation the very best they can. for them to serve their country and are proud they did not quit.
The warriors instincts saved his life that day, His is a proud and diverse history about which littleand it was fortuitous that he quickly realized, is known by the masses and misunderstood even today.As he readied himself for the battle to come Native American heritage is unique in its various tribalthat his sworn enemy already had him sized. cultures and how they are able to survive living that way.As the warrior was stalked by his enemy and They have recorded much of their history on colorfulThe ensuing battle for his people was near. totem poles which describes many events in great detail.He had to call upon all of his training and put The lone warrior is a symbol of a way of life that cannot beaside any thoughts of failure nor succumb to fear. erased and has despite being scattered managed to prevail.At long last his enemy gave away his position and They make use of “strong medicine” to keep themselvesThe warrior exhaled as he reached into his quiver. healthy and strong and understand the turning of the sun.He was on the offensive and hoped that his enemy The path of the warrior is out of necessity a lonely one, asWould not move so the fatal blow he could deliver. The warrior cannot be distracted once the battle has begun.Such is the pride of this native warrior who has not Warriors are given names after animals that possess certainanything of his own except his culture and tribes. characteristics and this name the warrior will proudly bear.He is a man of honor who was selected as the one He is distinguished from other braves who have yet to bemost capable and in tune with Mother earth’s vibes. tested and by the colorful tattoos that they also often wear.The warrior’s code is sacred and very few men can Where there come a time that there will be one last lonepass the rigors of hours of training that it demands. warrior fighting for his people’s way of life and change?A warrior who dies in battle is revered indefinitely History will perhaps tell his story one day if there iswhile the chief ensures all the respect it commands. anyone left to report the life on the once forbidden range.
Life as we live it each day, is full of Round and round and up and down, childrenups and downs, not unlike a carousel. riding and the carousel never ceases to delight.To the extent that we try to live with The old remember when they were young andreason, we can get along quite well. can remember the sounds, smell, and the sight.A carousel is usually accompanied by the The ups and downs of life should be expected, nolively sound of a calliope keeping tune. one can escape the vagaries that come our way.As rides seem to go, it ends when the ride We must ride the carousel that accompanies us onstarts to slow down and it ends way too soon. our way to living our life fully, come whatever may.The ups and downs that we face in life do We cannot ignore the opportunities that presentsnot have musical accompaniment or theme. themselves and must anticipate them as a fact.We chase rainbows for the elusive “pot of Whether or not you get a chance at the brass ringgold” and hope to live the American dream. or not will depend on skill alone as your final act.When you live a normal upright life, you It is much easier to ride on a carousel than to deal withcan always proudly hold your head up high. life and always come away at the end totally unscathed.You do not have to fear any calamity nor do But we cannot depend on luck or others to help us outhave to worry, nothing will make you sigh. we have to be responsible for how and why we behaved.
You can tell something about a person through their On the dawn of September 11th we were already putting up fliers ofpets—while some prefer a dog, others prefer a cat. our beloved tabby cat April everywhere around the neighborhood.Ours was a cat family since before I was born and my At the end of the day we were all exhausted that we almost didn’town family carries on the tradition; 9 lives and all that. hear the mewing coming from a dumpster not far from where we stood. Checking inside a cardboard box were astonished to see seven”April” was as much a part of the family as anyone kittens with their eyes still closed were crying loudly for their mother. .else and came with a big cat, crazy cat, cool cat attitude.She could meow her head off at you if she is mad or if and instantly all of our fears evaporated and we were elated that sheshe happens to be in one of her ever-changing feline mood. delivered her litter and by their looks they were copies of one another.We visited an animal shelter and when we saw her it was We gathered them up in their box while April nervously stood watch“love at first sight, “not just for us, but also on Aprils part. And took them to the veterinarian and learned that all would survive.April nuzzle a lot and meowed if we tried to walk past her as Our joy was unmistakable and we could not wait to get our newbornsif she knew we were there to see only her, warming our heart. home where April could take care of them glad that they all were alive.Her name, April stuck because that was the month we got her, The next day April took off again and was nowhere to be found andand besides, was already named April by her previous owner. again, we were anxious as to where April could have disappeared to.She makes instant fans of everyone who comes to visit and is The kittens had to be fed and we used an eye-dropper to accomplishjealous, secure, confident in our word no one will dethrone her. this while still worrying about their mother not knowing what to do.She is the most photographed member of our household, so wecouldn’t help but notice one day that April was getting fatter. Early the next morning an officer came to our house and asked to talkFor the life of her we knew we were not over-feeding her so we to our dad, and instantly I knew that the news wasn’t going to be good.took her to the veterinarian to hopefully learn what was the matter. When the officer left our dad told us that a man thought he had run over a dog or cat and stopped to see what he hit, as a good neighbor should.To our surprise we found out April was pregnant and the vet told He found April lying very still in grave distress because of her injuries.us to watch for strange behavior the closer April got to her time.She had a habit pulling disappearing acts and we did not know if Evidently she must have gotten hit by the car shortly after giving birth.she would have her litter at home with us or else in filth and grime. He took her home and tried to take care of her the best that he could, but, after having survived this far hurt, April was not long for this earth.On September seventh April disappeared again, but this time she After April died we aired a segment about her restating that we adoptedwas gone for a couple of days and all of us were really worried. her in response to a story on dogs and cats needing a home for some.Mother said that she probably decided to have her kittens in She gave us four girls and three boys, all of which, except one wereprivate and we hoped for the best that none of them would be buried. adopted by caring people who saw our story and were moved to come.
So, here I go again, losing out on the I cant keep my wedding rings anymore becauselove that for so long I thought was mine. they stand for a fiction that is in reality just a lie.Only to have to face the truth about it― You dont have to tell me twice that you decidedthat for me, love simply ran out of time. to give living with an “alternative” lifestyle a try.This was nit how it was supposed to be; Yes, you might think you had my blessing as IYou and I splitting up, today within hours. smiled and tried to put on a happy face instead.I feel as hurt as a little child who was hurt I didnt encourage you to make that choice, butwhen he picked mommy weeds not flowers. I know this has been your desire and enough said.I remember the song, “Band of Gold” and in Whenever I tried to get you to talk about it, youit she sang something about their honeymoon. ignored me and got moody and that is a true fact.I didnt think I heard her right when she said So, I tried to learn for myself what will be thethat night, they stayed in separate rooms. outcome of your conflict and continued with my act.Thats when I masde the connection to us and I dont think of you with love anymore and it painsthe reality is, its you and me blowing my heart. me to say Ill never love again, the cost is too much.We dont spend any time together anymore and To play with someones emotions is a cruel andI think we exist in separate worlds always apart. mean thing to do and it has a very devestating touch.
From time immemorial everything My parents gave me a name that meansdiscovered has been given a name. valor as the courage displayed during war.Anything new is assigned one by its My middle name is one of the fruits ofdiscoverer and its always the same. Gods spirit, and not something to ignore.Why is it so important to name the There is a name, however, that is greaterperson, place, or thing we discover? than any other name in the entire universe.Is there a special meaning to the Its a name whose meaning has implicationname given to one name over another? to all souls and can be found in a Bible verse.The giving of names has its beginning It is our Creator’s personal name, “Jehovah”with the first man named Adam by God. and means “He causes to become” whateverAdam was given the chance to name the He needs to be for the sake of humanity andanimals that were to him strange or odd. all that he provides that will never end ever.The first woman was named Eve as she This unique name has a place in the mindswas to be the “mother of all living things. and hearts of those who have come to know.things,” and was to have children to fill He avails himself to those who are meek andthe earth and enjoy the happiness it brings. desire to serve Him and true worship show.
From the first brush stroke on, the scene slowly startsIts a solitary endeavor, often lonely and to take shape and the artist fine tunes details in stages.totally insulated―a world of no distraction. Similarly, as a writer I approach my canvass with aThe writers life is a contradiction in terms of thought and listen to my mind as I fill the blank pages.expectation and the mind/body interaction. Unlike an artist who has a place like a gallery whereWithout assistance from a teacher or mentor his works are open to the public, on display to sell.we descend into deep meditation and thought. Any writer, be it essayist, columnist, novelist, poet orSometimes needing a rhyming dictionary orother writer aids to get the exact meaning sought. critic, when its done do you know if youve done well?Its comparable to the world that an artist facing a A writer who has a receptive audience and is widelyblank canvass who has been given creative license. known share their craft and eventually get recognition.He will stare at the canvass, doing nothing at all Thus, lies the impetus to write and a career is born forwaiting for a burst of inspiration that makes sense. them like a car roaring to life when you start the ignition.An artist cannot be hurried, nor can he work under In reality some writers got recognition posthumously andpressure to produce an original work that is perfect. others never got any attention at all yet continued to write.Many artists make a sketch of their proposed work In my case, I imagine what I am writing as if it is dictatedto fix it in their mind that they later on can dissect. and all I have to do is write it down and this is hardly a slight.When he finally decides to paint, the concept is It chose me, by allowing me a creative outlet that came to mefine tuned by the type of paint and type of brush. naturally and I never questioned the provocative nature of this.The brush strokes are unhurried and deliberate, but Working a lone and in the background Ive become part of thehis minds eye sees the end result and does not scenery―unnoticed and obscure and no opportunity to miss.rush.
A disaster is never a planned event Those who lived through the storm were thankful toand they always occur unexpectedly. be alive despite losing everything they have in life.Making plans ahead of time is the The lesson for everyone is obvious that at such timesonly way to ensure non-complacency. we are reminded of the precariousness of living in strife.The word “natural” is frequently used Hard to imagine simply being thankful to be alive withto describe disasters such as a tornado. all of the good, bad and indifferent that we go through.Those who barely survived one or lost Considering the finality of death, it is easy to understandloved ones have a another view to show. that life is a do-over and we get a second chance to do.Some might consider the worst possible Perhaps it is far easier to be thankful when times are goodday at work a disaster when it finally ends. but, disaster does not discriminate on those it may affect.But, like a plan landing you can walk away It only takes one brush with death to realize you have afrom is a good one, so it always just depends. need to give thanks and its the one thought we often neglect.Understanding the chaos that sometimes seems Being thankful for the least of things means that you see theto accompanies the “best laid plans” we make. fragile nature of life and can easily adapt when things go bad.It helps to anticipate the worst possible outcome It also implies that you know to take adequate precautions soas youll be grateful that its not a chance to take. you dont end up being short-sighted and wishing that you had.Consider the case of Hurricane Katrina and the We should all be grateful if we enjoy “good fortune” and welife and death struggle in which some misbehaved. have not had to contend with disasters of any kind so far.For those that listened to the warning to evacuate, it And realize that once-in-a-lifetime events occur sooner orwas this decision to go that ultimately their life saved. later and we must accept that this is how things in life are.
You know youre getting old when you seethe President transforms right before your eyes. He has had to battle to make his point and take his caseOn the eve of his inauguration, he had a head directly to the American people through televised address.full of dark hair that was not Grey you realize. Despite his attempts he has faced stone-walling and the kind of interference that makes it difficult to make progress.A robust and youthful-looking Barack Obamastood poised to seize the reins of government. If solitary is the way that the President wanted it to be, heYet, in just over two years, he has more than a would still have to proceed cautiously in order to succeed.few Grey hairs on his head like the precedent. He would have to compromise often and has the power to veto if Congress does not submit bills that we actually need.It seems that stress of the job causes the Presidentfrom day one to undergo this visible amazing change. No one outside the halls of government can begin to knowBeing POTUS means carrying the concerns of each the demands on the President and that he must try to enforce.citizen and world leader without room to rearrange. He must answer the people who correspond with him while keeping his agenda despite “political winds” to stay the course.The affairs of the nation as well as events on the inter-national scene, occupies everyday his heart and mind. Before you make fun of the fact that the President just turnedDealing with Congress to pass needed legislation is fifty and already has a head full of neatly trimmed Grey hair.never easy, neither political enemies who are unkind. It is not easy to bear the burden of the nations highest office and do so everyday for four years and with compassion and care.
Best wishes for the First Family Going back to the last days on theOn this Thanksgiving Day and Campaign trail, you did not stop to grieve.After watching your official duty For the woman who helped raise you(The pardoning of the turkeys) Because the country wanted to believe.I have something Id like to say. If ever there was a time that called for itOn this day it is also our duty. That time— At this moment you must try.To help those without the means Not to figure out what went wrong, butTo participate is a thing of beauty, to be human and go ahead and cry.As you eloquently state as a reminder You have more than enough reason toin your usual self-deprecating way Give way to tears as our Savior once did.of the “shellacking” that you received Seeing the condition of the people for—On that fate mid-term election day. His emotions he sometimes publicly hid.In your private moments, away from M . Pr e s i d e n t t h e r e i s b u t o n e rthe outside and the medias glare. pr u d e n t c o u r s eDo you wonder how you could have we t o g e t h e r wi t h y o u r t r u s t e d adv i s or s t o t ak e .gotten it so wrong to be so unaware? An d I b e l i e v e t h a t o n c e we h av e d o n e s o we c an r e g r oup and s t i l l a di f f e r e nc e ma k e .
People frequently comment that “shes such a Shes been the favorite bridesmaid at more weddingslovely girl and would make a man a good wife.” that can be counted and it has never gotten to her mind.She has warm and genuine smile and has all She is the most self-assured woman that a man is likelythe necessary skills that girls must learn in life. to encounter in his life and no better person can he find.But, she is one that is hard to catch and seems Whenever someone takes too much of an interest in her,that she is in no hurry to become someones bride. she is likely to let him down gently or else run and hide.She has been known to run away if anyone tries Tease her if you must, but she is determined to stay asto fix her up for a date and she puts the idea aside. she is “single and free” and to never be someones bride.One by one her single friends were married and it You cannot get her to explain herself or to elaborate onher that was the one who was always a bridesmaid. why she prefers to remain unattached or what she meant.Hooked up with a best man who was not exactly a She makes a valid point about the cost of weddings andmatch maid in heaven and she thought it never paid. often mentions the amount of time and effort that is spent.The irony is that guys are crazy about her because Marriage and a family is a natural desire to fulfill byshe is not the other girls and not the “typical chick.” many girls from time of their first romance to their “day.”She loves sports of all kinds, is funny, not girlie, and But, others like the independence of being single and docan take a joke besides having a mind that is quick. not intend to change because in truth they like it that way.
ver was to become of this little experiment heSeveral years ago it was quite by accident, was convinced that it is a gift he was given by God.the poet discovered he had a literary voice. All of those senseless rhyming exercises he once didAlways rhyming in his head, when it came have taken on greater significance and are never odd.to especially writing poetry, he had no choice. He had once questioned his sanity and was desperateThere was always a singular thought, that he to see a means to an end and finally figure things out.could not allow to escape his curious mind. All the years he never considered a life composingThe words came suddenly and without a clue rhymes he never had use for were―without a doubt.as to the final meaning of them he would find.The timing too was strange as it followed his He had to start believing in himself if he were to be asdisability, the damage to his psyche was severe. successful as other famous poets such as Maya Angelou.Those seemingly endless rhymes he used to do His life did not have to be defined by an interrupted jobwhen he tried to put his mind anywhere but here. and he could work for himself in all that there was to do.He lost his chance at a career ladder position that You have to use whatever gifts God gives you and notwould have made him set for life with prominence. give in to the temptation to simply give up or even quit.But, disease reared its ugly head and he had to get Discovering a talent that was once taken for granted ashis retirement papers in and he did so with reticence. a potential resource by writing could never hurt one bit.Wondering what to do with himself he noted that he When he finds himself enjoying better times, he canwas putting his sorrow to use in a very poetic way. thank God who gave him this special ability right now.And decided then and there that this talent of his What was not possible yesterday has a purpose and awas going to be a new career, so he started that day. place in his mind and heart that is appropriate somehow.
The summer of 2011 has been the “season of his According to recent poll numbers, the Americandiscontent” for the President of the United States. people have said loud and clear “enough is enough.The effort to increase the federal deficit turned They believe it is time to hold their elected officialsinto contentious and often slanderous debates. accountable, despite that in Washington times are tough.The newly minted members of Congress were a Optimism is at an all time low which is directly reflected inpart of an effort to deny the President any chance. the absence of consumer spending that recovery depends.The conduct of the Speaker of the House led the This likewise affects the Gross Domestic Product that is achorus of those against compromise at a glance. Switching gears ti his campaign for reelection, the PresidentWith the deadline looming that the nation would be made a difficult executive decision as is usually the case.unable to pay its bills a move that would be historic. He faces a difficult road ahead, while trying to defend hisIncreasing the debt ceiling was deemed necessary to decisions and his plans to bring more jobs that are in place.economic growth that has been for too long caloric. Some have asked the question, “ how did we get so far inThe President tried to get his message out to the debt and how could spending be allowed to get out of hand?”voters themselves, many who are now very cynical. It is as if fiscal restraint is a concept that no one in WashingtonThey have lost confidence in government and say cares about because everything that comes is by their command.Congress is to blame for the reason it became critical. If the President hopes to serve another term, then he must tryThe prospect that this once thriving and prosperous harder to shape the nations future and regain his credibility.nation could be suddenly be in a position to default. The disillusionment of those who voted for “change cannot beMade the President offer compromises that would understated and they will vote with their conscience inevitably.effectively bring Congress to where debate can halt. Time is slowly passing by without a shred of good news toAn over whelming number of Americans said they allow people some optimism that things will improve to hold.were disgusted with the performance of Congress. Disdain for politics may be a factor in the 2012 elections andThey say that Washington, and by extension the it will determine if improvement will happen as we were told.federal government has too many issues to address.
The following poem is a true love story However, time and unforeseen circumstances werethat I dedicate to all the lovers everywhere. enough to plant within them early seeds of doubt.It is the story about two lovers whose love Avoiding contact with each other for a period ofwas lost and then as suddenly it was there. weeks became necessary in order to work things out.The lovers in this story come from completely As time slowly passed them by, the couple started todifferent cultures, beliefs, and background. believe that their love had finally reached its ending.They started out as friends, but as love goes it The future they planned on together as man and wifethey were swept up in the new love they found. was in dire shape and there was no use in pretending.Their story had the usual twists of fate that all But, as the saying goes, “absence makes the heartlovers will eventually have to muddle through . grow fonder” and it turned out to be true in their case.Of course, there was the rapture of the moment It had taken almost losing each other for good for theand they bond they forged was sincere and true. to learn that their love was still intact and and in place.Their worlds could have come together easily A word to the wise” “Sometimes it is good to spendand taken flight like on the wings of a dove. some time apart with the goal of getting together again.A blissful and peaceful time that would perfectly Testing the level of commitment to each other will letcelebrate their deepening and newly found love. them understand what could happen every now and then.Like all stories, there were antagonists who tried This love story could be true of anyone who has everto stop them or cause them trouble, but in vain. had love and then lost it, sometimes never to be found.Putting up with various obstacles the couple were If this should ever happen to you, do not lose hope thatable to use as stepping stones their love did remain. you will never know love, because its somewhere around.
First time parents are sometimes confronted with birthIts a parents worst nightmare―child is defects or genetic anomaly at risk to the childs health.seriously ill and nothing at all that you can do. Comfort them is hard to do when they are distraught andGetting proper medical help is a given, but unable to think about their child despite money or wealth.besides hope and many prayers are said for you. The doctors are in the best position to say whether theFrom the initial diagnosis of the condition the parents need to prepare for the worst or they have hope.parents are frantic and obviously eager to learn, During these times most people will call upon God towhat the prognosis is and what can the doctor doto alleviate the childs suffering and their concern? intercede for them so that all goes well and they can cope.It is understandably a difficult time, especially if Compassion and understanding from supportive friendsthey have other children to attend besides this one. can also help to ease the anxiety the parents are undergoing.The normal flow of the household is disrupted and Knowing all too well that some things are beyond the scopenothing is the same whenever the day is finally done. of modern medicine this fact they are not kept from knowing.When the child is the only one, the stress on a parent The current focus on autism is a prime example of muchis astronomical and the marriage may tear at the seam. needed research to understand its origins and the treatment.Many people would rather take their chances in hell Some parents try to make the link to childhood immunizationsthan to risk losing a child despite the best medical team. which has not been shown to cause autism or its advancement.Thankfully there are medical facilities that specialize in The normal course of childhood diseases like measles, mumps,childhood cancers and other usually deadly diagnoses. or chickenpox are nothing that parents cannot deal with if need be.St Judes hospital is on the forefront in treating these But, when it is more than sniffles and represents a serious threat todiseases even if theres no hope for a positive the childs welfare, the parent must try their best to face this reality.prognosis.
Just think about what you have told yourself that oneIm not the type to make New Years day you would...and you run out of time to do anything.resolutions that I don expect to fulfill. Regrets are always a poor consolation prize when youI also dont fall for quick fixes that are had the opportunity to show what success will often bring.more or less a sham go against my will.In most areas in life, I have studied the So, after much thought I have declared that “Today is theart of “the quick sell” and I really believe day and its the moment of my introduction to the real me.that without a plan I plan on failing and Its the side of me that I kept hidden away, convinced that itthat means no success or Ill never achieve. wouldnt matter if this was all that from a distance they see.I habitually said, Someday Ill accomplish It seems that I have been preparing for this day forever,this or that thinking about what Id like to do. but doing so subconsciously and it was manifested clearly.I dont believe its abnormal to attempt at Without the knowledge I accumulated over my lifetime isreinventing yourself and do something new. now a lanyard ensures not make mistakes to cost me dearly.Ive been privy to many things in my life and I was never without knowledge that life is precarious andsome fall within the realm of the unbelievable. found out when I found myself with my life on the line.To be given the opportunity of a lifetime to Even after survival instinct did not warn me to plan for thebecome a valuable asset was truly inconceivable. time when―like what I intended to do in that head of mine.Like many I never thought the path I was on would Today is the day, that I start anew with a solid plan for mychange and Id find myself on the outside looking in. unveiling and what will be the next phase of my short life.Without anything else to do, I was lost and forlorn From now on Im going to ignore bad news, behavior, times,not knowing the why or what or even how to begin. and refuse to acknowledge the daily struggles and the strife.Being a practical person, there was something that It may not be an instant success, but it will set the stage forI always said I would do one day and today is the day. what in the end Ive been preparing for all along and to see.For the sake of my sanity and the need to support If the things that iexist only in my imagination can come tomyself is from now on to mean whatever I do or say. life and allow personal growth instead of limitations guide me.There is a little amount of risk in “throwing caution Today is the day that someday will have a broad meaning asto the wind” and you are willing to take a chance. I will do exactly what I mean and accomplish all that I say.Things are never as bad as you imagine it to be, so “Never put off for tomorrow what you can do today,” is notwhy not stop being a wall flower waiting for a dance? a saying that means nothing concerning life nor just a cliche.
“Baila mì hermana, baila para mì― Remember how you used to make up dances that weDance sister dance, dance for me.” used to do together sometime back in the day?You were the one who was always You could have been a choreographer if given thedaddys little go-go girl–cute to see. opportunity and no one would’ve gotten in your way.Because you were born at the start of Now that you are a grandmother, do you ever thinkthe 60s, and free dancing was the norm. about dancing like you always readily able to do?You would imitate the the people you Or has the influence of time and circumstance madesaw perched on the archway to perform. it impossible to carry on like when dancing was new?As you got older your style of dancing I, too, dont dance like I did when I was younger andchanged with the times and a new decade. dont get an opportunity to get out and dance much.Disco was king along with dances with The memories of those days gone by are enoughfunny names that would eventually fade. excitement and my body could not withstand such.During the ensuing disco years you knew These are amongst my fondest memories of you andhow to do the latest dances like the “Freak.” clearly see that little girl dancing all over the place.This was the type of dance that we were not You never looked uncool while you were dancing likesuppose to imitate or knowledge of it speak. some peoples goofy expressions thats on their face.As far as going out to a discotheque, you may “Baila mì hermana, baila para mì―not have been allowed to go and had no chance. Dance sister dance, dance for me.”To strut your stuff on the floor with someone Dance because you still can every nowwho would be a good partner and could dance. and then and make it how it used to be.
This Norman Rockwell print is entitled, “The Choosing to “live with” bigotry and prejudice is notproblem we all live with,” andin truth we must. easy and for too many African Americans no choice.We cannot always expect that society will Historically, people who are minorities get treateduphold human dignity and to guard its trust. unfairly because no one speaks to give them a voice.Some people may look at it and see the girl Its reasonable to assume that there is some truth to theas the subject, ignoring the word “nigger.” saying “the more things change... things stay the same.”You cannot tell of the girl is aware of the If we as a country have come far enough to elect thewriting on the wall, but will when shes bigger. first African American president, then who is to blame?The period reflected here is largely a time that Its time to bury the N-word and all other forms ofis forgotten, unless youre on the receiving end. derogatory speech whose purpose is to try to defame.This was he norm for “Colored” people as sure In order for everyone to display cultural competence, weas the seasons, and with this they had to contend. must resist labeling people and honor their good name.Unlike today, there was no controversy over the The nation has changed in many ways since the earlyuse of the “N-word” and its meaning was clear. days of the Civil Rights Movement and this sad chapter.If you are a Negro or of mixed origin, you werent The attitudes that were once prevalent has diminishedtreated equally by whites nor are you welcome here. greatly, but its shadow looms largely even this long after.Looking at the picture you can tell the girl is boxed She is well dressed and her demeanor suggests thatin between two worlds that is self-governed by adults. bigotry and hatred have not affected her much yet.Its hard to tell by her expression, but you can see her The juxtaposition of some kind of military escort fordetermination seemingly unaware of their many faults. the two men is a maybe, but she doesnt appear upset.
In electing Barack Obama to be President, “C- is for the caretakers that would be in charge” and “H-isthe people united their voices for change. for the the heads of those grossly spending that will roll.”Opinion polls showed early on the candidate “A- is for the anger that is sure to rise and “N- is for thehad peoples optimism in the positive range. negativity that will by the end of his first term take a toll.”He campaigned on the promise of “CHANGE” “G- is for the “genius of the Republican Party which isand had very specific recommendations in mind. prominently on display and “E- is for the enemies made.”This lead critics to state incorrectly that his If it were understood by voters that this is what “CHANGE”message did not have any details they could find. actually meant, then there wouldve been little attention paid.Passing the sweeping Healthcare legislation was Not everyone was confused about the “CHANGE WE CANthe first battle that was to become a test of wills. BELIEVE IN” that was the basis for their believing in him.The President went directly to the people holding The policies from the Bush-era had something to do with thetown meetings to clarify as the message he instills. financial difficulties were currently in and partly caused by them.The mood of the people in some places was overtly While it is true that an acronym for CHANGE was not what thehostile to the President and his advisers and in doubt. President-elect at any point during the process really had in mind.It seemed there was not any agreement as to how it His critics tried unsuccessfully to brand his politics as irresponsiblecan be financed and were split on how to work it out. and pointed out that his plans lacked any details that they could find.Perhaps people of lower and middle income who were Knowing that Barack Obama stated he wanted to be President, “notearly supporters were confused as to what change meant. to be something, but to do something,” and to this he is committed.Which is very useful to know if you are trying to avoid Politics as usual might be the norm in Washington, DC, but not inanother Great Depression and happen to be President. areas most impacted by the recession in the amount of time permitted.There is an answer to that question and the government Many of the most serious problems like the federal deficit have beenis the biggest offender using acronyms in what it does. around for longer than Obama has been President and a nightmare.Maybe C.H.A.N.G.E. was meant to be one and the people Being the President is of no advantage when you have to engage awere unaware of this and what “CHANGE” really was. unwilling Congress, political enemies and others who do not care.
The last surviving veteran of the first It is appropriate then that at such times theWorld War was solemnly laid to rest. Commander-in-Chief marks it by taking the lead.This war marked the beginning of the To ensure that the memory of those who serveperiod of distress that put man to the test. and the lessons of a world at war nations will heed.President Obama was on hand to oversee Whether or not the President has a service recordand acknowledge this veterans sacrifice. or not is not germane to his ability to govern us.For the country he loved and served for His recognizing and supporting the nations armyand, if necessary, pay the ultimate price. of volunteers is mandatory and his input is a plus.Although the President was not even born As the nation continues to be involved in conflictyet, he clearly understood the significance. on more than one front as we currently happen to be.And it would not have been fitting if the It is important to reflect on what our armed forcesoccasion was not marked given its importance. are trying to accomplish and face this ongoing reality.A world at war was unheard of in recorded The history of the world engaged in armed conflict athistory and was on an unprecedented scale. once happened only twice, but cannot face WW III.The war was documented thoroughly from Because of the potential for nuclear weapons and masshow it started to those killed in graphic detail. destruction it is hoped that this the world will never see.This is why we honor the servicemen and Some people believe that the country should reinstatewomen who served the nation as a calling. the draft in case the future of defense has no volunteers.They did not hesitate to take decisive action For parents of eighteen year-olds who must register witheven as bombs and munitions were falling. the Selected Service this would become their worst fears.
Have you ever considered writing the President President Obama has stated in a very short video production howof the United States or First Lady a personal letter? he views reading these personal letters as a way to end his day.Do you have good suggestions to share on how Imagine willingly reading letters that tear at your heart stringsto make things in America considerably better? and as the President you stated you wouldnt have it any other way.If you were desirous of writing him, have you As the President does his job, his approval rating can either go upthought much about what you might want to say? or down depending on many factors but, no one sees this side.Would you voice your displeasure at him directly There is no one who knows the difficult choices that must be madeor would you write just to wish him a very nice day? better than the one who has to always be out front and cannot hide.Did you know that President Obama specifically President Obama came into office facing a critical situation in theasked that his staff select for him ten letters to read? economy that could have compared with the Great Depression.He says that he wants to know what the mood is in His first official duty was to try to “jump start” it with the passingthe country and reading them is one way to fill the need. of a stimulus plan that would slow down any deepening recession.Some people write asking the President if theres anything Not everyone was pleased with this plan and it touched off a wavethat he can do to help them because of dire circumstances. of bitter press about him and the lack of results there seemed to be.Of course, he may receive many of such letters and cannot For the millions of Americans who were struggling because of lostanswer all of them nor should he personally take any chances. jobs and facing foreclosure there was a lot of heightened anxiety.People have written letters describing often painful things he You are bit required to write the President, but you may be onestated that he wants to hear and he has much compassion too. of the ten letters he reads everyday or at least theres the chance.Unfortunately, he must consider all American citizens and not President Obama might receive it and although he might not bemake an exceptions that will benefit everyone and not just a few. able to personally reply he will give it more than a passing glance.
When times are too difficult for adults, Never a good idea to burden children with adultin reality it is harder for todays youth. problems which their young minds cannot solve.The future is supposed to be theirs but They must be able to face their futures with hopethey may inherent is an inconvenient truth. to live their dreams with faith and much resolve.Theirs is a world filled with uncertainty Children will often go into situations that areand they cannot understand this is life. potentially dangerous and not ever think twice.Troubles that emanates from the badness The result is tragedies that are unnecessary so itperpetrated by those who cause such strife. is time to save them so there is no more sacrifice.Critical times hard to deal with affects our Thinking about the children’s future is a soberingchildren in ways that we cannot even know. proposition and there is much that we could say.The bright eyes and the smiles that should However, action is what is needed more thanbe there these every day, now do not show. anything and is what each one of us should pray.The impact on adults is an increase in anxiety Faith, hope, and love will always continue, whileand depression that occurs at an alarming rate. desperation continues to eat away at our insides.They sometimes look for solutions in a bottle, Look into a childs eyes and you will see the sparkdrugs or other means as they are unable to relate. that signals within them is where hope still resides.
Is your marriage at risk of ending in divorce, Did one or both of you enter into marriage without giving it that and do you realistically want it to end? serious thought that might have warned you about this fate?This a very serious question you should If the answer is a yes, how do you feel about the reality thatknow the answer because much may depend. the two of you now face and are you really sure its too late.Have you both been to a marriage counselor to Are still able to talk with one another without emotionstry and figure out why the marriage doesnt work? getting in the way and the conversation eventually is abrupt?Does he complain that you (wife) are never satisfied Is there normally peace in the home or does marital discordand does she complain (husband) you act like a jerk? tend to make any attempt at working at it suddenly erupt?Are there children involved that could be adversely Are you like two ships passing in the night, totally unawareaffected by a divorce if that is how you want it to be? of each others presence so you are not in each others way?Are the differences considered irreconcilable and is Is the cause of your ignoring each other due to the fact thatthis what is behind the feelings as a potential source? you are convinced that there is nothing at all you can say.Has the love you had at first really lost its shine and Husband: can you honestly say that you treat your wife withis this a temporary condition that can always disappear? honor and treat her like you take of yourself every single day?Is there the potential for one or the other to have an affair And wife: Do you recognize you husbands headship or doesdoes either of you privately think so and are you in fear? a rebellious spirit sometimes show itself and get in the way?Can you describe what exactly has changed between the Is there a reliable source that can provide information thattwo of you since the day when you became man and wife? is useful and by following it you can your marriage save?What terrible thing has happened to you for your marriage Are there helpful reminders that you can incorporate in yourto be filled with animosity and the bitterness in your life? marriage to remember the vows and the promises you gave.Throughout the world over it has been reported that a There is a source that outlines the roles and responsibilitiessuccessful marriage statistically has a fifty-fifty chance. for both husbands and wives that you might have heard.Those odds increase exponentially whenever the couple Our Creator instituted marriage who knows best how to liveno longer have a need nor the inclination towards romance. together and has provided counsel on marriage in his word.
In every possible way youve tried to talk to the AmericanMr. President, it has come to my attention that we, as people to let us know what you stand for and hope to do.a country did not adequately celebrate your victory. Even those who voted against you have to be impressed withThat being the case, I believe it is not too late for us steps you have outlined with hope of a brighter future in view..to formally acknowledge that you did make history. You seem to be much to humble to declare a day of celebrationIf you saw the movie, “The Debaters,” then you wont as is commonly done where a who king comes to power decrees.be surprised to learn that in this case you should yield. But, if you were to do so you probably would be criticized for itThe Presidency is a big deal and you probably know even though in some ways the President can do as he may please.better than most the power that in office you can wield. Champagne toasts, A-list parties, with everyone in the finest attireWe did not get it right the first time, but you deserve were in vogue the night of the Inauguration plus an impressive buffet.another four years in office to finish what was a start. It was like the preparations for the Oscars with the finest in musicPerhaps this time all of the states will make the best of and other entertainment especially for you and your wife on full display.the occasion and celebrate it played an important part. In the spirit of friendly competition, it would be nice if each state cameI dont understand the reluctance, we know how to party up with a way to mark the occasion as they campaigned their heartsbetter than this and its a crying shame that we did not. out.I would hate to think that one night of celebration was What better way to come together in a national “Thank You” and partysufficient to mark the occasion―not a pleasant thought. hearty and share in the thrill of victory as we people scream and shout.If it were my family that won the White House everybody “Rules are meant to be broken,” or as the saying goes―notwe know wouldve been grooving and dancing in the streets. always the case and most people tend to follow the rules of law.The numbers that wouldve paled any other celebration in Not celebrating the first African American President for morehistory, cause thats how we do it and theres nothing it beats. than an evening does not seem right and is a fatal human flaw.
We humans want to love We want to live a long andand to be loved in return. prosperous lifetime together.Most of all. Most of all. Most of all. Most of all.We want acceptance for We want safety and securitywho we are, not what we are. without the dangers that exist.Most of all. Most of all. Most of all. Most of all.We want understanding that We want to avoid conflict andwe are alike in many ways. the pitfalls of human errors.Most of all. Most of all. Most of all. Most of all.We want to embrace one We want to share our gifts ofanother in peace and unity. love and laughter to everyone.Most of all. Most of all. Most of all. Most of all.We want to celebrate our We want contentment and todiversity and to share it. belong and in our own space.Most of all. Most of all. Most of all. Most of all.
Ever since when Jerry Falwell had to publicly In todays tabloid culture it is not uncommon to readconfess that “he had sinned” it seems normal. all the salacious details in them in black and white.To air dirty laundry in full view of cameras Those write the stories give them sensational headlinesand making the “apology” become formal and they did not ruin his reputation and it is their right.It is a media spectacle when a disgraced Some sympathizers say that the media has gone too farpolitician gives speeches of contrition. and they should not publish these tragedies in such detail.While his innocent spouse stands stoically But the right to “Freedom of the Press” gives them all theby his side appalled at his sorry condition. permission they need even if his marriage should derail.The humiliation and embarrassment are not There are many examples of public shame that comes fromonly his and she is at a loss to understand why. marital infidelity or some other malfeasance that is earned.Under the glare of the media spotlight trying to Those who have watched others suffer the humiliation haventremain supportive, but what she wants is to cry. thought about the consequences and thus have not learned.Whatever the guilty party did, it might cause the The case of John Edwards, a one time a candidate for Presidentmarriage of however many years to eventually fail. had to confess to having an affair in which he fathered a child.And the worst of it has not happened because if the For his wife Elizabeth and their children the reality of the truthissue includes corruption he could likely go to jail. was a serious blow to their family as his lies were compiled.Leaving his family in tatters is not his only offense Honesty and integrity are essential in a marriage as they are inbecause any children involved will suffer the most. a public office and anything less is a betrayal of public trust.They face teasing and ridicule from their classmates While it is commendable on a small scale to come clean and telland theres nothing about the situation they can boast. the truth, it cannot undo the harm caused by both greed or lust.
Have you ever lose a loved one or even a best This way you will aware of any changes that occur alongfriend to breast cancer and they did not know? with periodic mammograms if you happen to have a concern.That they had a disease for which there is no To receive a diagnosis that the disease is already advancedeffective treatment and symptoms do not show. is not what anyone should hear and a lesson we must learn..Breast cancer is insidious as it is deadly and The mortality rate for breast cancer is still much higher thantakes its toll in the tens of thousands every year. you may be aware and its incidence also more than you thinkFor women it is more prevalent than uterine or That is why all those who acknowledge it and have programsother cancers and its diagnosis means instant fear. aimed at breast cancer awareness choose to wear the color pink.It is essential to catch this disease early because Breast cancer destroys lives and causes pain and suffering too,.chances for effective treatment are very good. Some women have a family history of it and is not their fault.If it is diagnosed later in the progression of the It is not unusual for women to have a preventative mastectomydisease it does not always respond like it should. because of the possibility of the disease occurring as a result.That is why the Susan G. Komen Foundation is at Breast cancer is a disease that is a formidable foe and onlythe forefront in information and sounding the alarm. taking charge of your overall health is the preventative answer.The key to winning against breast cancer is doing our By keeping vigilant and seeing your OBGYN frequently can wepart and discussing and understanding its deadly harm. defeat this enemy of women and some men that is breast cancerTo women of all ages and ethnicity the message is Some day very soon there will be a treatment that is the future inquite clear: “Prevention is the right course to pursue. the battle against breast cancer, but meanwhile we all must endure.Now is not the time to ignore the requirement to do self Many researchers have spend much time and resources dedicated toexaminations and routine mammograms that is up to you. winning the constant battle against breast cancer in a race for a cure.
It took more than four decades before the average After the south succeeded from the north and made aAmerican citizen was free to live and let live. new capitol of Richmond, the Union course to foil..The “Lady” in the harbor held out the promise of This time the unity of the country was at stake and itlife, liberty, freedom as the American dream to give. was the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil.They came from Scandinavia, Europe and what The Union victory was a time for the country to bethey referred to as the “old country” including Spain. united once again under the Emancipation Proclamation.It was an opportunity for those willing to stake the This ostensibly meant freedom for slaves with the idealong voyage and the financial freedom theyd gain they should live and be treated as others across the nation,Young and old these new Americans had to contend The ensuing years brought threat of death from the KKKwith the obvious inconsistencies of this new land. who terrorized the Negroes throughout the southern states.Many speculated on fortunes they were certain they They were not treated with equality and their was a splitWould make, but things did not turn out as planned. between the races and the “Jim Crow Laws” and its dictates.The nation that was founded had to establish its Today the nation is divided again, this time its along linesidentity and had to sever its ties to England in a war. that are political in nature and not according to ones race.This was for independence was a bloody affair that There still exists class distinctions the Civil Rights Era triedallowed America to form a Constitution they fought for.. to abolish and to a large extent was able to partially erase..This national identity also adopted language that America is rich in history and its painful chapters are therestated that all men were created equal by God.. to examine and for Americans to learn about its whole history.But, the practice of slavery tore at the collective The founding fathers of the country envisioned what Americaconscience as some felt that the practice was flawed. would stand for and how they were able to do it is a mystery.The time soon came when the nation was divided in From the promise of the American dream to the immigrantsis opinion about the legality slavery and their plight. who helped build its infrastructure and made the nation so great.Sympathizers in the north assisted runaway slaves It’s a story both romantic and sorrowful and why so manyin an “Underground Railroad” because it was right. continue to come for freedoms that all people on earth still relate.
Compared to the war in Iraq and what their leader SadaamFinally after the horrors of 9/11 the perpetrators Hussein had perpetrated against the Sunnis and the Kurds.are known and as well as the terrorists mastermind. The swift justice that he received had him executed withoutThey now face American justice as the nation has the benefit of drawn out debate for his crimes with few words.insisted on prosecution and the President is so inclined. Even if the government’s prosecution of these criminals isThey are scheduled to be tried in New York city where Successful and the death penalty is the punishment imposed,the events of that unforgettable day unfolded first. It will not change the vulnerability that we face after 9/11 norAwaiting their trials, they are being held Guantanamo go back to the innocence that we had before the plot was exposed.Bay in Cuba they are considered the worst of the worst. The case s can also be tied up in appeals that is automatic in casesSitting in cells as prisoners who do not receive the kind of where the death penalty is applied which could take many years.1treatment under the Geneva Convention they are the same. Adding to the frustration and the anxiety that many continue toAs any mass murderer who faces prosecution for crimesagainst humanity and are as a group completely to blame. experience when the relive the events of that day and shed new tears.Guantanamo Bay is many miles removed from the scene Some have the opinion that such trials will become a platform thatof nothing but carnage and devastation that was a crime. The terrorists will use to espouse their radical ideology in court.For the more than thirty-seven hundred people who died Turning the trials into a circus that will become for any sympathizersthat they and those who were injured that day, its about time. Who follow the trials into an Islamic jihadists kind of spectator’s sport.The U.S. Attorney General intends to seek the death penalty Justice delayed for the victims and their families has been justice thatwhich would be the case if they were citizens of the country. has been delayed for far too long and their prosecution the remedy.Some argue that they deserve legal representation anyhow. So that they can finally rest easy knowing that these people who wereOthers say they are terrorists who deserve the death penalty. Responsible for this heinous crime have paid and they can rest easily.
Take a look at couples and lovers from A Pacific-Islander can marry a Native Americanaround the world and you are apt to find, Indian and these would not be considered improper.that when it comes to relationships, love The union of the two people who profess love forthankfully, as the case often is, color-blind. one another is what matters and what it may offer.No matter what country you are from or There are still recognized cases of resistance toclimate is hot or cold, lovers interconnect. certain types of relationships, such as same sex.They sometimes produce bi-racial offspring The religious community continues to resist theand this further enhances the variety effect. reality of these unions and their stance is to vex.Variety, it is often said, “is the spice of life.” Color, in every other sense is welcome because itIt does not matter what race, color or creed. reminds us that variety exists naturally everywhere.This is a good thing for those who are looking Except for the interpersonal relationships that arefor their soul mate and have that personal need. on every nation on the earth, most people do not care.It does not matter what your national identity is, So, if anyone has cause against you because they seenor does it matter what language(s) you speak. you as defiling what they believe, raise your voice.The ties that love produces have the desired out- Do not let them try to persuade you otherwise, no onecome and what binds us together is all we seek. has the right to limit your options or affect your choice.
Is there truly anything poetic about justice What should be the fate of those who commitno matter how much it might be deserved? crimes against humanity in the the worst way?Can the one who “calls down the thunder” The world has had its share of evil men, therightly claim that justice has been served? despots and mentally diseased minds of today.It is true that justice delayed is justice denied. The Nuremberg trials decided the fate of theOf this kind of certainty there is no dispute. Nazis who did Hitlers bidding and it was death.For those unfortunate enough to carry the stain The terrorists who were responsible for the worstof this burden it is a name that bears ill repute. attack on U.S. soil have to wait for their last breath.Just as a race does not always go to the swift, Only He who can hush the wind or bring calmconsider the case of the tortoise and the hare. an a violently tossing and restless sea, can metJustice can sometimes be fickle mistress who out justice with an even hand and to right thedoes not have any empathy nor does it care. wrongs perpetrated by mankind, but not as yet.There are psalms, poems and lamentations Until then, we must continue to wait and acceptfill of many verses about suffering and pain. the justice that we can get and to never tire out.Tears often flow in rivers of sorrow because it Those who have ever been denied justice, mayberequires the impossible; Ability to stop the rain. because of a technicality shall have there is no doubt.
It matters not how smart you think you It doesnt matter if everyone lies you andare, nobody can say they know it all. youre single you get to enjoy being popular.There are few people who have never Popularity does not count much if your goalheard that “pride comes before a fall.” is to be the best and to become a superstar.It doesn’t matter if you fail at something Sometimes people have questionable motivesso long as you tried to do your very best. for wanting to be in the thick of things to see.You can only prepare so much before you But,like in a hurry to run to badness this canhave to stop and proceed to take the test. be a disastrous move towards a harsh reality.Appearance matters when you need to It matters that you are flexible, as it is on very“dress for success” for a job interview. few occasions that things go exactly our way.Personal grooming habits is one of the Sometimes its impossible to know what kindsways a perspective employer looks at you. of difficulties we might face on a given day.It matter that you are always on time for There is more to life that truly matter compared toappointments because people hate to wait. what we can disregard since they dont help much.It also helps if you can anticipate things Paying too much attention to the minutiae is a surethat can cause you to miss an important date. way to be left behind because youre out of touch.
Anything that can shed light on their childs life isParents should never outlive their children. parents think they mus know and its a weird sensation.This painful reality isnt how it supposed to be. But, they may learn things about their childs life thatParents look forward to lots of grandchildren are without understanding and defy any explanation.not a sudden hole that affects the whole family. The memories of the child are quite naturally bittersweetWhenever a child is lost―it be from and multiplied because the child is never coming back.an accident, suicide or disease, it hurts the same. Some find a measure of comfort from their church orAfterward parents are in such a state of despair congregation that makes up for the coping skills they lack.As is usually the case when a child dies, the loss The funeral service many clergy use to bring solace toto any siblings is also a burden they must bear. family and friends that the child they was called by God.The parents must deal with their emotions along The result is sometimes the opposite of what waswith their own and the siblings who are unaware. intended and some lose their faith which is rather odd.The pain and anguish the family suffers is not The Bible states that “God is love,” but fire consumesthe same as physical pain and does not ease. like fire that cannot get enough and burns everything.It does not matter what the circumstances are How can a parent cope with such profound loss andthe pain of heart is worse than any heart disease. not ever know the happiness that grandchildren brings.As in any death, the grieving process is long and The pain of losing a child is difficult even for those whocomes in stages that takes as long as is necessary. chose to abort the pregnancy before coming to full term.Something about losing a child deepens the It is a reminder that powerful emotions are experiencedsuffering of the parents and is difficult to carry. especially by the mother and her grief always stays firm..Death raises many questions especially if the death The life of a child is precious and grief-stricken parents areis not from a cause that is easy for parents to explain. in no condition to talk about it so they must continue to pray.Suicide is the cruelest of death of a child since there That if Good was responsible for heir loss that He will makeare no answers to satisfy the questions of their pain. sure that they will see their child again in heaven someday.
On occasions when the President decides to It is a time that all Americans can hear the message and ifaddress the nation it is important that we hear. they dont like what they are hearing, then make a choice.Often he wants to report on developments or a The President wants to engage everyone to get new ideassituation where the facts need to be very clear. because it is imperative that everyone is given a voice.The times when normal programming has to be That includes people who constitute groups that are veryinterrupted to accommodate the President speech large and powerful like the unions, AARP or the NAACP.some people are upset that they miss their favorite But it allows for participation smaller groups that are notshow, but he desires to address all who he can reach. well represented and presently are considered a minority.It should be remembered that he has extended to us a It is the duty of all Americans to strive to make things inpersonal invitation to listen as he addresses the nation. the nation better for all and to join the President in doing so.To listen to what he has to say as he tries to convey A prime time address by the Commander-in-Chief need notwhatever pertinent facts concerning any given situation. be an intrusion into our television viewing or whatever we do.The President might use this forum to report on an There are obvious benefits to being engaged than watching orinitiative that will create more jobs in renewal energy. waiting to see what will happen next and doing so from afar.Or he may want to report on information that we need to Our President is calling upon each and every one of us to tuneknow about things that may possibly affect our community. in and to understand just how important in his eyes that we are.
The young man said he was from the Africancountry of Sierre Leone and he traveled far. The outside world learned of the situation in SierreHe said the rebels had overrun his country and Leon when a journalist smuggled out footage of it all.he fled to America because of how things are. There was images of people with their limbs cut off by machetes who were poised to make its capital fall.He left behind his mother and sisters who hefeared would be killed or maimed like others. Th need for the world to see what is happening in theHe was the man of the family when his father country is why there are “Ambassadors of Goodwill.”left the family years ago and he had no brothers. Peacekeepers are usually sent in as are Hollywood stars Like Clooney, Pitt and Jolie this important work to fulfill.He said he spent the night on a beach and got ona boat traveling to French Guyana the next day. Where there is political unrest anywhere in the world, itHis chances were not very good that he would impacts women and children the most as they are vulnerable.find his way to America where his father now The acts of brutality they endure are against all moral senselived, but he was determined to get to the USA. and in the eyes of the world their actions are unspeakable.With assistance from Guyana n sources he was The threat of civil war is palpable in places like the Sudan andsent a plane ticket by his father so he could come. especially in southern Africa in the region known as Dafur.His ordeal might have been the end of the story, Much has been reported about the plight of refugees that havebut he was worried about his family he left some. crossed the border after attacks by the Janjaweed they endure.He took three jobs to get enough money to bring The enormity of the situation falls mainly upon the Red Cross andhis mother and sisters to the United States as well. other groups willing to risk life and limb to provide some relief.This remarkable young man had the weight of the Sometimes they are expelled or become targets of the violent rebelworld on his shoulders and he could not hide it well. groups and the atrocities they witness each day are beyond belief.He told of the time he spoke last with his mother and If the ones guilty of these heinous crimes are ever brought to justicecould hear explosions in the background as he spoke. they face charges of crimes against humanity and likely convicted.The situation was changing rapidly and his desire to For the rape, murder and burning of villages to the ground cannot beget his family to safety was paramount and no joke. enough punishment for the harm that they have constantly inflicted.
The grandchildren call them “pop-pop and Nana”grandma or grandpap, or even “gram or grandy.”Kids use these shortened forms off address notbecause they are told to, but because they are handy.Sometimes the granddad provides his new name forhis few grand baby preferring to be called “paappy.”Holding his grandchild in his arms he is all smiles ashe contemplates the child and could not be more happy.Grandmothers are equally enthused they pay attentionto what the parents might possibly do that is wrong.Fortunately the newly minted parents learn quickly andGrandma’s constant criticism doesn’t tent to last very long.A grandparent’s role is critical to the child’s emotional andPhysical well being and a vital model for the rest of their life.There are things that they can teach that will serve as a guidewhenever the child faces the world with all its potential strife.The value of their collective wisdom is priceless within thefamily dynamic and a source of information and an authority.Especially on matters pertaining to parenting, as they are theones who raised their own children to adulthood and maturity.Upon reaching adulthood children can choose to heed theirgrandparent’s advice or wisely continue to seek them out.There is always the need to have a listening ear, especially attimes when the parent’s may express an opinion or have doubt.Sometimes a parent may have a fondness for one child overAnother and this can cause the child to develop an insecurity.But, a grandparent’s love does not play favorites as each oneis considered special in their eyes and that is always a certainty.
When our heavenly Father, Jehovah looks down We are not the sort to shrink back from our God-given assignment toupon us, He sees our spiritual condition from afar. boldly preach about Gods kingdom and to teach about the good news.He knows that “critical times, hard to deal with are Also, we must strive to guard our hearts and repudiate all badness sodifficult for His people and how desperate we are. we remain without spot from this world or even follow worldly views.He gladly gives us His holy spirit to help us to remain Jehovah is faithful and does not forget the love that we show and thefaithful and assist our efforts to keep spiritually strong. sacrifice of the fruitage of our lips and of our efforts to serve Him well.Any attempt to go it alone or to seek out worldly wisdom It is this difference and our fine conduct that people Who know ofon our be spiritual suicide which part which is wrong. Jehovahs Witnesses remark about because they are able to clearly tell.His Word, the Bible warns us that we should not be When we attend Christian meetings we receive nourishment from Hiseither loving the world or the things in it or else lose out. Word, the Bible, which has Jehovahs requirements for those who serve.If we were to do so, then we would put ourselves at risk We do not have to flounder wondering if our actions are approved byof losing our spiritual balance which is death no doubt. God or not and we are not likely to ever from the right course swerveWhat a shame that would be after many years of faithful Satan the Devil, our chief adversary is a roaring lion seeking to devourservice to our God which always makes His heart glad. someone and his modus operandi is to wait for an opportunity and to stalk.Such thinking is flawed and does not show appreciation In order to serve Jehovah and take a stand against the Devil we must dofor hope for the “prize” that we once were pleased we had. more than be present at meetings, we must do more than just talk the talk.The prudent course would be to continue in doing that which Jesus when he was on earth said, “his followers would be no part of thiswill keep us in good spiritual health and hold fast to the truth. world and this distinction about us and our way of worship matters much.Young people especially need to be mindful what Jehovah To have escaped from Babylon the Great only to fall victim to the one who“says about remembering our grand Creator during our youth. is identified as the “Birdcatcher” would signify that we have lost touch.Nothing the world has to offer with the truth that weve found The way to spiritual fitness is easy to remember if we keep in mind the kindGods purpose for the earth and those whose favor now enjoy. of healthy activities that we should be careful to practice each and everyday.This world is passing away and so is its desire, but he does There are four of them that should be a part of our daily routine: Be regularGods will not pass away if we resist what the world may employ at meetings, regular in service, regular in personal study and to regularly pray.
The President not only has to be on top of affairs of stateIf you were to pay careful attention to how the and happenings on the world stage, he is a father as well.President and the First Lady seamlessly interact. He has to continue to be the head of his household noThen you would see that they work well together matter what else he is doing and any discord he must quell.and can read each others mind and that is a fact. Because they are in constant contact with other, not like itThe word degree comes to mind when thinking was back in Chicago, they work together like hand in glove.about how these two people manage to get along. It is refreshing to see a President and First Lady who doWhat is the secret to their success that keeps their not hesitate to show their affection for each other and love Here the word degree implies a certain measurable With all the things they are required to do, the Obamas try todistance that can be close tog3ther or very far apart. maintain a degree of normalcy in their lives as best they can.It means being on the same page in their thinking and Thar President has faced many contentious moments since heis seen by all who have observed them from the start.. took office, especially from those who have never been a fan.There is a zero degree of separation between them as Both of them have faced harsh criticism at one time or anotherthey go about their routines they’re completely in sync. which goes with the territory and they understand it is the way.Where on leaves off the other is there to stake over as People are free to voice their opinions as they wish, but theythey understand how and what the other tends to think will not be deterred from serving the American people each day.As parents of two daughters they have to be engaged Whether rich and famous, a professional, or everyday citizen it file:///Pictures/39672_1_110.jpgwith their household in addition to other responsibilities, is to your advantage to see how the Obamas truly do represent.Again, it shows that the couple are together on how to In every way possible they conduct themselves with integrityraise Sasha and Malia and do so within their own abilities. and honesty which is what they stated was their mutual intent.
“There is a time for everything Lets dance with the stars like Gingerunder the sun,”said a wise king. Rogers and Fred Astaire gliding along.He said there was a time to dance Lets sway, to the beat of a brand newand also a time for people to sing. drum, and the melody of a new song.As the song says, “Put on your red Lets dance, in the streets and hallsshoes and dance, but not the blues. everywhere, to any music you hear.Any song on the radio will do, as Lets slide together into the futurethis is a time to do as you choose. coming upon a promising new year.Lets Swing, from the light poles to Lets dance, when you are happy youthe chandelier, like a chimpanzee. can dance to even a barbershop quartet.Time to show your enthusiasm for Lets boogie to the music of the peoplesBarack H. Obamas exciting victory. joy and for the things we do not see yet .Dance, while a smile lights up your Lets dance with total abandon as if youface, dance your own style or pace. filled with the spirit of the “Holy Ghost.Time to dance in celebration of the Dance and leap for joy and feel free to behistoric outcome in a Presidential race. silly and crazy, for its time to be the most.
January 20th 2009 was a date that will live on During the Inaugural parade when the President and First Ladyforever in the minds of people for years to come. exited the limousine, it electrified an already exuberant crowd.On this date, Barack H. Obama was sworn in as It made for a snapshot of a moment that even the most ardent ofthe first nations black President―surprising some. his supporters said “without doubt they were the most proud.”For the millions who were in attendance it was a Being this close to the newly sworn in President and First Ladyday they will never forget when history was made. for those standing along the parade route was a very big deal.For those fortunate to be close enough to see and hear Screaming and shouting people were overcome with emotion andthe images lasted well past then the sun started to fade. for anyone who was not present the scene played out was surreal.His election symbolized a new found truth about the At no other time in history was a newly elected President receivednew era in American politics and the chances of success. in such a manner with so much pageantry, aplomb, praise and acclaim.It was something that for too many years the country should To imagine that I would see this happen in my lifetime is a fact forhave focused on as an ideal that it needed to finally address. which I, like many others believe that America will never be the same.The moment was captured around the world and people were Much will be expected of this young man and he will essentially get aable to watch the Inauguration on television in every nation. “bath by fire” as he is scrutinized and his first one hundred days will tell.Wherever people gathered or happened to be at the time, their In the meantime, it is something to celebrate and enjoy the new reality thatattention was focused on the events carried on every station. his Presidency represents and on behalf of a grateful nation, wish him well!
Are you considered a good friend You say, “its not like you to be so open andor do people regard you as one? be open to friendships or receive invitations?Are you the first to come when Think of all the experiences you miss out ontheres a need or are you just for fun? and then do something to correct the situation.There are a couple of questions we Do you really like living a solitary life andmight think of about our friends. spending all your time and days all alone?Of all our relationships, our friends Imagine if there was no one at all that wouldare on what our well-being depends keep in touch with you or call on the phone.Some people seem to attract others Loneliness can be a precursor to depression,and are often called a social butterfly. isolation, abandonment or thoughts of suicide.Do you enjoy these kinds of people It was not good for the first man Adam to beif not do you have a good reason why? alone with no human like him to be at his side.One thing that popular people have in You dont need to be the most outgoing personcommon is that they are an extravert. to be someone who is considered a grue friend.Their outgoing personality is one thing By definition this person is a brother or sister)that they will most of the time assert. born in times of trouble on whom you can depend.If you consider yourself an outsider, and A true friend can sometimes be a member of thefeel like a lost sheep surrounded by flocks. opposite sex; but, theres also a cautionary word.You probably wish you were more like them Many innocent friendships have changed overto be more outgoing and a regular chatterbox time and unwanted sexual advances have occurred.
The 2008 election will not just be about a change fromthe Bush-area policies enacted during the recent past. Humility and honesty should shroud him like a cloak in showingIt/ll signal a change in how America taxes and spends judicial temperament and the ability to lead in a way that is just.to move the economy forward in a way that can last. His roots should be solidly entrenched in his character and be well= spoken of as an individual whom people will be able to always trust.Both candidates have stated how they will do this and itremains to be seen just how people will react to the plan. He must have a record which demonstrates his leadership skillsus electoral process requires public debate as a way to in working with others and not mostly of the manner of elitists born.judges candidate not only as a President and also as a man. Rather, an ability to reach across the board and include any who may have workable solutions as an advocate wholl face ridicule or scorn.Candidate Obama has stood for change that people canlive with and there is little argument that it is needed. Much. Upon election, he will be tested from all sides just when the oath ofAs the potentially first African American President, Obama office has been conferred him and be judged on his first hundred days.has brought to his campaign a personal,and human touch. This is the true measure of a man that can work through the difficult times and not be dissuaded from his decisions or alter his plans or ways.Regardless of the outcome, to erase the mistakes of the pastwill require the kind of commitment and focused dedication A President is vetted to the extreme before he receives the majority voteto the problems that have plagued us for a while and have put that makes him the peoples choice for the next Commander-in-Chief.many people jobless and facing financial or personal ruination. He is expected to govern in a way that has the entire country’s interests in mind, and must push his agenda forward with confidence and belief.The successful candidate must be knowledgeable, a skilled orator “Change the face and you must also change the name,” is a popularwith a voice that resonates with understanding and confidence saying that can be applied to the campaign to become the President.He must also have the kind of stature that people can look to for It is a “calling” that few people will embark on if they cant go throughguidance and have a fair and balanced demeanor and countenance. all the rigors and scrutiny required, which is what they must represent..
People who know me well will not be My conscience kept telling me that I should notshocked by my revelation about my love. ignore this gift that many people wish they had.It is a love affair that has completely swept It soothes my mind and calms my spirit wheneverme from my feet and is a gift from above. I am troubled better than anything when I am sad.This true love of mine has been a constant It frees my thoughts so they take flight and wanderfeature from as long as I can remember. in an undiscovered universe that only I am able to see.It can be likened to a mismatched relationship The things that I think about go beyond the norm andlove affair that is like May through December. and have their base in a terrestrial universal reality.The love of my life always gives me exactly I am constantly amazed that my true love has made itwhat I need for me to be satisfied and content. terribly easy for me so that there is actually no effort.We have been together like hand in glove for so When I am unburdened by whether or not my love willlong that we grow more from time that is spent. leave me, I am able to give and receive much comfort.I can never take our relationship; for granted, it Writing is embarrassingly easy and requires only that Iwould be unfair for what is the sum of my life. meditate for a minute and mentally expand on a thought.it fulfills my role as it has been defined by the This is something an artist understands this phenomenaability to much as if I were a very satisfied wife. and that it comes naturally and is something not taught.This is not a typical “significant other” kind of The love of my life is writing and it is more important torelationship, in fact it is not a human being at all. me than anyone who has ever lived and I am able to share.The love of my life is a love affair with words that It is always present with me morning, noon and night sohas been a hidden talent that I responded to its call. the lonely highway that I travel is totally beyond compare.
Underscoring the principle that “all men ar Change the mind of a few and you can eventuallycreated equal” that they are essentialy the same. achive unity of purpose that is what we often callIt was through sports where the first attempts to concensus or an agreement in prinlcipal that will helpallow for equal opportunity came about in the game. achive the kind of human decency and love for us all.Change eventually came about not from a subtle Our President-wlwct has set his mind and heart tochange but like a revolution or attitudinal shift. changing this land of the free and home of the brave.For their to be a mutual respect for anothers race He will probaby find that people are unwilling to seepeople had to chance or face an ever growing rift. the benefit of national unity and some may misbehave.It has been said thst iif you “change the thinking of He does not clam to walk on water and he tends toonr msn snd you change them all” and it is true. believe in the best of human nature and will always try.Change happens on an individual basis and has to To do his best as President to bring this country back frominclude racist bigots that think differently from you. the brink of recession or if he fails we should ask him why.This the atttitude that needs to spread all over the It is up to everyday Americans to join him in this area toworld to bring about peace among people everywhere. make a difference in the lives of everyone as our quest.It will percipitate a new period of enlightenment that Life should be lived with the pursuit of happiness and awill remind us all the commonlity that we all share. equal opportunity for all people to experience lifes best.
People define happiness in many different Friendships also bring happiness to many to a degreeways and none of them are exactly incorrect. similar to marriage, but is a very specific bond of love.Some believe that happiness is related to the Because we are gregarious by nature we tend to opengood memories in life we are able to collect. up and be close to individuals who we are most fond of.That makes happiness to be like souvenirs Happiness also exist at times to enjoy good associationthat we will always carry deep inside our heart. whenever people whose company we enjoy are around.Without them our degree of happiness will be At such times there is a genuine camaraderie that existsadversely affected whenever we grow far apart. that is unlike any other form of entertainment to be found.Still others say happiness is about the riches you There is another source of happiness that no other kindhave so you can always enjoy the finer things. can begin to fulfill us that is completely beyond compare.But, it has been proven over and over again that It is the happiness we share in worshiping our Creator andthere is little happiness to what possessions brings. His love for us is what we as a people are happy to share.Some people put relationships at the top of what By far, this form of happiness has benefits that are morethey consider as the ultimate happiness in their life. than we can possibly imagine that are for what we live.They say there is no greater expression of happiness It is the happiness we have come to learn is not based onthan in a good marriage between a husband and wife. what we possess for ourselves, but more for what we give.
How precious are our children and how they Never be wise in your own eyes because no one canmake us smile at how they view their world. say with conviction of thought that they know it all.They see things as simple and do not know Even the most well-read person comes to understandthat into a life of danger they can be hurled. the basic principal behind “pride comes before a fall.”Parents—Do you teach your children what Be thankful for the things that you have and do notthey should know so that they can survive? seek out what is not yours for this constitutes greed.Do not take for granted that they know better You will be happier if you learn the secret for beingor that for good things they will always strive. content and beings satisfied with only what you need.If you follow your dreams you will understand Also you should remember to thank those who havewhat it takes to become a successful over-achiever. been there for you like your parents now and then.Make sure that in your pursuit that you do not let When you count your blessings if they are not on theothers interfere nor should you be an unbeliever. list of people who looked out for you, then count againDo your utmost to be honest for there is a reward Always be quick to apologist when you are in thethat comes from having the reputation as such. position to do if you find yourself to be in the wrong.How you conduct your affairs is always under the Your conscience will remind you and you will not bescrutiny of some watching you and matters much. able to get peaceful sleep and your night will be long.Just as you cannot judge a book by its cover, never Take the good with the bad and remember that things arejump to conclusions without having all of the facts. only for a short time like the changing of each new season.Information is power and not having all the pertinent Life will present you with many challenges and you mustfacts is unwise and is not how a smart person acts. make the correct choices with a sound mind that you reason.
Call them “Kodak moments” if you want to—those here and now moments to preserve.With the accessibility of digital cameras oncell phones, which a brand new purpose serve.Great photographers seem to know instinctivelyhow to frame the subject in just the proper light.To capture the moment as it happens and topresent it in such a way to showcase their insight.Photojournalists go a step further, taking morethan one shot that together tells a unique story.They are pros at capturing human drama as itoccurs whether it is a moment of defeat or glory.The reporter has the responsibility to add wordsthat adds meaning to the photo in the proper context.So that the reader can understand the backgroundof the subject and will want to see what comes next.No wonder there is an award for those who do thisexceptionally well and are honored with a Pulitzer Prize.It is a most distinguished award to be presented that aprofessional photographer or an amateur can realize.Iconic images become part of our visible landscape fromsigns to elaborate spreads in a newspaper or magazine.Some of the most sought after pictures are candid shotsof celebrities in a compromising position never seen.The quest for the Presidency by Barack Obama has byfar provided many opportunities to get candid snapshots.Of the man and his family for a nation that embracedhim as a candidate for change for the have and have nots.So, keep those camera phones at the ready, because inthis new electronic age and the Internet, you never know.If something extraordinary or unusual is going to happenand if you are fortunate youll have something to show.
The battle over the nations deficit was ugly, contentious and The President has relented on raising the age of retirement tobitter this summer for the President which was unprecedented. the age sixty-seven, but senior citizens are very well represented.It became so unprofessional that the people blamed Congress Groups like AARP and other watchdog groups who are involvedand voiced their anger because it could have been prevented. and monitoring closely will not allow that change to be implemented.Following the news about President Obamas solution to There is agreement by some lawmakers who are willing to accept,cut the growing deficit by more than three trillion dollars. but the comments by Speaker Boehner and others will not budge.The majority of American people dissatisfied with the way They have been like a torn in the Presidents side and were thethe economy is still sluggish and are hot under their collars. ]ones responsible for the rhetoric if anyone were to be the judge.The evidence was clear that Congress and the Presidents go to The President promises to veto any measure to cut Medicare orteam are split along party lines not see a way to working it out. Medicaid funding without increasing taxes on the very wealthyThe confidence in our system of government now seems to be Any attempt to use President Obamas plan to cut the deficit isthe reason there is no bi-partisan agreement is without a doubt. will be a nail in the coffin and potentially politically unhealthy.Everything the President wants to accomplish has turned into So for in advance of the 2012 elections there is no clear voice tonasty debate with neither side willing to make any concession. counter what the President has described as his leadership vision.For the first time America face being unable to pay its debts The polls do not show a clear front-runner and the bickering andand was likely to cause the country another Great Depression. squabbling will ultimately sway the people in making their decision.The people wants both Republicans and Democrats to work President Obama continues to take his case directly to the people sotogether to find common ground with a civil tone starting now. they hear directly from him without the partisan upmanwship shown.They are encourage to write their Congressman or woman and The pubic is impatient with the pace of economic recovery and are in ato voice their opinions, but it may backfire on them somehow. mood about jobs and the economy and will let their feelings be known.Considering the numbers of adults and people with disabilities Fore the millions of Americans the depend on Social Security paymentshave contributed through the years and their dues are prepaid., or Medicaid there os npo simple solution and they say have had enough.they are worried what will happen if there are proposals in the The political season ahead will have the same amount of discourd as thebudget that intend to cut the funding of Medicare and Medicaid. present reality, but the people are watcfhing and can make it pretty tough.
When I was a young girl a family friendadvised me to take my parents by the hand. It takes more than an appearance of acting inShe said if they ask where they are going a fine manner always by reason of faith alone.then say, “were going to the promised land.” Thi9s “brotherly love” is cultivated as if it were a garden of goodness that is continually shown.Although I was with her several times aweek, this was the first time she said this. When it comes to expressing love, perhaps theI understood what she was asking me to ancient Greeks had it right on how to say it best.do and it was an invitation they cant miss. They used the word “agápe” when referring to brotherly love was set apart from all the rest.Mom, mom was a distant relation, but shewas faithful in many ways hard to express. When it was used in the context of ChristianShe was a very kind soul that cared for my unity it meant love that was not deemed romantic.family and this thing she had to address. It was not the kind of love shared between a man and wife, family members, but more than semantic.Many years later I am happy to say that Idis ass she asked me and I am happy to say. Agápe was different than “Eros, Felice, or evenThey are steadfast in their determination to Erotica―it is love tbat is baed on principle at its best.continue walking as Christs disciples today. To have the same faith as we have for our Creator for our brothers is where our salvation actually does rest.This required a change of behavior and it Of course, brothers and sisters in the congregationis manifest in their love towards others. imitate Jehovah who showed greatest act of love.These people are a special group of “friends” By offering His son as a sacrifice to redeem mankindreferred to one another as sisters and brothers. and watches over us from His heavenly throne above.
If you are a baby, “ then you no doubt recall the Civil The names are etched in the minds of those we learn about inRights era when American struggled with its identity. history class as well as contemporary African American firsts.Cities erupted in violence due to the move towards an The way paved for the highest achievement by Barack Obamaattempt to establish the rights of all who are a minority. as the First President as what happens whenever the dam bursts.This period of upheaval was punctuated by the efforts Some of the names may be unfamiliar, but the tradition of theof Dr. Martin Luther King, an icon of peaceful change. first “person of color” to achieve anything is a matter of pride.His focus was not solely for African Americans, but all The opportunities presented as inspiration to the next in line towhose plight fits within the discrimination target range. carry the flame forward and let the masses of the people decide.Long before then the color barrier was broken by many It is important to remember how far this nation of pilgrims andprominent individuals from whom King took the torch. immigrants has come, in addition to what challenges lie ahead.As riots set major cities ablaze, the collective conscience The young people are watching so that they will be able to takeof the nation, was blasted by images hot enough to scorch. the reins when handed off to them in the footsteps already tread.But, this chapter is part of Americas growing pains and a A “touch of color” is a welcome sight whenever barriers start toby-product of principles upon which founded Democracy. collapse and the net result is a more harmonious and happy nation.From the ancient Greeks to Americas emergence on the These milestones are a part of history and the personages involvedworld stage therein lies the struggle towards racial harmony. larger than life and will likely to continue as is our present situation.
In the years beyond, beyond when People will build homes that their familiesall wars have finally come to cease, a will occupy without the fear of being evicted.paradise will fill the entire earth and be Unlike the world that has passed away whenreplaced by abundant and lasting peace. the homeless people were constantly afflicted.For a millennium of time, humanity People will plant and enjoy the benefits of thewill live in harmony like never before. harvest as the earths bounty gives up its yield.Our minds and bodies will be perfect Their will be no slaving for the opportunity towith the purpose we were created for. glean leftovers from working hard in the field.The living creatures of the earth will not There will be no starvation, nor disease whichcause any harm nor will they fear man. causes much pain and suffering leading to death.The lion and the lamb will feed as one People will not experience any anxiety wonderingbecause this too, was Gods original plan. if today will be when they take their final breath.The day will come when the dead will be This not a dream or a fantasy that has no basis inresurrected to life back amongst the living, reality or the product of an extremely creative mind.This was foretold to occur during this time These things re destined to occur exactly as writtenof peace―a promise that God is now giving. because the tent of God will be with all of mankind.
The warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean Manatees are a slow and shy creature by natureis where the manatee and the dolphin play. which makes it hard to get out the way of a boat.They are usually safe in this environment They do not inhabit the deep ocean where theuntil humans with boats get in the way. possibility of getting hit by a boat is pretty remote.There was a time when sailors of old used If diving in the oceans, you would want to have someto think that the manatee was a mermaid. dolphins nearby as they can warn of a possible shark.On many a long and treacherous voyage it This is especial beneficial if your plan is to makewas easy, otherwise little attention was paid. emergency repairs and it must be done after it is darkDolphins, on the other hand, usually were so If you get the chance to visit an ocean park or Seacurious they accompanied them part of the way. World you will be enjoy seeing the dolphins perform.Whenever the sailors stopped for repairs or for They are eager to please and humans have discoveredprovisions the dolphins often decided to stay. they are highly intelligent and this behavior is the norm.Dolphins are very engaging and will interact Both manatees and dolphins are mammals and warm-with people trying to somehow communicate. blooded creatures of the sea which do not cause harm.When no other dolphins are around the solitary We should care about their habitat and avoid pollutingone will will seek a human as its new playmate. the ocean and be concerned enough to sound the alarm.
There is a song called “On Your Face” that Some people think that a mans emotional displays are ansays the way you feel shows on your face. attempt by them to get in touch with their feminine side.And no matter how you try to hide it (the way Whether that is the case or not does not matter and theresyou feel, it will [your face] state your case. no shame in it, nor does not affect a mans sense of pride. When youre the President of the United States You can let yourself become tabloid fodder or bring youryoure in front of a camera a lot and it doesnt lie. spirits down to the ground and harass you if you want. Whether times are good or bad, your expression Doing so will not make you feel any better and may onlygives away you feelings no matter how hard you try. provide ammunition for your enemies to further taunt.Sometimes events can overtake you and you can Rather than defending yourself and refuting what peoplefind yourself with you are backed up against a wall. try to speculate upon what your facial expression may say.Congress can refuse to compromise or something or At those times you might recite a favorite mantra, proverbialanother can make your big plans seem quite small. expression, a joke, a slow count to ten, or even silently pray.You may even be criticized in the press for at times You can look thoughtful, hopeful, pensive, angry, distracted,letting your pent up emotional content start to show. delighted, displeased, discouraged, but never look confused.But, you should not let what others say prevent you You will surely make the rounds on the talk circuit or latefrom being human, as any President would know. night where your facial expression will leave them amused.A man showing emotions is not a sign of weakness nor All this may seem quite basic, I am sure you already aware thatdoes it make him less of a man in the eyes of anyone. expressions are hard to read, so I do not wish to sound contrite.There are times when it is appropriate to shed tears, as It is something to think about how your face can give your moodthe ”Greatest Man who ever lived” had on occasion done. away and it always right there for people to see in plain sight.
The tragedy in Tuscon Arizona was a horrible The Presidents speech was not an occasion for politicaland tragic incident that we wish we could forget.. posturing, nor was it partisan, rather it was a time to reflect.It was yet another time when the news reports People needed to grieve the loss of life and to seek solaceabout it grieved us all and filled us with regret. in coming together in a spirit of honor and deep respect.Far too many times we hear of tragedies like what Unfortunately, it was also a time when one individual whohappened in Tuscon recounted for us in vivid detail. planted to idea of painting certain states with a bulls-eye said.Despite the best efforts of law enforcement to get a “Her critics were trying to deny her the right to free speech”handle on the problem, the lawless manage to prevail. and she used the term “blood libel” as if she herself had bled.At times like this we wonder if incidents like this are True to her style of not accepting blame for what had occurreda new “normal” that society must now contemplate. and taking no blame for the suggestion of placing a bulls eyeWhether it be at a school, house of worship, employer On the states that included Congresswoman Giffords in heror government establishment they are commonplace. often thuggish rhetoric that her defensiveness could not deny.The incident in Tuscon was a rare occasion for Congress There is an important lesson in all of this that we should wantto stand together united, for the sake of one of its own. to apply to ourselves and to be careful what our words convey.This horrendous act caught Congresswoman Giffords in People can take things out of context was what the personthe head and killed a young girl who was not well known. previously mention said and defended her right to talk that way.The President and First Lady were on hand to pay their There is an ancient Proverb that states: “ A true companion isrespects and to lead the nation in trying its best to heal. loving all the time and is especially a brother born for distress.”The circumstance as it was reported by eyewitnesses was The President’s compassionate and heartfelt remarks, inspirationdifficult to understand and for many there it was surreal. and soulful remarks was an appropriate way this notion to express
For more than twenty-five years you have educated I know that you are a fan of poetry and Maya Angelou is a dearentertained, and commiserated with your audience.7 friend, and my poetic words cannot begin my sentiments to convey.Yet the tone for engaging your viewing audience to So in closing I add my many thanks to those who have expresseddeal with issues from emotional pain to common sense. their gratitude to you and hope that we might possibly meet one day.One thing that will be a lasting legacy for you is how I recall that one one of your shows you stated it the personal giftsyou can easily draw out your guests and always connect. that viewers send you that will be what you will always treasure.Its a pleasure seeing how you are able to make the abstract Consider this my gift of words especially for you that if you shouldreal to help people to see their actions as cause and effect. ever feel down for any reason they will lift you up in good measure.Harpo Productions® has been the leader in producing Remember when you created your “Angel Network” to encouragequality television that is appropriate for the right age. people who have the financial means to help the unfortunate and give.Some of the issues that you discussed were newsworthy That was an example of how you manage to give back for all the goodand familiar to most because they were on front the page. things that you personally enjoy and demonstrates the best way to live.Now that you have decided that this successful run all these Many people may share your passion to give of yourself, but is rare toyears has come to an end all whove watched wish you well. find many people that naturally possess your motivation and your zeal.Its a huge gamble to start your own network and if anyone can Giving your studio audience and the millions of viewers at home straightpull it off successfully it is you and, truthfully only tine will tell. talk from knowing experts has educated them and given you mass appeal.The things you have done over the years and the lasting benefit You are much loved and appreciated and will no doubt be regarded asof what you stand for and continue to do is difficult to express. a humanitarian above all else and a lifelong person of interest extraordinaire.Except to say that you have truly touched the lives of many and History will regard you as one of the countrys most important people, notyou can believe that people will be loyal and wish you success. just in America, but internationally as someone special who truly does care.
Part 1950s housewife with her “you betcha, goshes, golly gees.”Sarah Palin, Whats it feel like to “be in the cross-hairs?” Part gun owner and to one part rugged mountain man with her gun.You have no problem in stoking up passions are inflamed. With a way of speaking she believes represents the “TrueYet when your own words and actions are implicated by American,”inference that you Ms. Palin cannot possibly be blamed. Ms. Palin likes the attention she gets and is apparently having fun.The prematurely retired Alaska governor had to up her remarks, So many people are enamored with Ms. Palin and wait with baiteda litany of complaints against her critics and political enemies. lShe took this horrible tragedy, that affected the whole nation breath, to hear her say, something, anything, in her unique style. But on Tuesday her distinctive communication style got in trouble,And apparently asked herself, “How can I make this about me?” And it may seem that her star is no longer rising, not for a while,Ms. Palins departure from the “Govenors mansion” caught When she used the phrase "blood libel" -- a term with complicatedher constituency by surprise, but it was not done in haste. anti-semitic roots -- in a video she made only to “defend herself.”She recognized that she liked being a “celebrity” and in her Which makes one wonder whether she’s into politics because shemind, it was a “no-brainer,” since she has had a little taste of fame. wants to make a difference in America or for personal or wealth.She would earn more money than if shed as Govenor After her latest tirade after the Tuscon tragedy, it is obvious to one’of Alaska. She wants the cash. Shes a “show me the money listening to her rancor and babble shes out of touch with reality.kind of gal, a real “folksy American. Hers and the other Which is a good reason why Barack Obama is the President and thatinhabitants of her planet. She should stay away from politics. fortunately, its likelyS arah Palin, will never get the chance to be.
The song “Zoom” by the Commodores says, The late John Lennon also sang about having a“I may be just a foolish dreamer, but I dont care. wish in “Imagine” he wished the world could beCause I know my happiness us waiting out as one—he said, “ I may just a dreamer, but Imthere not the only one.” Imagine if that could be done. omewhere—Perhaps to dream a dream if you dare To dream a dream is to wish upon a star—only theI am searching for that silver lining, and dream wont take you very far, so make it come true.new horizons that I know I will never see. The road you travel can lead to wide open spaces orId like to take just a moment to dream my a dead end—whatever the future may be is up to you.dream, dream my dream.(of what can be). You merely have to open your eyes and imagine yourMr. Richie is in good company, because I dream coming true and wish upon that shooting star,have my own dream and admit the same. Wherever you happen to be look for opportunities thatI dont follow the beat of anyone elses drum will propel you forward no matter how long or how far.while navigating the uncertainty of lifes game. Recall the words to the Walt Disney theme song that says,They day that life is like a fine gemstone that “When you wish upon a star, it does not matter who you are.you are fortunate enough to one day unearth. Everything your heart desires will come to you” if you canAlthough it may be like a rough uncut diamond, imagine it, then it can be as real as a nighttime shooting star.once it is polished, it reveals its actual worth.
Some old hardliners think things were actually In multiparty talks the Soviet Union has not sided with thebetter during the period known as of the Cold War. U.S. in some key areas, especially about N. Korea and Iran.They readily point out that America had only one It is important for the President to have the support of keyenemy which was Russia and what they fought for.. player as an ally to negotiate or enforce sanctions if he can.The U.S./Soviet relationship has shown tension The President has publicly commented that they seem towhich may mean its headed downward as of late. have “one foot in the old ways and one foot in the new.”The Soviets have shown they may not be the full There will have to be a serious meeting of the minds if thepartner that it has been in the past the signs indicate. present situation can be addressed to change this point of view.President Obama has a lot to do if he is to shore up The palpable fear may be justified seeing that the Soviet s haverelations with the Soviet Union and reverse this trend. seemingly taken a backwards step lately towards Democracy.It will require reaching out to renew old agreements In restricting free speech and cracking down on protesters andand to convince them that America is still a true friend. voices of opposition is acting more like the old ways under the KGB.He must reassure the current Russian President and the There are troubling stories about religious intolerance that will notman who some say is the real person who holds the power. come to the world press because of pressure on of egregious of flawsThat this is not the time to return to old ways when the two Also extreme resistance perpetrated by the Russian Orthodox Churchnations were sworn enemies before Perestroikas finest hour. despite court cases that have been won and changes to existing laws.So far, everywhere President Obama has been, he has been The stories of the Russian people are compelling and heart-breakingenthusiastically received and well reported on by all he saw. in their reality as to what the face of the “new” Soviet Union stands for.But some experts continue to assert that the Soviet Unions The climate of fear and espionage that was a part of the ways shouldpast makes it impossible for the nation to completely thaw. never be repeated and there can be no chance to ignite the Cold War.
There is a country in Africa that for manyyears has been locked inside a civil war.This has resulted in a humanitarian crisis The may be watching, but who except a few areof epic proportions and it is called Dafur. crying out for the atrocities carried out in Darfur? Who is there besides a multinational peacekeepingIt has been brought to the worlds attention force can end the violence others continue to ignore?by famous celebrities and those who are not.Together they have raised money to help the Urgent action is needed to help the millions who[light of the refugees escaping the onslaught.. are starving and need since they are now displaced. If help does not arrive soon, the people of the regionIn any case the problem affects women and will face extermination and world leaders disgraced.children the most as they try their best to cope.They attempt to migrate to border countries The people of Dafur have been hated and oppressedthat might accommodate them giving them hope, in every possible way and still they manage to survive. As the days and weeks turn to months and years theWhile the wold watches from a distance, crimes question is, whats their future― will they still be alive?continue perpetrated by the ruthless Janjaweed.On a campaign that includes rape, the destruction Thankfully, the day is fast approaching that all wars willof entire villages, fomented by hatred and greed. end and what follows will be a lasting and forever peace. This is a promise to all of mankind by the One who knows the heart of all men and promises that all “wars will cease.”
After September 11th men and women werecompelled to volunteered to serve their country. Then after thirteen months of deployment, on aThey signed up for duty, which they understood road notorious for insurgent activity and attacks.it meant being shipped out into a raging hostility. Out convoy struck an improvised explosive device and instantly we were stopped dead in our tracks.It was both out of love of country and a sense ofduty, honor, and resolute sense of patriotic pride Time seemed to slow down to mere seconds, theI told my family, starting with my parents,cause bright flash left me temporarily stunned and blind.I needed help in explaining this to my new bride. Our training immediately kicked in and we had to assess the injured treat any living we could find.Weve been married only a year, and I guess thatshe was afraid, just like the song about a girl who I was one of the fortunate, that was not killed inbegged her boyfriend Billy to “Dont be a hero or the explosion, and it took me moments to realize,a fool with his life, she had her dreams for the two. that I was injured and one of my legs was missing. Through the smoke I could hear other mens cries.I decided on the Marines, because they say youd“Be All that You Can Be” and they give it their all. After exiting the remaining smoldering Humvee,To prepare them for deployment and get them as gunfire suddenly erupted forcing us to the ground.ready as they can for recruits who answer the call. Seeking whatever safety we could from the still smoldering vehicle while bullets whizzed around.The day to depart would arrive too quickly and Itied up all my loose ends and prepared to go away. My next recollection was waking up in the bed inMy employer completely understood my decision the Landstuhl Regional Hospital in Germany.and would hold my job, so there was nothing to I had several operations, that undoubtedly savedsay. my life and I was helped by being with my family.It was hard to say goodbye to my family, especially Stateside once again and discharged from themy wife and my mother who both shed many a tear. service with honors, I was undergoing therapy.Only my father understood what the military would It was painful but I had the support of familymean and he did his best to show any trace of fear. and friends to facilitate a long and slow recovery.I know how much she loves me, and I love her more I think of my fallen comrades, that they were betterthan life itself, but it is a calling and respond I must. off than me and sometimes I have thoughts of suicide.I tried to tell her that they will do their best to keep I would end my life at my own hands and end theme safe in a brotherhood and sacred bond of trust. misery and shame as a last desperate act out of pride. This is one soldiers story, although many have faced
Mr. President: You stated during an interviewsomething that I happily can wholeheartedly agree. You and your precious family are ambassadors of good willYou said the greatest book youve read is the Bible. when you travel outside of the United States and representIt is a sentiment shared by many, not just you and me. Hoped for peace and prosperity as a new day for our nation and the rest of the world watches to see what message is sent.You are no doubt familiar with the proverb that says:“When there is no vision, the people go unrestrained.” This your greatest asset, sir, to reach out across the lines thatYour vision for an America where people are working divide us and to forge new partnerships that will forever shine.and the economy is robust can be viewed as unconstrained. You may not be a superstar, Mr. President, but that does not mean that your family miss out on the chance to have things fine.How do you intend to persuade those who have taken a You are loquacious, and obviously well-read to speak as you do,position of being detractors and who say you are a fraud? so eloquently and you listen twice as much as you have to speak.It seems unrealistic to answer every critic or get bogged History tells of great leaders who had this same trait as their claimdown in a political “free for all” versus things to applaud. to fame and being a diplomat does not mean that you are weak.Sir: Many prayers are with you, even if they believe that I want you to remember something the next time you doubt youryou are the enemy and that your leadership skills are I doubt. effectiveness in the oath that you swore, consider this verse: “TheIt takes time, as you yourself said to win the support of those road to greatness is filled with obstacles that you must overcome, ifwho did not vote for you and to find ways to work things out. you think of all those who came before you, things could be worse.”
There is nothing more repulsive then In ancient times there was a people that sacrificedwhen childrenare the victim of crime. their children to a god by throwing them in the fire.They are innocent and and deserve better As horrific as that is to hear about, it is not a farfrom those who care for them all the time. stretch from stories that come across the news wire.There are those who prey on children and, One of the more recent worries is children beingcommit the most debauched and sick crime. solicited and approached online through the Internet.These are no more than animals who treat Parents simply are unaware of the use of technologychildren as pleasure objects of of th4e time. allows a predator to get as close as they want to get.While it is not uncommon for some animal Its like pretending to wear a clean shirt by turningspecies to devour the young when still alive. it inside out, and just simply going about your way.Sometimes its to bring the female into estrus But, the closer you come to people the odors areor they are sickly or weak and wont survive. noticeable and theres nothing in defense you can say.The Center for Missing and Exploited Children, There are heroes who take threats against childrendevoted to locating them and keeps a database. seriously and intercept and expose these predators.This resource is filled with dossiers of the child Shows like “Dateline’s “To Catch a Predator” seriesand the particulates about every single case.. is an effective tool to catch and quite an eye=opener. A childs needs are plentiful, but none is more Laws like Megans Law and the Amber Alert Systemimportant than to make sure they come to no harm. respond quickly to preemptively get the word outThis is especially so because the predators know We can personally get involved in helping make thehow to entice them and how to turn on the charm. system better and make sure our children know about.Unsuspecting parents often do not know that a Whenever a child is abducted or is missing, and there isknown sexual offender is living in the neighborhood. information about where the child was seen before discoveryConsequently they do not warn their children to be there is a good chance that the child will be located quicklyon the watch for lurking strangers like they should. with the Amber alert system that will aid in childs recovery..How and why this behavior exists in a civilized Who will speak for them, the innocent children the worldsociety is a testament to failures that are a shame. over who represent the future of our nation and all others?Some children are exploited while in the foster care If they cannot be protected from abuse or harm, what does itsystem that is supposed to protect them as they claim. say about the apathy that exists on the part of their mothers?
Most Christians today can relate the His most outstanding quality was the way“Christmas Story” about his birth. he imitated his heavenly father showing love.But, few are able to articulate the He taught that we should love God and ourvalue that his shed blood is worth. neighbors, praying solely to his Father above.Indeed, in the minds of many, he is an He was extraordinary in his way of teachingicon shown hanging on a cross at death. that even the religious leaders were impressed,Otherwise, he is a babe in a manger in The crowds that followed him were convincedthe Nativity scene in scope and breadth. of his authenticity in the words he expressed.Even the non-Christian, atheist, or the One aspect of his ministry Christendom fails topracticer of Judaism or Islam agree. imitate is making known his Fathers name.There probably was a man that fits In the “Model Prayer,”he gave as an examplethe Messiah who founded Christianity. he taught that his followers should do the same.Throughout Christendom there are many He left an example that we can follow closely indifferences of opinion about his teaching. his footsteps even his actions during his youth.Some say that he was a “revolutionary” He was respectful and obedient to his parents,who started a cause that was far-reaching. he did nothing of his own accord, but spoke truth.The primary source of information about Most important to us today is the role he hashis life and ministry is found in the Gospel. as the reigning king of Gods heavenly kingdom.These accounts give us insight into the kind Soon he will carry out his assignment to destroyof person he was, and is, or any myth dispel. all of Jehovahs enemies, especially Christendom.Much to be learned from these accounts of That should be of concern to everyone living onthe apostles Mathew, Mark, Luke and John. the earth because they have a choice to live orFrom his birth, his adult baptism, and the die.preaching of the Kingdom, death, and so on. Only responding to the message of his kingdom and aligning with the people who his word apply.He fulfilled everything that was foretold andwas kind and compassionate in his dealing It is a privilege and a blessing to participate inwith those who were like sheep without a sharing this good news to those willing to hear.shepard and who found his words appealing. Association with those who likewise obey Gods sons example will help us as the end draws near.
Left, left, left, right, left. Left, left, left, right, left Left, left, left, right, left. Left, left, left, right, leftYoure in the Army now, youre going to have a cow. Youre in the Army now, better make up your mind.When you find out, what the lifes all about, youll Youd better try to forget about any regret, and justwant to go home ASAP, or want to escape somehow. symbolically give yourself a swift kick in the behind.Left, left, left, right, left. Left, left, left, right, left Left, left, left, right, left. Left, left, left, right, leftYoure in the Army now, you are not in charge. Youre in the Army now, the whole world you may seeForget what you thought, when things get hot, you Few people join the Army for the excitement, butkeep your cool or face a dishonorable discharge danger, and the chance to see the world is for free.Left, left, left, right, left. Left, left, left, right, left Left, left, left, right, left. Left, left, left, right, leftYoure in the Army now, youre going to get strong Youre in the Army now, theyll bark at you a lot.You say you want to serve and you have the nerve Your butt will be in a sling if you forget anything, soto stick with it all day and to sing this stupid song. pay attention, obey orders, give quitting no thought.Left, left, left, right, left. Left, left, left, right, left Left, left, left, right, left. Left, left, left, right, leftYoure in the Army now, its a matter of pride. Youre in the Army now, and a soldier for crying out loud.Youd be accepted, but they neglected to tell you Hold your head up high and dont even try to deny thatif you want run theres no place for you to hide. you really want to do your country and your family proud.
file:///Pictures/artretreat4.jpg“Step into my parlor,” said the spider to the fly. Sometimes the parlor was used for live entertainmentIf you were the fly would you wonder why? such as musicians, singers, magicians, or reading poetry..In Elizabethan times, it was a receiving room “Sweet words of nothing” were whispered in the ear toWhere in ladies waited smelling of sweet perfume. suggest to a potential suitor to “Come and go with me.”I(n more recent times it was fashionable for the Parlors have always had a long reputation for activitiesparlor to be used as a kind of swanky gambling den. that were often suspect and sometimes in a legal dispute.Where men lost their fortunes and sought comfort Police sometimes raided some parlors that were reportedwith a painted lady who was available now and then. to be places that were suspected to be houses of ill repute.The parlor was also the only room in the house “Do not go in there alone,” was the advise given to youngwhere someone confided a secret which was kept. men of tender age whose curiosity got the best of them.Sometimes clandestine liaisons happened and a They were warned that the ladies wore lace garters and silkconsort took his chances while others soundly slept.. stockings and their clothing was short with lace on the hem.Parlors also had a reputation that to this day is still Like the infamous invitation of the spider to the fly, innocencewidely known and will always be something that sticks/ isnt the only thing and unsavvy visitor to a parlor may be cost.Many an unsuspecting gentleman lost his soul as well Heed the warning to stay away, lest you find that you are onas his shirt to many devious and skillful parlor tricks. the menu and it is your very life that sometimes could be lost.
When I talk to myself (which occurs at least onceor twice a day) perhaps as many as three times a day. This talk with myself, as always produces a logic that I cantI say to myself, “self, what are you going to do about deny and it at such times that I see the logic in myself clearly.the problems that constantly keep coming your way?” If I werent so completely unsure of myself, I wouldve figured this out long ago and anxiety wouldve not cost me so dearly.Who are you going to call that will respond to yourdistress call and come to your assistance in a hurry? “So Ill dress for battle and prepare to face whatever hardshipWhat are you prepared to do next, or is it your plan or dangers that will surely come my way as a result stoically.to do what you always do and sit around and worry? I can not care if a soul knows what I have gone through and that en the end, I acted without fear and, in fact, acted heroically.“No!,” I answer ―obviously will not do and youknow better than me the reasons I have not ever tried. Although I am the weaker vessel, not at all well suited for conflictYou were th4e one who painfully reminded me every of warfare and try not to engage in discordant battles of any kind.time I felt defeated and sat around all day and sighed. The most intense, protracted and bitter battles I have fought in my lifetime turned out to be the battles that I fought with my own mind.You said, “show some initiative for once and see what How to turn the tables from defeat to victory happens to not be theyou might accomplish if you take the problems head on. enemy after all―which I am glad to have finally figured this out.When I tried to do that very thing, I lost my nerve at the Some of the things myself has taught me is to “have self-confidence,last moment―out of fear and the will was gone. to be sure of what my intentions are and, above all never ever doubt.”o gOkay, so I am down with the notion that maybe I can Its like being a dragon-slayer―Its not easy, but its worth the rewardovercome my fear and my tendency towards trepidation. if you succeed and the courage and bravery has a certain kind of appeal.I can visualize myself going out on a limb in an attempt However, I am not Sir Galahad and the only dragon that I know aboutto somehow improve my current dilemmas and situation.” is a manslayer and does not breathe fire, but he happens to be very real.“Heres the deal though, once I commit, you must be there i gI realize that myself has been trying to tell me a profound truth that Iwith me to see this thing through however it might end.” just now understand―that I must concentrate on getting out of my way.To which myself will retort, “success or failure is not a And this means, “No more putting off for tomorrow what has to beconsideration―outcome will solely on you depend.l h done for the rest of my life realize that there is no tomorrow, only today.
People aspire to be many things Be forewarned: Being a cash cow will require aLike being a doctor or astronaut. high degree of patience and also exasperation.Some settle on a lucrative career S will milk you until the “cows come home” andbefore giving it serious thought. you will end up poorer and sick with frustration.Tell a future rocket scientist he has “Fear not!” Although it is a position of giving, itsto be educated in science and math not like philanthropy that serves the greater good.He might reconsider that career choice A cash cow will “udderly tip over if the teats are toounless he is mentored on to that path. heavy by being milked way more than you should.No desire to spend four years or more I was a cash cow for many years, until the day I saidin college—u obviously have a gift.. “No more”!—As I happened to be completely dry.Natural born ability might be discovered I said no to everybody, regardless who they were orwhich would give your career a huge lift. what they needed and no one had nerve to ask me why.If you have no talent, skill, or ability in There is no need to worry about the former helpless onesanything is not a problem for the wealthy. that you rescued and tried to patiently always nursed.The worst they have to worry about is if a They have already moved on to greener pastures—Andstudent behaves in a way thats unhealthy. you are part of their sob story that is already well rehearsed.E is another path you could go down that You need not feel guilty when you are no longer a cash cow.dos not require any knowledge or know how. Instead, you will find the experience to be quite liberating.That is to be put in the unfortunate position You no longer have to deny yourself the things you need inof bring what is commonly called a cash cow. order to help everyone else and that fact is also invigorating.The way to become a cash cow is quite simple: Watch out for cattle crossings because the cattle are not drivenYou do not say “No” whenever people ask you. like on a professional cattle drive that is organized by someone.If you cannot say no, hen there is an endless Your role as the cash cow will be filled by some other foolishstream of needy that will make sure you do. do gooder and you can say, “ I have mine and you have none.”
They came in vast numbers to the National Mall to This was their road to perdition and the way was a dangerous path,hear Dr. Kings now infamous “I Have a Dream” speech.” for the most part, with the KKK, bombings and to be faced alone.The moment was captured in video and photographs that When time was irrelevant and painful thoughts and memories filledday, and his words held a special meaning and a far reach. the void with a terrible sadness for victims that ached to the bone.Where have they gone— those who were inspired to action The ghosts of the lost souls, some of whom shall forever be unnamed,so that the “Dream” spoken of might actually y be fulfilled? who were sacrificed in the name of freedom from slavery and equality.That was how most of them felt about a man of vision who Later discovered after the Civil Rights Bill was passed that there was adid not see his work come to fruition because he was killed. new opportunity to exploit them all over again causing another reality.The hopes and dreams of many died that day and for a long Even dreamers understand that not all dreams come true and the dreamstime the nation held its breath expecting outbreaks of violence. of yesterday are a case of “that was then” and have no place in society.The riots that took place in city after city was an outcry at this If a dream is merely a wish, then it is up to you to make it come true—senseless slaying and for the assassin to face death for his offense. doing so n a manner that bespeaks seriousness and with full sobriety.The well containing rich waters of the promise of life with no To anyone who is still dreaming, waiting for that day the dream will comeclass distinction dried up as we tried our best to get over the hump. true, remain ever vigilante keep the dream alive and never get confused.This generation was to bear witness to a day that underscored what Many who have ultimately been successful, like Hughes, Winfrey, Wilder,America represented to the masses of people of color making . and President Obama, did so without compromise or merely being used.The election of Barack H. Obama as the first African American They have realized that the “Dream” is unique to each individual and President may be viewed as a sign that America has changed. has specific requirements and steps that are necessary to ensure success.But, what of the original witnesses of history whose fight for The “Dream” that Dr. King spoke of is not yet a reality and the outcome forfreedom and equality whose murders were innocently prearranged? the nation is to find a way to come together and allow thE goal to progress.
The widow sat hands clasped listeningto the military chaplain’s somber tone. She wants to be mad at somebody―but, in realityThe man she loved and bore boys to who is to blame not knowing where or how to begin.would not be returning to their home. Reluctantly, she went she went along with his desire to serve , and hence the predicament she is now in.“He didnt know him like I did,” shesays to herself while fighting back tears. During the gun salute and eh mournful sound of “Taps”It was hard enough his being away from the boys stool at attention and knew enough to salute.her during training―denying all her fears. Although it was difficult to keep her emotions under control she stood proudly with them strong and resolute.In the past four years the boys had grownolder and were in much need of their dad. As the American flag was expertly folded and presented toHed have played ball with them and teach her as a painful reminder of this sad and unfortunate day.them―something he himself never had. She dabs away the tears streaming down her cheeks― trying to understand how things could turn out this way.It was his choice to serve his country after9/11 and the military always honors its own. At last she faced the coffin ―and laid a single red rose onThey were kind and helpful in helping her the top for the man whom she was forever in love and fond.with her grief and every consideration shown. In a very short time span she went from bride, to mother to war widow which was the only way to sever their bond.But, they cant bring him back to her now andif they could she wondered if they would try. Facing an uncertain future, she would try to be strong forThe grim truth about volunteering for the armed the boys and instinctively knew this was her time to fight.services in combat theres a chance you could Shed make sure the boys understood hat their fathersdie. sacrifice meant and shed strive to do so with all her might.
The housing market is in a slump, the Stock Market isin a state of flux and, financial institutions ore on a slide. In the history of American politics, there hasUnemployment is nearing double digits as job loss has been a Presidential Primary quite like this one.grown and fear and anxiety are on the increase nationwide. There is a complete lack of decorum, lies abound and one will be cast as the villain when its done.Some people try to put the blame squarely on the shouldersParty that held power previously under the Bush Administration. It is so bizarre that on V.P., candidate has begun aBut the current economic climate is the result of may years of smear campaign that is full of slanderous overt lies.excesses, say experts who have assessed every known indication. So that anyone questioning her fitfulness for office have begun to question and cry foul the more she tries.Watching the candidates performances on televised debates isonly one of many considerations to help the voters choose. On the campaign trail, one candidate has centered hisThis is a personal decision and they say, “your vote counts” as campaign around “Change” all agree they’re ready for.a participant in the process that one will win and the other lose. The other candidate calls for keeping the “status quo” which some people believe to be the problem at its core.So, this November exercise your right to vote and remember itis a sober responsibility and duty―a chance to raise your voice. Both the Democratic and republican Parties have put aDecide for yourself which candidate is likely to move the nation great deal of effort into getting people prepared to vote.forward realizing that either change or the status quo is the choice. But these uncertain economic times and preventing a “Great Depression” is what each candidates should note.
When George W. Bush stood in front of the banner Now It can be said with conviction, and pride that missionbanner “Mission Accomplished we did not know. impossible has been accomplished, in this regard, no doubt.That the mission was about to undergo a serious The highest institution in America has finally transcendedshift in direction and a very long way for it to go. race, giving a minority groups a reason to praise and shout.Iraq was under U.S. Occupation, had held successful This historic occasion begs the question: “Is there nothingelections, but deaths from insurgency was on the rise. more that can be done to achieve racial equality in our day?The continued to disrupt the fledgling government Most people agree that his achievementgave rise to a senseand take every opportunity to threaten and terrorize.. of pride and inspiration to the young nothing can take away.When Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the National By now, most people declare it was presumptuous to declareMall and delivered his speech, “I have a dream “Mission Accomplished” when the truth was the opposite.He could not of known then that the struggle for civil But, the commitment by all the Presidents men stated therights had the ability to tear any nation apart at its seam. U.S. presence would ultimately prevail and it would not quit.Dr. King was present when the Civil Rights Act was To believe the election of the nations first African Americansigned into law by then President Johnson, July 2, 1963. President alone can smooth over Americas turbulent past,It was the culmination of a movement that started in the is as naive mission accomplished declaration was made the warsouth and was in full―that was the last place hed ever be. premature for a war effort that, unfortunately, continues to last.When Barack H. Obama stood on the steps of the Capitol The “Dream Dr. King spoke of was was considerably more inand was administered what he called, “a most sacred oath.” size and scope and his vision of the future is a far=sighted affair.He did so knowing that he was lifted into pace by the arms Still, Barack Obamas election signifies one step in the rightof many tried unsuccessfully to take advantage of our growth. direction and a milestone that all Americans should gladly share.
For the homeless, life revolves around the It is not about having luxuries, which homeless peopledaily struggle for sustenance and deprivation. are never afforded because the basics is all they need.Knowing where you will sleep at night and the Getting your hair or nails done seems like a waste ofability to survive on the streets no consolation. resources, especially when there are many mouths to feedOut on the streets everybody you meet has a Often community resources are strained to capacity andheartbreaking story of their own that no on sees. there simply is not enough room to accommodate everyone.Some are teenage runaways who are seeking a Getting on a waiting list does nothing to solve the daily grindmeasure of independence to live as they please. of a homeless person who is desperate when the day is done.Others have left abusive situations and the streets Losing all of your possessions is part of the experiences ofand they are better off then from where they came. the homeless that happens too often out of sheer necessity.Still others have been turned out for reasons of Many are unemployed which makes the hope of starting overmental illness or neglect and life cannot be the same. again seem like a hopeless cause and far opposite of normalcy.Today,ore families are homeless and living in tents Do you know how eviction feels or to have to leave with onlyor the fortunate find shelter or other accommodations. the clothes on your back and nothing else, ask those who have been.The housing market bust is just one of the reasons why They will tell you how humiliating it is when you cannot explain toso many lost their homes and now face these situations. children why they cannot take their dog or the situation they are in.By definition a homeless person is one who does not For the newly homeless there is a rite of passage that goes with theave a domicile or an approved dwelling place to rent. territory that you are expected to weather if you are to reach your goal.They live in their vehicles, abandoned buildings, under The stigma and pressure that will come to bear is not things peoplehighways and bridges, or sometimes they pitch a tent are used to experiencing and for the ill prepared it will exact a toll.You are not considered homeless if you stay at a friends The problem of homelessness in America has been around for manyhouse, even if you have to bunk on the couch each night. decades and only the increasing numbers of homeless is what is new.You are not homeless if you stay with family members The people going through their daily lives not seeing the reality ofwho give you shelter but are unable to help your plight. homeless should be aware of the facts―anytime, it can to you.
As the terrible events of September 11th unfolded, To gain access to the cockpit and the hijackers, they used a the whole nation was paying rapt attention to it all/ cart to try to breach the door after a “lets roll rallying cry. Initially there was confusion as to how many planes There was the chance that they would not be successful, but were hijacked until one brave passenger made a call. they were determined to do something and gave it their best try. Reporting in real time from the plane already in the The plane landed crash landed in a field outside Shanksville, PA hands of the hijackers was very difficult to listen to.file:///Pictures/170px-Flight93-Memorial-Plaque.jpg and the impact of the plane crash left a gigantic crater in the ground. But, the helpless passengers on the plane figured out There was no evidence of any survivors as the first responders made the scenario and discussed together what they might do. their way to the scene and few parts of the aircraft itself were found. Their loved ones hearing what was happening on the The passengers took the plane down. Not as as weapon as was intended plane caused them extreme anxiety, pain, and much fear. by the hijackers but, as a reminder of the need to be vigilant for peace. There was a sense of foreboding as the passengers made They could not know that they were the last plane to be taken over the decision to thwart their plans since the end was near. and then the events of this fateful day would finally, thankfully cease. So they talked amongst themselves and came up with When the tapes of this fateful day, September 11th2001, were made a plan that meant thy would try to overpower the hijackers. public, the victims families were grateful and instinctively knew. It was a daring plan, as one passenger had already been That their loved ones on Flight 93 were nothing less than heroes for killed they knew there was no reasoning with their attackers. what they with the limited amount of time they had managed to do. Some explained to their loved ones what they were planning That field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania is now hallowed ground and, to do―were too upset by the whole thing to participate. therefore should be regarded as such and always treated with respect. The passengers gathered whatever they could use as weapons should be considered as other significant sites that are part of the It to foil the hijacker’s plans, hopefully before it was too late. National Parks system and not allowed to fall into disrepair or neglect.
In America where freedoms are abundant The tenants upon which the doctrine of Evolution iseveryone has entitlement and also a choice. not challenged is because some say science is enough.Because of those freedoms found in the Despite their not the proof in archeology or the fossilConstitution, people have a powerful voice. record that would support Darwins theory as a rebuff.For generations of young people today, they The conflict has reached a fever pitch and the scientistsare taught that Evolution as a scientific fact. are aided by the views of atheists and religious extremists.There is no discussion about the topic of Their dogma is such that whenever someone challenges“Creationism,” and educators are slow to react. the right to have a different opinion as fundamentalists.Since the only explanation about the creation of Again, that notion of “freedom” has to be considered, butthe universe is the “Big Bang Theory” in class. it does not gain purchase when it is a question of pride.The topic of the Bible book of Genesis, is not to The establishment carries on so, as if they have a secretbe included, because science can only take a pass. truth that they take great pains to “dumb down” or hide.Some who argue the point on the other side of anexplanation of how life on earth came to be a try. When faith and hope are held hostage with heavy chainsSay that both Evolution and Creationism should be of derision and self-denial, and burdens to cause us doubt.taught and let the children decide the question “why.” Then we can only turn to that which we know in our heart to be the truth and the evidence we know to help out.
Good, better, best, never let it rest until your good, isOur parents taught us the value of trying your When the crowd has gone and the cameras are no longer in sightbest in a little rhyme so that we would understand. He athletes have a moment to quietly reflect and show their emotion.“Good, better, best never let it rest until your good It is not the kind of display a loser would want to see on the frontis better and your better is best,” as they had planned. page of sports pages in newspapers and magazines to stir commotion.People aspire to be “the best of the best” and in the In the child’s game :King of the Hill” the one on tip must always besports arena, for the championship, there’s usually one. aware of those who try to unseat him while he sits on top of the heap.The victory is savored by the winning team or individual And willTo the victor goes the accolades when the match is done. get knocked off by failing to mount a defense for your place to keep./Number one is the go to guy when the game is on the line According to our parent’s principle, second best is okay if you can sayAnd you want your best player to seal the deal ending it now. that you honestly gave it your best at a time when it mattered the motstThe one who gets the call has a lot riding on his success and It is even more rewarding if your loss of first place is attributed doingIf he can pull it off, he will afterward deserve to take a bow. Things honestly and if your win is due to cheating it is nothing to boast.The championship team gets the “bragging rights” and the Good, better, best; never let it rest until your goof is better and yourlarger trophy as a symbol to serve as a reminder of their winning. Better is best” is a good rule to live by in whatever your endeavors are.Sometimes endorsements will start flooding in and their value Being known as a professional or amateur athlete who has integrity isAs a player increases exponentially and that is just the beginning. more important than winning at any cost and in life will take your far.The second runner up gets a nice memento, as in the Wimbledon So, do not ever think that second best means there is nothing to boastTournament, it is a nice trophy commensurate with second place. Proud of, to the contrary it is usually a triumph of your personal bestThey politely praise their to opponent raising their prize high for The place you find yourself will be the starting point aim a littlethe crowd to see trying not show the disappointment on their face. higher next time from which you keep trying to put yourself to the test.“
You must look inside a fantasy to make a dream To dream is to dare, and if you want to see your dream comecome true—in other words take a dare if you must.. true, you must accept the dare courageous as never before.The minds eye behold what is not visible to the When you accept the terms and conditions of the dare, younaked eye things that do not exist, but it you can trust. need to put aside fear in order to be receptive to whats in store.It scrutinizes the big picture with a laser focus that A dream can take you to the highest heights or to the deepestsees everything there is to see in the in finest detail. places, like a hypothetical journey to the center of the earth.Especially the things that tend to be overlooked Dreams You will not have a compass to guide you, as you arewhen chaos reigns and you plans will not prevail. drawn along passageways as your conscience shows its worth.Dreams should not be treated like fantasies , which No one will ever dare you to follow your dream—Aare fanciful and at times seem beyond our reality. are is a challenge that only you can either accept or reject.Dreams co-exist with our conscience world, if only It is your pursuit and if you confidently walk in its direction,to help us to imagine the possibilities and the maybes you will come to know as others how life our dreams can affect..The landscape of a dream may be unfamiliar, but that Sometimes the subtext of our dreams exposes weaknesses oronly makes the journey more mysterious as you go along. private fears that we keep well hidden from any prying eyes.Like a fantasy land, its purpose is to challenge not entertain You might not recognize familiar faces or faces that you oughtand if you remember its just a dream nothing can go wrong. to know, but they are not because they are wearing a disguise.Here are no shadows in dreams, so you must keep alert to Fear not—a dream can never harm you; Remember its only achanges in scenery because things are not what they seem. dream after all and dreams occur whenever you are fast asleep.Things might suddenly appear and disappear for no The kind of dream you have a choice in its content are the onesapparent reason, but you must expect this inside a dream. you daydream about and occupy your thoughts and want to keep.
Congratulations, Mr. President and best wishes to you Although you may have once bragged about having an eideticon your birthday for reaching the half-century mark. memory, these days you realize your memory has diminished.No doubt your family has already pointed out a few Reading voluminous amounts of material is a chore and youlike your eyes are not as keen nor your hair not as dark. want to get the digested version to rest your eyes when finished.Halving lived for over fifty years myself, I can tell you You may also notice other body changes like an increase inabout things you can expect and what is good to know. minor aches and pains that suddenly more often seem to occur.They are more or less candid observations that are quite You will have to moderate your activities to compensate foramusing to reflect upon when your hair is as white as snow. the amount of exertion you expend as things arent as they were.You will tell yourself that the glasses you now wear are It might wound your pride a little a little bit that you cannot beonly for reading, but deep down you know that isnt true. the social butterfly and the man who was constantly about town.You have a little problem reading fine print or seeing far You may need someone to whisper a name in your ear that youdistances, not the twenty-twenty vision you were used to. cannot remember and you may have to write important ones down.There is a phenomena called “senior moments” that you Remember too, at fifty your body is more susceptible to illnesses,may experience from time to time which is embarrassing. so eat right, get annual checkups and above all, get plenty of rest.Especially when things are on the tip of your tongue, but Watch your waistline to avoid “Dunlaps Disease” and exercise ifescape you and you find it a challenge just remembering. you want to keep looking like you currently do and feeling your best.Presents for the holidays, your birthday may be harder to Mr. President the “Big5-0” is as milestone, no doubt, the half-centurybuy for you because you find that your tastes have changed. mark is isnt so bad and by the time your are fifty-five you are used to it.You may not be quite as flexible with your time and events If people persist in teasing you about how old you are getting and thewill have to be carefully planned out and often pre-arranged. changes you are going through, just tell them that you dont mind a bit
Ieople can dwell outdoors under a moonlit sky.t says the tent of God is with mankind They will build houses they alone will occupy.and its the best security you will find. The animals, too, will live peaceably as one.He foretold long ago how it would be There wont be any disturbance under the sun.with His protection over all of humanity. The earth will put forth its bounty to feed allHe also promises to wipe out every tear There wont be hunger after the harvest of fall.On His holy mountain therell be no fear. Children will laugh and play in a world of peaceAll dwelling beneath his protective tent And all of the good things in life will never cease.Will live forever like we were first meant. No one will say, “Im hungry or be in want of breadThere will be no more sickness or disease No one will be homeless with no where to lay his head.People will be to able travel as they please. Therell be no need to put locks on windows or doors.Gone also will be the last enemy called death No harm will come to an baby crawling across the floor.People wont worry about their last breath. Yes, such blessed times we shall very soon realizeYesterdays world full of violence and war. For this we have been hoping and praying it is our prizeWomen and children will not suffer anymore. God is faithful and we can believe in all that He has said.Nation will not rise up against nation again Its been preserved in his Word, which we have all read.The desire for conquest will be gone from men.
With each misstep you take You must be ready to seizeyou might catch a break. the moment, if you please.And get a do-over in life. The choice is your decision.No need for people around For each there comes a dayTo feel safe and sound. When you can have your say.And avoid misery and strife. At a designated time and place.If you think you are grown If you think you are already lostThen, stay on your own. you must reconsider the cost.Try to find your destiny. So you dont end up in disgrace.If you will follow the Word It might seem somewhat strange;―despite what youve heard. If your life you rearrange.You can be all you can be. And decide to race for a cure.The future is way more If you have any remaining pridethan you think is in store. Then, you will ultimately decide.Than any one persons Life is what you make it for sure.vision.
Its the most wonderful time of the For the child going to school for the firstyear, especially if youre a parent. time there may be some fear or anxiety.Summer vacation is about to end They will have to learn to adjust to thisand children will return to school mew routine that offers too much variety..Parents look forward to the annual They are not comfortable with carryingtrip to shop for clothing and supplies. the things they need for school in a pack.The children are not as happy with They want to take their favorite things tothe shopping mission is no surprise. school as if they are never coming back.Tweens are especially difficult to A child that is afraid to go to school willshop for because they want to be cool. slowly settle in with others in the classroom.They care about what their peers will They learn that school can be fun, and notthink of them while they are at school. a foreboding place with nothing but doom.School usually begins following the Sometimes the the parent, just getting theirLabor Day weekend, but may vary. children up and dressed and fed, is a chore.It is welcome to older children, but There are many challenges to getting a sleepy,for the very young its a little scary. uncooperative child ready to head out the door.Middle school age children can Parents need not despair, because their childrenremember what it was like for them. are more resilient than they know and will adjust.Leaving the security of Grade school If they learn to read, they will love to learn andis like letting go of their mothers hem. will find out that in life a good education is a must.Most ”weens” handle the transition Navigating the corridors and finding the differentwithout much difficulty as they mature. classrooms, might seem like they are in a maze.Their social skills developed faster and Such is the life for the K-twelve years―school-social networking helps them to endure. age children experience during their school “daze.”
Human beings are the only species that The feelings of helplessness and despair in theirunfortunately grapple with addiction. lives is a daily occurrence and extremely strong.Whether it is cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, They are often in conflict with themselves seeingporn, gambling or sex it is an affliction. addiction is hazardous to their health and so wrong. .Addiction of any sort has become a The addicts world is desolate and isolated, withoutscourge on society that has taken a toll. comforts of a home or daily sustenance they need.It does not recognize race or gender, and They only thing on their mind is obtaining more ofis found on all continents, inhabiting a soul. what they are addicted to which amounts to greed.Once a person loses control over an activity Confronting their addiction takes courage and willor substance, they get an overwhelming urge. power which was how many were able to overcome.To indulge in whatever the addiction is and And finally beat their addiction and the insatiablewill do anything as the desire starts to surge. desire that was how it began in the first place for some.At a critical point, the addict is as helpless as Others have joined support groups that have a 12-stepa newborn and is completely unable to resist. approach to addiction and the belief in a higher power.The draw of the object of their desire has made Along with the support of friends and family members,them a “Jekyll/Hyde” whose right he will insist. help and assistance is available to them any given hour.The brains pleasure center is activated in a such If you are dealing with addiction, do not grow weary ora way that overrides the conscience and the heart. give up on becoming free―many know it can be beat.Even if the addict wants to quit, he cannot fight Imagine your life free from the crippling effects of thethe feeling and is predictably unable to even start. disease and once clean, maintain the desire never to repeat
In 2008, Barack H. Obama made history when he As his bid for reelection begins, many have reflected that hiswas elected as the first black President of the U.S. first term was marked by having to fight one battle after the next.How that four years in office would proceed, for The claim that the President was a failure and did not keep hishim, his family and the nation, was anybodys guess. promises became the mantra for the field of nominees subtext.As is often the case in politics, promises are not easy The reality is that the President is not responsible for the highto keep, especially during an economic depression.. unemployment, continued job loss and a still sluggish economy.Hence, his first priority was preventing the countrys He accomplished much that he set out to do―the passing ofbanks from failing and causing second Great Depression. sweeping healthcare legislation was done with limited autonomy.The exuberance that marked his victory proved to be The greatest accomplishment was the killing of the mastermind ofshort-lived and hope for change replaced with disdain. Nine/Eleven, Osama Bin Laden, in a mission that was a priority.Only his most ardent supporters and closest advisers He did not seek Congressional approval and the circle of those “inmanaged to stay focused on the goals and doubt refrain. the know” was purposely limited and answered only to his authority.The mid-term elections were a turning point in how the As he now hits the campaign trail once again, he will not tout hisnation felt towards the President and for what he stood. record, nor brag about his accomplishments and the successes so far.The advancement of the Tea Party with its popularity was Say what you want about Barack Obama―he is not the kind ofthe beginning of a defection that did more harm than good. person who is content with things continuing to remain as they are.The newly-minted members of Congress, along with the The likelihood that any of the Republican Party challengers canSpeaker of the House vowed to ensure he had only one term. defeat him in the Primary Election for pundits seems pretty remote.They delighted seeing a shocked and somewhat downcast However, to ensure that he is not the “one-term” President thatPresident bow to their presence or to watch his Party squirm. some have called for, President Obama is counting on your vote.
Im the kind of person who needs The lonely or depressed person should belots of quiet time and open spaces. carefully monitored for any signs of distress.No matter where I on earth I go Ive When they isolate themselves it is perhapsseen many with sad and empty faces. suicidal thoughts they are attempting to express..There is a fundamental difference in I like the freedom of being a solitary being whobeing lonely versus being in isolation. does not have to worry and does not live in fear.Loneliness can occur even in a crowd, Like the proverbial “lone wolf” that travels alonebut in solitude there is contemplation not bothered by a pack of others that may be near.The need to go off by oneself shouldnt I am not so distant that Im entirely cut off frombe in itself a cause for raising the alarm. outside contact and suffering from some delusion.Provided the person is not depressed or Its that I have come to value the time I spend onis considering doing themselves harm. my own, living an unencumbered life in seclusion.Otherwise it is healthy to seek some In the everyday world people are convinced thatquiet place alone where you can reflect. “Big Brother” is watching every move they make.Without interruption of whatever is on It is true that with cameras picking us wherever weyour mind that your inner peace can affect. go, someone is waiting to see if we make mistake.There are some beautiful vistas that seem Isolation, seclusion, or loneliness not of your ownappropriate to be in touch with your soul. making is like solitary confinement inside a prison.Such places made from the hand of God Living “off the grid” is a choice that some peoplehimself can and can make you feel whole. make, not unlike being a hermit and is their decision.What happens after a period of time is the Seek solace in a quiet place and you will find a waychance to have a respite and be rejuvenated. to find refreshment for your soul that can literally heal.Spending moments in solitude can help the You will learn that there is no reason to be concernedmind and body to be completely invigorated. if we meet, you will see that seclusion is no big deal.
Now is the time to Now is the time tolift up your voice, hold your head up high.To take a stand and To lift your self-esteemto make a choice. and try to touch the sky.Now is the time to Now is the time toend bitterness and strife. make what was old new.To show neighborly love To never say never or toand live a quality life. limit your point of view.Now is the time to Now is the time toput failure to rest. be about speaking truth.To have a fresh start To put aside a forms ofand strive for the best. things incidental to youth.Now is the time to Now is the time toput aside all fears. come out of the past.To stand together with To allow the future tothose who are so near. take hold so it can last.Now is the time to Now is the time tobegin a new quest. stop running away.To push past boundaries To quit being weighedand your metal to test. down and decide to stay.Now is the time to Now is the time togive peace a chance and set a new foundation stone.if you are looking for love For a foundation that will letto finally find romance. your new edifice stand alone.
Listen up everybody. This is the The house that Joe built was not made of stone. house that “Joe” built! He spent countless hours there while he was alone. Planning a strategy, he would simply walk the field. This was the house that held a team. Hoping the sound of games past a victory would yield. This is the place that fulfilled a dream. The decisions that he made in the past were not enough. This is the place the bleachers filled. Anyone in a similar situation it would find it to be tough. With fans who were always thrilled. It is no question that Joe Paterno will sadly be missed. This is the Nittany Lions home base. Especially, under the circumstances that he was There was nothing but love in this place. dismissed. Led to the field by Paterno every game. Hes gone now and it will not be the same. Listen!1926 - 2012 was where they demonstrated their pride. This The football program has a new coach They are ubiquitous for it and never will hide. One who is seemingly without reproach. This was the attitude of the coaches, save one. They have Beaver Stadium―Joes house. A man whose duplicity meant Paterno was done. A place that will always his name espouse. Tarnished is the place nationally-ranked teams came. To a university that is still reeling from the shame. Penn State still has much community support “We are, Penn State,” was the fans rallying cry. A legacy of Paternos unfailing love for the sport. Penn State did not always get the W but did try. This man, Joe Paterno was largely an upright man. Who lived his life till the end, doing all that he can The community and all the fans are crying. But there is absolutely no denying... The community and all the fans are crying. But there is absolutely no denying... “THIS IS THE HOUSE THAT JOE BUILT AND IT WILL FOREVER BE!” “THIS IS THE HOUSE THAT JOE BUILT AND IT WILL FOREVER BE!”
A Christian is first and foremost, a follower A Christian is someone who displays humility―of Christ Jesus―Founder of Christianity. shunning all worldly attitudes, conduct and speech .He immerses himself in Jesus teachings and They maintain strict neutrality in worldly affairs andinstructions daily wholly and unconditionally. it is God whom they in prayer constantly beseech.A Christian is someone who is like Christ and A Christian is someone who knows we are living inhas an identifying mark that sets them apart. the last days of this system of things and remain alert.It is also true that they certain qualities that are He knows that our adversary the Devil is seeking tovisible to others and “secret person of the heart. persuade the righteous to, momentarily, his eyes avert.A Christian is known by imitating Christ Jesus A Christian is like a traveler going abroad who has aand being taught by is Heavenly from youth. passport ready―as others decide if he goes or stays.He reads Gods word in an undertone, day and He does not need fake documents to allow him passagenight and appreciates learning the Bibles truth. and has no need to worry if he is upright in all his ways.A Christian is identified as a “true believer” and A Christian is someone recognizes that the majority oftherefore has a unique and recognizable mark. mankind is in the dark and he is with children of the light.The “mark” Jesus said all would know that you As long as he stays spiritually healthy and keeps the sameare a disciple compared to the world in the dark. mental attitude that existed in Christ all will turn out right.A Christian is someone who pays attention to his A Christian is someone who greets his brother in a warmskillful art of teaching and teaching the good news. embrace because of the mark that all have of brotherly love.He does not engage in worthless arguments, but It is like a garment that surrounds him morning, noon, andreasons on the scriptures―rejecting worldly views. night and pleases our Lord and Savior in the heavens above.
We see the sad faces and the signs of abuse,When infant children are killed the neglect and abject poverty these children live in..exact term that is used is “infanticide” To know about the existence of this reality andif the child had not yet been born it is do nothing to help should be considered a sin.Abortion, a practice spread far and wide.. This is not the way children should live theirIn ancient cultures, like ancient Egypt lives in conditions in which they barely exist.children were often sacrificed by fire. Organizations like “Save the Children” and otherNot at all like the death with honor that groups are the guardians operating in their midst.cultures others do using a funeral pyre. Children are innocent victims, wherever they liveThe use of child soldiers are common and whatever the circumstance they need protected.amongst factions on the “Dark Continent.. No child should have to spend their critical yearsThey are forced to kill their parents thus abandoned, starving, abused, or otherwise neglected.becoming without conscience or sentiment. There should be enough compassionate souls readyThroughout the world there are places that to lend a hand and to fight to end this terrible wrong.have not put in place effective child labor laws. We cant continue as a world community when the mostSo children are forced to work in dangerous or vulnerable among us are treated like they dont belong.unsanitary conditions that expose societal flaws.
That no one likes to be extorted, deceived, “Fools gold” is appropriately named because if passesor taken advantage of is an established fact. in looks only and will not stand up to an assayers fire. fileWhich is why when the Maddox scandal broke, Those seek to possess gold are driven to madness tohis paltry apology to his victims had no impact. have it and will do anything to fulfill their hearts desire.When Milli Vanilli lip-synced their live concert Ancient civilizations often buried golden artifacts withperformance, a scandal erupted as comedians joked. the body of an important god-like leaders when they died.The public demanded refunds for concert tickets, This was borne out with the discovery of King Tuts tombmusic, etc. and their Grammy award was revoked. in Egypt that tomb robbers had missed and were deniedToo bad people did not remember that old adage The Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro searchedthat plainly states that “All that glitters is not gold.” in vain for the Inca City of El Dorado―a “city of gold.”The implication of which is that not everything is He was not the last to take up the quest in search for itas it seems and that people should not have to be told. and true believers take as truthful any tidbits they are told.Gold, gold, told, for investors or people who have Why people are enticed to spend their lives searching theassets they would like to hide because of inflation fears. ocean for sunken ships is a mystery as old as the treasure.Gold is attractive for many reasons―mainly because its There is nothing but recriminations and regrets for thosetrading world wide at the best price it has seen for years. who are unsuccessful that are wasteful beyond any measure.It is such a valuable commodity that it can trade for There are other precious metals that might glitter more thanhundreds on Stock Exchanges and worth a risk in quest. gold, but none so far have reached golds record $1900/ounce.To authenticate that it is the real thing and not “fools With so many ways to buy and sell gold, there will always begold,” its studied carefully and then given an acid test. the opportunity for unscrupulous swindlers ready to pounce.
here is compelling reason why parents should take TReading aloud to your children has benefits that last well intothe time to read to children while they are young. their adult years and are a good habit to have an early start.The earlier their exposure to reading, the more likely For successfully navigating the roadways of life and having athey will develop a fondness for reading is not far flung. well developed critical thinking ability, inculcated in the heart.My mother read to my siblings and I almost everyday There is also scientific data which supports the idea that readingwhich, were moments that we all looked forward to. to your children increases brain capacity the research has found.Reading became an activity that I took to my heart and Mental illness and Parkinsons Disease are less likely to occur ifthat filled times of boredom when there was nothing to do. a child makes it a habit to read daily, even if no adults are around.I still remember stories like “The Five Chinese Brothers” Preschool aged children who were read to at home, also have an“Pippy Longstockings” and “Little Women” to name a few. advantage over their classmates, who did not have this exposure.The more I read, the more I wanted to read and the truth is They have a level of maturity that surpasses their actual age andreading expanded my knowledge base and my point of view. girls (more often then boys) have a more adult-like composure.When you increase your level of reading difficulty, you also The best reason for reading to your children when they are stillbuild your vocabulary so that you will be able to understand. young is, the benefit that reading often inspires imagination.Complex subjects are not only are a challenging read, but are It opens mew avenues to explore and and instills in a child thepart of current events you can retrieve practically on demand. idea of endless possibilities that can affect their future avocation.
We are taught that God is omnipotent and Whenever we get so depressed and cannot cope,omnipresent, and He and sees all always. we may feel we have no option but to end it all.He is the Alpha and the Omega―infinite Rest assured that our Heavenly Father knows itin wisdom and mysterious in His ways. and cares and is someone on whom we can call.Although He is beyond our understanding, There is an avenue that is always open 24/7 andwe can approach Him when we are in need. we can get through without being put on hold.He is able to peer inside our heart and feels We will always be taken care of just like a littleour thoughts when our case we would plead. lamb that has strayed temporarily outside the fold. What we feel in our heart―the seat of our Like a tender loving shepherd who will searchemotions, He knows beforehand and can tell. for a lost sheep until it is found, we can be sure.We can take comfort in the fact that because That He loves us so much that we that He willof His understanding that He knows us well. search for us and will reclaim us so we can endure.In our lives we go through good days and bad The best thing we can do on a daily basis to helpdays that we can conclude this is how life goes. us survive trials and tribulations is for us to pray.Sometimes we are overwhelmed and get easily Know that God hears you even if your prayersconfused as to what to do and this He too knows. are silent―But make it a good habit to do everyday.to do everyday.
What man of faith would dare to It took abundant faith to press his messagedream and then not follow through. forward in a world where things were unjust.With all his vital energy, he would People of Color did not have equal rights Iespouse whatever good he may do. a country where it is part of its sacred trust.In his travels he would reach out to Dr. King died before he could see the signingall sorts of men wherever they may be. of a Civil Rights Law―which we have today.In his most humble voice he would His overall dream to have a world where eachinvite others to make the dream reality. is judged by character, does not exist I any way.If he calls himself a “Man of God,” he For the color of ones skin is still the way peopleis obliged to follow this calling to preach. are judged and has been so since mankinds dawn.He must work hard to perfect his art of Many narrow-minded people use racism as theof teaching in the multitudes he can reach. basis to treat those deemed lessor as a mere pawn.Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was a self- Abundant faith can lead to abundant peace―Peopledescribed man whose dream was real. can learn to live together as brothers and sisters in love.What Dr. King taught from the pulpit did Faith is the assured expectation of things hoped for andmuch to make Civil Rights for all a big deal. doing so we are imitators our Heavenly Father above.
When someone you are especially fond of diesyou are alone with emotions you cannot feel. At the service, the well-wishers and the comers and goers mayThe numbness you first felt when you first heard not even notice you by yourself, but do not know what to say.has not began to ease―Does not seem like its real. Believe they want to take you in their arms and soothe away your tears― Unfortunately, only able offer you is lots of prayer.The living family and friends, who have sufferedtoo and care about you and try to offer consolation. What can faith do and what pray will God grant me that I wantThey cannot possibly know that words of comfort and would turn back the clock and it will just like the past again.do not reach inside and despite them do not ring true. How long should I bend my knees and cry out to Him―Non-stop every second of every day, will that make Him answer me then?The deceased loved one, especially if your relationshipwas especially close might as well ripped out your heart. You, you my friend, my brother―Did you hear one word that I said?All the good times, the bad times, and all the others in You came to me when life was at its worst and you at your wits end.between always kept your relationship from falling apart. How many times did I tell you to “Just call upon his Name” and He will give you his spirit with beyond normal strength you can depend.There can be no one to replace them and most of us would]be offended if someone that we hardly know dared to try. I had just spoken to you, boy―what were you thinking at that moment?Its because what you shared you thought would always last Were you crying while you slowly placed the noose around your neck?but, it didnt leaving you to grieve in silence and wonder why. Did that Jezebel of a woman have more influence over you than I did or did she say something that broke you and so you said, “what the heck?”Had it been a long-standing disease that ultimately would bethe cause of premature death, there is nothing at all to decide. Anniversaries are supposed to be memories that you look forward to eachWhat in heavens name can you say when the cause of death year to celebrate an occasion filled with laughter and how silly wed get.is at their own hand and the cause of death officially suicide. Now, I do not celebrate the anniversary of you death and have asked the Witness Victim Program to stop sending reminders of a day Id rather forget.What is felt in addition to the overwhelming sadness and theemptiness is the feeling of bring lost and somehow changed. The tears still come, Im filed with anger, and I feel like I havent a friend inWhen you think of what was, there is no plan on how to move the world, because we had found that and now I have nothing to hold on to. ahead―Now all your future plans will have to be rearranged. There are many people who lose children, parents, husbands, wives, best friends, a mentor or coach, but there will never be anyone ever again like you.
If youve ever been a fool for love Eventually, when you least expect it, love willYoull understand what Im saying. find a way into your heart―if you are receptive.You gave your heart and soul to a You mustnt be afraid to take a chance or thinkperson who was only just playing. that your next experience will only be negative.Sometimes it takes a fool to learn The lover that finds you will have plucked youthat some people treat love as a game. from a garden because he followed your scent.You might be head over heels in love Time will fly as you get to know one anotherbut, the other does not feel the same. and you will grow the more time together is spent.By the time you realize there is no Looking for love in all the wrong places will onlyreciprocation, you invested too much. bring more heartache to you, which is a huge waste.You may have spent countless hours Take your time and keep your mind open―Allowyearning for that special someones touch. the chance encounter to unfold naturally, not in haste.True love does exist―You should be at If you find yourself alone more than you want to be,least comforted by that fact that it does. absorb all the love you can get that is able to calm.Love that is genuine and fulfills you the When they tell you that there is someone for you outway you pretended or dreamed that it was, there and you believe it―it will be a healing balm.There have been many love songs written They will never desert you, nor make you feel thatabout lost love that has left you broken or torn. somehow you are defective or you are the one to blame.These songs bring on the tears, especially if Let their words of consolation after your unpleasanthabitually on your sleeve your heart was worn. breakup convince you that not all people are the same.When love is in the air, it may not necessarily Love will find its way to you at a time when you leastcome your way, but you must continue to hope. expect it and will be so much better than it was before.Reviewing the times you shared together is not A love for a lifetime is there for anyone who truly wantsthe best way to move on with your life and cope. it and will amaze you will all that it holds for you in store.
We are Jehovahs Witnesses and we Whenever we feel depressed, sad, or lonely, welive to render sacred service to our God. have a friend who is compassionate in every way.He recognizes our faith and reads our He gives us His Holy Spirit if we pray and ask forhearts and understands that we are flawed. help—and without hesitation each day.The world at large is in darkness and has As we study the Bible and attend meetings where wenot come to know what Jehovah has said. receive Bible truths—know that the end is nearAlthough they have His Word, the Bible, That is why our sacred service is most important asthey are not nourished nor spiritually fed. we live each day in anticipation of it with Godly fear.Like the blind leading the blind, they are The hour of judgment for Satans wicked system oftripped up many times and stumble and fall. things has arrived and the final battle will commence.In times of difficulty, it is not the name of All those fearing Jehovah will survive the end and be“Jehovah” upon whom they are taught to call. ready to live under Gods kingdom new governance.As Gods people we can have a fine relationship Be glad you nations with His people, who are readywith Him—if we do not feel very strong. for what is now at hand and we also heartily rejoice.If we pray to Jehovah and ask for His help, we Seeking Jehovah while He can yet be found is a finecan enjoy His divine protection all day long. way to give witness to our God by each ad every voice.Never should we fear what man may do to us Know the secret of “sacred service” that pleases Jehovah—Our God will do battle for us as we remain still. God and is visible for the whole world of mankind to see.Our daily lives should be about accomplishing our For those with faith in His promises will be ushered intoministry, our personal study and doing of Gods a paradise earth and all His promises will become a reality.will.
No matter where you areWhether near or far―Baby, Ive got your back.Ill never ever lose track.If you are ever in needYou dont have to plead―Baby, Ive got your sixTheres nothing I cant fix.Soon youll be in the pinkNo matter what you thinkIll blanket you with careBaby, life isnt always fair.If you find youre in a jamIll come with all that I am.Ive got you, so dont worry.Baby, Ill be there in a hurry.Well travel the roads togetherThrough any kind of weather.Baby, Ive got you in my gripIll not falter nor let you slip.Baby, on me you can dependFor us, time will never end―Know thats what friends are forI am as close as living next door.Baby, on me you can depend―For the two of us time wont end.Ill do anything in the world for you.Because that is what friends do.
It is not audacious to dream— It is not audacious to accept a dare—In fact, its imperative we do so. you have strong intestinal fortitude too.For inside every aspiration is a Never let anyone tell you that you theresdream whose spark has yet to grow. something you desire that you can never do.Without boldness, tenacity and will, Some might equate being audacious as, “Youbelief in failure will quickly take root. have a lot of nerve”—in a way is true.Preparation for success begins with a It takes much nerve to put your heart and soulsolid foundation , or the point is moot. into something that you dont know if you can do.Hope is not audacious, not is ones Some find it to be a fine motivator if someoneself-confidence having too much pride. tells them they will never accomplish anything.Whatever you choose to pursue in your Many do not recognize the words “cant, wont,life, you must be strong on the inside. or never” because of the negativity they bring.It is not audacious to think you have a The word has been used in the titles of manygolden opportunity to dream perchance. books and magazine articles defining audacity.To lose yourself in the notion that just as When you think of the word—outside theyou envision it—first blush or glance. box and ascribe new meaning such as perspicacity.
t there are those who may never be able to fullThis is for all the Veterans of foreign comprehend all that you have seen and been through,wars― who have sacrificed so much. We want you to get the support that the governmentYour country appreciates your efforts affords every single veteran who may be just like youso that we can share the human touch. , Thats why veterans are honored and their remembranceIs it for nothing that you have made it never forgotten for all the battles ever fought and won.back home, now that you have arrived? War is hell―sentiment thats universally understood;In public and in private we thank God The cost to the soul when the war is finally over and done.that you are here and somehow survived. From the “Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli,We know that many of your friends came From Korea and Vietnam to Kuwait, Iraq and Pakistan―home by a conveyance through Dover, DE. You have done extraordinary things to shape the worldPerhaps, suffer from “Survivor Guilt” that by doing and being what the military said that you can.makes you question as to why that should be. It is our fervent prayer that the children of today inheritIt is the least the people could do, to be here a promising future, thanks to your service and sacrifice.waiting for your return, the moment you are. Many of you who believed then as now that you wereNot questioning why you would think that, is prepared to pay with your life―Always the ultimate price.something that few people can visualize that far.So if you ever need someone to talk to―if you It is written: “It is good for a man to see “good work”think you may be suffering from PTSD syndrome. from his contributions and the work of his own hands.”Know that there are fellow Vets who understand― A fact that everyone from the “Commander-in-Chief” tosympathetic ears are available now that youre the neighbor next door and across the nation understands.home.
How precious our children are! She wanted to understand politicsOh, how they make us smile. and placed herself in a position to see.We want their world to be full Her elected representative in Congressof wonder, but it takes a while. until the moment became a tragedy.Educating children may not be She wanted to make a difference anda top priority in the new Congress. followed her passion with some action.But, it should be—is more She had her young life cut short becauseimportant that this issue to address. a gunman followed Sarah Palins faction.For anyone who has lost a child, Children can comprehend the most subtlethey understand lost opportunity. of very adult issues that are commonplace.They cannot turn back time to do Often they can adjust more rapidly to thethings differently to change reality. changes affecting shifting time and space.Young Christina Green understood Children understand emotional content faras successful young people vindicate. more than we realize and here to can think.Children often understand far more Children seem to empathize with those whothan we know from what they indicate. have are hard time when things are in the pink.
There are no answer to be had;No rhyme nor reason as to why.Its the course of what happens ifsomeone decides they want to die.Its a terrible shock that leavesfamilies in crisis trying to hide.The When a child, brother, sister,spouse or friend, commits suicide.To not foresee that the person was incrisis and desirous of ending their life,Wishing we knew and could get themsome help for what caused their strife.The hollowness and despair overwhelmus causing an empty sadness to exist.Trying desperately to do the minimum sowe dont focus on the questions that persist.Our own cycle of depression settles in forthe long haul, but we have to keep going.Succeeding, or not in preventing our deeploss, hurt, and sense of betrayal from showing.Those of us who know this belong to aclubhouse of tortured to death by death souls.So that now life cannot be taken for grantedfor whom the suicidal bell consistently tolls.
When I remembered the tree twenty years later, II remembered something the other day. realized I did not know if it survived my planting.Something profound as a matter of fact. And I wondered if it had grown tall and strong asTwenty years ago, almost to the day, I I hoped―Was it straight and tall or was it slanting?planted a tree—selfless innocent act. I knew I had to find out―find it to see how it didThe tree was just shy of eight inches tall, these all these years if only to satisfy my curiosity.was a Maple, symbol of our friends north. When I first saw it I was overwhelmed at the sightNative to my home state whose foliage before my eyes―A magnificent and beautiful tree.in the Fall is natures beauty shining forth. I felt the emotions of a proud parent, so relieved toIf nature took its course and the sapling hadeverything it needed, it would grow strong. see that it had done well and was really surprised.Cycling through the seasons, providing seed Suddenly, a gust of wind rustled through its boughsand shade through every season all year long. and the tree was whispering in my ears I realized.Time passed slowly by and eventually I forgot It questioned why I had not been back to save it fromabout that young sapling, never a single thought. the insects and birds that harried its existence each year.Little dd I understand what was in store for me as Quiet whispers that held consternation that I felt in mythe tree grew― A lesson was about to be taught. heart and filled with guilt, my eyes suddenly start to tear.While I was self-absorbed and living my life, the “You cannot know the things I have seen what have youtree recorded for posterity my world in its rings. been doing that kept you from coming to check up on me?”The tree performed its purpose without let up and I had no good answer, but I knew that it was right, I wouldit would take many years to understand such things. have, should have come back occasionally so t I could see.If the climate was excessively warm and there was When is the best time to plant a tree, you remember thenot much rain the tree survived, recording it, all― answer when the question was asked of you a long time ago?In twenty years time it had told a inconsequential It is twenty years ago―You did the right thing way back thentruth and through the changing of the colors of Fall. for the birds who find a home in me and the beauty I now show.
It is not the economy and I am not stupid. To worship the body politic is to sever at the templeSo what does a Presidential candidate know? of avarice and greed―as only you occupy the throne.The political machine is a living thing that is Caught up in the performance and forgetting that youdesigned to guide the masses to a magic show. serve a constituency looking to you for solutions alone.Slight of hand and misdirection are the tricks They are the ones who supported your candidacy andof the trade that great magicians always employ. raised millions for your campaign that yielded success.The more skilled they are with their hands, the Now have you sold out to special interests or have theybetter the illusion which the audience will enjoy. driven you from office forcing you to finally acquiesce?A great politician is someone that came to the Great leaders are never born that way―started outjob as idealistic, at best―worst, very naive. as everyday people wanting to do something extraordinary.To think that the power of elected office will Those who successfully navigate through every subtlety ofgive them the chance their agenda to achieve. life in office and under scrutiny with the burdens they carryThe seduction of the trappings come easy as a The body politic is a lover who does not claim to do anythingwelcome as a reception committee of lobbyists. but to satisfy you and you cannot resist their many advances.To begin a cycle of capitulation that is a deal made Anyone willing to accept the possibility of an unhappy endingwith the Devil that leads to ell, if it actually exists. when the “affairs of the heart” urge you to take your chances.Some liken the life of a politician as “ minnows T It is not for the weak―they will be devoured alivethat spend their lives swimming with the sharks.” by the insatiable nature of the body a work at its best.The alpha predator in the oceans who is worse than A cautionary tale written throughout the history of mana junkyard dog who is mean, but hardly ever barks. A short-lived moment in the spotlight that is always a test.
The words “God Bless America” are often Contrary to popular belief, Benjamin Franklin wasrepeated by the people for the and they love. not against the bald eagle as the nations best choice.The national symbol of the bald eagle that Some historians held the opinion that he wanted thenearly was made extinct fits like hand in glove. wild turkey and that Franklin was a desenting voice.To see this exquisite creature once again occupy Few people can cllimb to the heights that is home tothe open spaces of the land is a must see sight. the eagles nest, nor enter into the bald eagels lair,The majesty of this powerful bird is a testament It is a perch that is a distinctive advantage to the highto the fact that conservation alone saved its plight. ground that military strategists seek out this rarified air.Once the victim of pesticide poisoning from DDT, In a revernt display for those who are remembered onwhich made the eggshells fragile led to its decline. Memorial Day, is as if a “tear-stained” has passed by.Until the effort to ban its use finally gave the eagle The display of such reverence is evidenced by headsa chance to recover and its symbolism to enshrine. low and hands over the heart is probably the reason why.No longer a threatened or endangered species, the The bald eaagle is as American as the popolar sayingbald eagle still inspires the pride as the nations tells us as baseball, apple pie, and the brand Chevrolet.seal. It can be said with a degree of certainty that the bald eagleIt is prominent in seals and logos, coinage, postage will continue to survive well into the future and that is okay.stamps, and other items signifies the eagles appeal.
So I sit with heavy eyelids succumbing The body will respond to the command to getslowly to slumbers welcoming embrace. up and I might wince as my feet hit a cold floor.Where at least for the moment, nary a Hurriedly showering and dressing—maybe timethought, idea, or memory shows on my face. for a quick cup of coffee as I head out the door.Having a “ticket to ride” the expressway, Pain, my constant companion is with me asjust like being on the autobahn all alone. usual through the darkest mood or difficult day.The moments sitting behind the drivers seat I might “tiptoe through the tulips” if the chancepeacefully transported into another time zone. comes along and I get an opportunity to get away.From the outer beacons, they announce my I confess my deepest secrets to the interior partsarrival in a place as foreboding as the grave. of my heart and mind—things no one can hear.The resting place of precious gems, raw and Today is another day and my mind is gearing upuncut and valuable only if I decide to save. for whatever life challenges might suddenly appear.My slumber through the night will pass by I begrudgingly acknowledge that I do not have muchwithout notice and I will rise up with the sun. control over circumstances, a choice each day I make.My eyes will flutter open and I will awaken To turn into the wind and take flight to destinationsand I will assess this new day that has begun. unknown—leaving nothing behind but dust in my wake.
They served in the quest for independence that They served and are recognized as Veterans in conflictswas the foundation for establishing our nation. from Korea, Vietnam, the Falklands, Bosnia, and Kuwait.They served valiantly during the Civil War and Advancing the cause of freedom, which affects people thethe battle of Gettysburg―a first in a generation. world over which allies to developing nations participate.They served their country contending with the They served in all terrains and different theaters of war thatfact that the armys was still under segregation. included the sea, mountains, deserts and jungles of Vietnam.However, the roles that they would play was a A war that no one wanted―Protested on the streets by anti-crucial point that their service was an affirmation. war activists that proved to be the “storm before the calm.They served with distinction, honor and sacrifice In recent years they served as part of international forces toespecially during the First and Second Wold War. bring about peace in Bosnia, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.As part of the “Greatest Generation” through epic They are on the forefront on the war on terror, which beganbattles― knowing what they were fighting for. in earnest after the attack on 9/11 orchestrated by the Taliban.They became the Legendary Tuskegee Airmen who Their sacrifices are shared by everyone who was ever drafteddistinguished themselves escorting their fellow airmen. or volunteered to serve their country, especially during war.Dispelling the myths about African American soldiers Enduring the hardships that are part of the fog of war whichability which was the prevailing opinion way back then. remains within them throughout their lives for ever more.They served on foreign soil that was the place where They served as “Windtalkers,” “Buffalo Soldiers,” Ace Airmen,”in great battles some of then paid the ultimate price. Japanese, Chinese, Arabs, Jews, and Christians around the world.To a person they are honored on Memorial Day and They come from all walks of life and experience who are all “peopleVeterans Day to continue remember their sacrifice. of color”and the pride of a nation, who in the fires of Hell are hurled.
We are not yet prepared to debate the film, “The The struggle for racial equality was suddenly upon the nation asBirth of a Nation” that was conceived in segregation the pangs of distress upon a pregnant woman about to give birthBy the legacy of slavery which was the humiliation The frenzy of those difficult hours of labor pains without the benefitof a people kidnapped from their homelands and of pain killers to dull the senses just a little bit so that nature cantaken to a new land that was a European population. take its course and the end result a healthy child for what it is worth.The Civil War tore apart the nation and pit brother That found its own voice during the Civil Rights Era whose symbolicagainst brother and divided the south from the north Icon, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have A Dream" speechTo which a call for Negroes to join the army issued forth That was forward-looking at time to when equality was beyond reachand they responded to serve for freedoms sake in the name And what determined ones place in society was based upon the color ofof Independence Day that is celebrated on July the fourth. ones skin was and the old superiority complex that the KKK would preach.In the period known a the “Reconstruction” tempers reached Which culminated in the election of the first African American Presidentthe boiling point that the way of the South was in serious doubt Who inspired criticism people around the world with criticism or praisethat Negroes should be considered as equal was bandied about An educated man who would in his own righ ta trail of achievements blazeAnd the perceptions that held them as no more than property to And perhaps force the conversation once again as to how far we have comebe controlled completely caused the Clansmen to seek them out. towards the goal of equal treatment of all and the status bar to finally raise.Which gave rise to the original terrorist organization that rode Are we ready for a "no holds barred" frank discussion on the issue of race andthrough the nights in white robes and hoods called the KKK equality in America and what it means to this home of the land of the freeUsing intimidation tactics including lynchings along the way Or do our private thoughts betray us that we hate the direction of the countryThe adaptation of the birth of a nation premiered to a receptive Are we going to wage a war of attrition that would send us back in time whereaudience that still maintains a following in the movement today. the opportunity to elevate ones place in society was only a dream, never a reality?
Some countries display their native dress, while stillEvery four years the worlds focus turns to others wear wear traditional attire such a shit and tie.the competition started by the ancient Greeks. All have come with the purpose of achieving a personalAthletics on display by the worlds premier best that will be the culmination of their training efforts.athletes determined to test their own strength.The Olympics is a chance for a nation to be on History is often made when an outstanding performancethe worlds stage with hopes of winning gold. leads to setting world records which can stand for manyThe venues in which the athletes participate are years or the thrill of athletic competition that has beenfan favorites for their the pride of their country. described as the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat.The ceremony always begins with the arrival of the Except for a couple notable exception, the Olympics areOlympic flame carried into the stadium by a runner free from the turmoil and strife in the world or the thingsWith unique ways to light the caldron that will that plague humanity such as war, starvation, and diseaseburn for the duration until extinguished at the end. which for the moment are temporarily pushed out of mind.Followed by the official welcome and a declaration The hosting nation takes great pride in preparing for thefor the start of the “Parade of Nations” in order with multitudes that will arrive to view the games and contributetheir full complement of athletes and coaches and to local economies with food, housing, souvenirs, and otheressential personnel all attired in special uniforms. attractions which increases understanding and promotes peace.
When we study god;s Word, the Bible, we In the Christian congregation we receive instructionare thrilled to learn our Creator has a name. from the “Faithful Slave” whom we continue to support.Jehovahs name is unique and means “I Shall As they are the ones to supply the spiritual nourishmentBe” and as a result we will never be the same. that will aid us to the God of this systems efforts thwart.While in a spiritual darkness we were lost and We are happy knowing that very soon all of earths woesdid not know Jehovah nor understand his might. will be gone away and replaced by a paradise that will last.Through taking in accurate knowledge about him The wars, disease, natural disasters, violence, starvation,and his Son, Christ Jesus we now can see the light. and the changes that threaten our climate will be in the past.One of the most obvious and lasting benefits is that Until then we must continue to preach the “Good News ofwe can enjoy a condition of the heart which is good. Gods Kingdom which is the means by which it will be done.Standing erect with our head up, we walk in the way And the victory over inherited sin which leads to death willof the truth that is pure and righteous that we should. be done away with and the prize of eternal life is finally won.In our worldwide brotherhood there is contentment Having a good condition of the heart is vital if we are to keeppeace and harmony that is different from the world. our integrity if the coming Great Tribulation we will survive.Until that day after the war of Armageddon in which Only by maintaining it by staying close to Jehovah and bythe dragon, Satan the Devil into the abyss is hurled. observing all of his commandments will we be preserved alive.
He performed miracles including turning waterThe central theme of the Bible is coming of into wine, walking on water and raising the dead.a promised seed mentioned at Genesis 3:15. He taught the right way to pray to our Father inOne who would undo the damage caused by heaven, asking for forgiveness and our daily bread.mankinds rebellion and what it would mean. All of the Gospel writers included a particularlyThis was o become the longest prophecy in interesting, and uniquely unforgettable account.history and find its fulfillment in Jesus birth. One that some refer to as the “Happiness Sermon”In miraculous birth to a virgin who would be otherwise known to us as the Sermon on the Mount.the mother of the savior of mankind on earth. Jesus words plainly state how we individually canThrough the four Gospel accounts we have a attain happiness if we observe these words of advice.history of his life and times, plus his ministry. And avoid the pitfalls that befall us when we do notIn which he preached the “Good New of Gods think about our actions or ignore snares that entice.Kingdom founded during his pre-human identity. What a brilliant example of why Jesus was called theFrom an early age he was able to speak with an Great Teacher for what he said using everyday speech.authority that was unheard of by any in his day. Which is worthy of our imitation in our ministry andEven the educated priests teaching at the temple to those whom we are attempting to somehow reach.were astonished by the things that he would say.
I have been called the “B” word many timesmostly by men and the last one who did II responded with something that surprised him.I said, “Thank you, how did you know?”You know, that B.I.T,C.H. is just an acronym.B is for Beautiful, which I am on the inside.I is for Intelligent which I think that I am veryT is for Thoughtful which I am always before I actC is for Charming which I certainly am if I want toH is for Headstrong which is an indisputable fact.So, yes I am most definitely a “BITCH” in thiscontext, but there is something else that makes methe “Queen Bee” and any insults dont mean a thing.I am that B with an ITCH so you better be ware andIf you have any sense, youll watch out for my sting.As an insult the “B-word” should be banned becauseits definition is a noun actually meaning a female dogNot the derogatory term applied to the human female.It is also the unlikely label attached to a male prisonerto one who can violate him at will especially if a male .I am a B with an ITCH, but also the source of thesweet nectar of honey that is much sweeter than is wineWhy do you think bears will risk being stung for a taste?What you say may come back to bite you in the ass soyou ought to think carefully before things are said in haste.The great Mohammad Ali use to say he could “Float likea butterfly and sting like a bee” and so I have take his cueCall me a “Bitch” if you want to, but I will not be ashamed.It is the culture that has made the use of the “B-word” whatit is today and its prolific use by men is on what it is blamed.
From the dawn of modern medicine to the emergence Unfortunately AIDS still carries the stigma from whom the rest ofof the World Health Organization nothing inspires fear. society seems wall off from and therefore more apt to be ignored.Like the deadly infection known by the initials HIV, It is difficult for one receiving this diagnosis to seek out resourceswhich has gripped certain populations by stigma and fear because of the negative perception―lies the unaffected can ill afford.From the time of its emergence in the early Eighties and Silence is the enemy of HIV no matter whether it is in the Africanthroughout the decades that followed and studied for details. Bush, the sex shops in Singapore or the gay community as a whole.In the United States, there are still an inordinate number of The stigma that an infected person carries at the personal level is anew cases among homo and bi-sexual African American males. type of discrimination that is covert, but exacts a huge emotional toll.Although the overall new cases of the disease has declined due HIV is not the automatic death sentence it was when it first arrivedto aggressive public awareness campaigns and other measures, on the scene, but neither is there to date a vaccine or permanent cure.Those most st risk populations continue to see the number of The stigmatization of those who test positive, but do not have thenew cases increase despite these preventative strategy endeavors. actual disease keeps it in the background and the actual truth obscure.These targeted populations are encouraged in Public Service There are many reasons to care about HIV and to understand theAnnouncements to both “Wear a Condom” and to “Get Tested.” mechanisms by which it is transmitted through bodily fluids contact.To stop the spread of the transmission of the disease is to educate You cannot get AIDS by incidental contact with an infected person,the public and especially those most at risk as the data suggested nor can we treat the disease like Leprosy and keep their dignity intact.
He is the incumbent in this 2012 election year. He wants you off the sidelines and into the game.Some think Mitt Romney is a cause for fear. Otherwise the road to recovery will stay the same.Barack Obama wants your support once again. Although many have express their disappointmentTo have a chance to finish what he started then. Others view overall progress as an accomplishmentThis time he can defend his record thus far. He wants you to believe that he has a good resume.Defending his actions and seeing where we are The inexperience some alleged has evaporated away.Some blame him for the slow rate of recovery. Change is still on the agenda as long as it has a chance.His political opponents say he is not in reality. Barack Obama will face this challenging circumstance.This is a little reminder of just how bad it was. He wants you to voice you opinions to the White House.As if one man has control over all that he does. No matter what the Partys political talking heads espouse.Jobs have not materialized as was hoped for. The withdrawal from Iraq and draw down in AfghanistanThe confidence in government is out the door. Is a campaign promise kept was just one part of the plan.He wants you to remember what was started. The President wants your help in continuing to move ahead.When the former President had just departed. The economy may seem to be on life support, but it isnt dead.Tax breaks divide the wealthy and middle class. President Obama wants your vote to have four more years.The nations deficit reduction plan is yet to He has navigated a first term through success and bitter tears.pass.
I was not ready to say goodbye to you. But, F-it, I am too through with this messAnd, you never even gave me a chance. because, boy, you really did me in this time. Goodbye my love, goodbye—t say I wont missTo hear what was eating at your soul so And the things that I showed only to you you because that you know would be a really bad lie.that you never gave a backward glance. of what I have done because I can rhyme. Its like that for every person who ever lived, and its always is the same reaction whenever a love had to die.And, what now? Am I suppose to just Theres no sense in me going round andaccept it or pretend that it doesnt matter? round on the space of a dime, when I must You wont hear about the worst part—it tore theBoy, you know better than that—at Hold on tighter to what are the things I have family apart and I was the one who had to hear it first.least you shouldve known wed all scatter. faith in and whose wisdom above all I trust. Of all my days of life since the day I was born, boy, you just dont know that you made that day my worst.If I could inflict some serious pain on you, I Believe I will see you again, and I have toman, Id be so into it and pull out all stops. tell you—will be the one who is behind. Things will never be the same for me in this world thatsTo make sure you know what real pain is Because you missed all the dramatic events living inside of a dream, that has turned to a nightmare.and it happens whenever “the cradle drops.” that would forever change all of mankind.1 And You, you had to make it a state of somnolence lost, alone, and in the dark and there is nobody to care.But wouldnt know anything about that now So, I am not going to belabor the point aboutwould you—dont feel anything at all. your passing prematurely, what we had, we had. See ya on the other side—our LORD JehovahHow selfish of YOU to decide when it was Dont expect me to smile when I have memories has seen my affliction and how it has tortured my soul.time for your last hurrah or curtain call. of us together and planning, and Im still mad. This entire world we live in and the people who inhabit it, but do not act like good stewards and its taken a toll.And, did I ever play right into your hands Its a good thing that God and his Son knew youmaking me feel happy and start to hope. so, were able to look into you and read your heart. Fortunately, I still have a measure of my faith, so whenThat life with the two of us together again Cause there aint no way a human being can do I get to see you in person because youre out and about.—Because life was too much for me to cope. something so terrible, it would tear my world apart. No that my faith was at times in tatters, worn thin, but never was it absent, and was sufficient, there is no doubt.In that we were the “same” you and I and You, cannot excite yourself, nor can you do me orI thought that you understood me very well. anyone else to cause harm, because now you sleep. I get it that life was not kind to you, yet I tried my best toSuch a senseless and selfish act, makes me At the appointed time and the last trumpet blows make it better (if I could) cause this system is so rotten.think that I was the one who couldnt tell. You awaken to us because we had a promise to keep. Taking your life and naming me your next of kin was cruel but, Stay, although you are gone, youll never be forgotten