Reason for blog

" I Blog4Peace"

on NOV 4th I am involved with "BlogBlast for Peace"

"It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it." - Eleanor Roosevelt



Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Taking a break

taking a break but thought I'd share one link with you that will take you to 100's of Peace bloggers !
http://peacebloggersunite.blogspot.com/

May Peace and Blessings be upon You

Saturday, November 5, 2011

#8/100 Reasons I Blog4Peace/Building Peace


Today I am back to my 100 reasons to blog for Peace .
Yesterday was a big day in the blog world for peace .
It was the Blogblast for Peace brought together 8 years ago and getting stronger every year!  
100's of bloggers stopped by to see what Mimi wrote ? 
Then signing the Mr.Linky to show the link to our own blog! 


http://mimiwrites.blogspot.com/2011/11/dona-nobis-pacem-cabinet.html

Her story was of a found old rusty hammer , her Grandfather's and she is such a wonderful writer she draws you right in.

You will catch yourself smiling laughing and maybe ready to shed a tear. She reminds us that we as peace builders must pick up our tools in life and build peace where we can! 
Use your talents to spread Peace !


This is a neat version of a song I love that came to mind as I read her beautiful story .


Please go by and read Mimi's story and maybe visit a few peace loving blogs from her list ! 

May Peace and Blessings be upon You !

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Dona Nobis Pacem / Blogblast for Peace


Sorry folks , for not checking in much ... the old age is catching up with me :>( Sadly i have not felt like blogging in days ... But today is the big day November 4th . Our Big Blogblast for Peace .
 "Dona Nobis Pacem", which means "Grant us Peace"

is the theme for this blogblast started by one dreaming blogger and a marble. Now 8 years later she has united bloggers World Wide !
 

Bloggers from all across the globe
will blog for peace.

We will speak with one voice.
One subject
One day


I have been having some trouble thinking of "What to post for this blog?" I have had the globe at the top of the page ready for a while, but I just have not been up to writing lately. 


So I decided to think about what has shown me Hope for Peace lately because without hope there will be no Peace. 
So I am listing a few Hope Inspiring Peace builders here and Please look at the list of other Peace builders on the sidebar.

I would like to Thank You All for inspiring so many of us to blog for peace .


1. Occupiers of Occupy Wall Street and all the other Occupiers through Occupy Together everywhere for "Keeping Peace" better than the so named Peacekeepers/police . Stand proud ! 
2 . Mimi Lenox the person who got the blogblast started years ago!

click here to see Who We Are 


3.   International Day of Peace ,TED.com , Women in Black, Veterans for Peace and many like them that continue to strive for Peace! 
4. Facebook for giving a place for so many people to gather together in groups that they feel strong about ... like my page "I Love Peace" , facebook.BlogBlastForPeace and Weed out Hate : Sow the Seeds of Peace

 5. All the other bloggers for Peace 
6. My pressed flower guild World Wide Pressed Flower Guild
which I am a director . We have people from all around the world to bring people together through the love of flower art and nature!

okay that is enough you can check the sidebar for more. 
For now Please go check out the creator of blogblast for peace
http://mimiwrites.blogspot.com/


May Peace and Blessings be upon You!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

#9/100 Reasons I Blog4Peace/ Let's Hug


I love this song ! One day

I found this cool story that combines so many good things I just had to share .
Hugs , Recycling , Upcycling ,caring , Peace and love ! 
People sharing these wonderful things together . 
Not for Mass Profit and Gain .
Just to make the world better !  

And you know what’s especially cool (for school!)? 
The structures are made out of plastic bottles. The local communities gather the bottles and build the “bottle schools” on their own, taking ownership of the projects and teaching kids valuable skills along the way. Watch the video below and see the children get involved!
Hug It Forward’s first project—in Granados, Guatemala—used more than 5,000 plastic bottles to build two classrooms that almost 300 children use every day. Since then, the nonprofit has built nine more schools, with three in progress and even more being planned.
How To Build A School Out Of Plastic Bottles...


the next video about Hugs was
HUGitForward Movement -Be the Change to Change The WORLD go to http://www.HUGitForward.com

I believe in Hugs , Be the change , go Hug the world ! 

Check out how these kids have decided to change the world 

Change the World in 5 Minutes - Everyday at School 




May Peace and blessings be upon You. 

"And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." -- Nelson Mandela

#10/100 Reasons I Blog4Peace/friendship

made with real flowers ,see the peace sign made with fern

Peace can come to us in many ways . I have been dealing with some extreme pain in my right arm lately and it flares up worse if I spend any time on the computer too . not good...
I got a sweet note from a friend that was checking on me and somehow knew I needed a smile and she sent this lovely poem .
She is one of my closest Buds . Flower -bud that is !

-- from Rebekah Smith of www.flowerox.com  She loves Peace too:>)
She is also the president of the wonderful guild we are both in World Wide Pressed Flower Guild . 

anyway here is the inspiring poem she sent


This is what you should do:
Love the earth and sun and animals,


despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,
stand up for the stupid and crazy,
devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants,
argue not concerning God,


have patience and indulgence toward the people…
reexamine all you have been told in school or church or in any book,


dismiss what insults your very soul,
and your flesh shall become a great poem.

- Walt Whitman, excerpt from the preface to Leaves of Grass

May Peace and Blessing be upon You!

Monday, October 24, 2011

#11/100 Reasons I Blog4Peace/ Support Occupiers



I took this statement from the link below because I felt it deserved repenting!
To those Occupiers who will spend tonight, and the many nights ahead, in chilly tents or on the cold ground: we salute you. You are a vision of democracy in action.
You are the voice of millions of Americans who have lived in silent desperation for decades. You are the reason the 1% are worried. You are our last hope for getting our country back.

Power to the People ! 


May Peace and Blessings be upon You!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

#12/100 Reasons I Blog4Peace/ Teach Peace

– Alice Walker

“What’s done to children, they will do to society.” 
– Karl Menninger
 






 I found these quotes at http://www.teachforpeace.org/

"If we do not teach our children peace, someone else will teach them violence."
-Coleman McCarthy, author of I'd Rather Teach Peace



"I would teach peace rather than war, love rather than hate."
-Albert Einstein

"A culture of peace will be achieved when citizens of the world understand global problems;
have the skills to resolve conflict constructively;
know and live by international standards of human rights, gender and racial equality; appreciate cultural diversity; 
and respect the integrity of the Earth.
Such learning can not be achieved without intentional, sustained and systematic education for peace."
-Global Campaign for Peace Education



here are a few links of places you can learn to Teach Peace!


https://www.facebook.com/BlogBlastForPeace




Weed Out Hate: Sow the Seeds of Peace

here's a pdf of a book...
http://www.wagingpeace.org/menu/programs/youth-outreach/peace-ed-book/teaching-peace.pdf

May Peace and Blessings be upon You.

Friday, October 21, 2011

#13/100 Reasons I Blog4Peace/Progressives

 As those of you who have read my blog a few times or know me personal ...I spent a long time in my life defying labels or tags for myself. I have been asked "what are you?" so many times as a young mixed child, it made me very sensitive of liking labels tags etc .  I do remember thinking as a 9 year old child if America was a "melting pot" Why does it matter "What I AM?"


 America has traditionally been referred to as a "melting pot," welcoming people from many different countries, races, and religions, all hoping to find freedom, new opportunities, and a better way of life.
I found this definition of Progressives at Wiki after reading a letter in our local paper that used the word 'Progressives"  to tag (name call) someone they did not care for ...
First here is the letter to the editor that stirred me this morning,  I said after reading this letter  "I read our local paper just to see what kind of political people out there I don't want to be like." LOL I read our editorials just to get my blood boiling I think !This is a man's response to someone that wrote against our sheriff...
 Folks, I am a citizen of Lee County and you sure don’t speak for me, my family, my friends and a great many of my acquaintances! But Progressives often assume power.

We applaud our Sheriff’s change of perspective. We abhor the waste and violence brought upon us by the interloping, law-breaking illegal aliens! We wonder at the motivation of individuals that decry attempts by legislators, law enforcement or general citizens to uphold the law.

There are three things that hold us together as a nation: Language, Borders and Culture — and all are under grave assault due to illegal aliens!

Read more: Sanford Herald
 When I read the last part there I just flipped out ! 
There are three things that hold us together as a nation: Language, Borders and Culture — and all are under grave assault due to illegal aliens! 
  What the heck ?? What happened to Freedom , the Melting Pot ?
okay so that is why I had to learn what Progressives are?


The Progressive Movement began in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in cities with settlement workers and reformers who were interested in helping those facing harsh conditions at home and at work. The reformers spoke out about the need for laws regulating tenement housing and child labor. They also called for better working conditions for women.
The term progressivism emerged in reference to a more general response to the vast changes brought by industrialization: an alternative to the traditional conservative response to social and economic issues and, despite being associated with left-wing politics, to the various more radical streams of communism or anarchism.
Political parties, such as the Progressive Party, organized at the start of the 20th century, and progressivism made great strides under American presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Lyndon Baines Johnson.[1] 
American progressives tend to support international economics: they advocate progressive taxation and oppose the growing influence of corporations. Progressives are in agreement on an international scale with left-liberalism in that they support organized labor and trade unions, they usually wish to introduce a living wage, and they often support the creation of a universal health care system.


I found an interesting blog called Growing Roots ‘From Below and to the Left’
that had a 7 page letter written by  attorney and historian Staughton Lynd

I enjoyed reading the letter he wrote and learned a great deal!Being a gardener I liked the title too :>) The part that really stuck with me was something he says toward the end of his letter.
LIFE AMONG THE 99 PERCENT
I am running out of time so I will just say this one more thing. 
In the late 1960s it was the thing to do to call police officers "pigs." I objected at the time, and I strongly object now. 


If we wish truly to be the 99 percent, we cannot call each other names. Nurses, teachers, and firemen want to repeal Senate Bill 5, but so do policemen and correctional officers.

Barbara Deming had a good way of putting it. She said: "Nature gives us two hands. With one of them, we must hold up a barrier to those we perceive as oppressors, and say: No further, or only over my body. With the other hand we must reach out to those same persons and say: Join us." 

So am I a Progressive ? I am not ready for that tag either ... I will just keep reading and learning ... in the meantime I will stick with the label/tag I like the most!
 
 May Peace and Blessings be upon You.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

#14/100 Reasons I Blog4Peace/US child abuse/deaths

As I look for a topic to write about for my "100 reasons to blog for Peace", I check the news and headlines to see what is being talked about.
I was told by a friend that if I were going to write about Peace I should stay away from politics? The more I read what is happening in this world I realize Politics has a Lot to do with Peace or lack of. 
I try to look for topics that need changing for the world to be at peace or at the least a little better. Hopefully to help spread the word and hope of a brighter tomorrow !
Today I see an article about a topic folks avoid talking about if they can. God knows it is hard to stomach and think about..
Child Abuse , we don't like to talk about it, so of course the media doesn't talk about it unless it is a celebrity or on page 8 somewhere?  When I started reading the stats in the first article it blew my mind , it made me want to throw up. 
I am a survivor, so it hits even closer to me.
I have copied some of the parts that really woke me up and  the links I found these stats hoping you will go read the rest too. 
Finding images to go with the story was almost more than I could bear at one sitting. I wanted to cry , scream , even shout , "what the hell is wrong with our country?"

Why is Child Abuse So Much More Pervasive in the U.S.

Read more at: Eric Steinman

The fact is, as child abuse exists around the globe, it is the first world, highly industrialized, United States that boasts some of the highest rates of child abuse in the world. Here is a statistic for you courtesy of the BBC: Over the past 10 years, more than 20,000 American children are believed to have been killed in their own homes by family members. That is nearly four times the number of US soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the child maltreatment death rate in the US is triple Canada’s and 11 times that of Italy.

Many legislators choose to blame parents for the abuse (as no abusive parent should remain blameless), but aren’t they neglecting to see that the state, as well as the federal government, is complicit in fostering an environment perfect for such abuse.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/why-is-child-abuse-so-much-more-pervasive-in-the-u-s.html#ixzz1bKdoDAaV


 this was a headline hard to read and the article was even  more shocking , I only copied some of it here to get folks looking ... 
America's child death shame
Michael Petit is the president of Every Child Matters. He served as the state of Maine's human services commissioner, and as deputy of the Child Welfare League of America.


Over the past 10 years, more than 20,000 American children are believed to have been killed in their own homes by family members. That is nearly four times the number of US soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The child maltreatment death rate in the US is triple Canada's and 11 times that of Italy. Millions of children are reported as abused and neglected every year. Why is that
 Downward spiral
Part of the answer is that teen pregnancy, high-school dropout, violent crime, imprisonment, and poverty - factors associated with abuse and neglect - are generally much higher in the US.
Further, other rich nations have social policies that provide child care, universal health insurance, pre-school, parental leave and visiting nurses to virtually all in need.
In the US, when children are born into young families not prepared to receive them, local social safety nets may be frayed, or non-existent. As a result, they are unable to compensate for the household stress the child must endure.
In the most severe situations, there is a predictable downward spiral and a child dies. Some 75% of these children are under four, while nearly half are under one.
Geography matters a lot in determining child well-being. Take the examples of Texas and Vermont.
Texas prides itself in being a low tax, low service state. Its per capita income places it in the middle of the states, while its total tax burden - its willingness to tax itself - is near the bottom.
Vermont, in contrast, is at the other extreme. It is a high-tax, high-service state.

 Please take time to go read the articles in the full story, or just use that time to share this story to others . 
Let's spread the word that we want a change for the children of tomorrow!
The leaders of today have to Stand up for the children Today because those children are going to lead the world in the future...
May Peace and Blessings be upon You!
this was the hardest blog to write out of over 85 I have written.:>(

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

#15/100 Reasons I Blog4Peace/ Peace builders

 This blog is to recognize some of the Peace builders in the news !

Kathy Kelly The three-times Nobel Peace Prize nominee has also risked life and limb to live with civilians in war zones in Afghanistan, Gaza, Bosnia and Nicaragua.
http://www.catholicleader.com.au/news.php/features/battling-to-stop-the-horror-of-war_76845 




Uploaded by on Jul 17, 2011

American activist Tom Burke talks about intimidation and harassment tactics by the FBI directed at him, his family, and other peace activists and other activists. The presentation was part of a panel discussion on "Resisting Profiling, Preemptive Prosecution and Prisoner Abuse, A citizens hearing to confront repression of human rights and civil liberties by the criminal justice system." The event was July 16, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan (USA).

The panel presentation focused on how the 'War on Terror' climate and its repressive legal practices in the criminal justice system have affected civil liberties and human rights of Arab, Muslim, African American, South Asian, and all immigrant communities and the broader social justice movement.

“This war should have been stopped long ago, but we can’t undo history. “ said Robert Moore, the executive director of Coalition for Peace. “We can let the government know that it needs to stop now.”
During the vigil Moore said “$120 billion a year is being spent each year on 100,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. This is taking money away from job creation and other urgent needs here at home.”
“We want to keep the soldiers in people’s minds,” Deckhart said. “The ultimate support of our troops is bringing them back home for good.”
http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/courier_times_news/activists-urge-peace-on-anniversary/article_b63a22ff-782e-52da-a9d8-7b754c04fd82.html


 Now check out the list on the sidebar of some more great Peace Builders 

 
May Peace and Blessing upon You.

#16/100 Reasons I Blog4Peace/ Peace Prayers

 I read a sign held by a Peace activist that has stuck in my mind, I had hoped to find the picture somewhere but did not. So I tried making one. 


I found all these prayers looking around at  http://www.care2.com/greenliving/ 
 It does not seem to matter what religion you are or are not. 
Having Peace in our lives is what we all know we need.

There is something about the cadence, the rhythm, and the grounded energy of prayers like these that make us feel more peaceful just by reading them. 
Share these beautiful Native American prayers for peace with your friends.

Let Us Know Peace
Let us know peace.
For as long as the moon shall rise,
For as long as the rivers shall flow,
For as long as the sun will shine,
For as long as the grass shall grow,
Let us know peace. 

O Great Spirit of our Ancestors,
I raise my pipe to you, to your messengers the four winds, and to Mother Earth who provides for your children. 
Give us the wisdom to teach our children to love, to respect, and to be kind to each other so that they may grow with peace in mind. 
Let us learn to share all the good things that you provide for us on this Earth.
 
Buddhist prayers 
May all beings everywhere plagued
with sufferings of body and mind
quickly be freed from their illnesses.
May those frightened cease to be afraid,
and may those bound be free.
May the powerless find power,
and may people think of befriending
one another.
May those who find themselves in trackless,
fearful wilderness–
the children, the aged,
the unprotected–
be guarded by beneficial celestials,
and may they swiftly attain Buddhahood.

Evoking the presence of the great compassion, let us fill our hearts with our own compassion–towards ourselves and towards all living beings.
Let us pray that all living beings realize that they are all brothers and sisters, all nourished from the same source of life.

We are all children of the Great Spirit, we all belong
to Mother Earth. Our planet is in great trouble and
if we keep carrying old grudges and do not work
together, we will all die.
–Chief Seattle

Grandfather,
Look at our brokenness.
We know that in all creation
Only the human family
Has strayed from the Sacred Way.
We know that we are the ones
who are divided
And we are the ones
who must come back together
to walk in the Sacred Way.
Grandfather,
Sacred One,
Teach us love, compassion, and honor
that we may heal the earth
and heal each other.
–Objibway people of Canada
 as always I will pray...
May Peace and Blessing be upon You!

#17/100 Reasons I Blog4Peace/Peace Music

Just spreading Peace where I can find it , I believe in music !
 
Curtis Mayfield - We Got To Have Peace, this may be old but the message is still needed It was said that Bob Marley admired Curtis too.


 
kazim al saher and lenny kravitz. 
We Want Peace 


May Peace and Blessings be upon You.

#18/100 Reasons I Blog4Peace/ Yell Fire

I got up this morning with the wonderful sound of rain on the tin roof.i grabbed some coffee and decided to get my blog caught up with some Peace motivated music.I found this by luck and really like the spirit of it. Some of it has Strong Adult language and graphic pictures , but I did not start this blog to be afraid to show the ugly side of this world along with the good.
by Michael Franti and Spearhead
Yell Fire!
That is what I was taught to scream in the street if someone was assaulting me not Rape ...? 
Why because "Folks don't want to get involved !"?? I was about the age of 10 the first time I heard this. Nearly 40 years later things have not changed that much it seems. If anything I feel people still have a hard time getting involved if there is no Gain.

Bomb the World
   
Let's Blog for Peace and cover the world with Good
I have made it my goal to try to find other Peace Builders and spread the word in hope that united we can "cover the world with peace !"
Will you join us ? Can you give a few minutes a week to tell the world why we need Peace?


 May Peace and Blessings be upon You.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

#19/100 Reasons I Blog4Peace/Greensboro Peace#2

Okay I found something pretty cool going on in the big city of Greensboro ...the people are starting to "Occupy Together" maybe they will actually think to try to make a change there as well as Wall St ! ? 
We can only hope! I think it is important to stay focused on what is going on in Greensboro , that 99% need help ... as well as the rest of it! So shout it out Greensboro folks while you are getting attention.
   

Occupy Greensboro: The People Awaken
Maybe Greensboro has a chance yet?

Good Luck Greensboro .Walk on !

Tweet #OccupyGSO


May Peace and Blessings be upon you !

#20/100 Reasons I Blog4Peace/Greensboro Peace

 

I decided to see what was going on in the big city of Greensboro ,NC , where my Mom lives. 

I heard the president was going to be there over the weekend and I knew there was suppose to be an "Occupy Together" going on too? Well it turned out he refused to speak to them ?

Then I start noticing the other headlines there???

The crime is getting insane there. Especially if you are looking for a safe place for a Senior citizen on a fixed income .She has been trying to get GHA to help find her something Safe on a lower level home with a little yard she could grow flowers?? But that has not gone so well?  So here are just some things I found in the headlines

Stressful weekend for police

Another homicide in Greensboro? Police are investigating a shooting death on Randleman Road this morning.

They must be exhausted after an extremely stressful weekend: thousands of visitors in town for N.C. A&T Homecoming, which included a parade Saturday morning; the Occupy Greensboro march and campout; and way too much crime.
Two nonfatal shootings at a nightclub early Sunday.
Another nonfatal shooting Saturday night.
An armed robbery at a gas station early Sunday.
A stabbing early Sunday.
Another armed robbery and assault Saturday evening.
Forgive them if they doze off during the speechmaking.

 other headlines  

Police: Man Stabbed After Intruders Wake Him Up 9:17 AM, Oct 14, 2011

Police Respond To Seven Different Armed Robberies Within Six Hours In Northern Greensboro 9:03 AM, Oct 15, 2011 

Neglected Areas in Greensboro 

Here is a video of some of the areas my mom has to look through like the first video too??

More on part 2 coming next blog .
May Peace and Blessings be upon you.


Sunday, October 16, 2011

#21/100 Reasons I Blog4Peace/ Revolution whispers


Lets not Whisper let's Shout !
 I am praying for one day in my life to see Peace on this earth .

May Peace and Blessings be upon you !

Friday, October 14, 2011

#22/100 Reasons I Blog4Peace/Nobel Prize for Peace Women

  I found a great article on the 3 wonderful women that share the this year's Nobel Prize for Peace 
 Girls Just Want to Have Peace
  Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the president of Liberia, shared the prize with her sister in disarmament, Leymah Gbowee, and Yemeni journalist Tawakel Karman.
Tawakel Karman    ,  Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ,   Leymah Gbowee


Leymah Gbowee says,
In the past we were silent, but after being killed, raped, dehumanized, and infected with diseases, and watching our children and families destroyed, war has taught us that the future lies in saying NO to violence and YES to peace! We will not relent until peace prevails.

“If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.” Ellen Johnson Sirleaf 



May Peace and Blessings be upon you.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

#23/100 Reasons I Blog4Peace/ U.S. military veterans

 This is shameful. The veterans need to occupy and support. Peaceful protesters should not be treated this way. This is wrong. 

Shot by an onlooker, the video clip below clearly shows members of Veterans for Peace, an organization of U.S. military veterans who oppose war, being attacked and arrested by members of the Boston Police Department, their flags — including the American flag — being thrown to the ground:



Tuesday, October 11, 2011

#24/100 Reasons I Blog4Peace/ I Am Who I Am


Let's share love to bring peace ! 
PEACE LOVE & LIFE

 I Am Who I Am


I am who I am that is that I am who I am
that is that I am 
who I am that is that I am who I am
thank God I am I am who I am that is that I am 
who you are looking back 
You are who I am can you imagine that 
There is one God and that's a fact 
Joy to the World Peace on the Earth
God Bless the Children
How we love them 

May Peace and Blessings be upon You.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

#25/100 Reasons I Blog4Peace / Peace Art

 

Today I have been working on my Globe picture for the great Blogblast for Peace on Nov 4th 2011 . It is on my page marked peace Globes and pics. While I was at it I also added a few more there and at the other page for Peace pictures. So go check them out...
If you would like to use one of my pictures I made, just leave a comment and let me know please. 
If you would like to share one let me know too! 

Well I am going to leave you with a song to go with the pictures . 

May Peace and Blessing be upon You. .

Saturday, October 8, 2011

#26/100 Reasons I Blog4Peace /America falling?

How far will our country fall before we Stand Up again! 
I wanted to find a video that gave us an idea of what direction we are headed if we don't Stand Up and Change ! This one shows it well and came with the history of the song!


I saw this beautiful video and it brought me to tears... wondering, " what the hell happened to our country?"
These pictures are from another time but then again it looks familiar today too ?  Do we have to repeat history again?
Do we have to Fall all the way down before we pick ourselves back up again? 
Here is the info I found with the video.
Current economic times are tough and may seem familiar to those who experienced them before. These images are gritty and real.  Sometimes history repeats itself, but hopefully the worst is behind us. Although "Hard Times Come Again No More" sounds as if it were written during the Great Depression, it was actually written in 1854 by Stephen C. Foster, America's pioneer songwriter. Mavis Staples, one of the greatest living gospel and R&B singers, recorded the song as part of the CD "Beautiful Dreamer - The Songs of Stephen Foster" a tribute album released on the Emergent Music label in 2004. Included are many of his famous and some lesser known songs recorded with contemporary interpretations and arrangements. Uploaded by catman916 on Aug 27, 2009








May Peace and Blessings be upon You.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

#28/100 Reasons I Blog4Peace / American poverty

Lightest color 0 to 10% , Darkest 30 to 52%

The US has the highest poverty rate among developed countries, according to the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
The poverty line for a US family of four, including two children, is an income of $22,113 (£14,062) a year.
The data showed that children under 18 suffered the highest poverty rate – 22% – compared with adults and the elderly.

American poverty levels hit record high


Numbers grow for a third year, to 15.1%, with 46 million people impoverished – the highest rate since 1993

These facts hit Home for me... I was raised in poverty and haven't lived far from it most my life.  It has been a great part of shaping who I am. I was not in school before I had met homeless people and we were just a step away. I got to know first hand how it feels to be hungry and to Need the simple things of life. 
my mom was the little blonde in front of my Grandma Luizia George
 My Mother was a teenage daughter of a Saint that raised 7 children the very best she could . My Grandma never saw a day away from poverty. Yet to the day she died she gave hope to others. She was not racial or prejudice in anyway . I am mixed , I remember being asked very early in life , before school age! "What are You?" 
She taught me the importance of seeing Who someone was , not What they are.
That is a lesson I learned from her after realizing a big amount of people were not like she was , at a really early age.
Example we lived in Indianapolis , my Mom ,little sister and me in the poorest part of the city. Playing on the sidewalk in front of the apartment building ...  I was around 7 years old when I saw a young boy on a trike making fun of a homeless man looking for food from a trash can. I remember telling him stop... Then I remember saying something like "maybe you should try looking in one"... I picked up an empty can drop it over top of him and preceded to beat the can!  
LOL my poor Mom got confronted by a very angry Mom about double her size telling her what I had done to her son. I told the lady Why I did it and He got spanked ! Justice 
Don't get me wrong I have no blame to my Mom , she did what she could to get by . My Grandma did all she could to help ,but she was just getting by herself . There was Very little support for a poor teenage mother in those days. Or for all the others on or near poverty !
Sadly there isn't enough now almost 50 years later!


 Sesame Street has a history of introducing new characters to help explain difficult social issues to children. For example, four years ago the show created a Muppet specifically to spur conversation around the impact of war and deployments on military families.
This Sunday the much-loved children’s show will do the same, only this time the character will be a y-year-old-fuchsia faced Lily who will talk about what life is like when you don’t know if your family will have enough to eat.
With American poverty ranks swelling, and the numbers especially bad for children, Sesame Street is once again doing a real service to the thousands of children affected by this avoidable tragedy. 
If only we could say the same thing about our members of Congress.




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