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This guy was just trying to pick up his kids and got tasered for it. This is the America that we live in.

In News on August 29, 2014 at 8:57 am

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So You Want to Deep Fry A Turkey? Think Safety First

In News on November 27, 2013 at 9:17 am


I love this ad. Have you had any Thanksgiving mishaps? One year my sister-in-law and I invited a neighbor family to join us for Thanksgiving. The wife accepted and said she would take care of the turkey. My sister-in-law and I made cakes, pies, vegetables. homemade rolls, venison and much more and then here came the neighbor with the turkey. First of all, there was NO chance this turkey was undercooked. I think it had been in the oven since Halloween. Second the stuffing consisted of a whole loaf of bread…yes, I mean a whole loaf, not shredded shoved into the turkey carcass  with an onion that was chopped in large pieces. No seasonings. Nothing else. No kidding.

Needless to say we NEVER asked her to cook anything else but we still invited them to every event over many years because maybe they couldn’t cook but they were wonderful friends.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women: PLEASE READ

In Inspiration, News on November 25, 2013 at 8:04 am

Leslie Morgan Steiner: Why domestic violence victims don’t leave

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. In this post are videos to several TED Talks that address abuse issues that women face internationally. Please share this post and if you have any comments I would like to hear them.

Opening discussions about theses issues is critical. Each story could be you, your sister, your mother, grandmother or friend. Violence has touched many, many women’s lives and they may be the only one who knows about it. Sometimes we need to not only think about the stories that we hear but think about the stories we don’t hear.

Maybe a of the women in the United States that is being sold as a sex slave will find a bar of soap that will tell them where they can get help. Maybe she will find shelter and someone who cares. Maybe not. But if we are not talking about it we are saying that these women are unimportant.

One of the  most heartbreaking poems that I have ever read is by a young man who was abused throughout his childhood, Antwone Fisher. We should all cry for every one of the victims of abuse throughout the world maybe that river if tears will lead to change.

Who will cry for the little boy?
By Antwone Fisher

who will cry for the little boy?
Lost and all alone.
Who will cry for the little boy?
Abandoned without his own?

Who will cry for the little boy?
He cried himself to sleep.
Who will cry for the little boy?
He never had for keeps.

Who will cry for the little boy?
He walked the burning sand
Who will cry for the little boy?
The boy inside the man.

Who will cry for the little boy?
Who knows well hurt and pain
Who will cry for the little boy?
He died again and again.

Who will cry for the little boy?
A good boy he tried to be
Who will cry for the little boy?
Who cries inside of me

Please share this post and if you have any comments I would like to hear them.

Sunitha Krishnan: The fight against sex slavery

TEDxColumbus 2011 – Theresa Flores – Find a Voice with Soap

Jackson Katz: Violence against women—it’s a men’s issue

“I wish for a better life. I wish for food for my children. I wish that sexual abuse and exploitation in schools would stop.’ This is the dream of the African girl.” (Leymah Gbowee)”

Turning Pain Into Power: Javier Espinoza at TEDxOrangeCoastWomen

An anthem for the campaign to end violence against women

America, it’s time to step up. The free market will survive without you for a day.

In News on November 24, 2013 at 8:08 am



America, it’s time to sit back and think about what we are becoming. What values do we teach our kids by becoming ninja shoppers on Black Friday? Are we teaching them that family is important or are we teaching them that “things” are important? I am appalled that Black Friday has moved  earlier into Thanksgiving Day. Instead of hanging out with family, watching football, playing with cousins you rarely see, talking to the elders in your family as everyone swaps stories about their lives and “remember whens” many will be standing in line trying to get the “next big thing” for Christmas. Seriously.

Family. That word carries everything that we are, who we will be and generations of hope and tragedy. What emotional connection can you build at a Wal-Mart Black Friday sale? Will your child learn about your family’s emigration to the US and how your family made its way? Will they learn about your families struggles and triumphs? Will they hear the laughter of thier grandmother as she recounts some silliness their parent did as a child. Is this the last Thanksgiving that you will hear her laughter? Will it occur to you as you stand in line Thanksgiving Day that you are actually wasting a precious commodity. Family love. I hope so. But why not think about it today and don’t go. Instead gather your family and be thankful they are with you and be thankful that you are with them.

America, it’s time to step up. The free market will survive without you for a day and honestly, the store employees should be home with their families. Please share this if you think that family is more important than the “next big thing”. Oh, and stay home Thanksgiving Day.

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An Evening with Gilbert King Pulitzer Prize Winning Author of Devil In the Grove

In Florida, Inspiration, News, Writing on November 21, 2013 at 8:15 am

Last night I went to a book signing in Mount Dora, Fl. The author of the Pulitzer Prize winning book “Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys and the Dawn of a New America“, Gilbert King spoke about his book, the case and then answered questions from the audience. The Groveland Boy case happened in Lake County where I live and involved four young black men who were accused of raping a young white girl. All four were innocent. The story is quite complicated and very interesting. Thurgood Marshall came to Lake County to represent the young men. As the story progresses two of the young men were being transported from the prison back to a Lake County courtroom for their second trial when the sheriff, Willis V. McCall, shot them on the side of the road. He thought they were both dead but one survived.

Groveland four article

There is so much more to the story than I am going to tell you here so I am going to ask you to read the book. It’s an important story that needs to be told again and again. It was amazing to listen to Mr.King and also some of the audience told their personal stories. There were surviving family members of the Groveland Fou present and  as I waited in line to have my book signed I talked to the man in front of me about the book, race and life, it turns out that he is a descendant of one of the Rosewood families. Rosewood. Fl. was a black settlement in Levy County Florida that was burnt to the ground and the families run off in response to a lynching. In 1997, the movie Rosewood was released.

These stories are important and many times our history is swept under the rug if it is unpleasant and that was done in the case of the Groveland Boys. Most residents of Lake County have never ehard of the case and are not aware that it was not just local news but national and international news. They are not aware that the monies that helped win the case of Brown vs, Brown came from cash the NAACP raised in response to the injustice of the Groveland Boys case. Even many of the surviving family of the Groveland Boys were unaware of details of the case. It was the earlier generations way of protecting them from the sadness and fear.

Please visit Gilbert King’s website for more information and PLEASE READ THE BOOK.

The Devil in the Grove




They Never Saw a Child : Ruby Bridges Interview

In Inspiration, News on November 16, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Every time I watch videos taken during the Civil Rights Era I cringe at the images, I feel sadness that any human being is treated so poorly by communities and I feel shame. I also feel hope, because while there is still much more work to be done there has been progress. Yes, there are still injustices and prejudices but there is also a deepening of acceptance in society not just for people who’s skin is a different color than our own but for those who have a different sexual preference or a different religion. For that reason I have hope. I know I have taught my children tolerance and compassion and that is where change starts in our homes. You have to see the child to understand where change needs to begin.



On Veteran’s Day: The Failure of Quality Health Care for Our Vets

In News on November 11, 2013 at 4:12 pm

This video is tragic and thought provoking. How do you think our veterans are being treated? Watch this in-depth CNBC report. Watch and see:

Death and Dishonor: Crisis at the VA



Please share and I would be interested to hear about any experiences with the VA

Is Our Country Under Lockdown?: The US Private Prison System

In News on November 7, 2013 at 9:15 am


This is an important video. Privately owned prisons are altering the very fabric of our society. They are not invested in prisoner education, reform or providing services to help them succeed after incarceration. They want prisoners to return. Being privately owned they benefit from keeping costs down by providing less than adequate food and shelter. many times they are short staffed and poorly supervised. As you will see in this video the big private prisons are lobbying and throwing money anywhere that they can to keep prison populations at high levels. They lobby against immigration reform, as well as legalization of marijuana.

Here are some facts found in this video:

From the years 1990- to 2009 prison populations in the US ave increased by 1600%.

Crime rates have decreased over the past decade.

Private prisons have spent $45 million  towards lobbying from 2002-2012. (That does not include outright bribes, etc.)

Some states enter into contracts with the big private prisons that state that if the prison population falls below 90-100% that the state will provide more prisoners or pay for the empty beds.

On any given day 70,000 kids are in detention centers.

Nearly HALF of the prisoners in state prisons are in for non-violent offences.

This is not a left wing or right wing issue. This is a human issue.







Other articles:

One Disturbing Reason For Our Exploding Prison Population (INFOGRAPHIC)

U.S. prison population dwarfs that of other nations

The Drug War And Mass Incarceration By The Numbers

Appalling Prison and Jail Food Leaves Prisoners Hungry for Justice

Can Food Be Cruel and Unusual Punishment?

The Biggest, Baddest Prison Profiteer of Them All

1more spent on prisons than food



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