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What the World Needs Now-

A Government of, for and by the People and Justice will Prevail.

Abraham Lincoln is credited for the following statement: “Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.” His spirit indeed lives on through his immortal words. It is for this reason that I bring up this topic today. We need to remember what our government is and should do and what Justice is and how to have justice prevail.

We humans could grasp our inherent power and use that to propel us into a golden era, an era of consciousness instead of death if we but follow these guidelines.

  1. A government that is organized and conducted for all. That’s right-every man, woman, and child regardless of political, social, religious, or economic persuasion or status. Self-serving individuals and groups only threaten the survival of it. Usually, the more unorganized and self-serving government is opposed, the more violence there is.
  2. When there is abuse or many cases of abuse, people do need to raise their voices but cautiously and not just outright riot, loot, or destroy human property. That’s just carrying things too far and is not going to go well in anyone’s favor. What does it solve?
  3. Try withdrawing your support of a government that is not run for all. And don’t support groups that tend to separate and divide people even more so. Be inclusive and help those that need help along the way.
  4. Likewise-with governments or those representing us and do work hard for all, then support should be given. In this day and time with social media and all the forms of communicating, then express your consent. It helps to communicate with our representatives so they know we are WITH them and they are more likely to continue on that path.
  5. All people need to take responsibility for their government. It is, after all, the people that make up the government. If you want a better government, get your own ethics in first, do what’s right and what is helpful for others, learn about civics, and support others that do the same. You can check out https://www.twth.org for the common sense guide to living a happier life. Precept #10 SUPPORT A GOVERNMENT DESIGNED AND RUN FOR ALL THE PEOPLE is what the 5 points summarize.

And relating to Justice, I leave you with this article from L. Ron Hubbard, Humanitarian. https://www.freedommag.org/issue/201505-patriot/l-ron-hubbard/justice.html It is a clear cut reason why there is injustice and how to rectify it.

Be a calm influence

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5 Steps on How to Live Better

Living better requires that we take our learning an extra step and apply certain truths. I’d like to outline here 5 simple steps to living better:

  1. Scripture says, “We will eat the fruit of our words.” That means we will reap or get exactly what we are saying to ourselves. I’d like to go a step further than that and say we will eat the fruit of not only our words, but the foods we eat, the thoughts we think and the things we do. Everything we think, say, and do has repercussions or effects. So why not eat healthier, think positive thoughts, and do things that help yourself and others, too.
  2. Be a productive person. This means staying active in mind, heart and with your hands. The hands we have are God’s tools just as our mind and heart should be, too. So whatever you have the mind to do, do it with passion and purpose and to help others. Use your talents and skills.
  3. Know the Truth of Who You Are! So many people, young and old, are not aware of who they are. What do I mean by that? They know not where they came from or where they are going. We are, in fact, more than just a body. We are a spirit inhabiting a body. Just ask anyone that has died and come back to life. They, their real self, hovered over their body. What happened was they were exteriorized and saw their body as just a vessel that they lived in. Many come back to life with a very real purpose, knowing who they are, and change their lives for the better. Don’t wait for a ‘near-death’ experience to find out who you are. This is related to this other collarary, Find out your reason for being. Know what it is you are here on earth to do and then do it! You’ll be happier because you are on-purpose. Most likely it’s those things you have an interest in and good at anyway.
  4. Educate yourself-stretch yourself to higher ways of thinking and be sure to Look and Listen. Make sure you observe and know what is your truth and not anyone elses. That is called holding your integrity in-knowing what you know and then standing on it regardless of what people think, say or do to you.
  5. And lastly, surround yourself with those like-minded, same vibrational people like you. Like attracts like and hopefully they are positive like you. If not, help yourself first to improve in every way. Then help others rise in tone by offering them a helping hand, but leave them to work out their own problems for the long haul. Getting caught up with enabling isn’t something that you want as part of your repetroire.

These are 5 ways on how to live a better life right now. I’m sure there are many more but these are just the basics. Take each item and then write down some things you can do right now. It doesn’t take months to do, in fact, it can be done just by deciding that you want a better life. Write down what you are able to do starting now and then in 30 days, see if your life hasn’t taken a turn for the better. You’ll probably want to continue on your happier path.

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the breath

how can there be anything but the breath?

a breath is slowly drawn and let out from ancient ones

or gasped like a baby quick and furious 

only to be released into the ethers

again in defeat or victory

breathing… in and out… in and out

regularly and steady is life itself

my breath on occasion is held captive waiting to be released…but why I wonder, has the cadence changed?

perhaps it is my outlook on life or the very life within me that seeks expression.

 

Breath=Spirit

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What Are They Thinking?

Another great post.

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If you are raising a child with a moral code only, you are not raising an ethical being; you are raising an obedient child.

Don’t be shocked when, as a teenager, he rebels to all those orders, yet is not able to come up with survival solutions to his problems.  Following orders has not trained him in reason or judgment, and that’s what ethics is: rightness adjusted by judgment and reason.

School systems no longer teach logic or reason.  Students must choose between a right and a wrong answer, and these are learned by heart.  The students never get to flex their muscles about relative rights. They are not trusted to think, required to evaluate data or draw conclusions based on what they have observed.  The right-and-wrong system in our schools is a system of anger where the student is too scared to form a…

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The Student is Not the Problem

Part of the problem does lie in seeing the student as the problem. If we could see all students as possibilities and opportunities and take responsibility for them as our own and help them thrive, instead of drugging and labeling them, we’d see different results. Agree.

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Screen Shot 2019-06-25 at 8.49.34 PMThere used to be good teachers and bad teachers, and you could tell them apart by looking at their students.  

When Jamie Escalante taught mathematics in South Central LA, every student passed, every year.  Many passed the advanced placement calculus test as well. He delivered.

Other teachers in the same school, teaching the same students embraced the obstacles the environment presented, and they failed utterly.

See “Stand and Deliver” and watch a good teacher in action.  He brooked no excuses.  They did a good job of capturing his passion.

That was then….

These days we are led to believe that there are good students and bad students and you can tell them apart by their grades, disabilities, and disorders. 

Unhampered, then, by any uncomfortable feelings of culpability, a teacher can now do a bad job, not do the job at all, because the parents, themselves…

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Our God-given​ Human Rights

It’s never too late to express the desire within me that I wish everyone to know and act upon their God-given rights,their Human Rights.

Dec. 10th marked the 70th year that the founder, Eleanor Roosevelt, along with representatives from regions all over the world, formally adopted a document which was outlined by the United Nations.  These representatives laid out thirty fundamental rights that every human being on earth inherits simply because of who they are-Human.  This document became the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

First, some definitions:

We are Human meaning a member of the Homo Sapiens species; man, woman, child or person.

We have Rights meaning things to which You and I are responsible for and responsible for upholding- freedoms that are guaranteed and should not be taken for granted, simply because we are Human.

We have thirty Human Rights.  Do you know them?

How can we ensure that our Human Rights are being upheld if we do not know our rights?  Who or what entities or Organizations can help with this endeavor?  I can state it simply-those persons/people or those groups that recognize that we have these guaranteed Human Rights and which help to ensure that Human Rights are known and protected, not abused.

1. Those people and organizations that help uplift Humanity without enslavement or entrapment.  That would mean dignifying the personhood.  (Dignified defined as being worthy, honored or esteemed.)  If we are all made of star-dust and are creations full of potential, then isn’t it everyone’s duty and responsibility to ensure that we KNOW that and even more so, act upon that?

2. Those people and organizations that allow for participation and sharing in life itself and to which encourages an exchange for the benefits granted to them.  Most people are more than willing to pay it back or pay it forward once living from their conscience.  Do you know of such groups and organizations that encourage participation and sharing?  What do you give in return?  How do you help?

3. Those people and organizations that have and use their voice-a voice that speaks loudly for those that have & have not; a passion instilled within them to level the playing field so that all humans know, have and appreciate their God-given Human Rights.

Yes, it may sadly come down to doing actual harm to those that would want to suppress these rights but- – -That is how important Education is– so that the tipping point of using destruction can be averted if at all possible.

Are there effective and enlightened humans and groups of humans working either by themselves or together in unison to achieve the aims of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?

Are there effective materials and tools one can find and use to help enlighten others?

Yes, there are.

Study to show yourselves approved.

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From Hale to Paradise

Improvising is a must! See our trip to Upper Michigan!

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This year the Michigan Lighthouse Festival was held in Paradise, Michigan, and living not to distant from Hale, Michigan, this trip was dubbed the Hale to Paradise trip.  Paradise is about fifteen miles short of the shores of Lake Superior, where we were scheduled to have a vendor space at the Community Center for the Festival.

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How to Stabilize Your Kid

I’m a fan of Joke Reeder because she has common sense. Let’s help our youth rise to be truly strong, independent, rational and determined individuals. Thanks Joke!

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Being good at something makes kids happy.  It frankly doesn’t matter WHAT he is good at – checking the tire pressure, making spaghetti, or writing perfect cursive – just make sure your kid EXCELS at something.  Then take pictures, frame and hang them, put it on Facebook, tell the family…. celebrate!

Once you have established this kid as the “Your Most Reliable Tire Pressure Checker” call on him whenever possible.

Next thing you know, he’ll be lecturing you on the increase of 1 PSI for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit …..  He’s the expert.  

After that it is quite easy to get him interested in depth of tire tread; it gives him more to talk about.  Such havingness!  

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Reviewers wanted for short and free children’s book

Hello out there! An awesome opportunity to download free Ebooks tomorrow, Friday…if I Were a Lighthouse is just one of them! Thanks in advance for your kind review. 📚📚📚

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We need reviews on Amazon for this book. The paperback is selling very well at Michigan Lighthouse and Museum Stores. Here is the link to the ebook on Amazon. I know it is not the same as hardcopy, but it will enable you to review the book and get us noticed on Amazon.

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IF I WERE A LIGHTHOUSE is a rhyme for young readers about the duties and purposes of Great Lakes lighthouses. This is a children’s picture book that is both informative and fun with its rhyming poem for kids on the subject of shipping and lighthouses in Michigan. This is book 9 in the Rhyme for Young Readers Series by QuickTurtle Books®.

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Does Your Kid Have an Original Point of View?

Great food for thought…

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When you read a book you create the sights, smells, sounds, and sunsets, and so you make the tale your own.

Then the movie comes out, and the director’s sights, sounds and sunsets are ……  different.

You walk out of the theater with an adjusted image of the story, and soon can’t even recall what you used to think it all looked like.  It was different, …..  but it’s gone now.  In the face of 6 million agreements who can keep his own image?

One has to adjust….

Some people watch a lot of screens and adjust a lot.  The screens tell them what life looks like and feels like, what is right and just and scandalous, true and ridiculous, desirable and inevitable…. my, that’s a lot to agree with!  But after a while you can’t recall what you used to think life was like.  It was different though, ………

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