Sunday, December 31, 2006


Category: Religion and Philosophy

People often handle life as they do bad weather.

They while away the time waiting for it to stop,
Yet the tide of opportunity comes to everyone.

Opportunity knocks all the time, but you've got to be ready for it.

When your chance comes, you must have the equipment to take advantage of it.

The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong,
for time and chance happen to everyone.

Take a second look at what appears to be someone's "good luck."

You'll find not luck but preparation, planning and success-produced thinking.

When you're prepared for opportunity your chance for success is sure to come.

The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.

Decide that 2007 will be your year for success and prepare for it to happen.

If you plan a change, be sure you're not jumping from the pan into the fire.

Take the time to ask someone with experience... then decide.

Learning from the mistakes of others is the lowest price you'll ever pay for your own success.

HAPPY NEW YEAR - Everyone - Thank you for Being a Friend...!!!!!

What is Our Deepest Fear - for 2007?

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate....Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure...It is in showing our light, not our darkness that most frightens others...and living in fear does not serve the World for the better, for there is nothing enlightening about shrinking back so that others won't feel insecure around us...

We were ALL meant to shine as children is not just in some of us, it is in ALL of us...and once we let our light shine it motivates others to have the courage and inspiration to do the same - for once we are liberated from own fear of the darkness, we can help to lead others into the light - as our mere presence automatically liberates and enlightens those around us...

I wish to say Thank You to those who have SAVED a Life - Today!

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.

When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that person. When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend and they are. They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on....and share their light and their love with others...:)

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Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas 2006 - Act in the Spirit of LOVE toward One Another


The place to begin to improve our world is in your own hearts and minds.
To get along with others, and to love them without forcing our love upon them.

Imposing your beliefs on people will not bring you Peace, Love or Joy.
Having TRUE concern for others, TRUE respect for their rights and freedoms,
ALLOWS them to be themselves.

IF WE CAN Do this WE ALL CAN enjoy peace.

Having REAL consideration for others is the basis of a RICH and REWARDING life.

Most people are not against US, they are merely out just for themselves.

Differing ideas will always clash, but not those of the heart, the mind, and the soul.

Peace, Love and Joy WILL come to THOSE who honestly DO Live and Act in a spirit of Love.

Merry Christmas - from My Family to Yours!

In this Spirit,

Stephen Rene


I believe the past is the past - and only want to believe in a more positive future -by being more honest with others, and so much more positive and our light...

This is our journey, our destiny, and we need to stay focused on a more righteous path with God.

In my LIFE - I wish only to encourage others - even when there is the need to share anger toward me - I will understand the anger, and always be there to just wipe away the tears, and will never take it personally.

I will always TRY to lift you up - when you are down, and try to motivate you with my writing and my positive thoughts - toward you and your life.

2007 is going to be a year for many spectacular miracles - and ALL will SEE THESE COME TO PASS.

IT TRULY CAN be a year that will lead and inspire everyone - who believes in spiritual direction on a whole new level and calling - but only if we can "keep our eyes on the prize."

And in "Knowing the truth will always set us free."

We CAN make it even in the face of:

1. Job Loss
2. Moving to a NEW HOME
3. Relational "Break-Up" (even at the Holidays!)

This was ALL completely expected based on the efforts shown in that WE ARE trying to make a POSITIVE difference - in the lives of others.

WE CAN ALL make a difference and share in this together - if we will only try?
You may not know it - yet - but - you have made a positive difference in my life...

Thank you, J, for the many positive thoughts and prayers - this HOLIDAY Season.

------------ PWC Song of the WEEK

I know a girl
She puts the color inside of my world
She's just like a maze
Where all of the walls all continually change
And I've done all I can
To stand on her steps with my heart in my hands
Now I'm starting to see
Maybe it's got nothing to do with me

Fathers be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers be good to your daughters too

Oh, you see that skin?
It's the same she's been standing in
Since the day she saw him walking away
Now she's left
Cleaning up the mess he made

Fathers be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers be good to your daughters too

Boys, you can break
You'll find out how much they can take
Boys will be strong
And boys soldier on
But boys would be gone without the warmth from
A woman's good, good heart

On behalf of every man
Looking out for every girl
You are the god and the weight of her world

So fathers be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers be good to your daughters, too
So mothers be good to your daughters, too
So mothers be good to your daughters, too
Title Daughters
Artist John Mayer
Album Heavier Things
Track 10

"Happy Holidays and To ALL a GOOD Night"

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Corporate Evangelists Love to Spread the Word !!!

Spreading the Word about Chief Corporate Evangelists (C.I.E)

When Google hired Vint "Father of the Internet" Cerf last September, it gave him the ecclesiastical-sounding title of "Chief Internet Evangelist." His job, as Cerf himself has explained, is "helping people understand--both inside and outside of Google--what Google's potential is." Now to nontechnophiles or those residing outside Silicon Valley, the move might have seemed like another New Agey gesture by the search-engine superpower. This is, after all, a company with the it's-hard-to-keep-from-rolling-your-eyes corporate mantra of "Don't Be Evil." So, is chief Internet evangelist just an effort to apply a quasi-spiritual gloss on some glorified marketing position?

Don't be cynical. Google is only one of many companies, mostly in the technology sector, designating certain employees as "evangelists." Microsoft has technology evangelists reaching out to developers and consumers through company-sponsored Internet forums such as Channel 9 and The Hive. Some companies, such as Sun Microsystems, have even created the overarching position of "chief evangelist" who focuses more on trumpeting core values and vision. The word "evangelist" comes from the Greek word eu-angelos, meaning "bringer of good news."

But the job of a corporate evangelist is about way more than preaching the wonders of a company to customers and clients.

"Evangelism is about sharing your dream so that other people believe in it as much as you do," says Guy Kawasaki, former chief evangelist for Apple Computer and one of the key people responsible for marketing the Macintosh in 1984. "Those people then, in turn, get even more people to believe. Just like Jesus did as the most important evangelist [in history] who recruited 12 more evangelists [to spread the good news worldwide]."

Your environment is the mental feeding ground from
which the food that goes into your mind is extracted.

Choose your environment with care, one that is positive,
one that lifts you up and gives you wings to soar.

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambition.
Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

Don't become a victim of your environment.

Create favorable conditions through your associations.

Your own inherent spirtual force and energy will compel things to turn out
the way you desire them to be when you're surrounded by positive people.

Can WE all start showing that we really do care for one another - even if it can only be as friends?

Can WE air all of our differences - openly and honestly - without fear - and come out on the other side in a better place than we were when we started?

Can WE share truth honestly - even if it may hurt those we love sometimes, or even cause us to argue needlessly - but when it is done in true friendship the resolve to remain friends for a lifetime will be sustained - and that can & will withstand the test of time.

I know we CAN ALL be better off, and I hope WE ARE ALL better people - because we did. Thank you J.

Keeping the Faith - always,
Stephen Rene
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Friday, December 08, 2006

Suburban Poor Outnumbered By Urban Counterparts

In 1999, the number of poor people living in cities and suburbs was roughly even, at about 10.3 million apiece, according to the report. Last year, the suburban poor outnumbered their urban counterparts by about 1.2 million. Suburbs are adding people much faster than cities, making it inevitable that the number of poor people living in suburbs would eventually surpass those living in cities.

America’s suburbs are becoming more diverse, racially and economically.

The poverty rate in large cities (18.8 percent) is still higher than it is in the suburbs (9.4 percent). But the overall number of people living in poverty is higher in the suburbs in part because of population growth.

“There’s poverty really everywhere in metropolitan areas because there are low-wage jobs everywhere,” Berube said.

Recent immigrants are increasingly bypassing cities and moving directly to suburbs, especially in the South and West. Those immigrants, on average, have lower incomes than people born in the United States.

Berube and research analyst Elizabeth Kneebone studied poverty figures for the 100 largest metropolitan areas, measuring changes from 1999 to 2005, the most recent data available.

“Traditionally, cities have been viewed as home to poor populations, surrounded by middle- and upper-income suburbs,” the report said. “This ’tipping’ of poor populations to the suburbs represents a signal development that upends historical notions about who lives in cities and suburbs.”

Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, said many of the same social and economic problems that have plagued cities for years are now affecting suburbs: struggling schools, rising crime and low-paying jobs.

“I call it the urbanization of the suburbs,” Morial said.

“I hope this says to people that the way to confront poverty is not to wall it off and concentrate it,” Morial said. “You really need policies to eliminate it.”

Cleveland was the city with the highest poverty rate last year, at 32.4 percent, while San Jose had the lowest, at 9.7 percent. Suburban McAllen, Texas, at the southern tip of the state, was the suburb with the highest poverty rate last year, at 43.9 percent, while suburban Des Moines, Iowa, had the lowest, at 3.7 percent.
© 2006 The Associated Press.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships

by Daniel Goleman

Editorial Review
"Passionately argued … lucid."
—Publishers Weekly

Book Description

Emotional Intelligence was an international phenomenon, appearing on the New York Times bestseller list for over a year and selling more than five million copies worldwide. Now, once again, Daniel Goleman has written a groundbreaking synthesis of the latest findings in biology and brain science, revealing that we are “wired to connect” and the surprisingly deep impact of our relationships on every aspect of our lives.

Far more than we are consciously aware, our daily encounters with parents, spouses, bosses, and even strangers shape our brains and affect cells throughout our bodies—down to the level of our genes—for good or ill.

In Social Intelligence, Daniel Goleman explores an emerging new science with startling implications for our interpersonal world. Its most fundamental discovery: we are designed for sociability, constantly engaged in a “neural ballet” that connects us brain to brain with those around us.

Our reactions to others, and theirs to us, have a far-reaching biological impact, sending out cascades of hormones that regulate everything from our hearts to our immune systems, making good relationships act like vitamins—and bad relationships like poisons. We can “catch” other people’s emotions the way we catch a cold, and the consequences of isolation or relentless social stress can be life-shortening.

Goleman explains the surprising accuracy of first impressions, the basis of charisma and emotional power, the complexity of sexual attraction, and how we detect lies. He describes the “dark side” of social intelligence, from narcissism to Machiavellianism and psychopathy. He also reveals our astonishing capacity for “mindsight,” as well as the tragedy of those, like autistic children, whose mindsight is impaired.

Is there a way to raise our children to be happy?
What is the basis of a nourishing marriage?
How can business leaders and teachers inspire the best in those they lead and teach?
How can groups divided by prejudice and hatred - come to live together in peace?

The answers to these questions may not be as elusive as we once thought. And Goleman delivers his most heartening news with powerful conviction: we humans have a built-in bias toward empathy, cooperation, and altruism–provided we develop the social intelligence to nurture these capacities in ourselves and others.
From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving - From US to You - This Special Day!

The Best of Thanksgiving Wishes to you and yours - this Holiday Season.

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In truth, faithfullness, and [the] kindness of our hearts [as they] beat together and call to one another in the language of God. I wish for you a glorious day of Peace and Thanksgiving.


Thank You so much for writing this beautiful note and sharing this with me and my Son.

Song of the Day

There was a man back in '95
Whose heart ran out of summers
But before he died, I asked him

Wait, what's the sense in life?

He said, Son why you got to sing that tune
Catch a Dylan song or some eclipse of the moon
Let an angel swing and make you swoon

Then you will see... You will see

Then he said, Here's a riddle for you, Find the Answer

There's a reason for the world
You and I...

Picked up my kid from school today
Did you learn anything about the world today?
You can't live in a castle far away
Now talk to me, come talk to me

He said, Dad I'm big,
but we're smaller than small
In the big scheme of things,
well we're nothing at all
Still every mother's child sings a lonely song
So play with me, come play with me

And Hey Dad, Here's a riddle for you, Find the Answer

There's a reason for the world
You and I...

I said, Son for all I've told you
When you get right down to the Reason for the world...
Who am I?

There are secrets that we still have left to find
There have been mysteries from the beginning of time
There are answers we're not wise enough to see

He said... You'll be looking for a clue
I Love You free...

The batter swings and the summer flies
As I look into my little angel's eyes
A song plays on while the moon is high over me
Something comes over me

I guess we're big and I guess we're small
If you think about it man you know we got it all
Cause we're all we got on this bouncing ball

And I love you free...
I love you freely...

Here's a riddle for you
Find the Answer...For There is a reason for the world
It's You and I...

Artist - John Ondrasik
Album - Two Lights
Track - The Riddle
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Quote of the DAY

Not everything that counts can be counted,
and not everything that can be counted - counts."
- Albert Einstein

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

PWC Video of the Week - John Mayer Live In Concert

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------------------The lyrics of these songs say more than I ever could.

Thank you for helping me and my son,

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The danger of total honesty is that it forces one to take off the mask. It allows judgement. It is sometimes a catalyst for insecurity and jealousy.

But I think more important than any of the dangers is the nakedness of the soul....the vulnerability....the casting off of the garments of pride and false pretense, which can be harshly judged or cradled and nurtured.

You [helped] make me want to be more than I ever thought I could be.

Thank you for allowing me to offer honesty [like never before].


Thursday, November 02, 2006

Real Time Intel - SAVING Lives Online Around The World - Everyday

Oct 31, 2006

WASHINGTON - The U.S. intelligence community Tuesday unveiled its own secretive version of Wikipedia, saying the popular online encyclopedia format known for its openness is key to the future of American espionage.

The office of U.S. intelligence czar John Negroponte announced Intellipedia, which allows intelligence analysts and other officials to collaboratively add and edit content on the government's classified Intelink Web much like its more famous namesake on the World Wide Web.

A "top secret" Intellipedia system, currently available to the 16 agencies that make up the U.S. intelligence community, has grown to more than 28,000 pages and 3,600 registered users since its introduction on April 17. Less restrictive versions exist for "secret" and "sensitive but unclassified" material.

The system is also available to the Transportation Security Administration and national laboratories.

Intellipedia is currently being used to assemble a major intelligence report, known as a national intelligence estimate, on Nigeria as well as the State Department's annual country reports on terrorism, officials said.

Some day it may also be the path intelligence officials take to produce the president's daily intelligence briefing.

But the system, which makes data available to thousands of users who would not see it otherwise, has also stirred qualms about potential security lapses following the recent media leak of a national intelligence estimate that caused a political uproar by identifying Iraq as a contributor to the growth of global terrorism.

"We're taking a risk," acknowledged Michael Wertheimer, the intelligence community's chief technical officer. "There's a risk it's going to show up in the media, that it'll be leaked."

Intelligence officials say the format is perfect for sharing information between agencies, a centerpiece of the reform legislation that established Negroponte's office as national intelligence director after the Sept. 11 attacks.

They also said it could lead to more accurate intelligence reports because the system allows a wider range of officials to scrutinize material and keeps a complete, permanent record of individual contributions including dissenting points of view.

That might help avoid errors of the kind that led to the widely criticized 2002 national intelligence estimate that said Saddam Hussein possessed large stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.

Intelligence officials are so enthusiastic about Intellipedia that they plan to provide access to Britain, Canada and Australia.

Even China could be granted access to help produce an unclassified intelligence estimate on the worldwide threat posed by infectious diseases.

"We'd hope to get down to the doctor in Shanghai who may have a useful contribution on avian flu," senior intelligence analyst Fred Hassani said.

Quote of the DAY

Not everything that counts can be counted,
and not everything that can be counted - counts."
- Albert Einstein

Thank you everyone for the kind thoughts and prayers - always...:)
Keeping the FAITH - always,

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Who made up the word "Utopia"??
Thomas More published a book in 1516 called "Utopia." He made up the word. It referred to an imaginary land where everyone was equal and there was goodness in the people and all believed a just God. Everyone shared what he had and helped anyone who needed help. But Thomas More didn't live in any Utopia - he was ultimately punished by beheading for refusing to sign a paper that said Henry the Eighth was England's top religious authority.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

FREE HUGS Campaign - GROWS Around the WORLD!

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People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that person. When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend and they are. They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn. They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it, it is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons, things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

Thank you for being a part of my life, whether you were a reason, a season or a lifetime. Thank you everyone for the kind thoughts and prayers - always...:)
Keeping the FAITH - always,

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Sunday, October 22, 2006

PWC Shares in the Respect for - Flags of Our Fathers - An Award Winning American Film

Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood adapts co-authors James Bradley and Ron Powers' book Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima for this tale about a man who discovers that his father was one of the six men who raised the American flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima. Bradley knew that his father fought in World War II, but it's only after the aged veteran dies over a half a century later that the unsuspecting son will learn of the remarkable bravery that led American troops to a key victory over the Japanese in one of the war's most pivotal battles. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

Ryan Phillippe John "Doc" Bradley
Jesse Bradford Rene Gagnon
Adam Beach Ira Hayes
John Benjamin Hickey Keyes Beech
Paul Walker Hank Hansen
Jamie Bell Ralph Ignatowski
John Slattery Bud Gerber
Joseph Cross Franklin Sousley
Barry Pepper Mike Strank
Neal McDonough Capt. Severance
Robert Patrick Col. Chandler Johnson
Melanie Lynskey Pauline Harnois

Clint Eastwood Director, Producer, Composer (Music Score)
Robert Lorenz Producer, Executive Producer
Steven Spielberg Producer
Paul Haggis Screenwriter
William Broyles Screenwriter
Thomas Stern Cinematographer
Adrian H. Gorton Art Director, Set Designer
Jack G. Taylor Jr. Art Director
James Bradley Book Author
Ron Powers Book Author
Phyllis Huffman Casting
Deborah Hopper Costume Designer
Joel Cox Editor
Henry Bumstead Production Designer
Gary A. Lee Set Designer
Joseph G. Pacelli Jr. Set Designer
Digital Domain Visual Effects
Michael Owens Visual Effects Supervisor

Thank you Mr Eastwood and so many others involved! WE know You are Listening and Seeing the Truth. Please continue helping US save the lives of others needing it - Everyday!

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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Annapolis - PWC Weekend Top Movie of the WEEK!!!

PWC Movie Selection of the Week:

Directed by
Justin Lin

Writing credits (WGA)
David Collard (written by)

Genre: Drama / Sport (more)

Tagline: 50,000 Apply. 1,200 Are Accepted. Only The Best Survive. (more)

Plot Outline: Set against the backdrop of boxing at the Naval Academy, centers on a young man from the wrong side of the tracks whose dream of attending Annapolis becomes a reality.

Cast overview, first billed only:

James Franco .... Jake Huard
Donnie Wahlberg .... Lt. Commander Burton
Jordana Brewster .... Ali
McCaleb Burnett .... Whitaker
Chi McBride .... McNally
Wilmer Calderon .... Estrada
Jimmy Yi Fu Li .... Midshipman Lin
Macka Foley .... Ref
Jim Parrack .... A.J.
Brian Goodman .... Bill Huard
Vicellous Shannon.... Twins
Roger Fan .... Loo
Billy Finnigan .... Kevin
Katie Hein .... Risa
Tyrese Gibson .... Cole

Commentary: This Father and Son Film is about the journey WE ALL must face in our lifetimes and the many opponents and obstacles we must face as individuals - as well - and sometimes even from those our own team! But the film also shares how WE CAN triumph and achieve success by simply working together to help one another and only with the help of others willing to provide it to us - everyday!

Those who rent this one will get the message of the film midway through - and what it meant to me and others watching it. Hopefully it will touch all of you who rent it too...:)

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

A Test of Your American Internet Connections - This is ONLY a TEST...:)

You can now test your Internet Connection Speed or "TCS"

Here's the story on Broadband Internet Today:

Connection Type Connection Speed Faster Providers

28.8 Kbps Dial-up 28.8k

33.6 Kbps Dial-up 33.6k

53.3 Kbps Dial-up 56k

384.0 Kbps DSL/Cable 384k

768.0 Kbps DSL/Cable 768k

824.7 Kbps - You 824.7 kbps

1500.0 Kbps Cable/DSL 1.5Mbps Comcast

1544.0 Kbps Full T1 1.544Mbps Covad

3000.0 Kbps N x T1 3.0Mbps

6000.0 Kbps T3 6.0Mbps

15000.0 Kbps T3 15Mbps

30000.0 Kbps T3 30Mbps

Bandwidth may be higher or lower depending on Internet congestion.
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Saturday, September 30, 2006

Can WE SEE N.O.W. - "If Everyone Cared" How Much Better The World Could BE?

"If Everyone Cared"----------------------

From underneath the trees, we watch the sky
Confusing stars for satellites
I never dreamed that you'd be mine
But here we are, we're here tonight

Singing Amen, I'm alive
Singing Amen, I'm alive

If everyone cared and nobody cried
If everyone loved and nobody lied
If everyone shared and swallowed their pride
We'd see the day when nobody died

And I'm singing

Amen I, I'm alive
Amen I, I'm alive

And in the air the fireflies
Our only light in paradise
We'll show the world they were wrong
And teach them all to sing along

Singing Amen I'm alive
Singing Amen I'm alive


And as we lie beneath the stars
We realize how small we are
If they could love like you and me
Imagine what the world could be

If everyone cared and nobody cried
If everyone loved and nobody lied
If everyone shared and swallowed their pride
We'd see the day when nobody died

We'd see the day, we'd see the day
When nobody died
We'd see the day, we'd see the day
When nobody died
We'd see the day when nobody died

Performed by NickelBack
Album: For All the Right Reasons
Track: If Everyone Cared


I know many of you are trying behind the scenes to really help me, have seen that my efforts are sincerely designed to encourage helping others needing it, and in the relationship I have shared publically with my son, Dane...:) Please share this story with all those you meet or know, and continue to share positive prayers and thoughts for a peaceful and loving relationship with others - we meet everyday. Please help to see that we learn the importance of life - and what should always have been and be about helping others, in need in our love and our help, and in complete appreciation for the blessings of having a child you can always love - even if it is from a distance - always:

I Truly Thank MyLord and Every Person Who has shared and tried to be a POSITIVE Part of MY LIFE and the LIFE of my Son! Bless you and your family - always!

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The day finally arrived. Forrest Gump dies and goes to Heaven. He is at
the Pearly Gates, and is met by St. Peter himself. However, the gates
are closed, and Forrest approaches the gatekeeper.

St. Peter said, "Well, Forrest, it is certainly good to see you. We have heard a lot about you. I must tell you, though, that the place is filling up fast,
and we have been administering an entrance examination for everyone. The test is short, but you have to pass it before you can get into Heaven.

"Forrest responds, "It sure is good to be here, St. Peter, sir. But
nobody ever told me about any entrance exam. I sure hope that the test
ain't too hard. Life was a big enough test as it was."

St. Peter continued, "Yes, I know, Forrest, but the test is only three

First: What two days of the week begin with the letter T?
Second: How many seconds are there in a year?
Third: What is God's first name - it begins with "J"?"

Forrest leaves to think the questions over. He returns the next day and
sees St. Peter, who waves him up, and says, "Now that you have had a
chance to think the questions over, tell me your answers."

Forrest replied, "Well, the first one -- which two days in the week
begins with the letter "T"? Shucks, that one is easy. That would be
Today and Tomorrow."

The Saint's eyes opened wide and he exclaimed, "Forrest, that is not
what I was thinking, but you do have a point, and I guess I did not
specify, so I will give you credit for that answer. How about the next
one?" asked St. Peter."

How many seconds in a year? Now that one is harder," replied Forrest,
but I thunk and thunk about that, and I guess the only answer can be

Astounded, St. Peter said, "Twelve? Twelve? Forrest, how in Heaven's
name could you come up with twelve seconds in a year?

"Forrest replied, "Shucks, there's got to be twelve: January 2nd,
February 2nd, March 2nd..."

"Hold it," interrupts St. Peter. "I see where you are going with this,
and I see your point, though that was not quite what I had in
mind....but I will have to give you credit for that one, too. Let us go
on with the third and final question. Can you tell me God's first name?"

"Sure," Forrest replied, "it's JAH."

"JAH?" exclaimed an exasperated and frustrated St Peter."Ok, I can
understand how you came up with your answers to my first two questions,
but just how in the world did you come up with the name "JAH" as the
first name of God?"

"Shucks, that was the easiest one of all," Forrest replied. "I learnt it
from the song, "HalleluJah", Praise my Lords name, "HalleluJah",
St. Peter opened the Pearly Gates, and said: "Run Forrest, Run."

Who made up the word "Utopia"??

Thomas More published a book in 1516 called "Utopia." He made up the word. It referred to an imaginary land where everyone was equal and there was goodness in the people and all believed a just God. Everyone shared what he had and helped anyone who needed help. But Thomas More didn't live in any Utopia - he was ultimately punished by beheading for refusing to sign a paper that said Henry the Eighth was England's top religious authority.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

WE the People CAN celebrate our 1st United States Constitution Day - Sept 17, 2006

The National Archives celebrates the United States Constitution this month with public programming and with a special family event on Constitution Day—September 17.

The original document continues to be safely preserved and displayed in the Rotunda of the National Archives Building. Parts of the building, however—including the new William G. McGowan Theater—were badly damaged by flooding that occurred this past June. Repairs are under way, but the theater will not be ready in time for this month’s programs.

Our neighbors at the United States Navy Memorial have generously donated the use of their Arleigh and Roberta Burke Theater, in the Memorial’s Naval Heritage Center, for the programs below.

The Memorial, which honors the men and women of the United States Navy—past, present, and future—is located on Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, across the street from the National Archives Building. It is open to the public Monday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, call 202-737-2300 or visit


Thursday, September 14, at 7 p.m.
Arleigh and Roberta Burke Theater
United States Navy Memorial
Students’ Right to Free Speech

A Constitution Day Partnership Program with the Newseum
In 1965, Mary Beth Tinker, her brother John, and their friend Christopher Eckhard wore black armbands to school to honor the dead on both sides of the Vietnam War. They were suspended under a new policy banning armbands at school. Lower courts supported the policy. However, in the 1969 ruling Tinker v. Des Moines, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the students, saying that students do not “shed their constitutional rights when they enter the schoolhouse door.” Although later rulings defined students’ rights more narrowly, the Tinker case remains a landmark ruling.

Where do students’ rights to free speech stand today? Join moderator Frank Bond, Newseum producer and former WUSA-TV reporter and anchor, in a discussion of student free-speech rights with Mary Beth Tinker, former student activist; Francisco Negron, general counsel for the National School Boards Association; and Mark Goodman, executive director of the Student Press Law Center. Current high school student leaders also will be part of the panel.

This program is presented in partnership with the United States Navy Memorial.


Monday, September 18, at 7 p.m.
Arleigh and Roberta Burke Theater
United States Navy Memorial

The Constitution in a Time of National Emergency
A Constitution Day Partnership Program with Oxford University Press
How do we balance personal liberty against public safety in the face of grave national danger? Are there inevitable trade-offs, and, if so, when must we let the Constitution bend and when must we insist that it stand firm?

Are censorship measures justified in wartime that would not be justified in times of peace? Should “enemy combatants” be indefinitely detained without a hearing? Should executives be able to restrict civil liberties for reasons of national necessity, as President Lincoln did when he suspended habeas corpus during the Civil War? How can constitutional law best remain responsive to current events?

Join two of the most prominent legal scholars in the nation, Judge Richard Posner and Geoffrey R. Stone, as they debate these issues that are crucial for our time. Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Posner is the author of Not A Suicide Pact: The Constitution in a Time of National Emergency, inaugural volume in the series Inalienable Rights, a new 14-volume series from Oxford University Press. Stone, series editor, is the Harry Kalven, Jr., Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago and the author of Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Act of Sedition of 1798 to the War on Terrorism. Allen Weinstein, Archivist of the United States and author of The Haunted Wood, a study of espionage during the Cold War, will moderate the discussion.

This program is presented in partnership with the United States Navy Memorial.


Constitution Day Family Celebration
Sunday, September 17, noon–3 p.m.
Happy Birthday, U.S. Constitution!
Constitution Day Family Celebration

View the film The Road from Runnymede, 1992, 57 minutes (Jefferson Room, noon and 1 p.m.)

Have a piece of birthday cake and meet President James Madison, Father of the Constitution (Washington Room, 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m.)
Meet Syl Sobel, author of The U.S. Constitution and You (Washington Room, 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m.)
Sign the Constitution (Presidential Conference Room Lobby, noon–3 p.m.)
Take a guided tour of 600 years of political struggle—from Magna Carta in 1215 to the Philadelphia Convention in 1787—in The American Constitution: The Road from Runnymede, a film for young viewers. Then join the National Archives in singing, “Happy Birthday, U.S. Constitution!” Enjoy “Constitution cake,” and talk with President Madison, the “Father of the Constitution.” Put your own signature on a facsimile of the Constitution. Chat with the author of a children’s book about the Constitution.


Capitol Hill staffer Cathy Travis has written Constitution Translated for Kids, a book that frames the basic document of American government in easy-to-understand language. It might help some adults see the issues a bit more clearly, too.

Senator Robert C. Byrd - "Because checks and balances are necessary."

Sen Byrd - My Son and I Thank You for your responsible and insightful leadership!

May God Bless you and our Great Nation on this day of very significant American history.


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Friday, September 08, 2006

Teen thinking ? - No Empathy? and No Guilt? Can WE NOW SEE HOW to "Help Save a Life" Today?

Teen thinking - In the study, teens and adults were asked how they would react to certain situations. As they responded, researchers imaged their brains.

The area of the brain associated with higher-level thinking, empathy, and guilt is underused by teenagers, reports a new study. When considering an action, the teenage medial prefrontal cortex, located in front of the brain, doesn't get as much action as adults.

"Thinking strategies change with age," said Sarah-Jayne Blakemore of the University College London Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. "As you get older you use more or less the same brain network to make decisions about your actions as you did when you were a teenager, but the crucial difference is that the distribution of that brain activity shifts from the back of the brain (when you are a teenager) to the front (when you are an adult)."

Teen thinking ? - No Empathy? and No Guilt?

Although both adults and teens responded similarly to the questions, their brain activity differed. The medial prefrontal cortex was much more active in the adults than in the teens. However, the teenagers had much more activity in the superior temporal sulcus, the brain area involved in predicting future actions based on previous ones.

Adults were also much faster at figuring out how their actions would affect themselves and other people.

"We think that a teenager's judgment of what they would do in a given situation is driven by the simple question: 'What would I do?'" Blakemore said. "Adults, on the other hand, ask: 'What would I do, given how I would feel and given how the people around me would feel as a result of my actions?'"

Developing sensitivity

Children start taking into account other people's feelings around the age of five. But the ability develops well beyond this age, the new research suggests.

And while some of this sensitivity could be the result of undeveloped regions in the brain, the experience that adults [should learn to] acquire from social interactions also plays an important role.

"Whatever the reasons, it is clear that teenagers are dealing with, not only massive hormonal shifts, but also substantial neural changes," Blakemore said. "These changes do not happen gradually and steadily between the ages of 0–18. They come on in great spurts and puberty is one of the most dramatic developmental stages."

The results of the study were presented today at the BA Festival of Science in the UK. © 2006 All rights reserved.

Can We Now See - How to TEACH THEM "Right from Wrong?"
Can We Now See - How to TEACH THEM "Honesty, Morality, and Ethics?"
Can We Now See - How to TEACH THEM "Respect for Others - not just Themselves?"
Can We Now See - How this CAN and HAS SAVED A LIFE from perishing?
Can We Now See - How to take a STAND to Protect Them thru Parental, Educational and more responsible Media Reporting and Political Leadership???

If Everyone Cared and Never Cried
If Everyone Loved and Never Lied
If Everyone Shared and Swallowed Their Pride
We Could SEE the Day When Nobody Died

If They Could Love Like You and Me
Imagine What the World Could Be
With Our Only Light in Paradise
To Show and Teach the World to Sing
As We Lay Beneath the Stars
and Truly Realize How Small We Are

If Everyone Cared and Never Cried
If Everyone Loved and Never Lied
If Everyone Shared and Swallowed Their Pride
We Could SEE the Day When Nobody Died

If They Could Love Like You and Me
Imagine What the World Could Be

Singin' Amen We are Alive
Signin' Amen We are Alive

Album - "ALL The Right Reasons"
Track - "If Everyone Cared"
Produced by NickelBack and Joey Moi

Have WE Shared our LOVE for One Another Today?
Have We Shared the Truth about Shared Parenting Today?
Have We Shared the Truth about HealthCare, Freedom and Democracy Today?
Have WE TOLD the TRUTH Today?
Have WE SAVED a LIFE Today?

According to Karen DeCrow, former president of the National Organization for Women:

"If there is a divorce in the family, I urge a presumption of joint custody of the children. Shared parenting is not only fair to men and children, it is the best option for women. After observing women's rights and responsibilities for more than a quarter of a century of feminist activism, I conclude that shared parenting is great for women, giving time and opportunity for female parents to pursue education, training, jobs, careers, profession and leisure. There is nothing scientific, logical or rational in excluding men or forever holding women and children as if in swaddling clothes in an eternally loving bondage. Most of us have acknowledged that women can do everything that men can do. It is time now for us to acknowledge that men can do everything women can do [in parenting of our children - equally]."

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Saturday, September 02, 2006

Mars Date of Planetary Closeness Corrected - Thank You for the Alert!

Date Released: Monday, July 28, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
NEW Link to verify:

Mars Moves in for Some Quality Visual Time

Living too close to a neighbor may not be very appealing, but when Earth's neighboring red planet moves closer than it's been in 50,000 years, observers expect nothing but acclaim.

This August, scientists and amateur astronomers will benefit from the spectacular view of Mars as it appears bigger and brighter than ever before, revealing its reflective south polar cap and whirling dust clouds.

On August 27, 2003
, the fourth rock from the sun will be less than 55.76 million kilometers (34.65 million miles) away from the Earth. In comparison to the space between your house and your neighbor's yard, that may seem like a large distance, but Mars was about five times that distance from Earth only six months ago.

"Think of Earth and Mars as two race cars going around a track," said Dr. Myles Standish, an astronomer from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. "Earth is on a race track that is inside the track that Mars goes around, and neither track is perfectly circular. There is one place where the two race tracks are closest together. When Earth and Mars are at that place simultaneously, it is an unusually close approach, referred to as a 'perihelic opposition'."

Opposition is a term used when Earth and another planet are lined up in the same direction from the Sun. The term perihelic comes from perihelion, the point of orbit in which a celestial body is closest to the Sun. This August, Mars will reach its perihelion and be in line with Earth and the Sun at the same time.

The average opposition occurs about every two years, when Earth laps Mars on its orbit around the Sun. In 1995, the opposition brought Mars 101.1 million kilometers (62.8 million miles) from the Earth, twice as far as this most recent approach.

"It gets more complicated as the race tracks are changing shape and size and are rotating, changing their orientation," Standish explains. "So this place where the two tracks are closest together constantly changes, changing the opposition closeness as well. This is why a 'great' approach, like the one this month, hasn't happened in 50,000 years. But with the tracks closer together now, there will be even closer approaches in the relatively near future."

Aside from visiting a local observatory, peering through a telescope is the best way to take advantage of this unique opportunity. Since June, Mars has been noticeably bright in the night's sky, only outshined by Venus and the Moon. Observers in the Northern Hemisphere will see it glowing remarkably in the southern sky in the constellation Aquarius, best seen just before dawn.

"You're not going to go outside and see some big red ball in the sky. It will look like a bright red star," said Standish.

The word 'planet' is derived from the Greek expression for 'wanderer.' At such a close distance, Mars remains true to this expectation as it consistently wanders across the night's sky. Tracking the "red star's" movement from week to week is yet another way to appreciate the opposition as Mars appears to dart across the sky in comparison to more distant planets, such as Jupiter.

Although Mars will be closest on August 27, astronomers suggest viewing the planet earlier, as dust storm season is just beginning on the red planet and can obstruct a more detailed view.

Whether you are viewing through a telescope, glancing through a pair of binoculars, or star-gazing outside the city, be sure to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, for Mars will not make another neighborly visit this close until 2287.

I feel I may have been a little mis-lead by the source but the 2006 anniversary of this information was not meant to be any great mis-understanding?

Thank you for sharing it with me and my son - always,

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Sunday, August 27, 2006

The 7 wonders of the ancient world - MARS closer to EARTH on this Special Day!

The 7 wonders of the ancient world are:

The Temple of Artemis,
The Colossus of Rhodes,
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon,
The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus,
The Lighthouse at Alexandria,
The Great Pyramids of Giza, and
The Statue of Zeus at Olympia.

A Complete Listing of WORLD WONDERS -
It isn't sufficient just to want. WE must ask ourself, "What am I going to do to get the things I want?"

Always bridge the gap between where you are now and the place you intend to be in the future.

A strong resolution to succeed will be more important than anything else.

Everyone has a fair turn to be as great as they please. There is no such thing as mere chance.

WE must be willing to take that first step. and when we take it remember that with God's help WE can do anything we set our minds to, or that WE wish to do, and have anything WE wish to have, and be anything WE wish to be.

WE must look at things as they can be as in the end.
WE can only fail - if WE never ever try to succeed - in doing the right thing for others - not just for ourselves.
Happy Birthday Dane -

I love you more than you may ever know. On this day please always remember that the planet MARS was closer to our Planet EARTH than ever before in human recorded history.

This was from Me to You

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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

PBS Documentary on Family Law to Be Aired - BRAVO PBS!

PBS Documentary on Family Law to Be Aired

The documentary on family law which PBS promised after our Campaign Against PBS's Father-Bashing Breaking the Silence is called Kids & Divorce: For Better or Worse, and it will be airing on PBS affiliates in mid-September.

PBS broadcast the anti-father documentary Breaking the Silence: Children's Stories on many of its affiliates last October. The film accused family courts of anti-mother bias, attacked Parental Alienation Syndrome, and portrayed divorced dads seeking shared custody as batterers and child molesters aiming to steal children from their mothers. The film was extremely one-sided, and presented a harmful and inaccurate view of divorce and child custody cases.

Working with Fathers and Families, the American Coalition for Fathers & Children and others, we organized a campaign against the film, and over 10,000 of you called or wrote PBS to protest. Our demand was that "PBS provide fatherhood and shared parenting advocates a meaningful opportunity to present our side."

The campaign generated considerable media attention and controversy, and both PBS's ombudsman and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's ombudsman expressed sympathy with many of our aims.

In November we made the bombshell announcement that one of the women profiled as a heroic mom in the film had been found culpable of multiple acts of child abuse by a California Juvenile court. While the film claims that the mother lost custody of the daughter because of the father's legal machinations, in reality the Juvenile court transferred custody to the father to protect the girl.

In December PBS issued a statement saying they would commission an hour-long documentary to examine the issues raised in the film and by our campaign. PBS said that "plans call for the documentary to be produced and broadcast in Spring 2006" and that the "hour-long treatment of the subject will allow ample opportunity" for those of differing views to "have their perspectives shared, challenged and debated." We commended PBS for understanding our concerns and taking action to address the situation.

In April PBS filmed and interviewed Fathers & Families members. PBS describes Kids & Divorce: For Better or Worse as follows:

"Millions of American families are affected by divorce. Divorce and its aftermath generate strong emotions, sometimes influencing children into rebellion and bad behavior. By profiling several children and parents going through a divorce, the program explores how divorce affects children, how parents can lessen the negative effects and the efforts to reform how the way custody decisions are made."

Where the New PBS Film Is Airing

Just as Breaking the Silence did not air on some PBS stations, Kids & Divorce won't either. However, if you know of an airing of Kids & Divorce which is not listed, please email us or leave us your positive comments.


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Friday, August 11, 2006

Principle-Centered Leadership - "give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

In this guidebook to personal fulfillment and professional success through "principle-centered leadership," the author of the best-selling The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People invites readers to center their lives and leadership around timeless principles. He shows how no person or organization can be content to stay where they are -- how the goals of excellence and total quality express an innnate human need for progress in personal, interpersonal, and organizational life. Truly effective people lead their lives and manage their relationships according to principles -- natural laws and governing values that are universally valid. Leadership is the ability to apply these principles to problems, resulting in quality, productivity, profitability, and win-win relationships.

Drawing on 25 years of teaching and consulting, Stephen Covey writes about the key to managing expectations, the six conditions of effectiveness, and the patterns of organizational excellence. He explains how nothing fails like success, how to understand people's potential rather than just their behavior, and how to "manage from the left, lead from the right." With integrity, sensitivity, and insights that made The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People a nationwide best-seller, Principle-Centered Leadership demonstrates how lifelong learning can empower relationships at work and at home.

Principle-Centered Leadership will help you resolve these dilemmas and many others:

How do we achieve and maintain a wise and renewing balance between work and family and between professional and personal areas of life, in the middle of constant pressures and crises?

How do we unleash the creativity, talent, and energy of the vast majority of the work force, whose jobs neither reguire nor reward such resources?

How do we create team spirit and harmony among people and departments that have been attacking and criticizing each other for years, while contending for scarce resources, playing political games, and working from hidden agendas?

How can we realize that the choice between hardball ("tough" management that tries to force a better bottom line) and softball ("kind" management that hopes for a better bottom line) is transcended by a third alternative that is both tougher and kinder?

How can we have a culture characterized by change, flexibility, and continuous improvement and still maintain a sense of stability and security?

How do we get people and culture aligned with strategy, so that everyone in an organization is as committed to the strategy as those who formulated it?

How can all people at all levels of an organization internalize the principles of total quality and continuous improvement when they are so cynical, fatigued, and disillusioned with all the past "programs of the month"?

How can we create a complementary team based on mutual respect when so few value diversity and pluralism?

How do we turn a mission statement into a constitution -- the supreme guiding force of an entire organization -- instead of nebulous, meaningless, and cynicism-inducing platitudes?

How do we maintain control, yet give people the freedom and autonomy they need to be effective and fulfilled in thier work?

My Sincerest Thanks to Everyone as Together WE CAN Help others to Achieve the Impossible...

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Isn't it TIME we NOW show Forgiveness - as Continued Hatred for One Another will never Succeed in the End?

"We CAN ALL Start Changing Lives for the Better Everyday for our children!"

"Together We Can Make a Difference - and - already Have "Saved Lives" in the Family Law System...and around the World...!"

"Thank you for listening, for doing the right thing to help, and for Saving a Life from being injured this is what truly matters...and always has!"

Isn't it TIME we NOW show forgiveness for those individual(s) or
movement(s) which have the Nations' best interest and the right motive(s) in mind...

Isn't it TIME we NOW show that we wish to help those trying to help resolve these LIFE SAVING issues, and will never wish that another human being (parent or child) is ever hurt by the present system again?

Isn't it TIME we NOW show ALL are fairly treated "as is guaranteed by our Constitution" for ALL Persons equally under the law, without discrimination - hatred - and/or with malice and aforethought to intentionally damage (financially) or injure (emotionally) another child or parent - anymore...?

Can WE NOW SEE and Can WE NOW HEAR the tears of our nations children and those who have done nothing wrong but share their thoughts and case stories and the legal issues openly and honestly before the MEDIA, our State / Federal Political Leadership, and the American People of our GREAT NATION?

Can WE Pardon Them from any further continued attack(s) on their right to preserve our Constitution which has always guaranteed "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" with their children?

Can WE truly show we CARE about Peace, Joy and LOVE toward our children and our fellow man ALL YEAR round - not just during the annual Christmas Season?

I believe WE CAN Make this a NEW YEARS Resolution for ALL to SEE and WITNESS!
Don't You?

QUOTE - Earl Nightingale in 1989 once said:
"The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment."

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I am thinking of you and wishing you a very Happy, Healthy New Year.

I truly hope things work out for you and your son.

I also have to tell you I think the work you are doing is quite admirable.

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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

National temperature set at ‘broil’ - Are We Watching the Weatherman?

National temperature set at ‘broil’: "Broiling temperatures in the 90s and beyond gripped large swaths of the country Monday. At least two heat-related deaths were reported."

Can WE not See?
Can WE not Hear?
Is this not another Sign of the Times?
Is this not the TIME to share the TRUTH about LOVE for one another - Everyday?
Will We - Can We not share in saving a LIFE today?
Do you not believe - it is now time - to make a change for LIFE...?
David thought he could slay Goliath and did!
I Thank my Lord everyday for he has saved my life.

We can forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when adults become afraid of the light.

Keeping the Faith,

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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Earth is catching up with Mars - Closest approach between the planets in Recorded History!

This month and next, Earth is catching up with Mars in an encounter that Will culminate in the closest approach between the two planets in Recorded history. The next time Mars may come this close is In 2287.

Due to the way Jupiter's gravity tugs on Mars and perturbs its orbit, astronomers can only be Certain that Mars has not come this close to Earth In the Last 5,000 years, but it may be as long as 60,000 years before it happens again.

The encounter will culminate on August 27th when Mars comes closest to within 34,649,589 miles of Earth and Will be (next to the moon) the brightest object in the night sky. It will attain a magnitude of -2.9 And will appear 25.11 arc seconds wide. At a modest 75-power magnification.

Mars will be easy to spot. At the Beginning of August it will rise in the east at 10p.m. And reach its azimuth at about 3 a.m. By the end of August when the two planets are Closest, Mars will rise at nightfall and reach its Highest point in the sky at 12:30a.m. That's pretty convenient to see something that no human being has Seen in recorded history. So, mark your calendar at The beginning of August to see Mars grow Progressively brighter and brighter throughout the Month. Share this with your children and grandchildren.


My son, Dane was born on Aug 27, 1998 in St Petersburg, FL and now resides in Bethel, CT? Could this all be just an astronomical coincidence? I am sure it must be...:)

Thank you for alerting me about this stellar event in history...:)

My only wish is that we could all be closer to one another and share in more LOVE and in the TRUTH - with ALL - who mean the most to US - everyday.

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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Is Our US Government Engaging in a Social Experiment?

Q: Isn't Being a Good Parent a "Constitutional Right to Freedom and the Pursuit of Happiness?"

A: Congress is setting aside up to $100 million a year to promote marriage and $50 million a year to produce committed fathers!

WASHINGTON - Ron McLain has no qualms about the federal government getting involved in marriage. Indeed, he’s counting on it. McLain has applied for a $550,000 federal grant to hire counselors for Marriage Mentoring Ministries Inc., a tiny business in Fresno County, Calif., that helps couples before and after they exchange wedding vows. He also has a bid in for a $250,000 grant to teach men to become better fathers.

“The market is obviously very ripe for this with the divorce rate as high as it is, and obviously couples want a good marriage,” said McLain, who oversees the organization along with his wife, Joan. They specialize in training couples to mentor other couples, with many of the classes taking place at local churches.

The grant money represents the latest shift in welfare reform in the United States. For the next five years, Congress is setting aside up to $100 million a year to promote marriage and $50 million a year to produce committed fathers. This year’s allotment goes out before Sept. 30.

Programs aimed at prevention
Supporters say that if the government can get more low-income parents to tie the knot and help them work through the rough spots that inevitably occur, then those families are less likely to need federal assistance in later years.

“Children who grow up in healthy, stable, married households don’t wake up one day and decide they want to run away to Hollywood and become street prostitutes,” said Wade Horn, the Bush administration’s point man for welfare reform. “Couples in a healthy, stable married relationship don’t come home one day and decide they want to abuse their children.

This, in my view, is an exercise in limited government.”

Others see the government as engaging in a social experiment with scarce resources they say would be better put elsewhere.

Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., says the Republican-backed program is like a city filling potholes right before the next mayor’s race. Only this time, the administration is reaching out to religious groups.

“This is one of those real strange things they get involved in where they say they want small government and they say they want to get government out of people’s lives. Then they go try to find two high school kids and use some money to encourage them to get married,” McDermott said.

Proponents see no conflict
But Rep. Wally Herger, R-Calif., said children in one-parent households are seven times more likely to live in poverty than those in two-parent households. Yet, more and more children are being raised in broken homes, which leads to more spending on welfare and other government programs, he said.

“It’s amazing to me how anyone can find this controversial,” Herger said. “Being a parent of nine children myself, it’s tough enough to raise children when there’s two parents, let alone when there’s just one mother, totally alone, trying to raise a child.”

David Fein, a demographer who has conducted extensive research on marriage and the poor, said getting low-income couples to marry is not the hard part.

“They actually marry at the same rate as more affluent people. The problem is, subsequently, their marriages are much more fragile,” he said.

There are various reasons for that fragility, but financial stresses and strains play a part. At the same time, the poor don’t have the same ability as wealthier Americans to get help when their marriage needs it, he said.

But Fein’s point underscores that seminars on conflict resolution and learning to say you’re sorry won’t solve the problem entirely.

“Fortunately, the people who have developed these policies are not arguing that all you have to do is help people learn better relationship skills,” he said.

Money already at work
The federal government has provided some money in recent years to promote marriage, an average of about $14 million annually during the past four years, said Horn, the assistant secretary for children and families in the Department of Health and Human Services.

Marriage Mentoring Ministries, which works with church groups, already has obtained one grant for $50,000, which McLain used to hire a part-time employee and to purchase a computer and printer as well as other supplies. He used the equipment to make thousands of leaflets about the benefits of marriage.

McLain hopes the larger grants will allow his organization to reach minority communities. He likes welfare’s expanded emphasis on marriage, especially what it can do for children.

“When they watch mom and dad ... resolving their conflicts and having a normal relationship, they’ll be better able to carry that on in their relationship when they start dating and get married,” he said.


ISN'T IT NOW TIME our Children finally See and Hear the TRUTH from their Parents - about LOVE and RESPECT - not Hate - for One Another - and possibly be what has been missing from so many Domestic, International and Global relationships over the last 100 years?

Keeping the FAITH - always,

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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Recent MsNBC Questions: A GoodWill Hunting Story?

A number of people have suggested thinking differently, ending bickering and/or fostering [global] cooperation?

Recently Officials at the University of Cambridge, where Stephen Hawking is a mathematics professor, confirmed that Hawking wrote a message but said he would have no further comment. Hawking's question: "In a world that is in chaos politically, socially and environmentally, how can the human race sustain another 100 years?"

Hawking's groundbreaking research on black holes and the origins of the universe has made him one of the best-known theoretical physicists of his generation. Author of the global best seller "A Brief History of Time," Hawking is known for proposing that space and time have no beginning and no end - [but human life always will].

Lately, he's been pondering about the fate of [the] human [race].

In a June 13 speech in Hong Kong, Hawking said the survival of the human race depends on its ability to find new homes elsewhere in the universe because there's an increasing risk that a disaster will destroy Earth.

He said that if humans can avoid killing themselves in the next 100 years, they should have space settlements that can continue without support from Earth.

Hawking is one of 10 celebrity questioners Yahoo solicited as part of its "Ask The Planet" campaign. The Sunnyvale, Calif., Internet company spent weeks trying to track

Hawking down but got his participation within a day of reaching the correct assistant, said Patrick Crane, vice president of marketing for Yahoo Search. The question was submitted a few days before the Hong Kong speech and posted this past Wednesday.

Over the next week, Yahoo employees are expected to work with Hawking to sift through the answers and select one or several to highlight as best responses.

Yahoo Answers, like an offering from Google Inc. and one planned by Microsoft Corp., is among the services aimed at tapping the collective intelligence. It's based on the premise that humans as a group can do a better job at finding information than machines or any single person can.

Anyone can ask or answer a question, regardless of expertise, although Yahoo will eventually implement a rating system meant to elevate users with better reputations, based on their past [experience] in asking [meaningful questions] and getting [solid meaningful] answers [from those with the political will, finances and a global super power willing to help to make it happen].

Past celebrity participants include Donald Trump, Isaiah Washington, Al Gore and "Click & Clack," the hosts of NPR's "Car Talk." U2 lead singer Bono closed the celebrity series Friday by asking, "What can we do to make poverty and the destruction of family unity history?"

Have WE as a Human Race Together Tried to Save a Life on this Planet - Today?
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Welcome to the Governor's Ex-Offender Taskforce - ARE NOT non-custodial Mom's and Dad's in need of the Same Protections in our Society Today?


One State recently announced a NEW program - Florida is committed to the ideal of America being the land of second chances, as expressed by the President of the United States who declared: "When the gates of the prison open, the path ahead should lead to a better life."

There are currently 86,000 inmates in Florida's prisons, of which over 26,000 are expected to be released within the coming year.

Successful reentry and reintegration in one's community is a matter of critical import to the public's safety.

Without successful re-entry into one's community, recidivism is likely to occur, to the great detriment to the public safety, Florida's communities, families, taxpayers, and individual ex-offenders.

There is hereby created the Governor's Ex-Offender Task Force formed to help improve the effectiveness of the State of Florida in facilitating the re-entry of ex-offenders into their communities so as to reduce the incidence of recidivism.

Governors' Charge to the Task Force:

1. Identify barriers to successful reentry - legal, policy, structural, organizational, and practical barriers to successful reentry.
2. Recommend reforms that will eliminate barriers to successful reentry
3. Recommend implementation strategies.
4. Recommend measures to assess the effectiveness of the reforms.


Monday, June 26 at the Quorum Hotel in Tampa, FL from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

The Ex-offender Re-entry Summit sponsored by the US Attorney's Office and Abe Brown Ministries on June 27-28

BRAVO - You are seeing and listening to the TRUTH!
Can the Family LAW Legal System be made easier Legally too...YES!

"ONLY when we truly start to help one another - we will in the end - ultimately - help ourselves."

"We are all human, none of us perfect, prone to making mistakes. But it is how we as a people re-act to them and help expose these basic human rights violations, if not, correct them, and modify those unethical acts...that truly matter." SRene2005

"What is Our Deepest Fear? Could it be That by Helping Others it might lead to a more loving and understanding society built on equality regardless of gender, creed, race or religion in honor of our US Constitution?" SRene2005

"Ask Not - What WE can do to only help ourselves - today?
Ask instead - What WE CAN ALL do to HELP one another share in Saving a LIFE - today.

It Starts One Person at a Time
But will - in the END - Multiply One Hundred Fold
If We Together will only TRY to Share Our LOVE with others - Everyday!"

The Weather Man - In this FILM - Cage's character debates his professional versus his personal issues and by doing so turns his FATE and LIFE into a relative success - in the end...!

Can WE NOW SEE that by Sharing and Saving Lives - WE CAN and WILL Succeed in showing the WORLD WE CAN LOVE and not teach hate TO OUR Children - as this is the only way WE WILL Survive and Live Together - Domestically, Globally and Internationally - in the future! SRene2005

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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

What America is Historically ALL About - A Great 4th of July Story

What America has been Historically ALL About is LOVE, Life and Living in FREEDOM and the Pursuit of Happiness – Everyday!

(by Rob Stafford, MsNBC - Dateline correspondent)

As I drove the long winding road into the small logging town of Darrington, Washington, I worried about the little boy I was about to profile. Seth Cook has progeria, a rare premature-aging disease that is terminal. I thought about my own kids and how I would react to such a dire diagnosis. And I was concerned that if Seth sensed any apprehension on my part, I would hurt his feelings and that was the last thing I wanted to do.

Then I met Seth and he was not the boy I expected. Yes, like all children with progeria, he is frail and tiny. Seth stands just three feet tall and weighs only 25 pounds —the size of an average 2 or 3-year-old. But as soon as he spoke, I was struck by his confidence, strength and above all his optimism. Right away, he put me at ease — and I'm supposed to be the one making him feel comfortable. Soon Seth was showing me around town where it's clear he's the smallest big man on campus.

Everyone knows Seth.

We played with his dog in the park, took a stroll through the woods and he whopped me at one of his favorite video games. Seth loves to laugh and he laughs a lot. I wondered how could anyone facing Seth's future be so happy? Perhaps, I thought, his parents had sheltered him from the reality of his fate. Actually, I found that Patti and Kyle Cook have been very honest with their son. The Cooks have a strong faith and have given their son a double dose of unconditional love that seems to have prepared him for everything.

I didn't want to ask Seth about death, but he brought it up. "I can't wait to get to heaven," he said as though it were the coolest summer camp a kid could imagine. "What do you think heaven is like?" I asked. Seth replied, "I'm gonna go fishing with the Lord. Fishing for Swedish Fish and hunting Gummy Bears and chocolate rabbits. It's guaranteed that you catch at least 10 fish a day." But enough talking, Seth wanted to play some more so we did. Seth is a boy in a hurry and he doesn't waste a second.

While you might think Seth's story is about dying — it's really all about living and making the most of the life you've been given. I arrived in Darrington worried about saying the wrong thing to a boy with a terrible disease and left wanting to spend more time with one of the wisest persons I've ever met…

From another interview Rob wrote:

"If you can learn anything from this, it's to hold the people that are close to you and keep them close. Tell them you love them because you never know what's going to happen."


After the interview, I was supposed to fly back to work in New York. Instead I decided to rent a car and drive to my hometown in New Hampshire. I visited my family that night and caught a flight in the morning.

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. (Thomas Jefferson)

July 4, 1776 The US Declaration of Independence was approved by the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Declaration sought to influence public opinion to support independence from England, and to gain support from foreign powers, particularly France. The document was drafted by Thomas Jefferson, considered one of the strongest and most eloquent writers of the Continental Congress.

July 4, 1845 Writer and naturalist Henry David Thoreau went to live in a shack adjacent to Walden Pond, Massachusetts. During his two-year stay he kept a journal of his thoughts and encounters with nature. His journal became the basis for "Walden," one of the most important treasures of US literature.

(Contributed by Lowell Merklin - Daily Mentor - FL)

Happy Independence Day !!! Semper Fi...


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Have WE Shared The Truth – Today?
Have WE Shared in Saving a Life – Today?
"We CAN Everyday - If Together WE will only TRY - It is in ALL of Us"

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