Education Instead of Force for Real Change 4

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Reasons I Love That’s What I Am

There are so many things I love about the movie, That’s What I Am. My favorite part is when Mr. Simon writes this on the chalk board: Human Dignity + Compassion = Peace. Another wonderful part is when Stanley says, “I can’t make them be nice people and even if I did there would be others to take their place.”  The movie also makes the point that success is about timing, opportunity, and choices. 

Education for Real Change

I hope and pray more people will become tolerant and accepting of differences, but I cannot force them to do this. The best I can do is to continue to try to educate and pray that the message touches hearts. Words said because of fear are just words. Words said because of true change mean so much more.   

I am grateful that this movie reminded me of this. I am also grateful for others who continue to understand that education is so much more powerful than any form of violence will ever be. 

Gratitude for All Who Help

Thank God for all of those who try to make change by living good examples and by educating without cramming information down other’s throats. Thank God for the good teachers who truly inspire. May there be more of them in this world! 

Injured Yet Still Grateful 19

No, I have not disappeared off the face of the earth or stopped blogging!  Instead, I injured my back a couple of weeks ago.  I, like many in the medical profession, suffer from hardheadedness.  Therefore, I self treated for a week and a half before finally going to the doctor. 

This week an MRI confirmed that I have a compression fracture of L1 of my lumbar spine.  Therefore, I am now wearing this contraption otherwise known as a Pictures from my camera 011 - CopyCASH (cruciform anterior spinal hyper-extension) brace to avoid further injury.  I am grateful that I did not cause myself to have nerve damage during the time I avoided going to the doctor.  I am grateful that I had the foresight to use my walking poles, an over-the-counter lumbar brace made by Futuro, ice and rest at least.  I am also grateful that both of my children have been home to help.  My injury happened after my son’s school ended. 

I am grateful for wonderful friends and family who have also offered to help run errands.  I am also grateful for my in-laws who have been sending food over so I have not had to cook.  In addition, I am grateful that I have a couple of more weeks to heal before a book signing I have scheduled at the local Barnes and Noble.         

My back still hurts when I sit for long so I will be gradually increasing my blogging as I improve.  Please bear with me and realize I am still reading your blogs, but I have trouble typing for long on my i-phone so that is why I am not commenting.  I plan to start gradually walking with my walking poles and brace next week so hopefully with this and with doing therapeutic back exercises I will be okay to sit for the hour needed for the book signing.  

I also have a request.  My brother had complications from his surgery and his pathology report indicated his cancer is in multiple locations although thankfully the MRI done prior to his surgery did not show it was in any other organs.  Please add him to your pray list if you are so inclined as he will need to undergo radiation therapy once he heals from his surgery.   

Memorial Day Gratitude 10

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The United States celebrates Memorial Day this weekend.  I am grateful to all of the men and women who serve and who have served our country throughout history and to their families.   Today I am sharing pictures from Pearl Harbor since aside from terrorist acts this was the last time war actually touched U.S. soil. 

Please click on the pictures to get a clearer view.  The second picture is looking down on what is left of the deck.  Oil still slowly leaks from the ship so the view is not clear.  Fish now make the ship their home. 

The Gallent Men of The USS. Arizona - Copy

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The bombing of Pearl Harbor brought the United States officially into WWII.  It directly affected my father as he was already in the army stationed in Panama at the time.  He then fought in the Philippines during the war.  Post-war he remained in the reserves, but he transferred to the air force and was a paratrooper during the Korean War. 

The bombing of Pearl Harbor also profoundly affected my husband’s family.  My father-in-law, a sixth grader at the time, thought the military was doing training maneuvers when he heard the planes so he and his sisters went to the roof of their store to watch.  The smoke coming from Pearl Harbor told the true story.  Even then he did not realize how much it would change his life. 

It would eventually lead to his being sent away to a military high school.  He would stay on the mainland for college and then join the army.  Eventually, he did return to Hawaii to help run the family store, but he missed growing up as a care-free island boy. 

Today I am especially grateful to those who made the supreme sacrifice to protect our freedom and to the families who have suffered the loss of their loved ones through their service to others.        

Weekly Gratitude Post 13

May 1994I said I do seventeen years ago today and I am still glad I did.  We had been through good times and bad together during which our love has never wavered.  We might not always agree with each other, but one thing we both agree on is our love for each other and for our two children.  Today I am grateful for my husband and our two children.