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We Get By With a Little Help From Our Friends

Christmas will soon be here and for many Native American families, it won’t be a happy time.  Will you help me help my Monacan Indian friends in Amherst County,, Virginia?

Last year, 128 children were given a Christmas through the generosity of friends of the Monacan Indian Nation.  The need is even greater this year as many families in the community are struggling just to put food on the table.  No child should wake up on Christmas morning without something to open.  No child should go to bed on Christmas Eve without hope.  Together, we can make sure that doesn’t happen in the Monacan Indian community.

I have set up a GoFundMe site to help raise money so that we can help the Monacan Nation provide at the very least a new outfit and a toy for every child whose family cannot afford to provide Christmas for the children.  Will you help?  Will you share the link or ask youro church or community leaders too help?   Together we can make a difference!

Click here to make a donation. 

Insights From Inside

Insights From Inside

If you want to make a difference i the lives of our youth, click on the link above, buy this book and share it.  Organize a reading group in your neighborhood or ask your own lost teenager to read it.

Nothing speaks the truth better than the voice of experience.  Insights From inside is the voice of prisoners who wish they had made different/better choices.  In their own words, they describe the loss of freedom, of family, of friends and they make it real.  Reading this book could make the difference in the future of your teen.  It’s a small investment with the potential for saving a life.

A New Year is Coming

Tonight we will say goodbye to 2012 and hello to 2013. Although the numerals will change, life as we know it will be the same when we awake in the morning. It is my hope, that we will look back to the harsh lessons of 2012 and move forward into the new year with renewed determination to end the suffering in the world.

Our government is proving it is broken as it nears the final hour before we leap off the “fiscal cliff”. Let that be a lesson to all of us that we cannot elect men and women to represent us and not tell them what matters to us. We have to make our voices heard and hold them accountable. And, we need to push harder for term limits so that when they fail to listen, we aren’t stuck with them.

Our society has its own problems and I hope that we will set aside our differences and concentrate on our sameness in 2013. We belong to one race, the human race, and if we do not start embracing diversity, we will remain divided and face a bleak future.

My wish for 2013 is that we will end judgment, oppression, and violence and spend our time finding solutions to homelessness, poverty, and mental illness. And, I hope we will begin to be good neighbors to those who live in our communities and in other parts of the world.

It is a lot to hope for but I am confident that we have not forgotten that the strength and ability lies within each of us.

I wish each of you the best that the New Year can bring.

Remembering Newtown, Connecticut on December 21, 2012

We Will Remember!

We Will Remember!

Tomorrow, December 21, 2012, people around the nation will pause for a moment of silence as we remember the horror of the senseless killing of 27 innocent people in Newtown, Connecticut.

Can it be, that only a week has passed since the news flashed across our televisions and computer screens? It must feel like a lifetime for the parents, the spouses, brothers and sisters, aunts, and uncles, and other loved ones of those lost.

If only this was the last of the violence. If only we would learn from this one so that no other family ever has to face such violence again.

As we pause at 9:35 AM (EST) tomorrow, let us all make a personal pledge to wake up, to accept our own responsibility for being concerned, caring, and active participants in the raising of our children in a more healthy and compassionate environment. Let us be a beacon of hope, a light in the darkness, and the voice of wisdom as we guide our children towards a more loving and charitable future.

As we remember, let us also remember the first responders, the medical examiners, the press, and, our elected officials who have also been so traumatically affected by the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. As we pause and remember, let us also say a prayer for peace, a prayer for healing, and a prayer for the courage and strength to do better and do more.

Newtown Shocks a Nation

It’s been six days since 27 people died senselessly in Newtown, Connecticut and our nation is still reeling from the horror. Mainstream media has brought the faces and stories of those killed into our living rooms and made the tragedy even more personal. We turn on the television and there are the faces of beautiful, loving, and happy children or dedicated educators, all who had a bright future just a few days ago. Our shock and grief is real, as real today as it was six days ago.

One cannot help but be touched by the outpouring of love and support that has been shown to the community of Newtown, Connecticut. Hearing the stories of compassion shown by strangers warms the heart and reminds us that there is still more good than evil in the world. Stories like the 27 wreaths that were sent to the first responders from a family in Oregon or the arrival of nine Comfort Dogs from the mid West help to restore our faith in the human race.

Across our nation discussions are taking place about gun control and the problems in our mental health system. Now, we have to step up and own our responsibility to help create the necessary changes. We have to act as a community of concerned citizens and let our legislators know that we will not allow partisan politics to silence our voices. We owe it to the children, all our children, to hold our politicians accountable for making the necessary changes, whatever they may be. We cannot continue to turn a blind eye and think it is someone else’s problem. We cannot continue to think it’s not our problem.

While my heart is still shattered, I am hopeful and committed to have my voice heard. Are you?

The Shattered Hearts and Broken Minds in our Society

Like so many others around the world, my heart has been shattered by the events in Connecticut, where 27 people lost their life in a senseless killing.  No matter how hard I try, I can’t wrap my brain around how someone can brutally murder innocent children.  I can’t begin to understand how a family picks up the pieces after such a horrible tragedy.  But, they do.  

Something has gone horribly wrong in our society.  The idea that violence is the answer to our problems has got to be changed.  Violence is never the answer.  There must be an answer for how a young mind can become so terribly distorted that it sees innocent people as the enemy.

 

The human spirit is strong and resilient.  We will go on and some will push for new laws and increased awareness.  Others will reach out to comfort those who are hurting.  Life will continue even though for now it seems that it is standing still.  

 

If we take nothing else from this tragedy, I hope that we will all realize how fragile and short life is and that we will make a stronger effort to say “I love you” to those that matter to us.  I hope we will see that children, all children, are the responsibility of all of us.  And, I hope we will see that we have to change our priorities.  

We can’t go back in time and change what has happened but we have to change the way we go forward.  It’s the only answer in this sea of sadness.