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12 Lessons

Arrived in my mailbox today.. very timely..
12 lessons....number four really resonates..

1.
Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I'm working on for my Psychology class. When I asked her to define success in her own words, she said, "Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile."
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2.
Today, I asked my mentor - a very successful business man in his 70s- what his top 3 tips are for success. He smiled and said,
"Read something no one else is reading, think something no one else is thinking, and do something no one else is doing."
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3.
Today, after my 72 hour shift at the fire station, a woman ran up to me at the grocery store and gave me a hug. When I tensed up, she realized I didn't recognize her. She let go with tears of joy in her eyes and the most sincere smile and said , "On 9-11-2001, you carried me out of the World Trade Center."
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4.
Today, after I watched my dog get run over by a car, I sat on the side of the road holding him and crying. And just before he died,
he licked the tears off my face.
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5.
Today at 7AM, I woke up feeling ill, but decided I needed the money, so I went into work. At 3PM I got laid off. On my drive home I got a flat tire. When I went into the trunk for the spare, it was flat too.
A man in a BMW pulled over, gave me a ride, we chatted, and then he offered me a job. I start tomorrow.
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6.
Today, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters stood around my mother's hospital bed, my mother uttered her last coherent words before she died.
She simply said, "I feel so loved right now. We should have gotten together like this more often."
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7.
Today, I kissed my dad on the forehead as he passed away in a small hospital bed. About 5 seconds after he passed, I realized it was the first time I had given him a kiss since I was a little boy.
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8.
Today, in the cutest voice, my 8-year-old daughter asked me to start recycling. I chuckled and asked, "Why?" She replied, "So you can help me save the planet." I chuckled again and asked, "And why do you want to save the planet?"
Because that's where I keep all my stuff," she said.
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9.
Today, when I witnessed a 27-year-old breast cancer patient
laughing hysterically at her 2-year-old daughter's antics, I suddenly realized that
I need to stop complaining about my life and start celebrating it again.
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10.
Today, a boy in a wheelchair saw me desperately struggling on crutches with my broken leg and offered to carry my backpack and books for me.
He helped me all the way across campus to my class and as he was leaving he said,
"I hope you feel better soon."
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11.
Today, I was feeling down because the results of a biopsy came back
malignant. When I got home, I opened an e-mail that said, "Thinking of you today. If you need me, I'm a phone call away."
It was from a high school friend I hadn't seen in 10 years.
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12.
Today, I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe.
He said he hadn't eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny andunhealthy.
Then my friend offered him the rest of the sandwich he was eating.
The first thing the man said was, "We can share it.



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Climate Castigation





derecho64
UF
a month ago

It's one thing when someone holds a relatively harmless opinion that's untrue. It's another when their untrue opinion causes harm.

Those who reject that manmade climate change is real, is happening now, and could have severe impacts on us and the many complex systems on this planet with which we are unavoidably interconnected and interdependent, and who prevent actions that could lessen those impacts, are doing all of us and the planet great harm.







    Warren Perzel derecho64 a month ago

    Those that claim we should let people die from lack of adequate heat and electric power to sustain life because there is CO2 going into the air should stop talking and start thinking outside themselves!












      UF derecho64 a month ago

      Or not. Those alarmists who do their "Chicken Little" sky-is-falling dance to out-of-tune loud music and then hold as harmful those proffering differing conclusions based on valid science and then seek to close the discussion often with the most childish methodology are at least if not more harmful












          derecho64 UF a month ago

          "differing conclusions based on valid science"

          Let's see them. Just to avoid unnecessary effort, please avoid the following.

          http://i.imgur.com/hhnGaW6.png












              UF derecho64 a month ago

              You know what they are likely better than I. There are any number of climate scientists who have been coming forward to challenge Mann's famous "hockey stick", who do not attribute any kind of climate adjustment to anthropogenic activity, believing such changes as may be are due to a variety of causes and that climate is generally governed by 30 year cycles of alternating heating and cooling and that for the last 20 years there has been insignificant warming. Mark Steyn has collected a variety of views in an anthology of mainly (though not all) climate scientists who take issue with the hockey stick model and maintain its wide acceptance has stymied free scientific pursuit in this discipline. Much of the material is drawn from discovery in the defamation suit brought by Mann in the D.C. Superior Court against Steyn and others. It is an interesting read. Forbes has put out a discussion of the alleged 97 percent agreement and what that really means. One can find information from all sides of the debate unless one has absolutely positively concluded for their own purposes that the science is settled and wont even consider review of contrary arguments. Such people are not scientists in any sense of that term in that science is never really settled nor should it be. Investigation and testing of ideas is the quintessential nature of doing science. The contrary is that rigid almost theological idea that once a matter has been decided by the authorities all further pursuit of the matter is ended, orthodoxy has been declared and the matter is closed







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                  derecho64 UF a month ago

                  You're merely repeating many of the same debunked memes that rejectionists always use. I was hoping for something novel, but I was wrong.

                  If you're really interested in learning the science, forget Steyn and start here.













                      UF derecho64 a month ago

                      Just grateful to be here safe from the multiple predictions of gloom and doom offered over the decades since the 1970s "Earth Day origin" by a woman murderer. First freezing. Then heating. Followed by more ethereal "climate change". Occasionally we hear of "global climate adjustment". The polar ice caps melt flooding New York City. But there's as much ice in the Arctic as on the day Al Gore was born. Heart-wrenching shots of huge polar bears gripping small ice flows. Widen to show the tundra but a brief swim away for a full insulated Olympic class swimmer. Then Polar bears nearly extinct until a thinning of herds is required to save the baby seals who are also proliferating. In the Antarctic NASA tries aerial heat imaging of the land beneath the tundra but the tundra proves too thick. Climate research vessels locked in the ice. Blizzards cancel climate conferences so poor Prince Charles and Leonardo DiCaprio can't fly their private jets to the airports and head off in their convoys to gorge themselves at the star-studded receptions. India, China, Australia, New Zealand - all slated for doom - doing better than ever including in the areas of clean air and clean water. The Earth's population grows to 7 billion, we're still here. Climate change is blamed for world starvation when in truth such famine as there is in some places is caused by "environmental activists" lobbying for banning DDT and Alar thus increasing the pest population destroying crops. The ozone layer has a hole allowing UV rays in over the Antarctic. CFCs are banned in many products. The poor "Ginas" in Revere, MA must find some new products to hold their beehive hair in place. Mt Pinatubo belches more CFCs into the atmosphere than all the hairspray from sea to shining sea. The hole in the ozone shrinks. Too many hurricanes: AGCC. Too few: AGCC. Floods: AGCC. Drought: AGCC. Terrorism: AGCC. Elections: AGCC. It never ends despite mountain ranges of anecdotal evidence and the death of one dire prediction after another. Scientists - climate scientists - not statisticians, not train engineers - men and women educated, practiced and committed over years to STUDY and LEARN about climate are refused publication by little cabals of cultists darting emails in secret stopping publication; grants are cancelled; distinguished chairs are withdrawn: speaking and convention invitations are withdrawn; personal ad hominem insults are directed at them by their lessers and scum liberal politicians. And you people, like YOU, the cowardly author of this piece of excreta with his sleazy little notes here and there, and this whole blog following blindly a nasty little bald coward from Penn State who sues anyone who DARES disagree with him and spends his professional career on Twitter hurling petulant, churlish insults at anyone with the consummate gall to call him out for what he is: a goddamn pussy.
                      You ARE a cult. NONE of you, including Mann can any longer be called scientists. GCC is your religion. Al Gore is your pope. Soon he'll make millions off of another absurd "movie". More inconvenient lies.
                      And oh, yes. Those nasty fossil fuel industry people with their deep pockets. They're not allowed to fund any research or pay to publish any views on the issue. But ultra-liberal supporters of certain politicians who have financially benefited from this hoax - and it is a hoax - are allowed to dump millions into this theory. They fund Mann's lawsuits and pay his high priced white tasseled New York tobacco lawyers. And when someone like Steyn calls his bluff and says, "C'mon, Mike. Put up or shut up. I'm calling. Let's see your cards.". He delays, obfuscates, hides. You people are full of crap. All of you. You're not saving the world. You're not interested in any other point of view. You consider yourself better than those who disagree with you. You believe yourselves superior. You talk down to "deniers" of which I am proudly one. I wear my scarlet "D" with pride. The author of this article isn't better than I. He's not smarter than I. He's a gutless coward. Mann's not being persecuted. He put himself out there. He IS the persecutor. Just exactly who the hell do you people think you are? The times they are a changin'. The winds are blowing in a different direction. I'm old. I won't live to see it. But you won't be swimming in the streets of New York. And neither will your children's children. This Earth was here to meet our birth. We will all be buried in it. It's is the Lord's and His alone. Unless He decides otherwise, the natural evolution He began at the big bang and has been expanding since will continue. We are His stewards. We're obligated to keep our air and water clean, exercise care with our sowing and reaping and share her bounty with those in need. Those are our obligations. And none other.






            Child Search

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            Sarah Blevins
            There are some very close friends of mine out there headed towards termination of parental rights. Read this..in case.

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            Articles by GERI Pfeiffer

            THE SEARCH FOR YOUR #TAKEN CHILD
            BY GERI PFEIFFER

            Time passes. You fought hard for your child. A corrupt family court process has terminated your rights and you have exhausted every appeal process. You do not know where your child is. He may still be in foster warehousing. He may have been placed in forced adoption. Depending on the age of your child you may have years looming ahead of you until your child ages out of the system, or is old enough to search for you. Now what?

            The choices you have will vary depending on the age of your #TAKEN child, but you have not reached the end of the road! This is the point in time where you gather your strength for the wait ahead and prepare for the day your #TAKEN child returns to you and you resume your life together. I will share with you some of the ways biological families have laid the groundwork for the time when your child begins his search for you.

            The simplest thing you can do to start this process is start a Facebook page in the child's own name. Fill the page with photos of the child, photos of siblings, stories about the child's life. Be sure and mention key memory joggers like a favorite toy, or a favorite relative. Be sure and leave a good address and or phone number on the page. On the profile photo, choose a photo closest to when the child was #TAKEN. Quite often kids who first get on Facebook, type their own name in the search bar to see if there are any other people with the same name.

            Monitor school yearbooks on line. For this you will need a general idea of where the child may be.

            Use the internet to google your child's name. You just never know what will pop up.

            Go to AmericasTakenChildren.com to create a treasure chest of information for your #Taken child to find when he searches for you. Our site offers a unique cyber connection directly to you when your #TAKEN child registers on our site.

            Register your name with the national Adoption Registry. This is a website with links to every state. Be sure and check in often to read new posts and change your post if necessary (phone number or address change). Become familiar with the site, if your not computer savvy it's tricky to navigate but be persistent. Be very clear with information that you post and fill in every question. A child needs to be 18 in order for you to be able to register on this site so check in your area for other adoption site searches and pages. Be thorough in each detail. Your child finding you could depend on a single detail such as a birthdate, hospital or your maiden name. There are many search sites. There are many data banks to register with so search for them online.

            Make sure you avail yourself of every type of social media in your search. Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter, are all ways to get your story out there. Facebook has support pages like #TAKEN where you can post photos and messages of your child and get support from other parents who are going through the same thing.

            Research laws in your state concerning your #TAKEN child. What are the adoption laws? There is now a bill trying they are trying to get through congress that would make it a federal law that no matter what the circumstances of the adoption, the child will have the legal right to know if he is adopted. The depth and breadth of this bill remains to be seen. A bill going congress can undergo tremendous changes.

            You will need to be your own private investigator in your search, so make sure you gather every court document, report, cps paper, address, name of every caseworker, supervisor, CASA, gal, and judge involved in the case. I have documented instances of a parent of a #TAKEN child receiving important information from a caseworker that helped the parent know where the child was located. I cannot stress enough how important EVERY detail of your case is. Get a notebook (even if your case is over) and write down relevant details of your nightmare with child protective services. A year from now you might remember a detail, write it down, and later on it will be the one detail that helps you the most in your search. Writing out your experience will also help you divest yourself of a small portion of the anger you feel. While a parent NEVER heals from the loss of a child to CPS, I must say documenting my experience has helped me.

            Monitor adoption sites like adoptok and usadopt, to search for your child. A child may be adopted, found to be not wanted and placed on a "rehoming" list. Monitoring these sites is both painful and stressful. When I search I find myself holding my breath. A friend of mine found her son on an adoption link that I had posted on my page. I was mortified that I may have caused her added pain, only to hear joy in her voice that she knew he was alive and still not adopted. This new friend became my partner in #TAKEN, Tera Coyne Everett, and we decided to make a change for #TAKEN children and their parents, buy starting the #TAKEN page. I have also created the #TAKEN album, we started the FB group #TAKEN and now with the help of Mark Mumma we are developing a website so #TAKEN children and their biological families can find each other.

            Keep an eye on newspaper legal notices and obituaries in the area your #TAKEN child may be living in. Monitor yearbooks and other school publications, court records and other public information.

            In my opinion the single most important thing you can do to leave a trail of evidence for your child is DNA testing. Getting a mouth swab and having your DNA signature placed in a data bank, opens endless possibilities for a future match, when your child searches for you. It is a choice that leaves no room for doubt. Be sure and use a REPUTABLE DNA testing facility, and ask about the data bank. How many people are registered in that company's data bank? Is it shared with other DNA data banks? Is there a yearly fee? Make sure and take the time to get answers before money is laid down. You want to make sure you walk away, feeling comfortable with your choices. These are long term decisions and must be considered carefully because not everyone is comfortable with having their DNA stored.

            Leave a cyber trail of your child's name with a hashtag in front of it. You are creating a pathway for your child to follow, directly to you.

            If at all possible get your child's fingerprints.

            Give your child benefit of the doubt. This is where you step in faith to know the child you raised has enough of you, in him, to search for you. I am seeing more and more children searching for biological family. The numbers will continue to increase as the child protective services search for more job security thru Title IV increases.

            Should you become a found parent, make sure you live in the present with your found child. All the people, anger, and pain must be set aside so you and your child can heal. I strongly recommend counseling, jointly and individual, to help you thru these beginning steps. Child protective services can take your child...they cannot destroy the love you have for your #TAKEN child.

            #TAKEN
            AmericasTakenChildren.com

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            d Micah Movement's post.

            Sarah Blevins shared Micah Movement's post.·
            >>> The majority of children who have been put into foster care without actually being abused, neglected, and dependent and are legally SUBMITTED to higher risk of human trafficking by the Child Welfare Services Department who places them there by authority of local Courts. <<<

            This bill is only a bandaid to the negative results of a corrupt fostercare system gone wrong.

            Children in foster care are at a higher risk of being human trafficking victims. BUT over 3/4 abuse, dependency, and neglect reports go unsubstantiated (meaning they can't prove factual abuse, neglect, or dependency). (3/4 of the initial reports are malicious attempts by the reporter with no civil action repercussion being able to be taken against them - In the statewide survey, 79 percent of intake social workers and 62 percent of county leadership reported that false or malicious reports were “significantly contributing to caseloads"...

            "In fiscal year 2013-14, 2,149 (16.2%) reports were considered substantiated."
            http://www.cfcrights.org/…/2015-Child-Abuse-and-neglect-rep…
            http://ncacdss.org/…/NC-Statewide-CPS-Evaluation-02-26-16.p…

            "Children and youth in out-of-home care, who have been removed from their homes because of child abuse or neglect, are at particularly high risk of being trafficked. Their background of abuse and trauma—coupled with the impermanence of foster care or congregate care— can make them especially vulnerable.

            Research has documented a high percentage of trafficked children and youth who spent time in foster care before being exploited, and some have gone so far as to argue that the majority of trafficked youth have experienced some child welfare involvement (Human Rights Project for Girls, 2013)" https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/trafficking.pdf
            http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/stopping-the-foster-care-_b…

            This needs to go statewide! NC House Bill 910 calls for "establishing a pilot program to educate students in grades 6, 8, and 10 about the dangers and signs of human trafficking, to train law enforcement officers to identify signs of human trafficking, to appropriate funds to implement the pilot programs, and to appropriate funds to the DHHS to provide shelter beds and mental health services to victims of human trafficking." According to WNCN.com, "The measure also envisions funding to help nonprofits create shelters that house sex-slave victims and to provide mental health services." Currently, the target counties are Wake, Mecklenberg, and New Hanover.

            The tentative price tag is more than $50 million over two years.
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            The church is asleep to one of the roots of evil concerning child trafficking; It is Child Welfare Services. They rush traumatized families through court procedures that lawyers should be educating the families about, but are not. The Departments can then utilize local courts to legally seize the children who are overwhelmingly from unsubstantiated (no proof, often malicious in nature) reports, and place them into foster care. The Federal incentive$ roll in through Title IV-E and the forcing of child $upport upon the families. Imagine having to pay to visit your own child for an hour per week. Some parents go bankrupt trying to hire lawyers for their case, but the attorneys are all friends with each other and often times with the judge since they all came from the same state bar. The children and parents both experience trauma that often can't be healed from; parents commit suicide, experience legal abuse syndrome, marital stress, can't grieve the dead because their children are still alive. Children in fostercare run away, have higher risk of dropouts at school and homelessness. They can be factually abused by their fostercare families and often are. Then there is that, the high risk of human trafficking that automatically attaches itself to children in foster care.

            Many foster care families come from church with good intentions and aren't awake to the truth (I mean you can't go anywhere without seeing 'sign up to be a foster care family!' Sign on a bus or a billboard) - so instead of signing up a child to a statistically doomed future by exposing them to foster care and enabling Child Welfare Services to profit from the destruction of families, get active on the community through local nonprofits and church ministry. Minister to families and learn what protective factors help families stay away from factual abuse, neglect, and dependency. Get educated and don't help destruction reign for the lack of knowledge.

            Yes, fostercare once had a place and purpose, but the purpose has been so utterly twisted by greed and pride that it isn't what you think anymore. (See the 1997 Adoption Act, where Child Welfare gets more money terminating rights and adopting out on top of foster care incentives.) Let's stop the bandaid measures and jump in to getting our hands dirty with true progress in change. And don't just pray for foster care system, pray for us believers who have been cast into the thick of the child welfare system to root out this evil for the glory of the Lord, Adonai. It is awful on the front lines of this kind of spiritual warfare, and we are praying you fellow Brothers and Sisters WAKE UP.


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