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The Little Things

This week began during my morning constitution on Sunday with the thought that it is the little things that make a life. It is the little things that you appreciate that makes life worth living. The little things stitched together to create a quilt of experiences that make me smile, wonder, question, hold on, and think.

A spark of fire can create a bonfire. Many people in California are experience the trauma of fires. They lost their homes and their lives. That raging, romping fire began with a spark.

A tree begins with a seed and, over time, that seed grew into a magnificent tree that gives fruit, shade, and is a vision to behold.

A kind word, a small donation, a thoughtful deed can help people in distress. Yet, a small error in thinking puts people out of their home and on the street. Children should live in a home. A small effort on the part of humanity as a whole can solve the homeless problem. It takes a small thought, a small effort, a small group to make some change.

What will we do to spark a revolution for change, plant the seed for change, and make a small effort to end homelessness and poverty?

 

Unite for Climate Control

Today was an historical day when people all over the world came together to protest the lack of climate control.

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Appreciation

Heart-and-SoulToday, so many signs pointed to things that I am grateful and appreciative of and for.

  1. I woke up this morning.
  2. I was sleeping in a bed.
  3. I had a toilet to relieve my bladder.
  4. I had running water to take a shower.
  5. I had tea, honey, and lemon to drink and food to eat.
  6. I had electricity to turn on my computer and TV and charge my phone.
  7. I deposited a check into my account using my phone.
  8. I had a wonderful roommate sharing expenses with me.
  9. I had a friend to meet for lunch.
  10. I had a car with gas to drive 15 miles to meet my friend.
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  12. I just published a magazine and delivered some to some people.
  13. I had air conditioning in my car that red 99 degrees inside.
  14. I got home safely and relaxed in the air conditioning.
  15. I had work to do on my computer.
  16. I had a relaxing moment.
  17. I watch Romancing The Stone for the first time.
  18. I ate a good dinner prepared by my wonderful roommate.
  19. I had work to do on the computer.
  20. I have nothing pressing on my mind.
  21. I have beautiful offspring.
  22. I have a beau romancing me from Spain.
  23. I am not teaching a summer class leaving me free to travel this summer.
  24. I am teaching four classes in the Fall.
  25. I am rich beyond my needs.
  26. I am grateful and appreciative!

Homeless

1Homeless people are 2% or 150 million people of the population on Earth and ___% in the USA. Reportedly, in 10 US cities, 400,000 families live in shelters representing 1.1 million homeless children (Nunez & Fox, 1999).

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January 2019, New York City reached yet another dismal milestone in the history of modern mass homelessness: An all-time record 63,839 men, women, and children slept in shelters each night. The new peak was fueled by a dramatic increase in the number of homeless single adults – a figure that has been growing by an average of 10 percent per year since Mayor de Blasio took office. The number of single adults in shelters has more than doubled in the past decade, and exceeded 18,000 individuals for the first time in January 2019, while the number of homeless families has soared from 9,600 to more than 15,000 during the same period (Source).

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https://ourworldindata.org/homelessness

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A report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development has found that just under 553,000 people are homeless, with approximately 65% staying in sheltered accommodation. Out of every 10,000 people in the United States, 17 people experienced homelessness on a single night in 2018 (Source).

References

Nunez, R., & Fox, C. (1999). A Snapshot of Family Homelessness across America. Political Science Quarterly, 114(2), 289-307. doi:10.2307/2657740

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Envision Peace

We envision peace by diverting our thoughts of other things to a world in which peace is the norm. Peace is the practice of humankind. Peace propels our prosperity. ~ Dr. Joan Cartwright

A Vision for Peace

[Paraphrased from http://www.visionalignmentproject.com%5D

We see a world where peace is everywhere and humanity has rejected our defensive mindset to defend ourselves against foreign enemies, unfriendly neighbors, dangerous criminals, the local militia, or anyone who appeared to threaten us. We attracted attacks upon ourselves with thoughts of being attacked which manifested easily like all thoughts we entertain.

We envision a world where mankind has rejected the need to be in opposition to others because we become those we oppose.

We practice these two thought patterns to envision a world where people walk the sidewalks and roads, freely and openly, in all lands; where we smile at one another easily, work together in cooperation, and want only for the well-being and goodwill of everyone else; where all weapons are gone and we solve our challenges by negotiating, compromising, and helping each other to realize our dreams in an atmosphere of peace and unbridled creativity. In this environment, everyone feels safe. The peace in our hearts and minds has worked its way outward into our world as well and all people enjoy their lives because true peace is inside and outside of us at all times.

 
As you line up with this Vision, it becomes your Vision too! 
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Live Every Moment

James Ingram was 66 and died last week.

We’re still here. All we must do is live every moment!

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What is religion?

 

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Watch this video: Ancestral Voices: Esoteric African Knowledge. This documentary is about African spirituality. It highlights the multiple views and history of various religions and the effects on Africans. It consists of clips from the documentary.  https://vimeo.com/ondemand/34118/104247614

God is reflected in rock, water, tree, and fire. Religion is a personal experience.

 

Re·li·gion /rəˈlijən/ noun
  1. the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods. “Ideas about the relationship between science and religion.” Synonyms: faithbeliefworshipcreed. Plural noun: religions – “The world’s great religions”
    • a particular system of faith and worship.
    • a pursuit or interest to which someone ascribes supreme importance.
      “Consumerism is the new religion.”
Pa·tri·arch·y /ˈpātrēˌärkē/ noun
  1. a system of society or government in which the father or eldest male is head of the family and descent is traced through the male line.
    • a system of society or government in which men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it.
    • a society or community organized on patriarchal lines.
      plural noun: patriarchies

Ma·tri·ar·chy /ˈmātrēˌärkē/ noun – A system of society or government ruled by a woman or women. A form of social organization in which descent and relationship are reckoned through the female line. The state of being an older, powerful woman in a family or group. “She cherished a dream of matriarchy, catered to by grandchildren.”

Hu·mon·arch·y / ˈhyoo-muh-n-ärkē/ noun
A system of society or government in which the Father and Mother or eldest male and female are together head of the family and descent is traced through both the male and female line.
A system of society or government in which men and women hold the power and both men and women are largely included.
A society or community organized on neither matriarchal nor patriarchal lines.
plural noun: humonarchies. Goes with other words like Humanarchies, Humanarchists, and Humanarchism!Maitre_Jean.Dorvilus@3D2017 – I am neither the member of a matriarchy or a patriarchy because I support the Humonarchy! by El Toussaint Powr  April 04, 2017

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[Source: http://theearthplan.blogspot.com/…/11/111111-alex-myles.html]

First, I wish for peace among human beings.

Then, I wish for financial solvency and security from teaching and selling my books, so I can pay my bills on time and make investments to grow wealth.

Finally, I wish that my non-profit receives a multitude of donations, memberships, grants, and other monetary contributions so we may continue to fulfill our mission to promote women musicians, globally. [www.wijsf.org]

 

 

The sun may set tonight. But it will rise, again, in the morning. ~ Dr. Diva JC

 

 

 

Everything begins in your imagination

1jcvoiceEach time you express a desire, the universe moves to make your dream come true. That’s why it is so important to think good thoughts and dream big! You are a co-creator with the universe and it is your prerogative to have everything or nothing at all.

Seven years ago, I decided to return to university for my doctorate in Business Administration/Marketing. I knew I would need something to carry me through my later years because musicians rarely have a pension. I completed my studies in July 2017 and began applying for teaching positions. However, the course I was chosen to teach was not in business or marketing but in public speaking – speech communication – for which my Master’s in Communication prepared me to teach.

I applied to numerous schools around the country but nothing materialized in my doctoral discipline. Then, two deans advised me that there was a shortage of speech professors and I should not discount the value I brought to the academy as a qualified speech teacher. I was slightly disappointed. But I kept fishing for opportunities and one just materialized.

My friend had just returned from Shanghai, China, where she taught a 5-week course in psychology. I told her I wanted to do that and she said the school was always looking for Speech teachers. So, I said, “Well, hook me up!” And she did!

Last week, I learned that my resume was accepted by the Chinese ministry to teach Speech Communication at Shanghai Polytech University in December! I’m thrilled because Broward College has affiliates in eight other countries, too!  Currently, Broward College has International Centers in BoliviaChina – ShanghaiEcuadorIndia, IndonesiaPeruSpainSri Lanka, and Vietnam. I hope to teach at all of them!

Although I am desirous of teaching in my doctoral discipline, I do love teaching speech to college students. They think the class is only about standing up and talking about a subject. But is it about far more than that!

In the past three years, I relished seeing the lights go on in the eyes of my students. They learned to listen and think critically, research their topic, and organize their speech so that their audience (fellow students and me) understand, clearly, the premise that they are putting forth. Teaching this subject is extremely rewarding and, unlike business administration and marketing, every college student is required to take Speech Communication. So, I will never run out of places to teach.

In addition, getting to travel to foreign countries is a huge plus for this retired Jazz Diva! To enhance my teaching experience, I joined Toastmasters International, in April, to experience being evaluated for my speeches. Since I do the evaluations in my classes, I never get to be evaluated.

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Another friend introduced me to Toastmasters a few years ago. But I didn’t see the value in it for me until I began teaching Public Speaking. I’ve completed the first 10 speeches and I must say that I have learned a lot about being a Competent Communicator. I belong to the Sailfish Toastmasters in Boynton Beach and I’ve taken on the board position of Vice President of Public Relations which gives me the opportunity to use my marketing skills.

Find out more about Broward College’s International Centers.

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Sleep Don’t Sleep

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But don’t sleep on the GCR/RV

Do not sleep on the GCR/RV!

Wake up to the GCR/RV.

$1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 to the people!

A Quattuordecillian ($1 + 45 zeros) levels the playing field and makes things fair.

 

 

 

 

Farewell Dad

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