My Visit To The Museum of Tolerance

March 15, 2009 at 3:01 pm (Random Rambles) (, , , , )

I have wanted to visit the Museum of Tolerance for several years and finally got to go with a group of students this past week. The Museum that I went to is in Los Angeles, CA. It is amazing that it was only 3 days after Bloggers United for Women’s Rights. Talk about a double wake up call, well this was certainly it.

One thing that I do not understand is how we can keep teaching hate. I guess it is born in us to pass the hate on from generation to generation. Are we born with hatred or does it have to be taught?

My trip to the Museum of Tolerance taught me that not one of us is without prejudice. We might think we are but when we reach deep into ourselves and are honest with ourselves we can find that for most of us there is something that would label us as being prejudiced.
Sometimes we think that there is nothing wrong with laughing at an ethnic joke. I might even have some on this blog.

As far as being prejudiced and humor go that is a difficult call. Most comedians use ethnic humor. Most people can laugh at themselves. However when humor turns to how we think people are our we use humor as a way to put people down or insult them, and we really mean it, then we really need to take a look at who we are.

Politicians use stereotypes and fear to reach their goals. The prime use of this was by Hitler. I am not sure what prompted him to hate the Jewish race, but that hatred almost eliminated an entire race of people. Everyone, no matter where they were born has something to contribute to the world.

Blacks in the USA have a history of abuse. The land of equality, freedom, and opportunity for all has still not torn down all the walls of hatred and bigotry. Even though we elected a black President, we are not where we should be with equality in the US.

I intend to post more on this topic in the near future.

I hope if anyone plans a trip to Los Angeles for any reason that you can take some time to include a trip to the Museum of Tolerance.

Museum of Tolerance
9786 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035

There are people in the world who are facing injustice each and every day. Innocent people who are being treated as criminals. We have to find ways to help them. Just by posting on blogs and getting readers is a start. We can reach out to the world to remove fear and hatred by understanding.

I still feel there is Faith and Hope and Love to share with the world.

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A Redneck Love Poem

March 4, 2009 at 8:00 pm (Smile Makers) (, , )

A REDNECK LOVE POEM

SUSIE LEE DONE FELL IN LOVE,
SHE PLANNED TO MARRY JOE.
SHE WAS SO HAPPY ‘BOUT IT ALL,
SHE TOLD HER PAPPY SO.

PAPPY TOLD HER, SUSIE GAL,
YOU’LL HAVE TO FIND ANOTHER.
I’D JUST AS SOON YO’ MA DON’T KNOW,
BUT JOE IS YO’ HALF BROTHER.

SO SUSIE PUT ASIDE HER JOE
AND PLANNED TO MARRY WILL.
BUT AFTER TELLING PAPPY THIS,
HE SAID, ‘THERE’S TROUBLE STILL.’

YOU CAN’T MARRY WILL, MY GAL,
AND PLEASE DON’T TELL YO’ MOTHER.
BUT WILL AND JOE, AND SEVERAL MO’
I KNOW IS YO’ HALF BROTHER.

BUT MAMA KNEW AND SAID, MY CHILD,
JUST DO WHAT MAKES YO’ HAPPY.
MARRY WILL OR MARRY JOE;
YOU AIN’T NO KIN TO PAPPY.
***************************
(Kinda brings a tear to yer eye, don’t it?)

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One Aunt’s Way To Make A Difference

October 8, 2008 at 4:14 am (Motivation-Inspiration) (, , , , , , , )

There is no greater love than the love of good relatives.  What this aunt is doing is going out of her comfort zone to raise money for her nephew.    She is going to run a marathon hoping to raise some money for her nephew who is in the hospital due to heart surgery.

Here is a brief quote from the blog.

THE STORY~
My 11-month-old nephew, Hayden (son of my sister Molly and brother-in-law John, and brother of Layne) was born with a couple heart conditions. At the beginning of August, he was airlifted to U of M Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, where he underwent open-heart surgery to repair the faulty valve in his heart. Molly and John have been down there with him since the beginning of August. Shortly after the surgery, they learned that the surgery to repair the valve, did not work as anticipated, and therefore, he will underwent another open-heart surgery to replace the valve. Hence, an even longer stay in the hospital….but he is on the road to recovery!

Here is where the blog is located so you can donate.  Yes they are asking for some donations to help them through this difficult time.  Imagine the hospital bills they must be facing.  Imagine how this takes parents away from their jobs.

Just like Jarod Mainland’s family has help from their church and untold friends, here is another family who can use a “boost”.

Check out the blog.

http://runrunmama.blogspot.com/2008/08/high-tailing-it-for-hayden.html

If you can not donate perhaps you can keep the family (and Jarod, too) in your prayers.  Never underestimate the power of prayers.

Thanks for reading!

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Blogger’s Take Action On October 15

September 29, 2008 at 8:45 pm (Motivation-Inspiration) (, , , , , , )

This is very encouraging when a group of bloggers from all around the world devote time to post about the hurting people in the world.  Perhaps the open and honest comments will attract the right people who can make a difference with their voices and their dollars.

There are several good causes coming up including

Blog Action Day 2008 – Poverty

I believe the chosen day is October 15.

The next call to action is on November 10, 2008 where we will write about refugees.  People are separated when they have to flee their country.  If we have never been in this situation, how could we even imagine the pain involved in something like this.  How can we turn our backs on all the hurt in the world.

Perhaps by taking some time to get involved by using our blogs we can make a difference.  We can visualize our voices reaching the people who can move mountains with their voices.  It takes a start and the people at Blog Catalog have allowed groups that do this.  It starts with one voice and several are joining in.

Please join us.  Share you voice to help humanity.  For more information join us at Blog Catalog.

You can learn more here.

To get free blogs to join in on these worthy causes you can sign up for one at:

http://www.wordpress.com

or

http://www.blogger.com

Please add your comments here to let me know if you are going to join in any of these campaigns.

Thanks!

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Childlike Wisdom

September 29, 2008 at 7:59 pm (Motivation-Inspiration) (, , , , )

You might have seen some of these before but they are still really great reminders of the wisdom that children have.  They always make us smile.

Slow down for three
minutes to read this. It is so worth it.

Touching words from the mouths of babes.

What does ‘Love’ mean?

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8
year-olds, ‘What does ‘love’ mean?’

The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have
imagined. See what you think:



‘When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her
toenails anymore.
So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got
arthritis too. That’s love.’

Rebecca- age 8



‘When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.

You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.’

Billy – age 4


‘Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and
they go out and smell each other.’

Karl – age 5


‘Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries
without making them give you any of theirs.’

Chrissie – age 6


‘Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.’

Terri – age 4


‘Love is when my mummy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before
giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.’

Danny – age 7


‘Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing,
you still want to be together and you talk more.

My Mummy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss’

Emily – age 8


‘Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening
presents and listen.’

Bobby – age 7 (Wow!)


‘If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who
you hate,’

Nikka – age 6

(we need a few million more Nikka’s on this planet)


‘Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it
everyday.’

Noelle – age 7


‘Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends
even after they know each other so well.’

Tommy – age 6


‘During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at
all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling.

He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.’

Cindy – age 8


‘My mummy loves me more than anybody

You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.’

Clare – age 6


‘Love is when Mummy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.’

Elaine-age 5


‘Love is when Mummy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is
handsomer than Robert Redford.’

Chris – age 7


‘Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all
day’

Mary Ann – age 4


‘I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes
and has to go out and buy new ones.’

Lauren – age 4


‘When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars
come out of you.’ (what an image)

Karen – age 7


‘Love is when Mummy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s
gross.’

Mark – age 6


‘You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean
it, you should say it a lot. People forget.’

Jessica – age 8


And the final one — Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a
con test he was asked to judge.

The purpose of the con test was to find the most caring child.

The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an
elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.

Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard,
climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.

When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbour, the little boy
said,

‘Nothing, I just helped him cry’

I hope you enjoyed this.

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Joke: Love Story Gone Bad

August 16, 2008 at 5:00 am (Smile Makers) (, , )

Love

Love

Just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to, doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have.
Ralph and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital.
One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool. Ralph suddenly jumped into the deep end.
He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there.
Edna promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled him out.
When the Head Nurse Director became aware of Edna’s heroic act she immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as she now considered her to be mentally stable.
When she went to tell Edna the news she said, ‘Edna, I have good news and bad news.
The good news is you’re being discharged, since you were able to respond rationally to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life
of the person you love. I have concluded that your act displays sound mindedness.
The bad news is, Ralph hung himself in the bathroom with his bathrobe belt right after you saved him. I am so sorry, but he’s dead.’

Edna replied, ‘He didn’t hang himself, I put him there to dry. How soon can I go home?’

Happy Mental Health day!

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The Start of One More Blog

April 19, 2008 at 5:22 am (Random Rambles) (, , , , , )

Today is the first day for another blog.  Why do I start so many?  I am really not sure.  Hopefully I can keep a theme running in this one of sharing Faith, Hope, and Love, through words of encouragement.  I get so many emails with words of encouragement in them.  Do you?  It is great to get them but then they get deleted or lost.  I am going to use this blog to archive them. 

It is going to be fun to watch this blog grow.  I hope I will be faithful to it.  Time will tell.

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