Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Your U.S. senators will be voting on the bill soon, so it is crucial you contact them immediately.
Go to www.senate.gov to find contact information for the senators in your state. Search for your senator by name or state by clicking on the arrow from either dropdown menu. Contact information is provided here. To send an e-mail, click on "Web Form" below his or her name, and e-mail your letter to make a difference!
Call Your Senators
If you choose to contact your senators by phone, be sure to tell them, "Vote yes on Senate Bill 1738—The PROTECT Our Children Act."
Write to Your Senators
If you choose to write a letter, fax, telegram or e-mail, you may use the following sample letter below and modify it how you see fit.
I know that you believe, like I do, that we must do everything possible to protect children from sexual predators. That is why I am asking for your help.
Last year alone, U.S. law enforcement identified over 300,000 criminals who were trafficking in movies and pictures of young children being raped and tortured. Experts say that one in every three of these criminals has local child victims. Child pornography trafficking over the Internet has given us a trail of evidence that leads straight to their doorsteps, but the vast majority of these children will never be rescued because investigators are overwhelmed, outnumbered and underfunded.
As your constituent, I urge you to do everything in your power to pass the PROTECT Our Children Act (S. 1738, Biden-Hatch). This bipartisan legislation passed the House 415-2, but it is now the victim of petty partisan politics.
Now that we know where these children are and how to protect them, there is no excuse for the Senate to fail to take action this session.
(Your name here)
Monday, September 15, 2008
Blank canvas awaiting the mind,
awaiting the hand,
Beauty to be brought from somewhere,
There is no time,
Longing to be touched,
That eyes it may acquire,
That thought it may provoke,
Touching you from the mind of someone else,
someone like, Vangough
to send thrills and chills,
a hunger and a thirst,
to see what they have seen,
somewhere, just before,
by Mascaretta Shamoo
Have you ever felt that if your life could be painted, it would take many blank canvas's? I do. The colors always change…to reflect the growth I’m experiencing. That being said, I do feel like each DAY is a blank canvas, to be colored in by whatever words, actions, intentions, feelings that I desire. And for those blank moments, I am forever grateful. It is a new day!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Be one who nurtures and who builds. Be one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart, who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them. If we could look into each other's hearts and understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently...
--Marvin J. Ashton
I seen this quote the other day and I could totally relate to it. Life gets so busy that hardly anyone notices one another. Everyone seems to be focused on just getting through the week and they seem kinda grumpy too... where I am anyway. This quote has reminded and guided me this week to try to be the one. I don't want life to be so busy that I don't notice others.
*This morning while I was at work, I had to turn the computer on and the date popped up. I noticed that the date was 9-11. I took a few minutes to quietly sit and silently pray.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
mom's bird house ~ setting it free
I fly above the trees. Care I less who sees.
I am free, controls on me can not be. I fly beyond, as far as you can see.
To walk upon the ground. I would not be found.
I glide tireless on air currents above. You shall never call me dove.
Hear my scream if you come near. The sound of freedom many men fear.
Who am I? The Eagle most men never see. I am your spirit, set free.
by james smith
Recently my daughter Diandra visited her brother in Nebraska and I was alone for a week. When I say "alone" I am talking about not having any of my kids with me. It was an emotional week and it wasn't because she was gone, It was because of where I was at in my life. It was a time for me to be very honest and I found myself having to face a lot of fears that I have had for some time. I got used to pushing them aside, down and anywhere I could put them so that I didn't have to deal with them. This last month I looked at each one of them that came up right in the face. I moved through those feelings and came out on the other side. On that other side I had some new insights. What happened next was really unexpected. I found that I had transformed into a higher version of myself, a more authentic version of who I really am. This new insight even made me feel grateful for that painful experience because I liked who I grew to be because of it. Facing your fears enables you to rid yourself of buried emotions. By coming to face-to-face with what you are afraid of, you are able to free yourself. You also offer yourself an opportunity to grow from the experience. In the end, you may discover you like YOU not in spite of what happened to you but because of what happened to you. We often wish to overcome our fears and the things that stop us. Yet that is not an easy process, nor one which will come and go quickly... for our fears are deeply ingrained in everything we do. However it is in the very act of stepping into new territories... new dances... in facing our fears and weaknesses... in addressing them that we begin the changing process. Love of something that we long for or need more than our fears is what makes change possible.
I am feeling stronger than I have in a long time.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Nessa * Rob * Diandra
Well... she is back! :)
Every now and then as Diandra was visiting her brother Rob, I would get little movie clips and photo's sent to me as it happened on my cel-phone. I felt like I was there... but, I wasn't. Diandra was a sweetie for thinking of her mom. I am so thankful for the progress technology has made!
I have been loving on Diandra and listening to her stories about her visit with her brother. She snagged a t-shirt (at my request) that her brother had just worn and put it in a bag. When I asked her to get me one, she understood I just needed to get a smell of him. It was one of the first things she gave me on her return. I know you mom's out there understand... Or I need a serious session with a therapist! LoL! Well seriously... come to think of it, that would probably do me some good and it would really be okay to get some help to get through this rough patch! I have felt like an emotional mess here lately. What can I say, it has been a tough year. Things are looking up though. I have been asking myself questions and really looking deep into why and what is having me feel this way. In doing this, it ables me to understand me more and not to just think that I am "reacting" to things.
On a good note ~ my baby is back and my other two lovelies will be home for Christmas! That is just around the corner.