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Courage

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Tammy S. Pinkerton

You would expect a tin man to need a heart, and a scarecrow a brain, but it’s surprising to learn that a lion wants courage. A lion is big and burly, and evokes fear in many. The lion in the Wizard of Oz, begins as a bully, but when Dorothy smacks him on the nose, his vulnerability appears.

“My what a big fuss your’e making.”” “When you go around picking on things weaker than you are.” “Why, you are nothing but a big coward”, says Dorothy. The lion responds crying, “Your’e right. I am a coward. I even scare myself”.

“Look at the circles under my eyes. I haven’t slept in weeks.” The tin man asks, why don’t you try counting sheep? “That wouldn’t do me any good, I am afraid of them”.

After the long journey along the yellow brick road,  the lion is ready to tackle the demons, inside the castle, and accept courage from Oz, as if it is going to be packaged in a box.

Oz is a fraud, and the lion is looking outside for what is inside him the entire time.

All he had to do was keep moving forward,  and moving through each obstacle along the yellow brick road. He faced evil witches, bats, and demons on the path. Many times he wanted to quit, but he didn’t turn around. He tackled each dangerous ordeal, until it had moved out of the way.

Dorothy, the scarecrow, and the tin man gave him support to keep moving toward his goal.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-mindful-self-express/201208/the-six-attributes-courage

Throughout history, there have been many people identified as courageous.  They found themselves in situations that tested their values, morals or principles and they persisted. It is lonely to be courageous. It is also scary.

Courage and fear walk together. You cannot be brave, unless you have some fear. When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus, she wasn’t seeking to be a hero, or to begin the civil rights fight. She was tired, and asked herself, why should I give up my seat, because of the color of my skin?

She wasn’t trying to be rebellious, or stubborn. She had the backbone to stand up for what she believed was right. Her values guided her forward.

While many might have agreed with Rosa Parks, most were too afraid to openly say that they did. It’s easier to be a sheep and follow the pack.

Courage Takes Nerves of Steel

The first of anything new, begins with swimming against the tide, and that can be dangerous to do. It takes backbone and grit to create change. It is far easier to give up on our values, and our dreams, and just go with the flow.

When every ounce of your being wants to move away from the danger, sometimes it takes nerves of steel to move forward. It is our value system that keeps us on track, and it is persistence and tenacity, that helps us achieve our goal.

Winston Churchill said courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.  Courage is both. Knowing when to move forward, and when to stand still, takes skill. Intuit is at the core, but heart and brains guide the tour.

https://albertmohler.com/2016/01/08/the-courageous-leadership-of-winston-churchill

Financial Social and Moral Courage

Any challenge has obstacles.  We don’t know what we don’t know. 

It is frightening to move forward when we are operating with missing pieces.

Being courageous is isolating. We are moving against the grain. There are lots of naysayers, “Forget it, just go with the crowd, this can’t change”.

You, Steve Jobs a little guy who made a computer in your garage are going to compete with IBM. Get real. Can’t be done.

You, Winston Churchill are going to warn about the onset of Fascism, and protect England.  Pick a political party and stick with it. Forget this foolish nonsense.

You Rosa Parks, are a black women who won’t give up your seat on a bus. Who do you think you are?

They were people who had the courage to move forward against the grain, and each of them changed history because they did.

There is financial courage, moral courage, social courage.

Steve Jobs and Walt Disney took great financial risks to see their dreams materialize. They had financial courage.

Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela spoke out against injustice. They had social courage.

Winston Churchill warned against fascism. He had moral courage.

The next time you find something standing in the way of what you want or believe, or something challenging your values, be willing to stand up, and say 

“No,  this has to change.”

 Keep moving forward, with a. willingness to face each obstacle standing in your way, and you will find nerve that you never knew you had. Courage is within each of us, it just takes extra muscles to find it.

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Hanukah: The little things matter

Tammy Pinkerton

Hanukah is a minor holiday, but offers major lessons in survival.

This  small, itty bitty holiday, teaches huge lessons in survival, during turbulent times. When people of all religions are locked in our homes, due to a global pandemic, that has attacked worldwide, the story of Hanukah can help.

Historically, December is a time period when many experience depression and anxiety. 

It’s cold, the holiday  season is here, and we remember friends and family who have disappeared.  While our world has been fragmented for a long time, this year, it’s worse.

Businesses have shut down. Many are hungry and cold. Numerous isolated from family and friends. Some afraid death will knock on another’s door. We are a world living in fear.

As long as I can remember, Hanukah a small, minor holiday, celebrated with a menorah, compared to Christmas, a big, major holiday, observed with a huge tree, has seemed insignificant. 

The story of Hanukah is seemingly meaningless, compared to the birth of the savior of the world. An account about an oil lamp staying lit for eight days instead of one, is seemingly ho hum. 

Or is it?

The menorah stayed lit for 8 days instead of 1. A minority defeated a majority in war. All the cards were stacked against the few, and yet they beat the many. The lights were supposed to dimmer out, but they stayed on.

We believed we had enough oil to last one day, but we lasted eight. We received more than expected. Lighting a candelabra each day reminds us of that miracle.

Did it really matter that we were given extra light?  Ask the people who have been living in America  this year with power outages, what they think about extra light. Then ask the people who can’t afford to pay the electric bill.

Retailers hardly get excited about the eight days of Hanukah to boost the bottom line. The majority of Jews are not rushing into the shopping mall purchasing the newest gadget. This year nobody is rushing anywhere. We are engaged silently in a war, against a silent virus calamity that has struck world wide.  The virus is major. It has darkened the world. We the people are minor sources of light, barely flickering to stay on.

We need extra light. Each day that we light the menorah, reminds us that it is extra light, that keeps us alive, and helps us survive.

God granted us extra light, because the oil held in the container had been properly sealed. It wasn’t contaminated with dirt and grime. It didn’t leak. We protected what we had.  We weren’t wasteful, and valued our resources. The lessons learned during Hanukah, can help us survive, coupled with a miracle from God.

Yes, the story of Hanukah, is about the miracle of extra light, gained through protecting resources, and a miracle from God, in a battle when a few beat the many in war.

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Legalization of Marijuana – My 2 Cents

Tammy S. Pinkerton

For decades, the public has clamored for the legalization of marijuana. It has medicinal benefits, is less harmful than alcohol, and nobody has ever died from an overdose from smoking the plant. 

Despite marijuana being deemed a federal crime for over 80 years, and a public clamoring for the legalization over the last forty years or so, it has remained a federal crime to purchase, and use it.

Over the past decade or so, that is beginning to change on a state by state basis. Half the states have legalized marijuana recreationally, and or medicinally. 

A couple years ago, Massachusetts added its name to the list of places where marijuana is now legal, and has opened retail stores. Initially, people stood in long lines, eager to smoke a joint, or chomp on a chocolate pot filled brownie, all legal. 

At long last, Massachusetts would no longer be referred to as “Tax-a-chussettes”. Marijuana provided a solution.

There was no question about it, the tax collectors were smiling. At 400.00 for an ounce of medical marijuana, the extra revenue would fill the coffers. Legalizing marijuana would help a financially struggling state. The customers giggled all the way through munching on that brownie, that was no longer against the law. Everybody was happy. 

What could possibly go wrong?

Skipping over the traditional arguments, that have been used by the opponents of legalization, such as it’s a gateway drug, bad for children, and nutritionally out of synch with good health, although more people will munch on donuts and pizza, than pot infused brownies, there is a real problem with legalizing marijuana, that is being ignored.

The way that marijuana is being legalized threatens our freedom and  liberty as American citizens, and may actually lead to further erosion, of our basic human rights.

First, marijuana remains a federal crime. It continues to be considered a class one felony drug. Does this mean that people who live in a state where marijuana is legal, or visit a state where it is legal and use it recreationally, cannot work for the federal government? Or will they be fired from a federal job in a drug testing program, because they used marijuana, in a place where it was legal?

Does this mean that a person receiving food stamps or housing assistance who consumes marijuana cannot continue to receive that assistance, even though they live in a state where marijuana is legal,  since those are federal monies, granted to states?

As soon as the first state legalized marijuana, the federal government should have removed it as a class one felony. It did not. 

Why?

Building the conflict into the structure of the American judicial system keeps lawyers well funded with disputes. It provides a media driven by controversy, money making opportunity. The fact that it remains a class one felony gives sly provisions, for comparing it to heroin, or even murder. No difference between the two, right? We can lump all  the illegalities together as major federal crimes. Notice on job applications- Have you ever been arrested for a federal offense?

If the government wants to take a citizens property, and or products, and that citizen uses marijuana, the citizen can be targeted in character attacks by calling the citizen a class one federal felon, giving fodder for takings. People can be targeted for political views, race, religion, gender, class, and marijuana as a class one felony, can fuel the character attacks. Far fetched? Perhaps, but there are many underhanded tactics using pardons, that can turn a minor crime into a major one. It really can be used as a “gateway drug.”

If marijuana is legal in one place but not another, our government can create asset forfeitures through the back door, and create these forfeitures using legal methods, further eroding basic civil rights.

Let me explain. If somebody uses marijuana in one state, and drives to another state and has a car accident, and it is determined that marijuana is in the blood stream, can the state where marijuana is illegal decide to confiscate the drivers car? Suspend the driver from driving? Force the driver into court grabbing their money and time? 

The way that marijuana is being legalized today is building a system of legalized highway robbery into the law.

Today if an accident happens and alcohol is smelled on the breath, the driver becomes subject to a breathalyzer, and can be charged with drunk driving.

Alcohol is water soluble and leaves the body in 24 hours, but not so for marijuana. It is fat soluble and can remain in the body for 10 to 60 days with a urine test, and up to four years using a hair sample test.( more expensive, so used less)

Does everybody now involved in an accident from fender bender to major calamity have to pee in a cup to determine whether marijuana  is in their blood? This gives police the ability to create gross violations of civil and human rights through money making grabs. All happening through legal processes.

Taken to an extreme, I suppose cities could fund entire police departments through building structural conflicts into the law.

legalization of marijuana

Who has opposed the legalization of marijuana? 

It has been those profiting from it being illegal. The drug manufacturers will soon focus on treatment for addiction to opiates, as a way of fighting back. Use marijuana medicinally, you must be sick and in need of treatment. Use it recreationally, you have a problem, and need treatment. The advertising has already started.

The drug cartels have made money with marijuana illegal, and losing revenue they will move deeper into pornography, and child trafficking, to compensate for the lost funds. The opponents of legalization stating that it’s bad for children might actually be right. Take the money away from those profiting from marijuana being illegal, and they may shift to buying and selling children. That is much worse.

The media will thrive on the back door conflicts, and the news generated from the back door conflicts because marijuana is halfway legal. A series of disputes arising … “Is it this, or is it that?” These gray areas are being built into the structure of marijuana laws.

The public will find themselves em-blazed in a series of conflicts further eroding liberty, not to mention draining their pocketbooks. Following legal costs in attorney fees and court costs and perhaps loss of job, the end result will be a pardon. “Everybody does it no big deal,” except for the person caught up in the legal trap.

These half measures are worse than it is totally illegal. Anybody who wants to smoke marijuana can. It is easy to find. It’s a plant. You can live in a place where it is illegal and find it just as easily as living in a place where it is legal. I doubt anybody who partook in consumption cared, whether it was legal or illegal, outside of the repercussions that would follow if caught.

Marijuana has reached mainstream America. Not everybody has tried it, but every adult between 20 and 70, knows somebody who has tried it at least once.

Four Presidents have been elected into office since the first state legalized marijuana, and 16 years have passed since then. All four presidents were baby boomers. They had grown up in a culture where marijuana had reached mainstream America, and understood usage, had transcended race, economics, and political ideology.

Two Presidents were Republicans, and two Democrats. All four brought marijuana legalization into campaign rhetoric. All claimed to represent “we the people”.

Half the states legalized marijuana. None of the presidents removed the class one felony status of marijuana.  It didn’t require an act of congress to remove marijuana as a class one felony. Each of them could have done it with a pen stroke. None of them did. Why?

These half measures towards marijuana legalization don’t work. They create unnecessary conflicts between federal and state law. Removing marijuana as a class one felony, is the first step towards reducing these conflicts.

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Presidential Quotes

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I was born at the end of 1957. The year I was born more babies were born than any year in history. Today we enter our retirement years, and there are quite a few of us, transitioning  into our senior years.

When I was born, Dwight D.Eisenhower was president of the United States.

Through my life, I only recall one year, when our country was not at war. That was 1975.

The issues that have plagued our country since I arrived, are the same issues we face today, only today they are more extreme, and worse, than ever before.

In 1957, a distant cousin of mine, Senator Sam Dash, cautioned us about electronic surveillance, and its intrusion on the American People. 

Today, Edward Snowden, lives in Russia, for fear of persecution, and prosecution, because he revealed the extremities of the deep state matrix of electronic surveillance, against the American people.

Senator Dash chaired the impeachment inquiry of Richard Nixon, which ultimately led to his resignation. I still remember Nixon boarding that airplane on that final day in office, waving goodbye.

Today, we have spent millions of taxpayer dollars on the Robert Mueller Russia investigation, investigating a president. Then we spent millions more on the John Durham investigation, investigating the investigators.

We have a President voted by the people out of office, who vows to retaliate, for this investigation happening, and is determined to overturn the results of this election.

I doubt I will be watching him board an airplane waving goodbye.

It’s not like we didn’t see this degradation evolving over decades. Every president since my birth has warned us. We the people have grown complacent in creating change. We have trusted our leaders, trusted congress, trusted the media, trusted everybody except ourselves and our higher power.

We need to restart.

The following are quotes from presidents of my past.

Eisenhower

“A people that values its privileges above its principles, soon loses both.”

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”

“Beware of the military industrial complex”

Kennedy

“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

“We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us through that darkness to a safe and sane future.”

Johnson

“A rioter with a molotov cocktail in his hands is not fighting for civil rights any more than a klansman with a sheet on his back and mask on his face. They are both more or less what the law declares them: lawbreakers, destroyers of constitutional rights and liberties, and ultimately destroyers of a free America.

Nixon

“I think congress has spent enough time on ethics. I think it’s time they moved onto something else.”

“No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam war. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now. “

“When the president does it, that means it’s not illegal.” “The press is the enemy.”

Ford

“The political lesson of watergate is this: Never again must America allow an arrogant elite guard of political adolescents to bypass the regular party organization, and dictate the terms of a national election.”

Carter

“When you single out any particular group of people for secondary citizenship status, that is a violation of basic human rights.”

“We have become an oligarchy instead of a democracy. I think that’s been the worst damage to the basic moral and ethical standards to the American political system that I’ve ever seen in my life.”

“My constant prayer, my number one foreign goal is to bring peace to Israel, and in the process to Israels neighbors.”

“We cannot be both the worlds leading champions of peace and the world’s leading supplier of weapons of war.”

Reagan

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” “

“ I have wondered at times what the ten commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US congress.”

“Facts are stubborn things.”

Bush George 11

“Debates, I hate.”

I think the 24 hour news cycle has helped exaggerate the differences between the parties.” You can always find somebody on Television harping about something. That didn’t happen 20 years ago”

( add the internet to the mix)

Clinton

“Our democracy cannot survive its current downward drift into tribalism, extremism and seething resentment. Today, it’s us versus them in America. Politics is little more than blood sport. As a result our willingness to believe the worst about everyone outside our bubble is growing, and our ability to solve problems and seize opportunities is shrinking” We must do better. We have honest differences. We need rigorous debates. Healthy skepticism is good. It saves us from being too naive or too cynical. But it is impossible to preserve democracy when the well of trust runs completely dry.

Bush George W

Free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don’t attack each other. Free nations don’t develop weapons of mass destruction.

When I take action, I’m not going to fire a 2 million dollar weapon and hit a camel in the butt. It’s going to be decisive.

Obama, Barack

If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists to protect them and to promote their common welfare, all else is lost.

There is not a liberal America and a conservative America, there’s the United States of America.

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. America has a debt problem, and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I, therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase Americas debt.

Trump, Donald

I will reserve his comments until after he has left office.

For 63 years, I have listened to the rhetoric. I have watched one endless war after another, and i have watched our country move deeper and deeper into darkness.

We have debt in the trillions and so many hungry and cold. We are gagged in our homes and told to socially distance from others. We are fragmented as a people. Our businesses have closed, due to government mandates.

And our leaders from both political parties are preaching justice and liberty, and all the things we the American people want to hear, and it is the same rhetoric year after year.

One thing is clear. If we are going to remain a free country, where the statute of liberty stops shaking her fist, then it is up to the citizens to take our country back, and put some checks and balances on the money going out the door.

Somehow, someway, we need to return to basics and restart. And I don’t think it’s through another budget expenditure for the poor, or another tax deduction for the rich, it’s through creating, developing, and building businesses, and strengthening the middle class.

Back at the beginning, we went to nursery school, or preschool, as we call it today and we learned a rhyme.

“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the kings horses, and all the kings men, couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty together again.”

It is beyond time to build new. We have waited too long for our leaders to do something to take care of us, while they steal more and more from not only our wealth, but our liberty and justice, under the disguise, that they are “helping us”. 

Our government does a lot to help us when we are in a crisis mode. We have systems in place to prevent us from falling through cracks on many levels, but the one group that has been left out, is the middle class. 

We don’t need a handout. We need to use our money more efficiently, to become more resourceful with what we do have. We need to create jobs. It is the middle class that built this country and it is the middle class that needs to take it back.

It is time for the American people, the middle class, the citizens from every walk of life,  to take our country back, from leaders who are ripping us off in backdoor underhanded deals, and then adding insult to injury by saying we are doing it to ourselves.

It is beyond time to strengthen the middle class

We build a better back when we open doors.

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Suicide Prevention

Tammy Stoner Pinkerton

A rope was the method.  A hotel room south of France the place. A world renowned chef famous on CNN was the person. Anthony Bordain, committed suicide at age 61, and brought the problem of suicide to the forefront.

Since 1999, the Center for Disease Control reports a 30% increase in suicide. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States among all age groups. 

Many are wondering why a man who traveled the world, with a job tasting  food from around the world, writing about the experience could be in so much pain that he would end his own life. What was wrong? Wasn’t he living out the dream job? How could a person who had it all, end his own life?

The myth is that money solves all problems. Money solves money problems. Money doesn’t solve heart problems. 

Suicide affects people of all ages, races and socio economic groups. While some groups have higher rates of suicide than others, every religion, income and race has members who have ended their own life.

Teenagers have the highest rate of suicide attempters, and the middle age, have the highest rate of those who complete suicide. Men are twice as likely to complete suicide then women, but women are twice as likely to attempt suicide. 

Guns and hanging are the most likely methods to succeed in completing suicide, pills are the most likely methods  used by attempters.

Many believe that depression is the central characteristic that all people who complete suicide are experiencing. That is a myth. While depression may or may not be a characteristic of those who attempt suicide, the fact is that hopelessness and helplessness are the central characteristics of those who complete suicide.

Hope is the belief that things will get better. It is what keeps us going, when life gets tough. The belief that life will change. When people feel suicidal they do not believe that life will get better, and they feel helpless to create change to make it better.

The other characteristic that all suicidal people feel is ambivalent. The will to live is strong, and so when people feel suicidal they are simultaneously feeling a will to live and a desire to die at the same time. Recognizing ambivalence is key to preventing suicide. If you hear a person is feeling suicidal remember that a part of them wants to live. That’s the part you should help them hone in on.

Some people believe that people who talk about suicide won’t complete suicide and that talking about suicide is just a method of getting attention. 85% of the people who completed suicide talked about suicide first. If somebody is talking about suicide you should take them serious, as talking about it is a cry for help. 

If you are concerned that somebody is considering suicide you should ask them. Asking about suicide will not encourage somebody to end their own life, any more than asking about pregnancy will encourage somebody to get pregnant. If you are concerned that somebody might be considering ending their own life, ask.

Chances are great that a person considering suicide will speak to you a non trained person before seeking professional help. It is vital that you know how to respond. Anybody seeking suicide as an option needs attention and you should pay attention.

If you are concerned that somebody is considering suicide the first thing you should do is ask. Are you feeling suicidal? If the response is yes, they will tell you. Then ask if they have considered how they would do it. If there is no plan, it is a low level degree of risk. The more specific the plan the greater the degree of risk. Then it’s one thing to have a plan, its another to have access to the method to complete the plan. If somebody tells you they are considering suicide, and they would use a gun, you need to know if they have a gun. Obviously if they have a specific plan, and the method they have identified is available, they are at greater risk, then one that does not have access to the plan. Finally, you want to know what resources are available for support. Somebody who lives alone is at greater risk, then somebody who is surrounded with sources of support.

Remember the key characteristic to suicidal behavior is hopelessness and helplessness. You will want to provide them with some things to look forward too. Do not get into a debate about the merits of living or dying. You might not win the argument. Just insist that they live. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem, so emphasize the temporary nature of problems.

If you are concerned that a person is in danger to themselves, please get them help. You do not need to act alone.  In Connecticut, the suicide prevention access helpline is available 24 hours a day. The number in west mystic for Suicide Prevention is available 24 hours / 7 days a week. 1-800-848-1281 (860) 848-1281

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A Patriotic Song

                                                

 God Bless America

While the storm clouds gather far across the sea, 

Let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free, 

Let us all be grateful for a land so fair, 

As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer. ” 

God Bless America, 

Land that I love. 

Stand beside her, and guide her 

Thru the night with a light from above. 

From the mountains, to the prairies, 

To the oceans, white with foam 

God bless America, My home sweet home.

The United States stood perched for war. Kate Smith needed a patriotic song, and she asked Irving Berlin to compose one. Berlin wrote a song in 1918, that was thrown into a trunk filled with unpublished songs. He retrieved it, changed a couple of lines, and a quasi national anthem was born in 1938.

All royalties were distributed to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America. Today it is sung at the seventh inning of baseball games. It was sung following the tragedy of 911. 

How does a song like God Bless America evoke so much controversy? Why doesn’t God bless America today?

Woody Guthrie, twenty years junior to Irving Berlin, and the child of a land developer who had gone bust, didn’t like the song because he thought Berlin  forgot about injustice, and inequity in America. He thought God Bless America was complacent, ignoring that America wasn’t fair for all.

Guthrie the child of a land developer, lived through the boom and bust from the oil industry, and learned about trust, corruption, and theft of land. He was an advocate for the Communist party. 

Guthrie wrote This land is your land, this land is my land as a rebellion to God Bless America.

In the squares of the city, In the shadow of a steeple;

By the relief office, I’d seen my people.

As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking,

Is this land made for you and me.

That was the verse removed from “This land is your land, this land is my land”

The KKK didn’t like God Bless America, because it had been written by an immigrant Jew. Technically Berlin was an immigrant, but he left Russia at age 5, and his only memory was sitting at the side of the road watching his home burn to the ground.

 And he wasn’t religious enough to have married in his religion, as he married a Christian and raised his children Protestant at a time when that was a very rebellious thing to do.

The last thing Berlin wanted was the communist party. He was grateful for the opportunities provided to Americans. He did not want to see America become Russia.

80 years have passed since, God Bless America first played on the radio. Did God stop blessing America? Does the song still work today?

While the storm clouds gather far across the sea, 

We have increased security since the world trade center attacks, and the attacks have grown in our schools, our streets, our shopping malls. They aren’t happening across the sea, they are happening here at home, next to you and me.

Let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free, 

We aren’t free when we are trading our liberty for oil and gas. We aren’t free when people are shot in the back for having no more then a cell phone. We aren’t free when United airlines drags off a paying passenger, because he won’t give up his seat.

Let us all be grateful for a land so fair, 

It’s not fair when we are silenced, not allowed to speak, denied access into the courts. It’s not fair when we are executed through our advertisements and television stations without a crime. 

As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer. ” 

At no point in our common history has attendance in churches synagogues or houses of worship been so low. Have we lost our faith? Or have we lost our sense of community?

God Bless America, 

There are some very smart people who think they are God, and not operating in accordance with Gods laws.

Land that I love. 

Stand beside her, and guide her 

I love the country that we say we are, I do not love the country that we are today. We are not living according to our core values. My grandparents born on four continents, are probably rolling in their graves with the contradiction between what we say and who we are. Our country is degrading before our eyes, and we are pretending it’s not happening.

Thru the night with a light from above. 

The light will shine, when we begin building it back.

From the mountains, to the prairies, 

To the oceans, white with foam 

We have polluted our oceans, our rivers and streams with massive urban sprawl. We have sold our public lands off as private property then tried to steal them back.

God bless America, My home sweet home.

When we stop degrading people places and things for profit, and begin building our core values back, that serve the average American , God will bless America. Until that time the song will continue to be a controversial patriotic song.

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Luck

Tammy Stoner Pinkerton

The Egyptians had pyramids, the Chinese placed waterfalls, and everybody knows that there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Throughout the beginning of time, cultures have had symbols of luck directing good or bad fortune. 

The rabbits foot brings fertility. The foot works when it is the left foot from a rabbit, and the rabbit has been captured from the cemetery. Keep this in mind the next time you carry the rabbits foot around. Make sure you have the left, and not the right foot.

The four leaf clover. Four leaf clovers are very rare, and have been considered lucky for centuries. Four leaf clovers are universal symbols of good luck. The next time you board an airplane, please show your four leaf clover with your boarding pass.

Frogs. In Feng Sui the belief is that a three legged frog is far superior then a four legged frog. The three legged frog will bring wealth and prosperity into the home. Don’t put frogs in bedrooms or bathrooms, just yet.  Don’t direct the three legged frogs prosperity down the toilet. Instead place it on a low shelf facing the front door.  You want the frog to magnetize wealth into the house,not throw money down the drain.

Frogs are associated with transformation in literature. With a kiss, the frog is transformed into a handsome prince. I don’t know why some shift back to toads.  Do we need to rub the back three times first? Are we putting them in the bedroom when we should put them by the door?

Wishing wells are places where you toss coins, that make a splash, make a wish, and send good fortune to the Gods. It might be why cities have set them up across our land. 

Lucky Charms are not just a brand of cereal, they are trinkets worn around the neck designed to ward off evil spirits, and bring good omens. Do not eat the lucky charms, wear them.

Sapphires have brought good luck since ancient times. This beautiful blue stone, worn by kings is the birthstone for those born in September. Keep that in mind while snuggling in December or January.

Some numbers are luckier then other numbers, and seven might be the luckiest of them all. There are seven directions in the world. North, South, East, West, Up, Down, and where you stand, in the middle of them all.

When attempting to collect good fortune here is my advice. Dig around the graveyard, catch a rabbits left foot, then hop on down to the clover patch, and pick a four leaf clover. Jump around until you find a three legged frog, take him home, kiss him, and rub his back three times before he turns into a toad. Then hop, jump, and skip over to the wishing well, toss in a coin with a splash, and snuggle with your prince, on a low shelf by the front door.

Do this in December, seven times, while wearing a sapphire ring, and look up at the north star for guidance. Do these things, and good fortune will materialize.

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The Power of Word – That we’ll leave behind

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Tammy Stoner Pinkerton


Our words matter. When we have departed this earth, the one thing we will have left behind will be our words. They will be our legacy, to our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, friends, and family who knew us. The memory of what we said will last beyond our lifetime. Our words have the power to change the world for better, or for worse. 
In this culture that we live in today, of instant messaging, Twitter texts, Instagram, it is easy to forget that our words have the ability to transform the world. We let them roll off our tongue without thought of the impact they may have on others or on ourselves. It is very difficult to take them back.


Our words carry a lot of power. They have the power to keep possibilities alive, and the power to create lots of problems. When we have a powerful relationship to our word and are committed to choosing the words we mean, communication is effortless.

There is not a person among us who hasn’t regretted words spoken or written. All of us, have wished we said something just a little differently, not said something in anger, or not stumbled our way through an awkward situation, with poorly chosen words. None of us have perfect words 100% of the time. We are human, and as humans we err.
It’s not just important to give our word, but give our word and mean it. I can’t tell you the number of times I have heard and even done it myself, given my word until something better comes up. We give our word until faced with the blah, blah, blahs of life. When our word is good only until something better comes up, then we have situations that don’t work, and create upsets.


Once we are able to comprehend that our words matter, that our words are a declaration, that they work to create desired results, that we are trying to achieve, we are able to develop workability and simplicity in our life.


Our words are our agreements. They are doing what is expected of us when it’s expected. They give form and structure and substance to our lives. They generate possibility, power, and freedom. They bring peace of mind.
When we look at sources of what hasn’t worked in our lives, we will find broken promises in our agreements or broken words. When we put structures in our place to keep our word, we have the power to transform anything.


Failure to keep one’s word doesn’t mean people are bad, it just means that situations become unworkable. In a nutshell, broken words or agreements spell unworkable situations, not bad people.

Often that concept becomes mixed up. We believe when people say they will do something and don’t, they are bad. People are good even if they break their word but when words are broken, situations don’t work. Thus, it is important to agree only to words one can keep.

Today our country is under an implosion unlike any that we have seen since the civil war. We stand divided, and fragmented. Our words are all over the place, spoken randomly, and without concern for the impact they have on ourselves or on another human being. We have become careless with our words.


If we are to begin to restore some sanity during some very insane times, each of us has to stop and look at the words we choose, and the impact they have on another and on ourselves, and recognize that while seemingly fleeting, they leave permanent marks. Our words do matter.

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Walking Your Way To Stress Relief

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By Tammy S. Pinkerton

There might be no better way to reduce stress then to take a brisk walk in the park. It is active, easy, and even free. It provides you opportunity, to move fast or slow, stop and start, and notice the woods and trees, as you go.

Depressed and anxious, get off of the computer, hang up the phone, walk outside, breathe deep, and enjoy the change in scenery.

The difficult part of walking, for those who have two working legs, is getting started. That is the challenge for all. However once you experience the mental health benefits, and added benefits to the heart, it becomes much easier to start.

Walking helps increase happiness, because when you walk, you release endorphins, a chemical that helps you improve your mental outlook. When you walk, you send happy cells into the air, and watch depression disappear.

You can see a therapist, a psychiatrist, another treatment provider, but before you lay on the couch, and figure out how you got to be this way, take a walk, it’s healthy, active and free. Plus, walking moves you forward.

It just isn’t easy to walk backwards for any length of time.

Walking doesn’t just help the mind, it helps the body too. When you walk, your bones and muscles become stronger, and you reduce risk of heart disease and diabetes. This means that walking actually helps you live longer. 

Living longer and stronger, with a better mental outlook, you can’t beat that, knowing that you can add that bagel and cream cheese later, because walking just helped you reduce the fat.

 Haven’t taken a walk in a long time? Begin slow, start with an easy pace, just five or ten minutes a day. Walk three or four times in a week, and you will earn physical and mental benefits too. Then when you have some steps under your feet, add another thirty minutes or so, and walk three or four times in the week.

Fast paced walking can be a real plus, so don’t be afraid to step up the beat when moving the feet.  Brisk walking 45 minutes a day, increases the heart rate, and burns fat. If overweight, that’s like devouring a Reuben sandwich without calories. 

Find a friend to share the walk. Time speeds up, as you walk and talk, at the same time, breathing heavier, as you go, increasing the benefits to the cardiovascular system.

Do you have a dog? Take him with you. If he is on a leash, he will move at the pace you do. He has to. He is walking with you. The benefits to walking a dog, is many might want to stop and talk with you, or talk with your dog. Either way, you might meet somebody along the way. Or the dog will.

Don’t have a clear path to walk? Are you in the middle of suburban sprawl? Just walk on down to the city hall and complain, give them a word or two, and if nobody listens, just head to the mall. You can always walk there. Just remember the walk was meant to be free, so “buyer beware,” when you walk there.

(Stones like amethyst are also calming.)

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Thanksgiving Holiday

In 1620, The people boarded the Mayflower, leaving England to practice the religion of their choice, and sailed to the Hudson bay. The ship steered off course, and landed at Plymouth Rock. It was an accident of fate that brought the ship and its passengers to Massachusetts. We called the passengers pilgrims. The water deep, the storms raged, and when the passengers arrived on land, they shared an abundant feast with Indians already here, and gave thanks to God for having survived.


The first Thanksgiving celebrated in Plymouth rock lasted three days. Together the Pilgrims, and the native Indians shared a meal. They didn’t gobble it down. There was no turkey. It was probably venison. There was no pumpkin pie. No sugar existed there, and it is doubtful that cranberries were smashed together in a can. They were probably in berry form.
Thanksgiving began as a periodic event in which the Pilgrims thanked God for the blessings from the rain that led to an abundant crop, and allowed them to multiply, prosper and thrive. It was initially just celebrated in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

 
In 1789 George Washington formalized Thanksgiving into a national holiday, in recognition of a significant military victory, and an abundant harvest from the rain. That is when it began to be celebrated in all of the states, but it was observed on different dates.


Sarah Hale, a magazine editor wrote Abe Lincoln, during the blood shed of the civil war, and requested that Thanksgiving be assigned to be a national holiday among all states, and an official day of recognition designated to be the same. Abe Lincoln said that Thanksgiving should be observed during the last Thursday of the month.


Franklin Roosevelt in 1939 changed the Thanksgiving holiday to the fourth Thursday of the month, as November had five Thursday’s that year. The goal was to help expand the Christmas shopping season, to give retailers more time to earn profits and help stimulate the economy. And leave it to politics to stand in the way. “No, no we can’t change Abe’s date” was quoted by Republicans, while the Democrats said, ”we need to make more bucks, let’s not let politics get in the way”.


George H. Bush decided that Thanksgiving should be a day to pardon the turkeys, which will give Donald Trump quite a few turkeys to continue the tradition this year.


As you gobble through Thanksgiving holiday this year with family and friends, remember that Thanksgiving has evolved over hundreds of years. If you stuff your bellies, it’s okay, the important point to remember is its time to give thanks for blessings received and those to come on this day.

Happy Holiday

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