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Dare To Dream.... Read

Posted on November 2, 2016 at 1:00 PM Comments comments ()


“The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.”  ~ by  Elizabeth Hardwick

 

I developed a love for reading as a young child. The characters
in the various books became my friends and together we had many adventures. I visited far away places and learned about many different cultures from the past and present. Reading instilled in me a strong desire to travel the world. As I traveled to the many places I’d read about, I recorded the sights with my camera so I could share my trip with others. Even though I am now able to travel the world, I continue to make new friends and visit new places by reading a book. The ability to read is not only important for being successful in today’s society; it also makes life more enjoyable.  Let’s all make time to read daily. 
 

Know and Learn From History

Posted on April 16, 2016 at 7:20 PM Comments comments ()
History is not always what we imagine...

Abraham Lincoln will forever be known as the President who, by signing the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, abolished slavery. What many fail to realize is that, as wonderful as this act was, President Lincoln's motivation and reasons for doing this was more militarily strategic. 

Also, even though they were granted freedom on January 1, 1863, many freed slaves did not know that they were free until June 19, 1863.
http://www.njclc.com/njclchistory.html

Regardless of why slavery was abolished or when the freed slaves learned of their freedom, the fact remains that the ending of this barbaric act was necessary. All humans, regardless of race, color, or religion, should be treated with dignity and respect. God created us in His image (Genisis 1 - 3), then sent His Son to redeem us from sin (John 3:16 -17). Throughout the Bible we are instructed to love one another, but we disregard this instruction. We are also implored to forgive and not repay evil, or seek vengeance; yet we excelled at doing the exact opposite.  We must strive to learn from history and try to follow the instructions God gave us in His Word. If we don't, we will definitely repeat the grievous mistakes made by our ancestors.

Ghana . . . 2014

Posted on March 6, 2014 at 9:44 AM Comments comments ()




On March 6th 1957, under the leadership of their then Prime Minister Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and later first President, the Gold Coast became the first African nation to declare their independence from European colonization. The newly freed nation selected the name Ghana to represent their unified existence. The choice in the name was not arbitrary nor by accident. Ghana means “Warrior King” and was also the name of one of Western Africa’s greatest empires. Ghana’s successful bid for freedom led to the empowerment of several other African nations to demand and receive their own independence.  


Ghana is the 2 largest producer of Cocoa, a major player in the production gold and diamonds, and
due to the recent discovery of oil deposits along its coast, is fast becoming a contender in the production of petroleum and natural gas.

It is home to Lake Volta, the largest man made lake in the world. The lake’s construction was the production of hydroelectric power from the Akosombo Hydroelectric Dam. The hydroelectric power from the Dam supplies Ghana and several of its neighboring countries.




Ghana’s motto: Freedom and Justice fits the country and its people. Ghanians are naturally friendly and enjoy sharing their love of their country with visitors. Ghana has a rich history, beautiful waterfalls, rainforests, beaches, and wildlife. The culture is diverse and vibrant. Birth place of the Kente Cloth and other fabrics; all of which are rich in textures and color is a pleasure to behold.


Ghanians move with an beautiful innate sense of rhythm; enhanced by their natural love for music and dance. All over Ghana, you can easily find a sumptuous variety of Native and European cuisine, but meal times are never rushed. Ghanians view meal times as more than a time to eat; rather, it is a time of peaceful reconnection with family, friends, or associates. Many of the nations business deals are conducted and finalized closed over the breaking of bread. 

I can only give you a brief taste of Ghana, with my words. To get a true picture of beauty of Ghana, I highly encourage you to visit and experience it all for yourself.  

You Are Never Too Old To Have Fun.....

Posted on July 8, 2013 at 4:01 PM Comments comments ()
During a recent visit to New York City, I thought I'd checkout some of my old stomping grounds. One of my favorite places was the Boardwalk at Coney Island.... Hurricane Sandy caused some damage to the old place, but the city and private patrons restored it and made it even better. Fortunately, we happen to be in town during their grand re-opening of this famous landmark.....


My niece had heard stories, but  never been to Coney Island, so this was a perfect time to introduce her to Coney Island, and re-acquaint myself with an old friend. The boardwalk had a few new eateries, stores, vendors, and family friendly attractions but retained the old favor of anticipation and excitement.

There was dancing, acrobatics, rides, the beach, and of course a Nathan's hotdog..... Everyone had a common goal, to have fun and ensure that others had a great time as well.

We all had a wonderful time and I hope to return again soon.


Land Of The Rising Sun…..

Posted on February 11, 2013 at 3:34 PM Comments comments ()
 
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
~ by Augustine of Hippo
 
Take a trip with me to the Land Of The Rising Sun…..
Host to the Olympic Games in 1964 (summer) and 1972, 1998 (winter).
 


Tokyo, the  current  capital, is a thriving metropolis of with skyscrapers, five star hotels, museums, one-stop-shopping, technological marvels, and trains that leave and arrive on schedule.  
 
Kyoto, one of the ancient capitals,, is filled with beautiful historic temples and shrines. You can stay in a traditional hotel, complete with tatami mats, peaceful rock gardens, and rice paper sliding doors. The pace here is much slower and relaxed. 
 
Hiroshima, a place where time seemingly stands still.  There you will see the empty shells of buildings and the only tree to remain standing, after the atom bomb’s impact. 
 
Nagoya, the 4 most populated city in Japan, is home of many of their car manufactures; it is their Detroit. There are also many famous castles and shrines.
 
 Yokohama, home to the tallest in land lighthouse, the Tokyo Tower (shaped like the Eiffel Tower) and the world’s “biggest Clock” (which happens to be a ferries wheel)
 
Japan is a place where ancient culture and modern technology live side by side in perfect unity. The streets are clean (no litter) and crime is very low. No matter where you go, you are greeted by friendly people, unbelievable creativity, and amazing cuisine.
 

African-American History Month

Posted on February 11, 2013 at 2:32 PM Comments comments ()
 
“Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of trueeducation.”  ~ by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
 
In honor of African-American History Month
I’d like to feature two favorite authors.
 
 
I, Too ~ by Langston Hughes 1902–1967
 
I, too, sing America.
 
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.
 
Tomorrow,
I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody’ll dare
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”
Then.
 
Besides,
They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed—
 
I, too, am America.
 
 
 
 
Quote on Things I’ve Learned ~ by Maya Angelou
 
 
“I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
 
I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
 
I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.
 
I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a"life."
 
I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
 
I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.
 
I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart,
 I usually make the right decision.
 
I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.
 
I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone.
People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
 
I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.
 
I've learned that people will forget what you said, 
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
 
 
 
 
 

Math Can Be Made Simple

Posted on October 26, 2012 at 4:31 PM Comments comments ()
“The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.” ~ by  S. Gudder
 
Do any of these phrases sound familiar?
 
“The math I am learning in school is never going to be used in real life”
 
“I hate math”
 
“Math is too hard”
 
“ I do not have any math homework (translation: I don’t understand it)”
 
As a parent and educator, I have heard these phrases and more whenever the topic of math is mentioned. A firm grasp of mathematical concepts, though necessary, can be scary at any age.
 
Below are three ways to make math  more hands on, practical, and fun.
 
1. Use snack time to teach your student about sharing (fractions).
 
2. Have your student help you make a meal using a recipe (fractions, proportions).
 
3. Take your student grocery shopping, with a list and set dollar amount and have them keep track of how much  money is being spent (adding & subtracting money and budgeting).
 
 
I can not promise that your student will love math, but together we can take some of the sting out of learning math.

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