Why do African Americans think they can do any and everything to Black people then come back and be accepted back into the Black community with open arms. Amarosa spent most of her time defending the Orange Man With Bad Hair while criticing Black people people including April Ryan one of the most respected Black reporters in the country. She needs to wipe those tears and consider what she has done to people.
How does a 95% Black Middle Class City end up with a predominately white appointed administration. - Chief Judge, City Attorney, Board Members and other high level positions. And let us not forget that the Black Assistant Judge, Michael Sheridan, is a tenant of Mayor Lary's. When the City of Stonecrest was being formed, residents were told it would be a City they would control. There were those of us, myself included, who said we were about to witness the biggest land grab since Rosewood and Tulsa, only this time it would be voluntarily. The majority of DeKalb County's vacant land is now in the City of Stonecrest, including commercial land. Now nothing could be further from the truth - the Management Company that is actually running Stonecrest is a white company located in Colorado. They are the ones doing the hiring of Stonecrest city workers. However, Mayor Lary is using his power to appoint people who do not live in Stonecrest. This is totally unacceptable. The tragic thing is twofold. First, there is no way you can tell me there are no qualified Blacks and/or Stonecrest residents who are qualified for these positions. Most importantly we were told by Mayor Lary when he was a candidate that Stonecrest would be "our" city. Now we must Mayor Lary who is "our". Does Mayor Lary believe there are no qualified Blacks or Stonecrest residents to fill this appointed positions.? Mayor Lary's action and those of all but one city councilmember, Jazzman Cobble, are unacceptable and a disgrace to the citizens of Stonecrest Black and otherwise.
For all those young people who say they cannot win an election - PLEASE READ THIS. While I was in Kenya I learned of this young man and his efforts to get elected. He had absolutely no money, no posters and had never held office. He basically rode around on a motor scooter and talked directly to the people. Most importantly, his story is one of extreme hardship. He was an orphan who only got an education because others helped him. He never forgot what got him to where he is. WE NEED THIS TYPE OF ACTION IN THE US. Young people give running for office a try. Do not sit back and wait for someone to pass you an imaginary baton. Step Up. Step Out Seize the time. Live in the Moment.
This is how people vote in Kenya. This is a smaller community area. In fact this is how many people vote in most democratic countries in Africa. I have been criticized because I post about the lackadasical manner in which US Blacks fail to vote and/or participate in many of our communities. But this is how people vote in the rest of the world.
Many remember the election madness and violence during the 2007 Kenyan elections. I was in Kenya for about 8 weeks helping a friend develop and implement a program. (Not an NGO or missionary program). While there I lived among the people and got a good view of what Kenya was all about. There were some who encouraged me to leave the country prior to the election and others who said stay. I left only because my ticket had expired. I do plan to return at the first opportunity.
The heart-rending story of Charlie Gard, and what the people charged with caring for him - nurses - have to tolerate in the face of ignorance and death threats against them: (h/t to Carrie Kane-Horrigan)
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What a waste of time and bandwidth.
Just asked one of them to stuff it and never approach me again, as they chose to mis-inform me about how much I needed to do in order to take part in a raffle for an amount they should already have paid me as a fee, had they been serious....
Hmmmm. What do you do if you see a need to up your income, but can't combine it with your conscience to create a need in people that's not there naturally, in order to exploit it?
Hmmmm. I wonder if it's a sign of me having moved on, that this "Memories" function on Facebook since weeks has only presented me with stuff that's either boring, repetitious or down right embarrassing.
(Some) memories are for keeping - not necessarily sharing ;-)
Working on small song stories and liner notes for my album "The Scenic Route" in progress, trying to keep "writing about writing" short and to the point, without explaining too much and give the songs away in advance (which to me would be a classical mistake).
Not that easy I might add ;-) Much smoother when introducing the songs on stage.
Photo by Jeanette Åkerlund, in Holmhällar, Gotland, Sweden, some years back.......
Today, Eclipse day, will only be remembered by our family as one of our saddest days. This morning, we had to say goodbye to our precious little Champ - a Chiweenie (Chihuahua/dachshund mix). Devin chose her and brought her to us more than 14 years ago. After Carol died, Champ was my only companion; she listened as I cried, licked my tears, and snuggled against my chest at night. As Devin has mostly lived in places that didn't allow pets, she lived with us. Dawna fell in love with her the instant she met her. Several months ago, her kidneys began to fail, and the bloating made it increasingly hard for her to breathe, and gave her congestive heart failure. On Saturday, we knew.... Early yesterday morning, and then as we arrived home last evening from NC, we were certain. It was time. Our hearts are shattered, but they'll recover. And, for as long as we live, we'll always remember that fun, sweet, loving, playful little prancer. We'll always love her, and know that she had a great life. But wow, this one hurts. (Dawna)
A fast and furious weekend with more trek Mai Chau to Pu Luong at Vietnam Decouverte
but I sure don't like seeing that LL Bean Subaru drive away!
Last week, during a marathon session of recording meditations from the Choice Gleanings Calendar for Nightwatch, one of them especially jumped out at me. It began with a reading from I Kings 15:23: "Nevertheless in the time of his (Asa) old age he was diseased in his feet." This was the text that followed, written by Brian Russell:
"King Asa was one of those rare kings of whom it was said, 'Asa's heart was perfect with the Lord all his days' (I Kings 15:14) Sadly however, his end days were painful. Some of God's servants who have been greatly used of the Lord suffer physically and/or mentally in the last days of their lives. We tend to judge faithful men by their last performances and forget all the years of devotion and study they have given to the Lord and His people. It has been rightly said, do not judge a day by the lack of a good sunset."
There is much to ponder in these words, and I have since I first read them. Taking nothing from the amazing testimony of King Asa, these words have led me to sit and quietly think back to the last days of some great servants of God whom I've known...men and women whose lives counted for God, who made huge sacrifices in the now for a huge reward in the forever. Some were road warriors for decades, others left home to serve for many years on the other side of the globe. And yet, age and the strains of life caught up with them, and their last years were filled with pain, weakness, and discouragement. They learned, sadly, that all too often, out of sight means out of mind. As you've read this, did the Lord remind you of anyone? Dear, faithful servants, still with us, but now far removed from the encouraging days of effectiveness that they once lived. Widows left behind with nothing but memories. Hearts that - like Asa's - have stayed true to the Lord, even while their bodies and minds are failing. Often forgotten by men, but intimately known by God. People whose reward is certain, yet living in loneliness. If, while you've read this, the Lord has brought anyone to your mind, please take the time to call them or write to them today? What an encouragement it would be - certainly to them, but also to you!
Nitrothon7 was great. Our team came in 2nd place. It was a nail biter at the end. Thanks Travis Pastrana, William, Walter #NitroCity and the rest of the Panama crew! Another event for the books!! Some cool videos to follow!
There is a black lab with a red collar at my house. He has been here 2 days now. I hate to do this but if someone doesn't claim him we are going to have to call Animal Control. Between the cat that showed up, this dog, my dog, my kids and a baby on the way it is to much!
He is super friendly, and seems to be around 6-8 months old. If this is your dog PLEASE come get him!
Look who's open for business!! Jesse Lane Janay Lane Sabata @ Jamey Lane Josh Lane Jordan Marie Miles Cortney Corbin Jessica Woodham Beverly Ward Lane Lucretia Ward Farris Melissa Lane Amanda Owens Peel Wanda Rudd Owens Summer Lane Forehand April Riley-Cooper Andrew Cooper
Thank you all very much for the love and support you've shown to our family as Janay Lane Sabata has lost Bill.
Your prayers have not gone unnoticed, your messages have all been read aloud and seem to come at the perfect time, and the love we feel is overwhelming.
Janay is staying at her Moms for awhile longer, as some of you have messaged me about that. And final arrangements will/should be posted today.
Thank you all ❤️
Y'all, this. I LOVE this. My friend McKenna has the most beautiful heart and she shares it so perfectly here:
"Do you know what's in here? It's a check. To the government. In the amount of "More than I ever made in a year of teaching." I know, I know. I'm a good southern girl. I'm not supposed to talk about money. And I wouldn't. But I felt the Spirit prompting me on this one. Maybe He knows of someone who needs to hear it today.
The giver in me would rather take what's in this envelope and cover a missionary family's (or two families') expenses for the year.
The freespirit in me would love to take what's in this envelope and treat ourselves, our kids, our parents, our siblings and their kids to a Disney Cruise.
The debtsnowballer in me wishes I could take what's in this envelope and pay off 25% of our home.
Michael said he could buy a brand new Ford Superduty F-250 Lariat or open his own Crossfit box with what's in this envelope. #mangoals
Dave Ramsey says you should feel the weight of the money as it leaves you. Boy am I feeling this one!! I am trying to think of that slip of paper as a mark of the privilege it is to be able to support my country. A mark of the unexpected blessing of a work from home opportunity that thankfully took root in my heart even after I had scoffed at it. You won't find another work from home opportunity that compares with this one. I know because I've tried many different things.
Maybe thousands of extra dollars a month would change the game totally for your family. Maybe an extra $100 a month would lessen a burden. Maybe you have all the money you could ever use, but you need friendship. Or travel. Or an avenue to use your gifts. Maybe you feel called to help others in life-changing ways. Or to be the best version of yourself. Maybe you feel trapped and need a way out. This opportunity is uniquely able to provide for all of those needs. God's hand is all over this company and working through it to reach many. I would love to have you be part of it with our team of #differencemakers and #hopedealers.
To say that one life has more value than another is wrong. " A persons a person no matter how small" Today, you have a choice. You can choose to say "All lives matter" and prove that you mean it. OR you can disregard the sanctity of life, ALL life.
The sad truth is a person who has no value for the life of a baby has no value for your life either. You are not any more important to that person if there's nothing in it for them. It's not about women's rights and choices. It's about life. And that white,black, green, red, yellow and unborn lives matter.
Vote. Choose Life.
Last night after watching the Final Debate, I was stressed to say the least. I am worried, fearful and completely afraid of what's to come.
I came into my room laid on bed and started my devotion, I began to pray and I started praying for the candidate that I wanted to win who *I* thought was best. And God immediately spoke to me in a VERY audible voice. That regardless of what I thought, or felt it didn't matter. He's already laid out a plan and things have to be in motion for his return. That we are like gold and refined, through him and in order to get gold purest its often the hottest fire. God may put us through trials and tribulations. For several reasons.
1) To draw us nearer to him
2) To lead people to him
3) To refine us
4) To make us ready and want him to return
He said to me at the end of the day, I am God. At the beginning of the day I am God. And every moment in between I am God. And regardless of what the future holds, I hold the future.
Then the scripture Isaiah 41:10 came to my mind "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
And this song has been in my head ever since.
So take peace in this my sweet friends. Regardless, of who the President is. We know who God is. "And right now, in the good times and bad he is on the throne. Unchangeable, unshakeable, unstoppable."
For He is God. That's just the way it is.