Posts Tagged ‘children’

Ever want to be an adult and child all at the same time?  Then visit Walt Disney’s Downtown Disney!

No, this is not an advertisement.  It’s a testimony.  Downtown Disney has a Marketplace and Pleasure Island and fun than the law should allow.  There is every kind of food you can eat and under conditions that only someplace with the name Disney could provide.  It’s a delight for the heart and the eyes.  But, see just a little of the excitement I tried to capture in these few photos below.  After that, don’t live through my experience, go visit Downtown Disney for yourself!

Who was Eating Who in Jurassic Park

Run!!!! Oh, it's not really alive?

What are those people eating?

Grab your Food and let's make a quick get-away!

I'm a Sea Serpent made of how many Lego pieces?


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I really don’t want to bring you down while you are preparing for your celebrations around the world. But, if you are alive and able to read this message, GIVE THANKS. Allow yourself to see and feel the good fortune you are experiencing at this moment. Send the very most love that you can conjure within yourself to all who are in pain and suffering anywhere in the world right now. Surround with love those millions of babies who have no parents as they have been taken due to some thought of man or hand of nature.  
I would like to remind you of the people who are dying as I send this message to you and therefore increasing any figures that have been just issued.   We easily forget some wars that are still going on and if not still ongoing they are under an unsteady peace.  Near exhaustive lists of wars around the globe with expanded official reports and superbly written articles can be accessed across the internet.  Two such sources are Wikipedia at (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wars) and the World History Database at (http://www.malc.eu/history/general.warfare.index.html).
When will we determine that death is no longer a welcome guest among us? When will we stop the needless killing saying to ourselves instead, “Some visits of death we cannot avoid, but there will be none to which we have issued an invitation”? When will we see, in life, a sacredness that cannot be replaced? Maybe if we give up on the ideas of anger, lust, and greed being useful tools in acquiring any permanent satisfaction…we will then think of this life as sacred not thinking that we have another coming in which we can make up for the mistakes and errors of today. Maybe if we see how profane it is when we use the same mind to think that somehow we are different because of a shade of skin of which the composition is the same for us all. Maybe if we finally realize that the 510,065,600 km of surface on earth which we all share does not physically belong to any of us as we were not born out of it but on it through a woman we will treasure the land for what it is – a nurturing and sharing and ever gracious host.
What is loose that will permit us to purchase garments for our girl children to wear that reveal their bodies and make them prey to men with no honor? What is loose among us that will create software that trains children to kill with pinpoint accuracy and displays the effects of the kill in living color? There is something loose among us that has robbed us of our humanity in that we can watch someone stand before another look the other in the eyes and chop his/her head off in front of the children. There is evidence of that something loose again when we allow countries and armies to rob our children of their innocence by putting guns and knives in their hands and sending them off to war.
I am nearly afraid to use the phrase God-Consciousness for fear that there are those who already feel far more powerful as they have given up on God showing any signs of finding them guilty of crimes against creation or creator.
In the name of Love and as Lover, I recommend to you a way out.   Simply give up.   That is the way out.   Only Love is the answer and Peace is the Way.    Everyone who feels that they have been deprived, denied, abused, misused, forgotten, forsaken, cheated, robbed – give up.    Yes, give up the will to get even, to get back.   GIVE UP.   ABANDON SHIP.   LEAVE THE FIELD OF WAR.   THERE IS NO HONOR IN DEATH.   If there is a mother who wishes her child to die, she is not the one who gave birth.    The only honor in death is for the living.
Who have I offended?   I know there must be someone out there whom I have offended.   It is not my intention.   But, I am not answerable to you.   I answer to Life and to Love that can only occupy a living thing.
To Love I answer and to Love I owe allegiance.   I vow to honor life and protect the children.   These words have energy of their own.   What energy are you sending out into the universe?   What do you want to see come back to you that will allow you to have a taste of Peace?
If something is going to be loose, let it be Love.    And for those who just don’t want to understand, let me make it plain…I said “Love” not sex.    As for sex, well, I’ll talk about that in another blog.

Breathe Deeply…. Exhale…
Choose Kindness ~ Wage Peace
Source of information below: Wikipedia.org

120,000 – Algerian Civil War (1991 – )
69,000 – Peru/Shining Path conflict (1980 – )
60,000 – Sri Lanka/Tamil conflict (1983-)
31,000–100,000 – Second Chechen War (1999 – )
30,000 – Turkey/PKK conflict (1984 -)
3,000 – Civil war in Côte d’Ivoire (2002 – )
between 2,975 and 5,000+ killed – violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (2000 -)  

Source of information below: Antiwar.com 

American Death Total in Iraq since the war began March 19, 2003 is 4,412 up from 2,998 in 2006
Number of Deaths of other Coalition Troops is 318 up from 239 in 2006
US Military Deaths in Afghanistan is 1,161 up from 356 in 2006
The Iraqi Civilian Body Count since war began on March 19, 2003 is a minimum of 1,366,350

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Twenty-nine years ago, Professor Elise Boulding (Professor Emerita of Sociology of Dartmouth College) opened his article entitled The Family as a Small Society with these words:

Our major challenge as human beings in the ninth decade of the twentieth century is to overcome widespread feelings of helplessness and despair over our apparent inability to have any effect on the social processes that grind on around us. We approach the second millennium of the Christian era overwhelmed with problems of scale and complexity, unsure of the survival of the species itself.

My answer to that challenge is to call attention to the oldest of human groupings, the familial group…

I use the term familial household to emphasize the fact that people who live together in households, whatever the arrangements, are in a familial relationship to one another. One reason the complexity is unrecordable is that each member of a household is growing and changing every minute. Each day each member has her own unique growth tasks and her own unique experiences in the world outside, returning to the household a different person in the evening than she was in the morning. Because family members live at close quarters and must share limited resources, including space and time, there has to be a continual negotiation process between each member and every other, a continual checking out of changed circumstances and preferences…

Prof. Boulding states that we run into problems in and with our family members when we don’t update our mental maps that guide our moving around within the family at all given times.

… In the family setting, we immediately get feedback about whether our actions are producing the results we intend. We get smiles, frowns, or shrugs; we get a hundred clues as to “how we are doing.” The possibility of immediate feedback from one’s actions characterizes all primary, or face-to-face, groups. It is what makes them so important to our existence as social beings; however, the familial household is a very special form of the primary group because in the long run it is one in which we spend the most time. We can manage the complexities of social interaction on the human scale because we get a constant stream of messages about the consequences of our acts. We can dare to experiment, try out new skills, new roles, knowing that we will soon find out if our experiment has worked. Our family will tell us if we are making fools of ourselves!

I propose, therefore, that we use our experience of the family as a metaphor for society itself, thus giving us a handle on the problem of scale.

There are two things I find interesting here:

1 – I have paid attention to my thoughts, feelings and behavior when I am living with family and when I am living alone. There is truly a change in behavior, the processing of thoughts before speaking, etc and all of the items Prof. Boulding listed above. Whereas when I am living alone, the consequences of my actions within the home is limited to how much I may want to do or not do at any given time and no one to respond to the action or inaction.
2 – Viewing the function of the family in the context that Prof. Boulding relays makes every action, word, and deed performed within the space of the place called ‘home’ is at the least intriguing and at the most phenomenal. The roles of each individual is intricately woven in a dance with each and every other individual within the home. Therefore, there is no insignificant word, deed or action because they can (no matter how small) impact in some way the life of the other.
3 – Why don’t we extend this out into the larger world…looking at our neighborhoods, cities, and nations as extended family? Some families in the U.S. have the culture and custom of socially adopting non-related persons into their families. I grew up with a play-mama and play-sisters and brothers. We, now call that system of inclusion – extended family. In my family, this still goes on today. Both of my children have people who are of no blood relation to them who are part of our family. This is a good thing as my family is very small.

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Let the heavens open in every nation

 and rain down Peace!

Oh Pleaseee

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Fun in Buea

This photo below is of children after school in Buea Cameroon. This is how children are supposed to look when they are safe, secure and happy: running ~ not from danger and bullets, but from play and joy.

Let us adults be mindful that the greatest gift is to fill a need unnoticed ~ meaning, let us keep the peace.  Otherwise, the children play with handicaps.

Amputees in Liberia

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Every day 1,200 people, half of them children, are killed in the conflict-hit Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) because of violence, disease and malnutrition, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a report issued today.

“It is easy to be overwhelmed by what has happened in DRC because of the sheer scale of it. But we owe it to the children to give them the future they deserve and these elections may be the opportunity of their lifetime.”

UNICEF says that around four million people have been killed in the almost decade-long conflict in the DRC, making it the world’s deadliest, humanitarian crisis, but despite the scale of the suffering it has not received the attention it deserves.

“Children bear the brunt of conflict, disease and death, but not only as casualties,” said UNICEF DRC Representative Tony Bloomberg, who attended the report’s launch in London. “They are also witnesses to, and sometimes forced participants in, atrocities and crimes that inflict physical and psychological harm.”

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Emmanuel at 1 day old

Emmanuel ~ Another Miracle

To babies, the ordinary is extraordinary. From the moment they are born, they are full of wonder. Like artists, they study each intricate detail of our face, discovering every line, pimple, freckle, or mole. They are seeing the world for the first time! Everything is fresh, new — everything is an object of wonder — even a piece of lint, a strand of hair, a button on a sweater.

Remember how you felt when you first saw the ocean? The blinking lights on the Christmas tree? A movie in 3D? When we see the world through a child’s bright, little eyes, we experience anew our own childlike sense of wonder.

Wonder is not reserved for children, but they do help us to re-awaken to it in ourselves and the world around us.

(Photograph of Emmanuel in Kenya, E. Africa at 1 week old by Sophia Asaviour)

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