As I sat with the 2016 ballot before me this morning, two childhood figures danced into my thoughts. Chicken Little pumping his toothpick-size legs in a chaotic zigzag shouting, “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!”, and that adorable Winnie the Pooh’s familiar, “Oh bother,” accompanied by a deep sigh and shake of his furry head. Are my emotions trumping the truth in the 2016 Presidential Campaign?
Anyone on the planet with even an ancient transistor radio knows America’s splitting apart over the last minute campaign revelations. One thing is sadly apparent: Emotions trump truth.
Each summer the Samaritan House Children’s Center offers a customized Summer Education Program (SEP) for our group of young African kids. Each morning, the SEP begins with prayer, learning new songs, and a favorite of the youngsters, Auntie Dannie’s Bible storytelling. I focused on telling the story accurately, but this year I missed two of the three essential considerations for storytelling in West Africa.
Most of our summer gang
Not every crisis demands the intervention of a military leader with stars on his epaulets or a powerful politician. Sometimes, the resolution can be accomplished by deploying an enormous army of untrained volunteers. Before outlining the three amazingly simple steps to improve our world, let’s take a quick look at the growing catastrophe.
A shocking two out of every three Americans suffer from low self-esteem. We aren’t born with it; the condition develops with exposure to our world.
Pascal making his own pencil bag.
A recent survey disclosed eighty percent of the nation’s two-year-olds enjoy a healthy self-esteem. By the time the child reaches ten, the eighty drops to twenty percent.
Ever uncover a glaring similarity in today’s world when researching events that occurred in the distant past? The shock can be unsettling. Sitting back in the desk chair, I wondered, did a law enforcement glitch or simple apathy kill Mark?
The City of Alexandria in Egypt (Courtesy of 123RF Stock Photo/hecke)
Earlier this week, a news report grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let go. Events could have played out tragically, but the check cashing booth’s bullet-proof glass and locked door endured the onslaught of automatic weapons fire. Not one of the trembling employees squeezed inside sustained a hit. Impressed, I wondered just how to build a lasting and secure hiding place.
Courtesy of 123RF Stock Photo/ Stanislav Duben