For the Love of Valentine's Day

What is Love?

Love is a symphony of emotions composed from two hearts beating as one. Orchestrating daily to the rhythm of every day life, fine tuning the tempo, and throbbing pulse in unison toward the climax of an epiphany; where clad only in human skin, naked and vulnerable, two souls venture to dance together upon this stage called life. ~ndpthepoetress


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Rebirth Yourself-Emerge From Your Mental Cocoon


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ndpthepoetress: "Many of us have read our fair share of self-help articles proclaiming the Secret in Life is to get plenty of rest, eat right, exercise, etc. However; in the daily mishmash of this, that, and the other; combined with the seemingly never ending to-do list - who actually has the time or energy to abide by the so called “Secret”!

In my opinion, the “Secret” in Life is FIRST: ‘Change Your Thoughts’. Out with the negative, in with the positive. Because when you become enthused, new energy materializes for you. Once your mental energy is increased then you CAN achieve anything YOU set your mind to - no matter how little time you seem to have.

Let’s start with an article about how to Changing Your Thoughts. This excerpt is by Colleen Kettenhofen, “a Phoenix, Arizona motivational speaker, trainer, & co-author of "The Masters of Success ," featured on NBC's Today Show”:"


8 Essentials for Creating Balance Out of Chaos
By Colleen Kettenhofen


Leadership and life balance has been a hot topic for some time now. Employers are waking up to the notion that for people to perform well they have to feel well.

In these trying times it's imperative to stay motivated. Change your mind and you change your circumstances. Change your thinking and you can change your life.

How do you do that? Here are 8 essentials for creating balance:

1. Focus on what you have, not on what you don't have. There will always be someone worse off than you. Whether they're facing a financial crisis, health problems, grief and loss, or something else. If you know someone like this, think of one thing you could do to help them.

For example, there's someone at my church who recently lost his father. A group of us decided to take food to the family. Helping someone gets your mind off your problems. And it makes you grateful for what you do have. You start focusing on the positive. As Denis Waitley says, "You are either the captive or the captain of your thoughts."

2. Feed your strengths, starve your weaknesses. Researchers note the average person has 50,000 thoughts a day. Most of those thoughts are negative. Your mind is like a computer or the crew on a ship. And what orders you give it will determine what you get.

What you dwell on becomes your destiny. What you focus on the longest becomes the strongest. Spend as much time as possible in a job, or in your life in general, in areas that utilize your strengths. Work doesn't have to be a four-letter word!

3. Practice self-control, self-discipline and a strong work ethic. This is a paradox, but doing the things you like least first helps in creating balance. Practicing good work habits, especially early in the day frees up time later on for doing things you enjoy. And you feel more deserving.

The most successful people are those willing to do what others don't want to do. They've mastered the challenge of overcoming procrastination. Live by the motto, "Just do it. Not by the tongue-in-cheek saying I saw on a t-shirt in Hawaii recently which said, "Just do it-tomorrow"."

4. Decide what really matters. Make a list of those activities and individuals that put a spring in your step. What gives you energy and makes you laugh?

For example, spending time with my boyfriend's family is terrific because they're hilarious. I always have belly-aching laughs when I'm with them. Laughter really is the best medicine. Conversely, what detracts from your life and drags you down?Start phasing those things out of your life.

5. Focus on having fun. No matter busy and stressful your days, schedule some time for fun. In creating balance, what makes you happy? For instance, this weekend my man and I are taking our dogs on a day trip to Flagstaff, Arizona. Being at 7,000 feet in the pines helps me "fill the well." There's nothing like crisp mountain air and the smell of the pines to make me forget the cares of the world.

6. Spend time in silence. Make an effort to get more sleep. Studies have shown getting enough sleep helps reduce cravings for carbs and sweets. Temporarily turn off your cell phone, Blackberry, TV or car stereo. Before bed spend quiet time in prayer or meditation.

7. People-pleasers: Learn to say no. Or, if there's something you must do, ask for support. Don't try and do it all yourself.

8. Concentrate single-mindedly on one task until it's complete. Stop multitasking. Sometimes when you try to do 10 things at once, you end the day not having completed anything.

Lastly, it's been said that survivors of emotional, physical, or circumstantial difficulties practice eight things: strong spiritual belief, sense of humor, strong support system, a connection to nature, goals, proper nutrition, openness to new ideas, and get sufficient rest and exercise. In creating balance, which of these can you create today?

Colleen Kettenhofen
Website: http://www.ColleenSpeaks.com

You are free to reprint or repost this article for use in your newsletters, association publications, or intranet provided Colleen Kettenhofen's contact information (name, website, and email) is included with the article.

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Guest Article:

Realization of Humanity's Manipulation

Author: The Human Being named Logan

This false system greater Humanity has been enslaved by is crumbling before our very eyes. Systems of control are now ether collapsing all around us or greater Humanity can see them for what they really are, seeing the corruption and deception of nation-states, governments, monetary systems, organized religion and secret societies. Exposing their plans and forcing them to work out in the open for greater humanity to see giving us an opportunity to take back the earth from their corrupted hands. The plotters are doing everything they can to keep greater Humanity from awakening, using mass fear and chaos all over the world while they have their new world order control grid put in place. The plotters are working feverishly to install this new world order system to keep Humanity enslaved, knowing full well the old system is failing, and they fear an even bigger threat to their rein, the Human consciousness evolution .The profound earth changes of this incredible moment in time are causing a considerable sift of earth's electromagnetic energy frequency range causing a great awakening within Human Beings.

This evolution in Human consciousness will end of the world as we know it causing the death of many old ways, and giving birth too many new ways. What worked in the past, will no longer work in this renewal time of earth (Birth of a new world). The plotters know this and for this reason they throw around the phrase "The New World Order" knowing that if they can install a new false system of realty at the same time of Humanity's great awakening, they can highjack this awakening in the consciousness of greater Humanity, sealing there power in place for thousands of more years. This is the reason for all the manufactured terrorism, wealth destruction, and war (divide and conquer) to create so much fear and chaos in order to get greater Humanity to except any solutions that make them feel safe, giving up their freedoms so the plotters can complete the control grid of no escape enslaving Humanity forever.

The plotters are using psychological, educational, technological, informational, and chemical warfare tactics against greater Humanity to induce a trance like state of mind in Human Beings. That effectively paralyzes the mind with confusion and fear shutting off the communication of the spirit with the River of infinite wisdom. Effectively trapping the higher self in the body through the carnal senses and desires, in order to manipulate Human Beings to accept this false reality where a few control and enslave greater Humanity.

At this point in Human history, most every Human Being can see the world is in a state of severe chaos with continuous war, implosion of the world's monetary systems, catastrophic earth disasters, destruction of personal freedoms, and a surveillance grid expansion into every facet of Human life on earth. No matter how hard Human Beings try to deny and make light of the events unfolding around us it's undeniable.

Every Human Being is part of the whole Human consciousness which makes up our earthly plane of existence. Humanity is connected through the Soul and communicates with all that is through the Spirit that flows into and out of every living thing throughout the entire universe. It's like a river of all experience past, present, and future and every life force can connect to this remarkable energy. When you reconnect with this river of infinite wisdom through the spirit you will gain peace, balance and begin to understand things like you have never before. It is the greatest gift of the spirit and will feed your soul.

Most Human Beings have lost the ability to experience through the spirit and have closed minds making it almost impossible for them to challenge and break free from the material system of control that keeps Humanity in the darkness. It state of imbalance has turned them into a prisoner in a false reality, obeying without question the rules of a manufactured system of control. The manufacture reality is designed by a group that will be referred to as the plotters who have remained hidden behind a thin veil of secrecy until now from the greater Humanity. These plotters know the real truth about the incredible power in every Human Being to shape the Human experience on this earthly plane of existences and for that matter the whole universe. This group is aligned with dark energy forces (negative) that use them to push a agenda of control, hate, division, destruction, death, and chaos which these dark energy beings feed on like we do food. They will stop at nothing to remain in control over greater Humanity and fear Humanity's awakening.

The truth is all Human Beings are the co-creators of their reality and the collective earthly experience is a result of the dominating force Light or dark, positive or negative, Humanity can co-create a utopia or hell on this earthly plane through this simple yet profound higher law of creation. It is the most powerful tool that Humanity has, but can only work if we reline the self and unify under light energy (positive). This synchronicity our spirits is the key to creating Utopia on the earthly plane!

The plotters keep greater Humanity in ignorance and division to deliberately deceived greater Humanity out of the knowledge and power in unity. So they the few can set them self's up as the rulers over Humanity. Human Beings have been lead a stray from the truth about what is means to be Human. We've been taught that doing your best at work and play are what living is all about. Although it is healthy to strive to be exceptional in your chosen contribution to this Human experience, Human Beings have lost sight of the most important part. The Being part of Human Being is what separates humanity from all other earthly forms of intelligence. Human Beings are beings of light, love, respect, kindness, creativity, spirituality, experiencing the manifestations of themselves ether false self (enslaved) or true self (freedom).

Human Beings are limited by the minds capacity and the body's ability on the material plane. But the creative genius of the spirit in every Human Being is limitless! All boundaries in mind and body can be bridged by excessing the river of infinite wisdom flowing out of and into all Human Beings past, present and future. All Human Beings imprint their individual earthly experiences into this etheric river that flows in and out of every human being that is and will ever be. It's likening to an encyclopedia of everything in the universe that has been and ever will be. Human Beings and all life force are one, you can feel this connection through your spirit when you reconnect to all through the infinite river of wisdom that holds the sum total of all Beings experiences throughout the universe from the beginning of time that has imprinted onto this universal river of infinite wisdom. Once you realize these truths and reconnect yourself into the highest power you will be made whole again and know that you are infinite possibility. This is the very power used to form galaxies and form particles into matter!

The river of infinite wisdom is where all things become possible! The power of the all within the river has both Light energy (positive) and dark energy (negative) forces that shape our earthly reality. The dominating force in the River is determined directly and indirectly by the thoughts and feelings projected into the river by individual Human Beings forming the collective spirit force. Humanity has been deceived and misguided away from knowing the true power within to co-create this earthly existence into what we wish. Awaken and unite under freedom and cause the light energy (positive) to dominate the river of infinite wisdom. Guiding Humanity to harmony with nature and earth to usher in a time of astounding peace and love, a utopia on the earthly plane!

Humanity can win this war for freedom! We must unite under the freedom without exception; every Human Being's life on earth has the same value! No Human Being is of any greater value than any other regardless of an individual's ability's, material wealth, or education. All innovation, invention, creativity, and design should be used to enhance Humanity's earthly experience. The controllers of the manufactured reality manipulate reality by suppressing the release of scientific breakthroughs that would provide great individual freedoms freeing Humanity to evolve into greater and greater possibility, and enhancing this Human experience for those here now and yet to come. The plotters only release the technology if at all into the system when they have figured a way to control it to their benefit. It's time stop the plotters from preventing Humanity from personally benefitting from Human innovations, for the sake of control, power, and greed of a few.

To have with fullest earthly experience Human Beings should be utilizing the whole of their Being Mind, Body, and Spirit to give and receive the fullest earthly to and from this earthly experience. Sadly most only experience the carnal side of this earthly experience. Human Beings have been deceived into believing that their earthly name, physical appearance, geographic location, material wealth, social position and religious faith are who they are. Human Beings are spirit souls occupying an incredibly complex organism called the body, in order to experience this earthly realm. The body is the vehicle, the mind decodes this vibrational plane, and the spirit ascends above into the universe.

The river of infinite wisdom is expanding continuously; all thoughts and feelings of Humanity are flowing into the river. The thoughts and feelings a Human Being projects, constructive (light energy) or destructive (dark energy) are recorded in the river. The river is in constant circulation flowing out of and into each and every Human Being . The balance of light and dark energy is paramount to the Human spirit as a whole. If the river is dominated by light energy, humanity as a whole feels greater love and unity toward one another. When the river is dominated by dark energy, humanity as a whole feels greater hate and division towards one another.

The results of anyone's efforts can only be negative when the dark energies are used by Human Beings and organizations on the Earthly plane. The selfish pursuit of advantages and power over greater Humanity through the use of these negative (dark energies) is the ultimate corruption. Any achievements gained by the use of the negative (dark energies), comes back with even greater force upon those who use them for selfish means. In other words the use of the negative brings negative back to you! Conversely the use of the positive (light energies) brings positive back to you!


Human Beings through birthright alone should have the Freedom to do whatever they want so long as it doesn't harm other human beings mentally or physically should be our vow. And living in harmony with the planet, taking only what is needed and renewable. The time is now for a paradigm shift to true FREEDOM for the whole of humanity. Unite under Freedom! Swear your allegiance to life and a free Human experience allowing Humanity to reach limitless possibilities! Humans united under freedom to live in harmony with each other and their environment. We are all light Beings of love and infinite possibilities that have been tricked into thinking we are nothing more than a mammal. To be treated as a herd animal that needs to be controlled by self-appointed rulers?

Here's a way to understand how the system that we live under is imposed upon Humanity. At the top of this world control system theirs a group bound by a shared sociopathic ancient blood line (incestual bluebloods). Let's call this group the Plotters. The Plotters are in allegiance with dark energy (negative) receiving their plains of control through their spirit connection to dark energy beings that wish to enslave and use Humanity for negative energy substance. The Human Beings in league with these dark beings give themselves over to these dark beings for power and material wealth on the earthly plane at a huge price of eternal enslavement to the dark energy beings that care nothing about them and will consume their very souls, in order to rule over Humanity's earthly experience.

When the plans are received the Plotters pass the plans down to a group we'll call the Social Programmers. The Social Programmers are also part of ancient sociopathic blood line which rule over greater Humanity. Their part in the system is to develop programs that run in the minds of Human Beings to manipulate the Human mind to except a false reality and enslavement. The Social programmers use advanced psychological warfare on Human Beings minds, and have many programming tools at their disposal, education, religion, all forms of electronic media, print media, and the programed Human Beings repeating and reinforcing the programming to themselves and others.

To keep these programs running the minds of Humanity, and keep Humans Beings from challenging the programs a 3rd group is used that we'll call the Controllers. This group doesn't have to share the pure ancient sociopathic blood line of the Plotters and Social Programmers, but have a deep seeded lust to be in positions of power over other Human Beings, making them the perfect group for the task of physical force control over Human Beings.

Every Human Being is aware of these groups on one level or another of the force controllers, (governments, police, military, international army's, secret services, monetary systems, programed Humans policing one another). Human Beings needs not waste their time and energy learning more about these ruling groups. It will do nothing to aid freedom, because this is not a fight of the earthly plane, but instead a battle on the spiritual plane!

The plotters are controlling humanity by injecting their programs into the minds of Human Beings through various vehicles, at the same time destroying of our minds and body with chemicals in the air, water and food. The Plotters understand the Human body is the Achilles heel of Humanity, do to this demanding vessel humanity is easily enslaved in this earthy experience. The body needing constant care, food, water, shelter, sleep, clothing, exercise, and sexual release are all needed to keep the body organism healthy and alive. The body feels pain and the mind experiences emotional responses to stress from lack or poor quality of the needs of the body. The Plotters use all these needs to control and keep Humans Beings enslaved! We can overcome this enslavement through the uniting of individual Human souls, traveling outward through the Human spirit, uniting in oneness, and harmonizing with the above (higher planes) and the below (earth). Awaken and remember the Human spirit can transcend all constraints of the body and the soul/spirit can never die!

The Plotters know very well about the true power in every Human Being to shape reality. The biggest fear of the plotters is Humanity awaking up to this manufactured system of control, and reducing their power over Humanity to zero! They are very aware that the soul is interminable and the Human spirit is free to roam even if the body was imprisoned, the only way Human Beings can be controlled is by cutting off Human Beings ability to communicate through the spirit with one another and to draw from the infinite river of wisdom where real truth is found. The greater the separation of mind, body, and spirit leading to a greater inability to communicate with the river of infinite wisdom the more easily a Human mind can be programed.

Humanity's thoughts are controlled by programs running in the mind like computer runs software. Since your birth into this Human experience, programs have been installed into your mind. This programing has been and is loading into your mind from institutions of Government, organized religious institutions, education systems, family, friends, culture, peers, public opinion, corporations, Television, radio, and movies to list a few.

Programs are imprinted (loaded) upon Human Beings mind through visual imagery, verbal repetition, emotional triggers and memorization. Layer after layer of programing is built up in the human beings mind, misaligning the connection between the mind body, and soul. In order to program the mind to except a life time of servitude under a manufactured system of control. That's right most human beings are a programed slaves, believing they are free!

The most powerful and useful programs are designed to play on the prejudices of Human Beings to divide and conquer; this is how the few rule the many! Unite under Freedom and ascend in spirit to end Humanity's division. Most Human Beings minds today have been lulled into a hypnotic state, this trance state operates somewhere between a manufactured reality and true reality, in varying degrees in Humans minds.

The Plotters work tirelessly and relentlessly to hide the true nature of Human Beings, allowing those who know the truth to weld the knowledge like a sword striking a blow to Humanity's true origins, and power, leaving most to turn towards organized religions and science for the answers, which are very powerful tools to program and manipulate Humanity.

Hidden knowledge is power, power to lead, mislead, and control. This is how we are lead to war; hate, division, and death when the dark energy (negative) is dominate. When we are meant to have peace; love, harmony, and abundant life utilizing the light energy (positive).

The plotters have hidden knowledge from Humanity by conquest and tyranny, infiltrating a culture through war or deception, motivated to learn their most important knowledge. After the information is attained all who know and can perpetuate that knowledge are murdered, and all written texts are taking out of circulation, making it unavailable to the masses.

The plotters use the monetary system to enslave and exploit other Human Beings talents and physical labor for a small wage, then charge them tax on their labor. Using the monetary system to buy all of earth's real valuable assets like water, land, minerals, and oil etc. etc. that belong to all Human Beings, and not individuals and corporations, The plotters keep Humanity held under them through laws, regulation, and taxes to make greater Humanity enslaved and poverty stricken. Creating a system that keeps Human Beings under the system never having too much power, or sufficing resources to challenge and unseat the rich Plotters from their thrones of power. Poverty is by design, through military, slavery, unfair debt, unfair trade and tax all to support this false system which is destroying planet earth and leading to the extinction of Humanity. The system must be destroyed, and can be easily achieved by expanding the consciousness of greater Humanity to the laws of the river of infinite wisdom. Unite under Freedom and take back our Humanity from the false system of control!

The plotters use the dark energy (negative) as a means of controlling Humanity through fear! Fear causes a debilitating state of mind impairing reason and judgment. This is why Human Beings burned other Humans at the stake for being accused witches, and hung others just because of skin color. It's out of fear Human Beings are set against one another in war, hatred, and how we allow our governments to take our freedoms, in the name of more safety. It's time for Humanity to stop fearing, and ascend above fear into the light of a new understanding. Realizing that if Humanity doesn't give into fear, and refuses to participate in this false reality of control through war; hate, division, and death, Humanity will reclaim peace and prosperity for all. Reject the false reality and Unite under Freedom!

Look around and notice systems of controls are increasingly taking your freedoms away. The plotters know that in order to hang onto their rule over Humanity during this awaken period, Human Beings mustn't be allowed to awaken others or stop participating in the enslavement to the system at all cost!

Awaken! Notice when Human Beings begin to Unite under a cause that threatens the manufactured power structure, the plotters move in and co-op the moment, perverting the cause in the minds of Humanity. The plotters use their control of all forms of media to program Humans minds to turn away from supporting any moment that threatens their power.

The biggest polluters of the earth are the very same sociopathic ancient blood lines known as the plotters, programmers and controllers. Through their corporations they strip the earth of its resources and pollute the environment and the name of profits. Then put the blame on human overpopulation for the polluting of the earth. The plotters come up with schemes undreamed of to take more wealth from humanity and gain more control, all in the name of the environment they are destroying! The corporations the plotters have a vested interest in are of course exempt from the schemes like carbon credit trading, health care system, and environmental rules all designed to drive out their completion. The plotters use their control of their fiat money creation systems (reserve banks and stock markets) to buy control of entire nations. Installing a bloodline member, or paying off corruptible leaders to insure support for the agenda of control over Humanity.

Written by,

The Human Being named Logan

Written by,
The Human Being named Logan
Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/culture-articles/realization-of-humanitys-manipulation-5446240.html

About the Author

Born from the desire to unite Human Beings of the world under freedom! Freedom to live out this earthly existence in any way you prefer, learning and experiencing whatever you desire as long as you don't harm another Human Being. Living in Harmony with all living things and earths environment, free from hate, greed, deceit, oppression, poverty, war and all corrupted so called Government and Corporate leaders. Stopping the destruction of earth and ultimately Humanity by the greedy few.

Let us all put aside our difference of opinions and Unite Under Freedom to ascend above the chaos, awakening the dormant power within every human being to transform reality. United together in spirit, respecting all culture, and creed to create perfected balance with the above and below.

Reprinted with Permission from The Human Being named Logan

Hello My Old Friend

Of tomato soup and eating raw meat
Black Eyed Susies and Black leopards
And to never give the gift of fireworks on a birthday in July
Some things the mind doesn't remember so well, what the hell
But in the heart continues to grow, the love of a Friendship from long ago


So hello from the other side
I must've called a thousand times
To tell you I'm sorry, for everything that I've done
But when I call you never seem to be home
Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I've tried
To tell you I'm sorry
But it don't matter, it clearly doesn't tear you apart anymore



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Dream Deferred

Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?
1 “Throughout 1966 and 1967 King increasingly turned the focus of his civil rights activism throughout the country to economic issues. He began to argue for redistribution of the nation's economic wealth to overcome entrenched black poverty. In 1967 he began planning a Poor People's Campaign to pressure national lawmakers to address the issue of economic justice.”

2 But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.”

Now, almost 46 years since the unfortunate death of Martin Luther King, Jr., "3 the need for better jobs, higher wages, decent housing, and quality education" continues as a 'dream deferred'. Some people are quick to say that ample means has been given to those who reside in poverty-stricken areas through government fundings such as Welfare and Food Stamps. This is clearly incorrect because a need for housing and nutrition are merely a requirement for basic survival. Instead we need to comprehend the fact that Crime is the enemy and Education is the solution. However; without a decrease in Crime, Education can not be achieved.

Generally speaking: Few people would take out a loan to open a Business or invest Real Estate in a high crime area because only a small number of customers could afford to patronize. Therefore; a Business and/or Real Estate property opening in a lesser crime area receives more customers and income, allowing Business taxes to be paid. A proportion of those taxes then goes back into the local area Community toward covering expenses such as Police Officers and Education.

The black community tend to dominate poverty-stricken areas only because without the necessary funds, crime increases/education decreases and the means to circumvent are diminished; creating a vicious circle that is repeated from family to families. However; numerous multicultural and illegal immigrants living in these already high-poverty areas also contribute greatly to the poverty levels, an increase in discrimination, turf wars, and other crimes. Some Cops tend to turn a blind eye to the majority of crimes because there is not enough funds to afford the number of Police Officers needed.

Drug dealers have become the modern day slave owners. Regardless of your ethnicity; if you are addicted to drugs, you have imprisoned your body. You owe the drug dealer and the drug dealers own you. If you can't pay for your habit and crime isn't paying enough, there's always a pimp waiting somewhere to own you and put your body to work to feed your habit.

It's not as if drug dealers earn their money off the addiction of other human beings then move out of these poverty areas. Perhaps because most drug dealers are themselves slaves to the drug addiction. Nonetheless; drug dealers are merely puppets, slaves also to the drug suppliers who live lavishly out of the far reaching arms of the law in some resort eating lobster claws.

Meanwhile; due to crime, these communities unable to get the funds needed to give a proper education to the children; the schools have merely become a place for drugs to be bought and sold. However; with an adequate education, children have a better chance of graduating, getting better jobs and/or attending college to better their income to move into a better community to create a better world for their children. Children who may grow up to become the next Martin Luther King Jr. to continue the non-violent fight of the discrimination and segregation that still lingers 'in the corners of American society' today.

So before we can have a "4 let's have a ceasefire on violence for #MLK", before anyone says Welfare and Food Stamps are enough; try living in these high crime areas of poverty, deprived of economic funds of thriving businesses... Then when the bullets fly from drive-by shootings and you hide under the bed only later to learn a stray bullet left your brother or sister or someone in your family dead, then you tell me society has done enough to help.

5 Harlem
BY LANGSTON HUGHES
What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

We must keep The Dream alive for the betterment of all humankind, socially and economically; we must not let The Dream 'dry up'.

Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., a 6 Pastor, Leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. A man also known as “Dr. King” who earned his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Boston University in 1955. A 1964 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. "7 Today we pay tribute to Martin Luther King, the man who has never abandoned his faith in the unarmed struggle he is waging, who has suffered for his faith, who has been imprisoned on many occasions, whose home has been subject to bomb attacks, whose life and the lives of his family have been threatened, and who nevertheless has never faltered." (Born January 15, 1929, Assassinated April 4, 1968)

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American Dreams Deferred (a documentary by William Caballero): "A young Latino man juggles unconditional family love with the challenge of breaking the cycle that has kept some relatives from reaching their dreams. Set against a backdrop of Coney Island and Fayetteville, North Carolina, an NYU graduate student turns the camera on his Puerto Rican-American family plagued by social, medical and public health issues. U.S. health care and culture are examined through this young man's lens, which also explore both his and family’s dreams. Many immigrants in the U.S. and their descendants aspire to realize the American dream and whether beholden to high self-imposed standards or assessed as falling short by social judgment, this Latino family aims for better. At the story’s genesis, it’s about a family’s migration from Puerto Rico in the 1950’s chasing the American dream. Now two generations later, who has attained the American dream?"

1. CORE -- Congress of Racial Equality

2. I Have A Dream

3.  Amazon Book Description: Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? (King Legacy) by Martin Luther King Jr.

4. The King Center

5. Poetry Foundation

6. "After King accepted the pastorate at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, members of Ebenezer’s congregation attended his October 1954 installation service, prompting King to express his gratitude: ‘‘Your prayers and words of encouragement have meant a great deal to me in my ministry; and you can never know what your presence in such large numbers meant to me at the beginning of my pastorate. I want you to know Ebenezer, that I feel greatly indebted to you; and that whatever success I might achieve in my life’s work you will have helped to make it possible’’" King Research and Education Institute

7. nobelprize.org

A Curious New Year

May your New Year be met with 'six honest serving-men', "What and Why and When And How and Where and Who", and every second of the New Year that you 'open your eyes, may 'One million Hows, two million Wheres, and seven million Whys' guide you to go 'further' in life than you ever anticipated; discovering things about yourself, life, and your fellow human beings that you never knew. Perhaps by 'going further' you will be the ones to discover a cure for diseases or World Peace... ~ndpthepoetress

The Explorer

1898

Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936). Verse: 1885–1918. 1922

"THERE'S no sense in going further - it's the edge of cultivation,"
So they said, and I believed it - broke my land and sowed my crop -
Built my barns and strung my fences in the little border station
Tucked away below the foothills where the trails run out and stop:

Till a voice, as bad as Conscience, rang interminable changes
On one everlasting Whisper day and night repeated - so:
"Something hidden. Go and find it. Go and look behind the Ranges -
"Something lost behind the Ranges. Lost and waiting for you. Go!"

So I went, worn out of patience; never told my nearest neighbours -
Stole away with pack and ponies - left 'em drinking in the town;
And the faith that moveth mountains didn't seem to help my labours
As I faced the sheer main-ranges, whipping up and leading down.

March by march I puzzled through 'em, turning flanks and dodging shoulders,
Hurried on in hope of water, headed back for lack of grass;
Till I camped above the tree-line - drifted snow and naked boulders -
Felt free air astir to windward - knew I'd stumbled on the Pass.

'Thought to name it for the finder: but that night the Norther found me -
Froze and killed the plains-bred ponies; so I called the camp Despair
(It's the Railway Gap to-day, though). Then my Whisper waked to hound me: -
"Something lost behind the Ranges. Over yonder! Go you there!"

Then I knew, the while I doubted - knew His Hand was certain o'er me.
Still - it might be self-delusion - scores of better men had died -
I could reach the township living, but ... He knows what terror tore me...
But I didn't... but I didn't. I went down the other side.

Till the snow ran out in flowers, and the flowers turned to aloes,
And the aloes sprung to thickets and a brimming stream ran by;
But the thickets dwined to thorn-scrub, and the water drained to shallows,
And I dropped again on desert - blasted earth, and blasting sky....

I remember lighting fires; I remember sitting by 'em;
I remember seeing faces, hearing voices, through the smoke;
I remember they were fancy - for I threw a stone to try 'em.
"Something lost behind the Ranges" was the only word they spoke.

I remember going crazy. I remember that I knew it
When I heard myself hallooing to the funny folk I saw.
'Very full of dreams that desert, but my two legs took me through it...
And I used to watch 'em moving with the toes all black and raw.

But at last the country altered - White Man's country past disputing -
Rolling grass and open timber, with a hint of hills behind -
There I found me food and water, and I lay a week recruiting.
Got my strength and lost my nightmares. Then I entered on my find.

Thence I ran my first rough survey - chose my trees and blazed and ringed 'em -
Week by week I pried and sampled - week by week my findings grew.
Saul he went to look for donkeys, and by God he found a kingdom !
But by God, who sent His Whisper, I had struck the worth of two !

Up along the hostile mountains, where the hair-poised snowslide shivers -
Down and through the big fat marshes that the virgin ore-bed stains,
Till I heard the mile-wide mutterings of unimagined rivers,
And beyond the nameless timber saw illimitable plains !

'Plotted sites of future cities, traced the easy grades between 'em;
Watched unharnessed rapids wasting fifty thousand head an hour;
Counted leagues of water-frontage through the axe-ripe woods that screen 'em -
Saw the plant to feed a people - up and waiting for the power!

Well, I know who'll take the credit - all the clever chaps that followed -
Came, a dozen men together - never knew my desert-fears;
Tracked me by the camps I'd quitted, used the water-holes I hollowed.
They'll go back and do the talking. They'll be called the Pioneers !

They will find my sites of townships - not the cities that I set there.
They will rediscover rivers - not my rivers heard at night.
By my own old marks and bearings they will show me how to get there,
By the lonely cairns I builded they will guide my feet aright.

Have I named one single river? Have I claimed one single acre ?
Have I kept one single nugget - (barring samples)? No, not I !
Because my price was paid me ten times over by my Maker.
But you wouldn't understand it. You go up and occupy.

Ores you'll find there; wood and cattle; water-transit sure and steady
(That should keep the railway rates down), coal and iron at your doors.
God took care to hide that country till He judged His people ready,
Then He chose me for His Whisper, and I've found it, and it's yours !

Yes, your "Never-never country" - yes, your "edge of cultivation"
And "no sense in going further" - till I crossed the range to see.
God forgive me! No, I didn't. It's God's present to our nation.
Anybody might have found it, but - His Whisper came to Me!

Source: THE KIPLING SOCIETY

I Believe, Do U!?

I believe above is reserved for the Sun, Clouds, and doves

Moon and Stars, planets like Mars
And if I could stretch beyond the blue, perhaps touch Gods’ hand too.

I believe below whence water flows with youthful woes

Of innocence gone as age has marched on

There transcends our Once Upon a Time Childhood Friends

Maybe where Sindbad the Sailor crossed or perhaps where City of Atlantis is lost

There Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs, Jack Frost, Frosty the Snowman are standing on wharfs

As The Gingerbread Man, Hansel and Gretel run to greet us as fast as they can

We see Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty each with their own fella

The Old Woman Who lived in a Shoe, Puss in Boots, The Elves and the Shoemaker have good news

The Billy Goats Gruff, the Three Pigs, Three Blind Mice, along with Goldilocks and the Three Bears want to prove they weren’t a bluff

The Ugly Duckling is inside Atlantis with The Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast - all chuckling

And the sweet Tooth Fairy still leaves coins as a treat.

United at last is The cow who jumped over the moon, The cat and the fiddle, and The dish who ran away with the spoon

Hickory dickory dock, that dang mouse won’t stop fiddling with the clocks

Jack be nimble Jack be quick and Little Jack Horner continue to do their tricks

While The Little Men dance with Little Red Riding Hood, swim with The Little Mermaid, and court The Little Women

The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs and Humpty Dumpty play pegs

Dumbo and Pinocchio speak their own mumbo jumbo

The Princess and the Pea, Johnny Appleseed, and Jack with his Beanstalk are a glee

Things are a spinning as Rapunzel and Rumpelstiltskin are a grinning

Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Tom Thumb, Thumbelina want us to join them soon as we can

Along with Alice, to sip tea with the Easter Bunny in the Atlantis Palace.

Of all this I do not doubt, so let me just point out
I believe in Santa Claus too, do you?

© - Jeane Michelle Culp (#r3779xy1988CC€)

A Christmas Hymn

A Christmas Hymn

Alfred Domett (1811 - 1887)

IT was the calm and silent night!
Seven hundred years and fifty-three
Had Rome been growing up to might,
And now was Queen of land and sea.
No sound was heard of clashing wars;
Peace brooded o’er the hush’d domain;
Apollo, Pallas, Jove and Mars,
Held undisturb’d their ancient reign,
In the solemn midnight
Centuries ago.

’T was in the calm and silent night!
The senator of haughty Rome
Impatient urged his chariot’s flight,
From lordly revel rolling home.
Triumphal arches gleaming swell
His breast with thoughts of boundless sway;
What reck’d the Roman what befell
A paltry province far away,
In the solemn midnight
Centuries ago!

Within that province far away
Went plodding home a weary boor:
A streak of light before him lay,
Fall’n through a half-shut stable door
Across his path. He pass’d—for nought
Told what was going on within;
How keen the stars! his only thought;
The air how calm and cold and thin,
In the solemn midnight
Centuries ago!

O strange indifference!—low and high
Drows’d over common joys and cares:
The earth was still—but knew not why;
The world was listening—unawares.
How calm a moment may precede
One that shall thrill the world for ever!
To that still moment none would heed,
Man’s doom was link’d, no more to sever,
In the solemn midnight
Centuries ago.

It is the calm and solemn night!
A thousand bells ring out, and throw
Their joyous peals abroad, and smite
The darkness, charm’d and holy now.
The night that erst no name had worn,
To it a happy name is given;
For in that stable lay new-born
The peaceful Prince of Earth and Heaven,
In the solemn midnight
Centuries ago.