It was a cold Friday morning, and my mother promised to take me to see Santa the day after Thanksgiving. The winds howled, and flurries flew, but we bundled up and headed out, anyway. Twenty-five more days till Santa arrived on Christmas morning. I was so excited!
The parking lot was full of cars. We had little choice than to drudge our way through the frozen elements. My small arms pushed so hard to open the enormous glass doors for my mom while she closed her umbrella. Suddenly, it was like walking into a fairyland of twinkling lights. Everywhere I looked animated animals and snow-covered gingerbread houses lined the mall’s entrance. I used to wonder who had to climb way to the top of the Christmas trees to decorate them for they were as high as the sky.
In the middle of all the garland and tinsel, a sweet baby Jesus laid crying and waving this arms. Mary and Joseph stood over His cradle attending to His needs. Joseph’s hand was on Mary’s back, comforting her, as she reached for a blanket to keep her newborn warm. Those animated characters were so real to this young boy! What an incredible memory!
My head was full of enthusiasm as we walked the corridor passing Santa’s sleigh and reindeer. They were chained up and ready to take off at any second making my head full of wonderment. And then, inside the entrance of Montgomery Wards, was the moment I’d been waiting for all year long. Bigger than life, and right in front of my eyes, was Santa Claus! A line of impatient children was dying, like me, to climb up on his lap and tell him all about their life story.
Those yesteryears of bearing the frozen elements and fighting the crowds to get a good look at our Savior and a sneak peek at Santa are all but a myth. The large department stores, like Montgomery Wards, and malls of my youth are now replaced by high-end strip centers. I reflect with sorrow in my heart; my grandchildren will never have the privilege to remember the Friday after Thanksgiving as I did as a child!
The first snow was inside a mall, and baby Jesus reminded us of the reason. Santa waited to reward us for being good little girls and boys. Oh, those were the incredible days – going to the mall with Mom while Dad took things out of the attic, preparing for the season. Lost in thought, can we ever forgive the system which brought us miracles like 34th Street downtown? Why did they ever shut down those glorious days?
Now we sit in a leather-back, with pumpkin pies in our lap, and watch the parades on television as they light up the city. I’d give my eyeteeth to take my grandson, along with his father, to see Santa and walk those same corridors. We would laugh and celebrate a tradition through the eyes of a child.
I pray the day will come when we can stop and appreciate the love instilled us through generations of parents who cared not to change our holiday season. Let the effervescence of Christmas traditions roll on. Thank you, Mom and Dad, for never letting me forget.
It’s the eve of another year past. Life changes and different anatomical pains arise. I made some new friends this year and reunited with some old acquaintances. There were some I wished well and sent them on their way. But, in a summation, I wish I knew where life would find me.
I’m not sad or alone, decrepit or incapacitated but instead, I feel young and vibrant; blessed with vitality and youthfulness. It makes me wonder, because, at my age, I shouldn’t be going ninety miles per hour. If God is making an example out of me, well… He’s doing a pretty good job! So it’s time to reflect on the past hurricanes ravaging my lingering memories. That’s all left to stand.
I ask God to lead me in an effort to comprehend life’s twists and turns. My future path is anyone’s guess, but I can say He’s made miracles happen which are out of my control. I have to decipher my own handwriting when He fills my head with messages. I only wish I could dial the heavens and share the joy with Mom and Dad.
Materialistically, a loss is a sign of weakness, but spiritually speaking, any catastrophe brings strength in times of adversity. Outside forces controlled my earlier years. But for the second half, I’ll return to the point God first touched me. I’m mending this section and my days left in it. I only ask of my Father to protect me. May joy accompany my life, and friendships blossom, yet praise the “love” who kept searching for me. Mending the past to the present is heaven-sent – this makes sense. I only wish I figured out the signs He was sending me thirty-four years ago for there’s no telling the direction my life would yield. Today, a gravitational pull beacons my spirit as God is now my priority.
I’m older tomorrow by one year, and I wonder how many more God will give me to enjoy? Though I lost my parents when I was young, He watches over my hurts and fills my soul with peace. But, how can “sorry” help if no one ever listened to my hurts? Only forgiveness sends messages to the deceased. To patch my broken years, I would have to fill the voids; however, there’s no home remaining, nor church which captivated my soul – just the first place I came in contact with the Almighty.
Mending a broken past with joyful present memories brings me a craving of jubilation. Jesus knows my heart.
Thank you, Lord, for my life!
God bless you, my sweet husband! Your walk in life is the most inspiring I’ve ever witnessed. You are a joy and inspiration to our family and friends! Each day spent with you brings another smile and blessings bountiful. How can we ever thank you enough for “just being you”!
Thank you, God, for the glorious messenger you brought into all our lives!
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President Donald Trump’s Address To United Nations General Assembly
“America is governed by Americans,” said President Trump in the high profile speech at the United Nations, “We reject the ideology of globalism and accept the doctrine of patriotism.” He talked of America’s security concerns, these are with North Korea and Kim Jong Un. Earlier this year the two leaders met in Singapore to bring denuclearization to the Korean Peninsula. Trump’s other security issues are tensions with Iran and trade war with China. He stated he had done more in his two years in office than any other administration In the history of the United States of America.
He listed his achievements as a booming economy, creating jobs and wealth, adding to manufacturing jobs, making a better life for all citizens, biggest tax cuts and reform and securing funds for the military. He has also forged close relationship with many countries.
When Politicians Bring Their Kids To Work
Yesterday New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made history as the first world leader to have her new born baby at a United Nations General Assembly in New York. Her partner Clarke Gayford held baby Neve Te Aroha.
Before this other politicians have taken their child to work too. India’s Priyanka Vadra took her son Raihan to the Parliament as did Misa Bharti.
Japan’s Yuka Ogata had her seven- month- old Dogen with her in solidarity with Japanese mother’s who are struggling raising their children, so she was not surprised when male colleagues asked her to leave.
Swedish Member European Parliament (MEP) Jytte Guteland brought her baby to a vote at the European Parliament to normalise a ‘child-friendly’ workplace. Sometimes parents need to do this when necessary was Guteland’s opinion.
2009 may be the first time a baby was in the European Parliament. Hanne Dahl’s husband couldn’t be in Brussels so she took her baby to work.
In a maternal gesture Italy’s MEP also took daughter Vittoria to work in 2010. It caused a stir so she decided this was a subject that needed discussing.
Austrian Senator Larisssa Waters made history when she breastfed her two-month- old daughter in Parliament and she posted a photograph on Twitter to say how proud she was.
Inspirational Story/ Quote
“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” Robert Browning
There has been a meteoric rise in the acceptance of transgenderism as a human right. It has garnered enough support from the Left that to question transgenderism is to be ‘transphobic’ and disqualified from the discussion.
The tragic fact is transgenderism is worse than unscientific. It produces substantial harm to individuals and the general public. The Left has adopted this to further a cultural narrative, regardless of the tragic consequences.
A Man Becomes a Woman and a Dragon
There is actually a man who ‘transitioned’ to appear female and went on to ‘transition’ to appear as if he were a dragon. This man’s name is Eva Tiamat.
He is featured in an article from the left-wing publication, “Vice.” The author also has ‘transitioned’ from male to the appearance of a female.
The author spent a day with the dragon lady and came away impressed. Eva revealed that he had been abandoned and brutalized as a child and young adult.
Eva had also fathered a child and recently contracted HIV. He decided to attempt becoming a ‘she,’ but found that didn’t ease his trauma.
So, he chose to attempt to become other than human.
Tiamat has undergone extreme body modification to become a dragon. Her ears and nostrils have been removed, her eyes are stained green, and she is covered in implanted horns and tattooed scales. Tiamat no longer looks human.
I have seen a photo of Eva Tiamat and there is one thing the interviewer got right, he no longer looks human. Worse, this is becoming mainstream and has been elevated to the status of legally protected human rights.
Transgender ‘Rights’ Are Becoming Legal Rights
The ‘transgender rights movement’ has gained widespread acceptance in popular culture. In fact, it is now routinely claimed that transgenderism is a basic human right.
Transgenderism rocketed to social popularity with the ‘transition’ of Bruce Jenner from a male to appearing as the ‘female’ Caitlyn Jenner. He appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine’s, July 2015, issue.
He was also celebrated on ESPN’s Espy Awardslater in 2015. Since then he has greatly enhanced the cultural status of the transgender movement.
Another key to cultural acceptance has been the rapid affirmation by social media on the internet. Perhaps the most infamous has been the 56 new gender categories offered by Facebook in recent years.
More alarming is the swift enshrinement of transgenderism as a legal right. This has been a trend first seen in Europe at the beginning of the 21st century.
On several occasions dating back to 1986 (Rees v UK), the European Court of Human Rights declined to get involved, but this changed in 2002 when the court held that there was a legal right to transgenderism that nation states had to recognise (Goodwin v UK).
Since then, nations in Europe, South America and recently Canada have joined the legalization train. Full legalization of transgender ‘rights’ began in Argentina.
Argentina broke ground in 2012 with a law that is considered the gold standard for legal gender recognition: anyone over the age of 18 can choose their gender identity, undergo gender reassignment, and revise official documents without any prior judicial or medical approval, and children can do so with the consent of their legal representatives or through summary proceedings before a judge.
There are more than 20 nations with such laws that allow legal recognition of anyone who claims to be a transsexual, even if there has been no surgical alteration. The United States has seen this movement gain legal approval in various states, beginning with Oregon.
…the state of Oregon is now giving out ID at birth with an ‘x’ in addition to a mark for ‘boy’ or ‘girl.’ It is called a non-binary identification. In other words, biological reality can be ignored by the parents and the government.
Transgenderism Is Unscientific and Delusional
Until the year 2013, it was understood that a person who wanted to attempt changing from one sex to another was mentally ill.
The Diagnostics and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM, is the “bible” for psychiatric diagnosis. In the pre-2013 DSM-IV, anyone “identifying” as other than their biological gender had Gender Identity Disorder. As a disorder, it was a mental illness.
The current designation in the newest DSM classifies this sexual identity crisis as Gender Dysphoria. Thus is insanity normalized to start a new human rights movement.
As a disorder, it was diagnosed that those asserting they were ‘trapped in the wrong sex’ were ill. Why? Because it meant denying a basic reality of existence.
Biology tells us that sexual identity is determined at the start of gestation in the womb. We are simply male or female at the genetic level, and that doesn’t change.
DNA doesn’t lie and isn’t malleable. You are what you are and it is delusional to believe otherwise.
Of course, we didn’t need science to tell us who was who a thousand years before science was formalized. We haven’t required genetics to determine what sex our child is since humanity came to be.
Yet today it is risky to enlighten transgender proponents about reality. As those who have publically dared to do so can attest, it quickly invites the wrath of the Left.
However, it is far riskier not to assert reality for that submits substance to the whim of emotion and feeling. That factor makes transgenderism very dangerous to a free society.
Transgenderism Is Dangerous to Free Society
One of the nations named above, Canada, has begun to experience significant resistance to its law favoring transgenderism. It requires referring to a transgendered person by the gender pronoun of their choice.
This resistance has come primarily from one man, Jordan Peterson. He resists this law because it requires him to use “gender-neutral” pronouns when referring to transgendered people.
Dr. Peterson is a clinical psychologist and a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, Ontario. He is a bestselling author and has become an internet sensation accumulating 1.4 million subscribers to his YouTube channel.
Peterson’s argument centers on the issue of free speech. He believes the Canadian legislation is a case of government suppressing speech it doesn’t agree with.
Canada’s new gender-neutral language requirement is spreading to their southern neighbor, the United States. Peterson has a warning for America concerning this.
If you are wondering, reasonably, why any of this might be relevant to Americans, you might note that legislation very similar to Bill C-16 has already been passed in New York City. Authorities there now fine citizens up to $250,000 for the novel crime of “mis-gendering” — referring to people by any words other than their pronouns of choice (including newly constructed words such as zie/hir, ey/em/eir and co).
The ‘trans’ agenda seeks to legislate liberty away, beginning with free speech. This is patently lethal to a free society.
In public education, the Obama regime sought to normalize this by removing the distinction between the sexes in bathrooms and locker rooms. Some businesses, most famously Target stores, have embraced this with public bathrooms.
Incidents of pre-surgical males claiming the transgender mantle invading women’s and girls public bathrooms have occurred. Their claim is really all that is needed and we are to be certain that none of these are waiting to prey on children.
But we don’t have to envision that scenario. So-called authorities in the field are already using transgenderism to devastate little children.
Transgenderism Is Destructive to Children
The most disturbing aspect of the transgender movement is the targeting of children. This has now invaded our public education system at the level of grade school.
Grade school indoctrination is but the first step. As pre-pubescent children accept the ‘gender fluidity’ fairy tale, they become naturally curious.
The curiosity of these toddlers is encouraged toward transgender expression by the teachers and school administrators. Inevitably, as they grow a portion of those children will mimic what seems to please the adults in charge.
Transgender proponents wait for this moment and are prepared to exploit it. The next step is encouraging whatever children are curious and assuring them they are indeed transgender and should begin the process of ‘transitioning.’
Then shameless adults move the child toward ‘modifying’ their bodies to become the opposite sex. There are at least 45 clinics that specialize in transitioning pre-teen children through puberty.
The clinics function both as specialists in the physical procedure and as cells to recruit likely candidates among the children and their parents. Author Ryan T. Anderson gives a description of this horrifying truth.
Inside the clinic parents are presented with a Trans for Tots regime where one size fits all. A three–year–old that just finished toddling, but is sexually wise beyond his years will begin “social transitioning.” The child gets a new name, new gender and starts playing for a new team as he lives as the opposite sex. As the child approaches puberty… the child is given a drug cocktail for life that blocks the onset of puberty and as Anderson terms it, “traps the child in a prepubescent body.” …Then as early as the freshman year of high school the process of producing the right body begins. Puberty blockers are traded for hormone treatment. As the 18th birthday approaches — earlier for some particularly zealous surgeons — surgical reassignment is possible. Although the new euphemism for this is irreversible body vandalism is “gender affirmation surgery.”
The drugs administered to these children have not been well-studied and evaluated for probable harmful effects that will result. The side-effects of puberty blockers are almost wholly unknown, and it is worth noting that these are not drugs tested and approved by the FDA.
There Is No Turning Back for the Children
By the time the drugs are administered, it is too late to back out. Deceitful physician advocates assure the faint-hearted that these blockers are reversible.
The truth is these doctors don’t know what will happen if the child stops taking these drugs. However, that fact doesn’t even slow down the tragic process.
Nor has the process stood still. For example, to bolster the false claims of a ‘safe’ gender ‘reassignment,’ doctors in the U.S. are performing medically unnecessary double mastectomies on teen girls. Moreover, American tax dollars are paying for these actions under the rubric of scientific study.
The National Institutes of Health granted multiple millions of dollars for a very slanted and flawed study of the effects of puberty blockers by one Dr. Johanna Olson of Children’ Hospital of Los Angeles. She decided to go further in this experiment.
Olson decided to see how dysphoric girls felt about mastectomies. Referring to “chest dysphoria” and “chest reconstruction,” apparently avoiding the word “breast” because it connotes the stubborn biological reality of being female …Olson had 68 surgically diminished girls fill out her “novel” scale (which she acknowledged could be bogus) between one and five years after their surgery. Thirty-three of these girls were under 18 at the time of surgery. Two were only 13 years old, and five were only 14.
Olson claimed that almost none of these girls regretted their mastectomies. However, since they were all interviewed only five years or less afterward, long-term regret and harm were disregarded.
Moreover, a cardinal rule of scientific studies is that a control group must be part of such research. Without a control group, a study will only reveal one side of the equation and give a manipulated result.
Olson did not use a control group in the studies on puberty blockers or the effects of slicing off female breasts. This is unscientific and any results garnered from it are false and harmful and potentially destructive to all children in America and around the globe.
This Tragic Evil Can Be Combatted
Just when activist pseudo-science seems to have the upper hand, new research has brought additional ammunition against this tragic agenda. Researcher Lisa Littman has identified a phenomenon named “Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria,” in a 2018 scientific study.
The research was concerned with a rapid increase in numbers of teens and young adults who were identifying as transgender without any history of such desires. There were even groups of people declaring trans-status together.
The conclusion? ROGD seems to occur more because of “social and peer contagion,” than some early gender confusion.
…the American Psychological Association’s Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology admits that prior to the widespread promotion of transition affirmation, 75 to 95 percent of pre-pubertal children who were distressed by their biological sex eventually outgrew that distress.
This reveals it is far likelier a child who is gender-confused is experiencing a temporary condition. If left to natural processes of growth, the normal behavior will return.
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:27 [NASB]
Sources: New American Standard Bible, The Lockman Foundation, 1997
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This is my bed. It is a black metal futon frame with a Full size mattress on it. The futon came with a typical futon mattress and for over two years I slept on the futon mattress (though I added a foam eggshell mattress topper).
Realized several years ago my mental health is going down the tubes when my kitchen gets to be a mess. The kitchen is the one room in the house I need to have clean. I can have piles of papers and clean and dirty clothes but if there are piles of dishes in the sink and the stove is not wiped off then something is wrong.
More recently I have discovered how much making my bed affects my mental state. My grandmother used to always make her bed. She made mine too, and tried to get me to make my own bed when I was old enough. My grandparent’s bed had a bed skirt and everything. It was a Queen size bed. Box Spring, mattress, and a wooden headboard. The Headboard matched the dresser and both were given to my grandparent’s as a gift from some of the parishioners of one of the Churches Grandfather served.
My grandmother had a hand embroidered Quilt Set. It was white with a blue cornflower motif. The bed skirt, top quilt, and several throw pillows made up the set. She would make the bed as most people do. Fitted sheet, Top sheet, light cover (made for sleeping) and the decorative cornflower top quilt (not made for sleeping). She would finish it off with the decorative pillows.
Yeah, that isn’t me. I learned from grandfather how to make hospital corners. My first job was a housekeeper at a Days Inn. So I made plenty of beds….not necessarily my own. For a long time even sleeping with any type of sheet on the bed was a hit or miss. I don’t do Top sheets at all. I was staying at friend’s house and her parents had a sleeper sofa. To make it more comfortable her mom had put one of the crushed velveteen blankets under the fitted sheet. Then the Top sheet and the sleeping cover. No need for a decorative quilt on a sleeper sofa. Without the use of my CPAP I run marathons in my sleep. I turn to one side and then the other. One time I did a complete 180 in my bed and woke up where my feet had been when I went to sleep the night before. Anyway, the next day when my friend’s mom went to strip and remake the bed we discovered I had not only bunched up the top sheet under the cover but I had somehow manage to strip the velveteen blanket under the fitted sheet without removing the fitted sheet.
At this point in my life my bedding consist of a fitted sheet, the blanket you see on the bed in the photo and three body pillows–with pillow casings (another non consistent item in my bed making). I added the only two throw pillows I have left which I care about. The Hello Kitty one I found while touring an empty apartment. It was in a really high cabinet which may or may not have had a rifle in it as well. The realtor agent never told me. The second throw pillow is in the color and has the House Crest of my favorite House in Harry Potter: Slytherin. The pillow was hand embroidered by a friend of mine who loves Harry Potter as much (or even more) than I do.
While my bed is simple to make, the act of making it, and of laundering sheets, pillowcases, and cover one a month or as needed, gives me sense of peace and order; starting my day off on the right note.
My suggestion to anyone who feels out of control or anxiety ridden or in a bad place mentally is to find the “making your bed” thing to help you through, to get you back on track. It might be journaling when you first wake up, or having a cup of coffee, or walking, or it make actually be making your bed. Whatever it is, having one thing which helps all the other things in life move easier through day is invaluable.
Some notes about my daily walks. One it is really hard not to take a bunch of pictures and cheat, posting them on days I don’t walk. This would be self defeating. I have set a limit on myself: three to six pictures a day. Two I love where I live. I wave at every car passing me. Today 6 out of 8 drivers waved back. Country/Small Town people are pretty friendly. Lastly, I measure my distance by mailboxes. My phone has the Samsung Health App which measures my actual distance and time. What I do is pick a mailbox up a head and walk until I get to it. Each day I pick a further out mailbox.
A little boy sat in the corner with his nose against the wall. He never realized how disruptive he was to other students. The class frowned at him, but he still didn’t understand his misbehavior during the lesson. A bell loudly rang, and kids jumped up from their desks to run to the cafeteria. Yet, a little boy deprived of lunch sat in his confusion of tears.
The story plays reruns today, maybe not so dramatically, but the ramifications still imply the same feelings. Children classified as “learning disabled” acquires resentment early in childhood. They feel shunned, discredited from society, and labeled as another hopeless spirit lying dormant in fortitude. Frustrated parents and teachers have modest educational skills to cope with the disability. The innocence of ADD, ADHD, and dyslexia makes a child’s life incredibly difficult. I know as I, too, walk the path every single day.
We, the stigmatized and labeled children, are stuck in a corner, and the only word we can spell is can’t. We fumble through adolescence, for no college academics ever adheres with those who see things far beyond the scope of today’s lessons. God is our only instructor as He sees into the minds of many people with nil comprehension.
George Washington, Edison, Einstein, Roosevelt, and even Cher are just some learning disabled notables who made significant contributions to our society. But God giveth and God taketh away – His test is for us to gather stamina and strength to prepare our real treasures in heaven. It blesses God in both the giving and the taking away because it is for the sake of our joy though it may not seem fair. He replaces our many shortcomings with abundant blessings.
So, the next time you have an urge to yell at a problematic child, just remember – they may be our president, a great singer, or an author one day. Can’t is a word no longer in our vocabulary! God watches over the handicapped, allowing us to conquer and explore with great creativity.
Faith is all we have when the odds are stacked against us. God blesses and anoints the imagination of those less fortunate, and condemns those who seek to destroy these special children. Our Lord’s hands know no limits, and the word can’t is just permission to prove ye of little faith wrong!
God bless the less fortunate!
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An excellent message on Parenting…adapted from a speech !
You will be gone soon but the children will be here; And nobody can manage anybody else’s life; though they are with you, yet they belong not to you…
You may give them your love but not your thoughts; for they have their own thoughts
You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit even in your dreams…
God will take care …
It is none of our business to be too concerned…
Whatsoever we can do, we do, but one should not ponder and think too much about things going the way one wants …
That is very egoistic
You have given birth to a child, but once he is out of the womb ; he is free of you
First he depended for his breath on you when he was in the womb
Then he will take his own breath
That moment, You don’t say – ‘What are you doing?
Are you trying to be free of me? Trying to be independent?’
You feel happy that your child is breathing !!
First he will take milk from you, then one day he will start eating on his own
First he will go on clinging to your apron and then one day he will leave it
You will be happy because the child is growing, becoming mature.
Then finally one day he falls in love with a woman
He has found his woman, so he will go on his own way
Bless them, and whatsoever happens they have to find their own life and their
own meaning to life.
Now you are free.
Just try to find your meaning, your life, your goals, and devote the few days that are left to the search of the ultimate.
Don’t be concerned with ordinary things I have never seen a single parent who is happy about their children.
Nobody is ever happy… Even the father of Buddha was not happy… He was very very annoyed because his son turned out to be a pauper. He became a Monk and the father was hoping he would become an Emperor .. He crushed all his father’s hopes
One thing is certain — that the child is not here to fulfill your expectations
The child is here with his own destiny, and he will unfold his own destiny. You are trying somehow to direct his destiny and that is going to be frustrated.
Accept it and bless them good.
They have to find their own ways
Who are we to interfere?
And how can we?
Pray for them but leave them on their own.
You just try to grow yourself.
Excerpts from the discourse of a popular motivational speaker !!
“More than 60,000 bolts of lighting strikes parts of England in 24 hours” – Met Office
An experience never seen by anyone, apparently, the Met Office called it “mother of all lightings”. The Saturday night sky was brightened by the constant lighting revealing its new and temporary purple colour. Thunder cracked like a whip lashing the air into waves of storms. Torrential rainfall came down and the warm muggy temperature was reminisce of a tropical rainstorm.
In some cases, the roofs of houses were hit and caught fire. In Stansted Airport the refuelling centre was disabled by the lighting therefore no airline could take off. Passengers were stranded and some gave up and went home but it was a sleepless night for hundreds more. Parents taking their children on half -term holidays were especially disappointed.
Some streaks of lighting illuminated landmarks such as The Shard and The London Eye. Places in the countryside were also hit as below.
The 71st World Health Organisation (WHO) Conference
The WHO conference came to conclusion, having agreed on its new five -year strategic plan. WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the delegates they had now charted a new course for the organisation. He sai, everything the WHO did from now on would be evaluated in light of the “triple billion targets” within the strategic plan. This aims to achieve:
billion more people benefitting from universal health coverage
1 billion more people better protected from health emergencies
1 billion more people enjoying better health and wellbeing.
Before closing the delegates also agreed two more items, maternal infant and young child nutrition, whereby they work to reduce stunted growth in children, urge more countries and their hospitals to practise baby friendly systems including breast feeding, prevention of anaemia in adolescent girls and preventing childhood obesity through counselling and complimentary feeding.
The other was eradication of wild Poliovirus, as at May 2018 only 9 cases were reported globally, that was from Afghanistan and Pakistan.
A Single Mom’s second job inspired her non- profit organisation
“Amazing Mom” Honoree Jennifer Maddox’s After School activities helps more than 800 children
Jennifer Maddox’s job as a police officer was satisfying but she needed more financially, in order to take care of her two sons. Born in Chicago, now at 46 years old, in 2008 she was doing her main job as well as her side hustle/job as a security officer of a housing estate.
While working at the housing projects/estates, she noticed majority of the 1200 children were getting into trouble because of boredom.
“There were no safe spaces or places at all for the kids to be kids, to play ball, jump rope or anything,” Jennifer says. “The lack of resources and lack of community spaces for young people sparked something inside of me.”
She gained the trust of the parents living there and soon convinced the management of the housing company to allow her to organise After-School activities for the children. She started Future Ties in 2011, providing after-school and summer activities plus a mentorship programme for children who are 18 and under.
Crime has gone down by 70% and many of the children keep coming back to volunteer. This story caught the attention of co-anchors NBC’s Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kobt of the ” Amazing Moms Today” aired before Mother’s Day 2018.