Friday, August 17, 2012

Dressing your truth

I had sort of heard of Dressing Your Truth in passing years ago. However, since I didn't know anyone who had used this program, I must admit I didn't give it the time of day. Then all of the sudden I have had many friends not only use it but rave about it. "It changed the way I feel about my own unique beauty" one said, "I am a better wife, mother and friend because of Dressing Your Truth." another told me. "I have more confidence and I am much happier"said yet another.

Needless to say after hearing this and much more I had to look into this program so many said had changed their life for good. I am soo glad that I did. Dressing your truth goes soooo far beyond helping you find what clothes and accessories to wear, how to cut and style your hair, And how to do your makeup to bring out the best you (though I am glad is does teach all that). Dressing Your Truth is about helping you discover who you are, and how to embrace it.

 I have to admit, I really needed this right now in my life.  I have always fumbled when it came to fashion, and expressing myself.  Too often I have found myself feeling awkward and even downright the ugly duckling. This is especially true right now as I am trying to get back into shape after have had a baby a few months ago. With the help of Dressing Your Truth I am coming to understand that I have felt that way because I was trying to conform myself into someone and something that was not true to who I was created to be. When I am true to myself I am truly beautiful. I look forward to learning more about myself as I take this journey and ton learning how i can magnify that inward beautiful self through my clothes, accessories, hair and makeup. This is such an amazing program that I highly recommend.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Commentary on Welfare Programs From The Perspective of Two People in The Heart of The Great Depression

I was looking up documents, journal entries, letters etc...from the Great Depression Era this afternoon. Why was I doing this? Lets just say it seemed applicable to what is happening in the United States today.

Anyways, as I was doing so, I came across these two letters. One was written by an man to his Senator, and another was written by a woman to the then currant US President's wife Mrs Roosevelt. Both letters are powerful commentaries on the Governments Welfare Efforts. Both are very applicable today. Oh and by the way, neither the Senator President Franklin D. Roosevelt or His Wife were Black so this isn't a matter of race. It is clearly a matter of ethics.

Hornell, New York
March 7, 1934

My Dear Senator:

It seems very apparent to me that the Administration at Washington is accelerating it's pace towards socialism and communism. Nearly every public statement from Washington is against stimulation of business which would in the end create employment.

Everyone is sympathetic to the cause of creating more jobs and better wages for labor; but, a program continually promoting labor troubles, higher wages, shorter hours, and less profits for business, would seem to me to be leading us fast to a condition where the Government must more and more expand it's relief activities, and will lead in the end to disaster to all classes.

I believe that every citizen is entitled to know the policy of the Government, and I am so confused that I wish you would write me and advise me whether it is the policy of this Administration, of which you are a very important part, to further discourage business enterprise, and eventually set up a program which eliminates private industry and effort, and replaces it with Government control of industry and labor, —call it what you will: socialism, facism, or communism, or by any other name.

I am not addicted to annoying public office holders with correspondence, but if there are any private rights left in this country, then I would appreciate an early reply to this letter, so that I may take such action as is still possible, to protect myself and family.

With kindest personal regards,

Yours truly,
W. L. C. [male]


Mrs. F. D. Roosevelt,
Washington, D. C.

Mrs. Roosevelt: I suppose from your point of view the work relief, old age pensions, slum clearance and all the rest seems like a perfect remedy for all the ills of this country, but I would like for you to see the results, as the other half see them.

We have always had a shiftless, never-do-well class of people whose one and only aim in life is to live without work. I have been rubbing elbows with this class for nearly sixty years and have tried to help some of the most promising and have seen others try to help them, but it can't be done. We cannot help those who will not try to help themselves and if they do try a square deal is all they need, and by the way that is all this country needs or ever has needed: a square deal for all and then, let each one paddle their own canoe, or sink.

There has never been any necessity for any one who is able to work, being on relief in this locality, but there have been many eating the bread of charity and they have lived better than ever before. I have had taxpayers tell me that their children came from school and asked why they couldn't have nice lunches like the children on relief.

The women and children around here have had to work at the fields to help save the crops and several women fainted while at work and at the same time we couldn't go up or down the road without stumbling over some of the reliefers, moping around carrying dirt from one side of the road to the other and back again, or else asleep. I live alone on a farm and have not raised any crops for the last two years as there was no help to be had. I am feeding the stock and have been cutting the wood to keep my home fires burning. There are several reliefers around here now who have been kicked off relief, but they refuse to work unless they can get relief hours and wages, but they are so worthless no one can afford to hire them.

As for the clearance of the real slums, it can't be done as long as their inhabitants are allowed to reproduce their kind. I would like for you to see what a family of that class can do to a decent house in a short time. Such a family moved into an almost new, neat, four-room house near here last winter. They even cut down some of the shade trees for fuel, after they had burned everything they could pry loose. There were two big idle boys in the family and they could get all the fuel they wanted, just for the cutting, but the shade trees were closer and it was taking a great amount of fuel, for they had broken out several windows and they had but very little bedding.

There were two women there all the time and three part of the time and there was enough good clothing tramped in the mud around the yard to have made all the bedclothes they needed. It was clothing that had been given them and they had worn it until it was too filthy to wear any longer without washing, so they threw it out and begged more. I will not try to describe their filth for you would not believe me. They paid no rent while there and left between two suns owing everyone from whom they could get a nickels worth of anything. They are just a fair sample of the class of people on whom so much of our hard earned tax-money is being squandered and on whom so much sympathy is being wasted.

As for the old people on beggars' allowances: the taxpayers have provided homes for all the old people who never liked to work, where they will be neither cold nor hungry: much better homes than most of them have ever tried to provide for themselves. They have lived many years through the most prosperous times of our country and had an opportunity to prepare for old age, but they spent their lives in idleness or worse and now they expect those who have worked like slaves, to provide a living for them and all their worthless descendants. Some of them are asking for from thirty to sixty dollars a month when I have known them to live on a dollar a week rather than go to work. There is many a little child doing without butter on its bread, so that some old sot can have his booze and tobacco: some old sot who spent his working years loafing around pool rooms and saloons, boasting that the world owed him a living.

Even the child welfare has become a racket. The parents of large families are getting divorces, so that the mothers and children can qualify for aid. The children to join the ranks of the "unemployed" as they grow up, for no child that has been raised on charity in this community has ever amounted to anything.

You people who have plenty of this worlds goods and whose money comes easy, have no idea of the heart-breaking toil and self-denial which is the lot of the working people who are trying to make an honest living, and then to have to shoulder all these unjust burdens seems like the last straw. During the worst of the depression many of the farmers had to deny their families butter, eggs, meat etc. and sell it to pay their taxes and then had to stand by and see the deadbeats carry it home to their families by the arm load, and they knew their tax money was helping pay for it. One woman saw a man carry out eight pounds of butter at one time. The crookedness, shelfishness, greed and graft of the crooked politicians is making one gigantic racket out of the new deal and it is making this a nation of dead-beats and beggars and if it continues the people who will work will soon be nothing but slaves for the pampered poverty rats and I am afraid these human parasites are going to become a menace to the country unless they are disfranchised. No one should have the right to vote theirself a living at the expense of the tax payers. They learned their strength at the last election and also learned that they can get just about what they want by "voting right." They have had a taste of their coveted life of idleness, and at the rate they are increasing, they will soon control the country. The twentieth child arrived in the home of one chronic reliefer near here some time ago.

Is it any wonder the taxpayers are discouraged by all this penalizing of thrift and industry to reward shiftlessness, or that the whole country is on the brink of chaos?

M. A. H. [female]
Columbus, Ind.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

These last few day there have been many who have had something to comment about the supposed set time for the rapture that has now come and gone. Some comments have been lightly teasing. However, many of the comments have bordered on being unchristian in their mockery and scorn of those who believed in the set date for the rapture and gave up all their earthly possessions in expectation of being carried up.

I don't know what the skeptics mocked more, the belief in Christ and His foretold Second Coming, or that anyone could believe that His coming and rapture were to be happening now in our life time (at a set date no less!). As a disciple of Jesus Christ, I know He is real and that his Second Coming is going to happen. However, I also know thanks to the scriptures that no one knows when that Coming shall be.

"Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh." -Mathew 25:13
This wise counsel was given by the Savior Himself after having related the parable of the ten virgins and the Bridegroom. I love this parable. In Donna B. Neilsen's book Beloved Bridegroom, she explains that if you want to better understand the scriptures you should learn more about the people they were originally given to. Donna's insight into the culture and traditions of Ancient Israel and how they directly give insight into the New Testament, and especially the parables are both powerful and insightful.

For example, in our day where weddings are planned down to the minute, the idea that the Bridegroom could come at any moment and when He does that is when the wedding will be seems crazy. In reality this was how it was in those days. You see, once the betrothal was in place the bridegroom and bride both had much to do.

The Bride and her family would work industriously to prepare for the wedding and her future life together with her bridegroom. One of her tasks would be to create the special bands that would be used  to bind their hands together in their marriage ceremony and then to bind the swaddling clothes of their future babies. While working, she anxiously awaits for her bridegroom to come, relying upon the updates given by the bridegroom's best man on the bridegroom's progress to know when the time for his coming draws near so that she will be ready.

Meanwhile, the Bridegroom was fast at work building their future home or bridal chamber; usually an extension on His father's house. (ie "In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.I go to prepare a place for you." -John 14:2) Because the workmanship of the bridegroom reflects upon the workmanship of His father, his father closely oversees the work and it is he who decides when the work is done to his satisfaction. When this finally happens, not wanting to wait a minute longer, be it day or night the bridegroom sends forth his best man to run through the streets to the home of his bride to announce the bridegroom's coming. The Bridegroom comes the feast begins and the marriage takes place. Beautiful huh? 

So what can we learn from this as well as the events that have just past?!?

For me, I was reminded that where I may not know the time of His coming, I do know that it is going to be sooner rather then later. I know because His Best Man (the Prophet) has been giving us updates or warnings of such. I don't need to worry about the exact date of His coming. I just need to make sure that I am ready for whenever it happens. I need to be industrious like the bride preparing for when he comes and so I will be ready for my future life in the mansions of my Father. 

Friday, July 16, 2010

My View on the AZ Law and the Immigration Debate

My Friend Posted this Pictured on her facebook status the other day. With this caption underneath: Arizona: Who do you think you are, passing a law where you can ask ME if I'm illegal if you see me as a "threat." Where's our freedom?!? IGNORANCE isn't the answer. The bill drew harsh criticism from President Obama, who said the law threatened “to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and our communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe.” I agree with OUR President!

Many people commented. Some stated that the law of checking peoples legal status, only applied to those who were caught in a crime, others with the fact that Arizona has been a part of the United States since the 1800's.

My friend upset at these comments then stated:
Ok...I don't need ANYMORE negative/contrary post on this stupid bill. IF you could go to another country, with better opportunities for your family & for yourself, I don't know anyone who wouldn't take it. "WE" aren't taking ANY jobs you want: working in the field all day, washing/cleaning the toilets at restaurants/hotels & cooking your meals. This country was founded on religious freedom & immigrants with a dream for something better. If you believe in the statement: "go back to your own country," then it's time you book a plane ticket to Wales, Germany or any other country in Europe your family may be from.

Some agreed with my friend stating that as an immigrant they had received a lot of anti-American (racist) treatment. To all this I wrote this reply...

My dear sister. You know me. You know I love you. You know that I do not have a racist bone in my body. I believe that all people are children of God. I understand why you feel the way you do. I am sorry that you have had uneducated and sometimes racist people question your status as a citizen in this country merely because of your race. I am sorry that some have treated you differently because of this belief. That is wrong.

I acknowledge that the main reason people come to our country is because America is know as the land of opportunities and the land of the free. It is true that America is really a country of immigrants. However, what makes this Nation great is that no matter what you were before, or where you came from, once you “join” our nation you are one of us. You are an American. You have the same rights and the same opportunities as any other American. In addition, you are held to obey the same laws and statutes as every other American.

I love our Country! There may be many imperfect people who are a part of our nation, but that still does not negate the fact that our Constitution and our Nation was formed under the direct guidance of Our Heavenly Father.

I whole heartedly welcome all who would seek to become a citizen of The United States of America (according to the laws that have been long established to maintain the freedom and opportunity of all Americans). To come here illegally (as to come to any country in the world) is a crime that harms everyone, and as such must be punished according to the law. The law that you and I are suppose to honor, obey, and sustain.

If I was visiting France, or Germany, or England, or even Mexico and I committed a crime, you bet the first thing they would do in that country would be to ascertain their jurisdiction by first determining my status in their country. If I was to commit a crime in any country in the world and did not have legal documents proving I was in their country legally (ie citizenship, visa, or passport) I would be in a LOT of trouble. Why is this acceptable in every other country in the world except for the United States where it is considered racist?

With that said, I personally feel that the picture you have posted and the sentiment behind it are offensive to me and to the America that my ancestors fought and died to create and protect. The America founded under the divine direction of God. The America that these immigrants want supposedly to be a part of.

Like I said I understand where you come from, on this issues I just hope you can understand where I do.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Small Things...

It it the small things that make the biggest difference. A joyful laugh can lighten the darkest mood; the right painting or picture can brighten a room, and make it feel more home like; a simple smile and greeting can make a person feel loved and appreciated; and the right music can make you feel energized, happy, peaceful, sleepy, wide awake, and/or inspired.

The latest little thing in my life would have o be my daughter Isabella. She may be small, but she has turned my life upside down (in a good way). Every day there are new challenges, and joys. I can't wait to see what tomorrow will bring!