4-H is Evil and Bad for Kids

country nights, city lights

Recently, CNN shared this link. The gist of the article is that children who are involved in 4-H are desensitized to the killing of animals, without much other educational value. Apparently, 4-H is a scourge upon the Earth and a source of concern for urbanites who have a conditional dislike for food. (Of course, those who support 4-H would say that it prepares children for the important, and sometimes unpleasant, task of producing food for the other 98% of the population. But hey, what do they know?)

These rabbits were part of my 4-H project. Innocent learning experience, or pathway to barbaric beliefs?

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A little girl went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jelly jar from its hiding place in the closet.

She poured the change out on the floor and counted it carefully.

Three times, even. The total had to be exactly perfect. No chance here for mistakes.
Carefully placing the coins back in the jar and twisting on the cap, she slipped out the back door and made her way 6 blocks to Rexall’s Drug Store with the big red Indian Chief sign above the door.

She waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some attention, but he was too busy at this moment. Tess twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise. Nothing. She cleared her throat with the most disgusting sound she could muster. No good. Finally she took a quarter from her jar and banged it on the glass counter. That did it!
‘And what do you want?’ the pharmacist asked in an annoyed tone of voice. I’m talking to my brother from Chicago whom I haven’t seen in ages,’ he said without waiting for a reply to his question.

‘Well, I want to talk to you about my brother,’ Tess answered back in the same annoyed tone.. ‘He’s really, really sick .. and I want to buy a miracle.’

‘I beg your pardon?’ said the pharmacist.

‘His name is Andrew and he has something bad growing inside his head and my Daddy says only a miracle can save him now. So how much does a miracle cost?’

‘We don’t sell miracles here, little girl. I’m sorry but I can’t help you,’ the pharmacist said, softening a little.

‘Listen, I have the money to pay for it. If it isn’t enough, I will get the rest. Just tell me how much it costs.’

The pharmacist’s brother was a well dressed man. He stooped down and asked the little girl, ‘What kind of a miracle does your brother need?’

‘ I don’t know,’ Tess replied with her eyes welling up. ‘I just know he’s really sick and Mommy says he needs an operation. But my Daddy can’t pay for it, so I want to use my money.’

‘How much do you have?’ asked the man from Chicago .

‘One dollar and eleven cents,’ Tess answered barely audibly.
‘And it’s all the money I have, but I can get some more if I need to.’

‘Well, what a coincidence,’ smiled the man. ‘A dollar and eleven cents – the exact price of a miracle for little brothers.’

He took her money in one hand and with the other hand he grasped her mitten and said ‘Take me to where you live. I want to see your brother and meet your parents.. Let’s see if I have the miracle you need.’

That well dressed man was Dr. Carlton Armstrong, a surgeon, specializing in neuro-surgery. The operation was completed free of charge and it wasn’t long until Andrew was home again and doing well. Mom and Dad were happily talking about the chain of events that had led them to this place.

‘That surgery,’ her Mom whispered. ‘was a real miracle. I wonder how much it would have cost?’

Tess smiled. She knew exactly how much a miracle cost … one dollar and eleven cents plus the faith of a little child.

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Ten Commandments Of Parents

I Thou shalt love thy child with all they heart, with all thy soul, with all thy strength, but wisely, with all thy mind. 

II Thou shalt think of thy child, not as something belonging to thee, but as a person.

III Thou shalt regard his respect and love, not as something to be demanded, but something worth earning.

IV Every time thou art out of patience with thy child’s immaturity and blundering, thou shalt call to mind some of the childish adventures and mistakes which attended thine own coming of age.

V Remember that it is thy child’s privilege to make a hero out of thee, and take thou thought to be a proper one.

VI Remember also that thy example is more eloquent than thy fault-finding and moralizing.

VII Thou shalt strive to be a sign-post on the highway of life rather than a rut out of which the wheel cannot turn.

VIII Thou shalt teach thy child to stand on his own two feet and fight his own battles.

IX Thou shalt help thy child to see beauty, to practice kindness, to love truth, and to live in friendship.

X Thou shalt make of the place wherein thou dwellest a real home – a haven of happiness for thyself, for thy children, for thy friends and for thy children’s friends.

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Copyright @ 2007 Inspirational Bible Devotionals and Prayer Inc, All rights reserved.


Seven Day Positive Quality Assignment

I am constantly striving to see the positive in every aspect of my life. But it’s not always easy. With years of self esteem issues I have found it really easy to put down myself. I was constantly told that I needed to be more positive. I don’t know how many times I was told to start listing the positive qualities that I have. To be honest, at the time I felt there was nothing positive I could say. Thinking of one positive was challenging. The Seven Day Positive Quality Assignment was a major help to me. In the future, I will discuss some of the other things I did to be more positive, but for now here is the assignment.

For the First Week



I encourage you to read your full list daily for the 2nd Week. Try the 7 day assignment again and see if you can come up with more positive qualities. Keep reading your list daily.

Trust in yourself and remember the most significant lesson of all: A positive mind-set is a choice that you can always make

The Beauty Of Friendship

“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me;

I may not follow.Just walk beside me and be my friend.” – Albert Camus

I have heard it said, “I don’t need friends”. At one point in my life, unfortunately I made the same statement. Through the years I have come to see just how vital friendships are. I have become a better person for the friendships that I have gained. Friendship is one of the most difficult things to explain. It should go without stating that real friends make you feel full, as opposed to bring you down. They are positive influences. Someone who you can share your joys and sorrows with. Today I embrace my friendships.

To those who have stood by me for years, and to those who are new to me, I say thank you.


People Just Don’t Get It

Bipolar Life

I am so so irritated when people use someone’s mental illness as weapon in an argument. Sure, it might be true that I am over reacting but I don’t need you to tell me “you’re only acting this way because you are bipolar”. It’s possible that’s a true statement, but it is also painful coming from someone that you put your trust in. I personally don’t really care what anyone says. If you want to use my illness against me, then I don’t need you in my life. And if you love me you will take the time to learn how to be supportive without being nasty and making me feel guilty and like I am less than because I have these problems. 

It’s so frustrating when I hear that people have been treated badly or that someone they love has used their worst fears against them. Admitting that you…

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Have you ever been somewhere, when suddenly someone greeted you with a hello? Maybe you have been greeted with a “hello” at the store, church, work, or on the street. I would venture that your response would be yes.  The power and magic behind one word is almost unreal. A mere word that can stir our spirits to a high. With every person you pass and don’t say hello to, you’re potentially losing out on a big chance to create a difference in someones life. Sometimes it all it takes is a simple act of recognition. I make a point to say hello to people often. Just yesterday I was walking along the Oklahoma City Canal by myself. I made it a point to say hello to as many people possible with a smile on my face. Hopefully I brightened someones day. I know it certainly did mine. All of us experience days where nothing seems to go right. (If you never go through bad days, I want to know your secret.) Those days can truly place a damper on our emotional state. When you say hello to a stranger, there’s always a possibility that they may be experiencing a tough day. A simple hello will not figure out their problems, but it can surely lighten their spirits which will be a plus for them in an otherwise frustrating day. You don’t have to say hello to everyone like I did on my walk along the canal. Even if you simply said hello to one person a day  just imagine the impact you may have gained on their spirit. Words are powerful, even magical. So today I greet you with a simple hello.


Getting To Know The Blogger- Part 1

Spilling the beans about myself and the issues that I face has never been an easy task for me. For years a few acquaintances and family encouraged me to compose in a journal to help me deal with my personal issues. I gave it a chance and after a period of time, a person invaded my privacy and I could not bring myself to write another word. A while back different people began encouraging me to compose  a blog. To be honest, I had no clue how to even start a blog. Thankfully, one of my sisters helped me get started. So started the journey of talking about heartbreak, depression, suicide, and other mental wellness topics. I have spoken around some of my issues on Facebook. But talking about my life it in a blog sends my anxiety level into high alert. Even today as I write this I have to fight a panic attack. By now you are probably beginning to see why I have approached those issues in my former blogs.  I have dealt with depression most of my life. I have attempted suicide twice. I have been hospitalized numerous times because of my illness. I didn’t begin treatment for my mental illness until adulthood. Yes, the person who tries to be of service to others battles many of the problems you confront. I give advice to others to point them in the right direction, and fail to follow it myself. Sometimes it’s simply tough to admit to others and myself that I have an illness. I DAVID, HAVE A MENTAL ILLNESS. OK, I have admitted it to my readers. I have been hospitalized several times, because of attempted suicide, serious depression, and memory loss. My current clinical diagnosis are Bipolar II, Borderline Personality Disorder, Manic Depression, Black Outs and Anxiety.  Recently after talking to my Doctor and Counselor they are thinking of adding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to my diagnosis. I have talked about my diagnosis with friends and family,  but sometimes I imagine it would be more comfortable for them to live with cancer as my diagnosis. In future blogs I will share more of my tale of woe. Hopefully I don’t come across as poor pitiful me, as I truly want to help others. If you take anything out of my blogs, I hope you  come to the understanding that you are not alone. Wishing each of you a great weekend. This is David signing off.

 No matter how long it takes, it will get better. Tough situations build strong people in the end.





Reacting to Life

Is life a struggle right now?  Can you be open-minded enough to think that it could be more how you’re reacting to life than what exactly life is hurling at you. Control that reaction and you can play a large part in how life is becoming.  Our behavior separates us from the crowd.  It shows that we can rise above emotions and other challenges of routine life. Attitudes are as various as the emotions that we see and feel. We can live consciously and make a substantial impact in life or fall prey to whatever emotion that comes along. How we behave is our choice, our decision as to which route we take. This decision is moment by moment, day by day, constantly there before us to prepare.

“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.” ~Charles R. Swindoll


On a stormy day, it’s easy to forget that the sunlight is still shining behind all of those deep clouds.The same is true for problems we face in our lifetimes. It can seem drab and dreary when we peer out into the future, but we hold to recall that just behind those clouds, rain, lightning, and thunder is an abundance of sun and clear skies. It’s merely a subject of climbing above it so that we can experience the sun and get prompted to keep soaring to fresh heights, where rainfall and storms just can’t touch.


“Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine.” ~Mario Fernandez