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Are you Bored yet?

There are other things besides binge watching the tele(in my Queen Elizabeth’s voice) that I have found to be productive during the quarantine of 2020! I’m happy to share what I’ve been researching for a week now.

I’m not a space person, but my 14 yr old is starting to love the wonders of Science.

Google Sky has an interactive display of space – they have an awesome app to learn constellations and more about space.

If you are missing your visits to the Museums,try a virtual experience for free,

The best online course to learn just about anything; again, for free: Coursera

Make a Fiverr Account! Fiverr is a place you can sell services in something you’re an expert in. This is a good place to start freelancing for writers, editors, graphic designers, or any other digital service you can offer.

Try Speaking a new Language! I have homeschooled all of my kids for years and they can speak Spanish,Mandarin,and Some French thanks to thirst free sites: Duolingo, Busuu, Babbel, edX

Find your creative niche’ while the world is quite. You may be surprised at what pops in your head! Sites such as, Etsy and Upwork can help bring in some extra dough! You can always start a YouTube channel or have some family fun while exercising through TikTok! We can beat the quarantine blues, just switch up the daily routine a little and breathe:)


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Let God use You

Know that your past doesn’t disqualify you from God using you in incredible ways. It doesn’t matter what you’ve been through, what you’ve done, or who you were; God can and will use you!

Don’t just be an example by the things you do, be an example by the way you live. That will have a greater impact than you know. 

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Jesse Williams/The Humanitarian 

“Ghettoizing and demeaning our creations then stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit,” he said. “The thing is, though, the thing is that just because we’re magic, doesn’t mean we’re not real.”

Jesse Williams Speech

“This award, this is not for me. This is for the real organizers all over the country. The activists, the civil rights attorneys, the struggling parents, the families, the teachers, the students, that are realizing that a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do.

All right? It’s kind of basic mathematics:, the more we learn about who we are and how we got here, the more we will mobilize. Now this is also in particular for the black women, in particular, who have spent their lifetimes dedicated to nurturing everyone before themselves. We can and will do better for you.

Now, what we’ve been doing is looking at the data and we know that police somehow manage to de-escalate, disarm and not kill white people every day. So what’s going to happen is we are going to have equal rights and justice in our own country or we will restructure their function and ours.

Now — I’ve got more, y’all. Yesterday would’ve been young Tamir Rice’s 14th birthday, so I don’t want to hear anymore about how far we’ve come when paid public servants can pull a drive-by on a 12-year-old playing alone in a park in broad daylight, killing him on television and then going home to make a sandwich. 

Tell Rekia Boyd how it’s so much better to live in 2012 than 1612 or 1712. Tell that to Eric Garner. Tell that to Sandra Bland. Tell that to Darrien Hunt.
Now the thing is though, all of us in here getting money, that alone isn’t going to stop this. All right? 

Now dedicating our lives to get money just to give it right back for someone’s brand on our body, when we spent centuries praying with brands on our bodies and now we pray to get paid for brands on our bodies.

There has been no war that we have not fought and died on the front lines of. There has been no job we haven’t done, there’s been no tax they haven’t levied against us, and we’ve paid all of them. But freedom is somehow always conditional here. “You’re free,” they keep telling us. But she would’ve been alive if she hadn’t acted so… “free.”

Now, freedom is always coming in the hereafter. But, you know what though? The hereafter is a hustle. We want it now. And let’s get a couple of things straight, just a little side note: The burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander. 

That’s not our job, all right, stop with all that. If you have a critique for the resistance, for our resistance, then you better have an established record of critique of our oppression. If you have no interest in equal rights for black people then do not make suggestions to those who do. Sit down.

We’ve been floating this country on credit for centuries, yo, and we’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind, while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil, black gold. 

Ghettoizing and demeaning our creations then stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit. The thing is, though, the thing is that just because we’re magic, doesn’t mean we’re not real.”

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Empty Pill Bottles Desperately Needed (Take your meds & help others!)

ginger ail

Pill bottles: they are those translucent orange soldiers that pile up all around us… in our drawers, bags, cabinets… sometimes I wonder – if I had saved every empty pill bottle since I got sick, what would that look like?
Mountains of Pill Bottles
One of the things I have always hated the most about being sick, is you often need more help than you can give.  That’s not always true, but there are definitely days or weeks like that for even the most functioning among us.  I see those specials on tv and think: I want to build a Habitat for Humanity house or dig wells in Africa (this might be a late night, insomnia induced thought but the general sentiment still stands).

Neither of those will be happening in my lifetime, but that’s okay.  There really are other things we can do, all of us, to help other people no matter how…

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So You’re a Christian? 

If you call yourself a Christian, that means you want to live like Jesus. And if you look at the life of Jesus, it was all about other people. He was always helping people, healing people, teaching people, serving people, loving people; the list goes on and on and on. 

If you want to be like Jesus and truly live a Christian life, that means you do the same. Live like you believe you were created in the image of God. Serve others like you’re living out the life of Jesus. Don’t call yourself a Christian if your life does not reflect this image!!!

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Little Boy

My critique on movie: Little Boy

It’s good to see how two very different beliefs can coexist. Even though the minister is a Christian, the relationship with the Japanese guy didn’t hinder him at all. He was able to express how he felt about faith without bashing the other ones beliefs.

Christians tend to overpower and run people away because of their different views of faith and god. If we sit back and listen to what the other have to say  and really get to know that person, then we may find that our faith in God is quite similar.I’m glad I took my 9 yr old daughter to see this movie because it really showed her that other ethnicities and other races dealt with the same prejudices. 

This movie showed her that black people were not the only race that went through this. The movie also showed how prejudice is taught. No one is born with hatred, infants to toddlers recognize no color or creed.The little boy would have never known any better if he had not been taught to hate.We have to be careful what is said in the home because little ears are always listening!
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A Comparison of Monarch and Switched-On Schoolhouse

I am searching for the 2015-2016 school year and comparing curriculum. I have not yet decided on Internet or books. I do this every year but this year I am going to have them do their own analysis. I want them to learn to compare what would be easier for them because this is their homeschooling experience and I want them to enjoy it.I found a great comparison of Monarch and Switched on Schoolhouse, so check it out!