We have been Forgotten by the Supreme Court

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We have been Forgotten

I will probably never be rich. I will always vote.
I will always serve the public in one way or another.
Most of the people I know are just like me.

They care about others.
They vote.

We are regular folk. We fight for our country.
We raise our children. We go to work every day.
But, in the US, we don’t count for much.

We have been forgotten.

We can’t give millions to PACs.
We don’t have wealthy lobbyists supporting our cause.
We can’t give millions to politicians.
Though, there are millions of us.
We are the majority. We are the populous.

We are the people that our Constitution and our founding fathers had in mind.
Yet, our Supreme Court, the ultimate arbiter of the laws of the
Constitution and the Bill of Rights has forgotten us.

We have been forgotten.

No Dry Wells for Me!

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No Dry Wells for Me!

If I
Believe that
God
Resides within
Me
Then
I must Remember that
I am Overflowing with
Love
Trust
Mercy
Acceptance
& Grace
My Well
Will Never
Run Dry
I will Give
Of this
Freely
Without judgement
Forever….

Conquering Losingness

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Conquering Losingness

What do you do when you lose?
Do you wallow in your losingness?
Do you paint a pathetic smile onto our face
Even when it is not OK?
Maybe you just brush yourself off,
And keep on going.
The fact that you don’t give up,
No matter what,
Makes you a winner.

Madness Penetrated

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Madness Penetrated

Mounting the colossal heap of madness that existed in the paradox of my mind
I implanted the flag of victory, waving gently over the landmines of my soul.
Madness had suffered another blow.
Reality glowed with the newness of the sunrise.
Hope glistened in the shadows of my doubts.
I am
Here now.
If only for a moment.

It’s a Wonderful Life-at the DMV?

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Good times-While waiting at the DMV

I was standing there,bored, playing with my cell phone, at the DMV in Los Angeles. I was preparing to wait for at least an hour, since I neglected to make an appointment. I felt someone staring at me. I looked up and met the eyes of a young man. “Did you work for Los Angeles Unified School District?”, he asked. I nodded, “Yes”. It turned out that I was his 5th grade teacher.

I had only stayed for half of that school year, yet this man remembered me?! He told me that I was his favorite teacher in all of his years of school. Amazing. As an educator, one never knows the lives that they affect. Everyday, you just do your best to impart a bit of knowledge. Most of the times, the children teach me more than I could ever teach them. It’s an exchange, a give and a take. Each class affects you differently. Nonetheless, day after day, year after year, you teach and serve the children.

I am honored to be a part of such a noble profession. I’m grateful to be able to have those exchanges of knowledge with the children. Hopefully, we’ll all be better because of our interactions. My wait at the DMV, suddenly felt timeless.  All I could do when the young man left my side, was smile. It’s a wonderful life.

30 Year High School Reunion-That Sure Went Fast!

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30 Year High School Reunion-That Sure Went Fast

I am about to have my 30 year High School Reunion! It’s official! I am middle aged. Crazy?! I also understand how incredibly blessed I am. 30 years ago, both of my parents were alive and I wondered what my life would turn out to be. Now, I know and I feel like I’ve just begun. I have learned to embrace change and more importantly, to always be true to and embrace myself.

I now know that, I am good, I am great, I am grace and I am love. It will never be to late for me to be all that I came to be.

Here’s to many more healthy, happy and fulfilling years for me and the wonderful classmates of Edison High School Class of 1983!

Darkness cannot…

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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr

What Syria did was wrong.  It was an atrocity.  But, I think Martin Luther King said it best, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness…” Why can’t we be the initial aggressor for peace? Why not give money to assist  the neighboring countries that are housing the refugees? Peace can get so ugly you forget what it looks like.  But, it has been there all along.  Let’s find it.  Let’s find the peace, for humanity’s sake.