America by Patrick Tomasso
Picture By: Patrick Tomasso

Oxygen coloring blood red,
Pride flowing from feet to head,
Life worth every deed,
Truth worth every pledge,
Sacrifice worth every advance,
Possibilities beyond circumstance,
Rhythm to liberty’s dance,
America you are a second chance.
Flowers in the midst of rain,
Relief from tyranny’s pain,
Kindness in every vein,
Discernment keeping humanity sane,
Roses of passion in the nation’s bouquet,
Humility embodied in every way,
Justice prevailing in all people say,
America you are the light of day.

What Family Means

Dining Table by Breather
Picture By: Breather

We’ve sat around this table so long,

Seems like all I’ve done is ride along.

Can’t you see these moving screens

Have replaced what family means?

There in the kitchen

I have listened with submission.

Now I’ve had enough,

The world out there isn’t my world in here.

Catching up on the news

Just fills me with the blues.

Can’t we talk face to face?

Replace this awful pace with grace?

Can’t you see these moving screens

Have replaced what family means?

Daily Tip: Day 1: The American.

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Tip: Be more involved in politics and the world around you.

Know what is happening in your world – know the current events.  And, no, I’m not talking about you checking the celebrity blurb on some news website or on your phone: I’m saying know what the President is doing, know what is happening in the world around you – not just what’s happening in your backyard. 

News and knowing the stand to take is super important today.  Most of the time I’ll ask people what they think about something and they’ll shrug, “Don’t know.  Don’t care.”  DO not be like that.  Make it your job to care.  The world needs more people who care, more people who know what they’re talking about.  Don’t just oppose regulations – if you do oppose them – know why you do.  And if you becomingly embrace them know why. 

People come up to me and ask me my opinion and sometimes I don’t know anything.   I just know what I believe – don’t be like that.  Know your stuff, know all the facts not just the case.  It’ll make you a lot more prepared  to give an answer to someone who challenges you.

Open your view, watch news channels that hold different sides of the story.  For example, watch FOX news and CNN to get a complete understanding of a current issue.  Try to avoid bias (if you can).  Bias makes for a very unattractive person… so know how to break your opinion without hating on people who do not agree with you. 

All in all: widen your view, it’s a big world, there is more happening than you think.

You know what they say….

No news is good news.  But is it really??  I have to say that it is not.  How do you get good news without hearing it?  And getting no news drives people sick with worry… and they always think that something bad has happened when people don’t contact them.  News is a good thing, even if it’s just a simple update.  News keeps you “in the know,” and it keeps you from worrying.  News, obviously, can still be bad.  It can shake you and bring you to your knees.  

Most of the time people watch the news and it fills them with despair because nothing sells like bad news.  But all in all, good news has to be heard.  And, sometimes, no news is good news.  But more often than not, no news equals people keeping things from you.  Think about it.