Archive for September 29, 2012

Earth-Friendly Tip: Stop that Spewing Smoke


Those “How’s My Driving?” signs are there for a reason.  Contact trucking and cab companies whose vehicles disgorge black smoke.  That noxious smoke usually means their vehicles are not burning fuel completely, thereby costing them money and making our air harder to breathe.  Call the phone number on that sign.  Give them the date, time, location, and name on the vehicle and describe the choking, dirty mess it was spewing.

[For more easy, Eco-friendly tips, download a FREE copy of Green Riches: Help the Earth & Your Budget. Go to view/7000, choose a format, and download to your computer or e-book device. Or download a free copy from your favorite e-tailer.]

Cherokee Wisdom


One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.  He said, “My son, the battle is between two “wolves” inside us all. One is Evil.  It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.  The other is Good.  It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”












I just updated my website, Come read some original poetry, shared ideas, thoughts to ponder.  Visit the “Adept-Ability” page–practical ideas and humor for people with disabilities.

Thoughtful Thursday: Contact of Souls


May every soul that touches mine — be it the slightest contact — get there from some good; some little grace; one kindly thought; one aspiration yet unfelt; one bit of courage for the darkening sky; one gleam of faith to brave the thickening ills of life; one glimpse of brighter skies beyond the gathering mists — to make this life worthwhile.  (George Eliot)

Child Abuse—A National Pastime?

80% of the child abuse cases within the Boy Scouts of America between 1970 and 1991 went unreported. Churches (Catholic and Protestant and other faiths) have hidden cases involving their clergy, youth leaders, and other members of their staffs.  School administrations have quietly moved accused offenders to other schools and positions.  Coaches of youth teams carry on abuse in locker rooms while others look the other way. The perpetrators are not strangers.  In fact, more than 90% of the children who suffer sexual abuse know their abusers.

A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds.  What about all the other, unreported instances?

Why do so many people feel it’s okay to harm our vulnerable children?  Apparently, many people do feel this way, because there are so many abusers and so many people and organizations that cover it up.   When we hear about it, we act shocked, shake our heads in dismay, then go on with our lives.  In effect, those of us who do nothing to stop it are helping to perpetuate it.

Has this national shame become a national pastime, simply another tolerated violence like boxing and hunting?  I hope not.

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Are You Coming By for a Chat?


I’d love to see you THIS SATURDAY, Sept. 29 (10 AM – 2 PM).  I’ll have copies of my Small Things Count to sign, and my artist friend Nancy Mercado will have original art in the form of note cards.  Come to look at our stuff or just spend a few minutes chatting.  We both love to talk.

Also, if you know any families with members with special needs, tell them about this free Special Needs Resources Event, which will feature services, products, guest speakers, and fun.  It will be behind the Cathedral of Faith (2315 Canoas Garden Ave., 95125).  Find more info. at

Quick & Easy Voter Registration

If you haven’t registered to vote, do it the easy way.  You’re already on your computer, and you have a few spare minutes–otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this.  Click on, which will take you to the CA Secretary of State’s website page to begin the registration process.  All you need for identification is a CA driver’s license or state-issued I.D. card.  Answer a few questions, supply the number from the card, and submit your registration request.  They’ll verify your identity through your card.

It’s more than easy.  Time is short, though.  You must do this no later than midnight Oct. 22.

In other words, DO IT RIGHT NOW!

Earth-Friendly Tip for Cat-Owners

Have a cat?  Be choosy on your kitty-litter.  Buy litter made from corn cobs, wheat, sawdust, wood shavings and chips, peanut shells, recycled newspaper, orange peels, or other natural materials.  They tend to do a better job at controlling odor, last longer, and are totally biodegradable.


[For more easy, Eco-friendly tips, download a FREE copy of Green Riches: Help the Earth & Your Budget. Go to view/7000, choose a format, and download to your computer or e-book device. Or download a free copy from your favorite e-tailer.]

Who Pays to Promote that Bill?

Wonder about the status of a bill in Congress or who’s paying to push it through? Go to  There you’ll find out about bills in the news recently and read a snippet of what they’re about.  Click on the “Interest Groups” or “Companies” tab to see a chart of contributors and amounts they’ve paid. The “Contributions” page lets you find out how much a particular group has contributed to a specific legislator.

There’s a wealth of information on this website.  It’s one all voters should take a look at, especially before the November elections.


Thoughtful Thursday: Society’s Chief Activity

Thought for the day: “Not until we can refuse to take without giving can we create a society in which the chief activity is the common welfare.” — Helen Keller