Sunny Skies and Salty Seas

I do what I like, and I like what I do! I write what I see and hear in my mind and in reality. "Imagination is everything, it is the preview of life's coming attractions" -Albert Einstein

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PRAYER

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"Father, thank You for depositing in me everything that I need for life and godliness. I choose to be faithful with what You have given me. I choose to sharpen my skills. Help me prepare for every opportunity You have for my future in Jesus’ name. Amen." - Joel & Victoria Osteen

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PRAYER FOR TODAY

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"Father, help me to develop the talents You have given me. Show me to how to continue growing, stretching and increasing. Help me to maximize what You’ve placed in my hand as I daily give You glory for Your faithfulness in my life in Jesus’ name. Amen." - Joel & Victoria Osteen

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PRAYER FOR TODAY

thetahjmowryblog:

"Father, thank You for making all things new. Thank You for renewing me, restoring me and setting me on the road to victory. Show me Your ways and give me the strength to embrace every opportunity that comes from You in Jesus’ name. Amen." - Joel & Victoria Osteen

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For years, I opened my 11th-grade U.S. history classes by asking students, “What’s the name of that guy they say discovered America?” A few students might object to the word “discover,” but they all knew the fellow I was talking about. “Christopher Columbus!” several called out in unison.

“Right. So who did he find when he came here?” I asked. Usually, a few students would say, “Indians,” but I asked them to be specific: “Which nationality? What are their names?”

Silence.

In more than 30 years of teaching U.S. history and guest-teaching in others’ classes, I’ve never had a single student say, “Taínos.” How do we explain that? We all know the name of the man who came here from Europe, but none of us knows the name of the people who were here first—and there were hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of them. Why haven’t you heard of them?

This ignorance is an artifact of historical silencing—rendering invisible the lives and stories of entire peoples.

[…] In an interview with Barbara Miner, included in Rethinking Columbus, Suzan Shown Harjo of the Morning Star Institute, who is Creek and Cheyenne, said: “As Native American peoples in this red quarter of Mother Earth, we have no reason to celebrate an invasion that caused the demise of so many of our people, and is still causing destruction today.” After all, Columbus did not merely “discover,” he took over. He kidnapped Taínos, enslaved them—“Let us in the name of the Holy Trinity go on sending all the slaves that can be sold,” Columbus wrote—and “punished” them by ordering that their hands be cut off or that they be chased down by vicious attack dogs, if they failed to deliver the quota of gold that Columbus demanded. One eyewitness accompanying Columbus wrote that it “did them great damage, for a dog is the equal of 10 men against the Indians.”

Corporate textbooks and children’s biographies of Columbus included none of this and were filled with misinformation and distortion. But the deeper problem was the subtext of the Columbus story: it’s OK for big nations to bully small nations, for white people to dominate people of color, to celebrate the colonialists with no attention paid to the perspectives of the colonized, to view history solely from the standpoint of the winners.

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That’s Life!

All this talk of what’s good for you and what’s bad, you know what I say?
Smoking is bad. Soda in moderation is fine. Lying is bad. Chocolate in small doses are good for you. Killing is bad. A glass of red wine can have good effects on the body.

Everything on this Earth is made for us to enjoy and take care of. It is up to us to be responsible. Eat a hamburger, drink some Pepsi or Coke, have some ice cream! Make sure you exercise, drink plenty of water and get plenty of sleep. It’s ok to sleep! #TeamRest your body needs it!

People are always going to try and get you to conform to what they think is right. Relax and be you!

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#repost …And that it does!! 😁…Good morningggg beautiful ppl!!
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” 2am is for the poets…”