What monuments in the United States do you think we hold most sacred? The Washington Monument? The Lincoln Memorial? Mount Rushmore? I would vote for the Statue of Liberty. Every once in a while we need to remind ourselves of the words inscribed on the Statue of Liberty. It reads, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." As much as we strive to do this, we know we have not always been totally inclusive in helping the tired, the poor, the huddled and those yearning to be free.
I purchased a tin sign at a garage sale showing some squirrels eating acorns. On the sign it says, "Welcome to the nut house." I thought it would be appropriate to post alongside my office door. I think my dogs and I could be accused of going a little nutty at times. so I said to Rascal, "Why not join the crowd, Rascal?" Who's Rascal?
We could rid ourselves of most of the world’s problems if everyone felt confident about themselves and their abilities. I know, it’s a hard sell. But after you think about it for a while, it’s true. As Norman Vincent Peale said, “You can if you think you can” and he was probably paraphrasing Henry Ford who said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can't -- you're right.”
Can you recall any time when you were separated from your parents? How did it affect you? When I was about 5-years-old I tagged along with my mother as she shopped in a Ben Franklin store in Mankato. I stopped to watch the goldfish in the tropical fish tank for a minute or two. When I turned around, my mother had disappeared. Panic set in and I began to scurry around the store looking for her. When I spotted her just a few aisles away, she recognized that I was frightened and said, "Johnny, did you get scared?" Yes, I was scared. My mother had disappeared.
100 percent graduation rate A local movement is underway to ensure the area has a 100 percent high school graduation rate. Here's some tips on how you can help us achieve that goal: 1. When studying why kids leave school, use of drugs is high on the list. Use of drugs is a huge societal problem. Over time we can lick it when we graduate 100 percent of our young people. 2. Parents, it's up to you to ensure that your kids have the opportunity to experience natural highs.
If you have been reading the papers and watching the news, you know it's been 50 years since Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed in a Los Angeles hotel. I have a fondness for Bobby Kennedy. He had a heart full of compassion. He also declared his candidacy for president on the same day Kathy and I were married, March 16, 1968.
100 percent graduation rate A local movement is underway to ensure the area has a 100 percent high school graduation rate. Here's some tips on how you can help us achieve that goal: 1. This year's high school graduates will earn hundreds of thousands dollars more over a lifetime than those who leave school without a diploma. 2. Remind young people that it is very hard to find a decent paying job without a high school diploma. In fact, just a high school diploma is not enough to have a decent paying job. Some form of higher education is a necessity.
There have been at least 288 school shootings in the United States since 2009. This is 57 times more than the other six G7 (the world's 7 largest economies) countries combined. Are youth in the U.S. born to kill?
Fish aren't biting? Tell a joke. Need some good humor for your graduation speech? Here you go. Just need a laugh to tell the guys or gals over coffee? I got some for you. Need some humor to make the one you love smile? That's a challenge but I will give it a try. ***
I'm like you. If your mother has passed away, you probably think about her nearly every day. You think about things you wished you would have said to her. You think about questions you wished you had asked her. You think about the happiness she tried to bring into your life. Most of all, you think about the unconditional love that she showed you.