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A First Impression/Review of My Book

RE: Youtube downloads…

 

Hello, Stephen:

 

So this website converts youtube to mp3 and lets you download or other?

 

I am nearly finished reading The MetSche Message.

 

Is André a bit you?  He seems a bit you.

 

It’s interesting, the French aspects.  My grandparents spoke Cajun French, sadly, I do not.  They were punished for using it in school and did not pass

it on.  I remember certain expressions, but nothing more.

 

The novel works as a coming-of-age story.  I need to get to where the aliens are explained; that part confuses me a tiny bit. I still have about 3 hours

left.  I started about 7:00 this morning.  I do want to put a review on Goodreads.

 

I could relate to some of it.  I assume the boarding school is Perkins.  I went to a blind school, but not one with the status of Perkins.

 

I too mainstreamed for part of the day from the residential school.

 

I did not get up to the things your characters did.  I was more goody-goody.  I usually was at the top of my class and liked it there.  I should have been

a bit “bad.”

 

My college was a bit similar to that experienced by your protagonist.  I went to a large state college, LSU.  Big mistake.  I never really found a group.

I had readers and talked to them, but they were mostly more than acquaintances but less than friends — if that makes sense to you.

 

I think your character has better mobility than I did because I do not see at all.  I did major in English with a linguistics option and minored in Spanish,

but I never attempted computer science.  That would have been over my head.  Is that what you majored in?  And I never met anyone like John, André’s supportive

friend.

 

All in all, an interesting take on a coming-of-age novel.

 

Was it Goodreads.com you wanted me to put a review on or Amazon.  I think I can review on Amazon even if I did not buy the book.  But I know I can do Goodreads.com

and have in the past  for other books.  I even contributed several trivia questions to the goodreads.com trivia game.  I got a ranking as high once as

like 800 out of 2 million, but I’m lazy, and quit.  I don’t think I had your protagonist’s grit in college either.  I usually did well on courses, but

if it got hard, I dropped one once, rather than have my GPA ruined.  I don’t say this to brag.  If I had it to do over, I might have simply not cared so

much.  I thought a high GPA  was a magical key to a good job.  Maybe it is for sighted people, I never saw it was for me.  What I remember about the mid-1980s

was the fear of AIDS, Reaganomics, Just Say No, Eddy Murphy, Prince, Madonna, Family Ties, Apple 2 E, Versa Braille, NFB and the exit row mess, a couple

eye surgeries.  Yes, I can relate to the eye surgeries. Nasty mess. I hope I live long enough to see most of that be replaced with very modern laser and

such treatments.

 

Well, I am running on.  And thanks for attending my presentation on Mr. Branco’s show.  I am so pleased and surprised I managed to tie for the highest

attendance ever.

 

Best

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From: Stephen André Théberge [

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Sent: Saturday, May 27, 2017 4:05 PM

To:

 

Subject: Youtube downloads…

 

This site allows you to copy youtube links onto your computer…

 

http://en.savefrom.net/#url=Enter+or+Paste+YouTube+URL+here

 

 

 

 

This is The Last Preview of My Up Coming Sequel…

 

A Sneak Preview of My Up Coming Sequel

Prologue

 

I

 

I am here, celebrating my 13,456th birthday. We never really paid much attention to this fact on my home world. Only when visiting Earth did we find many so proud of how many years they have lived. I imagine since their lifespans are so short, they have much to be grateful for.

I don’t believe that people of Metamo, or myself, are taking our long lives for granted, but we just assume an average life of 10,000 years is a given. I am the oldest living Metan on record. I’ve heard that somebody lived to 12,345 years. I certainly am thankful, yet I do know that shortly my life will end. It will be very soon as I have rapidly gone into bad health and aging related issues.

Nearly four and one-half millennia ago, the MetSche Alliance discovered the planet Earth. We had jointly explored two or three planets in the preceding century. One or two of them had very rudimentary life, mostly of the microscopic variety. Naturally, Earth being the first humanoid world we found made it a special place in our hearts.

Our alliance has always been curious as to how these beings would develop and deal with the fast onset of technological progress. It was also a concern as to how they would fight or avoid conflicts. Much of their history mirrored our past. We could sense a common route of violent pasts in their development which was eerily similar to ours. We had nearly destroyed our own worlds 50,000 years ago.

Since we discovered the Earth so long ago, we’ve found many planets all over the galaxy. I am told we’ve found nearly 5,000 planets with life, but the Earth was very unique. Many worlds had simpler animal and plant life. Humanoid civilizations are very rare. Only a half-dozen worlds other than Earth and the alliances two worlds have similar races. The Earth’s development is far ahead of these other worlds.

It is a blessing that our prized planet of Earth is only 13 light years away. We can make the trip very quickly. There is much literature devoted to how we can travel about one light year in an hour. This concept would be unexplainable to anybody on the human world of Earth. We have a fifty-thousand-year head start on them in terms of evolution.

It is also notable that Metamo and Schegna, the dual planetary system from which I come from is the only example we have found where two humanoid races have developed in the same solar system. It is rare enough to find humanoids, and we believe a binary humanoid development in the same system is almost impossible.

One reason for this has been explained by the “Goldilocks” affect. More specifically, the exact distance from the sun and proper temperature is a very fine line. In our solar system, we are fortunate to have two nearly Earth like planets orbiting the sun. The sizes of the planets and atmospheres have made us fortunate. The only comparison is that if Earth’s neighbor had the right atmosphere, it might be possible to have humanoid life, or any kind of life develop.

As I feel my life ebbing away, I want to right my thoughts so that others may take heed of my warnings. We have had great success in forming a dual planetary alliance. This is rare, as many worlds have enough trouble with one race getting along. On Earth, even though all humanoids came from a single source, they have had issues regarding ethnicity and race. They have had difficulty with understanding similarities and have put more negative emphasis on differences which are not really important in the grand scheme of things.

I am truly fearful for our future hear on Metamo and Schegna. I have no empirical evidence to back up my misgivings, yet I truly fear a big change is coming to our worlds. Much of this trepidation stems from our experiment to cross-breed Metans and Schegnans to improve ourselves and have a new coexistence.

I imagine at the time, millennia ago, the idea was appealing. Now, there seems to me a new reason of concern. Many of the MetSche, or as I’ve said, cross between Metans and Schegnans, our dual solar system with two races developing in the same system, have been very vocal.

First of all, the hybrids feel they had no choice in being brought into our alliance. Many of them feel that they should be autonomous from our governing body. The council doesn’t necessarily object to this idea. It is just that many of the “rogues” have taken to violent protests rather than taking a more democratic approach.

Secondly, I think our MetSche council, or more specifically, a coexistence between Schegnans and Metans, but with no representation on the council by hybrids, is becoming obsolete. One has a right to opinion, but I feel much more strongly than that. I question whether or not we have been productive.

Many of my Schegnan colleagues have reported to me that many on the alliance feel similarly. There is also an undeclared power struggle. The council likes to believe, or at least portray to the outside that they are united. I am fearful that a great rift has been unaddressed for at least two centuries. I would have liked to serve on the council but have been too ill for the past few centuries.

Finally, I am grateful that I was on the first planetary missions we started nearly 5,000 years ago. I recall fondly returning to Earth many times. The day we discovered a primitive civilization was such a joy.

It is laudable that the council is concerned with the development of said planet. My health has not allowed me to return there in a couple of centuries. I’d have loved to have witnessed the beginnings of their technological age, even though they have a fearful need to want to annihilate themselves.

I wonder if our infatuation with Earth is not becoming unhealthy. We do acknowledge our emotions, but I sense that many on the council don’t want to admit that our obsession with Earth is merely hubris in discovering a race similar to ourselves. I also feel we can somehow change the course of their development, yet at the same time we don’t want to interfere.

If all these concerns weren’t enough, our own worlds are undergoing massive changes in terms of ideas and beliefs. I wonder if not openly talking about it is due to fear, or perhaps an actual belief in denial will make it go away. Very few on our worlds agree with me. Some have said my mind in old age is playing tricks on me. I hope they are right. I can’t shake the feeling that Earth, Metamo, and Schegna are at a great crossroads. I also think another more advanced race has a stake in this unknown future. In any case, it is a grave sense of dread which has kept me up these late nights.

Now it comes. I am fading fast. I am not afraid. I am so thankful for my full and long life. At least now, I will have peace for these great concerns of mine. Although my peace from this horror is a good thing, it is my hope that others will at least listen to my warnings and try to stop the terrible future I fear for our worlds.

 

Ii

 

Here I am on Luggahro. I have been traveling through space for what humanoids would call millennia. As we have no physical bodies, we are soon to leave our planet. We no longer need it for sustenance. We are creatures of space now, traveling through the limitless vastness and sustaining our lives through the stars themselves.

It is thought of by those with physical bodies that those of us who are noncorporeal live indefinitely. We have death as well. We aren’t all-knowing or omnipotent. We believe in the possibility of eternal life after death. We have the belief in, one using words would call, a god.

We are nearly one-million years ahead of the humans and Schegnans. The MetSche is about 750,000 years behind us in terms of time and evolution. I have witnessed many marvelous developments in the many centuries I wondered through space and fed on starlight.

It was such a joy to see the Metans and Schegnans survive the horror of fifty-thousand years ago. A new alliance was a great source of joy for us. We love to observe nature on a universal scale. Yes, we can travel almost instantaneously from one physical place to another. Since we are merely energy and very much developed, we have many laws of nature not even imaginable for one with physical form.

Recently, great concern has been raised by myself and fellow travelers in the ether. The trinity of Metamo, Schegna, and Earth is troubling to us. It appears that the MetSche alliance and hybrids are at a very serious crisis. We will hope for the best. We can’t do much.

We have limited powers to communicate with the afore-mentioned races. We don’t have any way to affect change in the physical environment. We can observe and hope that some will read our concerns. It is very difficult to connect to one so different from oneself.

The hybrids of the MetSche are very worrying to us. It appears that the two races didn’t consider the possibility that they were going to have problems. Many of these hybrid beings are somewhat defective. They seem to be impulsive and angry. They seem to have, rather than  improved on the Metans and Schegnans, regressed to a more primitive animal form.

Of course, there are actually quite a lot of MetSche humanoids who have captured the very hopes of the alliance when they debarked on this venture centuries ago. It will be very interesting to see how all of these facets play out. I fear for the worst. Many of the hybrids have meddled with Earth in the past and the council only recently became aware of this horror. I hope the wrongs can be set right.

The MetSche alliance has only begun to map the galaxy, let alone the universe. If they can survive the upcoming crisis, they will soon discover scores of humanoid life forms on many planets. There is such a diversity of humanoid life all over the universe. Perhaps the MetSche hybrids who have actually improved on the Metans and Schegnans, and not the bad mutants, can assist in averting this worry of mine.

 

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3rd Class Citizens!

I copied this from another group.
I think it’s really interesting.
Whereas issues of race, gender identity & expression, and sexual orientation are widely accepted by virtually everyone on the Left today, disability discrimination
and oppression are still mostly ignored, even though disability rights are protected by the Charter and in the various Human Rights Codes.
Ignoring a Whole Social Movemement
The notions of disability identity and disability rights are largely unknown among progressives and yet are a living, breathing part of contemporary Canadian
society. These notions are founded on the very simple concept that it is the structural and attitudinal barriers of society, not medical impairments, that
prevent people with disabilities from achieving their equality rights. In other words, disability is largely a social construct determined by the cost-cutting
constraints of an increasingly neoliberal capitalism. An entire social movement is out there fighting discrimination daily, but is ignored by both progressives
and the mainstream media.
This is no small problem. In virtually every area of social life, people with disabilities face systemic discrimination from employment to transportation
to income levels to education and even in expressing their sexuality and their right to have relationships.. It should give pause that at least with respect
to services, the Americans, with a militant, grassroots disability-rights movement and a strong Americans with Disabilities Act in place, have arguably
removed more barriers more systematically than here in Canada. This is, in part, a result of direct-action tactics undertaken by the American disability-rights
activists like ADAPT, that has engaged in confrontational in-your-face demonstrations to get their message heard.
Universities, colleges and public schools are another area where barriers, both physical and attitudinal, are systemic across Canada. It is not surprising
that the unemployment rate for people with disabilities remains enormous, even with a robust economy over the last several years.
A Disability Agenda
What, then, is to be done? Clearly the broad Left needs to pay more attention to disability issues and disability oppression. Disability is arguably the
least well-theorized of the “new social movements,” yet astonishingly, most activists on the Left, whether they are feminists, Greens or anti-poverty activists,
show little or no interest in the topic. Publications on the Left rarely write about it. While even the most sectarian of far-Left organizations have been
forced to at least reconsider their approach to race, gender and sexual identity, few on any part of the Left have anything to say about disability politics
and disability oppression. On a practical level, progressive meetings, be they about globalization or feminism, the environment or gay rights, are often
held at notoriously inaccessible locations, with embarrassed apologies issued after the fact. Material in alternative formats for those with visual impairments
is often only available late or not at all.
There is so much work to be done, theoretical and practical, that only the most tentative of projects can be outlined here. However, one crucial item that
merits consideration is attendant-care and medical support services. In order to function as full and equal citizens, people with disabilities need access
to affordable, quality attendant care and medical support services Yet, as the debate is currently framed, the voices of people with disabilities are rarely
included.
Their needs are often subsumed or conflated with government funded service providers (such as the large disability charities)  or parents. There is no
reason why progressives (other than fear and disinterests) cannot form a cohesive, long-term alliance with disability-rights advocates to campaign for
programs and services, employing well-paid, unionized staff that would allow people with disabilities to live independently and with dignity. And that’s
just a single example of transformations that are needed for disability empowerment.
Thus, social movements of all stripes need to support disability-rights activists in their day-to-day struggles and systematically incorporate disability
oppression analysis into their own agendas. An example in the first category is the campaign by disability-rights activists to enact a BC & Canadians with
Disabilities Act, which would, to a modest degree, empower people with disabilities.
Whatever the structural limitations of the proposal, progressives need to be actively involved in the struggle before critiquing it. And emulating it across
the country, particularly in provinces with NDP governments, would be a great step forward. An example of the second category is explicitly making disability
oppression a fundamental part of the growing anti-globalization movement. Feminist and anti-racist militants expect no less and neither should disability-rights
activists.

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Potentially Tens of Thousands of Untapped Customers! Get on Board!

Attention Companies!

You may be unaware that you could be missing out on tens of thousands of potential customers.

Blind people are online thanks to access technology.

Are they able to use your sites?

I can help you find out and also, if there are issues, you can solve them and get those potential buyers.

It is cool to have an accessible platform!

I also want you to avoid the predatory practices of some legal folk who want to litigate.

I am a believer in education.

 

 

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From Soup to Nuts: The Skinny on Self-Publishing

One would wonder why I’d chose self-publishing as a topic for a Tech Corner. The truth is, that with all the online and social media activity, self-publishing relies heavily on many types of technology.

Actually, I am deferring my discussion to David Dvorkin and his book, Self-Publishing Tools, Tips, and Techniques. I not only gave it a five-star review rating on Amazon, but felt he was objective in his presentation.

One of the first impressions I had was the table of contents. It read like a syllabus for a college course. I mean this in a most positive and sincere way. Indeed, David’s book would be a great tool for those taking marketing or writing courses.

Dvorkin opens with a well-defined outline out  the shrinking traditional industry. He then goes into self-publishing taking hold. The next chapter objectively points out the pros and cons of self-publishing, as he tries to answer the question of whether or not  you should do so. I sense, and agree with  him, that it probably is the way to go, but David does not shrink away from the realities of the industry. I was very enlightened on his clear presentation looking at the pluses and minuses of literary agents. Again, he is not against agents, but has a clear understanding of the issues on both sides.

He then continues to outline the “Big Self-Publishing Barrier.” He makes no rosy promises of best-sellers or Hollywood movie offers. Yet, he rightly points out that “traditional publishing” is no better a guarantee. Even an agent will not be a pass to quick success. He also alludes to the fact in many parts of the book that if you don’t like writing, then you shouldn’t do it. Also, he very rightly points out that traditional publishers are interested mostly, if not exclusively in profits, let alone literary merit.

A full chapter entitled, “Writing is Its own Reward” did a lot to make me forget the grim realities of publishing of any kind. I really value his real-world experience with himself and Leonore having books published traditionally and via the self-publishing platforms.

He then goes into scam artists who prey on the dreams of would-be best-selling authors. David does a very good job in outlining what to look for if you want services such as editing, cover design, and all the other many minute details of self-publishing. I think he rightly points out the idea that self-editing one’s book can be done, but as we are so close to our own works, it is likely we will miss things.

The vast kernel of the book is replete with every possible technical and other detail to get your book on the three major online sites. Smashwords, Amazon, and CreateSpace are the ones he discusses. He points out that with printing on demand, you can print one to how ever many books you want. It will always cost the same amount of money per book. He states correctly that the quality of these books is up to par with traditional printing houses, also known as vanity presses, of the past. All of these sites are not so-called vanity presses. They offer many tools and services to help you get your book out there.

Chapter 10 was concerned with marketing. One theme of David’s book is there are no real hard-and-fast rules to self-publishing, let alone traditional approaches to getting one’s work out. His experience in the field and knowledge of the minutia of the industry is impressive. He mentions, “Tsunami of self-publishing” to illustrate the odds any author is facing. Also, it is important to note that he tells us we are our own publicists.

I like near the beginning of the book, and I’m paraphrasing, David mentions something like, “The advantage of a traditional publisher is that your editor is on your back.” On self-publishing, not having an editor nagging you for a deadline could be a negative. He is only illustrating that an author wishing self-publication has to be self-motivated. The rewards are that every decision is entirely in the author’s hands. Again, in true fashion, David points out that this can be daunting and many people have given up before they even started.

He points out success stories of self-published books. 50 Shades of Grey is the only example I can remember that he gave, but there were a few others. It is also clear that one should not expect any such glory or success. Yes, indeed, that probably shouldn’t be the goal, as one will be very disappointed if they live in this semi-delusion. On the other hand, David does not say to give up either.

Another impression I got was how the old days of small independent presses have given way to monopolies. The big conglomerates, most overseas, have taken a stronghold on traditional publishing, making the prospect of success even less likely.

David assures the reader that all the steps, technical and otherwise, are very simple, and can propel anyone to fully self-publish their work. I agree, and the level of detail to all the issues is breathtaking. However, as my sequel nears its release, I will continue with DLDBOOKS as my professional team to help me propel my book online, design the cover, and do the editing. With my lack  of vision, I don’t feel I can delve into the intricate details, especially the visual ones, when it comes to getting this just so.

 

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Carrot, Egg & Coffee

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CARROT, AN EGG AND A CUP OF COFFEE.

You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again !

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her.
She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up.
She was tired of fighting and struggling.
It seemed as when one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen.
She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire.
Soon the pots came to boil.
In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil, without saying
a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners.
She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl.
She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.
Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me what you see.” “Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots.
She did and noted that they were soft.
The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it.
After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.
Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee.
The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma.

The daughter then asked, “What does it mean, mother?”

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity:… BOILING WATER.
But each reacted differently.
The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting.
However, after being
subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.
The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its
liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.
However, the ground coffee beans were unique.
After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

“Which are you?” she asked her daughter. When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond?
Are you a carrot, an egg,or a coffee bean?”

Think of this: Which am I?

Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I
wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat?
Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff?
Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the ground coffee bean?
The bean actually changes the hot water,
the very circumstance that brings the pain.
When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor.
If you are like the coffee bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you.

When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate yourself to another level?

How do you handle adversity?
Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything;
they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.

The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past;
you can’t go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling.
Live your life so at the end, you’re the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.

You might want to send this message to those people who mean something to you:
to those who have touched your life in one way or another;
to those who make you smile when you really need it;
to those who make you see the brighter side of things when you are really down;
to those whose friendship you appreciate;
to those who are so meaningful in your life.

If you don’t send it, all that will happen is that you will just miss out on the opportunity to brighten someone’s day with this message!

May we all be COFFEE!!!!

Deep Thoughts for a Saturday Night.

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Often, among the blind, we speak of discrimination. Our employment rates are atrocious with over seventy percent of the blind being unemployed or under-employed.
Housing and real estate people don’t always want to rent or sell to us. Banks don’t always make loans, and organizations are often not inclusive. We often
get little support in educational settings and churches seem to want to always cast us as object of scorn and pity. However, there are times when I notice
blind people dishing out bigotry as well. Indeed, the same forces that make a sighted person into a bigot can be foisted upon a blind person. The result
is disunity with potential allies in the fight for equality.

Bigotry is most often defined as taking the qualities of the few and assuming it applies to the whole, especially if the characteristic is a negative one.
There is also the assumption that one’s own group never possesses that characteristic. The question is; what drives these assumptions? What informs the
opinion?

In the United States, there is a lot of money to be made in reinforcing fear and hatred of the “other” and our politicians, clergy, and television pendants
know this. If they can raise your fear and loathing level, you will stay home, watch the tube, and remain alienated from society. They use this divide
and conquer strategy to maintain the status quo which gives them power. Blind people often live in areas where a car is the only efficient way to travel.
Walking is not encouraged. Chance meetings with people of other races, languages, and cultures are infrequent if at all possible. So, one’s views of other
people become distorted as demographic groups become just something you hear about on the news, and only know theoretically.

Back when there was no writing or communication devices and hunter/gatherers could come upon another tribe at any moment, these fear and aggression instincts
were actually important for our survival. However, they play little positive role in our modern civilization. Today, we are all dependent upon countless
people for everything all of the time, including people we have never met. Think of all of the technology getting this writing to you. We do not know the
people who made the devices qua tools we are sending and receiving for this communication. Nor do we know the people keeping the lights and power on. If
you are drinking coffee while reading this, you do not know the growers, sellers, shippers, warehouses, or many others that got that coffee to you. One
thing is for certain; rich, poor, male, female, straight, gay, foreign, domestic, old, young, and people of many ethnic origins were involved with the
process.

The best way to get over your anxieties about meeting people that you feel are unlike yourselves is to actually develop a plan to assert yourself into
the world. The blind need to gain mobility skills and a sense of orientation. We also need to consider moving to places where we can more readily access
shopping, work, and leisure activities. By building yourself, you can gain in knowledge, and shed many prejudices and biases. You can have those encounters
that allow for associations, acquaintanceships, and friendships with people other than those of your own background. You may establish relationships based
upon interests and goals.

You may ask why should this be done? I have family and church, so why bother with anyone else? Personal growth and personal identity can only blossom when
your notions of self are challenged. If you truly have the values that you claim to have, then you can associate positively with others and your values
will hold steadfast. Otherwise, you are hiding behind a false identity that is a construct of the people around you. There interests might be one of control
or selfish accommodation. Perhaps, they just want you to stay in your place which is likely a limited role devoid of a chance for self-discovery and enlightenment.

 

Many people wear labels in our society. The labels may be of a race, religion, sub-culture, and alike. But, it is easy to sport a label and then label
others thus creating the us vs. them artificial construct. When you really get to know a lot of people in a cosmopolitan setting, you find out quite quickly
that agreement and interests may cut across color and cultural lines. For example, I am of Anglo/American stock descended from
American Revolution times. But, I used to have a lovely Black personal assistant. I also had a Black roommate for a while. My needs and their needs were
well suited. If you would’ve asked me in eighth grade if I would have such people in my life I probably would’ve said no. Yet, it seemed perfectly natural
later. This is because I knew them as individuals. They were not part of some amorphous group. They were not theoretical. I live near Chinatown in Philadelphia.
So, Chinese people are not theoretical. I encounter many people from high income, to homeless, from the U.S.A. and from overseas nearly every time I go
out for a while. I lack existential fear because I have a real familiarity with many people.

People often fear the blind. They may believe we will get injured at any moment, knock things over, lack funds for goods and services, cannot contribute
to activities, lack education, have too many special needs, and many people still think they can catch blindness like a transmittable disease. We don’t
like it when sighted people feel this way. We reject policies and conduct that reinforce this thinking. But, we are flawed humans too. The great strength
among the blind is that we comprise all of the religions and the nonreligious as well. We are from all nations. We are from all ethnic groups. If we are
to move towards a greater integration, it is paramount to be courteous, diplomatic, and open-minded to as many blind and sighted people as possible. If
we become reactionary, we will alienate part of our own group and allow others to justify excluding us. The last thing we need is our own biases, prejudices,
and crassness to be used against us. We needn’t be our own worst enemies. The social, religious, and governmental structures have always marginalized blind
people. So, self-marginalization cannot be an option. Peace and be well.

David W. Wannop is a journalist and concert promoter based in Philadelphia Pennsylvania United States and America. He also does talent development, booking,
and other music biz activities.
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Pay Attention to these Questions. No Peaking at Answers…

(Humor)

Something for seniors to do to keep those “aging gray cells active! (Humor)

Johnny’s mother had three children. The first child was named April. The
second child was named May. What was the third child’s name?

There is a clerk at the butcher shop, he is five feet ten inches tall and he

wears size 13 sneakers. What does he weigh?

Before Mount Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the
world?

How much dirt is there in a hole that measures two feet by three feet by
four feet?

What word in the English Language is always spelled incorrectly?

Billy was born on December 28th, yet his birthday is always in the summer.
How is this possible?

In California, you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg.
Why not?

What was the President’s Name in 1975?

If you were running a race, and you passed the person in 2nd place, what
place would you be in now?

Which is correct to say, “The yolk of the egg are white” or “The yolk of the

egg is white”?

If a farmer has 5 haystacks in one field and 4 haystacks in the other field,

how many haystacks would he have if he combined them all in another field?

*** Here are the Answers: (No peeking!) ***
Johnny’s mother had three children. The first child was named April The
second child was named May. What was the third child’s name?
Answer: Johnny, of course.

There is a clerk at the butcher shop, he is five feet ten inches
tall, and he wears size 13 sneakers. What does he weigh?
Answer: Meat.

Before Mount Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the
world?
Answer: Mount Everest; it just wasn’t discovered yet. [You’re not very good
at this are you?]
How much dirt is there in a hole that measures two feet by three feet by
four feet?
Answer: None. There is no dirt in a hole.

What word in the English Language is always spelled incorrectly?
Answer: Incorrectly

Billy was born on December 28th, yet his birthday is always in the summer
How is this possible?
Answer: Billy lives in the Southern Hemisphere.

In California, you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg.
Why not?
Answer: You can’t take pictures with a wooden leg. You need a camera to take

pictures.

What was the President’s Name in 1975?
Answer: Same as it is now Donald Trump [Oh, come on…]

If you were running a race, and you passed the person in 2nd place, what
place would you be in?
Answer: You would be in 2nd. Well, you passed the person in second place,
not first.

Which is correct to say, “The yolk of the egg are white” or “The yolk of the

egg is white”?
Answer: Neither, the yolk of the egg is yellow [Duh]

If a farmer has 5 haystacks in one field and 4 haystacks in the other field,

how many haystacks would he have if he combined them all in another field?
Answer: One. If he combines all of his haystacks, they all become one big
one.
IMPOSSIBILITIES IN THE WORLD
1) You can’t count your hair.
2) You can’t wash your eyes with soap.
3) You can’t breathe through your nose when your tongue is out.
Put your tongue back in your mouth, you silly person.
Ten (10) Things I know about you.
1) You are reading this.
2) You are human.
3) You can’t say the letter ”P” without separating your lips.
4) You just attempted to do it.
6) You are laughing at yourself.
7) You have a smile on your face and you skipped Number 5.
8) You just checked to see if there is a number 5.
9) You laugh at this because you are a fun loving person & everyone does it,

too.
10) You are probably going to send this to see who else falls for it.

With Best Regards,
God Bless,
Alan
Plantation, Sunny South Florida
This is our prayer
Holy God, thank you for Jesus, our Savior.
No words are adequate to express our love and devotion to you for such an
incredible gift!
Through him we give and live our thanks to you.
Amen.