The Growth of a Young Man
by Mel Minitor
When David “Chico” Nieves, Officer of Community Youth Affairs for the Second Judicial Circuit in S.C., first came to me with the idea of working with kids in the intervention program, I was somewhat reluctant to become involved.
Now my thoughts have changed due to one special young man. To protect the privacy of this young man we shall call him MR. FOUND HOPE. He came into the program with a cocky attitude that turned around in a matter of days when he learned it got him nowhere. We discussed what he wanted to be when he grew up and how he planned to get there. MR. HOPE, like most kids wants (wanted) to play pro football. I ask him if he could not do that, what would he do? He replied that he would go in the Navy or the Marines. I told him my story, about playing football in Jr. High School and about my accident. Because of a football injury I was unable to go into the Navy. So I asked him, if he got hurt as I had, what would be his backup plan? He did not have an answer. Over the weeks, he started to take an avid interest in the computers. His job was to open up the computers for the “Computer for Youth” program, and clean them inside out. He removed the hard drives for programming and stripped old unusable machines of all parts.
After completing his hundred hours of community service, MR. HOPE asked if he could work at the store to earn a computer. We allowed him to come in and start working to earn his own machine. One Saturday he was given a box full of parts and told that was his computer and he would have to build it. We made it as difficult as we could by adding extra and mismatched parts to the box. This challenged him to think about everything he had learned while working with the computers. He spent the whole day building the computer. When he finished, he had a 133 mHz Pentium with CD-rom, sound card, monitor and speakers. We loaded it with all the software that we felt he would need for school.
The following Monday, he returned. While other kids are playing, he is working. He has now worked a week with us on his own time. He has built three more computers, including one for our office. He also loaded the software on these computers. He now comes in and we are able to give him some monetary compensation for his work. He has earned the right to work at the tech bench. I feel MR. HOPE is much more prepared for the coming school year. He has become very well mannered and is polite to the customers who come into the store.
This young man has become a positive role model for others in the program. His mother has called several times thanking us and telling us that he can’t wait to get up and come to work. She is very proud of her son.
Through the Intervention Program, we work closely with “Chico” to address the individual needs of the young people. We now have another youth in the Prevention Program working to earn a computer. I have learned a lot through this program about working with the youth. They are learning a lot about computers and also about working with people. Together we are building a more hopeful future.
We wish to also thank Mr. E. Sutton of United Way of Aiken, who was instrumental in getting the first computers donated for this program. I look forward to watching this program grow.
If you would like to get a program started in your area, let us know... Mel
I come from a long line of wonderers and wanderers. My grandmother used to speak of “wander lust” with a look and a hushed voice as if it were a dreaded family affliction. As a child I could never answer the question, “Where are you from?” My father was career Air Force and I was raised between here and there in the back seat of a station wagon with an emblem on the front windshield that said, “Peace is Our Profession.” I changed schools 9 times in 12 years and went to four different schools my four years of high school. After graduation, I continued to wander…living in five states and one foreign country over the course of 20 years. I settled in the Chicago area for a record eleven years while my children were finishing school. Then, as soon as the youngest finished college, I packed up and moved again.
The meaning of “home” is something I have pondered throughout my life. My mother tells the story of my indignant response to a well-meaning church lady who expressed sympathy when we moved to Texas when I was 10. She said, “It must be awful not to have a home.” I piped back, “We have a home, we just don’t have a house to put it in!”
When you are a wanderer, you become adept at making yourself “at home” wherever you happen to be. The confounding question of “Where are you from?” can be answered two ways – nowhere or everywhere – however you choose to look at it. With no geographical roots, I could consider myself homeless with no “place” to call home. On the other hand, I have lived so many places – soaking up experiences and leaving a bit of myself behind – that “home” could be wherever I have been, wherever I happen to be and wherever I am going next.
I have recently moved again, this time to a place where I intend to stay for the rest of my life. I am once again reflecting on the meaning of “home.” I am by nature a wanderer – loving to explore new places, meet new people, and experience the full depth and breadth of life in all of its variations. Wandering and wondering – full of curiosity – wanting to know – continually questing and exploring – that is the nature of my spirit.
It is also the nature of the human spirit to want a place to call “home.” Today my heart is overflowing with gratitude because my spirit has finally found a place – a real, geographic location – to call home. I have come, in a miraculous way, to a little house on an acre of woods in a beautiful little place that I recognized immediately as “home.” It is a sanctuary – a haven – a nature-lover’s paradise. And wonder of wonders – as I am getting settled, putting down my roots – I find that all sorts of people and experiences are already coming to me! The wandering may be over, but the wonder-ing has just begun!!
Today I am thankful for the realization that I have always had a home…and now, as the child of so many years ago would say, I have a place to put it! That must be the meaning of “permanent residence!”
Thanks to all who have so generously welcomed me to this new place I call home!!
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Forgiveness Sets US Free!!
Excerpt from Story of A Clam
The exploration of the Great Creator's universe may be an infantile stage, a beginning voyage into the realm of the Spirit. This journey may follow the twist and turns of an amazing evolutionary process involving many diverse phenomena. One necessary element of progress that The Keys of Opportunity emphasized was Unlimited Love, and the forgiveness aspect of that Love plays an important role in overcoming obstacles.
One may ask why forgiveness is so important. Let's take a look at what it means. Forgiveness is an inclination to release, to give up resentment or the desire to punish. It is an activity of loving pardon. Forgiveness is a process of exchanging the false idea for the true and erasing error from mind and body and life. When we are no longer burdened by withheld forgiveness, we can move forward with a renewed sense of peace and love. We may not be able to change the circumstances surrounding a situation, but we are able to change the pattern of our thoughts. It is important to keep our thoughts in an open, positive, and progressive mode, for as we think, so we are!
If we can allow the real and imagined hurts and wrongs of the past to remain in the past, we are not compelled to endlessly reenact those experiences. Forgiveness does not mean excusing. We are become genuinely free when our gift of forgiveness to another is, at the very same moment, a gift received in our own heart.
Discoveries and inventions are continuing at a vigorous pace. Who can imagine what may happen as this accelerates? Each discovery reveals new mysteries. The more we learn, the more we realize how ignorant we may have been in the past and how much more remains to be discovered. Strange as it may seems it could be important to forgive our feelings of ignorance!
Forgiveness is about loving one's self enough to be honest, open-minded, and willing to move forward in life. It is about learning to be grateful, not only for our personal mistakes but for all our experiences, even though some may be painful. Forgiveness can be about knowing that although we experience pain, we don't have to suffer. The faith expressed through our gratitude for our challenges can help dissolve the appearance of negative circumstances as we look for the good in the situation.
Through giving and forgiving, the old ego-centered structures that may have built up over a lifetime can crumble. When that wall comes down, we are free to build healthy structures in our minds. When that wall comes down, we are free to build healthy structures in our minds. When true forgiveness takes place, no scars are left, no hurts or thoughts of revenge remain; there is only healing. We are then free to help the power of the Great Creator do its perfect work through us.
Donna McGrath is a licensed Medical Technologist, and performed PH.D. level research as a Molecular Biologist at the NIH. Donna will provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date information on better health!
By Donna McGrath, M.T. (ASCP), M.S., C.H.T., D.D.
Healthy Summer Skin and Hair
Hip, hip hooray! Summer has finally arrived and with it plenty of outings in the fields, mountains, water and sun. Below I have compiled many natural products to keep your skin and hair glowing and healthy during the next few months.
Surviving Bug Season
Whether you are camping or frolicking through fields and streams, there is one major product you cannot do without: a powerful insect repellent. Of course, we don’t want to pollute our bodies or the environment with potentially toxic DEET. I recommend
SunSWAT by Kiss My Face sunscreen and natural insect repellent, SPF 15. This product contains a mixture of essential oils including citronella, bay, cedar wood, lavender, patouli, juniper, tea tree oil, orange peel, tansy, and goldenseal. On a recent girl scout camping trip, my friend applied the above to her 8 and 10 year-old girls. They were the only ones to arrive back from the woods without one bug bite! Good stuff!
Of course , if you do happen to get stung by a bee or other pest, an excellent homeopathic gel to use is SssstingStop by Boericke and Tafel. It helps to relieve the itching, pain and redness often produced by insect bites.
Fun In the Sun
When my daughter was three years old, I tried to protect her sensitive skin with an expensive commercial sunblock, SPF 30. Five minutes after slathering it on her, she broke out with large red bloches all over her body. EEEK! I found out later that she was allergic to PABA, an ingredient often found in sunblock products. Needless to say, it ruined our day.
In order to avoid such problems, I recommend Kids Sunblock by Naturade. It is SPF 30, fragrance-free, water-resistant, contains no artificial colors or fragrances and, above all, is PABA free. Of course, adults can also use this great product.
Stress to the skin due to over-exposure to the sun or cold can often be the cause of fever blisters. An excellent product combination by Quantum is Super Lysine Plus. This tablet can be taken 1-3 times per day preventatively or when you feel a slight throbbing on the lips and know a cold sore is developing. Super Lysine Plus also comes in an ointment or lip balm for external use. For fast healing once an outbreak has already occurred, use both the tablets internally and the ointment externally. Super Lysine Plus contains vitamin c, lysine, garlic, echinacea, propolis, and goldenseal.
For Swimmers Only
For those of you who love to swim, whether in chlorinated pools or salt water, I recommend Swimmers and Sports Shampoo by Jason. This fine product protects the hair and scalp from dryness, dullness and irritation caused by over-exposure to salt water or chlorination from pools. This shampoo can be combined with Tall Grass Hi Protein conditioner, which contains keratin and 22 amino acids to feed the hair with extra protein and moisture.
For children, For Kids Only shampoo and conditioner provides a gentle pH balance of 5.5, which produces No Tears when applied to active children in the tub. It is also safe to use every day and contains aloe vera.
Another lifesaving product for mothers of active kids with sensitive scalps is Knot! made by Kiss My Face. This spray-on gel detangler is a must for combing out long kid’s manes while producing no pain!!! This product is a must for smart mothers’ shopping lists.
As always, have a safe and healthy summer holiday season !
With Love and Light,
Please send any specific questions or comments to me via e-mail at email@example.com. Also look for my fall lecture schedule coming soon and also the biographical account of my light experience in Corporate Mentality to Spiritual Reality, which will be available in the fall 2001.
Copyright 2001 by Donna McGrath
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Warrior Work Week 1
In the upcoming weeks I will be taking you through the 9 precepts of the warrior from Miyamoto Musashi. He recommends these principles to be memorized, researched deeply and applied. These are from his “Book of Five Rings”. “Musashi”, a book referred to as the “Gone With the Wind” of Japan by Eiji Yoshikawa chronicles his life. It is also depicted on film in the “Samurai Trilogy”.
Principle 1: Seek the truth. Do not be dishonest in your thinking.
Often our world is like that of the elephant and the 9 blind men. Each of us vehemently defends our part of the elephant because of what we “see” forgetting or neglecting that we are only seeing one part of the elephant and there are many more sides. Also we are often unaware that our intent can subtly shift our perception and what we “see” at one moment may change dramatically the next. For instance, if you are working smart, building your power and position at work then you perceive the people around you as an asset or a threat to that power and you behave accordingly. Friday comes and maybe your intent shifts to having fun so your perception shifts and you go out and meet some really fun people and create a great time. Monday comes, your intent shifts back to power and the “fun” people suddenly repulse you; you’re short and rude with them when they call and then you wonder, “Why was I such a jerk?” Your intent directly effects and colors your perception and that in turn directs your behavior. Just like a computer program, your system’s energy is directed through verbal and physical techniques to achieve your goals and intent even if you are not consciously aware of the process going on beneath the surface events.
As you go through the week, ask yourself each day what your intent is toward yourself, the people and situations you encounter. Watch how it colors your world and then if you don’t like what you see then change your intent and develop new behavioral skills to foster achieving the intent and goals you affirm!
With all the hubbub about the IWC meeting in London,
we have not sent out anything on LFA Sonar in awhile.
Well the NRDC has just sent out an Action Alert in this
regard, written by three celebrities. It is a very
moving letter from James Taylor, Pierce Brosnan, and
Jean-Michel Cousteau. If you want to cut to the chase,
go to the NRDC website at
Roy Mills --will be the keynote speaker at:
The Harvest, Onjinjinkta Publishing's annual event in Utah.
The event will be held at the South Towne Expo Center, 9575 South State St., Sandy City, UT 84070 at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, August 15. Admission will be free, with a suggested donation of $5.
of the proceeds will benefit American Indian
"Heaven & Beyond," a helpful
guidebook for those who are grappling with the recent or
imminent death of a loved one.
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