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Recent terrorist attacks, like the one that happened this past Saturday, provoke the same emotions out of innocent strangers that are harbored within the people who act out on them—anger and fear. Since the last election, protests and various community demonstrations have increasingly had acts of terror,  civil disorder and racism, perhaps because the lack of compassion towards each other,  feelings of nonacceptance, and believing that racial equality is a threat is exactly what terrorists like this feed on, and it helps to expand their base.

I’m sure you probably have heard of the Charlotteville, Virginia “Unite the Right” Rally / Rally against confederate monuments being taken down that quickly went awry the afternoon of August 12, 2017 by now. Protesters from all around the country drove in the state bringing their weapons and their tiki torches, and with the thick mix of hate speech, hostility soon got out of hand. Two police officers died after a crash while surveying the demonstrations by helicopter, and a man plowed his Dodge Challenger into into counter-protesters, killing one woman named Heather Hayer, and injuring over a dozen more.  Officials have since identified the suspect as James Alex Fields Jr, a 20 year old guy from Maumee, Ohio who tried to flee afterward but was quickly caught by police. Like so many other protests before this one, it culminated in senseless death and violence, leaving 19 injured in the car incident alone. The victims were of many different races, and backgrounds.

The president tweeted a few messages on Twitter, and also made a brief statement to press and the country following the attack, in which he did not at all call out by name the specific groups that were involved, stating in part:

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides.”

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I’ve always liked trying out new social sites.  I still remember all the days and nights I enjoyed chatting on Collegeclub, and the beginnings of MySpace and also Hi5.  Who would have thought today of what a success that Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have become???  And now, here is Snapchat.  It’s been out since September of 2011, but it’s taken me almost 6 years to even get curious enough to download this mobile app.

Snapchat is basically a social app used to send videos and photo messages that disappear after a short amount of time – only 24 hours.  You can send these messages to everyone on your friends-list, a chosen few, or download them and keep them private for yourself.  I can easily see why teenagers would love using this app, and why older folks would easily get confused by it.  Shoot, I still don’t know the ins and outs of all Snapchat’s features yet.  I have already accidentally sent some people that I follow – including Michelle Obama, a rather silly photo or two that I didn’t mean for them to ever, ever see.  So, I try now to be extra careful when maneuvering through the screens whenever using  it. View Post

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Just a few years ago, I started a secretarial position. This was a blessing for me, as so many people are struggling in getting a steady income these days.  After a full year of working as a substitute I finally was offered a permanent position with a 5 dollar hourly raise, which is something I could really be thankful for, despite it only being a part time job.

I was told that as soon as I had accepted the job, I would be able to actually start applying for full time positions.  And, that is exactly what I did!  I probably applied for about 7 or 8 different openings beginning at the end of that August.  Without discouragement, I prayed about what I wanted, and thought positive about the situation every day.  I claimed to anyone who asked, “I WILL BE in a full time position BEFORE Christmas.” And,  on October 13th – a little less than 2 months from first starting my permanent position, I finally got the news that I was highest bidder on one of those jobs.

Which leads me to my question: Can man speak things into existence supernaturally?

If you were to listen to popular Word of Faith & prosperity Preachers like Joel Olsteen, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland and the like, they would probably say of course.  If you read books like “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” by Joseph Murphy, it would say that you definitely speak whatever your heart desires into existence, and you can learn how, starting today.  Let me be clear, I am not referring to people speaking of the power of prayer or even questioning the Power of the Word of God.  I am asking about the idea of men and women being able to literally talk about something that they desire to happen – in this case, wealth and health,  and have it actually come into fruition by speaking a mere number of words.

Of course, the answer to this lies in what you choose to believe. View Post

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Everything tastes better with bacon, right???

I think so!  And hot-dogs are no exception.  Lets face it, on these hot and humid summer days, when you really don’t want to hang around over a hot stove cooking, hot dogs are an quick, easy, and mess free go to lunch for the kids, or even just yourself!  Adding bacon to the mix just makes everything better.

There are so many choices when preparing this tasty lunch though, and most of them depend on your own preferences.  What flavor of bacon, what type of hot-dog, and even what kind of bun can influence your taste buds differently.  So, go with what you like the most and make it work!  Meanwhile, I will offer up what I used in the recipe below. View Post

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