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by Mrs. M. at Nov 8, 2015
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Becoming a grandparent for the fourth time was yet another one of those greatest moments in my life. I can remember it like it was yesterday. The wonder of that moment still lingers. My granddaughter was born with some complications so she could not come home right away. When I held her in my arms at the hospital and beheld her tiny face, I saw God's most beautiful creation and gift to mankind. A grandchild. Her lips looked like a little rose bud. Though tiny, she was perfect from head to toe.

When my son was finally able to bring mother and baby home, their house was ready. My husband and I tried our best not to drop by too often or smother them as they bonded with their little one. Soon they had to go back to work and as my husband and I were available, we took care of our granddaughter when their schedules conflicted.

Sometimes that meant overnight stays but we have never minded because when our granddaughter is with us we are able to lavish her with lots of love, attention, and outings to see things she enjoys. She will be two years old this Thanksgiving. We have much to be thankful for. Our other three grandchildren live very far away! We've never had this opportunity before!

When I take my granddaughter out for an ice-cream or a shopping day for toys, I sometimes meet other grandparents. Some of them have told me they are raising their grandchildren. They feel overburdened with the responsibility of taking their grandchildren for extended periods of time, overnight stays, and trips to the doctor.

It is understandable that many parents need more help these days due to the cost of childcare. If they cannot work out their schedules so that one is home while the other works they are going to need back up. That is where...
by Mrs. M. at Nov 8, 2015
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Timing is important. It's one of the most difficult things to teach another person because it comes from experience. To catch the perfect wave you have to keep your eye on the horizon watching for it. You need to see it coming before it gets there.

As I watch the GOP candidates rise and fall, one by one, I am reminded of the discipline surfers are known for. They rise up early to train, they use their instincts, their experience, and their courage to catch the wave and ride it out. Their focus is single, their determination is unwavering. You can tell the great ones enjoy the ride no matter how rough it gets.

A surfer does not blame the wave if he falls. He accepts responsibility for where he missed it, picks up his board and heads back out there again. If he doesn't know how to surf? He won't learn how on "Jaws." He needs a smaller wave. “Baby steps.” Take Bill Murray's advice, Dr. Carson.

In all seriousness, the GOP candidates are going to have to grow up and accept the fact that in any race the competition isn't going to let them take 1st place without a fight. The nature of politics is dirty and whatever you say, can and will, be used against you. It is a poor specimen that cannot handle the pressures of adversity.

Anyone can pose on the cover of a magazine and look presidential. The right lighting, make-up, photo displayed can make a fool look like a king (or queen). Image is only skin deep. It is what is underneath that image that counts.

Candidates will spend an inordinate amount of time with image consultants, experts on body language, wardrobe consultants, all in an effort to present the right image. The right image can win an election and put them in the oval office. It just won't help them lead a nation of over 300 million people. Electing the wrong candidate can mean the difference between prosperity and poverty. It can also mean the difference between...
by Mrs. M. at Nov 7, 2015
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"How to Change a Life"
The value of a mentor cannot be measured. I came across an article in the NY Times yesterday about a football player who made it to the NFL because of a group of mentors who came into his life and helped him when he needed it most. Having a mentor can mean the difference between success or failure and when we are talking about someone's life? That is huge!

Why not look around and ask yourself, Who do I know that needs some encouragement? What can I do to help that person fulfill the plans and purposes God has for their life?

Don't limit yourself to the idea of mentoring a child. There are many adults who need to be mentored and would benefit from someone helping them develop the gift they have within them.

Years ago, I read a story about Louis Armstrong and how his parents had left him in the care of his grandmother. Louie dropped out of school at a young age to work. A Jewish family who had hired him, noticed he was struggling and decided to take Louis under their wing.The family bought Louie his first cornet after noticing his interest in music. Louie Armstrong knew the meaning of the song he was remembered for, “What a wonderful World.”

I'd like to share my own story with you. When my husband and I moved the country, he bought me my first computer. I met a group of Jewish people online who were well educated and passionate about subjects which interested me. One of the people in that group became my mentor. He is a published writer and his books are some of the best I've ever read. I am dedicating this article to him.

Mr. E., thank you for being my friend and for being the greatest mentor anyone could ever hope for!

A mentor is a friend, a role model, one who encourages, someone...
by Martin Eden Mercury at Nov 6, 2015
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In the Looking Glass World of American presidential politics, Hillary Clinton is more often than not, subjected to personal attacks by others, claiming she is the one who is engaging in the politics of personal destruction. Hillary Clinton's ability to campaign with an agility less senior, and less savvy presidential candidates lack, indisputably makes her the Red Queen in this world. Mrs. Clinton moves around on the chess board of electoral politics with a set of permissions others envy. It may seem unfair to some, but the Democratic party electorate, the people, have given her permission to speedily pivot with ease, in any direction, on any position, on any given issue.

In spite of the shrill shouts of "Unfair!" -- "Liar!" -- "Clintons live by their own rules!" coming out of the campaigns of her potential Republican opponents in the horse race, Hillary's laser-like ability to stay focused on her life-long goal of becoming the first female President of the United States of America, makes her a lethal, and formidable opponent. It also highlights the glaring ineptness of the campaigns of her opponents. Apart from platitudes and empty slogans like 'of, by, and for the people' 'make America great again,' what are the main goals of her Republican opponents? To be the first or the second fill-in-the-blank President? To quote a truly great American "you and I, we've been through that, and this is not our fate. So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late."

The truth. Secretary Hillary Clinton is one smart woman. She instills anger, jealousy, and envy in many of her detractors, partly because she is a woman, but mostly because she is so accomplished and successful at playing the game of politics. To the casual, outside observer, the ease with which Hillary pivots may seem shallow and distasteful, but it is how elections are won in the real world. It has been this way since the creation of the...
by Mrs. M. at Nov 5, 2015
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"Israel in the Line of Fire"

Tensions surrounding the Temple Mount are escalating. The Israeli people are being overwhelmed by a flood of terrorist attacks. As the news reports continue to come in about knife wielding terrorists attacking police and citizens, Jerusalem is on edge tonight and rightfully so. Israeli police are being targeted by terrorists using vehicles as lethal weapons. In less than two months the IDF reported 58 stabbings, 5 shootings and 7 car ramming incidents.

Now there are reports of a new propaganda campaign of libel. This time it comes in the form of claims that Israelis are harvesting the organs of Palestinians. Representatives of Israel have petitioned the U.N. over this latest act of anti-Semitism and are awaiting a response. There has been little to no response from the world over these stories breaking in the news. The Israeli officials are urging calm in the wake of implementing tougher laws for rock throwers. Rock throwing has been the cause of serious injuries and even death.

Renouncing the Oslo Accords and taking back the authority Israel handed over to the PA is reasonable. There can be no two state solution. There is no possibility for a negotiation. It is time to admit the truth. This was never going to work. The PA never wanted a peace deal which is why they never missed the opportunity to miss an opportunity.

Israel missed her own opportunity. When Israel won the Six Day War of 1967, she took possession of the Temple Mount. As peace came over the land and silence filled the air, the Israeli people began weeping with relief and joy. They were overcome with emotion by the victory...