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A mom faces 10-years in jail for allowing her 9-year-old to play in the park unsupervised.
    Before I start I urge all PARENTS visit parentalrightsus.org. , parentalrights.org I also urge all Parents to Visit Johnbradshaw.com for resources and tips on parenting because let’s face it, at times we could all use a little help when it comes to childrearing…the toughest, yet most rewarding thing in the world.  Also if you know of parenting resources please share.
      Let’s Dive in:
      I read an interesting article today, and really it kind of typifies what is going on in America.  I hate to say that the state is bullying but sometimes I really think they are.  My feelings and opinion about Debra Harell leaving her 9-year-old unsupervised in a park this summer might come as strange to some, because I  believe children,  even over the age of nine, should NOT be exposed to some of the New texts and lessons being given in  Health classes and because I am emphatically against the sexually explicate book “It’s Perfectly Normal” (which includes information about abortion) being in an elementary school … But…to that end: After reviewing the information in Ms. Harell’s case, I don’t think she did anything wrong. Well..not enough to have her child taken and to be arrested.
       Let me give you the run down, and then I hope we can dialogue on this to help come up with some solutions that don’t involve yet another running to the “government” for help.
      According to The Associated Press: Debra Harrell left her nine-year child to play at Summerfield Park.  The park has a splash pad, a playground, and basketball courts.  The park also has volunteers who come by with free breakfast and lunch.  And while her child is not the only one at the park without a parent, because the park holds the feed-a-child program, the single mother was arrested, spent the night in jail, and lost custody of her child for 17 days.  Presently she is facing up to 10 years in prison if she is convicted.     


 
 
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There are many things I love and enjoy, but one thing also keeps me sane.  I love writing.  I always have.  I enjoy making up characters and seeing how their lives unfold in a story.  I hope this comes out in my writing.  Today I am super happy because Jesica Stoops and I have been talking about doing some special edition covers...and with an artist who draws as though she is taking a picture, this means the sky is the limit.
     What do you enjoy?  How do you stay sane in this crazy world?  I ask because last night I had a near meltdown, okay it was a little of a meltdown.  I was tired, my body hurt from working on my Walipini, my garden, cleaning the house, taking care of everything...blah, blah, blah....not bitching really, I just kind of lost it.  You know how it is when you go...go...go...go...go...well, sometimes that go...go...go, can really get you into a situation, at least in your mind.  But today I woke up, said, you know, I think I will take a break and get a little writing done...And guess what...It made me feel a lot better...all the noise from the daily-grind went away.
      So again, what about you?  How do you handle stress?  Do you sing? Write? Draw? Maybe watch a good movie?
     As always, have a beautiful day.  XOXO 
 
 
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Okay so I found another good link for the Walipini PDF.  I also wanted to include the link for the High Tunnel, low cost greenhouse, as I am combining the two.  Things to remember: When building a Walipini, you are digging into the earth, you should do everything you can, education, preparation, and awareness to avoid a cave in.  I for one don't want to be buried alive, nor does anyone...at least I don't think they do....
Link for pdf of Walipini by Brigham Young University:  Here
Link for High Tunnel from Utah State University: Here
     As the PDF for the Walipini Construction from Benson Agriculture and Food Institute for Brigham Young University changes spots so much (It is a University website, and sometimes you have to hunt it down, I have the "pictures" of each pdf page.)  I highly suggest that if the link above is WORKING....Download it asap. :) 
     Good luck in your construction.  Be safe.  Be mindful.  And Have a Brilliant Day.
     You can follow my progress on my Youtube Page.
      If you get time, please remember you can read free excerpts from my Suspense Novels online.

 
 
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I am so screaming right now. Apparently I am leaving comments on the internet saying positive things about Genetically Modified Crops.  I assure you, that is NOT ME!!!
     Please watch the youtube video below.  This post is going to have a list of articles and resources I mention in the video. And yes I have changed all my passwords...however I would love to know who is "shadowing" me.

Monsanto Ad Backfires
Self-Education: Willful Ignorance, Doublethink, Propaganda
Propaganda is legal in American Schools
Silk Road Case
Justin Carter
Antibiotic/ Antimicrobial Resistance
U.S. Food Makers Sue to Stop Vermont from GMO Labeling Law
GM Corn Damages Liver and Kidneys 
Meat Raised on GM Feed is Different
Roundup Could Cause Birth Defects
Genetically Modified Soy Linked to Sterility 
Damaging Effects of Roundup
 
GM Crops Do Not Increase Yields 
GMOs Inevitably Contaminate and Persist 
Industry Studies are Flawed

And Lastly the Infamous Comment

 
 
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I saw this yesterday and thought: What a great question.  What would you do if you did not have fear?  Thinking on a small scale I have pushed my fear aside many times: Skydiving being one of my biggest, and yet I still have fear of heights...and there are a few things I don't think I could try, unless I let go of my fears.  The one that came to mind was riding in a hot-air balloon.  I would like to do it, but at the same time I am kind of paralyzed by that fear, I don't think I could enjoy it because I can't stand at the edge of a bridge, how would I stand in a small basket. 
     What about you?  What would you try if you could just let go of your fear?

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I can't stop laughing...and because I am not an unbiased news channel (is there such a thing anymore) I can and will continue to laugh.  So Monsanto actually showed up in an ad on my news-feed on Facebook.  My left eyebrow rose and I think my teeth clenched in a bit of anger as I read: (I'm not copying and pasting because if Monsanto will sue a 70+ year-old farmer, they will sue anyone)...To quote by legal standards (thank goodness it is under 3 sentences..means I am really in the clear) "We're working to improve crops and conservation efforts to provide food for a growing population.  Visit us to see how we're working together to face these challenges."
     I think I vomited in my mouth when I read: "we're working together"  Oh Yes...We...Umm...who is we...certainly not me...and certainly NOT many of the comments.  Shall We take a look:
    181 likes, 357 comments at 6:07 P.M. Mountain Standard Time.
     When you see that many likes compared to comments...you know you have to read the comments
    "Isn't this the corporation that puts small farmers out of business and genetically modifies everyone and everything."  (61 likes)  ...  Why yes, yes it is...but hey...Monsanto owns the seed and the seed of that seed...so Business as usual.
    "So Monsanto!..What work are you doing to help all of those farmers in India and their families that are killing themselves because of you?!?" (20 likes)  ...Nothing...they don't care...its all about the bottom line.

    "Sad and pathetic! That's about all you can say!  Monsanto's main business and largest profit center is suing farmers for using patented seeds produced from last years crops.  They've destroyed more farms than they've ever helped and that's the truth." (31 likes)
    "Who do you think you are kidding?" (41 likes)
    On and On and On it goes.
    This is a good thing.  It shows that people are waking up and know that Monsanto is all about money and owning the food supply. 
     You may be like me and ask: Well Why are farmers buying Monsanto seed.  So I googled it...because that is what we do now.  First thread:  Monsanto.com Newsroom.  Small blip:

"When farmers purchase a patented seed variety, they sign an agreement that they will NOT save and replant seeds produced from the seed they buy from us."  >... Yikes that didn't help...made me wonder even more.
    The next article is a bit more helpful: Do Farmer's Have Choices? "There seems to be a consensus going around that farmers have no choice when it comes to the seed they choose to plant. Or if they do have a choice, large corporations like Monsanto force it upon them. And if anybody tries to voice their opinion and let the farmer's themselves speak upon their choices, the individual suddenly becomes a pawn for Monsanto."
    Bottom line: Monsanto owns the seed and the seed of the seed.  This is not sustainable.  Monsanto is also bypassing "free-trade" by suing states that want to label genetically modified foods.  If their product was so good, they would label it...the government says WE THE PEOPLE are too stupid to have it labeled.  Translation:  People are too stupid to understand the science behind genetically modified foods, if we label them, no one will buy it.  Um........Um...Um..
    Correct me if I am wrong...WE THE PEOPLE...want it labeled...but if "we" are too stupid for that: Doesn't it mean we were too stupid to elect YOU...thus you are too stupid to lead...thus your opinion is invalid?   Hmmm....Makes you wonder...Makes you wonder..
     What do you think about Genetically Modified Food?  And what do you think about anyone owning not only the seed, but the seeds offspring?
    XOXOX  Chin Up...Bright...Beautiful Days are Just Up Ahead.  ** Elicia Clegg

 
 
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As the day dawns and school session slowly inches toward the starting point, and New York presses forward with lengthening the school day for 20 Middle Schools to 40 hours a week, and the federal education board wants to push for kids to start school as young as 3, and school boards press for education about sex that parents don't agree with..I am taken aback, angry, sad, and confused.  What do I do?  I ask the reader the following question:
   "Consider for a moment the amazing and wonderful diversity of human beings: in thought, ambition, imagination and creativity…
    Why would certain people want to reduce so many unique individuals to a point where they can easily fit into a uniform and homogeneous group? " (Question asked by Brett Veinotte). 
     Once you answer the question...It starts to become clear. 
    One: the embedded lesson in public educational system is Conformity.  This is what Alexander Inglis called "Integrating Function"....And who is benefiting?  The student? No. There is a growing gap between the rich and poor.  There is an increase in suicide.  There is an increase of Medication of all types.  America is sick, fat, and tired.  The list goes on and on.
      So who is benefiting off this conformity? You must answer it for yourself.
     What is the solution:  That is for the family to decide.  Once you are ready to look inside the school system and really see what is happening, you must, as a family, make a change.  It could be as simple as signing a child up for art and music lessons.  It could be having a family read time.  It could be a walk in the park with your children every day and talking about fantastical things.  It could be anything.  The real solution lies inside each one of us.  So smile...There is hope, as G.I. Joe said:  "Knowing is half the battle." (Gen X reference)
     For more on my thoughts about education please read: A Child, Not a Cog,  there is also a link in the article that allows you to listen to the article.
     XOXOXO  Elicia Clegg    

 
 
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Zap! Who has accidentally electrocuted themselves...or at least had a good zap of electricity course through their bodies?  Today I did something pretty stupid...Ahhh...Me and my clumsiness. :)
     Every morning I make a little drink to start the day: Raspberries, Blackberries, Blueberries, Bananas, and water...great way to start the day.  I gave Raven a larger glass than usual and put it on the opposite side of her desk.  True to form, the poor girl bumped it with her elbow and the glass and all the red liquid fell on-top of her surge protector.  No big deal, I tell her I will clean it up because it has fallen all over electric wires.  Deavan was talking to me while I am cleaning up everything up.  I see that I need to pull out the plugs, but fail to unplug the main plug....Yes its as if my mind...in the moment...doesn't realize that the raspberry drink is actually liquid...with water.  Well this lack of knowledge or hiccup is quickly remedied as I attempt to pull out a plug, my finger touches a wet socket. 
  ZAP!!!  Down I go...electricity coursing through me.  It was shocking...literally.  I jump up, stumble backwards, Deavan rushes toward me..."Are you okay?"
    "Nope!  I think I just electrocuted myself." And I stumbled back again, dizzy, stunned and thinking: Gee...I guess I should have thought that through.
     Lesson of the day:  Always unplug electricity, or shut it off, before handling wet wires.
     XOXOX ELicia

 
 
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Last night Tales From the Crypt had the ever popular theme: Three Wishes.  Yes it has been done over and over again the story line changes, yet one thing seems to always happen: The wisher wishes they didn't have the wish.
     So as the story followed the line of each wish being more destructive than the one before...I started thinking, really thinking about it.  It was kind of fun: What would you wish for?  I took it as a serious question and yes, the wish for money came to mind which reminded me of an old black and white Twilight Zone episode (or Tales From The Darkside) where a happy couple wished for money and the taxman came and took most of it.  Next I thought, well what if I wished for all the knowledge in the world...then I thought, no, no, the genie would do something weird with that, like maybe teleport me into a building with stacks and stacks of books...sure I would have all the knowledge...but not how I wanted it. 
     This of course is what the legend is about: Be Careful What You Wish For...yet I was undaunted. I thought there has to be a perfect wish. Then it came to me.  What if my first wish was:  I wish to have the knowledge and ability to wish for the perfect wish.
    What do you think?  Would it work?  What would you wish for?  (Of course to play the game you must remember, as legend goes...The person that grants the wish will try to manipulate and twist the wish...
   Alright...Have a Lovely Day My Friends!!  Elicia Clegg

 
 
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Are you willfully ignorant?  To define: it is the state and practice of ignoring any sensory input that appears to contradict one’s inner model of reality. At heart, it is almost certainly driven by confirmation bias. 
    My definition of willful ignorance: Blindingly following along with the established or widely excepted truth without giving it any thought, or even questioning its validity.  
     Now to be fair, in most cases it is not that we choose not to see what is in front of us…it is that we have been taught not to see what is in front of us. And worse yet…if a lie goes on long enough…it may still be a lie…but the teller believes it is true, so they aren’t necessarily lying, but rather repeating a lie that they believe is true…and how does one combat that?  Even in yourself.
  Especially in yourself!
  To continue reading...click read more...or you can listen to the presentation on Youtube.