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What is Racism?

Racism. That’s a funny sounding word. The root word is race. Normally when a person thinks of the word race, he or she might thing of cars speeding down the road to see who is the fastest. The same images arise with people, animals and boats. Racing to see who will reach the finish line first.

That word race has another meaning, too. It refers to the peoples of the world and their backgrounds. There are Black, White, Asian, Native American, Latin people who originate from these areas. Many come from all over the world.

Then there that word again, “racism.” What does it mean? Here are two definitions of that word.

Definition one is: the opinion or belief that a particular race of people is better than another race or races. Laws that allowed some immigrants into the country and not others were influenced by racism.

Definition two is: unfair treatment of people based on the opinion that one race, typically the race with more wealth and power, is better than another race or races. Racism exists all over the world and takes different forms. In the United States, racism has been directed primarily at black Americans.The civil rights movement fought to end racism in America, but racism has continued.

Online Reference: https://kids.wordsmyth.net/we/?rid=33865&as_level=2

I’ve written a book about racism. It’s called “Daddy What Is Racism?” The book cover is below and the book will be out soon.

Until then, let’s be safe as possible and flatten the COVID-19 curve.

Jenny

Coronavirus, Pandemic

We Can All Do Our Part to Flatten the Curve where COVID-19 Is Concerned.

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Cover your cough and sneeze, and use hand sanitizer

It’s such a sad and serious time in our country today. We can help slow this coronavirus if we remember to do these few things:

  1. Stay at Home unless you have to go out for something essential, go to the grocery store, to the doctor’s office, the pharmacy, etc.
  2. Turn your head away from others and cough into your sleeve.
  3. Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
  4. Wear a protective mask (even if you have to make one) whenever you leave your home.
  5. Practice social/physical distancing – stay six (6) feet or more apart.

 

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Keep these rules in mind and practice them all. We can help to slow this virus. I’ll talk to you later.

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Jenny

 

Coronavirus, Earth, Pandemic

COVID 19 – THE CORONA VIRUS

Hello Guys,

It’s been a long time since I got a chance to do a post.  During that time so much has happened. The one thing that has everyone in the world concerned is that COVID-19 Corona Virus Pandemic.  Pandemic, that’s an interesting word. What does it mean:  

A pandemic is a global outbreak of disease. Pandemics happen when a new virus emerges to infect people and can spread between people sustainably. Because there is little to no pre-existing immunity against the new virus, it spreads worldwide.  

It can be very scary when we think of all around the world. But I am so glad that we have great health researchers who are doing their best to come up with something to help everyone.  Let’s pray for these people because they are working tirelessly.  In the meantime let’s do our part. What is our part, you ask?  That’s a good question. The first thing that you and I can do is STAY AT HOME. Staying at home helps to keep the spread of the corona virus down so that others won’t get it.  We’ll talk some more about this in the days ahead, but do the first and best thing: Stay at home and wash your hands with soap and water often.  Talk to you later. 

 

Here’s a saying below from the Lorax that can help us all out.

 

Jenny

 

 

Online Reference: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html

America, Black History, freedom, reading, Rights, Slavery

THE SLAVE WHO MAILED HIMSELF TO FREEDOM

Hi Guys,

Because this is Black History Month, I wanted to share with you some extraordinary people in African American History who did all they could to get to freedom.  I am sure you know that freedom is the right of every living person man, woman, boy and girl on the Earth.  It is so important and wonderful that many have died rather than become or remain slaves.  One man in particular wanted freedom so bad that he actually mailed himself to freedom.

His name was Henry Box Brown. 

 

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Henry Brown was born into slavery in 1816 on a plantation called Hermitage in Louisa County, Virginia. Henry may have remembered his parents fondly, stating that his mother was the one to instill Christian values into him. He is believed to have had at least two siblings, mentioning a brother and a sister in his autobiography.

Brown was first married to a fellow slave, named Nancy, but their marriage was not recognized legally. They had three children born into slavery under the partus sequitur ventrem principle. Brown was hired out by his master in Richmond, Virginia, and worked in a tobacco factory, renting a house where he and his wife lived with their children. Brown had also been paying his wife’s master not to sell his family, but the man betrayed Brown, selling pregnant Nancy and their three children to a different slave owner.

With the help of James C. A. Smith, a free black man, and a sympathetic white shoemaker (and likely gambler) named Samuel A. Smith (no relation), Brown devised a plan to have himself shipped in a box to a free state by the Adams Express Company, known for its confidentiality and efficiency.  Brown paid US$86 (equivalent to $2,643 in 2019) (out of his savings of $166) to Samuel Smith. Smith went to Philadelphia to consult with members of Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society on how to accomplish the escape, meeting with minister James Miller McKimWilliam Still, and Cyrus Burleigh. He corresponded with them to work out the details after returning to Richmond. They advised him to mail the box to the office of Quaker merchant Passmore Williamson, who was active with the Vigilance Committee.

During the trip, which began on March 29, 1849, Brown’s box was transported by wagon, railroad, steamboat, wagon again, railroad, ferry, railroad, and finally delivery wagon, being completed in 27 hours. Despite the instructions on the box of “handle with care” and “this side up,” several times carriers placed the box upside-down or handled it roughly. Brown remained still and avoided detection.

The box was received by Williamson, McKim, William Still, and other members of the Philadelphia Vigilance Committee on March 30, 1849, attesting to the improvements in express delivery services. When Brown was released, one of the men remembered his first words as “How do you do, gentlemen?” He sang a psalm from the Bible, which he had earlier chosen to celebrate his release into freedom.
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America, Black History, Civil Rights

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Hi Guys,

Well, it’s February.  And every February has been deemed Black History Month.  Here a bit of history about Black History Month

The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by black Americans and other peoples of African descent. Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local  celebrations, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures.

President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Since then, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme. The 2013 theme, At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington, marks the 150th and 50th anniversaries of two pivotal events in African-American history.

 

Online reference:  https://theapopkavoice.com/history-black-history-month/

 

Talk to you later,

 

 

Christmas, Twelve Days of Christmas

THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS – FOUR CALLING BIRDS

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me 

Four calling birds

Today 4 Calling Birds would cost  $599.96 

Online reference:  https://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2018/11/30/it-will-cost-you-more-to-buy-the-12-days-of-christmas-this-year/#3a605a4f3673

Online reference for calling bird photo: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/130252614194606097/?lp=true

Christmas, Twelve Days of Christmas

THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS – THREE FRENCH HENS

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me,

three french hens

Today, 3 French Hens would cost $181.50 

Online reference: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2018/11/30/it-will-cost-you-more-to-buy-the-12-days-of-christmas-this-year/#388bca553673

3 French Hens online reference: https://hopeseguin.wordpress.com/tag/12-days-of-christmas/

Christmas, Twelve Days of Christmas

THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS – A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE

 

Let’s see how much the gifts costs today in the song “Twelve Days of Christmas”

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree

Today, a partridge in a pear tree would cost approximately $209.99 

 

Online reference: https://clark.com/deals-money-saving-advice/how-much-would-the-12-days-of-christmas-cost-today/

 

 

 

America, Causes, Ronald McDonald House

THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE!

I am a member of the Ronald McDonald House and have been for a while.  Here’s a history of it:

 

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE IS BORN.

Working as a pediatric oncologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Evans saw families spend night after night in the hospital while their children received life-saving medical treatment. She knew there had to be a better way, and envisioned a simple house where families could stay during these stressful and uncertain times

Ronald McDonald House

At the same time, the Philadelphia Eagles were raising funds in support of player Fred Hill, whose daughter Kim was in treatment for leukemia at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. When the Eagles General Manager Jimmy Murray approached St. Christopher’s about making a donation, Dr. Lawrence Naiman suggested there was an even greater need for funds resting with Dr. Evans. Jimmy Murray met Dr. Evans and quickly learned of her concept of a home for families. He reached out to McDonald’s with the idea that they could offer the proceeds from their Shamrock Shake sales to benefit this new house. McDonald’s agreed, and the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House was born on October 15, 1974.

DETROIT BECOMES THE 11TH LOCATION.

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The idea quickly spread around the United States. Many physicians and parents wondered if the same idea could work here in Detroit. With guidance from the national McDonald’s Corporation, the doors of RMHC Detroit opened in November of 1979, adjacent to the DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan, becoming the 11th Ronald McDonald House location to open.

Since the opening of the Detroit house, locations have also opened in Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids. There are more than 300 Ronald McDonald House locations around the world.

Hey guys, it’s a great thing and a great feeling to help someone else.  Talk to you later.

Jenny

Online Reference: https://rmhc-detroit.org/about-us/history/