Archive | October, 2015

Awesome Stories 245

27 Oct

My favorite stories were the video on how the Blind see Beauty and email addresses for Trees!! Amazing Uplifting Tales!!

writing to freedom

This week Awesome Stories brings you email addresses for trees, mixed marriage, beauty, Arkansas inspiration and a solar village.

Arkansas InspirationSoul Enlightenment, Awesome Stories

Here is another peek at some inspiring places and photos from around Arkansas. See Dorothy, we aren’t in Kansas anymore! What’s your favorite photo? Mine is Soul Enlightenment with a close second for September Sunset. I like it for the title, gorgeous composition and beautiful colors. This is exactly what I try to do with my photos; capture a moment of beauty and share the feeling of connection and aliveness. With grace, sometimes we capture more than simply the shapes and colors, but also the feeling or energy of a place or person.

Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit. ~ Khalil Gibran

A Mixed Marriage of the Unusual Kind

Prepare yourself, this is a story of radical political alliances that cross boundaries and…

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FMLA Inclusion Act

8 Oct

So far Legal Aid, Brooklyn Bar Association and Brooklyn Legal Services have all been a dead end for me. None of them do Guardianship cases. Therefore I must appeal for donations. Please donate to help me obtain guardianship for Stephen and the right to FMLA via my PayPal account at

Thank you and God Bless.

Espiritu en Fuego/A Fiery Spirit

This act did not pass otherwise I would not be having my current troubles. Hopefully it will be reintroduced once again and pass this time. I’ve been working closely with my contact at my Congressman Hakeem Jeffries office as well as my union DC 37. These last seven years have been a real struggle for me and Stephen and I’m hoping that soon we can stop struggling and start living.  We are ready for a breakthrough.

This bill brings some hope but it will not cover my situation.

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Manhattan Soup Kitchen Has Open Doors for Homeless People AND Their Pets (Link)

8 Oct

Pet Friendly Soup Kitchen

New York City soup kitchen Collide recognizes the interdependent relationship of homeless people and their pets. They feed both!

Feeding homeless people and their pets

One Soup Kitchen Is Opening Its Doors To Homeless Pets (Link)

In a city where 8.4 million call home, more than 52,000 people sleep in a homeless shelter and at least 3,200 additional people sleep on the streets of New York City. For many, the only emotional support, stability and unconditional love they receive comes from the loyal pets that stay close to them during their hardships. But this bond isn’t always easy. Fortunately there is help.

At the intersection of human and animal welfare you will find a New York City-based grassroots organization known as Collide. Operating in Manhattan, a devoted team of volunteers work to serve the transient community of New York City, specifically offering free services for companion animals of the homeless in the form of food, clothing…

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Why You Shouldn’t Forgive Geris Hilton

7 Oct

This guy is simply disgusting and yes he is a racist and bigot. No amount of excuses will cover up his behavior.


Gerod Roth, aka Geris Hilton, was recently the subject of a media firestorm after a screen shot of his Facebook page went viral. The screen shot was of the comment section on his new profile picture that depicts a young black child standing behind him.



He and his friends left a myriad of insensitive racist comments and ultimately he was relieved of his position at the Polaris Marketing Group. When I heard this news, my instant response was “good riddance”. As some of you know, I recently had my own issue with online harassment that ultimately resulted in the person who harassed me online getting fired. While i never wanted my harasser fired, I was glad that he was because it showed that there were repercussions for his actions. Quite frankly, there should be.


This is the age of information and if you work for a company where you have to interact…

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October 8, 2015 – Ashamed

7 Oct

This post touched my heart and soul. It’s a message that needs to be shared with everyone!

Motivating Giraffe


(Carrying on the Mental Health Week theme.)

It’s okay to not be okay. It’s okay to need help. It’s okay to reach out. It’s okay that you are tired and need a break and some time to recover and to breathe.

It’s not okay that in 2015 we are still afraid to ask for help because of the stigma that goes along with it. A lot more mental illness and suicide is coming our way until that changes. This is not okay.

Tell a doctor, tell a friend, tell your pastor, tell someone. Please. You are worth this, you are worth more than having no one in the world know that you are struggling. I know there is someone reading this that is so afraid to make that call, to take that leap. Take a breath, my beautiful friend. You deserve so much more.

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Dear Congress – Sincerely, A Mass Shooting Survivor

7 Oct

Please take a few moments to read this. Well worth your time.

Laurie Works

Dear Congress,

I write you today upon hearing the grave news that another heinous mass shooting has happened, this time in Roseburg, Oregon. We learned today that at least 10 people have lost their lives, and at least 7 have been injured.

I write you this letter so that you can see the face of a survivor.  I write you this letter as someone who saw with my own eyes the horror of a mass shooting, a shooting that took the lives of my twin and younger sister and injured my father at New Life Church in December 2007. And most importantly I write this letter to open a dialogue about the role that gun violence has played in our country.

I say specifically to open a dialogue, because I am not strictly anti-gun. I feel that I am in a unique place to address this issue. About 3…

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Update on Stephen and the Quest for FMLA (Family Leave)

6 Oct

So far Legal Aid, Brooklyn Bar Association and Brooklyn Legal Services have all been a dead end for me. None of them do Guardianship cases. Therefore I must appeal for donations. Please donate to help me obtain guardianship for Stephen and the right to FMLA via my PayPal account at Thank you and God Bless.

Espiritu en Fuego/A Fiery Spirit

Me and My brother Stephen December 1961 Me and My brother Stephen December 1961

Many of you will remember my previous post A Greater Love where I shared an article the New York Times did on my brother Stephen and me. (See Below Links)  The article discussed my difficulties in getting time off from my job to care for Stephen who has Autism.

Last year I had applied for FMLA (Family Leave) and was denied. Since I am a Union Member (DC 37) I have been in close contact with my Union Reps to resolve this situation. On Monday September 28th there was a special union meeting where one of the DC 37 Counsel came to discuss our rights under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  During the question and answer period I shared my situation regarding my brother Stephen and later spoke to the Counsel privately. He advised me to go to court and apply for…

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