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    1. the state or quality of being independent.

    2. freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others.

    not influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion, conduct, etc.; thinking or acting for oneself:

    not subject to another's authority or jurisdiction; autonomous; free:

    3. not influenced by the thought or action of others:

    4. not dependent; not depending or contingent upon something else for existence, operation, etc.

    5. not relying on another or others for aid or support.

    6. rejecting others' aid or support; refusing to be under obligation to others.

    7. possessing a competency:

    8. not dependent on anything else for function, validity, etc; separate:


    1. enjoying personal rights or liberty, as a person who is not in slavery:

    2. pertaining to or reserved for those who enjoy personal liberty:

    3. existing under, characterized by, or possessing civil and political liberties that are, as a rule, constitutionally guaranteed by representative government:

    4. enjoying political autonomy, as a people or country not under foreign rule; independent.

    5. exempt from external authority, interference, restriction, etc., as a person or one's will, thought, choice, action, etc.; independent; unrestricted.

    6. able to do something at will; at liberty: free to choose.

    7. clear of obstructions or obstacles, as a road or corridor:

    8. able to act at will; not under compulsion or restraint

    9. having personal rights or liberty; not enslaved or confined. not subject (to) or restricted (by some regulation, constraint, etc); exempt:

    We are surrounded with stories of strife — the 99 percent, black lives matter, blue lives matter, all lives matter, those for gay marriage and those against. Those in favor of gun control and those who feel regulation interferes with their Second Amendment right to bear arms. People are so deep-rooted in what they believe, they are not open to listening to any other view. Individuals seem to only read and listen to news and current affairs from sources that support their already formed belief system. What happened to civility in the discussion? Why can’t people disagree without being so ugly?

    But sadly, it seems we’ve changed our stance from being inclusive. It appears we are living in a tumultuous time of fear and rage. Some people fear that the "lower classes" are trespassing on their territory (literally and figuratively), while the immigrant population is trying to earn, or defend, their “place at the table.” This is perhaps not unlike the political climate of the American Revolution.

    Hamilton was alone among the “founding fathers” in understanding that the world was witnessing two revolutions simultaneously. One was the political transformation; the other was the economic rise of modern capitalism, with its globalizing networks of production, trade and finance. We, too, are witnessing these same revolutions.

    So, what’s the answer? Well, like the story of Hamilton that will be dictated by history — how people will view the election of 2016 — who knows? One thing we can all agree on, is that it’s a pivotal moment in our history no matter the outcome.


    As we prepare to celebrate our nation’s independence on July 4th, let’s take a moment to reflect on the freedoms that we enjoy here in America.

    Our founding fathers recognized in our nation’s Declaration of Independence, “we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights….” This foundation is critical to our freedom because it recognizes and declares that our rights aren’t granted to us by government, but instead are granted to us by our Creator. Government can’t take away God-given rights.

    In our Bill of Rights, our founding fathers articulated the individual freedoms that our government can’t infringe upon. The First Amendment begins with my favorite and the one that I believe our founding fathers found most important, “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ….” In this day and age, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that our country was founded by pilgrims fleeing religious persecution because they chose to reject the religion required by their government and follow the dictates of their own conscience. The memory of government persecution for publicly worshiping God was enough for our founding fathers to say never again, and then create a country where that would be true.

    If we look around the world today, we can see the wisdom of our founding fathers. According to research verified by the International Institute of Religious Freedom, last year was the most violent for Christians in modern history with 7,100 Christians murdered in 2015 for “faith-related reasons.”

    Just last week in Russia, the Duma (Upper House) and Federation Council (Lower House) passed legislation that will prevent citizens from sharing their faith unless they have secured a permit from the government. Even if granted a permit, an individual will only be able to share their faith in their church. This means citizens won’t be able to discuss their faith in a public park, over coffee at Starbucks, online through social media or email, or even in the privacy of their own homes.

    Thank God our founding fathers established freedom of religion, and not the Russian version of freedom from religion.

    Next, when I consider the freedoms that distinguish America as the freest nation in the world, the freedom secured by our Second Amendment, “the right of people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” comes to mind.

    In declaring our inalienable rights to include life and liberty, our founding fathers understood that in order to provide what Hamilton termed, “the original right of self-defense” and to protect ourselves from tyranny from future governments, men had to be able to protect themselves.

    The importance of our freedom to bear arms can be seen when you consider that since 9/11, Radical Islam has continued to attack America in Fort Hood, Boston, San Bernardino and now Orlando. While Americans may be threatened from abroad, thanks to the 2nd Amendment, we will never be defenseless.

    Regarding government tyranny, just look at the historical record. In 1938, Germany issued “Regulations Against Jewish Possession of Weapons.” Then, from 1939–1945, the Nazi government executed over six million Jews. This is a pattern that has been repeated throughout history, by Stalin in the Soviet Union, Mao in China and Castro in Cuba. A disarmed citizenry is one that will be controlled by government, rather than one that will control its government.

    Fourth of July is filled with parades, cookouts, picnics and fireworks. However, let’s not forget to celebrate the importance of these freedoms.

    “Please just honor and remember the fallen who gave the ultimate sacrifice.”

    But there is noticeably less effort to preserve Independence Day’s distinct meaning. At many parades and gatherings, the Fourth of July looks like another all-purpose, vaguely military holiday, where—somewhere between food and fireworks—we sing “God Bless America” and take a moment to thank our veterans for keeping us free.

    Now, any day is a good day to thank a veteran for his or her service. Still, I think we’re missing something important about Independence Day—and about freedom itself.

    A Nation Is Born

    First, in the spirit of remembering what holidays are all about, let’s state the obvious. Our national holiday commemorates July 4, 1776, when the Continental Congress—representing the citizens of 13 colonies—adopted a document declaring that all men are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights” and that “to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” After establishing at length that the king had been destroying these rights, the document concluded that “these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown.”

    This declaration was monumental. It meant the war that had already been raging for more than a year was more than a mere protest by the king’s subjects; it was a full-out rebellion, and its goal was independence. The American people would hereafter not just be fighting against certain policies of the king, they would be fighting for something: liberty, and a nation of their own.

    To gain that liberty, the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence—and all the people they represented—would have to assume a tremendous risk. They knew the conflict would now be in even deadlier earnest, and that war would be waged right in their midst, among their homes, villages, and farms. They knew their very lives and the lives of their families would be in danger. Yet they decided, as Patrick Henry had famously a year earlier, that death itself was better than life without liberty.

    We should note that this decision was primarily made by civilians. Most of the signers of the Declaration were not soldiers, nor were most of the people they represented. Some would go on to join the rag-tag Continental Army, while others simply bore the deprivations and horrors of a landscape torn by war. In many cases, their lives and fortunes took a sharp turn for the worse. In his book “1776,” historian David McCullough recounts how British and German soldiers invading and ransacking Long Island, New York, marveled at the prosperity they saw among the colonists there. They were shocked that such well-fed people would choose to rebel against their government. Clearly, these Americans placed a high value on freedom, and they were willing to pay dearly for it.

    Of course, those who paid the highest price were the men who took up arms and became soldiers. Without George Washington and his army, Thomas Jefferson’s magnum opus would have amounted to nothing more than words on paper. But without the ideals expressed in the Declaration—and a people willing to sacrifice for those ideals—there would have been no cause for which to fight. Thus we remember the adoption of a document, not a military victory, as the moment our nation was born.

    Give Me Liberty or Give Me . . . Never Mind

    Today, 240 years after that fateful, sweltering day in Philadelphia, it’s hard to imagine modern Americans making a similar decision to risk everything for the sake of liberty. These days safety is our god, and we’ll gladly sacrifice freedom on its altar.

    Take the recent debate over gun control, for example. Despite the fact that America’s gun homicide rate has dropped by nearly 50 percent over the past decade, many are so shaken by incidents like the Orlando terrorist attack that they’re clamoring to toss the Second, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments on the scrap heap of history. Of course, the prospect of a mass shooting is frightening for anyone to contemplate. But it’s a statistically remote danger compared to the all-encompassing threat of a government empowered to strip its citizens of rights without due process of law. The armed commoners standing on Lexington Green in 1775, defying a military superpower to come confiscate their weapons, understood this.

    Our modern “safety first” mentality extends to fiscal matters, too. We say we want economic freedom, but we don’t want the inherent risk that such freedom entails. Instead, we’d rather have government bailing out our failing industries. We want the central bank tightly controlling interest rates. We want the state to care for us in our old age, give us health care and make other people pay for it, make sure we have a “living wage,” pay for our kids’ college, and take care of the poor so we don’t have to. We’re scared to do without all these government programs we’ve come to expect, even if it means our freedoms are eroded and we’re sold into indentured servitude in the form of crippling debt. Safety first!

    Frankly, far too many of us think nothing of sending someone else’s son, husband, sister, or mother to “defend freedom overseas” while remaining unwilling to take a single risk ourselves, no matter how small, in order to defend freedom here at home. Saying “thank you” to our military on holidays rings a bit hollow when we treat the liberty for which they fight with contempt in our daily lives.

    Freedom Requires Bravery from Us All

    That brings us back to what we’re missing about Independence Day. July 4 should be a celebration of the ideals that formed this nation, and a reminder that all Americans—not just the military—have a role to play in defending them. When we downplay the role of ordinary civilians in safeguarding freedom, we also downplay their responsibility.

    Our fighting men and women take an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” But it isn’t only up to them. It can’t be. Today, the direst threats to the Constitution of the United States don’t come violently from outside our borders, but peaceably from within. In a representative government, we the people are chiefly responsible to support and defend the Constitution—in the way we vote, the policies for which we advocate, and the way we live in our communities.

    Benjamin Franklin once famously said that the Constitutional Convention had created “a republic, if you can keep it.” At the time, he was speaking not to a professional soldier, but to an ordinary American woman. The charge to “keep” the republic belongs to us all. It will require bravery not just from the small segment who are in the armed forces, but from every single one of us.

    Make no mistake: freedom is risky. Freedom can be messy. But it is always, always the best way to live. As Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1791, “I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.” We fool ourselves if we believe that trading away our liberty—won for us at such a high cost—will bring the safety and prosperity we seek.

    So this Fourth of July, by all means, thank a veteran or active-duty service member. But also take some time to read the Declaration of Independence and ponder the national spirit embodied by those words. There’s a reason Francis Scott Key, writing the poem which later became our national anthem, called America “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” These two traits—freedom and bravery—once defined us as a people. The former is impossible to maintain without the latter. I pray that somewhere deep in our national DNA, we still have the capacity for both.

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    Independence Day 2016

    Independence Day is a federal holiday in the US. In the United States, Independence Day, or more commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on 4 July 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.

    Independence Day is commonly associated with barbecues, picnics, concerts, carnivals, parades, fireworks,family reunions, political speeches and ceremonies.

    There are also many other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States.

    Independence Day celebrations often take place outdoors as it is summer in the US. Families will often celebrate Independence Day by hosting or attending a picnic or barbecue with family members, and they take advantage of the day off and when Independence Day falls on a Monday or Friday they take advantage of a long weekend to gather with relatives or friends.

    4th-of-july-usa-federal-holidayDecorations including balloons, streamers and clothing are generally colored red, white, and blue, the colors of the American Flag.

    Parades are normally held in the morning, while fireworks displays occur in the evening at such places as parks, fairgrounds, near beaches and in town squares.

    Independence Day in the United States – the Biggest Birthday Celebration in the World

    Independence Day in the United States is by far the most important national holiday of the year.

    While the fanfare is dwarfed by mega holidays like Christmas and New Year’s Eve, Independence Day is one of those days that the country and its people need, especially in complicated times such as the 21st century.

    Commonly known as the Fourth of July or July 4th, Independence Day brings American people together in a way that not many other holidays can.

    The Statue of Liberty

    The Statue of Liberty symbolizes America’s independence and the freedom the country offers to all that enter. It was given to the United States in 1886 by France (shipped in 214 crates and assembled on what is now know as Liberty Island in the New York Harbor.)

    National Importance

    The United States is a fairly young country, and the original birthday of the US was actually not that long ago. In 1776, the original thirteen states came together and separated from England with the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4. During this time, the brave Founding Fathers knew that the future ahead would be full of danger and risk to themselves and their families, but the importance of the country was greater than any one person.

    Thus, in 1776, the United States of America was born. After years of extremely difficult fighting and war, the country came out on top and began its existence as a peaceful country. This was the defining moment for the country, and that is why Independence Day is of such great importance for American people even today. Without July 4th, there would be no America.

    Independence Day – Placement on the Calendar

    Due to the fact that the holiday is in the middle of summer time, there are countless festivals and parties all dedicated to celebrating this important day in the history and modern day USA. Also, because of its placement in the middle of summer, most traditional American summer time activities are in full swing by this time. These include water activities, beach trips, and cookouts and barbecues.

    Activities for Independence Day

    4th July day

    There are numerous activities that have been associated with the Fourth of July, with most of them being of a celebratory fashion. Some of the most traditional aspects of the Fourth of July are as follows:

    Fireworks. If you look at any piece of promotional literature for a July 4th party, you will definitely see photos of fireworks exploding in a brilliant fashion. Fireworks, while not originally American, have become the primary symbol of the holiday. Besides the Red, White, and Blue, fireworks are an exact symbol of the USA and Independence Day.

    Barbecues and Cook-outs. One of the most traditional ways for Americans to celebrate all summer holidays including Independence Day is to host or attend a cookout or barbecue. Most churches will have one of these events for its congregation on the 4th of July, and many will use it as an outreach for the community surrounding the church. Typically foods at these events include hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, French fries, kebabs, steaks, and vegetables. This is a good way for friends and family to get together during the holidays off from work.

    Concerts. There are always a number of concerts which take place around the country on Independence Day. Some of the songs which will be played include “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “Stars and Stripes Forever,” and “America, the Beautiful.”

    Travel. For those Americans who love to travel, the Independence Day weekend is a perfect time to do it. With having a long weekend, more time can be enjoyed at the destination than on the road. Typically, some of the most popular destinations include water parks, state and national parks, beaches, and the mountains. City locations are usually not as popular during the Fourth of July weekend. The United States is a naturally diverse country, with impressive landscapes in almost every state. The national park system is one of the great contributions that the US gave to the rest of the world, and these original national parks can be visited during the Fourth of July weekend.

    Take the Day Off

    Since 1938, the Fourth of July has been an official paid holiday for government officials. This gives Independence Day a special place on the calendar of the United States, as there are only a limited number of paid holidays on the calendar. It is likely that this day will never disappear from the American calendar.

    While those who enjoy this day may not fully realize this, there is a long history of celebrations for Independence Day. Starting even during the Revolutionary War with England, Americans were setting up unique celebrations for this day. After the war, this day became a very special day used to unite the country in the midst of its quest to grow and prosper.

    Unique Celebrations in the United States

    There are a number of special events which are unique to specific places in the USA. The longest running Fourth of July event started in 1785 and continues to this day in Bristol, Rhode Island. This New England state holds a very notable parade. On Coney Island, New York, there is an annual hot dog eating contest sponsored by Nathan’s hot dogs. Started over sixty years ago, there is a joint celebration between Canada and the United States which climaxes with a large fireworks display over the Detroit River.

    One of the longest running televised concerts is the performance by the Boston Pops Orchestra during a fireworks show in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to this, the annual event on the front lawn of the Capitol building is also a long running favorite among urban Americans.

    Independence Day, the Biggest Birthday Party in the World

    As a celebration of the United States of America’s Declaration of Independence in 1776, Independence Day is recognized as a large birthday celebration for one of the world’s most influential countries.

    Overall, this is a day of patriotism and pride for the United States. It is a large birthday celebration which all Americans can enjoy. Positioned conveniently in the middle of summer vacation, the Fourth of July is very fun because of the fact that almost everyone has time to take off from work and reflect on the United States and its history. While much of the original events of the first July 4th have been lost over the years, the overreaching concept is still intact.

    For Americans, this vitally important day is truly a day of celebration.

    Let the fireworks begin!

    All Amendments to the United States Constitution

    Amendments 1-10 BILL OF RIGHTS Amendments 11-27

    Congress of the United States

    begun and held at the City of New-York, on

    Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.

    THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.

    RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.

    ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution.

    Note: The following text is a transcription of the first ten amendments to the Constitution in their original form. These amendments were ratified December 15, 1791, and form what is known as the "Bill of Rights."


    Freedom of Religion, Speech and the Press, rights of assembly and petition

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


    Right to Bear Arms

    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.


    Housing of Soldiers

    No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.


    Search and Seizure

    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.


    Rights in Criminal Cases

    No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.


    Rights to a Fair Trial

    In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.


    Rights in Civil Cases

    In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.


    Bails, Fines and Punishments

    Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.


    Rights Retained by the People

    The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.


    Powers Retained by the States and the People

    The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. (ie: marriage)

    AMENDMENT XI - Passed by Congress March 4, 1794. Ratified February 7, 1795.

    Lawsuits Against States

    Note: Article III, section 2, of the Constitution was modified by amendment 11.

    The Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by Citizens of another State, or by Citizens or Subjects of any Foreign State.

    AMENDMENT XII - Passed by Congress December 9, 1803. Ratified June 15, 1804.

    Election of President and Vice President

    Note: A portion of Article II, section 1 of the Constitution was superseded by the 12th amendment.

    The Electors shall meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and of all persons voted for as Vice-President, and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate; -- the President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted; -- The person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice. [And if the House of Representatives shall not choose a President whenever the right of choice shall devolve upon them, before the fourth day of March next following, then the Vice-President shall act as President, as in case of the death or other constitutional disability of the President. --]* The person having the greatest number of votes as Vice-President, shall be the Vice-President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed, and if no person have a majority, then from the two highest numbers on the list, the Senate shall choose the Vice-President; a quorum for the purpose shall consist of two-thirds of the whole number of Senators, and a majority of the whole number shall be necessary to a choice. But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.

    *Superseded by section 3 of the 20th amendment.

    AMENDMENT XIII - Passed by Congress January 31, 1865. Ratified December 6, 1865.

    Abolition of Slavery

    Note: A portion of Article IV, section 2, of the Constitution was superseded by the 13th amendment.

    Section 1.

    Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

    Section 2.

    Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

    AMENDMENT XIV - Passed by Congress June 13, 1866. Ratified July 9, 1868.

    Civil Rights

    Note: Article I, section 2, of the Constitution was modified by section 2 of the 14th amendment.

    Section 1.

    All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

    Section 2.

    Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice-President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age,* and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.

    Section 3.

    No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

    Section 4.

    The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.

    Section 5.

    The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

    *Changed by section 1 of the 26th amendment.

    AMENDMENT XV - Passed by Congress February 26, 1869. Ratified February 3, 1870.

    African American Suffrage

    Section 1.

    The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude--

    Section 2.

    The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

    AMENDMENT XVI - Passed by Congress July 2, 1909. Ratified February 3, 1913.

    Income Taxes

    Note: Article I, section 9, of the Constitution was modified by amendment 16.

    The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.

    AMENDMENT XVII - Passed by Congress May 13, 1912. Ratified April 8, 1913.

    Direct Election of Senators

    Note: Article I, section 3, of the Constitution was modified by the 17th amendment.

    The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures.

    When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.

    This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution. (before this, the state legislature decided who

    the senators were)

    AMENDMENT XVIII - Passed by Congress December 18, 1917. Ratified January 16, 1919. Repealed (taken back) by amendment 21.

    Prohibition of Liquor

    Section 1.

    After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.

    Section 2.

    The Congress and the several States shall have concurrent power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

    Section 3.

    This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.

    AMENDMENT XIX - Passed by Congress June 4, 1919. Ratified August 18, 1920.

    Women’s Suffrage

    The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. (Amendments giving women the right to vote were introduced in Congress for more than 40 years before this one was passed!!!!!!!)

    Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

    AMENDMENT XX - Passed by Congress March 2, 1932. Ratified January 23, 1933.

    Terms of President and Congress

    Note: Article I, section 4, of the Constitution was modified by section 2 of this amendment. In addition, a portion of the 12th amendment was superseded by section 3.

    Section 1.

    The terms of the President and the Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.

    Section 2.

    The Congress shall assemble at least once in every year, and such meeting shall begin at noon on the 3d day of January, unless they shall by law appoint a different day.

    Section 3.

    If, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term of the President, the President elect shall have died, the Vice President elect shall become President. If a President shall not have been chosen before the time fixed for the beginning of his term, or if the President elect shall have failed to qualify, then the Vice President elect shall act as President until a President shall have qualified; and the Congress may by law provide for the case wherein neither a President elect nor a Vice President shall have qualified, declaring who shall then act as President, or the manner in which one who is to act shall be selected, and such person shall act accordingly until a President or Vice President shall have qualified.

    Section 4.

    The Congress may by law provide for the case of the death of any of the persons from whom the House of Representatives may choose a President whenever the right of choice shall have devolved upon them, and for the case of the death of any of the persons from whom the Senate may choose a Vice President whenever the right of choice shall have devolved upon them.

    Section 5.

    Sections 1 and 2 shall take effect on the 15th day of October following the ratification of this article.

    Section 6.

    This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years from the date of its submission.

    AMENDMENT XXI - Passed by Congress February 20, 1933. Ratified December 5, 1933.

    Repeal of Prohibition

    Section 1.

    The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.

    Section 2.

    The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or Possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.

    Section 3.

    This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.

    AMENDMENT XXII - Passed by Congress March 21, 1947. Ratified February 27, 1951.

    Limitation of Presidents to Two Terms

    Section 1.

    No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of President more than once. But this Article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this Article was proposed by Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this Article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.

    Section 2.

    This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years from the date of its submission to the States by the Congress.

    AMENDMENT XXIII - Passed by Congress June 16, 1960. Ratified March 29, 1961.

    Suffrage in the District of Columbia

    Section 1.

    The District constituting the seat of Government of the United States shall appoint in such manner as Congress may direct:

    A number of electors of President and Vice President equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives in Congress to which the District would be entitled if it were a State, but in no event more than the least populous State; they shall be in addition to those appointed by the States, but they shall be considered, for the purposes of the election of President and Vice President, to be electors appointed by a State; and they shall meet in the District and perform such duties as provided by the twelfth article of amendment.

    Section 2.

    The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

    AMENDMENT XXIV - Passed by Congress August 27, 1962. Ratified January 23, 1964.

    Poll Taxes

    Section 1.

    The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay poll tax or other tax.

    Some states once used these to keep poor people and African Americans from voting.

    Section 2.

    The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

    AMENDMENT XXV - Passed by Congress July 6, 1965. Ratified February 10, 1967.

    Presidential Disability and Succession

    Note: Article II, section 1, of the Constitution was affected by the 25th amendment.

    Section 1.

    In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.

    Section 2.

    Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress.

    Section 3.

    Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President.

    Section 4.

    Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

    Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.

    AMENDMENT XXVI - Passed by Congress March 23, 1971. Ratified July 1, 1971.

    Suffrage for 18-Year-Olds!!!!

    Note: Amendment 14, section 2, of the Constitution was modified by section 1 of the 26th amendment.

    Section 1.

    The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.

    Section 2.

    The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

    AMENDMENT XXVII - Originally proposed Sept. 25, 1789. Ratified May 7, 1992.

    Congressional Pay Raises

    No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of representatives shall have intervened.


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    EMBRACE, ENJOY AND HAVE A SAFE INDEPEDENCE WEEKEND CELEBRATION. There is sooooo much more I can share with you about FREEDOM, INDEPENDENCE AND LOVE. Bye, bye for now, I will talk to you again soon. But for now I will leave you with this final thought: Know what you truly deserve. Keep aiming high and do not settle for less than the very best. You deserve to be #1 and you are the one and only unique you. HOW ABOUT LEARNING TO LOVE, VALIDATE AND EMBRACE YOURSELF AND WHO YOU ARE AS A UNIQUE, INDEPENDENT AND POWERFUL FREE INDIVIDUAL. The opinions in which you have of yourself matters the most! MUCH OF MY LOVE IS TO YOU, ALWAYS,

    With the Kindest Regards,

    Martha Wooden

    RYM-TYM and OH! Radio Show creator/host



    Hello everyone, I hope that you had a Very Merry Christmas filled with lots of genuine cherishaable Love and memorable Loving, filled with the greatest measures of a contagious kind of Peace and then overflowing with an abundance of Laughter, Happiness and Joy all while staying connected to the Joys of Giving, Sharing and Caring.

    I so loooove the Christmas Holidays. I Greatly Enjoyed my 4 day Holiday Weekend with my beautiful blessed family. So very amazed at how this year 2015 has quickly come and is now very close to going into the new year 2016 as memories of the past some big or small, some happy or sad and some cherishable or forgetable. I am looking forward in 2016 to experiencing another Beautifully Blessed beyond measures kind of year. Blessed with an abundance of good health, increased finances as well as daily increasing in Gods wisdom and knowledge with excellent understanding, overflowing in Love, exuberant Joy and living in and with a contagious kind of Peace.

    To soon be continued................


    All that I am thankful and so very grateful for:

    Hello there you Beautiful People, so very glad to be chatting with you once more again. It has indeed been a while since I have chatted with you. Thanks much for sticking with RYM-TYM and The OH! Radio Show. You are greatly appreciated.

    To get right to it, I have soooooo much to be Grateful and Thankful for. This year for me has been filled with many blessings and with some challenges.

    At the beginning of the year I lost my brother to a heart attack, which left me feeling a little lost. I also received a promotion from my job during that same time. It was very challenging getting through that life experience. So very grateful that it has gotten much better since. A few months later in the spring, a day after Mother's Day I was in a terrible car accident which was not at all my fault. I was driving home from work then all of a sudden it seeemed out of no where comes an old SUV in my direction hitting my 2013 Dodge Avenger on the drivers side. My vehicle started spinning around in fast speed. I could not see out of the windshield while the car was spinning, because the fast spinning created much dust and smoke. While spinning I had to start thinking about what I could maybe do to stop this vehicle from spinning. While the vehicle was spinning in full speed, I did not know the location of my vehicle. I eased my feet on my brakes and the vehicle slowly stopped spinning. When it stopped my view became much clearer and I discovered that I was not far from the busy intersection and my car was facing in the opposite direction. My entire driver side starting from the front going towards the back was badly damaged, caved in with windows shattered. The entire windshield was shattered along with the airbags on the drivers side and passenger side deployed. I was in a state of shock and was feeling a bit dizzy and lost. I wasn't concerned about myself, I was more concerned about my vehicle. It was by the grace of God and his divine protection that no other vehicles crashed into my vehicle while it was spinning around. The vehicle that hit me also hit another vehicle, but the other vehicles damages were not nearly as bad as my vehicles damages were. This accident happened at a very busy intersection, I was only about 5mins. from my Group Home (my job), I hadn't gotten too far, I was still a little ways from home. As I stated above I was not at all concerned about myself, I was more upset and concerned about my vehicle and the changes in my life this accident was creating. Anyway I couldn't get out of my vehicle on the drivers side, smoke was coming from my vehicle and I knew that I had to quickly get out. A woman sherriff came over to my vehicle to assist me as well as a gentleman and then shortly after a woman police officer. The sheriff ask me was I okay and can I get out of my vehicle on my own. I stated to her that I was okay and that yes I can get out on my own. I had to crawl over to the passenger side in order to get out. I was a bit dizzy and a little shocked and upset. The medics came over to examine me to see if I was okay, they were prepared to take me to the hospital. I wasn't going to go to the hospital. I felt somewhat okay, still a bit dizzy, with a little blood on my left hand because of the little pieces of glass from the driver side window when it shattered. I also had little pieces of glass inside of my shirt in the back. My hand was in a little bit of pain as was my knee and the left side of my chest. But at that time it wasn't enough pain for me to be concerned about or focused in on. I was not at all aware of how this level of accident happened. I didn't know what caused it, I didn't know anything. It seemed as if this SUV fell out of the sky or appeared out of now where and just crashed into my vehicle. I couldn't even tell the police anything, because I didn't know who, what or why. I knew nothing which was so very weird to me. Later after being out there for a bit, the guy that hit me came over to me and admitted that it was his fought and he apologized for hitting me, stating that he drove in my direction to avoid a much worst collision that would have involved many more vehicles. He claimed that another vehicle ran the red light and kept going. I was like do you see my vehicle and that I could have been very badly injured. I knew that my car was totalled, the damages were that bad. It seemed as if everyone that talked to me couldn't believe that I was able to crawl out of my vehicle and was able to stand and walk on my own. They tried to make me sit down on the curb and wanted me to go to the hospital, but I did neither one. Of course later I felt much much more pain in my left hand, my left knee was bruised and in much pain when I moved it or touched it. Under my left arm I felt much pain and there appeared a big red bruise. The left side of my chest was so very painful for about a month. I didn't go to work the next day because I had requested that day off ahead of time, because I was going to Tucson to pick up my son from the University, he was coming home for the summer. But the next day after I went to work and thereafter, yes of course life does continue on for the living. I picked my son up as planned the next day in the car I rented for my sister when she first moved out here in AZ, which was a week before the accident. My daughter Joy droved out to Tucson with me. To fast forward, I had a car rental for over a month and a month after that I purchased another vehicle. During that experience and challenge I thought later after not any sooner than that that I should be thankful and grateful to God inspite of this accident that had happened So I started being very thankful that I was still very much alive and mentally and physically well. But before allowing myself to be thankful, I questioned everything about my life, my purpose, my religious beliefs, who I am and everything else. I was very angry that this accident had happened to someone like me. I examined myself and everyone else and everything that I had around me that was using up valuable space with no productivity in my life at that time. I was very upset. I had just paid my car note two months ahead. I still question why me, why that, to this very day, while continuously moving full speed ahead in life. And I still don't know nor do I have the many answers to the many questions that I have. All I know is that I am a survivor and that challenges make me a little more stronger and a little more motivated in life. No, I don't welcome them with open arms. I don't care how overwhelming some challenges might seem, I am an extremely powerful person and an overcomer. I am a winner, I win everytime. I have since then in the month of september 2015 started a new job with another company, I received another promotion. I am still in the Home and Health Care Profession. I am a Care Coordinator for a privately owned home care company. I went to the interview during the time after the car accident, whic was maybe a month after. The company offered me the job almost 2 months after the interview. The interview took place at their Mesa Office, but they hired me to work in their Phoenix office which is less than 10mins. away from where I currently live. I went on several job interviews around that time with different companies, hoping to get hired by a company who pays good, with less responsibility. Because after the accident I blamed it on my job, everybody, everything and anything, because of the responsibility level. I stated to myself that if I hadn't been at work pass the time of getting off this wouldn't have happened, I wouldn't have been at the intersection at that time. Yes, as I stated above, I questioned everything and everybody, including myself. Anyway I put in my two weeks notice as Group Home manager with my previous employer and started work two weeks later with my new employer. I have my own big office, a complany cell phone, a company lap top, I get a monthly gas allowance for when we have to do new client intakes and supervisory home visits. I am a supervisor of over 200 care givers, we have over 200 clients whom we provide home care services for. 85% of our clients use their family members to help provide care for them and the other 15% use our agency care givers. All of the care givers are employed by our company, the agency and the family care givers. It is currently 3 of us who work in the Phoenix Office, it will soon be 5 working out of that office. This privately owned Home Care Company is a growing company with offices in other parts of AZ. The owner is currently in Texas starting a Home Care company there. Our Head Quarters and Human Resource is in Scottsdale, AZ which is the office where the owner of the company and her husband works out of. I have met the owner, she is a tough middle age petite in size business woman that doesn't play. She expects a lot out of us and she takes in no excuses. We have conference calls and webinars on a weekly basis in which we have to participate in no matter if we are in the office at the time or out in the field. There are excellent opportunities with this company. Each office area in AZ basically runs the company covering their areas. We practically do everything in our Phoenix Office that covers Glendale, Scottsdale, Phoenix and many other surrounding city areas where our clients live. I was overwhelmed at first when I started this job, because there was so much to learn, which there still is. And plus I needed a break, to take a long enough vacation in between leaving my old job that had big responsibilities to starting this new job which seemed to be 20times the amount of responsibilities than my previous job, which I already knew what I was getting myself into, but I truly didn't know to what extent. I was very overwhelmed at first almost regretting taking on a job like this kind, but after two weeks of working their it was almost like a heavy load was lifted off my shoulders. The seemingly heavy overwhelming load was greatly lifted, now you can't tell me nothing, just kidding. I can truly say that I am good at what I do, very good. A lot of work to do and grounds to cover, but I am getting it covered. I now have to get deeply involved in knowing the health care laws, some of the politics part of it and anything else that has to do with this type of business. I had to take a test so that I can train Care givers to obtain their certifications and I of course passed. We do the hiring, the firing, the certification training, the client intakes and so much more. Of course I would love to make more money, but I am grateful for what I do make. Although I would rather make more with way less responsibilities, I have already learned a lot while working for the pass two months for this company. Still a lot more to learn and to fully understand about home care, health care and whatever else. I am open for learning more and more and more. I am so grateful and thankful to God for being determined, driven and up for challenging myself and my abilities. Don't know where this is taking me, although I try to fight it and want to give up at times, some how it is not in me to give up and run away from challenges. I was looking for a job with less responsibilities, but some how ended up with it seems to be 20times more responsibility than my previous employer, although I mastered being a Group Home Manager, it became too easy for me. My big bosses trusted me because my Group Home was the only one out of the other four Group Homes that my supervisor was over, that ran smoothly. My paperwork was well organized and in order and so were my clients and staff. My Group Home was recognized as being well cleaned and in great order. My Bosses boss thanked me for helping to make her job easier, because they werent getting problem calls at any time, but especially not over the weeking from me in regards to my staff or my clients misbehaving. My group home had a bad client that lived in it but after a while he became a much better person. My clients as well as my staff knew that I took my job seriously.

    My group home clients had health and mental disabilities. I helped them to change their eating habits, (because I had to grocery shop for my grop home every week). I helped themto manage their money much better (I was responsible for handling, keeping up with how their funds were being spend, with creating spending ledgers). I had my Group Home clients to join a health club, along with myself and some of my staff. We joined planet fitness, which was an affordable membership for everyone to join. We worked out at planet fitness with the clients at least 3 to 4 times a week. I was able to talk my clients DDD Support Coordinator into purchasing season Diamond back tickets and the Arizona Rattlers Arena football season tickets for one of my clients in which a staff can go with him for free. So i went to a few Diamondback and Rattlers games while working. Some of my staff attended the games also. What a job. Now this same client since I have been gone has the Phoenix Suns season tickets. Man I am going to miss out on going to the Phoenix Suns basketball games. I have been visiting with them whenever I have the time since I have left and they are always happy to see me. What I started and put in place for them still continues, they were working out at Planet Fitness the last time I visit with them, I went to Planet fitness to see them. One of the clients gets his hair cut everytwo weeks and a pedicure and a manicure according to what I had set in place for him when I was the Group Home Manager. I expected my staff to show concern and care for the clients as I did. I set the example and they all had to follow with no exceptions. I took better care of them than I do for myself. I have experienced the many of times in my life when my hair, nails, clothes, shoes, purse and jewelry all had to be top notch. I have pampered myself many of times. I still can whenever I chose to. I am more focused on others who never had a chance to live a more organized life, experiencing the better things in life. I also made sure that my Group Home clients got a chance to experience eating out at different types of restaurants in which they never got a chance to experience before. They enjoyed and still enjoy the many different experiences and opportunities that have been made available and open to them. My supervisor and other bosses didn't want to see me go, but they did understand why I had to leave. I recommended one of my best staff to become the new Group Home Manager and immediately after I left he went into training for the new group home manager and he has been a good fit since. I am so very grateful and thankful to God that I left a great big possitive impact behind on my clients especially and on my staff and bosses. I received so many great complements in regards to how my presence and attitude. Just being myself, I can't be anything else but who I uniquely am, being me comes more natural for me. I can only be me, being anyone else is being a fake. I love being unique and different.

    Now back to chatting about my new job. There are so many disabled people in this world, mentally and physically. Since I started working in this professional last year in May of 2014, I have discovered that there are a lot of physically and mentally disabled people in this world. Since I have been working for this new company I have had more interaction and open communication with the disabled. All of these people are truly sick and most of them will never get well which is very unfortunate. Most of them do not believe that they will ever be well again, so therefore they have accepted. And with some of themtheir health is beyond repair. Some of them can become very angry and some of them can remain in okay spirits. I sit in their homes when I do my client intakes or home visits and I patiently listen to what they have to say. At times we talk and do lots of laughing, I try to lighten the mood. I try to connect with everyone no matter what race or level of life they are at. Most of the time I naturally make the connection. I get invites to return for a visit at anytime. It is great when people trust you and feel at eased with you on your first meeting. I aim to please. People are already hurting and going through, no one wants to feel rejected, alone or reminded of the reality of the real deal.

    I was a bit angry with my parents for not encouraging their children to take better care of themselves as they became adults, (although when we are adults we sometimes won't easily listen to others), especially when you are spiritual and you see and make known what is wrong in everyone else but ignore what you see in your own children even when you may believe that something might be very wrong. I was angry with my brother Matthew (whom passed away with a heart attack in February of 2015 and with my big Sister Sherry (whom passed away with breast cancer a day before Thanksgiving, November of 2010) for not caring enough about their health. Our health is extremely important, we can become very successful in life with everything else, but if our health fails we will not be able to greatly enjoy our great success. When I get sick with a minor cold I am a big baby, even though when I have no other choice I have to keep on moving, so I know that I will be at my worst if I had to suffer with having to live with a permanent illness that required me to be physically limited having to take multiple types of medications just to help make the transition a bit more comfortable or much more tolerable. When our Care Givers try to call off , I remind them that the excuses that they are trying to make are nothing and are very lame compared to the continuous, much needed and serious needs in which our clients truly have inwhich their assignments as their care givers are to provide. These people truly need help and most of them can not do without it. I am more grateful for the opportunity to serve the ones who are in much serious need. Unfortunately there will always be mentally and physically disabled people in this world. Unfortunately there will always be poor people in this world. Your job is to take your place in this world in doing your part in helping to make a difference in the lives of the ones who sincerely need it. I asked God why do you have me around these people? Am I doing what I am suppose to while being around them? I can be very hard on myself in wondering what is my true place and have I done enough with what I have done? My children come first before anyone outside of my immediate family. My children are very important to me, I love them so very much. I am so very grateful to God for blessing me with them both. I just hope that I have been a great example before them and that I am being an amazing mother and role model. I hope that both my children are so very glad to have me as there mother. I hope that they are satisfied with the services in which I have provided for them both and in which I will continue to provide for them until the day I die, without suffocating, babying or chasing them away. I tell my kids all the time to be grateful and very thankful for what you have been blessed with, because they have been blessed with plenty. I get fierce with my daughter Joy sometimes because although she has more than one pair of shoes and clothing she will wear her favorite pair of shoes, jacket or clothes even after it gets very ragedy. She tells me I like these or these ragedy shoes are extremely comfortable. I tell her that she represents me and that although I don't want her to be caught up on what people say, that most people will choose to believe that she doesn't have anything else. Of course she doesn't care just as long as they don't let her know what they may be thinking. No it is not about what people say or think about you, but I just want my kids to represent themselves and myself well. In character traits inside and out and a little bit in how you carry yourself on the outside, your outward appearance still counts.

    I greatly missed chatting with YOU ALL, I was only planning to type a little something to share with you. Now some parts of my life are no longer private. Greatly enjoy the Thanksgiving quotes below.

    Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to be grateful and thankful to those who are important in our life. It is the time when you send wonderful Thanksgiving Wishes 2015 to special people, family and friends to thank them for being there when you needed them.

    Thanksgiving Quotes: Meaningful Sayings To Share Around The Dinner Table

    Thanksgiving is a day to count one’s blessings, reconnect with friends and relatives, and to gorge on traditional turkey day fare while trying to avoid popping any seams. Just like the first Thanksgiving feast, when New Englanders and Native Americans came together to share a meal, American families across the country will join around the dinner table to celebrate what was historically the end of the harvest season.

    A few meaningful words can go a long way when entertaining guests on turkey day. Here are Thanksgiving quotes, from presidents, musicians, TV hosts, spiritual leaders and more.

    Inspirational Thanksgiving Quotes

    “There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.” -- O. Henry

    “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” -- Willie Nelson

    “Appreciation can change a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.” -- Margaret Cousins

    “Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” -- William Arthur Ward

    “If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.” -- W. Clement Stone

    “Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.” -- Oprah Winfrey

    Presidential Thanksgiving Quotes

    “Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will.” -- President Franklin D. Roosevelt

    “All across America, we gather this week with the people we love to give thanks to God for the blessings in our lives.” -- President George W. Bush

    “Sharing in God’s blessings is at the heart of Thanksgiving and at the core of the American spirit.” -- President Bill Clinton

    "We are profoundly grateful for the blessings bestowed upon us: the preservation of our freedom, so dearly bought and so highly prized; our opportunities for human welfare and happiness, so limitless in their scope; our material prosperity, so far surpassing that of earlier years; and our private spiritual blessings, so deeply cherished by all. For these we offer fervent thanks to God." -- President Harry Truman

    “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown.” -- Abraham Lincoln

    Spiritual Thanksgiving Quotes

    “The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” -- Dalai Lama

    "In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit." -- Albert Schweitzer

    “Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” -- W.T. Purkiser

    "Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." -- Charles Dickens

    “I give thanks to my Creator for this wonderful life where each of us has the opportunity to learn lessons we could not fully comprehend by any other means.” -- Joseph B. Wirthlin

    "God is glorified, not by our groans, but by our thanksgivings.” -- Edwin Percy Whipple

    Funny Thanksgiving Quotes

    “Thanksgiving dinners take 18 hours to prepare. They are consumed in 12 minutes. Halftimes take 12 minutes. This is not coincidence.” -- Erma Bombeck

    “An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.” -- Irv Kupcinet

    "When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup." -- Sam Lefkowitz

    “Thanksgiving, man. Not a good day to be my pants.” -- Kevin James

    Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. - Marcel Proust

    If you made a list of all the things you could be thankful for, the list would undoubtedly be longer than your misfortunes. - Catherine Pulsifer

    The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving. - H.U. Westermayer

    Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. - Melody Beattie

    Funny Thanksgiving Day 2015 Quotes

    Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse. - Henry Van Dyke

    “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” - Marcus Tullius Cicero

    “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” - Willie Nelson

    "We are blessed in so many ways; many things we take for granted but we should stop and be thankful each and every day."

    If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice. - Meister Eckhart

    Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves. - Henry Ward Beecher

    Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. ? W.T. Purkiser

    If a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got, he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get. - Frank A. Clark

    I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. - Henry David Thoreau

    “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “Appreciation can change a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.” - Margaret Cousins

    Thanksgiving Day Quotes 2015

    "Practicing gratitude is a very powerful tool to shift your attention on the things you don't have to the things you do have and this alone will make you feel better." - Noelia Aanulds

    Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude. - E.P. Powell

    Our rural ancestors, with little blest, Patient of labour when the end was rest, Indulged the day that housed their annual grain, With feasts, and off'rings, and a thankful strain. - Alexander Pope

    None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy. - Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

    Over and over I marvel at the blessings of my life: Each year has grown better than the last. - Lawrence Welk

    “Praise God even when you don’t understand what He is doing.” - Henry Jacobsen

    “If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.” - W. Clement Stone

    Thanksgiving Day 2015 Quotes

    It is when we stop thinking about what we don't have or what we lack, and become grateful for who we are, that we can gain access to true unlimited inspiration. - Frank Arrigazzi

    He who thanks but with the lips Thanks but in part; The full, the true Thanksgiving Comes from the heart. - J.A. Shedd

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

    Thanksgiving is a time when the world gets to see just how blessed and how workable the Christian system is. The emphasis is not on giving or buying, but on being thankful and expressing that appreciation to God and to one another. - John Clayton

    “Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” - Maya Angelou

    “All across America, we gather this week with the people we love to give thanks to God for the blessings in our lives.” - President George W. Bush

    God is glorified, not by our groans, but by our thanksgivings. - Edwin Percy Whipple

    Remember God's bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude! - Henry Ward Beecher

    Drink and be thankful to the host! What seems insignificant when you have it, is important when you need it. - Franz Grillparzer

    Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving. - Amy Grant

    I give thanks to my Creator for this wonderful life where each of us has the opportunity to learn lessons we could not fully comprehend by any other means. - Joseph B. Wirthlin

    “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” - G.K. Chesterton

    “Sharing in God’s blessings is at the heart of Thanksgiving and at the core of the American spirit.” - President Bill Clinton

    Thanksgiving Day 2015 quotes and sayings

    Thank you consists of just eight letters that form two of the most meaningful words in the English vocabulary. - Doborah Norville

    Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow. - Edward Sandford Martin

    Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds. - Theodore Roosevelt

    God gave us our relatives; thank God we can choose our friends. - Ethel Watts Mumford

    Thanksgiving is a blessing in disguise. With your friends and family near, make this day as special as you can and thank them with your heart. Happy Thanksgiving!

    May the good things of life

    be yours in abundance

    not only at Thanksgiving

    but throughout the coming year

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

    Hoping your Thanksgiving is filled with blessings and joy.

    Wishing you the happiness of good friends,

    the joy of a happy family, and the wonder of the holiday season.

    Have a magical thanksgiving!

    I am thankful for the joy and happiness in my life.

    Wishing you peace,

    love and happiness on this Thanksgiving Day!

    Being thankful for all that

    we have paved the way for receiving even more...

    this is the very essence of Thanksgiving!

    Greetings! Hoping that this Thanksgiving will be your best one yet!

    May you enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving,

    Sending you double blessings as you celebrate the Festival of Lights and Thanksgiving.

    Funny Thanksgiving Day 2015 Wishes

    With Thankfulness for all we have, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

    “Sing songs of merriment, sing songs of joy, sing in high spirits and good faith too...

    but don't you forget to sing a song of thankfulness,

    for Thanksgiving is all about being grateful for one's blessings,

    so one can be blessed once more, anew!

    “Some friendships become more beautiful over time.

    Thank you for the encouragement you add to my life!

    Iwish you a heartfelt Thanksgiving.

    "A special greeting of

    Thanksgiving time to express

    to you our sincere appreciation

    for your support and loyalty.

    We are deeply thankful and

    extend to you our best wishes

    for a happy and healthy

    Thanksgiving Day."

    The gift of wonderful friends is the nicest blessing of all.

    Kept in the heart and prayers all year,

    and, especially during this special season.

    Deeply thankful and extending to you the best of wishes.

    May you enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving!

    Giving thanks humbles us on this special day.

    Enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

    Roast Turkey, scrumptious pies, freshly brewed cider, vegetables and fruits galore and golden baked goodies align the table...

    as the toast to Thanksgiving is raised..let's take a moment to reflect and

    be thankful to the Lord for blessing us with so much and for making us able.

    Nobility is served on the plate of Thanksgiving since noble is that man who expresses his gratitude.

    May you have a great Thanksgiving Day!

    One of the joys of

    Thanksgiving is wishing you

    a happy Holiday Season

    and a healthy and prosperous


    “November is the time to be thankful,

    a time to remember and to embrace those who enrich our lives.

    I'm thankful for a lot of things,

    but I'm most thankful for YOU!

    Thanksgiving Day Wishes 2015

    "May you enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving.

    Wishing you a year filled with warm and cherished moments.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Enjoy your Thanksgiving Day with friends and

    family and give thanks for all that you have.

    Thanksgiving is a time to gather around loved ones .

    to be grateful for all that we have been so abundantly blessed with

    and also to spare a thought for those not so lucky.

    It is a season of bountifulness and a reason to share the same ....

    true Thanksgiving is in actually doing that - Giving !!!

    Here comes the time to be merry,

    don’t hold your heart and be sorry.

    Better it is to say, ‘Thank You’,

    than be always so blue. Happy Thanksgiving Day!

    At this time of

    Thanksgiving celebration

    our thoughts turn gratefully

    warm appreciation."

    To live a life of gratitude is to catch a glimpse of heaven.

    Many Blessings to you on this Thanksgiving Day.

    “At this time of Thanksgiving celebration our thoughts turn gratefully to you with warm appreciation.

    Our best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.

    Thanksgiving Day 2015 Wishes

    Wishing you a Happy and Bountiful Thanksgiving Day!

    This is a day to remember everything in our lives small and large,

    and give thanks.

    On Thanksgiving and always,

    may you and your loved ones savor all that is rich...

    may the festivities come alive with the cornucopia of hope,

    faith and goodwill.

    Thanksgiving is the day when you turn to another family member

    and say, How long has Mom been drinking like this?

    My Mom, after six Bloody Marys looks

    at the turkey and goes, Here, kitty, kitty.

    You are a very special blessing to us.

    May love, joy and happiness be yours in abundance this holiday season.

    Thanksgiving for people is… The morning sun and the setting moon,

    The cheerful bird and the dancing mood,

    The silent waters and the playful dunes But more than

    that cherish each other! Happy thanksgiving!

    Enjoy a special Thanksgiving with loved ones and friends.

    This is the day set aside to be grateful and humble to all that we have.

    As the festive dinner is laid, and with rich aromas the air is replete,

    it is only by offering heartfelt thanks to the Lord-

    that the family Thanksgiving celebrations are complete.

    Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute,

    once a year; to the honest man

    it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.

    Give thanks with a grateful heart. Happy wishes for the people in your life!

    There have been times when you forgot to thank others for being there for you.

    Take this day to tell them how special they are

    and how great your life has become because of them.

    Have a memorable thanksgiving.

    Practice the 20 days of thankfulness,

    by choosing one thing a day to be thankful for.

    Be thankful for your health. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

    A Thankful person is always more likely to be happy not just on Thanksgiving

    but right through life...

    so make a start this Thanksgiving!!!

    “Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness,

    universal to all ages and all faiths.

    At whatever straws we must grasp,

    there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings.

    Thanksgiving Day 2015 Wishes sayings

    We are thankful for the blessings this year

    And count you among what is dear.

    Sending love and warm wishes your way

    For a beautiful and happy Thanksgiving Day!

    The beauty of the lord is that,

    he gives even without being asked,

    helps without being seen, and stays even when we forget to say thank you.

    I take this day to thank you God for everything.

    May you also have plenty of reasons to thank God.

    Happy thanksgiving!

    As you sit down to enjoy your Thanksgiving day feast,

    remember all the people that are not as lucky,

    and be thankful for everything in our lives today.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

    The key to contentment lies solely in being thankful for

    what one has been blessed with. Only then will one be blessed with more. Happy Thanksgiving!

    May you have a wonderful time this Thanksgiving,

    with friends and family.

    Enjoy Happy Thanksgiving Day.

    I count you among my many blessings.

    Thinking of you and sending warm wishes

    for a bright and beautiful holiday!

    May you be bestowed upon with the best of everything

    and have the strength to surpass any obstacle.

    The lord will lead your way.

    Have a blessed thanksgiving.

    Enjoy a bountiful harvest on this Thanksgiving Day

    as we remember the pilgrims who celebrated on this special day.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    It's time to celebrate our friendship and cherish the memories

    that we've shared with happiness and cheer.

    Wishing you the joys of Thanksgiving!

    Bible Verses about


    1 Thessalonians 5:18

    Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

    Philippians 4:6

    Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

    Psalm 7:17

    I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.

    Psalm 107:1

    Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

    Ephesians 5:20

    Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

    Psalm 100:1-5

    A Psalm for giving thanks. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

    James 1:17

    Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

    Matthew 6:25-34

    “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. ...

    Isaiah 12:1-6

    You will say in that day: “I will give thanks to you, O Lord, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me. “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth. ...

    Psalm 50:14

    Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High,

    Hebrews 13:15

    Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.

    Lamentations 3:23

    They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

    Psalm 116:12

    What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me?

    Colossians 3:15

    And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

    Psalm 136:1-26

    Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who alone does great wonders, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever; ...

    2 Corinthians 2:14

    But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.

    Psalm 31:19

    Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!

    Leviticus 7:11-15

    “And this is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings that one may offer to the Lord. If he offers it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer with the thanksgiving sacrifice unleavened loaves mixed with oil, unleavened wafers smeared with oil, and loaves of fine flour well mixed with oil. With the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving he shall bring his offering with loaves of leavened bread. And from it he shall offer one loaf from each offering, as a gift to the Lord. It shall belong to the priest who throws the blood of the peace offerings. And the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving shall be eaten on the day of his offering. He shall not leave any of it until the morning.

    Psalm 95:1-6

    Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. ...

    Psalm 103:2

    Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,

    Isaiah 38:19-20

    The living, the living, he thanks you, as I do this day; the father makes known to the children your faithfulness. The Lord will save me, and we will play my music on stringed instruments all the days of our lives, at the house of the Lord.

    Psalm 92:1-15

    A Psalm. A Song for the Sabbath. It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night, to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre. For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy. How great are your works, O Lord! Your thoughts are very deep! ...

    Luke 6:38

    Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

    Deuteronomy 8:11-14

    “Take care lest you forget the Lord your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today, lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery,

    1 Chronicles 16:8

    Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!

    Philippians 1:3-11

    I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. ...

    Psalm 103:1-5

    Of David. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

    Hebrews 2:1-8

    Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. Now it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. ...

    Romans 12:1

    I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

    Psalm 1:1-6

    Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; ...

    Ephesians 4:11-16

    And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, ...

    Habakkuk 3:17

    Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls,

    James 5:13

    Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.

    1 Timothy 4:1-3

    Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.

    2 Corinthians 9:10-15

    He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission flowing from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others, while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you. ...

    Colossians 4:2

    Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.

    Ephesians 1:15-18

    For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,

    Psalm 92:1-5

    A Psalm. A Song for the Sabbath. It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night, to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre. For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy. How great are your works, O Lord! Your thoughts are very deep!

    Psalm 75:1

    To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Psalm of Asaph. A Song. We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks, for your name is near. We recount your wondrous deeds.

    Psalm 147:7-9

    Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre! He covers the heavens with clouds; he prepares rain for the earth; he makes grass grow on the hills. He gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry.

    Psalm 91:1-2

    He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

    Psalm 69:30-31

    I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs.

    1 Chronicles 16:12

    Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles and the judgments he uttered,

    1 Thessalonians 5:17

    Pray without ceasing,

    2 Corinthians 4:15

    For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

    1 Peter 2:5

    You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

    Hebrews 12:28

    Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe,

    2 Corinthians 9:15

    Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!

    Psalm 92:1-2

    A Psalm. A Song for the Sabbath. It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night,

    1 Chronicles 29:3

    Moreover, in addition to all that I have provided for the holy house, I have a treasure of my own of gold and silver, and because of my devotion to the house of my God I give it to the house of my God:

    1 Chronicles 23:30

    And they were to stand every morning, thanking and praising the Lord, and likewise at evening,

    1 Timothy 2:1

    First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,

    Acts 28:2

    The native people showed us unusual kindness, for they kindled a fire and welcomed us all, because it had begun to rain and was cold.

    Matthew 25:35

    For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,

    Psalm 139:1-24

    To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. ...

    Psalm 17:7

    Wondrously show your steadfast love, O Savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand.

    Colossians 3:16

    Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

    2 Corinthians 3:18

    And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

    Romans 15:13

    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.




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  • September 11, 2001

    September 11th Fast Facts


    19 men hijacked four fuel-loaded U.S. commercial airlines bound for west coast destinations. This terrorist attack on the United States was orchestrated by al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. A total of 2,977 people were killed in New York City, Washington, DC, and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania, in the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history.

    The Victims:

    At the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan, 2,753 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 were intentionally crashed in the north and south towers.

    Of those who perished during the initial attacks and the subsequent collapses of the towers, 343 were New York City firefighters, another 23 were New York City police officers and 37 others were officers at the Port Authority.

    The victims ranged in age from two to 85 years. Approximately 75-80 percent of the victims were men.

    At the Pentagon in Washington, 184 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building.

    Near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, 40 passengers and crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 93 died when the plane crashed into a field. It is believed that the hijackers crashed the plane in that location, rather than their unknown target, after the passengers and crew attempted to retake control of the flight deck.

    As of September 2015, 1,640 of 2,753 WTC victims' remains have been positively identified.


    September 11, 2001

    - 8:46am ET - American Airlines Flight 11 (traveling from Boston to Los Angeles) strikes the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.

    - 9:03am ET - United Airlines Flight 175 (traveling from Boston to Los Angeles) strikes the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.

    - 9:37am ET - American Airlines Flight 77 (traveling from Dulles, Virginia to Los Angeles) strikes the Pentagon Building in Washington.

    - 9:59am ET - South tower of WTC collapses in approximately 10 seconds.

    - 10:03am ET - United Airlines Flight 93 (traveling from Newark, New Jersey to San Francisco) crashes in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

    - 10:28am ET - North tower of WTC collapses. The time between the first attack and the collapse of both World Trade Center towers is 102 minutes.

    December 13, 2001 - The U.S. government releases a tape in which Osama bin Laden takes responsibility for the attacks.

    December 18, 2001 - Congress approves a measure to allow the president to designate September 11th as "Patriot Day" on each anniversary of the attacks.

    January 23, 2004 - The New York City Medical Examiner's Office has issued 2,749 death certificates, the first time since the attacks that the number of death certificates has matched the number of victims.

    June 15, 2004 - The Victims Compensation Fund finishes its work processing death and injury claims from families and relatives of Sept. 11 victims. Families of those killed had until December 22, 2003, to apply for compensation. Families who agreed to get compensation from the federal fund agreed not to sue the airlines.

    February 22, 2005 - Saying it has exhausted all DNA technology, the New York City Medical Examiner's Office halts the process of identifying human remains from the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center site. Of the 2,749 people known to have been killed at the World Trade Center site, only 1,585, or 58 percent, are identified by recovered physical remains.

    April 2, 2007 - The remains of two more victims of 9/11 at the World Trade Center are positively identified. Of the 2,749 known deaths in the attacks in New York, 1,146 victims have yet to be linked to remains.

    May 24, 2007 - The Chief Medical Examiner of New York City, Dr. Charles S. Hirsch, rules that the death of Felicia Dunn-Jones in 2002, from dust exposure, is directly linked to the 9/11 attack and therefore a homicide. This raises the 9/11 death toll to 2,750.

    July 19, 2007 - The New York Medical Examiner's Office announces that the remains of three more people are positively identified. 1,133 victims, 41 percent of the total, remain unidentified.

    April 7, 2008 - The New York City Medical Examiner's Office announces that the remains of four more victims have been identified. As of this date, 1,621 victims have been identified, leaving 1,129 unidentified.

    January 2009 - The medical examiner's office rules that Leon Heyward, who died the previous year of lymphoma and lung disease, is a homicide victim because he was caught in the toxic dust cloud just after the towers collapsed. This brings the total number of 9/11 victim death toll to 2,752.

    June 17, 2011 - The New York medical examiner rules that Jerry Borg's death on December 15, 2010 is a result of inhaling toxic substances from the dust cloud generated by the collapsing twin towers. This brings the number of victims at the World Trade Center site to 2,753 and the overall 9/11 victim death toll to 2,977.

    August 23, 2011 - The New York City Medical Examiner's Office announces that remains from the World Trade Center have been positively identified as 40-year-old Ernest James. As of this date, 1,632 victims have been identified, leaving as many as 1,121 unidentified.

    February 10, 2012 - The New York City Chief Medical Examiner's office announces that remains from the World Trade Center have been positively identified as 42-year-old Karol Ann Keasler. As of this date, 1,633 victims have been identified, leaving as many as 1,120 unidentified.

    July 5, 2013 - Remains are identified as firefighter Lt. Jeffrey P. Waltz, who was last seen in the north tower of the WTC.

    May 10, 2014 - The unidentified remains of those killed in the attacks are returned to the World Trade Center site where they will be kept in a repository under the jurisdiction of the Office of Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York. According to the Medical Examiner's Office, of the 2,753 people reported missing at the World Trade Center, 1,115 victims, or 41 percent of the total, have not been identified.

    March 19, 2015 - The New York City Medical Examiner's Office positively identifies the remains of 26-year-old Matthew Yarnell. 1,113 victims remain unidentified.

    September 11th Victim Compensation Fund:

    Operated from December 2001 to 2003.

    The Victim Compensation Fund received 7,408 applications for both death claims and personal injury claims.

    The fund made awards in 5,560 of those cases.

    January 2, 2011 - President Barack Obama signs James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, reopening and expanding the scope of the VCF.

    Economic Impact:

    $500,000 - Estimated amount of money it cost to plan and execute the 9/11 attacks.

    $123 billion - Estimated economic loss during the first 2-4 weeks after the World Trade Center towers collapsed in New York City, as well as decline in airline travel over next few years

    $60 billion - Estimated cost of the WTC site damage, including damage to surrounding buildings, infrastructure and subway facilities.

    $40 billion - Value of the emergency anti-terrorism package approved by the U.S. Congress on September 14, 2001.

    $15 billion - Aid package passed by Congress to bail out the airlines.

    $9.3 billion - Insurance claims arising from the 9/11 attacks.

    Cleanup at Ground Zero:

    May 30, 2002 - Cleanup at Ground Zero officially ends .

    It took 3.1 million hours of labor to clean up 1.8 million tons of debris.

    The total cost of cleanup was $750 million.

    Homeland Security:

    The Department of Homeland Security was created in response to September 11.

    It merged 22 governmental agencies into one, including the Customs Service, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    The Dept. of Homeland Security placed 130 U.S. inspectors at ports in major European, Asian and Muslim nations, as well as strategically-located ports, to inspect cargo for nuclear, chemical or biological weapons being smuggled into the U.S.

    March 12, 2002 - The Homeland Security Advisory System is introduced.

    April 26, 2011 - The National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) replaces the color-coded Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS).

    Unfortunately there was a great impact left on this world because of this tragedy, which will forever remain somewhat confused in our memories. On September 11, 2001 my daughter Joy Monay Perez was 1 year old and my son Jerry Vernardo Perez Jr. was 6 years old, he was in 1st grade attending Evangelical School which was a private Christian School he had been attending since pre-school. At the time this tragedy was occurring I was living in my Hometown, Chicago ILLinois. On September 11, 2001 during the tragedy I was purchasing my sons school uniforms at a Private School Uniform Headquarters retail store, my big sister Mary was with me also at the time. We walked into the store while the woman behind the counter was watching TV, she asked "have you heard what has happened?". This was after the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center. We were all shocked and lost for words. On my way back home I prayed for my family and for this entire world, then cried like a baby. I still have a very sensitive feeling towards what has happened on that Day. Now here we are exactly 14 years later, my daughter is now a young lady who is 15 years of age. A straight 'A' student, who has loved and enjoyed school since pre-school. It seems her love for school has greatly increased since then. She is very active and extremely dedicated when it comes to her home work, her studies and her before and after school involvement in extra-curriculum activities. She is on the girls basketball team, she participated in baskeball camp this summer and in marching band camp at her school. She is in the marching band and jazz band at her school, the compete in competitions, perform at her schools football games and they perform at school concerts. The instrument she plays are the drums in both bands. She wants to learn how to play the trambone, the keyboard and the guitar on this year all by learning how to read the music and she will. She had an opportunity to join the marching band on last year which was her first year in High School even at the last minute after try-outs was over, her teacher was going to give her a spot in marching band, but she didn't want to do it at the time, but now of course she a part of it and she loves it. Her music teacher attends Phoenix First Church also, where he and his wife are part of the music ministry in which they both play different instruments during praise and worship. Her music teacher has chosen her to play the drums in the Phoenix First Christmas production play, which is a huge production that takes place around the Christmas Holiday with live animals included. So excited for her. So amazing how years ago when we first started going to Phoenix First I spoke I wanted my kids to play and participate in their drama and music ministry and now here we go years later, at least one of them for now soon will. Now how AMAZING IS THAT!!! Her schedule for this school year is full and she is handling it well as she always does. Her school marching band will participate in a September 11 parade on today, here in AZ. Her teacher is a great guy. I love it when real talent is not going un-noticed, especially when it is my childrens talent. One thing she does everyday before leaving out to go to school is solve her rubiks cube, which is something she learned to do in records time, while attending Kings Ridge Preparatory Academy Middle School, it still only takes her a few seconds to solve it. So very Amazing, this girl. Her focus level is at an extremely high standard, Awesome, Excellent.....

    Will add more to this Blog later tonight.........so feel free to return back here for more. Got to go for now......Spread unconditional love all around, stay in peace and BE SAFE EVERYONE!

    Martha Wooden


    Spending some time with the most significant person in your life, YOU.....Well worth it......

    For many, alone is a negative state of being. Society doesn’t help with this either; being alone often carries a social stigma, implying isolation, being on the outside. This perceived sense of aloneness seems to imply that being by one’s self is not volitional, that it’s not a choice we make but rather, an imposed state where a person is not socially engaged in the way that is somehow expected. Even further, it may imply that there is something actually wrong or defective with a person who remains alone.

    Social media gives us the impression---the illusion---that we are connected even if it’s only interacting with somebody’s words. Clicking “like” is the abbreviated form of saying, “I hear you and I agree”. Comments serve as conversation as if we had really interacted with that person in real time. Without this connection through devices that keep us informed to the minute we may feel anxious that we will be alone and left out. But I believe that most of us really know in our heart of hearts that our constant focus on this kind of communication deprives us of having real human interaction. Even more importantly, this kind of communication may keep us from having meaningful communion with ourselves.

    Unlike being alone, loneliness often implies that you are looking for someone or something that you feel you need in order to feel secure and happy. For some, loneliness may be a chronic condition where your own company is never enough; where spending time with yourself may produce anxiety and sometimes worse symptoms such as panic attacks and depression. For many, the perceived solution to keep this fear away is to make sure that you are always in the company of another.

    Of course, Loneliness is not “one size fits all”. As with anything, there may be varying degrees of severity depending upon one’s personality and life experiences. For example, loneliness may be experienced by some as a painful reminder of previous loss and abandonment---feeling rejected, not cared for, or unloved.

    Although alone and lonely are often thought of as being one in the same, alone doesn’t equal loneliness. Learning to be alone may be initially scary but once mastered serves as the cornerstone for your development and growth as a human being. There’s so much to be gained from learning to rely, and more importantly, to trust your own inner voice as the best source for your own guidance.

    Being alone allows you to drop your “social guard”, thus giving you the freedom to be introspective, to think for yourself. You may be able to make better choices and decisions about who you are and what you want without outside influence. Often, we are swayed by the thoughts, feelings, attitudes, beliefs, and behavior of those in our immediate sphere. Of course, you may ask others for their advice and opinions but ultimately, consulting yourself and making up your own mind about what you want to do will lead you into the life that’s best for you.

    More specifically, learning how to be alone may serve you well when it comes to knowing what you need and want in a relationship. Some individuals allow their partner to tell them what to feel, what to want and do, largely because that is what their partner wants and needs. Certain relationships even require this. So if you’re too afraid to be alone and function on your own you’ll be selling yourself out, settling for a relationship (often not the healthiest, and sometimes, downright bad) that insures that you’re NEVER alone. The bottom line is that you cannot possibly have a healthy relationship with others if you haven’t learned to have a healthy relationship with yourself.

    People love to quote that line from Jerry Maguire, “You complete me.” I know it’s very romantic but what does it really say? That we’re not complete without another? Being alone allows you to access yourself as the complete person you already are.

    There doesn’t have to be a pathological reason to explain your anxiety about being alone. Fear of being alone may be simply a function of never having learned to do it! It may never have been encouraged and so the idea of it may feel alien and uncomfortable. Once you begin to venture into this territory you may find that your comfort about being alone increases. You may actually crave that time you spend by yourself.

    Here’s a note about raising children today. Many kids are hovered over and micromanaged. Very different from days gone by when children frequently had more time on their own alone and had to learn how to occupy themselves. While giving children a lot of opportunity to try various activities, we may be depriving them of this valuable time to learn how to be comfortable with themselves and to become resourceful. So alone time is a healthy thing to introduce early on to children who will carry the practice into their future lives.

    You may want to start small if being alone is new to you. Carve out time every week to be by yourself (or an hour a day if you can). Take yourself solo to a movie or dinner. Venture to new places. Explore. Be adventurous. Build on the small to take bigger and bigger risks. If you were to remain alone as a lifestyle assess what that might mean---living without a partner, being responsible for yourself, your choices and decisions, traveling solo, managing your own finances, creating a full and complete life for yourself. Even though you may want to be in relationship, can you be in a meaningful relationship with yourself if you had to?

    Take heart and example from the Great Masters. They embarked on solitary journeys to probe the depths of their being and to find answers in revelatory, transformative experiences. Spiritually, being alone may bring you closer to your inner being, allowing you to more readily access the creative and intuitive aspects of yourself.

    Give yourself the gift of your own time and energy---there’s nothing more worth it. Love and Enjoy being with yourself. Be in complete peace and in total harmony with yourself.

    Taking time out to be alone with self does not take you completely away from having social involvement with others whenever you want and are available to do so.


    WELL THIS IS ALL I HAVE TO SHARE WITH YOU FOR NOW IN TODAYS BLOG TALK. THANKS MUCH FOR STOPPING BY, YOU ARE ALL GREAAAAAATLY APPRECIATED. Just as Tony the Tiger would say, "Your're Greeeeeat", spoken in your beautiful unique voice.

    UNCONDITIONAL LOVE INFLUENCE....click on this link to read 1 CORINTHIANS 13

    Martha Wooden (RYM-TYM & OH! RADIO SHOW Creator/Host)

    Remember to keep Smiling GOD LOVES YOU and I-I-I-I do too.....

    God's love is A genuine, unconditonal, very special, unique to you and a very personal LOVE that you would never have to question or doubt.

    Thanks much for visiting, viewing, listening and reading



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