Sunday, October 19, 2008

Noahs Ark: Everything You Need to Know

Noah's Ark Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah's Ark .

ONE: Don't miss the boat.

TWO: Remember that we are all in the same boat

THREE: Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark .

FOUR: Stay fit. When you're 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.

FIVE: Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.

SIX: Build your future on high ground.

SEVEN: For safety's sake, travel in pairs.

EIGHT: Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.

NINE: When you're stressed, float awhile.

TEN: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.

ELEVEN: No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

If Suddenly You Forget Me

If suddenly
you forget me
do not look for me,
for I shall already have forgotten you.
If you think it long and mad,
the wind of banners
that passes through my life,
and you decide
to leave me at the shore
of the heart where I have roots,
remember that on that day,
at that hour, I shall lift my arms
and my roots will set off
to seek another land.
- Pablo Neruda

Monday, October 13, 2008

"The Second Coming"

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of "Spiritus Mundi"
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

-- William Butler Yeats, "The Second Coming"

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Anonymous Poem from Elderly Woman

What Do You See? What do you see, nurses, what do you see,
what are you thinking when you're looking at me?

A crabby old woman, not very wise, uncertain of habit, with faraway eyes.
Who dribbles her food and makes no reply when you say in a loud voice, "I do wish you'd try?"

Who seems not to notice the things that you do, and forever is losing a stocking or shoe.

Who, resisting or not, lets you do as you will with bathing and feeding, the long day to fill.
Is that what you're thinking? Is that what you see?

Then open your eyes, nurse; you're not looking at me.
I'll tell you who I am as I sit here so still, as I use at your bidding, as I eat at your will.

I'm a small child of ten with a father and mother, brothers and sisters, who love one another.
A young girl of sixteen, with wings on her feet, dreaming that soon now a lover she'll meet.

A bride soon at twenty-my heart gives a leap, remembering the vows that I promised to keep.
At twenty-five now, I have young of my own who need me to guide and a secure happy home.

A woman of thirty, my young now grown fast, bound to each other with ties that should last.

At forty my young sons have grown and are gone, but my man's beside me to see I don't mourn.

At fifty once more babies play round my knee, again we know children, my loved one and me.

Dark days are upon me, my husband is dead;
I look at the future, I shudder with dread.....
For my young are all rearing young of their own,
and I think of the years and the love that I've known.

I'm now an old woman and nature is cruel;
'tis jest to make old age look like a fool.

The body, it crumbles, grace and vigour depart,
there is now a stone where I once had a heart.

But inside this old carcass a young girl still dwells,
and now and again my battered heart swells.

I remember the joys, I remember the pain,
and I'm loving and living life over again.

I think of the years; all too few, gone too fast,
and accept the stark fact that nothing can last.

So open your eyes, nurses, open and see,
not a crabby old woman; look closer - see ME!!


This anonymous poem has been attributed to several sources. It is generally described as having been found among the possessions of an older woman who died in a geriatric ward of a hospital.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

"A Lily or a Rose? Which flower do I give?"

"A Lily or a Rose?
Which flower do I give?
I can't really decide,
So I only wish you to live.

A Lily or a Rose?
White isn't always pure,
Does red always mean blood?
Such raging emotions with no cure.

A Lily or a Rose?
A hard decision to make.
I couldn't do it,
So a Lily and a Rose I'll take.

A Lily or a Rose,
Such a sweet question of the heart.
I guess I'd want to make a new flower,
One that shows all the emotions and how you've been hurt.

A Lily or a Rose.
Neither is what I say,
For neither one is needed,
As long as you live another day."

By, Saddened Laughter.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Past is the Past

If your past has not been good, then don't dwell on it, nor bring it up in conversation nor think about it.
Leave the past in the past.

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, ... Philippians 3:13

Friday, September 12, 2008

Weekend Fun -Evolution-

A little girl asked her mother:
'How did the human race appear?'

The mother answered, 'God made Adam and Eve;
they had children; and so was all mankind made.'

Two days later the girl asked her father the same question.
The father answered,

'Many years ago there were monkeys fromwhich the human race evolved.'
The confused girl returned to her mother and said,

'Mom, how is it possible that you told me the human race was created by God,
and Dad said they developed from monkeys?'

The mother answered,

'Well, Dear, it is very simple.

I told you about my side of the family,

and your father told you about his.'

Sunday, September 7, 2008

The Face

I am the face of abuse
I hold the scares
Seen and unseen
I am the child
With innocence stolen
I am the young girl
That trusted wrongly
I am the woman
That chose poorly
Then suffered greatly
I am the voice
That cries out
In the darkness
I am the personality
Shattered and robed
Yes I am the face of abuse
That found the strength
To become a survivor
Red 3-11-07

Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Rain People

The Rain People

The Rain People are you and me and all people
immersed in the human frailty of emotionalism.

The Rain People are the drops of substance on
your window, your windshield when it rains.

The Rain People are those drops of water that dance
so closely, but afraid to touch and are so weak in
the abyss of love, for should they make
one mistake in love, and cry!........ they wash
themselves away and dissolve, becoming a vast
sheet of nothingness............ to love no more!

by poetry byWilly Art by The Peter Jones Studio and Gallery

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Are You Quicker than Sheep?

I thought I'd start my quest to improve the mental health of the human race by pitting you against a recalcitrant gang of sleepy sheep. How quick are your reactions ? You gotta shoot 'em before they escape ! Beware - it's addictive - you have been warned!

Are We Here to Take Life From the Future, Or to Give Life to the Future?

Credit Thomas Panto, thank you for the wonderful picture and the thought evoking question.

W/End Music Thread - Faye Wong- Eyes on Me

A Poem for Guardians: by Janet Phelan

Buy low
Sell high
Get rich
You still die

Kill the old
Rob their breath
Stuff your pockets
With your Second Death

Kill the old
Kill their young
Kill the song
Before it's sung

Burn the fields
Poison the well
Stick your profits
In your bank in Hell

There's a snake in the garden
There's a snake in your bed
There's a snake in your mirror
There's a snake in your head

It's a beautiful planet
So rich and green
And the Angel of God
Is nowhere to be seen

It's here for the taking
And when the day is through
It's all about money
And it's all about you

Janet Phelan

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Slow Dance


Have you ever watched kids
On a merry-go-round?
Or listened to the rain
slapping on the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly's
erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the
fading night?
You better slow down don't
dance so fast
Time is short the music won't
Do you run through each day
on the fly?
When you ask How are you?
Do you hear the reply?
When the day is done do you lie
in your bed
with the next hundred chores
running through your head?
You'd better slow down
Don't dance so fast
Time is short the music won't
Ever told your child, We'll do
it tomorrow?
And in your haste, Not see
his sorrow?
Ever lost touch, Let a good
friendship die?
Cause you never had time
To call and say,'Hi'
You'd better slow down
Don't dance so fast
Time is short the music won't
When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there
When you worry and hurry through your
It is like an unopened gift....
thrown away.
Life is not a race
Do take it slower
Hear the music
Before the song is over.

This is a poem written by a teenager with cancer. She wants to see how many people get her poem. It is quite the poem Please pass it on. She is a terminally ill young girl in a New York Hospital. It was sent by a medical doctor -

Thursday, August 7, 2008

O Captain! My Captain! -

Walt Whitman (1819?1892). Leaves of Grass. 1900.

O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather?d every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:
But O heart! heart! heart! O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies, Fallen cold and dead.

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up?for you the flag is flung?for you the bugle trills;

For you bouquets and ribbon?d wreaths?for you the shores a-crowding;
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head;
It is some dream that on the deck
You?ve fallen cold and dead.

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
The ship is anchor?d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won;
Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!
But I, with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Remember My Name


"My story must be told,

Must remain in constant memory

So my daughters won't cry my tears,

Or follow my tortured legacy ...

Love ain't a tricky thing if it's coming

From a healthy place ...

Maybe I should have loved him a little less ...

Maybe I should have not believed he'd

Never hit me again;

All those maybes will not bring me back again."

That's a prose poem by a dying woman and I've taken liberties in compressing the words of a final victim of domestic violence -- repetitive, relentless, domestic violence, a war between the sexes. We're aware of its presence, going on behind those walls we walk by, drive by every day. Maybe we're tired of hearing about it, bored by it because of its propinquity (nearness). Behind expensive walls but mostly behind dirty, littered walls. It's as old as Genesis but as current as the next 15 minutes, a strong body beating on a weaker body with fists, furniture, whatever's handy. The reasons are multiple, no single pattern. A man (most often) with the self control of a child. In his mindless fury taking his revenge on adults like those others who may have abused him when he was weak, helpless and tiny.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Elder Abuse is Everyones Problem:

Excerpt from Paradise Costs

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package.

?What food might it contain?? the mouse wondered.

He became frightened and devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.

Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning to all: ?There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!?

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head, and said, ?Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it.?

The mouse scurried to the pig and told him, ?There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!?

The pig sympathized, but said, ?I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it. I?d be very careful if I were you, but it?s no threat to me.?

The mouse turned to the cow and said, ?There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!?

The cow sighed and said, ?Wow, Mr. Mouse. I?m sorry for you, but it?s no skin off my nose.?

So the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer?s mousetrap alone.

That very night, a sound was heard throughout the house the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey.

The farmer?s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was

a venomous snake whose tail had caught the trap.

The snake bit the farmer?s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital, and she returned home with a fever.

Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup?s main ingredient: chicken.

But his wife?s sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. to feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.

The farmer?s wife did not get well; she died. Many people came to her funeral to share the farmer?s pain. To provide enough food for all of the mourners, the farmer slaughtered the cow.

The mouse looked out on it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness. All of his barnyard friends were gone, and he was all alone.

He sniffled and choked back tears, thinking, ?I tried so hard to warn them, and they wouldn?t listen.?

Perhaps next time you hear someone is facing a problem And, you think it doesn?t concern you, you?ll remember:

When one of us is threatened, we are all at risk.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Lao Tsu

Watch your thoughts, for they become words.

Watch your words, for they become actions.

Watch your actions, for they become habits.

Watch your habits, for they become character.

Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

What Depression Takes Away- Poetry-

What Depression Takes Away

Bright eyes, Smiling face, Where have they gone?
It left no trace.
Uninhabited holes, A smile never true,
You wouldn't believe it,
Unless it were you.

Every day is a struggle. Each new breath is more painful than the last.
Your body, every single muscle, bone, tissue and vessel aches for freedom. Freedom from this nightmare.

Pain comes with every movement. Just forcing yourself up from your never restful slumber hurts your being, your very existence.

Words seem like never ending stories.

Each word has to be painfully processed, through the worn down passages of your mind.

When is finally reaches the end, you have somehow passed by all the other words.

Leaving you with a fragment of the story - never to be re-told.

by : A Lily Or A Rose?

Sunday, July 6, 2008


by Pamele Geller of Atlas Shrugs

This guide was purposely designed with the sober realization that the overwhelming majority of our fellow Americans would not be compelled to read such a guide until a nuclear crisis was imminent and, unfortunately, their preparation options and time to prepare then would be very limited. and other survival equipment suppliers will again be quickly sold-out, as all were after 9/11. This guide then will be the best/only help that we can offer. If you are fortunate enough to be exploring your family preparation needs and options before such a future national crisis, there is much more that you can and should do now to insure that they are even better prepared.

"A prudent man foresees the difficulties ahead and prepares for them;the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences." - Proverbs 22:3

Tears Are Like Raindrops

Michael writes on 12-16-2007:

Tears like raindrops

tears like raindrops
fill my face
memories of unspeakable
acts done to me

the pleasent times
are lost among the
thorns and prickers
that poke and scrape me

Tears fill my face
like raindrops
as they fall in
the here and now

a place I rarely
stayed, but now
it is safe enough
to wonder freely

Tears like raindrops
dried on my face
as I look out my
window and see today

Michael Joseph

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Que Sera, Sera

When I was just a little girl
I asked my mother
What will I be?
Will I be pretty?
Will I be rich?
Here's what she said to me:

Que sera, sera.
Whatever will be, will be.
The future's not ours to see.
Que sera, sera.
What will be, will be.

When I grew up and fell in love
I asked my sweetheart
What lies ahead?
Will we have rainbows
Day after day?
Here's what my sweetheart said:

Que sera, sera.
Whatever will be, will be.
The future's not ours to see.
Que sera, sera.
What will be, will be.

Now I have children of my own.
They ask their mother,
What will I be?
Will I be handsome?
Will I be rich?
I tell them tenderly:

Que sera, sera.
Whatever will be, will be.
The future's not ours to see.
Que sera, sera.
What will be, will be.
Que sera, sera.

posted by Kathleen Riley

Sunday, June 22, 2008

What a Long Strange Trip it`s Been

"Knocked down! It gets to wearing thin!" I guess I never really understood Garcia`s words back then. Yea, I was young, dumb and "God bless America!"

But I didn`t leave America, America left me! I guess, at times, I would brag that I fought for this country. And no one ever said "thanks." No one! Do you know what it is like to come home from a war and have people treat you like you did something wrong? Like you just got out of prison?

In the Nam for less than a week and I realized that everyone lied to us! Nixon, the Joint Chiefs, Hague, Westmoreland...... OK, I buried that! Gone, except in my memories! (God, I hope I develop Alzheimer`s)

But, man, Mom! Mom! What is this Guardianship Crap Like Viet Nam...... is a lie! A frigging lie! But this lie didn`t destroy foreign villages, women and children! This lie destroyed my Mother and what was left of my family! I forgave for Viet Nam but I will never forgive this! Ever!

The North Vietnamese never stole from me. They never raped my mother! They never made her cry! They never did anything to my family........ but the American government did all of the above!


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Sunday, June 15, 2008

The Two Wolves: A Cherokee Story About Native Wisdom.

Courtesy of Sonia Revised from 5-12-07


I read this story for the first time a few years ago on True Nature, Jenny?s blog, and now I want to share with you all this amazing Native Wisdom?s Story.
A Grandfather from the Cherokee Nation was talking with his grandson.
"A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy."It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves."

"One wolf is evil and ugly: He is anger, envy, war, greed, self-pity, sorrow, regret, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, selfishness and arrogance."
"The other wolf is beautiful and good: He is friendly, joyful, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, justice, fairness, empathy, generosity, true, compassion, gratitude, and deep VISION."

"This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other human as well.
"The grandson paused in deep reflection because of what his grandfather had just said.
Then he finally cried out; "Oyee! Grandfather, which wolf will win?"
The elder Cherokee replied, "The wolf that you feed."

Happy Father's Day , Dad

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Happy Father's Day Dad

I think that our time together was too short, If I only could I would do so many things with you How you loved to fish and I didn't like to go fishing with you because it seemed too much like work, but we sure liked the fish fries when you got back.

We woke up every Saturday morning to the sounds of you playing the violin, and at times we thought you were selfish, but you knew right from wrong and there was no compromising for you , ever.

You gave the best years of your life to public service and to your country, but I will never forget when you made the impassioned plea in the parking lot of the Sheriff Dept because you wanted to see your wife of 58 years more than you wanted anything in life and how Sheriff just shrugged his shoulders.

I can still feel your pain after your hunger strike , you just wanted to die if you could not see your wife , so we drove you the 10 hours to Winter Haven, Florida .

I remember the twinkle in your eye , thinking you would see Clara again and look into her eyes one more time only to have the Winter Haven Police Dept say that Mr. Willam Hart and Adalberto Fernandez had said that you were not welcomed in Winter Haven and that you better leave town, how you passed out in the back seat .

Dad , after giving so much , how you died of a broken heart.

But then again you never said life was fair!

Love you Dad , you will always be my hero !

Friday, June 13, 2008

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Monday, June 2, 2008

Happy Birthday, Mom !

..............Happy Birthday, Mom

You just turned 88 years old. I went to your grave, today,but you weren`t there! In a strange way, I guess, my emailing of friends about you is, really, all I have! And, of all people,you know that I was never a Mama`s boy!

Mom, you always told me to "never cry!" Or, you said, "if you must cry, well...... don`t let them see you!"

Mom, for three and a half years I watched you cry! It is amemory, from which, I will never escape!

Mom, I have made some good friends in my crusade for your justice! And I have, also, made some enemies!

But Mom, the good friends outnumber the enemies ten to one!

Happy Birthday, Mom! You just go to sleep next to Dad now, OK?I will be there, I promise! And I will never stop telling people what an abortion of justice did to you, my Mom!

Happy Birthday, Mom!

William Roberts

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Dear Willy;
Thank you for sharing with us such an intimate special moment;

I want you to know that Kay Roberts lives , she lives through you, every breath you take William Roberts ;

Kay is with you, and and with everyone of us through your many friends all through out this once great "Land of the Free" from sea to shining sea, from Washington D.C. to Key West, the love that Kay Roberts shared will live forever in our hearts, and if Kay Roberts has a message for you Willy is only to tell you how proud she is of you.

From the time that she joined the army and served on Gen.Eisenhower's staff before the Normandy invasion to the time she was railroaded by the system that was supposed to protect her, what a honor it is for you to carry this fight forward and bear the Roberts name.

Kay Roberts you are a Real American Hero! Thank you for leaving us the legacy of freedom and thank you for leaving a piece of you behind.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

The Incredible Story of Zephaniah Kingsly Part 2

Click to enlarge this historic document

Sir William Johnstone and Lady Catherine Melville were the maternal grandfather of ZEPHANIAH KINGSLEY.

About 1285, Sir John De Johnstone bestowed on the monastery of Solbray "The Manor if not the Advowson" of the church of the church of Johnstone and corfirmed his father Hugo De Johnst ,"OUNCE GIFT OF LANDS IN HADDINGTON, "

Isabella Johstone,married Zephaniah Kingsley, an Englishman from Westmoreland, in Scotland. The Kingsly's first six children were born in England and Scotland. Zephaniah the subject of this research was born in Scotland on December 4, 1765

In 1773, The Kingsly with their 8 years old son,Zephaniah, settled in Charleston,South Carolina.

The Kingsly prospered in South Carolina a prosperous ,sophisticated cosmopolitan city with an active port.

On November 21,1774, the ship Brittania under Captain Samuel Ball arrived at Charleston from London having on board seven cases of tea, subject to tax. Three of these were consigned to Kingsly, There was a period of great turmoil in Charleston and eventually Zephanias Kingsly worked his way to Florida.

During a voyage to Africa as a navigator , Zephanias lost his wife and on a subsequent trip to Africa he married Anna Maadgigene Jai, an African woman.Later commentators described her as an "African Princess."

Zephanias settled in San Agustine on November 26,1803 paying 5,300 dollars for a property of 2,600 acres called Laurel Grove.

He brought with him 50 Africans and started trading with the Indians.Meanwhile Zephanias had transformed his property by the San Juan River that was called Fort George.

Zephanias built an enclave and begun buying slaves which he would observe to determine what inclinations and especial abilities they possessed . He would then teach them highly skilled trades and teach them to speak languages, so successfully was this experiment that "Kingsly Niggers." as they were called were highly coveted in all the south of the Unites States and brought up to ten times the price of a normal slave in the open market.

The first slaves were introduced to Florida by Ponce De Leon, however Zephanias did not differentiate between the races and treated his slaves like family, even insisting when he traded them off that they would be able to buy their freedom after a certain time.

IN 1804 Florida had a population of 4,445 out which 2,300 were African slaves.In 1821 Florida came to be American Territory, by then Kingsly's wife and their children were in control of several plantations that he deeded over to his family.However the American authorities had problems with the administration of the plantations, new laws blocked people of color from owning property and things begun to get more difficult until they ran Zephanias off and confiscated his properties.

Fonchi Lockward a Newspaper columnist writes: Some titles to land that belonged to Zephanias were not recognized by the Uites States Government when they took over Florida, but even then it is recognized that his holdings included 915 acres by Rio San Juan,2,300 acres in Twelve Miles Swamp,2,000 acres in Drayton Island,1,500 acres to the south of River Santa Maria,300 acres in Saw Mill creek,150 acres in Saint John Bluff..

Historian Jose Augusto Puig notes that Kingley immigration took place between 1837 and 1840 , taking with him 53 people which settled in Puerto Plata,Cabarete ,Sosua. Kingsly entourage consisted of three wives,eight (8) children a number of servants and 42 slaves.

In1842 he would write" My colony in Cabarete is doing well, you should see how happy the human race can be in a beautiful place living in harmony ,it is a beautiful place, about 30 miles from Puerto Plata, the land is very fertile we have built windmills, roads I can't wait to build a school there"

Kingsly now used his established ship transport routes to ship oranges and built a prosperous business there in orange groves, in time he became owner of most of Puerto PLata and surrounding lands.

"After his death his heirs continued to live in his properties in Florida and Puerto Plata as a sort of guests, even today is not easy to obtain property rights for his heirs in the tribunals, the property rights that were denied his heirs.

"Maybe nobody will ever try and maybe even if they try they will not succeed, but maybe one day preferably on the North Coast, someone would recover a piece of land in honor of the memory of that indomitable man, lover of freedom and equality of the races that was called Zephanias Kingsly."

Key West, The Africans Buried at Higgs Beach and Zephanias Kingsly

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Key West, The Africans Buried at Higgs Beach and Zephanias Kingsly

Key West , Florida. USA .- by Ray Fernandez

A lot of you have been by the cemetery on Higgs Beach and have heard about the Africans buried there.
Some said they died and were buried there in the name of historical truth these people were murdered, when you shackle someone hands and feet without food or medicine for months, they just don't happen to die, they are murdered for financial gain .

Now that we got that out of the way we'll get on with the rest of the story.

The life story of Zephaniah Kingsley (1765-1843), alleged smuggler, trainer and trader of slaves, more certainly Florida planter and man of affairs.

One popular anecdote about Kingsley, often repeated and published at least twice, tells of the capture by a Coast Guard gunboat* of 350 Africans whom, so the story goes, Kingsley was attempting to land illegally the government after confiscating the human cargo could find no one capable of taking care of the Africans except Kingsley himself.

Consequently, they were put in his custody and he promptly employed them in making "Gunnison's Cut,"* which the story, describes as a new channel approach to Fort George Island, Kingsley's own property and alleged smuggling and slave training base.

In December, 1827, a Spanish brig, the Guerrero, carrying some 400 Africans to the slave markets of Cuba, was pursued by a British gunboat and run aground on the Florida Reef,about 100 miles from Key West. A consortium of Florida wreckers rescued the Africans and the Spanish crew from the badly damaged brig and put them aboard the hold of the salvaging vessel.

Two of these were quickly over-powered by the Spaniards who carried the larger part of the Africans off to Cuba. The third vessel with 121 Africans aboard made its way safely to Key West.*
Although "complacency" toward slave importation may have been the prevailing social attitude in the southern states and Florida territory at the time, it was not that of the United States government. Legislation prohibiting citizens and residents from engaging in the foreign slave trade had been enacted as early as 1794 and subsequent Acts against the traffic had broadened and defined the prohibitions. Among these, in 1822 the importation of slaves into Florida was out- lawed. An Act of March 3, 1819 was quite specific about Negroes "captured" on board slave ships taken by American armed vessels: they were to be delivered to United States Marshalls and sent back to Africa.

A United States employee of that time, even in a place as far removed from Washington as the Territory of Florida, was in no position to be complacent about Federal statutes if he valued his job. The ubiquity of unsolicited letters in agency records, denouncing the actions and attitudes pointed officials and suggesting more worthy replacements indicates the kind of scrutiny and competition to which appointees were subjected locally, regardless of what the prevailing social attitude toward government might be.

William Pinkney was the United States Treasury Revenue Collector at Key West in 1827 and he appears to have valued the appointment. He immediately notified the Secretary of the Treasury about the arrival of the Africans at the port. Despite the protest of the British gunboat's commander, who considered the Guerrero and its contents his prize, and the fact that the slave ship had not been captured by an armed American vessel, Pinkney apparently thought it safer to interpret the 1819 Act broadly. He impounded the Africans and they were. turned over to Waters Smith, Marshall of East Florida, who came from St. Augustine to take charge of them.

Smith found the Africans, all men and boys, naked, weak and enfeebled by the voyage from Africa and many sick with dysentery and opthalmia, as an eye disease common to slave transport was then called. In spite of the miserable condition in which they were, bribes and force had been employed in attempts to commandeer the Africans for sale. Smith when he arrived at Key West, had to call on Captain Doane of the revenue cutter Marion to help him protect the Africans and convoy the chartered ship which removed them to St. Augustine.*

Aside from the expense of chartering a ship, Smith was compelled by simple humanity to give the Africans immediate medical care and clothing as well as their daily subsistence. He spent some $3,000 of his own money on these. Naturally, he expected to be reimbursed by the government. Communication was slow in those days however, and the circumstance under which the Africans were taken was complicated. It involved possible British, Spanish and Cuban claims as well as those of the Florida wreckers.

Decisions about the situation were taking months but in the meantime the Africans had to eat every day.***

The Secretary of the Navy advised Smith to hire out the Africans on bond for their own protection and upkeep, and as compensation for previous expenses.

And thus it is now told that Kingsley's 350 transported Africans were recaptured by the government and complacently returned to his care. This is a "whisper" that had a remark- able transformation.

The War of 1812 had made it clear that adequate transportation and communication between and within the states was essential for the protection of the new republic, as well as for its economic well-being and development. Navigable waterways that connected important areas of trade and manufacture without exposing shipments to the hazards of the open sea and foreign depredations became a matter of importance to Federal legislators and coastal communities. Responsible persons were pressing for development of the intra-coastal waterways of the eastern seaboard.

Only Mr. Kingsley offered to do the work "agreeably" to Gadsden's-advertisement for $13.500.

Kingsley's proposal was received and accepted in January,1829; he was ready to commence work the first of April; in July, he was employing a large force. A year later, in July, 1839, the work was completed and Gadsden reported his accounts closed in his contract with Mr. Kingsley.

Early in August, 1829, Smith, at the direction of the Secretary of the Navy,- recalled the Africans for their transport to Africa. Initially Kingsley was completely agreeable and arrangements were made for the delivery of the men in his hire. According to Smith, however, Kingsley was influenced
by "a few persons in St. Augustine" who convinced him that there was "no law authorizing the Secretary of the Navy or the President of the United States to order the Africans to be sent out of Florida; that they were free men and could not be sent to Africa contrary to their wishes."

Zephania Kingsly had taken one of these slaves an African princess named Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley, at an early age, she survived the Middle Passage and dehumanizing slave markets to become the property of Kingsley. After manumission by her husband, Anna became a landowner and slaveholder. She raised her four children while managing a plantation that utilized African slave labor and they were treated so well that they were now considered family and did not wish to leave when offered their freedom, but that will have to be the subject of another story in the fascinating life of Zephanias Kingsly

Slave running continued until the late 1860's where the Navy routinely rescued Africans offshore and brought them to Key West . The U.S Steamship Mohawk,Wyandott and Crusader rescued 507 from the vessel Wildfire, some 513 were rescued from the William, and 417 from the Bogota, the human cargo was unloaded at Higss Beach where many of them died and were buried in unmarked graves where West Martello Tower now stands. The government rounded the Africans up and sent then to Liberia, West Africa, a country founded by former American slaves, unfortunately many died on the ships before reaching Liberia and this will always stand as a monument of man's inhumanity to man.

*General Records of the Department of State (R.G.59), Miscellaneous
Letters of the Department of State (M-l79, r. 65, 66), National
Archives and Records Service.

**Office of Naval Records and Library (R.G. 45), Letters Received by tl:e Secretary of the Navy: Miscellaneous Letters, 1801-84. (M-124 r. 114, 116) NARS.
***By the end of October„ 1828, Smith claimed expenses of $12,758.6Z (R. G. 4S, 11-124, r. lie) NAPS

****Waters Smith to the Secretary of the Navy, 27.October, 1828. R.G.45, M-Z24, r. ZL

Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Promise Of Dolphin -Assisted Therapy

Deena Hoagland understands the impact a dolphin can have on a human life. Her son, Joe, was left partially paralyzed and visually impaired after having a stroke at the age of three during open-heart surgery.

Deena learned about Dolphins Plus, a nearby research center specializing in dolphin communication. Wanting to get Joe into the water, and intrigued by the prospect of exposing him to dolphins, Deena secured permission from Dolphins Plus owner, Lloyd Borguss, to bring Joe to the center.

It was at Dolphins Plus that Joe first encountered Fonzie, an Atlantic-bottlenosed dolphin. Meeting Fonzie prompted Joe to smile and laugh for the first time since his stroke. Before long, Joe was not only walking, he was bringing Fonzie buckets of fish. After 22 months of interacting with the dolphin, and participating in swim therapy and physical therapy, Joe was close to a full recovery. Now, 11 years later, Joe and Fonzie remain the best of friends.

What Is It About Dolphins?

Researchers have found, for example, that dolphin-assisted therapy aids in reducing stress and increasing relaxation, alleviating depression, boosting production of infection fighting T-cells, stimulating production of endorphins and hormones, enhancing recovery, and reducing pain.
One of the more popular theories is that the dolphin's use of sonar and echolocation produces changes in a person's body tissue and cell structure. Similar to the effect of music therapy, some researchers have suggested that the sounds dolphins emit through their whistles and clicks help produce these changes. Indeed, some individuals swimming with dolphins have reported actually sensing that they were being scanned.

They say the echolocation resonated in their bones as they felt it pass through their bodies, producing a tingling sensation.

Another theory is that dolphins are uniquely sensitive to the needs of people with disabilities and seek to help them through playful expressions of concern. This is sometimes referred to as a "secret language" shared when dolphins and people with disabilities "communicate." Dr. Smith goes so far as to suggest that dolphins communicate acoustically with a variety of movements and attend to the body cues of individuals; in particular, individuals with autism, thereby seemingly understanding their thoughts and actions.

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Saturday, April 12, 2008

E.A. W/End Edition : Laurie Interview With Fiction Writer Joe Hill

Laurie's Blog is like a gem , once you are there you don't want to leave you just want to listen to the beautiful music and take in the scenery.- your recent interview with literary writer Joe Hill author of recent released novel Heart-Shaped Box There are only two things worth saying about Hill's distinguished ancestry. One is that whatever Stephen King has, he evidently passed along to his son, because Heart-Shaped Box is a top-notch piece of horror fiction that makes for exceptional reading .

Laurie is also one of E.A's contributing editors who is instrumental in helping sound the alarm worldwide against the rising crime of elder abuse and the threat that it represents to Western civilization desintigration of it's core family values.

Do yourself a favor and take a break and respite from this madness and visit From Florida to Maine it's like a breath of fresh air.

Saturday, April 5, 2008



‘My Fellow Americans: As you all know, the defeat of the Iraq regime has been completed.

Since congress does not want to spend any more money on this war, our mission in Iraq is complete.

This morning I gave the order for a complete removal of all American forces from Iraq. This action will be complete within 30 days. It is now time to begin the reckoning.

Before me, I have two lists. One list contains the names of countries which have stood by our side during the Iraq conflict. This list is short . The United Kingdom , Spain , Bulgaria , Australia , and Poland are some of the countries listed there.

The other list contains every one not on the first list. Most of the world’s nations are on that list. My press secretary will be distributing copies of both lists later this evening.

Let me start by saying that effective immediately, foreign aid to those nations on List 2 ceases immediately and indefinitely. The money saved during the first year alone will pretty much pay for the costs of the Iraqi war. THEN EVERY YEAR THERE AFTER IT’ll GO TO OUR SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM SO IT WONT GO BROKE IN 20 YEARS.

The American people are no longer going to pour money into third world Hell holes and watch those government leaders grow fat on corruption.

Need help with a famine? Wrestling with an epidemic? Call France .

In the future, together with Congress, I will work to redirect this money toward solving the vexing social problems we still have at home. On that note, a word to terrorist organizations. Screw with us and we will hunt you down and eliminate you and all your friends from the face of the earth.

Thirsting for a gutsy country to terrorize? Try France or maybe China .

I am ordering the immediate severing of diplomatic relations with France , Germany , and Russia . Thanks for all your help, comrades. We are retiring from NATO as well. Bonne chance, mezamies.

I have instructed the Mayor of New York City to begin towing the many UN diplomatic vehicles located in Manhattan with more than two unpaid parking tickets to sites where those vehicles will be stripped, shredded and crushed. I don’t care about whatever treaty pertains to this. You creeps have tens of thousands of unpaid tickets. Pay those tickets tomorrow or watch your precious Benzes, Beamers and limos be turned over to some of the finest chop shops in the world. I love New York

A special note to our neighbors. Canada is on List 2. Since we are likely to be seeing a lot more of each other, you folks might want to try not pissing us off for a change.

Mexico is also on List 2 its president and his entire corrupt government really need an attitude adjustment. I will have a couple extra thousand tanks and infantry divisions sitting around. Guess where I am going to put’em? Yep, border security.

Oh, by the way, the United States is abrogating the NAFTA treaty - starting now.

We are tired of the one-way highway. Immediately, we’ll be drilling for oil in Alaska- which will take care of this country’s oil needs for decade s to come. If you’re an environmentalist who opposes this decision, I refer you to List 2 above: pick a country and move there.

It is time for America to focus on its own welfare and its own citizens. Some will accuse us of isolationism. I answer them by saying, ‘darn tootin’.

Nearly a century of trying to help folks live a decent life around the world has only earned us the undying enmity of just about everyone on the planet. It is time to eliminate hunger in America . It is time to eliminate homelessness in America . To the nations on List 1, a final thought. Thank you guys. We owe you and we won’t forget.

To the nations on List 2, a final thought: You might want to learn to speak Arabic.

God bless America .. Thank you and good night.’

If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English, thank a SOLDIER.

Crossposted from Pirate Satellite

DCF Investigating Case Involving Baby That May Not Exist

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The State Department of Children and Families is spending time and money trying to rescue a baby who probably doesn't exist. It's a strange case involving a Brevard County couple who DCF says is too dangerous to have children.

DCF apparently received a call to their hotline. They maintain they have an obligation to see if there is a child at the house that might be in jeopardy. The question is whether there is or isn't a baby.


DCF acknowledges that this baby maybe didn't exist , but had the baby existed and had he been abused thy would have to investigate.

55 Year Old Woman Burned to Death in Florida

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- Someone burned a woman alive outside her home near Bithlo early Friday morning, but deputies don't even know if it was a crime. The victim died in the hospital Friday afternoon after she was burned on Marsh Creek Lane.
"'Help me! Help me! I'm burning! I'm gonna die,'" Marta said Ratcliff was screaming. Marta brought out a blanket to cover up Ratcliff, but said her neighbor of several years was almost unrecognizable.
"'Help me! Help me! I'm burning! I'm gonna die,'" Marta said Ratcliff was screaming.

Marta brought out a blanket to cover up Ratcliff, but said her neighbor of several years was almost unrecognizable.

Authorities initially thought two suspects dragged the woman from her home and set her on fire, but after questioning one person of interest for hours, they let him go and mysteriously announced they were no longer treating the case as a homicide.

"I'm speechless now," Marta said after hearing it wasn't being considered a homicide, but she said she could never imagine Ratcliff hurting herself on purpose.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office is now only calling the incident a death investigation. No one will elaborate beyond that...


Little Girl in Lee County Florida , Burned!

Lee County,Florida USA

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a reported incident of child abuse in which a little girl’s buttocks were burned. Deputy Michael Carr reported he was notified of the incident on March 17 by the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida. The victim reportedly had two open wounds on each side of her buttocks.

“According to the Department of Children and Families protective investigator Jean Balmir, the mother of the child did not know how the injuries occurred,” Carr reported. “The victim was examined by medical staff at the Children’s Advocacy Center.”


State of Florida Blocks Mother From Seeing Her Children

DAYTONA BEACH -- The mother of twin girls trapped in an apartment fire -- one who died and the other who was severely burned -- is forbidden by the state from seeing her three surviving children, officials and family members said Monday.

The restriction, which began days after the March 16 fire, prevented Robin Cain from saying goodbye to her 4-year-old daughter, Kathryn Cain, before the child was flown to The Shriners Hospital for Children in Cincinnati a week ago.

"The Department of Children & Families said she can't see them or talk to them," said the children's father, Robert Cain, from Kathryn's bedside at Shriner's on Monday.

DCF local administrator Reggie Williams confirmed that a no-contact order was filed against Robin Cain. The 38-year-old is not allowed to visit or speak to Kathryn and Chase Cain and her older daughter Sheyenne Lundgren, 16.

Kathryn, her twin sister, Krystal, and 5-year-old Chase were staying at Robin Cain's apartment when flames broke out after 11 p.m. in the bedroom the three children were sharing, state fire officials said.

Robin Cain, Lundgren and the teen's unidentified boyfriend also were in the apartment when the fire erupted. The two adults and Lundgren ran out of the burning three-bedroom unit. But the three children were left behind, fire officials said.

A neighbor ran into the smoke-filled apartment and rescued Chase; Daytona Beach firefighters saved Kathryn, who was still in the bedroom.

But the thick smoke and racing flames would not allow firefighters to find Krystal, who had apparently hidden in a closet.

The little girl died of smoke inhalation.

The surviving twin underwent skin-graft surgery at Shriners and is recovering from the burns that covered the front portion of her body, Robert Cain said Monday.

The 31-year-old father said the no-contact order was filed by DCF officials in light of what happened the night of the fire and "other things that have been going on."

Robin Cain, reached for the first time since the fire, said Monday that her attorney had advised her not to speak to the media.

However, court documents show Robert Cain gained temporary custody of the twin girls in January, after he told a judge that his estranged wife locked the children in their bedroom.

The father, in court documents, also said Robin Cain is an alcoholic, something the daughter, Lundgren, said two weeks ago. The teenager said her mother had locked the youngsters in their bedroom because they often woke up in the middle of the night and wandered the apartment. Lundgren, who is staying with a family friend, also said her mother would place a potty in the bedroom for all three children while they were confined.

The children were not locked in the night of the fire, and her mother may have fallen asleep in the bathroom when it started, the older sister said.

State fire officials have said the fire originated in the children's bedroom, but the cause is still unknown.



Not even supervised visits?

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Islam #1 Religion in the World: ""For the first time in history we are no longer at the top: the Muslims have overtaken us,"

Muslims more numerous than Catholics: Vatican Reuters hat Atlas Shrugs

Islam has overtaken Roman Catholicism as the biggest single religious denomination in the world, the Vatican said on Sunday.

Monsignor Vittorio Formenti, who compiled the Vatican's newly-released 2008 yearbook of statistics, said Muslims made up 19.2 percent of the world's population and Catholics 17.4 percent.

"For the first time in history we are no longer at the top: the Muslims have overtaken us," Formenti told Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano in an interview, saying the data referred to 2006.

He said that if all Christian groups were considered, including Orthodox churches, Anglicans and Protestants, then Christians made up 33 percent of the world's population -- or about 2 billion people.

The Vatican recently put the number of Catholics in the world at 1.13 billion people. It did not provide a figure for Muslims, generally estimated at around 1.3 billion.

Formenti said that while the number of Catholics as a proportion of the world's population was fairly stable, the percentage of Muslims was growing because of higher birth rates.

He said the data on Muslim populations had been compiled by individual countries and then released by the United Nations, adding the Vatican could only vouch for its own statistics.

Freedom of Speech Under Attack

Following threats to our staff of a very serious nature, and some ill informed reports from certain corners of the British media that could directly lead to the harm of some of our staff, has been left with no other choice but to remove Fitna from our servers.

This is a sad day for freedom of speech on the net but we have to place the safety and well being of our staff above all else. We would like to thank the thousands of people, from all backgrounds and religions, who gave us their support. They realised is a vehicle for many opinions and not just for the support of one.

Perhaps there is still hope that this situation may produce a discussion that could benefit and educate all of us as to how we can accept one anothers culture.

We stood for what we believe in, the ability to be heard, but in the end the price was too high.

"In the end the price was too high" could be the epitaph of the Free West.

I understand their concern for their employees -- sure. The employees didn't sign up for this. But if Americans and Westerners and all people who are threatened by the global jihad and Islamic supremacism aren't willing to give their lives for this cause, then all is lost. Because the jihadists certainly are willing to give their lives for their cause. For them, no price is too high. And if any price is too high for us, then ultimately all we will have to pay is jizya.

The film by Geert Wilders that is causeing all the hubub here =>>

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Hybrid Advanced Technology

Fidel Castro's socialist scientific labs and world class manufacturing facilities have achieved a breakthrough in
automotive design:
A few of the advantages stressed by Cuban engineers are:

• No fossil fuels required
• No air pollution (... well, almost none)
• No air conditioning needed
• Guaranteed to dazzle your girlfriend

Perhaps you can think of more advantages to this transportation breakthrough.

Government is Sleep While President ...........

A little boy goes to his dad and asks, 'What is Politics?' Dad says, 'Well son, let me try to explain it this way: I am the head of the family, so call me The President.

Your mother is the administrator of the money, so we call her the Government. We are here to take care of your needs, so we will call you the People.

The nanny, we will consider her the Working Class. And your baby brother, we will call him the Future. Now think about that and see if it makes sense.

So the little boy goes off to bed thinking about what Dad has said. Later that night, he hears his baby brother crying, so he gets up to check on him. He finds that the baby has severely soiled his diaper. So the little boy goes to his parent's room and finds his mother asleep. Not wanting to wake her, he goes to the nanny's room. Finding the door locked, he peeks in the keyho le and sees his father in bed with the nanny. He gives up and goes back to bed.

The next morning, the little boy says to his father, 'Dad, I think I understand the concept of politics now.' The father says, 'Good, son, tell me in your own words what you think politics is all about.

' The little boy replies, 'The President is screwing the Working Class while the Government is sound asleep. The People are being ignored and the Future is in deep shit.

Mediating Elder-Care Disputes.

It's hard enough for families to navigate the complicated and emotionally charged decisions related to elder care when everyone gets along.
Throw in a family with tensions or outright hostility and it's no wonder that disagreements sometimes end up in court, an expensive proposition that can easily magnify divisions. Another way to handle these problems is growing in popularity: mediation.

A mediator is sometimes brought in at the order of a judge seeking to settle a dispute without taking it to a jury. But elder-care practitioners are urging more families to take the step voluntarily, especially in disputes over how to handle guardianship for family members who can no longer care for themselves.

Mark Dennen's family was embroiled in nearly two years of litigation centering around guardianship for his father, then 92 years old, when a judge ordered the case sent to mediation.

"Everybody brings in all this emotional baggage and the mediator helps bring things into focus," Mr. Dennen says. "It's designed to get to a solution." The mediation brought the legal battle to an end just months before Mr. Dennen's father passed way.

Agreement Is the Aim -
The basic idea behind mediation is that a dispute is resolved through an agreement among the parties, instead of a resolution mandated by a judge or negotiated by attorneys. The role of the mediator -- usually an attorney or someone with a background in social work -- is to facilitate communication and informed decision making.

The cost of mediation varies around the country. In big metropolitan areas, it can easily cost $300 to $500 an hour, although it's possible to find dispute resolution centers that are significantly less expensive.

Robert Rhudy, a former legal-aid attorney turned mediator, has championed the use of the practice to resolve elder-care disputes in Maryland. "In mediation, everybody who is affected by the situation has an opportunity, in a neutral and confidential setting, to tell their story," he says. Whenever possible, that includes the elderly family member.

Defusing Tensions -
The mediator can help ease communications among family members for whom the elder-care dispute may reopen decades-old wounds.
"Things like 'Mom always liked you better' and brothers and sisters who haven't gotten along since they were three years old come to the fore," says Mr. Rhudy.

Common candidates for mediation are disagreements between family members who live far away and a sibling who lives closer to the elder and may have a different assessment of that person's needs.
Sometimes the disputes are between children and elderly family members who have their own view of where they should be living and who should be caring for them.

Mediation can be used to settle disagreements over living arrangements, how finances should be handled, who should be granted power of attorney, and even visitation rights among squabbling siblings. Agreements often specify the kinds of information, especially financial and medical updates, that will be provided to family members who live far away.

The personal nature of these disputes is what makes mediation helpful, says Forrest Mosten, a Los Angeles attorney who has been a mediator for nearly three decades. "The remedies that a court offers are very limited...but in mediation, an apology may end the dispute."

Mediation also allows for informal or even interim solutions, Mr. Mosten says. "You can try things out and see how they work," he says. For example, instead of immediately pursuing a formal guardianship, one child could become a co-signer on a bank account. "If that works, then you don't have to go any further."

There are some times when mediation alone isn't sufficient, says Nina Weiss, an attorney and mediator in Princeton, N.J. If a guardianship is in order, for instance, that must be ordered by the court system.

The mediation process for elder-care decisions can -- and most say, should -- bring in experts such as social workers, estate-planning specialists and health-care professionals who would typically be called upon as part of a court case. "The courts will recognize the same issues....It's just that you avoid the expense" of litigation, says Joseph Mahon, an estate-planning attorney in New Jersey (who isn't also a mediator).

Finding a Mediator -
One challenge facing families looking for mediation help is that there is no formal licensing or credentialing for elder-care mediators, notes James Bergman, a co-director at the Center for Social Gerontology, an Ann Arbor, Mich., nonprofit group that has been a longtime advocate of elder mediation.

"Anyone can hang a shingle out and say they're an elder mediator," he says.
But there are plenty of experienced mediators, so it's largely a matter of tracking down those with experience in the area and, importantly, a mediator the parties feel comfortable with.

One place to start are local nonprofit mediation groups, such as the Montgomery County Mediation Center in Eagleville, Pa., which can generally be located online. There are also state organizations, such as the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators.

Some states have lists of mediators officially approved by their courts. And online, the Association for Conflict Resolution offers the public the ability to find mediators from among its members at

Also online, and offer names of mediators (who pay small fees to be listed).

Write to Tom Lauricella at

Friday, March 14, 2008

It's All In A Days Work

Stem Cell Transplant May Improve Survival Among Elderly - News 3/11/2008

A recent study reveals that elderly patients with relapsed non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL) may benefit from autologous stem cell transplant. Results from the study, conducted at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Texas, were recently published in Annals of Oncology.


Saturday, March 8, 2008

Friday, March 7, 2008

This Is Bloody War!


Twice, she sneaked into the kitchen in the middle of the night and moved all of his food and utensils to another room.

He locked her out of the house when she left to walk her precious young Maltese, Mandy.

She draped sheets over furniture, piled boxes at his bedroom door and, in a handwritten note, declared the living room a storage area not to be used.

He aimed a floodlight at her bedroom door.

She insisted they divide the house in boundaries reminiscent of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

He drilled screws to seal 13 of her kitchen cabinets and drawers.

She called the police to claim he’d shaken his fists in her face and threatened to kill her.

He hid the key to a storage unit containing her furniture.

She hired a locksmith to open the security lock he’d installed on his bedroom door.

He followed her around the house with a tape recorder and a camera.

She yanked on his T-shirt.

He placed light bulbs underneath sofa pillows.

This wasn’t a young couple’s spat. It happened, in fact, at Leisure World in retirement-rich Laguna Woods. For two platonic friends—Rubalee Bookout, 80, and Ove Nielsen, 72—this domestic hell, as colorfully recorded in court documents and testimony.

Abridged >>

3 Ladies in a Sauna -






Polygamy and Elder Abuse-Warning Signs-

By Ray Fernandez

Western Culture Encourages Polygamy by Paying Welfare Benefits for Separate Wives By TOM GODFREY

and how Muslim men in polygamous marriages -- some with a harem of wives -- are receiving welfare and social benefits for each of their spouses.

A lot of our most vocal liberal media and spokepersons think that it is great that the United States in the name of multiculturalism is embracing and protecting the practice of other cultures while the Elder Abuse Protection Laws Languish in Congress and Elder Abuse reaches Epidemic Proportions.

A Muslim man is permitted to have up to four spouses.The average recipient with a child can receive about $1,500 monthly, city officials said.

"This is a law and there's nothing wrong with it.""Canada is a very liberal-minded country," Ali said. "Canada is way ahead of Britain in this respect."He said Britain recently began permitting husbands to collect benefits for each of their wives and we wondered ? The Unites States is a very liberal country what is happening here? We wondered and did a little research.

Myra Morton approached her sleeping husband on the morning of August 5, 2007, with pain in her heart and a gun in her hand. Once the smoke had cleared at the couple’s upscale home just outside Philadelphia, a man would lie dead, a family secret would be exposed, and a spotlight would shine on the emergent phenomenon of Islamic polygamy in the Western world.

Just like the government looks the other way with Elder Abuse Cases, Cases like Dr. Vernon Sinn, Dr. Robert Sarhan, Dr. A.J. Fernandez or his wife Clara G. Fernandez and too many to mention all here , as recent evidence indicates that the people in charge tend to look the other way as the conjugal mores of seventh-century Arabia — and the problems that travel with them — take root in our backyards as well.

The prevalence of polygamy among Muslims living in the West remains a matter of debate. Here is a sampling of what has been reported: As many as thirty thousand Muslim families in France include more than one wife. There are fifteen thousand in Italy and several thousand in Great Britain. Estimates for the United States typically run into the tens of thousands. Even Australia has been forced to crack down on Muslim men looking to meet potential second wives via the internet.

Individual cases often come to light unexpectedly through high-impact media events such as the Morton saga. Another example is the tragic Bronx house fire that killed ten people on March 7, 2007. Moussa Magassa, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Mali who lost five of his children in the blaze, was discovered to have two wives living a floor apart. A subsequent investigation by the New York Times found polygamy to be an open secret in his immigrant community, with agencies that serve it adhering to a policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

Concern about Islamic polygamy has naturally been dismissed in some quarters as cultural imperialism. Duke University professor Miriam Cooke argues that “polygamy can be liberating and empowering.” As Kay Hymowitz explains in City Journal.

Many find the introduction of polygamy to be a liberating step forward in the civil rights movement parallelled only and a natural progression to the legalization of same sex marriages in many states.

The mixed message sent by government bureaucrats regarding this practice in indicative of multicultural nonchalance.

The push to normalize polygamy along with the victimization of elders and the removal of their civil rights when they become incapacitated under the guise of "protection" is another step closer toward the long slippery slope that we are so blissfully steaming head on with wanton disregard.

The Price of Abusing an Elder; "Not even some Lawyers are Immune!"

Judge to Lawyer: "Get a Shovel, Get Job"!

AUBURN, Maine — A former lawyer convicted of stealing from clients has been told by a judge to get a job, even if it means shoveling snow off roofs.

John Frankenfield appeared before a judge in Auburn after being accused of violating a condition of probation.
The judge told him to report back next month with a plan for paying back $219,000 in court-ordered restitution.
So far, Frankenfield has paid back just $50.

Justice Thomas Delahanty II took Frankenfield to task Wednesday.
Delahanty told him to get a job and noted "there are a lot of roofs out there to be shoveled."!

Frankenfield served about two years in prison after being convicted of skimming assets from his grandfather's estate.
He also pleaded guilty to stealing $55,000 from clients.

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