Famous people unsent letters

 

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Lest you think that you’re the only one who’s faced their inner demons of writing un-sent letters take heart. Several famous people have written these missives but instead of destroying them, kept them for us to read many years later.

Abraham Lincoln composed “hot letters” which later became “Never sent. Never signed.” According to Doris Kearns Goodwin of NPR, Lincoln dumped all his feelings on paper, then set it aside until he cooled down. Good thing too. One of those un-sent letters blamed General George Meade for letting Robert E. Lee escape after Gettysburg.

Mark Twain was as famous for penning “unallowable frankness and freedom” as he was for Tom Sawyer.

Harry S. Truman once almost informed the treasurer of the US that “I don’t think that the financial advisor of God himself would be able to understand what the financial position of the Government of the US is, by reading your statement.” He also was tempted to send the following to Senator Joseph R. McCarthy. “You are not fit to have a hand in the operation of the Government of the United States. I am very sure that the people of Wisconsin are extremely sorry that they are represented by a person who has a little sense of responsibility as you have.”

Wow, can you imagine if that letter had actually been sent! The effect of all these letters is the same- anger, release, PEACE.

 

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Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Do you remember the ad slogan from “Smoky the Bear” from back in the 1960’s – 1970’s?

“ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT FOREST FIRES!”

I was reminded of this ad when I was on-line recently and saw an article about Child Abuse. April is designated as the month to remind us all not only of these insidious problems but that we can report and prevent them.

I wrote about child abuse last year. Since then, there have been many more horrific instances of the “problem” perpetuated by parents, family members, teachers, coaches and what I call sick and perverted individuals.

I am sure that the cases reported in my state sadly are reminiscent of yours – children left in hot cars in the summer, children left alone on winter streets, sexually abused children and teenagers – the list goes on and on. However, the instances of reporting are up and the abusers are being caught and prosecuted. The most notable case concerns the Grandmother and Step-Mother of a girl named Savannah Hardin.

By all accounts, Savannah was a happy, well-liked 9-year old girl Somehow she managed to separate her horrible family life from her school/social life. Her parents were divorced and her father was a contractor for a government agency serving overseas. Savannah lived with her Grand-Mother and Step-Mother. Her Grandmother was described by the Prosecutor as the “Drill Sergeant from Hell.”

Savannah’s “crime” was eating a chocolate candy bar Her punishment, netted out by “Attila the Hun” (my description), was to run around her house for over 3 hours in the hot Georgia sun. Despite the child’s cries, begging to stop,and vomiting, Joyce Garrand Hardin slapped and screamed at Savannah. Her Step-Mother did nothing to stop the punishment. Finally Savannah fell unconscious and neighbors called the police and an ambulance.

After her death, both women were charged and jailed. On March 20, 2015 (almost 3 years after Savannah’s death), the Grandmother was convicted to life imprisonment without parole. The Step-Mother’s trial begins soon.

These and many other instances break my heart. We have a beautiful, healthy, happy Grand-daughter. I cannot fathom how anyone could hurt a child. What brings me hope is that more and more people are speaking up and getting involved. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities all across the nation are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities.

YOU CAN PREVENT ANOTHER CASE OF CHILD ABUSE IN YOUR TOWN!

Here are a few suggestions from G

Ask stores to put up posters
Ask your town’s officials for their public support.
Ask the Superintendent of Schools to get involved.
Promote the placing of the national symbols of blue pinwheels in your town. Ours are strategically placed in front of our town hall. In the 3 years, that we have been doing it not ONE has been stolen.
Wear blue whenever possible during the month of April but especially on April 11th.
Invite town and state social services to tape a local TV spot or forum.
Ask your Library Director to display books about child abuse.
Be a friend to a parent you know. Ask how their children are. If they seem to be struggling, offer to baby-sit or run errands.
Be a friend to a child you know. Ask about their school/sports activities.
Talk to your neighbors about watching out for one another’s children.
Volunteer your time and money for programs in your community that support children and families.
Finally locate and keep phone numbers to report.
If you need more information, you can email me or contact your state department of social services.

Sallie

 

 

Monthly Journal Prompts

Dear Fellow Journalers,

April issues in our new monthly Journal. This new column was inspired by a TV show “Robin Hood” starring Richard Greene. We all walk the road of life. We all need each other.

Some of April prompts are:

  • Make a spring cleaning plan to De-clutter your life.
  • Write how each season effects your mood and energy level.
  • Make a plan for your dream garden.
  • What summer plans do you have?
  • Write the perfect way to spend Easter.

~Sallie

 

Wednesday words to live by

 

You can spend your life anyway you wish, but you can only spend it once.

Sharing our favorite poems

Dear Fellow Journalers,

I am blessed to be sharing this blogging journey with such a loving and talented group of friends. Denise, Mary Beth, G and I decided to share our favorite poems with you. Enjoy!

~Sallie

My Treasures

Submitted by Mary Beth, written by Blanche Jones

I am not rich in lands or wealthy goods,

No jewels rare or hoards of yellow gold.

My treasures are a host of simple things

More precious far than boundless wealth untold.

I have the water tumbling over rocks,

A pine tree standing tall against the sky;

The burnished red and gold of autumn woods,

A snow-capped mountain rising proud and high.

The smell of roses blooming in the rain,

A rainbow flashing swiftly out of sight,

The sound of raindrops on a farmhouse roof,

A night-bird calling in the night.

The music of the wind among the trees,

A flaming sunset in the evening glow,

A garden when the dusk begins to fall,

A mother’s lullaby when lights are low.

I have the rapture of a baby’s smile,

A woman’s happy laughter and her tears,

A treasure that a king might hold in envy,

A wealth of dreams to last me through the years.

 

Afterglow

Submitted by Sallie, written by Helen Marshall

I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one.

I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when day is done.

I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,

Of happy times, and laughing times

And bright and sunny days.

I’d like the tears of those who grieve

To dry before the sun

Of happy memories I leave behind when day is done.

A Note of Appreciation

Submitted by G, written by Anonymous

This is NOT just a Note of Appreciation

This isn’t just an Ordinary thank-you wish;

It’s given as a Special token of Appreciation….

This note is filled with Endless thanks and gratitude,

And it holds the same good feelings That you gave to me.

You made me feel cared about,

And that is one of the most Important feelings in the world.

You gave of yourself In your time and interest,

And I want you to know that I will Always remember your kindness.

You are one of the special people Who goes out of their way for others,

And I am grateful that you were there for me.

 

Tiny Buds

Submitted and written by Denise

May the blue birds of happiness

Rest upon your white picket fence,

As they watch over your

Blossoming Family Tree.

May the tranquility

Of their jubilant bird songs

Magically captivate

Your children’s senses,

Luring them toward Sweet Lullabies!

Tend to your garden of seedlings,

Carefully guiding them,

Continue to nurture each other

Lavishing your tiny buds

With unconditional love.

For tomorrow…

Your seedlings will become trees,

Spreading their wings

To plant seedlings of their own.

 

 

 

 

 

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