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Words reaching the heart


One never knows where words can end up
or
how they can touch a heart somewhere in the world.
As long as the words can come from the heart
they shall be able to reach other hearts
and
would be able to inspire others.


So , because somewhere, someone who needs to read this, is reading this now.
We don’t know who you are, or what brought you to read this,
but thank you for being here.

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When God Moved a Mountain

If better is possible, good is not enough

is the proverb of our guestwriter for today, Coco, who found herself at the brink of quitting the profession that she had chosen in her life.

I felt then that I cannot do anymore what I have been doing for just a short period of time. Honestly, I want to scream out lout and tell the world that my life sucks. My feet have been heavy to carry as I walk to school, and it has been a burden to enter every class. Each day has become a boring routine and all I wish that time was the end of every quarter or end of the school year. {The Perks of Being a Teacher}

She wrote four years back, when she was still reviewing for her licensure examination. {From Theories to Practice}

For the job that brings home a lot of extra work, nobody sees or thinks of a teacher having to do, often when giving more, the person being paid less, and having no respect as part of the compensation, it seems she was at that time a little-bit depressed or not satisfied, being not receiving what she had hoped for.

It took her two years after she passed graduation and stood the test of her board exam, when she started to understand the real meaning of the field that she had chosen.

Theories of learning, methods and strategies in teaching, styles in classroom management, types of assessment, and many other topics has become vividly clear to me when I encountered them in the classroom and applied them in my teaching. {From Theories to Practice}

Since 2014, she has recorded the books that she finished. In 2016, the year she made her life free from writing her thesis, but doing so actually imprisoned her with thicker things to accomplish, she was thrilled that she was able to finish 67 books, though her goal was to finish 60 books only, so going beyond her target made her stark happy. In fact, she finds she read many great books that year. {No Excuses}

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January the 22nd she just finished one of her most favourite Christian books “Believe That You Can” by Jentezen Franklin.

The first time I read it, I decided to leave my job and try something different. Months later, I was in a different working environment, and I never regret that decision I made. The Lord gave a lot of breakthroughs since then.

In Many opportunities given by God you could already see how God is there to come to people. Even when they might think they are on their own or may have to undergo horrible experiences, there they could find the Mighty Hand of God.

Today’s guest-speaker also has that experience of the Most High having an eye onto her, even she has not assets like Abraham had. Also in these modern times God is prepared to be with His creatures and to favour those who are willing to give themselves in His Hand.

Coco actually almost lost hope with her sister when she failed her defence and she’s not graduating this March. Together with her mother she approached her sister. The mother doing the encouraging part and she the praying part. Finding out the good news that she passed, becoming  the happiest man alive that moment.

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MY NAME IS COCO

Today, I just finished my most favorite Christian book Believe That You Can by Jentezen Franklin.

The first time I read it, I decided to leave my job and try something different. Months later, I was in a different working environment, and I never regret that decision I made. The Lord gave a lot of breakthroughs since then.

I can because the Lord can always move mountains. Although I am not Abraham, God favors me as much as He did with Abraham.

I actually almost lost hope with my sister when my mom broke the news that my sister told her that she failed her defense and she’s not graduating this March. Since then, I felt a pang in my heart and that was a heavy burden I’ve been carrying.

It was really devastating and disappointing, but when I gathered all my strength, I confronted her to fight for it…

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Pokémon craziness

The Japanese video game maker, once fiercely popular, may have been forgotten by many, but this month they were back on many lips. Though they were not the originators of the game which has so many, young and old, in the ban. It can be nice that even autistic now dare to come out in the open and talk to others. But we may not ignore certain dangers the game brings to the community.

Pokemon Go.pngPrevious week the price of the shares went up but this Monday, Nintendo said that Pokémon Go’s runaway success is not likely to have a huge impact on its earnings. The company is slated to announce its results on Wednesday. It said, the income generated from Pokémon Go will be limited as it only holds a 32% stake in the affiliate Pokémon Company (Kabushiki gaisha Pokemon) which owns the licensing rights to the game, a Reuters report said.

Parents should not fall in the commercial trap buying this popular game to have their children enjoy a lovely Summer. They’ll better try to have more activities which bring more social activity between different players. In the previous article we looked already to the possibility for home stayers to socialise with the neighbours.

A happy neighbourhood can also be created by involving several neighbours in different and varied activities.

Party in the ParkYoungsters may look forward to another summer of fun filled activities, and though they enjoy ebook devices like a E-reader, Nook, an iPad, tablet, laptop, or even a computer, and may want to use the libraries digital eBooks this summer, there are plenty of them who could be stimulated to have contact with youngsters of the same age or like-minded people.

In certain towns libraries make an effort to get the youngsters back behind the pages of a book. Parents play an important role for stimulating their kids to read some other stuf than their schoolbooks.

In case your kid is stuck to the Pokémon game it is not bad to try to get it away form that little screen. On television we have seen already stupid accidents having taken place because of gamers not being attentive when walking, but also driving on the streets.

The television companies with newspapers and magazines are warning players and parents to beware of financial, privacy and malware dangers that might catch players off guard when they are caught up in the game.

“While the game can be a blast and people are exercising because they have to get up and walk to look for a Pokémon, many concerns have arisen,”

nonprofit organization Better Business Bureau said in news release.

“Players are walking without the proper caution for being distracted with their mobiles. Authorities have indicated that people are congregating on public locations (such) as fire stations or even government offices when these places are closed to the public.”

The latest of the Nintendo franchise, launched at the beginning of this month, is a already a phenomenon worldwide. Unlike other installments in the Pokémon series, players in Pokémon Go do not battle wild Pokémon to capture them. In certain countries several users first got an illegal copy, when it was not available in their own country and later stood hours in the cue to get the new game.

In Belgium shops are paying the developers to have the Pokémon coming in their shop so that players would be lured into that shop. I wonder how they would react when there could be too many players rushing over the floor but not looking at the merchandise and not buying anything, but bringing damage to the shop. PokeStops are supposed to all be on public property (or cooperative private sites) and the private enterprises which look forward to find the Pokémon users in their neighbourhood hope that the players shall be respectful of others’ private property.

A mother of three children the author behind Positive parenting blog writes

Maybe your conspiracy radar is going off like a beacon because if Pokémon Go has really been downloaded that many million times and created such an interest … there must be something funny going on and you don’t want your children to be a part of that.

Maybe you just want to do better with the whole parenting thing this summer and seeing your kids with their faces buried in smart phones or tablets doesn’t give you the warm fuzzies.

She therefore gives eleven activities you can do with your children to escape summer blues … and avoid chasing Pikachus. > Eleven Alternatives to “Pokemon Go” … Stimulate Your Child’s Summer

Spoken word artist, poet, emcee, beatboxer and live loop creator from Northampton, now based in Leeds, finds

It’s time for flip-flops shorts and no sleeves,
Holiday booked, high pollen you might sneeze.
Long sunsets and caramel evenings,
Catch ups, old friends, new plans, big dreaming. {Summer July 25, 2016}
Wherever you are go outside, find some sunny place and make contact with those around you.
Find a roof terrace for cocktail sipping,
The sun working overtime before dipping,
In the ocean cool, playing the fool,
Knowing you never have to go back to school.
Some like the seaside, sandy beach cricket.
Some like the shade to ease back and kick it. {Summer July 25, 2016}

It would be nice if more parents would take the time to be active with their kids and even would not mind to be involved in activities with their neighbours.

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Library of Love

How the Story Ends

2016 Summer holiday

Holiday time reading time

Summer Daze

Five Tips for a Happy Neighborhood

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Holiday time reading time

The Summer holiday having started many people try to escape from the daily ‘rompslomp’ or ‘hassle’.

One way to let the thoughts wander about is reading. Though when we look at the shops we have seen many bookshops disappearing and on the public transport, streets and in parks we do not see many people reading a book. We see many looking at their mobile phone and fingering a lot, being playing games on their electronic device. In life, cultural activity does not receive much place today.

Last years survey findings from Pew Research Center showed that what we fear is a general problem. For 2014-15 seven-in-ten American adults (72%) have read a book within that past year, whether in whole or in part and in any format, according to a survey conducted in March and April. That figure has fallen from 79% who said in 2011 they had read a book in the previous year, but is statistically in line with survey findings starting in 2012.

I would have thought reading could come in the lift again by the e-reader becoming more popular and being it a very handy tool, making it possible to carry a whole library with you in a suitcase. The handiness of the tool, being able to enlarge the print or to adapt the light according to the circumstances, is in the advantage to bring many stories close at home and/or readable wherever a person is.

Americans remain hybrid consumers. Digital sales, which comprise about 20% of the market, have slowed sharply, while print sales have stayed relatively strong, according to the Association of American Publishers.

For those who have limited sight the audio book is a marvellous solution. It can be said that audio book consumption has remained stable. In the U.S. 12% of Americans are saying they listened to a book that way.

Good news may be that, though we do have the impression youngsters are not reading any more, in America youngsters between 18 to 29 are more likely than their elders to have read a book in the past 12 months. Fully 80% of young adults read a book, compared with 71% of those ages 30 to 49, 68% of those 50 to 64 and 69% of those 65 and older.

Also in the States it looks like women willing to spend more time to be on their own reading a book.

The average woman read 14 books in the past 12 months, compared with the nine books read by the average man, a statistically significant difference. The median number of books read by women was five, compared with a median of three for men, which was not statistically significant.

Those with higher levels of education were more likely to have read multiple books than those with high school diplomas or less. The typical college graduate or someone with an advanced degree read an average of 17 books in the previous year, compared with nine for high school grads and three for those who did not graduate from high school.

Shame is that we not only see not so many taking up a book, serious newspapers and magazines may have difficulties to attract readers with serious articles. In the racks we may find lots of paparazzi and gossip magazines fighting for popularity, whilst not many eyes are directed to the better magazines. Also electronic magazines do not have it easy to stay alive or to attract enough readers.

The BFG poster.jpgThe independent charity, The Reading Agency, encourages children aged between four and eleven to read six books over the summer holiday. Such challenges may create again a reading attitude which is carried on in later life. Having the new Steven Spielberg film about The Big Friendly Giant or BFG [or GVR (Grote Vriendelijke Reus)] Roald Dahl is in the picture (From July the 20th in the cinema), honouring the centenary of the celebrated author.

Children’s librarians, industry professionals and children, collected books representing the popular themes from Dahl’s stories: friendship, mischief, adventure, incension, word play and champions. To stimulate the reading children are motivated by special rewards for each book they finish and there’s a certificate for everyone who completes the Challenge. As such it will be a great boost to their confidence in addition to enhancing reading skills. Open to all primary aged children of all reading abilities,  the challenge launched on Saturday 16 July at libraries up and down the country with a whole programme of events and activities for families over the summer. It’s very easy to join, just head over to your local library to sign up and take part.

For those over the age of eleven, who need some push or incentive to take time to read, why not create your own reading challenge with family and friends?

We may not give in. Though easy commercial blogs may receive lots of attention, bloggers who do not aim to gain money by hidden ads or promoting gadgets and commercial material, should continue to write more serious articles and perhaps keep aiming to a small but interested public.

We can only hope that readers will find some time through the year to read longer articles and to stand still by what is uttered in those more serious blogs.

In any case, holiday time may also be a time to take advantage of the free time, to sit in the sun and to enjoy some different articles, bringing your mind to think about other things than work.

Enjoy reading.

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Library of Love

There is so much interesting to read, we could not afford it. By sharing our reading treasures, we shall not only share the words but also give dreams and messages of inspiration and exploration.

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    “Today’s libraries continue this tradition, supporting the education of our children, the life-long educational needs of adults and the growing need for digital literacy. Libraries help to level the playing field by making both print and digital information affordable, available and accessible to all people and providing guidance and support in finding the right information in a suitable format.”
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    I love having a library, and sometimes I have a pang for the lost books, like people who have gone on, beyond my reckoning, but I still have memories. What is more, as a writer I can craft those memories into stories, to honor the ones I read before, which are no longer. I can take the people I have loved, and those I have not, and add them to the mix. I can pull dimly-remembered facts from the non-fiction, verify, and use it to add versimilitude to my tales. I am what my books have made me.
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