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has yielded some interesting BLUEBONNET YOUTUBES to check out. Remember the cartoon, Johnny Fedora and Alice Bluebonnet, for example? Laurie Lewis & Grant Street also plays “Those Texas Bluebonnets” with the supreme fiddling as well. More to be added throughout the Bluebonnet Hunts.

Maybe I’ll create my own Bluebonnet YouTubes soon and add them here for your enjoyment as well! 😀

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is definitely among us, but are they what all they should be just yet. Check out the page under the BLUEBONNET HUNTS tab above to see what I mean. It is a great time to see other flowers and colorful events, but the best of the bluebonnets are yet to come, I am afraid.

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In general terms, advocacy is being there to help someone else out and help them by speaking out for them when they otherwise feel that they could not.  Some examples, of course, would include scenarios, such as:

* being a Court Appointed Special Advocate or a Guardian ad Litem to speak up in the best interest of the child who has been abused, abandoned, or neglected;

* being a Eldercare Advocate is challenged by talking up for the elderly who may not know how or are mentally or physically incapicitated to speak up for themselves to get the quality of care or life that they so deserve;

* being a Mental Health Advocate help those with any sort of mental illnesses by speaking up for them and making certain that they are provided with the best care in the mental health arena that they so very much deserve; and,

* being a Disabled Advocate helps those who are handicapped or disabled to ascertain that they are provided with the tools necessary to provide them the quality and equality of living and/or working that they need to be able to live/work.

To be a good advocate, I believe that one must always stay informed.  As such, I tend to read a lot of materials from a lot of resources.  Some of the online resources are indicated to the right in the list under the category “Advocacy” to give you an idea of the array of resources that I try to use — some that are a bit conservative in thinking and some that are a bit liberal in thinking in order to have a balance of the spectrum in keeping open about all viewpoints of things.

The challenge comes from feeling like you stay up on top of the new viewpoints and theories and other new organizations that would be able to increase the level of care and/or life for those who are not able to speak up for themselves.   Keeping up on the resources that I have provided under “Advocacy” is certainly a good place to start for any advocate.  My list is constantly changing and creating new avenues for me to expand my knowledge and understanding of this world and the societal needs.  Each advocate will find their own sources to keep themselves informed in accordance to what they are advocating for.

In addition to the resources that I utilize to keep myself informed on society, justice, and worldly viewpoints (globally and locally affecting my community), I also try to keep uptodate on resources that I have listed to the right, for example, in the category of “Self-Help Sites” that continues to grow as well each day that I can refer folks to obtain some additional resources that I might not necessarily have direct knowledge of or access to within my reach.

It takes a real mixture of things to help make advocacy happen.  Advocacy begins with everyone becoming involved in the community – the person needing advocacy speaking out and asking questions so that others find out about their needs, you asking neighbors and friends questions about the needs that they need, and the advocate putting it into action and making the connections known so that everyone needing advocacy gets the quality of life and care that each and every person so rightly deserves on this planet we all live upon.

So, I guess my question left unanswered is:  “How are you going to make a difference in this world and ensure that advocacy is continually connecting the world in a quality of living and care that brings equality for everyone?”

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Domestic Violence Awareness « Worldly Inquiring Mind “iWIM” 😀

33% of homicides are due to domestic violence.  I have started a page to mark some awareness of some of the domestic violence cases being tried this year.

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More Information on The Castle Doctrine « Worldly Inquiring Mind “iWIM” 😀

Updated another page on the site with Mike Rosen’s blog comments on The Castle Doctrine as well as my own viewpoint, or rather some notes and thoughts thereof.  I would really enjoy hearing from others on their veiwpoint of The Castle Doctrine and their projections of how definitive this new law is.

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The Castle Doctrine « Worldly Inquiring Mind “iWIM” 😀

Because the theory is that everyone has the right to defend his home, Texas Governor Perry has signed into law what is known as “The Castle Doctrine” on March 27, 2007.  I have created a page about it and am looking for opinions on this.  Would love to hear from you as well.

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Increasing Faith

This was sent to me by a friend and I felt that you might enjoy reading it as well. Keep up your faith!!

 

Increasing Faith

John Ogden, Sr.


So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. (Romans 10:17)


Much is said about having faith. Many sermons have been preached on faith and as a young man I would leave church and wonder, “How can I have more faith?” I’d hear well meaning people say, “Just leave it at the altar.” At one point in my life, when I was going through a very desperate situation, Ms. Becky (my wife) said, “Just leave it in God’s hands.” I was trying to! Everything within me wanted to take this situation and put it in God’s hands and go skipping down the highway of life. But, it seemed much easier to say it than to do it. Have you ever been there or maybe you are there now. As I began to pray and seek God’s face I discovered Romans 10:17.


As I read it and reread it and meditated upon it, I began to see that there are times when we need to hear the Word of God over and over and over again. I began to see how that God’s Word could be planted into my spirit as a seed to be nurtured to bring forth a harvest. What I am going to share with you has worked in my life time and time again.


As I face any issue of life, I go to God’s Word to see what He says. I then write the scripture down and put it in my pocket. Throughout the day, I read the scripture over and over and over. I cannot explain what takes place, but I find myself going from a place of doubt to a place of bold faith in God. Romans 10:17 says that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. I realize it is good to meditate on God’s Word, but this scripture deals with hearing bringing faith. As I would take a particular scripture, I would read it out loud and then my faith would grow.


I challenge you to take God’s Word and read it out loud over the next few days. I believe that your faith will grow bringing victory in your life. Everything that we receive from God comes by the way of faith. May your faith grow according to God’s Word!

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The Bluebonnet Hunts « Worldly Inquiring Mind “iWIM” 😀

Just updated with the latest possibility of a bluebonnet tour group invite.  I am not sure that I will get to go on this trip, but I will certain have a blast, if I do.  I do so love the adventure of searching out for the most perfect Texas Bluebonnet Flower photo. 😀

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Spiritual Growth « Worldly Inquiring Mind “iWIM” 😀

A great piece has been added to this page about “In the meantime”.  We always say it, but do we ever really do anything about it?  Read this article  on this page and enjoy.

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“I distrust summaries, any kind of gliding through time, any too great a claim that one is in control…. I admire the authority of being on one’s knees in front of the event.”

— Harold Brodkey

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About the Creator « Worldly Inquiring Mind “iWIM” 😀

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Spiritual Growth « Worldly Inquiring Mind “iWIM” 😀

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Loving Someone…

“Loving someone is giving them the power to hurt you, but trusting them not to”.

Anonymous

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The site has been updated with more blogging sites that I have written, some additional spiritual and self-help sites, as well some blurbs about the upcoming and promising rise and glory of the Texas bluebonnets along and throughout all of the Texas Highways.

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Coming home from Church this morning, I have seen signs of bluebonnets and indian paintbrushes in bloom along Bee Caves Rd, Hwy 71, and FM 620! Hooray!!

Each Spring, I make it a yearly ritual to go driving aimlessly in the countryside to find the best field of bluebonnets to photograph and/or best bluebonnet pose/picture period. Since they are coming up vibrant in color already, it is a good sign that they are indeed going to plentiful and colorful since we had a great cold spell this winter. Hooray!!

I am soooo excited. The tentative date I have set is for my birthday, April 13th. I know. It is on a Friday, but did you know that anyone that is born on the 13th, the superstitions run opposite that they do for most people??? 😉

More details later….and perhaps a page full of flowers that I take this Spring. 😀

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Much has been added today including more links from prior Blogger sites that I have composed my own blog series on a variety of issues and topics, as well as a blurb about Bryant McGill’s Community Forum.

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I AM A MEMBER, AND YOU SHOULD BE TOO.

Please join me in the community meant to help you achieve your dreams. You will not find a nicer more positive group of people anywhere else on the Internet. If you are having tough times, you are sure to find some good advice and support at this community, where there is NO NEGATIVE ENERGY.

Also, many industry professionals, actors, professors, singers and other good spirited people are regular contributors to this website. This is the one place you can be your true self, make meaningful relationships, share your work and have fun.

Click here to sign-up and to chat with me now:

Bryant McGill Forum Community

Please repost this, or email it to any of your friends would would like to help.

Hope to see you there! 🙂

Kat

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Updated site with more links regarding Concordia University’s move to FM 620, as well as its Accelerated Degree Program.

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Concordia University is actually re-locating to the old Schlumberger facility just down the road from me, quite literally! This is what they had to say on the first page of their web page announcing this change:

“The Board of Regents of Concordia University took a visionary step of faith on May 13, 2005, deciding to relocate its main campus.

 

The new site was selected the following year and put under contract in July 2006. Closing on the property will take place in early 2007.
Formerly owned by Schlumberger, an oil services company, the property was developed in 1987 as a research facility. The company closed the site several years ago and moved most of its research activities to Cambridge, England.

 

The original Schlumberger site consists of approximately 440 acres of land divided into four lots. Nearly 250 acres of Lot 2 comprise a protected nature preserve. In addition, six buildings are located on Lot 2 consisting of 195,000 square feet of usable space. Most of Concordia’s current academic programs and administrative departments will fit into the existing buildings, after some renovations. New construction on the campus will include a gym, athletic fields and student housing.”

Of course, because some students would be looking at getting housing off campus, this might drive up the apartment rates of my complex and others around here in this area; however, I view it as an opportunity to complete my education.

I have been on an educational roll for quite some time — having obtained my Paralegal Certificate in 1991 and my Associates in Criminal Justice in 2005 in between working 2-3 jobs at a time and being a single mom raising my daughter as best I could. I have been close to finishing my Bachelors but the platform at the University I was attending was revamped and kept cratering often. So frustrating and then, of course my work schedules have been crazy too to not be conducive to having a schedule for studying habits as well.

Oh, well. They have a program for Accelerated Adult Learning where you attend classes one night a week, ie from 6-10pm, and each class only lasts 4 wks. I would love to get into those and with the University relocating less than 2 miles from my apartment, I would have no excuse, other than to try to get my work schedule conducive to attending those classes.

Of course, since they won’t be officially open until 2008, I have some time to get that accomplished, albeit that time will come before I realize it, I know! Maybe, they will be hiring at the new campus??? I’ll definitely have to check that out soon.

We’ll have to see what life brings along my way; in the meantime, something exciting is this way coming for certain and I am giddy with its possibilities!! 😀

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GMAIL INVITES

I have loved my email account with GMAIL because of its threading of the ongoing conversations that one sends and receives through the email account.  It also has a means to IM folks that you might want to talk to remotely (ie, if you aren’t home with access to your Yahoo Messenger or other IM application), calendar system and documentation storage that you can share with others and sooooo very much more.

 Just let me know if you are interested.  All I need is your email address and I can send you an invite.

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Just discovered this site tonight. An attempt is being made to connect ALL my blogsites to this through the blogroll, at the very least.

This seems to be a fairly sophisticated site, so bear with me as I work through any and all kinks I might encounter.

In the meantime, there are plenty of blogs listed on the blogroll for your perusal pleasure. Looking foward to getting to know others connected to this wordpress.com site.

Blessings to all.

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