Celebrating Genocide: The Real Story of Thanksgiving

Ferris' First Thanksgiving
Ferris’ First Thanksgiving

There is a narrative that I was fed during the mis-education of my childhood.  One I believed whole-heartedly most of my life.  Of course, I questioned how Columbus discovered a place that people inhabited, but that was the extent of it.  My lack of concern about the plight of Native Americans was not intentional.  Perhaps, I was distracted by the plight of Black Americans (my own plight).  Coming up from slavery, fighting for civil rights, and in search of equality was the people’s priority in my mind.  Of course, I thought about Indigenous people, but somehow thought they lived a cool life in isolation on the reservation. Now, I know better.

At this stage of my life, I am most interested in discovering TRUTH.  The link below is a raw and uncut narrative that provides enough background knowledge to set the record straight.  My love and respect for a community of people that I have come to know forces me to face and acknowledge this TRUTH.

Prior to publishing this post, I shared it with a close friend.  Her response was, “…how morbid, we just want to eat our turkey in peace.”

I let out a heavy sigh and say to myself, wow!

Yes, we will enjoy dinner, family, and friends tomorrow (Thanksgiving Day), but I am aware of the TRUTH and that is what matters!

While I am thankful for what I have in the present, I am mindful of the cost paid in the past.

Source: Celebrating Genocide: The Real Story of Thanksgiving


Davina Lyons:

I love this! I was on the “intentional” path for awhile and somehow it slipped away from me. I needed this reminder. Especially when it comes to what I eat! Thanks Julie!

Originally posted on juliemcfaddin:

I wanted to share what my word for this year has been, INTENTIONAL. It’s become my mission and even part of a career, to encourage others to live intentionally.  I imagine others have picked this word also. I want to be intentional in everything I do. From making sure that my husband, my children, my family and friends know I love them…to being intentional about the foods I eat! (I need to work on that part!) As I reflect on discussions I have had recently and emails I have received, the word “intentional” may be a key word when dealing with our spouses. Let’s face it, when we are so busy every minute with our little ones, or our grown ones, with our homes, with our obligations, often time with our husbands come last. When asked about how can I make more time for my husband? Be intentional! I try…

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Solidarité… Je suis Paris!

Davina Lyons:

I could not agree more with this post – Thanks Rowena and family!

Originally posted on beyondtheflow:

In the wake of the horrific attacks on Paris, we must all rise up and stand on the side of good and fight for those values which underpinned the French Revolution: Liberté, égalité, fraternité. These values are so much more than words. They encapsulate all we hold dear and take for granted until evil and hate grab them by the throat and try to snuff them out.

Indeed, our Great Uncle Ralph, an Australian, gave his life in the fields of France for these values in WWI.

These words have not become mighty values through complacency or good luck but because inspired, passionate people fought to defend them.

Sacrificed their lives for the greater good.

Watching the news reports of the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, there are talks of peace keeping forces…as in military solutions.

Yet, somehow the rest of us need to rise up and…

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This is why I teach…

Posted on Facebook by a student in the first English class I taught. This ‘selfie’ was taken after the 8th grade promotion ceremony – 2015.

Today is my 51st birthday!  How do I express the immense joy I feel inside?

Teaching Middle School English was not in the plan; yet I have exceeded my own expectation in achieving greatness!  My students and their lives matter.  I get it! I know that I am doing what I was intended to do.  I am grateful to God (the Master Planner) for my life and the experiences that has brought me to this point.

My whole life, I desired to “BE” the difference.  Every day I step into my classroom – I am achieving that GOAL.

Teacher and Student…

By day, I’m teaching 7th and 8th grade students the subject of Reading (my Education Blog). By night, I AM a Teaching Intern. I achieved a Master’s degree in Business years ago, but needed this internship for teaching certification.

Somehow, this experience has helped me relate to my students even more. Although I AM mature enough to appreciate the learning process and the value it holds, it can still be boring and tedious. At night, I resemble my students as I fidget in my seat, look for ways to become distracted, and tell myself I NEED music in my ears.

I’m in my finals for two classes and it feels like I will never finish! My motivation is simply MY STUDENTS. It’s worth the sacrifice. Besides we should all be lifelong learners in one way or another; right?

WordPress Meet and Greet – All Bloggers Welcome

Davina Lyons:

Being a part of a global community is invigorating for me. I really appreciate how OM helps to facilitate this for bloggers!

Originally posted on HarsH ReaLiTy:

Well this is the third post I have done like this so far and I have seen some great connections. I’ll keep doing these off and on and I think they provide a great way for “active bloggers” to network. This post now has over 2,000 active bloggers waiting to connect in it. I encourage anyone looking for new blogs to view or people to converse with to browse through the comment section and network.

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Simple kindness…

A week ago today, I began a simple act of posting a daily picture of the day to encourage others to “have a great day”.  This has become a habit. I awake anticipating my next post.  I realize that it makes me feel good to encourage others.  No matter my circumstances, I want to help others in theirs.  I’ve been this way my entire life! I get it now! I’m wired that way; and it’s okay.  It’s just simple kindness.

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