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Have you heard about Malala Yousafzai?

October 17, 2012 27 comments

I was inspired to research this young woman and her story because my friend Clare Finkel has been sharing information on her for the past few weeks.

A lot of women are inspired by her young life, and enraged at the things that have been done to her.  Angelina Jolie has been speaking out on her behalf, and promoting her to be nominated for the Nobel Peace prize.

Malala Yousafzai is now a 15 year old girl who has been outspoken on restoring the rights of girls to attend school in her region of Pakistan.

Her area had been held hostage by terrorists who forbid girls from getting an education.  She was very brave and strong and shared her experiences and thoughts in a diary that she sent to the BBC starting at age 11.

She was interviewed on television, and things seemed to be getting better.

Last week, the Taliban ordered her execution and she was shot in the head.  She has survived, and is being treated in the hospital.

To literally add “insult to injury”, the Taliban has launched a vicious Social Media attack on the young girl, who expressed admiration for President Obama.

They said that she was technically an adult now that she turned 15, and that she was a
“spy” who revealed secrets to the media.

Short background info on Malala from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malala_Yousafzai

“Malala Yousafzai (Pashto: ????? ??????? Malalah Yusafzay, born 12 July 1997)[2][3] is a school student from the town of Mingora in Swat District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. She is known for her education and women’s rights activism in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban has at times banned girls from attending school.[4][3] In early 2009, at the age of 11, Yousafzai wrote a blog anonymously for BBC detailing her life under Taliban rule, their attempts to take control of the valley, and her views on promoting education for girls.[10] The following summer, a New York Times documentary[3] was filmed about her life as the Pakistani military intervened in the region, culminating in the Second Battle of Swat.[11] Yousafzai began to rise in prominence, giving interviews in print and on television,[12] and taking a position as chairperson of the District Child Assembly Swat.[13] She has since been nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by Desmond Tutu,[14] and has won Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize.[4]“

Video of her before the attack happened  -

Interesting news stories-

http://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/2012/10/16/angelina-jolie-speaks-out-for-wounded-pakistani-girl-shot-by-taliban/1637249/

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/15/world/asia/malala-yousafzai-is-sent-to-britain-for-medical-treatment.html

http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/16/after-a-bullet-in-the-head-assaults-on-a-pakistani-schoolgirls-character-follow/

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/16/world/asia/malala-yousafzai-taliban-shooting-victim.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&_r=0

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alayna-ahmad/malala-yousafzai-assassination-war-intellectual-freedom_b_1971187.html

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Happy Thanksgiving to our Canadian neighbors! Oct 8, 2012

October 8, 2012 2 comments

 

Canadian Thanksgiving is a bit different than the holiday that we celebrate in the US.  They do get together and eat wonderful family meals together with Turkey and lots of side dishes.  They may get together any one of the three days in the long weekend, instead of just one day.

Found this video by a family about their dinner for Thanksgiving in Canada.


From a Huffington Post article -

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/24/canadian-thanksgiving-2012_n_1909334.html

As for why Canada’s Thanksgiving differs from the United States’ date, the answer is simply geography. Because of Canada’s northern climate, the harvest takes place earlier, so this feast to celebrate that bounty follows suit. As legend has it, the first Canadian Thanksgiving took place in 1578 to welcome home Martin Frobisher safely from his journey to discover the Northwest Passage, reported the Edmonton Journal.

Since that time, the Canadian Thanksgiving has taken on characteristics of both its British heritage and American neighbours, engaging in a huge meal filled with the delights of the season, as well as a genuine appreciation for all we have in Canada.

The Canadians do not have a “Black Friday” for shopping the way we do in the US.  They do celebrate Boxing Day as a holiday on December 26, and there are a lot of sales that day.
Enjoy time with your family whenever you can!!

 

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A bit about the Maori people and a great song!

September 27, 2012 14 comments

The Maori people are an Eastern Polynesian group that has an amazing history in New Zealand.

I find the Maori culture so rich and interesting.   You can learn a bit about the culture and people online.  This is the link to the Wikipedia site.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C4%81ori_culture

Here is a documentary if you are interested to learn more about their history.

I found this great motivational song today!

He Kakano Ahau
Born of Greatness
Hohepa Tamehana, 2001

It is from the Maori culture, and this is the website that has the translation for English lyrics -

http://folksong.org.nz/he_kakano_ahau/index.html

This is the video on youtube that helped me find this wonderful and motivational song.

I am a seed
Scattered from Rangiatea
And I can never be lost
I am a seed, born of greatness
Descended from a line of chiefs,
I am a seed.

Wherever I may roam
I will hold fast to my traditions.
My language is my cherished possession
My language is the object of my affection
My precious adornment
My language is my strength,
An ornament of grace

Whenever I stand,
I am clothed by my ancestors
My pride I will show
That you may know who I am
I am a warrior, a survivor
I am a remnant

Wherever I may roam
I will hold fast to my traditions.
My language is my cherished possession
My treasured Tiger Shell
My precious ornament
My language is my strength,
An ornament of grace

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Isn’t that beautiful?

Remember that you are a child of the earth, the sky, and the spiritual world as well.  You were meant to live a life full of prosperity and greatness.

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Walking along the river in Philly! Schuylkill Banks River Walk

July 8, 2012 4 comments

We took the train downtown and then walked from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to the 30th Street Station through this park.  It was lovely.   There were plenty of places to stop and rest.  Took a long time for me, but I was really happy to have the experience.

The only problem I had with my walker was getting up the steps to cross the bridge to the station.  Bruce had ro fold up the walker and carry it up the steps.  I took a lot of rests and made it up the stairs.  I don’t know what someone would do that couldn’t walk up stairs at all!!

This video is all along the trail!  We didn’t take it, but are sharing it with you from youtube.

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This great park was recently created along the banks of the river.

From the website http://www.schuylkillbanks.org/

ACTIVITIES

Enjoy the great outdoors in the heart of the city on Schuylkill Banks!

Schuylkill Banks is a short walk or ride away from many Philadelphia neighborhoods. The riverfront trail and greenway is an ideal spot for a wide variety of active and passive recreation. Take advantage of 1.2 miles of trail connecting to Kelly Drive and an additional 3300 feet of trail at Grays Ferry Crescent for your walk, run, skate or bike ride. Riverside lawns are a great spot for picnicking, lounging in the sun, or playing a game of catch. Easy access to the river is perfect for urban anglers and kayakers. Be inspired by views of the river, bridges, greenery and city skyline while you paint, take photos or write on the Banks.

Beautiful beagle that we met in the park with her Mom.  I believe her name was “Lucy”.

Parents with their goslings.  The photos were taken June 4, 2012.  They are much bigger now!

Highly recommend a visit to the park and the river.  Clean, and it felt pretty safe.  People we met were friendly.  You have to watch out for the bikers and runners – they are very serious!

The people we met said that they felt safe even walking after dark, but I think that is a good idea.


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Missions at Calvary Chapel Mercer County (NJ) – Belize Trip Report from Kevin Barber!

June 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Belize Report from Kevin Barber!

Kevin is from Calvary Chapel Mercer County, and submitted this report for the church blog.  I thought it would be nice to share it with my blog readers as well!

 

Kevin Barber with Hattieville Youth

I arrived in Belize on Saturday June 9th with about 80 lbs of used children clothes donated by Renee’ Barber. Customs can be difficult when bringing things into Belize. Formerly British Honduras they know how to tax everything. Fortunately God gave me favor with the agent when I told her they were for the church. No Tax. Yeah.

Sunday I taught Sunday school as well as Church. The topic was “God’s Call” the unique way God called Moses from the burning bush. Used the CBS4KIDS teaching Technique. Story from scripture, Story with students playing parts in a spontaneous melodrama, Story told back to me by the Students. Key points: God did not call until Moses turned to inquire. God’s heart for His People. Moses excuses. God’s promise to Go with Him.

Monday traveled to Belmopan (the Capital) and picked up some lumber for our Maya House’s windows. Visited with Our Mayan friends and talked with the Pastor of the Nazarene Church about CBS4KIDS seminar being held there.

Dennis Requena, teacher, and recording artist in Roaring Creek.

Traveled to Roaring Creek to meet with Dennis Requena,  a Schoolteacher and local recording artist. We discussed CBS4KIDS seminar with the principle. She said there would be a teacher’s convention attended by 100 teachers at a jungle lodge called Jaguar Creek. She is inquiring about have our seminar billed as “Communication” and we are praying that it will coincide with our Armenia outreach.

Graduate of Wesley College (High School) Yolanda Gabourel.

Attended the Graduation of Wesley College. (High School). 200 in graduates. Amber Dyer, Arkel Dyer, and Yolanda Gabourel among our Hattieville students.

It was a long ceremony. After each speaker was finished they challenged the students to walk with Christ. Jesus was lifted up very high all throughout the service. I was blessed.

2 year Lettica’s daddy died last fall, she and her older siblings are now orphans

Thursday Pastor Mark and I took care of some issues with our buses. Yes we have 3 now. We changed some ‘May-Pop’ tires to better used tires.

Friday night youth group was amazing. All week I’d been inviting some prodigals to show up for youth group and they did. We hung out and played with the props for the illustrations for Sunday’s CBS4KIDS type presentation.

Saturday Dennis and Lorena Requena traveled to San Pedro and I to Caye Calker to set up venues for the Seminars on the islands. Prayed with the leadership of Central Christian on Caye Caulker. Dennis was to contact churches on San Pedro and Clive Welsh of Lighthouse Christian Radio.

Nazarene Church in Armenia

Sunday School and Church were great. Pastor was away so again I did service. “The Sea Splits”.  Using two long blue plastic table clothes we simulated the sea. Randolph Armstrong (a wonderful student) wore a Moses costume and used a broom for a staff. When the sea opened up 1/2 the congregation went through as the “children’ and then the other 1/2 came through as the Egyptian Army. Oh great fun. Points: God loves his people. God protects his people. And God did all this so “the Egyptians would know”. He is a Missionary God indeed.

Arrive home safely. Uneventful Flight. PTL.

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American History is so interesting!! Old Barracks Museum – Trenton, NJ

June 9, 2012 2 comments

Sally with Mr. Patterson, our wonderful guide for the afternoon


I really enjoy history, and love living in such a rich area for American History.  We will never run out of museums, parks, and interesting places to visit in the Delaware Valley and Philadelphia!

Learn lots more about the museum and the history at their website http://www.barracks.org/.

Richard Patterson, Executive Director of the Old Barracks Museum

We were very fortunate to have a small tour group led by the Executive Director, Richard Patterson.  Wow, he is so smart and really brings history alive.

This museum is not far from “Washington Crossing”  that is of course on both sides of the Delaware River in PA and NJ.  Not far by car, but when the troops marched there in 1776 in the winter storms it was pretty far.  I can’t imagine it.

The tour starts with a really well done half hour movie about the war that uses re-enactors, art from the time, and stories that help to put everything into perspective.

Then you spend a while in different rooms of the museum learning about the way the men lived, what was happening at the time, and other great history tidbits.

There is a surgery room where Mr. Patterson taught us about smallpox and how General Washington made the decision to have his doctor expose his troops to a milder form of smallpox to protect them.  It was a long and unusual process that took almost a month to complete.  This was so interesting, and very advanced for the time.

I have wanted to visit this museum for years, but got the final motivation from the episode of “Who Do You Think You Are” with Rob Lowe.  He tracked an ancestor to the Hessian army housed in Trenton!  The episode is embedded here for you.

http://www.nbc.com/assets/video/widget/widget.html?vid=1398785

We were pleasantly surprised by the modern additions to accommodate people with disabilities! They have a clean and efficient lift to go to the 2 upper levels and the basement. Downstairs is a modern accessible rest room.

I highly recommend a visit to the Barracks!


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The Beautiful Delaware Water Gap!

June 2, 2012 25 comments


The Delaware Water Gap is a National Park at the eastern end of the Pocono Mountain range.   The park includes 27 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

http://www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/index.htm

We had a lovely day last Saturday (May 26, 2012) after the rain storms driving around the Delaware Water Gap.  This is one of my favorite day trips in our area.  It takes about 2 hours to get here, and the drive up the Delaware River is a variety of town and country and river life!

This time of year, everything is so green and lush.  We are so lucky!

Because of the rainstorms this afternoon, you can see fluffy clouds right in the valley with us today.

At this lookout, we met this adorable little girl who didn’t speak English, but her Dad said it was ok to take her photo.

My husband hiked down to take some video of the wonderful water fall for me.

We always recommend that you take the time to visit and appreciate the parks around you – township, county, state, and national!  They are our treasures, and are so healing for the mind and spirit!


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Lake Nockamixon State Park in Bucks County, PA

Bucks County is so beautiful, and has a lot to offer.  We love to visit the township, county, and state parks.  We are so fortunate to live in such an amazing area that is lovely and historic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I so rarely get photos of birds, so I am thrilled with this one!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This website has great photos and info on the park.
http://scenicbuckscounty.com/NockamixonPark/NockamixonPark.html

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Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site – Pennsylvania

May 1, 2012 26 comments

We had a sonderful visit to Hopewell Furnace National Monument Sunday afternoon April 29, 2012.

http://www.nps.gov/hofu/index.htm

This is a working farm and in the busy season they have people showing how to actually do a lot of the skills that were needed from 1771-1883 when the Furnace was operating.   Look on the website for the demonstrations and Living History programs.

We had not been back to visit this site since we first moved to the area around 20 years ago.  Not much has changed, and that is a good thing!!

There was a happy group of photographers there from Berks County carting around tripods and snapping everything.  It was fun to meet them.

2 week old lamb baby! Looks like a little poodle.

You can hear me breathing hard in the videos – sorry!  It was a lot of work getting around the grounds with my walker.  I am still recovering.  LOL  I also see that I need to clean my lens.  Oooops!

If you are in the Philadelphia area, or visiting, this is a wonderful free opportunity to share some American History with your family!

Right next door to this National site is French Creek State Park.  Another free and beautiful park.

See my blog post at http://sallykwitt.blogspot.com/2012/05/french-creek-state-park-in-pa.html

Favorite Memories of Alaska – Geography Bits

April 25, 2012 51 comments

 

 

 

Alaska is amazing.  America thought about Alaska more frequently in the last 4 years because of Sarah Palin, but my memories of this amazing state are from the mid 1980′s when I was a newlywed on the trip of a lifetime with my husband!

I will have to do at least one more post about Alaska, because there is too much to share in one post!!

This trip was magical and amazing.  I am an avid reader, and happened to choose the Clan of the Cave Bear Series to bring on that trip.  It turned out to be a great choice!

My husband was a Geography major in college and loves to travel.  He planned the perfect trip for us.  We saw a great portion of the state.  We traveled by plane, the Alaskan railroad, rental car, and the State Ferry Line.

Animals are very important to me,  and Alaska is a great place to see them.  The Alaska Zoo has a great collection http://www.alaskazoo.org/.  There are also wild animals in the parks and wilderness around the state.

Gwennie's Restaurant in Anchorage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Anchorage, we really enjoyed visiting Gwennie’s Restaurant.  http://www.gwenniesrestaurant.com/  We ate great food and met a lot of nice people.

 

 

 

In Denali Park, we stayed in a park cabin and got an early start to see the wildlife.  No words can describe the experience.  We love National parks, and Denali is at the top of the list.

Have you been to Alaska?  What did you enjoy there?

We went to the State Fair while we were there, and the large vegetables were unbelievable because of the long growing days.  Here is a video of a world record cabbage from 2009.

My friends at Insiderperks.com have a great introductory video here http://www.insiderperks.com/anchorage-travel-videos/


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