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Missing Deltona Mom and Kids are Found Dead

MissingMomAfter a young mom and her two kids went missing earlier this week, it is being reported by local authorities that they are deceased. (http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-missing-mom-children-suarez-20131025,0,4082672,full.story) There have been reports that the young mom and her husband were involved in domestic violence issues, which includes an arrest of domestic violence battery charges. Furthermore, there have been reports that the parties were on the path of divorce.

If you know anyone who may be involved in a situation where there is domestic violence they MUST report it to the authorities and they MUST take proactive steps to protect themselves, their children and their pets.

Don’t Mess With Kim…

kim-jong-un-illustration-chinese-pressApparently, North Korea’s Leader, Kim Jong U, had his former girlfriend, along with approximately 11 other people, executed by firing squad around August 20, 2013. (http://world.time.com/2013/08/29/kim-jong-uns-former-lover-executed-by-firing-squad-after-making-sex-tape/) They were charged with having sex on camera and were sentenced to death while their families looked on. If this is a true story than I am sorry for the family members who had to watch their loved ones being executed for alleged acts. This is just another reason why it is great to live in the United States.

Gator Football and Family

florida_gators_dcAs we embark on another fun filled year of Gator Football, I realize that college football season is not just a great time of year but a time for family and friends to get together. In our “extended” household we reconnect with friends and family that we may not see on a regular basis but we know every Saturday starting at the end of August until sometime the beginning of December it is Gator time.

We are just not proud alumni from the States Flagship University but we have a connection that brings us together. I hope this College Football Season brings you and your family and friends closer. Go Gators!!!

First Day of School

happy_first_day_of_school_card-p137598077267411672q53o_400As we approach the first day of school for many students and teachers in Central Florida, I wish everyone a successful and positive school year. As a former teacher, the first day is usually a fun and exciting time to see the new students. As an advocate for life long learning, I am a firm believer that the school year represents the beginning for many students as a pathway to success. The greatest tool to move up in social and economic status in the United States is education. So as you and your kids get ready for Monday remind them this is the way to a better life and something that can never be taken away.

Usher, Ms. Foster, and their Child….

UsherPicAs the minor child that the couple has together almost lost his life in a pool accident, Usher’s former Wife has filed an Emergency Motion for Temporary Custody (See Copy of Motion and Notice of Hearing, Courtesy of E!) As the hearing is set for today at 2:00pm the court will have to weigh many factors in making a decision.

Ultimately, whatever happens today the parents of the minor child should be happy that their child is still alive.

Hall of Fame and Life

educationSo as I as watching the 2013 NFL Hall Fame Class Induction, my interest was peaked when I heard how Hall of Fame Wide Receiver Cris Carter talked about his life. More specifically, his focus on his mother and how at the age of 17 or so she dropped out of high school and raised her children. However, by the age of 50 she had graduated high school, college, and earned a masters degree. I am a firm believer of education and I think it is wonderful what Miss Carter has accomplished. She is an example of the age old saying it’s never too late to get an education.

OMG Weiner?

weinerSo Anthony Weiner was caught sending pictures of his private parts and ended up resigning as a politician. Time passes and then he decides to run for another political office and he has more pictures of his private parts that surface; this, as of now, he has not resigned. I do not doubt that Mr. Weiner will pull out of the race in New York but what does he do from this point forward? I would suggest that counseling and therapy should be his first priority. I believe Mr. Weiner needs to address his personal situation before he can help others. Whatever happens with Mr. Weiner, I wish his family the best and hopefully, they can move forward with their lives.

What if.....

babyimageAs the new royal baby has arrived, the thought that crosses my mind is what happens if all babies were to feel this kind of love, not just at birth but throughout their lives? (http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/23/world/europe/uk-royal-baby) I believe that kids are mostly shaped by their environment and their environment can aid them in becoming successful adults or it can lead down the wrong road. However, ultimately, everyone has to make choices and ALL kids reach a point in their life where THEY have to make their choice, but what if those choices are aided with unfeathering support and love, what kind of world would we live in?

I guess everyone would be a prince and a princess….

Marc Anthony & God Bless America

marc-anthony-sang-god-bless-americaThe All Star Game was taking place in my hometown of Queens, New York, and Marc Anthony sang God Bless America. It appears not everyone was happy with Marc Anthony’s performance of the song. I will not justify some of the comments by repeating them here. (http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2013/07/18/marc-anthony-im-american-too/2553147/) Unfortunately, ignorance is rampant and people are often scared of things they do not know or understand. Ignorance is no longer hidden behind the closed doors but open to the world to see through social media. Before you post or say something you may regret, you should THINK…..

Can’t hold her down…

Malala Yousefzai speaking at the UNSo as Malala Yousafza was going to school in Pakistan she, along with her friends, was shot. Malala Yousafza was shot in the head by the Taliban and survived. Not only did she survive, she went on the offensive against the Taliban and others who suppress women trying to get an education. On July 12, 2013, this 16 year old took her offensive fight to a new level when she spoke at the United Nations and gave a speech that was beyond her years (http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/malala-yousafzai-speaks-united-nations-19653978). What Malala has gone through is remarkable, but her decision to take action and fight for herself and for all girls and women like her is an amazing choice many beyond her 16 years of age do not choose.