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Disneyland

Hello fellow Tuesday readers,

Last weekend, I was in Disneyland! Yes, it was a spur of the moment thing to get away from everything back at home. Life has been extremely stressful so it was nice to be a kid at the happiest place on Earth for a few days. I have an annual pass so I try to go as often as possible. I usually make it out there for 5-6 times per year so I get my money’s worth!

It’s funny how a place can instantly make you happy. It takes me back to when I was a kid experiencing everything for the first time. Everyone at my work doesn’t seem what’s so great about that place and it genuinely is a hard thing to explain. It’s magical, cheesy but true. Most people who don’t get it actually have never even been there before so they think it’s just for kids.

For the most part, I do go for the rides. My favorites are Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, California Screamin, Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Railroad. However, that’s not the only reason. The characters, the music, the theming is always nothing short of spectacular. The workers put 110% of themselves into the place and it’s just a great happy environment to be in. Every time I go, there’s always something new to do.

This past summer, I even took a tour of Disneyland just to cross it off my bucket list. I also love the history of Walt and the creation of Disneyland. I knew a lot of facts and trivia and I actually did learn quite a few more details of putting the place together. I even got to visit Walt’s apartment complex that he used to stay in on Main Street. I get such a rush even speaking about it.

So basically, when I’m older, hopefully in my 80’s or 90’s, I will be yelling to my grandkids to push me around the park still. It keeps me young. It keeps me happy.

And that’s really all you need to know about the place! Have a good rest of the week!

Daniella

Bill’s Saturday Musings and Observations: American Protest Unity

Good Saturday to you, everyone!

Life wins are hard to find at times when the things going on around you all seem so negative.

Take the recent decisions by grand juries in St. Louis, Missouri and Staten Island, New York. Their “no bill” decisions – that is, decisions not to file any homicide charges against white police officers who killed two African-American men, despite evidence to the contrary – were just two of many such outcomes in similar cases in the U.S. over the past decades. However, these decisions sparked protests across the country.

The “win” here, to me, is the unity and diversity of the protesters who marched in St. Louis, New York, Los Angeles, Oakland, Berkeley, Sacramento and Cleveland, Ohio (where a 12-year-old with a toy gun was shot to death without warning by a Cleveland cop) to say “Black lives matter!” and “Justice for everyone!” I was proud to watch these folks come together peacefully in the most recent protests and stand up for what is right. They were young and old, of every race and sex, men women and children, all ages. This was a Life Win for everyone, even those who don’t know it yet.

I was even prouder to learn that my niece, Jena, a student at U.C. Berkeley, was among the protesters. (She’s the one in pink hat, lower left corner of the photo below). She and the others she joined are proof that the “millennials” are NOT a generation of young people who just sit around thinking about themselves. Jena adds to the heritage of civil rights protesters in our blended family. My mother participated in sit-ins at one of the major banks in St. Louis in the 1960s to protest their discriminatory policies toward Black customers. My Uncle Jeff was a civil rights attorney in New York. My wife’s Uncle Mike ­– an ex-Marine who lost a leg in World War II – was one of many Caucasians to join the March on Washington with Martin Luther King in 1963.

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No Justice, No Peace: Black students rally in solidarity. D. Hayat/Senior Staff By Daily Cal Photo Staff on Friday, December 5, 2014, dailycal.org.

I’m also proud of the few police officers, like Pedro Serrano of the NYPD, who have come forward to testify about working under conditions of institutional racism that have been perpetuated for years, despite the institution of laws, policies and procedures to prevent them. His testimony in the face of ostracism and harassment from his ‘brothers in blue” is a Life Win for his community and a testament to his dedication and bravery.

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NYPD Officer Pedro Serrano. Photo by TV One

By the way, please don’t think I have a beef with the police. Some of my close friends are, or were police officers. I even lost a childhood friend who died in the line of duty (drug raid). I just don’t like those who abuse their authority or blindly make instantaneous, life-altering decisions based on centuries-old stereotypes and fears.

That’s it for me today. Have a “Win-derful” week!

Peace,

Bill M

Thank You :)

Hello Everyone,

Happy Friday! How’s everyone doing today?

*sigh*It’s me, Silent Storm and today’s going to be my last time writing on this blog. This blog was difficult at first but it was an amazing experience. I had so much fun writing about my daily wins and sharing quotes. I also got to know a lot of new people and I had a lot of fun sharing random fun facts with everyone.

Thank you for reading everything written by me and my group members. We all worked hard to make this blog as interesting as possible. I’m not sure if any of my members will continue this blog but you never know. 🙂

I’d like to take this moment to tell you guys about a few blogs that I love reading.

PhotoandaPhrase … They’re awesome. Their names somewhat self explanatory but if you love pictures and phrases to go along with it, check them out. They have very interesting pictures!

Feelinthegoods … They’re awesome as well. Their blog is all about sharing happiness and positive thoughts. Check them out. I bet you will love them.

Quotewriteinspire … They’re awesome too. They have amazing quotes so you guys should definitely check them out if you love quotes.

Anyways, that’s all from me today. Again, I’d like to say thank you to everyone, including silent readers, followers, and my group members. You all made this blogging experience memorable for me. You guys are all awesome and I hope you all succeed in whatever it is you plan to do in the future! Bye and thank you everyone!

-Silent Storm

Appreciation

Although I am a broke college student, I have 3 younger brothers and sisters I have to buy presents for. Unfortunately, my younger siblings are incredibly whiny and snobby. My little brother buys T-shirts for 30 dollars each. Mind you, they look like plain white t-shirts with a small brand-name on it. If i dared buy him a T-shirt that’s not brand name, he would probably throw it away because its not “nice” enough for his reputation. My sister just got a nice laptop (not for Christmas) and when she got a desk to go along with it, she complained and said it was the wrong color for her room. My other younger sister complained because I told her I will buy her an expensive Starbucks drink, but I couldn’t afford to buy her an pastry. So I bought her a cookie and a drink, and didn’t get anything for myself.

So as I was leaving the library, I spotted this Christmas tree with these angel cutouts on it. I picked up an angel out of curiosity. The angels were made by kids in foster care, and they write their Christmas “wishes” on it. The angel I had was written by a 9 year old girl who wished for “world peace” and two barbies to play with. My youngest sister is near her age (11). She doesn’t wish for a 15 dollar barbie. She got mad at me yesterday because I tried to give her my used Acer laptop instead of a Macbook that my brother gave me. Let me remind you, shes 11. And right now, she has a Macbook, while I have the Acer.

Oddly enough, the angel got me mad. Like, I was so pissed off. My bratty siblings whine about the presents I give them already. Why should I waste time and energy buying them presents they don’t like because its not “expensive” enough for them? I stress out so much because I don’t have enough money to appeal to their taste. All I want is for them to enjoy Christmas, and be happy I even tried to find them gifts I personally picked out for each of them. I don’t ask for nothing in return, just a simple “thank you”. This little girl, only wants 2 barbies and world peace. If i got her two barbies, she will be so happy and excited because her wish was fulfilled.

So you know what? Tomorrow i’m going to Walmart and buying her barbies. I’m down to the last dollars on my bankcard, but i’m not wasting another dime on kids who will just be ungrateful. I already finished their shopping, and if they want to complain about my gifts, so what? I really did try to be a good sister. Heck, i’m even considering donating their gifts I bought to Sleep Train ,since its not “good” enough for them.

Sorry for the rant. I just want everyone to be grateful, and enjoy their gifts. Christmas became something different in modern years. When I was little, I got basically nothing. My mom doesn’t understand Christmas, and she’s actually pretty selfish herself. It was rare for me to even have presents to open on Christmas. These bratty kids want all these expensive designer things nowadays, and they are lucky us older kids are there to even wrap them stuff under the tree.

This year, please donate to the kids in need. I read other angels, and they ask for things that are very simple to get. (barbies, electric cars, toy trains, scooters, bikes etc.)

Happy holidays!

 

Bill’s Musings and Observations – Thanksgiving and Thankful

Good Saturday to you!

Rain! It’s a big Life Win for everybody this morning and boy, do we need this. The sprinkling tease we got just before Thanksgiving day was nice, but the soft staccato of drops draining from my roof to are beating a calm, healing rhythm on the leaves below. Hallelujah!

Sometimes you find a smile where you least expect it, and it’s wonderful if you can share it. My brother-in-law drove up from San Diego Thanksgiving day (he’s a real road warrior”) and along the way he observed a somewhat magical cloud formation. There in the crisp blue sky above Interstate 5, he saw what looked like two quill pens side by side, pointing toward Sacramento. He stopped to get a shot with his new iPhone 6 and shared it with my wife and I. My wife calls cloud formations like these angels, and it’s as if they were poised to write a clear, safe path for him to follow home. Very spiritual, ethereal…and cool.

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Feathers over I-5. By Robert Camhi, Copyright Nov.27, 2014

Of course, I think the Thanksgiving holiday was probably a Life Win for everyone. Family, food and fun is what most of us experience, I’m sure. However, there are many who are not so fortunate, those of our brothers and sisters who have no permanent home or means of support. Thankfully, there are organizations like the Sacramento Loaves and Fishes, the Salvation Army and the Sacramento Food Bank who ensure that many of our homeless and less fortunate neighbors are fed, clothed and sheltered year-round, not just on Thanksgiving Day with, for example, a Run to Feed the Hungry. Think about sharing your good fortune and giving thanks in the form of donations – money, food, clothing, time – to any or all of these or similar organizations. Even a few dollars will help and most of us won’t miss those few bucks. Buying one less cup of coffee at Starbucks or Peets, or purchasing a little less at the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales and donating that sum to one of these wonderful organizations can help hundreds of people on the street, and it will come back to you ten-fold.

Ever think about building something from scratch and decided you didn’t have the “skills?” Check out JK’s blog, “The Right Tool for the Job,” for a little inspiration. And Kati’s brief  insight into walking the walk, not just talking the talk, will is food for thought in “Actions Not Words” on QuoteWriteInspire.

Until next week,

Peace,

Bill M