Today, as ever, the family is the basic building block of society.  Today, as never before, we need to protect, and improve the family unit to increase our joy of life, and raise our own spiritual health and well-being.  The Family Comes First.  Coming together, growing together, staying together.  The strength of our nation depends on the solid foundation of the family.

Rip that rock of togetherness apart and our nation will crumble.  Our society needs parents to learn how to be better leaders.  We need children that will help each other to succeed, scholastically, socially, spiritually, and positively.  Anything that you can do to bring our nation closer to these standards will help our nation grow stronger.  The stories that follow are for inspirational purposes only.  The hard work is all yours.

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Nurturing the family in these times, by Earl H. Roberts.

The Solid Success of Peculiar Families -- our religion should do more than pave the road to heaven, it should help others have the time and means to look around, and find the road to heaven that is best for them to follow.

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Some of J. T. Hale's ancestors signed the Declaration of Independence.  Nathan Hale is counted as one of his relatives.  (They come from the same Hale family)  These are parts of his own personal heritage but ALL the signers of the Declaration are part of every American's heritage.  That means Nathan Hale can be a hero to all of us.  After all, if you go back far enough all of us are related to kings, queens, and all the other rapscallions too.

The recipe for keeping the modern family together still begins in the kitchen.

Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Day Proclamation  

I've learned, I have!  I've not had the best time of my life! But, I have learned to accept the bad with the good. You do not know what your life will bring tomorrow, so enjoy all that you've been given today.

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They sat around moping when Daddy died because he had not left them any legacy. They were so down in the mouth that I stood up and volunteered to pay Daddy back for that time he drove 350 miles to get me when my car blowed up and my whole family was stranded on the road. "I figure that kind of service call is worth a thousand dollars because he kind of done it on credit and I never paid the bill. I'll put that in the pot for yawl a legacy to divide up.

Down with the Willow... Daddy always was a better man than I;  How do you deal with that?  The Willow was bigger than both of us.

Pray for your spouse because in these treacherous times there are forces threatening us in the workplace as never before.

Whistle -- an inspirational Father's Day Story because the promises we forget are usually the ones never forgot.

The First Day of School is always the toughest, by Lin Stone

There Are Gypsies In My Dreams 

Pretty Pictures taken by a father who might could have been something.  If only, if only.

Smiles, by Filomena Borsellino.  A smile is the sweetest Treasure on Earth.

Michael was not my problem.  When he first came to us he was a bundle of boyish energy, too large for his age and too bright for his years. It was said that he ran his poor grandmother to death, and having seen them together I believed it. Itís strange. All of us believed it, but none of us helped, not like we should have. Oh, we hoped she could hold out, and some of us probably prayed God would give her more strength. But somehow we all felt Michael was HER problem, and not ours.

The Ice Cream "Comb" by Rick Beneteau because Quitting is never an option.

Ice Memories that never get cold, by Lin Stone

I Can't Remember You:  That first shock of being forgotten by someone we love is enough to turn our world upside down.  All I could think of to say was, "I am someone you have been very kind to over many years." 

Kids and Sunday School, by J. Edgar Hoover.

Grandma's Bath Tub, an essay of love by Lin Stone

Doing the Dishes:  Take pride in who you are and what you like doing, even if there are some to this day who believe that gender should decide what we like or dislike and doing the dishes is for sissies. 

Living with Spina Bifida, a poet's story.

The Hug.. Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, we can't get what we want until we give it away to someone else first.

I Remember Grandpa:  Nearly 17 years later, I can still hear grandpa's laughter, still smell grandma's coffee, still shiver at the memory of how cold those rivers were.

Why Teach Your Child To Read?  Reading problems are a further challenge to our world by contribute significantly to the perpetuation of socio-economic, racial and ethnic inequities. However it is not just poor and minority children who struggle with reading. According to the 2002 national report card on reading by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), most of our children (64%) are less than proficient in reading even after 12 years of our attempts to teach them.

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