Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Importance of Home

For most of us, there is some positive memory of home.

Perhaps it is around the dinner table. Or when your mother made cookies. Maybe it was at your best friend’s house, or your grandmother’s kitchen.

Smiling Family Posing in Field

But some people have to carry it within hearts.

With war, political strife and the breakdown of law, people must flee what they call home. The people of Sudan, Columbia and Iraq are countries with the highest number of internally displaced people (IDPs). That means you are a refugee of sorts, but within your own country.


The countries with greatest amount of people fleeing homes within their country (2010):




Sudan-  4.5 million – 5.2 million






Colombia-  3.6 million – 5.2 million






Iraq- 2.8 million





Democratic Republic of the Congo- 1.7 million






Somalia-  1.5 million






Pakistan- 980,000






The regions with the greatest amount of people fleeing homes in 2012:
– Sub Saharan Africa- 10.4 million
– The Americas-  5.8 million

And Colombia was the highest country with IDPs with a total of between 4.9-5.5 million (2012).


While a physical home can be removed, home cannot ever be taken from our hearts. Strength, remembrance and hope must be built there.  So today, why don’t you support someone with a home. You can give them a home or write them a kind message on our Facebook page

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The Classic Pamela Positive: “You Have to Find Out: How Do I Fit In Here?” – Heidi Klum

“You have to make things happen. There are bumps in the road: my agent, my weight, an industry looking for cool girls more than a commercial look. These are hurdles, and you have to find your way. You have to find out: How do I fit in here?”

— Heidi Klum, quoted in Elle Magazine

Heidi Klum, born in 1973 in Germany, is a supermodel, actress, businesswoman, and television producer. She produces and hosts the award-winning reality television show Project Runway and has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, Vogue, Elle, and Marie Claire.  She became widely known after appearing as a Victoria’s Secret Angel. Heidi is mother to four children, ranging from ages 2-8.

The Classic Pamela Positive: Peyton March on Obtaining the Things We Crave Most – Give

There is a wonderful mythical law that the three things we crave most in life – happiness, freedom, and peace of mind – are always attained by giving them to someone else.” – Peyton March

Peyton Conway March (December 27, 1864 -1955) was an American soldier and Army Chief of Staff.  He had enormous influence in preparing America for World War I, and was highly committed to upholding freedom.

March was the son of Francis Andrew March, who was a founder of modern comparative linguistics in English.  He was among the first professors to advocate English be taught in universities.

Peyton March fought in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War.  During the Russo-Japanese War, he traveled as an American military attaché with the Japanese army, and he also worked with General MacArthur.  March was promoted to brigadier general during World War I, and later to Army Chief of Staff.

Can You Whizz By in the Developing World?

The body purges the mind…. To walk in the world’s poorer countries is to enter the orbit of their inhabitants.  An attachment to the earth – to the vital soil or rock underfoot…..

We race around in planes, cars and turbo jets. If it’s not that, it’s a motorcycle, a segway, or a skateboard. We’re mobile, and not just on our phones.

Don’t forget to walk. With walking, our minds are healed. Somehow the rhythm of walking; the fresh air; the connection of touching the ground brings our mind to simplicity.  It allows us to really see nature– and not just whizz by it.  It also allows us to truly recognize and connect with those who live there.

In developing nations, that is the norm. Often, homes don’t have doorways, or if they do, they are continually open.


People know each other, in an intimate yet casual way. Neighbors don’t move often, and day to day life often involves helping others.   You know when your neighbors arise, to the smile lines on their faces, and how long you hear the gentle, comforting murmur of their voices before they drift asleep. It’s truly about living together.

So don’t whizz by.


Take a moment to know yourself, know your neighbors, and the nature that exists around you. Even if you are in a city, you can take the time to get to know the people  “behind Unit 303,” or recognize a beautiful rose plant adoring the side of a cement street.


“How people live their lives is as a result of the stories that they believe about themselves.” -Les Brown

How people live their lives is as a result of the stories that they believe about themselves.”
-Les Brown


Leslie C. “Les” Brown (born February 17, 1945) is a motivational speaker, former Ohio politician, popular author, radio DJ, and former host of The Les Brown Show. As a politician, he is a former member of the Ohio House of Representatives. As a motivational speaker, he uses the catch phrase, “It’s possible,” and teaches people to follow their dreams as he learned to do.

Les Brown was born with his twin brother Wesley on February 17, 1945 in a low-income section of Miami, Florida in an abandoned building. He was subsequently given up for adoption and adopted by Mamie Brown, a then 38-year-old single woman who worked as a cafeteria attendant and domestic assistant. He was declared “educably mentally retarded” while in grade school. Despite the obvious self-esteem issues this created, with the encouragement of his mother and assistance by a helpful teacher in high school, he learned how to reach his full potential, a key point in many motivational speeches he gives now.

As derived from many of Brown’s speeches, he first decided to get into public radio and kept returning to the same radio station time and time again looking for a break, and it wasn’t until the on-air failures of the afternoon DJ that he took his break in radio into his own hands and was hired full-time as on-air talent. Upon his termination from the radio station, he ran for election in the Ohio House of Representatives and won. After leaving the Ohio state legislature, he decided to get into television and eventually ended up on PBS. He also formed Les Brown Enterprises in order to support his newest career as a motivational speaker and is now also on KFWB in California on a daily syndicated radio program. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he also won many local and national awards for excellence and he has an Emmy to his name.

In 1993, he began hosting a new talk show, The Les Brown Show, which began airing on September 6, 1993. After nearly four months, it went on hiatus on December 3, 1993,[3] and on January 17, 1994, King World Productions replaced this with Rolonda, a show hosted by Rolonda Watts.