Tag Archives: Hope

The Classic Pamela Positive: Winston Churchill: We’re Not Made of Sugar Candy

       “We have not journeyed all this way across the centuries, across the oceans, across the mountains, across the prairies, because we are made of sugar candy.”

-Sir Winston Churchill


Going through a tough time?  Does the mountain you are climbing seem too steep?






But it’s not just a mountain, and it’s not your mountain only.

You are striving not only for yourself, but also for others.  Whatever you are trying to achieve today, whatever you hope to have in the future, can be used as inspiration for others…

You’re learning from it. Growing from it, and becoming a better person. Don’t give up, you don’t want to do that; don’t be discouraged, it won’t aid your cause.  You’re not a piece of cotton candy, disintegrating; no, you are firm, resolute, patient.






Your mountain lesson isn’t just for you. It will be an example, a story with which you can encourage others.

Thank you for persevering — the world thanks you!





Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British politician and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century, Churchill was also an officer in the British army, a historian, a writer, and an artist. He is the only British Prime Minister to have received the Noble Prize in Literature, and was the first person to be made an honorary citizen of the United States. He was born into the aristocratic family of the Dukes of Marlborough, a branch of the Spencer family. Churchill married Clementine Hozier in 1908 and had five children: Diana, Randolph, Sarah, Marigold Frances, and Mary.




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The Classic Pamela Positive – I Love What Howard Zinn Writes: Hope Is Not Certainty… But Being Open to Possibilities…


I love how Howard Zinn focuses on maintaining the human spirit. Throughout his life dedication to combatting injustice, striving to help those marginalized, and being involved in a brutal World War, Howard held his views of hope.







“…I intend to be the voice of reasonable optimism, to figure out a passage through this tough time. To have hope, one does not need certainty, only possibility.”


Let’s keep our minds open to the great possibilities which abound before us. There is always a way, a pathway, a new opportunity, a new possibility. A New Hope!





Howard Zinn (1922-2010) was a historian, author and activist.  He was a pilot in WWII, an experience which shaped his outspoken opposition of war.  He was a professor of political science for many years at Boston University as well as Spelman College.  He is best known for his book, A People’s History of the United States, presenting history from the point of the view of the marginalized



The Classic Pamela Positive: “An Infinite Expectation Of The Dawn” – Henry David Thoreau

“We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.”

– Henry David Thoreau








Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was an author, philosopher, poet, abolitionist, and naturalist. He is the author of Walden, which is a philosophical argument for simple living and preservation of natural environment. He also had other important writings on natural history, environmentalism and civil disobedience.

The Classic Pamela Positive: “In Happy Moments…”


“In happy moments, praise God.  In the difficult moments, seek God.  In the quiet moments, trust God.  In every moment, thank God.”


– Anonymous







Law Enforcement Or Trust


“Law enforcement is the ‘last resort’ 


–       Mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaaf


What’s the most important thing in law enforcement?


Truly what has to happen first is a very strong commitment by any law enforcement agency in building trust. It’s trust first, then, the Law as last resort.



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How can you build trust?

Well, one of the first objectives is to have law enforcement or community training.  In this way, law enforcement officers that are tasked with enforcing the law, often police officers, and are trained to think about peace, stability and positive measures to prevent violence.

Good News! In Oakland, each police officer has been required to have 8-hour training about why and how people in the community distrust Oakland police. For example, this shows community awareness and it shows an effort to understand the other person’s side.



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There are programs such as Ceasefire Intervention, which has helped homicides to go down by more than 30% last year.1 Essentially the program treats gangs by helping refer them to social services, encouraging talks and positive communications from law officials.1



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Therefore, both police officials and community members can undergo community building activities and peace training. In this way, both sides commit to a long-term solution of expecting the best, working for the best, and achieving peace.



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Does this take work?



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It sure does. Most anything in life takes hard earned work to achieve hard earned results. And what could be a better result than peace?

May Our Communities Heal,


P.S. Perhaps you’d like to support peace today, click here if so!




Hernández, Lauren, “With gun killings down in Oakland, police credit Ceasefire program”, San Francisco Chronicle, August 24, 2018,https://www.sfchronicle.com/crime/article/Gun-homicides-down-in-Oakland-police-credit-13173249.php
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The Classic Pamela Positive: “A Good Time to Laugh Is Any Time You Can” – Linda Ellerbee


“A good time to laugh is any time you can”

– Linda Ellerbee







Linda Ellerbee (born August 15, 1944) is an American journalist who is most known for several jobs at NBC News, including as a Washington, DC correspondent and host of the Nickelodeon network’s Nick News. Linda grew up in Texas, and attended Vanderbilt University, although she quit without graduating. At NBC, Ellerbee worked as a reporter on The Today Show. Her first anchor job was on the prime-time version of Weekend, with the sign-off phrase “And so it goes.” In 1987, Ellerbee and her life and business partner Rolfe Tessem left network news to start their own production company, producing programs including Nick News – a news program for children that received many awards. In 1992, Ellerbee was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy. Since then, Ellerbee spends much of her time speaking to groups about how she fought cancer and how women need to fight not only the disease and for better medical treatments of it, but to laugh in the face of cancer as well.




The Classic Pamela Positive: “Light Trumps Darkness, Every Time” – Jodi Picoult


“There’s always going to be bad stuff out there. But here’s the amazing thing: Light trumps darkness, every time. You can stick a candle into the dark, but you can’t stick the dark into the light.”


– Jodi Picoult





So then we must do the same. No matter how tough your situation is, you can light a candle. It may be small but it is enduring. Bring that light into your worry, and the light will dispel the darkness– and pave a way!






I’m lighting my candle,





Jodi Picoult is an American author with 14 million copies of her books in print worldwide. She wrote her first story at age 5, titled “The Lobster Which Misunderstood.” With a degree from Princeton University in writing and a master’s degree in education from Harvard University, Jodi took a variety of jobs before Nineteen Minutes became her first book to debut at #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list. In total, Jodi is the bestselling author of eighteen novels, five of which have been adapted for film and TV. Jodi, her husband Tim and their three children live in Hanover, New Hampshire with two Springer spaniels, a rescue puppy, two donkeys, two geese, one duck, eight chickens, and the occasional Holstein.