Words Said

Background

There has been so much said in the last few days.

Sometimes it is not quite topical.

It is really just people hijacking issues and wanting something to say.

Whether it is school shooting or whatever else is trending, it really does not matter.

People are angry, frustrated and just wanting to let off.

 

Friendships & Ties

Not having friends, associates, and ties to communities sometimes allows and excuses us to paint with bigger brushes than we otherwise would have.

When we are among friends we sometimes take the liberties we otherwise wouldn’t.

Physical spaces affords us that intimacy, but now sometimes now it is Web Communities.

 

Almost Naivete

We are probably at that point where speaking against someone that people look up to, will cause a bit of rancor.

In as much possible, just don’t to do it.

The stakes are high and will likely only get higher.

 

Words do matter

Words do matter.

  1. Miranda Rights
    •  You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.
  2. Good Book
    • Gossips
      • Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. ( Proverbs 17: 9 )
      • Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. ( Ephesians 4:29 )
      • But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one. ( Matthew 5: 37 )
      • But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
        For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. ( Matthew 12:36-37 )
    • Uncareness
      • Whoever does not gather with me scatters. ( Matthew 12:33 )
    • Anger
      • …Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are members of one another.
        Be angry, yet do not sin.” Do not let the sun set upon your anger,
        and do not give the devil a foothold.…
      • Tremble, and do not sin; Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. ( Psalm 4:4 )
      • for man’s anger does not bring about the righteousness that God desires. ( James 1:2 )
    • Walk
      • Act worldly of your calling ( Ephesians 4:1 )
    • Heart
      • Out of the abundance of the heart, the mind speaks ( Luke 6:45 )
    •  Doubt
      • an oath given as confirmation is an end of every dispute ( Hebrew 6:16 )

Public Spaces

With difficulties and sometimes headstrongness we come into our public spaces.

And, think that if we say things a certain way, we might make our points.

We sometimes riddle the other side.

 

Gaps

The truth of the matter is that we have gaps.

Some are obvious.

Parenting Gaps

We are experiencing a parenting gap.

And, it translates to economic gap, and within a generation or two into education deficits.

Uncorrected we feel and get comfortable with being who we are, where we live, what we do, and the words we use.

Peoples read into words and and take the viewpoint that “If you don’t care about me, reading from how you speak to or about me, why should I care about you“.

It is vitally important to our conduct how we dissect how much care about us.

If read wrong, our conduct is a bit forced or withdrawn.

 

Role Modeling

I think it is important to step in and help these young men as they are role models, whether they are ill prepared or not.

In too many cases they are all we have.

 

Affords

I hope that life affords you the opportunities to take some words back.  But, more so to care where you did not as much.

To re-arrange things and if unable to, to pray and hope God sends those more able.

 

Work to do….

Just the other day, one young man said

I still have a lot of work to do….

Don’t we all.

There is just too much to do that we ought not to waste “put downs“.

Undeserved put-downs are sometimes just what one needs.

Things said sometimes acts as great reminder and reasons to work harder.

 

Dedicated

Dedicating to Colicchie

Come Back Home
Link

You never run your mouth, and that’s a great quality
you never talking __ that’s something that you never see
Any issue, you just speak about yourself
do you understand all the people that you have helped

Hospice Care within the Prison System

Videos

  1. Justin on Serving LIFE
    • Profile
      • Watch Justin Granier serve as a Hospice Volunteer while he serves his mandatory life without parole sentence.
    • Videos
      • Part 1
        Published On :- 2017-Jan-16th
        Channel :- Maria Dunnigan
        Link
      • Part 2
        Published On :- 2017-Jan-16th
        Channel :- Maria Dunnigan
        Link

        • Participants
          • Volunteers
            • Justin Granier
            • Shaheed
            • Albert Lavalais
          • Cared for
            • Walter Chance
  2. Angola Prison Hospice : Opening the Door
    Published On :- 2011-Sept-8th
    Channel :- Open Society Foundations
    Link
  3. Free at last
    Profile :- This story is about the pioneering hospice program at the Louisiana State Prison and its impact on the culture of what was once called America’s Bloodiest Prison. Videography by Hank Bargine.
    Channel :- Pat Woodard
    Date Published :- 2013-Feb-6th
    Link

 

 

Indepth

Angola Prison Hospice : Opening the Door

Link
Half of the 5,000 inmates at the maximum-security Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola are serving life sentences, and it is estimated that 85 percent of them will grow old and die there. Edgar Barens’s documentary examines one of the nation’s first prison-based hospice programs, a program that notably incorporates inmate volunteers into the care of other dying inmates.

Angola Prison Hospice: Opening the Door was produced by two former OSF programs, the Center on Crime, Communities & Culture and the Project on Death in America.

Quotes

Justin on Serving LIFE

Part 1

Part 2

  1. Burl Cain, Warden
    • Deeds
      • He did a horrible thing, he put somebody in the grave
      • But, I could not undo that
      • Nobody can
    • Best
      • We just do the best we can while they are here with us
      • And, so we are going to do the right thing
    • Care
      • Don’t nobody wants to be cared for
      • Don’t nobody wants to be forgotten
    • One another
      • So we are gonna to take care of one another
      • I am going to dig your grave and somebody else is going to dig mine
  2. Trainer Conversation
    • You suppose to love that dud
    • I thought he was going to be around a lot longer
    • There is not too much you can get
    • Now is just in you, you have gotten everything you can get from it
  3. Shaheed
    • Hospice Volunteer
    • Relationships
      • Importance of relationships, family relationships
      • Family Bonds
    • Self
      • I might be headstrong
      • I might want to live this thing out by myself
        • Like Mr. Fred did
    • I have been an idiot
    • Helping one live life out with love
    • Bible College
      • One year in already in Bible College
    • Burden
      • I don’t want to be a burden to you
    • Lesson Learnt
      • It takes a certain to degree to burn metal, just like it takes to burn water
      • I was filthy
      • I was an impure person
      • Now I am able to help myself
      • That is what I needed
  4. Kevin’s Passing
    • Volunteer #1
      • Seeing so many come see Kevin made me want to think that just may be in my last days others will come see me, as well
  5. Shaheed
    • I have heard Hospice refer to helping someone die with dignity
    • But, more that that, it is helping one live out there lives in love
  6. Burl Cain
    • For Others
      • It is the opposite of caring about self
      • And, that is the redemption
      • And, that is the rehabilitation
    • I
      • I did something good
      • I did something for somebody else
  7. Albert Lavalais
    • Giving back is what really matters
    • What I need I threw that out a long time ago
  8. Hospice Care
    • Snapin #1
      • Know that each patient is going to transition
      • And, he is going to do soon
      • He has an incurable disease
    • Snapin #2
      • Forgive in other to be forgiven
    • Snapin #3
      • Care
    • Snapin #4
      • Justin
        • Infraction
      • Ms. Sandy
        • Ms. Sandy thinks highly of you
      • Quit?
        • I will be quitting on the men I gave my word to
        • On the Street
          • More on medicin
        • Here
          • Taking care of the men
    • Snapin #5
      • Family
        • Son came to visit
      • Hard
        • Hard to see somebody wither away, but you got to be there
    • Snapin #6

 

Khalil Cumberbatch

Bio

Link
Khalil A. Cumberbatch is a formerly incarcerated advocate for social justice in New York City. He serves as a Policy Associate for the Legal Action Center, the only non-profit law and policy organization in the U.S. whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in those areas.

Mr. Cumberbatch has worked within the reentry community in NYC since 2010, when he was released after serving almost seven years in the NYS prison system. He is Founder and President of Kinetic Solutions, a consultant company that focuses on the assessment, implementation, and management of multiple social media outlets for companies within the NYC area. He also served as the Communications and Development Manager and periodic guest host for On The Count: The Prison and Criminal Justice Report, a radio program that is exclusively hosted and produced by formerly incarcerated individuals.

Mr. Cumberbatch served as the Strategic Initiatives Consultant at Immigrant Defense Project, a legal impact-litigation non-profit that promotes fundamental fairness for immigrants accused or convicted of crimes. In 2014, he was one of two recipients of an Executive Pardon from NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo to prevent his deportation from the United States. He was selected from over 110 applicants as one of 20 leaders in JustLeadershipUSA’s 2015 Inaugural Leading With Conviction Development Program.

Mr. Cumberbatch graduated from CUNY Herbert Lehman College’s MSW program in May 2014. He was awarded the Urban Justice Award for his work with underserved and marginalized communities affected by mass incarceration, high poverty and unemployment rates, lack of access to quality education, and other ineffective social “safety nets.”

 

Videos

    1. Soul Cafe: God of Freedom – Guest Speaker: Khalil Cumberbatch
      Channel :- Bridge Church
      Published On :- 2017-Oct-27th
      Link
    2. The { } And
      • Chamika and Khalil Cumberbatch
        • Formerly Incarcerated Father Opens Up to Daughter | {THE AND} Mia & Khalil
          Mia & Khalil, a father and daughter separated for years by the federal prison system, discuss the hardship that has defined their relationship. 9 year old Mia bravely opens up about what it meant that her father was incarcerated, and Khalil, now a criminal justice reform activist at JustLeadershipUSA, can only admire how strong his daughter has become.

          • Videos
            • Smaller Clip
              Published On :- 2017-Oct-4th
              Link
            • Full
              Published On :- 2016-Oct-10th
              Link
    3. The Window | Khalil – Life in Immigration Detention
      • Video
        • The Window | Khalil – Life in Immigration Detention (Part 1)
          A Guyanese transplant to New York, Khalil came of age as an inmate in maximum security facilities during his twenties. After his release, he dedicated his life to education, social justice and his family, only to be taken away by immigration detention, and possibly deported after 25 years in the United States.
          Channel :- The Skin Deep
          Link
        • The Window | Khalil – Life in Immigration Detention (Part 2)
          Following his session of The Window, Khalil, was at a loss of words processing the amount of love and support his family and friends showed him during their reflections of his struggle in Immigration Detention. Here is what he finally said about the eye-opening experience.
          Channel :- The Skin Deep
          Link
        • I Went To Prison And My Dad Never Called. Now I’m Calling Him. | MORAL COURAGE EP. 35
          Channel :- MoralCourageChannel
          Published On :- 2015-Oct-5th
          My entire incarceration I never received one letter, or a visit, or a call from my father. This video follows my journey to reconnect with him in a meaningful way.
          Link

Indepth

Soul Cafe: God of Freedom – Guest Speaker: Khalil Cumberbatch

  1. Prison System
    • 2.4 million men, women, and children incarcerated
    • 5% of the World’s Population, 25% of the World’s incarcerated population
  2. Brother James
  3. Exceptional?
    1. My story is exceptional
    2. But, I am not exception
    3. product of exceptional opportunities
  4. Responsibility
    • System gives the opportunity to people
  5. Grew up
    • Southside Jamaica Queens, New York
      • Historial one of 7 counties that feed 70% of the Prison System
  6. Culture
    • Normalized, Glorified
    • Flawed perception of who I was supposed to be
    • Law Enforcement
      • Occupiers
      • Spoken to as less than
  7. We are who we have been waiting for

 

 

Colicchie – Rapping about LIFE

 

BIO

genius.com/artists/Colicchie
Link
Chas “Colicchie” Smith is a little known rapper from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Hip Hop is his life and you can tell by the lyrical content and substance in his songs, which allowed him to go out his numerous periods using drugs (he had 6 overdoses, as he say in To Whom It may Concern)

 

Video

  1. Colicchie – Come Back Home
    • Colicchie – Come Back Home with lyrics
      Channel :- Colicchie
      Published On :- 2015-June-26th
      Link
  2. Colicchie – To Whom It May Concern
    • To Whom it may concern – Part 3
      Channel :- Colicchie
      Published On :- 2016-Jan-26th
      Link
    • To Whom it may concern – Part 1
      Channel :- Colicchie
      Published On :- 2012-Dec-5th
      Link
  3. Drug Addiction
    Channel :- Colicchie
    Published On :- 2017-Sept-19th
    Link
  4. My own thoughts
    Channel :- Colicchie
    Published On :- 2016-April-2nd
    Link
  5. Pursuit of Loneliness
    Channel :- Colicchie
    Published On :- 2016-April-2nd
    Link

 

Lyrics

Come Back Home

 

I know it has been a while since we spoke
But I can see it in your face that you’re spiritually broke
I know you are modest and you don’t like to boast
but I always see you fighting and you never give up hope
you’ll be yourself again it’s gonna take a while
I know you are not happy you don’t gotta fake a smile

You use to be the best son to your mother
now you are stuck feeling sorry for yourself, under the covers
Be yourself with me, that’s all that I am asking you
I want you back, want you healthy want you laughing too
So when you’re feeling down and out with them shattered views
be a man, just do everything you have to do

You need to stop all them suicidal thoughts
and when you are going crazy, it is vital that you talk

I wish that you could see, everything that I see in you
It’s something special, and I wish you would believe it too

It is hard to pray when you are resentful at God, so odd
thinking you are in charge, but is really just a mirage
Barricaded, but I see you ‘re shoving hard
and if you fuck her, it will not cover them scars

Listen you seem distant from everything that you are going through
One of the strongest people that I ever met is you
You gotta pick yourself up and never turn back
everybody makes mistakes I hope you have learned that

 

It is rough praying to the same God that you blame
And, when it is time to go, God will find it suitable
Until then it is one foot in front of the other

 

You are going down south to get your head straight
Focus on improvement as you are cutting off the dead weight

and that stuff you are dealing with that’s slowing killing you inside

 

you got to move forward just be willing to try
You gotta find gratitude, you’re breathing, still alive
Yea, I know, you wanted to die just last month
the fuel was on the fire pulling triggers on gas pumps
So come back better, show everyone it’s a new you
you can do anything in this world that you choose to
This camouflaged agony’s really what we just call life
Trust me, I promise you, everything will be alright
You never let me down, and now I need a friend
I miss you Chas, and I’m praying that we meet again

Colicchie – To Whom It May Concern

Colicchie – To Whom It May Concern – Part 3

I am rapping about my life to whom it may concern

Denzel Washington

 

Videos

  1. Put God First – Denzel Washington Motivational & Inspiring Commencement Speech
    In delivering the commencement speech at Dillard University, Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington told the college graduates to put God first in everything they do, adding that everything he has accomplished in this life was due to the grace of God.
    Channel :- Above Inspiration
    Published On :- 2017-Oct-26th
    Link
  2. Garth Brooks gushes over latest Denzel Washington movie
    The two-time Oscar winner discusses his role in the new film “‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.” and talks with Garth Brooks about the powerful message it conveys.
    Channel :- Good Morning America
    Published On :- 2017-Oct-20th
    Link

 

Indepth

Put God First – Denzel Washington Motivational & Inspiring Commencement Speech

  1. Put God first
    • Put God first
    • Put God first in everything you do
    • Everything
      • Everything you see in me
      • Everything you think you love in me
      • Everything you think I have accomplished
      • Everything you think I have
        • And, if I have a few things
      • I have, because I have because of the grace of God
    • 40 years ago today
      • March 27th, 1975
      • Just this past March, I was flunking out of college with a 1.7 ( out of 4.0 GPA )
      • I hope none of you can relate
    • Word of Prophecy
      • I was sitting in my mother’s beauty parlor
      • And, there was a lady under the dryer and every time she looked up, I looked up, and she was looking at me
      • And, finally she said, I have a prophecy for you
      • She said give me a pencil, I have a prophecy
        • Boy you are gonna travel the world and speak to millions of people
        • Mind you, I was dropping out of college
        • I was thinking of joining the Army, I did not know what I was gonna do, and she is telling me I am going to speak to millions of people
        • And, I have travelled the world, and spoken to millions of people
      • But, the most important thing
        • is what she told me, what she taught me, has stayed with me since
        • I have being protected, I have been directed, I have been corrected
        • I have kept God in my life and it has kept me humble
        • I did not always stick with him, but he stuck with me
        • So stick with him in everything you do
        • If you think you want to do what I have done, then do what I have done
  2.  Fail Big
    • Dreams without goals are just dreams
      • Have dreams, but have goals
      • Without goals they fume disappointments
    • In order to accomplish goals, you must apply discipline and consistency
    • Working really hard is what successful people do
    • In this text, tweet, tweek filled world, you have to pay more attention
      • Just because you are doing a lot more, does not mean you are getting more done
      • Don’t continue movement with progress
  3. You will never see a UHAUL behind a Hearse
    • I don’t care how much money you make, you can’t take it with you
    • I don’t care how much you have, it is what you do with what you have
    • We all have different talents
    • The most selfish you can do in this world is help someone else
      • Why is it selfish
        • Because of the gratification
        • The goodness that comes to you
        • The good feeling that I get from helping others
        • It is the Joy
        • That is where the joy it is
        • That is where the success is
  4. Finally,  I pray that you place your slippers right under the mattress
    • So that when you wake up in the morning you have to get on your knees to reach them
    • While you are down there, you stay thank you
    • Thank You
      • Thank you for Grace
      • Thank you for Mercy
      • Thank you for Understanding
      • Thank you for Wisdom
      • Thank you for Parents
      • Thank you for Humility
      • Thank you for Prosperity
    • True desire in your Heart is God’s calling that it is already yours
      • Anything you want good, you can have
      • Claim it
      • Reach back and pull someone else up
      • Don’t inspire to make a living, aspire to make a difference

Garth Brooks gushes over latest Denzel Washington movie

  1. Garth Brooks
    • The conversation me and my wife had after watching the movie
      • We think we understand each other
      • I do not understand what goes on in your life, just like you do not understand what goes in mine
      • But, we make all of our arguments based on the fact that we think we do
      • But, it is the tolerance that he speaks of, that forgiveness
      • That second to think, before you strike back is everything
    • The thing we are going to use from now on…
      • Drowning in the Shallow End
    • Love everything you do

 

Mark, Laura, Jay, Malea Tatum

 

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    • The Day I met my Daughter | Thailand Adoption
      Channel :- Laura Tatum
      Date Published :- 2017-May-8th
      Link
    • That’s not my daughter!! | EYES OF AN ORPHAN
      Channel :- Laura Tatum
      Date Published :- 2017-May-8th
      Link
    • Meet our daughter!! | Adoption Miracle
      Channel :- Laura Tatum
      Date Published :- 2017-May-30th
      Link
    • Amazing Adoption Update!
    • Channel :- Laura Tatum
      Date Published :- 2017-Oct-10th
      Link

Satya Nadella & “The Sufficiency of Grace”

Giving up his Green Card

Satya came to the US in 1988 to go to graduate school.

In Dec 1992, he married his wife, Anu.

The line for petitioners with green card is not as quick as that for Citizens.

With that in mind he would not apply under an H1 Visa, but under a less favorable status.

Anu’s Visa Application was denied.

We all know that Microsoft has some of the best lawyers and they came up with an ingenious, yet risky plan.

The plan was to have Nadella turn in his green card and apply for an H1 Visa.  The reason being those granted H1 visas are able to have their spouse come to the US with them.

The H1 visa petition was approved.

Cerebral Palsy

At Age, 29, Satya and his wife were blessed with their first son, Zain.

As both he and his wife are the only child of their respective parents, there was an expectation that the child will expand their embryonic nuclear family and bring their extended families even closer.

But, hopes appear to have been dashed when the child was born with Cerebral Palsy.

The burden of coping with a disability in a small family with most of the extended family continents away was compounded.

Difficulties have two probable outcomes, bitterness or empathy.

Empathy make you a better innovator,” said Nadella. “If I look at the most successful products we [at Microsoft] have created, it comes with that ability to meet the unmet, unarticulated needs of customers.”

As Nadella sees it, the Monopolistic lawsuit forced Microsoft to have to confront the Identity question.

To him part of the answer is “We build technology so that others can build technology”.

A more technical question is “What is quantum computing, and does MSFT participate in it…”.

One fascinating way to think about quantum is that if you had a corn maze and you were trying to trace your path. a classical computer would trace, retrace again and again and on and on. Quantum is the ultimate parallel machine. It would trace all of the paths simultaneously.”

Scripture

John 9:2-3

So His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned—this man or his parents—that he was born blind?”
“Neither he nor his parents sinned,” answered Jesus, “but he was born blind in order that God’s mercy might be openly shown in him.

References

  1. Business Insider
    • Matt Weinberger
      • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella once gave up his green card for love
        Link
  2. Fortune
    • Michal Lev-Ram
      • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Says Empathy Makes You a Better Innovator
        Link