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Bright Idea: Lighten Up—Let the Sunshine In
By PatZi (with a Z!)
Florida has been known as “The Sunshine State” since 1970 when the
legislature in Tallahassee voted to make that simple (yet effective) three-word phrase the official state nickname.
Sadly, Louisiana State Legislature decreed "You Are My Sunshine" as
its state song. That would have been the perfect choice for Florida,
which in 1935 picked "Old Folks at Home," also known as “Swanee
“You Are my Sunshine” is a popular tune having been translated into at
least 30 languages and recorded by more 350 artists, including Gene
Autry, Ray Charles, and Johnny Cash.
The Beatles have their own bright ditty titled “Good Day Sunshine” that
includes the line, “I need to laugh and when the sun is out I’ve got something I can laugh about.”
If it ever drops “ Swanee River,” perhaps Florida can have the last laugh
on Louisiana by switching to the Fab Four’s lively upbeat jingle.
Speaking of “Good Day Sunshine,” did you know that since 1910
St. Petersburg has been known as “The Sunshine City”? That’s when news-
paperman Lew Brown, editor of The Evening Independent, started a
promotion in which he offered a free newspaper to “everybody every
day the sun does not shine on St Petersburg.”
That free paper promotion lasted 76 years—until The Evening
Independent closed down in 1986. During that time, the popular
afternoon newspaper made good on its offer 296 times.
One final tidbit: The Tampa Bay area used to have a newspaper called
“The Clearwater Sun”—talk about a bright idea.
I am now happy to carry on the tradition of newspaper writing – and
want to thank Kevin Leonard and CVA Tampa Bay for the
opportunity to share my column, AfterWords, with all of you. My goal is to
amuse you, inspire you, and mostly to encourage you to find the JOY
With AfterWords I will be able to share lessons I have learned during
the past seven years since Joy on Paper premiered on TanTalk Radio
Network in Clearwater, Florida. In that time, I have had interviewed
eleven Mystery Writer of America Grand Masters, over 250 New York
Times bestselling authors – and even the US Poet Laureate.
They have inspired me – and I hope that AfterWords will inspire you to write your own story.
People always ask me how they can become better writers. My
suggestion is to read poetry. You learn how valuable each word is when
you read – or better yet – write poetry. I would like to leave you with
this poem from one of my favorite poets:
Buddy Check 22
by Freddy Groves
Buddy Check 22
Buddy Check 22 is an American Legion program that reaches out to possibly at-risk veterans. The "22" in the name is most significant: it is the average number of veteran suicides per day. On the 22nd of each month, veterans in Buddy Check will call (or text or email or drop by) another veteran to let them know they're not alone. Whether it's PTSD, suicidal thoughts, difficulty coping or anything else, BC22 veterans will be there to help.
Do you have a Buddy Check program in your area? Do you participate in either the national or a local group? Some local groups go beyond the phone calls and host monthly meetings and events. By providing a venue for making social connections and getting suicide prevention information, veterans come to know they're not alone. To look for groups in your area, search for: "Buddy Check 22" veterans and your state.
To go to the source, the American Legion, check: www.legion.org/buddycheck. If you especially want to start a BC22 in your area, this is the place to begin.
Not affiliated with the American Legion is a nightly Zoom Buddy Check. Get there through the Warrior NOW Nightly Buddy Check at warriornow.org/buddy-check. Warrior NOW is a nonprofit committed to veteran mental health and suicide prevention.
If you or someone you know is struggling, call Veteran's Crisis Line
1-800-273-8255 and press 1.
Recently the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan bill to designate one week per year as "Buddy Check Week." During that week, veteran mentors will learn how to do buddy checks and to access the support their buddies need. The bill would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to pitch in with education and materials for mentors to help their buddies. The House of Representatives, however, went home for the year without addressing the Buddy Check bill. They referred it to a subcommittee, where it now sits.
Vote Heather Vernillo, Constitutional Republican For Pinellas CountyChoose a new voice to represent North Pinellas.
I am a small business owner in Pinellas County. I am the owner operator of Vernillo Health & Wellness in Palm Harbor. I am an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with Florida Independent Practice in Primary Care. My focus is on affordable wellness solutions and I collaborate with many area providers to coordinate care. With that I do independent disability rating exams for Veterans with service connected injuries. I also work with a company helping with access to outpatient addiction treatments. I am clinical faculty at St. Petersburg College helping mold the minds of our next generation of local healthcare workers. I am mother to twin girls who attend Tarpon Springs High School. We moved to Florida in 2011 and call Palm Harbor our home. My passions are health, safety and the environment. I am a wildlife conservationist and do not believe that North Pinellas needs to become the next Florida metropolis. I am a proud patriot. I am a proud American.
Pinellas First. Constitution Always.
My top issues
Environmental impacts (i.e. Red Tide) of increased development
Elimination of contracts for vendors not serving our residents properly (i.e. Sunstar)
Decreasing the motor vehicle fatalities
Reducing pedestrian and bike accidents
Flood mitigation/ Storm Preparations
Improvement and accountability for CPS
Crack down on the increase in human trafficking
Health, Wellness and Safety of Residents
Preservation of key wildlife species and open land
Assisting small business growth/job market growth
Fostering Bodily Autonomy- No Mandates
Safety of First Responders/County Employees
Cutting wasteful and redundant spending to help lower taxes
TERM LIMITS for County Commission- 8 is Enough!
Current state gopher tortoise volunteer with state project at Boyd Nature Preserve mapping burrows.
Increasing awareness about Klosterman Preserve
Pending member of Pinellas County Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Advisory Council
Volunteer with Birds in Helping Hands wildlife rescue. Assisting with Raptor Center of Tampa Bay and Seaside Bird Sanctuary
Member Friends of Brooker Creek
Member Suncoast Sierra Club
Active participant with Keep Pinellas Beautiful events
Active member in multiple Pinellas political action groups
Vocal member of the community against mandates
Past Elections committee member of NSNA
Former executive board member of NJNS
Former executive board member of the Port Reading Fire Dept
Sigma Theta Thau member
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China Continues Its March to World Dominance William W Urban, Ph.D *PART 4 of 4 part series
by William W Urban, Ph.D
In the early 1970’s, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP): 1) clarified its purpose; 2) strengthen its control over the people of China; and 3) established a “100 Year Plan,” the long-term Chinese objective of World Dominance. The CCP “100 Year Plan” has evolved from: 1) long term goals; 2) a comprehensive worldwide strategy; 3) detailed plans tailored for each continent; 4) tactics against each nation, particularly industrialized countries; and 5) specific actions which garner full dominance, if not control, over each and all countries.
The first continent to be enveloped was Asia, China’s “home land.” The leaders of China believe that China is the only legitimate nation in the world with legitimately accepted boundaries. Thus, all of Asia is China’s domain.
The second continent targeted has been Africa. The third continent targeted has been South America.
The fourth continent to be targeted has been North America.
China does not recognize that the borders between Mexico, Canada and the United States are legal boundaries to be respected and to be legally enforced. China puts forth its position that North America is one land mass, with no legal boundaries separating the tribes from Mexico, Canada and the United States.
With much hypocrisy on the aforementioned position of one land area but not three separate nations, China has established three different strategies to take down each country in North America, with a set of different tactics for each of the three. In Mexico, China has already
“bought their cooperation”, if not their pledged allegiance. Canada has been run by leftist, .
globalists officials for decades.
These politicians have always exercised their right to be seen as separate and distinct from the United States. However, China has plans to bridle the “Freedoms to be Canada” and to have Mexico and Canada become integral parts of China controlled, “Taiwan of North America.”
China’s Philosophy Towards America The United States is the ultimate prize for China. Preferably, to transform America without destroying it. But if that is not possible, then China must still “radically changed” America, at any expense, into a one-party totalitarian nation, subservient to China. When America is transformed by China, Canada and Mexico will not be able to stand on their own and will succumb to being part of “Taiwan of North America.”
China’s Master Plan to Destroy America The book “Unrestricted Warfare,” was written in 1999 by two Colonels from the Chinese Communist Army, who are now Lt. Generals in their Army. Since China cannot defeat America militarily, China must use all other
“Unconventional Methods” to secure “Victory” and “Achieve Absolute Control.”
1. Use the Strengths of America Back Against America
The US Constitution
Healthcare System to Lock-down the Economy Justice System for Unequal Enforcement of the Laws
2. Overwhelm the Weaknesses of America Porous Borders allows for the uncontrolled illegal Change Voter Demographics
3. Solicit Dark Money (International & Domestic) Media & 2020 Elections
The United States is the only nation in the world, which:
1. Allows foreign entities (Government, Company or Individual) to purchase 100 % ownership in US land and/or US corporations;
2. Does not secure it borders; and
3. Allows chained immigration (an individual, once qualified for immigrant status, can bring in up to 35 family members, two generations older or younger. These dangerous positions have made it easier for China to succeed in taking over the United States.
To conquer a nation, the attacker must gain control of the following major support systems: Energy Supply; Food Supply; Healthcare; Pharmaceuticals; Education; Media; Justice System; and the Borders. China has made significant in roads in to controlling each of the sectors.
NOTE: The United States is the only obstacle to stopping the Chinese Communist Party, Barack Obama and George Soros from controlling the entire world.
*PARTS 1 ,2 & 3 appeared in the May June & July issues of SVA. More on China’s Master Plan to Destroy America in the July issue of Senior Voice America.
Explanations about the China’s transformation of Europe will be published in subsequent issues of Senior Voice America.