The Education of America

English: A special education teacher assists o...

English: A special education teacher assists one of her students. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve got a question for the two Presidential candidates.

How much is a teacher worth to a child who would be a statistic if she/he didn’t teach?

Obama for Teachers!

Our teachers are underpaid and overworked.

When will the powers that be recognize that the education of our children is more important than the deployment of our troops overseas?

If we don’t educate America on what is important for the future of our great society, then we will fall down to the levels of those emerging countries trying to survive austerity.

Is the salary of a novice teacher enough to provide for her family of four?

The typical hourly rate for a teacher living in Chicago is roughly $23 per hour, and the cost of living wage is $20.35.   Living Wage Calculator

There is not much leftover to do any other non-essential activities that a family of two adults and two children would enjoy doing while living in a metropolitan area.

This Presidential election is very important for many reasons, but especially because we as a nation need to make sure that our teachers and other educators are paid more than just a living wage. They need a salary that is worthy of the knowledge that they impart to our youth.

Make your vote count and vote for our teachers.

Vote for the candidate who truthfully addresses your concerns.

How to Start a Business in 140 Words or Less.

I recently read that people don’t have a long attention span when it comes to reading articles on the internet.  A blog post should be 125 words, with the keywords mentioned only 2 or 3 times.

Let’s put that to the test. So far, I’ve used 57.

That leaves me with 68 to describe How to Start a Business.

For good measure,  I’m throwing in 15 more on starting your own business: .

  • Start with a good idea that you are very familiar with
  • Analyze your business situation. What do you hope to achieve?
  • Develop your business’ persona. Who are you?
  • Get a business license
  • Communicate with your customers
  • Promote your new business
  • Dominate internet
  • Sell, Sell, Sell
  • business license for SamArt Enterprises.

    business license for SamArt Enterprises. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Enjoy

Have fun!

The Story of Stuff

The Story of Stuff (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are 3 basic qualities to a well-told story. There are more qualities, but for now I will just touch on these 3 points.

  1.  Simple
  2.  Intuitive
  3.  Assumes the intelligence of its end-user

Simple. Most writers make the mistake of overwhelming their readers with too much information, also known as TMI. You have to make your story easy enough for your mother to understand.

Intuitive. Your story is brand new to your readers, and so they need a logical framework to process your content. Provide a clear flow. Keep the reader in the flow by using associations as you move through each part of your story. Make it easy for them to follow, and they will follow your lead.

Assume Intelligence. Give your readers more than the usual stock bits of information. They’ve been there, done that. They get it. They need and can process more. It’s important to add value and dimension to your story. Make it of high quality.

Give detailing examples, analogies, anecdotes, and customized content.

Connect with your readers sensory points – through their eyes, ears, and their brains.

When you tell your story, be amazingly vivid.

What makes a story a good story for you? Do you need to feel it, to get it? Give me your thoughts!

Check your spelling!


Cover Art

Cover Art (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To improve your spelling, read a word, cover it with your hand, then write it on the first line. Check your spelling. If it’s wrong, write it out again on the second line:


socks                                      _________________              _________________


pants                                      _________________              _________________


trousers                                 _________________              _________________


dress                                      _________________              _________________


shoes                                      _________________              _________________


glasses                                   _________________              _________________


suit                                          _________________              _________________


watch                                      _________________              _________________


bikini                                       _________________              _________________


jeans                                       _________________              _________________


skirt                                        _________________              _________________


jumper                                    _________________              _________________


trainers                                   _________________              _________________


bra                                          _________________              _________________


blouse                                                _________________              _________________


dressing gown                      _________________              _________________


earrings                                  _________________              _________________


coat                                         _________________              _________________


pajamas                                  _________________              _________________


shirt                                        _________________              _________________




Here is a quick and easy test to keep your skills sharp.




Just click the link below and begin your test. It’s fun and it’s free with no strings attached.

click here to test your knowledge





Internet (Photo credit: hdzimmermann)

What was the world like before Internet?

Then, children played outside – in the streets and in the fields.

Women walked to their neighbors’ homes to have tea and share the latest gossip, and marvel at the new furniture that was delivered the day before.

Men sat at sidewalk cafes drinking coffee, smoking (cigarettes and Argeela – water pipes), and watching and whistling as girls passed by.

Markets were full of people shopping for the day’s meals.

Hands in full motion, enthusiastically negotiated product pricing in a tone that could be mistaken for a serious fight.

Vendors loudly hawked their products trying to entice passersby to stop and patronize them, instead of the competition.

Cash was king and reliable, though not plentiful.

Life was grand.

Now, children play in front of a computer, never to see the outdoors except to get into a car and be driven to their next destination.

Women use their mobile phones to text each other the latest news about their neighbors, and don’t have time to prepare tea unless it can be micro-waved.

Men seldom sit at open cafes for fear of being called perverts and getting a drink thrown in their face, so they watch sports inside, on TV.

Supermarkets are stocked with well preserved, over processed, bulk items that can last until eternity.

Forget about negotiating. The bar code price marked is the final price.

Vendors use over the top sales advertising in their windows, obscuring the contents inside, that scream of unbelievable price reductions.

Don’t have cash? No problem. What kind of debit or credit card will you be using? Even fast food restaurants prefer these plastic cards to cash. It cuts down on employee theft, but it also cuts down on the number of paying customers who don’t have or wish to use plastic for such small item purchases.

With the swipe of a card your information is transmitted through the universe of internet transactions, passing by your neighbors and your co-workers on the way to the financial clearinghouse, having a digital conversation about how much disposable income or credit worthiness you have available to actually approve this transaction.

Don’t you just hate it when the message that comes back is “unauthorized”?

The Internet has both good and not so good benefits to it.

The Good:

  • fast information
  • large amounts of resources available
  • organized search results
  • convenience
  • connectivity to the world



The Bad:

  • not all information is reliable
  • too many resources to choose from
  • search results include general and unrelated info
  • 24/7 is not always a good thing, maybe the lights should go out at ten
  • the world can be a scary place, anonymity has created some monsters who want to do bad things to people


Oh! The good ole days!


Here is how you can stay on top of your Internet game.

  • Use reliable sites that display the https logo in the address bar
  • Use cash as often as you can
  • When searching, use as many keywords as possible to narrow down the results
  • Ask for help from someone you trust
  • Protect your password and secret questions
  • Call customer service of the company you are attempting to use if there is a suspicious looking page on their site
  • Keep a record of all transactions and cross verify with your bank statements
  • Close the browser page upon completion of your transaction
  • If in doubt, do without


Stay alert! Stay safe!



Technology Is Not Technology

Technology Is Not Technology (Photo credit: lgb06)

Life has to be lived.

Families have to be provided for and fed.

The future holds many uncertainties.

Now more than ever is the right time to learn something new about the latest technology and how to communicate with the world.

Why?  You ask.

Just Remember this:

  • Some men grow mad by studying much to KNOW; but who grows mad by studying to GROW?


  • The USE of money is all the Advantage there is in having money.


  • Well Done! is better than Well Said.


  • Since you are not sure of your next minute, then don’t throw away an hour.


  • Blessed is he that expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.




Use your money wisely and study to grow in knowledge – be it improving your English or anything that will do you good. Your future depends on it. Don’t throw away another minute expecting nothing. Take this time to revel in life’s simple pleasures.



Learn to Earn



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