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Originally posted on Daily Happenings from poetsareangels:

My Poem of the Day

From the Voice of Domestic Violence


Do You Know What You Mean to Me

I’m grateful that you brought me back from the darker side of life

I was stripped of who I once was

There was no rhyme and no reason

Just a man with power who was in control

He chased away all those who mattered to me

He cut me off from all I once enjoyed

No longer allowed to venture out alone

No phone calls not monitored by him

No trips to the bathroom

Calls at work being certain I was their

Check Ins required with every departure and arrival

I was trapped inside my own private hell

Bruised and beaten by a man claiming love

He said that he owned me

And would take what he wanted

When he wanted

There was no one to stop him

Everyone had…

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1) The Occupants 2014

2) Jessica’s Room (2013)

3) Lord Of The Flies 2014

4) Trapped 1982

5) Weekend of Terror (1970)

I Appreciate All That I have

Life is Bigger Than We Are

Sometimes we’re lucky enough to live a full life

We learn as we go and experience most things

Others are not as lucky

Some have no choice but to grow up fast

Not knowing what it is to be a child

They instantly become a caretaker

as soon as they can reach the sink and the stove

for some they have to go to work to help bring money into their home

Some are raised in famine with no roof over their head

No walls to separate their family from other families

No medicine to help the sick

No electricity

Some are just not fortunate to live as others do

I appreciate

the air we breath

the running water

for cooking our food,

for bathing,

for cleaning our clothes and our homes

The home we live in,

The school our children attend

The stores we shop in

The clothes we wear

The cars we drive

The doctors who care for us

The medicine that makes us well

I’m sad for those…

Who die young

Who never get to know love

Who never get to know happiness

Copyright 2014 I Appreciate All That I have© Felina Silver Robinson


Don Orsillo offers to put tooth back in

1. France urges ‘quick action’ on endocrine disruptors

2. War on Cornfield Pest Sparks Clash Over Insecticide

Western Rootworm Beatles Climb on a Corn Stalk in Illinois

3. China’s deserts are expanding at an alarming rate. So it’s fighting back, with straw mats

The expanding sands have already claimed ancient relics, cities and even sections of the Great Wall.

China desertification ningxia

4. Removal of toxic muck from Passaic River in Lyndhurst a ‘pilot project’ for massive clean-up

5. Pa. hindering Chesapeake Bay cleanup

6. Dog Treats Made in China Linked to Kidney Failure, Death

Purina’s Waggin’ Train jerky products under fire as complaints continue to pour in

7. One Planet Event

1. A Green Road Jill Stein Offers Answers To Today’s Economic And Environmental Problems

2. Environment management “Towards society that recycles” – Hitachi

3. Global Warming or Global Governance? (Full Length)

4. Introduction to Strategic Environmental Management

5. GARY THESEIRA SPEAKS ~ Innovative Ideas in Environmental Management

6. Vermont’s new GMO law may upend food industry nationwide

Supporters of Vermont's GMO law

7. Nitrogen: The bringer of life and death

Bean and bomb

8. Environmental pollution linked to autism, schizophrenia, study shows


9. Organic agriculture attracts a new generation of farmers

Young organic farmers

10. Clashes as Guatemalan communities fight mine

View of the Escobal silver mine

11. USDA’s Wildlife Services killed 4 million animals in 2013; seen as an overstep by some

12. Peru’s carte blanche for big mining leaves highlanders behind, battling contamination


(CNN) -
An 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of northern Chile on Tuesday, generating a tsunami, authorities said.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake, which hit at at 6:46 p.m. local time, was centered some 60 miles northwest of Iquique at a depth of 12.5 miles.

It had previously put the magnitude at 8.0 and the depth at 6.2 miles.

Chile’s National Emergency Office tweeted Tuesday night that it was asking everyone to evacuate the South American nation’s coast.

CNN Chile broadcast video of people in Antofagasta, a port city, walking through the streets as traffic piled up in some places. They appeared to be calm.

A tsunami warning was in effect for Chile, Peru and Ecuador.

A tsunami watch was issued for Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

“Sea level readings indicate a tsunami was generated. It may have been destructive along coasts near the epicenter and could also be a threat to more distant coasts,” the center said in its evaluation.

Tsunami waves of more than 6 feet generated by the earthquake had already washed ashore on the coast of Pisagua, Chile, according to Victor Sardino with the center.

The center said nearly 7-foot waves were reported in Iquique, Chile.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, although an 8.2-magnitude earthquake is capable of causing tremendous damage.

Chile is on the so-called “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines circling the Pacific Basic that is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

About 500 people were killed when a 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile on February 27, 2010. That quake triggered a tsunami that toppled buildings, particularly in the Maule region along the coast.

According to researchers, the earthquake was violent enough to move the Chilean city of Concepcion at least 10 feet to the west and Santiago about 11 inches to the west-southwest.

The tsunami threat to Hawaii still was being evaluated Tuesday. The U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center was working to determine the level of danger for Alaska, Washington, Oregon and California, as well as Canada’s British Columbia.

The Patriot Ledger

KINGSTON, Mass. — It started with a Duxbury mom and her 23-year-old autistic son being jeered out of a movie theater because he was noisy.

It will end next week when an acquaintance will rent an entire theater to give those with special needs the chance to watch a movie without the pressure of remaining quiet and in their seats, The Patriot Ledger reported.

Emily Colson of Duxbury, author of “Dancing with Max,” a memoir about her autistic son, wrote about her movie theater experience in a blog that gained attention from readers all over the country.

Colson said answering cruelty with cruelty “doesn’t get anybody anywhere,” and she feels blessed that Renee Walston, who attends Pembroke’s North River Community Church with Colson is turning a bad experience into a chance to do good.

Walston is renting the Regal Cinema in Kingston for a showing of “Muppets Most Wanted.” Close to 300 kids, including many with special needs, will attend.
Walston said that when she read Colson’s blog describing her theater experience, she thought of her three children, all under the age of 5, enduring the same treatment.

“As Christians, we’re supposed to love our neighbor as ourselves,” she said. “I just thought that if it were my child, I would have to find a way to make this right for him.”

Colson’s blog, posted in December, described how Max became frightened, as he often does, during the previews at the start of the movie. He became loud, and others in the audience began calling out insults.
When she and Max left the theater, the audience applauded.

Colson said she is accustomed to outings that don’t go according to plan. What bothered her, she said, is that the other patrons in the theater were so quick to lash out that she and Max didn’t have time to use coping strategies they had successfully implemented many times before.

“We hadn’t even gotten past the previews. I know most of us, as families of children with disabilities, have all these plans in mind, but we couldn’t even get there,” she said.

While Colson said she understands that “someone paying good money for a movie … wants it to be quiet,” she said she felt discouraged by the crowd’s “ugly” attitude.

“I think that we have to be intentional with inclusion,” Colson said. “There are so many families (of children with special needs) that are very isolated, and there are other people that really don’t have any experience with disabilities and they don’t know what to do.”

Walston said she started by renting a 94-seat theater, the smallest possible space, because she was unsure what kind of turnout there would be. Now, the event she’s calling “Movie with Max” is on the cusp of selling out a 294-seat theater.

“It has been overwhelming, in a good way,” she said.
Colson said she is excited that families with special needs children can come together in support of each other, but she also hopes the community at large takes advantage of the screening.

The amount of interest in the event has allowed Colson to see the silver lining to what happened in December.

“It has generated a huge amount of conversation about our families in the community, and I’m so thankful for that,” she said.

The special showing of “Muppets Most Wanted” will take place at 6 p.m. on March 27 at Regal Cinema in Kingston. Limited tickets are still available, but messages of support are encouraged.

For more information, Walston can be reached at