Silent No More

Be silent the voice is telling me
Dont speak

No, I wont be silent
Thus I will speak

 

I speak for those who have been abused

I speak to those merely hearing the news

No sympathy for the accused

No longer can we ignore

Restitution I implore

Silent no more 

I know you well

Everything I know I will YELL

I will call upon the mountaintops

The far reaches of the earth

To bring you to your knees

Give you what you deserve

Do unto you as they please

To you it didn’t matter

Now your teeth will chatter

You have crossed my path

And I’ve done the math

Desecration is your master

Innocence your plunder

I shall put you asunder

Forbid you harm another

I will defame you

Call forth what you’ve done

And name you

You hide in secrecy

But I’ve seen what you’ve done, you see

I know you well

And I won’t keep quite

I will gather many and raise a riot

The whole universe cries against you

While the minds struggling to erase you

Reveal evidence of your destruction

You didn’t anticipate their resurrection

Those you touched have spoken

No longer remaining broken

Voices raised in unison

Won’t be silenced for anything

You’ve met your match

For we shall shame and plunder you

Repay you for the evil that you do

Revisit it all upon you

Be silent the voice is telling us
Dont speak

No, we won’t be silent
Thus we did speak

Copyright © 2014-2015 Niazmina

School Food Patrol: Are you kidding me?

My daughter pipes up one evening, ” Mama, you need to start sending me to school with healthy snacks. My teacher said that my snack wasn’t healthy, and also the kid who sits next to me was telling me that my snack wasn’t healthy.” 

What do you mean it wasn’t healthy? Simply because it wasn’t a fruit or vegetable?  

“I told the kid that it was healthy and that it had cheese in it. She just said again that it wasn’t healthy, then my teacher also said it wasn’t healthy.” 

“Every day at snack time the teacher says ” OK class,  let’s see who has a healthy snack! Then whoever has a vegetable, the teachers says their name out happily that they had the healthy snack of the day.” 

Everything I give you is healthy. Nothing I give you is unhealthy. This whole food inspection/food patrol isn’t your teachers role.  

I then proceeded, in my infuriation, to fashion a note to the said teacher.

This Food Patrol is absurd!! I am disgusted, and must say, it’s gone on long enough.

From my first grade circle time, where teachers took it upon themselves to question each student as to what they had eaten the night before for dinner, to the year 2014 where snacks are being inspected and rated as either “healthy” or ” not healthy”, is shocking. It’s clearly not done out of concern, as I have yet to hear about bins of “healthy” snacks on hand for free doling whenever a child’s snack is deemed ” not healthy”.

So what is the purpose behind this ludicrous practice?

Here’s my concern with this food inspection/food patrol practice,

  1. You are shaming the child by telling them that what they have put forth for ‘inspection’ isn’t good enough, and is actually “not healthy”. They have failed, in their minds.
  2.  The inspections are being done openly in front of other classmates, further adding to the embarrassment of the child.
  3. The inspections in themselves aren’t “healthy”. They create an SS-Gestapo environment which isn’t conducive to a learning environment. Children are getting involved in the inspections and informing on their classmates. This is pruning children to become future corporate minions, looking for reward, praise and power.
  4.  Children are, in essence, being brainwashed into believing that their parents don’t know what’s best for them, the school institution/system on the other hand, does. This sets our children up for lifetime of servitude to the ‘system’ without question, because the system has their best interests as first priority.

Teachers need to stick to their roles as educators not government indoctrinating patrol officers.

There’s a fine line between teaching healthy eating habits, and en mass brainwashing and enforcement of something that is the sole responsibility of the parents. What comes next, force feeding?

Granted, there are instances where children aren’t eating healthily, so why not dole out some healthy goodies if you see the need, rather than shame the child? Why confuse children as to what’s considered healthy and not healthy, simply because what they brought for a snack wasn’t a fruit or vegetable?

I am one hundred percent against this food inspection/food patrol, needless to say, and that concludes my rant for the day.

Peace and love

Goodbye My Friend: Lover’s End

 

You want me back?

You miss me so?

You came to hear the train whistle blow?

Well I’ve done gone

Jumped off the crazy train

Ain’t looking back and boarding again

Been down too many tracks

Down winter’s pass

Too narrow bridges for the rail to last

Ain’t looking back

I’ll say it again

Ain’t looking back

Bid you farewell my friend.

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Images © 2013 Rebecca Martin

DIY Piano Renewal With Homemade Chalk Paint

What happens when your mother comes to visit? Beautify your graffitied piano! Using a mix of colour and Plaster of Paris, create your own chalk paint for a myriad of projects.DSCN0832

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Graffiti

It is rather shocking to come to the realization that there are individuals who would allow the esthetic destruction of a piano…although, had it not been graffitied, the renewal process would’ve still taken place!

Plastered
Plastered

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After some filling and a few coats of chalk paint, the piano looks better than ever. Quick and easy project with endless opportunities for further renewal.

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The colour chosen was Chocolate Raspberry and fits in perfectly with the household decor. DSCN0858

Further waxing and buffing and cleaning of the piano keys, completed the job with fantastic results.

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I'm resilient at best, fight harder than the rest, take punches to the chest, then get back up nonetheless.

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