I was reading a story about a girl …who has lost EVERYTHING in the Earthquake that hit Haiti….besides family members, her shack…..

what upset her the most was the loss of her teacher…who taught her to BELIEVE in HERSELF and to express it by Acting……

he was able to leave Haiti for the US after the earthquake but she was left in the ruins….

she has weekly performances….her curtain is a fading tattered blue bedsheet held on a frayed rope by clothespins …and the few white plastic chairs she has are filled, with people spilling out on the ground….

her desire like so many …is be able to get a better life, like in the US….

there is a similar article in The New Yorker this week..about a North Korean girl Song-hee – 17 years – her favorite subject Math – walked across the “frozen Tumen River into China, becoming a runaway and a refugee…”

she came from a life where teachers ceased to exist..due to the economy…..

When I came to California in 1969 ..it was the “Golden State” …in education …and life……we had one of the highest standards in the World in education…

now I think we are close to the bottom of the barrel….in the world…

I recently had a roommate .. Sami was his name…a teacher …..

who taught …well…. WHAT ..EVERY PERSON should KNOW…to believe in your musical ability…..the love of yourself

when I watch the current show “Glee” well Sami is WAY beyond that in the sense he has dealt with economically challenged people …some of whom he HAVE IT…..!!!!

through his love for hip hop…..it has given sooo soo many young kids …BELIEF in themselves…..

Knowing him is such a confirmation …in whatever one BELIEVES IN!!!!

I love the man sooo deeply…..!!!

One of my BEST FRIENDS…is a teacher…who is working on his masters in Psychology .

which he is about to get……

he is Mexican…the youngest of I think of 14 children….grew up in total poverty …which he was not aware of….as no child is …….but when he was like very young his mother who is in her 80’s now…told him he HAD to cross the Mexican/US border to get an education…..well all of his brothers and sisters had done it…he crossed with a coyote….a paid man who was to take him to San Diego…

well this friend of mine did…walked for days through the desert…..lived with his brothers in Fresno…..walked miles to school every day…..and eventually started to work for McDonalds (sp?) and saved up enough money to buy an old used bike…….

…when he got to his Senior year at Fresno High….he applied to every college he could…well ….he got several scholarships…..that ended up paying for not only his classes but also his room …..he was still an “illegal”….

he is the ONLY one of the 14 …. who pursued his mothers dream…. the agony of getting a college degree…for which he is soo thankful now…..to his mother…

I met him ..as he applied to an ad I had I had on Craig’s List….. for my spare room….

he got me down in price…

WHICH I totally accepted as ……. I just KNEW…..HE HAS IT!!!!!

.he IS one of a kind……as my present roommate is…..(whom you will read about in the LA Times soon)….

after so many many years …using an attorney ..he FINALLY has his green card and Mexican passport…..

I cannot tell you how proud I am of him …and how the law in Arizona just sucks…..

WHAT TOTALLY PISSES ME OFF….is that no one seems to care about children….yes I know we “all care about children” …but there should be a world wide tax…well I will start with a National US Tax…of 50 cents per person …where 10 cents goes to the US f…ed up impoverished educational system….and the rest to the poorest countries…which has to be administered by the UN…..(HA!! now that I think of it my father helped Harold Stassen and others write their original charter..way back after WWII)…but then again I don’t know if I trust a state type organization…..but I also am suspicious of “private groups”…(sigh!!)…where ssome end up being totally corruptly selfish….

I do not remember who said “Children are OUR Future!!!”….I want to say Nelson Mandella …only because I love the man….or Betty White…..whom I adore..and is like 88 and a half…funny how older people use the word ” a half”…like they might not live to the next year…but HEY kids do it also …”I am 2 and a half” I have heard many a time..

(DO GO SEE the movie “The Kids Are All Right” …as it applies to all of us who have been in long term relationships)

Children’s education… athletics.. .being able to be an artist..a . singer, sculptor, painter, dancer or an actor ….IS SOOO SOOO IMPORTANT…..as frankly THAT is where one’s LIFE starts from….

IT IS the future of the WORLD… though I am naive…if anyone wants to help more…in lobbying our fat cat uncles, and grandfathers…let me know…and lets start a GROUP … THE REALISTIC EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN OF THE WORLD …

as lets face it otherwise you will be in your wheel chair at the age of 87 or 97 …..and some kid on “blo” will take his jollies out on you by pushing you into the murky muddy waters of the Thames…

laughing before he goes back to snort more “Blo”…not realizing that One Day …he will be in the same place……

so GUYS…if you DO not love yourself yet…learn how to…

so you can give to the Children of the World….I mean what is the point of existence if we don’t help the youngest…..

n Nacho I LOVE you from the bottom of my heart..

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