Sep 212017
 

This is one of my ebooks of which I am very proud.  It addresses bullying and peer pressure.  It takes place in a garden where a dandelion and flowers bloom for the first time.  The garden is peaceful and friendly until a hateful perennial sows the seeds of bullying.   This and some of my other books are outlined on my children’s site:  http://childrenandteensstoriestomotivateandinspire.com  – please pass this on – so that we can help to stamp out bullying. thank you.

Published in my book, “Gentle Journeys: Stories of Awareness for Children.”

This collection was published by Progressive Education, India and sold to Indian schools. (ISBN 9731017-1-2).

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It was a warm spring day, when a Dandelion woke up and took her first look at a beautiful world. All around her were dazzling colors, wonderful scents and delightful sounds.

There were other plants in the garden. They had also bloomed for the first time. These plants were dressed in nature’s finest clothes. The little Dandelion was quick to tell everyone how beautiful each one looked.

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The Crocus felt the Dandelion’s love and said,  “Dandelion, your head is like the color of the sun. You are very pretty plant.”

The Dandelion was happy to live in a garden where plants were friendly and kind to one another.

Night came to the garden. The plants began to whisper goodnight. Suddenly, an angry plant yelled out in the darkness.

“It is NOT a good night! We have a weed amongst us.”

“What’s a weed?” asked the Dandelion.

The angry plant made herself tall as she spoke.

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“A weed is useless and ugly. Sometimes, it even tries to look like a flower.”

The Dandelion had more questions.

“Who are you? How do you know such things?”

The angry plant twisted her stem and shook her petals.

“I am a perennial. This means that I bloom each year. Tomorrow, the gardener will water the flowers and pull out ugly weeds.”

The Dandelion looked around her. The moon had begun to shine her light on the plants. They looked so pretty.

“Lady Perennial,” said the Dandelion respectfully. “I see no weeds in this garden. Everyone is different and each plant is beautiful.”

The Perennial twisted her stem again and hissed at the Dandelion.

“Stupid Dandelion! You are the only horrible weed among us!”

The Dandelion shivered with fear as all of the plants looked in her direction.

A Pansy spoke up.

“Lady Perennial, who decides which plant is a flower and which plant is a weed?”

“Humans made this decision a long time ago.” answered the Perennial.

The Pansy was confused. “But, she looks and speaks like one of us. I don’t think we should put her down by calling her a bad name. That would make us bullies.”

“Weeds have no feelings!” replied the Perennial. “They cannot feel pain like plants.”

The Dandelion did feel the pain of the Perennial’s words. She turned to her friend the Crocus.

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“Dear Crocus, you told me that my head was like the sun. Please tell me that the Perennial’s words are untrue.”

Now, the Crocus was afraid of the Perennial. If she stood up for the Dandelion, maybe the Perennial would pick on her, too.

“I never said that your head was like the sun. You, Dandelion are just a lying weed!”

This is a sneak peak.

Pauline.

You can find this story and other stories on Amazon.

Published in her book, “Gentle Journeys: Stories of Awareness for Children.”

This collection was published by Progressive Education, India and sold to Indian schools. (ISBN 9731017-1-2).

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It was a warm spring day, when a Dandelion woke up and took her first look at a beautiful world. All around her were dazzling colors, wonderful scents and delightful sounds.

There were other plants in the garden. They had also bloomed for the first time. These plants were dressed in nature’s finest clothes. The little Dandelion was quick to tell everyone how beautiful each one looked.

Belinda's Dandelion-2 (1)

The Crocus felt the Dandelion’s love and said,  “Dandelion, your head is like the color of the sun. You are very pretty plant.”

The Dandelion was happy to live in a garden where plants were friendly and kind to one another.

Night came to the garden. The plants began to whisper goodnight. Suddenly, an angry plant yelled out in the darkness.

“It is NOT a good night! We have a weed amongst us.”

“What’s a weed?” asked the Dandelion.

The angry plant made herself tall as she spoke.

Belinda's Dandelion2&3-2 (1)

“A weed is useless and ugly. Sometimes, it even tries to look like a flower.”

The Dandelion had more questions.

“Who are you? How do you know such things?”

The angry plant twisted her stem and shook her petals.

“I am a perennial. This means that I bloom each year. Tomorrow, the gardener will water the flowers and pull out ugly weeds.”

The Dandelion looked around her. The moon had begun to shine her light on the plants. They looked so pretty.

“Lady Perennial,” said the Dandelion respectfully. “I see no weeds in this garden. Everyone is different and each plant is beautiful.”

The Perennial twisted her stem again and hissed at the Dandelion.

“Stupid Dandelion! You are the only horrible weed among us!”

The Dandelion shivered with fear as all of the plants looked in her direction.

A Pansy spoke up.

“Lady Perennial, who decides which plant is a flower and which plant is a weed?”

“Humans made this decision a long time ago.” answered the Perennial.

The Pansy was confused. “But, she looks and speaks like one of us. I don’t think we should put her down by calling her a bad name. That would make us bullies.”

“Weeds have no feelings!” replied the Perennial. “They cannot feel pain like plants.”

The Dandelion did feel the pain of the Perennial’s words. She turned to her friend the Crocus.

Belinda's Dandelion5

“Dear Crocus, you told me that my head was like the sun. Please tell me that the Perennial’s words are untrue.”

Now, the Crocus was afraid of the Perennial. If she stood up for the Dandelion, maybe the Perennial would pick on her, too.

“I never said that your head was like the sun. You, Dandelion are just a lying weed!”

This is a sneak peak.  It is illustrated as an ebook.

Pauline Gallagher.

You can find this story and other stories on Amazon.

Sep 212017
 

The Snake – Poem by Al Wilson – Don’t Be Fooled

from my children’s site http://childrenandteensstoriestomotivateandinspire.com (blogged daily for kids)

On her way to work one morning
Down the path along side the lake
A tender hearted woman saw a poor half frozen snake
His pretty colored skin had been all frosted with the dew
“Poor thing, ” she cried, “I’ll take you in and I’ll take care of you”
“Take me in tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in, tender woman, ” sighed the snake

She wrapped him up all cozy in a comforter of silk
And laid him by her fireside with some honey and some milk
She hurried home from work that night and soon as she arrived
She found that pretty snake she’d taken to had been revived
“Take me in, tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in, tender woman, ” sighed the snake

She clutched him to her bosom, “You’re so beautiful, ” she cried
“But if I hadn’t brought you in by now you might have died”
She stroked his pretty skin again and kissed and held him tight
Instead of saying thanks, the snake gave her a vicious bite
“Take me in, tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in, tender woman, ” sighed the snake


“I saved you, ” cried the woman
“And you’ve bitten me, but why?
You know your bite is poisonous and now I’m going to die”
“Oh shut up, silly woman, ” said the reptile with a grin
“You knew quite well I was a snake before you took me in
“Take me in, tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in, tender woman, ” sighed the snake

Continue reading »

Sep 212017
 

Ellen DeGeneres: I Won’t Have Trump On My Show Because He’s Dangerous To Me As A Gay Woman

And Teabistan explodes. From the right wing Free Beacon:

 Daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres said she would not have President Donald Trump as a guest on her show because she feels he is “dangerous” to the country and the world.

“I would not have him on my show,” she said without hesitation. “You know, he is who he is, and he has enough attention, and he has his Twitter account and he has ways to get his message across… and I don’t want to give him a platform because it just validates him.”

DeGeneres said she only invites people on the show who she feels some sort of admiration for. The talk show host also said she feels he is dangerous for her “personally as a gay woman,” and for the country and world at large.

Good for Ellen

Ellen has always been careful and kind to even the most abnoxius of being on this planet.  This is the first time that I have heard her take Trump to task for his dividing of America.  We have been brought up NOT to lie, and Trump’s continual lying is such a bad example to young kids.  It also results in countries NOT trusting this President of the Untied States.

Ellen has invited former President George W Bush on her show.  While she obviously did not support his Republican policy, she did not dislike him as a human being.

Figures from across party lines – including John McCain, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders – have all appeared in Ellen in the past as well.

But the world’s most famous lesbian TV host has admitted there is one guest who will never be welcome on her show – the current President of the United States, Donald Trump.

Speaking to former Fox News pundit Megyn Kelly, who Trump singled out for abuse during the 2016 election, Ellen admitted she would never allow him on air.

She said: “I would not have him on the show.

“He is who he is and he has enough attention. He has his Twitter account and he has ways to get his message across.

“There is nothing I’m going to say to him that’s going to change him, and I don’t want to give him a platform, because it validates him.

Ellen “I Have to Admire Someone to Invite Them!”

“For me to have someone on the show, I have to at least admire them in some way, and I can’t have someone that I feel is dangerous – not only for the country, and for me personally as a gay woman – but to the world.

“He’s dividing all of us… I don’t want him on the show.”

The TV host has made no secret of her dislike for the Republican leader, condemning many of his actions in office despite her usually apolitical stance.

When he banned transgender troops from the military, she said: “We should be grateful to the people who wish to serve, not turn our backs on them. Banning transgender people is hurtful, baseless and wrong.”

When Trump attempted to ban people from Muslim-majority countries from visiting the US, she said: “I don’t get political, but I will say that I am against [the ban].

“I am not going to talk about the travel ban. I am just going to talk about the very non-political, People’s Choice Award-winning film ‘Finding Dory.’

“Dory arrives in America with her friends, Marlon and Nemo, and she arrives at the Marine Life Institute behind a large wall. And they all have to get over the wall. And you won’t believe it, but that wall has almost no effect in keeping them out/

“The other animals help Dory. Animals that don’t even need her. Animals that have nothing in common with her.

“They help her even though they are completely different colours, because that’s what you do when you see someone in need. You help them.”

Sep 212017
 

Available on Amazon, Apple Ebooks, Kobo, Barnes & Noble

LIEUTENANT DEE – U.S. ARMY NURSES CORP.

VIETNAM, 1968

FICTIONAL STORY

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(Photo of a nurse in Vietnam War

This is an introduction to the ebook.

TAN SONAT AIR BASE, VIETNAM

It was early afternoon when the wheels of the huge U.S cargo plane connected to the tarmac.  Through the swirling red dust and blazing sun, eyes gazed at their first sighting of Vietnam. Several thuds later, the plane taxied past army barracks and plane hangars. Large areas of red mud covered the roofs, sandbags and the ground.  Inside the plane, the heat was overwhelming.  Everyone waited for the doors to open.

Lieutenant Dee stood and waited for the staircase to be secured. She tried to adjust her breathing to the intense heat.  From ever direction, her senses were bombarded.  She faintly heard the new recruit, Scarlazzi, talk about beaches, babes, boobs and booze.

“Let’s go.”  Dee realized that the pilot had asked her to descend.  With each step her senses were assaulted by unfamiliar sights, deafening sounds and pungent smells. Her nylons stuck to her skin and she measured each step, one hand securing her armyskirt from exposing her thighs.

The base was in constant motion – trucks, jeeps, ambulances, buses and fire trucks were in the process of loading and unloading.  Waiting for transportation, Dee let her eyes take in her new surroundings.  The entire perimeter of the base was surrounded by high wire fences.

“What a nauseating smell!” Lieutenant Sue Montgomery spoke with a soft southern drawl.

“They burn the shit from the latrines!”   Scarlazzi added.  He apparently had little respect for officers, or perhaps not for a black woman officer.

Sue stared at him.  “Scarlazzi, the word to use is ” excrement.”

Scarlazzi glared.   “You learn that big word at some Negro college, Lieutenant?”

Sue glared at the grinning lad, his intention was to insult and get a laugh.

Sue turned to her fellow nurses.

“He’s all mine, when he comes with his balls blown off!”

The men laughed and Scarlazzi grimaced.

Lieutenant Sophie Wong interjected.

“It’s mostly the smell of burning kerosene and jet fuel.” She pointed to an adjacent runway.  “Those planes screeching to a halt are F-14 fighters, and those heavy planes are B-52 bombers.”

“Where’s this knowledge coming from?” Sue teased, “Dating a pilot?”

“I wish!” Sophie sighed. “My younger brother builds model planes.”

This conversation was interrupted by Scarlazzi. He bellowed, “Here comes the Welcome Wagon, lots of cold beer!”

The nurses exchanged weary glances.  Scarlazzi had been such a pain for most of the twenty-hour flight.  He had been loud and hyperactive.  Everyone had been forced to listen to stories of gang fights in the Bronx, where his bravery and fighting skills had made him a man to be feared.  Naturally, he claimed that he would take care of his mates in Nam.

Dee had compared Scarlazzi’s background to her own farm life on an Amish farm in Pennsylavania.  Her brother Isaiah was nineteen years old, the same age as Scarlazzi.  He had been exempted from the draft as a  2-C Registrant, deferred because of agricultural occupation. He was an only son in a family of five daughters.  Dee, on the other hand, defied her pacifist Amish family.  She felt compelled to serve as a nurse in Vietnam.  At twenty-one years of age, she felt her youth and skills would serve her country.

 

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This photo was taken at Tan Sonat Air Base, Vietnam in 1968.  This date coincides with the story.  The plane is a Cargo C-142 similar to the one in which Dee and company travelled.