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Flooding In China Claims Over 450 Lives

china_floods_0801Throughout  several provinces in the southern and central provinces of China, torrential summer rains have caused severe flooding, claiming the lives of over 450 people.

It has been reported today, as you'll see in the clip below, that  several thousand of people were forced to head for high ground, evacuating their homes across the country. The soldiers assisted residents with loading their belongs, racing against time, before the floods reach them.

Heavy equipment that was brought in to repair a broken dyke caused the ground to give way, toppling the large machinery. Landslides have claimed over 15 lives today, July 13, 2010, alone. There are dozens missing throughout the provinces of Guizhou, Sichuan, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Chongqing City, China.

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Black Man

407915_street_soldierWARNING:  I am going to piss some people off with what I’m going to say but it needs to be said.  I love black men and would like one of my own but our community is in trouble.  It’s because of this love that I am writing this article.

I was at work last night, driving my bus when I began to think about my poetry cd that I’m working on. I then thought of my poem entitled, “BLACK MAN.” A few of the lines came to my head and then I got the urge to write this article. I will share those lines with you:

“SPIKE SAID WAKE UP! TO DO MINIMUM IS NOT ENOUGH. BLACK MAN! SLEEPING WITH MEN, SMOKE AND SELL DRUGS, KILLING OURSELVES, AND ALL THAT STUFF. OUR BLACK MAN WE NEED YOU. BLACK MAN!” “SPIKE SAID WAKE UP! TO DO MINIMUM IS NOT ENOUGH. ALWAYS HAVE FUN MAKING THE BABIES BUT WON’T TAKE CARE OF THEM. OUR BLACK DADS WE NEED YOU. BLACK MAN!”

Summers on my grandparent's farm

766162_3764ojToday was pool day for my 3 year-old grandson Matthew. As I watched him run, jump and scream as he and his little cousins ran in and out of the pool, it brought back memories long ago of my sisters and I and the fun we shared on my grandparent's farm here in rural North Carolina.

I was the eldest being 10 years-old and the sisters, Harriet, 8 years-old, Charlotte, a cousin who was also 8 years-old and Angela, the baby who was 3 years-old, would run and play for hours in the hot summer weather. We chased butterflies, picked blackberries, hopscotch, jump rope and many more wonderful outdoor activities. We put on outdoor plays in the backyard. I pretended I was Diana Ross, singing into an old corn husk grandpa had left discarded outside, while my sisters were the Supremes and James Lee was a one of the Pips. Some children today have no clue how much fun outdoor activities can be. Some of our modern day generation of youth, spend time with video games, MP3 players, cellular telephones, and other activities which can hinder their growth instead of enhancing their social skills.

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