Tribulation without Stain

“God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it,
not without pain but without stain.”
~ C.S. Lewis
a.k.a. Clive Staples Lewis
,
Novelist, Poet, Academic, Medievalist, Literary Critic,
Essayist, Lay Theologian, Broadcaster, Lecturer, & Christian Apologist
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Spotlighting with Celebrity

“A celebrity can help put a spotlight on a problem, a crisis and a need.”
~ Sela Ward,
Actress, Author, Producer, Spokesperson, Philanthropist, Prime-time Emmy Awards (2X) & Golden Globe Award

Seeing Difficulty

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity.
The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill,
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom ( 1940-1945 ) & (1951–1955),
Non-academic Historian, Writer, Artist,
Nobel Prize in Literature (1953) &
Honorary Citizen of the United States (1963)

Faith-Walkers

“When you decide to walk by faith, you don’t get rid of trials; you learn to overcome them.”
~ Kenneth Copeland,
Author (How You Call It Is How It Will Be), Singer, Co-Founder – Kenneth Copeland Ministries
& Co-Founder – Believer’s Voice of Victory
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Criminalized for the Lack of Bail

“Money bail is ruining the lives of literally millions of poor people
and costing the country unnecessary billions of dollars
in incarceration costs every year.
Local jail populations grew by 19.8 percent just between 2000 and 2014,
with pretrial detention accounting for 95 percent of that growth. …
… The single feature shared by almost every defendant in pretrial detention is that they are poor.
Rich people make bail; poor people don’t.
Regardless of actual guilt or innocence,
poor people are criminalized for their inability to buy their way out of jail.”
~ Peter Edelman, ,
Lawyer, Policy Maker, Law Professor, Co-Founder – New Israel Fund, Author (Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America),
Former United States–Japan Leadership Program Fellow, Former J. Skelly Wright Memorial Fellow at Yale Law School, Co-Founder – Parents United

Pleading GUILTY While Innocent

“The major shortages of judges, prosecutors, and public defenders,
coupled with the number of people being held in jail awaiting trial
has led to a crisis
in which it is not possible
for every defendant who wants a day in court to get one.
So, the courts need a way to keep the trials from taking place.
By imprisoning poor people who cannot put up money for bail,
the system uses the threat or reality of extended imprisonment
to extract guilty pleas, even from people who are innocent
or have other valid defenses.
Not able to get a timely trial, they have only one option – plead guilty.
It is a Hobson’s choice, more so even than many of the defendants realize,
because the guilty please have serious collateral consequences
they may not even be aware of and which stay with them for the rest of their lives.
But, pleading guilty is what they do by the thousands, every day, all over America.”
~ Peter Edelman, ,
Lawyer, Policy Maker, Law Professor, Co-Founder – New Israel Fund, Author (Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America),
Former United States–Japan Leadership Program Fellow, Former J. Skelly Wright Memorial Fellow at Yale Law School, Co-Founder – Parents United

True Friends

true friends, pets, cat and dog,
“I’m ready to listen when you’re ready to talk.”

true friends, pets, dog and cat,
“You’re gonna be O.K.”
“The fellowship of true friends who can hear you out,
share your joys, help carry your burdens,
and correctly counsel you is priceless.”
~ Ezra Taft Benson,
Farmer, United States Secretary of Agriculture (1953-1961),
President – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1985-1994),
Boy Scouts of America Awards: Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope
& Silver Buffalo & International Scouting Award Bronze Wolf
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Pressures & Needs

“Drinking intensifies all your pressures and your needs.”
~ Desi Arnaz,
a.k.a. Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III,
Actor, Musician, Television Producer, Author,
Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars (2x) & Golden Globe Award (1956)

It’s Not Like the End of the World

“Sure, I suffered a lot. But it’s not like the end of the world and
it’s not who I am. I lead quite a pleasant life and
I’m able to divorce a perceived reality from my actual experience of life.
I find forgiveness to be really healthy.”
~ Ben Affleck,
a.k.a. Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt
Actor, Director, Producer Screenwriter, Academy Awards (2X), Golden Globe Awards (3X),
BAFTA Awards (2X), Screen Actors Guild Awards (2X), Humanitarian, Philanthropist,
Directors Guild Award, Producers Guild Award, Co-Founder – Eastern Congo Initiative , Co-Owners –Pearl Street Films

 

A Tool to Open the Heart

“I think that comedy is such a tool to open the heart, to loosen up the muscles, to loosen up the brain.
God knew how important it would be to laugh because He said it is a great medicine,
and when used properly, it is the greatest of medicines.”
~ Chonda Pierce,
Comedienne, Author, Philanthropist &
Co-Founder – Branches Recovery Center