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God smiles on me many ways

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From page B10 | February 09, 2013 |

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Sometimes God smiles on old men. He certainly has smiled on me.

Folks who know me or who have read my columns over time know that one of my great passions is helping kids prepare to survive and succeed in life – helping them learn to read so that they can take advantage of the opportunities our great nation offers. And in doing that, helping them avoid the unhappiness, anger and frustration that comes with not being able to do the things most other people can do.

One of the ways that I have been smiled upon, surprisingly, has been the loss of most of my sight. It’s painful and frustrating, but it has given me a better understanding of how folks who are unable to read for any reason feel. The great realization came when I mentioned my frustration to my son.

He said, “Good heavens Dad, that’s exactly how I have felt all of my life. I just have never found the words to describe it.”

My son is dyslexic.

The other blessings that I have received are just plain positive – things you can share with me if you are interested.

One of the preschools in the Tools of Learning Program is the Children’s Garden Preschool of Vacaville. Stacie Roe, the owner-director, does a great job of building foundations in literacy for the kids who go to Children’s Garden. Almost all read when they get to kindergarten.

The Children’s Garden’s reading program (the Tools Frontline Phonics program) is going to be featured on “Good Day Sacramento” at 7 a.m. Feb. 21 on Sacramento’s Channel 31. You can look at it at that time on your computer (it is streamed) or later out of their archives. You will see 3- and 4-year-old kids reading. And it is a joyful experience for them. They are proud of their achievements.

I hope you will look and see what is possible for almost all young children.

That’s not all. Another big smile is that at 2 p.m. Tuesday, I have been invited to be a guest on the Internet radio show BreakingNewsJournal “On Air.” You can listen to it live or listen later on their archives.

The topic of the show is one dear to my heart. For years I have been trying to find a way to reach black leadership in this country – reach them and encourage them to get their children and young people to understand that positive rewards in our lives come from achievement. Negative things happen when you are unable to achieve. Being able to acquire and process information is absolutely necessary before you can really be able to read.

Won’t you please Google the show and join me? Yes, good things are happening.

Murray Bass can be reached at 427-0744 or mzb60@comcast.net.

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  • StR Trying to get this to postFebruary 09, 2013 - 9:25 am

    Test TEst TEST*****....What saved me somewhat is one teacher in First and Second Grade that made sure I could read, even though I was really nearsighted w/no glasses and coming from an abusive home, everyone thought I was very "slow". No kidding, in kindergarten the first day the teacher told us all to stand up and say our names. I stood up and said "Hello my name is Stupid" and I honestly did not know why everybody laughed. At home I was always referred to as "You stupid little"....this prefaced every comment to me. Being taught the basics is life saving............... Quote from Murray's column.....The Children’s Garden’s reading program (the Tools Frontline Phonics program) is going to be featured on “Good Day Sacramento” at 7 a.m. Feb. 21 on Sacramento’s Channel 31. You can look at it at that time on your computer (it is streamed) or later out of their archives. You will see 3- and 4-year-old kids reading. And it is a joyful experience for them. They are proud of their achievements..........The website is..www dot gooddaysacramento dot cbslocal dot com/ click on the Watch Live button................Quote from column..That’s not all. Another big smile is that at 2 p.m. Tuesday, (Posters Note Feb 12, 2013) I have been invited to be a guest on the Internet radio show BreakingNewsJournal “On Air.” You can listen to it live or listen later on their archives......... www dot blogtalkradio dot com/breakingnewsjournal

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  • StRFebruary 09, 2013 - 10:08 am

    Third attempt to get this to post...Here goes...Murray maybe this should be added to your tag line. "Check out Tools of Learning for Children www dot tools4preschool dot org/"......Then every time your tag line appears your website is promoted. EVERYBODY CHECK OUT THE "TOOLS OF LEARNING FOR CHILDREN" WEBSITE. Murray you could also do some columns about how this system works and why you believe in it. Thanks....PS...I really like Mr. Takeuchi, he may not agree with me, but he is nice enough to listen and not call me a nut.

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  • StR BookFebruary 09, 2013 - 10:29 am

    This is a quick read....A Child Called "It": One Child's Courage to Survive [Paperback] Dave Pelzer .....available cheap used on amazon dot com. or they might have it in the local libraries

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  • StR Another bookFebruary 09, 2013 - 10:32 am

    Satan's underground: The Extraordinary Story of One Woman's Escape by Lauren Stratford

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  • StRFebruary 09, 2013 - 10:42 am

    We are all so brainwashed...Isn't most of the problem that Mothers are not raising their own children? Ideally a child would be raised at home until school age with the help of a supportive father. When children are shipped off the others often they have attachment disorders and do not know how to love, connect, have empathy ect....The women's movement accomplished a couple of things...1. More people ie women in the work force to TAX and to help break down family stucture..it was part of an evil plan. The FEDERAL RESERVE and our monetary system and debt was also used to break up the home and make it often times necessary to have both mother and father working out of the home...that and our own greed for material things. We have also been brainwashed to be greedy and materialistic.

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  • StR Hello by Lionel Richie .February 09, 2013 - 11:20 am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_ILDFp5DGA

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