Saturday, February 28, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

God smiles on me many ways

By
From page B10 | February 09, 2013 |

bass column sig

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 [email protected]

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 6 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • 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

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • StR Another bookFebruary 09, 2013 - 10:32 am

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

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • StR Hello by Lionel Richie .February 09, 2013 - 11:20 am

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

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Recent Articles

  • Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • .

    US / World

    Man shoots wife, himself at Northern Calif. retirement home

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

     
     
    Thieves crash car through electronics store in San Francisco

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

     
    Some California farmers to go without federal water

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4, 1 Comment | Gallery

    Congress OKs 1-week bill to keep Homeland Security open

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5, 1 Comment | Gallery

     
    US rescinds rule requiring judges to move to Guantanamo

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

    US, Liberia start 1st formal test of ZMapp Ebola virus drug

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    US appeals court: Marathon bombing trial can stay in Boston

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    Woman knocked out by eggs

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

    Mexico official: Police capture top capo ‘La Tuta’ Gomez

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A10 | Gallery

     
    Well-educated ‘Jihadi John’ no surprise to experts

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

    Unmasking of ‘Jihadi John’ as a London lad shocks Britain

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

     
    .

    Opinion

    How GOP can resolve immigration mess

    By Ramesh Ponnuru | From Page: A8, 3 Comments

     
    Unlikely winners of Greece’s surrender on euro

    By Mark Gilbert | From Page: A8

    A remedy for veterans’ care

    By Bill Frist And Jim Marshall | From Page: A8

     
    Editorial Cartoon: Feb. 28, 2015

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    .

    Living

    Today in History: Feb. 28, 2015

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Community Calendar: Feb. 28, 2015

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

    Horoscopes: Feb. 28, 2015

    By Holiday Mathis | From Page: A7

     
    Poem about heaven helps dog owners when beloved pet dies

    By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: A7, 1 Comment

    Coca-Cola bottle as art? Atlanta’s High Museum takes a look

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

     
    .

    Entertainment

     
    TVGrid

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B9

    .

    Sports

    Thompson scores 25 points, Warriors rout Raptors 113-89

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    Casey McGehee’s move to Giants a homecoming of sorts

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    Vaca advances three wrestlers into semis at Masters

    By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1

     
    Spurs snap 4-game skid, beat short-handed Kings 107-96

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

    Travis Kvapil’s NASCAR car stolen from hotel before race

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    McIlroy to miss cut at Honda Classic; Reed leads

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    NHL fines Sharks’ Couture $5,000 for tripping from behind

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Browns agree to terms with quarterback Josh McCown

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Kyle Busch released from hospital following foot surgery

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Bulls expect Derrick Rose back this season from knee surgery

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Testimony: Several Hernandez texts are missing from phone

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Approaching ‘last call’ for NHL GMs to tweak rosters

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    PGA Tour to move Match Play to Texas

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Notre Dame president credited for transforming school dies

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    MLS Commissioner Garber: Hopeful season will start on time

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    This date in sports history for Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

    .

    Business

    Gas prices soar in California as supply shrinks

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

     
    5 reasons US economy is stronger than Q4 GDP suggests

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B5 | Gallery

    Tribes from around US gather to discuss legal marijuana

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

     
    Uber says database containing driver info was breached

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

    Signed contracts to buy US homes rise to 18-month high

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

     
    Fiat Chrysler recalls 467K SUVs for possible stalling

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

     
    Southwest nearly done inspecting planes that were grounded

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

    .

    Obituaries

    Gabriel T. Traub

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

     
    Maria Kraszewski

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

    .

    Comics

    Wizard of Id

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

     
    Baby Blues

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

    Frank and Ernest

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

     
    B.C.

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

    Peanuts

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

     
    Rose is Rose

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

    Zits

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

     
    Pickles

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

    Baldo

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

     
    Sally Forth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

    Garfield

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

     
    Blondie

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

    For Better or Worse

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

     
    Get Fuzzy

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

    Beetle Bailey

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

     
    Dilbert

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

    Cryptoquote

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

     
    Sudoku

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

    Bridge

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

     
    Crossword

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

    Word Sleuth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

     
    .

    Home Seller 2/28/2015

    Right at Home: Decor made of bicycle parts

    By The Associated Press | From Page: HSR2Comments are off for this post | Gallery

    Real estate transactions for Feb. 28, 2015

    By Daily Republic | From Page: HSR3

    Average US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.80 percent

    By The Associated Press | From Page: HSR3