October 22, 2012

Keep Dreaming

Filed under: Christianity — Tags: , , — yalandarose @ 11:36 am



My faith does not allow me to practice astrology, numerology and all the other New Age stuff to determine my fate because God Has Made it clear in His Word what the fate of the saints are. However, I do believe that when Our Father Wants To Talk to His Children, He Will do it whenever and however He Wants as His Word Has Shown. If anyone is offended, I will quickly delete it.

I wasn’t going. I just couldn’t.   The low funds in my account meant no fun with the girls after work.

Being a single mom with a single income can make you feel single in more ways than one.

So instead of laughing it up with the girls tonight, I was laying down to sleep.

But God Wouldn’t Let the matter rest.

After dozing off, I started dreaming.

No longer stretched out in bed, but in a stretch limo!  Instead of reveling in the company of the girls from work, I was surrounded by the company of men – from the mob!  (Hey, I told you it was a dream.)

Instead of fearing for my life, I was loudly proclaiming the fear of my financial insecurity.

One of the men sitting up front said, “Is that your only problem? Here, this should help,” handing me 2 crisp $100 bills.

For obvious reasons, I declined.

I was then surrounded by laughter, again not from the girls, but from a group of mob men finding it hilarious that any woman would turn down a double date with 2 Benjamins.

Once the laughter subsided, the limo came to an abrupt stop and I was shown the car door.  The mob was no longer entertained.

Instead of the 2 bills, I was now holding onto 2 balloons. As the number of hairs on my head, God Is Aware of my bigger than life phobia of balloons. (I actually felt heart palpitations when I saw the above photo.)

My dream was quickly turning into a nightmare.

My feet were now off the ground as the balloons started soaring into the sky. I tried to release one of the balloons to cushion my landing, but I couldn’t let it go.

I panicked and started clawing at the balloons to pop them (the source of my fear) hoping that I was still low enough to tumble down.

They wouldn’t pop.

Realizing it was futile to panic, I started praying, as I ascended higher and higher into the sky.

They popped.

I landed safely.

I woke up and realized everything was going to be alright.


October 17, 2012

Hold Them Accountable

Filed under: Christianity — Tags: , , , , — yalandarose @ 2:56 pm

The following are ncouraging responses from an e-mail campaign to retailers inquiring if children or oppressed workers are involved in the manufacture or distribution of their products, and if not, could they display so on their labels.

Consumers have the choice in where they work.  However, children and oppressed workers do not.

So far, I have heard from Nike, Skechers, Fila, New Balance, and Ralph Lauren.

Start e-mailing your favorite retailers.  Stores should hold their vendors accountable as well.
Thank you for contacting SKECHERS and advising us of your concerns. SKECHERS belongs to the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America and, as such, adheres to their guidelines concerning responsible factory
operation. Compliance with these guidelines is documented and monitored by announced and unannounced visits by inspectors. A copy of the FDRA recommended factory practices can easily be obtained by way of writing to
the organization or internet search. You may visit their website here: http://www.fdra.org

Thank you,



Thank you for your recent message to Ralph Lauren.com.

Ralph Lauren has built its brand around the consistent production of high quality products, from apparel and home furnishings to fragrances and accessories.  In keeping with the company’s reputation for excellence,  Ralph Lauren continually seeks to conduct its business according to the highest ethical and legal standards.  We take very seriously our responsibility for ensuring a safe and healthy working environment for the people who make our products.

Ralph Lauren requires all licensees, vendors, contractors, and sub-contractors to adhere to strict operating guidelines, which cover the following: health and safety, wages, benefits, working hours, transparent record keeping, freedom of association, subcontracting, customs compliance, product safety, conflicts of interest/anti-bribery, environmental sustainability, as well as, prohibitions on child labor, forced labor, prison labor, discrimination, and harassment.

Improving labor and human rights conditions is an ongoing challenge that requires many organizations to work together to make a difference.  Ralph Lauren and our licensees are committed to helping our vendors and contractors provide safe, healthy and humane working conditions around the world.

Thank you also for your labeling suggestion, we will take that under consideration.


David Uricoli

Senior Director

Global Human Rights Compliance

Thank you for taking the time to share your concerns about our business practices. We appreciate the opportunity to share our approach with you.

Nike products are made by more than one million workers in more than 900 contract factories in 48 countries around the world, from Indonesia to Canada, China to the United States.

At Nike, we believe we have a responsibility to conduct our business in an ethical way and hold our business partners accountable to certain established standards in the conduct of their business. We believe the workers in our supply chain should be treated fairly and with respect. We are committed to transforming our working relationships with contracted factories to incentivize changes that benefit their workers. Our recent Sustainable Business Performance Summary (http://www.nikeresponsibility.com) details some of the drivers we have in place, such as the Sustainable Manufacturing Index.

Nike was one of the first brands in our industry to sign onto the Fair Labor Associations definition of ‘fair’ wage. When measuring compliance, Nike expects progress from its factories toward better worker compensation systems that seek to meet the FLA definition of “fair wage.” that is beyond minimum wage and meets the employees’ basic needs and discretionary incomes.

Nike requires its suppliers to pay at least the local minimum wage and legally owed benefits to workers. Nike believes that a responsibly competitive industry that invests in its workforce will bring about locally relevant wage increases for workers over the long term.

We also recognize that excessive overtime is a serious issue, in terms of both hours worked and days on the job without a break. We have worked to assess the root causes of excessive overtime, and have uncovered just how complex the issue is. Working with other stakeholders in our industry we are developing clear strategies around supply chain planning so we can put new methods and systems in place to avoid situations that create pressure.

One of the areas where we believe we have made tremendous progress is in enforcing the minimum working age in our supply chain. Nike has very strict guidance in our Code of Conduct regarding child labor. Any contract factory found to have an underage worker is immediately sanctioned and a remediation plan put in place. Our suppliers have implemented a robust system to make sure all workers have proper documentation that confirms their age.

We hold Nike and our suppliers to a very high standard. We have aligned our Code of Conduct and corporate ethics policies with the UN International Bill of Human Rights and the eight ILO core conventions.

We believe Nike has made real, measurable progress in the last 15 years. However, there is still much to be done. We will continue to hold ourselves accountable for the standards we set and the progress that still needs to be made.




We do not use child labor or workers in oppressed conditions to manufacture our products. We have passed your note along to our developers to see if this is something we could include on our site.

Fila USA


Fila Factory Outlet

Thank you for reaching out to New Balance and for expressing your concern regarding this sensitive issue. New Balance is firmly committed to ensuring that the people who make our products are treated with dignity and respect, wherever in the world they may be. To that end, we strive to work with suppliers who share our commitment to provide safe and healthy work environments and abide by international labor standards.

We will be sure to pass along your comments to the Responsible Leadership offices. If you have any specific questions, you are welcome to contact them directly at RLReport@newbalance.com.

Just as we are committed to the quality of our brand, we thrive off of the loyalty and continued support from individuals like you. Thank you again for taking the time to write in to New Balance; we hope that you will continue to enjoy our product for years to come!

Should you have any further questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us by email or at 1-800-622-1218.

Best Regards,

New Balance Brand Representative

September 13, 2012

What are we sick of?

Filed under: health, life — Tags: , , — yalandarose @ 10:53 am

Maybe it’s just a trend in my neighborhood.  But has anyone noticed that clinics are popping up over town like retail stores?

Like new fast-food chains, it’s just a matter of days before the parking lots are full.

The advertisements could double for generic promotions of new tire lube services or fast-food joints:  “new convenient location, fast, friendly service.”  Doctors have display ads in the Sunday paper.

Are we really that sick?

The #1 killer in this country is heart disease.  However, 2 of the top 10 slots for best-selling medications are anti-psychotic drugs. With all of these new clinic grand-openings, why aren’t we treating what’s wrong?

Could it be that we are dying from a broken heart?

September 12, 2012

When Push Comes to Shove

Filed under: children, Christianity, Faith, God's Love — Tags: , , — yalandarose @ 3:29 pm

She had every reason to be confused, even hurt.  My daughter wasn’t doing anything wrong. She hadn’t pitched a fit or thrown a tantrum.  She was actually behaving extremely well. But I could tell by her eyes  what her mouth hadn’t formed the words to say, Why did I push her?

Shoved more like it, when she didn’t do anything to deserve it. No explanation, no warning, just a push causing her to stumble forward.

No, I hadn’t blown my top, I wasn’t in a hurry, so why did I seemingly punish her with no provocation, her eyes kept asking me.

To protect her.

One thing I do know about my daughter is her irrational fear of bugs and all things creepy crawly. One thing she was not aware of, was that there was a huge one on the other side of the door big enough to induce shock.

Since I was ahead of her, I was aware of the critter that would have frozen my daughter in her tracks preventing her from taking another step. So I gave her a swift push.

Though she stumbled, she landed safely. It was at the safety of our vehicle that I addressed the confusion in her eyes and tended to her bruised  – ego.

While not getting too descriptive, I informed her of the bug that was now behind her, and she then understood that the push was to protect her.

September 11, 2012

Filed under: Christianity — yalandarose @ 9:53 am

this post was a good reminder on serving others

September 10, 2012

Filed under: Christianity — yalandarose @ 2:04 pm

helping to further spread God’s Word


Image“You’re not from around here. Where are you from?”

Not my favorite question. How do you answer when you have lived in nine states, moving a total of 18 times? Do you give the whole list of places lived, only tell the latest one, or maybe the longest you stayed? Regions of the country?

I still haven’t figured it out. Usually people don’t want to know all the details; they simply want to know what makes you different.

Oh Lord, let my difference be You, not me.

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September 9, 2012

Bad Girl

Filed under: Christianity — Tags: , , — yalandarose @ 11:43 pm

Every time I think I am being a good, little Christian, I end up doing something not good that makes me feel little.

September 7, 2012

I – Scream!

Filed under: Christianity — Tags: , , , — yalandarose @ 10:20 am

Interesting how I may have discovered the inspiration for the “Ice Cream, You Scream” marketing slogan.  No, it wasn’t through a documentary on dairy cows, but rather a recurring episode of “Toddlers and Tantrums.”  The latest episode of T & T was extremely enlightening as it revealed the producers and actresses heated moments of artistic expression through multiple takes and edits to condense it to the playful, 30-second spot we’ve grown to love.

My tot, the T & T star, knows that simply screaming for ice cream in Take 1 simply won’t cut it.  So in Take 2, she multi-tasks into a shrieking, begging, pouting, tearful rage.  Even with the amped up water works, I said no.

“You have to eat.”

“I don’t wanna eeeeat, I want iscreeeem!”

“I said no, you have to eat.”

“I’m not hungry!”

Too late, her meal was already on the table.

She sat down with a defiant thud, pursed lips and crossed arms.

But eventually she began to eat.

A cup of water placed before her however, quickly reignited her temper.

“I want juice!”

“Well, you’re getting water!”

“I don’t want water, I want juice!”

I wasn’t in the bargaining mood today.

“I already answered you, now finish eating!”

Eventually she did.

“Mommy look, I ate all my food!” She said with a full stomach and a lighter mood. I expected another request for ice-cream, but instead she went to bed.

Her clean plate assured me of what I already knew. My daughter’s snack request was inadequate when what she needed was a meal. She didn’t get what she wanted, but what she needed. In the end, what she needed was what she wanted all along.

September 4, 2012

Nothing but the truth

Filed under: child abuse, children, Christianity — Tags: , , — yalandarose @ 5:59 pm

I know, I know. It’s been awhile.

If I was trying to gain new readers and followers, I failed to follow blog marketing basics of posting regularly and predictably.

Like many bloggers (I know because I’ve read enough), my day became brighter by the lights of my status updates:  likes, followers, and the apparently once-in-a lifetime – re-blog notifications. Logging in to a dark homepage was discouraging and well, dark.  My status headlights had become an obsession, and I was driven to increase my traffic.

My blog had slowly evolved to posting about God’s Word to revolving around me.

To increase my views, I did everything short of posting, “Look at me, look at me, look at me!”

Until God Made me look at this – a nocturnal photo of 2 young siblings obviously homeless and abandoned. The youngest child probable age 2 had made his bed in his older brother’s lap probable age 4, as the oldest clutched to a probable bag of their belongings –  a bag small enough to throw away.

I thought of posting the photo on this post to justify the length of my absence by the speed in which my heart broke.  However, those kids had been exploited enough.

Though a picture is worth a thousand words, the heart-breaking photo I viewed recently on another blog post required only a couple to get my attention – stay focused – on God’s true religion.

“religion pure and undefiled with the God and Father is this, to look after orphans and widows in their tribulation — unspotted to keep himself from the world.”  James 1:27

People spend their whole lives looking for the “truth” when it’s in the first chapter of a book named James. If only those people knew, they could quit looking for the “truth” and start looking after children and elderly who are hungry, homeless, neglected, abused and scared.

That one look made even my best day for page views mean nothing, especially when I know nothing else about the fate of those kids.

Organizations ask us to save the world, the animals, and even the economy. However, God Requires us to save the vulnerable.

Act like a child to get near to God (Matthew 19:14). Give when the adult in us says don’t share. Forgive, when the adult in us says to hold grudges. Love when the adult in us says it’s easier to hate.

Quit searching the world over for the truth, when the truth may be at your doorstep, backyard or next door.

August 23, 2012

Question from the little person

Filed under: America — Tags: , , , — yalandarose @ 5:35 pm

Why do we raise so much money for political campaigns only to elect candidates to take so much more of ours?

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