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My View of America

My view of America
Is tender and sweet
For it was a miracle
That our founders did meet

As I look how strife leads
Our government today
I ponder the unity
That formed a new way

I think of the principles
Written through sacrifice and blood
As men sought to be free of gripples
And unfair taxation unfair in flood

I am thankful for each common goal
Under which our nation stands
That we can pursue our own roles
This only a free man understands

I worked for Challenger Schools,
(a private school in four states) for three years
Now that I am relocating to Henderson- I am
pursuing that career path again. This of course
requires a composition titled- My View of America
I have written several in the past. So, to be creative
in the hiring process I have written one in prose…


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The home once broken
Can be fixed
With belief spoken
That harm can be nixed

Then for potential
Each must arise
And do what’s essential
To mend torn ties

One of my most visited poems
is Family-What Matters the Most Lasts the Longest
I am hopeful to get a job helping families
as a:
Family Support and Intervention Specialist

My husband was unemployed for 5 months
He relocated in March and I followed him
When the school year ended- and now I am unemployed
I am starting to understand what he was going through
You can spend all day on the computer
Hunting and trying to sell yourself
And rejection is no fun

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While staying at my elderly neighbor’s house,
the last few weeks of my teaching year, I
played the sweetest song from an old yellowed
book- The Last Rose of Summer-
poem Thomas Moore
arranged by F. Henri Klickmann
In an opera by Von Flotow
Sung not that long ago by Charlotte Church

‘Tis the last rose of summer
Left blooming alone
All her lovely compassions
To pine on the stem.
No flower of her kindred
No rosebud is nigh
To reflect back her blushes
Or give sigh for sigh

I’ll not leave thee, thou lone one!
To pine on the stem;
Since the lovely are sleeping,
Go, sleep thou with them.
Thus kindly I scatter,
Thy leaves o’er the bed,
Where thy mates of the garden
Lie scentless and dead.

So soon may I follow,
When friendships decay,
From Love’s shining circle
The gems drop away.
When true hearts lie withered
And fond ones are flown,
Oh! who would inhabit,
This bleak world alone?

I love it so much I thought
I would write new lyrics to it…

Lord I ever want most to please Thee
Doing as Thou wouldst have me do
Through the day and again at evening
I speak through Thee to God anew

Help me walk as one that’s righteous
Help me be the Saint that I should be
Of what Thou commands help me to trust
I am yearning for light to see

I have read inside the scriptures
Of Thy suffering for all mankind
And I seek for this love that is pure
In both my heart and in my mind

Help me live as one with meekness
Help me feel repentant when I sin
Though I try, I am prone to weakness
Thus I’m thankful- this Thou didst win!

May my heart ever be found contrite
Humble to submit unto thy will
May I have sufficient oil to light
Lonely paths where I’ve works to fulfill

For I know thou walks by my side
Waiting patiently with love to show
May I have thy spirit inside
And bear thy name where e’er I go

straight as a poem

Lord I ever want to please Thee
Do as Thou wouldst have me do
In the morn and in the evening
I speak through Thee to God anew

Help me walk as one that’s righteous
Be the Saint that I should be
When Thou command help me to trust
I yearn for light to see

I have read inside the scriptures
Of Thy suffering for mankind
And I seek for this love that is pure
In both my heart and mind

Help me live as one with meekness
Feel repentant when I sin
Though I try, I’m prone to weakness
Thus I’m thankful- this Thou didst win!

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To be self-reliant
We care for our own
But oft we’re defiant
In what we buy for the home

The world says what we need
In a path of excess
Born of pride and of greed
Till what we have is weakness

There to accumulate
Our treasures on earth
Where the moth does await
To devalue it’s worth

But we’ll find more lasting pleasure
When in gratitude we are casting
And lighting our eyes unto treasure
That is eternal and everlasting

Dallin H. Oaks
Our Strengths Can Become Our Downfall
Materialistic Self-Reliance
Ensign, October 1994, 11

Matthew 6: 19-23; 3 Nephi 13:19-23
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
After moving our garage…
We had things we hadn’t
used in years. We just don’t
throw away useful stuff. The
problem is finding it when you
need it. So in our new garage
we will value our possessions
and organize them- use them or
donate. I miss San Jose where I
could just put a piece of furniture
on the sidewalk and someone who
needed it would take it. Nothing
so great that we would want the
D. I. trailer to have. But, in
Henderson, our neighborhood is
sheltered from main traffic.
Yet, this morning I saw a
scavenger drive through the
neighborhood. He had two kid
bikes and a lawn mower in the
back of his truck already.
Things someone else had put
out for the trash. And, I don’t
think he was a metal recycler.
It reminds me of the utube video
of the tribute to dad- the
garbage man who took his family
to Disneyland from the money
careless people vacuumed up
at the carwash.

In China, ( My heart has turned
to them in prayer) it is a sign of
wealth if you can feed another
mouth. The first thing they
accumulate is a dog. This shows
their new status.
I think of one of the major reasons
for getting a dog was for the kids.
To teach them responsibility- and
how to care for a pet. That became
partly true- except for the land
mines in the yard. Picked up by
a parent before dark for morning trash day.
Having moved, I now pick it up every
day. Partly on walks which the dog
really loves! It took me ten years
to get to the point of being
committed to walking the dog.
At least my arm isn’t getting yanked-
as much. Hooray for an older dog!
Sorry, my thoughts turned to the dog
because I wrote the poem on the little hill
I walk to look out at Las Vegas and the temple.

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Love of country should not consume
For then it might override all else
So with the spirit stay in tune
With the twelfth article of faith as your help

Excessive zeal wears away the soul
And focuses on all that is wrong
Prayerfully define what is your role
And work on what makes the country strong

Dallin H. Oaks
Our Strengths Can Become Our Downfall-
All-Consuming Patriotism
Ensign, October 1994, 11

From The Articles of Faith
We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law

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Seeking to escape the rigors of school
Through inordinate amounts of service
Into church programs his efforts did pool
With a mistaken notion of purpose

And on every clipboard that passed
Or for every activity offered
His name was written there fast
And how his school work suffered

Then, through a process of neglect
His assignments were incomplete
But with a mote too big to detect
He blamed the church for goals he could not meet

During the student years
Shall the burden of the call
Bring one to fatigue and tears?
No, never and not at all

Always through wisdom and order
One needs to communicate
That when a deadline does border
It is time to delegate

Singularly select a major
Then let it be your major focus
Lest of your talents you wager
There to truly know what broke is

Dallin H. Oaks
Our Strengths Can Become Our Downfall
Inordinate Church Service
Ensign, October 1994, 11

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With a false sense of being supported
A student curtailed all of his work
For he thought with notions that were distorted
His faith could replace what he wanted to shirk

And since he did not continue
As at first he had commenced
He went on to other venues
For his academics soon were fenced

If only he had thought
To read of Oliver Cowdery
For during translations he was taught
Of how his lack of study caused him injury

There is a simple promise
That truths are given- when we ask
But there’s a second side to this
We must be pondering upon that task

For how can we know if it be right
If it’s not been studied out in the mind
Then by applying faith we’ve new insight
As through exercise it’s there to find

In reality what should be first?
But to think- everything depends on ME
As in the mind we study and rehearse
To then depend on the Lord with a well thought out plea

Dallin H. Oaks
Our Strengths Can Become our Downfall
Distorted Faith
Ensign, October 1994, 11

D&C 9:5-8
And, behold, it is because that you did not continue as you commenced, when you began to translate, that I have taken away this privilege from you.
Do not murmur, my son, for it is wisdom in me that I have dealt with you after this manner.
Behold, you have not understood; you have supposed that I would give it unto you, when you took no thought save it was to ask me.
But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right.

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