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Pine Winds Connections Projects

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Resources for Veterans, Military, and Their Families
FacesOfCombat.us website: list of free resources
Facebook/Faces of Combat: news and new resources

Faces of Combat book donations
Veterans Justice Outreach Program Click to Donate on GoFundMe Now!
Vets 4 Vets Cheney Stadium event
Department of Veterans Affairs Summit

Writing for Wellness classes
Writing for Wellness class information
Handbooks for starting Writing for Wellness classes in community and Christian centers

Faces of Combat and Brain Injury Rewiring book donations
Vet Centers for the whole United States
VFW state chapters

Writing for Strength
Classes for military personnel at Camp Pendleton

Dental First Aid book donations
Washington Army National Guard family programs
Operation Home Front
King and Pierce County food banks
Salvation Army and Union Gospel Mission
and other programs

Fixing Government Social Welfare

There has been a lot of talk lately about the imminent reduction in the funding of our social welfare programs. Is that a bad thing? Yes. Can we do anything about it? Not really. Could it be a good thing? Maybe, but only if it means the rest of government is reduced, and it learns to live on a balanced budget. In our personal lives, we can’t spend more than we bring home. Yes, we have credit, but if the credit payment fits into your budget, then you’re ok. The government has credit, too. The problem with their credit is that the payments cannot currently fit into a balanced budget. It makes the payments, pays the rest of its bills, and then borrows more today to cover what it overspent yesterday. That’s what a deficit is. The amount of money our government has to borrow to cover the funding of everything it says it will fund.

How does the government get its funding? Our government gets the bulk of its money from the taxes we pay. That is its “paycheck”. If that money is not enough to cover what they have planned, they borrow money. This is done by selling pieces of the government in the form of Treasury bonds, notes, etc. You can even buy one! You buy a bond for $50 and, in ten years, the government will pay you back $100. For those ten years, you are letting the government borrow your $50. These bonds are sold to individuals (you and me), corporations, associations, public and private organizations, and other governments. Yep, other governments. In 2014, (the most recent data I could find) China owned 7.2% of our nation’s debt. 27.2% was owned by a mix of other countries to include, but not limited to, Ecuador, Venezuela, Iran, Iraq, and Libya. (https://www.forbes.com/sites/
mikepatton/2014/10/28/who-owns-the-most-u-s-debt/#30cfb365819c.) I think I would prefer cutbacks and the security of a balanced budget to owing countries that are cool to us at best.

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Can We Find Balance in an Accelerating iWorld?

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Joseph Drumheller

by Joseph Drumheller

It’s official.  Electricity has finally taken over.

iThis, eThat, social hysteria, video, text, blog, apps, chat, drones, robots.  Who thought ten years ago that if you walked down a busy urban sidewalk, nearly everyone would be looking down at some rectangular illuminated universe.  Does anyone even look up from their ‘smart’ phones anymore?  Apparently, the Millennial that rear-ended my neighbor in an intersection a few days ago didn’t.

What will the next 10 years bring? Continue reading and add your comment

Tips on how to handle difficult people

In this blog post, I will give you a few techniques for dealing with difficult people. I have gotten a few of my tips from this link. I have found it to be very helpful lately. http://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinkruse/2013/06/25/dealing-with-difficult-people/#1fe5e0216329

Some people will try to drag you down. It may be difficult to avoid this type of person especially if they mean a lot to you. If someone is trying to bring you down, don’t tune them out. If they think that you aren’t listening to them, they will try to be more forceful with their argument or rant. Try to put yourself in their shoes. If you can think like them, you might be able to understand what is upsetting them and help them out. Continue reading and add your comment


I think, to gain true equality, men and women need to work together. I believe that if men and women can work together, they will get a lot more work done. A woman will think of the plan that she wants to execute and the man will go through with the plan. If we could do that, we would have more solutions to problems and hopefully resolve the problem.
A couple of things that I hope Clinton will change is equal pay for equal experience. Not equal pay for equal work. One thing that I am sure will change is more women will believe that they can run for more powerful positions in the government.
Clinton has had experience in the White House and knows how the role of President works. She is also Secretary of State so she knows how the government works.
I do not believe that we need feminism. I believe that we need to learn not to put each other down simply because we don’t agree with the others views. People need to see that men don’t rule the world, nor do women.
While it is true that some men do not view women as their equals; do we really need a specific movement that is for women? No, we don’t. We need a movement that is specifically for equality. If we can do this, then I believe that the world will be a better place.

Feminism: 20th Century

During World War II America saw 2.2 million women go into the work force to support their families as the men went overseas. The women worked on planes, in factories, and at the shipyards. Some 350,000 women served in the U.S. Armed Forces, both at home and abroad. They included the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, who on March 10, 2010, were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.

One of the greatest inspirations during World War II for women was Rosie the Riveter. The made-up character had a poster of her showing off her biceps and saying “We Can Do It.”

After the war was over the men returned and took the jobs Continue reading and add your comment

Feminism: Then

The reason I am writing this article is because (as I’m sure you have heard) Hilary Clinton was nominated by the Democratic party to run for president. She would be the first female president. It would be one of the greatest accomplishments in feminism history. Even if she does not become president, her nomination is still a great accomplishment.

In this article I want to look at the history of women’s power and women’s rights. It has varied a lot over the years.

Let’s begin in Egypt, where women sometimes ran everything. Continue reading and add your comment

Transgender Bathroom

Lately there have been a lot of articles on “Transgender bathrooms”. Personally, I don’t care if I share a bathroom with someone who used to be a man or someone who is currently going through the process of changing genders. These are people. How would you feel if someone told you “you can’t use the bathroom that you identify as.” I imagine most of you would feel uncomfortable and weird about it. That is exactly (I’m guessing) how the Transgender people feel.

These transgender folks are human. They are just like you, the only difference is they did not feel comfortable in the body they were born in. They didn’t feel like they fit in. Transgender people are sons or daughters. They have families, they have friends. They have a soul, a heart, dreams, wishes. They are (As i said before) just like you.

There are downsides to the whole thing. Some people can claim to be transgender and decide to go into the female or male bathroom and spy on you. Another concern is they will be harassed. I strongly urge you not to. That is just wrong and it’s horrible. Put yourselves in their shoes.

Transgender people already deal with a lot of bull crap, they don’t need to deal with anymore crap that people throw at them. Be kind and respect their life decisions. They respect yours.

Thanks for reading.