Monday, November 17, 2014

Atlantic City is There a Chance for Rebirth


     Why isn't the 11.9% unemployment rate in Atlantic County getting any media attention? Living here in New Jersey at the shore, I would have to be dead not to know about the casino’s that have closed their doors. The rumors that other casinos are preparing to file for bankruptcy, it is rather frightening if you take a moment to think about it.
     Do that think about the 8,000  hotel employees that are now out of jobs, and the ones who may be shortly? To ignore the ostrich in the center of the room is just plain dumb. So I have to ask myself just what is the plan for Atlantic City? It has been a historical tourist location for families in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania as well as for visitors from other countries. So why aren’t we hearing about a plan to change gears and take a different approach revitalizing the area rather than hanging onto the casino’s which are dying?
     The fact is that since other states such as New York and Pennsylvania have earned the right to have gambling in their states the influx of customer to that area has died off drastically. Here’s the thing though, it is as much a part of our New Jersey culture as is skiing, boating, or going to the mountains. Since families began taking time in the summer to relocate to the beach, it has been one of the more long-standing resort areas within New Jersey. In fact, AC was the location for the average man and his family to escape even for a short weekend.
     Please don’t misunderstand I am not against other states having casino’s in their home state. What I am against is watching people suffer when this issue should be on channel twelve news or one of the other national media broadcasters. It should be in the forefront of the media’s attention, & in the people’s attention.
     I don’t have a solution to revitalize an area that is known for its many  internal issues. Unless something changes drastically, it is almost a sure bet that the crime rate will go up extensively there.  At this point though someone does need to come up with a plan to draw business back to AC. To make it the tourist or residual income draw it once was and could be again. Government insists “Sure things are getting better.” I’m just not buying it, and here’s another thought. What happens when the unemployment runs out for those moms and dads who have given their lives to a thankless industry?
     How do you start over when there is nothing there to start with? I could bombard you with statistics and numbers but for tonight I won’t. The only real player in this with any kind of plan seems to be Stockton College. There intent to open a pilot campus in one of the hotels and keep part of the hotel open for business.
     I only ask that you leave a comment either here or on my author page under the blog post. Tell me do you think if the media/Governor/New Jersey Corporations are doing anything to fix this issue they have dumped on New Jersey’s residents lap? What do you think the solution is?

Or do you think we are stepping closer to another great depression?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Honor Our Remaining Veterans

23,234,000 Veteran’s Remaining

Since the birth of this country 41,892,128 Soldiers took up arms and served their country faithfully during times of war. From the birth of the American Revolution to the present day, their job hasn't changed much in over almost a century and a half.
If it’s an enemy, they squash them defending our beliefs and ideals. These men and women have all too often had to take abuses from their enemies that they don’t deserve. Abuse that at times came from right here at home.

 American soldiers have served this country during times of war and peace. If you take that complete figure provided by The US Department of Veteran Affairs and look at only those who served during war times, it is a shocking Statistic. 16,962,000, soldiers who fought for this country are living still today. Men and women from every nationality and walk of life, each soldier who sacrificed a piece of themselves to keep us safe. Sixteen million may not seem like a lot, but that is all that remain.
Those are the ones still alive still living with the high price of being a soldier. Our Vets, I have no doubt would pick up arms to defend their country today if the need arose.
Per The National WWII War Museum 

It takes a certain stamp of character to become a soldier. I would go so far as to say that going in these individuals are one thing and come out from the experience someone completely different. They know what it means to be responsible for the safety of others, to sacrifice all for the greater good.
When life is good, we seem to forget just what it means to serve as a soldier, protecting the rights of all. We forget that it's our job to honor and protect them as well.  It’s easy to forget if you haven’t lived it. If it hasn't touched your life personally. These men and woman carry scars the average person cannot fathom. I find it sad that in a country that wishes to honor our differences and the  individuality of all, we cannot honor the diverse population of men and women who gave their lives fighting for the freedoms we take for granted.
We will take off from work or school, for religious holidays, to honor presidents, and political figures, yet we do no more than mark a date on the calendar to recognize our brave soldiers who gave everything. We cheapen their unselfish behavior in keeping us safe. They protect an ideal that should still matter, and does to most of them.
 It’s a belief that the American people need to have someone watching their backs. That someone has been our soldiers. The same soldiers the media love to condemn, unable in their ignorance to even comprehend what it means to live under hostile conditions. They have to live with knowing that a man, woman, or child who walks around their base during daylight can very well be the same sniper taking shots at them from a building or hilltop.
We as a culture have cheapened their day, "Veterans Day"  into no more than a shopping holiday. Is that really honoring them? Right now in most states Veterans Day is one of the many holidays on the calendar, not unlike Saint Patrick’s Day or Valentine’s Day that means little or nothing. We as its citizens have done that. Diminished their sacrifice, taking away the honor they each earned.
Having a husband who served his country as a soldier for over twenty-five years I can better understand why our Veterans get pissed off at us. Where their frustration must come from is understandable. Do we treat Veterans Day like any other day? The answer is yes, we as a society have minimized the meaning behind it.
I can say without a doubt that if the need ever arose for our Veterans to defend us here in our own backyard, those that can would do so. They wouldn't run around looking for someone else to do it for them, but would stand firm as the men and woman of honor that they have always been. They would do it far more effectively then you or I could.

 Veterans Day is Tuesday November 11, honor those who sacrifice themselves to keep us safe.  Honor the 23,234,000 Veterans living today. Honor their sacrifice, their courage, their gift. 

Additional Statistics
Living Veterans(Periods of War & Peace) 23,234,000 

Friday, October 24, 2014

47 and Holding Becoming In Touch

We all have a little gypsy inside us 
     Do you remember a country song called “29 and Holding.” Aside from making me smile it always brought home for me our desire to hold on to where we were verses where we are going. I’m forty-seven soon to be forty-eight. I have no desire to go backwards. I’m curvy, pleasingly plump, and bodaciously spectacular in all the right places, or in other words; I've developed that mid-life chubbiness.  I won’t lie there are times when it did bother me, when I would look in the mirror and see that my body was changing after maintaining for over ten years at a comfortable slimmer size.
     My husband loves my curves, and I know it’s the truth. As abrasive as he can be, I would be the first person to know it if he thought otherwise. I like who I am, how I look, in some ways my curvaceous figure reminds me a little of my late grandma whom I loved to death. She was, in fact, my idol growing up. I wanted to be like her, good, kind, warm, and loving. Her hugs were the best; she was soft and always smelled good.
     A very brilliant young woman got me thinking about how much time we spend watching our weight. Checking the scale to make sure we haven’t gained an ounce. Her point is how we need to accept ourselves as we are. Not as how NY or Paris runways claim we should look. I remember growing up in the eighties and hearing about models overdosing on drugs because it was more important to be skinny then healthy. These young girls were pushed to keep themselves looking like skeletons. It’s sad that the self-image society has sold so many young women could be so harmful. Like gullible ninny’s we buy into it.
     I like me. I’ve been heavy, skinny, curvy and some place in-between.  Where I am now, makes me laugh. I make silly faces at my kids without worrying if someone will see. When I Skype with my daughter, we get downright silly at times. There is a double chin face which is when you bring your chin all the way down to your chest, so it looks like you have a double chin. True, we honestly do, do this. I want my kids to be ok with who they are whether they are fat, skinny, curvy, tall, short or whatever the case may be.
     As a parent how can we tell our kids to be healthy if we sell them a bag of goods about what healthy is? Aside from smoking, I am healthy. My blood pressure is normal; my sugar and cholesterol is also normal. Healthy is in the eyes of the beholder. We each are unique and special, and come in all different shapes and sizes.  Women are getting stronger; the advent of the internet has given us all a platform to explore who we are. It’s helped us to realize that others out in the world we live in are not much different from us.
     There have been photo diary blogs. Podcasts, blogs, books articles all geared towards learning how to accept who we are.  We all watched Oprah struggle with her weight on national television. It seems that she finally did come to accept who she is as well.
     So here’s the deal, every blog post I am going to add one photo of myself. As I am, warts, and all. I know there will be good hair days and bad ones. Moments I would rather not share, but these blog posts are as much about honesty and acceptance as they are about sharing a good story.
 I’ve spent most of my life avoiding being in front of the camera as my friends and family can attest to. So share a year in my life, good bad or indifferent come along for the ride with me and the girls, (my dogs). See first-hand how silly life can be. You may be asking why I would do this, simple we all have fears.My image in  photos is one that has always bothered me. It doesn't matter if I look like a million bucks or look like a hag.

Ok Need some more coffee
     On a side note, I have been contemplating searching for an agent. I’m not sure how I feel about it, but I am looking into it. One drawback is it would take my next book longer to get to print. Also, I’m not sure I want to give away my copyrights to the highest bidder. It is a dilemma and if you have been through a similar situation, please feel free to chime in and let me know about your experience and where you weigh in on the issue. After all input is never a bad thing.  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Come out and Meet Local Paranormal Author and Blogger Robin A Dilks

Book Signing Scheduled for December 6, 2014 
Come out and join me Saturday December 6, 2014 from 6:00 pm -10:00 pm, at Days of Olde Antique Center. It's time for their annual Christmas by Candlelight 
Store event. Which is always a great success and fun night for all.  
I will be on hand to sign copies of Racheal Awakened. With each book purchased and signed you be automatically entered to win a lovely 
Daughters of Lilith Rose Necklace that will be raffled off later that night. 
There will be food, fun and wonderful collectible items for sale. 

I hope you'll join me at this wonderful night of fun. 

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