Happy 18th Birthday to My Son, Justice M. Adams

Today is my son’s 18th birthday. It seems like just yesterday that my water broke and I went into labor at work and drove myself to the hospital—Crawford Long in Atlanta, GA— where he was delivered by Dr. Felicia Dawson. When I was about eight months pregnant, I drove up to Memphis from Atlanta, and Colin Thomas, who I’d had a crush on since Mrs. Barrett’s eighth grade music class at Humes Middle School in Memphis (prior to his eventually getting married to his daughter’s mom), came to visit me at my mom’s house. Colin stated that he wanted Justice to be born on his birthday. Amusingly, I went into labor on Colin’s birthday (January 31), though Justice was born the next day. I telephoned Justice’s dad, Donnell, at work to give him the news that I was in labor, and he came to the delivery room. I was concerned that they’d have to bring in a stretcher for him when he saw Justice being born. He managed to survive it, however.

We returned to the hospital a few days afterwards to officially name Justice, giving him his dad’s surname. I’ve watched and helped him grow over the years, attended just about every parent/teacher conference, et cetera. We’ve had challenges, though we’ve overcame them. I can proudly say that Justice has been a good kid—routinely on honor roll and no problems with the law…

Though my baby is 18, he still isn’t grown, however. He graduates from high school this year (and has not repeated any grades) and has to give me at least four years of college. I’m still working on teaching him the best that I can to be a good man, praying that he will be and become all that he endeavors.

Happy Birthday to Justice M. Adams, who is still and forever will be my pride and joy!!

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Credit Cards Should Require Use of Pin Numbers on and Offline

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Millions of dollars are stolen from credit card holders each year. It is practical to utilize a credit card and a debit card with a credit card symbol without a pin number. All credit cards, including debit cards that can be utilized like credit cards, should require use of pin numbers, both on and offline, unless the cardholder specifies otherwise. Every credit card holder should be presented with the option to place a pin number on their credit cards and/or debit cards as a safety measure. A random stranger should not be capable of utilizing anyone’s credit card if the owner happens to lose it or it is stolen. Requiring use of pin numbers on and offline on credit cards would prevent many incidences of credit card fraud and translate to tremendous savings for consumers and banks, et cetera that must replace swindled funds for bogus purchases.

Landline Phones with Online Directory and Other Search and Save Capability

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There should be landline phones with online directory search capability or a device that could be connected to a landline phone that would enable an online directory search and saving of acquired numbers into the contacts of both landline and mobile phones. For whatever reasons, calling information these days is typically a hassle or the machine that reads callers’ voices frequently misinterprets requested listings. Enabling online directory searches and saving of acquired listings into the contacts of landline and mobile phones would facilitate the information retrieval and storage process.

Public or Private Individual Caller Profiles/Contacts

Each and every household member or company staff member should be capable of creating an in-house public or private profile* to which they would store contacts and that could be utilized to recover or transfer contacts to other landline or mobile phones. *Household or company staff members should additionally have the option to make certain or specific phone numbers, etc. public or private, to allow or disallow other household or company staff members to telephone their contacts or certain contacts in the event of an emergency or if they are otherwise unreachable, or for any other reasons.

Other Web Searches

Landline phones should additionally be capable of performing general online searches without interfering with incoming or outgoing telephone calls. This would provide each and every household and/or company with landline phones the privilege and convenience of conducting internet searches without utilizing a computer or television necessarily, if the household or company does not have a functional computer or if it has only one or an inadequate number of computers for the number of persons within the residence or company, or if a specific television does not have a game console or a Roku or other device that enables internet access.

An initiative of the sort would too help to improve academic performance of the average student who does not have a computer and/or internet access and needs to look up instructions for specific homework assignments, considering that these days students are seldom distributed text books to carry home that provide those instructions. Better yet, students could complete online assignments via the prescribed telephonic device without interfering with usage of the telephone or without necessarily being within vicinity of anyone utilizing the phone, particularly if there are multiple phones in the house that others could use.

Grandstream and Other Existent Media Landline Phones

Grandstream and other existent media landline phones could be utilized for what I’m prescribing here, and online directory assistance icons could be added to the desktop or screen of these phones for ready use.

Conclusion

Landline phones with online directory and other search and save capability would not only facilitate directory searches, it would privilege households or specific members to internet resources per se in the absence of computers or other synonymous equipment, or if present computers, etc. are not properly functioning or if they are being utilized by others…

Office and All Doors within Every School Should Open Inwardly for the Safety of Students and Others

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All doors within all schools should open inwardly. Students, staff, and others are typically advised to walk on either side of the hallway rather than in the middle to avoid collision with those walking in the opposite direction.

When the doors of administrative offices, classrooms, etc. open outwardly, students and others walking down the side of the hallway are susceptible to being hit when others are simultaneously exiting those doors. It is less likely that those inside of a school office, classroom, etc. will be hit by the door when others enter because it is easier to see them through the door window than it is to see anyone readily approaching the door from the hallway. Additionally, those in an office, classroom, or other room typically expect the entry of students, staff, and visitors, who’ll often knock before entering.

Though students, staff, etc. at schools with doors that open outwardly into the hallways may be aware of this, it is impractical to calculate when anyone will open the doors, and students with marching orders from their instructors will continue walking to the side of the hallway very close to office and other doors.

Those inside of or who endeavor to exit a school office, classroom, etc. should be advised via signs, however, to never stand behind the office, classroom, or other doors. The doors of administrative offices, classrooms, and all other doors within every school that open outwardly should be reversed for the safety of students, staff, and others…

Why Everyone Should Have at Least One Corded Landline Phone

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With the invent of mobile phones, many people have done away with landline telephones in their homes. They probably have not considered that mobile phones cannot be charged during power outages, however, and residential cordless phones cannot be utilized without electricity. Additionally, if or on any occasions that mobile or cordless phones are not re-charged, they are useless. True, mobile phones can be utilized while charging. If the power is out, this is impractical, nonetheless. Yes, everyone should have a mobile phone for safety purposes while they are out and about, and cordless residential phones are easier to carry around the house than corded phones…

A corded landline phone could literally be a life saver in the event of a power outage, and/or if a mobile or cordless phone is not charged, especially if your cordless or mobile phone and/or mobile charger is damaged or misplaced. Additionally, calls made from landline phones are readily traceable by emergency response dispatchers, though all mobile phones should be capable of showing the precise location of a caller in the event of an emergency, and even if the phone loses power or is shut off. Too, if you’re someone who is interested in working from home, many companies that provide outsourced employment opportunities require that you have a landline phone.

Residential telephone service is relatively economical, minus long distance, especially, noting that most mobile service plans include unlimited local and long distance calling and, accordingly, mobile phones can be used to make long distance calls.

If you’re someone who makes a lot of long distance calls, you should consider acquiring unlimited long distance service on your residential phone. Overuse of mobile phones period pose health risks associated with cellular radiation. There are cheap devices that can be purchased and installed in cell phones to protect users from radiation, and all cell phone marketers should carry and sell them. Everyone should have a landline residential phone, and at least one that is corded, for the previously stated reasons, however.

Taxi and Employer Ridesharing Programs and Apps

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A substantial number of persons do not acquire or sustain employment opportunities simply because they cannot get to and from work. Lack of transportation should never be the reason that an employee and/or job candidate misses out on working, however. Taxi companies and employers, large and smaller companies, should offer their own ride-sharing programs and have corresponding apps that could be utilized to view the locations and destinations of travelers and match potential ride sharers. Companies could additionally purchase and give or sell low-cost cars that are in good condition to employees.

Employer Ridesharing Programs

Employer ridesharing programs would consist of ridesharing networks of employees of specific companies that would have their own customized apps. Employees could utilize the apps to connect with and join or create carpools for which they would utilize their own personal vehicles, request a shuttle pick-up from home (if their employers have or would acquire shuttles for this purpose), or to join taxi carpools and share fare with co-workers and/or others traveling in the same direction, preferably the same co-workers and/or other persons on a routine basis. They would additionally utilize the app to withdraw from a carpool or to call off a pick-up on any given day.

The prescribed customized rideshare apps would work similarly to other already existent rideshare apps. The app users would type their location and destination addresses where prompted and the app would instantaneously exhibit nearby drivers and riders traveling in the same direction.

The app user would select the request to share a ride icon, indicating the time that they must arrive at their destination. Other interested app users or taxi drivers utilizing the apps could accept or ignore the request(s).

Company Carpools

Employees with cars or other vehicles could earn additional income by picking up and/or dropping off co-workers at home on their routine routes to and from work, while simultaneously saving commuting costs for each member of the carpool. In addition to creating carpools via the prescribed company apps, employees interested in creating carpools could advertise their availability to pick up and/or drop off co-workers by creating and distributing and/or posting flyers on designated company information boards.

Company Shuttles that Retrieve and Carry Employees Home

Companies that have or would consider acquiring shuttles could utilize them to pick employees up from home or designated localities and deduct ride-sharing costs from subject employees’ pay.

Company Disbursal or Sale of Low-cost Up-to-Par Cars to Employees

Companies could additionally issue coupons or vouchers to employees to purchase used or recycled cars that are in good condition or companies could have their own car lots that might consist of a conglomeration of vehicles that they purchase wholesale and sell to employees for significantly discounted rates, here too deducting costs from the subject employees’ pay…

A Routine Ride-sharing Payroll Deduction

Employers could offer a routine employee ride sharing payroll deduction option to all employees or simply deduct this conservative fee for the benefit or potential benefit of any and all employees, who should additionally be capable of utilizing the service to have repairs made to any vehicle in their plan that they own or are purchasing.

Conclusion

Carpools are nothing new. Information about carpooling can be found on state websites. Ride sharing programs and apps already exist, and most people have probably heard of them, though most who would benefit from them are likely not familiar with or trusting of them. The prescribed would remedy this. Companies thrive on the presence of their employees. Helping dedicated workers get to work would help companies retain business and workers. Taxis and the personal vehicles of employees who drive to work have multiple seats. Certain companies have or could readily acquire shuttles. Why not make them useful and generate supplemental revenue while saving costs for subject commuters.

Who Santa Claus Really Is…

There’s an air of mystic about Santa Claus, though most of us are aware that, literally speaking, he is an invented and immortal persona based upon the life of a Turkish monk named Nicholas who acquired the title of saint because of his kindness/generosity to and protection of the poor, etc.

Santa Claus is derived from St. Nicholas’s knickname, Sinterklaas (a shortened form of Sint Nikolaas (Dutch)). He is otherwise referred to as Kris Kringle or Christkind and/or Father Christmas, names that best depict Who He really is, a rewarder of righteousness Who travels by sky. Christ and each of us are His gifts to the world…

Germanic paganism, perhaps, specifically the celebration of a midwinter event called Yule, influenced the celebration of Christmas or the birth of Christ during winter rather than in the spring, when He was likely born. Though the long-bearded god Wodan (Norse Odin), who is said to lead a ghostly procession or wild hunt across the sky on his horse during this period of time, influenced development of Santa Claus (a Satanic figure or “Satan Claus,” according to some), there simply are no menaces of the sort who reward the good.

The Bible informs that Christ Himself and/or the Shekinah is a rewarder of righteousness Who is returning by the sky. Not only is He not affected by the cold or any extremities of weather, when He returns, there will be no more seasons, only warmth year-around. Santa Claus is hence the Creator and King of the Universe. He has a list that He is checking twice, of the naughty and of the nice who are written in the Book of Life, and both the living and those who have fallen asleep shall be awakened to meet Him in the air.

Prosecution for Honor Killings!!!

I am always outraged when I hear stories of women being murdered by their families for making independent decisions on who they’ll date or marry or for refusing marriage or relationships with men in whom they are not interested, but who their families had arranged for them to marry or have relationships with… Though the term references a family’s killing of primarily female members of their family for behavior that supposedly brings shame on the family for the stated or other reasons, in some or perhaps most instances victims are targeted because of their honor, or for thinking rationally and deciding against toxic relationships regardless of how they would benefit the nudging family members.

Honor killings could additionally or otherwise literally reference the murders of persons simply because of their intelligence or for excelling at a profession and/or in the academics or for seeking to acquire higher education, employment, and/or independence from their abusers. This is not something that just happens in other countries. It’s happening right here in the United States. It should not be happening anywhere, however. Honor killings should be prosecuted any and everywhere they occur, to discourage practices that deprive women and often children of their right to futuristically choose their own spouses, or when and if they’ll marry at all…

Every woman and child should have the right to be educated, to ethically work for fair wages, and to choose who they’ll marry or have a relationship with once they have literally and theoretically arrived at an appropriate level of maturity. That is none of their family’s business.

…Decent folk don’t sell or try to sell their family members to earn a living; they roll up their sleeves to acquire earnest wages and/or invest in self-improvement to meet their needs and to get any extras they want. Focus should also be rendered to rescuing women and their children, in situations where there are children, from abusive family members. In many instances, family violence in this and in other nations is worse than traditional domestic or intimate partner violence, and neither should have a place in a civil society…

All Cars Should Be Self-drivable and who Should Receive Discounts on Self-driving Cars until Then

While I personally do not trust a self-driving car enough to get into a passenger seat and allow it to drive me around, I do believe that self-driving technology can serve a wholesome purpose, that of circumventing accidents during driver drowsiness and/or medical episodes, intoxication, etc…

Accordingly, all cars should be self-drivable or have a corrective steering feature that enables them to circumvent driver errors and potential accidents.

When a driver has a medical episode, their vehicle should be programmed to drive them to the nearest emergency room, notify proper EMS or emergency room staff prior to and upon arrival, and call emergency contacts that the owner(s) lists in its programming.

…Until all cars are self-drivable, certain persons, i.e. full-time and part-time third shift workers who are prone to drowsiness, those with certain health issues that could extemporaneously impair their ability to operate a vehicle, and new drivers should receive discounts and/or other incentives for purchasing/ utilizing self-driving cars. This would help to save many lives and limbs and really put self-driving technology on the road and on the map…

My Advocacy of Clean Energy Does Not Contravene My Admiration for a Traditional Utility Pioneer

Years ago, when I was a full-time receptionist/concierge at Lenbrook Square in Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia, I participated in a number of company book talks during which I recited and discussed my written works. I distributed excerpts of my discussed writings to attendees; they were eventually catalogued into Lenbrook’s library. One of the attendees of the typically jammed-packed book talks was Mrs. Katherine Branch, the wife of Mr. Harllee Branch, Jr., a once president of Georgia Power, an attorney, and the subject of a number of other lofty accomplishments that would require several pages to fully document.

Mrs. Katherine Branch

Mrs. Branch shared my work with Mr. Branch, who was so impressed that he wanted to meet me. When Mrs. Branch informed me of this, I told her that I’d come up and speak with him during one of my meal breaks. My meal break was only thirty minutes, however, and it was difficult to fit the meeting into my schedule. After reminding me several times that her husband wanted to meet with and talk to me, she called down to the front desk one day and told me that she wanted me in particular to deliver a package that she had there.

When I arrived, Mrs. Branch invited me into a dining area where she had lunch waiting for me. “Yolanda, I knew that this was the only way that I’d get you up here, and Harllee really wanted to meet you,” she said.

Mr. Harllee Branch, Jr.

When Mr. Branch walked into the room, I felt a bit intimidated, considering that a major media (news) network in Atlanta had just paid a visit to Lenbrook to film a documentary on him. He introduced himself and told me how Mrs. Branch had allowed him to read my work. “I want you to know that what you have is a gift, and my kind will envy the hell out of you for it. But don’t you let anyone stop you.” It was precisely what I needed to hear at a time that I needed to hear it. I believe that Mr. Branch might have known about racism that I was experiencing at Lenbrook as the only African American in administration there for a while. It felt great to know that there were not only Caucasian power players who were and are anti-racism, those like Mr. Branch utilized their influence to really impact the cause. Among varied endeavors, Mr. Branch chaired a committee that opened the doors of Emory University to minorities.

Not too long after my conversation with Mr. Branch, he passed away, and Mrs. Branch had one of her assistants to deliver a note that she found that he had written to me.  It endured a bit of water damage while I was in a period of transition, though I managed to preserve it intact…

…Click here to read Mr. Branch’s note…

Though Mr. Branch led a major non-renewable energy company, and I am an advocate of renewable energy in major, he is certainly on the list of my most admired persons. Considering that natural disasters like hurricanes, etc. that are devastating our world landscape occur as a result of over-use of non-renewable energy sources, it is only intelligible to advocate for prevention. Being the humanitarian he was, I am confident that had Mr. Branch known what we’ve since learned about the effects of non-renewable energy on our environment, he would choose right. Ideally, our major utility companies would competitively invest in making renewable energy our primary power source of the world and non-renewable energy the least utilized, or a harmonious balance that would heal and regulate nature’s delicate temperament.