Category Archives: Self-Education

We Must be about Unity, Production & Manufacturing.

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We got to move toward bringing reality into play. TV, Reality Shows, Trapp Music, Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous, Pro Sports Player Stories of Riches & Fame…Keep Minds Distracted from Reality. How many people do we really know got real big paper $$$$ like that?

Just the very thought of coming up on some paper like that distract us. Movie Star reaching, fashion fame reaching, comedy, reality shows, entertainment–all that fine. But, we got to unify on real issues. Issues we can really bring into reality together. All of us got something to bring to the overall work.

I only hope some people read the 7 posts dropped in the Link Below. If not, at least let the Youth Read them. Have them give you Book Reports. Oral & Written.

These posts and others going inspire them to look below mere surface level school reading & tv unreality.

The Youth…they are our future. They ain’t caught up yet in the daily grind of providing for themselves & their own families full swing yet.

Let them break down the 7 posts below.

They reading a lot of Yankee Doodle Dandy, Middle Age Europe History, History of Rock & Roll.

As the Youth Read through the material and break it down in book reports…oral and written, you all going to have talking points to chop up it up on real productive conversations.

Try It and see.

—->>> Got that Goodie Mobb Pumping in my earphones. Yep, up before the birds start to sing, on this knowledge thing. Forget bling bling, lifting minds out mental slings.

The Youth need us now, we got to deal in reality somehow.
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* A Relevant Practical Education–Means Production–In 7 Parts.
CLICK LINK TO READ 7 POSTS

KT
6/28/2016
4:27 am
jewels4dmind.com

Pops, Me & My Sis Bout to Go Catch Some Fishes Out Dem Dare Ponds in Da Country

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Pops, Me & My Sis bout to go catch some fishes out dem dare ponds in da country.

When we comes back, we cleans em real good. Cut da fish headz off & guts em. You know. Throws da fish headz to da catz. Once we gets em cleaned up, we takes da fishes in da house. By den, daddy be done had dat grease real hot. And he gots dem grits cooking with cheese in it. Mustard & ketchup ready. You talkin bout some good eating. Man, you got to take ya shoes off & wiggle ya toes while you eat dat kinda Deep South Cooking.

Peep this…at night when it was hard seeing the fishing rod duck down when fish bit the bait–my father had a master plan for that. You know baby shoe bells. He used them. Tied them to the tip of the fishing rods, where the hole is, where the line go through. He tied the bell on the rod tip wt bread wrappers. We might be down a railroad track, checking lines tied to the tracks, trees, etc. Just lines & hooks wt bait. But we had other rods out too. When a fish hit them, the bells went off.

Sometimes, the fish bit the bait one after another or at the same time. It sounded like Christmas bells going off. DADDY WOULD SAY…”that’s what I’m talking bout….get ready lil fish, y’all getting fried up tonight….yes Sir Son, that’s what I’m talking bout.”

KT
jewels4dmind.com

Mr. Johnny James. A Role Model. Not A Hand-Picked One.

Father: Son, why do you want a treehouse so bad?

Son: Well, daddy I like to read and think a lot, and you know I love to write.

Father: I love your stories and poems.

Son: Thanks daddy. For some reason when I am off to myself, in that quiet spot of the world—a world away from confusion and clutter, I can think.

Father: What about your friends son?

Son: I love being around them—just like any other kid, I love to laugh, joke, and have fun. I know the world is not build around that. I watch you and mama.

Father: Watch us do what, son?

Son: I watch you all provide for us. Now that is serious. Did you have dreams of greatness daddy when you were my age?

Father: Yes son, I did have dreams of greatness. I bet you will never believe what some of them were?

Son: What, I am curious to know.

Father: Well son, I wanted to be the greatest running back since Jim Brown. When I was in Little League Football, I was straight out running jokers over like a semi-truck. Not only that, if I wanted to, I could outrun most defenders.

Son: So, you were the man Pops?

Father: Yep, I was the man. I moved on to Middle School and did the same thing. Even when I got to High School, I was doing it up—serving jokers sometimes two and three touchdowns a game.

Son: So, you wanted to be playing on Sundays in the NFL and all that?

Father: Yep son, the NFL was one of my dreams.
 

Son: What about School—what was your favorite subject?

Father: Math was my favorite subject and shop.
 

Son: Shop!

Father: Yep son—shop. I have always loved math and making things with my hands, and figuring things out, and creating things.

Father: Around the 10th grade a friend of mine named Roscoe asked me if I would help him upholster his old Chevy Impala.

Son: Had you ever done that before?

Father: No, I had never. But let me tell you—we worked on that Impala for a few days. I had to use math and all, and a lot of common sense. He had never done it before either. But we talked with this old guy that had a Upholstery shop named Mr. Johnny James. He was the best in town. He said it was OK to drop by his shop for a few days, and watch him do other people cars. So, before we got started on my friend’s car, we hung out at his shop. He showed us a lot in just a few days. Matter of fact, he enjoyed having us down there with him, and we enjoyed being around his upholstery shop.

After a few days, we got started on that Impala. When we got finished—it was a thing of beauty. Then, other people wanted us to hook up their rides. We told them we had so much more to learn, and it would be better if they take their cars on down to Mr. Johnny James shop. Mr. Johnny James saw how excited everybody was about my friend’s ride. He told us we could become his apprentices at his shop. I did that until I got out of High School, and he paid me too. My friend Roscoe was only interested in fixing up his own car, but not me, I wanted to get better at this craft. So, I stayed working with Mr. James.

Son: What about football, did you still love the game? I have not heard you say anything else after you started talking about Upholstering cars.

Father: Well, to tell you the truth son, sports became almost secondary to me at that time. The funny thing about it—is this—many times I would be at football practice thinking of work Mr Johnny and I would be doing after I got out of football practice.

Son: How did you play football and work on cars?

Father: We would get through with practice about 5:30 pm. I would come home, take a bath, eat, do my homework, and then go to the shop about 8 pm, and stay down there until about 10 or 11 pm. Yea son, I use to be tired, but I loved what I was doing, in fact, my grades got better as I did both—play football and work at the shop.

I used to look at a lot of Lowrider Magazines and other car magazines, and check out the latest styles of upholstery. Many of my friends had certain requests for me and Mr. Johnny. There were no jobs we turned down son, some of them were pretty rough, but the end result was always customer satisfaction. It got to the point, I studied upholstery books just as much as I did my playbook for football. For some reason, Coach Smith was always telling me I am trying to do too much with my life right now, I need to slow down. But, I couldn’t. I didn’t know any Pro Football players that ever came out of our community. But I did know Mr. Johnny James at that shop. He was a role model for me right then. I could talk to him, and ask him questions. He was the man. So I learned way back then—that you got to prepare for your future as an adult right now—in the present. That is how I went right into a mindset of doing for myself way back then. I was not going to let some College Football Scout determine my fate in life. I got control on my life—no matter what they decided. I see you got that in you too son, you are a leader, and I am proud of you son.
 

Son: Dad, I really enjoy our talks. I want us to always to be able to talk like this.

Father: We will son.
 
KT
2/19/2008
jewels4dmind.com

We Must Prepare Our Youth to Face The World

What better time to help children & teens develop trades than while they still stay home? When they leave home, & get caught up in the grind of adult living full swing, they might not have the money or time or both to learn a trade. We must find out things our young people have a passion for. Not Sports & Entertainment now. I am not driving at that. We must make sure our young people have solid skills. Make sure they can build something. Produce something. Manufacture something. Invent something. Use their hands & minds to the fullest to make a way for themselves & their eventual families.

Jobs are becoming harder & harder to come by. Many factories are closing down or going overseas, where labor is cheaper. The cost of living is going up.

We have to take a more active approach to our future. Our youth is our future. If we fail them, we fail ourselves.

Everyone is not going to college. Might not have the means or time to do so. But there are other ways to learn trades, skills, crafts, etc….A few ways:

Hook up with an older person in the community that has mastered a certain trade, craft, skill.

Try to get them to take the young person under their wings.

Mentorship/Apprenticeship.

Buy books for the young people so they can read up on trades, crafts, skills (How-to books). Something they might be interested in. Something they like or lean toward.

Take the young people to craft & hobby stores or take them to workshops on trades.

We have to take an active approach for the development of our young people. Get them use to reading articles & magazines in various trades and things they might be interested in.

A good plumber, clothing designer, carpenter, mechanic, graphic artist, audio engineer, tile layer, barber, AC & Heating Repair, hairdresser, brick mason, etc…has great value in our communities.

KT
2012
jewels4dmind.com

The Youth Ain’t No “Lost Generation”

Folks say:
The Youth “A Lost Generation”
How they got lost?
we better find them
if not,
our Survival
Slim
Ain’t no “Us”…
without “Them”

KT
5/13/13
jewels4dmind.com

Watch “The Great Debaters” –Based on Melvin B. Tolson’s Life & Wiley College Debate Team

* HEAR “Michael Ramsey” (A Poem) from– “A Gallery of Harlem Portraits” by Melvin B. Tolson

Watch “Jewel Dropping by KT (Jewels4dmind)–3 Poems”

Be Aggressive for Knowledge

Don’t misjudge the quality of knowledge you can acquire. You might not have the money to go to college. Some of the world’s greatest men & women burned the midnight oil.

Be aggressive for knowledge, especially things you have a passion for. Buy books, search the on internet, go to workshops, talk to people with knowledge. Reach for knowledge, & work for it. It will work for you.

KT
4/11/2011
jewels4dmind.com

Watch “Jewel Dropping for Mind Elevating”

Listen to: “Jewel Dropping & Freedom Rocking-Poetry Collages”

CLICK THIS LINK TO LISTEN TO: Jewel Dropping & Freedom Rocking-Poetry Collages