The recent events in Baltimore and other cities have brought about more communication questions than answers, and these questions often do not produce the results or signigicant changes that citizens need.
I believe we can start a dialog for change through collaborative community projects.
Therefore, I and my colleaques at Flatlands Avenue LLC though their Patriot Made Audio project are offering free garden seeds for spring planting, as part of our celebration of Mother’s Day and spring.
Therefore would like to inspire some of our own “seeds of hope and seeds of change” through a spring garden essay contest about how you would propose to help create hope and change.
Send your essay to email@example.com and please put Spring Garden Contest in the subject line. The deadline is Sunday, May 10th on Mother’s Day (before midnight). We look forward to awarding three individual seed boxes filled with a variety of seeds, to three lucky winners.
All you need to do is send us an original short essay proposing how you would best use the seeds by growing food for yourself and for others, and how you’ll further save and share new seeds with other family members, an organization. or as a joint collaborative project in your community.
The best ideas or most creative plans win!
Potentially, in time, hundreds of people could be fed, at little to no cost through our seeds of hope and seeds of change spring contest. Such a project could feed change and better communication in communities.
The essay must be 500 words, or less.
The seed boxes are original pieces of art created by me (Alice Fisher). This past weekend, I refurbished a few cigar boxes (hand sanded, painted and varnished them) and then packaged up a selection of her own heirloom, non-genetically modified (NGMO) seeds which I grew, dried and hand saved by myself on my small farm in Frederick County, Maryland.
The essay deadline date is Sunday, May 10th at midnight, and if you need some ideas for your essay, try a quick visit to Garden.org for more information and inspiration about gardening.
Rita Rich at Flatlands Avenue would like to follow-up with the winners in about three or four months with a special podcast interview, once your seeds of hope seeds of change projects have been implemented, and with any pictures you’d like to share as well.
We have three handcrafted seed boxes, filled with 10 – 14 different seed varieties which we’ll send out FREE to our three winners.
These simple hand painted boxes would possibly make a great Mother’s Day garden gift, or some kind of project for all the senior moms in a community, city or for a school to feed children.
The seeds, will keep for up to 25 years, if they stored in a freezer, and can be used for many years to come.
Please share with us your gardening dreams and creative community ideas, and we’ll share with you our seeds of hope and change from my very own garden.
It’s our way of saying, Happy Mother’s Day and happy gardening to you and yours, as you build memories together.
Seeds hold the promise of hope and change, maybe even better communication. Email us your essay at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write Spring Garden Contest in the subject line.
We live in a rapid news “now” world., What I am seeing, as we move away from traditional media outreach through the use of press releases is that people are forgetting AP style formatting. There is indeed a science and art behind writing a press release. Below is a list of AP Style State abbreviations. So, I am providing a reference for those who may be interested.
Note: AP Style state abbreviations differ from their corresponding US Postal Service abbreviations, are in parentheses.
- Ala. (AL) — for Alabama
- Alaska (AK) — this state is not abbreviated in text
- Ariz. (AZ) — for Arizona
- Ark. (AR) — for Arkansas
- Calif. (CA) — for California
- Colo. (CO) — for Colorado
- Conn. (CT) — for Connecticut
- Del. (DE) — for Delaware
- Fla. (FL) — for Florida
- Ga. (GA) — for Georgia
- Hawaii (HI) — this state is not abbreviated in text
- Idaho (ID) — this state is not abbreviated in text
- Ill. (IL) — for Illinois
- Ind. (IN) — for Indiana
- Iowa (IA) — this state is not abbreviated in text
- Kan. (KS) — for Kansas
- Ky. (KY) — for Kentucky
- La. (LA) — for Louisiana
- Maine (ME) — this state is not abbreviated in text
- Md. (MD) — for Maryland
- Mass. (MA) — for Massachusetts
- Mich (MI) — for Michigan
- Minn. (MN) — for Minnesota
- Miss. (MS) — for Mississippi
- Mo. (MO) — for Missouri
- Mont. (MT) — for Montana
- Neb. (NE) — for Nebraska
- Nev. (NV) — for Nevada
- N.H. (NH) — for New Hampshire
- N.J. (NJ) — for New Jersey
- N.M. (NM) — for New Mexico
- N.Y. (NY) — for New York
- N.C. (NC) — for North Carolina
- N.D. (ND) — for North Dakota
- Ohio (OH) — this state is not abbreviated in text
- Okla. (OK) — for Oklahoma
- Ore. (OR) — for Oregon
- Pa. (PA) — for Pennsylvania
- R.I. (RI) — for Rhode Island
- S.C. (SC) — for South Carolina
- S.D. (SD) — for South Dakota
- Tenn. (TN) — for Tennessee
- Texas (TX) — this state is not abbreviated in text
- Utah (UT) — this state is not abbreviated in text
- Vt. (VT) — for Vermont
- Va. (VA) — for Virginia
- Wash. (WA) — for Washington
- W. Va. (WV) — for West Virginia
- Wis. (WI) — for Wisconsin
- Wyo. (WY) — for Wyoming
- Also: District of Columbia (DC)
Here’s an example of how to abbreviate a state in a sentence using AP style:
In Detroit, Mich., the weather today is sunny and warm.
And, here is how to use a city (and state) in the dateline.
DETROIT, March 14, 2015 –
Remember that, in datelines, the city name is in all capital letters. If necessary, follow it with the state abbreviation –– not the U.S. postal code.(For example: KANSAS CITY, Kan. or KANSAS CITY, Mo.)
However, these states are always spelled out: Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Ohio, Texas and Utah.
The following list are US domestic cities that stand alone, with no state abbreviation.
ATLANTA, BALTIMORE, BOSTON, CHICAGO, CINCINNATI, CLEVELAND, DALLAS,
DENVER, DETROIT, HONOLULU, HOUSTON, INDIANAPOLIS, LAS VEGAS, LOS ANGELES
MIAMI, MILWAUKEE, MINNEAPOLIS, NEW ORLEANS, NEW YORK,
OKLAHOMA CITY, PHILADELPHIA, PHOENIX, PITTSBURGH,
ST. LOUIS, SALT LAKE CITY, SAN ANTONIO, SAN DIEGO, SAN FRANCISCO, SEATTLE,
*On a regional level, additional cities may stand alone should the newspaper staff decide so.
“Can We Live on USA Made Only?”
A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE.
We are an impatient people. And, no matter who becomes the next president, one can not microwave (systemic) change. It took a full ten+ years to pull us out of the great depression. We complain about our national debt but change begins at the individual level as well. Who of you in four years has paid down All of your OWN debt or have you just continued to go farther into debt. I am personally trying to get out of debt, but it seems like a loosing battle.
How many of you have hired just one extra person for a job to keep a family from going under, (split a higher paying job budget between two workers)?
How many of you have fed or invited an unemployed family down the street from you who is in foreclosure for dinner?
Change, starts with us, from the bottom up and not from the top down in all our efforts.
What ever similarities are drawn from the Great Depression and what we see today. Can we really immediate change in under 4 years?
1) I believe that there are two major differences in the economic circumstances of 1933 and 2008 which transcend other issues and have literally saved us in some respects comparatively speaking. First, thousands of banks “failed” between 1929 and 1933, wiping out the savings of millions of “hard-working, playing by the rules” middle-class Americans.
Since fall 2008, not a single depositor in a U.S. bank has lost a dime of savings due to FDR’s Banking Act of 1933, which created the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Even though we’ve had banks fail or close.
While the stock market and housing prices tanked, the fact that bank accounts were intact was of immense psychological value to savers at all income levels. Undoubtedly, this depositor sense of security had a positive effect on the stock market rebounding fairly quickly so now it is more than double what it was in February 2009.
2) Secondly, and just as importantly, because of Social Security, which started in 1935, the purchasing power of today’s seniors has been greatly, although not entirely, protected. Social Security payments, combined with the unemployment insurance benefits (also initiated in 1935) paid to the millions laid off due to the downturn, have kept consumer purchases much more stable than they otherwise would have been. This is in contrast to the complete removal by 1933 of the purchasing power of nearly 25 percent of the workforce that became suddenly unemployed. The economy just shriveled up.
1. Stock Market Crash of 1929
Many believe erroneously that the stock market crash that occurred on Black Tuesday, October 29, 1929 is one and the same with the Great Depression. In fact, it was one of the major causes that led to the Great Depression. Two months after the original crash in October, stockholders had lost more than $40 billion dollars. Even though the stock market began to regain some of its losses, by the end of 1930, it just was not enough and America truly entered what is called the Great Depression.
2. Bank Failures
3. Reduction in Purchasing Across the Board
With the stock market crash, and the fears of further economic woes, individuals from all classes stopped purchasing items. This then led to a reduction in the number of items produced and thus a reduction in the workforce. As people lost their jobs, they were unable to keep up with paying for items they had bought through installment plans and their items were repossessed. More and more inventory began to accumulate. The unemployment rate rose above 25% which meant, of course, even less spending to help alleviate the economic situation.
4. American Economic Policy with Europe
As businesses began failing, the government created the Smoot-Hawley Tariff in 1930 to help protect American companies. This charged a high tax for imports thereby leading to less trade between America and foreign countries along with some economic retaliation.
5. Drought Conditions
While not a direct cause of the Great Depression, the drought that occurred in the Mississippi Valley in 1930 was of such proportions that many could not even pay their taxes or other debts and had to sell their farms for no profit to themselves. The area was nicknamed “The Dust Bowl.” This was the topic of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.
6. Unemployment to continue to purchase goods and services within the economy
Throughout the Great Depression, there was little information on the extent of unemployment in the country. More important, there was no good way to assess whether the situation was getting better or worse. The wealth of timely statistical information on the labor market that we now take for granted simply didn’t exist. Throughout the 1930s, researchers grappled with the issue of how to measure unemployment. To begin with, there wasn’t agreement on how to conceptualize or define the condition. Simply asking those out of work if they “wanted” work or if they were “able” or “willing” to work proved to be too subjective to serve as unemployment criteria. At the same time, attempts to gauge the number of jobless by looking at declines in employment or counting the registrations at public employment offices were found to be incomplete. By the way, the second dip during the Depression was in 1937 and came as a result of austerity measures.
The whole unemployment schema today is a numbers game and it all depends on which lens one is looking through to sell those numbers. Systemically, we have more people, more kids, more families to feed no ifs and or butts about it, but today we are better off than many were in 1930’s.
One unemployment perspective today is about the actual current civilian workforce vs. the total US population. Many of our unemployed have dropped of the employment “books”. Times are tough, for most.