Oct 21Liked by Jena Ball

Yes! This!

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Oct 2Liked by Jena Ball

Interconnected-ness is absolutely vital for all life on this blue fragile orb.

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Powerful post! And riddled with hope, nonetheless! Thank you, Jena! 👏🏼👏🏼❤️

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Sep 29Liked by Jena Ball

Thank you, Jena. I think I have actually been fortunate to raise my kids surrounded by family and in a small town where, for the most part, the people are decent and kind. I had a conversation about this not long ago with my son’s best friend’s mother. They have been friends since kindergarten and just graduated from high school ! They, with several other life long pals, were very active in the music program at school. We were discussing the fact that it’s a beautiful thing that this group of kids support and encourage one another and there’s no competition or back stabbing. We are proud to unleash these beautiful souls into the world with the hope that their compassion, empathy and love will be contagious !! 🩵

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Sep 29Liked by Jena Ball

What happened to love?

What happened to compassion?

Where did the light go?

Has everyone’s hearts

Turned to stone?

How do you turn your back

On a starving child?

Why don’t you care

About an ill veteran

Living on the street?

When did it become normal

To laugh at someone struggling?

This is the world we have built

This is the legacy

We leave for our children

A dark and angry world

Devoid of a soul



How do you find serenity

When the world is on fire

Pretend that you don’t see

Broken lives thrown on the funeral pyre

Ignore your neighbors’ desperate pleas


Could you open your heart

Create a space of peace

A solitary person

May not be able

To alter the whole world

A solitary person

Can alter someone’s world

Love someone who feels unlovable

Calm someone’s moment of panic

Shine a light

Spread some joy

A solitary person

Can unite

Solitary people



We can extinguish

The flames

Of fear

Of pain

Of loneliness

Of hatred


We can extinguish

The flames

Together we can create



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Sep 28Liked by Jena Ball

Those salary numbers for the average American are stupid. Also, after a certain amount of money you cannot buy happiness or peace of mind or gratitude or...anything good. The fact those numbers were thrown about shows a lack. A lack of what??? Wisdom. Basic Wisdom. Which no amount of money can a human glean wisdom from....

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Sep 28Liked by Jena Ball

To complement your choices, here's a pairing I believe carries the same essence:

Poem:"Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou

This poem speaks of resilience, pride, and the indomitable spirit of the black woman throughout history. While it directly addresses racial and gender struggles, its theme of rising against adversity is universal.

You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,

You may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Song: "Rise Up" by Andra Day

This song is an anthem of perseverance and hope. Andra Day's soulful voice coupled with the powerful lyrics inspires one to rise against challenges and be the beacon of hope.

And I'll rise up

I'll rise like the day

I'll rise up

I'll rise unafraid

I'll rise up

And I'll do it a thousand times again

Both Angelou's poem and Day's song revolve around the theme of resilience. Despite the odds and challenges faced, both pieces remind us of our inherent strength and the human spirit's ability to overcome. They both exude a sense of empowerment, calling on the listener or reader to remember their worth, to keep pushing forward, and to rise above adversity. This pairing reinforces the idea that, no matter how many times we're knocked down, we have the capacity to rise up stronger and more determined.

In times of exhaustion and hopelessness, it's vital to remind ourselves of the strength we carry within and the legacy of resilience that has been passed down to us. Poetry and music are wonderful conduits for this message, transcending barriers and touching the soul.

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Jena! This is your banner! This is where your voice is needed!

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I agree with you, Jena!

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$233,000? Most blue collar workers and even professional teachers and medical personnel don’t make 1/4 of that a year.

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