United We stand Divided We Fall

This is a guest post by author Columbia Valentine Scot

My name is Patricia, but I use a pseudonym for my writing, which is why the cover of the book has Columbia Valentine Scot. Columbia was my nonni(grandma) in english and you will get to meet her in my book. Valentine stands for love, and Scot came from my baby brother Scott whom I helped raise. Thus out of the bond I hold with each of them a new meaningful name was born. I have had many poems and short stories published under that name and it feels like a comforting friend. My new paperback book, and kindle version, titled: "Poems, Stories and Prayers of the Heart" has come before my sequel, to" Layers of the Heart," which I promise is in the works, it is Titled: "Layers of the Heart the Journey Continues", however out of request to copy my poetry and posts from my blog on a regular basis, I was compelled to put it into book form. I am still living in the beautiful Catskill mountain region in upstate New York, easily inspired by my surroundings, change of seasons, and the many different animals that share my ten acres that surround my little white cottage. I have been writing since age nine and won a contest at the age of ten in a local paper and never turned back. People are my inspiration. I love the undeniable similarities and the wonderful differences between us, it is from this point of view, that Layers of the Heart was born. I truly hope you enjoy your journey, this has been a true labor of love, and I hope you are equally encouraged by my new title " Poems Stories and Prayers of the Heart" God Bless and Thank you for stopping by for a visit. I was humbled by your responses, requests, and interactions to my daily posts, until illness made it hard for me to post daily and keep it going in the capacity at which it begin. God bless us and protect us all.

Over the past 8 weeks or so, we all have experienced devastation around the globe, either directly or profoundly. It began with Terrorist attacks in London, than Mexico had earthquakes, Than 3 hurricanes hit the Caribbean, Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico, where there is still no drinking water and electricity, and people young, old, and sick are stranded. Than a madman opened fire on a crowd of concert goers in Las Vegas,  to the wild fires taking place in California, changing the world and our fellow human beings forever.

As always, during times of crisis we are uniting, from neighbors letting 25 people sleep on  their floors, to the famous, and  rich, pooling their resources and financial assistance. Once again we band together, until we can get us to the point of rebuilding and restoring faith, that we will rise above; through  kindness, generosity, encouragement, and the love of neighbor.

I am always amazed that our true nature comes out during times of sudden crisis, nothing else matters, who, where,  or what our backgrounds are; but when every day crisis looms, we tend to  turn our back, ignore, or pretend everything will work itself out.  Until those little everyday things, blow-up into everyday issues, and than those everyday issues make us choose sides, and divide us; neighbors, friends, co-workers and allies, are put in a position to choose instead of preventing these daily crisis from becoming toxic, deadly, and harmful to our future, world, and our children.

Bullying, families going hungry right next door to us, getting sick because they have no health care. If we band together, say hi to our  neighbors, go to the store for someone who is sick, stand up daily and not tolerate bullying of any kind, we can be our true selves daily not just united in a major catastrophe, but prevent many from happening. United we stand, divided we fall, hugs, love and prayers Columbia Valentine Scot

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