“TOP ARTICLES – Need Prayer in OUR Schools”

President Donald Trump is scheduled to announce new guidance on prayer in public schools Thursday afternoon.

The announcement comes as the White House recognizes National Religious Freedom Day, which Trump said honors the “foundational link between freedom and faith in our country.”

While it is unclear what the guidance might be, White House officials told NPR that there will be no change to existing law or regulations. Trump teased the guidance at a Jan. 3 rally at a Florida megachurch, saying that he and Attorney General Bill Barr are “doing a big action.”

“We will not allow faithful Americans to be bullied by the hard left,” he said, according to Time and Politico.


Students are allowed to pray on their own, but the Supreme Court has ruled that public schools cannot initiate prayer or promote religious events or symbols.

In 2017, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against a Louisiana school district saying the district broadcast Christian prayers over the PA system every morning and included religious messages and prayer in other events, including pep rallies and graduation ceremonies.

A federal judge ordered the school district to end the practice by consent decree in 2018.

Another lawsuit filed in November by atheist students and their families claims school staff in Tennessee have made prayer a part of school assemblies and athletic events. The lawsuit said Bible verses are displayed in the school, and a Christian association has visited to distribute Bibles during class.

One student plaintiff told the ACLU the situation is “very awkward and uncomfortable.”

“I respect other people’s religion, and I would like it if everyone else would respect my beliefs,” the student said.

Madalyn Murray O’Hair, founder of the American Atheists organization, filed a lawsuit in 1960 over the Baltimore public school system forcing her son to recite prayers and read from the Bible, which eventually lead to the Supreme Court decision. Nick Fish, the organization’s current president, told McClatchy News there is nothing Trump can do to change that fact.

“The only thing President Trump and his sycophants care about is reinforcing Christian supremacy,” Fish said. “They have shown time and time again that they don’t care at all about equality under the law.”

Trump’s announcement comes a little less than a month after an editorial in the publication Christianity Today called for Trump’s removal from office. According to the editorial, the issue over whether the president should be removed is “not a matter or partisan loyalties but loyalty to the Creator of the Ten Commandments.”

“None of the president’s positives can balance the moral and political danger we face under a leader of such grossly immoral character,” the editorial said.

Trump responded via Twitter, saying the magazine would “rather have a Radical Left nonbeliever” than him as president.

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“Creating ART from something Unsightly”

Tom Bob (previously refuses to simply live in the world.

He’s reshaping it. 

Creating clever street art on common objects in the urban landscape, he’s perfectly personalizing his boring surroundings.

Whether it’s turning a pipe into an anteater or

transforming a fire hydrant into Princess Leia, there’s nothing he can’t do.

Usually, Tom Bob operates in NYC, but sometimes he unleashes his creativity elsewhere as well.


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Ratification Day on January 14th annually recognizes the act the officially ended the American Revolution. This day is in commemoration of the ratification of the Treaty of Paris on January 14, 1784, at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Maryland by the Confederation Congress and established the United States as a sovereign entity.

  • The Confederation Congress issued a proclamation on April 11, 1783, “Declaring the cessation of arms” against Great Britain.
  • Congress approved the preliminary articles of peace on April 15, 1783.
  • The Treaty of Paris was ratified on January 14, 1784.

The following is an excerpt from the proclamation of ratification:

“By the United States in Congress assembled, a proclamation: Whereas definitive articles of peace and friendship, between the United States of America and His Britannic Majesty, were concluded and signed at Paris, on the 3rd day of September 1783 … we have thought proper by these presents, to notify the premises to all the good citizens of these United States …
Given under the seal of the United States, witness His Excellency Thomas Mifflin, our president, at Annapolis, this fourteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-four … ” ~ Definitive Articles of the Peace of Paris – Signed by representatives of Britain and The United States on September 3, 1783.

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Ratification Day recognizes the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Paris. In Annapolis Maryland at the State House, a ceremony takes place where officials signed the treaty. The Old Senate Chamber has been renovated and preserved just as it was at the signing. Every January 14, a flag in the design that was displayed at the time of the signing of the Treaty of Paris flies over the State House; twelve stars forming a circle with one star in the center. 

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“Am I Still in Heaven or Earth”

This “DREAM” is soooooooo GOOD……..

this… “dream” IS SO GOOD”…  I have very happy feelings…  I just hope everyone will see that I am fine and  that they… may  just  keep on going on to the next “NEW” baby that decided to  arrive at the  same or almost same time… that I would make my extra special entrance… into this whole and big  new world!

Was just wondering if everyone knows… that a newborn baby will continue growing in size and weight and from that which I was programed to know… is that newborn babies have a brand new brain that is starting to record  all that I hear… even when it looks like I am sleeping… the voices that I hear are recording information for me to use some time in the future.

Seems that I have a good ear for “MUSIC”… it comes in so nice and clear and some of the words that I am hearing… just  seem to be singing my name, “RUBY”… so I am guessing that my new home will include others… that will like MUSIC… as much as I do~

Have to just post “RUBY” – – the favorite song of those that like my name “RUBY”… to sing along with… listen to… and just  get those feet moving fast  and at least a foot up and off the ground!

Have FUN with me in your arms… listen to the music and dance around… singing my name,  “RUBY”… be sure that I can see  your smiling eyes  and that your sweet voice is the music to my ears… that DREAMS are made of!     D.V.

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“Just the WAY I Like a Sandwich”

“When I was much younger… this is the way that I would fix a sandwich… check this out… the best of  all terrific ingredients …  and  “OH” so good for YOU!”

Recipe of the Day

Baby Swiss And Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Prep:  5 mins
Cook:  5 mins
Total Prep: 10 minutes
Servings:  1


Slice 4 pieces of Baby Swiss, and 3 or 4 slices of ripened tomato.

Spread one side of each piece of bread with softened butter.

Heating medium fry pan and place 1 piece of bread buttered side down in pan.

Cover bread in layers with two pieces of cheese, sliced tomato, and finally second two pieces of cheese. Place second slice of bread buttered side up.

Turn sandwich occasionally with spatula until bread is toasted and cheese is melted.

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“CLASSROOM – Letter Writing”

National Day Calendar Classroom - January 2020 - LettersIn the classroom, letter writing is the focus this week. However, during Universal Letter Writing Week, we take a look at composing a variety of letters to friends, family, and classmates.

By writing a letter or short note, you can express your gratitude for a gift or their kind words. You can also let someone know you’ve been thinking about them. You might be surprised to know how a written note can lift someone’s spirits or make them feel appreciated.


Engage your classroom in the practice of letter writing. Gather your students together to write letters to friends and family. Take a field trip to the post office to deliver the letters – properly addressed with postage affixed – and allow them the pleasure of dropping the letters into the mail.

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Ask parents, grandparents, and guardians to donate stamps, envelopes, and notecards for this project. Many of us collect miscellaneous envelopes and cards. They end up laying around the house and never get used.

  • Each student needs to bring the address for each person they are sending letters to and their return address
  • On the board write the correct format for addressing the envelope
  • Also, place an example on the board to provide a proper composition for the letter. For example:Letter Writing Week Letter
    • Cards can be less formal, too. But the students must write clearly and sign their notes.
  • Get well cards can brighten someone’s day. It can also be a lesson about tact, too.
  • Students may also send a letter just because they’re thinking of someone they miss.
  • The upper classes may want to focus on a more formal letter design aimed toward college admissions or careers. These more professional letters require more finesse. You will find more further information at www.literacyideas.com to help guide students.
  • Have students write to National Day Calendar and tell us…well, tell us just about anything. We would love to hear your students’ success stories, about their hometowns or their favorite person. If they would like to write, we just might write back, too. Our address is:
    • National Day Calendar
      712 West Main Street
      Mandan, ND 58554

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