True Colors: Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper (To Inspire Kids)

Be confident.  Do not compare yourself to others.  You are important.  Life, laugh and be happy.   Be grateful – Be Positive.
True Colors
You with the sad eyes
Don’t be discouraged
Oh I realize
Its hard to take courage
In a world full of people
You can lose sight of it all
And the darkness inside you
Can make you feel so small
But I see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful
Like a rainbow
Show me a smile then
Don’t be unhappy, can’t remember
When I last saw you laughing
If this world makes you crazy
And you’ve taken all you can bear
You call me up

Because you know I’ll be there
And I’ll see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful
Like a rainbow

Children of Cambodia: Friendly and Ambitious to Learn

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If you are a Cambodian child, you  speak Khmer, and live in a country with a population of over 15 million. Cambodia has borders with the countries of Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.

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Unless you live in a big city like Phnom Penh, or some smaller towns, you probably live in the country side.

As a Cambodian child, you probably have a statue of the Buddha and a picture of the ruling king. Your parents will vote, because Cambodia is a democratic country. Cambodia was once ruled by France but it got its independence in 1953.

On the Mekong River
On the Mekong River
rice paddies
rice paddies

Village and Sea Living Children

Most Cambodian children live in the countryside, where they help their families raise animals, vegetables or rice.

Many Cambodian families are farmers.  Strong boys and girls may be seen ploughing the rice paddies with the help of an oxen or two.

working with oxen
working with oxen
harvesting rice
harvesting rice

While Westerners have fries, mashed potatoes or pasta with most meals, Cambodians like most people in Asia have rice. Every piece of land is precious and rice and vegetables are grown on flat land and all the way up hills.

If you are a Cambodian living by the sea, your family may own a fishing boat. Cambodia has a sea front and fishing is important to eat and to export. Cambodia has a powerful river called the Mekong. The water from it is used for rice growing.

Going to School

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Around the Mekong River there are many small rivers. To get to school, many children will paddle their own boats or their parents may take them. Many children pile on to motorcycles and the police don’t seem to mind this crowded way of travelling.   Cambodia like many poorer countries in Asia insists that children go to school. The country needs educated people as well as farmers and families that fish.



Buddhist monks in front of the Ankor Wat
girls and boys dance for the tourists
girls and boys dance for the tourists

People come to Cambodia to relax and enjoy some of the beautiful beaches.  There are many old temples because Cambodia is an ancient civilization.   Maybe one day you will travel to Cambodia to meet these friendly people.

Perhaps, when you are older you may want to volunteer to teach English or helping another way.

All Children Are Unique – You are Special!




YOU are on the above picture!  If you look at the faces, every child is different.  You live in a country and you have a language, maybe more than one!  Every person born is important and special.  We all need love, friendship, food, clothing and a place to live.  Not every young person can go to school, but everyone has dreams.

Hearing the Word “CONGRATULATIONS.”

Every young person in the world wants to hear the words, “Well done!” or “Good Job”  or “Congratulations!”  These words are said by parents around the world in different languages.  Parents want their children to be successful in school or at least to do their best!  Parents also want their children to be kind and never to bully anyone.  Bullying hurts others!   You might take a few seconds to say unkind words, but that person may go home and think about those words for days!

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The earth is one big school.  Even when you leave the classroom, you have many things to learn: honesty, sharing, using nice words and spreading happiness.  It is also great to be helpful to everyone.  YOU are special, so do your best in everything.   Thank you.   Your friend, Pauline

Teens: Believe in Your Worth and Purpose – But Do It NOW


Life can offer you – a way out.  This way out is the opportunity to live at half-a-life-level.  Don’t believe in yourself and see others as more beautiful, more talented, more intelligent, etc.etc.  You can stay on the static level of non-doing, non-believing and watch others soar.  You can remain watching these people complain and add your excuses: but some of the people soaring do not have sight, do not have hearing, cannot talk and may be paralyzed.   They are soaring from a bed, unable to use their limbs and using their mouths to type keys to the internet.  Helen Keller (deaf, blind and unable to speak as a child) – went on to get a university degree.   She learned how to speak but she could never hear.  Right now, some children are walking miles to learn – they are frightened at night as tanks rolls by their rooms and plane can drop bombs at any moment.  Yet, they are courageous to learn – to play music – to write poetry – to believe that there is a tomorrow where they can live.

Teens – So You Think You Know the Alphabet? Relearn it!



Avoid negative sources, people, places, things and habits.

Believe in yourself.

Consider things from every angle.

Don’t give up and don’t give in.  Remember respect is better than


Enjoy life today; yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come.

Family and friends are hidden treasures; seek them and enjoy their riches.

Give more than you plan to give.

Hang on to your dreams.

Ignore those who try to discourage you.

Just do it!

Keep trying, no matter how hard it seems; it will get easier.

Love yourself first and most.

Make it happen.

Never lie, cheat, or steal; always strike a fair deal.

Open your eyes and see things as they really are.

Practice makes perfect.

Quitters never win and winners never quit.

Read, study and learn about everything important in your life.

Stop procrastinating.

Take control of your destiny.

Understand yourself in order to understand others.

Visualize it.

Want a goal more than anything and wish the best for others.

Xcellerate your efforts.

You are unique of all God’s creations, nothing can replace YOU.

Zero is on your target – aim for the bullseye and keep trying.



Quotes to Inspire Teens: 1


We all need that “shot in the arm,” that comforting smile, words of reassurance and a pat on the back.



Here are some words of wisdom from various sources – Enjoy.




—Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you sow.

(Robert Louis Stevenson)


—Be happy. It’s one way of being wise.



—I have always been delighted by the prospect of a new day,

a new try,

one more start,

With perhaps a bit of magic

waiting somewhere behind the morning.

(J.B Priestly)


—Love is a canvas finished by nature,

and embroidered by the imagination.



—We have only the MOMENT

sparkling like a star in our hand –

and melting like a snowflake.

(Marie Beyan Ray)

The LGBTI community will overcome ALL obstacles to find LOVE

—Only those for risk going too far,

Can possibly find out how far one can go.

(T.S. Eliot)



—We do not see nature only with our eyes,

but with our understandings and our hearts.

(William Hazlitt)


images-23—I now believe that pain makes you stronger

And now I believe that walking through a

lot of rainstorms gets you clean.

(Taylor Swift)