VISIONS Newsletter - Nov-Dec, 2005 - Published Bi-Monthly
Youth & Young Adult Corner by Dianne Ford


'Tis The Season

Youth & Young
Adult Corner

Hurricane Katrina;
The Aftermath
Let Us Not Forget

The "Triangle"
and More

The "Cleveland
Wedding Weekend"


Noble & Associates
Consulting Announces
Board of Directors




CONGRATULATIONS - Our youth have observed, and listened, and spoken!
In the May-June 2005 issue of VISIONS, we brought you information about a
University of Pittsburgh educational program entitled Semester at Sea (SAS), an
Institute for Shipboard Education. The program involves students taking four
classes of three credits each, in addition to learning about the world in which we
live while cruising around the world, the students visit ports of call such as Nassau,
Bahamas; LaGuaira, Venezuela; Salvador, Brazil; Cape Town, South Africa;
Mombasa, Kenya; Chennai, India; Yangon, Myanmar; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam;
Hong Kong, PRC; and Kobe, Japan.

This is a journal entry of a student on the current voyage of SAS.

24th September 2005 - 1:21 p.m.: This is this and that is that!

“The only way we are going to survive, is if we survive together”
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“I am glad that I am not God, because then I would have to take responsibility for
people like Saddam Hussein and George Bush”
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Today has been an emotional rollercoaster! First, we watch a really emotional film
about Apartheid in my 8:00 class. It was really intense.

THEN, I heard Archbishop Desmond Tutu speak, which was so amazing. I am
obsessed with that man. He is so beautiful. I can’t even begin to recap his specific
words, but I do know that I have a lasting impression of what he said. He spoke a
lot about the youth making a difference, and how WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
SO START NOW PEOPLE!!!! We have to! It was so cool to hear him speak after
everything we’ve been learning about him and African history in the past week and
a half. This program is so UNBELIEVEABLE. We learn about all these things then
in the next couple of days, we actually get to see the piece of artwork or the
aftermath of apartheid or the place where Nelson Mandela was actually held. After
only a few weeks I feel like I’ve learned so much about the world….God bless
Semester at Sea.

Publisher’s Comment - This is one of those very rare moments that I have
nothing to add.  Just PLEASE, read this article again, S-L-O-W-L-Y !

    “Believe that one person, one idea, one action can
    begin or continue a chain reaction that can change
    the world - for that is the only thing that ever has.”

    Henry Ford