Category Archives: Inspirational Ideas

5 Must-Know Facts About Teenage Depression

You are loved. You are not alone. Teen depression is common. Teen girls are more likely to experience depression. Hang in there! Nothing ever stays the same. Your life will have many changes. It does get better. You are not alone. You are loved. 

There are people you can talk to and who can help you.

Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741 to talk to a trained counselor. It’s free, confidential, and available 24/7.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline – 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Phone operator for youth hotline page. Whether you are personally in crisis or you are concerned about someone who is, you can ALWAYS call 1-800-273-TALK and get a listening ear, resources, and support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This hotline does not close on the weekend, holidays, or during bad weather.


Is “Peace on Earth” Possible?

Is “Peace on Earth” possible? Listen to these 5th graders sing! Raises my belief! Especially since the kids in this video are now almost adults. May they help us better the world.
Make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console.
To be understood as to understand.
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.

Don’t you want to know what’s going on?

“What’s going on” troubles me deeply. The vast majority of the children I teach are not white. These delightful kids are sweet, curious, loving, funny and smart. If you met them you too would love them – all of them.

“What’s going on” is that more than 15 million children, or roughly one in five, are living in poverty. The poverty rate for children of color is more than double the rate of white children. Also the longer a child lives in poverty, the harder it is for a child to get out of it later in life.

By now you’ve got to know that poverty and crime are linked in a morbid dance and that crime and poverty negatively impact our economy. If you don’t know that open your eyes and look at “what’s going on” because your help is needed.

With our country’s abundant wealth it is a national embarrassment that only three other countries in the developed world have a higher child poverty rate than us. Where’s your national pride? Where’s your patriotism? Do you only bring it out for the National Anthem at sporting events?

All children are your children even if you didn’t give birth to them or raise them, or teach them or coach them or see them playing in your neighborhood. If you need a selfish reason to help… who do you want taking care of you and your country when you’re old and feeble and need help?

I know a woman who’s old and worried about her safety. She keeps her curtains closed, locks her windows, bars the doors and keeps a gun in case there’s ever an intruder in her suburban white affluent low-crime neighborhood. When arthritis finishes taking over her hands how is she going to lock everything up? How will she be able to pull the trigger? 

If you truly want to protect yourself… protect the children. Feed them, clothe them, educate them, protect them and for God’s sake love them.

This song has been echoing “what’s going on?” for 44 years — time for you – yes you – not the person next to you or down the street or in the next cubicle – you – to step up and change the current answer to the question. 


Standing up to Bullies: One Woman VS. 300 Neo-Nazis

Inspirational Power: “If one person can do it – anyone can.”  This one-woman protest against 300 uniformed neo-Nazis has become a symbol of defiance against Sweden’s right wing. “Hell no, they can’t march here!” said Tess Asplund, whose photo has gone viral. [Source – AJ+ is a global news community for the connected generation. They highlight human struggles and achievements, empower impassioned voices, and challenge the status quo. They bring you the stories that are shaping our world.] 

I Can’t Do It Alone – Cara Zara Hula Hoop Performance at Romare Bearden Park

Yours truly performing at Romare Bearden Park Saturday May 7th at 2pm. But I, Cara Zara, “Can’t Do It Alone.” You definitely won’t want to miss my final “act of desperation” for Romare Jazz Fest. Free fun for the family: magic, face painting, balloon artists, caricatures, and of course Hula-Hoops 🙂

Romare Fest Cara Zara