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50 Interesting facts

1. If you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on your right side. If you are left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side.

2. If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. For when a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.

3. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

4. Your tongue is germ free only if it is pink. If it is white there is a thin film of bacteria on it.

5. The Mercedes-Benz motto is “Das Beste oder Nichts” meaning “the best or nothing”.


6. The Titanic was the first ship to use the SOS signal.

7. The pupil of the eye expands as much as 45 percent when a person looks at something pleasing.

8. The average person who stops smoking requires one hour less sleep a night.

9. Laughing lowers levels of stress hormones and strengthens the immune system. Six-year-olds laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day.

10. The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.

11. Dalmatians are born without spots.

12. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.

13. The ‘v’ in the name of a court case does not stand for ‘versus’, but for ‘and’ (in civil proceedings) or ‘against’ (in criminal proceedings).

14. Men’s shirts have the buttons on the right, but women’s shirts have the buttons on the left.

15. The owl is the only bird to drop its upper eyelid to wink. All other birds raise their lower eyelids.

16. The reason honey is so easy to digest is that it’s already been digested by a bee.

17. Roosters cannot crow if they cannot extend their necks.

18. The color blue has a calming effect. It causes the brain to release calming hormones.

19. Every time you sneeze some of your brain cells die.

20. Your left lung is smaller than your right lung to make room for your heart.

21. The verb “cleave” is the only English word with two synonyms which are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate.

22. When you blush, the lining of your stomach also turns red.

23. When hippos are upset, their sweat turns red.

24. The first Harley Davidson motorcycle was built in 1903, and used a tomato can for a carburetor.

25. The lion that roars in the MGM logo is named Volney.

26. Google is actually the common name for a number with a million zeros.

27. Switching letters is called spoonerism. For example, saying jag of Flapan, instead of flag of Japan.

28. It cost 7 million dollars to build the Titanic and 200 million to make a film about it.

29. The attachment of the human skin to muscles is what causes dimples.

30. There are 1,792 steps to the top of the Eiffel Tower.

31. The sound you hear when you crack your knuckles is actually the sound of nitrogen gas bubbles bursting.

32. Human hair and fingernails continue to grow after death.

33. It takes about 20 seconds for a red blood cell to circle the whole body.

34. The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.

35. Most soccer players run 7 miles in a game.

36. The only part of the body that has no blood supply is the cornea in the eye. It takes in oxygen directly from the air.

37. Every day 200 million couples make love, 400,000 babies are born, and 140,000 people die.

38. In most watch advertisements the time displayed on the watch is 10:10 because then the arms frame the brand of the watch (and make it look like it
is smiling).

39. Colgate faced big obstacle marketing toothpaste in Spanish speaking countries. Colgate translates into the command “go hang yourself.”

40. The only 2 animals that can see behind itself without turning its head are the rabbit and the parrot.

41. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

42. The average person laughs 13 times a day.

43. Do you know the names of the three wise monkeys? They are:Mizaru(See no evil), Mikazaru(Hear no evil), and Mazaru(Speak no evil)

44. Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

45. German Shepherds bite humans more than any other breed of dog.

46. Large kangaroos cover more than 30 feet with each jump.

47. Whip makes a cracking sound because its tip moves faster than the speed of sound.

48. Two animal rights protesters were protesting at the cruelty of sending pigs to a slaughterhouse in Bonn. Suddenly the pigs, all two thousand of them, escaped through a broken fence and stampeded, trampling the two hapless protesters to death.

49. If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural cause.

50. The human heart creates enough pressure while pumping to squirt blood 30 feet!!




April 24, 2009 Posted by | Carmelita Abraham - From the Heart | | 1 Comment

Revelation is Real


Friday, April 24, 2009

I have been doing alot of changes in my life, and I am sure to make more everyday. I choose to make a positive change in my life because I love to be a new person everyday. I love to have the relief in my heart that I have made a change. I believe in the real and true revalation  to who we really are as people.


Revelation is Real http://cherubim77.blogspot.com

A blog about my personal reflections on God, the Bible and Christian Ministry with the occasional foray into the Book of Revelation

Friday, April 24, 2009

Born Again

Today is a special day. Twenty seven years ago today I was converted and put my trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Saviour. I had a vision of Christ that fateful night. I heard His voice, saying, “I am alive! I have died for your sins”. My tears of sorrow for sin turned into joy as the love of God was poured out into my heart by the Holy Spirit. I did not know how to describe my experience those first few days of my conversion until I read Romans 5:5 a week or so later. I thank the Lord for saving an unworthy sinner such as I, and if I could be converted I guess all people can be too. Until today after 27 years none of my immediate family members (apart from my wife and son) have become Christians.

I Carmelita Abraham is a true believer in the higher power, I found the right path in my life due to praying and knowing about making the right choices in life. I have been through hard times in my life and found that the true life we all want is with the Lord or the higher power. I believe in making  the right choice in life even if it means to leave the bad in the past or right where it is and move on to better things in life. The creator will replace what ever you sacrifice with cleaner and better rewards in life.

Find your true meaning in life by making the right choices and Praying the Higher Power..



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Beautiful Takla Lake BC

April 24, 2009 Posted by | Carmelita Abraham - From the Heart | | Leave a comment

Make Your Life Better!!!

p1070064I found this site, and thought you might like it if you want to make you life better!!!http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/10-hard-ways-to-make-your-life-better.html

10 HARD Ways to Make Your Life Better 

Some of the most worthwhile things in life aren’t easy. One of the things I dislike most about “power of positive thinking”-style personal development philosophies (such as “The Secret”) is the implication that if you just have the right attitude and the right state of mind, the rest will just fall into place. I think it causes a lot of hurt and disappointment in people who invest their time, effort, and of course, money into these systems and find themselves, one or two or five years down the line, exactly where they were before.

“You must not have wanted it badly enough,” the authors of these philosophies seem to be saying. “There must still be something wrong with you.”

I don’t think that, ultimately, God or the Spirits or the Universe or the world “provides”. I think a lot of times the world puts obstacles in our way, and no amount of positive thinking makes them go away. And I think that a lot of the people who are “successful”, by whatever standard you want to use, have as much “wrong” with them as a lot of the ones who aren’t successful. Maybe more.

In any case, wherever the motivation comes from, the things that really make our lives worth living can be quite difficult. (And who knows, maybe thinking positively helps take some of the edge off of doing the hard stuff?) What’s more, they can take a lot of time to do, and even more time to get right. But I think that doing is the important thing, not the result — throwing yourself into something with all your heart, mind, and soul is the success, not the “growing rich” part.

Here, then, are ten things that are really hard to do but which have an incredible power to make your life better.

1. Start a business

My dad, who has been self-employed almost all his life, used to tell me that “Only jerks work for jerks.” Working for someone else puts you at their mercy and subjects you to their whims — and often their poor management skills. Not only that, but the profit of your labor goes into their pockets.

Starting a business puts you in control of your work life, and your money. It’s hard — small businesses fail every day. But the rewards of even a failed venture can far outweigh the risk. Just knowing that your failure was the result of your own choices — instead of a decision made at a corporate office a thousand miles away — can be liberating.

2. Organize a group

What makes you passionate? Chances are, being around other people who are passionate about the same thing would make you even more passionate about it. Often the only thing keeping you and them from coming together is that nobody’s put out a sign saying “Come and talk!” Getting a group going is a tremendous challenge, and very often the personality of the founder leaves a tremendous mark on the group as a whole. Seeing a group grow and take off can be tremendously awarding — but even failing can teach you important things about leadership.

3. Volunteer

I don’t mean spend Thanksgiving at a soup kitchen, though that can often be challenging enough. What I mean, though, is to make a long-term investment in your community by joining school committees, donating three hours a week in a shelter, hosting a monthly read-along at the library, tutoring at-risk children after school, teaching adult literacy classes at a local prison, or any of a million ways to play a role in the lives of people who need you. Perhaps the most pressing need in our society is for people to take an interest in and engage with their communities.

4. Take an active role in your children’s’ activities

Pick one thing your child does and commit yourself to it. Coach their team, become a Brownie leader, spend a weekend day in the workshop with them, buy a bike and ride along with them — make their passions your own. Don’t crowd them — especially if you have


— but show them that you value something they do by giving them your time and interest.

5. Start a family

I don’t mean have kids. That can be all too easy! Make the decision to have a family, which means to give of yourself fully to another person or several people. Risk being vulnerable by sharing your fears, quirks, and failures with someone else; you might find it makes you stronger than ever before.

This transcends marriage and parenthood. There are lots of people who can’t marry because the law prevents it. There are people who can’t have children. These are not the essential ingredients of family. The essential ingredients are love, mutual respect, trust, and open giving. Find (or make) someone you can share that with.

6. Write a book

It feels really, really good to see your name on a book cover, but it feels even better to know that someone, somewhere, might find his or her life changed by something you’ve written. Share your particular expertise, whether it’s story-telling or woodworking, with the world — or just your family. Time isn’t the big issue (though it is an issue — don’t let the positive thinkists tell you otherwise!) but if you commit yourself to a page a day — a couple hundred words — within a year you’ll have a pretty decent-sized manuscript. That’s something to work with!

7. Learn an art

Take painting lessons, a pottery workshop, a music class, whatever — learn to express yourself and you might find a self worth expressing. Don’t settle for being a “Sunday painter” — devote yourself to an art and master it.

8. Run for office

The world needs smart, dedicated, and upright people to take care of all the fiddly details of making things run. As it happens, running for local office isn’t as challenging as you’d think (which isn’t to say it’s easy) — Michael Moore, the filmmaker, ran for school board while he was still in high school. Just for kicks. And won! It’s fine to have your heart set on the White House or Capital Hill, but try your hand at city councilperson, county registrar, or something closer to home first. And be clean — run for the experience of putting your community on a better path, and not for the power.

9. Take up a sport

Enough with the

working out

already! Sure, you want to be healthy, but the whole treadmill-running, iPod-listening, 45-minutes-after-work thing is a little anti-social, don’t you think? OK, you want some solitude once in a while — fine. But at least add a sport, something you do with other people. You’ll be spending time interacting with others, while also developing team-building and leadership skills. And, you might learn something from your fellow players.

10. Set an outrageous goal — and achieve it!

The nine tips above are only a handful of ideas about how to make your life better. Maybe you want to record an album, climb a mountain, make the Hajj (the pilgrimage to Mecca), see 20 countries — don’t just settle for tiny goals, push yourself all the way to the edge and figure out how to make the craziest thing you can think of happen. Yes, you’ll have to learn a lot along the way, and plan months or even years in advance — that’s what makes outlandish goals worthwhile.

I don’t want to suggest that you need to do all these things to be happy — doing just one is quite a handful! But if you’re unhappy with your life, if you want to make a change for the better, you need to think big and you need to be ready to put in the work to make it happen. It’s easy to “visualize success” and to “think positively”; it’s not so easy to throw yourself into the unknown and make it work. But if you can make it work, you’ll gain far more than you can imagine.

I don’t want to suggest that you need to do all these things to be happy — doing just one is quite a handful! But if you’re unhappy with your life, if you want to make a change for the better, you need to think big and you need to be ready to put in the work to make it happen. It’s easy to “visualize success” and to “think positively”; it’s not so easy to throw yourself into the unknown and make it work. But if you can make it work, you’ll gain far more than you can imagine.

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April 24, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Technology is affecting my community in a positive way.

Happy Good Fiday

Happy Good Fiday

Here in Takla, life is peaceful, great and very quite. If the people of Takla Lake aren’t fishing, hunting, cutting wood, or just living, we are at the band office on the internet or working. I am happy to see a lot more people find their interest in the new technology that is coming out. The youth play games on their Xbox’s or just watch TV.


I have seen a lot of change in my community in the past year, as I see more and more, community members become involved in the new trend of technology. I see more community members finding their interest in sites like Face Book and MSN Hotmail. I think when community members have a computer there is a lot more communication going on in there life. Computers, Digital cameras, cell phones and Video Recorders are the way of new technology for the Natives of Takla lake First Nations. When community members travel to Fort St. James they use their cell phones and some bring their lap tops. The Internet connection can be made through dial up in their homes and for Satellite connection, the members would have to go to the band office or the school. People at the Health center get their internet connection as well.


As I see a growing number of adults and youth taking the chance to learn the ways of new media, the more faces I see smiling and laughing as they learn everyday.


As you see here in the Picture, the smiles on their faces are real.


Younger Generation

Younger Generation

Face BOOk
Face BOOk
Face book and eamil is a great way to keep intouch with friends and co-workers!!

Work online
Work online

Use the Internet to communicate with firends or co-workers. Take fun and creative pictures, take the time to serf the internet and have fun while your learn.

Take Care everyone and Share this site to all your firends. Your friend,
Carmelita Abraham, Miss Takla and Blogger of the North
Have Fun Online

Have Fun Online

Make new creations
Make new creations

April 10, 2009 Posted by | Carmelita Abraham - From the Heart | 2 Comments

Ensuring youth are prepared for the digital world when they finish school


Tekkru media

Tekkru media

Ensuring youth are prepared for the digital world when they finish school



Careers in the information age are dependent on workers that know how to navigate the landscape of the digital world.


However, there is a reluctance to fully engage ICT in First Nations communities homes and schools because it competes with traditional ways of learning and knowing.

Also there is a need for community involvement in the technology participation to better motivate the youth in a non threatening comfortable environment.


A starting point to ensuring that a basic level of digital literacy is achieved for youth by the time they leave high school would be to first identify what they do know so that you can determine what needs to be taught.


Students would not be able to achieve digital literacy without the resources to do so.  Resources include good quality computers and connections that are comparable to the rest of the province.


Because digital literacy is a new form of knowledge, teachers have to stay ahead of the learning curve when applying technology to their curriculum.  Basic courses that students take such as IC3 need to be taken by all teachers in every school.  Teachers in First Nations communities find that their time is consumed by the number of tasks upon them because they have to manage multiple job descriptions.  Learning technology may be seen as an unwanted burden, not realizing the importance of technology for this upcoming generation.


 In conclusion by creating a properly equipped environment with the right recourses, trained educators and community support you make certain the youth can easily adapt to the new learning curve, and enter the digital workplace with the appropriate skills and knowledge to succeed.


Tekkru Media group

November 27/2008

March 29, 2009 Posted by | Carmelita Abraham - From the Heart | Leave a comment

So you want to be a Rock Star!



So you want to be a Rock Star!




Presented by: Sandy Scofield and Garry Oker






Sandy Scofield is a multi-award winning musician and composer based in Vancouver BC. She is a Métis woman (Saulteaux and Cree descent); her European heritage is French. Sandy hails form four generations of fiddlers, singers and musicians on both sides of her family and has been singing and making racket for most of her life! Over the years, she has fronted many groups in various genres, and mentored innumerable singers and songwriters out in Indian country in the way of rudimentary music theory, vocal production, ea training, harmony, the craft of song writing and music-industry protocol. In the curse of acquiring a BFA in music, she has studied electroacustic music with international pioneer Barry Truax, composition with acclaimed Canadian New music composer Owen Underhill, and also studied African music at Legon featured in concert, Woman in Electroacustic Music, “at Vancouver’s Western Front in 2007 alongside works by international acclaimed composers Hildegard Westerkamp and Katherine Norman. Along with compositions commissions, she works as a recording producer and soundscape designer and has performed in France, Vienna, Germany, Korea, Australia, Mexico and at Washington DC’s Smithsonian institute.


Gary Oker

Gary Oker





Gary Oker CEO and president of the innovative design firm SYMBOLS Cultural Design, is a leading proponent of “Cultural design Thinking”- a means of discovering cultural that uses design methodologies to tap into deep reservoir of opportunities and a method of meeting people’s needs that produces new procedures that connects information exchange between people form different cultures. Mr. Oker received his Masters Degree in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University in 2005. His artistic side started at a young age watching his mother and grandmother crate beautiful pieces of art using traditional hides and beads. Garry went on to study Visual and Performing Arts and Fashion Design and graduated with Distinction from St. Lawrence College, Kingston Ontario. Oker is an innovative designer who incorporated cultural mythology with communicative arts for innovative business solutions. His company SYMBOLS Cultural Design transforms practices that assists clients seeking organizational changes by using design approach to help them see themselves as apart of the solution to move things forward. He works side by side with his clients to create new product and service offerings, as well as the system structures, and mindset need to develop them. Oker has the ability to lead and inspire design team s and have designed complex cultural learning experiences. Oker strongly believes the competitive advantage derives form creating a culture of innovation, which is based on core human values of collaboration, diversity, tolerance, openness and trust. Garry has traveled throughout Canada, USA, and Europe marketing expressing of leading edge projects through digital media, art, fashion, and music. In his latest project he recomposed traditional ancient songs into contemporary musical that animates the story of the spiritual expression of the northern Danezza dreaming tradition.






The award winning stars shared their experience in the business and worked with participants to show how technology is making “music making” something any aspirating star can do.



 The session workshop was interactive and fun!

Musicians were invited to bring their instruments and show off their stuff.

As for myself, I had the opportunity to do a rap about my past and have a message to bring across with that. There was a technician there with Gary to help make all the music right together, the program Garry had been using was Garage Band by Apple.


I wasn’t the only participant who put in to the song there were a few others and the finished song was played later on that night at the ICT Summit Community Champion Awards Banquet.


I have to say the song that was created was fabulous! It was a cultural and modern sound. I was shocked, in such a small span of time for a finished song like that. I have to say Good Job everyone for putting such hard work into something that turned out to be beautiful.


Thank you for all your time and consideration


Your friend at Tekkru media https://tekkru.wordpress.com


Carmelita Abraham 


here is the link for the song we created








March 27, 2009 Posted by | 2009 ICT Summit | | 1 Comment

What First Nations need to Take Charge of Their Own Information.

First Nations Technology Council









Friday Feb. 20th/09


What First Nations need to Take Charge of Their Own Information.

Presenters: Jane Gray, Assembly of First Nations, Regional Health Survey, Health Council, Gwen Phillips, Ktunaxa Nation, Jess Gordon, Namgis Nation.


Information is an important communications resource that needs to be managed. Many First Nations communities don’t have the tools, skilled staff or financial resource to ensure that important documents are preserved and made accessible as necessary, that accountability to funders is streamlined, and that relevant community data is captured out panel will discuss requirements and provide input to the First Nations Technology Councils’ developing strategy for integrated information management.


Jane Gray: Assembly of First Nations, Regional Health Survey, Health Council.


Data should be looked at!

Health data


Education, Housing, Economic development, Language, and culture


RHS- First Nations Longitude Health Survey has been done every 4 years.


RHS has 2 main components: Regional component and community which is Ecological dada.


Data geek

Data queen

Data worriers

Data dimmer

Data dimmer (in White)

A Data dimmer deems all the data back into community RHS follows the principles of OCAP. You have Ownership, access, control and possession of your data in your community.

Too many times we have had researchers come into the communities take the data, publish a report and say “oh this reflects the First Nations

Did they go back and talk to you about that data?

Did they go back and present that data to you before they published it in a report? I don’t think so.


So what they are trying to do now is get people researchers and universities to shift that thinking. To say before you publish anything, before you do anything with that data from the community, you need to go back to it.

Take takes the RHS Data which looks at Health and Well being of First Nations Community, and take the Ecological Data from the RHS and see if the community might need diabetes training or nutritional program etc…


RHS training is funded by the Health council for data collectors.

Computer training, help and each data collector receives a computer for their use while they are doing the survey.

All the community members who participate in the survey will have their name put in a draw for a brand new I Pod. For the Health authority who participate in the community will have their name put in a draw for a new lap top 



 Gwen Phillips, Ktunaxa Nation (director in her community)Gwen


Gwen had the opportunity to let us know how the information in a community needs to be recognized and dealt with. During the time spent listening to Gwen I realized that some information in a community is not recognized and should be. A community should have a plan in place as to what they want to be figured out, a community should have a vision and a community plan more like a strategic approach.

Having a strategic approach for a community plan will help build strong, healthy family’s not just getting rid of problems.


Questions like “Why is a student missing school at this time of year” having a plan to find out answers and deal with the problem is a great way to build a healthy community.



 2009 Summit


Jess Gordon, Namgis Nation: is the IT manager for the Namgis First Nation, often recognized as one of the most technically advanced First Nations in BC. In his more than 30 years in the IT Industry, Jess has worked in many areas including network engineering, computer hard ware design, database development. GIS and User interface.



A community must manage the system and be relevant to users

Communities must know what they have and be able to ask the right questions. The system has to be sustainable and updated. Keep up with the growing evolution of technology. The system has to be useful and relevant to the community.


Keep up with the growing trend and have a long term planning in long term budgets.


Have the right software and hardware to keep a community updated and relevant to today’s changes will help a community in many ways. A system must be accessible for youth and elders as well as the general public of communities. To have elders connected you may get them involved by getting them together for tea for example to explain to them about Data Collection.


For those People who are concerned about privacy, there is a vey keep respect about this. There is a consent form for those who participate in any surveys. There is no name and just a number for all who participate. There is a protection of privacy guaranteed.



Thank you for your time and consideration I hope this article can help you!



By Carmelita Abraham

Article: What First Nations need to Take Charge of Their Own Information

Presenters: Jane Gray, Assembly of First Nations, Regional Health Survey, Health Council, Gwen Phillips, Ktunaxa Nation, Jess Gordon, Namgis Nation.


Feb. 26, 09

















March 27, 2009 Posted by | 2009 ICT Summit | Leave a comment

The History and Future of Grassroots ICT Socio-economic Capacity Building

Presenter: Frank Odasz, Lone Eagle Consulting, Dillon, Montana






Specializing in fast-track internet training for rural, remote, and indigenous learners for the last 20plus years, Frank has presented at national and international conferences on online learning, community networking, indigenous broadband applications, and rural Ecommerce/Telework strategies.

As president of Lone Eagle Consulting, Frank teaches online graduate courses for rural educators across Alaska, having delivered the first internet workshops for 11 Alaskan Native villages on the Yukon River in 1998. An advocate for broadband training best practices, as detailed at http://lone-eagles.com/update2009.htm,


President Obama’s expertise with social media as demonstrated during his campaign will now be applied toward community education, and stimulation innovation at all levels in America. Global citizenship, global service learning, and opportunities for educating youth to create micromultaionals have already begun. This session will review lessons learned form www.comtechreview.org www.afcn.org and other U.S. grassroots organizations. Lone Eagle’s published response to challenges as to whether rural broadband can produce jobs:


Lone Eagle Consulting 2009 Update

National and International Rural and Indigenous Broadband Training Best Practices



Since creating the Big Sky Telegraph in 1988 to connect one-room schools “online” I’ve been innovating in Montana regarding e-learning, community networking, and in 1998, became “Lone Eagle Consulting” creating and teaching online courses for Alaska Pacific University and Seattle Pacific University as well as working with multiple projects  teaching rural ecommerce and telework strategies.



Current priorities are: Youth E-entrepreneurship, Broadband Training Best Practices, Social Media Digital Citizenship, Global Service Learning, Teaching Everyone to be both learner and teacher, both consumer and producer, all the time.

Click on this link:
  “Frank Odasz” for a quick “visual search engine” ( www.searchme.com ) overview of the volume of online resources offered online without restriction by Lone Eagle Consulting. Select “Search All.”  Add the keyword “native” or “Alaska” and you’ll see only the Lone Eagle Native and /or Alaskan resources displayed. A published history is “Big Skies and Lone Eagleshttp://lone-eagles.com/history.htm

Examples of recent Lone Eagle events and articles follow:

Global Rural ICT conference in Tokyo, March 2008, Presented for a 21 nations:
The Global Rural ICT conference context is described at
The Lone Eagle formal 15 page whitepaper has MT and AK case studies: http://lone-eagles.com/social-engineering.htm
A short summary of the draft report advising global collaboration regarding rural telecenters best practices is http://lone-eagles.com/tokyo-summary.htm Final conference report http://lone-eagles.com/apecfinalreport.pdf

Health I.T, Rural Broadband, and Common Sense
Community Wellness and sustainable rural families and broadband entrepreneurship need to be integrated as “smart” community education programs. Immaculate Integration can lower costs and dramatically improve E-government services. Combining connectivity and caring with common sense to produce the authenticity of widespread citizen engagement is where the promise of broadband best meets specific rural needs.

The Rural Broadband Challenge: Use It – E-commerce successes in rural Montana
http://matr.net/article-32886.html Lone Eagle’s published response to challenges as to whether rural broadband can produce jobs.

Feb. 18-22, 2009 in Vancouver BC presented for the First Nations ICT Summit,  www.ictsummit.ca
The First Nations Technology Council site is www.fntc.info and is rich with resources. (BC First Nations have $30 million for BB and “capacity building/training”  which they are now plannig to define and operationalize. Ontario’s KNET has $27 million for arctic satellite connectivity to remote villages.

Lone Eagle Presentation Title and Description
The History and Future of Grassroots ICT Socio-economic Capacity Building
President Obama’s expertise with social media as demonstrated during his campaign will now be applied toward community service, civic participation, community education, and stimulating innovation at all levels in America. Rural broadband training innovations toward teaching global citizenship, global service learning, and opportunities for educating youth to create micromultinationals have already begun. This session will review lessons learned from the history of U.S. grassroots organizations for community technology centers, community networks and will address the latest trends in use of social media for measurable socio-economic capacity-building. Lone Eagle’s published responses to challenges as to whether rural broadband can produce jobs: The Rural Broadband Challenge: Use It – E-commerce successes in rural Montana
http://matr.net/article-32886.html Health I.T, Rural Broadband, and Common Sense http://lone-eagles.com/natoahealthodasz.pdf  Lone Eagle 2009 Update http://lone-eagles.com/update2009.htm

21st Century Citizen and Community Wellness Broadband Best Practices
http://lone-eagles.com/hit.htm This document is my input for Senator Baucus on health care reform and Health information technology policy – as related to wellness broadband applications. The links to the short articles on govt. use of social media and the longer Razorfish report on consumer social media indicate major opportunities for innovation, particularly with citizen service learning engagement.

Wanted: Broadband and Broader Minds (Frank Odasz Blog Interview) Daily Yonder Rural E-newsletter Article:
http://www.dailyyonder.com/wanted-broadband-and-broader-minds  Rural Telework, Youth E-entrepreneurship, and rural broadband benefits. This Navajo Youth Chocolate ecommerce entrepreneurial success story is worth a quick review.

Fort Peck Community Ecommerce Incubator grant http://lone-eagles.com/fort-peck.htm ,Fall 2007, local trainers taught youth how to create their own free ecommerce pages complete with affiliate programs with Amazon.com and Wal-Mart which return commissions of 10-17% for items purchased online. See “Rez Bread” at http://snarf2000.tripod.com/ Web-raisings were held where attendees created free ecommerce sites in less than an hour using the tutorial at http://lone-eagles.com/tutorial.htm  Web-Raising events have been conducted in multiple communities and for MT’s SBDC directors. Montanan Ecommerce Successes are listed at http://lone-eagles.com/ecommerce-successes.htm and at http://lone-eagles.com/montana-successes.htm

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s Native American Division has posted broadband training best practices http://lone-eagles.com/best.htm on their www.fcc.gov/indians site (listed as Examples of Broadband Training Best Practices) in their Internet Resources listing: http://www.fcc.gov/indians/internetresources/     With a new FCC chairman anticipated and a new President we can expect to see a lot of innovation related to Broadband and Social Media.

Rural Community Global Competitiveness:  http://lone-eagles.com/meda2008.htm has details on the Fort Peck Community Ecommerce Project http://lone-eagles.com/fort-peck.htm   and the pending Wyoming Ecommerce Network – http://lone-eagles.com/wyomingrcdproject.htm    both as models for how Montana can grow rural demand for Broadband services.


First Indigenous ICT Conference Summary page
International Telecommunications Union sponsored First Indigenous Rural Telecenters conference. See the photo slideshow and video at the bottom of the page.  I took the photos and video – but note the poor quality resolution for what they posted. ITU and IDRC have both stated the intent to use new media to effectively promote Indigenous content but they do not seem to demonstrate any such expertise.  


The Indigenous Commission for Communications Technologies in the Americas
http://www.iccta-citca.org    The Guatemala trip report http://lone-eagles.com/guatemala.htm

Nativehearts Virtual Nation:
A proposal for how to change the world, submitted to Google’s $10 million dollar competition:
http://lone-eagles.com/googleproposal.htm  See also: http://lone-eagles.com/aihec.htm http://lone-eagles.com/nativehearts.htm

June 11, 2008, Washington, DC: Attended a meeting with Native Affairs directors
from SBA, USDA, FCC to discuss an online clearinghouse for broadband training best practices. Also met with the program director of www.connectednation.org which has an E-communities leadership model with grassroots broadband awareness and adoption campaigns. Their online reports are well worth a review. And met with MT Senators Baucus and Tester to discuss the letter to the MT Gov. suggesting a Rural Ecommerce and Telework Support Network and to propose hosting a conference “Why Broadband?” focused on Montanan ecommerce and telework success stories.

June 2008, Reviewed grants for the Corporation for National and Community Service www.cns.gov  for their Higher Education and Social Media Service Learning RFP.

July 17th,2008 Salt Lake City: Presented for the FCC Indian Training Institute conference www.fcc.gov/indians on creating a broadband training best practices clearinghouse.


 Where does the Promise of Broadband Meet Rural Needs?

Lone Eagle Responses:


MOST RECENT: February 2009


Dillon Center for Broadband Excellence
A feasibility study proposal to become a center of excellence in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Supercomputer Centers, INC. Montana’s first supercomputer to serve as a hub for regional business incubators.


Montana Center for Sustainable Rural Families


Dillon, Montana is getting Fiber Optics. How can the communities benefit is the theme behind this feasibility study proposal
The original much longer Montana version :


Newly Funded Alaskan Youth Grant on 21st Century Workforce Basics:


A Proposal for an Alaska Statewide Digital Inclusion program based on one online course


Proposed online course on Youth E-entrepreneurship:    “21st Century Workforce Readiness for Alaskans”

This unique pre-employment online course will address 21st Century Workforce Readiness Basics and is designed for Alaskan young men and women who are entering or about to enter the workforce.  These are times of accelerating and dramatic change, and opportunity.  Career options and robust resources will be presented for traditional careers as well as new and emerging Internet employment and entrepreneurship opportunities. 21st Century financial, business, and entrepreneurship literacy will be addressed along with information literacy and media literacy using multiple Web 2.0 social media tools in a mastery learning format.  

Social media trends in education and government: An informal literature review
http://lone-eagles.com/social-media-trends.htm Included near the end is an update on my national and international activities from the past year.

“Alaska’s Center for Sustainable Rural Families”
http://lone-eagles.com/alaskan-center.htm   A one page outline.

July 2008: Completed creation of a 3 credit graduate course for K12 Educators for New Mexico State University’s RETA Program: 
Web 2.0 for K12 Classrooms.”
If you’d like to explore this new online course – go to http://reta.nmsu.edu/moodle and login in as ID: franko  PSWD: moodle1  and scroll down to “Web 2.0 for K12 Classrooms.”  It covers social media basics; blogs, wikis, podcasting, social networking, widgets, and many multimedia formats. The lesson text for lessons 11 and 12 addresses global themes related to poverty reduction, teaching entrepreneurship in primary grades to grow a global entrepreneurial culture in 5-10 years, and the commercialization of online learning. In short; how we’ll learn to earn, online as part of a global information society and economy.

Frank Odasz
Lone Eagle Consulting
Ph/Fax: 406 683 6270
Cell: 406 925 2519

“In times of change, learners inherit the earth” – Eric Fromm

March 27, 2009 Posted by | 2009 ICT Summit | Leave a comment

The Baker Twins


Shannon and Shauna Bakerwww.thebakertwins.com

never give up

never give up



March 24, 2009


When I was at the Gathering our voices Conference located in Kelowna BC, from March 17th to the 20thof 2009. I had the great opportunity to get an interview with the twins who have their hands full with great things.

 I asked the Baker twins to share to the youth of today to let them know what they should do to get to the dreams they have in life.

The advice they both had to give is to move ahead no matter what anyone says and sometimes it might be your close friends and even the People who love you telling you that you can’t do it. Only listen to the positive words and you shall succeed. People will tell you negative things and you should not ever listen to what they say, they will say things like, No, you can’t do it, No its impossible don’t even bother, but forget about them, just keep going and never give up. If you want it bad enough it will happen and if you think positive then things will work out in your favour.


A lot of people don’t know this; Shannon and Shauna went to school and if it wasn’t for them going to school and having the educational background they wouldn’t know how to market, promote, and manage their selves. Shannon went to school for business management and Shanna went to school for marketing, sales and accounting. The twins promote their selves by: MySpace, face book and their website.


And the bt guys website is  www.thebtguys.com”

Currently, the twins are working on solo projects and they will be filming Trail of Tears filmed in LA, the girls will be playing the bad guys, basically the girls will be ghosts kill People. And the twins are working on their BT Calendar. If you want to apply to be a BT Girl you have to apply and go to


, they have a couple of celebs and couple of cast members of the show twilight. For the solo projects, Shannon is filming a movie in Vancouver and Shauna is working at Style Magazine, it’s a Canadian Magazine. Shauna is doing featured articles on designers in Canada and Shauna Hosts a TV show called City Lights.


As you can see the BT Girls are going ahead and not stopping anytime soon, so keep your eye open for the TWINS


Thank you for your time and consideration


Yours truly,


Carmelita Abraham


Miss Takla and Blogger of the North

March 24, 2009 Posted by | 2009 Gathering Our Voices, Carmelita Abraham - From the Heart, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Gathering Our Voices 2009 in Kelowna BC



The hardest times in my life brought me to this point I am grateful to have the chance to express myself through writing and letting my truest feelings out in a creative and constructive way. There is a place that shines for all and this place will be recognised by many great leaders as there is a starting point for every leader in training.


The Gathering our voices conference brought me to another great place in life. I had the privilege to walk with great honour and true happiness through every part of the event, I shard moments with people and laughed with so many so. I am truly blessed is what I thought.


 I met so many people who were going through life with focus and determination to help the youth of today. I am honoured to say that this opportunity helped me find my true self and what I am suppose to do in life, I am striving to help the youth as well and to be a better leader of my people and community.

At the conference were so many young people and about 12 hundred people all together so the feeling strength brought me to a place of peace knowing I am not alone in this world to help the youth of the nation. I witnessed Powwow  which helped me realise where I come from in this world of  leadership.2-gather-out-voice-2-dance-196 I also had the opportunity to meet young people like myself who have a dream of becoming famous  and showing the world what they have. I have a dream of becoming a recording artist just like Fat Boy who is in the picture on the right The Baker Twins



the Baker twins are great roll models for many Aboriginal youth across the nation. you can find them at 

http://www.thebakertwins.com/ this is the official website for the baker twins

The Baker Twins 

Model Act and are Spokes people


be a leader



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