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**Butterflies: Finding Love Through A Child's Heart
Love Through A Child's Heart FilesBut it all begins with forgiveness, because to heal the world, we first have to heal ourselves. And to heal the kids, we first have to heal the child within, each and everyone of us. -Michael Jackson, Oxford Lecture, March 2001Michael Jackson spoke on many occasions and wrote messages to his fans about love, forgiveness and the care of our children, but it wasn't until I read the words from his lecture at Oxford that I truly began to understand within what love and forgiveness really meant. I knew that the first steps to healing would not be easy. My heart was in bondage to depression and it would take my own children to awaken my inner child. Through them I have been able to see the colors of the butterflies again.   Looking at a butterfly, one can be captivated by its beauty, but what we don't think about is the caterpillar it once was. How did the butterfly become so beautiful? The butterfly had to go through a...
Ever After – An Exclusive Interview with Author Brenda Jenkyns
 Love Through A Child's Heart Files(As seen in the July, 2011 Issue of MJTP's Official eMagazine: The Jam Cafe' - Keeping Michael's Legacy Alive.)  A multitude of children's books grace scores of library shelves throughout the world—opening our imaginations to exhilarating tales of mystical dragons, daring knights, evil villains, magic mirrors, mighty kings and lavish castles from long ago. They invite us to escape on magical carpets, to those faraway places only dreamt of by its creator. Some literary works have empowered us to become the hero of our own legacies..Ever After, by author Brenda Jenkyns and illustrator Kathy Garren, will take the reader on an inspiring journey through the life of Michael Jackson, his humble beginnings, how he longed for a simple childhood, his rise to stardom, the beauty of Neverland shared with his children, and the passion and love he showed through his talents for the world around...
Helping to Feed Others: One Cabbage At A Time
Love Through A Child's Heart Files(As seen in the December,2010 Issue of MJTP's Official eMagazine: The Jam Cafe' - Keeping Michael's Legacy Alive.)   My goal is to be able to stop childhood hunger, to be able to donate food to my local soup kitchens, to help feed those people that have to go there every day. -Katie Stagliano  Katie Stagliano’s story begins in 2008, when she was only nine years old. Her school engaged their students in a nationwide gardening incentive, where the students were given cabbage seedlings donated by Bonnie Plants 3rd Grade Cabbage Program to grow at home. Katie nurtured her cabbage seedlings as instructed, without the help of special soils or gardening products. This may sound like a story out of a child's fairytale book, but to her surprise the cabbage began to grow into a magnificent 40-pound cabbage.      It...
Hope Among the Ashes: Our Children and Natural Disasters
Love Through A Child's Heart Files (As seen in the April, 2011 Issue of MJTP's Official eMagazine: The Jam Cafe' - Keeping Michael's Legacy Alive.)   After the devastating Indonesia earthquake and tsunami in 2004, Michael released this statement of compassion and concern to his friends and fans in Indonesia, and around the world.My family and I would like to send our prayers and heartfelt sympathy to the families, friends and loved ones of those who recently perished from the horrific earthquake and tsunami which swept through Indonesia, Asia, India, Somalia and other countries. Our love is also being sent to those who have miraculously survived this tragedy and to those who are so courageously on-site, helping to spearhead the relief efforts. We pray for your strength, your safety and the success of your life-saving missions of love. Words cannot adequately express the shock, horror and grief we've felt while watching...
Life, Legacy and Lemonade!
Love Through A Child's Heart Files(As seen in the May,2011 Issue of MJTP's Official eMagazine: The Jam Cafe' - Keeping Michael's Legacy Alive.)   Every day I hear stories from our teens of how Michael Jackson has impacted their lives. Many tell me that Michael has motivated them to dance, sing, direct movies, write, draw or just make a change in the world around them. Michael's legacy has left an imprint upon their youthful hearts that love is the only key they need to open the door for change inside them.If you are an adult like me, Michael may have influenced you to look at your life differently. I heard someone say this week in reference to how Michael motivates people: "Michael was/is that Man in the Mirror," being that his life set an example for all of us. Have you ever mused about what kind of legacy you are leaving behind?While doing research for this month's issue of carrying on Michael's...
Love That Lasts A Lifetime – An Exclusive Interview with Author Linda Higgins
Love Through A Child's Heart Files(As seen in the February,2012 Issue of MJTP's Official eMagazine: The Jam Cafe' - Keeping Michael's Legacy Alive.)  Love is the most important thing in the world. - Michael Jackson To build a sound home, you must first pour a firm foundation. If you add only walls and a ceiling, how can your house withstand any turbulent weather? This is also true about love. Love must be the prevalent foundation in ones life, before the beams of hope, trust, respect and forgiveness can be constructed. Eventually, these beams will be sheltered by the roof of peace you find inside yourself, enabling you to stand strong against any stormy situation.Linda Higgins, author of The Power of Finding Ten Things You Love, and creator of the Ten Things I Love Challenge, has dedicated her life to empowering others through the written word of love and inspirational videos. Best known among the MJTP Community as Director...
Off The Wall: Our Youth Remembers Michael
Love Through A Child's Heart Files    Neverland June 24, 2010   Attention all MJTP dot members ages 17 and younger!  "Off The Wall: Our Youth Remembers Michael" is a virtual wall that has been designed for our dot members up to age 17. As part of the MJ fan community, we know that Michael loved, and cared deeply for the children; reminding us of the importance to help them. We want to carry on his legacy by giving our youth an opportunity to leave their messages, photos, artwork or poetry as a tribute to Michael. If you are part of the younger generation; you may also want to share your story about how Michael has inspired you. The pass few years have been very difficult time for all of us, and especially for the younger fans who haven't experienced loss in their lives. So, please support each other by sharing your feelings about MJ and how he has inspired you in making our world a better place. Finding...
The Inner Child: Gary, Indiana 2010
Love Through A Child's Heart FilesNumerous articles have been written about Michael Jackson's childhood home in Gary, Indiana. Experiences and heart-felt words fill each page of those who have shared their stories with us. I mused about writing an article about my trip to Gary, often questioning myself about how I could convey my own feelings about my pilgrimage to Michael's childhood home. My conclusion: I should write from the heart. Here is my story from the pages of my journal... On Friday, August 27, my husband sent me a text at 7am stating, "Pack your luggage; you are going to Indiana!" At this point, you have to understand, I had already accepted the fact that I would have to miss this year's events due to budget issues. So when the text came in I reacted as if I had won a million dollars! I was so excited and scared at the same time because I would have to make this nine-hour drive alone.  MapQuest is one of those applications that require you...
What's Love Got To Do With It?
Love Through A Child's Heart Files(As seen in the February, 2011 Issue of MJTP's Official eMagazine: The Jam Cafe' - Keeping Michael's Legacy Alive.)   Just a few weeks ago, I was riding in my car listening to the oldies station when the song, "What's Love Got To Do With It" streamed across my speakers. It was one of those songs you may hear throughout your childhood that seems to linger in a forgotten interval in the brain, only to be reunited with the conscious part of the mind. Here is an excerpt from that song:    "Oh what’s love got to do, got to do with itWhat's love but a second hand emotionWhat's love got to do, got to do with itWho needs a heartWhen a heart can be broken"-Tina Turner Michael Jackson with Tina TurnerReally, what does love have to do with it? We will all come face to face in our lifetime with that enchanting, joyous, happy, romantic, caring,...
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