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It is one of those days where so many thoughts have pilled up that I struggle to focus on the tasks ahead. As quickly as possible I must begin writing anything and everything on my mind in an attempt to move forward successfully. Skip the long morning workout, avoid TV and social media. Get a cup of hot tea and some fruit and get outside to a nice creative space in the garden.

I am constantly battling between the nomad world and the world of the capitalist. I’m a starving artist, a missionary with a lifetime mission, and I find that I am actually at war with myself more than any theoretical opponent. In this day and age, I must clear my mind from time to time to increase my strength.

One half of my world is fine with living in nature and spending months in between the solitude leading an army of volunteers to make a positive change. The other half begs me to maintain a fort with tools and treasures in order to provide stability. I can not live happy and healthy in one world without the other so I choose to live in balance. Yin and Yang. Back and forth I march, doing the best I can to please those who support me.

I live the dream. The dream that I am walking the world in a time before the industrial revolution where living among nature was all there was. A world where possessions where few and money did not dictate how we lived. A world where you could just gather your food and enjoy time with friends and family without despair. Perhaps the dream lives me.

I have a life partner who is happy with my efforts to build the financial wealth needed to provide shelter and security. I also have supporters who are happy to see me venture the world leading efforts to make positive change.

Recently I have been focusing on strategic moves that make progress on both fronts.

To progress in the capitalist war, I have established a permanent center of operations in Hawkins Texas. A center that invites the community to gather and learn about positive subjects. I share knowledge on health, fitness, art, spirituality, gardening, renewable energy and other positive topics. This center offers communal gardening, art studio space, fitness room and a gallery to aid in raising money to offset the $800 a month in expenses.

To keep moving forward in my nomad battle, I must continue creating works of art and increase efforts to promote them in order to survive.

For years I lived with no worries, no bills, no “To Do” lists. I lived the dream.

And now….

I need to…..

  • give my loved ones some love ( I realize I am lacking in this because of the stress I’m attempting to release by posting this blog.)  xoxoxo
  • review and edit a land lease for the center
  • promote remodeling and computer / phone services to generate income to pay for the center
  • promote the center to connect with members who will make financial contributions to support it (Any artists, gardeners, fitness students, nomads in the Hawkins area?)
  • setup the lower level of the learning center
  • complete the final edits on a 10 year writing project (Life Wisdom) and get it published
  • write a 6 minute short story about my life and audio record it for a Tyler Texas story telling event deadline
  • sell tons of antique furniture and art in our inventory to relieve some of the financial burden
  • go spend some volunteer time at the mission around the corner
  • go for a jog around the lake down the street
  • ????  I know I’m forgetting a few things”




HHN is currently raising $50k to solve poverty problems in East Texas by establishing an educational Center for the Arts via


The Giving Pledge is the leading source of current information on large scale Philanthropy.

This Blog is our record of small details regarding the Billionaires efforts and interests as well as those of others not listed on the Giving Pledge.


The Helping Hands Network is often alerted to Causes in need and we use this master list to help match the Causes with the contacts listed below that can provide the help needed! 




Bill & Melinda Gates @BillGates — $28 BILLION

To the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. To improve poverty. In developing countries, we focus on improving people’s health and wellbeing, helping individuals lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, we seek to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—can access the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life.

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Warren Buffett — $27.5 BILLION+
To the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Susan Thompson Buffett FoundationSherwood FoundationHoward G. Buffett Foundation and NoVo Foundation.

*PLEASE share/post – #HHN is improving #poverty in East #Texas by raising $50k to establish an educational Center for the Arts via #Help – the #HelpingHands founder is a #Berkshire Stock holder


Jeff Bezos @JeffBazos —  $??


Actress Jami Gertz and her husband Antony Ressler — $10,569,002

To the Ressler Gertz Foundation. Grants from the foundation include $1.7 million to the LA County Museum of Art, $400k to Cedar Sinai Medical Center.


Musician Herb Alpert –$9,104,829

To the Herb Alpert Foundation, which focuses on the arts, compassion, and well being.


Actor Mel Gibson — $6,853,020

To the A.P. Reilly Foundation, which he started to support Holy Family Church.


Director, Producer, Writer, George Lucas — $4,250,000 

To Lucas Film Foundation then granted to The George Lucas Educational Foundation with a mission to inspire and empower young people to become responsible citizens, compassionate leaders, and to live their dream.


Writer Nora Roberts — $3,000,000

To the Nora Roberts Foundation, which support literacy. Additional areas of focus are: children’s programs, arts organizations, and humanitarian efforts, with local organizations being its priority.


NFL Player Ndamukong Suh — $2,600,000

$2 million to the Nebraska University athletic department and another $600,000 to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering to endow a scholarship. It is the largest single gift ever from a former football player.

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MLB Player Lance Berkman and his wife Cara — $2,412,245

To The Lord’s Fund, a foundation they established.  Grants include $400k to Josiah Venture, a Christian youth movement in Eastern Europe, and $113k to Children’s Cup, a Christian organization focusing on “forgotten children” in Swaziland, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, and efforts are also underway in Vietnam and the Philippines.. Most of their giving is to Christian-based organizations.

Actress Meryl Streep and her husband Donald Gummer — $2,000,000

To Silver Mountain Foundation for the Arts, a foundation they established.  Grants include $100k each to Oxfam America and Partners in Health; $1,225,000 to Vassar College. Total grantmaking for the year was more than $2.1 million.

Television Producer Marcia Carsey and her husband John Carsey — $1,870,000

To Carsey Family Foundation they established. Grants include $250k to Media Matters for America, $100k to Institute for America’s Future, $50k to Progressive Talent Initiative.

Simpsons’ Co-Creator Sam Simon — $1,800,000

To The Sam Simon Foundation to “save the lives of dogs to enrich the lives of people.”  The Foundation manages a number of programs including a mobile veterinary unit, dogs for veterans, and dogs for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld — $1,766,000

To the Seinfeld Family Foundation that supports education, children’s services, health associations, and Jewish organizations; funding also for the arts.

Actress Barbra Streisand — $1,555,500

To the Barbra Streisand Foundation.  Grants are distributed to a variety of charities and causes including the Barbra Streisand Women’s Cardiovascular Research and Education Program at Cedars Sinai, City Year, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, respectively.

Actor Matthew McConaughey — $1,537,292

To the Just Keep Livin’ Foundation that he established. Grants distributed include $88,000 to Communities in School Los Angeles West and $38,000 Communities in School Central Texas.

Writers Dean and Gerda Koontz — $1,500,000

To the Dean and Gerda Koontz Foundation. Grants include $750,000 to Canine Companions for Independence and $500,000 to Saint Michael’s Abbey in Silverado, CA.

Model Gisele Bundchen — $1,500,000

To the Red Cross for Haiti Relief.

Writer Isabel Allende — $1,017,247

To the Isabel Allende Foundation to support charities that empower and protect women.  Founded in honor of her daughter, Paula Frias who passed away at 28. Grants include $500,000 to Oritel, which provides human services for low income families and $30,500 to the Global Fund for Women.

Actor Alec Baldwin — $1,005,131

To the Alec Baldwin Foundation. Grants include $50,000 to the NY Philharmonic, $42,500 to Waterkeeper Alliance, and $250,000 to the Carol M Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Actress Sandra Bullock — $1,000,000

To Doctors Without Borders for Haiti Relief following the devastating earthquake.

NFL Player Eli Manning and his wife Abby — $1,000,000

To the University of Mississippi’s Ole Miss Opportunity Scholarship, which allows prospective students with an adjusted gross family income at or below $30,000 to attend the University of Mississippi.

Actress Will and Jada Smith — $900,000

To the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation.  Grants included $126,000 to the Lupus Foundation, $200,000 to the Baltimore School for the Arts, and $52,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner — $900,000

To Trust for Public Land to save the iconic Hollywood sign from being plowed under in order to make room for four luxury homes.

NBA Player Carmelo Anthony — $837,200

To Carmelo Anthony Foundation. Grants include $500,000 to Syracuse University and $302,000 to The Living Classroom Foundation.

Cyclist and seven-time winner of the Tour de France, Lance Armstrong — $700,648

To The LiveStrong Foundation, which he founded to improve the lives of people with cancer.

Writers Jonathan and Faye Kellerman — $627,700

To Jonathan and Faye Kellerman Foundation. Grants include $175,000 for Children’s Hospital of LA, $150,000 to USC/Kellerman Endowment, $25,000 to Boston Institute of Music.

MLB Player Mariano Rivera — $627,500

To the Mariano Rivera Foundation. Grants distributed included $150,000 to the Church of God Prophecy and $50,000 to the Brooklyn Tabernacle.

Singer/Songwriter Taylor Swift — $625,000

$500k to Hands on Nashville the Community Foundation of Middle Tennesee for Nashville’s flood relief efforts (Nashville Rising);  $25,000 to the Wyomissing, PA school district for educational $100,000 check to rebuild Kids Kingdom, a playground in Hendersonville, Tennesee where she attended high school.

Daniel and Cara Whitney (Larry the Cable Guy) — $550,020

To Git-R-Done Foundation. Grants include $500,000 to the Child Advocacy Center and $525,000 to the Madonna Foundation.

Artist Jasper Johns — $500,000

To Low Road Foundation he established.  Grants distributed include $50,000 to the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

Golfer Davis Love — $424,379

To the Davis Love III Foundation, which he established.  Grants distributed include $479,000 to the St. Presbyterian Church, $100,000 to Frederica Academy, $75,000 to Special Olympics, and $75,000 to Boys and Girls Club of Southeast GA.

Actress Victoria Principal — $342,665

To Victoria Principal Foundation. Grants distributed include $25,000 to Greenpeace Fund, $125,000 to Natural Resource Defense Council, $100,000 to Oceana.


HOW TO Watch on Kodi XB Media Center

Written by Tim Frentz (Author “Life’s Little Secrets“)


Now that Halloween season is in full force, you are probably looking to discover new Horror films and that led you here. The American Horrors channel on the FilmOn network currently has the best variety of Horror films I have found.

For those not familiar with XBMC, welcome, and get ready to have your mind blown!

XBMC (now called Kodi) is a fully customizable Media center control system. It is free and the functions are open source so it can work on any platform you desire with the right skills and patience.  Visit and set aside plenty of time to discover how you can watch any content you desire worldwide for free.

Are you ready to start watching some American Horrors?

Step 1: Download Kodi via 

Step 2: Download F.T.V. Guide add-on via 

Step 3: Go to and create an account (don’t choose to sign in with facebook)

Step 4: Open Kodi and go to system settings – install from zip – and select the FTV zip file you downloaded

Step 5: In Kodi – go to Videos – click FTV (if FTV is not listed restart Kodi & try steps above again if still not listed) – then click Horror and you will see American Horrors (AH) at the top

Step 6:  Right click on American Horrors and enter your login info and add the channel to your favorites, FTV favorites and TV Guide

Step 7: START WATCHING and sharing the link to this guide with your social media network!  ENJOY.



Joel Reams is a Tyler Texas Wood carver with many published articles on Carving Wood Ship models. J.  REAMS spent his early days as a sailor in the Navy and now has retired from a career as a water purification technician.

Many of his carvings, models and painting are influenced by his wife and days at sea. He has lived in Hawaii and several Islands where surfing took up a lot of his free moments.


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J. Reams has generously donated over 100 of his finest works to benefit the Helping Hands Charity Network with the value of over $50,000! We are so thankful for his contributions and hope you will purchase one of his items to benefit any of our causes you so chose. See our “WHO WE HELP” and “CAUSES” tab on the blog for all the CAUSE options please.

ALL ITEMS details and pictures can be seen on Picasso and Facebook.


Purchases through the net can be made by transferring the funds to PAYPAL ID:

Purchases in person can be made at the Tyler Studio at:  ???? AND/OR the ARTISTS Palestine/NoonDay Studio (directions and time to be provided by request)

eBay and have teamed up to offer (3) $50k awards to grass root organizations formed to make a difference in challenged markets by creating new jobs. Here is the Helping Hands QnA for the app.


Efficient positive change goals are reached first by those nearest making an effort for impact. Our change goals for the world are based on this local model. We help provide consulting, education, training, volunteers and resources to the causes in need and those who live there.

There are LARGE organizations with infinite funding that improve many problems in the world. What makes the Helping Hands Network unique is that we actively search for the causes that are left behind and we try to help them.

When the USA government (FIMA) provided food, water and trailers to Gulf victims, many calls for help had to be ignored because lack of resources. Tim helped clean up. With more funding, HHN could have helped children get out of the Formaldehyde infested trailers quicker.

What are the primary activities of your project?:
(How does the combination of your project’s activities lead to that change?)

Finding causes in need
Promoting causes in need on the internet
Raising resources for the causes
Designating resources to the causes
Training local team leaders to manage the continuation of causes assistance
Publishing the cause stories in books to keep awareness active for eternity

The combination of these activities improve the quality of life surrounding the cause!

What is innovative about your initiative? How is it a new contribution to the field?:
(Please include the social issue that your project/solution addresses and how you are applying a different approach to this issue. Who else is working to address the problems you are? What advantages does your project have in comparison? This is an important criterion for our judges, so we encourage you to describe how your innovative solution applies a different approach to a particular social issue. You can help tell your story by comparing your organization against others in your sector and/or region.)

The social issues that the Helping Hands Network address are those that are left out from assistance by large organizations. For every cause that is receiving efficient support, there are 2 being left to suffer.

Our approach is unique because we search for these causes being left behind. We provide video/film coverage of the cause improvement efforts. We include cause stories in paintings, drawings and writing. Our media coverage and use of technology provides our sponsors with the inclination of being personally involved even if they are unable to physically attend.

We have met a few great partners that focus on the technology solutions we use but none include the act of actually searching out for causes in need. Our advantage lies within our network of supporters who assist in our search. Anyone can build support websites and draw traffic with social network but our Helping Hands Network is the only group we have found that will allocate resources to causes in need without red tape such as applications and such.

We do not receive funding from formal grant programs or such that require extraneous amounts of paperwork and IRS filings so in return our cause recipients are spared the head aches.

Our current core program is focused on helping the Gulf region recover from Oil Spill damages. Many families are not receiving enough help so we are searching for them and using our network to get what they need. Founder, Tim Frentz, is currently raising cash and fuel card donations to travel the Gulf to interview these families from New Orleans to Padre Island.

Tell us about the community that you engage? eg. economic conditions, political structures, norms and values, demographic trends, history, and experience with engagement efforts.:
(How does your familiarity with your community contribute to your success?)

The traditional European community that immigrated to North America through the 1700s thrived into the turn of the 1900s; then the impact of the industrial revolution turned the balance of the new world. Over the past 100+ years, the United States has urbanized some of its best treasures. Over population mixed with capitalist politicians have combined to vanish the rural America that was once idolized by the rest of the world.

Most of the United States rural lands which are not protected by National or State Park regulation, have been financed under banking loans or completely sold to Corporation affiliates.

This fact is a major part of our goals and missions. We look for communities that have survived the pressures of the corporations so far and we look for causes surrounding their way of life.

Their economic conditions vary but the key point is that Capitalism is replacing sustainability. Economy is equally judged by CASH as it is COMMODITY. Most USA community conditions are struggling but staying above water from Corporate contributions. The communities that are best off are the sustainable ones practicing food freedom, renewable energy, wellness, reuse and minimalization.

Political Structures – We help capitalist communities vote in GREEN politicians to allow them the global switch to Green community and EcoVillage politics.

Our networks reach allows us to make these differences but our experiences with engagement in PETRO-OIL/Tobacco/BIOMED centers always forces us to operate in the shadows.

Our familiarity with the eco friendly way of change gains us respect and support during our cause outreach and thus contributes to increasing our results where politics allow.

WHAT IS THE FOUNDERS STORY: (200 words condensed online) Here is the long answer!

Over time I became more aware of the damage that every human’s actions were causing on all other forms of life. My grandparents taught me the ways of the elders and how they created their own power, food and resources. They pointed out how the USA was changing with a power shift towards unhealthy practices. I began growing my own food in high school, conserved my energy use and composted my family’s trash rather then let it go to a landfill.

In 1989, I experienced my first real close death with the loss of my father’s father. My grandmother, Norva Frentz, was heartbroken. I sensed her depression and began spending most every weekend with her for the next 7 years. Together we would look for things we could do to help others in need. Our random acts of kindness restored life to all those in our presence and inspired me to go to college to discover ways to increase my efforts.

My father is responsible for giving me some insight into a broad range of cultures. He took me on motorcycle rides across the entire USA. These trips gave me the confidence to take future explorations on my own. My mother’s parents passed away these years which freed me up to travel even more.

From 1995-2002, I studied every major subject that I felt could help me return my country to a sustainable life.  The challenges were great as I battled several forces of temptation. My body needed to be strong so I maintained my soccer career by playing in two leagues, coaching youth, dating soccer players and training with the women’s Division 1 team and the local semi-pro team all while studying and working.

In 1997, the creator saw me wandering from my path and woke me up with a near death experience. As of the moment I am writing this, I still have not recovered from the damage these two years would cause to my purpose.

I allowed myself to get sucked in to the capitalist society of the USA. I ran up credit debts to build a computer company. I purchased items I could not afford because advertising convinced me I needed them.  I trusted my family’s savings to an irresponsible friend with poor morals costing me nearly $30,000 that was intended to build my Helping Hands Charity. I quit growing food and started contributing to the pollution of mother earth.

After I recovered enough from my motorcycle accident, I went on a soul searching quest. I took my bike through Canada around the great lakes for several weeks. When I returned, I began fixing the damage in my life. The time I was spending with the computer company was redirected towards helping with my father’s construction company and school. I then went and studied Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.

I began putting my education to use to make progress on my mission by starting a service called TechCare. I listened to stories from my disabled cousin about how there was a lack of services to her community in Lincoln, NE and began providing them.

In 2000, my father’s mother passed away and I made a commitment to a girl. These events delayed my goals to expand my services nation wide.

Just before Halloween 2003, my father suffered a series of heart attacks leading to a quadruple bypass surgery. He would soon be diagnosed with terminal lung, brain and bone cancer so I limited my commitments to spend all my time with him before he would leave us.

It took me the next 3 years to finish his construction projects and get all our large items liquidated. From 2004-2006 I was overwhelmed with all the tasks my family left and I would advertise everywhere I could think of to find some affordfable help. After little help came from my friend circle, churches and such I became frustrated. Surely there were people out there who cared to help who could take some time away from their materialistic lives? I raised around $90,000 while building the Helping Hands foundation during this time and vowed to dedicate my life to providing the help others like me needed.

In 2007, I made another big mistake and trusted a friends company to sign over accounts receivables to me in exchange for fronting their $23,000 payroll so their employees lives would not be affected by their bankruptcy. When the money came in, my loan was dishonored and my startup capital was nearly wiped out!!!

I took what money I had left, put my most important items into a travel trailer for storage and began reaching out to people across the country that were having troubles causing them severe depression. I also use the out reach to inform the public on facts regarding all the important topics surrounding them. I teach people how to truly be independent by making their own energy, collecting water, growing food, recycling, strengthening their bodies and working together as a community to avoid monetary dependency.

All of the Helping Hands Charity efforts can be followed on . I am now working on liquidating the last of items in storage and publishing a book about these efforts to raise more money for expansion. This book will share all the details about these experiences and cite sources relating to all the topics. The events that happen after this is printed can be followed at and then they will be printed in the next volume.

Please describe how your project has been successful and how success is measured?

Here are some past/present examples of what we are doing:
~Domestic Abuse Benefit (East Texas) Raising awareness and recovery medical funds.
~ Fund raising to help starving artists.
~ Volunteer work and Growth Consulting to East Texas Arts and Humanities Counsel –
~ Cancer Benefits
~ Renewable Energy and Green Cause Promoting in Northeastern, NE
~ Small town improvements in Lyons, NE
~ Mediating a domestic dispute and death threats in eastern PA
~ Providing counsel and farm assistance during death near Fargo, ND
~ Home fire cleanup near Fargo, ND
~ Property remodeling for a single mom near Joliet, IL
~ Roof and home repairs for Elderly in Minneapolis, MN
~ Gulf Coast Wetlands Restoration in New Orleans, LA
~ Central Park restoration in New Orleans, LA
~ Property and scrap metal Cleanup near Dallas, TX
~ Property improvement and sale prep in Los Angeles, CA
~ Indigenous Rights networking in Honolulu and Maui, Hawaii
~ Home repairs and sale prep in GI, NE
~ Gulf Oil Spill recovery and documenting progress

How will your project evolve over the next three years?:

Evolution depends on funding, cause need, network support, contributions and media outreach.

With EVERY large sponsor of $50,000us+ per year, our network could place 1 full-time team at locations year round. We have the team to make the big changes, but not the financing.

We are selling a 1963 Plymouth Fury to raise $9000 for 2011-12. This will fund our Oil Spill recovery documentary IF/when we find a buyer.

Inventory for sale at – keeps us floating monthly admin expenses.

We will publish a book about our accomplishments in 2011 which will HOPEFULLY aid in funding a 50% growth rate goal over each of the next 3 years.

We expect to find causes that will result in full time job creation.
We expect to gain support of at least 1 LARGE sponsor.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?:

Funding is the largest barrier. There are always causes in need of worthy help but if we can not get a team leader on site to manage the projects, then we are limited on what we can do to help.

Without funding we will remain as we are today; living in shared housing as minimalists, sacrificing wants, spending sparingly, applying sustainable practices, forcing our way through poverty, trading services for sponsors cash, working side jobs to build excess funds for causes the best we can.

We will continue submitting applications like this one in hopes someone will make a large enough contribution to increase our reach in addition to our book and art sales efforts and calls for help from churches and such.

Tell us about your partnerships:

Winnebago and Omaha native reservation counsels – find us housing to repair and increase area standard of living. We lead recycling cleanups here.

Church of Later Day Saints – informs us of causes in Northeastern Nebraska. – raises funds. – Labor exchange for TribeCon / VooDooFest promotions – Green Solutions Provider

Omaha CoHo Group – Midwest EcoVillage incubator – Provides free hand made hemp products for HHN promotions and fund raising. – Provides Green Consulting & Education

Team Leaders in each region of the USA inform admin of causes.

EXPIRED Sponsorships – sponsored us for our 2010 SxSW awareness campaign

HOW are you supported?

Members of the network put up items they do not need on our eBay store and then designate a % of the sales towards a cause.

Business’ contribute items for sale of give away promotions.

The network provides landscaping, gardening, construction, home handy work, technology consulting, business consulting and other services. 80% of the Customer revenue is directed to causes.

HOW will you strengthen your project over the next 3 years?

The biggest growth tool we have for our 3 year projections is the book we are publishing and documentary film rights we are negotiating.

We will be doing media interviews in conjunction with these.

The revenue will allow us a larger transportation budget to reach out to those who need help. Sometimes we have causes in need but we fail to get a team leader in the area and we do not have the funds to fly in the closest member available

We will also add new partners. We average 6 new business partners per year.

WHAT BARRIERS of employment does your project address?

1. Lack of Skills/Training
2. Restrictive Cultural Norms
3. Lack of access to information and Networks

We use our network to provide education and skills training.

Our foundations methods of operation are often rejected by American political organizations because we do not operate as a formed organization. 90% of charitable funding in the uSA is only available to 501c3 structured groups because the USA government insists on tracking its citizens every move. We break that RESTRICTIVE CULTURAL NORM by serving as a living organism and redirecting funding direct to causes. Should we be chosen as a recipient of $50k, we cry at the fact our government will take $3,000 of it but that’s how it is the USA with illegal seizure of income tax.

Our organization serves to provide knowledge and information where it is lacking!

What are your current or planned growth activities?

We are always looking for complementary services to enhance our impact. With each new CURRENT cause we take on, comes new partnership opportunities.

We have cause projects planned for Buenes Aires for 2012 so growing our reach globally is planned for the immediate future.

Our model and best practices are promoted with the intent of being followed by others. We encourage and cooperate fully with those who make an effort to improve.