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Village Builders is a group designed to talk about the issues that surround the decline and the resurrection of people. We have watched the decline of a certain segment of our community as we hold strong to the possibilities of another. We hope within this group to address some of the problems we see daily while having frank, serious and sometimes "fun" communications between those across the country. Come on in and join. Bring some enlightenment and receive a bit as we continue to grow.


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What do you think about when you see people walking around with their "pants hanging down"? This is a book that we all need to read and begin to move towards a positive understanding of "Why" and "How" things became how they are. Also what we should try to do to get back to where we need to be. Chapter titles include "It Takes A Village", "Jail Is Not A Place To Be", "Consumer Con Game", "Women At Fault", "Taking Care Of a Non-Working Man", and many others. www.pantshangingdown.com gives you more details. genestubbson@pantshangingdown. com. ______ Book Reviews____ Most of us accept the adage that "it takes a village to raise a child." However, when a child makes a big mistake in judgment or conduct, we don't blame the village, we blame the child. Rather than simply focus on the child, this book invites the village to look in the mirror for real answers to the troubles of our children. The village has changed and yet we question why our children have changed. Sorting out the ills of the village is the "true prescription" for healing the village's sick children. Pants Hanging Down reminds us that introspection, or self-examination, is a far healthier outlook than the "blame game". PHD is simply a "must read" for those who prefer the former. ------> Rep. Harold V. Dutton, Jr., State Representative - District 142, State of Texas ..... Gene Stubbson has written the most important book in my opinion in the last twenty years. He is an old man in a young man's body. Stubbson has captured the essence of my generation in a new philosophy that is so needed in our nation as it relates to our youth crisis in America today. How my mind reverted back to what he called a time when the "whole community" raised our families. How my heart lit up when this great young author talked about re-establishing family order. To quote this his eloquence, he writes "As the child's parent we need to set the example. We need to be structured as it is in nature and every civilized society whether it be industrialized or still hidden in the tall trees of primitive environments. We need to serve as examples as to what ought and should be done that produces productive members of society." I believe that Stubbson is right when he says that "we as a village have a responsibility to operate within a set of rules", just like we are taught in our education system. I agree. And I am now forced to ask too, "Where is the village?" Where are the congregations of homes, houses, families and people who lived their lives in small communities? Stubbson gives us the answers. Chapter two of this great book leads us out of the "city mentality" back to the "village", where we can be nourished, nurtured, and protected from ourselves. -----> Willie Jones, Senior Pastor New Mount Calvary MBC, Houston, Texas...... One of the most profound statements I've ever heard during my years as a criminal justice professional is ," You practice what you value and value what you practice." Meaning, what's in you will come out. Everything you try to hide is "oozing" out the side. Everything you try to contain will not be restrained. Prov. 23:7 states," So a man thinketh, so is he." Moreover, what's in your heart will manifest in your mind and what's in your mind will develop into your behavior and how you act. Who you are, regardless of what you say, and how others perceive you, is how you will be treated. PHD nails it! This "in-our-face" literary masterpiece personifies the "cancerous mentalities" plaguing our society today. Many of us degrade the hip-hop culture for showcasing their "nakedness". However, we as the upper echelon, fail to realize our "pants are hanging down", so to speak, in areas more pertinent than clothes. For they can change their clothes quicker than you can change your attitude. We all need to get this book as soon as it is released. -----> Toni Netters-Rutherford, Probation Officer...... "Pants Hanging Down" (PHD) is an excellent book that gets you thinking. It's an introspective work which analyzes and reviews the "causes and effects" of the lack of participation of "the village" in raising the children. ----- >Alphonso Delaney - Boyscout Master..... ?Thank you for taking the time to write something that not only I can relate to because that's how I was raised and grew up, but something that the kids growing up today need to read as well as their parents to remind them that it is because of the decisions that they have made that things are the way they are today. God bless and congratulations.? -----> Iesha Williams, Caterer Houston, TX..... ?In this book, Gene Stubbson has confronted the very core of the demise of the family, particularly those in the African-American community. His approach to ?Pants Hanging Down? takes you far beyond the sight of exposed dirty underwear. This book challenges you to look at the deficits in your life and how you contribute to the demise of our community and perhaps the dysfunctional aspects of our family. Gene should be commended for his courage to stand in the midst of issues and call a spade a spade. This book will help you become a better family member and gives you food for thought relative to being a part of improving your community. Gene, I salute you and look forward to the positive impact this book will have on our community.? ----->Talvin Paul, VP Youth Advocate Gulf Coast of Texas, Louisiana Mississippi ..... ?My feedback on your book is good. I commend you as a writer as I myself am an author. ?I thought the book had a positive effect and made some great points. I wish you continued success in your endeavors!? ----- >Brianne Smith..... ?I believe that the book shines a bright light for everyone who reads it, to take notice and become more focused on the sights around them. When they take notice then they will try to do more, and say more about the impact that this image of ?pants hanging down? has on our society.? -----> Betty Hinton, New Mt. Calvary MBC Houston, TX..... ?It really is a good thought provoking work of art.? -----> Barbara Owens, member New Mt. Calvary MBC..... ?An unparalleled literary work. PHD offers a farsighted solution to counterbalance the myopic perspective a segment of society has about today?s youth. Gene Stubbson proves he has his finger on the pulse of young people of this generation and I?m hopeful that this book will have a ?carryover? effect to the next generation as well. Excellent job, Gene. I can?t wait for your next book.? -----> Jack Coachman, Banking professional..... I am so proud of you. You have made a difference in our community and it is just getting started. As a high school teacher, I deal with the reality of this issue daily and usually, it is a direct result of trouble and misdirection with that youth predominantly stemming from a lack of home discipline. Everyday I speak the words, "Young man, pull up your pants, have some pride about yourself," or "Don't give people something to judge you by that is negative before they have had a chance to know you." I have found it refreshing that students are interested in the book. When they see it on my desk, the cover always sparks a question and then the door is opened to discussion. And a discussion is exactly what we need. -----> Phylicia Hill, M.Ed North Shore High School Career & Technical Education Chair.....



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This is a quick update that you can send to others. As we speak, this book is quickly becoming of great interest to those who want to change the direction of many of the youth and families that make up our communities. Below is the info about recent appearances, the book, as well as the website. Please let me know once you have received this information. You may also add your review at the bottom of this page, return it and also forward it to others. www.pantshangingdown.com.

What is your opinion when you see the young men with their pants hanging down? Why do so many people seem to be so misdirected?

Hello. This is Gene Stubbson, author of "Pants Hanging Down". I wanted to inform you of the book and the series. This work is doing well thus far and has been stated as a "must-read" for and by parents, teachers, ministers and administrators of many organizations. Pants Hanging Down, the book and the Pants Hanging Down Life Improvement Series are moving forward. It has been presented at Mading Elementary, St. Stephens Youth Conference, Families Under Urban and Social Attack (FUUSA) meeting, Clifton Middle School, the University of Houston Clear Lake BSA meeting, Girls and Boys Preparatory Academy, Houston Alive! Character Education and Leadership Forum hosted by HISD at Wheatley HS, Burress Elementary and Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice. Gene has also been interviewed on FOX 26 by Jose Grinan for the show "The Black Voice".

Michelle Obama, Senator Barack Obama and former president Bill Clinton all now have the book. The book has reached people in Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Denton, Tyler; Atlanta, Georgia; Washington State, New York, Los Angeles, Tennessee, Louisiana and Iraq. Please let me know how my work may become a part of your personal or family library or the social studies/ life skills curriculum in your organization or book club. If you have it, please read it and talk. Encourage others to get a copy. If you don't have it, please get it at one of the next signings or order it online.Contact me, Gene, here or at 713-306-5709. Thanks in advance. God Bless.



Men and women decide their habits.
Those habits decide their futures.



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Pants Hanging Down Life Improvement Series
The intent of the work and the series is to enhance the "thought-processes" of the youth, young adults, and the parents that are meant to give them guidance. Pants Hanging Down, discusses the obvious "hanging pants" in our society but the other subjects such as parenting, relationships, consumer spending, complacency, decison-making, and other areas where our pants are "hanging down". Chapter titles include "It Takes A Village", "Consumer Con Game", "Roots and Wings", "Jail Is Not A Place To Be", "Women at Fault", "The Dead Zone" and many others.
In what areas are your pants "hanging down"?
After you read, you'll know.
www.pantshangingdown.com
genestubbson@pantshangingdown. com

Some Reviews
...."Pants Hanging Down takes you far beyond the sight of exposed dirty underwear. This book challenges you to look at the deficits in your life and how they contribute to the demise of our community and perhaps the dysfunctional aspects of our families...This book will help you become a better family member and gives you food for thought relative to being a part of improving your community. Gene, I salute you and look forward to the positive impact this book will have on our community."
Talvin Paul, VP Youth Advocate,
Gulf Coast of Texas,
Louisiana, Mississippi

Most of us accept the adage that "it takes a village to raise a child." However, when a child makes a big mistake in judgment or conduct, we don't blame the village, we blame the child. Rather than simply focus on the child, this book invites the village to look in the mirror for real answers to the troubles of our children. The village has changed and yet we question why our children have changed. Sorting out the ills of the village is the "true prescription" for healing the village's sick children.
Pants Hanging Down reminds us that introspection, or self-examination, is a far healthier outlook than the "blame game". PHD is simply a "must read" for those who prefer the former.
Rep. Harold V. Dutton, Jr.
State Representative - District 142
State of Texas

Gene Stubbson has written the most important book in my opinion in the last twenty years. He is an old man in a young man's body. Stubbson has captured the essence of my generation in a new philosophy that is so needed in our nation as it relates to our youth crisis in America today. How my mind reverted back to what he called a time when the "whole community" raised our families. How my heart lit up when this great young author talked about re-establishing family order. To quote this his eloquence, he writes "As the child's parent we need to set the example. We need to be structured as it is in nature and every civilized society whether it be industrialized or still hidden in the tall trees of primitive environments. We need to serve as examples as to what ought and should be done that produces productive members of society." I believe that Stubbson is right when he says that "we as a village have a responsibility to operate within a set of rules", just like we are taught in our education system. I agree. And I am now forced to ask too, "Where is the village?" Where are the congregations of homes, houses, families and people who lived their lives in small communities? Stubbson gives us the answers. Chapter two of this great book leads us out of the "city mentality" back to the "village", where we can be nourished, nurtured, and protected from ourselves.
Willie Jones, Senior Pastor
New Mount Calvary MBC, Houston , Texas


One of the most profound statements I've ever heard during my years as a criminal justice professional is ," You practice what you value and value what you practice." Meaning, what's in you will come out. Everything you try to hide is "oozing" out the side. Everything you try to contain will not be restrained. Prov. 23:7 states," So a man thinketh, so is he." Moreover, what's in your heart will manifest in your mind and what's in your mind will develop into your behavior and how you act. Who you are, regardless of what you say, and how others perceive you, is how you will be treated. PHD nails it! This "in-our-face" literary masterpiece personifies the "cancerous mentalities" plaguing our society today. Many of us degrade the hip-hop culture for showcasing their "nakedness". However, we as the upper echelon, fail to realize our "pants are hanging down", so to speak, in areas more pertinent than clothes. For they can change their clothes quicker than you can change your attitude. We all need to get this book as soon as it is released.
Toni Netters-Rutherford,
Probation Officer


"Pants Hanging Down" (PHD) is an excellent book that gets you thinking. It's an introspective work which analyzes and reviews the "causes and effects" of the lack of participation of "the village" in raising the children.
Alphonso Delaney
Boyscout Master


?I believe that the book shines a bright light for everyone who reads it, to take notice and become more focused on the sights around them. When they take notice then they will try to do more, and say more about the impact that this image of ?pants hanging down? has on our society.?
Betty Hinton, New Mt. Calvary MBC
Houston , TX



?An unparalleled literary work. PHD offers a farsighted solution to counterbalance the myopic perspective a segment of society has about today?s youth. Gene Stubbson proves he has his finger on the pulse of young people of this generation and I?m hopeful that this book will have a ?carryover? effect to the next generation as well. Excellent job, Gene. I can?t wait for your next book.?

Jack Coachman,
Banking professional


Response to question no. 1: When I see young folks and old with their pants hanging down, I say to myself, "first of all, they really don't know the message that they are sending. Second of all, the fad was started by men incarcerated who was sending a message to interested parties."

Response to question no. 2: There are so many people misdirected because we have left the basic principles of family. It is seldom to none that we have a family with a father & mother present in the home. I know that there are times when we have fathers that are present in body but absent in spirit. But, I am speaking in terms of physical, mentally, spiritually & emotional attached to the responsibility of parenting. Where does the teaching start? around the dinner table. HOw many of us sit down and have dinner with our families? Everyone has their own agenda. Until we go back to the basic, we will continue to see the decline in our society.

God bless you Gene. I appreciate what you are doing to try and make us think about where we are and where we are going.
Everlynn Goff, Procurement Services
Houston ISD