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March 16, 2011

An Instrument of Peace

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Amen.
—attributed to the 13th-century saint Francis of Assisi

Source: Wikipedia's Prayer of Saint Francis
See also: ~ Francis of Assisi

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March 15, 2011

In Time of Turmoil - A Prayer

In this time of turmoil,
May our thoughts be clear,
May our feelings be compassionate,
May our needs be fulfilled,
May we create peace.
—My Sister Sue

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August 27, 2010

Everlasting Love?

Our love will last
So long as
The good it does for each of us
Outweighs the bad.
—Lois Wyse

Source: Lois Wyse poem Long-lasting Love in her book of poetry Who but me? American Greetings 1971
> Sadly, that's what happened in one of my earlier relationships.

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July 16, 2010

Hating Air-Conditioned Potties

Yesterday when I was pulling up her britches after she went potty, she said, “Boy, I hate these air-conditioned potties! They freeze my butt! Why do these people keep the potty so cold?”

And the answer I (my beautiful Bride) gave to her about the air-conditioned potty? Well, here goes:

“I guess these people want to have a high turnover in the potty. If it’s freezing cold, they can get people in and out fast. There aren’t any people outside the door waiting to use the potty right now, but if there’s ever a long line waiting to get in, we’re ready for them!”

She was happy with that, and when she’s happy, I’m happy too.
—Mama, July 15, 2010

Source: Caregiving on my Sweet Bride's Blog. This was a conversation she had with her 92 year-old Mom!

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July 8, 2010

Hugs for Daughter

If I had a Christmas wish, it would be to hug my daughter....
—Mark Harmon as Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Source: NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service Silent Night Season 6, Episode 11, originally aired on 16 December 2008
> That would be my Christmas wish too!

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February 10, 2010

while I think on thee, dear friend

When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,
And with old woes new wail my dear times' waste:
Then can I drown an eye, unus'd to flow,
For precious friends hid in death's dateless night,
And weep afresh love's long since cancell'd woe,
And moan the expense of many a vanish'd sight:
Then can I grieve at grievances foregone,
And heavily from woe to woe tell o'er
The sad account of fore-bemoaned moan,
Which I new pay as if not paid before.
But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restor'd and sorrows end.

—William Shakespeare: Sonnet XXX

Source: The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor for Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010.

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November 25, 2009

Happiness of Life

What I want to say is I owe all the happiness of my life to you. You have been entirely patient with me and incredibly good. I want to say that — everybody knows it. If anybody could have saved me it would have been you. Everything has gone from me but the certainty of your goodness. ... I don't think two people could have been happier than we have been. V.
—Virginia Woolf

Source: Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac for Wednesday, November 25, 2009.

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August 11, 2009

My Absent Child

Grief fills the room up of my absent child,
Lies in his bed, walks up and down with me,
Puts on his pretty looks, repeats his words,
Remembers me of all his gracious parts,
Stuffs out his vacant garments with his form;
Then, have I reason to be fond of grief?
Fare you well: had you such a loss as I,
I could give better comfort than you do.—
I will not keep this form upon my head,
When there is such disorder in my wit.
O Lord! my boy, my Arthur, my fair son!
My life, my joy, my food, my all the world!
My widow-comfort, and my sorrows' cure!
—William Shakepeare as spoken by Constance in The Life and Death of King John

Source: The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor for Tuesday, August 11, 2009
>> On this day in 1596, William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway buried their only son, Hamnet, who died at the age of 11 of unknown causes. At that time in England, about one third of children did not survive past the age of 10. Hamnet was named after Shakespeare's close friend, a baker, Hamlet Sadler. ("Hamnet" and "Hamlet" were virtually interchangeable names.) Hamnet had a twin sister Judith, named after the baker Hamlet's wife, Judith.

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July 22, 2009

To Be Real

Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand.
—Margary Williams Bianco in The Velveteen Rabbit

Source: Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor Wednesday, July 22, 2009.
It is the birthday of author Margery Williams Bianco, born Margery Williams in London, England in 1881. She's the author of the classic children's book The Velveteen Rabbit (1922). She died on September 4, 1944 in New York City.

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May 7, 2009

Grow old along with me!

Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made.
—Robert Browning

Source: The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor for Thursday, May 7, 2009.
> It is the birthday of Robert Browning born in London, England in 1812. He died on December 12, 1889 in Venice, Italy.

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March 10, 2009

My Sixty-First Birthday

Our three Grandchildren (l-r: Asher, Isabelle and Alex) wish me a sweet and precious Happy Birthday.

 

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February 9, 2009

The Sweetest Woman There

From bank to bank the water roars Like thunder in a storm
A Sea in sight of both the shores Creating no alarm
The water-birds above the flood Fly o'er the foam and
spray And nature wears a gloomy hood On this October day

And there I saw a bonny maid That proved my heart's delight
All day she was a Goddess made An angel fair at night
We loved and in each other's power Felt nothing to
condemn
I was the leaf and she the flower And both grew on one stem

I loved her lip her cheek her eye She cheered my midnight gloom
A bonny rose 'neath God's own sky In one perrenial bloom
She lives 'mid pastures evergreen And meadows ever fair
Each winter spring and summer scene The sweetest woman there

She lives among the meadow floods That foams and roars away
While fading hedgerows distant woods Fade off to naked spray
She lives to cherish and delight All nature with her face
She brought me joy morn noon and night In that low lonely place
—John Clare in his poem The Sweetest Woman There

Source: Garrison Keilor's The Writer's Almanac for Monday, Feb. 9, 2009
See also:
> A list of poems by John Clare on the Writer's Almanac.
> Wikipedia's page about John Clare (13 July 1793 to 20 May 1864).

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January 20, 2009

Change Has Come to the USA

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted - for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things - some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.

For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.

For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.

Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions - that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.
—Barack H. Obama, President of the United States, extract from his First Inaugural Address

Source: President Obama's Inaugural Address at WhiteHouse.gov and a copy of his Inaugural Address published in the Washington Post, January 20, 2009.
See also:
> President Obama's first proclamation, A National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation, January 20, 2009, Washington, DC, USA
> Elizabeth Alexander's Inaugural Poem Praise song for the day.

January 8, 2009

Love is a Thing

Love is a thing
you never can share

If you bring a friend
into your love affair
That's the end of your sweetheart,
that's the end of your friend
That's when your heartaches begin
—Elvis Presley's early song, That's when your heartaches begin

Source: Lyrics Mania dot com's That's When Your Heartaches Begin Lyrics
> It's the birthday of Elvis Presley, born in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1935.Elvis died at his Memphis home, Graceland, on August 16, 1977.

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September 8, 2008

A Trip to Mama & Papa's House

 

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Source: Mama lovingly created this slide show for our Grandchildren in September 2008.

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August 28, 2008

Only Love! (Again)

There are only 4 questions of value in life, Don Octavio:

What is sacred?
Of What is the spirit made?
What is worth Living for? and
What is worth Dying for?

The answer to each is the same: only Love!
----Don Juan DeMarco (played by Johnny Depp) to Don Octavio (played by Marlon Brando)
in the film Don Juan DeMarco

Source: Elise's Wonderful, Inspirational Collection of Quotes, and Poetry, and Sayings
> Because this resonants so strongly with me, this is the second posting of this quote. See my earlier (2004) post, Only Love!

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July 22, 2008

Mr. Rogers and Success

The thing I remember best about successful people I've met through the years is their obvious delight in what they're doing...and it seems to have very little to do with worldly success. They just love what their doing and they love it in front of others.
—Fred Rogers

Source: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 Teachers: Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes 2008 Calendar by Andrews McMeel Publishing ISBN-13: 978-0-7407-6680-0
See also:
> The World According to Mr. Rogers by Fred Rogers 2003 ISBN 1-4013-0106-1
> Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

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July 18, 2008

Watch Those Penguins

Source: aBowman's Gadgets. Try 'em, you'll like them!

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July 10, 2008

How Sweet It is To Love Someone...

How right it is to care...

John Denver sings "Poems, Prayers and Promises."
How we miss you so, John.

Lyrics: Poems, Prayers and Promises

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June 13, 2008

You Tread on My Dreams

He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
—William Butler Yeats

Source: Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac for Friday, June 13, 2008.
> It's the birthday of Irish poet William Butler Yeats, born 1865 in Sandymount, Ireland, a suburb of Dublin. Yeats died in 1939 at the Hôtel Idéal Séjour, in Menton, France.

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April 8, 2008

A Friendship Blessing

May you be blessed with good friends.
May you learn to be a good friend to yourself.
May you be able to journey to that place in your soul
   where there is great love, warmth, feeling, and forgiveness.
May this change you.
May it transfigure that which is negative, distant, or cold in you.
May you be brought in to the real passion, kinship, and affinity of belonging.
May you treasure your friends.
May you be good to them and may you be there for them;
   may they bring you all the blessings, challenges, truth,
   and light that you need for your journey.
May you never be isolated.
May you always be in the gentle nest of belonging with your anam cara.
—John O'Donohue

Source: Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom by John O'Donohue Harper Perennial 1998 & 2004 ISBN-13: 978-0-06-092943-5

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March 20, 2008

Love: Not Perfect Caring

Love isn't a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.
—Fred Rogers

Source: The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember by Fred Rogers 2003 ISBN 1-4013-0106-1
Today is the birthday of Fred Rogers, producer, writer, puppeteer, composer, lyricist, ordained minister and devoted student of child development. Mister Rogers was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania in 1928. He died on February 27, 2003 at his home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
See also:
> Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac for Thursday, Mar. 20, 2008
> Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
> About Fred Rogers

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March 3, 2008

Who, if not I?

I am the wind on the sea.
I am the ocean wave.
I am the sound of the billows.
I am the seven-horned stag.
I am the hawk on the cliff.
I am the dewdrop in sunlight.
I am the fairest of flowers.
I am the raging boar.
I am the salmon in the deep pool.
I am the lake on the plain.
I am the meaning of the poem.
I am the point of the spear.
I am the god that makes fire in the head.
Who levels the mountain?
Who speaks the age of the moon?
Who has been where the sun sleeps?
Who, if not I?
—The Song of Amergin

Source: Speaking of Faith Public Radio show of Feb. 28, 2008 (and repeated on Sunday, Mar. 2, 2008) The Inner Landscape of Beauty | Program Particulars, a program interviewing the late Celtic poet John O'Donohue.
See also:
> Amergin, Amirgin, Amairgen by Dedanaan: Myth Is What We Call Other People's Religion.
> Short biographical sketch of John O'Donohue.

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February 17, 2008

Happy Birthday, Banjo Paterson

I had written him a letter which I had, for want of better
Knowledge, sent to where I met him down the Lachlan, years ago,
He was shearing when I knew him, so I sent the letter to him,
Just on spec, addressed as follows, "Clancy, of The Overflow"

And an answer came directed in a writing unexpected,
(And I think the same was written with a thumb-nail dipped in tar)
Twas his shearing mate who wrote it, and verbatim I will quote it:
"Clancy's gone to Queensland droving, and we don't know where he are."

* * * * * * * * *

In my wild erratic fancy visions come to me of Clancy
Gone a-droving "down the Cooper" where the Western drovers go;
As the stock are slowly stringing, Clancy rides behind them singing,
For the drover's life has pleasures that the townsfolk never know.

And the bush hath friends to meet him, and their kindly voices greet him
In the murmur of the breezes and the river on its bars,
And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended,
And at night the wond'rous glory of the everlasting stars.

* * * * * * * * *

I am sitting in my dingy little office, where a stingy
Ray of sunlight struggles feebly down between the houses tall,
And the foetid air and gritty of the dusty, dirty city
Through the open window floating, spreads its foulness over all

And in place of lowing cattle, I can hear the fiendish rattle
Of the tramways and the buses making hurry down the street,
And the language uninviting of the gutter children fighting,
Comes fitfully and faintly through the ceaseless tramp of feet.

And the hurrying people daunt me, and their pallid faces haunt me
As they shoulder one another in their rush and nervous haste,
With their eager eyes and greedy, and their stunted forms and weedy,
For townsfolk have no time to grow, they have no time to waste.

And I somehow rather fancy that I'd like to change with Clancy,
Like to take a turn at droving where the seasons come and go,
While he faced the round eternal of the cash-book and the journal
--But I doubt he'd suit the office, Clancy, of The Overflow.
—A. B. (Andrew Barton) "Banjo" Paterson

Source: A.B. Paterson: Selected Poems published 1992 by Angus & Robertson Book ISBN 0-207-1726-4
> Today, Sunday, February, 17, 2008, I recited this poem to my Mom, Minna, whilst on a visit with her (and my sister, Sue and Dave) in Houston, Texas. She was filled with emotion and was well pleased. I also recited Paterson's The Man From Ironbark and Mulga Bill's Bicycle
> Today, February 17th, is "Banjo" Paterson's birthday. He was born Andrew Barton Paterson in Narrambla, New South Wales, Australia in 1864. He died in Sydney, New South Wales Australia on February 5, 1941.
See also:
> Garrison Keillor's The Wrtier's Almanac for Sunday, February 17, 2008
> University of Queensland, Australia "Banjo" Paterson's Cancy of the Overflow First published in the The Bulletin in 1889.

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February 3, 2008

The Day the Music Died

If you knew Peg – gy Sue
Then you'd know why I feel blue with – ou – out Peg – gy,
my Pe – eg – gy Su – u – ue
Oh well I love you girl, yes I love Peggy Sue.
—Charles (Buddy Holly) Hardin Holley

Source: Wilkipedia's article Peggy Sue
> Buddy Holly (and other performers Ritchie Valens, J. P. Richardson, and the 21-year-old pilot, Roger Peterson) was killed in an airplane crash on February 3, 1959.
> Don McLean referred to that day as "the Day the Music Died."
> Holly was born Charles Hardin Holley in Lubbock, Texas on September 7, 1936.
> See Wilkipedia's article Buddy Holly

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January 3, 2008

Living Our Own Life

We must all live our own lives, in our own time, and learn what is true for us, because very few truths prove valid for all people all the time.
—extract from DailyOm for Thursday, January 3, 2008

Source: For the entire contemplation visit: DailyOM Suffer And Sacrifice: False Beliefs published Thursday, January 3, 2008.

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January 2, 2008

Loving Ourselves

When we love ourselves, we refuse to allow others to manage our emtions from afar. Forgiveness is our means to that end.

Source: Everyday Wisdom by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer published by Hay House 1993 ISBN 1-56170-076-2
See also:
> Dr. Dyer's Official Web site

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December 28, 2007

Purpose: What?

Your purpose is always about giving, loving and serving in some capacity.
—Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

Source: Everyday Wisdom by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer published by Hay House 1993 ISBN 1-56170-076-2
See also:
> Dr. Dyer's Official Web site

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August 27, 2007

Heaven Longs To Be Here On Earth?

Perhaps heaven really does long to be here on earth, and perhaps that is why we are here–as conduits between the divine and the earthbound. As we drink the morning dew in with our eyes, our skin, our breath, it is easy to imagine that it really is a magical potion, a gift from heaven, a reminder of our true purpose, and a daily opportunity to be transformed.
—extract from the DailyOM for Monday, August 27, 2007

Source: For the entire contemplation visit: DailyOM A Magical Potion: Morning Dew published Monday, August 27, 2007.

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July 24, 2007

Serve and Thou Shall Be Served

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself ... Serve and thou shall be served.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Source: The Power of Intention: Learning to Co–create Your World Your Way by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. Hay House 2004 ISBN 13: 978-1-4019-0216-2 (tradepaper)

WashingtonPost.com's Faces of the Fallen: By age: 37-year-olds
U.S. Service members who died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

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June 26, 2007

Love Will Never Put You Down

Love ..........

Love will never put you down,
won't cheat or mess around.


Love won't criticize or scorn,
won't leave you forlorn.

Love won't knock you to the ground,
or make you fear certain sounds.

Love won't verbally berate you
or accuse you of not being true.

Love will not make you powerless
or increase your stress.

When you're in love, love will accept you for you,
for it respects you and allows you to stay true
to yourself and doesn't make you change.
—Unknown

Source: Weekly email "humorous" subscription, Humor -- 26 June 2007; Subject: Love.... by Robert E. Karas.

WashingtonPost.com's Faces of the Fallen: By age: 36-year-olds
U.S. Service members who died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

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June 4, 2007

Looking for Love in All the Right Places

Real love is identifiable by the way it makes us feel. Love should feel good. There is a peaceful quality to an authentic experience of love that penetrates to our core, touching a part of ourselves that has always been there. True love activates this inner being, filling us with warmth and light. An authentic experience of love does not ask us to look a certain way, drive a certain car, or have a certain job. It takes us as we are, no changes required. When people truly love us, their love for us awakens our love for ourselves. They remind us that what we seek outside of ourselves is a mirror image of the lover within. In this way, true love never makes us feel needy or lacking or anxious. Instead, true love empowers us with its implicit message that we are, always have been, and always will be, made of love.
—extract from the DailyOM for Monday, June 4, 2007

Source: For the entire contemplation visit: DailyOM The Real Thing: Love Should Feel Good published Monday, June 4, 2007.

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May 17, 2007

Accept Our Family

Some families are better than others at preparing us for the world. What we learn from our families, even if they are simply blank spots on our family trees, becomes the basis of our identities as individuals. Rather than denying our connections, we can choose to accept their presence in our lives. Acceptance does not mean we have to like them; we simply acknowledge that we are connected to them and honor that connection for like it or not, there is a reason. When we can embrace all that they bring into our experience, we may be grateful for all we have learned from them and have to learn, while we experience everything that comes with family fully and completely.
—extract from the DailyOM for Thursday, May 17, 2007

Source: For the entire contemplation visit: DailyOM Gifts From The Universe: Accepting Your Family published Thursday, May 17, 2007.

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April 10, 2007

My Father, So Ignorant; When I Was 14

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.
—Mark Twain, "Old Times on the Mississippi" Atlantic Monthly, 1874

Source: QuoteGarden.com's Father Quotes, Sayings about Fathers.
⇒ The Mark Twain House and Museum's The Man | Biography.

WashingtonPost.com's Faces of the Fallen: Navy
U.S. Service members who died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom

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April 6, 2007

End of Triumph

Everyone forgets that Icarus also flew.
It's the same when love comes to an end,
or the marriage fails and people say
they knew it was a mistake, that everybody
said it would never work. That she was
old enough to know better. But anything
worth doing is worth doing badly.
...
I believe Icarus was not failing as he fell,
but just coming to the end of triumph.
—Jack Gilbert in his poem Failing and Flying

Source: Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac for Friday, April 6, 2007. The poem, Failing and Flying is included in Gilbert's book, Refusing Heaven.

WashingtonPost.com's Faces of the Fallen: Army
U.S. Service members who died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom

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March 27, 2007

Found My Tribe

Part of being human is the search for an individual identity. Bound to this strong need to establish a unique persona, however, is an equally intense desire for acceptance. It is when we find our individual tribes that both are satisfied. Our tribe members are those people who accept us as we are without reservation and gladly accompany us on our journeys of evolution. Among them, we feel free to be our imperfect selves, to engage unabashedly in the activities we enjoy, and to express our vulnerabilities by relying on our tribe for support. We feel comfortable investing our time and energy in the members of our tribe, and are equally comfortable allowing them to invest their resources in our development.
—extract from the DailyOM for Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Source: For the entire contemplation visit: DailyOM Your Allies On Life's Journey: Finding Your Tribe published Tuesday, March 27, 2007.
⇒ This entry is in honor of my tribe, the men of the Buffalo Gap Annual Gathering and the Men's Council of Greater Washington, see MensWork.org. Thank you, Brothers all, for being my tribe. I am honored to be included.

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March 14, 2007

Let Go of Bitterness

The nature of bitterness is rooted in the fact that the pain we feel provides us with a rationale. We may feel that we deserve to embrace our bitterness to its full extent. And to be bitter is, in essence, to cut ourselves off from all that is positive, hardening our hearts and vowing never to let go of our hurt. But just as bitter feelings can be self-defeating, so too can the release of bitterness be life-affirming in a way that few other emotional experiences are. When we decide that we no longer want to be bitter, we are reborn into a world filled with delight and fulfillment unlike any we knew while in the clutches of bitterness. The veil it cast over our lives is lifted, letting light and warmth touch our souls.
—extract from the DailyOM for Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Source: For the entire contemplation visit: DailyOM Lifting Pain's Veil: Bitterness published Wednesday, March 14, 2007.
⇒ This entry is in honor of my daughter, Jennifer, who seems to me to continue to hold a deep bitterness in her heart towards me. I prayer that I may release the bitterness I feel towards her, and move on in my life. I prayer that she will be able to find the strength and courage to release her bitterness, and let light and warmth touch her life. I love you so much, Jen Marie!

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March 11, 2007

Beginnings

Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
—Rick played by Humphrey Bogart in the 1942 movie, Casablanca.

Source: Internet Movie Database's [IMDb] Casablanca (1942) – Memorable Quotes.

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February 22, 2007

Living Peacefully With the Past

In order to live more peacefully with the past, it helps to remember that once we know better, we tend to do better. Prior to knowing, we generally do our best, and while it's true that from the perspective of the present, our best doesn't always seem good enough, we can at least give our past selves the benefit of the doubt. We did our best with what knowledge we had. Beyond this, we serve the greater good most effectively by not dwelling on the past, instead reigning our energy and knowledge into our present actions. It is here, in this moment, that we create our reality and ourselves anew, with our current knowledge and information.
—extract from the DailyOM for Thursday, February 22, 2007

Source: For the entire contemplation visit: DailyOM The Past In Light Of The Present: Knowing Better Now published Thursday, February 22, 2007.

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February 16, 2007

Every Relationship is Different

If you've been disappointed by strained relations with a friend or loved one, you must realize that each relationship is unique. Don't let tensions with one person convince you that you lack the ability to be a good friend or a loving family member.
—David Niven, Ph.D. in Every Relationship is Different: Number 28 of The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People

Researchers found there were no differences in overall happiness between those who mainly relyed upon friends for companionship and those who maily relied upon family. People have the capacity to create happiness from the relationships available to them and do not need all their relationships to fit an ideal image.
—Takahashi, K., J. Tamura, and M. Tokoro. 1997. "Patterns of Social Relationships and Psychological Well-Being Among the Elderly" International Journal of Behavioral Development 21:417.

Source: The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People: What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It. by David Niven, Ph.D. 2000 HarperCollins ISBN: 0-06-251650-7
See also: Country Inns & Suites by Carlson Read & Return It program.

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February 14, 2007

The Ultimate Happiness

To find a person who will love you for no reason, and to shower that person with reasons, that is the ultimate happiness.
—Robert Brault

Source: On Valentine's Day, 2007 on the counter at:
Java House
210 W Evergreen Blvd # 400
Vancouver, WA 98660
(360) 737-2925
See also:
Bob Brault, American Poet
⇒ Dedicated to my soulmate, love of my life, and Bride; Carol: my Consider This entry When My Hair is Gray? of August 12, 2005

Happy Valentine's Day to my Sweetheart, Carol, and to all my family and friends (living and dead), and to all my enemies, too! I pray you find in your life the meaning of real, true LOVE.
—Rich Wersinger, Niganit/Golden Retriever

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January 27, 2007

Cecak Songs

Our daughter in Indonesia sings a song about the cecak that roams the floors and walls of their home in Bandung.


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January 26, 2007

Forgiveness, the Cement of Community Life

Community is not possible without the willingness to forgive one another 'seventy-seven times' [which means infinity times infinity] (see Matthew 18:22). Forgiveness is the cement of community life. Forgiveness holds us together through good and bad times, and it allows us to grow in mutual love.

But what is there to forgive or to ask forgiveness for? As people who have hearts that long for perfect love, we have to forgive one another for not being able to give or receive that perfect love in our everyday lives. Our many needs constantly interfere with our desire to be there for the other unconditionally. Our love is always limited to spoken or unspoken conditions. What needs to be forgiven? We need to forgive one another for not being God!
—Henri J. M. Nouwen

Source: The January 24 entry of Bread for the Journey: A Daybook of Wisdom and Faith by Henri J. M. Nouwen. HarperSanFrancisco 1996 ISBN13: 978-0060663766.
Thank you, David,for sharing this with me via a recent email. Blessings, dear friend.

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January 22, 2007

Forgiveness and Understanding

When we truly forgive, we reach an understanding that allows us to forgo anger or grief. We become ready to let go of the past, despite its painful memories—but not the memories themselves. these remain though we do not dwell on them.The emotional undertow lessens and is brought under control; most of the time, at any rate. We accept, however reluctantly, that we cannot change the past, and become willing to move forward. Through forgiveness of the wrongdoer, and ourselves, we can learn to love and laugh again. We choose to embrace the present, to move on to whatever new experiences life has in store for us, and to face them strengthened by our survival.
—Gillian Stokes

Source: Forgiveness: Wisdom from Around the World by Gillian Stokes Red Wheel 2002 ISBN: 1-59003-036-2.

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December 24, 2006

Christmas Eve, Bandung, Indonesia

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads.
—Clement Clarke Moore [or, perhaps, Major Henry Livingston, Jr.] The Night Before Christmas

Source: Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac for Sunday, December 24, 2006
The original title of the poem, published anonymously in a New York City paper in 1823, was Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas.
See also:
The Definitive Bibliography of the Night Before Christmas
Children world-wide track Santa Claus [English language version]as he makes his journey across the globe.
Mama and I are spending Christmas with our two Grandsons, Alex and Asher, in Bandung, Indonesia.

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December 19, 2006

Done Me Good: A Christmas Carol

I have always thought of Christmas time, as ... the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore ... though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!
—Charles Dickens

I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.

Their faithful Friend and Servant, C.D.

December, 1843.
—Charles Dickens, Preface to A Christmas Carol

Source: Garrison Keillor's A Writer's Almanac for Tuesday, December, 19, 2006
It was on this day in 1843 that Charles Dickens published A Christmas Carol.
See also: Literature.org's A Christmas Carol

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December 12, 2006

We Are All on This Planet Together

We are all on this planet together. We are all brothers and sisters with the same physical and mental faculties, the same problems, the same needs. We must contribute to the fulfillment of the human potential and the improvement of the quality of life as much as we are able. Mankind is crying out for help. Ours is a desperate time. Those who have something to offer should come forward. Now is the time.
—attributed to His Holiness, The Dalai Lama

Source: Insight from the Dalai Lama Daily Calendar Wednesday, November 29, 2006.
See Also: The Tibetan Government in Exile: About His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

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December 4, 2006

Forgiveness

Understanding is often a prelude to forgiveness, but they are not the same, and we often forgive what we cannot understand (seeing nothing else to do) and understand what we cannot pardon.
—Mary McCarthy (1912 - 1989) US novelist, critic

Source: The Writing on the Wall and Other Literary Essays; on Creative Quotations by Mary McCarthy See also:
»
Mary McCarthy on Wikipedia
» Featured Author: Mary McCarthy on the New York Times online. [Requires free registration and log-in]

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Love and Gratitude of George Washington

With a heart full of love and gratitude I now take leave of you. I most devoutly wish that your latter days may be as prosperous and happy as your former ones have been glorious and honorableIshall feel obliged if each of you will come and take me by the hand.
—General George Washington

Source: Washington's farewell to his officers, December 4, 1783, as he received the officers of the victorious Continental Army in the Long Room of Fraunces Tavern, on the corner of Pearl and Broad Streets, in lower Manhattan, New York City.
See also:
» Fraunces Tavern Museum article Washington Said Farewell To Officers At Fraunces Tavern At War's End
» Library of Congress American Memory for Today in History: December 04

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November 30, 2006

About Love: Mark Twain

After all these years, I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning; it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her. At first I thought she talked too much; but now I should be sorry to have that voice fall silent and pass out of my life. Blessed be the chestnut that brought us near together and taught me to know the goodness of her heart and the sweetness of her spirit!
—Mark Twain

Source: Adam's Diary by Mark Twain cited on TwainQuotes.com – Category LOVE
It is the birthday of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, pen name: Mark Twain, born in Florida, Missouri in 1835. He died on April 21, 1910 in Redding, Connecticut.
See also:
» Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac for Thursday, November 30, 2007.
» Mark Twain in His Times by the University of Virginia Library's The Electronic Text Center.
» Mark Twain on Wikipedia.org.

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November 19, 2006

Gettysburg Address Anniversary

...that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.
—Abraham Lincoln November 19, 1863

Source: University of Oklahoma Law Center's U.S. Historical Documents Collection
Read Lincoln's Gettysburg Address on this blog, Consider This.
See also my Nov. 19, 2005 entry on this blog Path of American Destiny.
This 2006 entry is dedicated to a former colleague, Krista Price, at Heald College, Portland, Oregon campus. Krista always wanted me to memorize Lincoln's speech, but sadly, I've not yet accomplished her envisioned achievement. I promise, Krista, someday soon I will do so, and perhaps we will meet again.

Awaken to the Storyteller Within

Each of us has a story to tell, a story to share with the world.
Artists and writers are in the storytelling business. Others have different ways of telling and sharing their stories. The tackle shop owner sells bait, hooks, and sinkers and tells people where to fish and about the big one that got away. The master carpenter tells his story by carving and hanging a wooden door so well crafted that it swings shut gently on its own. The quilter tells her story by commemorating important moments from her life in her quilts that are colorful works of art.
Each of us has a story to tell and our own way of sharing it with the world. It comes out through our words, through our work, and through the simple actions of our daily life. Listen to the stories of people around you. Listen with your soul. Learn to value without judging and listen with an open heart to the beauty of each story and the importance of the storyteller. Learn to value and and appreciate the story you are living now.
Awaken to the storyteller within and share your story with the world. Tell it with joy and flair. Commit to telling it with love and passion. Tell it through living your life fully, doing your work well, and creating the best life you can. Be who you are and love being that.

Live your life from your heart. Share
from your heart. And your story will
touch and heal people's souls.
— Melody Beattie

Source: November 19 entry of Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul by Melody Beattie 1996 HarperSanFrancisco ISBN: 0-060251121-1(pbk.)
See also: MelodyBeattie.com

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November 17, 2006

Choose to Love Life

By choosing to love life no matter what crosses your path, you can create an atmosphere of jubilance that is wonderfully infectious. A change in perspective is all it takes to change your world, but you must be willing to adopt an optimistic, hopeful mind-set.
—extract from the DailyOM for Friday, November 17, 2006

Source: For the entire contemplation visit: DailyOM Making Life Yours: Perception published November 17, 2006

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November 5, 2006

Happy Trails

Grand Comic Database

Roy Rogers: King of the Cowboys

Roy Rogers on the cover of a 1942 Dell comic book

Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
Happy trails to you, keep smilin' until then.
Who cares about the clouds when we're together?
Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.
Happy trails to you, 'till we meet again.
—Dale Evans Rogers; lyrics from her song Happy Trails

Source: Happy Trails song lyrics on Wikipedia.org
It's the birthday of the "King of the Cowboys," Roy Rogers, born Leonard Franklin Slye in Cincinnati, Ohio (1911). He was my boyhood hero as I was growing up in the 1950's in central New Jersey. He was to me, I think, as Clancy of the Overflow was to my mom growing up in New South Wales, Australia in the 1920's and 30's. Roy Rogers passed away July, 6, 1998.
See also: Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac for Sunday, November 5, 2006.

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November 3, 2006

Gentleness and Strength

Throughout life we must cope with blockages that impede our forward momentum. Whether these obstacles are of a personal, professional, or societal nature, our first instinct may be to push against the obstruction. But the simplest way to alleviate resistance is to approach it gently, with a soft manner and kind intentions. Struggle and strife can find no foothold when confronted with mildness because conflict can only exist when fed by two opposing forces. So many areas of our lives can benefit from the application of gentleness. The beauty of gentleness lies in its multifaceted nature. It is part love, part compassion, part patience, part understanding, and part respect for others. When we move through life gently as a matter of course, we naturally attract these wonderful elements into our lives.
—extract from the DailyOM for Friday, November 3, 2006

Source: For the entire contemplation visit: DailyOM A Softer Touch: Apply Gentleness To Everything published November 3, 2006

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October 21, 2006

You Have Not Finished the Best Part of Your Life

We hear that youth is wasted on the young. People who say this are accepting the myth that only the young can enjoy life to the fullest. The truth is that older people do not consider their young days to be the best days; most enjoy their senior years more than any other part of their life.
—David Niven, Ph.D. in Number 98 of The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People

Researchers conducted a long-term study of northern Californians, interviewing subjects multiple times over three decades. When asked when they had the happiest in their lives, each time eight out of ten answered "right now."
—Field, D. 1997. "Looking Back, What Period of Your Life Brought You the Most Satisfaction?" International Journal of Aging and Human Development 45:99

Source: The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People: What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It. by David Niven, Ph.D. 2000 HarperCollins ISBN: 0-06-251650-7
See also: Country Inns & Suites by Carlson Read & Return It program.

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September 21, 2006

In the Neighborhood of Wonder

May you live in the neighborhood of wonder
May you have the courage to befriend your eternal longing
May you take the time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention
May you arise each day with a voice of blessing whispering in your heart that something good is going to happen
May there be kindness in your gaze when you look within
May the places of darkness within you be turned to the light
May you know that absence is full of tender presence
And that nothing is ever lost or forgotton.
—John ODonohue

Source: My wonderful and beautiful bride, Carol Ruth, shared this with me on Tuesday, September 19, 2006. I am awed by our love.

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September 18, 2006

Warmhearted Feelings for Others

Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. From the least to the most important event, affection and respect for others are vital for our happiness.
—attributed to His Holiness, The Dalai Lama

Source: Insight from the Dalai Lama Daily Calendar Friday, September 1, 2006
See Also: The Tibetan Government in Exile: About His Holiness The Dalai Lama

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August 25, 2006

Give Me A Kiss

Give me a kiss, and to that kiss a score;
Then to that twenty, add a hundred more:
A thousand to that hundred: so kiss on,
To make that thousand up a million.
Treble that million, and when that is done,
Let's kiss afresh, as when we first begun.
—Robert Herrick, English Poet (1591–1674)

Source: Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac for Thursday, August 24, 2006
See also: Luminarium.org's Life of Robert Herrick

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August 8, 2006

I Have a Friend

Around the corner I have a friend
In this great city that has no end
Yet the days go by and the weeks rush on,
And before I know it a year has gone.

And I never see my old friend's face
For life is a swift and terrible race.
He knows I like him just as well
As in the days when I rang his bell and he rang mine.
We were younger then.

And now we are busy, tired men.
Tired of playing a foolish game;
Tired of trying to make a name.

"Tomorrow, "I say, I will call on Jim,
Just to show that I'm thinking of him."
But tomorrow comes, and tomorrow goes;
And the distance between us grows and grows.

Around the corner—yet miles away—
"Here's a telegram, Sir, Jim died today."
And that's what we get and deserve in the end;
Around the corner, a vanished friend.
—Henson Towne

This poem usually appears on the Web with the following sage advice:

Remember to always say what you mean. If you love someone, tell them. Don't be afraid to express yourself. Reach out and tell someone what they mean to you. Because when you decide that it is the right time, it might be too late. Seize the day. Never have regrets. And most importantly, stay close to your friends and family, for they have helped make you the person that you are today.
—Unknown

Source: The Men's Council of Greater Washington, sponsors of the Annual Men's Gathering in 2006, at Buffalo Gap Camp in Capon Bridge, West Virginia Friday, Sep. 29—Sunday, Oct. 1.
Through the mid-1990's The Men's Council met every month (except October) in the Washington Ethical Society hall. We distributed cards with the above poem at those wonderful programs. Each meeting included a profound greeting tradition, drumming, as well as a moving and challenging program. I do so miss those endearing experiences that helped me discover the courage to find myself and reach out to men.
See also: Lori MacBlogger: Around the Corner

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June 25, 2006

Judge Success

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at lectern, 1964

US Library of Congress

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addresses the press 1964

Born:
January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia

Died:
April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee

We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles, rather than by the quality of our service relationship to humanity.
—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Source: Teachers: Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes Daily calendar Tuesday, June 20, 2006 Andrews McMeel Publishing ISBN: 0-7407-5200-6
See also: Nobel Prize's Martin Luther King Biography

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June 15, 2006

Nothing You Must Be

There is really nothing you must be.
And there is nothing you must do.
There is really nothing you must have.
And there is really nothing you must know.
There is really nothing you must become.
However. It helps to understand that fire burns, and when it rains, the earth gets wet...

'Whatever, there are consequences. Nobody is exempt,' said the master.
—Robert Fulghum

Source: It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It by Robert Fulghum 1989 Villard Books ISBN 0-394-58056-7
See also: Robert Fulghum's Official Web site
See also: Marine Corps Heritage Foundation
This is my daughter Jennifer's 32nd birthday. I wish her love, peace, and courage. Happy birthday Jenn Marie!

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June 14, 2006

Unconditional Gift: Kindness

In the quest to create a gentler, more loving world, kindness is the easiest tool we can use. Though it is easy to overlook opportunities to be kind, our lives are replete with situations in which we can be helpful, considerate, thoughtful, and friendly to loved ones and associates, as well as strangers. The touching, selfless acts of kindness that have the most profoundly uplifting effects are often the simplest: a word of praise, a gentle touch, a helping hand, a gesture of courtesy, or a smile. Such small kindnesses represent an unconditional, unrestricted form of love that we are free to give or withhold at will. When you give the gift of kindness, whether in the form of assistance, concern, or friendliness, your actions create a beacon of happiness and hope that warms people's hearts.

The components of kindness are compassion, respect, and generosity. Put simply, kindness is the conscious act of engaging others in a positive way without asking whether those individuals deserve to be treated kindly.
—DailyOm for Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Source: Online DailyOm for Wednesday, June 14, 2006
It is Flag Day in the USA, and the 55th anniversary of my mom's, Minna, naturalization as an American citizen.
See also USFlag.org's History of Flag Day that celebrates the resolution adopted by the Second Continental Congress at Philadelphia on June 14, 1777 that adopted the stars and stripes as America's national flag.

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June 6, 2006

D-Day: June 6, 1944

www.DDay-Overlord.com

Assault Boats enroute Omaha & USS AUGUSTA

Omaha Beach, Normandy, June 6, 1944

But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.
—Abraham Lincoln.

Source: Modern History Sourcebook: Abraham Lincoln: Letter to Mrs. Bixby, 1864

On the night of June 5, 1944, 1,000 ships, the greatest armada ever to set sail, left the British isles, bound for the Coast of Normandy--its mission to liberate Europe. Operation Overlord had begun. On June 6, almost 200,000 Allied soldiers landed on rugged French beaches, code-named Omaha, Utah, Gold, Juno, and Sword. Rocky cliffs fortified by the German loomed over the beaches. This was the formidable threshold of the second front, the long-awaited campaign that spelled the end of the Third Reich. Stubborn German resistance and gale-force channel storms caused a devastating loss of men and equipment in the period immediately following the landing. Some American units suffered casualties to half their numbers. The invasion of Europe often seemed on the brink of foundering.

But it did not fail. The door to Europe was opened. American, British, and Canadian forces poured in, accompanied by contingents representing the governments-in-exile of Belgium, Czechoslovakia, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, and Poland. In little more than two months Paris was liberated. Within a year Hitler was dead and the German Army defeated. Today, above Omaha Beach, the American Cemetery bears silent, but perpetual witness to the cost of the mightiest sea-to-shore operation ever launched.
—Naval Historical Center

Source: Naval Historical Center's Art Collection D-DAY, NORMANDY; Operation Overlord

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May 30, 2006

Book of Life

'And what is as important as knowledge?' asked the mind.
'Caring and seeing with the heart,' answered the soul.
—Flavia

Source: A greeting card entitled Book of Life given to me by my Bride of eight years, my Sweet Carol Ruth, on the occasion of our eighth Wedding Anniversary. I love her so very much. We have found a joyful chorus of love in our lives now.
See also: About Flavia

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May 28, 2006

Memorial Day, May 2006

Dick Wersinger 1944 photo

Source: Wersinger Family Archives

DIck Wersinger: 1944 World War II in the Pacific

My Dad, Dick Wersinger, sent this photo from somewhere in the Pacific Theater to his then fiancee, Minna, in Sydney, Australia. Dad survived the war and Minna emigrated to the US in 1946. They were happily married from November 1946 until February 1992 when he passed on.

IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
—Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) Canadian Army

Source: From his poem In Flanders Field on a Web site (unofficial) devoted to Arlington Cemetery
See also the official Arlington National Cemetery Web site.

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May 9, 2006

To All Who Support Us, Grateful Thanks

As we take the time to acknowledge everyone that has ever supported us, we can't help but feel grateful. Understanding our place in our human support system helps us see that just as there are people that support us, we are a supporter to many people. By gratefully accepting the expertise and assistance of our supporters, we can consciously and more easily build a life that we love. Thanks to our staff, groups, friends, and loved ones for all their support. We all need each other's support to thrive [in] this world.
—DailyOM for May 8, 2006

Source: DailyOm, May 8, 2006 The Power Behind Us: People That Support Us

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May 2, 2006

Shared Humanness: Prime Importance

Regardless of race, creed, ideology, political bloc (East and West), or economic region (North and South), the most important and basic aspect of all people is their shared humanity—the fact that each person, old, young, rich, poor, educated, uneducated, male, or female, is a human. This shared humanness and thus the shared aspiration of gaining happiness and avoid suffering as well as the basic right to bring these about are of prime importance.
—atributed to His Holiness, the Dalai Lama

Source: Insight from the Dalai Lama Daily Calendar Saturday/Sunday, April 22/23, 2006
See Also: The Tibetan Government in Exile: About His Holiness The Dalai Lama

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April 30, 2006

Love Thrives When Manipulation Stops

Love comes when manipulation stops; when you think more about the other person than about his or her reactions to you. When you dare to reveal yourself fully. When you dare to be vulnerable.
—Dr. Joyce Brothers

Source: QuotationBooks.com's Dr. Joyce Brothers Quotation

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April 10, 2006

SNIPES A Poem and Tribute

USS Stribling (DD-867) photo

Joseph Rachel Destroyer Photo Archive

USS STRIBLING (DD-867) Enters Monaco, June 1972

I served in USS STRIBLING (DD-867) from August 1970 through July 1972 as Main Propulsion Assistant. I was aboard STRIB when this picture was taken. View another photo of STRIB, with "bone in her teeth."


USS Capodanno (FF-1093) photo

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USS Capodanno (FF-1093) Underway during a MED deployment, 1988

I served in USS CAPODANNO (FF-1093) from July 1975 through July 1977 as Engineer Officer.


USS BAGLEY (FF-1069) photo

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USS BAGLEY (FF-1069) Underway departing San Diego harbor, circa mid-1979

I served in USS BAGLEY (FF-1069) from July 1977 through January 1979 as Engineer Officer.

Many a poet have written sailor tales
About South Sea Isles and furious gales
So, I'll not waste your time with a tale of this type
Rather, I'll write of the sweaty, greasy snipe.

He works in his hole when the temperature is right
When the thermometer reads one twenty Fahrenheit.
There's no salt water in his blood,
Just stinking fuel oil and slimey bilge crud.

He goes to sea with visions of bright sun, and wind swept spray
But there are no hours of this in his working day.
Four hours on and eight hours off, and between, turn to and watch relief
No matter whether a boot FA or a salty Chief.

He works all hours and never tires.
And he can fix anything wih permatex and bailing wire.
When the ship pulls into port with the crew all in whites
There's a standing order for him to stay out of sight.

No bronze skin for this oily stud,
He's only time for a soggy butt and a cup of mud.
He's got a leak to fix, and a pump to pack
Before he can hit his long empty rack.

When the ship's inport and the crew's ashore
He's still in his hole sweating from very pore.
While deckapes and radiogirls are filled with glee
He must again get his engines ready for sea.

But, he's not mad, and he don't cry
He's just glad that cows don't fly.
For the fact is known both far and near
That this is the life of an engineer.
—Author Unknown

Source: I can't remember who shared this poem with me so very long ago. To this day the sweet smell of diesel engine exhaust is comforting, as it signals that the Emergency Diesel Generator has started and will soon be on the line. It means we'll have a fighting chance to recovery from yet another "drop the load" and bring the main plant back on the line and the ship underway again.
This entry is in honor of all the "Snipes" [marine engineers] who ever served at sea in a US Navy ship.
See also: USS CAPODANNO.org

 

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April 7, 2006

Men Abused and Battered

When I met Leo, Paul and Tom at a domestic violence shelter here, it was hard to believe the three men's story: that they were victims of physical abuse at the hands of their female partners.
—Ted Rowlands

Source: CNN.com article The other face of domestic violence by Ted Rowlands published Thursday, April 6, 2006
See also:
> Battered Men - The Hidden Side of Domestic Violence
835,000 men battered each year, silent too long ...
by MenWeb
> Domestic Violence Against Men in Colorado
> Domestic Abuse Hotline for Men and Women
> Abused Men: The Hidden Side of Domestic Violence by Phillip Cook
> Intimate Partner Violence: Fact Sheet by the CDC-National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

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April 2, 2006

Not Enough to be Compassionate

It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act. There two aspects to action. One is to overcome the distortions and afflictions of your mind, that is, in terms of calming and eventualy dispelling anger. This is action out of compassion. The other is more social, more public. When something needs to be done in the world to rectify wrongs, if one is really concerned with benefiting others, one needs to be engaged, involved.
—atributed to His Holiness, the Dalai Lama

Source: Insight from the Dalai Lama Daily Calendar Saturday/Sunday, April 1/2, 2006
See Also: The Tibetan Government in Exile: About His Holiness The Dalai Lama

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February 14, 2006

Other Life Gives Life Meaning

If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.
—Mitsugi Saotome

I AM because I am love; I AM because I love.
Happy Valentine's, my Love, Carol Ruth, and all in my life who truly love me. I am full of joy and gratitude for your love. I am a more complete man because I love and I am loved.

Source: Wisdom.com's Love Quotes | Love Quotations category
See also: Wikipedia's Mitsugi Saotome biography

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February 13, 2006

Touch Your Heart

When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it's bottomless, that it doesn't have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space.
—Pema Chödrön

Source: Teachers: Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes Daily calendar Thursday, February 9, 2006 Andrews McMeel Publishing ISBN: 0-7407-5200-6
See also:
Gampo Abbey's Biography of Pema Chödrön
Ane Pema Chödrön

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January 30, 2006

Love Compared to Indifference

Love will find a way. Indifference will find an excuse.
—Anonymous

Source: Teachers: Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes Daily calendar Tuesday, January 24, 2006 Andrews McMeel Publishing ISBN: 0-7407-5200-6

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January 27, 2006

Love: The Soul of Genius

Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together make genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.
—Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Source: Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac for Friday, January 27, 2006
It is the 250th Anniversary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's birth, born in Salzburg, Austria in 1756, he died December 5th 1791 in Vienna, Austria.
See also: The Mozart Project

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January 25, 2006

Sex and Love

Sex without love is an empty experience, but, as empty experiences go, it's one of the best.
—Woody Allen

Source: The Best Liberal Quotes Ever: Why the Left is Right by Wlliam Martin. Sourcebooks, Inc. 2004 ISBN: 1-4022-0309-8

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January 8, 2006

Remember to Be Happy

The sign hangs on the wall of a bagel shop: "Don't forget to be happy."
     Sometimes we get so bogged down in dealing with feelings, issues, problems—the realities and details of our lives—we forget to be happy.
     Joy is a choice—a deliberate, conscious choice. That choice is available to us each day. Our joy isn't control by others or by outside circumstances. Joy comes from a deeper place, a place of security within ourselves. It is an attitude, not a transitory emotion:

Remember to be kind. Remember to be loving. Remember to feel all your feelings and to take care of yourself. But most of all, remember to be happy.
—Melody Beattie

Source: January 7th entry; Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul by Melody Beattie 1996 HarperCollins ISBN: 0-06-251121-1 (pbk.)
See also:
1. Melody Beattie's Home Page
2. Daily OM's Heart Beats: Drumming, January 6th 2006 entry

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January 7, 2006

Religion: Very Simple

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
—attributed to HH the Dalai Lama

Source: Insight from the Dalai Lama Daily Calendar, Wednesday, January 4th 2006 entry
See Also: The Tibetan Government in Exile: About His Holiness The Dalai Lama

December 15, 2005

Success is About Relationships

Success is not about money and power. Real success is about relationships. There's no point in making $50 million a year if your teenager thinks you're a jerk and you spend no time with your wife.
—Christopher Reeve, 1952—2004 American screen actor

Source: The Ultimate Pocket Positives: A Second Anthology of Inspirational Thoughts Compiled by Maggie Pinkey. The Five Mile Press 2001 Reprinted 2002 ISBN = 1 86503 579 3
See also Wikipedia: Christopher Reeve

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December 1, 2005

One Person Is Missing

sometimes when one person is missing, the whole world seems depopulated.
—Alphonse de LaMartine

Source: quotablecards: A card given to me by my Heald college faculty colleagues, on my last day at the college, Dec. 1, 2005, a very lovely card indeed, and I am very, very grateful for their kind words of encouragement and gentle good-byes.
See also Wikipedia's Alphonse de LaMartine bio

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November 11, 2005

Owed by So Many to So Few

USS Chaffee DDG 90 photo

US Navy: JO3 Ryan C. McGinley

USS CHAFEE (DDG 90) Returns to Pearl

On (Nov. 9, 2005) crew man the rails aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) as she returns to Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Chafee returned to Pearl Harbor after a regularly scheduled deployment as part of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

I helped build these Arleigh Burke Class DDGs

Today is Veterans Day, honoring Americans who have served in the armed forces.

November 11 was originally called Armistice Day because it was on this day in 1918 that the First World War came to an end. The armistice was signed at 11:00 AM, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year. After four years of brutal trench fighting, nine million soldiers had died and 21 million were wounded. It was called "The War to End All Wars," because it was the bloodiest war in history up to that point, and it made many people so sick of war that they hoped no war would ever break out again.

Many intellectuals and artists were disillusioned by the war. The philosopher Bertrand Russell said, "All this madness, all this rage, all this flaming death of our civilization and our hopes, has been brought about because a set of official gentlemen, living luxurious lives, mostly stupid, and all without imagination or heart, have chosen that it should occur rather than that any one of them should suffer some infinitesimal rebuff to his country's pride."
—Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac for Friday, Nov. 11, 2005

B-17s in Flight WW2 photo

Bob's B-17 Page

My Father-in-Low, Earl, served with the 8th Air Force in WW2

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
—Winston Churchill of Britain's fighter pilots during the Battle of Britain, 1940

Source: BBC History: Battle of Britain

LCVPs Lingayen Gulf, 09 JAN 1945 photo

The History Place.com | Pacific War

Lingayen Gulf, January 9, 1945

Landing barges sweep through the waters of Lingayen Gulf carrying the first wave of invaders to the beaches of Luzon following a naval bombardment of Japanese shore positions.

My Dad, Richard C., serving with the US Army's 612 Port Company, was here on this day in the first or second wave ashore.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it as a final resting place for those who died here that the nation might live. This we may, in all propriety do. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have hallowed it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

It is rather for us the living, we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.
---Abraham Lincoln November 19, 1863

Source: University of Oklahoma Law Center's U.S. Historical Documents Collection

USS Stribling (DD-867) photo

Joseph Rachel Destroyer Photo Archive

USS STRIBLING (DD-867) Enters Monaco, June 1972

I served in USS STRIBLING (DD-867) from August 1970 through July 1972 as Main Propulsion Assistant. I was aboard STRIB when this picture was taken. View another photo of STRIB, with "bone in her teeth."

Honor the Men and Women of our Armed Forces
I honor my Dad's service in the US Army in World War 2 in the Pacific. He was on New Guinea, the Phillipines, and Japan as part of the Occupation Forces. Dad was in the first or second waves to go ashore during the landings at Lingayen Gulf, January 9, 1945, during the invasion of Luzon.
I honored my Father-in-Law's service in the US Army in World War 2 in the European Theater. He served with the Eighth Air Force based in England.
I honor my Brother-in-Law, Bill, who served in the US Navy in USS CONSTELLATION during the Viet Nam War and the Cold War.
I honor all my other family members and friends I've known through the years, for their honorable service.
I honor all my shipmates of the many commands I served at sea and ashore in the US Navy from 1970 to my retirement in 1994 during the Viet Nam War and the Cold War.

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September 29, 2005

Hands Reaching Out

You have to reach out your hand—
that's what it's there for.
—Mackinlee Barton

Source: Practice Kindness series window card by Compendium, Inc.

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August 21, 2005

Marriage - The Supreme Felicity

Marriage--yes, it is the supreme felicity of life. I concede it. And it is also the supreme tragedy of life. The deeper the love the surer the tragedy. And the more disconsolating when it comes.
—Mark Twain
—Letter to Father Fitz-Simon, 6/5/1908

Source: twainquotes.com's Marriage Quotations

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August 19, 2005

Love is Not Love

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments; love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O, no, it is an ever-fixd mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand'ring bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his heighth be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
—William Shakespeare: Sonnet 116

Source: Greatest poems: Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare

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August 12, 2005

When My Hair is Grey?

Wilt thou love me, sweet, when my hair is grey
And my cheeks shall have lost their hue?
When the charms of youth shall have passed away,
Will your love as of old prove true?

For the looks may change, and the heart may range,
And the love be no longer fond;
Wilt thou love with truth in the years of youth
And away to the years beyond?

Oh, I love you, sweet, for your locks of brown
And the blush on your cheek that lies --
But I love you most for the kindly heart
That I see in your sweet blue eyes.

For the eyes are signs of the soul within,
Of the heart that is real and true,
And mine own sweetheart, I shall love you still,
Just as long as your eyes are blue.

For the locks may bleach, and the cheeks of peach
May be reft of their golden hue;
But mine own sweetheart, I shall love you still,
Just as long as your eyes are blue.

As Long as your Eyes are Blue by A.B. (Banjo) Paterson

Source: Saltbush Bill, J.P. and Other Verses on WorldWideSchool.org by A.B. (Banjo) Paterson
This poem, As Long as your Eyes are Blue, was first published in the Sydney Australia newspaper, "The Bulletin," 7 Nov 1891.

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August 6, 2005

The Earth is Full of Breathless Whisperings

Only of thee and me the nightwind sings;
        Only of us the lovers speak at sea;
The earth is full of breathless whisperings
        Only of thee and me.

Only of thee and me the forests chant;
        Only of us the stir in bush and tree;
The rain and sun inform the blossoming plant
        Only of thee and me.

Only of thee and me till all shall fade;
        Only of us the world's first thought can be
For we are love, and heaven itself is made
        Only of thee and me.
—Louis Untermeyer

Source: Love Lyrics selected and edited by Louis Untermeyer Second Printing 1967 The Odyssey Press

This entry dedicated to Emily and Tim who were married this day in the Hood River valley in the shadow of Oregon's Mt. Hood. Your family and friends witnessed and affirm your love and your future.
With all our love, Rich

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July 13, 2005

To Be Grandpa

My grandfather was a wonderful role model. Through him I got to know the gentle side of men.
—Sarah Long

Source: Daily Celebrations: Favorite Grandparent Quotations

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June 25, 2005

Life's Learning: Aldous Huxley

Let us be kinder to one another.
—Aldous Huxley: reportedly on his deathbed, reflecting on his entire life's learning.

Source: Who Will Cry When You Die? Life Lessons From the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin S. Sharma 1999 HarpersCollins ISBN 0-00-638578-8
See also, Robin Sharma Online

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June 24, 2005

Somebody Cares

Somebody cares! What a world of woe
Lifts from our hearts when we really know
That somebody really and truly cares,
That we're in somebody's thoughts and prayers.
I want you to know, and I feel you do,
That somebody always is caring for you.
—Unknown

Source: My wonderful, caring Bride, Carol, shared this with me on Thursday, June 23, 2005, ILYWAMHAS, IAYLADHASRich

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June 15, 2005

Birthday Card via Blog

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge -
That myth is more potent than history.
I believe that dreams are more powerful than facts -
That hope always triumphs over experience -
That laughter is the only cure for grief.
And I believe that love is stronger than death.
—Robert Fulghum

Source: Robert Fulghum's Credo on his Official Web Site

Happy Birthday, daughter Jennifer, on your 31st. I still believe what Fulghum says above, as I did a year ago.
How precious you are and I love you,
Your Dad.

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May 8, 2005

Tribute to Mother's Day

Today, Sunday, May 8, 2005, is Mother's Day in the USA.
I honor my Mom, Minna. She has been an inspiration to me all my life. She always has a sense of optimism and adventure mixed in with a tad of wanderlust. She loved my Dad, myself and my sister with her whole heart. Mom is always finding new learning experiences and is outgoing with everyone. I love you, Mom. Thank you for being such a wonderful Mom

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
—Author Unknown

Making the decision to have a child-it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
—Elizabeth Stone

Source: Mother's Day Quotes on 123holiday.net
See also: Blackdog's Mother's Day History

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Reliving V-E Day in the City of Lights

Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day.
—Shakespeare: Henry V

Regarding V-E (Victory in Europe) Day 60 years ago today. The Germans have surrendered. We are still in Paris. The six of us who have been together since England are standing on the parapet of Sacred Heart Cathedral atop Montmartre, overlooking the city. It is getting darker by the minute. Night is falling.

At almost the moment of total darkness Paris has been blacked out for four years we are overwhelmed. There is an explosion of light and music everywhere in the city.

In a single moment every streetlight, every electric sign, every square decorated with festive lanterns springs to life as bands in each of these places begin to play. The sound of the singing of "La Marseillaise" comes from everywhere. The war is over in Europe! The nightmare is ended.

For Europe, Parisians, the darkness is now behind them. I can now look forward to going home, to once again hug and kiss my mother, my sister, and to be with my beloved Anita and be married, a union that is now in its 60th year.
—Seymour Robinson

Source: Mr.Seymour Robinson's Letter to the Editor of the Los Angeles Times May 8, 2005
See also: US State Department's Eyewitness to History: Recollections of VE Day 1945

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April 21, 2005

Most Beautiful in the World

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart.
—Helen Keller

Source: Helen Keller Quotes - The Quotation Page

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March 13, 2005

Birth of Second Grandson

Call it "womb awe" or even "womb worship" but it's not simple envy. I don't remember even wanting to be a woman. But each of the three times I have been present at the birth of one of my children, I have been overwhelmed by a sense of reverence... It was quite suddenly, the first day of creation; the Goddess giving birth to a world... Like men since the beginning of time I wondered: What can I ever create that will equal the magnificence of this new life?
—Sam Keen

Source: Sam Keen Quotes on ThinkExist.com

This entry is dedicated to our second Grandson, born this day, Sunday, March 13, 2005 in Vancouver, WA. He was 7lbs 9ozs and 21 inches of pure love. His Grandma was in the Birthing Room and was privileged to be present at his birth. We both had the distinct and profound honor of cradling him in our arms on his first day of life.

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March 6, 2005

Nurturing Element in Us All

There's a nurturing element to all human beings, whenever they themselves have been nurtured, and it's going to be expressed one way or another.
—Fred Rogers

Source: Teachers Daily Calendar Friday, March 4, 2005
—From the book The World According to Mr. Rogers by Fred Rogers 2003 ISBN 1-4013-0106-1
See also: Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

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February 10, 2005

Dreams We Can Make Come True

How great it is when we come to know that time of disappointment can be followed by times of fulfillment; that sorrow can be followed by joy; that guilt over falling short of our ideals can be replaced by pride in doing all we can; and that anger can be channeled into creative achievements...and into dreams that we can make come true.
—Fred Rogers

Source: The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember by Fred Rogers 2003 ISBN 1-4013-0106-1
See also: Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

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February 6, 2005

Affection & Compassion

At the beginning of our lives and again when we become old we appreciate others' help and affection. Unfortunately, between these two periods of our lives, when we are strong and able and can look after ourselves, we neglect the value of affection and compassion.
—attributed to HH the Dalai Lama

Source: Words of Wisdom Daily Calendar, Wednesday, December 8th 2004 (First Day of Hanukkah) entry
See Also: The Tibetan Government in Exile: About His Holiness The Dalai Lama

January 20, 2005

We Live For?

What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for others?
---George Eliot

Source: Practice Kindness series window card by Compendium, Inc.

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December 26, 2004

Christmas Gifts Ideas for 2005

Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.
---Oren Arnold

Source: BellaOnline Quotes for December 2004

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December 25, 2004

Peace on Earth: Christmas 2004

There can be no peace as long as there is grinding poverty, social injustice, inequality, oppression, environmental degradation, and as long as the weak and small continue to be trodden by the mighty and powerful.

Source: Words of Wisdom Daily Calendar, Saturday, December 25th 2004 (Christmas Day) entry
See Also: The Tibetan Government in Exile: About His Holiness The Dalai Lama

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December 24, 2004

A Visit From Saint Nicholas

Source: NORAD's Santa Tracking 2004

Santa seen Christmas 1959

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse,
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.
The children were nestled all snug in their bed,
While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads,
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,

Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap...
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes -- how they twinkled -- his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook, when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself.
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.
He sprang to his sleigh, to his teams gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

---Clement C. Moore A Visit From Saint Nicholas

Source: A Visit From St. Nick on the New York Institue for Special Education Web site.
Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863) was the only son of Benjamin Moore, president of Columbia College and bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in New York. He was a graduate of Columbia College and got a Masters Degree from there in 1801.
Moore married Catherine Elizabeth Taylor in 1813, and they settled at Chelsea, in what was then a country estate outside New York City. "A Visit From Saint Nicholas" (1822) was written as a Christmas gift for his children.
From 1840 to 1850, he was a member of the board of managers of The New York Institution for the Blind. The school was then know as The New York Institution for the Blind. The school was located on 34th Street and 9th Avenue during that era. The school moved to Pelham Parkway in the Bronx in 1922 and it is known as The New York Institute for Special Education.

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December 23, 2004

I Think of You

That this longing for you follows wherever I go
In the roaring traffic's boom
In the silence of my lonely room
I think of you
Day and night, night and day

Under the hide of me
There's an oh such a hungry yearning burning inside of me
And this torment won't be through
Until you let me spend my life making love to you
Day and night, night and day

---Cole Porter Night and Day lyrics

Source: Written by Cole Porter 1932 for the show The Gay Divorcee

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December 5, 2004

Love Looks Not

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
---William Shakespeare

Source: Helena observes in Midsummer's Night Dream (I, i, 234)

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December 2, 2004

Real Generosity

Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.
---Frank A. Clark

Source: Practice Kindness series Window Card by Compendium Inc., Lynnwood, WA

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November 25, 2004

Thankfulness

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
--Melody Beattie

Source: QuoteLady.com's Thankfulness Quotes Page
I dedicate this day, Thanksgiving Day, 2004, to all my family, near and far, and how deeply thankful I am that I am in their lives. I am also very, very grateful for the friends of my life, those now in my life and those who have faded away from closeness. All have been my blessings.

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November 11, 2004

In Flanders Fields

DDG83 in heavy sea way 29 Aug 04
USS HOWARD (DDG-83) in heavy sea way
29 Aug 04, South China Sea, RAS approach
US Navy photo

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields
---by LTC John McCrae, M.D. May 1915

Source: Sheryl's Holiday Site: Veterans Day
For an explanation of the poem and the significance of the poppies

This entry, made on November 11th, 2004 is to honor of all my brothers and sisters who are serving and have served honorably in defense of these United States.
In particular, I honor:
My Dad, Richard C., who served in the US Army in the Pacific Campaigns of World War 2;
My Father-in-Law, Earl, who served with the US Air Force's Eighth Air Force in the European Theater of World War 2;
My Brother-in-Law, Bill, who served in the US Navy aboard aircraft carriers during the Viet Nam era;
All my Brothers of our Men's movement and Buffalo Gap;
My late Father-in-Law, Thomas (Doc), who served in the US Navy in Alaskan waters during World War 2;
My late Mother-in-Law, Doris, who served in the US Navy Nurse Corps during World War 2. Her specialty included caring for Navy and Marine Corps amputees in the Naval Hospital, Philadelphia.
All my former shipmates with whom I served through my service in the US Navy from 1970 through 1994
And I honor my own service in the US Navy and the Naval Reserve

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November 9, 2004

If I Knew That Today ...

If I knew that today would be the last time Id see you,
I would hug you tight and pray the Lord be the keeper of your soul.
If I knew that this would be the last time you pass through this door,
Id embrace you, kiss you, and call you back for one more.
If I knew that this would be the last time I would hear your voice,
Id take hold of each word to be able to hear it over and over again.
If I knew this is the last time I see you,
Id tell you I love you, and would not just assume foolishly you know it already.
---Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Source: Elise's Quotes: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
See also Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Macondo - This Modern World Gabo Author Page

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October 26, 2004

Living Your Life

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
---Albert Einstein

Source: Expect a Miracle Window Card series by Compendium, Inc., Lynnwood, WA

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October 22, 2004

Only Love!

There are only 4 questions of value in life, Don Octavio:

What is sacred?
Of What is the spirit made?
What is worth Living for? and
What is worth Dying for?

The answer to each is the same: only Love!
----Don Juan DeMarco (played by Johnny Depp) to Don Octavio (played by Marlon Brando)
in the film Don Juan DeMarco

Source: Elise's Wonderful, Inspirational Collection of Quotes, and Poetry, and Sayings

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September 17, 2004

Love Is ...

You really shouldn't say "I LOVE YOU" unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.
---Jessica- age 8

Source: A forwarded email to me on 17 SEP 2004

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September 11, 2004

Happy Birthday, Mom

Clancy of the Overflow

I had written him a letter which I had, for want of better
Knowledge, sent to where I met him down the Lachlan, years ago,
He was shearing when I knew him, so I sent the letter to him,
Just on spec, addressed as follows, "Clancy, of The Overflow"

And an answer came directed in a writing unexpected,
(And I think the same was written with a thumb-nail dipped in tar)
Twas his shearing mate who wrote it, and verbatim I will quote it:
"Clancy's gone to Queensland droving, and we don't know where he are."

* * * * * * * * *

In my wild erratic fancy visions come to me of Clancy
Gone a-droving "down the Cooper" where the Western drovers go;
As the stock are slowly stringing, Clancy rides behind them singing,
For the drover's life has pleasures that the townsfolk never know.

And the bush hath friends to meet him, and their kindly voices greet him
In the murmur of the breezes and the river on its bars,
And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended,
And at night the wond'rous glory of the everlasting stars.

* * * * * * * * *

I am sitting in my dingy little office, where a stingy
Ray of sunlight struggles feebly down between the houses tall,
And the foetid air and gritty of the dusty, dirty city
Through the open window floating, spreads its foulness over all

And in place of lowing cattle, I can hear the fiendish rattle
Of the tramways and the buses making hurry down the street,
And the language uninviting of the gutter children fighting,
Comes fitfully and faintly through the ceaseless tramp of feet.

And the hurrying people daunt me, and their pallid faces haunt me
As they shoulder one another in their rush and nervous haste,
With their eager eyes and greedy, and their stunted forms and weedy,
For townsfolk have no time to grow, they have no time to waste.

And I somehow rather fancy that I'd like to change with Clancy,
Like to take a turn at droving where the seasons come and go,
While he faced the round eternal of the cash-book and the journal
--But I doubt he'd suit the office, Clancy, of The Overflow.
---A. B. (Andrew Barton) "Banjo" Paterson

Source: University of Queensland, Australia "Banjo" Paterson's Cancy of the Overflow First published in the The Bulletin in 1889.

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