Weekly Posting Goal:

Start off your week with a new post from Spark America every Sunday to get you informed and energized, and to give you meaningful, thought provoking information and inspirational dialog to share with your friends for the entire week. I welcome your comments.

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Drake
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Question




It seems in today's world we always look to the past for answers to the insurmountable questions we are faced with today. Most of the time we are unhappy with answers that we may get in today's looking glass America. We can no longer look to the future for these answers. The future looks like a scary place, without reanable, steadfast explanations. And no one likes to be scared. So we look back to the future. At that point we just close our eyes and hope for the best. Meaning let someone else figure it out. We need to find our own answers today, because history may show that we gave up on ourselves, love, and our neighbors.  Most of all America and God. In the 1970's many people like myself were intoxicated with the music of the Moody Blues. I haven't lost the addiction for their unique sound. But it was the lyrics that still resonate with me to this day. I can't get them out of my head. I am so ever grateful for that, since dementia usually only destroys our short term memory, thank God for his genius. One of my most favorite songs was, without a doubt, Question (video).   The words written in all  their songs delivered messages we can live by to this day,tomorrow, and into a future of uncertainty. The music, magical and mystical, echoed voices of pure harmony to soothe both the heart and soul. "I'm looking for, someone to change my life, I'm looking for, a miracle in my life". Sound like words hanging around in your head right now? They are in mine and I have found an Angel that has changed my life.


We are just too distracted by the meaningless drivel from the media, and the mindless trash coming out of Hollywood. We need to think for ourselves. They are delivering this trash  like it was a giant Hershey bar, while we devour every bite of it. Never getting enough. They should be delivering up baseball, apple pie, and Chevrolet, sweetening the apple pie with good old fashioned common sense. We need to set out for the back roads and the simple life before it's too late. The simple truth is, there are too many people in this country buying into this false sense of what is right and what is wrong in our lives. Never taking the time or responsibility to seek the facticity. Just use the consensus theory of truth, you can't go wrong. Come on, we all know right from wrong. Sometimes the truth is hard too hard to swallow.

The bottom line is this. If what you really want is a miracle and someone to change your life, my advice to you is - bring the peace or get out and find it. If you really want peace, love, and prosperity in America, go out and find someone to love.

Besides, life itself is the ultimate miracle if you seek it. Are you at that threshold? I know I am.

           

Sunday, March 15, 2015

New York Moment

Quintessential New York moments come in wild nights, near-death experiences, and unnoticeable acts of kindness. It's time like these that make people feel like they have become part of the naked city. Some might just think of it as "sex in the city."


What can one say about New York that hasn't already been said -- vibrant, pulsing, crowded, attitudes, lonely, sometimes snowmageddon, sensual, rhythm, angels...
New York is the city that keeps calling some of us to come back, as if she were watching and waiting for our return, but never comes the day...

It could also be said that some of us return because we are lonely with things hidden deep inside of us, and it's there just for us to see -- because it isn't what we take from her, it's what we leave behind. Like the shadow I was chasing, and when I looked she wasn't there... now taking pictures of the dreams that will fill my head of you and I...

So think about today, think about tomorrow, hold on and don't let go...
If only you knew what's inside of me now, it's never out of your sight...
I'll be waiting there, I'll be waiting there for you...
We alone will be alright in the end...

Sunday, November 9, 2014

A Broken Wing


Let my heart not be troubled, neither let it be afraid, for everything there is a season...

Sometimes when we walk in grief, our mind is scattered, some tell me I'll be OK...

It's hard to believe those words when my heart tells me that day may never come...

Looking up to the sky I think of you and our love in silence, I miss your voice, I miss your laughter...

Never the less, we can't change the painful past...

I give you this thought to keep...

It's one thing to fall in love, it's another thing to feel someone else fall in love with you...

Tiamo...

PS...


When a man really loves a woman he will hold on to the things he really needs...

It's they way it has to be...









Till then...




Sunday, November 2, 2014

Watching and Waiting

It's time to ask the question -- what is it that defines us? A simple question, without a simple answer. Most of us would have to think about it for awhile, before we come up with an answer that is relevant. Are we living an authentic life that identifies the real you, the person we were created to be -- or the fictitious self, the one everyone expects us to be?

We may not know the answer because we have yet to understand that we can only find our unlimited self at our absolute core. The problem is, we don't know how to get there. You will find your answer when you discover how deep your love is. Until then we will find ourselves incomplete, existing with a hole in our soul, trying desperately to fill the void with stuff. That never works. We need to connect with our "innermost" voice along the path to understanding life's true meaning.

Find a quiet place, unlock your innate ability to think for yourself, and peel away the layers of confusion and distraction. There's where you will find room for answers, and wide open space for doing.




    

Sunday, October 19, 2014

I believe -- parte due

I believe for every drop of rain that falls, a flower grows
I believe that somewhere in the darkest night, a candle glows
I believe for everyone that goes astray, someone will come to show the way
I believe above the storm the smallest prayer will still be heard
I believe that someone in the great somewhere hears every word
Every time I hear a newborn baby cry, or touch a leaf, or see the sky, then I know why I believe
Frankie Laine -- 1953




           Believe in love and find the hidden places in another persons heart...
         
           I believe that once in a while in an ordinary life, something extraordinary happens...

           I believe that nothing is worse than being apart...

     

           

Sunday, October 12, 2014

I Believe-- Parte Uno

To believe is to have confidence in the truth, the existence or the reliability of something, although without absolute truth that one is right in doing so.
I believe:

in things that are invisible to the eye, if only we would just take the time to look,

it can be a good day from morning til night,

a homeless person is still a person with a heart and soul, just take the time to look into their eyes and see for yourself,

my brother Dave spoke with his heart when he told me he was proud that I was his brother,

life's purpose is grounded in simplicity --  we just need to find the shoes that will help us walk down the road of understanding,

we can achieve whatever we set out to do, we just need to learn how to program our search engines,

a beautiful sunset always turns into an even more meaningful sunrise,

that who ever reads this is a really good person, someone that believes as I do,

there is so much to believe in, much like stars across the sky, we were born to shine,


that romance is what keeps two people tethered forever...
that we just need to see someone, touch them, and know...

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Life---Just Another Four Letter Word

The word life is just one word included in over 450,000 other four letter words in the English language, yet it's true meaning seems to have a different connotation to most people.


                                 
The meaning of life is a philosophical question concerning the significance of life or existence in general. It can also be expressed in different forms, such as "Why are we here?", "What is life all about?", and "What is the purpose of existence?" It has been the subject of much philosophical, scientific, and theological speculation throughout history. There have been a large number of proposed answers to these questions from many different cultural and ideological backgrounds.
The meaning of life is in the philosophical and religious conceptions of existencesocial tiesconsciousness, and happiness, and borders on many other issues, such as symbolic meaningontologyvalue, purpose, ethicsgood and evilfree will, the existence of one or multiple Godsconceptions of God, the soul, and the afterlife. Scientific contributions focus primarily on describing related empirical facts about the universe, exploring the context and parameters concerning the 'how' of life. Science also studies and can provide recommendations for the pursuit of well-being and a related conception of morality. An alternative, humanistic approach poses the question "What is the meaning of my life?" The value of the question pertaining to the purpose of life may coincide with the achievement of ultimate reality, or a feeling of oneness, or even a feeling of sacredness.

The meaning of life. So many of us spend each day of our life searching for, or seeking, the simple life answers to this question. "It's A Wonderful Life" is not simply a movie. If you find the answers you seek or make this wonderful journey a reality, you can actually have a wonderful life. For with all it's ups and downs, good and bad days, life can still be a thrilling process--- don't spend half of your life learning what "it's my life" really means, you can bring life and it's true meaning into your heart,mind and soul today.

Don't make the mistake about life's true meaning by searching for the answers, when the answer might be right in front of you.

Sometimes we become confused as to what road we must choose... til we meet again...and then...

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hurt More --- Love More



If you love and get hurt, love more
If you love more and get hurt more, love even more
If you love even more and you get hurt even more, love some more until it hurts no more.

Women may fall when there's no strength in man

Love comforteth, like sunshine after rain

The course of true love never did run smooth

Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing

"live, love, and let it be"

I have not slept one wink

Till then......


William Shakespeare


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Love All -- Do Wrong To None


In the light of current global events, particularity here  in the United States, there seems to be a darkening vapor of fear and discontent among most Americans that seems to be clouding our ability to think for ourselves, and is diluting our perspective for using good old fashioned "common sense."  To solve the enormous problems set forth by our own resistance and reluctance to act on these seemingly daunting issues, it is erroneous to think we can sustain this pompous attitude for much longer. Something has got to give and we have to start somewhere ---- we must start right now before it is too late. 

There is no conceivable reason to disbelieve the fact that just simple acts of love and kindness are  incapable of being the catalysts we need to "jump start" our new "attitude", and will help us to sustain our focus on solving the problems we have now, and those that lie ahead of us.  

Love, kindness, and compassion for our fellow man are the only ingredients necessary to build bridges between our hearts that will detour us from a path of anomie, that seems to be in the drivers seat of our future. 

There is no better choice, and we have no alternative but to take a second look at our lives and maybe we will wake up from the "media induced coma" web of deceit, always remembering that truth is more important than the facts. We must turn off the faucet of excessive " me me me "  and begin to turn around this "season of discontent and disenchantment" in America.

Surrender yourself to look, listen, and receive, to awaken the hunger inside of us that can open the door to teach us to express the inexpressible. 

To  err is human; to forgive, divine. 
To be human is to love..... it would be erroneous to think otherwise......
          

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Winds Of Faith

It is time to put our faith in American core values to the test. Life is always good when things are going just the way we want them to--- good job, happy and healthy family, good schools, a government to protect us, and the ultimate gift---the pursuit of happiness. These are the just part of the undeniable rights fought for and bequeathed to us by our founding fathers--- and the people that died for these rights. With these established principals that these honored American heroes left behind them, we can lead the good life that for some reason we feel we are entitled to. With these principals in place, it should be easy to keep the faith. So now is the time in American history to ask the question---why are we loosing the faith we need to sustain us? Life is easy when life is good, living on top of the mountain of money,success, and pretty.


At the present time in America our faith is being put to the test every day. We are now living in the valley of dwindling faith, hope, a way out, and are facing great trials and tribulations. Right now our faith in America and her need for our help is being tested to the max. Are we ready to make the right choices that will bring us to realize that every one of us must become a piece of the solution to help us face and erase this feeling of doubt and hopelessness? Will we allow this lack of faith that seems to slowly be diluting our understanding of the urgency to participate, to blind us to the realization that the time is now?

Let us begin to dig deep inside of ourselves to find this faith that will sustain us and our great nation, even when we are being tested in the valley of hard times. Let us build a stairway of faith, peace and love for God,and one another,  We must put these God-given principles on our shoulders and rise to the top of that mountain and let us build bridges of faith, peace, empathy,and love to get us to the  top. Only love, faith, and trust can build a long lasting and strong bridge between our hearts. Once we arrive to the top of that mountain we will be able to move mountains together. This struggle is the only thing worth fighting for -- the only thing that will save us as a nation. Just look at what a colony of ants accomplishes every day with just a little mound of dirt. Faith is like the wind, you can't see it but you know it's there.



When we climb to the top of that mountain we may see God.
Maybe when we reach the top of our own mountain, we may realize that all the love we have been given, has been left just for us.


Drake






Sunday, August 3, 2014

Spark America Posts


Start off your week with a new post from Spark America every Monday to get you informed and energized all week, and again on Friday's to give you thought provoking information and inspirational dialog to share with your friends over the week end.





Thank you for stopping bye. I will be taking the month of August off to work on my first novel  "LAYERS"
See you in September!



     Drake.....

Sunday, July 27, 2014

WHY?



Ask yourself this one question; what is the reason we exist here on this planet as humans? If you think you have the correct answer, find someone you know and share it.


Your answer may surprise them.
Your answer may surprise you.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

America's Heart--A new Awakining

 Today in America we see a vast departure of core values that had until now lived within the hearts of our ancestors and the rhythm of the heartbeat was strong.The rhythm is still there but not as strong as it used to be -- the music we created is still there, yet the expression of the words to the  music seems to be gone and those core values are just not the same.

Instead, there is an interruption of that strong combination of that strong heart and core values that seems to be the opinion of others from many country's, that the America that was, will never be the America that it could be. America's future is not something that can be turned into an ideological victory for just one group and not another, because our future is now and it is not a future of closing books and long last looks.
The set of beliefs that most Americans still deeply possess and believe in are the deeply rooted ideals and  words that are spoken of a truth that will live in our hearts today, and in the hearts of our children forever. We are proud and honorable Americans and we never give up, and we will forever be the beacon of love and hope to share with the rest of the world. God gave us life, our ancestors gave us freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We shall do the rest.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Talkin' Bout Generationism

There seems to lots of ism's and expressive "new language" bombarding the American public these days and  Generation-ism should now be the redefined to the term otherwise known as the "generation gap" and  should be near the top of the list. The reason; to bring everyone to the realization that we need to stop pointing fingers at the previous and the current generations, and put our --- 'help where our hope is.' We need to stop pointing fingers, pointing the middle finger up, stop making excuses as to why we can't get in the middle, and stop choosing not to "get involved". We citizens of America need to stop hoping our problems away; hoping someone else will solve these problems. We all need to take affirmative action --  now.
From the inception of the Missionary Generation, (1860-82) to the present Millennial's (born 1980-2000), and including the other 5 generations, all we seem to do is to claim that other generations are the culprits of today's problems, while most who do the complaining cannot show verifiable justification criteria to substantiate their claims. That is what is lacking and this is why we are so disconnected from one another.

Before we put too much blame on the present Millennial's for their narcissistic and selfish behavior, ( ever wonder who they got it from? lets take a look at the millions of adults who are going to plastic surgeons in droves to get a better picture of themselves while they are constantly looking at their new youthful image of themselves in the mirror. Lots of these onlookers and finger pointers are also the ones spending time abusing technology, social media, and all the other weapons of mass distraction as well. Fact: pointing fingers never solved anything.

All of us need to take a closer look at ourselves to determine if we are part of the problem, or are we going to choose to be a part of the solution. Since "the many" helped to create these problems of the present generation, why aren't we helping them? Too many of them are cool and reserved, not at all passionate, lazy, and feel entitled just like a lot of their parents still do. Lets help them find the passion. They seem to be well informed but are inactive so lets give them something to be active about-- lets introduce them to what America has always been about; helping those in need. Take them for that Sunday drive, in the "old fashioned search engine", give them something to believe in and be a part of, and show them by our actions and tell them they are loved by us. That's what we are supposed to do. Its supposed to be a generation thing, way cool.

Here's something "old fashioned" to think about ---  'being kind is being cool'.

In the future, we may have living proof that caring does matter.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

National Pride----A Noble Cause

In American history, we may conclude that national pride sits as the cornerstone of strength and identity to which we are judged by others in the world. It is at times like these that we must choose to respond to ourselves and other nations and exhibit our best and noblest capacities for love, healing, and compassion, and to communicate these efforts to those who are waiting for us to take the lead in the right direction.

However, it is apparent in America today that we as Americans, have chosen not to come together in unity to display our commitment to begin the process of this noble cause. We must make the right choices and begin to let the rest of the world see us as a nation whose gifts create spiritual bounty and peace; not as a marauding nation set on taking what is not rightfully ours from others while seeking to acquire goods and resources. That should not be a requirement to be a great leading nation.

The truth of the matter is that we, who are the body of this great republic, all too often sit and remain "silent" and allow government policy to dictate our credible actions. Policies made in "high places" do not represent the feelings of most Americans, and should not be allowed to shape our vision of what we would like our nation to become in the future. We need to keep these villains in the backseat where they belong, not in the driver's seat,which is where we put them in the first place; allowing them to be steering us in the wrong direction, which is over a cliff. We must begin to put on the brakes, turn ourselves and our country around, away from what awaits us at the abyss. If you think the financial cliff is frightening, we are already teetering on the morality cliff----a little bit more of the likes of Miley Cyrus might be just enough to push us over.



We, as the true patriotic Americans, must return our country in the right direction to re-establish the policies and practices we hold dear in our hearts that also anchor our foundation, that seems to be crumbling. These unfortunate results happen when a nations people fall asleep, unaware what is really happening, or just choose to ignore it. This is what happens when you stop paying attention to the tragedies that may befall us if we keep living in a unconscious state of mind.

It will only be upon waking up from this self induced unconsciousness, will we begin to see how tarnished our ideals have become, and have separated us from the truth's that lie at the foundation of America's heart.

We must put ourselves at the top of the list of "The Good Country Index" (goodcountry.org)

There is not a moment too soon for this awakening to happen.
       

Sunday, June 29, 2014

America--A Good Spanking

In America today too many people have given up on the idea that we can regain our position as a great nation, and a lot of people are going around waiting for someone else to take the first step towards renewed greatness. Far too many people are going around giving the rest of the world the impression that we are some kind of "big shots", while what they really see is more align with "big bullies, " and "big mouths". doing a lot of talking and proclaiming, but not believing in anything, and not being able to back up what they are proclaiming or believing. For all you people that have just given up on this country -- I say, you have a lot of nerve. For those of you who are waiting for someone else to take the first step for mankind; Neil Armstrong did it already in 1969 and one of our greatest men ever who took that first step for humanity, has died. As for all you "big shots", "bully's", and "big mouths", you might want to sign up for the first commercial passenger flight to mars because they are looking for people like you to colonize the planet. So start saving your money, or should I say, proceed in stealing our money from us -- the hard working real patriotic Americans.



What this country needs now is love sweet love ---  but it needs a good spanking first. We need to stop the whining and step up to the plate before it is too late, and I can assure you it will be. We absolutely cannot sustain this type of "attitude" and "behavior", and total personal disregard for our children's future. They did not ask to be born into this man made "selfish don't give a damn mess"; they didn't even ask to be born. Our behavior has gone from beyond disgraceful and totally unacceptable, to a predictably and dangerous road to extinction.

We are condemning our children to a future of doom and gloom in which there will be now way out for them. This is the God's honest truth and we all know who the guilty ones are, don't we. We are not a nation of leaders leading the future, we are a nation of non -  leaders leading our children into no man's land without any water to drink and they will die of thirst.


If hearing the truth displeases you then go ahead an read a good  fairy tail,  because you are living in "never never land ", which is right around the corner from "la la land".

Really think about what I have just said, and if ever you do look into the eyes of a child, just try not to feel like crap because you choose to do absolutely nothing about securing their future ---  their future that may not be in their future.  

America, wake up before it really is too late, and it may already be. It is for you to decide.



Sunday, June 22, 2014

Dearly Beloved - A Love Letter

Dearly beloved:
This is the first real love letter I have ever written, so maybe I should just get right to point and tell you that I love you with all my heart and soul. There, I got over the hardest part first. I really wanted to tell you in person, but I could never bring myself to telling you face to face.

When I look back on my life, and my long relationship with you I guess I was just too young, naive, and just wasn't mature enough to really appreciate my love for you and all the important things you stand tall for. Looking at you and loving you from afar has always been difficult, but now I must come forward and tell you how much I love you and need you, before it is too late.

As far back as I can remember we have had a wonderful history together and I was always in awe of your beauty and majesty. You were always there for me and will always be a real portrait of beauty to me, possessing the power of a queen, and the allure of countless  hidden treasures. Even when things really got distant between us, and after all the times you left me out in the cold., I choose to still embrace you - I will to the end of time.

My beloved, I really need to tell that I need you so much it hurts me, and I don't know what I ever would do without you. I long to be needed by your loveliness, and I will shout it from the top of the highest mountains and from the floor of your hearts deepest valley's.

I know you are in deep trouble now, and you don't know how to get your self out of it. Well my sweet, because you have always been there for me when I needed you, I can't, and won't ever desert you -  my love for you has grown stronger and stronger, as I have grown older and wiser.

The time has come to rescue you from the dangers that lie ahead of you, for I will be your rock, your Gibraltar. It is the very least I can for you after all have done for me my precious, and for that I will be eternally grateful. Through the years you never let me down, you always turned my world around with your compassion to treat everyone you met with open arms. You have always been a statue of liberty in my eyes, and to everyone who has ever come to know you. Sometimes I feel like I am loosing my best friend -  someone who has always taught me right from wrong, always knowing that you were right. Seeing you change so much right in front of my eyes seems like closing books and long last looks my friend. Above all you are my let freedom ring, and my beacon of love and hope. So bring me your heart no matter how broken, just come as you are, for all that you thirst for you will thirst no more, and all who search for you will find what their souls are longing for. Here in this moment I choose to reach out and touch your heart.

It is with great pride, compassion, love, and loyalty that I will always pledge my allegiance to you. It is for you my dearly beloved America, that I shall sing your praises from sea to shining sea. If we have to turn back time, we will find our way.

It is in you and God, we put our trust.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

America-- A good Scolding

When I was young, and believe me I was one mischievous little boy, I remember being scolded for my bad behavior. I was young, but I knew the difference between right and wrong, and I knew there were going to be consequences for my bad behavior, but being young and naive, I just didn't care. When you are young and don't know any better, that's one thing, but when we grow up we are supposed to act like responsible adults --  because we need to teach the children well, which is exactly what we are not doing. Today in America much of  what I see is a nation of adults going around acting like children with no parental guidance, and what I am observing mostly is children leading children --  but in reality, no one is leading at all.

We used to be a great nation, but not any more. We have freedom, yes, a freedom that was fought and paid for dearly by our ancestors lives, and still to this day, brave men and women are giving up their lives in order to let freedom ring out across our once great land. Freedom does not come free, and it is surely not worth loosing.

We are behaving badly as a nation, and we need a good scolding:
We need to:

Stop, when we see a stop sign-- because it means stop
Stop talking on our cell phones while we are driving, we can kill  an innocent person
Stop text messaging when we drive, we can kill an innocent child
Stop pointing fingers at others; Christ said you can see the splinter in my eye, but not the log in yours
Stop looking down at the ground while we are walking towards someone and look in their eyes and put a smile on our faces, they need love just like we do, and we may be saving their life
Stop assuming that every one else is bad, and we are perfect
Stop believing everything we hear from the media, they are imperfect humans just like us --- seek your own truth
Stop watching all that crap on TV, it is ruing our lives, our children's future, and it is killing America's morality
Stop being ungrateful, it is UN-American; just ask anyone who has been to war, or ask an appreciative  immigrant living here now, what grateful means to them
Stop waiting for the government or others to make life better here in this country, it is up to us, and only us---ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country; go ahead, try it, it will feel good to you, to others, to JFK, and to Mother America
Stop thinking that what the American flag stands for isn't worth saving or saluting anymore, that it is cliche' with no meaning, and went out in the 60's ---  it didn't
Stop playing inappropriate music with trash lyrics too loud in public, and enough with the foul language and trashy unsuitable, inappropriate clothing in front of our children and our seniors, its immoral, and they deserve better, and we seniors don't like it
Stop buying dogs and teaching them to be ferocious pets to show your fear and distrust of your fellow man, when it it you who can't be trusted; so go out and buy your self a golden retriever or a black Labrador retriever, they are dogs of peacemakers
Stop believing it when people tell you God is dead, he isn't; besides you have never even looked for him in the first place
Stop being a proc lamer and become a believer --  learn to defend your beliefs or non-beliefs, at least let people know what it was that lead you to believe what you are defending in the first place
Stop walking around like a zombie and seek, and maybe you will find, the greatest treasure of life which is buried deep inside of you, but is invisible to the eye
Stop ass aching, our children are watching us, they are our only hope for a future of peace
Most importantly, start behaving because the universe is watching

Go in peace, and let the Prince of peace be your guide



           

Sunday, June 8, 2014

America--Is She Worth Saving


There is a word circulating within America today which is often used to describe the body and soul of a person who believes that America is worth saving. That word would be 'patriot'. Those of us who claim to be patriots are proud to defend our beliefs associated with this word. Patriots are considered to be of good moral value, which encapsulates many attributes, among them goodness, kindness, and courage. To be a patriot is to be aligned with what is morally right, which is the ability to understand and distinguish what is right and what is wrong.


However, to be a patriot and to disagree with some one else's point of view, should not exclude them from your definition of the words best used to describe a person who is patriotic. Today, such exclusion will play a damaging role in creating a polarization that threatens to create a chasm between those who may have opposing views.

This is commentary which must lead us to an understanding of the essential goodness that most human beings carry, while also understanding others who may share a different point of view.We must begin to move away from the historical perspective of dialogue that will take us away from the dichotomy of we and they.The definition of patriotism over many years has come to mean a variety of things, some of which are stronger in some than others.

Among the things that one may include in their definition of what it means to be a patriot are among the following:
-love for one's country and belief she is worth saving
-commitment to the ideals upon which she was founded
-hope for the future of the nation
-desire to rectify past mistakes that have been made
-faithfulness to the Constitution
-belief in all things right


As patriotic Americans, we must ask ourselves this one question: is America worth saving? If the answer is a resounding yes, we must see to it that this new commitment to the ideals of America are not the same approval of her practices in the past or the present. You must ask yourself what role do you play in this country worth saving. I will discuss this in greater detail in a future post----"One Way Out."

America is not one thing, she is many things. And being a patriot is not one thing, but many things. The new patriotism that America needs is one that will be based on diversity, honesty and trust.

With these values, and wearing the banner of hope, sound ideals, and a good sustainable moral code, we may come to the realization that yes --- indeed she is worth saving. We need to do this not just for future generations alone, but more importantly, for the people who lived before us and laid down their lives so we may know the true meaning of liberty.

She is the best there is, and there is no other like her.
She is who we are. We are she who is worth saving.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

No Man Is An Island


Human's don't thrive when isolated from one another. "No man is an island, entire of itself, each is a part of the continent, a part of the main."  This particular quote John Donne (1572-1631), seems to me to be as powerful a quote as "The golden rule." Both resonating the idea that we would be much better off if we would just get to know one another, love as we want to be loved, and begin to accept one another as equals. Sounds so easy doesn't it? Seems like something we are already doing, but most of us are not. I believe if this were true, we would have eliminated most of the insurmountable problems plaguing this great nation today.

"Isolation is not a good destination." When we isolate ourselves from one another, we miss the true joy of life that only bonding and lasting human relationships can provide.What we need are bridges leading us from the isolation of our personal island, to the strong, secure,and connected ground upon which we can rebuild a strong republic.We must concede this notion that we can continue to survive without one another; this is not working and it never will.


When our ancestors arrived here they were armed with the idea that in order to survive, they needed to become one. They looked out for one another enduring hardships even they never could have imagined. They realized the importance of strength in numbers. We have the numbers, we just have to get our strength back and pick up the ball we dropped.

In America today we need to look in one another's eyes, put a smile on our faces, open doors and build bridges together that will lead us down the road to true peace and prosperity. We must engage ourselves into becoming a united one, showing the world what our ancestors already knew, it takes peaceful people to create a peaceful nation.

Peace out America.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Remember When... - In Memorial

Remember when:            

you were little and you were getting ready for you first day of school after a long, fun filled summer,
you were 16 and sat in the front seat behind the wheel of you first car, next to your dad,
you graduated from high school, with an opportunity to go to college,
you could go to the college of your choice,
you had an opportunity to voice your opinion on a particular subject, even though others disagreed with you,
you were a child and could get on your knees at night to say your prayers with out fear of retaliation,
you got your first kiss from your future date to the prom,
you went on a picnic with your parents, grilled out, and went for a swim in the lake - took a nap on soft green grass,
you and your family took your one and only automobile trip across the United States to get a glimpse of what it means to be an American,
you slept outdoors at night under the stars, among the firefly's, comfortable and safe in your own sleeping bag,
you got to go on to further your education so you and your family could experience the "good life",
you got to choose the church of your choice, to pray to a God in who you believe in,
you had the opportunity to disagree with someone, knowing it was your God given right to do so,
you realized for the first time in your life that there are people who have given their lives for your freedom.


We must always remember freedom does not come free ---ever.

We live in a peaceful America for only one reason. Soldiers gave their lives for us. The peace we have is their proof in believing.

May we be eternally grateful to them every day of our lives.
May those heroes who are living, find God and peace in their lives.

May those who have lost their lives, rest in peace.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

America -Time To Reboot

OK, the first thing I want you to do is to shut down your computer, then reboot.
 Welcome back. What you just did was to experience what it takes to shut down and restart something, in this case, your computer. You made a conscious decision to allow an event to happen over which you had complete control. You created a situation that had to go back and start itself all over again, reconnecting itself along the way to a brand new start --- easy, wasn't it. Reboot to save America-- not so easy.

Why you ask did I request you to shut down and reboot?

Desperate times call for clear thinking and decisive action, and that means action of the affirmative kind. When we look at the "big picture", there is one, and only one conclusion, as to how to get out of the mess "we" have created in this great nation. What I mean by this corroborative statement, is that we as a nation, "must start all over", and maybe we can get it right this time around. We are the one's who are responsible to undo the bad times and mistakes that are a part of America's history. This is the time to stop pointing fingers and always putting the blame on others for this downward spiral of a nation that seems to be leading the world towards total moral decline. Staying on this course will lead us to a disastrous future.

Yes, you read me right, we have to go back to the very beginning, because that is where we will find the bane mistakes we made right from the get-go. In order to do this without a lot of digging into the history books, it is imperative to know when who ever dropped anchor here first; "however they came ashore", probably came with little on their backs or in their stomachs, other than a dream, and a lot of anxiety. Along with that dream they also had something that seems to have been lost along the way, that was a belief that they could have a better life here than they did in their homeland. They certainly weren't perfect, as no one is today, but they weren't soft, spoiled, narcissistic, or arrogant about their future. What they were was optimistic and full of hope. And I must say, contrary to what is being taught into today's America; they believed in a creator. I wasn't there at the time, but I am pretty sure the history books will not reveal the word spiritual was on the tip of everyone's tongue --- they had God in their heads. The history books will reveal that. Seek it and you will find it.
Fast forward to right now in America and what do you see? Don't tell me, I so already know and so do you. Like what you see? Of course you don't. Stop believing things will change for the better, hoping someone else will do it, because until  we change ourselves and start all over again, the future looks far from bright for our children now doesn't it? Come on wake up, and face the fact that we 'must" save the future for our children or there will be hell to pay. And pay we will, in particular, our children will be making the payments. This is something they do not deserve, they deserve better. This turn around can not be sugar coated, there is not enough sugar for that.

How do we begin to do this you ask? Seem impossible, does it not? Well I have "good news" for you, it is not, and it's not too late, but we must get started right now. Read my post "A Believer Or A Pro-claimer".We have "everything" we need to do this, that our ancestors did not have. Major advances in education, medicine, science and technology, along with the major last piece of the puzzle piece that can help to finally create peace; the world wide web. But, first we must stop using it as a weapon of "mass distraction", but begin using it as a magnet to bring us closer together. This can be done. It is our only hope of having a peaceful America for our children and their children's children. This is not an enigma.

We must be the catalyst; the beacon of hope and peace for the rest of the world to follow. What a great legacy for the history books. America has always been the leader of most everything good anyway. We have just lost our way, and we are the only way "back to the future".

Remember, you don't know what you've got until it's gone.
Hold on, help is on the way, I can hear your prayers.
We are the save boat.

Finally, we need to seek and find the answers to these four questions before we can even begin to make a new start. The questions of the origin of man, morality, meaning, and destiny. When we find the answers, peace will follow.



This is all I have to say.


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day--A Day of Love


Every child born has a mom, and every day, and not just once a year, "Mother's Day"should be celebrated as a day to love, cherish, and with tenderness and devotion, tell our mothers that we love them; words that can make a stressful day a worthwhile and meaningful day for her. Devotion to your mother on a daily basis is a good thing.

Although you make think you have to rely on Hallmark to express you innermost and deepest feelings for your mother, you do not. One suggestion I may present to you is to go ahead and select a beautiful card with a captivating cover that will open up her heart to drink in the words that are inside. Once inside, she can read your heartfelt feelings for her that for most of the time is locked inside your heart. Now deposit those words on the space provided for just that. Write the words that need to be spoken in person to the woman who made a conscious decision to bring you into her world. A world filled with her hope and love for you. Now, focus your eyes on her while her heart accepts your chosen offerings of words you wrote to express your deepest feelings of love for her. As the tears begin to fall, make sure you have tissue close at hand.

For some mothers, Mothers Day is a day and a time of deep loss and sorrow for they may be without their mothers, or they maybe suffering the loss of another person they so dearly loved, such as a father, husband, friend, son or daughter. We must pray for them on this , their day, and pay them a visit if we can in order to ease their pain, lest we never forget their pain and suffering. It is the right thing to do.

My mother never really cared for a gift on mother's day, but longed for that card that somehow she knew would so humbly contain the words that lived in my heart, that somehow I just couldn't get out to her, that would express my deepest love for her. Those were my early days of using "Hallmark" to express my feelings, but as I grew older and wiser I began to add my own words that for too many years were hidden and trapped in my heart and soul, with no way to get them out to her.

We as adults must begin to learn and understand that all moms are not alike, but they all have one thing in common. They love their children with unconditional love,and that love will live in our hearts forever, even when they are gone. Let us not have regrets. Regrets are like ghosts - they will haunt us to the end.

This Mother's Day especially if you are blessed enough to spend it with your mom, give her a great hug, hold her hand and as you squeeze her hand, look deep into her eyes and tell her that you love and cherish her. That tender touch and those words at that moment will go soaring right into heart and soul and will be embedded there forever. A moment that will last a lifetime. This is not the time for just a snapshot, this needs to be a complete picture, that will last an eternity. Her portrait hangs in our hearts in the place called "honor". A mother's love knows no boundary's and her heart is that of an Angel. She will always give, but she will never take.


I got to do that just before my mom took her last breath before she went to her eternal rest with God, and that last moment will live in both my heart and soul forever. All I have to do is close my eyes and she is there with me because I can still see her, feel her, and almost reach out and touch her.

Happy Mothers Day to all the moms who may be reading this on this day.

Happy Mother's Day mom.
I miss you and I will love you forever.
Sleep in heavenly peace.
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