May 30, 2011 by myeye
It’s very cool this morning. The winds that have plagued us for the past weeks are gone and the air is still. There is a meadowlark hiding in the brush somewhere near my property. He is singing and the dogs don’t seem to be driven to find him and chase him away. My parents are buried in the National Cemetery in Santa Fe. My father died by his own hand when I was fourteen. Five years later, my mother died of cancer — and I was an orphan — with six little brother and sister orphans. My father was a veteran. He was in the Coast Guard, serving on the Border Patrol. He rode the barren land between Mexico and the United States on a horse named “Beans”. He was the only man my mother ever loved and it is right that they are buried together.
My dad’s service was not during an armed conflict, but he served his country. This morning, I am thinking that each of us should be serving in some way. Even as we remember and honor those that have died, we should be celebrating those that live and give of themselves.
This is a tiny sermon, but it is from my heart.
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September 11, 2010 by myeye
I remember standing in the television aisle at Sams Club and seeing that plane slam into the tower. I burst into tears, and the person I love said gently, “If you want a television set, we’ll get one.” I don’t think he realized what I was watching, but . . .
It’s nine years later. We, as a national, have fallen into that sad state where the few represent the totality. For the tragic deaths on September 11th, we blamed, not just a group, not just a nation, but millions of people who share a religious belief. Today those millions of people, and probably most of the rest of the world, believe that one slightly off-kilter minister who wants to burn the Koran, speaks for all citizens of the United States. He doesn’t speak for me, but no one knows that because my personal code/morals/beliefs are not newsworthy. They are just the thoughts of a (senior) lady.
Should a Muslim mosque be built near the site of the Twin Towers. The United States is a country that permits free enterprise and so, if the group wishing to build the mosque obtained the land and can afford to build the mosque, following building codes and zoning regulations, our general rule is “let it be”. Personally, I think it’s simply a bad choice on the part of the proponents. That area in New York City will perpetually be a bruise on America’s heart. Good taste and good sense would dictate that you not bump into that bruise.
Sometimes circumstances call for a little sensitivity. Since we cannot legislate sensitivity (or morals/ethics), we must simply overlook the idjits that don’t speak or act for all of us.
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April 18, 2010 by myeye
in ’75, hardly a man is now alive who remembers that famous day and year, and the midnight ride of Paul Revere.
I’ve always thought that this day should be our National Independence Day. Just think about it — a mad dash through the dark on horseback, warning the colonists that the British were coming. In my mind, that beats the heck out of a bunch of gouty men in a smoke-filled room, signing papers.
So every year on this day, in my heart, I salute the good things about my country. There are many — even in this time of economic downturn. This morning, I (a woman) am free to walk from my home unescorted, to drive a car, to take my dogs to a park to play. I am free to own a home, to hold a professional license. Perhaps most importantly, I am free to agree or to disagree with those that hold office — whether or not I voted for them. I have enough food, I have clean drinking water, I have access to all manner of communication devices. I know where to find my family members. I have books, I have clothing. I may choose my friends and select my enemies. I am permitted to (and damned well should) vote for those who will govern my country.
Though there are none alive who remember that midnight ride, there are many of us who should commemorate it.
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October 9, 2009 by myeye
This morning the Nobel Prize Committee announced that Barak Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The award gives credence to his efforts to harmonize our country with the rest of the world and to assure health and safety for everyone. He’s not perfect, but he presents a goal we can each adopt in our own way. I’m proud to be an American living during this Presidency.
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September 4, 2009 by myeye
We have a need to ship some more Chaselets (more about that later). Since the optimal breeding date may be during next weekend, I had a brilliant thought — Why don’t we use Delta Dash? It offers same day service. I called Delta Cargo to locate the facility in Albuquerque and check out the requirements. Here’s what I was told. Shippers who have not been approved by TSA may not ship anything that weighs over 16 oz. End of discussion! So, people like us, who might occasionally want to send a box of anything (not just Chaselets) may not use the Delta Dash service — how bizarre is that? So, I’m ticked off!
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