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A Call to Calm, A Call to Reset

I love Brand New Years, with no mistakes in them.

[Okay, with relatively few (major) mistakes in them.]

Perhaps it is because I just recently celebrated (?) my suxteee-sickth birthday, that I am being all Contemplative about Life, but I want to give you my “Call” for 2018:

A Call for Calm, A Call to Reset.

“Huh,” you say, Returning Blog Reader?

Well, this:  Politically (on both sides of the aisle), I see, hear and sense discord, disagreement and “I’m not working with you.”  It’s really not just Trump.  It’s the political system that is basically adversarial.

“I hate you because you do not agree with me on issues.”

But it’s pervasive in our society, even entertainment.  We say we hate violence, bemoan and suffer over Las Vegas, Charleston and Orlando–and yet go in throngs to movies with gratuitous violence (check out any blockbuster superhero movie), listen to songs which present women as sexual objects to be used and discarded.

Maybe it is time in this New Year to think about what we are doing day by day, vote by vote, movie ticket by movie ticket, song by song.

Breathing is Life.  Deep in, deep out.  Deep in, deep out.  Deep in, deep out.

Calm.  Peace.

Let’s reset in 2018 to a new norm, one that emphasizes Joy, Peace, Calm and Getting Along.

We really can find Good if we look for it.

Joyous 2018!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not “Happy” Memorial Day

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It’s pretty embarrassing.  The way we seem to get the holidays connected to our military all mixed up.  It’s about 4:30 on MEMORIAL DAY 2015, and I have already heard at least half a dozen folks yelling “HAPPY Memorial Day!”  Or, as happened a few minutes ago, a sincere man coming up to Robert and me–and shaking the hand of Robert (retired Army), exclaiming, “Thank you for your service!”  And while good-natured, neither response is actually appropriate.

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Memorial Day, of course, is a day set aside for paying tribute to and remembering, with thanksgiving, all those who gave their lives while serving our country in the military.

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Here’s a great little article explaining the difference between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/10/living/veterans-day-memorial-day-difference/index.html

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And here’s a beautiful photo essay about Memorial Day:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/memorial-day-2015-honoring-the-fallen-through-photos/ss-BBk8Bfn#image=1

Meaningful, Appreciative Memorial Day to you all today!

A Life

I love this short video which illustrates the journey and ultimate brevity of life.  I encourage you to take a moment and watch it.

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For, really, we are all her.

Do You Ever Feel This Way?

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How did it get so late so soon?

It’s night before it’s afternoon.

December is here before it’s June.

My goodness how the time has flewn.

How did it get so late so soon?

— Dr. Seuss

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Long Walks

Some walks are long.

But that’s okay.

That’s life.

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Come on.  Let’s go.

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Enjoying one’s own company is great.

I love me some long walks.  Just me and my thoughts.

(In the Ardsley Park area of Savannah.)

 

Do You Ever?

Do you ever get the hankering to just go somewhere?

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To just hop on board and head off?

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I See TechnoloGEE! I’m an I.T. Me!

Have we gone too far with the all-pervasive convenience (necessity?) of modern technology in all its manifestations?  Cell phones, computers, Facebook, Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Pininterest, Tumblr, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Google Plus+, Flickr, Meetup?, etc., etc., etc.

Here are two short music videos that address the issue, the first funny, the second serious–both on target.  Take a gander and see what you think.

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What can we do?  Or should we do anything?  I WANT your reaction/response.  Share!  (Through any technology you choose.)

 

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