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Cherish the Journey!

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. Itís to enjoy each step along the way.
- Dr. Wayne Dyer

Happiness is notg the destination, it is the jopurney.
also Wayne Dyer

  
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1CRAZYDOG 8/7/2012 8:42PM

  So right! Thank you for sharing this. I needed this today.

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PMFISH 8/7/2012 3:42PM

    Very true! But nothing wrong with being happy while on the journey and I am happy today!

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The End is Only the Beginning!

Monday, August 06, 2012

There will come a time when you think everything is finished. That will be the beginning.

- Louis LíAmour

  
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OVERACTIVEELBOW 8/6/2012 5:07PM

    More truth than poetry in that quote.

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NWFL59 8/6/2012 10:40AM

    emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/6/2012 9:57AM

  Love Louis L'Amour. Thank you very much for the quote and I really look forward everyday to seeing your post. Starts the day out with something to think about . . . food for the brain!

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CAROL6X 8/6/2012 6:55AM

    Good saying. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Olympics!

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Yesterday I morphed from the Olympics into a rant about hyphenated people. It seems some people felt their toes were stepped on and some agreed with me. No matter. The important thing is that it made people think. It is only through thinking a situation through rather than reacting emotionally that a solution can be reached. A friend of mine posted a picture on FaceBook yesterday with a quote attributed to Thomas Jefferson to the effect that we should never let matters of politics, religion or philosophy come between ourselves and a friend.

Anyway, enough of that. I love the Olympic games, both summer and winter. To see these youths (and some not so youths) excel at their chosen sport or other athletic endeavor. I am somewhat of a purist and feel the Olympics should be limited to amateurs but how do you define amateur when the totalitarian countries snatch promising young folks from their parents and train them from their tender years for no purpose other than to be an Olympic champion. NBC had a blurb one night this week about one athlete who had only spent seventeen nights at home during the past eight years. Sure, we create super athletes but at what price. These athletes have had their youth stolen from them and when they can no longer perform because they are too old at the age of 25, what can they do but become a trainer of the next generation of youth or a ward of the State?

To slip back to yesterday's rant, I have noticed that NBC has carefully avoided referring to the race of any of the participants in any manner. This might be in response to the ridiculousness exposed in the 2010 winter games when the announcers were told to refer to athletes of color as "African Americans". An athlete from some nation other than the US won a gold medal and the announcer proudly stated that she was the first African American from any country to win a gold medal in the winter games.

I merely watch the passing parade and offer comment.

  
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OVERACTIVEELBOW 8/6/2012 5:19PM

    This is the first Olympic where I have been able to watch all the equestrian competitions from start to finish and even watch re-runs I choose. Granted I have to watch on my computer (small screen but not much smaller than my 18-in big screen TV).. Needless to say I am ecstatically happy.'
As to hyphenated names... most files that store personal data have a limited number of key-strokes for each field/item....

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REACHING4HOME 8/5/2012 2:21PM

    I AM ONE OF THOSE HYPHENATED PEOPLE BUT YOUR BLOG DIDN'T BOTHER ME AT ALL. I HAVE LIVED MY ENTIRE LIFE WITH A HYPHENATED FIRST NAME - WHICH IS VERY UNUSUAL. IN A FAMILY WITH 10 KIDS, 5 OF US HAVE HYPHENATED FIRST NAMES, THEN AN AMERICAN INDIAN MIDDLE NAME. WHEN I GOT MARRIED, I DIDN'T WANT TO LOSE THAT INDIAN IDENTITY (OF WHICH I AM VERY PROUD) SO I ALSO HYPHENATED MY LAST NAME. IT MAKES THE MOTOR VEHICLE DEPARTMENT CRAZY! THEY KEEP TELLING ME I HAVE TO CHOOSE JUST TWO NAMES TO PUT ON MY LICENSE, A FIRST AND A LAST. WHEN I PULL OUT MY BIRTH CERTIFICATE, THEY JUST GLARE AT ME. IT'S A RIOT. MY FULL NAME IS: ERIN-ROBYN GURIAH DONNATELLA SIOBHAN JERICHO-PORATH. HOW'S THAT FOR A MOUTH FULL?
ERIN

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1CRAZYDOG 8/5/2012 12:37PM

  I can only speak for myself, but I was not offended, just offering a difference of opinion. I don't think you were disrespectful! Just putting that out there.

That said, I too am enjoying watching the athletes from all over the globe compete and get along!!! If only we could do that in "real life". **SIGH**

Thank you again for posting the past 2 days blogs, which provide food for thought.

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AJB121299 8/5/2012 11:45AM

    i too enjoy the olympics and try spend time every evening catching up on some of the highlight. Kudos to NBC's coverage.

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On Being an American - A Rant and a Blog

Saturday, August 04, 2012

For those of you not in America, sorry, feel free to ignore this Ranting Blog

Yesterday on Facebook several people posted a picture of Gabby Douglas with the caption "Congratulations on being the first African American to win Gymnastics All Around Gold".

Today everyone has some sort of hyphenated identity. They are either African-American, or Euro-American, or Italian-American, or Catholic-American, or Christian-American, or Jewish-American, or Gay-American, or Lesbian-American or Something-American. What ever happened to just being an American? (This is where we need an Interrobang! Look it up)

Everybody is a member of some sort of minority or even miniscule hyphen group. I myself am an English-Irish-Catholic-Yellow Jacket-Southern-Euro (that means white)- American. WOW! I bet I could go to a meeting every day just to keep in touch with all of my friends on the hyphen.

One of the ways that subversive groups take over a people or a country is to divide the population into small groups and then one by one, bring the small sects into the fold. It has worked throughout history. One need not look back too far to see it happen in the United States. In 1992 Bill Clinton did not seek to gain a majority of all of the voters but rather to assemble a coalition of minorities until he had achieved a plurality. That tactic worked well for him.

It would be in the best interest of America if all of its citizens were to simply remove the hyphen key from their keyboards and think of themselves as Americans. In "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" in about 1966, Sidney Potier says to his father, "When you look in the mirror you see a black man. When I look into the mirror, I see a man". We need to move beyond being conscious of what minority group we belong to and focus on who we are and that is Americans.

I am not advocating forgetting or ignoring ones past or heritage only not making it the central focus of your life.

  
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OVERACTIVEELBOW 8/5/2012 11:03AM

    So are those of us who are "Americans" without any hyphens in the majority or are we another minority ?
PS. Surprised to see you graduated from a single phrase/sentence. Congratulations!!

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PMFISH 8/4/2012 9:58PM

    I agree with you 100%! I am an American!

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ALDEBARANIAN 8/4/2012 7:34PM

    Actually, I have a hard enough time trying to figure out who I am and what I'm doing to worry much about what kind of "ism" or "hyphonism" i am; or any of the people i meet either. I kind of figure that putting people in a box is the basis of all prejudice. It may take more effort to get to know a person, rather than a straw man, but doesn't it make life a lot more interesting?

What are you - a/n ...-American, a truck driver, a bird watcher, obese - or a person?!

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LOSINGCOOKIES 8/4/2012 11:05AM

    I'm sorry but anytime a group of people have been oppressed it is important that they are acknowledged for their accomplishments. Whether they are African- American, Hispanic-American, women, or turtle it is a great achievement for America as well as the group their are representing. Yes, Gabby did a great job as an American but as a African- American she was able to accomplish what was not possible 50 - 60 years ago. That, my friend, is a big deal.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/4/2012 10:48AM

  My son (and my daughter) are both adopted from Korea. They are both naturalized citizens. My son is in the Army and is being deployed to Afghanistan. He IS a Korean-American, but he does identify himself as AMERICAN. I feel for him that acknowledgement of his ethnicity is important. Very important. My DD, well, she doesn't feel that way, and that's alright too. She's still an American and identifies herself as such.

Unfortunately, from where I sit, I have LOTS more to concern myself with than how somebody identifies themselves. My son is going to Afghanistan in 3 weeks to be embedded with the Ordinance Disposal Team (that means IED's, and unidentified explosive devices. Honestly, if he chooses to identify himself as Korean-American, I will honor that.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion and this just happens to be mine.

Thank you. Honestly, I think this is an important blog topic to post.

My thoughts and prayers for our soldiers and all of us families of these brave individuals willing to keep us free to BE whatever we want to be.

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PLMITCH 8/4/2012 10:45AM

    AMEN!

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DOLLFACEDX 8/4/2012 10:08AM

    Agreed! I am much more than my past or heritage! I am an American!!!!

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Reach Your Goals!

Friday, August 03, 2012

The power to reach your goals is within you right now.

  
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OVERACTIVEELBOW 8/3/2012 3:54PM

    Yes it is...

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1CRAZYDOG 8/3/2012 1:03PM

  Yes it is.

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GARDENSFORLIFE 8/3/2012 10:08AM

    I agree! emoticon

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ERICADAWN1986 8/3/2012 9:55AM

    Love this! Thanks for the pre-weekend encouragement!

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