Memorial Day 2012

It is not a day for staying indoors here in sunny Tucson, but this is me leaving a butt mark (big as a tractor seat these days, too. Damn!) in a chair whilst typing away at the ‘puter. It’s a day off from slave labor, but other admin type work remains and won’t go away by itself.Thankfully, the days are longer at this time of year. I shall go out and play in a bit. I Promise.

Memorial Day. Parades, barbecues, fireworks at day’s end, and generally a happy gathering of family and friends to celebrate the arrival of summer. All such is a part of my life, as much as anyone else’s, I suppose, but this day becomes more poignant for me as the years go by.

I’m older now and certain friends I once knew are gone. Some were taken by age, others by disease, and yet others departed as a consequence of service and sacrifice. It is this last group that affects me most, probably because they made a choice that ultimately cost them their lives. As has been so oft quoted “They shall not grow old, as we who remain…”

For some reason I frequently take note of the direction of, and impact upon, people’s lives by the choices they make. While I do my best not to be judgmental, I can’t help but be amazed, if not dismayed, at the utter lack of cognizance that their freedom to act, to choose, or to simply exist, are all owed to the sacrifices made by those who serve.

If you ever find yourself so detached from what has been sacrificed for your our freedom, please do avail yourself of the opportunity to attend a military homecoming. Be it the return of an Infantry Battalion, a ship of war, or squadron of aircraft, just be there and absorb. Absorb the joy of a family receiving back into loving arms one who has been away for too long. Absorb the reunion of those who may have returned early due to injury with their comrades in arms. Absorb the looks on their faces. Absorb all you can…and appreciate, if you will, what it takes for We The People to have enduring freedom. I dare say that you’ll do more than absorb.

I’ll leave you with these from one of my heroes, one whom I revere and dearly miss:

“It is, in a way, an odd thing to honor those who died in defense of our country in wars far away. The imagination plays a trick. We see these soldiers in our mind as old and wise. We see them as something like the Founding Fathers, grave and gray-haired. But most of them were boys when they died, they gave up two lives — the one they were living and the one they would have lived. When they died, they gave up their chance to be husbands and fathers and grandfathers. They gave up their chance to be revered old men. They gave up everything for their county, for us. All we can do is remember.”

— Ronald Wilson Reagan – Remarks at Veteran’s Day ceremony, Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia, November 11, 1985

Amongst the others I shall remember this day, I remember you, Lex. Captain Carroll LeFon USN
Blessed journey, my friend.
For strength!

Looking for a short term business loan. Kinda different for a blog post, but…please read on

Okay. Here’s what’s shaking. I recently became part of a successful direct sales company in the health and wellness industry, and, thus far, have seen some pretty positive results. The name of the company is Rodan and Fields, and is a skin care business founded by two well known Dermatologists: Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields.

With my initial experiment in the business being successful, I am now looking to take things to the next level. To do that I’ll need a short term loan of $1,500 for a period of 90 days, which will allow me to reach out with marketing to a larger audience (read that nationwide). I’m asking for your participation in raising this amount, at whatever level it may be, whether it be $100, $200, or $500. If you have $1,500 to loan, it will most certainly be made worth your while.

Mind you, this is a request for a short term loan, one which I expect to come with terms attached. If you are inclined to participate, please respond with what you consider a reasonable offering. Perhaps in lieu of interest paid against the amount, you would be interested in receiving a product package from Rodan and Fields. Believe me, it would be worth it. Let’s discuss the terms and come to some sort of agreement.

As I say both Doctors are well known, but you may be more familiar with their ProActiv product line. ProActiv was started more than 20 years ago to combat skin breakouts in youth, and since inception has been very successful. Having turned their focus to skin care for all ages with the Rodan and Fields line, the reception in the cosmetology and business worlds has been nothing short of phenomenal.

While you’re thinking about my request, take a few moments to visit the R&F website of one of my associates: Rodan and Fields Feel free to ask questions. We have answers. Remember also that there are business opportunities open for those desiring to become Consultants in the business. Taking care of our skin, as with so much else, becomes more important as we get older.

I look forward to hearing back from you, and, if nothing else, would value your feedback.

Thanks so much!

Mother’s Day

Now hear this. Now hear this. Standby for a few words from the Captain your host.

Happy Mother’s Day to you Mothers.

All others, carry out the plan of the day.

That is all.

May Day…a day of faith, coming together, and values.

In one context a call for help, a sign of distress. In another context a day of celebration, which, as Jerry Ashton writes in the Huffington Post, we find

“is a holiday for the 99 percent. It is a day for people to come together, across all those lines which too often divide us — race, class, gender, religion — and challenge the systems that create these divisions.

Succinct. To the point. Not a whole lot of palaver. Sometimes less is more.

When earlier I awoke to read a post on Faith written by Lex in December of 2003, graciously posted again here, it caused some moments reflection of my own faith and beliefs. Albeit a lengthy post, even by Lex’ standard, all written served to convey a heartfelt message. Sometimes more is more. I’ll not expound on my own faith and beliefs here, but, rather, leave the reader to reflect upon their own. Perhaps one day we’ll share the matters of faith and belief in conversation, but not this day. ’tis not the reason for this post.

The second post I happened upon, written by a certain lovely New England lass named Kris, touched, if only in a seemingly ancillary way, upon faith, coming together, and values, but written with the core intent of expressing, I believe, that enough is enough. We most often are not alone in our accomplishments, and would do well to maintain sufficient decorum and humility as to avoid straying into self serving purposes. Else, as with fire, hubris becomes a fearsome task master. A well written piece I encourage the good reader to indulge in. Nicely written, Kris. Thanks for that.

Item third. A short missive making the rounds containing a message from the Catholic church. Applicable to all of us, it said. Really, I thought. Not a little brazen of them. Turns out they’re right, if you’ll accept my thought on the matter. Not being a Catholic and all, BZ to them for a right fine production. Give credit where credit is due, I say.

After seeing the piece on YouTube, it occurs to me that this May Day may bear some of each context expressed above; distress and celebration. A distress plea coming from Hizzoner on High, a plea for coming together, a plea to challenge the systems that create divisions among us, a plea that we gather together and say “Enough!” as one voice. A day to celebrate a oneness in family, in community, in the nation, and wherever else we may roam.

Let others panic. Let us keep our wits about us…and celebrate our unity. For as one we shall stand. Else, divided we shall?

A lovely and good day to all, my friends.