A Veteran’s Day Tribute

Today I give a Veteran’s Day Tribute to all those who have served.  I salute all veterans—no matter where they served nor how long.  On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, hostilities ceased in the Great War.  In 1926, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution to observe the day in remembrance “with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.” November 11th became a legal holiday in 1938.  The holiday was “to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day”” After WWII and the conflict in Korea, Congress amended the bill and the holiday to honor all veterans of all wars and changed the holiday’s name to Veteran’s Day. A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The United States of America’ for an amount of ‘up to and including my life.’ That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.      Unknown No matter your politics, nor your views of the worthiness of a particular war, battle or conflict our veterans served all who call the United […]

Honor Our Nation’s First Responders

Today, October 28, 2019, under a resolution passed by the U.S. Senate, we honor our nation’s first responders. Thank them for the often thankless and dangerous work they do. I pray you never need them, but if you do–I pray they are available for you. This is a personal thing for me. I was never a first responder, but I’ve worked with some. More importantly, they’ve responded when I or my neighbors needed them.  Who Are First Responders? Fire, police, EMTs, paramedics, nurses, doctors, and professional and volunteer rescue workers are all first responders. According to one definition, a first responder is anyone who runs toward an emergency rather than away from it. I would modify that to read anyone who runs toward an emergency offering help to those in need. Why Honor Them? These people work a life of service. They respond to the worst moment in someone’s life. They provide physical, emotional, and medical assistance. Twenty-four hours a day. Seven days a week. Often their work takes them away from home on holidays and weekends. Their work day doesn’t always end when their shift ends. They will walk into danger to help a stranger, their fellow man. Lives depend upon […]

Believe You Can and You Will

Sometimes we get right up to a new project and we begin to second guess ourselves. Doubt creeps in and we call it reality. Don’t let that reality stop you. Believe you can and you will accomplish your dream. Whether you are starting a new project next month for NANOWRIMO, or you’re starting something new today, I hope you’ll find encouragement here.  Believe You Can The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent. David Hockney I don’t think anything is unrealistic if you believe you can do it. Richard L. Evans And my dad drilled it in my head, you know, ‘If you want it bad enough, and you’re willing to make the sacrifices, you can do it. But first you have to believe in yourself. Jennie Finch Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. Norman Vincent Peale Have a robust mindset; dare to move any mountain! Ernest Agyemang Yeboah How do you learn to believe in yourself? By failing. […]