Absence of Character

Absence of Character

In the wise words of Abraham Lincoln, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

I am struck by the blatant absence of character displayed by some political leaders today. Their insatiable desire for power causes them to engage in whatever tactics they deem necessary to advance their party and position.  They misrepresent facts and shamefully smear their opponents in order to manipulate the American people.  These politicians do not want to solve problems.  Rather they want to use problems as a weapon against their political enemies.

Our founders fought a revolution in order to take power from the government and give it to the people.  America was never intended to be a nation led by self-serving politicians.   Our founders understood that they were entrusted to speak for the people.  They possessed integrity which is  a quality now scarcely found in our nation’s capital. Continue reading

The Music Inside You

The Music Inside You

One of my favorite quotes is by the late author and motivational speaker, Dr. Wayne Dyer, who said, “Don’t die with your music still in you”.

The first time I heard that quote, I was in the midst  of a divorce.  I was searching for the next steps in my life.  I realized it was a moment in time when I could actually regroup and get on the road I was meant to travel.

I have always known that there was “something” I was supposed to do with my life.  I felt it in my bones.  I just could not figure out how to go about finding my true calling.  I spoke to many people and read many books.  Oddly enough, there were numerous people in my life who actually tried to convince me that most of us are essentially worker bees who are never really meant to make a difference in any meaningful way.  I suppose for the worker bees, it is comforting to believe that is true.  It makes them feel better about the drudgery that is their life.

I never once believed it.

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Be Merry!

Be Merry!

The holiday season is my favorite time of year.  As soon as Halloween is over, I begin my gift shopping and tune into the Hallmark Channel.  While everyone else is complaining that the stores are rushing through the holidays too fast, I am reveling in Christmas music.  If it were possible, I would climb into a Currier and Ives print and stay there until I was forced to return to reality in January.

As corny as it sounds, there really is something about the holiday season that seems to bring out the best in people.  It reminds us of simpler times and conjures up storybook images of friends and family gathered in front of the fireplace drinking hot cocoa.  Who doesn’t love that?

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Hate is not a Solution

Politics of HatePoliticians are using fear and hate as a means to gain power for their respective parties.  Hate is not a solution to any of America’s problems, so perhaps our leaders should devise a better  plan to address serious issues plaguing our country.

America deserves leaders who possess the talent to govern and achieve results without being divisive.  We cannot move forward to address important issues when every proposal is met by politicians running to the podium to twist the truth and spin the facts.  Solutions are not judged on their own merit but rather by the party who proposed them.  The welfare of  the American people has taken a back seat to partisan politics.

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Shame on You!

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This post is for all those who never miss an opportunity to politicize a tragedy, no matter how inappropriate.

It is also for those who use the words racist, sexist, homophobic, etc. to slander good people and shut down free speech.

Is there no line you will not cross?

Shame on you!




Are we still Patriots?

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When President Trump spoke to the UN General Assembly in September of 2017, he asked the question, “Are we still patriots?”  He directed that question not only to members of the international community but also to the American people.  For me it was a very somber moment.  I never imagined a day when an American President would have to ask that question.  It is both sad and alarming.  What is more discouraging is that I do not know if all Americans would answer that question with a resounding yes.

The founders of this great country were willing to die for the very idea of America.  They never wavered in their allegiance to their new home and their dream of living in freedom.  They were willing to pay with their lives to defend their new country.

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Attention Celebrity Court Jesters!

Attention all you celebrity activists who feel the need to lecture Americans on political and social issues.

You may think we look up to you and hang on your every word. This is probably a result of your egotistical nature and juvenile need to be the center of attention.   Let me clarify what we really think of you.

You are the world’s Court Jesters.

You exist only because we, your audience, grant you our attention. Your purpose is to entertain us.  We do not need your guidance to live our lives appropriately.  If we need guidance, we will consult smart people who are qualified to offer it.

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Mainstream Media Manifesto

The people of America are becoming casualties of the Mainstream Media Manifesto.  There are members of the media who have gone off the rails and forgotten their purpose.  The job of the media is to disseminate news and information to the people of America.  They are not elected officials nor are they the fourth branch of government.  Yet they are actively using their platform to manipulate and influence Americans.

What exactly is the goal of the mainstream media?  Do they have an agenda that includes undermining the principles upon which America was founded?  Have they taken sides in a power struggle between political parties?  Have they made a calculated decision to promote violence in our streets?  Are they willing to risk the abolition of the first amendment in order to achieve their goals?  No matter what your political affiliation, be afraid of the tactics being employed by some in the media to advance their own agenda.
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The world has lost its charm

There are times when I truly dislike the world in which we live.  I sometimes feel that the more we evolve the less civilized we become. There is no doubt that advances in science and technology have made the world a better place.  There is no doubt that those advances have made our lives easier and have reduced suffering.  But what about our humanity?

Among the many places I have lived over the past few years, my favorite was a 150-year-old Victorian house.  Living in a historical house was an eye-opening experience.  It was a glimpse into the lifestyles of people now long gone.

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