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I am what I am

 The constant struggle of discovering yourself

K was a nice guy. He had many friends and many more well-wishers. There was hardly anyone in college who had anything even remotely negative to say about him. He was one of those guys—the one who elicits the jealousy of all those around him because he is so good—in fact, he was the perfect guy. He was courteous and would pull out a chair for a friend, he was chivalrous and would defend any woman and he was fun and would liven up every party. For all those who saw him, he had got everything right. He was just that lucky!!

Very few of us genuinely comprehend the human psyche. It is never as simple as we make it out to be. There are layers and layers of understanding that we never delve into. Everyone faces a dilemma on almost a daily basis. The dilemma is not about the archaic struggle between good and evil or choosing right over wrong. It is something more fundamental.

It is the choice we make that decides who we are. Our identity is the basis for all else that a person thrives on, often referred to as one’s self-esteem, self-worth or self-confidence. Further, one’s identity is never fixed. It needs definition, is fluid and requires to be worked on. Take K, for instance. He was a brilliant guy but that did not mean he had it all easy. He chose to be brilliant every day and every second.

You don’t need K as a case study to know what I am talking about. You experience it everyday. It’s just that you don’t realize what this decision-making entails. The dilemma is so instantaneous and short-lived that to imagine its effects over something as essential as one’s identity is incomprehensible, and rightly so!

To want to have another drink when you know you can’t hold your drinks, to be nice to someone when you believe that they deserve otherwise, to keep your voice low so as to not step out of the boundaries of a civilized argument…when have we not found ourselves in some or all of these situations?

If you are known for your self-control, you would want to hold back on your drink and when you are known to be aggressively rude, you would scream and curse even when you are in the wrong. Really, this is all about how you see yourself.

A lot of teenage angst is directed towards exactly such a crisis. How to achieve an equilibrium between how the world sees me and how I want to be seen? This is the eternal teenage dilemma, though it never really goes away because it can’t. And this is because you can never fully create a defined bounded identity for yourself that corresponds perfectly to how people see you and remain satisfied with it. It just can’t be.

There is a very powerful saying, “You are what you pretend to be!” You cannot escape the demands that society makes on you, but you must live with them. These demands shape you into what you are here and now.

A lot of teenagers face this problem. This stage in their lives is especially precarious for them as they do not know what to do. They observe everything around them and want to imitate what they see, believing those behavior patterns to be correct. Cheerleaders are popular and jocks are famous—it’s perceptions like these that color their vision of life. They are also too young to risk breaking a behavior pattern, so they mold themselves into that pattern. Some succeed, while others fail.

K had a very close friend called J. They had been friends for the longest time. Their first memories were that of playing together even as little children. They had faced all of life’s experiences together—their first low score, their first crush, their first love disappointment—they were together in everything.

However, to an outsider who did not know the dynamics of this relationship, it seemed highly improbable that there was so much in common between K and J because they were so different from each other. J was the Oxford definition of an introvert. He rarely talked and avoided crowds. He was one of those guys who passed by you unnoticed more often than not.

What was J afraid of—company, friends or conversations? None of these—J was afraid of being vulnerable. He was afraid of putting himself out there and then being judged for it. He was a regular smart kid. But for all his intelligence, he could not comprehend why anyone would jump to label him as one kind or another the moment he chose to talk.

However, what he didn’t realize was that this labeling was almost a reflex action, at least for most teenagers. And by not speaking in public to those around him, he was being labeled an introvert anyway.

It wasn’t as if J didn’t care of the world’s opinion of him. How could he not care? After all, K was his closest friend and the obvious difference between them was difficult to ignore. He saw how K mingled with all kinds of people, was loved by everyone and was popular everywhere. And then he saw that he was just the opposite—he wasn’t loved by those around him. On the contrary, J did care but didn’t know how to express his feelings.

The point is not to give the reader a powerful insight into how to solve the ever-present teenage dilemma because this isn’t possible. You cannot have a magic potion that tells you exactly who you are supposed to be and should be. That is something you have to find out for yourself. The point is to not give up the fight, nor to give in. This dilemma is natural and almost normal. Live it through and someday you will be able to confidently say, “I am what I am!”

PS: J and K both grew up to extremely successful gentlemen with loving wives and beautiful children. Most importantly, their earliest memories were still those of them playing together!

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History of Olympic Games

Part 1
Becky Kospanova

On August 12, the Summer Olympic Games of 2012 in London have come to a spectacular end. The United States earned 104 medals including 46 gold, 29 silver, and 29 bronze, outperforming all the other countries by a big margin. China, Russian Federation, and Great Britain have also impressed the world community by receiving 88, 82, and 65 medals respectively. All in all, 204 countries participated in 2012 Summer Olympics and 79 of them have earned Olympic medals.

The Olympic Games is probably the only worldwide event which brings forward the best in people of all nationalities-celebration of human body and spirit, patriotism, pride in their compatriots, and true respect for athletes from different parts of the world. Religious, ideological, national, and political differences are put aside; and everywhere, people wholeheartedly embrace heart and soul of the Olympic Games. When and why did the tradition of holding Olympic Games start?

The very first Olympic Games were held in ancient Greece because Greek culture valued physical and mental health, strength, and beauty to a great degree. The first recorded Olympic competition took place in 776 BC and held only one event — the 192-meter race. It was won by a cook named Coroebus (interesting trivia-he was so far ahead of his competitors that in the middle of the race he stopped to have some wine to fortify himself)! Who thus became the very first Olympian champion! As a result, the tradition to have
Competitions every four years, or Olympiad, as that was the way the Greeks recorded their history, was born.

For the first 13 Olympiads, only races were held; but over the years, other sports such as pentathlon (which included sprint, wrestling, javelin, jumping, and discus) and pancration (combination of wrestling and boxing) were added. At first, only Greeks were allowed to compete but eventually, athletes from Roman Empire were allowed to participate as well. After the Roman victory over Greece in 100 BC, the initial emphasis on personal honor, physical strength, and achievement gave way to glory-seeking and Olympic spirit deteriorated. In 394 AD, the Christian Roman Emperor Theodosius the First abolished the Olympic Games because he believed that they were the manifestations of pagan beliefs.

Starting in the 17th century, various sporting events were held in England and France which tried to revive the Olympic traditions. In the 19th century, many Greek intellectuals and businessmen called for the reconstitution of the Olympic Games and in 1856, Evangelos and Konstantinos Zappas, wealthy Greek-Romanian brothers, offered to sponsor first Olympic Games which were held in 1859 in Athens between Greek and Turkish sportsmen. Moreover, the brothers financed the restoration of the Panathinaiko Stadium where first official Olympic Games were held in 1896 and where athletes from 14 countries competed in 43 events.

Many people rejoiced at the rebirth of the Olympiad and suggested that all subsequent Games were to be held at the Panathinaiko Stadium. However, the International Olympic Committee, founded in 1890 by
French educationalist and historian Pierre de Coubertin, disagreed. It was decided that the Olympic Games will be rotated internationally every four years. As such, the 31st summer Olympiad of 2016 is coming to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!

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Opinion – What’s Wrong?

What the Hell is wrong with the people that run this country!

 Someone please tell me what the Hell’s is wrong with the people that run this country, Republicans and Democrats alike. When the Democrats had control of the House and Senate; they were not able to accomplish much as they were to busy in fighting amongst themselves and letting the people who really needed their help down.

The Republicans have only been interested in how much money they can keep in their donor’s pocket even if it comes from the poor and middle class, while blaming the Democrats for spending too much; at the same time using their office too protect the special interest groups that fund their campaigns.

Do you really know what the major reason the US is “broke”; and why we cannot help seniors, veterans, and orphans, homeless? It is because in the last few years alone, America has provided aid to Haiti, Chile, Pakistan, Libya, Egypt and Turkey and Japan, literally, billions of dollars in aide.

America should and always try and help those in the world that need humanitarian assistance when disasters occur. But forgetting our retired seniors living on a ‘fixed income’ by cutting the little income they now receive and leavening with little or no aid. These citizens don’t get any breaks while our government and religious organizations pour Billions of dollars and tons of food to foreign countries! The people of America should come first!

We have hundreds of adoptable children who are shoved aside to make room for the adoption of foreign orphans; does that make any sense? America the richest country in the world that has millions homeless without shelter, children going to bed hungry, elderly going without ‘needed’ medicine, and mentally ill without treatment.

Yet politicians strived to make sure to pass bills for people around the world every session. Ships and planes are lining up around the country right now with food, water, tents clothes, bedding, doctors and medical supplies, being shipped out while people at home are starving.

Imagine if the government gave the people of America that same support to those in need here at home, that they give to other countries. We would not have a hunger and homeless problem. Their actions gives the impression that the US government cares more about other people in the world than it does for it’s own citizens.

Changing those elected is not the problem; the problem is changing how they think when it comes to the needs of all America’s citizens!

 

 

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Lovers of the English Language

Lovers of the English language might enjoy this. It is yet another example of why people learning English have trouble with the language. Learning the nuances of English makes it a difficult language. (But then, that’s probably true of many languages.)

There is a two-letter word in English that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is ‘UP.’ It is listed in the dictionary as being used as an [adv.], [prep], [ad], [n] or [v].

It’s easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?

At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP, and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?

We call UP our friends and we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen.

We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car.

At other times the little word has a real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.

To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special.

And this up is confusing:

A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.

We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night. We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!

To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions

If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, it wets UP the earth. When it does not rain for a while, things dry UP.

One could go on & on, but I’ll wrap it UP, for now …my time is UP, so time to shut UP!

Oh…one more thing:

What are the first thing you do in the morning & the last thing you do at night? U P

Now I’ll shut up!

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Voter Registration Application

Before filling out the body of the form, please answer the questions on the top of the form as to whether you are a United States citizen and whether you will be 18 years old on or before Election Day. If you answer no to either of these questions, you may not use this form to register to vote. However, state specific instructions may provide additional information on eligibility to register to vote prior to age 18.

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Splitsville, U.S.A.

The Best and Worst States for Getting Divorced

Forget Reno. For a quick divorce, New Hampshire is the place to go, according to a Bloomberg Rankings analysis, even though the state’s annual divorce rate is well below Alaska’s leading level of divorce for 14.4 of every 1,000 residents.

Bloomberg Rankings rated the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia on the obstacles they pose to obtaining a divorce. These include court filing fees, mandated separation periods, residency requirements, waiting periods, and the minimum time required to complete the divorce process. Following is how the states rank, from easiest to most difficult.

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Dog For Sale

A guy is driving around the back woods of Montana and he sees a sign in front of a broken down shanty-style house: ‘Talking Dog For Sale ‘.He rings the bell and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard.

The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador retriever sitting there.

‘You talk?’ he asks. ‘Yep,’ the Lab replies.

After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says ‘So, what’s your story?’ The Lab looks up and says, ‘Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young.

I wanted to help the government, so I told the CIA.

In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping.’

‘I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running.

But the jetting around really tired me out,and I knew I wasn’t getting any younger so I decided to settle down. I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals. I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I’m just retired.’

The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog.

‘Ten dollars,’ the guy says.

‘Ten dollars?  This dog is amazing!  Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?’

‘Because he’s a liar. He’s never been out of the yard’

 

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Christmas Around The World

Christmas is probably the most beloved holiday for millions of people around the world, especially children. While, strictly speaking, it is a religious holiday which celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, Christmas became a very popular public holiday in both Christian and non-Christian countries as well. Historically, many ancient cultures such as Roman, Mesopotamian, and Scandinavian held mid-winter celebrations long before the advent of Christianity to honor their various gods and enjoy their harvests. However, with the spread of Christianity around the world, church representatives decided to institute the birth of Jesus Christ as an official holiday. In the fourth century, Pope Julius I selected December 25 as a date to celebrate Christmas although it was not established that Jesus Christ was actually born on that date (most people think that Christ was born sometime in spring or summer). It is commonly believed that this particular date was chosen in order to coincide with traditional winter celebrations and consequently encourage more people to observe the holiday. By Middle Ages, Christmas was widely celebrated all over Europe.

The traditions generally associated with Christmas such as gift giving, caroling, tree decorating, eggnog drinking, and the burning of Yule log predate the birth of Christ by hundreds of years and stem from pagan winter celebrations. However, over the course of history, these customs were incorporated into the celebration of Christmas as we know it now. Although these traditions are readily embraced by the countries that celebrate Christmas, there are some interesting and sometimes amusing variations.

For example, Christmas comes to Australia in summer; as a result, many people celebrate it on the beach enjoying swimming, outdoor activities, and picnicking. Instead of traditional Christmas tree, Australians usually have Christmas Bush, a local plant with small red flowers. In Austria, the celebrations start on December 6 when an evil counterpart of Santa known as Krampus punishes naughty and misbehaving children. Nowadays, men dressed in scary costumes run outside and hit people with sticks. In Spain, people take a hollowed log, prop it on four stick “legs,” and paint a face on it. Starting on December 8, the log is continually “fed” some candies, nuts and other treats; and on Christmas Day the log is beaten up with sticks and encouraged to “poop” the treats. Usually, the beating is accompanied by funny traditional songs. This tradition is similar to one in Mexico where on Christmas Day children are given sticks to hit piñatas hung on the rope to get the candies hidden inside. In Great Britain, it is customarily to bake a pudding similar to a fruitcake – but if you want to ensure a happy next year for yourself, you need to partake in preparation of a pudding. Also, there is usually a coin hidden somewhere inside the pudding and good luck is guaranteed to a person who finds it! In Christian Orthodox countries such as Russia and Greece, Christmas Day is celebrated 13 days after December 25, on a day known as a Day of Epiphany. In Japan, traditional Christmas meal is Kentucky Fried Chicken, and it is very difficult to find a place in a KFC restaurant on that day! As for people in Baltic countries such as Finland, Estonia, and Latvia, there is no better treat on a Christmas Day for them than spending some time in hot steamy sauna.

As you see, there are some curious and sometimes strange Christmas traditions around the world. However, no matter what particular tradition your family follows, the main thing is to count your blessings and take time to enjoy your friends and family on this happy day!

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Gratitude

E. VirGinia Johnson “Genii”

GRATITUDE IS A Spiritual Practice that allows us to be grateful for Life, it is easy to be grateful when everything is going well. But what happens when things are not going the way we’d like? True gratitude means giving thanks for everything.

Gratitude is a consistent practice that flows in the wisdom teachings of the world. Jesus was a great example of this practice. Whenever he did his healing work, he gave even before the work was done.

In regard to living your purpose and being guided by your vision, it is Powerful Practice to give thanks in advance for the fulfillment of your vision. In spite of the appearance, give thanks. When you expected something that did not materialize, Trust that you are being guided to open to something greater than you have imagined and give thanks anyway. Gratitude is Creative Energy that creates more for which to be grateful.

Here is a Practice that you can do. Try it for the next seven days. Every morning, list five things for which you are grateful. It is important that you write them down. At night before you go to bed, write five things for which you were grateful that happened during the day. Commit to this for one week, and your life will begin to transform.

God Bless, One Love, Jah Guide

 

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Obama and Racist America

Now, since Obama’s regime, all of a sudden, folks have gotten mad, and want to take America Back…BACK TO WHAT/WHERE is my question?????

After The 8 Years Of The Bush/Cheney Disaster, Now You Get Mad?

You didn’t get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.

How many white American's openly admit they are uncomfortable with a black President?

You didn’t get mad when Cheney allowed Energy Company officials to dictate Energy policy and push us to invade Iraq.

You didn’t get mad when a covert CIA operative got ousted.

You didn’t get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.

You didn’t get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.

You didn’t get mad when we spent over 800 billion (and counting) on said illegal war.

You didn’t get mad when Bush borrowed more money from foreign sources than the previous 42 Presidents combined.

You didn’t get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq.

You didn’t get mad when you found out we were torturing people.

You didn’t get mad when Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country.

You didn’t get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.

You didn’t get mad when we didn’t catch Bin Laden.

You didn’t get mad when Bush rang up 10 trillion dollars in combined budget and current account deficits.

You didn’t get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.

You didn’t get mad when we let a major US city New Orleans, drown.

You didn’t get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend, the filthy rich, over a trillion dollars in tax breaks.

You didn’t get mad with the worst 8 years of job creations in several decades.

You didn’t get mad when over 200,000 US Citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance.

You didn’t get mad when lack of oversight and regulations from the Bush Administration caused US Citizens to lose 12 trillion dollars in investments, retirement, and home values.

You finally got mad when an African American was elected President and decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick. Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, job losses by the millions, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, and the worst economic disaster since 1929 are all okay with you, but helping fellow Americans who are sick…Oh, Hell No!!

 

 

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Ultra Conservative Laws

Written by Sirron Kyles

Are America’s ultra conservative laws becoming it’s financial downfall?

There really is simple ways to fix America financial and job problems, but we must be willing to think out side of the Box in order to make it happen! The only hope of turning the economy around really rest on three laws, that must be amended, over turned, or struck down in order for full long term recovery to happen.

1. Change the tax Laws for the upper 2%
2. Immigration laws reform
3. Legalize Cannabis/Marijuana

All of us must agree that both Medicare and Social Security should be overall, but only if it does not impact senior citizens or the disable.It is said that the US has always been controlled by a small minority, mostly white, extremely wealthy that have use their wealth and influences to created fear misinformation by manipulating and spinning half truths, that has influence the public, in order to maintain power over Americans. They specialize in securing lobbyist to do there bidding in Congress for support of laws that allow them to maintain that power and control. It is said they will fight any changes to these laws.

The government must adjust, amend or strike down these laws, which are undermining the very fabric of our financial and cultural systems. All they have done is create debt and wasteful spending while inciting fear. Has to be done America is going to get out of this mess.

TA X INCREASE, which is included in most sound genuine recovery plans, I agree that reforming the tax laws, but with a plan guaranteeing millions of long-term non-government jobs if implemented. Make it perfectly clear, that not one of these jobs related to this tax plan would be a Federal job!

By taxing the upper 2% of those with higher incomes, in order to address the nations debt and job issues is a must. Congress continues to make emotional political decisions, with little regards to sound reasoning passing plans that only hurt Americans, and will not work. Again they need to think out side of the box.

The 2% affected by the tax increase should have the option to pay the increase to the government, or use the exact amount of the tax due, to hire long-term employees. Perfect for providing; job opportunities for veterans. Of course employers must be able to justify hiring additional employees, this can be achieved by adjusting the products or services that their company provide to match the demands of China, India, Indonesia, and other large populated countries and create much needed job opportunities for veterans and help off set the US debt with China. This plan should be agreeable for the House GOP.

IMMIGRATION LAWS REFORM is a must. Instead of spending millions of dollars on preventing illegal aliens from illegally entering America, let these potential illegal aliens, allegedly paying coyotes/smugglers $4,000/$7,000 per person on average to be smuggle into the US, pay the US.

Instead of this money going to smugglers/drug lords, change the laws so that fees can be paid to the US towards an application for applying for legal entry status. This plan if implemented would also deal major blows to the drug lords, who use the illegal aliens to smuggle drugs.

LEGALIZING CANNABIS/Marijuana would eliminate nearly 500 Billions dollar (DEA budget, http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cms/Marijuana), that is spent annually fighting drug smuggling, not to mention the billions of dollars in aid to Mexico, Columbia and other countries in support of the drug war. These laws put in place by the US, create the drug wars, and in order for it to end the law has to be, abolish.

This drug law in theory is racist, and based on conservative moralist thinking, with the intent and willingness to control others. Fighting a drug war supported by the Americans, which creates the need for smugglers, is crazy. Americans use some $250,000,000 of marijuana/cannabis annually.

The majority of cannabis, smuggle into the US is grown in Mexico. Tax the users, same as taxing alcohol cigarettes, etc. This would also allow the DEA to concentrate it focus on the 4 or five countries that grow, process and produce cocaine and heroin, the roots of drug addiction around the world. Unlike cannabis, which is grown everywhere in, the world cocaine and heroin is harvest in only a few countries.

I also agree that both the Medicare and Social Security systems should be overall. There is no reason for anyone making over $250,000 a year should receive Medicare or Social Security benefits even if they are older than 65. The younger generations are living heather longer, and I have no problem in the enrollment age limit being raised to 67, for all citizens under 55 years of age.

It is well-known facts that America ‘s infrastructure is falling apart in the US, which can be used to provide job opportunities for all able veterans, waiting to happen.

A good idea I endorse is Americans should by American made, products and services if possible!

These are my ideas; get involve, let you legislators know yours.

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AIRLINE CAPTAIN: We have an H.R.

AIRLINE CAPTAIN:

Anonymous

He writes:

My lead flight attendant came to me and said, “We have an H.R. On this flight.” (H.R. Stands for

Human remains.) “Are they military?” I asked.

‘Yes’, she said.

‘Is there an escort?’ I asked.

‘Yes, I already assigned him a seat’.

Would you please tell him to come to the flight deck. You can board him early,” I said.

A short while later, a young army sergeant entered the flight deck. He was the image of the perfectly

Dressed soldier.

He introduced himself and I asked him about his soldier. The escorts, of these fallen soldiers talk about them

as if they are still alive and still with us.

‘My soldier is on his way back to Virginia,  he said.

He proceeded to answer my questions, but offered no words.

I asked him if there was anything I could do for him and he said no. I told him that he had the toughest job

In the military and that I appreciated the work that he does for the families of our fallen soldiers.

The first officer and I got up out of our seats to shake his hand. He left the flight deck to find his seat.

We completed our preflight checks, pushed back and performed an uneventful departure.

About 30 minutes into our flight I received a call from the lead flight attendant in the cabin.

‘I just found out the family of the soldier we are carrying, is on board’, she said. She then proceeded to tell me that the father, mother, wife and 2-year old daughter were escorting their son, husband, and father home. The family was upset because they were unable to see the container that the soldier was in before we left. We were on our way to a major hub at which the family was going to wait four hours for the connecting flight home to Virginia …

The father of the soldier told the flight attendant that knowing his son was below him in the cargo compartment and being unable to see him was too much for him and the family to bear. He had asked the flight attendant if there was anything that could be done to allow them to see him upon our arrival. The family wanted to be outside by the cargo door to watch the soldier being taken off the airplane. I could hear the desperation in the flight attendants voice when she asked me if there was anything I could do. ‘I’m on it I said. I told her that I would get back to her.

Airborne communication with my company normally occurs in the form of e-mail like messages.

I decided to bypass this system and contact my flight dispatcher directly on a secondary radio.

There is a radio operator in the operations control center who connects you to the telephone of the dispatcher.

I was in direct contact with the dispatcher. I explained the situation I had on board with the

Family and what it was the family wanted.

He said he understood and that he would get back to me.

Two hours went by and I had not heard from the dispatcher. We were going to get busy soon and I needed to know

What to tell the family.

I sent a text message asking for an update. I saved the return message from the dispatcher and the following

Is the text, ‘Captain, sorry it has taken so long to get back to you. There is policy on this now and I had to check on a few things.

Upon your arrival a dedicated escort team will meet the aircraft.

The team will escort the family to the ramp and plane side. A van will be used to load the remains with a

secondary van for the family. The family will be taken to their departure area and escorted into the terminal where the remains can be seen on the ramp. It is a private area for the family only.

 

When the connecting aircraft arrives, the family will be escorted onto the ramp and plane side to watch the

remains being loaded for the final leg home. Captain, most of us here in flight control are veterans. Please pass our condolences on to the family. Thanks.’

I sent a message back telling flight control thanks for a good job. I printed out the message and gave it to the

lead flight attendant to pass on to the father. The lead flight attendant was very thankful and told me,  You have no idea how much this will mean to them.’

Things started getting busy for the descent, approach and landing. After landing, we cleared the runway and taxied to

the ramp area.

The ramp is huge with 15 gates on either side of the alleyway. It is always a busy area with aircraft maneuvering every which way to enter and exit.

When we entered the ramp and checked in with the ramp controller, we were told that all traffic was being held for us.

He did that and the ramp controller said, ‘Take your time.’

I stopped the aircraft and set the parking brake. I pushed the public address button and said, ‘Ladies and gentleman, this is your Captain speaking I have stopped short of our gate to make a special announcement. We have a passenger on board who deserves our honor and respect.

His Name is Private XXXXXX, a soldier who recently lost his life. Private XXXXXX is under your feet in the cargo hold. Escorting him today is Army Sergeant XXXXXXX. Also, on board are his father, mother, wife, and daughter. Your entire flight crew is asking for all passengers to remain in their seats to allow the family to exit the aircraft first. Thank you.’

We continued the turn to the gate, came to a S top and started our shutdown procedures.

A couple of minutes later I opened the cockpit door. I found the two forward flight attendants crying, something you just do not see.

I was told that after we came to a stop, every passenger on the aircraft stayed in their seats, waiting for the family to exit the aircraft.

When the family got up and gathered their things, a passenger slowly started to clap his hands. Moments later more passengers joined in and soon the entire aircraft were clapping.

Words of God Bless You’, I’m sorry, thank you, be proud, and other kind words were uttered to the family as they made their way down the aisle and out of the airplane. They were escorted down to the ramp to finally be with their loved one.

Many of the passengers disembarking thanked me for the announcement I had made.

They were just words, I told them, I could say them over and over again, but nothing I say will bring back that brave soldier.

I respectfully ask that all of you reflect on this event and the sacrifices that millions of our men and women have made to ensure our freedom and safety in these United States of America …

Footnote:

As a Viet Nam Veteran I can only think of all the veterans including the ones that r o de below the deck on their way home and how they were treated.

When I read things like this I am proud that our country has not turned their backs on our soldiers returning

from the various war zones today and give them the respect they so deserve.

I know every one who has served their country who reads this will have tears in their eyes, including me.

Prayer chain for our Military… Don’t break it!

Please send this on after a short prayer for our service men and women.

Don’t break it!

They die for me and mine and you and yours and deserve our honor and respect.

May is the month to remember our fallen veterans.

Observe Memorial Day!

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PASS THE BISCUITS

When I was a kid, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage, and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his Biscuit, smile at my mom and ask me how my day was at school. I don’t remember what I told him that night, but I do remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits. And I’ll never forget what he said: “Honey, I love burned biscuits.” Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, “Your momma put in a long hard day at work today and she’s real tired. And besides… a burnt biscuit never hurt anyone!” You know, life is full of imperfect things… and imperfect people. I’m not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else. What I’ve learned over the years is that learning to accept each others faults and choosing to celebrate each others differences, is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship. So…please pass me a biscuit. And yes, the burned one will do just fine! And please pass this along to someone who has enriched your life… I just did! Life is too short to wake up with regrets…. Love the people who treat you right and forget about the ones who don’t. ENJOY LIFE NOW – IT HAS AN EXPIRATION DATE!

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Fifth Grade Assignment

Wouldn’t this be great if it was taught in every school.

A fifth grade school teacher asked her class to look

At TV commercials and see if they could use them in 20 ways

To communicate ideas about God.

 

Here are some of the results: scroll down.

 

God is like.

BAYER ASPIRIN

He works miracles.

 

God is like.

A FORD

He’s got a better idea..

 

God is like.

COKE

He’s the real thing.

 

(This is great)

 

God is like.

HALLMARK CARDS

He cares enough to send His very best.

 

God is like.

TIDE

He gets the stains out others leave behind. ..

 

God is like.

GENERAL ELECTRIC

He brings good things to life.

 

God is like.

WAL-MART

He has everything.

 

God is like.

ALKA-SELTZER

Try Him, you’ll like Him

 

God is like.

SCOTCH TAPE

You can’t see Him, but you know He’s there.

 

God is like..

DELTA

He’s ready when you are.

 

God is like.

ALLSTATE

You’re in good hands with Him.

 

God is like.

VO-5 Hair Spray;He holds through all kinds of weather

 

God is like.

DIAL SOAP

Aren’t you glad you have Him? Don’t you wish everybody did?

(that one is my favorite)

 

 

 

 

God is like .

The U.S. POST OFFICE

Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet nor ice will keep Him from

His appointed destination.

 

 

God is like.

Chevrolet. . . .the heart beat of America

 

God is like

Maxwell House. ….. .

Good to the very last drop

 

 

 

God is like.

B o u n t y . . . .

He is the quicker picker upper. . Can handle the tough jobs. ..

And He won’t fall apart on you

 

Peace, Love and Prosperity to all !

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Long Term Car Loan

If you’re going to take a long-term car loan, don’t buy a short-term car. — Spencer Johnson, Kenneth Blanchard

We’re in recovery for the long haul. We don’t expect to return to our old, destructive habits. One day at a time we hope to improve on yesterday until all our todays run out. So it’s not a temporary repair job we need, but a brand new vehicle. Putting a side our destructive behavior is only a start. Without the right spiritual fuel to keep us rolling, our recovery may be only short-term.

As we think about what has taken us farthest, what has consistently brought us peace and joy, we can agree on love. Our friends and sponsors love us selfless; they are interested not in our shortcomings but in our progress. And our Higher Power’s unconditional love has forgiven us of everything. In passing this on and seeing it multiply, we experience our happiest moments.

I will ensure a my long-term recovery by passing on the selfless love I’ve received.

 

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