Archive for April, 2008
Have you ever heard the story of Easy Eddie and Butch O’Hare?
In short, they were two guys who each risked their lives for freedom and honor.
Easy Eddie paid the ultimate sacrifice to be free from the clutches of Al Capone and to restore honor to his name.
Butch O’Hare was the first WWII pilot to become a flying ace fighting for a free world and the Chicago O’Hare Airport bears his name in honor of his accomplishments.
It reminds me of my favorite line in the movie Open Range: “You might not know this, but there are some things that gnaw on a man worse than dying.”
What’s worth dying for? That’s a question only you can answer for yourself.
Whatever the answer, let’s make sure if it’s worth risking death for it’s worth living for. That is, in this busy, fast-pace world, remember to give quality time to the things that really matter to you.
By the way, if you haven’t heard the Easy Eddie/Butch O’Hare story here’s a link:
Yesterday I went to the movie theater and watched Ben Stein’s documentary called Expelled, Intelligence not permitted.
It was shocking. Did you know, in the academia world scientist can and have lost their jobs for merely suggesting the notion that the origin of life might have come about by some Intelligent design?
A place that boasts itself to be open-minded? A place where students are encouraged to ask why, test the limits of everything, and often accept no absolutes? Yes, This place.
Regardless of your religious beliefs, this is a crime. Free speech is what’s really at stake here.
This is America. One should be free to agree, disagree, agree to disagree, and by all means formulate an independent thought that is all your own and throw it out there.
I could go on and on, but as you know, one of my primary goals for this blog is to keep it brief.
So, I am only raising awareness here and recommending the documentary to you for further review.
As always, I would love to hear your thoughts.
The news has been full of reports on the domino effect of high fuel costs. It has spiked the demand for biofuel resources, which has increase the cost of food from both fronts. All indications are that this problem will continue to grow.
What can we do?
Here’s one of those times when an individual decision can make a difference. Let’s………. plant a garden! Let’s can food for later use.
I know, I know this isn’t a new idea. All of our parents did it and even some of us. But this time it could really stand for something socially and politically.
It’s a small gesture of self-sufficiency.
Maybe you’re like me and you don’t have the space for a garden. We can do patio tomatoes or something like that. Anything.
If you can get it to grow, give someone else a portion of the fruits of your labor. That’s the reward, feeding ourselves and others.
This can be a great experience and fun.
By the way, if you need help there’s a wealth of info at your local Cooperative Extension Office. The number for Buncombe County is 828-255-5522.
Come on! Let’s grow together!!
Spring is here! Are you ready for change?
If you are like a lot of people change is something you probably resist. The fear of change can be so strong that we would stay where we are, doing what we’re doing even if it’s not good for us, just to avoid having to change.
Well, Spring is a great time to embrace change. It’s a time when change is good. The sun shines, the birds sing, flowers bloom. All of this is possible because nature is willing to change the seasons.
Look for some way to change this week. Do something different. Take a new route to work, get a new hair style, or listen to another genre of music for a day. Do anything to shake it up a bit.
You might find a creative idea or a solution to a nagging problem lurking around in your mind somewhere.
At the very least, you’ll break some monotony and be UNPREDICTABLE!
Yea, that’s sexy.
Have a great week.
People are life’s most valuable resource. We need each other. We need key people in our lives to help us achieve our goals, aspirations, and best selves. This is not a solo journey.
Life is about relationships if it is to be a happy, healthy experience.
1. Take inventory. Is there someone in your life that needs to go? If they are a negative source and their principles don’t align with your own, the answer is probably YES.
2. Do your due diligence. Be selective about the people you allow into your life. They will have impact, period!! Look for those who stretch your mind, build your confidence, brighten your days.
3. Give a hug. Put your arms around those who you feel blessed to know. Do it TODAY.
The greatest joys of my life are the people in it and what I can do to make the day of another a little better.
You know the old saying: ” Birds of a feather, flock together.” Let’s change out the bad feathers, spruce up the good ones and fly with a flock destined for soaring high and making a positive difference.