The longest day……… 6/6/1944

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The water’s are calm now, but back over 70 years ago, we owe a huge debt to the men and woman, who fought the good fight, with many not making it past that day. These men and woman should never be forgotten, as if it weren’t for them, we of this Society may not be free to roam as we do today? This country just might of been a bit different today if it wasn’t for these brave hero’s of that time. These men and woman didn’t ask for this fight, but yet they showed up and fought the good fight, simply because it was the right thing to do, for all who walk a path through this journey of life, on the soil of the great country called, the United States of America.

The men and woman of our Armed Services sign up and become trained to help keep America great, they may not receive big money unlike those within the world of sports today, but these men and woman most definitely earned every penny they earn. The actions of our men and woman of the military goes without saying, as the actions of some of the men and woman within the world of sports………….. Well let’s just say, could be a bit more respectful for the ones who fought the good fight, so they can earn the big bucks, playing a game that they love. These men and woman of our Armed services just do not get enough respect for what they do, or have done, some go off away from their families for long stretches of time and some either don’t make it back, or come back back within a casket, or even worse……….. Missing parts of their bodies. While those within the world of sports cry over a hang nail, or whine over an official making a bad call, really!!! We of this Society are to blame for this, simply because we have lost our way along this journey and have mislabeled our priorities, from what we think is important, to what should be important.

We of this Society have changed so much compared to the Society back some 70+ years and a lot of ways, we have changed for the worse, taking big steps backwards, instead of moving forward, like those of our military’s past, present and future. The most political of all the wars……… Vietnam, these men and woman went and fought the good fight, even though they may not have agreed with the decisions of them being there, but yet still fought bravely, then they came back to American soil and are treated like low class citizens and some even being homeless, with no place to sleep or eat like those of us today within our homes, only shows just how screwed up we have become, while we live our lives today.

These men and woman of our military and how they get trained, are so disciplined, they think nothing of going to battle, so we can be free to roam and live our exotic lifestyles, we owe them a great deal of gratitude, but how do we pay them back? By some within the world of sports taking a knee, instead of standing tall and proud, showing great respect for them, as our countries National Anthem is being played before each sporting event. Those within the the world of sports just might not be playing for the big money that they get, if it wasn’t for these brave men and woman, these are the real Hero’s and not, the ones within the world of sports.

Respect is a two way street and there is no sign that reads ” one way” on any of the streets of Respect, those within our military don’t join to get our Respect, but with their actions they earn our Respect in many ways. While those within the world of sports think that they deserve our Respect, even without doing a dam thing, or worse, doing things that are just plain and simply stupid and uncalled for. Those within the world of sports think, that because they get paid big bucks, that they are better than the rest of us? They think that because of their big money, they can use their playing fields as a platform to Preach to the rest of us? I got a news flash for all you within the sports world, you are an employee of the game you play, just like the rest of us are an employee of the company for which we work our jobs. While you are an employee you have to abide by the rules and regulations of that company,  we all have to answer to somebody and there is no other way around it. Now you can have your opinion yes, we all have our opinions, but never forget that we all have the right to our opinions and no one can take that from us, no matter of who you are.

Those within the world of sports think that it is their right to go visit the President after they have won a championship in the sport they play? I have another news flash for you, going to visit the President is not your right, it is a privilege and an Honor, if you think other wise, then you need to rethink your way of thinking. Now you within the sports world may not like the President for whatever reason, just as many of us have our likes and dislikes, but to disrespect a sitting President, is just as bad as, disrespecting our men and woman of our armed services, as you take a knee, during the playing of this countries national Anthem, maybe we all within this country should boycott the sport you play, so you then lose that big paycheck, leaving you with no platform for which to speak? We all walk a path through this journey of life, when we walk it correctly without stepping upon another’s shine, this journey will reward us with great things, it will bring us each much respect even when we don’t go looking for it, but when we preach to other’s and demand their respect, now your looking at a journey that becomes very rough, that can bring much pain and hurt, for which will affect us all and keep us from enjoying true peace and happiness throughout the journey.

 

” America’s military are the real true Hero’s within this country and should have all our Respect for what they do for us”

” The water is calm compared to the day of 6/6/1944, but these men and woman of this day have earned our Respect now and forever”

” Sports and politics do not mix, now get back to playing the game that you get paid greatly to play”

” Those within our military may not get paid big money for what they do, but their actions get rewarded with our respect”

 

 

 

 

 

united we stand………..Divided we fall

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Such a beautiful bird on so many levels, this is the American Bald Eagle, a symbol of this great country of America. A big powerful bird that flies through the sky so free and with the greatest of ease. As beautiful as this bird is, we in this Society are part of the beauty this bird holds, right now we are a broken Society in need of a major fix, we are so divided in this country, we clearly can not come together for the good of all who walk their path of this journey through life, within this great country of America.

In order for us all to come together it all starts with the so called leaders, who we the people have elected to lead us. These Individuals are so consumed with themselves, they clearly can not see clearly enough to come together, for the good of all the people within this country. The issue of healthcare for all needs so badly to be done for the people, but yet our elected officials can not come together, because they are letting not only their unclear views get in the way, but they are letting the special interest groups control everything for which they are.  The American people voted you in to do a job, it is time you live up to what the American people want and ” do your job”. If we the people did our jobs as you did, then we would be fired from our jobs, what makes you any different then we are?

Then there is the so called Media that right now are a big part of the ugliness that surrounds us today, these Individuals I can’t even call a Journalist anymore, cause they can not even write the truth anymore. These Individuals are so consumed with their drama ridden agendas, they to can not do their jobs properly anymore, they are more concerned with the ratings and putting greed into their pockets, they have forgotten the simplicity of putting two words together to make sense, let alone trying to bring together we the people in unity, throughout this great country. Now with social media, there are so many avenues for the media, but yet there is no one that knows how to drive properly on these avenues. to even try to make sense, let alone put together words to make sense with. Don’t get me wrong there are still some great Writers out there, just that they have become hidden within all the fake Writers, who want nothing, but rob us all of our hard earned money.

I get the fact of the idea behind the 1st Amendment, I truly believe we all need a voice and to get our feelings out, to help us heal when we need be, but to do so in a way, that does nothing but shove your opinions down the throats of the rest of us………… that is not the way the 1st Amendment is supposed to work. We all have a right to this Amendment, not just a chosen few, which is the reason why we so badly,  need to get back to truly respecting one another and doing so from the heart, not just superficially or hiding from behind your technology device.

What happened yesterday within the National Football League was nothing but  disrespect in every way……… okay there was some good to it, but the bad so much out weighed the good and showed without a doubt, that we are a broken society, in need of a fix. The biggest thing of this that we need to address is, these players are getting paid huge amounts of money to play a game, but yet they chose to disrespect a symbol that many have died fighting for, so they can make their huge amounts of money and buy many things, that the ordinary hard working American can not afford. The game you play is on a stage, that these ordinary people buy a ticket to watch, you as a player are on that stage to perform for us, not to disrespect a symbol that we all are suppose to respect, showing pride and thanks to the many brave men and woman that have died fighting for. The first Amendment helps us all with a voice, to help us bring out our feelings to heal, not too disrespect, so we all can be better and stronger, as we all move forward along our paths of this journey through life.

 

” When we truly stand united we are at our strongest, when we are divided we are at our weakest”

” The first amendment is for us all to have a voice, to get out our true feelings and to heal moving forward”

” We need to be smarter, show more love and empathy of each other, to end all this hate and ugliness of today”

” The American Bald Eagle is a great symbol for us here in America, it shows freedom and strength without all the drama we the people have shown”

 

A Slice of Americana………….

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We here in America live in a Country that is not only the best Country, but we are able to roam free throughout this great country and truly see all the beauty it holds. Pictures like this one can be taken in anywhere U. S. A. The rural setting, the green grass, the vintage trailer and the tractor or maybe the truck suits you better? This is what hard work within this country will bring you, not too mention being able to drive where ever we want to within the truck, seeing the beauty of this country.

Unfortunately we in this country take so much for granted, that we don’t really look deeply into what we see anymore. I get the fact that we all go through struggling times…………. Times that bring us much pain and hurt, which then changes who we truly are, then we let the pain and hurt dictate how we walk our paths of this journey, instead of taking the time to fix and heal ourselves from the pain and hurt, so we than can dictate how we ourselves walk our paths through this journey of life. There is no text book to read and study of this journey, but if we stay true to ourselves, have total faith in Jesus Christ, we then can see the signs and messages he sends us, so we then can follow in his foot steps, to let him guide us to the path of righteousness and as he showed us, when he to came here and walked his journey with us.

The biggest thing we take for granted within this country is each other, through all the ugliness and the hatred, we lack the trust and show no empathy or love for each other anymore and when these three are non existent in our lives, we then move forward within this troubled Society. This troubled Society goes a lot further then just here in this country, it also is spread around this planet Earth and all the other countries within it, then you have other leaders of these countries, that are what we call Dictators and what a Dictator is, a person that will tell you where to go, what to do and you have no choice but to do just that? Now some may escape and try to get asylum here in this country, I get the fact that this country was based on Immigration, but immigration done the correct way and not sneaking into this country, just to hide and escape, from the country of their origin. Then you have the ones from a more sympathy side, like a Refugee, well I feel bad for these Refugee’s, but this day and age, you just don’t know who these people are and just maybe, some of the Terrorists are hiding within them, just for easy access in here, so they than can implant themselves among us, just to carry out their agenda of, inflicting more fear, pain and hurt on all of us.

With these Dictator’s like the one in North Korea, he seriously is one that is a few cards short of a full deck, who in their right mind would create weapons, that would take out all innocence around the world? Only ones that have zero love and empathy deep within their souls, only ones that have only one interest or agenda and that is, Greed. Dictator’s like this knucklehead in North Korea are one thing and one thing only, a Bully. We all know what a Bully is? A Bully is someone that inflicts fear in their Victims, so they themselves can seem on the outside as a powerful person. We all have been a victim of a Bully at one point or another within our lives, so I know we all know just how to deal with these Bullies and that is, to stand up to them, look them square in the eye and put the fear they put in  you, right back into them, so they then cower away like the true Coward they are.

After listening to President Trump give his speech within the walls of the United Nations building, I can say right now that, I am very proud to call myself an American. We finally have a President that gets it, we finally have a President that stands tall against all the ugliness of the World and I am very proud, to call him my President, plus I will stand tall with him and have his back at every turn. The last eight years in this country have been failed leadership and a president that says ” I am sorry”, just to make America seem weak, we now have a real leader, that has the best interest of all Americans in his hands, while showing others, that we are not weak and will stand up to any Bully, or any other, that wishes to bring harm to fellow Americans.

With all the Terror attacks that are happening in Britain, you think they need to change their policies on immigration? Simply because that is how the Terrorists are getting in, so with that said, I say to our President Trump and those within our Government, ” BUILD THAT WALL!!!” We here in America need to build the wall on our southern border, maybe shut the borders for a short time? Fix what we need to fix, so we all can move forward better and stronger. Our immigration process needs to change, or we just might be in the same predicament as Britain?  Now there is a strong chance that these sick Terrorists are already in here and within their cells plotting their moves? Plus all the left wing Democrats will never want to change the immigration process, cause these Individuals whether they are legal or illegal, are the votes that the Democrats want, so they can get all the power within this country. What I say to the Democrats is, ” it is time to man up, stand tall for the good of America and if you can’t handle the job, then simply don’t run for any office within our Government”. God bless the United States of America and God bless President Trump, so we all can move forward better and stronger, to totally see all the real beauty within the borders, of the greatest country, as we all walk our paths through this journey of life.

 

”  Freedom is not really free, freedom comes with a price, the men and woman who have served this great country, have paid that price for all of us”

” When we know of who we truly are, we can do anything we want and we can also show the love we feel deeply inside with all that is around us”

” A Dictator is someone that will control all that we are, instead of we ourselves controlling who we truly are”

” Building a wall may help to control the Illegal ones from gaining access to all that we have and robbing us of our own self worth”

 

True Leadership qualities……

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What makes a great Leader? We all tend to link being a leader with power and control, we get caught up in the mix that, Leader’s have to be in high positions, like, the President of a country, a CEO of a corporate company, or maybe an Owner of a sports team to name a few. Some of the greatest Leaders do so quietly with no fan fare, or looking for any kind or recognition.

Everybody has their own kind of Leadership ways, just that we don’t give ourselves enough credit for the way we Lead, we also don’t tap into our souls enough and try to find a Leadership role that best suits ourselves. Not all of us are suited to be a true leader and not all of us can be a Leader, as in the old saying, ” to many chiefs spoil the tribe” or ” to many Chef’s ruin the soup”. You don’t find a true Leader, as True Leader’s simply rise to the role with their actions and not their words.

Look at a guy like Tom Brady, the best Quarter Back in the history of the NFL. He doesn’t look to be more powerful or above the rest of his Teammates, he just shows up in practice and works hard each and every day, then executes that hard work on Game day. He shows his Leadership on the field, while he brings his team into the lead, to move forward with a “W” in the win column. All his Teammates adore him, cause he is so humble and approachable by all. Tom also gives advice to his Teammates, instead of saying ” do it this way or you won’t touch the football”. Okay it is true you may see him loud and yelling on the side lines on game day, but he does so only to wake up the team, so they can execute better, giving the team a better chance of winning the game.

A true leader leads by example, without losing the respect of those they try to lead. Raymond Bourque of the Boston Bruins was another great Leader, even though he wore the “C” on his jersey, it didn’t mean anything to him, as he showed up everyday practiced and played hard, so when his Teammates saw that, they to practiced and played hard, making the whole team a better team moving forward. Ray was a quiet guy that stayed out of the limelight, but with his actions on the ice, that is what spoke much louder than any words at all. Bobby Orr was the same way as he also let his actions speak for himself, they didn’t want to be singled out as a special player and they always spoke of the team/ put the team before themselves all the time.

True Leader’s never look for any fame or recognition, they never look to be more powerful than or even try to have all the power over the rest. A true Leader at the end of the day goes home like you and I and does his chores, like the rest of us. A Leader that we all take for granted and never give enough credit to, are our own parent’s. these Individuals help you grow in many ways, they show you by example on how to treat other’s, they guide you as you walk your path of this journey through life, they don’t just love you deeply and they don’t just quietly lead you on your path, they teach you all they know, as they to were led by their Parent’s, as they walked their paths through this journey of life. Parent’s don’t look for any recognition or any spotlight, they never look for any rewards, all they want is to lead you into prosperity, so you can be the best you can be, as you walk your path through this journey of life.

 

” A true Leader is a rare breed and never looks for any recognition or fame”

” A real and true Leader, leads by example and never pushes his power on to another”

” Leadership is never about power and control over other’s, as a true Leader knows how to make others better moving forward”

” True Leaders let their actions speak more loudly than themselves, making all around them feel even more special then the Leader himself”

 

Greatness Personified………

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” Greatness is within us all, but unfortunately only a few achieve true greatness”

 

Last nights Superbowl was an Epic event on so many levels, not too mention being one of the best Super bowls of my lifetime so far. Okay it is true I am a New England Patriot fan,  it is also true that I like many other true fans have gone through many seasons, with our beloved Pats only winning one game a year, so it is safe to say that, I am not the only one enjoying the ride for the last 17 seasons. With all the Hater’s hating on this team only shows what greatness brings and the New York Yankees back in their hay day, have also been through what the Patriots are going through now, which is where the nickname the ” Evil Empire” came from. What I say to all the Hater’s out there is, ” if you truly want to be a Champion, than step up to the plate and beat a true Champion”, with Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons almost did just that.

Tom Brady and Bill Belichek just solidified their greatness last night with this great come back win, some may say that the Falcons choked, but to the real football fan, this game was won a team that never gave up, no matter of how big the odds were as this game moved forward. This game was won by a team that never lost faith in their selves and their teammates, which kept hope alive for each and every one of them, when there is faith, you will always have hope and with these two, the confidence runs high throughout the entire team. Plus with the slogan of ” do your job”, the task at hand never really got too big for them to handle.

We all walk a path through this journey of life, we all also go through the good as well as the bad, with what I learned of Tom Brady’s Mom last night, I couldn’t stop my eyes from watering and to think she was at her first game watching her son……. the tears filled up my eyes and my heart became warm with love. with all the chemo she has been through, she was strong enough to go watch her son in person, which made this story so much bigger than the game of football itself. Tom Brady is more than just a football Quarterback, he is a Human, walking a path through this journey of life, just like all of us as well. The biggest difference between Tom Brady and most of us is, he never gives up, he never loses faith in himself and with this faith, never loses hope that he can achieve Greatness, plus as a Human and with all his Mom has been through, Tom Brady stays focused on the prize and the true prize isn’t each Championship ring he receives, the true prize is each chance he gets to spend good quality time with his Mom at her time of need. This was the story within the game, this is the story that drives Tom Brady to Greatness, this is a story and a message to the rest of us that, we to can achieve the same Greatness if we want it bad enough, we just have to stay focused on the true prize and not the prize surrounded by drama or false reality. We all walk a path through this journey of life and when we do it correctly, when we stay focused on the true prize and when we never give up, never lose faith, which brings us all the hope we need to move forward better and stronger, so we all can share our love within, with each other, as we then walk this journey in peace and happiness.

 

” True greatness is within us all, we just have to focus and never give up, so the greatness will shine over us all”

” Last nights Super bowl game was beyond a great game when you look deeply into the game”

” With Faith there will always be Hope and when you have them both, the confidence will drive you to never give up no matter of the odds”

 

 

It can all be taken away in a flash

 

” Our paths through this journey of life we take so for granted, as everything we work so hard for can be taken quicker than we realize”

***BowlingChef***

 

What a huge tragedy for all those who live in or around Gatlinburg, Tennessee. They have been in the biggest drought in this area in about a decade and because of this drought, has sparked many brush fires over the last few months, but the weather and the windy conditions on Monday, took these brush fires to a whole new and scary level. This picture may not be of Gatlinburg, but it shows a town very similar here in Massachusetts, a small town nestled within the mountains, that has many residents that live their lives there, this town has many things of beauty within and around it, these residents work hard for what they have and work hard to be able to live within the beauty of these mountains, a town very similar to Gatlinburg, but as we just found out earlier in the week, everything you work so hard for, can be taken quicker than you can blink your eyes and you have no control over it.

We all walk a path through this journey of life, some may grow with a silver spoon in their mouths and some work their fannies off just to survive and live along their paths and grow up with nothing, but through their hard work they achieve many things along the way. No matter who you are everything you have can be taken quicker than you realize, as we saw from the events in Tennessee, this doesn’t mean we have to stop living and enjoying what is around us, but we do need to respect more of what we have and what is around us as we walk our paths of this journey of life. Life is more precious than we lead on to think it is, we take so much for granted, without realizing just how quickly it can change.

A good majority of the Citizens in and around Gatlinburg Tennessee, are now with nothing but the clothes on their backs now, there homes totally gone with nothing but the chimney left, everything incinerated to ash on the soil of their property, all their special pictures and memories gone, furniture and material things gone, everything but the clothes on their backs, as they were running for their lives to escape the huge flames of the fires. This can happen to any of us as we never know where the next natural disaster will strike? The states in the area known as ” Tornado alley”, know all too well that life is so precious as they to have gone through what Gatlinburg and surrounding areas just went through, except a different kind of tragedy. Tragedies happen it is part of this journey through life, we can try to control them but only God has control and we need to simply…… do not take for granted of what we have, show more respect of each other, show more respect of all that is around us and take our lives a little more precious, as we walk our paths through this journey of life.

True we chose a path to walk through this journey of life, but what we don’t really think about is, just how fast it all can end, instead we take everything for granted, we think we are entitled to everything around us, just because it is there? We think just because we buy a parcel of land and build a home, that we automatically own everything else around us? We take our trips on vacation to see all the beauty of where we are, but we never think of what could happen to take this beauty away, we take so much for granted that when a tragedy does happen, we then become so devastated that we forget truly of who we are, lose all respect for all that is around us, we lose sight of what this journey is all about and we forget just how precious this journey truly is. We all walk a path though this journey of life, we need to respect all that is around us more, never forget just how precious this journey is and always never forget that, it can all end quicker then we want to admit to, so we then can move forward in peace and happiness, so we can also be better and stronger also.

 

” Fire, Tornado, hurricane or any other weather event are all natural disasters, that are huge tragedies that can strip us of all we work so hard to achieve”

” This journey through life is a precious thing and can be taken from us at any time in our lives”

” We work very hard for what we have in our lives and at the same time can be taken easier than we achieved it”

 

The sun shines over the City of Chicago

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With the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series last night and being seventy one years since they have even been on the big stage, plus not winning it for one hundred and eight years, this win is bigger than even the sport of baseball itself.

They say it was the curse of the Goat? I understand the whole story of a person bringing their pet Goat to the games, then being told not to bring the Goat anymore, but seriously, you think a Goat had to do with a team not winning a Championship in over a century? Same thing with the Great Babe Ruth and the trade that had him leaving the Boston Red Sox, to the New York Yankees, then the Red Sox not winning a World Series in Eighty six years? We all can believe what we want to, as we are all unique to each other with our own minds, but to make an excuse over a curse for not winning a Championship, I think we need look deeply into what we see, instead of making an excuse for everything around us.

The Fans of the Chicago Cubs is what this win is all about, as it was the Fans that were caught between the team and the Ownership of the team and being being deprived of what other teams and their Fans have accomplished. It is the Fan that shows up. pays a fee, so they can watch their team win, it is the Fan that roots very loudly for their favorite players of that team, but when the Owner’s don’t pay for the right players (for which the fan pays for), now the Fan has no one to root for. Yes your going to have those die hard Fans that no matter what, will still pay and root for a team, even if they don’t truly know of who they are rooting for. Instead you have the Owner’s becoming more greedy and taking advantage of the die hard Fan, just to line their pockets with more money, so they can live their plush exotic lifestyles.  When you don’t spend the money wisely and get the right player’s for the team and for the Fans who have been loyal to you, you will be the next Chicago Cubs or the Boston Red Sox.

When you want to model yourself after a good Owner, you need to look no further than Bob Kraft of the New England Patriots. He was a Fan of the team before he was an Owner and when he became Owner, he then put the best Management around him to build a great team. then through the Management they went out and got the right players that not only fit the Patriot way, but that would gel together and give the Fans what they have paid for, as they spend a lot of money to enjoy a game on any given Sunday. Now with the Patriots and the last fifteen years, you can clearly see what building a great team will do, as they win more than they lose and through winning, makes it fun to not only play the game, but makes it fun to pay and watch the game as well. Now with the winning part, you will also gain some Hater’s that will try to bring you down with words, this is just that words……..That show nothing but hatred of their own team, cause their Owner’s don’t step up to the plate and reward their Fans with a winning team.

Yes I do congratulate the Chicago Cubs and their player’s for winning the World series, but I congratulate their Fans even more, as now they can see what winning is all about and how winning and sports can affect a whole region for the better. Players like Jon Lester and David ross who are the older guys on the team and have won it all before, both came from the Red Sox, as did Theo Epstein the General Manager also, these are the guys that brought their experience and winning nature with them, as they infected the Fans around them throughout Chicago. Theo was the one that was brought in by the owner’s to give the Fans what they have needed for a long time and finally reward the Fans with this great victory and not just a victory, but a World Series Championship.

We all walk a path through this journey of life, some may get a chance to bask in the glory of this journey, while others simply just walk their path in the clouds of their judgments. Sports and our everyday lives when they come together in harmony, like last night in Chicago, helps us all have a look at the glory part of this journey and can help us all become better and stronger moving forward. True everything has to line up completely, but when they do it is the most beautiful part of this journey through life and is what makes us all walk with confidence, to be better and stronger along our paths throughout this journey.

 

” The Chicago Cubs have finally found success in the sport of baseball, as the Fans have finally been rewarded for their time and money spent”

” This team of the 2016 World series Champs the Cubs, will be forever enshrined in the history of the city of Chicago”

” They say winning cures all, but you can’t win without the right players around you”

” It takes a knack to get the right players for your team, as Theo Epstein and Bill Belichek have perfected that knack”