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Sanctuary Of Memories


All Alone in a Crowd

Christmas night.

I close my eyes,
And slip into the sanctuary of memories.

Echoes of a tune
That I sang in childhood.
A simple melody of my youth,
A carol of Christmas pageants gone.

Its centuries old refrain
Lingers among the hazy vision
Of specters now at rest.

Ancient words
Numb the body like a Winter chill
As I see the child I was
In the comfort
Of those who protected me.

Dizzy senses filled with pipe smoke.
Crackling fire lit logs,
Dancing bubble lights upon the tree,
Her gentle hand,
His warm smile,
Forever haunting.

The choir of my school days softly sing,
“Of all the trees that are in the woods,
The holly bears the crown.”


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Time For…


All Alone in a Crowd


Christmas is the time for remembering,
It’s the time for all those hidden thoughts of days gone by
And all those dreams that might have been.
Christmas is the time to recall friends of the past
And times shared in moments of warmth and joy.
It’s what makes the rest of the year worthwhile
Or life more bearable.
Christmas, a word that brings forth smells of bread and cakes,
Of wood smoke and pine boughs
Or Granddad’s pipe.
A time for choirs and carols,
Bells and steeples,
For snow and ice,
Grandeur and a humble stable,
A moment of peace in a world of turmoil,
A brief period, when all turn to noble thoughts,
A Holy Season of a Child’s birth.
Christmas, the perfect plan for life.


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The Wish


All Alone in a Crowd


There is a story told ’round fires bright,
Of an ancient birth, which was to set the world right.
But due to man’s inhumanity to man,
Turmoil ruled throughout the land.
So in that Spirit of the birth of old
May I wish you a season and a year of gold,
Blest with love, faith and humanity.
This I pray to God, in all sincerity.


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Washington’s Farewell Address A Warning For 2016 Election


zeimusu_George_WashingtonAlmost 220 years ago, America’s first President decided not to run again after two terms.

There were no Constitutional limits at that time but he yearned for private life, a simple life.

He took the opportunity in September 1796 to give an address that was his guidance and vision of how the new Republic could survive.

Often called “Washington’s Farewell Address” it was both a challenge and a warning to the Nation.

First he warned of foreign involvement in America:

Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government …

He also warned of Political Parties:

However political parties may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.

Washington also warns that some may  claim to be working for the people by answering their demands and solving problems but in reality they are working to obtain power from the people and place it in the hands of a few unjust people.

He thought they would seek to obstruct the execution of the laws created by the government, or prevent the constitutional branches from enacting the powers provided to them by the constitution.

Despite Washington’s calling to only change the Constitution through amendments, he warned the Nation that there might be those seeking to overthrow the government and thereby would use constitutional amendments to weaken the governmental structure to a point where it would be unable to defend itself from political factions, enforce its laws, and protect the people’s rights and property.

So fast forward to the election of 2016.

We seem to have a foreign government, namely Russia, interfering with our election and closely tied to Donald Trump’s candidacy.

We have a GOP controlled Congress, the Legislative branch of Government, obstructing the Judicial branch from fully completing their constitutional tasks and even threating to obstruct, impeach and disrupt any person whose is not of their liking.

We have a Congress threatening to amend the Constitution to obtain their ideals.

We have two Political Parties seemingly out of touch with the 50/50 makeup of the Nation and thereby bringing about complete gridlock in the seeking of power and control over the other.

We have a Nation heading towards complete Fascism with Donald Trump or into complete governmental gridlock and chaos with the election of Hillary Clinton.

President Obama is correct that it isn’t just Trump or Clinton names on the ballot.

It’s Freedom on the ballot.

It’s Democracy on the ballot.

It’s America’s future on the ballot.

“Locker Room Banter” Or “Boy Talk” My Father Would Have Paddled My Butt


dscn2327Donald Trump calls it “locker room banter.”

Melanie Trump, his wife, calls it “boy talk.”

My father would have called it “vulgar” and off to the “wood shed” I would have gone.

Since when did we become some tolerant of inappropriate, disrespectful and degrading language?

Today recordings, on a “shock jock radio show, were aired of Donald Trump Jr mouthing and spewing forth the same sort of rhetoric that his father was caught uttering in a “hot mic” situation which has lead to the “locker room banter” quip.

Guess the “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” or “Like father like son.”

For all those Evangelicals who are Trump supporters, may I point out John 5:19 and what Jesus said,

 Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.

Or if you like the old Testament, Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

 If one can not teach his child the moral direction to follow, how can he show a Nation?

Locker Room Banter vs Political Correctness


cloud_lIt’s been all over the news the last couple of days, replay after replay of Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s demeaning, lewd and vulgar comments about and towards women.

Even boasting about his sexual prowess.

Go channel surfing and there it is, video plus audio, analyst after analyst weighing in on the “October Surprise.”

Trump defiantly has answered his critics that this 10-year-old video was nothing more than “locker room banter.”

The GOP nominee has often commented, over the 2016 campaign for the President, that the nation is to Politically Correct.

He has stated that “I don’t, frankly, have time for total Political Correctness” and he thinks the “nation doesn’t either.”

He has now shown what he feels is acceptable in everyday language, “gutter talk.”

Growing up I never heard my parents swear or be vulgar.

They taught me that the English language had enough words to express ones feeling and emotions without vulgarity.

My Dad, who I would describe as a simple North Dakota farm boy, often told me that an “educated man or women” didn’t need to sink to perverseness in their language to express a thought or action.

Political Correctness, for me, is just another way of being respectful, being courteous and acting dignified in dealing with other people, all of which Mr. Trump has “no time.”

Trump Yard Sign = Endorsement Of Remarks


shape-writing_fabien_udr_01Guest Post: Steve Oravecz

Even Republican nominee Donald Trump seems to see his latest scandal is hurting his chances of winning the presidency

In case you missed it, here is what Trump said from the Washington Post:

Even Republican nominee Donald Trump seems to see his latest scandal is hurting his chances of winning the presidency

In case you missed it, here is what Trump said from the Washington Post:

I did try and f*** her. She was married.

I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married…Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look.

At that point in the audio, Trump and Bush appear to notice Arianne Zucker, the actress who is waiting to escort them into the soap-opera set.

Your girl’s hot as s***, in the purple,

States  Billy Bush, who’s now a co-host of NBC’s “Today” show.

Whoa! Whoa!

I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.

And when you’re a star, they let you do it.  You can do anything.

Another voice is heard, apparently Bush’s

Whatever you want?

Then Trump adds.

Grab them by the p***y,”  You can do anything.

Trump’s so called apology is inadequate. He apologized for his words, but they were more than words.

In the first place,he says his words are much different that the words and actions of Bill Clinton. How? Trump acknowledges attempting to seduce a married women. The fact he was a loser and she rejected him is irrelevant. He tried to do what Bill Clinton did.

Second he calls them decade-old remarks that don’t reflect who he really is. Yet they are consistent with many other statements he has made over the years. This old dog has not changed his spots.

I am sickened by what I heard today. Women are to be championed and revered, not objectified. –Speaker of the House Paul Ryan R-Wisconsin

I’m out. I think we should all stand up and say we should not tolerate this. Rep Jason Chaffetz –R-Utah

Mr. Trump, I respectfully ask you with all due respect to step aside, step down, allow someone else to carry the banner of these principles. Sen Mike Lee R-Utah

As the father of three daughters, I strongly believe that Trump needs to apologize directly to women and girls everywhere, and take full responsibility for the utter lack of respect for women shown in his comments on that tape. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)

These, and many more prominent Republicans have distanced themselves from Donald Trump over his vulgar remarks about women.

But the average person can respond as well.  Anyone who continues to display a Trump yard sign and continues to support Trump is implicitly endorsing his view of women.