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Ponderings 16
« on: September 25, 2008, 05:16:00 PM »

I was driving down the road today listening to local talk radio.  Being a moderate and registered Independent, I typically disagree with the radio host.  Today I was a bit shocked to hear him do the doom and gloom bit--he's always talking up the current administration.  But today, he was saying the situation for our country is dire, scary, etc.   By contrast, I was looking at beautiful scenery on a wonderful Fall West Virginia day--no gloom or doom, just joy in what our Creator has done.  My mind jumps around a bit and the observation I've expressed before bubbled to the top.  I've worked in some third world h3!! holes in my life.  Places where the government takes care of its elite but makes life miserable for the rest of the citizenry.  Places where medical care is minimal if it exists at all.  Places where infrastructure is not a given.  Yet, the people I observed, the common folks, lived their lives with similar hopes and aspirations we have here--a better life for their kids, enjoying their families, thankful for what they had, etc.  In short, they for the most part were happy and living to the fullest they were allowed to do.  To every thing there is a season--true--and the sun rises every day regardless. 
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Re: Ponderings 16
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2008, 12:30:19 AM »

So very true, Magispook. I told DH yesterday that whatever happened to us, we'd have a lot of company, because it would be happening to a LOT of folks. When we don't have a lot, there isn't a lot to lose. :giggle

Remember this song...It pretty much sums up how I feel about things.

Well we ain't got a barrel of money...
We may look ragged and funny...
But we're travelin' on...
Singing our song...
Side by side.

Through all kinds of weather...
What if the sky should fall?
As long as we're together,
It doesn't matter at all.

So we ain't got a barrel of money...
We may look ragged and funny...
But we're travelin' on...
Singing our song...
Side by side.

Through all kinds of weather...
Drought, flood, rain and snow,
We will be together...
So it just don't matter at all...

Oh we ain't got a barrel of money...
We may look ragged and funny...
But we're travelin' on...
Singing our song...
Side by side.

Don't know what's comin' tomorrow...
maybe it's trouble and sorrow...
but we'll travel the road...
sharin' our load...
side by side.

Oh we ain't got a barrel of money...
We may look ragged and funny...
But we're travelin' on...
Singing our song...
Side by side.

When they've all had their quarrels and parted...
we'll be the same as we started...
just travlin' along singin' a song...
side by side
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Re: Ponderings 16
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2008, 01:07:11 AM »

Yes , Yes!!
I couldn't had expressed it better.
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Re: Ponderings 16
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2008, 07:45:27 AM »

We all fret and stew about the state of the economy and our nation from time to time, but you hit the nail on the head;
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I observed, the common folks, lived their lives with similar hopes and aspirations we have here--a better life for their kids, enjoying their families, thankful for what they had, etc.  In short, they for the most part were happy and living to the fullest they were allowed to do.  To every thing there is a season--true--and the sun rises every day regardless. 


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Re: Ponderings 16
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2008, 01:13:45 PM »

Recently I was reminded of my Appalachian roots by the observation of an anthropologist who observed the unique and often mysterious (as observed by outsiders) culture of the southern WV coalfields.  There, a person is encouraged to eat dessert before the rest of the meal.  Why?  Comes from the coal mine experience.  Miners eat their dessert before their meal underground because you never know when/if the roof may fall and crush the life out of you.  Best to have enjoyed your last moments by eating that dessert.  The mindset spread from the confines of the mine to the families connected to the mines to those connected to those families.  No judgement on my part about the "live for today" mindset, just acknowledgement of one of the reasons why.
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Re: Ponderings 16
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2008, 05:05:10 PM »

I unsder stand waht you are saying Magispook;
While we believe in preparing for whatever may come, some things have happend to us over the past few years that have made us loosen up just a bit; and we are learning to spend time and energy on persuits that make us happy as well as those that prepare us for the "what if's". You can save all your pennies and you can have a cave full of preps but if you are not happy to begin with, what is it all for? 
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Re: Ponderings 16
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2008, 08:38:44 PM »

A couple thoughts on this cold winter night:
- Impressionist - I'm nearsighted.  Take off my glasses and everything's fuzzy.  Sitting in our darkened living room and taking off my glasses, our Christmas tree appears to be like some impressionist painting.  The multi-colored lights bloom to bigger prettier splashes of color on the tree in contrast to the white snow through the picture window the tree is in front of.  Put on my glasses and they shrink to distict colored bulbs.  I'm of two minds on which way I like to see them but I tend to like the distinct colors and shapes more than the splashes.  I like clean lines in paintings too more than the impressionist stuff.  Must be a personality test that incorporates that concept somewhere.  I suspect it means I prefer facts to fantasies.  Who knows?
- Selfish - Typically my wife takes the girls to church youth group in the evening(s) and visits a friend who is a permanent resident at a convelescent home.  That leaves me alone with our yappy dog Sassy.  Truth be known, I enjoy the solitude.  Being the only male in the house has its disadvantages.  One of them is the rarity of silence.  Other than the ever-present tinnitus in both my ears, there is no noise save the occasional car or critter that enters Sassy's domain in which case she must go into a barking frenzy to scold whatever it is for entering her domain which extends to the road.  So I enjoy sitting in front of the fire and listening to the crackle of wood and ting ting ting of the metal of the fireplace insert.  The fire, especially when it first starts to consume the wood, is bright yellow-orange and travels to and fro inside the fireplace--constantly in motion but limited to the inside of the fireplace.  It's a time to be introspective and contemplative but I rarely do so much work.  I simply stare into the fire and think of nothing.  No worries.  No concerns.  No to-do list.  Just stare.  It recharges my internal batteries.  Then the car door slams and everyone returns.  Back to the real world.  I enjoy watching that fire.  Selfish.
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Re: Ponderings 16
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2008, 09:00:32 PM »

It is awesome how our minds work to keep our sanity
in check. A few carefree thought hear and there.
Add a daydream or two. Makes it easier to cope with
reality.  :)
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Re: Ponderings 16
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2008, 09:50:45 PM »

Thanks for sharing, Dan. I have to agree with your thoughts under 'selfish', only I don't think its selfish at all. Much of your work is done in silence, lots of driving alone, etc. Without that reflective time, I think we lose touch with ourselves. I call it 'respectful'. With my personality the 'smoothing' energy, I recharge more deeply.

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Re: Ponderings 16
« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2009, 10:42:41 AM »

Voice - It has happened again.  My voice failed me. Most of the time it is a reliable voice.  One that can order someone to put down their weapon and get on the ground.  One that can dispassionately relay tactical battle information with clarity.  One that normally says precisely what my brain has already ordered it to do.  Not this morning.  We got the dreaded call that my mother-in-law in Korea had died a few hours ago this morning.  While consoling my wife, the task of notifying my sister-in-law who lives here in the U.S. fell upon me as my wife was simply not up to it.  I called and had to leave a message to call me ASAP.  I may have been alright if I didn't have time to wait for that call.  When the call came, I used a colloquial phrase in dialect.  Got almost all of it out after fighting for the air to push the words out:  "our mother has gone back."  My wife, hearing me in the other room, burst into tears.  It's hard to hear those words when you're in disbelief as it only confirms the bad news.  My sister-in-law probably knew what I said but couldn't answer.  I said in English "your mother has died this morning."  More silence.  Then response.  Asking "choogoso?" using the word "died?"  Yes.  Hard to get air out of my throat to get those words out even though I had rehearsed them in my mind.  Now I have to tell my girls who are at high school.  One is traveling tonight for a lacrosse game in another state.  I will tell her at school.  I suspect she will take it well and go on to her game--they simply weren't that close.  I will tell my daughter when she gets off the bus and before she comes into the house.  Maybe in parental role my words will not find it so difficult to come out.  At my age, I'm surprised this task is so difficult.  I recall telling my sister that our mother had died a quarter of a century ago.  Same air problem.
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Re: Ponderings 16
« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2009, 12:40:09 PM »

I am sorry for this difficult situation that you are in. And my prayers are going up for you and your wife and family.
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Re: Ponderings 16
« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2009, 09:14:40 PM »

Unexpected - Interviewed a teacher at my old high school this past week.  Conducted business and explained my past as a Cold Warrior in the context of the interview.  He shook my hand and thanked me.  Totally unexpected.  I didn't see it coming and was truly surprised.  Second time this decade--wore my "Air Force Retired" hat on a vet holiday a few years back and got thanked by a young man.  Also unexpected.  The job was a thankless one that had to be done.  I never expected appreciation or understanding.  Pleasant surprises still happen.  :smiflag
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Re: Ponderings 16
« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2009, 06:52:01 PM »

I certainly thank you for your service  :smiflag

And I just came across a man today that was wearing a hat "Vietnam Vet" . I put out my hand and as he reached for it I said, " thank you, where did you serve? he thought about the hat he was wearing and replied,  " In Fubi (sp?)".
 We spoke for several minutes as this is also where my dh was. We spoke of his unit and I let him share as much as he wanted.

I hope someone does as much for my son when he retires  :love  :smiflag
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« Reply #13 on: June 11, 2009, 09:38:12 PM »

I pretty much am able to read a situation and act accordingly.  His response took me totally by surprise.  On behalf of my comrades, I accept your thanks and please pass mine on to your hubby.  I did get my licks in against the bad guys but did not do so from a foxhole.  Those guys and gals who did so under fire have my complete respect.  Fortunately the kids coming back from the sandbox do get a better reception than Korea and Viet Nam vets did.  I hope that acceptance will help them reintegrate and continue to contribute.  I once talked with a guy who, along with just one other guy, survived his firebase being overrun by NVA.  He survived by playing dead while bodies around him were being bayonneted.  He told no one about it for twenty years until he found someone he felt he could trust to listen (me).  A Korean vet told me his story last year--held it in all those decades.  When it is time, they will tell the person willing to listen and not judge.  They pass the burden on when they tell someone but I believe they wait until they determine the recipient is strong enough to handle and possibly take away that burden.  So if one is willing to listen, one must be sure to be strong enough to do so.
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« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2009, 03:53:11 AM »

I'd say your assessment of Vets needing someone they can 'trust' to help them process and release their stories to is very accurate. I add my :ty2 as well. There were and are many ways to serve well. I am proud to know you, Dan. :smihearts

You know, once a warrior goes 'to war' in their chosen capacity, they serve for the rest of their days as there is no way to really disconnect from living and reliving their experiences. Our battles continue in our minds to some degree.

Thanks again for sharing these thoughts. :hug
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« Reply #15 on: July 16, 2009, 03:55:28 PM »

Instant Karma - On my way to the courthouse this afternoon, I saw a frail little old lady on the opposite corner trying to get across the street with no success.  She appeared to be suffering from Parkinson's.  When the pedestrian light came on, I walked across the street, offered my arm in assistance, and escorted her to the other side which she appreciated.  I still had time to dash across the street toward the courthouse just as the light changed.  I went in to do some research and could not locate the information I was looking for.  A friend of mine who just came back from military deployment works in the office I was at and told me the file may be listed under the spouse's name.  I have been a bit preoccupied recently and didn't bring that info with me as I typically would.  It would take me at least twenty minutes to go back to my car and return with the info.  He offered to look up the requested information in his database when I got back to my car--something his office discourages.  I got back to my car, called, and determined the info (this time absence of info) I needed.  Instant karma!   :)
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« Reply #16 on: July 18, 2009, 03:57:07 AM »

You're a good boy, Dan. :hug Thank you for helping the little old lady.
You deserve all sorts of good karma. :smihearts
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« Reply #17 on: July 19, 2009, 07:24:41 PM »

Had to go to my dad's house today.  Seems a big 'ol tree fell on him.  Took him to the doc to see if there was any problem since the tree knocked him to the ground and he's 79 years old.  Good thing he used to be a miner.  When a miner hears timber creak, he runs in the opposite direction.  Dad did so--just not as fast given his age.  Anyhow, he's a tough old bird and got a clean bill of health.  Speaking of birds, musta been great big one to tip a tree over onto my dad.   ::D
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« Reply #18 on: July 19, 2009, 08:22:10 PM »

:hug for your sweet Dad. :cigar
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