Making Our Personal History Count

August 23, 2010 by  
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Everybody needs his memories.  They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.  ~Saul Bellow

A couple of days ago, a friend of mine from NY – who I had not seen in three years – came over with her 14 year-old and her 7 year-old sons to have dinner with me.

I asked my friend if her boys were having a good time in LA.  She said the young one was but her teen was complaining about not being back in NY with his friends.   After thinking for a minute my friend added she thought her son would in the future look back at this trip and actually think of it with fondness.  “It will be part of his memories and history”, she said.

After they left I thought about her comment.  How many experiences we all have that while we are going through them we fail to give the attention they deserve?

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Memorial Day Quotes

May 28, 2010 by  
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Much inspiration can be gained from the people that have made the ultimate sacrifice when fighting for an ideal they believed in.

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.

-Joseph Campbell

Each man is a hero and an oracle to somebody.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Peace to each manly soul that sleepeth;

Rest to each faithful eye that weepeth…

- Thomas Moore

Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity

-William Penn

On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation!

-Thomas William Parsons
But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for,
Is their monument to-day, and for aye.

- Thomas Dunn English
The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree

- Thomas Campbell

The brave die never, though they sleep in dust:
Their courage nerves a thousand living men

-Minot J. Savage

All we have of freedom, all we use or know -
This our fathers bought for us long and long ago.

- Rudyard Kipling, The Old Issue, 1899

The dead soldier’s silence sings our national anthem.

- Aaron Kilbourn