What If You Became A Refugee?

With all the turmoil going on in the world today we hear a great deal about refugees and the challenges they face. I can't imagine what it must be like for them especially when whole families can be wiped out instantly during their treacherous treks.

The recent story and photo of that little boy's body washing up on shore was really heartbreaking and is a life cut short that should not have happened.

Why this world will not accommodate all peoples and their dreams of a livable life is beyond me. So much selfishness and hatred is just not necessary.

Most of us want only one thing out of life – to fulfill their dream of a better life for our loved ones.

Right now the cry is: “Black Life Matters”! I totally understand it but this is only partially true. In reality it should be: “All Life Matters”, from the just conceived child to that person who may be seconds away from the end of their corporeal existence – “All Life Matters”, period!

Here is a story of what refugees brought with them when fleeing their homeland – what would you have in your bag:



Dr. Wayne Dyer’s Passing

“You may have convinced yourself that giving is impossible because you have too little for yourself. If you are not generous when it is difficult, you will not be generous when it is easy. Generosity is a function of the heart, not the wallet” Dr Wayne Dyer


There are those among us who care only about what is best for
themselves, myself included at times in my life.

Then there are those who care only for what they can teach and
give to others.

Dr. Dyer was and always will be one of those selfless individuals
who make our lives richer!

Rest In Peace until your next adventure begins…

What Is A Father?

What Is A Father?

It's impossible for me to answer that question.

“There is no teacher equal to mother and there's nothing more contagious than the dignity of a father,” – Amit Ray, from “World Peace: The Voice of a Mountain Bird”

Why? The only real answer to this question is a very personal one and it's known only to you.

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years,” – Mark Twain

My dad passed away when I was young which meant I wasn't able to share in his lifee as you might be doing with your dad. Oddly enough he lost his parents to a car accident when he was young and was raised by an older brother, who has also passed. And I am ashamed to confess that sometimes it's hard for me to remember my dad – we had him for such a short time.

Yet every time I look in a mirror or look at my brother's face I see my dad. And I remember the walks to the creamery to share our love of ice cream.

A dad is a believer! A person who believes in who you are and what you can accomplish in life. Whether it's learning to ride your first bike or agonizing with you over that college entrance exam he believes you can do it.

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me,” – Jim Valvano

Your dad is one-of-a-kind as are you.You are an inseparable part of each other.

No matter where he, or you, are you will always be his kid. Most of us never grow up in dad's eyes. If you have kids tell me that's not true for you.

My daughter will always be my little girl even though she is married with her own kid. And that is how it should be!


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‘Freedom Is Not On-Sale Today’


Memorial Day

A day when we honor those who have paid the ultimate
price to buy us the privilege of having barbecues, car sales,
clothing sales, etc. In other words it has become, like so many
holidays, One Big Commercial.

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain: “Heroism is latent in every human soul…”

So Please, take a moment out of your busy Memorial Day to remember
those fallen heroins and heroes whose courage has allowed us to pursue our
chosen life styles. Remember: ‘Freedom Does Not Come On-Sale'!

Benjamin Franklin: “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a
little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety”.



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