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Veterans Day

Some thoughts on appreciating our veterans. We celebrate Veterans Day today. It is a holiday for some.We honor our veterans with parades and speeches and often very little else. A few years ago I called a friend of mine to wish him well on Veterans Day. He was elderly then well into his 80’s and he has since passed. My friend’s name was George Christie. He served as a Navy carrier pilot in world war two and as a submariner in Korea. He said to…

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Veterans

Today and tomorrow I have some thoughts and history on our Veterans. Seventy three years ago the depression was causing pain across America. The economy struggled much like and much worse than our recession today. Jobs were hard to find. People needed money. Years earlier, World War One soldiers were granted a veterans bonus. Extra money for services rendered. It was a grant by congress during the happier times of 1924. Payment, however, was postponed until 1945, the theory being it would help the vets…

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Check Your DNA

Check this out! I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but there is a kit available to test your own DNA. It’s new. It’s innovative and it’s possible it is the greatest consumer breakthrough since the year two thousand when scientists found a way to decode the 3.1 billion subunits of DNA. The picture at the left of this post is that of the kit. It is available online. The subunits are called base pairs and they make up the double helix of the deooxyribonucleic…

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Gratitude

Some thoughts today on gratitude. Life’s simple experiences, the ones we enjoy doing, our hobbies, our passions and even the ones that we don’t pursue, but are presented to us, sunsets, the feeling of a warm breeze, a field of flowers, a child singing, a lovers touch, a strangers smile, all of these things engender joy and appreciation, but rarely gratitude. We take much for granted. Our sight, that lets us see the beauty of the world. Our hearing, that lets us enjoy the harmony…

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