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Happy Fourth of July–Or Is It Really???

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When I write posts, it’s to share a positive theme, indulge in some nostalgia, talk about the books I’m writing, or talk about books others are writing, or discussing travel. Usually, on patriotic holidays, I post about our country and the men and women who have sacrificed so much to allow our country to be free. This Fourth of July, I’m not as optimistic as usual. There’s racial divisiveness, innocent people being shot in their churches, at their schools, or in a theater. Police officers protecting citizens are being shot with impunity, and this is becoming so prevalent, it’s barely addressed in the news. What the heck is going on??? I know there are many who’d like to say, “It’s the Republicans fault, or it’s the Democrats fault,” but it goes far beyond party lines now. It’s time for Americans to be just that, Americans, and look deep within their hearts to visualize what’s best for America.

I know I will sound really paranoid if I start blaming the media for our ignorance of things, but here goes. I did not even know that a twenty-nine year old police woman was shot by a criminal until I happened to glance it on the internet. Why is this a conservative issue and not an issue for us all? Does this make me a racist because I think this is wrong?

On Wednesday, Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco, 29, was shot dead by a … to
serve a felony arrest warrant to a fugitive thug named Marcus D. Wheeler.

http://mrconservative.com/2015/05/59281-breaking-white-female-cop-shot-dead-by-thug-hours-before-she-was-to-go-on-maternity-leave/ –

In 2013, thousands of bikers roared into the DC area in remembrance of 9/11, and I didn’t actually hear about it until a few months ago on a T.V. program by NewsMax. http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Two-Million-Bikers-Roar-Into-DC-for-911-223271211.html

And yet, somehow, I know that Kim Kardashian claims she doesn’t have butt implants, her mother has had a breast enhancement operation, and Bruce’s new name is going to be Caitlyn! Is it because this kind of garbage is bombarded on the news constantly?

But how many of us knew about the March for Life that took place on January 22, 2015? Thousands protest abortion in an annual march on the National Mall.  http://www.wjla.com/articles/2015/01/thousands-set-to-protest-abortion-in-annual-march-for-life-in-d-c–110783.html

And yet, do you ever see it on mainstream news? I only actually became aware of this pro-life march a couple of years back because my daughter marched in it.  No reporters there except for Fox News, which is sometimes called ‘Faux News’ by some clever liberals.

Another issue that I’m not hearing on T.V., only on internet, is about us deploying tanks and military equipment to former Eastern Block countries. Am I the only one who thinks this is a HUGE deal??? http://centurylink.net/tv/3/player/vendor/Fox%20News/player/embedded/asset/fox_news-us_to_deploy_tanks_military_equipment_to_eastern_e-foxnews  I’m beginning to feel like Brian Wilson in “Love and Mercy.” Am I being overly paranoid?

This post has made me sad because in spite of what I intended, it has become ‘us’ against ‘them’ and that’s not what I wanted at all.  What I’d really like to see is all the information out there so we can make our own rational decisions. I don’t know about any of you, but I dread the next year-and-a-half of political campaigning. I wish we’d take the lead from Great Britain and only allow four weeks for campaigning. Yes, FOUR weeks! What a dream that would be. I’m sure all the candidates could put all their facts on the table in that time, not spend nearly so much money, and keep their stories straight–difficult to do over a year-and-a-half!

Sorry, to be so gloomy this post. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to go watch fireworks this Fourth, have a margarita, and sing ‘God Bless America’ because I think she needs it! I suggest you do the same and have a wonderful, safe Fourth of July celebrating with your families and friends!

Thanks for stopping by.

Bren

 

 

 

Happy Father’s Day–What Memories Do We Recall Of Our Fathers?

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As time draws nearer to Father’s Day, I’m sure there are many of us who spend the special time thinking more about our fathers, surrogate fathers, or our husbands as fathers. While the role of fathers never seems to quite get the attention the role of mothers do, it’s importance is just as pivotal in our lives.

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There are fathers and stepfathers, indulgent fathers and strict fathers. Back in the fifties and early sixties, fathers represented the security of having someone feed you, clothe you, and keep a roof over your head–no small matter in those days. The responsibilities of fathers have diversified since the roles of women have changed so dramatically. Fathers in the seventies and eighties were far more supportive and nurturing than those fathers of the past, and more recent fathers are even more involved in their children’s lives.

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One thing I know for certain is that Father’s Day is a special day to say thank you to those men who took on the job of raising a family. Being a father has never been easy, and as our lives become more complicated and more dangerous in this twenty-first century, this is a good time to appreciate all the fathers out there.

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Now’s the time to consider how your father influenced your life. Many are lucky enough to still have their fathers with them, so it’s great if you have that opportunity to reach out. I know for myself, while my father wasn’t perfect, I still miss him and memories of him can still make me smile. I know he did the best he could and I thank him for his love and caring. I would love to say ‘Happy Father’s Day’ to him once again, if only I could.

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I’d also like to say happy Father’s Day to my husband, father of two wonderful women who are lucky enough to have married two men who have made great fathers. If you are not a father, I would still wish you a happy Father’s Day because I’m sure you have special memories of your own father that have carried you through the years, and I’d love to hear about them.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Bren

 

 

 

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