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Come Join the Dance

BBC-Radio-Orchestra-April-1971-The band struck up a joyful tune
With beat lively and fast;
“Come join in, the host proclaim,”
“We’ll party and have a blast!”

But some of the guests ignored his words;
Others just stood around.
A few joined in the circle;
Many were by fear so bound.

 

The band played a more gentle tune,
A melody subdued,
Which made some guests begin to sway
With a quiet attitude.

 

The ones who liked the faster beat
Sighed and wandered away,
While some talked over the music,
Touting what they had to say.

 

At last the band began to play
A song with depth of heart.
No one could resist its sound,
So they stopped drifting apart.

 

As the people heard the music
Speak to their very souls,
They joined together in one dance
That began to make them whole.

 

So may the band play on and on
Until there’s joy and peace;
Until all people everywhere
Live in hope that will increase.

 

On Our Own

I was reading the headlines on

http://news.google.com

 

There was one about the CDC having their conference on the impacts of climate change without federal participation.  From the way it was stated, I got the impression that this is new.

This got me thinking, what will we need to do for ourselves?  From what will the Federal Government withdraw its assistance?  Will we have to learn to do without some things?

Another question:
What do Federal agencies do now?
There are some major provisions, such as financial support for our more vulnerable citizens, including elders, people with disabilities and children; protection by the military; parks and land management…

Then there are some about I really haven’t thought…or did know.  These are ones Mr. Trump wants to get rid of:
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
Minority Business Development Agency
Economic Development Administration
International Trade Administration
Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
Office of Violence Against Women
Legal Services Corporation
Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department
Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Justice Department
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Office of Electricity Deliverability and Energy ReliabilityOffice of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Office of Fossil Energy

Add to this federal funding for everything from emergency response to education, health, community development, agriculture and on the list goes.

 

I am thinking that I will need to review my own lifestyle and look for ways to be less dependent.  I can do that now, or wait until I’m forced to because an agency or program gets taken away.

 

I invite your help:
What things do we need to take back so that we are less dependent on government services?
What skills do we need to develop?
Are some things better done in local communities?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Truth

Let the truth be known;
Hold it in high esteem.
“Alternative facts” don’t make it;
They’re nothing more than schemes.

 

Let Truth rule your heart;
Honor and keep it near.
Even when Truth seems difficult;
Declare it loud and clear.

 

Great is this treasure,
A valued gift and right.
Let us join in preserving it;
Let us walk in its light.

The Party Everyone Wants to attend

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Thursday is a national holiday in the US: Thanksgiving.

This year, I am in charge of the community dinner, which will feed around 200 people.

It’s my first time doing this.  At first, I thought we could make things a little smaller, but the community is so enthusiastic about it, we’ll have to do the whole banana.  Even the entire university football team is coming!

Historically, community Thanksgiving dinners have been for “those who have nowhere to go.”  I have been in that group:  It is a real drag!  It’s also a dilemma:  Somehow, going to the dinner for ones with nowhere to go makes the loneliness more difficult, even though the intent is good.

I am already thinking that I want to change this up for next year:  A real event.  Instead of buying all the stuff, cooking for three days and cleaning up, come party with us!  If there are just two of you and you would like something a bit festive, come on in!

This idea is inspired by one family who is doing just that.  Normally, they go out to the local truck stop for Thanksgiving, but they decided that it would be more fun to come join the community meal and help out.

The football team also inspires this.  They won their playoff game and are headed to the finals, so they had to stay in town.  It will be so much fun to have them.

Then, there are people who have stepped up to help by volunteering, donating and cheering us on.

This year’s dinner will be festive indeed; next year’s?

The party everyone wants to attend!

Invitation

I would love to hear from you:

If you live somewhere other than the United States, please come tell about your country; if you do live in the US, add to the conversation.

Go to

https://patriotsvoiceblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/16/what-happens-in-your-country/

I look forward to hearing from you.

The Anchor

All I know and hold dear;
Norms, values, ideals and beliefs;
Community, family and friends;
Hold me securely
On a firm foundation,
Regardless of how the winds blow.

 

Ah let the waves rock me;
Numerous conflicting opinions;
Contradictions and paradoxes;
Honest differences
Over all that life brings
Reasoning that defies logic.

 

An anchor in my soul
Never lets me wander too far;
Corrects my course and draws me back;
Helps me consider
Other alternatives
Reminding me of who I am.

Take Good Care

Dearest readers,
I am writing to encourage you, whether you are in the United States as we count down the last 22 days to our presidential election, or you live in any great place around the world.

 

There is a priceless treasure in each nation:  Its people.  We come in all sizes, colors, beliefs, “classes” and levels of ability; many are educated; others not so much.  In short, we are unique…yet we hold so much in common.

 

I have listened as we are told that America is no longer great; that we are stupid, deceived, helpless victims of the media, other countries, our government…whatever else.

 

Here is what I say to all of that:
We are precious, capable, powerful, principled and decent people.  We share much wealth in our heritage, diversity, skills, hopes, dreams and standards.  We have accomplished much and have a lot to do.

 

WE are not alone:  We have many brothers and sisters around the world.  They join us in promoting the best for all people.

 

Take good care.
Take good care of the treasure called you.
Take good care of those around you:  Your family, friends, neighbors, community, nation and world.

Do not let the poison of depreciation or disparaging remarks sicken your soul; throw negativity in the trash so that it can’t spread to others.

Draw a line in your life:  If it is angry, degrading, judgemental, indecent, violent, hurtful to others or you, reject it.

Set your eyes on what is good, true, lovely, praiseworthy, noble, honorable and life-giving.  Build on these.  Absorb, nurture, develop and share these qualities.

 

Apply what I am writing to everyone in your life, from yourself and family to the highest office in the land.

 

Let our expectations be strong and bright; let them match the priceless value of our most precious national treasures:  Us.