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great men aren't always great people... - interesting quote from a lama

What can a freshly minted, 39 year-old American do? I can vote. I can spend. Maybe, just maybe, I can do more.

going through a time capsule of my own making, I stumble upon group pics from the summer of 86, and from earlier with Troop 111, maybe. And a collection of historic DC documents - on Parchment!!! Bill of rights. Monroe Doctrine. Perhaps these were the seeds of 'hope' sewn back when I was younger and didn't ask the hard questions (can the golden rule be fixed?) - perhaps this is where my beliefs came from.

But now these beliefs don't support the reality I'm seeing.



dona nobis pacem

Need to study for your North Carolina driver's license test?

Helped out a lot.


dona nobis pacem

Tis quiet...
Boo slumbers beneath the twinkly lights in the living room. Blue is to my left on the sofa... Canela sprawled a bit on the floor.

Canela's got me worried. Both of us, really. She's not as spry as she used to be - guess she's not 11 anymore, eh?
She LOVES the thinly sliced deli meats, though. Almost lost a finger.

Boo and I did some marathon Scrubs session, then a Shark Week special on Tiger Sharks - Boo loves her some shark week!

She had a great time in NYC - never enough time on these trips it seems. She even headed outside on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building, which for those who know her, means a lot. She also did fine on the ferry trip to the Statue of Liberty - again, that means a lot. She took some great pics - I'll have to figure out how to get her a snazzy cam so she feels enabled? compelled? to go shoot things; unlike my 1,000+ shots from my run to Upstate a few weeks ago (with a nice batch of good pics), she took just a few (150) - and nailed a good two dozen. Go Boo!!

I've added to my sig a reference to a British saying from WWII. Can't recall if I've blogged on my idea that America can do better. "Do Better, America" is the slogan that comes to mind, nicely tied into a TLA - DBA! I read the news feed that someone wants me to see, and I feel my blood boil thinking how BushCo bends us over, to the exceptionally limited responses we have (hey - in just a little over a year, we'll be able to 'vote the rascals out!' - but just how bad do you think it's gonna get in the 18 months before change is sworn in?). I think the one that got me today was the new piece on a federal health study that the Surgeon General was unable to release due to politics.

Funny how I thought honorable men were leading out country. Sometimes I think my fantasy world would be a nice place to visit.

Ok. Enough of the down; here's some up - I'm sitting here with my wife and my pups in our house - in our home. That makes me happy. It makes me thankful for all the twists and turns that I took to get here. It makes me look forward - not sure where we'll go, but at least my eyes are on the horizon.

Pleasant dreams.


dona nobis pacem

"Keep Calm and Carry On"