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"HOPE" is ALIVE!!! ;) 171 Views 08/08/13

Hi ALL, 

 

Quick note to say HELLO!!!!! And let you know all is well... I haven't been able to read all blogs, but have seen several comments regarding people leaving, etc... and saw my name noted.. 

 

I HAVE NOT LEFT--- Just been very busy packing!!!

 

I am travelling TODAY, Thursday August 8, back to the BAYOU for "hopeful" employment. I will be working w/ a recruiter and filling out my paperwork for my OS (Ordinary Seaman) certification w/ the USCG. This sudden move was prompted as my housing situation changed this month and I determined seeking another offshore job might suit things best for me right now. The competition is fierce, esp for a woman, but one never knows until they TRY... ;)   

 

AND YES, THIS WAS A SPONTANEOUS, HARD JOLT THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION OF WHERE I THOUGHT I WAS HEADED! It is a hard life and difficult to work around some of the men.... But it does appear what will be best for me in the long run, so I am extremely hopeful and in POSITIVE spirits about it. 

 

I have not had much time to read and respond as I am rarely at my computer. I will be settled next week, however, so then I will be able to respond better. I did not wish to promote one or 2 blogs and look like I was favoring anyone, etc... (MY faves KNOW they are my FAVES! LOL)

And in order to respond to newbies, I take time to review their profiles, etc.... 

 

So it didn't seem right to commit half way! 

 

I wish I could say I am like BEWELL and I'm out "playing.." 

 

BUT, I suppose turning from a "real life Princess" to a seawitch... I mean um.... a MERMAID / WATER BABY "IS" kinda like a vacation!

 

Now where's my pink hard hat! 

 

Talk soon! 

 

XOXO

BE GOOD TO YOURSELVES!!

Hope / Hoping AKA.. Your Princess! ;)

 

 

 

THE SEA IS CALLING.... LOL...

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I'M OFFENDED!!! ;) 500 Views 07/26/13

I just want to state FOR THE RECORD, <------- (always wanted to say that!)

 

I AM OFFENDED I AM NOT ALLOWED ON BLOGS WHERE PEOPLE ARE OFFENDING AND BEING OFFENDED!  The Princess feels left out! ;) *Sniff sniff... 

 

I very much DISLIKE being censored, as it goes against the grain of my core nature as a former writer / advertiser, AND as an American standing for FREE SPEECH ... 

 

Any writer, blogger, author, who deems censorship "acceptable," goes AGAINST the very vein our society is backed on! 

 

It's CHILDISH, IMMATURE, and is SOCIALLY INEPT AND IRRESPONSIBLE! 

 

There is a certain "decorum" successful authors and bloggers have with one another, and this behavior does NOT constitute going to a blogger and whining to them about what someone else posts on their blog they are not responsible for! I saw where this has occurred here and it is WRONG!

 

 

1) If someone holds issue with something LIVNLOV or anyone else has posted, contact the person who has offended you directly, not the author of the blog! TRUST ME-- LIV, and most of us can handle your criticism, and will do so with class!

 

2) To be sooooo offended by what someone states, so much you want to "whine" about it, is acting like a whiny baby! Pick your bottle up and MOVE ALONG, and start acting as an adult! If you can't handle being an adult--- stop playing in Olympic size areas and head back to the kiddie pool! 

 

3) If the people would QUIT CENSORING and BLOCKING others, stand up and act like an adult and RESPOND to questions when asked, none of these things would happen. Oddly, the person who no one should be contacting regarding other people's comments on their blog, is the one who "set the playing field" for CENSORSHIP.... Additionally, the blog refers to JUDGING OTHERS! LOL... 

 

Guess it goes to show.... 

 

WHAT COMES AROUND.... GOES AROUND!!! 

 

**Disclaimer... I would have posted this on that blog, but, ummm.... 

I've been censored for some time now... 

*Scooby Snickers......

 

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NOT GUILTY---- 396 Views 07/13/13

ZIMMERMAN FOUND NOT GUILTY!!!

 

Hope there are no riots...

 

And regardless anyone's views, I hope no one seeks retaliation on ZIMMERMAN.. Our Justice system remains very flawed; but, it is one we must abide by.

 

May Trayvon's parent's find PEACE, regardless of any truths that may or may not be reflected in this verdict...

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Where is BEWELL??? 137 Views 07/10/13

Anyone heard from BEWELL lately? 

 

She is "later than late" for her blog this month.... 

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ALL About..... NOTHING 1547 Views 01/22/13
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN….... GEMS and GERMS!!

I would like to formally WELCOME YOU, (the backbone of this community,)

to the Official MM Blog ….

ALL About NOTHING!!!

YEP! You heard me right! A BLOG…… ALL about ……. NOTHING!

ZILCH! SQUAT! ZERO! NATTA!!

You see, in this BLOG, you will find absolutely everything there is …. about
NOTHING! No relevant information, no worthy articulations, no quotations,
explanations or even revelations… You will find NO facts, NOTHING of importance and
certainly if it is a hot topic of today…. YOU WON’T FIND IT HERE!!

In this room you will find exactly what was promised to be delivered…. NOTHING!

In fact, this blog is so fire proof, it can’t even be Hi-jacked!

Yes MM Regulars who go around Hi-Jacking blogs as if they were a criminal searching
for a car on a dark Detroit street… (OH you know who you are!!)

Now I am not one to mention names here CURIOUS, FISHY, Lady DI, DAKOTA….

Why I would never wish to tattle on my compadres.. ;)

But you see, IT DOESN’T MATTER!

You can’t Hi-Jack something previously established to hold no relevance!

I admit it. This blog means NOTHING!

People, you may not realize this, but this blog is the sheer work of a genius!!!! ;)

Additionally, even should you choose to post here…. Your words will mean…

That’s right!!! NOTHING!

There is NOTHING you can say here that will ever even matter!

NOT TODAY, NOT TOMORROW… AND CERTAINLY NOT YESTERDAY OR NEXT WEEK!

YOUR WORDS AND COMMENTARY ARE DEVOID OF ANY REASONING AVAILABLE TO MAN!!

THERE ARE NO WORDS OF WISDOM TO EMBARK!

Your words mean NOTHING!

NO PREACHING, NO TEACHING AND CERTAINLY NOTHING TO LEARN ABOUT!

BEAUTIFUL.... If I may say so myself!! **Takes a Princess bow...

THAT’S RIGHT! THIS BLOG IS ABSOLUTELY W-O-R-T-H-L-E-S-S!!!!

In a world where we are filled with the musings of others who find their chatter so
“Blameless” and “Admirable,” I felt it was time to just talk… ALL ABOUT NOTHING!!!

Want to argue over POLITICS? That’s the other blog! Here? You get NOTHING! Want to
step on the pulpit for RELIGION? That’s a whole bunch of other blogs! Here, you get
NOTHING!! Want to talk about stuff that truly matters? That’s about 5 other blogs!!
Got a problem you want off your chest? See a shrink! Here, we Do NOTHING, Mean
NOTHING and Are NOTHING!!

WE SIMPLY DON’T MATTER!

However, on the lighter side…… if you are one of those who has grown tired of all
the feuding, being blocked by others, having your comments or blogs deleted or
you’re just plain sick of all the non-fun and judgmental chatter….


YOU HAVE COME TO THE RIGHT BLOG FOR SOMETHING TO MEAN ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

On this blog----------NOBODY HERE CARES ABOUT YOUR OPINION!!

IN FACT…. WE DON’T WANT IT!! We didn’t ask for it and should you be so bold as to
give it to us....It won’t matter, because, quite frankly, your comments mean ……
What’s the word I’m seeking???? NOTHING!!

And not to worry everyone! The Princess has ample experience in doing NOTHING!

And I’d venture many of you may not even know the true beauty of doing NOTHING …

The more you do NOTHING… The easier it becomes!!

In fact, one can “master” NOTHING in a relatively short amount of time if they
really set their focus on, um…....NOTHING!

So let’s get started!!!! With NOTHING!

Now let me direct you to my secretary and town “Certified” (She’s CERTIFIABLE ALL
RIGHT!! LOL) Vegetarian Veterinarian / “Bat Woman,” whose words mean NOTHING to me
as well! I only keep her around because. honestly, she has some pretty good jokes,
she loves animals and I pay her absolutely NOTHING to do absolutely NOTHING and
receive absolutely NOTHING in return!! Some might consider that a waste of precious
time, I however, feel it’s kind of a Win-Win if you are thinking on the Positive
side of your brain!

WINDY! WINDY!! Where are you? Are you here yet, WINDY? Earth calling WINDY!!!
(She’s probably flying around on that old broom of hers!)

WINDY! COME OUT, COME OUT WHEREVER YOU ARE!!

Jeez… I don’t think she made it! I swear… You just can’t get good help nowadays!!
Seems people are always wanting ….... SOMETHING for NOTHING!

I’LL BE BACK! Princess leaves singing the theme song, appropriately titled,

NOTHING FROM NOTHING by Mr. Billy Preston…

“Nothing from nothing leaves nothing.. .. Ya gotta have something to be with me.. “
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~~Columbia, in MOURNING....~~ 69 Views 05/25/13

At a time when most teenagers are joyous and anxiously awaiting their upcoming graduation in a week or so; Columbia, South Carolina is mourning many losses. Tonight, the community weeps over the loss of an aspiring youth, the loss of a family intact, and the loss of what could have, but, will never be.

A young man, whom I won’t mention by name, was driving in the wee hours of the morning with two passengers. The 18 year old driver hit a legally parked car, afterwards hitting several trees; the final tree stopping the vehicle he was responsible for driving. All three young men were properly wearing seat belts, yet only two will ever live to speak of the crash.

The 18 year old young man was driving while intoxicated and now sits in a cold lonely jail cell, facing felony DUI charges. I can only surmise, when this young man returns from the “cloud of shock” he must float in, he will be begging it had been “his life” that was taken instead of his mourning the life of his 16 year old younger brother he was taught to protect. The boys shared the same high school, the same parents, and the same family life--- but now, will not share the many years, or roads, they had ahead of them, together. It is said, in most cases, a sibling is the longest formed relationship we will ever keep.

This will NOT hold true for this young man.

Regardless of age, intelligence, experience, intentions, or how much LOVE one has in their heart for others; please be reminded, sadly, once again…..

DRIVING IS NEVER A GOOD “MIX” FOR ALCOHOL…..  

There are many who will remain in mourning over the long and usually happy weekend. Many will remain heartbroken throughout graduation next week, all days throughout summer, and now, there is a family residing in Columbia that will never, ever, be the same.

There is also one young man who sits alone behind bars tonight, scared, hating himself and in tremendous anguish, over just how stupid he was. We may not all plague the same sins; but I guarantee, we’ve all “been stupid” at one time or another. This young man has just taken and will now pay the highest price. THE PRICE OF A LIFE HE CHERISHED…  for a LIFETIME of GUILT….

In essence, TWO BOYS DIED TODAY….

May this young man, who must grow up rapidly now, and his family, come to terms with the devastating reality, loss and devastation this young man must now face; and may they heal from the inside out. Responsibilities for his actions take presence now. I pray the young man’s parents find it in their hearts to stand by their son during this painful, senseless and PREVENTABLE tragedy; and may they all come out stronger and more tightly bound.  

Before people throw stones at this young man, whom I needn’t meet to understand his pain, may we remember ABOVE ALL ELSE; the anger, heartache, confusion or any undetermined flood of emotions anyone feels at such a senseless tragedy is NOTHING IN COMPARISON, to the pain he feels now and will feel for the remainder of his life.

May all affected, find healing within…..

Be safe out there everyone, and if you have teens, or perhaps a friend or you yourself, need a reminder? Take a moment and breathe in the heartache, allow it to resonate and perhaps redefine your thoughts, and then let it go.

HEALING BEGINS WHEN BROKEN WITHIN…..

And remember,,,,,,

DRIVING AND ALCOHOL…..........NEVER A GOOD “MIX"........

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~Common Sense Profile Tips~ 70 Views 05/18/13

With the recent blogs regarding WHAT men and women are SEEKING with online dating, I thought I would share a little COMMON SENSE approach versus research. 

 

As a former advertising executive, I will stake this claim...

 

One doesn't need statistics, a degree, or a background in advertising to figure these things out. Stats are often skewed, as many people lie on the questionnaires as well as lie to themselves about what they seek.  Many people, as we have witnessed in our experience, don't appear to know WHAT or WHOM they seek, while there are those who are very self-aware of their desires due to their experiences. These self aware individuals might be considered "fault finders" by the insecure or negative daters because they reject someone due to a personality or physical attribute they do not seek. In reality, they know this aspect of the individual will NOT suit their needs, so they weed them out.  

 

Here's some EASY, COMMON SENSE TIPS from an ADVERTISING perspective.

 

WOMEN:

 

MEN ARE VISUAL CREATURES... especially at first viewing. (Regardless of how much we want to "make them" admire our minds. LOL)  They do not turn their heads on the street and think, "WOW! I sure bet that woman is SMART! I want to meet her!"       

 

 POST SEVERAL DECENT PHOTOS OF YOURSELF MAKING CERTAIN THEY ARE AN ACCURATE DEPICTION OF WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE NOW and reveal your personality! I do NOT recommend tons of "Glamour" shots, as he may be disappointed when you meet. Most of us do not look like a Glamour shot every day! You also need a couple of photos to show your "figure" as well. This does not mean everyone needs to throw on a a bikini. It means make sure you have a couple of RECENT FULL LENGTH SHOTS to display your body size and type! It has been my personal experience with over 13 years of on/off online dating, WEIGHT has been the biggest issue for men. Use FACIAL SHOTS ONLY w/ NO SHADES, etc. for your INITIAL profile photo! This allows them to see your FACE, versus those who put far away pictures when they peruse profiles by the hundreds! If they can't see you well, they are NOT likely to click on you. There are too many other women. (or men) 

 

If I had a dollar for every man who has told me they have met numerous women who were 20/30 lbs heavier than their photos suggested, I'd have a bank full of money. Many men have told me numerous women have used old photos and they did not even recognize them when they met! 

 

This is FRAUDULENT advertising and you do all women a disservice when you do this! IT'S DECEITFUL AND IT'S A LIE! 

 

And speaking of LYING... I advise everyone STOP putting you are many years younger than you are for SEVERAL reasons.

 

1)  Guess what? Chances are, YOU LOOK YOUR AGE, (or close to it) regardless what you think.  

 

2) Your lack of honesty and justifying it by saying you think men will not pull up your profile, only confirms your own lack of maturity with dating as well as your own insecurities. This deceitful  behavior is a reflection on YOU, not men. 

 

3) Men who are SERIOUS daters, seeking a GENUINE CONNECTION, may look at women a bit younger, and even "look" at women MUCH younger... Because THAT'S WHAT MEN DO... THEY LOOK! But SERIOUS MEN SEEKING A RELATIONSHIP also LOOK AT WOMEN THEIR AGE!  

 

4) If men DON'T look at women THEIR own age, they are more likely than anyone else you date to scoop you liars up and use you, and then toss you to the curb when they are done. And WHY?  Because they WANT SOMEONE YOUNGER and never respected you for lying to them!

 

5) The most VITAL reason to be truthful? Men seeking a genuine connection "require" AND "deserve," .....................HONESTY! 

 

Lastly, DATE YOUR PHOTOS!! (Men AND Women!) 

 

MEN: 

 

If you do not wish to have a woman salivating over your "toys" versus you, and you complain of Gold Diggers? STOP POSTING YOURSELF ON YOUR YACHT while standing 100 feet from the camera in your shades where we can't see your face! And if you don't want a woman to ogle over your money, why is every picture posed with some exuberant $$$ toy! This is akin to a woman only posing in her bikini saying, "I just can't understand why he can't see I'm also smart!" 

 

UH..... DUH???????? 

 

Further, I have met men who have grossly lied about their age and placed very old photos on their profile without displaying the "REAL" them. They were heavier, had no hair, (or very little,) and looked far older than they portrayed.  So know this men....... 

 

While I understand your dilemma with women, I want you to know, there ARE women like me who DESPISE the liars on both sides of this "FRAUDULENT FENCE!" 

 

Every party involved in "FRAUDULENT CONDUCT"  with online dating is partially responsible for the "Lying Stigma" that goes along with it. So you women that complain because a man fudges his income? Suck it up sweetie if you are one of those who "think" you look soooo much younger than you really are and "fudge" by a few years on your profile. 

 

ALL THE LIARS ARE A DISGRACE! And one lie to one individual may mean little, but means a lot to someone else. IE: IF it is true men are less caring about a woman's income than women are of a man's. Well, what if the man uses the analogy of, "Well, I will just fudge the numbers here a little on my income. I LIVE like I make that much!" Well, that is THE SAME analogy as a woman fudging "a little" on her age justifying she looks younger than other women her age. 

 

If we start "justifying" our own lies to skew the numbers, we darn well can't judge a man when he skews HIS numbers. So everyone should JUST STOP LYING! 

 

In a sense, as ORLANDO states in another blog in the forum section, PEOPLE ATTRACT THEMSELVES. Well, they do on at least ONE LEVEL. Educated individuals seek a date or mate who appears educated. I've never dated a doctor, lawyer, or anyone with a higher education who desires a woman who fails to articulate herself well. Therefore, if you seek a man or woman with an education, your best hopes are to speak properly, write your profiles fluently, and portray the more refined elements of your personality.

 

"I ain't never met no cardiologist out there seeking Honey Boo Boo's family!" LOL...

 

And lastly, the attention you place in your profiles is indicative of the attention you will place on the individuals viewing them. If a man places little thought to his profile, I come to the conclusion this is about as little thought as he will place on me when dating. Your profile is an "advertisement" to find a mate; so take pride in it, and make it count! 

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COMPUTER FREEZING --- QUESTION FROM WINDY 108 Views 02/26/13

Our friend WINDY is having an issue when she logs on to MM. 

 

She LOGS IN---- 

 

Then her CHAT page pulls up, (She never uses chat, BTW) But, if she doesn't click out of it before it downloads, everything freezes up and she has to shut off her computer. 

 

I recommended she DL a new browser. She contacted MM and they advised the same thing. 

 

She DL Chrome and it deactivated Norton and it changed other settings. 

 

ANY SUGGESTIONS? ANY CLUES? 

 

H-E-L-P you computer geeks!!

 

 

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Do we GAMBLE w/ each other's hearts? 185 Views 07/30/11

I’ve had several short term relationships in life which has left me to wonder. Are we all just gambling with each other’s hearts and when we lose, we simply move to a different playing table? I often think if we could just shake the dice a little differently, or use different chips; then perhaps we might all WIN at love?

 

 

 

After reviewing many "dating profiles" and engaging myself in conversation with others, I notice it isn’t only the women who seem to be disgruntled with dating. It also appears men are growing just as tired of the revolving door “love” seems to swing in everyone’s direction.

 

 

 

My question is…. If we gamble with other people’s hearts all the time, does this mean we are gambling with our own? At the end of the day do we even have much “heart” left in us, or have we been so used like the chips swept away at the table after a big loss, there is nothing left? Is the risk worth the price we pay?

 

 

 

Gambling, like many other hobbies becomes an addiction to many. Some people lose houses and families in the mist of their “fetish for thrill” never to return to their previous lives. I wonder, does this happen to some of us on a major quest for love? Are we capable of “losing all bets”....  forever, resolving our hearts never to receive the love we once desired so strongly? Perhaps our energy has been so consumed and absorbed during the process; there will one day be nothing left to give? Is this humanly possible? Is this what makes some people appear so damn unlovable and bitter? Were they at one point on such a fervor for love they have finally “lost” so many times, they remain in the mire like an addict who can’t make his way off the streets?

 

 

 

I just wonder.. If we are all so busy “gambling with other people's hearts”, at the end of the day, where does that leave our own?

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~~ BEST WISHES TO ALL in 2013 ~~ 282 Views 12/31/12

Just want to wish everyone a WONDERFUL NEW YEAR!!  ;)

 

I am a firm believer if we set our focus on the the bad things in our life, we will find nothing but the negative.. 

 

And if we seek out the good qualities, we will find ourselves surrounded by the positive... 

 

I feel the same way about people.

 

We all have our flaws and weaknesses; but if we seek out the "goodness" in others, we can surely find something positive they may have to offer. Make the decision to find the POSITIVE in EVERYTHING! 

 

There is nothing stronger than the human mind, and we are what we feed it.

 

HERE'S TO A NEW YEAR FILLED WITH OVER-FLOWING POSITIVE MEMORIES!! 

 

   ~~~~HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE~~~~

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Sad day for our Country 723 Views 12/14/12

♥♥♥ It is a sad moment in time when little innocent lives are so viciously taken. There simply is not, nor will there ever be, an explanation for something so heinous to occur. I am just reading of this horrific tragedy and just hours ago I was in a Catholic Cathedral praying for my own children's lives, though I am admittedly not Catholic. (I feel God hears regardless of religious preference. ) Tomorrow I will head back to the same spot and pray more fervently for those who have lost what they held most precious in their lives. GOD BLESS ALL THOSE SHAKEN BY THIS TRAGEDY AND MAY HE COMFORT THOSE IN THEIR SORROW.. ♥♥♥

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Nine Lives??? 494 Views 12/24/12

Dear MM Bloggers,

 

If you have "Survived" yet ANOTHER "End Of The World"...... Please contact your Princess here and inform me of your status!! I'm "HOPING" Everyone is okay!! ;)

 

When I was a little girl, my mother was convinced by her JW "cult," the end of the world was coming on a certain day in 1975. Incredibly, I SURVIVED this "END" @ the ripe young age of 8!! (Can you imagine the FEAR I felt living as a child thinking I was going to die? And "Armageddon" in their eyes was to be a horrific death!! And if I recall, there were some issues with Russia at the time and I just knew I was going to be blown up by nuclear bombs because my mother always had the news on!!) Now maybe you know why I dislike following politics and history... I was convinced my house would be raided just like Hitler did with the Jews.. and I was taught I was not allowed to "fight back," as killing was "wrong." Jeez.. Thinking about it, it's a wonder I am half sane people!! LOL... 

 

Additionally, I will have you know, I Survived when the calendar changed for 2000 and the World was to shut down. In fact, I was on my computer at exactly midnight to "unplug it" in case it started acting wierd! BWahahahahaha!! (Oh, and I didnt have money in the bank.. Not because I was worried over the Millenium changing my wealth status..... but I preferred my $7.56 be on my person!) 

 

And now I awoke to see I have "Survived" once again... 

 

I AM SIMPLY AMAZING!!! 

 

So if any of you have "Survived," please hit me up! I feel like I am in that Will Smith movie seeking Survivors. Hope I don't start speaking to manicans! People already look at me oddly when I talk to myself at Wal-Mart... 

 

Well, I survived and I wanted to let you guys know! Your Princess is safe and sound.. in Columbia.. That's South Carolina folks, not the country! HeeHee~~

 

AND NOW MAYBE YOU KNOW WHY I PREFER FAIRY TALES WITH HAPPY ENDINGS??? 

 

Now where did I hide my crown? (I didn't want anyone to take it in case I was invaded, so I hid it!) Bwahahahahaha! 

 

~~MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE ALL~~ 

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~~Dear Agnostic / Atheist Bloggers~~ 41 Views 12/31/12

HI My Agnostic and Atheist friends!!!!

 

 

 

SO MUCH dissension has been created lately directly reflecting on the opposing views of Christians VS. Atheist... Rather than fight, I prefer "Understanding" and "Acceptance" of others views. Therefore I wish to pose a question for my own personal enlightenment....

 

 

 

For the individuals who do NOT believe Jesus is our Savior, do you celebrate Christmas? As I was growing up, I was not "allowed" to celebrate ANY holidays, or my birthday; so when I left home, I started celebrating EVERYTHING I could! It was a huge deal when I purchased my first Christmas tree and although I only recently "accepted" Jesus, I STILL celebrated Christmas, (NOT even knowing what the meaning behind it was) So I bought my children presents, listened to the music etc. I did this although I was agnostic until I was in my 40's, because I wanted my children to "be normal" and "fit in"; the things I never felt when I was young and as a bonus, it was "fun!" WHO DOESN'T LIKE GETTING PRESENTS! ;)

 

 

 

So, do you, as a non-believer celebrate Christmas and put up a tree and buy gifts etc? Or do you tell your children you don't believe in Jesus as being God's son, so you omit the holiday? I mean, Christmas IS about Jesus.... But I celebrated for years despite no real understanding of the celebration.

 

 

 

AND, does being Agnostic or Atheist affect any other holidays like Easter? I know many Christians who are against Halloween. (I am not one of them... I use it to play "dress up!") 

 

 

 

I know the Jewish community believes Jesus existed, and was a great man; just not the son of God. Does the Jewish faith believe Jesus was resurrected? If so, do they celebrate Easter as the resurrection of Jesus? One thing I have noted that I admire of the Jewish faith is "acceptance of others!" (Except for marriage! LOL) 

 

Anyway, I was not "allowed" the freedom to explore such things as a child. I wasn't even allowed friends in the outside world. I've never explored these issues and I am not one who will go all crazy if someone doesn't feel the way I do, so I thought I might ask what others believe. I do not feel we are all to believe in Jesus. I mean, it SAYS SO in that thing we call THE BIBLE, so why would I ever argue with someone about it? 

 

 

 

So if anyone wishes to enlighten me here, please do. NOTE: This is NOT a debate on God! I think we've all had enough of that! I merely am asking how holidays such as Christmas affects non-believers. 

 

 

 

I respect the right for everyone to hold and share their own views. In fact, I expect it! As a Christian, the Bible tells me not everyone will believe the same as I do. I didn't even believe as I do until I was 41! Therefore I feel  it is "innapropriate" trying to convince anyone to believe as I believe by typing words on a keyboard. I am more an action girl. Fighting over beliefs is stupid in my eyes. I also find that type behavior to be disrepectful to others, regardless their belief. If anyone becomes nasty, or is disrespectful, I will exercise my right to delete and possiby block members. 

 

 

 

THANK YOU~ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Release the BILE.... 270 Views 12/17/12

There was a little boy who loved the New York Giants, and another little boy who might have been the worlds best mechanic one day. No doubt some of the little girls were "tomboys", while others only wore frilly dresses and draped themselves in their mothers scarves and shoes. An NYPD Lieutenant lost his nephew in the shooting. One mother lost her "Emilie".... (I am blessed to still have mine....)

 

 

 

I read the Principal lost her life in trying to defend the children and herself. One teacher was said to have locked her entire classroom in an adjoining bathroom where she could not fit. She had the children crammed in so tightly some were standing in the toilet. She left them locked safely, only to lose her own life. One janitor went around to the classrooms to make sure the doors were locked from the inside to keep the children safe. He was gunned down heniously in the hall. I guess he should have hidden. (Not really.) 

 

 

 

Ironically, we think of our "HEROES" in the military, but we have true American Heroes all around us. Remember the Pennsylvania field? 

 

 

 

In light of this tragic event, I personally am requesting we all try a little harder to be accepting and loving toward one another and empower ourselves with a little more resolve to make a difference in each other's lives, not hinder one another's growth. There is enough "filth" in the air not to add to the mixture. 

 

 

 

Perhaps some of us have dealt with our own nastiness in our personal lives. I think it is time to "let that go." 

 

 

 

Take a moment and reflect inside yourselves. What is important to you? Is it really to have the last word in that argument, or to not be the one at fault? If those things are what matter to you, you may need a huge reality check. If there is one thing I am good at teaching, it is realism. I've laid on my death bed with my own little Emily screaming while holding onto her daddy's leg, "What's wrong with my mommy!!" The fright in her voice was so loud, I think the emergency walls shook! She was the age of many of the slain children, the innocent age of six. Turned out her mommy had massive peritinitis and almost died from all the bile being absorbed in my body. POISON KILLS.... It appears your colon really serves a major purpose and needs to be free of holes!! ;) Two weeks later, I was released from the hospital wearing a "crap bag" and held a new "bag of anger" for God, if there was one, (I was agnostic at the time) and I faced a whole new set of anger in life. It took 6 months for the bag to be reversed and a hell of a lot longer for the scars to start healing. I am speaking "emotional," as the visible scars will always remain. It is events, as this tragedy teachers now refer to "their 9-11", that carry me back and serve as a reminder as to what is truly important in life. 

 

 

 

It isn't having the last word, or winning an argument or everyone taking your side. The truth of the matter is, "releasing the venom," the bile that seeps inside us... THAT is what matters most. We are of no good to others while carrying around a bag of "hatred." The survivors of this tragedy have a difficult road ahead. The bumpy road to "FORGIVENESS..." I think this is what most people miss who are Christians. I don't see God "forgives us" for "us".... He "FORGIVES" us for Himself! Otherwise, He'd have to carry a mighty heavy load for all the sins we "willingly" commit. Let those of us who believe, pray for Strength to HEAL... 

 

 

 

"Father I pray all the individuals involved and extended in this massacre get the help they need to move forward without holding on to the venom that must flood their veins right now. Help these babies and the community to heal in a healthy manner. Hatred is a strong emotion and I can only imagine the anger they must feel toward this young man, his family, life, and possibly You. As you know, hatred is truly a nasty noose we place around our own neck. Allow no one to steal their JOY for the rest of their fleshly lives. Bitterness is a nasty seed to sow. Help these survivors to recognize this and to embrace "forgiveness" in order to thrive peacefully in life. Anyone with half common sense should recognize forgiveness isn't about the other party... it is about extending ourselves in order to heal properly. It is "Agape Love." But I guess I know this better than most, don't I Father? I already feel I know where the slain are Father, so I speak not for them. I request You blanket those who still feel the pain, including the shooters remaining family and loved ones. In Jesus name I pray. Amen."

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Question for NON-Believers and Jewish 7 Views 12/23/12

HI My Agnostic and Atheist friends!!!!

 

 

 

SO MUCH dissension has been created lately directly reflecting on the opposing views of Christians VS. Atheist... Rather than fight, I prefer "Understanding" and "Acceptance" of others views. Therefore I wish to pose a question for my own personal enlightenment....

 

 

 

For the individuals who do NOT believe Jesus is our Savior, do you celebrate Christmas? As I was growing up, I was not "allowed" to celebrate ANY holidays, or my birthday; so when I left home, I started celebrating EVERYTHING I could! It was a huge deal when I purchased my first Christmas tree and although I only recently "accepted" Jesus, I STILL celebrated Christmas, (NOT even knowing what the meaning behind it was) So I bought my children presents, listened to the music etc. I did this although I was agnostic until I was in my 40's, because I wanted my children to "be normal" and "fit in"; the things I never felt when I was young and as a bonus, it was "fun!" WHO DOESN'T LIKE GETTING PRESENTS! ;)

 

 

 

So, do you, as a non-believer celebrate Christmas and put up a tree and buy gifts etc? Or do you tell your children you don't believe in Jesus as being God's son, or even in God, so you omit the holiday? I mean, Christmas IS about Jesus....

 

 

 

AND, does being Agnostic or Atheist affect any other holidays like Easter?

 

 

 

I know the Jewish community believes Jesus existed, and was a great man; just not the son of God. Does the Jewish faith believe Jesus died and was resurrected? If so, do they celebrate Easter as the resurrection of Jesus? One thing I have noted that I admire of the Jewish faith is "acceptance of others!" (Except for marriage! LOL) 

 

 

 

Anyway, I was not "allowed" the freedom to explore such things as a child. I wasn't even allowed friends in the outside world. I've never explored these issues and I am not one who will go all crazy if someone doesn't feel the way I do, so I thought I might ask what others believe. I do not feel we are all to believe in Jesus. I mean, it SAYS SO in that thing we call THE BIBLE, so why would I ever argue with someone about it? 

 

 

 

So if anyone wishes to enlighten me here, please do. NOTE: This is not a debate on God! I think we've all had enough of that! I merely am asking how holidays such as Christmas affects non-believers. 

 

 

 

THANKS! 

 

(Look.... I must be related to DAKOTA!) LOL.... 

 

 

 

 

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BRING ~~VOYAGER~~ BACK!! 321 Views 09/30/12

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                    "OUR MAN V" ....       BACK...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                  PLEASE SIGN BELOW...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EVERYONE is entitled to their opinion.. EVERYONE is entitled to share their views on other peoples opinions as well... However, for one to take such measures as to have someone "REMOVED" is going far beyond the scope of what they are entitled to, IMHO. (In My Humble Opinion)  

 

 

 

 

 

No two people will EVER have the same thoughts or agree 100%...nor should they....

 

 

 

 

 

I myself apologized to a lady this week, as our discussion spiraled out of control. These things happen!! I was personally uncomfortable with how heated things became and felt, "This is not the image I wish to portray as a woman who tries to follow in Christ shadow." I often fail, (more often than not honestly.... but everyday I start anew...) She and I were fortunate we were allowed to air our views and in the end came to a mutual truce on our differences. This is how we each learn from one another and grow as individuals. As a newer Christian I am saddened to see not all Christians follow the words they spew on paper. The Bible I read says to "love your enemies." Nowhere have I read, "Get people thrown off a site because they hurt your feelings and you think they are rude to you." If "religion" or God is that strong of a pull for someone, there are other sites that are based on this premise. We blog about sex, toys, infidelity, and several other "adult" topics.  

 

 

 

 

 

If we were not allowed to express matters "freely", we would hold no need to be "UNIQUE" ...

 

 

 

 

 

We would be more "robotic" and we would never expand our mindsets.

 

 

 

 

 

Therefore, at the end of the day... whether right, wrong or indifferent... 

 

 

 

 

 

EVERYONE should have the FREEDOM to EXPRESS their OPINIONS.. 

 

 

 

 

 

Via short....  or long form..... 

 

 

 

 

 

If you feel the same and would like VOYAGER to be allowed back to the forums... Please sign below..

 

 

 

 

 

**NOTE: I do NOT agree with V on several topics, but neither of us has ever swayed from voicing our differences to one another.  So even should you not agree with him, or even like him.... THIS is about "right" and "wrong." And if someone can be removed for making comments another does not agree with.... WHO'S NEXT TO BE AXED? 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for your time~~

 

 

 

 

 

~Hope~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BEN STEIN'S THOUGHTS..... (2005) 141 Views 11/08/12

With the election finally over and the Holidays approaching, I felt it might be a great time to share this commentary I recently read that gave me "food for thought." Although it was written in 2005, I feel it applies heavily to today's times. 

 

I myself have grown tired of hearing advice on how to greet others during Christmas time ... "Say Happy Holidays... Don't say Merry Christmas!" As a newer CHRISTian... (4 years now) I WANT to say MERRY CHRISTMAS and I've wanted to say it since I was a little girl who would hide in my room singing "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree" "hoping" my mother wouldn't come in and take the tape away from me. (non Christian) I wasn't allowed the FREEDOM to partake in Christmas, so now I want to relish it for the newer meaning I know of it... So I want to cherish it for MY newfound beliefs.. not some commercialized "Let's make it work for everyone" hype! 

 

Oddly, I have felt a certain connection with a couple of Jewish men. First with Rabbi Albert Lewis as portrayed in "Have a Little Faith" by Mitch Albom (another Jew) and in reading this, I enjoy Ben's open wisdom as well....  ACCEPTANCE, for me, IS KEY....... I accept others, despite what they may NOT believe in... Therefore I would like a little respect and common courtesy for what I feel is important. I feel Ben says this best.... 









The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday  Morning  Commentary.

My confession: 

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish.  And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees...  I don't feel threatened..  I don't feel discriminated against.. That's what they are, Christmas trees. 

It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, 'Merry Christmas' to me.  I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto.  In fact, I kind of like it.  It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu .  If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away. 

I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians.  I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period.  I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country.  I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat. 

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him?  I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too.  But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to. 

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different:  This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.

In light of recent events... terrorists attack, school shootings, etc..  I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.  Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school.  The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself.  And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide).  We said an expert should know what he's talking about..  And we said okay..

Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out.  I think it has a great deal to do with 'WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.' 

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell.  Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.  Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing.  Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace. 

Are you laughing yet? 

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it. 

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us. 

Pass it on if you think it has merit. 
  
If not, then just discard it... no one will know you did.  But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.  

My Best Regards,  Honestly and respectfully, 

Ben Stein

 

 



 


 

 

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SHAG/SCOOB vs. FUDD/BUGS! 165 Views 10/03/12

THIS JUST IN!!!

 

 

 

 

 

I have been informed by "Unknown" and "Unreliable" Sources, our very own "child-hood hero" ... SHAGGY is running for President! THAT'S RIGHT!! 

 

 

 

 

 

SHAGGY FOR PRESIDENT!

 

 

 

 

 

Of course his favorite side-kick SCOOBY-DOO will be his running mate!! 

 

 

 

 

 

As it turns out... NO ONE could agree, and even members of both political parties were not exactly "overjoyed" with their selections for the November race; so they have determined finding an "outsider" who will work (or NOT work) for mere "Scooby Snacks" would make a finer selection! This will save on costs to our Presidency as Shaggy needn't money and Scooby has refused to wear $500,000 dresses and can't stand cavier and champagne!!! IT'S A WIN-WIN AMERICA!! ;)

 

 

 

 

 

It is my understanding the first item on their agenda will be "Legalizing Wacky Weed" and embarking on a 50,000 acre "Scooby Snack- Organic" farm. Turns out all those years before pesticides and chemicals were considered "harmful"... Shaggy and Scooby were already a leg up on the importance of "natural herbs!" 

 

 

 

 

 

WHODA THUNK! 

 

 

 

 

 

So everyone! Pencil it in election time! Shaggy and Scooby are making a comeback! Umm... "IF" they can remember when to show up! I understand that green stuff takes a toll on one's memory.... But hey, I don't know from experience.... I'M JUST GUESSING! 

 

 

 

 

 

But it sure explains all that smoke always coming out of the "Mystery Machine" and all the food cravings!! 

 

 

 

 

 

TOODLES ALL!

 

 

 

 

 

KEEP LAUGHTER in Your Lives...... It really IS the Best Medicine! :)

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Our SISTER-HOOD 130 Views 09/04/11

I had been engrossed in the movie “SEX and the CITY” and witnessed Samantha feed Carrie after her humiliating ordeal with “BIG” dumping her before their wedding ceremony. It was almost as if I was transformed into that very scene and could have been on either side of the spoon. My eyes filled with tears feeling Carries’ heart wrenching pain and Samantha’s undying love for her friend. At the precise moment after viewing this, I received an email from one of my GF on this site telling me what has been transpiring in her life. MANY BLESSINGS ARE HEADED HER WAY, but only AFTER enduring many years in an unfulfilled and abusive relationship! Tears filled my eyes once more as I read her words of new found happiness. I am delighted for her to be “moving up” in LOVE after her downward battle in pain! There is always HOPE around the corner, we just have to keep the FAITH during our struggles. This is where “TRUE BONDING” between our “sisters” comes so abundantly crystal clear of how much resolve in ourselves we pull from one anothers' strength.

It has become apparent many people read my words; especially the ladies I somehow “touch”, unknowingly! This week I was blessed with introduction to 3 women I had never met and who have never even posted on one of my blogs. Each wrote privately to express their views on how I have somehow touched their hearts by doing what I enjoy and what comes naturally for me; to place my thoughts on paper. I feel extremely blessed to be.. just “little ole me!” God gave me a heart that feels w/ such intensity it is difficult for me not to express my “emotions.” My expressions tend to come out with passion, zest and fervor; therefore I am further graced sometimes leaving others with some sort of footprint. I have been this way since I was a little girl. I have heard these confirmations my entire life.

So I felt I would share some thoughts on our “SISTER-HOOD”… the deeply felt connection when two strange women can see one another from across a crowded room and know what the other is thinking. The unspoken motherly bond we connect w/ when we see a frustrated mother w/ whiny children at the store, and we smile at them, pat their back and encouragingly say, “You are doing a fine job. You should have seen my little Mikey! Boy was he a pistol!” And the frazzled mother exchanges a smile as you see her eyes starting to tear. You never truly know if she was at her final breaking point, or if you just touched her heart that immensely. Perhaps it was a little of both. If you have never been blessed with this type bonding with a strange woman ladies, I pray one day you do. And should your life not be filled with girl friends that are there for you regardless of the circumstances, I pray one day you will.

THERE IS AN UNSPOKEN RULE BETWEEN WOMEN WHO TRULY BOND AND CONNECT. It’s called being an UNCONDITIONAL FRIEND. Regardless of whether you agree with one anothers' choices and decisions, an UNCONDITIONAL FRIEND NEVER leaves your side. The connection TRUE BFF’s share is simply UNBREAKABLE. There is no CONDEMNATION, JUDGMENT or the throwing of stones when one falters. And there is ALWAYS a soft place to land when the earth shatters and it feels as if the world is caving in on us.

I watch as Carrie rushes to Miranda’s new home after she left Steve for cheating on her. It is a New Year’s Eve which would otherwise have been spent alone by both parties. The two friends chose to be lonely, “together.” I recall countless hours stroking several girlfriends’ heads after a bad break up, and having several cradle me after somehow my world had collapsed around me. It’s an unwritten rule. We do not leave our own kind when wounded.

So for any of you ladies watching and wondering, I THANK YOU as well for being who you are. I see you cruise my page and read my blogs and I too, gather strength from you! Many times we gather strength from the simplest things in life. And some of those simplest things in life are merely simple people like me, with nothing other than our heart hanging on our sleeve for everyone’s view. True, some may poke, some may judge, others may condemn. But the women who hold “TRUE SPIRIT” inside themselves can always find at least one piece of beauty when a masterpiece shatters.

Just remember 3 things as we walk past one another:

BEAUTY EMBRACES- WRAPPING ITSELF AROUND OTHER BEAUTY,

POSITIVE RESPONSES REFLECT POSITIVE REACTIONS,

AND THE POWER OF LOVE BREEDS FORTH MORE LOVE.

When we walk with LOVE in our hearts, we will be amazed by the “BEAUTY” that surrounds us! THANK YOU to ALL the “beautiful women” who have written me and who just follow me to follow. I am blessed and encouraged to be surrounded by “your beauty!”

With all sincerity,
Hope

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SACK LUNCHES.. VET story to share..... 131 Views 04/17/12
I received this in an email a while back and wanted to share, as it touched my heart... Regardless ones belief in war, where they are located geographically, or what team "PAYS" for them.... The SOLDIERS who fight our battles should be RESPECTED and THANKED for their service to whatever degree their cost. This is a little reminder. ************ I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight. 'I'm glad I have a good book to read. Perhaps I will get a short nap,' I thought. Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the aisle and filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding me. I decided to start a conversation. 'Where are you headed?' I asked the soldier seated nearest to me. 'Petawawa. We'll be there for two weeks for special training, and then we're being deployed to Afghanistan." After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that sack lunches were available for five dollars. It would be several hours before we reached the east, and I quickly decided a lunch would help pass the time... As I reached for my wallet, I overheard a soldier ask his buddy if he planned to buy lunch. 'No, that seems like a lot of money for just a sack lunch. Probably wouldn't be worth five bucks. I'll wait till we get to base.' His friend agreed. I looked around at the other soldiers. None were buying lunch. I walked to the back of the plane and handed the flight attendant a fifty dollar bill. 'Take a lunch to all those soldiers.' She grabbed my arms and squeezed tightly. Her eyes wet with tears, she thanked me. 'My son was a soldier in Iraq ; it's almost like you are doing it for him.' Picking up ten sacks, she headed up the aisle to where the soldiers were seated. She stopped at my seat and asked, 'Which do you like best - beef or chicken?' 'Chicken,' I replied, wondering why she asked. She turned and went to the front of plane, returning a minute later with a dinner plate from first class. 'This is your thanks.' After we finished eating, I went again to the back of the plane, heading for the rest room. A man stopped me. 'I saw what you did. I want to be part of it. Here, take this.' He handed me twenty-five dollars. Soon after I returned to my seat, I saw the Flight Captain coming down the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he walked, I hoped he was not looking for me, but noticed he was looking at the numbers only on my side of the plane. When he got to my row he stopped, smiled, held out his hand and said, 'I want to shake your hand.' Quickly unfastening my seat belt I stood and took the Captain's hand. With a booming voice he said, 'I was a soldier and I was a military pilot. Once, someone bought me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I never forgot.' I was embarrassed when applause was heard from all of the passengers. Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch my legs. A man who was seated about six rows in front of me reached out his hand, wanting to shake mine. He left another twenty-five dollars in my palm. When we landed I gathered my belongings and started to deplane. Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man who stopped me, put something in my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a word. Another twenty-five dollars! Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for their trip to the base. I walked over to them and handed them seventy-five dollars. 'It will take you some time to reach the base. It will be about time for a sandwich. God Bless You.' Ten young men left that flight feeling the LOVE and RESPECT of their fellow travelers. As I walked briskly to my car, I whispered a prayer for their safe return. These soldiers were giving their all for our country. I could only give them a couple of meals. It seemed so little.... A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America ' for an amount of 'up to and including my life.' THAT IS HONOR....... AND THERE ARE WAY TOO MANY PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WHO DO NOT UNDERSTAND THIS.' Author Unknown.... *********************** According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans... we have on any given night, up to 67,000 VETS who are HOMELESS.. It is stated over 50% are "mentally ill"... I hold issue with the government being in charge of our health care, if no other reason than this.. If a man can't feed his own family, he has no business feeding someone else's. WE AREN'T FEEDING AND HOUSING THE ONES WHO WROTE A BLANK CHECK .. WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF ENDING THEIR LIVES.. The side of the war anyone is on.. should not matter. The soldiers opinion is negate when they sign that piece of paper. At the end of the day... what matters is we provide for those who sacrifice MOST... GOD BLESS OUR SOLDIERS... PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE!!
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