Up on the hill behind the treeline across from our house you will find an old Civil War cemetery. During these times of what I believe to be internal strife in this country, I think of the memories of those persons who were buried in the cemetery so close to our home. In many cases, they offered their lives to protect and change America so that future generations could experience freedom.
If any American can rationalize Hillary Clinton’s corruption and malfeasance in public office and think she is clean and non-indictable they, need to be checked into a local mental hospital posthaste for examination. This woman, over the period of her political life, has committed numerous crimes and events that any normal, thinking citizen would notice.
Editor’s note: This piece was originally written September 9, 2011. I feel it necessary to follow up my message on society’s inequalities after the last few days of torrid attacks on the civility of the political system. It must be the temperature that induces the human brain to inexplicably act out and reduce relationships to epithets and push peoples into the throes of victimization once again.
At the time that a person hears that one of their friends or family has been diagnosed with cancer, the reaction is generally one of great concern and support for the individual involved. To the person with the diagnosis, it becomes a stirring battle between treatment and follow-ups and the attempt to reach remission. Most cancers involved with blood issues—like lymphoma—are generally incurable, but with appropriate treatment and care can be managed over a long period of time. So it is with myself. My diagnosis is MCL lymphoma.
June 21, 2011 “Pay it Forward.” Many of you are familiar with the movie with the same title. The plot is admirable, resulting in a pyramid of people doing good deeds to make the country and world a better place. The movie is heartwarming, involving one particular elementary school child who makes it a life project to do good, urged on by his teacher. You know that this was reality in years past, but for some reason it has been set aside by generations of people who have become more self-serving than service-giving.
May 2, 2016 I noticed the the Barnum and Bailey Circus will stop using elephants in their shows after this spring. After decades of performing in front of audiences the elephants will be sent to a conservation area 200 acres in size to spend their last days. This sounds quite humane, doesn’t it?
May 21, 2011 On the event of my 80th birthday our home is full of family again. On hand for the weekend party at the Taylor Farm are our 5 children; their 12 children; and the new additions, three great-grandchildren: two beautiful girls and a handsome young man.
Note from AZ: This piece was written 5+ years ago. My Brother Ed died on January 25, 2015 at 88 years old. I love him and miss him still. I could not attend his funeral because I was on chemo at the time. I will see him soon, either at the cemetery in Myrtle Beach or wherever. He was a great man…
February 2, 2012 The Cemetery On The Hill Across the street from where we live in Fishers is a hill, and atop the hill is an old township cemetery. There aren’t too many inhabitants at this writing, but they date from the mid 1850s to more recent times.
May 21, 2011 The “-ist” Addendum I have wondered many times over the past several decades about the fairness with which certain labels are placed on people. And are all people really treated equally under our laws?