Friday, July 18, 2014

Poetry I Like: Sisterhood

This poem was with my mother's papers.  It does not mention an author.
Each of us is different from the Other.
One woman's weakness may be your strength
     While her strength may be your weakness
Thus we need one another.
The lonely need friendship,
     the sick need care,
     the feeble need support,
     the frightened, comfort.
For we all have many weaknesses and many strengths.

It is this constant giving of one's self and
     and receiving from others that brings happiness,
     nothing more.
Just as the pitcher that is emptied and refilled
     many times a day remains sparkling
     and gives the sweetest water.

Give them each day a little of your time
     your friendship,
     your sympathy,
     your understanding,
     even of you physical assistance.
And what you get in return will brighten your life
     a thousand ways.

And when you have done all these things
     You will have discovered the true meaning of

Words I Like: Andres Escobar

 These are the words of Andres Escobar, a few days before he was murdered.  Andres was a Colombian soccer player. 

"Life doesn't end here. We have to go on. Life cannot end here. No matter how difficult, we must stand back up. We only have two options: either allow anger to paralyse us and the violence continues, or we overcome and try our best to help others. It's our choice. Let us please maintain respect. My warmest regards to everyone. [A Great hug for all]  It's been a most amazing and rare experience. [It's been a great opportunity and phenomenally rare experience.]  We'll see each other again soon because life does not end here"

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Poetry I Like: Handprints on the Wall

 Lyrics by Scott Innes.  (Who is also known for voicing Scooby-Doo.)  The song was recorded by Kenny Rogers.

“Handprints on the Wall.”

The wait turned into hours,
Before you came my way.
The smile that filled a daddy's heart,
On that special day.
The moment left me speechless,
I didn't know what to say.
Then you took your first breath,
An' that took mine away.

Days go by so quickly;
Summer turns to fall.
Seems like only yesterday,
That you began to crawl.
So don't be afraid to take that step,
I'll catch you when you fall.
I don't mind if you leave behind,
A few handprints on the wall.

I can't describe this feeling,
Way down deep inside
"The Itsy-Bitsy Spider",
Was the first thing that we tried.
An' "Patty Cake, The Baker's Man,"
With your hands, so very small.
You could always stay this young,
And I wouldn't mind at all.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Megyn Kelly/ Bill Ayers Interview

I enjoy Fox News, and had the occasion to to watch this interview, and became more and more frustrated with Bill Ayers justifying his actions saying America was killing 6000 people a week.  Bill Ayers' actions included bombing the pentagon and other buildings (but not killing anyone.)  However his group was blamed for killing a San Francisco police officer by bombing, and a couple others by shooting.  Ayers denied involvement with these incidents.  I turned to Wikipedia for some evidence that this could be true. 
However I take issue with his use of numbers to justify his actions.  More people died from lack of U.S. involvement than by U.S. involvement.  The Viet Cong killed civilians at an incredible clip.  In the war, about 1,00,000 Viet Cong were killed.  There were also less than 100,000 civilian deaths.  There was mass genocide after after the U.S. left, of millions of people.  The Viet Cong killed about 200,000 civilians.
My point, those who battled against the war, could they be blamed for the genocide which followed, in Viet Nam, in Cambodia.  If you take credit for one part of the stick, the other side of the stick comes with it.  Bill Ayers and his ilk are responsible for millions of deaths.  We could have done so much more good in the world, had we had the will to finish what we started.