An opinionated gossip column written by the intrepid blogger from the @the Double D Series. It could contain bits of news, interesting facts, and who knows what else. These blogs entries are meant to keep the citizens of the fictional city of Miller, Texas up to date on the happenings around town. The posts are a mix of fact and fiction.
What Have You Sacrificed?
The U. S. Army, from Revolutionary to Present
What Have You
If you live in the United States, or any country that embraces the freedoms of its citizens, then you know that freedom comes
with a price. A deadly price.
From the birth of our
nation to the present, men and women have fought and died to assure that the
citizens of this country have the freedoms guaranteed them by the constitution. And yes, that includes the right to criticize
all things American, if that’s is your thing.
HOWEVER, that same constitution does not guarantee you that your ranting
will not have consequences, or that everyone will agree with you and embrace
your opinions, as some celebrities are finding out to their chagrin. Still, it is your right to speak your mind.
Personally, it makes this blogger very sad to see so many people
dishonoring the people who sacrificed everything to protect this country. In
every community, there are mothers, fathers, wives, daughters, sons, sisters,
brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends that grieve the loss of a loved
one; no doubt such censure rings across their hearts like a slap in the face
sharpening the grief that clings with needle sharp talons to their souls. IMO
such disrespect borders on treason, but…
This blogger isn’t interested in debating the rights or wrongs of the
military, war, or the ills of our political system. Nor is this outpouring of feeling intended to
put down people who oppose any of the above.
Your opinion is your opinion, and as was stated previously, it is your
right to speak it, from the mountain tops if you chose.
So, for today, let’s leave that subject and move on. In fact, it is appropriate at this point to
borrow from President Kennedy’s famous speech and ask: What have you sacrificed for your
freedom? Or you have you lived your
whole life as the beneficiary of someone else’s sacrifice? For most of us, the answer to these questions,
if you are perfectly honest, is “Nothing!”
and “Yes.” Nothing!—and
Yes! Now, think about this, what are
you willing to sacrifice for your country?
For those of you who need facts to go with your pancakes, here you
go. The first Memorial Day was observed
in 1868. It has been an official national
holiday since 1966. The purpose of the
day is to remember soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice (died) in
matters domestic and foreign. The number
of people who have died to defend our freedom totals more than 1.1
million. ONE POINT, ONE MILLION MEN AND
1,100,000 people. Doesn’t matter how it’s written, it resounds across
the battlefields, past and present, with a million or more cries of grief, and
though some of those death were revolutionary in nature, their echoes leave a
long, deep tear across the depth and breath of our nation’s collective soul.
Regardless of your opinion, man up and take a minute and be thankful
for the people who are willing to sacrifice their all for our freedom and feel
some empathy for their loved ones who are struggling to find a way to come to
terms with the price of our freedom.
September 29, 2014 All the rain
falling in our neck of the woods lately has the citizens of Miller feeling a
little like ducks. Although rumor has it
that ducks don’t like the rain any more than humans. True or not true? Good question. No ducks could be bothered to answer that question
with anything other than a raucous, “Quack! Quack!” But it isn’t ducks that that come to mind on
this dreary Monday morning, day number seven of rain, rain, and more rain.
Okay, now you’re thinking about Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, right? You know, water,
water, every where, / and not a drop to drink. No.
That isn’t what’s on tap for today.
He! He! Today is about the post
office. Usually the mail runs by nine in
the morning. Not today. Today it is nearly noon and no mail yet. Is it a federal holiday, you know one of
those that only government employees, banks, and the post office get off? Nope.
Today is not a holiday. Now, what
could be holding up the…
May 14, 2017 Mother's Day Did
you know that it is estimated that more than 23 billion dollars will be spent
on flowers and presents for Mother's Day this year? Mind boggling, isn't it. One can only imagine
how the lady who considered herself the Founder of Mother's Day, Anna Jarvis,
would react to that. Even though it was her life long quest to have a day
in May designated as Mother's Day, a day to honor the mothers, she fought
equally as hard to keep it from becoming a commercialized holiday.
Regardless of her intentions, the idea grew--backed by florists, restaurants, and card shops--until in 1914 Congress passed
a law making the second Sunday of May a national day to remember mothers.
Why May, you ask? Jarvis' mother died in May. She wanted the day to be closed to the anniversary of her mother's death as possible. Jarvis's mother,
Anna Reeves Jarvis, was active in helping mothers learn how to take care of
their children in what was th…
January 12, 2017 As I sit here and listen to the weather for the next few days, high 50s with a less than 40% chance of rain during the day; low 30s at night, I can’t help but feel a little relieved. Especially when The Weather Channel flashed a map of all the places in the U S that it's snowing today. Brrrrr! So. Glad. I'm. Not. In. The. Northwest. Today. Animals at the Portland Zoo feel a little differently. They seem to be enjoying their "closed because of heavy snow" day the way that school kids do when school is closed because of snow. If you have trouble getting the video to play, you can view it on youtube at this link: First Day of Snow at Portland Zoo.
Don't worry folks if the rumors are a little thin today. You know that this blogger has an
ear to ground for all the latest gossip and will fill you in later...on that
you can be sure. Things are definitely heating up in Miller, even if the
temps are warm enough to shed the old jacket and roll up your sle…