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.
December 30, 2018 The Eve of the Eve of the New Year
Is there anyone else out there who detests New Year’s Eve? Not that getting together with friends and family for a celebration is inherently detestable, but on this one night, the gathering seems a little too forced and most parties are full of strangers who you’ve never seen before and will likely never see again. Don’t even think about showing up at one of these shindigs in your ratty gender-neutral jeans and a worn tee without a date and no real career plans because this puts you in the LOSER category like nothing else ever will. Boom! The sound of the door slamming, shutting your scruffy self in the cell reserved for people with no ambition, echoes loudly in the minds of the party goers who adhered to the mandate that regardless of the truth this one night you must put on a show for the world. If you don’t, then well…LOSER might as well be tattooed on your forehead. Even here deep in the Piney Woods in East Texas, where fashi…
December 28, 2017 The Dreary Days of December have come again!
Have you ever noticed that the week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day seems drearier than the rest of the year? The presents are opened, the stockings are empty, the Christmas decorations have lost some of their luster...and we find ourselves wishing for summer. It could be the sugar crash that most of us experience. Or it might be the symbolic end of another year, although birthdays are a better anniversary for the passage of years, regardless of the annual year-end countdowns that fill our airways the last week of December. But this insidious feeling of bleakness has its roots sunk deep in our psyche. We have long been led to believe that dark, dreary, and dull equal depressing. There is actually some science behind this notion. It’s called a lack of Vitamin D. The most potent source of Vitamin D, which is not actually a vitamin, is sunlight. Think about it.
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…