Friday, February 10, 2017

Reflections on a Life Lived

As I approach my 70th birthday next week, I have spent some time contemplating the last seven decades of my life.  I have, like most of you, had good times, bad times, sad times, scary times and amazing times.

My childhood was one spent in a very small country town, but somehow inside I always knew I would reach out into this huge and interesting world of ours.  Graduating from High School, my first job began on June 4, 1965 at the FBI!  What a baptism by fire for a small town girl.  I married a month out of high school to a man I thought would be my lifetime partner.  Unfortunately, it didn't quite work out that way.  That marriage however, produced four beautiful children, and tons of life experiences!  I was blessed with all the ups and downs being a parent brings.

I was able to have my first European experience in the 70's when I traveled to Paris, London and Munich!  I will never forget standing under the Eiffel Tower with tears running down thinking how amazing it was and realizing that I had never really thought I would actually see it in person.  What a mind expanding trip that was.

I went back to college at Salisbury State University/Peninsula General Hospital School of Nursing after my first two children were born and graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1973! It was the culmination of a dream.  Oh, it wasn't easy for sure, but I have never regretted those years and the opportunity to care for others that being a Nurse afforded to me.

I have had such marvelous adventures.  I spent six weeks one summer sailing the Bahamas with a friend on a 37 foot catamaran.  Wow! The experiences we had and the things we saw.  There were beautiful fish, spotted rays, sharks and baracuda! There were waterspouts that chased us at one point! At that point I was trying to decide whether it would be better to stay aboard or jump overboard.  I decided to stay aboard and we avoided the spout with a sharp left turn!

I have gone on many cruises, from the Caribbean to Alaska and am looking forward to a Mediterranean Cruise later this year. I look forward to sharing this next adventure with my husband of twenty-five years and two of my children and two granddaughters!  I just got back from Marakech, Morocco in December on a trip with my youngest son, and only a month before was in Banff, Canada with my daughter and two granddaughters.

I have been to Puerto Rico proper and warm and lovely; most of the Caribbean Islands, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Belize, Mexico, Cayman Islands, St. Maarten, St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. John and more in the lovely Caribbean.  I have visited Paris and London more than once as well as Italy, Switzerland, Monaco, Germany, Spain, Thailand, Shanghai China, and more.

I have had the opportunity to get to know Buddists, Muslims and cultures that I never dreamed existed.  I have met many, many wonderful people along the way.  It has taught me that people around the world all have the same basic needs and wants.  We want love and peace and the ability to raise our children without fear.  Whether it is in the rain forests of Belize, the jungles of Thailand or the Cities of London and Paris, I have seen kindness and generosity and love.

I've lived an adventurous life.  I have a Private Pilots license.  I have sailed the Bahamas with a friend on a catamaran TWICE!  I have opened and owned my own Restaurant.  I have worked as an RN in Home Health and Radiation Oncology and actually held many other jobs in the interim.  It has NOT been a boring life.  I have definitely LIVED.  From the tiny town in Maryland to Florida, Georgia and now Utah, I have managed to see much of our beautiful Country.  I have seen my four children grow into productive, independent adults.  I have 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren who are growing up all too quickly.  I wish for them a world of love and kindness.

I have had many joys and sorrows, and as I reflect back on the past 70 years and all that I have experienced and learned, I find that sometimes the greatest growth is in those tough years.  I am looking forward to this time...the best time of my life with my husband and family.  I have been trule blessed and have truly lived!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

America As I Knew It

I am an original Baby Boomer.  Born in 1947, daughter of an Ex-Marine wounded in WWII, and Mother of Four...three of whom served in the military, I am appalled by what has just happened in our Country.
I guess I have seen it coming, but I really couldn't believe that such a huge amount of racism, mysogyny, xenophobia, homophobia and outright HATE existed at all levels in our Nation.  I find it terrifying.
The Electoral College (not the vote of the people) has managed to put into the office of President the most dangerous man who has ever held the office.  There is unrest everywhere.  I had actually hoped that the hate-filled rhetoric would end after the election was over.
I have seen several articles today which admitted that they purposefully and wrongly smeared Clinton so that Trump would be elected.  Facebook employees are calling for their owner to monitor the "FAKE" news that is spread over the pages of FB.  This election was definitely influenced by FALSE articles being swallowed as truth by people who rely only on FB for their daily "news."  People, FB is SOCIAL MEDIA, not accurate news.  At this point, ANYONE can post ANYTHING and a lot of people take it as fact.  Fact it is not!
Now we must face the fact that a man has been elected as President that is (FACT) facing charges of Racketeering under the RICO Act and a possible rape trial.  He has appointed as his chief advisor a WHITE SUPREMACIST.
Those of us who are horrified by these facts, must now stand up and fight against the hate filled rhetoric and prejudice that have arisen as a result of this election.
I am really afraid that the America As We Knew It may never be the same.
I grew up in a world where America was considered the Greatest Country in the World..a Melting Pot where people of all nationalities and races worked together to build a country of Peace.
What has happened to our America? What?  The NRA pushes the sale of people die in huge numbers (adults and children) daily.  The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.  What has happened to America?  People who have called themselves "Christians" have forced their beliefs on others and judged others.  That is NOT what Christ did!  America was founded on the principle of FREEDOM of Religion.  The founders were RUNNING FROM a government that told them what religion they had to follow! Have we learned absolutely NOTHING from history?  Hitler led people to slaughter in much the same way as the White Supremacists would lead us now?  Is this what we REALLY want?

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Regardless Of Your Position

This is definitely a crazy year for Politics.  It is at the same time frightening and enlightening.

There is sure a lot of HATE spewing from some Politicians mouths and it find it disturbing that so many people are willing to jump on the "Hate Bandwagon."  In reviewing History, I don't see any evidence of that ever having helped a difficult situation.

Somehow we United States Citizens need to find a way to come together in Peace and work out the problems which seem to be plaguing this Country.  The Civil War ended over a hundred years ago, and yet there is still a huge problem with racism in this Country....and not just against Black Folks, but Hispanics, Jews....anyone who is seemed "different."  ALL of us are IMMIGRANTS unless we are Native Americans!  Are we forgetting that?

Now our choice for President is going to be clouded by all the hate being spewed on both sides.  I am, I must say, happy that a Woman is actually able to be nominated for the highest office in the land.  I am also frightened that a man who has shown no regard for people with less than himself, people who are Hispanic, Muslim or any other "different" he decides is significant are "dangerous."

I am frightened by a man who tells his followers to "punch him in the face, I'll pay for your legal expenses:"  Really, really? People...many people have voted for this man.  I understand that some of it has been in protest to "politics as usual" and people are quite sick of included.  But, it takes finess, and diplomacy and knowledge of world affairs to be President.  Hmmmmm...

We need "Peacemakers" in this crazy war filled world right now...what we don't need is someone who wants to try to "isolate" us and yet sends his own businesses overseas to avoid taxes.

I have heard all the arguments about email servers, Benghazi (which by the way the CONGRESS refused to fund more security over there), and more...yes lives were lost in that incident...tragically.That is a dangerous part of the world..we all know the risks.  But, alienating our Allies, "getting in the faces" of other World Leaders and "Building Walls" will not solve anything.

I pray people will think long and seriously, not emotionally about who they vote for when they go to the polls in November.  It's gonna be a dirty, hard fought election and it's gonna take a lot out of all of us.  I hope we can all look up to a "HIGHER POWER" regardless of your faith, and look for a solution that will work the best for this GREAT COUNTRY (and it is ALREADY GREAT) of ours when we go to vote!