A Vision of Hope and Unity

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We each need to feel loved and accepted don’t we? Especially in this time, in this world in which we live,

we need to respond in the opposite spirit of hate.

White Nationalists create fear of the other and hateful rhetoric, even in these United States.

Let us stand together offering acceptance of people,

even those different than ourselves, with a vision of hope and unity.

I’m standing with immigrants, and all victims of violence, in our world.

Amen.

     

Poetry and Image © Copyright 2019, ancient skies

A Very Special Thank You

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This is a very special thank you because you are a very special group of readers, thank you!

And thank you to all those across the planet, that have been praying for and thinking some positive thoughts for my wife. The mass in her chest (inside her, not on her chest) is actually smaller now, due to treatment. Yay!!

We are in a waiting phase now, for maybe a month or two, to see how it looks through special scans. Then another decision will be made as to whether or not more treatments are needed.

We are so grateful for all of our friends here and for your prayers!!

We wish you peace.

    

Writing and Image © Copyright 2018, ancient skies

Remembering an American Hero

john mccain from todayYou probably know that he was a prisoner of war in Vietnam. But did you know that he was in that prison for more than 5 years, and that he could have left sooner but he didn’t?

You see, his family secured his release after 2 years but he said no, he would not leave until the rest of the prisoners were also set free with him.

He was beaten and tortured so badly his arms were permanently damaged. For the rest of his life he could not raise them above his head. Yet it was here that he became a strong person of faith, often singing with other prisoners, quoting Bible verses they could remember, especially around Christmas time.

Eventually though, he not only survived but became a U.S. Senator for more than 30 years. He fought hard here too. He was tough, but he epitomized a leader that would work with the other side. He respected the opinions of others, and leaders that had different views.

He always put country first rather than party politics, even if it made him unpopular. And that’s what made him so different.

Perhaps we mourn for more than the hero

for what our country could be

for what it once was

before madness

made us lose our way.

A warrior, a fighter to the end. A true American hero. Rest in peace John McCain.

      

Poetry and Commentary © Copyright 2018, ancient skies, photo from today

Our Wedding Anniversary

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Well I am just about the happiest man on the face of the earth! My wife and I are celebrating more than 30 years of our marriage! Yes!! Now we don’t give exact dates over the internet, but we are so excited I have to share this!

My wife is the one I write about, the one I dream about. Life can be horrible when terrible things happen (like cancer), but what matters now is the love we share, and the healing we give to each other!

I could not be happier, and we don’t often hear that from men, so I want to boldly declare that today.

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And for our celebration, we went to Washington D.C. Our nation’s capital really is a beautiful city. I highly recommend a visit there. You will find some of the best museums in the world, including the Smithsonian, which is actually many museums.

The Smithsonian has the National Gallery of Art, the African-American Museum (brand new), the Native American Museum, the National Zoo, the Natural History Museum, and many others.

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And the city is ethnically diverse. You will find some of the best ethnic restaurants in the world! My wife and I ate at an Indian restaurant which was wonderful.

I also recommend a dinner or brunch cruise on the Potomac River. There are very large cruise boats that feed you a wonderful feast, as you slowly cruise by some of the monuments of this beautiful city.

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To My Love – Happy Anniversary!

     

P.S. The photographs here are from our trip. I will share more in a future post.

Writing and all Images © Copyright 2017, ancient skies

Independent

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I’m changing my political affiliation. I was very conservative years ago and yes a Republican. But over time I changed, and my views changed. I became more concerned about people, poverty, and that everyone – should have access to healthcare.

I wasn’t seeing that in the far right, in fact I distinctly saw a lack of compassion, or at least that is what I thought I saw. My wife surviving cancer, and having difficult health problems for years, had a big part to play in my views changing.

And Democrats are far on the other side, believing some things I don’t, but at least I saw a move towards caring about people. Again that was my perception and still is.

The rhetoric in both camps is horrendous, but my opinion is, that it is far worse on the right than it is on the left. The right loves to make personal attacks against people, including our President, and I simply cannot stand it anymore.

So I have no choice really but to vote with a conscience that is independent. And I have not mentioned Trump or Clinton, because I really don’t like either one. I wish I had someone to vote for right now.

Perhaps this is how Independents are born.

       

Note: This is not a normal post so I will be sending out some poetry later! For now the comments are open.

      

Peace.

      

Commentary and Image © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

The Vision

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From the book the Way of Serenity:

“Changing the things we can requires not only courage but also vision. We need to have a sense not only of where we are but also of where we are going. When Michelangelo, one of the greatest sculptures of all time, stood before a huge block of marble, he didn’t just start chipping away with his chisel to see what would happen. He first would form an idea in his mind of what he wanted the sculpture to look like. He always had in his mind’s eye the final result he was looking for.”

Whether we are creating a work of art, or writing a story, we need to have at least an idea of where we want to go with it.

The same is true of us in our daily lives. Yes, we can be thrown off course, from sources beyond our control, but if we have a vision we can begin to chisel away at the marble covering the masterpiece of our lives.

Peace.

       

Narrative and Image © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

Quote from The Way of Serenity,

by Father Jonathan Morris, HarperOne Publishers

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

Friday Night Culture – Two Cellos!

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I never knew two cellos could make such amazing music! I have featured this group before but if you are not familiar with them, they combine the beautiful sounds of the cello, with contemporary music.

I have chosen these three songs because they are so different, yet from the same group. The first has humor, as it explores being a rock star. The second has beautiful music, and is also visually stunning. And the last one is music from a movie, and is funny.

Have a great weekend everyone! Peace.

      

Writing © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

image from en.cyclopedia via google

videos by 2cellos, from youtube

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”