America the beautiful…

 Some of us find purpose in a cause greater than ourselves whether it be for charity, for our children, family, job, our country. Mine is for my country. This past Labor Day weekend when I was traversing across this grand nation and checking out the people passing me by (I know I was going at least 80mph and people were even passing me at that!) anyway, I was thinking about how diverse America is. How special. I feel truly blessed to have been born and raised in this nation of flavors.

 

With all the America bashing on the news regarding the media, the wars (now war), oil spills, our vast consumption of fossil fuels I still find it an honor to be living here. I always felt America was the grandest experiment of cultures/religions and creeds this world has to offer.

 Do I get angry at how bipartisan our government is?

Of course….

And do I want change?

Indeed….but in order for the government to change we the people need to find that fire within us to instigate such change. Of course in a peaceful manner, that is what separates us from other countries who use force to usurp their governments. I believe Senators and Congressman should have set term limits, I think it is important for all parties involved to find a consensus in dealing with today’s issues. I digress but all in all I have to say that I am proud to be an American and am grateful for all the opportunities that were made available to me and one of them was to serve this grand nation.

An echo from the past

As I think about where my country is going towards the future and where we are currently battling on various fronts:

Fellow-citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass, will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation. We say we are for the Union. The world will not forget that we say this. We know how to save the Union. The world knows we do know how to save it. We — even we here — hold the power, and bear the responsibility. In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free — honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth. Other means may succeed; this could not fail. The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just — a way which, if followed, the world will forever applaud, and God must forever bless.

Abraham Lincoln

Helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives

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Rays of Hope: A Social Report from Iraq by George Nichola

June 2, 2009 by wfwnotesfromthefield

The most three common phrases that we do here frequently everyday are; “Its to unsafe in Iraq’, “dangerous nationality” and “Look how savages are the Iraqis”. I myself sometime follow the echo of these words, some of my close friends do already believe so…

I was about to believe these three awful phrases, but each time I discover that Iraq is not safe yet its people “the original ones” are kind, tender and supportive… yes believe me when I say this, perhaps you hear or see things about Iraq, which can be true or can be not true all the prospects are possible, some of you will not convinced with my idea and you may think that I am trying to decorate the Iraqi scene; I am not and sometimes I do agree with these three phrases yet sometimes I found myself not so sure for  particular events appear on the ground that make me not sure of what I feel towards Iraq. Well try to follow me in order to see whether there is good Iraq or it’s bad from the start…

Taking a breather

The new position keeps me busy.inbox-office-desk-268495-l

Can I get an amen?

There is SO MUCH to learn…reports to keep on top of, questions to answer regarding cases, searches, DOD regs, military regs…….and I will tell you right now that civil servants are really underpaid for what they do and have to keep up with.  Job security of course is paramount but at the same time I think about everything you have to know, remember, ensure compliancea are met, keep up with a very high accuracy rate–be personable.  I mean…on average techs have to maintain (in order to rate well) 99% error free. I wonder what the private sector compares to?

So before people belly ache about us civil servants taking Uncle Sam’s money remember there are quite a few of us out there who definitely earn it.

We maintain America’s military history so knowing this keeps me motivated.  The National Archives has centers nationwide and we preserve different aspects of American history…so we are needed….so we can remember our past.  It isn’t for naught.

And knowing what we do keeps me going.  Has to.

Imagine if I smoked? Damn I would go through 2 packs a day.

AMEN!

Happy Birthday NARA!!!!!!

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To bring together the records of the past and to house them in a building where they will be preserved for the use of men and women in the future, a Nation must believe in three things. It must believe in the past. It must believe in the future. It must, above all, believe in the capacity of its own people so to learn from the past that they can gain judgment in creating their own future.”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1941

 

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Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you.

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Restoring the Earth helps veterans heal

I enjoy reading feel good stories like these. Vets returning from war need an outlet to help them heal from the mental and physical wounds received while deployed. Though the program faced budget cuts I hope it continues and the idea spreads nationwide:

…a program in Washington state helps military veterans learn marketable job skills and make sense of their experiences in combat. Program managers say the Veterans Conservation Corps initiative helps hundreds of vets study and train to enter the growing “green” jobs field.

In return, the veterans work on projects that help restore the environment in state parks.

The VCC, though, is much more than job training for Grisham and many of the other vets. It’s a form of therapy.

“Sometimes it feels really good. When we take invasive weeds off a tree that’s being suffocated and we free something. I feel a bit lighter inside,” Grisham says.

Vets who contact the VCC are helped by its small staff to enroll in a local community college and become part of a network of recently returned vets and older veterans who volunteer on the community projects. Fischer says the vets — most of who have never met before the program — almost immediately form “a new platoon” to support one another.

Graduates from the program, Fischer says, have gone on to work for the state division of forestry, the park system, and have created their own companies working on environmental projects.

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Big ouch

I was at the airport in Orlando waiting for my flight back to Saint Louis when I heard the breaking news on CNN.

 

And yes I was yelling at the television:

 

Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill immediately blamed each other today for the failure of a $700 billion bailout package in the House. The vote sent the Dow tumbling to its worst single-day point loss ever:  777 points………..

 

And with this saddest of days WHY the finger-pointing?

 

Makes me wonder about the two party system (Republicans and Democrats).  

Are they becoming an archaic elephant?

 

Time for change?

 

Where do we go from here????????

A New Approach to World Peace…

Wow….imagine belonging to an organization such as this one…being able to create change through Peace.  I love that this organization is NON-religious and NON-political…exactly the kind of organization I would desire to be a part of:

 

With the humblest of beginnings, Friends Without Borders has remained an all-volunteer project funded mostly by the volunteers themselves.  FWB is a non-religious, non-political organization and is an impressive demonstration of just how much a small group of truly dedicated people with enough heart can accomplish.  With a fairly small core team, our volunteers have numbered in the thousands, and we are particularly thankful to all the love the children have put into this project, which is really what keeps us going.