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“To Beat The Morning Drum” — A Memorial Day Reflection

“To Beat The Morning Drum” — A Memorial Day Reflection

awareness, Challenge, Change, citizenship, civics, conflict, constitution, courage, critical judgment, D-Day, Discernment, election year, faithfulness, Fascism, Freedom, Gratitude, in memory of, Legacy, Memorial Day, Military, peace and justice, soldiers, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized, World War 2
Monday of next week, 28 May, is Memorial Day. So the following is dedicated to those who fought in the Nation's wars, especially those who never returned home. In particular, and most personally, I dedicate this to the memory of my father, Cpl. Leonard Eugene Cowles, who served in Battery C of the 174th Field Artillery Battalion, and of whom I have written previously. The following poem by Walt Whitman was reprinted on the flyleaf of Dad's copy of We Did, the history of the 174th which was issued to every member of the Battalion as they left the Service at the end of World War II. (The title of the history was chosen so as to finish the Battalion motto:  Possumus Et Volumus -- "We Can And We Will".) How painfully nostalgic to reflect that the men who received that Battalion history wen...
Mindful Monday: What is a miracle?

Mindful Monday: What is a miracle?

awareness, Buddhism, mindfulness
To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle; every cubic inch of space is a miracle. Every square yard of the surface of the earth is spread with the same. . . . What strange miracles are these! Everywhere . . . – Walt Whitman, "Poem of Perfect Miracles," Leaves of Grass, 1856 What are you noticing about the square yard around you? ... for Mindful Monday ... Photo credit: "Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt, at night," NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, 2010.
Daily Practice for November 9, 2016

Daily Practice for November 9, 2016

Word:  So, I am sad today. What I am most sad with is the calls all over the internet (and by internet, I mean Facebook) that are saying, "Love wins in the end! Hold onto hope!" Uh huh. In the meantime, Mexicans, Muslims, LGBTQIA folx, are terrified that they will be kicked out, detained, or have their marriages annulled or bathroom rights taken away. And by Mexicans, Muslims, and LGBTQIA folx, I mean United States citizens. Much less being female-bodied and having the most misogynistic and relentless campaign ever take down a woman who is super smart and has a great resume. And don't start with the, "but she is a flawed candidate." Well, aren't we all. And aren't they all. But I have to hand it to the FBI. Comey executed a presidential coup J. Edgar Hoover would be proud of. So, to al...