Picture by David Beatson

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Finish Every Day

Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities
no doubt have crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.

Tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely
and with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with
your old nonsense.

This day is all that is
good and fair.
It is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on yesterdays.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Saturday, June 26, 2010

A Victim Treats His Mugger Right

“If you’re going to be robbing people for the rest of the night,
you might as well take my coat to keep you warm…”

Into the Night - Into the Light #3 by onkel_wart (in slow motion  mode)

This is the amazing story of social worker, Julio Diaz, who was on his way home one evening. His normal routine was to get off the train one stop early, to visit his local diner.

The station platform was empty, but as he was walking towards the stairs something dramatic and unexpected happened.

Suddenly a young teenager came up to Julio, pulled a knife and demanded money.

Julio just handed over his wallet, saying: “Here you go”.

But as the teenager turned to go, Julio said: “Hey, wait a minute. You forgot something. If you’re going to be robbing people for the rest of the night, you might as well take my coat to keep you warm.”

The story unfolds with Julio offering to take the teenager to the diner to eat with him. He explains: “If you’re willing to risk your freedom for a few dollars, then I guess you must really need the money… I figure, you know, if you treat people right, you can only hope that they treat you right. It’s as simple as it gets in this complicated world.”

When they have finished eating, Julio asks for his wallet back in order to pay for the meal. He then offers to give the teenager $20 in exchange for one thing…

His knife.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Happy Foto Friday


Thursday, June 24, 2010

You are Beautiful

Positive pictures come out from negatives developed in a darkroom.

So if you find yourself lonely and in dark, understand that - life is working on a beautiful picture for you.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Stand By My Belief

I am not bound to win; but I am bound to be true.
I am not bound to succeed; but I am bound to live by the light that I have.
I must stand with anybody who stands right; Stand with him while he is right; part with him when he goes wrong.
I will stand by my belief.

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Friday, June 18, 2010


A woman was asked what she used to make her complexion so beautiful and her whole being so bright and attractive.
She answered:
"I use for my lips, truth
I use for my voice, kindness
I use for my ears, compassion
I use for my hands, charity
I use for my figure, uprightness
I use for my heart, love
I use for any who do not like me, prayer."


Wednesday, June 16, 2010


My home is not mine

I share it with Joy & Pain

I live hopefully

Image from lipna.wordpress.com

Monday, June 14, 2010

Raise the Flag

Raise the Flag
The Beckoning Flag

Over a many people diverse
Whose countries conditions are worse
Looking to our shining shores of sand
Full of hope and a plan

Raise the flag The Freedom Flag
Over foreign lands
Given aid by comforting hands
In the hopes of reaching across the sea
And giving help that will let them be free

Raise the flag The Welcoming flag
For the troops who have fought
Some with lives, our freedom bought
Whose willingness their time they share
To bring others out of despair

Place the flag The Grief-Stricken Flag
Over a closed casket of a hero fallen
A life cut short, a life stolen
Taken in the prime
To ensure your freedom and mine

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Friday, June 11, 2010

Happy Foto Friday

Send color out to the universe today!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


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Monday, June 7, 2010

Friday, June 4, 2010

Happy Foto Friday

Send beauty out to the universe. Upload a beautiful/favorite/amazing picture today!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

What Shall I Leave My Children?

The open sky, the brown earth, the leafy tree,

The golden sand, the blue water, the stars in courses

and the awareness of this.

Birdsong, butterflies, clouds and rainbows,

Sunlight, moonlight, firelight.

A hand reaching down for a small hand,

Impromptu praise, an unexpected kiss, a straight answer.

The glow of enthusiasm, and a sense of wonder,

Long days to be merry in and nights without fear.

The memory of a good home.


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Last Surviving WWI Doughboy

Frank Woodruff Buckles

Image of Frank  Woodruff Buckles
Frank Woodruff Buckles [undated]
War: World War I, 1914-1920
Branch: Army
Unit: 1st Fort Riley Casual Detachment
Service Location: United States; England; France; Germany
Rank: Corporal
Place of Birth: Harrison County, MO

1901-1922 World War One…

Frank Buckles was born on the family farm in Harrison County, Missouri in 1901.

At the age of 15 he loaded the family horses onto a boxcar and traveled to Oakwood,

Oklahoma where he got a job as a banker, went to high school and lived by himself in

a hotel. In 1917 The United States entered World War I and propaganda posters began to

surface in this small town. Buckles, an adventurous spirit decided to enlist. After

several rejections he eluded a recruiter about his young age and enlisted at the age

of 16 in the United States Army. Training in Ft. Riley, Kansas. Buckles eventually

deployed from Hoboken, New Jersey on the Carpathia, the ship that rescued the only

survivors of the Titanic. On the journey Buckles discussed extensively the first hand

accounts of the crew about the tragedy of the Titanic. Buckles arrived in Scotland then

served as a motorcycle driver for dignitaries, an ambulance driver and prison guard in

England, France and Germany where he served for the American Expeditionary

Forces and assisted escorting German Prisoners back at the end of the war. Buckles

returned to the United States in 1920 as a corporal.

4,734,991 Americans served from 1917-1918 during World War One, the Great

War. 116,516 Americans died during and as a result of this war. For Frank the path

that fait would lead has brought a common American farm boy to have an uncommon

story and to be the lasting symbol of this war. Now, at the age of nearly 109 Frank

Woodruff Buckles is the last doughboy, and a legacy of American sacrifice. Franks

story encompasses a unique example that is deeply woven within the fabric of the

twentieth century American experience. Surely, his life story is one that will

profoundly transform all who view it.

His journey to age 16 is a movie in itself. When you combine the rest of his life

with it the lines of this story weave together to form an intricate and award winning

script. Destiny would assure that this adventuresome lifestyle would continue the

rest of his life sometimes by choice and sometimes by the luck of the draw.

America could not have requested a better ambassador for the World War One

generation. Frank Buckles is a statesmen, historian and well versed in global history

clearly demonstrating the power of freedom, survival and democracy. The historical

value, inspiration and power contained within it are sure to persuade, encourage

and transform the globe this influential story.

1922-1945- World War Two…

Spanning over a century Frank Buckles life experiences as a soldier during World

War I then his storybook life truly are unimaginable. After being an ambulance

driver and WWI soldier he was an assistant purser of the ship the Western World and

working for the American President Lines. His travels via steam ship eventually

brought him to Manila where he was captured by the Japanese as a civilian and

became a Prisoner of War in World War II. For 39 months Frank survived on a s

mall tin cup of beans, rice and worm filled mush until his rescue by the 11th

Airborne Division of the United States Army on 23 February 1945.

Frank and the other prisoners were slated for execution that same morning. To

this day he still has the cup and the memories of what occurred. The cup serves as an

inspirational reminder for Frank to keep fighting. After nearly starving to death and

witnessing the Japanese atrocities in the prison camp he chose a peaceful life and

settled in West Virginia where his family ancestry and roots began in the 1700’s as

an American Farmer. His cattle farm also dates back to the 1700’s and overlooks the

mountains of Antietam and Harpers Ferry where he worked the farm and drove the

family tractor until 102.

2006 and beyond becoming the last witness…

As the years progressed and the numbers have dwindled of World War
One Survivors Frank often reflects: “I knew I would be the one of the
last ones, but never expected to be the last”
. Frank has become the
central figure and icon for a National WWI Memorial in Washington DC where he is frequently swarmed by media when he arrives to speak or pay tribute to those who have sacrificed. Franks story is the embodiment
of America and a humanity project packed with historical value and
public interest.
Followed by millions through frequent coverage on the national and international networks Buckles story drives home the American century with a personal and intimate link for both young and
old of 100 years of American History.

Service History Note:
Veteran served as an ambulance driver. After the Armistice, Veteran was with a prisoner of war (POW) Escort company returning prisoners back to Germany. Veteran was also held for three years and two months as a Japanese POW during World War II (he was a civilian at this time traveling abroad with his shipping business).
Frank Buckles

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