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Happy Birthday, US of A!

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Today, the US of A celebrates its 241st birthday.

It was, like with any birth, one that was born out of travail, crying, shouts of glee, bloodshed and even death. Truly the continent was in heavy labor as the push and screams of thousands were heard around the world.

That sorrow and agony gave way, however, to jubilation as the nation emerged scathed and covered with the scars and trappings of nativity. But as difficult as that birth was, the struggle was not over.

There would be growing pains, illnesses and diseases to overcome. There would be those who would attempt to reclaim and to destroy that life which was born out of a pledge to devote honor, lives and fortunes to see this epic birth come to be and last through all time.

Through the years, as with any baby maturing to toddler to child to teen to adult, this great nation of states joined to form a “more perfect union” had to go through its share of perils, tests and trials. In each instance, in the end, the US of A emerged on the other side a better nation.

The most trying time is undisputed, which is what occurred during what I would call the teenage years, puberty, when literally brother was pitted against brother, sister against sister, sons and daughters against mothers and fathers. The greatest and most costly toll of lives and bloodshed threatened to tear the nation apart. Yet through the trauma of the Civil War, the War Between the States, a united and stronger country came of age.

Dark days still lay ahead, but it seemed the worst had passed.

Through more battles and more wars, we find ourselves today celebrating the nation we’ve become and feeling the pain of the mistakes we have made. We honor the lives who gave their all to keep this nation the home of the brave and the land of the free.

Now, we look forward to the days and years ahead.

We are traveling the rough and choppy sea of economic uncertainty, but which seems to be slowly recovering.

The ship of state must traverse the gulf as the skipper maneuvers the ship to avoid crashing on the rocks of lost hope, despair, keeping an eye on the course and the port of serenity which lies in the distance.

The tides of global unrest threaten to engulf us. We must stay resolute and strong. Together we can ride the waves and dock in safe harbor.

Many have lost hope.

Many no longer aspire to the American Dream.

Many wonder if the flag will still wave for much longer.

But we are Americans.

We will survive.

From the Cornfield, America, may she always be that shining city on a hill to which others seek to aspire.

Happy Independence Day!

Citizen Journalists, A Family

Over the last nearly six years, since I was infected with histoplasmosis, one group of people, of whom only one has ever met me in person, has been an emotional and financial blessing.
These are former members of the CNN iReport community.
We did not and do not always see eye-to-eye on politics or social issues, but we all have a commonality of respect and love for one another. Yet, most of us only know each other online through iReport and now on Facebook.
These individuals have been my angels.
With a word of encouragement or a surprise envelope in the mail. Sometimes with a picture or a card, sometimes with a simple “like” on a post or comment.
To express my gratitude in words pales with my thankfulness felt deep in my heart.
Their actions have often reminded me of the book written by Dale Evans, “Angels Unaware.”
For these people have truly been for me – angels.
Those that are still in contact through Facebook, I want to let you know how much I have appreciated each one of you.
My angels:
Kathi, Janie, Linda, Maria, Marie, Gretchen, Funda, Hilary, Julie, Shari, Lorena, Beth, Roberta, Melissa, Jodi
Mike, Keith, Stan, Gapper, Ted, Matt, Allen, Arturo, Nick
Each of you in your own way have meant so much to me.
Thank you! 
I am sure I probably forgot someone. But my memory is not the best these days.
Remember, when that day comes, I will cross over and wait for you on the other side of the river.

Weather Alert, Rochester!

http://www.whec.com/news/flash-flood-watch-issued-our-area/4517895/?cat=565

Father’s Day!


Today is a special day folks, it’s Father’s Day!
Here’s a picture of my Dad, he was a great guy, I miss him.

In memory of…Happy Memorial Day Everyone!


To all of our fallen heroes and families, Happy Memorial Day!

Flooding in Rochester


As I’m sure many of you have heard, here in Rochester and surrounding areas, we have been having some severe flooding problems. Homes, property and peoples personal belongings have been lost.
Picture 1: A farmers field underwater.
Picture 2: A tree trunk washed up on Lake Ontairio’s shore and buried itself.

Genesee Brewery History

http://www.whec.com/news/updated-info-genesee-beer-tanks/4497199/

Over a century ago here in Rochester the Genesee Brewery was built. The original founders were the Wehle family. And like all businesses, it had its ups and downs. In recent years they have been under going changes, new owners, new beers, demolition of old brewery tanks, and bringing in new tanks.

A Special Guest at Work


Yes folks, this turkey buzzard decided to stop by the transfer station and look for some lunch.

An Old Country Barn!


I’ve always liked old barns. When I was growing up, we had a beautiful one at Mom and Dads house. Whenever I’m on a run I always look for them. I saw this one the other day in the southern tier.

Dead Tree Designs!

Unique artistry.

I was on a run the other day near the University of Geneseo. When turning into the job site, I came across this. This is definitely unique art work.