One Man’s Journey

Reflections of a man who fought against the odds to be a success.

I just finished reading Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance.  It is a biographical story of an American white male’s rise from the rust belt of the Midwest to the halls of Yale Law School. His journey is not a  meteoric path. The journey is painful, complete with potholes and distracting obstacles.

Vance takes his reader through the agony of his childhood. His “Mamaw and Papaw”  (maternal grandparents) provide adult belief in his talents.  It is at the moment when you think all may be lost when a teacher discovers his true  ability and reinforces what his grandparents always saw in him.

When J.D. applied for college and receives his financial applications, he realizes he has gaps in his education and finances. Skills missing from his resume included consistency, follow through, discipline, stability, social aptitude and awareness. He marched down to his local Marine recruiter and enlisted for four years.

He seeks to discover why he succeeds and grows out of the his home town. This need to know takes him on a self-discovery journey that doesn’t seem to align with his personal experience. You read the book and let me know if you see if he left the puzzle unresolved.

Fill 2017 with Accountability & Action

Download an app and active your political voice

As this country transitions to its newly elected government, “we the people” need to focus on our representatives in government. Active citizens make a country stronger and show our congressional delegation the direction we desire the country to go. We need to focus on the needs and voice of the people not the political parties’ agenda.

The U.S. ideals, principles, and dignity continues as long as  “we the people” demonstrate how we want  our elected officials to act. We need to raise the bar higher for all politicians. Unbridled, unfounded information both by citizens and congress needs to eliminate. As citizens we need to know what is happening.

The application http://countable.us helps citizens track what your representative is doing in congress. The app is available on iTunes and Google Play. It allows you to respond to your representative from the application. Download it and become active in your government without leaving your chair.

Americans, it is time for us, “the people” to unite and follow the instructions of the Constitution to:

“establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity, “

To need to be vigilant and vocal. We need to let our Congressional delegates know our voice.

As our country accepts a new president in 2017, we, “the people” need to focus on action and accountability.

Use this  link Find your Senators.

Use this link Representative in the House

Christmas Cards & Civility

“The essence of Christmas Cards is the gift of time.”

img_0250Turn off the radio, pull the plug on the television, silence your phones, and take a few minutes and contemplate one of the oldest holiday traditions -“Sending a Christmas Card.” John Callcott Horsley illustrated the first Christmas Card for Sir Henry Cole in 1843 in the United Kingdom. This single act created a worldwide multi-million industry.

“Who still sends Christmas Cards?” Many individuals and businesses continue this custom of sending an individual greeting to family members and clients. Some enterprising card companies have branched off with e-cards for technology fans.

But, lets get  back to the art and meaning of sending a Christmas Card. The  individual who sent you the card selected it. Hand wrote or made labels for the envelope, signed their name, and possibly added a note.  This is the essence of a card – time. The time it took to “write out” the cards. You see the gift of time is cherished. The receiver of a Christmas Card appreciates the time and effort the sender put into delivering their greeting, not to mention the expense.

It is a very civil act of kindness. A genuine expression of consideration and time sent from one person to another. America needs the Christmas Card and more civil acts of kindness. Connect  to your technology and find out where to buy a box of cards for your close family members and friends.