Abe’s Wisdom and Humor

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One of our American Presidents that nearly everyone in any generation can remember is Abraham Lincoln. His humor and wisdom penetrated Congressmen, dignitaries, and the common man and woman.

“In the end it’s NOT the Years in you life that count. It’s the Life in your years” was one of Lincoln’s favorite pieces of advice for living right.

During a Cabinet meeting, discussion ensued on how foreign powers were interpreting the ongoing War between the States in America. Said President Lincoln: “…we must let other nations know that we propose to settle our family row in our own way…we don’t want any sneaking around by other countries who would like to find out how we are going to do it, either…Now (Secretary) Seward, you write some diplomatic notes to that effect.”

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Notes On A Word of Wisdom — UP

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From our local church newsletter came some of these thoughts on a Word of Wisdom — “Up”.

Take time out for a laugh, or two, on wordage:
You understand the word “up”: it means toward the sky, or at the top of some list, according to the Dictionary.

But, why:
1)   do we wake UP ?
2)   do we speak UP ?
3)   are officers UP for election ?
4)   do we warm UP ?
5)   do we work UP an appetite ?

And, why:
6)   do we think UP excuses ?
7)   do we dress UP ?
8)   is the Earth soaked UP with rain water ?
9)   do we mess UP ?
10) do we wrap it UP ?

11) do we line UP ?
12) do we brighten UP ?
13) are people stirred UP ?
14) do we lock UP ?
15) do we talk it UP ?

16) do we button UP ?
17) do we clam UP ?
18) are people fixed UP for a date ?
19) do we vote it UP ?
20) do we add it UP ?

The wonder of words is my wonder, also. Is it yours?

I added some other UPs to the newsletter list. Add yours!

It’s all UP to you!

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Prevention Is Still the Cure

My Writing Life Xposed

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Many Americans are being demoralized. They’re buying into trashing the free press, the hallmark of a free society.

It’s true a free society harbors violent non-conformists, athletic scandals, war-mongers, those who manipulate others for profit. It’s true troubles will exist in every area of life in a free society.

But a free press keeps the general public duly informed. (Even reporter rats eventually run.)

Americans are accepting insults and defamation of professional athletes who kneel at the playing of the national anthem when the kneelers’ motives are to protest racism in their country, not to protest their country’s existence. 

It’s true a portion of professional athletes don’t represent their sport, or their country, with good deeds returned to their communities. Others, however, do, giving more and more without seeking rewards because they care and can financially do so. 

And a free press keeps the general public duly informed because it is a nation’s watch dog and it is free to report. 

Truths often are difficult to swallow.

It’s up to a free society’s general pubic to use information wisely for the greater good, and not to use it to divide and conquer the populace.

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Thank You Veterans

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Have you thanked a military Veteran today for your freedom? It’s Memorial Day, 2018!

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To Veterans, we owe our freedom in America. Many men and women gave the ultimate sacrifice in conflict and war to make that possible. Don’t ever forget them! And say thank you on more than one occasion during the year!

Always remember! Never forget a Vet!

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I love this screen The Weather Channel used to depict one of World War II’s decisive battles of World War II, at Iwo Jima, during the station’s Memorial Day Week 2018 broadcasts.

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Bless the Farmer

My Writing Life Xposed

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Come on, Spring, and the art of farming!

Paul Harvey, the talented radio host, once said: “God looked down on his planned paradise and said, ‘I need a caretaker.’

“So God made a farmer.”

I’m a farmer’s daughter who still loves the land for all it can provide for the created human race!

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Words to Think On

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Consider the Power of Words:

Albert Einstein once observed:
“I know not with what weapons World World III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”

Comedian Robin Williams painted a darker picture yet, quoting a PENTAGON OFFICIAL who said to him: “…the people who would actually push the button probably have never seen a person die…the only hope (a strange thought in itself) is if they placed the button to launch the nuclear war behind a man’s heart. The President, then, with a rusty knife, would be required to cut out the man’s heart, kill(ing) the man, to get to the button.”

These dark thoughts shared may be an enlightening warning to the living!

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Time to Flag It

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Jadar Johnson, 22, rookie draftee of the New York Giants, has retired.

His reasons are two-fold, but No.1 is profound — he values his health, he said. He also has plans to pursue less reckless ventures, ones that will tend to not endanger his life, as does professional football, or any level of contact football of today’s variety.

Brain disease and damage is becoming more and more a culprit that is making footballers take a second look at their choices. Are the demanding physical risks of the sport worth the rewards?

Could players do better to get that college education and begin a different life at an earlier stage in their football careers, as Johnson has decided to do? Taking the rookie paycheck and retiring with one’s head mostly intact may become a welcomed trend.

Stats are beginning to appear that confirm 99% of football players are being brain-wrecked to some degree…

It’s time to raise the red flag and start all level, non-contact Flag Football Safety Leagues that will take over the crunching cruelty of the current National Football League. There already are some flag football leagues, for youngsters and for former NFL pros.

Let’s trend that!

See Also: Ryan Nagelhout’s article — “The American Flag Football League Had Its Day in San Jose, But Making It The Future Will Take Time”

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