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Thanks always, Jim

Because mourning only is not an option:

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August 8, 2015: Tour starts in Jacksonville, FL

There is a sleeping giant in America – a giant that has been hunkering down, keeping quiet, and trying not to make any waves. A sleeping giant just trying to ride out the storm bearing down on America, focused on family, their jobs, and ‘life’, while the national turmoil and chaos swirls and blows against them and those they love.

For years, a Beast has been poking the chest of our sleeping giant. Poke. Poke. Poke.

The Beast is a bully. Like all bullies, looking for a fight and growing in confidence each year while our giant sleeps. Our sleeping giant appears to have been silenced. No one appears to be willing to stand against the Beast’s destructive behavior. No one in power, not the media, not the national stage, not elected officials, not even the local school board or city council is communicating what our sleeping giant can trust and believe.

In sorrow and mourning:

O LORD, do not rebuke me [us] in Your anger
or discipline me [us] in Your wrath.
Be merciful to me [us], LORD, for I am [we are] faint;
O LORD, heal me [us], for my [our] bones are in agony.
My soul is [Our souls are] in anguish.
How long, O LORD, how long?

Turn, O LORD, and deliver me [us];
save me [US!!] because of Your unfailing love.
No one remembers You when he is dead.
Who praises You from the grave?(!)

I am [We are] worn out from groaning;
all night long I flood my bed [we flood our beds] with weeping
and drench my couch [our couches] with tears.
My [Our] eyes grow weak with sorrow;
they fail because of all my [our] foes.

Away from me [us], all you who do evil
for the LORD has heard my [our] weeping.
The LORD has heard my [our] cry for mercy;
the LORD accepts my [our] prayer.
All my [our] enemies will be ashamed and dismayed;
they will turn back in sudden disgrace.


Benghazi. I will always remember the travesty, both the immediate and the long term (more later).
Hillary on Benghazi

“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb

Datil peppers, nothing like them

this too will pass/Beethoven Symphony #7 allegretto and complete / conductor

roasted beets