Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Reflection On A Romantic Relationship

We were married in 1957-July 27. Always loved those numbers 7/27/57. Spent the first 9 months of our marriage living at 79-B Baker Village, Columbus, Georgia. My term in the Army at Fort Benning would end June 25, 1958. Our first child was due close to my discharge date. She went home to New York to give birth avoiding late term air travel. It would cost $25 if our first child came while I was still in the Army, $250 if it occurred after I was discharged. Back in the day the difference of $225 was a lot of money. We beat the odds as he was born 6/18/58.

I always liked our numbers 7/27/57, married. Our first living quarters 79-B, Baker Village. We had 7 wonderful kids, 6 boys and 1 girl. My wife lived up to 72 years. The number 7 always present in our lives one way or the other always meant good things for us, always brought good luck and God's blessings. 

She's been gone now over 8 1/2 years But we did make it to 50 years of married life before she departed.  That's quite a run, a run that had its glorious moments as well as some very bumpy ones . Once the bumps were smoothed over it made the union even more glorious.

I still miss her very much each day. The last 17 years of her life was impacted by Alzheimer's, a progressive disease that gets worse progressively.  The early part of our lives into middle ages we loved to be together. She wanted to be with me as much as I wanted to be with her. 

Her beauty only reflected her wonderful soul. When we touched there was always magic which led to the delights of intimacy. As Alzheimer's progressed this need to be together became different yet stronger. She needed me as her advocate, as her protector, as her lover from afar physically but 
much closer spiritually. The more she needed me the more I needed her. Our need was mutual. 

From the moment we confessed our love, back in the day so long ago, to the moment of her death the person we wanted, needed to be with was us, we two, always sharing our love. I believe once lovers prefer to be with someone else their love begins to fade. Doesn't mean you can't have friends but if you experience something wonderful the first thought should be I wish she/he were here to share this with me. If this wonderful experience would rather be shared without your lover then the love is fading and maybe it fades until it is no more.

I have no regrets. Our life was wonderful. Our love produced 7 children 10 grandchildren and one great-grand-child, so far. I miss her gentle touch, her beautiful smile and the love we shared.  Although she is gone physically I feel her spiritual presence always. Life is good! 


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Stardust (When Our Love Was New and Each kiss an inspiration)

If you ever were in love, a hot meaningful love that brought you to the heights of passion and desire and was brought down to the depths because what was once is no more for whatever the reason then you should listen to to "Stardust" written by Hoagy Carmichael and performed by great artists such as Frank Sinatra and Nat "King" Cole. It captures the ecstasy once felt and the loss that you have to live with the rest of your life. 

Take a vacation from all the noise that is going on in our political air and the senseless atrocities happening in our world and read the lyrics, let your mind drift back to a happier time and dwell in the romantic notion that love once tasted can never really die. Then uTube it and listen to great artists perform it. Let the poetic air of true romance lift you to heights of escapism while you ponder creativity and your own life. 

And now the purple dusk of twilight time
Steals across the meadows of my heart
High up in the sky the little stars climb
Always reminding me that we're apart

You wander down the lane and far away
Leaving me a song that will not die
Love is now the stardust of yesterday
The music of the years gone by

Sometimes I wonder why I spend
The lonely night dreaming of a song
The melody haunts my reverie
And I am once again with you
When our love was new
And each kiss an inspiration
But that was long ago
Now my consolation
Is in the stardust of a song

Beside a garden wall
When stars are bright
You are in my arms
The nightingale tells his fairy tale
A paradise where roses bloom
Though I dream in vain
In my heart it will remain
My stardust melody
The memory of love's refrain

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Hillary & Donald

Now that Labor Day 2016 has cone and gone the Presidential race should be in full gear even though it seems to me that it has been going on forever already.

The race has tightened after all the bumps both campaigns got after their conventions.

Generally speaking I am an Independent who usually votes Democratic rather than Republican although I have voted GOP on a few occasions and I believe one of our greatest Presidents is Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Lately though the right wing, used to be called the Tea Party,  Has turned me off because it has caused roadblocks to some real good programs such as infrastructure rebuilding and seems to want many social programs that penalize the poor heavily while benefiting those who have what seems like too many benefits.  They seem to be overly interested in discrediting Hillary Clinton over really trying to work out problems. There have been many committees set up investigating the same problems over and and over again all coming to the same conclusion that she may not be perfect but she is not guilty of criminal conduct.

Hillary has been accused over these last thirty years or so of possible murder, conspiracy to commit something and everything, taking Government positions such as Senator and Secretary of State just so she can enrich herself not caring for the people she represents, in fact she is robbing them. So far she hasn't been convicted of any of these charges which means she must be a genius in the crime business doing all or even some of these things while being in the public eye and avoiding capture.
So far the only crime I can see is millions of dollars being spent in the quest to jail Hillary that was wasted because she hasn't be found guilty because if she was she'd be sitting in jail right now. I do see a lifetime of service that has resulted in many good things for the minorities and the rest of the people she represents far too many to list here but you can Google her to find the details.

Donald Trump on the other hand has accomplished nothing as far as public service goes. He has come from wealth and accumulated greater wealth. Good for him. As a businessman he is a success but as a humanitarian he has not come very far. As a Politician he has set out very little policy but what he has set out is subject to change depending on the venue and to whom he maybe talking to.
Sometimes he sounds like a neo-fascist and sometimes he sounds like a panderer. Just recently he quoted scripture while he was at a Black church. The quote was all about love but when he went back to his rally he went back to deporting undocumented aliens and keeping Muslims banned from entering. His economic proposals seemed to favor the rich especially when he wants to drop the Estate (Death) Tax. With the exclusions that are already in the present tax plan dropping the Estate tax would benefit him and those like him but mean very little to the middle class. Google the tax code and see if I am not telling the truth and he isn't.

Hillary has the backing of her party and the powerhouses in it while Donald has very little backing in fact it seems that the GOP stars are trying to avoid him as he is having a downward effect on Congressional races.

Unless something very unusual happens I guess I will vote for Hillary or not vote at all because I could never vote for The Donald. The Libertarian line has no chance so no vote or a vote for them would have the same effect. A little over two months and we shall know what the result of this race will finally be. Good luck to us, the American people.