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The
Willie Nelson
Act

REMEMBER OUR MILITARY

I had a wonderful birthday with a marvelous friend who indulged me like royalty... opening the car door for me, escorting me as a gentleman does a lady.

Although the predictions of inclement weather (freezing rain, sleet and snow) would have been off-putting for some, I was elated with his unabashed  enthusiasm to sally forth for lunch at Mather Lodge


photo courtesy of tripadvisor

A casual 90-minute drive from my abode along two-lane blacktop roads that dip and turn through the scenic wonders of rural Arkansas, with the wipers sweeping intermittent mist from the windshield as we cruised and chatted about times past, current events, and wonders yet to come. 


photo courtesy of Mather Lodge

One of which proved to be the dining room <smile>, which is extraordinary. Stately, spacious and accommodating; extensively remodeled just two years ago to showcase the character of its elegantly rustic hewn-log and stone original 1930s-era Adirondack-style architecture.

The centerpiece of Petit Jean State Park, the beauty of Mather Lodge and its mountaintop surroundings dazzled our senses. Built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Progress Administration, the modern resort-style accoutrements perch on the edge of a grandiose cliff, bestowing a view through the towering windows of a deep craggy gorge, massive rock faces, and evergreens in abundance.

Our lunch conversation turned to wondering what this vista might have looked like 10,000 years ago, when (in terms of geologic age) the Holocene topography of today was emerging from the Pleistocene ice-age.

Now well equipped for small group (50 people) meetings, private banquets and retreats, with 24 cozy get-away guest rooms and a newly-added swimming pool, luncheon service in the main dining room (which seats only 104) was excellent. The salad bar was fresh and tasty, and my Chicken Fried Steak, accompanied with house-specialty mashed potatoes, white cream gravy, green beans simmered with bacon and a perky half-pumpernickel-half-white yeast roll with real butter, was scrumptious.

We chatted about the origins of the term pumpernickel, each of us having a different understanding about how the name of this bread came to be. As it turns out, the version he told of the word's etymology was true <grin>. However, my erroneous version was funnier <lol>.

After some decadent dessert (fried cheesecake drizzled with dark chocolate) and commensurate with a growing awareness that the misty  precipitation -- which draped the landscape in magical pastel hues and rippling clouds -- was starting to freeze, we eased down the mountain amidst towering pines glistening with ice-frosted needles and sloshed along slushy roads to make it safely to our respective haciendas with amazing aplomb.

And although the calendar date was coincidental with my birthday, what made this a fabulously warm-fuzzy day was that this was not a 'special birthday luncheon'... but just something we sometimes do because we enjoy it.

Really, in terms of having a wonderful life, who could ask for anything more...???

For more about Mather Lodge, visit the Arkansas Encyclopedia of History and Culture and Rex Nelson's Southern Fried.

For more info on the geologic history of Arkansas, download this PDF from the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission.

Until next time, may all of your birthdays and every day in-between be joyous and filled with good cheer. (((hugs))) ~ christine@gozarks.com

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The Declaration of Independence as codified for enactment by our 'we the people' government in the Constitution of the U.S.A. created a geographic bastion of sanity exempt from the obtuse regulation of 'peaceful assembly' or 'pursuit of happiness'...

In accordance with the covenants, liberties and duties vested in 'we the people' by the founders of our nation in their signing of these great documents:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident," that we are each "endowed with certain  unalienable Rights" which no man, agency, legislated policy or judicial due process has the authority to interdict or revoke and which, in fact, it is the 'duty' of the 'majority' to safeguard, preserve, secure and defend on behalf of ALL the PEOPLE...

Aka: NOT just the ones we 'like'...

Being a 'true American...'  Taking a stand for Liberty & Justice... Fighting the good fight... Rising to the cause...

All of it, in terms of the standards that 'we the people' are to hold ourselves accountable to, boils down to this one point:

As the standard-bearers of  the 'justice for all' banner, it is our duty to 'defend' the rights of each individual to be whoever they choose to be, so long as their conduct is peaceful and does no harm.

And we have s profound duty to discriminate between what constitutes legitimate harm -and- and what we (personally) may find morally abhorrent because to secure the blessing of liberty for all, Lady Justice *must* be 'blind' to all such prejudicial belief, respectful of those 'imbued rights' of each individual to peacefully assemble with whosoever they wish and pursue any sort of conduct that leaves others free from harm and makes them happy.

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Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

The Willie Nelson Act will completely decriminalize cannabis in Arkansas, end the incarceration of those previously convicted of non-violent marijuana offenses, open the door for agricultural cultivation of hemp, create bunches of new jobs, regulate pot like aspirin or beer and get the drug-war monkey off of our taxpaying backs.

The Willie Nelson Act is YOUR grand opportunity to motivate legislative action. YOUR opportunity to help end the insane drug-war in Arkansas. YOUR opportunity to ensure that the Arkansas budget funds policies and programs that actually make things better for everyone as envisioned by Arkansas Act 1190 of 2013.

Be The Solution...

Take Action NOW....!!!!!

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Why was Marjorie arrested?


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DONATE TO THE MARJORIE LECLAIR LEGAL FUND.

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Think these things always: that it is our duty as thinking beings with the ever-present capacity to choose to abide the 'highest law of reality' -- doing unto others as we would have them do unto us -- with the unified  purpose of making things good for everyone, everywhere, all of the time.

(((hugs))) ~Christine

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Looking for a special gift for that 'impossible to please' someone? Consider my book <smile>,  MEET THE PRESS: Essentials of Effective Communication with Media.

MEET THE PRESS: Essentials of Effective Communication with Media

RE-THINKING REALITY... from the inside >>> out.

No matter what else life is or isn't about, the single connecting thread of all experience and action is 'thinking'.

Like the elephant in the middle of the room that nobody ever talks about, what we think (and what we think about what we think) is our point of power in guiding the ongoing dynamics of our own unique and individually independent experience of life.

This great gozarkian guide to 'how thinking works' gives you techniques and approaches to exponentialize your thinking with simple cognitive tools to optimize your own where-with-all.

Discover this innovative 'thinking technology'. Get more of the results you want and need, utilize resources most efficiently, compound beneficial outcomes, enhance OTJ performance and enjoy more quality time for leisure.

No gimmicks... no fees <smile>... just straight-forward scientific info, widely known and understood throughout the  behavior-sciences, lovingly shared (in plain language sans psycho-babble) to empower your clarity and amplify your happiness with your own quality of life.

Peace abounds when fighting ends...

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. ~Buckminster Fuller

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If you want more of what you've already got, do more of what you're already doing... ~anonymous

A gift for you... and you... and you...

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The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him... The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself... Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man. ~George Bernard Shaw

USO Operation Enduring Care

SUPPORT THE USO!!!!

February 2014: My son reports that the Navy has been keeping him and all of his crew-mates busy since the mid-November incident (see below), and that everything is going well. He did manage to get a few days leave and visited with his sisters in Florida, where they had a blast skydiving. What a hoot...!!!

November 2013: Yes, my sailor-lad is part of the crew on the ship that made international news mid-November when it was broadsided by a 'rogue drone'. Thankfully, he was not one of the injured crewmen... And my heart goes out to the young men who were injured and their families. Though I am told that everyone is now okay, to be brutally honest I'm not.

August 2013: Text messages (which are my Navy son's preferred means of communication) apprise that he is recovering from (minor, planned) surgery and is doing just fine. Yea...!!! Also that Navy life goes well and that the new truck he got is great. Things are ever changing yet always the same <smile>. He is happy... and that is what  really counts.

Mom's Day 2013: What a joy to hear his voice. Things have been busy, schedules intense, duties demanding... and he is doing just fine, on his way to the beach with buddies... "Will you go swimming?" I ask. "M0OOOM..." he wails in disbelief of my ignorance... "The water is only 50 degrees... it's waaaaay too cold for swimming....!!!"

March 2013: Another sweet-surprise visit from my sailor-son. Yummy... and bitter-sweet. Makes me miss him all the more.

January 2013: Yes, my sailor-man made it home to celebrate the New Year... and his visit (though common knowledge amongst his siblings) was a total surprise to me... Wow, did we have a good time. And now that he has returned to base, well... I started missing him before we left the airport.

December 2012: Long days and way too much to do, says my Navy son. Eat, sleep and work is the total routine. What keeps you so busy, I ask. Everything electrical, he says...

August 2012: Phone chats reveal that all is well with my Navy son, though the days are long, often exhausting, and life is sometimes 'boring'. In the main, he is enjoying what he is doing, actually now getting a sense of 'doing' moreso than 'learning how to do'...

He spoke with excitement and dignity about having resolved an issue with some type of amplified shipboard broadcast device. I could tell that he was proud of this accomplishment, which made me even more proud of him.

May 2012: A marksmanship test score of 228 to 240 = "Expert" status in the Navy.  My IC3 writes:

"I got a 231 with the 9mm."

January 2012: "I have an update for you, I was frocked today. The Commanding Officer and Command Master Chief of my ship pinned on my E-4 insignia so I am officially a 3rd class petty officer instead of ICFN. I am addressed as IC3 which is a lot easier to say every time I have to answer the phone (lol). I will send you a pic of what the insignia looks like. It is will be displayed on all of my uniforms after I have them all updated when we get back to land. Any way it's hard to believe how long Iíve been in, the time has really flown by."

He enlisted over 3 years ago on the delayed entry program, spent months in training to prepare for bootcamp from which he graduated late in October 2010 and is now stationed aboard the USS Chancellorsville with the homeport of San Diego, California.

Official Navy USSCV Website
USS Chancellorsville (CG 62)
Deployment Log
Cruiser Photo Archive

My son is one heck of a great kid and I love him with all of my heart, just like I love all my children, be they near or be they far...


The Ticonderoga Class Guided Missile Cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62)
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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off your bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore, Dream, Discover.
~Mark Twain~


~ celebrating professionalism in service ~


 

 

That you may be filled with strength and power, rooted and grounded in love that surpasses all knowledge: Be kind to one another; live with compassion, producing every kind of goodness; stand firm and hold your ground in truth, righteousness and peace; be courageous; embrace faith which is perfect trust in justice. ~Ephesians 3-6 (condensed)