Consistent Uncertainties

Never underestimate your power to heal with a kind smile or hurt with a simple word.

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You’ll Never Stand Alone

As you listen to this beautiful song by Whitney Houston, please remember all the loved ones lost. Their names should remain in our hearts. While there is no turning back the pages of time; forgiveness for the actions and resolution to take action for a better world must be learned from this tragedy. The victims who meant so much to their family and friends must not have passed on in vain. The loss of innocence and fears of the survivors need to take solace in the fact that their nation and other countries are with them in solidarity and empathy. This must never happen again.

♥ Charlotte Bacon – 2/22/2006

♥ Daniel Barden – 9/25/2005

♥ Rachel Davino – 7/17/1983

♥ Olivia Engel – 7/18/2006

♥ Josephine Gay – 12/11/2005

♥ Ana M Marquez-Greene – 4/4/2006

♥ Dylan Hockley – 3/8/2006

♥ Dawn Hocksprung – 6/28/1965

♥ Madeleine F Hsu – 7/10/2006

♥ Catherine V Hubbard – 6/8/2006

♥ Chase Kowalski – 10/31/2005

♥ Jesse Lewis – 6/30/2006

♥ James Mattioli – 3/22/2006

♥ Grace McDonnell – 11/4/2005

♥ Anne Marie Murphy – 7/25/1960

♥ Emilie Parker – 5/12/2006

♥ Jack Pinto – 5/6/2006

♥ Noah Pozner – 11/20/2006

♥ Caroline Previdi – 9/7/2006

♥ Jessica Rekos – 5/10/2006

♥ Avielle Richman – 10/17/2006

♥ Lauren Russeau – 6/10/1982

♥ Mary Sherlach – 2/11/1956

♥ Victoria Soto – 11/04/1985

♥ Benjamin Wheeler – 9/12/2006

♥ Allison N Wyatt – 7/3/2006


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A Moment Of Silence

We Shall Keep the Faith

by Moina Michael, November 1918

Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet – to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died.

We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.

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In Tribute to the fallen U.S. Armed Forces

For those of you who’ve watched the “highway of heroes” video just posted this afternoon; I thank you. It’s always important to take time to appreciate those who’ve given so much for our many freedoms. In my “googling” I came across this image. I’m not sure where this took place or indeed if it’s a regular occurrence; however, I was struck by the thought and dumbstruck by the vastness of this dedication.

To the United States troops as well, we will remember your many sacrifices.

A touching sentiment for the many fallen U.S. armed forces personnel.


The Highway Of Heroes

Very moving tribute to our Canadian soldiers.

For visitors on this site who are not Canadian or weren’t aware, when our fallen come home to their final resting places across our great nation, they travel a stretch of the 401 Highway in Ontario referred to as “The Highway of Heroes”. People, in support of their fallen brothers and as a show of solidarity, stand on the overpasses and greet the soldier who has come home to rest.

In recognition of their sacrifice, please enjoy this video and reflect on their gift both to us and for people abroad.

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Legacy Of The Fallen

Tomorrow is Remembrance Day.

A day when we recall those who continue to fight for our freedom as well as those who have succumbed on the battlefield while fighting for our country and our liberty. They’re often faceless; names of those loved ones who we cherish but do not know. To give life’s greatest sacrifice for the greater good.

I’ve known a few who’ve made it their calling to serve our country; we’re both blessed and fortunate to have them still amongst us. But there is a family near by Continue reading

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Cast A Positive Light

Pretty flowers…but a pretty important message.

Sometimes I like to post something that’s a little more upbeat and positive. The subject matter is sometimes very heavy and dark on this blog. It’s important to let the light in from time to time and make sure that there is some equilibrium. The good with the bad. It keeps us sane and grounded; nobody wants to hear the bad all the time. It just drags you down and keeps you there. I prefer to reach for the sunlight from time to time like a flower in a garden. Corny, but true.

I’ve been a big fan of history tho’ it wasn’t a strong suit in school. I truly believe it’s important to always remember where we’ve been, what we’ve done, in order to know where we’re headed.

Whether it changes the path of humankind to know the events of the past, I’m not sure. Continue reading


A Lesson In Bravery

Nujood Ali aged 10, shown here with her lawyer, Shada Nasser

An avid reader, I tend to read a lot of true stories and biographies. Currently, I’ve picked up the book, I Am Nujodd; 10 and Divorced. It’s the story about a girl, aged 10 who was married and divorced in Yemen. Her age is an estimation due to the lack of registration of births in Yemen; there are some thoughts that she could have been as young as 9. Her mother having given birth to 16 children was, understandably, a little foggy on the exact dates and years for all of her children’s births.

As the story goes, Nujood is promised to an older man (three times her age), whom she refers to as the “monster”. Going back on  his vow to not touch her until she grew older; the youngster was subjected to repeated rapes and abuse. A horrible story, worse yet knowing that it’s a true story. This young heroine ran away to a courthouse one day and in a show of solidarity for her well-being, some of the Yemeni officials sheltered her. A lawyer was provided for her and her divorce was granted.

Unfortunately the only thing that is uncommon Continue reading