The Flower Child is ready. Enjoy Halloween 2007. Hope to see you this evening. Have a Great Day and Evening.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
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Wednesday, October 24, 2007
A Confederate Rose Bloom
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Sunday, October 21, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
- Back during the days of my involvement with the U. S. Navy, a wise old Chief informed me when I was a tender Seaman that no Sailor had any business getting married until he had achieved the rank of E-5. I adhered to that statement, and it was still a challenge to provide for my young family.
- Needs (basics) and Wants are two entirely different sets of objectives when we consider what it takes to have a satisfying life. Consider for a brief moment, that we here in the United States of America have achieved the higher standard of living for our citizens than any large country on the Planet.
- The headlined article stated that one in five Americans in working families can not afford basic needs. We need better wages and mandates for employers to provide more and better benefits. A great concept, indeed.
- But before we rush out to implement more programs to enhance the lot of our one in five, maybe we should also consider why this has happened.
- Have these needly citizens prepared themselves for the "High End" employment opportunities that abound in our Land? Did they take their Primary and Secondary Education opportunities seriously?
- Just recently I read that a mere 28 percent of our Nation's Youth in the prime target age for military service are considered mentally/morally/physically qualified to defend our way of life. That is indeed a sad situation.
- I know that in my own life, that my Military Service allowed me to achieve greatness. After all, there are not enough Farms in Iowa for all the Farmer's Sons.
For those who may be concerned about my last statement above, I have greatness because I am satisfied with my lot in life. I have needs and they are being met. I have wants, but I have also learned to live within my means. My mantra in life has always been "To enjoy life." I am happy in my own skin. It is true that I could be more wealthy, I could be more well known; but in the end, I am happy in my own skin. Yes, I stated this fact twice. But I think you can appreciate what I mean.
I certainly feel that we, as a society have let our future citizens, our current students down. We must develop future generations that appreciate what they have and they must also learn that they are indeed responsible for their own future. I state this, not to detract from the importance of "Faith" and "Religion," to to clearly say that one must dedicate some time in their youth to preparing themselves for the dynamic future that is available to anyone who even attempts to do well.
We can not always rely on our good, old "Uncle Sam," to enable us forever. Those who are currently working to support our way of Government and our duly elected Leaders must carefully consider the impact of what they are currently doing. Basics, Needs and Wants will always be with us all. We must all learn what is really necessary and we must all learn what we can to achieve our goals. Ask anyone involved in Middle School and High School Sports about working hard to achieve goals. They, to a person will quickly inform you that preparation is essential to achieving greatness.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
- June 19, 2007 - Tuesday. Editorial Page of "The Telegraph" where the Editorial Page Editor, Mr. Charles Richardson publishes a column entitled "Stupid is that Stupid does." The column relates to an upcoming vote by the City Council of Macon, Georgia concerning the proposed Convention Hotel. A proposal that had been the subject of many months of activity.
- June 20, 2007 - Wednesday. Page 1, Headline in "The Telegraph" proclaiming "Council OKs Hotel Plan." 9 voted yes and 6 voted no.
- July 18, 2007 - Wednesday. Page 1, Headline in "The Telegraph" proclaiming "It's Reichert in a Landslide" announcing the winner of the Democrat Primary in the Macon Mayoral Race. Political pundits expoused a theory that the Hotel Issue may have wounded some of the candidates for Mayor and even some in the City Council races.
- August 15, 2007 - Wednesday. Page 1, Headline in "The Telegraph" proclaiming "Paris routs incumbent in runoff." Candidate Paris voted no to the Macon Convention Hotel Plan. Again political pundits suspect her vote may have helped her win the Ward IV, Post 1 seat.
In the meantime we have all heard the rumors that the Mayor of Macon may seek to win the Democrat nomination for the District 8, U. S. Congress seat currently held by a former Mayor of Macon, Mr. Jim Marshall.
- October 9, 2007 - Tuesday. The Mayor of Macon announces during a FOX Files TV broadcast on Channel 24 that he will not sign off on the Bonds required to allow the "Proposed Macon Convention Hotel" to be constructed.
- October 10, 2007 - Wednesday. The Mayor of Macon announces during a morning "News Talk" Show on AM-940 WMAC that he will not sign off on the Bond Issue for the Macon Convention Hotel because of the interest rates and/or the financial market considerations that are applicable at this time.
An interesting chain of events as we all hear of the latest developments concerning the "Macon Convention Hotel." So today, the Flower Child's question is: Is the famous column that simply stated: "Stupid is that Stupid does," finally achieving the impact that it should have received way back on June 19th, 2007?
As shocking as this news is, it finally appears that reason may be the scheme of things as the Mayor of Macon evaluates his potential to unseat Democrat Congressman, Mr. Jim Marshall. After all it is well known that our Nation's Lawmakers have funded the erection of a Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska. Is it possible that Macon's Mayor is considering the impact of erecting a Hotel which is at the wrong site and may not even be used because no one can even see it?
Politics is strange and the actions of candidates may be even stranger. All of that stated to simply point out that the right site and the right reasons may yet prevail and Macon, Georgia will be the winner with a fine looking "Convention Hotel" at the right site.
So, in Summary, "Is it possible that correct thinking is the order of the day?" The Flower Child sincerely hopes so.
Continue to Have a Great Day!!!!
Sunday, October 07, 2007
The Judges Comments and Award Time!!!
Several recent Post by the Flower Child have focused on the bad things that we all hear about on a daily basis. Today's Post will feature some of the many good things that are happening in our Society which we very seldom read or hear about. This past weekend I attended the Georgia National Fair in Perry, Georgia and focused on the good things that our Youth are participating in. As a young Iowa Farm Boy I was involved in 4-H which had the following as a motto: "To Make The Best Better!!!!" Therefore I am always interested in seeing what our young 4-H members are currently doing. The series of three pictures that are included in this post clearly display a wonderful and also newsworthy event.
I recall my own 4-H project days and quickly remember that in order to show any animal, you had to work with that project animal for at least six months before show day, so that you could display your skills in showmanship and also show the animal to the best possible advantage. There is a lot of grooming, feeding, discipline and love that goes into preparing any animal for show. The pictures above only show the results. Being ready for show and displaying your project with pride, showing the animal to the judge, with a group of your peers from around the State as was the case in the event I attended at the Georgia National Fair, and finally standing with great pride in the award lineup as the Judge carefully explained why you and your project were chosen to win an award.
In order for this to be even possible, the 4-H Member must be dedicated to the project, work long hours in preparation and finally possibly receive an award for the project. I am impressed with the logo on the back of the young person showing the goat in the final picture. This Young Girl from Wilcox County certainly embodies the concept of "Making the Best Better!!!" She is standing with pride and also displaying her animal project for the whole world to see. There must have been at least 400 people in the stands at this livestock judging arena to watch the various classes of Goats being judged.
We can all be proud of the future citizens that 4-H Club work is producing. Of course I could not be complete with this post if I did not mention the Future Farmers of America (FFA). As a High School Student, I was also involved in the FFA which also involved agriculture related projects, just like 4-H. At the High School level we were required to keep accurate records on our projects, as well as compose a project Story, just like a 4-H Club Project.
Not only do these Youth learn about themselves, they also learn to respect others and develop a deep appreciation for the animal projects that they work with each year.
It is always refreshing to enter post such as the above, rather than always discussing Crime