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Renewal

May 8, 2018

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By Dahni
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Like the picture above, I sometimes feel like our country is torn apart like the tattered, torn and thread bare flag. Just when I feel like I am all alone and blowing in the wind, something incredible comes along that restores my hope for renewal!

I am 64 years old. This blog has been my research and my passion to share with others, what I have found and have come to love as, The United States of America. I cannot say these things were always the case for me. I did not understand American History and quite frankly, I found it boring and uninteresting when I was a young boy still in school. As a matter of fact, I was around 29 when this started to change for me. I had the opportunity to visit Colonial Williamsburg, VirginiaI purchased what was called the ‘The Patriots Pass’ which allowed me to see all I wanted to see over two days. It was really good for a year, but I learned more about the history of the United States in one weekend, than all my years in school. Another year, I visited Philadelphia, PA. Then another year, it was Valley Forge, PA. Then only about three or four years ago did I finally have the courage to see Gettysburg, PA. By then it was hallow ground to me. The hair literally stood up on my arm as I walked on some of the ground where people bled and died that our Union may still exist today. And speaking of today, I believe that anyone entering into politics as a first-time elected official, should be REQUIRED, to visit all four of these places I have just mentioned, before they ever take the oath of office! Perhaps if they understood what it took to get us here, they may take their job of serving US WE the People more seriously, respectfully and humbly?! I can still dream.

But it takes people time to grow up and I guess I am just pretty slow. Years later I became a trained investigative reporter. Those skills served me well when almost eight years ago at age 58, I did research for over a year and then wrote, ‘RESET An Un-Alien’s Guide to Resetting Our Republic.’ The research was not all that difficult because, it was mostly discovered from public sources. The difficulty was in finding reputable sources as I’m sure you understand cut-and-paste and fake news. But my book was never intended, for commercial success. I had no agent, publisher, no marketing, PR or advertising other than what I could produce on my own with limited resources and sphere of influence. Still, content is content no matter who it comes from. For me, it’s like seeing a piece of trash while taking a walk. I did not put it there, but if I see it, it becomes my responsibility to do something with it and that applies to knowledge gained as well.

Now as to growing up, the facts are that we do not really become fully brain developed adults if female, until around age 23 and us guys, are not as smart and mature slower than girls, around age 25, generally speaking. I’m sure there are exceptions to this, but mentally, emotionally and the ability to correctly judge, kids are still kids until they grow up, whatever their age, in as far as the physical brain growth and development are full. So this leads to a surprise and the reason for this post about ‘Renewal’ Enter a young man named Jewel Gilbert.

Jewel Gilbert

Jewel Gilbert, 23, is from Easton, Pennsylvania and a Junior at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. His freshman year in 2017, he participated in Constituting America’s ‘We the Future’ Contest and was chosen as the Best College Speech Writer for 2017, for his speech, ‘Are The Articles of the Constitution Working?’ Jewel has three passions: To serve God, play football, and perform with Sing For America. Sing for America, a charitable group founded by the Gilbert family in 2005.

“Constituting America has left an indelible mark on his life and he has credited it with providing great inspiration and growth. Besides being a full-time student and wide receiver for the ‘Mules football team Jewel is a founding director of Sing For America: The Art Of Truth And Light. SFA is a concert group, theater company, and art education provider.”

Excerpts from:
https://goo.gl/huoW5h

“It [the Constitution] is something that fires me up so I almost have trouble understanding how it wouldn’t do the same to others,”

Jewel Gilbert

“The core mission of Constituting America is to educate Americans about the Constitution and the rights and liberties it provides and protects for all of us.”

http://constitutingamerica.org/mission-impact/

With the exception of the Supreme Court justices being seated for life, which I do not believe is the correct interpretation of the Constitution, the founders intention nor does it square with founding documents which were specifically written to limit the power of government, this is an outstanding speech! I hope there are many more young men and women like Jewel or that WE will become more like the WE the People we are supposed to be! People like Jewel are our future. I believe men and women like Jewel are, Our RENEWAL!

Please now enjoy Jewel’s speech in his own words. A link to the text of his speech follows the video.

https://youtu.be/6q6SejSku_M

Text of Jewel Gilbert’s Essay

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Dahni

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A Beautiful Death

May 31, 2016
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By Dahni
© 2016, all rights reserved

Memorial Day has passed, but neither death nor honor knows any particular time. The living think on and dream of death, a beautiful death. A beautiful death? What is beautiful about death? I suppose it depends on the manner of one’s death? But according to the Bible, death is an enemy. The hardest words to utter in the original language of the Old Testament Bible are:

“Moses my servant is dead!”

God to Joshua, Joshua 1:2a, King James Version (KJV)

The shortest sentence in the Bible, appears in the New Testament. It was in response to Jesus Christ being told his friend Lazarus, had died.

“Jesus wept.”

John 11:35, King James Version (KJV)

“When King Lear dies in Act 5, do you know what Shakespeare has written? He’s written, “He dies. ” That’s all, nothing more. No fanfare, no metaphor, no brilliant final words. The culmination of [one of] the most influential work [s] of dramatic literature is: “He dies. ” It takes Shakespeare, a genius, to come up with, “He dies. ” And yet every time I read those two words, I find myself overwhelmed with dysphoria. And I know it’s only natural to be sad, but not because of the words “He dies,” but because of the life we saw prior to the words. I’ve lived all five of my acts, …and I am not asking you to be happy that I must go. I’m only asking that you turn the page, continue reading…and let the next story begin. And if anyone ever asks what became of me, you relate my life in all its wonder, and end it with a simple and modest, “He died. ” I love you… Your life is an occasion. Rise to it.”

Excerpts from the movie script: ‘Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium’

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In passing, to those that care, a beautiful death might be to ease the burden of their passing, to those they love and that they are amply provided for. To others, a beautiful death may be to be surrounded by their loved ones and to quietly close their eyes and take their final breath. A beautiful death, for others could be, to pass from this life to the next, without regret or fear. For myself, I would simply like to be alone with God, turn my face to the wall, peacefully pass away and to wake at, the return of Jesus Christ.

There is no greater example of love, commitment and dedication than a soldier who has died for Freedom or to wounds from defending Freedom, for they gave and will freely give their lives to something far greater, than their own lives!

“Greater love hath no man [or woman] than this, that a man [or woman] lay down his life for his [or their] friends [and family and all others of our nation].”

John 15:13,King James Version (KJV)

To a soldier, a beautiful death may best be described by the words of a presently living veteran.

“…we honor those who gave it all to their country and then some. It amazes me often how men and women find the courage to put on the uniform and wear their patriotism freely and honorably. It also reminds me of what Nathan Hale said one time, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” The heroes of this country deserve a day to be celebrated and reflected upon, but not mourned. I conclude this post with a great quote from General George S. Patton, “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men [and women] who died. Rather we should thank God that such men [and women] lived.””

excerpt from the words of a living Army veteran: Chuck Mcmillen

A beautiful death to a soldier is knowing that they and their loved ones would be honored by a military funeral, the draping of their beloved flag over their coffin, an honor guard, a 21 gun salute,the playing of TAPS one last time, the folding of their flag and the presentation of this flag to their chosen loved one.

A United States flag drapes the casket of deceased veterans to honor the memory of their service to America. The flag is placed so that the blue field with stars is at the head and over the left shoulder of the deceased.

After Taps has been played, the flag is carefully folded into the symbolic tri-cornered shape. A properly proportioned flag will fold 13 times on the triangles. Some believe these represents the 13 original colonies, but each fold has a specific meaning. For the meaning of each fold, see: Folds of the Flag

The folded flag is emblematic of the tri-cornered hat worn by the Patriots of the American Revolution. When folded, no red or white stripe is to be evident, leaving only the blue field with stars. When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, “In God we Trust.”

The folded flag is then presented as a keepsake to the next of kin or an appropriate family member. Each branch of the Armed Forces uses its own wording for the presentation …

U.S. Air Force: “On behalf of the President of the United States, the Department of the Air Force, and a grateful nation, we offer this flag for the faithful and dedicated service of (Service Member’s rank and name).”

U.S. Army: “This flag is presented on behalf of a grateful nation and the United States Army as a token of appreciation for your loved one’s honorable and faithful service.”

U.S. Coast Guard: “On behalf of the President of the United States, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s service to Country and the Coast Guard.”

U.S. Marine Corps: “On behalf of the President of the United States, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s service to Country and Corps.”

U.S. Navy: “On behalf of the President of the United States and the Chief of Naval Operations, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s service to this Country and a grateful Navy.”

If the next of kin has expressed a religious preference or belief, add: “God bless you and this family, and God bless the United States of America.”

The significance of the 21 gun salute is that the numbers are the summation of 1776.

Anyone may request, on behalf of their deceased soldier, a flag flown over our Nation’s Capitol, from either their district’s U.S. Representative or U.S. Senator of the state wherein they reside. An interment flag (a flag used to drape a coffin) is 5’ X 9 1/2‘. Flags are not flown on the following holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. You can select a fly date for the flag to be flown, but cannot submit it more than two weeks in advance. The Flag Office will only process Same Day Rush requests for funerals. Personalized dedications are permitted, but limited to 300 characters.

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Sample Certificate of the Flag Flight Over the U.S. Capitol

Beautiful display cases can be ordered to preserve, protect and display both the flag and certificate. Some custom work can provide actual uniform fabric as a background, such as.: Navy Blue, Army Green, Air Force Blue, Marine Corps Blue, Marine Corps Green, Coast Guard Blue.

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A display case for the folded flag and a certificate that is was flown over the U.S. Capitol

For More information see the following:

Architect of the Capitol Flag Request Form (Fillable PDF)
Flag Flying Guidelines — Updated October 1, 2015

A Beautiful Death


Honor and Dignity for our fallen Warriors

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TAPS

April 9, 2016
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By Dahni

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TAPS

The True Origins of the beloved TAPS began in 1862. It was used by the armies of the North and adopted by those of the South, during the American Conflict of the States. Since that time and over time, it has been used by all branches of the military and familiar to everyone that has ever served or serves in the present now. It’s simple 24 note tones are recognized the world over as the song of the United States military and a wholly USA original. When it is played the world over, almost everyone the world over, know where it’s from.

It was a simple call to “lights out” that the “day was” done, to “go to sleep” and rest. It was and remains a peaceful and joyful sound. And even though it is played exactly the same at a funeral and takes on a more somber feeling, its message is still the same, “work is done with the setting sun and to sleep, whether temporal or yet lingering until, all are called home! Its message remains. The work of a soldier is always freedom and freedom is— NOT YET done.

On November 22nd, 1963, it was played for the fallen Commander and Chief, President John F. Kennedy. It was a cold day and cold can effect the buglers instrument. This buglar had to play when over 20 million people would hear. Whether the cold or nervousness or both played a part, the bugle ‘cracked’ a note. Now in folklore, that moment when the nation felt the sting it was as if freedom had been cracked. But like the Liberty Bell was cracked, freedom still rings, the bugler still plays, the bugle call out, rest now, your work is done for now, the day is done, gone the sun, but freedom is NOT YET done!!

TAPS (the lyrics)

The lyrics of TAPS can NOT be attributed to anyone with any authority. So, the original author remains, “unknown.” There are many versions and lines used for many purposes. What are the most common and most often used to accompany the bugler’s call are:

Day is done, gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky
All is well, safely rest
God is nigh.

Fading light dims the sight
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright
From afar, drawing near
Falls the night.

Thanks and praise for our days
Neath the sun, ‘neath the stars’, ‘neath the sky’
As we go, this we know
God is nigh.

Take your rest all you soldiers now and past. Take your rest in peace and for joy, for now the day is done, gone with the sun, your day is done and daily work is done, but your work of freedom is, NOT yet done!

Why Vote

September 26, 2015

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by Dahni
© 2015, all rights reserved

Why vote? In one word—FREEDOM!

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Yes, that is the simple answer, but WE have a tendency of complicating things and may completely miss the simple. Perhaps the word “freedom,” needs some explaining?

If you have ever met, know someone or may one day meet someone, for which the following applies, then maybe this will help persuade them? If the shoe fits, then maybe the following will help persuade you?

I have heard and know people who didn’t vote or have never voted. There have been a few times that I did not vote, so the following is, for me as well.

Because of freedom, each of us are free to vote and we each have the freedom not to. But before continuing, I would just like to point out some very important facts about freedom.

We are NOT the first republic, but we are the oldest still in existence. Search the history of US and you will discover that what made our meteoric rise possible, as both an economic and a military world power is due to, FREEDOM. It is very simple. Where there is the freedom to think and dream and produce the things we have and have produced, for the world is because, WE the people are free! Therefore, WE have the incentive to produce, innovate and develop technologies, products and services and even produce food, like no other nation on earth! This freedom is NOT free. Men and women have paid for it and are still paying for it, to keep us FREE! If there were no other reasons than for them, each of us should vote! Freedom is NOT FREE. Someone(s) has to pay to protect it and WE should pay by voting to keep it!

I have selected the following videos, for all of us.

Dom Roso, a former U.S. Navy Seal, begins with a very somber wake-up call. Look beyond the sponsor of this video (the NRA – National Rife Association) and focus instead on, the message by someone who knows what he is talking about. He lived it on the front lines!

“Do We Deserve the WWII Generations Sacrifice?”

The next video is also, very sobering. As you watch it, think too of all the wars our soldiers fought before those on the video. Think on the Civil War and all others before it and then where our Country began, during the Revolutionary War, around 1776. FREEDOM has been fought for and paid for, for as long as the heart has cried for FREEDOM!

As many whine about how hard it is to sing or remember the words of our National anthem, listen to this five-year old little girl and behold her enthusiasm singing, The Star Spangled Banner.

As many may now grow up without ever learning and saying the Pledge of Allegiance because, it is thought to be ‘separation of church and state,’ due to just two words, “under God,” think about this next video from 1969.

Red Skelton, 1969 CBS television

To learn and sing our National Anthem, to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and to vote, seems pretty simple and the least WE can do, for those that pledge with their lives, to keep US FREE. What can they fight to protect, if we will not fight to keep our nation FREE?

And for them, what more can we do? If you see a soldier, thank them, help them, drive them to a polling place and ask them about why you should vote! Feed them and support them, where ever they are!

Our big holidays are coming up. Many of our soldiers will be far from home while we be in comfort, during the holidays. Would you like to bring a taste of home to some of those serving, far away from home? Check out and donate to the GI Bar-b-que. see:

http://gibbq.com/about-us/

And finally, we’re almost done here. The Day is Done. Our last videos are familiar to every soldier and to many that have ever heard its powerful and meaningful sounds. As this plays, read the lyrics!

Taps

These many soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetery and all over the world, were often given a recorded version of their beloved TAPS. These 33 buglers believed, every soldier deserves a ‘LIVE’ playing TAPS over their brow as they rest, having given the ultimate sacrifice for you and I. FREEDOM is NOT FREE! Every soldier believes freedom is worth dying for. Can we not honor them and believe and vote that freedom is, worth living for?

33 Buglers honoring our vets playing LIVE Taps

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#Portrait of an American

March 15, 2015

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From time to time, we all have searched, for pictures to see what something or someone looks like. It is said:

 

“A Picture is worth a 1,000 words”

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a picture of a 1,000 words

 

“The expression “Use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words.” appears in a 1911 newspaper article, quoting newspaper editor, Arthur Brisbane, discussing journalism and publicity.”

“In a 1913 newspaper advertisement, a similar phrase, “One Look Is Worth A Thousand Words”, appears, for the Piqua Auto Supply House of Piqua, Ohio.”

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“An early use of the exact phrase appears in an 1918 newspaper advertisement, for the San Antonio Light, which says:”

 

“One of the Nation’s Greatest Editors Says:

One Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
The San Antonio Light’s Pictorial Magazine of the War
Exemplifies the truth of the above statement—judging from the warm reception it has received at the hands of the Sunday Light readers.”

Source for the above quotes and image is, Wikipedia. The key words: ‘A Picture is worth a 1,000 words’

 

OK, I think we have the picture now. 🙂

But what does a – ‘Portrait of an American’ look like?

I ‘Googled,’ ‘Yahoo-ed’ and ‘Bing-ed,’ with these words – ‘Portrait of an American’ and chose ‘images.’ I invite you to do the same, right now and return to this post and continue reading to follow. I’ll wait. 🙂

If you did perform a search, from the three main search engines that most people use, there were some surprises, at least for me. The first bunch of images from Google was, the same album cover, for Marilyn Manson. That’s NOT quite, what I was expecting to find. 🙂

Yahoo and Bing, both returned similar results and were each a little different than Google, but still, NOT what I was looking for.

Well, what does an American look like?

We know that the word “American” can mean the Americas and include any place or anyone in North America, Mexico, Central America and South America. But we here in the USA, think of the word “American” as US, WE the People of, the United States. We are like the independence-glue, for not just the Americas, but the entire world!

We know that the one thing that has made us prosperous and has enabled our independent greatness is, our unalienable rights are written into the government of, by, and for the people. We know that everyone in the world has these same rights, but in the United States, they are written!

We know that our legal system does NOT recognize, The Declaration of Independence or the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States, in ANY court of law. But the Preamble to the Constitution is, the independence-glue, for all our rights, fought for in the American Revolution (Declaration of Independence) and all our rights and freedoms in, The Bill of Rights and The Constitution of the United States of America.

We know that this country is made up of, many people, from many races, skin color, cultures and beliefs, skills, abilities, talents and potential.

We know that this country started with the basic principles found in, our Declaration of Independence in 1776. We know that “ALL are created equal,” and that “we are endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

We know that we won this beautiful and precious independence by the pledging of our fore-family’s Lives, Fortunes and Sacred Honor.

We know, we formed a government and powered it to preserve and protect our individual rights and freedoms.

We know that this nation and all that we have, individually and collectively was, and still is, based on unity, unity of purpose. And we know our great motto from Latin is:

 

‘E pluribus unum,’

“one out of many.”

 

We have seen and heard of and many believe in, a very different ‘Portrait of an American.’ Many believe that our government must provide every individual with their every need met and almost every conceivable or imaginable happiness. There are many in government that believe it is their right and responsibility, to provide these for all. Our elected servants have come out from among US, WE the People. If this is what our servants believe, what do we believe? WE are ALL in need of, a greater understanding of the true – ‘Portrait of an American!’

The Declaration of Independence listed three of our unalienable rights and one is, the right to, “the Pursuit of Happiness.” In our Bill of Rights, part of Our Constitution, two rights are listed, just like The Declaration of Independence – “Life” and “Liberty.” But one word in the Bill of Rights replaces “the Pursuit of Happiness.” It is the single or individual word, “property.” Property is, the result of, the pursuit of happiness! Property is, the result of having Life and the Liberty, to pursue happiness. This happiness or property is, based on one’s own individual efforts, talents, skills and abilities. But these would NOT be possible, without Life and Liberty!

So, if we each are responsible to pursue our own happiness and to acquire our own property, what then is, a ‘Portrait of an American?’ What does just one of, We the People look like?

To return to a picture being worth a 1,000 words, I will share the following video, to answer and show this picture.

Most television programs are filmed in a ratio of about 30 frames, for one second of video. If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, the following 3:58 (three minutes and fifty eight seconds) edited video clip would be about:

3:58 = 238 seconds X 30 frames per second = 7,140 frames or single pictures.

7,140 pictures X each picture being worth a 1,000 words = 7,140,000 words.

If a book had about 400 pages, which is approximately 100,000 words, 7,140,000 words would be about 71, four hundred page books.

The following short video, speaks volumes to me! It contains thousands of images and are equal to millions of words to me! It is a gorgeous, “Portrait of an American!’

 

Lisa Nichols – ‘Portrait of an American’

 

In the video above, there are two things that Lisa Nichols did NOT do, in telling her story:

  1. She did not blame anyone, that she was “broke and broken”
  2. She did not expect the government or anyone to provide, for her needs or her happiness

There are four things that has made her success Possible:

  1. She had Life, because it is a right in this country
  2. She had the right of Liberty, in this country
  3. She had the right to Pursue Happiness
  4. She pursued happiness until, she acquired the “Property” of all that makes her happy

 

I found it very interesting that she had two teachers growing up that perhaps with good intentions, tried to keep her from getting hurt. Believing Lisa had little or no ability, maybe they only wanted to protect her from trying to rise beyond her ability, only to fall so low? But her English teacher told her she was the “weakest writer she had ever met in her entire life.” Her speech teacher told her, “I recommend you never speak in public…” Lisa did not blame education. In the full length video (link provided below), she explains that she attended the same conference. “42 times” because, she did not understand what they were talking about. But she kept attending until, she did understand and then she raised the money, to start her own business. Lisa Nichols, has since her “broke and broken” days, gone on to write, several best selling books and she is one of the most sought-after, motivational speakers, in the United States today. And she is a true –

 

#Portrait of an American

 

 

The above video is an almost a 4 minute edited clip from, the original. It you would like to watch the full segment (about 15 minutes) see:

Link to full segment –

https://youtu.be/aWc75TDhVOY

If you would like to know more about Lisa Nichols, her bio appears on her website –

motivatingthemasses.com

Link to her bio –

http://motivatingthemasses.com/aboutus/lisa_nichols_bio.asp#bio

 

 

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