Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day, Wishes, Writers and More

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        What we now celebrate as Memorial Day, was originally called Decoration Day. This day is in honor and remembrance of those who lost their life in service for the United States of America. Many towns have claimed to be the birthplace of Memorial Day over the years but President Lyndon B. Johnson, declared Waterloo, NY the official birthplace in May of 1966
     Memorial Day reached official proclamation on May 5th, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. 
    General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, on the the first Decoration Day. On this day, 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.
Please take a moment to pause, reflect and celebrate these heroes.
In My World
I always enjoy sharing a story or two with you about my adventures but this time I am going to leave it up to your own imagination and interpretation. I have learned (rather slowly, I may add) that there are many items that you should not leave in the same area when you are visually impaired.
List one: Eye drops and breath drops
List two: Air Freshener, Lysol and Hair spray
List 4: Comet, Bartender's Friend and No Salt Salt Substitute.
List 5: Cinnamon, Cayenne  and Crushed Pepper
I don't think I need to say anything else :)
Other Happenings
As many of you already know, I lost my dear friend Barbara Wilcox last month. She is deeply missed by family and friends but her spirit is spotted around so many corners.
I am excited to continue testing so many wonderful visual aids to enhance the lives of those affected by vision loss. I look forward to sharing some of the reviews with you in the near future. 
I know that we can all find ourselves struggling through life sometimes but I always find some peace and a gentle reprieve when I take a few moments each day to just reflect on life's blessings. Take a look out the window and breathe nature in. Isn't it a miracle? One of God's greatest!
Take a moment or two to share your blessings with others that may be struggling. It costs nothing to offer a word of encouragement or to send a smile. Drop by and visit a friend, visit someone in a nursing home or share a cup of coffee with a stranger. Your life will be far more blessed than theirs.
I leave you with the Writer's Corner...until next time.
The Writer's Corner
Featuring Ruth Poteet, pseudonym -Reason

I am a retired teacher with a love of poetry. I have three grandchildren who are the loves of my life..13 years, 9 years, and 14 months old. Such a joy to see the interaction between the three which ranges from jealousy to love to competition. My belief and faith in God through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus, is the focal point of my life. I have been writing poetry since 1963 but mostly since I retired in 2001.

I am sure you will enjoy Ruth's work as much as I do.

Spider's Purse

Admire her casting, lines of silky floss;
survey as artist drafts her masterpiece.
Enclosing space invisibly across,
then single-handedly, she will increase
the center parts to form unseen valise.
A purse of unsuspected, vicious taint -
its straps in hand, she naps - a wily feint.
Artistic beauty flows which soon will ebb
when tender insects clutter her restraint.
Artiste awakes to wealth within her web.