Liberty: the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views.
On July 2, 1776, the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence. For the next two days congress focused on the writing of the Declaration of Independence. On July 4, 1776 it was approved and there have been celebrations ever since.
On this day I would like to share with you some of my favorite quotes that pertain to this day. It is a day that should never be taken too lightly. Just like life it can be gone in a blink of an eye. Protect your rights.
“I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: as government expands, liberty contracts.” – Ronald Reagan
I really feel in today’s society people have a tough time wrapping their minds around the meaning of what our former POTUS was saying.
“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” – Benjamin Franklin
This my friends is why it is so important to protect the “freedom of speech”. Benjamin Franklin had enough insight to understand this.
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin
A perfect example of this, in my opinion anyway, is the TSA. Our government has made it a nightmare to travel by air.
“When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty.” John Basil Barnhill
Pretty much self explanatory.
“Those who nourish the hope that it will be possible to keep central +government free of the corrupting tendencies of power and to staff it with a freedom loving elite, overestimate the virtues of both the electorate and the elected, and underestimate the normative power of structural processes even over well-intended functionaries.” – Robert Neff
All too obvious in our political system.
Happy Fourth of July to everyone out there. I didn’t mean to put such a downer on today’s holiday. As you celebrate today remind yourself it is about much more than fireworks. We lose more of our freedoms every year. It is time to stop the bleeding. I leave you with some lyrics from Janis Joplin, Me and Bobby McGee. “Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose. Nothin’ don’t mean nothin’ hon’ if it ain’t free…..”
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I want to share with you this blog by Savvy Raj. Short but filled with wisdom.
Finally on June 23, I was finally able to feed my addiction, I spent the night on Big River near Leadwood, Mo. They were calling for rain both days however I only got sprinkled on a couple of times. To top things off the night sky was sporting an almost full moon.
My adventure started around 5 p.m. Saturday afternoon. I put the yak in the water and headed up river. I fished as I went along, looking for places to set my limb lines and a place to set up camp. I had opted not to take a tent and was looking for a place sheltered from the west in case a storm blew up. I finally found a perfect gravel bar that had a 10 foot bank sheltering me from the west winds so I continued up river so that I could let the current bring me back down the river. That would make it easier to fish that stretch of the river.
As I fished my way back to the camp site it started out a little disheartening. Fish didn’t seem interested in anything I had to offer. Then I caught a rock bass and even though it wasn’t very big it was a start. I ended up catching several panfish and 8 smallmouth bass under 8 inches. Then I hooked something of size and the fight was on. When using an ultralight with 4 pound test line you can’t rush things. I had no idea what it was then it came straight up out of the water and did a tail walk. It was a largemouth bass. We went back and forth for around 10 minutes and then it did its fifth tail walk, gave me a big grin and spit the lure out of his mouth and I am pretty sure he was laughing at me as he hit the water and disappeared. Damn the luck.
I made it back to the camp site, unloaded the yak and got a fire going. Now f you have never started a fire with wet wood you probably have no idea how frustrating that can be. With no fish, Vienna Sausages were on the menu. I had 7 limb lines out so I rigged up a line to fish tight line from the bank, baited with nightcrawlers. I ran my lines at 11 p.m. and all the bait was gone and no fish.
I ran the lines again and still no fish so I went back to camp. Around 15 minutes after I got in camp I heard a growl come from up on the bank. Now there are many different kinds of growls. There is the I don’t like you growl, stay away growl and the I am going to scare this old man. This growl wasn’t any of those. It was more a kick arse and take names kind of growl. I slipped over and got my 45 out of the water tight box and stood real still. After around 5 minutes, but it seemed like 5 hours, it moved on. I let out a sigh of relief and went back to fishing.
Around 3 a.m. I heard something making a racket in the direction of one of my limb lines so I shove off and head in that direction. I shine the limb that my line is tied too and the limb is shaking up and down and going in all directions. I ease up and grab the line and start pulling it in and on the either is a huge snapping turtle. It decides it wants to come aboard my yak and the fight is on. Only problem was I didn’t have room for a 30 pound snapper. I finally got him loose and headed back to camp.
As the darkness started retreating and the light started to flood the morning sky I heated up some water to pour into my MRE and made some coffee. Around 5:30 a.m. I began breaking camp and loaded the yak and headed back up the river for some fishing action. At 9:30 I heard the awfullest racket coming from downstream around a bend in the river. Finally I see several cows making their way up the river crossing the river and heading up the hill on the other side.
That was pretty much my weekend in a nutshell and what an enjoyable night it was. I needed to recharge my spirit and the adventure in nature was what I needed. I can’t wait to see what the next river adventure brings.
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“The practical importance of the preservation of our forests is augmented by their relations to climate, soil and streams.” – John Muir
My blog today is about a man who every outdoorsman, or one who loves frequenting the National Parks, should know. He was a naturalist, environmental philosopher, glaciologist and activist for the preservation of wilderness. His name was John Muir.
John Muir was born in Dunbar, Scotland, on April 21, 1838 and died December 24, 1914. He was also known as “John of the mountains” and “Father of the National Parks”. He also founded the Sierra Club. He was well known for his writing. He published two articles about Wilderness Preservation in The Century Magazine that influenced the US Congress to establish Yosemite National Park in 1890.
“Only by going alone into silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter.” – John Muir
The Muir family left Scotland in 1849 headed for America. They started a farm near Portage, Wisconsin. The farm was known as Fountain Lake Farm and it has been designated a National Historic Landmark. He enrolled in University of Wisconsin – Madison at the age of 22 and in 1864 moved to Canada until 1866. Indianapolis was his new home and he went to work in a wagon wheel factory.
In September of 1867 Muir began a 1,000 mile walk that started in Kentucky and ended in Florida. You can read about his journey in his book A Thousand – Mile Walk to the Gulf.
“Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form into another.” – John Muir
John was very active his whole life trying to save the wilderness and was at home in nature. Some controversy followed him concerning some of his activism, but his love for the outdoors prevailed.
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“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir
“Sometimes we make the process more complicated than we need to. We will never make a journey of a thousand miles by fretting about how long it will take or how hard it will be. We make the journey by taking each day step by step and then repeating it again and again until we reach our destination.” – David B Wirthlin
In the picture above the river represents your life and the dam represents control. Who/what controls your life.
Old cowboy saying, “A woman finds her a man she wants and says I can change him. A cowboy finds a woman he wants and says I hope she never changes.”
So many things can control your life and you may not even know. Drugs, alcohol, gambling, and sex can all become a control issue. Most of the time they are pretty obvious to your friends and family and garner a lot of attention sometimes resulting in one getting help.
There is one form of control that literally breaks my heart. Low self esteem. It can make you a prisoner in your own world. Some people don’t even realize they have it. If you were bullied in school, had abusive parents, always ridiculed and never complimented or parents that never interacted or did things with you, then you probably battle with low self esteem. Good news is that if you are, you don’t have to. With the help of some family members, friends and YOU, YOU can heal yourself.
“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you are one that suffers from low self esteem, to beat it you have to restore your self confidence. You have to quit listening to others and believe in yourself. You are somebody. You are beautiful. You are a good person.
It’s not gong to be an easy row to hoe. You are going to have to be strong and unwavering. Create yourself a negative free environment and begin a healing process. Surround yourself with positive friends and family and seek out a good counselor. All these people will be good for you. Again I stress you have to believe in yourself and take control of your life.
For those of you that have an addiction, you will have to use a little different approach but you can get control of your life back. Surround yourself with positive people and again, find yourself a good counselor. Set realistic goals and don’t lose sight of them and don’t ever give up.
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Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.” – Franklin D Roosevelt
Memorial Day is upon us. I know some of you out there aren’t going to believe this but there is a real purpose and reason for Memorial Day other than going out and seeing how hard you can party for three days. It is a holiday with true meaning and really shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Memorial day was first observed on May 30, 1868 and in 1971 by an act of Congress it was declared a national holiday. The day of observance was also changed from May 30 to the last Monday in May. It is also referred to as “Decoration Day”. The practice of decorating soldiers graves has been a custom for some time even before the Civil War.
In 1868 Memorial Day ceremonies began at Gettysburg National Park but wasn’t known nationally until 1913. That year veterans of the United States Army and Confederate Army converged on Gettysburg to commemorate the most famous and bloodiest battle of the Civil War.
There will be a special ceremony at this Revolutionary Soldier’s grave tomorrow but I am sorry I don’t know the time.
“For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.” – James A. Garfield
As I sit here writing my mind is taken back many years ago when I was a child and we would go camping upon the banks of the St. Francois River at a place we dubbed “sandy banks” located just below the Lake Wappapello dam. There are a lot of great memories on those banks. It has been at least 45 years since I have been there but it just seems just like yesterday.
War brings so many casualties and adds to the populations of the cemeteries. This is the day that was designated by Congress to remember those that lost their lives while serving in the military. To all you party revelers out there, you have had two days to play and party hard. I ask that you take one minute of your time today and have a moment of silence for those brave men and women who paid the ultimate price with their lives.
I mow three cemeteries and know for a fact that a lot of graves never receive flowers or visitors. I would like to see a movement in this country where folks adopt one of those soldiers graves and decorate it with flowers. You don’t have to know them to place flowers on their graves.
Many areas of the country also decorate the graves of their family members regardless of them not being a vet.
In closing I want to wish everyone a safe holiday and if you are traveling be careful. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. I hope you enjoyed it.
=-“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.” –
Ralph Waldo Emerson
My story begins in a small second grade classroom located in the High Ridge Elementary school in the year 1961. That is when David Tripp and I became friends. I begin writing about our friendship on the eve our next adventure. I hope you find it entertaining.
As I have stated in the beginning David and I met in second grade. We went on to become graduates of Northwest High School in House Springs, MO. We went our separate ways and were actually reunited through social media. In 2010 our ole buddy Tommy Parton planned a fishing day and we saw each other face to face for the first time in over 35 years. After that reunion David and I started getting together once a year to do some fishing and reminiscing. The subject of this blog is our 2018 trip.
David is quite an accomplished artist and is quite busy with art shows so it is hard for him to get free. We finally got it pinned down for this year and we decided on Silver Mines. I did a blog on Silver Mines in the fall 0f 2017. I used to visit the area when I was a teenager.
We arrived around 11:30 am and began setting up camp. The weather forecast called for rain and wouldn’t you know it, they actually got it right. Now I am here to tell you when two 64 year old men go tent camping there can be some humorous moments.
The first one was getting our lean, athletic (yeah right LOL) into those tents. Now let me tell you that is no easy feat. The best way I found was to just drop to the ground like you are on fire then do the worm through the tent entrance. Ahh, I am safely with in the cocoon. Oh crap! At sometime I have to leave the cocoon. When the time came I once again did the worm through the entrance and there I lay on my belly. A grown man who looks like he has fallen and can’t get up. I finally muster enough energy and coordination to get up and it sounded like somebody poured milk over a bowl of Rice Krispies, snap, crackle, pop.
Now I have to tell on my friend David. The ground was causing David some problems. so to help him sleep we went to town and he bought him an air mattress. Now David’s tent wasn’t 2,000 square feet. So David sets about placing this spacious mattress within the confines of his tent. I now know what it looks like when someone tries to put a size 38 waist into a pair of 34 jeans. However I do now know it can be done!
Well the weather more than PPed on our parade. It poured. I lost track but I think we survived four typhoons and a hurricane. Both our tents were one man tents. David had a Magellan and I had a Bushnell. I can say they both were fantastic through the storms. Only tense moment with my tent happened at 3:05 am. My bladder woke me from a deep sleep and when I tried to get out, the zipper was stuck. When you are 64 years old you just don’t have the holding power and knowing this I began to panic. Finally I was able to get it unstuck and I found I could get out of the tent easier than I thought I could.
“Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.” – Epicurus
Friendship is the greatest gift someone can give you. Don’t take it for granted.
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(All pictures were taken by me and are the property of Double D Acres LLC and can not be used without my permission.)
Vacation time is upon us. Do you like small towns? If you do, don’t look any further than Bonne Terre, MO located in St. Francois County about 60 miles south of St. Louis, MO.. Population is a little over seven thousand and it is located in the lead belt of Missouri. The French settled here in 1720 after the discovery of iron ore. It was platted as a town in 1880.
National Geographic calls Bonne Terre Mine “One of America’s Top 10 Greatest adventures. Take a walking tour of the old mine and take a boat ride on the Billion Gallon underground lake. They also have scuba diving classes. You can find out more at http://www.bonneterremine.com.
There are many near by attractions one can also enjoy. If you are a fisherman you are in luck. Big river is near by and Bismark Lake. Bonne Terre has its own city lake. Then there is Monsanto Lake located in beautiful St. Joe Park. You can also ride your four wheeler or dirt bike in the off road park inside St. Joe Park.
Bonne Terre is only 32 miles from the Arcadia Valley. In the valley you will find the towns of Arcadia, Ironton and Pilot Knob. A significant battle of the Civil War happened in the valley at Fort Davidson in Pilot Knob. Just up the road from there you can find Johnson’s Shut-Ins, Elephant Rocks and Taum Sauk State Parks.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. It is much appreciated. You get a chance check out Bonne Terre. Be safe out there. Spread the love!!!!!
“Life is but a dream for the dead.” – Gerard Way
Have you ever thought, who am I? What am I doing here? Is there a purpose for me to be here? If you are like me you have thought of these and several more.
I think most of us have seen the movie “Its A Wonderful Life“. George Bailey is shown the lives he had touched and what would have happened if he had not been born. “A Christmas Carol” depicted a miser with no compassion, who is visited by three spirits and shown the error of his ways.
Now back to real life. You pretty much don’t have any control of your birth, so the beginning of your life is pretty much controlled by where the birth canal you come out of resides and the owners outlook on life. Until you leave home your parents are pretty much in control of your life. Your parents are a crucial part of your road to adulthood.
“The anguish of death hangs over and leads the human spirit to wonder about the mysteries of existence, man’s destiny, life, the world.” E. Morin
So you finally make it to adulthood. Your prize: work your arse off to make ends meet. Now you are going to spend the next 40 to 50 years of your life going to work and dreaming about retirement. Life is grand. Really it is.
There you stand at the beginning of the road of life with some big decisions. May I make some suggestions? First off I am not a psychologist, or the owner of any big degree title for that matter, but I have graduated from the school of hard knocks.
- Are you happy with your life?
- Are you harboring any grudges or bad feelings toward anyone.
- Do you love yourself?
- Do you keep a journal?
- Do you take me time?
If you aren’t happy with your life take a step back and figure out why. Once you have figured that out then devise a plan to fix it.
If you are holding a grudge or any ill feelings toward anyone, STOP! Drop it! Forget about it. FORGIVE them. As long as you are holding a grudge, that negative energy is holding you back keeping you from being what you are capable of being.
You can be the type of person that loves everyone but don’t love yourself. Why don’t you love yourself? Do you not think you are worthy of your own love? You have to figure this one out. I am a firm believer that life holds those back that don’t love themselves. This is a very toxic negative energy.
If you don’t keep a journal may I suggest you keep one. You don’t have to write a book. Just keep track of your thoughts for a day and 6 months later go back and read it. You may learn a lot more about yourself.
If you don’t take time for yourself then please start doing so in the very near future say, like yesterday. There is so many ways you can enjoy “me time”. Yoga, meditation, reading, fishing, drawing/painting etc. Just find something that you enjoy, love doing, something that oozes of positive energy. Take this time to clear you mind, body and soul of the negative energy that has hitched a ride with you, trying to bring you down.
Don’t get caught up in it. Focus on the positive energy. The only one who will hold you back in life is you! Have fun and enjoy life.
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“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” – Norman Cousins
Duality is found everywhere in nature. We usually call it ‘yin’ and ‘yang’.
Yang is the energising, activating and motivating principle of life. Yin is the nourishing and building principle of life.
Here some examples:
- driving the car, playing sports, multitasking, drinking coffee, eating spicy, making deals/business is yang activities. It is also hot, bright, fast, dry, aggressive, male, daytime, sun.
- sleeping, mediating, getting massage, eating oatmeal is yin activities. As well as it is cool, dark, slow, soft, stable, moist, female, night, moon.
So if we’ll look at our hormones in the body, we’ll see that stress hormones are yang and sex hormones are yin. They are also harmoniously balanced and complement each other perfectly, because they are actually aspects of the One.
If you remember I’ve told you before that every human being has a life force or energy (you can call it Soul…
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