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Thursday:) The Land of the Free…

26 Apr

“In order to continue being the land of the free, we all need to do our part, and not take our freedom for granted.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Today, I decided to take advantage of early voting for Municipal elections in Collin County. I get the feeling that there will be a small turnout for this local election that is filling positions for local city government, and also voting on bond proposals. Local elections usually have low voter turnout. We are so lucky to have the privilege of voting, so it is our responsibility to go out and vote.

Besides having the privilege of voting, we also have the freedom of religion. After voting, I drove over to St. Gabriel the Archangel to drop off a donation for the upcoming annual bingo night auction. The ladies club had requested donations of wine or wine related items. I thought that a couple of hand-painted wine glasses and a bottle of wine would make a nice donation. It’s also important to support your church.

After dropping of the donation at the parish office, I walked across the way to the new sanctuary. As I knelt all alone before the altar, admiring the gorgeous lilies and in awe of the beautiful artwork, statues and colorful stained glass, again, I thought how lucky we are to live in this country. Not all are afforded these freedoms.

Now, right here on this blog, I’m able to write about anything thing I want, which demonstrates my freedom of speech. Yes, this is a great country and I’m pleased and blessed to be living in the United States of America.

My personal advice, don’t take these freedoms for granted.

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom

10 Nov

“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.” 

― Ann Landers

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I seriously thought that after all the election hoopla and hysteria were over, that today we could all get back to normal, back to living. Well, I was wrong. 

After staying up till the wee hours of the morning to watch the final election results, I was pretty exhausted. But, I thought to myself, “Thank goodness it’s over.” Whether your candidate won or lost, it’s done, over, finito. The country made a decision and we have to abide by our democratic process. Not everyone has that luxury. 

When I finally got up this morning, nothing had changed. The world was still spinning on its axis, and I felt blessed to open my eyes, in my own bed, in my own house, and in the greatest country in the world. But, all I saw on TV or heard on the radio, was rehashing, moaning, complaining, protests, gloating, and people afraid for their country. When I looked at Facebook this morning, instead of happy puppies and recipes for Christmas cookies, there were cuss words, fearful messages, disappointment, anger, and confusion, all mixed in with an occasional smiley face or hopeful promise for a better country.

America has spoken, and we don’t have to agree, we just have to move forward. Personally, I’m exhausted from seeing all the angry people and reading all the mean messages. If you voted, you had your say. If you didn’t vote, you have no say. The election is over. Now it’s time to let go, no more whining, no more gloating, just living. (Personally, I’ll be praying.) THE END

Tuesday:) Tell It Like It Is~ Super Tuesday

2 Mar

“If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it.” 

― Marcus Tullius Cicero

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To be perfectly honest, I don’t know what is so super about this Super Tuesday. I’m gonna tell it like it is. This election, the candidates, the entire fiasco of television coverage, it all reminds me of a combination bad sitcom mixed with a cartoon infomercial. I’m afraid for our country, seriously afraid. 

My perception of a good presidential candidate is a person with honesty, integrity, sincerity, who is respectful and caring. A person of faith with stable, loving family values. A person of impeccable character. There should be no name calling, no ridiculous showmanship, no skeletons in their closet. Do you know anyone like that? Neither do I!

But, like all civic rights and responsibilities, if you don’t go out and cast your vote and voice your opinion at the polls, then you have no right to complain.

  
I went to vote this afternoon at Collin College. I figured there would be plenty of parking, and I would be able to get in and out in a few minutes. WRONG!!! When I arrived a few minutes after 2pm, the line was wrapped way around the hallway, with the registration tables nowhere to be seen. I chatted with a few people, strangers in line. We had a very long time to get to know one another. Ellen and I now know each other’s life history. Gee, I hope her son made it to work on time. He had to ride his bike because Mom was stuck in line. The girl behind me grew up in Chicago at 115th and Central Park. When we finally approached the finish line, there were only five polling booths and a handful of staff to accommodate the constant line of about a hundred people. I think my right foot fell asleep several times. 

   
 
I walked out at 3:30… 2-3:30, an hour and a half to move about 100 feet. Thats how long it took to exercise my right to choose a candidate that I do not totally endorse or respect. Since when do we have to vote for the less of two evils? Now, this is just my opinion. I’m not politically savvy, but I voted. I may not make a difference in an election, but I hope to make a difference in the world by being the best human being I can be. Hmmmm? Is it to late for me to run? Maybe next time!

  

Saturday on the Square

12 May

McKinney was really hopping today. I started out my day at Coffee2 for our weekly writing group that meets at 10am. A new bakery called Sweet Spot opened inside the quaint little coffee shop. Yum!

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Afterwards, I walked around, and stopped at Snug on the Square to see if any friends were having lunch. I checked out the art exhibit at the MPAC, scooted over to the Garret Gallery, and went home to feed the dogs and let them out.

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Ed Hernandez- “Rain Festival-McKinney 2012 at MPAC

It was Second Saturday and election day results and festivities in the evening. So, after I took care of the dogs and had dinner, I went back to the Square. I ran into dozens of friends and went to several art gallery receptions. McKinney’s art scene is alive and thriving.

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Printmaking art show and demonstrations at Orison’s- donated prints auctioned to support CASA.

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Photography by Guy Giersch at Laura Moore Fine Art Studios and Pastels by Pernie Fallon

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After a lot of visiting with artists and friends, I wandered over to the election countdown. The street was blocked off, tables and chairs were set up, and the candidates and friends waited for the results. Downtown McKinney has such a small town feel and the Square is the place to be.

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Mayor Brian Loughmiller was reelected for a second term. Even little Snow White was on hand for the festivities.

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Wednesday Words of Wisdom

1 May

When we were kids in the 60’s and 70’s, it was the time of Kennedy, Viet Nam, and Watergate. The draft was calling young men to serve their country at the tender age of eighteen, but not allowing them to vote in their country’s elections. I just turned 18 when the 26th Amendment was passed, and I was proud to have the privilege and honor to be given this right.

TODAY IN 1971: 26TH AMENDMENT GIVES 18-YEAR-OLDS THE RIGHT TO VOTE

“The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.”
– The Twenty-Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Some forty years later, I was still honored when I cast my ballot in our city of McKinney elections. Whether it be a national or local election, it is our right and our duty to vote.
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Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don’t vote.
William E. Simon

This is a frightening statistic. More people vote in ‘American Idol’ than in any US election.
Rush Limbaugh

To make democracy work, we must be a notion of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain.
Louis L’Amour

So, if you don’t vote, don’t even think about complaining about government. You lost that right when you didn’t vote. It’s in your hands now!

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