The 2 Minute Silence

Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day/ Armistice Day. We remember those who’ve served and are currently serving. Our grateful nation offers it’s thanks.

Hug a Vet tomorrow, or better yet, buy them a beer – or the beverage of their choice.


Land of Hope and Dreams

I voted today.  By my count, this is my 8th Presidential election.

I look at voting as the quintessential personal act of citizenship.  A obligation to be sure, but an honor and privilege.  So many in this world lack the opportunity.  Everyday I drive through battlefields where men died and killed to preserve this Union and the freedoms we enjoy – would feel disrespectful to not honor them with this small yet important act.

I voted my conscience, my ideals and for who I thought was best for America and Virginia.  I know many will agree with my votes and many, not so much.  That is fine, in fact its a beautiful thing.

There are no loyalty oaths and no one peering over my shoulder in the voting booth.  The secret ballot is a bulwark against tyranny.

Regardless of who wins, I am hopeful for the future of our country.

John Wayne said regarding JFK, “I didn’t vote for him, but he’s my President and I hope he does a good job.”.  That’s the attitude I want to have.

I refuse to give in to cynicism, anger and fear.  Refuse.

So, if you haven’t already, go vote.  Follow your values, your American values.

This is a great country, home to a citizenry unlike the world has ever seen.  Our diversity is our strength.  I’m thankful to be an American.

Oh, and one last thing – turn off the news for a while…  I think we all need to take a breath and re-balance ourselves and ignore the chattering classes for a few days, or weeks.  Take a walk, go for a run, a ride or a drive.

Peace and Love.


Road to Marathon – Day Ninety Seven

It’s been a tough two months.  I shifted all of my running from the gym’s treadmill to the streets in the neighborhood and it’s been like starting all over.  I’ve been able to run at least twice a week though and it’s getting better every run, hills and all.

Yesterday I set out to do an out and back loop of about 6 miles.  At the turn around point I decided to go a different way.  I just up and improvised!  Did you know runners can do that?  We can, it’s in the rules.

This route ended up being 5.89 miles, so close enough.

Learned some practical lessons about running in cold weather as well.  Hopefully, they will serve me well in the coming months.

After yesterday’s run I’m feel a little more on course for a marathon in two years.  It’s primarily physiological – the miles will take care of themselves.  I just have to stay focused and not let anything deter me from my path.

It’s kind of a Zen thing, ya know?

So, anyway, onward…

A manifesto of sorts…

I believe in;

  • Freedom of speech
  • Freedom of the press
  • Freedom of religion
  • Freedom from religion
  • Freedom of assembly
  • Gun rights
  • Property rights
  • Voter’s rights
  • Women’s rights
  • Worker’s rights
  • Free enterprise
  • Universal Health Care
  • Freedom from unwarranted search
  • Due process
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Nuclear Disarmament
  • Honoring Treaties
  • Fair Trade
  • Jobs for Americans
  • a sensible path to immigration
  • the separation of powers
  • third parties
  • legalization
  • choice
  • marriage equality
  • green power
  • global warming
  • science
  • technology
  • multilateralism
  • individual rights
  • that prohibition doesn’t work
  • the safety net
  • peace
  • that racism, sexism, xenophobia and homophobia suck
  • equal pay for equal work
  • ending corporate welfare
  • NPR
  • free public education

So… You tell me who I should vote for.