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    I admire you WS for staying sane even having those images of your experiences.

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    Donít apologize I actually feel sorry that was your life. I also recently took on some private work that is making me feel really alive. I wonder if itís because I didnít start a career until age 34 so late to the game but had shitty jobs before that. Plus itís part time on my terms in addition to my class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nswef View Post
    I admire you WS for staying sane even having those images of your experiences.
    In the night, when I cannot sleep, I wonder about it. When it is dark, dead silent and there seems to be nothing else awake. When the sky is clear and the stars infinitely numerous and the sliver of a moon promising an entirely pie....I am speechless and wondering what I might do in this great universe that makes a difference. And I remember the monarch and itís brief life yet it is undoubtedly seen by many during its migration. I know what a joy it is to see such a delicate being floating in the currents southwest toward a meeting of others just like him. And I know that small twists or turns or chandelles must be choreographed by a greater force. I look forward to my next aerial maneuver, perhaps just a slow bank to the left or an exciting barrel roll. Itís enough to just be on the move toward home.

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    An acquaintance in my little community passed away today at the age of 69. I’ve shared dinners with him and had some small talk but never really knew the backstory to his battle with lung cancer. Well, his obituary cleared a few things up. It seems he was in the Air Force and served in Vietnam where he was exposed quite naturally to Agent Orange, the toxic defoliation chemical we liberally sprayed on large swaths of the country. This contributed to his early demise. It’s such a sad situation when a man literally sacrifices his youth and his golden years in the service of his country when that service seems in retrospect to have been futile or misguided.

    He was quite the successful entrepreneur and built a reasonably admirable wealth which he now passes on. But I wish he didn’t have to go over there and was still around to enjoy his prosperity. Sometimes I think bringing back the draft might be a good thing. People wouldn’t be so quick to sit by for asymmetrical wars if the kids that were fighting it really didn’t want to be there and had other prospects. As it is, our volunteer army is largely made up of youth who have no future elsewhere.

    I am am humbled by this man’s sacrifice and am glad his suffering is past.

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    A good friend of mine died from a rare neck cancer caused by agent orange. He died 2 years ago st 67. Sorry for your loss.

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    I want the freedom to make my own choices and the wisdom to let others do the same. So long as nobody gets hurt.

    Thats the canvass in which everything else pretty much gets built for me. There’s lots of layers that seem to appear over time and I guess I think it’s our responsibility to strip off some paint that just don’t belong. Each time I stand back and look at the canvass there’s something I don’t quite like so I make adjustments. I’ve had some experiences with creativity to know there is a point where you step back and know....that’s it....it’s perfect. Well, when you are dealing with a life that has a continuous interaction with the universe....that comes as a feeling of balance for me. And there is the expected imbalance that immediately follows. That’s the beauty of life. Being able to make the. Corrections and continue flying in the general direction toward the goal.

    That’s it. Just a little reflection on this wonderful experience we call life. It’s a constant metamorphosis.

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