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The Wall That Heals

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All Photos Are Personal Collection 10-19-2018

Yesterday, my friend Ray and I went to see The Wall That Heals. It came to Wake Forest, NC, over the weekend, sponsored by the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation and held at the E. Carroll Joyner Park.

In a previous post, I talked about nearly being an Army brat. I also could have potentially been fatherless as 2nd Lieutenants had short life spans in Vietnam, but…that was not my fate…nor, the fate of my father.

I do not personally know anyone that died in Vietnam. I have no names to scratch for my own memories but, my partner, my ‘significant other’ knew many that perished as he was in country 1967-1968 with the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 (PDF) at Camp Haskins-South, Red Beach, Da Nang . There will be a future post on him.

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A veteran named Dave. He was grieving and I gave him a copy of this.
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A veteran named Travis (left). A veteran named Mark. Each received a copy.
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Mother and daughter. I tried to share to the daughter but, I messed up the phone number.
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Ray scanning names.
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The little ones with their Mom. She wanted them to understand.
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Veteran Travis left a ball cap/cover for his USS Oriskany shipmates that perished in a fire in 10-26-1966. The two reflections are me & veteran Travis.
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Dale R. Buis, the first casualty.
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Richard Van De Geer, the last ‘known’ casualty.
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Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines & Coast Guard (right to left).

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~Never Forget~

Movie Monday: October 15, 1973

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Ok, folks. I am shifting things a bit. What used to be Flick Friday is now Movie Monday! *applause*applause* All blogs change and evolve…and, we’re off…

Forty-five years ago, today, the #1 movie at the box office was The Way We Were, a film described as a romantic drama. It’s drama alright. Directed by Sydney Pollack, it is a period piece based upon a novel by Arthur Laurents. He wrote about his college days at Cornell University and his experience with HCUA, which ultimately led to Hollywood Blacklisting. I’m not going to comment any further on the details as it is a little too close to the political nonsense of today.

That being said, Marvin Hamlisch won two Oscars for Best Original Score and Best Original Song.

Shutterbug Saturday: Loving Fall

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The leaves, the leaves are falling…

A pathway in our local Riverwalk.

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Local pink Mums.

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One of many resting benches along the Riverwalk.

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Lovely lavender Mums.

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One of several Riverwalk bridges.

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I spent my day running errands, enjoying walking the Riverwalk and getting my beloved Mum collection. When I walked out of the house at Noon, the temperature was 72°. I love this time of year. I just wish the mosquitoes would go away, already. ~Victoria

Wayback Wednesday: The Revenue Act of 1913

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In 1913, The Revenue Act or the Underwood Act or the Underwood Tariff or the Underwood Tariff Act or the Underwood-Simmons Act or, simply, the Tariff Act (Federal Income Tax) was signed into law (re-imposed) by President Woodrow Wilson after the ratification of the Sixteenth Amendment. It was sponsored/introduced by House Majority Leader Oscar Underwood from Alabama.

The very first personal income tax was signed into law in 1861 by Abraham Lincoln as a way to fund the Civil War. It was largely ineffective and, was, originally, a flat rate tax before being repealed and replaced with the Revenue Act of 1862, converting the flat rate into a progressive rate. This act ended in 1866.

When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the income tax provision of the Wilson-Gorman Tariff Act of 1894 via Pollock vs Farmers’ Loan & Trust in 1895, that opened the door for the Sixteenth Amendment 18 years later, affirming that “…the Constitution did not deny Congress the power to impose a tax on real and personal property“… Yay for us.

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Other things from October 3…

1922Rebecca Ann Latimer Felton of Georgia is the 1st woman in the U.S. Senate, if only for one day.

1929…The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes changes its name to the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

1945Elvis Presley has his first public appearance at the age of 10. He was dressed as a cowboy, stood on a chair and sang “Old Shep” at the Mississippi–Alabama Fair and Dairy Show.

1955Captain Kangaroo and The Mickey Mouse Club both premier on CBS and ABC, respectively.

1990…At midnight on this day, the flag of West Germany was raised over Brandenburg Gate, signifying the reunification of Germany.

Tune Tuesday: September 25, 1953

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We are traveling way, way back, today. The #1 song sixty-five years ago is a piece from the duo Les Paul and Mary Ford…Vaya Con Dios.

In 1953, my mother was six years old and my father was eight….just for some perspective. ~Victoria

Truth: The Greatest Healer

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An Article From: The Chris Thomas Files

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Most of us are beginning to realise that the commodity least available to us is the truth. Politicised news now has so much spin attached to it that it is impossible to unravel the knots. Scientific news is proven to be wrong so many times that most have stopped listening. Flu pandemics turn out not to happen and the pharmaceutical responses turn out to have more severe side effects than if we had just put up with a few days of unpleasant symptoms. The sovereignty of every European country has been swept away in Lisbon and the Copenhagen Conference finished in shambles because the global climate has not changed for the last ten years. With all of these lies and half-truths in the ‘official’ world, is it any wonder that so many are turning to ‘channelled’ sources for information? But then we find that the likes of Lord Sananda and Lord Metatron are, at the least, very unreliable with the best interests of the Earth and humanity not being served. Question – why would beings who claim to be at the pinnacle of soul development still have an ego that requires the title ‘Lord’?

Then, we are urged to take part in mass-meditation exercises which are supposed to help the planet. The first example of this was in 2007 with the cry we must ‘fire up the grid’. This turned out to be an exercise by those who carry out psychic attack to see if the population was gullible enough to fall for the ploy. The ‘grid’ in question that everyone was so keen to ‘fire up’ was, in fact, the grid on the United Nations’ flag.

Many are drawn to the story of the Annunaki and see them as humanity’s hope but then we discover that Lords Sananda and Metatron are Annunaki. These are not our ‘Gods’ but beings who claim to have built humans as a slave race to serve them.

And on top of all this, 2012 is approaching very rapidly.

Is it any wonder that we are concerned and confused? So, where do we go from here? How do we obtain the answers we so desperately need?

Believe it or not, the answer is very simple. We have become so used to being told what to do by others that we have forgotten our own inner voice.

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Raising Our Energies
Since 1996, we have been changing our energy patterns, raising our personal energies to the point where we connect directly to our Higher Self. As we raise our energies and connect with the greater part of the soul, we begin to realise that we are not as small as we thought we were. With this knowledge also arrives the ability to recognise truth. This is how we can recognise the lies for what they are. A few years ago, we would have accepted what ‘authority’ figures told us without question but as we begin to fully connect to our own inner reality, our own inner ‘higher’ voice also begins to speak and we have begun to recognise that there is an agenda at work which does not seem to serve our best interests.

Continue reading or download the PDF version HERE.

[Administrator’s Note: The original article was written in 2010 and printed in the January 25 edition of the Cygnus Review Magazine.]

Autumnal Equinox 2018

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A beautiful moth in the butterfly garden of Gold Park.

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These golden beauties line the walkway at Gold Park.

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These look like a distant cousin of Coreopsis.

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Baby pine tree.

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That is a handcrafted bee hotel at Gold Park.

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One week ago, the Eno was completely out of its banks.

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Soothing sounds. I could listen to this all day.

 

It was a wonderful walk. There was a breeze and the temperature was in the higher 80s instead of the 90s. Fall is finally here. The local trees’ leaves aren’t changing color just yet but, many are ‘leaf dropping’, including the huge Maple tree in my front yard. I sat in my Adirondack for a couple of hours, journaling. I look forward to the mosquitoes leaving. They are still here. ~Victoria

The Autumnal Equinox for this area of the Northern Hemisphere was at 9:54pm EDT.

From www.almanac.com:

Why is it called ‘an equinox’?
The word comes from the Latin aequus, meaning “equal” and nox, meaning “night”.

During the equinox, the Sun crosses what we call the “celestial equator”. Imagine a line that marks the equator on Earth extending up into the sky above the equator from north to south. Earth’s two hemispheres receive the Sun’s rays about equally. The Sun is overhead at noon as seen from the equator, so at this point, the amount of nighttime and daytime (sunlight) are roughly equal to each other.

Fun Facts & Myths

From www.timeanddate.com:

The Snake of Sunlight
A famous ancient equinox celebration was the Mayan sacrificial ritual by the main pyramid at Chichen Itza, Mexico. The pyramid, known as El Castillo, has 4 staircases running from the top to the bottom of the pyramid’s faces, notorious for the bloody human sacrifices that used to take place here. The staircases are built at a carefully calculated angle which makes it look like an enormous snake of sunlight slithers down the stairs on the day of the equinox.

Other Customs