Category: Philosophy

A Veteran of the Korean War

flagOn this day we celebrate and honor the veterans who fought in various battles around the world to further the cause of liberty and freedom. Some never discuss their battles, their fears, or their efforts, solemnly acknowledging the struggles and strife they endured willingly for the cause, yet never forgetting the sacrifice they endured. Each of these veterans deserve great honor and recognition for their efforts, for their hearts filled with compassion, not only for those at home whom they fought diligently for, but for the embattled fields where they fought, many of them standing firm when the battle was over and helping to rebuild the land.

We are Americans. That’s what we do. We fight to win, then we rebuild, we help others, and we stand firm in our conviction. We stand firm on faith, dedication and service.

As the webmaster and daughter of this veteran, I wish to offer recognition for his service to this country, and also… to his heart and dedication of service to people of every land. I’ve seen his tears. I’ve heard his words.

God bless, Daddy. I’m so grateful for your service, both to your country and your family.

I love you!

Out of the Forest and into the Light

The overpowering moments... You’ve been there, sitting in the darkness waiting for the light to dawn, the realization that this moment isn’t the last you’ll experience. Occasionally, as an adult, that moment is overpowering. It takes on a life of it’s own as you think of all the ‘next moments’ you’ll experience in life.

I can’t imagine how it must feel to not be the ‘responsible person’ in the center of the universe with everyone waiting for someone else to make the decision, pick up the tab, take the lead. It’s always been my forte. My responsibility. My duty. I was responsible. Me. Right here. This one, waiting for an eternity for the NEXT moment.

I didn’t always want to be responsible, but I felt like I had to fill that role in my life.

That overwhelming feeling sometimes fills up the cracks in life and oozes out in driplets onto the sides. I’d felt that way more than once.

In the book, Out of the Forest, I paint that picture as Charles cares for his little sister’s hurting feet. We rest. We wrap her feet. We find ways to stop the pain for a little bit. We solve the problem. Charles, the big brother who takes responsibility in the book finds the solution. That’s the kind of person he is, a take charge kind of guy who does what has to be done to provide for his younger sister.

He’s the kind of guy who takes charge, leads the way, and finds the light…

Be encouraged, there is a light.

Out of the Forest - James C. Mulaney