Saturday, November 22, 2008

Remembering JFK

John Fitzgerald Kennedy,1917-1963, 35th President of the United States (1961-1963).

On November 22, 1963, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas Texas. I had just graduated from high school where I got my first dose of reality during the Cuban Missile Crisis. One week after graduation, my friend and I took a 1954 Ford which he purchased for $50 and went to Birmingham, Alabama to follow the NASCAR Modified Series.

Three months later, I returned to Miami and got my first job at a warehouse about a mile from my home. It was at that job on November, 22, 1963 that the public address system came on and it was announced that the president had been shot and had been rushed to the hospital in Dallas, Texas.

As people scrambled to tune their portable radios to the news, I couldn't help but believe that someone would soon announce that the president had undergone surgery and would be fine. But, it was not to be.....

Soon thereafter, it was announced that the president was pronounced dead at 2:00 p.m Central Standard Time. We were told to go home and that we would be paid for the entire day.

As I slowly walked home, I remembered how John Wayne always seem to survive all of those war movies. That was my second dose of the realities of life and little did I know that there was a place called Vietnam that would soon complicate my life and millions of other lives as well.

I cried as I watched the funeral of John F. Kennedy.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day and across the nation, millions of Americans are remembering the men and women of the armed forces that have sacrificed themselves for God and Country. Today is not just a day that banks and schools are closed. In reality, it's not even a holiday. It's a time to refelct and realize the reason that we live free in this great nation is because of the countless men and women who have served this country since it's beginning.

Today is a day that each and every one of us should make a mental note to do something for these good Americans. Please take the time to recognize these veterans, be it a phone call to a veteran that you might know or just a plain "thank you" to a man or woman in uniform. You have no idea how the warmth and love that a simple gesture like this means to a veteran.

James M. Sullivan Jr.
Combat Medic
Specialist 5th Class
United States Army Reserve


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A beautiful Autumn Picture

My friend, Nancy, always has great pictures and this happens to be one of them. You can see more of Nancy's pictures at the link below.
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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Natives Are Restless !

Shades of reverse intimidation - Black panther groups standing vigil(?) in Pennsylvania and Virginia (caught on tape) with night sticks in hand. Tip: Talk softly and carry a .38 !

For the more timid, place boxes of Church's fried chicken around the area indiscriminately to distract them. Then, slip in and vote.

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Sunset Over Florida Cypress Trees

I had to post this beautiful picture of the sunsetting on cypress trees in Florida. The roots of these trees are beautiful and were offtimes abused in the past. The roots, when cut, sanded and polished, make beautiful coffee tables. Unfortunately, this practice was often done at the expense of the tree.

This post is uncommonly short as it was posted on a whim. That's it for now. More soon.

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