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Service with a Smile World War II Style

Service with a Smile throughout life

This Memorial Day finds me a bit more pensive than usual. My dad, a World War II veteran, passed away last month. He rarely talked about his experiences in the war unless he was around his other Navy buddies. Dad always looked forward to what was coming up next. Even during the war, Dad smiled and kept a positive attitude. He gave his service with a smile. Here is a short tribute to an amazing life.

Service with a smile – The Greatest Generation

Dad finally did acquiesce to telling his story. I owe this to my dear friend Jon. He worked with the Library of Congress’s Veterans History project and sparked Dad’s interest in making sure his memories were not forgotten. Dad and a couple of his friends recorded his thoughts. There was about 15 hours of video. I trimmed it down a bit and ended up with an hour and half of Dad’s recollections of World War II.

I know this is due to my grandmother’s influence. She was a strong women. Not in the physical sense, but emotionally and spiritually. Arthritis racked her body from a young age causing her difficulty in many of the tasks others found simple; buttoning a shirt, sewing, knitting, quilting, cooking. Grandma rarely complained. One of her favorite sayings was, “Things fall into two categories, Things you can do something about and things you can’t. The first you just do it and move on. The second, you pray about it, give it to God and move on.” Grandma always gave the family service with a smile.

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Service with a Smile in spite of the price.

World War II

Growing up, I got a dose of positive attitude and discipline from them both. No matter what happens, whatever life throws at you, try to give your service with a smile. And remember those that gave you the freedoms you enjoy today.

Rename Common Sense?

Rename common sense? What do you think?

Rename common sense?

Should we rename common sense? I mean is it really common? For that matter, what is common sense? According to Miriam-Webster common sense is the ability to think and behave in a reasonable way and to make good decisions. Of course that leads to the question of what is reasonable and good? Since we are talking about common to everyone, then I suppose that any action reflects thinking and behavior both reasonable and good in the eyes of most people.

 What say you?

Do you think we need to rename common sense? I do and here are some candidate choices:

  • rename common senseUncommon sense
  • Rare responsibility
  • The lost art of humanity
  • Our lost heritage

I just don’t know. It seems like so many people just do not have or least do not exhibit even the most minute shred of common sense. People do not prepare for much of anything. My grandparents had food canned in Mason jars and stored to last several months. They grew most of it themselves.

If our financial system, which runs on old technology, gets seriously hacked and your credit and debit cards no longer work, can you feed yourself and your family?

This is the type of common sense that I am talking about. No, I’m not into “prepping” but I do advocate having some level of plan on how to handle adverse events. Things like a flat tire, your water or electricity go off for some time or perhaps someone steals your identity or hacks your checking account.

Do you feel like you have common sense?

Please feel free to share with your friends and by all means, leave your thoughts below.

weekend coffee share busy edition

Weekend Coffee Share Busy Edition

Weekend coffee share busy edition

If we were having a nice cup of coffee, I would be saying, “Wow, between wandering, working and writing, I haven’t had much time to stop and blog.” I have to tell you that I’ve started a new job, done a bit of weekend wandering and entered a short story contest at our local senior center writing club. The group has two published authors in regular attendance so I don’t feel too bad that my work came in fourth. Realizing my manners, I would quickly offer a beverage of your choice, hot or iced. Thus begins the Weekend Coffee Share busy edition.

Projects?

weekend coffee share busy editionI hope things are going well with you and yours. What projects are you working? Any new and interesting developments? Me? Well, I’m still chipping away at my book, Forging Character. I have another in the “thought stage.” The new book is a work of science fiction. I may blog a bit about when I have more than a couple of pages of notes. Working the new job of course is a huge time consumer. I have a lot to learn and some really great opportunities. What’s going on with you? Is there anything that I can do to help?

Happening things

Speaking of everything that is going on, what do you want to see more of from this blog? I have many interests, hobbies and thoughts. All of which I am happy to share, but if no one really cares, then I have other activities that I can purse. What do you want to see here?

Please take the poll below.

Our Hostess with the mostess

Drop by and visit Diana and Parttime Monster. She hosts this virtual coffee klatch and you can thank her by stopping by and commenting or better yet, join in and write your own coffee post.

Distraction

Distraction and Life; Can You Manage?

Distraction

What does distraction have to do with life? Everything. There are hundreds of thousands of tweets, texts, news clips, podcasts, books, television shows, movies, and other social media. vying for your time and attention. Did mention advertisers? Yeah, them too. Managing your distractions are a must.

Managing distraction

Focus to manage distractionEasily said, but this requires a little discipline. Perhaps it also requires a bit of personal character or willpower. There are so many things happening everywhere around us. Radio, television, email, Facebook, Twitter, What’s App just to name a few. Sure, I know, but how do I manage all these things vying for my attention?

One simple way is to limit your distractions. Turn off your phone and email when working at your computer. Do not try to “multi-task.”  Very few people multi-task at useful level. Stephen Monsell found that for most of us, it just increases the time to switch between tasks versus staying on the same task.

Mindtools.com has a great article on multi-tasking and how to quit. Things like limiting your interruptions (cell phone, email, texts, etc.)

Consequences

What happens if I am not able to control my focus? The best case is you get behind on your work and you feel behind and disorganized. The worst, I hate to say, but could lead to death. Your life or someone else’s could be forfeit. Can you say, “texting and driving” anyone?

Would you want your doctor or pharmacist distracted? I think not.

I would love to hear your thoughts on what you do to avoid or limit distractions?