“He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.” (Winston Churchill)
In my attempts to raise money for the Relay for Life that I am participating in this June, I asked a friend for some help. The friend happens to be my local tattoo artist. Together, we are raffling off a $75 gift certificate to the tattoo shop he works for and all the proceeds from the raffle sales will be donated for Relay for Life.
The tattoo artist who I am working with, actually did the memorial tattoo for my sister; the “All Will Get Better Bear”.
I love the idea and it seems to be going well. We’ve had several people express interest and we have about 4 months of sales to collect. My actually fundraising goal is $100.00. I’m already half-way there, before starting this little venture. I am hoping to sell enough tickets to reach $500.00. I know it’s a considerable amount, but it would mean so much to me to be able to turn in that amount in donations.
I do have a fundraising page, which people can also donate directly to. It makes no difference to me as it all goes to the American Cancer Society. If you have spare change or would like to donate, check out http://www.relayforlife.org, Every bit helps to end the disease, far too many of us are familiar with: Cancer.
This poem has been with me since I first heard read in a movie. You know which movie, right? Anywhooo, when I’m going through something, this poem brings back my “can-do” attitude and gets me refocused on my priorities.
“I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.” (by David Herbert Lawrence)
This is my first guest post. I read this today and took it as a sign from my mom (she passed 20 months ago today). This song brought tears to my eyes as I heard this song shortly after she passed (another sign).
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I was figuratively introduced to patriotic band, Madison Rising, a few years ago, by my sister before she really began her cancer battle. I am not one for remakes. I typically prefer original songs over revised versions. I was really hesitant when she told me about their version of the Star Spangled Banner.
WHAT?! I can’t stand sporting events and the celebrities who think putting their own “spin” on our National Anthem is appropriate. Now, some band went and added their version? Whatever, fine….I’ll listen to it…ONCE!
Silly me, my sister knew me and my patriotism. I have to say, hands down, this is the BEST remake of the Star Spangled Banner that I’ve ever come across. I would dare to even say, it’s the best, kick-ass version. After all, it’s representing a very proud country. Since then, I have replayed this video hundreds of times and shared it with others, as my sister once shared it with me.
So, won’t you take a moment to give Madison Rising a chance to sing you their version of our National Anthem.
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Madison Rising, I have no claim on the video or their song. I’m simply a patriotic, army mom and fan of their work.
I’m going to bring up a topic that probably won’t be construed as being politically correct (PC). While I’m not purposely trying to offend anyone (this time) with my writing, I’m sure someone will not take these words to heart in the spirit in which it was written.
Most of my life I have had a fascination with language. I would take different courses, use audio tapes (way back when), use bilingual chat rooms for practice or get together with people who spoke the language I was trying to learn. I have learned some American Sign Language, Spanish, Tagalog, French and Hungarian. While I am not fluent in any of these languages, I can utter a few words to having small conversations.
That being said, I couldn’t help but think about why I was listening to music on the radio and the next commercial was completely in Spanish. It was actually a commercial for Verizon. I started to question is it because I live in California? Is it because as a society we’ve gotten completely complacent in assimilation? What if I wanted to know what the commercial was about? There wasn’t another version offered in English.
Those questions prompted more questions. If I lived closer to the Eastern Canadian border, might this commercial been in French? What about a commercial in Tagalog, Korean, Chinese or Japanese? After all, we are on the Pacific coast with a fairly large Asian influence. When does it stop or will it ever stop?
As someone born in the United States, who grew up learning English, it’s almost as if someone like me no longer counts. Companies are bending over backwards to accommodate foreign language speakers. It’s not a matter of immigration, for this particular observation. It’s a matter of facts.
The United States, while not having an official language, has the understanding that English is the language of this land. All of our courts, legal proceedings, contracts, treaties, etc. are all in English. While some people will need an interpreter during certain situations, the written language is English.
When did the country change it’s thought on no one has to at least try to assimilate with the language and customs here? It’s one thing to be a tourist and “get by” while you are visiting in the USA. It’s another thing to live here for say, five plus years and still only speak your native language.
I understand English isn’t the easiest of languages to learn. Yet, being immersed in the culture can effectively aid in learning the language quicker, IF that’s a priority. With making interpreters available in almost every agency, only hiring bilingual employees for companies not doing business out of the country, by not requiring employees speak English while working (unless it’s related to foreign business), does this country a disservice.
How many languages will the DMV offer a driving test in? Will driving instructors be required to be multilingual because someone couldn’t be bothered to learn English? Will the road signage be in 15 different languages at some point? I believe if someone is going to make a residence within the United States, then it’s only common courtesy and decency to make an effort learn the language. There is no excuse for multi-generations in one family, living in the U.S., who don’t speak English.
To me, this is offensive. I should not have to change to accommodate someone else’s willful neglect at assimilation. This country has gone PC-happy. People who have grown up here are being told you are no longer a priority; in so many words. I encourage my children to learn other languages and to learn about other cultures. The fact is we are Americans, we speak English, and we have a right to be proud of that.
“Immortality is to live your life doing good things, and leaving your mark behind.” (by Brandon Lee)