Friday, September 11, 2015

We Will Never Forget This Day || 14th Anniversary of 9/11

:: WARNING :: I'm about to get a little passionate, and potentially crazy and/or radical sounding here.

My heart burns in anger against those who should wish to wrong or harm the United States of America and her people. These are my people, this is where I come from, this is the land of the free and the home of the brave that I call home.

This article appeared last year on September 10, in the Washington Times. And it still irks me. If you've got but a few minutes, I highly encourage you to read it. But here is one particular quote I want to share with you:
"The United States had just been attacked in an act of war by a barbaric and ruthless enemy, 2,977 people had been slaughtered in cold blood, and the nation was seized by grief and shock. Mr. Obama took that moment to express compassion for the enemy, concern over imaginary American bigotry, a desire to perform social engineering on the rest of the world, and the hackneyed claim that “the children are our future.” He placed responsibility for the enemy’s acts upon us and then blamed us for regarding them as an enemy. 
Mr. Obama’s first instinct was to reach for the knee-jerk anti-Americanism that’s at the very heart of leftism. [He's saying that] It’s our fault that there is so much injustice in the world and such hatred toward this nation. We’ve been a bully, throwing our weight around the world without thought of consequence, pillaging foreign lands and tossing their people aside when they could no longer be of use to us"
ARE YOU BLOOMIN SERIOUS, SIR? I will not sit idly by while our Commander-in-Chief has compassion for our enemies, and blames America for the attack on 9/11. 

Even as we speak, our grand nation is in a far more dangerous position, both at home and in the world. In our Commander-in-Chief's 15-minute address from the White House a year ago, he vowed that he would "destroy” Islamic State in Iraq and Syria terrorists. He went on to say, I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against [ISIS] in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven” (via The Hill). 

Sounds pretty heroic, patriotic, n' all that, eh? But can you truly believe his intentions for the protection and ultimate preservation of America and her liberties? I'm having a hard time with that. His track record significantly says otherwise. 

I've generally kept politics out of this blog. Not because I don't have a say on them (you can guarantee I do), but more so that you wouldn't label me "radical patriot" and be done with it. I don't consider myself a radical, but I do consider myself a patriot in the sense that I have a strong desire to uphold the liberties and freedoms that our founding fathers so fought for, and a passion for liberty and justice for all. I love the USA, regardless of how much my beautiful nation has changed since I've been alive.

But regardless of your political standing, as a citizen of the United States of America, don't you feel a little of the passion I feel for my country and the vehement desire to fight against those who should seek to harm her?

With the anniversary of 9/11 today, I don't want to get caught up on the political right and wrongs of the situation. I pray we all come together as a nation to remember and honor the loss of thousands of lives that fateful day, and to be grateful for and to continue to fight for the blessings we still have today. 
"...This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time. None of us will ever forget this day. Yet, we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world. Thank you. Good night, and God bless America."-George W. Bush, Address to the Nation on the Terrorist Attacks, September 11, 2001

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

deliciously moody skies, a collection of photographs || PART 1

There is peace
even in the storm.
-Vincent van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

of black and white - muses

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9

I've been thinking a lot in black and white lately, in that I've come to the point where I've had to define a lot of areas I thought wouldn't ever actually apply to my life. It's been a good time to step back and reassess much of what I took for granted. My values, morals, and even the little things one rarely thinks about.

I've compiled a collage of B&W muses depicting a lot of what is going through my head just now. Be inspired to rethink those things you take for granted. Know what you believe and why you believe it.

It matters.

1. reminds me of the infinite everything of God. and adventures. and venturing into the unknown, afraid of nothing because He is on our side.
2. the sea reminds me to be brave, venture on wilder seas. face the unknown and conquer my fears. plus, whales.
3. working on some new typography designs. this is some of my musings thus far.
4. inspired by some of my heroes, like winston churchill (shown in photograph), c.s. lewis, g.k. chesterton, and so many others. so much to learn from those who've come before us. plus this photo leads to a link of some of the neatest libraries owned by 15 famous men.
5. because life is always this & ... there's so much room for this and something else, so stay open to plenty of "ands". also, typography is my thing just now.
6. getting my photography game on these days, and this particular image is really inspiring. not sure why exactly, but it just is. also, it's reminding me i'm not a fan of guys just now ... long story.
7. may i never forget this Truth. He died so i could live. what truth. trials and pain have nothing on me, for my life is for Him and Him alone.
8. lions remind me of being bold for the Truth. so stand up for all that is good, true, just, lovely, and pure. plus, lions are my favorite animal ever. so.
9. reminds me of the how great our God is. His love, grace, all that He is, is abounding and forever, and so much like a great mountain that you can't quite grasp it's greatness, but you know in your heart it's greater and deeper and stronger than what you may see of it or know of it.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Lipstick & Gelato || FEATURED BLOG

make-up art by the talent Rachel

People! Lovers of good food and high fashion (or just fashion in general), turn yourself to this site: 

My dear friend Rachel, who I've told you about before, now has a NEW blog called LIPSTICK & GELATO. It's a lovely blog of food, fashion, and art! Eee, I love it.

And what's more, Rachel is hosting a fantastic giveaway on her blog in honor of it's launch. Go check out her blog, enter the giveaway to win some loveliness, and share about L&G!

OH! And check out this post, How-To Throw a Party: Picnic Version! It features the lovely picnic Rachel and I had last year, in all it's simplicity, beauty, authenticity and joy. Seriously though folks, you can't beat a picnic in Williamsburg with a good friend.

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