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Memorial Day 2014

Take a moment to remember.

Here in America, today is set aside to remember and honor those who gave their lives in the service of this country.

As far as I know, Memorial Day is supposed to be reserved for those who died while in the armed forces, but I like to think that it includes all those who were working to make our country a better place.

Yes, it’s a broad definition, but I like it. Mostly because it means that killing people isn’t the only definition of greatness.

While you dudes are out at the cookout, or enjoying the warmth of late spring/early summer or doing whatever it is you’re doing instead of being at work, do take a little time to remember those who went before.

Talk to your little dudes about why they’re out of school.

You might also want to consider how you can honor the lives that have gone toward making our country a better place to live. Carrying on that sort of work sounds like the best way to me.

Make our country a better place for all its citizens*. Restore its justification to act as a moral beacon to the world.

Today isn’t only about getting a day off work or a day out of school.

Remember. Act. Improve.

Footnotes & Errata

* You have no idea how tempted I was to insert a blatantly political paragraph/rant here. I think I might have given myself an aneurysm from stopping my fingers. Ow.

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Veteran’s Day 2013

Say thanks to a veteran today, dudes.

They deserve it.

At this point in time in America, we have an all-volunteer armed forces. Which means, that if you don’t want to join the Army or the Navy, or the Air Force or the Marines, you don’t have to do it.

So all those men and women serving overseas, fighting in at least three different conflicts (no matter how our feelings on the idiot who started said conflicts) deserve our thanks.

Not deification. Not adoration. Thanks.

They have accepted the opportunity given them by our country and its leaders and they are taking on a dangerous job. And we appreciate it.

And, if you want to feel like you’re not part of the herd, wait a day or so and then say thanks. It really doesn’t matter when you do it, but let our men and women in the armed forces know we appreciate the job they are being paid to do.

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Sunday Serenade: Judging A Book

Every so often, a plan comes together. And I love it when that happens.*

Tomorrow in America is Veteran’s Day, when we celebrate those who have served in our country’s armed forces.

I happened to be looking for a nice song for you dudes and dudettes for this feature and, for some reason, decided to look for lullaby songs. I don’t understand that bit either. Still, I typed the word into youtube’s search feature and came up with this song.

It’s from FX’s Sons of Anarchy. I’ve never seen the show. Have no idea what context they used this song. However, when tomorrow is tomorrow and the song’s called “Lullaby for a soldier,” well I just couldn’t resist, now could I? No. No I could not.

Really glad I stumbled on this song because it’s beautiful, both in lyrical content and in voice. It’s about the pain a mother feels over losing her son and, dudes, this is very, very well done.

Maggie Siff, an actress on the show, does the singing and she’s great. So, enough intro. Here’s the song.


*10 pop-culture points to the dude or dudette who can tell me where that came from.

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