Tuesday, January 31, 2012

THE TROUBLE WITH HENRY DAVID THOREAU: He Died Too Young!

WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM

YOUR PERSONAL GPS
You might find your destination better if
you enlisted histories great thinkers in your search

ON ALWAYS BEING THE BEST YOU CAN BE

My wife, Julie, is ordering the above book for me from Amazon.com.  A new book costs $20 but they have 16 used books for $2.98 plus shipping, about $7.00 total.  If there was a problem with good old Henry David, other than dying too young, I don't know what it is.  I wanted to buy the book on my Kindle, but it is not available.

A few years ago, when the Clintons were all in the news, Hillary Clinton was made fun of because she mentioned that the long deceased Eleanor Roosevelt, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's wife, helped Hillary in her decision making.  I felt sorry for those who made fun of Hillary because I considered them to be ignorant.

In the late '60s I became familiar with the work of Napoleon HIll and the book pictured on the left.  I credit the wisdom discovered in this book to have more influence upon my life's successes than upon any other source, except, of course, the Bible.  Not only did I give copies to each of my children, I bought the book by the case to give to others, the latest to a recent college professor who sought my help.

In the book, Hill encouraged studies of people in history that we admired and that we espire to simulate the strengths and personalities that we so much admire.

Who did I so admire?  First of all was my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Among others there were Thoreau, John Paul Jones, Ghandi, Alexander Hamilton, and George S. Patton.



Mine is the same mindset as good old Henry David.  His parents named him David Henry.  He liked the name but thought a person should choose their own names.  Therefore, he reversed his name to Henry David.  In 1899 my mother was named Julia Agnes.  She did not like her name at all.  When the 1910 census taker came to Maggie Creek, where 11 year old Julie Agnes lived, she informed him her name was Levia Maggie.  Her marriage certificate, social security, and obituary read Levia Maggie.  I come by my independence honestly!
Thoreau said that "He'd rather sit on a pumpkin by himself than to be crowded upon a velvet cushion", or words to that effect.  I was in the crowd  in New York at the ticker parade that welcomed home the Iranian Hostages.  It was frightening!  When the police made a way through the crowd to help a heart attack victim, I followed them away from the crowd.  I don't like being in a crowd.  Like Thoreau, I am perfectly content alone on a lake in the North woods.

Thoreau opined that "No amount of preparedness can ever replace constant vigilance".  My practice of this caution has saved me more than once.  I never enter into a building except that I sit facing the entrance and being aware of at least one alternative exit.

He once went to jail because he refused to pay a few cents tax on having a shoe repaired. He was enjoying the experience until some friends paid the tax and got him out of jail.  In my life I have often been just as obstinate when I opposed a thing.  

I haven't read this new book yet but to me his early death from tuberculosis at age of 45 was his greatest problem.  He was born in 1817 in Corcord, MA and lived there until he died in 1862.  I have worn out two copies of his book On Walden's Pond.  He is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery alongside two of his mentors, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathanial Hawthorne.


I have visited Walden's Pond.  I have also visited the home of John Paul Jones at Jamestown, VA and in June of this year I hope to visit the George S. Patton Musuem in Arizona.


Il est ban vit tant qu'il doibt, non pas tent qu'il peut
It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others

God Bless You and Yours
GOD BLESS THE USA

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Monday, January 30, 2012

THE NAVY, THE NETHERLANDS: Don't Be Too Quick To Judge!

WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM

YOUR PERSONAL GPS
You might find your life's destination better
if you reserved judgement until you had personal experience in the subject mattter

THINGS ARE NOT ALWAYS AS THEY FIRST SEEM!

USS HECTOR AR7
Flag Ship COMSERVPAC 1949
Around 1949, in the Navy, I was transfered from a temporary assignment aboard the USS Hector, AR7 in Long Beach, California to the USS Yuma ATF94 in Vallejo, California.  The Hector was a very large repair ship and the flag ship of CONSERPAC.  It was salute, spit and polish, inspections and, excepting for liberty 3 nights out of 4 in Long Beach, it was the most miserable of duties, BOOT CAMP ALL OVER AGAIN!.

When I reported for duty aboard the sea going tug, she had just finished tours of duty in China and Alaska and was completing a long, badly needed overhaul.  She was a bit over 200 feet long and only 35 feet in width, she could have fit on the Hector's stern.  Half the crew was on leave.  The galley was outside on the dock and electrical lines and assorted hoses totally fouled the ship.  As I went aboard, saluting the flag and the quarterdeck, Shields, the seaman on watch, in t-shirt and dungarees, broke right out laughing.


 I thought,
DEAR LORD, WHAT HAVE I GOT MYSELF INTO?

Eighteen years of age at the time, I grew up on the Yuma.  She took me up and down the U.S. west coast, to and from Hawaii many times, to Guam and the Marianas Islands, Japan, the Philippines, down to the northern tip of New Guinea and to every major island group in the Pacific.  Eventually, I became a petty officer and the ship's senior radioman.  Cmdr. Howard G. Labo was the best skipper in the world and quartermaster Lewis Tucker the best of friends.  And, perhaps most important, the old Yuma was a feeder!

 MY THREE YEARS ABOARD THE USS YUMA ARE AMONG MY FONDEST MEMORIES.

 Look at this picture of the fleet tug, the USS UTE ATF76, tied up to what looks like an ugly part of the world.

NOT SO!

I have had the "ready duty" at this very dock  many times. Two miles away is the beach at Waikiki in Honolulu, truly a paradise full of beautiful wahines. looking for their sailor boy.  Un Huh!  UGLY PART OF THE WORLD?  NOT REALLY!

CLEARLY, THINGS WERE NOT AS THEY FIRST SEEMED!

Think about a country where 25% of it's area is below sea level as is 21% of it's population.  In fact, 50% of it's land is only one metre above sea level.

Wouldn't you at first imagine the people who live in such a land would tend to be depressed?

IT AIN'T SO!

In May 2011 the Netherlands were judged to be the happiest country in the world.  Yes, it might be because they love and respect Queen Beatrix.

The happiness of the Dutch may be due to the extreme liberalness of the country.  They are not hampered with all the laws and regulations as we are in America.  Drugs?  Yep, they are legal!  No drug wars in Holland.  Prostitution?  It's on public display.  Actually, they are more into bicycles and ice skates. The economy?  The Dutch have always done quite well, thank you.  The Peace Palace of the world, THE HAGUE, is located in the Netherlands.


Don't let all this sweet talk about the Netherlands lead you to think the Dutch are any push overs.  Financially, we owe them our shirts for money we have borrowed from them.  Their miltary is small but sound.  Although they had the wisdom not to destroy themselves against the Nazi juggernaut, today they join in with other nations to maintain peace in the world.  An ancient sea going people, this is a picture of one of their modern naval vessels.



DON'T JUDGE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE DUTCH BY THEIR SIZE
My wife and I have been to Amsterdam and would love to return.
I also have blog readers in the Netherlands.

SO OFTEN WE SUCUMB TO QUICK JUDGEMENTS
Take care, first judgements are often wrong!

God Bless You and Yours

GOD BLESS THE USA

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

PROGRESS TOWARD BLOGGING GOAL: It's A'coming!

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I can dream, and plan for my mid-spring cross-country camping trip to the National Parks and my drive to Simi Valley, California, seen under a rainbow in the above picture.  The truth of the matter, however, is it is mid-winter in northeast Ohio and, as the old song goes, "Baby, its cold out there" .  Retired for some 20+ years, I am mostly keeping pretty close to the house.  I do keep busy doing this and that, among which is my blog writting.  As with everything in my life, I set goals for myself in my blog.


Since late summer my blog readership has tripled as can be seen on the chart above. Since inception in 2008, readership has run about a thousand a month.  It is now over three thousand.  My son, Mark, gave me a book on my Kindle entitled "Finding your blogging MoJo".  Following the suggestions in the book, I upgraded my blog in several ways and the results can be seen in this chart.

  My goal for this year is to double the readership again to 6,000 a month.  The readership has now leveled off in the last five months.  I LOVE A CHALLENGE!

My previously most blogs written per month were 27 written in November, 2011.  This is my 44TH blog written in January of 2012.  Of course I do not intend to continue at this pace.  The weather has been keeping me inside but that will change.  Also, I have another writing goal beside my blog which is quite time consuming.  I'll start that on February 1, 2012.



Do you know what absolutely blows my mind?  My blog is being read in 77 countries around the world!  Take a moment and read the list on my blog page.  Mostly people find the blog doing a subject search then I see them coming back to read day-by-day.  I have commenced writing welcoming blogs to the new readers from these new countries.  And, I am learning so much.  Who in America knows much about Jersey or Macae, yet they are so interesting.  Even countries I know about, like the Ukraine, I now know so much more than I did.  While in Poland I now want to ground travel to Kiev, Ukraine.


I am also learning what readers are mostly interested in.  Would you believe that one of the most read blogs is anything about shanty boats.  A LOT OF DREAMERS OUT THERE!  I get great response to my travel blogs, one of the most is about Westminister Abby.  I have also learned what people don't want to read, jokes.  That surprized me.  So far this month my blogs have been The Good Life, 44.2%, Politics, 25.6%, Wisdom, 21.0% and Humor, 9.2%.  I'd like to balance out Politics and Wisdom, but this is how it worked out this month.  The GOP debates probably were a factor.

I DO NOT GET NEARLY THE FEED BACK i'D LIKE TO GET!  The "Mojo" book said this was a problem pointing out how rarely we respond to blogs we read.  That's true!  Several suggestions were made, such as ending the blog with a question, which I've tried.  I haven't significantly increased response.  I'm still trying, the topic banner is one such effort.  Most response is by email, which is okay.
  And, I have a faithful cadre of readers who faithfully respond, and send items of interest to me, which I use.  Thank you so much!  YOU ARE A REAL ENCOURAGEMENT TO ME.


Well, as the song goes "That's my story and I'm sticking to it".  One of my faithful and most responsive readers asked about the blog, she didn't see much response.  I thought you might be interested also?  Compared to my peers, the other 89 writers in Barberton, Ohio, my blog is many times what the others average, and is far ahead of the nearest.  NONE OF THAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO ME!  The blog is an opportunity to express myself and to share, which it gives me pleasure to do.  Thank you for your interest!

God Bless You and Yours

GOD BLESS THE USA

WANT MORE MONEY?: Spend Less, Get More!

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YOU GET TO DECIDE
Choose wisely and you can live the good live for very little

WHAT IS THE GOOD LIFE?  Well, for certain, it is different things for different people.  For my wife and I, probably the best thing in life is time spent with family.  From a retreat with my daughter, son and spouses on March 3rd at a historic bed and breakfast, The Spread Eagle Tavern and Inn, to the month long stay in a beach front penthouse suite in October, we have plans to be with family.  Last week we had lunch with daughter and grandson, next weekend we do superbowl with a son and spouse.  We have special family guests coming for Thanksgiving dinner. 
  We don't "hope" it happens, we make certain that we plan for it to happen!  We dearly love our family.  The picture on the left is of me talking with my daughter, Kimberly, my son, Todd, and my much loved daughter-in-law, Amy.

THE GOOD LIFE IS HAVING PLACES TO GO!  There are so many places to go.  There are few things I absolutely know in life, but that I will not make it to all the places that I want to visit in my life time is something I know for certain!  No!  I didn't wait until I am nearly 81 years of age to start.  I've been going places since I was 17 and joined the Navy!  In mid May of this year, I plan to make a three week cross country camping trip in the western National Parks and visiting a high school classmate in California.  Next year, I plan to drive to Alaska and also to fly around the world visiting Poland, Russia and China. 

YOU CAN NOT HAVE A GOOD LIFE WITHOUT THINGS TO DO!  In addition to planned improvements to home and lakeside retreat, I plan to build me a shanty boat this coming summer with which I can "Huckle Berry Finn" it on southern waters in winter months, not to mention a week now and then on the Ohio River at various times.  I am also having a go at writing a book, albeit, quite slowly.  I also have plans for trips on my Terra Trike.  I'm never happier than when I'm hoeing my garden.   I have things to do, thats not a problem!

IT MUST BE NICE!

I HEAR THIS SO OFTEN!  More often than not from people who are younger, in better health and who have far greater assets.  They infer that we are somehow or other blessed with riches that they have been denied.  They are only poor in spirit!  Want more money?  Let me tell you how we manage to pay for our "fun and games".  We simply spend less!  My wife Julie and our housekeeper, Donna, went shopping today.  They specifically went to Giant Eagle to buy 10 dozen eggs for a dollar a dozen, currently eggs are a $2.19 a dozen, and boneless, split chicken breast for a dollar a pound.  Before going on to Aldies, a discount grocery store, they compared prices of what they planned to buy there.  

FOOD           GIANT EAGLE  ALDIES    
Cauliflower              $2.99                 $0.99
   Carrots                     1.00/#                 0.49/# 
Celery                      2.00                   1.19
   Green Peppers          1.99/#                 0.69/# 
Half and Half             3.49                   1.79
Turkey Breast 15.98
A  Whole Butterball Turkey 13.54
       

WANT TO SAVE EVEN MORE MONEY?  Stay away from places where they sell things!  Un Huh!  Do you have any idea how much money people spend unintentionally?  It is a bundle.  Last Friday, Julie asked if I had any cash, she was running late and didn't have time to stop by the bank.  I had $41 which I gave her.  She said "Keep the dollar".  I asked "What am I supposed to do with it?"   She repaid the money and it has laid on the table for a couple days.  I haven't been out of the house to spend any money.  This is Donna and my $41

I LOVE SPRING TIME!
However, I am no longer in the springtime of my life

I AM IN MY SUNSET YEARS
Aren't Sun Sets A Wonder To Behold?

God Bless You and Yours

GOD BLESS THE USA
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Saturday, January 28, 2012

BLESSED ARE THE PEACE MAKERS: Their's Is The Kingdom Of Heaven!

POLITICAL   POLITICAL   POLITICAL   POLITICAL   POLITICAL   POLITICAL   POLITICAL   POLITICAL


A VERY INTERESTING BLOG SITE

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has announced it will not talk to Israel, a country with which it has a peace treaty

U.S. President, Barrach Hussein Obama, has anounced he will reward the Brotherhood by speeding up assistance to it. The next time you see whats happening in Egypt, especially the burning of the U. S. flag, remember that $2.3 Billion of your tax dollars are going to Egypt for Foreign Aide and another $1.3 Billion for Miltary Aide. 

MAXINE WILL THROW IN MY TWO CENTS!


WHY AM I WRITING THIS BLOG?
TO HAVE A BOOK WRITTEN ABOUT ME:
ENTITLED
WALT PIERCE
RABBLE- ROUSER FOR PEACE
(IT'S BEEN DONE BEFORE - CHECK BELOW)
PLEASE PLAN TO VOTE IN 2012
YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU

God Bless You and Yours

GOD BLESS THE USA

(THANKS MAUDE)

Friday, January 27, 2012

WEALTHY? Yes Or No. You Decide!

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This is a picuture of Rush Limbaugh's $450,000 Maybach 57S.  It is one of Maybach's cheaper models.  Rusbo makes up for it being cheaper by owning six of them!  He likes to change color from day-to-day to match his mood.  Un Huh!  Rush Limbaugh is famous and his fame has brougt him wealth.

Will fame, and being at the top of your "game" bring you wealth?  Consider what Cleopatra, Vincent Van Gogh, Adolph Hitler, Meriweather Lewis and Marilyn Monroe had in common.  They were all famous.  What they had in common is that they all comitted suicide.  Life was not worth living.  Anything but wealthy!

THERE IS FAR MORE THAN FINANCIAL WEALTH!

Wealth (n) A great quanity or store of money, valuable possessions, property and other riches.  An abundance or profusion of ANYTHING; plentiful amount of a wealth of imaginry. 

THE KEY WORD HERE IS "ANYTHING" 

Yesterday, I helped celebrate my youngest grandson's 13th birthday.  Riley James Pierce Boggs is now a teen ager!  Seemingly impossible.  His mother invited me to a birthday lunch and movie with Riley.  We had a steak at the Longhorn Steak House and went to see Very Loud and Up Close.  I enjoyed myself immensely!  We took this same picture a year ago when I took him to lunch on his 12th birthday.  Riley got a year older and I just got better looking.

Riley is going to be faced with a very difficult challenge in life.  I pray that he will do well.  He has so much going for him.  His parents, both well educated and extremely hard working, are quite successful as may be measured by their new 8,000+ square foot home in a gated community of similiar homes.  He and his sister, Delanie Rose Pierce Boggs, attend a private school, pictured right, with some of American icons of wealth and industry.  The cost of their schooling is about twice my annual income.

Riley, in the 7th grade, has studied four languages and speaks French well.  From 20,000 students considered, he is one of only 20 that has been chosen to represent his country as a student-to-student ambassador around the world throughout his high school years.  He has been a key player on two youth league champion winning football teams and now plays "shooting guard" on an undefeated basketball team.  He is good looking, takes after me, no doubt! 

He is polite, speaks English so well that he amazes his teachers, (His mother is an English Major).  He started to be a perfect host when he was about five years of age.  He dresses well and, for the most part, conforms to all you could want in a 13 year old youngster.

SO, WHAT'S THE PROBLEM? 

Riley's neighbor boys are the sons of two doctors.  His class mates parents are within the top one percent of the wealthiest.  His paternal grandparents are very well-to-do, at the least, and his older cousins reflect their wealth and have considerable influence on Riley.

IT WILL BE A CHALLENGE FOR RILEY TO RECOGNIZE TRUE WEALTH,
 NOT JUST FINANCIAL WEALTH.

My wife, Julie, and I have cared for Riley and his sister a lot over the years.  One of the joys we had with the kids was to give them each $2.00 and take them shopping at the Dollar Tree.  They would choose this and then that.  They would change their minds over and over.  It was an easy and fun hour of baby sitting for their parents.  The day came, however, when Riley just rode in the shopping cart, playing a game, and didn't want anything.  When I pursued the reason why, he eventually told me that "This store just has junk".

Were I a betting man, I'd bet he was reflecting what his cousins had told him when Riley bragged about our fun times in the Dollar Tree.  We've never been back.  I miss it!

When Kimberly and Jack bought their new Lexus, they gave us their 1995 Lexus ES300.  The current blue book resale value of the car is $4,330 and it was a generous gift.  I have put about $2,300 into improvements and have made arrangements to have the paint touched up here and there.  Riley asked his dad "Why would you want to give them that old car, and why would they want it?"

It is too small for me but Julie loves this little car.  She will probably drive it until she retires and then, in order to reduce maintenance, insurance and license fees, we will probably go from three cars to one, newer van.

RILEY SAW THE CAR AS WORTHLESS!

When we were both out of a job due to a plant closure, after travelling the country for three months in a travel trailer, we decided we wanted to live right where we were, in Barberton, Ohio. When I considered early retirement, we downgraded to a smaller home which we had been renting.  I had the home completely remodeled, inside and out, and had a professional decorator furnish it to our tastes.  IT IS A 107 YEAR OLD HOME IN A BLUE COLLAR NEIGHBORHOOD, BUT WE ARE VERY PROUD OF IT.   A wide range of friends and family scramble for invitations to our theme dinners, from a Tijuana Whorehouse to a South Seas Island Sea Food Buffet.  

Riley asked us "WHY DO YOU WANT TO LIVE IN THIS OLD HOUSE?  IT'S SO SMALL!" 

RILEY COULD NOT SEE THE HOUSE PERFECTLY FIT OUR CHOSEN LIFESTYLE!

I remember how difficult it was coming from the extreme poverty of the great depression.  It was difficult coming from a backward part of the country.  That probably helped Julie and I to assess true wealth, the part of "having an abundance or profusion of anything".   We are warm and dry.  We have food to eat and food to share.  We have things to do and places to go.  We have many wonderful friends.  The extended Pierce family is a profusion of everything good.

I SEE WHERE HAVING SO MUCH
 MAKES IT DIFFICULT FOR RILEY TO UNDERSTAND
THAT THERE IS MUCH MORE TO WEALTH THAN JUST POSSESSIONS

He is blessed with wonderful, down-to-earth parents who love him very much.  They are great examples.  They are both involved in his life.  I am sure he will turn out to be just like them.  I pray I shall be around to enjoy him into manhood.  He has brought such joy into my life!

May God Care For Riley

May God Bless You and Yours

GOD BLESS THE USA

A NEW BLOG READER FROM JERSEY: Welcome!

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MONT ORGUEIL
Jersey's only city, built in the 13th century as protection from France

Greetings, Friend!

You are the first to read my blog from Jersey.
Welcome!
I am delighted to have you as a reader.
I would love to visit your beautiful island nation.

May God bless you and yours.


Greetings from my family to yours


To all of you who are as ignorant as I am of Jersey, it is an island nation, one of the Channel Islands between France and England.  The Viking invasion of the 9th century had a strong influence on the people.  Contension of ownership has continued throughout history.  Although it lies closer to France, Jersey eventually became more or less an United Kingdom protectorate and their language is English.  With a population of only 92,500, I am pleased that one reads my blog. 

Although we may not be overly familiar with Jersey, we know some of the people who at one time called Jersey home.  Sir Walter Raleigh was Governor of the Island from 1600-1603.  Lilly Langtry, 1853-1929, the "Jersey Lilly", who was so enamoured by the hanging judge of the American west, Judge Roy Bean.  And, Victor Hugo, exiled to Jersey 1825-55.  The list of poets, writers, and sports people is quite long.  Although small, Jersey is all about location and it's influence throughout the world is extensive.  In America, for instance, we have New Jersey.
Christianty came to Jersey in the 6th century,
 the influence of which can be seen  in the names of it's parishes.
Excepting Trinity and Grouville, all the parishes are named for a Saint.

THIS BRINGS TO 77 THE NUMBER OF COUNTRIES IN WHICH MY BLOG IS READ.
 
THANK YOU!
May God Bless You and Yours

GOD BLESS THE USA

Thursday, January 26, 2012

IS OBAMA'S SHIP SINKING? The Rats Are Deserting!

POLITICAL   POLITICAL   POLITICAL   POLITICAL   POLITICAL   POLITICA    POLITICAL   POLITICA


WILL THE 2012 ELECTION BE A CLIFF HANGER?
IT WILL NOT, I NOW KNOW FOR SURE!
HOW DO I KNOW?
RATS ARE DESERTING THE SHIP!


HILLARY CLINTON HAS ANNOUNCED
SHE WILL NOT CONTINUE AS
SECRETARY OF STATE
SHE WANTS TO SEE HOW "TIRED" SHE IS AFTER 20 YEARS IN THE SPOTLIGHT 

TIMOTHY GUIETNER WILL NOT CONTINUE AS
SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY
OBAMA CONSIDERED HIM TO BE A WORLD CLASS BEAN CUTTER


AFTER 16 YEARS BARNEY FRANK IS RETIRING
NO!  NO!  NO!
BARNEY'S IN LOVE
71 YEAR OLD BARNEY IS MARRYING 42 YEAR OLD FRANK READY
TIRED OF LIVING IN SIN, NO DOUBT!
WILL BARNEY NOW BE MRS. FRANK READY?


IF THE PRESIDENT CAN GET HIS "GO ANYWHERE" CAR
INTO PRODUCTION,
HE THINKS HIS REELECTION WILL BE ASSURED!
God Bless You and Yours

GOD BLESS THE USA