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Short, long, summary of a life


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Well yes, but…

With Passover and Easter fast approaching and Ramadan in June it’s a good time to reflect on how we live our lives.

Don’t Just Believe In God, Believe Him is the title of a blog on The TJ Blog, by – wait for it – TJ. I know, you already guessed that. But take the time to get to know TJ. I know that you can only get to know as much about a person from their blog as they’re willing to share, but TJ does a pretty good job of that. But, he’s young, only a little younger than me, but that’s because he’s more mature than his years and I tend sometimes to be (someone I love would say immature) a little less mature than my years. Which doesn’t diminish what he has to say.

But, that’s not what this post is about. It’s about what TJ had to say on the subject of God, about believing Him. That’s spot on. Believing in God, is very different than believing God, and TJ clearly sees, from experience,  that that simple difference has profound potential if you take the next logical step of trusting God. But, do you trust Him enough? There are amazing things to learn when you’re willing to trust Him enough to step off the path. The path that seems to be the main highway of life these days – the “my way or the highway”, “they’re different, they’re wrong”, “us or them” path.

But, then there’s Pope Francis. How’d he get into this discussion? Simple, he’s stepped off the path and taken the next logical step after TJ’s blog entry. Francis believes in God, he believes Him, and he’s obeying Him. If you’ve missed that, step back and look at what he is doing and saying because it’s all tied to two verses in scripture. TJ cited the first one, John 3:16, and Francis is living the second one, John 13:34 (Actually everything God wants for and from us is summed up in three verses: Mark 12:29-31, in the Qur’an 98:5 and 103:3 or if you’re neither Muslim or Christian, the Golden Rule). I hope you read and think about those references before you finish reading this post.

TJ lived it during his mission years in West Africa, read about it in his blog. TJ closes the blog entry that started this ramble with “Trust Him. Let Him take care of you. It might be scary at first, but He won’t let you down. He loves you.” But, now it’s time to love others!


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Cradle of Liberty

Let’s get this straight: I am an American veteran, I served during Viet Nam, had a shipmate killed in action, spent a third of an active duty Navy career at sea, away from family, born in Columbus Ohio of a father who served in WWII and Korea and for an additional twenty years and rests in Arlington National Cemetary. I am a registered Republican, have belonged to the NRA, pay my taxes, read, believe, and defend the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the United States Constitution. And, Venessa Hicks’ photograph



MAKES ME PROUD! The flag as a cradle is the perfect illustration of this country as the cradle of liberty. It illustrates and honors the sacrifice and service that Vanessa Hicks, a fellow veteran, I, my family, have made and the Clevenger family is making to defend what this photograph so reverently illustrates.

I stand up, not in protest, but to salute Vanessa Hicks and the Clevenger Family.

Raymond Hasson, QMC (SS)
United States Navy (Ret)


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Divergence: “What are you willing to do today?”

I occasionally diverge from the usual content of this blog. Yes, there’s usual content..? But, many things capture my attention and interest so this inaugurates a new feature: Divergence Saturday. And, I can’t think of a better topic than health at a starter.

I’ve been following Dr. Chet Zelasko for several years now. Like me, that always helps, he likes to dig into, research, facts, why, what, and then explains it very clearly – that mean’s simply. Plus, I’ve met him and talked with him so I know that what he says here, reflects who he is, someone I trust. He blogs on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday here: DrChet – Straight Talk on Health. He posts nice and early, at least for me on the East coast, so I can read him before I get distracted by the day.

The quote in the title of this post is how Chet ends every blog about health. Whether it’s something he’s concerned about, or the answer to a question – yes, he answers questions – it always ends with something you and I can do to be better. So…

“What are you willing to do today?”

And, thanks Chet!