Words Of (Dubious) Wisdom

A smile can disarm the hurtful
and a tear disarm the weak
a laugh can disarm the bully
but he may punch you in the cheek.

~Jack Downing~

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Twenty-Two Vets

     The Boston Red Sox and New Balance Footwear inc. along with a large variety of  other sponsors (too numerous to mention here) are again hosting the “Run to Home Base” road race challenge on July 25, 2015  for the 5th consecutive year. The “Run to Home Base” helps to raise funds to counsel and support those veterans for whom their military service was so overwhelming, that they are having trouble coping with everyday life in the very society that they so bravely defended. Please understand that there is another level beyond the physical wounds of war.

      Please help support these heroes in any way  possible.

    Thanks,

Jake.

TWENTY-TWO VETS

Twenty-two vets

will die today

but not in a war fought

far away.

No, they’ll not perish

amid battle’s din,

for them the enemy

lies within.

Every sixty minutes

plus another five

another hero

does not survive.

And that fact alone

should give us pause,

because for most,

we know the cause.

They are in of need help

so desperately

yet too quickly

they’re set free.

Oh, they’ll try to adapt

and live like us all

but the scars of war

live in their recall.

And those demons will drive them

to the last,

until all their thoughts

are of the past.

When until those thoughts

become a living dream

and they can bear no more

their demon’s scream.

Twenty-two two vets

will die today

by their own hand

and not far away.

Yes, twenty-two heroes

will be laid to rest.

Let us pray each tomorrow,

there will be one less.

***

Jack Downing

Nov. 11, 2014

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A National Prayer

In God we trust for we have no choice. So unto God we must raise up our voice.

In God we trust
for we have no choice.
So unto God we must
raise up our voice.

     With all that has happened around this nation during recent times I think that the following may just be the last hope for our country as we know it. Please pray the following prayer at least once a day, until the tide of liberal permissiveness begins to ebb.

May God Bless The United States of America once again.

Jake.

A National Prayer

Oh Lord, to You this prayer I send,
please bless our nation once again.
Yes, we have strayed from way back when
and our current ways we must emend.
We must return to the there and then
when You came first in the hearts of men
And now our only hope on You depends
so please Lord, bless us, once again.

~Jack Downing~

July 14, 2015

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Father’s Day

    Here’s wishing all of the “dads” a Happy Father’s Day.

Jake.

FATHER'S DAY

Father’s Day

Any man can be a father

but not all can be a dad

it takes a special kind of guy

to love you when you’re bad,

to make you smile with a silly face

when he knows you’re feeling sad

or to keep you focused on what’s right

even if it makes you mad.

But, there are way too many fathers

that don’t care if you do bad

and they can’t and won’t be bothered

when your feeling down and sad,

because they take no interest

and that alone, should make you mad

for there’s one thing I know for sure

it’s that all kids need a dad.

And so, if you are a lucky one

and for whom life’s not too bad

then you should thank God everyday

for that guy that you call dad

and for those who’re not so fortunate

be oh, so more than sad

for they will never know the love

that you and I have had!

***

Jack Downing

June 19, 2015

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Generation One-Eighty

Now some of you, heretofore referred to as us/we, seem to have a different (make that old-school) perspective on what is now considered to be the “norm,” in regard to corrective action for our own, or anyone else’s, offspring’s deviation from the iron-clad rules of the kingdom, otherwise known as the “homestead”.  And I will give you an example of that and then follow it up with a question. When we were young and we misbehaved, (did any of us really call it misbehaving?) (And no, that is not the aforementioned question.) we were punished by being sent to our room. Where, there were no TV’s, computers, video games and especially, no “Smart Phones” on which we could whine to our friends, by “text messaging” in secret code, of course, that we were currently “grounded” by the dictatorial decree of our parents. No sir! We had to “think” about what we had done and then eventually show remorse (real or imagined) so that we could be released from the prison that was our own house!!

But in today’s world however, with all of the gadgets that technology has provided the youth and in truth, all of us really, being sent to your room doesn’t seem to be much of a punishment to us at all! But, now wouldn’t it be ironic, if when the kids of the current generation misbehaved, their punishment would be; being sent outside to play? Now isn’t that a question worth pondering!

Have a great weekend everyone and let me hear what YOU think..

Jake.

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Just A Few Thoughts I’ve Had

     These may give you a look inside my befuddled mind.

     Thanks for visiting,

Jake. 

Random Thoughts and Other Stuff

Each morning brings a brand new day

and only in God lies the final say

to if or not, one more be passed

so live today like it is your last

………………………………………………………………

 Ben Franklin said

that “Haste Makes Waste.”

But after a look in the mirror

I’d say that; “Taste Makes Waist!”

………………………………………………………………

I once had a duck

a goose,

and a rooster.

But I liked the goose best,

it was my biggest booster.

…………………………………………………………………

Man and beast

are friends at least,

until it’s time

for man to feast.

………………………………………………………………………

I stand alone to gaze upon

my days and years gone by.

I’ve laughed, I’ve cried,

I’ve loved and loathed,

but now, I can’t remember why! 

……………………………………………………………..

I believe in assistance

to the needy,

but I detest the enabling

of the greedy.

For without self-respect

that comes from earning the check,

soon develops and fosters

the seedy.

………………………………………………………………………

Liberty demands for our attention,

for freedom’s tethered not, to you and me.

Expecting always, without doubt, its retention,

is folly, and a peril to the free.

……………………………………………………………………………….

You can educate,

the illiterate.

As well, the uninformed.

But ignorance is

the greater task,

for it takes on,

so many forms.

……………………………………………………………………

~Jack Downing~

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Arlington

    Memorial Day, who better to be remembered than those who lie in eternal rest at Arlington National Cemetery?

May God grant them peace.

May God grant them peace.

Arlington

Crosses and stars

perfectly rowed

on manicured fields

so patiently mowed.

*

Red, white and blue

in contrast to green

in every direction

in multitudes seen.

*

Yes, crosses and stars

of alabaster white

precisely so placed

dressed left and dressed right.

*

Markers to tell

the names and the ranks

of those who have passed

and to whom, we owe thanks.

*

To those who have served

to keep us all free

they rest now in peace

with God now, they be.

***

Jack Downing

May 2012

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