A thought provoking perspective. We never know each night as we go to sleep, any moment spent with a loved one, or any other part of our day that we make take for granted may very well be our last. The thousands who lost their lives on that horrible day were just at work, traveling home from business or leisure trips, running errands, and/or conducting personal business when life came to a halt for them. We dishonor their memories when we allow ourselves to lose sight of the gift that is life, allow ourselves to become too busy to appreciate our loved ones, allow our desire for material possessions to cloud or completely dissuade us from feeling gratitude for what we already have, and any other aspect of “modern” life that takes our focus away from living it to its fullest. Take a moment every day, look around you, remain aware that your time in this life is precious, and like so many who so suddenly lost their lives 13 years ago today, that time could end without warning. I cry every year on this day for the multitude of loss this day represents. I remember the shock of watching these events unfold on live television at work and being sent home early because the company was afraid banks may be a target and they considered the lives of their employees far more valuable than the profits lost by completely shutting down operations. I remain reverent for what this attack brought to our nation and how it brought us together in our grief and anger, uniting us in ways I have never seen in my lifetime. These are the things I associate with this day and anytime my health problems push me to the point of losing hope, to the point I want my pain to end bad enough to consider ending my time here, these lessons help me remember that hope is one part of the human condition that no one but ourselves can take away from us. If you can, be happy. When opportunity knocks, answer the damn door. If your health changes or begins to fail you, keep fighting and whenever possible, accept the changes that brings to your life and do everything you can to adapt (which is very hard and often takes years, as I continually learn from my own experience). Whatever you do, do not stop fighting, do not stop getting through each day you are given. Know that you are loved, even if you feel completely alone in this world, someone out there loves you and holds you in his or her heart. Be kind to one another, you have no way of knowing the path someone else is on and the pain that person may suffer as a result. Open your heart and mind to new possibilities, cultures, and experiences, the lessons learned from such exposure can enrich your life in ways you cannot even begin to imagine. If you do nothing else today, at least take a moment to reflect on what this day means to you, how it changed your life, and how you can use that knowledge to guide your path moving forward. Thank you, if you made it this far in my post, for taking the time to read my little rant. My new medication is making me more emotional than usual (which is already more emotional than many) and thus, I had a lot I wished to express after reading this meme.
I received this reply from Senator Kaine after sending a thank you note through HRC after the Senate passed ENDA. Even though this is likely an automated response, I still found it really cool that he not only fights for equal rights but also cares enough about his constituents to send a reply at all. :-) #ENDA #TimKaine
Dear Mr. Miller:
Thank you for contacting me about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). I appreciate hearing from you.
On April 25, 2013 Senator Jeff Merkley introduced ENDA, legislation to prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. I am a cosponsor of this bipartisan bill, which addresses discrimination in the workplace by making it illegal to fire, refuse to hire, or refuse to promote employees based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. On November 7, 2013 the Senate passed ENDA by a vote of 64-32. I applaud the bipartisan support for the bill in the Senate, and am encouraged by this effort to bring an end to discriminatory practices.
As a former civil rights lawyer, I am fully committed to the basic equality and common dignity of all people. As Governor, my first act was to sign an executive order banning discrimination against state employees for any reason, including sexual orientation. I will continue to support efforts that promote the equal rights and the dignity of all citizens.
Thank you again for contacting me.
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Although I am not a big fan of Apple’s smaller screen on the iPhone nor their proprietary approach to digital media, I must admit the finger-print reader built into the home button, the 64-bit processor, and some of the software advances in the new iPhone 5S announced today have more than piqued my curiosity. :-)
Originally posted on TechCrunch:
Apple’s iPhone 5s is a major improvement over the iPhone 5, packing some changes to the hardware beyond the usual spec and performance improvements we see from “s” advances on iPhone. The big splashy focus features here are the improved camera and the brand new fingerprint sensor built into the Home button, which powers Apple’s new identification tech called Touch ID.
Both of these features were what I focused on with my hands-on time with the new phone. An Apple employee walked me through how to set up the phone for Touch ID, and how to use that to unlock the device and make purchases in the App and iTunes Stores. Each iPhone 5s can support up to five different fingerprints, making it possible for a user to authorize their family and friends to be able to use their device, too.
The setup process with the iPhone 5s is…
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Very well said. :-)
Originally posted on Reasonable Conversation:
Wow. Been asked three times today what I think about Ben Affleck cast as Batman, once by a person I don’t know and who isn’t a reader. Hate to pass the buck, but with the exception of his dislike of Man of Steel that seems to increase over time (I still like it on the whole), I’d have to say that MovieBob pretty much nails it.
Yes, he’s been in some goofy movies, and yes he’s not as talented as Matt Damon (who probably wouldn’t be right for the role), but he’s a solid actor with a love of comics, two Academy Awards, who has played a range of different parts with depth and aplomb. Sure, his last attempt at a comic movie, Daredevil, sucked, but it wasn’t because of something he did. It was a poorly written movie where the hero was heroic because stories have protagonists…
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George Zimmerman acquitted in Trayvon Martin’s death
SANFORD, Fla. — George Zimmerman is a free man.
After nearly 16 hours of deliberations over two d…
A difficult case to prove in either direction, with so many conflicting reports of who threw the first punch and so much emotion-inspired testimony from witnesses. However, I do feel that no matter who started the fight that brought a tragic end to this young man’s life, Zimmerman must be held responsible for the simple fact that he had no right following or otherwise engaging Trevon to begin with. A neighborhood watch volunteer has no more right to engage a suspicious person than you or I and I do not consider his insistence to do so after the 911 representative clearly advised him to stop as anything shy of irresponsible. Had he left the matter to the police, that young man would still be alive to tell his side of the story. Zimmerman may very well have acted out of self-defense, but he must be held responsible for placing himself in the position that led to the necessity for such actions to begin with. He may very well not be guilty of second degree murder, but I feel he is still guilty of manslaughter, at the very least.