My mother was the best mom you could possibly have. I’m going to tell you a little bit about what made her so incredible. This isn’t to take away from all the other great moms out there, it is a testament to all moms.
She lived a very full life and passed away 11 years ago, leaving behind a legacy and a path of love that will continue till the end of time.
When she was 19 years old, she worked as an assistant to the President of Gerber Baby Food up in Fremont Michigan, their corporate headquarters. One of her jobs was to reply to all the people who mailed in photos of their babies hoping to be the next Gerber baby.
She joined the WAVES during World War II and ended up with a Top Secret level job working in the office of the Commander of the Navy. Before being hired, the FBI sent a team of agents to Muskegon Michigan to investigate her and talk to neighbors and friends to see what type of person she was. My mother was one of the most honorable, honest individuals that ever walked the planet. She got the job. She used to say how she couldn’t tell anyone where she worked or what she did. She could only say, I work at the Pentagon.
One of her jobs as an assistant to the Commander of the Navy was to actually move the pins around on the map which showed where enemy subs were located, based on the latest intelligence. She said that she was frisked when she entered the office and when she left. She loved Washington DC and always encouraged me to visit there, which I have yet to do. Soon, Ma, soon.
Click Read More for the rest!
I don’t know what motivates you, but that sweet little face, that curious little mind, that fun little girl is the reason why I care so much about the future of our country and world. From the first time I held her in my arms and she looked up at me with wonder and innocence, I’ve been even more motivated to try to do whatever I can to make the world a better place for her. So if I sometimes seem a little too passionate about an issue or get angry at supposed progressives for attacking the President and Democrats, it’s because I KNOW that they will give my granddaughter a much better chance at that future than a Republican would. NO DOUBT!
I can tell that she is a liberal already. She’s fun, she’s playful, she’s smart and she loves people.
I was contacted by a 6th grade teacher from a little town in northern Michigan, East Jordan, and was asked if I could help him with a club that he set up a couple of years ago. I followed the link to the Youtube clip below and was blown away by the great things this teacher, Matt Hamilton is doing up there. He started a “Shoe Club” that was inspired by the concept of walking in others shoes. He encourages the students to “Dream Big”, set goals, give back to society and make the world a better place.
Matt’s “Shoe Club” asks famous and inspirational people to donate a shoe to the club to show their support. He has shoes from Michael Jordan, Phil Mickelson, Lance Burton, Kobe Bryant, Francis Collins, Lebron James and Arnold Palmer to name just a few…the list is quite impressive.
Matt tells us the mission of the club, “It’s a club designed for my 6th graders to help inspire and motivate them to work hard, set goals, dream big and to give back to other people and to respect people and love people.”
It is people like Matt Hamilton who give me hope for the future, one teacher who is clearly making a difference in his community. With the assault on education in our state of Michigan and across the country, it is great to be reminded how important these people are to the future of our country. I have several of those inspirational teachers in my own family and the importance of education can’t be overstated. Watch the clip below to feel good about our world and see what the effort of one teacher alone can have on our future generations. I’m going to help Matt in any way I can to expand his club to include a video production element. They want to make videos to inspire and change the world. Count me in!
On my drive home from my day gig last night, Tom Ashbrook had a very somber topic on his NPR show, Onpoint, about the unbelievable number of women who are being raped on college campuses. Vice President Joe Biden gave a great speech at the University of New Hampshire and the clip below is a news report about it. Here is a link to the entire speech, the VP sure can talk, can’t he. :) If you go look at it, Joe starts at about 10 minutes on the timeline.
This rape culture that has developed in our country and everywhere, really HAS TO STOP, DAMN IT. And the way it has to happen is by all of us speaking out, sitting our teenage and young adult men down and making sure they know that it is NEVER OK to force yourself on a woman. I urge everyone to sit the young men in your family down and talk to them, even if you don’t have any reason to think that your son is like that. You don’t know what kind of crap his friends are telling him or if he’s watching Jersey Shore and idolizing the idea of “Hooking Up” or getting girls drunk and taking advantage of them. I’ve posted about this before, go read it if you are interested. After you watch this clip where the Vice President tells it like it is.
This is the first video I’ve posted of my 11 month old granddaughter. The first time I held her in my arms and she looked up at me with wonder, innocence and purity – my life was changed. I have always been passionate about trying to make the world a better place. This little girl deserves a world worth living in.
Look at this video and imagine what kind of world we will have in 17 years when she becomes an adult and goes off to college. If the Republicans continue to destroy our country, will she even be able to go to college, will the wealthy be hiding behind their gated communities with armed security – keeping the rest of us out? I have to wonder, do none of these Republicans have grandchildren. And if they do, are they so confident that their grandchild will be behind those gates in the future?
Please enjoy my smart, talented and purely innocent granddaughter dancing like crazy and learning a little spanish. She knows some sign language already too. You can hear me, my wife and Lennie Elizabeth’s mom laughing in the background. This is why I care so much what happens to our country.
I hope I don’t live to regret it, but I just plunged into the Twitterverse. I’m new to it, so cut me some slack at first. You can click on the “Follow me on Twitter” button I placed on the sidebar to your right. Any suggestions are appreciated from you experienced tweeters. Let the fun begin.
I have to tell you what inspired me to join. I was listening to the Bob and Elvis Show Podcast and Bob Cesca was “busting” Elvis out for “stalking” celebrities on Twitter. In this case, it was Albert Brooks that he was busting him out for. I love Albert Brooks and decided I would sign up just so I could follow him, he cracks me up. I’m also following Bob and Elvis, they also crack me up. Thanks Elvis!
I did this political quiz at About.com. It was pretty fun. Here are my results, which they give you code for to paste into your blog.
You are a Social Justice Crusader, also known as a rights activist. You believe in equality, fairness, and preventing neo-Confederate conservative troglodytes from rolling back fifty years of civil rights gains.