The Legacy of President Obama.

A straight forward look at the Presidency of Obama from Tom Demerly.

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By Tom Demerly for tomdemerly.com

President Obama during his speech at 2010 winter commencement held at Michigan Stadium on May 1st 2010. (SAM WOLSON/Daily)

Friday, January 20, 2017 is the final day President Barack Hussein Obama II will serve as President of the United States. He was President for 2,931 days.

Those were among the most significant days in my life.

The day President Obama was sworn in I owned a business grossing well over $1M. I earned an upper-middle class living. I owned a house in the city where I was born. I actively participated in local government, paid for a new car in cash and was on track with retirement savings for a person my age.

A year later I lost everything.

The full weight of the banking collapse, the global recession and the automotive meltdown settled on Dearborn, Michigan. The stock market plummeted to 6,000. People lost houses, businesses and livelihoods. I lost all those things and more. I had a stroke and lost part of my…

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interlocking.

Children think with their minds with no limits while adults have limits on their minds.

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a couple of enterprising 5-year olds

create the raised walkway

 many 3s, 4s and 5s

try it out

for quality control 

 offering their suggestions

when

they

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the boards

fall down

rebuilding as they go.


“in most vital organizations, there is a common bond of interdependence,

mutual interest, interlocking contributions, and simple joy.”
—max depree

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FUN FACTS ABOUT CHRISTMAS AND THE CHRISTMAS TREE

Did you know that the first Christmas was celebrated all the back in 336 in the month of December on the day of the 25 in the time of the first Christian Emperor of Rome a Roman Emperor by the name of Constantine.  A little while later Pope Julius I declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated all the time on December 25 every year.

The beginning of the Christmas Tree traditions started just like a lot of our other traditions in Germany.  It started back in the 16th century when both Christians brought trees that was decorated into their homes.  The evergreen fir tree has been used to celebrate winter festivals both Christian and pagans for thousands of years.  Pagans used it more during the winter because it makes them think that spring was coming.

Pope John Paul in 2004, made the Christmas tree a symbol of Christ because this was ancient custom which he exalts the value of life, as in the winter what is the evergreen becomes a sign of undying life, and remains Christians of the “tree of life”  Genesis 2:9 a image of Christ a supreme gift of God to humanity.

The first Christmas tree to came out of England credit was given to Prince Albert a consort of Queen Victoria in 1840 but it was actually Queen Charlotte the German wife of George III who actually put the tree in the Queen’s Lodge Windsor in December of 1800.  Legend states that a religious reformer by the name Martin Luther invented the Christmas tree.  But this is a story for another day and I promise to tell you about Charlotte very soon.

22 NOVEMBER 1963

I remember where I was when it happened that John F. Kennedy was shot.  I was still at school getting ready to go to back to class after my lunch break and I was walking pass the teacher lounge when I heard a lot of yelling and screaming a few seconds later the teacher that was in the lounge came running out yelling the President  had  been shot in Dallas along with the Governor of Texas  There was craziness all around after that.  School was let out by 145 PM cause it took that long to calm things down again to find some kind of order.  I didn’t have Tennis practice that day.

It has been 53 years today and it is just as sad today as it was back then it is one of the best conspiracies theories out there even now.  Some say that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone while others say that it couldn’t be true because if it were than why would a man like Jack Ruby or also know as Jacob Rubenstein shot Lee Harvey Oswald.

I don’t know which has the best theories but there are some awesome ones out on who did what and why.  My favorite is the trick bullet even wrote a paper on it in school my Soph year but my high school history teacher told me I should leave thing to the government and stick with things that I know I never got my paper back.  When asked about it I got an odd answer his dog ate it.  LOL  But I let it alone.  Maybe I got too close to a good theory of own for some.

The theories don’t matter one one way or another the truth is JFK is gone and wishing or finding the real reason to the ask for the killing won’t bring back a good man and President but it might have shape the United States better in the long run if he had not have gotten killed.  Robert might not have been killed himself, Teddy might not of had the troubles he had but might have been don’t help the nation now.  God we pray for the nation and hope that you can unite us all into one nation under God this we pray.  AMEN!!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY I LOVE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU CYBERSPACE AND REAL TIME!!!

 

SEASON OF THANKFULNESS

November is the month of Thankfulness and giving thanks for what we are thankful for but it is a little more than that too.  It is a month to start clearing the docket so that you can make why to visit family and friends to share a big meal with.  Now most families do this every Sunday after church but it doesn’t always happen because of the distance of where some families live from each others.  When I was a kid growing up before I went to the children home every Sunday after church we were at my Grandparents farm having lunch.  Then us girls would clean up the kitchen and the dishes let over from the table.  Thanksgiving was a different type of meal because we had more family members and even friends we haven’t seen in a while.  Which is really nice cause they stay for a couple of days.

I’m so thankful for all of my friends those in real time and cyberspace.  I am truly blessed to have the love of family and friends.   I have a prayer that the good Lord can pull this country back together united after the politics of the last election it has left a few of us not to enchanted with the things that are happening or that have happened in the past.  It needs to be stronger and better and we all need to survive to live another day.

Lord I am so thankful for all the beautiful things you have made in this world I see them every day when I look out of my window.  I see your beautiful trees with the leaves which are falling to the ground this time of the year but come spring will be green and wonderful again.  The water at beach that one can see for miles and miles.

I want to forgive all of those who have hurt me and not realized it or I have hurt I would want forgiveness for that dear Lord.  Most of all Lord I want to remember to be thankful every day because being thankful is the beginning of HAPPINESS and I want to be happy every day with being thankful cause I have so much to be THANKFUL FOR!!!

I WANT TO WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING FOR MINE TO ALL OF YOU AND YOURS!!!!  GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!

 

“nothing is so strong as gentleness. nothing is so gentle as real strength.” – frances de sales

This is something we need in every city through out the United States!!!!!!

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ann arbor’s mayor chris taylor,

supporting

the childrens’ peace and unity march.

i am so proud of my city

and

the compassionate hearts within.

“master the divine techniques of the art of peace and no enemy will dare to challenge you.”
— ueshiba

 

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MILLISA

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Hello Millisa,

This is sort of a letter of goodbye to you since I didn’t get to say goodbye the standard way.  First let me tell you will be missed by so many people and that we all love you and are trying to understand WHY it had to be this way.  God has got you through so many tough spots before and you have always taken the hard road before.  Maybe this is the hard road for you and you are doing what is best for all concerned.  If that is so then we are here to live on without you because that is the way it has to be.  It will be hard not to be able to pick up the phone and call you or go on Facebook and message you so that when you get home in the morning to IM me back.

You were the best friend a girl could ever have and I was so thankful to have known you.  Even though I was older I wasn’t always wiser you taught me how to laugh at myself and know that life sometime just isn’t always what it is cracked up to be but it can still be fun. When we played pool we played pool on the same league and we played pool against each other it was so much more fun to play on the same team then play opposite each other.  I think it was because we have to work harder when we played on different teams.

I remember the day you called me to tell me that Bobby died it was hard on both of us but we got through and here it one year later I am writing this note to tell you goodbye I’m not sure I can get through this without you my friend but I’m going to try.  You have your religion to get you through most of your sorrows but the one that was the hardest was your Mom and we talked about this I know you missed her every day.  Well now my friend you can get a hug and tell her that you never stopped loving her and find the peace you couldn’t find here.

Millisa I’m sitting here writing this trying to understanding all of it and it’s hard but you have been in my past, you have been in my present but you won’t be in my future except in my thoughts, prayers and memories but what memories they will be we had some great times.  I will miss you and I will love you forever.  You always seem to know when I needed you when we talked you told me so much why didn’t you tell me what was going on in your mind so we could have talked about?  We have always talked about so many other thinks out before why not then.  Where you afraid that I might have told you something that would have changed the out come of what happened?  Well Hon we can’t second guess it now can we.  I love you and I hope that you are at peace finally.  RIP my friend you are going to be missed by all who love you here on earth.

Love Kat  ❤