Peaks & Valleys

Living among valleys, 

it’s hard to believe mountain

peaks are so nearby.

 

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In response to: https://ronovanwrites.com/2019/11/18/weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-4/

My Life has Become a Country Song

I’d rather not marry twice,

he might be like freezing  ice,

He may be as a bald as ball on a pool table,

And not handsome like Barry or Clark Gable.

And I am sure not a beauty like Betty Grable.

 

These days, I’d meet a guy who thinks it’s a great prank,

to make me pay for it all and break my little bank!

I might meet a guy with a weird name like Esa

who has nothing better to do than run up the Visa,

Than I would just have to say as loud as I can, “Bye Felicia!”

 

The real truth is that there will never will be another you, another us,

that completes me like my only one. He was the minus to my plus.

The two of us were blessed. God and love made us a success.

Why settle for a distant second when I have had God’s best.

Anyone else would not hold my heart. Why settle for less?

 

Now, you can see why my life is a country song,

I will, someday, find a new place for me to belong!

 

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Nature vs. Nurture

The age old debate

of nature versus nurture.

I say its equal!

In my opinion,

Fifty percent each is right.

Though nobody knows!

In response to:

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #279 Nature&Nurture

by Ronovan

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Nature – God”s gift & Genes

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Nurture –  family, friends, life events and environment

Happy Birthday & God Bless the U.S.M.C.

I will begin with a brief history of the U.S. Marines courtesy of http://www.military.com.  I am a proud wife, daughter and friend to several marines who served this country with honor: Barry A. Baker (husband), John K. Gilbertson (dad),  Albert Baker, (Barry’s Paw- Paw) Harold Deibert Sr. and Allen Weinert (friends). All of these great men, who have been in my life, have passed on now. I miss them all, especially my husband and my dad.

On November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia passed a resolution stating that “two Battalions of Marines be raised” for service as landing forces with the fleet. This resolution established the Continental Marines and marked the birth date of the United States Marine Corps.

Serving on land and at sea, these first Marines distinguished themselves in a number of important operations, including their first amphibious raid into the Bahamas in March 1776, under the command of Capt. (later Maj.) Samuel Nicholas. The first commissioned officer in the Continental Marines, Nicholas remained the senior Marine officer throughout the American Revolution and is considered to be the first Marine Commandant. The Treaty of Paris in April 1783 brought an end to the Revolutionary War and as the last of the Navy‘s ships were sold, the Continental Navy and Marines went out of existence,

Following the Revolutionary War and the formal re-establishment of the Marine Corps on 11 July 1798, Marines saw action in the quasi-war with France, landed in Santo Domingo, and took part in many operations against the Barbary pirates along the “Shores of Tripoli.”

Marines took part in numerous naval operations during the War of 1812, as well as participating in the defense of Washington at Bladensburg, Maryland, and fought alongside Andrew Jackson in the defeat of the British at New Orleans.

The decades following the War of 1812 saw the Marines protecting American interests around the world, in the Caribbean, at the Falkland Islands, Sumatra and off the coast of West Africa, and also close to home in operations against the Seminole Indians in Florida. Marines have participated in all of the following wars of the United States, and in most cases were the first service members to fight. To date, Marines have executed more than 300 landings on foreign shores.

Today, there are more than 200,000 active-duty and reserve Marines, organized into three divisions stationed at Camp LejeuneCamp Pendleton, and Okinawa, Japan. Each division has one or more expeditionary units, ready to launch major operations anywhere on short notice. Marines expeditionary units are self-sufficient, with their own tanks, artillery, and air forces. The motto of the service is Semper Fidelis, meaning “Always Faithful” in Latin.

Now, you can see why I have a special love and affection for the Marine Corp. My hometown of Oceanside, CA proudly houses a large part of Camp Pendleton. Unlike many other countries, our military is voluntary, except for a few times in history when there was a draft. May I say, God bless and keep the USA in Your care. God bless all our vets and thank you for your service. Semper Fi and OOO RAH Marines!!!!usmc-flag

 

Happy 34th Anniversary to My Best Man

My best man, my Barry,

Today, 34 years ago, we married

I wish you were here in person to share this day

But, I will always remember the special way.

You looked at me when we danced our dance,

You supported both of us as I was on your feet.

You took this broken girl and made me into a strong woman.

Bit by bit, little by little, I took you from a shy man to a a talker.

We gave each other the best little miracle and the best part of us.

I miss you everyday – more than I can say!

You made me blush, you made me jump!

You made grin when I was down in the dump!

I love you more today than yesterday but not as much as tomorrow!

I am so blessed that God brought you to me! You and Kristie are my heart!

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