Beyond The Dream

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Free Image Photo ― Tony Spina/The Detroit Free Press ― Courtesy of Mia Watkins Author – Alabama Blogs and Bloggers (

Monday, we remember Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for his commitment to freedom and equality of every human, no matter color of skin, gender, what you do or from where you come. He sacrificed his life proclaiming freedom, not with violence but with love. I believe we have made progress, since I was a kid growing up in the ‘40’s, ‘50’s and ‘60’s. But, it has been painfully slow.

It brought it all home to me on the severity of cruelty and hate, when I watched an old documentary on Turner Classic Movies the end of last year on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor. It was directed by Frank Capra on WWII and why we fightContinue reading

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago, when we were up in the Rocky Mountain high country, just a short drive from where we live, taking pictures of the aspens in their transformation to Fall with the change of color in their leaves.

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Here, it’s 3 months later and it’s snowing and we’ve gotten almost a foot of snow overnight with temperatures today barely reaching 10 degrees.  Continue reading

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Do You Remember? 50 Years Ago Today!

John F Kennedy in White House

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Yes, I do, as if it were yesterday. I remember where I was and what I was doing, when I first heard the news about President Kennedy.

I remember hearing the tapping and then crackling of the PA system, as sound sputtered from the speaker on the wall, preparing for an announcement. I was in a History class, in a high-school band room, when the interruption made everyone stop, look up and listen.  Continue reading

God Bless our Troops ― Thank You!

Today, we celebrate Veteran’s Day honoring our soldiers that are serving and have served to protect the United States. In tribute to many that have put their lives on the line, both young and old, for the freedoms we share.

To all veterans, from the bottom of my heart, I salute you and say THANK YOU!

May God Bless You and your families!

Pat from the ol’ kitchen table

4th of July ― Today We Celebrate!

4th of July fireworks

4th of July fireworks by MSN Clipart

Many families and friends will gather today in the US for chicken wings, potato salad, playing with the kids or a little golf.

It’s the birthday of America! We barbecue or go to baseball games but most will close the evening on lawn chairs or huddle together on blankets to celebrate by watching fireworks.

Here, in the west, the fireworks’ celebrations have been tamped down because of the fires and dry conditions. But, there will be public celebrations.

Over the months, much has been said in the media, discussed around water coolers and around the world about this country’s government, politics and decisions being made. It hasn’t been favorable and rather troubling.  Continue reading

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