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The Emergence of a Charismatic Leader

June 5, 2008

Through the years there have been charismatic leaders who have stood out for the good (Jesus, Ghandi, JFK, Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa) and the bad (Hitler, Fidel Castro, Charles Manson). There have been others who I believe have touched on this pedestal, but never quite made it to the top (Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan). To be in the presence of one with such charisma, such a magnetic pull is, and would be breathtaking, irresistible.

Our country is fortunate enough to witness the emergence of a leader so charismatic that I believe he will lead this country back to greatness. Since Barack Obama gave the keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention (“The Audacity of Hope”) he has instilled in people nationally what people locally already knew. We as people, as American people can be greater, not through fear, not through separation, but through the simple belief that through “Hope — Hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope!”* our country can reemerge into the future stronger and more united than ever before.

There are those who point to lesser experience as being a negative, and the ability to speak so beautifully, so eloquently as being unnecessary to a great leader. I turn you back again to the charismatic leaders listed** – the good ones accomplished great things, some with little past experience (and Obama has much, don’t be fooled by naysayers). The bad ones too possessed something that allowed them to turn a crowd of otherwise good people into animals. There is something a leader of this caliber possesses that cannot be defined – it can only be experienced.

When Obama speaks I get chills. I have felt this hope he speaks of so rarely when listening to other politicians. I have felt this certainty that wrongs are about to be righted less and less through the years – but that dream is emerging once again in my heart.

Never fear – he is an intelligent man. A sign of great intelligence is recognizing your own limitations enough to surround yourself with people whose strengths are your limitations. Obama will do that, is already doing that, but he will do it with people who have integrity, unlike our current administration of war-mongers and liars filled with such a sense of disregard for all who do not fit their own mold. Obama will be able to go overseas and mend the relationships that have been eroded away like the chasm that is the Grand Canyon. But the Grand Canyon eroded over 5-6 million years – our country’s, our wonderful country’s reputation has been eroded in just eight.

Oh yes, we need a Barack Obama. We need someone who isn’t an inbred part of Washington. We need someone who isn’t afraid to talk about his dreams, and to create their reality. We need someone who can lead a nation with HOPE not FEAR.

We need someone like Barack Obama because we need hope. We need to once again be a proud, strong country that can hold our head up and say “We are Americans”! We can be that again.

YES WE CAN!

*From: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/convention2004/barackobama2004dnc.htm

**From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_charismatic_leaders

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Obamababies Designs are HERE!

June 4, 2008

Check out Obamababies designs, custom t-shirts for kids, Moms, Dads (in time for Father’s Day too!) and DOGS! Great accessories too, even yard banners and signs!

Whew! Spent all night working on finalizing. I hope you like them. Let me know! Feel free to browse around.

________________________ Art imitates life, and life imitates art.

What I see every day influences what I create, so writing this blog and creating my designs are natural extensions of who I am.

If you are interested in viewing my designs, primarily for kids but also some cool stuff for adults and also doggies (who we all know are integral parts of all families) check them out at:
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See you around the mountains and canyons of northern AZ!

“If you don’t laugh at life, it sneaks up and bites you in the ass!”

The Day After Memorial Day

May 27, 2008

I’m getting really excited about the upcoming season of Army Wives. Not being an Army wife myself, but having been an Army brat of sorts makes the show especially appealing to me. I have many close friends who WERE (and are) in fact true, live-on-post, deal with all the pride but still all the crappy rules Army (and Navy and Marine) wives. They tell me that some of the storylines proposed on the show aren’t really plausible (friendships between wives of officers ranging from privates to generals is a good example). I have to comment on this one. It does seem implausible, but refreshing on the show that cliques are in some ways undermined by the show’s heroines. That the women portrayed by this small group of actors is actually being represented in at least one television show is a huge step. Sure, the post commander’s wife probably wouldn’t “hang” at an off-post bar with the wives of enlisted men, but come on. There is one show to tell the story, and only so many characters. We wouldn’t tune in as frequently if they didn’t interact – that’s what makes it so juicy!

And that is really the point of this post. Yesterday was Memorial Day. As we remember and pray for the brave soldiers that through the years have gone to war for our country (regardless of whether you believe in the war itself – this is irrelevant in the face of the ultimate sacrifice), we should also remember the families left behind. Especially in the current world situation, where our soldiers are called to fight a war that is unjust, but do not have the right to refuse, the families feel the pain of loss every day.

So let’s hear it for the soldiers, those who have been lost, those who have returned from the many wars we have fought, and those who with hope will come home soon. And let us not forget the families, the husbands, wives, parents, and children who are left behind to hope, and to worry and to pray for their loved ones.

We honor you.

Let your kids show their pride for what Dad does if he is in the military.

________________________ Art imitates life, and life imitates art.

What I see every day influences what I create, so writing this blog and creating my designs are natural extensions of who I am.

If you are interested in viewing my designs, primarily for kids but also some cool stuff for adults and also doggies (who we all know are integral parts of all families) check them out at:
http://www.cafepress.com/sugarsprouts

See you around the mountains and canyons of northern AZ!

“If you don’t laugh at life, it sneaks up and bites you in the ass!”

Guns in national parks

May 15, 2008

What the hell are Bush and his wacky minions DOING?  Dick (oops, I mean Dirk) Kempthorne states that apparently people need to feel safe in national parks so hey!  Let’s allow them to carry concealed weapons.  That will make everyone feel better.

I don’t live in a park anymore, but I used to, and when I did, believe me, they were the safest places ever.   We never even locked our doors.  But ya’ know what.  Some wild animal might come up and try and eat your head off right out the window of your gas-chugging SUV.  

And now, Dick, I mean Dirk, is being forced to protect Polar bears, but darn it, he is NOT going to make that force him to protect the gosh-darn environment – he just won’t do it dammit!

Getting these ignorant, right-wing, gun-toting asses out of control cannot happen soon enough.  And with that I will get off my soapbox.

Well, almost.  If you too cannot stand what our country has become (politically, environmentally, economically) please get out and vote. 

Please.

If you are reading this blog, you are probably a Mom, maybe a military Mom as in my family.  Protect your loved ones.  Bring them home.  Stop this war.  Stop the raping and pillaging of our environment.  Stop all the disgraceful spending.  Save this country for your kids.

Please.________________________________________________________________

Art imitates life, and life imitates art.

What I see every day influences what I create, so writing this blog and creating my designs are natural extensions of who I am.

If you are interested in viewing my designs, primarily for kids but also some cool stuff for adults and also doggies (who we all know are integral parts of all families) check them out at:
http://www.cafepress.com/sugarsprouts

See you around the mountains and canyons of northern AZ!

“If you don’t laugh at life, it sneaks up and bites you in the ass!”