Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket! Great to be with you on this last day of the year 2010, and upon that note, I want to wish every person, dog, cat or pelican who may have read this blog over the past 365 days, a very good, blessed and HAPPY NEW YEAR! I thank you for your patronage, although, to be quite frank, there was never an “angle” in writing this postcard from a little sand bar created over 11,500 years ago by the Last Great Ice Age. The only reason why I put it “out there” is to hopefully REACH some people who may be thinking the same thoughts as I. There are so many people who have passed my shores over my life, and on this day, of deep reflection, I could not be satisfied unless I thanked some of those people, many, most really, whom I have never met, who have literally CHANGED my LIFE for the better, pulled me out of some dark holes where I found myself in over the course of the 2000’s, and brought the “boat” about, as it were. So, without further adieu, I would ask your indulgence to recognize said people, who, perhaps, have no idea what impact their work, humanity and LOVE had on my world, a world that was turned upside down in 2003, and now is a whole once again. The first person I would like to thank, and wish, as I do all of the people whom I am about to mention, a HAPPY NEW YEAR to is Mr. Keith Olbermann, the DEAN of journalism, for it was he that gave me the COURAGE to stand up again and be counted, so to speak, as one who still has a VOICE and IS a member of this GREAT NATION. Keith Olbermann, of “Countdown, with Keith Olbermann”, airing every week night at 8 and 11 p.m., EST, only on MSNBC, and 2 a.m. for you night owls, is the finest source of TRUTH you can get in this “modern”, crazy world, for it has the integrity to expose that TRUTH and GIVE it to the viewer without any “Angle”. I am in your debt, SIR. I would also like to thank some other members of the MSNBC staff, namely Rachel Maddow, of the “Rachel Maddow Show”, whose remarkable reporting has transcended the norm and brought forth a new Light that brings us all closer to what we ALL seek–sense and sensibility… To Mr. Lawrence O’Donnell, of “The Last Word, with Lawrence O’Donnell”, I want to thank for the ‘inside’ view, from someone who has been there, in the Senate, a seemingly broken institution, yet, somehow making sense of it all through some of the toughest times this nation has ever seen. To Ed Shultz, of the “Ed Show”, who brings the real spirit of FOOTBALL to the game of politics and is not afraid to tackle anyone on the field. A true PATRIOT. To John Stewart, of, of course, “The Daily Show”, who has truly changed the course of history through the high mindedness, he spoke of in an interview with Rachel Maddow, of real men like Jerry Seinfeld, who can show us just how FUNNY this whole thing called life in America really IS. Thank your SIR. I wish to thank my parents for bringing up such a boy who would SEE the TRUTH behind the lies, as my mother did, when she convinced me, in 1972, to vote for McGovern, over Nixon, when I was in second grade growing up in Simsbury, Connecticut, and although it was just a scholastic exercise in civic duty and the privilege to VOTE, I learned, from that first experience with politics what Bobby Kennedy was all about–changing my life forever. For what I have learned over the past 45 years on this little blue rock I call earth is this, “ask not, what your country can do for you, rather, ask what you can DO for your country.” Of course, those were the words of the late, great President Jack Kennedy, who was gunned down for his moral convictions, and to that, I would add a warning to all of those HATERS out there, and you KNOW who you are, and that is this–this country will not go down the way you think it will, for it was not built on WE THE WEALTHY, for it is not a Plutocracy, nor will it ever be. This country has been blessed by the best, and no amount of GREED, HATE, BIGOTRY or VIOLENCE will ever take away the SPIRIT that was born from REAL MEN like Thomas Jefferson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, or Thomas Paine. I thank our forefathers, from George Washington and John Adams, to our new forefathers, the REAL STEWARDS of this great land, philanthropists such as Warren Buffet, Ted Turner and Bill and Melinda Gates, who have shown us ALL just how IMPORTANT GIVING, really, GIVING, is, and how that ACT can change not only the lives of the people to whom you give to, but, moreover, how it will enrich your own life, learning, once and for all, that to GIVE is TRULY to receive. I wish you all the very best for the NEW YEAR and may GOD, whatever you perceive him or her to be, continue to BLESS THIS NATION, a nation built on one simple principle, “WE THE PEOPLE”… “sea” you next year! PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M
December 31, 2010
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