Wednesday, July 20, 2016

WEDNESDAY FAVORITE


Designed by Amanda Nisbet, this bar is fabulous! Be sure to see this Hamptons
 home in its entirety in this issue of Veranda magazine. 
ENJOY!

Photography by Max Kim-Bee
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Saturday, July 16, 2016

SEARCH LIST


For those of you that have shown concern that my blog will no longer share design, have no fear.  After this series of writing, design will return, along with cooking, gardening, and all things splendid. This series is something I had to do for myself and others. You will  find the the last post very  interesting.

Below is a list of previous posts that you will ENJOY!


IF YOU MISSED
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Friday, July 15, 2016

PRAYERS FOR FRANCE


My heart is broken for France.  It is time for change. Love you, friends.

Time to stop sugar-coating things.




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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

WEDNESDAY FAVORITE


I am looking forward to the beautiful days and cool nights of fall, and no one does fall like Ralph Lauren.

ENJOY!


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Sunday, July 10, 2016

THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE


We are a broken country, and our hearts are heavy. Thank you for your sacrifice. 
Blue Lives Matter





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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL


I wanted to have this ready by the 4th, but things do not always go as planned.

I love America so much, and I feel as if we are being trampled lately. We are being told to change everything that has made us great. Stars had changed words, mocked, and lip-synced the Star Spangled Banner, refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance, and others leaving out under God, which is their right. Why are you in America if you want to change everything?  

There was blood shed to make this the greatest country in the world, many sacrificed their lives so that we could be a free country.  In the last decade, this is changing, and we re letting it happen.  Wake up America!


Below is the Pledge of Allegiance, The Star Spangled Banner, God Bless America, and Stars and Stripes Forever.  I have chosen the videos and lyrics to these patriotic songs.  I hope that you sing along and ENJOY!  


THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

When not in uniform men should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute.


THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?


On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!


And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!


Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!




GOD BLESS AMERICA

God bless America,
Land that I love,
Stand beside her and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above;

From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans white with foam,
God bless America,
My home, sweet home.
God bless America,
My home, sweet home.



STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER


[First Strain]
Let martial note in triumph float
And liberty extend its mighty hand
A flag appears 'mid thunderous cheers,
The banner of the Western land.
The emblem of the brave and true
Its folds protect no tyrant crew;
The red and white and starry blue
Is freedom's shield and hope.

[Second Strain]
Other nations may deem their flags the best
And cheer them with fervid elation
But the flag of the North and South and West
Is the flag of flags, the flag of Freedom's nation.

(repeats) Other nations may deem their flags the best
And cheer them with fervid elation,
But the flag of the North and South and West
Is the flag of flags, the flag of Freedom's nation.

[Trio]
Hurrah for the flag of the free!
May it wave as our standard forever,
The gem of the land and the sea,
The banner of the right.
Let despots remember the day
When our fathers with mighty endeavor
Proclaimed as they marched to the fray
That by their might and by their right
It waves forever.

[Repeat of the First Strain]
Let eagle shriek from lofty peak
The never-ending watchword of our land;
Let summer breeze waft through the trees
The echo of the chorus grand.
Sing out for liberty and light,
Sing out for freedom and the right.
Sing out for Union and its might,
O patriotic sons.

[Grandioso]
Hurrah for the flag of the free.
May it wave as our standard forever
The gem of the land and the sea,
The banner of the right.
Let despots remember the day
When our fathers with mighty endeavor
Proclaimed as they marched to the fray,
That by their might and by their right
It waves forever.

By a 1987 act of the U.S. Congress, it is the official National March of the United States of America.
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Friday, July 1, 2016

STANDPOINT: GUN CONTROL IN AMERICA



Gun control issues have been at the forefront for a very long time.  There are some that believe there should be some changes made to provide a way to keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals.  This is not going to happen, because the bad guys will always find a way to get the guns they want.  If you believe otherwise, you are in denial.

In the Second Amendment to the Constitution, the law reads: "A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."  Short and simple.  This is the law.  Period.

GUNS DO NOT KILL, PEOPLE DO. I am beyond tired of reading and hearing that we have got to do away with guns.  Owning a gun is our constitutional right, and you aren't going to take guns away from law abiding citizens in America.  It is not going to happen, and it shouldn't. People have a right to protect themselves from violent offenders, especially in today's climate.

I, on the other hand, do believe changes need to be made. Over half of the gun related deaths in America are suicide, The majority of the rest are violent crimes, with around 3 percent being accidental.

For once I agree with this administration on something. We are going to have to address the subject of mental illness.  I believe a group of professionals should be put in place to come up with some recommendations and rational solutions to lowering the number of suicides and violent crimes committed by mentally ill individuals without unfair targeting, which is a major concern.  This process will be time consuming, so we will need to go ahead and pass laws on other issues.

I also believe that more restrictions should be put on weapons sold at gun shows.  This is a no-brainer. I believe, just as most Americans do, that background checks are necessary.  Hopefully a more efficient and less time consuming system can be put into place.

We should not only be able to own a gun, we should be able to carry a concealed weapon. I will not change my mind on this and neither will most Americans.

I hope that Congress can get together and pass laws.  The ridiculous sit-in, a political stunt, is no way to get anything done, and neither is acting like children by a majority of congressional leaders. We should all write or contact our leaders and let them know our thoughts on the issue. They do work for us, and are paid by taxes from working people like ourselves.

So let's stop the marches, protests, and ridiculous rhetoric, and get things done.  We all want a safer America.

When I started writing this post, I researched numerous sites. I just kept coming up with the same numbers and percentages, and of course the same arguments from different groups. Everything else is common sense.

To find out more, visit the cdc.gov website.

A note: the AR-15 rifle, below, is not an assault weapon.  There is so much confusion on this weapon.



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