Becoming the Person you want to Be

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We all dream of things we would like to see happen in our lives. More often than not, these are ideals that we don’t share with others or maybe just one other special person, usually someone we can trust. Now that I think about it, apart from the one with whom I have a close relationship, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone discussing their dreams.

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The Speech

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The president stood, flanked by high ranking military officers on the raised deck. A little to one side stood a young Marine, who held the Medal of Honor with the two loose ends of a blue ribband. It was a warm day in Washington DC, there might have Medal of Honor 3been, at the very least, two hundred people crowded into the airy flag bedecked room.

An orderly walked on to the deck and signaled the occupants of the room to silence.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, the President of the United States of America!” He stated.

The president, standing behind a bombardment of microphones, greeted the room and proceeded to explain the purpose of this special gathering. He went on to describe the actions that had caused this young Air-force Officer to be standing before the sea of faces on this day. Finally he turned to the Officer, who marched stiffly forward, stopped in front of the President and saluted him.

Everywhere there were representatives of many differing military personnel. The Special Forces, Marines, Navy and Air-force.

Standing alongside the President, his mouth dry, in a state of uncontrollable shaking, he waited.

The President took his hand and shook it warmly, looking him straight in the eye.

“ People of America I present to you Colonel James De Jong, recently promoted. For his accomplishments and bravery in the field of military duty, he will receive the Medal of Honor.” Colonel De Jong we, the American Congress, are proud to acknowledge  the accomplishments of our sons and today this is what we mean to do. We give you thanks and commend your bravery in the line of your duty to this country.” The President turned to the Marine opposite to James, took the blue ribband medal and standing behind James, placed it around his neck securing the clasp. James then turned to face the President and took his extended hand.

James stood very still and spoke into the barrage of microphones,

“Mr. President, from the depths of my heart I thank you for accepting me as a son of this great country. Although I am African born, you adopted me as a fellow American. You afforded me the privilege of training to be a pilot and fly in the defense of my country.

Sir, you and the members of your congress have conferred on me a great honor, I believe, the highest given to an American serviceman. My deepest appreciations to each of you.

It’s incumbent on me to thank God for His grace that I can stand before you all, in this room, not visited by death and unscathed by injury, which many of my fellow warriors, sadly, did not escape.

My earnest gratitude to my senior officers, who both encouraged and guided my fellow combatants and I, through the horrors of war and unfailingly, stood behind us in all situations.

Honor was bestowed upon me for actions I took in the line of my duty, but I do not accept credit alone for these actions. As pilots, flying some the most sophisticated military aircraft in the world, we were supported by teams of others who not only kept us flying, but gave us a full head start over our antagonists in the sky and on the ground. To those men and women I share the honor awarded to me today.

I give thanks to my Mother and Father, who gave me over, willingly, to join the many in defense of our country. Without your upbringing and in particular your insistence that integrity and commitment must be the very cornerstone of my character, I would not be standing here today.

Finally, and by no means the least of my gratitude, I thank you, the people of the greatest country in the world. I am very proud to be an American and thank you for adopting me as one of your sons.”

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Power of Human Touch

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human-touch

My Experience

I can to this day, some sixty-eight years later, recall the first time I was kissed by a little girl. Although not one hundred per cent clearly, I still remember her face and her somewhat full rosebud lips. More than this I recall that she took my hand, held it fast, turned and kissed me on full on the lips, whilst I stood in a tremor of fright and absolute delight. We were two eight-year-olds.

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Ye Espice Ilande

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The Wisdom of Crusty Pirates.

It were in the yeare anno domini 1609, when that bold Captain Petre Jamese did seil his vaissel into ye Espice Ilandes, of Mollucos; there to seeke his fortune. For surely, mani were of the espices; notemyge, clufe and cinamone. Greate were wealthe of these to be had for those who were bolde to collecte.

Galleon in Bay

Ye Espice Ilande

Twas a faire daye when Captain seiled into ye bay. His crewe layed anka, after ye trusty vaissel quieted in stille waters of bay.

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The Yellow Snake

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The snake nestled itself around the neck of the fragile little child; a python that was at least a half a meter long and of good girth.

The little girl, quite unaware of any danger in this circumstance, remained completely still; almost unconcerned, when all of a sudden……

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Don’t let me Die Alone…..

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The shrill call of the telephone, a voice struggling for breath from one in deep pain, on the other end. “Daddy, I can take the pain no longer, I’m going to go home…” After thirty months of suffering, his wish granted, he died two days later in the arms of his brother, surrounded by his family. My Boy left us…..

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Chevy Lane – Food Experience with a Difference

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A Restaurant Review.

We decided that we just felt like having a burger and Spur seemed like an obvious choice……..

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The 5 youngest teenagers to score a hat trick in the Europa or Champions League

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Elizabeth-Jane Ringrose, through her latter years at high school and her five year degree study at Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, has been an avid soccer fan.

After her graduation from Wits this year she left to seek her fortune in England.

She remains an avid fan of the soccer world and her ardent writing on the sport attests to this fact.

Your courage and fortitude in reaching your ‘goals’, literally and metaphorically Elizabeth, have placed you in a deserving position for fame and fortune!

My wish is that all who read and follow your writing, will share them with others, so as they may enjoy reading as much as you have the writing.

The archive of Elizabeth-Jane

Scoring a hat trick in any game is a difficult feat unless you’re Messi or Ronaldo who do it for fun. Scoring a hat trick in Europa or the Champions League as a teenager is a highly regarded feat even for Messi and Ronaldo. There are a handful of players that have managed to score hat tricks at a crazy young age in two of the biggest competitions in the world. While us mere mortals were either just finishing up at school or starting at college or university, these young players were scoring hat tricks either in the Champions League or the Europa League.
These were the games that no one will forget and that will be brought up for centuries. Starting from the oldest youngster, here is the list:

5. Marko Pjaca [19 years and 219 days]

Marko Pjaca walked so Joao Felix could run…

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Are Chelsea pulling off the ‘United way’ better than Ole?

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Elizabeth-Jane Ringrose, through her latter years at high school and her five year degree study at Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, has been an avid soccer fan.

After her graduation from Wits this year she left to seek her fortune in England.

She remains an avid fan of the soccer world and her ardent writing on the sport attests to this fact.

Your courage and fortitude in reaching your ‘goals’, literally and metaphorically Elizabeth, have placed you in a deserving position for fame and fortune!

My wish is that all who read and follow your writing, will share them with others, so as they may enjoy reading as much as you have the writing.

The archive of Elizabeth-Jane

Manchester United and Chelsea are truly down in the dumps right now, 8 points from 6 games and falling fast down the table. Both have iconic players at the helm in Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Frank Lampard, but are they cut out to manage two of the biggest football clubs in England?

Yet something is working at Chelsea that United can’t seem to get right anymore, playing the kids.

Their transfer dealings or lack of transfer dealings could be the reason for the inconsistent start from United and Chelsea. Chelsea were dealt a difficult hand as they were slapped with a transfer ban after being found guilty of irregular youth recruitment. The red devils, on the other hand, reverted to basics; signing young and hungry British players.

Christian Pulisic was the only new player to walk through the doors of Stamford Bridge as he was purchased in January but remained at Dortmund on loan…

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The Perfect Wife

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A Poem By SirPeterJamesdotcom.

Dedicated to his love, the Ladye Scarlett, a virtuous Woman.

(with extracts from Proverbs 31:10 – KJV).

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