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Honoring Our Fallen Heroes

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Honoring Our Fallen Heroes

As we celebrate this Memorial Day, let us remember the people who have given their lives in service to our country.

No one knows the true cost of freedom more than those who’ve lost loved ones to war. No matter our personal opinions on why war occurs, the people who sacrifice themselves for our liberty are heroes. As a mom whose son served overseas and returned home, I am beyond thankful for his service, and the service of others. My son came home but he served with brothers in arms who did not come home.

The following poem touched me deeply because it speaks to the reality of sacrifice and heroism seldom talked about. Our nation’s heroes, people in uniform who serve our country, and their families carry a burden of unimaginable proportions. ~Steph

A Mother’s Tear

© Amy Peterson Published: June 2014

There’s more to the story,
than what just appears.
A war written story,
from blood and from tears.
My son went to war,
a very proud man.
He fought in Iraq,
on the hot desert sands.
He witnessed his buddies,
his comrades, his men,
bleeding and dying,
he witnessed their end.
Where is Pvt. Tommy?
He’s blown up all around,
his comrades spent hours,
picking him from the ground.
Sleeping in holes,
dug in the sand,
dreaming of home,
but it’s become foreign land.
He can’t tell his enemy,
from family or foe,
as he watches his friends sent out,
with tags on their toe.
He knows his Mama,
is sleepless like him,
and he tries to send word,
whenever he can.
He tries not to worry,
his family at home,
the horror that he faces,
he faces alone.
His mission is over,
he’s sent back to me,
he fought for our freedom,
but he’ll never be free.
He yearns for his buddies,
that died over there.
He’s caught with the living,
in a doubled looped snare.
He screams in the night,
for the battle still roars,
as he lays in his bed,
he re-lives all the horror.
Nobody heard the fight,
he still fights,
except for his Mama,
who comforts him every night.
He never will be,
the son I once knew,
the war killed that part,
for freedom, for you.
Great Nation, Great Leaders,
and all those who will hear,
Freedom began
on a mother’s first tear.


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Moms Around The World

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Moms Around The World

A quick shout out to moms around the world. Happy Mother’s Day!

From Bold Blind Beauty

Interesting Tidbit:

Did you know the woman responsible for Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis, lived to regret it? Today’s Mother’s Day is a far cry from its original intended purpose. Before her death in 1948 Anna fought against the commercialization of the holiday. The article in National Geographic provides an interesting background on the holiday.

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All-Inclusive Club Membership | Abby’s Reflections 31

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All-Inclusive Club Membership | Abby’s Reflections 31

“Did you know membership within the largest minority group in the world is always open to everyone? It’s true, yet somehow the world still excludes the majority of us because of our membership status.”

Membership Has Its Rewards Or Does It?

Today there are about 7.5 billion people in the world. Of this number, 15% of the population has some form of disability.

Our minority group; people with disabilities (PWDs) that is, don’t care about gender, religion, education or other characteristics that define a person. We are the only minority group where anyone at any given time of their lives can become a member.

I wonder what the world would be like if the majority of the population were PWDs? Personally, I think we would still be as discriminatory as we are today because of the majority numbers game. With so many people on the planet, it’s unlikely we’ll ever be accepting of everyone but why don’t we celebrate our differences?

Instead of looking at PWDs with pity or disdain why not let’s try to be kind? Whether we are born with or acquire a disability later in life we are no more or no less human than anyone else.

We can transcend barriers by changing the way we perceive one another. The way we will achieve this goal is by sharing our stories, getting out there and living our lives.

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Blindness An Invisible Disability | Abby’s Reflections 20

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Blindness An Invisible Disability | Abby’s Reflections 20

“Blindness is not always obvious. There are many people who for numerous reasons, do not want to identify themselves as sight impaired. This is their right and we must respect it. However, before judging, remember there may be more to the story.”

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Adjusting to living with sight loss isn’t easy and one of the most difficult challenges are the misconceptions. Since the prevailing societal notion is blindness means total darkness, sighted people can understandably be confused about what it means to be blind.

Truth is, the range of blindness or sight loss is enormous and it differs from person to person. Many people who are blind or visually impaired rely on a white cane or guide dog to navigate the world safely. There are also many blind people who do not use a cane or a guide dog.

Since I was born with sight and later lost it, I can look directly at you, however, I am not ‘seeing’ you. Depending on factors like lighting what I can ‘see’ is a shape of a person and some clothing color. I cannot see your face or facial expressions. If you’re across a room I don’t know who you are unless you tell me. For another person, what they ‘see’ or cannot ‘see’ even if we have the same condition will be different.

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