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Some positive ideas and some history

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“The reality of life is that your perceptions influence everything you do. When you get a proper perspective on your perceptions, many other things fall into place.”

~ Roger Birkman …with a few edits


Seventeen year old Joe Bush got a high school assignment to make a video. He chose history as a theme and condensed it into two minutes. He took pictures from the internet, added the track Mind Heist by Zack Hemsey (from the movie Interception) and got this.

~Courtesy of Jean Louis


In more recent history, today was the 25th anniversary of Pan Am Flight 103, the plane that was destroyed by a terrorist bomb in its flight over Lockerbie Scotland. The clip shows many of the people who assemble each year to mark this event, including the Director of the FBI who took office at the time of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack at the World Trade Center. He retired last month. Although Pan Am is gone, the plane was painstakingly reassembled and based on forensic analysis and other diligent work the bomber was apprehended, tried and convicted. Each year a wide ranging group including relatives of those who died, high ranking officials, law enforcement, military personnel and choirs from Pender Methodist Church assembles at Arlington National Cemetery to mark the event and toll the bell.

The battles that began 25 years ago in the skies over Scotland and 12 years ago at the World Trade Center and 15 months ago in Benghazi still go on today.


We shall never surrender. ~Winston Churchill

Click on the link to see an excerpt of today’s ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery


“To dream anything that you want to dream, that is the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do, that is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself, to expand your limits, that is the courage to succeed.”

~ Bernard Edmonds …with a few edits

animals-butterfly If you believe in yourself and have courage, determination, dedication, and competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice for things that are worthwhile, anything can be done.
– Vince Lombardi …with a few edits



    1. Lockerbie –
    2. Lockerbie Anniversary –

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