Sunday, May 29, 2011
May this Memorial Day mean everything it should to each of us Americans. May we never forget those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to us, to support and defend out great country.
General George Washington once said, "We will be remembered by how we treat our Veterans." May we all aspire to keep his words of wisdom in our daily lives.
To all who have served or our serving in our Armed Forces. I will remember you.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
I am honored to be awarded a 2011 certificate for outstanding Social Network Media for my blog, Colonial Bytes from The Colorado State Society of The Daughters of the American Revolution. I enjoy colonial history and writing about it. I invite you to check out this fun blog.
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Monday, May 23, 2011
There are more pictures, this being one of my favorite. Please take the link and enjoy this extrodinary find. I was enchanted by all the work that went into this display. Many of the rocks have balance that makes no sense. I had only my Iphone with me, but stopped anyway.
This is marvelous creativity.
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Saturday, May 14, 2011
Here is the photostream from the May 8th, 2011, Kirkan of the Tartan. Sponsored by the St. Andrews Society of Colorado. The rite and ritual belong to those of Scottish heritage who are not in Scotland. It is beautiful and very meaningful to see, as well as colorful and cultural.
The Kirkan of the Tartan is a blessing on the clans and their respective tartans. This is a practice not held in Scotland, that I know of. None of my Scottish friends have heard of it either, but adore that we do it.
We are so fortunate to have such a beautiful Cathedral as St. Johns Episcopal for this rite. Dean Eaton is as always wonderful and full of levity. He is a treasure to the congregation and the Denver community.
So enjoy these pictures. If you wish to see them in full screen, you may take that option by clicking on the screen and going on to flicker.
Friday, May 13, 2011
I am cautious and sensitive to add a video of the photography I did of the Denver Production of The Thorn. The telling is brought to life by many good and faithful people who gave greatly of their time, talent and money to provide such a creative production. The show was also seen in Charlotte, N.C., Dallas TX., and Colorado Springs.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Whether we know it or not, our Mother's think of us everyday in some way. Whether it is in a passing thought, or in the very sight of our children. I think of my Daughter's everyday with fondness. Gone are the hard times we went through while they were growing up. I am so proud of each of them in their own special ways. I love them and would chose to be their Mother with all the happy times and challenging ones, again in a heartbeat. In my personal journey in life, this is one road I am glad I took.
Here is to strong women, may we be them, may we know them, may we raise them.
I did and that has made all the difference in the world to me.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Photography by Christine McClintock c. 2011
Photography that Inspires Poetry and
Poetry from the Heart Collection
They didn't say it would be easy.
In fact no one said how hard it would be.
Not always an easy path to take.
I am glad that I took it anyway.
So many challenges and mountains,
Many I thought I would never overcome.
More joy and suprises came to me,
Forever giving meaning to this journey.
Take the risk. Take the chance. Choose to live.
For whatever heartache or joy there is, you will grow.
Wear good shoes, keep a forgiving and open heart.
Carry faith wherever you go, and give it to all you impart.
Christine Renee McClintock, American Writer, Copyright 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
The United States military is very proud of the long history of service of Native Americans and frequently uses imagery and icons from our shared past. Geronimo is a commonly used term in the Army and other forces to refer to bravery and invoke unit and American pride. In fact, there are many units in the Army that have Native icons and names. The newest and best helicopters all have native names to denote bravery and power. The Kiowa Warrior, The Blackhawk, The Apache, The Chinook, are all names given to our best and most powerful helicopters.
As much as people want to try and divide this country and promote their dividing views, in this situation they are completely wrong. Many Americans that have family in this country for more than five generations have Native blood running in their veins from their ancestors.
Family and friends of mine have served in the Navy, Army, Marines and other special forces. I can tell you that any and all naming with native names is done out of respect and honor. Many Native Americans have died in the service of this country, and have done many heroic things in their service to the United States. Please do not misinterprete a naming convention in the operation that killed Osama bin Laden. It was simply done to acknowledge the seriousness of the operation, and not to paint this or anyone as being racist, or even that our military is institutionally racist against Native Americans. Common sense bears out that when you are in a military opperation in a foreign country, using terms that are unfamiliar with your enemy, are in your best interest. Code names are not meant to be understood by non-natives.
For those in fits crying racial injustice, it is simply not true, you are grasping at straws and do not understand the deeply woven connections that Native Americans have provided to The United States of America. It is an insult to all of the people whom have served, both that have Native American blood and those that do not.
It was a CODE WORD people. Be offended by the people who caused 911. Osama bin Laden got better than he deserved, and the world is a much better place for the extrodinary actions of this elite counterterrorism unit of the U.S. Military known as DevGru-Seal Team Six! Hooyah!