You have two choices in life:
You can dissolve into the mainstream, or you can be distinct.
To be distinct, you must be different.
To be different, you must strive to be what no one else but you can be…
~Alan Ashley Pitt
I'm just trying to be me....
Generals rarely fall, their duties are far from war. But, a Private almost always falls, his inexperience is in war ways.
His early demise robs us all and he leaves us taking away his memories, thoughts, and loves... forever lost to humanity.
All that he could be, all that he was are lost....we've lost another friend. "
"I support, encourage and nurture unique, creative expression. I believe in the power of poetry to change and enrich lives.
I am committed to the process and grateful for how it has changed me.
I will live in honor and with integrity; striving for excellence.
In all of this I will seek, find and celebrate the best in you."
"Time changes us in so many ways but like time some things will never change."
"Its harder to write a true epic then it is to pen the mundane."
"Poetry is the romance of your soul, the crying of your mind and the breath of your imagination in words."
"I'd rather write something beautiful, then write something sad."
"I'd rather write something truthful, then write something bad."
"There are trails in places, that I've forgotten, that still wear the marks of my passing
and there are grasses no longer bent showing how little I really matter. "
Kelli, My Beautiful Daughter
Certainly, she is the highlight of my life and the greatest achievement possible for a father.
Her smile reflects her beautiful soul and her aura radiates with the joy of life that she brings to all she meets.
I retired from the USAF in October of 1988. During the three years prior to my USAF service, I was in the US Army and served two tours in Southeast Asia.
The 1696 Acquittal of Thomas Maule
of Salem, Massachusetts,
on Charges of Seditious Libel
and Its Impact on The Development
of First Amendment Freedoms
JAMES EDWARD MAULE
Three hundred years ago, an outspoken Quaker
living in Salem, Massachusetts, criticized the self-
selected Church-State elite for its religious
persecution and intolerance, its attempt to impose
its views on the citizenry, its hypocrisy, and its
mismanagement of the witchcraft crisis. When
arrested and tried for seditious libel, he persuaded
a Puritan jury to disregard the Court's direction to
convict. In acquitting Thomas Maule of the
charges, the jury agreed with his principal
argument: The court had no right to suppress his
expression of religious belief.
Thomas Maule's triumph over a coercive
theocracy was a significant event in the march
toward the adoption of the First Amendment.
Though this episode in the continuing battle
between lovers of liberty and those who fear
unfettered expression happened long ago, the
underlying tension between governmental control
and individual liberties continues unabated in the
late twentieth century.
Book bannings, speech
codes, burnings of newspaper print runs, proposed
content restrictions on telecommunications
carriers, and other attempts to control and restrict
the words uttered by American citizens
demonstrate that modern repressionists need to
learn the same lesson Thomas Maule taught to the
Advocating one's views through
carefully reasoned expression rather than coercive
imposition is the morally correct choice.