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« Reply #1350 on: September 08, 2012, 01:20:04 AM »

Grateful for a body that heals and shows me new strength everyday.
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« Reply #1351 on: September 12, 2012, 06:58:42 AM »

Grateful to have had some painkillers in the medicine cabinet yesterday morning , , ,
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« Reply #1352 on: September 12, 2012, 11:43:13 AM »

Grateful that my lower back is doing much better and have less pain  smiley
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« Reply #1353 on: September 26, 2012, 12:31:28 AM »

Grateful for the love and support I get from the Tribe, future Tribal members and Kajukenbo brothers.

Grateful for a loving wife and kids. 

Praying for the strength to be there for all of you if and whenever you call on me for help.


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« Reply #1354 on: September 28, 2012, 09:23:46 PM »

Grateful to finally get the keys to our first home.   That was close...  Didn't want to hit 40 without ever buying a home for my family.   Now begins a new adventure Wink
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« Reply #1355 on: September 29, 2012, 05:55:47 AM »

Amen.
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« Reply #1356 on: September 29, 2012, 09:07:01 AM »

Grateful to finally get the keys to our first home.   That was close...  Didn't want to hit 40 without ever buying a home for my family.   Now begins a new adventure Wink


Congratulations, and you are correct about the new adventure, particularly if you are the DIY type. Never a dull moment, always something to fix but it's different when it's yours.  Glad to hear things are going well.

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« Reply #1357 on: September 29, 2012, 09:24:37 PM »

Grateful to finally get the keys to our first home.   That was close...  Didn't want to hit 40 without ever buying a home for my family.   Now begins a new adventure Wink


Congratulations Kaju. I hope your home becomes filled with many wonderful memories.
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« Reply #1358 on: September 30, 2012, 03:01:59 PM »

I am truly grateful to have found this site where I can not only participate in Martial Arts discussions but also read and talk about so any other   topics. Thank you all for being here.

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« Reply #1359 on: September 30, 2012, 03:27:02 PM »

Thank you Paul for letting us know that we matter.
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« Reply #1360 on: October 02, 2012, 12:00:33 PM »

Congrats on your home, Kaju.

Grateful for surviving my first cold of the academic year. I stayed home yesterday feeling dreadful. Today, I am back at work feeling pleasantly disconnected from my body, and the last medication I took was over 14 hours ago.
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« Reply #1361 on: October 03, 2012, 10:41:39 AM »

Gratful for back braces. Knee braces. TENNS device. Pppain meds. Bolsters and water.   afro

cannot forget my Teeter inversion table. hot pad and cold gel packs
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« Reply #1362 on: October 03, 2012, 01:36:23 PM »

Grateful for a prior Navy NCO "Hooking up" my dish TV network  wink afro
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« Reply #1363 on: October 04, 2012, 10:02:26 AM »

I have lost the ability to speak above a whisper. I am grateful that I got through teaching last night in my garage before my voice gave out, and that this has happened to me before and I know I can get through the work day with Power Point and body language.
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« Reply #1364 on: October 04, 2012, 03:12:37 PM »

Speedy recovery Kaju Dog and Guide Dog!


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« Reply #1365 on: October 07, 2012, 04:48:21 PM »

Thanks again SG. 

Grateful for my brother in arms and future Dog Brother, Jason Laird for helping a brother out today .  Many hands make lite work.  but the right hand makes em all work smarter.  Thank you Jason. 

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thanks to Pretty Kitty,  he went home w his DBs bumper sticker Wink

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« Reply #1366 on: October 11, 2012, 08:57:09 AM »

I haven't posted regularly on this thread, sometimes I believe if I talk about something, it may jinx things.

2 days ago - coworker (from different area) fainted in the ladies room.

another coworker (who works in our area) found her unconcious and rushed out and called 911

we don't know the woman as she is in a different area. EMT/firefighters and police showed up and took her to hospital yesterday

yesterday found out she passed away Sad

didn't want to pry, clueless on details other than she was 40 yrs old.



RIP





please make sure you tell your loved ones you love them today and every day. we don't know when it's time.

last night, got home and told my family about what happened... i told them i loved them individually and hugged them. thankful for my family and health.

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« Reply #1367 on: October 11, 2012, 09:09:36 AM »

Amen.
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« Reply #1368 on: October 11, 2012, 10:54:06 AM »

Grateful that everyday God gives me the oppiortunity I tell my wife and two daughters that I love them before I leave to work and after I come back safely.
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« Reply #1369 on: October 13, 2012, 02:22:13 PM »

I'm grateful a particularly challenging portion of the academic year has already passed.
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« Reply #1370 on: October 18, 2012, 02:19:59 PM »

Work has been going very well. SEDENA lost my original documents that I need to present for the test for my CUIP. Praying I can get it sorted in two days.
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« Reply #1371 on: October 20, 2012, 12:43:28 PM »

Grateful for some renewal.
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« Reply #1372 on: October 20, 2012, 10:57:53 PM »

I'm grateful for another fine day training with Eric T. & the guys down in Colorado Springs and a fabulous sunset on the way home.
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« Reply #1373 on: October 21, 2012, 08:37:24 AM »

Grateful for a chance to audition today for a movie.
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« Reply #1374 on: October 21, 2012, 09:24:43 PM »

Grateful to be a home owner and almost done with the move. 

Grateful for the strength to be a able to somehow keep up with my better half.
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« Reply #1375 on: October 22, 2012, 12:41:12 AM »

Moves are a very big deal on many levels.  The Adventure continues!
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« Reply #1376 on: October 23, 2012, 09:39:25 AM »

Prayers that I get the work for which I am interviewing today.
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« Reply #1377 on: October 23, 2012, 12:02:45 PM »

Grateful to enjoy another day of life.   grin
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« Reply #1378 on: October 24, 2012, 10:55:45 PM »

Grateful for the info and this morning's conversation with one of them at work. Grateful for the guidance I get here.
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« Reply #1379 on: October 29, 2012, 11:56:44 AM »

My son tripped last night and cut his scalp fairly deeply. I'm grateful that while he needed four staples last night, today he is acting like he feels just fine.

Also, prayers for my friends on the east coast. I hope you are safe, any damage that comes your way is minor.
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« Reply #1380 on: October 29, 2012, 09:35:23 PM »

My son tripped last night and cut his scalp fairly deeply. I'm grateful that while he needed four staples last night, today he is acting like he feels just fine.

Also, prayers for my friends on the east coast. I hope you are safe, any damage that comes your way is minor.
Grateful GD s son is solid like his father Smiley

Chaz got 4 a few years ago , his hair grew back... eventually Wink

Grateful my wife is smiling more these days.  14 years ago Wednesday , she gave into my charms .  Been together since 95.

Loving her more each day :*
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« Reply #1381 on: October 30, 2012, 04:51:52 PM »

Prayers for the place of my birth and my youth:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2225108/Hurricane-Sandy-2012-Obama-declares-major-disaster-New-York-39-people-die-Superstorm.html
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« Reply #1382 on: October 31, 2012, 08:42:07 PM »

Is some place, far away, reaching for a star. Hard to work so hard for something, to risk one's life for it, to even kill for it if necessary, knowing that at any minute, it could all collapse.
You have to REALLY believe in yourself and what you are doing. And the worst part is even if you really are the best, something decades ago could topple it all in an instant.
I hate my past. I hate not knowing. Even to me, saying that I showed up and did my best is just chickenshit. There is no try. There are only "did," and "did not." God, I hope I "did." Please. I don't ask for so much You know.
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« Reply #1383 on: November 04, 2012, 11:01:02 AM »

Grateful for a for another beautiful day of training at the park. grin
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« Reply #1384 on: November 05, 2012, 05:16:50 PM »

Grateful something is almost finished.
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« Reply #1385 on: November 06, 2012, 11:51:33 PM »

Grateful to have a newe friend from Brazil in town for a month of training.  We are having a very good time.
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« Reply #1386 on: November 07, 2012, 09:59:25 AM »

Grateful for a pretty darn good "draft" of a project.
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« Reply #1387 on: November 09, 2012, 10:56:13 PM »

grateful for the gifts received today , esspecially the gift of joy and pride. 

An early howl of respect for all VETERANS and their loved ones. 

Its gonna be a tough weekend.

Survivors Never Forget the cost of freedom .
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« Reply #1388 on: November 10, 2012, 06:44:43 AM »

Amen!
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« Reply #1389 on: November 11, 2012, 10:26:55 PM »

My deepest gratitude for:

  • The Veterans of Past, Present and Future - THANK YOU!
  • DBIMA for the Veteran's Day Sale - it caught me off-guard as I was budgeting to save for Christmas purchases, but I will be living on a tight budget next few weeks to make it work
    • Pretty Kitty for her speedy replies to my questions regarding the Veteran's Day sale
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« Reply #1390 on: November 12, 2012, 12:47:18 PM »

My deepest gratitude for our Veterans.
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« Reply #1391 on: November 13, 2012, 09:45:10 AM »

Grateful for the current week.
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« Reply #1392 on: November 14, 2012, 11:40:54 PM »

Grateful for anyone who approaches a teacher with an authentic hunger for knowledge.
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« Reply #1393 on: November 15, 2012, 09:03:23 AM »

Grateful I finished a good book and began what should be a good book
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« Reply #1394 on: November 16, 2012, 09:52:04 AM »

Prayers to my coworker's family. 

He passed away yesterday. He was my age give it take - I'm 47. His kids are my kids ages. Hits home
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« Reply #1395 on: November 18, 2012, 06:41:02 PM »

Grateful for the huge turnout for my coworker's funeral today as well as hear stories about his personal life
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« Reply #1396 on: November 22, 2012, 09:32:27 AM »

The WSJ has published these two every Thanksgiving for a very long time:
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Here beginneth the chronicle of those memorable circumstances of the year 1620, as recorded by Nathaniel Morton , keeper of the records of Plymouth Colony, based on the account of William Bradford , sometime governor thereof:

So they left that goodly and pleasant city of Leyden, which had been their resting-place for above eleven years, but they knew that they were pilgrims and strangers here below, and looked not much on these things, but lifted up their eyes to Heaven, their dearest country, where God hath prepared for them a city (Heb. XI, 16), and therein quieted their spirits.

When they came to Delfs-Haven they found the ship and all things ready, and such of their friends as could not come with them followed after them, and sundry came from Amsterdam to see them shipt, and to take their leaves of them. One night was spent with little sleep with the most, but with friendly entertainment and Christian discourse, and other real expressions of true Christian love.
 
The next day they went on board, and their friends with them, where truly doleful was the sight of that sad and mournful parting, to hear what sighs and sobs and prayers did sound amongst them; what tears did gush from every eye, and pithy speeches pierced each other's heart, that sundry of the Dutch strangers that stood on the Key as spectators could not refrain from tears. But the tide (which stays for no man) calling them away, that were thus loath to depart, their Reverend Pastor, falling down on his knees, and they all with him, with watery cheeks commended them with the most fervent prayers unto the Lord and His blessing; and then with mutual embraces and many tears they took their leaves one of another, which proved to be the last leave to many of them.
Being now passed the vast ocean, and a sea of troubles before them in expectations, they had now no friends to welcome them, no inns to entertain or refresh them, no houses, or much less towns, to repair unto to seek for succour; and for the season it was winter, and they that know the winters of the country know them to be sharp and violent, subject to cruel and fierce storms, dangerous to travel to known places, much more to search unknown coasts.

Besides, what could they see but a hideous and desolate wilderness, full of wilde beasts and wilde men? and what multitudes of them there were, they then knew not: for which way soever they turned their eyes (save upward to Heaven) they could have but little solace or content in respect of any outward object; for summer being ended, all things stand in appearance with a weatherbeaten face, and the whole country, full of woods and thickets, represented a wild and savage hew.
If they looked behind them, there was a mighty ocean which they had passed, and was now as a main bar or gulph to separate them from all the civil parts of the world.

Anyone whose labors take him into the far reaches of the country, as ours lately have done, is bound to mark how the years have made the land grow fruitful.
This is indeed a big country, a rich country, in a way no array of figures can measure and so in a way past belief of those who have not seen it. Even those who journey through its Northeastern complex, into the Southern lands, across the central plains and to its Western slopes can only glimpse a measure of the bounty of America.

And a traveler cannot but be struck on his journey by the thought that this country, one day, can be even greater. America, though many know it not, is one of the great underdeveloped countries of the world; what it reaches for exceeds by far what it has grasped.
So the visitor returns thankful for much of what he has seen, and, in spite of everything, an optimist about what his country might be. Yet the visitor, if he is to make an honest report, must also note the air of unease that hangs everywhere.
For the traveler, as travelers have been always, is as much questioned as questioning. And for all the abundance he sees, he finds the questions put to him ask where men may repair for succor from the troubles that beset them.
His countrymen cannot forget the savage face of war. Too often they have been asked to fight in strange and distant places, for no clear purpose they could see and for no accomplishment they can measure. Their spirits are not quieted by the thought that the good and pleasant bounty that surrounds them can be destroyed in an instant by a single bomb. Yet they find no escape, for their survival and comfort now depend on unpredictable strangers in far-off corners of the globe.

How can they turn from melancholy when at home they see young arrayed against old, black against white, neighbor against neighbor, so that they stand in peril of social discord. Or not despair when they see that the cities and countryside are in need of repair, yet find themselves threatened by scarcities of the resources that sustain their way of life. Or when, in the face of these challenges, they turn for leadership to men in high places—only to find those men as frail as any others.
So sometimes the traveler is asked whence will come their succor. What is to preserve their abundance, or even their civility? How can they pass on to their children a nation as strong and free as the one they inherited from their forefathers? How is their country to endure these cruel storms that beset it from without and from within?
Of course the stranger cannot quiet their spirits. For it is true that everywhere men turn their eyes today much of the world has a truly wild and savage hue. No man, if he be truthful, can say that the specter of war is banished. Nor can he say that when men or communities are put upon their own resources they are sure of solace; nor be sure that men of diverse kinds and diverse views can live peaceably together in a time of troubles.
But we can all remind ourselves that the richness of this country was not born in the resources of the earth, though they be plentiful, but in the men that took its measure. For that reminder is everywhere—in the cities, towns, farms, roads, factories, homes, hospitals, schools that spread everywhere over that wilderness.

We can remind ourselves that for all our social discord we yet remain the longest enduring society of free men governing themselves without benefit of kings or dictators. Being so, we are the marvel and the mystery of the world, for that enduring liberty is no less a blessing than the abundance of the earth.
And we might remind ourselves also, that if those men setting out from Delftshaven had been daunted by the troubles they saw around them, then we could not this autumn be thankful for a fair land.
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« Reply #1397 on: November 22, 2012, 12:33:37 PM »

A beautiful selection, GC.

Grateful for a LARGE gathering of family for Thanksgiving that will take place at my home for the first time in my life. How blessed and humbled I am to be an adult with a young family of my own, and a home in which to host the day.
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« Reply #1398 on: November 22, 2012, 01:08:22 PM »

Whoops! I see I forgot to post the second piece:

Here beginneth the chronicle of those memorable circumstances of the year 1620, as recorded by Nathaniel Morton , keeper of the records of Plymouth Colony, based on the account of William Bradford , sometime governor thereof:
So they left that goodly and pleasant city of Leyden, which had been their r
esting-place for above eleven years, but they knew that they were pilgrims and strangers here below, and looked not much on these things, but lifted up their eyes to Heaven, their dearest country, where God hath prepared for them a city (Heb. XI, 16), and therein quieted their spirits.
 
When they came to Delfs-Haven they found the ship and all things ready, and such of their friends as could not come with them followed after them, and sundry came from Amsterdam to see them shipt, and to take their leaves of them. One night was spent with little sleep with the most, but with friendly entertainment and Christian discourse, and other real expressions of true Christian love.

 The next day they went on board, and their friends with them, where truly doleful was the sight of that sad and mournful parting, to hear what sighs and sobs and prayers did sound amongst them; what tears did gush from every eye, and pithy speeches pierced each other's heart, that sundry of the Dutch strangers that stood on the Key as spectators could not refrain from tears. But the tide (which stays for no man) calling them away, that were thus loath to depart, their Reverend Pastor, falling down on his knees, and they all with him, with watery cheeks commended them with the most fervent prayers unto the Lord and His blessing; and then with mutual embraces and many tears they took their leaves one of another, which proved to be the last leave to many of them.
 
Being now passed the vast ocean, and a sea of troubles before them in expectations, they had now no friends to welcome them, no inns to entertain or refresh them, no houses, or much less towns, to repair unto to seek for succour; and for the season it was winter, and they that know the winters of the country know them to be sharp and violent, subject to cruel and fierce storms, dangerous to travel to known places, much more to search unknown coasts.
 
Besides, what could they see but a hideous and desolate wilderness, full of wilde beasts and wilde men? and what multitudes of them there were, they then knew not: for which way soever they turned their eyes (save upward to Heaven) they could have but little solace or content in respect of any outward object; for summer being ended, all things stand in appearance with a weatherbeaten face, and the whole country, full of woods and thickets, represented a wild and savage hew.
 
If they looked behind them, there was a mighty ocean which they had passed, and was now as a main bar or gulph to separate them from all the civil parts of the world.
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« Reply #1399 on: November 22, 2012, 11:58:15 PM »

A beautiful selection, GC.

Grateful for a LARGE gathering of family for Thanksgiving that will take place at my home for the first time in my life. How blessed and humbled I am to be an adult with a young family of my own, and a home in which to host the day.

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