This is our new puppy Dusty. We adopted him March and he has been a welcomed addition to our family. But... Dusty needs your prayers. He has a problem. Bones. His "habit" has turned to addiction lately and we are afraid this may lead to, well, more serious chewing. Dusty is no longer satisfied with the dental chews that are minty fresh. He has graduated to rawhide and has a bone a day habit. And rumor has it rawhide is just a gateway bone to "windies" or "moo-tubes" or worse yet... Bully Sticks. For his birthday (September 16th) I bought him a bone that, quite frankly, was bigger than him! We're worried because behavior like this usually leads to criminal behavior. And, well, we don't like to 'accuse' him without evidence, but shoes and ties and belts and shirts and power cords have went "missing" whenever his bone supply is depleted. We tried an intervention but to avail - I mean, how do NOT immediately run out and buy more bones when he looks up at you with a face like the one in the photo. So, we ask for your prayers... and we pray that Dusty doesn't chew us out of house and home.
On a serious note I have to pipe in on the retirement of Derek Jeter. For those of you who don't know who he is Jeter has been the starting shortstop for the New York Yankees since 1995. He has been nothing but a class act for his entire career. Some, like Keith OIhateallmen, (it might be Olbermann), perhaps the worst man in the history of political commentary; or as he claimed actual "news," made some comments that were just not necessary. You can watch it here, but personally I wouldn't give this man any more exposure. Just know that a former "newsman"(I use the term lightly) who was fired only to come back to sports to spread his hatred decides he needs to rip a man based only on numbers. And the crazy thing is Jeter was an impressive ball player - well above average. The play he made against the Oakland A's (click here - this is worth watching) is iconic. He hit over 300 for his career and was a true leader in a country (world) that is without a doubt suffering from a lack of good leadership. He lead not only with his play on the field but in his personal life as well. In a world where entire sports organizations have to back track after a video comes out about a player literally knocking out his girlfriend and in a world where I have heard some defend Peterson for abusing his child, a four year old with severe wounds, because that's what "black people in the south do to their children" I wonder why, for one second, we (by we I mean society) feel the need to tear down a man who simply played the game with honor. And I haven't even mentioned the entire PED (Performance Enhancing Drugs) controversy surrounding many of the all-stars who have played the game of baseball over this same time period. Jeter's name never even came up!
Now, as many of you already know I am in no way a Yankees fan. I have rooted for the Cubs for as long as I can remember. I have taken my rightful place with many other fans of the game as having my second favorite team being whoever is playing the New York Yankees. But I love sports. I love baseball. And when I see a man give his all to the game like Derek Jeter did, I bow my head and say thank you. Thank you for NOT being a part of the problem, but instead playing the game with grace and determination. Thank you for showing the kids coming up today how a player should act. Finally, thank you for the memories on the field. You were a class act in a country that no longer values that as it once did. Again, thank you, some of us were watching and we did take notice.
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So, here it is. The logo of my publishing company. Of course, my company has only one author. For those who know who John Galt is you may think the ideas here are a mixed signal. And... you may be right. But I have found that all three of these "ideas" if you will have had a profound impact in my life. The idea of America, of our country, has always been a positive in my life. Sure there were times when I was young when I heard so much about the evils of what the United States has done over the years. Certainly we are a flawed country. But what I see is a people determined to be the best. To do good not only here at home but around the globe. Recently I have been reading biographies of our founders. I started with George Washington (book by Joseph Ellis), the Thomas Jefferson (also by Ellis), and now I'm reading one about James Madison. They were not perfect, but they were educated, dedicated, hard-working, well-intentioned, and determined to do what others had only imagined. Washington, quite frankly, was a loser. And yet he learned more from losing that lead to becoming an icon for our country. There men were not "useful idiots" nor did they look to find those who would be in that category. They believed in the idea that man (yes, I mean women too) could govern himself. A radical idea still today. I often wonder if it is possible to keep it up. But one idea that was true then and is still true today is the fundamental idea of freedom I truly feel Americans are born with. And that is what will put us back on track when the time comes.
Ayn Rand. I picked her more for her amazing fiction writing. No matter what in her political beliefs I believe in or don't believe in, because, I have yet to meet or learn about anyone with whom I agree 100%of the time, her ability to create a world and wonderful characters is a rare achievement. The characters (although in some ways "look" the same) are memorable. The storyline is intriguing. And the politics is in your face. She writes without fear; that's what makes it so good. I have never read any of her essays on objectivism - I have no idea what her non-fiction looks like - what I do know is I have read few writers who have the ability to draw me into a story like she did. Atlas Shrugged remains my favorite novel.
The last section of the trilogy is God. Each of these work hand in hand. This completes for me the circle of life (Sorry Ms. Rand). Each of them are given to me from my Creator. Literally I can write this blog because of the freedoms I have in my country. My love to read and write fiction are encompassed in the fictional life of John Galt. Finally, it is God, in a country where I am free to worship as I see fit, that makes it possible for of these to come together for good. Which is what I hope to inspire through the way I live my life today. And through my writing.
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Anthony D. Flores loves to spend his summers writing fiction. His strong Christian faith and love for this great country find its way into his fiction. His work is also available on Amazon by Clicking Here.