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Exotic places in America

I’ve been to many exotic places around the world, but I’ve also been to exotic places in America.  My recent trip found me in an exotic location in America, where grapefruit and orange trees grow in public places and yield their fruit freely.  Where palm trees lilt in the warm breeze even in Winter and desert flowers decorated the landscape.

Where is this, you ask?  Well, it is in Tucson, Arizona.  I spent warm January evenings by the pool and hot tub, with an outdoor fire, surrounded by palm trees and orange groves.  The even warmer Winter days are filled with wondrous flowers and scents and crowned by stunning sunsets.  I recommend everyone visit Tucson or at least somewhere in Arizona in the Winter and you’ll be warmed, amazed and refreshed.

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No one wants to take the blame these days.

Why is it that no one wants to take the blame these days?  No one wants to admit they are wrong, say they are sorry, accept responsibility for their mistakes.  What has happened to our world?  Why are we so lacking in courage to admit to ourselves and to everyone else when we have erred?

Perhaps in this society that encourages failure, quitting, shirking responsibility and seeking out only what feels good, we are being brain washed into thinking not only are mistakes acceptable and avoiding consequences for them, but it is now the norm.  It is time we mature and accept the responsibilities of our own failures and mistakes, admit them, and then learn from them and grow.  It is only in this manner that we can become complete human beings and live the way we were meant to live.  Then we can be a beacon, a lighthouse to others.hike 2

 

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Holiday Season

Although we take time to be thankful during the holiday season, we should be thankful all year long!  There are so many things I have to be thankful for this holiday season, and all year long:  My family, my company, my work, my new house, the songs and albums I have recorded in multiple studios, the multiple books I have written and published that I have now surpassed Charles Dickens, the festivals I have helped organize and run, Christmas snow, road trips, vacation, my man cave, my new giant tv, my new grill, being able to work often from home, taking the train to work, and so many other little things that I blush with how blessed I have been and still am.

My New Year’s Resolution is to be thankful all year long and never forget how blessed I have been and how blessed I am every day.

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I recently helped raise money for D.A.W.N.

I recently participated in a fund raiser for D.A.W.N. (Domestic Abuse Women’s Network), as a referee and judge for a chili cook off.  It was sponsored by W.M.F.H.A.  I had a blast!  I even got to wear my referee shirt and was able to be part of the judging for each category.  There were some great chili recipes and I was privy to the winners of each round, including the championship!

D.A.W.N. is an amazing charity and an outstanding cause toward counseling, housing and hopefully ending domestic abuse once and for all, not just against women but against everyone.  Through our effort we were able to raise $25,000.00 in charitable funds.  I look forward to helping with many more charitable efforts throughout the years to help as many people as I can.

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Humans thrive on contact but society discourages it.

We as humans thrive on contact.  We are made inside another human.  We kiss and hug before we can even walk or speak.  We are warm blooded creatures and write songs, books and movies about love between humans.  And yet our society discourages contact.  Our society wants us to have virtual friends, connect via media instead of through touch and so many of our children now are being born Autistic.  These poor souls shun as much contact as possible.  What a shame.

For those who prefer texting over a phone call to hear another human’s voice, who prefer video games over physical sports or interacting with humans in person, for those who prefer as little contact as possible with other humans, they have sadly become anything but human.  We are made for contact with other humans and need to do so, for our physical, mental and emotional well being.  Otherwise, we become aliens on our own planet.

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Words copyright 2016 by E.J. Edwards.

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Burned but still flying!

I recently visited the Smithsonian Air Museum and was inspired by  Space Shuttle Discovery that was there.  It had been into orbit and returned to earth, surviving the burn of re-entry and the death defying feat of orbit back to earth to be used again.

Often I find myself in this life to be out in orbit, burnt on re-entry and yet surviving the return to earth.  No matter what obstacles or trials, tribulations or challenges, I somehow find a way to survive, carry on and rise again to new heights.

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