Another letter to my Senators

“I JUST GOT IMPEACHED FOR MAKING A PERFECT PHONE CALL!” – Trump tweet 1-16-20

“If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table and yell like hell” – Carl Sandburg

If Mr. Sandburg were alive today he would have to add two more methods of court etiquette after watching the GOP defend Trump; whine about the process, and when all else fails evoke the name of Hillary Clinton and her emails.

I, like you Senator Graham, have already made up mind. Also, like you Senator Graham, I have made up my mind based on the lack of evidence. Where we differ is here, you, Trump, Sean Hannity, and Mitch McConnell have offered NO evidence to prove that Trump ISN’T guilty. No evidence that proves that Trump “…GOT IMPEACHED FOR MAKING A PERFECT PHONE CALL!” not one document, not one witness, nothing except an incomplete transcript that says very clearly, and in black and white on the bottom that it is simply “A Memorandum of a Telephone Conversation (TELCON) is not a verbatim transcript of a discussion.” This despite the fact that the form letter I received from Senator Scott refers to it as “the full transcript of the call between Presidents Trump and Zelenskiy”. Seriously, “full transcript”? We now know that this is a lie, heck it is one of the reasons this whole process got started, conversations, truths were not only left out of the transcript but were covered-up before it was locked away in the bunker reserved for highly classified documents. So yes, Trump is guilty from the lack of evidence he is unwilling to provide or better explained the lack of evidence he doesn’t have.

Rep. Val Demings summed up perfectly my thoughts on Trumps guilt, she stated that “I have never seen anyone take such extreme steps to hide evidence allegedly proving his innocence.” I would add to her remarks that I have never seen a group of people, you included, take such extreme steps to help someone hide evidence.

I know I am just going to get some lame response from you that colors inside the lines drawn for you by Trump, his handlers and the GOP like “Unfortunately, it seems instead as though this inquiry is being used as a political tool by some of those in the House of Representatives”. You are going to complain about the process. Complain about due-process. Complain that the Democrats are trying to overturn the 2016 election. Complain about Comey, Deep State, Russian hoax, Hillary’s emails, etc.

But here is the truth, the truth you can’t and won’t answer, the truth that you hope most Americans are simply too stupid to ask for, where is the proof that Trump is innocent? Where are the witnesses to the “Perfect Call”? Where are the documents, the emails, backing-up the “Perfect Call”? They don’t exist. Trump and GOP don’t have them because if they did you would be wallpapering the world with the proof. There would a three hour Sean Hannity prime-time special about the proof. Trump would freshen-up his orange spray tan and hold a presidential news conference inside the AT&T Stadium and then proclaim the day a national holiday. But you see none of that will happen because Trump’s got nothing, nothing but the whine.

The evidence to prove Trumps innocence, the evidence to prove it was the perfect call does not exist so you, Trump, and the GOP “pound the table and yell like hell” because that’s all you got. If Mick Mulvaney could clear Trump we would hear from him. He can’t and we won’t. If John Bolton could clear Trump we would hear from him. He can’t and we won’t. If Mike Pompeo could clear Trump we would hear from him. He can’t and we won’t. If Mike Pence could clear Trump we would hear from him. He can’t and we won’t. If there were emails, documents that could clear Trump we would see them. But there aren’t.

Trump is only the third United States President in our 231 year history to be impeached and there is nothing you or the other GOP Senators can do to erase that from the history books. You can stall, you can lie, you can whine, you can throw the Constitution out the window when you raised your right hand and swore an oath to be an impartial judge and jury. But just as the history books will note Trump with an asterisk next to his name history will also remember that you defended a criminal whose crimes were against this great country.

You know, or at the very least you should know, just based on the number of books that have already been written that when he leaves office a tidal wave of information will wash over us, none of it good, and all of it confirming the rampant corruption he and his family have undertaken since he was elected. Think about all of the people, Bolton, Mattis, Tillerson, McMaster, who have a “Trump” story to tell and they will tell it, they will have to tell it just to clear their names. Trump cannot defend his actions because his actions are indefensible. How can you wake-up every morning, look in the mirror and continue to defend the indefensible? Are a pocket full of conservative judges really worth it?

“There is nothing in the Constitution that authorizes or makes it the official duty of a president to have anything to do with criminal activities.” – Senator Sam Ervin

 

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The only way out is to vote

From the junior Senator of South Carolina Tim Scott:

On July 25, 2019, President Donald Trump spoke with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to congratulate him on winning the Ukrainian presidential election. From this conversation, a whistleblower made a complaint alleging that President Trump made a promise to a foreign leader in exchange for insight on Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden’s actions in the country. This led Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, to announce a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump on September 24, 2019. In a commitment to transparency, the Administration released the full transcript of the call between Presidents Trump and Zelenskiy on September 26, 2019 as well as the whistleblower complaints.

It is imperative that the U.S. Congress not allow the Democrats or the media to taint the integrity of this investigation or Administration without due process. Impeachment is an action that should be undertaken with somber thought and responsibility. Unfortunately, it seems instead as though this inquiry is being used as a political tool by some of those in the House of Representatives.

As with previous administrations, there must be no tolerance for illegal activities or excessive over-reach by the executive branch, and I will continue to push for accountability and transparency at all levels of government. However, I do not believe it is right to turn the President’s congratulatory phone call with President Zelenskiy into political theater. We must reject the divisiveness that is evident in our discourse today and get back to what is really important to the American people. Rest assured, I remain committed to working with my colleagues in Washington to restore civility to our great nation and will continue to fight for responsible reforms to do so.

This is the email response I received from Senator Scott’s office after I asked him to grow a spine and protect our democracy. I added the bold to his statement to show how he is coloring inside the lines drawn for him by Trump and the GOP.

Tim Scott is an interesting character in American politics. He is one of three African-Americans in the U.S. Senate, and the first to serve in both chambers of Congress. He is the first African-American senator from the state of South Carolina, the first African-American senator to be elected from the southern United States since 1881 (four years after the end of the Reconstruction Era), and the first African-American Republican to serve in the U.S. Senate since Edward Brooke departed in 1979. In the GOP he is unicorn, a seemingly mythical animal that rarely speaks, is rarely seen, keeps his head down and hopes absolutely no one notices him or ask him to raise his hand.

And what has he done for the state of South Carolina? Little to nothing and that’s just the way he likes it. The best way to get reelected is to not piss anyone off, draw attention to yourself and sponsor hard-hitting, life changing bills like Restraining Excessive Seizure of Property through the Exploitation of Civil asset forfeiture Tools Act or A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the credit for production from advanced nuclear power facilities. Real humanitarian stuff. Tim Scott is changing the world of advanced nuclear power facilities!

Every state has a Tim Scott and a Lindsey Graham and it is up to us to rid ourselves of these cancerous tumors on democracy and the only way we can do that is to vote. The time to register, check your status, update your information is right now. Don’t wait until October or November, check Vote.gov to make sure you are ready to cast your vote. Encourage your family, friends and most importantly the young people that you know to register or update their registration. We flipped the House last time next up is the White House and the Senate. We can do it but we have to show-up and pull the lever.     

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Like a Moth to a Flame

Powerful and tremendous are two of Trumps favorite adjectives. Why? Because The Donald thinks of himself in those terms. What Trump likes to project is a “force of nature” persona, bigger, smarter, and tougher than all of us combined. But what we have also learned about him is that he is incredibly insecure hence the bullying, the nicknames and the disparaging remarks he makes about anyone and any institution that calls his bluff.

In his book “Think Big” Trump writes (yea okay I know that sounds like a stretch) that “The world is a vicious and brutal place. Even your friends are out to get you. They want your job, they want your house, they want your money, they want your wife, and they even want your dog. When people wrong you, go after those people, because it is a good feeling and because other people will see you doing it. I always get even.”

Maybe I missed “When people wrong you, go after those people” in the Beatitudes. I mean, the Evangelicals view Trump as the second coming of Christ, the prophet, the leader ordained by God Herself. I guess in the King Franklin Graham version of the bible “When people wrong you, go after those people” replaces “Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.” That makes perfect sense doesn’t it? Sounds just like the Jesus the Evangelicals know and love.

But back to powerful and tremendous, I am fascinated by the ever increasing cast of Congressmen, Senators, charlatans, and thugs who are drawn to Trump like a moth to a flame. And because Lindsey Graham is “my” Senator I have had a front row seat watching an otherwise moderate, level-headed politician be transformed into a snarling, sniveling, irrational and unstable pit bull to protect the man he perceives as our duly elected King.

An article in Rolling Stone magazine titled How Lindsey Graham Lost His Way published the following analysis of Graham by Republican strategist Steve Schmidt, a man that knows him well. Schmidt said; “People try to analyze Lindsey through the prism of the manifest inconsistencies that exist between things that he used to believe and what he’s doing now. The way to understand him is to look at what’s consistent. And essentially what he is in American politics is what, in the aquatic world, would be a pilot fish: a smaller fish that hovers about a larger predator, like a shark, living off of its detritus. That’s Lindsey. And when he swam around the McCain shark, broadly viewed as a virtuous and good shark, Lindsey took on the patina of virtue. But wherever the apex shark is, you find the Lindsey fish hovering about, and Trump’s the newest shark in the sea. Lindsey has a real draw to power — but he’s found it unattainable on his own merits.”

The latest moth making headlines that has fluttered towards Trumps flame is a little-known, scandal-scarred Republican congressional candidate named Robert Hyde. Apparently Mr. Hyde was helping Rudy and his other henchmen stalk, and intimidate former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch (Trump: “she’s going to go through some things”). Before his Ukraine connection was uncovered Hyde was better known for his obscene, oral sex inspired tweet about Sen. Kamala Harris after she dropped out of the presidential race; “She went down, brought to her knees. Blew it. Must be a hard one to swallow….” Yup just look at this Neanderthal. He is a real Deplorable beauty isn’t he?

Robert Hyde

We all know what happens to the moth when it gets too close to the flame. We have certainly seen what has happened to other “Trump moths” like Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Michael Flynn, etc. over the last three years. I expect people like Rudy Giuliani, and Robert Hyde will suffer the same fate. But I also think, once it is all said and done, that heavy weights like Lindsey Graham, Bill Barr, Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo will also pay the price for hovering to close to Trumps flame. The corruption in this administration is too deep, too wide and increasingly becoming very transparent.

And I hear you out there, those voices in the wilderness asking when will all of this sleaziness take down the great orange pumpkin with the cotton candy hair? It’s coming. There isn’t a damn big enough to hold back the flood of bullshit Trump is creating. It’s coming. I promise.

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Sniffy McAdderall says….

“Democrats are now the party of high taxes, high crime, open borders, late-term abortion, socialism, and blatant corruption. The Republican Party is the party of the American Worker, the American Family, and the American Dream!” – Trump tweet 1-9-20

If you saw Trumps national address Wednesday morning, a speech that Lindsey Graham said was comparable to President Ronald Reagan’s infamous “Tear down this wall, Mr. Gorbachev” speech you know there is something wrong with The Donald and for that matter Lindsey Graham. Besides slurring his words, being short of breath and sniffing 58 times while he read his 15 minute speech in a monotone voice Trump just doesn’t look healthy or sane. And whoever sprayed the orange paint on him for this occasion should be fired. It looked like a $29.95 Earl Scheib special (bonus points if you know who Earl Scheib is).

Shortly after his speech SniffyMcAdderall was trending on Twitter. It has long been speculated that Trump is an Adderall addict. I don’t know much about the drug other than it is typically prescribed for people with attention deficit disorder but I do know that it is an amphetamine and people abuse it by crushing the tablets and sniffing it hence the name SniffyMcAdderall.

Is Trump stoned on Adderall? Who knows but it would explain his manic behavior at his ego rallies, 3 am tweet storms, slurring his words, and the constant sniffing. So besides being narcissist, and a pathological liar we need to worry about him being a drug addict also. Great.

But the real reason I started this post was because of his Fox News talking points tweet above. As a Democrat, Trump and Sean Hannity claim that I support;

  1. High Taxes
  2. High Crime
  3. Open Borders
  4. Late-term abortions
  5. Socialism
  6. Blatant Corruption

And that Donald Trump and the Republican Party stand for;

  1. The American Worker
  2. The American Family
  3. The American Dream

Look at this list and think about Donald Trump being the savior, the standard bearer for the American worker and the American Family. Is he living the American Dream? In his mind sure he is. He is the most powerful, most important man in the world but he is also a member of the lucky sperm club. If it weren’t for his Dad’s money The Donald would have been just another used car salesman from Queens. You know it’s true.

But let’s start with the American worker, you and I have paid an extra $46 billion because of Trump’s trade war with China. That means our food is more expensive. The underwear and t-shirts we bought at Walmart are more expensive. The electronics and appliances we buy are more expensive. Now Trump claims that the American Workers income has increased by $5,000 since he became President so we can afford to pay an extra $46 billion. But like most “Trump truths” his facts come from both an unofficial and very shady source, The Heritage Foundation rather than say our own Treasury Department or the Federal Reserve.

As you can imagine polls asking “are you better off today” vary wildly and are split pretty much down party lines. Not a real surprise given how divided our country is and how divided Trump wants us to remain. But one of the hardest hit American Workers in Trumps trade war are the farmers. Remember Democrats support item #5 above, Trump has provided farmers with a $28 billion bailout. Think about that for a minute in the context of Socialism. Trumps bailout of farmers has cost the American taxpayer over two times as much as the 2009 bailout of Detroit’s Big Three automakers and those companies paid us back. There is no way in hell Joe Farmer and his 500 acres of soybean production can or will ever pay us back and guess what, more billions are headed his way.

Besides paying higher prices for items I am also experiencing another interesting dynamic because of Trumps China trade war, stuff that I ordered for Christmas is still sitting in China. Back in November I ordered two gifts. Both vendors assured me that the items would arrive before Christmas. One of the items was a custom order meaning no refund.

When I ordered both of these things I wasn’t thinking they were coming from China, I mean who thinks about that? But they are and both are still there. One item has been sitting in Fuzhou, China for 30 days. Hell I don’t know when it will get here. I get updates from the vendor like this; “Firstly, we are so sorry for the bad experiences you have to suffer. We just want to explain that those matters are hard to control so we really need your calm and your sympathy.” I love the “your sympathy” part.

Is the average Joe American Worker really better off? No, he thinks he is better off because a bunch of old white guys are running the show but in reality he is still shoveling the same shit he was shoveling when that black guy, you know the Muslim was President.

Is it even worth talking about Trump being a role model, and a champion of the American Family? Three times divorced, 25 allegations of sexual misconduct, payoffs to a porn star and a Playboy Bunny, “Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything” on tape. I know, what’s the point?

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All by Myself

Trump Dictator

“All by myself, Don’t wanna be, All by myself, Anymore”

Back in my hard bicycle riding days I rode with a bunch of skinny, fast men and women. Several times a year our group would make the 16 mile trek up a 3,200 foot high mountain. It was understood that everyone would pedal-up at their own pace, regroup at the top and then come down at their own speed.

For the skinny, fast people the ride would take about 50 minutes. For me, the bigger, heavier guy in the group about 60 to 75 minutes on a good day. I was always last and the joke among the group was that I was singing the song “All by myself” as I slowly made my way to the top.

“All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good! We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far! I will be making a statement tomorrow morning.” – Trump tweet 1-7-20

It has been well documented that over the last three years Trump has done everything within his power to alienate, piss off and in some cases, just plain old ignore the advice, and counsel of the most trusted, and longtime allies of the United States. Countries that have not only had our back when we needed them most but have shed the blood of its citizen’s right alongside of ours.

Instead, Trump has been drawn to tyrants, dictators, and murders like Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un, Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud, and Rodrigo Duterte, oppressors, bullies, and autocrats. These are the men Trump admires. These are the men Trump views as his contemporaries, his equals. Men who would never use the word Democracy to describe their form of governing. Men who make decisions based on what is best for them rather than the good of their country.

If you read the two Articles of Impeachment both address Trump’s perceived dictatorship over the United States, Article 1-Abuse of Power, and Article 2-Obstruction of Congress. What Trump is telling the American people, and sadly what our Republican representatives are supporting, is that the Constitution of the United States simply doesn’t apply to him. He is operating, as President, just as he operated in business, “All by myself”.

He has defied Congressional oversight, Article 2-Obstruction of Congress. He has an Acting Secretary of Defense who was a Raytheon lobbyist, a major U.S. defense contractor. No Director of National Intelligence, no Homeland Security Secretary and no Navy Secretary.

It has been reported that prior to giving the order to assassinate Qasem Soleimani Trump “consulted” with members of his Mar-a-Lago Country Club, Lindsey Graham, Vladimir Putin, Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud and Benjamin Netanyahu. I guess Graham had the proxy for the American people.

My greatest fear having this dumb-ass in the White House is his ability to start World War 3. In the beginning of his term he had level headed men and women around him that were able to keep his finger off the button and refocus his attention back on what he loves the most, himself. Today, all the babysitters are gone and have been replaced by “Acting” figure heads who are all just one tweet away from being “Former Acting”.

This fuck-up needs, and wants to nuke something. His Deplorable base wants him to nuke something so that they can go out in the streets, wave their flags and chant U.S.A., U.S.A. Lindsey Graham wants him to nuke something so that all the defense contractors like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Electric, and Raytheon will continue to make contributions to his reelection campaign.

But most of all Trump wants to nuke something so he can change the news cycle from impeachment to war which will earn him the admiration of his new circle of friends and potentially slam the door in the face of our most trusted allies at best. At worst, our allies suffer retribution for American ignorance. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen. That might be why our European allies are keeping a safe distance from Trump on this one.

Just remember, “All is well!” Comforting, right?

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Looks like he’ll have to start a war…..

Trump-Dictator

“In order to get elected, @BarackObama will start a war with Iran.” – Trump tweet 1-29-2011

“Now that Obama’s poll numbers are in tailspin – watch for him to launch a strike in Libya or Iran.  He is desperate.” – Trump tweet 10-9-2012

“Polls are starting to look really bad for Obama. Looks like he’ll have to start a war or major conflict to win. Don’t put it past him!” – Trump tweet 10-22-2012

“I predict that President Obama will at some point attack Iran in order to save face!” – Trump tweet 9-16-2013

This is what Trump authorized, the assassination of Qasem Soleimani the Iranian Major General in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, basically the number two guy in Iran. Why did Trump authorize this action? The story the White House is broadcasting is that the Pentagon has “Intel” that Iran was planning an attack on U.S. forces in the region. The truth? See the four tweets above and change the name from Obama to Trump.

Trump has been on a collision course with Iran since the day he was elected not because he knows jack shit about Middle East policy, or the difference between the Quds or the Kurds but because war with Iran makes Lindsey Graham’s, his main cabana boy, useless little dick hard.

An escalation with Iran accomplishes several things for Trump;

  1. Potentially gives his poll numbers a spike (down is always an option).
  2. It changes the news cycle.
  3. It makes him look and feel TOUGH.
  4. It appeases several of the jurors in his upcoming Senate impeachment trail (Sens. Graham, Rubio, Cotton, Risch, and Sasse).
  5. And last but not least, it might just keep John Bolton from testifying against him.

Now look at that list. Do you see anything that screams protecting the United States or the interest of its citizens? No.

Trump will attempt to convince America with the help of Graham and Mike Pompeo that Soleimani was a bad guy and that killing him saved American lives. The truth is Soleimani was a bad guy but so is Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un, Nicolás Maduro and Bashar al-Assad. Hell for that matter we can add Trump to that list as well.

Trump broke off all diplomatic relations with Iran for one reason and one reason only, Barack Obama. He has spent the last three years undoing as much of President Obama’s work as humanly possible and all of the diplomatic agreements Obama put in place with Iran, egged on by Graham, were number one with a bullet to terminate.

Trumps cabana boy has already begun his spin campaign this morning appearing on Fox & Friends and tweeting; “When it comes to the death of General Soleimani, there is no one to blame but himself. He effectively signed his own death warrant by planning massive attacks against U.S. personnel in Iraq and throughout the Middle East. President @realDonaldTrump took decisive, preemptive action to foil a plot directed at American personnel. As to what happens next: It should be clear to Iran that President Trump will not sit idly by if our people and interests are threatened.”

Remember, Trump has been impeached and the vast majority of Americans support both his impeachment and his removal from office. In essence, Trumps attack on Iran are the actions of a frantic and rouge imbecile desperately trying to get reelected so that he can stay out of jail. Our goal should be to make sure he pays for all of the crimes he has committed by voting him out in November.

Please write and or call you representatives in Washington. Make sure they understand that you aren’t taking the bait of some supposed massive attack against U.S. personnel in Iraq and throughout the Middle East without proof. Remember the path Bush’s (Dick “Never trust a dick” Cheney) weapons of mass destruction hypothetical took us down in Iraq, Bush’s reelection.

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Happy New Year

John Rock-Pisgah National Forest 2

“It always comes back to us – why are we here? Well, we just happened to be here, we couldn’t choose it. The chance of us being born – that sperm hitting that egg – is 400 trillion to 1. We’re not special, we’re just lucky; and this is a holiday. We didn’t exist for 14 and a half billion years. Then we got 80 or 90 years if we’re lucky, and then we’ll never exist again. So we should make the most of it.” – Ricky Gervais

The view from John Rock is pretty spectacular. Sitting on top of this sheer granite cliff you can see for miles on a clear day. From the parking lot at the fish hatchery below you are about 1,200 feet in the air, parallel to the hawks and buzzards riding the thermals in the sky. It is an odd sensation for a guy terrified of heights. But there is something very permanent, very secure about this massive boulder on top of a mountain formed some 480 million years ago. And though hundreds of million of years of rain, snow, heat and cold have probably whittled it down some I suspect that 480 million years from now John Rock will still be here. I have my doubts that human beings will still be around.

Friday, my wife and youngest daughter made the six mile loop to the top of John Rock. Despite being a cool and overcast day I still sweated like the old, fat man that I am. The journey up is what I call a “payoff” hike, meaning there is a reason to make the march. Sometimes it is a waterfall. Sometimes it is an abandoned structure or even an old settler’s cemetery. But my favorite “payoff” is always a view, something that takes effort. Something that you can’t see through the windshield of your car. Something that I know 80 to 90% of the population won’t take the time or have the stamina to achieve.

This is one of my favorite hikes, one that I have done at least three dozen times. I have walked this path to the top in the heat, the rain, the bitter cold, even snowing sideways 1,200 feet in the air. This is also the same hike my wife and I came upon a four foot long Eastern Timber Rattlesnake. A magnificent creature whose memory still thrills me but makes my wife thread a little more cautiously.

Friday, after I had eaten a snack, had some water and taken the obligatory selfies I sat on that hard, cold rock and scanned the mountain range before me. It was quiet, peaceful, and meditative. Beside me where two of the three people I love the most. In front of me, expanses that I will never set foot in, acres that rarely, if ever, have felt the footsteps of humans.

Next month I will turn 59. Not one of those milestone birthdays but certainly a milestone eve one. Gathering with my family over the holidays I looked at my parents and in-laws, all in their late 70’s or early 80’s and wonder how many more celebrations I would have with them. Hell for that matter how much more carousing do I have left in me. As Ricky Gervais notes above for whatever time we have left we should make the most of it. But the question that has stumped man since the dawn of time is what should we be doing to make the most of it, or more specifically, why are we here?

As I looked out on that vast wilderness Friday from John Rock, beyond the man-made objects below, I thought about the first humans that tread through these forest 20,000 years ago. These earliest human inhabitants, referred to as Paleo-Indians, made their way to North Carolina from Asia to Alaska across the land bridge created by lower sea levels at the end of the last Ice Age.

This journey from one continent to another took generations for families and tribes to make their way into the Carolina Mountains and Piedmont. Think about how much real estate we can cover now in cars, planes and trains. We measure distance in miles and hours. These ancient people measured travel in feet, months and years.

I can only imagine the hardships they faced every day dealing with sickness, starvation, and environmental issues like heat, cold, rain and snow. Today a broken leg for us is simply an inconvenience. For the Paleo-Indian’s, a people who spent everyday hunting, gathering, and traveling it would have been a death sentence. Do you think they ever sat around the fire at night and wondered why are we here, what is the purpose of life? Or was just enduring another day enough to carry them through, survival to watch another sun rise.

I heard an interview on NPR the other day. The guy was talking about losing a loved one at the same time his daughter was having his first grandchild. He commented that though he was sad about losing someone he cared about that the birth of his new grandson balanced it out. He went on to say that life always balances itself out.

My parents are getting older and I will soon be 60, time is ticking away from us. But as the clock runs out for some new adventures are happening within my family; marriages, babies, graduations, new careers, ends and beginnings.

I don’t know what the next decade has in-store for me. Maybe another child married. Maybe a grandchild. Possibly retirement. Hopefully a few more hikes up John Rock. I would suspect one or both of my parents will pass away in the next ten years, for that matter so could I. But still I haven’t answered the question and I am not sure there really is one. Your reason for being here is probably different than mine but I hope we can all agree that loving each other, respecting each other and helping each other should be in the top five. Happy New Year.

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