Sunday, January 21, 2007

It's About Time... It's Our Time!!!!!!

Way to go COLTS!!!

What a great team. What a great game. What a great WIN over the Patriots... 38-34... after being down 21-6 at half-time. Awesome, awesome game!

Personally, though I'm glad to see the entire COLTS team move on to Super Bowl 41, I am SO PROUD for Peyton Manning and Coach Dungy. These two men have worked so hard and deserve so much.

My heart goes out to Tony Dungy who just last year lost his oldest son to suicide. This has to feel so good for him emotionally. Then again I'm sure it rips his heart not being able to share this great moment with his beloved son, James.

Tony Dungy is a wonderful man, coach and Christian. I'm so proud he's humbly leading our COLTS to victory and our country through history as one of the first black coaches to make it to the Super Bowl. One of the first black coaches... because this year TWO black coaches leave their marks on football history! (I say "black" because my daddy doesn't like to be called "African American"...) Lovie Smith said it best, "I hope for a day when it is unnoticed... but that day isn't here."

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Monday, January 15, 2007

Happy Birthday, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.



(If video does not play try this.)

(Read Dr. Martin Luther King's entire "I Have a Dream" speech.)


"With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning:

My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride, From every mountainside, let freedom ring! And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.

And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.

Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.

Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.

Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.

But not only that:

Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.

From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

Free at last!

Free at last!

Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"


Thursday, January 04, 2007

Baylie for Brains


My heart is full of a little girl I've never met. A little girl that touched my heart in such a way I seem to be living and fighting for her. And in turn I'm fighting for myself.

Baylie is a little girl I "ran into" while surfing the web. I learned that she not only has two of the rare brain diseases I have, but she's only 7 years old.

Baylie decided that she wouldn't stand for brain tumor like symptoms, the constant and terrible headaches (and neck and back pain... pain all over at times) or any other yucky symptom that reared its ugly little head. She instead decided to raise money for research. Research that is to date NONEXISTENT. (And I've been diagnosed for over 17 years!!!)

She started coloring pictures and sold them at garage sales. Then quickly turned to making bracelets. Little beaded bracelets that have earned $100,000 toward research for Pseudotumor Cerebri and Arnold Chiari Malformation.

Baylie has touched my heart so. Though I know my diseases are too far along for a cure... Baylie's aren't. She can live a normal and pain-free life if a cure is found. And so can many others because of her efforts.

My tiny little post about Baylie is nothing wonderful. It was written in a rush and a flood of emotions. It jumps around and is far from well written, but it's from the heart. My post's about a little girl with so much hope, a little girl with big arms who embraces so many... a little girl who deserves to know peace.

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