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Happy birthday America.

Today is the day we celebrate our independence from the British Empire under King George in 1776.

You haven't seen or heard from me much lately, I've been very busy. Very very busy. Enjoy the music.

Gaither Vocal Band singing The National Anthem: http://youtu.be/Vwxv-EZpb7U

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Thank you +Debo Da Pro. The same to you as well. Fireworks in this new town were un. freaking. believable.
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A 7.2 ft tall man goes shopping dressed as Uruk-Hai (awesome)
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Ace Ventura - Slinky Scene: http://youtu.be/ltwxC19s5u8
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You know what to do. Do what must be done. Show no mercy.
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Sometimes life is good.  Sometimes life is bad.  When I think of what could illustrate this truth, I picture the sea, with the rise and fall of its waves.

Since time immemorial they have been rising and falling.  Rushing up near or distant shores, and then back down again.  And again.  And again.

Then there are the tides...also rising and receding forever.  They last for periods of time even longer than the small advances and retreats of the waves.

So I would persuade you that the water is a representation of our circumstances, the state of a human life or a family.  Contemplate how easily the waves rise and fall:  Fleeting, precious moments of happiness or pain. Each one unique; it will never happen again.  Remember these.  Treasure them.

Next let the high tides betoken times of plenty when our lives are full and fortune smiles on us.  We need to remember to cherish these times while they last, and even use them to prepare for the times that we know will inevitably follow-- the low tides, the times of scarcity.

But what of landings?  In their great journey the world over, the waters of the sea will also kiss the land.  You never know when.  Life's waves will roll us up onto soft sandy beaches, like a spring wedding for two lovers along the warm shore.  Could bliss be more pure?

Or the waves can just as well dash us against the rocks in a fierce winter storm, innumerable tons of indiscriminate, unforgiving power beating against us in the black of night.  Relentlessly.  Relentlessly against the stone.

Blessed, peaceful, perfect victory.  Cursed, despairing, uncaring, tragedy.  Both or either can happen more than once in a lifetime.  It is devastating.  And then it is glorious.

These incalculable and unavoidable landings--life events--form the defining moments of our existence.  In these, we are forced to decide what we are made of.  We prove weak or powerful; we show ourselves foolish or wise; we become monstrous or we grow more merciful.

Oh then, why must there be rocks?  Why can't we on all days land on the a pristine white shore of some lost beach in yet uncharted waters of capricorn's tropic?

Might I suggest that were it not so, the sea would not be so beautifully perfect.  Ageless, time-tested waters ever abiding, the product of both the painful and the delightsome.  Without rocks, there would be no sand.

So too the affairs of humankind.  The Waves, the Tides, and the Landings.

--Author, just me.  Tommy Butler

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May those who read these words today be happy upon the waves, fulfilled at high tides, and strengthened by the moments that define them, wherever they may land.  Always.

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+Tommy Butler well done family! Beautiful words, as +Jane Morris I could picture my images to your words! You know the pain, & the beauty within! I'm real proud to have read Sometimes Life Is Good my friend thank you for sharing, to have know you has been a Blessing! 1 Love Fam...
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I too like to live dangerously... Uh. Nope. Just nevermind.
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What kind of spider is that ? Never seen one of those before..
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