Friday, November 11, 2016

Remembrance Day

Today is Remembrance Day in Canada; a day to honour those who have served and sacrificed for our peace and freedom. Many of us are enjoying the liberties we enjoy because of these individuals and I think we should be grateful to them every day.

WE REMEMBER

It’s been quite an emotional and stressful week for my American friends. Actually, the whole year has been thorny. But the last few days have been particularly difficult. I’m sorry that you have dealt with this conflict and continue to do so. My wish for all of you is that you come together as a country and work toward healing and harmony. There are people out there who are continuing to fuel anger and division. Why not be someone who promotes peace and unity?


Speaking of anger and division, I am really close to ending a friendship with a woman I’ve known since we were twelve. I thought I knew her. Turns out I really don’t. We are on opposite sides of the spectrum on many issues and that’s okay. What’s not okay is the bashing that I see on her Facebook page toward people with opposing political and social views and opinions. One of her distastes (or rather, revulsions) is liberals. I don’t care if she likes or doesn’t like the liberal mindset. What I do care about is the name calling. Things like: “progressive puppets”, “stupid liberals”, “dimwitted liberals” and so on. Well, I am a liberal. And so are my daughters and many others I know. When she tosses those insults around in such a harsh manner, she also targets us in a harsh manner. There is no need for it. My circle consists of liberals, conservatives and everything in-between. And we get along - and will continue to get along - just fine, even while debating an issue, as long as we don’t resort to that kind of behaviour. Why can’t she state her opinion without all the name-calling? And how can we possibly remain friends when she feels this way?


Anyhow, I just finished my second cup of coffee, my slow cooker is plugged in, the sun is shining and the weekend is here. Life is good. I’m going to end this blogging week with yet another song that I hope I haven’t already shared. It’s “Stand by you” by Rachel Platten. Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!


37 comments:

  1. In the USA we call it Veteran's Day. This is a great post. I agree with you 100%.
    I love the video. Is it okay if I post it on my blog and mention your blog?
    Enjoy the weekend.

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  2. Sorry your 'friend' is being so mean-hearted, that sounds disappointing and frustrating. Thank you for sharing the video, it was a good pick for today :o)

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    1. You're right, Hannah. It's disappointing and frustrating. But the more I think about it, the more I realize that I should have been expecting it. The signs were always there.

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  3. Great video. If your friend doesn't like the company she keeps she shouldn't bad mouth them,,she should just accept that they have different views to her.

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    1. You are right, of course, but some people aren't capable of doing that.

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  4. How I wish your words could come true, but the truth is there are many deep divisions here that have grown and will continue if this election is allowed to stand. The electors who represent the electoral college will vote in December and if they follow the votes of their states, Mr. Trump will become president in January. They can vote against this, pay a fine and accede to Mrs. Clinton, who won the popular vote and if there is any question of irregularity, the Supreme Court can weigh in, as it did in 2000 when Al Gore ran against George W. Bush. There have been protests across cities here. I even had someone I did not know get up in my space when out in public and start shouting about Donald Trump's victory. When I tried to roll away without saying anything, the tirade continued until I produced my phone and threatened to call the cops. It was a bit scary. I'm sorry about your friend's behavior but it epitomizes a lot of the anger I see and read about here. Lovely photos. I hope you have a good weekend.

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    1. And my friend is from Canada. I can only imagine how difficult things are these days in America. I'm sorry you had such a frightening experience. I'm glad that you are safe. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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  5. I wonder if it is something in mid-life where we are destined to discover after decades that we have outgrown some friends? I have 2 in question right now just to let you know you are not alone in this. It's not that I even have lots of friends lol.

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    1. You may be right, Christine. I think we see things more clearly when we get older. Or are capable of cutting ties with people that we don't relate to anymore. Maybe never did. Because, after all, life is too short for this type of nonsense. Thanks for sharing this with me.

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  6. Your point is well made. If you have to be derogatory to a person, you don't have much of an argument. Some people don't have much knowledge to back up their opinion.

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  7. The thing with your friend fits in well with a post I made on all my blogs today (even the ones where I never talk about anything personal or political). About how the one thing I will not even argue about is that all people are worth the same - and insulting groups of people shows people like your friend consider those people less worthy of respect - and I don't want to have anything to do with people like that.
    Even though it's not my country, I have hardly been able to think (or blog) about anything but the election all week.

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    1. I'm going to check out your blog this evening to check out what you wrote.

      I can understand when people get into a heated argument and end up spinning out of control a little bit. That is a little more understandable. And sometimes really good people end up doing this and then regret it. But when you start writing down insults just like that, you really mean them. It's intentional and that's the worst kind.

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  8. The minute of silence came while I was in the supermarket. Everything stopped and we all stood in quiet contemplation. My father was in the air force so Remembrance Day is special to me.

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    1. That is really nice, Natalie. You must be so proud of your father's service!

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  9. Lovely tribute to our brave soldiers then and now . I am sorry to hear this friend has an attitude like that towards others name calling is so childish . Thanks for sharing have a good weekend !

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    1. It is very childish. It's too bad she feels it necessary to behave this way.

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  10. Very nice post for those who have served.

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  11. We'll gladly trade for Justin Trudeau. His replacement will be someone you've never heard of. Tronald Dump, who is charming, his dad was not a member of the KKK, not a pervert, has a very large IQ, and never makes a gaffe.

    We promise.







    No take-backs

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    1. No way, Adam. For the first time in a very long time, I might actually like one of our politicians. Justin Trudeau continues to please. So far, so good. Hopefully he continues on this road and I may just drop some of my cynicism when it comes to politics/politicians. Maybe.

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  12. I'm thankful for those that serve in our country as well as in their respective countries for the freedom/rights/protection of their countries. My dad served in the Polish army during WW2 and ended up in a German war camp as a prisoner for most of the war. My FIL served in the Navy for 24 years. I actually thanked a veteran today who was a stranger. We were out sight seeing and he pointed us to an owl on a rafter where we were. I noticed his baseball cap depicting service in the Vietnam War. I said "thank you for your service" to which he replied "thank you." I'm usually very shy about expressing myself like this in public.

    Its been a hard political time for our country for many a month. We need to unite and not be divided. Those that chose to got out and exercised their right to vote. Unfortunately, there will be those that voted that their candidate didn't get elected. They need to move on and accept the process and hope for the best. Its ugly out there on social media; been like that for a long time. I learned a long time ago not to argue politics or discuss too much religion on blogs or social media. My aim was to get people to be informed of their votes cast rather than try to persuade them to adopt my stance.

    Having said all that I did (verbose I was this evening LOL) I hope you and the most wonderful amazing man have a great weekend!! We plan to do the same!

    betty

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    1. OHMYGOSH, Betty! That is horrible about your dad. I can only imagine what he went through.

      How wonderful that you thanked that veteran. I bet he was touched by that. Like you, I usually don't express myself in public that way either, but sometimes the situation calls for it.

      I hope things settle down soon. It's been a very difficult time for a long time. Unity and peace are very much needed now.

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  13. It's sometimes difficult to be around friends that have different beliefs. I try very hard not to let those differences affect my friendships but I agree with you - I have no tolerance for anyone who posts mean, hateful things online.

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    1. It is very challenging, Linda! But as long as people are respectful, I'm okay with that. But when insults start getting tossed around, that's a whole different thing.

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  14. Martha, You are an amazing, thoughtful person and your blog is beyond fantastic. We, in the USA, have been going through a really difficult time and you have pinpointed and expressed it perfectly. Thank you for your thoughts and support.

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. That's very kind of you to say. And I sincerely hope that things calm down soon. Happy rest of the weekend!

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  15. Martha, thank you so much for this beautiful post. We will always remember. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such thoughtful comments, I always appreciate them. Hope the rest of your weekend is wonderful. ~ Diane

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    1. Thank you, Diane! I hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend. And de-stressing!

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  16. people who served their lands and sacrificed their lives worth remember and honor everyday because each breathe we take in FREE environment is their gift for us .

    i thought that narrow minded people live only in developing countries but it is new in my knowledge that most developed states also remain fail to foster wisdom and grace in few minds .
    it is truly unjustified to label others with bad names for just having different point of view.it only shows the low level of one's own mentality .

    hope you enjoyed your coffee and beautiful Sunday sunset dear.
    lots of love

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    1. Yes, these brave individuals should be thanked every day. We benefit in so many ways because of the sacrifices they made.

      Unfortunately, narrow minded people are all over the world! Sad but true.

      I hope you had a lovely weekend and I wish you a beautiful week ahead!

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  17. Always a very special day for us to remember all those that gave so much.
    I like your choice of image used ...

    All the best Jan

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  18. It is hard to come to a point where you have to sever ties with a friend but I totally understand your point. Social media has turned out to be a weapon when used by some people. I, too, have found that people that I used to consider friends became bullies when they deemed FB, Twitter and such as a platform to name-call and belittle.

    Sadly, our latest election has caused a lot of derision and dissension. I wish everyone would embrace the J.K Rowling quote.

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    1. People surprise you sometimes. Or maybe the signs were always there and we don't really pay attention. In any case, my friend is a Canadian and she should, at the very least, mind her own business. And encourage her southern friends to unite, not fan the flames of anger. It's disturbing on so many levels.

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