Sunday, November 9, 2014

Mr. Gorbachev Tear Down this Wall

A piece of the Berlin Wall from 1989
Just before I was born a wall went up. 

This event had little impact on my life in the 60's as I was pre-occupied with Scooby Doo, Speed Racer, my dog, and learning how to waterski. Life for me in the 60's was really very peaceful. I graduated from high school and entered college during another interesting time in political history known as the cold war.  I was more pre-occupied with big shouldered business suits (ala Working Girl starring Melanie Griffith), big hair, the arrival of MTV and getting through college.

In 1987 Ronald Reagan delivered another one of his amazing speeches:

We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!

Then an amazing thing happened. Just after the birth of my first darling kiddo this wall came down. Now, when my oldest thinks back on his life, he can say "the Berlin Wall came down the same year I was born". 

25 years later

It has been 25 years since that historic day and alot has changed in the world. We still believe in freedom and security and human liberty but the walls have changed and are not as visible.

Tearing down the wall did not, in itself, secure peace in the world but it was a symbolic step toward peace. Today the actions we take to promote peace are even more important than they were back during the Cold War. Now there is a violence in the world that must stop.

Promoting Peace

Two of my favorite sites that promote peace:

PEACE TAGSPeaceTags™  are “dog- tag” shaped necklaces that raise awareness and funds for Non-Profit organizations working to heal wounded troops, their families, our communities and our world.   PeaceTags promote the idea that we CAN heal the wounds of war AND create a culture of peace.

Chants for Peace - Bringing about peace through Chant - this site features great articles about ways that people are seeking peace.

Breaking down the Walls

Finding our way to peace will take more than just hoping for it. We will have to break down the walls of intolerance, violence, misunderstanding, and hate. 

The difference between now and back in 1987 is that we are now, more than ever, a global neighborhood. It is a cliche to just say that the Internet has brought the world to all of us. But it's true. We are more connected than ever. At one time I naively thought that if people met me they would like me and all we really needed in this world was just a few more citizen diplomats visiting different parts of the world to share a handshake and a smile and we could all join hands and sing kumbaya. But then I learned that there are places in the world where women are not allowed to shake hands and singing in public is illegal. 

We must keep working toward world peace. We must. But some times that means breaking down a wall.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Today and Tomorrow

Today is almost over - just a few more minutes - but I really didn't want it to end. It would be ok if it would just freeze right now.  Tomorrow brings a new day and perhaps a new era. Maybe I'll just have to start writing poetry.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween Friends & Family with Omaha Steaks

You know what I LOVE about Omaha Steaks? 

Yep, just about everything. But besides that I love:

  • That the company delivers delicious steaks right to my doorstep
  • That the steaks are packaged so perfectly so that they arrive ready to cook up to perfection
  • That once you are a customer of Omaha Steaks the company takes exceptionally good care of you? OR
  • That Omaha Steaks is having a Halloween Friends and Family 20% off coupon
Two years ago my brother found that his work schedule required him to travel most of the month of December and he had not finished up his holiday shopping. So, he pulled up the Omaha Steaks website and with a few clicks had sent everyone steaks for the holiday. It was fantastic. During the holidays I don't want to have to think so hard about what to fix for a special dinner. With a few Omaha Steaks on hand I don't have to think.

Back to my brother. He called last week and said that he had received an awesome email from Omaha Steak reminding him of his previous orders and asking if they could help him again this year. He loved it. It was even easier this year.  He called me up to tell me about this so that I could act surprised. Thanks to Omaha Steaks you can check it out and enjoy a 20% off coupon. Over the next couple of days use this 20% off coupon compliments of the Pirates at Omaha Steak.

I was happy to be asked to participate in this 20% off promotion. Yes it is a promotion and sponsored by Omaha Steaks but I would have put this coupon out there even if it weren't. I'm a huge fan of anyone / anything that makes my life easier and more delicious during the holidays. All of my comments on Omaha Steak are my own AND the fact that my brother is a returning customer even before this promotion is true.