On Beach Walk: No. 20

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I like walking the beach. It’s good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

Waves are free to wash ashore. Sometimes as mild laps – other times as large roaring waves. No matter if during low tide, high tide, or in between, waves do as they please. Now that’s freedom – although nature’s forces are at work.

There is freedom in snowbirding. A freedom away from the routine of home. There is no today is Monday, so we have to do these things .. and so on. Sometimes we ask, “What day of the week is it?” “Is today Tuesday or Wednesday?”

There is freedom of being away from the cold weather of home. No matter how cold it is here on the Alabama coast, it’s all perspective because Alabama cold is warmer than home.

There is freedom to standing on the shore looking out to sea – freedom to sense the salty smell in the air – freedom to taste an essence of salt on my lips – freedom of letting water refresh my feet.

There is freedom in snowbirding when facing the two biggest questions of the day: “Which direction do we walk?” – “What’s for dinner?” Therefore, “What are we going to do today?” is very seldom – if ever – asked.

There is freedom in leaving our golf clubs at our cold-weather home. We enjoy the game – but having the clubs along serves as an unnecessary obligation – and we enjoy the freedom of snowbirding.

There is freedom to decide my day will be walking five miles (8 km) to have lunch, then walking back.

There is freedom in snowbirding to letting the mind relax –  freedom to letting the mind wonder – freedom to think about metaphors to develop these posts.

There is freedom in letting go – to not worry about feeling I have to stay busy. Not worrying about what to do – freedom from daily decisions – freedom in making a spur-of-the-moment decision to go to the Flora-Bama for the music.

There is freedom to walking the beach or sitting on the balcony overlooking the sand and the water. Reading, knitting, writing, blogging, solving puzzles, using the fitness center, or watching television join the list. Others fish, sit by the pool or on the beach.

The freedom of a snowbird – freedom to think – freedom to move with the wind – freedom to have a life as an alter ego away from the home routine – freedom to walk – after all, walking the beach is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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On Mandela Day

Thursday, July 18th is Nelson Mandela International Day … and the humanitarian’s 95th birthday. I have several South Africans who are regulars here, and perhaps they are best to describe Mandela’s impact. Therefore, I will keep it simple by including some of his quotes below, followed by a musical tribute and two reference sites.

We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference.

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.

Courage is not the absence of fear — it s inspiring others to move beyond it.

After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.

Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.


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Here are two sites for today: One from the UN and another site designed for promoting day.

On Liberty and Freedom

July 4, 1776 – A new nation forms as it seeks liberty from a powerful country that is also free. A new Constitution delivers a new government to set sail into an unknown future. 237 years later, the great American experiment of freedoms continues.

Whether words from the Founding Fathers, future American leaders, or others from around the world at various points of history, calls for liberty and freedom ring strong.

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual. (Thomas Jefferson)

Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. (James Madison)

Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit, which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors. (Abraham Lincoln)

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. (John F. Kennedy)

Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty. (Ronald Reagan)

The basics of a democratic state is liberty. (Aristotle)

It is a strange desire, to seek power, and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man’s self. (Francis Bacon)

Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought. (Pope John Paul II)

Being democratic is not enough, a majority cannot turn what is wrong into right. In order to be considered truly free, countries must also have a deep love of liberty and an abiding respect for the rule of law. (Margaret Thatcher)

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope. (Winston Churchill)

To deprive a man of his natural liberty and to deny to him the ordinary amenities of life is worse than starving the body; it is starvation of the soul, the dweller in the body. (Mahatma Gandhi)

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. (Nelson Mandela)

Happy Independence Day … and may liberty and freedom continue to spread. Enjoy Liberty Fanfare (by John Williams) with narration … the music that actually sparked this post.

On a Symbolic Bike

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This is my friend – the one who someone fatally shot from the outside while sitting in his favorite chair inside his house. I post this as a tribute to a wonderful person missed by many.

This picture is from his ride across the country for his 60th birthday. After all, the bicycle is a symbol for him and his life

Bicycle is a symbol for outdoor activity

  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Working outside

Bicycle is a symbol for working with his hands

  • Working on his own bike
  • Daring to fix anything
  • Baking bread
  • Willingness to help those who ask or are in need
  • Work at church on the property maintenance
  • Cooking for Men’s Breakfast group
  • Volunteering on a local bike trail

Bicycle is a symbol of freedom

  • Freedom of outdoor activities
  • Freedom to bicycle across the country
  • Freedom to try something new
  • Fought for freedom as a Marine in Vietnam

Bicycle is a symbol of his personality

  • Smiling as he rode
  • Free spirit of adventure
  • Daredevil to try
  • Outgoing friendliness
  • Ease of talking with strangers

Bicycle is a symbol for what he loved

  • Outdoors
  • Meeting people
  • Country
  • Chocolate
  • Wine
  • Cake
  • Helping people
  • Friends
  • Wife
  • God

Cheers to my friend! After all, he would smile at this.