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Reflecting on a Humbling Year

Eng-21As 2014 comes to an end—I reflect on what’s been a difficult year. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to be a downer but this one really has been tough! We all know that life brings us challenges; some more than others. We also know that adversity builds character and allows us to find our own unique ways of dealing with it; I could do without some of the character building!

It just seems that 2014 was a year that lumped a lot of things together; compounding into an array of events that frankly I would like to forget. Most of what occurred this year was loss; the loss of friends and family. It’s never easy dealing with loss, but when there is so much in one year it can make it especially difficult. It started off this past summer with the passing of our neighbor across the street. She was a dear friend of ours—we spent most holidays at her house and enjoyed laughing as our dogs played. She was a sincere, kind, and empathetic person; she had a smile that would brighten anyone’s day. We were neighbors for almost 5 years and I can recall how her and her husband welcomed us. How my fiancé and I miss seeing her, hearing her voice, and enjoying special moments together.

Later on in the year, one of my Grandmothers through marriage passed away peacefully at her home in Pioche, Nevada. When I got the call informing me of her passing—all the memories started reeling through my mind. I remembered all the holidays spent at her home, and the amazing lavish meals she would cook. I remembered how every school year she would buy my Sisters and I clothes. She was a generous woman who had a lot of love to give—so many memories I would like to relive.

Last month, about a week before the Thanksgiving holiday we suffered another loss; my fiancé lost her Grandmother. I remember meeting her almost 5 years ago and remarking how happy she was to be around her family. After living in Montana for many years, she was brought to Las Vegas so her family could attend to her illnesses. My fiancé’s Mom moved her into their house, and I know she was happy to be there. There are so many fond memories of watching her smile during family dinners, celebrating holidays and birthdays. I feel fortunate that I was able to spend some time with her; that I was able to share some special moments in my life.

It’s been said before, but we can never prepare for the loss of someone. Whether it be a friend, a relative, or a pet; it all hurts the same. What I know we can do is appreciate the time we had with those that are no longer with us. We can reflect, cherish, and honor the memory of those who are now in heaven. This year particularly has made me appreciate my family and friends that much more. Through tough times, I saw how truly blessed I am. Sometimes we get so busy in our lives that we forget to notice those most precious things right in front of us.

So as we close this chapter known as 2014—may we all be humbled by the blessings we have in our life. I end with one of my favorite quotes, “Live every moment, laugh every day, and love beyond words.”

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014 Human Interest No Comments

Truly a Very Busy Couple Weeks of 2010

I was giving a lot of thought this week about what I would write about–I was so conflicted and undecided about all that happened this week in the news I decided to touch on a variety of issues.

First, let me just copy my commentary posted at this is my business website, where I often post opinions of happenings in the business world. Below are my thoughts on the passing of the Financial Industry Overhaul Legislation passed by Congress:

Today the U.S. Congress passed the most sweeping Financial Overhaul Legislation since the Great Depression!

I believe that we are systematically seeing the destruction of capitalism and free-market in our country. I’ll leave the final decision of this legislation to those on Wall Street, Corporations, and Investors. However, I believe we’ll find this legislation will ultimately lead to more layoffs in the financial industry and less access to American Business for obtaining capital.

In the past 6 months, we have seen now two pieces of Federal Legislation that possess over 2,000 pages. Between the healthcare overhaul and now the new financial industry regulations, our government has never been bigger! If you’re a free market capitalist and you believe in making your own choices then this legislation should scare you!

Again, let me just say that I believe our government is getting too big! The Federal Government continues to inject itself into the business of the States!

There can be no better example than the current Illegal Immigration Legislation passed by the State of Arizona. Now, whether you agree or disagree with the legislation Arizona passed, the bottom-line is that Arizona has a right to pass its own laws. Congress and the White House getting involved in Arizona’s business is in my opinion a travesty, and another example of a Federal Government out of control.

I’m sure everyone heard about BP Oil plugging the well that’s been leaking in the Gulf Coast. This was great news for the folks living in the Gulf Region and I pray they have the best of fortunes with the clean-up efforts. The leak went on way too long and it is my hope that the truth will come out in regards to the incompetence we witnessed during this tragedy.

The longest serving United States Senator died; Robert Byrd. Byrd was known for his speeches on the Senate Floor, and as much as I disagreed with his politics, his patriotism will be missed. Those of us who watched him all these many years remember his holding a copy of the United States Constitution in his hand to make many of his points. So now we have the U.S. Senate having lost its Lion in Ted Kennedy and the self described “Hillbilly” in Robert Byrd.

The sports world, along with the famed New York Yankees lost their owner George Steinbrenner. Everyone knew George to be fiercely dedicated to his team and to the sport of baseball. While many times throughout his career he was controversial, one item of note following his passing was that the players always respected him and appreciated his commitment to them as well as the game itself.

Finally, I wanted to provide a link to a story written by Andrea Peyser of the New York Post: If you haven’t heard, Muslims have received a thumbs up to build a Mosque near Ground Zero in New York City. This has enraged neighbors in the area, as well as New Yorkers who feel this is a “…insult! It’s a stab in the eye of America”, says Pamela Geller.

My feelings have and always will be that the only thing that should be built on Ground Zero or near Ground Zero is a Memorial to those lost on 9-11 and new towers. Those towers should have been rebuilt years ago, but politics and greed have delayed construction. I know that we as Americans are better than this–we must demand more from the politicians and business community in New York City!

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Sunday, July 18th, 2010 Human Interest No Comments

Happy 4th of July 2010!

I am wishing all of my friends and family a very happy and safe 4th of July 2010! As we celebrate Independence Day, I can’t help but think about what this holiday means to me.

More than anything, I’m so thankful to be an American. To live in a free land where people can vote, debate, and participate in our government. America is a place where dreams are made and people have the opportunity to be anything they want to be.

What makes all of this possible though is the great men and women of our Military. The sacrifices made by these brave souls is what allows us to have our freedoms. If it were not for our United States Military we would be unable to enjoy everything our country has to offer.

I constantly pray for the troops who are fighting over-seas to keep the terrorist out of our country. The battle they are fighting has been long and extremely deadly for our soldiers. We’ve lost almost 15,000 young Americans in the War On Terror, and another 13,500 have been badly injured. It’s hard to not have such gratitude and respect for a Military that works everyday to keep Americans safe!

I’m so proud to call myself an American and know that while we’re still a young nation, we have managed to accomplish so much in a short amount of time. As we approach another election cycle this coming November we have the opportunity to once again change the balance of power. The American people know now that more than ever we need smaller government and less regulations.

It is my hope that we do what we can as a nation to once again support small-business owners and provide opportunities for entrepreneurs. The constant intervention of increased government taxation and intervention in the private sector needs to stop. While we expect our government to provide basic service and needs to our people, we must demand more freedoms with respect to the free-market.

This 4th of July, lets be proud of who we are and what we’ll be as a country in the future. Our nation is an ever-changing society always looking to achieve more for ourselves. To remain a leader in the world our passion, our innovation, and our respect for others must be steadfast.

God Bless America!

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Sunday, July 4th, 2010 Human Interest No Comments

Happy Memorial Day 2010

As we stand here looking
At the flags upon these graves
Know these flags represent
A few of the true American brave

They fought for their Country
As man has through all of time
Except that these soldiers lying here
Fought for your country and mine

As we all are gathered here
To pay them our respect
Let’s pass this word to others
It’s what they would expect

I’m sure that they would do it
If it were me or you
To show we did not die in vein
But for the red, white and blue.

Let’s pass on to our children
And to those who never knew
What these soldiers died for
It’s the least we can do

Let’s not forget their families
Great pain they had to bear
Losing a son, father or husband
They need to know we still care

No matter which war was fought
On the day that they died
I stand here looking at these flags
Filled with American pride.

So as the bugler plays out Taps
With its sweet and eerie sound
Pray for these soldiers lying here
In this sacred, hallowed ground.

Take home with you a sense of pride
You were here Memorial Day.
Celebrating the way Americans should
On this solemnest of days.

by Michelle Keim

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Monday, May 31st, 2010 Human Interest No Comments

Happy Easter Prayer

A Prayer for Easter Morning

0 Lord Jesus Christ, who upon this day did conquer death and rise from the dead,
and who are alive for ever more, help us never to forget your Risen Presence forever with us.

Help us to remember,

That you are with us in every time of perplexity to guide and to direct;
That you are with us in every time of sorrow to comfort and console;
That you are with us in every time of temptation to strengthen and to inspire;
That you are with us in every time of loneliness to cheer and befriend;
That you are with us even in death to bring us to the glory of your side.

Make us to be certain that there is nothing in time or in eternity which can separate us from you,so that in your presence we may meet life with gallantry and death without fear.

You turn our darkness into light, in your light we shall see light.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Christ the Lord is risen today!

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Sunday, April 4th, 2010 Human Interest No Comments

A Christmas Prayer by Robert Louis Stevenson

Loving Father, Help us remember the birth of Jesus,
that we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds,
and worship of the wise men.

Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world. Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting. Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.

May the Christmas morning make us happy to be thy children, and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake.   Amen.

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Thursday, December 24th, 2009 Human Interest No Comments

The Things That Are Important About Christmas

It isn’t easy explaining all the things I love about Christmas, because there is so much about it that I truly love!

Christmas for me always brings back great memories of my childhood–all the cool presents I got, and the awesome food my family made. Helping my Mom and sisters decorate the tree was also a fun and exciting event in our home. Like many families, we drank eggnog and listened to Christmas carols. There is just something about traditions that strikes a cord in my heart.

As we get older things change, but some of the traditions remain the same–for me, there is still the tree decorating, even though I don’t put up as many decorations now as I used to. There is still the occasional night of listening to Christmas music, and thank goodness Mom’s food is still amazing!

In recent weeks as we have gotten closer to Christ’s birthday–the reason we celebrate Christmas, I’ve thought about the importance of the holiday, and what it means for so many of us. While the religious fact of the holiday is the most important, one of the results of this celebration is the gift of fellowship.

As many of us attend holiday parties and company gatherings, we’re able to see many of the people we deal with during the year in a different setting. Somehow the stresses of work, and responsibilities escape us, if only for a few hours. Christmas gives us a warm feeling of giving and selflessness. This is a time when many of us give to local charities, feed the less fortunate, and think about others.

Christmas in my opinion is the best way to finish out each year. It is a time of fun, but also a time for reflection. While times have been tough for all of us this year, now we can put it behind us and enjoy being with our family and friends. Remembering that often the simple things in life are the most important, and most enjoyable.

So laugh a little, love a little, and remember that Christmas is a time to celebrate–for there is much to celebrate in our lives!

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Friday, December 18th, 2009 Human Interest No Comments

A Personal Story In Support Of The March Of Dimes, by Maggie Aranowski

March_Of_Dimes_LogoThe March of Dimes Signature Chefs Event of Las Vegas is coming soon! On October 3, 2009 you can have the chance to experience the cuisine of 30 top Las Vegas Chefs, bid on amazing auction items, sip luxurious cocktails but most of all help Nevada’s Babies. I am so passionate about this event and this is why: › Continue reading

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Monday, September 14th, 2009 Human Interest Comments Off on A Personal Story In Support Of The March Of Dimes, by Maggie Aranowski

MGM City Center Could Mean Las Vegas Starts to Turn Corner

Talk about the newest addition to Las Vegas Mega-Resorts MGM Grand’s CityCenter is starting to heat up! The property is expected to open in early December of this year and will begin employing over 12,000 residents in the Las Vegas area. In this economy, this is one of the best pieces of good news hitting Las Vegas and its over 125,000 residents currently unemployed! › Continue reading

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Sunday, July 19th, 2009 Human Interest Comments Off on MGM City Center Could Mean Las Vegas Starts to Turn Corner

July 4th is Special

It was a Saturday morning and generally I like to sleep in a little bit–however this Saturday was the 4th of July! Since I was a little kid here in Southern Nevada, I’ve enjoyed attending the Boulder City, NV 4th of July parade–what a great show! › Continue reading

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Tuesday, July 7th, 2009 Human Interest Comments Off on July 4th is Special
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