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What makes America great? Better put, what made America great? It was innovation. creativity, hard work and goodwill toward one another. What will make America great again? Innovation, creativity, hard work and goodwill toward one another; not racism, prejudices, hatred, fear or mass media.

If America is to become great again, it is not through fear and hatred. 

Neither Clinton nor Trump were or will “Make America Great Again” and it’s time for people to look within themselves and realize that it is up to each person to want to make America great again and that being divided is what will destroy us.

Henry Ford made America great through Innovation, so I leave this post with some quotes from him:

“Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.”

“Don’t find fault, find a remedy.”

“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”

“What’s right about America is that although we have a mess of problems, we have great capacity – intellect and resources – to do some thing about them. ”

“You will find men who want to be carried on the shoulders of others, who think that the world owes them a living. They don’t seem to see that we must all lift together and pull together.”

I pray for this nation.

 

 

 

A Eulogy of Sorts.

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I write today, as a citizen of The United States of America in despair.

 

We are all united, not only in our desire to live in a country that has for generations held on to the firm idea of the American Dream but also in individuality, equality, and freedom. Today, our country takes part in the election of the next president. People across the world are watching, people who have great interests in the direction of this nation, and people who had never concerned themselves with it before-everyone suddenly caught up in this debacle. I believe people are holding their breath, biting their nails, and feeling the anxiety of uncertainty that is before us.

 

It is remarkable how divided our nation has become. It is appalling how we have allowed for intolerance, turned a blind eye to justice and have lost our common sense. No longer do people see the bigger issues, the conflicts that truly deserve our attention and action-instead we bicker like siblings fighting over toys.  Over the last decade we have become merely “Likes” and snapshots on meaningless timelines. We have become disconnected from reality, from our communities, our families, our country. We rally our support for a cause only when we feel something is being taken from us, further digging the trench that divides us.

 

Dear America, you once stood so tall and the world looked at you as a beacon of greatness, now you are spoiled. Your citizens fight, kill, and slander one another and anyone considered foreign, be it in race, nationality, creed or personal lifestyle. Vanity, greed and dissociation have taken the place of hard work, sensible thinking and The Golden Rule. Your great land becoming polluted by those who plant their feet in your soil. I still have hope however. Hope that people can look back on this day and say with honesty that it went too far. That there’s still a chance to begin again, to become stronger and live not just for oneself; but in the service of others and the world. I have hope because I have seen people saying,”enough”. Enough hate, enough greed, enough pollution, enough of the hiding behind screens and passing the blame onto another. People who are making positive changes.

 

Today I bemoan the actions of my fellow countrymen that have led up to this election, tomorrow I keep moving forward despite the uncertainty that lies before us all.

Humbled-Great Sand Dunes National Park

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This past weekend I celebrated 13 years of adventure with my guy. 13 years. It’s hard to believe its been that long, and I’ve loved every minute of it-all the ups and downs and round and rounds.

To celebrate, we sent the cupkeiki away with grandma and took a 5 hour drive to The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. I’ve always wanted to go, and it was so much more than I expected. I was in awe, humbled, thankful, excited, and in love with everything.

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The photo above is of me, that tiny dot humbled by the giant dunes.

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We ended up taking off our shoes and trekking around the ridges and running down the slopes barefoot. The sand was warm, the sun shone brightly and the wind-the wind blew. We had so much fun and enjoyed every minute. I can’t wait to take our cupkeiki-but perhaps in a few years when she’s not so quick to ask to be carried!

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I got brave, after my cupkeiki requested something to make her backpack more personal (because what kid doesn’t want that on their first day of kindergarten??!!) and tried something I hadn’t thought of doing before with the Cricut Explore. Leather + Iron-On. Magic.

Instead of buying something, or contemplating an idea for days, I gave myself 15 minutes. Knowing she loves Sloths, I quick found a cute vector, cut a circle about 1.75 inches, turned on my Cricut Explore, loaded some black iron on vinyl, cut, weeded and ironed it. Punched the top of the leather and voila, the cutest darn Keychain ever. 

Her backpack is already super cute, it’s a Fjallraven that she got for her birthday, and of course it already has the cute little fox on it. But hey, a sloth and a fox go perfect together! 

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“…But if you tame me, we’ll need each other. You’ll be the only boy in the world for me. I’ll be the only fox in the world for you…” The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery 

5 years. Today you are 5 years old. Yesterday it was 5 seconds old, last night 5 minutes, this morning 5 days, and as I stand in the kitchen looking at yesterdays pictures it’s 5 months…

Hau’oli La Hanau my cupkeiki most adored.