Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Dixie

I have a pet dog, Dixie, a black and white beagle/terrier mix, who came into my life two short years ago next month. She's the best, best friend one could ever hope to have. Playful and loving, she loves unconditionally. This is how I would describe her. On my worst day she brings me a joy and a happiness that only she can give.

Then, last evening while watching Dixie sleeping at my side, in a moment of melancholy and soulful reflection, I thought about the sadness and the devastation I would feel on that dreadful day when, years from now, she will be old and in a lot of pain from advanced age. On that day we would have to decide whether to let her live on in her pain--selfishly--or have her euthanized at the local veterinary clinic where she goes and feels comfortable. Then, I previewed in my mind what that awful day would be like. In my mind's eye I could see Dixie would have known why she was going to the vet. She would somehow know I was taking her to see the doctor to make her pain go away.

In my thoughts, as I would carry her broken and pain-wracked body into the inner room of the clinic, Dixie would look up at me with her loving brown eyes, eyes that would say to me sweetly: "It's okay, Poppy. Don't feel sad for me. We have had many good years playing ball together, cuddling up when it was cold outside, knowing each other's innermost thoughts as we stared into one another's eyes, and feeling protected while you held me on those stormy days. Please don't cry for me. I know what you're doing is out of great love for me. You will miss me for only a short while, then you will see me again one day."

Those were my thoughts as I watched, in my mind's eye, the doctor push the syringe containing deadly chemicals into my precious little Dixie's geriatric body. As her eyes would close for the last time, I would see an expression of joy upon her face. I would imagine she could see herself running and playing again, like a little puppy, as she would take her last breath. Would she be waiting for her 'Poppy' to play with her once again? If God is a truly loving God, I surely think so.

Someday, God willing, when that day finally arrives, I'll be fighting back my tears as I say, "Sweet Dixie, oh precious girl, rest in peace little one, rest in peace until we meet again."

(Originally written 8/31/16)

Friday, 9 August 2019

Quantum Computing: An Introduction

Watch this what is quantum computing TED presentation on YouTube to learn more about quantum computing and how it differs from binary computing.

Thursday, 4 July 2019

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Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Witness To Divine Healing

The Defense Contract Management Area Operations (DCMAO) in Reading, Pennsylvania was my duty station in 1990.  The primary responsibility of this command was to oversee and administer government contracts for the United States. It was in my last year at DCMAO Reading that a miraculous event occurred. What happened there just before Christmas, 1990 is the subject of my story. I am recording the event here to help those who have trouble believing in miracles believe. I know what I tell you is the truth because I was a witness, and more than that, I was an instrument.  

It was mid-morning and my day as Assistant Chief for Contract Management was just getting started when I received a call from my Commanding Officer, Lt. Colonel Brown to come to his office as he needed to speak with me. I was apprehensive because a visit with Colonel Brown was not on my calendar. Not known to me was the fact that Colonel Brown had just received orders to attend the Army's ten-week Army War College, which meant he would be absent from the command for ten full weeks. I learned the reason for his unexpected summons was to brief me on my duties as the senior officer at the command while he was in training.
   
After a brief exchange of pleasantries, the CO began his briefing by sharing unpleasant news. He relayed the news that Ruth, an employee of DCMAO Reading, who worked out of our satellite office in New York was diagnosed with terminal and inoperable brain cancer with a prognosis of a couple weeks to live. Ruth, the Commander said, was only 36 years old, married with two small children: a boy age 7 and a girl age 9. He said that, because of his untimely notice of training which must require his uninterrupted absence, he could not represent the command at her funeral, and that the responsibility was now mine as the senior officer present.
 

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

What Is The Human Soul?

Have you ever asked yourself the questions: What is the soul? How does it work? Or could it be you view the soul as non-existent, that we are what we are on this earth and that's it?

Since the existence or non-existence of the soul is not something we can probe with our science, a belief about the existence, substance and properties of the soul are highly debatable. This is what I believe when I speak of the human soul.

I conceive of our souls as consisting of unknown energy that transcends space and time which we can perceive. By that I mean our souls exist in the 3rd dimension of space, literally inside our bodies, but has a connection to a higher plane or dimension of existence, possibly more than one, and it is this existence we cannot perceive. I don't understand how this connection is made, but I acknowledge a connection to a higher plane of existence to which our soul ascends (but transcends may be a more applicable term) when we die.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Joe Biden Suggests Starting A "Physical Revolution" To Deal With Republicans


Photo Credit: The DAILYWIRE (www.dailywire.com)

The Democratic party's 2020 front-runner for the Presidency has openly called for a "physical revolution" to deal with Republicans. He made these comments when asked how he would deal with opposition to his agenda if he is elected President.

Does this not sound like he would deal with any opposition to his administration's policies like a tyrant would?

Do we really want to see a President who calls for a revolution with physical violence as a means to control the opposing party?

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Is The Electoral College Really Needed Anymore?

The 12th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States established what we call the Electoral College. The purpose of the 12th Amendment was to establish the mechanism for determining who the President and Vice President will be. The Amendment reads as follows ...

Amendment 12 - Election of the President and Vice President

(Ratified June 15, 1804)


1. The electors shall meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for President and Vice President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President and of all persons voted for as Vice President, and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the president of the Senate. The president of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates, and the votes shall then be counted. The person having the greatest number of votes for President shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers, not exceeding three, on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice. [And if the House of Representatives shall not choose a President whenever the right of choice shall devolve upon them, before the fourth day of March next following, then the Vice President shall act as President, as in the case of the death or other constitutional disability of the President.

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