Posts Tagged ‘friend’
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, June 8, 2015
I recollect, a few years ago, having gone with a dear friend to the apartment where her former husband lived.
He had died alone.
D’Angelo (not his real name) was a retired Army NCO, whom had volunteered for service. He was genuinely a “squared away” soldier, and rose to the rank of First Sergeant (E-8), which rank is politely nicknamed “Top,” because, aside from Sergeant Major which is also an E-8 position, it is the highest rank and position a NCO can obtain.
His generosity was well-known, and his humility, honesty and genuine love for his fellow man was evident throughout his life. And though he was a good man with many admirable character qualities, a congenial fellow, well liked – even loved – by many, it seemed he never could win the battle over the bottle.
What little I knew of him from others’ reports and my own limited interaction with him, he was an honorable family man. And yet, Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in - Faith, Religion, Goodness - What is the Soul of a man?, End Of The Road | Tagged: alcoholism, Army, Art, children, Christ, D'Angelo, Danielle, death, faith, family, First Sergeant, frailty, friend, friends, Gayleen, generosity, Germany, God, hate, honest, humanity, humility, husband, Jesus, life, love, NCO, portrait, recent history, religion, story, top, travel, veteran, Vietnam, wife | 1 Comment »
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, June 13, 2011
A special thanks to my friends Lee Marshall, Al Whitaker and other Huntsville local media magnates who have run with my idea of the “Rosado Law,” which was that “The State of Alabama should enact a law requiring all restaurant employees to know the Heimlich maneuver and CPR, and have an AED on premises.”
The only thing is, Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in - My Hometown is the sweetest place I know, - Uncategorized II | Tagged: AED, Al Whitaker, Alabama, Automated external defibrillator, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Choking, college, CPR, Florence, friend, health, Heimlich, Huntsville Alabama, Jeff Rosado, law, Lee Marshall, restaurant, safety, Shoals, UNA, United States, University of North Alabama, WAAY | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, June 9, 2011
This evening, I have been weeping.
Yes, I – a full-grown man – have shed very sorrowful tears upon learning of the untimely death of a long-time college friend and colleague.
My friend Jeffrey Rosado died this evening. Apparently, while dining at Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, February 12, 2011
Several years ago a friend of mine was suffering from terminal cancer. He is now deceased.
At his request one afternoon, Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in - Did they REALLY say that?, - Faith, Religion, Goodness - What is the Soul of a man? | Tagged: cancer, Christ, Christian, Christianity, communion, Communion of Saints, Earth, faith, friend, God, hope, Jesus, Jesus Christ, love, Opposing Views, precept, religion, Religion and Spirituality, saints, tenet | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, November 8, 2010
The Eastern Shore of Lake Tahoe, also known as Galilee Image via Wikipedia
Some years ago, a good friend of mine had encouraged me to begin a blog.
“Why do I want or need a blog?,” I asked him.
“You write very well, and a blog would seem to be a natural outlet for your thoughts,” he said.
Never being one whom chronicled or maintained a “dear diary” in my youth, I was quite amazed to hear his words. I had, however, been periodically sharing thoughts with my kindred and friends via e-mail. Alan was kind enough to host my writing for quite some time, gently guiding me through the technical process.
As things go – at least according to the Law of Entropy – things tend toward deterioration, decay and chaos. In other words, they move from order to disorder. And in time, because of the age of his servers, the bulk of traffic and the increasing complexity of software, he began migrating his servers to another resource, at which point he also began encouraging me to move my blog, which I have, and which you are now reading.
I had purposed to republish my original writings – and inspired by a recent status update posting I’d made to FaceBook – piqued my desire to republish this one post immediately.
Some background: I was in Lake Tahoe, NV at the time of the writing, staying with an extended family member, having traveled West in response to a spiritual urging I sensed. The events surrounding the same are another story in themselves, which I shall reserve.
Without further ado, I give you… …Continue…
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, October 2, 2010
A dear, longtime friend of mine recently made a difficult and heart wrenching decision to euthanize his beloved pet. He is an excellent writer, and shared about his decision in the following post.
“On Saturday September 18th, I lost something else that meant the world to me. I finally had to make that awful decision to put my oldest dog Sam, to sleep. I admit it was one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make. With deeply loved pets, it is the ultimate contradiction: Along with the joy of ownership comes the agony of responsibility. Like anything that you love, you always know in the back of your mind that the day will eventually come when you have to let it go. Even though you know, you can never quite prepare yourself for it fully and you still can never quite say goodbye. I knew someday the day was going to come for Roxie, but I did not have to make the decision for her, as I did with Sam. Roxie passed away before I had the chance to make it. Sam was a different case. She was Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, June 16, 2010
In a previous entry entitled The Mute, Poignant Ironies of a Life Well Lived, I had shared how God’s provision for my life has included some very seemingly coincidental times, which in reflection, I have perceived as mute irony.
Thankful as I have been and remain, I promised to share this entry with you a bit later, and in keeping that promise, here it is.
I hope you enjoy it. …Continue…
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, March 29, 2010
My recent conversation with a Huntsville Police Officer and a HEMSI EMT gave me some pause for thought.
They both shared some fascinating experiences, and opined about the same.
We three – the HPD officer, the HEMSI EMT, and I – are friends.
In context, our HEMSI EMT friend was relating a story about how, when sometime ago, he called 9-1-1 and informed them in detail of a particular off-duty scenario upon which he arrived and began rendering aid, the operator seemed to be mindlessly reading from, or following a script. In other words, the 9-1-1 operator didn’t listen.
My HPD friend shared an equally disappointing story, which he prefaced saying that …Continue…
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, March 26, 2010
I thought I’d share a brief note with you about what’s going on in my life.
It’s almost Easter, and I’m almost complete with the RCIA process – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, the process by and through which one becomes Catholic. Everything culminates on Easter. And though at this point …Continue…
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, December 18, 2009
I have an atheist friend, for whom I have warm affection. We share several common interests, among them, Amateur Radio and some political ideals. Having visited with him and his wife on occasion, I can attest that they are genuinely nice folk.
He is my friend. And friends do things together. On occasion, we have dined, shared entertainment, and attended club meetings together.
Quite recently, I sent an email message to him that expressed my utter dismay at recent news of Wall Street’s record profits in the midst of our nation’s most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression.
In my original comment I did not mention God, though I did cite one scripture – 1 Timothy 6:10 “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some people, in their eagerness to get rich, have wandered away from the faith and caused themselves a lot of pain.”
I thought his reply most interesting.
“God is not just.”
As I understand it, atheism is the denial of the existence of God. It does not mean that God does NOT exist, it simply means that their faith is in the negative, rather than the affirmative.
Philosophically and logically, however, one cannot prove the negative. Thus, it is impossible to prove that God does not exist.
And yet, it is equally impossible to describe something that does not exist. It is impossible to speak about something of which one knows nothing, or indeed, claims cannot be known.
Therefore, to make such a statement as “God is not just,” presupposes the existence of God.
As well, it points – at least in my estimation – to a more fundamental question which I perceive to be at the heart of his fundamental objection to God’s existence, and therefore denial – which is ‘why is there injustice in the world?’
Posted in - Did they REALLY say that?, - Even MORE Uncategorized! | Tagged: affection, affirmative, Amateur Radio, atheim, atheists, belief, debate, denial, evil, faith, friend, friendship, God, ham, ideal, ideals, injustice, love, money, negative, question, radio, rich, Scripture, Wall Street | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, December 2, 2009
My Thanksgiving this year was unremarkable.
I said jokingly – although with serious intent – that I should’ve gone to the homeless shelter to eat. At least that way I would’ve had some turkey, dressing and traditional food!
The ironic part of it all, was that I bought enough groceries to feed an army: 25 lb turkey, 20 lb ham, 10 lb pork tenderloin, 7 lb of three types sausage, 2 lb slab-cut bacon, mushrooms (shitake, portobello & white), onions, leeks, fresh spinach, cream, genuine maple syrup, pecans, walnuts, tomato paste, salad dressings, cheeses, and much, much more (over $300 worth)! The meat is now residing in the freezer, while the other perishables are in the refrigerator’s cooler drawer.
Perhaps it was my Matthew 22:9 moment. The well-read will recall that is the parable of the feast taught by Jesus Christ, in which the king made ready a feast but the invited guests didn’t show up. So, he commanded his servants to go out into the city streets, highways and byways and bid all to come to the feast.
My roommate is “vegetabletarian,” wasn’t invited anywhere by anyone she knew, and I didn’t get the invite from my folks because they were invited by my brother’s in-laws (Clifford & Jolene) to their place. I thought that was kind’a ass-holey of them, not my folks, to not invite me. I’m the elder of two, have neither spouse nor children, and don’t lead a secret life. Which is to say, C&J and all the gang know that. I guess they gave me the great big “FUCK YOU” this year.
But oh, dear LORD… don’t let ’em think for one moment they might be “dissing” me – their artificially nice world would cave in around them. But know what’s weird? He’s a Baptist-turned-Independent “holiness” preacher.
See what I mean? At least if I ate with the homeless folks, I’d have been around some folks that would’ve taken an interest in me.
As it was, I enjoyed the fellowship of one human being – my roommate and her dog Atticus – and one other… Mr. Jack Daniel’s whiskey.
Okay, enough carping.
So, the first turkey I had this season was at – of all places – a Chinese restaurant, the Sunday after Thanksgiving! Oh yeah… I also had some of my favorites: octopus salad, raw oysters, shrimp and kimchi, along with some beef – cooked, of course (though I’ve eaten it raw… yum! *LOL*).
I had a couple of laughs that day with my waitress and the folks at the table next to mine. I’m a personable fellow, and I like to laugh and smile.
Folks that know me, know that.
In retrospect, I suppose it all worked out for the best… though I still think it sucks.
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