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Reach OutGive some part of yourself to make their day a day filled with less pain. Love goes beyond just words in our daily life. We need to give beyond ourselves.
Reach OutGive a part of yourself. You will only become more human in your caring and giving.
Reach OutYou too have felt the pain of loneliness and deep blackness. Love came to you in blessings you never thought would be. They came to you.
Reach OutRemember to share your fortune. We are one that is the soul of all of us.
There Once was a little girl
There once was a little girl,
who was not me;
who wore flowers in her hair
and a beautiful dress
made by her mother.
There once was a little girl
who was not me;
who wanted to be a princess
when she grew up.
like a ballerina,
It has been a little over a year since my wife retired from her State Farm Insurance Agency of twenty-eight years in McKinney, Texas. It has been an emotional ride for both my wife and I in relating to her customers of many years, and her retirement. Many broke into tears, both in person and by phone in receiving the notification letter last year. Linda was about six to seven years overdue for retirement, but it was the blessing of our customer family that kept her in business for twenty-eight years. Her customers were her family and became more than just business customers but highly personal family. We miss each of them and keep them in our hearts.
My wife’s dream has always been all these years to retire to having a vineyard and winery on a farm. That dream is now closer to reality in the purchase of such a place in East Texas last December of 2012, within nine miles of our lakefront home on Cedar Creek Lake in Gun Barrel City, Texas: http://silverstarwineryoftexas.com
Over the years we have grown to develop a great circle of warm, loving and close friends in that area and are enjoying our retirement time with them. In the interm our office building will be the offices for Silver Star Winery of Texas.
The building is for sale at $225,000 in one of the most sought after locations in McKinney, Texas (http://www.forsalebyowner.com/listing/commercial-property-for-sale-by-owner-914-s-mcdonald-street/23924279 ). Our best wishes and love to our past customers of many years and blessed Christmas wishes to our neighbors in East Texas.
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my eyes, though weak, seem to become clearer
about what I see about me.
Something about the look of God’s creations
that I did not notice before now
In seeing this creation
a wonderment stops my breath.
Is it the sound of wind singing
that I had not noticed before now?
Is it the vastness of the night skies filled with a beauty
beyond words that I cannot describe?
I find myself noticing beauty in people
a beauty that before
I did not see.
I see beauty in the old, the sick
the visions that I used to turn away from seeing
but no longer do.
I feel the pain and joy of other people
I used to not feel such things.
The laughter of a child
ringing like a heavenly bell,
pealing in a meadow
sounds in my ears.
Is this God’s way of saying
“Look at what you have missed earlier in your life?”
I am not sure
but I do know
now I have become more thankful.
More thankful each day
for the gifts God has given to me.
I seem to be getting closer to heaven each day.
I now know, what I see, hear and Feel
are all but a small part of what will be in God’s world.
I can only hope
that in this twilight of my life
I might become worthy
in the areas that I have been unworthy.
May I be worthy of the love and blessings
He has given me in this life.
Thank you God
for this day.
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I have been with the WordPress family a long time. This blog represents my second major blog with WordPress. My last blog of poetry reached twenty-five thousand hits before I closed it, renamed it and reposted it to this current blog. There is not enough room on this posting to relate how important in my life my WordPress family has become to me. It fills a void in my life in replacing, ”slap you on your back” friends that all of us have, or have known in life.
Picking favorite followers over the last several years would be a difficult task indeed. There have been posters who for a time have been very faithful in the reading of my work, that have commented and shared and a great deal on my blog, then as quickly as they came into my life, they left again, not to be heard from again, except on rare occasions.
Over the last year there has been one follower in my WordPress family that I want to take time to personally salute, and demonstrate in this small way, my admiration for him, and his passionate work in his blog in the WordPress family. Over the last year I have learned a great deal about him, in our sharing of comments and e-mails between us. In this posting, I will not share my personal knowledge of him because the blog he oversees, I have no doubt places him in daily danger.
It seems to me in this day and age, under our present government, a fear that many of us cannot really explain, has overcome the majority of the middle class educated American citizens of this country. There is not a part of the day, that our fear increases in observing what our federal government, under President Obama is doing to destroy our nation. We are all becoming more and more fearful of becoming targeted by our very own government, when we speak out against our freedoms being taken from us.
This gentleman, his blog, his daily posts, which average between “300 to 400 daily,” give us all insight as to what is happening to our country, behind the scenes of our controlled media. The site that I speak of is: http://brittius.com
This individual who refers to himself as a reincarnation of a Roman General, has proved to me what the best there is in WordPress friendships, and insight in the real reality of our world today. His site should become one of the most important WordPress sites you refer to on a daily basis.
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Commentary for December 2nd, 2013: To me, the Christmas Season is the time of year for me to remember those who have passed on that were important to my life. Following is another poem about another of those special individuals in my own life.Joe passed away on February 12th, 2010. It was after the record snow storm of February 2010. The power went out in their home. He and is wife, Christine were moving into temporary quarters in the New Comfort Inn of Mabank, Texas when he quietly passed on. Joe would have been 81. Joe was a sweet, loving and very kind man. He loved McKinney, Texas. Whenever he spoke of McKinney his face took on a glow of peace, his childhood, his friends, his memories were many of those days in McKinney. There was a deep longing in his voice for some of those memories. Some of those memories were with extreme joy, while others seemed to carry regret. As with all of us, one could not have lived a full life without a certain amount of regret. I will miss Joe and our talks, when he sat down with us to visit at the “Seasons” restaurant in Mabank, Texas. Joe was proud of his wife Christine. Joe loved Christine with the deepest of love. I myself, only have one regret that I did not have more time to know Joe Burton even more. People like Joe are very special humans. Sadly in this day and age there are not enough special people to go around for us all.
Losing a dear friend is always a very sad thing; having that lost happen during the Christmas season is especially sad (Sam passed away on December 15th, 2008). To me, Sam Shields was a very special individual, and I will miss him very much.Sam was a beautiful man. A man of presence standing six foot five at over two hundred and fifty pounds. He had the gentle qualities of a Teddy Bear. I never remember Sam being anything but warm, generous, with words of kindness on every occasion we were together. If I could have had someone to pick as an older brother I would have picked Sam. Sam died suddenly from a massive stroke. The doctors said his life could have been saved but he would have been a total vegetable. I know Sam would not have wanted that. Sam had been an engineer with Boeing for forty-six years. He never spoke of what kind of work he did. He would laughingly say, “If I told you, I then would have to kill you.” I am going to miss Sam terribly. They do not make men like him anymore.
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I somehow lost Baby Jesus at Christmas. I know they say Baby Jesus was born in September. Still it never mattered to me. Each Christmas I was filled with excitement of the news of Baby Jesus’ birth. That changed several years ago. My family discovered a religion between Jewish and something else. They tend to make fun of the New Testament. They say Jesus was just another man like other famous men in the Bible. I been a get alone in all of this. Still in my heart I know Baby Jesus came to save me. Baby Jesus opened the gates of Heaven to all of us. In my heart Baby Jesus is my Lord and Savior. There was no Christmas tree at my home. There were no lights upon my home. No presents awaiting under a tree. Still in my secret heart I know Baby Jesus came for me.
(The little boy’s story in the poem is true and a time from my own past.) This Christmas Season of 2013, I was thinking of my Father. This poem mentions him several times. I remember how dirty he was when he came home from work when I was a little boy. My Father was an iron and steel worker. After he came home and took a bath, my Mother would then attempt to clean the ring out of the bathtub from his bath. Many times with close to a half hour of scrubbing, she still could not get it out. In those days, my Father made about a hundred dollars a week. He worked very hard for that money.
*****************************************I remember fondly Christmas’ past our first tree alive with lights before it caught fire later that week. I remember fondly the Christmas with toys. Never before had my brother and I received toys. How angry my Father became when we broke several toys after a few hours of play. It was my Father’s first Christmas bonus as a steel worker. He spent that bonus on toys for us that Christmas. He thought those toys would never break. I remember fondly a special Christmas as a kid when no money was available whatsoever for toys. We found a punch-out cardboard castle in a department store window. One dollar and ninety-eight cents was the price of that castle. My young brother and I played with it for days. A punch-out castle was the best toy we ever had. I remember fondly Christmas past, acting in the church Christmas pageant. I was a little child with the beard of a prophet shaking in a spotlight in the church play. It snowed that night. My best friend and I asked permission to keep wearing the beards. A most beautiful snow floated through the air as we walked home together. The dirty streets of the city were made clean and white with heavy, swirling snow flakes. We sang church carols walking home our arms around each other’s shoulder. How close to baby Jesus we were back then. I remember fondly Christmas’ past when life seemed so much simpler. Joys more easily shared with laughter much deeper than now. Still I thank God that I had those Christmas’ past even to this special day of a new Christmas. Another December which will also will soon be gone into the misty memory of another Christmas’ past.
Posted in A Remembrance of Christmas by John J. Rigo, Selection from "Roses Amidst Thorns" published in 2005 | Tagged Calendar, Child Jesus, Christianity, Christmas, Holidays, Jesus, Religion and Spirituality, Texas | 1 Comment »
Someone remarked the other day, "But you do not even have a vine yet." I tend reminded them of what a highly qualified professor told us in a tour of a winery in California, "As long as we have one vine in a barrel of water, we can conduct wine tours."
The below scene greeted me this morning, when my wife and bride let me oversleep this morning.
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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Looking back on my younger school days, I can remember the lame way we were taught about the first Thanksgiving like it was a wholesome party on top of Plymouth Rock. They ignored the fact that the Pilgrims had no business being there and the Native Americans would have been perfectly within their rights to shove a hot spear into thou’st rectums; but they didn’t.
My wife is a meticulous housekeeper. It is a huge challenge at present. We are blessed in now having three homes and one commercial property to keep up while we are in the process of “down sizing,” and planning for what we hope will be our long-term retirement.
I shot this picture early this morning with my Samsung Smartphone. It is a picture of the fireplace in our lake home in Gun Barrel City, Texas. I felt a sense of beauty with the lone web extending to the tip of the candle holder. Even my wife got humor when I pointed it out and did not say, “Oh My God, I need to clean this place.” We both were thankful for our full and busy life with our “projects” and I especially, with my “Honey-Do List.” Blessings this day to my WordPress family in their celebration of this coming Thanksgiving holiday.
- “Blessings, A Special Gift” A Thanksgiving Poem (Revised) selection from “Roses Amidst Thorns” copyright 2005, John J. RIgo (silverstarwineryoftexas.com)
- “Strengthening Our Quality of Life Issues In Gun Barrel City, Texas” copyright 2013, Updated November 5th, 2013, John J. Rigo, Texas’ Commentator (spiritfilledpoetry.wordpress.com)
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Once upon a time a long, a long time ago (before Black Friday) Thanksgiving was a celebration of harvest and a time to give thanks. Hence the name thanksgiving.
I don’t think the early pilgrims had a Super Walmart, a Sears or a Best Buy yet somehow they managed. Can you imagine having to grow your own food and prepare it without the help of google?
Our beautiful home is now for sale. Building a comparable home in the area in the same setting would easily cost over a million dollars. This home is priced at $459,000. Are you a sharp buyer? A sharp investor? Investigate this home that has had our tender loving care and updating the last eleven years of ownership. Sorry no owner financing available. It is free and clear and being sold “as is.” A portion of the profits of this home will be given to serve the “homeless cause” of Henderson County in East Texas. Click the following link for further information: 2407 Clublake Trail MCKINNEY, TX 75070-4003.
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When such pain goes beyond
metal against metal
pushing and tearing
beyond the tolerances of strength.
Truly oh what passion
lies within thee
when finding release again
in one who will truly love you again
in the truth of their spirit and heart.
Heart be still
mind be of strength
This time to carry you beyond
the eternal doors of joy and happiness.
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Posted in "The Return Dread of Cancer" a poem by John J. Rigo, Cancer: The Returning Dread, Dealing with the return of Cancer, Poetry | Tagged Cancer, Cancer the fluid of the Medical Profession, Dealing with Dread of Cancer, Poetry, Why is Cancer not prevented?, Why must our Love ones suffer with Cancer? | Leave a Comment »
The following message was sent early this morning to the head of a well known national Resistance Movement in the United States. In sharing this short e-mail with you the reader, it is my hope and prayer that the young people of this country will be able to take up the banner of freedom that so many have fought and died for over almost two centuries. That time has passed for me, a 71 year old man with an aging body, who clings to the few last years he may have:
“What I am grappling with this morning is knowing by entering this arena I will be giving up the lives of both my wife and I. I fear with a sense of shame and forebearing, I lack the courage to do that. It seems to me that evil has truly won in taking our country of freedoms from every last one of us. I truly fear we are now lost without any hope of saving our country.”
John J. Rigo, Texas’ Poet and Commentator
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The man was coming home. He set his bags to side of the door picked up a bicycle laying on the ground before entering his home. Though the door his family greeted him. His wife running up to him throwing her arms around his neck. Next to her were his two children a boy and girl about ages 6 and 7. The scene brought a choking cry in my throat in a deep realization. My life was without children of my own. I could not control the flowing tears that slide down my cheeks silently while my wife was involved in her computer. So my dear reader if your life is the man entering this door be ever so thankful for the blessings that are in your life. This is one who would trade places with you in a second.
This was a beautiful morning of November 14th, 2013 at Northwood Shores in Gun Barrel City, Texas on Cedar Creek lake. The timeframe for this picture taken with my Smartphone is 9:15 a.m. The clouds reminded me of cotton fields….perhaps in heaven, that I wished to share with all of you this morning. Blessings to each and every one of you this blessed morning.