The Nature of Responsibility and Decisions

During the course of our lives we all face a variety of circumstances-some that we create and some that seem to get thrown at us.So what do you do,how do you seperate the two,how do you make a decision at any time on dealing with your own personal circumstance.It’s like “Did I ask for this and if I did what course of action should I take?”

I can honestly say I have always taken responsibility for the decisions and actions that have formed my life-I never blamed anybody for my mistakes nor did I give credit to others for my victories in life.Therefore my belief is that myself,not fate,has formed and created everything that I am to this moment.So,to repeat,I take responsibility for my thoughts and actions.However,I cannot be held responsible for thoughts and actions that other people create which,from time to time,may have an effect on myself and my life.

Let me look at this in another way.If you find yourself to be quite happy most of the time,always happy and willing to help others,I believe people with the same chareteristics will become a part of your life.On the other hand,if your waking moments usually find you sad,angry,depressed and in general negative by nature,you will find the same in your life-it works both ways.So do you look at others or look at yourself?I have chosen to look at myself very carefully and have found many good traits and also many elements that need my attention.This is the part of my life that I am at now-changes need to take place if I am to live the rest of my life happily and secure.It is up to me.Wish me well please.

Love and inspiration to all.

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Tower of the Americas

Hello to all,back in San Antonio again with yet another tourist attraction called Tower of the Americas and man is this a tower or what!This is a 750 foot tower/restaurant located at Hemis Fair Park on the southeastern portion of Downtown San Antonio.The tower was designed by San Antonio architect O’Neil Ford and was built as the theme structure of the 1968 World’s Fair,HemisFair 68.

The tower has an observation deck that is accessible by elevator for a fee.In addition,there is also a lounge and revolving restaurant at the top of the tower that provides a panoramic view of the city.180px-Tower_of_the_Americas_San_Antonio_elevator

Construction on the tower began on August 9,1966 and was completed on April 6,1968 just in time for the worlds fair.The very top of the tower was constructed on the ground and then lifted by crane into place.During this proceedure,some of the cables supporting the top snapped  leaving it dangling precariously but oil field pipes were brought in to finish the job safely I would have liked to have seen that!

Landry’s Restaurant Inc.managers of the tower,undertook an extensive $8 million renovation of the existing restaurant and lounge which was completed in June 2006.The restaurant rotates slowly,and observation deck entry is included in the cost of a tower ticket.

Hope you enjoyed this short essay of an incredible structure,I certainly enjoyed seeing it in person!
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The “River Walk” San Antonio,Texas.

The San Antonio River Walk(also known as Paseo del Reo) is a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River one story beneath the streets of Downtown San Antonio,Texas,USA.Lined by bars,shops,and restaurants,the River Walk is an important part of the cities urban fabric and a tourist attraction in it’s own right.

Today the River Walk,one level down from the automobile street level,winds and loops under bridges as two parallel sidewalks lined with shops,restaraunts,connecting major tourist draws form the Alamo to Rivercenter mall.

You can take a tour on the canals themselves via barge or boat rides that they offer which wind around many turns and under bridges allowing you to view so many of the spectacular sites which are described to you by the boat operators who are quite knowledgable of the entire canal system.I will give you a brief background of how this all came to be and then give due attention to some famous people that I bet you all know or have heard of.Let’s go!

In September 1921,a disastrous flood along the San Antonio River took 50 lives.Plans were then developed for flood control of the river.Among the plans was to build an upstream dam(Olmos Dam) and bypass a prominent bend of the river in the downtown area and pave over it.Architect Robert Hugman then submitted his plans for what would become the River Walk.

Through the following decades the network has been improved and extended and currently provides tourist attractions and space for chain restaraunts and establishments flourishing to the point where City Hall in 2009 talked of limiting activity on the River Walk to maintain a distinctively local flair.Additions have been made to the total length of the canals to provide scenic views and also maintain flood control which has been quite successful.

Now for the people that I mentioned earlier.Alexander Murray Palmer “Alex” Haley(August 11,1921-February 10,1992) an american writer,wrote the 1976 book “Roots:The Saga of an American Family”.It turned into a TV mini series that was well received and had great influence on awareness in the United States of African- American history.Mr. Haley resided on the River Walk when this book was written.

The movie Selena which depicted the tragic death of Selena Quintanilla-Perez included one shot of the actress Jennifer Lopez standing on one of the bridges that traverse the River Walk canal system.I have not seen the movie itself but I’m sure many of you have.

I’m sure all of you has seen the movie Miss Congeniality starring Sandra Bullock.Some of this movie was shot in New York but the bulk of the filming was shot in Austin Texas and San Antonio Texas.There were scenes shot involving the Alamo and the River Walk as well.The unforgettable swim suit contest was filmed in one of the plush buildings along the banks of the River Walk-I tried to get a shot for you but could not(boo).

So there you go I hope you enjoyed it,there is much more to know and see about San Antonio(like the Spurs basketball team).Take a vacation some day and check it out!Bye for now.
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La Antorcha de la Amistad

This is an incredible sculpture that you have to see to believe located in the middle of a traffic rotary (the intersection of Losoya, Commerce, Market, and Alamo Streets) in downtown San Antonio.

The city of San Antonio is amazing with it’s tall buildings modern in structure and surronded by older structures,all made of brick and stone. Most of the sidewalks are concrete I would think due to the high temps in the summer time.As you walk around viewing all of this you see many intersections,taxis,trolleys,and people just scurrying about to get to their destinations. Then,you turn a corner and there is a long straight street which showcases the Alamo-wham right in the middle of a busy city with most of it’s original structure preserved!

As you continue to walk,you turn another corner and there it is ,La Antorcha de la Amistad(Spanish for “The Torch of Friendship”) and what a sight it is!It really is amazing to have two historical sites so close to each other.It is a very enormous sculpture as it is called and very beautiful in the day time and even more beautiful at night when it is illuminated!I will give you some background on this figure since I had no knowledge of this at all but I do now.

The sculpture stands at nearly 65 ft (20 m), and weighs more than 45 tons (40,800 kg). The medium is enameled iron. It is located in the middle of a traffic rotary (the intersection of Losoya, Commerce, Market, and Alamo Streets) in Downtown San Antonio, an area known by international tourists for the Paseo del Rio, or River Walk, and the Alamo.

The artist of this sculpture is a well known man,Mexican sculpture Sebastian and was commissioned by the Asociacion de Empresarios Mexicanos(Association of Mexican Businesspeople)in 2002 and was unveiled on June 28,2002

As you can see,the structure starts at the bottom with two seperate legs that continue upward and then

seperately twist and turn never reaching a 90 degree angle.Eventually they circle at the top and join together to form one large circle.The inspiration for this sculpture was to show two seperate torches running from the ground and reaching out together,The United States of America and Mexico-running together in friendship.

I hope you enjoyed this journey to San Antonio and the beautiful things there.Next I will talk about “River Walk”.Bye for now.(Sorry about the split paragraph-it’s my laptop’s fault).
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Why God-Why Not Me

I have heard many comments concerning the belief in god and the bible and I have also seen the results of such beliefs. It is very easy to give the responsibility of your existence to another person or place.

I have chosen to believe in myself.

I have spent time reading the king james bible which I own and I find it to be very contradictory and confusing.

There are wonderful messages in the bible which I agree with but I never could understand why it would take over nine hundred pages to say “Love your self as you would love others”

It did not take to many pages to write these words but it is the way I feel.

So there it is my life that has been given to me and I choose to live it my way.

If there is a god that gave me this life I thank him but will go on with the gift that I have been given and ask for no help.I will survive.

I send to you my love and inspiration just as it has been given to me.

The Midnite Writer

It's goonya

It’s goonya

Sends inspiration to you all

Jen and H.M.

I like to talk at nite

Nobody but me to listen to

Oh how my thoughts scream out to me

What to say next will be said

Thanks to all who have cursed me

and loved me and waited

65 years of lessons,sorry for being so crude

It;s just my way like no other has been

One is the lonliest number you will ever know

If you fall I will catch you time after time

Understanding more than you can handle is a burden

Even with one ear I hear to much,to little

I will always remember you Don

I try to forget others,she told me that

The sum and substance like my dad said

Never did talk much together,just words

Being lonely but not alone-remember that Alice

12:30am-good times bad times or some times

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Stop Signs of Creative Writing

I can think of two stop signs that I have encountered in my brief writing journey:they are myself and my thinking of myself.

Let me try to explain for if I have any difficulty in trying to do that,it will be a result of what I just said.When I write and try to be creative sometimes I find myself manufacturing words rather than discovering them. (It took me five tries to write that sentence,no kidding).So here I go tripping over my own words again which,for me,is quite frustrating.Reaching out into my creative mind searching for the correct words to write always slows the whole process of being creative down (I hope I remember that) rather than allowing my mind to reach out to me and give me the freedom to express what I’m feeling at the moment.It’s like experiencing something that already exists,something that has already been written and joining it,becoming a part of it (I just slipped into that mode) letting the words flow which is a word I have read many times and I can see why.It is good advice and has made writing a release of energy and a release of stress (better than drinking like I used to).

The first few blogs that I did,I was actually nervous about writing them,afraid that I wouldn’t know what to say or that what I wrote meant little or nothing at all.After more experience and reading comments from other “new bloggers”I know that I am not the only one that is on this journey of creative writing and it is heart warming to realize that.Now when I approach any new blog or writing of any kind,a feeling of anticipation rises up in me and the words do flow much easier making the whole writing experience a joyful one!

I hope that this blog will give inspiration to any new bloggers out there-I really feel that I have been given a great deal of help so far and it is my desire to give help back if I can.Good luck and enjoy your writing day!

It’s Good to Be Alive

images (1)Since God created man in his own image(and several other things), then decided to destroy all he had created(but he used Noah’s Ark as backup)cb497e84how do you feel about your future?

I have my problems,my life,and you have yours so what’s it all about.We are all here to accomplish goals,goals that sometimes we don’t even comprehend.Some of these lives are simple that produce comfortable and happy journeys,but the more adventuresome of us choose circumstances that may seem impossible to rise against, challenges that just don’t seem fair or justified.It is easy to quit and give in-difficult to stand and fight but rewarding!

A wealthy person may value money and belongings where poverty can lead to spiritual satisfaction and hope.Each individual view point may lead us to knowledge that can be quite fruitful and fulfilling when followed faithfully.

We all need to make decisions that we feel comfortable with.Feel comfortable and enjoy the life that is yours,the life you gave to yourself.

IT’S GOOD TO BE ALIVE

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George Carlin-The Irony of Genius

This is a small tribute to the incredible comedian and writer-he loved to write-George Carlin that came to me while searching the internet for images.I remembered his infamous comedy album” Class Clown” that was released in 1972(it shows how old I am) and his very funny routine”7 words you can never say on television”.

I am not going to list those words since I try to keep my blogs in the “G” audience arena but I will list some,not all, of the words you currently can hear on television and movies-words like Ass,Damn,Bitch,Suck,etc.So what’s the irony in that?George would have loved this,”One word you can’t say on television-GOD!”.George Carlin must have known the all mighty would come in at number eight.You are a genius George!

Scott’s Serenity Prayer

Scott,grant yourself the serenity to accept the things you cannot change,

The courage to change the things you can,

The wisdom to know the difference,

The determination to eliminate any difference,

And the love to give and receive to all.download (3)

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