“Scotland the Brave”. . . the day after. . . .

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Today is not the day I expected or  filled with  the news that I wanted.  Scotland has spoken with an election of an unheard of turnout of almost 85% of the registered voters.  The “No” voters were victorious in their  vote to remain in the United Kingdom of Britain. In my humble opinion it was a case of fear of the uncertainty that was the impetus of that vote, questions of the currency, pensions and health care pushed out the desire of being, completely autonomous,  nuclear weapon free, and a shift to  a more Western European socialist country.

There was so much hope and anticipation held up  by the “YES” voters that is dashed this morning.  So much mourning, anger and finally acceptance.  This was a deep and personal loss for people who have given this campaign their life, some for almost 2 years. The big push began about 6 months.  Grief instead of joy has to be endured and finally embraced now, instead of the  joy of victory.

Prime Minister Cameron, in the last week, was nervous enough of losing Scotland that he made some very strong promises to give her more powers and more self-rule  in  her governing.  And even this morning, he is promising the same devolution to Wales, Britain, and North Ireland. He said this for all the world to hear. A reorganization of Great Britain?  It sure sounds like that.

So to the “Yes” voters. . . cry your tears, swear your curses, feel disappointed and despondent but never doubt  your contribution!   Democracy at its best with 85% registered voters voting, a joy, passion , and love for your country for all the world to see and desire to emulate.   Your strong sense of justice, and history, and culture. . . . .Yes, you lost this painful battle, so regroup and recharge. hold your heads high,  and dream on . . . .  you will ultimately win the war for  “Freedom.”

What do you think?   Were you touched or inspired by these brave Scots? 

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“Scotland the Brave”

Today is election day in Scotland. All the rallies, speeches, and persuasive  blog posts are over. It is up to each Scottish voter today to vote  her/him conscience as to  what is best for Scotland now and in the future.

I am posting this late at night in New York on 9/17  for any of my Scottish or European friends will find it when they rise on Election Day.   For the Scots, I hope it will stir your hearts with the very special music of your history and the celebration at Usher Hall will encourage you to vote and make the right decision as you are ever mindful of your Scotland.

What an amazing opportunity to be part of history.  Have you had such an experience? 

 

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More Rain on the Way to Arizona

Last week in Tucson and Phoenix, there was heavy winter rains and flooding from a tropical hurricane.

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The sky warns of the coming storm. . . . . . . . .

All through the Southwest, are dry creek or river beds where children play but they are warned, as well.  These arroyos or dry creek beds can flood with water in the flash of the eye as water rushes down from higher ground.    The sand does not absorb the large quantities of water quickly, thus it floods roads and homes as it has to go somewhere.

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Mesa was where I taught while living in Gilbert, both suburbs in the Valley of the Sun.

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1378779763-9-9-13-GOOD-EVENING-ARIZONA-RAIN-FLOODING-6PPeople just trying to get home. . . . safely. . . . .

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Water , water everywhere soaking the desert’s dry bones!

Images from Google Public Domain

 

 

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/weather/arizona-floods-feared-odile-brings-rain-southwest-n204766

Have you experienced a flash flood?  Do tell us about your experience. . . .

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The Great Dictator, David Hayman on Scottish Independence

The beauty of these words made me weep and not only for the hope of the Scottish people but for America.  The country she used to be and with the determination and will of the people  and God’s mercy and grace, she may rise again to this ideal.   Take the few minutes to watch, listen, and think about this incredible video.   Scotland Vote YES tomorrow to begin your  journey of independence and idealism.   America work for a return to our past as the world looked to us as their  hope and example, as we exemplified these ideals.

 

What are your thoughts? 

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Shaun Gibson

Scotland
In six months, Shaun has changed the world.  His internet presence changed from a discussion of living with pain and Fibromyalgia  to news.  Not just any news, but often alternative news that was unexpected and generally unknown.  He diligently searched for the truth above all else with exhaustive research of various sites. Followers rewarded him with over 500,000 hits in those short six months.
As the Scottish Referendum for Independence drew closer to election day,  September 18, his love for his country and her people became more and more the focus of his blog. His voice became more and more the Scottish voice.  Shaun understood the Scottish experience with empathy gained from his own searing, constant pain.  He is a “bleeding heart” liberal concerned with people and their needs. . . . the poor, the elderly, the disabled who need housing, pensions, food , and medical care not Westminster’s  austerity programs where the money is sifted to the war machine.  Scots want the Trident Missiles moved out of their land so that they are no longer part of that culture. We learned all this from his posts as he connected with all who wrote him.
Shaun, you were continually saying that “Everyone has a story. . . ” Thank you for sharing yours with the world and inspiring us.  Your love for Dawn and your children, your love for  the Celtic Football Club,  and your love for Scotland are ever present in your writing.   Thank you for teaching , cajoling, understanding others’ struggles, and your deep  love of Scotland.
I, for one, hope and expect that  we will be able to read more from Shaun as Scotland works out the myriad of details in the next two years  forming their new country. . . . . .
My husband and I were in Scotland for 5 days in 1996.  I remember a man in Callender who spoke so longingly about Scottish Independence. That was my beginning experience with Scotland’s dream of independence.   It has taken over 300 years for this dream to become a reality.  Scotland follow that dream and make it a reality. . . . . Vote YES on September 18th.
Thank you Shaun Gibson for your heart of  freedom!
Blessings
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Shaun Gibson

@ShaunyNews FOLLOWS YOU

Columnist, Blogger, Political writer, Football Writer, Married, Kids, just here for the banter and Stuff, and I want to change the World 

Scotland
In six months, Shaun has changed the world.  His internet presence changed from a discussion of living with pain and Fibromyalgia  to news.  Not just any news, but often alternative news that was unexpected and generally unknown.  He diligently searched for the truth above all else with exhaustive research of various sites. Followers rewarded him with over 500,000 hits in those short six months.
As the Scottish Referendum for Independence drew closer to election day,  September 18, his love for his country and her people became more and more the focus of his blog. His voice became more and more the Scottish voice.  Shaun understood the Scottish experience with empathy gained from his own searing, constant pain.  He is a “bleeding heart” liberal concerned with people and their needs. . . . the poor, the elderly, the disabled who need housing, pensions, food , and medical care not Westminster’s  austerity programs where the money is sifted to the war machine.  Scots want the Trident Missiles moved out of their land so that they are no longer part of that culture. We learned all this from his posts as he connected with all who wrote him.
Shaun, you were continually saying that “Everyone has a story. . . ” Thank you for sharing yours with the world and inspiring us.  Your love for Dawn and your children, your love for  the Celtic Football Club,  and your love for Scotland are ever present in your writing.   Thank you for teaching , cajoling, understanding others’ struggles, and your deep  love of Scotland.
I, for one, hope and expect that  we will be able to read more from Shaun as Scotland works out the myriad of details in the next two years  forming their new country. . . . . .
My husband and I were in Scotland for 5 days in 1996.  I remember a man in Callender who spoke so longingly about Scottish Independence. That was my beginning experience with Scotland’s dream of independence.   It has taken over 300 years for this dream to become a reality.  Scotland follow that dream and make it a reality. . . . . Vote YES on September 18th.
Thank you Shaun Gibson for your heart of  freedom!
Blessings!
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Music Monday ” Flower of Scotland ” Lone Bagpiper

Today, one of the most recognizable symbols of Scotland is the bagpipes.It’s history may go back to  Roman times. In the Battle of Culloden in 1746, it  was named an instrument of war when the British general said,

“A Highlander never marched without a piper-so it is an instrument of war.”

Thus began the pacification of the unruly dreaded Highland army.  The British systematically dismantled Scottish society by confiscating rights, collecting weapons, and  banning the kilt and tartan.  There is a story of the bagpipes, themselves, being banned, though I was unable to verify that detail.                       -from the National Trust of Scotland

Two hundred sixty eight years later on September 18, 2014, Scotland has an opportunity  to regain her  independence from Britain. Will there be a war or a battle?  Yes of sorts, but the Scots  will fight at the ballot box using it as the new “tool of war.”  The courage and sense of history and personal strength, will carry them to an independent country of self-determination . They will not listen to fear, but carry the hope of Scots from all ages in their hearts when they  Vote YES for Independence!

Enjoy the eerie, haunting, sorrowful sound of the lone bagpiper as you watch  the natural beauty of this proud country!

 

 

 

 

 

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