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Melinda's Personal Compass Rose

This is my personal site, the place I used to cache my articles, my poetry and settle in to think about what really matters. For me that's pretty simple. My children matter. Knowing they are well and doing right is one of the things which warms me all the way down to the core. 

  Doing the right thing is not always easy. In fact, sometimes is seems nearly impossible, given the world we live in today. But I firmly believe if we keep pushing the Rock Up the Hill eventually we will arrive, together, in a world worth every tear, every struggle, and all the costs.  

  When things are not working for me I remember the advice of an old friend who told me to take a step back, consider the facts, and reassess the tools and options. I have found this to be a useful exercise. Sometimes the solution depends on better information and the world is full of things unknown so there is no reason for anyone to be bored. I keep that in mind as I write, survive, and make afternoon tea.  

   I have four living children,
Dawn, Ayn, Arthur and Justin.  Raising them remains with me every day. Some pictures have made it onto my FaceBook Page. Babies and children, mine and others, are always wonderful.

   Live is given for the lessons we learn and for the unity in spirit which draw us together as One.  The roads we walk are unimaginably diverse but in the distance, through the uncertainties, is always the sweetness of finding ourselves.  

   Pondering those uncertainties brings many things, some of these are worth remembering, cherishing, and reflecting on from many directions.  

Individuals who drew my admiration and whose acts and examples inspire me.  
Jimmy told me we were cousins and to call him Cousin Jimy. He visited us at our home in West Los Angeles after he returned to California from Indiana to go to UCLA.

John Wooden, a fellow faculty member of my father's at UCLA, lived down the street.  Phil Silvers lived next to the Brew Family and Lloyd Bridges and his family lived around the corner.   At the time I first remember Jimmy I was about three years old.  This photo catches his elfish smile.  

In 2008 I wrote an article, "Bailing out the Banks, James Dean, and Fredom."
    A quote from James Dean to me, age four, when he told me to listen to the lemon tree breathing and I retorted I could not hear the lemon tree do so.  Jimmy was relaxing on our back lawn, looking up at the sky.  He sat up and said, 

"Trees breathe.  They breathe in light and breathe out -- life."

                  Jimmy always told me the truth.

Read about the book, What Jimmy Taught Me About Doing Right.  
Roger Lea MacBride

Roger produced the TV Show Little House on the Prairie because the stories revealed the values which made us Americans.  In 1976 he ran for President as a Libertarian, paying for his own campaign and flying his own plane, which he called, NO_FORCE ONE.  

Written for Roger MacBride in 1975

Shards of Verse  
63. The Endurance of the Dandelion

The dandelion is like the will to be free
It springs up when boots stomp
Ripped from the Earth it replants itself,
mending its injuries without complaint.
Where ever there is light and air and water.
It endures the long ache of oppression
It sucks up the sparest sustenance, refusing to die
It breeds true to its form, rejoicing in the
simple heat of the sun and the touch of air.

Sending out shoots and seeds in joyous abandon.
It refuses death and parades its pride in golden bursts of flower.
It defies the plans of the powerful, asserting its own life as true.

The dandelion is like the will to be free.
Not invited, it takes its place in time and space
Defying destiny it lives on past expectation

The flower of freedom is the dandelion
Because the dandelion chooses for itself.
Choose freedom. Be a Dandelion. 

Roger's story is inspiring and holds lessons on living your values.  Check for updates on the book, Roger Lea MacBride, Champion for Freedom, now being written.  
Daniel Brock d'Avignon - d'Avignon spent decades researching what he calls "human investments.'  These are ways a free market works when those engaged also hold as a value ensuring stability which makes it possible for people to innovate and see beyond the limits of their lives to solutions for themselves, and others.  A professed libertarian, Brock, in 1972, while still 17 took on the task of finding a way for disabled folks, nearly all of them known as 'shut-ins,' to be out in the world.  The result was transport by vans which held wheel-chairs securely while in motion.  
This did not make him rich but it did set the path for his life-long focus.  

See more about him on Freedom TV Networks and Paye Home .

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