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Old 12-31-2008, 08:23 PM
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Happy New Year 2009

Happy New Year 2009

New Year Resolution #1©

With great resolve, it is resolved, resolvent action, to be taken.
No more resolutions made, when known, we're going to break 'em.

Richard G. Shuster, RandomlyRamblingRick, New Year Resolution #1©
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Old 12-31-2008, 08:30 PM
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Some 2008 Ramblings©


Some 2008 Ramblings©



Childlike Faith©

To have the faith of a child...
Oh God, how I miss that...

Richard G. Shuster, RandomlyRamblingRick, Childlike F



The Fireplace©

I loved our fireplace at home while growing up there in NW PA during the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s; the cheery fire, my Mom playing piano, my grandfather playing his fiddle and harmonica, singing old carols, folk tunes and enjoying one another’s company, but I am reminded also of the labor required to fuel and clean and the cold draft when not burning, and; well, the other side of things of joy, the balance in our experience and lives.

Richard G. Shuster, RandomlyRamblingRick, The Fireplace©


Its all good©

Its all good…we shall make the best of it, no matter what.
It is the bumps we learn from, not the smooth.

Richard G. Shuster, RandomlyRamblingRick, Its all good©


I Have Found©

Today, after a lifetime of searching for purpose, looking for life’s answers, and chasing dreams and goals; I can tell others of my finding of a Spirit influenced light and a beacon of life and hope.

I have found; a place, a people, a way; living a Spirit-filled life and setting the Spiritual standard for self, family, community and nation. Firmly anchored in God’s Word and God’s Will, the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ lives in those of this special gathering of believers, as they work together with all to accomplish God’s Vision for His Church.

Please come, join with me and with the others of this miraculously expanding Spiritual movement; join in the Christ Spirit-filled joy of our hearts and souls. Together we will expand His Work and Blessings in our lives, in our homes, in our communities, in our nation, and Worldwide.


Richard G. Shuster, RandomlyRamblingRick, I Have Found©



About Birthdays©

Don’t count the candles,
count your blessings.

Have a Happy Birthday.

Richard G. Shuster, RandomlyRamblingRick, About Birthdays©


Another Birthday Wish©

Another birthday time is drawing near,
soon the beginning of another year.
Count your blessings for Heavens sake,
not the candles on your birthday cake.

Richard G. Shuster, RandomlyRamblingRick, Another Birthday Wish©


Respect for Parents©

Respect for parents by children begins with respect for children by parents and parents respecting one another.

RandomlyRamblingRick, Respect for Parents©


Helplessness©

I am unnerved and have such a sense of personal helplessness regarding all the events going on at home and abroad.
There has never been a time more in need of God’s blessings. Prayer is in order, by all of us..

May your family be blessed.

Richard G. Shuster, RandomlyRamblingRick, Helplessness©



The Trees are Singing©

Wait, shhhh, what is that? It sounds like singing.
Shhhh, there it is again. It is coming from the trees.

The trees are singing; the Birch, the Oak, the Aspen.
How can it be? I did not know that could happen.

Ah, yes, of course, the winds are choreographing
the Maple, the Cottonwood, the Sumac, the Pine.
All together the trees are singing, it’s not only in my mind.

The branches and limbs, now join this woodland dance.
Leaves keeping time, as all nature joins joyously in their song
Their music, the singing of the trees, has put me in a trance.

Wait, shhhh, what is that? It sounds like singing.
Shhhh, there it is again. It is coming from the trees.


Richard G. Shuster, RandomlyRamblingRick, The Trees are Singing©


Thoughts Spoken©

It is often not the thoughts spoken,
but the thoughts never expressed,
that hurt others the most.

Richard G. Shuster, RandomlyRamblingRick, Thoughts Spoken©


Illumination©

All things become more clearly seen with illumination…
Richard G. Shuster, RandomlyRamblingRick, Illumination©


A ‘Sign’? ©

It is not a ‘sign’ that a young woman has a child?

It is a ‘sign’, a miracle, that a virgin has a child.

Merry Christmas

Richard G. Shuster, RandomlyRamblingRick, A Sign?©


God has been good to me©

God has been good to me,
I can do nothing less for another.
He said to me in a still-small voice,
Look after your sister and brother.

Richard G. Shuster, RandomlyRamblingRick, God has been good to me©


The Spirit of Giving©

The spirit of giving of one’s self for the comfort of others is a great gift at all times of the year.

Richard G. Shuster, RandomlyRamblingRick, The Spirit of Giving©



Question or Answer? ©

Sometimes the question asked is more important than the answer.

Richard G. Shuster RandomlyRamblingRick, Question or Answer?©


My Daily Prayers and Actions©

My daily prayers include ALL in need of HIS help.
Needs, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual are asked for all.

My daily actions include actually helping others in their needs, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
Though not perfect in all efforts, each day a conscious effort is made to improve what I see around me.
I do not do it for me or for some reward on Earth or in Heaven;
I do it because I have been blessed and wish to continue the efforts of sharing my blessings with others.

I would invite all others to join in that level of effort.

Richard G. Shuster, RandomlyRamblingRick, My Daily Prayers and Actions©



All Too Soon©

All too soon and more quickly now, our old friends depart our presence, leaving us the loss of their company and accessibility;
but in return, they leave us sweet memories, of another time, a time of youth and friendship, and promise and hope.

That is enough for us now, until once again we meet in that place of eternal promise and hope.

Richard G. Shuster, RandomlyRamblingRick, All Too Soon©
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Old 01-25-2009, 10:22 AM
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February Ramblings

February Ramblings©

Procrastination©
Remember, February is the month,
you said this past July,
would be the month you’d get done, those chores you put off,
surely you didn’t lie.

Valentine
©
Roses are red, Violets are blue,
or so it says in rhyme, for someone you hold dear.
Once a year, is not enough to say,
what should be said all the time, repeated throughout the year.

Dead Presidents
©
Celebrated this month, a special day,
all Presidents honored, with words so bright & sunny.
But for us, my friends, the ones of importance,
have their pictures on our money.

Winter Wears On
©
The New Year is now nearly two month’s gone
and Winter’s wearing heavily on my mind.
I look for relief and solace, anywhere I can.
Only one more month, until Daylight Saving time.

Richard G. Shuster (from RandomlyRamblingRick, February Ramblings©)

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Old 04-06-2009, 06:50 PM
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Re: It is Painful, It is Joyful©

Some Thoughts at Eastertime




Joyous Easter and Thankful Passover ©

A testament, of life, both old and new.
Our warmest wishes, especially for you.

Easter Greetings, at this time, for joyous reflection.
God, nature, spirit, body, mind and soul, all in resurrection.

This time is also of special significance, to many others, the world over,
when the Angel of Death chose not to stop, but instead, to Passover.

A time of renewal, a new beginning, in front of us to see.
Birds chirping, flowers begin blooming and buds are on the tree.

A time to pause, and think about God, our forever higher power.
Seen in everything, new growth, sunshine and a springtime shower.

Richard G. Shuster (from Rick's Random Ramblings, Joyous Easter and Thankful Passover ©)


Easter Reminder ©

Easter is all about reliving the ultimate Gift,
the absolute Sacrifice, the exquisite giving of Love,
He lived, He died, He lives again today.

All Praise to our ever living Lord, our God.


Richard G. Shuster (From Rick’s Random Ramblings, Easter Reminder©)

About experiencing “The Passion of the Christ”©
Several years ago, I attended the showing of what I humbly describe as the most unforgettable cinema of my 60-some years, "The Passion of the Christ".

The story, Christ's Passion, the events preceding, all are occurring again, as they do every Lenten season; hence, giving me cause to resurrect what I wrote following that year's exceptional opportunity, that being, viewing of the "Passion of the Christ"

It was wonderful and horrible, reassuring and scary, all together in an emotional rollercoaster that touched the very core of my being. I saw, in the biblical characters surrounding the crucifixion, the best and worst of myself.

Richard G. Shuster (from Rick's Random Ramblings, About experiencing “The Passion of the Christ”©)

Remembering our Veterans and Troops at Easter and Always
To Never be Forgotten©

How many times has the “story of stories” been repeated, by millions of families throughout the ages since?

“He gave His only Begotten Son”, rings on and on. May that sacrifice never be forgotten.

Likewise, millions of other sons and daughters have been given, in their service; to God, to Country, to Family, to Community.

They, too, gave up their begotten children, their loved ones, for us, for all of us, to never be forgotten.

As was His sacrifice, is theirs, for the ever living hope of futures bright, we join in humble gratitude, to honor and to comfort all who need, and to never be forgotten.

Richard G. Shuster (from Rick’s Random Ramblings, To Never be Forgotten©)

Christ is Risen ©
May your Resurrection Sunday and all of the Easter celebration
be blessed to your spirit and may your heart be filled with joy...

Indeed, Christ is Risen....

Richard G. Shuster (from Rick’s Random Ramblings, Christ is Risen©)
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Old 04-16-2009, 12:14 PM
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A Nurse Is More© ( May is Nurse's Month / Nurse's Week is May 6-12 )

A Nurse Is More© ( May is Nurse's Month / Nurse's Week is May 6-12 )


A Nurse Is More©

A Nurse is more, Why?
Though nobody, can say why, for sure,
Nurse's desire, for service, is pure.
Not for themselves, it has to be for others.
A life dedicated, to their sisters and their brothers.

A Nurse is more, How?
Through reserves, of strength, care and love,
Nurses take their lead, from the power above.
Above and beyond, their duty comes first.
Their patient's needs paramount, before even hunger and thirst.

A Nurse is more, When?
When we need them the most, at our times of ill,
Nurses come through, with their care and goodwill.
When we feel we can't go on, and wish, to give up the ghost.
That's when our Nurses, give it their most.

A Nurse is more, Where?
In the hospital, the battlefield, the clinic, school, home or hospice,
Nurses are there, in the ER, the OR, the workplace, and medical office.
Where we are, to go for our care, thankfully, we find Nurses there.
Aging, sick, fearful, weary, we turn to Nurses, and know they care.

A Nurse is more,
A Nurse is more, much more than all we've said, or all we can say,
other than, to acknowledge the Nurses, who so brighten our day.
In gratitude, we thank Nurses, their willingness to serve, we find so appealing,
bringing to us, their comfort, wisdom, compassion and healing.


Richard G. Shuster, RandomlyRamblingRick, A Nurse Is More©

A Nurse is More© was written to honor all Nurses and Dedicated to Jeannine E. Shuster, R.N.
May is Nurses Month, Honor a Nurse. Permission is granted to reproduce this poem for any Nurses forum.
Nurse's Week and Nurse's Day are during May. If you know a Nurse, are related to a Nurse,
or just would like to thank a Nurse, please send or give a copy of this poem.

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Old 04-22-2009, 05:16 PM
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Arbor Day April 24th. Plant a Tree, maybe two or maybe three.

Arbor Day April 24th.
Plant a Tree, maybe two or maybe three.

The Trees are Singing ©

Wait, shhhh, what is that? It sounds like singing.
Shhhh, there it is again. It is coming from the trees.

The trees are singing; the Birch, the Oak, the Aspen.
How can it be? I did not know that could happen.

Ah, yes, of course, the winds are choreographing
the Maple, the Cottonwood, the Sumac, the Pine.
All together the trees are singing, it’s not only in my mind.

The branches and limbs, now join this woodland dance.
Leaves keeping time, as all nature joins joyously in their song.
Their music, the singing of the trees, has put me in a trance.

Wait, shhhh, what is that? It sounds like singing.
Shhhh, there it is again. It is coming from the trees.


Richard G. Shuster, RandomlyRamblingRick, The Trees are Singing ©
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Old 04-24-2009, 03:10 PM
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Thoughts For May©

Thoughts For May©

May begins, the month of flowers,
as Mother Earth, unfolds her powers.


Garden planting, get out the tools.
Summer's coming, clean out the pools.


Mother's Day, is soon upon us,
from whence we came, it does remind us.


From time to time, we contemplate,
her loving sacrifices and care so great.


Fertilized it, so it would look nice.
Think I used it, only twice.


Out of breath, can hardly speak,
the lawn, now needs mowing, twice a week.

Memorial Day, once a time, to commemorate,
those who have died in wars, to keep us great.


Those feelings, now I fear, have greatly weakened,
instead replaced, by America's love, of the 3 day weekend.


Richard G. Shuster (from RandomlyRamblingRick, Thoughts for May©)
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Old 04-24-2009, 03:23 PM
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58th National Day of Prayer, May 7th

58th National Day of Prayer, May 7th


Please join as individuals and communities across this great land in National Day of Prayer.
58th NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER, 7 MAY 2009

On 6 May 1982, Ronald Reagan offered these words: “Today, prayer is still a powerful force in America, and our faith in God is a mighty source of strength. Our Pledge of Allegiance states that we are ‘one nation under God,’ and our currency bears the motto, ‘In God We Trust.’ The morality and values such faith implies are deeply embedded in our national character. Our country embraces those principles by design, and we abandon them at our peril. Yet in recent years, well-meaning Americans in the name of freedom have taken freedom away. For the sake of religious tolerance, they’ve forbidden religious practice in the classrooms. The law of this land has effectively removed prayer from our classrooms. How can we hope to retain our freedom through the generations if we fail to teach our young that our liberty springs from an abiding faith in our Creator?”

History of the National Day of Prayer
1775 The First Continental Congress called for a National Day of Prayer.

1863 Abraham Lincoln called for such a day.

1952 Congress established NDP as an annual event by a joint resolution, signed into law by President Truman.

1988 The law was amended and signed by President Reagan, to be the first Thursday in May.


Helplessness©
I am unnerved and have such a sense of personal helplessness regarding all the events going on at home and abroad.
There has never been a time more in need of God’s blessings. Prayer is in order, by all of us..May your family be blessed.

Richard G. Shuster, RandomlyRamblingRick, Helplessness©
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Old 04-26-2009, 09:05 AM
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Mother’s Day Ramblings© Remember Mom's Day May 10th

Mother’s Day Ramblings©



Mother’s Day
©

Mother’s Day, is soon upon us,
from whence we came, it does remind us.
From time to time, we contemplate,
her loving sacrifices and care so great.

Richard G. Shuster RandomlyRamblingRick, Thoughts for May©


Happy Mother's Day
©

A special wish for you all,
who are today, or may,
be in the future, Mothers.

To Wives, to Mom's and to all Grandmas,
to Daughters and the Wives of Sons
and to all Sisters, of their Brothers.

A special day, indeed it is,
to commemorate, the art of Motherhood.
A lifetime of dedication, born of love, nurtured,
truly only, as a Mother could.

Devotion, care and worry,
with many tiring days and many sleepless nights.
Loving struggles, to maintain hearth and home,
and to make all things alright.

While growing up, she made well again,
all bruises, cuts and scrapes
and broken hearts as well.
Mother cured them all,

with hugs and smiles and cookies,
and other special secret things,
we promised not to tell.

Our special thanks to you,
and to Mothers everywhere.
For on our Mom's knee we learned,
of love and hope and what it means to care.

Happy Mother's Day

Richard G. Shuster, RandomlyRamblingRick, Happy Mother's Day©


Happy Mother's Day to the Mothers of All Our Grandchildren
©

Just wishing each of you a great Mother's Day and thanking you,
for all the beautiful and special Grandchildren you have brought into our lives....

Each of the Grandchildren is a blessing and of special value to us.
We love them all and know they are in good hands. Motherhood is not an easy task,
nor one to be taken lightly. God has entrusted their well being and care to you.

We know each of you is the best Mother you can be and the lives of your children
reflect the wonderful job you are doing.

Thank you for bringing these special spirits into our lives.

Richard G. Shuster, RandomlyRamblingRick, Happy Mother's Day to the Mothers of All Our Grandchildren©
This is written for the Mothers of our currently numbered 19 Grandchildren. Thank you to the Mothers of all our Grandchildren.



Mom’s Day; Newborn's conversation with God
A baby asked God, they tell me you are sending me to Earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless? God said, Your Angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you.

The child further inquired, But tell me, here in Heaven I don’t have to do anything but sing and smile to be happy. God said, Your Angel will sing for you and will also smile for you. And you will feel your Angel’s love and be very happy.

Again the child asked, and how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me if I don’t know the language? God said, Your Angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear and with much patience and care, your Angel will teach you how to speak.

And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you? God said, Your Angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray.

Who will protect me? God said your Angel will defend you even if it means risking its life.

But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore. God said, Your Angel will always talk to you about me and will teach you the way to come back to me, even though I will always be next to you.

At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from Earth could be heard and the child hurriedly asked, God if I am to leave now, please tell me my Angels Name.

God said, you will simply call her “MOM”.

Lift a mother’s spirit, send this to every mother you know (no matter how old her child is)

--Unknown--

Moms

Your Mother is always with you. She's the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street. She's the smell of certain foods you remember, flowers you pick and perfume that she wore. She's the cool hand on your brow when you're not feeling well, she's your breath in the air on a cold winter's day. She is the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep, the colors of a rainbow, she is Christmas morning.

Your Mother lives inside your laughter. And she's crystallized in every tear drop. A mother shows every emotion .......... happiness, sadness, fear, jealousy, love, hate, anger, helplessness, excitement, joy, sorrow..... and all the while, hoping and praying you will only know the good feelings in life. She's the place you came from, your first home, and she's the map you follow with every step you take. She's your first love, your first friend, even your first enemy, but nothing on earth can separate you. Not time, not space.......not even death!

~Unknown Author~



Treasure Boxes©

Treasure Boxes are fun and sad and often filled with marvelous items, the kind mostly of which memories are made. A photo of that most special person in your life, a lock of hair from a child or was it a long ago sweetheart, a broach that was Great Grandmas’, the one with the pin missing; one baby shoe, the other got lost in a move long ago, a pocket/purse bible, with now hard to read, almost scribbling, a fervent prayer written inside the back cover, when a child was ill and hope was stretched beyond it’s limits. A poem from a friend that always brought a smile, an old coin, from some far away land, a child written note that had I love you scrawled across it, an obituary yellowed with age, someone you don’t know, wonder who that was? An embroidered handkerchief only used to dry up tears. And what’s this in the bottom?, another photo, I wonder who it is, I’m sure it’s someone special, oh look, it is my picture, excuse me please, I need to cry, I wish I didn’t cry like this, but I miss her so much, especially today, you see, I’ve been going through the Treasure Box.

Richard G. Shuster, RandomlyRamblingRick, Treasure Boxes©

Dedicated to all Mothers and Grandmothers who left us their Treasure Boxes and to all of those of us who have gone through their Treasure Boxes after our Moms and Grammas have gone.
It seems the Treasure Boxes live long after their owners have gone on to their great reward.




"The best and most beautiful things cannot be seen or touched - they must be felt with the heart."

~Helen Keller~




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Old 04-26-2009, 09:08 AM
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Memorial Day Thoughts©

Memorial Day Thoughts©



Memorial Day Memories©

A serious time, yet one that always brings hope….

It seems like yesterday, when but a lad of eleven, twelve and thirteen, back in Union City, PA. I was a junior member of the VFW Post Drum and Bugle Corps, an adventure I shall never forget and always cherish. A time that I learned of wars and of those who fought them and those who remained at home to await the return of their loved ones.

I learned the deepest respect for the old timers and their stories of valor and fear and faith and courage, often in eulogies at graveside. The drums beat cadence, the glockenspiels called the order, and the bugles recalled taps in honor of all who passed in the line of duty, as they have done for time beyond my memory and will, I hope, long after I am gone.

Richard G. Shuster, RandomlyRamblingRick, Memorial Day Memories©
Vietnam Era Veteran
Father of 3 Gulf War Era Veterans




Memorial Day Ramblings©

Memorial Day Weekend-
Please Remember Our Veterans' On Memorial Day, and every day,
please pause for a moment or two to consider the sacrifices of all Veterans'
who have given freely, so that we all may and may always enjoy our freedom.
As it was their job to defend our freedom, so it becomes our job to honor their memories.

Richard G. Shuster (from Rick’s Random Ramblings, Memorial Day 2009©)


Memorial Day
©

Memorial Day, once a time, to commemorate,
those who have fought & died in wars, to keep us great.
Those feelings, now I fear, have greatly weakened,
instead replaced, by America’s love, of the 3 day weekend.

Richard G. Shuster (from Rick’s Random Ramblings, Memorial Day 2009©)


My heart is heavy
©

My heart is heavy,
but its a better one,
because I've known my comrades,
and shared their pain....

Richard G. Shuster (from Rick’s Random Ramblings, My heart is heavy©)


For Our Forgotten Veterans
©

For those who served,
but were not served in return
we thank you
we salute you
we pray for you
we offer our hand to you…
we pledge you will never be forgotten again.

Richard G. Shuster (from Rick’s Random Ramblings, For Our Forgotten Veterans©)


A Sailor's Uniform
©

It seems a long time since this once young sailor wore that uniform,
but my pride in what it stands for is as new as today?

Richard G. Shuster (from Rick's Random Ramblings, A Sailor's Uniform©)


One Veterans Pledge
©

When it was my time, I served.
My sons served, because I shared with them the value and meaning of serving.
I wear the badge of doing the right thing, but also the pain of sending my sons into harms way.
Today I can justify that it still is right, but am troubled over the pain my son has and the pain of
so many other sons and daughters and the pain of their loved ones, who, like myself, sent them
off to war.

So, today, I proudly serve our Veterans in the best ways I can. I am an activist for Veterans issues,

I honor our standing military and I help with health and well being issues of our Veterans of all Era’s
and for the active duty military of today. This is the focus, this is our purpose, this is what we owe to our Veterans.

Richard G. Shuster (from Rick’s Random Ramblings, Memorial Day 2009)
Have a safe, enjoyable and reflective Memorial Day weekend....rgs

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Old 04-26-2009, 09:12 AM
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The sentiment and the meaning of Memorial Day is long entrenched .......

The sentiment and the meaning of Memorial Day is long entrenched in the history of this old Veteran and proud father of Veterans.


Keeping History Alive©

I was blessed to grow-up in Pennsylvania. I need not tell you of the wealth of this nation’s history that occurred in the Commonwealth colony of Penn’s Woods. I was exposed, from my earliest remembrances, by family, community and schools to the richness of our history. I was blessed with teachers who took the time to point out our local history, our state’s role in the beginnings of what became the United States and mostly of the people who were part of it all. We learned about not only the well-known’s, but our un-known’s, as well; all the peoples of so many ethnic and religious backgrounds and their origins. We became proud of our diversity through our being united in cause and home and hope for a better future. We did not place our differences ahead of our commonalities. We built our lives on both.

My family, paternal and maternal, has representative histories of most of the early settlers of this continent. Starting in the 1600s, continuing through the 1700’s and 1800’s, they came. They came hopeful, they came brave, they came humble and they came grateful. They adopted and were adopted by the new land they now called home. They built the farms, villages, towns and great cities, they established trade and commerce, they raised and loved their families, they tilled the land, they built their houses of worship, they donned the uniforms of freedom, they depended upon their faith in an Almighty God to see them through and they were part of the development of the greatest experiment in the history of humanity, the experiment of a representative democratic-republic, a land of freedom, a land of expression, a land of liberty, and a land of justice, for all.

To have lived in the once colonial frontiers where Washington walked as a young man in the King’s service during the French and Indian Wars; To have ancestors mentioned in Washington’s early communications with his commanding officer; To have retraced the lawful immigration of ancestors from multiple places in what was then called Europa, to their new homes in the Middle-Atlantic and New England colonies; To follow those brave soul’s paths to and through the known frontiers and beyond; To be familiar and comfortable with the lands and homesteads of those principled adventurers; To visit the hallowed burial spots of so many kin who fought in every war era from the French and Indian Wars, the Revolutionary War , the War of 1812, the Civil War, Spanish American War, WW1, WW2, & Korea. To have experienced these things has kept their history alive in my mind and heart.

I am grateful for the teachers who helped me to learn and understand so much. I am grateful I learned to read the histories of my ancestry, I am grateful I can count my blessings for all the gifts of freedom I have, I am grateful for the sense of history that gives me perspective for today and tomorrow.

Richard G. Shuster, RandomlyRamblingRick, Keeping History Alive©


Who Were Our Immigrant Ancestors? ©

In our family ancestry in America, beginning with 1638 and since, from public records, all our ancestors came in the legal way, from Germany, Normandy, and all over the British Isles; England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales. They came, they worked, they built, they protected and they cared for their families and became Americans. Some spoke German, others Gaelic, some English and other dialects, too, but all adopted English as their language for it was the language of America. They paid their taxes and contributed to their communities, their churches and those in need. They shared their children as soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen and fiercely supported and defended their country, America.

Richard G. Shuster, RandomlyRamblingRick, Who Were Our Immigrant Ancestors? ©



Richard G. Shuster (from Rick’s Random Ramblings, Memorial Day 2009) Have a safe, enjoyable and reflective Memorial Day weekend....rgs

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Old 05-11-2009, 06:36 PM
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Fathers’ Day Ramblings

Fathers’ Day Ramblings



Father's Day is Only a Week Away©

We all know Father's Day, is usually not a real big deal
and from Mom and her day, none of it we'd ever steal.

But I think for Dad, its time he got his just due
so for the next few days, that's exactly what I'll do.

Unlike Mom, Dad's thoughts are not so sticky sweet,
so if anything seems offensive, hit the button named delete.

Some Dad originals, and some Dad thoughts from some others,
will arrive to share, with all Dads who are our brothers.

Remember too, husbands, brothers, nephews and all granddads,
include all sons-in-law, cousins, and other kinds of Dads.

Through the years, Dad's Day, has brought me joy and pride,
whether with my own Dad, or with my children by my side.

So here we go, the week ahead, thoughts both happy and sad,
but most of all, they are sent along to honor dear old Dad.


RandomlyRamblingRick, Father's Day is Only a Week Away©


About My Dad©

I wish to write to you, about my Dad,
he was the one and only, that I had.

Besides all that, he was special to me,
he was the best darn Dad, he could be.

Was he perfect? I'd have to say, not quite,
but for me, my Dad was quite alright.

Long gone from this world, he remains in me,
as an imperfect Dad, who wished he could be.

I don't judge his shortcomings, nor things left undone,
and hope my children don't either, daughters or sons.

You see, Dads are not perfect, though try like they might,
but miss them you do, once gone forever, out of your sight.

Remember the best times, remember one and all you have had,
for the best times remembered, keeps you ever, close to your Dad.

RandomlyRamblingRick, About My Dad©, Edward R. Shuster, Sr. May 28, 1902- January 6, 1971)


Happy Dad's Day to the Fathers of All Our Grandchildren©

The weekend soon gone, dedicated to Father,
never quite like for Mom, less fuss and less bother,
but memories we have, some happy, some sad,
for that someone so special, we call our Dad.

Once said, any man can be a Father,
but takes a special man, to be a Dad.
To the Dads, of our grandchildren,
you are the best Dads, they could have had.

Perfect Dads, well, that might be stretching it a lot,
but no other Dads could love and care for them,
as you do, since you give it all you've got.

We want you to know how proud we are of you,
and know that your children, also feel, the way we do.

We understand why your children proudly consider you,
as their hero and their star.
And with pride and much gratitude,
to know, what kind of men, their Dad's really are.

RandomlyRamblingRick, Happy Dad's Day to the Fathers of All Our Grandchildren©


What I'd Like for Father's Day©

What do you think Dad would like for Father’s Day? What do you want for Father’s Day, Dad? Not uncommon questions, but they prompted this Dad to think what he’d like most if he could have the gift of his choice from his children.

The gift he would like to receive the most would be to have a letter from his children; not a group letter, but individual letters, written or typed, it matters not, but an individualized letter to your Dad telling him what you think you’d like him to know.

My Dad left this world without ever knowing the many things, thoughts as an adult, I would have liked to have shared with him, had he still been alive, when I was 30 years old, and 35, 40, 50, and now at 63.

So, if you are thinking about a present for your Dad for Fathers’ Day, write him a letter. Neckties and tee-shirts and barbeque mitts all disappear, but your thoughts and words will forever stay with your Dad.

Love Always, Dad

RandomlyRamblingRick, What I'd Like for Father's Day©




Tis true, at least one day a year, we are called a father. ©


Tis true, on at least one day a year, we are called a father,

it's mostly just another day, no sense to make a fuss or a bother.

There are many things, we could be called, one thing or another,

most are OK, just so long, as nobody calls us a mother :-)

Happy Father's Day



RandomlyRamblingRick, We are called a father. ©




Fathers Day, Now is Gone©

Fathers Day, now is gone, for another year,
with some memories glad and some memories sad,
some laughs and joy, and a couple of tears.

Time to reflect now upon, only those memories good,
and remember, what Fathers Day, is really all about,
to be the best darn Father, that any Father ever could.

RandomlyRamblingRick, Fathers Day, Now is Gone©


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Old 05-30-2009, 12:50 PM
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The History of Flag Day

The History of Flag Day

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The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America's birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as 'Flag Birthday'. In numerous magazines and newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as 'Flag Birthday', or 'Flag Day'.

On June 14, 1889, George Balch, a kindergarten teacher in New York City, planned appropriate ceremonies for the children of his school, and his idea of observing Flag Day was later adopted by the State Board of Education of New York. On June 14, 1891, the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia held a Flag Day celebration, and on June 14 of the following year, the New York Society of the Sons of the Revolution, celebrated Flag Day.

Following the suggestion of Colonel J Granville Leach (at the time historian of the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution), the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames of America on April 25, 1893 adopted a resolution requesting the mayor of Philadelphia and all others in authority and all private citizens to display the Flag on June 14th. Leach went on to recommend that thereafter the day be known as 'Flag Day', and on that day, school children be assembled for appropriate exercises, with each child being given a small Flag.

Two weeks later on May 8th, the Board of Managers of the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution unanimously endorsed the action of the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames. As a result of the resolution, Dr. Edward Brooks, then Superintendent of Public Schools of Philadelphia, directed that Flag Day exercises be held on June 14, 1893 in Independence Square. School children were assembled, each carrying a small Flag, and patriotic songs were sung and addresses delivered.

In 1894, the governor of New York directed that on June 14 the Flag be displayed on all public buildings. With BJ Cigrand and Leroy Van Horn as the moving spirits, the Illinois organization, known as the American Flag Day Association, was organized for the purpose of promoting the holding of Flag Day exercises. On June 14th, 1894, under the auspices of this association, the first general public school children's celebration of Flag Day in Chicago was held in Douglas, Garfield, Humboldt, Lincoln, and Washington Parks, with more than 300,000 children participating.

Adults, too, participated in patriotic programs. Franklin K. Lane, Secretary of the Interior, delivered a 1914 Flag Day address in which he repeated words he said the flag had spoken to him that morning: "I am what you make me; nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself."
Inspired by these three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day - the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 - was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916.

While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson's proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.

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Old 06-02-2009, 06:03 PM
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God Bless the USA Lyrics by Lee Greenwood

God Bless the USA Lyrics
by Lee Greenwood
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If tomorrow all the things were gone
I'd worked for all my life,
And I had to start again
with just my children and my wife,
I'd thank my lucky stars
to be living here today,
'Cause the flag still stands for freedom
and they can't take that away.


I'm proud to be an American
where at least I know I'm free,
And I won't forget the men who died
who gave that right to me,
And I gladly stand up next to you
and defend her still today,
'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.


From the lakes of Minnesota
to the hills of Tennessee,
Across the plains of Texas
from sea to shining sea.
From Detroit down to Houston
and New York to L.A.,
There's pride in every American heart
and it's time we stand and say:


I'm proud to be an American
where at least I know I'm free,
And I won't forget the men who died
who gave that right to me,
And I gladly stand up next to you
and defend her still today,
'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.

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Old 06-02-2009, 06:05 PM
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July 4th, Happy Birthday America©

July 4th, Happy Birthday America©



Happy Birthday America, somehow it is, you continue to live,

even after all of the times, you gave all you possibly could give.


Of your youngest and best, the promising rest, so many bodies and souls,

standing their guard and in battles reward, in the air, at sea and in foxholes.


Your sacrifices great, spread across the seas, and continents all around this Earth,

under circumstances seemingly impossible, you did what you must, and suffered the dearth.


You have fought bravely against our enemies, both the domestic and the foreign,

and continued proudly, with Old Glory out front, and refused all disdain and scorn.


A call for rights & liberties: and freedom & justice, sprung from New England’s countryside;

conceived, protected, birthed and nurtured; a gift from God Almighty, and reason for our pride.


America, as we celebrate your birthday again, in troubled and tragic times, with a new year squarely in our sights,

we also celebrate your God given birthday gifts, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.


Richard G. Shuster, RandomlyRamblingRick, Happy Birthday America©


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Old 03-09-2010, 02:50 PM
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Re: It is Painful, It is Joyful©

One of Nine©

I am one of nine, as I found out as a member of my nation’s armed forces. A Vietnam Era Veteran; when in basic training I learned that for every military personnel in combat, it requires eight other military personnel in support of the one in combat. Support personnel maintain critical missions to military action; supply, medical, logistics, clerical, and transport personnel, to name a few, perform many duties to assure maximum support to all the personnel on the front lines.

As a US Navy Hospital Corpsman at US Navy Hospitals in the US and overseas, I got to witness and assist in the medical needs of many who had been in battle. I took my responsibilities seriously and was proud to be there when I was needed.

I was one of nine, in that equation working in a vital support role for the one in nine whom faced the battles for all of us.

Richard G. Shuster, RandomlyRamblingRick, One of Nine©

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Old 03-09-2010, 02:52 PM
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You Asked: Were you in Vietnam? ©


Dear Friend;

Lots of stories swarm around the topic of Vietnam, but not all are real positive….suffice it to say, controversy is not new to us.

Yes, thank you for your thanks, you are welcome, we who enlisted and many others that were drafted, did what we could do. And it is heart wrenching, even yet, perhaps even more today, for personal reconciliation with the many souls listed on “The Wall”.

Now to address your question, “Were you in Vietnam?”

I served in the Vietnam Era, but never was in-country, instead doing my service in US Navy Hospitals in San Diego, Guam and Philadelphia…

Back home in Pennsylvania, I got my Draft card November of 1962, when things were ramping up and enlisted in late 1963, with a deferment to 1964, after completing my freshman year at college. I thought it would be a good thing to "do my duty", as my friends were either being drafted or enlisting. I chose Navy and Hospital Corps as specialty.

I finished boot camp and completed my Hospital Corps training, and then was stationed for a short time at San Diego Naval Hospital before getting orders for Guam.

By the time I got to the Naval Hospital in Guam, daily plane loads of battle injured casualties were arriving at military hospitals in Japan, Philippines, Guam and Hawaii. I saw the results of war up-close and personal. Recipients of napalm, mortar shells, land mines, strafing, sniper fire and lots more. Since we rotated within the hospital services, not only did I get to work in all aspects of physical medicine, but also pulled about 6 months working in neuro-psychiatric services, where I got to see the results of war not seen in prosthetic limbs nor colostomy bags.

Following a motorcycle accident on Guam, I spent 6 months hospitalized, 3 months each in Guam and Philadelphia Navy Hospitals, upon which determined my discharge from military service.

I served 2 years and went home, to marry, to raise a family and to follow fame and fortune. Fame and fortune did not make an appearance, but I managed to acquire a wife and 5 children and to have survivor's guilt for years.

During the years between ‘66 and ‘82, I pretended to know nothing about military service or Vietnam. I met an old Navy Corpsman buddy in ’82, we met again and went to the Viet Nam Wall the following year and counted at least a hundred of dead friend’s names in the pouring down rain on the tear soaked wall.

By the late ‘80s, my 3 sons had donned uniforms, 2 Air Force and 1 Navy, and served honorably in a new time and new kinds of wars. My Navy son, also a Corpsman, served proudly with the Marines in Desert Shield and Desert Storm, during the Gulf War. He returned with physical health difficulties and is now a 100% disabled Vet. My other 2 sons served in other deployments and returned home without any physical ailments or injuries.

Richard G. Shuster

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You Asked: Were you in Vietnam? ©

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Old 03-09-2010, 02:55 PM
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Re: It is Painful, It is Joyful©

Our Veterans


One Veteran’s Pledge©

When it was my time, I served. My sons served, because I shared with them the value and meaning of serving. I wear the badge of doing the right thing, but also the pain of sending my sons into harms way. Today I can justify that it still is right, but am troubled over the pain my son has and the pain of so many other sons and daughters and the pain of their loved ones, who, like myself, sent them off to war. So, today, I proudly serve our Veterans in the best ways I can. I am an activist for Veterans issues, I honor our standing military and I help with health and well being issues of our Veterans of all Era’s and for the active duty military of today. This is the focus, this is our purpose, this is what we owe to our Veterans.

Richard G. Shuster
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One Veteran’s Pledge©


Our Protectors, Our Veterans©

The lives of some known and many not, have touched us. There's little difference than found in any other war, with caskets holding their bodies, now come home they to rest. They were our protectors, it is their duty they have done, and they did their best, and again, lives of some known and many not, have touched us. How many times has the “story of stories” been repeated, by millions of families throughout the ages since first spoken? “He gave His only Begotten Son”, rings on and on. May that sacrifice never be forgotten. Likewise, millions of other sons and daughters have been given, as our Protectors, in their service; to God, to country, to family, to community. They, too, gave up their begotten children, their loved ones, for us, for all of us, to never be forgotten. As was His sacrifice, is theirs, our protectors, for the ever living hope of futures bright, we join in humble gratitude, to honor and to comfort all who need. May our protectors, our veterans, never be forgotten.
In addition to the horrors and ravages of war itself, during each era of our protectors, our veterans, have had to face such issues as we have seen; issues such as radiation, psychedelics, agent orange, chemicals, biological agents and unproven experimental vaccines. It is my belief that it is our ultimate responsibility to do what we can to minimize these types of issues that were unnecessary to have occurred in the first place. We owe our protectors this, too, for all current and future generations. If we do not protect our protectors, our veterans, who indeed, will protect them?
The health and well being issues of our protectors, our veterans of all eras and of the reserves, guards, and active duty military of today are real. This should be our focus, this should be our purpose, this should be our commitment, and this is what we owe to our protectors, our veterans.
If we do not protect our protectors, our veterans, who indeed will protect us?

Richard G. Shuster
RandomlyRamblingRick
Our Protectors, Our Veterans©



For Our Forgotten Veterans©

For those who served,
but were not served in return
we thank you
we salute you
we pray for you
we offer our hand to you…
we pledge you will never be forgotten again.

Richard G. Shuster
RandomlyRamblingRick
For Our Forgotten Veterans©



Inalienable Rights©

Our rights; of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness,
are guaranteed by our republic's honored constitution
and enforced by our men and women in the military.

Today’s military will soon be tomorrow’s Veterans,
Be there for them today, as they are there for us.
Be there for them tomorrow, as they were for us, always.


Richard G. Shuster
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Old 03-09-2010, 02:57 PM
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Veterans Thoughts


My heart is heavy©

My heart is heavy,
but its a better one,
because I've known my comrades,
and shared their pain....



RandomlyRamblingRick, My heart is heavy©




A Sailor's Uniform©

It seems a long time since this once young sailor wore that uniform,
but my pride in what it stands for is as new as today?

Richard G. Shuster, RandomlyRamblingRick, A Sailor's Uniform©





Is nothing worth living, fighting and dying for?

"You and I know and do not believe that life is so dear and peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery.

If nothing is worth dying for, when did this begin?

Should Moses have told the children of Israel to live in slavery under the pharaohs?

Should Christ have refused the cross?

Should the patriots of Concord Bridge have thrown down their guns and refused to fire the shot heard round the world?"

—Ronald Reagan (1964)







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Old 03-10-2010, 03:30 PM
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State of the Nation 2010



Where are we going? ©
Our Nation is on a fast track to mediocrity, bankruptcy, and self-destruction.
Our Republic is being torn apart at her seams by enemies foreign and domestic.
Our Constitution is being sabotaged by people claiming to be Americans.

Richard G. Shuster
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Where are we going? ©


More on Liberalism©
Liberals tend to be people who are not "liberal" in their thinking - it's their way or not at all.
“Socially liberal” to me is anchored in helping those who “cannot” help themselves.
“Politically liberal” to me is helping all to the point that they “cannot any longer” help themselves.
65 years of Liberal policy has brought forth:
-The changing of written and taught history
-Rampant divisiveness
-Systematic removal of a higher power, from written; spoken and public proclamation
-Devaluing all those things of principle and value in our individual and collective traditions
-Truth being relevant to only that of the speaker
-Ends justifying means is now mainstream
-Erosion of the art of one to one communication, in favor of contrived and controlled press and other media.

Richard G. Shuster
RandomlyRamblingRick
More on Liberalism©

Politics, Religion, and Such©
It is not easy to take flack about one’s beliefs in politics, religion, and a host of other such touchy topics, mainly because it comes down to a matter of things in which we believe.
It is a trust and faith issue.

Defending our beliefs requires various ingredients including; becoming conversant on all key elements, converting concept to words and deduction to debate. If discussing a belief with another who is willing to consider, we feel more at ease to present our case for one belief or another. If the person we are speaking with is not open-minded and willing to consider what we have to offer, the challenge gets more difficult. Sometimes the best response is no response, other times choice bits of logic create an environment for expanding dialogue. No easy “one-size-fits-all” works or even exists.

We are all similar, but our beliefs differ and our delivery is individually unique. Sometimes we just have to find solace in knowing in our heart of hearts, it is right…..

And, of course, being right is far better than being left.

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