Why the title?

"Pioneers take the arrows"

Oh, wait. I should be upbeat and taking arrows doesn't sound like an upbeat thing to say.

So, let me amend that statement.

It was courage and vision that led the pioneers to leave behind a comfortable, settled life and trek West to begin a new life in a new place. Many of those from the East that went West found a strength within themselves that they didn't see while they were in their old life. Instead of being one of those that just kind of went along with the others in the old life, they became leaders and visionaries in their new lives.

The sentiments of that last paragraph come from a favorite author, Louis L'Amour, in many of his books. So, I can't really say that it is an original thought from me. However, what he said is truthful.

Welcome to being a pioneer. Look ahead and ignore the "barking dogs" that give you negative opinions and comments. Louis L'Amour also spoke of the barking dogs.

In some of his stories, it was usually a father or older man telling a young boy how it was that when the Westward bound Conestoga wagons rolled through towns, the dogs came out to bark at them. His character then told the young listener that the barking didn't stop the wagons from going on to their destinations.

Following the advice of the Louis L'Amour characters, may we all forge ahead with our plans, after carefully considering all consequences and leave the "barkers" behind.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mild Chastising of Online Friend

This month has seen a very minimal action on my part for writing posts for the blog. Part of the reason is that I have had something of a mental block as to what I wanted to write, and part of it is because the bandwidth on our Verizon MiFi was getting close to the 5gig capacity. If anyone anticipates what I have to say (yeah, RIGHT!), then I apologize for being lax this month.

I find myself needing to mildly chastise an online friend, one whom I’ve come to admire their writing skill and their life philosophies and lifestyle. In an attempt to not name this lady, I will try to be as vague as I can, but if she reads this, I hope she recognizes to whom I am writing.

The occasion arose that this lady left a popular site because she sensed that she was not being taken seriously. Truthfully, the opinion that I have is that she wasn’t slighted so much as there was a misunderstanding about the concerns others had for her safety. I shared in those concerns and was joyful that she came though that situation safely.

Now, I find myself needing to ask her to return, as the site does value her opinions and comments. Only recently, I began to read her blog. It is an intriguing site and her writing skills are very good, and her narration of her stories/comments is excellent. I have found the need to go back in her blog and read the entire thing.

In trying to get her to return, I would like to remind her that she is from a state where the citizens are known to be very independent. And, she is married to a gentleman whose origins are noble and even warrior-like.

So, I would like her to reconsider and return as I know the ancestry of her home state is that of determination and grit. So, with that, I will ask her to follow the example of the pioneers and circle the wagons in preparation for a fight, should it come to that. Personally, I don’t think that it will.


The following images are not meant as threatening images, but as images of the past of their places of origin. So, young lady, I ask you to take up your state’s known famous weapon


and be prepared for the fray. And your husband can take up a weapon known for his origins to join you in returning to the circle of friends who would like for you to return. Your opinions and insights are missed.


Should you wish to communicate with me, there is the private message function of that other site, or you can leave me a comment here with your e-mail address and said e-mail address will NOT be published.  Then, I will communicate with you via private e-mail addresses.

It is my sincere hope that you will return.


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