Saturday, February 11, 2006

A Powerful Photo...

A friend had this posted on his blog. He said it recently won photo of the year. I do not know the photographer. If anyone out there does know any information about it, please let me know! I thought it was so moving, powerful & beautiful that I just had to share it with you.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Stop Whining, Marine....part 2...resolution at last!

(Please read & refer to the previous post..."Stop Whining, Marine" to understand fully what this post is regarding)

After doing some more of my own research on this accusation of Starbuck's not supporting our troops, I came across this site & the complete story & resolution to my previous post.

Starbuck's cleared it all up for us & the Marine that originally complained even was man enough to clear it up & admit he made a mistake. Good for him!

There is always some other side to any story, isn't there?

Stop whining, Marine.

There is currently an email circulating about why we shouldn't support Starbucks Coffee because they supposibly "denied" a bunch of Marines free coffee. I think the person who wrote this email needs to check the facts & maybe reconsider the situation. Everyone is always so ready to jump on the bandwagon of blaming everyone else for not being "Patriotic" enough.

Here is a copy of the email:

Starbucks Denies Coffee to Marines !!

Recently Marines in Iraq wrote to Starbucks because they wanted to let them know how much they liked their coffee and to request that they send some of it to the troops there.

Starbucks replied, telling the Marines thank you for their support of
their business, but that Starbucks does not support the war, nor anyone in it, and that they would not send the troops their brand of coffee.

So as not to offend Starbucks, maybe we should not support them by buying any of their products!

As a war vet writing to fellow patriots, I feel we should get this out in
the open. I know this war might not be very popular with some folks, but that doesn't mean we don't support the boys on the ground fighting street-to-street and house-to-house for what they and I believe is right.

If you feel the same as I do then pass this along, or you can discard it
and no one will never know.
Thanks very much for your support. I know you'll all be there again when I deploy once more.

"Semper Fidelis."
Sgt Howard C. Wright
1st Force Recon Co
1st Plt PLT


I have done some research on the Starbucks issue. I went to their website & found an entire section saying that Starbucks DOES support our troops. Also, it does announce that they ALREADY donate coffee to troops serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. Read it for yourself on their website: (You will need to scroll halfway down and you will see the section entitled: "Starbucks Donates to Military Personnel".

I know that, having been in the military myself, when we were deployed, some people tried to always write companies trying to get free products. They would try to take advantage of the "Patriotic high" the country was experiencing in order to get pity and to get free goodies. I never agreed with asking for free products even when I was in the Army. I saw my job as a soldier as a very prideful thing but still a job, a responisibility, not a reason to get everyone's sympathy & free goodies. I didn't believe in whining until I got something for free. I didn't want to take advantage of the good will of the American people, either. I didn't expect anyone to feel sorry for me for being in any situation because that was what I signed up for.

I also believed and still do that people & companies have every right to voice their discontent or dissent with any world situation. That is why, after all, we live in a democracy and also that is why consumers do also have a choice of who they want to support or not support too. Yes, I do believe that people should at least appreciate the sacrifices made of service members, regardless of how they feel about the war itself.

I would like to know EXACTLY what was said on BOTH sides of the story before I made a decision to boycott any company. I am NOT saying that this person is lying but I am saying that in situations as this, sometimes feelings get hurt & egos get insulted & that leads to overreaction or misinterpretation. Maybe Starbucks told these particular people no because they had already donated more than enough to the troops over there & if they donated to every single individual soldier they would lose profits. And yes, that is what they are in business make profits.

Now, if the coffee was donated (which Starbucks says it was) then maybe it is only getting to the higher which case, that is a LEADERSHIP issue, not Starbucks' problem.

I guess what I am trying to say is, thanks for serving, I appreciate your hard work & sacrifice but stop whining about doing your job and stop riding the "Patriotic" bandwagon.


Sipping away at my coffee this morning, I glanced at the quote printed on the side of the cup. Although the quote is very basic, it is very pure & true. I thought it was a good reminder of how important diversity in this world really is. Take the time this weekend to notice the positive differences in people & to truly appreciate them.

Imagine we are all the same.
Imagine we agree about politics,
religion and morality. Imagine
we like the same types of music,
art, food and coffee.
Imagine we all look alike.
Sound boring?
Differences need not divide us.
Embrace diversity. Dignity is
everone's human right.
-Bill Brummel
Documentary filmmaker.
His programs focus on human rights issues.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Life...the Journey or the Destination?

Some say life is all about the destination. Others say it is the journey that counts.

After a variety of experiences in my 28 years, I would have to say that it is a combination of both, a balance of the two.

I would love to say that life is the journey alone. We experience so much and all of it has some sort of value. We make memories, build character or become more "well-rounded" through the good or the bad.

The destination is important because it is what you do along the journey, what you learn, what you try and fail that gets you to that end. Then what? The afterlife, in one way or another, is commonly believed to be a result of what deeds are done during one's's journey.

What do you think? Do you think it is the destination, the journey or a little bit of both that are important?
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