Terri Schiavo Dancing

Written by Roger Wright

Connecting Terri Schiavo to Mr Bojangles

He saidrepparttar name, Bojangles, and he danced a lick Acrossrepparttar 105452 cell. He grabbed his pants, a better stance, he jumped up high, He clicked his heels. He let go a laugh, he let go a laugh, Shook back his clothes all around.

During Holy Week this year, inrepparttar 105453 seeping humidity and fluorescent half light ofrepparttar 105454 3:00 am Florida hospital a nurse poked her head into Terri Schiavo’s room.

Andrepparttar 105455 nurse was alone.

Somewhere else, very, very far from that hospital room whererepparttar 105456 nurse stood alone; surrounded byrepparttar 105457 hulking quiet life support machines-----Terri and Michael were ice skating.

That trip to go ice skating started inrepparttar 105458 rolling winter cold of flat Midwestern prairie in a year of an early Easter. Off to an ice skating parade.

Chugging along in an old VW bus, Michael and a pal rolling into some basketball crazy town, turning into Will and Betsy’s heaping snow shoveled driveway---a hand lettered sign Will had stuck inrepparttar 105459 tallest snow pile right next torepparttar 105460 back door that said THIS WAY TO PARADISE! Like some sort of palm waving parade. But instead there was snow.

Betsy was playing Holly Near and Michael could hearrepparttar 105461 words as he and his pal openedrepparttar 105462 door and stepped intorepparttar 105463 warmth of Betsy’s kitchen:

The junta tookrepparttar 105464 fingers From Victor Jara's hand They said torepparttar 105465 gentle poet Play your gitar now if you can Well Victor started singing Until they shot his body down You can kill a man But not a song When it's sungrepparttar 105466 whole world round.

That trip throughrepparttar 105467 flat, white, cold Midwestern prairie; like some sort of grand holiday parade. You could almost hearrepparttar 105468 cheering crowds of fate because something big, something really, really big was going to happen. That entry intorepparttar 105469 kitchen, those sounds of coming fate, and Will said: “Michael and his pal! You’re here! Let’s have some beer!”

Just Mike, his pal and Will and Betsy. If life would have ended right then and there next to that kitchen counter ---that would have been enough. Making it through all that snow and thenrepparttar 105470 parade and thenrepparttar 105471 warmth ofrepparttar 105472 kitchen. That would have been enough. But there wasrepparttar 105473 lingering feeling that something else was coming.

And then Terri came throughrepparttar 105474 door.

Bundled up warm for winter in a puffy blue down coat and hats and scarves and sweaters and boots.

As Terri walked smiling throughrepparttar 105475 kitchen door Michael's thought was his own version ofrepparttar 105476 John Cheever line: She wasrepparttar 105477 kind of woman who could makerepparttar 105478 simple act of taking her coat and sweater off seem as if she had slammedrepparttar 105479 door on time.

And of course because they were all so young, they had to soon go somewhere---so just as soon as they all got settled, it was back out intorepparttar 105480 cold—all together now: to go ice skating.

My, Too Cumbersome!

Written by Terry Dashner

My, How Cumbersome!

Terry Dashner……………….Faith Fellowship Church PO Box 1586 Broken Arrow, OK 74013

His name is John Stossel. You might know him as co-anchor of ABC’s 20/20. He has written a really good book entitled, Give Me A Break How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Becamerepparttar Scourge ofrepparttar 105450 Liberal Media… (Perennial Currents 2004).

The reason I’m commenting on his book is because it strikes a nerve with me—a raw nerve at that. I love my nation. I think Government is, by and large, composed of good men and women who really do work forrepparttar 105451 common good. I believe most leaders are honest and pretty sharp; however,repparttar 105452 system they serve is broken. The Government has become so large and cumbersome that it impedes progress. Stossel’s book supports my reasoning. Let me share some of his insights.

“Last year,repparttar 105453 Agriculture Department paid subsidies of almost $200 million to make sure some sheep and goat ranchers made a profit. Why? Because in 1954, nine years after World War II, congressmen argued it was crucial to ‘national security’ that America have enough wool to make soldiers’ uniforms. Today most military uniforms aren’t even made of wool, but no matter,repparttar 105454 Agriculture Department still givesrepparttar 105455 farmers handouts.”

I thinkrepparttar 105456 United States would have surplus monies if it would trim back its leviathan Government and stop wasting money. For example, “Atrepparttar 105457 Pentagon,repparttar 105458 accounting discrepancies total $2 trillion. ‘They may have it. They just don’t know where it is,’ David Walker, head ofrepparttar 105459 General Accounting Office, told me. How can they not find that much money? Walker saysrepparttar 105460 Pentagon has bought things with it, but doesn’t know what. ‘They don’t know that they have it,’ he says. ‘They may buy it again.’

“No private company could get away keeping its books that way. The investors would be all over it. It would go bankrupt. The managers might go to jail. When I said that to Walker, he answered, ‘We’re not a private company.’”

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