Our deepest fear
My dog Nuggett
is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are
powerful beyond measure.
It is our light,
not our darkness,
that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
Who am I
to be brilliant, gorgeous,
Actually, who are you
not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small
doesn't serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.
It's not in just some of us;
It's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we're liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.
A Return To Love, 1992
When they came for the Communists, I did not stand up, because I was not a Communist. When they came for the Jews, I did not stand up, because I was not Jewish. When they came for the Catholics, I did not stand up, because I was not a Catholic. When they came for me, there was no one left to stand up.
Rev. Martin Niemoller WWII
Aristotle once said, "A is A. A thing is itself." It is not the word. We are in society with other people and we use words to communicate. We observe the world and define it. That knowlege is shared. If we are not talking about the same thing when we use a word, then there is no communication.
As you may have guessed, my name is WilmaJean, and I would like to welcome you all to my little corner of the cyberspace. I would also like to thank my Host for making this site possible. In some ways, for some anyway, my site has become a well-known symbol of what I stand for -- A passion for personel freedom, liberty, justice, free speech, and the right to practice my hobbies of "Electronics, Amateur Radio and Music" as a forms of communications.
From my home in the beautiful Bitter Root Valley to yours -- wherever you are -- I send my warmest and best wishes to you.
Again my name is WilmaJean (aka: Billiejean) H. French, I am 53 years old. I was first licensed as WN4YUW (Novice) back in early sixties. Other licenses held are : WA4YUW and WA7ACZ (Tech, Conditional, Advanced and now Extra Class: Old School). And I am Presently licensed as "KD7HP".
Besides being a long time amateur radio operator, involved heavly into digital modes, CW, RTTY, Packet, Amtor, Clover, and Pactor, I am an Electronics Engineer, and a retired Post Secondary Instructor (college level, Electronics, and Computer Science).
I have served in the United Stated Armed Forces: U.S. Navy, (E6, Electronics Tech First Class * dates of Active duty service 1967-1973, *Reserve duty 1973-1979, ...and for those whom such things may matter, I am in that small group in the 60's to have served my country, in country Viêtnam... and yes, I too am one of the walking wounded with Chronic Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Oh and by the way, females served and were killed in ViêtNam too! Yes, even in the 60's and early 70's... Check the names on the Wall... you will find about eight of them. Lastly on this subject, I would like to say to everyone who served in ViêtNam.
Now for my other side: I enjoy Contra Dancing, Irish Step Dancing, and playing Celtic music. ...I also enjoy, Classical, Folk, Bluegrass, lite Country, and 60's Rock-n-Roll. ...I play the twelve string Guitar, the Alt. tuning slide Guitar, The Base Guitar, The Banjo, and I dabble with the Bagpipe Chanter (when my dog Nuggett will let me).
Don't ask me why but "Everything Happens For A Reason." I havn't figured it all out yet but, sometimes there are people who come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there... They are there to serve some sort of purpose, they may teach you a lesson or maybe help you figure out who you are or who you want to become.
You never know when these people might appear, but when you meet them, you know that every moment you spend with them, they will affect your life in some profound way.And sometimes things happen to you that may seem horrible, painful and unfair, but in reflection you realize that without overcoming these obstacles you would have never realized your potential, your strength, your will power, your heart.
Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul.
Without life's challenges, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere.... safe and comfortable but dull and utterly pointless.
The people you meet affect your life. The successes and downfalls that you experience help create who you are, and the bad experiences can be learned from. In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones.
If someone hurts you, betrays you or breaks your heart, forgive them because they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to whom you open your heart to.
If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because they are teaching you to love and open your heart and eyes to the essence of life which is love.
Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again.
Talk to people you have never talked to before, and actually listen to what they have to say.
If you can, let yourself fall in love, break free from all the limitations to loving another and set your sights high.
Always hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a unique individual.
Believe wholly in yourself. For truly and indisputably there is no other person quite like the being that you are.
So where am I going in this life's mysterious journey... I havn't a clue, at 53 I guess I'm still "evolving", with all the wonders and terrors that come with the trip. What will this evolution hold,... I only know the answer lies somewhere within me, and I have to walk the road to find it. For this never ceasing journey, ...this search for knowledge leads me to the light, and before I can get to this light I must pass through the darkness, ...this of course demands a high price,... risk not only for me, but all those searching like me, ...walking the same road.
Eleanor Roosevelt once wrote:
Many people will walk in and out of your life, But only true friends will leave footprints in your heart. To handle yourself, use your head; To handle others, use your heart. Anger is only one letter short of danger. If someone betrays you once, it is his fault; If he betrays you twice, it is your fault Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people. He who loses money, loses much; He, who loses a friend, loses much more; He, who loses faith, loses all. Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, But beautiful old people are works of art. Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself. Friends, you and me... You brought another friend.... And then there were 3...... We started our group.... Our circle of friends... And like that circle.... There is no beginning or end.... Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is mystery. Today is a gift.
Here is something a friend sent me:
It takes strength to be
It takes courage to be gentle.
It takes strength to stand guard.
It takes courage to let down your guard.
It takes strength to conquer.
It takes courage to surrender.
It takes strength to be certain.
It takes courage to have doubt.
It takes strength to fit in.
It takes courage to stand out.
It takes strength to feel a friend's pain.
It takes courage to feel your own pain.
It takes strength to hide feelings.
It takes courage to show them.
It takes strength to endure abuse.
It takes courage to stop it.
It takes strength to stand alone.
It takes courage to lean on another.
It takes strength to love.
It takes courage to be loved.
It takes strength to survive.
It takes courage to live.
Amateur Radio URL's
URL's about PTSD
To all the Men and Women who served in ViêtNam
URL's that that may answer your question
NEVER FORGET: By James D. Woolsey
I walked away
Before I did,
I saw it all.
I smelled the smoke,
I smelled the dirt.
I saw the pain,
I saw the hurt.
I felt the fear,
heard the noise.
Saw instant change,
to men from boys.
Saw instant change,
from life to death.
One instant living,
the next --- no breath.
Saw dreams shattered
for many others.
Saw them neatly wraped
shipped to their mothers.
But what was gained
from it all
58,186 names carved on the wall
If you want to know the cost of Freedom, Visit a VA Hospital!
"All Gave Some - Some Gave All!"
Montana State ViêtNam Veterans' Memorial
Montana State Vietnam Veterans' Memorial
Life Member VFW Post 1507
Like Alice I have had a unique Journey
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