Canada, where my maternal Grandfather and his parents immigrated from Germany to make their home near the shores of Lake Ontario.
Canada, where I have so many dear and wonderful friends.
And Canada, whose beautiful flag brings a smile to my face and a true sense of pride to my heart whenever I see it, because I know that through my veins also flows a bit of good old Canadian blood.
During the Vietnam era, Canadian citizens voluntarily joined the United States forces to fight alongside their US neighbors, friends, and relatives. These brave men and women did not need to do those things, but they did them anyway! And in doing so, many made the ultimate sacrifice for their brave actions.....
One such brave soldier was a young man named John Austin Anderson, from Ontario, who, in 1967, went down to New York State and enlisted in the US Army. John and I did not meet until we both wound up in Vietnam in the same platoon. John was a kind and unselfish guy and during the short time that I knew him we became friends. But John never retuned home from Vietnam. On May 13, 1968, John Austin Anderson was killed in a fierce ambush, alongside many other members of my platoon high atop a remote mountain near the Cambodian border.
So, absolutely, when I see that Maple Leaf flag or hear those geese flying overhead, I look to the sky and I think of all my friends and relatives in Canada and I especially think - each and every time - of John, his family, and his homeland. Canada: Beautiful, wonderful, full of grace and pride!
AndI quake with anger and embarrassment at the current despot we now have in The U.S....I thank you, Canada, for being there for all who love freedom and civility!!
** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"
- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)
- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.
::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"; Earth Wind and Fire