Welcome to Cranky Puppy Farm!

This blog belongs to two Gen X-er's smackdab in downtown Kansas City where we've been renovating and decorating two old Victorians built in the 1890's. Our life is filled with 3 demanding Pomeranians (1 of them cranky, of course), honking cars, noisy neighbors and the hustle and bustle of city life but we dream of the day when we can move to our 40-acre farm and hear nothing but the wind and the cows next door. Until then, we're chronicling our triumphs and mishaps here as we try to garden and preserve on 2 city lots, raise chickens, and learn all those things we should have learned from our grandparents. Welcome to our world - we hope you'll stay awhile!

A Day of Honor

Saturday, November 10, 2012

“We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”

-- "Ulysses" by Lord Alfred Tennyson
If you've seen the new James Bond movie, "Skyfall", you'll recognize this as the poem that M (Judy Dench) recites so gracefully about halfway through the movie.  It solidifies a theme that runs through the whole movie of old vs. new, renewal, destruction and resurrection.  The poem moved me to think about Veteran's Day and the trials that our servicemen and women have endured to keep this country free.
The brave soldiers that serve and have served in our military have moved earth and heaven.  They are a force for good on this planet, ever vigilant, a steadfast friend or unyielding foe, a savior to many. Time and again, they have been called upon to lay their lives on the line for America and others. Today is the day that we recognize their heroicism, their honor, their sacrifice.
The Heritage and Guardianship status outside the National Archives during our trip to DC in 2005.
If you meet a veteran today, please thank them for their service.  Today is their day.

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