Archive for April 2016

Warrior Connection – 04.24.16

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

The April 24th Edition of Warrior Connection was a discussion with Dr Kimberly Sullivan and Dr. Joanne Cirillo of Boston University School of Medicine consortium study on Gulf War illnesses. Dr Sullivan needs veterans to participate in medical care treatment research.  Please call them at 617-638-5834. 

Warrior Connection – 04.17.16

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

The April 17 edition of Warrior Connection was an incredible  discussion about the legendary Bob Dylan and introduction of new Bob Dylan music with Duluth Minnesota Dylan fest director Brad Nelson and Dylan musicologist  John Busey in with cooperation of from Duluth Minnesota. John hosts a Dylan music radio program broadcast on that has been ongoing for 25 years. Bob Dylan is still performing, writing, and impacting our culture just as he has done for over 50 years. The version of "Blowing In The Wind"  that they played for this program brought tears to our eyes. The impact of Dylan's music on Vietnam veterans and other generations of warriors is beyond imagination. As discussed each person holds personal and unique memories and perceptions. THAT IS WHAT MAKES DYLAN SO GREAT. Dylan clearly touches the depth of each person's soul. Thanks to my cousin, children's author, and poet Bonnie Rokke Tinnes of Bemidji, Minnesota who set this up and celebrated her 48th wedding anniversary doing this broadcast. Co-host Ray Clark  tied it together with how Dylan was perceived and danced to during Vietnam combat operations.   

Brad and John also introduced two new songs from Duluth Does Dylan cd:

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The Sixth Annual Duluth Dylan Fest will take place
Sunday, May 22 through Sunday, May 29, 2016.

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Warrior Connection – 04.10.16

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

The April 10th edition of Warrior Connection was a discussion about the lessons of Vietnam + 40 + 50 years  and  steps  we the veteran who has survived can take to thrive.

  1. obtain an education
  2. choose friends  wisely
  3. abandon booze and street drugs
  4. fight for your medical care
  5. take care of yourself and your family
  6. help the next veteran co-hort group to survive and to thrive
  7. get involved in your community
  8. Put your faith,  your trust,  and your mentor - model for living in GOD.

Therefore your legacy may be:

My Quilt

(author unknown)

As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with all the other souls. Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles. An Angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life. But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares were. They were filled with giant holes. Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in everyday life. I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all.   I glanced around me. Nobody else had such squares. Other than a tiny hole here and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich color and the bright hues of worldly fortune. I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened. My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty, like binding air. Finally the time came when each life was to be displayed, held up to the light, the scrutiny of truth. The others rose, each in turn, holding up their tapestries. So filled their lives had been. My angel looked upon me, and nodded for me to rise. My gaze dropped to the ground in shame. I hadn't had all the earthly fortunes. I had love in my life, and laughter. But there had also been trials of illness, and death, and false accusations that took from me my world as I knew it. I had to start over many times. I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and begin again. I spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help and guidance in my life. I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured painfully, each time offering it up to the Father in hopes that I would not melt within my skin beneath the judgmental gaze of those who Unfairly judged me.   And now, I had to face the truth. My life was what it was, and I had to accept it for what it was. I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light. An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around at the others who stared at me with wide eyes. Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded the many holes, creating an image, the face of Christ. Then our Lord stood before me, with warmth and love in His eyes. He said, "Every time you gave over your life to Me, it became My life, My hardships, and My struggles. Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and let Me shine through, until there was more of Me than there was of you."

May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine through.

Please share this with someone you love, care about or even someone who needs Jesus in their heart. They may scoff, but at least the seed has been planted, and God will do the rest. May God bless you today and Forever.