Invention, Innovation, Disruption – Where have we gone, where are we going – Business Commentary

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By Mark A. Leon

History has a way of developing trends, fads and generally accepted behavior. It coins terms, inks out phrases and plants ideas that create a world of ants marching to a single tune. Over the last two years, the business industry hot term is “Disruption” or “Disrupt”. Those terms are not revolutionary, but evolutionary in the scheme of business operations.

Over time, we have created, enhanced and repurposed. We have continued to look at ways to stay fresh, make money and make our lives easier with changes and adjustments to simplify existing products and services.

For example, growing up you were taught to never talk to strangers or get in a car with strangers. Now Uber and Lyft have made that an everyday part of our lives around the world.

Before going, on, let us define, the three terms that have evolved business thinking: Invention, Innovation and Disruption

Invention is the creation of something that assists in the completion of a task or action.
Innovation is the evolutionary improvement of an existing product, service or task.
Disruption is a pioneer effort that shakes up the existing principles of behavior in a situation, setting, industry, task, or location.

Yes, this is a simplistic look at the three terms, but, there is a clear understanding outlined.

Is it safe to say everything has been invented and all that is left is innovation or disruption? Perhaps, but we shouldn’t short ourselves of the future. It seems evident, our time on Earth is limited and we must go beyond the boundaries of possibility to continue existence.

Case Studies

We live in a world of disruption now and who is leading this revolution? The media will crown Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos or Mark Zuckerberg, but, they are the financiers and pioneers of change, not the disrupters. The disrupters are the quiet voices of change.

A.A. Milne developed an unlikely relationship with his son, Billy Milne and get swept up into his imaginary world of a bear, donkey, pig, honey and Christopher Robin. That disruption changed the world of childhood literature forever. Most importantly, it gave the world a reason to smile in the shadow of war and death.

In September 2001, the United States and the world changed forever with the 9/11 hijackings and bombings. That event also delayed the premiere of a show that would forever change television and a character that TV Guide deemed the greatest hero in television history, Jack Bauer. “24” introduced us to the realities of international terrorism, gave us the first black president, first female president, drone technology and fore-shadowed the world we live in today. This show disrupted traditional broadcast thinking and showcased a massive disruptor in political drama, action and some argue was the birth of binge watching.
Netflix is a massive disrupter in the media space. As of Friday, Netflix passed Disney as the largest media company surpassing a net valuation of 152.8 billion dollars. It has affected programming, advertising, behaviors in viewing and has brought nostalgia back spurring reboots of “Will and Grace” and “Rosanne” due to the huge success of “Fuller House”

Now What?

Now that we have defined it and introduced case studies, what do we do with it?

Instantaneous media provides a huge advantage and disadvantage in moving forward.

Instant communication and viral capabilities allow information and content to send immediate shivers and drive change faster than the road runner can upset the coyote. It also provides a platform for over-saturation.

Let us take an example: Take 5 million companies (only a fraction of existing companies globally). All have a presence on LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or all of them. Each puts out 3 pieces of content a day (image, article, blog, feature, spotlight).

How does that add up?

  • 15,000,000 pieces of content on social daily
  • 105,000,000 pieces of content weekly on social
  • 5,460,000,000 pieces of content annually

5.5 billion pieces of unique content daily from just about 2 – 4% of the global companies. If each of the 3 was placed on two unique social platforms, that takes us to 10.9 billion pieces annually from this small percentage of organizations.

Now, add in individuals that are creating their own brand. In a way, they are their own corporation. You can see, the number is astronomical. It makes it extremely difficult to make a difference when people need to sift through that much.

So how do you break through the wall of mass communication?

Research, simplify, target and penetrate

Greatness takes time. Even in a world of instant gratification, greatness takes time. I cannot emphasize that enough. Companies cannot live on great products and services alone. They must build relationships, demonstrate success and built on their concepts and ideas. Even then, others are fighting to make their ideas better.

Once you have that great concept, seed money, and great thinkers to surround and compliment, the next step is the hardest.

  • Research – Who is your target and why? It isn’t 6.5 billion people globally. It will be the industry experts, influencers of change, dreamers that think like you and passionate game changers.
  • Simplify – Don’t offer the world, just a piece of it. Make that piece memorable and amazing.
  • Target – Target your marketing and communication approach wisely. It isn’t the amount that will help you succeed, but the quality.
  • Penetrate – Go at that wall with all the force you have and never accept failure.

Now we have it. We live in a world of disruption and here are your keys to succeeding in this new way of thinking.

Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series Kicks Off This Friday at James Island County Park (June 1)

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Good Music. Good Vibes: https://www.ccprc.com/1619

The Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series at James Island County Park (871 Riverland Dr, Charleston, SC 29412) features traditional old school roots reggae with a new school attitude in a beautiful outdoor setting. Bring your chairs or blanket. It’s Irie.

Summer 2018 Schedule

  • June 1 with Ras Bonghi Reggae All Stars
  • June 22 with NDKA
  • July 20 with Amani Smith and the Give Thanks Band
  • August 3 with Mystic Vibrations

Gates open at 7:30 p.m.; music begins at 8:30 p.m. Gates close at 10:30 p.m., and concerts end at 11 p.m.

Admission

Concerts take place rain or shine. No refunds will be given due to inclement weather. Food, beverages, and souvenirs will be available for purchase onsite. ID is required to purchase alcohol. Outside alcohol and coolers are prohibited.

We reserve the right to use photos or videos taken of visitors while they are at Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission facilities or events for publicity purposes.

Charleston Summer Beach Bucket List

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Who doesn’t love going to the beach, walking with the sand beneath our toes listening to the Zac Brown Band?? Or maybe laying out and working on an even tan and taking momentary breaks between pages on your Kindle.? Those days of bath temperature ocean water and scorching sun are behind us for a few months.? We are embarking on the quiet beach season with cool breezes, chilly water on our feet and radiant sunrises and sunsets.

We think this is the perfect time to plan your Charleston Daily Beach Bucket List.? Why can’t the beach be filled with adventure.? We want to make it easy and provide you with a list of activities to complete at the beach.

Take a week; a month or six months, but make a game out of it and play with your friends and family.

Beach Bucket List

  • Spend at least one day at each of: Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms and Edisto Beach
  • Watch a sunrise _____
  • Watch a sunset? _____
  • Surf or boogie board _____
  • Rent a jet ski motor across the ocean _____
  • Go Fishing off the pier ______
  • Read a really good book from start to finish ______
  • Spend the day at the beach without your smartphone _____
  • Build a sand castle (no age limit on sand development) _____
  • Hunt and find 5 sharks teeth _____
  • Hunt and find a sand dollar _____
  • Tell ghost stories at night by a fire or flashlight _____
  • Watch a movie at the beach ______
  • Find a full conch shell _____
  • Have a picnic on the beach _____
  • Have a long walk with coffee or a latte (Iced or Hot) ______
  • Play bocce ball, football and volleyball (all in one day) ______
  • Spot a dolphin _____
  • Write a poem about the beach or a message in a bottle _____
  • Take a crazy and fun BFF or family picture ______
  • Write something cute and adorable in the sand ______
  • Get buried in the sand
  • Have a fun beach Olympics with your friends (relays, balloon toss, egg balance, etc.) _____
  • Do beach yoga ______
  • Have a beach scavenger hunt ______
  • Paint a picture of the beach ______
  • Play guitar or have a sing along _____
  • Take a long relaxing nap (Don’t forget the sunscreen) ______
  • Take an unbelievable picture or selfie (Ex:? You holding the sun as it sets in the sky / Jump and look like you are flying) – Or a group picture of everyone jumping in the air ______
  • Take professional wedding, anniversary or special couple dress up pictures ______
  • Send a picture to a friend that is somewhere cold or not near the ocean saying “Wish you were here” ______
  • Build a fort out of sticks and shells _____
  • Write ” I Love Charleston” in the sand _____

There you have it.? It is official.? You have your bucket list.? Print it out, keep it with you and enjoy having fun at the beach.

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Something in the Way She Moves – Why Women are the Key to Happiness

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By Mark A. Leon

As a man, I can say comfortably that we are simple folk. We have simple common ways of thinking, actions and thought. We are the hunters and gatherers, the quiet communicators, the competitive spirits and the comforting companions. We think sensibly and act progressively. We are the backbone and the cornerstone of progress, but history will dictate, as well as the future, that we are billions of empty souls wondering aimlessly through life without the blood that makes our heart pump.

That blood with its nutrients and fortified vitamins of life is the women that gives us the guidance, confidence and strength.

Women are:

  • Irrational (in such a good way.? It leads to disruption, then change, then innovation)
  • Emotional
  • Passionate
  • Intuitive
  • Nurturing
  • Comforting and protective
  • Strong
  • Emotionally centered while always thinking outside the box
  • Crazy and neurotic in a way that makes them irresistible
  • Sexy
  • Scholarly
  • Heroes without the need for recognition
  • Patient to our needs
  • Prepared in times of danger
  • Always there with open arms

When I think about the women in my life, from infancy to adulthood, so many flash through the theater inside my head. From mothers, to sisters, to teachers, to girlfriends, to lovers, to companions, to friends, to strangers and beyond.

Each one has left something behind. ?Something meaningful that has sculpted my entire being.

Let me be the first to say, women are crazy. Crazy in the amazing, cannot stop thinking about them kind of way. ?Some in their words and others in their actions.

There isn’t a decision in my life that has not been powered by the influence of a woman. ?Think about every aspect of your life.

What does your life entail?

  • Careers
  • Goals
  • Dreams
  • Sports
  • Family
  • Education
  • Hobbies
  • Travel
  • Dating / Marriage / Partnership
  • Friendship
  • Arts (Writing / Photography / Film / Theater)
  • Nurturing (Hospitals / Clinics / Nurses)
  • Teamwork

How many of the above bullet points in your life are heavily influenced or assisted by the hand of a woman?

I thought so.

Why then do I still continue to hear so many stories of corporate prejudice, domestic violence, divorce, social inequity, emotional withdrawal and genders divided?

I wish I knew the answer, but unfortunately, like so many of my fellow inhabitants of this earth, we are lost for a resolution.

I am going to leave you with this:

Love is the defining core of the good in humanity. ?It is a simple gesture, a warm thought, a kind act. ?It is as easy as the feel of a human touch and as lasting as the depths of the universe. ?Accept the perfection that is in women and embrace all they have to offer.

They are our reason for living and the core of our being.

When you find a woman that is beautiful inside and out and she gives herself to you in some capacity, accept, embrace and give back equally.

You will find yourself in a much better place in the end.


7 Incredible Hidden Charleston Dining Experiences

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The CODfather

By Mark A. Leon

There are world renowned restaurants in Charleston.? There are even world renowned dive bars and eateries in Charleston who have made a name for themselves.? What about the real deep dive establishments.? The ones you don’t read about in the papers.? The ones that can’t afford the marketing and promotion, so they get left out of the fanfare.? Here is the catch, they offer a great product and an incredible customer experience.? They aren’t on the top of anyone’s list, but for those that know the secret places, they are worth the excursion.

Today, we are going to ride through the urban jungles of Charleston to unleash some of the great spots, you may never have heard about.

Huriyali Gardens: Juices, Smoothies and Snacks – 401 Huger Street, Charleston, SC

Start with the Green Dream – Kale, Cucumber, Apple, Kiwi, Berries, Herbs and Ginger, come together in a harmonious mix that will please your body as well as your palate. This juice has more that 100% of your daily intake of vitamins A, C and K.

If you are feeling nutty, Nuts Over You will inspire:? Cashew, Vanilla Bean, Ceylon Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg, Himalayan Salt, Raw Local Honey, Raw Cacao Powder combine to make our Fall inspired spiced cashew milk.

If that doesn’t do it, AC’s OG will fuel up your day:? Kale, Celery, Cucumber, Cilantro, Lemon – designed specially for our multi marathon running customer.

Charlie’s Grocery – 1 Jasper Street, Charleston, SC – Without a doubt the Falafel sandwich is nothing short of addictive.? This family recipe has been carried down and has warmed the taste buds of locals for years.? Get a sandwich, add some homemade potato salad and go to a small park on the campus of MUSC to enjoy great food and nice weather.

Dukes Bar-B-Que – 4428B Spruill Avenue, North Charleston, SC – Do not let the location scare you.? The limited hours may be a challenge though.? Dukes has been a foundation for over 55 years and now this small one room restaurant is open Friday and Saturday only from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM for dine in and take out.? This buffet will run you less than $10.00 each and the ambiance is just fascinating.? When you walk in you will see long picnic tables with rolls of paper towels, loaves of bread still in the bad and plastic condiments containers.? The staff is warm and friendly and reminds you of a cool day on the ranch.? The buffet is simple, but amazingly delicious.? Pulled pork, hash, two types of pickles, slaw, unsweetened tea and sweetened tea.? That’s it.? Of course a variety of BBQ sauces.? The only advice, come early, they tend to sell out.

Blackbird Market – 1808 Bohicket Road, John’s Island, SC – To the naked eyes, this appears to be a small organic local grocer, but once you step inside, you experience one of the most satisfying experiences in the Lowcountry.? From Asheville made cheeses, to bacon wrapped filet to scallops that appear to be on steroids, this market is a dream.? Their local partnerships allow for the freshest vegetables, pastas, seafood and meats.? You will also be enticed by their fresh baked goods including amazing oreo balls and brownies.? If you have an immediate appetite, they offer a full service kitchen with seating outside under the water fans and shade.? Note:? The menu changes daily and seasonally.? This is a must try.? We do warn you, once you go, you may just keep coming back, even if it is just for the fresh she-crab soup.

Dellz

 

Dellz Uptown – 511 Rutledge Avenue, Charleston, SC – Just north of the Crosstown is Dellz Uptown.? This baby blue building has been the home of a number of eateries, but this one looks like it could stay for a while.? This Caribbean-themed vegan/vegetarian restaurant offers artistic walls, healthy menu options and mouth watering food that will not leave you hungry.? A few recommended options to help guide you along are:

Jazzy Pizza
Workout Wrap
My Thai Bowl
Uptown Elvis Smoothie

Luke’s Craft Pizza – 271 Ashley Avenue, Charleston, SC – When you are driving through the Crosstown, you may see the sign and think, “wow and ode to Gilmore Girls”.? At least I did, but Luke’s is the brain child of EVO alum Chef Luke Davis.? He has converted this little corner take out place to a home for artistic pizza design and comfort.? Don’t let the tiny exterior or cozy setting distract you from absolutely great and imaginative pizza.? Be sure to check their Instagram.? They often sell out, but they keep their customers informed.

The CODfather –?4254 Spruill Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405 – The reputation from repeat customers has made this a popular spot for many including couples, families, workers and bikers.? Its location has still kept it a little under the radar.? This restaurant perhaps has one of the smallest menus in the Lowcountry (Fish, Fish and Chips, Chips, Meat Pie, a few sides).? That is all.? But the deep fried heavenly taste will knock your socks off and remind you how good real authentic Fish and Chips can be.? The owner brings his love of his home country cooking to the Charleston area and we cannot be more thrilled.? A little tip:? BYOB.? Also, the double order truly is a double order.? Unless you have a massive appetite, go for the single or share.

There you have it, a small list of some of the really out of the way places to indulge your appetite.? Behind the hidden corners and the glamor of the big name restaurants, Charleston has a little hidden world of great food made with love.? In a city build on dreams, family and intimate relationships, these are the places that define who we are.

Thank you to all these businesses for giving us the fruits of their passion.

Falafel Pita Sandwich - Charlie's Grocery
Falafel Pita Sandwich – Charlie’s Grocery

 

Luke’s Craft Pizza

Is this the worst street in Charleston?

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Just two blocks from two multi-million dollar developments on Meeting Street, a few minute walk to the Dewberry Hotel that asks upwards of $500 – $600 a night, a stone throw from the illustrious Cooper River Bridge and the mainstay Marion Square is Cooper Street on the East Side of Charleston.? With its burnt down and boarded up homes, garage clustering the sidewalks, unkempt yards and no trespassing signs, this street could be a symbol of the poverty that Charleston is masking from the public as it thrusts itself into a renaissance of prosperity and profit.

How can a street so close to a city thriving in all directions, be so neglected?? This is a only one of many streets and neighborhoods damaged by time and yearning for support or subject to future demolition to make room for the future 5 star city experience of the Jewel of the South.? There are many questions that need to be be addressed?

  • Is the city ill-equipped to assist or are they just choosing to let these neighborhoods rot away until they are taken over?
  • Is there a racial and/or economic struggle within the underbelly of the community?
  • What is the cost of prosperity vs. the cost of fixing the infrastructure and the lives of locals who have called this place home for generations?
  • Is this home work 137K?
  • Or this for 595K
  • Is there room to turn these neighborhoods around or is the end near?

This morning, we walked this street, that to the naked eye, looks like it has been left to die in a wasteland of neglect.

We welcome your thoughts.

 

Charleston, South Carolina – A Look at the Lowcountry by Drone Video

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We have compiled some of the best drone videos of Charleston to give an aerial look at the beauty that is our Southern paradise.? Sit back and enjoy some breathtaking views of the Lowcountry from some great talents.

Charleston by Drone by Paul Wackerow

Charleston by Drone || DJI Mavic Pro 4k

A DAY IN CHARLESTON – A Timelapse & Hyperlapse Film in 4K by Matt Cota

Charleston, SC Under a Blanket of Snow from a Drone’s Perspective

Drone in Charleston, South Carolina by Wired2Drone

Charleston, South Carolina in the Morning by Drone by CryHavoc

Solar Eclipse in Charleston by Drone – Skyview Aerial Solutions

Charleston, South Carolina in 4K – Trevor McDonald

 

Tickets on Sale for Second Annual Southern Fried Chicken Challenge in Charleston, South Carolina

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Tickets on Sale for Second Annual Southern Fried Chicken Challenge
Local, regional restaurants battle it out on Sept. 8 for best fried chicken

CHARLESTON, S.C. – It’s tough to beat fried chicken. Whether it’s served with waffles and a side of syrup or straight off the platter at a family picnic, fried chicken is a Southern staple. Find out which restaurant can make the best fried chicken at the second annual Southern Fried Chicken Challenge on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Tickets are now on sale for this finger-lickin’ event at North Charleston Riverfront Park. Purchase tickets early and save. Buy before June 1 and get VIP tickets for $55 each. Or purchase three general admission tickets for $10 each and get one free (use promo code FAMILY). After June 1, VIP tickets are $65 each and include 10 tasting tickets, a swag bag and access to a VIP area with open bar and a TV playing the day’s college football games.

General admission tickets are $10 each. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Tasting tickets will be available for $2 each. Purchase tickets online at www.southernfriedchickenchallenge.com

Local and regional chefs and restaurants will go face to face — or in this case beak to beak — to see has the most delicious Southern fried chicken. This year, culinary students from Charleston County School District also will compete. The winner of the 2017 Southern Fried Chicken Challenge was Salthouse catering, taking home the main price plus the People’s Choice award.

“Last year we had more than 2,000 people come out to sample some amazing fried chicken recipes and we know this year the challenge will be even better,” said Jabari Seabrook, even director. “From the traditional to the innovative, this will be a chance to experience fried chicken like you’ve never experienced fried chicken before. We can’t wait to see what our chefs, restaurants and culinary students cook up this year.”

In addition to all the amazing fried chicken samples, spend the day listening to live music from The Dubplates, whose latest album “Box Full of Steel” topped the Billboard charts as the No. 1 reggae album. Also performing is musician Quentin Ravenel.

A portion of the proceeds from the Southern Fried Chicken Challenge will be donated to the Charleston Animal Society, MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital, Charleston County School District Career & Technology Education programs, and YEScarolina (Youth Entrepreneurship South Carolina).

The Southern Fried Chicken Challenge is noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8 at North Charleston Riverfront Park, 1001 Everglades Ave. Purchase tickets at www.southernfriedchickenchallenge.com

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To The Bravery and Courage of Those Fallen – Reflections of Memorial Day

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This weekend is a time of reflection and remembrance to those that gave the ultimate sacrifice.? A life of honor is a life fulfilled.? Each one of those men and women that dedicated their lives to a great unknown with the sole purpose of giving us the freedom to breathe the air of freedom, we will not forget you.? Sometimes pictures say all the words you need.

To those brave individuals that carry on the legacy of those fallen, we stand beside you with pride and hope, so that one day, you may never need to fight again.

To all the mothers, fathers, children, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and great-grandparents that gave their mind, body and soul to raising the flag of hope for a better tomorrow, we share in your fears and keep you deep in our prayers.

Quotes and Images of Devotion, Dedication and Commitment – We honor the past, the present and future

F”reedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.” ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

“The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree.” ~Thomas Campbell

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.” ~Abraham Lincoln

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” ~Thomas Paine

“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Let freedom never perish in your hands.” ~Joseph Addison

“Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.” – Stephen R. Covey

“I stand for freedom of expression, doing what you believe in, and going after your dreams.” – Madonna

“Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“History does not teach fatalism. There are moments when the will of a handful of free men breaks through determinism and opens up new roads.” ~Charles de Gaulle

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”?–Joseph Campbell

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”?–Elmer Davis

“Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.”?–Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.”?–Benjamin Disraeli

“Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.”?–Washington Irving

“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.”?–G.K. Chesterton

“For love of country they accepted death.” —James A. Garfield

“These heroes are dead. They died for liberty – they died for us. They are at rest. They sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines. They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest. Earth may run red with other wars – they are at peace. In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death. I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead: cheers for the living; tears for the dead.” —Robert G. Ingersoll

“And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free, and I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me and I’ll proudly stand next to him to defend her still today, ‘cuz there ain’t no doubt I love this land, God bless the USA.” -Lee Greenwood

“The story of America’s quest for freedom is inscribed on her history in the blood of her patriots.” -Randy Vader

“The dead soldier’s silence sings our national anthem.” -Rev. Aaron Kilbourn

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” -John F. Kennedy

“They are dead; but they live in each Patriot’s breast, and their names are engraven on honor’s bright crest.” —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Battle of Lovell’s Pond

“The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree.” —Thomas Campbell

“And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.” —Joseph Rodman Drake

“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” -Billy Graham

You are all Heroes!!!

Photos:? National Military Cemetery – Beaufort, South Carolina

 

 

 

 

Happy 77th Birthday to Bob Dylan: The Voice of a Generation and Beyond

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“A poem is a naked person… Some people say that I am a poet.”

 

“A person is a success if they get up in the morning and gets to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”

 

“All this talk about equality. The only thing people really have in common is that they are all going to die.”

 

“Being noticed can be a burden. Jesus got himself crucified because he got himself noticed. So I disappear a lot.”

 

“Democracy don’t rule the world, You’d better get that in your head; This world is ruled by violence, But I guess that’s better left unsaid.”

 

“Don’t matter how much money you got, there’s only two kinds of people: there’s saved people and there’s lost people.”

 

“I am against nature. I don’t dig nature at all. I think nature is very unnatural. I think the truly natural things are dreams, which nature can’t touch with decay.”

 

“I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I’ll die like a poet.”

“I don’t think the human mind can comprehend the past and the future. They are both just illusions that can manipulate you into thinking there’s some kind of change.”

 

“How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man ?
How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand ?
Yes, how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they’re forever banned ?
The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.”

 

“I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.”

 

“No one is free, even the birds are chained to the sky.”