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24th Wedding Anniversary

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Editor’s Note — I wrote this editorial on my Wedding Anniversary for my wife. I had problems logging into my Word Press blog accounts on that day. Thus, the editorial stayed on my hard drive until I could get logged into publish the article.
Word Press seems to have updated their publish system, since my last editorial, so the format of this editorial may look different than previous posts.
Samuel E. Warren Jr.
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24th Wedding Anniversary

Today, Sunday, July 20, 2014, Christy Warren, my wife, celebrates her 24th Wedding Anniversary. Wait, a minute. . .my wife ? Holy Cow ! That means I’ve been married 24 years today also.

I need a minute.

Okay. The shock has passed.

I am surprised I am celebrating 24 years of marriage. I was a single man. I liked being a single man.
My first marriage was “Made In Hell.” Actually, I made the Supreme Mistake of walking down the alise of the neo-Gothic cathedral of The School Of The Ozarks at Point Lookout, Missouri, back in the late ’70s.

I made it a point to ‘Forget’ that so-called “Wedding Day.”

The Lesson Of My First Marriage was simple: I will Never, Ever get married again. Two-and-a-half miserable years of being “Locked” into “Holy Wedlock”, is the reason Why I Don’t Fear Hell. I spent everyday in Hell for two-and-a-half, long, miserable years. I dreaded sunrise each day.

Once my divorce was granted, I made myself “The Promise.”

The Promise was simple: “Never Again.”

At age 24, I won back my “Freedom.”

I never had any intention of ever getting married again.

I was “Free !” I was single, again.” I had a good job in the United States Air Force. Thanks to Uncle Sam, I do my job, salute smartly and I could travel the world. I did.

Again, I was a Single American. I was fortunately to be a Single American G.I. I loved my job in Public Affairs because I got to live my fantasy as “The Reporter.”

I lived to write. My mentor Master Sergeant took the time to really “Teach” me how to use a camera to take news photographs for the newspaper. I worked at it and became a photojournalist. I wrote the stories and shot the photos, which ended up in print in a base newspaper. My Life was complete. I was Whole. I was Happy.

The day came when Uncle Sam handed me a set of orders for duty in the Pacific. Hallelujah !

The Ozarks country boy ends up at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. I had heard my father’s stories about World War II in the Pacific. I had heard other veterans War stories about duty in the Pacific. I did some interviews and published some of those stories. When Uncle Sam gave me the orders, I had my camera bag packed before my duffel bag and I was ready to catch the aircraft on the runway.

While stationed on Okinawa, I noticed and met some of the Most Beautiful Women On Planet Earth.

I met Koreans and Filipinas. I got a temporary duty assignment to the Kingdom Of Thailand, so I met beautiful Thais, Cambodian and Laotian women.

I was in my 20s and 30s, so I was as “Handsome” as I was ever going to be. Fortunately, the striking blue uniform and my Battle Dress Uniform made even an average looking guy like me appear like a handsome Hollywood heart throb.

Still, I had “No Intention Of Never, Ever Getting Married Again.”
At Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines, I fell in love with the tropical climate, the country, the base, and my job. I was a Single American G.I., whose blood flowed and his heart pounded, so I naturally noticed I was “Ground Zero” in the Pacific version of Heaven. Everywhere I looked — Filipinas.

A Single Man In Paradise surrounded by beautiful women realizes Life is more fun and meaningful when it is shared.

One Filipina caught my eye. Christy had a Farah Fawcett-Majors shag haircut. Her eyes sparkled. Her smile was diamond bright sunshine.

She wasn’t tall. Still, she caught my eye and I could see her as a “Playboy” or “Penthouse” centerfold in my mind.

Christy might have known two words in English. Language was definitely the barrier. I learned broken Tagalog and she busted through the barrier and learned English quickly.

One of the things I noticed about my future wife was her independence and sense of style. In the Asian culture, women usually are shy and taught to stay in the background. Christy was one of the few Asian women I had ever met, who did not do the cultural “Docile Routine.”

When it came to style, Christy had the eye of a fashion designer. She knew how to mix and match colors that caught my eye and made other men turn their heads.

We began to date. I suddenly realized, “Jackpot !”

I knew “If” I didn’t marry Christy I would always regret the decision. I wanted someone I could “Love” and share my Life with.

Women came and Women went. I was a single man. I knew, Christy was “The Woman!” I didn’t want to see her, “Go.”

I proposed.

She made me wait.

I kept at the job and wondered “If” she would take me up on my offer.

She did.

Friday, July 20, Nineteen Eighty Nine, the presses rolled. “The Philippine Flyer” came “Hot Off The Press !”

In the best tradition of American Newspaper Editors And Reporters, I had told Christy, “The newspaper comes first !”

My Wedding Day was scheduled to happen — after “The Philippine Flyer” came off the presses. Show Time was 10 a.m., at the Justice Of The Peace office at The Main Gate of Clark Air Base. I and everyone of my witnesses and people from my office were in position.

The only thing missing ? The Bride.

Christy was having “Second Thoughts.”

The clock ticks. Time passes.

I smiled a lot.

The smiles helped to hide my nervousness.
I remembered the stories about being “Left At The Altar.” I remembered Dustin Hoffman in the movie, “The Graduate.”

The witnesses were getting restless. The Justice Of The Peace did some more paperwork to pass the time.

I got restless.

At 1 p.m., my “Bride” walked through the door. Heaven retired an “Archangel” that day. Christy was a heavenly vision. She wore a simple white dress with the traditional Filipina “Imelda Marcos Filipina sleeves”, which rise an inch or two at the shoulder seam.

Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos made the dress style internationally famous, so, at least, Military Americans got in the habit of describing the dress as “The Imelda Dress” or a Filipino dress with “Imelda sleeves.”

Christy wore her long hair up to create a bun at the back described as Chinese style. I describe her holding mechanism as “Chopsticks”, for lack of a better descriptive term.

Christy was “Perfect.”

24 Years Later — My Bride, Christy is still “Perfect.”

The only thing my bride lacked was “Wings.” I looked at her and my mind’s eye supplied the feathery, ivory angelic wings to match her dress.

“I do.” The two most important words I ever uttered in my life, I spoke that day.

When I die, I doubt I go to Heaven. I don’t care. I’m a redneck Texan. I grew up in the Hillbilly Ozarks. I am an arrogant American. I love my country and my flag.

The Texan Warrens and The Missouri Ozarks’ DeLongs taught me the most important thing in Life is to Live It and Love Your Family.

The Day I Step Out Of This Life and stand before God or Satan and am expected to make a statement about my life, I already know, what I will say:

“Sir, with all due respect, I enjoyed every second of my Life. I had the Best Mother any Son or Daughter could ever ask for.”

” I am grateful for my father. I hit the celestial jackpot of aunts and uncles when it came to DeLongs and Warrens. The Universe hit me hard at times in Life.”

“I am not a religious man. However, I got The Best Wife that any man, in the past, present or future, could ever imagine or ask for. Christy Saldana Warren might not have been an archangel, but, she has always been, My Goddess. My wife has always been my strength, my heart and my soul.”

“If this is Judgement Day; so be it ! I ain’t askin’ for ‘Squat.’ I just want The Universe, Yahweh, Jehovah, Allah, The Christian God and whatever other deities, real or imagined, which live in The Universe to realize I loved Christy Warren with my heart and blackened soul. I thank The Universe for my son, Samuel Ranilo Warren. I thank The Universe for my daughter, Donna Junea Warren.”

“My children have ‘The Best’ of their beautiful Filipina mother. I truly hope, my children have inherited some of the redneck arrogance, cynicism, skepticism, independence, stubbornness,and courage of their American Warren and DeLong ancestors and their ‘Hell-raising’ father, so they will achieve their own personal greatness in their lives.”

“Therefore, God, Satan, with all due respect,my Life is better than I could of ever hoped for. Faith, Hope, Beauty, Joy, Happiness — I had it all.”

“If you gentlemen dieties wanted me to suffer — you messed up ! I found ‘My Wife.’ I found ‘My Life.’ Christy Saldana Warren. I lived on the planet Earth. But, I Never really Lived until I woke up each morning and looked into Christy’s face.”

“My world. My Life. My Soul. I lived as a man. My wife completed me. No silly reward or No eternal punishment can ever separate my from The Love Of My Wife Christy On Earth.”

“Send Me To Heaven ! Send Me To Hell ! Cast My Atoms To The Far Reaches Of The Universe ! I will have the last smile. I had ‘The Best Mother Of Mankind.’ No Eternal Punishment Will Ever Torture My Sinner’s Soul because I had ‘The Best Wife Of Mankind’ — Christy Saldana Warren.”

In the United States, it is never easy to find the Love of another person.

In the Republic Of The Philippines, Love might be totally ignored because people are taught to believe in a God creature or his underling, rather than open their eyes and search for the soul that adds to or completes their Life.

My Life has taught me that Love is The Soul Who Completes You.

Christy has not always agreed with me. Christy, at times, has definitely disagreed with me. We have had our loud shouting matches at each other. However, I would never want to imagine My Life Without Her.

Thus, God or Satan — real or not — does not worry me. None of the deities of Mankind frighten me. Yahweh, Jehovah, Allah, The Christian God can all take a bus to Brooklyn and drown themselves in The Atlantic Ocean. I do not “NEED” or “WANT” any of the silly religious fantasies and mythologies of The World’s Old Tired Organized Religions.

I stood at “Ground Zero”, the day that Super Typhoon Yolanda, came to my barangay in the Philippines. I heard the winds howl. I saw the intense white light around the door frame. The door busts open three times. Three times I rushed put my shoulder to the door and closed it.

None of the phony Gods Of Mankind had ‘The Power’ to take me.

I love my wife and family. The phony Gods didn’t get me and they had their chance.

Super Typhoon Yolanda didn’t take me and I gave her three chances when I grabbed the door and shut it.

Thus, “If” I ever do stand before one of the false Gods Of Mankind or Satan, I will be respectful: I was born a Texan and “Respect” is ingrained in my DNA.

I will not “Fear” because I was raised in the Ozarks by a proud “hillbilly” mother, who taught me “Love IS Family” and “Family IS Always Love.” Relatives who betray you; aren’t family — they are just biological lifeforms who have a lot of the shared RNA and DNA.

Marriage can and does “Create A Special Mystical Strand Of RNA and DNA”, which flows through the blood and enhances the organs to evolve a human into a special, unique human, who lives for his or her family.

In the final analysis, I have, no doubt, I could look God or Satan in the eyes and present my final statements.

“My wife,Christy made me welcome each sunrise. Everyday with Christy was an adventure. We had our ups. We had our downs. We always had ‘The Love.’ Christy gave me two beautiful children, Samuel Ranilo Warren and Donna Junea Warren. The Universe knows ‘My Goddess’ is Christy Warren — my heart, my soul, and my Life.”

Thank You, Christy for 24 Wonderful Years Of Married Life. Thank You, Christy for 24 Years Of Life. Christy, You are “My Goddess.”

I love you, Christy.
Sam

January The Door Editorial by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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January

The

Door

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by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

THE DOOR THUMBNAILJanuary, is “The Door To The Year.”

 

Thank you Roman King Numa Pompilius !

 

The story goes that the semi-mythical successor to Romulus of Rome added the months of January and February to the Roman calendar.in front of,March and by doing so created a calendar that equaled a standard lunar year of 354 days.

 

The ancient Romans and Greeks were some smart humans. They didn’t always understand the physical world going on around them, but, they always tried.

 

When the scientific and physical laws of their lives were above the understanding of their gray matter, they simply wrote the science off as a quirk of their Gods and Goddesses.

 

Couch Potato Gods

 

The ancient Roman and Greek Gods and Goddesses weren’t “couch potato” Gods like the Muslim Allah, Jewish Yehovah and the Christian God and the Protestant God sitting on a sofa watching humanity’s lives as “soap operas” on the wide screen TV of the Universe.

 

The Pagan Gods and Goddesses were on the ground, in country and usually, in your face, messing with and trying to change or add to your life. They were “hands on” Gods and Goddesses.

 

The Ancient Roman Soap Opera Of Gods And Goddesses raises the curtain on Janus, who scholars argue and debate over His importance.

 

Janus

Doorman Of Heaven

 

Janus is “The God Of Doorways.”

 

Basically, Janus is The Ultimate United States Marine Corps Embassy Guard Of The Gods.

Janus stood at the doorway of Heaven and you didn’t get through the door without going through Janus first.

 

Now, some scholars want to consider him a “King Of The Gods” entity, while others simply recognize him as “The Doorman.”

 

The importance is the concept of “Beginnings and Transitions.” Janus provided a starting point and reminded people that daily tasks transition and change along the way to reach a point of completion.

 

The significance of Janus is obviously the Romans believed that you had to get through Janus to reach the rest of the Gods.

 

In The Real World of the 21st Century, Janus would be either “the proverbial middle man” or the “personal assistant”, who keeps “The Boss’” schedule.

 

Janus would make sure the man or woman in charge doesn’t waste their day on trivial tasks and appointments.

 

Janus is a “Two Face God.”

 

He had one face that looked into the past and one that looked into the future. The glitch, of course, is his body was in the present and he had no face to see into the present.

 

Nonetheless, the Romans had an entity and a concept that allowed them to deal with “beginnings” and “transitions.”

 

Janus

Businessman Reservist

 

They even decided that Janus could be a businessman and a reservist. The key symbol signified commerce and trade, while the long stick or staff was a symbol of military readiness.

 

Since the Romans equated Janus to naval matters, they basically made him a Navy veteran, who looked out for ships and sailors.

 

As “The God Of Doorways, Gates, Bridges and Roadways,” Janus was a Corps Of Engineers’ God, a Red Horse God, and a Navy Seabees God, whose duties extended into the Real World of the daily Romans.  They believed Janus looked after the commerce coming into and out of Rome.

 

Janus kept an eye out for Rome’s neighbors who had a more militant idea of commerce, in terms of conquest. Thus, Janus made time to do his Department Of Homeland Security duties to prevent threats to Rome.

Janus

After Hours

 

Being a male god, of course, Janus had his relationships with mortal women, nymphs and goddesses.

Naturally, Janus fathered, sired and procreated his own mythological generations of descendants.

 

Ever notice how none of the pagan gods and goddesses never did the silly celibate and abstention routine ?

 

Pagan Gods and Goddesses did their Nine To Five routine, but, they made time to get out of the office and party down.

 

The Pagan Gods And Goddesses were not the types, who would “blow off vacation time” to finish a project. They would figure out a way to complete the project and still enjoy their lives.

 

 

 

At one point in Rome, Janus was considered “The Initiator Of Human Life,” which meant that basically Janus had to “sign off” on procreation before it could occur.

 

In essence, Janus was considered “The Holy Ghost” or “The Holy Spirit”.

 

Through The Doorway

 

Time, movement and the year are all concepts associated with Janus, as well as, the indications that people identified at different times Janus with the sun and the moon,

 

The Romans would name January, in honor of, Janus. Thus, stepping through “The Doorway Into The Year,” obviously, was a process that the ancient Romans knew would set the tone for the rest of the year.

 

The fact that the Romans took the time to decide on the rites and procedures to be observed in requesting the blessings of Janus, meant they understood it was important not to overlook the slightest detail in beginning a new project.

 

While 21st Century citizens might not worship Janus, the dedication and effort that the ancient Romans put into getting everything in order to begin a new year or a new project is a reminder to modern day citizens to do your homework before you sit out on a new project.

 

When you turn the doorknob, to open the door, make sure you are ready to step through the door before you take the step over the threshold.

 

Best Wishes For A Strategic January

THE DOOR THUMBNAIL

Sam

AQUARIUS ZODIAC ALARM CLOCK THUMBNAIL

Links

 

January Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/January

 

Janus Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/January

 

List Of Roman Deities Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Roman_deities

Project Britain

Facts About January Customs And Traditions

http://projectbritain.com/year/january.htm

January Time And Date.Com

http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/months/january.html

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