Dedication

This website is devoutly dedicated to all of Larry's friends and associates, both early and late, who have influenced and mentored him. However, it also should be noted that, being who they are, a majority of them have been late most of the time.

Friday, November 11, 2016

An Election Reflection

What impressed me the most about our recent elections was not the candidates, the political parties, or even the ballot issues.

What impressed me most was all of you, who quietly and peacefully stood up and spoke out at the ballot box.

Our Founding Fathers are smiling, and so am I.

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Postscriptum: Apparently, some folks remain confused about the point of this post. It has nothing to do with any individual political candidate or any political party. It is solely about the voter turnout at the election, and how important it is for all of us to be anxiously engaged in the election of our leaders. Good grief!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

After the Election?

Prior to the trembling birth of our great nation’s “American Excellence”, Thomas Paine wrote, “These are the times that try men’s souls” ( “The American Crisis”).

Nowadays, many likeminded and concerned citizens feel the same way about our elected and wanna-be elected officials, as well as for the future of West Virginia and our country.

Further, many of us didn’t much care for our election choices.

Me?

While I am pleased and proud to return and report that I was the very first voter in West Virginia's Berkeley County, I also confess that my heart truly yearned for some better ballot box choices.

Simply put: Too many, in both major political parties, far too often seek out their own self-aggrandizement, as well as intrusion over the lives of all of us and our families.

Far too often, their pandering political flatulence leads them to believe that they know better than we do about what’s best for us and our families.

Even so, and regardless of who you supported in this year’s elections, let not our hearts be troubled.

There are many steps that still and should be enacted into law, to make West Virginia and our nation greater.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

First Voter!

 

 

  It indeed was my pleasure and privilege to continue my personal tradition of being Berkeley County's first voter in West Virginia's early voting (Wednesday, 26 October 2016), and possibly even the first early voter in all of West Virginia.

  Of course, the only vote over which any of us have absolute control is our own personal vote.

  My citizen duty and responsibility to vote is most sacred to me, and has been the focus of much personal prayer.

  You see, when I vote, it is important to me, as my moral and citizen obligation, to cast my vote for the candidate who I believe is the best qualified to lead us.

  That's why my vote is not on the basis of how others or their organizations may or may not be encouraging me to vote, nor is it on the basis of any misleading narratives about false limitations on our ballot choices. 

 And so it is, that after prayerfully pondering the previous governing records and character histories of all of the Presidential candidates, who are on the ballot in all fifty states, it is my and many other Americans pensive and poignant preference for a better choice of candidates.

 Nonetheless, I also feel confident that my choice, from among those eligible candidates, would, on balance, serve our country best.

 

 Others also should vote their consciences, and that's only as it should be.

 

 All votes count!

 

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Monday, October 17, 2016

A Plea for Prayer & Fasting

In the Old Testament of our Bible, we're warned of when "...the leaders of this people cause them to err...and every mouth speaketh folly... (but) For all this His anger is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still." (Isaiah, Chapter 9).

Truly, now more than ever, our nation needs guidance and strength from the outstretched hand of our Father in Heaven, as we are about to make our election choices.

Accordingly, let us as a nation join together in fasting and prayer for His guidance in for whom we vote on election day.

In this way, the Old Testament's Esther once saved a nation; through her and her people's humble fasting, prayer, and courage.

May it also be thus now for us and our families on our election day.

If you can't fast, then simply and sincerely pray for God's inspiration and grace to guide all of us in the voting booth.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

On the Way to "Betty's"

Not so very long ago, I was a guest on Elliot Simon's "Common Sense" radio broadcast from Shepherd University. I also had accepted his invitation to join him earlier that morning for breakfast at the local "Betty's" restaurant.

And so it was that morning, while walking through the West Virginia village of Shepherdstown, that an elderly couple crossed my path.

They were holding hands while they were taking their morning stroll, which prompted me to compliment them on their mutual affection. With a twinkle in his eye, the old gentleman smiled, then gently pointed out to me that they held hands to keep each other from stumbling.

What a wondrous example they were and are, a life lesson for all of us.

The LDS Church hymns, "Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel" and simply "Do What is Right",also teach us to do this in all of our activities and relationships.

Postscript: This same principle also is taught in Ecclesiates 4:4-10.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

To a Romantic Defender of the Downtrodden, in Memoriam

Although my personal heroes include the great latter-day American prophet Joseph Smith and also my kinsman Patrick Henry, Thomas L. Kane ("The Little Colonel") likewise claims a special place in my heart.

He never met Joseph Smith, but perhaps became Brigham Young's best non "Mormon" friend, and spent much of the rest of his life championing the cause of the struggling Latter-day Saints, beginning after they were forcibly expelled from Nauvoo, Illinois and driven, on bare and bloody feet, out of the United States of America into what then was part of Mexico (now Utah).

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) Patriarch John Smith gave Colonel Kane one of the few Patriarchal Blessings ever bestowed upon a non-member.

Although from a well-respected and politically powerful Pennsylvania family, the Colonel was a sickly and diminutive man.

He believed that he would end his days as a lonely bachelor, but the Patriarch promised him an eventual companion and comforter to be his partner and loving help-mate.

The Colonel found great joy when he later met and married Elizabeth, and later said that his only regret was that John Smith no longer was alive to witness the fulfillment of that promised blessing.

The Patriarch also blessed Thomas that he always would be remembered and beloved by the Saints, and this also has been so.

When Thomas finally passed away and crossed the veil, I believe that both Brigham Young and John Smith were there to gratefully welcome him.

Recommended Reading: "Liberty to the Downtrodden: Thomas L. Kane, Romantic Reformer", by Matthew J. Grow, Yale University Press. 2009.

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Further Feedback from a Friend about my "To a Romantic Defender of ther Downtrodden..." post:

"Dear Larry,

Your comments about Thomas Kane are very appreciated. I agree that he is a hero of the Latter Day Saints.

The young men and I took a trip to N. PA for canoeing and camping. One of the leaders took us out of our way to Kane, PA.

Wow!!! It was amazing to me. Thomas Kane moved at retirement to N. PA and had a small (very small) town named after him - Kane.It is quaint and only known for its 'berries festival' in the fall.

Thomas was not welcomed at the few local churches, so he built a small church (very well constructed of block stone) for his family to worship. He is buried at the front yard of the church.

When we visited the church, it was staffed by missionary adults who took us on a tour and explained the story of Colonel Thomas Kane. I was amazed and now believe that Mr. Kane is a true hero.

I do not know if his church is still staffed for visitors or it was discontinued. Never-the-less, it was/is a amazing memory for me. I only hope that the young men felt a similar spirit during that special day.

God bless.

Brother Bill"

a.k.a. - William Bartholomew, High Priest, Hanover, Pennsylvania Ward (LDS Church Congregation)