Archive for May, 2011

Happy Memorial Day to All!

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day is a time to reflect on all family members who have gone before us.  It is also a time to realize that the freedoms we enjoy in this glorious country have come to us at great price.

Many heroic men and women have given their lives so that we can live in the liberty found in no other country on earth.  I could not be more grateful to these selfless souls and their comrades whose bodies and/or minds will be forever scarred for their sacrifices made for our American way of life.

Our lives, our liberty, and our pursuit of happiness could only be possible because of our military, the best.

I believe that Memorial Day, being the first unofficial weekend for the summer season, should be enjoyed.  I also believe many people view this holiday as merely a three-day weekend.  As citizens of the United States of America, we should all reflect on why we enjoy our freedoms.

Our family made our annual Memorial Day trip to the cemetery.  My wife’s older sister died in 1999 from Multiple Sclerosis.  We visited and prayed over her grave.  As a family, we visited a second cemetery where my wife and I plan to be buried (hopefully, not in the near future).  The day was sunny and cool and both cemeteries felt like places to be reflective.

We talked as a family about whether or not land, often in the middle of cities, should be used for cemeteries.  Are we wasting land that could be made available for more productive uses?  Should everyone be cremated?  Our consensus came down to a few thoughts.  Cemeteries are much like parks.  They are places to relax, reflect, meditate, and enjoy.  And cremation is also a choice anyone can make.  Ashes can then be interred or scattered.  Again, in this country how we are laid to rest is a choice, a freedom all of us can make as we wish.

Memorial Day is most certainly a day filled with sadness and pride.  Memorial Day is a significant holiday in our yearly calendar and should always remain as such.  It is a holiday we need to thoughtfully observe.  It is a holiday that builds family memories.  It is a time to nurture patriotism and gratitude.

Thanks for reading and blogging!

Smile often,
Dr. James G. Hood

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May is National Foster Care Month!

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Monday, May 23, 2011

Source: National Foster Parent Association

Presidential Proclamation
President Barak Obama issued a presidential proclamation designating May 2011 as National Foster Care Month.  The proclamation begins,
“For nearly half a million youth in foster care across our country, the best path to success we can give them is the chance to experience a loving home where they can feel secure and thrive.  During National Foster Care Month, we renew our commitment to ensuring a brighter future for foster youth, and we celebrate the selfless individuals who make a meaningful difference in their lives.” You can read the full proclamation here.

What can you do?  Here are some ideas.

  • Go to the website and get some action ideas!  See if there is an event in your area.
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.  Tell them why the contribution of foster families should be celebrated.
  • Raise money for your local or state foster parent association by creating a Walk Me Home walk.
  • Help a foster child by becoming a mentor or a CASA.
  • Call, email or write your local social services or family services director – tell them that you are thankful that they do their best to protect our most vulnerable children.
  • Once a week this month, bring up the topic of foster care in a conversation with friends or co-workers.

Walk Me Home

Walk Me Home….to the place I belong is the signature fund-raising and awareness event for foster care in America. We know not everyone can be a foster parent, but Walk Me Home is a great way to support the over 424,000 children in foster care. This year thousands and thousands of walkers will participate in Walk Me Home events across the country, raising funds to support the life changing programs and activities of foster care associations throughout the United States.
Get your organization, family, or just yourself involved!  Get more information at the Walk Me Home web page, and check out the cool music videos.

NFPA is proud to announce the Dave Thomas Foundation as the newest Walk Me Home sponsor.