Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Notes to Vladimir Putin

Weekly Message

Dear President Putin,

This month our country celebrated Independence Day on July 4th.  In previous years the outside of my house was decorated in red, white, and blue.  To me this meant living as a child in a good family even though my father made a very low income deepite his excellent skills. Our family had stability, love and integrity and I never thought income was a problem.  We had a good neighborhood and schools and I was very happy.  

I am so sad now when I see the immigrants being separated from their children and possibly never seeing them again.  What damage will the children have for the rest of their lives!  Most of us in the United States (other than the American Indians) are descendants of Immigrants.  How can our country treat these incoming families so unjustly?

I am still glad I am an American but my hopes and prayers are that are that we  return to the founding principles that our forefathers wrote in the Constitution.  I will then be decorating the outside of my home for the Fourth of July Celebration. (Please find Simple Gifts on video page) 

Your friend in the United States,

Dear President Putin,
I am so sorry that Ih ave not posted you a message in two weeks. I have been in the hospital with limited access to a computer.  The whole experience reminds of the challenges we can face and overcome when part of a team strengthened by dogged grit. (Please see video page for One Moment in Time. Your friend in the United States...Connie

Sometimes we find that our closest friends can be less than perfect.  At other times, we see that we would be nowhere without the support of these and many other individuals--some of whom we do not (or will not ever) know.  We simply must conclude that less than perfect humanity allows us to soar as individuals. (Please see video page for Wind Beneath My Wings)

As the tropical storms are affecting us in Florida, it makes me realize our personal lives–within our own skins-- can also be subject to “tropical storms”.  . . As you are the leader in Russia, you can positively effect many of the Russian people by how you handle your  “tropical storm” challenges.  (Please see video page for Bridge Over Troubled Waters)

Thank you for your strength in showing kindness to Russia's native animals.

Look for the good God gives you every day (even on one of your “bad” days).

Make time for those who love you.

You could change the world and make people happy.

You could bring sunshine to many people.

May you love people as much as God loves you.

Some Favorite Music / Videos

Bridge Over Troubled Water

When you’re weary, feeling small,
When tears are in your eyes
I will dry them all
I’m on your side
When times get rough
And friends just can’t be found
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

When you’re down and out
When you’re on the street
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you
I’ll take your part
When darkness comes
And pain is all around
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind

Sail on, silvergirl
Sail on by
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way
See how they shine
If you need a friend
I’m sailing right behind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind

Vocalist: Arthur Ira "Art" Garfunkel
© 1969 Words and Music by Paul Simon