Happy MLK Day to All of My American Friends!

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Real Estate Associates in the Toronto Area

The United States of America has certainly a lot over the past 40 years!  Tomorrow will be a continuation of that change - congratulations and enjoy!

I was a child living just outside of Detroit when Martin Luther King was assasinated and the lived through the Detroit riots - that terrible, scary summer when the sky over the city was filled with smoke everday and the riot squads and the national guard would race by on their way to the innercity. I can't imagine what terror a child of my age would have felt living in the innercity at that time.  "Black Day in July" by Gordon Lightfoot is still one of my favourite songs, because of it's deep personal meaning and the memories it invokes.

I never would have thought that, in my lifetime, that I would see a person of Black heritage, become the President.  I read Obama's book, "The Audacity of Hope" before he became the frontrunner for the Democratic Party and thought, "Why can't they elect a true leader, someone with vision such as this, to be President?'  I have have wondered for years whatever ever happened to the greatness of "We have nothing to fear but fear itself" and "Ask not what your country can do for you!"  That's leadership!

No, I wouldn't have ever thought, even dreamed it would happen - but Mr. King did!

GOD BLESS AMERICA! and rest in peace, Mr. King.  I know that you will be looking down on Washington, D.C. tomorrow with a smile!  (and God will be standing beside you saying, "Well done, my son. Well done!"

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Rainmaker
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Barb & Sal Dragotta
Macomb, MI
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Rick---I was in my first year teaching in S.Holland, Illinois during the riots, but it was close to home
        very close, as some 'difficulties' moved up Woodward ave, & some folks stopped in the
       park N. of 15 mile rd.off Hunter Blvd. (now renamed Woodward North I think) very near my
      family home.  No one came into the sub. as far as I remember, but it was shocking to see the
     mess on the TV.
      Sal-being single at the time-was patrolling the Detroit River with the Coast Guard; he talks
         very little about it, but did Shore Duty in one of the wharf areas. Not a good time History.  

How is your weather---you do know that our weather is caused by a "Canadian Clipper" don't you?

Good 2009, in the North or is it South East of Detroit--that is so funny when going to Canada thru
Detroit, we actually travel South to the bridge / tunnel to go to a Country that is really North of us.

Barb & Sal

Jan 19, 2009 06:39 AM #1
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Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hey Rick!

I enjoy reading your posts and just had to comment (I noticed it after I had left a coment on another one of your posts and wished I had mentioned it then) - I think the name of your blog is brilliant!! - The Hey Rick is catchy and memorable and I also love the "rants and ravings" - great alliteration - you could always go for the triple play and add "ramblings"!

Liz

PS - I came back to your blog after seeing your comment on the featured post about chicken / egg comments / blogging  - so comments work!!

Jan 24, 2009 06:20 AM #2
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