Sunday, July 13, 2014

FROM THE SECOND FLOOR #3

FROM THE SECOND FLOOR #3

I just heard on the CNN that food prices have gone up 26% over the last 12 months, and I had to scramble up to the Second Floor to check things out. Gasoline is up 100% from where it was 4 years ago. I wondered what the average yearly income was for someone collecting Social Security and found it to be $12,000. Being nosey, I checked out what a soldier is risking his life for our safety made each year. On average, a soldier’s pay is $38,000. Law enforcement and firefighters don’t make much more yet what would we do without them?

Things look different from the Second Floor.

Yesterday I was in line to pick up a prescription and watched an elderly man struggle at the cash register. He asked the pharmacist if he could buy a third of the pills needed because he couldn’t afford the whole prescription. He explained he had insurance, but they didn’t cover this drug and neither did Medicare. He left with sadness I hate to see. Too proud to accept help and too humiliated being in the position his life journey had taken him.

I thought, “What the heck is that all about?” If a doctor prescribes a particular drug shouldn’t it be covered or at least partially covered? Just thinking about it made me mad.

I know we can’t cover everyone, but there is a need here for better care. I have a neighbor who is missing half his teeth. We got into a conversation about it the other day, and he explained he was on Medicare. Proudly he worked all his life for the railroad. They provided him with limited secondary coverage, but that doesn't cover dental and neither does Medicare. He smiled and said he’d rather eat and keep the roof over his head than save enough for dental implants. A mouthful of dental implants can cost between 30 and $40,000. When he laughed, he covered his mouth so others wouldn’t see the missing teeth. The incident, as the first one had done, made me furious.
 
The entire situation got me into a thinking mode, and it’s scary when I go too deep with these thoughts.

Looking down, as I like to do, I see problems others pay little attention to or don’t want to know about too much.

On the news, there are lots of talk about all these new people coming into the country, and sadly they are not all children. I’m a big fan of being humanitarian about many things. I love to help a stranger. I donate to charitable causes that  spend the donated money to help others as they are supposed to do, and nothing would make me feel better then to help when I can. That said, we now have over 100,000 people without language skills, homes, food and more.

I am proud to be an American. America is the greatest country in the world. We are a strong nation full of noble, generous people, but I’m getting scared that no one is watching the store or our borders.

That said, better look around our own country might in the long run be a good idea. We have many problems here that no one seems to care about them or refuses to address the issues by correcting them one way, or another.

Like many in the entertainment industry, we travel and get to meet people in all walks of life. The one sure thing is, you don’t have to be BLACK, WHITE, or BROWN to be poor. Being impoverished comes in all flavors and does not discriminate. We have millions of people living in our country that are a citizen, born here and remain destitute. They have less than nothing, and some  starve so their children can eat. We have military veterans living in disgrace on the street, handicapped individuals who have been all, but discarded, and  thousands living in actual poverty in conditions even alley rats find disgusting.

That said, let’s try to keep politics out of the entire mess. It easy to do in this case because, frankly speaking; I’m sure not who is to blame. Is it the Congress for another failure? Is it the Senate for turning a blind eye, or is it people hired to help work with the issues that are so corrupt and incompetent? The one thing I know for sure is no one is doing anything about it. I also know both members of Congress and the Senate pure billions of dollars into stupid causes to satisfy their constituents and individual deep pocket supporters so they can stay in office. That doesn’t help the rest, those in dire need to pay for housing, gas, clothing, medicine and dental care. Some serious changes need to take place immediately.

We have people collecting a tiny retirement from Social Security. People who worked all their lives but never made enough to invest in any other type of savings program. Each gave weekly, and gladly parted with the mandatory fees taken for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, knowing they would retire safely and supposedly have enough to survive when the time came to retire. They also counted on having medical care because they had been paying for it for many years. The payments were voluntary – they were mandatorily taken out of each check. Sadly all of this is true, and what is currently being paid out would have been ten or twenty times that if that same amount of money had been put into a simple savings accounts at local banks. The money wasn’t, however, and now they are stuck getting pennies to buy food, pay rent or mortgages, buy gas and pay for utilities and this is hardly enough to go around and each year it gets harder.

Most of these people do not have supplemental insurance and must pay additional fees to buy it from the government. Medicare and Medicaid are not free to poor people so on top of what was taken out of their checks when they were working, wasn’t enough and more is needed.

Okay, I’ll step off the bandwagon but I’m staying up on the Second Floor.

Back to the issue at hand: Someone in our government has found billions yes billions with a capital B, to house, feed and care for our new visitors. Many of these visitors will stay and continue to collect more than our very citizens living here can, and that’s not right.

Don’t get me wrong. I am as big a humanitarian as anyone. All for helping those in need but shouldn’t there be a pecking order? Shouldn’t we be looking out for our own first? The poor, the vet’s, those that worked and served our country all their lives and now find it impossible to make ends meet? Shouldn’t they come first? Shouldn’t “our poor” come first?

If we can give housing, medicine and food to people flooding across our borders, don’t we own those already living here the same thing? Hello? Is anyone listening?

I need someone to tell me why a person can walk into our country and receive dental care, housing, clothes, food and shelter free – when our own citizens can’t get any of it or make ends meet?

I need someone to tell me why dental isn’t paid for in Medicare or Medicaid? If we can find billions to send to countries who hate us and billions more to feed and house people crossing our borders we can find billions to help our own.

I need someone to tell me why those struggling on Social Security haven’t received a decent raise? In reality, they should be receiving 100% more than they get now. Maybe, that is not enough either as everything around us gets costlier? The annual raise should rise with the cost of living index and taken from all the frivolous things we waste money doing.

Is it the public who is at fault for working all their lives? Everyone has had funds taken out of their checks, and all heard it was for their golden years. Social Security was created to build a retirement nest egg. Sadly when people arrive into their golden years they discover someone in the government “borrowed” all their savings. So, while no fault of their own they will only get pennies on the dollar? Don’t we put the heads of corporations in jail for doing this to stockholders?

So, if we can afford this humanitarian movement, and can afford to give untold billions to countries that hate us, we can afford to find billions for the poor. Instantly an increase should be given to those collecting a pittance in Social Security. The veterans who risked their lives to keep us safe and secure need to know they can live a healthy life. Those who never had a chance to know what a comfortable life meant  because they worked the only jobs they could find shouldn't have to suffer at the end of life's journey. Not everyone can figure out or gets the opportunity how to retire in comfort.

I have met people in all walks of life who worked hard, made a decent living but never quite made enough to get real comfortable. They either retire or are too old to land a job and now face this uncontrollable runaway train of expenses that are killing them.

Instead of our glorious politicians looking out for themselves and other selfish benefits, they need to take a closer look at what has been done to those in need. What has taken place didn’t just happen. It’s taken years to get here. Both parties wear blinders and sadly most politicians have never been poor, have never gone without a meal, have never been threatened with an eviction notice or letter threatening foreclosure on their home. Fact is, most politicians are wealthy and come from affluent families. Many never had to work at a job, and the majority never worked for minimum wage or had to hold down two jobs just to pay the bills.

I’ve heard some of these rich guys talking about cutting back on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other services because they put a drain on us and yet they will spend billions sending money to other nations or helping people crossing the border. Hello? Does anyone care?

It’s so easy to look down from the Second Floor and see all these problems. It’s not easy to find or suggest a solution. What is clear is the public has a dreadful track record of electing people with lots of money who takeout ads full of lies people believe and it gets them elected. Now those who get elected must have tons of money and made promises to others for more money – promises they giveback when they get into office. These are the promises that cost us the billions needed to help those in need.

We live in a cycle – so maybe it should be called the circle of life. We keep repeating the same mistake over and over. Most don’t pay attention they just vote because it’s the right things to do. Sadly most don’t even remember who they voted for or the names of those elected. I hope that changes.

We will never have a perfect world. I’m a dreamer, and I admit it. I just want care for those in need. I want those who can’t afford to have their teeth fixed to enjoy an excellent meal and not be afraid to smile. I want those without to have “something” or at least be comfortable. I don’t want citizens to be last in the line for help. I want those who depend on their savings account (Social Security) to receive what should be paid and this needs to be fixed and the funds found immediately or taken from some other careless cause we don’t need. I want those who come into our country to get in line not be at the front of it.

Lastly, I want honor for those who served our nation. I want everyone to salute those wounded and now discarded or living on the street. I want everyone who served in Wether it's the military, law enforcement, emergency services or firemen I think everyone who served should get the help needed and retire with the grace, love and respect of everyone.

No one should live their golden years without teeth or not be able to afford the very medicine needed to stay live or live without pain.

Yes, I also want happiness to prevail, to see smiles in abundance, eyes that dance with joy and spirits that lift high with respected. Oh, I also want us all to get along, work together to make a better home, and a better life. I don’t want much, just peace and lots of happiness.

I’m a dreamer – and dreamers speak their peace and try to get changes done. It’s time we make some changes for the better.

William Byron Hillman © 2014

Just released:
HOAX – Prematurely Terminated a thriller
 
My next planned films are:
Quigley’s Christmas Adventure
(Sequel to the hit film Quigley)
And
Of Light and Darkness
Web announcements are coming soon


Book Links:
Veronique and Murray: http://tinyurl.com/8xrmmu7
Zebra’s Rock and Me http://tinyurl.com/7b28qu6
Quigley’s Christmas Adventure http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ANVNQ6G
In development Veronique and Murray’s Honeymoon
Rollie Kemp Books
Ghosts and Phantoms Part I: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0056WR6I6
Ghosts and Phantoms Part II: http://tinyurl.com/d7mtspu
Hoax – Prematurely Terminated
In editorial – Cheater

Friday, June 27, 2014

FROM THE SECOND FLOOR #2

FROM THE SECOND FLOOR #2

It’s in the news.

Which one? I mean a few years ago news was just that, news. Everyone covered the stories that we, the public, heard, read and talked about. It was fun and created banter, compassion and curiosity. We loved to hear or read information from many sources in many different venues. Some had unique twists on their stories, some reported only the good stuff, but all reported about the stuff.

Ah, but what is important?

Sadly what is important to us is now a mixed bag. I thought this was behind us. I thought, perhaps wishful thinking on my behalf, but still I wished and thought we were on the road of recovery. We were about to find a way finally to get along. I was wrong.

If you happen to be or think you are a Democrat you watch MSNBC, CNN and a few other outlets that lean in one direction. You hear what they say and believe it. It must be the truth because they are reporting it. They don’t offer two sides, only one. The one offered is theirs. You know, it’s the one they say is the only way.

If you happen to be or think, you are a Republican you listen to Fox News or conservative radio and a few outlets that lean in the entirely different direction as those listed. It must be the truth because they said it was, and we are supposed to trust them. Even when they offer two sides, one side is pushed a little harder than the other. They too say it’s the only way and fight tooth and nail to prove it.

If you happen to be or think, you are an Independent – you plan to show both sides, they are wrong, and you have it all together. You can watch all the news outlets, read all the newspapers and listen to all the radio shows because you form your own opinions and come hell or high water your opinion is what makes the world turn. You may even be a bit confused, but that’s a good thing if you have an open mind.

Now there are other opinions out there that differ from some of the above. If you are White, you may have limited vision and maybe a different outlook but then again maybe you don’t have those views at all. Confusing. If you are Black you too have strong opinions that may or may not agree with any of the above. Even when hurt deeply with promises, you stand tall waiting to be proven right for making the wrong decision. Stepping back further, if you are Hispanic, Oriental, Middle Eastern, or European you too have expectations that may or may not have been lived up to. The news has numbers, percentages, and we believe it because it must be the truth coming from reliable news sources.

In short, the story may go as far as to say someone owes you. Another "News" source believes all of what you have will soon be taken away based on ideas they created just for their audience. Some news talks about traditional issues and others lean on liberal stories. What if they’re both wrong?

The news. We see and hear it, but what are we hearing? We only hear what they want us to hear or see. They don’t talk about real issues because real doesn’t build an audience, doesn’t sell papers or magazines, and no one wants to acknowledge real because they have plenty of that stuff at home.

Looking down from the second floor I see all these potential disagreements and wonder if we all heard the same thing like we used to do – would we create our own interpretation of the issues at hand? Would that help us get along or make definite decisions? I’d like to think so.

In reality, we no long have “The News” and can no longer say I heard it on the news.

Ask yourself – do you believe what you hear? Is it the truth? Would anyone say anything if what you heard or read was based on a lie? Would we know it was a lie? We believed, as grownups should that if we heard or read it from a news source it must be the truth. Today there are so many liars in the news media you can’t tell the truth from fiction.

There is a reason newspaper are dying off. They only report what they think you want to know about and of course skip over all the exciting stuff. This missing “stuff” is what we want, but keep hearing that’s not what you want – you want this – “our” slant on things.

Like you, I am tired of being told what I want without anyone asking what that might be. I’m tired to being told this is what you need, or this is how it should be, or worse, this is how it’s going to be from now on whether you like it or not.

I watch the news promoting things or products that aren’t what they said they were.

The “real” news guys, men and women, are gone. What today's news represents is a one-sided editorial staff representing nothing more than a bunch of followers trying to convince us we should follow along behind them.

They report how bad people coming into the country are financially and that we should support them as humanitarians. I travel around our country and see an awful lot of people in trouble, in need of help, but I guess the news don’t talk about the poor Blacks, Whites or Hispanics because they live in America where we don’t have such things. I guess we are to believe everyone who lives in our country is just dandy and those coming into the country need help, money and attention. I’d like to read or hear the news telling us the truth. Some of our own people are in need of more help than those coming in, and our people should come first not last. But that is not news. It might even border on depressing.

I come from the old school. If it’s news, report it. Tell us like it is and tell us the truth. If something is a wrong report it. If people are hungry, starving or living in poverty report that too. The news should report the news – the good, the bad and the ugly.

I’m sick of one-sided news. I don’t care which side it is reporting. They need to get together and start telling it like it is. Stop the fluff from all sides. Stop reporting only how you see things. Report the whole and let us form our own opinions.

As my grandfather taught me, love thy neighbor. Smile to those in need, help with an open heart, share or offer assistance when possible and never meet another human being you don’t like because of news reports that say you probably do. What we hear on the news is not how it is at all. If we learn to work together, help one another, love thy neighbors as you would your own family we could share feelings and emotions. Regardless of where you are from or what your heritage may be we still have a chance to reach across the virtual bridge and accept all for who they are. None of us begins life angry. We do not have a choice in what our skin color is, and regardless of who told us what we are all very much alike. It’s the news that is telling us we’re not and that we’ll never get along. I say hogwash. Bring back the real “news” so we all know the truth of how things are.

William Byron Hillman © 2014
 
Just released:
HOAX – Prematurely Terminated a thriller
My next planned films are:
Quigley’s Christmas Adventure
(Sequel to hit film Quigley)
And
Of Light and Darkness
Web announcements coming soon
 
 
Book Links:
Veronique and Murray: http://tinyurl.com/8xrmmu7
Zebra’s Rock and Me http://tinyurl.com/7b28qu6
Quigley’s Christmas Adventure http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ANVNQ6G
In development Veronique and Murray’s Honeymoon
Rollie Kemp Books
Ghosts and Phantoms Part I: http://tinyurl.com/6wxef7g
Ghosts and Phantoms Part II: http://tinyurl.com/d7mtspu
Hoax – Prematurely Terminated http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KUZY7AY
In editorial – Cheater

Thursday, June 12, 2014

From the Second Floor #1

FROM THE SECOND FLOOR #1

Every other week I hope to create a new blog from the Second Floor. I hope to cover making movies, growing up, finance, acting, writing tips, and a bunch of stuff I have opinions on.

Today let’s talk about our country. Not politics – just the whole country.

It’s amazing how different things look when you can step away and watch from above where no one questions you or your decisions.

When you glance down giving the “all” an overview, you can’t stop from wondering when it happened and if we know it actually took place.

Of course, there are good and bad moments. You see them all. You hear good and bad as well, most of which are opinions and not worth repeating.

A simple walk down the sidewalk, any sidewalk will do. You share a smile with someone you don’t know and see the electricity, sparks, humor and excitement come to life.

When it rains, the earth receives a cleansing. That by itself is no big deal most think, but surprise its a huge deal. Flowers spruce up, trees sparkle, and lawns perk up and even change colors. Sidewalks get a bath, roadways are cleaned of debris and the earth receives renewed energy.

The most striking part is the people. Watching from above is truly amazing. The habits we fall into, the daily routines that create the mundane, and the trust given to total strangers who make the decisions which directly impact our daily lives. No one seems to care much about that. In fact, no one pays much attention to it at all until something dastardly happens. The daily life routine keeps the mind busy and away from thinking about problems that could directly change our personal lives.

Politics is fun to talk about, banter over and even argue about – but let’s not spoil this moment with such silliness. Politics is boring. Few agree about anything so let’s just look at things as they are.

I like to listen to kids talk. No, not eavesdrop or hear private moments. What I thoroughly enjoy hearing is how little they actually know about the important things and how much they know about trivial happenings. I’m not sure who is teaching our youth, but many are brain dead. By that, I mean very smart about songs and lyrics or what actor danced, sang a song or bite into someone’s throat, but don’t want to clutter the mind or use storage space to retain important dates, people, leaders or decisions. They have no idea who is running their country, but if he or she is handsome, that’s another story. If a personality is what kids call eye candy they might remember their name. It’s a bit scary.

I remember one of my teachers blabbing about such nonsense as the past. Countries that ignored what their leaders where doing and ended up collapsing. Say what? Leaders? Who were they? What do you mean they collapsed? I believe he said something about “ALL” great democracies committed financial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded. I remember thinking that’s dumb. No, it’s ridiculous. This is America. This is a free country that helps little ones survive. I laughed much like the kids do about important issues today.

Moving further on with my academics, I remember doing a little research. Few know the answer to this question, but what the heck I’ll throw it out anyway. When did the United States of America officially become a republic? Say what? What the hell is a republic? I asked my kids. They didn’t know. Well, not really or completely could explain the simple right answer. I asked the neighbor’s kids. They didn’t know either. I asked the clerk at the store, nope.

We have new two neighbors, one from Asia and one from Mexico. I decided to ask their children. Yep. They both knew the answer. What I heard was a republic is a country with representative government. Wow. What does that mean? I went back to the kids. Nope, no one had a clue.

I got concerned. Time to do more research.

How old was America? That question was easier. July 4th or something like Independence Day, you know Columbus and fireworks? Some guessed while other knew it was 1776. Now it doesn’t take a genius to figure out America is 238 years old. Suicide? Why would a country commit suicide when everything is running smoothly? It is running smoothly, isn’t it?

Okay, so things aren’t quite smooth, but we’re close aren’t we? Does close count? I mean, come on, this could get serious. Would anyone care? How many kids would think about this long enough to have sweaty palms? Probably not many.

More research and then I took a look at the fall of the Roman Empire. That’s a good example, right? Ask the kids. Okay, never mind. They don’t know. What about Greece, or some Middle Eastern country? What about Russian or China? Is anyone listening to this? Does anyone care? Not really. This is dull stuff. Where are the rock stars? Who’s acting in the next great blockbuster movie full of action? Who are the most handsome guys and sexy women around? Everyone knows the name of the good-looking quarterback or that dashing 7-foot guy who plays basketball don’t they? I mean who won American Idol or The Voice? Okay, back to research. Knowing this is dangerous and even if it’s just for me, it’s still worth looking at. No one cares I know. No one is listening, I know that too. And that makes me wonder if anyone will read this?

I just wanted to know the reason for the suicide. In a democracy where voters can vote for anyone – most don’t take the time to pick the best person – they choose based on good looks, witty personality, along party lines or the person’s sense of humor. I promised not to get political and I won’t. It’s not based on any party lines. The voters did it to themselves. They figured if they could vote for more money from the treasury that was the answer. So they found people who would give them more money and voted for them. Which party has nothing to do with it.

Free stuff is cool. Getting more free stuff could be even cooler. Until the free stuff cost more than the treasury has or can print. Oops. Hey, it can happen. Once the people getting free stuff outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff insurmountable problems happen. The money flow stops, the free stuff stays in boxes because there are no trucks to haul it around and no way to pay for the gas or drivers to distribute it. This spells failure and the overwhelming size of the failure creates thought lines of suicide. The republic can’t stand, can’t afford and, therefore, dies. Oh no. This isn’t good.

Looking back on history, just about every country that went bottoms up drifted thorough similar ordeals before they collapsed.

Now I’m not a doomsday nut case. I’m just saying when our youth lives carefreely and expect a free ride they will grow up into adults with the same mindset. Free is good until it’s all gone.

Is it too late, of course not? We just have to stop with all the free stuff and start charging for it Many people will most likely get angry and will throw a fit when you take their free toys away, but like children or pets, they will get over it. Honestly, they will learn to deal and soon make things better for themselves.
 
So, taking it all into consideration our country needs an adjustment. It’s not a huge deal it’s called tweaking. Engines run better after a mechanic fixes them, writers write to get better, actors do plays to hone their talent, singers sing often to keep the vocal cords alive and well and doctors take care of the sick so they can get better. The nation, our republic, is ill and is in need of medication. The medicine is, like any good parent, to put their foot down. If you want to lose weight, you have only two choices, diet or eat less. Both might work but eating less is the only positive that will work.

As voters, the next time we make a choice – do it right. Forget party lines. Chose the right person, the one who has your interest at heart. If he or she isn’t eye candy – so what? Do they care about you? If the answer is yes then, that’s your person.

Gosh, that was fun. We should do this again.

Smile richly, enjoy the life you’ve been given and share a hug often.
 
William Byron Hillman © 2014
 
Just released:
HOAX – Prematurely Terminated a thriller
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KUZY7AY
My next planned films are:
Quigley’s Christmas Adventure
www.quigley2.com
(Sequel to hit film Quigley)
And
Of Light and Darkness
Web announcements coming soon
 
On Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@QuigleyMovie
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Book Links:
Dream Searcher http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EC19DJW
Let’s Sue ‘Em http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009M9E790
Veronique and Murray: http://tinyurl.com/8xrmmu7
Zebra’s Rock and Me http://tinyurl.com/7b28qu6
Quigley’s Christmas Adventure http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ANVNQ6G
In development Veronique and Murray’s Honeymoon
Rollie Kemp Books
Ghosts and Phantoms Part I: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0056WR6I6
Ghosts and Phantoms Part II: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0056WR7YE
APRIL: http://tinyurl.com/7gt9prd
Bad Rap: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DNIHCYI
Hoax – Prematurely Terminated
  In editorial – Cheater

Monday, March 3, 2014

LIFE

LIFE

When I was young I thought the only important thing in life was to get out of school. To be 16 so I could drive. To be 21 so I could drink and party. I did not have a care in the world.

When I ventured into the business world I wanted to win, accomplish, and reach a goal. I wanted to dream and make things happen. To get there, I was always in a hurry.

I think we all try to do things in a unique way. Win or lose we all make mistakes and miss what is important in life. We forget to slow down and take much for granted.

My neighbor is a young man. On Christmas day, he suffered a massive heart attack. He started to recover and then went into cardiac arrest. His heart failed. His body was strong and young, so he became a candidate for an artificial heart. He was too weak for a heart transplant and it would also take too long to find a donor heart – so the artificial heart replaced the one that died.

It was only a couple of years ago they thought it quite impossible to survive with an artificial heart, but that has changed. One of the first films I directed had Paul Winchell as one of my stars. Paul was a very funny man. Known as one of the world’s best ventriloquists, his constant companion was Jerry Mahoney. They entertained fans all over the world. He was also a fine actor, very funny comedian, humanitarian and little known inventor. He was the host of The Paul Winchell Show and hosted the Winchell-Mahoney Time – a children’s TV series. During the filming of my film “The Man From Clover Grove” Paul shared with me and many cast members, Ron Masak, Cheryl Miller, Rose Marie, Richard Deacon, Buddy Lester, Jed Allen, Stu Gilliam and Joe Higgins, news about some of his inventions. The one he was most proud of because he had some medical training earlier was his artificial heart. He was the first person to build and patent a mechanical artificial heart implantable in the chest cavity. He held the U.S. Patent for the device. He said one-day man would be able to take a worn out heart and replace it with a mechanical one. We laughed and enjoyed the almost eerie idea that a man’s heart could be replace with something mechanical.

The best part of that story is it has happened. Paul must be smiling down at mankind for taking the serious invention of a comedian and turning it into a functioning device that saves lives. My neighbor is healing and will be waiting for a donor heart. The remarkable new device is, miraculously keeping him alive.

That made me curious what people thought were the 10 most important things in the world. I often ask people what they think is important in life. I’m often staggered by some of the answers I get. Some people take their time, think the question over and then say one of the following. The answers, not in any particular order, always include:
 (1) The Grand Canyon
 (2) The Pyramids in Egypt
 (3) The Great Wall of China
 (4) The Taj Mahal in India
 (5) Russian Architecture
 (6) The Panama Canal,
 7) St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City
 (8) The Towering Skyscrapers in Dubai the City in the United Arab Emirate
 (9) Man Landing on the Moon
 (10) Television or the Internet

As a man who loves to entertain and has spent his entire life creating works of art people all over the world can enjoy, I have my own views on what is important to my life. My list is quite different from most. It is short and to the point. The 10 most important things to me are:
1.              The SEE and have the vision to appreciate.
2.              To HEAR the rich sounds of life, nature and friends.
3.              To TOUCH and enjoy the ability and sensation which moves the heart.
4.              To TASTE the glorious buds that surround the palate.
5.              To FEEL the sensation that moves the heart, the physical, and the mind.
6.              To Laugh and entertain both inside the body and out.
7.              To LOVE and be able to understand and appreciate the emotions.
8.              To HUG and share within the warmth of giving.
9.              To LISTEN and learn the art of knowing what others are saying.
10.            To LEARN by taking all that has enlightened the mind and mold it into wonderful.

I feel that if everyone took the time to appreciate what was gifted to them and not what others have done, life would be as special as first intended. To accept those who may be different, scarred, limbless or unique and welcome them into your life as anyone else would be. If we all carried a peaceful heart so much more, could be accomplished. Life after all is a gift. It can end on a moments notice without warning. What a shame to waste such a unique opportunity to make a statement others would remember having been said.

I remember my grandfather telling me to slow down and smell the roses. I thought that was a joke. Who went around smelling roses? I adored my grandfather but sadly it took years to understand what his simple statement meant. He also said, “Do with others as you do with family.” Grandpa was the ultimate teacher of what listening, learning and smiling meant to the body and mind. It was a given. If we first learned to listen, our smile would come much easier.

Life. It is what we make it. We have choices. We create and build the bodies and minds. We can travel down any road we chose. Some may be far more difficult than others, but it is our choice and no one ever said life would be easy. It is up to us to make it easy … so we can enjoy every moment. An angry heart will never grow fonder until it change directions.

People laugh when I suggest a smile instead of a frown, but a rich smile has a wonderful habit of making us feel better. When you share a smile, invariably you get one back in return.

Life is good and worth sharing.

William Byron Hillman © 2014
My next film:
Of Light and Darkness
Web announcements coming soon
And
Quigley’s Christmas Adventure
Book Links:
Veronique and Murray: http://tinyurl.com/8xrmmu7
Zebra’s Rock and Me http://tinyurl.com/7b28qu6
Quigley’s Christmas Adventure http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ANVNQ6G
In development Veronique and Murray’s Honeymoon
Rollie Kemp Books
Ghosts and Phantoms Part I: http://tinyurl.com/6wxef7g
Ghosts and Phantoms Part II: http://tinyurl.com/d7mtspu

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