My Dad, Movies, and Memorial Day

Memorial Day is about honoring our fallen soldiers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. These soldiers committed their lives to protecting our country and I salute them.

 

My dad, Dale F. Brandt, served for 42 years in the United States Naval Reserves and retired as a Senior Chief. We were fortunate that he never had to serve in a war; however, I do remember the Wednesday night he was called to “Stand-by and be ready.”

 

We had just returned home from my marimba lesson at the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He took the call and for the first time in my life I realized the significance of his military career. Prior to that, I just knew of the 1 weekend per month trip to Columbus, OH and the 2 weeks in Norfolk, VA.

 

This was different. This was the Persian Gulf War in 1991. This was real. For the next 24-48, our house was in a tizzy. Was he going? Was he not going?

 

The suitcase was packed. His uniforms were ready. His shoes were...

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Gratitude Improves Health

Have you ever considered how being thankful can influence your health?

If you really stop and think about it, it makes sense.

We’ve all been around the person who complains all the time, views every situation with a glass is half-empty approach, or just has a flat low-energy negative personality.

You are probably picturing the face of someone now and immediately your posture sags.

How different do you feel when someone smiles in your direction, shares an encouraging word, or gives you a thumbs-up?

How thankful are you when the constant complainer is replaced by the cheery sunshine person with a bubbly personality?

Gratitude is a lot like that. The more thankful you are, the happier you are.

I recently started a Gratitude Game on my personal Facebook page. Every day I am either creating a Facebook Live video or posting about what I am thankful for. I plan to continue this Gratitude Game for as long as I can… which could be a very long time since I have an abundance of...

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