Fifty years on

This is not the easiest blog I have ever written. I must admit I am struggling to find the right words to express my feelings today. 50 years ago, yesterday I was studying for my last final before graduating from Fresno State college when I turned on the TV and found out that Robert Kennedy had been shot. Four years before during my senior year in high school his brother had been shot. The 1968 California primary was the first time I was old enough to vote. Next morning, I took the final and then found he had died. I can still remember the hollow feeling I felt then. Needless to say some of the dream died that day.

50 years later I still have much of the idealism I had that day tempered by many experiences and lessons. I am still hopeful for a better world and world peace, hopefully we all will be able to see some of his dream come true in our lifetimes. For me personally since graduating from Fresno Sate the last fifty years have been an incredible journey, some successes, some failure, some mistakes, many lessons learned and love from family and friends. Thank God for my parents who were uneducated immigrants who inspired me to live the American dream. Thanks to my wife and children who inspire me every day. Thanks for the friends. There is hope because there are good people who want a better world. Louis Armstrong said it best in his iconic song:

What a Wonderful World

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They’re really saying I love you

I hear babies crying, I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more than I’ll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world

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