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Blogs live forever

Just checked out some of my old blogs. I know it's hard to believe, but I'm not always sweet. Remember this....you can't hide from your blog posts.

I found this post

IN MEMORY OF MAJOR JAMES MICHAEL AHEARN

Remember (you probably don't...it was 7 years ago) when I lost my friend Major James Michael Ahearn in Iraq. I blogged about it. For some reason when you write about something it eases some of the pain. I'm happy to report that his widow, after traveling the US trying to find "the place" settled in Arlington, VA. Yes, it's because the cemetery is close by and she visits often. Her daughter was an infant when Jim was killed, but she is a beautiful young lady now. AND, she has a new man in her life and a new daughter. Can you believe we are still in Iraq? She is from Iraq and always asks people to pray for her country. James has the only Muslim/Islam grave marker in the cemetery. He converted shortly before he was killed.

BlueNC Maintenance Scheduled

Happy Sunday evening folks. We will have BlueNC down for maintenance this evening beginning at 9:00 p.m. for updates to some modules as we head into our big upgrade. If all goes well, we will be up and running again before I fall asleep before midnight.

I'm sorry for any inconvenience.

Change is good

We are about to begin the process of upgrading BlueNC to a spiffy responsive design that will work beautifully on any size screen without loss of functionality or content regardless of whether the site is accessed on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone.

There will be some unavoidable structural changes because we are upgrading versions of Drupal, but hopefully they will enhance the site.

We've always sought to keep BlueNC lean - though we've tried a few functions and features that were ultimately removed. We may look for new features for the site once we have the initial upgrade completed.

If you have any ideas or suggestions, please speak up in the comments. I know I speak for the entire admin and front page team when I say we would love to hear from you.

Most of the work will happen late at night, but I will notify you in advance so I don't take the site down in the middle of anyone's blog post masterpiece.

Liberal, Ultra Liberal, etc.

When did being called a liberal or, God forbid, an ultra liberal get to be a bad thing? Why is it such an insult and candidates run away from being called that? According to Webster's, liberal means "1. giving freely; generous. 2. more than enough or than might be expected. 3. open to new ideas; broad-minded; tolerant. 4. broad in range; not limited. 5. in favor of reform or progress in politics or religion. n. a person who is in favor of reform and progress.

Wouldn't you think being called a liberal would be a good thing? Why have we let the Republicans make it into something bad? Why

Oh six

There's nothing like a trek through the Andes to get help you get your head on straight. That's where I've been over the past ten days. No internet. No phones. No news. No Bush. No lottery. No war. No North Carolina.

It was a blessed break from all of the things that have come to occupy my life and my mind 24/7 for the past few years.

Most of my Peruvian encounters involved people living on the edge . . . in conditions we'd all consider intolerable. Outdoor toilets, cooking with wood, eating guinea pigs that scurry around the kitchen. Moving rocks, digging holes, planting potatoes and corn. Herding llamas.

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