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"Bundled Love Cards from the Past" copyright 2014 John J. Rigo

“Bundled Love Cards from the Past” copyright 2014 John J. Rigo

They were bundled greeting cards from the past.
They were behind some books in our library.
We were in the process of removing the books.
Our home was sold and we were moving.
 
My wife handled them with grace in finding them.
They were “Love Cards” from an old love in 84′.
Addressed to Johnny Rigo at Lone Star Cadillac.
A Cadillac dealership I worked for almost two years.
 
The dealership which was downtown Dallas
moved to Garland and was sold many years latter.
The head of the DeSanders family long dead.
His son hated the car business. 
 
As I set the cards aside without immediately reading them.
My wife remarked that she was happy that there was someone
who loved me then and took care of me with affection and comfort.
It was a stage of my life in 84′ after a seperation of a marriage
of 14 years and the responsibility of raising three step-children.
 
I hesitated to read the cards.
They sat on a night stand at our home
for a long time with a rubber band around them.
The cards spoke to me softly from their perch
saying, “Read us and Remember.” 
 
I reached for the cards and started reading.
Memories of you started flooding my mind.
Each of the cards were from you.
Each with a message of love from you.
 
I remembered you walking by my desk window
each day and watching the wind blow your dress
above your beautiful legs.
 
You waved and smiled a “Hello” each time you passed.
I finally found the courage to step out-door one day to speak to you
as you were getting ready to walk again by my window on Ross Avenue.
 
With my words of laughter that it was time to officially met.
I knew at “first verbal and eye to eye contact”
it was an immediate love connection for the both of us.
 
It was great loving you.
It was wonderful for us to sleep together whenever we could.
We were child-like in our discovering each other.
 
Deep within me I knew that we would never be permanent.
I remember breaking your heart one day.
Your tears for two hours on my answering machine.
You quite your job packed your bags and left town forever.
 
Today I am with the woman of my dreams.
We have been together now twenty-five years.
Every dream we have ever had together
we are accomplishing each day in the love we share.
 
I have you to thank for that
for you see
you taught me
how to love again. 
 
 

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.....is never lost.  Picture courtesy of John J. Rigo copyrighted 2013

…..is never lost. Picture courtesy of John J. Rigo copyrighted 2013

 
A ship in the sea of life
riding each wave of life
seeking the warm sun of each day.
 
The beauty of each dream as night falls
is never lost as it heads
toward the curve of each horizon.
 
Storms will blow
onward do we flow
in love and courage
by His hand.
 
Tomorrow brings the knowing in His love
the vastness of the ocean
is not so alone.
 
As long as we believe
we will never be alone.
 
For His love
surpasses all of this.
 
This and time beyond
this brief sea of life.          
                                                                                      

 

                                                                                                                                

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Courtesy of 123rf.com

What is the name of that song?
It does not matter
let us be silly and dance
swirling and twirling across the floor.
 
Our youth flashes before our laughing faces.
Yesterdays move into the now of our beat together
swirling steps into the footprints of ashen time.
 
For a golden time
our memories of the pain in our past
is no more.
 
We have each other
with our own very special song
and our own very special dance. 

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copyright 2014, John J. Rigo. Photo taken on Cedar Creek Lake in Texas on afternoon of 9/11/2014

copyright 2014, John J. Rigo. Photo taken on Cedar Creek Lake in Texas on afternoon of 9/11/2014

copyright 2013 John J. Rigo: Picture taken on Northwood Shores on Cedar Creek Lake in Texas on November 14th, 2013 with a Smartphone a 9:15 a.m.

copyright 2013 John J. Rigo: Picture taken on Northwood Shores on Cedar Creek Lake in Texas on November 14th, 2013 with a Smartphone a 9:15 a.m.

"A Sunrise each morning at Cedar Creek Lake in East Texas,  reminds me of all the blessings the Lord has rendered me." copyright 2014 John J. Rigo. Taken January 11th, 2013.

“A Sunrise each morning at Cedar Creek Lake in East Texas, reminds me of all the blessings the Lord has rendered me.” copyright 2014 John J. Rigo. Taken January 11th, 2013.

.....is never lost.  Picture courtesy of John J. Rigo copyrighted 2013. Taken December 29th, 2012.

…..is never lost. Picture courtesy of John J. Rigo copyrighted 2013. Taken December 29th, 2012.

Taken December 23rd, 2012.

Taken December 23rd, 2012.

Taken October 21st, 2012.

Taken October 21st, 2012.

View of Cedar Creek Lake in East Texas at Gun Barrel City on September 28th 2012 at 7 a.m. photo by John J. Rigo with Samsung Smart Phone

View of Cedar Creek Lake in East Texas at Gun Barrel City on September 28th 2012 at 7 a.m. photo by John J. Rigo with Samsung Smart Phone

Taken July 15th, 2012.

Taken July 15th, 2012.

Taken February 25th, 2012.

Taken February 25th, 2012.

Taken February 25th, 2012.

Taken February 25th, 2012.

Taken February 25th, 2012.

Taken February 25th, 2012.

Over the eight years that we have had our lake front home on Cedar Creek Lake in East Texas on Northwood Shores in Gun Barrel City, Texas, I have taken and shared hundreds of pictures on my WordPress blog.  This morning, I felt this recent picture is one of the best.  Have a great and blessed day to all! I thought I would share some other additional pictures also taken over time.  What is your favorite?

Lake front picture taken on Cedar Creek lake in East Texas.  Taken November 14, 2014 at 6:49 a.m. with Samsung Smart phone, copyright 2014 by John J. Rigo

Lake front picture taken on Cedar Creek lake in East Texas. Taken November 14, 2014 at 6:49 a.m. with Samsung Smart phone, copyright 2014 by John J. Rigo

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“Honoring My Fellow Veterans This Veterans Day for 2014” copyright 2014 John J. Rigo, Texas Commentator

Basic Training and Adminstrative School, U.S. Air Force 1959, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas

A Veteran's Memorial in Mabank Texas (In the Cedar Creek Lake area) noting my military service.

A Veteran’s Memorial in Mabank Texas (In the Cedar Creek Lake area) noting my military service.

Administrator, Cosmic Top Secret Control Registry for Headquaters ICEDEFOR under NATO Command, 1962-1963, John J. Rigo Airman First Class, Age 21

This blog posting is an opportunity to honor both fallen soldiers and living veterans across our nation. Only us former veterans who served can understand the bond we share, in the Love and Honor that we render to our country.  This blog posting is to honor those veterans who have served our country this Veterans Day of November 11th, 2014. John J. Rigo Served honorably from 1959 to 1963 in the U.S. Air Force in both SAC and the NATO Commands.  My fellow veterans, families who have lost loved ones in service for their country, and those of you who Love America this honored day, feel free to post your “Like” link to show your support for our veterans.

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There is something wonderous about a hug.
It is a way of saying,”you are special to me.”
A step beyond the boundries of formal convention.
 
The assurance of a heart touching a heart.
A touch of comfort to calm a grieving heart.  
A cheek touching a cheek
with a kiss of greeting.
 
Whether a man to man
or woman to woman
or man to woman
or woman to man
there are no limits to showing
our love for another.
 
We are all souls in His creation
with an eternal bond between us all.
The hug is the sign of our sisterhood and brotherhood.
 
Let it not become forgotten in your life
it is precious honey to the wounds of this life
forever giving
forever loving
in the wonder of love
to us all.
 
 

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Picture of John J. Rigo, Airman second class, US Air Force, Hunter AFB, Savannah, Georgia, Age 17, 1959. I will always be young at heart!

Picture of John J. Rigo, Airman second class, US Air Force, Hunter AFB, Savannah, Georgia, Age 17, 1959. I will always be young at heart!

Ernest Hemingway once related
that a man could not live a full life
without many regrets.
Such has life been for me
in over seventy years on the planet.
 
I now realize along the way
many saw my potential for greatness
I never saw what they saw.
 
There were many signs
of pending greatness.
I was too blind to see them
or hear them for that matter.
Even when those signs spoke
loudly to me.
 
I find myself today without
children from my own flesh.
A gift that was begged from
my childhood bride
but I was too stupid to give
at that childlike time in my early life.
 
At the time seeking financial
stability was more important to me.
There are many, many regrets from this time.
 
It seemed in my early youth
starting at 21
women were attracted to me.
I never really understood why.
I never thought of myself
as a good-looking man.
 
Along the way
I was blessed in meeting
and loving very beautiful woman.
 
Even today many of those
moments have not escaped my memory.
A sigh still sounds in my breath 
in recalling them. 
 
If there is truly a hell
in eternity
it is knowing
one can never change
those regrets.
 

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