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Veterans are still treated with dignity in Emory, TX | by Linda Brendle

Published in the Rains County Leader on November 14, 2017:

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When I sat down to write this week, my mind wandered to the veterans we have been honoring for the weekend surrounding Veterans Day. I found an article I wrote in November of 2013, and I want to share it with you again. The Veterans Day program at the High School this year was a little bit different, and there were only 67 veterans, but the sentiment and respect were the same. So, to all the veterans who are reading this, once again I’ll say thank you for your service.

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History runs in cycles and so do attitudes toward veterans. When I was a kid, soldiers were respected, and even idolized, often portrayed as bigger-than-life characters on the silver screen. Then came the 60s and 70s, and young men returning from Vietnam were met with disrespect and even hostility. Instead of being welcomed home as heroes, they were spit on and villainized as warmongers and baby killers. More recently, especially after 9-11, attitudes have shifted back toward a more positive view of our military personnel.

But one thing that still seems to be lacking in the treatment of our veterans is dignity. In recent years, restaurants have used Veterans Day as an advertising ploy, competing to see who can offer the best special. Charities vie with one another to offer the most compassion to those who have been wounded or those who have lost loved ones in the defense of our country. Sometimes veterans are used as political pawns in heated campaigns. But there are still places where members of the military, past and present, are treated with dignity. Emory is one of those places. (more…)

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High Mileage | by Linda Brendle

Published in the Rains County Leader on June 13, 2017:

High mileage odometerEverything around the Brendle house has a lot of miles on the odometer. Our 2002 Pontiac recently rolled over 133,000 miles, and David’s 2000 Harley has been driven 102,000 miles. David and I have covered a few miles ourselves, but thankfully we don’t have odometers. Still, all of us are showing our age.

David has always taken extremely good care of his vehicles, and people are often surprised at how old our car is. However, time is beginning to take its toll. The lower exterior door panels have begun to crack, and the pins that attach them to the door have weakened. Several months ago when I was on the way to the grocery store, the wind caught the front edge of the panel on the passenger door and peeled it back. I heard a crack and looked in the rear-view mirror in time to see it flying down the shoulder behind me. I did a quick U-turn and was able to locate the panel before it fell victim to an eighteen-wheeler. It had suffered some minor road rash, but David was able to reattach it. (more…)

Happy Birthday, David. Photos! | by Linda Brendle

I first ran this post last year on David’s birthday. I switched out a couple of pictures at the end and am once again celebrating the man I love!

Today we’re celebrating the life of the very special man who is my husband. Here is a brief look at David Pearson Brendle.

WHEELS

Plain wheels.

Plain wheels.

Fancy wheels.

Fancy wheels.

Working wheels.

Working wheels.

WATER

In the Navy.

In the Navy.

In the Virgin Islands.

In the Virgin Islands.

In his memories.

In his memories.

TRAVEL

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

Litchfield, IL

Litchfield, IL

THE MAN I LOVE

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Hugging Smaller

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Happy Birthday with love today and always,

Linda

Valentine’s Day: Not Just a Hallmark Holiday | by Linda Brendle

Valentines DayValentine’s Day has a church history dating back to the 5th century, but it became associated with romantic love during the middle ages. There are some people, especially husbands who usually end up in the doghouse for their lack of romance and people who spend the evening sharing a pint of Homemade Vanilla with their four-footed roommate, who are convinced that Valentine’s Day was birthed by Hallmark and Russell Stover to sell more cards and candy. However, my church found a way to celebrate the holiday that kept husbands out of the doghouse and gave singles a place to share in the festivities – and my husband David found a way to be one of the stars of the event. (more…)

Quotes from A Long and Winding Road – Yahoo Personal Ad| by Linda Brendle

Personal Ad

My first marriage ended in 1990 after twenty-three years. I was single again for ten years before the Lord brought David and me together. I learned a lot during those ten years including the fact that dating has changed a lot since I was a teenager.

Blessings,

Linda

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The Part of the Story the Veterans Don’t Tell | by Linda Brendle

LTJG Brendle: David went into his second tour of active duty as an officer.

LTJG Brendle: David went into his second tour of active duty as an officer.

I posted this story two years ago, but it bears repeating today in honor of all those who are serving today or have served in the past.

David spent ten years in the Navy, two tours of active duty and the rest in the Reserves. His experiences give him an instant kinship with other service men and women. It’s amazing how many hours can be spent sharing stories and memories. They complain about the rigors of basic training while congratulating themselves on having survived it. They talk about who was where during which campaign and how close they were to each other, and they brag about who got in the most trouble while on leave. Sometimes they even talk about their combat experiences. But there are some parts of the stories they don’t share. (more…)

David’s a Better Model than I Am – Photo Shoot | by Linda Brendle

I hate having my picture taken, but part of being a published author is having a head shot. My sister-in-law Jo Lynn has tried several times to get me to sit for her, but I always came up with some excuse–I was having a bad hair day or I gave up posing for Lent. Then my neighbor Connie took on the task, and I gave in. She made it relatively painless–instead of going to an intimidating studio, David and I walked across the street and sat on her front porch. While we chatted and her husband quietly manipulated the light with various pieces of colored or shiny cloth, she clicked and coaxed and teased. When it was over, we had some nice shots.

 

A traditional head shot.

A traditional head shot.

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