2011 in Review for, “Life, Love and the Human Condition”

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

WordPress 2011 Summary for “Life, Love and the Human Condition”

Greetings everyone and Happy 2012! ¬†ūüôā

WordPress emailed me the other day with a 2011 Summary for “Life, Love and the Human Condition,” reporting there were 15,000 visits to my blog in 2011, and for that I would like to thank you all for taking an interest in, “my little world!”

I wish you all Peace, Joy and Love in this New Year; and thank you all for your visits to explore my world! ūüôā

Cheers,

Mark 

Visit me at last.fm.com where I’m GenesisRushYes!

The community of social network sites continues to grow larger by the day, as more opportunities are created to link people and communities together around the world according to their interests and activities. ¬†I’ve listened to last.fm.com for quite a while and enjoy how their internet radio site is organized, so now you can visit me there and see the music that I listen to while writing these blogs! ¬†ūüôā ¬†I’m a great fan of progressive rock as well as Christian rock in the form and style of DC Talk. ¬†Music is an integral part of my life, and now you can share my interests in this area too!

Below is the “About Me” paragraph from my last.fm bio, where I’m known as – GenesisRushYes:

“I’m a fan of progressive rock…Genesis, Rush, Yes, Pink Floyd, ELP, Jethro Tull, Triumvirat, UK, GTR, Marillion, Arena, IQ, Porcupine Tree, Asia, Greg Lake, Phil Collins, Mike & the Mechanics, Supertramp, U2, Todd Rundgren, Styx, Kansas, REO Speedwagon, King Crimson, Nektar, Journey, The Doobie Brothers, Led Zeppelin, Boston, DC Talk, etc. ¬†I also write the autobiographical and philosophical blog, “Life, Love and the Human Condition” at – livelovethinkexist.com. ¬†Stop by for a visit sometime! ¬†ūüôā ¬†Cheers, Mark”

Enjoy – Cheers,

Mark

Follow Me Now On Twitter!

You can now follow me – livelovethinkexist – on Twitter! ¬†I’ve opened my Twitter account using as close to my blog name as possible, but the Twitter User Name address was three letters shorter…so on Twitter I am: livelovethinkex – which should work just fine. ¬†I’ve waited to open my Twitter account until I had the concept down of what I wanted to be able to do with 140 characters or less, and my Twitter account will simply become an extension of much of what I discuss here on, “Life, Love and the Human Condition” – only shorter.

Once I finally finish the job of posting pictures here on the blog, I’ll return to posting my autobiography called, “In Search of the Meaning of Life” – as well as my adventure novel called, “Jonathan’s Dream” and the many other original songs and writings that I have written. ¬†So until then, you can enjoy the writings that I’ve already posted here and follow along as I post photos of our family’s life in Europe and the U.K. – and follow me on Twitter as well! ¬†ūüôā

Cheers,

Mark

WordPress.com “2010 in Review” Summary

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter‚ĄĘ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2010. That’s about 31 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 205 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 478 posts.

The busiest day of the year was August 10th with 357 views. The most popular post that day was Photos – Ramstein AB, Germany – 1993-1994 (Set Three – 512th Fighter Squadron, “Dragons” Patches – March 1993).

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were WordPress Dashboard, en.wordpress.com, search.aol.com, Private networks, and guitarchordsforhymns.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for 480th tfs, spangdahlem, raf upper heyford, hahn ab germany, and mather afb.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Photos – Ramstein AB, Germany – 1993-1994 (Set Three – 512th Fighter Squadron, “Dragons” Patches – March 1993) August 2010

2

Photos – Hahn AB, Germany – 1989-1991 (Set Nine – 50th TFW and Gulf War Patches) March 2010

3

Photos – Mather AFB, Sacramento, CA – 1987 – 1989 (Set Four – 450th FTS/455th FTS – Returning as an Instructor Nav) July 2009
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Photos – Spangdahlem AB, Germany – 1983-1987 (Set Ninety One – The Way Ahead) September 2009
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Photos – Spangdahlem AB, Germany – 1983-1987 (Set Eighty Seven – A Bus Trip to Bavaria – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany) September 2009

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year from our family to yours, and may you experience Joy, Peace and Love in abundance in 2011!


Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year for 2011 from our family to yours!


May the world come to know that the only peace that is true and lasting is the peace that comes from Love…and Love was given to the world through the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.


1 John 4:8-10 NIV (Used With Permission) – “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. ¬†This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. ¬†This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”


Merry Christmas!

Cheers,

Mark

Stewardship – “You Can’t Take it With You”

One of the great truths in life concerning all the things¬†we’ve collected and accumulated along the way, is that after we pass on,¬†“You can’t take¬†it with you.”¬† It’s always a great service to those you love if you have taken care of your affairs long before your life is¬†completed; and one of those actions is to organize, downsize and give away as much as possible while you still have the energy, determination and resolve to accomplish¬†the task.¬† I’m not ready to, “check out” yet by any means, but I’m at that point in my life –¬†as I attempt to organize, catalog, scan and downsize my collections of, “stuff.”

In life we all have the habit of accumulating lots of possessions, and as we purchase and bring new things into our homes – something else has to leave¬†in order¬†to balance out the equation.¬† Some of us are real pack rats and see the clutter of things as a type of security blanket – until we have to move – or go through someone else’s possessions after they pass on.¬† Fortunately, folks that have been in the military or who have moved frequently know the process of downsizing prior to their next move, in order¬†to save on the amount of packing and shipping costs that are required – plus the next house may not be as large as the last one.

Our¬†family’s personal philosophy has always been to give things away – for free – once we’re finished with them; and not to sell anything second-hand¬†– except for cars and houses of course.¬† Since I’m not a wealthy person by any means and live essentially paycheck to paycheck like much of the rest of the world; by giving our things away that¬†we have kept¬†in excellent condition, we are able to be good stewards of the things that God has entrusted us with.¬† To see someone else get use and value out of something that¬†we used to¬†own is¬†very gratifying in itself.¬† At the end of the day, no one really, “owns” anything in this life anyway.

I have collected all sorts of Air Force patches, squadron lithographs, squadron beer and coffee mugs,¬†pictures and all sorts of items that I’ve tucked away¬†over the¬†years.¬† I’m currently in the process of scanning everything that is scannable, so that I can share what I’ve collected with the rest of the world.¬† After scanning these items I’ve decided to donate all of my memorabilia – everything in my Air Force collection – to a famous (in USAFE and NATO circles at least ūüôā ) historian that we all know by his nickname, “Tags” – because he started out collecting¬†squadron nametags in the Hahn Air Base region of Germany.¬† Today he has an extensive collection¬†of USAFE and NATO squadron memorabilia – and I’m donating all of my items for free to Tags in order to add to his collection.

Historians¬†always have a difficult time collecting artifacts, “after the fact” – especially in the area of¬†military history.¬† Families have shoe boxes of photos, letters, medals, trinkets and uniforms tucked away in closets, attics and basements from veterans that have long since departed our ranks.¬† It is a difficult process for military historians to locate and convince families to part with these cherished items, so that they can be studied and added to¬†museum collections around the world.¬† History is so very important – especially military history – so¬†that future generations don’t have to repeat the painful lessons of the past.

In light of this, I’ve decided to donate the things that I’ve collected over the years, to be part of¬†Tags’ collection¬†for the benefit¬†of future generations.¬† I’ve suggested to Tags that someday he might be able to open a museum of USAFE and NATO fighter squadron memorabilia for the world to see and appreciate.¬† Slowly the story from the time period of WWI through the Korean War¬†is being told as these veterans, “depart the fix” – and as they pass on, historians are able to¬†eventually gain access to their memorabilia.¬† The time period from the Vietnam War through the present day is not well documented yet, and in the age¬†of email there are few handwritten letters and correspondence to be saved at all between families and their deployed family members.¬† My wife and I exchanged handwritten letters daily during my time in the Gulf War – and the delay of news back and forth was easily 10 days.¬† The Cold War years to many are just a blur, and the daily sacrifices throughout the years of the men and women who served¬†during this period of history – on both sides of the wall – is quickly slipping away.

So if anyone has a collection of USAFE or NATO fighter squadron memorabilia tucked away in a closet, attic or basement that never sees the light of day, just send me an email – and I’ll gladly pass along your contact information to Tags as one option for you to consider.¬† For all¬†other military memorabilia,¬†I suggest contacting a museum or military historian to add your items to the greater knowledge of history.¬† In the end, as we learn from the past – just maybe – the world will be a better place for our children and for generations yet to come.¬† ūüôā

Cheers,

Mark