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Living the Daze of Magic

Updated on August 9, 2012

Danielle Lynne with Baby Chelsea

A Daughter that meets the wrong guy doesn't compare to her meeting the right guy.

Fore it is then; 'tis marks the end, of the Daze of Magic a Dad could only know...


"So much of what is best in us is bound up in our love of family,

that it remains the measure of our stability because it measures our sense of loyalty."

Haniel Long

To "get me" is to go back to 1981. On the 25th of September of that year my world flipped. Up until that point in time I was a Special Ops guy, whom totally bought into sacrificing my well being in the interest of preserving the security of the USA. I had to choose between my country & raising my son. By 1983, I was released from my military obligation to do just that.

I remarried in 1987 and by March of 1988, another major event in my life occurred. I had a son & once again, came to the realization, I had to be active in raising the boy. By December of 1991, the equation flipped again with the birth of my daughter. By 1993, while performing in the capacity of a quasi-military role with the Dept. of Energy, I realized it was still far to dangerous. I decided it was time to exchange my MP-5 for a safer domesticated lifestyle.

Fast forward to 2010. Being out of work for the last two years, I've been labeled a 99er. Those on the Red side of the fence paint me as a lazy incompetent not interested in working. Those on the Blue side of the fence, a victim of circumstance. The purple camp, they have their own problems. The fact of the matter is, I was able to be there for my kids, even when I held menial jobs. Sometimes it was being there during a major crisis, sometimes just minor distractions inherit with having children.

Here's the good news. My kids have recognized the "sacrifice" I have made for them. I know that because they tell me as much. And if you don't think that makes all the difference in the world, well, I give you the story of the troll guarding the fork in the road separating the Land of Truth from the Land of Lies.

As legend has it, while on our journey to discover truth from lies we can ask one question to direct us to choose which road to take. The troll can be from either the Land of Truth or from Liars. We have to figure out what the magic question is to make the right decision. Fore if he's from the Land of Liars he will Lie, If he's from the Land of Truth he will speak the Truth.

What might that question be?

"The straighter you stand, the harder the wind blows"

The question the Troll asks is " Whats as large as a mountain but as small as a ..." assuming the unfinished question is molehill, the answer would be Problems. "You're making a mountain of a molehill" being the cliche' in question. Problems, when they're yours; are as big as a mountain...when they're someone else's...well

Truth Lies in the Journey

Not a day passes, I don't thank my God, for my wife giving me the opportunity to do what I do best...So, you can take my unemployment benefits of $240 a week...

You can take the value of my house reducing it to whatever value you can take my retirement savings & cut it in half...The Scarlett Letter upon my chest, Don't bother...We got Jackets...What you cannot have is the answer to the road of the Land of Truth...

" The best any man could hope for is to find a woman that makes him want to be a better man"



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      gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Hey Tim,

      I'll let you in on a little secret; The second mention of the word sacrifice is in quotes for this reason. As it turned out it was no sacrifice at all. It was the greatest gift a parent could ever realize.

      Which road leads me to the Land of your people?

      Its the answer to find the Land of Truth.

      Kinda brings the 'Living the Daze of magic' story together knowing the answer to the riddle.

      Thanks for checking in son. Always a pleasure I assure you..

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      twfalcone 5 years ago

      Great video along with the literature! Couldn't image having a more selfless father, I am truly one lucky 30 year old man to share such a wonderful bonding friendship with a father who gave up so much...GREAT ARTICLE POP!

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      gjfalcone 6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona


      Thanks for your kind words.

      I appreciate your comments.

      Thanks For SHARING

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      truthfornow 6 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      This is a beautiful piece about how important being a parent is, even if the world does not see it as important.

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      gjfalcone 6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      A belated Thank you for your kind words regarding my profile. Hope you figured out the fan mail, if not I think I can help

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      gjfalcone 6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thanks for your kind comments T4S Brett.Tesol

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      Brett Caulton 6 years ago from Thailand

      Moving and energetic piece, your style of writing pulls the reader onwards. Voted up and interesting.

      Thanks for SHARING.

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      gjfalcone 6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thank you for your kind words. I try to limit my emotions to family, but is often disguised as passion, IE: politics.


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      Emma Kisby 6 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Great hub and fascinating. You are a good writer - emotive yet strong.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      gjfalcone 6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona


      Thanks for the read and kind words.Be well.

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      Bonny OBrien 6 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      Wow really deep thoughts here. Def. A great hub.

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      gjfalcone 6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thank you for the visit,the read & your especially kind comments. The quote is paraphrased from A must see Dramity Romance "As Good as it gets." Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt & Greg Kinnear. It seemed appropos. Thank you again.

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      Demi 6 years ago from Mobile, Alabama

      Can't figure out getting to the Fan Mail after I follow people, but wanted to also tell you that your profile is extremely well-written and very interesting.

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      Demi 6 years ago from Mobile, Alabama

      Voted up! I agree with Giselle; powerful, yet very controlled writing that gets quickly to the heart of what you are trying to communicate. Love, love , LOVE your quote at the end. Demi

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      gjfalcone 6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thanks for the kind words Giselle.

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      Giselle Maine 6 years ago

      Powerful writing. A captivating view of parenting and serving the country.