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Posted by: thepinetree on 06/16/2019 08:59 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 06/16/2019 09:02 AM
Expires: 01/01/2024 12:00 AM
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"IF" by Rudyard Kipling...Dedicated to Jay S. Hamilton & Dads Everywhere ~ By John Hamilton

Denair, CA...We originally posted this for Father's in 2006. My father would turn 103 this year if he were here today. This poem was my father's favorite. This one is dedicated to my Father...Jay S. Hamilton. Dad was born in November of 1916 and died in May of 1991 of a Glioblastoma brain tumor. His life saw deep tragedy but he always rose above it. He was born in a house in rural Oklahoma with no electricity or running water. His Mom burned to death when he was 9 years old from a kerosene lantern fire while he was at home.....


My Parents And Oldest Brother Circa 1943.




After his mom's death his dad lost his grip on life and started gripping a bottle instead. After her passing he was raised mostly by his older sisters. At times they knew hunger. One month he recalled their diet consisted mainly of biscuits of flour and lard and literally squirrel stew.

As a young man he loved baseball and found he could pitch. He started pitching varsity baseball when he was in the 8th grade. He carried his high school team to the state championships multiple years. He was offered a Minor League Chicago Cubs contract during his Junior Year but threw out his pitching arm in the State Championships (Which They Won). His baseball hero's were Satchel Page & Dizzy Dean. He attended a negro league game and watched Satchel pitch and tried to emulate his style.

He never mentioned to us what must have been the almost unimaginable disappointment the injury was and of not being able to pursue a Major League career. In fact it was my mother that told me about his pitching after his death.

At 16 in the midst of the depression he hitchhiked to California in 1932 with $5.00 to start a new life. He spent his first night in California sleeping on a park bench in Visalia.

He built a new life indeed. He paid his way through college and graduated debt free. In fact his college actually owed him money after graduation as he had a contract to supply the school with wood to fire their boiler.

He married his college sweetheart, became a teacher, raised 4 sons and farmed in the Turlock area for 50 years. For most of his years farming we had a dairy. While I was in elementary school he sold off the dairy cows and we transitioned over to beef cattle.

It never seemed odd to us that he had a had a full time teaching job and was the principal of at least two schools while running a dairy. We thought growing up that all men worked 18 hours a day and only 6 hours milking on his day off for church. He did this with such effortless good will and cheer that we thought 100 plus hour workweeks were just what adults did.

One example of his "normal" work habits...in the 1950s he went back to school to get his Masters Degree while he was a teacher/principal of a school and running the dairy. The pasture needed watering and he was afraid he would oversleep his alarm. So he opened the water gate into the field one night and then went down to the other end of the pasture and fell asleep in the grass. He figured the water would wake him when it reached him. It did and a new day started.

He stayed married and in love with his sweetheart for 53 years before losing his last battle with cancer in 1991. He remains the greatest and most inspirational man I have ever known. He didn't just tell us about life. .He did something much harder...he lived an example everyday.

Once he set his mind to a task nothing would stand in the way of it's completion. He lived an upright, honorable and determined life. My brothers and I were constantly amazed at the amount of work he could fit into a day.

He never preached to his sons about how they should do this or that. He did something much harder...He lived an exemplary life and let it speak for him.

A few days before he died with his son's around him we asked him what was the secret to his life. He said "Work, It was always there for me" Work for Jay Hamilton wasn't something he had to do but a friend that was always there to pour his life into and give it direction.

His generation was made of different stuff. They knew real hardships...The Great Depression, World War II and more! If we can live up to their legacy nothing can stand in our way!

Thanks Dad!!
Your Son
John Hamilton

IF
By, Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!



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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-06-16 09:04:46   By: Anonymous
 
They don't make em like that anymore

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    Re: no subject
    Posted on: 2019-06-16 09:08:56   By: Anonymous
     
    No-they don't!

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      Re: no subject
      Posted on: 2019-06-16 09:21:22   By: Anonymous
       
      Same wrinkled blue shirt.

      [Reply ]

No Subject
Posted on: 2019-06-16 10:42:15   By: Anonymous
 
What a great tribute to your dad, John. My dad is of the same generation.

Dave Webb

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    Re: /\/\same generation
    Posted on: 2019-06-16 10:48:21   By: Anonymous
     
    So was my dad (1912-1985)

    Steven R Smith

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      Re: /\/\same generation
      Posted on: 2019-06-16 14:24:31   By: Anonymous
       
      Get back to the woodshed stupid stevie you druggie burnout loser.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-06-16 11:06:55   By: Anonymous
 
Seems like I read this before.

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    Re: /\/\Glioblastoma
    Posted on: 2019-06-16 11:12:45   By: Anonymous
     
    What is a gioblastoma brain tumor? Thank you

    [Reply ]

      Re: /\/\Glioblastoma
      Posted on: 2019-06-16 11:21:05   By: Anonymous
       
      Large Hemorrhoid located on the right side of the Occipital Lobe .

      [Reply ]

        Re: /\/\Glioblastoma
        Posted on: 2019-06-16 13:30:09   By: Anonymous
         
        Thank you and that also has something to do with the brain?

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Thank you!
Posted on: 2019-06-16 11:39:58   By: Anonymous
 
It is amazing to know the fortitude they all had during this time. People were really tough as nails then - incredible how daily life was.

[Reply ]

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
    Posted on: 2019-06-16 13:37:20   By: Anonymous
     
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! LYING, CHEATING, CROOKED HILLARY!!!HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!


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      Re: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
      Posted on: 2019-06-16 13:49:34   By: Anonymous
       
      I’m sitting in a small coffee shop near Nokomis trying to think of what to write about. I scroll through my news feed on my phone looking at the latest headlines of Democratic candidates calling for policies to “fix” the so-called injustices of capitalism.

      I put my phone down and continue to look around. I see people talking freely, working on their Mac-book's, ordering food they get in an instant, seeing cars go by outside, and it dawned on me.
      We live in the most privileged time in the most prosperous nation and we’ve become completely blind to it.

      Vehicles, food, technology, freedom to associate with whom we choose. These things are so ingrained in our American way of life we don’t give them a second thought. We are so well off here in the United States that our poverty line begins 31 times above the global average. Thirty One Times.

      Virtually no one in the United States is considered poor by global standards. Yet, in a time where we can order a product off Amazon with one click and have it at our doorstep the next day, we are unappreciative, unsatisfied, and ungrateful.
      Our unappreciation is evident as the popularity of socialist policies among my generation continues to grow.

      Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently said to Newsweek talking about the millennial generation, “An entire generation, which is now becoming one of the largest electorates in America, came of age and never saw American prosperity.” Never saw American prosperity!

      Let that sink in.

      When I first read that statement, I thought to myself, that was quite literally the most entitled and factually illiterate thing I’ve ever heard in my 26 years on this earth. Many young people agree with her, which is entirely misguided.

      My generation is being indoctrinated by a mainstream narrative to actually believe we have never seen prosperity.

      I know this first hand, I went to college, let’s just say I didn’t have the popular opinion, but I digress. Why then, with all of the overwhelming evidence around us, evidence that I can even see sitting at a coffee shop, do we not view this as prosperity?
      We have people who are dying to get into our country. People around the world destitute and truly impoverished.

      Yet, we have a young generation convinced they’ve never seen prosperity, and as a result, elect politicians dead set on taking steps towards abolishing capitalism.
      Why?

      The answer is this, my generation has only seen prosperity.

      We have no contrast.

      We didn’t live in the great depression, or live through two world wars, the Korean War, The Vietnam War or see the rise and fall of socialism and communism.

      We don’t know what it’s like to live without the internet, without cars, without smartphones. We don’t have a lack of prosperity problem. We have an entitlement problem, an ungratefulness problem, and it’s spreading like a plague."

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        Re: Prosperity
        Posted on: 2019-06-16 14:19:22   By: Anonymous
         
        Here's the original, full length version and it's even better:

        I’m sitting in a small coffee shop near Nokomis trying to think of what to write about. I scroll through my newsfeed on my phone looking at the latest headlines of Democratic candidates calling for policies to “fix” the so-called injustices of capitalism. I put my phone down and continue to look around. I see people talking freely, working on their MacBook’s, ordering food they get in an instant, seeing cars go by outside, and it dawned on me. We live in the most privileged time in the most prosperous nation and we’ve become completely blind to it. Vehicles, food, technology, freedom to associate with whom we choose. These things are so ingrained in our American way of life we don’t give them a second thought. We are so well off here in the United States that our poverty line begins 31 times above the global average. Thirty. One. Times. Virtually no one in the United States is considered poor by global standards. Yet, in a time where we can order a product off Amazon with one click and have it at our doorstep the next day, we are unappreciative, unsatisfied, and ungrateful.

        Our unappreciation is evident as the popularity of socialist policies among my generation continues to grow. Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently said to Newsweek talking about the millennial generation, “An entire generation, which is now becoming one of the largest electorates in America, came of age and never saw American prosperity.”

        Never saw American prosperity. Let that sink in. When I first read that statement, I thought to myself, that was quite literally the most entitled and factually illiterate thing I’ve ever heard in my 26 years on this earth. Now, I’m not attributing Miss Ocasio-Cortez’s words to outright dishonesty. I do think she whole-heartedly believes the words she said to be true. Many young people agree with her, which is entirely misguided. My generation is being indoctrinated by a mainstream narrative to actually believe we have never seen prosperity. I know this first hand, I went to college, let’s just say I didn’t have the popular opinion, but I digress.

        Let me lay down some universal truths really quick. The United States of America has lifted more people out of abject poverty, spread more freedom and democracy, and has created more innovation in technology and medicine than any other nation in human history. Not only that but our citizenry continually breaks world records with charitable donations, the rags to riches story is not only possible in America but not uncommon, we have the strongest purchasing power on earth, and we encompass 25% of the world’s GDP. The list goes on. However, these universal truths don’t matter. We are told that income inequality is an existential crisis (even though this is not an indicator of prosperity, some of the poorest countries in the world have low-income inequality), we are told that we are oppressed by capitalism (even though it’s brought about more freedom and wealth to the most people than any other system in world history), we are told that the only way we will acquire the benefits of true prosperity is through socialism and centralization of federal power (even though history has proven time and again this only brings tyranny and suffering).

        Why then, with all of the overwhelming evidence around us, evidence that I can even see sitting at a coffee shop, do we not view this as prosperity? We have people who are dying to get into our country. People around the world destitute and truly impoverished. Yet, we have a young generation convinced they’ve never seen prosperity, and as a result, elect politicians dead set on taking steps towards abolishing capitalism. Why? The answer is this, my generation has ONLY seen prosperity. We have no contrast. We didn’t live in the great depression, or live through two world wars, or see the rise and fall of socialism and communism. We don’t know what it’s like not to live without the internet, without cars, without smartphones. We don’t have a lack of prosperity problem. We have an entitlement problem, an ungratefulness problem, and it’s spreading like a plague.

        With the current political climate giving rise to the misguided idea of a socialist utopia, will we see the light? Or will we have to lose it all to realize that what we have now is true prosperity? Destroying the free market will undo what millions of people have died to achieve.

        My generation is becoming the largest voting bloc in the country. We have an opportunity to continue to propel us forward with the gifts capitalism and democracy has given us. The other option is that we can fall into the trap of entitlement and relapse into restrictive socialist destitution. The choice doesn’t seem too hard, does it?

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        Re: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
        Posted on: 2019-06-16 14:23:05   By: Anonymous
         
        What's your excuse then john? Sure made papa proud with this fan base and junk news. Hahahahahahahaaha

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          Re: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
          Posted on: 2019-06-16 15:56:05   By: Anonymous
           
          John Hamilton is running a website that caters to racist, inbred, uneducated losers.
          I’m sure dad is super proud. 🤮

          [Reply ]

            Re: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
            Posted on: 2019-06-16 16:08:24   By: Anonymous
             
            Hey Buddy STFU

            [Reply ]

              Re: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
              Posted on: 2019-06-16 16:40:07   By: Anonymous
               
              No, I think I won’t. 🖕

              [Reply ]

            Re: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
            Posted on: 2019-06-16 16:23:32   By: Anonymous
             
            Pine Tree runs everything left and right.

            [Reply ]

              Re: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
              Posted on: 2019-06-16 19:09:34   By: Anonymous
               
              Oh sure just like censored comments as well..the ones that lean to the left not right getting deleted. You're a pretty funny one.

              [Reply ]

                Re: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
                Posted on: 2019-06-16 23:42:22   By: Anonymous
                 
                They only delete the ones with curse words

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                  Re: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
                  Posted on: 2019-06-17 05:44:18   By: Anonymous
                   
                  That is not true. Keep lying to yourself or pay better attention.

                  [Reply ]

                    Re: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
                    Posted on: 2019-06-17 10:30:03   By: Anonymous
                     
                    It is too! I have followed this site for over a decade. If a comment has cursing, or is deliberately cruel or mean they get taken down. Not as fast as I would like to see but they do get taken down.

                    You are just trying to slander a news outlet that does a pretty fair job of being actually balanced.

                    [Reply ]

                      Re: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
                      Posted on: 2019-06-17 12:44:56   By: Anonymous
                       
                      SOUNDS LIKE YOUR HEAD IS IN DEEP.

                      [Reply ]

                        Re: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! /\/\ Head is in Deep
                        Posted on: 2019-06-17 14:06:36   By: Anonymous
                         
                        YES-THE DEEP STATE!

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