Watch “Dionne Warwick – That’s What Friends Are For” on YouTube

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Watch “What The World Needs Now Is Love / Dionne Warwick” on YouTube

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Happy Birthday to Adam Hansen of Toledo, Ohio

I am the father of Adam Roland Hansen whose birthday is today. My son, Adam, is a special kind of guy, and while every day is special with Adam in it, today, July 31, is Adam’s special day. Adam is a bright, kind, caring gentleman in the truest sense. He is one of the finest human beings to walk this earth.

Adam is a real Renaissance Man; i.e. he is a man who is skilled at all tasks he attempts and has wide-ranging knowledge in many fields. The top characteristics of a Renaissance Man include being highly educated, a gentleman, cultured in the arts and charismatic. On top of this, he must do all of these things effortlessly.

Another testimonial to Adam is all the wonderful friends he has; all are fantastic people, Adam associates with only the best of the best and yet reaches out to be a friend and to help all people whoever and wherever they may be in the world.

I am so very proud of my first born son, Adam – so much so that my heart bursts with joy, admiration, respect, love, and so much more.

Happy Birthday, Adam. I love you, son.

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My Wish as a Dad

Oftentimes, i wonder how my middle-aged adult children think of me. Will I ever know before I die? I can only hope and pray my daughter and my two sons think of me as that expressed in the video included here.

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Watch “Ray Stevens- I’m my Own Grandpa” on YouTube

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Breaking The Cycle of Poverty. A Personal Story.

I grew up in a single parent home. My mother first wed at age 14 1/2. Her first husband and his best friend went to jail for robbery. My mother later divorced her first husband and then wed his best friend with whom she had 3 sons. The second husband couldn’t keep a job, turned into an alcoholic, and ran around with other women. My mother divorced him after about 5 years. Her second husband did not pay court ordered alimony or child support, but his older brother, a widower with an adolescent son of his own who was being raised by the son’s paternal grandparents, financially helped my mother and her 3 boys, his nephews. A result was my mother repaying him by providing intimacy favors, the result being – – me. That man’s mother encouraged my mother to go to court to file bastardy charges and accompanied my mother to the court. That resulted with the man being legally declared my father and ordering child support be paid on my behalf, which was paid throughout my entire childhood and adolescence, never missing a payment.
A few years later, my mother remarried a man who had a good job and who cared for my mother’s 4 sons. With this man, her third husband, she had a fifth son. That marriage ended in divorce within about 7 years when that man became an alcoholic and lost his job. Once again, my mother was single, and that man did not pay court ordered alimony or child support. My mother went on public assistance, aka welfare. Over the next few years, my mother dated two men who I remember well. My mother became pregnant by the second man and gave birth to fraternal twins, a girl and a boy. As it turned out, that man was married but separated from his wife. Again, my mother went to court, and child support was ordered but never paid. Welfare was the way of life for the rest of my childhood and adolescence.
After my mother’s oldest 5 children grew up and started lives of their own, my mother was able to obtain a job a get off welfare with some financial help from us older children.
I was the only child of my mother’s 7 children to have gone to college and have a professional career. I had a partial scholarhip, but only during my first college year; and, I worked fulltime while going to college fulltime, and was married in 1968 during my last year of college. My life story is full of trials and tribulations as you may learn from many of my Roland’s Ramblings blog entries; but, that’s not the thrust of this Roland’s Rambling. Long story short, I had a long, successful professional career.
The cycle of poverty can be broken!

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Watch “Top 30 Songs of 1968” on YouTube

The latter half of the 1960s and early years of 1970s were a turbulent period in American history. And, much of the music reflected the times. I remember the music of 1968. It was the end of that year that I entered my senior year of college, turned the ripe old age of 21. years, and wed (a total mistake by the way) the first time.

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