I traveled 500 miles today, to Marion, Illinois. I noticed many things crossing 70W and then on to 57S. Some of the Illinois license plates are a blue with white lettering and red and white flowing stripes on the bottom of the plates. To the left of the numbering is "IN GOD WE TRUST." It was nice to see that in today's troubled America.

Traveling alone afforded me plenty of time to reflect and think about many things. Without TV I did not hear all the bad news on the various channels. All of us need to stay positive and believe in our great nation. I don't even have a clue what the Dow did today! There are checker players here this weekend from Louisiana, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, to name a few. All of us have a common bond; we are Checker players. Checkers will be the sole topic all weekend.

All the players have different skill levels (I am average) but we have a common bond in that we all love to play and be around other players. All Americans need to band together and be supportive of each other and reach out to our neighbors to the north and across the ocean. Negativity serves no useful purpose and undermines confidence. The great Tom Wiswell told me once at my home to "Accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative."





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