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Our Mission

Our mission is to use this platform to share our thoughts and values with others, to encourage thoughtful dialogue, and to motivate others to join us in our commitment to preserve, protect, and defend the principles, concepts, and values that our founding fathers saw fit to document with the clear intent that they be the cornerstones of this great nation.  And further, to reaffirm and embrace wholeheartedly the knowledge that the preserving, protecting, and defending of these principles, concepts, and values lies entirely upon our shoulders as “we the people.” We are the voice that must be heard!

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The Author's Story

I've lived most of my life in a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania, the town I still call home. My years have blessed me with many wonderful experiences. None of those experiences have been greater than that of sharing my life with my two sons and, more recently, expanding our family to include my wife and her three grown children. The past experience of being a dad/mom had been a treasured one. My sons have both grown into fine young men and I am very proud to be their father. As they continue to venture further and further from the nest and build their own lives, I find great joy in bearing witness to their growth and maturity. I will be forever thankful to them for all that they have shared with me.......and often I wonder if it was they who raised me and kept me out of trouble, a task now taken on by my lovely wife. The new addition of step-children is proving to be another blessing. Thank YOU Lord!

It was my sons that introduced to me to MySpace quite some time ago and it was there that I summoned the courage to open myself up more and more for the world to see. Morphing from short recaps of an adventure or a workout to mini-essays. Eventually finding it in me to let my guard down and post my poetry. Having had nearly 100 blog subscribers I finally built my own page free of MySpace. Life dealt me cards that occupied my time in other ways and my page fell into neglect. Rather than go on telling my story here, as I did on my original page, I now choose to let the story be told by the pages that follow. I hope that you find this place warm and inviting yet thought provoking and inspiring.

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Sgt. Andrew J. Baddick

Thank you to all who serve or have served and the families who support that service.

Whether the service you give is through the military, local EMS, police services, church, community organizations, charitable organizations, or just being a good human being and reaching out to help a neighbor or a stranger along the highway in need of a hand YOU are appreciated! AJ would be smiling down on you!
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Each and every one of us have something we can do. No effort is too small. No act of love and giving is ever in vain. I challenge all who read this to go out and make a difference in someone else's life today. Find that gift you have that you can share.

In loving memory of our friend, AJ Baddick. Forever our brother!


Left:  AJ's first JTRA PFD he passed on to my son when he out grew it.       Center:  AJ kayak guiding a trip on the Leigh River.     Right:  Memorial display at JTRA ( Jim Thorpe River Adventures ) , a place where many friendships were forged!


Above and Right:  Memorial Plaque hanging in Mission BBQ, York PA.  It'll be over your left shoulder when you are at the first register!


“In practice, socialism didn't work. But socialism could never have worked because it is based on false premises about human psychology and society, and gross ignorance of human economy.”
David Horowitz