Golden of Norfolk and Prince William, Virginia adopts a Coat of Arms

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Golden of Norfolk and Prince William, Virginia

Golden family of Norfolk VirginiaI have adopted a unique Coat of Arms for my own Golden family. My design incorporates the colors of the Golding family of Essex and Kent, England, and what are essentially the colors embraced by many Goldings, Goldens and Gouldings around the world.

The chevron represents a house roof in heraldry, a symbol of family and a willingness to extend protection to those that stand with me.

Colors are gold (Generosity) and red (Military Fortitude & Magnanimity).

The stag is representative of Peace & Harmony. Much of my life has been in service to country, and I am a retired U.S. Army soldier, father of a military member, and descendent of many ancestors who have served in the Armed Forces since the earliest years of American history. That said, Blessed are the peacemakers, the teachers, those that work to avoid conflict and undue hardship among their fellow citizens. Much of my life has been also given to volunteerism and working within my community. Make peace not war. Be prepared for war and willing to commit to victory.

William David “Bill” Golden
Norfolk, Virginia 1956-still making coffee daily

Stay curious. Ask questions. Challenge authority. Learn new things. Assume that you could be wrong.

Stay curious. Ask questions. Challenge authority. Learn new things. Assume that you could be wrong.

One of the things that I feel thankful for is that at an early age I received a bilingual education. In continued to learn new languages over time. While not proficient except in three, I can read reasonably well in several more.

If some people consider my logic occasionally warped or ‘off brand’ it is perhaps because I actively think in languages other than English.

Language is an expression of logic and a desire for action. But seldom does an idea translate neatly. That gives us perspective — not necessarily a correct perspective but a perspective, and perspective is what creates our differences. // This exists even within a single language … cultural literacy matters … which is why I educated my sons in Christian literature even though we are a mixed Unitarian-Buddhist home. (I used some Bob Jones University courses in history to homeschool my oldest son and it was an education for us both. BJU teaches a version of history that most Americans would be unfamiliar with).

Anyway, just some Friday morning thoughts. A friend just used French to express an idea … and my friend is not even a French speaker … yet the French phrase is so well known among many that it just seems appropriate.

My friend Phil Bunch wrote: Why is Black Friday like sex?

“Plaisir d’amour ne dure qu’un moment
Chagrin d’amour dure toute la vie”

The pleasure of love endures but for a moment,
but bad love endures forever.

Sometimes a logic leaps boundaries and …  time for more coffee.