I grew up with practical parents. A mother, God love her, who washed aluminum foil after she cooked in it, then reused it. She was the original recycle queen, before they had a name for it… A father who was happier getting old shoes fixed than buying new ones.
Their marriage was good, their dreams focused. Their best friends lived barely a wave away..
I can see them now, Dad in trousers, tee shirt and a hat and Mom in a house dress, lawn mower in one hand, and dish-towel in the other. It was the time for fixing things.. A curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress..
Things we keep.
It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy.. All that re-fixing, eating, renewing, I wanted just once to be wasteful. Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew there’d always be more.
But then my mother died, and on that clear summer’s night, in the warmth of the hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn’t any more.
Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away…never to return.. S o… while we have it….. it’s best we love it…. and care for it… and fix it when it’s broken……… and heal it when it’s sick.
This is true. for marriage……. and old cars….. and children with bad report cards….. and dogs with bad hips…. and aging parents….. and grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it.
we keep. Like a best friend that moved away or a classmate we grew up with.
There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special…….. and so, we keep them close!
I received this from someone who thinks I am a ‘keeper’, so I’ve sent it to the people I think of in the same way… Now it’s your turn to send this to those people that are “keepers” in your life. Good friends are like stars…. You don’t always see them, but you know they are always there. Keep them close!
TEN THINGS GOD WON’T ASK ON THAT DAY.
1…. God won’t ask what kind of car you drove. He’ll ask how many people you drove who didn’t have transportation..
2…. God won’t ask the square footage of your house, He’ll ask how many people you welcomed into your home.
won’t ask about the clothes you had in your closet, He’ll ask how many you helped to clothe.
4…. God won’t ask what your highest salary was. He’ll ask if you compromised your character to obtain it.
5…. God won’t ask what your job title was. He’ll ask if you performed your job to the best of your ability.
6… God won’t ask how many friends you had. He’ll ask how many people to whom you were a friend.
7…. God won’t ask in what neighborhood you lived, He’ll ask how you treated your neighbors.
8…. God won’t ask about the color of your skin, He’ll ask about the content of your character.
9…. God won’t ask why it took you so long to seek Salvation. He’ll lovingly take you to your mansion in heaven, and not to the gates of Hell.
10…. God won’t have to ask how many people you
shared this with, He already knows your decision.
Some Gave All!
We are asking everyone to say a prayer for “Dark horse” 3rd Battalion 5th Marines and their families.
They are fighting it out in Afghanistan & they have lost 12 marines in 4 days.
IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE the message spread if more could pass it on.
God Bless America and God Bless the United States Marine Corps…
Semper Fi, Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever.
Justin Allen, 23,
Brett Linley, 29,
Matthew Weaker, 29,
Justus Bartlett, 27,
Dave Santos, 21,
Chase Stanley, 21,
Jesse Reed, 26,
Matthew Johnson, 21,
Zachary Fisher, 24,
Brandon King, 23,
Christopher Go eke, 23,
Sheldon Tate, 27,
All are Marines that gave their lives for YOU this week!
Honor THEM by forwarding this. I just did.
By Neal Boortz
That Anthony .. what a weiner!
OK …I’ll leave the weiner jokes to the experts, and to my Twitter followers. Someone did suggest that Barney Frank and Anthony Weiner could open a snack bar in Manhattan … Weiners and Franks. But I digress ….
OK, so Anthony Weiner lied. Big surprise, right? Now we have everyone and their hamster demanding that Weiner resign immediately. Others are saying that Weiner should pull out of contention in the next NYC mayoral election.
Look … he’s a liar. Not the first in Congress, won’t be the last. He’s a symbol of Washington power. These people – and I’m talking on both sides of the aisle – start to believe that they’re so powerful that they can get away with almost anything. Weiner got caught in the zipper of prevarication. That’s gotta hurt … look! He’s crying!
But should he resign? Frankly, I would rather he didn’t. Right now he’s a disgraced leftist House member. If he resigns he will just be replaced with a non-disgraced leftist House member. The disgraced variety of this particular vermin is much less dangerous than the non-disgraced.
As for the possibility of a Weiner being mayor of New York? Sure – that’s going to happen.
Rather than sitting around demanding his resignation, let’s take not of how Weiner handled this debacle when the news first broke. Not only did he lie (par for this hole) but he blamed it all on right-wingers. It was that evil Andrew Breitbart behind this terrible plot to disgrace a very important and effective member of congress. Yeah! That’s it! This is a right-wing plot and the result of all that right-wing hatred out there.
I want Weiner to remain right where he is. First – he’s weakened. Second – we don’t need him hosting a show on CNN (The Weiner Factor?), and third; he stands as a constant reminder of the knee-jerk “blame the right wing” yak squeeze liberals love to float when they’re caught with their pants bulging.
Worst. President. Ever.
The Class of 2011 will likely face the highest unemployment rate for college graduates in history.
This year there are 21.1 applicants per job opening.
Bankrupting America reported:
The class of 2011 will likely face the highest unemployment rate for college graduates… in history. 1.7 million college students will graduate this spring. Has Washington prepared the job market for this many new graduates? Unemployment is now 9.1 percent, the highest in 2011. Underemployed: 19.2 percent. This year: 21.1 applicants per job opening. High government spending makes businesses uncertain of future tax and interest rates, which leaves them unwilling and unable to invest in new jobs or growth. Uncertainty over the future of the economy is keeping American businesses from recovery. Are Washington’s policies fostering a climate of job creation? It’s time for Washington to stop overspending. It’s time for Washington to tackle the $14.3 trillion debt and promote job creation.
See fact sheet.
American film critic and screenwriter Roger Ebert called this ‘The Greatest Music Video Ever Made.’ The Grand Rapids LipDub video was filmed May 22nd, with 5,000 people, and involved a major shutdown of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, which was filled with marching bands, parades, weddings, motorcades, bridges on fire, and helicopter take offs.
Participants were lip-synching to Don McLean’s ‘American Pie.’ The video was created as an official response to a Newsweek article calling Grand Rapids a ‘dying city.’
It’s Official… Worst Jobs President Since Great Depression Oversees Worst Housing Downturn Since Great Depression…PM
Credit where it’s due — you can’t say Obama’s policies haven’t worked. Every initiative he has pushed has two common objectives: 1) increase the size and power of government and 2) keep unemployment numbers high to increase dependence on government. This chart from Business Insider shows how he’s doing on the unemployment front:
Killing jobs doesn’t do any good if the free market allows people to find new jobs. But by sucking all the money out of the economy with wildly excessive frivolous spending, terrifying businesses with socialist power grabs like ObamaCare, and strangling economic activity with pernicious regulations, employment can be kept down to Great Depression levels, guaranteeing a constituency for socialism.
…only because One of Weiner’s female Facebook friends spills the beans. Republicans in past years were FORCED to resign for a lot less!!….PM
Anthony Weiner admitted to sending lewd pictures to very young women on the internet but told reporters he won’t resign.
Of course he won’t resign. He’s a democrat.
Even after he admitted that Breitbart is likely holding an x-rated picture of him.
No wonder the left loves him.
“I am deeply regretting what I have done and I am not resigning.”
A new congressional Joint Economic Committee report confirms that the Obama administration’s monetary policies have added approximately 56.5 cents to the price of every gallon of gas you pump.
At the end of 2008, prior to Obama’s coming into office, the price of a barrel of oil stood at $42.10, but that same barrel of oil has increased to $115.84 ? a 150 percent increase. The same gallon of gas that cost $1.61 when George W. Bush left office now costs an average of $3.93 cents ? up 146 percent.
The Daily Caller reported
Worst. President. Ever.
The famous Case-Shiller home price graph that shows the history of home prices. We are currently witnessing the greatest decline in home prices since the Great Depression.
The worst jobs president since the Great Depression is overseeing the worst housing downturn since the Great Depression and the worst slide in home prices since the Great Depression.
The Independent reported:
Snopes.com states this letter is accurately attributed to the author.
I find this very interesting reading, so let’s keep it going if you agree. It only takes a few days on the Internet and this will have reached 75% of the public in the USA . Seniors need to stand up for what is right, not what the politicians want or big Corporations want.
This letter was sent to Mr. Rand who is the Executive Director of AARP.
THIS LADY NOT ONLY HAS A GRASP OF ‘THE SITUATION’ BUT AN INCREDIBLE COMMAND OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE!
Dear Mr. Rand,
Recently you sent us a letter encouraging us to renew our lapsed membership in AARP by the requested date. I know it is not what you were looking for, but this is the most honest response I can give you. Our gap in coverage is merely a microscopic symptom of the real problem, a deepening lack of faith.
While we have proudly maintained our membership for several years and have long admired the AARP goals and principles, regrettably, we can no longer endorse its abdication of our values. Your letter specifically stated that we can count on AARP to speak up for our rights, yet the voice we hear is not ours. Your offer of being kept up to date on important issues through DIVIDED WE FAIL presents neither an impartial view nor the one we have come to embrace. We do believe that when two parties agree all the time on everything presented to them, one is probably not necessary. But, when the opinions and long term goals are diametrically opposed, the divorce is imminent. This is the philosophy which spawned our 200 years of government.
Once upon a time, we looked forward to being part of the senior demographic. We also looked to AARP to provide certain benefits and give our voice a power we could not possibly hope to achieve on our own. AARP gave us a sense of belonging which we no longer enjoy. The Socialist politics practiced by the Obama Regime and empowered by AARP serves only to raise the blood pressure my medical insurance strives to contain. Clearly a conflict of interest there!
We do not understand the AARP posture, feel greatly betrayed by the guiding forces that we expected to map out our senior years and leave your ranks with a great sense of regret. We mitigate that disappointment with the relief of knowing that we are not contributing to the problem anymore by renewing our membership. There are numerous other organizations which offer discounts without threatening our way of life or offending our sensibilities.
This Obama Regime scares the living daylights out of us. Not just for ourselves, but for our proud and bloodstained heritage. But even more importantly for our children and grandchildren. Washington has rendered Soylent Green a prophetic cautionary tale rather than a nonfiction scare tactic. I have never in my life endorsed any militant or radical groups, yet now I find myself listening to them. I don’t have to agree with them to appreciate the fear which birthed their existence. Their borderline insanity presents little more than a balance to the voice of the Socialist mindset in power. Perhaps I became American by a great stroke of luck in some cosmic uterine lottery, but in my adulthood I CHOOSE to embrace it and nurture the freedoms it represents as well as the responsibilities it requires .
Your website generously offers us the opportunity to receive all communication in Spanish. ARE YOU KIDDING??? The illegal perpetrators have broken into our ‘house’, invaded our home without our invitation or consent. The President has insisted we keep these illegal perpetrators in comfort and learn the perpetrator’s language so we can communicate our reluctant welcome to them.
I DON’T choose to welcome them.
I DON’T choose to support them.
I DON’T choose to educate them.
I DON’T choose to medicate them, pay for their food or clothing.
American home invaders get arrested.
Please explain to me why foreign lawbreakers can enjoy privileges on American soil that Americans do not get?
Why do some immigrants have to play the game to be welcomed and
others only have to break & enter to be welcomed?
We travel for a living. Walt hauls horses all over this great country, averaging over 10,000 miles a month when he is out there. He meets more people than a politician on caffeine overdose. Of all the many good folks he enjoyed on this last 10,000 miles, this trip yielded only ONE supporter of the current Regime. One of us is out of touch with mainstream America. Since our poll is conducted without funding, I have more faith in it than ones that are driven by a need to yield AMNESTY. (aka – make voters out of the foreign lawbreakers so they can vote to continue the government’s free handouts). This addition of 10 to 20 Million voters who then will vote to continue Socialism will OVERWHELM our votes to control the government’s free handouts. It is a “slippery slope” we must not embark on!
As Margret Thatcher (former Prime Minister of Great Britain) once said ” Socialism is GREAT – UNTIL you run out of other people’s money”.
We have decided to forward this to everyone on our mailing list, and will encourage them to do the same… With several hundred in my address book, I have every faith that the eventual exponential factor will make a credible statement to you.
I am disappointed as all get out !!!!
I am more scared than I have ever been in my entire life !!!
I am ANGRY !!
I am MAD as h—, and I’m NOT gonna take it anymore!
Walt & Cyndy
Thank You Denise!
Illegal immigrants are boycotting Arizona by the thousands, showing their outrage with Arizona ‘s controversial new SB-1070 law by moving elsewhere.
In the small town of Guadalupe , AZ, south of Phoenix , Manuel Renaldo is one of those who is punishing Arizona by leaving. As he loaded his stolen car with his stolen belongings and family of ten, Renaldo told this reporter through an interpreter “It’s a matter of principle; I refuse to be supported by a state that treats me like a criminal!”
The effects of the exodus are being felt by Arizona retailers, who are reporting dwindling sales of beer, spray paint, and ammunition. Also hit hard are the state’s hospitals, which have reported a dramatic decline in births and emergency room visits. Tattoo parlors are in a state of panic.
Renaldo told a reporter through an interpreter “He and his family are moving to California , which is a state that will support him and his family with dignity!”
Kind of brings a tear to your eye, doesn’t it!
As the country teeters on the verge of an economic crisis of potentially catastrophic proportions due to uncontrolled deficit spending by the government, our rulers are shoveling free money at the same largely hostile countries they borrow it from:
The Congressional Research Service released a report last month, a copy of which Fox News exclusively obtained, showing that in fiscal year 2010, the latest year that data was available, the U.S. handed out a total of $1.4 billion to 16 foreign countries that held at least $10 billion in Treasury securities, including China ($27.2 million), Brazil ($25 million), Russia ($71.5 million), India ($126.6 million), Mexico ($316.7 million) and Egypt ($255.7 million).
Read more HERE
My house was broken into last night by two robbers who locked me in the bathroom, and proceeded to steal all they could carry. My watchdog, “Killer”, did not alert me, and for this reason I am giving him away. I no longer want a dog.
I’m installing an electric fence and detection devices with alarms. They are cheaper and more reliable.
For those interested in adopting the dog please send an e-mail urgently.
A photo of “Killer” is attached.
A federal appeals court has lifted the order banning public prayer at a Texas high school graduation Saturday.
The reversal comes on the heels of increasing criticism of a federal judge’s earlier ruling that agreed with the parents of one graduating student that religious expression during the ceremony at Medina Valley Independent School District would cause “irreparable harm” to their son.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals thought differently, reversing the judge’s ruling Friday and allowing students to say the word “amen” and invite the audience to pray during the ceremony.
“This is a complete victory for religious freedom and for Angela,” said Kelly Shackelford, president/CEO of Liberty Institute, which had represented class valedictorian Angela Hildenbrand in the appeal. “We are thrilled that she will be able to give her prayer without censorship in her valedictorian speech tomorrow night.
No citizen has the right to ask the government to bind and gag the free speech of another citizen.”
Read more: HERE
America was built upon Judeo-Christian values which shaped our great country as to its laws and society as a whole. Those values provided morality and principles which provided the foundation of our country.
Phrases such as “so help me God, “in God we trust”, “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights”, etc. were carefully considered and written into documents and even onto our own currency.
However, those same values do not seem as important to America today and I assert that this has resulted in moral decay of our society at every level. The modern movement towards socialism being the best example of this decay.