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Had to share this....

Saturday, July 18, 2009

I just received this from fellow team mate Smilingeyes2 and it lifted me so much that I had to share it with anybody who wants to see it.
It made a big difference in how I am going to view things and above all myself. In my life and my thinking and how I relate to others.


I am humbled and grateful for this chance.

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SOPHIEMAE2007 7/20/2009 8:09PM

    Thanks for sharing.....sometimes it is easier said than done, but somehow we always manage to get through whatever is going on in our lives.

....wish I could take pictures like that!

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GRAMIDX3 7/19/2009 11:59AM

    Thank you for sharing and uplifting me and the others. Have a most
blessed day. emoticon emoticon

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TXSPLA 7/18/2009 3:44PM

    Very beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us.

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SAVINGHANNAH 7/18/2009 3:25PM

    Very beautiful, thanks for sharing. i agree it's very thought provoking.

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DMR3673 7/18/2009 3:12PM

    Thanks for sharing :)

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from an email I just received very thought provoking...

Thursday, July 16, 2009

This really made me think of What Our Men and Women in the Military are doing for all of us around the world.

Band of Brothers Hero

A friend that sent this to me is a hero himself, he was shot down over Hiphong Harbor and served 5.5 yrs as a POW with McCain et al. Al Carpenter (a4e) was in airborne radar school with me and a friend serving in VW-15.


One of the "Band of Brothers" soldiers died on June 17, 2009.

We're hearing a lot today about big splashy memorial services.

I want a nationwide memorial service for Darrell "Shifty" Powers.

Shifty volunteered for the airborne in WWII and served with Easy
Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 101st
Airborne Infantry. If you've seen Band of Brothers on HBO or the History Channel,
you know Shifty. His character appears in all 10 episodes, and Shifty himself
is interviewed in several of them.

I met Shifty in the Philadelphia airport several years ago. I didn't
know who he was at the time. I just saw an20elderly gentleman having
trouble reading his ticket. I offered to help, assured him that he was at the
right gate, and noticed the "Screaming Eagle", the symbol of the 101st Airborne,
on his hat.

Making conversation, I asked him if he'd been in the 101st Airborne
or if his son was serving. He said quietly that he had been in the 101st. I
thanked him for his service, then asked him when he served, and how many
jumps he made.

Quietly and humbly, he said "Well, I guess I signed up in 1941 or so,
and was in until sometime in 1945 . . . " at which point my heart skipped.

At that point, again, very humbly, he said "I made the 5 training
jumps at Toccoa, and then jumped into Normandy . . . . do you know where
Normandy is?" At this point my heart stopped.

I told him yes, I know exactly where Normandy was, and I know what
D-Day was. At that point he said "I also made a second jump into Holland,
into Arnhem." I was standing with a genuine war hero . . . . and then I
realized that it was June, just after the anniversary of D-Day.

I asked Shifty if he was on his way back from France, and he said
"Yes. And it's real sad because these days so few of the guys are left,
and those that are, lots of them can't make the trip." My heart was in my
throat and I didn't know what to say.

I helped Shifty get onto the plane and then realized he was back in
Coach, while I was in First Class. I sent the flight attendant back to get
him and said that I wanted to switch seats. When Shifty came forward, I
got up out of the seat and told him I wanted him to have it, that I'd take his
in coach.

He said "No, son, you enjoy that seat. Just knowing that there are
still some who remember what we did and still care is enough to make an
old man very happy." His eyes were filling up as he said it. And mine are
brimming up now as I write this.

Shifty died on June 17 after fighting cancer.

There was no parade.

No big event in Staples Center.

No wall to wall20back to back 24x7 news coverage.

No weeping fans on television.
And that's not right.
Let's give Shifty his own Memorial Service, online, in our own quiet
way. Please forward this email to everyone you know. Especially to the
Rest in peace, Shifty.

"A nation without heroes is nothing." - Roberto Clemente

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SMILINGEYES2 7/18/2009 12:23PM

    This was very touching. Thank you for sharing it with us. Linda

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Short and Sweet

Thursday, July 16, 2009

It's still stressful today on the home front. Good news is that DH and I both did not stuff ourselves with junk. Keep to the program and wrote everything down.
Just wanted to thank everybody for the uplifting support and good wishes.
Have a great evening and know you all are in my heart and prayers.
Blessings and Hugs

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IF-SO-GIRL 7/16/2009 11:42PM

    So sorry you are feeling stressed. Wish we could remove that word from the dictionary. I am too and think half the time it's the reason I have so much stomach problems.

Glad your remaining strong and not stuffing yourself. That's good!!!

I love the cute cartoon pic it's adorable.

Take one day at a time and perhaps go for a walk it's suppose to help release stress.

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TLCHEEK 7/16/2009 10:03PM

    Hey Donna!

So happy to hear things are turning around and that you are back on track!!

Keep up the great work and positive vibrations!



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Day 3 of being recommitted

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sunday was day one and it went much better with the weighing and measuring. Yesterday even better until I started to get compulsive that everything has to be measured correctly. No eyeballing. Poor DH all he wanted to do was put 1 tablespoon of Sour cream on my small baked potato. (but not with a measuring spoon)
You would have thought the world was coming to an end at that exact moment. tears welled up and I had to take mental not of what I was doing.
Today was much better. No outbursts lol everything I did was right and I felt good.
Sodium levels are good and I feel so much better. Even getting behind the wheel of my SUV feels good. No more belly rubbing or pushing against the steering wheel.
More walking no SOB (oops Short of Breath) and exercising seems better too. the Fibro pain is there with the arthritis, but I am trying to work thought it all too.
One day at a time, and it seems to be falling back in place. Ok Ok I know...only day 3. Please click the link and know that we all can do it. We just need our One moment in time!!!
This is our time to shine.


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PATSDIARY 7/16/2009 10:10AM

    You go girl! You can do it, and it is great that you are feeling good about yourself. Have a GREAT day!


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From my heart

Monday, July 13, 2009

I am humbled before you all. You generosity, kindness and compassionate support is far exceeds what my words can express. You have lifted my spirits and made me see the road I need to travel. I know as I have said many times.. each road we travel maybe filled with bumps and it is our God a given Opportunity to navigate it to the best of our ability each day.
I guess I got to cocky and have to ingest my own words and your wonderful words.
Thank you does not seem enough to say. Please know as you all touched my heart and lifted me up with your outstretched hands. I am here to do the same for each and everyone of you.
I guess the song.. You've got a friend.. rings true.

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SMILINGEYES2 7/14/2009 1:52PM

    You are such a dear friend and you do encourage other members. Thank you for expressing so well how others fell but could not express as eloquently. Linda

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