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Amy's Place ... Poetry and Potpourri ... March, 2008
March 1, 2008 | JustAmy, St.Louie1, MamaBear, Billie

Posted on 03/01/2008 9:02:33 AM PST by JustAmy




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Flowers From The Garden

There is a window in your heart, that opens on a garden,
A place you can retreat to when you need to ask for pardon,
For having been abusive, to the child that lives in you,
By simply asking way too much, for any child to do.

Don’t ask for the surrender, of childhood dreams so gay,
That they could always bring a smile, despite a rainy day.
The toys we had as children, were of the simplest sort,
A cardboard tube became a sword, a cardboard box a fort.
Children can be happy, they’ve learned the art of play,
Try not to lose that talent as you go about your day.
With all the noise and bustle that distracts you from that art,
Take time to smell the flowers from the garden in your heart.

NicknamedBob . . . . . . . . . May 11, 2004
© 2004


1 posted on 03/01/2008 9:02:35 AM PST by JustAmy
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Mama_Bear; Billie; DollyCali; dutchess; Aquamarine; GodBlessUSA; Diver Dave; ...

2 posted on 03/01/2008 9:08:00 AM PST by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: JustAmy

March 1, 2008
Songbird In The Dark
The Dayspring from on high has visited us. —Luke 1:78

Just before the sunrise, we often hear songbirds welcoming the dawn. Despite the darkness, we know that the radiant light of the sun will soon appear.

Fanny Crosby has been called “The Songbird in the Dark.” Though blinded in infancy, she wrote hymns that inspirationally envision our future reunion with Christ. Early in her life, Fanny had a dream in which she saw the panorama of a glorious heaven, and many of her songs reflect that theme. By the time of her death, she had penned at least 8,000 hymns. Songs such as “Tell Me the Story of Jesus” and “To God Be the Glory” are still popular today.

When Zacharias praised God in anticipation of the Messiah, he also looked forward to a spiritual sunrise. Citing Malachi 4:2, he proclaimed: “The Dayspring [sunrise] from on high has visited us; to give light to those who sit in darkness” (Luke 1:78-79). That Messiah came to earth, died for our sins, rose again, ascended, and promised to return for us.

Do you feel surrounded by dark and confusing circumstances? You can still lift your praise to God for the bright future you will share with His Son. The words of Fanny Crosby’s beloved hymn “Blessed Assurance” encourage us as we anticipate this glorious reunion with Christ.

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.  —Crosby

For the Christian, the dark sorrows of earth will one day be changed into the bright songs of heaven. 

Bible in One Year: Luke 1–6; Proverbs 21:22-31


3 posted on 03/01/2008 9:10:05 AM PST by The Mayor (The purpose of prayer is not to get what we want, but to become what God wants.)
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To: JustAmy; The Mayor; MEG33; DollyCali; Billie; WVNan
But Today

I’m worried about next week,
When some debts are coming due,
And concerns about my family’s health,
Are constantly in view.

But today, the sun is shining,
And my heart is quite at peace,
For the moment, at this instance,
I’m not looking for surcease.

I have some years behind me,
And more yet still ahead,
But on the whole they pleased me,
More than filling me with dread.

For today, the birds spread wings of joy,
To embrace the world “this much”,
Just as do I, in reaching out,
To keep my heart in touch.

In the distant future, when I as memory,
Will haunt the hills and hollows,
Of a changed vicinity,
Then my touch will be as follows:

Folk will be seeing rainbows,
Or singing birds in flight,
And sometimes thoughts of mine,
Will then intrude upon their sight.

For tomorrow will be coming,
While I wend another way,
And my focus will not be with things,
That may be coming, but today.

NicknamedBob . . . . . . March 1, 2008

4 posted on 03/01/2008 9:12:35 AM PST by NicknamedBob (Tired of the hype about Hope? ... Just wait. When Obama is elected, all "hope" will be gone.)
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To: FRiends
In addition to looking forward to spring, we can also celebrate ....

Peanut Butter Lover's Day
Pig Day
Plan A Solo Vacation Day
Share A Smile Day
St. David's Day



Happy "Share A Smile Day!"

5 posted on 03/01/2008 9:14:15 AM PST by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: NicknamedBob

Thank you.


6 posted on 03/01/2008 9:21:11 AM PST by The Mayor (The purpose of prayer is not to get what we want, but to become what God wants.)
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To: All; JustAmy; jaycee; Billie; La Enchiladita; NicknamedBob; MEG33; The Mayor; DollyCali; ...
Happy March, everyone. Thank you, Amy, for opening the doors to our March Poetry and Potpourri Place.

I have come down with a yucky cold so I may not be around much.....but I am hoping that it could just be allergies to all the trees blooming here.

Guess I should get dressed, but I so love lounging around on Saturdays. :-)

7 posted on 03/01/2008 9:54:53 AM PST by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage!)
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To: Mama_Bear


Spring colds are so miserable. Hope you are feeling better soon.

Guess I shouldn't have brought you flowers until we know whether it is a cold or allergies.

Get well soon, Lori.

8 posted on 03/01/2008 9:59:25 AM PST by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: Mama_Bear
You go ahead and lounge around today since you're not feeling well. Take good care of YOU!


9 posted on 03/01/2008 10:05:05 AM PST by jaycee
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To: The Mayor


Good morning, Mayor.

Thank you for bringing coffee for our body and food for our soul.
We appreciate your contributions.

Have a blessed weekend.

10 posted on 03/01/2008 10:10:49 AM PST by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: jaycee; JustAmy
Thanks for the get well messages. Nothing keeps me down very long, so I'm sure I'll be fine soon.

Hugs to the two of yous. :-)

11 posted on 03/01/2008 10:20:52 AM PST by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage!)
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To: NicknamedBob


Good Morning, NnB!
Thank you for the new poem.

"But Today", I think we should celebrate the beginning of spring.

Have a super day.
Enjoy Spring at Amy's


The sun is shining but .... I think we are getting those March winds! : (

12 posted on 03/01/2008 10:23:30 AM PST by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: JustAmy
Thanks for the thread! :)
Happy St. David's Day!


______________________________
Pig Day!

Yay! Peanut Butter Lover's Day!


Share a Smile Day ;)


My, Someday Planned, Solo Vacation Day ;)

13 posted on 03/01/2008 10:41:51 AM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You!. Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: Mama_Bear
Hi MamaBear
I hope you feel better soon!

14 posted on 03/01/2008 10:46:03 AM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You!. Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GodBlessUSA

I love your little graphics....especially that little cat and waving pig! So cute!


15 posted on 03/01/2008 11:00:35 AM PST by jaycee
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To: All; JustAmy; GodBlessUSA; jaycee
I think we are getting those March winds!

We have them here too. I doubt it will get as warm today as I had hoped.


16 posted on 03/01/2008 11:16:13 AM PST by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage!)
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To: GodBlessUSA

Thank you ((((((((GeeBee))))))). :-)


17 posted on 03/01/2008 11:17:17 AM PST by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage!)
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To: Mama_Bear; GodBlessUSA; jaycee; NicknamedBob; All

I’ve spent over an hour on the phone with HP ..... now waiting for a call back.

I’m hoping I can get my computer working without freezing on me. I’m getting tired of using PrissyMissy’s. ; (

If I don’t get back for awhile, I’m still having troubles.


18 posted on 03/01/2008 12:07:06 PM PST by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: JustAmy; Finest FRiends
Did someone say Easter is coming?

19 posted on 03/01/2008 12:13:37 PM PST by jaycee
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To: jaycee

Thanks Jaycee :)


20 posted on 03/01/2008 12:16:46 PM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You!. Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: jaycee

AW. I love bunnies. This bunny is so cute. :)


21 posted on 03/01/2008 12:17:20 PM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You!. Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: JustAmy

Good luck Amy
I hope they get it all working for you.


22 posted on 03/01/2008 12:18:10 PM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You!. Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GodBlessUSA

I bought this computer Sept. 5th. It has been freezing up since January. At least it is still under warranty.

If the problem cannot be resolved he said it would have to be taken to a repair center.


23 posted on 03/01/2008 12:29:19 PM PST by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: All; JustAmy; Mama_Bear; NicknamedBob; The Mayor; jaycee; GodBlessUSA; OESY; Darksheare; Billie; ...
Happy Spring At Amy's Place


Pansies.

O give me not red roses,
That early dews have wet!
They speak to me of kisses
That are remembered yet.

O bring me not white roses,
That summer winds have drest!
For once I placed white roses
Upon a quiet breast.

But bring me purple pansies
If so you wish to please,
For them I have affection;
For pansies are "heart's ease".

Louisa Cooke Don-Carlos....1934

24 posted on 03/01/2008 1:32:08 PM PST by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military)
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To: JustAmy

Beautiful! Just beautiful!


25 posted on 03/01/2008 1:50:55 PM PST by gardengirl
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To: MEG33

Pansies are truly a favorite of mine and my Mom loved them! I guess everybody loves pansies. Like your pretty picture!


26 posted on 03/01/2008 1:53:53 PM PST by jaycee
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To: JustAmy


Tulip Field, West-Beemster
Jaap Hart

Tulips

An age being mathematical, these flowers
Of linear stalks and spheroid blooms were prized
By men with wakened, speculative minds,
And when with mathematics they explored
The Macrocosm, and came at last to
The Vital Spirit of the World, and named it
Invisible Pure Fire, or, say, the Light,
The Tulips were the Light’s receptacles.
The gold, the bronze, the red, the bright-swart Tulips!
No emblems they for us who no more dream
Of mathematics burgeoning to light
With Newton’s prism and Spinoza’s lens,
Or Berkeley’s ultimate, Invisible Pure Fire.
In colored state and carven brilliancy
We see them now, or, more illumined,
In sudden fieriness, as flowers fit
To go with vestments red on Pentecost.

— Padraic Colum

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27 posted on 03/01/2008 1:57:31 PM PST by OESY
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To: jaycee

I think everybody does love pansies..Thank you jaycee. We are truly having a spring day..It’s sunny, 77, with none of the high winds we have had this week.


28 posted on 03/01/2008 2:00:59 PM PST by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military)
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To: JustAmy; Mama_Bear; MEG33
Half-Welsh, I would be remiss if I did not celebrate St. David's Day as he is my namesake (that is, of course, without the sainthood prefix).

My apologies for the length of the poem. As a concession, I selected the English version.



On St. David’s Day

To Mrs. E.C. Morrieson

’Twas not chance but deep design,
Tho’ of whom I can’t divine
Made the courtly Valentine
(Corpulent saint and bishop)
Such a time with Bob to stay:-—
Let me now in bardish way
On your own St. David’s day
Toss you a simple dish up.

’Tis a tale we learnt at school,—
Oft we broke domestic rule,
Standing till our brows were cool
In the forbidden lobby.
There we talked and there we laughed,
Till the townsfolk thought us daft,
What of that? a thorough draft
Was and is still my hobby.

To my tale: In ancient days,
Ere men left the good old ways,
Lived a lady whose just praise
Passes all fancied glory.
Rich was she in field and store,
Richer in the sons she bore,
How could she be honoured more?
Listen and hear the story.

On a high and festive day
When the chariots bright and gay
To the temple far away
Passed in majestic order,—
When the hour was nigh at hand,
She who should have led the band
Found no oxen at command,
Searching through all her border

Then her two sons brave and strong
Gut their limbs with band and thong,
And before the wondering throng
Drew their exulting mother.
Swift and steady, on they came;
At the temple loud acclaim
Greeted that illustrious dame,
Blest above every other.

Then, while triumph filled her breast,
Loud she prayed above the rest,
Give my sons whatever best
Man may receive from heavers.
To the shrine the brothers stept,
Low they bowed, they sunk, they slept,
Stillness o’er their brave limbs crept:—
Rest was the guerdon given.

Such the simple story told,
By a sage renowned of old,
To a king whose fabled gold
Could not procure him learning.
Heathen was the sage indeed,
Yet his tale we gladly read,
Thro’ his dark and doubtful creed
Glimpses of Truth discerning.

Now no more the altar’s blaze
Glares athwart our worldly haze,
Warning men how evil ways
Lead to just tribulation.
Now no more the temple stands,
Pointing out to godless lands
That which is not made with hands,
Even the whole Creation.

Ask no more, then, “what is best,
How shall those you love be blest,”
Ask at once, eternal Rest,
Peace and assurance giving.
Rest of Life and not of death,
Rest in Love and Hope and Faith,
Till the God who gives their breath
Calls them to rest from living.

— James Clerk Maxwell



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30 posted on 03/01/2008 2:25:33 PM PST by OESY
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To: La Enchiladita; MEG33; JustAmy; Mama_Bear; NicknamedBob; PreviouslyA-Lurker; OESY; ...
Easter, and, Easter Lilies!


31 posted on 03/01/2008 2:29:59 PM PST by yorkie (No surgeon can perfect God's work)
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To: OESY
I should explain, as you may have already discerned, "guerdon" means "reward." In this context, it is the Final Reward (of Eternal Peace).

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32 posted on 03/01/2008 2:36:54 PM PST by OESY
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To: yorkie; All

Now, isn’t that lovely? Yes, it is.

He’s the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star,
He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.

I have found a friend in Jesus, He’s everything to me,
He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul;
The Lily of the Valley, in Him alone I see
All I need to cleanse and make me fully whole.
In sorrow He’s my comfort, in trouble He’s my stay;
He tells me every care on Him to roll.

http://www.hymnsite.com/fws/hymn.cgi?2062


33 posted on 03/01/2008 2:45:22 PM PST by La Enchiladita
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To: OESY
Thank you for the ping to your post.

Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus, OESY!!

I love what I learn here. I knew of St. Patrick, of course, and the patron Saint of England, Saint George, but I had never heard of the patron Saint of Wales. A little bit of googling and, voila.....I learned a bit of history.

My son's name is David....just because I've always liked the name. We are Irish, English and Scottish.....practically neighbors. ;-)

34 posted on 03/01/2008 2:47:29 PM PST by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage!)
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To: OESY

Everywhere I googled about St. David’s Day I found Daffodils. I can understand the connection between Daffodils and March, Springtime, etc. But what is the significance of the green onions? Do you know?


35 posted on 03/01/2008 2:50:19 PM PST by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage!)
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To: yorkie

Beautiful lilies! Thanks for your contributions to Amy’s Place, yorkie. :-)


36 posted on 03/01/2008 2:53:29 PM PST by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage!)
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To: Mama_Bear

This might answer your question, Mama Bear:

David’s Day

Traditions
Children take part in school concerts or eisteddfodau, with recitation and singing being the main activities. Formerly, a half-day holiday was afforded to school children. Officially this custom does not continue, although the practice can vary on a school-to-school basis.

Many Welsh people wear one or both of the national emblems of Wales on their lapel to celebrate St. David: the daffodil (a generic Welsh symbol which is in season during March) or the leek (Saint David’s personal symbol) on this day. The association between leeks and daffodils is strengthened by the fact that they have similar names in Welsh, Cenhinen (leek) and Cenhinen Bedr (daffodil, literally “Peter’s leek”).

Males usually wear leeks while young girls wear daffodils. The younger girls usually wear their Welsh costumes to school. This costume consists of a long woollen skirt, white blouse, woollen shawl and a Welsh hat.

The Welsh flag is always flown in honour of St. David on days in which he is honoured or commemorated.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_David‘s_Day


37 posted on 03/01/2008 3:25:20 PM PST by yorkie (No surgeon can perfect God's work)
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To: Mama_Bear

I guess it’s not green onions - it’s leeks! ;-)

Who’da thunk?


38 posted on 03/01/2008 3:26:40 PM PST by yorkie (No surgeon can perfect God's work)
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Leeks! St. David’s personal symbol. So, that’s what they are! Thanks, yorkie. I am getting quite an education today. I love learning new things!


39 posted on 03/01/2008 3:32:32 PM PST by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage!)
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To: La Enchiladita; OESY
-Meg

*Happy Weekend*

40 posted on 03/01/2008 4:17:16 PM PST by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military)
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To: OESY; JustAmy; MEG33; Mama_Bear
About James Clerk Maxwell's poem, OESY ...

I don't know, it seems kinda formulaic.

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(That's a joke, folks. Maxwell is quite famous for his elegant expression of the fundamentals of electricity and magnetism, as linked above.)

41 posted on 03/01/2008 4:58:34 PM PST by NicknamedBob (Tired of the hype about Hope? ... Just wait. When Obama is elected, all "hope" will be gone.)
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To: JustAmy; NicknamedBob; Billie; All; FRiends; La Enchiladita; Mama_Bear
Amy and Nicknamed Bob, your Post #1 and Pledge Graphic are just Awesome, and Billie's Graphic is Beautiful; Thank you for this Fun Thread for March!

Thank you to Everyone for the Pings, and 'Dita, your #33 is Wonderful. Lori, I Hope you Feel Better Soon.


42 posted on 03/01/2008 7:00:07 PM PST by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!!)
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To: Mama_Bear

I contributed, too....?


43 posted on 03/01/2008 7:21:47 PM PST by La Enchiladita
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To: Mama_Bear; yorkie
But what is the significance of the green onions?

I was going to say it was to hide our bad breath, but yorkie has furnished a more credible and studied explanation for the leeks.

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45 posted on 03/01/2008 7:55:50 PM PST by OESY
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To: OESY
I was going to say it was to hide our bad breath, but yorkie has furnished a more credible and studied explanation for the leeks.

LOL! Yes, she did.

Hey, weren't you impressed that I learned Welsh just to wish you a Happy Saint David's Day? ;-)

I certainly learned a lot today, not the least of which is that there is a Welsh language. I had no idea.

46 posted on 03/01/2008 8:02:41 PM PST by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage!)
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To: NicknamedBob


I met him once. Had us over to his house in Stamford. Played tennis with him
and his wife. He used to play with Ivan Lendl. The formula worked for a while.

Maxwell sings This Woman's Work

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47 posted on 03/01/2008 8:08:18 PM PST by OESY
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To: Mama_Bear
I was hoping you hadn't put the curse of Christmases Past on me. (I haven't had time to do my translations homework.) But, the same to you! LOL!

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48 posted on 03/01/2008 8:11:31 PM PST by OESY
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To: Mama_Bear
More to the point: Yes, I really am impressed by your language ability and research.

BTW, in your travels, did you ever swing by Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch?

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49 posted on 03/01/2008 8:16:07 PM PST by OESY
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To: OESY
I was hoping you hadn't put the curse of Christmases Past on me.

LOL. Not a chance of that. You are one of my favorite 'Amy's Place' people. :-)

50 posted on 03/01/2008 8:17:22 PM PST by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage!)
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