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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....10-29-02
DaisyScarlett and Billie | Written by daisyscarlett

Posted on 10/29/2002 5:53:45 AM PST by Billie






Today is a Special Kind of FR's Finest, and a Special Kind of FReeper is in the spotlight. We know that you will agree when you read today's story.
~ DaisyScarlett and Billie
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patriciaruth
FReeper since 3-25-01


Central Valley California


Patriciaruth is shown here at a Fresno Support our Troops Rally last year with her dear FRiend, mtngrl@vrwc, who not only helped her get around in Fresno to order the silk for Operation Silk Scarves but also helped pay for the supplies initially.



A Patriciaruth Mini Bio:   Florida and California raised; B.S. in microbiology; VISTA Volunteer; medical technologist; post graduate work in neurophysiology; doctor of medicine; married 22 years to a savvy, funny and very sweet guy; AAFP member; NRA member; AUSA member; retired from family practice since disabled four years ago.
Patriciaruth enjoys the people who post on the Daily Dose as she is also a loyal supporter of President Bush. She especially appreciates being able to keep up with current events and join in the lively and informative discussions at FreeRepublic.
There is much more we could tell you about this Finest FReeper and perhaps we shall at a later date. But for now, she requested that her time In the Spotlight be shared with all FReepers who came through for our soldiers and "have every reason to be very proud of their certificate".
Patriciaruth, we are very proud of YOU, too.














Today we are very pleased to present A Certificate of Appreciation from the Department of Defense to Free Republic.

This certificate was mailed to patriciaruth in specific appreciation for "Project Silk Scarves".

Patriciaruth and her Merry Band of Patriots (almost all of whom are FReepers) are largely responsible for Project Silk Scarves. However, Patriciaruth feels that this certificate should be shared with all members of FRee Republic who sent letters and care packages to our troops in the field last Christmas either through the projects she coordinated or on their own.
Our story begins in August of 2001. In patriciaruth's words:




"Project Kosovo Care Packages"

"When President Bush went to Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo in May of 2001, I was ashamed to see how starved the soldiers were for appreciation from the people of the United States. They were in harm's way and had been given no news coverage or outpouring of gratitude from U.S. citizens as they deserved. So I started the project (Project Kosovo Care Packages) to let them know that they deserved to be remembered and they deserved our support and gratitude."


Patriciaruth appealed to fellow FRiends for help in an article posted on the FR Forum on 8-09-01... Project Kosovo.
The response was terrific. Soon FReepers were sending contributions and donations both to patriciaruth and directly to Kosovo. Patriciaruth wrote:
"Our care packages went to Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo and were received by the 101st Airborne out of Fort Campbell, KY, and the 10th Mountain Division out of Ft. Drum in New York. Many of these soldiers went on to Afghanistan after receiving our care packages."
"Those care packages contained candy, videos, paperbacks, magazines, playing cards, and notes from school children, among other items. We sent over ten thousand pieces of Halloween and Christmas candy and hundreds of candy bars. We also sent over 100 videos and uncounted paperback books."
Some of these videos and paperback books are listed in the update link that patriciaruth posted on the FR Forum:
News From Kosovo 10-23-01
The response from Kosovo was rewarding. Here are some words of patriciaruth from the above link:
"The Chaplain at Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo has kept me informed about the Care packages that we started sending to our troops before September 11 and continued to send afterwards. He said that the most appreciated gifts were candy bars (Snickers was a big hit) and movie videos."
This is part of a letter received from the Chaplain that Patriciaruth shared in the above link:
"What a great blessing you all are for sending those items...it is a tremendous hit with the soldiers - especially the videos...we are also looking forward to the Halloween stuff...and of course Snickers around here are like gold...I have to be careful and not walk around with the box itself or I will be tackled!"


FReepers who sent donations to patriciaruth included:   mawmaw1; tyen; MJY1288.
Some FReepers who sent individual Care Packages to Kosovo were:   kitkat; pissed off janitor; 2jedismom; Mama_Bear; Mntgrl@vrwc; Esther2; MadEagle; and Clintons are white trash.
Patriciaruth would also like to mention and thank Hillary's Lovely Legs who organized and sent many Care packages with the support of the Guild. (Note: The Guild will be highlighted at an upcoming date and their contribuions will be expounded on at that time. Additionally, though many FReepers were eager to join patriciaruth's efforts, it is equally important to mention that there are many FReepers who prefer to support the troops privately, and this in no way is to take away from those individuals.)








Project Silk Scarves


"Project Silk Scarves"
Since the feedback from the troops was fantastic and the response from FReepers enthusiastic, patriciaruth decided to do a special Holiday project. She wanted to send Christmas/Hannukkah/Kwanzaa presents for the troops in the field.


After a bit of thought and investigation, patriciaruth decided on Project Silk Scarves. Here is why she chose silk scarves:
"...., when I asked my cousin, now an army Colonel, what the troops might like for holiday presents, he said that the most appreciated gifts during the Gulf War were silk scarves that the troops wore under the LTB (load bearing equipment) to take the friction off the neck, shoulders and back while hiking to prevent chaffing. He suggested black, brown or camouflage for color as they wouldn't show the sweat or dirt so much, and silk because it is lightweight and warm for the coming winter. He recommended 18 x 48 inches."
Patriciaruth then went though "channels", requesting permission from the Army Officer that coordinated bulk mailings. She received this letter of permission:
"Good Afternoon (patriciaruth's real name): Your offer of 200 Silk Scarves is accepted."
"...Per my corresponding with my point of contact in theater...Command would like to distribute them to outlying sites pulling duty on holidays...."
"Please inform me when you are ready to ship the Scarves, and I will provide a Donation Number and the stateside ship to address."


Donations for Christmas.....11-14-01
The above link includes an appeal for help with Project Silk Scarves from FReepers. Here is some of what patriciaruth wrote:
"Now we are at the point where we have obtained enough silk for over 200 scarves and some lovely ladies in the rural town I live in are sewing the scarves, and they should be ready to send in 7-10 days."
"The black silk, high quality for durability, cost almost $2500. Mtngirl@vrwc and I have put it on our credit cards, and are now asking the ping list and anyone else who would like to join us for donations."
"If you would like to have one or more scarves sent in your name with your personal message to one or more soldiers in the field, or would like to join with someone else to send a scarf, then we need to hear from you in the next few days. Each scarf costs:   in fabric, hiring seamstresses, and postage, about $15."
On 11-25-01, patriciaruth once again appealed to FReepers and her Merry Band of Patriots.
Holiday FReepmail for Our Troops Needed
She wrote:
"I am hoping that many of you can immediately send me Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa or Happy Holidays cards with personal messages for the soldiers, family photo, child drawings, or other inventive flat/thin decoration with your name for me to include with the scarves. Each scarf will go in a ziplock bag for the soldier to store and keep it dry, and the cards and messages will go in the clear baggies with the decorative part showing. The baggies are 5 x 6 1/2 inches, so the holiday card should not be larger than that if it can't be folded."
"Contributions totalling around $3,000, as I recall, for the silk scarves Christmas project for our troops were made by these FReepers:

mtngrl@vrwc; jtill; 2jedismom; mama_bear; cantfindagoodscreenname; Kathy in Alaska; Kayak; swheats; esther2; materetmagistra; McGavin999; calypgin; OhioWfan; reaganite; Bigg Red; Cool Guy; Pray4USA; dodobird; Bruce Kurtz; MonroeDNA; Lakelady; katnip; JohnHuang2; dixielander; omegatoo; DixieChick2000; LiberteeBell; I be tc; SuziQ; COB1; ncpastor; zeaal; JustAmy; Yehuda; d4now; JulieRNR21; exit 148; deadhead; reborn; Alamo-Girl; potlatch; RottiBiz; bloodmeridian; Texan4W; MJY1288; jwalsh07; AquariusStar22; susangirl; Torie; Miss American Pie."
"And contributions were received from these Lurkers:

Jean in Mo, April in Texas, Dawn in Florida, JL from Texas, Marcia's family in northern CA, a firefighter in MI."
"Here are some other FReepers who helped in the success of Operation Silk Scarves:

GretchenEE; Brad's Gramma; CENTVRIO EQVITVM; katiebelle; rightonline; peach; tunehead54; sabertooth; fiftymegaton; Calico; proudofthesouth; LibKill; IowaGranny; 3D-JOY; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; homeschool mama; MozartLover; lonevoice; Doug from Upland; sweetliberty; Diver Dave; March I up; Snow Bunny; rockfish59; TheGrimReaper; snodog; Cannonball; Harpseal; Knighthawk; Reborn; lonevoice; Old Student; Fizzie; cowgirlcutie; proud American in Canada; Clintons Are White Trash; RaceBannon; WaterDragon; LJLucido; rodeocowboy; runningbear; SAMWolf; Clinton's a Liar; mlibertarianj; rottweiller_inc; Victoria DelSoul; afraidfortherepublic; getgoing; tiki; AbsoluteGrace; lockeliberty; xp38; Zeno44; PoorMuttly."







And now it gives us great pleasure to post this Certificate of Appreciation to Free Republic from the Department of Defense:


THANK YOU, PATRICIA RUTH
THANK YOU MERRY BAND OF PATRIOTS
THANK YOU FREEPERS WHO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS



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1 posted on 10/29/2002 5:53:46 AM PST by Billie
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To: patriciaruth; ST.LOUIE1; Mama_Bear; daisyscarlett; dutchess; dansangel; Aquamarine; Diver Dave; ...
Good morning! This is a special day at the Finest, one that daisy and I have been so looking forward to posting. She spent so many hours gathering the information and writing it, along with patriciaruth's guidance and help every step of the way; Mama_Bear was gracious to have patriciaruth mail the certificate to her so that she could scan it and send to me for inclusion, and I got to do the most fun part: putting it all together once the information was given me. Because of the length of the tribute, we've done things a little differently, and our veterans photos are not posted today. They return tomorrow.

I have added several names to this post, and some of you may be wondering why you're getting pinged for the first time. For those, let me say that today's honoree made a special point to mention and thank each and every one of you who helped her with Project Silk Scarves and Project Kosovo Care Packages. She wanted very much to share with ALL of FR the Department of Defense' Certificate of Appreciation that she received for FReeRepublic earlier this year.

2 posted on 10/29/2002 5:57:08 AM PST by Billie
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To: Billie
Too awesome for words!
3 posted on 10/29/2002 6:00:53 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Billie
Hi Billie!

Let's start off with a big cup of Coffee


4 posted on 10/29/2002 6:02:22 AM PST by The Mayor
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To: Billie; patriciaruth
This is terrific! FReepers have got to be the most patriotic and giving people in the country, and patriciaruth tops the list. You guys are great!!

SCOUTS OUT!!

5 posted on 10/29/2002 6:06:18 AM PST by ladtx
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To: Billie; patriciaruth
Fantastic!
6 posted on 10/29/2002 6:07:18 AM PST by The Mayor
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To: Billie; All
In memory of my fellow Vietnam helicopter pilots who were killed in that war the following were lost on OCT 29. God bless them all.

1967 1LT Thomas J. Chiminello -- 57 MED DET, Age 24, San Antonio, Texas
1967 WO1 Forrest D. Rains -- 57 MED DET, Age 21, Columbia, South Carolina
1969 WO1 Conrad J. Wheeler -- D/3/5 CAV, Age 28, San Marcos, Texas
1972 1LT Dexter B. Florence -- D/17 CAV, Age 25, Arkadelphia, Arkansas

Memoriam to 1LT Florence: Died of wounds sustained in action in Quang Ngai, South Vietnam.

Dexter was a hero in every sense of the word. He loved his country, and served it proudly. He was taken from us too soon, as were 58,000 other brothers, sons, fathers. From Dexter's family to the other families who lived through what we did.it is our sincere hope that they all find peace and comfort somehow, that their loved one was indeed a hero, and that there are so many people who DO appreciate and understand their tremendous sacrifices.

Tacie Florence -- Sister

IN THE SHADOW OF THE BLADE

SCOUTS OUT!

7 posted on 10/29/2002 6:08:34 AM PST by ladtx
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To: anniegetyourgun
Thanks, annie - we thought so - have been waiting to post it until everything was 'here' - MB got the certificate Saturday or Sunday and emailed it to me.
8 posted on 10/29/2002 6:12:13 AM PST by Billie
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To: The Mayor
How wonderful to see your lavendar china cup this morning, when I didn't post it! Great to see you, R!
9 posted on 10/29/2002 6:13:20 AM PST by Billie
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To: Billie
Good Morning ALL it's a beautiful sunny day in Memphis.

Congrats Patriciaruth

Coffee's on


10 posted on 10/29/2002 6:16:10 AM PST by GailA
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To: Billie; patriciaruth
HIP, HIP, HOORAH!
11 posted on 10/29/2002 6:16:31 AM PST by lonestar
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To: patriciaruth; Billie; Mama_Bear; daisyscarlett; dansangel; JohnHuang2
patriciaruth, let me join this little lad in thanking you for all that you've done ...... for FR and for our military. How glad we are to have such a special person here on FR! With people like you among our Finest, it's no wonder FR is the wonderful place that it is!


12 posted on 10/29/2002 6:18:07 AM PST by kayak
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To: patriciaruth

King's Canyon National Park sunrise

13 posted on 10/29/2002 6:20:44 AM PST by lodwick
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To: All
Thank you for the ping; we honor our troops and to those Freepers who asked for our involvement - we thank you for letting us participate.
14 posted on 10/29/2002 6:23:49 AM PST by Peach
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To: Billie; patriciaruth
What an Honor to be here this morning!

Patriciaruth,

I got goose bumps reading everything you have done.

I Salute you and all that were involved..


GOD Bless America!

15 posted on 10/29/2002 6:24:28 AM PST by The Mayor
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To: Billie; JulieRNR21; daisyscarlett; whoever; ru4liberty; MeeknMing; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; LadyX; ...
GOOD MORNING TO ALL!

Patriciaruth, congratulations on a job well done!

Thank you freepers for making it possible!

16 posted on 10/29/2002 6:30:27 AM PST by COB1
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To: COB1
Morning COB, thanks for the ping.
17 posted on 10/29/2002 6:37:23 AM PST by HoustonCurmudgeon
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To: ladtx
Good morning, ladtx, I agree. When I was reading the draft from daisy, my emotions were running high, thinking of all that patriciaruth accomplished, with the help of her fellow freepers and friends. The reward for everyone's work is the satisfaction that 'they done good' - they done REAL GOOD!! :)
18 posted on 10/29/2002 6:39:19 AM PST by Billie
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To: Billie
Thank you for the ping, this is wonderful. Patriciaruth is such a warm and caring person, it's so nice to see her recognized and just like her to want to share the spotlight.
19 posted on 10/29/2002 6:39:37 AM PST by MissAmericanPie
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To: patriciaruth
Congratulations! Special thanx for all you do. I stand in awe of your energy and stamina.
20 posted on 10/29/2002 6:41:00 AM PST by Iowa Granny
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To: ladtx
I look for these posts from you every day - even when I don't have time to post, I look for yours, to see how many brave men we lost on 'this date'. Saturday's was way too high.

Thank you again and again, every day, for doing this, and for the additional touch you've been providing now for several days. God Bless All.

21 posted on 10/29/2002 6:43:05 AM PST by Billie
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To: William Wallace
Happy Anniversary!
Four Years Today




22 posted on 10/29/2002 6:45:58 AM PST by Billie
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To: Billie; patriciaruth
Good Morning. What a GREAT FReeper and a GREAT presentation. I'll give y'all a "10" in all catagories.

Welcome to FR's Finest... Hall of Fame, patriciaruth. You have gone above and beyond the call to support our troops.

Thank You!

Atta Girl, patriciaruth!

23 posted on 10/29/2002 6:46:03 AM PST by Diver Dave
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To: patriciaruth; Billie
WOW! Thank you patriciaruth for your fine service, and Billie, you for a most excellent tribute today!
24 posted on 10/29/2002 6:47:43 AM PST by Molly Pitcher
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To: GailA
Morning, Gail - the sun is shining here today, too - for the first time in DAYS! I hope that FR will be feeling frisky and perky today! :) Thanks for the biscuits and gravy - too good!
25 posted on 10/29/2002 6:48:18 AM PST by Billie
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To: lonestar
Good morning, lonestar! HIP, HIP, HOORAH! indeed! Hopefully, California will be waking up any time now and joining us! patriciaruth has so much to be proud of!
26 posted on 10/29/2002 6:50:20 AM PST by Billie
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To: Billie; daisyscarlett; ST.LOUIE1; Mama_Bear; Pippin; lodwick; JustAmy; WVNan; dansangel; ...
Good morning all.

Patricia....I have added you to the FReeper calendar for next year since your join date is in March. You can check it out here... FReeper Calendar


27 posted on 10/29/2002 6:56:58 AM PST by Mixer
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To: patriciaruth
What a fantastic individulal you are patriciaruth.

PATRICIARUTH = PATRICIAWONDERFUL

If only we had more like you.

28 posted on 10/29/2002 6:57:36 AM PST by chadsworth
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To: ladtx
Attention on Deck!

Present Arms!

1967 1LT Thomas J. Chiminello -- 57 MED DET, Age 24, San Antonio, Texas
1967 WO1 Forrest D. Rains -- 57 MED DET, Age 21, Columbia, South Carolina
1969 WO1 Conrad J. Wheeler -- D/3/5 CAV, Age 28, San Marcos, Texas
1972 1LT Dexter B. Florence -- D/17 CAV, Age 25, Arkadelphia, Arkansas

two


29 posted on 10/29/2002 6:58:42 AM PST by Diver Dave
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To: COB1
G'morning, all - another day, another dollar, another blessing from on high.

Congratulations, Patricaruth!

30 posted on 10/29/2002 7:01:54 AM PST by mhking
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To: Billie; patriciaruth; All
Good morning Billie and all of our Finest FRiends. I have been looking forward to today also!

Patriciaruth not only adds so much to this forum through her posts on various threads, but is a most passionate supporter of America and our military.

As everyone can see from the lovely tribute that daisyscarlett and Billie has created for her, she has put countless hours in on projects to insure that our military serving in duty stations far from home know they have not been forgotten. I am so pleased to see her honored today. And yes, it is just like her to make sure that on her day in the spotlight, she would insist upon bringing along everyone with her who contributed to Project Kosovo and Project Silk Scarves.

Patriciaruth, you are truly a very special angel to our servicemen and women. Thank you for all you have done and thank you for inspiring others to join you in remembering and supporting our military.


31 posted on 10/29/2002 7:02:08 AM PST by Mama_Bear
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To: kayak
good morning, kay! What a beautiful post and the little lad is adorable!
32 posted on 10/29/2002 7:04:44 AM PST by Billie
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To: chadsworth; patriciaruth; ladyinred
"If only we had more like you."

Ain't it the truth, chadsey!!
She's fine people!

I wonder if her printer is still blushing over my letter to the guys written in Marine Corps jargon.
LOL!

33 posted on 10/29/2002 7:04:45 AM PST by COB1
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To: Billie; patriciaruth
To each and everyone here at FR who had a part in Project Kosovo and the subsequent projects that followed, Thank You.

Tears of gratitude are welling up. May GOD Bless each and every one.

34 posted on 10/29/2002 7:05:35 AM PST by Diver Dave
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To: lodwick
Good morning, Sunshine Man! What a majestic photo!
35 posted on 10/29/2002 7:05:46 AM PST by Billie
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To: Billie; patriciaruth
Thanks for the ping Billie. I'm proud to be a part of such awesome folks. Patriciaruth, do we have time to get another Christmas package out?
36 posted on 10/29/2002 7:07:22 AM PST by swheats
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To: Peach; HoustonCurmudgeon; Iowa Granny
Good morning to you all and thank you so much for coming today. patriciaruth is an inspiration!
37 posted on 10/29/2002 7:08:42 AM PST by Billie
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To: All
I meant to mention in my earlier post that I included the cross and flag in the graphic that I made for patriciaruth to represent two of her passions......the cross, her faith, and the flag, her country. :-)
38 posted on 10/29/2002 7:09:09 AM PST by Mama_Bear
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To: HoustonCurmudgeon
Good mornin', HC!
Gonna send you an e-mail..............
39 posted on 10/29/2002 7:09:16 AM PST by COB1
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To: The Mayor
I'm really glad you are here this morning - don't get to see you often anymore - hope the job is going great, and the family is happy in school and the community. :)
40 posted on 10/29/2002 7:10:47 AM PST by Billie
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To: COB1
Good morning, dear Coby! Seems I haven't been around when YOU'VE been around lately! Good to see you. Still love that "Out of the mouths of Babes" you sent the other day.
41 posted on 10/29/2002 7:12:47 AM PST by Billie
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To: MissAmericanPie
Good morning. I'm glad you could come and share your thoughts with us. I didn't 'know' patriciaruth before now, and am so happy to have learned more about her.
42 posted on 10/29/2002 7:15:51 AM PST by Billie
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To: Billie; daisyscarlett; patriciaruth
What an outstanding profile of an outstanding patriot. Thanks so much!
43 posted on 10/29/2002 7:16:19 AM PST by lodwick
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To: COB1; LadyX; Scuttlebutt; razorback-bert; Billie; beowolf; Fred Mertz; humblegunner; Eaker; ...
Sorry, I posted on yesterday's thread a few minutes ago.
Hey, you'll be old someday, too!
44 posted on 10/29/2002 7:17:09 AM PST by ofMagog
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To: kayak
Good morning, kayak. That is such a precious graphic you have posted for patriciaruth!

Thank you for helping us to honor our featured FReeper today. :-)

45 posted on 10/29/2002 7:21:34 AM PST by Mama_Bear
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To: ofMagog
"Sorry, I posted on yesterday's thread a few minutes ago"

A day late and a dollar short.

46 posted on 10/29/2002 7:23:26 AM PST by Scuttlebutt
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To: Billie
"Still love that "Out of the mouths of Babes"'

Hi, lovely lady! That was precious, wasn't it?

Seems like I get tied up when you're here and vice versa.
Thank you for all your work to keep everything going.

47 posted on 10/29/2002 7:24:40 AM PST by COB1
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To: Scuttlebutt
Don't pick on you inferiors. Why are you AWOL from the ship? Last I heard larryjohnson and you had the Mobius Triangle stuck in a ice flow.
48 posted on 10/29/2002 7:26:16 AM PST by ofMagog
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To: Billie
I'm really glad you are here this morning - don't get to see you often anymore

I am glad I could be here too! I wouldn't of wanted to miss this thread.

hope the job is going great, and the family is happy in school and the community. :)

Things are going much better, the kids are making friends, my oldest (a sophmore) is getting a job at the local restaurant and I have become politically active here locally.
I met our Congressman and Jerry Kilgore the AG on Saturday at the GOP BBQ.

I like Virginia!

Thanks for asking, I do miss being here. Now I gotta go and do some work. Have a Great day!

49 posted on 10/29/2002 7:28:02 AM PST by The Mayor
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To: Jim Robinson
Jim, I know you get pinged so many times to so many different threads and so often a complaint about FR being sluggish, etc (I'm guilty of that, too), but really would love for you to see this if you haven't seen the certificate before. What a wonderful thing patriciaruth has shared with all of us.
50 posted on 10/29/2002 7:30:38 AM PST by Billie
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