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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....07-10-06....Military Monday ~ Tribute to LadyX
Billie, The Mayor

Posted on 07/09/2006 8:59:29 PM PDT by The Mayor

A Few of FR's Finest
....Every Day
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A Few of FR's Finest November 11, 2001

So many people have written me since my original Veteran's Day Tribute, asking how they, or a loved one, could be included in that tribute. Since I could no longer add the photos to the body of the thread, I had been including them in additional posts as I received enough to make another collage.
Still that didn't seem to be enough. I think there's never been a better nor more appropriate time to keep the faces of our own Veterans and Active Military in front of FReepers--every day! That's why I wanted to do yet another Daily Thread .....ABOUT FReepers .....and FOR FReepers. But not only about our Military FReepers; for all FReepers! Wouldn't it be nice to get to know a few of the other FReepers as well? That's why we've created a place for just that. This is a friendly room in JimRob's house where FReeper FRiends can gather every day and just say hello if that's all they want to do.
There's more of course. We sometimes feature different FReepers, with a little background information on who they are and what makes them who they are, along with a few photos you might not have seen on other threads; sometimes others write an essay for us to post as the feature for the day; sometimes our presentation is a human interest story found elsewhere that you might not have read; sometimes special holiday threads; but whatever the topic of the day, it is always with FR's Finest in mind and that is YOU!
If you would like to be featured, or would like to see someone else featured, please send me a private FR mail.
Every Monday we will post the photos of FR's Military Personnel that I have collected and put into groups; these will be available to view through a link the remainder of the week - every day just a click away. :)   If you would like to add a photo of yourself or a loved one in the military, past or present, please let me know; I will hold it until I have enough for a new group.
Thank you, and please have fun with us...every day! ~ Billie


Thank You For Serving Our Country!

TOP: Logos, SwedeGirl's hubby, Neil E Wright, FallGuy, 1John, Sneakypete
MIDDLE:  T'wit, COB1, LadyX, Dick Bachert, 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
BOTTOM:  YankeeinSC, Delta21, JoeSixPack1

TOP:  Bosniajmc, AFVetGal, Archy, A Navy Vet
MIDDLE:  4TheFlag, Aeronaut, 68Grunt, Xinga
BOTTOM:  Codger, AAABest, Clinton's A Liar, Duke809, dcwusmc

TOP:  mc5cents, Norb2569, LBGA's son, VanJenerette
MIDDLE:  Jim Robinson, KJenerette, davidosborne, KG9Kid
BOTTOM:  gwmoore, Equality7-2521, SAMWolf

TOP:  porgygirl, Phil V., MudPuppy, NorCoGOP
MIDDLE:  RaceBannon, Neets, rdb3, jwTexian
BOTTOM:  USMC Vet, TheMayor, Vineyard, rhododogma

TOP:  g'nad, AgThorn's son Justin, SLB, AgThorn's son Brett.
MIDDLE:  fish70, razorback-bert, CheneyChick,Leroy S Mort, Mark17.
BOTTOM:  Terry's Take, Taxman, DinkyDau.

TOP:  ValerieUSA's son Grant, SK1Thurman, kd5cts, RangerVetNam,
dansangel and .45man's son-in-law Tony
BOTTOM:  rangerX, Old China Hand, Trish, Howlin's dad, Mustang

TOP: ohioWfan's son, MamaBear's father-in-law, MamaBear's dad, ladtx
MIDDLE:  The Mayor's niece, M.Kehoe, Beach_Babe's son-in-law
BOTTOM:  deadhead's dad, HiJinx, Severa's hubby, viligantcitizen's granddad.

TOP:  spectr17, RightOnline, SERE_Doc, Tet68.
MIDDLE:  FutureSnakeEater, RightOnline's wife, CIApilot, Clamper1797
BOTTOM:  usmcobra, onedoug, DiverDave, Joe6-pack

TOP:  Q6-God, Scan59, Mama Bear and JKPhoto's son, ofMagog.
MIDDLE:  Big'ol_freeper, JustAmy's great uncle, Prodigal Son.
BOTTOM:  JustAmy's husband, JustAmy's brother-in-law, JustAmy's brother.

TOP:  dakine's wife, MeeknMing's dad, Auntbee's nephew, MilitiaMan7, AlasBabylon.
BOTTOM:  Joe Brower, Temple Owl, Temple Owl's wife, dutchess' dad, Aomagrat.

TOP:  ladtx #2 son; DiverDave's twin Don; petuniasevan and husband
poorman; Mustard; ladtx #1 son;
BOTTOM:  AlamoGirl's brother Floyd; AG's dad; AG's brother Jim (inset);
WVNan's husband; ladtx' Aunt Eva.

TOP: Mo1's dad; BuffyT's Uncle (right, w/ her dad & grandmother); Armymarinemom's 3 sons.
MIDDLE: ru4Liberty's dad; SheLion's husband, MaineRebel; wirestripper.
BOTTOM: fivetoes; bigghurtt; hurricane; ladtx' dad; Pippin's brother.

TOP: Repubmommy's brother, Rose in RoseBear's uncle, BoxerBlues' son Chris, BoxerBlues' son Brent.
BOTTOM: Rose in RoseBear's cousin's hubby, Deadhead's stepdad, Dansy's dad, Misty's brother.

LEFT: Little Pig; TOP: hattend, Old Sarge, Aquamarine's dad.
MIDDLE: HuntsvilleTxVeteran.
BOTTOM: Its_me_K.E.T.'s son, Veloxherc, SeeRushToldU_So.


07-01-06 ~ Hall of Fame #16


thru -07-7,8,9-06...
T.G.I.F. at the Finest

Opinions by our own 'King of Ping'
Every Thursday at the Finest
The guy's good, folks!

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To: MEG33; All

Thank you, Meg. I'm really going to miss her, but I sure know I'm not the only one.

I need to get to bed. Have a poem to post for NNB in the morning, but haven't put it together with picture yet.

Nite-nite. Love to all.

41 posted on 07/09/2006 10:40:44 PM PDT by Billie
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To: Mama_Bear

Thank you, Lori. I'll be back in the morning. Hugs.

42 posted on 07/09/2006 10:42:07 PM PDT by Billie
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To: WVNan; 4woodenboats; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; abletruth; Accountable One; Aeronaut; AKA Elena; ...



Never Forgotten


You touched so many hearts. You will be missed

We will cry selfish tears while we mourn your passing. Heaven is rejoicing in gaining another angel.




43 posted on 07/09/2006 10:52:23 PM PDT by trussell (Work for God...the retirement benefits are awesome!)
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To: DaBearOne

It is beautiful, Bernie.. I know Maggie had fought the good fight and she had finished the course..I treasure the time I got to know her through the Finest. She will be missed so much.
HUGS, prayers and love go out to you and all your family.

44 posted on 07/09/2006 10:57:46 PM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: DaBearOne; LadyX; MedProf; inhishands; WVNan; The Mayor; Finest FRiends; All
Song titled: Maggie

For all Maggie's Fam I can't recall Roger's SN...

45 posted on 07/10/2006 12:10:44 AM PDT by Majie Purple
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To: DaBearOne; MedProf; inhishands; WVNan; The Mayor; Finest FRiends; All

One of my Fave posts from Maggie.
& it bears repeating on this
Maggie Tribute Thread today.
All Maggie's Fam included in my ping...

"Posted by LadyX to Purple Mountains Maj; Mama_Bear; Kitty Mittens; WVNan; The Mayor; Diver Dave; Dubya; MEG33; ...
On News/Activism 05/07/2006 6:04:07 PM PDT · 149 of 163

Quiet evening in The Finest Family Room.
Posting thought-provoking mail received from
my dear friend of 34 years in Florida....

+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +

Some years ago, on a hot summer day in south Florida, a little boy decided to go for a swim in the old swimming hole behind his house. In a hurry to dive into the cool water, he ran out the back door, leaving behind shoes, socks, and shirt as he went.

He flew into the water, not realizing that as he swam toward the middle of the lake, an alligator was swimming toward the shore.

His father working in the yard saw the two as they got closer and closer together. In utter fear, he ran toward the water, yelling to his son as loudly as he could. Hearing his voice, the little boy became alarmed and made a U-turn to swim to his father. It was too late. Just as he reached his father, the alligator reached him. From the dock, the father grabbed his little boy by the arms just as the alligator snatched his legs. That began an incredible tug-of-war between the two. The alligator was much stronger than the father, but the father was much too passionate to let go. A farmer happened to drive by, heard his screams, raced from his truck, took aim and shot the alligator.

Remarkably, after weeks and weeks in the hospital, the little boy survived. His legs were extremely scarred by the vicious attack of the animal. And, on his arms, were deep scratches where his father's fingernails dug into his flesh in his effort to hang on to the son he loved.

The newspaper reporter who interviewed the boy after the trauma, asked if he would show him his scars. The boy lifted his pant legs. And then, with obvious pride, he said to the reporter, "But look at my arms. I have great scars on my arms, too. I have them because my Dad wouldn't let go."

You and I can identify with that little boy. We have scars, too. No, not from an alligator, but the scars of a painful past. Some of those scars are unsightly and have caused us deep regret.
But, some wounds, my friend, are because God has refused to let go. In the midst of your struggle, He's been there holding on to you.

The Scripture teaches that God loves you. You are a child of God. He wants to protect you and provide for you in every way But sometimes we foolishly wade into dangerous situations, not knowing what lies ahead.

The swimming hole of life is filled with peril - and we forget that the enemy is waiting to attack.

That's when the tug-of-war begins - and if you have the scars of His love on your arms, be very, very grateful.

He did not and will not ever let you go.

Never judge another persons scars, because you don't know how they got them.

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46 posted on 07/10/2006 12:35:03 AM PDT by Majie Purple
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To: DaBearOne; MedProf; inhishands; WVNan; ST.LOUIE1; Billie; Mama_Bear; MEG33; Kitty Mittens; All

From your dearest Maggie! Meant for Roger too!

47 posted on 07/10/2006 1:52:39 AM PDT by Majie Purple
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To: The Mayor; DaBearOne; WVNan

This is a hard "Finest" to take part in. Besides being fellow SandLappers and conservatives, Maggie and I found that we had a lot in common. She was my older cousin as is WVNan, both of whom are great examples to me.

Maggie was a special Lady and one whom I looked up to and admired. I looked forward to the special emails from her with smippets of information about her life and also about the children and grandchildren and the family and dreaded the ones where she told us about the progress she was making with her illness.

Although we never met in person, we felt as though we shared family, etc.

Dearest Cuz, I will miss you. Thank you for being in my life for this brief time. It seemed like we knew each other all of our lives.

48 posted on 07/10/2006 2:18:06 AM PDT by dixie sass
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To: Billie

How pretty, Billie.

49 posted on 07/10/2006 2:28:19 AM PDT by dixie sass
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To: DaBearOne

Yes, she would and telling him wonderful tales of friends and family she left behind.

She would be telling us not to grieve but to rejoice, wouldn't she?

Scratch the cat's ears for me, Bernie and give him some extra hugs.

50 posted on 07/10/2006 2:31:10 AM PDT by dixie sass
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To: Purple Mountains Maj

Couldn't play it, but will find it somewhere.

51 posted on 07/10/2006 2:33:33 AM PDT by dixie sass
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To: DaBearOne

Home Free

52 posted on 07/10/2006 3:24:12 AM PDT by .30Carbine
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To: DaBearOne

Home Free
by Wayne Watson

I'm trying hard not to think you unkind
But Heavenly Father
If you know my heart
Surely you can read my mind
Good people underneath the sea of grief
Some get up and walk away
Some will find ultimate relief

Home Free, eventually
At the ultimate healing we will be Home Free
Home Free, oh Ive got a feeling
At the ultimate healing
We will be Home Free

Out in the corridors we pray for life
A mother for her baby, A husband for his wife
Sometimes the good die young
It's sad but true
And while we pray for one more heartbeat
The real comfort is with you

You know pain has little mercy
And suffering's no respecter of age, of race or position
I know every prayer gets answered
But the hardest one to pray is slow to come
Oh Lord, not mine, but Thy will be done

Let it be...

Home Free, eventually
At the ultimate healing we will be Home Free
Home Free, oh Ive got a feeling
At the ultimate healing
We will be Home Free

Home Free, eventually
At the ultimate healing gonna be Home Free
Home Free, oh its more than a feeling
At the ultimate healing
Gonna be Home Free

53 posted on 07/10/2006 3:25:24 AM PDT by .30Carbine
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To: LadyX; TexasCowboy; The Mayor; Billie; dutchess; DollyCali; GodBlessUSA; Mama_Bear
All my love, Maggie. . .

54 posted on 07/10/2006 3:38:01 AM PDT by Flyer (Don't question the questioner)
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To: The Mayor
I never had the honor of conversing with LadyX, but you can tell the quality of a person by the caliber of company they keep. Her remembrance here by so many worthy individuals is certainly testimony to that law of human experience.
55 posted on 07/10/2006 3:47:09 AM PDT by starbase (Understanding Written Propaganda (click "starbase" to learn 22 manipulating tricks!!))
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To: The Mayor

To all who celebrate the life of Maggie..LadyX

"“May we live in peace without weeping. May our joy outline the lives we touch without ceasing. And may our love fill the world, angel wings tenderly beating.”

LadyX, God rest your soul precious one and may the good Lord comfort all who love you.

56 posted on 07/10/2006 4:36:56 AM PDT by stopem (God Bless the U.S.A the Troops who protect her, and their Commander In Chief !)
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To: The Mayor



by John Newton

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.
’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, .
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed!
Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,.
And grace will lead me home..
The Lord has promised good to me,.
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures.
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, Who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.

57 posted on 07/10/2006 4:48:59 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3rd Bn. 5th Marines, RVN 1969. - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: The Mayor; LadyX
"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. The Marines don't have that problem."
- Ronald Reagan, U.S. President; 1985

Rest in peace Maggie, you will be missed.

58 posted on 07/10/2006 5:00:56 AM PDT by ladtx ("It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it." -- -- General Douglas MacArthur)
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To: The Mayor

LadyX ~ Honoring Your Life and Service.

59 posted on 07/10/2006 6:34:10 AM PDT by Soaring Feather
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To: Billie

Thanks for the ping Billie. I was so sorry to hear about LadyX passing, she will be greatly missed.

60 posted on 07/10/2006 6:44:01 AM PDT by Daus
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