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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....12-03-02
Billie

Posted on 12/03/2002 5:37:32 AM PST by Billie




A Few of FR's Finest.....
......Every Day

FR is a Treasure Trove of talented, compassionate, patriotic, wonderful people who gather every day to discuss the latest news and issues; salute and support our military and our leaders;  tell a few jokes;  learn a new word;  write poetry;  pray for those in need;  and congratulate those who are deserving. Thank you, Jim Robinson, for giving us the vehicle in which we can express ourselves.

Free Republic made its debut in September, 1996, and the forum was added in early 1997.   I can remember lurking when there were only a few regulars who posted, and now there are over 60,000 who have registered for posting privileges. The forum is read daily by tens of thousands of concerned citizens and patriots from all around the country and the world.






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 can no longer add the photos to the body of the thread, I've been including them in additional posts as I received enough to make another collage.

Still that doesn'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, in addition to seeing FR's Finest Military Personnel every day, I thought it might be fun to feature a different FReeper (or FReepers) each day. If you would like to be pictured, or know someone who would, please FReepmail me and we'll turn the spotlight - on YOU - for the day!

And do let me know if you'd like your picture added to the groups of Veterans/Active Military below. I will keep this page updated, and continue to add them to the comment section of the original Veteran's Day thread as well.

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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



We now have eleven groups of veterans/active military; we will post each group of three or four twice a week, with thumbnail/links of the remaining seven or eight groups on each thread. Click on any of the thumbnails below to see the group full-size.

         

GROUP 1A: TOP: Logos, SwedeGirl's hubby, Neil E Wright, FallGuy, 1John, Sneakypete MIDDLE:  T'wit, COB1, LadyX, Dick Bachert, 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub BOTTOM:  YankeeinSC, Delta21, JoeSixPack1
GROUP 2A: TOP:  Bosniajmc, AFVetGal, Archy, A Navy Vet MIDDLE:  4TheFlag, Aeronaut, 68Grunt, Xinga BOTTOM:  Codger, AAABest, Clinton's A Liar, Duke809, dcwusmc
GROUP 3A: TOP:  mc5cents, Norb2569, LBGA's son, VanJenerette MIDDLE:  Jim Robinson, KJenerette, davidosborne, KG9Kid BOTTOM:  gwmoore, Equality7-2521, SAMWolf
GROUP 4A: TOP:  porgygirl, Phil V., MudPuppy, NorCoGOP MIDDLE:  RaceBannon, OneidaM, rdb3, jwTexian BOTTOM:  USMC Vet, TheMayor, Vineyard, rhododogma
      

GROUP 9A: 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.
GROUP 10A: TOP: dakine's wife, MeeknMing's dad, Auntbee's nephew, MilitiaMan7, AlasBabylon. BOTTOM:  Joe Brower, Temple Owl, Temple Owl's wife, dutchess' dad, Aomagrat.
GROUP 11A: 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.




                     








Today's Finest FReeper has such a wonderful way with words that daisy, dansangel, MamaBear, and I are always anxious to see his first post each day. Oh, the pictures he paints and the smiles he brings! :) It came as no surprise, then, to learn he is an artist by trade, and I was thrilled when he sent me copies of some of his work to share with you today.




jwfiv
Freeper since March 1, 1998


Again, as with many of our profiles, there is no better way to present them than in their own words. Here, then, are jwfiv's:



You have to be careful when you ask a hermit 'Wassup?'. : )

jwfiv with nephews in 1993


I'm a Boomer, born in '51 from the love between a country boy and a farmer's daughter, in Ft. Worth, Texas. Spent the Wonder Years growing up in New Mexico, California, Arizona, Colorado, then back to Arizona in time to graduate high school in '69 and catch the wave of revolution that tinged the air and times. By then, my inborn love of country and vision of John Wayne's America had been shattered by the headlines of that decade, and my political views colored by an anti-American rage.
I swallowed the tripe of the tripesters and believed the leftie lines, or many of them, though not all. I was the first feminist I ever knew...wore a black arm band on the first Earth Day (sheesh, I'm so embarassed)...marched on campus the night after Kent State, chanting for an end to war.
Those three years, from '68 to '70, were a cauldron of hope and bitter reality...from the Apollo program, Bobby and Martin murdered, Chicago, Vietnam as I saw it through the media lenses, to Woodstock, Altamont, My Lai and Watergate...all accompanied by the soundtrack of '60s rock n'roll, pop and soul.
I dropped out of college after the second year, feeling guilty over my student deferment and having no direction other than that I figured it was time to go to work.
A lottery number kept me a civilian, and a job and marriage kept me busy the next decade - my medieval period - when the fire of revolution faded because I saw it was a sham and a lazy liberalism held sway.
Roe v. Wade was a reason to celebrate, as Nixon's resignation had been, and....I voted for Jimmy Carter. (Holy smokes, did I just say that out loud?!)

My wife left me as the '70s ended, I left my job and lived on a ranch in the Sierras for most of the next four years ... taking care of a wise old man then in his 90s. He was still sharp and vigorous ... a scholar, prospector, and philosopher who devoted his life to rational thought and honesty. He also was a factor in my conversion from the dark, or gray, side of Force. He loved the Gipper, was a life long Republican, still holding a grudge against Roosevelt for abandoning the gold standard.

Sometimes we would leave the solitude of the ranch and travel the roads of California, where he introduced me to the Lost Coast, the High Sierras, Death Valley and other wonders of the Golden State. I made a great many friends in those days; some have passed on now, but all are part of me.
The road to the ranch on a cold winter's day a long time ago.
It's a beautiful spot; many John Wayne and
Hoppy movies (and more) were filmed nearby.


The apathy and liberal fog started to lift around then as I began to care and learn about the world, the headlines again having an impact upon my politics, but this time they spoke of the failures of liberal policy, the Great Society, and our emasculated President Carter.
I was still a bit transient when I had the first opportunity to mark my ballot for the one and only Ronaldus Magnus and so didn't vote that year, a mistake I didn't repeat four years later. By '84, I was a fire-breathing conservative, proud of my President, my heritage as an American, and a believer in that shining city on a hill.
Once more, the headlines had changed me, but this time it was President Reagan's genuine goodness and faith in the charter of our Founders, his stand against the Soviets, and the Communist genocide in Asia that swayed me into a rather jolting new view of the world. To love America again, and the ideals and hopes which She embodies, was like coming home, and I rejoiced to find out the Duke had been right all along (bless his heart and memory).
More transforming than the headlines was my own awakened religious life and love for God and His Creation. I realized one day that this love had made it impossible to be 'pro-choice'. I knew that Life trumped choice, and the conservative me was fully born.
A rebel when I was a kid, I got to be one again, in my unwillingness to go along with the liberal consensus of much of my neighborhood, circle of friends, workplace. Living today in the la-la land of Southern California, I still have the occasional and delightful opportunity of surprising the well-intended with my secret identity, a joy I relish.
I took my parents to see the Gipper when he came to ASU right after his term ended in '89...he stood tall and strong in his dark suit, radiant and eloquent...my Dad leapt out of his seat to cheer for him as he ended his speech.
Politics is football and chess and church all mixed up into a passion that is painful when the Devil is in the captain's chair, and the headlines of the 90s were as glorious as all the other decades', but, even more agonizing because of the character and misdeeds of he whose name shall not be spoken, and his Red Queen.
President Bush, our Commander-In-Chief, and his beautiful and loving First Lady, are proof to me that God has not abandoned America. Dubya and his posse will kill the outlaws and bring Law and Order to the badlands west of the Euphrates, while proving to all the fence-sitters that, in the long and short run, Truth and Justice and the American way beat the livin' tar outta xlintonomics and xlintonian amorality, not to mention any and all al-queda-type jihadis.

Free Republic came into my life like a new light in the sky, back in early '98, when I jumped to the Whitewater Page from Drudge. Been here since, never strayed, ain't gonna. I'm eternally grateful to Jim Robinson and all Freepers for the knowledge and news and community given me then and all the time since.
Mostly just a reader with an occasional something to say, my most significant contribution to FR was the introduction of the gracious and notorious Serb5150 to Freeperville back a couple of years ago...she and 3 other young GOP-type gals and I went to the Reagan Library in Simi Valley earlier this year, on the day when Nancy Reagan was there for a book signing...I sorta fell in love with Mrs. Reagan when I said hello; she is beautiful as flowers.


I am an artist/designer by trade, with 20 years in traditional media; for 12 years I've been digital. It is my occupation, and vocation. Currently doing work for children's education programs on the web, I'll take the opportunity of this day with you all to share with Freepers a little of what I see inside, on my own...work done not for money, just for free.



"Moonlight"




"Llewlyn Canyon"




"Snowfall"


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Semper fi, and may God bless America always, and protect Her. I wanna see Lady Liberty's light shine forever.   ~ jwfiv






Once again I'd like to thank jwfiv for sharing his story and some of his art with us today. There's one more graphic of a different kind that seems fitting for a thread where we honor our military every day; I couldn't leave this one out:


Thank you, jwfiv,
for being part of our Finest Family!






THIS WEEK'S THREADS

12-02-02 NicMarlo


Opinions by our own 'King of Ping'
The guy's good, folks!




Thanks, Mixer!


     1) Click on the graphic to open the Calendar.
     2) Once there you can click on any month and even click to the right to go into next year. Once you are in the month that you joined FR you will need to click on the number in the calendar and then an add item screen will come up.
     3) In the next box enter your name in the "Calendar Text" field and then click on submit.
     4) If any of the screens fail to load simply click on refresh in your browser and that will usually fix it.
     5) If all else fails or simply if you want me to do this for you send me an FReepmail and I will gladly do it for you. ~Mixer








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1 posted on 12/03/2002 5:37:32 AM PST by Billie
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Mama_Bear; daisyscarlett; dansangel; dutchess; Aquamarine; Diver Dave; JustAmy; ...
Breakfast?


2 posted on 12/03/2002 5:39:48 AM PST by Billie
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To: Billie
Good morning Billie.


3 posted on 12/03/2002 5:41:54 AM PST by Aeronaut
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To: Billie; jwfiv
Let me be the first to say hello!
4 posted on 12/03/2002 5:43:35 AM PST by knighthawk
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To: Aeronaut
The second one then.
5 posted on 12/03/2002 5:44:15 AM PST by knighthawk
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To: Billie; jwfiv
Happy Day, Freeper jwfiv!

Now if I could just get some of that breakfast Billie laid out....

6 posted on 12/03/2002 5:45:11 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Billie; All
center>In memory of my fellow Vietnam helicopter pilots who were killed in that war the following were lost on DEC 3. God bless them all.

1965 CPT Kirk I. Riley (USMC) -- HMM-364, Age 26, Peoria, Illinois
1965 1LT Stanley G. Johnson (USMCR) -- HMM-364, Age 25, Applegate, California (body not recovered)
1967 1LT William S. Cutter (USAR) -- B/1/9 CAV 1 CAV, Age 24, Stillwater, Oklahoma
1969 2LT Jellie -- 161 (INDEP) RECN FLT, Age 19, Waterloo, Iowa

In memory of CPT Kirk I. Riley and 1LT Stanley G. Johnson. As lead in a flight of 6 CH-34's, they took a direct mortar hit in the belly of the aircraft in flight, igniting the fuel tanks. No one survived.

Cousin, Big Brother, fellow Marine Stan was my cousin and big brother. I was a Navy Corpsman assigned to 3rd Batt., 9th Marines and arrived in Viet Nam on October 22, 1965. I knew Stan was coming and thought that we would meet up at some point. My platoon went out on patrol Dec. 1st and was out for a couple of days. We had run into a regiment of V.C. and that was the beginning of Operation Harvest Moon. Stan was on his shake-down flight and was acting as a co-pilot on a UH-34. He was delivering South Vietnamese troops into this operation when he was shot down. I found out about his death the day before Christmas, 1965 by a letter from my mother. During January 1966 my platoon was assigned as the first Sparrow Hawk and was at MAG-36 at Marble Mountain where by chance I ran into a couple of Stan's friends who came to Viet Nam with him. I always looked up to Stan and have been deeply affected by his loss, especially when he was killed only a few miles from where I was.

Dale Fraser -- Cousin, Big Brother, fellow Marine


1LT Stanley G. Johnson

IN THE SHADOW OF THE BLADE

SCOUTS OUT!

7 posted on 12/03/2002 5:45:50 AM PST by ladtx
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To: Aeronaut
Good morning - come on down and have a cup of coffee with us.


8 posted on 12/03/2002 5:49:17 AM PST by Billie
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To: ladtx
It pays to proofread closely, plus have more coffee before you proofread. My apologies for todays post. 2LT Jellie was supposed to have been left off this post. Near as I can figure he was Australian and somehow got onto my list. I have no other information on him and the age and hometown are left over from a previous post. Once again my apologies for the inaccurate post.

ladtx

9 posted on 12/03/2002 5:50:52 AM PST by ladtx
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To: knighthawk
Hi, knighthawk! First, Second - always glad when you can be here! Hope your day has gone well for you!


10 posted on 12/03/2002 5:50:58 AM PST by Billie
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To: anniegetyourgun; The Mayor
Morning, annie - I'd love some of that breakfast above, too! Guess I'll go have a piece of toast and a banana though. :) And coffee! In the Mayor's purple china. :)


11 posted on 12/03/2002 5:54:10 AM PST by Billie
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To: Billie
Good Morning ALL. Congrats jwfiv.


12 posted on 12/03/2002 5:55:44 AM PST by GailA
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To: Billie; daisyscarlett; dansangel; Mama_Bear; LadyX; Pippin; lodwick
Mornin', everybody !


Have a cup while you FReep !









Something happened to my hot chocolate image...it's busted, sorry.
13 posted on 12/03/2002 5:56:09 AM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: Billie
.....and THANKS for breadfast ! Yummy !
14 posted on 12/03/2002 5:57:20 AM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: Billie

Click the Pic

15 posted on 12/03/2002 5:58:54 AM PST by Fiddlstix
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To: ladtx
For Cpt. Kirk I. Riley, 1LT Stanley G. Johnson, 1LT William S. Cutter, 2LT Jellie .......God rest their souls and bless their families.


16 posted on 12/03/2002 6:00:08 AM PST by Billie
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To: GailA
Good morning, Gail. What an adorable Dalmation Pup!
17 posted on 12/03/2002 6:04:07 AM PST by Billie
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To: MeeknMing
Well, darn it! This morning I wanted hot chocolate. LOL! Hi Meekie!
18 posted on 12/03/2002 6:05:33 AM PST by Billie
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To: Fiddlstix
How wonderful to see you this morning, f'stix! You and your "click the pic" - thank you for the Jingle Bells!
19 posted on 12/03/2002 6:06:46 AM PST by Billie
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To: Billie
Good morning, Billie! Breakfast buffet looks great! And such a super job for jw!!


20 posted on 12/03/2002 6:11:32 AM PST by SheLion
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To: Billie
You're Welcome
J
21 posted on 12/03/2002 6:14:13 AM PST by Fiddlstix
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To: jwfiv

Long may it wave - God Bless America

22 posted on 12/03/2002 6:14:47 AM PST by lodwick
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To: SheLion
Morning, SheLion. Thank you, I'm so glad you could be here today.
23 posted on 12/03/2002 6:15:49 AM PST by Billie
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To: jwfiv
Interesting bio! Love your art work...looks clean and pure.
Congratulations on being one of the Finest's!
24 posted on 12/03/2002 6:25:00 AM PST by Aquamarine
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To: Billie; jwfiv
Good morning folks. Have a really good one.
25 posted on 12/03/2002 6:26:14 AM PST by Temple Owl
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To: Billie; jwfiv
Good morning folks. Have a really good one.
26 posted on 12/03/2002 6:26:28 AM PST by Temple Owl
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To: Billie
Yeah, I will have some breakfast while I read this delightful profile yet again (third time). Just love it and all the "purty" pictures...


27 posted on 12/03/2002 6:33:55 AM PST by daisyscarlett
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To: ladtx
S'ok -- my eyes at least were naturally drawn to the narrative concerning counsin Stanley. R.I.P.
28 posted on 12/03/2002 6:37:59 AM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: jwfiv
Good morning. I knew you would have a wonderful story and you do, you do. Can't believe you were a former lib. Your story is so interesting which, I suppose, is why your posts are always so very special. Congratulation on being One of FR's Finest and for sharing on the Finest Thread on a regular basis.


29 posted on 12/03/2002 6:40:55 AM PST by daisyscarlett
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To: jwfiv
Thanks for sharing your day with us all

Congrats on being one of Fr's Finest!!


30 posted on 12/03/2002 6:44:53 AM PST by Mo1
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To: ladtx
Thank you for the rembrance and photo of Lt. Stanley G. Johnson. May he rest in peace along with his fellow helicoptor pilots killed on this date. (He looks so young, so very young.)


31 posted on 12/03/2002 6:47:14 AM PST by daisyscarlett
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To: jwfiv
Wow, that's so honestly written. And well-written. I love the snowfall graphic especially.

Really, thanks for sharing.
32 posted on 12/03/2002 6:47:19 AM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: Billie
Good morning, Billie! I love that graphic; in fact I drove past that spot
(just east of Sonora) last weekend, and the flag is still waving!!!
33 posted on 12/03/2002 6:49:02 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: SheLion
Thanks for the email photos. Sorry I have not acknowledged them before but I have told Billie about them. How is the new kitty doing?
34 posted on 12/03/2002 6:50:43 AM PST by daisyscarlett
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To: daisyscarlett; Billie; Mama_Bear; MeeknMing; jwfiv; .45MAN; All
Good Morning to all of my Finest Sistahs! LOL! {{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}} to you all!

Billie, what a BEAUTIFUL tribute to a wonderful man! This was a great treat to see this morning! And the spread you put out for breakfast....you have really outdone yourself!

Meekie: I guess I'll have to take coffee this morning if the hot chocolate is "broken." LOL! I could use a shot of caffeine! {{{{{Hugs}}}}} to you, Ming and your Dad!

jwfiv: I nearly cried reading your profile. Your bio reads similarly to mine, although I didn't "wake-up" until I met .45MAN during the clintonista reign of terror. I had already given up on the left and was floundering as an Independent. .45MAN pushed me over the fence and into the "right" side...LOL! God is good that people like you and me can be made to "see the light" after getting started in the wrong direction.

Your artwork is beautiful and reflects the soul of the person creating it. May God continue to bless you abundantly and we are awfully glad to have you as a part of FR's Finest!!

{{{{{{{{{jwfiv}}}}}}}}}
35 posted on 12/03/2002 6:51:16 AM PST by dansangel
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To: ladtx
May God keep close to his heart the souls of our fallen heroes. May every citizen of the US give thanks to God and pray for the families of these heroes in appreciation for the freedoms that they enjoy.

God Bless you, ladtx, for your vigilant daily reminders.

{{{{{{{{{ladtx}}}}}}}}}}}
36 posted on 12/03/2002 6:54:23 AM PST by dansangel
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To: lodwick
Good morning, Bud. Absolutely beautiful photo of Old Glory and the sunrise today,


37 posted on 12/03/2002 6:54:43 AM PST by daisyscarlett
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To: Temple Owl
Thank you. Thank you.....LOL...Always so good to see you. Have a super day.
38 posted on 12/03/2002 6:56:21 AM PST by daisyscarlett
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To: Billie
Dang it Billie, why'd you have to go and put that picture of yummy food on my page? I'm TRYING to lose a few pounds after all that Thanksgiving fun. ;-)
39 posted on 12/03/2002 6:57:43 AM PST by BigWaveBetty
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To: Billie; dansangel; Mama_Bear
Hey, looks like we are all here at the same time, sans Lori. Shoot, if she shows up we can have a meeting...lol...

Beautiful calendar page today and beautiful message for the Holiday season.


40 posted on 12/03/2002 7:02:48 AM PST by daisyscarlett
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To: Billie
It will be better in about an hour. Then the workday ends!
41 posted on 12/03/2002 7:06:09 AM PST by knighthawk
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To: daisyscarlett; jwfiv; FreeTheHostages; Temple Owl; humblegunner; LadyX; Freedom'sWorthIt; ...
Good Morning All!

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Click on the pic


42 posted on 12/03/2002 7:10:32 AM PST by Aquamarine
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To: daisyscarlett
Hi {{{{{{{{{{daisy}}}}}}}

Sure hope you have a better day today than you've been having! Excellent calendar page, as always!
43 posted on 12/03/2002 7:14:35 AM PST by dansangel
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To: dansangel; Billie; daisyscarlett; jwfiv

44 posted on 12/03/2002 7:33:26 AM PST by lodwick
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To: Billie

Good Tuesday Morning Fine FReepers

45 posted on 12/03/2002 7:35:35 AM PST by ValerieUSA
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WOW.....what a beautiful thread today! It is simply wonderful to have a thread where one can meet & greet other Freepers! Thank you, dear Billie for creating this place!

jwfiv: what a gifted writer & artist you are. Don't feel too bad about voting for Carter.....I voted for Perot and felt 'guilty' for X42's sneaking into the White House!!

You triggered many memories I have of the beauties of CA! I was fortunate to spend 10 years in that glorious Golden State!

Congratulations to FR's Finest....jwfiv!

This is a photo of Lady Liberty probably taken at sunset on 9-11-01.

46 posted on 12/03/2002 7:45:59 AM PST by JulieRNR21
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To: lodwick
Morning, loddy. That's still one of the prettiest sunrises. :)
47 posted on 12/03/2002 7:48:50 AM PST by Billie
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To: Aquamarine
Good morning, Aqua. On your email last night, there was no link, just the picture itself. Could you send me the link via FR mail?
48 posted on 12/03/2002 7:50:31 AM PST by Billie
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To: Temple Owl
Good morning, Temple! Did your Maggie fix carlo's golden apples/yams for you for Thanksgiving dinner? :)
49 posted on 12/03/2002 7:51:39 AM PST by Billie
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I really enjoyed today's profile. Nice to meet you jwfiv.
50 posted on 12/03/2002 7:52:42 AM PST by ValerieUSA
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