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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....12-23-02
Billie, Aquamarine and daisyscarlett

Posted on 12/22/2002 10:49:23 PM PST by daisyscarlett

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.

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, OneidaM, rdb3, jwTexian
BOTTOM:  USMC Vet, TheMayor, Vineyard, rhododogma

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 5A: TOP:  spectr17, RightOnline, SERE_Doc, Tet68. MIDDLE:  FutureSnakeEater, RightOnline's wife, CIApilot, Clamper1797. BOTTOM:  usmcobra, onedoug, DiverDave, Joe6-pack.
GROUP 6A: 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.
GROUP 7A: 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.
GROUP 8A: 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.

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.


When we decided to do a special thread celebrating the Music of Christmas, Aquamarine immediately came to mind as guest hostess for this endeavor. Aquamarine has been posting beautiful art work and music links since the inception of the Finest thread six months ago.

We are pleased that she accepted our invitation to be the guest producer and hostess today and know that you will be too.

Thank you Aquamarine for what promises to be an enjoyable beginning of Christmas week on the Finest thread......daisyscarlett


When daisyscarlett asked me to participate in the Holiday Special Threads by hostessing a Christmas Music Day, I was more than happy to accept her offer.

I love any type of music that's well made and believe that it can lift our spirits and lighten our burdens. Participating in The Finest's, and previously in the Canteen threads, has given me the chance to play many types of music. I am grateful for the opportunity and hope that you have enjoyed my efforts.

I would like to give credit to Billie and daisyscarlett for their assistance in the graphics and layout of this thread. I did help in that area with "suggestions" but the graphics with the music links were produced by me. Would also like to thank Spookbrat and Lodwick for their help in finding the best wav sites.

As we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with music of all types I hope that you will sit back, relax, grab a cup of coffee and some Christmas treats. And listen to some very beautiful music of the season. And by all means, post any music midis or wavs you would like to share.

Merry Christmas to all my Finest FRiends!...Aquamarine


We lovingly dedicate this Special Day of Christmas music to whoever, a dear FRiend to many of us.

    Whoever, we hope you enjoy the music and art graphics today. We missed your help and input in producing this thread, but you were constantly on our mind and in our thoughts. We hope we have achieved our goal of rejoicing in and glorifying the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, through music, as we know you would have encouraged us to do.

Merry Christmas, whoever. We miss you..... Aquamarine and daisyscarlett

to a special edition of FR's Finest

"A Celebration of Christmas Music"

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As noted above, our guest writer and hostess for our Christmas music thread is Aquamarine.

She has divided the music selections into several categories and will feature one music selection in each segment. She will also be posting beautiful Christmas music from all categories throughout the day on the thread itself. We invite you all to join in and post any Holiday wavs or midis as the thread progresses.

Thank you all for coming and we sincerely hope you enjoy this very Special Holiday Music Thread.


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      St. Luke's Christmas Story

        And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed...

        And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

        And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

        To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

        And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

        And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

        And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

        And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

        And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

        For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

        And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

        And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

        Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

        And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

        And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

        And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

        (St. Luke, Chapter 2, verses 1-17. King James Version)

      The Christmas Story spawned many Christmas carols. Perhaps the most famous one is "Silent Night" which was written on Christmas Eve in 1818 in Oberndorf, Austria. Joseh Mohr,an assistant pastor of a local church, had written a poem, "Stille Nacht" in 1816. On December 24, 1818 he gave the poem to his friend the church organist, Franz Gruber. Gruber immediately composed the melody and arranged it for two voices, choir, and guitar in time to be performed that night at the Midnight Mass. By 1955, "Silent Night" had become the most recorded song of all time.

      It was difficult to decide on a presentation for this segment because of the wealth of beautiful carols from which to choose. Aquamarine solved this dilemma by selecting a medley of "Silent Night", "Away in a Manger" and "Oh Holy Night."


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When discussing the classical music of Christmas, "Handel's Messiah" and "Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite" come immediately to mind as well as "Ave Maria". These are beautiful works of art and a couple of them will be played later on in the thread.

For this opening segment Aquamarine has selected "Oh Christmas Tree" as performed by the Sacrum Chamber Choir, a classical choir which some critics feel are superior to the Vienna Boy's Choir. This group is a personal favorite of Aquamarine's.


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This category includes many holiday favorites of us all such as "White Christmas". "Chestnuts Roasting on the Open Fire", aka "The Christmas Song", along with "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" and "Rockin Around the Christmas Tree" and "Merry Christmas" by Alvin and the Chipmunks. We will be playing many of these tunes later from such artists as Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Johnny Mathis. (Not to worry, we do not have "Grandpa Got Run Over by a Reindeer" on our list.)

For this opening segment, Aquamarine has selected "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" by Perry Como.


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There are many songs to choose from in this category. Almost every Country Western star of note has recorded at least one Christmas album in their career. Christmas music is a particular favorite of Country Western fans and Country Western singers do Christmas carols and ballads justice. The songs selected in this category will be performed by such artists as Lynn Anderson, Trisha Yearwood and the Forresters.

For this opening segment, Aquamarine has selected "Winter Wonderland" by George Strait, who is a particular favorite of many on the Finest, including daisyscarlett.

Merry Christmas, Aquamarine


Thank you for this beautiful thread!


12-21,22-02 WEEK IN REVIEW

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 12/22/2002 10:49:23 PM PST by daisyscarlett
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Mama_Bear; Billie; The Thin Man; Grammy Bear; Diver Dave; JustAmy; g'nad; Swede Girl; ...

2 posted on 12/22/2002 11:03:26 PM PST by daisyscarlett
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To: All

The USO Canteen Post Office

E-Mail Our Military Direct Links
Will you help keep the candle lit in the window for them?
Can you spend a few minutes each day to e-mail
our men and women in the military?
Let them know they are not forgotten!
To send your e-mails, Click on the Picture


3 posted on 12/22/2002 11:22:42 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: daisyscarlett; Aquamarine; whoever; ru4liberty
What a GREAT thread - and it's just getting started.

Thanks for all the music, graphics and history lessons.

Most of all, thanks for the wonderful words about our dear FRiend, whoever. Her wonderful words of encouragement, her dedication to our Lord and Savior and her witness of her faith and His promises are lessons for us all. May God's peace and comfort continue to bless her. May His Will be done is her prayer.

4 posted on 12/22/2002 11:24:20 PM PST by Diver Dave
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To: daisyscarlett; Aquamarine; SpookBrat; whoever; All
Absolutely beautiful!! I thank each of you for your part in creating this lovely work of art for our enjoyment. The graphics, the music, and the spiritual message is just perfect. And, dedicating this Special Day of Christmas Music to our dear friend whoever, is a wonderful idea!

I find myself at a loss for words. My heart is just over-flowing with love for all of my friends here on the Finest thread.

I will be back tomorrow to join everyone in this musical celebration, but for now........Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.
5 posted on 12/22/2002 11:31:29 PM PST by Mama_Bear
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To: Diver Dave
Thank you, Dave, for bringing the Light of your faith to this thread. I appreciate the messages you bring, even though I don't always have time to reply.

I echo your words about our FRiend whoever. She is loved and missed by so many here.

6 posted on 12/22/2002 11:38:51 PM PST by Mama_Bear
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To: daisyscarlett; Billie; dansangel; Mama_Bear; SpookBrat; LadyX; Pippin; lodwick
Mornin', everybody !! Happy Monday !

Have a cup while you FReep !

For those who prefer hot chocolate.....

Eggnog, Anyone?

7 posted on 12/23/2002 12:49:34 AM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: daisyscarlett; All
A wonderful page today the music is the best. i hope everyne has a wonderful day and a Happy and holy Christmas.
God Bless everyone on FR's Finest and FreeRepublic...
8 posted on 12/23/2002 1:40:15 AM PST by .45MAN
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To: daisyscarlett
Good morning Daisy.

9 posted on 12/23/2002 1:54:31 AM PST by Aeronaut
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To: daisyscarlett; All
Good morning everyone (-:
10 posted on 12/23/2002 3:00:16 AM PST by firewalk
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; Billie; FallGuy
Thank you, Tonk, fer linking yer wonderful USO Canteen Site to this equally wonderful FReeper's Finest Site!!

Merry Christmas to All!!


11 posted on 12/23/2002 4:33:16 AM PST by Mudboy Slim
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To: MeeknMing
"Eggnog, Anyone?"

OH, YEAH!! And I've got extra SouthernComfort fer anyone who believes Meek goes a little light on the elixir...MUD

12 posted on 12/23/2002 4:34:55 AM PST by Mudboy Slim
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To: Diver Dave; Mama_Bear; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; Mudboy Slim; MeeknMing; .45MAN; Aeronaut; All
Good morning all!
So happy you like the music intro Dave and Mama Bear and the dedication to whoever. She is a very special FReeper whose presence here is missed.

The First Noel
by Nat King Cole

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13 posted on 12/23/2002 4:52:05 AM PST by Aquamarine
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To: Mudboy Slim; All
Heh heh !!

Merry Christmas from
Ming n Meek !

14 posted on 12/23/2002 5:00:30 AM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: daisyscarlett; Billie
Thank you Dasiy and Billie for all of the hard work that you put into making this thread. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I have enjoyed working with you all putting it together.
Love the Guest Hostess Babe! Looking at the picture makes me feel forty something years younger. :)))
15 posted on 12/23/2002 5:01:00 AM PST by Aquamarine
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To: Aquamarine
Nat King Cole. Beautiful. Thanks !
16 posted on 12/23/2002 5:02:03 AM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: BeforeISleep
Good morning! It's nice to see you here so early.
17 posted on 12/23/2002 5:04:55 AM PST by Aquamarine
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To: MeeknMing
How did a little green dude like you get such a purty li'l elf ta marry ya, my FRiend?! must be something that is not easily-descernible to others on the Forum...hmmmmmmm?

LOL and FReegards, my FRiend...MUD

18 posted on 12/23/2002 5:06:26 AM PST by Mudboy Slim
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To: Mudboy Slim
Jes lucky, I guess, lol !......

This is MeeknMing

19 posted on 12/23/2002 5:20:12 AM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: MeeknMing
Good Morning ALL. What a wonderful thread this morning.

The REASON for the Season


20 posted on 12/23/2002 5:26:24 AM PST by GailA
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