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The Life & Times of DjembeQueen as I start another Blogging expedition This blog is more of the web as I come across websites & online articles which I like & want others to know about with some comments of my own

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Patrick & Everyone;

That was a wonderful Christmas Message & I'm so glad that it was shared, it touched me in a special place because I was a single UnWed mother back when I was in my early 20's & it was gifts from people like that in the story who on many a Thanksgiving & Christmas made donations to churches with food for the food baskets & gifts for under the tree because after paying the rent & heat & clothes there wasn't much left over for presents for my 2 children so I know touched those families who were on the Receiving End of that family's anonymous gifts felt when their children were given brand new equipment to use & the other gifts which were given the years after that

I do hope that you'll reread the message or pass it on to others in these days of hard times & unemployment there are many who in times past may have been on the giving end but this year have found themselves on the receiving end due to no fault of their own & will consider maybe donating to the local churches & food banks & homeless shelters so that others may be blessed because there are needs all during the year not just during the holiday seasons

>From My Family to All of Your Families we wish you a very Merry Christmas, & a Joyous New Year

Theresa Tillett

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Patrick Lacy wrote:

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to do something a little different for a Holiday message so I thought I'd send an inspirational story that touched me deeply.

Best wishes for a GREAT NEW YEAR!


For the Man Who Hated Christmas

by Nancy W. Gavin

It's just a small, white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the past ten years or so.

It all began because my husband Mike hated Christmas--oh, not the true meaning of Christmas, but the commercial aspects of it--overspending... the frantic running around at the last minute to get a tie for Uncle Harry and the dusting powder for Grandma---the gifts given in desperation because you couldn't think of anything else.

Knowing he felt this way, I decided one year to bypass the usual shirts, sweaters, ties and so forth. I reached for something special just for Mike. The inspiration came in an unusual way.

Our son Kevin, who was 12 that year, was wrestling at the junior level at the school he attended; and shortly before Christmas, there was a non-league match against a team sponsored by an inner-city church. These youngsters, dressed in sneakers so ragged that shoestrings seemed to be the only thing holding them together, presented a sharp contrast to our boys in their spiffy blue and gold uniforms and sparkling new wrestling shoes. As the match began, I was alarmed to see that the other team was wrestling without headgear, a kind of light helmet designed to protect a wrestler's ears.

It was a luxury the ragtag team obviously could not afford. Well, we ended up walloping them. We took every weight class. And as each of their boys got up from the mat, he swaggered around in his tatters with false bravado, a kind of street pride that couldn't acknowledge defeat.

Mike, seated beside me, shook his head sadly, "I wish just one of them could have won," he said. "They have a lot of potential, but losing like this could take the heart right out of them." Mike loved kids - all kids - and he knew them, having coached little league football, baseball and lacrosse. That's when the idea for his present came. That afternoon, I went to a local sporting goods store and bought an assortment of wrestling headgear and shoes and sent them anonymously to the inner-city church. On Christmas Eve, I placed the envelope on the tree, the note inside telling Mike what I had done and that this was his gift from me. His smile was the brightest thing about Christmas that year and in succeeding years. For each Christmas, I followed the tradition--one year sending a group of mentally handicapped youngsters to a hockey game, another year a check to a pair of elderly brothers whose home had burned to the ground the week before Christmas, and on and on.

The envelope became the highlight of our Christmas. It was always the last thing opened on Christmas morning and our children, ignoring their new toys, would stand with wide-eyed anticipation as their dad lifted the envelope from the tree to reveal its contents.

As the children grew, the toys gave way to more practical presents, but the envelope never lost its allure. The story doesn't end there.

You see, we lost Mike last year due to dreaded cancer. When Christmas rolled around, I was still so wrapped in grief that I barely got the tree up. But Christmas Eve found me placing an envelope on the tree, and in the morning, it was joined by three more.

Each of our children, unbeknownst to the others, had placed an envelope on the tree for their dad. The tradition has grown and someday will expand even further with our grandchildren standing to take down the envelope.

Mike's spirit, like the Christmas spirit will always be with us.



Patrick Lacy, Branch Director
Nations Group USA
Ct. Loan Originator lic. # 115786

1224 Mill St.
 Unit B suite 3
 East Berlin, Ct. 06023

Saturday, December 26, 2009

[Fwd: A Christmas Day Message from Lt Col Oliver North]

Wanted to share this with others who want to lift up our Troops

-------- Original Message --------

Dear Patriotic American,

"I immediately reached down - up, really, since I was upside down - for my legs. I could tell they were gone."

An American Hero, 25-year-old Lt Dan, recalls what happened to him in August, when an IED blew up under him, in Kandahar province, near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

I know this dangerous area well. In what turned out to be the bloodiest month of the war in Afghanistan, my FOX News team and I were embedded there in September during our 16th trip to report on the fight against radical Islamic terror.

Once again, I witnessed American Heroes in action. Like Lt Dan, those serving in Afghanistan and Iraq today are in harm's way and have forfeited the comforts of home and the warmth and affection of family for the rest of us.

Fortunately, Lt Dan survived and is recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he is being fitted with prosthetic legs.

In the last three months, more than 1,000 Americans have been wounded in battle in Afghanistan. They and their families have made extraordinary sacrifices on our behalf.

It has been my great blessing to have spent most of my life in the company of real American heroes, all our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Guardsmen and Marines - like the ones you see pictured here - who leave their families and risk their lives to keep America safe, strong and free.

For these heroes and their families, I come to you again with an urgent and humble request.

Please open your heart, as you have in the past, with an urgently-needed gift to our Freedom Alliance Support Our Troops program by GOING HERE.
This is a year-round effort to honor and support:

Our combat-wounded troops recuperating at military hospitals all around the country,
Children and families of troops deployed overseas and;
Active duty troops serving overseas, thousands of miles from their families and friends.

Your generous contribution NOW will make a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in 2010 for our courageous troops in several ways.

FIRST, the Freedom Alliance Support Our Troops program will continue supporting our wounded and recuperating troops. You may be surprised to know that there are more than 12,000 servicemen and women in Warrior Transition Units on military bases all around the country. These American heroes are recovering from their injuries and many will return to active duty; others will transition to civilian life.

With your generous contribution today, by GOING HERE, Freedom Alliance can put the "MERRY" in Christmas for our injured heroes. Several of the ways we do this are by:

Hosting Troop Appreciation Events, including dinners and Christmas parties for combat-wounded troops and their families stationed at military bases and Wounded Warrior Transition Units around the country to show them how truly grateful our country is for their sacrifice.

Freedom Alliance will also deliver Christmas gifts to military families who need our help at this special time of year. Last year, through the generosity of Freedom Alliance supporters, like you, we gave over 5,000 Christmas gift bags to our wounded servicemembers and their families.

We also provide financial aid grants and gift cards to servicemen and women in need. Last year, Freedom Alliance supporters made it possible for us to provide over $225,000 in financial aid grants to our brave defenders of freedom in military hospitals around the United States.

SECOND, the Freedom Alliance "Gifts from Home" project ships care packages to our troops serving overseas. During the Christmas season, we will ship hundreds of "Gifts from Home" boxes containing thousands of requested and needed items, including prepaid international calling cards, candy, toiletries, games, non-perishable food, Germ-X hand sanitizer, books, magazines, DVDs, CDs and much more!

THIRD, Freedom Alliance provides support for military families through our "Adopt-A-Military Family" project, which brings Holiday joy to families in need, with Christmas gifts they might not otherwise afford - all wrapped and delivered to their homes before Christmas.

We are turning to you because you have been such a faithful and generous Freedom Alliance supporter in the past. Will you please join with me and Freedom Alliance again to pay tribute to our front-line warriors and their families by GOING HERE to make your most generous tax-deductible contribution today?

The support and financial assistance you make possible - now and throughout the New Year - will show our brave heroes how proud and grateful we are that they fought for our freedom.

On this Christmas Day, I wish you and your family a blessed and peaceful holiday. Please keep our Brave Defenders of Freedom in your thoughts and prayers. God Bless you and your family and thank you for your generous and faithful support.

Semper Fidelis,

LtCol Oliver North, USMC (Ret.)
Founder and Honorary Chairman

P.S. After Christmas is over, our brave men and women in uniform will still need our help. Please make your most generous tax-deductible contribution to Freedom Alliance HERE so we can start 2010 as we finished 2009 - doing all we can to honor our American servicemembers. God Bless.



[Fwd: FW: THE LAW IS THE LAW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]

Passing this along because this does make alot of sense & hope that you'll pass it along as well

-------- Original Message --------

Send this to your congress representative, and senators
Makes sense to me!






This is one of the better e-mails I have received in a long time! I hope this makes its way around the
USA several times over!!!!!
So Be It!


So "if" the US government determines that it is against the
law for the words "under God" to be on our money, then, so be it.

And "if" that same government decides that the

"Ten Commandments"
are not to be used in or on a government installation, then, so be it.

I say,
"so be it," because I would like to be a
law abiding
  US citizen..

I say,
"so be it," because I would like to think that smarter people than I are in positions to make good decisions.

I would like to think that those people have the

American public's best interests at heart.


Since we can't pray to God, can't Trust in God and cannot post His Commandments in Government buildings
, I don't believe the Government and its employees should participate in the Easter and Christmas celebrations which honor the God that our government is eliminating from many facets of American life.

Therefore, I'd like my
mail delivered on Christmas, Good Friday,Thanksgiving & Easter. After all, it's just another day.

I'd like the
"   US  Supreme Court to be in session on Christmas, Good Friday, Thanksgiving & Easter as well as Sundays." After all, it's just another day.

I'd like the
Senate and the House of Representatives to not have to worry about getting home for the "Christmas Break." After all it's just another day.

I'm thinking that a lot of
my taxpayer dollars could be saved, if all government offices & services would work on Christmas, Good Friday & Easter. It shouldn't cost any overtime since those would be just like any other day of the week to a government that is trying to be "politically correct."

In fact....

I think that
our government should work on Sundays (initially set aside for worshipping God...) because, after all, our government says that  it should be just another day....

If this idea gets to enough people,
maybe our elected officials will stop giving in to the "minority opinions" and begin, once again, to represent the "majority" of ALL of the American be  it.

These are definitely things I never thought about but from now on I'll be sure to question those in government who support these changes.

"I hope this makes its way around the USA several times over.
Let's see that it does.


Tuesday, December 08, 2009

[Fwd: Webcast: Deserting Darwin: Tonight 7:05 CST]

Wanted to share this with you so that you'll be able to
try to watch this with your children

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Webcast: Deserting Darwin: Tonight 7:05 CST
Date: Tue, 08 Dec 2009 18:05:51 -0600
From: Tim Wildmon <>

American Family Association


Webcast: Deserting Darwin: The Galapagos Re-Discovered

December 7, 2009

I'd like to call your attention to a very important radio/Internet simulcast tomorrow night. It's called, "Deserting Darwin: The Galapagos Re-Discovered". Our special guest will be Doug Phillips, President of Vision Forum. Both he and host Crane Durham will be discussing the significance of two anniversaries in 2009. One is the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin and the other is the 150th anniversary of his work, "On the Origin of Species". Together these represent a decisive shift in thinking about human origins and the age of the Earth. As part of the broadcast you'll hear from Dr. John Morris of the Institute for Creation Research as well as experts in law and apologetics.

As a special bonus you'll be able to view the latest film from Vision Forum entitled, "The Mysterious Islands". In this beautiful documentary, Doug Phillips traces Darwin's voyage with a team of Christian scientists and investigators to ask a penetrating question - are these Islands a laboratory of evolution, or a testimony to God's marvelous creation?

I hope you'll make plans to join us for this important two-hour webcast, "Deserting Darwin: The Galapagos Re-Discovered" tomorrow (Tuesday) night, December 8th beginning at 8:05 (EST).


Jeff Chamblee
Producer, "Deserting Darwin - The Galapagos Re-Discovered"


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