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I would like to start this Newsletter of with - A Prayer For Our
”Oh God, Our Heavenly Father, You have blessed us with brave men and
women who are willing to defend our freedom. May Your protection and
grace surround them each day. Let Your healing hand be upon those who
suffer wounds and injuries. May those who have made the ultimate
sacrifice rest forever in Your Holy Presence. Comfort the families who
mourn and are left to remember the precious lives of their loved ones.
Help us to honor and support them. Let us ever be mindful of each
sacrifice made on behalf of the American people by our sons,
daughters, husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, and friends. Amen.”
“May Day,” definitions differ with many. It is observed in the United
States, Canada, and parts of Western Europe in celebration of the
coming of spring. In socialist countries it honors labor and labor
organizations. This month’s Newsletter will zero in on our Heroes, the
protectors of our way of life. The Armed Forces will be brought to
attention in articles that celebrate them and those that have given
the ultimate sacrifice for our way of life.
First, I would like to acknowledge another group of individuals that
are the mainstay of our Families... Happy Mother’s Day!
Mother's Day is a holiday celebrated annually as a tribute to all
mothers and motherhood...or as I like to think, just one of the #365
days that I appreciate - Moms! Most of our Mothers have passed away,
but that does not matter on Mother’s Day. I’m sure that each of us
will express a memory or thought that we remember, from when our Moms
were still with us. Also, most of us (males) have a wife that has and
continues to be a Mom to our next generation of family. I would like
to say, a few words to both of the Mothers above: “All that I am or
ever hoped to be, I owe to my Mothers - Happy Mother’s Day, I Love
You!” Lastly, a very special thank you and I love you to
all the military spouses on their special day also!
Along with Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, Military Spouses Day and all
the other significant days in May, you will have all types of other
interesting topics. Be ready for some titles about: Trees, Bored
Engineers, Smoothini, Starbucks, A Cow - Ant - and an Old Fart,
...They Call a Dog, To Einstein.
Hooah, Hugs, & The Great Month of May,
Cow, the Ant and the Old Fart”
Contributed by Gary Rocklage
A cow, an ant and an old fart are debating on who is the greatest of
the three of them... The cow said, "I give 20 quarts of milk every
day and that's why I am the greatest!"
The ant said, "I work day and night, summer and winter, I can carry 52
times my own weight and that's why I am the greatest!"
Why are you scrolling down? It's your turn to say something.
Seated at A Starbucks”
Contributed by Peggy Graham
While seated at a Starbucks, a homeless man came in and sat nearby.
His scent was unpleasant and people looked at him and rolled their
eyes. He was simply doing what we were all doing, drinking coffee and
taking advantage of free WIFI. He brought his dog, Legacy, who was
He proceeded to tell me he walked 60 miles from Seattle to Tumwater
over a few day period. He spoke highly of Legacy who, in stride,
journeyed along with his master every step of the way without
complaint. As soon as Legacy was told to lie down, he fell asleep. It
was sad to see people distance themselves from this homeless veteran.
Kids who inquired about the dog were quickly shielded by their parents
and hurried away.
This Veteran explained most people have no concept of being Christ
like because they simply place Christ on the shelf as soon as they
He told me while in Bellevue, WA, 5 well known Seattle Seahawks
players walked past him. One of the Seahawks made a rude comment about
him being homeless and tried to offer him a $20 bill. The money was
declined and that player who claimed to be a Christian was offended.
The homeless man told the wealthy Seahawks player that he would not
accept money from someone who would belittle him in front of others
claiming to be a Christian. Needless to say that player was
embarrassed because his friends had witnessed his rude prideful
Later in the evening, I overhead him telling his dog that they would
soon find new shoes to continue their journey. The shoes he was
wearing were in poor shape. As I was leaving, I offered him a meal
which he gladly accepted. I also knew I had a new pair of boots in my
storage unit and I asked him if they fit, would accept them. He said
After a short drive, I brought him a new pair of boots. He had the
biggest smile and told Legacy that their journey would soon continue.
He apologized as he took off his socks because they were dirty and
falling apart. I asked him if he had any socks and he said what he was
wearing was his only pair. Jokingly, he asked if I had socks with me. I
had just done laundry and had some pairs of new clean white socks in
my car. I gave him the socks and he switched out his old shoes for the
new boots I gave him.
We shook hands and wished each other well. While walking away, I
overheard a final conversation between a man and his dog. He simply
patted Legacy on the head and said,
“I told you God was going to take care of us.”
Gets Better With Age”
Contributed by Stevie Graham
I've learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing
"Silent Night." Age 5
I've learned that our dog doesn't want to eat my broccoli either. Age
I've learned that when I wave to people in the country’, they stop
what they are doing and wave back. Age 9
I've learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom
makes me clean it up again. Age 12
I've learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try
cheering someone else up. Age 14
I've learned that although it's hard to admit it. I'm secretly glad my
parents are strict with me. Age 15.
I've learned that silent company,... is often more healing than words
of advice. Age 24.
I've learned that brushing my child's hair is one of life's great
pleasures. Age 26.
I've learned that wherever I go, the world's worst drivers have
followed me there. Age 29
I've learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must
live so that no one will believe it.
I've learned that there are people who love you dearly but just don't
know how to show it. Age 42
I've learned that you can make someone's day by simply sending them a
little note. Age 44
I've learned that the greater a person's sense of guilt, the greater
his or her need to cast blame on others. Age 46.
I've learned that children and grandparents are natural allies. Age
I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today,
life does go on... and it will be better tomorrow. Age 48
I've learned that singing "Amazing Grace" can lift my spirits for
hours. Age 49
I've learned that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he handles
these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas
tree lights. Age 51
I've learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine
cabinet full of pills. Age 52
I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents,
you miss them ‘terribly’ after they die. Age 53
I've learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a
life. Age 58
I've learned that if you want to do something positive for your
children, work to improve your marriage. Age 61
I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt
on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. Age 64
I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if
you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new
people, and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.
I've learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually
make the right decision. Age 66
I've learned that everyone can use a prayer. Age 72
I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. Age
I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone.
People love that human touch - holding hands, a warm hug, just a
friendly pat on the back, or a phone call - NOT a text. Age 90
I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. Age 92
I've learned that you should pass this on to someone you care about.
Sometimes they just need a little something to make them smile.
Happy Birthday and Anniversary to All May Classmates
May Dates to Remember:
1---International Tuba Day - May Day - Loyalty Day -
Mother Goose Day - Save the Rhino Day - Space Day.
2---Baby Day - Brothers and Sisters Day.
3---Lumpy Rug Day - World Press Freedom Day.
4---Bird Day - National Candied Orange Peel Day - Renewal Day - Star
5---Cinco de Mayo - National Hoagie Day - Oyster Day -
National Teachers Day .
6---National Tourist Appreciation Day - Beverage Day - National Nurses
Day - No Diet Day - School Nurses Day.
7---National Tourism Day.
8---Military Spouses Day - No Socks Day - V-E Day - World Red Cross
Day / World Red Crescent Day - Iris Day.
9---Birth Mother's Day - International Migratory Bird Day - National
10---Mother's Day - Clean up Your Room Day.
11---Eat What You Want Day - Twilight Zone Day.
12---Fatigue Syndrome Day - International Nurses Day - Limerick Day.
13---Frog Jumping Day - Leprechaun Day - National Receptionist Day.
14---Dance Like a Chicken Day.
15---National Bike to Work Day - National Chocolate Chip Day - Police
Officer's Memorial Day.
16---Armed Forces Day - Love a Tree Day - National Sea Monkey Day -
Wear Purple for Peace Day.
17---Pack Rat Day.
18---International Museum Day - No Dirty Dishes Day - Visit Your
19---Boy's Club Day.
20---Be a Millionaire Day - Pick Strawberries Day.
21---National Memo Day - National Waiters and Waitresses Day.
22---Buy a Musical Instrument Day.
23---International Jazz Day - Lucky Penny Day.
24---National Escargot Day.
25---Memorial Day - National Missing Children's Day - Tap Dance Day.
26---Sally Ride Day.
27---Sun Screen Day.
28---Amnesty International Day.
29---Learn About Composting Day.
30---Water a Flower Day.
31---National Macaroon Day - Save Your Hearing Day - World No Tobacco
Keep Your Fork...’64, Bob Graham
PS: It is getting close to those Summer Months and Las Vegas makes
for a nice place to visit. So, if you are coming this way, contact
me...I would love to see you. The Bob and Peggy - Bed and Breakfast is
filling fast (almost 90% now, mostly relatives) for the summer time
Thanks again for all the articles sent in for the May Newsletter and
especially for Memorial Day.
Now that Income Tax time is over, let’s all take a deep breath and
enjoy the month of May and get ready for an Outstanding Summer!
Don’t forget my e-mail address has changed from: email@example.com TO
Hooah, Hugs, & Stay Connected or Reconnect, Bob