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Posted: Sep 18, 2011 3:52pm
Apr 22, 2009
Focus: Health
Action Request: Think About
Location: California, United States

I, Elizabeth Bollington, have signed up with the Donate Life California Organ & Tissue Donor Registry. Please join me in saving and enhancing the lives of thousands of people in need of your help. It took me only a few minutes to sign up -- minutes that could mean years of life for someone else.

To sign up or for more information, please visit http://www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org.

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Posted: Apr 22, 2009 12:05pm
Dec 22, 2008
Shared To me By A soldier

"TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,
HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF
PLASTER AND STONE."

"I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY
WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
AND TO SEE JUST WHO
IN THIS HOME DID LIVE."

"I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
NOT EVEN A TREE."

"NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES
OF FAR DISTANT LANDS."

"WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
A SOBER THOUGHT
CAME THROUGH MY MIND."

"FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,
IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,
ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY."

"THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,
SILENT, ALONE,
CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR
IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME."

"THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,
THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
NOT HOW I PICTURED
A UNITED STATES SOLDIER."

"WAS THIS THE HERO
OF WHOM I'D JUST READ?
CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,
THE FLOOR FOR A BED?"

"I REALIZED THE FAMILIES
THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS
WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT."

"SOON ROUND THE WORLD,
THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE
A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY."

"THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM
EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS,
LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE."

"I COULDN'T HELP WONDER
HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE
IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME."

"THE VERY THOUGHT
BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,
I DROPPED TO MY KNEES
AND STARTED TO CRY."

"THE SOLDIER AWAKENED
AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
SANTA DON'T CRY,
THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;"

"I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,
I DON'T ASK FOR MORE,
MY LIFE IS MY GOD,
MY! COUNTRY, MY CORPS.'"

"THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER
AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
I COULDN'T CONTROL IT,
I CONTINUED TO WEEP."

"I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS,
SO SILENT AND STILL
AND WE BOTH SHIVERED
FROM T HE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL."

"I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE
ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR
SO WILLING TO FIGHT."

"THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,
WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
WHISPERED, 'CARRY ON SANTA,
IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE.'"

"ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH,
AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
'MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND,!
AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT.'"
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Posted: Dec 22, 2008 9:03am
Sep 9, 2007
The clock struck twelve times.Feelings arose as if I had been there before.Shivers racing up my spine as  I was surrounded in alleys unknown covered in blackness.A sudden chill of evil like icy fingers playing up and down one's spine would grab ,then slap me causing a sudden freeze in utter terror,then overwhelming warmth and awaken....
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Posted: Sep 9, 2007 12:51am
Mar 17, 2007
To honor a town of meaning I know...
In humble rolling hills and smiles that glow..
Such simple town folk living a simple class..
Like time frozen through a looking glass..
Dogs and cats play about her and there..
People gather together in the time square..
My heart is here and I know it will stay..
Forever in Lincoln day after day...
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Posted: Mar 17, 2007 5:42pm
Feb 26, 2007
I miss sharing a morning's sunrise with someone who means the world to me. I miss setting on a porch swing, rocking contentedly as the sun begins to set, and whispering you've been on my mind! I miss watching your favorite movie, you know the one! The one that makes a tear escape your eye as you sigh. That's the time we hold each other closer, and share a kiss that reassures each other more then any words could express. I miss doing those little things that I know seem BIG to you, gestures that show you that I'm so glad you are a part of my life.

I miss those moments when we cuddle, those moments we pass each other in the hallway, and we stop, smile and kiss each other! I miss showing you the kindness, romance and appreciation that shows that I value you in my life. That I value your accomplishments, your point of view and strengths! I miss conversation on any topic, and the opportunity to build dreams. I miss the team work partnership that cemented our love, getting us thru the good times and challenges we faced. I miss the times I hid love notes in the most delightful places you didn't expect! And I smiled so innocently at you as your eyes sparkled like diamonds to know I was thinking of you.

I miss making your bath, and the soft soothing massage that followed as your favorite CD played each song. I miss the holidays shared, and the times we felt grateful that we didn't spend them alone. I miss the walks in the rain, or times we watched for shooting stars, seeing who could make a wish first. I let you win more then me. I miss the sound of your voice, your laughter, that 'Come and get me look' when you needed some TLC! So many things and in so many ways, I miss everything about you.

As my tears begin to fall, I place another yellow rose upon your grave, wishing you hadn't died that day, that you could have been on any other road, when that drunk driver came around the curve on that lonely country road! Even now, years later, I still would have taken your place if I could. Life is just like that country road, full of unexpected twists and turns. We never know if we will see each other tomorrow, or at the end of the day. And for everyone who has lost a loved one, I am sure from time to time you remind yourself of 'The things you miss most'!

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Posted: Feb 26, 2007 9:45pm
Jan 11, 2007
This is my Youngest Son and both of My Boys are taller than Me!
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Posted: Jan 11, 2007 5:28pm
Jan 11, 2007
Sharing a photo of my oldest son
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Posted: Jan 11, 2007 5:26pm
Dec 24, 2006

The clock in the hallway sounded 12 times.

      Midnight.  Christmas Eve.

      Playing softly through the speakers mounted above the nurses' station Christmas music filtered into those rooms with open doors.
     
The older lady sat in her chair by the window.  A thick
comforter wrapped around her frail frame.  Colors flashed and spun along the walls of her room from the gaily lit Christmas tree in the walkway, just outside her door.
    
        Lora gazed past the chilled windowpane, at the snow flurries dancing on an errant breeze.
     
       But the vision that filled her eyes was that of a certain yellow Lab who had become her most treasured visitor.
      
       His name was Mason and he had once been Lora's life companion.  When she became too ill to care for him, her neighbors, newlyweds Tyler and Kelli, had volunteered to take him in.

      Mason had always nurtured a fondness for the couple and quickly became a member of their family, while spending many hours with Lora. Happy hours they were, sitting in Lora's garden as the sun warmed
them both.  Or in Lora's den, a fire crackling in the hearth as both canine and human napped in its cozy glow.
  
   Lora had been in the retirement home for nearly three years, and Mason always visited her on Christmas day.  She looked past her reflection in the window glass and smiled.

      Not too long now until she'd get to see Mason.

      Closing her eyes she snuggled into the warmth of the comforter, her mind playing back well remembered scenes.  Mason loved to fetch and come every Christmas he would gingerly pull a glass ball off
their tree, trot over to her and drop his treasure in her lap.  Lora never knew why he was fascinated with the Christmas ball decorations, but she had come to anticipate this loving gesture from Mason.
    
Last Christmas, when Mason came with Tyler and Kelli to visit, he had proudly presented her with a shiny red ball.  Moments after he had brought the decoration to Lora, a nurse padded through the doorway, a searching expression on her face.  Lora held up the glass ball and the nurse had smiled and shook her head.  Mason grinned and everyone laughed.  Mason had plucked it from the Christmas tree in the hallway.
     
Comforted by her rememberings, Lora fell asleep as the snow tapped softly on her windowpane.
                                    __________

      Their guests had left an hour ago and it was just after midnight when Kelli and Tyler had headed for the comfort of their bed.  Their party had been marvelous but it had left them both tuckered out and the thought of sleep was welcome.
     
Mason, too, had enjoyed the party, entertaining
guests.  Seeking out and giving affections.  Bestowing sloppy kisses on the children, and for the adults Mason proffered his paw.  It was the closest he came to giving them a hug, without fear of knocking them down.
   
  Kelli and Tyler had stopped telling their guests that Mason would fetch them a Christmas ornament from the tree.  For in the two Christmases that had passed, Mason did not comply.  It seemed this particular "gift" was given to one person only -- Lora.
     
As the couple made their way up the stairway, Mason followed close behind, his long tail wagging happily.  A smile on his face, he panted, tongue out to the side of his muzzle.  An expression of utter joy on his furry face.
     
As Kelli and Tyler settled in for the night, Mason circled
three times, then snugged down into his soft bed on the floor, at the foot of their bed.
     
Christmas morning arrived as the winter sun splintered through the blinds of the bedroom window.  Tyler groggily stumbled toward the bathroom and stopped short.
    
Something was not right.  He turned 'round and his eyes fell on the sight of his wife at Mason's bedside.
     
Tears wet her cheeks as she sobbed -- Mason's head held gently in her hands.  Mason was limp, his once animated face now lifeless.
     
Tyler swallowed back a lump in his throat.  He walked numbly over to his wife and Mason, dropped down on his knees and wept into Mason's soft fur.
                                    __________

      Lora was awakened due to the persistent nudging of her hand by a cold, wet nose.  Whiskers tickled her wrist and she smiled as she opened her eyes.
     
      There in her lap lay a multi-colored glass ball.  And staring at her was the happiest face she could ever remember.  That of Mason's.
     
       Lora gingerly cupped the ornament in one hand as she stroked the broad yellow brow of her beloved Mason.  She bent down over her friend and whispered, "Merry Christmas, Mason."

      The nurse padded quietly into Lora's room to find the woman, lifeless, still wrapped in the comforter.
     
      In her lap was a glass ball -- the one she noticed missing from the Christmas tree earlier that night.
    
      Outside the frosty windowpane, the wintry sun sparkled on new snow.
 
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Posted: Dec 24, 2006 3:49pm
Aug 11, 2006
The Final Curtain Closes

The manner of nocturnal grace was she
Gallant was he and so able to focus
With the razzmatazz stern smile of invite
Alas to beguile the enchantress with a pose
His act to last a lifetime for her.

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