Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
This cross is from her Mother Maggie Carty Neu, probably from one of G'mas rosaries ... I am having a loop put on it so that I may wear it.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
|Travelling Liberty Bell History (Cast in 1976)|
|Learn about the orginal Libery Bell of 1753|
|The Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) commissioned seventy exact replica Liberty Bells to be made to supply the need for bells for the bicentennial of the Declaration of Independence. This Bell was purchased by the Fort Worth Vietnam veterans for a war memorial for those who gave their last full measure of devotion for liberty in Vietnam.The Tarrant county fathers failed to uphold their promise to place the bell in downtown Fort Worth until the veterans agreed to render the bell mute suggesting it be filled with concrete. The veterans refused to be party to silencing the Liberty Bell. They decided to allow the bell to be used where the freedom for which they fought would be honored.The Associated Conservatives of Texas purchased the Bell in 2002 after displaying the bell for ten years. The Liberty Bell is of the same size and weight so the sound produced will be the same as that heard by our founding fathers.|
Benjamin Franklin wrote in 1775,
The same sound that called every meeting to order at the Pennsylvania State House, and inspired the men who wrote the Articles of Confederation, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution of the United States can be heard today by ringing this bell.
**Let FREEDOM Ring Loud & Clear!**
((You may wish to read the other historical posts of the past several days I've shared))
Please lift Kat's friend, she has a limited time left~
**Sherry has an infection that is going back into bronchitis & is back on antibiotics. Saw general Dr. for this today & pulmonary Dr. this Friday. She said she doesn't feel like talking on the phone nor having visitors yet but so appreciates all the beautiful messages, notes, cards, prayers & thoughts from all of us.**
Monday, May 24, 2010
What a wonderful giving & caring woman Pam was to our men in uniform. The history of Audie & Pam are pieces we may each not know. It is with great pride that I share with you this wonderful story.
Pamela Murphy, widow of hero and actor, , died peacefully at her home on April 8, 2010. She is survived by sons, Terry and James. Pam established her own distinctive 30 year career working as a patient liaison at the Sepulveda VA Hospital, where she was much beloved. Services will be held at Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills) on Friday April 16 at 2:30PM
Pam Murphy, the widow of Audie Murphy, was involved in the Sepulveda hospital and care center over the course of 35 years, treating every veteran who visited the facility as if they were a VIP. Pam Murphy died last week at the age of 90.
Any soldier or Marine who walked into the Sepulveda VA hospital and care center in the last 35 years got the VIP treatment from Pam Murphy. The widow of Audie Murphy – the most decorated soldier in World War II – would walk the hallways with her clipboard in hand making sure her boys got to see a specialist or doctor — STAT. If they didn't, watch out. Her boys weren't Medal of Honor recipients or movie stars like Audie, but that didn't matter to Pam. They had served their country. That was good enough for her. She never called a veteran by his first name. It was always "Mister." Respect came with the job. "Nobody could cut through VA red tape faster than Mrs. Murphy," said veteran Stephen Sherman, speaking for thousands of veterans she befriended over the years. "Many times I watched her march a veteran who had been waiting more than an hour right into the doctor's office. She was even reprimanded a few times, but it didn't matter to Mrs. Murphy. "Only her boys mattered. She was our angel."
Last week, Sepulveda VA's angel for the last 35 years died peacefully in her sleep at age 90.
"She was in bed watching the Laker game, took one last breath, and that was it," said Diane Ruiz, who also worked at the VA and cared for Pam in the last years of her life in her Canoga Park apartment. It was the same apartment Pam moved into soon after Audie died in a plane crash on Memorial Day weekend in 1971. Audie Murphy died broke, squandering million of dollars on gambling, bad investments, and yes, other women. "Even with the adultery and desertion at the end, he always remained my hero," Pam told me.
She went from a comfortable ranch-style home in Van Nuys where she raised two sons to a small apartment - taking a clerk's job at the nearby VA to support herself and start paying off her faded movie star husband's debts. At first, no one knew who she was. Soon, though, word spread through the VA that the nice woman with the clipboard was Audie Murphy's widow. It was like saying Patton had just walked in the front door. Men with tears in their eyes walked up to her and gave her a hug. "Thank you," they said, over and over.
The first couple of years, I think the hugs were more for Audie's memory as a war hero. The last 30 years, they were for Pam.
She hated the spotlight. One year I asked her to be the focus of a column for all the work she had done. Pam just shook her head no. "Honor them, not me," she said, pointing to a group of veterans down the hallway. "They're the ones who deserve it."
The vets disagreed. Mrs. Murphy deserved the accolades, they said. Incredibly, in 2002, Pam's job was going to be eliminated inbudget cuts. She was considered "excess staff." "I don't think helping cut down on veterans' complaints and showing them the respect they deserve, should be considered excess staff," she told me. Neither did the veterans. They went ballistic, holding a rally for her outside the VA gates. Pretty soon, word came down from the top of the VA. Pam Murphy was no longer considered "excess staff." She remained working full time at the VA until 2007 when she was 87. "The last time she was here was a couple of years ago for the conference we had for homeless veterans," said Becky James, coordinator of the VA's Veterans History Project.
Pam wanted to see if there was anything she could do to help some more of her boys.
Funeral services for Pam Murphy will be held Friday at 2:30 p.m. in the chapel at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills, . Dennis McCarthy's column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Clarissa Harlowe Barton was born on December 25, 1821, in Mass., to Stephen and Sarah Barton. She was the youngest of five children. Clara's father was a farmer and horse breeder, while her mother Sarah managed the household. The two later helped found the first Universalist Church in Oxford.
When Clara was eleven, her brother David became her first patient after he fell from a rafter in their unfinished barn. Clara stayed at his side for three years and learned to administer all his medicines, including the "great, loathsome crawling leeches".
As she continued to develop an interest in nursing, Clara may have drawn inspiration from stories of her great-aunt,Martha Ballard, who served the town of Hallowell (later Augusta), Maine, as a midwife for over three decades. Ballard helped deliver nearly one thousand infants between 1777 and 1812, and in many cases administered medical care in much the same way as a formally trained doctor of her era.
On his death bed, Clara's father gave her advice that she would later recall:
- "As a patriot, he had me serve my country with all I had, even with my life if need be; as the daughter of an accepted Mason, he had me seek and comfort the afflicted everywhere, and as a Christian he charged me to honor God and love all kind. "The door that nobody else will go in at, seems always to open widely for me." said Clara Barton. (internet history excerpt)
Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean as she landed in Northern Ireland about 15 hours after leaving Newfoundland, in 1932.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
. ... many a summer day Mother filled this jug w/homemade lemonade, nestling this jug in a bowl of ice to chill ...
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
& this is one of our (2) new terrace planters. I love the possibility of creating arrangements in these ... I am all done in the yard now ... just to sit back & wait for the beautiful show to bloom forth!