Posted by: didyouseethis | March 28, 2014


Tomorrow night between 8:30 and 9:30 there will be people sitting in the dark “celebrating” Earth Hour…supposedly bringing attention to the problems of the planet and the global warming/cooling/climate change crap.

On the other hand….there will also be people TURNING ON THE LIGHTS. People celebrating humankind’s achievements. They are the achievers/imaginers/creators. Turning on the lights and thinking how to move mankind forward to greater achievement. These are the people I will be standing with. I REFUSE TO SIT IN THE DARK.

Even the year DH was so sick and everything in our lives was spinning out of control…we turned on the lights.  I am so glad that we did because the next day, Sunday, the end began for real.  But before that all happened  we rocked out to LET’S SEE HOW FAR WE’VE COME.

Mom & Amma

Posted by: didyouseethis | March 25, 2014


Today is Tolkien Reading Day….here is my reading.

I sit beside the fire and think
of all that I have seen,
of meadow-flowers and butterflies
in summers that have been;

Of yellow leaves and gossamer
in autumns that there were,
with morning mist and silver sun
and wind upon my hair.

I sit beside the fire and think
of how the world will be
when winter comes without a spring
that I shall ever see.

For still there are so many things
that I have never seen:
in every wood in every spring
there is a different green.

I sit beside the fire and think
of people long ago,
and people who will see a world
that I shall never know.

But all the while I sit and think
of times there were before,
I listen for returning feet
and voices at the door.

Love, Mom & Amma

Posted by: didyouseethis | March 10, 2014




April 27, 2014

Cleveland, Ohio (OH)

The Rally For Troops will be held on April 27th, 2014 at the Cleveland Public Square. There will be a post rally held at the Harley-Davidson Sales Company of Cleveland. 14550 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH 44111

Ceremony at 11:00am
Contact For More Information:

(440) 263-8121

Posted by: didyouseethis | December 22, 2013

Gratitude: Madison Rising

Patriots….and a kick ass band.

Posted by: didyouseethis | December 21, 2013

Once again…The Longest Night of the Year

Everything I read says look ahead not back.  But how does one do that at Christmas?  Once upon a time I looked to this night as the final long night.  Starting tomorrow the days will get longer until finally the soft short nights of spring/summer.  That will still happen and it cheers me some now.

Christmastime is for memories.  Making them and recalling them.  This longest night of the year brings me memories both bitter and sweet. This started out a much longer post.  (Gratitude:  the backspace key.)

I remember Mosul, Iraq and David Ruhren and Nick Mason who were members of our first “adopted” Soldier’s squad.

I remember sitting in Metro with DH reading William the Coroner’s blog.  (He was on DH’s list of favorite gun blogs.)  DH and William did not live to see the next longest night of the year.

I remember lighting the candles in the memory garden.

I remember this sweet moment…


Now he is running around fighting “grumpy guys, singing grace at Sunday dinner and telling me about how St. Nicholas was so silly, he left him play dough and a banana in his boot… there were bananas in the kitchen.

I think of all the Christmases with my little ones who, grown now, bring me just as much joy as they did then.

Then there is this…

And it does.

Mary-Chapin Carpenter, The Longest Night of the Year

They say that spring will come again–
No one knows exactly when.
Still the sun ’s a long lost friend
On the longest night of the year.

We stare into the firelight
While December beats outside
Where the darkest hearts reside
On the longest night of the year

So keep me safe and hold me tight
Let the candle burn all night
Tomorrow welcome back the night
It was longest night of the year

I used to think the world was small
Bright and shining like a ball
Seems I don’t know much at all
On the longest night of the year

We press our faces to the glass
And see our little lives go past
Wave to shadows that we cast
On the longest night of the year

So keep me safe and hold me tight,
Let the candle burn all night,
Tomorrow welcome back the light.
‘Twas the longest night of the year

Make a vow when Solstice comes:
To find the Light in everyone
Keep the faith and bang the drum
On the longest night of the year

So keep me safe and hold me tight,
Let the candle burn all night,
Tomorrow welcome back the light.
‘Twas the longest night of the year


Posted by: didyouseethis | June 6, 2013

D Day + 25,202

Today is D Day +25,202.  (I think I have that right.)  They did this “ a monstrous evil could be pursued and destroyed.”  (Try saying that today.)  I see the Higgins Boats…and I get teary eyed…somewhere in the S. Pacific my father was piloting one of those boats.  I am here because they were successful and he came home.

Posted by: didyouseethis | May 5, 2013


Here are the Troop Rally pics.  Commentary to come.












Posted by: didyouseethis | February 7, 2013

A Year of Gratitude Day 38…The Virtual President

Bill Whittle is a National Treasure. IMHO.

Posted by: didyouseethis | February 6, 2013

A Year of Gratitude Day 38…I Want To Spell

Posted by: didyouseethis | February 5, 2013

A Year of Gratitude…Days 34, 35, 36

Dinner with family.

WW II vet in grocery store.  I gave him a WAA thank you.  He was part of the liberation of Dachau.  He asked me why I do this.  No one has ever asked that.  I told him that if not for people like him, my Dad, Russ Fairfield…all the vets…I might not be here.  That I understood  some of what the war did to my Dad.  That not enough people remember and think about it.

The day at work…went mercifully quickly.

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