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2014 In Review — Special Thanks To You

Posted in American Military, Family, Friendship, Funeral Service Professional, Gratitude, Grief, History, Holidays, Hope, Inspiration, Life, Patriotism, Soldiers, Thought For Today, Tradition, Veterans, WAR, Wisdom, WWII with tags on January 1, 2015 by Morguie

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To Our Devoted Followers and Accidental Tourists,

Loyal  Friends and Family:

Our existence would cease here, were it not for your solid support and encouragement…

We owe what we are here…TO YOU. And so, we want you to know how very much that means to us and the heartfelt

affection and gratitude we hold for each of you…Thank you Ever So Much. We are very happy to get 2014 behind us…as many of you know,

we have had an extraordinarily hard year, as we have had to bid farewell to at least 10 of our dearest family and friends.  It seemed like a mass exodus had launched in

a very short period…6 or more just from the end of May to the end of July…it made for a time of low creativity and lots of days between posts.

We only averaged 2.4 posts a week, which is abysmal, especially since most of you are prolific with your own blogs, rain or shine, even in your own adversities.

If YOU can do it, then so can we. We are going to be more focused in 2015, more engaged, and we sincerely hope

to catch up on reading the huge volume of your uniquely interesting posts, giving you back some of the support you were so gracious to give to us.

So, thank you, again… we are humbled and honored to be able to know such talented and fascinating people; to have your friendship.

We want to Especially Thank our Faithful (visits and comments on nearly EVERY post),

Encouraging and Engaged Fans —if not, the most luxuriously whiskered, as in David’s case — 😛

❤ Lord David Prosser  http://barsetshirediaries.wordpress.com/

xxx HUGEST HUGS to Our Prince of Wales xxx

 Suz Jones — http://suzjones.wordpress.com, our kind and uplifting Lady from ‘Down Under’ ❤

gpcox  — http://pacificparatrooper.wordpress.com/    A truly amazing military historian,

 honoring America’s vets by telling of their sacrifices , ordeals, and victories serving WWII and Korean Wars

— Gp is dedicated and respectful, insightful and always factual — We salute you!!

Dan Antion– http://nofacilities.wordpress.com/ —  kind, empathetic, and thoughtful

— and quite a talented craftsman of both word and deed, a kindred soul—

Special peer in the ‘dismal trade’ who’s sincerely dedicated to family and community,

Ray Visotski   — http://villageundertaker.wordpress.com/  — beautiful stories of small town American funeral director –

Thanks for being THE top referrer for our site, Ray…

also thanks to Lucy,  http://wifeafterdeath.com , Gloria aka GrannyGee

and SOOOO many others who take time out for us. You are awesome!

We lift our glass up in a toast to you:

We wish you all a very Happy, Healthy, and Successful New Year!  We hope that 2015 is good to you in every way.

Always,

C J   2015and Morguie 

 

 

 

© C.S. Thompson, 2014-2015.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,700 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Special Feature: Soldier’s Poem

Posted in American Flag, American Military, Family, Gratitude, Heroism, Poetry, Soldiers, Thought For Today, Veterans, Video Clips, WAR on December 14, 2014 by Morguie

For the other fine allied forces, imagine your own national flag…it seems the message would still be clear, no matter the country.

 

 

 

Thanks for letting us share it with you.

CJ and Morguie

So Thankful and Incredibly Blessed

Posted in American Military, Animals, Children, Faith, Family, FOOD, Friendship, Gratitude, Holidays, Hope, Inspiration, Kindness, Law Enforcement, Life, Love, Luxury, Mortuary Management magazine, Musing, Pets, Relationships, Sheldon the Tortoise, Tradition, Veterans, Wisdom with tags , on November 26, 2014 by Morguie
For All of these and so much more…

 

So many wonderful things to be thankful for, every  day!

 

My Heavenly Creator, from Whom all things come, including my free will;    035

 

My family;

 

my  Sweetheart, the life we’ve made together, the love we share, and the good times we’ve had;

 

my caring and supportive friends;

 

Wise mentors who lend perspective to widen my views;

 

Good Samaritans and unnamed others whose words and deeds came when hope was low;

 

my health, home, and sustenance of daily life;

 

blessings and extra comforts so many others deserve but do not have;

 

a life with a sense of purpose, using my writing talent here

 

and in a leading funeral trade journal;

 

the love and encouragement  I receive from so many people;

 

hope, forgiveness, compassion, and humility;

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a little mouse to inspire me, lend a voice to my thoughts, and tell the world my story,

even if he isn’t exactly ‘real;’     🙂

 

oursoldiers

 

the service men and women who bravely defend my country;

 

peace officers, medics, and fire dept. people keeping safety and order around me;

 

Sheldon, my tortoise;

 

Shadow, my loyal angel-dog;

 

self-control and patience for Hunter, the devil-pup 😛

 

and a life of special memories, experiences, and meaningful lessons;

 

that I was born in America, the Land of The Free,

 

where these things are mine to enjoy without fear, torture, or retribution

 

and most of all—

 

a heart to fully cherish, love, and feel SO MUCH for ALL of the above.

 

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving to All. We have certainly been blessed to call you friends.

 

CJ and Morguie

©C.S. Thompson, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

A Super-Important Message For Our Readers

Posted in American Military, Death, Depression, Friendship, Gratitude, Grief, Heroism, History, Holidays, Hope, IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT, Legacy, Life, Loss, Memorialization, Patriotism, Personal Opinion, Politics, Readers Opinion, Remembrance, Soldiers, Tragic death, Veterans, WAR with tags , on November 12, 2014 by Morguie

 

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W A R N I N G:  Mild expletives and strong tone are contained in this very important message.

 

Shit is about to get real in here today, and we NEVER, EVER plan to reiterate this message or revisit the reasons we felt forced to post it.

 

Message To ALL of Our Readers:

After much thought and consideration, we have decided to address a situation which came about, by way of a comment from a reader.  The situation: a reader decided to take a considerable amount of time to make a comment which we considered to be very strongly inflammatory, abrasive, and likely to offend others who come here… in light of the fact this person chose Veteran’s Day and Remembrance Day to make this rant, we have decided to file this particular visitor under the “Flamethrower” tab in our Rolodex. The comment has been placed HERE and not marked “approved” in its original location. http://wp.me/p3m3ZG-1Vv

Why do we even give him the attention he obviously craves, you ask? 

We are giving him a center-stage role here today to make something of an example, to others who may be able to learn more about US, what this blog is about, who runs shit here, and what and who will or won’t be welcome or tolerated here. We really haven’t had to worry about doing this before now.  We feel now is the time to make a CLEAR statement. Crystal.Clear.

 

 Otherwise, known as the Rules of Engagement; we reserve the right to make them, break them, stretch them, or jettison them. W E.

BUT,

before we entertain this comment and give the stage up to ‘mytiturk’, we first want to be sure our loyal, gentle, and extremely appreciated followers and readers know this:

Morguie and I absolutely adore all of you. We are truly honored to be thought of as worthy of your time, your friendship, your interest, and the love you have shown us. Without you, this effort and our hope to make this blog into something unique and personally rewarding would have been a failure for us in more ways than one.

An epic failure.

We might even go as far as to say YOU may have possibly even saved our lives…it’s not quite THAT dramatic, perhaps…unless you consider the dark days we were living in the beginning of this venture. Depression over the need to ‘re-invent’ ourselves after an office closure forced a lay-off which had turned into ‘long-term’ unemployment (in spite of having a wide array of skills, experience, achievement, certifications, licenses, and education). Never having had to worry about being out of work was something we never thought we’d experience. Always worked; found we were excellent at managing to adapt and learning new, valuable skills along a life-time of great work environments, career fields, etc.  This blog pretty much saved us from the worst depths of despair, in short. We always knew we could put words together — been told over the years by a great many that we had a real talent for putting pen to paper.  We didn’t know. What we did know was that we had to find a way, some way, to get out of the pit of doom and hopelessness we were in. With the encouragement and support of only those closest to us, we jumped in with both feet.*      * CJ had Morguie in a pocket so HIS feet didn’t count 😉

What was once just a pipe-dream — to someday earn a bit of success or feel some personal accomplishment— has been to become a real author or writer. The silly little dream became a goal and now, a reality…almost entirely thanks to YOU.  Our plan was to step off in this arena and build connections and confidence, so that we might be able to gain the attention of someone who thought we deserved a shot at trying our hand in an even bigger arena: somewhere in a bona fide, recognized place and PUBLISHED place. We can proudly say, that has happened* — it would never have happened without this blog and more importantly, YOU.    *NOTE: CJ has been a monthly featured contributing author of her own column in “Mortuary Management” magazine, since December 2013…with over 10,000 subscribers, the magazine is a trade publication of distinction for 100 years, for funeral professionals, allied trades and service providers of death care related products and

You see, this blog was born at a time of great instability and personal fragility. If not for our friends here, it wouldn’t have gotten off the ground, much less enjoyed well over 500 followers and over 10,000 hits in the 18 months it has been here. To us, this is something we have become quite proud of. Many readers here are also bloggers…bloggers who have stats that make us pale in comparison…and accomplishments far beyond our own. Some are prolific book writers and published artists. We just want ALL of OUR CHERISHED FRIENDS to know we owe you so much..”thank you” doesn’t begin to express our gratitude and love for you.

 

NOW…we present the flamethrower, who, as we said, chose to make THIS comment on a post concerned with honoring our Veterans around the world. It doesn’t deserve a place on our blog, but at the same time, we want to show that we do indeed respect the fact that people are entitled to their personal opinions. We understand that we won’t always share the same feelings, beliefs, or ideas that others may have. We try never to step onto thin ice with subjects of deeply controversial issues…matters which pit people against each other.

WHY?

1. That isn’t our objective. 2. It results in hostility, ill-will, and often leads to destructive, despicable behaviors. 3. It serves no valuable purpose. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY:     WE RUN SHIT HERE. THIS IS OUR BABY, OUR CANDYSHOP, OUR “Thing.” WE don’t welcome anything or anyone who comes in here with the sole purpose of pissing people off or otherwise causing a load of hate and discontent.

 

If anyone finds our policy in contradiction to their liking or intentions within our site, we respectfully suggest that this is not the place to visit. There are literally MILLIONS of other websites and bloggers in cyberspace…there are sure to be much more suitable to your tastes and pleasure.

 

 

Preface: The comment may have been acceptable to us IF the tone (actually the OMISSION of them would have been far better)  of the very last 3 sentences of the rant hadn’t felt to us like an attempt to bully, intimidate, or lambaste  us for our support and observance of what is to us, a special day honoring our military for the work they do to free other people from the oppression and tyranny of evil governments and the despots ruling them. THE LAST 3 SENTENCES were ugly and intended to cause a shit-storm, in our opinion. (Marked with * *)

WAR IS A PART OF Real life . We make no excuses for why they happen. Our soldiers have nothing to do with causing them as they carry out orders and do battle as directed. Yes, unfortunately all kinds of innocent people are killed and it is a horrible tragedy. People who proclaim them only to be about taking resources away for the spoils are obviously in sore need of a REAL education of the world’s history.

‘mytiturk’ spews his vitriol safely , THANKS to others who had the balls to defend that right and even give up their lives so the a-hole coward wouldn’t have to live in fear for speaking his piece. That is the extent of our response to this person’s comment. (BTW, The post he was directing comment to wasn’t our own, it was a re-blogged piece from another writer)

So to be clear:  THIS IS OUR POLICY over OUR BLOG.

RULES: We reserve the right to make them, break them, stretch them, or jettison them. WE. Period. Thank you. We also will not tolerate any commentary which serves to create any further vitriol in this particular post. If there is anybody wishing to blast us, you are wasting your energy — find something to read at some other site. It is silly to hang around here for such a reason. It makes you look like an asshole, too.

 ‘mytiturk’ says:

‘The very statement that soldiers die to protect something like “our freedoms” assumes that the majority of wars entered into by a country are simply protecting the freedoms of its people. In fact, the vast majority of wars are about securing power or precious resources for the country that wages them. The individual soldier’s pathos and heroism (never in doubt) is used to silence those who oppose war. “To oppose war is to diminish the goodness and sacrifice of the hero. How can you do that?” The planet cannot sustain the insane scale of world resources allocated to killing. The more immoral, greedy wars we wage, the more we need to keep these “freedoms” illusions in the front of the population’s “consciousness.” It shuts up the person who sees through the hypocrisy and shuts down dialogue. The tragedy is in the incredible, diverse sufferings of those good, simple people who wage these immoral foreign wars and die or return with untold physical and emotional wounds – and in the far larger numbers of the “enemy” who are harmed. One example: 500 000 Iraqi children died due to the sanctions applied during the decade of “peace” between the two Iraq wars – sanctions that destroyed Iraq’s ability to purify its water supply and prevented medicines from entering that country. If, somehow, there were a light at the end of this immoral tunnel, a Malthusian might justify it on selfish grounds. The irony is that militarization is not going to have any long term winners. **So spare me the glorification of war at every major sports event and the callous exploitation of our own soldiers’ to continue the race to oblivion. Remembrance Day itself is being used to feed the naive patriotism that feeds the profitable War Machine. If we truly loved our soldiers we would not treat them as a renewable, disposable commodity and churn them out like car parts.’

 

So to the Flamethrowers, we invite you to our furnace, or you can just get OUT. Trolls are not welcome here. 

Our Love, to the rest of you fine people…  CJ and Mousie

©2014, C.S.Thompson.

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