Let’s Bring `em Home

In the modern era, we all have `em:  Online friends, people we’ve never met in real life but we are glad to count among our number; a friendly face in your inbox, your blog, your Facebook wall, a message board.

For me, one of those guys is Ernie Stewart.  13 years ago, he first asked me and a bunch of folks on a message board he runs to help him out:  He had a crazy idea to collect money and buy a couple of plane tickets for our younger military members so they could come home for the holidays on leave.  Being a veteran himself, he knew how important it was for both the military member, and the family.

Being a nutbag peace-lovin’ hippie, this was a cause I could get behind.

THIRTEEN years later, I still donate to the cause, and read PSA announcements on my airshift, and cajole my friends.  In those 13 years I have done my tiny part every year.  My own kids grew up, two joined the military, one served in Afghanistan.  I’ve become a mother in law to a military member, I’ve become a grandmother.

I’m still helping in my own little way.

THIS post is one of those ways…I am asking YOU, to please head over to  LBEH.org and make a donation.  Any little bit helps!  Donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE and will help a military member go home to see family THIS holiday season!


Are you a Frisian American?

Years ago, my genealogy research revealed that my father wasn’t just of Dutch lineage, but was actually also heavily Frisian.  I had no idea what that meant at the time, and as I learned I frankly became interested in the topic, adopting the Frisian pride that other people from  Fryslân.  Many people I know who think they are German American or Dutch American, or even to a smaller extent Belgian American, French American or even Scottish American…are also, in part, Frisian.  These people have a LONG proud history (Tacitus wrote of them), predating the Roman empire; their language is believed to be the root language upon which the English language was built.  We’ve begun a Facebook group that  I hope you’ll explore, read and contribute to, as we attempt to teach the descendants of the  generations who came to America’s shores and built this country, may not have been quite whom you thought they were.

They might have been even better than you imagined.  They might have been…Frisian.


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