1950’s Christmas

G.P. Cox, otherwise known as The Pacific Paratrooper Blog posts the most accurate historical blog of any I’ve had the privilege to read. You never need a fact checker, G.P.’s blog is just that accurate. The poem of Santa visiting the lone soldier is a must read. Our soldiers are facing their 12th year of a war that only 1/3 of our nation approves us. Additionally, only 1% of the eligible ever join our Armed Forces. Will our President’s daughter’s join the military when they are of age. History tells us the president that sent us to war and kept us there had no intention of encouraging their children to experience:
‘All They Could Be.’

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A Soldiers Night Before Christmas 

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 house did live.
I looked all about, a strange sight I did see,
No tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.
No stockings by the fire…

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About Sheri de Grom

Retired Fed/JAG, 5 yrs. on Capitol Hill. Former book buyer for B and N. Concerned citizen of military drawdown. Currently involved in mental healthcare reform, health care strategist and actively pursuing legislative change wherein dual retirees are exempt from enrolling in Medicare at their own discretion without losing tertiary healthcare benefits. Monitor and comment on Federal Register proposed legislation involving Mental Health, Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services, Medicare and rural libraries. Licensed OSHA Inspector to include Super Fund sites. Full time caregive to Vietnam era veteran. Conceptualized, investigated possible alternatives, authored, lobbied for, and successfully implemented Title X, Section 1095 (known as the Third Party Collection Program of Federal Insurance).
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35 Responses to 1950’s Christmas

  1. Thanks for sharing this, Sheri.

  2. JK Bevill - Lost Creek Publishing says:

    It’s almost time for Happy New Year! Have a great year Sheri!

    • And you too, Kerry. I was really touched by your post of everyone attempting to save the tables where everyone gathered to drink coffee. There’s so much history in the tables everyone gathers around each and every morning.

      • JK Bevill - Lost Creek Publishing says:

        If only tables could talk!

        • Oh, but Kerry they CAN! Sheri can tell you that I am the chosen spokesperson for all plants, animals, and objects: http://thedailygraff.com/page/2/?s=table

        • Amen – My dad and 11 of the guys he went to high school with started congregating at a
          road stop café sometime in the mid ’80s. They had all become farmers/ranchers with the exception of a veterinarian, an attorney and a mortician. Gradually within about 5 years they had each become widowed and decided they really wanted someone to talk with and they got together and decided who could sit at one long table (only large table in the restaurant) from 6 a.m. until around 10:00 or so. As the men retired or their health would no longer allow them to ranch/farm, they were brought into the coffee group (or the ‘dirty dozen’ as they liked to call themselves.
          You didn’t sit at the table unless you were invited and everyone had their designated place to sit. I always felt at ease when they’d allow me to sit at the table (beside dad) and yes, how I wish those table could talk. It would be rich storytelling at it’s best. I have a feeling Kerry, the tables rescued have thousands upon thousands of stories to tell. I believe it’s only through honest storytelling that we’ll have a believable history in the United States.

  3. Sheryl says:

    Great post! Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful new year.

  4. atempleton says:

    Thanks for sharing this, Wishing you and your family a good 2014.

  5. I love this Sheri! I am praying for you both. If there’s ever anything I can serve you in, Let me know PLEASE ~Il do it and find a way! I wanted you to see this– maybe you already have but, it’s so invigorating ~ Its short..

  6. You are the best, Sheri and a true Christmas angel. Thanks for a wonderful year. Enjoy this season. My best to Tom 🙂

    • Thanks, Florence. I was just prepared to post my response to your blog when I received the famous blue screen. I know you were not the culprit. We were hit by the same hackers as last year (only they’ve moved to a different country). At least I was smart enough to know what was going on this time and shut everything down immediately. I still don’t know the damage on my computer. Hope the season is treating you right and you have a terrific new year.

  7. Sheri,

    Blessings of peace and joy this Christmas Day! A very healthy and safe New Year, dear!

    See you in the not-so-long-and-far-away,
    Jeanne 🙂

  8. Just signed up to follow his blog. Thank you for that, Sheri. And Merry Holidays to you and Tom.

  9. gpcox says:

    I am honored that you have reblogged my post. You, especially understand my feelings. May the magic of Christmas follow you and Tom and our veterans into the New Year!

    • G.P., I’ve been remiss in reporting all the changes going on within the inner-workings of the Veteran’s Administration and when you posted your Christmas post, I knew your blog conveyed exactly what I wanted to pass on.
      Needless to say, the current administration and our President along with congress don’t seem at all concerned about what they are doing to both active duty and retired military personnel.
      I hope your holidays were magical and the New Year brings you the joys you wish for.

      • gpcox says:

        Sheri – just 86 out of 435 members of the House are veterans, as are 17 of 100 Senators. This is the lowest percentage of veterans in Congress since WWII and it’s no coincidence that this same period has seen the gradual collapse of our ability to govern ourselves. They have no discipline and have collectively forgotten how to put country before party or self-interest!! It’s disgraceful!

        • G.P. It hurts my heart to report one of our senators, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, voted to shut down the government and campaigned heavily to keep government closed. His name is Tom Cotton and you can imagine the less than warm welcome he’s receiving as he visits VA Hospitals and military bases alike. I try to tell myself it’s because he’s an attorney and has never held a real job (the same as all of our judges on the Supreme Court). He’s using super pak monies for re-election and his campaign is already running an ad almost every 20 minutes. He never speaks for himself. It’s either his mother as she holds a bible and tells what a good boy her Tom always was or someone speaking directly to the masses that I believe will vote in the upcoming election but be uninformed of what the real issues are.
          I agree with you, there’s serious housecleaning that must be done in both house and senate if we hope to become a country that takes care of its own.

          • gpcox says:

            This news is worse than what I told you – does this mean maybe we have a chance for 2014 to have no where to go but UP?

            • I’d certainly like to think both the house and senate would see many go packing. Unfortunately for AR, Tom Cotton has deep political roots (at a minimum 4 generations) and Mark Pryor rode in on his father’s legacy.
              Kansas, my home state, is now controlled by the Tea Party and nothing good has happened in the state for a very long time. I’m saddened by the state our country is in.

  10. It’s time for everyone to come home to peace and family. 😉

  11. Hi Elaine: Yes, G.P. definitely has a go to blog. Merry Christmas.

  12. I hope your family has a safe and peaceful holiday week.

  13. ksbeth says:

    and happy holidays to you and yours as well, sheri. hoping for a more peaceful and gentle year for you in 2014.

  14. I wish you a happy, healthy and peaceful holiday.

  15. Elaine says:

    I agree with you about GP Cox. Love his blog!

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