Happy New Year

     Happy New Year to you all..

What makes you think I'm lying?

What makes you think I’m lying?

Dream On

May the year of fifteen

bring to you,

a dream

that has thus far

been elusive

to you.

Whether  it be  for good health,

for romance

or wealth,

or from the White House,

just one word

that’s true.

***

Jack Downing

Dec. 31, 2014

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Keeping Christ In Christmas

     Here in the United States, it has become increasingly popular to homogenize the “Christmas Season” and it seems we have forgotten the true meaning of it. Over recent years we have allowed some, in our society, to dictate to the vast majority the do’s and don’t’s as to what is “politically correct” or not. Well,  I Don’t Care what they say, because I say, “MERRY CHRISTMAS” to EVERYONE as it is my way of  offering a wish of goodwill and peace to all during this, our most celebrated, time of year.

     So, I will now take this time to wish all of you, the most blessed and merriest of Christmas’.

Jake.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Keeping Christ In Christmas

From out of the east, the three kings

they had come,

following a star more bright

than the sun.

Seeking the Child who was born

on this day

in the small town of Bethlehem

so far away.

They brought with them gifts

befitting a king

and all the world was at peace

whilst the angels did sing.

In a manger of straw, wrapped in linen

of white

there our Savior, was born

on a calm shining night.

And then the kings did bow down

in worship and praise,

before He who would suffer and die

for our ways.

You see, there’s more meaning to Christmas

than just presents and a tree

so, you’ll not hear “happy holiday”

but, “Merry Christmas” from me.

Jack Downing

Dec. 21, 2014

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Suggestions: Pro And Con On Seasonal Donations

I was sent this through e-mail and somehow managed to copy and paste it here.. The print and presentation leave a lot to be desired, but the message is very clear “some charities are much more charitable than others”..

Happy Holidays to all,

Jake.

THINK BEFORE YOU
DONATE!
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT BEFORE YOU MAKE CONTRIBUTIONS :  
As you open your pockets to do a good thing and make yourself feel 
good, please keep the following facts in mind:

The
American Red
Cross

President andCEOMarsha J.

Evans’

salary for the year
was $651,957
plus expenses

 

MARCH OF

 

DIMES
It is called the March of
Dimes
because

only a dime for

every 1 dollar is given to the
needy
.

The
United
Way

President Brian
Gallagher
receives a $375,000
base salary
along with numerous expense
benefits.
UNICEF

CEO Caryl M. Stern
receives
$1,200,000 per year
(100k
per month) plus all expenses including a ROLLS

 

ROYCE.

Less than 5
cents of
your donated dollar goes to the
cause

.

 

GOODWILL

CEO and owner Mark Curran
profits
$2.3 million a year.
Goodwill is a
very catchy
name for his business.
You donate to his
business
and then he sells the items for
PROFIT.

He pays nothing
for his products and pays his
workers minimum wage!
Nice Guy.

$0.00 goes to
help
anyone!

Stop giving to this

 

man.

Instead, give it to ANY OF THE

FOLLOWING

GO “GREEN” AND
PUT YOUR
MONEY WHERE IT WILL DO SOME GOOD:

 

The
Salvation
Army

Commissioner, Todd Bassett
receives
a small salary of only
$13,000 per
year(plus housing) for
managing this $2 billion dollar

organization.

96 percent of
donated dollars go
to the cause.

 

The
American
Legion

National Commander receives

 

a $0.00 zero

salary .
Your donations go to help
Veterans
and their families and youth!

The
Veterans of
Foreign Wars

National Commander receives

 

a $0.00 zero

salary .

Your donations go
to help
Veterans and their families and youth!

 

The
Disabled
American Veterans

National Commander receives

 

a $0.00 zero

salary.
Your
donations go to help
Veterans and their families and
youth!

The
Military
Order of Purple
Hearts
National Commander receives a
$0.00
zero salary
.
Your donations go to help
Veterans and
their families and youth!
The
Vietnam
Veterans Association

National Commander receives

 

a $0.00 zero

salary.

Your donations go
to help
Veterans and their families and youth!

 

Make a

 

Wish: For
children’s last
wishes.

100% goes to
funding trips or
special wishes for a dying
child.

 

St. Jude

 

Research Hospital

100% goes towards
funding and
helping Children with Cancer who have no
insurance and
cannot afford to pay.

 

Ronald
McDonald
Houses
All monies go to
running
the houses for parents who have critically ill

 

Children in the hospital.

100% goes to
housing, and feeding
the families.

 

Lions
Club
International
100% OF DONATIONS
GO TO HELP THE
BLIND, BUY HEARING AIDES, SUPPORT MEDICAL
MISSIONS
AROUND THE
tel:800-531-9658WORLD.THEIR LATEST
UNDERTAKING
IS MEASLES
VACCINATIONS
(ONLY $1.00 PER SHOT).

 


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this with
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My Legacy

     Just in case you were wondering (which I seriously doubt) yes, I am still writing. Here is a poem with a bit of tongue-in-cheek humility. The humor in it is intended although perhaps not readily recognizable by the reader.

     Have a happy “Hump Day” everyone,

Jake.

And This I leave Unto You

And This I leave Unto You

My Legacy

I am an unknown to most of the world

and my existence, but a second in time,

yet still, I have worth

to bestow on this earth

and a legacy that I’ll leave behind.

I have made people smile as I came and I went

and I’ve caused no intentional harm,

yes, I took everyday

in the very same way

with aplomb and an abundance, of charm.

Jack Downing

Nov. 2014

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My Thanksgiving Wish

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Let us give thanks to Him the provider of all things.

Let us give thanks to Him the provider of all things.

My Thanksgiving Wish

Allow me to offer

a Thanksgiving wish.

That for each of you

there’s a hearty dish,

of friendship and love

with good food to share

from God’s bounty

and prepared with care.

And for peace this day

and all seasons through

that’s my Thanksgiving

wish for you.

~Jack Downing~

Thanksgiving Day

11/27/14

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The Empty Chair

     With Thanksgiving nearly upon us I wrote this poem in the memory of a close family friend who recently passed away. Claire had always considered herself to be a part of our family and was a regular member of the “cast” at all of our holiday gatherings. But, then I started thinking that a lot of families may well be missing someone during these holidays for the first time and whether it be, like Claire, due to a passing on, or perhaps to a military deployment and even someone like my brother and sister-in-law who just recently moved to Florida, there will be an empty chair(s) at the table in a great number of homes this year. So as we gather to give thanks to God for our share of His bounty, let us remember those who will not be here to share this day, and season with us and pray for them all.

     In case I don’t find time to post anything else between now and then, I would like to extend to all of you my prayers and wishes for the happiest and healthiest Thanksgiving.

Jake.

Let us pray that they are safe and well, wherever they may be.

Let us pray that they are safe and well, wherever they may be.

The Empty Chair

(Claire’s Poem)

There is one

who is not here

for the first time.

Yes, there is one

who’s not here

since the last.

But, although

they’re not here

rest assured they are near.

So, in their memory

let’s raise up,

our glass!

***

Jack Downing

Nov. 2014

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Twenty-Two Vets

     Everyday, there are twenty-two fatalities related to military service in defense of our country. Not on the battlefield nor even necessarily on active duty. Every sixty-five minutes a veteran takes their own life. That is a staggering statistic. We need better care for our veterans and we need it soon! We have visiting nurses for the sick, why not visitors for veterans? Before we discharge them back into a society, that is 180°’s from which they have become accustomed, an indoctrination back to civilian life should be offered along with a “buddy” support group. Sometimes all it takes is the sound of an understanding voice to take the edge off a critical situation.

     Please thank  a veteran today, but if you can, visit one who might really appreciate the company.

    Jake.

To all who have passed I salute you.

To all who have passed
I salute you.

TWENTY-TWO VETS

Twenty-two vets

will die today

but not in a war fought

far away.

No, they’ll not perish

amid battle’s din,

for them the enemy

lies within.

Every sixty minutes

plus another five

another hero

does not survive.

And that fact alone

should give us pause,

because for most,

we know the cause.

They are in of need help

so desperately

yet too quickly

they’re set free.

Oh, they’ll try to adapt

and live like us all

but the scars of war

live in their recall.

And those demons will drive them

to the last,

until all their thoughts

are of the past.

When until those thoughts

become a living dream

and they can bear no more

their demon’s scream.

Twenty-two two vets

will die today

by their own hand

and not far away.

Yes, twenty-two heroes

will be laid to rest.

Let us pray each tomorrow,

there will be one less.

***

Jack Downing

Nov. 11, 2014

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