The Money Tree

    The following is a mixture of fantasy, folly, humor and humility, wrapped up in a moral.

     What if,,, money did grow on trees?

    Enjoy,

Jake.

Happiness must be planted in the heart.

Happiness must be planted in the heart.

The Money Tree

I’ve wondered how different

my life would be,

if in fact I owned,

that fabled money tree.

Of all the things

that I could buy,

but, the first be a wall

a hundred feet high.

The second a gardener

to keep it alive,

and the third be the guards

with an AR-5.

Oh, yes there’ll be change

for sure, in my life

and to that of my then,

soon future ex-wife.

Yes, she’ll get her half,

for that is the law

but for its care and its maintenance

she’ll ne’er raise a paw.

And she’ll laugh in my face

all the way to the bank.

Then drive off in her sports car

with her boyfriend named Frank.

While I sink alone

to a paranoid depth

afraid of my shadow

and my Pit Bull named “Death”.

Trusting no person,

not family nor foes

for they’re all out to get

what my money tree grows.

So I’ll sit by my window

with a gun in my hand

and think of my poor days

and how they now seem, so grand!

***

Jack Downing

Dec. 2014

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Same Old, Same Old

    

Happy New Year.. May it at least, be no worse than the last!

Happy New Year.. May it at least, be no worse than the last!

     Now that we have passed into the new year, and the resolutions that we make are now front and center. Such as: “I’m going to be a better person this year”… “I’m going to lose weight, this year” “I will attend church more often this year”…  “I will exercise regularly this year”… I will donate more to charity this year”… And then for me, there comes reality, you see, I have a history!!

     Now, I hope that you all have more resolve than yours truly and that you will achieve all of the goals you have set  for the year ahead, but as for me it will most likely be the; 

Same Old, Same Old

So, there’s another

new year

now upon us

but I’m thinking

it’ll be the same

as the last.

Oh, I’ll make

my resolutions

to be better

but, then resort

to what I’ve been

in the past.

***

Jack Downing

Jan. 2015

    Happy New Year to all of you, my friends and faithful followers.

Jake. 

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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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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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