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Tie Dye on the Highway...

By: Patrap, 1:56 PM GMT on November 24, 2010



Tie dye on the highway - see the garlands in your hair
If you're going my way, come along
What a beautiful sky - we just had to stop and stare
See the beautiful colours fill the air

(Oh, just the messengers of peace)
Oh, do you remember - across the burning years
Sweet smell of the mystery I recall
Hang me on Miguel - a smile through all my fears
O high Olympus, touch our soul

With the messengers of peace and the company of love
All the passion and release, and love from up above
Say you will come back with me - say you will come back

Tie dye on the highway - the wheels still turn around
Dance to the mariachi - take my hand
Hope springs eternal when laughter's feeling sound
Move in the mystic wasted land

With the messenger of peace and the company of love
All the passion and release, and love from up above
(You know that it is true)
From the desert in my art, where the innocent may love
All the passions they release, and the love from up above
Say you will come back with me - say you will come back
Say you will come back with me - say you will come back





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Christmas in Haiti

By: Patrap, 12:27 AM GMT on November 19, 2010







Help Portlight with its push for "Xmas in Haiti"







CHRISTMAS IN HAITI

We began this year making a difference in Haiti in the months following the January 12 earthquake. Your contributions provided food, shelter, and water, as well as medical care, equipment and supplies for thousands of Haitians. We cut through bureaucratic red tape and made a significant direct impact.

But it's important to remember: there is still much suffering in Haiti. Over one million people, including tens of thousands of children, are still living in makeshift tent camps. Hope is scarce.

So...let's bring some Holiday Joy to Haiti's children. Let's end this year as we began it: making a difference in Haiti.

What: Christmas in Haiti It is a simple concept. We want to provide Christmas presents for Haitian children living in camps.

When: Over the next two months.

Where: Refugee camps in Haiti

Who: As many children in as many camps as we are able to serve.

How: Well...that's up to you. A contribution of $20 will provide a present for one child. The extent of our reach will depend upon the budget we raise. Our dream is to serve thousands. We'd love to arrange for Santa to visit some of the camps.

Please remember the children of Haiti this Christmas. Please support Christmas in Haiti with your thoughts, prayers...and, of course, your financial contribution.

You can use the PayPal button at www.portlight.org

Or you can make your check payable to: Portlight Strategies, Inc.

and send it to us at: 2043 Maybank Charleston SC 29412

Also....PLEASE share this message...forward it to your e-mail lists, post it to your Facebook page, Tweet it...whatever it takes to spread the story of our work.

Thank you for your faith in these efforts!!!!



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Remembering Mr. Davis

By: Patrap, 8:31 PM GMT on November 16, 2010


When I was a Little boy in a Galaxy far,far away decades ago..,4 or more to be close..I used to go to Greenwood Cemetery at the foot of Canal Street here in New Orleans with my Mother and sister to clean the Grave of my Grandparents.



Moms Dad passed soon after my Birth in Jan 1960 and her mother a few years earlier and I didnt have the pleasure of knowing them here on Earth.
But as a child I loved our visits to Greenwood as New Orleans Bury their dead above ground here,and it was more a city and playground to a 8 yr old .

I remember going there in Spring with Mom carefully sweeping the grave and dutifully placing the flowers as we galloped along the rows and crossed over the aisles of Tombs, some hundreds of years old.





But their are 2 Markers on that grave in Greenwood, one for my Grandparents who were born in the Late 1800's,,and we often wondered how old Grandma Kane was as she only had her Death date on the Marker and not her Birth date.

I always found that so Irish Lady like in my later years.
Keep um guessing Grandma Id say to myself with a grin.

And my Grandpa was well known for his 40 plus years working for The IC railroad here,and for head butting others on a dare bet in a Bar occasionally too.

That also makes me grin to this day.





But there was that other marker that intrigued me.

It was for a Mr. Davis, who fought in a Army Mortar Battalion in WW-1 that used to make me wonder a lot.

Who was he?

.."Why is he Buried here with Grandma and Grandpa".. ?, I used to ask Mom.


One day..she told me.


Mr. Davis was a close friend of my Grandparents for a long time.

He fell ill and passed away in the early 40's.

His Lungs were bad from exposure to the Germans use of "Mustard Gas",was the story I remember her telling us.


And when he died he had no family,,no savings,,so my Grandparents used the Grave plot in Greenwood and had Mr. Davis Buried here with full Army Services, with all the pomp and ceremony a soldier deserves.




Now when I go to Greenwood,,I visit my Parents tomb in the Mausoleum there, where they are Buried together,up High in the 4th Tier,..

Dad was no fool,he Bought High,,and Katrina's floodwater's didnt reach them fortunately.




And I also go by the Grave of my Grandparents and Mr. Davis,,recently to clean and place the flowers and the Flag for Mr Davis for Veterans day.


Its there where I realize most often,,that we are products of our Past, and that brings me peace and clarity.

My parents and Grandparents,...


I pause and remember them,,and Mr. Davis as well.


And its truly there that I feel America,her past and future,,all in one Quiet place.





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Christmas in Haiti

By: Patrap, 1:34 PM GMT on November 12, 2010








Help Portlight with its push for "Xmas in Haiti"







CHRISTMAS IN HAITI

We began this year making a difference in Haiti in the months following the January 12 earthquake. Your contributions provided food, shelter, and water, as well as medical care, equipment and supplies for thousands of Haitians. We cut through bureaucratic red tape and made a significant direct impact.

But it's important to remember: there is still much suffering in Haiti. Over one million people, including tens of thousands of children, are still living in makeshift tent camps. Hope is scarce.

So...let's bring some Holiday Joy to Haiti's children. Let's end this year as we began it: making a difference in Haiti.

What: Christmas in Haiti It is a simple concept. We want to provide Christmas presents for Haitian children living in camps.

When: Over the next two months.

Where: Refugee camps in Haiti

Who: As many children in as many camps as we are able to serve.

How: Well...that's up to you. A contribution of $20 will provide a present for one child. The extent of our reach will depend upon the budget we raise. Our dream is to serve thousands. We'd love to arrange for Santa to visit some of the camps.

Please remember the children of Haiti this Christmas. Please support Christmas in Haiti with your thoughts, prayers...and, of course, your financial contribution.

You can use the PayPal button at www.portlight.org

Or you can make your check payable to: Portlight Strategies, Inc.

and send it to us at: 2043 Maybank Charleston SC 29412

Also....PLEASE share this message...forward it to your e-mail lists, post it to your Facebook page, Tweet it...whatever it takes to spread the story of our work.

Thank you for your faith in these efforts!!!!






A look back to Portlights 2008 Xmas Party for the Bridge City,Texas residents post Hurricane Ike.

We can make a difference in Haiti as well.


Thanks to all who made this possible 2 years ago.

















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Veterans Day 2010

By: Patrap, 8:27 PM GMT on November 09, 2010





As Veterans Day arrives today were reminded of the Sacrifice and Honor our Veterans have given America for over 2 Centuries.

This week,tell a Veteran or Active Duty member How much you appreciate their Service.

Today we Celebrate those gone to rest,those among us..and those serving at Home and Around the Globe.






Tom Hanks gives a wunderful explanation of your WW-2 Museum here.




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