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I Dream of Sarah’s Eyes. My Experience in Naples, Florida 11/16/13.

It has taken me all day to absorb this:  Sarah Palin knows me.  She thanked me for what I have been doing and said “You’re Awesome”.  I’ve been repeating those words all day in disbelief.  This is what happened.

I had prepared some questions the night before but decided to go on instinct again and see what happened.  Everyone does a handshake and stands tall in front of her, unless they are a child. They ask all sorts of questions. I didn’t want to do much talking today so I decided right before it was my turn to greet her that I wanted to see her eyes. Yes.

I squatted in front of her. She was focused on her book signing right away and was kind of waiting for me to speak.  So when she looked up, I asked:  “Sarah, I just want one thing today:  I just want to look straight into your eyes.” She looked up from  what she was doing and liked the question I think, and immediately stared right into mine.  I was in heaven.

The local media had camped in front of the table. They had permission to get shots of Sarah up close. We were stripped of cameras and other personal belongings. I had brought my IPad just in case I could sneak a good picture in or have someone do it for me but it was impossible.  I felt guilty about going against Sarah’s rules and didn’t want to call attention to myself for something as silly as that. It doesn’t matter because a camera sometimes cannot capture someone’s essence and I wouldn’t trade what happened today for anything.

I can’t describe just how powerful that encounter was. I will have to etch it in my memory and sketch it soon, because no one I know has a shot of Sarah’s luscious, penetrating eyes anywhere. Not from the angle I was at – eye level. Not up close.

After Sarah and I looked at each other she asked me my name. I told her it was Isabel and that we had met in New Orleans last year.  That’s when something clicked and she knew who I was. I know we’re a community, and I am always happy when someone gets something from Sarah or Chuck, but for two years I have yearned for some type of formal response or a special card from her recognizing something, anything, but nothing. This was so special – just for me and in front of me.  I cannot ask for more.  The rest is a blur.

I asked her how she was. Again, she was surprised. She said “I’m fine,” smiling and softspoken. Then I opened my arms wide and held each of her arms and she held mine. It was nice. My friend behind me said it was a big and long hug. I was still in squatting position and I won’t bore you with any more details, I mentioned I wanted to get the hug right and not pull her hair. It was perfection.

My friend asked where Todd was. She said he was with Piper and Trig back home. I think she was traveling with Bristol. Little Tripp’s picture is on the first page of her book and it has an adorable caption.

The bookstore opened at 9 a.m.  We were allowed in – the first 100.  There were easily 700-maybe 800 people who showed uup.  I read a little bit of the book while I waited in line, but was mostly chatting with a Facebook friend who came with her husband and we had the greatest time. I was out of there by 10:15.  I drove around, took some pictures.  Treated myself to an ancient favorite,  French Toast at I-HOP, and decided there I’d return.  I was back inside the bookstore and 11:57 and it was the best decision in the end.

Here was a nice but pesky sheriff.

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She ended sharply at 12:00 and I’m sure that is how she would run  government.

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Here is Sarah Palin looking amazing. (Better than ever in my opinion)

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Sarah Palin greeting the gentleman who kept wanting her attention.

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Sarah thanking us and kissing us from a little bit afar.

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Sarah waving good bye to us. She made sure she got everyone in the room. (She likes hugging I found out.)

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Hug 2 from the bookstore crew who stood around her like dolphins the entire time.

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Hug 3 on the way out.

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I read in one of those local reports that there was a “Fan Frenzy”. No such thing.  Everyone except two ladies were there the night before.  There was civility, kindness and joy.  There was so much order that in my humble opinion, the store managers and clerks were more frenzied than the fans.  You can from the clip above.

Here are some more pictures:

I think a bit much, don’t you?

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Sarah adapts to any situation, but unfortunately, there were no group hugs here.

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There she is in the back there, having a long chat with a supporter.

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You could not ask for a tamer crowd.

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Sarah has a tanned appearance and highlights in her hair that suit her well.

I wish we could have Sarah Palin every day in person, but in a way, she does make herself available on a daily basis for us and we should never take it for granted.  I have been beyond frustrated and upset at the GOP. I’ve wanted to give up.  They are hopeless and in a vicious cycle of corruption that will never end.  They are hurting us badly.

May I suggest a remedy.  Anyone who is a bit tired of the corruption, extortion, lies, unconstitutionality, debt or anything else that is going wrong  in politics today, make it a point to visit Sarah even if it takes you a few hours to see her if she is in town.  I do not know how she does it but I always feel a sense of peace after I am with her. It is a very real spiritual force in her. I am personally motivated to renew my commitment to the cause just after today.

I will update this article with the drawing if I am inspired.  I could get a picture someone else took, but it wouldn’t mean anything or compare to the experience I had.

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Merry Christmas!

Wishing everyone their best Christmas ever!

May God bless us each and every one.

~Gary

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Remembering Bob Hope’s Christmases with the Troops

By Gary P Jackson

Bob Hope was one of our greatest American treasures. A delightful comedian and actor, he gave us a lifetime of work to enjoy. Nothing Hope did though was more special than what he did for the United States service men and women.

As a kid I never missed the Bob Hope Christmas Specials. From World War II through the Gulf War, Bob Hope would gather up some of the nation’s best talent, prettiest girls, and head to where the troops were. Often times Hope and company would be right in the thick of things, close to the front lines of battle. This never stopped them.

Hope, and all of those who went with him, understood the brave men and women who serve sacrifice so much for God and country. They could have stayed home and slept in comfortable beds. Instead, they took time to salute those who give so much, and ask so little. Those who serve are true heroes. So was Bob Hope and those who went on his incredible journey of bringing hope and joy around the world to our troops.

One of those heros, and someone I’m proud to know, Petty Officer First Class [retired] Gary Carnevale Sr, sent me this video tribute to Hope and his war efforts. A wonderful look back at a wonderful man:

Here’s a few more videos I rounded up that I think our reader’s will enjoy.

This is one is audio only, a radio broadcast from the base at Corpus Christi, Texas, September 11, 1945:

Here’s some moments from 1966 at Cu Chi, Vietnam:

This is the entire 1967 special:

This is from Hope’s final Vietnam Christmas tour in 1972. Hard not to get emotional watching.

As we celebrate Christmas with our family and friends, please take time to remember the brave men and women who serve around the world, far away from their families, so that we may all remain free.

May God bless them all, and may they all have a very, Merry Christmas.

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Merry Christmas From Sarah Palin

A Christmas greeting from Sarah Palin:

Merry Christmas!

My family and I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! I offer this to all because Christmas is a holiday for all, whether you are a Christian believer or not. The message of Christmas is full of hope, peace, joy, and the fellowship of all mankind; so I find it amazing that every year we hear more accounts of a ramped up “war on Christmas.”

How sad and ironic that a handful of grinches are at war with the annual celebration of the birth of the Prince of Peace, whose coming was prophesied centuries earlier and was then gloriously heralded by the angels with a blessing for “peace on earth” and “good will toward men.” Even if one doesn’t believe the story, can’t one at least recognize the beauty of the message? Or at the very least, let everyone else enjoy the season without throwing a temper tantrum at the sight of a Nativity scene? People who feel affronted by a baby in a humble Manger display or a few Christmas carols have truly lost all sense of proportion and seem to be most in need of some holiday cheer.

At a time when our country is divided on so many things, Christmas unites us. It’s a beautiful part of our culture, and for many of us it’s a beautiful part of our Faith. In fact, for believers it’s “the main thing.” In today’s tumultuous times we can remember the bible’s record of Three Wise Men from the East who received an angelic message of Jesus’ birth. They may have been unsure of the message, so they sought truth. They trekked to Bethlehem to find out more. There, they found Jesus and they honored Him. The story of the wise men reminds us that today wise men still seek Him. So in this season especially, let’s seek truth.

Let’s celebrate with family and friends. Let’s shout a cheery “Merry Christmas” to everyone we meet. Let’s remember our brave men and women in uniform defending us far from home. And let’s all pray for a peaceful New Year.

From our home to yours, Merry Christmas.

~Sarah Palin

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:14)

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Merry Christmas From Sarah Palin

By Gary P Jackson

Sarah Palin’s Christmas Message to the nation:

Christmas is a time of sharing with family and friends. For Todd and me, that means spending time with our children, parents, grandparents, and siblings, gratefully acknowledging God’s blessings and sharing them with the people we love.

Ronald Reagan said Christmas was a “state of mind, found throughout the year whenever faith overcomes doubt, hope conquers despair, and love triumphs over hate.” On this Christmas Eve, let’s be thankful that we live in a country known for striving to embody these values. And let’s be grateful for the brave men and women in uniform who have fought to defend our values and who may be spending this Christmas far from home.

On behalf of the entire Palin family, I wish you a very Merry Christmas; and may the new year let you realize the promise found in 2 Timothy 1:7!

~ Sarah Palin

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

The video below is from Sarah’s appearance on the Fox & Friends Christmas Eve special where she gives a shout out to the members of the military in the studio audience, and around the world.

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This is another segment where Gretchen Carlson asks Sarah about her favorite things at Christmas:

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Bristol Palin also has a brief message as well:

I want to wish all of you a blessed Christmas. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus and his message to mankind, let us do so with our family and friends. I hope everyone has an opportunity to reflect on what is truly important and to create a Christmas memory that will last a lifetime. From me and Tripp and the rest of my family to you, thank you for a wonderful year and Merry Christmas!

~ Bristol Palin

Video courtesy Palin TV

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Zat You Santa Claus?

By Gary P Jackson

It just ain’t Christmas with out Brian Setzer and the Brian Setzer Orchestra to get us in the swing of things!

From Brian’s 2005 live Christmas Extravaganza:

Dig That Crazy Santa Claus ….

…. and Zat You Santa Claus?

Last, but not least, Brian and the Orchestra performing Boogie Woogie Santa Claus on the old Conan O’Brian Show.

Here’s wishing everyone a rockin’ Christmas Eve!

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Ronald Reagan And Sarah Palin’s Christmas Messages To The Nation

Came across this wonderful Christmas message the Great Ronald Reagan gave to the nation. This was 1981, The Reagan family’s first Christmas in the White House. For those that remember, this was of great comfort to the nation during some rough times, I find it of great comfort in these times as well.

The times are tough, and the Republic in grave danger, but we are indeed a nation built on faith and freedom. Reagan’s words serve to remind us that the American spirit, along with divine providence, shall always prevail.

Sarah Palin also has an inspirational message to us all:

Merry Christmas!

Todd and I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! The Palin family is blessed to all be together among family and friends this Holiday – and that is one of the greatest gifts of all. But while this is a beautiful time of the year for families and friends around the world, we recognize that it is a difficult time of the year for so many others – especially this year. May we remember all those who are lonely or in need on this blessed night, and please join us in saying a special prayer for those away from their loved ones in the service of a grateful nation. May God bless you all and continue to bless our great country.

– Sarah Palin

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:14)


May everyone have a Merry Christmas and may everyone be blessed with all of the love and joy this time brings to our lives. May God bless you all.

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