They Won't Be Home For Christmas
- by Del "Abe" Jones

Another year, American Heroes Are fighting in a foreign land But hopefully, with an end in sight To this part of life they hadn't planned. They do their duty without question And they all stand proud and tall They are placed there in harm's way As they answer, our Country's call.

They'll get by the best they can
And improvise ingenious ways To find a way to celebrate The meaning of the Holidays. Peace on Earth, good will towards men Is really, kinda hard to do

When all around, there are folks
Whose only wish, is to kill you. There are far too many families Who will never again know the joy That the Christmastime can bring And cruel, wartime can destroy. The lucky will return back home But lives will never be the same Forever changed in heart and mind By humankind's unholy game.

They won't be home for Christmas
And sadly, some will never be But all of them will share one thing That's the war Hero's legacy. So as you gather 'round the tree With your loved ones by your side Think about those, ?over there? While you enjoy, your Yuletide.

Little Girls And Grannies

Little girls and grannies,
A combination that's hard to beat.
They won't let me grow old,
they keep me on my feet.

They stay up late at night
and pretend they're all grown up.
And I pretend that I don't hear
when they turn the stereo up.
I know they're dancing in my heels
with the music wall to wall.
I just can't make them go to sleep
they're having such a ball.

I let them sleep in late
and serve breakfast at noon.
they're still my little angels
no matter what they do.

I let them use my make-up
and try out brand new recipes.
I take them where they want to go
and let them be what they want to be.

We have so much fun
and I love them oh so much.
There's nothing more comforting
than a little girls touch.

I let them do lots of things
that I never would my own,
because I know when I'm worn out
I can send them home.

Reatha Crow

Dear God, are You still awake? Have You got a minute or two? You're pretty good at understanding, And I really need to talk to You.

You see, Mommy came to tuck me in, like she does every night. I was trying to play a trick on her, Since she can't see without the light.

I was going to close my eyes and pretend to be asleep. But when I heard her crying, I didn't dare let out a peep.

She started talking to you, God. Did You hear the things she said? Could You hear what she was saying as she stood beside my bed?

Why would Mommy be so sad? I wondered just what I had done, and then I began to remember it all as she named them one by one.

This morning we worked in the garden, but, honest, I really didn't know that if I picked all those little yellow blooms the tomatoes wouldn't grow!

Charlie and I were trying to be helpers, 'Cause I know that's what Mommy needs. But I don't think she was too happy with us when we pulled up carrots instead of weeds.

Mommy said we should stop for the day, she decided we had helped quite enough. I sure had worked up an appetite...I didn't know gardening was so tough!

We had peanut butter and jelly for lunch and I shared too much, I guess. But I didn't realize until I was done that Charlie had made such a mess.

Mommy said she needed a nap, she had one of her headaches today. She told me to keep an eye on my sister and find something quiet to play.

Well, God, do You remember all those curls you gave my little sister Jenny? We played barber shop very quietly...And now, well, she doesn't have any.

Boy, was Mommy mad at me. I had to go sit on my bed. She said never to cut "people hair" again. I guess I'll practice on Charlie instead.

We sat and watched poor old Albert, I just knew he must be so bored going round and round in the same place all day, wouldn't You think so, Lord?

I didn't think it would hurt to let him out for a while. I mean, mice need exercise, too. By the way, have You seen Albert lately? He's been sort of missing since two.

Mommy sent us outside for the rest of the day. She said we needed fresh air. But when Daddy came home she told him he was trying to get something out of her hair.

We thought Mommy needed cheering up, so we decided to brighten her day. But, God, did You see the look on her face when we gave her that pretty bouquet?

We had gotten a little bit dirty, so Mommy said to get in the tub. "Use soap this time," she reminded, "and please don't forget to scrub."

Charlie didn't like the water too much, but I lathered up real good. I knew Mommy would be so proud of me for cleaning up like I should.

I went downstairs to the table, but during dinner it started to rain. I'd forgotten to turn off the water, it seems, and I hadn't unplugged the drain!

I decided right then it was just about time to start getting ready for bed, when Mommy said, "It's sure been a long day." And her face began turning all red.

I lay there listening to Mommy as she told You about our day. I thought about all of the things I had done and I wondered what I should say.

I was just about to tell her that I'd been awake all along, and ask her to please forgive me for all of those thing I'd done wrong.

When suddenly, I heard her whisper, "God, forgive me for today for not being more understanding when those problems came my way. For not handling situations in the way You wanted me to. For getting angry and losing my temper, things I know You don't want me to do.

And, God, please give me more patience. Help me make it through another day, I'll do better tomorrow, I promise. In Jesus' name I pray."

Wiping her eyes, she kissed me and knelt here beside my bed. She stroked my hair for a little while. "I love you, precious", Mommy said.

She left the room without ever knowing that I'd been awake all the time. And God, could we make it our little secret? You know, just Yours and mine?

I'm sorry I was so much trouble today, I really didn't mean to be. Daddy says it's tough being a kid sometimes, but I think it's harder on Mommy than me.

Well, goodnight, God. Thanks for listening. It's sure nice to know You're there. I feel so much better when I talk to You 'cause You always hear my prayers.

And I'll do better tomorrow, I promise. Just You wait and see! I'll try not to be so much trouble again. But, God, please give more patience to Mommy...Just in case!


Author Unknown

"Ink on paper

Hygiene Teacher: How can you prevent diseases cause by biting insects?

Jose: "Don't Bite Any!" :)

A lot of people sell just about anything these days. Mostly goods from the mainland. I don't know about you but as for me, they're not really of good quality. They call these stuff imitations or replicas of the original brands. In short their pirated stuff. Yes they cost a lot less than their original counterpart but some items break easily. One may think that you get a lot of stuff for less money but in the long run, your really getting less. And besides there is a reason they sell those items super cheap right? :) Because they won't last untill your next birthday.

I hope gaga arrives before it starts raining. It's a little dark outside. hummm... Hey! I saw this cute short story on the web. Let me share it with you. :)


Six year old Brandon decided one morning to fix his parents pancakes. He found a big bowl and spoon, pulled a chair to the counter, opened the cupboard and pulled out a heavy flour canister, spilling it on the floor. He scooped some of the flour into the bowl with his hands, mixed in most of a cup of milk and added some sugar, leaving a floury trail on the floor which by now had a few tracks left by his kitten.

Brandon was covered with flour and getting frustrated. He wanted this to be something very good for mom and dad, but it was getting very bad. He didn't know what to do next, weather to put it all into the oven or on the stove. (and he didn't know how the stove worked!)

Suddenly he saw his kitten licking from the bowl of mix and reached to push her away, knocking the egg carton on to the floor. Frantically he tried to clean up this monumental mess but slipped on the eggs, getting his pajamas white and sticky. And just then he saw dad standing at the door.

All he'd wanted to do was something good, but he'd made a terrible mess. He was sure a scolding was coming, maybe even a spanking. But his father just watched him. Then walking through the mess, he picked up his crying son, hugged and loved him, getting his own pajamas white and sticky in the process.

That's how God deals with us. We to do something good in life, but it turns into a mess. Our marriage gets all sticky or we insult a friend or we can't stand our job or our health goes sour. Sometimes we just stand there in tears because we can't think of anything else to do. That's when God picks us up and loves us and forgives us. Even though some of out mess gets all over him.

But just because we might mess up, "we can't stop trying to make pancakes," for God, or for others. Sooner or later we'll get it right, and then they'll be glad we did. "So don't stop making those pancakes!"

...Nice huh? :) Gaga is already here. Until next time... Goodnight!

The first day of December... More and more carolers rang the doorbell hoping for an audience and some spare change. Some are well prepared with their costumes and instruments, but some look like they just came out of bed and went straight to your house just to bark a few notes and ask for money. Some are even stinking drunk. Oh well... It is Christmas... :)

Gaga is raiding the kitchen again. Hes on a mission to making the perfect sandwich. Do all guys do that? I mean do they all take pride on their sandwich making skills? :) A slice of ham, tomatoes, onions, cheese, lettuce, bacon, mustard, and some mayo. Death by sandwich with all those artery clogging ingredients. :) ...Well as long as he makes me a slice...


Gaga fetched me from work at about 4PM, then he accompanied me to this reunion that me and my high school friends planed for weeks. We went to this restaurant fronting a lake to celebrate one of my friend's birth day. After a hefty diner we spent the rest of the evening at a local videoke bar. I really gave it my all when it was my turn to sing. Unfortunately, my all was not good enough. :)

It was a very busy day. The hospital was full of patients with cases ranging from stomach ache to hearth disease. The rooms were packed and some patients were already on the hallway... And the smell, you don't want to know. Oh well... It's all in a days work. I just hope we get our Christmas bonus. There is this rumor that we don't get one. :(

My neighbor dropped by to give me a sample of her fish fillet. She's going to serve it on their office party. I guest she just wants me to be the judge. I told her it taste good but a little too salty for me.

A patient suffering from heart disease died during my shift. I've seen it happen lots of times but i could never get use to it. I always wonder how it feels like,.. Does it hurt? Do you see a bright light? Oh well! I guest we all get to experience it when our time comes. Good night for now...

Just got home, traffic was bad. It took me almost two hours...
Anyway, I got a new bag from this boutique that sells imported goods from Thailand. It was a good price considering the quality and design. I'm sure it will look good with my red blouse.

Me and gaga just came from this coffee shop beside a gas station. They make this amazing ice mocha frappe. so rich and creamy. I wonder if we could make that here.. hummm... nighty-night for now!..

I just got off the phone, in this rainy night, all one could do is order out. I just hope the delivery guy arrives on time. I'm starving... There's nothing in the fridge that does not need cooking... Except my brother's two week old sandwich...
...I'm not that hungry

Good morning sunshine! no work today, but a lot of laundry. Hope the sun will not give up on me. Ow well!... Im off to the laundry room... Be Happy! :)

It's a cold and cloudy night, but still you can hear voices from the carolers on a nearby house. They sing their hearts out even thou some of them are out of tune. Some just for the fun of it, but some ask for money. Well it is Christmas season...

Back from work, another day another pay... There are times i wish i could just stay home and watch T.V. all day, but nooo... "Go to work!" this voice inside my head keep reminding me that i'm gona be late. Anyways... Life is still good. :)

Sometimes one would think that Christmas is now just for kids...
That's funny, coz every time the season comes i feel like a kid...
And i'm already 25yrs old.. "i mean young"... :)

Earlier this day me and gaga started installing Christmas lights, lanterns and also the tree which we left standing in one corner of the living room. You would really be surprise with what you could do with just a few lights and decor. We could hardly recognize the place.

I just got home from work. Dog tired and hungry. But you know what?...

...Something caught my eye when i was still on the road, the first sign of Christmas, a bright red star hanging from my neighbor's house...

..."Advance Merry Christmas To You All!"

As i say the words of love
As i saw you lay down
You spoke to me gently
As i listen intently
You told me of the things
We used to do
But now will never be done
You told me of the things

We used to talk about
But now will be forever gone
You told me of the things
We dreamt together
But now will fade away
You told me about
Your undying love
That will never go away
You told me that my heart
Will never go astray
'Coz your love for me will never die.

A Little Push

Say goodbye to all that has been or could have been.

Don’t be afraid of letting go of the pain. I understand that perhaps in the

back of your mind you believe that doing so means saying goodbye to a past

that meant so much to you. You deserve to be happy, and you will be…

...if you will yourself to be.

1. Place and Date "First" we met.

General Santos Doctors' Hospital Inc.,
August 2005

2. "First" who makes the move.

He asked for Her number from her co-staff(his Clinical Instructor).

3. "First" text message/s received.

He said: I got your number from ma'am Marj. Will you be my "textmate"?

She said: Who's this please?

4. "First" Gift he gave and she received.

Flowers, Chocolates and Teddy Bear

5. "First" Movie Watched

Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Starring: Rob Schneider and Eddie Griffin

6. "First" Dinner Together

At his House together with his Family.

7. "First" Restaurant Dined

Japanese Tunnel, Diversion Road, Davao City

8. "First" Beach and Resort Visited

Santos Beach Resort, Garden City Of Samal

9. "First" Concert Attended

During Octoberfest
Performed by: Brownman Revival

10. "First" Out of Town Traveled

On the road going to Buda.

hmmmm... Just figuring out... What would life be without you?

Just image how much text messages i could save!...
But come to think of it... texting is a good workout for my fingers!

I don't have to worry when you're out with your friends on a gimmick!...
But surely, you'll then engage on a gimmick spree and that spells disaster!

I don't have to ask permission (or even lie) when I want to go out...
Well, it's a good exercise of my acting prowess though...

I could sleep early because I don't have someone to talk

about what happened during the day...
But who will listen to my boring stories and misadventures for the day?

I won't get pimples anymore!
Oh, they are just cute reminders that I have someone special, not a big deal anyway!

I could munch all the junk food I want and nobody would

tell me that I'm getting fat!
Well, who would want to spend on new clothes, right?

The bottom line is... I can't imagine life without you, even for a second!
I just love you damn too much!

Delicate, uncertain spring is past
Hot, lush grass bursts forth
Heat presses cheeks
Licking humid limbs
Fern uncurls
Slow opening up
Reach to touch
Rush of sap...
Opening lily bud
Pistils dangle, quaking
Pollen dusting, sticking, smearing
Drowsy bees
Sup nectar drops
Fat, guiltless summer
Spills abundant seeds
And sated, sleeps
Beneath the leafy trees.

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