The last annual letter that I did was in 2005 so I think today would be a good day to write one and update everyone on recent years also. I do hope this letter finds you doing well and serving the Lord and walking in your calling. I would love to hear from you whenever that is possible~
In 2013 some very sad news with the loss of Peaches, my female green eyed calico rescue cat. I miss her terribly as she was my main talker and surveillance/security monitor. She loved running water to drink. A real delight! Ivory, my female Siamesish blue eyed cat, is hanging in there with me and is a lot of entertainment too.
Paula, my sister, and Tim, her husband, came to visit recently and I loved every minute of having them here including some redecorating ideas and some very clever suggestions to make my life a little easier!
I have been publishing some books for lifetime friend and mentor, Jesse Jones and also sharing some of my own documents online via Scribd. You can find them here: http://scribd.com/scrosnoe
The latest book released there is about how my folks and Jesse met Jesus and the special bible teacher sent their way many years ago. Some of you will remember Brother Earle Frid. The story is here: A Man of God by Jesse C. Jones
In April of 2012, Paula gave me an awesome 60th birthday party at Sterlings in Bartlesville. For that event I prepared an online presentation of life events for those able to be there in person. It is available here: Celebration Birthday for Sandra Crosnoe — April 2012
Another highlight of the year (and a lowlight all in one) was being an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention in Tampa Florida. It was the partial fulfillment of a lifetime dream to get to attend with delegate status, but the shattering of the dream of a party operating in any sense according to the rules. My observation is that the grassroots are not really wanted until time to go vote for the media manufactured darling. The Ron Paul party & events for his delegates were a lot of fun and some great networking opportunities as well. The pool/beach time on the way with Ryan and Julia made it all worthwhile. We stayed beachfront at the Margueritaville Hotel and had a marvelous time and some great food too.
In 2011 the most wonderful memorable event of the year was a trip to Las Vegas with my sister Paula and my good friend Donna. Paula arranged a birthday trip for us where we stayed at the Bellagio with the dancing fountains, went to not one not two, but THREE shows, had fabulous meals and a spa day and a helicopter ride over Hoover Dam! Great pics from the trip here (probably more than you want to see but suffice it to say we had a great time. I have a video of the helicopter ride somewhere if you ever want to see it!): sandiec99′s photosets on Flickr
Saddest event of the year was the loss of my good friend David Hall. Shelli Dawdy wrote an article for me while I made the trip to Texas with Donna Gustafson, to be with family and friends there. Here is her tribute online to David Hall our belladier http://grassrootsne.com/on-loss-of-belladier-david-hall-bells-must-be-ringing-in-heaven/ I also lost Ebony my golden eyed black male cat this year. He was a love bug for sure. It was a sad sudden event and I miss him dearly!
In 2010 I helped a bit with Nathan Dahm’s race for Congress and although he did not win, he laid the groundwork then for his election to the Oklahoma Senate subsequently where he is now serving. I believe that he busted up the turf for Jim Bridenstine’s subsequent election to Congress in District 1. A real win/win and progress! Senator Dahm and Congressman Bridenstine are both bright spots on our Oklahoma political landscape in my opinion. I created a book for my family of recipe treasures and ultimately shared it online here: Recipe Treasures – Crosnoe to Caswell
2009 – Somewhere in this time I started blogging and social networking and did some radio broadcasts with Shelli called the Constitutional Liberty Coalition Gets Grizzly. We also worked with a team of people on the original Tea Party efforts. It is worth more than a paragraph, but suffice it to say it was grassroots and co-opted almost all in the same breath. My blogging began as http://scrosnoe.wordpress.com Finding Gems & Sharing Them (but it began on blogger if you ever want to explore the old archives (for a good laugh I am sure). Out of these early efforts some networks grew and prospered (online websites and on facebook and twitter):
In November, my nephew, Byron married his sweetheart Tracy. They had a marvelous wedding and I was glad to be able to attend and be a part of the festivities. They are now all settled in their own home in DC.
In 2008 I made the trip to Minneapolis with Deborah and some of my Okie buddies for the RNC and the parallel Ron Paul Convention which was way ‘funner’ than the other one and well attended too! That was the first time I ever heard the ‘END the FED’ cheer by thousands of people. It was inspiring to say the least! Special thanks to Matt for getting me a guest pass for the other convention. It was the first time to hear Sarah Palin in person and observe the police state at conventions too (again experienced in 2012 – ask me about it sometime for details!).
In 2007 I began working with a few others to create the Ron Paul network and convince him to run for President. He did and although he lost, I believe we made a difference and opened many eyes in the process. We tried! This work was the foundation for many things that transpired later in teaparty efforts and communications networks and campaigns on issues and on leadership too. Shared a wonderful New Year’s Eve Cruise with my good friend Jim Boulet and awfully glad for the good memories as he went to be with the Lord just a few years after that.
In 2006 for part of the year, Hannah Dudkiewicz, a foreign exchange student from Germany, lived with me. We traveled a great deal and I had a wonderful time showing her a little bit of our way of life. Last I heard she was in college in Berlin. She certainly was artistically gifted and she remains in my prayers.
That should bring you up to date with the highlights, but YOU are in the details or you would not be reading this. I thank you for your part in making my life rich and full. Thank you for your prayers and your presence online and in person making a difference wherever and whenever possible. I look forward to seeing you in person as the Lord leads our paths to cross again. Let us keep blessing as many as we can as we learn to walk in His ways as we go. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Some scriptures about Thanksgiving to share and proclaim:
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
to one who orders his way rightly
I will show the salvation of God!”
It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
and give thanks to his holy name!
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wondrous works!
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Just as Noah did in ancient times, world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham is sounding the alarm that the Second Coming is “near” and signs of the end of the age are “converging now for the first time since Jesus made those predictions.”
Earlier this month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the United Nations General Assembly “biblical prophecies are being realized.”
And last week, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., claimed the world has entered the last days.
“When you see up is down and right is wrong, when this is happening, we were told this: that these days would be as the days of Noah,” Bachmann said.
In September, a poll by the Ventura, Calif.-based Barna Group found 4 in 10 Americans – and 77 percent of evangelical Christians – believe the “world is now living in the biblical end times.”
Now, a new wave of end-times predictions for 2014 and 2015 involving blood moons on Jewish holy days and prophetically significant events on the Shemitah – the ancient biblical year of the Sabbath – are igniting even more interest in humanity’s ultimate fate.
Throw in next year’s reboot of the “Left Behind” film featuring Nicolas Cage and the cinematic destruction of biblical proportions in “Noah,” starring Russell Crowe, and last-days fever is back with a mainstream vengeance.
“I think we’re on the verge of a global awakening in interest in apocalyptic events,” said Paul McGuire, an internationally recognized prophecy expert who is a regular commentator on Fox News and CNN and appeared on two highly rated History Channel specials, including “7 Signs of the Apocalypse.”
“I see a fuse being lit here, between what Billy Graham, Michele Bachman and Benjamin Netanyahu said, and I think there is going to be an explosion of interest in the end times like nothing we’ve ever seen before,” McGuire said.
Watching the signs
In an exclusive email interview with WND, Graham, 94, who is giving what may be his last message to the world as part of the My Hope America with Billy Graham evangelistic outreach in early November, said the world is “coming toward the end of the age.”
Invitation from Debra Medina, candidate for Texas State Comptroller
The Montgomery County Republican Party together with the Montgomery County Tea Party are sponsoring a state wide candidate debate. Thursday night’s event will include the candidates for Governor, Railroad Commissioner, Attorney General, and Comptroller. A straw poll will be conducted. Tickets available at the door for $10. Doors open at 5:00.
If you live in or around Spring, I hope we’ll see you Thursday evening. In any case, I hope you’ll share this invitation with friends and family who are in the area. Your support is much needed and appreciated.
I’ll work hard to earn your vote in Thursday night’s straw poll and again in the March 2014 Republican primary.
I keep trying to figure out how to share with my friends the wonder of essential oils. OK, I’ve always loved perfumes and fragrances, but I never understood how interconnected the senses are and how powerful the stimulation of pure essential oils could be. I have used them to enhance breathing, relax, treat warts, reduce blood pressure, for serenity, and for mood elevation.
doTERRA Essential Oils for Healthy Living
Take a look at these selected magazine pages (below) and ponder how these oils might enrich your life. Let me know if I can help to get you set you up as a distributor. These are some selected pages from my most recent doTERRA Living Magazine.
You can always visit ‘my store’ (top tab on FGST website) or via this link >>>
Rod’s note on facebook: Today I had the incredible privilege of opening the U.S. House of Representatives in prayer. My huge thanks to Rep. Jim Bridenstine (who is doing a fabulous job) and Joe and Sheryl Kaufman to enable Jim to do what he does so well.
The Tulsa State Fair is in town. The midway is bustling with the sights and sounds of rides and games....and the Tulsa County Sheriff Department, in place to protect and serve. One undercover deputy saved many fair goers from a menace to society, from a dangerous threat for all those attracted to the balloon/dart game.....he saved them from the Hello Kitty carney.
Articles from Bartlesville Examiner Enterprise recapped here on upcoming $36.72 Million bond proposal to be voted on September 10, 2013.
The Bartlesville Examiner Enterprise paper is running a series by David Austin on the upcoming bond election.
Special thanks to Gary Kilpatrick for making the first two articles available to me. I don’t get or read the newspaper. I am interested in what they are telling people about this election. Here are the scans of those articles so you can read them for yourselves.
I will highlight a few items for you from these articles first:
Bartlesville High School was built in 1939. Recent school bond issues based in 2001 and 2007 have resulted in new facilities being added to the campus as well as updating the heating and air systems and other structural repairs.
On Tuesday September 10th, a school bond of $36.72 [million was omitted here but is included in the next article] will go before the voters.
The article says the bond will result in no tax increase [does that mean ever or just in the current year?].
The bond includes upgrades and renovations to Central Middle School and the Bartlesville Middle School facility.
The plan calls for the current Madison Middle School to be demolished while BHS would be expanded to accommodate all of the districts students from grades 9-12.
The proposal features security upgrades throughout the district as well.
The article goes on to recap previous bond elections and what was done with that money.
David Austin is the co-chair of the communications sub-committee for the Bartlesville Public School District’s Long Range Facilities Planning Committee.
. This is the second article in the series on the upcoming school bond election. In this article it clearly states that the proposal is for $36.72 million.
The changes will result in ninth graders being included in a four year high school around the district.
Among the highlights of the bond would be the upgrade and expansion of Bartlesville High School to accommodate all BPSD freshman and sophomores as well.
The articles says the studies show that by eliminating a transition from one school to another, students often fare better. So, eliminating the mid high concept (9th and 10th grade), a transition would be eliminated.
The anticipated short turn around time on bond passage to project completion is credited to the partnership between the city and the school district and using a ‘conduit financing agreement with the city’.
The conduit financing between BPSD and the City of Bartlesville creates a trust authority which is required to take advantage of the historically low construction costs and interest rates that are present today.
Projects related to BHS would be completed in approx 2 years; all projects finished in three years.
Clearly quality education / schools are important to any city. The city leaders and the school district leaders seem to be working together on these projects.
My nagging question is whether we can ever get to the place where we live within our means both individually and collectively? It seems we have a bond election every year. Clearly if a city is growing, then we must expand to take care of needs based on the growth. I sincerely hope the taxpayer’s best interests are being represented in this proposal and we are insisting on the best possible for the children of this community — including being free from debt. I would like to see plans to pay down the debt and reduce taxes for everyone.
Anyone who lives in the Bartlesville school district and was registered with the appropriate county election board by August 16, 2013 is eligible to vote on Tuesday, September 10.
The Middle East, explained in one (sort of terrifying) chart By Max Fisher
Published: August 26
What could be simpler than the Middle East? A well-known Egyptian blogger who writes under the pseudonym The Big Pharaoh put together this chart laying out the region’s rivalries and alliances. He’s kindly granted me permission to post it, so that Americans might better understand the region. The joke is that it’s not a joke; this is actually pretty accurate.