Thanksgiving Blessings from My House to Yours — Thanks be to the Lord for His Provision!

 
Thanksgiving Card 2013 cover
Dear Friends & Family,
 
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~
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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.
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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!
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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!
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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
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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 https://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):
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R3publicans — Republicans Restoring the Republic http://r3publican.wordpress.com
OKGrassroots – Oklahoma Grassroots Network (syndicated) http://okgrassroots.com
CLibertyC – Constitutional Liberty Coalition (syndicated multi-state) http://clibertyc.com
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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.
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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!).
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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.
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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.
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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!
 Thanksgiving Card 2013 Framed Draft
 
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.

—Psalm 9:1

The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
to one who orders his way rightly
I will show the salvation of God!”

—Psalm 50:23

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;

—Psalm 92:1

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
and give thanks to his holy name!

—Psalm 97:12

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!

—Psalm 100:4

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!

—Psalm 105:1-2
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Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
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—Philippians 4:6
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More scriptures and references here:
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Blessings to you and yours,
Sandie
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Reblog: Grassroots just got a massive dose of RNC fertilizer

Reblogged from Republican Coalition of Denton County:

SHOVEL-READY?

Grassroots GOP leaders across Denton County and the state of Texas have begun a grassroots uprising, after the Republican National Committee began pushing through a set of hugely unpopular Rule changes at the Republican National Convention in Tampa last week. The rules attempt to take away the power of the grassroots to conduct business at the local, state, and national levels.

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The Floor Fight that Should Have Occurred in Tampa; Now the Curtain has been Peeled Back

The stupid just doesn’t get any louder.  The person running for President really doesn’t need to be breaking rules, running roughshod over his own people and unseating whole delegations.  Nor should he even think about keeping minority reports from coming to the floor by disappearing chairmen and delaying convention buses arrival at the convention.  I cannot wait to see Morton Blackwell’s minority report and all about that bus ride to prevent us from hearing same.

Meanwhile Jeremy Blosser and the Grassroots team on the floor was doing everything possible to have a real convention and get a roll call vote, but the chair would hear none of that and ran roughshod over them and even booted the Maine Delegation.  If there is no such thing as rules and anyone can re-write them anytime, then we can all just ignore the party structure and get on with building the movement of ideas and limited government and finding ways to shut off the funding that allows some people to continue to try to milk the system.

It must be all in a paid political consultants’ days work when trying to make it look like all is well in Disneyworld.  Trouble is I wasn’t the only one who noticed this time.  It was glaring that there were cute blonde bouncy girls planted around the auditorium in little red dresses trying to get the crowd to look excited about the event.  There were signs passed out made to look like handmade signs that were so clearly NOT.  What hypocrisy.  Today, it is the talk of the town.  I wonder how one alienates the grassroots people and goes on to win the presidency?  If you want an event to be a coronation, then you at least have to make the serfs feel welcomed in the police state.

Did I mention stupidity overarching the doorway of the Republican Nation Convention?  Why would anyone except a lobbyist or someone looking for a consulting job even bother with the venue if we will be ignored at the mikes unless pre appointed for prime time viewing.  The real work of the Real Republicans is back home educating people about limited government and electing them to school boards and city councils and state houses and congressional offices where they can actually work to decrease government overhead and decline federal dollars with strings attached.  No Grassroots money should go to the RNC from henceforth and until grassroots principles are back in place and rules apply equally to all.

If we simply ignore the man behind the curtain, he will get bored with trying to act like he is in control of our lives when clearly he only makes matters worse and should be laughed out of town.

I hope we will discover the formula before we spend ourselves into third world status.

After this week, I remain skeptical that the RNC hierarchy of the Republican party will embrace the people or the philosophy and core principles of limited constitutional government when they have actually funded, utilized and endorsed the police state for their very own convention.  I do remain hopeful that the real grassroots people who believe in life and liberty and truly constitutional government are on the ground fighting in all fifty states and the territories too.  I know because I have met with many of them this week and shared information and promised to keep in touch.  To those I gave my card, I hope you read this and know that I salute your efforts and will continue mine!

May God be pleased to bless our efforts for Life and for Liberty in our Land in our Time!

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

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A Blast from the Past – Mirroring the Republican Party then (2007) to Be the Republican Party now (2012)!

R3publicans

Fast forward to 2012 and on the road to Tampa — It is time for us to be the Republican Party.  We want to make sure our principles move forward, our people are elected, and our policies are implemented into action.  Look how far we have come and press on.  We are building the base now and will continue to do so step by step.

For Life and Liberty,

Sandra Crosnoe for R3publicans

June 15, 2012

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Mirroring the Republican Party – a campaign strategy piece

Mirroring the Republican Party
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Winning the Nomination for Ron Paul
(a campaign strategy overview by Sandra Crosnoe – posted October 16, 2007)

A summary sheet of action items only is provided at the end of this article.

As the briefest of backgrounds, I have been a Republican activist for over 30 years and have known Ron Paul since his first congressional race. I serve on the board for Associated Conservatives of America (originally only in Texas and best known there). Most of what I am going to share with you is based on Texas experiences over many years and Oklahoma experience since 2005. That is important because the details may be different for your state, but the general idea is applicable nationwide.

Soon we will all go to the polls and vote in the Presidential Primary and the first item of note is that in some states you must be registered with the Republican Party to vote in the Republican Party. Action Item #1 is to find out if you are in an open state or a closed state and take appropriate action (i.e. if are in a closed state – register Republican to be able to vote for Ron Paul immediately!). [ed note: check here for state deadlines]

Winning at the polls is important, because it will in many states help determine the delegate count for your candidate for the nomination process. But it is not everything and in a race with as many candidates as we have the odds of a brokered convention are extremely high. That means that the delegates who may/may not be bound to the vote in their state on the first round of voting at the National Convention (depending on the rules of the State parties) will ultimately be able to vote their conscience and determine the party nominee.

Obviously the best outcome is a landslide at the polls and we sweep all delegates and take the nomination at the first round at the convention. But even if we could assure that and we cannot, we still should do the things I am about to tell you to build a firm foundation for getting the work done through a Ron Paul administration!

So the Republican party convention process becomes paramount for all that we are about to do and you simply must take some steps immediately to take this ground and hold this ground and elect people of principle at all levels of our government. I hope that we can together return the Republican Party to the wisdom of our founding fathers and constitutional principles throughout the land.

Here is the plan in a nutshell. Action Item #2 is to embed ourselves in the Republican Party, those who have not already done so long ago. We become involved in leadership and meetings and create a Ron Paul presence there. It really isn’t that hard. Find out who the leaders are in your county and ask if you can help. One way to do that is to see if your state party has a website and lists the county leaders there. If not call them and ask them who your leaders like county chair, precinct chair and your committeemen and committeewomen are. Ask by phone or email how best to get in touch with them and let them know you want to be more involved. Keep trying until you get an answer.

Action item #3 is to volunteer to be a precinct chair* in your area if there is not one already and make friends with the one who is if there is one. Attend the meetings and the clubs and help in any way possible. Make sure they all get flyers and information about Ron Paul at the same time. Register people to vote and make calls and mention your efforts for Ron Paul at the first opportunity.

If for some reason, your county is closed to the idea of your assistance and your efforts for Ron Paul then that is where you move into the ‘Mirroring the Republican Party’ phase. Action Item #3A is to simply organize the area for Ron Paul as a county leader and finding precinct captains and block walkers as fast as possible! When the numbers are great enough in your area, the existing Republican leadership will embrace you and say they were friends all along in most cases!

The delegate selection process will start occurring near the presidential primary vote in 2008 at various times in various states. It will start with precinct meetings, and then county meetings, and on up to state meetings. At each level, we must have enough Ron Paul people present to control the vote and determine who is elected to represent us. In some cases, there will be committees that recommend and we must impact that committee process according to the rules of our states. Action Item #4 is to plan now to attend your Republican Party Convention process at the precinct level on up to the state and national level to send as many Ron Paul delegates as possible to the National Convention. **

It is both a numbers game and a perception effort. If you knew how few Republicans are currently attending meetings of any kind, then you would think this will be easy. However, I must warn you, it will not be easy, but it is doable if you can produce more people than the other candidates at every level across the nation. The good news is that if you can do it for Ron Paul, you can do it for local sheriff. So how many of you would consider filing for office in your area – especially if there is an open seat or an opportunity to replace someone supporting illegal immigration in a county office? Action Item #5 is to recruit candidates to file for local office in your area who support the constitution and our national sovereignty. Do not attempt this until you have achieved a base of support in your area! (Filing deadlines vary(updated 6/15/12)).

*A precinct chair takes care of a geographical area representing approx 3000 voters for the party. That can include finding block walkers, hosting coffees, and serving as point of information from the party to the people in that area. It can be as much or as little as the person wants. In some states it is an elected position (on the ballot). [In Oklahoma, for example, it is typically handled at the precinct meetings if anyone shows up and/or appointed by the county chairs if it is done at all. The executive committee for the state is comprised of county chairs and state committee men and women for each county meeting approx quarterly in OKC.]

**more details later on the convention process and rules and dates

Summary of Action Items:

Action Item #1 is to find out if you are in an open state or a closed state and take appropriate action (I e if are in a closed state – register Republican to be able to vote for Ron Paul immediately!).

Action Item #2 is to embed ourselves in the Republican Party, those who have not already done so long ago.

Action item #3 is to volunteer to be a precinct chair* in your area if there is not one already and make friends with the one who is if there is one.

Action Item #3A is to simply organize the area for Ron Paul as a county leader and find precinct captains and block walkers as fast as possible! When the numbers are great enough in your area, the existing Republican leadership will embrace you and say they were friends all along in most cases!

Action Item #4 is to plan now to attend your Republican Party Convention process at the precinct level on up to the state and national level to send as many Ron Paul delegates as possible to the National Convention.

Action Item #5 is to recruit candidates to file for local office in your area who support the constitution and our national sovereignty. Do not attempt this until you have achieved a base of support in your area! [updated 6/15/12 (Filing deadlines vary)]

Originally posted here >>>

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

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