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   Linder posted on Coffee Klatch  Just home from the Iowa GOP Convention. What a great day. Iowa Republicans definitely showed our appreciation for our Senators Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst, our longest serving Governor in the U.S., Gov. Branstad and our 3 (out of 4 ) District Congressmen. So many standing O's. I've been a delegate to these conventions for the past 40 years and enthusiasm was as high today as I've ever seen it. Heard nothing but assurances of support for Donal Trump. What a great day!
May 21 at 22:12 EST .

   BirdsNest  Fabulous. I was wondering where you were. Glad it was a good experience.
May 22 at 06:45 EST .

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   Linder posted on Coffee Klatch  Getting ready to leave early in the morning for District Republican Convention. Sitting on the rules committee and we will meet early to consider proposing a common sense rule change to expedite choosing delegates to the National Convention. The first time I was a county delegate to district and state conventions was the year Reagan challenged Pres. Ford and it was great fun...the last time that every delegate mattered and was wooed. Have been a delegate to many uneventful conventions since and it looks like another fun one is happening. I'm looking forward to it.
April 8 at 20:54 EST .

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   Linder posted on Blessings  A few weeks ago I signed on to say that my little 102 yr old mother had died and remarked that sometime I wanted to tell you about her. One story that I heard for the first time at her funeral. One night in the late 30's a neighbor man came to my mother's door and said his wife had just had a baby and he needed for her to come and look after her. Mother found the dying young mother hemorrhaging so badly that blood was running on the floor. There was no nearby doctor or hospital....few people had telephones or cars. My older sisters knew of this story but what they didn't know was that many years later the oldest daughter in that poor family came to Mother's nursing home room to thank her for the dress she wore to her mother's funeral. Mother realized that the daughter didn't have a nice dress to wear to her mother's funeral and so she made a dress, claimed she had made it for herself but it was too small and asked the girl to try it on. That girl...then in her 80's...had come to thank Mother and tell her that she was an adult before she realized the dress had been made just for her and to tell Mother that she loved her for that. There were so many more stories of her kindness and her accomplishments but that is my favorite. More than one person told me later that Mother's funeral service was the nicest they had ever heard...and I have to agree. I'd like to tell you more about my mother another time.
April 3 at 22:58 EST .

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   MeiDei  Acts of unselfish kindness always bring tears to my eyes - as this has. What a beautiful lady - will wait to hear more; thank you for sharing.
April 4 at 21:29 EST .

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   Straitpath  I love this story. Please tell us more.
April 20 at 21:56 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Linder, you had a wonderful mother. And that means you must have many of her traits. Thank you for the story, we will wait for more.
April 26 at 06:05 EST .

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   Linder posted on Main Page The Lobby  My little mother passed away this morning. She lived 102 years, 6 months, and 27 remarkable days. Sometime, I would like to tell you about her.
February 20 at 22:05 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Linder, you have mentioned her in the past, your devotion to her speaks volumes. She had a long time to be with you, now she has to be with God. It's rugged losing loved ones. Be at peace, she most certainly is.
February 21 at 08:14 EST .

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   StormCnter  Linder, I am so sad for you. As the others said, you were so fortunate to have had her for so much of your life. I am envious. My mother died when she was only 56 and I was 33. I have missed her daily. You are obviously a loving and caring daughter and your mother was also a lucky woman to have had you in her own life.
God bless you and comfort you and your family in your loss.
February 21 at 11:19 EST .

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   MeiDei  So very sorry for your loss. How wonderful for you that you had her so long. When you're ready to write about her we'll be right here to read it. God's peace be with you.
February 22 at 09:34 EST .

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   Linder posted on Coffee Klatch  Getting very close to Caucus time and am still able to be polite to polling callers. Have never had sooo many calls and I answer every one...reminding myself how lucky I am to live in this country. Most today are from Cruz, Rubio and Paul and are not polling questions but rather asking directly for support. The forecast of a big snow storm coming our way Monday eve. may put a new wrinkle in things. And then we'll be happy to send the process on to New Hampshire.
January 30 at 16:51 EST .

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   Balogreene  Linder, living in Northern VA after the 30 inches of snow that fell, and all the people from the midwest who told us to just get over it, a big snowstorm won't affect you, right?

I know how I would vote if I were you, but, it comes down to who I want, and who might win the election. I'm hoping, right now, who one wants is more important.

VA has moved it's primary up to March (Super Tuesday? ), I'm hoping this time the front-runner won't already be decided. I hope I can have a voice. But, I am ready to vote Republican, no matter what.

The people recommending Bush, Kasich, Carson, Florin, etc are crazy, they don't have a snowball's chance in H. But, there are some others I hope don't get any votes.
January 31 at 00:17 EST .

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   Balogreene  Man, this spell-check is awful! I meant Fiorina. I kind of like her, but, she is going nowhere. I also love Santorum, always have, but, no one else does.
January 31 at 00:25 EST .

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   Linder posted on Coffee Klatch  Haven't kept up with the Connection friends for a long while. I'm wondering about Balo, Hagar and Bird. Will try to do better.
September 23 at 19:41 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I am recovering from a nasty sinus infection. Too many trips across the Bay through those nasty smelling tunnels. I have to go see Hagar. Still in the same hospital. The pressure sores are healing, the wound care nurse is thrilled with the look of the sores. To me they look like holes that will never fill in. But what do I know? He is in great spirits, is taking more charge of his care, questioning the doctor and nurses every day. He has resumed the OT part of his therapy. We have to try to figure out something else for the PT part. We have had 2 run ins with that team and the last one was not nice. We appreciate your prayers and hope they will continue. Hagar wants to be able to leave the hospital walking. I imagine they will transfer him to another facility so that may not happen. I try to make the trek to the hospital 2x a week but he wants me there a 3rd day. Right now it is just too costly. The Rural Health people have cut back the bridge tunnel passes they were giving me to one round trip pass per week. Last week the lady was rude to me when I asked for my pass. I have to continually bring a note from the hospital saying that I am visiting him. As if I am using them for shopping trips or selling the passes to those who want a cheap way to go to Virginia Beach. Without EZ Pass, the round trip is $26. With it the trip is $18. Pricey either way. Anyway, that's what's up with us. Now it's Balogreene's turn to catch us up.
September 28 at 10:36 EST .

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   Balogreene  I'm here too. Just keeping my head down since the surgery. I guess they call it post-surgery depression. I feel pretty good, my doctors say I am doing well. But, you know, you do something that seems little (I'm going through every piece of clothing I own and getting rid of most of them ). An hour or two, and I hurt for two days! It gets discouraging, and, I have little human contact outside of family, so I don't have a lot of stories. I will start work again 12 October, but will be laid off 31 December, so we'll see how it all goes.

Also, my BIL had surgery for prostate cancer, thank God he went home from the hospital cancer-free. My mom is bleeding into her chest or abdomen or something, slowly. She'll have tests in November. My elder sister, who lives with mom and I, is having an aneurysm, repaired 22 October. When they did a pre-op scan, they found something on an ovary, so she goes in tomorrow for a picture of that!

Life has been kind of overwhelming lately.
October 1 at 18:43 EST .

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   MeiDei  Reading the above posts has me convinced that we're being "toughened up" & strengthened for whatever lies ahead; it's been that kind of a year for many of us with one challenge after another, big & little, to snip away at us. Be joyful, we will prevail & will one day look back on all this & wonder how we did it! : ) With a wink & nod - it would be nice to have a little respite now & then to refresh ourselves, yes?! (smile )
October 2 at 08:22 EST .

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   Balogreene  MeiDei, that is why God gave us weekends, to recharge. And the Bible for relaxation.
October 2 at 17:15 EST .

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   MeiDei  To quote Downton's Violet: "What is a weekend"? Is it anything like falling asleep in your soup? : )
October 2 at 17:41 EST .

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   Gerty  It's me. Haven't been here for a while but feel the "toughened up" thingy mentioned by Miss MeiDei above. The passed few months have been psychologically brutal!

In spite of this, I am so happy to see familiar Connectors.
October 4 at 20:50 EST .

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   MeiDei  Welcome back Gerty - noticed your absence; be at peace.
October 10 at 08:50 EST .

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   Linder posted on Main Page The Lobby  Took my almost 12 yr old granddaughter with to hear Gov. Rick Perry speak at a southern Iowa event today. For the first time since 1976 I don't know who I will support for president at Iowa Caucus. Will have to keep going to events until I've seen the candidates I'm considering. Aside from his stand on issues which we all have access to I liked his demeanor...his earnestness...GW like...may just be the Texas in him but as a rural person I relate.
July 12 at 22:52 EST .

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   Balogreene  Linder, when I was about your granddaughter's age, our Girl Scout troop went out the the Rockford, IL airport to see JFK. All of my parent's friends voted against him, but, I've never forgotten the magic of seeing a man who was running for President of our country. Your Granddaughter is very lucky, and just made a wonderful memory, no matter who any of us end up supporting.
July 13 at 23:19 EST .

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   Linder posted on Main Page The Lobby  I've been absent for a while....checked in occasionally hoping to see old friends...didn't happen...don't know why. I'm going to try to contribute because I've seen a few step up without complaint.
July 9 at 01:00 EST .

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   StormCnter  It's nice to see you, Linder. I hope you hang around a while.
July 9 at 14:25 EST .

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   Balogreene  Nice to see you Linder
July 9 at 21:37 EST .

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   Bettijo  Welcome back. You've been missed.
July 16 at 06:46 EST .

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   Linder posted on Main Page The Lobby  Last night I watched on C-Span as 85 yr old Charles Ross, Korean War Vet and POW, talked about his experiences as a 21 year old enlisted man. A plain spoken, humble man, who talked for an hour without notes, without embellishment or heroics...said he was just doing his job. His recall was amazing. He didn't have parents or a home address at the time and held no self pity or bitterness. A true American hero and I hope I never see the imposter Brian Williams' face on TV again.
February 9 at 13:46 EST .

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   Linder  Watched on C-Span American History Channel and there are other Korean Vet. stories available that I plan to watch.
February 9 at 13:48 EST .

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   Gerty  That whole last sentence is really good--got quite a chuckle out of it.
February 9 at 20:03 EST .

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   Linder posted on Main Page The Lobby  Maybe residents of other states are getting polling calls too. I live in Iowa and receive one about every day. Until he dropped out, I answered Romney for my choice for Republican presidential I answer without total conviction that Gov. Walker is my first choice. It is still too early to know. I have to listen and watch for a while longer to know for sure who I will support. So let's not get carried away with early polling results.
February 4 at 20:45 EST .

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