Saturday, May 21, 2011

Aw shucks

I received the nicest email today, posted here with permission.

I'm a 74 year old conservative curmudgeon; retired probation officer/Special Education teacher and former 30 year resident of Ben Lomond, CA. I'm a graduate of a Jesuit university, University of San Francisco (not to be confused with San Francisco State) and currently live in [city deleted]. My 88 year old wife and I are both stroke victims... er... patients (don't like the "V" word) and thoroughly detest the inroads the progressives have made in our country. You, I regard as a "salt of the earth" American; a hardy, no-nonsense lady with a delightful sense of humor and solid Christian values. Those values are so in sync with Jessie's (wife) and mine, that I find our thoughts often expressed in your columns and, please forgive me, use them often on Face Book and personal emails. I do credit them to you, but am sorely tempted, at times, to leave off the quotation marks and your name, thinking to myself "Hey, Dick... that expresses to the nth degree what you think!" so the temptation to forget the quotation niceties and allow people to think I had an original thought (and occasionally I have had one) is very compelling; chalk it off to dementia or some other geriatric-related anomaly. Nevertheless, Jessie and I consider you a dear friend and compatriot. You are a cherished member of our Christian American Family. Thank you for you and yours.

Dick and Jessie


  1. All I can say is God Bless the Internet (and every true American with solid values, etc)!!! Think of it... I read Patrice and Enola Gay and Chloris and a few others every day and I feel so much like a part of their family, and I consider them all a part of my family. Has this been possible in any other time in history!?!?! No. I often wonder if Daniel or John saw the Internet influence when they were granted the privilege of a lifetime to view the End of Days. It is something to ponder and marvel at and be thankful for. I am grateful for you all and I am blessed to be a reader here every day.

    God Bless,
    Janet in MA

  2. Wow, I feel proud FOR you after reading that. It is still amazing to me, although not as much as it was when I started reading blogs, that there actually ARE people out there like you. Sometimes, in this big world, it feels like there are not many people to converse with or that share like opinions. You, Patrice, are a worthy daily read. I wholeheartedly agree with Dick and Jessie.

  3. This "brave new world" isn't everything some imagine it's cracked up to be, and I fear in many ways it will only get worse. And I believe hindsight will prove that technology helped hasten our demise. (Like most anything, it can be used for good or evil.) But there are also some amazing, wonderful things made possible by technology. THIS technology, that lets you share your life, and lifestyle, and your thoughts, desires, and feelings. For better or worse (wink) I "know" you better than some folks I've worked with for the last 20 years. I'm sure you must realize that quite a few of us consider you a part of our extended family. In a detached way, of course, we share your happiness and successes, and your trials and tribulations. Your welfare is our welfare and speaking for myself we would respond for real if the need arose. Sorry, but we love you and Don and the girls. Too late, nothing you can do about it now! ;)

    Jeff - Tucson

  4. I would bet a lot of your readers feel that way, I know I do..

    Bless you and your family.


  5. What a nice email. I'd love to sit down and have a cup of coffee with Dick and Jessie - they sound like my kind of people!

  6. What a great way to start a day!

    Steve Davis
    Anchorage, Alaska