Friday, November 25, 2005

I am thankful for ...

Lee, my lovely and indomitable wife who continues her 44 year project to fashion a silk purse from a sow’s ear; for our children John and Carolynne, son-in-law Ray and grandkids Christy and Johnnie (our soldier); for our moms and sisters, brothers, and the rest of our extended families.

I’m thankful for old friends Jim, Chuck, Tina and Eric, Tom and Nancy, Shari and Matt; and for a host of new friends Bob and Barb, Angela and Dean, Lorie and Mike, Glen and Becky, Dave and Lizzie, John and Rosemarie, Angelo, Melanie, Sue, Fred, Tom, Jill, Mark, Rori, Merna, Dori, Julie, Steve, Bob and Judy, Cathryn, Tom, Minas, David (our Marine Colonel), Karen and Wick, Marc and Helen, Denise, Robert, Beebe, Rose, Ken, Marie, Pat, Anthony, Betty and Ken, Joan and Bob, Vic and Sil, Greg and Carolyn, Henry and Sarah, Patt and Dan, Lorna, Brian (our new Marine)…

I’m thankful for the officials and volunteers who help make Palos Verdes such a wonderful place to live: Jane, Ted, Bob, Nancy, Connie, Norma, Fran, Pat, Gene, Joyce, Shirley, John and Lorrie, Tom, Doug, Larry, Peter, Steve, Malcolm, Erin, Joe, John, Judy, Jon, Lois, Prim,…; for my blogger friends Ralph, Jeff, Carol, Moxie, … and for Zone bridge friends Judy, Marianne, Doc, Millie, Mary Jo, Nancy Jo, Pam.

I want to thank the crusaders who are fighting the noble battle against the ACLU, the secular left and those who would hurt our children: Benedict XVI, Dobson, Scalia, Gingrich, Prager, Medved, Hewitt, Limbaugh, Hannity, O’Reilly, … I thank President Bush, Cheney, Condi, Rummy and all the soldier heroes who are fighting to keep us safe.

I’m especially grateful to live in America, without a doubt the very best country on God’s green earth. Never forget the exceptionalism of America, the nation with the “soul of a church.” The most remarkable thing about our country, what makes us so different from other countries, is the force of progressive conservatism that drives our policies and actions.

We prefer to strictly limit the power of the state; we favor liberty over equality; we are deeply patriotic; we value rugged individualists and entrepreneurs; despise elitism; and have “an enthusiasm for the future that can be positively exhausting.”

We are Americans, and we thank God for our good fortune.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're thanlful we know you two!!!
Aloha -

P & D

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill--very nice and right to the point. We're a lucky bunch!


11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a wonderful message! Glen and I also count ourselves lucky to have you and Lee as friends. I look forward to more good times together in the season and years to come.

I hope that you and your family had a great Thanksgiving Day.
See you soon,

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm thankful for all that plus friends, Bill and Lee Lama, who fight the good fight each day through the power of words with meaning attached to them!
..God bless you!

Love in Him,
Wick and Karen

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So well said! Thanks for saying it for all of us.........
Bob and Joan

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'd like to add tolerance and inclusiveness to the list of things we're thankful for. They both have strong traditions based on Jesus' own words ("Turn the other cheek" and "Love thy neighbor"). They don't get exhibited on this blog much.

Happy Thanksgiving

12:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very well said.


12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


You are an excellent writer--we really enjoy your e-mails. Is there a book in your future? And, we are very honored to be considered your friends.

~~Greg and Carolyn

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A few days late but I want to add my 2 cents. I have so much to be thankful much. First and foremost my Lord and Savior Jesus, my health, my life, my good solid friends, good extended family, pleasant work environment, and the adventure of my tomorrows which contain all of the hopes & dreams I've had for years. My own personal "Promised Land" is just around the corner. There's a lot more but this will suffice for now.

Thanks're on my short list of valued friends.

Dori Medina

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some nice thoughts but I would add two more items that I am thankful for. That Dubya is a lame duck and won't be around for another term and take his cronies with him, and, two, Governator has shot his wad and won't be around for another term either. Hooray, the bad guys are leaving.


4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Laura is working on a project similar to Lee's,albeit for not quite so much time and has an even harder task (if that is even possible to believe) so I am thankful that both she and Lee are working on such tasks.


9:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Yes, we all have a lot to be thankful for. Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful, ours certainly was. Our niece drove down from Santa Rosa for this wonderful family holiday. She was in Cancun for Hurricane Wilma's visit, what an ordeal that was for her, kept her down there a week longer than she should have been. We were so thankful she survived that horrendous ordeal.


8:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A.A.'s Twelve Steps
Part of the recovery program that A.A. suggests is set forth in the Twelve Steps listed on page 15. Based on the experience of A.A.'s earliest members, the Steps are a record of the principles and practices they developed to maintain sobriety (after many other approaches had failed). If the alcoholic in your life shrinks from the idea that a formal code of behavior will be required, you can put his or her mind at ease. Each member uses the Steps in an individual way. The Steps are suggested program of recovery. Although experience shows that many A.A. members' comfort in sobriety depends, to an extent, on their understanding and acceptance of the Steps, no A.A. member is forced to accept or even read — them. It is up to the individual to decide when and how the Steps, will be used.


1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol — that our lives had become unmanageable.

2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

9:08 AM  

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home