Wednesday, April 18, 2018


Barbara Bush (1925-2018)

Beloved source of character and strength.
An asset to her family and our nation
Refreshing for her lack of agitation.
Barbara lived a good life of great length.
A life patrician, gracious, down-to-earth
Regal, yet a quintessential mother
A fount of strong opinion like no other,
But muted, disciplined, and tinged with mirth.
Unusually poised in public life
She had an inner beauty very rare.
Happy to have prematurely aged
Resplendent in her crown of snow white hair
In no way mean, her mind always engaged,
Proud, yet humble, and always the ideal wife.


~FreeThinke

Married 73 years

Please don't miss Brit Hume's wonderful hearftfelt tribute 
to Barbara Bush 

38 comments:

  1. Wise words from Barbara Bush:

    At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.

    More quotations.

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    1. Thank you for that excellent contribution, AOW.

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    2. If human beings are perceived as potentials rather than problems, as possessing strengths instead of weaknesses, as unlimited rather that dull and unresponsive, then they thrive and grow to their capabilities.

      ~ Barbara Bush

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    3. I married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell this to my children, they just about throw up.

      ~ Barbara Bush

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    4. When asked what made her son George W the way he is, Mrs. Bushreplied, "I smoked and drank all the way through that pregnancy."

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    5. “Why be afraid of what people will say? Those who care about you will say, Good luck! and those who care only about themselves will never say anything worth listening to anyway.”

      ~ Barbara Bush (1925-2018)

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    6. “Somewhere out in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow my footsteps, and preside over the White House as the president's spouse. I wish him well!”

      ~ Barbara Bush (1925-2918)

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  2. FT,
    You should send your sonnet to the Bush Family.

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    1. Thank you for that kind thought. If I knew how and where, I would send it to them, but I have no address.

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    2. Thank you for the information, Mr. Cameltoe

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  3. Nice tribute. The elder Bush's are nice folks.

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    1. I think the whole family could well be described as "nice," Silver, but as POLITICIANS very franky, every one of them left much to be desired.

      But this is not the right time to discuss politics. Out of respect for the deceased,–– and for her grieving husband of SEVENTY-THREE years ––, for once let us all try to proceed with as much grace, dignity and good decorum as possible,

      I believe we owe at least THAT much to Mrs. Bush –– and frankly to OURSELVES as well.

      Apparently the senior George Bush remained with his wife constantly durng her final hours. They were holding hands when sh.e breathed he last.

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  4. May sh Rest In Peace
    She sure was one of the Good Ones!

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    1. Thank you, DD. You too are one of the Good Ones.

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  5. The Town Crier said

    Daily Mail [UK], by Minyvonne Burke

    Former presidents, politicians and many other public figures are offering their condolences and sharing kind words about Barbara Bush. (Snip) Shortly after news of Bush´s passing, president Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump released a statement calling Bush ´an advocate of the American family´. ´Melania and I join the Nation in celebrating the life of Barbara Bush. As a wife, mother, grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family. Amongst her greatest achievements was recognizing the importance of literacy as a fundamental family value that requires nurturing and protection,´ Trump tweeted. ...

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  6. Iowa Hogcaller said

    Donald Trump: Barbara Bush Had ‘Strong
    Devotion to Country and Family’


    Breitbart Big Government, by Charlie Spiering

    President Donald Trump issued a statement honoring former First Lady Barbara Bush, the wife of President George H.W. Bush, joining leaders around the world in remembering her life after she passed away on Tuesday. “She will be long remembered for her strong devotion to country and family, both of which she served unfailingly well,” the statement read, offering president and First Lady Melania Trump’s thoughts and prayers for the Bush family. Trump praised Bush for as an “advocate of the American family” and noted her effort to raise awareness of the importance of literacy. Melania Trump issued a separate statement praising ...

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  7. Your Informer said


    Former First Lady Barbara Bush Dies

    Texas Monthly Magazine, by R.G. Ratcliffe

    Born to affluence in Manhattan, Barbara Pierce Bush may not have been a Texan by birth, but she became one by choice and by love. She was just sixteen when she met a boy called Poppy Bush at a Christmas dance. They talked and then parted, writing letters to one another in the months that followed. Then he invited her to his senior prom at Phillips Academy Andover. As it concluded, he leaned over and kissed her on the cheek. That sweet moment led to 73 years of marriage to George Herbert Walker Bush, the future president of the United ...

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    1. What an uncouth, ungracious, clumsily written headline!

      One of those many cases where a simple statement of pure fact is nowhere near good enough to see print.

      However, the body of the text shown is charming. Further proof that uthors ought to have the right to write their OWN headines.

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  8. The Town Crier said

    How I met Barbara Bush

    Hot Air,

    by Andrew Malcolm

    I first met Barbara Bush in the living room of their Houston home. “What are you doing here?” was her greeting. I explained I was press secretary to her daughter-in-law Laura Bush as part of her son’s campaign to win the Republican presidential nomination. “Well, you better not break anything,” she ordered. Easier said than done. Anyone who’s ever overseen the setup for a network television interview knows it requires much moving of furniture so the interviewer and interviewees face each other in the most awkward, most forced-looking arrangement. As if they are to have a staring contest. Most important, it seems, is that the . . .

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  9. Your California Connection said

    My wife and I agree that this is one of your masterpieces. You hit Barbara Bush's essence in both content and form. Brilliantly composed and I agree with all the favorable observations. Thank you.

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    1. Your good opinion, my dear old friend, is much appreciated Thanks!

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  10. Bronwyn Trelawney said

    I have always admired Barbara Bush and thought she made an excellent First Lady. She was kind, intelligent, loved having family around and so much more.

    People like her should be increasing in numbers not leaving life.

    We need her common sense and love. Your poem is so well phrased. How do you crank out these wonderful pieces? Does it take you part of a day or only a few hours?

    I admire what you can do more than I can say!

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    1. Oh thanks, Bronwyn, I don't see my ability to write acrostic sonnets as anything all that special. God gave me an uncanny facility with words. It showed up (I've been told) in my highchair days. ;-)

      I was able to read whole books by age four, and started writing soon thereafter. Both my parents wrote very well, themse;ives. My mother was a true lyric poet; my father had a great faciliity for writing witty doggerel – a talent he used often to memorialize special occasions in the lives of family and friends. Neither parent took his talent seriously enough. Writing verse was just something they did for pleasure.

      Whatever it is I have, I'm sure I inherited from them. I've just done a lot more of it, maybe because I am not as gifted as they were in ther more important areas..

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  11. Anna Manosinestra said

    Beautifully said. She was truly a First Lady
    in every way; just as the President was a
    gentleman. They set the bar high and the entire
    county could be proud; even those of us who
    held differing political views.

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    1. Thank you, Anna. I know you well enough to know that praise from you is praise, indeed.

      Thanks again.

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  12. I liked you until I head that you wrote on the PROGRESSIVE CREEPS. Blog.
    Now I lost all my respect for you.

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    1. So you have no desire to build bridges or try to heal wounds –– only to blow bridges up, and aggravate abrasions with salt while strengthening the barriers that divide and keep us at odds, is that correct?

      f so, you are very foolish, and decidedly part of the PROBLEM –– not the SOLUTION.

      "When the desirre to preserve and maintain ENMITY becomes stronger than the HOPE of living in Peace and Harmony, Civilization may be given up for lost."

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    1. "When the desire to preserve and maintain ENMITY becomes stronger than the HOPE of living in Peace and Harmony, Civilization may be given up for lost."

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  16. I –– like most people –– always found Barbara Bush extremely likeable.

    I don't care much for the things "pundits," "scholars," "historians," "critics," and "political operatives" say ABOUT anyone. However, I do care a great deal how the person in question comports him or herself in public.

    I always got "good vibes' from Barbara Bush. If she was a termagant behind the scenes, I don't want to know about it.

    As far as I'm concerned, Mrs. Bush was by far the most appealing First Lady in my lifetime, and my life began under Frankin Delano Roosevelt, whom I actually do remember. };^)>

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  17. Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people — your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.”


    ~ Barbara Bush (1824-2018)

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  18. “Fathers and mothers, if you have children, they must come first. You must read to your children and you must hug your children and you must love your children. Your success as a family, our success as a society, depends not on what happens in the White House, but on what happens inside your house.”

    ~ Barbara Bush (1925-2018)

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  19. “Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others.”

    ~ Barbara Bush (1925-2018)

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