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What's This Fool Thinking About This Week?  by Dannion Brinkley 

July 4, 1776,

is, was and always shall be important to Americans.  Nevertheless, July 4, 2001, should be the same with all the events happening in the world today.  Freedom and the responsibility that comes with that should be on the minds of all, as we head into the Fourth.

 I think all should be very mindful of the battle over a Patients' Bill Of Rights going on in Congress.  This is not just about the rights of those who are seeking to receive the quality of care they are paying for but for the privacy of their medical records, as well.

 Laws recently passed concerning the latest merging of financial institutions allow Americans' medical records to be at the hands of those multi-national companies to exchange, profile and build data bases on every aspect of their lives.  We must take part in this great debate.   For without taking part, and without supporting the part of the Constitution found in the Preamble; “to secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and for our posterity” is at stake.

Also, I would like to ask for each of us to strongly support the "White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy" to improve the quality of palliative and hospice programs throughout the country.

I would like everyone to take time to check out the book  Chicken Soup For The Veteran’s Soul and remember…

“Freedom is not a charity.” Take time out of your day and visit or write a veteran, because when the country needed them, they were there for us and when they need us, we must be there for them”

 As we all know, one of the great American Heroes, a teacher, soldier, and a great politician, the Honorable Senator Strom Thurmond needs our thoughts and prayers to go with him.  Maybe we all, one day, could aspire to be more like him, in seeing the need and accepting the challenge!

 From all of us here at Compassion In Action to all of you, God bless freedom, you and America!


These are my thoughts as I head to Washington to make a speech and comment before the White House Commission Of Complementary Medicine Policy about the application of complementary therapies in End of Life Care Policy, These are concerns which are important to me. Please join me with this fight!

Please visit our Compassion In Action website to learn how you can help!

With love and purpose,

A Remembrance


These great men changed the world as we know it.  Many gave their lives for us to have the freedoms that we share today.


Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Robert R. Livingston, Roger Sherman, Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry, Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery, Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott, William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris, Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark, Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross, Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean, Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton, William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn, Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton, Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall and George Walton. 

These are the people who signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

These men were the voice of the United States Of America at that time.

You are the voice of America today!!

Stand Proud!! May you have a Blessed July 4th.   Let us be thankful for those things that we have and no complaining of the things we do not. 


As we travel to visit our families be sure to look out for the other guy....  Drive Safely!!  --Mel, Lisa, and the rest of us at LightStream!

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