August 2007


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From LONDON, Princess Diana’s family solemnly marked the 10th anniversary of her death Friday, with her younger son eulogizing her as “the best mother in the world.”

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The Bishop of London used his sermon at a memorial service to call for an end to the sniping between Diana’s fans and detractors, and a priest who has led an annual remembrance said it may now be time to let go.

“To lose a parent so suddenly at such a young age, as others have experienced, is indescribably shocking and sad,” Prince Harry said at the memorial service at the Guards’ Chapel near Buckingham Palace.

“It was an event which changed our lives forever, as it must have done for everyone who lost someone that night,” said

Harry, who was 12 when Diana died.

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“But what is far more important to us now and into the future is that we remember our mother as she would wish to be remembered, as she was: fun-loving, generous, down to earth and entirely genuine,” he said.

Diana’s admirers, many of them suspicious of the cause of her death and resentful of Prince Charles, tied bouquets, poems and portraits to the gates of her former home.

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Friday was a day for broadcasting video snippets of her wedding and funeral, for rehashing the rights and wrongs of her failed marriage.

It was one more day for dredging up questions about how Diana came to die in a car crash in Paris with her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, and for the Daily Telegraph to publish an essay explaining “why we were right to weep for Diana.”

For Harry and his older brother, Prince William, it was a simple tribute to an adored mother.

“To us, just two loving children, she was quite simply the best mother in the world,” Harry said. “When she was alive, we completely took for granted her unrivaled love of life, laughter, fun and folly.

“She was our guardian, friend and protector,” Harry said. “She never once allowed her unfaltering love for us to go unspoken or undemonstrated.”

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Harry and William were credited with organizing the noontime service, but Charles was blamed by many for the furor over an invitation to his current wife.

Camilla, whom Diana blamed for breaking up her marriage, decided to stay home. That decision followed quickly after the Mail on Sunday published a commentary by Diana’s friend, Rosa Monckton, saying the princess would have been “astonished” that Camilla was invited.

“Actually, she would have been astonished to learn that her former husband had married his longtime mistress,” Monckton wrote.

Bishop Chartres, who was also a target of Monckton’s attack, called for an end to the sniping.

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“Still 10 years after her tragic death, there are regular reports of ‘fury’ at this or that incident and the princess’ memory is used for scoring points. Let it end here,” Chartres said. “Let this service mark the point at which we let her rest in peace and dwell on her memory with thanksgiving and compassion.”

A few hundred people gathered outside — a smaller crowd than the masses that lined the route of Diana’s funeral procession to Westminster Abbey.

“She reached our lives deeply, even in America. She brought life to the palace and warmth, and that’s what the monarchy needed,” said Arlene Fitch, 54, of Boston.

Diana “got married the same year as me, she had children the same year as me and, as her boys have grown up, they have done just the same kind of things as our boys would do,” said Fitch’s sister, Marie Schofield, 46, from Florida.

The Rev. Frank Gelli, who has led an informal service outside Kensington Palace every year, said this probably would be the
last.

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“It would be good if the princess was allowed to rest,” he told a reporter.

Eileen Neathey, 56, of London, recalled a chance encounter with Diana at a hospital, where Neathey’s mother was a patient.

“I had been up all night and was very upset, and when I bumped into Diana, I burst into tears,” said Neathey, outside Kensington Palace. “She put her arm round me and comforted me…that’s the way she was.”

John Loughrey, 52, had painted “Diana” on his forehead and “the truth?” on his cheek. “We must get to the bottom of how she died,” he said.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were among the 500 people in the chapel. Prince Edward, Charles’ younger brother, and his sister, Princess Anne, also were there, as were Prime Minister Gordon Brown, former prime minister John Major and Tony Blair, and representatives of 110 charities Diana supported.

Sir Elton John came, but did not perform. His reworking of “Candle in the Wind,” was a poignant moment for many at Diana’s funeral.

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Mohamed al Fayed, who accused Prince Philip of masterminding a plot to kill Diana and Dodi Fayed, was not on the guest list. He observed his own two minutes of silence at Harrods, his department store, an hour before the memorial service. However, his daughter, Camilla al Fayed, did attend the official service.

“There’s definitely something more to it than meets the eye, and I think Mr. al Fayed is probably right that the government were involved,” said Alison Wormall, 46, who traveled from central England to join the observance at Harrods.

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In Paris, dozens of emotional visitors came stopped by a gold-colored statue of a flame over the bustling roadway tunnel where Diana died.

“I came to pray for her,” said artist Francine Reulier, 56, who knelt quietly for several minutes at the base of the statue, which has become a makeshift shrine.

“Many of us in France feel a bit guilty for not having protected her,” she said, remembering how she awoke to the news of Diana’s death on her alarm-clock radio a decade ago. “I still get chills, I still cry about it, the raw horror of it all.”

A poll commissioned by Channel 4 television in Britain found that 25 percent of the public believes Diana was murdered, but 59 percent thought it was an accident. The telephone poll of 1,016 adults conducted this week had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The royal family, which clearly was caught by surprise by a national tidal wave of grief 10 years ago, had refrained from any public remembrance of the anniversary of the princess’ death.

This year, however, William and Harry took the lead in organizing the memorial service, as well as a rock concert on Diana’s birthday, July 1, which drew 70,000 paying fans.
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Thank you Associated Press writers Robert Barr, Romina Spina in London and Jamey Keaten in Paris who contributed to this report.
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Hello Baby Boomer…

I think that the day that Princess Diana was in the accident, was a day a lot of us will remember. I remember it…just as I did the day, that President Kennedy was killed.

She was a Princess to more than just England.

Her life was sad and tragic and yet a dream come true for some of us.

Still, to this day, I do not know if it was murder or an accident.

What are your oppinions?

May she rest in peace.

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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Autographed Michael Vick football gets Chewed…

When young Tyler Reab got his autographed Michael Vick football for Christmas in 2005, he was shaking with excitement. Who knew it would end like this: his pet dog, Otis, munching on the once-cherished ball until it popped, its slobbery remnants hawked on eBay.

Otis tears into the autographed Michael Vick football.

But that’s just what has happened in the aftermath of Vick’s guilty plea to a federal dogfighting conspiracy charge. Tyler ultimately chose man’s best friend over his once favorite sports star.

“From the beginning, it was his choice as to what he wanted to do with it,” his father Chris Reab told CNN.com. “I commend him.”

Tyler of Corvallis, Oregon, and his uncle, Jason Cripe, shot I-Report video in which Otis is fed the ball. The black, 1-year-old mixed breed is skeptical at first, but quickly warms to the football, walking around with it in his mouth. Watch Otis munch on Vick ball »

“Get it, get it,” Tyler says in the video, as he and his uncle laugh with glee.

Otis eventually chews it so hard the ball deflates.

Cripe says he gave the ball to his nephew as a Christmas present. It came in a clear case and it soon became the boy’s “prized possession.” Tyler, now 13, often used Windex to buff up the case, giving it a spit-clean shine.

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But after the recent turn of events with Vick, the boy decided to get rid of it. After all, everyone in the Reab house loves animals and there was no place for Vick anymore, his dad said.

The chewed-up football is selling on eBay with a starting bid of 99 cents. The family has pledged to donate 100 percent of the proceeds to the Oregon Humane Society and Hope for Kids Foundation, a nonprofit organization that seeks to protect Oregon’s after-school programs.

“I’m really proud of him,” the father said of his son.

It’s just the latest fallout from the Vick dogfighting scandal. One woman paid $7,400 for dog-chewed Vick football cards. And in Atlanta, Georgia, where Vick was the star quarterback for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, one dog shelter has used Vick jerseys to clean out kennels.
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Thank you CNN News.
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West Coast goes rapping with Smirnoff…
Boys in the Hood, Westside…

~The Baby Boomer Queen~ does not promote alcohol, only good humor…if you drink, be responsible…!

WELCOME BACK BABY BOOMERS

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Well as some of my repeat readers know, I have been down for a week.

Thank you for returning and I have really missed talking to you.
The days seemed like weeks and the week seemed like a month!

So here we go again…please came back often and post a comment…I enjoy them all so!

I truly missed you so!

Smiles and world peace,
Sharon
~The Baby Boomer Queen~
Oh yes, that is me in the middle…

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Michael Vick Hit With Sex Suit

Woman claims star NFL quarterback passed along herpes in 2003…on APRIL 05…claiming that Michael Vick gave her herpes, a Georgia woman is suing the star NFL quarterback for negligence and battery.

According to the below lawsuit, Sonya Elliot, a 26-year-old health care worker, was infected with the sexually transmitted disease in April 2003 after an unprotected encounter with Vick at the athlete’s Duluth, Georgia home.

Elliott alleges that after testing positive for Herpes Simplex 2, she confronted the Atlanta Falcons star, 24, about her condition. “I’ve got something to tell you. I’ve got it,” Vick admitted to her, according to Elliott’s State Court complaint, which alleges that Vick then told her that “he had not known how to tell her about his condition, and that it was not something that he liked to talk about.”

Elliott’s complaint also contends that Vick “apologized profusely” for not telling her he was infected with the STD.

Elliot’s lawsuit alleges that Vick has used the name “Ron Mexico” and, in a related court filing, her lawyers are seeking Vick’s admission that he used the “Ron Mexico” alias and perhaps other fake names “for the purpose of herpes testing and/or treatment.”

In her lawsuit, which does not specify monetary damages, Elliott states that she met Vick at a Virginia Beach nightclub in May 2001 and, shortly thereafter, began a close personal relationship with the football star (though the couple did not have sex until late-2002).

Last December, Vick, the top overall pick in the 2001 National Football League draft, signed a ten-year, $130 million contract with the Falcons, the richest deal in league history.

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Thank you The Smoking Gun, for this article.
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If you want to see the papers on this charge, you can see them at:

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/0405051vick1.html

It seems Michael Vick is a great football player, who continues to make bad judgements…what you do in the dark, comes out in the light.

The last time I read anything about Herpes…it is a STD that you never are able to rid your body of. I do know it is not something I want…from a 130 million contract football player or the health care worker he gave it to and didn’t know she was infected…how many more people were affected by this decission not to talk about it because it was something he didn’t like to talk about?

I call it a “PERSONAL FOUL…100 yards penalty!

Baby Boomers…do not have unprotected sex with anyone! Case in point!

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

This you tube is from one of my readers…please watch Daisey explain her feelings about Michael Vick…I don’t think she knows what a persons race is or that they are a famous football star…she is just a dog, that got her leg broken from not fighting in a DOG FIGHT.

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Hello Baby Boomers,

Did you know that every 8.5 seconds a Baby Boomer turns “60”?

Did you know that in 1935 when Social Security started, that the average U.S. life expectancy was about 60…now it is 77.9!

Now a days, I call Social Security…Social INsecurity…! Can you dig it?

There is plenty of help out there for those exploring how to creat an active and fillfulling second act. Here are some web sites to check out.

Retirement-Planning Websites
www.2young2retire.com
Case histories and other resourses for and about late-life career changes.

www.aarp.org
Offers a five-part video, Mission Retirement

www.adultmentor.com
Workshops, conferences, courses, and publicationson retirement planning from veteran coach Richard L. Haid.

www.myplanafter50
Online coaching and other information for retirement planning.

www.fiveoclockclub.com
Network of career coaches.

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I hope this will help you…I will have more information soon…stay tuned!
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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