(above, Renee Ashley Baker, sitting atop car dressed very “fashionably and beautifully” wearing suede shoes, and a brown “Harris Tweed” Coat with a Velvet Collar.)
“HIS” name was Mr. Ashley and he is the only father that I, Renee Ashley Baker, will ever know. (Ashley is my father’s last name–not Moore). Anyway, Mr. Ashley (my father) served in the U.S. Army (in Korea) and my father (Mr. Ashley) was also a MASON. (I do not know what “degree” but I suspect it was pretty high). Mr. Ashley (my father) smoked a pipe and drank Budweiser (the St. Louis “King of Beers”) and drank Manechevitz Wine (because, he liked Jews and liked Kosher I guess). And– my father Mr. Ashley (who I called “My Daddy”) smoked–he smoked “cigars” and he smoked “a pipe” and I can remember as a little girl going places with My Father–Mr. Ashley– such as the haberdashery where he’d pick up his Stetson hats, to his “tailor” where he’d pick up his suits and I can remember going with “Daddy” to the “tobacco shop”. (These are things that all little girls remember doing with their “Daddy”).
Mr. Ashley (My Father) had a large family (all brothers and one sister) and all the brothers were MASONS. My Father’s Father –my grandfather (Mr. Ashley)– owned land in a southern state and when that land was sold all of my Uncles (my father’s brothers) bought houses in the late 1950’s in the “wealthy” suburb of St. Louis (called Kinloch). In fact, my Mother (Lady Erma/Irma Ashley) and my father (Mr. Ashley) had also been planning to buy a house in Kinloch (they’d bought new furniture from Stix Baer & Fuller to go in the new “Kinloch” house); But, that, is another story….the house on Ashley Lane (from Miracle on 34th Street…).
I think I said that My Father’s Mother was of Welsh decent (My Mother told me I was of “Welsh decent” but I had been saying that my Father’s Mother was from the “Isle of Harris”….(Who knows? A genealogy will have to be done on my family…The Ashleys). My Father (Mr. Ashley) golfed at the golf course in St. Louis Missouri in the 1960’s (My Father’s–Mr. Ashley’s– golf bag stood in our house in St. Louis, where, on the walls, hung in picture frames were My Father –Mr. Ashley’s– “U.S. Army Good Service Medals” and My Father’s –Mr. Ashley’s– “Letter of Good Military Service” that was signed by President John Fitzgerald Kennedy…Which, I have a copy of, by the way….).
My Father–Mr. Ashley–(I’ve been told)–spoiled me and thought of me as HIS little Princess. (My Father–Mr. Ashley–had my Mother–Erma/Irma– dress me like a Princess in expensive shoes and pretty (expensive) dresses that came from the department stores Famous Barr and Stix Baer & Fuller. Pictured above, is me Renee Ashley Baker, sitting atop My Father’s (Mr. Ashley’s) car; (Yes, My Father–Mr. Ashley–was a BUICK MAN). So, to ALL you “retired soldiers” (Veterans) who served in the Military like Mr. Ashley –my Father–I say, HAPPY VETERAN’S DAY!
TRIVIA QUESTION: What Movie (that contains the name of a U.S. President in it’s title) features “prominently” the same model car –the BUICK–that I’m sitting on above?
DID I ALSO SAY THAT I, RENEE ASHLEY BAKER, AM A “SOLDIER’S SISTER”? YES, MY BROTHER JAMES SERVED 28 YEARS IN THE U.S. AIR FORCE THEN RAN A DEPARTMENT FOR THE CITY OF NEW YORK…(ABOVE, JAMES, PICTURED IN THE U.S. AIR FORCE BARRACKS IN GERMANY OR GREENLAND).
HIS: CELTIC LION MANLY MAN LAPTOP COMMUTER BAG DESIGNED BY RENEE ASHLEY BAKER…SCROLL DOWN TO SEE MORE “RENEEAB9” PRODUCTS…
VIEW RENEE ASHLEY BAKER’S “TALENT SHOWCASE GRILL”…OR… VIEW MIGUEL’S WORK WITH SUPERSTAR “LENNY KRAVITZ” (CLICK HERE)…
Miguel for Lenny: https://twitter.com/MiguelCScott
Did I, Renee Ashley Baker, say that I come from a long line of RELATIVES who were/are “military” and “federal government” emplyees?. The talented Miguel’s grandfather was a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force…Miguel (pictured above) is the Grammy Nominated musician/composer/producer/sound engineer that I hope, hope will be signing soon at RCA/Sony. (By the way, I hope, Amy at Columbia Tri-Star is thinking about my suggestion — for a “This Is Vinyl Tap” big screen comedy…a “debut” for some other very talented musicians….)
GOT A SENSE OF HUMOR: Buy The Manly Man Celtic Lion Humor Hoodie
SERIOUS ALL THE TIME? Buy The Manly Man Celtic Lion Non-Humor Hoodie
NEED A “LARGE” SIZE: Buy The Manly Man Celtic Lion Sweatshirt (All Colors and Sizes)
HOODIES, SWEATSHIRTS AND ALL OTHER “RENEEAB9” DESIGNS ARE DESIGNED BY RENEE ASHLEY BAKER.
RENEE’S MOVIE PICKS FOR VETERANS DAY HOLIDAY VIEWING:
“PT 109” starring Cliff Robertson and “Jakob the Liar” starring Robin Williams
(above Staff Sergeant Jesse Knott with Hawk Company Hero “Koshka”; Koshka was named “ASPCA Cat of the Year” in 2013)
Dear Sgt Knott:
I read your story in the Sunday “USA Weekend”. Of course, I wish you success in everything you do (I am sure you are enjoying “Isotope and Radio Active”).
I think your plans to “volunteer” at the V.A.Hospital are great. Years ago, I, Renee Ashley Baker, worked briefly at a V.A. Hospital. I got promoted in just 3 months from a GS-2 to a GS-3 (I was a “clerk typist”).
I’d like to suggest to you an “online university” that you could attend (via computer) for two years; then, after two years you’d be ready to obtain your Bachelor’s Degree at a traditional college.
I am writing this “open letter” hoping that two of my St. Louis companies (Nestle Purina and Gateway Computers) will give you a “scholarship” and a “computer and printer set up” to help you with your “online studies”.
Once Again Best Wishes,
Renee Ashley Baker
WHAT ARE THEY FIGHTING FOR?
Let’s NOT forget the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall….
(above, Bill Gate’s Microsoft Art Collection contains a section of “the wall” donated by Daimler-Benz).
(above, Not one but THREE sections of “the wall” can be seen on tours of CIA headquarters in Langley Virginia)
MEET THE BIONIC MAN….
Amazing new “smart” prosthetic devices are changing the lives amputees.
When Luke Skywalker donned a cybernetic hand in “The Empire Strikes Back” to replace the limb he’d lost in a duel with Darth Vader, fully functional prostheses seemed squarely in the realm of science fiction.
(above, The Bionic Man wearing The Genium–a prosthetic leg that has a “microprocessor controlled knee”–made by German manufacturer Otto Block). In the past few years, though, prosthetic technology has progressed far beyond simple “stick and hook” designs. The newest prostheses, both commercial and experimental closely mimic natural limbs in function and responsiveness and…they are proving their worth in everyday tasks, combat missions, even Olympic races. By detecting the user’s intent (and then adjusting accordingly) the most sophisticated replacement limbs can make almost as many complex movements as their wearers can imagine. “Everything is intuitive” says Levi Hargrove, director of the Neural Engineering for Prosthetics and Orthotics Laboratory at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. “Patients are able to walk around normally as if they’re using their own legs”).
BELOW THE BIONIC BABY? (One Year Old Baby With Prosthetic Leg).
Above, “What Makes A Hero? The Surprising Science of Selflessness” by Elizabeth Svoboda
NOW…TO DONATE AND SUPPORT OUR HEROES…
Wounded Warrior Project….
TO DONATE VISIT: https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=1143&ovr_acv_id=1398&campaignSource=ONLINE&source=BS14107P
AND….ON A WING AND A PRAYER?
(above, West Point Jacket that was discovered n a New Jersey Beach after Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The jacket was eventually reunited with its owner’s widow thanks to Facebook! Read at:
NOW …A LIST OF THINGS YOU CAN DO NOW….
TO SUPPORT OUR SOLDIERS:
BUDWEISER THE KING OF BEERS (OF ST. LOUIS AND BELGIUM)
Anheuser Busch was founded in 1872, by Adolph Busch, in St. Louis, Mo
Click Here: http://newsroom.anheuser-busch.com/meet-eric-dresser-u-s-navy-veteran-and-anheuser-busch-employee/
TO FIND A PAYING JOB
VISIT: MILITARY COM
TO VOLUNTEER (UNTIL YOU FIND A PAYING JOB)
TEAM RUBICOM DISASTER RESPONSE RUN BY A VETERAN WITH VETERANS
TO CHALLENGE THE RETIRED FIGHTING MEN WHO HAVE A “SCIENTIFIC MIND”
TAKE HAWKEYE PIERCE’S SCIENTIFIC CHALLENGE
NOW…GREAT PRODUCTS FOR RENEE ASHLEY BAKER’S VETERANS…
THE PREMIER CARE WALK IN BATHS….
RENEE’S ASHLEY BAKER’S FAVORITE WATCH FOR VETERANS:
AT&T’S MARTIAN NOTIFIER WATCH…IT BEATS THE PEBBLE WATCH HANDS DOWN…I MEAN –ER– EARS UP…
VISIO’S 50 INCH LED M SERIES SMART TV WITH 3D
NOKIA LUMIA 8 INCH TABLET AT AMAZON COM
NOW…MORE “HONOR” FOR MY “FOUR LEGGED SOLDIERS”….
(above, sculpture of a life-size Bronze Belgian Malinois that was designed by Lena Toritch for the SOF/Special Operations Forces “K9 Memorial Museum”. The statue stands at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville, N.C.;near Fort Bragg).
The U.S. Armed Forces officially began using dogs in World War II. Today, over 2,000 working dogs serve in U.S. military operations around the globe with about 600 in combat zones. Most are Belgian Malinois or Dutch or German shepherds. (In 2009, a Belgian Malinois named Cairo, received “official recognition” for participating in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden)….But, even among these exceptional dogs (who can run at speeds of 35 mph and can have up to a 270-degree field of vision) only a small percentage make the “final cut” for SOF after six to 12 months of military training.
Below, “Lucca” a decorated (“purple heart”?) mine sniffing heroine.
Lucca the War Dog is now in “retirement” with her “first handler” Staff Sgt Chris, his wife Jill, 5 year old Michael, 7 year old Claire and of course Lucca.
View photos of SOF dogs in training and in combat or learn about “adopting” a retired military dog (or supporting deployed dog teams). Visit:
www uswardog org
www parade com/dogsofwar
OR…To Read More About The Story Of Lucca pre-order: “Top Dog” (at Amazon com Bookstore).
NOW…MORE WAYS TO SUPPORT OUR FIGHTING HEROES….
Support the USO Warrior and Family Centers at Fort Belvoir, VA and Bethseda Maryland.
These new USO Centers offer troops and their families a place of “respite” outside the hospital–where they can learn new life-building skills, cook meals with family members and relax with fellow troops, all in a home-lie atmosphere.
(above, USO Warrior and Family Center “poster soldier” Marine Master Sgt. Wiliam “Spanky” Gibson. Master Sgt. Gibson, who was wounded by a sniper in Ramadi, Iraq in 2006, was the first “above-the-knee” amputee to return to active duty in Iraq and the first non-commissioned officer to be honored with a Congressional Fellowship.)
GIFTS FOR THE “VETERAN” (THIS CHRISTMAS):
Breitling’s New “Navitimer” 46mm
MontBlanc’s New “Time Walker” Extreme Chronograph (with DLC)
Walker Art Flash Drive (A five-USB-port battleship; Buy at: walkerart org)
ReneeAB9’s CELTIC LION “MANLY MAN” Hoodies and Sweatshirts (For that “Manly Man”); Buy Now for Christmas at: http://www.Zazzle.com/ReneeAB9
BELOW….THE HOUSE THAT CHANEL BOUGHT….(RENEE ASHLEY BAKER’S HOUSE)
WHO’S THE WISE GUY THAT PUT THIS “AVATAR” ON HERE ?????
“WHERE’D THAT AVATAR GO ?”
**Special Thanks to Parade, USA Weekend, and the Saturday Evening Post.