Thursday, December 31, 2015



Everyone who rides the train of life,
By looking out to the last car rear.
One watches the miles roll by,
Marking the passing of every year.
Some sit in sad remembrance,
For wasted days gone by.
Yet curse their life for what it was,
Only too hang their heads and cry.
But I don't concern myself with that,
As I look down my own chosen track.
That rolled forward to what my life held,
Yet not for what will be or back.
I asked to be strapped to the engine front,
And lash me there as securely as can be.
So my eyes can be out on the hunt,
To see what all I can see.
For I want to feel the winds of change,
Blowing in my face.
I want to see how my life unfolds,
As I move down the line to another place.
Then I may see what's coming up,
Not looking at the past.
My life's too short for yesterdays,
It moves along all too fast.
So if the ride gets bumpy,
Due to the sleepers while you are riding track.
Go up front, and see what you find,
If your life has not derailed back.
As it's all right to remember,
That's part of one’s life history.
But for me up front's where it's happening,
There's still so much mystery.
Is it not the enjoyment of living,
From where we once could have been.
Again it's looking ever forward,
To another year to the unknown and unseen.
In searching all the possible life’s lines,
Never should you refrain.
For if you want to live your life fully,
You've gotta ride the train.
Poem written by & photos by
Sir Richard…

Monday, December 21, 2015


BBC News - Kenyan Muslims shield Christians in Mandera bus attack 
This FYI was sent to U by,
This is what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown.
As JESUS CHRIST said; John 15:12-13 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

Sunday, December 20, 2015


Is my favourite time of the year!…/Christmas2012PhotosBySirRich…
Because of what it celebrates.
With all the Love that JESUS CHRIST’s 1st coming brings to the many.
As for many it is usually with much cheer.
For from of all of the world’s thoughts I have learned, this one.
This year Christmas really strikes home, in my thoughts each and every day.
“That you can love someone with all your heart
and all for the right reasons and in a moment, they can be taken away!”
So remember, the good times that you had with them and

continue to Love “them as if they are still here anyway.”
Sent with LOVE from,
Sir Richard...


Christmas is celebrated to remember the birth of JESUS CHRIST, who Christians believe is the SON of GOD.
The name 'Christmas' comes from the Mass of Christ. A Mass service (which is sometimes called Communion or Eucharist) is where Christians remember that Jesus died for us and then came back to life. The 'Christ-Mass' service was the only one that was allowed to take place after sunset (and before sunrise the next day), so people had it at Midnight.
So we get the name Christ-Mass, shortened to Christmas.
Christmas is now celebrated by people around the world, whether they are Christians or not. It's a time when family and friends come together and remember the good things they have. People, and especially children, like Christmas as it's a time when you give and receive presents to remember the Magi who followed the Star of Bethlehem at the time of His first coming… 
The Magi brought gifts to JESUS upon his birth; which where Gold, which speaks of His birth for JESUS CHRIST is born the King of Kings. Frankincense which speaks of the fragrance of His Life’s Beauty and His Resurrection. Myrrh speaks of His death, as that was the embalming fragrance that was used at the time.
No one knows the real birthday of Jesus as the actual date is not given in the Bible and the best guess currently that I know of is due to the birthing of lambs and herding practices of shepherds which is around is around March 17th?
So why do we celebrate it on the 25th December? The early Christians certainly had many arguments as to when it should be celebrated.
Another point is that the birth of Jesus probably didn't happen in the year 1AD but slightly earlier, somewhere between 2BC and 7BC (there is no 0AD as the years go from 1BC to 1AD).
The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336AD, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine (he was the first Christian Roman Emperor, well sort of). A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be for and hence forth (anno Domini), celebrated on the 25th December.
Then again, there are many different traditions and theories as to why Christmas is celebrated on December 25th. A very early Christian tradition said that it is the day when Mary was told by the Arch Angel Gabriel that she would have a very special baby, who will be named JESUS.  This was called the Annunciation and is celebrated today on the 25th March. Nine months after the 25th March is the 25th December!
March 25th was also the day some early Christians thought the world had been made by GOD and also the day that JESUS died on when he was an adult.
December 25th might have also been chosen because the Winter Solstice and the ancient pagan Roman midwinter festivals called 'Saturnalia' and 'Dies Natalis Solis Invicti' took place in December around this date so it was a time when pagan people already celebrated things such as Midvinterblot and Yule.
Midvinterblot and Yule, was called in Sweden and toward the time of the winter solstice (this year it is; Tuesday, December 22nd 2015), is when the days became the shortest and coldest. For them as it is now, the land appeared to be laid to waste, so to keep the fire of the life giving sun alight people often made sacrifices before a great oak tree.
St. Boniface is supposed to have stopped one such sacrifice and instituted the indoor Christmas tree at the same time. The burning of such logs in the midst of sacrifice has come down to us as the traditions of burning Yule logs and enjoying Christmas trees.
Our pagan ancestors, the holidays that marked the great seasonal changes were often fearful, terrible, and dark but with the coming of JESUS CHRIST came a great light that reclaimed not only individuals but also the holidays they celebrated. In the case of Midvinterblot and Yule, the holidays that once marked the terrible price required to provide light instead began to express the joyous arrival of GOD's true light!
Early Christians might have given this festival a new meaning to celebrate the birth of the Son of GOD the Unconquered Son. In the Bible is written the prophesy about the Savior, who Christians believe is JESUS CHRIST and whom is called “Sun of Righteousness”.
The Jewish festival of Lights, Hanukkah starts on the 25th of Kislev (the month in the Jewish calendar that occurs at about the same time each December). Hanukkah celebrates when the Jewish people were able to re-dedicate and worship in their Temple, in Jerusalem, again following many years of not being allowed to practice their religion.
JESUS CHRIST was a Jew, so this could be another reason that helped the early Church choose December the 25th for the date of Christmas. During the spring (in March or April) there's a Jewish festival called 'Passover'. This festival remembers when the Jews had escaped from slavery in Egypt about 1500 years before Jesus was born. Lots of lambs would have been needed during the Passover Festival, to be sacrificed in the Temple in Jerusalem. Jews from all over the Roman Empire travelled to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival, so it would have been a good time for the Romans to take a census. Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem for the census (Bethlehem is about six miles from Jerusalem).
In the autumn (in September or October) there's the Jewish festival of 'Sukkot' or 'The Feast of Tabernacles'. It's the festival that's mentioned the most times in the Bible. It is when Jewish people remember that they depended on GOD for all they had after they had escaped from Egypt and spent 40 years in the desert. It also celebrates the end of the harvest. During the festival, Jews live outside in temporary shelters (the word 'tabernacle' comes from a Latin word meaning 'booth' or 'hut').
Many people who have studied the Bible, think that Sukkot would be a likely time for the birth of Jesus as it might fit with the description of there being “no room in the inn”. It also would have been a good time to take the Roman Census as many Jews went to Jerusalem for the festival and they would have brought their own tents/shelters with them. It wouldn't have been practical for Joseph and Mary to carry a shelter as Mary was pregnant.
So whenever you celebrate Christmas, remember that you're celebrating a real event that happened about 2000 years ago, that GOD sent his SON JESUS CHRIST into the world as a Christmas present for everyone!
Posted by,
Sir Richard

P.S. Oh by the way, FYI = XMAS?
I have often wondered what the X in Xmas meant as well. I do not care for it but; X representing the initial chi of Greek Khristos ‘Christ.’ Contrary to popular belief, the X in X-Mas was not made up by the secular heathens in California (no attack intended). X-Mas was a shorter version of Christmas, first used in Europe around the 1500s. In Greek, Christ's name started with an X, Xristos. Thus, it is literally, "Christ-mas", or "Christ's Mass".

Saturday, December 19, 2015


Christmas comes but once a year and with it, for thirty-two years now in most celebrated holiday reading. Every Christmas Eve, since it first aired in 1979, we've been delighted to bring you Alan Maitland's reading of “The Shepherd”, by Frederick Forsyth.
The year is 1957 an RAF pilot is flying home from Germany for Christmas.
Fog sets in, and all radio communication is lost.
From Sir Richard…

Friday, December 18, 2015


Posted for my Wife Joyce who took me on our life's journey here.
One day may U wrap me in your blankets once again! Amen.
Posted by Sir Richard...
Photo by Craig Williams
Song by Holcombe Waller - Qu'Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan
( Witten by Buffy Sainte-Marie)

Thursday, December 17, 2015


This is my gift to all of U = Fall Winter 2015 Photos by Sir Richard

I hope U like my humble gift to all of U as I love taking photos so here is My
Slideshow of photos that I took from July to Dec and again I hope that U all enjoy them!
Also I cannot say it enough but may I wish U all a “VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!”
Sincerely, and with LOVE to U and U’rs!
from Sir Richard…

Monday, December 14, 2015


What might it read if you received a Letter from Jesus Christ about Christmas?
My Dear Children,
It has come to My attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season. How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own. I don't care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate My birth, just GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER!

Now, having said that let Me go on. If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn't allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santa’s and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn. If all My followers did that there wouldn't be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be now many of them all around your town.
Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree, instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You can remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were. If you have forgotten that one, look up John 15:1-8.

If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth here is My wish list. Choose something from it:
1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My birthday is being celebrated, write letters of Love and Hope. to your media and politicians asking that starting with yourself. You want also the rest of you, all year long given more equal treatment for all people including the poor and needy but also any other race, of different creed or color, religion or sex! As they are terribly afraid and so lonely this time of year. I know, as many of them have started to follow Me and they tell Me all the time.
2. Visit someone in a nursing home. You don't have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.
3. Instead of writing your politicians complaining about the wording on the cards their staff sent out this year, why don't you write and tell them that you'll be praying for them and their families this year. Then follow it up in your salutation with, It will be nice hearing from them again.
4. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can't afford and they don't need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of My birth, and why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms and remind them that I Love them all!
5 Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.
6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless? Since you don't know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile; it could make the difference.
7. Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm smile and a kind word. Even if they aren't allowed to wish you a "Merry Christmas" that doesn't keep you from wishing them one. Then stop shopping there on Sunday. If the store didn't make so much money on that day they'd close and let their employees spend the day at home with their families. As money is not everything and if not shared it is usually used for selfish or evil reasons.
8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary-- especially one who takes My love and Good News to those who have never heard My name.
9. Here's a good one. There are individuals and whole families in your town who not only will have no "Christmas" tree, but neither will they have any presents to give or receive. If you don't know them, buy some food and a few gifts and give them to your Church to share, or the Salvation Army or some other charity, which believes in Me and again, they will make the delivery for you.
10. Finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don't do things in secret that you wouldn't do in My presence. Let people know by your actions that you are one of Mine.
Don't forget; I am GOD and can take care of Myself. Just love Me and do what I have told you to do. I'll take care of all the rest. Check out the list above and get to work; time is short. I'll help you, but the ball is now in your court!
And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whom you Love and remember.
Sincerely - JESUS CHRIST…

This Post is by Sir Richard…
No Christmas #2 this year except for JESUS, Joyce, Tribble & Lucy cause they want for not.


Once my favourite time during the entire year is Christmas. The Excitement, Loves warmth during the Winter’s cold and a certain renewal of Hope is what makes it so special for me. For when I was little, as all children do I thought that I knew everything but the last thing you really want is to know as a child is too much. What you really want is for the grown-ups in your life, to make the world a safe place where dreams can come true and promises are never broken. And when you're little, it doesn't seem like a lot to ask. So Christmas for me always has and for all time, fulfilled all of these needs.
Fast forward in time to when my children were once small it was I, because of “Christmas Excitement” who never slept through the night. My children were the ones who all seemed to sleep till late Christmas morn and too my frustration an only at that time, did they finally wake up! While silly me, impatiently stayed in my bed waiting for them to come and awaken me.
Going even further forward in time, to October of 2010 it was the start of my Worst and Best Christmas ever! That was when I had my second Cancer operation to remove Stage 4 Soft Tissue Sarcoma Cancer, which at that time and so far (knock on wood), was only in my left arm.
My surgeon, plus 2 in training surgeons and my good wife, along with myself were all gathered in an examination room to talk about my 2nd operation results.
The surgeon then informed us all that the Pathology Lab said that I had Stage 4 Soft Tissue Sarcoma Cancer and regretfully also, he was unable to remove it all. So another operation was to happen to me and this would now be done by a Soft Tissue Sarcoma Cancer Specialist.
It was then that my wife asked what my prognosis at that time would be and the Surgeon then said; “That usually, the survival rates for this type of Cancer is but 1 year and 5 years or more, if our program is successful”.
The room went immediately silent as a tomb, except for the gentle weeping from my wife.
All the Surgeons had their heads hung low and though in shock myself I felt compelled to do my best as a “Volunteer for The Missing Children” response; “That There Is Always Hope!”
By cracking jokes and trying to cheer up as best I could, all these really down people…
The next Surgeon, who is the Soft Tissue Sarcoma Cancer Specialist Surgeon, only confirmed the previous surgeon’s diagnosis, adding to it also that at the least, the worst possibility is that I may lose my left arm, if the Cancer was down to the bone.
My next operation (number #3), would be on December 23rd 2010 as there was a cancellation for that time slot and as I have an aggressive form of Cancer, waiting around was not an option.
Well I ranted of course, told many people; you included and it was then that I was given the compliment that I was handling this all so well? In actuality though for those who really know me, you know that I am only calm while helping others but with myself, never…
My thoughts at the time were; “Only one year hmmm??”, that would place my demise on this earth and arrival before GOD sometime around October, November, or December 2011. So I Prayed to GOD; “do not let this happen on Halloween please”, as I might actually be under one of those fake tombstones next year in reality. Halloween now seems not so cute anymore…
Remembrance Day, GOD please not then, as this date was and is reserved for “HEROES” and that is definitely not me!
Or Christmas, LORD please not then as I would ruin that day for many, for many years to come due to my passing.
Then one day my handling of the prognosis so well, well that all but disappeared as I walked to the mail box to do the simple task of retrieving our mail. I do not know why but I just started to cry and cry, to the point where I just could not take one more step and I almost collapsed to my knees, outside for all to see…
So then Christmas Day 2010 came and operation number #3 was over. They decided to send me home too early as they thought they were being kind but really, I should have just stayed in the hospital.
For I was in such Pain, followed by even more PAIN, yet I was also tickled pink and so relieved that I still had my left arm but I was sooo drugged up. I remember my son’s head bobbing in and out of my line of vision, the bright sun light of that Winters day burning into the back of my eyes as I was helped into my home. A Christmas dinner plate of food, that at someone kindly put before me but I wondered why? Also, I have a memory of some problem to do with my puppy dogs and the back door but really, I remember not. What I really do remember for sure is my joy that I still had my left arm (albeit a shark bite look) and also, that I had made it through this operation to this day, Christmas Day!
Well as you all know, since then I have had another Cancer operation (#4), and also another year has gone by.
The saddest thing is I have out lived my Wife Joyce and our puppy dog Lucy.
GOD that year has given me this Special Christmas Gift, which was many years of life and maybe many more, sharing Christmases with all of you!
So now I would like to send you all, my Love and with all that heaven will allow from this CANCER SURVIVOR, may you have “A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!”
Sir Richard aka Richard Abbenbroek

Wednesday, December 9, 2015


Is simple, that is having someone say "I LOVE YOU" and mean it. 
Once said, it cannot be taken back but only hidden.
It is never gone... 
from - Sir Richard.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

After today, when Trump said

After today, when Trump said he would ban ALL Muslims from entering America (even Muslim-Americans who just happen to be traveling overseas) it's easier than ever to see the frightening similarities. 

First they came for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Communist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I was a Protestant.

Then they came for me,
and by that time there was no one
left to speak up.

by Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1945
Martin Niemöller 1892-1984

IMO by Sir Richard... 

My Music Died 35 Years Ago Today...

First listen to this Great Song: 
As I remember:
9:10 pm Calgary City time December 8th 1980, I was in my taxi and it was raining that night.
This was very strange for an Albertan winter and yet, I was mostly concerned about driving on the frozen roads later.
Rain is good though, as it brings me fares so as long as I logged many trips then maybe I could code 6 early that night and skip the city street curling rinks later.
Two hours ahead of me at 11:10 pm New York City time, John Winston Lennon was taken to the emergency room of Roosevelt Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival.
The news spread across the radio like wild fire, first he was shot but just wounded an then, at 10:00 pm Calgary time just like JFK, it was fatal and John Winston Lennon was no more...
Shock is what hit me first and then rage, as I squeezed out as many fares, as I could but my heart was not into my work anymore.
I then was able to code 6 and went home to glue myself to the TV for the next 48 hours. In front of which I mostly I cried and cried like never before, just one more depressing event so I thought in my life!
Was it for myself I cried?
Probably, as this was the day; My Music Died 35 Years Ago Today...,

John Winston Lennon 1940 - 1980
For you John, by Sir Richard... 

Monday, December 7, 2015


Mele Kalikimaka = A Hawaiian Christmas Song
Yesterday, December 7, 1941; a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our secretary of state a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.
The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese government also launched as attack against Malaya.
Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.
Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam.
Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.
Last night Japanese forces attacked Wake Island.
And this morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.
As commander in chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us. . . President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Leon Redbone- Christmas Island
Posted for U by,
Sir Richard...

Sunday, December 6, 2015

These are a few of my favourite things…

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright Bayonet metals and warm woollen mittens
Big paper packages tied up with ribbons & strings
These are a few of my favourite things

Cream coloured ponies and crisp apple strudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel without noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favourite things.
Women in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favourite things
When the dog bites, when the bee stings
When I'm feeling Sad…
I simply remember my favourite things
And then I don't feel so Bad…
Big paper packages tied up with ribbons & strings
These are a few of my favourite things…
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favourite things…
Women in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favourite things
When the dog bites, when the bee stings
When I'm feeling Sad…
I simply remember my favourite things
And then I don't feel so Bad…
Sincerely and with Love from,
Sir Richard...

Photo by Richard Abbenbroek aka Sir Richard
Painting of this photo by Georgia Jacques
Lorrie Morgan – “My Favourite Things
Lorrie Morgan – “A Picture of me Without You”
Sarah McLachlan – “WinterSong”.