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“Drifting Sand” Poem...

“Bring You Flowers” is a new page in the Galaxy Cafe section. This page is dedicated to our troops  & their families, and is meant to honor those who are serving our country. “Bring You Flowers” is a song written and performed by Kristen Scott, a new artist on DesertSnow. The song is about a young woman who lost her husband in the war in Afghanistan, and is now raising her son alone. This song is based on a true story. As we celebrate the holidays, please remember our troops and their families in your prayers and in your gifts,  whatever you are able to do for them.

For God so loved each and every person throughout all ages that he sent his only Son (a Prince) to this world as a homeless man (a Pauper)...that whoever would believe that he really is a Prince and accept his death (as payment for the things they have done wrong),  they would not lose themselves (die) but inherit the true riches (that  will never fade), and live forever with God...John 3:16

“The foxes have their dens, and the birds have their nests, but I, the Messiah (Jesus Christ) do not have a place to lay my head.”   Matthew 8:20

The Galaxy Cafe has “food for the soul,” and includes special features about musicians around the world. As time goes on, more artists will be added. During the holiday season, new articles, videos, and art will be  added. I hope you enjoy these pages. If there is something you would  like to see in this section, especially with regard to our troops and their families, please send us an email at support@desertsnow.org - thanks!

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As of September 16, 2011:

The CD can be purchased on CDBaby.com - it is being sold in a DVD case as a 2-disk set. The CD has 12 songs, and the DVD has 3 of my animations - “River of Fire,” “SPIKE!” and “Glass Dawn - the demo reel.” Please note that they don’t tell you this on iTunes, etc.

This is a special Christmas poem written for the friends and family of Nadia Barghelame and Stephanie Marsh. It is meant to remind people of the anniversary of their deaths. It is also written to encourage and lift up their family and friends who are now facing another holiday without them.

To read about their stories, as well as the Salt and Pepper poem, click on this link.

The following poem is rich in symbolism. There are so many meanings behind each line in places that it may be a confusing poem to read at first. But give it a few times through, and think about all the multitude of symbols we see and hear at Christmas time. Think about what various symbols mean to different people. There are many things that we take for granted, such as the Nutcracker Ballet. But each activity, tradition, and symbol of Christmas can have profound meaning. They can have a profound effect upon how we live out our lives, especially when we have lost two of our dearest friends and family members during the holiday season.

The Avalanche, The Tree, and The Nutcracker

 

All sorts of nuts, both the kind you put into chocolate,

And the kind you see running around crazy and laughing…

All kinds of people and zaniness filled my life

 

All sorts of funny things happened in December

Year after year, when we laughed and laughed…

 

And the Nutcracker ballet performed

And the Nutcracker soldier performed

In my imagination as I lived my life

And shopped and let the snowflakes touch my tongue -

And I went skiing and threw snow balls on the run

As my life went so fast

Past the Nutcracker under my Christmas tree

That was just another decoration

Just another ballet

Just another part of the dance of my life

 

And then, suddenly, the Christmas tree made me sad

And the ornaments didn’t make me glad

And suddenly during Christmas

My friend and my sister were gone…

 

And now it’s a year later

And the Nutcracker ballet will be performed

And the Nutcracker soldier will perform

In my imagination as I run past the decorations

Because I don’t want to remember

December…

 

My childhood turned upside down

Like the smile on a clown

And now the snowflakes that touch my tongue

Remind me I’m undone

When I remember their laughter

And hear it in my mind

Like it’s coming from the next room…

 

And I think of Macadamia nuts and chocolate

And the Nutcracker soldier just stares at me

And reminds me

Of December

…When I came down from the mountains

And lost you both

 

Christmas almost mocks me

And cuts within me

And the tears blind my eyes to the whiteness

And the candles and the fireplaces

That are part of Christmas every year.

 

What happened last year!?! -

When this avalanche of sorrow

Sent me reeling down the mountain

 - Out of control?

 

… But wait … as the avalanche clears

I see just one tree

Just one tree standing tall

Just one tree standing and that’s all

And I am shaken and torn

I am crying and worn

Covered with heavy burdens I cannot bear

Struggling to get out from underneath this avalanche…

 

But there is left standing

Just one tree

And all the other trees have fallen

 

Down, down, down

Like me

 

But the tree left standing is so tall

So strong

Not like me

And in the cold wind I hear a song:

 

 

“The Avalanche crushed everything

All around the tree so strong

It buried me in sorrow

And took away my song

 

But the tree so strong

Stands every year

Like a Christmas tree

Like the Nutcracker Soldier

That is without fear

The Christmas tree still glows

Through the worst wind that blows

And the Nutcracker ballet beauty

Draws me near

Like a little child again

 

Who believes in…

 

The strength of the strong tree – my Christmas tree

That was still left standing after the avalanche

That still stands by me in the storm

The courage of the Nutcracker Soldier

The beauty of the Nutcracker Ballet

The light that shines as I look up

From being buried in an avalanche of sorrow

 

And like a Child

I see something simple

Something beautiful

Beneath the star on my Christmas tree

The child – in a manger - who was born for me

And that would someday

Die for me

 

And give me a hope

Of seeing my friend

And my sister again

Because He paid the price

To destroy the avalanche

Of sorrow and death.

 

So this Christmas

Help me, God,

To become like a little child again,

And believe in the One

Who gives me light to see,

Strength to get up after every fall,

Courage to go on,

And beauty when dreams are crushed,

By an avalanche.

 

 

“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me will live even if they die, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die…”

 

John 11:25-26

Written for the 1-year anniversary of the deaths of Nadia Barghelame and Stephanie Marsh.

Dedicated to Dru Sjodin, Carl Mitchell Brown, Kayleah Wilson, Deputy Sam Brownlee, David Kellerman, Faith & Caitlin Kadlub, Lauren Johnson, Tiffany Johnson, Philip Crouse, Lacy Miller, Devon Arnold, Nadia Barghelame, Stephanie Marsh, Samantha Spady, Rebecca Allen, Mark Kriebel, Adrienne Morgan, Chelsea King, Mike Parrott, Samara Stricklen, Erin Reed, Sierra Krizman, Walter Jennings, Jamison Rowland, Michelle Shreffler, Valerie McGregor, Sam Zawada, Justin Williamson, Matt Walling, Sarah Munger, Heather Nielsen, Sonja DeVries, Javad Marshall-Fields, Karla Mendoza-Gonzalez, Vivian Wolfe, David Earl Thornton, Brian Love, Adrian Heideman, Jesse Snow, Joel Meyer, Gina Zalunardo, Michelle Gluckman, Kris & Lilly Kueneman, Abdiel Sanchez, Stephen Bohler, Micah Villarreal, Kelly Young, Greg Wilmot, Chuck Scheller, Jared Kurtin, Taylor Webster, Amber Dubois, Tyler O'Neill, Linsey Norton, Tyler MacKenzie, Zuri & Isai Flores, Michael Preston, Catherine "Catey" Willcox, Mark Whitman, Zachariah Nelson, Laurel Erb, Jean & Scott Adam, Casey Korgan, Ross Higuchi, Amanda Gonzales, Bradley Larson, Donald E. Johnson, Sedrick Niblet, Elizabeth Smith, Monica Felver, Laura VanRyn, Dick Warren, Chris Birdwell, Dick Brown, and others who have left this world, as well as their families and friends who miss them.

 

In memory of those who gave their lives for their country, including but not limited to soldiers in the "Darkhorse" 3rd Battalion 5th Marines and their families: Justin Allen, 23, Brett Linley, 29, Matthew Weikert, 29, Justus Bartett, 27, Dave Santos, 21, Chase Stanley, 21, Jesse Reed, 26, Matthew Johnson, 21, Zachary Fisher, 24, Brandon King, 23, Christopher Goeke, 23, Sheldon Tate, 27...

 

If you have names you would like to add to this list, please send an email to Support@DesertSnow.org

 

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