The Raised Country! Facebook Page is Busier Than Our Site

Well, social networking is definitely where it’s at these days, but it seemed like the tail wagging the dog last week when our Facebook page got almost 8.3 million visitors but our actual web site just muddled along with only a moderate number of visits.

https://www.facebook.com/raisedcountry

Why fight it?  Folks, check out our Facebook page.  Apparently, a few million folks thought it was worth a look this past week!  ;o)

God bless.

Raised Country!

Update: We stopped updating the Raised Country website in July 2012.  We now have a loyal following on our Facebook page.  If you would like to pick up the baton and support Raised Country by posting family-friendly tall tales and stories, please contact us.

U.S. Marine Mike Corrado Raises Awareness For Wounded Warriors

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Mike Reveals Latest Single and Video, “Still In The Fight”

Proceeds to benefit USO Wounded Warrior Family Centers

(Nashville, Tenn. – Aug. 31, 2011) Active-duty U.S. Marine and multi-genre artist Mike Corrado is raising public awareness for wounded service members with his latest single and video, titled “Still In The Fight.”

A nationally recognized singer-songwriter (featured on CNN, ABC, CBS and in Rolling Stone magazine) Corrado wrote “Still In The Fight” as a way to draw attention to the struggles many service men and women face after being wounded in combat.  Proceeds from the song benefit the USO’s Wounded Warrior Family Centers initiative.  Visit www.uso.org/woundedwarriors to donate or learn more.

Mike Corrado playing guitar sitting on a rocky beach

U.S. Marine and musician Mike Corrado

The “Still In The Fight” video features Marines who were wounded in combat during recent tours in Afghanistan or Iraq; veteran Corporal Aaron Mankin, veteran Master Sergeant William “Spanky” Gibson and Lance Corporal Kyle Carpenter.  Also featured in the emotionally charged video is the artwork of Marines and combat illustrators Robert Bates and Michal Fay.  Gerard Elmore, who directed Corrado’s 2010 video, “Stand,” also directed “Still In The Fight,” due to be released in early September.
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The Moving East Texas Watermelon Heist of 1945

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The Dumbest Thing I Ever Did – submitted by Jack Strong

Editor’s Note:  This is a tall tale that my Uncle Jack shared recently at his 81st birthday party, ostensibly in the form of a family confession; however, his sly grin betrayed a clear lack of any genuine contrition. ;). 
In 1945, his big brother, my dad, was involved in WWII. Jack, however, was still a restless 15 year old boy back home who managed to get into some fairly harmless mischief, as country boys that age are prone to do.
After these childhood shenanigans, Uncle Jack went on to serve as a distinguished state senator, and he was also quite successful in his law practice and many business ventures.

Probably the dumbest thing that we ever did had to do with watermelons. We liked watermelons, as most boys did, but we didn’t like hot watermelons – we liked cold watermelons.

Watercolor of Melon in Field

There was a particular farmer who lived about three miles out of Carthage, Texas.  He was just next to the road there, and had what we believed to be the best watermelon patch in all of Panola County.  We found a place in the fence that was easy to get across, and we would just go get two watermelons.  We got two, not because we would eat them both, but because the man at the ice house had a deal that if we would bring him two hot ones he’d give us one cold one.

One night we went out there, and we had a flashlight so we could try to locate the two best watermelons. We were very careful – seriously – to not damage any of the vines or any of his crop.  We might have been thieves, but we were considerate thieves.

One watermelon in this patch has been poisoned!

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