An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.
~~ Bill Vaughan ~~
Christmas - that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance - a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.
~~ Augusta E. Rundel ~~
It is the most human and kindly of seasons, as fully penetrated and irradiated with the feeling of human brotherhood, which is the essential spirit of Christianity.
~~ George William Curtis ~~
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, - not even a mouse:
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there...
~~ Clement Clarke Moore ~~
Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.
~~ Oren Arnold ~~
Christmas in Bethlehem. The ancient dream: a cold, clear night made brilliant by a glorious star, the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling to their knees in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love.
~~ Lucinda Franks ~~
We hear the beating of wings over Bethlehem and a light that is not of the sun or of the stars shines in the midnight sky. Let the beauty of the story take away all narrowness, all thought of formal creeds. Let it be remembered as a story that has happened again and again, to men of many different races, that has been expressed through many religions, that has been called by many different names. Time and space and language lay no limitations upon human brotherhood.
~~ New York Times, 25 December 1937, quoted in Quotations for Special Occasions by Maud van Buren, 1938, published by The H.W. Wilson Company, New York ~~
This is the Christmas card my children and I have chosen for this year. I was lucky enough to do a review for Tiny Prints so I got my awesome, beautifully created, personal Christmas cards for FREE. It can't get any better than that.
Isn't this an unique and classy card? I know I love it. :)
There are 19 trees to choose from. When you click on the tree it tells you how many days are left until Christmas. You have the choice to download the Atomic Alarm Clock if you right-click the tree. Each tree is animated in its own way.
Today could bring a lovely sense of freedom. Freedom from what? The answer might surprise you. Sometimes, we think we need to be freed from outside constraints: work, social demands, family duties, commuter traffic, and so on. But actually, a sense of inner freedom is a far more powerful thing. Sometimes just realizing that you are, in fact, in control of your life and the choices you make is all the freedom you need.
We live in a society where the penalty for lying to a congressman can be up to 30 years in jail, but the penalty for a congressman lying to you is another two years in office.
Isn't there something wrong with that?
Disaster preparedness means being prepared for an emergency of any kind, natural or man-made, and being prepared means having emergency kits on hand, ready to use when they're needed. It's important to prepare in advance for threats to public health such as pandemics of infections disease like the 2009 "swine flu" pandemic.
A pandemic is defined as epidemic of infectious disease that is spreading through human populations across a large region; for instance a continent, or even worldwide. A widespread endemic disease that is stable in terms of how many people are getting sick from it is not a pandemic. Further, flu pandemics exclude seasonal flu. Throughout history there have been a number of pandemics, such as smallpox and tuberculosis. More recent pandemics include the HIV pandemic and the 2009 flu pandemic.
Having emergency kits stocked with enough food for two weeks can limit exposure. Fewer trips out into public could literally spare you and your loved ones from being infected. Emergency kits could provide food for you and your family until things return to a "safe" and normal state, and should be a part of your own pandemic preparedness plan.
Follow these basic steps to develop your family disaster preparedness plan:
1.Gather information about hazards in your area. Find out what types of disasters could occur and how you should respond. Learn your community's warning signals and evacuation plans.
2.Meet with your family to create a disaster preparedness plan and make sure it includes emergency kits for the whole family. Discuss the information you've gathered. Choose a place outside your home to meet in the event of an emergency, such as a fire, and a place away from your neighborhood in case you can't return home. Choose a friend or relative who lives out-of-state as your "family check-in contact."
3.Implement your disaster preparedness plan:
•Post emergency telephone numbers by phones.
•Inspect your home for potential hazards, such as items that can move, fall, break, or catch fire, and correct them.
•Install safety features such as smoke alarms and fire extinguishers and instruct others how to use them properly.
•Teach children how and when to call 911 or your local emergency medical services number.
•Keep emergency kits in your home with enough supplies for each member of your family for two weeks.
•Keep a disaster preparedness response kit with items you may need in case of evacuation. Store these supplies in sturdy, easy-to-carry containers, such as backpacks or duffle bags.
•Keep important family documents in a waterproof container.
•Keep a smaller disaster preparedness emergency kit in the trunk of your car.
4.Practice and maintain your plan:
•Ask questions to make sure your family remembers meeting places, phone numbers, and safety rules.
•Make sure everyone knows where to find your family's emergency kits.
•Test your smoke detectors monthly.
•Test and recharge your fire extinguisher(s) according to manufacturer's recommendations.
•Replace spare batteries as required.
•Conduct periodic drills to make sure you are prepared in case of an actual emergency.
Don't wait — make and put your disaster preparedness plan into effect before disaster strikes.
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Tiny Prints has brand new beautiful, classy, elegant Christmas cards this year. You can personalize 100s of cards with your photographs and your words. There are many options, such as color changes and designs for each card.
Go to my Christmas blog, 365 Days of Christmas, to see what I have to say about Tiny Prints.
The businesses below are honoring Veterans by providing discounts and free items on Veterans Day and
throughout the year. I encourage you to contact a store listed below or a local merchant to see if they
would offer a day in the future where a percentage of the day's sales would go to National Military
• Applebee's Restaurant - Free dinners to veterans throughout the day.
• Outback Steakhouse - Free Blooming Onion and beverage.
• Golden Corral - Free buffet dinner from 5-9 p.m. on Nov. 16 to anyone who has ever served in
the U.S. Military.
• Krispy Kreme - One free doughnut of any variety.
• UNO Chicago Grill - Free entree or individual pizza with an entree or pizza purchase of equal or
• Brides Across America - Provides free wedding gowns to qualified military brides.
• Lowe's & Home Depot - Extra 10% off to active-duty military members, National Guard and
reserve members, retirees, honorable discharged veterans and immediate family members.
• Sam's Club - Over 25,000 Hugo canes will be given away to U.S. veterans in need of mobility
assistance. Membership is not required, but supplies are limited, so check with your local store.
• Amazon.com - Free "Veterans Day Honor" MP3 album download. The album includes 12 songs
by The Bands and Ensembles of the U.S. Armed Forces.
• Cabela's Outdoor Store - Offers their employee discount to all veterans, active-duty military, and
reserves, law enforcement, fire, and EMS personnel Nov. 11-12. Discounts vary from 5% to 50%,
depending on the item.
• Build-A-Bear Workshop - Members of the armed services including the Army, Navy, Marine
Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Reserve Officer Training Corps, will receive a 20% discount
Nov. 11-15 on any one transaction at Build-A-Bear Workshop.
• Dollar General - l0% discount for all veterans, active-duty military, National Guard, and Reserve
and their immediate families.
• Fashion Bug - 20% off all plus-size and misses clothing purchases with a copy of military ID or
spouse's military ID.
• National parks, forests and monuments - Admission is free to everyone on Veteran's Day.
• Knott's Berry Farm - Free park admission to U.S. armed forces personnel and a guest during
Veteran's Month, November 1-26.
• San Jacinto Museum of History - Free visits to the Observation Deck, theatre, and special
exhibit for veterans, active duty military personnel, and their families.
THANK YOU, Veterans for serving our country! Thank you, families of Veterans, for allowing your children/spouses/loved ones to serve our country.
Join me in the fun and giggles of making Mondays a better day by sharing some laughs. Add your link to your Make Me Laugh Monday post to Mr. Linky below. (All links not leading directly to your post will be deleted.) All posts should be funny in some way. Yes, this is up to interpretation. Ideas include riddles, funny family stories, comic strips, jokes, silly graphics, funny lyrics, hilarious photos, etc. Please don't leave me to snicker all alone. I'm sure YOU have something funny to share.
I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are, Christmas trees.
It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, 'Merry Christmas' to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.
I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.
Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.
In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.
Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her '"ow could God let something like this happen?" (regarding Hurricane Katrina). Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, "I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?"
In light of recent events... terrorists attack, school shootings, etc, I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said "Okay." Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said okay.
Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said okay.
Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.
Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send jokes through email and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar, and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.
Are you laughing yet?
Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.
The above was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary, 12/18/05.
One day a woman's husband died, and on that clear, cold morning, in the warmth of their bedroom, the wife was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't "anymore". No more hugs, no more special moments to celebrate together, no more phone calls just to chat, no more "just one minute." Sometimes, what we care about the most gets all used up and goes away, never to return before we can say "good-bye" or say "I love you."
While we have it, it's best we love it, care for it, fix it when it's broken, and heal it when it's sick. This is true for marriage . . . and old cars . . .and children with bad report cards . . . and dogs with bad hips . . . and aging parents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it.
Some things we keep -- like a best friend who moved away or a sister-in-law after divorce -- some things and some people that make us happy, no matter what.
I was thinking . . . I could die today, tomorrow, or next week, and I wondered if I had any wounds needing to be healed, friendships that needed rekindling, or three words needing to be said.
Let every one of your friends and family members know you love them . . . even if you think they don't love you back. You would be amazed at what those three little words and a smile can do. Just in case I'm gone tomorrow. . . I LOVE YOU!
There is no happiness in any object of the world. We imagine through our ignorance that we derive happiness from objects. When the mind goes out, it experiences misery. In truth, when it's desires are fulfilled, it returns to its own place and enjoys the happiness that is the Self.
~ ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi ~~
True or False?
- Most children would do almost anything to get the attention of adults they love.
- By the time a child is two years old, he understands, at least, 200 words.
- Young children don't pay attention when adults around them are arguing.
- Law states that children cannot stay alone until they are 12 years old.
- When parents divorce, it's a good idea for them to confide in their children so the kids understand what the parents are going through.
- True -- Even when children misbehave, they are getting attention from adults around them. When we give them attention for good behavior, it's more likely they will continue to behave appropriately.
- True -- Most children understand up to 300 words by the time they are two years old. Children understand many more words than they speak.
- False -- Kids see and hear lots more than we'd sometimes like. Even if parents try to hid what's going on, kids usually understand much more about adult tension than we might guess. It is important to handle disagreements with as little yelling as possible and with absolutely no violence.
- False -- There is no specific age stated in many states' laws. Parents need to consider many factors before leaving a child alone after school or while they are out for the evening. The age at which children can stay alone varies based on the maturity of the child, the home environments, expectations of parents, and other factors.
- False -- Parents should give children age-appropriate explanation for the changes in their lives but not take the place of adult friendships for support. It's important that kids not feel that they have to take care of their parents when the kids need help themselves.
Today's date: 10/3/10
Today I feel good about: getting all of the laundry done, scrubbing the entry way, spending time with Cassandra going through books, not losing my cool with Cameron, getting some more stuff better organized.
Something new I experienced today: An email from an old friend.
Today's news and weather happenings: I didn't listen to the news today. The weather is cold, raining, chilly.
People who touched my life today: Cassandra helped with chores around the house without a fuss.
I was fortunate to receive today: Kisses and hugs from Cassandra, phone calls from my boyfriend, the grace of God to live another day.
What I did to touch someone's life today: Prayed for others.
Plans for a better tomorrow: Prayers that Cameron will be in a better mood.
Notes and Thoughts:
Killing bugs and spiders is not in my job description (as a single mom). Ugh.
The sunsets are beautiful. Need to take more photos of the sunsets.
I love Alan Free with all my heart!
Won't you join me in journaling your day? Let me know in the comments section if you do this life journal so I can visit your blog.
This is something I started a few years ago and, though, I do not write in this journal daily I do use it on a regular basis.
Feel free to use this journal in your life. It helps give a new positive perspective on your life. If sharing this with others, please give me credit as the author.
Today I feel good about:
Something new I experienced today:
The latest with friends and family:
Today's news and weather happenings:
People who touched my life today.
I was fortunate to receive today:
What I did to touch someone's life today:
Plans for a better tomorrow:
Notes and Thoughts:
Nine out of ten students attend public schools, so parents need to speak up on issues affecting their child's classroom. Learn how to advocate for public education and reach out to elected officials during Give Kids Good Schools Week -- October 10th through 16th -- by going to Give Kids Good Schools. You can also see how your child's school stacks up against the rest.
Highlight and delete all email addresses that are included in a message. Please protect your email friends by doing this so that spamers do not have access to their addresses. When forwarding a message use the BCC (blind copy) option . . . by doing this the spammers will see a name but not an email address.
Charley Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day.
545 vs. 300,000,000
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.
Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, why do we have deficits?
Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, why do we have inflation and high taxes?
You and I don't propose a federal budget. The President does.
You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.
You and I don't write the tax code. Congress does.
You and I don't set fiscal policy. Congress does.
You and I don't control monetary policy. The Federal Reserve Bank does.
One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings -- out of 300 million -- that are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.
I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.
I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he/she votes.
Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.
What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.
The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. If the President vetoes it, they can pass the budget over his veto if they want to and agree to.
It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million people can not replace the 545 people who stand convicted, by present facts, of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.
If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.
If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red.
If the Army and Marines are in Iraq, it's because they want them in Iraq.
If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.
Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let those 545 people con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.
Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They, and they alone, have the power. They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses . . . provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.
We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!
Real Estate Tax
Well Permit Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Road Usage Tax
CDL License Tax
Dog License Tax
State Income Tax
Food License Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Gross Receipts Tax
Social Security Tax
Service Charge Tax
Fishing License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Building Permit Tax
IRS Interest Charges
Hunting License Tax
Marriage License Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Personal Property Tax
Accounts Receivable Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
State Unemployment Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
Utility Taxes Vehicle License Registration Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
Not one of these taxes (listed above) existed 100 years ago and our nation was the most prosperous in the world at that time. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and moms stayed home to raise the kids.
What happened? Can you spell p-o-l-i-t-i-c-i-a-n-s?
Adapted from an 545 People written by Charley Reese.
Dashing Through the Snow by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark
"In the picturesque village of Branscombe, New Hampshire, the townsfolk are all pitching in to prepare for the first Festival of Joy. The night before the festival begins, a group of employees at the local market learn that they have won $180 million in the lottery. One of their co-workers, Duncan, decided at the last minute, on the advice of a pair of crooks masquerading as financial advisers, not to play. Then he goes missing. A second winning lottery ticket was purchased in the next town, but the winner hasn't come forward. Could Duncan have secretly bought it?
The Clarks' endearing heroes -- Alvirah Meehan, the amateur sleuth, and private investigator Regan Reilly -- has arrived in Branscombe for the festival They are just the people to find out what is amiss. As they dig beneath the surface, they find that life in Branscombe is not as tranquil as it appears."
It was a fast, easy read. It was very enjoyable but it lacked the intensity that is usually seen by both of these authors.
It was fun to see so many of my favorite characters (Alvirah & Willy, Regan & Jack, Nora & Luke) from both authors combined in this mystery.
Rating (1, lowest; 5, highest): 3.5
I was not compensated in any way for this review.
Instead of splurging on brand new ice skates that your kids will soon outgrow or splurging on a brand new flute that your child will no longer be interested in playing in a few weeks, visit the newest exchange site Kashless. You can get pretty much anything - sports equipment, school supplies, instruments, furniture, you name it -- for FREE from others.
It's also a great way to clear away your own clutter.
Need to hang a picture, but not quite sure where the wall stud is? Studs are usually 16 to 24 inches apart, and you can find one by using an electric razor. Turn on the razor and move it horizontally against the wall. When the buzzing gets quieter, you are over a stud. When the buzzing gets louder again, you've passed the stud. You want to place your nail in the middle of the stud.
I'd like to encourage you to try blogging in bulk, instead of blogging every day. Try blogging by the week or better yet by the month. It really relieves you of the stress of daily blogging. I have over 12 blogs and each are totally different from each other and different than your blog(s). My personal goal for each blog is 2 - 3 posts per week. That is only 8 - 12 posts a month. Everything else in addition to this amount is a bonus. Surely you have 8 - 12 things you can write about . . . right now.
Like many of you, I have seen my Aunt, Grandmother, Grandfather, and Mother suffer from cancer, and they all have passed from it. So many amazing and beautiful women have been afflicted. You need to be educated about breast cancer and practice preventive measures through diet and lifestyle.
Life is short and celebrating the pleasure of life is important!
When washing your hands, don't skip the soap. Rinsing them with water alone, even hot water, doesn't get rid of bacteria and viruses. Scrub your hands for 15 to 20 seconds, then dry them thoroughly, as germs attach more readily to, and multiply more quickly on, moist surfaces. Then turn off the faucet with a paper towel, since that handle is often the dirtiest thing in a restroom. If there isn't any soap, use the mini sanitizer you keep in your bag/purse.
Promising new treatments for common diseases may be within your reach years before they're available to the general public. If you have a serious illness, like diabetes or cancer, consider joining a clinical trial. Visit TrialX.com, a site that uses specific criteria to match you to a study. Enter your personal info (age, gender, condition, and location), and you'll instantly receive a short list of relevant, nearby trials. Print the details, bring them to your doctor to discuss, then email the researcher to apply.
You Are Super Spiritual
You are in touch with the world around you, and you find peace in connecting with others.
You believe that every life is special and that every life has a purpose.
You value harmony and understanding. You try not to judge, bicker, and fight.
As simple as it sounds, you truly think it's important to make the world a better place.
When I was a child, I used to think a mistake was simply a mistake. You make it, you pay for it, you move on.
Now, I think, some mistakes are like a pebble hitting a pond. They start a small ripple, then get bigger and bigger, an exploding circle of mistakes, until they become a tidal wave and you simply drown.
Please join the FLY THE FLAG campaign. If you don't have a flag, get one... even a small flag will work.
On Saturday, September 11th, 2010, an American flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment, office, and store in the United States . Every individual should make it their duty to display an American flag on this ninth anniversary of one our country's worst tragedies. We do this in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain, and those who today are fighting at home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedoms.
In the days, weeks and months following 9/11, our country was bathed in American flags as citizens mourned the incredible losses and stood shoulder-to-shoulder against terrorism. Sadly, those flags have all but disappeared. Our patriotism pulled us through some tough times and it shouldn't take another attack to galvanize us in solidarity. Our American flag is the fabric of our country and together we can prevail over terrorism of all kinds.
So, here's what we need you to do . . .
Fly an American flag of any size on 9/11. Honestly, Americans should fly the flag year-round, but if you don't, then, at least, make it a priority on this day.
Thank you for your participation.
God Bless You and God Bless America!!!
If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day, go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.
~~ Chinese proverb ~~
Sometimes I feel as if everybody else has come into the world with a set of instructions about how to live and someone had forgotten to give them to me. Sometimes I have no clue what I am supposed to feel, so much of the time I fake at being a human being, with no idea how other people feel. What is it like to really love someone? What is it like to really fit in or belong somewhere? I learned at an early age to give the impression of a normal, happy girl, but inside I have always felt lonely.
I am one of the most unhelpless, self-sufficient people I know. Ask any man who has ever loved me. I do not want to depend on anybody for anything. I was taught it was wrong to depend on others. I have always taken care of myself. I didn’t want to need anybody.
Now I need to learn to depend on others and ask for help.
We can choose to accept the things we cannt change and learn to act on the things we can change. We gain self-respect when we decide to stop blaming others for our dilemmas and start taking responsibility for our own choices.
When I saw you the first time, I had no way of knowing how incredibly special you are on the inside. How wise, how good. I didn't know that I could feel the way I do -- whole and complete -- whenever I am with you.
Due to my health issues getting worse and a totally unexpected and difficult move, I have been off-line for four months. I am truly sorry for being MIA. I am so glad to be back on-line and can't wait to get back into blogging.
When a young woman can hear, see, and feel the love of her Father in heaven, she is changed. Like a caterpillar emerges from a cocoon as a butterfly, a young woman can fly into womanhood in beauty and valor if we help her grasp the love of God.
~~ Pam Farrel ~~
Today's thought of the day is dedicated to all of those who were so helpful and thoughtful one year ago when my mother passed away.
Perhaps you sent a lovely card,
Or sat quietly in a chair.
Perhaps you sent a floral piece,
If so, we saw it there.
Perhaps you spoke the kindest words,
As any friend could say.
Perhaps you were not there at all,
Just thought of us that day.
Whatever you did to console our hearts,
We thank you so much whatever the part.
I miss you, Mom!
Puzzled, my friend got up and looked in the basket. There were many bottles of pills. She read the dates and names of the pills on the bottles. The date on some of the bottles was almost a year ago, but the bottles looked almost full.
"I don't understand," she said.
"I have many bad days that bring me back crashing to earth. What's a pill going to do about that!," I said. "I'm afraid I'll take those pills and it won't get any better. That nothing will change and what will I have to to look forward to then. What will I hope for then?"
The haunted look on my face undid her. I broke and she took me into her arms, cradling my head, and rocking me against her.
Images flashed, nothing I could help or stop, snatches of our romance, but it isn't the romantic part that I remembered most. It was those homey moments, him fixing things around the house, me shaving his head, the way he has to eat so slowly, the way we both love pizza... I thought about how he was the only person in my life who didn't expect me to be the strong one all the time. I thought about how safe I used to feel when I was in his arms. I thought about how charming he is.
Life is an adventure. It’s a wild ride through our 20s, 30s, and beyond. From the changing landscape of relationships to possibly marriage and motherhood; physical, financial, and emotional swings; to the lessons learned along the way, it’s generally not for the weak or wimpy, and definitely not for those traveling through life alone.
Thankfully, we have our girlfriends. From old friends who have known us for years, through relationships, hairstyles, and a variety of jeans sizes . . . to new friends we love connecting with, learning about/from, and with whom we enjoy watching our friendship grow.
There are days I wonder if I had the right to bring my children into this world. (Look at all the problems: Kids deal with much more stuff in this generation. Kids grow up faster. Politics, environment, and wars have made the Earth worse.)
I often look out the window and I see an ordinary world. Ordinary trees, ordinary grass, ordinary blue sky, hardly changing from one year to the next. Though most never see it, those of us with any sense know that an extraordinary force began all of this. Sometimes, once in a great while, an ordinary person is allowed to see that extraordinary force.
We can't always understand why God chooses the vessel he chooses. When He does choose a vessel, we'd better listen to the message.
Think of yourself as a vessel, a cup. Don't try to guess what the Master will pour into you before he pours. Pray it is the Master who pours. Then be willing to accept whatever message He wishes to fill you with. It's His to fill. You only receive.
The path between the natural and the supernatural -- between evil and good -- is not such an easy path. It's usually accomplished with things like death. With tormenting. Why do you suppose Christianity waves a cross on its flag? Do you know how cruel the cross was? You would think there might be a simpler, more humane means for God to bring about the death of His son. Before fruit can grow, a seed must die. Before a child is born, a mother must wail.
Time Tested Beauty Tips
For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone…
~~ Sam Levenson ~~
Realize that you have hurt others, even if you didn't mean to. When you are self-destructive, negative, rude, disrespectful, angry, resentful, acknowledge it and forgive yourself. Start again because it is never too late to be the person you imagine yourself to be. Never, ever stop striving to be that person.
Teenagers are so emotional and so unpredictable, and movies and video games are so permeated with violence that it is no wonder teenagers reach for a knife or gun when frustrated. I know of instances where teens killed parents for refusing to allow them to attend a rock concert or for making them go to church. Then there are the school shootings that seem to occur with sickening regularity ever since Columbine. I am convinced that all this youthful anger is a symptom that something is wrong, but I am not sure exactly what.
Maybe teenage boys should be sent off to live in a hut with tribal elders until they are deemed fit to marry and assume their place in society, as is the custom with some primitive tribes. Send the teens to some wise shaman who would teach him the secrets of manhood. Like most kids, my son is finding it hard to take advice from his mother when his mother is the very same person he is trying to separate himself from in order to establish his own identity.
There has to be a better way than the present system of intense peer pressure in junior high school/middle school/intermediate school/high school with the stress of academics and puberty.
I sighed in frustration as I rested my back against the tree. I had never felt so powerless. It was like watching some awful disaster approach and being unable to do anything to stop it. Feeling something crawling on my hand, I shook it, sending a large black ant into space. It landed on the ground near the foot of the tree. I watched, fascinated, as the little half-inch creature made its way along the fissures in the bark, apparently determined to climb the tree.
“Okay, ant,” I said, straightening my shoulders, “I get the point. You can’t give up when you meet an obstacle, you have to pick yourself up and try again.”
The thought of him with another woman now, after what we’ve shared these past months, is very difficult to handle!
That realization hit me harder than any punch. He does not fit into the same category as the other men I have known. I am not going to be able to stay in the safe zone this time. When this was over I will be going down hard.
I am saving myself. When it comes to feeling guilty about living or dealing with depression we can all hold out helping hands to each other, doctors can supply some very helpful medications, but in the end, each of us has to have the will to swim to shore on our own. No one can carry another person. Not for long, at any rate.
There are not a lot of moments in life like this one. Moments such as this; when awareness and anticipation and the sheer thrill of being alive all come together in an intoxicating brew that made the heart sing and the pulse beat fast; such moments were to be savored and appreciated.
The older you get, the more you understand that reality and fiction don’t have to match up. They are mirror images, not exact duplicates. They each have a place. Both are important. But they are not the same. A smart person doesn’t try to make one into the other.
He says, “ I wish you would stop worry about every damn thing. You are going to drive yourself crazy.”
I can’t help it. I am a worrier! I was nervous as a child. I was nervous as a teenager. I have always been nervous.
If you have never been nervous, you don’t know what it’s like. People act like it is something I want to do. I don’t wake every morning and say, Oh, ZI just can’t wait to be a nervous wreck all day and worry myself to death about everybody and just about jump out of my skin every time the phone rings. I wish you would try to understand. I guess its just part of nature. Some animals are nervous and some animals aren’t. I don’t know why, but I am sure the good Lord has his reasons. You can’t change people’s nature. You can’t say to a bird, be more like a cow. Or a lion to be more like a monkey. I wish I could change.
Why do you suppose people get flustered in the presence of beauty?
I suppose it’s because beauty is desirable – to be close to beauty is to be close to something you want. When you want something badly but cannot have it, you get flustered.
At the CETC they use a little white towel rolled up and taped at both ends. They have a room with a while wall full of holes. A trainer stands behind the wall with the towels; inside one of the holes is a sample of cocaine or heroin. When the dog detects the scent, he walks up to the hole and the man sticks the towel out – that’s the reward. The dog could care less about finding drugs; all he wants is the towel. That’s all the dog ever does – he spends his whole life searching for that little white towel.
What’s your little white towel?
Why should I feel inferior? I had only learned these revelations myself a few days ago. I should not take responsibility for them. It isn’t about me; it was about my siblings, my parents – about things done to me and not about things I have done myself. None of it changed any essential fact about me – about the woman I am or the things I have managed to accomplish all on my own.
For some reason I still feel that something precious had been taken from me, and the feeling makes me angry and afraid. I hate that feeling – the feeling of being along, of being the only one different.
As pure as the winter's first snow, you are,
A vision of innocence blessed from afar.
Sent to this earth for us all to love,
A cherished, adorable, gift from above.
A child of the angels and god child to me,
The dearest of treasures there ever could be.
~~ Genie Graveline ~~
To Be Loved
Now gently rock me in your arms, and I know that I am loved.
Now teach me all life's golden rules, and I know that I am loved.
Now the world is calling, let me go, and I know that I am loved.
~~ Author Unknown ~~
God made a world of his dreams,
Of magic mountains, oceans, and streams,
Prairies and plains and wooded land,
Then paused and said, "I need someone to stand...
On top of the mountains, to conquer the seas,
Explore the plains and climb the trees.
Someone to start out small and grow
Sturdy, strong, like a tree" and so
He created boys, full of spirit and fun.
~~ Author Unknown ~~
I wish I could give you all that I see . . .
The gold of the sunrise, the emerald of trees,
The diamonds of stars, the perfume of the breeze,
A world full of peace, where people are free,
Love, faith, friends, and hope -- to help you to be
A strong, loving person -- the "you" that I see.
But all I can give is a gift that is free --
All the love in my heart, for you, from me.
If I had my life to live over, instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
~~ Erma Bombeck ~~
There is just something about printables that many moms and business owners love. If you are always on the look out for to-do lists, you just have to see this one. You’ll find it especially cute if latte is on the top of your favorites list. Cindy,over at SkipToMyLou, shares a unique to-do list that you can print and even turn into a refrigerator magnet.
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If you’ve been fighting cold weather and dry skin, it’s time to pamper yourself. Like most people, you would probably rather have that natural glow to your skin. When that is just not happening, you can use natural ingredients to help you along. To do that, you may want to pick up a sample of Cloud Nine’s Handmade Body Lotion.
YouTube has a variety of relaxing and soothing ambient sounds that can help you block outside noises. There are a variety of ambient sounds to choose from. Check it out here and here.
Works really simple, just go to YouTube, search for "ambient relaxing sounds," adjust volume and relax. No need to signup for anything.
Bullying in school is on the rise. The U.S. Department of Justice reports that one in four students is bullied by another student or group of students. Bullying can take many forms: from malicious teasing, name-calling, making threats, spreading rumors, sending nasty notes or text messages, to pushing, shoving, and fighting.
If your child is a victim, join forces with his teacher, school administrators, and other parents to raise awareness and put at stop to the abuse. Talk to your child about what’s happening, how he feels about it, and let him know you’re in his corner.
Why is the USA bankrupt? I have been doing some research about this topic (in my spare time -- Ha ha ha). I hope you find this article informative.
You think the war in Iraq is costing us too much? You'll change your mind after you read this.
I have included the URL's for verification of all the following facts.
1. $11 billion to $22 billion is spent on Wwelfare that is given to illegal aliens each year by state governments. $90 billion dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.
2. $2.2 billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.
3. $2.5 billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.
4. $12 billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English.
5. $17 billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.
6. $3 million Dollars a day is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens. 30% percent of all federal prison inmates are illegal aliens.
8. $200 billion dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.
9. The National Policy Institute estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period.
I support legal immigration. If you come over here the" right" way to become a citizen of the United States I’m okay with that. When you just storm across our borders, then you are an invader, and I'm not okay with that.