yes, a repeat vid from last year...but since there are a many of you 'chillin', I thought I'd help warm ya up! :)
Happy New Year! :D
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Well, hopefully the Christmas went well for ya'll! Here's some music to 'chill' with as we wait out the new year; or as my wee friend would say, "all the best when it comes". :)x
This song has fun memories,...sometime ago during early Uni days; early in the year, early in the eve, in San Francisco with this rather inebriated rugby player dancing up on the pub table...ah, yes...rather a fun evening all in all... :)
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Raising a teenage boy has definitely been much different from raising a teenage girl. If it can be broken, he will break it. If it is a chore needing to be done, he will wait to the last minute, half do it, or come to find out later didn't do it at all. Schoolwork...hahahaha...right. Don't get me wrong, my son is a good kid; just, well, a 14yr old boy who is stuck in the tween state of child and adult.
While I've been busy with uni, my hubby and son have become well absorbed with an X-Box live internet game; and, have developed a team of people from all over the world who play together and take on challenges from other teams, etc. I've encouraged it, as it allows for 'male bonding' time. Now, why am I speaking of this, you might wonder? Back to the teenage boy. He's managed to decimate three pair of not that inexpensive Turtle Beach headsets. The first pair were somehow mangled...the 'boogeyman did it'...(they were probably trampled during a running-thru-the-house nerfgun war with his friends (they had somehow forgotten that the house was neutral territory). The second pair were vacuumed over; he was too lazy to move the wires. The third pair my hubby had just bought. They were in the house about thirty seconds, when teen boy, eager to help open the package because he knew he had just wrecked the second pair....managed to cut the wires to the headset as he was opening the package..........
He knew he blew it, and went to his room upset, very upset. My hubby wasn't sure whether to laugh or be angry. The teen daughter had just warned the teen son to slow down, be careful with opening the package. You see, the teen son has a problem with paying attention to detail and hurrying through things. It's an ongoing battle; an ongoing sit down and talk; an ongoing trying to help form character; ongoing test of patience to let them grow at their own pace, rather than forcing the issue. We could have chosen to punish, to yell, to become angry at the money wasted; however, I really think that would have crushed his spirit. He really was honestly sorry, honestly angry with himself. The one thing I do love from these situations is turning them around for teaching times. This is not always easy, mind you. It's easy to become emeshed in just the immediate problem before you; see only what is going on in 'the now'.
I'm really hoping this lesson of the headsets will forever be a reminder for him in the future...to slow down, pay attention to detail and not hurry through things...when driving a car, operating machinery, or anything else that may come his way as a young man. The hubby sat the teen boy down, and managed to repair the vacuumed head set using some old parts from one of the other pair; the teen volunteered to pay for the replacement wires for the newest set. Hopefully another lesson of resourcefulness and responsibility was taught. Sometimes raising a child means that you have to not only see the individual trees but also the big picture of the forest. Being a parent isn't always easy, but it's been the best 'job' yet.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
May warmth of heart keep your presence aflame.May anxiety never linger about you.May your outer dignity mirror an inner dignity of soul.Take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention.Be consoled in the secret symmetry of your soul.May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder."
"To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings"
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Such is the cycle that we must endure, the pain of separation with death. The sting of death came early for me when my father died when I was only 6yrs old. This has affected me even today, as I can still be slow to gain the trust with making deep emotional bonds with others for fear of the loss. Thankfully, this is one area in which I've grown knowing that I am better for the shared bonds of friendship with others. It is the bond of friendship that gets us through the tough times. Unfortunately, one only has to look to history to be reminded how cruel times can be. All the more poignant a reminder to embrace the joyful times!
Emotions still run very close to the surface for me, as it is almost daily that I think how I came so close to having died just a few months ago. So many emotions, so hard to put to words. I know that I am not alone in this desire to share thoughts and feelings, we all just have different ways of expressing things. Music is very much a part of my expression; and to me, the Celtic songs just have a way of reaching into the heart of the human spirit, expressing both the depths of sorrow, and the heights of joy that life brings.
Ceart go leor. (right enough)
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Why must we learn advanced algebra and trig? I suffered through it barely passing, and now my eldest daughter is asking me, ME, for help with her class. I told her, best of luck, can I hire you a tutor.... Luckily for me, she is one smart cookie, and is doing well enough with her teacher's help. I told her, just Pass the class, that's all.... I also told her real math is important, like balancing a check book, or in my case for work, I do use basic algebra, or her dad who uses geometry with his carpentry. And, since I don't expect she's interested in building a space lab any time soon, I whispered it one more time.....just pass the class.
Friday, November 14, 2008
"We frail humans are at one time capable of the greatest good and, at the same time, capable of the greatest evil. Change will only come about when each of us takes up the daily struggle ourselves to be more forgiving, compassionate, loving, and above all joyful in the knowledge that, by some miracle of grace, we can change as those around us can change too."-Mairead Maguire
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Election Day is looming upon us. Everyone is anxious to know the results. The air is charged with excitement and aprehension as we ready to march off towards the Ballot Box. Will there be riots in the streets, will there be celebration? Even the Prairie Dogs are nervous.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
I've investigated both sides of the debate, and have found both sides to be lacking. I see the strengths and weakness of both arguments and see that nothing comes without hard work and sometimes sacrifice. I question the one who is promising so much, he fairly tickles the ears. If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
They say if a lie is repeated enough, soon people will accept it as fact. So much of this seems to be going on. Review the last 25 yrs of history, and see what has played out. Take the time to question what is really going on. Count the cost. Vote with conscience and informed decision, not emotion.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
|Your Autumn Test Results|
When you're happiest, you are outgoing and expressive . You love celebrations, and you enjoy showing off a little.
You prefer change to come slowly. You need a long transition period when your life changes.
You find love to be the most comforting thing in the world. You feel at peace when you're with your loved ones.
Your ideal day is active and full. You like to keep busy with your favorite things, and you appreciate a routine.
You tend to live in the moment. You enjoy whatever is going on, and you don't obsess over the past or future.
I know, I know, one of Those tests.
The weather is changing!! The long, hot, dry, dusty, windy days of live-in-an-oven summer are over!! It actually rained the other day. Just a light rain, mind you, but we all were outside lickety-split; me hobbling on my crutches as fast as I could go. Even the cat joined us in a game of chase and catch when the kids would throw things for him. (We would have asked the dog to join us, but she is not as good as the cat at playing chase and catch, unless it was after the cat, of course!)
Fall means sunny skies and brisk air, rainy days fresh and cool; yummy scents filling the house from things baking in the oven, warm fires and hot cocoa (with Baileys and Kahlua added for the grown-ups), my favourite sweaters/jumpers or a cozy cardigan, continued family adventures with snowshoeing, long horse rides without getting heat exhaustion, high electric bills from continued use of the air conditioner fading away into the sunset at last....ah, sorry, getting carried away here...!! :D
Don't get me wrong, I love our summer evenings just after sunset, sitting outside in our garden, sipping a nice Merlot.....
...well,.....It's all about attitude, I suppose....surely there's a handy quote....
"A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change."
Friday, October 3, 2008
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
"In dreams begins responsibility."
-- William Butler Yeats
"Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend."
Things have been busy here, and my current condition leaves me easily tired, pained, and even a wee bit grumpy! Still, with doctor visits, and Physio to attend to, we've undertaken to replace our work truck that was totalled. Things being what they may, this has been no easy task. But, I'm not really here to talk about trucks. Really, I've just a quick post about decisions. Decisions regarding following the pursuit of dreams; and trying to be in step with your life partner. This unfortunately is no easy task, especially when you both seem at odds with each other. Even after all these married years, you would think we would be more mellow with our opinions about certain things. Ugh!!
There's a lot to be said about 'following your dreams'...there's a lot that entails making them happen, including sacrifice. I do know, as frustrated as we can get with each other and as different we can be with our approaches, our dreams would be less without each other. Our Song to start us out was "Follow Me" by John Denver. Sometimes, I think I need to powerdown, and just think of those words from 20yrs back. I've no doubt sometimes he feels like he's dragging me along the 'path', and I'm yelling you're moving too fast and too close to the edge!
ah, Life! :)
Monday, September 22, 2008
"Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream."
-Edgar Allen Poe
(update: unfortunately, this wonderful video and music was removed by the user....this is the song that was played:
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
When I allow my mind to go back to that night, and relive each millisecond of the crash, thankfullness and tears do come when I think about what I was spared, what my family was spared. If anything, I am more purposed now to aim for making dreams come true, not only my dreams, but for my loved ones, as well. I still think/ask, God? what's the game plan? and hear only silence; yet, when I hear a certain song or glimpse at a picture that causes my spirit to stir, the chest to tighten, my heart to skip a beat, a tear to fall and know that is so right...I need to hold onto that feeling, that thought, and believe in it. My wish if anything is to live less selfishly, not by denying myself my dreams, but perhaps in fulfilling them, if this makes sense. I only ask that my dreams be in accordance with God's will and not from some selfish ambition. With this said, I do believe that in pursuing what's on my heart, fulfilling those dreams, becoming the best that I can be, in this, others will be blessed. Often in the past, I've become discouraged, thinking what I have to offer isn't much, my desires to learn this or that won't amount to anything or be useful; I could go on, but I won't. I think we all have our doubts with things. In this post, I just want to encourage readers here to consider your dreams, consider what you have to offer. Nothing is too small, not even something the size of a mustard seed.
"The purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others.”
"...And I know what I have to do now. I have to keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?"
--Tom Hanks, in the film Cast Away
Friday, September 12, 2008
The desert has lots of brambles, sage, and goatheads but in the many years of living here, rarely have I seen thistles. In fact, in the past few years I've seen three plants; two of them were found in our yard separate years, separate sides of the house, the other was at my work out in the parking area. Somehow, I just find this strange....maybe there's a message? I have been praying about a few things on a consistent theme for these past few years.
Or, maybe I'm just full of silly notions and I just need to see to the weeds? :)
“The kingdom of God does not come visibly … because the kingdom of God is within you.”
Thursday, September 11, 2008
These guys are great! HipHop is not really my thing, but their violin playing is incredible; and, it all comes together for a very unique, energetic, passionate sound. They have my vote!
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Have You Had the Flu?
Miss Beatrice, the church organist, was in her eighties and had never been married.She was admired for her sweetness and kindness to all. One afternoon the pastor came to call on her and she showed him into her quaint sitting room. She invited him to have a seat while she prepared tea.
As he sat facing her old Hammond organ the young minister noticed a cut-glass bowl sitting on top of it. The bowl was filled with water, and in the water floated, of all things, a condom! When she returned with tea and scones, they began to chat. The pastor tried to stifle his curiosity about the bowl of water and its strange floater, but soon it got the better of him and he could no longer resist.
'Miss Beatrice' he said, 'I wonder if you would tell me about this?' pointing to the bowl. 'Oh yes' she replied, 'Isn't it wonderful?' I was walking in through the park a few months ago and I found this little package on the ground. The directions said to place it on the organ, keep it wet and that it would prevent the spread of disease. Do you know I haven't had the flu all winter'
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Bluegrass to drive the blues away...and a gentle reminder (to self), there's always someone whose got it worse than you, so quit your whining. ;)
Right now, I'm just thankful that my little ducklings have their mother. I'm really trying not to get down about things. This song kept coming to mind, as I grew up with these southern bluegrass style songs.
Bad things happen to good people. Good things happen to bad people. We don't understand why,
but maybe, we will farther along.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Is your core generator producing positive or negative energy?
I do try to be nice, and kind, and considerate, polite, ladylike and above reproach...but sometimes, I'm just too tired, and need to say it like it is.
Life is too short.
I suppose what put me in the mood was what DC posted about today, and the disclaimer that followed. (I can so relate to disclaimers)
In all honesty, I get so riled by people who live in their perfect little worlds, with hardly a clue at what's going on out there in this imperfect world, yet get offended when you speak of it and happen to use the world's terminology. Oh, well, some people prefer blinders and earmuffs, it's safer.
Ps. this is in no way any reference to my blogger pals...You all have your own style, but you tell it like it is...or I wouldn't be readin' it!! :)
Thursday, August 14, 2008
When one considers Discomfort, most people would say that having discomfort is a bad thing. Naturally, being uncomfortable is the last thing anyone would want to be. Yet, isn't this what usually brings about introspection and change? Isn't being uncomfortable, or in need, sometimes a catalyst for invention?
Usually a spur in the side of a horse brings about forward motion. Not always, though, as there are some horses that would prefer to buck, rear, and go sideways rather than to just simply go forward. I wonder if humans aren't similar to this in some ways. Perhaps a gentle look at oneself to assess how one deals with discomfort is in order. Do you resist, fear, do your best to avoid discomfort, or the change that may be brought about by it? Or, do you embrace the challenge, not to be defeated by the discomfort, but to learn and grow from it.
Hmm, and I won't quite say that I speak from experience but I've been known to be stubborn and resistant to change, rather wanting to just argue the point at times. Not to mention avoidance of discomfort and thereby avoidance of change/growth! ;) This has definitely been a growing area for me, in that discomfort can be a good thing; and should be embraced and explored, rather than feared and avoided.
I borrowed this prayer from ER's post on Discomfort.
(and thanks, ER, for today's post inspiration)
"May God bless you with discomfort
At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships
So that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger
At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
So that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger and war
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and turn their pain into joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness
To believe that you can make a difference in the world,
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done.
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor."
-St Francis of Assisi
And, thanks to CT for bringing this quote to mind today:
"Behold I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves, be ye therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves"
Monday, August 11, 2008
Our schedules being what they may, we were able to get away for a 'weekend' to our favorite local haunt, the eastern Sierras. We had an excellent time, all in all, and were unimpressed to return to the "grind". However, due to reading a recent post elsewhere (ahem, HM) I'm reminded to be thankful for the "grind" for that is what allows us to provide for ourselves and to help others. :)
"I find that the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it--but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor."
--Oliver Wendoll Holmes
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Since I'm working backwards, (I always forget that, with these mulitple pic posts)....this is a photo from the top of the cliff, that we just traversed up....don't worry, there were no ropes and caribiners involved, just wonderfully convenient steps and paths perfect for tourists holding camaras. I spied this photo op, but the teen assisted me with the working camara as with these other photos. (lesson learned, plug in camara to charge battery) :)
We were on a short holiday to the San Diego area for a wedding. Wedding said and done, we were off to the beach for some photo ops, sand castle making, and hiking up and around the cliffs of the Torrey Pines area near La Jolla. The buildings in the backround are of La Jolla, but unfortunately it was a bit overcast that day.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
This brilliant 'email forward' came to me via Peajay; so, as I've been neglectful here of late, I thought I'd share this quick post (instead of working on my uni. paper!) :)
"Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions. 'How old are you?' 'I'm four and a half!' You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead. 'How old are you?' 'I'm gonna be 16!' You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life .. . You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony . YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!
But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed? You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!
So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 andMAKE it to 60.You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday! You get into your 80's and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30 ; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; 'I Was JUST 92.'Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. 'I'm 100 and a half!' May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!
HOW TO STAY YOUNG
1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay 'them.'
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.' And the devil's name isAlzheimer's.
4. Enjoy the simple things.
5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.
7. Surround yourself with what you love , whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever.Your home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next state; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.
10. Tell the people you love that you love them , at every opportunity.
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER :Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Just a quick post, as I am still on a borrowed computer, and my new 'old' desktop moves at a snail's pace, thus the main reason for the absence of my activity...
My family was forwarded some email funnies that played fun at the American Southern dialect the other day. My hubby made a comment to our kids about how we base our perspectives on what we know or what we have been exposed to in our lives. This can sometimes create a limited view, unless we are able to think 'outside of the box', so to speak.
For example, traditions are usually thought of as a good thing, something done for time over, something you can depend on, feel comfortable with. But, do you ever wonder what some of them are based on? I like the story of the daughter who taught her daughter who taught her daughter that you always cut the end of the roast off before putting it into the oven. It was a family tradition; something that Grandma had always seen her mother do. One day, they were visiting great-grandma in the nursing home, and the subject of the tradition of cutting the end of the roast off came up for some reason. Great-grandma just shook her head and chuckled, and said she had only cut the end of the roast off because her roasting pan was too small.
This story is just a glimpse of a belief system that someone (the first daughter) came to trust in, only to find out that maybe things or perspectives were skewed. Although this post is just a generalised reflection on things: how we take in, process information and react accordingly, it is something I've been pondering on for a while now. Maybe it was "mid-life" motivating me, but in the last few years, I've gone thru and"redone" some of the thought patterns I learned as a child. As I may have mentioned before, I've also been questioning some of what I considered foundational beliefs bringing them to either crumble away and leave me searching, or in some cases to solidify them even stronger.
Thinking outside the box, questioning perspectives, critical thinking, free thinking...as an exercise of a free society. Hmmmm, I may be back to post some more on this.
What are some of the things that you've come to question? Care to share? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Oh, and those mighty fine Southern jokes: :D
The Sheriff pulled up next to the guy unloading garbage out of his
pick-up into the ditch. The Sheriff asked, 'Why are you dumping
garbage in the ditch? Don't you see that sign right over your head'.
Yep', he replied. 'That's why I'ma dumpin it here, cause it says
'Fine For Dumping Garbage'.
A Georgia State trooper pulled over a pickup on I-75.
The trooper asked, 'Got any I. D.?' (pronounced more like, "Ideer" which can also mean "Idea")
The driver replied, 'Bout whut?'
A man in Tennessee had a flat tire, pulled off on the side of the road, and proceeded to put a bouquet of flowers in front of the car and one behind it.
Then he got back in the car to wait. A passerby studied the scene as he drove by and was so curious he turned around and went back. He asked the fellow what the problem was.
The man replied, 'I got a flat tare.'
The passerby asked, 'But what's with the flowers?'
The man responded, 'When you break down they tell ya to put flares in the front and flares in the back. Hey, it don't make no sense to me neither.'
Thursday, July 3, 2008
I blame the following fragment of thought that suddenly came to me due to the lateness of the hour...Much has been talked about of late on the news; and it's hard to decipher what is news, hype, and/or spin...so, with that said, here's a totally unrelated quote, other than my above mention of fuel prices; but it may have relation to world goings ons, and our up and coming elections, etc...
Monday, June 30, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Your Noble British Name Is:
These internet quiz-generator thingys have always been silly, fun, and a general exercise in wasting time rather than getting on with more important things. However, the answer to this one left me, ahem, well, rather spooked! There must be a vortex in the space-time continuum!! You see, while I have no idea about the name Ilona, Poppy was the nickname for my grandfather, who recently passed away, and Hastings was his surname.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Hi all! I'm back from the wild western adventure, safe from cougars, bears, and the stray marmot or two! Hubby has all the photies, and as he's still up there with the wild animals....the children stayed with him ;)
(I had to come back and work...drat the need for a paycheck!).
This is a spring photo of our backyard. The trees are live Christmas trees that we planted ages ago, and now make great shade for the 'melting' days that are upon us. (There's a climbing rose that's made its way almost to the top of one of the pines)
"It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit. "
Saturday, June 14, 2008
"Having spent many years trying to define the essentials of trust, I arrived at the position that if two people could say two things to each other and mean them, then there was the basis for real trust. The two things were: 'I mean you no harm' and 'I seek your greatest good.'"
-Jim Meehan, Psychologist and Poet
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
Another Comedy relief post! Work and life have been busy, of late so it's hard to find the energy to write something 'significant'. Hopefully, I'll have time here soon to write something with some depth, other than copy and paste. Meanwhile, I've been enjoying visiting my blog favs and all that you've been writing about and photographing....Keep up the good work! :)
A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.
-- Irish Proverb
The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.”
-- Mark Twain
Highland photo credit
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae, May 1915
"In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep,though poppies grow
In Flanders fields."
A young Marine saluted it, And then he stood at ease..
I looked at him in uniform So young, so tall, so proud, With hair cut square and eyes alert He'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him Had fallen through the years. How many died on foreign soil How many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down? How many died at sea How many foxholes were soldiers' graves? No, freedom isn't free. I heard the sound of Taps one night, When everything was still, I listened to the bugler play And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times That Taps had meant 'Amen,'
When a flag had draped a coffin. Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children, Of the mothers and the wives, Of fathers, sons and husbands With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
at the bottom of the sea,
Of unmarked graves in Arlington. No, freedom isn't free.
Enjoy Your Freedom & God Bless Our Troops
This is little vid clip of my friend's project. My hubby, Talking Bear, is the one in the blue plaid shirt around and about, and driving the forklift.
Perhaps you'll not only see the second documentary on the History Channel, but a film in the theatre as well! They're currently in the early stages of creating a movie: "StoneCrazy"
updates to follow :)
Sunday, May 25, 2008
My children are at me every day, isn't school over yet? Can't we just have a half day today? Homeschool has it's ups and downs, the good being a flexible schedule, the bad, well, you are your own taskmaster, which can make it difficult when the weather is so wonderful, and the garden is calling, and not to mention that there are new films in the cinema that are perfect for a day's outing! Is school out yet?? ;D
We were just out to see C.S. Lewis', "Prince Caspian" which was fairly representative of the book. Our next venture will be to see the latest Indiana Jones film. I'm not one to run out to the theatre for the latest movie, but there are some that you just have to see on the big screen.
We've been busy with work, out of town business, and our friend's Egypt project, so May has been very hectic. Hopefully, spring and summer will be a fun time for all, and blogging will return to its norm once the cooler weather sets back in! :)
"It's a magical world, Hobbes, ol' buddy...Let's go exploring!"
Last line of the final Calvin and Hobbes strip
Monday, May 19, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
A Cherokee elder was teaching his grandchildren about life.
He said to them, “A fight is going on inside me… it is a terrible fight between two wolves.
One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, hatefulness, and lies.
The other stands for joy, peace, love, hope, humbleness, kindness, friendship, generosity, faith, and truth.
This same fight is going on inside of you, and inside every other person, too.”
The children thought about it for a minute. Then one child asked his grandfather,
“Which wolf will win?”
The Cherokee elder replied…
“The one you feed.”