I miss you Sam!!

I miss you Sam!!
I miss you Sam!!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday!

Get out the magnifying glass, get into your best sleuthing clothes and start prowling your environment looking for those wonderful, but sometimes elusive shadows. This fun and challenging meme is hosted each week by Tracy over at Hey Harriet! Click on the icon, sign up and show us how clever you are!

It's been a good week, the weather has been reasonable with some sunny days, I have my car back from the shop and life is good! I've done another collage for the day because they're fun, they don't take up a lot of space or require you to scroll down five or six photos when you have lots of other sites to visit on this auspicious day of shadows! Click on the collage to embiggen!

Have a great weekend everybody!

Friday, August 27, 2010

A Follow Up About Irena Sendler

For those of you who have expressed interest in my post about the very inspiring Irena Sendler, here is a site that tells about how she and her story were discovered as well as the movie about her life. My good friend, Rob, in London sent me this additional info.


The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler Hallmark Hall of Fame DVD - Gold Crown Collector's Edition is available at Amazon.com.
Format: DVD

Weekend Reflections

Weekend Reflections is hosted by James each week beginning Friday at 11 AM. It's another wonderful way of opening your eyes to new and different kinds of beauty. Click on the icon and join us! If the icon doesn't work here is the address and you can click on it instead: http://newtowndailyphoto.blogspot.com/
Up until yesterday we've had some gorgeous weather and I also had my car again -- always a major plus! Anyway, I visited my friends at the sanctuary and then watched a huge boat sailing past the overlook at the harbor at sunset. It was pretty awesome!

The ducks and turtles were mixing it up and seem to be doing a lot of communicating -- of one kind or another! Guess they were happy about the sunshine, too!

And then the sunset reflections on the water!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

In Memoriam - 63 Years Later

The prize doesn't always go to the most deserving....

Irena Sendler

There recently was a death of a 98 year-old lady named Irena.
During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist.
She had an 'ulterior motive' ...
She KNEW what the Nazi's plans were for the Jews, (being German.)
Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried and she carried in the back of her truck a burlap sack, (for larger kids..)
She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto.
The soldiers of course wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises..
During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants.
She was caught, and the Nazi's broke both her legs, arms and beat her severely.
Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar, buried under a tree in her back yard.
After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived it and reunited the family. Most had been gassed.
Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.

Last year Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize .. She was not selected.

Al Gore won, for a slide show on Global Warming.

Let us never forget!

Sky Watch Friday!

Time to share your skies, the beauty over your world, the clouds, the colors! Sky Watch is hosted each week by Klaus and the Sky Watch team of Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy and me. Join us and the many people from all over the world who share theirs with us each week! Click on the icon and sign up today!

Ah, it's been a great week! Not only have we had gorgeous skies and delightful temperature, I have my car back! Hooray!!! And here is some of the beauty that I enjoyed!

The radical in one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them. ~ Mark Twain

Honesty: The best of all the lost arts. ~ Mark Twain

Apparently, there is nothing that cannot happen today. ~ Mark Twain

The trouble with the world is not that people know too little; it's that they know so many things that just aren't so. ~ Mark Twain

Instead of seeking approval and acceptance, give it. ~ Lee Jampolsky

With each person you see or think of today, say to yourself: "Peace to you and may your path be blessed. ~ Lee Jampolsky

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Thoughts for the Evening

We can stay young by focusing on a dream instead of on a regret.

It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.

The whole process of mental, spiritual, and material riches may be summed up in one word - gratitude.

Priceless Observations Department:

Sometimes, when I look at my children, I say to myself, 'Lillian, you should have remained a virgin. - Lillian Carter (mother of Jimmy Carter)

I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalog: - 'No good in a bed, but fine against a wall.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Last week, I stated this woman was the ugliest woman I had ever seen. I have since been visited by her sister, and now wish to withdraw that statement. - Mark Twain

The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible. - George Burns

Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year. - Victor Borge

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint. - Mark Twain

By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher. - Socrates

I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury. - Groucho Marx

My wife has a slight impediment in her speech. Every now and then she stops to breathe. - Jimmy Durante

I have never hated a man enough to give his diamonds back. - Zsa Zsa Gabor

Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat. - Alex Levine

My luck is so bad that if I bought a cemetery, people would stop dying.
- Rodney Dangerfield

Money can't buy you happiness ... But it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery. - Spike Milligan

Until I was thirteen, I thought my name was SHUT UP. - Joe Namath

I don't feel old. I don't feel anything until noon. Then it's time for my nap.
- Bob Hope

I never drink water because of the disgusting things that fish do in it..
- W. C. Fields

We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress. - Will Rogers

Don't worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older, it will avoid you.
- Winston Churchill

Maybe it's true that life begins at fifty .. But everything else starts to wear out, fall out, or spread out. - Phyllis Diller

By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he's too old to go anywhere.
- Billy Crystal

And the cardiologist's diet: -
If it tastes good spit it out.

Walkin' Tall!

No matter how badly yesterday treated you, just walk tall with your head high. This is a brand new day baby!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

ABC Wednesday - F!

Got your dictionary out? You ready to play with the letters? It's that time again! ABC Wednesday is hosted by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt and the ABC team: Denise, Annelie, Nathalie, Joyce, Donna, Helen Roger, Troy, Jay, Barb, Gattina and me! And today is the F day -- no, no, not the bad F Day! This is the Fun F Day! A day to Fantasize about all your Favorite things! The Fancy, Favorite, Fantastic things! So, before I say Farewell here are some of my Fs for the day!

F is for Fancy collage, Family, Fruit, Flamingos, Fog, Fall, Fish and Flowers!

Finally, I'm Finished! And I bid you a Fond Farewell and a high Five! How's that for Fabulous!

Monday, August 23, 2010

That's My World!

That's My World is hosted each week by Klaus and the My World team, Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy and me. Click on the icon and share your world with others from all over Our World! So! How is your world this week? Have you taken time to see the beauty there? What is it about your world that makes you smile or laugh or feel grateful for? You can click on the photos to embiggen and get a better look!

It's hard to believe that fall is on our doorstep already! Where did the summer go??? We've had such a very mild summer here in Seattle and we had a very mild winter last year, so I'm curious to see what we'll have this year. But whatever, there's no doubt there will always be beauty to photograph -- sometimes we just have to look a little bit harder. I didn't have to look harder this week however! Enjoy your week in your world!

Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile. - William Cullen Bryant

"Let us make a special effort to stop communicating with each other, so we can have some conversation." — Mark Twain

"I have been complimented many times and they always embarrass me; I always feel they have not said enough." — Mark Twain

"The more things are forbidden, the more popular they become." — Mark Twain

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning. - Albert Einstein

"On with the dance, let joy be unconfined..." — Mark Twain

This was a huge ship moving across the Sound this evening at sunset.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

MicroFiction Monday

Susan at Stony River
Farm hosts Microfiction Monday. She posts a picture and you compose a story in 140 characters. You can click on the icon to get further instructions. To help you along she has posted a wonderful link that counts your characters for you! How great is that! You can get the counter at Design 215.

This meme is easy and it's fun! Thanks, Susan for hosting.

And here's the picture for the day!

He desperately tried to write their love story, but ghosts, skeletons from
the past haunted his days and nights. No place to run, hide!

Pet Pride!

Hey guys, get up off your tush and lets go see Bozo over at his pad in Mubai! It's always a fun time when we all get together and talk about what's been happin', Bro! You know? Get you human to click on The Man's pic and sign you up! We'll be waiting for you!!

Mojo just found out the reason her Dad is going to Portland every weekend! Hee hee! It seems Mojo isn't the only female in his life!!! I think she's started drinking!!!

Hmmph! He'd do the same thing if his Mom wasn't too old to have another man in her life!!! Bring me another bottle!!

What Can I Say?

What Can I Say?
I'm interested in almost everything. Use to like to travel, but it's too expensive now. I take Tai Chi classes, swim, volunteer in a Jump-start program for pre-schoolers. I'm an avid reader and like nearly everyone these days I follow politics avidly. I'm a former teacher and Special Projects Coordinator for a Telecommunications company, Assistant to the President of a Japanese silicon wafer manufacturing company. Am now enjoying retirement -- most of the time. I have two daughters, one son-in-law and two sons scattered all over the country. No grandchildren.

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