I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, July 30, 2011

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 link under the blog title and sign up to play!!

Ah, we had sun everywhere, everyday -- well, except one -- this week! It's been wonderful! Considering the total disasster  -- I misspelled that on purpose -- in Washington DC, we certainly needed all the sunshine we could get!  Hope all of you have a lovely weekend with lots of love and laughter and sunshine!!

A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.
Mark Twain
He who knows all the answers has not yet been asked all the questions.
Author unknown
Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.
Benjamin Franklin

It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.  Mark Twain


Friday, July 29, 2011

Weekend Reflections

Weekend Reflections is hosted by James each week beginning Friday at 11 AM Eastern Standard Time. It's another wonderful way of opening your eyes to new and different kinds of beauty. Click on the web address under the blog title and sign up to play with us! 

I do hope you've all had a great week -- in spite of the disgusting politics and politicians! No, I won't go there!! This is the beginning of another summer weekend! Time for lots of laughter, fun and photo trips! Enjoy!!

If people behaved like governments, you'd call the cops.  
Kelvin Throop

A conspiracy is nothing but a secret agreement of a number of men for the pursuance of policies which they dare not admit in public.
Mark Twain 

Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it.
Mark Twain

Thursday, July 28, 2011

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 and me. Join us and the many people from all over the world who share theirs with us each week! Click on the address under the post title to be taken to the SWF website where you can sign up.

Ah, the very best time of the year in the northwest -- even if we do actually have a wintery day now and then! And we did have a couple of those this week, but it's gorgeous again and all the more appreciated! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Don't watch too much news -- it's depressing as hell, so look for the beauty around you and focus on that!

This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer. 
Will Rogers
Congress is so strange.  A man gets up to speak and says nothing.  Nobody listens - and then everybody disagrees.  
Boris Marshalov

Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate, now what's going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate?  
Will Rogers

It might be more worthwhile if we stopped wringing our hands and started ringing our congressmen.  
Author Unknown

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.  
P.J. O'Rourke

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we only will tune in.
George Washington Carver

The poetry of the earth is never dead.
John Keats

I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.
e.e. cummings

Little Humor for Wednesday!

And for all of you living with way too much heat these days -- be on the lookout!

And -- Big Holes!!!

 Great Blue   Hole ,   Belize 

This  incredible geographical phenomenon known as a blue  hole is situated 60 miles off the mainland of  
Belize . There  are numerous blue holes around the world, but  none as stunning as this one.

SHIT  HOLE,   Washington       D.C.  

This hole swallows trillions and trillions of U.S. Dollars annually!  The money that falls into this hole is never heard from again.  It is reported to be filled with at least 535 'ass holes'.
And finally ........ 

A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. he reduced altitude and spotted a man below.
He descended a bit more and shouted: 'Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago but I don't know where I am.'
The man below replied, 'You're in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You're between 40 and 41 degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude.'

'You must be an Engineer,' said the balloonist.
'I am,' replied the man, 'how did you know?'
'Well,' answered the balloonist, 'everything you have told me is probably technically correct, but I've no idea what to make of your information and the fact is, I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help at all. If anything, you've delayed my trip by your talk.'
The man below responded, 'You must be in Management.'
'I am,' replied the balloonist, 'but how did you know?'
'Well,' said the man, 'you don't know where you are or where you're going. You have risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise, which you've no idea how to keep, and you expect people beneath you to solve your problems. The fact is you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now, somehow, it's my fault.
Happy Wednesday!

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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