I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, October 22, 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!!

Without a strong sense of humour, we might as well all become accountants, remedial algebra teachers and telephone sanitizers.
 Tom Knapp

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
E.E. Cummings

Joy is not in things, it is in us.
Benjamin Franklin

Friday, October 21, 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 was rather wistfully looking back over photos from around the harbor and decided to share a couple of favorites from some older captures and, of course, that meant one of my turtle friends, too! The last shot I took of the area on the fifth floor where my apartment is. There is a small sitting area near each elevator, big windows and sometimes some colorful reflections!!  Enjoy your weekend, turn off the news, turn on the music and look for the beauty around you! It's always there, sometimes we just have to look a little harder!

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow that talent to the.... place where it leads. 
Erica Jong

A flower that is not the prettiest in the garden may yet have the loveliest fragrance.
David L. Weatherford

Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
Mark Twain

Thursday, October 20, 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  the Sky Watch team of  Sandy, Wren and me. And this week as every week, we remember Klaus and know that he joins us in spirit! 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.

Another week of ever changing skies and colors of the season. Mild temps and so much beauty! It is wonderful to be surrounded by it as I am! Hope you are enjoying the same! Have a beautiful day and weekend! 
We hang the petty thieves and
       appoint the great ones to public office.
Talk is cheap...except when Congress does it.
No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the
       legislature is in session.
 Mark Twain (1866)
The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist
       is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.
Mark Twain

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.
Theodore Isaac Rubin

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
  Leo Buscaglia
Be the change you want to see in the world

Children in Church

A little boy was in a relative's wedding.
As he was coming down the aisle, he would take two steps,
stop, and turn to the crowd.
    While facing the crowd, he would put his hands up like claws and roar.
     So it went, step, step, ROAR, step, step, ROAR, all the way down the aisle.
As you can imagine, the crowd was near tears from laughing so hard
by the time he reached the pulpit.
When asked what he was doing, the child sniffed and said,
"I was being the Ring Bear."

One Sunday in a Midwest City ,
a young child was "acting up" during the morning worship hour.
The parents did their best to maintain some sense of order in the pew
but were losing the battle.
   Finally, the father picked the little fellow up
and walked sternly up the aisle on his way out.
     Just before reaching the safety of the foyer,
the little one called loudly to the congregation,
"Pray for me! Pray for me!"

One particular four-year old prayed,
"And forgive us our trash baskets
as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets."

A little boy was overheard praying:
"Lord, if you can't make me a better boy, don't worry about it.
I'm having a real good time like I am."

A Sunday School teacher asked her little children, as they were on the way to church service,
"And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?"
      One bright little girl replied, "Because people are sleeping."

A little boy opened the big and old family Bible with fascination,
looking at the old pages as he turned them.
     Then something fell out of the Bible.
He picked it up and looked at it closely.
It was an old leaf from a tree that has been pressed in between the pages.
"Mama, look what I found," the boy called out..
"What have you got there, dear?" his mother asked.
      With astonishment in the young boy's voice he answered,
"It's Adam 's suit".

  The preacher was wired for sound with a lapel mike,
and as he preached, he moved briskly about the platform,
jerking the mike cord as he went.
     Then he moved to one side,
getting wound up in the cord and nearly tripping before jerking it again.
     After several circles and jerks,
a little girl in the third pew leaned toward her mother and whispered,
"If he gets loose, will he hurt us?"

Six-year old Angie , and her four-year old brother, Joel , were sitting together in church.  
Joel giggled, sang and talked out loud.
Finally, his big sister had had enough.
"You're not supposed to talk out loud in church."
"Why? Who's going to stop me?" Joel asked.
Angie pointed to the back of the church and said,
"See those two men standing by the door?
They're hushers."

  My grandson was visiting one day when he asked ,
"Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?"
      I mentally polished my halo, while I asked,
"No, how are we alike?"
"You're both old," he replied.

A ten-year old, under the tutelage of her grandmother,
was becoming quite knowledgeable about the Bible.
      Then, one day, she floored her grandmother by asking,
"Which Virgin was the mother of Jesus ? The virgin Mary or the  King James Virgin ?"

  A Sunday school class was studying the Ten Commandments.
     They were ready to discuss the last one.
     The teacher asked if anyone could tell her what it was.
     Susie raised her hand, stood tall, and quoted,
"Thou shall not take the covers off the neighbor's wife."


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.George Bernard Shaw

It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream.
Bern Williams

Men (And Duct Tape) Can Fix Anything! ???????

 And if Women Ruled the World????

Stay tuned!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Our World Tuesday!!

Time for "Our World" again! This is a wonderful way to find the beauty, the fun, the good and even the bad things about Our World and to share them! Hope you will join us! Click on the link  to go to the Our World site and sign up!!

We've continued to have some gray and chilly days, some sunny pleasant ones, fog, and flaming sunsets. The temps are mild and it is a beautiful time of the year in Seattle. Some good friends from Portland were in town and took me to our favorite place -- Pikes Market, where I got a new shot of one of my favorite things -- the colorful peppers!  Hope you enjoy a peek at my part of Our World today!  Have a wonderful week!!

In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless
    man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress.
John Adams

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member
    of Congress. But then I repeat myself.
Mark Twain

Just because you do not take an interest in politics
       doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you!
Pericles (430 B.C.)

Talk is cheap...except when Congress does it.

What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.
 Edward Langley, Artist (1928-1995)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.
Mother Teresa

Pets Forever!

Hey guys, get up off your tush and lets go see Bozo over at his pad in Mumbai! It's always a fun time when we all get together and talk about what's been happin', Bro! You know? Get your human to click on the Post Title, that'll take them to the website where you can sign up! I'll be waiting for you!!
What do you mean, I need to have my eyebrows trimmed?? I can see just fine and besides, I  had a whole body trim just a week or so ago!

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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