I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, October 29, 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!!

The sun is playing hide-n-seek these days and you have to be pretty quick! I haven't been able to get out, so I'm dependent on the sun that occasionally creeps into my apartment. I'm sure all of you know my apartment as well as I do these days! Ah, but one day the sun will hang around long enough for me to do something different -- I hope!!  And, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, with lots of sunshine and lovely shadows!
The future depends on what we do in the present.Mahatma Gandhi
Don't let what you can't do stop you from what you can do.
John Wooden
Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.
 Elizabeth Bibesco

Friday, October 28, 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!

As most of you know, I love the water and I've been cleaning up some photo albums and found some more favorites. Hope you enjoy them. Have a wonderful day and a great weekend!

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today? Today is a gift. That's why we call it the present.
B. Olatunji

Don't let what you can't do stop you from what you can do.
John Wooden

Thursday, October 27, 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

Chillier temps this week, more colors as Fall continues to spread across Washington and Seattle! Because of more GRAY, too, you have to be a little more alert to catch lovely and colorful skies, but they're there if you look hard enough. Hope you're all enjoying a great week with lovely colors and beautiful skies!! 

 We must be the change we want to see. 
 Mahatma Gandhi
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
 Theodore Roosevelt
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that’s all.
 Oscar Wilde
You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.
 Indira Gandhi

Happy Autumn!!

And a beautiful weekend!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Happiness is never stopping to think if you are.  Palmer Sondreal

And to all my wonderful friends in India -- a very Happy Diwali!!

Interesting Thoughts for the Day on Congressional Reform

 I don't post things like this very often, because my blog has always been primarily for sharing laughter and beauty, but of course, if you read the quotes I include you probably know how I feel about politicians in general. And every now and then I read something that sort of hits that particular spot and when a friend sent this to me, I have to admit I was intrigued and thought I would share it with you today. Interesting thoughts -- I thought!

Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:
"I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just
pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more
than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible
for re-election

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18
year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people
demanded it. That was in 1971...before computers, e-mail, cell
phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year
or less to become the law of the land...all because of public

Hmmmm sounds like a pretty good idea to me!

_*Congressional Reform Act of 2011*_

1. No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no
pay when they are out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the
Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into
the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the
American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all
Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.
Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and
participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the
American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void
effective 1/1/12. The American people did not make this
contract with Congressmen.

Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in
Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers
envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their
term(s), then go home and back to work.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
       Thich Nhat Hanh

Joy is the feeling of grinning inside.
         Melba Colgrove

Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier.
Albert Schweitzer

And More Clever Men With Duck Tape!!!

 And then there is the MORON!!

Monday, October 24, 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!!

Fall has definitely arrived with the gray skies that make the perfect backdrop for all the beautiful colors of the season! One thing I love about Seattle is that the color, the trees go all the way down to the beaches and yet even when they are deserted, there are still signs of vibrant life. And so it is with our own lives and the seasons of our own evolution. The color is always there, if we take the time to look!!

Hope all of you have a terrific week! Enjoy!

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.    Epictetus

The Democrats are the party of government activism, the party that says government can make you richer, smarter, taller, and get the chickweed out of your lawn. Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work, and then get elected and prove it.
P.J. O'Rourke

''The enemy isn't conservatism. The enemy isn't liberalism. The enemy is bulls**t.''
Lars-Erik Nelson, political columnist

Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.   Will Rogers

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Happiness is never stopping to think if you are.   Palmer Sondreal

If you search the world for happiness, you may find it in the end, for the world is round and will lead you back to your door.    Robert Brault

The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.   John E. Southard

Some Smiles and Wisdom for the Day!

Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+ birthday. Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older. 
And, there on television, she said it was 'exciting...'
Regarding body changes, she said there
 were many, occurring every day.....like her breasts. They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist, first.

The audience laughed so hard they cried. She is such a simple and honest woman, with so much wisdom in her words!

Maya Angelou said this:
'I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.'

'I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.'

'I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.'

'I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life.'

'I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.'

'I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back...'

'I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.'

'I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.'

'I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back...'

'I've learned that I still have a lot to learn...'

'I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.'

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!!

Are you sure Mojo and Stella are coming for Thanksgiving?  I can't wait!! How many days?  Thirty!!!!  I can't count that many!! I don't have to get another haircut before then do I??? What do you mean, I really need one???

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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