I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday!

Shadow Shot Sunday #2 - Magical Mystical Teacher + Chubskulit + Gemma Wiseman

Hope everyone's new year is off to a great start! Sending wishes for a great weekend! Enjoy!

Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods.

Japanese Proverb

Life is not measured by the breaths you take, but by its breathtaking
 Michael Vance

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. They are but trifles,
to be sure but, scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is

Friday, January 13, 2012

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!
Wishing all of you a lovely, restful, happy weekend!
It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day to day
basis.  Margaret Bonnano
The happiest people don't worry too much about whether life is fair or not,
they just get on with it.   Andrew Matthews
The pleasantest things in the world are pleasant thoughts: and the great art
of life is to have as many of them as possible.  Montaigne

Thursday, January 12, 2012

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! 
We have had some beautiful days, but I almost missed this sunset because it had been gray and gloomy all day and then suddenly the sky turned blue just as the sun was setting and I was able to get these shots from my office.  Then when I got up the next morning I looked out and there was the moon setting, slipping down behind some clouds and trees!! 
Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste, that they hurry past it. Kierkegaard
Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see themLeo Tolstoy

Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.   Henri Nouwen
We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same. Carlos Castaneda

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

In Memory of David Kirkwood

 Father, Friend, Olympic Silver Medal Winner, Actor
The Pentathlon of Life

He came into her life
riding his steed,
and carried her away
to different lands.

finessing with Foils,
Rattling the Sabre
at life
he charged cross country,
through land and water,
with a pistol
at the ready,
his aim always exact

And the five stars
of his life ,
Big star Sylvia and 4 little stars
as life was decorated with silver
on an
international  podium.

Thousands of moons later,
Silver now adorned the chin,
The Microbial Épéé
targeted the whole body;
and he gave
a great and spirited fight
encouraged by
his 5 stars 
from across the country

He stands now
on a podium of the Mind;
smiling at his stars,
eyes full,
trying to capture it all
on the camera of his mind.
His final cross-world run
to the
Big Field.

Ride on, David Kirkwood,
an honor awaits;
a medal awaits;
A medal for a great friend and father,
around your neck,
in Gold.....

By Suranga

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Watery Wednesday

The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea.  
Isak Dinesen
Life's a game, all you have to do, is know how to play it.
Look!  Look!  Look deep into nature and you will understand everything.
Albert Einstein
Join the fun on Watery Wednesday hosted by 2sweetnsaxy!!  http://waterywednesday.blogspot.com/

And That's When the Fight Started!!

One year, I decided to buy my mother-in-law a cemetery plot as a Christmas
The next year, I didn't buy her a gift.
When she asked me why, I replied,
"Well, you still haven't used the gift I bought you last year!"
And that's how the fight started.....
My wife and I were watching Who Wants To Be A Millionaire while we
Were in bed.
I turned to her and said, 'Do you want to have sex?'
'No,' she answered. I then said,
'Is that your final answer?'
She didn't even look at me this time, simply saying, 'Yes..'
So I said, "Then I'd like to phone a friend."
And that's when the fight started...
I took my wife to a restaurant. The waiter, for some reason, took my
Order first.
"I'll have the rump steak, rare, please."
He said, "Aren't you worried about the mad cow?"
"Nah, she can order for herself.."
And that's when the fight started.....
My wife and I were sitting at a table at her high school reunion,
And she kept staring at a drunken man swigging his drink as he sat alone at
A nearby table.
I asked her, "Do you know him?"
"Yes", she sighed, "He'''''s my old boyfriend. I understand he took to
Drinking right after we split up those many years ago, and I hear he hasn't
Been sober since."
"My God!" I said, "Who would think a person could go on celebrating
That long?"
And then the fight started...
When our lawn mower broke and wouldn't run, my wife kept hinting to
Me that I should get it fixed. But, somehow I always had something else to
Take care of first, the shed, the boat, making beer.. Always something more
Important to me. Finally she thought of a clever way to make her point.
When I arrived home one day, I found her seated in the tall grass,
Busily snipping away with a tiny pair of sewing scissors. I watched
Silently for a short time and then went into the house. I was gone only a
Minute, and when I came out again I handed her a toothbrush. I said, "When
You finish cutting the grass, you might as well sweep the driveway."
The doctors say I will walk again, but I will always have a limp.
My wife sat down next to me as I was flipping channels.
She asked, "What's on the TV?"
I said, "Dust."
And then the fight started...
Saturday morning I got up early, quietly dressed, made my lunch,
And slipped quietly into the garage. I hooked up the boat up to the van
And proceeded to back out into a torrential downpour. The wind was blowing
50mph, so I pulled back into the garage, turned on the radio, and discovered
That the weather would be bad all day.
I went back into the house, quietly undressed, and slipped back
Into bed. I cuddled up to my wife's back; now with a different anticipation,
And whispered, "The weather out there is terrible."
My loving wife of 5 years replied, "And, can you believe my stupid
Husband is out fishing in that?"
And that's how the fight started...
My wife was hinting about what she wanted for our upcoming
She said, "I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 150 in about 3
I bought her a bathroom scale.
And then the fight started.......
After retiring, I went to the Social Security office to apply for
Social Security.
The woman behind the counter asked me for my driver's License to
verify my age.
I looked in my pockets and realized I had left my wallet at home.
I told the woman that I was very sorry, but I would have to go home and come
back later.
The woman said, 'Unbutton your shirt'.
So I opened my shirt revealing my curly silver hair.
She said, 'That silver hair on your chest is proof enough for me'
and she processed my Social Security application.
When I got home, I excitedly told my wife about my experience at the
Social Security office. She said, 'You should have dropped your pants. You
might have gotten disability too.'
And then the fight started...
My wife was standing nude, looking in the bedroom mirror.
She was not happy with what she saw and said to me,
"I feel horrible; I look old, fat and ugly. I really need you to
pay me a compliment.'
I replied, "Your eyesight's damn near perfect."
And then the fight started........
I rear-ended a car this morning...the start of a REALLY bad day!
The driver got out of the other car, and he was a DWARF!!
He looked up at me and said 'I am NOT Happy!'
So I said, 'Well, which one ARE you then?'
That's how the fight started.

Monday, January 9, 2012

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!!

A look back at some of the fun times, the Wooden Boat Festival, watching boats in the harbor, the fragrance of the Lavender Festival and the beauty that surrounds me every day. I have good reasons today to be most appreciative! Hope you all have a wonderful week! Enjoy!
And thank you for your kind thoughts regarding the death of my children's father. We had remained good friends for many years and he was a wonderful father. He will be missed.
Life loves the liver of it.
Maya Angelou
All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.
Henry Ellis
A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
Charles Darwin
My life is every moment of my life. It is not a culmination of the past.
Hugh Leonard

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

To live in hearts we leave behind
Is not to die.
Thomas Campbell, "Hallowed Ground"

My children's Dad died this morning. He will be missed, but he is out of pain and that is the most important thing of all.

Pets Forever!

Things have just been too busy around here lately! I need at least four or five naps a day! I have to hide just to get some decent rest! I wonder if Bozo has the same problem???
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 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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