I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Evening Wisdom and Beauty!

A sure way to lose happiness, I found, is to want it at the expense of everything else.
Bette Davis
Always leave something to wish for; otherwise you will be miserable from your very happiness.
Baltazar Gracian

An effort made for the happiness of others lifts above ourselves.
Lydia M. Child

A Story to Make You Smile!

An older, tired looking dog wandered into my yard. I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of. He calmly came over to m, I gave him a few pats on his head; he then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, curled up in a corner and fell asleep. The next day he was back, greeted me in my yard, walked inside and resumed his spot in the hall and again slept for about an hour. This continued off and on for several weeks.

Curious, I pinned a note to his collar: “I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.”
The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar: “He lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3. He’s trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?

Friday, July 6, 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!

Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator.

Old age is fifteen years older than I am.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Thursday, July 5, 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 and I. 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! I was hoping to have photos of the fireworks that can be seen from our roof, however, Sam Schnauzer is terrified of the noise and goes into panic mode if he thinks I'm going to leave him!! We've had clear, beautiful skies for a couple of days now and some marvelous sunsets and I'm afraid I'll have to do with those!! Hope all of you had a terrific 4th of July!

Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?
Rose Kennedy
Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.
Jimmy Carter

Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young.
Theodore Roosevelt

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
Henry Ford

As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what
they do.
Andrew Carnegie
Old age is an excellent time for outrage. My goal is to say or do at least one outrageous thing every week.
Louis Kronenberger

Happy 4th of July!! And Happy Wednesday for All!

 In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.  Franklin D. Roosevelt
Have a wonderful day! Enjoy and Celebrate!!

This was posted by Paula Scott at Molokai Girl (http://pmondoy.blogspot.com/) I knew much of this history, but not all of it and I wanted to share it with you today. During these times we need to be reminded of how much we have and how much we owe to these heroes!

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors,
and tortured before they died.

Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.
Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army;
another had two sons captured.

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or
hardships of the Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes,
and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.
Eleven were merchants,
nine were farmers and large plantation owners;
men of means, well educated,
but they signed the Declaration of Independence
knowing full well that the penalty would be death if
they were captured.
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and
trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the
British Navy. He sold his home and properties to
pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British
that he was forced to move his family almost constantly.
He served in the Congress without pay, and his family
was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him,
and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer,
Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown , Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that
the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson
home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General
George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed,
and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed.
The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying.
Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill
were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests
and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his
children vanished.
So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and
silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid.

Remember: freedom is never free!
Most of this is accurate, but there is a more accurate version on Snopes in regards to some of the details regarding the people and circumstances that were involved.
But regardless of these, the Fourth of July itself has more to it than beer,
picnics, and baseball games.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

A man growing old becomes a child again.

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
Mark Twain

An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets the more interested he is in her.
Agatha Christie

Wishing You Polar Bears!!























Monday, July 2, 2012

Our World!!

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!!
 It's been hard to capture anything but GRAY this week, but I can always look back and I always love the mountains and, of course, who doesn't have a favorite shopping mall!!!  A beautiful skyline is beautiful even in gray! Hope all of you have a wonderful new week!!
We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from life.
William Osler

While we are postponing, life speeds by.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

We can't plan life. All we can do is be available for it.
Lauryn Hill

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
E. M. Forster

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not
have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave
Erma Bombeck

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
Joseph Campbell

The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.
William Morris

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!!

You've been gone a long time today!! I've had to guard the house, so where are my treats??

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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