I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday!!

Come play with us and the shadows!!
Your hosts are:
Magical Mystical Teacher

Gemma Wiseman


I'm taking a break from all the moving mess to enjoy some blogging and celebrate!! Wishing you all a very Happy Easter!!
Happiness s a by-product of an effort to make someone happy.
Greta Brooker Palmer

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.
Henry Ward Beecher
Joy is the feeling of grinning inside.
         Melba Colgrove

Friday, March 29, 2013

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've had a little break in my move to Portland while I wait for moving quotes, so I've returned to play with Reflections!!  Not my best reflection, but I was running short of time!!

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And  today?
Today is a gift. That's why we call it the present.
Babtundi Oltunji

Thursday, March 28, 2013

One Quiet Moment

If you have made mistakes...there is always another chance for you...you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down.
 Mary Pickford

More of Those Funny Four-Legged Guys!!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

One Quiet Moment

Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are
infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.
 Oscar Wilde

Two True Stories and Worth Reading!

Many of you may have read this before, but  I hadn't and it is fascinating, so I wanted to share it!!


Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago . Capone wasn't famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.

Capone had a lawyer nicknamed "Easy Eddie." He was Capone's lawyer for a good reason. Eddie was very good! In fact, Eddie's skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for a long time..To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well. Not only was the money big, but Eddie got special dividends, as well. For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day. The estate was so large that it filled an entire Chicago City block.

Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him. Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son that he loved dearly. Eddie saw to it that his young son had clothes, cars, and a good education. Nothing was withheld. Price was no object...And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong. Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was.

Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn't give his son; he couldn't pass on a good name or a good example.
One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted to rectify wrongs he had done.He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al "Scarface" Capone, clean up his tarnished name, and offer his son some semblance of integrity. To do this, he would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great. So, he testified.

Within the year, Easy Eddie's life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago Street ... But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he could ever pay. Police removed from his pockets a rosary, a crucifix, a religious medallion, and a poem clipped from a magazine.

The poem read:
"The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour. Now is the only time you own. Live, love, toil with a will. Place no faith in time. For the clock may soon be still."


World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O'Hare. He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington in the South Pacific.

One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank. He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship. His flight leader told him to return to the carrier. Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet.

As he was returning to the mother ship, he saw something that turned his blood cold; a squadron of Japanese aircraft was speeding its way toward the American fleet. The American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenseless. He couldn't reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet. Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger. There was only one thing to do. He must somehow divert them from the fleet.

Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes. Wing-mounted 50 caliber's blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another. Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent. Undaunted, he continued the assault. He dove at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible, rendering them unfit to fly.

Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction.
Deeply relieved, Butch O'Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier. Upon arrival, he reported in and related the event surrounding his return. The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane told the tale. It showed the extent of Butch's daring attempt to protect his fleet. He had, in fact, destroyed five enemy aircraft. This took place on February 20, 1942 , and for that action Butch became the Navy's first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to win the Medal of Honor.

A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29. His home town would not allow the memory of this WW II hero to fade, and today, O'Hare Airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great man.

So, the next time you find yourself at O'Hare International, give some thought to visiting Butch's memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honor. It's located between Terminals 1 and 2.

Butch O'Hare was "Easy Eddie's" son.

(Pretty cool, eh)
http://www.snopes.com/glurge/ohare.asp to get the rest of the story.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

One Quiet Moment

Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are
infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.    Oscar Wilde

Why I Love Animals!!!

Monday, March 25, 2013

One Quiet Moment

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.
 Leon J. Suenes

Chuckles for a Monday and My Sick World!!!

After this, My World is going to look terrific!! Can't wait to get back to the important stuff!! Packing is the pits!!!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

One Quiet Moment

I'm not afraid of storms,  for I'm learning to sail my ship.
Louisa May Alcott

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!!

"See how good you can trim my eyebrows and beard!! I don't have to go to the silly groomer! I can stay home and you can give me treats while you're working on me -- you know, so I'll sit still!!!"

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.

Portland Time