I miss you Sam!!

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

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not.
~Author Unknown

The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others. ~Sonya Friedman

Seven days without laughter makes one weak. ~Mort Walker

Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward. ~Kurt Vonnegut

It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else's eyes. ~Sally Field

Shadow Shot Sunday!

Hooray! Time to play with the shadows again! Shadow Shot Sunday is hosted each week by Tracy over at Hey Harriet! Click on the icon, sign up and become addicted to shadows along with the rest of us!!

We actually had some sun this week! Not a lot, a few hours a day, here and there, but enough to catch a few shots.

Here's Madame Mojo the Most and me caught looking for snacks in the kitchen!

A happy African Violet, a touch of blue and a pitcher just waiting to water something -- anything!

Depending on the angle of the sun at any given time during the day, the shadows get larger or smaller and the same shadows will appear in different places -- table, wall or reflections in the window!

When I went out on the deck I saw this bucket full of rainwater and it had it's own set of shadows!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Not what we give,
But what we share,
For the gift
without the giver
Is bare.
~James Russell Lowell

Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone. ~G.B. Stern

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~Mark Twain

Kindness is the greatest wisdom. ~Author Unknown

Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something and has lost something. ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls. ~David Thomas

The last picture show !

Funny thing,
the mind.

tough as the rocks
that rise up
as sentinels on the
water bank.

free flowing,
as the calm ebb and flow
of the waves
in the bay,
tumbling over
an idea here,
a doubt there...

It grows,
a spring childhood,
in summer,
and pining away
for rain.

Winters of doubt,
sharp nettles of hurt,
an inward look
and appraisal
of what life holds...

the tear-laden clouds
can hold no more,
and rush in torrents
to green the mind,
once again,
as the sun of hope
and golden,
waiting to light up
your life.

Funny thing,
the mind,
isnt it ?

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Little Humor for the Weekend!

These Bottles Tell the Story of Life

and then there is this age .....

"Sure Wish Somebody Would Invent Something To Keep The Sun Out Of My Eyes."

Nope, can't fix stupid!

Children in a classroom one day began to identify the flavors by their color:

Orange ...............Orange

Finally the teacher gave them all HONEY lifesavers. None
of the children could identify the taste.

The teacher said, 'I will give you all a clue. It's what your
mother may sometimes call your father.'

One little girl looked up in horror, spit her lifesaver out and
yelled, 'Oh my God! They're ass-holes!

The teacher had to leave the room!

A Short Safari Story

If she hasn't -- she will soon!

Thought for the day!

No matter how badly last year treated you,

just walk tall with your head high. This is a brand new year, baby!

Love you guys! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sky Watch Friday!

Sky Watch is hosted each week by Klaus and the Sky Watch team of Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy and myself. Click on the icon, sign in and share your beautiful skies with people from all over the world who participate! PLEASE! do read and follow the instructions before you sign in!! Thanks! Enjoy the skies!

The sun came out yesterday!!! I was ecstatic! No, nothing particularly amazing or colorful, just BEAUTIFUL blue with puffy white exclamation points -- the soft white clouds seemed to be a little giddy themselves!

“The Sky is the daily bread of the imagination” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Oh! `darkly, deeply, beautifully blue', As someone somewhere sings about the sky.”
Lord Byron

Sure enough the sun went away by mid afternoon, but I went down to the harbor anyway. It was worth the trip. Click to embiggen and see the mountains.

“Excuse me while I kiss the sky.” Jimi Hendrix

“I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?” Chuang Tzu

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

Be proud of your accomplishments. But don't take them too seriously.
~Dr. Lee Jampolsky

Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless. ~Honoré de Balzac

Chase down your passion like it's the last bus of the night. ~Glade Byron Addams

Love has no desire but to fulfill itself. To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving. ~Kahlil Gibran

He that respects himself is safe from others; he wears a coat of mail that none can pierce. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. ~Cyril Connolly

The World of Travel Today!

Oh! And one more thing!


Due to recent budget cuts and the rising cost of electricity, gas and oil, as well as current market conditions, the Light at the End of the Tunnel has been turned off.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Evening, Wisdom and Beauty

People who have no weaknesses are terrible; there is no way of taking advantage of them. ~ Anatole France

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better. ~Andre Gide

We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are. ~Anaïs Nin

There is a wisdom of the head, and... a wisdom of the heart. ~Charles Dickens

You can't turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again. ~Bonnie Prudden

The trick is growing up without growing old. ~Casey Stengel

ABC -- A!

Hey, it's time to start another round of ABC Wednesday hosted each week by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt! AND today is the A day! Click on the icon, sign up and show us how well you've learned your ABCs!

A is for Appaloosa

The Appaloosa is a horse breed known for its preferred leopard-spotted coat pattern and other distinctive physical characteristics. While there is evidence of leopard-spotted horses dating back to the Paleolithic era in Europe, the Nez Perce people of the American Pacific Northwest developed the American breed. They were once referred to by white settlers as the "Palouse horse," possibly after the Palouse River, which ran through the heart of Nez Perce country. Gradually, the name evolved into "Appaloosa." The Nez Perce lost most of their horses following the Nez Perce War in 1877 and the breed fell into decline for several decades. However, a small number of dedicated breeders kept the Appaloosa alive for several decades until a registry was formed in 1938. Today the Appaloosa is one of the most popular breeds in the United States, and it was named the official state horse of Idaho in 1975.

And A is for Amphora!

A is for Apples and Apricots

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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