Monday, December 28, 2015

Books That Will Change You for the Good

They are profound, one man's personal account. I've never been the same after reading #1, " Anastasia" and they only get better. Non-Fiction.

Jan 3, 2016  Amazon has #1, at least.  Google "Ringing Cedars", see all you come up with.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Ponder This in The New Year

Although I read of many tragedies happening in our world, the picture of the tiny child washed ashore tore my guts out. Link the above and read words from his father, his hopes.  His two boys and wife were drowned trying to escape their war torn world.

Dear God, what a terrible world we've created, either by compliance or non-compliance, omission or  commission, acceptance or rejection, ignorance or possibly pure stupidity, or greed 

Hornswoggled = Hoax

Looks pretty good today after major heart surgery and  a trip with stage 4 cancer since 2010, doesn't he?  His completely white hair appeared overnight (literally) back in October

My brother giving us a laugh on Christmas day.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Do You Need a Job? Hmm, well.....


Old Sailing Ship  off internet

I got a kick and a grin reading the ad.  Many did apply and get a job with Shackleton's exploration voyages.  They made 'em tough back when.  Very interesting stuff to read about.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Exercising My Right to Speak (revised)

A Very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to You.  Surely I still have the right to convey my holiday greetings to my friends, don't I?  This is the mode in which I was raised; from the cradle up, to share love and good feeling with each other; others whom we rarely got to see because of the business of living. Thus our Christmas gatherings.  So the feeling still resides within my heart.  Habit, you say?  Possibly.  May you all be happy and warm this  season and share your joys.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

He's Officially an 'Honorable'

Which of the candidates running has Honorable before his name?  I read of this in "American Son", the book (good read) about JFK Jr. written by Richard Blow - worked alongside JFK JR. on his magazine, "George".

I'll give you two guesses.  No cheating.  Winner wins a prize. Wink.
I don't precisely know what it means to be an Honorable but it certainly sounds impressive and worthy of consideration.

On the other hand, in a court of law, I once heard " his Honorable Judge So and So presiding".  Down the road a ways, that Judge So and So was caught red-handed being not so honorable in several instances.

I could put the candidates I trust today into a #2 paper bag!
Hmm, Who ya gonna trust!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

A Repost: A Genius Says Goodbye

A Genius Says Goodbye   Gabriel Garcia Marquez  6-3-09
Mr. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, great Latin American writer, has said goodbye to the public life due to complications in his health: lymphatic cancer. He has sent a letter to his friends and thanks to the Internet we all are able to share it. This short text written by one of the most brilliant Latin Americans of the past years is really inspiring.
"If for an instant God forgot that I am just a puppet and He gave me one more piece of life, I would take advantage of that time, the best I could. I probably would not say everything I think, but definitely think all I say.
I would value things not for what they are worth but for what they represent.
I would sleep less and dream more, for every minute we close our eyes, we lose sixty seconds of light.
I would continue where others have stopped and I would rise while others sleep.
If God allowed me one more piece of life, I would dress simpler, would wallow in the sunlight, leaving uncovered, not only my body but my soul.
I would prove to men how wrong they are to think that they stop falling in love as they get older, since they actually start getting older as soon as they stop falling in love.
I would give wings to the children, but I would leave the child alone so that he can learn to fly on his own.
To the old, I would show them how death comes not with the aging process but with forgetting.
So many things I have learned from you . . . I have learned that everybody wants to live at the top of the mountain, forgetting that how we climb is all that matters
I have learned that when a newborn grabs his father's thumb he takes hold on him forever.
I have learned that a man has the right to look down on somebody only when he is helping him to get up.
So many things I have learned from you. . . .
Always tell what you feel and do what you think.
If I knew that today it would be the last time that I will see you, I will embrace you strongly to be the guardian of your soul.
If I would know that this would be the last minute that I will see you, I would say to you, "I love you"and wouldn't assume that you would know it.
There is always morning when life gives us another opportunity to make things good.
Keep always close to you your dear ones and tell them how much you need them and love them and take care of them.
Take time to say, "I am sorry", "Forgive me", and "Please", "Thank you" and all the nice and lovely words you know.
Nobody would remember you if you keep your thoughts secret. Force yourself to express them; show your friends and dear ones how much you care about them.
SEND THIS TO PEOPLE YOU CARE ABOUT OR LOVE. If you don't, tomorrow will be the same as today and it will not matter either...
For you, with much love and care.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Compassion is Always Needed -Everywhere

"The world needs more and more compassionate creativity to solve difficult problems "

Marvin Bartel, Ed.D., artist

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Most Amazing Child Prodigy

Are you in for a treat!  About 10 minutes long.

"A Child Prodigy, Painful disease, A Life-changing treatment"

You can also go directly to to find the title in blue.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

#1 Another's Post #2 About The Puppies

I'm reading a letter.  It regards refugees.  Very interesting and enlightening as far as I'm concerned. Go here:   "Embarrass for My County" dated yesterday.

I'm only one person.  I don't know what to do.  Do you?
Let our conscience be our guide.  Our conscience.  I ponder myself in such positions.


Oh is life hectic! No time now but more to come about the puppies.  Know though, they are precious!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Indiscretion is a Real Problem - Think Before You Speak!

"Discretion is the better part of valor", words that I kept repeating in my mind as I regained  consciousness this morning.  What do they mean? Googling this sentence brought me to SHAKESPEARE! I hated trying to read or discuss the works of Shakespeare way back when.  In fact, I hated my literature classes.  I comprehend everyday native language but slog through writings that were written in past centuries.

  "Discretion is the better part of valor",  words that certainly didn't pertain to the dreams that I can recall from last night.  So they must have some meaning from all the bewildering "$h-p" published, word by word, line by line, in our world these days. Yes, the whole world is able to read or hear it all.

The way I see it, the world-wide-web can be a very damaging and dangerous tool, as well as the greatest way to go to find anything and everything we wish to know about.  Yet, we must remember that any and all have access to whatever is there, the good, the bad and the ugly - the real ugly!

Often when reading some piece of news, a red flag will pop into my mind and I'm wondering just how these words are affecting those who don't quite agree or understand them. Just read the Comments section after an article you have just finished reading and you can tell that not all are on the same wavelength; thus the diversity of humankind and its opinions.

Frankly, it worries the $h-t out of me, realizing that we live in a world where too much is uttered, all in the name of free-press.  I feel that too much free-press is causing so many of our world's problems today; possibly it always has been the cause. This is the part of the WWW that I call damaging and dangerous.  Not only do we all have the ability to read what's printed or said, we have it pounded into our heads over and over again by repetition a 'hundred thousand times' before the subject is dropped for another titillating horrible drama.

When and why did society become so ingrained to know the latest NEWS?  Why did society decide to jump on the bandwagon to spout off about situations happening that have no good place in an individual's everyday life?  That in itself creates chaos and confusion. 

Leaders of the people and the press writers, in my opinion, should learn to use some discretion in what they say, what they are saying to the whole world.

So, you could say I too am spouting my opinion but I'm not acting out viciously on my opinions like some we know about.  I shall name no names.

It appears to me we of the world, have gotten ourselves in a 'fine pickle' for being indiscreet, thus causing all the chaos and confusion and the inevitable battles being created.

"Discretion Is the better part of valor."  Now I get it!  Often, a bit of commonsense in what we say is worth more than gold.  On the other hand, though, is the fact that those who shout and spout, over and over and over again, are doing so for their part of the gold - indiscretion (even outright lies) because of their greed and stampede for popularity ratings.

Often, we all should keep our mouths shut! Tightly.  For the sake of sanity, safety and having a grain or two of commonsense.

Friday, December 4, 2015

"Be bold when the opportunity presents itself."


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Let This Break Your Heart!

Families fleeing, searching for a safe harbor.

Imagine yourself in this position.