Birthdays & Being Thankful!

February 7, 2014

** The Day **
I Turned Another Year Older

While in the car headed out to meet with two friends for lunch at The Corner Bistro. It was a GREAT lunch, with the Friends who were also with me when the Over the HILL 40th Birthday rolled around .. 22 years ago.  { February 7th  }

Late Yesterday (Thursday) I received a birthday card from my cousin in NC… a Phone call last night from TWO Aunts .. who then both sang “Happy Birthday” to me …

Then an e-mail this morning {Friday} from a (special) cousin in NC who said something like this “that on this day God had created a beautiful baby . and to enjoy my day” (something like that) {so I think I did OK}.. and then the lunch … arrive home…

Came home, (after checking in on Mom and Dad) & another phone call from my aunt with wishes again…. went back to Mom & Dad’s … and cake … (daddy now sleeping) SO mom and I watched the opening of the Sochi 2014 Olympics … and that was wonderful to share with my mother. (the cake was good too) …

A couple more ‘messages’ from two cousins….

So turning my age – is not bad …

I look forward to what the year has in store for me, & when things get tough as they sometimes do, I’ll have friends who will listen, give support, give hope, share LOVE…

February 7th

February 7th

Twenty-Two Years ago .. I was celebrating my 40th Birthday with friends…. and today, I will celebrate with two of those friends with an afternoon lunch.

Life has had its ups and downs, but that is what happens when life marches
on no matter what occurs and how hard we try and stop it or even wish the wheels could turn back.

But life, it is what we make it. I’ve done OK … not the best at times, but I’m proud of who I am as a person. And with that, that is the most important gift I can give myself… not just today, but any given day.

Be proud, Walk tall, Cry when needed, Laugh as often as you can, Love with your heart, Pray, Share the Joys and Sorrows…. GROW within ones self, so others can also grow with you.

Thankful. That I have this LIFE.

Marilyn Monroe’s 1954 I.D. Card

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From Bonhams description:

Though this ID card has been reproduced as a souvenir item and sold in stores and has also been seen in many books, this piece appears to be the actual one that Monroe used when she performed for the troops in Korea while she and Joe DiMaggio were on their honeymoon.

And she didn’t even lie about her weight.

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DOGGY DOOR

Could you imagine coming home from work to find this tiny creature napping on your couch with your dog?  Guess who came home for dinner? It followed this beagle home, right through the doggy door This happened in Maryland recently.   The owner came home to find the visitor had made himself right at home..   This hit the 6 o’clock news big time.

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Isn’t this adorable? Send this to all your friends,

especially the animal lovers and give them a big smile.

 

Tax Return *~* Returned

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I just received my tax return for 2013 back from the IRS. It puzzles me!!! They are questioning how many dependents I claimed. I guess it was because of my response to the question: “List all dependents?” I replied: 12 million illegal immigrants; 3 million crack heads; 42 million unemployed people on food stamps, 2 million people in over 243 prisons; Half of Mexico; and 535 persons in the U.S. House and Senate.” Evidently, this was NOT an acceptable answer. I KEEP ASKING MYSELF, WHO THE HELL DID I MISS

Meaning of the Flag Draped Coffin

Coffins draped in flags, Santa Monica Beach
Image by Eleventh Earl of Mar via Flickr

Originally posted May 1, 2009 @ 15:41

BUT getting a lot of response right now so
reposting with this date and updating.
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How many of you knew this?

Meaning of the Flag Draped Coffin

I hope you take the time to read this … To understand what the flag draped coffin really means … Here is how to understand the flag that laid upon it and is surrendered to so many widows and widowers.

Do you know that at military funerals, the 21-gun salute stands for the sum of the numbers in the year 1776?

Have you ever noticed the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the United States of America Flag 13 times? You probably thought it was to symbolize the original 13 colonies, but we learn something new every day!

The 1st fold of the flag is a symbol of life.

The 2nd fold is a symbol of the belief in eternal life.

The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing the ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of the country to attain peace throughout the world.

The 4th fold represents the weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance ..

The 5th fold is a tribute to the country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, ‘Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.’

The 6th fold is for where people’s hearts lie. It is with their heart that They pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States Of America , and the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

The 7th fold is a tribute to its Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that they protect their country and their flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of their republic.

The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.

The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.

The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of their country since they were first born.

The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.

The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are ! uppermost  reminding them of their nations motto, ‘In God We Trust.’

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for them the rights, privileges and freedoms they enjoy today.

There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning. In the future, you’ll see flags folded and now you will know why.

Share this with the children you love and all others who love what is referred to, the symbol of ‘ Liberty and Freedom.’

MAYBE THE SUPREME COURT SHOULD READ THIS EXPLANATION BEFORE THEY RENDER THEIR DECISION ON THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.

FORWARD IT; MAYBE SOMEONE WITH THE NECESSARY POWER, OR POLITICAL AND FINANCIAL INFLUENCE, WILL GET IT TO THEM.

IN THE MEANTIME, MAY GOD PROTECT US ALWAYS.

ONE NATION, UNDER GOD, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

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A Day in the New Year

2013

This time last night we were on the verge of a NEW YEAR here in the USA, while other parts of the world had already begun their New Year with much hope and tons of aspirations full of all the joys and excitements with laughter, family, friends, & certainly fireworks of somesort!
Today was probably filled with the traditions of doing their shopping – eating – or whatever IF anything at all.

Here Mom, Dad & I ate Greens and Black-Eyed Peas! – a Southern thing in the south of the USA!

At least that was after the events of this morning …

*** I am certain it is not what this young 18-20 year old male thought would happen to him. !!! ***

WRECK ~~~ Just outside my house.  A little more and he could jhave hit my BIG oak tree or My HOUSE ~~~ so he ended uup hitting one of my palm trees ?!? and ripping off one of his tires … flattened another,  two windows smashed and the passenger side … BAD! .. and the driver side as well as the passenger side .. tore up on the running boards .. and underneath.

THANKFUL that the Young man was not hurt. … at least he said not … but EMT’s did check him out … but he was sooooooooo scared.  As you know, I told him that no one knows his body like he does and anything feels ‘off’ to go to ER… because it cpould come later.

I am just so GLAD that it was not worse … and I know he was glad I stopped yelling at him.

I know for fact – (yes I know – I’m not police … did not see – but I heard & I know this street and how the YOUNG drive it) that he was … as we say ‘flying’…….

I just hope it taught him a valuable lesson and that others might have learned from it too!

I will keep him in my thoughts.

OH ~~~ he also was worried because he only had ID – Not Drivers License … It was his
AUNTS SUV ~ and she stated she had No Insurance. …. So it could have been so much worse.

Now the pictures will show a little – but I’ll tell you ~ It scared the Whits out of ME!!!~~~

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**** there are more – but I think you might get the idea. ****

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This is my HOUSE!

The next few months / days have to be better – RIGHT!

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Make your New Year a Safe & Happy one ~ 2013~!!!

Kijivu ~ Cradling a Miracle

 

Kijivu holds her newborn baby at Prague Zoo, where the staff is celebrating this rare birth of a Western lowland gorilla in captivity. The new arrival comes after one of the most tragic events in the zoo’s history.

 

Cradling a miracle

 

Dec. 31, 2012: Kijivu, a female Western lowland gorilla, holds her newborn baby at Prague Zoo on Dec. 27 in Prague, Czech Republic. The baby gorilla was born on Dec. 22, just months after Kijivu’s second child, Tatu, died after accidentally hanging himself with a climbing rope. Zoo director Miroslav Bobek called the death the most tragic event at the zoo since flooding in 2002 killed more than 100 animals. (© Frantisek Vlcek/isifa/MAFRA/Getty Images)

 

YEAR of the SNAKE

 

Year of the Snake

 

 

Dec. 28. 2012: A zookeeper in Manila, Philippines, is not fearful of Burmese pythons that wrap themselves around his body during a celebration to mark the Chinese Zodiac‘s upcoming Year of the Snake. (© Rouelle Umali/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

 

 

Pit bull puppy

Pit bull puppy

Pit bull puppy survives being dragged behind truck for a mile

They named him “Trooper” for his determination, but the 5-month-old pit bull that survived being dragged by a truck down a Missouri highway for more than a mile is more like a miracle. Two weeks after surgery to close wounds that exposed bones, Trooper is eating and drinking normally and walking on his own, and Humane Society of Missouri personnel are cautiously optimistic that a badly injured leg may be saved. The trucker, unaware that the puppy had been tethered to his bumper, was obviously distraught once he was flagged down, and now a $5,000 reward has been offered for information that would lead to an arrest. [Source]

Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane Will Be ‘Simpsons’ Guest-Voice Next Season

<> on April 5, 2012 in Hollywood, California.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — Seth MacFarlane may already have three hit animated television shows, one hit raunchy comedy movie and the coveted Oscars hosting job for next year, but the comedian is adding another notch on his resume: guest voicing on “The Simpsons.”

“Family Guy” creator MacFarlane will appear in the season premiere of the 25th season of “The Simpsons” in 2013, Fox Television, home to both shows, said on Friday.

MacFarlane will play a married man who pursues matriarch Marge Simpson after the two meet on a website and form a bond over their love of a “Downton Abbey-esque” show called “Upton Rectory,” show producer Al Jean told Entertainment Weekly.

The episode will be titled “Dangers on a Train.”

MacFarlane’s guest spot is a crossover for the actor, writer and director, who was inspired by “The Simpsons” when creating “Family Guy,” an animated comedy following the dysfunctional Griffin family headed by dim-witted patriarch Peter, who bears similarities to Homer Simpson.

Both shows air on Fox, and the news comes after MacFarlane featured Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer Simpson, in a recent “Family Guy” episode.

MacFarlane, 39, also created and voices characters for animated comedies “American Dad” and “The Cleveland Show,” and he had a box-office hit with R-rated comedy “Ted” this past summer.

He will be hosting the Oscars in February.

 

Milwaukee Goodwill

artwork bought

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE |
Associated Press

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Associated Press/Morry Gash – In this Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 photo, Karen
Mallet stands in front of her Alexander Calder print in her Shorewood, Wis.,
home. Mallet bought the print for $12.34 at a Goodwill …more thrift store in Milwaukee. It
turned out to be a lithograph by the American artist Alexander Calder worth
$9,000. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — “Red Nose” just meant a reindeer named Rudolph to Karen Mallet until she bought a print by that name for $12.34 at a Goodwill store in Milwaukee. It turned out to be a lithograph by American artist Alexander Calder worth $9,000.

Mallet’s good fortune is at least the fourth time in six months that valuable art has turned up at Goodwill, where bargain-hunters search for hidden treasure among the coffee cups, jewelry, lamps and other household cast-offs.

Last month, a Salvador Dali sketch found at a Goodwill shop in Tacoma, Wash., sold for $21,000. Last summer, a North Carolina woman pocketed more than $27,000 for a painting she bought for $9.99 at Goodwill. And last spring, a dusty jug donated in Buffalo, N.Y., was discovered to be a thousands-of-years-old American Indian artifact — it was returned to its tribe instead of being offered for sale.

When told of the Milwaukee woman’s find, a Goodwill spokeswoman said workers at its 2,700 stores try to spot valuables and auction them on the organization’s online auction site to net more money for the charitable group. But things slip through the cracks and the workers aren’t art experts.

“That’s kind of part of shopping at Goodwill — the thrill of the hunt,” said Cheryl Lightholder, communications manager for Goodwill in southeastern Wisconsin. “You never know what you’re going to find.”

Mallet, a media relations specialist for Georgetown University and others, didn’t even like “Red Nose” when she first spotted it during one of her frequent Goodwill shopping trips in May.

“The big find that day was this great set of steel knives, in a block, for $18.99″ by Wolfgang Puck, she said.

But the graphic black-and-white picture was striking. In low-browed terms, it might be described as an abstract image of an ape with a hangover, with spiral swirls for eyes like the ones in cartoons when someone gets punched. A large red nose is the only color.

Then she saw the Calder signature.

“I thought, I don’t know if it’s real or not but it’s $12.99. I’ve wasted more on worse things,” she said. A discount for using her Goodwill loyalty card brought the price down to $12.34.

Once home, she searched the Internet and found similar lithographs by Calder, who died in 1976 and is widely known for his mobiles and abstract sculptures at airports, office towers and other public places. Mallet’s piece was No. 55 of 75 lithographs and was made in 1969.

Jacob Fine Art Inc., in suburban Chicago, recently set its replacement value at $9,000.

“This happens very frequently — you can’t imagine,” the company’s owner, Jane Jacob, said of treasures found at thrift stores. “They don’t know what they have. They’re just not set up to understand art history.”

Lauren Lawson-Zilai, a spokeswoman for Goodwill Industries International Inc. in Rockville, Md., gave these examples of art that Goodwill staff spotted and sold through the auction site:

— In 2009, a painting by Utah artist Maynard Dixon donated in Santa Rosa, Calif., sold for $70,001.

— In 2008, a Baltimore-area Goodwill store netted $40,600 from a Parisian street scene painted by Impressionist Edouard-Leon Cortes.

— In 2006, a Frank Weston Benson oil painting donated anonymously in Portland, Ore., brought in $165,002 — Goodwill’s top haul so far.

Mallet has no immediate plans to sell her “Red Nose.”

“It grew on me,” she said. “Now I love it.”

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Online:

Goodwill auction site: http://www.shopgoodwill.com

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Marilynn Marchione can be followed at http://twitter.com/MMarchioneAP

Sunday Fun Day

Suday fun day

A man in Scotland casts off his fishing line.

Can you think of a better way to spend your day?

Dec. 2, 2012: A man casts his fishing line from Inversnaid Pier in Loch Lomond, Scotland. (© Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Hope you had a wonderful Sunday!

MUST SEE PHOTO (S)

A holiday tradition

Who says snowmen have to be made of snow? The good people of Albuquerque, NM, chose a different material for their holiday snowman.

Nov. 29, 2012: Manny Romero attaches an arm to a 13-foot-tall tumbleweed snowman in Albuquerque, NM, on Nov. 27. The Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority builds a tumbleweed snowman every year to be placed along the freeway for the holiday season. (© Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal/Zuma Press)

MORE PHOTOS TO SEE BELOW

Nov. 28, 2012: A man was arrested for DUI after crashing a truck into a bridge in Beaverton, Ore. (© Beaverton Police/Rex Features)

Nov. 27, 2012: Rey Grego, a trucker dressed as Santa, joined hundreds of motorcyclists at Wilson Stadium in Albuquerque, N.M., on Nov. 25 for the annual toy run. The caravan of bikers then made its way through the streets collecting toys. (© Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal/Zuma Press)

Nov. 27, 2012: Thousands of Khom Loy paper lanterns rise into the night sky during the Loy Krathong Buddhist festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on Nov. 24. An ancient tradition in northern Thailand, launching paper lanterns symbolizes letting go of your troubles & bad luck. Tourists & locals alike flock to the festival every year. (© Paul Brown/Rex Features)

Nov. 26, 2012: Antti Rahko from Florida stands next to his self-made ‘Finnjet’ during preparations for the Essen Motor Show in Essen, Germany. (© Marius Becker/DPA/Zuma Press)

Nov. 23, 2012: Dozens of Santas ring their bells while marching through Midtown Manhattan during the Volunteers of America‘s 110th Annual Sidewalk Santa Parade. (© Adrees Latif/Reuters)

Nov. 21, 2012: A parade float honors the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Mass., on Nov. 17. Though some of the nation’s biggest retailers announced plans to start Black Friday sales early, several New England states still adhere to Colonial-era blue laws that prohibit retailers from opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day. (© Charlie Mahoney/The New York Times/Redux)

Nov. 21, 2012: Water pours from river outlet tubes during an experimental high-flow release from the Glen Canyon Dam in Page, Ariz. (© Bob Strong/Reuters)

Nov. 20, 2012: Claire Robertson of the Scottish Ballet’s Nutcracker portrays the Good Snow Flake inside a life-size snow globe in Glasgow, Scotland. (© Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Nov. 20, 2012: A man feeds a sparrow in the garden of El Prado Museum in Madrid on Nov. 16. (© Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)

Nov. 19, 2012: This tarsier leaps through the air with only one thing on its mind—dinner, which in this case is a grasshopper, in Tangkoko National Park in Indonesia. (© Juergen Freund/Caters News)

November to Remember 2012 *** MY OPINION … which I am still entitled to!

THIS IS IN RESPONSE TO SOMEONE ELSE’S POST ABOUT WHINING….

which Richard Brandson had made on

GOOGLE +

OVER THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION ON NOVERMBER 6TH 2012 ELECTION

LAST NIGHT BETWEEN THE REPUBLICAN

MITT ROMNEY

AND THE (CURRENT/PAST) NOW AGAIN BARACK OBAMA

November to remember

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Four more years to build consensus in America and get the country really moving again on a united front http://virg.in/po

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You whine when you have no health care OR your parents are left to die because of their age.  YOU whine when you can find no job.  You whine when your children cannot get a good education.  You whine when the house you or your parents or your children can no longer live there.  You whine when you do not have enough food to eat.  You whine when you have no gas to drive anywhere – let alone to the doctor or ER … YOU whine  when more AMERICANS are killed and “he” leaves to go to any state and not address the issue but continues to lie about it.  YOU WHINE …. when you realize what a mistakeall of you have made when it comes to dicisions being made for YOU…that you have no mind of your own… but maybe that is part of the problem now.
November ELECTIONS happens every four year……………..
It will be another longggggggggg for years.
REMEMBER I AM STILL ENTITLED TO MY OPOINION FOR NOW.!!!

MY DISAPPOINTMENT with THIS ELECTION

THIS IS WHAT I’VE POSTED WITH COMMENTS VIA VARIOUS CONVERSATIONS
ON GOOGLE+ WITH THE
Regarding the  Presdiental Race on November 6th,2012
with the Current President Barack Obama
and the Challenger Governer Mitt Romney
**** Why does no one understand and take into account that 4 Americans
were killed and the Current President still is lying about it. Why he covers up
his birth place.  WHY did he go to Nevada the day after they were KILLED?
They were American Citizens – protecting America – which we no longer have
control over – the Government and this Prestident will do … and Health Care
controlled by others (government) NOT You the people! How many times have we
got to listen to this ‘man’ be onb TV and talk?  One thing is for sure …. There is
ONE truth he will always tell ~ the lie is will tell the American Public over and over
again…. This Great land of American .. Just went down the drain~!
Everything our (ALL) of pur forefathers fought to make us a Great Nation…will no
longer be.  I wish that America had woken up and realized what BAD shape we are
in ~ and it will ONLY get worse!
THIS IS my opinion…. but why go campaigning?  Why spend all that money IF
it is decided by electorial votes and NOT how the People VOTE!****
 Now on to my comments…………without all the States in.
MITT – do NOT conside …. Wait until ALL the votes are counted – tomorrow …. or a week …. DO NOT~!
YOU shoud be a MAN and wait until ALL the votes are counted!  I forgot …YOU don’t know how!
YOU shoud be a MAN and wait until ALL thje votes are counted!  I forgot …YOU don’t know how!
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OH I soooooooooooo agree..   I hope that MITT does not conside BUT waits until ALL the votes have been counted …. LIKE TOMORROW!
Bad call for any ONE to make the call for “O” when NOT all of Florida has yet to come in~! If all of the STATES have not yet counted all 100% of the vote … then WHY vote at all if the people voting does not count … but the state electrol vote … HOW stupit….along with so many stupid people  in this the USA … which had a chance to rebuid – but now will only worsen.  Why NOT vote ONE day .. Count the NEXT  SECOND day … and Announce the THIRD day????  With so many counties still out …. ie 68% is NOT 100% of those voted …. Who is dishonest NOW!
PS .. IF THIS man is re-elected … we are in for HELL — all over again//////hate to think that there are that many people that do not understand the termoil we are in.
I could not agree MORE!!!
The networks call this one ( like another ) toooooooooo soon.
What happened to the American Votes!???
WHY DO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EVEN GET POUT AN VOTE WHEN SOMEONE ELSE IS GOING TO DECIDE WHO WILL WIN??? WHY SO MUCH CAMPAIGNING .. ALLLLLLL THAT MONEY ….. THE $ THAT THE PRESIDENT SPENT WAS NOT HIS … BUT OURS … WHERE DID HE GET THE $ .. WE WILLHAVE TO PAY FOR IT .. MITT HAD HIS MONEY & RAISED MONEY…
WHAT A SHOTTY RUN FOR PRESIDENT & NOT LET THE PEOPLE SPEAK .. THEIR VOICE.  DO YOU NOT THINK THAT SOME ‘D’ ARE TIRED OF WHAT ‘O’ HAS DONE AND CHANGED THEIR VOTE FOR THE ‘R’ … IF YOU THINK NOT … YOU ARE MISTAKEN.

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WHAT HAPPENED TO DEMORACY?  NOT REPULICAN OR DEMOCAT BUT VOICES OF THE PEOPLE

NEVER ~ Talk about Rude…

12:35 pm +/-

ALTER HOME
Fine Furniture Consignment
14185 Beach Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL

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Happened September 25, 2012

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Never have I been talked to so rudely. Because
I was taking pictures !!! Of things I was interested in along with tag that
shows $ & sometimes maker & size … was told they were uncomfortable
with me taking pics of PRICE!  Told him that I always did with any other shop /
consignment I went to. (my memory is bad ) especially when one is looking for
several pieces & to see pics when get home one can visualize if it will work
. RIGHT!  I TOLD him that I always did …he then said it was a first time for
everything. & it was HIS store & wanted me out … did mot want me to
continue looking …. wanted ~ pointing his finger ~ to get out!
I asked
please for a restroom … he said there was none (i knew there was) asked again
~again he said No!’ Get out.  (Before I forget .. see I told you my memory was
bad .. also told Jim I had taken many pics there before & showed him.a pic I
had_) ..so now back to the bathroom…. I asked PLEASE SIR …I’ve just S#^% in
my pants.  I have cancer, & sometimes this happens … especially over the
last few MONTHS that my cancer is back. So I left the store telling him &
showing him there were two pictures I wanted … said no ….so you BET his
loss.  I had to make the drive back home without making any other stops
necessary.  That was a Very Long 30 minute drive to get back home.
Go there
NO WAY!
Before I had & would have recommended ~ but after that MaN did
that to me NeVeR will again.

TRUTH OR FICTION?

Joe Biden und Barack Obama in Springfield, Ill...

 Biden may be interim president by the end of 2012 ?!?

Official photographic portrait of US President...

Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

VERY QUIETLY OBAMA’S CITIZENSHIP CASE REACHES THE SUPREME COURT

AP – WASHINGTON D.C.

In a move certain to fuel the debate over Obama’s qualifications for the presidency, the group “Americans for Freedom of Information” has Released copies of President Obama’s college transcripts from Occidental College … Released today, the transcript school indicates that Obama, under the name Barry Soetoro, received financial aid as a foreign student from Indonesia as an undergraduate. The transcript was released by Occidental College in compliance with a court order in a suit brought by the group in the Superior Court of California. The transcript shows that Obama (Soetoro) applied for financial aid and was awarded a fellowship for foreign students from the Fulbright Foundation Scholarship program. To qualify, for the scholarship, a student must claim foreign citizenship.

This document would seem to provide the smoking gun that many of Obama’s detractors have been seeking. Along with the evidence that he was first born in Kenya and there is no record of him ever applying for US citizenship, this is looking pretty grim. The news has created a firestorm at the White House as the release casts increasing doubt about Obama’s legitimacy and qualification to serve as President article titled, “Obama Eligibility Questioned,” leading some to speculate that the story may overshadow economic issues on Obama’s first official visit to the U.K. In a related matter, under growing pressure from several groups, Justice Antonin Scalia announced that the Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to hear arguments concerning Obama’s legal eligibility to serve as President in a case brought by Leo Donofrio of New Jersey . This lawsuit claims Obama’s dual c itizenship disqualified him from serving as president.. Donofrio’s case is just one of 18 suits brought by citizens demanding proof of Obama’s citizenship or qualification to serve as president.

Gary Kreep of the United States Justice Foundation has released the results of their investigation of Obama’s campaign spending. This study estimates that Obama has spent upwards of $950,000 in campaign funds in the past year with eleven law firms in 12 states for legal resources to block disclosure of any of his personal records. Mr. Kreep indicated that the investigation is still ongoing but that the final report will be provided to the U.S. Attorney general, Eric Holder. Mr. Holder has refused to comment on the matter…

LET OTHER FOLKS KNOW THIS NEWS, THE MEDIA WON’T!

Subject: RE: Issue of Passport?

While I’ve little interest in getting in the middle of the Obama birth issue, Paul Hollrah over at FSM did so yesterday and believes the issue can be resolved by Obama answering one simple question: What passport did he use when he was shuttling between New York , Jakarta , and Karachi ?

So how did a young man who arrived in New York in early June 1981, without the price of a hotel room in his pocket, suddenly come up with the price of a round-the-world trip just a month later?

And once he was on a plane, shuttling between New York , Jakarta , and Karachi , what passport was he offering when he passed through Customs and Immigration?

The American people not only deserve to have answers to these questions, they must have answers. It makes the debate over Obama’s citizenship a rather short and simple one.

Q: Did he travel to Pakistan in 1981, at age 20?

A : Yes, by his own admission.

Q: What passport did he travel under?

A: There are only three possibilities.

1) He traveled with a U.S. … Passport,

2) He traveled with a British passport, or

3) He traveled with an Indonesia passport.

Q: Is it possible that Obama traveled with a U.S. Passport in 1981?

A: No. It is not possible. Pakistan was on the U.S. . State Department’s “no travel” list in 1981.

Conclusion: When Obama went to Pakistan in 1981 he was traveling either with a British passport or an Indonesian passport.

If he were traveling with a British passport that would provide proof that he was born in Kenya on August 4, 1961, not in Hawaii as he claims.. And if he were traveling with an Indonesian passport that would tend to prove that he relinquished whatever previous citizenship he held, British or American, prior to being adopted by his Indonesian step-father in 1967.

Whatever the truth of the matter, the American people need to know how he managed to become a “natural born” American citizen between 1981 and 2008.

Given the destructive nature of his plans for America, as illustrated by his speech before Congress and the disastrous spending plan he has presented to Congress, the sooner we learn the tru th of all this, the better.

If you Don’t care that Your President is not a natural born Citizen and in Violation of the Constitution, then Delete this, and then lower your American Flag to half-staff, because the U.S. Constitution is already on life-support, and won’t survive much longer.

If you do care then Forward this to as many patriotic Americans as you can, because our country is being looted and ransacked!

*^* I’m only posting what I’ve received & seen *^*

An eagle kiss

This is the kind of story you need when it seems like

the world is spiraling out of control…..

Not many people get a picture of this proud bird snuggled up next to them!

Freedom and Jeff

Freedom and I have been together 11 years this summer. She came in as a baby in 1998 with two broken wings. Her left wing doesn’t open all the way even after surgery, it was broken in 4 places. She’s my baby.

When Freedom came in she could not stand and both wings were broken. She was emaciated and covered in lice. We made the decision to give her a chance at life, so I took her to the vet’s office. From then on, I was always around her. We had her in a huge dog carrier with the top off, and it was loaded up with shredded newspaper for her to lay in. I used to sit and talk to her, urging her to live, to fight; and she would lay there looking at me with those big brown eyes. We also had to tube feed her for weeks.

This went on for 4-6 weeks, and by then she still couldn’t stand. It got to the point where the decision was made to euthanize her if she couldn’t stand in a week. You know you don’t want to cross that line between torture and rehab, and it looked like death was winning. She was going to be put down that Friday, and I was supposed to come in on that Thursday afternoon. I didn’t want to go to the center that Thursday, because I couldn’t bear the thought of her being euthanized; but I went anyway, and when I walked in everyone was grinning from ear to ear. I went immediately back to her cage; and there she was, standing on her own, a big beautiful eagle. She was ready to live. I was just about in tears by then. That was a very good day.

We knew she could never fly, so the director asked me to glove train her. I got her used to the glove, and then to jesses, and we started doing education programs for schools in western Washington . We wound up in the newspapers, radio (believe it or not) and some TV. Miracle Pets even did a show about us.

In the spring of 2000, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. I had stage 3, which is not good (one major organ plus everywhere), so I wound up doing 8 months of chemo. Lost the hair – the whole bit. I missed a lot of work. When I felt good enough, I would go to Survey and take Freedom out for walks. Freedom would also come to me in my dreams and help me fight the cancer. This happened time and time again.

Fast forward to November 2000

the day after Thanksgiving, I went in for my last checkup. I was told that if the cancer was not all gone after 8 rounds of chemo, then my last option was a stem cell transplant. Anyway, they did the tests; and I had to come back Monday for the results. I went in Monday, and I was told that all the cancer was gone.

So the first thing I did was get up to Survey and take the big girl out for a walk. It was misty and cold. I went to her flight and jessed her up, and we went out front to the top of the hill. I hadn’t said a word to Freedom, but somehow she knew. She looked at me and wrapped both her wings around me to where I could feel them pressing in on my back (I was engulfed in eagle wings), and she touched my nose with her beak and stared into my eyes, and we just stood there like that for I don’t know how long . That was a magic moment. We have been soul mates ever since she came in. This is a very special bird.

On a side note: I have had people who were sick come up to us when we are out, and Freedom has some kind of hold on them. I once had a guy who was terminal come up to us and I let him hold her. His knees just about buckled and he swore he could feel her power course through his body. I have so many stories like that..

I never forget the honor I have of being so close to such a magnificent spirit as Freedom.

Hope you enjoyed this!

Cancer is a strange cell. You can go along for years in remission and then one day it pops its head up again. If you ever have it you will never be free of it.

A SMALL REQUEST…

  A small request…..Just one line

All you are asked to do is keep this circulating. Even if it’s only to one more person. In memory of anyone you know who has been struck down by cancer or is still living with it.

No changes with FB just yet … & Twitter

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Well a friend on FB, Robert, has been trying to figure out what & why, asd did another (Hal), but when you try & ask & help via FB, you must sign in to see the comment(s), questions for FB, Help for FB, etc. and as they FB had blocked/locked me out, there was NO way I could see the comments or questions they had trying to help me – let alone the HELP section that FB has …. no way to contact FB because it is locked – they locked me out…so anyway I did give it a valent try again this morning when Robert had tried with a comment/question to try & figure it out … ! Saw the OLD picture that belongs to my OLD (original) account .. said only one photo in one album.
O K ~~~ I’ll bite. Saw my sign in – gave my password a try & low and behold it let me in and had a message for me :::

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Welcome Back to Facebook

Your account has been reactivated, but it may take a few hours for your content to be fully restored.

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Can you imagine!  It might be that Suggestion I send them last night after the cell phone verification!  AnyWay … I wrote on Robert’s Wall and maybe he will pass it on .. as I stated to him and to you that want to take no chances.  See I enjoy FB & the friends I’ve met – but somethng has changed with FB and their handling of what is seen.  I’d marked all as ‘Friends‘ because if you did not I would not see anything, even though FB had marked them as ‘friends’ did not mean that they were / yet.  And family – well that is another story.  And if you wanted to see what ANYONE had to share since your last visit – you MUST put them on the FEED.  Otherwise you miss what they share … and if THEY do not have YOU on the FEED list they will never see what YOU (me) Share. Messed Up that is.

So nevertheless, I’ll wait and see, as I’ve not received an e-mail from them .. so pins and needles for now.

Evan Williams and Biz Stone

Evan Williams and Biz Stone (Photo credit: Mathieu Thouvenin)

As for TWITTER, for the time being, I will Tweet & see if they figure out what is going on with my account over there.  There should be no way that MY account should show a ‘REPLY @ / COMMENT @’ with my own name!  All the DM’S I’ve sent shows as
DM’S instead of anyone sending them to me.  Like the Fact that I use TrueTwit to verify … it Tells ME … to verify!  So for now I’ll keep Twitter a ‘few’ more hours or days.

Stay tuned!  In the meantime … or Better YET – keep reading here on my WordPress Blog!

WordPress logo blue

WordPress logo blue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Modern Technology

Modern Technology

I was visiting my son and daughter-in-law last night when I asked if I could borrow a newspaper.
“This is the 21st century, old man” he said. “We don’t waste money on newspapers. Here, you can borrow my iPod.”
I can tell you, that fly never knew what hit it…

‘X Factor’ Recap: JOSH

The X Factor (Australia)

Image via Wikipedia

Holy shit. Josh Krajcik just killed it on X-Fa...

Image by Austin Kleon via Flickr

Josh Krajcik’s Performance May Have Won Him The Competition

 

Josh Krajcik

 

Josh Krajcik gave the best performance of the season on ‘The X Factor’ Nov. 22.(well tonight cannot be forgotten 12.14.2011).  He may have just become this year’s winner!

 

Josh Krajcik

 

Full Article Etc HERE

His Tweet Info is …

Twitter

Tweet – @thexfactorusa #DearJosh

Josh krajcik@joshkrajcik

While they are all great performers – may the BEST WIN!

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CONGRATULATIONS

to the Final Four & a Favorite

Chris Rene, Josh Krajcik,  Marcus Canty, Melanie Amaro,

& Rachel Crow

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Hats off to the Judges!

Simon CowellPaula AbdulNicole Scherzinger, & L.A. Reid

 

Ed Koch Thinks Newt Will Pose Serious Threat to Obama

English: Former Congressman Newt Gingrich of G...

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Breaking News from Newsmax.com
Ed Koch: Gingrich Will Be Hard to Beat Former New York Mayor Ed Koch says that Newt Gingrich is the smartest candidate in the GOP race and will prove a difficult opponent for Barack Obama to beat. To Read the Full Story — Go Here Now.

 

Pictures likes these speak volumes

2 pics from 11/14/2011 at Lambeau Field, Wis.

 This is the new “America’s Team“. 

Maybe this is why they are undefeated

Thank you, Packers!

This is what ESPN failed to show you Monday night – 11/14/2011!!!  Apparently they thought their commercials were more important than showing this scene for about 5 seconds!!!!!!

’24′ Springs Into Action

Jack Bauer

Jack Bauer is going back to work. Twentieth Century Fox has kick-started plans for their film adaptation of 24. After several production delays, the long-awaited movie is finally back on track.

 

Read the NEWS info HERE

 

Jack Bauer

While I get excited and review these pics ….

& hope that one day he will return in a series on TV!

 

Another NEWS Article here….

’24′ Movie Eyes ‘Wolverine’ Writer, April 2012 Start

 

 

Personally – I love Jack – and loved 24!

 

Chestnuts

When I saw this today on the BING Page, and had

No idea as to what this could be,

but with the help of that little (i) thing found it said ‘Chestnut’.

So I went looking  via the BING & came across something

that sounded and looked interesting!

Recipes Using Chestnut

During this the Holiday Season for MOST

You might want to find try & share & make a new tradition!

Roasted Chestnuts

And as not to end there-vist this and find what just

might be a wonderful

Holiday Gathereing Favorite RECIPE!

Enjoy!

 

Pearl Harbor surprise…

Photo of female firefighters wasn’t from Dec. 7

Photo of female firefighters wasn't from Dec. 7

96-year-old Catherine Lowe - Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011

Read the full story

Here

as written by

By Bill Dedman

Investigative Reporter, msnbc.com

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Grounds for Murder??

Classic Pontiac LeMans owner arrives at Car Show early in order to get the best display spot.

 

Then, the next classic car, a ’40 Ford shows up and grabs the second stall…

Next, This Idiot woman plows through !!!

 She was busy Texting and didn’t notice the nice cars on the other side of the curb she was about to jump – never touched the brake and stayed on the throttle even after impact.

 

It’s Backkkkkkkk!

SEASON PREMIERE MONDAY JAN 2

 8|7c Ben Flajnik returns to find love again.

ONLY ONE of These women will compete for Ben but only one will win his heart

 

 

Want to meet some of them?

Nicki

Jennifer

 

Casey S.

 

Elyse

 

Ben the Bachelor

Full Show Information found here………  

Donations & Charities

Christmas is coming.  Think about these.
As you open your pockets for the next natural disaster, please keep these facts in mind:
· The American Red Cross
President and CEO Marsha J. Evans salary for the year was $651,957 plus expenses
 
· The United Way
President Brian Gallagher receives a $375,000 base salary along with numerous expense benefits.
 
· UNICEF
CEO Caryl M. Stern receives $1,200,000 per year (100k per month) plus all expenses including a ROLLS ROYCE . Less than 5 cents of your donated dollar goes to the cause.
GO “GREEN” INSTEAD AND PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE IT WILL DO SOME GOOD:
· The Salvation Army’s Commissioner
Todd Bassett receives a small salary of only $13,000 per year (plus housing) for managing this $2 billion dollar organization. 96 percent of donated dollars go to the cause.
· The American Legion National
Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
 
· The Veterans of Foreign Wars
National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
· The Disabled American Veterans
National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
· The Military Order of Purple Hearts
National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
· The Vietnam Veterans Association
National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
Please share this with everyone you can.
Enjoy your Holiday!

 

Lessons TAUGHT A Teacher from a STUDENT

* Worth the Read *

DO NOT DELETE 

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***As you can tell I received this this am in an e-mail and I
must admit I’ve never seen or read it,,,so instead of forwarding
it to my contacts – I’m posting for all who can to read & see
and hopefully they will forward it to.
BELOW is what I received.***
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This has been around before; but, it’s so touching I just had to send it around again.      Anne
 
Subject:  DO NOT DELETE, RETURN IF YOU CAN’T FORWARD!!!!
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This is a true story and it will give you the chills.

This is a beautiful and touching story of love and perseverance. Well
worth the read.

At the prodding of my friends I am writing this story. My name is Mildred Honor and I am a former elementary school music teacher from DesMoines, Iowa .

 

 

I have always supplemented my income by teaching piano lessons – something I have done for over 30 years.

During those years I found that children have many levels of musicalability, and even though I have never had the pleasure of having a prodigy, I have taught some very talented students.

However, I have also had my share of what I call ‘musically challenged’
pupils – one such pupil being Robby.

Robby was 11 years old when his mother (a single mom) dropped him off for his first piano lesson. I prefer that students (especially boys) begin at an earlier age, which I explained to Robby. But Robby said that it had always been his mother’s  dream to hear him play the piano, so I took him as a student.

Well, Robby began his piano lessons and from the beginning I thought itwas a hopeless endeavor. As much as Robby tried, he lacked the sense of tone and basic rhythm needed to excel.  But he dutifully reviewed his scales and some elementary piano pieces that I require all my students
to learn.  Over the months he tried and tried while I listened and cringed and tried to encourage him. 
At the end of each weekly lesson he would always say ‘My mom’s going to hear me play someday’.  But to me, it seemed hopeless, he just did not have any inborn  ability.

I only knew his mother from a distance as she dropped Robby off or waited in her aged car to pick him up. She always waved and smiled, but never dropped in.

Then one day Robby stopped coming for his
lessons. I thought about calling him, but assumed that because of his lack of ability he had decided to pursue something else. I was also glad that he had stopped coming – he was a bad advertisement for my teaching!

Several weeks later I mailed a flyer recital to the students’ homes. To my surprise, Robby (who had received a flyer) asked me if he could be in the recital. I told him that the recital was for current pupils and that because he had dropped out, he really did not qualify. 

 
He told me that his mother had been sick and unable to take him to his piano lessons, but that he had been practicing. ‘Please Miss Honor, I’ve just got to play’ he insisted. I don’t know what led me to allow him to play in the recital – perhaps it was his insistence or maybe something inside of me saying that it would be all right.

The night of the recital came and the high school  gymnasium was packed with parents, relatives and friends. I put Robby last in the program, just before I was to come up and thank all the students and play a finishing piece. I thought that any damage he might do would come at the end of the program and I could always salvage his poor performance through my ‘curtain closer’.

Well, the recital went off without a hitch, the students had been practicing and it showed. Then Robby came up on the stage. His clothes were wrinkled and his hair looked as though he had run an egg beaterthrough it.  ‘Why wasn’t he dressed up like the other students?’  I thought. ‘Why didn’t his mother at least make him comb his hair for this special night?’
Robby pulled out the piano bench, and I was surprised when he announced that he had chosen to play Mozart’s Concerto No. 21 in C Major. I was not prepared for what I heard next. His fingers were light on the keys, they even danced nimbly on the ivories. He went from pianissimo to fortissimo, from allegro to virtuoso; his suspended chords that Mozart demands were magnificent!  


Never had I heard Mozart played so well by anyone his age.

After six and a half minutes he ended in a grand crescendo, and everyone was on their feet in wild applause!  Overcome and in tears, I ran up onstage and put my arms around Robby in joy.  ‘I have never heard you playlike that Robby, how did you do it?  
‘  Through the microphone Robbyexplained: ‘Well, Miss Honor …. remember I told you that my mom was sick? Well, she actually had cancer and passed away this morning. And well …… she was born deaf, so tonight was the first time she had ever heard me play, and I wanted to make it special.’

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house that evening. As the people from Social Services led Robby from the stage to be placed into foster care, I noticed that even their eyes were red and puffy. I thought to myself then how much richer my life had been for taking Robby as my pupil.

No, I have never had a prodigy, but that night I became a prodigy ……. of Robby.  He was the teacher and I was the pupil, for he had taught me the meaning of perseverance and love and believing in yourself, and maybe
even taking a chance on someone and you didn’t know why.

Robby was killed years later in the senseless bombing of the Alfred P.Murray Federal Building in Oklahoma City in April, 1995.

 

And now, a footnote to the story. If you are thinking about forwarding this message, you are probably wondering which people on your address list aren’t the ‘appropriate’ ones to receive this type of message.  The person who sent  this to you believes that we can all make a difference!
So many seemingly trivial interactions between two people present us with a choice. Do we act with compassion or do we pass up that opportunity and leave the world a bit colder in the process?

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*** I hope you enjoyed the read and got something from it! ***
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Let’s turn the Day of BLACK….

  into the

DAY OF WHITE….

*** WHITE ***

“Wear White T-Shirts”

TEN (10) Years WE REMEMBER

September 2001-2011

While you are out & about during those times …

think of what THEY cannot do that YOU still can!

Enough tears of ten years ….

White to share the LOVE that
so many family & friends LOST.

Time to MOVE ON & SMILE
that LIFE is and can be GOOD!

Let’s turn the Day of BLACK into the

DAY OF WHITE….

for the 10 Years since Septemeber 11!

TO SHOW WE DID NOT FORGET & NEVER WILL

 

 

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* White Shirts * 9-11-2001-2011

This is my WhiteShirt for Today 9-9-2011

Which one will be one of yours for Today?

#WhiteShirts 

September 11,2001- September 11, 2011

TEN YEARS * #LOVE 

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