Saturday, December 31, 2011

Look In Back, Looking Forward.

Are you wondering where Friday went?

An unusual look back at 2011:;_ylt=AsNR2cmo5E3vb4OQxusiEH2s0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTN2Y2o2MmNnBG1pdANPZGQgRnJvbnQgUGFnZQRwa2cDYzA0NmZmYjgtYmYzNC0zODFhLWFhNzctYTdmNjIzNTgwNzgwBHBvcwM1BHNlYwNNZWRpYVNlY3Rpb25MaXN0BHZlcgM0NzY5MDk4MC0zMzI4LTExZTEtOTZlZi1mOWFhOTM2ZGZmZmE-;_ylg=X3oDMTFvdnRqYzJoBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANob21lBHB0A3NlY3Rpb25zBHRlc3QD;_ylv=3

Let's look ahead to what is going to happen in 2012:

I disagree with the Republicans taking control of the house. I think just the opposite. They lose control. They are getting the blame, fair or not, by the independants for the stalemates. Independants rule the elections.


We interrupt this blog entry to inform you that the rest of the blog will be all about me.

Maybe at some point I will do a personal summary of 2011 but I am looking forward today and here are my personal goals for 2012:

Finding a caregiver for Mom who values their commitment to us instead of just valuing the commitment until something better comes a long.

Increase my productivity at my seasonal job.

More travel.

Less anger.

More dating.

Less alone time.

More writing.

Less procrastination.

Better health.

Less complaining.

More thinking about myself.

Less time at Mom's

That is a start for me. What are your goals?

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Love & Peace

Before starting the blog entry today I wanted to pass on condolences to Pat, a main contributor to the blog. Her mom passed away yesterday. She was 105. What she must have seen during her lifetime. Our hearts go out to Pat.

In a world that is to angry, to busy, and to mean it is just a joy to know Love and Peace survived:

I for one hope 2011 is better than 2012. I am hoping for more good luck. Now I know what to eat to bring on that good luck:

A couple of days ago was good riddance day. Maybe we shouldn't have been so fast to get rid of the junk:

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

Today let's do the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The good:

I don't even know who Drake is but he gets my vote as the entertainer of the year.
The bad:

I agree with the one comment that said both sides look moronic. The Democrats should have just kept there mouth shuts and worked on something more productive. And I if there weren't better things for the governor to spend her time on than happy greetings.

The ugly:

Certainly they could have found a solution to benefit the widow.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Good Riddance Day

Good Riddance. Why did I just type that? Because today is officially good riddance day. Get rid of the old, heck get rid of the new if you don't like it.

What are you getting rid of today? Gosh I have so many choices!

There actually are a lot of people on the most admired men and women list of 2011 that I would like to get rid of: that I want to get rid will remain nameless. I don't want to get rid of Ellen but tied with Margaret Thatcher?

Enough with admired people lets move on to us guys and our one track minds.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Christmas holiday is basically over, Hanukkah has a couple of days left, and the New Year holiday is on the Horizon. Today on the agenda is going to the bank and cash my brother's check so they have money for their trip home. They are leaving today. Then it is to a movie. Then to Mom's for the next three days. I am in the venting mode so here goes.

My brother and his wife keep down playing my time at Mom's. They make it sound like a walk in the park. According to them it is something that I would choose to do because it is so easy. Right, I would chose to give up ten years of my life to watch my Mom and Dad decline then die. Frankly, I am sick of tired of having what I do downplayed. Downplayed especially by the clueless that haven't done a damn thing just so they can smooth over their own guilt feelings.

I love my sister. Without my sister and her husband I would be dead. They have been a huge help. I respect both of them and would do anything for them. However, I get a little annoyed when she says "I am at Mom's all the time." Since the fourteenth of November I have done two to three nights a week. Next week will the first time in seven weeks that I will only be doing one night. So if she is there "all the time" what have I been doing?

Venting over. Now on to today's entry.

A new use for Facebook:

A new use for virtual reality:

With everyone gone it may be a like a ghost town around here:

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Monday, December 26, 2011

The Salt Of The Earth

I have had a nice Christmas holiday. I've enjoyed the dinner outs and the visits from my Wyoming relatives (brother, his wife, niece, her husband and their three kids). I've enjoyed seeing the local relatives more frequently. It has been fun. But now I am ready to get back to normal. Normal schedules, normal life problems, normal life joys.

Sometimes the stress of holiday combined with overeating can result in heart attacks. The combined Christmas-New Year holiday results in more heart attacks than any other time of the year. What are the signs of a heart attack? We should all be familiar with them:

Speaking of eating. Did you eat to much salt? Not enough? If you didn't get enough salt, I know just the place to go:

Now that you know what to do in case of a heart attack we can talk taxes:

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

I'm Walking Backwards for Christmas

poem by Spike Milligan

I'm walking backwards for Christmas,
Across the Irish Sea,
I'm walking backwards for Christmas,
It's the only thing for me.

I've tried walking sideways,
And walking to the front,
But people just look at me,
And say it's a publicity stunt.

I'm walking backwards for Christmas,
To prove that I love you.

An immigrant lad, loved an Irish colleen
From Dublin Galway Bay.
He longed for her arms,
But she spurned his charms,
And sailed o'er the foam away

She left the lad by himself, on his own
All alone, a-sorrowing
And sadly he dreamed, or at least that's the
way it seemed, buddy,
That an angel choir did sing -
An angel choir did sing.

I'm walking backwards for Christmas,
Across the Irish Sea.
I'm walking backwards for Christmas,
It's the finest thing for me.

And so I've tried walking sideways,
And walking to the front.
But people just laughed, and said,
"It's a publicity stunt".

So I'm walking backwards for Christmas
To prove that I love you.

If I could write words
Like leaves on an autumn forest floor,
What a bonfire my letters would make.
If I could speak words of water,
You would drown when I said
"I love you."


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Angels We Have Heard On High

I often felt I've had at least two angels in heaven watching over me. Of course my dad. Then my cousin Debbie who left the world at the much to young age of fourteen.

Growing up we had a cabin at a resort area near Klamath Falls called Rocky Point. We owned the middle cabin. My Uncle Frank and Aunt Velma (set of parents number two) owned the cabin to the left as you faced the front of the cabins. And my grandmother (Nanny) and her husband Cecil owned the cabin to the right. Every other Christmas all of our families would meet at the cabins for an old fashioned Christmas. Yes we did exchange gifts but the gift exchange was just a small part of the holiday, hidden amongst the skiing, skating, sledding, game playing, cutting and putting up the tree, good conversation, eating some pretty darn good meals. There were always close to thirty of us. At the time I had my going CPA practice with over four hundred clients. There was a lot of preparatory work done each December to get ready for the onslaught of work heading my way in January. The four hundred organizers had to be printed, collated, stuffed in envelopes, stamped, and mailed. Supplies had to be order. The tax program had to be loaded and refined. Because of the volume of work I was always the last one leave Portland and the last one to arrive at the cabin. I with very few exceptions traveled alone.

One Christmas trip to the Cabin I will never forget. The cabins were roughly three miles from Portland. A few mountains along the way and some mountain roads when you got within an hour of the cabin. The cabins were roughly at the elevation of over four thousand feet. I had expertly navigated Interstate 5 and the Willamette pass was going over the mountain near the cabin. I don't if you have ever been in the mountains in Oregon at night but I can tell you that it is pitch black. There are no street lights. On a cloudy night stars don't help. Neither do headlights. They allow you maybe to see five feet. Believe me I am not taking literary license here, five feet is generous. I was the only car on the road. I was the only person in the car. The radio wasn't going (no reception. Then I heard it. Then I hear my Angel. My cousin Debbie's voice very clearly said "slam on your brakes." It scared the holy heck out of me but I listened. I slammed on my brakes. I missed a three hundred pound bear by inches. Had I not listened I would be dead.

I can't say for one hundred percent certainty that I believe in angels. I can't say for one hundred percent certainty that I don't believe in angels. I can say with one percent certainty that I experienced the un-explainable. More than once. Twice actually. The second story will go untold for the time being:

Whether I believe or not I love the idea of angels. So pure. So beautiful.

Certainly there are earth angels:

Speaking of angels here on earth, lets here it for EMTS, First responders, and rescue workers:

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Only The Good

Today it is only going to be good or fun stories.

First story is one about attack dogs. Hang in there it is a different type of attack.

Would you want a dog to attack you like the above?

Did you build or have gingerbread houses when you were a youngster? We did.

Wow would I ever like to have some of those houses!

Next up is a story of the Christmas Spirit.

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Food, Cats, & Cars

Last day at Mom's until Christmas Eve. Looking forward to a salad and a movie with Nancie tonight. Then tomorrow is day of rest.'

Everyone loves food. Everyone loves scandals. Does everyone love food scandals?'

Everyone loves babies. Everyone loves pets. Does everyone love pets and babies together?

Not everyone loves insurance companies but thank goodness the man in the following story had insurance:

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Cash, Fashion, & Memory Pills

Second day at Mom's I am enjoying the gig this week.

Just an update about a previous blog article. So far Secret Santas have paid off seven hundred thousand of lay away debt nationwide for unsuspecting folks in need. Started in Michigan and has spread nationwide. Wow.

Second day in a row I am starting the entry out with a good story.

Second day in a row is a men's fashion article:

I always liked Ryan Gosling now I may have to start dressing like him.

Next up is some good news in the area of health!

I'd certainly take the pill if needed. I hope it is on the market sooner than later.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Good Stories, Underwear, Quotes, & Hanukkah

First of three days at Mom's today. I have a business meeting at ten this morning, then lunch, then off to Mom's. I finished my Christmas shopping yesterday. I have a very nice young couple that lives next door. I came home a couple of days ago and on my porch was a bunch of homemade goodies. I finished my shopping by buying them a little plant. Now for the rest of the gifts the wrapping starts!

When my neighbor left the goodies it made me feel really good. That made me want to start the day off with a good story:

President Bill Clinton was once asked if it was boxers or briefs. He answered boxers. I am not going to really answer the question of boxers or briefs other to say I am presidential at times. Want to know what to buy the men in your life for Christmas:

See if you follow the blog and you will learn more about Men's underwear than you ever wanted to know.

I don't have a quote of the day but I do have an article about quotes. The best movie quotes of 2012.

Hanukkah starts at sunset tonight and ends at sunset on the 29TH. Happy Hanukkah to those that celebrate it! And if anyone would like to learn about the history of Hanukkah they can read it about it here:

Comment Away and then enjoy the day!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Holiday Update

am in the start of a busy week with a lot of out of town visitors. The blog may be hit and miss next week with family events and the like. The quote of the day will be on hiatus until the New Year. The blog will just be boring posts about articles or family interactions.

My nephew won his basketball game yesterday. They don't really keep score at that age but both my brother and I mentally kept score. That old competitive genes. My niece won both her basketball games and they do keep score at her age. They play in the championship game today at 4:40.

One the agenda last week. Sunday night and Monday night at Mom's. Tuesday and Wednesday a boring all day seminar. Thursday night was dinner with the family and then staying at Mom's until nine when the caregiver showed up. Friday was taking mom to the eye doctor. Saturday was two basketball games and Christmas shopping I only have one gift left to buy and one Christmas card.

Today it is breakfast with the boys, grocery shopping, pharmacy pickup and drop, and a basketball game. Monday is minor foot surgery and taking mom to the foot doctor. Tuesday and Wednesday are at Mom's. Thursday is a date with Nancie. Dinner and a movie. Friday I am disappearing. Saturday is overnight at Mom's

That is my update. What is yours?

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Off Today

The author of yesterday's quote was Marliyn Monroe.

No blog entry today due to relatives and basketball. My brother is visiting from Wyoming. Their grandkids are playing in basketball games today. I am between watching the their grandson play and heading to watch their granddaughter play at 2.

Christmas shopping before and after. No time for blogging.

Will return tomorrow with a new entry.

Friday, December 16, 2011

The Season Of Miracles

First up on the to do list is a haircut. Off to the lawnmower shop as soon as I post this. Second on the to do list is taking mom to the eye doctor. Third on the list is cleaning the downstairs bathroom and the kitchen. It really is a miracle for me to have clean bathrooms and kitchens. That is why the call this the season of miracles.

Coming back to life:

Coming down to earth to help:;_ylt=AqGLtQfbXOkO6O1gqfLhTSGs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNtajBwbGQ1BG1pdANUb3BTdG9yeSBGUARwa2cDMjg4OGEwODAtZTgyZC0zZWRiLThlODAtMDY4YThjZDQ1NDExBHBvcwMyMARzZWMDdG9wX3N0b3J5BHZlcgM3ZTkwMTZmYy0yN2Y2LTExZTEtYmVlOS1hZmIxY2Y2ODkwMzA-;_ylg=X3oDMTFvdnRqYzJoBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANob21lBHB0A3NlY3Rpb25zBHRlc3QD;_ylv=3

Coming out of nowhere:;_ylt=Aj2cThFMR05UE_ebO1YyCZes0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNqcDlrcG1yBGNjb2RlA2N0LmMEcGtnAzgyODFiNmRjLWYyOWEtMzg0YS04NDkxLTJiYmU1ZjMzODkxMQRwb3MDMwRzZWMDbW9zdF9wb3B1bGFyBHZlcgNlOTg4MzA5Mi0yN2U4LTExZTEtOTY1Ni03OGU3ZDE1ZTkxZjI-;_ylg=X3oDMTFvdnRqYzJoBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANob21lBHB0A3NlY3Rpb25zBHRlc3QD;_ylv=

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Aaimee Semple McPherson authored yesterday's quote. "I'm for the individual as opposed to the corporation. The way it is the individual is the underdog, and with all the things a corporation has going for them the individual comes out banged on her head. The artist is nothing. It's really tragic" was authored by an actress who lived from 1926 to 1962. She died of an overdose of barbituates in 1962. Nevertheless, interest in her life and her story continues in popular culture and in feminist studies. She starred in many popular films. She married a playwright and later a baseball player. Have you ever waited at a BUS STOP? If so you can tell me which blonde bombshell authored today's quote.

Thursday, December 15, 2011


I am back from the seminar and waving good-bye to the death of boredom and ready to share some unusual articles and videos.

First up is a new way to treat pain, seemingly very effective:

As the above article is waving hello to new technology the next article is a wave that lead to a new Internet sensation.

Now I am taking the bear's lead and waving to some local firefighters and their caring hearts:

Animal Magic. Hope you day is full of magic of any kind.

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Maria Goeppert Mayer authored yesterday's quote. "And my task, as I see it, is to interest you folks to help me, to help them, to join the line right around the whole world! Not only to help the heathen abroad, but to help the heathen in Los Angeles. In America, too. By God's grace, if we can see our task and join hands and get together, we can spread the gospel around the world" an evangelist who founded the Foursquare Gospel Church. Though hugely successful through using modern technology (automobile, radio), a kidnapping scandal is what many remember most about her. She lived from 1890 to 1944. Upton Sinclair was fascinated with her history. After writing a poem about her dubious abduction, called "An Evangelist Drowns", he wrote her into his 1927 novel, Oil!, in the character of Eli Watkins, a corrupt small-town minister. That character is called Eli Sunday in the 2007 film, There Will Be Blood. Who authored today's quote?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Boredom Part II

Off to the second day of boredom. Nothing is more boring than accounting seminars. They did provide some new information and that part is good. I did see some old friends and that is good. Some of the speakers were actually friends of mine and that can be good or bad. Nice to see them but it is an ugly reminder of how long I've been doing tax work.

The seminar is at a nice hotel. A clean hotel. Clean is always nice so her is some dirt to watch out for:

Sometimes when I am at accounting seminars and the boredom is just to much I just get up and start dancing:;_ylt=Atdx6NF.SBVO.1t.lHwDzuCs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTN2a2pjNHFuBG1pdANPZGQgRnJvbnQgUGFnZQRwa2cDMDZhM2IxZjYtNWY4NC0zOGY0LTg1NjYtZTNiZWViMjY2OWZhBHBvcwMzBHNlYwNNZWRpYVNlY3Rpb25MaXN0BHZlcgM2NzNmYmEwMC0yM2U4LTExZTEtYmRmYi0yNTMyOTM1YTA1ZWI-;_ylg=X3oDMTFvdnRqYzJoBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANob21lBHB0A3NlY3Rpb25zBHRlc3QD;_ylv=3

This particular place where the seminar is has great food. Lunch is included in the price of the seminar. It is buffet style and is very good. I really liked the corn. I do kind of wonder where the got it:

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Harriet Martineau authored yesterday's quote. "Mathematics began to seem too much like puzzle solving. Physics is puzzle solving, too, but of puzzles created by nature, not by the mind of man", was authored by A mathematician and physicist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1963 for her work on the nuclear shell structure. She lived from 1906 to 1972. When the United States went to war in 1941, she received a paid teaching appointment -- only part-time, at Sarah Lawrence College. She also began working part-time at Columbia University's Substitute Alloy Metals project -- a highly secret project working on separating uranium-235 to fuel nuclear fission weapons. She went several times to the top-secret Los Alamos Laboratory in New Mexico, where she worked with Edward Teller, Niels Bohr and Enrico Fermi. After the war, Joseph she was offered a professorship at the University of Chicago, where other major nuclear physicists were also working. Once again, with nepotism rules she could work as a voluntary (unpaid) assistant professor -- which she did, with Enrico Fermi, Edward Teller, and Harold Urey, also by that time on the faculty at the U. of C. Have you thought about the ELEMENTARY THEORY OF NUCLEAR SHELL STRUCTURE? Think about it now and you can tell me who authored today's quote.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Boredom Part I

Heading out to attend the first day of a two day accounting seminar on tax changes. My goals during the seminar are to do a little Christmas shopping, a little reading, learn a little, and survive the boredom. I am celebrating the first day of boredom by sharing article that have no common theme other than not to be boring.

Safety tips are the holidays are always a good thing to share with family, friends, relatives, and strangers waiting for the bus with you:

How about some good old fashioned hot chocolate to zip or gulp while you are reading this? Or maybe some good hot chocolate to share with your guests:

Safety and hot chocolate sound pretty healthy to me which leads me to share a good news health article:

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Wangari Maathai authored yesterday's quote. "The older I have grown, the more serious and irremediable have seemed to me the evils and disadvantages of married life as it exists among us at this time. " Was authored by a social theorist who lived from 1802 to 1876. She wrote over 50 books from a sociological, holistic, religious, domestic, and, perhaps most controversial, a feminine perspective, as well as translating various works from Auguste Comte. She has said of her approach: “when one studies a society, one must focus on all its aspects, including key political, religious, and social institutions'. She believed a thorough societal analysis was necessary to understand women’s status. Her writing introduced refreshing sociological perspectives on otherwise overlooked issues such as marriage, children, domestic and religious life, and race relations. Have you ever wondered HOW TO OBSERVE MORALS AND MANNERS? Wonder now and you can tell me who authored today's quote.

Monday, December 12, 2011


Today we are all about transportation.

First up is a video that some say is funny. I am leaning on the not funny side:

Speaking of crashes did you ever wonder how to survive a plane crash?

Sometimes out of the ashes comes a good story. The following is one of those:

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"We can work together for a better world with men and women of goodwill, those who radiate the intrinsic goodness of humankind. To do so effectively, the world needs a global ethic with values which give meaning to life experiences and, more than religious institutions and dogmas, sustain the non-material dimension of humanity. Mankind's universal values of love, compassion, solidarity, caring and tolerance should form the basis for this global ethic which should permeate culture, politics, trade, religion and philosophy. It should also permeate the extended family of the United Nations", was authored by a woman of many fields including ecology, sustainable development, self help, planting, environment, member of Parliament, Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Wildlife. She lived from 1940 to 2011. She was the first woman in central or eastern Africa to hold a Ph.D., first woman head of a university department in Kenya, first African woman to win the Nobel Prize in Peace. She founded the Green Belt movement in Kenya in 1977, which has planted more than 10 million trees to prevent soil erosion and provide firewood for cooking fires. In 1997 she ran for the presidency of Kenya, though the party withdrew her candidacy a few days before the election without letting her know; she was defeated for a seat in Parliament in the same election. In 1991 She was arrested and imprisoned; an Amnesty International letter-writing campaign helped free her. In 1999 she suffered head injuries when attacked while planting trees in the Karura Public Forest in Nairobi, part of a protest against continuing deforestation. She was arrested numerous times by the government of Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi. . Who authored today's quote?

Sunday, December 11, 2011


A brief update.

Next week is just one of those easy weeks with not much going on. Tonight and Tomorrow are at Mom's. Tuesday and Wednesday is a two day accounting seminar on the changes in tax laws and a review of recent tax court rulings. Thursday is a night at Mom's. Friday is taking Mom to the eye doctor. Saturday is Christmas Shopping and house cleaning.

Last week. Sunday was breakfast with the boys and Monday was errand day. Dry cleaners, grocery shopping, etc. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday were at Mom's. Saturday was another errand day wavering between business to dos and personal to dos.

I have a dilemma that I would love your opinion on. Background. We have always celebrated Christmas on Christmas Eve. It isn't a secret, it isn't a shot. My sister is planning a dinner Christmas Eve. Mom is going on 96 and at that age their are no guarantees of future Christmases. My brother, his wife, his daughter Kelli and her family are going to be here from Wyoming. Mom was looking forward to having her family together for Christmas Eve.

A couple of days ago I got this email from my brother:

D & K bought tickets for the Seattle-San Francisco game for them, you, K & I. Here is the dilemma. The game is on December 24. It is in Seattle. The game is at 1:15. It is an all day deal. We won't be home until late on Christmas Eve.

If I say yes to the game I upset Mom & Sister. If I say no to the game I upset the other group. I am leaning towards upsetting the latter group because I think it was kind of inconsiderate not to ask the family about Christmas Eve plans before buying the tickets. I also have to be with Sis and Mom all year and the other group hit and miss throughout the year. So I am pretty sure I am going to ask them to give the ticket to my other nephew, Ryan and stay home.

Your input?

I am going to end the post with some great pictures of Christmas Trees from around the world.

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Saturday, December 10, 2011


The author of yesterday's quote was Edna St. Vincent Millay.

The first weekend in a long time that there hasn't been an Oregon Duck football game. What's a man to do? Christmas Shopping or a movie? Probably both.

Since I am trying to discover what to do without football most articles today will be about discoveries:

Next up is a discovery about the C.I.A.

The final article is discovery of stupidity and no heart.

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Rats & Cats.

always save articles for future blog posts. In an orderly fashion I set them for publication on a certain day. Once in a while an article comes along that is just so doggone interesting that I bump another article. The following article is one of those:

I am still stunned by the findings. Now only if we could get our politicians to act like rats.

Continuing the theme, another bumper article. The is bumping the other articles not because it is interesting but because it is charming:

From one bumping charming animal story to another one:

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Yesterday's quote was authored by Denise Levertov. "The soul can split the sky in two, and let the face of God shine through", was authored by a woman who lived from 1892 to 1950. A poet of the first half of the 20th century, wrote of personal freedom including sexual freedom, nature, an unconventional religious mysticism, and death. She was an American lyrical poet, playwright and feminist. She received the Pulitzer Prize for SPoetry, and was known for her activism and her many love affairs. She used the pseudonym Nancy Boyd for her prose work. The poet Richard Wilbur asserted, "She wrote some of the best sonnets of the century. Who authored today's quote?

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Oyster Talk, Fried Rice, & Cell Phones.

Last day at Mom's. She is playing bridge this afternoon so I will get a break there. I will take her to bridge at 12:30 and pick her up at 4:30. I plan to have dinner ready for her. The caregiver won't get there until 9:30 so I will stay until close to then. Looking forward doing my own thing tomorrow. I've tried to play bridge before but it is just a different language for me. Speaking of different languages:

From language to food:

From food to cell phones:

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Gerda Lerner authored yesterday's quote. "Peace as a positive condition of society, not merely as an interim between wars, is something so unknown that it casts no images on the mind's screen", was authored by a poet who lived from 1923 until 1997. She was raised in Britain, worked and lived in America through most of her career. Her poetry is notable for its social content, particularly feminism and themes of peace. In her later poems, she turned to religious themes. She served in the 1960s as poetry editor of The Nation and in 1975-78 as poetry editor for Mother Jones magazine. Have you ever lived life WITH EYES AT THE BACK OF OUR HEADS? If so you can tell me who authored today's quote.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Reunions & Head Shakers.

The plans are today and tomorrow at Mom's getting home late Thursday night and then Friday morning up early to go start and finish my Christmas shopping.

I just like reunion stories and I like them even more during the holidays:

Not really a reunion story but certainly kind of an amazing one:

Now on to a story that just makes me shake my head:

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Ursula LeGuin authored yesterday's quote. "We can learn from history how past generations thought and acted, how they responded to the demands of their time and how they solved their problems. We can learn by analogy, not by example, for our circumstances will always be different than theirs were. The main thing history can teach us is that human actions have consequences and that certain choices, once made, cannot be undone. They foreclose the possibility of making other choices and thus they determine future events", was authored by a woman born in 1920
who fledin 1939 with her family to escape from the Nazis. As a young mother, she learned English and then became a writer, including the screenplay for Black Like Me. She returned to school in 1959, graduating from Columbia University with a Ph.D. in history in 1966. Her dissertation on the Grimke sisters is an early women's history classic. As a teacher, mentor, and director of the first graduate degree program in women's history, her work has been integral in the field. The idea for Women's History Week -- which evolved into Women's History Month -- began at an institute that was offered through her work at Sarah Lawrence College. Did you ever think about BLACK WOMEN IN WHITE AMERCA: A Documentary History? If so you can tell me who authored today's quote.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Travel, Pennies, & Shoplifting

Heading out to spend the next three days at Mom's as soon as I get this post, posted. Lots of people travel during the holidays. Many questions whether it is cheaper to fly or drive. I now have the answer to that question:

Do you have any pennies handy? I have a bunch that I was going to give to the church but after reading the next article I am reconsidering that.

Do you ever wonder what are the most popular things in stores for the holidays? One way to judge is by what is shoplifted:

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Selma Lagerlof authored yesterday's quote. "The creative adult is the child who has survived", was authored by an American woman writer whose fantasy and science fiction explores ethics and the future. Her most famous work is the Earthsea series. Have you ever seen THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS? If you have then you can tell me who authored today's quote.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Death & Dilemmas

Today's post is about death, but not sad cases it is all about curiosity, dilemmas, and preventing death.

First up is one of those young children knowing what to do in a crisis story. The surprising part of the story is how she learned CPR:

I bet this Mom is going to let any future children she has watch TV.

Did you ever ask yourself where do planes do to die? I mean every day new planes replace old ones. What happens to the old ones?

Now don't you just feel better informed?

Next up is a major dilemma. What choice would you make? How many people would you save?;_ylt=AhEpoET3s_WK7iwiGz41o1as0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNtcWgyNnNtBG1pdANUb3BTdG9yeSBGUARwa2cDZDc4ZDEyZjEtMTQ1Ni0zNzJhLWEyOTYtMGM1YTFjMjc1OWQ4BHBvcwMxMwRzZWMDdG9wX3N0b3J5BHZlcgM0ZmViZGVmMC0xZjQ4LTExZTEtOTRmMy1hNmI3MDQ3NjJhNjg-;_ylg=X3oDMTFvdnRqYzJoBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANob21lBHB0A3NlY3Rpb25zBHRlc3QD;_ylv=3

I don't think I would save any of them because I would just sit down and cry. In all seriousness these are split second decisions and I am not sure what I would do. Hopefully I would save the five.

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"There isn't much that tastes better than praise from those who are wise and capable" was said by a Swedish writer, was the first woman Nobel Laureate in Literature who lived from 1858 to 1940. Her most famous work was GOSTA BERLINGS SAGE. Who authored today's quote?

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Football Wins

We interrupt this blog post to bring you an important announcement.

I am following the advise of one my favorite posters and taking a day off to watch football. The blog will return to normal tomorrow.

In the meantime if you would like to post an update by all means please do!!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Books, Houses, & Stupidy

The answer of yesterday's quote was Julie Krone.

I'm in my disappearing mode today. I plan on disappearing right after I take Mom to lunch. Disappearing to take care of some business related tax matters. I have to load the 2012 income tax program on my computer. Then I have to fill out this big IRS form that will allow me to be a certified by the IRS electronic filer. Once I fill out the form I will undergo a background check. I think I am fine there, I did once hold a top secret clearance nd I have a fair to middling reputation. Things are changing at the IRS. I don't really do that many tax returns, mostly relatives, but now if you do twelve returns you have to file all returns by electronic filing. I'm not at twelve yet but with the last year of my sales agreement coming up and with Mark and Paul separating I want to be prepared to help out. Yes you heard that right, the guys that bought my business are separating. It is a friendly split. Mark just wants to dial it down. His prostate cancer is in check and most likely in remission but he has been having heart signs. He did a stress test yesterday and the results will come by Tuesday. Mark wants me to help him. I really like Paul but Mark and I are really a match as accountants. I am keeping my seasonal job with Napier because it is fun, I am good at it, I like the people there, and it is a better income stream than Mark can provide. However, I want to be there for Mark and will help him weekends. When my agreement expires, who knows.

I've been doing a bit of reading late. I just finished Janet Evonovich's EXPLOSIVE EIGHTEEN. Here are some suggestions to but on your to be read list:

About the only one on their list that I am interested in is the one by Margaret Atwood so I will add a couple of suggestions. My favorite book that I have read this year is IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS. It is a non-fiction book that reads like a novel, extremely well written, and historically accurate. Pick it up and read it. You won't be disappointed. I bought two books to read during an upcoming two day accounting seminar. LITIGATORS by John Grisham & Michael Connelly's THE DROP. That should keep me awake. What are your suggestions?

Moving on from creative writing to creative housing:

I like the Ensculptic house made of foam. If I run out of shaving cream, I can just use part of the house.

From creativity to stupidity. A dumb criminal story:;_ylt=AqLii4f344B579xAPQieL_Ws0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTN2M2ZtYzB1BG1pdANPZGQgRnJvbnQgUGFnZQRwa2cDMDA2ZmI3NDgtNGY5MS0zZmY3LWE3MDUtNmVkMDFlOTgxZTRkBHBvcwMyBHNlYwNNZWRpYVNlY3Rpb25MaXN0BHZlcgNkMjMxNmZjMC0xZDJiLTExZTEtYjVmZC05ODA4YTVkNGEyYjc-;_ylg=X3oDMTI1cjk4NXJqBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANob21lBHB0A3NlY3Rpb25zBHRlc3QDY29udHJvbF9wcm9tbw--;_ylv=3

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Friday, December 2, 2011

The Christmas Spirit

First up today is correcting a serious mistake I have made. With all that was going on with Mom while sister was gone I let DR & Himself's anniversary slip by. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

Now I am doing my arm and leg stretches and getting in the right frame of mind to get into the Holiday Spirit. Articles like the following two certainly help get me in my Christmas Shopping game face:

Why am I never where they are handing out money? I'd most likely give it away anyhow. At least that is what Mom says.

Don't you just love Debbie?

Even when I am in the Christmas Spirit I sometimes feel like disappearing:

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The author of yesterday's quote was Jackie Kennedy. "I'm on top, I'm 35 years old, and there are other things I want to do. Physically, there is a lot of pain. I don't want to be hurt again. I have nothing left to prove. " Was authored by the first woman to win a Triple Crown Race who was born in 1963. In 2000 she became the first woman inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. She appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated for the issue of May 22, 1989. She is one of only eight jockeys so recognized (the others are Willie Shoemaker, Bill Hartack, Eddie Arcaro, Johnny Longden, John Sellers, Robyn Smith and Steve Cauthen). She also was the only woman to win riding championships at Belmont Park, Gulfstream Park, Monmouth Park, The Meadowlands and Atlantic City Race Course. Who authored today's quote?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Hunting Dogs

It is has been a peaceful morning. I've been at home and knocking off items on my to do list, fifteen done so far today! My new microwave is up and running. I got it in place, the clock set, and working with the minimum amount of swear words. A lot less swear words then I used Sunday when I tried to fix the flat tire on Mom's mobile wheelchair. We finally took the tire off and went to the nearby Les Schwab tire center who kindly fixed the tire for free. It had two holes in the tube so I never would have gotten the darn thing fixed.

I know it is awful of me but I did laugh at the following story:

Fess up, did you laugh?

Next up is an article that gives a hint on how you can turn a bad situation into a worse one:

I am kind of sad that we have lost common senses but I am not sad that neither Portland or Seattle failed to make the following list:

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Florynce Kennedy authored yesterday's quote. "When Harvard men say they have graduated from Radcliffe, then we've made it" Was authored by a first lady we all have heard of. Men wanted to date and women wanted to be her. She lived from 1929 to 1994 during which some of it was Camelot. A first lady, she brought a youthful elegance to the White House during her tenure there. Briefly a photographer before her marriage to the President and an editor after she was widowed for the second time. She lost many relatives, some to plane crashes, some to assassinations. I vividly remember her blood strained dress on November 22, 1963. If you do also you can tell me who authored today's quote.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Sorry I am late with today's entry but this was my last day at Mom's for a while and sister is back after thirteen days on the road. I wanted to leave the house in great condition for sister so I cleaned Mom's house before I left. When I clean, I clean everything. Light switches, windows, TVs front and back, and so on. I am such a good cleaner I may open a business and start charging! However, I am not wearing those French Maid costumes.

When I got back from Mom's I started to fix lunch and my microwave exploded. Only victim was a bowl of soup and myself who had to clean another kitchen! I just got back from Target with a new Microwave in hand.

It was really an injustice to have my Microwave go out after working so hard to help my mother but it is nothing like the injustice in the following article:

There is so much wrong with the above story. My heart just goes out to the should be dad and the children. My angst is directed at the government that doesn't seem have any common sense or flexibility.

Let's switch from injustice to justice:

It will be crappy story if the scam artist don't end up in jail.

On to another story where the bank should have had the heart of the law and the movers:


Sister Corita Kent authored yesterday's quote. "I’m just a loud-mouthed middle-aged colored lady with a fused spine and three feet of intestines missing and a lot of people think I’m crazy. Maybe you do too, but I never stop to wonder why I’m not like other people. The mystery to me is why more people aren’t like me" was authored by a young woman living from 1916 to 2000. She was the daughter of a Pullman porter, graduated from Columbia Law School in 1951. She handled the estates of Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday. She was also known as a social activist, a feminist who was one of the founders of the National Organization for Women and a participant in the 1967 Atlantic City Miss America protest. She founded the National Black Feminist Organization in 1975 and published her autobiography in 1976. In all she was a U.S. lawyer, activist, civil rights advocate, and feminist. She was the author of COLOR ME FLOR, MY HARD LIFE AND GOOD TIMES. In her spare time she acted in two movies playing Enid The Maid in THE LANDLORD. Who authored today's quote?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Heart Attacks Suck.

I talked to my friend Ted's wife this morning and he is doing extremely well. The removed the breathing tubes last night and are going to sit him up in a chair sometime today. Speaking of heart health, when is the worst time to have a heart attack:

Personally, I think anytime is a bad time to have a heart attack.

Heart attacks really do suck and apparently so do some governors:

I really think the governor's office made a mistake by reacting to the tweet, they should have just ignored it.

Speaking of bad policy when are the big companies ever going to learn that they are going to get the public's angst when they go after the little guy.

Another case where ignoring would have been the best policy.


Wendy Kaminer authored yesterday's quote. "Creativity belongs to the artist in each of us. To create means to relate. The root meaning of the word art is "to fit together" and we all do this every day. Not all of us are painters but we are all artists. Each time we fit things together we are creating - whether it is to make a loaf of bread, a child, a day" was authored by an artist and member of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. She combined sacred and activist ideas with her silk screen for popular art and posters in the 1960s. Fellow artist Ben Shahn described her as a "joyful revolutionary." She designed the 1985 "Love" stamp, reportedly the best-selling postage stamp in history. In 1965 her "Peace on Earth" Christmas exhibit in IBM’s New York show room was seen as too subversive and Corita had to amend it. However, her work continued to be an outlet for her activism. "I am not brave enough to not pay my income tax and risk going to jail. But I can say rather freely what I want to say with my art." Born in 1918 & died in 1986. Tell me who designed the 1985 love stamp and then you can tell me who authored today's quote.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Healthy Differences

A lot of people have differences with each other during the holiday season. Just like cats and dogs. After taking care of a cat that thought he was a dog I found the following article interesting:

It is a deadly disease and sometimes a silent killer but it can be reversed unlike what some medical professionals tell you:

Speaking of health, here is the answer to the age old question does cold weather cause a cold?

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"A liberal is a conservative who's been arrested. A conservative is a liberal who's been mugged", was authored by a writer and a social critic and an ardent critic of "institutionalized whining" and protectionist forms of feminism. She's also criticized the self-help movement and the criminal justice system, including the death penalty. She is best described, on women's issues, as an egalitarian feminist. She is a lawyer that was born in 1949. Do you agree that women have A FEARFUL FREEDOM: WOMEN'S FLIGHT FROM EQUALITY? If you do it may be easier to tell me who authored today's quote.

Sunday, November 27, 2011


I'm taking a break from searching for articles today. We are just going to have an old fashioned update Sunday.

Last week was great. I do think I tired Mom out. The week started out with a nice dinner last Sunday with the wonderful Don and Belva and their beautiful daughter Christine. Monday was a night the caregiver wasn't supposed to work but with sis gone she worked Monday. In return I took her and Mom to dinner Monday night. Tuesday was my day at Mom's. We rested, cleaned, and played Scrabble. Wednesday was a nice lunch at The Astor House Retirement community with new residents, Mom's friends Rod and Marion. Thursday I cooked Thanksgiving Dinner for eight. Yes you read that right, I cooked Thanksgiving Dinner. Ham, scalloped potatoes, string bean casserole, pumpkin pie, and a fruit salad. Despite my cooking there were no food related emergency room visits and some people even asked if they could take leftovers home. I am now basking in my success and thinking about taking cooking classes. Friday I made Mom lunch and helped her with a few things like ordering checks for her. She had a really good day with some surprising things happening. Saturday was making lunch for Mom, watching the Oregon football game with my nephew who was in Portland to attend a wedding, and taking mom to dinner. We wanted to drop a housewarming gift off for Rod & Marion and just went to dinner near there and then dropped off the package.

On the agenda this week at some point is probably some rest. Today I am heading over to the Doofus Crew to watch a little bit of football, I am not staying very long because I have to be at Mom's to make her lunch and help her put dinner together. But I wanted to stop by the doofus crew to wish Ted good luck. He is having open heart surgery tomorrow. Tomorrow after noon and night, Tuesday day and night, Wednesday until about one are at Mom's. Sister is coming back tomorrow so she will do Wednesday night and then I won't have to be back to Mom's until the following Tuesday. So Wednesday afternoon, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Momday are resting, getting my house in order, and Christmas Shopping.

Sister and her husband had a great time on their trip. They visited his son for a couple of days and her daughter for a couple of days and they were able to go to the Dallas Cowboy football game on Thanksgiving Day. They were hosted by the CEO of the television my niece is the morning anchor so had a suite with food and drinks free! By the way Mom and I have been taking care of my sister's cat, Max while they have been gone. Max has taken to me and follows me everywhere when I am at Mom's. Normally not a lap sitter but Max is on my lap whenever I sit down. I will have mised emotions when Max returns home, will miss him but not the work that comes with it!

The blog is now yours to do with whatever you please, update, vent, ask for support, or just commeny way with anything that is on your mind.


These is the suite my Sister and her husband were in at the football game:

My neice is on the right, her friend and co-worker is on the left. This is thre front of the suite they were in:

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Holiday Hints

Laura Bush authored yesterday's quote. Here are some tips on how to have a happy holiday season.

In whatever you are doing use common sense. Certainly more common sense then the security guard at Safeway used:

Because the guard reacted with "I was just doing my job " I think he is not teachable and should be fired. What do you think?

Stress is a biggie during the holidays. Here are some things to help you manage those stressful moments: especially like the dot on the phone as a reminder to take a deep breath.

Dreaming is a good way to handle stress:

I am dreaming about the house in Bel Air. I have a picture of it on my refrigerator. I am looking forward to owning the home and also having a seventy-five million petty cash fund.

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Friday, November 25, 2011

The Inspiring, The Loyal, & The Big Tipper

Black Friday is going to have a missing ingredient. Me. No way am I going out to fight those crowds. Just not worth it.

Let's start the day with a very inspiring story:

The follow story just touched my heart to the core. I find it both sad and heartwarming:

Are you a big tipper? I think the most tip I've ever left was one hundred dollars for a hundred dollar tab. It was a case when the people with me kind of were not nice to the waitress and I tried to make up for it.


Sarah Josepha Hale authored yesterday's quote. "The power of a book lies in its power to turn a solitary act into a shared vision. As long as we have books, we are not alone" was authored by the wife and daughter-in-law of presidents. She was born in 1946 in Midland, Texas. She met her husband during his first campaign for Congress; he lost the race, but won her hand and they were married three months after they met. She had been working as an elementary school teacher and librarian. Uncomfortable with public speaking, she has nevertheless used her popularity to promote her husband's candidacies, to promote reading for children, and to work on awareness of women's health problems including heart disease and breast cancer. Who authored today's quote?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Hope this day is filled with family, friends, food, and for us guys football.

What I am thankful for:

The followers of the blog. You all know who you are! I love you all. There has now been about forty five thousand visits to the blog. I appreciate every one.

My Facebook friends.

The Dad I had.

The Mom I have.

The sister that helps me every day

The brother-in-law that treats mom so well and is truly my friend.

The brother I wish I would see more often.

My Albany Cousins

My sister cousin, Dixie and her siblings, Denny & Dave

My uncle Frank and Aunt Velma, truly a second set of parents.

Mom's friends Rod and Marion. We had a nice dinner with them yesterday. I hope when I am in my mid eightiest I can be as generous, as nice, as thoughtful, and as thankful as they are.

My friend Nancie who doesn't kill me if I wait to long to call.

My Section 16 friends.

My bosses and coworkers at Napier & Company. They ask me back every year and make
me feel useful and wise.

The caregiver Susan who gives sis and I nights off.

My Sunday morning football friends, Ted, Leland, Bill E, Greg, Jay, Doug, & Moi. Also known as The Doofus Crew we share more than football.

The Chaos Chronicles hosted by the beautiful and talented Lian Dolan..

They Chaos Crew. What a great group. How happy I am that so many "friended" me.

The Satellite Sisters hosted by the Dolan sisters, Sheila, Liz, Monica, Julie, & Lian. They let me post on their blog!

The sun rising over Mount Hood in the morning.

My Education.

My sense of humor that some say I have!

All the people that give up their time to Volunteer to help someone. Whether it be the disadvantaged, the elderly, sick children, the ill of all ages, or animals in need. Appreciated by me every day.

The Moon and its changing shapes.



Ashland, Oregon

The Columbia Gorge

My microwave.

The Ducks football team.

The Beavers Basketball team.

My Korean dry cleaner who makes me smile when he says "you always make me happy when you come in"

The ability to appreciate little things. A smile from a clerk. A teen opening a door for my mom in a wheelchair. Free cups of coffee for Mom and I and the clerk saying "just because."

The history of Thanksgiving:

And most of all I am Thankful for those that will forgive me if I forgot to mention them today. You know everyday how much I appreciate you!

Today's Quote

Mary Ritter Beard authored yesterday's quote. "There is something in the decay of nature that awakens thought, even in the most trifling mind" was authored by an American writer and an influential editor. She is the author of a very famous nursery rhyme. She famously campaigned for the creation of the American holiday known as Thanksgiving, and for the completion of the Bunker Hill Monument. She was born in 1788 and died in 1879. If you have ever had a little lamb you can tell me who authored today's quote.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Heroes, Divorces, & Movies

Is there a better time than the day before Thanksgiving to celebrate young heroes!

I've heard tell that the holidays bring the end to marriages. So in the spirit of the holidays here is the top ten things not to do in divorce court:

Going to any movies during the holidays? I am checking out THE DESCANDANTS. What do you think the best Thanksgiving movie is?

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Oksana Baiul authored yesterday's quote. "While it is generally agreed that the visible expressions and agencies are necessary instruments, civilization seems to depend far more fundamentally upon the moral and intellectual qualities of human beings -- upon the spirit that animates mankind" was authored by a woman born in 1876 and died in 1958 who was writing about women's history before women's history was an accepted academic field -- her major works were published in the 1930s and 1940s.. Have you ever looked at AMERICA THROUGH WOMENS' EYES or WOMEN AS FORCE IN HISTORY? If you have you can tell me who authored today's quote.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Getting To Know You.

A lot of people are traveling for Thanksgiving. Apparently people aren't the only one:

The holiday season is a great time to get to know you neighbors, no?

The holiday is a good season to have serious discussions about bias and discrimination. Just don't talk with your mouth full.

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Pearl Bailey authored yesterday's quote. "When I'm on the ice, I like being me and not imitate other skater's music" was authored by an Olympic Skater born in 1977. She won the Olympic gold medal for women's figure skating at the 1994 games in Lillehammer, Norway, after an accident the day of her long program that required three stitches. She narrowly beat Nancy Kerrigan, who had been injured earlier by an attack by someone hired by the boyfriend of rival Tonya Harding. Who Authored today's Quote?

Monday, November 21, 2011

Pictures, Fake Houses, & Dumb Criminals

How was your Sunday? I really enjoyed dinner with my cousins, Don, Belva, & Christine. Today I am taking my niece to the airport. She is flying to the east to spend Thanksgiving with her sister who is in the military. Then it is back home to take Mom and the caregiver out for dinner.

Let's start the day with some beautiful places:

You really don't have to view the entire 100 but just a few will give you an idea of what Time was going for.

We talked about a fake Paris a few days ago, What about fake White Houses?

How can we not end today's post with another dumb criminal story?

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Monday's Quote

"A man without ambition is dead. A man with ambition but no love is dead. A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive. Having been alive, it won't be so hard in the end to lie down and rest" was authored by entertainer who combined singing with ad libs, was in 1975 a special ambassador to the United Nations. She's perhaps most famous for her version of Hello, Dolly! She was born in 1918 and died in 1990. If you can go to the beach and find what is hidden in oysters and then sing the song "Bill ______ won't you please come home" you can tell me authored today's quote.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Week Of Losses

This past week has been one of losses. My cousin Jack that I mentioned before on the blog is in hospice and not expected to make it beyond the next couple of days. My friend Judy that was part of a women's group that I am part of and have known for over twenty years passed away. And Oscar, the four year old son my England Internet friend, Anthony, was taken by brain cancer. My heart just goes out to the families of Jack, Judy, and Oscar.

On to next week. Today I will be at Mom's to fix her lunch and then Mom and I are going to meet some wonderful cousins (Don & Belva) and their beautiful daughter Christine at Claim Jumper for dinner. Looking forward to it. Monday I am taking Mom and Susan, the caregiver, for dinner. Tuesday night is at Mom's. Wednesday Mom & I are going to lunch at Rod and Marion's. They are friends of Mom that had to move to assisted living two weeks ago. Their facility has their Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday for lunch and we have been invited to be a part of it. Wednesday night is at Mom's. Thursday I am cooking for ten and maybe spending the night at Mom's. Friday I am avoiding the stores!

What does your coming week look like? What went on with you last week?

Today just a couple of articles to share.

Sunday for the last few weeks has been a day to look at houses:

I like all of the houses, can probably afford one or two but the idea of moving keeps me staying put. It is just to damn much work.

While flying around from open house to open house we may need to stop for gas:;_ylt=AjW8R3CFDV_sLjl1Lfzgw7ftiBIF;_ylu=X3oDMTNqNGdubWp2BGNjb2RlA2N0LmMEcGtnA2JhODE1MTYyLTliODMtMzA0Mi05ZjdiLTdiZGI1ZGU4ZDhiOARwb3MDNARzZWMDbW9zdF9wb3B1bGFyBHZlcgM2MjIwY2ZjZS0xMTNiLTExZTEtYjFiMy1mZmJlNjAyYjAyMDc-;_ylg=X3oDMTIwdWJsZnJ1BGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANob21lfG9kZG5ld3MEcHQDc2VjdGlvbnMEdGVzdAM-;_ylv=3

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Hop To It!

Lady Astor was the author of yesterday's quote. I've got to hop to it and get the blog entry done and posted before spending the day at Mom's. Then back by five to watch the Oregon-USC football game. It just seems the first article should be all about hopping:

I've been so busy since sister left that I not only have forgotten everyone's name, I've forgotten my own. That I was so happy to discover the following article:

Once in a while Mom will say something that will just knock the air out of me. You think is a light material? Not the lightest according to my research:

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Friday, November 18, 2011


With sister on her way to Dallas, Texas (they are driving) my days get a little busier. Over to Mom's to fix her lunch and then back this evening to cook dinner for the troops. Before starting my day away from home I am posting my blog entry today and it will be all about discoveries.

What you wouldn't want to discover in your chimney:;_ylt=AqtRvx.FV_fKp7_7IYBGvIrtiBIF;_ylu=X3oDMTNyZmExa2Q5BG1pdANUb3BTdG9yeSBPZGRVU1NGBHBrZwM2Y2E5NDRjYS0zYjVkLTNlNWYtYjY0Ni1mM2MwMjhmNzQyZGIEcG9zAzEyBHNlYwN0b3Bfc3RvcnkEdmVyAzg2ZjkyYzAwLTEwNmEtMTFlMS05OWJlLTFjZWU1ZTAwNWNmZg--;_ylg=X3oDMTIwdWJsZnJ1BGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANob21lfG9kZG5ld3MEcHQDc2VjdGlvbnMEdGVzdAM-;_ylv=3

The intelligence level of some of future criminals never ceases to amaze me.

Now on to a discovery that interested me:

I wonder if we can learning anything important by discovering new islands.

On to the discovery of hidden meanings:

I will now play board games with a new interest and through a new lookout eye.

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Joan Wash Anglund authored yesterday's quote. "Women have got to make the world safe for men since men have made it so darned unsafe for women" was authored by a woman born in Virginia who married an English heir as her second husband. When her husband was elevated to the House of Lords she ran for his seat in Parliament, and became, in 1919, the first woman seated in the British Parliament. She supported women's rights and, during World War II, worked to keep up the morale of the British people and American troops stationed in the Plymouth area near her home. Who Authored today's quote?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Little History

A little review of history today. First two articles are about historical events

I am not surprised by anything in the above article, you?

Have you been Paris? Maybe not.;_ylt=AnFyo.iTVfwA8gUPHKn5GwntiBIF;_ylu=X3oDMTNqamtnOWk2BGNjb2RlA2N0LmMEcGtnA2NhN2YwYjg4LWMwMWEtMzliOC1iNTcwLWFkMmZkMTlmZmE0MQRwb3MDNARzZWMDbW9zdF9wb3B1bGFyBHZlcgNjMmM3ZDdiOC0wY2M4LTExZTEtYTBjMS03OGU3ZDE1ZDRjZjQ

Would you like to share your password with me? Here are some you should probably avoid using:

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Isabelle Allende authored yesterday's quote. "A bird does not sing because he has an answer. He sings because he has a song" was authored by a writer and illustrator of children's book who is best known for her round-faced, featureless characters and her inspirational messages, inspired largely from her own children, Joy and Todd. Her characters grace figurines, hand-made plaques, notecards, cross stitch patterns and ornaments. Her publishing success began with her first book, A Friend is Someone Who Likes You in 1958. During her lifetime she has written and illustrated over 75 children's books, selling over 40 million copies world wide. Perhaps you recognize her from a quarterly piece in Good Housekeeping or other titles like In A Pumpkin Shell (1960) or The Brave Cowboy (1959)? Regardless of how you know her because she has become a part of American culture and her words touch the hearts of children across generations. "Praise, like sunlight," she writes, "helps all things grow." Who authored today's quote?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Do You Believe?

Do you believe in Big Foot? Do believe in being able to be Big Foot?

Do you believe that sometimes it is to late for your wish to come true?

Do you believe Jane Austin died of natural causes? Suicide? Murder?

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Louisa May Alcott authored yesterdays quote. "For women the best aphrodisiacs are words. The G-spot is in the ears. He who looks for it below there is wasting his time " was authored by a, a novelist and journalist who left Chile with her husband and children when her uncle, a Chilean President, was overthrown in a coup. After a time in Venezuela, she came to live and write in the United States. She was born in 1942. Have you visited THE CITY OF BEASTS? If so you can tell me who authored today's quote.