Friday, September 30, 2011

Coffee, Typos, & Radar

Did you know yesterday was national coffee day? If you didn't you missed out on free coffee at several places including Krispy Kreme and McDonalds. I really can't give you free coffee unless you come to Oregon to visit me. But what I can do is give all the facts about coffee that you would ever need to know:

Do you make typos? I know I do and on many occasions. I feel better after reading the next article:

I kind of liked the first one the best.

Then next time you are tooling along on the freeway with your cell phone, just a couple of words of warning, WATCH OUT.

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Althea Gibson authored yesterday's quote. "It is not that women are really smaller-minded, weaker-minded, more timid and vacillating, but that whosoever, man or woman, lives always in a small, dark place, is always guarded, protected, directed and restrained, will become inevitably narrowed and weakened by it. The woman is narrowed by the home and the man is narrowed by the woman. " The author of today's quote was born in 1860 and died in 1935. She was a prominent American sociologist, novelist, writer of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction, and a lecturer for social reform. She was a utopian feminist during a time when her accomplishments were exceptional for women, and she served as a role model for future generations of feminists because of her unorthodox concepts and lifestyle. Her best remembered work today is her semi-autobiographical short story The Yellow Wallpaper which she wrote after a severe bout of postpartum psychosis. Who authored today's quote

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Ants, Einstein, & Recalls.

Last day at Mom's, I will be there until about 8 tonight so if I don't respond until then or early tomorrow morning please accept my apology in advance. On the agenda today is we are going to get our flu shot and then got out to lunch. You doing anything exciting today? Have you gotten your flu shot yet? If you haven't get your butt in gear.

First story today comes to us from South Carolina.

I bet they were antsy to get the football game started. Would you have waited out the delay? Or would you have split with me?

Have your ever considered yourself smart enough to challenge Einstein?

I really don't how I feel about the above article. You?

Next up is a warning. Everyone once in a while I read a story about a recall that I feel that I should pass on:

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Zelda Fitzgerald authored yesterday's quote "I always wanted to be somebody. If I made it, it's half because I was game enough to take a lot of punishment along the way and half because there were a lot of people who cared enough to help me." She was a sharecropper's daughter raised on welfare mostly in New York City, learned tennis through public clubs. She rose to become the first African American to play at in the Forest Hills and in the Wimbledon championships, and the first African American to win either. She broke the color barrier in tennis, helping make possible the later careers of other African American tennis players including Arthur Ashe and Venus and Serena Williams. She was born in 1927 and died in 2003. Who authored today's quote?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mango Makes It Home

Taking a break from cleaning house to post a blog entry for the day. I am going to be at Mom's about one-thirty this afternoon and won't be back until about eight tomorrow night. For some reason I like a clean house before I leave it for a day or more. Tomorrow Mom a I are going to get our flu shots. Tomorrow it is Scrabble and working on her books. Friday I have lunch with two former clients, Doug and Miriam. Be nice to see them.

The first article really freaked me out:

All I can see it is I am glad it wasn't any of my relatives sent to a place to die for too soon. Would that freak you out?

Seattle is really making a name for itself here on my blog. First they have a weird holiday and not they have a new way to deal with foreclosures:

While I am glad somebody put a good scare in the bank, I am just not sure this is the right way to go about it.

One of the reasons I like about Portland is that there are a lot of caring people here. A couple of days ago there was a car accident on a local street close to the freeway. Mango the dog got out of his collar and took off ending up on the freeway. It stopped freeway traffic dead as people stopped their cars to try to catch the little bugger before he got hurt.

Thank goodness the dog is safe and back with its owner. Thank goodness for all the drivers that stopped their cars and helped.

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Doris Kearns Goodwin authored yesterday's quote. "We grew up founding our dreams on the infinite promise of American advertising. I still believe that one can learn to play the piano by mail and that mud will give you a perfect complexion. " She was an artist, ballet dancer, and writer. Married at 19 to a famous writer her zany and racy antics -- and his -- seemed to symbolize the freedom of the Jazz Age. She wrote in part to battle her restlessness while her husband was absorbed in his writing. She was diagnosed as a schizophrenic. She was hospitalized after a nervous collapse in 1930, and spent the rest of her life in sanatoriums. She died in a hospital fire in 1948. It was the 1960s before her writing began to be studied seriously and she began to emerge a bit from the shadow of her more famous husband. Her art work also has been reappraised as interesting in its own right. After spending much of the 1950s and 60s in family attics—her mother even had much of the art burned because she disliked it—scholars began to examine the art. Exhibitions of her work have toured the United States and Europe. A review of the exhibition by curator Everl Adair noted the influence of Vincent Van Gogh and Georgia O'Keeffe on her paintings and concluded that her surviving corpus of art "represents the work of a talented, visionary woman who rose above tremendous odds to create a fascinating body of work—one that inspires us to celebrate the life that might have been." She was born in 1900. If you visit her husband on THIS SIDE OF PARADISE, you can answer the question, who authored today's quote?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Stamps, Bake Sales, & Tears

Hope your day has been a great one and that you accomplished at lot. Maybe you have accomplished so much that you will get your own postage stamp:

What living person would like to see on the postage stamp?

I will go with Ernest Borgnine and Sandra Day O'Conner to start with.

What do you think the political future looks like? Looks like we have some brilliant politicians to look forward to:

I think I had more common sense when I was in college than these young students. You?

Tuesday is often for tears, a good cry. The following article will help you with that:

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Lee Grant authored yesterday's quote. "That is what leadership is all about: staking your ground ahead of where opinion is and convincing people, not simply following the popular opinion of the moment. " Was born in 1943. She is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American biographer and historian, and an oft-seen political commentator. She is the author of biographies of several U.S. Presidents, including Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream; The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys: An American Saga; No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt (which won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1995); and her most recent book, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Who authored today's quote?

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Movie Starts Over

Another start to another week. It always seems good to get a new start. When watching movies would you like a new start? A different ending? If you had the power to mentally change the endings, the scenes in, or the start of movies could you use that power in other areas?

I'm a pretty calm person and I tend not to take sides on controversial issues. I am going to take a stand right now on a very serious subject. I hate self serve checkouts in grocery stores. Whenever they ask me if I want to use their self serve checkout my response is always "not in this lifetime". I want the checkers to make the mistakes instead of me. Here is a trend I completely support:

Are you glad that the super markets in your area may be taking away a service away from you?

I am closing Monday with a brief article:

Anything that protests outdated laws I am for.

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"I've been married to one Marxist and one Fascist, and neither one would take the garbage out. " Was authored by an American theater, film and television actress, and film director who was blacklisted Hollywood movie studio bosses in the 1950's. She was a dramatic actress on Broadway at age 21, earning praise for her role as a shoplifter in the play Detective Story which began its run on March 23, 1949. Called before the House Committee on Un-American Activities to testify against her husband, a playwright, father of her daughter, actress Dinah Manoff, She refused to testify and was ultimately blacklisted. She continued to work in theater and resumed her film career in the early 1960s, appearing in the television series Peyton Place as the evil Stella Chernak. She was born in 1927. Who authored today's quote?

Sunday, September 25, 2011


Been a relaxing day so for. I leisurely read the Sunday paper and then went out to breakfast with the boys. Six of us were there today. Lots of fun and it didn't end until after one. Then I stopped by Mom's to pickup something that I left there. Now that I home the blog is first on the list. Tonight on the list is to watch the season premieres of two of my favorite shows. THE AMAZING RACE and THE GOOD WIFE.

If you want to get a look at this seasons cast you can read about them here:

Of course I am rooting for Bill and Cathi from Albany, Oregon. I usually root for the oldest team and being from Oregon is a bonus.

Next on the list is an article about a horny little dude that I think you will enjoy:

I like the inventiveness of the doctors.

That's all for today. Comment Away.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Open Houses

Yesterday was an interesting day because for the first day in several years it was a day when I had nothing planned. I did very little too. A good rest but a little boring. Today I am taking mom to lunch, going to the post office to get stamps and mail my brother's birthday card, stop by the bank, grocery shop, and watch football. Maybe even mow the lawn.

First up today is the weekly open houses:

I like the Portland house but I'd take the steps out.

Does mom like you best? Do parents have favorites among their children? Is it OK to favor on child over the next?

Mom likes me best. You?

And let's close out the week with one final dumb criminal story.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Relax Today.

I got home from Mom's late last night. I did come home for a couple of hours during the day but then went back to fix dinner and do the evening things. Today I am glad and really have nothing planned for the first day in a long time. I'm just going to relax today and not do any serious thinking. So here are some articles today that will make you smile, maybe cause a tear or two, and then make you laugh.

First up is a touching article that will make you smile through a tear or two. Tucker's Toybox.

Five bucks and a toy for a good hot dog meal and making a young child happy. Sounds like the deal of the week to me.

Do you like dumb criminal stories? I do her are more than a couple of them:!.html

My favorits was the one that had the robbery not on the wrong bank's deposit slip.

Embarrassing moments, we all have them. Some times the moments take years before we can laugh at them,sometimes we can laugh at them right away. I'm not going to share any of my embarrassing moments but if anyone wants to share theirs feel free:

I'll go with the Christmas card story as my favorite.

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Yesterday's quote was authored by Edith Hamilton. "One may not reach the dawn save by the path of the night." was authored by an Australian feminist later living in London, published The Female Eunuch in 1970, with its feisty tone (and her own attractive self and unapologetically straight sexuality) assuring her place in the public eye as an "in your face" feminist. In her later books, including Sex and Destiny: the Politics of Human Fertility and The Change: Women, Ageing, and Menopause, drew fire from feminists and others. Less well known is her career as a literature scholar and professor, where her unique perspective comes through, as in her 2000 essay, "Female Impersonator," about male poets speaking as female voices, or her book, Slip-shod Sibyls: Recognition, Rejection, and the Woman Poet, where she suggests that a reason many pre-modern women poets are absent from standard curricula is that they were not that skilled, focused on the "morbid exercise" of wallowing in emotion. Who authored today's quote?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Blood Pressure

Hope your week has been going well. Looking forward to being home tomorrow. We have had a nice two days at Mom's but home is where the heart is. Since I made the decision several weeks ago not to react to jabs and follow the deep breath method things have been much better.

I wonder how the blood pressure was of the teen in the following article:

The teen has more guts then I do, I see anything that weighs eight hundred pounds I am getting the heck out of there.

The blood pressure of the parrot must have been normal but I'll be the owner's blood pressure went from hi to normal thanks to the parrot:

If I decide to have a pet maybe I should get a parrot.

My blood pressure went up after reading the following article:

I hope the four young women in the article go to jail for a very long time.

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Frances Ellen Watkins Harper authored yesterday's quote. "So far, we do not seem appalled at the prospect of exactly the same kind of education being applied to all the school children from the Atlantic to the Pacific, but there is an uneasiness in the air, a realization that the individual is growing less easy to find; an idea, perhaps, of what standardization might become when the units are not machines, but human beings." was said by was an educator, a writer, and a classicist. Her sister, Alice , was a pioneer female physician. She was headmistress of Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, Maryland. She retired from teaching in 1922 and took up classical studies. She wrote "The Greek Way" and "The Roman Way" which brought the interest of many to classical studies. Her "Mythology" has been an introduction to classical mythology for many students. She was born in 1867 and died in 1963. Who authored today's quote?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Duffs, Self-Control, & Labels.

Some unusual articles about health today.

Let's start with an article that will help get you off of your duff.

Are you in to self control? Is self-control good for you?

I am against labeling. I have been for a long time. Not food labeling but overall labeling. I'm still upset that it starts as soon as we enter the public school system and sometimes earlier. I am against students being in a box that if often takes them a life time to get out of. He/she is gifted. He/she isn't. He/she is popular so go stand with the socials. He/she isn't popular so go stand with the nerds. People learn at different speeds. Some take longer to learn something and never forget it. Others pick up things right away. We all have a niche that we are brilliant in. Shouldn't the schools take less time labeling and more time finding out where the student is smart in? Albert Einstein was an idiot according to one teacher. Thomas Edison was sent home from school by a third grade teacher because he was to stupid to learn. I've told the story before how a seventh grade teacher thought I should be put in a school for what was then called the now socially unacceptable word, retarded. I would do the assignments and not hand them in. They were to easy and thinking I had them wrong because tests just can't be easy and not wanting rejection I didn't hand them in. Before moving me to the dreaded school they gave me an IQ test. Second highest in the State of Oregon for my age group. What if my parents hadn't insisted on a IQ test before moving me to the school, what would have my life been? I would have never went to college. I would have never become a certified public accountant. I would have wasted a life way because one teacher put me in a box. Don't you think it is time for schools to quit labeling? If you aren't sure check out the following article:

The article mostly talks about self-labeling but being labeled by others would have the same effect. At least in my opinion it would.

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The author of yesterday's quote was Dorothy Height. "I do not think the mere extension of the ballot a panacea for all the ills of our national life. What we need to day is not simply more voters, but better voters." was authored by a 19th century African American woman writer and abolitionist, was born to a free black family in a slave state, Maryland. She became a teacher, an anti-slavery activist, and a writer and poet. She was also an advocate of women's rights and was a member of the American Woman Suffrage Association. Her writings of often focused on themes of racial justice, equality, and freedom. She was born in 1825 and died in 1911. Have your ever read POEMS ON MISCELLANEOUS SUBJECTS? If you have you can answer the question, who authored today's quote?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Big Sausauges & Beaver Teeth.

Getting ready to go off to Mom's for the next three days. She is going to bridge this afternoon so that will give me a bit of a break. Already got the lunches fixed through Thursday:

Sister was going to take me to the casino today for all the work I did while she was tied up with her husband. I backed out of it so I could take Mom to bridge and after reading the next article decided home is safer than the casino:

In the updates on Sunday DR said that she had her semi-annual dental cleaning. I'm kind of guessing that the featured one in the following article should schedule an appointment sometime soon:

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The author of yesterday's quote was Carter Heyward. "Greatness is not measured by what a man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach his goals." Was said by a key figure in the American civil rights movement, worked for many years for the YWCA, and also headed the National Council of Negro Women for more than 50 years. This American administrator, educator, and social activist was born in 1912 and died in 2010. The musical stage play If THIS HAT COULD TALK, based on her memoirs OPEN WIDE THE FREDOM GATES, debuted in 2005. It showcases her unique perspective on the civil rights movement and details many of the behind-the-scenes figures and mentors who shaped her life, including Mary McLeod Bethune and Eleanor Roosevelt. Who Authored today's quote?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Weird Monday

It is kind of a weird Monday so we are doing the weird today. Weird and in some cases fun.

Nothing like a weird holiday. Comes to us from Seattle, Washington:

Do you like animal stories? I do.

Did you ever see the movie WEEKEND AT BERNIES? If you did you might enjoy the following weirdness. Then again you might not.

That was kind of a deadly article. The main live characters have been arrested and are in jail.

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"The only theology worth doing is that which inspires and transforms lives, that which empowers us to participate in creating, liberating, and blessing the world. This is a basic tenet of feminist liberation theology and it is also Anglicanism at its best." Was authored by a feminist, teacher and priest born in 1945. Her first name is the last name of a Peanut President and her last name is the name of a city in California. In 1974, she was one of 11 women whose ordinations eventually paved the way for the recognition of women as priests in the Episcopal Church in 1976. Have you thought about TOUCHING OUR STRENGTH: THE EROTIC POWER OF GOD? If you think about it you can answer the question, who authored today's quote?

Sunday, September 18, 2011

TV Update

This will be the last scheduled update. The only ones that ever updates me on their lives are DR and, Dona chips in once in a while but it isn't enough posts to continue the regularly scheduled updates. There will be updates here and there just not scheduled ones. And any of you can email me or post updates at any time. Any day or any time. Whenever you need to get something off of your chest or when you need support, or when you just want to tell me what is going on with you,. Feel free to do it any day of the week.

My update. Today's post was late because the TV in the bedroom at Mom's where I stay went kaput, First, it was breakfast with the boys. Then it was to Bi-Mart to buy a new TV. Then it was to Mom's. Sis stays in the same bedroom so I wanted the TV up and running before tomorrow night when she stays there. Since her husband Bob is an engineer I called him and said "The TV in the bedroom at Mom's went out, a new one is there, it is your job to set it up and get it running,." Seemed fair to me.

Last week going backwards. Sis and Bob wanted to go to Seattle so Mom was mine yesterday. I fixed mom a nice lunch. Then fixed her and Susan a great dinner. All Susan had to do is put it in the microwave for a few minutes. Turkey meatloaf, sweet potato fries, green beans, and ice cream bars. Friday I worked on my today list. Battery for my phone. Looked at TVs, grocery shopped, and basically ran errands and did my own bookwork. Thursday was at Moms until Susan got there. She got there early. Wednesday day and night was at Mom's. Tuesday was mostly rest but the family did go out for dinner together. Monday was shopping and errands. Mowed the lawn. Sunday was breakfast with the boys and the going to the mall to hang out. I had a twenty dollar reward card at Nordstrom's that I wanted to use. When I bought my suit last November it generated twenty bucks to use later. I bought some Allure cologne.

Coming up this week. Tomorrow a movie. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at Mom's. Friday is the errand day. Saturday is cleaning house. There may be minor foot surgery in there some where next week. If not then the following week for sure will be the foot surgery.

That is my update. Give me yours. This is your day on the blog post anything you damn well please.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Saturday Viewing

The author of yesterday's quote was Gloria Jean Watkins also known as bell hooks. That is not a typo bell hooks wanted her name to be all lower case letters.

Saturday is a relaxing day and if you go out at all it is either to a movie or to real estate open houses. There may be a good open house in your area. Check out the following article to get an advance showing:

Stay away from house number four. This is my house soon as I win the lottery. I'm pretty sure I can get them down to six and half million.

If open houses aren't your style you may want to go to a car show. I just happen to have one right here on the blog:

About half way down through the article, right above the subsection is a link titled "View Gallery - Hoops Crazy Cars ", click on that link to view his unusual cars. I kind of like the Hoops Music Mobile.

We have now viewed open houses and weird cars, let's move on to some unusual sight seeing. You could probably get a taxi to view this magnificent scenery. But save the two million dollar cab fare and just view the pictures right here on the blog.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Health - The Final Entry

Continuing on to the third and last day of health stories. Here is part two of the cosmetic surgery series that the USA Today is doing:

Are California and Texas on the right track?

Big in the news lately as been the dispute between Dr. Oz and the FDA a bout the
amount of arsenic in apple juice. I do think Dr. Oz is fear mongering because he said later he allows his kids to drink apple juice. What do you think?

Comment Away and then have a great start to the weekend!


This is a tough one.

Fannie Hurst authored yesterday's quote "Justice demands integrity. It's to have a moral universe - not only know what is right or wrong but to put things in perspective, weigh things. Justice is different from violence and retribution; it requires complex accounting. " was authored by a writer and teacher born in 1952. Her writing has focused on the interconnectivity of race, class, and gender and what she describes as their ability to produce and perpetuate systems of oppression and domination. She has published over thirty books and numerous scholarly and mainstream articles, appeared in several documentary films and participated in various public lectures. Primarily through a postmodern perspective, hooks has addressed race, class, and gender in education, art, history, sexuality, mass media and feminism. Have you ever heard of a book of poems titled, AND THERE WE WEPT? If you have then you can answer the question, who authored today's quote?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Health Day - Part Two

Today is Health Day - Part Two. We are only going to do two articles today due to the length of the second one. I am not really trying to alarm you but I found both of today's articles alarming.;_ylt=An71QpYCri9_NqPwjLnBWPCs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTQ2MjgzdTJuBG1pdANTZWN0aW9uTGlzdCBGUCBIZWFsdGgEcGtnA2FhMjIxMDY3LTNiZWMtMzQyZS05YjJlLWFkYThjYjUyNjNhYgRwb3MDNARzZWMDTWVkaWFTZWN0aW9uTGlzdAR2ZXIDMjJlNzJkYzAtZGVjZS0xMWUwLWI3OTUtZmE2MDExYWFlZDRi;_ylg=X3oDMTFvdnRqYzJoBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANob21lBHB0A3NlY3Rpb25zBHRlc3QD;_ylv=3

Do you think we should worry about what is going on in other countries? Could the viruses being brought back here by travelers.

Next up is a frightening article about cosmetic surgery brought to you by the USA Today:

Frightened enough that you are going to put plastic surgery on hold? Part Two of the article will be tomorrow.

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Delores Ibarruri authored yesterday's quote "A woman has to be twice as good as a man to go half as far," Was authored by an American novelist. Although her books are not well remembered today she wrote numerous books during her lifetime. She was born in 1889 and died in 1968. She is now best known for the screen adaptations of her works. She was among the first to join the Lucy Stone League, an organization that fought for women to preserve their maiden names. She was active in the Urban League, and was appointed to the National Advisory Committee to the Works Progress Administration in 1940. She was also a delegate to the World Health Organization in 1952. Have you ever been on a BACK STREET? Do you think GOD MUST BE SAD? If you do you can answer the question, who authored today's quote?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Health Day - Part One

We haven't done health stories for a while so we are going to pig out on them. The next three days will be all about health.

Let's start out with a laugh. An elderly woman was pulling two garbage bags down the street. One had a hole in it and was money was following out of it. The lady was stopped by a police officer who told her about the falling money. The woman said "I better go back and pick it up." The cop "not so fast, where did all the money come from." The lady explained that she lived on a golf course and had a knot hole in her fence. Men would put their thing through the knot hole and tinkle. It would kill her flowers. She decided she was going to do something about. She got a pair of shears and whenever a man would put it through the knot hole, the woman would put shears around it and say "twenty bucks and I won't cut it off." The officer laughed and indicated he thought that was a pretty fair system. The cop asked "What is in the other bag?" "Not everyone pays."

If you laughed at that I just improved your health:

Do you have headaches? Are you taking daily pain medications for them? Is this the best plan:

I always like new discoveries. Especially when it is a discovery for a new use of something that is already approved by the FDA.

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Sarah Orne Jewett authored yesterday's quote. "It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees." The author of today's quote was born in 1895 and died in 1989. She was a Spanish Republican leader of the Spanish Civil War and communist politician of Basque origin, perhaps best known for her defense of the Second Spanish Republic with the famous slogan ¡No Pasarán! ("They Shall Not Pass"), during the Battle of Madrid. She later became a writer for the PCE publication Mundo Obrero, and was elected to the Cortes as a PCE deputy for Asturias in February 1936 during the Second Republic. After the end of the Spanish Civil War and her exile from Spain, she was appointed General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Spain, a position she held from 1942 to 1960. She wrote her first article in 1918 for the miners' newspaper, El Minero Vizcaíno. The article came out during Holy Week, it versed on religious hypocrisy at odds with the Passion of Christ, and because of the theme and because of the holiday she signed it with an alias. Have your heard of EL UNICO CAMINO (THE ONLY WAY). If you have, you can answer the question, who authored today's quote?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bodies, Jobs, & Never Lost.

The last day of the week that I have spent a night at Mom's. Tomorrow life goes back to normal. Brother-in-law went to work yesterday and did really well. So that crisis is past us.

Do you ever consider the history of a home when you are looking to buy one? I never do but maybe I should:

Unless the body is in the living room on the couch I don't think it would bother me to buy the house.

I'm always happy when anyone gets a job:

I'm not sure I am happy about a computer diagnosing medical conditions. Are you?

Men never ask for directions. We just don't we know the world is round and we will eventually get there. Now we don't have to worry about getting lost because someone wants to know where we are at all times:

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Suzanne La Follette authored yesterday's quote. "Yes'm, old friends is always best, 'less you can catch a new one that's fit to make an old one out of. " Was authored by novelist and short story writer born in 1849 and died in 1909. She is best known for best known for her local color works set in or near South Berwick, Maine, on the border of New Hampshire, which in her day was a declining New England seaport. As treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, a condition that developed in early childhood, She was sent on frequent walks and through them also developed a love of nature. She published her first important story in the Atlantic Monthly at age 19. She possessed a keen descriptive gift that William Dean Howells called "an uncommon feeling for talk. She never married; but she established a close friendship with writer Annie Field and her husband, publisher James Thomas Fields, editor of the Atlantic Monthly. After the sudden death of James Fields she and Annie Fields lived together for the rest of her life in what was then termed a "Boston marriage." Have you visited THE COUNTRY OF THE POINTED FIRS?. If you have you can answer the question, who authored today's quote?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Compliments, Giggles, & Strong Opinions.

I think all the women that follow my blog are beautiful and intelligent. Did I just make you feel uncomfortable?

I don't think it is only women that can't take a compliment. I have a hell of time taking one too. Do you?

We always hear that laughter is the best medicine and it is good to enjoy a good giggle. Sometimes maybe that isn't true:

If this lady goes to jail for her son's giggling it will be a terrible injustice. The son shouldn't even go to jail. Maybe a day's suspension. I mean can't we use common sense anymore? What do you think?

Yesterday a lot of us thought the ten year anniversary of 9-11 was overdone. The following columnist is against celebrating 9-11 at all:

I think Krugman makes some legitimate points but I am just not willing to go as far as he did. I am also against him shutting off comments on his blog. If you say something be willing to defend it and stand up for it. Do you think he went to far or do you agree with him?

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"Until economic freedom is attained for everybody, there can be no real freedom for anybody. " was authored by an American journalist and author who advocated for libertarian feminism in the first half of the 20th century born in 1893 and died in 1983. As an editor she helped found several magazines. She was an early and ardent feminist and a vocal anti communist. She was active in the League of Equal Opportunity, a feminist organization that, unlike the larger National Women's Party, opposed not just sex-based minimum wage legislation, but all such legislation. She was not a traditional conservative. In the 1950s, there was no outlet for libertarian thought so she joined forces with conservatives, who at that time were closer to libertarians than any other group. En excerpt from her book, CONVERNING WOMEN, titled BEWARE OF STATE was included in THE FEMINIST PAPERS. Who authored today's quote?

Sunday, September 11, 2011

What A Week Update

In memory in pictures:

I remember the day like it was yesterday. The day before mom called me and said she was feeling like something was going to happen the next day and she was afraid to be alone with dad that night. I went in and spent the night with mom and dad. Early the next morning I went to my house and that is when the first plane hit the tower. I was mesmerized and couldn't quit watching TV for most of that day and the next day. Eerie that Mom knew something was going to happen, she thought it was with dad. Dad was fine but a lot of people three thousand miles away weren't. May they rest in peace and may we never be attacked like that again.

On to my update. As they say in blog circles, what a freaking week. Mom almost died. My brother-in-law couldn't get out of bed due to severe muscle pain.

Mom got her blood pressure medication mixed up with her pain medication. She discovered it but was scared to tell sis and myself. She finally told sister and she called the pharmacist. Mom took four blood pressure pills and no pain pills. Here blood pressure was so low that she probably should have called 911. The pharmacist said give mom some coffee immediately. I knew that but Mom didn't call me. The pharmacist also said to drink a lot of water so that it will flush out her system. She took her blood pressure every hour and it finally got up to normal levels. I'm kind of upset that Mom didn't want to tell either my sister and I. I am also upset that nobody told me until the next day.

Brother-in-law is now in his second day without pain. Yea!!

Two crisis averted one relative stressed out. That would be me.

Monday and Tuesday nights at Mom's. Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday no night but lunches and dinners. Today a day of rest. Watched the Oregon game, they beat Nevada 69-20. In between finished five tax returns and delivered them to Mark. Starting cleaning out my garage. My mind is next.

Next week. Tomorrow breakfast with the guys. Monday and Tuesday more getting things done on my to do list. Wednesday night at Mom's. Thursday day at Mom's, until 8 PM. Friday and Saturday play or dealing with crisis.

The blog is now yours. Tell me about *you*. Your lives. What went on in them last week, what is planned for next week. Post anything you damn well please. The blog is now yours.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Win A Wife

"A single question can be more influential than a thousand statements." Bo Bennett

Corita Kent authored yesterday's quote.

An update on my brother-in-law. While they couldn't find anything with all the tests he woke up this morning without pain so I am thinking it was the statins. I am going to give it a couple of more days before breathing easily, just to be sure.

One might say with the first article that my blog is going to the dogs. Sorry, Pat.

From the good to the bad. In today's world what idiot radio station would have a contest like the one in the following article:

Should I enter?

Some jobs just stink. Even the well paying ones:

Off to pun jail. Comment Away.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Drugs, Scams, & Bears

My brother-in-law goes to the doctor today at 11:15 so we hope to have some information by then. I am praying for positive results. It does mean I do lunch and dinner today at Mom's.

His problems lead me to do some research. I found the following article both informative and frightening:

We have talked about the scamming the elderly before but guess who is doing a lot of the scamming now?

I hope you can bear with me and read the following article about a crazy driver.

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Joan Walsh Anglund 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 said by a Sister born in 1918 and died in 1986. She was an artist and an educator. Her artwork, with its messages of love and peace, was particularly popular during the social upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s. She designed the 1985 annual "love" stamp. She wrote several poems but you are better off searching designs if you want to answer the question, who authored today's quote?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Swift Birds & Drunk Mooses.

I am home now and there won't be another night at Mom's for a week now. However, the days may be busy because my brother-in-law is laid up with some crippling muscle pain. Sis has her hands full with him so I am taking over lunch duties (my idea not sister's, because I can't lose her to stress or tiredness). At first they thought the pain was caused by statins but he has been off of them for three days and it hasn't gotten better. Today he is having an MRI. Prayers and good vibes please.

The following article is pretty swift:

Part of the reason I started the blog was as a support group for caregiver's. A place those taking care of elders can come here and relax. The next article from the AARP Bulletin isn't relaxing at all but it sure does hit the nail on the head in numerous ways:

I imagine sometimes caregivers would just like to sit back, get drunk, and forget life but if they do they may be out of their tree:

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Paula Gunn Allen authored yesterday's quote. "A bird does not sing because he has an answer. He sings because he has a song." Was authored by an author and artist born in 1926 known for round faced, feature less characters with inspirational messages. She has published more than 95 books. Did you know that LOVE IS THE BEST TEACHER? Do you have a CHRISTMAS ALPHABET? If you do you can answer the question, who authored today's quote?

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

I'm A Space Cadet.

Once a space cadet, always a space cadet. The next mission to outer space:

Good idea or bad idea? If this the way we want to spend money in bad economic times?

I do hope if we end up going to space again that we remember what we found up there:

Some day when we need a few days of being secluded we will be able to travel to the moon and hide out there. For now though we will have to be happy going to one of these places:

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Pearl Bailey authored yesterday's quote. "Snowflakes, leaves, humans, plants, raindrops, stars, molecules, microscopic entities all come in communities. The singular cannot in reality exist." Was authored by a native American poet born in 1939 and died in 2008. Having obtained a BA and MFA from the University of Oregon, She gained her PhD at the University of New Mexico, where she taught and where she began her research into various tribal religions. She was awarded an American Book Award by the Before Columbus Foundation, the Native American Prize for Literature, the Susan Koppelman Award, and in 2001 she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas. Do you know of THE WOMAN WHO OWNED THE SHADOWS? If you do you can tell me who authored today's quote.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Roping Castles

I'm back. For better or worse I am back. Tonight is at Mom's then I come home tomorrow and don't have to be back there for a week. A good chance to get a lot done.

Let's start off with a story that I just got roped into:

Two tries, two saved dogs, one amazed blogger.

Speaking of animals, you know I can't resist another cute animal story:

Restoration and castles are always fun topics for me. How would you like to restore the buildings in the following article:

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"You never find yourself until you face the truth. " Was authored by a famous actress and singer born in 1918 and died in 1980. She won a Tony Award for the title role in the all-black production of Hello, Dolly! A passionate fan of the New York Mets, She sang the national anthem at Shea Stadium prior to game 5 of the 1969 World Series, and appears in the Series highlight film showing her support for the team. She also sang the national anthem prior to game 1 of the 1981 World Series between the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers at Yankee Stadium. In her later years she wrote several books including Talking to Myself (1971) and Hurry Up America and Spit (1976). In 1975 she was appointed special ambassador to the United Nations by President Gerald Ford. She enrolled in Georgetown University and, at age 67, graduated with a bachelor's degree in theology. Her last book, Between You and Me (1989), details her experiences with higher education. In 1988 she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Ronald Reagan. Can you tell me who authored today's quote?

Saturday, September 3, 2011

On Hiatus

I picked up work assignments at Mark's yesterday and that is the reason I am late with today's post. There will be no update this week. Due to the work assignments and a schedule change at Mom's there won't be an entry tomorrow or Monday. Mark is on doctor's orders to cut back at work so he is pushing more work my way. I have four corporate returns to do for him. The deadline is approaching on them. With a holiday my brother-in-law is off work and sis wants to spend the day with him so I am at Mom's all day Monday. The blog should return to normal on Tuesday (I am at Mom's then too but should get a couple hours away to post an entry). Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Elizabeth Arden was the author of yesterday's quote.

Could these coffee commercials make to the air ways today?

I like rescue stories, so we get another rescue story today and the rescuer is really cute.

When you were in school did you sneak back to school at night to see what was going on there? After reading the next article now I wish I had.

Comment Away and then root for the Oregon Ducks when they play the L.S.U. Tigers tonight.

See you Tuesday

Friday, September 2, 2011

Trees & Traveling

Hope this will be a good holiday weekend for you. When growing up Labor Day weekend was a weird one. It meant the end of summer and the start of school. We generally weren't all that happy with that. But it also meant the new television season. All new shoes started the day after Labor Day. Now School starts much earlier and TV season starts much later so Labor Day ends up being a holiday in the middle of nowhere. But it is still a three day weekend! Enjoy yours.

One of the questions that I have been asked most during my life is, "are you out of your tree?". I don't think would want to get out of the tree in the following article. I'd probably like to spend time in it:

Some of you will be traveling this weekend. I will be traveling from the couch to the refrigerator with side trips to the computer. I don't need to worry about any freaking speed traps. But for those that are traveling greater distances than I am the following article may help you:

If you are tooling along and your car suddenly goes out of control make sure this man is nearby:

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Diane Ackerman authored yesterday's quote. "Hold fast to life and youth." Was authored by a famous woman known more by a name other than the one she was born with. I want the name she was known by. She was born in 1884 and died in 1966. During World War II, she recognized the changing needs of the American woman entering the work force. She showed women how to apply makeup and dress appropriately for careers outside the home. She created a lipstick called Montezuma Red, for the women in the armed forces that would match the red on their uniforms. Although most of her commercial success was in cosmetics, she also pioneered restorative musical exercises based on yoga. She started a fashion business in 1943 with notable designers like Charles James and Oscar de la Renta on staff. It was said that "There are only three American names that are known in every single corner of the globe: Singer sewing machines, Coca Cola, and her." In recognition of her contribution to the cosmetic industry, she was awarded the Légion d'Honneur by the French government in 1962. Who authored today's quote?

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Do You Believe?

Today we are going to play "do you believe?".

First up do you believe this is Jack The Ripper:

Next is do you believe this man was only playing with his son and not trying to kill him?

Lastly do you believe that this man didn't keep the money?

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Lil Hardin Armstrong authored yesterday's quote. "We live on the leash of our senses." was said by an American author, poet, and naturalist known best for her work A Natural History of the Senses. Her awards and honors include: an honorary degree from Kenyon College, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Orion Award, the John Burroughs Nature Award, and the Lavan Poetry Prize. She was named a "Literary Lion" by the New York Public Library, and a molecule ("dianeackerone") has been named after her. In 2008 she won the Orion Book Award for The Zookeeper's Wife. Who authored today's quote