Sunday, June 24, 2012

Fun Friday: An Inspirational Quote for Fathers (Repost due to technical issues)

Necessity may be the mother of intention, 
but play is certainly the father. 
- Roger Von Oech

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Y.I. Made This Wednesday About Nursing homes

This was supposed to be a general blog post, regarding nursing homes, (but not a Y.I. Wednesday post)... and how they inspire me to respect history, elders and the nursing homes in general...

But,  
I was not able to finish the post, 
before the untimely passing of my grandmother.

It's been a week, since the passing of my 'Nanny'.

She was the light of my soul and the one who taught me most of what I know. I've had plenty of time to think, but not enough time to comprehend. A mother who stepped in, when my own could not (or would not). A vigilant, Noble, dedicated mother and human being...who saw a need in a child's life and filled it. I respect her, and love her for that.

I mourn the passing of such a significant person, and I hope that when you see an older person, a retired, elderly, convalescent-home-bound human being, your heart will feel a certain salute...to the old mentors we will miss.

Here is the start, and the unfortunate finish of my original Nursing Home Yellow Inspiration Post:

Nursing Homes

They all have a history...
And in them, resides someones mother, aunt, wife, sister and or mother.

A few weeks ago, as my daughter sang the National Anthem at a local old folks' home, I looked on in honor, pride and respect...to all of those who came before me.

I thought of those elders who have paved the way, torn a path, been the guiding light.

I respected their truths, love and words.

I never, in  a million years, expected to be burying my own grandmother this week.

But, I am.

The feelings I had that day, in that nursing home, will never ever come close to those I have today.

She is gone...I am here...and someday, we will all be in her place.

R.I.P. Nanny.

You will not have to eat that horrible food.
You will be slim, beautiful, healthy and unwrinkled...
You will be with the Lord 

I love you.

Liz Taylor-
And the gaze my grandmother had in her time.
Liz was someone my grandmother not only resembled, but admired.
(A picture she would be glad to be likened to.)



Friday, June 15, 2012

Fun Friday: A Fun Poem About Political and Current Events


Remember when you were a kid and you read Shel Silverstein's Where the Sidewalk Ends?

Poems were fun and helped us relate, understand and sometimes get away.

A friend of mine has a talent I admire. 
She can write funny, endearing, compassionate or even serious poems,
 depending on the situation.

She has her own greeting card business which she does these poems for,
and I really felt compelled to share this particular one with you:



"This week, after President Obama’s approval of same-sex marriage, I wanted to applaud him for making a stand and send a message to all those like myself that want to be treated equally"...


If there’s someone you know
And by chance, they are gay
And you support their relationship
Well, then, tell them o.k.?!!

Think for a second
On how it would impact your life
If you were told you couldn’t marry
Your husband or wife

Many prejudicial statements
And hurtful comments are said
By people who speak
Without using their head

Why does it matter?
To anyone in this land
Who’s united in marriage
I don’t understand

Reflect on your friends
Perhaps a sister or brother
That’s in a relationship
With a significant other

And believe there’s a chance
That while we’re all alive
Equal rights will be felt
And gay couples will thrive


This is the quote she ended with:

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, 
and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

-Buddha


“From your office or home, send someone a poem”

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Y.I. Wednesday: Why I Love to Listen to Chris Botti






Most who know me, know I love various kinds of music.

And, Oh, why not love Chris Botti?

Just listen, or watch... and find out....

He is amazing, enchanting and talented.

There's nothing bad about his music and if you like Sinatra...
or enjoy relaxing...

Chris Botti is for you...

Monday, June 11, 2012

What I Learned About Positive Energy on My Daughter's Field Trip


COSI SCIENCE CENTER
COLUMBUS, OH
I recenlty went on an all day excursion with my teenage daughter (and about 50 other teenagers at her school).


I know, brave, or crazy...but I learned something...and not just that teenage girls talk 'a lot'!

During part of the trip we visited COSI in Columbus, OH. COSI is a really big, super cool, hands on science center. The place was great! We had a ton of fun and I recommend a visit (it's fun for grown ups too!)

During the last 20 minutes of our visit, we were hanging out in the lobby waiting for our group to line up for the bus. And during this time there was a show up on stage.

Do you remember as a kid, shuffling across the floor in your socks in the winter, then touching the first person you reached? What happened? You shocked them right!!??

I loved doing this. It was fun and always made me laugh.

As I sat back and watched the crowd of volunteers go up on stage I actually got a bit concerned...The kids all began to form the longest static-electricity chain I'd ever seen.

As the first person rubbed his hands all over the source of electricity, the long chain of kids circled around the lobby and braced for the shock.

As they did, the boys hair began to stand up on end. At this point. the instructor discussed how 'positive energy lifts up his hair, as well as the pom-pom he was holding. Negative energy, (like the type which was about to happen) would bring it down...'

Then....

HE REACHED OUT...AND TOUCHED THE FIRST PERSON IN THE LINE!

    P O W!!!!

A CHAIN REACTION OF POSITIVE ENERGY ZAPPED EVERYONE IN CIRCLE!!!

Do you realize that all of us have this ability every day?
No, not to shock those around us with little zaps of electrons...

BUT,
 INFUSE THEM 
WITH A HUGE DOSE OF 
POSITIVE INFLUENCE!


"Will Someone else's life be brighter tomorrow because of what you have done today?"
~ William Arthur Ward




Thursday, June 7, 2012

Fun Friday: Think Positive



A pessimist is a person who has had to listen to too many optimists.


(And I'm thinking, since he can't beat 'em, he should join 'em.)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Y.I. Wednesday: Why I Don't Like My IPhone for Calls


iPhone

Because it...

hangs up on accident
dials on accident

hangs up on accident
hangs up on accident
hangs up on accident


I'll be just fine if I run around like Jim Carrey does in Mr. Popper's Penguins while making calls on my iPhone...because he never hung up on anyone, and as you watch the movie you'll notice he holds the phone away from his ear at all times...

Good idea.

EXCELLENT MOVIE by the way :)
So was the book.

Monday, June 4, 2012

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