As big a Vincent fan as I am I still ask . . . is it worth the money?

September 28th, 2016 No comments

Portrait of Dr. Gachet, Vincent van Gogh (1890) – sold for 152 million USD – The painting was done in 1890, the last year in van Gogh life. It depicts Dr. Paul Gachet who took care of Van Gogh during his last months. The oil painting is 67 cm × 56 cm (23.4 in × 22.0 in), and it was sold for the mentioned amount on May 15, 1990 at a Christie’s auction in New York





On her 22nd month of life, Juliana knows how to kick back and relax, do you?

September 28th, 2016 No comments


From the Lens of Bill Stice

September 27th, 2016 No comments


293367_245847018779420_2765964_n“A Grand Canyon sunrise photo with almost all the colors of the rainbow in it. Taken on the South Rim around 1993.”

Bill Stice

Thank you Bill!  It is indeed grand.

In 1900, more than half the cars on the road were powered by steam, and by 1902, Stanley was outselling every gasoline-fueled car in America.

September 27th, 2016 No comments

You could use anything that would burn as fuel; the steam engine was purely mechanical and had few moving parts; and steam power provided instantaneous torque, eliminating the need for gears, and allowing a vehicle to climb hills in a snap. By 1900, there were about 100 firms building steam cars in the United States. Half of the 2000 cars on the road were powered by steam, and the most popular of the American steam cars was the Stanley Steamer.

The Stanley Steamer was the brainchild of inventors Francis Edgar and Freelan O. Stanley, identical twin brothers who dressed alike and wore their beards in the same style. After making their fortune from the development of the airbrush and a dry photographic plate process upon which Eastman Kodak would build an empire, the brothers retired early, and began building a horseless carriage for personal use. Completed in 1897, the first Stanley steam car had the advantage of simplicity over most other cars of the day.

The frame was constructed of tubular steel and supported a wooden body, with a boiler mounted below the seat. The engine contained 13 moving parts; it was light, quiet and easy to drive; but most importantly, it was faster and more powerful than almost any other car on the road. Orders began pouring in, and by 1899 the brothers sold their flourishing autoworks to Locomobile.

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Our Amazing Body

September 26th, 2016 No comments

You get a new stomach lining every three to four days. The mucus-like cells lining the walls of the stomach would soon dissolve due to the strong digestive acids in your stomach if they weren’t constantly replaced. Those with ulcers know how painful it can be when stomach acid takes its toll on the lining of your stomach.

The surface area of a human lung is equal to a tennis court. In order to more efficiently oxygenate the blood, the lungs are filled with thousands of branching bronchi and tiny, grape-like alveoli.These are filled with microscopic capillaries which oxygen and carbon dioxide. The large amount of surface area makes it easier for this exchange to take place, and makes sure you stay properly oxygenated at all times.

Women’s hearts beat faster than men’s.The main reason for this is simply that on average women tend to be smaller than men and have less mass to pump blood to. But women’s and men’s hearts can actually act quite differently, especially when experiencing trauma like a heart attack, and many treatments that work for men must be adjusted or changed entirely to work for women.


Just Being Jana

September 26th, 2016 No comments

150746_919795478031303_3057510041544554291_nLast night at supper we were sitting by 4 very well dressed women. One lady had on this gorgeous low back black jump suit. She was absolutely stunning…except for the 5 tags hanging out the back. I quietly walked over, leaned in and told her while I tucked them back in. Next thing I know she has grabbed my hand, hugged me to thank me, pulled me down to sit and started discussing her dry cleaners. Before I could get away, we had all told our favorite shoe brand, discussed our meals, how many MPG our vehicle got and our 3rd grade teachers. I’m really looking forward to Christmas with them. I feel we bonded…


Jana Caldwell can be found on FB; Sales Associate with Carter City and County Realty;  and   If you enjoy Jana’s humor, check out her book, “Thursday Night Confessions” available on Amazon.





Blogger Problems

September 25th, 2016 No comments

photo-on-2016-09-24-at-12-50Hi There, thanks for dropping by.  I’m having some problems with my iMac and having a harder time with my usual blogging.  Maybe it is telling me that I’ve come to the end of the blogging road.  Maybe.  I am deciding whether to continue beyond this year or not.  We’ll see. 

Anyway, friends, be patient with me as i try to correct what needs to be tweaked.  I have had fun on the website and appreciate those who have been faithful for the years I have been the schoolmarm.  You have been a blessing.  With prayers for each of you, Mary


From a puppy to a senior, cockapoo Ralph E. Boy brought us joy.

September 25th, 2016 No comments

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Paul, the Apostle

September 25th, 2016 No comments

When Paul literally ‘saw the light’ and had his encounter with Jesus Christ, he turned from being a persecutor of the earliest Christ followers to become their strongest leader.

God used Paul’s intelligence, his personality, his education, his ability to speak, to write, to endure hardships, his unfailing determination to serve Jesus Christ, to strengthen His church in its infancy.

Paul was the man called to explain God’s word for every day living.  He was a true servant, traveling endlessly under great hardships.  Not only did he speak to the followers but to the  leaders of the day.  He was held in high esteem, even by those who held him prisoner.

His story is too great for my few words to cover, but it is hard to imagine our faith today without Paul’s divinely inspired writings to guide us.  He paid the ultimate price for his faithfulness to his calling.

Paul, our dear brother and teacher Paul, was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D.67.

He had endured a lengthy imprisonment which allowed him to write his many epistles  to the church (body of believers) that he had formed throughout the Roman Empire.  These letters, which taught many of the foundational doctrines of Christianity, form a large portion of the New Testament.

If you are looking for a place to start  reading the Bible.  Go to the New Testament and read Paul’s writings, they are life changing:

Romans . . . I and II Corinthians . . . Galatians . . . Ephesians . . . Philippians . . . Colossians I and II . . . Thessalonians . . . I and II Timothy, . . . Titus  . . . and Philemon.

Happy Birthday Dr. Sidney Simpkins, A Cherished Brother-in-Law!

September 24th, 2016 No comments

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