Archive for July, 2010

Thank You Holly

July 31st, 2010 3 comments

This young woman is named Holly.  She is a CNA at Randolph Home in Pocahontas, Arkansas.

You can see the affection with which she is greeted by my mother and how lovingly she responds.

Thank you Holly, for every hug you give and every kind word you say.

Thank you, and all the wonderful, hard working staff members, who add that extra degree of kindness that makes a world of difference to the residents.

Thank you for being God’s hand extended, to nurture and care for the weak and aged among us.

Thank you for seeing each person as an individual and allowing them to maintain as much dignity as possible.

Holly, your bright and cheerful personality is appreciated. You are loved. Thank you.

Latte, Lady?

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Annette Raphael told this story about her friend Lawrence:

Larry is part owner of a drive through espresso stand that offers a punch card to earn a free drink.  After serving one woman and her mother their caffe’ latte, he leaned out the window and said,

“Here is your punch card.  After eight, the ninth one is free.”

“Oh, no,” the younger woman replied, “I couldn’t do that.  I’d be up all night!”

Is Your Community Prepared?

July 31st, 2010 1 comment

As part of my commitment to Neighborhood Watch, I went to a local Disaster Preparedness event held at a local High School. Pictured are a couple of the tables.

There was also a puppet program presented in the auditorium for the kids.

I collected some literature to give to my neighbors, and talked with a firefighter about the best way to store water.  He said that if water is stored on concrete, especially relatively new concrete, that it can poison the water over time.  So, always elevate your water off the garage floor if you store it there.

If you haven’t heard of this type of event near you, why not talk to your Police and Fire Departments and ask if they will hold one?  Talk to your local groups such as Rotary, Women’s Club, to see if they will participate.  Contact your local radio or TV station for free advertisement.  Hopefully they will become involved and set up a booth at the event.

It will be a great service to the town to raise awareness of disaster training and preparation.

Vendors are usually happy to display their emergency supplies and give you valuable suggestions to save lives and property.


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My neighbor has been employing this fellow to cut his lawn for some time.  It generally does a good job, as most robots do.  As it mows the front, Jack can play with his trains in the back yard. He has artificial turf back there so no mowing is needed.  He has high tech cameras keeping watch over his property, inside and out, including the train set up.



According to our Neighborhood Watch Police Officer, cameras are recommended now as a being more effective than alarms for catching thieves.

My Cockapoo Ralphie is trying to learn to operate one now. He insists he is still in charge of security !

Applause, Applause!

July 30th, 2010 Comments off

What do you applaud?

What makes you excited, makes you smile broadly?

Whatever it is, I hope it is a regular part of your life!

Find reasons to let yourself feel strong, wonderful emotions.

Laugh that belly laugh that gives you an internal massage.

Applaud life as it puts on a show for you, day after day!

Dr. Crank E. Shrink

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Dear Dr. Shrink,

I have two boyfriends.  One is poor but very nice, the other is rich but not so nice.  Should I go for the money and hope he’ll get nicer in time or go for the poor boy?

Celeste from South Carolina



Dear Celeste,

Isn’t that a Patsy Cline song?  Go buy her CD!

Leave me to  my nap!

C.E. Shrink

How Times Have Changed!

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Let me know when the Fuller Brush man comes by, I need to get a
few things from him.

Presque Isle, WI

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The little red dot represents

Presque Isle, a town in Vilas County, Wisconsin. The name is a corruption of the French language, presqu’ile meaning a peninsula. Nearly 300 years ago, shipwrecked French priests on the shores of Lake Superior made their way down a river to an area they christened “Presque Isle,” or “Almost an Island,” because of the vast stretches of lakes and rivers that dwarf the land.

The population was 513 at the 2000 census.   I know that it has increased by at least one because I know a teacher who moved there from Milwaukee.  She wanted to get as far away from the big cities as she could, and I believe she succeeded.

That’s just what was needed for someone who taught English to disinterested Junior High inner city kids for twenty five years. Toward the end of her career it was a daily struggle to maintain discipline, as some were intent on disrupting and breaking down the authority of the school.  No wonder she retired the minute she could.  I would have too.

From the traveling I did in Wisconsin years ago, and from the pictures I have seen, the area has a serene beauty ,as this garden picture from the town’s website shows. To get a view of their incredible natural beauty, that they call ‘Wisconsin’s last Wilderness’, go to their website.

Since she is an outdoorswoman, I am sure the retired teacher is making the most of the many activities related to the abundance of lakes, especially kayaking. There is much to offer in such an awesome place, including hiking, biking, fishing, birdwatching, snowmobiling , photography, and just taking in the natural world.

My best wishes to her, and to all of you teachers who give it your best every day . When you retire, I hope you will find just the perfect spot  to enjoy your well deserved retirement; where you can lead active, involved, and happy lives.

If you are like me, you might find it exactly where you are.  If not, there is always a vacation to Presque Isle (or a lovely cabin in the northwoods to hang your hat and snowshoes.)

Yogi Berra

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Yogi Berra has won the affection and admiration from peer and public to a degree uncommon in American life. His kindness, humility and good humor remain the stuff of legend.

Yogi transformed himself from barefoot sandlotter into one of the greatest catchers and clutch hitters in the history of the game.

He anchored the New York Yankees‘ dynasty from the late 1940s to early ’60s, becoming a 15-time All-Star, winner of 10 world championships (most in baseball history) and three-time Most Valuable Player along the way. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1972 and is a member of Major League Baseball’s All-Century Team.

As a manager with both New York teams, he became the first man in over 40 years to win pennants in different leagues (Yankees in 1964, Mets in 1973).

Yogi Berra is quoted more than most poets, his one-of-a-kind observations have made him a major contributor to the national repository of wisdom (“It ain’t over ’til it’s over” and “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”)

No other sports figure has as many entries in Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations.

Yogi Berra is also renowned for his selflessness, giving generously of his time for countless youth organizations and charitable causes.

For more about Yogi Berra, go to his website: Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center.

Susie’s Snippets: Success

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Success isn’t being superior to someone else,

it’s being superior to your former self.

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