Archive for June, 2011

Get Out Those Walking Shoes!

June 30th, 2011 2 comments

Kaiser tells us:


Walking as little as 30 minutes per day, five days a week, can make a huge difference in your health.  Walking works to improve health even the the walks are split into two 15-minute strolls throughout the day.

Not only is walking often fun, it can:

  • reduce the risk of heart disease
  • decrease new cases of diabetes
  • strengthen your bones
  • improve memory and it may even help prevent or help cure certain cancers.

With this reminder, I am resolving to get back into the walking routine again.  I know I sit  too much doing exactly what I am doing right now.  It is impossible to be as prolific as I am and not spend a lot of time at the computer.

So, walking regularly and continuing with Tai Chi should help,  but it is always a challenge to drink enough water, eat the right foods and to exercise.  It just is.  But I am going to make more effort.

Oh yeah, and get 7-8 hours of sleep at night.

I hope you will join me in finding the time, and more importantly, finding the determination to do what we know is good for us.

If weather or health problems prohibit walking a full 30 minutes, then we’ll do what we can do.   Right? Right!

A Grim Reminder

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The Quilt is a memorial to and celebration of the lives of people lost to the AIDS pandemic. Each panel is 3′ by 6′, approximately the size of the average grave.The Quilt is still maintained and displayed by The NAMES Project Foundation.

In observance of National HIV-Testing Day in June 2004 the 1,000 newest blocks were displayed by the Foundation on the Ellipse  in Washington, D.C. The largest display of The Quilt since it was last displayed in its entirety in October 1996, the 1,000 blocks displayed consisted of every panel submitted at or after the 1996 display.

The NAMES Project Foundation is now headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The AIDS Memorial Quilt itself is  warehoused in Atlanta when not being displayed, and continues to grow, currently consisting of more than 46,000 individual memorial panels (over 91,000 people) and weighing an estimated 54 tons.


Easy on the nutmeg! Use With Caution!

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Watch Out Music Teachers!

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Judge: Don’t I know you?

Man: Yes, Your Honor. I taught your daughter how to play the drums.

Judge: Twenty years!

Pocahontas (The Town) by Jimmy Simpson

June 29th, 2011 16 comments


(Streets of Yesterday)

by Jimmy L. Simpson

Though I have been around awhile,

I still remember with a smile,

A little town not far from here,

That resonates from yesteryear;

And when I close my eyes I see,

How it remains a part of me,

For in my soul and in my mind,

I never left it far behind!

An old high school below Sand Hill,

In memories that linger still;

And highway ninety running west,

Where I learned how to function best,

With meadowlands and wooded plains,

To help me through my growing pains!

Town square, Joe Pete’s and so much more,

Van Atkins, Poe’s, the hardware store,

The five and dime and Hattie King’s;

And Wilson’s store for wedding rings,

Just down the street from Futrell’s drugs,

Well known for treating ills and bugs!

Someday perhaps I may return,

When I have ample time to burn;

But as for now my pen will tell,

Of life and times I knew so well,

As I grew up and found my way,

Upon the streets of yesterday….. 6/26/11

Quote from Maya Angelou

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When you know better,

you do better.

Maya Angelou

Cool Site

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An amazing feat of balance, unlike anything I have seen before.

Thanks to Cindy for sharing the link.


Colorful Guanajuato, Mexico

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Adding color to brighten the neighborhood, and their lives.

Do YOU want to know the truth?

June 29th, 2011 4 comments

Today I received an email  about a dog named Daisy that saved hundreds of lives in the 911 disaster.  It was such a compelling story I thought about posting it on this website, but first I checked its authenticity.

Turns out it is False.  It never happened.  No dog saved hundreds of people that horrible day. I wish it had. Needless to say, I won’t be posting the story.

Now my question is: if you had sent this to me and everyone else in your address book, would you want to know the truth – which is that is was FALSE?

Would you appreciate me sending you the link to with an explanation of its history, etc. or would you rather I just ignore the truth and not mention it?

Would you notify everyone you sent it to that it was False?

I want to know the truth. I don’t like  having my emotions manipulated in a falsehood.  So, I check out most stories that sound too good to be true, because as Snopes reminds us, they usually are (too good to be true.) I want to maintain the integrity of my site, so if I know something is false, I won’t even consider posting it.

Please let me know how you feel about this.  Do you care if the emails you receive or true or not?  There’s room on the soapbox for you so  step right up!

Beautiful Summer Day in My Town

June 28th, 2011 Comments off
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