Archive for March, 2012


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Love, companionship, acceptance, devotion, warmth, protection . . .even when a guy is down on his luck, his best friend will be there for him.


Poet Henry Scott Holland’s View of Death

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Death is Nothing at All

Henry Scott Holland

Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other, 
That, we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect.
Without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight? 

I am but waiting for you.
For an interval.
Somewhere. Very near.
Just around the corner.

All is well.

Hair Loss Triggers in Women

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Hair Loss Trigger: Crash Diets

WebMD says you may lose more than weight with a crash diet. People may notice hair loss 3-6 months after losing more than 15 pounds, but hair should regrow on its own with a healthy diet. Be prepared to shed some locks if your diet is very low in protein or too high in vitamin A.

Hair Loss Trigger: Tight Hairstyles

It’s no myth: wearing cornrows or tight ponytails can irritate the scalp and cause hair to fall out. The same is true of using tight rollers. Let your hair down, and it should grow back normally. Be aware that long-term use of these styles can cause scarring of the scalp and permanent hair loss.

Katelyn, Dressed and Ready for the Easter Egg Hunt at School

March 30th, 2012 1 comment

What the fashionable young lady wears today whilst hunting for Easter Eggs!  The Schoolmarm gives her an A+ for style and beauty!

News From the Farm

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Guest Writer: Barbara Slayton

Our flock has increased by four lambs.  One momma had two Saturday afternoon.  The problems is, she  booted the second one off so now we are bottle feeding her! 

We tried all sorts of things to try to get the momma to take her –  from rubbing the placenta all over her body and letting the momma sniff her – to putting powder on the baby to mask any scent that she might have picked up from us having to run and save her from her momma , who was head butting her and stomping on her to get her away and to not let her nurse. 

Nothing worked. We couldn’t put the poor little baby thru anymore rejection so we brought her into the house and she slept and ate in a box with old towels in the bottom in our bathroom the first night. 

After that, Mac brought the cage that we use to haul Leroy Brown (and other dogs that we’ve had in the past) to the vet, into the garage and put some hay inside and she stayed there Sunday. 

Monday we put the lamb in a pen in the barn addition during the day, but at night we bring her back inside the garage as we fear the coyotes can get to her outside especially since she doesn’t have anyone to take care of her out there. 

Mac was feeding her at 2:30am Monday morning and he heard several coyotes yipping in the pasture so he grabbed his light and went out to investigate and found another momma with another set of twins!  Both of them are doing great. 

He thinks that he has figured out why the first momma didn’t want the second baby and it is due to her right bag (udder) not developing or producing milk. It is significantly smaller than the left one so I guess the momma knew that she wouldn’t have enough milk for that second baby and since she had ‘bonded’ already with the first one, the second had to fend for itself. 

Right now we had another ewe that has been acting ‘weird’ today so we might have more babies sometime tonight or tomorrow.  I sure hope that the momma takes both of them to raise as it gets a bit old to have to be on call with a baby bottle several times a day.

More News From the Farm: Mac and His Baby Lamb

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Guest Writer: Barbara Slayton
Mac bought a package of three baby bottles and some nipples  at Wal-Mart.  When he was at the checkout , the clerk grinned and said,  “Oh, you have a new baby at your house!”  “Is it a girl?” 

Mac said ,“Yes, she’s a little lamb”. 

The woman went on about how all babies are so sweet and precious.

 Mac reiterated that this one really was “a little lamb”. 

“I know, I just love babies, they are the sweetest things ever.” 

They went back and forth until Mac finally set her straight:

“No, really, she is a baby Lamb”. 

They both had a big laugh over the whole thing and Mac said to her “Thank you though, for thinking that I was young enough to father a baby at my age, you made my day”. 

The woman leaned forward, “There was an old, old man who came in the store the other day  with a couple of young kids.  I couldn’t believe it when they  called him daddy,  so I figured if  he could still have kids, then you could too!”

Mac picked up his plastic bag of baby bottles, laughed and said, “Thanks, I think!”  

Rad Ride! Wouldn’t Elvis have liked this one?

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Beauty at Westfield Shopping Center Culver City – Just Look Up!

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John Meets the Pope: 1 of 3

March 30th, 2012 4 comments

Guest Writer: John Hayter

When I was in the US Navy, my ship, the destroyer “Wm. M. WOOD DDR-715” was on a Mediterranean Cruise where we were attached to the 7th Fleet for 3 months. The Thomas Cook Tour Company had tours for servicemen when we were in foreign ports.

One memorable trip took us to the port of Genoa. From there  I took a tour to Rome.  It included the train to Rome and back, a hotel in Rome for 4 nights, 5 days, 2 meals per day, and a tour of Rome. ($35.00)

Before I took a tour, I would always do my ‘homework’.  I would know what there was to see, and what of it I wanted to see.

The tour of Rome was a crashing bore.  Our guide on the tour bus could only seem to tell us, as we passed this and that, that “the Catholic Church tore down ‘that’ Roman ruin and made ‘that church.” By noon I had had enough and told them to scratch me for the afternoon.

From where we were I could see the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. It was far away but I could see it, so I walked until I got there. There I was, standing in the great square in front of St. Peter’s, practically overwhelmed just at the thought.

I was standing there by one of the great fountains, just taking it all in.  A neat but slightly shabby man came up, excused himself and wanted to know if I’d like to hire a guide for the afternoon.  I told him that I didn’t think I could afford it.  He said, “You can afford me.  My mother is English.  I’m Anglican, not Catholic, and only Catholics can get a Guide’s License in Rome.”

I said, “How much might it cost me?”  (Poor sailor that I was – we weren’t paid very much!)

“Could you afford $15 for me and for my friend who has a car?  We can see all the things YOU want to see and perhaps some more besides.”

“Yes, I think I could afford that.”

Off we went: we saw The Pantheon, the only complete Roman building in existence and now a church, Victorio Emanuels Monument, the balcony Mussolini used to stand on to posture and harangue a crowd, The Spanish Steps, The Trevi Fountain and all the major churches.

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