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Zen MasterThich Nhat Hanh – Can we learn from someone outside our faith?

July 31st, 2012 Comments off
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
Thich Nhat Hanh  
(The English pronunciation is: Tik · N’yat · Hawn)

Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist who now lives in France where he was in exile for many years. BD October 11, 1926  

In 1982 he founded Plum Village, a Buddhist community in exile in France, where he continues his work to alleviate suffering of refugees, boat people, political prisoners, and hungry families in Vietnam and throughout the Third World.

He has also received recognition for his work with Vietnam veterans, meditation retreats, and his prolific writings on meditation, mindfulness, and peace. He has published some 85 titles of accessible poems, prose, and prayers, with more than 40 in English, including the best selling Call Me by My True Names, Peace Is Every Step, Being Peace, Touching Peace, Living Buddha Living Christ, Teachings on Love, The Path of Emancipation, and Anger.

In September 2001, just a few days after the suicide terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, he addressed the issues of non-violence and forgiveness in a memorable speech at Riverside Church in New York City. In September of 2003 he addressed members of the US Congress, leading them through a two-day retreat.

Thich Nhat Hanh’s key teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live in the present moment instead of in the past and in the future. Dwelling in the present moment is, according to Nhat Hanh, the only way to truly develop peace, both in one’s self and in the world.

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Hey baseball Fans, did you know . . .

July 31st, 2012 Comments off

The pitch that Babe Ruth hit for his last-ever homerun

and the pitch that Joe DiMaggio hit for his first-ever homerun

were thrown by the same man.


When I told #1 son this bit of trivia, he commented,

“Sounds as if he wasn’t a very good pitcher.”   

Turn the light off, I’m catnappin’ !

July 31st, 2012 Comments off

Musical Instrument Museum- Phoenix, AZ – “The most extraordinary museum you’ll ever hear”.

July 28th, 2012 Comments off

Going to Phoenix?  This sounds like a great place to visit!   

Guests are introduced to MIM through the Orientation Gallery on the first floor showcasing the artistry, diversity, and movement of musical instruments from around the world. On the second floor, guests can venture into different regions of the world to discover the complete orchestra of a Chinese opera, a big-band jazz ensemble, or all the instruments of a mariachi band, among others.


The collection includes instruments from around two hundred countries and territories in the world. Some larger countries such as India, China, Russia, the United States, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and others have multiple displays with subsections for different types of ethnic, folk, and tribal music. The instruments have both historic and artistic merit and many are more than fifty years old. MIM’s goal is to acquire instruments that have been used for folk and tribal occasions wherever possible.

So they say . . .

July 28th, 2012 Comments off


Married men change their underwear twice as often as single men.

Trivia Quiz

July 28th, 2012 Comments off


What famous bank robber also played semi-professional baseball?



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Stand by that no good for nuthin’! After all, he’s just a man.

July 27th, 2012 Comments off

Stand By Your Man
recorded by Tammy Wynette
written by Billy Sherrill and Tammy Wynette

C                          G7
Sometimes its hard to be a woman
Dm              G7               C
Giving all your love to just one man
You’ll have bad times
And he’ll have good times
D7                                G7
Doing things that you don’t understand

C                             G7
But if you love him you’ll forgive him
Dm               G7           C
Even though he’s hard to understand
And if you love him
C              F
Oh be proud of him
C           G7              C
Cause after all he’s just a man

Stand by your man
F                    Em    Dm
Give him two arms to cling to
C             A7
And something warm to come to
D7              G7
When nights are cold and lonely
C             E
Stand by your man
F                      Em   Dm
And tell the world you love him
C           G7               E7
Keep giving all the love you can
F     G7      C
Stand by your man

That’s What Friends Are For!

July 26th, 2012 Comments off

“Heah doggie, watah, watah.” “Slurp, slurp, thank you little friend.”

Jerry’s Super Hero

July 26th, 2012 Comments off

What super-hero is mentioned by name

or shown by picture

on every episode of Seinfeld?



Happy 100th Birthday Mama! I love you! Always Have, and Always Will.

July 25th, 2012 7 comments


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