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Whew! Glad that was just a dream!

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emeI was 22 years old when I flew far from home to teach in Germany for a year.  It was a wonderful year and I’ve written about it before.

I had no problems going, while there, or coming home, but my dreams through the years have tormented me with: not being packed to come home, not having my ticket, not finding the airport, etc. etc.  

Last night I wrestled with that once again and it took me at least 15 minutes to fight off its hold on me when I woke up this morning.

 I realize that I’ve been under stress lately, and that is probably what brought up these old fears again.  Some say we go a little crazy in our dreams and that it is a healthy thing to get rid of all those dreaded emotions in our dream state instead of reality.  

All I can say is, I sure was happy to wake up.  Let’s pray, okay?  

God we don’t understand a lot about life when we are awake, let alone when we are asleep.  Teach us to trust you more and more and more. Let us feel your presence and love to comfort us night and day.  In your son’s name, Amen

uh, not for me, but maybe you’d like it . . . the hammock bed

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Ah yes . . .

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“Just Being Jana”

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Jana20-150x150After a trying morning yesterday, I momentarily escaped the turmoil to try and spread some love and joy around town. I was standing in the bakery drooling when one of the owners came through the front door grinning from ear to ear and said “You know what makes me happy? Sir-Mix-A-Lot makes me happy!” I looked at her questionably and said “Sir-Mix-A-Lot?” This prompted both owners to start dancing and singing “I LIKE BIG BUTTS AND I CANNOT LIE!” On one hand… I was really hoping my appearance didn’t provoke them serenading me…But on the other hand….Does anyone else find it humorous that a bakery’s theme song is about oversized derrieres?

Jana Caldwell can be found on FB; Sales Associate with Carter City and County Realty;  and janascaldwell@yahoo.com

 

Think Sean Connery talking . . .

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Think this will ever catch on? The Hover Car!

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VW Hover Car

From the Poetry of Ruth Bell Graham

April 28th, 2013 Comments off

Home Address

by Ruth Bell Graham

My home address?
Christ.
In Him I dwell,
wherever else I be.

As Bird in the air,
as branch in the vine,
as tree in the soil,
as fish in the sea.
He is my home.

My business address?
Here.

Little piney cove,
or London,
Corinth,
Calcutta,
or Rome,
Shanghai,
or Paris.

My business address?
Wherever He puts me,
but He is my home.

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SIZE

City of Los Angeles:                                     472 square miles
County of Los Angeles:                             4,084 square miles

There are 88 incorporated cities in Los Angeles County ranging from Vernon (population 112) to Los Angeles city (population 3.8 million).

Source: LACity.org, LACounty.org, California State Association of Counties – counties.org

GEOGRAPHY

Los Angeles spans a widely diverse geographic area. Primarily a desert basin, the area is surrounded by the San Gabriel Mountain range and divided by the Santa Monica Mountains. Los Angeles County has 75 miles of coastline and altitudes ranging from 9 feet below sea level at Wilmington to 10,080 feet above sea level atop Mt. San Antonio. Area Rivers include the Los Angeles, Rio Hondo, San Gabriel, and Santa Clara rivers.

 

CLIMATE

Southern California’s climate has often been described as “perfect” and with good reason. Most days are sunny and warm, with gentle ocean breezes in the summer.  The humidity is low with little rain.  In fact, there are no unpleasant seasons in Los Angeles.

Annual precipitation:                    15 inches         Average high temperature:   75° F
Avg. sunny/partly sunny days:   292 days            Average low temperature:     57° F
Source: National Weather Service Forecast Office at noaa.gov

 

POPULATION (2011)

City of Los Angeles:                               3.8 Million
County of Los Angeles:                          9.8 Million

Source:  California Department of Finance, Demographic Research Visit 

If the Los Angeles six-county area were a state, it would surpass all states in total population size with the exception of California and Texas.  The County of Los Angeles alone would be the ninth most populated state, behind Michigan, with 9.9 million, and ahead of Georgia, with 9.8 million people.  Los Angeles ranks as the second largest city in the nation.

 

PEOPLE

The diverse, multiethnic population of Los Angeles today distinguishes the city as the cultural hub of the Pacific Rim. In fact, Los Angeles is one of only two U.S. cities without a majority population.  People from 140 countries, speaking approximately 86 different languages, currently call Los Angeles home.

Hispanic or Latino (of any race):               48.5 percent
White, non-Hispanic:                                28.7 percent
Asian/Pacific Islander:                              11.4 percent
African-American:                                       9.6 percent
American Indian/Others:                             1.8 percent
Source: 2010.census.gov

 

TOURISM STATISTICS (2011)

Total Visitors to Los Angeles County                     40.3 million
Domestic Overnight Visitors                                     21 million
International Visitors                                                5.9 million
Day Visitors (traveled over 50 miles)                     13.4  million
Total Visitor-Related Spending                            $15.4  billion
Overnight Visitor Spending                                  $14.7  billion

 

 

How Beautiful

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