Archive for December, 2014

If you live in Los Angeles, I bet you can identify this favorite westside taco place!

December 29th, 2014 Comments off

Yeah, you know, it has to be Tito’s Tacos!  10363097_10152921192402888_6346966379577626803_n

A Dream Come True for the ‘Marm – She’s a Grandmother!

December 28th, 2014 Comments off

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She’s here, she’s beautiful, and some day she will call me ‘Grandma’. Alice and Tim are now the parents of precious Juliana, who arrived at 2:11 a.m. today. I was there to see her arrive. Amazing! For all of you who have endured my constant ‘carrying on’ about going to be a grandmother, I’ll try to control my enthusiasm . . . just kidding . . . there is no controlling my joy over this little person. I’ve waited for her much too long . Thank you God, thank you Alice and Tim.

Bamboo Forest, Japan

December 27th, 2014 Comments off

Bamboo Forest, Japan

Bamboo lane in Japan

I have bamboo growing in my backyard and it helps separate my neighbors view from mine.  It is fast growing and spreads viciously if you allow it.  I have had to dig many roots up from the lawn area as they have grown horizontally from where they were intended.  There is a kind you can get where they won’t do that, or so I am told, but my bamboo stand was here before I arrived and I’m sure it will be here when I am long gone. I think it will be very hard to get rid of  . . . but I’ll leave that to the next person who takes over  some day.

Dog and best friend trying out the ‘shoemobile’.

December 27th, 2014 Comments off

unknown_11Little  is known about this enterprising London Shoemaker who built, or had built, his 1929 16H Norton into a moving advertisement. But where is the name?  Maybe this was just a trial run . . .  I guess curious folks had to follow him and the dog to see just where he set up shop.

Very clever, and the dog seems perfectly content as a sidecar companion.



Billie Holiday, talent and grief traveled with her. How many times has her story been repeated in the lives of ‘stars’?

December 27th, 2014 Comments off



Billie Holiday by Carl Van Vechten 1949Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan; April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer, songwriter, and actress.

Nicknamed “Lady Day” by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing.

Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. wikipedia

Although her life was brief (45years) and from all reports, painful, she was prolific and produced many songs that can still be heard today.  To learn more go to her official  website,

Billie Holiday, at age 34, photographed by Carl Van Vechten , 1949


December 26th, 2014 Comments off

M-B-Dancing-225x300I saw a picture of my sister on FB,  in the hospital bed, with oxygen mask.  I wish I hadn’t seen it because I don’t want that to be my memory of her.  It didn’t look like her because she has lost so much weight, it was terribly sad and heartbreaking.

We are preparing ourselves for telling her goodbye and each one is doing it our own particular way.  The person who posted the picture is no doubt trying to come to grips with what is really happening, and is facing the reality, no matter how much it hurts to do that.

I choose to show Martha as she has always been to me, a warm smile, a great laugh, a good natured, calm, beautiful person.  I want to remember her as she danced with Bobby, her husband of 65 years, at our niece Mandy’s wedding. I want to remember the fun and brightness she brought into our home.  I want to remember her as I have always known her, my wonderful ‘big’ sister.

Goal for the new year:

December 26th, 2014 Comments off

Photo on 2013-10-20 at 21.33To  study the Bible with more understanding, and to apply it more fully to my life.

Don’t Forget

December 25th, 2014 Comments off


What Christmas is All About: Our Savior Born in Bethlehem

December 25th, 2014 Comments off

Tammy Sheets, Poca.In a little town, not in Bethlehem, but Arkansas, the Sheets family honors our Lord with the true meaning of Christmas.  

Luke 2

King James Version (KJV)

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.


Lois Elmer asks “What do we really want for Christmas?”

December 25th, 2014 Comments off

Guest Writer Lois Elmer

           Christmas. What do I really want?

I have always believed in the promise of Christmas.

You see, Christmas is a promise. It is a promise that has not yet been fully kept. 
Christmas cannot be all that we want it to be. It’s only a holiday. Christmas cannot bring harmony to your home. Christmas cannot bring peace on earth. Christmas cannot bring happiness.

But Christ Himself can do all of this and more. That is really what we are longing for deep inside.

• Not Christmas, but Christ. 
• Not merriment, but the Messiah. 
• Not goodwill, but God. 
• Not presents, but His presence.

Anything or anyone short of this will disappoint. But God never will. 
That’s what I want for Christmas–Jesus Christ.  

This is Christmas at its best!

 summarized from: Christmas Encouragement by Greg Laurie – through You Version Bible app.


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