Tuesday, November 29, 2011

FIELDCREST: A Trip Down Memory Lane For The Dining Group



FIELDCREST LODGE AND INN
A visit to Fieldcrest Inn and Suites of North Canton, Ohio is truly a visit back in time.  In the beautiful estate that was the Hoover Farm and Estate, built by Herbert William Hoover in 1935.  The magnate of the Hoover sweeper, intertained statesmen, business executives, presidents, foreign dignaitaries and other distinguished guests.

A FARM BUILT WITHOUT A THOUGHT OF COST
Fieldcrest's historical integrity remains intact with it's wood burning fireplace and stone terraces.  The barn was a work of art.  How wonderful it would have been to have seen this barn when it was alive with animals, people and farm implements.

SIGN DIRECTING FOLKS TO DINING LODGE
The hosts for this dining adventure of the Out For Dinner With Friends was Bill and Carla Ludwig.  This was the last dinner for the year.  This group of six couples was formed in 2005.  We start the year off with a progressive dinner going from home-to-home.  At the progressive dinner a drawing is held to determine which couple will choose the restaurant for a specific month.   Last January, Bill and Carla got November.  It is now history!

THE OUT WITH FRIENDS FOR DINNER DINING GROUP
The host couple is to actually eat in the restaurant they choose.  If they think it is appropiate, they will make reservations and mail menus to the group.  The chosen restaurant is to be unusual, excellent food, and moderately priced.  Bill and Carla get the prize for this great place.  Even the price was great, $17.00 for the meal and drink.

THE BREAKFAST SERVING STATION


It was a buffet service with perhaps a dozen different serving stations.  Frog legs or sausage gravy with biscuits, they had it.  Steak, sure!  What kind?  Pasta?  Made to order as you watched.  Frankly, I don't know how the people made a profit but I'm not complaining.

DO YOU BELONG TO A DINING GROUP?  If you don't, you should give it a thought.  It costs nothing and, even after the many years, it is one of the highlights of our life.  I am the oldest member and two couples are the age of my children, a good blend.

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GOD BLESS THE USA

Monday, November 28, 2011

A PROBLEM OR AN OPPORTUNITY? You Get To Decide!

At this very moment in time, our country faces a serious financial challenge caused by spending more money than we have to spend.  The President's constantly repeated theme of taking from the rich shows his distain for the "haves" although he is in that number.  Another Democratic President saw the problem much more clearly.  FDR said the following:


"Capitalism is unequally divided riches
while Socialism is equally divided poverty"

Good  political words but his words did not match his actions.  Roosevelt didn't just repeat what he thought should be done. He did it.  When FDR devalued the dollar to be worth only $0.59, he literally gave to the have nots, after taking a large portion for his own ideas of how the government should be run.

Part of the money people had denied themselves and saved up went to pay my Dad, and thousands like him, for digging a ditch.

Over the Thanksgiving Holiday, I faced a serious opportunity.  I baked a custard pie specifically for a friend and my daughter's father-in-law.  Although Tom so graciously expresses his appreciation of my thoughtfulness, he doesn't know what's involved baking a custard pie.  Basically a custard pie is just eggs, cream or half and half, salt, nutmeg, sugar, and ONE TEASPOON OF VANILLA.  Super simple, bake 20 minutes at 450 degrees and 20 minutes at 350 degrees.  That's it!

When I put the pie on the rack to cool, I thought "it is so beautiful yet so simple".  This pie went into my oven at 3:00AM, came out at 4:00AM.  I had started to bake pies at 3:00PM the prior afternoon.  I was too pooped to pop!  I went straight to bed and as I dozed off to sleep thinking how simple that last pie was I realized I had not put in the vanilla.

When I arose a few hours later I came up with an answer to save the pie.  I simply took a teaspoon of vanilla and brushed it on top of the custard pie.  I confessed to my daughter, who would be serving the pie, what I had done.  Later, she told me Tom didn't notice the difference.
No problem, just an opportunity, huh?

WORLD CUSTARD PIE THROWING CONTEST
Coxheath Village Hall, Near Maidshead, Kent, England
 Did you know there is a "WORLD CUSTARD PIE THROWING CONTEST"?  News to me also.  There is even pie throwing teams.  I don't know what it is but these people, however, do have a problem.  Custard pies are not for throwing!

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity;
an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

If God shuts one door, He opens another - Irish Proverb

What opportunities are you facing?
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GOD BLESS THE USA

I'M IN THE JAIL HOUSE NOW: It Ain't Too Bad!

I'm not really in jail but that's the way the old song used to go.

The United States has 5% of the world's population but 25% of the incarcerated people in the world.  Chicago and Cook County is larger than 29 states.  Cook County jails have a daily population of 9,000 to 11,000 people a day.    The recidivism in their prison is over half.  Why is that?  Take a look at their prison.
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COOK COUNTY JAIL

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COOK COUNTY JAIL CELL
A study tracked 272,111 immates following their release from prison in 15 states.  Fifty-two percent were returned to prison for another crime.  For those under 18 year-of-age, 80% were arrested again.  With prisons like Cook County, what's so bad about being in jail?
PRISON IN WV WHERE MARTHA STEWARD SERVED HER TIME
Even the "Country Club" prison Martha Steward was in, (and I didn't think she should have been in prison, period), didn't compare to the Cook County Prison.

AMERICAN PRISONS ARE REVOLVING DOORS BUT WITH FACILITIES LIKE THESE, IS THAT ANY WONDER?

JOE ARPAIO, SHERIFF OF MARICOPA COUNTY, ARIZONA
 Joe Arpaio, born on June 14, 1932 in Springfield, Massachusetts, is Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.  He has the 3rd largest sheriff's office in the nation with 3,400 deputies.   Sheriff Apario houses his immates in used army tents he placed out in the Arizona dessert.



ON PARADE, CHAINED TOGETHER, IN STRIPES AND PINK UNDIES
He puts the immates in stripped suits with pink ladies underwear.  He feeds them on $0.20 per meal.  When "tree huggers" complain to him about the dessert heat Sheriff Arpaio reminds them that our troops in Iraq are in even higher heat clothed in battle dress.  He saved the tax payers $150,000 a year when he stopped serving coffee and another half a million dollars when he started to serve bologna.  There is no tobacco, books, phones or television.

WOMEN PRISONERS ON A CHAINED WORK GANG


Needless to say, he has lots of enemies.  Drug cartels have a one million price tag on his head.  A recall effort was made but failed.  The people of his county love him, he received 83% of their vote.  He has 2,500 volunteers to assist him as and when needed.

I WOULD BE EVEN TOUGHER THAN SHERIFF ARPAIO. 
 I'd build a boot camp prison in deep snow country.  The first thing I'd do would be to lay out a cemetary, explaining that probably a fourth would never leave the prison alive.  I'd dress them in minimum black clothing and shave their heads.  I'd make them cut wood to keep warm.  I'd give them only cold water and an out door toilet.  I'd feed them the minimum required to keep them alive, and feed them the same every day.  I would not fence them in.  If they excaped, I'd hunt them down on the snow, with a helicopter, shoot them and leave them where they lay.  No papers, no books, no television, not even a clock or a calendar.  It's a prison not a summer camp.  If they didn't work, I wouldn't feed them.  If they rioted, I call it insurrection and shoot them.

I'd send every first offender to this boot camp prison for a year, and return them to a Sheriff Arpaio-type prison.  

CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT?

Compared to what?  The rape of a small child?  The murder of a husband, rape of mother and daughter and setting them on fire?  UH, not to my way of thinking!

I'D BET THE RECIVIDISM RATE WOULD DROP.



YES, YES!  WHAT DO I KNOW, HUH?  Bet I could make people think twice before they molested some little girl or murdered her parents.


Are you among the 83% who agrees with Sheriff Arpaio?
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GOD BLESS THE USA



Sunday, November 27, 2011

I HOPE YOU DANCE? This Blog May Inspire You To Shake A Leg, Or Not!

"I HOPE YOU DANCE..."



This was written by an 83-year-old woman
to her friend.

*The last line says it all.*

Dear Bertha,

I'm reading more and dusting less.  I'm sitting in the yard
and admiring the view without fussing about
the weeds in the garden.  I'm spending more time with my family
and friends and less time working.

Whenever possible, life shoud be a pattern of experiences to savor,
not to endure.  I'm trying to recognize these 
moments now and cherish them.

I'm not "saving" anything; we use our good china and crystal
for every event such as losing a pound, getting the sink
unstopped, or the first Amaryllis blossom.

I wear my good blazer to the market. 
My theory is if I look prosperous, I can shell out the $49.28 for
a single bag of groceries.  I'm not saving my good perfume
for special parties, but wearing it for clerks in the hardware
store and tellers at the bank.

"Someday" and "one of these days" are losing their grip
on my vocabulary.  If it's worth seeing or hearing or doing, I want
to see and hear and do it now.

I'm not sure what others would've done had they
known they wouldn't be here for the tomorrow that we take
for granted.  I think they would have called family members and a few
close friends.  They might have called a few former friends to 
apologize and mend fences for past squabbles.  I like to think they
would have gone out for a Chinese dinner or for 
whatever their favorite food was.

I'm guessing;  I'll never know.

It's those little things left undone that would make me angry if I knew
my hours were limited.  Angry because I hadn't written certain
letters that I intended to write "one of these days". 
Angry and sorry That I didn't tell my husband and parents
often enough how much I truly love them.
I'm trying very hard not put off, hold back, or save anything
that would add laughter or luster to our lives.
And every morning when I open my eyes,
tell myself that it is special.

Every day, every minute, every breath truly is a gift from God!

You are reading this because someone cares for you.
Are you too busy to take a moment or two to share this blog with a friend?

"People say true friends must always hold hands,
but true friends don't need to hold hands
because they know the other hand will always be there".

Life may not be the party we hoped for,
but while we are here we might as well dance!
   

This lovely writing was shared by my high school classmate, Dottie.  We're still dancing in spirit, huh Dot?

How about you, folks?  Better get up and "shake a leg".  It may be now or never.  After all, we never know, now do we?


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GOD BLESS THE USA
   

GINGRICH ON ILLEGAL ALIENS: A Fox In The Chicken Coop

NEWT GINGRICH
2012 Presidental Candidate

Speaker Newt Gingrich expressed an opinion on illegal aliens that many think has put him into hot water with the voters.  To a small extent, I'm sure that is true.  Compared to gaining the large block of Hispanic voters, it is nil.  Newt is constantly regarded as the most intelligent candidate in the debates.  He didn't blunder this statement.  He knew what he was doing.  And, I suspect he is right.



Keep in mind, Newt was not talking about
the sort that  fill California prisons with 48,000 illegal alien criminals.

He said people who have been in the country for 25 years, who have no criminal record, who have jobs and are established in their community, schools and churches, have reared a family who are Americans and have grand children who are Americans, these people should not be uprooted and separated from their family and communities. 
If I remember my business law classes of some 60+ years ago, these people clearly qualify for ADVERSE POSSESSION.

If a property owner ignores their property, allows another to openly use it, maintain it, defend it, make improvements, pay taxes just as if they owned the property, after a period of time, maybe 10 or 12 years, the squatter can take legal possession of the property.  This has been referred to as SQUATTER'S RIGHTS, or legally as Adverse Possession.

ISN'T THIS PRECISELY WHAT WE AS OWNERS HAVE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN?



What we have allowed to happen in this country shames us all.  And, it is not just the Democrats!  You will have a long way to go to find anyone more supportive of the Mexicans than the entire Bush family.

The young Mexicans are literally taking over their neighborhoods and the schools.  They have flown the American flag upside down BELOW the Mexican flag.  They are permitted to stage high school walkouts in oposition to laws concerning illegal alients.


American youth have been expelled from the same school for wearing clothing with the American flag displayed.  That might be offensive to the Mexicans.  THINK ABOUT THIS!

Now, I acknowledge Mexico has a problem but we cannot resolve their countries problems by allowing them to illegally enter the USA.  Sadly, we cannot resolve their problems at all, and their problems are huge.  They must face down their own illegals, starting with their corrupt government officials.

IF I WAS THE CZAR IN CHARGE OF STOPPING THE ILLEGAL ALIEN FLOW, I'D DO IT IN LESS THAN SIX MONTHS, AND I'D SAVE A BUNCH OF MONEY ALLOWING A TAX CUT FOR HARD WORKING AMERICANS.

I would need less, not more Border Patrol and I most certainly wouldn't need troops on the border.  I would build a fence across the entire border with Mexico.  NO, NO, NO!!!  NOT SILLY FENCES LIKE YOU SEE MEXICANS SCRAMBLING OVER WITH LITTLE EFFORT.  My little granddaughter, Rosebud, can climb those fences.  I'd build the same fence we use around prisons housing desperate criminals.

  

 Most importantly, in the 10 foot of space between the fences, I'd cover land mines.  This would stop the crossing immediately.  My friend, Don, said he thought there should also be guard towers with instructions to shoot anyone climbing the fences.  I wouldn't object to that but I don't think that would be necessary.

DOES THIS MAKE ME BAD, A HEARTLESS PERSON?  Not to my way of thinking.  After all, I lock my doors at home, have a giant guard dog with guns to back him up.  Hiding our eyes is heartless to me.

Read ILLEGAL ALIENS: A Problem That Needs Solving, my blog of 09-16-2011, to get some idea of the prohibitive costs of the illegal aliens.

 Even worse than the money, if we don't face up to this problem, little Lila Eliana Pierce will never know the America our folks gave to us.  She will see the sun set on our Republic.



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GOD BLESS THE USA

Friday, November 25, 2011

A SCENIC BIKE TRIP ACROSS THE USA: Another Friday And A Vacation Plan

The intent of my Friday Travel Blog is not just to speak of where I have been but also to tell you where I plan to go and how I plan to get there.  As I must leave home in 10 hours to make a three hour drive to attend a funeral across the state, I'll write now of one of the trips I just mentioned in my "Bucket List", a cross crountry bike trip.
WALT ON HIS RECUMBENT TRIKE
A Tour Model Terra Trike
Unlike my previously planned  "cross" country trip requiring the better part of three months, this will be a three week trip.  I plan to mostly "car camp" in my van to some of the more beautiful, but short, rail-to- trail bike rides.  These will be trails of minimun elevation change, maybe 3%, being the beds of discontinued railroads. Unlike that previously planned cross country ride, this ride will be on an empty trike, except for water and maybe a lunch.

Although I am still doing research, I think I have selected 3 of the 4 or so places I'd like to ride my recumbent trike.  I have not yet decided upon a California ride and may, in fact, change the rides which I'll now describe.  But, it is a start, the proverbial "first step".

THE KATY TRAIL ACROSS MISSOURI

THE KATY TRAIL
Meandering for 237 miles across Missouri, the trail is through 
peaceful farm land and small American towns.
Over half of the trail follows the Lewis and Clark Expedition
along the Missouri River, under towering bluffs
above which eagles soar.

The longest rail-to-trail bike trail in the country,
it is an easy trip even for a beginner, or even one 81 years-of-age.
Beauty and solitude always surround you as you meander down the path.
This appeals to me.
A FARM HOUSE B AND B ON THE KATY TRAIL
Of course, I'll not ride the entire 237 miles, that would be work!
A half day's ride one way and a half day's ride the other
 is more what I have in mind.
A night in a bed and breakfast between rides sounds great, too.
I will car camp while traveling,
 I have a great van for camping and hauling my trike.

This trail is a hard one day drive or an easy two day drive from home.
The rate for a night in this delightful trailside Farm B and B is only $70.
A motel would be cheaper, of course, but there is something to be
said for visiting the Inn Keepers and a great breakfast.
Uh, yes, a bath too, but I wasn't going to mention that!

THE PRAIRIE SPIRIT TRAIL HEAD, KANSAS
PRAIRIE SPIRIT RAIL-TRAIL IN KANSAS
This trail starting in Ottawa, Kansas will be an easy drive from the Katy Trail.
People speaking about Kansas always complain about the wind,
if it was a headwind, but all spoke in glowing terms about the people in Kansas.
"Unquestionably the friendliest people in the world".
I love people, talk to everyone I meet, and can't wait to get to Kansas.
Windy as I am, I'll probably never notice the wind!
Umm, un huh!  But, I can ride either way, remember?

This 33 mile trail crosses ancient stone bridges, lush river vallies
and historical small towns across the prairie that was home to
buffaloes and indians.  The pioneers first look at the "west".

THE RIO GRANDE BIKE TRAIL
A valley ride through the Rocky Mountains near Denver 

THE RIO GRANDE TRAIL
This is 19 miles of a paved, car-free, easy riding trail of no more than a 3% grade,
through the Roaring Fork Valley, from Carbondale to Basalt, Colorado.
and then a ride from Aspen to Emma.
Very popular, some 700,000 people visit anually.
I'll join the crowd.
Accomodations abound here but the prices are prohibitive.

I'll probably just ride a day and move on a bit.


MARIE SUTTON,
 SUVIVOR OF THE DACHAU DEATH CAMP

 I have a standing lunch date with a new friend in Golden, Colorado.  She authored the book "Night Sky:   A Journey from Dachau to Denver and Back Again".  (Read my blog of 10-26-11)  I'd recommend the book to anyone with an interest in 20th century history.

I also have a friend of 64 years standing in Sime Valley, Calfornia with whom I look forward to reviewing high school days.  I'll probably spend a night in Golden, Colorado  and three in Sime Valley, California.


MY CHEVY MINI VAN
On the way out, I want to stop at the George Smith Patton Musuem, the Reagan Library is in Sime Valley and I'll probably spend a night or two at the Grand Canyon coming home.

Other than that, I'll just make short day drives, car camping on the way and return home.  I'll probably leave the last week in May and get home by June 24th for my wife's birthday.  Hey, where'd I lay my Kindle.  Lots of reading on this trip.  I love to read.

WHAT NEW, DIFFERENT AND EXCITING THING HAVE YOU PLANNED?
You can, you know.  Write it down and do it!
Miss Amy emailed she is going to Paris to see the Louve.
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God Bless You and Yours

GOD BLESS THE USA    

CHANGING JOBS? Is The Grass Really Green On The Other Side Of The Fence?

THE DOORS ARE OPENED FOR BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING!
BLACK FRIDAY!  The day after Thanksgiving, the start of the holiday shopping, people can't wait.  Well, actually they can.  Standing in line, all night long if necessary, people wait for the "opening" hour.  Everyone wants to be first to get the "BIG" bargain of which only a few are available.  We had guests for dessert about 8:00PM last night.  They were headed to stand in line for the midnight opening of several stores.

INFOCISION IN FAIRLAWN, OHIO
Named one-of-the-best places to work in Northeast Ohio
After getting my Lincoln washed and serviced for an out-of-town trip early tomorrow morning, we were buying gas when we ran into an old friend.  She had worked with my wife for 12 years.  She had a secure job, that paid reasonable well--quite well for her minimum qualifications--with great benefits.  She quit that job about a year ago, she took a job with a company competitor who asssured her the "grass was a lot greener on his side of the fence".  It may have been, but now she is trying to get her old job back.

Yes, the grass may seem to be sweeter on the other side of the fence.  I mean, don't cows, standing knee deep in grass, stick their heads through a barbed wire fence to nibble on the other side?

What folks don't realize is that while the grass may in deed be sweeter, it may in reality be BITTER-SWEET!  After all, all companies have rules and demands.  Once you have made the committment, their demands may be far more agressive than those of your previous employer.

During the 27 years I worked for one company, I was offered jobs by several other companies who really would have paid more money than I was making.  Although the money sounded good, I knew that once I had solved the problems in the new company, I would just be another one of their employees.  I stuck by my company and continued to advance.

The grass on the other side of the fence had disapeared for one reason or another for this lady.  Now, she and her husband were both working for a health institution for LESS THAN MINIMUM WAGE, no benefits, and were having a difficult time of it, as she told us.  IN THE SAME BREATH SHE EXPLAINED THAT SHE WAS JUST RETURNING FROM BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING.  SHE HAD BOUGHT HER 16 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER A PAIR OF $120 BOOTS FOR $59, AND WAS PLEASED WITH HERSELF.

Our housekeeper, Donna, just showed me a great pair of boots, although not designer boots, which whe had got on sale for even less than the $59.  They were good boots, too, which she needed to clean the snow for me in the wintertime.
MARK, TODD, WALT AND KIMBERLY
Uh, yes, they take their good looks from me, un huh!
Before making a life effecting decision, it is critical that an outsider's opinion be sought.  When the mentioned lady quit her job of 12 years, she surprized everyone.  When my three children, each extremely well educated and experienced--far more so than me--without fail, discuss any anticipated move with me.  I seriously consider the situation from every angle I can imagine, and without trying to give a positive answer, I tell them just what I think, for and against, and give them my recommendation.  The kids all do pretty well, too, although they make up their own mind after hearing what I think.  That's the way it should be!

IS THE GRASS REALLY GREENER ON THE OTHERSIDE?  TAKE CARE THAT IT ISN'T REALLY JUST BITTER SWEET!

 HAVE YOU EVER NIBBLED THROUGH THE FENCE?
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God Bless You And Yours

GOD BLESS THE USA

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

MY BUCKET LIST: A Different, Upcoming Friday Travel Blog!

I can now transfer pictures from my picture file to my blog,
 thanks to my son, Mark.  Thanks, Bud!
THIS IS ME WITH MY OLDEST SON MARK
I'm the good looking one on the right, un huh!
He is my blog site mentor, and a good one, too!
I plan to write a different kind of travel blog for the next week or so.
Check back Friday for the first installment.

  TODAY, i'LL SHARE MY "BUCKET LIST" WITH YOU.

On 12-25-07 a movie entitled THE BUCKET LIST was released in the U.S. and Canada and, later, in the U.K. and Australia.  The movie's $45 million budget was exceeded with a $173.3 million box office return, a real financial success.  It seems that everyone had a "Bucket List" and enjoyed watching others actually realize their dreams, wishing they could do likewise.

THEY CAN!
So can you and so can I.
And, I will, the good Lord willing and the krick don't get too high!


Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman starred as two terminally ill cancer patients who decide to break out of the hospital and live their last days to the full, fulfilling a list of wishes before they "Kick the Bucket".  

They sky dived, climbed the pyramids, drove a Shelby Mustang, flew over the North Pole, ate dinner at Chevre d'Or in France, rode motorcycles on the Great Wall of China and go on a Lion Safari.  They had quite a bucket list between them.

I am not ill but I am 5 years beyond my life expectancy and
I HAVE A BUCKET LIST!
I'll share with you the major travel plans in my bucket list.
These are the major trips I have in my "bucket".
WALT RIDING TRIKE IN CALIFORNIA
Car camp across the USA,
riding scenic day trips on my trike,
visiting friends while riding in Colorado and California

Drive  to Alaska via the Glacier National Park and the Alaskian Highway
Returning by Seattle and the North and Central USA

Fly around the world for three months visiting, 
England, Poland, Russia, China
using ground transportation to see other nearby countries.

Spend six weeks in the southern states, during the winter,
living on a shanty boat which I'll build this winter and spring.

ISN'T THIS A DELIGHTFUL, MODERN-DAY SHANTY BOAT?
A good example of what can be done with modern day materials and tools, dedication and time
There are dreams and there are plans.
THERE IS A VAST DIFFERENCE!
Here is the start of my plans:

Spring 2012 - Bike rides across the country.
Fall 2012 - live in the south on a shanty boat.
Late spring 2013 - Drive to Alaska.
Fall 2013 Fly around the world.

Making my "Bucket List" a reality will be a challenge physically, materially and financially.  I thrive on challenges, however, considering problems to simply be unrealized opportunities.

A dear sister-in-law once asked how I knew what I was going to do 10 months from the moment when she didn't know what she was going to do 10 minutes from then.  Actually, I don't "know".  I do know that if you plan something it may not happen but if you don't plan it it certainly won't happen.  These are my plans which I'll develop and share with you.

SO, WHA'CHA GOT IN YOUR BUCKET?
I'd like to know.
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God Bless You and Yours

GOD BLESS THE USA 

Monday, November 21, 2011

OH! FOR THE LIFE OF A SHANTY BOAT MAN: A Poem


SHANTY BOAT MAN
by W. J. Devine

Oh! for the life of a shantyboat man
Who lives each day without purpose or plan.
For him not the worries, the trials the cares-
The pressures of business, the pitfalls and snares.

No problems of profit, no quotas to meet-
No meetings, no speeches, no deadlines to beat;
Tied up to a tree at the edge of a stream,
His is the carefree life that most of us dream.

Oh! for the life of a shantyboat man
Just doing the least that he possibly can-
He floats down the current--the river's his life--
A dog, an old stove, and yes, maybe a wife;
Some canned goods, some books--
a philosopher he--
Content to live simply--just letting things be.

Oh! for the life of a shantyboat man.
A SMALL, MODERN-DAY, SHANTY BOAT ON PONTOONS
I'm ready!
My shantyboat goals this month?
Determine the supplies that are needed to start building.
Check my blog in December for details.

Are you one of the people reading my shantyboat blogs?
What, if any, shantyboat plans do you have?
What shantyboat dreams do you dream?

I'd love to know
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God Bless You And Yours

GOD BLESS THE USA  

Sunday, November 20, 2011

THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA: Sooner Rather Than Later!

MARILYN HAWK ON A SHARED VACATION IN THE OUTER BANKS, NC
She was with the family when I wrote my first blog in 2009
Today a good friend passed away.  As always, it is a very sad thing for her very large family and many, many friends. 

I knew this lady.  She lived a long, enjoyable life.  She made a difference in the lives of others.  She served her community, she assisted her children and grandchildren and she had fun.  I loved to dance with her, she put her all into it.  I said it was like dancing with a cheerleader.  She informed me she had been a cheerleader in high school.  It showed.  She was my daughter-in-law, Mary Kay's mother.  We'll all miss Marilyn Hawk.

Her passing was peaceful.  That is as much as we can ask for ourselves.  The important thing, in my opinion, is not how we die but how, and if, we live.  Frequently in my blogs I encourage my readers to plan, act and enjoy life.  Life can, and will, be filled with difficulties.  For the time being, I cannot put pictures on my blog.  BUT THIS TOO, ALONG WITH ALL LIFE'S PROBLEMS, SHALL PASS. (As you can now see, it has.)


As a favorite poem says:
  "Tis the set of the sails, and not the gales that determines which way she goes".
Why not set your sails for the good life?

"As a man thinketh in his heart, so he is"
Proverbs 23:7

"The discipline of writing something down
is the first step toward making it happen"
Lee Iacocca

"I must dream of the things I am seeking"
The "Sound of Music" movie

"I have learned that if one advances in the direction of his dreams,
and endeavors to live the life he has imagined,
he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours"
Henry David Thoreau

"If nothing is ventured, nothing is gained"
Sir John Heywood

"Only I can change my life.  No one can do it for me"
Carol Burnett

"All our dreams can come true,if we have the courage to pursue them...
If you can dream it, you can do it."
Walt Disney

"Whatever you can do or dream, you can begin it.
Boldness has genius, magic and pose in it
Begin it now"
Goethe

"Climb every mountain, search high and low...
Follow every rainbow til you find your dream"
The "Sound of Music" movie
Planning to write this blog, I asked our housekeeper, a delightful young lady, "Donna, what three new, different and exciting things do you have planned for next year?"  She thought for a moment and said "Nothing".  I assured her she was just like the majority of people.

At a motivational seminar once, the group was given a sheet of yellow, legal paper and instructed to write down their future plans.  After a very few minutes,  my son, Mark, asked for another sheet of paper. He was told to "turn it over and write on the back side".  He replied, "I have already done that."  Yes, I had "rubbed off on Mark" as I have the rest of my family.  It shows in their life.

Kimberly and her son, Riley, was just down to Ohio State for the game with Penn.  Last year my son, Todd, and his wife, Amy, again made a cross country ride on their bikes, riding in three states.  I started to have this "new , different and exciting" talk with my kids when they were hours old, yep, hours old.  I consider it that important

THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA
.    Do you know what prompted this blog subject?
There was a picture of the Great Wall of China on the internet  today.

This 5,500 mile long defensive wall was built in the Qin Dynasty and is one of the world's most famous landmarks.  The article pointed out that just 90KM outside of Beijing, at Mutianyu, one could enjoy a fantastic view of the wall, in the country, outside of the crowded tourist area of Badaling.  I promptly made a note of this on my plans for a Round-the-World trip.  I fully expect to have this experience, the good Lord willing and the krick don't get too high.

The one rule I have in life has never been more true!

IF YOU PLAN SOMETHING, IT MAY NOT HAPPEN
IF YOU DON'T PLAN IT, IT SURELY WILL NOT HAPPEN! 

PLAN SOMETHING!

What are you planning that is new, different and exciting?
I'd love to know.
(Email address in my profile)

God Bless You and Yours

GOD BLESS THE USA