Thursday, February 28, 2013

A NEW READER FROM AZERBAIJAN: Welcome!

AZERBAIJAN
Where's that?

Azerbaijan is a country the size of South Carolina located on the Caspian Sea.

Russia is to the North, Iran is to the South and Armenia is to the west.  The east coast is on the Caspian Sea.

     WELCOME!

Azerbaijan is an oil rich country. 

WALK LIKE A DUCK, QUACK LIKE A DUCK, GOTTA BE A DUCK! RIGHT?

 Humor   Humor   Humor   Humor   Humor   Humor   Humor   Humor   Humor   Humor   

YOUR PERSONAL GPS
You might find your life's destination better if you remember
SHORT WORDS CAN BE SHORT AND EASY TO SPEAK
BUT THEIR ECHOS ARE TRULY ENDLESS!

The north winds brings rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks


The word "gossip" comes from "go sip", a political instruction to sit in the tavern, sip a drink and listen to conversation.  The "go sip" became gossip.

John Wesley opined that of all gossip, religious gossiping is the worse; it leads to uncharitableness, and effectually does the work of the devil in the name of the Lord.


Never trust your tongue when your heart is bitter!


Mildred, a middle aged widow and self-appointed monitor of the church's morals, kept sticking her nose in other people's business.  She frequently did not have all the facts, stating that "If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it's a duck!"

Although the other church members did not approve of her extra-curricular activities, they feared her enough to maintain their silence.  Except for Frank.

Mildred made a mistake when she accused Frank of becoming an alcoholic after she saw his old pickup truck parked in front of the town's only bar.

"Walk like a duck, quack like a duck, it's a duck!"

Frank, a man of few words, stared at her a moment, smiled and walked away.  He didn't explain, defend or deny.  He said nothing.

 Later that evening, Frank quietly parked his pickup truck in front of Mildred's house, walked home....and left it there all night.

"Walk like a duck, quack like a duck, gotta be a duck, right?

Gotta love Frank, huh?

If thou thinkest twice before thou speaketh once,
thou wilt speak twice the better for it.
William Penn

May God bless you and your's  

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Fuss, Fight or Run a Foot Race?

The Good Life   The Good Life   The Good Life   The Good Life   The Good Life 

READY TO FUSS, FIGHT OR RUN A FOOT RACE?  NOT REALLY!

YOUR PERSONAL GPS
You might find your destination better if you remember
It Is More Important To Give Life To Your Years
Than To Give Years To Your Life

Don't worry about your heart, it will last as long as you live.
W. C. Fields


After a year's hiatus, how am I doing?  Well, it's true, I'm no longer looking to Fuss, Fight or Run a Foot Race.  That said, I'm doing well considering that I am just a few days away from my 82nd  birthday.  I am still recovering from the total replacement of my left hip.  I have no pain but I am not totally stable, I walk with a cane just to be safe.

I am truly blessed to have a competent, caring physician, Dr. Matthew Finneran.  He has shown his personal concern for my health time-after-time over a 30-or-so-year period.  When I had my 70th birthday I told him I had 25 years of active plans and I would then need an additional 5 years to wind things down.  I asked if he could handle that and he assured me he could and would start by increasing my exams from every six months to every three months.

Last week I did a fasting blood work up for my lab checks and yesterday I received the results.

 HAPPINESS IS NOTHING MORE THAN GOOD HEALTH AND A BAD MEMORY!
Albert Schweitzer

The results of the lab check on my vitals were truly remarkable.  I struggle with my blood sugar but the A1C, a three month average, was 6.5, in the safe zone of 7 or less.  As Dr. Finneran pointed out, that will go down as my exercise increases with fair weather.  My blood pressure, which is normally 130/70 was 117/69.  Think of that for an 82-year-old man.

As encouraging as the doctor was about my physical health, he was just as enthusiastic that "I still have such a keen mind" and that "I still have places to go and things to do".  I don't know about the "Keen Mind" part but I do have "Places to go and things to do".

Among my many exciting plans for Julie and I in 2013 is sailing again.  My sailing plans are the subject of another blog but suffice it to say that I plan to spend weeks this year in my sail boat, the s/v Christy Anne, on the Ohio River.

When I was born in 1931, my life expectancy was just 59.4 years.  When I reached age 80 my life expectancy became 86.4 years.  The longer you live, the longer you are expected to live.  If I make it to age 95 the odds are I will make it to 100.  Think of that!

Quality of life, that's the question.  I still make a difference.  Last night I diced 18 pounds of onions for my step-daughter, Jacky's, hot dog sale for the Akron Urban League.

IF I KNEW I WAS GOING TO LIVE THIS LONG
 I WOULD HAVE TAKEN CARE OF MYSELF!  Mickey Mantle


BLESS YOUR LITTLE IRISH HEART
AND EVERY OTHER IRISH PART!

God Bless You and Your's
   
How-dee!  I'm jes' so proud to be here!
The Good Life    The Good Life   The Good Life   The Good Life   The Good Life   The Good Life   The Good Life

YOUR PERSONAL GPS
When you feel that you have reached the end and that you cannot go one step 
further, when life seems to be drained of all purposes;
what a wonderful opportunity to start all over again,to turn over a new page
Eileen Caddy

Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.  Kahlil Gibran


Cousin Minny Pearl
Sarah Ophelia Colley was born just over 100 years ago in Centerveille, Tennessee.  In 1938 she first appeared on The Grand Ole Opera as the now-iconic Cousin Minny Pearl.  She went on to entertain generations of fans on television and on the stage around the world.

Although Sarah was a graduate of one of the South's finest "finishing schools", in her character of Cousin Minny Pearl she was a country pumpkin who could never get herself a boyfriend.

She always came on stage shouting "How-dee! I'm jes' so proud to be here!"

Repeating the twisted and tangled episodes of Minny Pearl still brings joy to me in the telling and in those in my audiences as I speak for dinner groups or MC my jug band.


LIKE COUSIN MINNY, I'M JES' SO PROUD TO BE HERE!

Walt writing first blog
It has been a year since I wrote my last blog.  It would be disingenuous not to explain the long lapse.  The reason certainly is not because I did not appreciate the thousands of readers who read my blog each month from across the country and around the world.  A dearly loved family member was offended at a blog I thought was quite benign.  It was labeled as The Good Life.  Aghast of any action that would lead to agnst in the family, I stopped writing.  Trusting that time has assuaged the injury, I will again commence to blog.


You don't choose your family.  
They are God's gift to you, as you are to them 
Desmont Tutu


THE WALT PIERCE FAMILY
Walt's 80th birthday
LIFE IS ABOUT LIKE A RUNNY PEACH PIE,
NOT PERFECT BUT WHO'S COMPLAINING
Robert Brault

God Bless You and Your's