Thursday, May 28, 2015

A MATCHED PAIR: You Can't Have One Without the other

HUMOR   HUMOR   HUMOR   HUMOR   HUMOR   HUMOR   HUMOR   HUMOR

           YOUR PERSONAL GPS      
You might find your life's destination better if you remember
                    READING IS A BASIC TOOL IN LIVING THE GOOD LIFE                


READING IS EQUIVALENT TO THINKING WITH SOMEONE ELSE'S HEAD

MARK AND MARY KAY PIERCE
Visiting Dad and Julie at Christmas time

LOVE AND MARRIAGE, LOVE AND MARRIAGE, THEY GO TOGETHER LIKE A HORSE AND CARRIAGE
OH, YOU CAN'T HAVE ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER, BROTHER
NO, YOU CAN'T HAVE ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER










My granddaugher, Bethany, once wrote a letter that was worthy of being framed.  In the letter she described her aunt and uncle's home.  She said that the entire family considered it to be "the" family home place. The home was large and accommodating and everyone was always made most welcome.  And, Bethany said, nothing ever changed. Well, Bethany, something has changed.  After 36 years of married life, Mark and Mary bought their first new toilet. 

Bethany's mother and father, Todd and Amy, also just upgraded to a new, large commode.


They both bought the American Standard Champion commode.  Thank goodness!   On Mark's previous little commodes I'd go as far down as I could and then I'd just "fall". 
WHO EVER COINED THE PHRASE
"YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'VE GOT TILL IT'S GONE"
WAS PROBABLY TALKING ABOUT TOILET PAPER

THIS IS THE COMMODE THAT SAYS YOU CAN FLUSH TWO DOZEN GOLF BALLS.
Now, you know.  Got any golf balls to flush?
That ad, by the way, was developed by my Grandson, Jon's, company.


MAY YOUR LIFE BE LIKE A ROLL OF TOILET PAPER,
LONG AND USEFUL
A MATCHED PAIR
YOU CAN'T HAVE ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER!
Commodes and Kindles go together like a horse and carriage, brother
You can't have one without the other.
HOW MANY MEN DOES IT TAKE TO CHANGE A ROLL OF TOILET PAPER
WE DON'T KNOW, IT'S NEVER HAPPENED
THE GOOD OLD DAYS - SIMPLE AND CHEAP
And, you could choose between the Sears and Wards Catalog


When we upgraded to a large commode, we considered the Champion.
We were advised that it had a serious flush valve problem.
We bought another recommended commode.
This problem has evidently been corrected.


MAN WHO EATS MANY PRUNES
GETS A GOOD RUN FOR HIS MONEY



GOD BLESS MARK AND MARY KAY

GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR'S

GOD BLESS THE USA

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A GIFT:  Memories of the Past

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

                     YOUR PERSOAL GPS          
       You just might reach your life's destination better if you remember   
   YESTERDAY IS HISTORY; TOMORROW IS A 
        MYSTERY; TODAY IS A GIFT OF GOD,         
    THAT IS WHY IT IS CALLED THE PRESENT  

LOVE DOESN'T MAKE THE WORLD GO AROUND, LOVE IS WHAT MAKES
THE RIDE WORTHWHILE- Shannon Alder



NOSTALGIA HAS A WAY OF BLOCKING THE REALITY OF THE PAST - S.Alder

The "point" in Point Pleasant, West Virginia is formed by the Kanawha River flowing into the Ohio River.  It was named Point Pleasant by a young surveyor by the name of George Washington.  

Throughout my life, I have stood at this "point" and said, "Some day I'll sail down this river".   Since my retirement, 24 years ago, I have been down the river three times.

EACH DAY PROVIDES IT'S OWN GIFT - Marcus Aurelius


In 1948, just past my 17th birthday, I graduated from Point Pleasant High School.  The year book name was a combination of the Kanawha and Ohio, OH-KAN.  All three of my year books were destroyed.  

I missed the year books for lots of reasons but most often by reading an obit of a class mate whom I could not recall their face without the year book to look them up.

The school newspaper was named the "Tu-Edu-Wei", which is an Indian word meaning "The mingling of two waters".

I have lived all over the world.  Point Pleasant is my home.  I shall be buried there.




THERE COMES A TIME IN YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE TO TURN THE PAGE, WRITE ANOTHER BOOK OR SIMPLY CLOSE IT - Shannon Alder


WALT AND DOTTIE
17 years of age, in the Navy
On January 19th, 1948 I went to an out of town basketball game with Dottie Songer.  We continued to date until I graduated in May and joined the Navy in July.  We saw each other the few times I was home over the next four years.  She married and had three boys and I married and had two boys and a girl.  Like me, she has lost all her family.  She is a widow.  She lives about 15 minutes from one son in California, an hour from another son and her third son lives in Ohio.  

Dottie's parents started her to school a year late because she was so small.  My parents started me to school a year early because I was so big.  She was two years behind me in high school although we were the same age.

A BOOK IS A GIFT YOU CAN OPEN AGAIN AND AGAIN - Garrison Keiller


(CLICK ON THE PICTURES TO ENLARGE)

THE BEST GIFT IS A HUG; ONE SIZE FITS ALL AND NO ONE CARES IF YOU RETURN IT - Marge Piercy

Dottie offered me the 1948 OH KAN.  I was delighted to accept.  What memories the book brought to mind.  In the above picture of the 1947 Point Pleasant Big Blacks football team, I am number 59, front row, second on the left on the right end.  I played defensive left end and offensive right tackle. 

NO ONE HAS EVER BECAME POOR BY GIVING - Anne Frank


I have only seen Dottie once in the last 64 years, and that only for a few minutes.  I hear about her sometimes from my niece.  I did write her a letter to thank her for the book and also called.  In our talk I confirmed that her birthday is on August 24th and she remembered that mine is on March 31st.  While, like me, she has grown old, she will forever remain my high school sweetheart.


WE MAKE A LIVING BY WHAT WE GET.  WE MAKE A LIFE BY WHAT WE GIVE.
Winston Churchill



MAY GOD BLESS DOTTIE FOR HER GENEROSITY

MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS

MAY GOD BLESS THE USA


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

GROWING OLD:  Not For Sissies!

    Wisdom    Wisdom    Wisdom    Wisdom    Wisdom    Wisdom    Wisdom    

               YOUR PERSONAL GPS         
        You just might reach your life's destination better if you remember       
   OLD AGE IS NOT LOST YOUTH BUT A NEW STAGE OF OPPORTUNITY   

OLD AGE IS LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE.  TO MAKE A SUCCESS OF IT, YOU'VE
 GOT TO START YOUNG - Teddy Roosevelt 


Bo Derek, born Mary Cathleen Collins in Long Beach, California in 1956, has been a model, actress and a movie producer.  She is , perhaps, best known as a sex symbol in the romantic comedy film "10".  She recently opined that Betty Davis was right when she said that "Growing old wasn't for Sissies".

Check out how she looks today at age 59.  She is still a beautiful woman.  She starred in 18 movies and 16 television series.  She sure doesn't look like a sissy, does she?

OLD AGE ISN'T SO BAD IF YOU CONSIDER THE ALTERNATIVE - M. Chevalier



I am made to think of birthdays because of my oldest son's birthday next week.  He is a year younger than Bo Derek.  I enjoy being a part of Mark's birthday celebration, baking him his favorite cherry pie.

Mark is still hale and hearty, being very active as a pastor.  He rode his bike twenty miles one day last week.  He enjoys his eight grandchildren as much I enjoyed my nine, and that's saying something.


THE EXCITEMENT OF LEARNING SEPARATES YOUTH FROM OLD AGE.
AS LONG AS YOU'RE LEARNING YOU'RE NOT OLD - Rosalyn S. Yalow


Mark, Kimberly, Walt and Todd
I am blessed to have three of the greatest children a man could have.  My daughter Kimberly hosted the entire family, along with many friends, on both my 70 and 80th birthdays.  Can't wait to turn 90!
Kimberly lives near by and I see her frequently.  Mark lives near the lake side retreat where I spend summers and I see him often then.  Todd texts from Cincinnatti.


MAN IS LIKE WINE - SOME TURN TO VINEGAR, BUT THE BEST IMPROVE WITH AGE

I have never fully recovered from having my left hip replaced three years ago.  I just recently gave up walking with a cane.  I no longer have the pain of bone rubbing against bone as I did before the operation.  I have just not been quite stable.  Some things are beyond my control.  Regardless, I find that my choices in life are always better if made with a positive attitude.  Happiness and positive attitudes seem to go together.  Old age is also better when fully lived.



I DON'T FEEL OLD!  IN FACT, I DON'T FEEL ANYTHING UNTIL NOON.  
THAT'S WHEN I TAKE MY NAP - Bob Hope


Sixty-seven days from now, the good Lord willing and Lake Erie doesn't rise too much, I hope to commence an eight month cruise around the eastern USA.  This picture is of an O'Day Mariner like mine except sailing the Great Loop I'll remove the mast and sails and just motor.


I STILL HAVE A FULL DECK.  I JUST SHUFFLE SLOWER NOW 



MAY GOD BLESS MARK ON HIS BIRTHDAY

MAY GOD BLESS YOU AS YOU GROW OLD

GOD BLESS THE USA

Sunday, May 10, 2015

MOTHER'S DAY:  Remembering Mom

Wisdom    Wisdom    Wisdom    Wisdom    Wisdom    Wisdom    Wisdom

              YOUR PERSONAL GPS         
       You just might find your life's destination better if you remember        
                            ALL MOTHERS ARE WORKING MOTHERS                           

All that I am or hope to be I owe to my Mother - Abraham Lincoln



 Whatever is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world, a mothers love is not!

The first Mother's Day celebration in America was held in the Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia.  Today, 65% of all greeting cards are purchased over Mother's Day.   Memories to Mothers are 82% cards, 65% flowers, 53% dinners, 34% gift cards, 26% jewelry, 21% cds or books, 14% personal care and 9% electronics.

Remember that behind every successful mother is a basket of dirty laundry.



Mother proudly displayed a loving plaque from each of her four children.  They were returned to the giver at her death.  The one on the left is mine.  It is displayed in the kitchen and I see it each morning and think of Mom.  There was never a more loving or caring Mother.

All mothers are working mothers.




Mother had a lot of sayings that the family will never forget.  Among them are:

"If he/she can live with them, I can live beside them"


"Never worry about the cook"


"I'd rather feed three hungry men as feed one that said he wasn't hungry"







A man's work is from sun to sun but a mother's work is never done!

My children's mother died young from breast cancer.  I cared for her 24/7 the last few months of her life.  She had several sayings the children often quote.  





We often camped across the country with the children when they were small.  After a trip out west in our son's motor home, Mark asked his mother how she like this kind of camping.  Her reply?  "Camp'n's camping"!

I once helped a lady in distress on the highway.  It turned out she worked with the kid's Mom.  When the lady asked Alice if she knew Walt Pierce, saying "He's an angel", Alice replied, "Yes, I know Walt Pierce and He's no Angel"!  I hear this quite often.  HE'S NO ANGEL!

But the one I hear quoted the most, however, was made in reply to compliments being made about pies I had baked.  Alice replied, "He can make pies, I'll give him that, but that's all I'll give him".  My son-in-law loves this quote.


Dear Mother-in-law:  Please don't tell me how to raise my kids!  I live with one of yours and he sure needs a lot of improvement!



THANK GOD FOR MOTHERS.

THANK GOD FOR AMERICA WHERE WE ARE FREE TO HAVE A MOTHER'S DAY CELEBRATION

Saturday, May 9, 2015

BOOKS:  Showing A Grandson The World

Wisdom    Wisdom    Wisdom    Wisdom    Wisdom    Wisdom    Wisdom

                YOUR PERSONAL GPS           
             You just might reach your life's destination better if you remember          
GOOD WRITERS ARE IN THE BUSINESS OF LEAVING SIGN POSTS SAYING, 
TOUR MY WORLD, SEE IT AND FEEL IT THROUGH MY EYES, I AM YOUR GUIDE

People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.  Joseph Newton


Riley James Pierce Boggs is my grandson.  When he was born he, and his mother, my daughter Kimberly, immediately began to dangerously lose weight.  For the first six weeks of Riley's life, I fed him, though his mother's breast feeding, to fatten him up.  I cooked all their meals.  It was cream this and gravy that all washed down with double thick milk shakes.  I turned the weight loss around the first week.

Riley is now sixteen, has his driver's license and will be a junior in high school next year.  I have made every effort to guide Riley in life.  I have given him a small library of books which he has read and written reports for me. Books such as Think and Grow Rich, and On Walden's Pond.

 I am so excited about a new book which I know will be a great guide for him. "And, The Good News Is...." 

Shared joy is double joy;  shared sorrow is half a sorrow.



This is a picture of Dana Perino's book from Amazon.  I bought and read it on my kindle.  I first saw the book on sale at Sam's, came home and ordered it.  I went back to Sam's to buy a copy for Riley and it was sold out.

Perino's book is challenging fellow Fox celebrity Bill O'Rielly for first place in the ratings.  O'Rielly has three books on the list in 1st, 4th and 5th place, no small undertaking!  But, "And, The Good News Is" is in second place and SOLD OUT!

I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!  It is interesting reading but it also provides an inside look at Washington and personal guides for life.

Our greatest glory may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should all dance.



Dana Perino, a Wyoming cow girl, is co-host of  Fox News channel's"The Five". The five co-hosts partake in thoughtful and lively discussion of everything from culture to sports.  The show is popular. 




Perino's resume includes a long list of prestigious positions including White House Press Secretary for President George W. Bush.  She graduated with a B.A. in Mass Communication from Colorado State University and went on to earn a Masters Degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois.

God, if I cant have what I want, let me want what I have


Remember the name, Riley James Pierce Boggs. Maybe not in my life time, being 8 years past my life expectancy at age 84, but in time to come I am absolutely convinced that Riley will be as well know as Dana Perino is today.  Silently quoting "invictus" to myself, I took an hourly job in a tire plant and 27 years later, when 21 tire plants closed, I had been the Manager of Tire Production for 8 years.  Becoming a stock broker at age 48, I retired a vice president at age 60.  It can be done.  Riley will do it!


Man who wait for roast duck to fly into his mouth must wait very, very long time.




MAY GOD BLESS RILEY

MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS

MAY GOD BLESS THE USA

   



     

Monday, May 4, 2015

SAILING THE LOOP:  A Pressure Cooker!

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

               YOUR PERSONAL GPS       
                You might reach your life's destination better if you remember    
  LIFE IS LIKE A PRESSURE COOKER.  SOME TIMES YOU'VE GOT TO LET  
            OFF A LITTLE STEAM TO KEEP FROM BLOWING YOUR TOP                   



Your stomach shouldn't be a waist basket!

No, no!  I'm not in a Pressure Cooker over my plans to commence sailing the Great Loop on July 18th.  I mean, that is still 75 days away.  Sorry to say, I have not been down to the summer lake site where the Christy Anne awaits a lot of attention.  My van needed a lot of attention and has been with the mechanic for a couple of weeks now.  No pressure although the weather has "finally" warmed up.


A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand!


Julie has ordered me a pressure cooker for my cruise.  It is a Prestige Deluxe Stainless Steel cooker.  It is quite small.  The maximum size pot for my gimbal cooker is 8 inches.  This pot's dimension is 13" x 8" x 6", the eight inches is the width and will just fit on my cooker.

Square meals tend to make round people


Annie Hill, who along with her husband, has sailed the world in their home made sail boat, wrote one of my favorite guide books, Voyaging on a Small Income, recommends the use of a pressure cooker.  The food cooks 70% faster, a real consideration fuel-wise.  The food is safer, the high temperature reducing the chance of germs or bacteria.  She points out that pressure cooked food also retains more of it's nutrients, much of which is lost otherwise.


Avoid any diet that discourages hot fudge!

Oprah Winfrey said her idea of heaven is "A great big baked potato and someone to share it with"

While at home I tend to eat from all the food groups, Fast, Frozen, Canned and Microwaveable.  While sailing I tend to eat very healthy.  On my six week sail down the Ohio River a few years ago, however,  I lost 33 pounds.  I ate well, a lot, and often, but one is in constant motion when sailing.

I keep trying to lose weight but it keeps finding me


Remembering from my canoe expeditions, healthy eating gets old.  The first thing we did coming out of the wilderness was head for the Dairy Queen for hot dogs and a milk shake. Only being able to eat fast food a few times a week will make it taste even better.



Health is the thing that makes you feel that now is the best time of the year!



  MAY GOD BLESS  YOU AND YOURS

 MAY GOD BLESS THE USA