Anything you lose automatically doubles in value. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966
Don’t get hung up on a snag in the stream, my dear. Snags alone are not so dangerous—it’s the debris that clings to them that makes the trouble. Pull yourself loose and go on. ~Anne Shannon Monroe
You can't have a better past. ~Richard Carlson
Disappointment weighs heavy on the pride. ~Mike Howerton
Never allow someone to be your priority while you're just their option. ~Unknown
What seems like the right thing to do could also be the hardest thing you have ever done in your life. ~Unknown
I know nothing about The Ulsterman Report. Here is their link: http://theulstermanreport.com/
Here is the homepage that the above article came from. http://newsflavor.com/
This was forwarded to me. I tried to verify or deny through Snopes, but nothing comes up. I am not surprised that this story comes forward now, with a new presidential election quickly approaching. I have posted this link for knowledge ... not for stating or claiming a position, or party. People can't make judgement about something if they know nothing about it.
I was gone for a few days, for a wedding. I was one of the photographers. I don't like being away too long, and it seems that no matter how much, or how little, I pack ... it's never quite right ... forget things, misplace things ... wrong clothes for the weather, wong shoes, etc.
My friend wanted me to use his camera, instead of mine. So I talked another friend into taking some video for me, with my camera. The wedding was in a church; the reception at a beautiful nature center. When I got ready to leave the reception I realized I did not have MY camera. It is fairly new, also a nicer one than I've ever bought for myself ... and, I was distraught because of losing the wedding video as well!
I followed my footsteps, thought about where I'd been. I checked everywhere ... except the church. That is the only place I had not checked. Pastor Paul happened to have had a couple baptisms yesterday after church. I called; he had my camera. I had left it behind. Ironically, I had been talking to someone at the reception about losing my camera. I had mentioned that if it were found on the nature ground all I had to depend on was someone of good character finding it, and turn it in, as I had not marked it in any way with my identification. And how I can only hope for "saving grace". Well, once again, I had to tap into that "saving grace" - guess He still likes me! *smile*
I sure hope all of my women friends who are "mothers" had a special Mother's Day yesterday.
"It's too bad we can't begin life with the wisdom we gain, as we age." ~nr lenz
"There's nothing worse than sitting under a tree, and talking to a rock." ~nr lenz
"It's all right to falter and fail, just learn something by it. And go again." ~nr lenz
With Mother's Day, Memorial Day, and Father's Day coming up, nostalgia is creeping in. Losing my parents, and it's been years, was one of the most devastating happenings in my life. I went home because my father was dying, but my mother died while I was home. I had to tell him about Mom, as he himself lay dying. It was a cross I had to bear. He thanked me for telling him, in spite of criticism I took from his own brother and wife who disagreed with my decision. My father lived only another 6 weeks. I was heart-broken not to be able to be at his bedside, though my siblings were - thank God.
It seems youth and stupidity (inexperience) and wisdom (experience) and aging are companions, by their very nature and essence. Strange bed fellows, for sure. I truly believe if someone says they have never made any wrong, bad, or regretful decisions in their lives, they are either liars or deceivers, or both. All the mistakes we make in our lives are all part of the process on this earthly plane - a process of learning - about ourselves, others, and life itself.
I was a tough kid to raise. The whole point to this writing is to express the hope that younger generations willl take the time to get to know their parents, their siblings, and extended family members. You don't get 'do-overs' later, you can't change anything, make it better - what's done is done. Even with apologies (that are not always accepted), it doesn't erase the past (good, bad, or indifferent). Internally, you can change yourself. You can make yourself, your surroundings, and your emotional self better. Forgive yourself, and forgive others. Be good with that; and expect miracles. Just know that some people never forgive, some people like to hate and to hurt, and hurt others. Don't let their toxicity impede your desire to become a better person in life.
"I've lived long enough to realize that learning to overcome adversity is part of our human adventure. Adversity builds character ... and this is the 'character' I have become (so far)!" ~nr lenz
Hence, the expression, "Be patient, God isn't finished with me yet!" I wanted to give credit for this quote but when searching to see where it originated, I don't find just one person who said it, but do find many people, and organizations, who want to take claim for their "interpretation" of biblical verse.
Hackers, spammers, scammers, creeps, jerks, and all other a**holes of cyberspace just never give up. You know, if you don't like yourself, strive to be a troublemaker, want to have a lousy life and be a jerk, fine ... do that ... but why must y'all drag others down with you? Why are you hell bent on wanting to make complete strangers' lives miserable? Why hurt people in a devious way that is not going to gain you anything except a reputation? ... and not a good one.
There's always something new they come up with, once you catch on to their "old" tricks, and how to get around them. This time, for several days, I keep getting an "invite" for instant messaging. I just kept deleting the message, to just ignore the invite. Finally, with their persistence, I thought perhaps it was someone who wanted to chat ... maybe someone I knew, but didn't recognize their "handle". So I "accepted" the attempt to chat with me. I tried to send a IM in return - to no avail. Out of curiosity I looked up the "profile" of this person, and guess what, I got a message that said, "no such name or account". I immediately deleted the contact from my IM list, and also added that name to my "ignore" list. Hopefully, that will take care of it. I will also change my password ... AGAIN, for a little more reassurance I've chased the creep off. It takes constant vigilence to keep yourself even relatively safe, on line ... safe from unwelcome intruders in your own personal "chunk" of cyberspace.
The following men were part of this crew, along with my father, Cpl. Raymond L. Larson (WG)
Merseburg - Field Order
325th Squadron / a/c 7559 N G17 / #5, lead group
Take Off: 0644 / Landing: 1440
I would love to hear from anyone on this list, or anyone who is related to someone on this list.
2 Lt. Harry H. Batey, Jr. (P)
2 Lt. Dean E. Haas (C)
2 Lt. William B. Hammer, Jr. (N)
2 Lt. Jerome A. Hirsch (B)
Cpl. William B. Mervine (R)
Sgt. Alvin O. Filliatreault (TT)
Cpl. Jesse T. Knight, Jr. (BT)
Cpl. Duane C. Dodd (TG)
We'll start here. I am glad I left Facebook when I did. I am certainly no more a fan of it now, than when I chose to completely back out of the Facebook social cyberworld. Most people don't realize that when you shut down your FB account, unless you hand-delete all of your and other people's information, contacts, "likes", photos, comments, etc., Facebook still has control and access to anything you've left behind ... electronic footprints, so to speak. Even with everything I did to eliminate as much of my page as I could, I am still finding trails - sites and things I missed. Any time you "agree" to conditions for any website or hyperlink that requires "membership" or "sign in", the "pages" of "conditions and rules" is where they catch us. Really, how many of you actually "read" what you've "agreed" to, just to satisfy a bit of curiosity? I have, and many times more than I should have, that's for certain. "It's all in the wording" ... and usually not to your benefit. It's never as easy to get out of them as it is to get signed up. Some sites even require WRITTEN request to be removed from their search databases. I've even found websites who request more information than initially given, to be SURE you are, who you are ... gimme a break!
Hmmmm ... I've always been suspect of the excessive control of personal information on all social sites, but moreso with Facebook. I never liked it when they would change things (and still do) with no input or advising of ... changes, for members. It's quite a process to remove yourself - it's not as easy as closing your FB account. I have website links I can share which give you information that FB itself doesn't offer you if you choose to leave.
Bottom line, you have to educate yourself and make your own decision if social websites are you cup of tea or not. Sometimes I wonder if the "rules and regulations" even matter. Most of them state their guidelines and, in the same breath, will state that it is within their "right" to change their rules and regulations - any time they want ... and don't have to give you notice. You have "agreed" to "check back for changes" ... sure lets them "off the hook", doesn't it?
I remember receiving my first invitation to subscribe to AARP. I was 40 years old, FORTY!!! I was sorely amused. And here I am, a quarter-century later ... now that I am nearing retirement age, I have yet to see much from them. No doubt I will pretty soon ... they'll probably get a notice when Medicare kicks in for me. I wouldn't be surprised if they have a constantly current update of we baby boomers who are "becoming of age", so to speak.
These are quotes that reveal thoughts, fears, concerns, and humor that come to mind when I think about getting ready to file for retirement:
Sixty-five is the age when one acquires sufficient experience to lose one's job. ~Unknown
Our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything. ~William Shakespeare
The challenge of retirement is how to spend time without spending money. ~Author Unknown
Don't simply retire from something; have something to retire to. ~Harry Emerson Fosdick
Retirement is having nothing to do and someone always keeping you from it. ~Robert Brault
Retire from work, but not from life. ~M.K. Soni
Retirement is when you stop living at work and begin working at living. ~Unknown
Retirement: The time in your life when time is no longer money. ~Unknown
You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely. ~Ogden Nash
Sometimes it's hard to tell if retirement is a reward for a lifetime of hard work or a punishment. ~Terri Guillemets
God's retirement plan is out of this world. ~Unknown
Retire and retirement are words that, while growing up and even just a few decades ago, was just another word in the dictionary - it didn't really apply to me. As kids we certainly never retired (i.e., to bed, to our rooms, or quit) from anything. The word retire was just automatically synonymous with the older generation(s) - parents and grandparents, even aunts and uncles - but not a word often used by the young, nor the young at heart.
If you own a mirror, and can clearly see your reflection, eventually you will see a change. I've always had my chronological age challenged, and somewhat, even now. Having said that, one day it was like my mirror had taken on some 'new colors', ha! ... different 'hues', and more 'shades of grey', so to speak.
The only 'retire' 'meant' for me is for Uncle Sam to "show me the money, the money I've spent all these years working to (enjoy?). Who knows? ... and life goes on ... and on ... until ... our final curtain call.
Well, I started my day today by nearly stepping on a snake out in the yard. Admittedly, I'm not a huge fan of snakes (any kind). I could easily just say I'm not a fan of snakes, bugs, and "squiggly" things and cover many bases at once.
I did grab my camera and took a few photos, as I need to know what kind of snake this is ... why? Because I saw it go down into the foundation of the house. Not only do I need to identify it, I need to know how to kill it (since I have no intentions of doing a pet rescue)! I don't know if I could chop it with a shovel or not.
It's amazing how nervous I get when CONFRONTED by a long, skinny, wiggly snake. UGH, ERRGGH, ER, UH, WAH ... and WTF?! (ooops, sorry for the profanity) I'll now be walking around my own space, looking over my shoulder (so to speak), for this dang SNAKE!
I wonder why snakes this year. I've been here over 5 years and have never seen or been peered at by a snake. I could do without this adversity, for sure. Perhaps it will come back out, and go back where it came from, even if it is a snake hole, in the yard - I just want it to go away and stay out - of my inner domain.
Who is this little girl?
I am . . .