Merry Christmas Dear Friends!
TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's!!
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.
Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.
As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags.
Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank Kool-aid made with sugar, but we weren't overweight because,
WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day.And we were O.K.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies ! or DVD's , no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computer! s, no Internet or chat rooms....... .
WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not poke out very many eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!
The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!
If YOU are one of them CONGRATULATIONS!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so 'm u c h' of our lives for our own good .
While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave (and lucky) their parents were.
Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!
* The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:
'With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?'
For those that prefer to think that God is not watching over us.... go ahead and delete this.
For the rest of us... pass this ON!
1.) You are good enough just the way you are! Don’t let anybody ever tell you any different!
2.) Stop listening to the opinions of others.
3.) Life isn’t about being too big or too small, it is about being healthy.
4.) Take responsibility for yourself and your actions.
5.) If your friends and family don’t care about your genuine well being then let them go gracefully.
6.) Happiness is the only true fountain of youth, drink from it daily.
7.) Be honest with yourself and what you want out of life. Otherwise the only person you cheat is you!
8.) Trust your inner guidance during times of stress and chaos. Does taking this or some other action in your life feel right to you? What does your gut instinct tell you to do?
9.) Appreciate the good in others. Appreciating the kindness and generosity in others helps us to recognize the compassion that we also kindle within ourselves. Don’t just say thank you, give a special and meaningful gift straight from your heart.
10.) When people are rude to you, call you names out of spite, and throw wrenches into your machines, forget them. They are nothing more than sour grapes. Holding on to old resentments, anger, and revengeful thoughts create tumors, even in a healthy body. And nobody wants those.
Now go out there and shake your Figgy Pudding wenches!
There are two sorts of beauty, one of the mind, the other of the body; that of the mind displays and exhibits itself in intelligence, in modesty, in honorable conduct, in generosity, in good breeding...and when it is this sort of beauty...that is the attraction, love is apt to spring up suddenly and violently. ~Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)
1.) I became initiated into Maha Yoga.
2.) My long time hobbies became more important to my sanity.
3.) Started attending daily worship services.
4.) I learned vedic mantras.
5.) Took my dog for lumpectomy.
6.) I lost the man I spent 20 years with.
7.) Some people I knew better than to trust.
8.) I devoted more time to writing in my personal journals.
9.) Made more time for rest.
10.) Became my own guru.
11.) I Learned who my real friends are.
12.) I learned that my family does not have my mother’s best interest at heart.
13.) I realized that I really (really) don’t like the cold-except when playing in the snow. And that is rarely.
14.) I started making dream boards and lists and I’m sticking to them.
15.) I gave a large portion of my clothing away to people that needed them.
16.) I backed up files and organized my closet, desk, computer hard drive and bookshelves.
17.) I realized that there are things I can’t change but changed the things that I can.
18.) I Made a vow to lower my electric bill by finding new and alternative heating sources. IE: Making Soda can furnace and buying a paper brick maker.
19.) I faced the sad and harsh reality that even though I protect the local wildlife I cannot save them all.
20.) I Became less worried about the dirty business of love and more devoted to finding long time friends that share the joys that I also love.
I release all of my worries into that great abyss that carries sparkly dandelion fronds on their journey and red-tailed hawks into the wild blue yonder and all of the lovely things that make me swoon upon their wings..
You are Loved.
All is well.
Aho Mitakuye’ Oyasin,
My gosh! I don’t mean to whine but I have to talk about it with someone. As you can tell I haven’t meditated in a week or done yoga so I am literally falling apart at the seams.
I am so exhausted. gah! we switched schools after it had already started and it has been a mean week of playing catch up. I can’t even begin to tell you the amount of patience my daughter has had being a real trooper trying to make it work in the new school. 3 boxes and 57lbs of school books rolled up in the UPS truck to which they stated no writing in the books so we have to copy just about every single page of every book plus doing online assessments and study island every day for 30 minutes. The personal learning coach said it should easily be done within 4-5 hours but it is taking us more like 8. They didn’t tell us about the holiday off so my daughter could have had a break and didn’t get one. She was one of a few students that showed up for virtual homeroom class. She likes it and is making friends easily enough. Plus the school is free. They even send her a computer. The only problem is now everyone we know is pulling their kids back out because it is too complicated.
I have home schooled her since she was old enough to go to regular school. Up to this point I have never doubted doing it. This school makes me not only question them but even doubting myself for the very first time as to what the heck was I thinking transferring her to a new school just because everyone else in our school left and went there too.
I haven’t cried (literally broke down and cried) this hard since the doctors found my tumor in 2006. I am finding out that we both have pretty bad allergies. It causes us to both have sniffles and bags under our eyes. Doc gave us something for it but he said anything over the counter will work just as well. We aren’t getting enough rest and because of the time change we now get up at dawn.
I was supposed to be on more bed rest because of my hurt rib but that just hasn’t happened.
I have completely given up on NANOWRIMO because this is the amount I have written for the whole month. Nothing more.
What’s interesting is I am a good friend. I am always there when someone needs me. I love helping others and now it is my turn. Right now I really need a true friend. I know, this sounds like a cry for help. Maybe it is. I just feel like I am drowning in too much stress and stuff to do every day. I haven’t got time for fun and my back is always hurting. I can’t stand longer than it takes to cook dinner without wincing in pain in my lumbar area. I don’t want to be one of those old ladies that is hunched over. The doc says my back really desperately needs surgery but I can’t afford it and don’t have any access to health insurance. They say I still don’t qualify for tenncare. blah!
Something is wrong with the water and it keeps going off when I am in the shower. I thought it might be a leak somewhere but checked and couldn’t find anything that could be causing it.
It is about to be winter here so I am not looking forward to it going off when the pipes freeze.
Pray for me.
You are loved.