You can’t fake a crime and expect to get away with it.
Or maybe you can.
You can’t fake a crime and expect to get away with it.
Or maybe you can.
You can have an opinion. You can be outspoken about it. But you can’t tell me that I should feel bad about myself just because we don’t agree.
I will never again weigh what I did in high school. I will likely never again weigh what I did on my wedding day. I’m okay with that. I’d love to be that thin again, but I refuse to spend my every waking moment pursuing a thinner body instead of living my life.
Instead of working out all the time and counting every calorie that goes in my mouth, I eat healthier foods, do my best to stay active when my body allows it. I do this for myself and my loved ones, but NOT because someone who thinks “thin is in” thinks I should.
Oh, and even when I got married, I weighed 145 lbs and was considered overweight by the doctor’s body mass index chart.
I’m at a loss for words. For the guy, it’s sicker than sick. For the mothers who participated? Beyond reprehensible.
Don’t fall for that ol’ pile of donkey dung and spend more than you have on holiday gifts. No need to get super deep in debt this year. Look what happened to this guy who got in over his head.
This Black Friday crap kills me. There’s really no need to spend an arm and a leg on gifts. Small, meaningful presents are where it’s at.
Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!
May you be blessed with much, loved by many, and go hoarse from all the praises you sing today.
As I said last year:
Today I forgive the idiocy and cruelness. Today I focus on the kindness and love. And today I offer my thanks all those around me for being a part of my journey.
That should be my mantra each and every day. Maybe I need to start making Thanksgiving resolutions instead of waiting until January 1.
And it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without some form of this:
Repost from last year:
“Steve Irwin Day, celebrated each year on 15 November, is an annual international event honouring the life and legacy of the one and only Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin!”
Yep, that’s what today is about. Celebrating the life and legacy of a man who put his heart, soul, and body into wildlife conservation. Why not don some khaki duds and find a way to volunteer with a wildlife rescue group or at least donate some money to help such a group out. Let’s all join in and honor Steve’s memory in a fitting way!
We still miss Steve around these parts.
Originally known as Armistice Day:
“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.” ~ Woodrow Wilson
Today is Veterans Day and what better way to honor those who serve, have served, and provide love and support on the homefront while their loved ones are away than to support charities that make veterans’ lives better.
Here are a list of some of the best legitimate charities around:
Various quotes collected from around the web:
When Our Perils Are Past,
Shall Our Gratitude Sleep?
~ George Canning
Courage Is Almost A Contradiction In Terms.
It Means A Strong Desire
To Live Taking The Form Of Readiness To Die.
~ G.K. Chesterton
But The Freedom That They Fought For,
And The Country Grand They Wrought For,
Is Their Monument To-Day, And For Aye.
~ Thomas Dunn English
As We Express Our Gratitude,
We Must Never Forget That The Highest Appreciation
Is Not To Utter Words, But To Live By Them.
~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Valor Is Stability,
Not Of Legs And Arms,
But Of Courage And The Soul.
~ Michel De Montaigne
Remember, it’s easy to take Liberty for granted when you’ve never had it taken from you. For that reason alone, let’s honor our Veterans and their families every day.
Hoping there’s more to the World Series than just a couple quick games.
I watched all the new shows this season because, well, I can. King Arthur’s DVR allows us to record everything and why shouldn’t we spend some time checking everything out before we make the decision to devote our time to entertainment? Also, anything we miss, we generally catch via onDemand. (I really love technology!)
Thus far, I’ve yanked a few shows off the schedule because they failed to produce laughter, horror, or sorrow. Essentially, they were boring or just poorly done. One show was taken from me — from all of us — after a single airing. Honestly, couldn’t they have given us a few weeks to try it before they pulled the plug? Tony Shaloub, I still love you, even if network execs don’t.
Shows we’ve dropped:
There were many other new shows to watch which we passed right over. Ironside didn’t appeal to either of us. Betrayal. Sleepy Hollow. Agents of SHIELD. Didn’t bother with any of ‘em.
Now, the shows we’ve watched, liked, loved, and can’t stop watching:
There are shows set for mid-season that can’t come too soon. John Malkovich in Crossbones (as Blackbeard) looks to be intriguing (pirates…and more pirates, how could that be bad??), Black Sails on STARZ is another pirate-themed show that I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE!, Enlisted could be fun, and I’m hoping to catch Reign onDemand (please let it be good).
And that’s about it so far. What about you? What are you watching and enjoying?
We have crazy strong winds right now. Yesterday and today.
Our tall, strong ficus ended up looking a bit like Rapunzel on a bad hair day yesterday. The poor thing was turned practically inside out. I slept through most of the day when the winds had picked up so I was a bit shocked when I went out and saw what had happened. My back has been so bad I’ve fallen several times, smashing my shoulder. It hurts to sit. It hurts to stand. It hurts to walk. It hurts to lie down. Basically, I’m fucked.
I’m hoping most of the pain eases up when the wind does. It would be rather nice if that could happen.
So, Dear Mother Nature: PLEASE STOP!
It’s not that I feel any less horrified by what happened on 9-11-2001, in fact, the more time goes by the more it hurts my heart. But I find myself at a greater loss for words these days and all I can ask is that we never forget, that we never stop reaching out to one another; that we never forget that simply reaching out to our neighbors — known or unknown — is the first step to bridging the gap between us.
A year after the attacks on the U.S., President Bush addressed the nation:
September 11, 2001 will always be a fixed point in the life of America. The loss
of so many lives left us to examine our own. Each of us was reminded that we
are here only for a time, and these counted days should be filled with things
that last and matter: love for our families, love for our neighbors, and for our
country; gratitude for life and to the Giver of life.
We resolved a year ago to honor every last person lost. We owe them
remembrance and we owe them more. We owe them, and their children, and
our own, the most enduring monument we can build: a world of liberty and
security made possible by the way America leads, and by the way Americans
lead our lives.
If you wish to honor those who were lost or those who continue to protect our freedoms, here are just a few ideas:
I also want to include the words spoken to the nation that day by President Bush. I include them because they still speak to me as strongly as they did that day:
STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH IN
HIS ADDRESS TO THE NATION
September 11, 2001
Good evening. Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our
very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist
acts. The victims were in airplanes, or in their offices; secretaries, businessmen
and women, military and federal workers; moms and dads, friends and
neighbors. Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of
The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures
collapsing, have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet,
unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our
nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed; our country is strong.
A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks
can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the
foundation of America. These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the
steel of American resolve.
America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon for
freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from
Today, our nation saw evil, the very worst of human nature. And we
responded with the best of America—with the daring of our rescue workers,
with the caring for strangers and neighbors who came to give blood and help
in any way they could.
Immediately following the first attack, I implemented our government’s
emergency response plans. Our military is powerful, and it’s prepared. Our
emergency teams are working in New York City and Washington, D.C. to help
with local rescue efforts.
Our first priority is to get help to those who have been injured, and to take
every precaution to protect our citizens at home and around the world from
The functions of our government continue without interruption. Federal
agencies in Washington which had to be evacuated today are reopening for
essential personnel tonight, and will be open for business tomorrow. Our
financial institutions remain strong, and the American economy will be open
for business, as well.
The search is underway for those who are behind these evil acts. I’ve directed
the full resources of our intelligence and law enforcement communities to find
those responsible and to bring them to justice. We will make no distinction
between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.
I appreciate so very much the members of Congress who have joined me in
strongly condemning these attacks. And on behalf of the American people, I
thank the many world leaders who have called to offer their condolences and
America and our friends and allies join with all those who want peace and
security in the world, and we stand together to win the war against terrorism.
Tonight, I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose
worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of safety and security has
been threatened. And I pray they will be comforted by a power greater than
any of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23: “Even though I walk through
the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me.”
This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for
justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so
this time. None of us will ever forget this day. Yet, we go forward to defend
freedom and all that is good and just in our world.
Thank you. Good night, and God bless America.
Source: White House Archive
“If you want a car or truck, go see Cal, if you want to save a buck, go see Cal…”
Cal Worthington is gone.
For those who never saw one of the car salesman’s ads, you missed a true California icon. Calvin Coolidge “Cal” Worthington brilliantly enticed people into his dealerships with a catchy song and an invitation to see him and his “dog” Spot. (I don’t think they ever used an actual dog.)
Over the years, Worthington’s automotive empire spread to Washington, Alaska, Texas, Nevada, and Arizona, though only
“I will stand upon my head until my ears are turning red, go see Cal, go see Cal, go see Cal”
If I could, I would — stand upon my head and go see Cal.
The world is definitely a more somber place without Cal Worthington in it.
My friend, Pat in Australia, passed away last week. He continued fighting for wildlife and habitat preservation right until the end. Now, he and his friend/fellow wildlife enthusiast Steve Irwin will be together again in Heaven, working their magic from up above.
The world is a sadder place without Pat.
May God hold Pat in his arms and join him up with those loved ones who’d already passed.
We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.
~ William Faulkner
May your 4th of July be safe and happy! And may you recall what this day is truly about.
Freedom is a hard-won reward. We can’t take it for granted or we may lose it. So, please, take a moment today and consider how special this great nation of ours is — we have fought for our right to disagree and speak our minds, as well as the right to take a day off and celebrate all manner of our liberties.
Celebrate the live of those who make our lives FREE! Celebrate those who remain on the Homefront. Turn to your friends and neighbors, known and unknown, and say, “God bless America!”