Mission: Support a Friend

The Mission
This week, take some time to support a friend or family member in something they’re doing that’s important to them.

Unlimited opportunities for this one – you can lend your support in any form: time, money, emotional availability, a helping hand, whatever. Give to your nephew’s club volleyball fundraiser, run a few miles with a friend training for a marathon, help your cousin prepare for her big school project, etc etc etc.

 This one should be pretty easy and fun, and I’m sure we’ll get a lot of good stories out of it. Here’s the link to discuss in the forum: http://bit.ly/bR0CLF

 I’m excited to hear about what everybody did!

TGIF ~ Christmas E-Mail


 My friends are in the Christmas spirit, so I’ll be sharing the season’s greetings with all of you!

I have a list of people I know, all logged in my computer,
And now at Christmas time I have gone to take a look.
And that is when I realize that these names are a part,
Not of the computer they’re stored in, but of my heart.

For each name stands for someone who has crossed my path sometime,
And in that meeting they’ve become the rhythm in each rhyme.
And while it sounds fantastic for me to make this claim,
I feel that I’m composed of each remembered name.

And whether I have known you for many years or few,
In some way you have been a part of shaping things I do.
And now that Christmas has come, I realize anew,
The best gift life can offer is having friends like you.

~author unknown~

Merry Christmas


Thanksgiving Monday


1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay ‘them’2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love , whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away.

And if you don’t send this to at least 8 people – who cares?

My Daughter Was Raped

My daughter was raped http://hubpages.com/_1jlqz2sadegzu/hub/My-daughter-was-raped

Classically victims have the drug slipped into their drinks at bars, clubs or parties in order to reduce resistance to sexual advances. Once the individual is incapacitated, she is sexually assaulted. Left in a helpless or unconscious state, she can’t escape, resist or call for help.


My friends sent this to me and I am sharing with you!

I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I’ve aged, I’ve become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I’ve become my own friend. I don’t chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn’t need, but looks so avante garde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 &70’s, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love … I will.

I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set.

They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful.

But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody’s beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face.

So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver. As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don’t question myself anymore. I’ve even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day(if I feel like it).



One Flaw In Women

Got this in a email. Don’t know who the author is…..

William Blake, Europe Supported By Africa and America, 1796

William Blake, Europe Supported By Africa and America, 1796

Women have strengths that amaze men.  
They bear hardships and they carry burdens,  
but they hold happiness, love and joy.  

They smile when they want to scream.  
They sing when they want to cry.  
They cry when they are happy  
and laugh when they are nervous.  
They fight for what they believe in.  
They stand up to injustice.  

They don’t take “no” for an answer  
when they believe there is a better solution.  

They go without so their family can have.  
They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.  
They love unconditionally.  
They cry when their children excel  
and cheer when their friends get awards.  

They are happy when they hear about  
a birth or a wedding.  
Their hearts break when a friend dies.  
They grieve at the loss of a family member,  
yet they are strong when they  
think there is no strength left.  
They know that a hug and a kiss  
can heal a broken heart.  

Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.  

They’ll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you  
to show how much they care about you..  

The heart of a woman is what  
makes the world keep turning.  

They bring joy, hope and love.  
They have compassion and ideas.  
They give moral support to their  
family and friends.  

Women have vital things to say  
and everything to give.  


Making & Keeping Friendships

Friends can be far or near, across the country/world or next door.   Over the years your oldest and dearest friend may move for new jobs, better weather, better companions.  As you get older, iyou now need a reason to be friends. You are not a four year old on the palyground asking, “Will you be my friend?”  We are all busyso we need a catalysts to bring us together with new friends. 

We have social networking like this blog.  There are sites like Twitter, Facebook, and different sites like Digg.  People come together on those site with a common interest. 

I keep up with old friends through email, chat, and yes, phone calls.  For those that can, I text. We plan annually to meet at a mutually agreed plan.  Sometimes, that works better for those closer than others.  No matter what, we keep friends by

  • Keeping in touch, no matter how busy.
  • Keeping track of important events in a friend’s life.
  • Showing support.
  • Keeping it honest.  If it wrong, say so.
  • Accepting flaws, no one is perfect.
  • Boosting ego when a job is well done.  If is a ggod job why not say so.
  • Don’t forget your furry friends.  They don’t care how you look.  They make a bad day better without saying a word!