Gratitude Quotes # 4


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“For every person who closed the door in my face, thank you.
For every person who told me I wasn’t good enough, thank you.
For every person who laughed and told me that I was wasting my time going to college, because I was going to fail, thank you.
For every person who tried to break me, thank you.
For every person who took my kindness for weakness, thank you.
For every person who told me I was wasting time chasing my dreams because I would fail, thank you. It could of broke me. From the core of my heart, I thank you.
I truly mean it, because if it weren’t for each of you I wouldn’t be who I am today. I wouldn’t of spend hours and loss sleep studying. I wouldn’t developed tough skin. You pushed me to think about what I “really” want out…

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Motherhood!…….Part 4 {Children, Honor Fathers and Mothers}


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Generally, mothers are accorded a great deal of love and respect, even above fathers! Maybe because they are one of the first voices and faces the child recognizes; the first teachers; the caring hands that rock the cradle and, as a reward, the hand that rocks the cradle gets the larger dose of love!
Conventionally, daddy provides the comfort and balm but, it is mommy who solicitously applies them and gets noticed more! Cherishing dear mommy is usually the nurturing ground for love and other virtues!
In religion, parent-honor is almost a form of worship! Virtually every religion carves a special top-notch niche for fathers and mothers. The Christian Scriptures encapsulates it all with the Commandment “Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother”!
However, the wrong interpretation of this Commandment has inadvertently worked untold hardship on many a child who struggles to obey it! How is a child…

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Veterans group condemns political nature of Washington rally

CNN Political Ticker

Updated 10:53 a.m. ET 10/15/2013

Washington (CNN) — A veterans group behind a rally in Washington that protested the closure of national monuments and memorials issued a statement Monday distancing itself from the political undertones that took center stage at the demonstration.

“We feel disheartened that some would seek to hijack the narrative for political gain,” read a statement posted on the website and Facebook page for Sunday’s event, which was facilitated by Brats for Veterans Advocacy Group.

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Rallier tells Obama to ‘put the Quran down’

CNN Political Ticker

Updated 3:37 p.m. ET, 10/13/2013

Washington (CNN) – Angered by the closure of national landmarks due to the partial government shutdown, a crowd of conservatives removed barricades Sunday at the World War II Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial as they rallied against President Barack Obama and Democrats for their role in the ongoing stalemate.

High-profile speakers with close ties to the tea party appeared at the event, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

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Chocolate Covered Bacon

Ruth E. Hendricks Photography

I happened to be at the Milk Shake Factoryon Carson Street last Wednesday.  Did I mention that they have Happy Hour and all Milkshakes are half off fro 4-6 PM?  You might remember the postI did of the place.

It’s right down the street from the Post Office where I had to mail a couple of packages.

Anyway, the chocolate covered bacon,  by Edward Marc Chocolatier, was looking at me.

There are eyes on it, aren’t there?

Once my friend  R brought some over to the house but I can’t remember how it tasted except I know how bacon tastes and I know how chocolate tastes but can’t remember the combo.

Didin’t buy any , just got a half price milkshake, but caught a shot of it with the phone and wondered who got the idea to dip bacon in chocolate.


chocolate covered bacon



There are recipes for…

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Summer daze


summer outtakes, amsterdam 2013

happy right here…

It has been a super-busy summer – filled with lots of work and welcome visits from distant friends and family – and the (imminent) arrival of the autumnal equinox has taken me somewhat by surprise! Here are some outtakes from this summer past in Amsterdam*…

summer outtakes, amsterdam 2013

green man

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lazy days, watchful gaze

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all aglow!
[‘frank by the river’ silkscreen print, by the brilliant jim woodring]

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a seasonal neighbour attends to some housekeeping  |  eye-popping poppies

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soft pink

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summer outtakes, amsterdam 2013

patterns emerging

summer outtakes, amsterdam 2013

beasts of the urban jungle

summer outtakes, amsterdam 2013

london police, hands up!

summer outtakes, amsterdam 2013

watching the boats go by

summer outtakes, amsterdam 2013

double vision

summer outtakes, amsterdam 2013

the magical light of long summer evenings

summer outtakes, amsterdam 2013

august sun, august moon

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* all pictures were taken in amsterdam, except the totem pole detail (“watchful gaze”) – that stands outside the rijksmuseum volkenkunde in leiden

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