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life is what happens while we’re making other plans … John Lennon

Cause and Effect

“For centuries women have been muses to artists. I wanted to be the muse, I wanted to be the wife of the artist, but I was really trying to avoid the final issue — that I had to do the job myself.” ― Anaïs Nin

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Little Star – private collection 2010

onward.

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Being Here Now

Years of practice and I can still only do what I’m doing while I’m doing it.

Writing this post thinking about walking bootless dogs, getting the towels out of the dryer and mourning the loss of bagels … must be the gluten … seriously they could have come up with a better word.

Could have listened to Ram Dass, in eighth grade, when he wrote … “Now is now. Are you going to be here or not?”

Being in a moment is an interesting place and from what I can tell, while I’m in and out of consciousness, it’s very relaxing, it doesn’t cost anything to get in, it’s really quiet and the doors never close.  

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Syracuse, NY Sidewalk A-ha Moment © Mara Lee
Insert Favorite Quotes by Ram Dass here - have a different moment I have to get to.  :)-

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” ― Ram Dass

In most of our human relationships, we spend much of our time reassuring one another that our costumes of identity are on straight.” ― Ram Dass

“We’re fascinated by the words–but where we meet is in the silence behind them.”  ― Ram Dass

“Spiritual practices help us move from identifying with the ego to identifying with the soul. Old age does that for you too. It spiritualizes people naturally.”  ― Ram Dass

“It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.” ― Ram Dass

“The most exquisite paradox… as soon as you give it all up, you can have it all. As long as you want power, you can’t have it. The minute you don’t want power, you’ll have more than you ever dreamed possible.” ― Ram Dass

“As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be you can’t see how it is.” ― Ram Dass

“A feeling of aversion or attachment toward something is your clue that there’s work to be done.”  ― Ram Dass

“It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.” – Ram Dass

and a personal favorite … “Everything changes once we identify with being the witness to the story, instead of the actor in it.” ― Ram Dass

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we’re here! – grand canyon

Moments Matter Thursday

My Life in Dog Years

The Mama Sadie Girl
Sadie Girl – The Mama

There was Pedee the toe biting Chihuahua, Taffy and Sarge … the Boxers that ate my guinea pigs, Lady, a beautiful and very sweet Doberman who was stolen during a tornado, Champagne, Monique and Pepper made a debut during my mom wants to breed Poodles stage, Gracie the Mutt, Crazy Peaches, Eli the Bun, Sweet Mama Sadie and Oscar le Rue were all Humane Society Alums.

Can’t believe that I remembered them all, considering that in dog year’s I’d be dead.

Besides …

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When I couldn’t have a dog  … Budders s showed up and taught me how cool it was to have a cat.  Miss you, Bud!

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The day’s and every night with my little brother’s from different mother’s … Jake & Charlie Bar.

What's good for the goose.
What’s good for the goose.

The greatest love is a mother’s; then a dog’s; then a sweetheart’s.  ~Polish Proverb

Doorways and Other Distractions

This certainly eases a lot of concerns.

Ever walk into a room with some purpose in mind, only to completely forget what that purpose was?

Turns out,  the doors themselves are to blame for these strange memory lapses.

Vintage Door

Psychologists at the University of Notre Dame have discovered that passing through a doorway triggers what’s known as an event boundary in the mind, separating one set of thoughts and memories from the next.

Your brain files away the thoughts you had in the previous room and prepares a blank slate for the new locale.

It’s not aging, it’s the door!

antique door

Whew! That’s good news!

Now go out and have yourself a GREAT Monday!

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The End

All in the same boat. THE END was a constant fear growing up and It kept me up at night with worry. Sadly, my mother thought it was nonsense and would tell me to go back to bed.

Maybe she was scared too.

I still notice minor bouts of unknown mind terror … which obviously makes it a constant, never knowing what each new day will bring. Yoga helps.

But this time it’s different … It’s a universal announcement that puts us all in the same boat of unknowing and for once in a lifetime … your ego can’t help you get past it. Stop kidding yourself.

Just goes to show you how effective an egotistical state of mind really is. Or not.

When my life flashes before my eyes, I hope to relive all of the amazing, wonderful, loving, beautiful, tragic, joyful, shocking, stupid, sad, terrifying, surreal and excellent adventures that I have been blessed to experience, in this amazing life of mine.

Overwhelming love to my beautiful children, my glorious grandchildren, my true friends and sistas, family (I know you’re out there), all of the 0/2/4 legged creatures that have graced my path and then there’s Rob … my best friend, my one true love and the better half of my life, who shows me everyday what true friendship, kindness, fun and unconditional love really means. My cup runneth over.

To all of you and the powers that be …
I LOVE YOU and THANK YOU for everything! It’s been a blast!

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The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t. ~Henry Ward Beecher

P.S. If we’re here tomorrow … I still love and thank you!

Cheers!

Peace and Thank You

Trying to nail down my favorite SENSE, during the holidays.

Extremely thankful that I can use all five.

The smell would have to be spice, the view is always being snowed in with a huge stone fireplace and a big old comfy chair,  the feel is soft flannel, the sound is the music of the season with a crackling fire accompaniment and the taste is a life filled with pure gratitude, for all that I am able to see, hear, feel, smell and taste.

Happy Thanksgiving!

“Our bodies have five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing. But not to be overlooked are the senses of our souls: intuition, peace, foresight, trust, empathy. The differences between people lie in their use of these senses; most people don’t know anything about the inner senses while a few people rely on them just as they rely on their physical senses, and in fact probably even more.” ― C. JoyBell C.

60 Things to Be Grateful For In Life | Tiny Buddha.

Cookies & Candies
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“Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made sense from things she found in thrift shops.”
— edited Kurt Vonnegut

Jumped In With Both Feet

Trying to gather my thoughts, after involving myself in our small town political race.

It’s the pure hatred and lies that knot up my stomach and to be honest … it scares me that people hate this much … especially when they post it anonymously online.

Didn’t their parents ever tell them not to lie … or for that matter … that hate isn’t a word?

Mine did.

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“It is always assumed by the empty-headed, who chatter about themselves for want of something better, that people who do not discuss their affairs openly must have something to hide.” ― Honoré de Balzac, Père Goriot

We tell lies when we are afraid… afraid of what we don’t know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us.  But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger.  ~Tad Williams

Truth that is naked is the most beautiful, and the simpler its expression the deeper is the impression it makes; this is partly because it gets unobstructed hold of the hearer’s mind without his being distracted by secondary thoughts, and partly because he feels that here he is not being corrupted or deceived by the arts of rhetoric, but that the whole effect is got from the thing itself.  ~Arthur Schopenhauer, translated from German

The truth is the only thing worth having, and, in a civilized life, like ours, where so many risks are removed, facing it is almost the only courageous thing left to do.  ~E.V. Lucas

The truth needs so little rehearsal.  ~Barbara Kingsolver

The measure of a man’s real character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out.  ~Thomas Babington Macaulay

I thank Thee first because I was never robbed before; second, because although they took my purse they did not take my life; third, because although they took my all, it was not much; and fourth because it was I who was robbed, and not I who robbed.  ~Matthew Henry

Be always sure you’re right, then go ahead.  ~Davy Crockett

The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour.  ~Japanese Proverb

I never did, or countenanced, in public life, a single act inconsistent with the strictest good faith; having never believed there was one code of morality for a public, and another for a private man.  ~Thomas Jefferson, 1809

God may forgive your sins, but your nervous system won’t.  ~Alfred Korzyybski

Have no fear of robbers or murderers.  They are external dangers, petty dangers.  We should fear ourselves.  Prejudices are the real robbers; vices the real murders.  The great dangers are within us.  Why worry about what threatens our heads or purses?  Let us think instead of what threatens our souls.  ~Victor Hugo

Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, which course is patriotic and which isn’t.  You cannot shirk this and be a man.  To decide against your conviction is to be an unqualified and excusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let me label you as they may.  ~Mark Twain

Whether you end up in heaven or hell, it’s not God’s plan it’s your own.  ~Cowboys & Aliens

The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.  ~G.B. Shaw

“In time we hate that which we often fear.” ― William Shakespeare

The man who has won millions at the cost of his conscience is a failure.  ~B.C. Forbes

Truth for Mature Humans

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Some of these are priceless…needed to keep a copy for my very own.

Truth for Mature Humans

1. I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don’t want to have to restart my collection…again.

13. I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. “Do not machine wash or tumble dry” means I will never wash this – ever.

15. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Dang it!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voice mail. What did you do after I didn’t answer? Drop the phone and run away?

16. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

17. I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

18. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

19. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

20. I wish Google Maps had an “Avoid Ghetto” routing option.

21. Sometimes, I’ll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the heck was going on when I first saw it.

22. I would rather try to carry 10 over-loaded plastic bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

23. The only time I look forward to a red light is when I’m trying to finish a text.

24. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

25. How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear or understand a word they said?

26. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

27. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

28. Is it just me or do high school kids get dumber & dumber every year?

29. There’s no worse feeling than that millisecond you’re sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

30. As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate bicyclists.

31. Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

32. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey – but I’d bet my ass everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time!

Inconclusive Travel Plans 2012

I have been in many places, but I’ve never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can’t go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone.

I’ve also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there.

I have, however, been in Sane. They don’t have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family and work.

I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I’m not too much on physical activity anymore.

I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit there too often.

I’ve been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.

Sometimes I’m in Capable, and I go there more often as I’m getting older.

One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense! It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart! At my age I need all the stimuli I can get!

I may have been in Continent, and I don’t remember what country I was in. It’s an age thing. They tell me it is very wet and damp there.

PLEASE DO YOUR PART!

Everyday should be National Mental Health Day.  You can do your part by remembering to forward this post to at least one unstable person.

My job is done!

Life is too short for negative drama and petty things. So laugh insanely, love truly and forgive quickly!

From one unstable person to another… I hope everyone is happy in your head – we’re all doing pretty well in mine!

THANKS, ALICE!!!

A Rhythm All Its Own

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day. ~Elwyn Brooks White

What do you get when you cross “extraordinary” loved ones that still talk to me, work load blessings beyond belief, memorable road trips, while living through a remodel to renovate a 148 year old building?

It’s either a sh*t load of patience or … immense gratitude.

Probably both … but I haven’t had enough coffee to make up a new word.

Still looking for that rhythm that I thought I once had.

Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids.

Rescue Me

Brother’s from a different mother … Day 5.

Jake’s new little bro … “Charlie” a Brussels-Griffon-Havanese that we adopted from the Small Dog Rescue of MN.

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definitely, more to come!

The Winner Is …

kreativ blogger award
Thanks to Collapsing World for the cool Kreativ Blogger logo!

Thank you “just judee for nominating us for the Kreativ Blogger Award!

Being that it’s my first award, since winning a blue ribbon in 6th grade for hurdles, I am truly honored!

Judee is one of those dear souls that loves synchronicity. Especially the part when it just pops in and surprises you with something silly and completely wonderful! Just like this!

In addition, you can tell she’s a really sweet person!

FYI … This award was established in 2008 by a Norwegian woman named Hulda Husfrue, to congratulate and motivate fellow bloggers on their work. Thank you, Hulda:)

Here is a link back to Judee’s post where she was given the award: Kreative – Me?

These are the rules:

  1. You must thank the person who has given you the award.
  2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
  3. Link the person who has nominated you for the award.
  4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
  5. Nominate 7 other Kreativ Bloggers.
  6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
  7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs to let them know they have been nominated.

Then there are those 7 things about me …

1) Born and raised in Minneapolis,Minnesota and have lived here my entire life.

2) My obsession with photography, since getting my iPhone, has become a concern.

3) No offense … the more I know people the more I love my dogs.

4) My greatest achievement has to be my amazing children who have gone on to bless me with 5 grandsons.

5) I did well in school but you wouldn’t know it by my fascination with the comma.

6) When I’m not gluing stuff to other stuff … or playing with my kids, I’m on the road, travelling our great country, producing corporate events with my best friend and true soul mate. I always end up backstage and I was once groped by Tony Orlando but not Dawn. ;)  Sidebar: Even though it was inappropriate, he smelled really good!

7) I don’t mind what happens, because I’m always hoping for the best!

and my nominations are … 

allwomenbywomen.wordpress.com

ginlemonade.wordpress.com

momarock.wordpress.com

storywrought.com

windykai.wordpress.com

ediliociclostile.wordpress.com

lovelifediy.wordpress.com

Again, thank you Judee, I really appreciate you spreading the love and making me read the directions.

Hope I got it right.

Cheers!