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Thought of the Day

Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow.
The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.

~~Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)~~

Mr. Lincoln's shadow is long but I can only imagine the tree....

Thought of the Day

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems,
but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

~~Herm Albright~~

Thought of the Day

Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. How on earth can you explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love? Put your hand on a stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with that special girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That's relativity.

Albert Einstein

Look to this day
for it is life
the very life of life.

In its brief course lie all
the realities and truths of existence
the joy of growth
the splendor of action
the glory of power.

For yesterday is but a memory
And tomorrow is only a vision.
But today well lived
makes every yesterday a memory
of happiness
and every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day....

~ ancient Sanskrit poem ~
Quote of the Day

And thus I clothe my naked villainy
With old odd ends, stol'n forth of holy writ;
And seem a saint, when most I play the devil

William Shakespeare

William sure had a way with words didn't he ...
I think this could be any politician talking today about themselves.
Then there is the ole wicked one Mr. Dark... :- )
Enjoy your day and smile every chance you get ...

Such a lovely photo and thoughtful gift from a friend.

I feel that the daisy is the flower of the heart. I always think of my son as he would run out into the fields and pick daisies for his mother and as he got older he would pull his car off to the side of the road and pick daisies for her. It doesn't take much to show love but we sure can make it hard. If you are like me you remember that scribbling on a piece of paper that doesn't look like much but when your child hands it to you with that wonderful smile and pride that says just for you, it becomes more precious than gold or diamonds. It is those things that I remember most and thanks to my friend for dusting off that old memory for me. Here is the Photo, I hope you enjoy and maybe it will bring a memory back for you.

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Thought of the day!

We hate some persons because we do not know them;
and we will not know them because we hate them.

~~ Charles Caleb Colton (1780 - 1832) ~~


That is true but there are some people that we hate because we do know them.

Just me thinking out loud....

Sometimes we hold the whole world in our hands
and never know it!

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How to Know if You are Blessed!

If you woke up this morning
with more health than illness,
you are more blessed than the
million who won't survive the week.

If you have food in your refrigerator,
clothes on your back, a roof over
your head and a place to sleep,
you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you have never experienced
the danger of battle,
the loneliness of imprisonment,
the agony of torture or
the pangs of starvation,
you are ahead of 20 million people
around the world.

If you attend a church meeting
without fear of harassment,
arrest, torture, or death,
you are more blessed than almost
three billion people in the world.

We are all more blessed than we realize.

I feel very blessed in that you have taken
the time out of your day to read this message.
Oh yes we Wicked people can be blessed also.
Thanks for stopping by.

This is such a beautiful photo!
Funny it makes me feel like a child,
don't ask me why but it just does.
Maybe it seems like magic that they could fly.

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    Thought for the day!

    There is no Joy like the Joy of Sharing!

    by Billy Graham

Words of Wisdom
On account of being a democracy and run by the people, we are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years, no matter what it does.

Will Rogers

This is an old song by Johnny Cash.
When I hear it I picture in my mind the Civil War but it holds true for any war.
Not all the casualties are on the Battle field and some wounds go soul deep.
If only the men who started these wars had to face each and every family face to face of the soldiers who gave their all... Even better if they were the ones on the front lines...

Here are the lyrics and a video.

The Big Battle

I think sir the battle is over, and the young soldier lay down his gun.
I'm tired of running for cover, I'm certain the battle is done.
For see over there where we fought them, its quite for they've all gone away.
All left is the dead and the dying, the blue lying long side the grave.

So you think the battle is over, and you even lay down your gun.
You carelessly rise from your cover, for you think the battle is done.
Now boy hit the dirt, listen to me, for I'm still the one in command.
Get flat on the ground here beside me, and lay your heart to the sand.

Can you hear the deafening rumble, can you feel the trembling ground.
Its not just the horses and wagons that make such a deafening sound.
For every shot fired had an echo and every man killed wanted life.
There lies your friend Jim McKinney, can you take the news to his wife?

No son the battles not over, the battle has only begun.
The rest of the battle will cover the part that has blackened the sun.
The fight yet to come is not with cannon, nor will the fight be hand-to-hand
No one will regroup the forces, no charge will a general command.

The battle will rage in the bosom of mother and sweetheart and wife.
Brother and sister and daughter will grieve for the rest of their lives.
Now go ahead, rise from your cover, be thankful that God let you live.
Go fight the rest of the battle for those who gave all they could give.

I see sir the battles not over, the battle has only begun
The rest of the battle will cover this part that has blackened the sun.
For though there's no sound of the cannon and though there's no smoke in the sky.
I'm dropping the gun and the saber and ready for battle am I.

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I really enjoy the writings of this gentleman... This is an article of his pondering his journey from this point on and a glimpse back. I wish him all the luck in life in his journey...

You Never Know

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You never know when someone
May catch a dream from you.
You never know when a little word,
Or something you may do
May open up a window
Of the mind that seeks the light
The way you live may not matter at all…
But you never know – it might.

And just in case it could be
That another’s life through you.
Might possibly change for the better
With a broader brighter view.
It seems it might be worth a try
At pointing the way to the right.
Of course, it may not matter at all,
But then again it might.

Helen L. Marshall

Sent to me by a good friend .....

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The most beautiful thing is to see a person smiling.

And even more beautiful is, knowing that you are the reason behind it!!!

Thanks to my wonderful friend  Kwan Yin 
for this.

The Master's Touch

It was battered and scarred
and the auctioneer thought it scarcely worth his while
to waste much time on the Old Violin but he held it up with a smile.

"What am I bid Goodfolks?" he cried. "Who'll start the bidding for me?"
It was "a dollar... a dollar.... then two"... only two.

"Two dollars and who'll make it three?"
"Three dollars once - Three dollars twice - And going for three"
But No!...
From the room far back,
a gray-haired man came forward and picked up the bow.
And wiping the dirt from that old violin...
and tightening the loosened strings...
You know, He played a melody pure 'n sweet, as the carillon angels sing.

Well, the music stopped,
and the auctioneer in a voice that was quiet and low...
Said: "What am I bid for the Old Violin?" And He held it up with the bow.
"A thousand dollars! Who'll make it two?
Two thousand! Who'll make it Three?"
It was "three thousand once"... "three thousand twice"...
and "Going for three!" said he.

Well, the people stared...
But some of them cried: "We do not quite understand!"
"What changed it's worth?"
Swift came the reply... "It was the Touch of the Master's Hand."


We sometimes feel that our lives are not worth much.
We are just out of tune and need some loving care,
the right touch and we will find that
we are worth a lot more than we ever thought.
Never sell yourself short but hey just this old man's opinion.

Time Theme
Narrated by Laurence Olivier

" Dancing in the Rain "

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" Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain. "

I will bet you tried it as a kid, think it is too silly to do as an adult.
Nah, not really I do silly stuff all the time just ask the wife....
As long as I am around you will not have to worry about people thinking your the crazy one....
And don't tell me your can't dance, crap they are not going to watching how well you dance !

Enjoy the Rain and Life

" Thought for the Day "

Life is understood looking backwards but it must be lived forwards.

by Soren Kierkegaard

This is something I did for a friend.
Let the inner child out
You might be surprised at how good you feel.

As I set here watching it rain
I see you out there splashing & playing
Letting the little child inside out
With all your love of life showing

You were like a mother to me
You loved me like a mother would
And gave me a piece of your heart
Reminding me I will never be alone