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Journal Entry: Sat Feb 27, 2010, 6:50 AM


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This is the chili I cooked for Let's all get spicy and talk about it.  See the blog for the recipe.

I set up the camcorder on 3 second intervals to get a jerky overview of the entire process just for the fun.

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I shot the photos with a Sony Alpha 700 using the kit lens.

I used two onions, four cloves of garlic, the whole can of tomato paste, extra cumin and chili powder, 6 squirts of Tabasco, and I substituted shredded 5 cheese blend for the sour cream garnish.

After chopping the onion and garlic, I set all the ingredients out on the counter.

Chili ingredents

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I sauteed the onions and garlic and added the tomato paste, seasonings, and turkey

browning meat

and then browned the turkey, I added the remaining liquid ingredients (I had to finish off the extra beer)

ready to add liquids

and brought it all to a boil.

bringing to a boil

Once things were boiling, I put on the lid, turned the heat down to simmer, and

simmering

made cornbread.

cornbread ingredents

Chili is simmering and the cornbread is in the oven.  It smells great so it is time to get out some dishes.

fixing to serve

Everything is finally done.  The cornbread doesn’t look like it usually does.  It could be the small egg or too much oil.  I’ll just have to wait and see how it tastes.

cornbread

At this point, I think it was the small egg.  I should have used two of those.  It didn't rise right, but it tastes fine.

Now it is time to eat!!!!

ready to eat

Delicious!   If I cook this again, I’ll probably add a diced, deseeded jalapeno pepper, another onion, and more garlic.  I like spicy.

It was fun to play this game.  :-)

I can’t post the stop action video I did for fun. If you want to see it, you'll have to visit the original blog entry.   Talk about fast food! 


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Midnight Shift

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 7, 2010, 4:44 AM


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Once upon a time in a rundown section of suburbia, a shabby convenience store and a sleazy late night bar faced each other across a poorly lit stretch of four lane highway. The few businesses on each side had long ago closed and fallen into disrepair.

One night, around 2 am, two police cars, lights flashing and sirens wailing, screeched to a stop outside the store. Their spot lights transformed the front of the store into a garish caricature of its self. The two fired up state troopers, guns drawn, charged into the store to find a long haired, bearded hippie at the cash register. The hippie quickly raised his hands over his head. One officer cautiously eased around the counter. The other nervously surveyed the rest of the store. The suspect was roughly frisked, cuffed, and shoved to the concrete floor by one officer while the other officer kept a gun trained on him.

After an extended period of unnecessary roughness and hostile questioning, the officers finally called the store owner who was justifiable angered by being awakened at that hour. He told the officers to let the hippie go. He was the new midnight shift clerk.

While removing the cuffs, the officers hastily apologized to the hippie. They explained that a passing motorist had called in a robbery in progress and they had responded to the call not knowing this was the first night the store had been open for the midnight to seven a.m. shift.

After giving the hippie a long lecture on how to keep from being robbed and killed in that neighborhood, they left. The hippie and the officers became great friends in the following months. They checked on him several times each night always leaving with him with their words of warning.

I'm sure you've guessed by now, I was that hippie.

A couple of weeks after I left for a better paying day job, just as the state troopers had feared, the midnight shift clerk was robbed and killed.


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New Year's Eve 2009

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 2, 2010, 3:39 PM


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2009 is a year I am glad ended.  It was one of the worst years of my life.  

I began New Year’s Eve like I do most mornings, sitting in my favorite chair with a cup of coffee checking my email and blogs.  

lamp,laptop,chair

After I did a load of laundry,

jeans,laundry

it was time to shave, take a shower, and get ready to go out in the world.

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I went by work for a while.  It is always peaceful  there when the place is closed.  I read some email and printed out some forms.  

books

My next stop was the grocery store.  It was especially crowed that day. I don’t have a clue why.  

truck

I took the groceries home and ventured out again.  This is the view from the end of my drive.  I was deciding whether to turn left or right.  Both directions lead to the same place.

woods,trees,pasture

I drove over to where my mom and dad once lived.  I needed to spend some time clearing up their things and throwing out trash.  I couldn’t help but play with these glasses.  Mom would have had a fit if she had been alive.  

green,glasses

After working there a while, I proceeded over to my friends’ home for a dinner party and fireworks.  They had a lot of delicious snacks.

snacks,cheese

They are wonderful, loving people. I always feel

sign,welcome

in their home.  

After dinner, we had a good time taking photos.  

Jeremy is such a great guy.  Here he is light painting with a three foot long sparkler.  

sparkler,'light painting'

He also set off all the fireworks while three of us attempted to take photos of them.  

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I had a wonderful New Year’s Eve, a great ending and beginning.


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Tying up loose ends - update

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 30, 2009, 6:03 AM


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Thank all of you for your kind words and support during these past few months.  Life is emotionally difficult for me but I'm am healing.  

UPDATE

I should say that I feel some better now and that is the only reason I can post this. It was too painful before.  The rough draft of this was written each evening as the events occurred.  I am still grieving, but I am healing too.

END UPDATE

I thought I'd try and share part of the story with all of you.  The photos aren't that great (almost all are cell phone photos) and I didn't size all of them correctly.  

Death in a small town

The day One knew would come is here.  

The call comes at 2:30 am.   Confused, One dresses and rushes to One’s parent’s home to find mother standing by father’s bedside.  He isn’t there anymore.   One’s mind imagines he takes a breath once in a while.  No, it is illusion.  
A family member and the minister arrive before the ambulance.  
Finally an ambulance gets there.  

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The paramedics walk casually to the bedside and do their test.  
They call the coroner.    
Two police cars arrive from a town nearby.   They ask questions.  There is massive confusion over which police jurisdiction it is.  Other police are called.  Seems none of them want to do the paper work.  
The coroner arrives and asks questions.  Turns out the coroner and the deceased are friends.  The coroner is also the funeral home director.
Different police arrive followed by two vehicles from the funeral home, a truck and a van.   
It is 3:30 am and the funeral home guy is in a suit.  They ask more questions.   
Forms are filled out and signed.   
The deceased is carried away and the family is left at the house with more forms to fill out.  
Burial insurance policies have to be gathered.   
Clothing for the burial must be selected.      
Which suit should we use?  Which tie?  Should we clean the suit?  Shoes and socks are optional.  
Who has the sermon the deceased wanted shared at his funeral?  
What to do with his extensive library?  

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Where is his wallet?  
His favorite chair sits hauntingly empty.  

Empty Chair

The children go through the papers pulling out the burial and life insurance policies.   They each assume different, oddly familiar roles:   the roles of childhood.    
Who does what and who calls who is almost instinctual?   
The new widow wanders the house dazed and confused moving small objects from place to place attempting to create order in her broken world.    
But it is too soon.   
Someone goes around turning off lights and shutting doors.  Someone goes around turning on lights.   The daughter mindlessly sorts things on the end table by his chair.   

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Outside in the darkness, the children huddle silently separately together with their grief.  
Someone goes for food which is eaten without interest.  
Emails are sent to distant family.
Condolence emails begin to come within hours.  News spreads fast in a small town.  
Time passes slowly as they wait until 2 pm to make the funeral arrangements.   More choices and decisions have to be made by people who can barely think in this surrealistic haze.   
How long can you watch the weather channel without going crazy?  Seems it is about an hour and a half.  Then on to closed captioned news talk shows. Why can’t we turn up the sound?  No one seems to have an answer or the ability to do that.

The funeral home director is quite pleasant and helpful.  

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After many, many questions and lots of decisions about times and places it is time to select a casket.   

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The door opened to the casket showroom.   There is a wide selection to look at, each costing more than the one before.   Money is discussed.  Finally, a casket, cards, guest book, and program are selected.  The price is settled on.   How odd to haggle over these things.

Two hours later they return to the widow’s house.  One of the children brings over more food.   Dinner and conversation until 8 and then everyone returns to their respective homes except the daughter who spends the night there.

Day 2 Coffee, soda, and sandwiches

Today was a day of hanging out together as a family, lots of naps, conversation, reminiscing, feeble attempts at frivolity, and snacking.     

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There are long discussions about insurance, bills, and then there is the great Bible search.  The Bible is still missing.  The widow wants to hold it.  It is the deceased oldest and favorite Bible.  Family and friends come and go.   A friend brings food for dinner and everyone wolfs it down.   It is a long, sad day.   The youngest son stays the night with his mom so she won’t be alone.

Day 3 Coffee, soda, tea, and a covered dish lunch

Today begins with the two sons gathered at mom’s.     Mom is still sleeping.   She always sleeps late.  After about an hour she wakes up and starts moving around. She has a banana for breakfast.  They chat about this and that.  A life insurance company calls about arranging payment.  That will take at least a week to settle they say.   The younger son listens in on the conversation to protect his mother.  

Lunch is provided one dish at a time by the widow’s Sunday school class.  The cars come and go each with a story, smile, condolence, and reminder of the family's loss.   Intermingled with them, the rest of the family trickles in.   They gather for lunch.  The food is really good.  How will we ever get all this in the fridge?   Who sent all this food?  We must send thank you cards.  Who brought the bean casserole?  What about the 7 Layer Salad and the pecan pies?  The questions, answers, and guessing go on until each is listed and assigned to someone.   Flowers arrive.  Laughter.   It’s from one of the son’s ex-wife.   Who told her?  She read it in the newspaper.   

Grieving pest extermination.  Let the mouse in the house so we can kill it with these nifty, high-tech, mouse traps.

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The family disperses to change clothes for the viewing.   Here, take this food home with you.  There isn’t room in the fridge for it.  Will you take some of the Bibles for tonight?  When does it start five or five thirty?  Five. OK.

At the funeral home

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Two of the bereaved stand outside smoking, avoiding what is to come.   Finally they go inside

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and enter the parlor.  

Look at all the pretty flowers.  

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Funeral flowers 1

These are from your friends.   They sure are.   It was so nice of them to send flowers.  
There is the veteran’s flag from his time in the Navy.

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Individually and by twos and threes they view the body commenting on how the deceased appears.   He looks so good.   No he doesn’t, he looks dead.
Then they sit and stare at each other.  After some discussion, the doors are opened admitting the world of comforters.  Hugs, whispered kindness, handshakes, and memories are shared for hours.   The minister arrives and moves through the family sharing his worn and practiced words of kindness.  Humor is an unwelcome guest.  One family member can’t help but try.   He is weary of the accepted rituals.   The minister tells him to try and behave in the service at the church tomorrow.
At last the friends of the family disperse and the family once more returns to their separate homes to prepare for the final event.

Day 4:  Funeral , chicken, biscuits, and pink stuff

Agenda:
Leave for the church:  9:30
Church at 9:45 to view the body
Service at 11:00
Lunch at high noon – provided by the church (where will we put all the food they are going to send home?)
Drive to cemetery at 2:00
Grave side service at 3:00
Gather at mom’s to eat supper:   5:00

The family had a long day today.   

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At the service, the minister awkwardly stumbles over his almost comforting words. Songs are sung by a friend of the deceased.

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The church is really full with friends and family coming from miles around.   It is odd to feel so alone in the midst of all those caring people.

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The food provided by the church is delicious and plentiful.   Based on what people do to help, it seems food and flowers are considered the cure for grief.   One’s favorite food for grief is there.  One eats the pink fluffy mystery food he has turned to before in times of sorrow.   Seems it is always there to comfort him in times such as this.  

The hearse waits outside.

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It is a warm, sunny, fall day when the small group gathers by the grave to hear the minister’s final words.   

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The death relatives who magical reappear for funerals appear once more.   

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It is just the family now.  The words are said.  The casket lowered.  The deceased has finally been laid to rest in a town an hour’s drive away.   The family has had a plot there for many years.   They drive away to gather again at the widow’s home for supper.   
One and his son stop for a beer on the way to dinner at mom’s.   

Tilted Kilt

A song loop plays in One’s head,
Put the keg on my coffin
And think of me every so often
Have a loser's day parade for all my friends
Drink up life like a river
‘til the pizza man delivers
Smile and know I loved ya ‘til the end. ~ Chris Trapper

The other family members aren’t there.  It violates their religious beliefs.  

Back at mom's there is more eating, memories, sorting papers, and laughter One returns to his house spiritually and emotionally drained.    There is another thing left to do before sleep.  An obligation must be fulfilled.  One strikes out again.  Two hours later, at his house again, One finally gives himself to the void of his old friend, dreamless sleep.  Maybe it will last more than a few hours tonight.  

Day 5:  What happens now

One spends the gray, rainy morning sitting around in a haze of cigarette smoke.  His thoughts rove the landscape of his mind in useless wandering seeking a peaceful place to rest, a reassuring voice, a shoulder to cry on.   Time flows by slowly when waiting.  The two four-legged house guests lay on the sofa and stare at the parrot in his cage.
One’s sister calls.  She wants to know where the deceased’s billfold is.  It is right where we put it.  She forgot.
More waiting.      
Finally, the waiting can end and things begin to happen.  Off to mom’s for lunch and sorting through bills.   All is fun and going great.  Things are getting organized and done.  Then there is the big family wrecking fight.   So sad.  So useless.  What a waste of love.

Day 6…:  Rebuilding lives without friend, husband, father, grandfather

Sadly, the rebuilding had to wait.  Mom died two weeks later.


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My mom

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 11, 2009, 6:11 AM


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This alturl.com/tdtz  exp… everything.  

Mom and Dad


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Update on my dad

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 27, 2009, 3:44 AM


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This bit.ly/77Ixs explains everything.  
If you would like to leave condolences, please leave them there so my mom can read them too.


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Non-fat survey

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 24, 2009, 5:44 AM


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Wondering as I wander


I deleted the non-fat survey because it hurt people.  I'm sorry I posted it. I hope you can forgive me.  

QOW

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” - Peter Lindbergh

- Sutta Nipata

  
Thank you features
Burst 2 by angeloaguinaldowhen life hands you lemons by dreadedhippieFlow by LisisMB
.Glow. by Violet-KleinertA present for a DA friend by YazmindePerezDouble Square doodle 8 by Heidipickels
Dusk Approaches by MuskegBuntzen Lake by Violet-Kleinert
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A week ends and another begins

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 11, 2009, 3:23 PM


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Wondering as I wander



Not much to say this week, nothing much has happened.  
Dad continues to improve.  :) That makes me happy. :w00t:  
Friday night I spent some time at a family get together.   The food was quite tasty.  A good time was had by all I think.
I guess that is about it other than
Have as much fun as possible!  

QOW

What people expect to happen is always different from what actually happens. From this comes great disappointment; this is the way the world works.

- Sutta Nipata

  
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.:travel alone:. by neslihansBonobo Portrait by papatheo:thumb139158257:
Haunted Hospital Rooftop IV by TeaPhotography
Unfaithfull Friends by Gerridwenbanshuwa trade by Cmac13The Last Glimpse by erene
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Another week has passed

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 4, 2009, 4:57 AM


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Another Sunday has arrived in Alabama.  

Things seem to have settled down on the dad front.   He isn't any worse    He may be a little better or it may just be I've grown accustomed to the routine.   From where I sit, I can't really tell.   Now my sister is sure she knows what is happening.   To hear her tell it, things are bad and getting worse.    She has a knack for finding the least favorable outcome in most everything.    

I had a nice photo walk on Saturday.   It was a lovely fall day and I spent 4 or 5 hours at a local festival talking briefly with a few strangers, listening to bands,  and taking photos.   One of the bands asked me to photograph the concert in the cave Saturday night.    That was quite a challenge.   LOL Caves are dark and there was no special stage lighting.   It will take a while to process all the cave shots to see what, if anything is worth keeping.     

Other than that I've spent the last week going to work, helping my parents, running errands, and doing chores around the house.  

QOW

"Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us." ~ Marianne Williamson

  
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Guacamaya colors by YazmindePerezCatch the Sun by myrnajacobsReligioso by mstargazer
make me a dancer.. by RickHaighIn Their Color by GONE-EVERLONGPumpkin Patch by PzzPod
:thumb138746756::thumb138664394:Paris Noir by myrnajacobs
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Sunday status

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 27, 2009, 6:30 AM


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Another Sunday begins in Alabama. The weather says 10% chance of rain and it is raining now.  LOL

I think I'll head to the city for some Tahini and cheeses.   Maybe I'll stop and take some photos along the way.  Initially I thought I might go to the zoo, but I've lost interest in that plan for the time being.

Friday, I had a wonderful evening visiting with friends.  It's been ages since I've hung out with other people just to have fun.  Brightened up my entire weekend!   It was a wonderful change from the currently depressing visits with my family.    I really needed this emotional and spiritual recharge.  Thank you two for the big dose of food, fun, and love. :-) hugz

Speaking of family, my dad goes back to the orthopedist in 3 weeks to see if his femur is healing.   If it isn't or it is getting worse, he will have to have surgery.     I hope he doesn't have to have surgery again.   I'm ready for some of this to end.   It has been dragging on four months now.  

At work, there are two major reports due at the end of next week.    I don't know how that is going to go.  I play a major role in one of them and a minor role in the other.  None the less, there will be a lot going on with those and I'll be really covered up the next few days.   I'll probably stop by work this morning for a bit and print out a few things.  

QOW:  

Wouldn't you rather burn out doing something you love than plod along doing something you merely put up with?

    * What's out there waiting for you to take hold of?
    * What's most important to you?
    * What can you do to embrace your own full life?

~ Nagarjuna
  
I've rambled on enough for this Sunday's update.  

I guess that is about all I have to say for now.

Enjoy the feature pictures I've managed to get together.  :heart:

  
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Molecule. by DafoeofLeninThe Brighter Side of Life by creativemikeyAfter The Storm by Muskeg
Jaguar Portrait by papatheoTowards The Within by carolin54323Storm on the prairie... by LadyAliceofOz
Femininity XII by mstargazer:thumb138065870::thumb138094952:
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All Saints 10 by  Funbeast by Hermione75i'll be alone.. by RickHaighPierre Francois by TThealer56
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[update]  Dad fell and now has a hairline fracture in his hip.   I'll probably be away again.  [end update]



Hi all.  At long last I have a minute for a journal update.

First, I’d like to thank everyone for their continued support and multiple kindnesses during all this.  I really appreciate each of you. :hug:s all around!  :D
My dad has been home a while now.  He continues to improve, although he still falls quite often.    Only time will tell how much better he will get.  I just hope he doesn't break himself in the process.   

I finally feel well from whatever I had the other week.  The general consensus is that I had the flu.  The cough is virtually gone now. That was driving me crazy at night.  It’s difficult to sleep and cough at the same time.  LOL

I'm just feeling really dull and uninspired and haven’t been doing very much other than going to work and helping out mom and dad.   It’s a combination of being emotionally and spiritually drained from dad’s illness and my own illness.   Plus, it has been raining almost every day.  I’ve managed a few photos now and again, but not many serious ones.   It is supposed to rain all weekend again this weekend.  :(  Some nice warm sun and some merry companions would go along way towards perking me up a bit I'm sure.  I just need to recharge my batteries.

I guess that is about all I have to say for now other than have a GREAT WEEKEND and enjoy the feature pictures I’ve managed to get together.  :heart:

  
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Dad update 9-5-09

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 5, 2009, 4:04 PM


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I read this in a Zen window on my iGoogle homepage.  
"If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to."
Great advice for me this week.  
Things are improving.   My dad finally got out of the hospital after over a month.
I haven't seen him yet, I've be home sick with the worst cold I've can remember having or H1N1. I'm not sure which it is.
To top it all off, my sweet dog died. I'm really going to miss her. She was always there.  
I wonder what is next.  





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Some weeks start out hard

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 3, 2009, 3:22 AM


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Hi all.  :sun:

Well, its Monday where I sit.  I have two final exams to give today.  All the grades have to be averaged and submitted tomorrow.  Not so bad really.
Toss in my dad being admitted to intensive care Sunday night and its gets a lot more difficult.  My dad is stable and there will be lots of tests on him today.  
After I give the finals today, I'll cruise on up to the hospital.  I suppose I'll take all the ungraded papers with me.  Its difficult to know what to do in this situation.  I'd like to just spin around for a while. :spin: :confused:
Any way, I probably won't be on here much for the next few days.
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Hi all.  :sun:

All these internet sites selling the answer to the age old questions.  What is the meaning of life?  Why am I here?  Who am I?  The list goes on and on.  And for only...name the price...they will sell you the secret.

What I love and have read over and over and found to be true myself is that there is no secret.   That is the big secret.

Everything is just what it seems to be.  There are no hidden meanings.  If you see hidden meanings and agendas in your mind, then you are living in an imaginary world of your own creation.

Its like some people at my job.  Some will talk about other people's hidden agendas and how they are manipulating things behind the scenes.  Good grief, if we all know about it, it isn't hidden, is it?  Its only hidden if we agree its hidden and don't just point our finger right at it and say, "I see that.  What are you doing?".

Go ahead, be brave. See the truth through your everyday eyes.  People do not need an "answer" in order to find peace. Recognize your existence.  Accept it.  Change the things you can change if need be.  Stop the needless worrying and empty questioning.  If you want to change your life, change your mind.

Like the old Zen guys said, when you are hungry, eat; and when you are tired, sleep!
  
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Journal Entry: Sun Jul 26, 2009, 5:20 PM


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Hi all.  :sun:
The end of the summer term quickly approaches.  It will all be a done deal in two weeks.  Then I get a few days off.   That will be a nice change of pace.  My son goes back to college August the 15th.  
Here is a funny for you.   My ex is taking my son's stuff back in her SUV and they want to get an early start.   Here is the fun part.  She asked if she could sleep over so it would be easier.  roflmao  I told her that I didn't think the gods were with her on that one. Hahahahaha  In a bit, she changed her mind about staying here.    Here is the real kicker, she only lives about 10 minutes away.  :lmao:   
I went to the Comedy Club on Thursday night.  That was hysterical.  I haven't laughed so hard in ages.  I had a great time.  
Friday I had supper with my Uncle Terry www.alabamaliterarymap.org/aut… and his wife Judith Richards media.cla.auburn.edu/goodlylan… .   A grand time was had by all.  
Saturday I went to my two best friend's house for dinner.   It was delicious:  grilled chicken, corn on the cob, bread sticks, and Italian potatoes.   
Today is pretty much hang around the hut and do house work.  Not a bad way to end the weekend at all.
Sadly, I'm really behind on dA.  I have to do a lot more fav and run.  I'm sorry.  I wish I had the time to comment on each picture.  It isn't that my life has gotten busier.  I just watch more people than I can keep up with effectively.    Thank you for the :+favlove: and wonderful comments.  I really appreciate your friendship and support.   

This is fun.  www.jigzone.com/puzzles/7A1464… Give it a try.

Life is full of surprises.  Meet them with an open mind and a warm heart!   

QOW

"You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next.
You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads.
I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime.
I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you.
May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories - science fiction or otherwise.
Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world."

~ Ray Bradbury

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Journal Entry: Thu Jul 23, 2009, 4:38 AM


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Hi all.  :sun:

The "'...in between zone', a state in which we are neither who we used to be, nor who we are becoming. It's like standing in a doorway, or being in a passageway, or even in a long dark tunnel, between two phases of our lives."  ~ annakmair

Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance.  ~ www.inspirationpeak.com/cgi-bi…

I hope all of you are having a great week filled with fun, friends, and love. :fingerscrossed:

  
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Photo Walk Day

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Hi all.  :sun:
The highlight of my weekend is participating in Scott Kelby's World Wide Photo Walk worldwidephotowalk.com/ later today.  
More than 30,000 photographers around the world will collectively take literally millions of photos as part of their local Photo Walks.  
I'm walking with the group in Birmingham, Alabama.  worldwidephotowalk.com/birming…
As I go along, I'll post some pictures to my twitter account.
I'm really excited about participating.  :w00t:

I don't have any plans for tomorrow so I suppose I'll go through the photos I take today and see how they turned out.  

QOW

I am walking forward through time, as well as through space, along the beach and into the future. I can see the ground ahead but not the moment ahead. The next moment does not exist until I get there. Every second I stand at the edge of a precipice and blindly step forward, and new reality appears below me as I walk.
Every choice I make, I am pouring possibility into actuality, and it instantly hardens. This day has never before appeared in the history of the world, nor will again. There is no such thing as an ordinary day.
~ Brian J. Stanley

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Journal Entry: Sat Jul 11, 2009, 6:34 AM


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Hi all.  :sun:
First of all, $204 later, the fridge is repaired.  :w00t::boogie::dance:  

Secondly, I was tagged by  :iconmeganbreukelman:
The rules say to tag others, but I'm not going to do that. So here are the eight things about myself.

1.  I do virtually everything I do alone.  People don't appear to enjoy my company.

2.  My particular flavor of spirituality is Zen Baptist.

3.  My Razor finally bit the dust and I replaced it with an iPhone.  I'm having a lot of fun with it.

4.  I'm slowly getting rid of the vast majority of my stuff so I can sell the house I stay when my son completes college.

5.  I really don't feel very connected to life.  I don't see this as something "bad".  It provides a great sense of freedom and vanquishes fear.

6.  I have a grand time wondering as I wander through life.

7.  I'm a 'what you see is what you get' person.  There is no pretense, underlying meaning, or hidden agenda.  People are continually reading motive and hidden meanings into what I say.  I think that says more about them than it does me.

8.  One of my favorie Bible verses is, "...anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”  ~ Mark 10:15  


Quote for today.  

DECLARATION OF INSANITY (Reposted with minor changes to suit me)

My moniker is eskimoblueboy.  I am not perfect. I live on the planet Earth where humans live.  Humans aren't perfect, they’re never been perfect and they will never be, not even in zillions years.  If you think you are perfect, then you’re not human!  I don't always wear the suitable clothes.   My memory sometimes fails me. I don't look like a fashion model.  I don't cook like a French chef.  I don't always do what people expect of me.  I am human.  I am imperfect.  I am perfectly insane with my insanity.  I am a bit off balance and sometimes, few friends called me crazy,  but then, there is no one else like me in this whole wide world. I am unique.  I am a miracle.  I am weird.  Therefore, I declared myself 100% human because of my on-off inside-out upside-down insanity.
~ restlessbutterfly.xanga.com

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Journal Entry: Wed Jul 8, 2009, 2:14 PM


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Hi all.  :sun:
The fridge repair man came today.  He didn’t fix it, but he ordered a part which should come in sometime in the future.  :lol:   I lost a lot of food when the fridge/freezer went out.  Oh well.  I tried to give it away before it ruined.  No takers.   Things turned out as they were supposed to be.    The dog was very, very happy with the steaks and roasts.

My father continues to improve.  He feels so good he is going to Florida for a week.  :w00t:  

Not much else going on in my life.

I posted the June installment of the days in a life project.   Take a look if you want.  www.youtube.com/watch?v=nM8WE4…


QOW.  

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labour.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
~ Oq Mandino

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Journal Entry: Sun Jul 5, 2009, 5:41 PM


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I've just returned from a weekend trip to Knoxville, TN.  I stayed at the historic St. Oliver Hotel.

Check in desk at the St. Oliver Hotel

The hotel's history began in 1876 when German immigrant Peter Kern had the building constructed to house his Kerns Bakery, an ice cream parlor, a confectionery and a grand ballroom. Kerns Bakery remains an integral part of Knoxville's business community, located not far from its original location. The building became a hotel in 1981 to accommodate visitors coming to the Worlds Fair, held in Knoxville the following year. The Kerns Building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
It was a very relaxing trip.  I took some photos, but mostly I just spend time with my son and daughter, laughing, talking and generally fooling around.

There will probably be some photos from this adventure, but I haven't been through them yet.  :lol:

I appreciate all the comments and :+fav: s while I've been gone.  You are all wonderful and I love you muchly.  :heart:

QOW:
I try to treat whoever I meet as an old friend. This gives me a genuine feeling of happiness. It is the time to help create a happier world.
The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater our own sense of well-being becomes. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. This helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the ultimate source of success in life.  
~ www.bodhicitta.net

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