Friday, March 14, 2014

Is The Baby Warm Enough? Just Too Cute.

It's chilly in here. Put another puppy on the baby, will you honey?

The Law of the Garbage Truck

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport.  

We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches!  The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly. So I asked, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost  ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!' This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.'

He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you. Don't take it personally.

Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on  the streets.

The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day.

Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so . . .

Love the people who treat you right.  Pray for the ones who don't.

Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!

Have a blessed, garbage-free day!

"What lies behind us and lies before us
are small matters compared to what lies within us."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Blue Roses

Why do I always have to be the one that starts to do laundry and there's no detergent? Well, I guess it was time for me to do my store run, which included light bulbs, paper towels, trash bags and Clorox. So off I go.

I scurried around the store, gathered up my goodies, and headed for the checkout counter only to be blocked in the narrow aisle by a young man that appeared to be about sixteen-years-old. I wasn't in a hurry, so I patiently waited for the boy to realize that I was there. This was when he waved his hands excitedly in the air and declared in a loud voice, "Mommy, I'm over here."

It was obvious now, he was mentally challenged, and also startled as he turned and saw me standing so close to him, waiting to squeeze by. His eyes widened and surprise exploded on his face as I said, "Hey Buddy, what's your name?"

"My name is Denny and I'm shopping with my mother," he responded proudly.

"Wow," I said, "that's a cool name; I wish my name was Denny, but my name is Hal."

"Hal, like Halloween?" he asked.

"Yes," I answered. "How old are you Denny?"

"How old am I now, Mommy?" he asked his mother as she slowly came over from the next aisle. "You're fifteen-years-old Denny; now be a good boy and let the man pass by."

I acknowledged her and continued to talk to Denny for several more minutes about summer, bicycles and school. I watched his brown eyes dance with excitement because he was the center of someone's attention. He then abruptly turned and headed toward the toy section.

Denny's mom had a puzzled look on her face and thanked me for taking the time to talk with her son. She told me that most people wouldn't even look at him, much less talk to him. I told her that it was my pleasure and then I said something I have no idea where it came from, other than by the prompting of the Holy Spirit.

I told her that there are plenty of red, yellow and pink roses in God's garden, however, "Blue Roses" are very rare and should be appreciated for their beauty and distinctiveness. You see, Denny is a Blue Rose and if someone doesn't stop and smell that rose with their heart and touch that rose with their kindness, then they've missed a blessing from God.

She was silent for a second, then with a tear in her eye she asked, "Who are you?"

Without thinking I said, "Oh, I'm probably just a dandelion but I sure love living in God's garden."

Please the next time you see a BLUE ROSE don't turn your head and walk off, take the time to smile and say Hello. Because by the grace of GOD this mother could be you. This could be your child, grandchild, niece, nephew. What a difference a moment can mean to that person or their family.
From an old dandelion.

Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.. Speak kindly.                                                                                                       Leave the rest to God!!!!
-  Anonymous

One Of The Great and Inspired Founding Fathers!

John Adams was born OCTOBER 30, 1735.

A Harvard graduate, he was admitted to the bar and married Abigail Smith in 1764.

In the Continental Congress, John Adams recommended Thomas Jefferson pen the Declaration and George Washington be Commander-in-Chief.

John Adams authored Massachusetts' 1780 Constitution and was U.S. 
Minister to France, signing the Treaty of Paris that ended the Revolutionary War. 

While U.S. Minister to Britain, John Adams helped ratify the Constitution by writing a three volume work: Defense of the Constitution of the Government of the United States.

John Adams was the first Vice-President, serving under George Washington, and in 1797 was elected the 2nd U.S. President.

He established the Library of Congress and the Department of Navy.

His son, John Quincy, became 6th President.

In 1819, John Adams wrote to Thomas Jefferson:

"Have you ever found in history, one single example of a Nation thoroughly corrupted that was afterwards restored to virtue?...

And without virtue, there can be no political liberty."

John Adams continued:

"Will you tell me how to prevent luxury from producing effeminacy, intoxication, extravagance, vice and folly?...

I believe no effort in favour of virtue is lost."

A True Duck Story From San Antonio, Texas

Something really cute happened in downtown San Antonio this week. Michael R. is an accounting clerk at Frost Bank and works there in a second story office.  Several weeks ago, he watched a mother duck choose the concrete awning outside his window as the unlikely place to build a nest above the sidewalk. 

The mallard laid ten eggs in a nest in the corner of the planter that is perched over 10 feet in the air. She dutifully kept the eggs warm for weeks, and Monday afternoon all of her ten ducklings hatched.

Michael worried all night how the momma duck was going to get those babies safely off their perch in a busy, downtown, urban environment to take to water, which typically happens in the first 48 hours of a duck hatching.


Tuesday morning, Michael watched the mother duck encourage her babies to the edge of the perch with the intent to show them how to jump off.  Office work came to a standstill as everyone gathered to watch.

 The mother flew down below and started quacking to her babies above. In disbelief Michael watched as the first fuzzy newborn trustingly toddled to the edge and astonishingly leapt into thin air, crashing onto the cement below.

Michael couldn't stand to watch this risky effort nine more times!  He dashed out of his office and ran down the stairs to the sidewalk where the first obedient duckling, near its mother, was resting in a stupor after the near-fatal fall.  Michael stood out of sight under the awning-planter, ready to help.

As the second one took the plunge, Michael jumped forward and caught it with his bare hands before it hit the concrete. Safe and sound, he set it down it by its momma and the other stunned sibling, still recovering from that painful leap.  (The momma must have sensed that Michael was trying to help her babies.)

At this point Michael realized the duck family had only made part of its dangerous journey

They had two full blocks to walk across traffic, crosswalks, curbs and past pedestrians to get to the closest open water, the San Antonio River , site of the famed "River Walk."  The onlooking office secretaries and several   San Antonio police officers joined in.  An empty copy-paper box was brought to collect the babies.

 They carefully corralled them, with the mother's approval, and loaded them in the container. Michael held the box low enough for the mom to see her brood. He then slowly navigated through the downtown streets toward the San Antonio River The mother waddled behind and kept her babies in sight, all the way.

As they reached the river, the mother took over and passed him, jumping in the river and quacking loudly.

 At the water's edge, Michael tipped the box and helped shepherd the babies toward the water and to the waiting mother after their adventurous ride.

All ten darling ducklings safely made it into the water and paddled up snugly to momma. Michael said the mom swam in circles, looking back toward the beaming bank bookkeeper, and proudly quacking.

At last, all present and accounted for: 
"We're all together again.  
We're here!  We're here!"

And here's a family portrait before they 
head outward to further adventures.


Thursday, March 13, 2014


I wish I could make these awesome pics as big as I received them in my email, because they are really spectacular when you see them so huge.  

Please click on the pictures and you will see a much larger version.
Some photographers have a link on their name.

 Ancestral Puebloan granaries high above the Colorado River at Nankoweap Creek, Grand Canyon.
by Drenaline

 Grand Canyon Horse Shoe Bend .
by Christian Mehlfhrer

 Grand Canyon Walls HD.

 Grand Canyon Colors of the Earth.

 Corkscrew Bright Angel Trail Grand Canyon 

 Little red dot against the Grand Canyon 

Grand Canyon, Arizona.

 Cheyava Falls upper cascade Grand Canyon 

by Al_HikesAZ

 Full Moon (upper left) over the Grand Canyon.

by Matthew Hunt

 Beginning a new day rafting the Colorado River, Grand Canyon.
by Al_HikesAZ

 Ooh-Aah Point view storm clouds gathering.

by Al_HikesAZ

 View to southeast from Clear Creek Camp Grand Canyon 

by Al_HikesAZ

 Grand Canyon.
by Ignacio Izquierdo

Grand Canyon USA.
by Tenji

 Photographed by Doug Dolde at Grand Canyon National Park 
 by Doug Dolde

 Mountain goat Bighorn, Grand Canyon 

by Marcin Wichary from San Francisco, U.S.A.

Upper Beaver Falls from trail Grand Canyon 
by Al_HikesAZ

 Comanche Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, above the Colorado River River by Doc Searls from Santa Barbara, USA

 Grand Canyon behind Ribbon Falls 

by Al_HikesAZ

 Grand Canyonview from Hermits Rest.

by chensiyuan

 Grand Canyon taken from Bright Angel.

by Tomas Castelazo

 Mount Hayden and storm Grand Canyon North Rim. 
by Al_HikesAZ

 Grand Canyon West Guano Point.

by Bbarnucz

Colorado River Grand Canyon. 

  Muddy whitewater rafting Grand Canyon.

 Colorado River, Marble Canyon 
marks the beginning of the Grand Canyon 

 Grand Canyon North Rim Panorama.

by Jeff Turner from Santa Clarita, CA, United States

 Mount Hayden North Rim Grand Canyon 

by James Marvin Phelps from USA

 Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

by Poco a poco

 Grand Canyon landscape 

by High Contrast

 Grand Canyon in Winter
 by Pescaiolo

 Grand Canyon in Arizona , United States

by TFCforever

 Skywalk at the Grand Canyon

by Purple

Havasu Falls a waterfall located on the Havasupai Indian Reservation in the Grand Canyon

These photos are definitely worth sharing and saving! 

April 2013