This is part and parcel of my journey through life, as seen through my eyes, heart and mind. Scary I know!!- Hopefully this Blog will allow us to Learn & LAUGH, as well as to THINK and QUESTION: Who we are, Where we are heading and Who we are becoming- Join in on my journey?....... Or Not!
GOD BLESS AMERICA; AMERICA, BLESS GOD!
WE HAVE BEEN RENTING FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS. IN THIS ECONOMY AND WITH THESE MORTGAGE RATES AND HOME PRICES WE COULD HAVE PROBABLY BOUGHT AND OR PAID FOR ONE OF OUR OWN BY NOW.
WE HAVE ALSO NOT HAD TO WORRY ABOUT MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS- AND THERE HAVE BEEN QUITE A FEW OVER THE YEARS. IT IS A RELIEF WHEN YOU ARE NOT PHYSICALLY ABLE TO DO WHAT YOU USED TO COULD DO TO HAVE IT TAKEN CARE OF. IT IS THE PERFECT SIZE AND EXREMELY AFFORDABLE!
I DON'T WANT TO GET STUNG BY OVEREXTENDING MYSELF!
OR ENSNARED BY THE LIES OF OUR GOVERNMENT, ANYMORE..
THE PRICKS---THEY'LL BLEED YA TO DEATH!
THE LANDLORD IS AN ABSOLUTE JEWEL AND IS VERY ACCOMMODATING. GIVEN RECENT EVENTS, THIS HAS ALSO WORKED IN OUR FAVOR. WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT OUR NATION WOULD HAVE SUFFERED SUCH AN ECONOMIC AND SPIRITUAL DOWNTURN OVER THE LAST 10-15 YEARS?
THOSE THAT KNOW MAN'S HEART AND HIS GREED BEST I SUPPOSE!!
ALL IN ALL- WITH OUR SITUATION AND HAPPENINGS ON THE HOME FRONT- FIXED INCOME, DISABILITY CONCERNS ETC...; WE ARE GOING TO ALLOW OUR LANDLORD TO DO SOME MAJOR RENOVATIONS TO THE OLD FAMILIAR PLACE AND I, FOR ONE- FEEL COMFORTABLE STAYING PUT.
I JUST WANT MY LITTLE COMFORTABLE DOWN FEATHERED NEST.......
I DON'T NEED THE SHINIEST AND THE BEST ANYMORE, NOW THAT I'M PAST THAT AGE OF JONESING!!!! (AS IN KEEPING UP WITH THE....)
I WANT TO KEEP UP WITH JOHN, WITH AS LITTLE MAINTENANCE AS POSSIBLE, AND TAKE PICTURES, BLOG, FISH AND MAYBE OCCASIONALLY GO TO A COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAME!! LISTEN TO AN IMPROMPTU VIOLIN CONCERT, OR STOP AND SMELL A FLOWER/ROSE, OR FISH! (WELL--NOT REALLY SMELL A FISH, BUT........!
WHAT DO YOU PICTURE YOURSELF DOING TO SQUEEZE THE MOST OUT OF THIS WONDERFUL LIFE WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN?
WHAT ARE YOU DREAMS AND ASPIRATIONS?
HAVE THEY CHANGED OVER THE YEARS?
GOTTEN BIGGER, OR LESS AND MORE MANAGEABLE?
EITHER WAY YOU'RE A WINNER....
IF YOU CAN GO AND DO--
GO AND DO!!!! YOU EARNED IT!!!!
IF YOU WANT TO KICK BACK AND STAY HOME AND ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS-- DO THAT TOO!
I JUST GOT ME A SMALLER BUCKET AND WANT FILL IT UP WITH A REASONABLE TO DO LIST !!!!
& JUST LIVE EACH DAY TO THE MAX!!!!!
HARD TO BELIEVE ONE DAY THIS TREE TOO WILL BE GONE! THE ONE THAT HAS GIVEN ME SO MUCH PLEASURE PHOTOGRAPHING OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS! I'VE ALREADY SEEN IT'S SLIGHT DEMISE AT THE HAND OF NATURE HERSELF!
SEE THE MIDDLE OF THE SAME TREE COMPARED TO THE ONE ABOVE?
DISEASE, LIGHTENING STRIKE? KIDS WITH A SAW? NO MATTER THE CAUSE....
IT TOO IS DYING SLOWLY! I WONDER IF IT KNOWS?
OR IF IT KNOWS HOW MUCH PLEASURE IT'S GIVEN ME OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS????
In Washington , DC , at a Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, this man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After about 3 minutes, a middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, and then he hurried on to meet his schedule. About 4 minutes later: The violinist received his first dollar. A woman threw money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk. At 6 minutes: A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again. At 10 minutes: A 3-year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head the whole time. This action was repeated by several other children, but every parent - without exception - forced their children to move on quickly. At 45 minutes: The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32. After 1 hour: He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed and no one applauded. There was no recognition at all.
No one knew this, but the violinist wasJoshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before, Joshua Bell sold-out a theatre in Boston where the seats averaged $100 each to sit and listen to him play the same music.
This is a true story. Joshua Bell, playing incognito inthe D.C. Metro Station, was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment aboutperception, taste and people's priorities.
This experiment raised several questions: *In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?
*If so, do we stop to appreciate it?
*Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?
One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this:
If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made... How many other things are we missing as we rush through life? Enjoy life NOW... it has an expiration date!
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR YOU COMMENTS ON SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY'S POST. AS I WAS ABOUT TO REPLY TO EACH OF YOU I HEARD THE OMINOUS SOUND OF THUNDER.
I WENT AND LOOKED OUT BACK TO A BLUE SKY, AND OFF IN THE DISTANCE THAT LINE OF BLACK--ALMOST GREEN THAT GIVES US THE SHIVERS IN THE SOUTH. WE KNOW THE STILLNESS IS ABOUT TO BE FOLLOWED BY NATURES' WRATH.
SURE ENOUGH IN 15 MINUTES WE HAD A TORRENTIAL DOWNPOUR AND A 62 MPH WIND GUST AT OUR BACK DOOR. THANKFULLY, THE LIGHTENING WAS VERY SPARSE AND THE STORM MOVED OVER US IN ABOUT 42 MINUTES LEAVING OUR DIRT ROAD-
AND OUR BACK YARD...
WITH THIS MUCH WATER IN 42 MINUTES!
45 MINUTES LATER IN THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HOUSE- GOD GRANTED US THIS PARTING VIEW!!!
UNFORTUNATELY--YOU CAN NEVER CATCH THE ABSOLUTE GLORY OF A RAINBOW DIGITALLY--THE CAMERA JUST WILL NOT DO THE COLORS AND DEFINITION JUSTICE!
A PREVIOUSLY DRY PLANTER FILLED WITH ROCKS, THAT NOW HOLDS WATER THAT IS REFLECTING THE SHADOW OF THE CORNER OF THE ROOF, THE WATER FELL OFF OF AFTER THE RAIN. ALSO THE REFLECTION OF THE TRESS OUT BEYOND IT. MY THERE IS A LOT GOING ON IN HERE!
OF COURSE I HAD TO GET INVOLVED!!!!! SO- HAND OVER THAT SHADOW!
OH--BTW--IT'S A WATER PLANT--IT JUST HASN'T "SPOUTED" YET!!!
PROOF POSITIVE- IF YOU HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO WASTE YOU CAN DO SOME SILLY STUFF! YOU OUGHT TO SEE THE BUNNY, DUCK, AND DINOSAUR SHADOWS I DID!
PICTURE COURTESY OF SEC NETWORK, VIA MY CAMERA, OFF OF MY VIZIO, ...UHHH--WHO GETS THE CREDIT???? I GUESS THE SEC NETWORK FOR THE ORIGINAL PICTURE. OR IS IT THE TEAMS FOR SUPPLYING THE ORIGINAL SUBJECT FOR THE PICTURE?
THERE WILL HAVE TO BE GLARY OR ASC PROGRAMS RUN AT 1/2 TIME TO GET THESE PROGRAMS BACK ON TRACK--WAY TO MAY ERRORS AND CRASHES FOR THE 4TH PROGRAM OF THE SEASON!
CUE JEOPARDY SONG!
LOVE YOU ALL
GO CAMECOCKS VS VANDY AND THEN LSU TONIGHT BABY!!!!
I GOTTA GET A LIFE!
LOVE YOU ALL!
GREAT COVERAGE BY BRANCH, BUT AN AWESOME RECEPTION AT THE 122.224.448. FOR ANOTHER FIRST DOWN. BUT WAIT-- THERE IS A PAGE LOAD ERROR ON THE PLAY--YEP-IT'S COMING BACK JIM--
ILLEGAL DIGITAL PLAYER DOWN-FIELD--15 YARD PENALTY AND AN AUTOMATIC DEFRAG ROM THE REF!.... 1ST DOWN......WAIT-- WE HAVE PIXILLATION--WAS HIS FOOT OUT OF BOUNDS BEFORE HE HAD POSSESSION OF THE BALL??...
AND OF COURSE IT UNDER PHOTOSHOP REVIEW!!!!
WE'LL RELOAD THE PAGE AND DO IT TALL OVER AGAIN! WATCH FOR A VIRUS FROM THE OUTSIDE CORNER ON 3RD AND LONG, AFTER THIS GOOGLE ADSENSE AS CLICK ON!!
I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHY- BUT FUNKDOM HAS STRUCK TOADY. IT MAY BE RAGWEED- WHICH HAS GIVEN THE WIFE AND I TERRIBLE SORE THROATS, AND ALL THE SIDE DISHES THAT COME WITH A HEAPING SERVING OF SC FALL ALLERGIES.
WE HAD AN AWESOME SEAFOOD SPREAD FOR HER BIRTHDAY LAST NIGHT, AT GILLIGAN'S, A GREAT SEAFOOD CHAIN. SURPRISINGLY, IT WAS REALLY REALLY GOOD AND REASONABLE--I WAS PLEASANTLY SURPRISED AT THE SERVICE, PORTIONS AND PRICE! ..
SO TOMORROW I'M READY TO CHILL FOR SATURDAY IN THE SEC!!!
WE ALSO RECEIVED AN INCH AND 1/2 OF RAIN IN DOWNTOWN COLUMBIA IN ONE HOUR. MAJOR ROAD FLOODING (THAT AREA, KNOWN AS 5 POINTS IS ALWAYS PRONE TO THAT).
STALLED VEHICLES AND ANGRY SHOP OWNERS ABOUNDED! WE GOT ABOUT AN INCH OF SLOW BENEFICIAL DRIZZLE OUT HERE IN THE COUNTRY!!!!
THE WATER REACHED UP TO SOME OF THE VEHICLES WINDOWS ALMOST INSTANTLY!
THAT WAS NOT FUNNY IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM! VERY DANGEROUS!
YESTERDAY IT WAS ALLERGY CITY!!!
AND AFTER RAIN.... IT REALLY DID HELP WASH THE ALLERGENS OUT!
THE MOST EXCITING PROJECT SCHEDULED TODAY IS TO GO TO WALLY WORLD AND SPEND AN OBSCENE AMOUNT ON MONEY WE DON'T HAVE :
ON PRESCRIPTIONS- WE HAVE TO HAVE!
THIS IS JUST A TINY WHINE- CARE FOR CHEESE WITH THIS? IS gooda, si?-WE ARE BLESSED TO BE ABLE TO GET THEM PERIOD!
THIS IS NO
ON THE TOTALITY OF OUR LIFE: SOMETIMES YOU LAND IN THE
SOMETIMES YOU GET A
BUT YOU HAVE TO
WILL COME ..........
AND MAKE YOU AS HAPPY AS THESE GUYS!
SO I'LL STOP MAKING A MOUNTAIN OUT OF A
OK-- SO I COULDN'T FIND A MOLE!
AND I SO WANTED TO WORK GUACA--IN THERE SOME HOW!
MY WIFE SAID SHE WAS "GAME" FOR ANYTHING: SO I SHOT HER!AR AR
DOES THIS LOOK LIKE WOODY WOODPEKKER (SP)?
WHAT IS/ARE YOUR HOME REMEDIES FOR UNFUNKING THYSELF!!!!!