Monday, February 28, 2011

Just a thought

Maybe we're not supposed to be happy.
Maybe gratitude has nothing to do with joy.
Maybe being grateful means recognizing what you have for what it is.
Appreciating small victories.
Admiring the struggle it takes simply to be human.

Maybe we're thankful for familiar things we know.
And maybe we're thankful for the things we'll never know.

Maybe at the end of the day, the fact that we have the courage to still be standing is reason enough to celebrate.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

guest speaker

Sorry folks, but I'm going to let someone else's words speak for me this morning.. think of it as a substitute teacher.

Here's something I found a few days ago by author, Neil Gaiman in his book American Gods, much of which rang true for me...see how it strikes you.

"I can believe things that are true and things that aren't true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they're true or not.

I can believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and the Beatles and Marilyn Monroe and Elvis and Mister Ed. 

Listen - I believe that people are perfectable, that knowledge is infinite, that the world is run by secret banking cartels and that we're visited by aliens on a regular basis, nice ones that look like wrinkled lemurs and bad ones who mutilate cattle and want our water and our women.

I believe that the future sucks and I believe that the future rocks and I believe that one day White Buffalo Woman is going to come back and kick everyone's ass. I believe that all men are just overgrown boys with deep problems communicating and that the decline in good sex in America is coincident with the decline in drive-in movie theaters from state to state.

I believe that all politicians are unprincipled crooks and I still believe that they are better than the alternatives in other countries. I believe that California is going to sink into the sea when the big one comes, while Florida is going to dissolve into madness and alligators and toxic waste.

I believe that antibacterial soap is destroying our resistance to dirt and disease so that one day we'll all be wiped out by the common cold like martians in War of the Worlds.

I believe that mankind's destiny lies in the stars. I believe that candy really did taste better when I was a kid, that it's aerodynamically impossible for a bumble bee to fly, that light is a wave and a particle and that there are stars in the universe billions of years older than the universe itself.

I believe in a personal god who cares about me and worries and oversees everything I do. I believe in an impersonal god who set the universe in motion and went off to hang with her girlfriends and doesn't even know that I'm alive. I believe in an empty and godless universe of causal chaos, background noise, and sheer blind luck.

I believe that anyone who says sex is overrated just hasn't done it properly. I believe that anyone who claims to know what's going on will lie about the little things too.

I believe in absolute honesty and sensible social lies.

I believe in a woman's right to choose, a baby's right to live, that while all human life is sacred there's nothing wrong with the death penalty if you can trust the legal system implicitly, and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system.

I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you're alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it."
— Neil Gaiman (American Gods)

What do YOU believe?
Or is it too early?

Monday, February 21, 2011

Remember to be gentle with yourself and others.
We are all children of chance and none can say why some will blossom and others lay brown.
Care for those around you.
Look past your differences.
Their dreams are no less than yours; their choices in life no more easily made.
And give.
Give in any way you can of whatever you possess.
To give is to love.
To withhold is to wither.
Care less for your harvest than how it is shared
and your life will have meaning
and your heart will have peace.

Kent Nerburn

Sunday, February 20, 2011


Spent the whole day yesterday poking around antique stores - all within a 50 mile radius of home.

I wasn't even sure some of the buildings would hold up long enough for me to get in and out safely...
I'm a thrill taker - no doubt about it!

I saw shiny things...
and things from "The Shining"...the tag says this is a cast for a dolls head...really?
Looks like a macabre Jack Nicholson chicken head to me!

But the best score of the day (for $1.00) was this catalog from 1953...just in time for updating my spring wardrobe...and you can help me 'cause I'm torn.

I can't decide whether to go with the pastel pink or the siren red...

I think I've ruled out wearing the spider web dress - although the head band is appealing...

I'm toying with the Peter Pan hat and Red Riding Hood cape look instead of the Orientalia style on the bottom left.
I DO think this versatile aqua number would be perfect for those days of testifying in court and going out for cocktails afterwards; just pop on those sleeve puffs and I'd be good to go!

I'd be tempted to go for the dress -bottom right - but I KNOW Mary Ann is going to want this the minute she gets back from the island cruise with the Professor and Gilligan!

And knowing how much I love roses, I definitely will be getting THIS - and I'd better hurry since it's limited stock!


If I wasn't afraid of looking like a slut, I'd also go for the black lace number...what do YOU think, too much?And, because a girls foundation is key...I'll definitely be getting a new bra and girdle!

OMG...THIS one brought back memories of my peeps and I in 6th grade, stuffing our bras with Dixie cups filled with cotton...oh yes we did!

Laughing our asses off that if the boys got 'fresh', all we had to do was turn the wrong way and put their eyes out! Now, those were good times!!

And despite the grey weather, so was this!
All that time travel for only a buck!

What a great Saturday!

Thursday, February 17, 2011


I've written about these Cracker Jack prizes before (here) but was playing around with different ways of seeing them last night for Project 365.

These two images reminded me that there's ALWAYS more than one way to see something.

Neither is right; neither is wrong; they're just different.

All photos are accurate. None of them is the truth.
Richard Avedon.

Just out of curiosity: which do YOU prefer?