Time Quilting

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Time Quilting is a term I learned from one of the courses I took from our son, Chris Brogan. Time Quilting is when I use waiting time to do something else. For instance, while I wait two minutes for my oat meal to cook in the microwave, I make my coffee.

I have taken many of the Owner courses and not only learned a great deal from each one, I have made wonderful friends when I participate in the groups set up with each course.

The first course I took was the sixteen week Blogging course which has been rewritten to be Blogging: The Master Course, now twelve weeks. It covers much more than blogging. Not only did I learn a lot, I made great friends who I still interact with. I highly recommend this course.

I am totally enjoying the Owner’s Mastery Foundation Group. Every day I get an email with some gem of knowledge. I look forward to it because I never know what I am going to find when I open the emal.

The Owner’s Path course is expanding my whole way of thinking. Yes, it is a business course, but it has so many good personal teachings. It is a life course as well as a business course. Notice I put life first.

Want to check out more offers, drop by chrisbrogan.com

Life has so much to offer.

I hear there is a 50% off sale happening now. Check them all out.

 

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Class Reunion

 

My high school 50 years ago. 

 

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Next year will be my 50th high school class reunion. I attended other class reunions and had a good time, but this one is different. This is the big one. This one spans a lifetime.

Yesterday I looked through my yearbook. Under each picture was the name and the person’s ambition. I wondered how many people did what they planned. How would they tell their story of the past 50 years?

Not everyone will attend a class reunion for various reasons. Shyness, distance, health, are but a few of the reasons for not wanting to attend. That is understandable, but do you ever wonder whatever happened to the people you graduated with? Did they fulfill their ambition? Are they happy or content?

Going to a reunion does not mean you would have the time or opportunity to talk with everyone and hear their story. Not everyone would be willing to answer your questions on the spot.

What if you could fill out a questionnaire and submit it to be part of a book to be published called “Class of 1965 – 50 years later.”

What would it contain?

Name in yearbook: This is the only non changeable entry.

Current name:

Your story: Fill in the blanks below or freelance.

Links to pictures and videos are welcome.

Places you have lived:

Children:

Marriages:

Jobs you have had:

Positions you have held:

Awards you have won:

What makes you happy:

This is your story – tell it the way you want.

I would compile all of the answer sheets into a book, format and publish it in a Kindle format. Using electronic format means we could include links to websites with pictures and videos.

What do you think? Is this a clever idea or what?

Suggestions please!

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Birthdays

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We all have one a year whether we want to or not. When we start out in life, that first birthday is so important. We invite friends and family to watch our little one maneuver about and do what they are told, but not have the slightest idea about what is happening until they reach the second, third or sometimes fourth year of life.

My friend, Sue Turgeon, had several birthdays in her family to celebrate around the end of July. We often got together in her and Richard’s big back yard for the event. Everyone got their own birthday cake.

The year that Chris McTighe was three, I think, he was presented with a large sheet cake fully decorated with his favorite action heroes. He was sitting patiently on the picnic bench waiting for the candles to be lit. His mouth was even with the cake. I was waiting to take pictures. With a smile and an encouraging tilt of my head, Chris took a bite of the frosting as I snapped the picture. Chris took several bites as I took several pictures. Naughty me, but oh those pictures were great and everyone got a good laugh. Just for the record, I didn’t let him eat enough frosting to get sick.

Then come the little people parties. Those are the ones that are more difficult on the parents and sometimes the guests. I remember one party, just one because I refused to ever go again, at Chuck E Cheese. I think everyone but Steve and me were seasoned pros at that fine establishment.

Everything about the party at Chuck E Cheese was good except the children. They ran from place to place faster than my eyes could follow. I was asked to keep an eye on my niece, but that was impossible. I take my duties seriously and I was soon a nervous wreck.

I have enjoyed so many wonderful birthdays; my own as well as other people’s. I do enjoy celebrating birthdays. To me it is celebrating the person.

Today is my birthday. Although it is still early in my time zone, I have had a most delightful day. I have received cards in the mail, phone calls, electronic cards, Twitter messages, Facebook messages and sms messages. Every one of them is special.

As I thanked the people who sent me the messages, I thought about my relationship with that person and what we have shared. In many cases, I have many memories of lots of shared birthdays over the years.

Each memory was a gift. I remember the many parties at the Morrissey’s. The fun times with Sue and Jerry Thomas. My adorable godchild, Kathleen Cassidy, and the tons of parties we shared with her and her family. Miss Dazey with the beautiful cards. Karri Konga with her little girl excitement at her party. And I must mention our own sons, Chris and Thom, themselves and their families. Life is good.

Now I have new friends in our new home in Las Vegas. I have online friends who are near and dear to me whom I have never met. I have friends who I have met only briefly, but they are all special to me.

Thank you all for taking the time to send a greeting because that touch is truly a gift. We are all in this life together. It is all good.

Have a great day and enjoy your birthday when that special day arrives.

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Unlucky 13 – A Book Review

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A Book Review

Unlucky 13 by James Patterson and Maxine Patero is part of the Women’s Murder Club series. Four women, who have become best friends, also solve crimes.

The book opens with Claire Washburn calling Sgt. Lindsay Boxer seeking her help in what becomes known as the “Belly Bombing Case.” People are dying. The middles of the victim’s bodies are being blown apart.

On the happy side, Yuki Castellano and Lt. Jackson Brady got married and sailed off on an Alaskan honeymoon cruise. Everything was wonderful until the ship was boarded by pirates.

News reporter Cindy Thomas is busy chasing Mickie Moralas, who is determined to kill Lindsay Boxer.

The book is full of action and suspense. We will let you read the book to learn all of the outcomes to the different scenarios.

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Friendship

 

Love by Kathleen Cassidy

Love by Kathleen Cassidy

 

My cousin, Bessie Grant Guerette, says that people come into our lives for a season and a reason. My relationship with Bessie is a good example of that statement.

When we were children, we used to see each other when our parents got together for a visit. As we got older, we saw each other whenever our paths crossed. Now that we are both retired, we communicate mostly by phone.

It doesn’t matter how long it is between visits or phone calls, we always pick right up where we left off. There is a bond between us that keeps us connected. It is a good feeling.

One day I told Bessie, I wished I could maintain a close friend relationship with all my friends. Bessie said that is not how life usually plays out.

As current friends move away, new friends come along to take their place. Or as employment changes, new acquaintances often become close friends. Be open to new friendships she said.
Our neighbor of twelve years in the Boston area retired to Florida about the same time Steve and I moved to New Hampshire. We exchange Christmas cards and random phone calls, but that is all.

Recently Tony got cancer and everything was going well until last week. Now he is in the hospital receiving some special treatment. The random phone calls are now daily calls. Angela says she looks forward to our calls because she knows I will be brining a ray of sunshine. The calls are usually less than three minutes long. It feels good to do good.

I am so blessed to know so many wonderful people. Some come and some go. Some come back again. All are welcome. Life is good. I am so lucky to still be meeting wonderful people and making new friends.

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America Celebrates

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The American Flag has a lot of meaning to me. I like everything about the flag. I remember learning about Betsy Ross making the first American Flag. The red and white stripes represent the original thirteen colonies. The white stars represent the states. The stars increased over the years, but the flag remained the same as America grew and got stronger.

Just as we are all individuals, we all have our own memories of what the 4th of July means to us. For some it means a family get together and a BBQ. For others, it is a parade and commemorating those who have fallen in war. To end the day, there is usually a display of fireworks.

I especially like the music associated with America.

America the Beautiful
By Katharine Lee Bates

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain.
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy
by George M. Cohan

I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy
A Yankee Doodle, do or die
A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam
Born on the Fourth of July

The Star Spangled Banner
By Francis Scott Key

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

This Land Is Your Land
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie

This land is your land This land is my land
From California to the New York island;
From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and Me.

God Bless America
By Irving Berlin

God Bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home.

It doesn’t matter what political group you belong to or what church you attend. America is the greatest country on earth. We have the most freedom and hope for a better tomorrow. We have lots of reasons to sing about our country.

How do you celebrate America’s birthday?

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A Hero’s Guide to Deadly Dragons – A Book Review

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Steve and I enjoy audio books. We especially enjoy audio books that are so well read that you can practically see the story before your eyes. The How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell; read by David Tennant and published by Hachette is such an offering. One has to be an engaged listener because there is so much happening.

Check out our review of “A Hero’s Guide to Deadly Dragons” below.

 

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Mt. Charleston

 

Mountain

Mt. Charleston is about 35 miles from Las Vegas where we live. It has snow in the winter and is cooler in the summer than our norms.

On the way to Mt. Charleston, we were surprised to learn we were on the back side of Red Rock Canyon, which is closest to our house. We often take visitors there. So far, we haven’t had any complaints.

Coming from the Northeast, friends have teased us that if we ever get lonesome for snow, we can go to Mt. Charleston in the winter. Steve and I don’t think that will happen, but you never know. The other comment is that if you can’t stand the heat in Las Vegas, go to Mt. Charleston.

Homes

This was our first trip to Mt. Charleston. Having visited the Grand Canyon, Red Rock Canyon, Bryce Canyon and other awesome places in the area, I expected Mt. Charleston to offer the same wonders. I didn’t stop to consider that Mt. Charleston is a community where people live. I was just looking for fun and adventure.

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Mt. Charleston hosts the Humboldt – Toiyabe National Forests and is part of the Spring Mountains. Although they do not sell gas on the mountain, they offer hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter. The Resort on Mt. Charleston provides full service lodging, restaurant, banquet and spa accommodations. The Mt. Charleston Lodge also offers fine dining and has an exquisite gift shop as well as hand made gifts offered by Native Americans.

Mt. Charleston has hundreds of camping sites that are regulated. We saw many RVs at the camp sites. We theorized that maybe folks from Las Vegas were at Mt. Charleston enjoying the temperatures that are generally 20 degrees lower than Las Vegas.

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According to the 2010 census, 357 people live on Mt. Charleston. That figure may have increased with all the lovely new homes there as well as the new ones being built. We wound our way up some of the narrow roads to see the homes and to get a view from higher up the mountain. We were very respectful and did not stray from the roadway. I imagine that high traffic volume could be a problem. We loved the road names; Snow White Road, Seven Dwarfs Road, Kris Kringle Road, Jack Frost Road and other unique names. The original town is blocked off to tourists.

signs

At this point in our journey, I was quite disappointed. Mt. Charleston did not offer a lot to see. On our way back to Las Vegas, we took the Kyle Canyon Road. When we saw the sign for Angel Peak Place, we decided to investigate. It turned out to be a bonanza.

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With our friends Cheh Low and Yee Tan, we discovered the Desert View Overlook – Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. It is gorgeous! There are lots of signs explaining what we were seeing. The paved way makes for easy walking. The education is fascinating. This is what I expected when we went to Mt. Charleston.

I am sure there are many sights we missed. What are your experiences at Mt. Charleston?

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How to Twist a Dragon’s Tail – A Book Review

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How to Twist a Dragon’s Tail is the fifth book in the How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell.

In this book, Hiccup and the others encounter Humongously Hotshot and the exterminators; fire breathing dragons. Another adventure ensues and it is Hiccup with the help of Toothless who has to save the day.

The book is expertly read by David Tennant. It is published by Hachette Audio. Check out our review below.

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