To Be American

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We are so fortunate to live in America. You can debate me on every issue I am about to mention. Even your right to disagree with me is a right that many in this world do not have. We are blessed with so many rights that we don’t even think about any more. And then something happens that reminds us how great it is to be an American.

As an American woman I am happy and thankful for:

-Clean water

-Safe housing

-Food

-Hospitals

-Our government

-The right to vote

-The right to go to school

-The right to practice my religion of choice

-The right to wear the clothes I choose

-The right to drive a car

-The right to live where I want

-The right to be friends with people of all cultures

-The right to read what I want

-The right to have a child

-Clean air

What can you add to this list?

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Rock of Ages

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Rock of Ages at the Venetian in Las Vegas in more than just a concert featuring music of the 80’s. It is a musical! It has a story line, multiple love stories and great music all the way through.

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Before the show started, we had the opportunity to look at some pictures of the artists of the 80’s.

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I am so pleased we had the opportunity to see the show. It was very well done and most enjoyable. I was afraid the music would be too loud, but that was not the case. The music was loud, but it did not blow my head off.

David

Back in the 80’s when our sons were teens, I was particularly fond of David Lee Roth, lead singer of Van Halen. I even had a poster of him in my bedroom. I don’t remember where the poster came from, but I remember the poster.

We were living in Augusta, Maine at the time. It was a most momentous occasion when Van Halen came to town to give a concert. That was a major thrill. The concert was held at the Augusta Civic Center.

I was so excited. I would actually get to see David Lee Roth in person. Because of previous commitments, Steve and I could not attend the concert until after it started. We entered the back of the concert hall and waited a moment for our eyes to adjust to the dim lighting. Our eyes adjusted, but our ears never adjusted to the loud head splitting music. I can’t even say for certain that we stayed for a whole song. After that I continued to like David Lee Roth and Van Halen, but only when I could control the volume.

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Our outing to see Rock of Ages was even more fun because we went with our friends, Debbie Drummond and Michael Petit. I think you will enjoy this fun, high energy show as much as we did.

Have you seen the show?

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Quality at Sale Prices

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Chris Brogan’s pretty new sneakers

I like wearing top quality clothing and shoes, but I always look for sale prices. You could say it is almost like playing a game. The only problem is, I don’t really like going shopping frequently to get the best deals.

As a matter of fact, I don’t do too much of anything regularly. Watching our son, Chris, go to the gym every day, even when he is on vacation, in a great incentive. While he was at our gym last week he met a lady. Chris told us this story:

There was an 84 year old lady here today killing it on the treadmill. She rolled up in a wheelchair and did the work. Her son died two years ago. Her granddaughter died last year. Her last cousin died last month. But she said she’s got to stay and do God’s work. She’s a retired school teacher and former principal. When I offered to help her off the treadmill she said I had best move on lest my family would have to file a MIA report on account of her taking me home with her. She said she’s a selfish woman. 84 and pure inspiration.

Then Chris looked me in the eye and suggested I may want to spend more time at the gym and perhaps meet up with that nice lady and make her acquaintance.

I thought about that and agreed that yes, I would like to meet her and yes, I should spend more time at the gym. BUT, I need some proper footwear. Steve suggested we go shopping. Steve has the patience of Job and is such a saint – a helpful one.

It could be age or just making a shoe choice too quickly, but several times, I have bought shoes that felt great at the shoe store, but hurt my feet when I got home. Steve suggested I buy more than one pair. He said that changing his shoes daily made his feet feel better.

We went to DSW – where you get Designer Shoes at Warehouse Prices. I didn’t really want sneakers with ties. The ties always come undone. I got these nifty pull-ons. They make me feel like I am walking on a cloud. They are called Go Walk by Skechers and they are great for walking.

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Then I got these smart walk around shoes, just because I needed them. We often do a lot of walking around Las Vegas.

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Total savings $25.10

Encouraged that I found an awesome pair of shoes for the gym, we went to the Skechers store to see if I could find one more pair of gym shoes. They had a ton of memory foam shoes, but they didn’t appeal to me. Maybe I should have tried a pair???

Runners

I wondered down to the sale merchandise and found these comfy runners. Got them for 70% off. How’s that for a bargain. I was so excited, I looked around some more.

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As my feet frequently hurt when I go for a long walk around Las Vegas when I have to look cute, I decided these little cuties would be nice to have. They look cute on the top, but have a sneaker bottom. AND they too were 70% off.

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These shoes are on the same theme. Cute on the top, with sneaker bottoms. Can you believe I got these at 70% off too. Woot! Today was my lucky day. Total price of the last three pair together $53.40.  Total savings $124.60.

Do you shop for quality and bargains?

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Help Me Understand

 

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U.S. flag (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are so many things in life I don’t understand, but I ask questions. Answers to my questions have broadened my understanding. With more knowledge, I ask more questions.

Most of my years in the corporate world, I worked in the telephone industry where acronyms are frequently used. During meetings, when a word or acronym was used, that I didn’t understand, I asked for the meaning. So many times, after the meeting, someone would thank me for asking. Like me, they had no idea what was being talked about.

Currently I am totally perplexed about the war in Syria. In my opinion, America should not take part in that war.

Truthfully, I don’t understand the whole foreign war policy. We were involved in two wars in Iraq and one in Pakistan.

We lost thousands of Americans lives. Many more thousands are back home living with bionic limbs.

Thousands are wondering the streets homeless. There is no government assistance for these people, but, America is still sending millions of dollars to Iraq and Pakistan and other foreign countries.

If I have the facts right, all these foreign wars are the result of disagreements over religion. I don’t understand.

My God is a God of mercy and love. My God loves all people and is non discriminatory. My God is a God of peace and not war.

Someone once said that all wars should be waged over a chess board. When two waring factions come together, they would meet at a chess table. The stakes would be set before the game. Whoever won the game, won the stakes.

Of course that never happened because egos could not be reigned in to accept that great method of winning the battle. So wars rage on.

Computer hacking. Our site got hacked. Why? What does anyone have to gain from hacking our site or any site? It makes no sense.

How do we turn hate into love?

I don’t worry too much about global warming.

I worry about the homeless.

I worry about the returning war heroes who are not receiving the assistance they deserve.

I worry about the elderly who can’t make ends meet.

I worry about the people in foreign lands who never know what tomorrow may bring.

I worry about those who refuse to work together to find a solution to the problem.

I pray for those who think they are better than me.

I pray for understanding.

I pray for peace.

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I Don’t Know If It Is True, BUT

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The story is, that you can do just about any thing you want in Las Vegas and get away with it. I’m not exactly sure what the “IT” is. I think they are talking mostly about clothes.

The weather is warm year round and it does get hot in the summer, but it is a dry heat. That allows people to dress in any fashion they find desirable.

So my friend, Carolyn Stephens, was wearing a beautiful tie dyed top and I just had to have one. Of course there are no tie dye stores just waiting to quench my desires, but Carolyn helped me out. She directed me to the Harvest Festival where she got hers. It just happened to be in town this weekend.

You guessed it. I now have some tie dye of my own. I wear it and feel totally bodacious.

Now that is a silly story, isn’t it!!! BUT it is true.

If something as simple as wearing a colorful piece of clothing, or a special piece of clothing cheers you up, why not go for it.

Life is short. Live it with zest.

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Oh So Lucky

 

Open Face Chinese Poker

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Steve taught me how to play Open Face Chinese Poker. I won’t even begin to try to tell you how the game is played. I will tell you that Steve and I have been playing the game against each other and having lots of fun.

There are 20 rounds to a set. We don’t always finish a set at one time. Yesterday we finished a set we were playing. I just happened to win with 34 points. I assumed I won $34.00 from Steve, then he said we were playing for a penny a point so I only won 34 cents. The professionals play for lots of money, but Steve and I just play for fun.

Happy Birthday Dinner

I may have mentioned before that I love birthdays and birthday parties. Yesterday I got to make the birthday cake for Teresa Barber’s birthday dinner. We enjoyed a lovely dinner at the home of her parents, Mike and Corky Eden.

Friends and family. Life doesn’t get any better than that.

Checking in with Mark Horvath

 

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Our friend, Mark Horvarth, also known as @hardlynormal on Twitter, is on a road trip highlighting the homeless youth in America.

Most people have no idea there is a huge population of homeless youth in America. Reading Mark’s tweets brings tears to my eyes. He is currently in Salt Lake City Utah.

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Photo: At 16, homelessness was a better option than living with his mom  http://hardlynormal.tumblr.com/post/59795527224/at-16-homelessness-was-a-better-option-than

Mark Horvath @hardlynormal
Just walked thru “skid row” area. Now talking to 21yo single mom w baby and another young homeless girls that’s pregnant #WRECKED #invppl

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We met a lot of homeless youth with kids today. Babies having babies! One single mother was like 14! Police were involved. #WRECKED!

You can help by checking out the latest news from Sevenly at the link below.

Mark Horvath @hardlynormal
Sevenly + Virgin Mobile USA are Partnering to End Youth Homelessness: http://landing.sevenly.org/regeneration/

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When Love Hurts

Our son Chris with our granddaughter Violette

Our son Chris with our granddaughter Violette

Our granddaughter, Violette has been in a Boston hospital 2800 miles east of us for several days. All the tests are showing numbers that are way above the normal range. The doctors don’t know what is causing her excruciating pain and the high numbers. She is only eleven years old. This should not be happening to our baby girl.

She got to go home yesterday while they wait for more test results to come in. I am praying that Mom gets some much needed rest.

My first impulse was to jump on a plane and go home, but Steve is much wiser than me. He pointed out that going home right now may not be the best course of action. Crying in front of Mom, Dad, and Violette may not be helpful.

Violette’s Mom, Katrina, has been wonderful in keeping us updated about everything as it happens. Her reports have kept me sane. Anxious, helpless, sleepless, but sane.

Every time there is any speculation of what Violette may have, I rush to Google to read whatever I can find about the ailment. That is probably not a good thing.

I debated about writing this post. One reason may be to let you know that living in Las Vegas is not all bright lights and fun times. We are still real people. We have to deal with broken water heaters and refrigerators that don’t refrigerate. There are details of life to be faced, just like everywhere.

Mostly I am writing this post to say thank you to everyone for your support. Your thoughtfulness, your kind words, your prayers are all appreciated.

We have two great sons. We thought we had hit the jackpot when they arrived. Then our three exceptionally wonderful grandchildren came into our lives. Violette, Cindy and Harold give us joy beyond measure.

Yay! I just talked with Violette on the phone. She said she slept well last night, home in her own bed. She still can’t walk and is in a lot of pain, but she is home waiting for more test results.

Please continue to keep her in your prayers.

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Happy Birthday Corky Eden

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Today is Corky Eden’s birthday. We celebrated at our house last night with a birthday dinner.

Steve and I planned the surprise event a few weeks ago. We cleared the date and the details with her husband Mike first and got his buy in and participation.

We had a fun time planning and then actually putting everything together. Steve and I were very, very busy.

Corky Surprise

You can see by the tilt of her head and the smile on her face, Corky was surprised when she walked though the door. She thought only she and Mike and Steve and I were going out for dinner. She didn’t know we were having a party.

Corky Cake

Corky liked the home made angel food birthday cake. It tastes good and is practically calorie free.

While we were having cake and coffee, I realized that Steve and I probably had more fun than Corky. She was the birthday girl, but she only got to have fun for a few hours. Steve and I got to have fun planning a preparing for a much longer time. Doing something nice for someone really does give a lot of payback. Thanks Corky.

Happy Happy Birthday Corky. Have a great day.

 

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Wait – Life is Good

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The loud, obnoxious ringing of the house phone awakened me at 2:30 AM, that is in the morning, middle of the night time. Steve was gone and the hall light was on. I bounded out of bed to see what was happening.

It was the alarm company on the phone telling us that the water alarm was triggered. I rushed to the garage to find Steve and see in fact that the hot water heater was putting out water – in the wrong places. Fortunately for us, it was a slow drip.

After drying everything, as best we could, we went back to bed, but sleep just isn’t the same after an emergency.

When daylight came we called the home buyers protection company to send help. A gentleman came several hours later to assess the situation. He filled out the paperwork and said he would see us on Friday to install a new water heater. That is two whole days away. Well in reality, it is only one full day away and many hours on either side.

While we are waiting, we will continue to sop up the water.

It was while I was doing my turn, that I thought of the homeless people. Many of them would be happy to have a home with a hot water heater – even if it is broken.

Our friend, Mark Horvath, works tirelessly as an advocate for the homeless. He has dedicated his life to speaking for the homeless. He told me when he doesn’t seem to make any progress, he would like to quit and do something else, but he can’t. He says if he doesn’t speak for the homeless, who will.

No one wakes up in the morning and says, I hope my water tank will break today. No one wakes up and says, I think I would like to be homeless today. My heart breaks when I hear the stories of the homeless. If you want to know what I mean, check out http://invisiblepeople.tv/blog/

On the bright side, Mark Horvath, has motivated people and groups to help the homeless. One story that made me excited was about the homeless and the community garden. A group of homeless people got together and planted a garden. The produce from the garden is given to the local soup kitchen to feed the homeless. I think that is a great idea on so many levels.

There are many ways to help the homeless, but handing out sandwiches is not one of them. If you would like to know how to really help the homeless, read Open Our Eyes: Seeing the Invisible People of Homelessness
I learned so many surprising facts.

With hope in my heart and a bucket and a sponge in my hand, I will return to my life. I am thankful to have a home.

In the words of Mark Horvath, “If you had three wishes, what would they be?”

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