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|Monday, June 15th, 2015|
|Friday, November 28th, 2014|
Yes, the rainbow appeared. A double rainbow with ends reaching the lower part of the yard.
Yes, Susan's favorite sweet potatoes with toasted marshmallows on top were served for Thanksgiving dinner.
Yes,they appeared as a burnt offering(as usual). In spite of myself, they burned crisper and blacker than ever. I had a peek at them in the oven, not quite brown enough, but "they are going to be perfect this year'--and flashing through my mind was the thought that is was too bad Susan didn't live to see this; Mother gets the marshmallows right for the very first time, and now she can retire from trying to do so. Predictably, something took my eyes off the oven,,,,in one second, the sweet potatoes were "on fire"--so, it was a good chance to pretend it was a lighted birthday cake, and to pause and remember the birthday of our precious Susan.
|Sunday, June 15th, 2014|
In memory of Susan....I'm off to the 5K cancer race.
|Susan's journal entry, one year before she died. She sounded happy, in spite of it all.
peaceful_fox tagged me for this meme, and I got very excited because I'd not been tagged for any memes before. And since I would hate to disappoint her:
Name five things you enjoy, even when no one around you wants to go out and play. What lowers your stress/blood pressure/anxiety level? Make your list, post it in your journal, then tag five new people and ask them to post it to theirs:
1. Listening to happy, bouncy music. Usually at an elevated volume.
2. Reading a good book, fiction or nonfiction (though fiction is often more stress-lowering), in bed.
3. Doing crossword puzzles (preferably on paper with ink pen, but sometimes online with Flash). The ones in the Washington Post and New York Times on Sundays are the best. Cryptic crosswords like you UK people do are a bit out of my reach at the moment. :)
4. Watching mindless television (for a while it was the Food Network channel, now it's Discovery Health) or good stuff on DVD.
5. Watching dougs sleep (when his web connection isn't flaking out). Current Mood: contemplative
|Thursday, November 28th, 2013|
|Susan was a phenomenal woman. I am "Thankful" for her birth ..
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman
Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Maya Angelou Current Mood: contemplative
|Friday, June 14th, 2013|
|Remembering Susan...dear heart, dear heart
Warm Summer Sun
By Mark Twain
Warm summer sun,
Shine kindly here,
Warm southern wind,
Blow softly here.
Green sod above,
Lie light, lie light.
Good night, dear heart,
Good night, good night.
|Tuesday, January 1st, 2013|
Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time for your family.
|Thursday, September 27th, 2012|
Happy Birthday, Douglas. Current Mood: pleased
|Tuesday, September 25th, 2012|
|"Tax Foundation (?) so called data"
TAX FOUNDATION FIGURES DO NOT REPRESENT TYPICAL
HOUSEHOLDS’ TAX BURDENS
Figures May Mislead Policymakers, Journalists, and the Public
By Chuck Marr and Chye-Ching Huang
The Tax Foundation released its annual “Tax Freedom Day” report today that, once again, leaves a strikingly misleading impression of tax burdens — announcing an “average” tax rate across the United States that’s likely higher than the tax rate that 80 percent of U.S. households actually pay.
To project the day when Americans will have “earned enough money to pay this year’s tax obligations at the federal, state, and local levels,”1 the Tax Foundation calculates the “average” tax rate by measuring tax revenues as a share of the economy (similar to estimates of total revenues as a share of Gross Domestic Product, or GDP). Its report suggests the “average” household pays this “average” tax rate.
In reality, in a progressive tax system like that of the United States, only upper-income households (the top 20 percent) pay tax at rates that are equal to or above revenues as a share of the economy. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office and other authoritative sources show that low- and middle-income (the other 80 percent) pay a smaller share of their income in taxes than the Tax Foundation report implies.
1 Tax Foundation Release “Tax Freedom Day® to Arrive April 17 in 2012”, announcing William McBride, “Tax Freedom Day 2012” Tax Foundation Special Report No. 198, April 2012. Current Mood: aggravated
|Friday, June 15th, 2012|
Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are.
Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect.
Without the trace of a shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you.
For an interval.
Somewhere. Very near.
Just around the corner.
|Monday, November 28th, 2011|
Listening to Coldplay--Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends....pretty much sums it up for me today.
"Those who are dead are not dead.....
they're just living in my head...
I bought the myth,
so I am living it as well...
Time is so short
that I know...
must be something more....
|Sunday, November 28th, 2010|
|A Birthday Remembered
Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave. Our lives are measured by these. - Susan B. Anthony
|Monday, September 27th, 2010|
|Tuesday, June 15th, 2010|
|The Day Remembered
Watching her son
looking at his daughter,
busy with her toddler play-
The mother remembers
her own little boy.
Both their faces
have softness now,
with tender lines
around the eyes,
and bitter-sweet smiles.
He feels the sharpness
of a parent's pain,
for his sister has died.
His mother has lost
|Friday, November 27th, 2009|
We have just celebrated another Thanksgiving. It is especially nostalgic because we always celebrated Susi's birthday at the same time. We all still miss her and think of her often. Her journal friends, who knew her as Scarlatti or Iolanthe, have given me a great gift by letting me continue to read their journals. To keep contact with many of her journal friends, has been,well,oddly comforting. I thank you for sharing your amazing insights, hobbies, travels and lives. November 28th, the date of her birth, will find me at her memorial bench--so thankful for her life and all of those who shared it.
|Tuesday, September 29th, 2009|
Belated wishes, Douglas. Current Mood: happy
|Sunday, June 14th, 2009|
Susan/Iolanthe/Scarlatti--loved, missed, remembered.
|Friday, November 28th, 2008|
Remembering a very special person on the day of her birth.
|Saturday, September 27th, 2008|
Happy Birthday, Douglas. Wishing you the very best. Current Mood: cheerful
|Saturday, June 14th, 2008|
|Remembering and Resilience
The last sentence of the previous posting should have read:
Prayer links us to a source of unlimited power and resilience. As Peter Drucker says “The quality of our horizontal relationships depends entirely upon us having a good vertical relationship. To rebound from adversity requires tapping into resource greater than ourselves. That resource is God.”