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Friday, 26-Mar-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark

Dust if you must, but there's not much time,
with rivers to swim and mountains to climb,
music to hear and books to read,
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I just received this from my freshly retired friend, Hedy, who scatters Aloha wherever she goes. I'm happy that she's not frittering away any of her newly found free time with mindless cleaning.

This struck a chord, as I like my world neat, clean and uncluttered. Although I would never spent eight hours of my precious weekend time cleaning, I spend at least those many hours, spread out across the weekdays, cleaning, doing the laundry, organizing, picking up and straightening.

I need a robot -- or at least a Roomba -- for Christmas. Until then, I shall take Hedy's e-mail message to heart and write "I love you" on the furniture. Our house is a home.


"A house becomes a home when you can write "I love you" on the furniture."

I can't tell you how many countless hours that I have spent CLEANING! I used to spend at least 8 hours every weekend making sure things were just perfect -"in case someone came over." Then I realized one day that no one came over; they were all out living life and having fun!

Now, when people visit, I find no need to explain the "condition" of my home. They are more interested in hearing about the things I've been doing while I was away living life and having fun. If you haven't figured this out yet, please heed this advice.

Life is short. Enjoy it! Dust if you must, but wouldn't it be better to paint a picture or write a letter, bake a cake or plant a seed, ponder the difference between want and need?

Dust if you must, but there's not much time, with rivers to swim and mountains to climb, music to hear and books to read, friends to cherish and a life to lead.

Dust if you must, but the world's out there with the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair, a flutter of snow, a shower of rain. This day will not come around again.

Dust if you must, but bear in mind, old age will come and it's not kind. And when you go -- and go you must -- you, yourself will make more dust!

It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.

Share this with all the wonderful women in your life!


Sunday, 21-Mar-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Photo Challenge 16 : Poetry

'"There is a garden in every childhood,
where colors are brighter, the air softer,
and the morning more fragrant than ever."
Go to the Community forum for more entries.

I visited a daffodil garden a year ago. So taken by them was I, that I was moved to anonymously create a web site that honors the kind people who created and nurtured this garden in the mountains of Southern California.

The photos above are my favorites from that visit. If you wish to see the garden and go on a virtual tour, here's the web site:

Saturday, 20-Mar-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Photo Challenge 14: ALL ALONE

To be alone is to be different, to be different is to be alone.
My photo challenge entry for ALL ALONE:

Taking a walk along the lake, I saw this sight: three white pelicans together and one all alone...

Friday, 19-Mar-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Synchronicity! St. Joseph's Day

St. Joseph, pray for us.
Bring this matter to a happy end if it be for the glory of God
and the good of our souls. Amen.
While researching contractor law, I followed a labyrinth of links and somehow landed on a site about St. Joseph and his assistance in selling houses: http://www.josephsaint.freeserve.co.uk/House.HTM, then on to another site with this prayer:

Unfailing Petition to St. Joseph....Holy St. Joseph, Spouse of Mary, be mindful of me, pray for me, watch over me. Guardian of the paradise of the new Adam provide for my temporal wants. Faithful guardian of the most precious of all treasures, I beseech thee to bring this matter (mention your request) to a happy end if it be for the glory of God and the good of my soul. Amen.

Other than being Mary's husband and Jesus' earthly father and the namesake of the Catholic high school in Hilo, Hawai'i, my knowledge of St. Joseph was non-existent. So I googled St. Joseph and read that St. Joseph has been honored on March 19 for a thousand years, since the 10th century.

March 19 is TODAY!

Coincidence? Or is it synchronicity, the `meaningful coincidences' in life that nudge me in certain directions? Is this another manifestation of "the Lord working in mysterious ways"?

>> St. Joseph, a righteous man
>> Prayer: Saint Joseph, watch over us as carefully as you watched over Jesus, help protect us and guide us as you did with your adopted son. Amen
>> Intercessory Prayer
>> More on St. Joseph.

Thursday, 18-Mar-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark

Let's Laugh Day

I come from a family that laughs quietly, so I too laughed quietly. That is, until I met T, who two years later became my husband. He laughs out loud. So does my friend, Fe. She laughs with her whole being. Her peals of laughter bring cheer to all in earshot, lifting spirits wherever she goes.

Learning to laugh out loud from my husband and friend, I find that doing so is not only good for the soul, it's good medicine. With a good laugh, stresses and tension melt away and I feel a whole lot better. Click here to read up on the benefits of laughter.

This morning, this made me laugh aloud:


If you mess up, "Ctrl, Alt, Delete" and start over!
If someone's being a pain in your tush, click "Delete".
To get your daily exercise, you just click "Run"!
When you lose your car keys or your mind, you click "Find".
"Help" with life's problems and predicaments is just a click away.
To feel like a brand-new person, you click "Refresh".

What made you laugh today?

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