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Being a survivor from domestic violence can mean many things to many different people. Here is my story, and my journey after that in order to have a voice in helping others through a variety of advocacies that I do.

National Domestic Violence Survivor Law Project

The story of my past experiences with domestic violence and how I have moved forward throughout the years to provide advocacy to others.

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Just something inspirational to share with you today:

“I Wish You Enough

Recently, I overheard a father and daughter in their last moments together at a regional airport. They had announced her departure and standing near the security gate, they hugged and he said, “I love you. I wish you enough.” She in turn said, “Daddy, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Daddy.” They kissed and she left. He walked over toward the window where I was seated. Standing there, I could see he wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on his privacy, but he welcomed me in by asking,”Did you ever say goodbye to someone knowing it would be forever?”

“Yes, I have,” I replied. Saying that brought back memories I had of expressing my love and appreciation for all my Dad had done for me. Recognizing that his days were limited, I took the time to tell him face to face how much he meant to me. So I knew what this man was experiencing.

“Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever goodbye?” I asked.

“I am old and she lives much too far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is, the next trip back will be for my funeral,” he said.

“When you were saying goodbye I heard you say, “I wish you enough.”May I ask what that means?”

He began to smile. “That’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone.”

He paused for a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail, he smiled even more.

“When we said ‘I wish you enough,’ we were wanting theother person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them,” he continued. Then, turning toward me, he shared the following as if he were reciting it from memory.

“I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright. I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more. I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive. I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger. I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting. I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess. I wish enough hellos to get you through the final goodbye.”

He then began to sob and walked away.

My friend, I wish you enough!

You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry. Don’t worry. And be sure to give enough to those you love. ”

~ Unknown author

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Received Oprah’s “Today’s Mission Calendar Inspiration” email today wherein in the first paragraph it states about the January issue, “Let the hot air out of the self-esteem balloon–and find a more stable basis for carrying yourself through the world.”  What a great quote!

Wow!  Isn’t that a formidable quest at times???  A more stable basis for carrying oneself through the world???  After all, our world as we might know it gets shaken up all the time — divorce, marriage, becoming pregnant, realizing you can’t have children, in a domestic violence situation (whether it be physically or emotionally OR even if it doesn’t directly involve you but involves someone that you love or have as a friend), illnesses, deaths, etc.  We don’t plan on these events happening in our lives (directly or indirectly) but many are destined to be inevitable to happend, after all wherever there is life, there is also death around us.

For some, it can feel like a never ending cycle.  “Let me off of this roller coaster ride, please!” some will say; others, will not feel the affects of the roller coaster rides of life in general because they live ever so protected lives whereas many of us will feel small in comparison.  After all, how is it that they can have such even keel lives and others don’t?  I certainly don’t see “Hurt me!” written on the foreheads of victims nor do I see “Immortal!” written on the foreheads of those seemingly completely escaping the vast majority of the effects of the rash, bumby roller coaster ride.

How does one truly set out to find oneself more stable for carrying oneself through the world? 

* Having one job that can support yourself and your family?

* Advocating for the future of others?

* Having a job that allows you to afford to be able to spend more time with your family?

* Decluttering life’s “treasures” from one’s home?

* Having an income that will provide for a possibility that you actually have a savings for those emergencies and/or to set aside for retirement — so that one can truly enjoy retirement?

* Vowing to live healthier?

* Having opportunities for vacation time so that one can truly enjoy life?

* Restoring one’s faith in humanity?

* Having an opportunity to make time to enjoy doing things that one enjoys doing besides just working, sleeping, working, and sleeping?

What in the world is it going to take to make one more stable in order to carry themselves in the world?  What would it be for you?

For me, it would be to find that perfect balance in life where I can work to have the bills paid and a bit left over for savings, while having enough time to continue doing the things I enjoy doing — ie,  being with family and friends, blogging (go figure, huh?), artistic endeavors — as well as achieving the things that I want to do — ie, writing the book that is swarming in my head and waiting to be put into print, traveling to other countries that I haven’t been yet to (Belize, Equador, Scotland, Ireland, and Peru), building a modest home in the countryside, and finding a mate to share the rest of my life with one day (someone, that I can see us sitting in our rockers on our porch on our countryside home and just reminiscing about the good things in our lives when we become too old to move around like we had in the last 40-50 years of our lives).   Obviously, though, not all of those things can be accomplished in 2008 — or, can it?  We all must realize our limitations without letting our visions of our limitations stimy our growth. 

I am not sure that one can ever truly find that “perfect balance in life”, but surely one can attempt to try, can’t they?

Goals are nice, but getting them put into action seems daunting at times; sometimes, appropropriately determining one goal in particular is more important that setting many that will merely set us up for failure of being able to accomplish anything.  The purpose of having a New Year’s Resolution, after all, can be to light that fire of inspiration below ourselves to motivate ourselves to move forward from whatever level of instability that we have had in our lives in the past to empower us to move towards the level of stability that we all really truly desire.

Do you have a goal that you are going to put into action?  What might that be???

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In an article in the Austin American Statesman on Tuesday, December 18th, the author of the article, Charles Taylor, starts off saying in his analysis of the book by Elizabeth Bumiller on Condoleeza Rice: An American Life:

“The subtitle of Elizabeth Bumiller’s biography “Condoleezza Rice: An American Life” tells you everything you need to know. The book is serious, sober and deeply unimaginative.

Neither an attack nor a valentine, it would be far more interesting if it were either — if the writer ventured an actual stand. Instead it shows how the entire notion of “balance” has sucked the vitality out of mainstream journalism, both stylistically and intellectually.”

OMG!  Do you think Mr. Taylor had an opinion on this, or what?  While I have not had the opportunity to read the book on Condoleeza Rice, I would love to see what it might have to say about this very stately woman that seems to have a good head on her shoulders with the utmost diplomacy.  I am not sure that a book on this woman could have been with a steaming richness like a torid romance novel or suspence/mystery book since this woman has seemingly staved away from huge controversial areas, other than working with President George W. Bush’s presidental era.

Although I have no idea about this author and her methodology of her writing skills, I feel that certainly Mr. Taylor may have been a little too harsh – especially in observing the diplomatic nature of Ms. Condoleeza Rice in her own right.  However, perhaps, I should get the book and see whether or not I can concur with Mr. Taylor.

Have you read this book yet?   Do you have an opinion???

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“A woman is beautiful at any age, if she feels good about herself.”

–Rose Morgan

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“Grace will lead me home” – the title of the book she is promoting and speaking out about domestic violence, bringing home to a lot of victims of domestic exactly the fears, trials and tribulations that they have faced and feared.  Check out her story in these YouTube videos:

 

 

[YouTube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcZg2_BDZKo]

– Robin Givins Story, Pt 1

 

 

[YouTube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SkgsHX2g0w]

– Robin Givins Story, Pt 2

 

 

[YouTube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVFaEJDO_zs%5D

– Robin Givins on ABC  (NOTE: sad to see the hate comments left on this video)

  

“You have to talk about it to conquer it!” – Robin Givins

(what a great quote!!)

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This is just in…..

Final: Horns come back to defeat Oklahoma State 38-35

STILLWATER, Okla. — Big leads are never safe when Oklahoma State plays Texas. On Saturday, the Cowboys built a three-touchdown lead, only to see the Longhorns come back and win on the game’s final play.

Ryan Bailey booted a 40-yard field goal for the Longhorns as time expired for the most improbable 38-35 Texas victory, giving Mack Brown a 10-0 slate against the Cowboys.

FOURTH QUARTER

The Longhorns began a comeback bid with a pair of touchdown runs by Jamaal Charles. Colt McCoy set up both with big plays. The first was a 17-yard gain by McCoy on second-and-23, part of a 59-yard scoring drive. Charles capped it off with an 18-yard TD run to cut OSU’s lead to 35-21.

The Cowboys’ punter then pinned Texas to its own 1 yard line. McCoy found Quan Cosby for 15 yards on second down for a little breathing room. Then Charles broke free for a 75-yard touchdown run to cut the Cowboys’ lead to a touchdown, 35-28.

After an OSU punt again pinned Texas deep, this time at its own 9, the Longhorns’ offense again struck quickly. McCoy scrambled for 16 yards on first down, and Charles broke free for 14 on the next play. That led to a 60-yard bomb from McCoy to Jordan Shipley to the 1 yard line, where Vondrell McGee banged in the tying touchdown with 3:22 to play.

But the Cowboys didn’t roll over. After a Texas facemask penalty extended OSU’s kick return to the Cowboys’ 45 yard line, Zac Robinson lofted a screen pass to Dantrell Savage, who turned it into a 35-yard gain. But the OSU drive ended without points, when Jason Ricks missed a 32-yard field goal attempt wide right.

Texas took over at its 20 yard line with 1:13 to play. The Longhorns advanced to the Cowboys’ 40 on a 30-yard pass to Jermichael Finley with 29 seconds left. Then facing third-and-11, McCoy scrambled left for 14 yards to the Cowboys’ 27. That set up Bailey’s heroics. He came in with two seconds to play and booted the 40-yard field goal as time expired for a 38-35 Texas victory.

The Longhorns are now 8-2 on the year and 4-2 in Big 12 play. They are in second place in the South division, with Oklahoma (3-1 in conference play) hosting Texas A&M (3-2) tonight. Oklahoma State fell to 3-2 in conference play and 5-4 on the season.

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“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.”

~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but doesn’t get you anywhere.

– Anonymous

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What a great quote —

“A good cook is a sorceress who dispenses happiness.”

– Elsa Schiapirelli

Found quoted in Spark People!!!

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Women, please let your own sun, your

concentrated energy, your own submerged

authentic vital power shine out from you.

 

We are no longer the moon,

Today we are truly the sun.

We will build shining golden cathedrals

at the top of crystal mountains, East of

the Land of the Rising Sun.

 

Women, when you paint your own portrait,

do not forget to put the golden dome at

the top of your head.

 

~Raicho Hiratsuko

from “Women’s Manifesto”

(1911) translated by

Mayumi Oda

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In regards to the blog posting entitled, It has been a long night, I submitted the following response:

“I certainly do understand all that. The spoken words of “Make Love, Not War” is certainly oblivious to the fact that there are people in other countries ready, willing and able to shake up our lives. 911 is only one instance, which shook up many lives to the fact that the bombing and fighting elsewhere has finally hit our lands. One of the reasons we don’t have 911’s every day, or an everyday occurrence of fighting and bombing in our streets, is largely due to the security that we do have in this country, albeit not perfect by any means.

Kudos for everything that you are doing in your role of security, although it is a lot of sleepless nights lurking in the sites while keeping an eye out for intruders who may upset the very way of life we are used to having….”

Honestly, the thought of pulling some of our troops out from strategic places in the world (even Iraq) has me wondering what the shift will do to the protection of our civilians out in the countries, working for such American companies such as Halliburton and others to help build up other countries. There are too many ifs, ands, and buts left to the unknowns that no one can truly predict.

One of my exes’ favorite rebuttals in life’s disdains was, “If “ifs”, “ands”, and “buts” were but chocolate, candy and nuts, we would all have a very Merry Christmas.” How do you ever resolve all the unknowns? No telling! However, if we certainly could, we would certainly be able to have peace in the world by also being able to resolve all the problems of the world. 😀

Just a bit of food for thought…

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“Our human weakness is protected by the assistance of the angels and…in all our perils, provided faith remain with us, we are defended by the aid of spiritual powers.”

-Gregory of Nyssa

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We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.

– Harrison Ford

 

Isn’t it a great way to look at the changes in our lives?????? 🙂

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Lose your wealth, you lose nothing. Lose your health, you lose something. Lose your integrity, you lose everything.

– Stew Leonard

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“You will recognize your own path when you come upon it,

because you will suddenly have

all the energy and imagination you will ever need.”

– Jerry Gillies

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Limited as we are to our steadily aging bodies, we find it fascinating that angels can take any form that suits the message. A “classic” angel, with wings and all lighted up, perhaps with pale skin and eyes of blue flame, seems to be less often glimpsed than do angels in the guise of ordinary folks of all sorts–male or female, young or old, tall or short, any race, any dialect, any description.

-Traci Mullins,
“Breakfast With the Angels”

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When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds… and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.

 

– Patanjali, physician and “founder” of yoga

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“I stopped believing in Santa Claus when my mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.”

 

– Shirley Temple

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I wanted to change the world.

But I have found that

the only thing one can be sure of changing

is oneself.

 

– Aldous Huxley

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I love deadlines.
I especially like the whooshing sound they make
as they go flying by.

 

– Scott Adams, Dilbert

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If you drop gold and books, pick up the books first, then the gold.

 

– Jewish Saying

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“Money’s easy to make if it’s money you want.

But with few exceptions people don’t want money.

They want luxury

and they want love

and they want admiration.”

 

– John Steinbeck

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“Adversity introduces a man to himself.”

 

– Albert Einstein

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“Wisdom consists not so much in knowing what to do in the ultimate as knowing what to do next.”

– Herbert Hoover

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Point to ponder:


The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can’t go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

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Let us not forget that Christopher Columbus

did not know where he was going.

When he got back,

he didn’t know where he had been.

And he did it all on borrowed money.

There’s hope for all of us!

                                    — Terry Braverman

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Money is just an excuse to avoid thinking very much about the life you are living.

 

– Michael Lewis, Wall Street writer

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“Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.”

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.

 

– John F. Kennedy

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I’m a slow walker, but I never walk back.

 

– Abraham Lincoln

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“And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.”

 

– Erica Jong, Fear of Flying

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“And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.”

– Erica Jong, Fear of Flying

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“I think good lab practice, consideration for other people, and safety are three totally related issues.”

— David H. Beach, PhD, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

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“Things turn out best

for the people who make the best

of the way things turn out.”

 

-Anonymous

 

I only hope that this is very true! 😀

 

 

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You can observe a lot by watching.

 

– Yogi Berra (Yankee Hall of Famer)

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Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.

 

 
– Oprah Winfrey

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Visited some family in San Antonio this past weekend. Some of them told me that, like Austin has the phrase of “Keep Austin Weird”, San Antonio has adopted the phrase, “Keep San Antonio Lame”!

What the heck??? 😉

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“You can’t escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”

– Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President

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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.     ~Margaret Mead

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A personal story.

Recently, I was talking to a friend, “Wendy”, who, after a long conversation about some issues she was having about the care of her Dad, turned the conversation about me, asking if I was happy with my life now. I told her I was, and then she said that she had to tell me something.

I braced myself for what she was about to tell me because I often have those epiphany moments where I am compelled to tell folks something out of the blue; I could sense that she was heading into that direction as well.

She proceeded to tell me about how she and her friends went on a mission with intent to find someone to attend her wedding with her basically. They set the date, and proceeded to plan the wedding. Instead of getting married on that date, she ended up having found the guy she was going to marry by that date and married him about 6 months later. At any rate, what she was giving me was a ray of hope after having my husband die from a heart attack about 5 years ago. Hmmm… perhaps, it is time to set a date??

What she didn’t realize is that I had just experienced from a guy that I had been dating off and on for the past few years him moving forward with someone else he just met; he just told me the news last night. What she said certainly did give me a new ray of hope.

Then, when I checked my email after getting off of the phone with my friend, I received an email stating….

“We all have a desire to make a difference, don’t we? We want to
make our mark on the world, to leave it a better place than it was
when we came. It’s a desire that’s as good as hardwired into our
DNA, one of the six human needs that speaker/writer/motivator Tony Robbins says we all share. We not only want to change to world, we feel an innate need to do so.”

Somehow, that seems to speak to another decision that I had recently made to pursue additional education and career involving biotechnology and technical writing, in a sense. It seemed to affirm that I am on the right track.

On some days, you just keep getting those “Ah-ha! moments” or “V-8 moments” that just speak to you. Perhaps, to you, as a reader, it may not make much sense; however, what I am writing today may or may not be intended either to make sense to you specifically today.

At any rate, I feel like God is intervening in his own ways today to point me in a direction that I have already begun to travel that twist in the path that is approaching my way. Be it right or wrong, remains to be seen; however, with this seemingly affirmation, it seems to be quite right.

Ever have those days that you feel that you have just been given some signs????

Robert Frost. 1875–
67. The Road Not Taken
 
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth; 5
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same, 10
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back. 15
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. 20

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“There is no greater wonder than the way the face and character of a woman fit so perfectly in a man’s mind, and stay there, and he could never tell you why. It just seems it was the thing he most wanted.”

~Robert Louis Stevenson

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“It takes a minute to have a crush on someone,

an hour to like someone,

and a day to love someone…

but it takes a lifetime to forget someone.”

 

~Anonymous

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“What greater thing is there for two human souls that to feel that they are joined… to strengthen each other… to be at one with each other in silent unspeakable memories.”

~George Eliot

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“And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit. For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not love but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught”.

~Khalil Gibran in The Prophet

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I worked so hard for that first kiss
And a heart don’t forget something like that

Like an old photograph
Time can make a feeling fade
But the memory of a first love
Never fades away.

~ Tim McGraw

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“The Encyclopedia Galactica, in its chapter on Love states that it is far too complicated to define. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has this to say on the subject of love: Avoid, if at all possible”.

 

What do you think????

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“What greater thing is there for two human souls that to feel that they are joined… to strengthen each other… to be at one with each other in silent unspeakable memories.”

~George Eliot

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“Why is it that we don’t always recognize the moment love begins, but we always recognize the moment it ends?”

~anonymous

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Each year there is a designated National Day of Prayer. Even Benjamin Franklin is quoted to have said:

The first Day of Prayer was declared by

the Continental Congress in 1775.

“I therefore beg leave to move That henceforth prayers, imploring the assistance of Heaven and its blessing on our deliberations, be held in this assembly every morning before we proceed to business; and that one or more clergy of this city be requested to officiate in that service.”

~Benjamin Franklin

See National Day of Prayer for more details about the background of the National Day of Prayer. See National Day of Prayer (Online) for how you can participate online. If you have a nearby Church, see how you can best participate with their National Day of Prayer activities.

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“I wish I could take what I’m feeling right now and put it in the water system so everybody could drink it and we would all love each other.”

~Jamie Foxx, Golden Globes 2005

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E.F. Hutton (1875-1962)

No, I am no EF Hutton, but wouldn’t it be nice???  lol…

At least, it would be nice if the phrase that was coined through their commercials (“When EF Hutton talks, people listen!) also applied to me!!!

I had a friend explore who I am over the internet through all of my blogs and said that, “You are famous!”  I just laughed and said, if I were famous, people would stop and listen to me just at the mention of my name.  That doesn’t happen.   People know me only through my “name” of txbluebonnet that I penned for my blogging endeavors, unless they have met me in person.

The day that someone mentions that, “Txbluebonnet said….”, and they stop to listen, then (perhaps) I might consider myself famous; especially, if what they said was all good!!!  I certainly wouldn’t want to take the PR beating that they did during their demise as a focal point on Wall Street.

In the meantime, I continue to blog, often times feeling like the “Who” in “Whoville” waiting for “Horton” to hear me and pass my messages right on along.   May your day be blessed in some way today.

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“Weakness and divisions at home,

would invite dangers from abroad.”

— John Jay, 1787

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“Look at time and distance as the essence of the understanding in realizing how price-less it is to have you”.

~Ronald Johnston

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better than Dr. Maya Angelou herself???  See the below YouTube where CBS interviews Dr. Maya Angelou on the subject of the power of words soon after the Imus blunder.  Perhaps, others should watch this as well to learn a little bit more about the Power of their Words and take their actions to heart to improve their lashing of words.

 [YouTube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0n9Pq1LNLwM]

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“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful men
keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”

— Conrad Hilton

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Tyra Banks’ “So What!” Campaign is such a great movement to set forward. There are so many people out there that have such low self-esteem about themselves. Sometimes, largely due to fitting into the image of what other folks “think” that they should be. Why should that matter???

Tyra Banks often states throughout her ongoing campaign:

Every woman has something in her life she has to fight to overcome…whether it’s a body issue, a relationship crisis, an emotional challenge or a fashion emergency! Rather than wallowing in the negative, why not embrace the positive?”

I can understand wanting to fit into the morals and beliefs of the society insofar as being good in the sense of being non-criminalistic; however, being “good” doesn’t have to mean that you fit into a size 5 outfit when you are a size 26. Some expectations are not real or reasonable. Insolong as your size 26 isn’t posing any health risks, why care if the typical modeling look is a size 5? Is a size 5 even happy about their lives? Isn’t it more important to be happy and enjoy your life???

Relationships aren’t built solely on the outside packaging. They are built upon what a person sees in the other’s soul, personality, nature, emotions, etc. Those who build their relationships that they surround themselves with (either on a organizational or personal level) purely upon the outside packaging, they are indeed missing out on the relationships that are built upon common interests, personalities, emotions, etc. that add to the reason for living on this grand earth we call home.

Life is limited to what we know of it as we exist in the past, present and future. Why waste the time on earth without getting to know our neighbors and friends and build lasting relationships???

Not sure that I would, at my size, want to be pictured in a red swimsuit with the number of my weight on my chest; but, I do wish that there would be far less judgemental people in our world and base their opinions of others for who they are and not who they should be in their eyes! I am beautiful i my own right; hear me roar!! lol….

If you have a “So What!” comment, please add here and/or submit to the Tyra Banks’ “So What!” Campaign.

Someone might want to have a talk with Dr. Phil before he does his May 4th show! 🙂

UPDATE:  See about the April showing of the “So What!” Belly Brigade!!

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“One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love.”

~Sophocles

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Seems like a lot of folks are blundering fools these days.  Donald Trump and his spats with Rosie O’Donnell, Imus with his unwarranted remarks about a women’s basketball team, and now Alec Baldwin’s comments about his daughter!

We often speak frankly to our children and tell them what everyone else may walk on eggshells to tell our children.  Even if it were true, sometimes we should use a little more tact.  I’m not sure how what he said to his daughter got blasted everywhere, but everyone has their own opinion about how to resolve the PR issue stemming from his blunderous remark.

This cartoon is no different that was found on Texas Insider:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.” 

~ Brandi Snyder

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Toughness

“Tough times never last, tough people do.”

~Robert Schuller

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Giving Honor

“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.”

~Calvin Coolidge

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“You cannot have everything. I mean, where would you put it?”

~Steven Wright

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Living Now

“You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die, or when. You can decide how you’re going to live now.”

~Joan Baez, Singer/Songwriter

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“Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms, you would not see the beauty of their carvings.”

~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, 1926-2004, Psychiatrist and Author

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“Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.”

~T. Francis de Sales

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“Our destiny changes with our thought, we shall become what we wish to become, do what we wish to do, only when our habitual thought corresponds with our decision.”

~ Orison S. Marder

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“Our destiny changes with our thought, we shall become what we wish to become, do what we wish to do, only when our habitual thought corresponds with our decision.”

~ Orison S. Marder

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“The reduction of the universe to a single being,

 The expansion of a single being even to God,

this is love.”

~Victor Hugo

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“It has been wisely said that

 we cannot really love anybody

at whom we never laugh”.

 ~Agnes Repplier

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Love is infinite?

“If a thing loves, it is infinite”.

~William Blake

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“When I was pregnant,

so many people warned me:

‘Your life is going to change!’

It sounded ominous.

Of course, having a baby

is a big change, but it’s

positive.  And I’m still me.”

~ Jennifer Garner

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“If you want to do something for world peace, cultivate kindness,
stop hating, and have hope for all individuals including you.”

— Patricia Sun

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I believed!

“I believed in life.

I believed in getting

better and learning

how to love.”

~ Mary J. Blige

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Watch Me!

“Anytime someone has said to me,

‘You can’t do that,’

I have answered,

‘Watch me.'”

~ Jaime Pressly

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In reviewing some comments on a post on a God Bless Virginia Tech blog, I came across comment #299 wherein they posted a poem about grief that seems to be well on target for anyone that is going through the grief process and seems very appropriate to share with the direct and indirect victims of the tragedy at VTI.

See below:

My prayers are with those who lost family & friends during this horrible tragedy.

I found this poem on the internet awhile back. It has helped me; maybe it can help others.

 

I am not strong.I am just numb. When you tell me
I am strong, I feel that you don’t see me.

 

I will not recover. This is not a cold or the
flu. I’m not sick. I’m grieving and that’s different.

 

I will not always be grieving as intensely,
but I will never forget my loved one and rather
than recover, I want to incorporate his life and love
into the rest of my life. That person is part of me and
always will be, and sometimes I will remember him
with joy and other times with a tear. Both are okay.

 

I don’t have to accept the death. Yes, I have to
understand that it has happened and it is real,
but there are just some things in life that are not
acceptable.

 

Please don’t avoid me. You can’t catch my grief.
My world is painful, and when you are too afraid to
call me or visit or say anything, you isolate me at a
time when I most need to be cared about.

 

If you don’t know what to say, just come over,
give me a hug or touch my arm, and gently say, I’m sorry.

 

You can even say, “I just don’t know what to say,
but I care, and want you to know that.”

 

Please don’t say, “Call me if you need anything”
I’ll never call you because I have no idea what I
need. Trying to figure out what you could do for me takes
more energy than I have.

 

So in advance let me give you some ideas. Bring
food; offer to take my children to a movie or a game so
that I have some moments to myself.

 

Send me a card on special holidays, birthdays,
or the anniversary of the death,
and make sure to mention their name.

 

You can’t make me cry. The tears are here and I will love
you for giving me the opportunity to shed them
because someone cared enough about me to reach out on
this difficult day.

 

Ask me more than once to join you at a movie or lunch or dinner.
I may say no at first or even for a while, but please don’t give up on me
because somewhere down the line, I may be ready,
and if you’ve given up, then I really will be alone.

 

Virginia A. Simpson, Ph.D., CT (I think this is the correct author, if not, my apologies)

As posted as a comment #299
on God Bless Virginia Tech

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Great Quotes

“It’s not enough to know how to ride — one must also know how to fall.”

— Mexican Proverb

 

 

“An important part of who you are is what you want to be.”

— Unknown

 

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”

— Japanese Proverb

 

“Quitters never win, and winners never quit.”

— Unknown

 

“Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing oneself.”


— Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist (1828-1910)

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“Be you writer or reader, it is very pleasant to run away in a book.”

~ Jean Craighead George

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“I distrust summaries, any kind of gliding through time, any too great a claim that one is in control…. I admire the authority of being on one’s knees in front of the event.”

— Harold Brodkey

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