The Secret to Living A Successful Life

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” by Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of of animals and the environment. He is also know for the creation of the Nativity Scene.francis

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pandaPandas, everyone adores seeing the baby pandas. So check out this You Tube on the baby Panda trying to climb out of his playpen.

Wild pandas spend much of their days resting, feeding, and seeking food. sounds pretty much like what we do as humans. But something that is different from us is their life is a lot more laid back and easy-going. They don’t rush through their days. They take time, look around at where they are, look for the good things for them to eat. While we grab something on the go because we don’t have time to sit down and enjoy our meals.

Maybe we could re-evaluate the pace we go through each day and set aside specific times to spend appreciating what we have, where we are, our loved ones and friends.

What do you think?

This particular panda reminds me of a child who is trying to climb out of their crib. Anxious to get started on exploring life.


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Will Your Day Include This?

Joseph B. Wirthlin said, ” We are all busy. It’s easy to find excuses for not reaching out to others, but I imagine they will sound as hollow to our Heavenly Father as the elementary school boy who gave his teacher a note asking that he be excused from school March 30th through the 34th.

If you have an opportunity to reach out to someone you work with today-just saying hello, will let them know they are an important human being. Isn’t that what we all want?helping othersdownload (1)


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Becareful what you unearth!

// snakes under rocksThere was an article about Canadian construction workers unearthing a den or over 500 snakes who were hibernating under rocks.

When I read that, it occurred to me that sometimes we as humans uncover snakes in our dealings with people.

Perhaps it would be smart of us to be a little more careful where we dig around in life.

Not everyone we meet is honest and trustworthy. Perhaps if we took a little more time we could determine who is and who isn’t…you never know when something bad will crawl out from under a rock.

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Homeland Security Funding-is congress playing with our security?


congress         I don’t normally post anything to do with politics or government. But I could not let this pass.

For years we have seen the Democrats and the Republicans  behave as children in a sandbox, fighting over whose toy it is. I have news…I don’t think it is a toy! I certainly don’t think it belongs to them. Both the parties and the President are elected to work together to do what is right for this country not have power plays and behave as children.

It’s our country. The country belongs to the people.

As a people, we seem to sit on the sidelines, while they duke it out, shake our heads and go about our business. It seems we hired some help, handed them the keys, and walked away from supervising whether they did the work they were hired for.

But this time, have they gone too far? Are they putting the security of our country at risk? Are they putting the lives of the people of the United States at risk?

Can we risk a partial shutdown of Homeland Security? And which part would be shut down? Is that part crucial?

Congress isn’t going to tend to funding unless the Democrats roll back Obama’s immigration policies. The Democrats are not going to consider that step. So they are going to sit in that sandbox, arguing, trying to show each other who is going to be boss and how much power they have and risk protection for our country?

That doesn’t sound like to me they have the best interest of the country or the people at heart.

I think the time has finally come to elect a new Congress. Elect people who understand what their jobs are as representatives of the people of this country. Ones who understand it is not  a power play with each person in congress and between the parties but a coming together to work out what is best for the country and all of the people.

We need to make sure they understand job responsibility. We need to make sure they understand they are elected by the people and as such, do answer to us.  A congress of Democrats and Republicans that know what the meaning of the phrase ‘come together’ and the other phrase ‘negotiate for the good of the people and the country’ means. Ones who understand, this is not a game. We don’t care which ones have bigger muscles, we don’t care which ones have the last word. We do care that they are doing the jobs they were elected for– to serve the people of this country.

I am appalled to see grown men and women behave in the manner this congress does. It is obvious there is a personality problem between some of them. I am also disappointed that our President can’t seem to sit these two groups down and find a way to work with them to do their jobs.

Do you remember in high school, where you had a group of kids that thought they were hot stuff and if you  didn’t do things their way they would make your life miserable. Do you remember kids sitting in a sandbox, one wants the toy the other has and a struggle ensues.

This is certainly what congress reminds me of each time something needs to be done.

Homeland Security is one issue and Immigration policy, all though it may overlap in areas, is still in essence two separate issues.

Let’s deal with one issue. How about our Security first? Let’s make sure we are protected. Then let’s deal with Immigration.

Congress and the President need to come together, put their personality differences aside and sit down at the table and put the priority of what is best for the people of the country first. And work that out in each program.




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The Lady Was Right

200px-Ann_Landers_1983Ann Landers said, “Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfections and makes allowances for human weaknesses.”

For those younger who may not know who Ann Landers was, it was a pen name that the Chicago Sun-Times advice columnist Ruth Crowley in 1943 created and was taken over by Eppie Lederer in 1955 ( the lady in the photo above). For 56 years her syndicated advice column was a regular feature in newspapers across North America.  Due to this popularity, ‘Ann Landers’, though fictional, became something of a national institution and cultural icon, at least that is the way it seemed. Everyone quoted her.

But her comment about friendship is so true. To have a best friend, one who knows you totally, one you share your ups and downs, good and the bad yet remains a true, loyal friend without judging you is indeed one of the most treasured relationships we can have.

Be sure and tell your best friend thank you.


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Three Sentences For Life, Children and Liberty


Nicole Richieimages Nicole Richie, made an important statement, she said, “Besides being responsible for myself, I’m now responsible for someone else. And I have to set the right examples. I have to really be someone who I would want my child to look up to.”

In those three sentences she spoke volumes. We are responsible for ourselves. We are responsible for our children and we must set the right examples for them to live by.

The question then becomes, will we aspire to do just that?


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What will you remember to be thankful for?

clementimages (1)W. Clement Stone said, “If you are really thankful, what do you do? You Share.”

Thanksgiving is a time family can come together and celebrate-being thankful they have each other. Of course they will be thankful for the food that will bountifully cover their tables. But this year, we should be especially thankful of our families being together. We don’t know what tomorrow brings, or where we will all be next Thanksgiving or if some will be gone.


Our mother passed away in March, so this was my first Thanksgiving without her  in 70 years. I was so grateful we had her all those years, but I will tell you I missed her being with us this week. We always celebrated her birthday and Thanksgiving together. This year we celebrated her life and the memories. So there were some tears but there was also laughter.

Let’s all the thankful this Thanksgiving for every member of our family. Overlook the flaws and pray they will over look yours. Just remember love and togetherness and making more memories.

Happy Thanksgiving!




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Gail Gaymer Martin Answers the Age Old Question!

Gail Gaymer Martin Answers the Age Old Question!.

Ever felt like you were too old to start a new career?

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Celebrate Life

oprahOprah Winfrey said, “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.

My biggest wish for people during the month of November would be that we would all give thanks for our life and pray that we live it as a celebration and appreciate it and the lives of others.birthday candles

It only takes a few seconds to smile at someone…but that smile can follow them all day long.



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