Uh-Oh, She’s Back

My trip to CA was simply great. We managed to pull off a surprise birthday party for our dear friend, Linda.  And I got to visit with my daughter and grandkids.  Spent some time in Palm Springs with more dear friends.  That’s where I met up with Marilyn again (see below).  This time I got her picture in daylight and had some fun with a couple of special effects.

It feels like I’ve been gone a long time.  So it’s nice to be back and I’m trying to get back into the swing of things.  More updates later.  I hope all of you, my faithful readers, are doing very well.  Namaste’




How to Fly with a Bird

This is one of the most wonderful videos I’ve seen in a long, long time.  Thanks to my friend, Sam, in Juneau Alaska, for sending it to me.  It made my heart sing.  I hope you all enjoy it just as much.  Namaste’



Therapy and the Oscars

I consider today’s photo to be a form of therapy for me.  This was taken on one of our trips to a nursery and I just loved these orchids.

Why do I need therapy?  Because I’m frustrated that I can’t seem to find answers about a life situation I find myself immersed in.  Both my mother and stepfather are close to 90 and in extremely frail condition.  My stepfather is still in a nursing home, since Dec. 5 of last year and no improvement in sight.  And then there’s Mom, whose memory is decreasing daily.

While watching a special about Robin Roberts, the GMA anchor who just underwent a bone marrow transplant, I picked up on something she said.  Her mother told her to “make her mess her message.”  The mess being her second bout with cancer and the message being that her faith, family and friends brought her through it.  I guess when you get right down to it, those three things are most important in all aspects of our lives.  I have all three.  I’m blessed in that.  And I’m positive the answers will come for me and my parents … somehow, some way.  They just will.  I trust in God for that. After writing this, I am reminded of something else that is true for me.  I don’t always have to know the “how”; just have faith in a positive outcome … for the highest and best of ALL concerned.

As for the Oscars – the Academy Awards – I don’t watch them.  I just can’t give my time and energy to something so stupid.  For the cost of only a single piece of the jewelry the celebrities wear or the cost of one couture gown, many of this nation’s hungry and homeless children could be fed.  Think about it.  Namaste’

02.24.13.orchidOrchids with a Soft Pencil effect

Forever Marilyn

I found this to be one of the most amazing things that I saw on my trip.  A 26-foot statue of Marilyn Monroe.  As you can see by the people at her legs, she’s pretty tall. She was sculpted by J. Seward Johnson and has been in Chicago until May of this year when it was loaned to Palm Springs, CA.  Apparently she is dismantled in pieces in order to be trucked to new locations.  Take a look at the shadow on the right of the first picture.  It’s her skirt, but looks a lot like a polar bear to me.  Things that make you go hmmmm …  Namaste’

Shame on You, Frank!

While at a local restaurant that displays memorabilia, I spotted this mug shot on the wall.  At first I thought it was a spoof.  I mean, after all, he was such a celeb.  But the truth is that he was arrested when he was just 23 for seduction and adultery.  Shame on you, Frank!  Silly boy.  Check it out here: http://www.jonhs.com/mugshots/sinatra.htm

The picture isn’t that good but you get the idea 🙂 Namaste’

Swept Away

Several years ago, my WS took me to a concert of one of my favorite performers in the whole world … Yanni.  This was the third time I’d seen him in concert and AMAZING is an understatement.  Yanni has some of the best musicians in the world and I never get tired of hearing his music.

I first heard him at a wedding years ago, (late ’80’s), and had to ask the DJ who was behind the music.  He showed me the CD and I immediately went out and purchased one.  I’ve been hooked ever since.  In fact, when WS and I got married, we had our DJ play Swept Away at our reception for the balloon release.

When my daughter was in high school, I got two tickets to see Yanni in concert and the friend I was going to take couldn’t go, so I asked my daughter to accompany me and she said, “Ugh, no way!”  Well I finally convinced her to go with me.  I took my opera glasses so I could see him up close, not knowing exactly where our seats would be.  It turned out that we were in the first row of the balcony.  Yanni came out on the stage, my daughter snatched the opera glasses and wouldn’t give them back the whole night.  Needless to say she fell in love with Yanni, too.  Not sure if it was his music or his looks.  For a teenager, who knows, right?  All she kept saying was “he’s hot!”

Today’s photo is of the program cover from the last concert we went to in 2005.  I tried really hard not to drool as I was taking the picture 🙂 I’m thinking I might have to make this my desktop wallpaper 🙂 Hope you enjoy his music, too.  Namaste’




Jumpin’ Jack Flash Got Beamed Up

Today’s photo is one of the Santa Catalina mountain range just east of where I live.  They have always held a great fascination for me so today I decided to play with them a little.  I was thinking of what or who might be “out there” as we look into our skies.  Do you ever wonder about that? Have you ever seen a UFO?  Do you think we’re the only intelligent life in our universe?

When the TV show Star Trek was popular, my son was a huge Trekkie.  He regularly recorded the show’s episodes on VCR tapes.  He also recorded one of my all-time favorite movies, JUMPIN’ JACK FLASH with Whoopi Goldberg.  If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend that you do.

One day I really wanted to watch a feel-good movie so I decided to watch my favorite.  I put it into the VCR and hit Play.  What???????  Whoopi Goldberg had been beamed up by Scotty!  I couldn’t believe that my son had taped over my favorite movie with a Star Trek episode!!!  I was so ticked off.  But years later, he bought me the DVD version, which put him back at the top of my Nice List.

There are some days I just wish I could get on the “launch pad” and give the order, “Beam me up, Scotty!”  Notice the hand print in the photo?  That’s me beaming lots of love and light to you. Namaste’

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