Happy Anniversary, Cynthia and Dan

I wanted to wish my sister and brother-in-law, Cynthia and Dan a very Happy 25th Anniverary!

I love you guys!

Opps… I did it again!!

Well, I did it again, a whole week went by and I didn’t post anything!! It wasn’t like I didn’t have anything to blog about. There is work, friends, high school reunion, new adventures and songs that I could blog about. But I haven’t.

So here is something I got from my dear friend, Rita. And I am going to put myself on a schedule and get back to blogging on a regular basis.


Concentrate on this sentence;

“To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.”

When God takes something from your grasp, He’s not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something else.

Concentrate on this sentence.

“The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.”

Something good will happen to you today, something that you have been waiting for, or to hear.

Please do not break.

Just 27 words, God our Father, walk through my house and take away all my worries and illnesses and please watch over and heal my family in Jesus’ name, Amen.

This prayer is so powerful.

Pass this on to 12 people, including me.

A blessing is coming to you in form of a new job, a house, a relationship or financially.

Do not break or ask questions. This is a test.

Does God come first in your life? If so, stop what your doing & send it to 12 people and watch what he does! 

Even if you don’t pass this along, I love what is says and will try to remember it when I am feeling down.

Check this website out…

I love finding new websites from the daily e-mails I get from Cool Site of the Day.

Check out the one that was posted for 7/12/10: Newspaper Index. Here are some of the countries that I’m going to check out.

The Talented Michael A. Kalush

I have posted some pictures taken by Michael A. Kalush before. He is the brother of one of my dearest friends, Rita.

Here are some pictures he took while he was in Africa. They are amazing pictures and what an honor that I get a chance to 1) see them and 2) share the with others to see.

Thanks, Mike for taking such great pictures!

Africa (2010) - Photo by Michael A. Kalush

Africa (2010) - Photo by Michael A. Kalush

Africa (2010) - Photo by Michael A. Kalush

Mike submitted this last picture to The National Geographic to see if it makes their “Daily Dozen”.

Take your best shot-and send it to us. Submit a favorite photo of your own for possible publication in National Geographic. Come back daily to see the editors’ selection of photographs in the Daily Dozen. Solve a puzzle, download wallpaper, and vote for your favorite.
Good luck, Mike!! I hope your picture makes it in the magazine. And I’m looking forward to seeing your next pictures you take!

What is on my iPod…

Here are some more songs that are on my iPod:

“Wedding Bell Blues” (1969) by The 5th Dimension

I have always liked The 5th Dimension. This is one of my favorite songs of theirs. But my all-time favorite song of theirs in “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” (Video) Check out the video at 2:16. What a groovy song!!

“Big Bang Baby” (1996) by Stone Temple Pilots (Video)

I love this song. I love the bass line in the song. OK, those dancing gorillas are a little freaky, but other than that it’s a cool video.

“Behind Closed Doors” by Charlie Rich (Video)

I remember when I was a kid, my parents had a Charlie Rich album and I would sit in front of the console TV/Stereo/Record Player we had and listen this his songs for hours. I remember when he died, I was sad.

“Try A Little Tenderness” By Otis Redding and The Bar-Kays

This is a classic song! I would have loved to be around when it first came out. Just to see the reaction of everybody and how they reacted to the song. Love this video because not only does it have Otis in it, but it has The Bar-Kays in it too!

A Girl Like You“—Edwyn Collins

Again, not sure where I first heard this song. I think it was from a documentary I was watching and this song was playing in the background. So right away, I had to “Google It” and try to find this song. Since I didn’t know the artist or title of the song, I search by some the lyrics I could remember. I finally found it and it is one my Road Trip #2 playlist.

“Our Day Will Come” (1962) by Ruby & The Romantics

I have the original, but I really need to find Daryl Hall’s version of this song. I love Daryl Hall (and my friend Rita loves John Oates!!)

Check out some more songs by Daryl at LiveFromDarylsHouse.

Take time to think

I got this in today and thought I would share it.

Have great week,

Take time to think

Every now and then, on rare occasion, a quick and frantic response is needed. Most of the time, however, a calm and thoughtful response is much more powerful and effective.

Before you respond to life’s events, take time to think clearly and calmly about what you are doing. Before you respond to the situations that come your way, take time to remember who you are and the direction you want to be moving.

A frantic, emotional reaction made in haste can often push you back even more than the event to which you are reacting. On the other hand, a calm, thoughtful response can usually bring a positive outcome from what would otherwise be a negative situation.

Certainly it is sensible to respond promptly to whatever life sends your way. Yet that does not mean that you must respond thoughtlessly and carelessly.

Before you say something you could regret for a long time, take a moment to calmly consider it. Before you do something that might take years to overcome, take a moment to thoughtfully consider your response.

A calm, well-considered response is a powerful response. Take time to think, and the way you respond will keep you moving positively forward.

— Ralph Marston

Happy 4th of July!!

Growing up I loved the 4th of July because of the fireworks! Every year I would wait to see what new designs and colors they would set off in the air.

It’s been a while since I have seen fireworks on the 4th of July. First, I got spoiled by our family being members of a resort in Michigan and watching the fireworks with only a couple of hundred people in the crowd. So now, living in San Antonio, were the crowds can be in the 100,000’s, I really don’t want to be around that.

One of the applications I have on my iPhone is called Mashable (the top source for news in social and digital media, technology and web culture) and they had this posting today: 20 Spectacular 4th of July Fireworks Displays on Flickr. Thought I would share a few of them with you.

Image by: Craig Stevens -- Boston, MA

Picture by: Mike Mertz -- Kenosha, WI

Image by: Gerardov -- Seattle, WA

Image by: Amyn Kassam -- Sugar Land, TX

New York, NY

Image by: Barry Yanowitz -- New York, NY

And here is probably one of the best version of “The Star Spangled Banner” by Whitney Houston:

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