R.I.P. Dan Haggerty and James Avery

Well, January has been a busy year so far with the deaths of the entertainers we grew up with. This past week there were two, Dan Haggerty and James Avery.


Dan Haggerty, the actor best known as mountain man Grizzly Adams, died at a hospital in Burbank, California, on Friday, January 15, after battling cancer for five months. He was 74.


Actor James Avery, known to many as "Uncle Phil" on the TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has died. He was 68.

James Avery, the actor who played Uncle Phil on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” died at 69.

I don’t think I watched The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, but I knew of the show. Here is the theme song from the show.

I remember watching  and always enjoyed watching the dancing parts. Here is one of the cast dancing to The Temptations.

R.I.P. Dan Haggerty and James Avery, you will continue to live on in your shows.



It seems lately, that my posts are of entertainers who have passed away. Before I post about two other entertainers who passed away, I wanted to share these sayings I have been saving. 


Make it a great day.  

R.I.P. Alan Rickman

“I smell cake.”

Man, woke up this morning and saw that Alan Rickman died.

The British actor with the unforgettable voice who played the brooding Professor Severus Snape in the “Harry Potter” films as well as “Die Hard” villain Hans Gruber, died Thursday after a short battle with cancer.


There were so many movies that I like that he was in.

I had to tell a couple of my friends about “Dogma” and “Galaxy Quest”. They had never seen them. Those are two movies that showed the comedy side of him as an actor.

Here is a video from Dogma: Metatron (Alan Rickman) (Sorry for the language.)



“…The streets of heaven are too crowded with angels…” from The West Wing (TV Series) — 20 Hours in America: Part I (2002).

R.I.P. Alan Rickman. You left of with your movies and with that, you will live forever.

Also, today, Céline Dion, husband, René Angélil, has died, at 73. He passed away after a long and courageous battle against cancer.

All I have to say is that CANCER SUCKS!




Today Was A Good Day


It’s been a while since I felt that I had a good day, a really good day where I smiled and didn’t feel sad. It feels like I’ve been coasting for the past year and half. Probably since my brother, Joe died.

I didn’t really think I would have that happy feeling again. Not saying that I didn’t have times where I laughed and spent time with good people. I guess I just didn’t let it in.

But today, It started off as a good day. At work, I was working with people that I truly like, respect and get a long with well. I got some good news. We had a good lunch (I had Indian food for the first time.) And the day ended with me talking with someone I had never meet in person, only through Lync, and felt like we had known each other forever.

On my drive home, I was thinking of something my Aunt told me after Joe died. She lost her mother and brother, just like me. She said that they would want me to be happy, not sad. To move forward. I guess it’s take me this long to finally feel it.

So, today was a good day and I’m looking forward to what tomorrow will bring.


Need to Try This

Saw this in Facebook and had to save it. I really want to try one of these cakes.


The Cakes You Can Make With Just A Box Of Cake Mix And A Can Of Soda. If you like cake, then…..you need to save this chart. Look at all the different kinds of cakes you can make.
It would appear that no cake recipe is as easy to follow as the one printed on the back of a cake mix box. But there is something easier, dear cake-lovers. Swap all but the cake mix for a can of soda. Stir 12 ounces of a carbonated beverage into your prepackaged cake flour, plop the mixture into a pan and bake it in the oven as directed on the box. There you have it: Cake.

Also you can stir in 16 oz of any fruit (with the juice if from can) fresh or frozen
Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, or even Persimmon Pulp and a cup or two of chopped nuts for an even better cake.

R.I.P. David Bowie


David Bowie, master of music and reinvention, is dead at 69.

That is what read when checked out my messages on my phone.

I was/am a David Bowie fan. All this morning, I was reading the posts online.

There were so many David Bowie songs that I loved.


“Space Oddity”




“Young Americans”

“Golden Years”


“Boys Keep Swinging”




“Under Pressure” with Queen


His Christmas song, “The Little Drummer Boy,” with Bing Crosby is one of my favorite Christmas songs.


  • “Modern Love”
  • “Let’s Dance”
  • “China Girl”





“Blue Jean”


“Dancing in the Street” with Mick Jagger

The songs from 1983 are some of my all-time favorite songs.

There were two movies that I loved that he was in.

  • Labyrinth (1986) as Jareth the Goblin King
  • The Linguini Incident (1991) as Monte

David Bowie will live on forever with his music and movies.

R.I.P. David Bowie, you will be missed by many.

My Mom, Lydia M. Garza

Today post is similar to the one I posted since 2011 at this time. But I still feel the same exact way.

I miss you Mom and I love you so much!


Lydia M. Garza (1940 – 2010)

January 10, 2016, it’s been six years since my mom, Lydia M. Garza died. It’s hard to believe that it has already been six years. Sometimes it feel longer and other times it feels like it just happened.

My life changed on January 10, 2010. I never knew that you could miss a person so much. This was the person who could make me happy, make me sad and make me mad. Oh, how she could press the buttons to set me off. What do they say, she knew what buttons to push because she put them there?

There are days when I can get through it without getting too sad when I think of you. But then there are other days when all I want to do is hide under my blankets. But on those days when I have happy memories of you, it makes me smile. Like when I made your Green Jell-O for the holidays. Or when I was going through all the treads you had for your sewing… did you really need all those different colors of white thread??

Today, my dad and I went to visit my mom at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Until we meet again mom, I miss you and I you more that I can say! And give Joe a hug from me too.


If roses grow in Heaven Lord
Please pick a bunch for me.
Place them in my Mother’s arms
and tell her they’re from me.
Tell her I love her and miss her,
and when she turns to smile,
Place a kiss upon her cheek
and hold her for a while.
Because remembering her is easy,
I do it everyday,
But there is an ache within my heart
That will never go away.

Side Note:

This is a video from the bluegrass country music duo, Rory + Joey. Joey Feek is currently in hospice care after being diagnosed with cervical cancer. Read their blog, This Life I Live | scenes from one man’s extraordinary. ordinary life…

Here is their video  “When I’m Gone” (which inspired the title of his blog post), written by their friend Sandy Lawrence.



“Years ago, our friend Sandy Lawrence wrote a song for her mother who she was caring for as she was passing away,” he explained. “It was something she said she wrote to help her through her feelings – to help her heal.”

Now, Rory is turning to the same song to find comfort in letting his beloved wife go.

“Joey and I have asked to have ‘When I’m Gone’ added to our new ‘Hymns That Are Important To Us’ album that’s coming out in a couple of weeks in Cracker Barrel and most other places all around the country,” he added. “It’s not a classic hymn, but to us it is. It is a very special song, filled with hope and love. And in time, I believe it will have the power to help heal a million broken hearts…Even mine.” ~ Rory Feek

After hearing this song, I thought of my Mom and brother, Joe. My broken heart is getting better, but there are still times when I can hardly breathe. But the only peace I have right now is that they are together in heaven.

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