HAPPY NEW YEAR, MARINES
Here's a New Year tribute to the Corps and a reminder to the rest of us that
Real Men eat MREs.
THE FAB FOUR
The Fab Four are my grandchildren. #1GS has his college degree in a field that has opened the door to a great job. He is married, with one and a half children. #2GS is working on his degree, when he's not playing music. #3GS is in college on a baseball scholarship. #1 Granddaughter is still working toward her degree, while juggling two kids, a husband without a clue, plus a dog kennel. So I have a businessman, a musician, an athlete and the World's Greatest Granddaughter! Not very proud, huh? Today is #2GS's 26th birthday. OK. He's a slow learner!! [JK] He's been "looking for himself" in the music world. Anyhow, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JUSTIN THE JUICE! (professional name!) When (and if ever) I learn to get pictures posted, I'll be proud to share these wonderful kids with you. And remember, readers, you heard about Bran the Man and Justin the Juice first on the blog of a great grandma at a computer in her nightgown. Not PJs, Dan!
>^..^< Jim's back! What a great way to start the new year. His first post of the new year mirrors my thoughts so well that, HERE, just read what he says and you'll know why I haven't commented on some of the day's issues. Others have covered it timelier and better than I could.
>^..^< Thanks to The Quonsethut for featuring and linking this article from Stars and Stripes. It's about soldiers who have lost limbs in war and are now enduring treatments and therapy at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Let's not forget that "getting home" is just the beginning for many of our fallen heroes. Keep them in your prayers, please.
>^..^<>(just in case)
from Kristi, Greenville, NC
Let go of pride, ego, and opinions. Admit your errors and forgive those of others. Relinquishment will lead to calm and healing in your relationships. If that doesn't work, try small claims court.
Though only your skin, sinews, and bones remain, though your blood and flesh dry up and wither away, yet shall you meditate and not stir until you have attained full Enlightenment. But, first, a little nosh.
Accept misfortune as a blessing. Do not wish for perfect health or a life without problems. What would you talk about?
Be here now. Be someplace else later. Is that so complicated?
There is no escaping karma. In a previous life, you never called, you never wrote, you never visited. And whose fault was that?
The Torah says, "Love thy neighbor as thyself." The Buddha says there is no "self." So, maybe you are off the hook. If there is no self, whose arthritis is this?
Wherever you go, there you are. Your luggage is another story.
Do not let children play contact sports like football. These only lead to injuries and instill a violent, warlike nature. Encourage your child to play peaceful games, like "sports doctor."
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single "oy."
from Susan, Little Rock, AR
Kirk was walking down the street when he was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless man who asked him for a couple of dollars for dinner. Kirk took out his wallet, extracted ten dollars and asked, "If I give you this money, will you buy some beer with it instead?"
"No, I had to stop drinking years ago," the homeless man replied.
"Will you use it to gamble instead of buying food?" Kirk asked.
"No, I don't gamble," the homeless man said. "I need everything I can get just to stay alive."
"Will you spend this on greens fees at a golf course instead of food?"
"Are you NUTS!" replied the homeless man. "I haven't played golf in 20 years!"
"Will you spend the money on a woman in the red light district instead of food?"
"What disease would I get for ten lousy bucks?"
"Well," said Kirk, "I'm not going to give you the money. Instead, I'm going to take you home for a terrific dinner cooked by my wife Kim."
The homeless man was astounded. "Won't your wife be furious with you for doing that? I know I'm dirty, and I probably smell pretty disgusting."
Kirk replied, "That's okay. I just want her to see what a man looks like who's given up beer, gambling, golf and sex."