Archive | July, 2013

Wednesday: Words of Wisdom

31 Jul

Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.
Sun-tzu
Chinese general & military strategist (~400 BC)

If you think about the wisdom of this quote, it really makes a lot of sense. You really don’t have to worry about your friends, but you better keep an eye on your enemies every minute. Man… those Chinese were so smart.

But then, Al Pacino made the words famous in “The Godfather II.”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YscgEcd_s-s&sns=em

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Tuesday: Timeless Tearful Beauty

31 Jul

I would believe only in a God that knows how to Dance.
Friedrich Nietzsche

This is a beautiful video that a friend shared on Facebook. It was so moving, I had to watch it several times and share with anyone who hasn’t seen it. YouTube has others by this fabulous group.

Attraction (Shadow: Hungarian Theatre Group) on Britain’s Got Talent 2013. You can fast forward through the commercial and intro, but definitely watch the awesome performance.

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Monday Montage

29 Jul

Another week…another montage. A picture’s worth a thousand words. Well, maybe a dozen words in this case.

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Sentimental Sunday: Playbill Memories

28 Jul

We must always have old memories and young hopes.
Adsense Houssaye

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Why do we hold on to all those paper memories? Playbills, ticket stubs, and letters stuffed in envelopes and drawers clutter our lives, but oh so difficult to let go. I was three seconds away from tossing these playbills in the trash, but couldn’t muster up the courage to do it. Coward or hoarder? Perhaps one and the same.

Anyone else out there have the same problem? Hopefully, I’m not alone.

Sidecar Saturday: Literally

28 Jul

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Travel for two

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yield
Makes 1 drink: Sidecar
This adaptation of a classic recipe comes from Eben Freeman, bartender of Tailor Restaurant in New York City.
ingredients
2 tablespoons superfine sugar
1 lemon wedge
3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) Cognac
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) Cointreau or other Triple Sec orange liqueur
1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) fresh lemon juice
1 cup ice
preparation
Spread superfine sugar on small plate. Rub lemon wedge halfway around rim of chilled martini or coupe glass. Dip moistened side of glass in sugar to lightly coat outside rim of glass. Set aside.
In cocktail shaker, combine Cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice. Add ice and shake vigorously until well chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into prepared martini or coupe glass and serve.

Read More http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/drink/views/Sidecar-350783#ixzz2aIMEswTf

Maybe drink a sidecar in your sidecar…passengers only. NO DRINKING AND DRIVING!!!

Friday Friends: Back in the Saddle

27 Jul

Trying to get back to my old routine. I went and visited my senior art friends at Towne Creek today. I wanted to celebrate Miss Marie’s birthday, as last week I was just getting home from the hospital. She was very pleased and we had a nice celebration. Krys brought all kinds of food and treats, Karen brought pizza, and I brought a cake. Miss Marie loved the hand-painted vase and dozen roses I gave her. A good time was had by all.

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Then when I got home, my husband and I had pizza and watched “Hidalgo.” Cool movie. So, back in the saddle is a good theme for the day.

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Theme Song Thursday: To Boldly Go…

25 Jul

I confess, I am a “Star Trek” fan. Not one of those dress up with pointy ears kinda fans, but I admire the lessons the series can teach us. But mostly, “To boldly go where no man has gone before.”


(Sharing a blog about what Star Trek can teach us)
David BorgenichtPresident, Quirk Books
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The best way to travel is to boldly go where no one has gone before. This is true for vacations, for self-exploration, for life itself. If you want your days filled with adventure, laughter, love, learning and the occasional mind-meld, follow this route.

The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few–or the one. Sometimes you must make great sacrifices for the greater good. And, like the Genesis device, it will all come back around.

Expressing your emotions is a healthy thing. Sure, McCoy seemed angry all the time when exclaiming, “Dammit, Jim! I’m a doctor not a mechanic/bricklayer/soothsayer,” but he knew that by expressing his anger and frustration it wouldn’t get the best of him and he could then perform at his peak capacity.

When estimating how long a job will take, overestimate–and when you do better your captain will always be impressed. Replace the word “captain” with “teacher” or “mom/dad” and you’ll see what I mean. Sure, Mr. Scott might have been telling the truth–maybe it would take six hours to get the warp engines back online in the heat of the battle. Or maybe he was padding things so he looked good. Either way, when the engines did come back on line, everyone was happy.

Wearing red makes you a target. This is true of cars, dresses and, most especially, shirts. Red gets you noticed–which is good if you want to be noticed, bad if you don’t want to end up vaporized.

When you don’t know what to say, pause. It will give you the time to figure it out. Or at the very least, you’ll sound like you’re being thoughtful. “But….Spock…..why?”

The most powerful force in the universe is friendship. It’s more powerful than phasers, photon torpedos, even more powerful than the force itself. With friends, you can accomplish any task, escape any perilous situation, defeat any enemy–and you get to laugh together when it’s all over.