Archive | August, 2013

Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Youth

21 Aug

“Youth is wasted on the young.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Youth is wasted on the young.”
― Oscar Wilde

Very wise words, but did dear old Mr. Shaw really say that or did he borrow the phrase? Personally, I “borrow” other people’s wise words all the time. But then, I say some pretty profound or funny things all the time and tell people to feel free to use it, no credit needed…I am that prolifically funny. Not! Upon investigation of this quote, this is what I learned:

Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 2097
AUTHOR: George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)
QUOTATION: Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.
ATTRIBUTION: Attributed to GEORGE BERNARD SHAW.—Franklin P. Adams, FPA Book of Quotations, p. 883 (1952).

Archibald Henderson, in his third biography of Shaw, George Bernard Shaw: Man of the Century, chapter 62, p. 845 (1956), included this statement (using “sin” instead of “crime”) in a section of anecdotes. He had not included this in earlier biographies of 1911 and 1932.

The anecdote apparently was first told in the 1930s, since it is one which appears in Lewis and Faye Copeland, 10,000 Jokes, Toasts, & Stories, p. 555 (1939, 1940). It was also used in Reader’s Digest, April 1940, p. 84. Sometimes heard “…waste it on the young.”

Dr. Stanley Weintraub, author and editor of books on Shaw, believes this is incorrectly attributed to Shaw and that it actually belongs to Oscar Wilde, since Shaw often took quotations from Wilde and inverted them for his own use.
WORKS: George Bernard Shaw Collection

Some wise advice and words of wisdom from children:

The Wisdom of Children
Published by theJokeMaster on March 23, 2008 in funny kid quotes.
When your dad is mad and asks you, “Do I look stupid?” Don’t answer.

Never tell your Mom her diet’s not working.

Stay away from prunes.

Don’t pull Dad’s finger when he tells you to.

Never let your three-year-old brother in the same room as your school assignment.

If you want a kitten, start out by asking for a horse.

Felt-tip markers are not good to use as lipstick.

Don’t pick on your sister when she’s holding a baseball bat.

When you get a bad grade in school, show it to your Mom when she’s on the phone.
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“It’s a fun ride till you get to the bottom. Hey, run around, climb back up and slide down again.” (Feel free to use that.)

“Driving in the fast lane has its consequences.”

“Sometimes the bar is raised a little higher. Take advantage of the moment.”

Enjoy the day and the words of wisdom for the week.

Tuesday Tip of the Day

20 Aug

Listen to your inner-voice: Surround yourself with loving, nurturing people. Fall in love with your art and find yourself. Music is the great communicator.
Glenn Hughes

That’s a great quote and a good tip. I have been blessed with loving and nurturing people in my life. (And of course, one or two… not so much.) Every day that goes by, some wonderful friend, family member or stranger lifts my spirit and enhances my life. But, I love the part that says, “Fall in love with your art and find yourself.” How cool is that. Good advice. I really need to get back to painting regularly. But for now, I think I’ll go take some pictures of some of my artwork to share here today. Off I go…

Just a couple. Too many to chose from.

Winter Scene

Secret Garden Angel

Another tip: If you have something fun to share, well, share. I signed up for these Chili’s Restaurant emails, and every week they have a great coupon. Always good to get something free, now isn’t it?

Don’t pass up your FREE appetizer or dessert at Chili’s August 19-22! All you have to do is buy any adult entree. See you there!

Have a great day and fill your life with art and music and love.

Monday Montage: A Week in a Peek

19 Aug

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
Henry David Thoreau

Another busy week. Between doctor visits, cleaning, packing, purging, and my favorite…visiting with friends, another week flew by. So, here is a peek at my week.


Sunday: Sharing and Pairing

19 Aug

Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
Mahatma Gandhi

When you think of Sunday, you usually think of going to church, family gatherings and Sunday dinner. Today, I was thinking about my Hispanic heritage and all the religious foundations that I was raised with. I wouldn’t say I’m the most religious person in the world, but I have a very strong faith in The Lord and that our faith keeps us strong.

Oración a la Virgen de Guadalupe
Oh amada Virgen de Guadalupe, rosa mística, intercede por nosotros ante tu Hijo y obteén por nosotros las gracias que te pedimos. En los momentos de angustia defiendenos de las fuerzas de nuestros enemigos, y a la hora de nuestra muerte recibe nuestra alma en el Cielo. Amén.

A beautiful Hispanic ritual is the prayer and novena to the Virgin of Guadalupe. So, to share in both Spanish and English, (thus the pairing) here are some lovely prayers. It really doesn’t matter who you pray to or what your faith is, just having faith “is a good thing.”


Saturday on the Square

18 Aug

Life is a song – sing it. Life is a game – play it. Life is a challenge – meet it. Life is a dream – realize it. Life is a sacrifice – offer it. Life is love – enjoy it.
Sai Baba

Another Saturday on the Square. We had our writing group at 10. Miss Cathy is gearing up for the new and improved Sweet Spot Bakery at 120 W. Louisiana.

Julia and Cathy chat about the new look for Sweet Spot.

Walking around the Square, I ran into Tommy, the wandering troubadour playing his guitar.


Over at Snug on the Square, a group of young musicians were playing music in the tiny storefront window, with all their proud family and friends taking movies.

On my way out the door, I heard, “Toni, Toni!” My friends Gaby and Ivette from my tennis group were having lunch with their kids. That’s what makes McKinney so fun. You always see a friendly face or two or twenty.


Friday Friends: Artwork and a Birthday

17 Aug

It takes a long time to become young.
Pablo Picasso

Today, we celebrated Karen’s birthday, I think maybe 29th again. Ladies don’t tell their age, but we enjoy the cake. The Young At Heart (YAH-YAHs) celebrated with cake, ice cream and off key singing. Even bad singing sounds good with good cake, ice cream and friends.

Miss Della came up with another wonderful art project for us to work on today. She picked some leaves from the trees outside and led us in a variety of colorful and creative techniques. The results were amazing.




Theme Song Thursday: “Where I’m From”

15 Aug

The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.

While catching up on my daily updates from, McKinney’s awesome on-line news source, I checked out this video about old McKinney. It is so nostalgic and real. The video shows photos of old McKinney, Texas, but it tells about “Anywhere, USA.” It shows simpler times, when life was honest and people were true. The choice of background music is perfect. This may not be your hometown, but it will make you wax nostalgic. (Or is it wane? Wax or wane, it’s nice to reminisce.)




Wednesday: Words of Wisdom

14 Aug

“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”
― Carl Bard

Photo courtesy of the fabulous photographer Seth Johnson. Sharing and pairing.

Shattered Past

Broken windows, shattered past
Those golden days that never last
When things were new, and life was good
The years flew by misunderstood
With panes all broken, and bricks now grey
The happy memories fade away
But time moves on, as people do
There’s still that chance to start anew.

Toni Andrukaitis

Tuesday Tips and Tricks

14 Aug

This evening was our monthly meeting of McKinney Creative Community. The Alexander’s hosted at their beautiful home. Artists, writers, musicians, dancers, and creative people, sharing and caring. Yes, always surround yourself with dreamers and your dreams will come true.

Now for some tips for life.


Creative tricks and a different kind of slight of hand.

Montage Monday: A Week in a Peek

12 Aug

Another week of fine art, great friends, and sweet stuff. The picture says it all.