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Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom~ Don’t Talk to Strangers ~ NOT

22 Jun

“We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.”

~Fyodor Dostoevsky*******************

Back home to McKinney today. My sister took me to O’Hare early this morning to catch my flight to Dallas. No traffic jams, and we arrived in record time, so I had two hours before my flight boarded. I like to get to the airport early so I can 1.Not stress about being late 2.Relax and have some breakfast 3.Talk to strangers and meet new people.


I printed out my boarding pass at the kiosk, tsa approved, so I got through security in just a few minutes, THEN, when I went to get my bag off the rollers, there on the floor, right at my feet, was a lucky penny. (Good sign.)


I walked through the crowds and over to the food court, stopping at McDonald’s. With my brown bag with Golden Arches in hand, I scouted around to see where I would sit. Here’s what I always do at the airport…I look for someone sitting alone, and I go over and say, “Do you mind if I join you?”

I saw a gentleman with an airport employee badge on who just sat down. When I asked to join him, he was more than cordial. I introduced myself, and he said his name was Ray. Ray, a baggage handler, was on his lunch break at 9:30 a.m. I asked how he was doing, and he said tired. He started work at 4 a.m. 

(Ray had his serious selfie face on here, but he mostly had a wonderful smile when we talked.)


Ray and I talked a long time about family, work, Chicago, McKinney, hopes, dreams, faith, and more. It’s amazing how you can get to know a person pretty well in less than an hour. Subtle cues, gestures and words tell a lot about a person. Ray was very polite and called me Mam when I asked to sit down. He stood up to shake hands upon introduction. Before he started eating, he folded his hands and said a prayer before he ate. He smiled and joked and was open and honest when we talked, sharing stories about his life and his family. So, within a short time, I met a man of faith, a caring father, a man who admitted to having a turbulent troubled youth, but now blessed with a good happy life. Conclusion: a good, kind, sincere, hard working, optimistic, honest man of faith.

That’s why I like to talk to strangers. Everyone has an interesting life. Everyone has an interesting story. You’ll never hear that story unless you talk to them. It was a pleasure to meet Ray. We shook hands and said goodbye, wishing the other a good day. I said, “Take care Ray. Maybe I’ll see you next time I visit Chicago.” 


It was a good day, smooth flight, and safe arrival. My friend Karen picked me up at the airport, we stopped for an early dinner, and caught up on the latest news. 

When I got home, I unpacked, which entailed pretty much just throwing all the laundry in the washer. Then, I went for a long needed walk. I talked to a few neighbors on my journey, and caught the evening sunset. The sun was out till well after 8p.m. Because it’s the first day of summer.



It’s good to be home. Happy First Day of Summer!!!

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom and Waving Flags

15 Jun

“The American flag represents all of us and all the values we hold sacred.” –

 – Adrian Cronauer

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Not everyone remembers or even knows knows that today is Flag Day. Guess what? I didn’t pay much attention to it either. But, there was a big celebration here at the Greens of Elgin where Mom lives, with a special Flag raising ceremony and tribute to the many veterans who live here. Afterwards, there was a party with snacks and drinks. Then, at 3 o’clock there was entertainment, a patriotic-themed performance by Heather Braoudakis. There was a lot of toe tapping, a sing-along, and a finale where everyone stood, whether with walkers or canes, hands resting on their hearts as they sang. A generation of true patriotic Americans. 


BY LEADA GORE lgore@al.com

Today is the day we celebrate Old Glory – the American Flag.

Flag Day is June 14, 2017. The day traces its origins back to June 14, 1885 when B.J Cigrand, a school teacher, arranged for students in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School District to observe the day as a time to celebrate the anniversary of the Second Continental Congress’ Flag Resolution of June 14, 1777.
The original resolution called for the flag to be “13 stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

Cigrand continued to spread the message about Flag Day, which was adopted in New York on June 14, 1889 and Philadelphia on June 14, 1891. The idea of patriotic celebrations honoring the flag spread throughout the country until it was officially established by proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson on May 30, 1916. It wasn’t until Aug. 3, 1949, however, that President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14 of each year as National Flag Day.

Flag Day is not a federal holiday but it is a state holiday in New York and Pennsylvania.
On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress passed an act establishing an official flag for the new nation. The resolution stated: “Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” On Aug. 3, 1949, President Harry S. Truman officially declared June 14 as Flag Day.

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom in the Walsh Garage

23 Mar

Never judge someone by the way he looks or a book by the way it’s covered; for inside those tattered pages, there’s a lot to be discovered.     
~Stephen Cosgrove

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Where do you get your latest news, important information, and neighborhood gossip? Do you watch CNN, Fox News, or BBC World? Personally, I don’t watch the news, it’s too depressing. Once in a while, I’ll get a glimpse of something vital about world events when I scroll through my Facebook page. But, the majority of all the important worldly news I’ve gleaned has been imparted when I sit and have a beer in Larry and Sandy’s garage when I go for my evening walks.


Mr. Larry and Ms. Sandy sit in their garage pretty much every evening, with their gorgeous and well trained German shepherd named Wolf. I’m always invited to sit, grab a beer from the well stocked fridge, and find out what’s happening in the world. John, nextdoor, is often there to share in the wisdom. 

Oh, you should have heard the conversations during the heated election. But, for today, I found out about the rigorous basic training regime when Mr. Larry joined the Navy. The commentary is often humorous, with funny jokes or smart retorts. He said he joined he Navy because of the slogan, “Join the Navy and see the world.” They forgot to mention that you had to know how to swim, which Larry did not. He almost drowned before he even set foot on a ship. 

As we sat and listened to more stories, there was a constant play-by-play of who just got home from work, or which kids riding their bikes or playing in the street are in danger of getting run over. At one point Larry said that Mrs. Brown just got home. I chimed in…”And does Mrs. Brown got a lovely daughter?” I didn’t think he would get the song reference, but he did, and commented that she had three lovely daughters. Sandy thought the song was by the Beatles, and I thought it was Herman’s Hermits. I started to sing the song…Mrs. brown you’ve got a lovely daughter… I said that I’d Google it and see who sang it. I was right.

I asked Larry if he ever looks up facts or songs on his phone, and he said that he didn’t have a smart phone, just an old fashioned flip phone. Then, something silly popped in my head. I said, “Mr. Larry, you should invent your own app. Everyone has a Smartphone, or a Smart-TV, or Smart technology. You should create an app with just your phone number. People call you on your flip phone and ask you a question, and you give them a Smart-Ass answer. You can call it the Smart-Ass App.”

Oh boy, everyone had a good laugh. (And I didn’t even have a beer this time.) But, the little glimmer in Mr. Larry’s eye made me think that he was seriously contemplating the possibility. And you know what? I think he could pull it off.

Wednesday:)Words of Wisdom

16 Mar

“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” ― Oprah Winfrey

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Everything I learned, I learned from Facebook. Just kidding, but I have learned some interesting things and have read many interesting words of wisdom that I will share with you now.


This is my favorite, as I recently became a grandmother for the first time. Amazing feeling.

I’ve been blessed with many “someones” like this.


Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom

29 Dec

“The greatest gifts I could ever give are a smile, a hug, and a kind word. These gifts are always returned. No receipt required.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” 

― Aesop

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Just sharing a few words of wisdom to live by. 


I certainly do surround myself with these people. Lucky me.

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom…From Facebook

27 Jul

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss

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I’ve said this more than once, ” Everything I know, I’ve learned on Facebook.” Well, not really, but almost. I have hundreds of friends, many of whom are also Facebook friends. They always post cute family pictures and share words of wisdom. I’ll share a few words with you today.


Good advice Lynda!


Now, you have a few words of wisdom to contemplate. Here’s one of the best…There is nothing like a hug to get you through the day, so I’m sending a great big one your way!

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom

22 Jun

“If a little bit of a good thing is good, than a whole lot of a good thing is even better.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Another grueling day of torturous eating frenzy in Chicago. I’m storing it all up for the summer. We ain’t got notin’like it back in Texas.

My dear friend and Super Grandma, Lin, stopped by with her 3 year old adorable granddaughter today to take me out to lunch and ice cream again. I know, I know! It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.


YES!!!!! Portillo’s!!!!!


Next, ice cream at Culver’s.

The three year old borrowed my phone and took a picture of me…caught in the act by a 3 year old!


A good day!