Life . . .

It’s all in the way you play it.


Florence Scovel Shinn has been teaching people how to play this awesome Game of Life for a long time. Be sure to check her and her work out. Your Life will be glad you did . . .

As I logged onto life this morning I soon discovered someone that I’ve come to know in this lifetime did not. It immediately brought to my lips a prayer of gratitude for yet another day I get to be here on earth with my family and friends. Then it brought to mind the realization that although we don’t mean to, we’re often so busy living, working, running errands and, sadly, sometimes finding fault with people, things and situations that we may somewhat take for granted that being here is a gift not a right. But this isn’t a speech so I digress . . .

Upon hearing the news today of the sudden and unexpected passing of yet another acquaintance, I got a flashback of 2011. The year started with the news of my own father having a massive and unexpected stroke and proceeded along amidst the entanglement of daily duties to a year closing on my final good-bye to six people.

The reality of that flashback threw me back – right into my chair, the memory of all who I’ve said good-bye to this year and the preciousness of life. I sat in the stillness of my thoughts for quite a while. And it was there that words of wisdom and inspiration came to mind such as:

  • leave everyone you meet the way you would want to leave them if it were the last time you saw them – because one of those times will be the last time
  • treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight
  • never go to bed angry
  • live like you were dying
  • and the list goes on . . .

Then I looked around my thoughts to the emotional reality of so many people:

  • fear
  • anger
  • hatred
  • blame
  • degradation
  • condemnation
  • and unfortunately that list goes on also

It made me sad to think that there are people alive wasting their time being angry and/or placing blame – and yet there are people who have passed that would give anything to come back for one more moment and experience the gift of life and everyone in it.

As we prepare to ring out the old and ring in the new – year – let’s resolute to. . .

Love Life and Everyone in it

And remember to ask yourself this at different moments of your day, if you got a call that said “Hello ! It’s God Calling. Time to go.” would you be ready to say good-bye? Would you be content with how you’re leaving life and others behind?

Take a minute and think about that because one day you will be getting that call as did:

Uncle Butch


Mr. D


Grandpa Kiely


Randy Rideout – Rest in Peace

And to the Rideout family ~ may you find Peace !



As you lament the passing of a man who made such a contribution in so many, many ways, think about the brilliance he put into his work and all that it does for you.

Then take a moment to listen to the brilliance in these words of wisdom from Steve Jobs. If you think what he did professionally impacted your life, that’s nothing compared to this final gift to impact, ignite and inspire your life.

Steve Jobs ~ Rest in Peace


I got this from a “friend” a couple of days ago on Facebook. Both the message and the video speak for themselves. Think about it … share it … and love life !


My curfew was lightning bugs. My parents didn’t call my cell, they yelled my name. I played outside with friends, not online. If I didn’t eat what mom cooked, then I didn’t eat. Sanitizer didn’t exist, but you COULD get your mouth washed out with soap. I road a bike without a helmet. Getting dirty was ok, and neighbors cared as much as your parents did. Copy, paste and share this link if you drank from a garden hose and survived. Heck, copy, paste and share this link even if you didn’t – then go out and enjoy life because everyday is a different day than the one before !


Bucky Covington – A Different World



In Memory of my Uncle Butch laid to rest today . . .


Embrace each day and live it to the limit

Love life and everyone in it.

Enjoy each moment. Don’t let them pass.

Because one of these moments is no doubt your last


With Love and Fond Memories – thank you for everything !



I’m back – at least I think so.

It’s been quite a week. I’d love to tell you about the wild vacation I’ve been on. Unfortunately, it’s been no vacation. It’s been . . .

the flu

And all I can say is OMG! if you’ve not had it, don’t bother trying to prepare yourself. You’ll question whether you’ll make it so don’t get discouraged. But supplies might include crackers, ginger ale, Advil, Excedrin and ice packs (for the most piercing headaches you’ll ever experience – and believe me, I’ve had migraines)

After you’ve stockpiled your supplies just know you are about to check a week off your life because every time you think you’re feeling better, the flu will remind you how wrong you are.

But I’m here to let you know two things:

It’s bad – the worst I’ve ever had and

You’ll get through it – I promise

(and I got it from someone who had a flu shot – who by the way had it worse than me – am I glad I opted out of the flu shot ! )

Hang in there and Have a Wonderful Day !


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