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My Message To ALL Politicians

#Politicians ” It is like watching Sybil sometimes as you change your statements over and over from your years of being a politician and then swear you never said what is on video and in the news that you did say.” GREAT READ…

Work The Dream

Simply danLrene signiaThe world has certainly changed in the past years and part of that change has been in how those that run our country have changed. Now let me start with this caveat…..I am neither Republican nor Democrat nor Tea-party nor Independent nor any of the other Political parties. I am an American.

When I vote, I vote by person and not by party. To be honest I am sick of parties and all the political drama of the past years. So, being as I am older than dirt, here is my message to ALL politicians and as I find most politicians just skim things I am going to make it in bullets so it is easier to skim the blog and still get the message. Maybe I should put it in the News so that some of you read it but then again we have news media that has bias…

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Tarpon Springs, FL ~ NYC… The Thin Blue Line

May the families, friends, communities find comfort with each other in some way, in some time, in some place. Thank you officers for your service.

My heart is heavy.

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The Compassionate Friends will soon light the night sky; Remembering

As December begins, the hustle and bustle of the holidays, many are missing those who have gone before us. Many many are filled with memories when their lives were brighter somehow but now stand in the sea of grief. The holidays can be harsh for those missing loved ones. It is soon to be the time when folks will gather around the globe to remember the children, ALL the children who have died. 

The Compassionate Friends will once again bring together what is perhaps the largest gathering of folks to light the candles in remembrance of those children, ALL children, all ages, all causes who are “gone too soon”.

Worldwide Candle Lighting

 People will gather, in large and small groups around our globe  in fellowship. Some for the first time, in shock, in numbness, with such profound new grief. 

They will be met by others who have walked grief’s path; others will join once again  with hugs and that knowing look in their eyes. They have walked a path of pain, of such loss that brings them together in unity.. Some will arrive around 6pm to help set up the room, they will break bread together, some will have music playing as they find their seats, as they look for familiar faces, or see themselves in the faces of others.

At 7pm they will be lighting candles for one hour to honor, to stand, to share the light of those no longer here.
Imagine the sight around our globe and the light of healing.

visualize the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren who left too soon. As candles are lit at 7:00 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of people join their love and energy as they  commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon.

Many who cannot attend, many who have not lost their own child, but love and care deeply, will also be lighting candles in or at their homes. It is powerful, it is healing, it is for the children, and also for those still here. IT is a flame to inspire those holding those candles to embrace the light.

Now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, the 17th annual Worldwide Candle Lighting, a gift to the bereavement community from The Compassionate Friends, creates a virtual 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone.

 Started in the United States in 1997 as a small internet observance, but has since swelled in numbers as word has spread throughout the world of the remembrance. Hundreds of formal candle lighting events are held and thousands of informal candle lightings are conducted in homes as families gather in quiet remembrance of children who have died, but will never be forgotten.

When we talk about children; we talk about the tiniest to those who have grown. To those who died suddenly, those with rare or common disease, to those who went to bed and never woke up, to human error in medical settings, to those who made bad choices, to those who were victims of accidents, of horrendous happenings.

All were; ALL ARE LOVED beyond measure by someone; parents, siblings, grandparents, communities, friends. All are missed, all are mourned. All are remembered always.

The pain of grief has its way with folks during the holidays’ … it can be sneaky, it can be forceful. It can also be better handled when acknowledged, when faced…

Say their names, honor them.

Ask yourself: “How can I live my life as the legacy now?” “How would my loved one want me to dance now?”

I wish you the strength to heal, the desire to move into your holiday wanting to be more than the emotions that are sometimes so powerful that you find yourself wanting to scream.

Just SCREAM… and notice how your body feels, how you feel. Know that is ok, if that is what you need to do. 
Just keep moving, one step then two; working hard  to move on with life finding gratitude that you are still here to say their names and to live your life in a way that all are proud of.

Walk in beauty,

Check out where those gatherings are happening.
buckle up your courage, join us!

“So that their lights may always shine” the world will be lighting those candles.

I do believe we are also lighting those candles “so that their light reminds the holder of the candles that they can; if they choose, to shine on, differently… yet brightly within”

Know that you are being thought of around the globe, and that we will light those candles together so that their lights may shine brighter.


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9/11 d day of reverence and remembrance

Nana’s Girl
Safe in Nana’s Hat…
After the terror of 9/11

NEW YORK Flight 11
Flight 175

Sure would like to see this Memorial SOMEDAY
Its design, Its meaning, Its everything
is outstanding.

Flight 77

10:06 AM Flight 93
[an angel for each crew and passenger]
10 Million short 10 years later for the Memorial
Remembers last night the heroes and passengers left behind

We have watched the images;
 they are seared in our memories,
in our hearts


Our lives were forever changed.

We honor
             we remember
                                    we stand…

This is
the land of the free
because of the brave
those who are willing to stand.

Men and women continue
fighting for our freedoms
our country; we continue to feel the threat of terrorism. While so
many ran to enlist
after the terrorist attacks of our country
on that day;
13 years ago; it’s difficult to imagine it’s been so long. So many answered the call as
first responders. So many of them have been forgotten from those harrowing experiences and continue to approach this day as if it were yesterday.  Many would do it again in a fast heartbeat if called.
They left the safety of their homes
they went to The Twin Towers, to The Pentagon, To wherever they were asked;
they absorbed the sights, sounds, smells and horrors that filled the senses and overwhelmed the nervous systems.
 So many carry with those memories today;
they took a stand
stood together.
As Americans, answering the call to respond for the greater good
to represent in ways that they could
and lend in caring and rendering aide.
They were not invited;
they did not need an invitation.
They placed psychological bandages on in order to continue on 24/7
to do what needed to be done.
They stood in Unity.
Today9/11 has become a day of reverence and remembrance. It is also a day to step outside of self and into a service of kindness and renewed unity as Americans.
We stand
those lives that were lost;
all gone too soon.
I’ve spent about two hours
transferring the names
to this page,
only to find out that it
“overwhelms the system”
just as it overwhelmed our very fabric
so long ago,
our very systems individually and collectively 13 years ago, 9 years ago
for many
today as we’ve watched the repeated footage over and again reliving it all again.
the horror; the memories, the names.
Google can’t even take it!
But I tried…
The families and children
left behind; those people now on the other side. All could have been our neighbor, our friend or family of choice had they lived,
and some jumped from the windows
choosing just how they died in those final moments.
BUT now they all watch over their loved ones, and I like to think they are all watching over all of us..
We have some powerful angels … just two steps away standing with
Homeland Security.

then there are those who were the first responders, those now suffering injuries and/or illnesses from the toxins they endured secondary from answering the call to help and to care.
Around the world many suffered vicarious trauma as they were glued to their televisions watching the horror
or the
United States
attacked by terrorists
our country
suffering such traumatic losses.
We watched and we watched
most forgot they could turn their sets off
while others were overwhelmed
and suffered depression, fear, and
ongoing nightmares.
Our country was in harms way.
People began to fly flags on every street; each home had one flying proudly;
folks waved at each other, and gathered
strangers like in the old days!
Speaking with ease to one another
UNITED in our times of uncertainty.
Crisis had brought our country together.
We were as one
in times of such horror;
in times of such severe and palpable pain
although most looked over their shoulders
for quite a long time.
We stayed in close contact,
tried to stay near to our homes
(except for the first responders).
we embrace
in healing
while always
we are only free
as long as
with pride
to our lands
our brothers and sisters
for our country
compassion in our hope of healing.

May the Creator bless our
men, women, service animals
that are serving our
We together are
United States of America
this is a day
let’s roll
with our

God bless America and the World
her people
may we
the prayer bowl is filling, the prayers are going up: /for:
Our Men and Women, service dogs,
our President and family,
of the 3,000 who died on
and those who died trying to save their lives… dance on in the galaxies
knowing that we remember you,

The sage is filling the air, with prayers that
we as a Nation stand strong
that we stand UNITED allowing this day to give us what we need
to begin the compassion and kindness in caring once again for and with each other
in ways that restore our spirit
and feed our souls
reminding us of the kindness to be found in the extension of self to each other.
Go get that flag today, wave it with pride, speak to those on the streets
as you did on that day
13 years ago.
Together we are a great Nation we must stand UNITED in all ways on all days.

Not even when the Eagle cried…

Walk In Beauty

Just like Patti says it, remember dear ones,
“I’ll Stand by YOU”
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Happy Independence Day Land of the Free because of the Brave

It’s INDEPENDENCE DAY!!! God Bless America and all who stand on her soil as we celebrate this day and all it stands for … Let the celebrations begin as folks gather, the grills get fired up, and the joyous noise begins!

Thank you to those who have served, are serving to protect our very freedoms across the world as we slept in our beds last night, awoke with hope in our hearts and now rise to outshine the sun!  America… my sweet America

as only Ray Charles can sing it

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From my home to yours, we are wishing you a colorful, magical brilliant 4th of July…
 Hold off rain, we have fireworks displays across the Nation to see and laughter to hear along with the “ohhh MYYs” …. as the smells of hamburgers and ribs on the grills just tempt the senses…. 

Gratitude going strong for those serving our country, those who have served and those who have laid it all down while protecting our soils. 

Flags flying with HOPE, LOVE, SPIRIT and COMPASSION ~

Land of the free because of the Brave as we celebrate our America.
Be safe out there and take best care of you and each other.

Walk in Beauty,

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July is here!

Here we are, July of 2014… seems just yesterday it was July 1st of 2013! Time sure does fly whether or not you are having fun it seems!  Summer in all her glory, flowers are spectacular, the heat is on across much of the Nation and school is OUT! Great news for those who commute the roads and are often stuck in traffic secondary to buses, lines of cars pulling up and on the sides of the roads… great for those who now are enjoying each and everyday entertaining the kiddies, playing with wild abandon.  We are but a few days away from the fireworks that again will light up the night skies and America the Beautiful will be heard as folks stand making joyous noise once again.

Folks will gather, bbq’s will be fired up and the beaches will fill with those wanting to make memories across our great Nation.  People will try to avoid the news of the latest Supreme Court decisions, the fact that more of our men and women are being deployed to place of war since the beginning of time and are placed in harms way. Maybe for the beginning of July as bags are packed and people are moving through their days, they will try to not think about those who are moving across our borders illegally, or what will be done to rectify it.

Perhaps folks will focus on kindness, on compassion, on being their best selves as move through their days and nights joyfully. Just maybe folks will step out of their comfort zone and into bliss just by shifting their thoughts, attitude, or activities! Be Bold,Be Daring,Be you! Beautiful God Given YOU… 

It’s a new month, a new time, a new moment to be more … in thought, action, attitude. 

How in the world did it get to be July so soon?

Take a deep breath, exhale slowly, then get dancing shoes on! The music of life is playing and I cannot imagine missing the dance, or the great sights we will be seeing along the way.

Happy Canada Day to all our Canadian friends!

And a most Happy July to all.
Dare to be amazed.

Walk in beauty,

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The real "Senior Prom" in Pulaski VA

/Dot (volunteer *yes with now blue streak in hair)
Angie Loy, Director of Activities
Pulaski Health and Rehab Center
Pulaski, Virginia
There are some things just too good not to let the world know about. This is one of those things… the only thing missing will be photographs of all who were in attendance because of those rules of “privacy” and protection since they have not signed a release to have their beauty seen here! Instead, you have a photo of Aunt/Niece who happen to be Dot/Mom/Cob with swag and her niece, who happens to be filled with passion, purpose and a great love for her work with those living at Pulaski Health and Rehab.
Angie is the Activities Director at the facility for those there; similar to a nursing home situated in the New River Valley of Virginia. She is always coming up with new and creative ideas for her residents for socialization, for things that they can find joy with, or things to get them out of their rooms and into the community area to peak interest and to laugh, live, while enjoying. Oh boy do they love her as well, often wanting her to stay longer, to visit her in her office, or to find the bowl of goodies that sits on her desk while strolling through.
Angie has had a plan in the works of hosting a “prom” a “Senior Prom” for the residents in the works for months! I’ve watched her posts on Facebook with her requests for prom dresses, bow ties, cummerbunds, jackets for the gents as the time has gotten closer.  I have read the comments of others in the community who have rallied to her requests or have suggested she try here or there in her running for larger sizes, for different ideas, as she planned this grand event. From Bridesmaids dresses, to gently used prom dresses, the donations begin to arrive; the decorations being planned, the DJ secured for music. Pulaski Health and Rehab staff getting excited with the possibilities generated by the enthusiasm of Angie Loy, The Activities Director who could already visualize those residents having the time of their lives.
The volunteers were asked to get involved, the running began, the wine and cheeses planned, families informed, and the tension mounted as the 2014 Senior Prom was in the works in a facility for folks who maybe never even attended high school… or folks who had graduated so long ago, they might not have even remembered a prom if there had been such a thing!  
Just a creative thought had built momentum to the point that men, women, all were getting enthused about it, the idea of it.  I wondered on the music… what would play? Would it be Big Band sounds, country, bee pop of days gone by or the Rat Pack?
I visualized the folks there, some in wheel chairs being rolled into the main room dressed in what would be their finery for the event, glittery and shiny and the joys that might just evoke of “back then” or the many “firsts” and my smile was strong enough to make my face hurt!
I could only imagine it to be a fabulous event.
I listened to Angie’s enthusiasm, her passion when talking about the residents, her hope for the day, her nervousness in getting everything “just right”. I felt such pride of her commitment to those she provides care for and wished so many understood the role she plays in enhancing the quality of life for those there and in facilities similar for their residents.  I had to admit, “Senior Prom” had taken on a new meaning for me. 
The best of times were to be had, but oh my goodnesss what a lot of work. 
 Photographs begin to show up, of those she works with! Smiles and comments began to appear on her page of Facebook saying what an outstanding time was had, how remarkable it was!
The decorations festive, the music great, the residents looking quite beautiful and having a “ball” at the prom! Laughter, smiles and good vibes felt by all that were there, and pictures for families taken to be shared. Staff photos as well, seems everyone wanted a picture with ole’ Angie as they congratulated her on a job well done!  The guys with their shirts and ties, not missing a beat at the Prom.
 Seems that a great time was had by all, even those who couldn’t remember why they were there, or now can’t recall being there unless prompted. IN that moment, the moment was amazing, the energy shifted with the glitter, the music, the flow of people. It was an event that was unlike any other for those who live there. They were able to dress up, show up, and be a part of something that might have reminded them of a time gone by, a few hours of respite from day to day moments that go from one to the next in sweat pants, or leisure suits.
One woman who is tasked with multiple tasks as so many are in the work place. Meetings about this and that and doing more with less, trying to keep activities fresh while Bingo remains the number one activity around the country, stepped out of the box big time on this one.  Angie called in the community for some help, she involved them, got them excited.  So much so that the press showed up as well, and the Senior Prom was featured on the front page of the local paper!
The dancing happened, the gowns swished across the floor and the wheel chairs rolled with the music, the wine was poured. The Seniors had their prom, and it was better than good.
So for today; props to Pulaski Health and Rehab Center in Pulaski Virginia and my cuz, Angie Loy, the bombdiggidty Activities Director who “rocked it” with Senior Prom for all the folks that were able to enjoy the efforts put forth for them.
Given the staff/volunteers seemed so happy, we can only imagine the faces of those that were in attendance as they dressed up, ate, drank, and enjoyed each moment. 
 this story is the way things used to be… how they can be, should be, and thanks to Angie and volunteers how they ARE for those she is honored to provide care to.  We are truly at our best when in the service of others, sometimes going outside of the box in ideas to make things happen in wonderful ways.  
Involving the community in getting dresses, ties, jackets while letting them know what is happening in a facility peaks enthusiasm, interest, and involvement. It is for the greater good of all. It also lends others to want to do more,”how can we help, can we involve our kids, can we plan a picnic for your residents with music”?  The possibilities are endless and the only limitation is the imagination.
A “Senior” Prom… I bet they were all just beautiful. Bravo cuz, Angie Loy… I sure hope your administration recognizes the great treasure they have in you.
Just think, maybe the next activity will include all the residents doing a video led by Angie singing “Happy” with each holding a colored noodle waving it in the air while sitting outside in the sun, led by Angie! A new viral video perhaps, they could just go crazy with it… Just a thought here, as we move into the middle of the week and decide 
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 visualize …. and get that happy goin’ (prom dress optional), now let’s DANCE!
Let’s all congratulate Angie Loy for a job better than well done and all those who helped make it happen! 
Carry on