Monday, January 31, 2011

Addison's Leukemia Journey 2010

Loads of Love to my Cuz, Addison, even tho we are many miles are close in my heart!

ALo my LOVE,
Love, Maine Melissa

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Boston - Don't Look Back

Don't look back
A new day is breakin'
It's been too long since I felt this way
I don't mind where I get taken
The road is callin'
Today is the day

I can see
It took so long just to realize
I'm much too strong
Not to compromise
Now I see what I am is holding me down
I'll turn it around, oh yes I will

I finally see the dawn arrivin'
I see beyond the road I'm drivin'

It's a bright horizon and I'm awakin' now
Oh I see myself in a brand new way
The sun is shinin'
The clouds are breakin'
'Cause I can't lose now, there's no game to play

I can tell
There's no more time left to criticize
I've seen what I could not recognize
Everthing in my life was leading me on
But I can be strong, oh yes i can

I finally see the dawn arrivin'
I see beyond the road I'm drivin'
Far away and left behind, left behind

Oh the sun is shinin' *and I wanna go*

(guitar solo)

Don't look back
A new day is breakin'
It's been too long since I felt this way
I don't mind where I get taken
The road is callin'
Today is the day

I can see
It took so long just to realize
I'm much too strong
Not to compromise
Now I see what I am is holding me down
I'll turn it around, oh yes I will

I finally see the dawn arriving
I see beyond the road I'm driving
Far away and left behind

Don't look back
Don't look back
Don't look back
Don't look back...

Every Monday Matters

Following up from the recent post from my sister: Wisdom

It's not that hard to change. Very simple to become a "green" person, family, neighbor, real simple. One piece @ a time.

With the help of my son's girlfriend, we now have more recyclying than trash. This is huge!!

From using the last piece of tp & taking that piece of cardboard to milk cartons, stuff that is still in my hand, to walking into my garage & putting these into a seperate container. I get a little excersie too, haha

Be mindful.

Be aware.

It only takes a "first-time" & then you are in the habit.

Words of Wisdom & ways to change--a "stolen" post from my Floridian Sister.....

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Monday, January 24, 2011
Every Monday Matters And Just Do One
I am always thinking of things to do to make a difference; not in a big way; I can't seem to get out of my own way most of the time taking care of daily family & work commitments. Then something comes along that grabs my attention. It's the old saying about taking that first step to make a change.... if you start something today and take a little at a time, you can accomplish much and the same items won't be on your New Year's Resolution list. I have time to do new things (I have tasks I wanted to start years ago that I still carry over on my list each year - how bad is that?!!).

So I have found two inspiring movements going on. Here's the first:
So when I read this I knew it was a way to motivate me into beginning some of the activities/tasks I keep postponing.

Every Monday Matters Video

It started with a piece of trash.

Matthew Emerzian, a successful music industry executive in Los Angeles, was walking back to his office with a co-worker one afternoon in 2004 when he stopped to pick up a plastic fountain drink cover from the sidewalk and put it in a nearby garbage bin.

"My co-worker quickly asked me what I was doing," Emerzian recalled. "I explained what I thought to be the obvious, but apparently I was wrong." To the co-worker, litter simply belonged to the litterer, not to the population as a whole.

"I explained to him that litter and pollution are everyone's problem not just the person who couldn't find the trash can for their cup lid. He profoundly responded with 'Dude, you're weird.'"

Emerzian, now 38, walked back to his office both angry and sad.

"I couldn't believe that someone could remove themselves so far from the greater good of our world."

Matt began to think, 'what if everyone in the country picked up one piece of litter on the same day.' Or 10 pieces! The math was easy, yet so powerful. He then began to think of a few other easy things that 300 million Americans could do to make a difference.

From this, a great idea was born. He called his friend, Kelly Bozza, and told her that he wanted to write a book about how all of us can make a difference with our lives. Within a week, they had over 100 items on their list and were ready to start writing.

Their book, titled Every Monday Matters...52 Ways to Make a Difference, has sold 120,000 copies. The ideas are simple - small acts that collectively add up to an enormous impact for the greater good.

Dr. Martin Luther King said, "Everyone has the power of greatness; not for fame, but greatness. Because greatness is determined by service."

If you view the book, some of the topics are things we may have done in the past, but could easily have a book club, Sunday school class,work team, family activity time.... all get involved with just the encouragement and organization from one of us, take one step towards your goal each Monday. As you can tell I have several things I have wanted to do but never start..... Next Monday....

The second movement is called Just Do One. It is an effort to change one behavior into a "greener" choice.
I was inspired when my sister in Maine, with 40 degree, windy weather was using her outdoor clothes line to dry her clothes (yes, in the winter! It is freezing in Maine!). So here's a link for the clothesline. Your local hardware store probably has retractable clotheslines - they are not expensive and come in a variety of lengths.

So I chose one idea to do from now on. I am into the convenience of the water bottle and drink at least one a day. So at work now I will refill from our filtered water system rather than throw the bottle away each time. I also use travel water bottles (remember the old style thermos; they have come a long way baby)! So I will use travel/exercise/reusable bottles from now on and fill them with our great tasting tap water (we have really good water from our artesian well).
That's my new habit change... no more buying and throwing away plastic water bottles.
What's your green idea or resolution?

Thanks to 5 Minutes for Mom for this topic and many more on the Around the Blogosphere list each week.

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Labels: Rambling, Wisdom

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Thought for today: Saturday January 15, 2011

We learn some behaviors have self-defeating consequences, while others have beneficial consequences. We learn we have choices.
—Beyond Codependency

It is so easy to come to the defense of others. How clear it is when others are being used, controlled, manipulated, or abused. It is so easy to fight their battles, become righteously indignant, rally to their aid, and spur them on to victory.

"You have rights," we tell them. "And those rights are being violated. Stand up for yourself, without guilt."

Why is it so hard, then, for us to rally to our own behalf? Why can't we see when we are being used, victimized, lied to, manipulated, or otherwise violated? Why is it so difficult for us to stand up for ourselves?

There are times in life when we can walk a gentle, loving path. There are times, however, when we need to stand up for ourselves - when walking the gentle, loving path puts us deeper into the hands of those who could mistreat us.

Some days, the lesson we're to be learning and practicing is one of setting boundaries. Some days, the lesson we're learning is that of fighting for our own rights and ourselves.

Sometimes, the lesson won't stop until we do.

Today, I will rally to my own cause. I will remember that it is okay to stand up for myself when that action is appropriate. Help me, God, to let go of my need to be victimized. Help me appropriately, and with confidence, stand up for myself.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Wednesday words

Accepting Help

Some of us have felt so alienated that we've forgotten we're not alone. We've come to believe that we have to do it ourselves. Some of us have been abandoned. Some have gone without love. Some of us have gotten used to people never being there for us. Some of us have struggled, had hard lessons to learn.

God's there, always ready to help. There is an ample supply of people to care about us too. We will, if we want it, receive love and support, comfort and nurturing. If we take the risk to ask for it, help is there. We can draw on the strength of our recovery group and allow ourselves to be helped and supported by our Higher Power. Friends will come, good friends.

We aren't alone. And we don't have to do it ourselves. We're not doing it ourselves. There is no shortage of love. Not anymore.

Today, God, help me let go of my need to do it alone and my belief that I am alone. Help me tap into Your Divine Power and Presence, and your resources for love, support, and friendship. Open my eyes and heart so I can see the love, help, and support that's there for me. Help me know I am loved.

Simply said

There are places I remember
All my life, though some have changed.
Some forever, not for better.
And some have gone, and some remain.

All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can’t recall.
Some are dead and some are living.
In my life I love them all.

But of all these friends and lovers,
There is no one compares with you.
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new.

Though I know I’ll never ever lose affection
For people and things that went before,
I know I’ll often stop and think about them.
In my life I love you more.

Though I know I’ll never ever lose affection
For people and things that went before,
I know I’ll often stop and think of them.
But in my life I loved you more.
I love you more.
I love you more.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

If God had texted the Ten Commandments to Moses:

1. nol b4 me. srsly.
2. dnt wrship pix/idols
3. no omg's
4. no wrk on w/end (sat 4 now; sun l8r)
5. pos ok - ur m&d r cool
6. dnt kill ppl
7. :-X only w/m8
8. dnt steal
9. dnt lie re:bf
10. dnt ogle ur bf's m8. or ox or dnkey. myob.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Odd facts

* Barbie's measurements (if she were life-size): 39-23-33
* Coca-cola was originally green
* Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than for the US Treasury
* Smartest dogs: 1) border collie; 2) poodle; 3) golden retriever. Dumbest dog: 1) afghan
* The Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters
* First novel ever written on a typewriter was "Tom Sawyer"
* There are more collect calls on Father's Day than any other day of the year
* Heinz Catsup leaving the bottle travels at 25 miles PER YEAR
* It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs
* Men get hiccups more often than women
* Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear better
* Chances that an American lives within 50 mi of where he/she grew up: 1 in 2.
* Amount American Airlines saved in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class: $440,000
* City with the most Rolls Royces per capita: Hong Kong
* State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska
* Chances of a white Christmas in New York: 1 in 4
* Portion of US annual rainfall that falls in April: 1/12
* Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28
* Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38
* Estimated percentage of American adults who go on a diet each year: 44
* Percentage of Americans who say that God has spoken to them: 36
* Percentage of Americans who regularly attend religious services: 43
* City with the highest per capita viewership of TV evangelists: Washington DC
* Percentage of American men who say they would marry the same woman if they had it to do all over again: 80
* Percentage of American women who say they would marry the same man: 50
* Percentage of men who say they are happier after their divorce or separation: 58
* Percentage of women who say they are happier: 85
* Number of different familial relationships for which Hallmark makes cards: 105
* Average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000
* Percentage of Americans who have visited Disneyland or Disney World: 70
* Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches
* Portion of ice cream sold that is vanilla: 1/3
* Portion of potatoes sold that are French-fried: 1/3
* Percentage of Americans that eat at McDonalds each day: 7
* Percentage of bird species that are monogamous: 90
* Percentage of mammal species that are: 3
* Number of US states that claim test scores in their elementary schools are above national average: 50
* Portion of Harvard students who graduate with honors: 4/5
* Chances that a burglary in the US will be solved: 1 in 7
* Portion of land in the US owned by the government: 1/3
* Only President to remain a bachelor: James Buchanan
* Only first lady to carry a loaded revolver: Eleanor Roosevelt
* Only president to win a Pulitzer: John F. Kennedy, for "Profiles in Courage"
* Only president awarded a patent: Abe Lincoln, for a system of buoying vessels over shoals
* President who discovered a new proof for The Pythagorean Theorem: Jimmy Carter
* Only food that does not spoil: honey
* Only bird that can fly backwards: Hummingbird
* Only continent without reptiles or snakes: Antarctica
* Only animal besides human that can get sunburn: Pig
* Ostriches stick their heads in the sand to look for water
* An eagle can kill a young deer and fly away with it
* In the Caribbean there are oysters that can climb trees
* Polar bears are left-handed
* Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair
* Eskimos never gamble
* The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910
* The youngest pope was 11 years old
* Mark Twain didn't graduate from elementary school
* Proportional to their weight, men are stronger than horses
* Pilgrims ate popcorn at the first Thanksgiving dinner
* Your nose and ears never stop growing
* Jupiter is bigger than all the other planets combined
* The parachute was invented by Leonardo da Vinci in 1515
* They have square watermelons in Japan ... they stack better
* Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola per capita than any other nation

Saturday, January 01, 2011

New Years Eve 2010.....................

A terrific CELEBRATION!!!

Like old times! To see Dick Clark, AMAZING! After his stroke in 2004, he is back, a little speech impaired, but he made my evening!! 81 yrs young & looks fabulous!


DICK CLARK (Richard Wagstaff Clark). Born in Mt. Vernon, New York, U.S., 30 November 1929. Graduated from Syracuse University, 1951. Married 1) Barbara Mallery, 1952 (divorced, 1961); child: Richard, Jr.; 2) Loretta Martin, 1962 (divorced, 1971); children: Duane and Cindy; 3) Karen Wigton, 1977. Announcer, station WRUN, Utica, New York, summer 1950; staff anouncer, station WOLF, Syracuse, New York, 1950; announcer, WRUN, 1951; announcer, station WKTV, Utica, 1951; announcer, station WFIL, Philadelphia, 1952; host, American Bandstand, 1956-89, 32nd Emmy Awards, 1981, and Daytime Emmy Awards; formed Dick Clark Productions, 1956, producing more than 7,500 hours of television programming, including more than 30 series and 250 specials, and more than 20 movies for theatrical release and television. Founder, Dick Clark Media Archives. Inductee: Hollywood Walk of Fame, 1976; Broadcasting Magazine Hall of Fame, 1992; Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, 1993; Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame, 1993. Recipient: Emmy Awards, 1979, 1983, 1985, 1986, and Daytime Emmy, Lifetime Achievement Award, 1994; MTV Award, 1987; Grammy National Trustees Award, 1990; named International Person of Year, NAPTE, 1990; Distinguished Service Award, National Association of Broadcasting, 1991; American D.J. Association, Lifetime Achievement Award, 1995; Person of the Year, Philadelphia Advertising Club. Address: Dick Clark Productions, 3003 West Olive Avenue, Burbank, California 91510-7811, U.S.


1951 Cactus Dick and the Santa Fe Riders (host)
1956-89 American Bandstand (host, executive producer) 1958-60 The Dick Clark Saturday Night Beechnut Show (host)
1959 Dick Clark's World of Talent (host)
1959 The Record Years (host, executive producer)
1964 Missing Links (host)
1964 The Object Is (host)
1973-74 Dick Clark Presents the Rock and Roll Years (host, executive producer)
1973-75 In Concert (executive producer)
1973-89 CBS, ABC, Syndication (host)
$10,000 Pyramid
$20,000 Pyramid
$25,000 Pyramid
$50,000 Pyramid
$100,000 Pyramid
1981 The Krypton Factor (host)
1984-86, 1988 TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes (executive producer)
1985-88 Puttin' on the Hits (executive producer)
1988 Live! Dick Clark Presents (host, executive producer)
1990-91 The Challengers (host, executive producer) 1995- Tempestt (executive producer)

MADE-FOR-TELEVISION MOVIES (executive producer)

1979 Elvis
1979 Man in the Santa Claus Suit
1979 Birth of the Beatles
1981 Murder in Texas
1983 The Demon Murder Case
1983 The Woman Who Willed a Miracle
1985 Copacabana
1988 Promised a Miracle
1988 The Town Bully
1988 Liberace
1989 A Cry for Help: The Tracy Thurman Story
1991 Death Dreams
1993 Elvis and the Colonel: The Untold Story
1994 Secret Sins of the Father

TELEVISION SPECIALS(selection, executive producer)

1965-67 Where the Action Is
1966 Swinging Country
1968-69 Happening
1970 Get It Together
1970 Shebang
1972- Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve
1977 Dick Clark's Good Ol' Days
1978 Dick Clark's Live Wednesday
1980 The Sensational, Shocking Wonderful Wacky 70's 1981 Whatever Became Of . . .?
1981 I've Had It up to Here
1982 Inside America
1983 Hollywood's Private Home Movies
1983 The 1/2 Hour Comedy Hour
1984 Hollywood Stars Screen Test
1984 You Are the Jury
1985 Reaching for the Stars
1985 Rock 'n' Roll Summer Action
1985 Live Aid--An All-Star Concert for African Relief 1985 American Bandstand's 33 1/3 Celebration
1985 Dick Clark's Nighttime
1986 America Picks the #1 Songs
1986 Alabama . . . My Home's in Alabama
1987 Keep on Cruisin'
1987 Superstars and Their Moms Celebrities! Where Are They Now?
1987 In Person from the Palace
1987 Getting in Touch
1988 Sea World's All-Star Lone Star Celebration
1989 Freedom Festival '89
1991, 1993 Super Bloopers & New Practical Jokes
1992 1992 USA Music Challenge
992 American Bandstand's 40th Anniversary
1992 The World's Biggest Lies
1992 A Busch Gardens/Sea World Summer Safari
1992 Golden Greats
1992 Olympic Flag Jam
1993 The Return of TV Censored Bloopers
1993 The Academy of Country Music's Greatest Hits 1993 The Olsen Twins Mother's Day Special
1993 American Bandstand: One More Time
1993 Caught in the Act
1993, 1994 Sea World/Busch Garden Summer Celebration
1993-95 The Jim Thorpe Pro Sports Awards
1994 Taco Bell's Battle of the Bands
1994 How I Spent My Summer Vacation
1994 Chrysler American Great 18 Golf Championships 1994 American Music Awards 20th Anniversary Special 1994 Golden Globes 50th Anniversary Celebration
1994 Hot Country Jam '94
1994 American Bandstand's Teen Idols
1994 American Bandstand's #1 Hits
1994 Universal Studios Summer Blast
1994, 1995 Will You Marry Me?
1995 We're Having a Baby
1995 The Making of the Adventures of Mary Kate and Ashley 1995 Christmas at Home with the Stars
1995 When Stars Were Kids
1995 Rudy Coby: The Coolest Magician in the World 1995 Sea World/Busch Gardens Party for the Planet 1995 All Star Ultra TV Censored Bloopers
1995 TNN Country Series


Actor and Producer: Because They're Young, 1960 (actor); The Young Doctors, 1961 (actor); Wild in the Streets, 1968. Killers Three, 1968; Psych-Out, 1968 (producer); The Savage Seven, 1968 (producer); The Dark, 1970 (producer); Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, 1985 (producer)


Dick Clark's Music Machine; Dick Clark's National Music Survey; Dick Clark's Rock, Roll and Remember; Dick Clark's U.S. Music Survey.


Your Happiest Hears. New York: Rosho Corporation, 1959.

To Goof or Not to Goof. New York: B. Geis Associates, 1963.

Rock, Roll and Remember (with Richard Robinson). New York: Crowell, 1976.

Dick Clark's Program for Success in Your Business and Personal Life. New York: Cornerstone Library, 1980.

Looking Great, Staying Young (with Bill Libby). Indianapolis, Indiana: Bobbs-Merrill, 1980.

Dick Clark's The First 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll (with Michael Usland). New York: Dell, 1981.

The History of American Bandstand (with Michael Shore). New York: Ballantine, 1985.

Dick Clark's Easygoing Guide to Good Grooming. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1985.


The New Year

Make New Year's goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you're interested in fully living life in the year to come.

Goals give us direction. They put a powerful force into play on a universal, conscious, and subconscious level.

Goals give our life direction.

What would you like to have happen in your life this year? What would you like to do, to accomplish? What good would you like to attract into your life? What particular areas of growth would you like to have happen to you? What blocks, or character defects, would you like to have removed?

What would you like to attain? Little things and big things? Where would you like to go? What would you like to have happen in friendship and love? What would you like to have happen in your family life?

Remember, we aren't controlling others with our goals - we are trying to give direction to our life.

What problems would you like to see solved? What decisions would you like to make? What would you like to happen in your career?

What would you like to see happen inside and around you?

Write it down. Take a piece of paper, a few hours of your time, and write it all down - as an affirmation of you, your life, and your ability to choose. Then let it go.

Certainly, things happen that are out of our control. Sometimes, these events are pleasant surprises; sometimes, they are of another nature. But they are all part of the chapter that will be this year in our life and will lead us forward in the story.

The New Year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.

Today, I will remember that there is a powerful force motivated by writing down goals. I will do that now, for the year to come, and regularly as needed. I will do it not to control but to do my part in living my life.

***I HAVE LEARNED TO WRITE DOWN MORE. I journal. Thought, random thoughts. Good & Bad. The truth. All flows & in the evening, this is my time & this writing has helped my inner peace & my sleeping habits. I now can sleep. What a difference.

Good luck to me.
Make goals, reasonable goals. One pound a month. Life time & Life style change. Slow, baby steps are the best for me, not for everyone, but for me!!

ENJOY life!