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October 15, 2007, 11:18 amThe Epilogue
A friend sent me this in email:
It will take just 37 seconds to read this and change your thinking.
Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room.
One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs.
His bed was next to the room ' s only window.
The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.
The men talked for hours on end.
They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation.
Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.
The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world would be bro adened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside.
The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake.
Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.
As the man by the window described all this in exquisite details, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine this picturesque scene.
One warm afternoon, the man by the window described a parade passing by.
Although the other man could not hear the band - he could see it in his mind ' s eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.
Days, weeks and months passed
One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep.
She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.
As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.
Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside.
He strained to slowly turn to look out the window besides the bed.
It faced a blank wall.
The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window.
The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall.
She said, "Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you."
There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations.
September 8, 2006, 10:19 amA Good Clean Joke
A husband was in big trouble when he forgot a VERY important wedding anniversary.
His wife told him "Tomorrow there better be something in the driveway for me that goes from zero to 200 in two seconds flat."
The next day the wife found a small package in the driveway. She opened it and found a brand new bathroom scale.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
February 20, 2006, 9:13 pmThe Best Day of My Life
I received this in my email this evening from my brother. I don't know who wrote it but I thought it was wonderful, and I wanted to share.
Today when I awoke, I suddenly realized that this is the best day of my life, ever.There were times when I wondered if I would make it to today; but I did!
And because I did I'm going to celebrate!
Today, I'm going to celebrate what an unbelievable life I have had so far: the accomplishments, the many blessings, and, yes, even the hardships because they have served to make me stronger.
I will go through this day with my head held high and a happy heart.
I will marvel at God's seemingly simple gifts:
Today, none of these miraculous creations will escape my notice
Today, I will share my excitement for life with other people.
I'll make someone smile.
I'll go out of my way to perform an unexpected act of kindness for someone I don't even know. Today, I'll give a sincere compliment to someone who seems down. I'll tell a child how special he is, and I'll tell someone I love just how deeply I care for them and how much they mean to me.
Today is the day I quit worrying about what I don't have and start being grateful for all the wonderful things God has already given me. I'll remember that to worry is just a waste of time because my faith in God and his Divine Plan ensures everything will be just fine.
And tonight, before I go to bed, I'll go outside and raise my eyes to the heavens. I will stand in awe at the beauty of the stars and the moon, and I will praise God for these magnificent treasures.
As the day ends and I lay my head down on my pillow,
I will thank the Almighty for the best day of my life.
And I will sleep the sleep of a contented child,
excited with expectation because
I know tomorrow is going to be the best day of my life, ever!
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January 19, 2006, 10:17 amMy Newest Art Piece
My newest Oil I have been working on. This is what I drew with my tablet on my computer. Then I draw transfer to canvas. Then I paint it. Should look pretty close to this when I am done. This is done on an 18X24 Canvas, Oil. It is named "The Bloob3"
If it doesn't show up, here is the link to view it:
I usually don't do this kind of art. I am mostly a landscape artist....but I felt inclined to do this and I am excited about it. Sorry about the resolution......the actual painting does not have all those blurry zig zags.
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January 13, 2006, 11:11 amCPS's 3 to 5 Best Digit Wheel
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January 5, 2006, 8:34 pmMy Grandsons
Going to try this again....latest pictures of my grandsons
These 2 boys are the love of my life
December 18, 2005, 9:19 pmMichigan Midday Monday
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December 18, 2005, 2:17 pmMichigan Sunday Evening
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December 17, 2005, 7:42 pmMichigan Sunday Midday
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The above are coming in straight folks when they do come in. But play 2 way on the safe side. Box the
doubles. This is not a good doubles program.
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I have highlighted all the 2 digit returns in purple and the triple vtracs in green.......
December 17, 2005, 9:28 amMichigan Midday Saturday
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December 15, 2005, 11:42 pmThe Christmas Teacup
I don't know who wrote this poem. I got a Christmas Card with this message in it yesterday. I thought I would post it in dedication to Gena and Jorli. The card was from my Aunt Lorraine, my Godmother.
The Christmas Teacup
"Grandma, why's that teacup sitting 'neath the Christmas tree?"
Amanda asked her Grandma, with eyes wide as they could be.
"Because, my child," Grandma replied, "it's a reminder of the
many ways God demonstrates his never ending love.
You see that pretty teacup was once just a lump of clay. It
yelped and cried as God began to mold it one fine day. Then, God
placed it on a wheel that wildly spun around. As the teacup cried with
fear, "O Lord, please put me down!"
But the Lord said, 'Not quite yet! Please trust me, if you will,' As He
gently placed the teacup deep inside a fiery kiln. There the cup felt true
despair as flames around it burned. She feared the Lord had left for
good, never to return.
All at once cool air rushed in as the door opened wide. God's loving
hands reached in to bring His precious cup outside. Then, came strokes
from a fine brush, dipped in God's choice of paint. Weak from the heat,
englulfed in fumes, the teacup thought she'd faint.
Quietly, the teacup cried, 'O Lord what have I done?' 'My child, I'm only
finishing the work that I've begun.' God said, and locked the cup again behind
the oven door---Yet, from those flames she reemerged, a lump of clay no more.
Stronger and more beautiful, her purpose now defined, the teacup sat in
wonder as the Master's name was signed. "Honey," Grandma whispered,
"that teacup's like me and you. God has a special purpose for each struggle we
go through. So let's sit down and share a special cup of Christmas tea. And
thank the Lord for all He does to fashion you and me into the folks He had in
mind since long before our birth----The loved ones Jesus came to save when
He came here to earth."
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December 1, 2005, 12:01 pmThe Promise
I think that most people know that I was divorced after 30 years of marriage, and remarried to the
to the same man after a 4 year period. 'Tis the season of remembering......I played this song to my husband on my guitar at our daughter's wedding. Our own re-wedding was 1 year later.
The Promise by Tracy Chapman, Copyright 1994
"If you wait for me, then I'll come for you. Although I've travelled far, I always hold a place for you in my heart. If you think of me. If you miss me once in awhile, then I'll return to you. I'll return and fill that space in your heart. Remembering your touch, your kiss, your warm embrace, I'll find my way back to you if you'll be waiting.
If you dream of me like I dream of you. In a place that's warm and dark, in a place where I can feel the beating of your hear. Remembering your touch, your kiss, your warm embrace, I'll find my way back to you if you'll be waiting. I've longed for you and I have desidred to see your face, your smile. To be with you wherever you are. Remembering your touch, your kiss, your warm embrace, I'll find find my way back to you. Please say you'll be waiting. Together again, it would feel so good to be in your arms where all my journeys end. If you can make a promise. If it's one that you can keep, I vow to come for if you wait for me and say you'll hold a place for me in your heart.
To a very dear child who is suffering:
THE LIGHT OF LIFE by Sandy K_____
The stars scattered across the sky, stand clear and brilliant. The night air stings my face. The wind gently shifts through the trees, a sad sighing sound. Rustling branches, it questions my passing. "Who are you? What rights have you here?" My answer is whispered, as if to myself, "I am myself. I am because I must be. I can think of no right."
A foreboding silence bears down on me, it's emptiness stark. "I come, not to harm but to listen and learn. I wish no disturbance; only solitude." A hurried rustling of leaves assails my ears. The wind seems to shout..."What is this? She is different. Speak! Say what you will."
I raise my eyes up to contemplate the gently swaying trees. Their power impresses me. My questions unfold. "How are the trees strong and tall. The stand in the elements of winter and summer. They are steadfast and sturdy. How can the great tree give way to the wind? While I, weak and small, stand steady and stand still in this mere breeze?"
The night sounds diminish as the wind ponders my query. With a shudder of decision, the wind send it's answer. "My child, look more closely. Examine the trees carefully. When you are finished, compare them to yourself."
I turn this over and over. I study the trees and think. I stand, staring up through the obscure darkness. I kow what to say. I think I can answer. But try as I might, I cannot speak.
The wind whistles sharply to get my attention. "My daughter, listen! Stop your mind and answer. Hear us! It is true, they are tall and abudnatly strong. But man, in his weakness, is exceptionally strong. He destroys the trees with axes and saws. You are not insignificant in strength or mind. Perhaps short in foresight. Berate not yourself. You listen and learn what some cannot. You are far more advanced than those with closed minds. Yet you fight and stand steady, not giving at all. Thus it is with all that you do. You will not give way. Stand straight and stiff, and risk being broken. Bend down too much, and you surely are gone. The tree, to stand rigid, would break in two parts. So they bend, to give way to the varying wind."
The wind dies away; the spell is broken. I turn to walk home, then look back at the trees. They stand swaying gently, as though waving goodbye.
Now I dug thru some of my old writings:
YESTERDAY IS GONE by Sandy K______
Yesterday is gone without regret
I will leave it to rest in peace
Today is here to be lived for itself
I will accept it to lead to tomorrow
You have given to me a reason to be
A way to exist and to resist the past
If I look forward to tomorrow instead of backward into yesterday
There will be time enough later to look back on things I've done
Happy about them when I know I've done them looking foward
Thus they will be done better and I will be satisfied
A DAY IN HELL by Sandy K_____ (wrote this when I was very ill)
A day ago, I sat in Hell
lived in darkness
heard death's knell
A day ago, I had no life
saw no future
all was strife
A day ago there was no hope
no way to cope
But that was a day ago
life has changed most drastically
I have found a major goal
Heaven waited for me
August 1, 2005, 4:45 pmMy son
Here is the news release about my son, Jay....I wiped out the company name and his name for privacy purposes...I am so proud of him.
For Immediate Release
Silver Spring, Maryland
August 1, 2005
_______ Jay W. _______ as Senior Vice President, Business Strategy
_______, one of the country's leading specialty healthcare companies, announced today the appointment of Jay W. _______ as Senior Vice President, Business Strategy. In this role, Mr. _______ will direct the company's strategic planning efforts and will lead selected, high priority company-wide initiatives. He will be based at _______'s headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Prior to joining _______, Mr. _______ was a Principal at _______, a healthcare strategy consulting firm based in Chicago. In his five years at _______, Mr. _______ led major engagements in the insurer, provider, and healthcare services sectors. Earlier in his career, Mr. _______ worked as a consultant for A.T. Kearney and served as an officer in the United States Army. He is an alumnus of the United States Military Academy (West Point, NY) where he graduated in the top 5% of his class. He also received his MBA with Distinction from the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) where he was awarded the prestigious Park Leadership Fellowship.
“Jay is an innovative thinker who has helped a number of healthcare organizations reach higher levels of performance. I am extremely pleased to add him to our talented senior leadership team,” said _______, _______'s Chief Executive Officer.
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