Friday, June 29, 2012

Self-Recognition And Self-Change

A program of self-recognition and self-change "reads easy and does hard." (One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 3 June) 29 June 2012

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Just Do It

Almost anything you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it. (Mohandas Gandhi in Touchtones, 3 June) 28 June 2012

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

If You Can

  • If you can take your troubles as they come,
  • if you can maintain your calm and composure amid pressing duties and unending engagements,
  • if you can rise above the distressing and disturbing circumstances in which you are set down,
  • you have discovered a priceless secret of daily living.
  • ... you have succeeded where most people have failed.

(Twenty-Four Hours A Day, 27 June)
27 June 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Women Empowering Messages

There are two [women empowering] messages that we have to get out:

  1. you do not have to get pregnant because you can use birth control, and
  2. you should not get pregnant if you don't have the ability to provide for that child's financial and emotional well-being from the moment of it's birth well into the future.

(Jane Velez-Mitchell, Addict Nation, p. 199) 26 June 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012

Molding Others

We may guide or inspire by our example, but we cannot cast another person, however close to us, into the mold that we choose. (One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 15 June) 25 June 2012

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Wonderful Things

You can't learn how to be strong and patient and brave, if you've only had wonderful things happen to you. (Mary Tyler Moore in Chicken Soup For The Father's Soul, p. 179) 24 June 2012

Saturday, June 23, 2012

What's Wrong With Me?

My philosophy is don't go to the doctor too often because they just find things wrong with you. (Ruth Casey in Keepers Of The Wisdom by Karen Casey, 16 May)
[Note: I failed to post to this blog yesterday.]
23 June 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012


Things cannot always go as you want them to.
Accept disappointment quietly;
Cultivate the gift of silence when speaking may aggravate the difficulty.
(One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 27 May)
21 June 2011

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

What Can I Do?

There is always something you can do ... 
(Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Pulling Your Own Strings, p. 225) 
20 June 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

No Problem

At times almost all of us envy the animals.  They suffer and die, but do not seem to make a problem of it. (Alan Watts, Touchstones, 27 May)

The King was saying, 'I assure, you my dear, I turned cold to the very ends of my whiskers!'
To which the Queen replied, 'You haven't got any whiskers.'
'The horror of that moment,' the King went on, 'I shall never, never forget!'
'You will, though,' the Queen said, 'if you don't make a memorandum of it.'
(Lewis Carroll, Through The Looking Glass)
(19 June 2012)

Monday, June 18, 2012


Overpopulation is the underlying problem and common thread that runs through all of the other social problems, like malnutrition and disease. (Jane Velez-Mitchell, Addict Nation, p. 196)

I've been working on a project to learn more about the Yahoo photo storage application - Flickr.  I've created photo "sets" for two of my recent photo shoots.  I think reader might like how easy it is for me to share links to the photos using Flickr.

On 9 June 2012 while we were in Norfolk, VA for the weekend we attended OpSail 2012.  I had a great time taking photos of the tail ships.

OpSail 2012

Melva's quilting class, Sharing The Love Quilters, which meets at the Bowie Senior Center in Bowie, MD  mounted a quilt show at the center which officially started on 15 June 2012.  I went to the center a day early to take photos of the exhibit.

Sharing The Love Quilters

Mr. Dickie
18 June 2012

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father's Day 2012

Making peace with .. [our parents] imparts to us the strengths of previous generations and helps us be more at peace with ourselves. (Touchstones, 8 May)

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children.  One of these is roots; the other wings.  (Hodding Carter in Chicken Soup For The Father's Soul, p. 93)
17 June 2012

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Whose Fault Is It?

When you are offended at anyone's fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings.  By attending to them, you will forget your anger and learn to live wisely. (Marcus Aurelius in One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 30 May) 16 June 2012

Friday, June 15, 2012

Much And Little

There is always something radically wrong with a situation in which some have too much and others too little.  This is always a sign that a society in which it occurs is hastening to its ruin. (William Barclay, The Revelation of John, Vol. 2, p. 8) 15 June 2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Flag Day - 14 June 2012

The men and women of our armed forces, who've made so many personal sacrifices to serve our country, should only be asked to risk their lives for an absolutely necessary cause, not seductive delusion. (Jane Velez-Mitchell, Addict Nation, p. 253) 14 June 2012

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Everyone is free to refuse to accept his inheritance, but he is not free to establish what his inheritance is. (A Course In Miracles, Chapter 3, VI, 10, 2) 13 June 2012

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Mr. Know It All

When you believe you know everything you will never acquire understanding. 
(Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today! 4 May) 
12 Jun 2012

Monday, June 11, 2012

Save Me!

... reading books, writing notes on index cards, professing to know what you have read and written, "will not save you!"  Knowing what to do and doing it are not the same. (Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today! 27 May) 11 June 2012

Sunday, June 10, 2012

The End

It is still true that the nation in which there is division between man and man, and class and class and hatred based on competitive ambition and selfish desire, is doomed; and the world in which nation is set against nation is hastening to the end. (William Barclay, The Revelation of John, Vol.  2, p. 6) 10 June 2012

Friday, June 8, 2012

Life In Simple Terms

Life can be understood on very simple terms.

  • What we give out comes back to us.
  • What we think manifests in form.
  • What we fear has power over us.
  • When we love, we'll discover love all around us.

(Karen Casey, Keepers Of The Wisdom, 11 May)
8 June 2012

Thursday, June 7, 2012


... do not fight words with words. 
Thomas 'A Kempis, 
The Imitation of Christ, Book 3, 
Chapter 36, p. 128 

“Words! Words! Words! I'm so sick of words!

I get words all day through;
First from him, now from you!
Is that all you blighters can do?

Don't talk of stars burning above;
If you're in love, Show me!

Tell me no dreams filled with desire.
If you're on fire, Show me!
Here we are together in the middle of the night!
Don't talk of spring! Just hold me tight!

Anyone who's ever been in love’ll tell you that
This is no time for a chat!
Haven’t your lips longed for my touch?
Don’t say how much, Show me! Show me!
Don't talk of love lasting through time.

Make me no undying vow. Show me now!
Sing me no song! Read me no rhyme!

Don't waste my time, Show me!”

—“My Fair Lady,” Lerner & Lowe, 1964

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Is It True?

... no matter what the occasion or event, do not believe everything you hear. (Thomas 'A Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, Book 3, Chapter 38, p. 130) 6 June 2012

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Keep It Simple

  • ... go slow,
  • let go,
  • keep it simple.

(One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 21-22 May) 5 June 2012

Monday, June 4, 2012


Questions of purpose increase in importance not only with
  • age or struggle but also with
  • the number of things we have to do,
  • the decisions we have to make,
  • the people who make demands on us,
  • the circle of our relationships, ...
  • our skills,
  • spiritual gifts, and
  • natural abilities.
Purpose questions provide the foundation for the selections we make when it comes to determining when we will say yes, and when we will say no.
(Gail MacDonald in A Gentle Spirit, 3 June)
4 June 2012

Sunday, June 3, 2012


What are the shortcomings that are hampering me, and how can I rid myself of them? (One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 12 May) 3 June 2012

Saturday, June 2, 2012


Aging is not easy, but what's the alternative? 
(Helen Casey in Keepers Of The Wisdom by Karen Casey, 23 May) 
2 June 2012

Friday, June 1, 2012

Duties Done

Character is developed by the daily discipline of duties done. 
(Twenty-Four Hours A Day, 21 May) 
1 June 2012