"Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now!"
                                                                     ~Michael Landon~
"God sleeps in the minerals, awakens in plants, walks in animals, and thinks in man."
                                                                   ~Arthur Young~

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
                                                                  ~Thomas A. Edison~

"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook."
                                                           ~William James~

"The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it."
                                                           ~Roseanne Barr~

I wrote this for my niece... 

Shoes are your greatest understanding
They are underfoot and free standing
Shoes make your feet feel sooo complete!
On your feet you’re always landing!

Polished toenails happily on the go
Wearing heels and walking slow
Heels aren't good for in the snow!

BeBop in your flip flops
It will make you will feel tops
Have a pair, have lots!

Can't wear shoes to take a snooze
But do wear snazzy ones when having the blues
Wear pretty ones, you can't lose!

Can't wear stilletoes in the meadow
Can't wear slingbacks on the track
But wearing boots are great for riding horseback!

Leather, rubber and plastic
There's so many
You'll go spastic!

Pick some. Quick! Pick a pair
Make sure they have some flare!
Pick a pair that makes people stare!

Red, yellow, blue or green
Pick a pair that will gleam
Patent Leather, they're a scream!

In the end you’ll have your shoes
And they will come two by twos.
If one you lose you’ll have the blues!

Here comes Sammy…
with all her shoes! 

"The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is."
                                                    ~Desiderius Eramus~

"Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy. "
                                                          ~Leo Buscaglia~

The mind is everything;
                       what you think, you become.

"The best way
           to cheer yourself
                        is to cheer somebody else up."

                                                          ~Mark Twain~

"Remember that not getting what you want is
sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck."
                                                            ~Dalai Lama~

"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."

                                                              ~Bill Cosby~

I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges.
                                                 ~Mark Marckwardt~

"Every morning you are handed 24 golden hours. They are one of the few things in this world that you get free of charge. If you had all the money in the world, you couldn't buy an extra hour. What will you do with this priceless treasure? Remember, you must"

Quote: Mark Twain

Twenty years from now
You will be more disappointed by the things that you
didn't do than by the ones you did do.

So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Explore. Dream. Discover.

~Mark Twain~

Winter Wonderland

Walter’s Five and Dime. Years of wind and rain had faded the sign. Directly below the sign hung a blue and white Striped awning covering the storefront. The front windows were chock full, ready for the Christmas season. Snow shovels were lined up like aluminum soldiers. The handles were small red hats on heads held high. Brown, blue, green and burgundy gloves lay in a circle like fan blades on a low shelf. The matching scarves were draped on a short rack next to the gloves. Each scarf overlapped the other displaying every color. Mittens and toboggans were neatly stacked next to the scarves. A mannequin next to the display wore a forest green jacket with burgundy trim. The chunky zipper was burgundy as were the pocket flaps. The matching burgundy toboggan was pulled up to form a cone high atop his head. He smiled as if he knew he looked silly with his hat peaked like that. He had no body below his jacket, only a chrome stand. Fuzzy red Christmas stockings hung sporadically from the shelves with candy canes peeking from the tops. Every other one had a teddy bear stuffed inside. Only their heads and paws hung over the top to prevent their fall to the bottom of the stocking. In the forefront, a train tracked round and round with lights flashing. A doll with round blue eyes sat within the track oval mesmerized by the endless motion. To the right of the glass front doors stood a life-size Santa turning to and fro waving to everyone or no one. His white hair and beard hung in ringlets, both cascading to just below his shoulders. His red velvet suit was trimmed with white fur. His black shiny belt surrounded the largest part of his belly and sported a huge gold buckle that matched the smaller buckles on his boots. His hands were clad in emerald green mittens. To the left of the glass doors was a chocolate brown mechanical horse with a creamy mane and tail. The strapping horse raced onward with his tail and mane flying out behind him, one front leg extended forward for his next step, the other bent from taking the last one. His teeth were bared and a metal bit was pulled back in his mouth. Leather reins fastened to each side of the bit and extended up and along his neck to drape on the saddle horn. Worn strips of leather were suspended from the saddle by dime sized silver rivets to hold the wooden stirrups. As soon as a dime disappeared into the meter he would rock from front to back and gently rise and fall with the rhythm of a galloping horse. You could hold on to the saddle horn or, if you were brave, you could hold the reins.

A tiny hand slipped into mine and gave a gentle squeeze, reminding me that my daughter was seeing all that I saw. The shining eyes assured me that she still believed in that chubby, red suited elf, called Santa.

"In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.
"The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is."
                                                    ~Desiderius Eramus~

"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook."
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
                                                           ~Thomas A. Edison~
                                                           ~William James~