Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Life's Value

"One's life has value so long as

one attributes value to the life of others,

by means of love,




compassion." — Simone de Beauvoir, author of "The Second Sex"

Monday, May 30, 2011

Good Guidelines For Learning

"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand". Confucius

Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Trees are Dancing

"Every tree and plant in the meadow

seemed to be dancing

those which average eyes would see

as fixed and still"-Rumi

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Seeing Is Believing

"Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?"
-Groucho Marx

Friday, May 27, 2011

Balance and Harmony

“A space should support you. Everything you choose to surround yourself with, carries a vibration that affects you daily. Balance and harmony in your home will mirror itself in an abundant life.” -Andrew Galuppi

Thursday, May 26, 2011


"...there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own,

that kept you company as you strode deeper

and deeper into the world,

determined to do the only thing you could do --

determined to save the only life you could save." — Mary Oliver

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Practice of the Ordinary Arts

"The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest."

--Sir Thomas More

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Finding Magic

"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." -Roald Dahl

Monday, May 23, 2011

A Smile Within

"Joy is the feeling of grinning inside." -Melba Colgrove

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Moving Through and Moving On

Learn all your life. Learn from your failure. Learn from your successes. When you hit a spell of trouble ask, "What is it trying to teach me?" The lessons aren't always happy ones, but they keep coming. We learn from our jobs, from our friends and families. We learn by accepting the commitments of life, by playing the roles that life hands us (not necessarily the roles we would have chosen). We learn by growing older, by suffering, by loving, by taking risks, by bearing with the things we can't change."-John Gardner

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Walking with Nature

"In every walk with nature,

one receives far more than he seeks."
John Muir

Friday, May 20, 2011

Hidden Treasures

"The treasure secretly gathered in your heart will become evident through your creative work."-Albrecht Durer

Thursday, May 19, 2011


"For what is done or learned by one class of women becomes, by virtue of their common womanhood, the property of all women." — Elizabeth Blackwell, first female physician in the United States

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Your Gift To The World

"By being yourself,

you put something wonderful in the world

that was not there before." - Edwin Elliot

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Blessings of Light and Love

"May the blessing of light be upon you,
Light on the outside,
Light on the inside.
With God's sunlight shining on you,
May your heart glow with warmth,
Like a turf fire that welcomes friends and strangers alike.
May the light of the Lord shine from your eyes,
Like a candle in the window,
Welcoming the weary traveller." -Irish Blessing

Monday, May 16, 2011

Good Morning

‎"Not knowing when the dawn will come,

I open every door." ~ Emily Dickinson

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Family

Aria's graduation , Smith College Northampton Massachusetts May 2006:Mike, Grandma Lucy, Aria, Grandpa Nate, Barb

This photograph captures such a happy moment for three generations. Mike's parents were able to join us in Massachusetts for Aria's college graduation in 2006. This past week Aria flew to the States from Italy for her five year reunion.

I'm so excited that we will be together with Aria and Mike's parents to have some family time together once again.

"In every conceivable manner,

the family is the link to our past,

and the bridge to our future." Alex Haley

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Leaving On A Jet Plane

Yippee we are leaving for OHIO!!!! Meeting up with Aria and Mike's family. Can't wait to see everyone and to give my girlie a big hug!

"Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm

and our intelligence aglow." -Helen Keller

Friday, May 13, 2011

Vintage Vogue

"Dressing up. People just don’t do it anymore. We have to change that." -John Galliano

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Getting Dolled Up

"You can have anything you want in life

if you dress for it."-Edith Head

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

La Notte di Scrabble

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Tomorrows Flowers

"All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today." – Indian Proverb

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Illustration of Momo by Taro Yashima from his book "The Umbrella"

"Momo listened to everyone and everything - even to the rain and the wind and the pine trees - and all of them spoke to her after their own fashion." -Michael Ende

Monday, May 9, 2011

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Los Angeles Angels vs. the Cleveland Indians-May 8, 2011

Yesterday we had alot of fun at a good old fashioned baseball game. We got there early (the first 20,000 guests received Mother's Day hats!)

We were treated to box seats from Mike's company, woohoo this was fun.

Mike was a happy camper...

and I was too!

A great vantage point to watch the game and to enjoy lots of snacks.

Everyone made big ice cream sundaes! Yum!

In the end the Angels won the game, and I went home a winner too.

Here's my complimentary "Mother's Day" hat!

What a nice day we all had!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

On this special day that we honor all mothers I am remembering my dear mom Ruth, who taught me so much and loved all her children with such an open heart.

Thinking of you today mom and also thinking of my two daughters, Aria and Athena who picked me to be their mom.
Lucky me!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

I Believe In

"I believe in kindness.

Also in mischief.

Also in singing,

especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed." — Mary Oliver
"Alas for those who never sing, but die with their music still in them. "
-Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Friday, May 6, 2011

A Common Denominator

"Among those whom I like or admire,

I can find no common denominator,

but among those whom I love,

I can:

all of them make me laugh." -W.H. Auden

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Let Your Light Shine

"Be so happy that
when others look
at you they
become happy

"And as we let our own light shine,

we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same" ~ Nelson Mandela

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

In The Garden

"Morning is the best of times in the garden. The sun is not yet hot. Sweet vapors rise from the earth. Night dew clings to the soil and makes plants glisten. Birds call to one another. Bees are already at work." Unknown

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A Commanding Thought

"If you want to be happy,

set a goal that commands your thoughts,

liberates your energy,

and inspires your hopes." - Andrew Carnegie

Monday, May 2, 2011

Family Party

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A Senior Moment

Since more and more Seniors are texting and tweeting, there appears to be a need for a STC (Senior Texting Code.)

ATD: At the Doctor's

BFF: Best Friend Fainted

BTW: Bring The Wheelchair

BYOT: Bring Your Own Teeth

CBM: Covered By Medicare

CGU: Can't Get Up

CUATSC: See You At The Senior Center

DWI: Driving While Incontinent

FWB: Friend With Beta Blockers

FWIW: Forgot Where I Was

FYI: Found Your Insulin

GGPBL: Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low!

GHA: Got Heartburn Again

HGBM: Had Good Bowel Movement

IMHO: Is My Hearing-Aid On?

LMDO: Laughing My Dentures Out

LOL: Living on Lipitor

LWO: Lawrence Welk's On!

OMMR: On My Massage Recliner

OMSG: Oh My! Sorry, Gas

ROFL...CGU: Rolling On The Floor Laughing....Can't Get Up

TTYL: Talk To You Louder

WAITT: Who Am I Talking To?

WTFA: Wet The Furniture Again

WTP: Where's The Prunes?

WWNO: Walker Wheels Need Oil

GGLKI: Gotta Go, Laxative Kicking In

Sunday, May 1, 2011

A Flower's Fragrance

"Flowers leave some of their fragrance in the hand that bestows them." – Chinese Proverb
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