Link: PREFACE: Why Heart, Humor & Optimism
Heart: Heart of the Matter
When we think Heart of the Matter, we
think about what is most important, the crux, the essence of any issue.
why Heart of any Matter?
Could it be that Heart will forever remain the most important influence in our lives, the crux
of our well-being, the essence of our spirit and soul?
Without Heart we would
have nothing to live for,
and that is the Heart of the Matter.
If A Dog Could Change a Light Bulb!
Light bulb? What light bulb?
Put all the bulbs in a little circle ...
Light bulb? Light bulb? That thing I ate was a light bulb?
Just one? And I'll
replace any wiring that's not up to code.
Yo quiero Taco Bulb.
Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the dark.
I can't reach the stupid lamp!
While it's dark, I'm going to sleep on the
: It isn't moving. Who cares?
The sun is shining, the day is young, we've got our whole lives ahead of us, and you're worrying about a stupid burned-out
Can somebody else do it? I've got a hangover.
Oh, me, me!!!! Pleeeeeeze let
me change the light bulb!!! Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Can I?
Mastiffs are NOT afraid
of the dark.
Let the Border Collie do it. You can feed me while he's busy.
I see it! There it is! Right there!
Go Ahead! Make me!
Puh-leeez, dahling. I have servants for that kind of thing.
I'll just blow in the
Border Collie's ear and he'll do it. By the time he finishes rewiring the house, my nails will be dry.
You need light to see?
Tonka: I second that! Finally, something a cat and I have in common!
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Comments to margo@MomOpinionMatters.Com
I dream of a better tomorrow...
when chickens can cross roads and not have their motives questioned! - Unknown
Hanging out with my graduate school kid—watching videos, laughing in the kitchen, walking Tonka, and eating out in the
neighborhood. Last month of summer; of having everyone home; of not having to keep my cell phone close by all the time…
A full heart does not come often. It is a moment, or several moments
in time, when our hearts are truly at peace and full of joy. Having such moments is a blessing—never to be taken for
granted, or to be forgotten. This summer will go into my memory chest.
May all parents have such moments. They not only settle in our hearts, they collect in our children’s
hearts as well. See Collecting Memories
Humor: And the Moral of This Story Is...
Tonka, my dog, likes to eat outside.
But it is boiling hot.
He will not go outside in the heat.
Therefore he will not eat
because his bowl is inside
hates eating inside unless it is raining.
We have a stare down.
He has a choice.
inside or not at all.
The stare down continues.
He ups the anty and goes to the biscuit jar.
He knows he gets treats inside, not outside
because outside, he might bury them.
He noses the jar, paws
my leg and noses the jar some more.
I pretend I am busy because I want him to eat dinner not snacks.
My husband comes home.
Tonka fills him in on what is going on with soulful-I’m starving to death, please
Of course my husband opens the biscuit jar and gives him some on his way to the refrigerator to
munch on some cheese
My son (home for the summer) then comes down stairs to watch TV in the kitchen.
Tonka paws him, noses the jar and my son says-Oh you want some treats? Give me paw-the left-now the right-good boy! Here!-
he goes for the cabinet with the pretzels.
I continue to look busy waiting for the pasta to boil, as I nibble
a little of the left-over dip.
Then I catch Tonka staring me down.
Oh really, Mom! No snacks before
Dinner is ready.
I take the biscuits and put them in Tonka’s bowl
along with his food.
I ponder putting pretzels and cheese and dip on the table.
Lo and behold? Everyone finishes their food!
Moral of this story?
Do not ever nibble in front
of a dog!
Hide the biscuit jar!
As long as one is hungry, one will eat.
Stay hungry my friends!
Heart:Heart is sometimes where the sadness is, and that is a gift.
My mother died 4 years ago. Today is her birthday,
and all day I keep visualizing sending her beautiful birthday cards, whimsical presents, and wondering how she still managed
at 90 to look no older than 70. We spoke every day. And each morning when I called, she would answer—Good-morning
I miss her still, so much.
But part of having a deep Heart is feeling the fullness of sadness.
It is a far greater blessing to feel the fullness of tremendous loss, than to feel the emptiness of little difference.
And, to truly miss the times one has spent with a loved one, sit with a mental scrapbook full of memories, and look around
at the treasure trove of mementos than to remember lost opportunities, abandoned bonds and broken trusts.
I miss my mother still so much. I would give anything to hear her say-Good morning my darling! But that I have
the memories I do to be sad about, I am most grateful.
It does, in the end warm my heart
Heart, Humor & Optimism: Toy Story 3 (Bring Kleenex!)
A note of Warning:
There a is a segment of TOY STORY 3 that could be
scary to young children. Not all the toys are freindly-one is actually a very dark character--psychologically damaged by
loss and separation--not a good script choice (in my opinion). Cannot say more without giving plot away.
The ending, on the other hand, is very moving and
wonderfully hopeful. And yes, everyone in the movie theatre cried-even college age boys!!!!!!
Humor: Donald Trump On The Oil Spill
'What's with all these
engineers! We don't need an engineer, we need a plumber!'
Saturday-Sunday June 19, June
Heart, Humor &
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY TO ALL!!
SENDING YOU AN E-CARD!
LINK TO E CARD: HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!
Thursday June 17
Heart/Optimism: To the Mama and Papa
Bear in all of us!
Don't worry, this film has a happy ending!
Link: The Bear Movie
Monday, June 14
God bless the heart of our veteran.
God bless the heart of man’s best friend.
There are a few perks to living in Washington DC-one is free museums and another is
a free daily newspaper called Politico a by-partisan review and analysis of all the goings on in
On Monday, June 7, an article caught my eye by Representative Henry Brown called ‘BUGETARY PRESSURES PROMPT CREATIVE
This brought together two issues I care about. Veterans and Dogs.
soldiers return home with mental and physical wounds, the need to improve and expand VA services intensifies every day,’
says Representative Brown. One of the more creative ways, is a program he discovered in Palo Alto ‘ in which veterans
with post –deployment mental health issues help train assistance dogs for placement with other veterans recovering from
combat related physical disabilities.’ To borrow a phrase from my husband and son (usually in reference to techie
stuff!) how cool is that?
Representative Brown goes on to state that this is a win-win because ‘veterans
confronting mental health battles benefit from the sense of responsibility, normality and stability that the dog-training
Meanwhile, veterans who are physically disabled benefit from receiving well-trained assistance
animals. And the dogs have a good time too.’
(I think Tonka would love this!)
Representative Henry Brown who served on the House Committee on Veteran Affairs and is now a ranking member of the Sub-Committee on Health , was so impressed with the success of this program that
he introduced the Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act which passed the House.
I know Tonka would greatly
approve. Anything that can bring the unconditional heart of a dog together with the fragile heart of a human is more
than a win-win. It is a most powerful antidote for any illness-mental or physical.
God bless the heart
of our veteran.
God bless the heart of man’s best friend.
Heart: Memorial Day
In Memory...In Gratitude...In Admiration...In Support...
With a Nation's Heart, God Bless (Margo@MomOpinion Matters)
Daily Om: May 26, 2010
The Soundless Center
Silence of the Heart
It takes a sensitive ear to tune in to the silence of the heart, it can offer
us profound experiences if we listen.
Silence of the Heart
We spend a lot of time attempting to put the feelings in our hearts into words, to communicate to others our passions,
our emotions, and our love. Often we are so busy trying to translate our heart's roar into language that we miss the most
profound experience the heart has to offer, which is silence. Every poem arises from this silence and returns to it. When
all the songs have been sung, the soliloquies delivered, the emotions expressed, silence is what remains. As each wave of
feeling rises and falls back into the silence, we have an opportunity to connect with the vast, open, powerfully healing
wisdom at the soundless center of our hearts.
Our hearts may seem noisy and tumultuous so much of the time
that we do not even associate them with silence. It takes a sensitive ear to tune in to the silence of the heart, but it
is there in each one of us, so close and so large that we do not even notice it. We can begin to become aware of it in the
same way we become aware of the negative space in a still life, the background of a photograph, or the open sky that contains
the sun, clouds, moon, and stars. We are accustomed to tuning in to objects and sounds that are one-pointed, solid, and
three-dimensional. Seeing and hearing the apparently empty space that contains these sounds and objects takes a little practice.
We can bring our awareness into our hearts by simply breathing into the general area of our heart. The first thing
we may notice is feelings like joy or sadness and physical sensations like tightness or tenderness. We acknowledge these
as we continue to breathe and focus, listening attentively. We surround these feelings and sensations with breath and recognize
that they are contained and held in an immeasurable substance like water or air, intangible, ineffable, but utterly real.
This is the silence of the heart, and the more we listen for it, return to it, and accept it, the more we bathe and purify
ourselves in the soundless center of our being. Silence of the Heart/Daily Om
1. The dog is not allowed
in the house.
2. Okay, the dog is allowed in the house, but only in certain rooms.
3. The dog is allowed in all rooms, but has to stay off the furniture.
4. The dog can get on the old furniture only.
5. Fine, the dog
is allowed on all the furniture,but is not allowed to sleep with the humans on the bed.
Okay, the dog is allowed on the bed, but only by invitation.
7. The dog can sleep
on the bed whenever he wants, but not under the covers.
8. The dog can sleep under
the covers by invitation only
9. The dog can sleep under the covers every night.
10. Humans must ask permission to sleep under the covers with the dog.
From "My Dog is the World's Best Dog" by Suzy Becker
Sunday, off a coast in Italy, an American mother drowned
trying to save her 12 year-old son knocked into the water by a giant wave.
She did manage to save
him before she died.
sacrifice has happened many times before.
It will happen many times again.
A mother’s heart is like no other.
It's power is truly fierce, and boundless, brave and selfless.
It is, in
the end, our child's life line.
Heart: If this doesn't make you cry tears of joy...
Link: Soldiers surprising their children
Humor: A naked dog for a naked lady.
--Gypsy Rose Lee
Heart, Humor & Optimism:
Ode to the Journey towards High School Graduation
Heart: Ready? Here we
go my love! I will lead you. Do not be afraid. You will not get lost. My heart is attached to yours,
like a rope.
If you fall, it will pull you up. If you drift, it will hold you fast, and if you are afraid, it will
draw you close and give you strength.
I shall carry you until you can stand on your own.
I shall hold your hand
until you find your balance. I shall stay beside you until you feel ready to walk ahead. Here we go!
I have bought along
enough love, and laughs and faith for the two of us. Do not worry. Here we go!
We will take pictures of
moments in time, and send postcards along the way,
and put together an album of remembrance when our journey is ended.
I am ready. Here we go, my love!
Humor: Look! A bridge! It will take us safely across the currents.
We can look out and below.
We can lean over and watch the water churn, swirl and punch the nearby rocks. Tomorrow will
bring calmer winds.
But until then, let's take in the view and laugh at such aqua Kung Fu imagining the waves having
a very bad hair day fighting the enemy!
You are Finding your bearings. I'll show you a trick.
Don't look down. Look straight ahead. Keep your eyes focused up the path and you won't get stuck. I will
be right there to encourage you to keep going forward even when the fog rolls in and you can see nothing. It will clear.
It always does. And then the sun will grant you a much farther and brighter view. It always does...
And while we walk, my homework will be to present you with a road map of Values and Principles so that
you may have a Moral Compass.
And while we walk, your homework will be to grapple with choices, and do battle with
decisions so that you may grow Moral Courage.
Optimism: The views are more panoramic, but the climb has
become steeper. You can now see a little tip of the summit. But you have to reach it in time. You need to cover a certain
amount of distance per day and complete many tasks along the way. We're both tired And you're anxious about making it to
the top. You look back You're a long way up. This part of the journey is taking a lot more effort. You want to sleep. You
want to relax, but you can't. You will encounter some unexpected wind, and rain and will have to keep going. Your body will
keep growing, and your mind will keep expanding, and you will have to stop more often to refuel, and a lot more is now expected
of you and the pressure is on, and you're huffing and puffing towards the top, and I'm there at each rest stop to cheer
you on, and tell you I have no doubt you can do this... no doubt.
Congratulations to us! We did it!
Take a look out and beyond!
I told you the view was wonderful. I told you it would stretch as far as you could see!.
I knew you would make it! See all the way down behind at where we started? And look at you! You've grown heart and soul.
You've grown Humor and Optimism. Yes, I'm crying, for this journey has now ended and I must say good-bye but still with
so much joy and with such a peaceful heart forever attached on a string to yours.
And while not near, never far . ..
never far.(From H20 to Go! Growing Emotional Resilience & Navigating Through Childhood with Hear, Humor &
Optimism by Margo Judge)
Optimism: Good times always follow
bad. Margo@MomOpinion Matters
need to sniff the ground; it’s how they keep abreast of current events. The ground is a giant dog newspaper,
containing all kinds of late-breaking dog news items, which, if they are especially urgent, are often
continued in the next yard.” – Dave Barry (Humorist and Author)
Optimism: When you get to the end of
your rope tie a knot and hang on. - Winston Churchill
Heart: Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with those who are reckless
with yours. Mary Schmich
...When you were born, you were crying
around you was smiling.
Live your life so at the end,
you're the one
who is smiling and everyone
around you is crying.(Author Unknown)
Humor:Always be nice to your children because they
are the ones who will choose your rest home. (Phyliss Diller)
One of the greatest gifts we can give another human being is to
act as their guardian, to hold space for them. (Anonymous)
I have six locks
on my door all in a row. When I go out, I lock every other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there
picking the locks, they are always locking three. ~Elayne Boosler
Heart: Notes From The Big Apple.
is crowded. Full of tourists. I pass by 42nd street on my way to an office. I pretend I am new to the city
and look up instead of straight ahead. I wonder what I would think if I had never seen skyscrapers, or huge neon signs.
I wonder how I would feel amongst throngs of people pushing past. I especially look at the children and think: I cannot
wait to take my grandchild/children to New York. I cannot wait to revisit it with their wonder. I am and always will be a New Yorker at heart. I cannot wait to share that part of
Heart & Humor?
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE PETS, THIS IS A TRUE STORY.
FOR THOSE THAT DON'T, IT IS A TRUE STORY.
The following was found posted
very low on a refrigerator door.
Dear Dogs and Cats:
The dishes on the
floor with the paw prints are yours and contain your food.
The other dishes are mine
and contain my food.
Placing a paw print in the middle of my plate does not mean that it is suddenly your
nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.
was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack.
Racing me to the top of the stairs is not the object.
Tripping me doesn't help because I fall faster than you can run.
I cannot buy anything bigger
than a king sized bed. I am very sorry about this.
Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch
to ensure your comfort.
Dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep.
not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other, stretched out to the fullest extent possible.
I also know
that sticking tails straight out
and having tongues hanging out on the other end to maximize
space that you are taking up,
is nothing but sarcasm.
For the last time, there is no secret exit from the bathroom!
If, by some miracle, I beat you
there and manage to get the door shut,
it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, try to turn the
knob or get
your paw under the edge in an attempt to open the door. I must exit
through the same
door I entered. Also, I have been using the bathroom for years -
is not required.
The proper order for kissing is: Kiss me FIRST, then
the other dog or cat's butt. I cannot stress this enough.
Finally, in fairness, dear pets, I have posted the following message on the front door:
NON-PET OWNERS WHO VISIT AND LIKE TO COMPLAIN ABOUT OUR PETS:
(1) They live here.
(2) If you don't want their hair on your clothes, stay off
the furniture. That's why they call it 'fur'-niture.
(3) I like my pets
a lot better than I like most people.
(4) To you, they are animals. To
me, they are adopted sons/daughters
who are short, hairy, walk on all
fours and don't speak clearly.
Remember, dogs and cats are better than kids because they:
(1) eat less
(2) don't ask for money all the time,
(3) are easier to train,
(4) normally come when called,
(5) never ask to drive the car,
(6) don't hang out with drug-using people;
smoke or drink,
(8) don't want to wear your clothes,
(9) don't have to buy the latest fashions,
need a gazillion dollars for college and
(11) if they get pregnant, you can
sell their children ...
H is for Holy
E is for Eternal
A is for Affectionate
R is for Righteous
is for True
God Bless and God Bless our children twice!
In Time and the Heart, Humor & Optimism, therein-
From H20 to Go! Part II-Margo Judge
had to get more dog food,
and so Tonka and I went to the pet store-
it’s his favorite place to roam around
and I bought some new toys,
and everyone wanted to pet him,
and then, we had to take an
elevator back up to the entrance,
because I had two huge bags of food,
and Tonka wsn’t sure about the elevator,
I had to bribe him with treats,
Then it was lunchtime
and so I decided we could eat outside,
we sat near this young college couple talking
and he was telling her about like his ex-girlfriend,
like he’s not with her anymore,
and the girl sitting with him was like,
so like you haven’t seen her
and like he says, no way!
and then he says, like,
well, except she called to tell me like she was
and like she invited me to the wedding,
and then the girl sitting with him says,
like you have seen her!
and like he replies,
yeah, I went to the wedding and all,
like I felt that would
be a nice thing to do,
and she replies,
then like why did you tell me you haven’t seen her,
When we got home,
I sat down to look through mail with the word ‘like’ swimming
through my head
And I began to panic that if my son, who does NOT speak like that,
because every time he started
to in Middle School,
I’d make him repeat what he was telling me without the word “like”
if his wedding ceremony were to go something like this-
Like do you take this man...
Like do you take this woman...
like if there anyone here who can show just cause
like for why these two should not be joined in holy matrimony,
them like speak now, or like forever hold their peace--
I would think-
Do I really want my future, adorable, four
year old grandchild saying,
Grandma, like Happy Birthday?
Look Grandma! I like learned how to write
And I can use it like in ten different sentences!!!
-No! No! No!
I WOULD HAVE JUST CAUSE!!!
Thank goodness!! Like that was scary!
Comedy is acting out optimism-Robin Williams
All my life, I
always wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have been more specific. ~Jane Wagner, The Search For
Intelligent Life In The Universe, performed by Lily Tomlin
& Optimism: Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!
Humor: Whoopie Goldberg Commercial
Heart: One of the
hardest things in life, is having words in your heart that you can’t utter-James Earl Jones
is the greatest act of Optimism-Colleen Wilcox
Humor: You know you're a dog person when you and the dog come down with something
like flu on the same day. Your dog sees the vet while you settle for an over-the-counter remedy from the drugstore! (anonymous)
He is your friend, your partner,
your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of
his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.
-- Author Unknown
Even if I knew that
tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.
Heart: All Children come into the
world with a Heart of Gold.
It is our job to keep their hearts polished and shining.
don't they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as well as prohibition
did, in five years Americans would be the smartest race of people on Earth."
year The Academy Awards will be funnier and more creative-come on guys! You've got all the tech and talent you need!
Teaching is the greatest act of Optimism-Colleen Wilcox
Humor: You know you're a dog person when you and the dog come down with something
like flu on the same day. Your dog sees the vet while you settle for an over-the-counter remedy from the drugstore!
He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader.
He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.
-- Author Unknown
Optimism: Martin Luther
Even if I knew that tomorrow
the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.
Heart: All Children come into the world with a Spiritual Heart.
It is our
job to keep their faith warm and strong.
Humor:"Why don't they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning
anything? If it works as well as prohibition did, in five years Americans would be the smartest race of people on Earth."
Next year The Academy Awards will be funnier and more creative-come on guys! You've got all the tech and talent you
Humor: Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin hosting the Academy Awards (I hope!)
Optimist: Day-dreamer more elegantly spelled.
Heart: My little dog --
a heartbeat at my feet.
Humor: Did you ever notice when you blow in a dog's face he gets mad at you? But when you take him in a car he sticks
his head out the window!
-- Steve Bluestone
Heart: Tree of Heart=Tree of Life
blade of grass has its Angel
that bends over it and whispers,
May the world always be connected by
its humanity, and desire
and may the spirit of the Olympics
continue beyond the closing ceremonies.
They were moving and
Optimism: “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” - Albert Einstein
Humor:Planet of the Teenagers
family has spent the year continuing its departure from the Planet of the Teenagers. Slow and at times uneven, the withdrawal
proceeded without major incident. Indeed I believe future anthropologists will see in teenagers the same three conclusions
the great historians saw in the Visigoths: First, we don't know where they came from. Second, we don't know what
they wanted. Third, we don't understand why they failed to develop a written language. (Part of a Year of the
Tiger News Letter from a Friend in the Far East)
Optimism:Be an optimist -- at least until they start moving animals in pairs to
Heart: Joannie Rochette had ours and we cried as one.
you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you
Humor: So true! One never needs
their humor as much as when they argue with a fool. (Chinese Proverb)
If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach
One never needs their humor as much as when they argue with a fool.(Chinese Proverb)
Optimism: Thinking Like An Olympic Athlete:
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity;
An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Tribute to the Olympics: 'It Ain't Over Till
Unemployed? There were 473,000 more of us just
Well, forget building Bridges and Roads-It's taking too long!
(see Day #33/365 of 365 H20 Moments
Of The Day!)
Way too much snow anyway!
Snow! That’s it!
We could fight enemy potholes
and save cars!
Obliterate snow banks that make lane merges suicide missions!
Liberate alleyways so that fuel and garbage trucks and other
supplies could get through!
Do community building and put pedestrians back on sidewalks,
make paths passable to buses, and drugstores
and clear parking spaces so others could put away their ghastly lawn chairs!
Obviously, we have
to suggest this to our Government!!!!!
Hello? Anyone there? Can you see me waving behind the snow bank!!??
I wrote your name
in the sky,
but the wind blew it away.
I wrote your name in the sand,
but the waves washed it away.
I wrote your name in my heart,
and forever it will stay.
- Jessica Blade -
Optimism: Sing out everyone
'Oh, the sun will come out...'
Oh, the snow will all melt-tomorrow
Bet your bottom
dollar that tomorrow,
it's all gone-
Just thinking about-tomorrow
makes me brave with drivers who are horrors
come what may...
Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you, tomorrow,
you're only a snow melt away!
Humor: Lawn Chair Pledge
'We Lawn Chairs of America are proud to have been called into service; to have been dug out of basements and attics
and back closets; to join forces, and line the streets of communities across this great nation; and to protect and defend,
at all costs, the rights of our owners to have their parking spaces available when they return home. We may be tattered
and old, on our last leg or seat, discolored or scratched, but we serve proudly, unashamed of our appearance, with only this
pledge in mind-
Not sleet nor snow, nor dark of night, will keep us lawn chairs from the fight!'(MCJ)
Heart: Happy Valentine's Day!
May your heart beep,
thump, flutter or burst for someone or something!
Optimism: Wishful Thinking?? I will find a plowed
Humor: Small children almost never misquote. In fact, they usually repeat word for word
what you shouldn't have said - Etienne Marchal
Heart The Heart of the Matter:
To get to the Heart of the
Matter as a baby– you cry
To get to the Heart of the Matter as a teenager-you shout
To get to the Heart
of the Matter as a parent–you listen...
Optimism: That even with white out
conditions, 45 mile an hour winds, blowing snow,
and grass buried deep beneath 30 inches of snow
Tonka will find
a spot to pee and poop before a tree branch falls down on my head!
“Humor helps us to think out of the
box. The average child laughs about 400 times per day, the average adult laughs only 15 times per day. What happened to the
other 385 laughs?” (anonymous)
Heart: Love is waterproof
Humor: Help Wanted Ad:
Job building road
or bridge not too far from home-need to pick up kids, get groceries, fix dinner-of course, never built a bridge
or road before – suppose they will train me-do they pay for that or do I?---will need much warmer clothes-will have
to buy those really good, but expensive high tech gloves & foot things that keep from frost bite on the bridge, or
sun tan lotion #150 to keep from getting skin cancer & bright orange whatever so I don’t get hit
by a car putting all the cones along the road---will they train me to operate a rig? Who pays for that? I suppose I shouldn’t
worry. Building bridges & roads might be fun--when it isn’t raining, snowing, blowing or sweltering & maybe my
kids will help me buy a very cool lunch box tool box!
Heart: A child is born with A Heart of Gold.
Our job is to polish it...every
(William James. Philosopher,
Heart: God did not create
woman from man's head, that he should command her, nor from his feet, that she should be his slave, but rather from his side,
that she should be near his hear. (Hebrew Quote)
Optimism:A person who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the man doing it.(Chinese Proverb)
Day 27/ 365
can never get away with feeding my broccoli to the dog.(Joanne
Heart:The Heart of the Matter is this:
Our Humanity ensures that we will reach out to others;
Our Humanity ensures that we will assist our brethren;
Our Humanity ensures that we will protect our innocent;
Our humanity ensures that we will bless our children.
May all children be so blessed by us…always and forever.
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My New Year's Resolution:
To post One H20 moment per day for a year- no matter what!--
365 days of Heart, Humor and Optimism.
*Daily Heart, Humor or Optimism (H20 to Go!)
Monday November 29
Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today
and make a new ending.
A Quoted Thanksgiving Message to Share:
November 25, 2010
Beyond Counting Blessings:
when we practice being thankful, we go through the process of counting our blessings, acknowledging the wonderful
people, things and places that make up our reality. While it is fine to be grateful for the good fortune we have
accumulated, true thankfulness stems from a powerful comprehension of the gift of simply being alive, and when we
feel it, we feel it regardless of our circumstances. In this deep state of gratitude, we recognize the purity of
the experience of being, in and of itself, and our thankfulness is part and parcel of our awareness that we are
one with this great mystery that is life.
It is difficult for most of us to access this level of consciousness
as we are very caught up in the ups and downs of our individual experiences in the world. The thing to remember
about the world, though, is that it ebbs and flows, expands and contracts, gives and takes, and is by its very nature
somewhat unreliable. If we only feel gratitude when it serves our desires, this is not true thankfulness. No one
is exempt from the twists and turns of fate, which may, at any time, take the possessions, situations, and people we
love away from us. Ironically, it is sometimes this kind of loss that awakens us to a thankfulness that goes deeper
than just being grateful when things go our way. Illness and near-miss accidents can also serve as wake-up calls
to the deeper realization that we are truly lucky to be alive.
We do not have to wait to be shaken
to experience this state of being truly thankful for our lives. Tuning in to our breath and making an effort to
be fully present for a set period of time each day can do wonders for our ability to connect with true gratitude.
We can also awaken ourselves with the intention to be more aware of the unconditional generosity of the life force
that flows through us regardless of our circumstances."
(From Daily Om www.dailyOm.com )
On this Thanksgiving, thank you to all my readers here at home, near
and far—for your company and your support.My tracking tells me I have readers in various countries
Danke! Merci! TODA RABA! Shukran! Dank
je wel! Xie xie in pinyin! Dōmo arigatō! Jabahut acha, shukriya! Kamsahamnida!Спасибо!
any mistakes in translation! My heart is in the right place! And if I left you out, please let me know so
I can thank you too! For those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving may it be a joyous one with those you
love and as always, God Bless our children twice!
Love: Toddler Style
My 3 year old french kisses her dog! There is some pretty heavy petting going on here! Not sure I want to
leave them alone in a room!
(As told to me by
the mother of a toddler)
Monday November 15
Humor: International Regulation Wizard Style
"What are you working on?" said Harry.
"A report for the Department of International Magical
Cooperation," said Percy smugly. "We're trying to standardize caldron thickness. Some of those foreign
imports are just a shade too thin----leakages have been increasing at a rate of almost three percent a year---"
....unless some international law is imposed we might well
find the market flooded with flimsy, shallow-bottomed products that seriously endanger----"
(From Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, ch 5)
120/365 Days Love:
I bet it is very hard
for you to
love all of
the whole world
There are only
4 people in our whole
family and I
can never do it.
(From Through the Eyes of a Child)
Monday October 23
Perspective leads to Optimism:
October 20, 2010
Shifting the Mood
When we feel supported, it is easier to open our heart and minds when needing
to look at a situation differently.
We all have days when we are faced with chores, errands, or responsibilities
that we don't want to do. At times like these, it's easy to get into a bad mood and stay in one as we tackle these
tasks. However, given the fact that our bad mood will not change the fact that we have to do these things, and will
most likely make things worse, we could also try to shift our attitude. Many wise people have pointed out that it
is not so much what we do as it is how we do it that makes the difference in our lives.
when we're facing something that's really hard for us, whether it's doing taxes, paying bills, or visiting a challenging
relative, that we lovingly support ourselves through the process. The more supported we feel, the easier it is to
open our minds to the idea that we could change our way of looking at the situation. In truth, most of the chores
we don't like doing are intimately intertwined with our blessings. When we remember this, we feel gratitude, which
makes it hard to stay in a dark mood.
We can shift our attitude by considering how much we love our
home as we clean it and how lucky we are to have a roof over our head. Any task can be transformed from a burden
to a necessary aspect of caring for something we love. All we have to do is shift our perspective, and our attitude
follows shortly behind. (Quoted from DailyOM,Com)
Monday October 18 2010
"You couldn't fool your mother
on the foolingest day of your life if you had an electrified fooling machine."
Monday October 11 2010
Optimism: It comes From Perspective
a Distance, Mountains Remind Us of How Small We Are, Which Often Comes As a Wonderful Relief.
have always captured our imaginations, calling us to scale their heights, to circle and worship at their feet, and
to pay homage to their greatness. Mountains can be seen from thousands of miles away, and if we are lucky enough
to be on top of one, we can see great stretches of the surrounding earth. As a result, mountains symbolize vision,
the ability to rise above the adjacent lowlands and see beyond our immediate vicinity. From the top of the mountain,
we are able to witness life from a new perspective-cities and towns that seem so large when we are in them look tiny.
We can take the whole thing in with a single glance, regaining our composure and our sense of proportion as we realize
how much bigger this world is than we sometimes remember it to be.
Mountains are almost always considered holy and spiritual places, and the energy at
the top of a mountain is undeniably unique. When we are on top of a mountain, it is as if we have ascended to an
alternate realm, one in which the air is purer and the energy lighter. Many a human being has climbed to the top
of a mountain in order to connect with a higher source of understanding, and many have come back down feeling stronger
and wiser. Whenever we are feeling trapped or limited in our vision, a trip to our nearest mountain may be just
the cure we need.
There's a reason
that mountain views are so highly prized in this world, and it is because, even from a distance, mountains remind
us of how small we are, which often comes as a wonderful relief. In addition, they illustrate our ability to connect with
higher energy. As they rise up from the earth, sometimes disappearing in the clouds that gather around them, they
are a visual symbol of earth reaching up into the heavens. Whether we have a mountain view out of our window or
just a photograph of a mountain where we see it every day, we can rely on these earthly giants to provide inspiration,
vision, and a daily reminder of our humble place in the grand scheme of life."(From: From DailyOm.com)
Monday October 4 2010
Today is your day.
off to Great Places!
You're off and away!
You have brains in your head.
feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
The Places You'll Go!)
Day 116/365 of Heart, Humor & Optimism
Dumbledore Speaking to Harry Potter:
“ …If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love.
He didn’t realize that love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark. Not a scar, no visible
sign…to have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever…"
(From Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowlings)
Day 115/365 of heart, Humor & Optimism
Optimism: We've All Had Days Like This!
Harry Potter did find his way and so will we!
‘There were a hundred and forty-two staircases at Hogwarts: wide, seeping ones: narrow,
rickety ones; some that lead somewhere different on a Friday; some with a vanishing step halfway up that you had to remember
to jump. Then there were doors that wouldn’t open unless you asked politely, or tickled them in exactly the
right place, and doors that weren’t really doors at all but solid walls just pretending..." (From Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,
We can use the power of Heart;
We can overcome adversity;
We can vow never to be destroyed...
We did it on 9/11.
May Heart & Optimism abide daily
in our lives and in the lives of our children.
Optimism is almost impossible to self create. Something needs to inspire hope in us. Someone, somewhere, at some point has to tell us he/she believes in
us, is willing to show faith in our abilities and offer us the confidence to grow.
The most dangerous time in any young
person’s life is when there is no ‘something’ and no ‘no one; when the unforeseen becomes a crash,
and it hurts too much to get back up: when hopelessness sets in and there is no sense of future. And, when stuck in a moment
in time, there seems to be no way up and forward.
That is why children need a light, a hand, a suggestion, and
encouragement in taking that first baby step forward--overcoming a fear, taking a risk, dealing with a disappointment. getting
past a rejection or failure. That is how they build Optimism.
School/college begins soon. We cannot forget how
important Optimism is in our children’s lives. Optimism fuels motivation and without motivation they cannot truly
survive, overcome and achieve.
So, I offer some inspirations, compliments of my aunt Rozie* who gave me much light and many giggles!
With God all things are possible.
No chance is last chance saloon!
As long as there’s a captain,
there’ll be another ship!
Nu? So you think this never happened before to anyone but you??!!
those sayings work for us too! *
*My aunt-Roz Relin- was the first female account executive in televion advertising and
won an award for her Pepsi commercial with Harpo Marx. She worked on Lucky Strike and Chock Full O' Nuts to name a
few. She would have loved 'Mad Men'!!!!!!
Optimism: If mom says "no," she
means it. If dad says "no," it means maybe. (Joseph Age 13)
Day 24/ 365 Humor:
The young always have the same problem - how to rebel and conform at the same
time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another. ~Quentin Crisp
Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day. (Kid Quotes)
on, you can make it. come on you can do this! Do not fall in. Come on keep going! You're going to make it. You
will be rescued!
(Me-talking at the television
to the dog caught in the Los Angeles Flood Waters yesterday.)
Heart: May Haiti’s children hold dear to God’s heart, and may their
spirits warm with love and hope.
Humor: Virtual Phone RageAre you sure you do not want to take advantage of this offer. You might want to reconsider
and consider friends or family. They make great gifts. Press 1 for Yes. Press 2 for No.
Thank you for calling about the Forever Knife. If you'd
like to order one Forever knife for 12.99 plus shipping press 1. If not press 2
I press 1
(After credit card info etc) We are sure that you will want to add a second Forever Knife for just an added shipping charge
of 6.99. If you would like to order a second Forever Knife for just the shipping cost press 1. If not press 2.
I press 2. I do not want a second Forever Knife.
We understand. But today we are also offering a box set of Forever
Knives for the same price as one Forever Knife--you only pay shipping and handling. Would you like to take advantage of this
great opportunity to own 4 knives for the same low price? If yes, press 1. If no press 2.
I do not want
the box set for added shipping. I want one knife. I firmly press 2.
time I BANG the No!
Just for today and because you are a valued customer (Valued?? They never heard me before!!!)
we are offering you a reduced price for the Forever Knife-it will only be 7.99 plus shipping and we will add the box set for
just an additional 3 dollars plus shipping. This is a terrific offer only for today. Why don't we go ahead with this
offer? Press 1 to take advantage of this special reduced price offer. Press 2 to decline.
I press down the
2 with all my strength! NO!
We are going to give you an opportunity to reexamine this offer. We are sure if you think
about it you will want the box set of Forever Knives and for only additional shipping and handling we will add another complete
box set! You will now have 8 Forever Knives for the low price of 15,99 plus shipping and handling. Why don't I go ahead
and process this order.
If you agree press 1. If not press 2.
This is now war!
the 2 on the phone and find myself swearing as only I would behind the wheel of my car alone, when no one could hear
me--I WANT ONE F----G KNIFE!!!!! ONE, ONE!
We understand your hesitation. (Hesitation? Do I sound
as if I am hesitating!!??) We are going to give you one last opportunity to own 2 boxed sets of Forever Knives for the
low price of 12.99 a box plus shipping. Are you sure you would not like to take advantage of this special offer just for today?
If you would like to take advantage of this offer press 1. If not, press 2.
I am now STABBING the 2- and SCREAMING
--NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!
All of a sudden, out of breath, leaning over the table, I hear-
for your order. Has she given up? Finally? It will take 5-6 weeks to receive your order Do I hear a cryptic
tone? Suddenly I wonder what this virtual predator would have sounded like had I ordered 8 Forever Knives??!!.
the voice says most officially. Do I hear the white flag, finally?
YES!!!!! Ahahh! You didn't win! I didn't
Good-bye, I reply most sweetly. Have a great day!
The TV is on. I see Forever
Nightlights. Forever Nightlights?
Bring it on!
Heart: At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.
Martin Luther King,
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a
where they will not be judged by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their character.
Luther King, Jr.
a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted,
every hill and mountain shall be made low,
the rough places
will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed
and all flesh shall see it together.
Luther King, Jr.
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia,
the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners
will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.
Day 14/365 Humor: Pigeon Impossible! This a fun video!Click
Day 13/365 Heart: Humanity’s Savior. it is amazing Heart’s capacity
to expand and warm in times of tragedy, and crisis.
Heart is truly humanity’s greatest savior.
May the many hearts around the world beating in sympathy for Haitians
send warmth and support to all affected.
Optimism: A Prayer for Miracles. May there be many
When Something is So Nonsensical It's Comical
I go into the supermarket. I buy more than I planned. I am asked
if I want a shopping bag.
If so, it will be an extra 5 cents. All of a sudden, everyone is charging for bags. I ask
what the five cents is for?
It goes to the Government.
To clean up the Anacostia River (Washington DC)
Oh, that is a
wait! I look around. Everyone in line is holding some sort of interesting carry all.
Obviously people are smart and frugal.
They can bring their own bags and it would appear that very very few
plan to pay the extra 5 cents, no matter how good the cause.
So pray tell,
how does the government expect to raise enough money to clean up a puddle, let alone a river??!!
What were they thinking??!!
Oh wait.This is the government. Such logic makes perfect sense!
still, if they want to bag something, they might want to bag this idea! It'll only cost them 5 cents!
Heart: What Can Always Melt It? Puppies-any breed, any color, any time, anywhere.
9/365 Optimism: This Too Shall Pass!
Walking Tonka in wind chill of
10 degrees. Playing fetch with Tonka in wind chill of 10 degrees. Trying to get him to come inside from wind chill of 10 degrees!
Children vs. Pounds-No Contest!
She knocks at my door accompanied by her
father, my neighbor, in search of money for children with cleft chins.
She comes with a form. The form has pictures of all sorts of different
cookies I can buy.
I do not want cookies. I have just bid good-bye to my son’s girlfriend who is an amazing baker and responsible
for at least five of my added pounds!
I am now trying to fit
back into my favorite jeans. But, the little girl looks up at me with those adoring eyes.
So, I buy 4 boxes, so as not to have nightmares about being Mrs. Scrooge!
Before she leaves, she adds that
she is not responsible for any problem with any of the boxes of cookies which means I cannot ask for my money back even
if I don’t like how they taste!
Her father apologies and I start to laugh! I so hope I hate the cookies. Really, really, hate them,
I tell him!
looks up at me horrified! I mean that I could then lose weight. She doesn’t understand.
I mean that if I like them, I will eat a lot of them
and get fat!
you would be helping a lot of children!
You’re right. You're right! You're absolutely right! I will eat all 4 boxes!!
She is thrilled! She is thrilled!
She is absolutely thrilled!
My jeans and I have a tearful going away party.
Day 7/365 Heart & Optimism Watching Dateline: ‘Bringing Sean Home. The Untold Story.’
The David Goldman story of fighting to bring his son back
home from Brazil.
Christmas Eve the reunion finally comes.
a passion for one’s son and in the midst of anguish,
determination, patience and faith.
6/365 Optimism: Good Times always follow bad.
A worrisome time, and then late today, some unexpected, welcomed news in time
If it had not come, I would have had to fight worry.
I knew this resolution would not always be easy, and the year has just begun!
Whoever said Optimism was easy! It is, however, very, very powerful-especially for our
Day 5/365 Humor:
When cluelessness is so clueless it’s funny!
The sink is full of dirty dishes.
The dishwasher needs to be emptied. I ask my son to please
empty the dishwasher so when I get back there is room to prepare dinner
I come back. The dishwasher has been emptied. Everything is put away.
The sink is still full of
look at the sink. I look at my son. He looks back at me totally perplexed!
What? I emptied the dishwasher and put all the
dishes and silverware away.
But the dirty dishes are still in the sink. They need to go in the dishwasher!
I start to laugh! Just when I think it is safe to come
out of Mamahood 101-
super smart, delightful and loveable son reminds me that that connecting dots has a long shelf life!
Day 4/365 Heart Happiness-:
Hanging out in the kitcken with my son watching a late movie and eating cherry pie.
Day3/365 Optimism: Young People have Great Instincts!
MTV Countdown for Woman Artist of the Year.
Lady Gaga came in #1.
came in #2.
the time I got to Lady Gaga, I had gone through an amazing array of videos filled with stunningly overt sexuality-
but some songs bordering on porn. And I thought-no wonder there is sexting!
Why would young girls think there was anything wrong
with exposing themselves on screen?
Then Taylor Swift in her song, ‘Fifteen’ wearing a simple white dress
talked about what it was like
to be fifteen on the first day of high school,
what it was like to have a boy say he loved you,
and what it was like to make the mistake of believing
powerful…no need for nudity, or sexually explicit production numbers --
just talk and perspective and advice. And,
it was #2.
realization made me believe greatly in the spirit of young people-
that simple and relatable messages do still get
there is life beyond exhibitionist dancing, and sexual lyrics.
Young people do know that. They long for it and they will respond
am extremely optimistic about them and the next generation!
Day 2/365 Humor-The Great Car Tease! Yesterday, after commenting
to my son and his girlfriend
that I was so happy with how the car looked after all its body work
remarked that most of the scratches and dents were my doing.
I replied that while I would concede he had an
excellent sense of direction,
I was still a much better driver!
He said I had a problem driving out of garage
I countered that he had a problem backing out of driveways at night.
That was only one night!
Well mine was only was one parking space!
He then added,
Remember when you banged into a car right
in front of us?
It was a bump not a bang!
And can you remember one time you didn't fly through a yellow light?
Yes, but with no scratches!
Yes but with 300 dollars for the year owed in fines!
This went on for
the entire ride to the movies
and with much shared laughter.
Day 1/365 Heart--watching Tonka in
absolutely heaven in the freezing cold.
And I realized how true it is that dogs do smile. He was smiling at me—as if to say-I love
am so happy. And as cold as I was, his smile melted my heart.
And I was happy for him. And that made me feel good.