Thursday, September 27, 2007
It means be kind, gentle, and considerate. Use the manners you've been taught and be thoughtful. Be gracious. It's a little message that's been passed down for generations, but it carries more weight than the entire dictionary.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
This enchanting film follows the life of Beatrix Potter from precocious childhood to philanthropic adulthood. She was born into an upper middle class family in Victorian London, but did not take the usual path expected of girls at the time. Her "bunny book" became the best selling children's book of all time and the other stories and merchandise that bear her name are a remarkable success story.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
And the chance to wear wool and boots for more than just fashion reasons. That clear, crisp autumn air calls like a siren. We're envious of all those who get a spectacular fall. The trade off is of course January, February, and March. That's when they are envious of us. But for now, the glory goes to the picture postcard towns of the northeast.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Bring back the men in white coats
A world-renowned cancer expert is turning to Pizza Express to help him deliver the care he believes British patients are entitled to expect.
Decades of experience have led Professor Karol Sikora to despair of the varying standards in the NHS, and he has long been thwarted in his efforts to change the system internally.
Hence the alliance with Luke Johnson, entrepreneur and restauranteur, to run a chain of cancer clinics providing a service that is cheap, reliable and high quality - the hallmark of Johnson’s pizzas - to NHS patients.
At the same time, a former Government adviser, Sir Derek Wanless, warns that the long-term future of the NHS is in doubt, and the world class healthcare, endlessly promised by politicians, continues to elude us despite record levels of funding.
But doom-mongering reports and evidence of their failure will not distract the legion of health service bureaucrats from what really matters; a ludicrous ban on knitting needles at a Cheshire hospital for reasons of health and safety, and an end to the tradition of doctors wearing white coats.
Does anyone seriously believe that this latter initiative will have any significant impact when hospitals are routinely filthy and lacking basics such as soap and towels?
Here's a related article about rationing heart surgery and one on rationing cancer drugs.I don't like the sound of that.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Folks in San Diego, Hawaii, and Palm Beach can actually suffer from depression from a relentless number of fine days. The cure is an occasional cloudy, drizzly day. Of course, there's very little sympathy for the depressed people living in paradise. Nine weeks or less of summer weather a year isn't enough to curry compassion from winter hardened northerners. When they are knee deep in snow and slush with winds howling, it's Florida they're longing for. Meanwhile, Floridians are thinking a few weeks in Canada might be fun. It's just another case of the grass is always greener.........or in this case, the snow is always whiter on the other side of the fence.
It's a throwback to the days before the 24 hour news cycle. Don't get me wrong....I love all the alternatives in media available now. It's just nice to have a break from all the hysteria for a day. Let's all take a deep breath and enjoy it.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Sister said she's been doing this for a few days and can already see a big difference in her outlook. Isn't it amazing how just changing one little word can turn a negative into a positive? Since it's Monday and that's the perfect day to start something new, lets all give it a try. When you find yourself running through "the list" in your head, make sure it's a "want to" instead of "need to" list. I'd love to hear how it goes. Cheers!
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Eventually they get lost under a pile of mail and forgotten. Good intentions gone astray. I always fall back into the same rut. Maybe I'm an adrenaline junky and need the excitement of rushing around at the last minute. Maybe it's an inherited trait I can blame on a long gone ancestor. Whatever it is, I haven't found the cure. The one thing I do know is that it would take a miracle to change me.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Are we listening................. or are we too busy spewing our uninformed opinions and closing our minds to truth? Ask yourself on this September the 11th.......am I going to listen to politicians and reporters or soldiers when it comes to the truth about what's happening on the battlefield in Iraq? I think we all know who has the strongest record on honesty. When asked, General Petraeus had no comment on the move on ad in the ny times that called him a betrayer.
Do the folks at move on remember where they were on September 11, 2001? Do they remember seeing this on that beautiful clear fall morning? Did it make them hold their breath and grab the phone and call their children to make sure they were okay? Just wondering.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Peter Moylan needs some rest, but Hudson needs to go at least seven for that to happen. Edgar Renteria got back into the line up this week and is picking up where he left off with his bat. In his return game Saturday he went two for four and scored a run. Another hot bat has been Matt Diaz. He looks comfortable at the plate and is hitting .344 for the last 30 days. The Mets swept their series against Houston this weekend and the Braves took two of three off the Nationals. So the Braves find themselves eight and a half games out of first and behind four teams in the wildcard race. There are nineteen games left in the season against teams the Braves have made good showings against all year. They've just got to play loose.....have fun out there.....as they say, and hope there's a little Braves magic left in the tank.
UPDATE: dead, never, beaten
Sheepish UPDATE 2: Tuesday final score Braves 13 Mets 5
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Ladies, what's the problem? The best time to shop is while football games are going on. Get a jump on that Christmas list and it could all be done including the wrapping before Thanksgiving. That leaves four Sundays to get the Christmas cards written and mailed. Why complain about something your man loves when he's giving you uninterrupted time to get important stuff done? Just think.... no whining about chores, no moaning about work, no crying about having to go out. Just peaceful shopping and lunching with friends. Hurray!!! Football season is here!!!
Friday, September 7, 2007
I have a vague memory of visiting a great house in Atlanta with peacocks wandering around the garden and thought that was the most grand thing ever. Never mind that they are pretty good size birds and you know what pretty good size birds leave behind. The other drawback is the sound they make. It sounds like a woman screaming. I have a real problem with that....just ask anyone my feelings about Hillary Clinton. Well, anyway, sorry to put that image in your head.....but this morning when I went to let Roxy out there were seven peacocks in the front yard. It looked like they were thinking about coming up on the porch. Roxy would of course bark and run them off so I hesitated to let her out right away, but you can't put off a fifty pound poodle for very long.
So I got a good look at them then opened the door. Roxy pounced and barked and they scattered, honking like geese the whole time. She chased them half-heartedly because she's really a coward and hadn't realized how big these birds are. They reappeared a little while later crossing the street to someone's yard who's more hospitable....no dogs. It's okay though-this isn't the dream home. I won't expect them to stay until I get there.