Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The greatest gift, You, Happy, Present

Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.

I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible.

How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn't suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word 'refrigeration' mean nothing to you?

How often have your kids dropped in to talk to you and sat in silence while you watched television?

Because we cram so much into our lives, we tend to schedule our headaches. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!

We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained.

We'll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet.

We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids through college.

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of:

"I'm going to ..."
"I plan on ..."
and "Someday, when things are settled down a bit..."

When anyone calls my 'seize the moment' friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you're ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Roller blades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.

My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It's just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-Decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.

Now...go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to......not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make,

who would you call?
what would you say?
And why are you waiting?

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground?
Ever followed a butter fly's erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night?
Do you run through each day on the fly?
When you ask " How are you?" Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head?
Ever told your child, "We'll do it tomorrow." And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die?

Call your friends just to say 'Hi?

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift.....Thrown away.....
Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.

"Life may not be the party we hoped for but while we are here we might as well dance!"

Remember friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.

(This was shared with me via an email forward from IAWP member Michelle Simon of Bermuda. Thanks Michelle.)

Let's not forget to take time to enjoy the life we have, the friends we have made and the family we are blessed with. Have a great day.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

NY State Trooper Jill Mattice

The first female New York (NY) State Trooper dies in the line of duty.

Trooper Jill Mattice (31 year old) was pronounced dead at the scene of a car crash in Otsego County.

State Police report Mattice was traveling eastbound on Route 23 in her patrol car when she collided head on with a tractor trailer headed westbound. Mattice was pronounced dead at the scene.

She was a 6 and a half year veteran of the New York State Police force.

NY State Police are holding a press conference at 1:30pm Thursday.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Are you living your dream?

The third Monday in January has been dubbed Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day in most states throughout the United States. It celebrates the life of slain Civil Rights Leader Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Dr King recited a speech titled "I have a dream" His dream was of unity, equality and equal access. He encouraged hard work and service. He instilled the need to help your fellow man. Dr. King set a great example of service and died while fulfilling his mission. So I ask again, "Are you living your dream?"

People perish for lack of vision. Not having dreams and goals for your life and how your life can be a legacy you can leave to your family, children and fellow man may be something you want to reflect upon in this first month of a new decade.

The recent Haitian crisis has opened many peoples eyes as to the need to care about your neighbor. Though Haiti is not close to many of us, through the internet and the news it is next door. It is down the street because it is in our living room.

If you have not been able to help out the Haitian Situation, know there is something that carries no cost but your time you can do. You can pray or light a candle or whatever your custom calls you to do when you know of people in great need. Your local national aid agency may also provide a way for you to donate to the cause.

In the US the National Red Cross has set up a quick and easy way for you to donate to the Haitian crisis. You can use your mobile (cell) phone, text 90999 with the message "Haiti" and in a few minutes you will be informed you have donated $10 to the Red Cross for Haiti. I believe they learned this technique from the success of people calling into the televised reality talent competition and voting for their favorite talent. You often heard of multiple millions of people texting in for the contestants. I pray a million will choose to text the Red Cross too. We can still see daily on television how much the aid is needed over there.

Those who are so inclined please keep the survivors, families of the victims lost, the aid workers, the military and the local law enforcement in your thoughts and prayers.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Please pray for the families of the fallen victims of the Earthquake in Haiti. Also pray for the survivors and their families as they grieve their losses and prepare to rebuild their lives after this horrible natural disaster.

Monday, January 11, 2010


011110 Let's explore the significance of zeroes and ones.


01/10/10 As I write the numbers for the dates of 2010 I realize the number look like old style computer binary code.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

The First Day of the First Week

The first day of the first week of 2010 began with tragedy. On Monday January 4, 2010 at approximately 0800 hours a lone gunman entered the Las Vegas Federal Court Building and fired upon court security officers and Marshals. The shootout that ensued resulted in the death of Special Deputy Marshal (and retired Las Vegas Metro Police Department Sergeant) Stanley Cooper. Another Marshal was also injured and is currently recovering from his wounds. Please pray for the family, friends and colleagues of Special Deputy Marshal Stanley Cooper and for a speedy recovery of the surviving Marshal.

In the early morning hours today Utah lost a female officer in the line of duty. Millard County Sheriff's Deputy Josie Greathouse Fox. Josie leaves behind a husband and two children. She died as a result of a gunshot wound she received during a car stop. Please pray for Josie's family, friends and colleagues.

For further details please check out the Officer Down Memorial Page www.odmp.org.

In these days of increased attacks on law enforcement officers I encourage us all to be ever vigilant. Our uniforms stand for order and we stand out in our society. Unforetunately sometimes as targets. We must always remember how important it is to stay alert. I will be praying for each and every one of you.

I pray for a hedge of protection around us. I pray for wisdom and insight. If something does not look right or feel right listen to your instincts. Go slow, call and wait for back up and go in on the offense. Prepared to act. We all want to go home to our loved ones every night.

Stay Safe.


We are five days into the second decade of the 21st century. How is your world? Has anything changed? If not, what do you need to address to affect a change for the better in your life? Take a few hours alone and reflect on what you truly want to accomplish in this world.

2010 is your year. Look into your heart and see what it is you want to accomplish this year. Then head positively towards your goals. Do not let naysayers have a place in your plans. Just "Do it". If it is to be, it is up to you. You are your biggest road block. I look forward to hearing your good reports. Have a Blessed New Year.