Tuesday, November 30, 2010


It's beginning to look like an Amazon Christmas... I will do ANYTHING to not step in a mall this year!  I've had nothing but great luck with Amazon, easy to search, flawless... works for me!

Trivia from WIKIPEDIA:  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is a US-based multinational electronic commerce company. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, it is America's largest online retailer, with nearly three times the Internet sales revenue of the runner up, Staples, Inc., as of January 2010.[3]
Jeff Bezos founded Amazon.com, Inc. in 1994 and launched it online in 1995. The company was originally named Cadabra, Inc., but the name was changed when it was discovered that people sometimes heard the name as "Cadaver." The name Amazon.com was chosen because the Amazon River is the largest river in the world, and so the name suggests large size, and also in part because it starts with 'A' and therefore would show up near the beginning of alphabetical lists. Amazon.com started as an online bookstore, but soon diversified, selling DVDs, CDs, MP3 downloads, computer software, video games, electronics, apparel, furniture, food, and toys. Amazon has established separate websites in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, and China. It also provides international shipping to certain countries for some of its products. A 2009 survey found that Amazon was the UK's favorite music and video retailer, and third overall retailer.[4]

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Don't mess with the pecan pie!

Tradition... it's what makes me tick, our own and listening to others! Collard greens and green beans cooked in Ham Hogs? Yep, to a few women I work with... (whatever) Pasta before turkey...that tradition really amazes me - I won't even serve appetizers because I want everyone to eat their dinner (and, it's what my mom does)... This year I was going to skip the creamed onions... until two days before Thanksgiving when  my sister tells me it's one of her 2 favorite things to eat... (of course I ran to purchase the onions...how can I NOT serve them)...
My favorite....pecan pie - I'll ONLY make it once a year, is anything more fattening??? This year I decided to try a new recipe, cheese cake bottom, with pecans on top...my lesson ... keep the tradition - creamed onions and "don't mess with the pecan pie"!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Where were you 47 years ago?

I was in the first grade;  I can still identify the seat and row I was sitting in.  Our teacher, Sister Paul told us to all pray, our president was shot.  At 6 years old it was a hard concept to understand.  We were all dismissed, I remember my mother coming to get me and my sister, she was crying and I knew it was significant.  My family with neighbors watched it around the clock on TV.  After five days, I asked my mother "will cartoons ever be back on TV again"?  Where were you?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Forgiveness: the most profound healing power...

I came across this website that had famous quotes on forgiveness; I posted my favorites - I'm forever fascinated by the Amish, the tragedy they faced in 2006 when they experienced an open fire in a school house.  This senseless incident generated stories and articles about the depth of their forgiveness ~
So inspiring is this NPR article, 1 year after the shooting incident:
  • The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.-- Mahatma Gandhi
  • To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was you.—Unknown
  • Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were. --Cherie Carter-Scott
  • The offender never pardons. --George Herbert
  • He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.--George Herbert
  • Resentment is like a glass of poison that a man drinks; then he sits down and waits for his enemy to die.—Unknown
  • Forgiveness is giving up the possibility of a better past. --Unknown
  • Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting. --William A. Ward
  • You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well. --Lewis B. Smedes
  • What we forgive too freely doesn't stay forgiven. --Mignon McLaughlin
  • It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. --William Blake:
  • We frequently forgive those who bore us, but cannot forgive those whom we bore. –Francois, Duc de La Rochefoucauld
  • It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own. --Jessamyn West
  • Wrongs are often forgiven, but contempt never is. Our pride remembers it forever. --Lord Chesterfield
  • Don't tell friends their social faults; they will cure the fault and never forgive you. --Logan Pearsall Smith
  • Without deep humility, true forgiveness is impossible…and will never happen. --Martha Kilpatrick
  • Forgiveness is me giving up my right to hurt you for hurting me. --Anonymous
  • Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it foregoes revenge, and dares forgive an injury. --E. H. Chapin
  • Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?-- Abraham Lincoln
  • There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.-- Josh Billings
  • Always forgive your enemies--nothing annoys them so much.-- Oscar Wilde
  • Humanity is never so beautiful as when praying for forgiveness, or else forgiving another. --Jean Paul Richter
  • Yes, this is what good is: to forgive evil. There is no other good. --Antonio Porchia
  • A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers. --Robert Quillen
  • Forgiveness is the final form of love. --Reinhold Niebuhr
  • One forgives to the degree that one loves. --Francois de La Rochefoucauld
  • 'Tis the most tender part of love, each other to forgive. --John Sheffield
  • Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness. --H. Jackson Brown
  • Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life. --George MacDonald
  • It takes one person to forgive, it takes two people to be reunited. Louis B. Smedes
  • To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. Louis B. Smedes