When sorting out some old paperwork…

…I ran across this quote I had written down some thirty-odd years ago.

Epictetus Quote

This blog, lately, has become more like a fig which has yet to ripen, hasn’t it?

Each day, I make an effort to post…and at the end of the day, my energy level is nil, because the day has been spent sorting, straightening, hanging artwork, shopping, baking, cooking…doing everything that must come first before I can sit and gather thoughts and images to put up a decent post.

Getting older “ain’t what it’s cracked up to be!”, and I’ll admit I’ve been pushing myself the last several months to that terrible point of exhaustion.

Yet, I look around my apartment and revel in what I’ve achieved–a great change, a comforting ‘togetherness’, a fresh look!

Though I still must deal with the studio (washing walls, then painting), I’ve had to let that go for a bit–perhaps even until Spring!–as tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day (and Hannukah has already begun this evening for my Jewish friends!).

This is a particularly poignant Thanksgiving Day for me, as it is the 17th anniversary of my younger son’s passing…and I have spent the previous holidays in thoughts and memories of that horrific time, which still seems like it was just yesterday.

Enough of that for now, as I hope all of you, old and new followers, are in good health and somewhat happy to be alive!

Even if you do not live in the United States, please take a moment to look around you and be very thankful for all you have!

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Happy Thanksgiving Day

and Happy Hannukah

to all!

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P. S.:  I’m almost finished hanging artwork, and have one more large wreath to decorate and hang, which means I’ll be able to spend more time posting…as soon as I get that Pumpkin Pie baked tomorrow–probably the only ‘traditional’ part of the meal!

I’m NOT having a ‘Turkey Dinner’ though, just steamed salmon, fresh green beans, some sweet potato (no butter or marshmallows!)…and a bit of Brie on water crackers…it’s far more healthy, though I sure do want to gorge myself on stuffing and mashed potatoes and gravy and cranberries–but I’d gain ten pounds overnight!

How proudly they wave!


Daley Plaza Flags

The flags of the City of Chicago, Cook County and the United States of America wave briskly over the Cook County Courthouse (at left) and the Richard J. Daley Center (behind) on a cold, late October mid-afternoon.

In case you are wondering, the huge shadow covering the Daley Center, and the famed Pablo Picasso sculpture (at bottom center) belongs to this magnificent piece of architecture:

First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple

From Wiki:

First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple is a church located at the base and in the utmost floors of the Chicago Temple Building, a skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. The top of the building is at a height of 173 metres (568 feet).

It takes a group of ladies…

Celtic Woman…to demonstrate to Americans just how to be, does it?

O America Lyric

Music: William Joseph
Words: Brendan Graham

O, America you’re calling,
I can hear you calling me:
You are calling me to be true to thee,
True to thee… I will be.

O, America no weeping,
Let me heal your wounded heart:
I will keep you in my keeping,
Till there be… a new start.

And I will answer you, and I will take your hand,
And lead you… to the sun:
And I will stand by you…do all that I can do,
And we will be… as one.

O, America I hear you,
From your prairies to the sea,
From your mountains grand, and all through this land,
You are beautiful to me.

And… O, America you’re calling,
I can hear you calling me:
You are calling me to be true to thee,
True to thee… I will be.

And I will answer you, and I will take your hand,
And lead you… to the sun:
And I will stand by you… do all that I can do,
And we will be…as one.

O, America you’re calling…
I will ever answer thee.

O, America! by Brendan Graham and William Joseph (C) 2008 by Peermusic (UK) Ltd. (PRS), Songs of Peer, Ltd.(ASCAP) and Paybill Publishing (ASCAP) All Rights on behalf of Peermusic (UK) Ltd. Controlled


We should ALL be ashamed…and vote with decency in mind, shall we?

DECENCY…something we have not seen since 20JAN2009!

Some of my older peotry

At just a few days after turning 50, my godmother and favorite aunt, Delores, died of all the effects of cancer.  I was 33 then, and wrote this:


I am the dying:
Your closest friend
Conscious of your tears
Moistening this vanquished flesh.
Death’s perpetual parade courses
Victorious over Life ephemeral.
I surrender:
At Christmas
Fourth of July
My birthday
I was:

Copyright 1977


I had lost my oldest brother in ’74,  and a grandmother and grandfather before that, so I was very conscious of death, and what it means to those of us who remain.  Since, I have lost Mother, Dad and sons…all who meant everything to me.

In a few months, I shall have a 66th birthday…and wonder what I can do to stave off the destruction of these beautiful United States of America.  It seems to me that my one vote won’t do it, as I know the election is determined, not by our votes, but by the electoral college.

It is time, NOW, to begin your homework–remember thatYes, homework…to help you decide what is best for the USA and yourselves…and strike out the current CANCER before the USA dies.