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Forget-Me-Not Flora

Created by talented MistyRose Photography a beautiful card of an American flag with forget-me-not flower for Memorial Day card. Inside card “Remembering our loved one on this special
day,  With our best wishes”

Memorial Day Card


Lake Waldo Postcard at Zazzle

Planning to move, would it be nice to tell your friends and relatives with a beautiful landscape postcard created by the talented MistyRose Photography at her Zazzle gallery.
4.25″ x 5.6″ (portrait) or 5.6″ x 4.25″ (landscape).
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We have Moved Postcard
We have Moved Postcard by MistyRosePhotography
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If your house were on fire, what would you take ?

This idea came from “the burninghouse.com”, my prize possessions are:

  • Red velvet memory box with cherished items that can’t be replace.
  • Picture frame of my parents circa 1950
  • Picture frame of me and my first Labrador
  • Books,  The Dalai Lama, The Lessons of St. Francis, Gandhi The Man Benedict’s Dharma
  • Blanket, important if you are suddenly homeless
  • Hard drive of all my photos
  • My camera gear bag
  • Wedding and family photo albums, so precious

Tuesdays With Morrie, by Mitch Albom

Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it.

For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.

Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn’t you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger?

Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final “class” lessons in how to live.

My Review:

Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie’s lasting gift with the world.  Beautifully written throughout. A book dedicated to the late professor, who the author loved, respected and admired.

In fact, this book has profoundly affected me.  There are several quotes from the late Morrie worth mentioning.

Morrie’s philosophies about living with death’s shadow:

“Accept what you are able to do and what you are able not to do”

“Accept the past as past, without denying it or discarding it”

“Learn too forgive yourself and to forgive others”

Don’t assume that it’s too late to get involved”

“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. they seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because the are chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning”

“Be compassionate, and take responsibility for each other. If we only learned those lessons, this world would be so much better a place”

From all the books, I read last year so far, this book by far surpassed others.

Rhododendron Save The Date Postcard

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With the name, “elegant rhododendron save the date postcard”, this custom postcard template design is a great example of the artistry in the online marketplace at Zazzle. Made by a highly imaginative Seller named AzaleaWeddingShoppe, this extraordinary “weddings” postcard design was posted in the New Products shop category and was tagged under grooms, photography, flowers, and weddings. The perfect customizable postcard for all types of messages, this elegant rhododendron save the date design will look awesome once you’ve given it your personal touch. Customizable on both the back and the front, this elegant rhododendron save the date postcard customizable postcard will surely be a hit with your loved ones.

If you are looking for photography or weddings postcards, you will truly admire this customizable printed postcard after it’s created with this Zazzle seller’s store’s flowers section art. This elegant rhododendron save the day postcard postcard will certainly be well-received thanks to the highly advanced process by which it’s made. Printed in full color on quality card stock, your postcards will surely look alarmingly fantastic no matter what you put on them. Given the plethora of possibilities for customizing this gardem design, you will most certainly find an ideal postcard to send anywhere.

A Simple Monk: Writings on His Holiness the Dalai Lama by Tom Morgan, Robert Thurman, Alison Wright

From the Publisher
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, has captured the world’s heart with his extraordinary wisdom and humility in the face of China’s brutal decades-long occupation of Tibet. This dynamic collection includes impressionistic essays about the Tibetan leader by Diki Tsering, his mother; China scholar and journalist Orville Schell; and travel writer Pico Iyer; as well as an interview with His Holiness by famed monologist Spalding Gray. A stunning visual biography that marries full-color images with insightful essays. A Simple Monk is published in cooperation with New York’s Tibet House, which will receive a portion of the proceeds. Award-winning photojournalist Alison Wright, who lived with exiled Tibetans for over a decade, was afforded exceptional access to the government-in-exile for this book.

My review:

A fascinating book on the Dalai Lama’s life which have always interest me. It was certainly an inlightment read throughout. Photos galore of his Holiness and, lots of meaningful wisdom.

 “Brute force, no matter how strongly applied, can never subdue the basic human desire for freedom and dignity.”

 “Although I have found my own Buddhist religion helpful in generating love and compassion, even for those we consider our enemies, I am convince that everyone can develop a good heart and a sense of universal responsibility with or without religion.”


Simple Ways to Keep Cool in Hot Weather

While cleaning up my bookshelves, I found this worthwhile article on how to keep cool in hot weather.

Draw the draperies and shades on the dog days of summer or consider installing an awning on a south or west-facing window.  It is most effective to block heat outside the glass.

A window that rattles is a window that lets in hot air.  Seal it with weather-stripping for a cool payoff now and cozy one in winter.

Install dimmer switches on as many lights in the house as you can.  Soft, diffused light is physiologically and physically cooler than bright light.

The sound of splashing water is both soothing and cooling.  Consider buying a small recirculating fountain to place in a room you spend a lot of time in.

Cool from the inside out by keeping a frosty pitcher of ice water or lemonade in the fridge.  Drop a few berries or sliced citrus in it for color and a subtle flavor.

Let a just-picked or purchased watermelon sit on the coldest shelf  in the fridge for at least eight hours.  Slice it into thick wedges and host a family seed-spitting contest in the backyard.

Cook a main dish such as chicken or poached fish early in the cool of the morning to serve later in the heat of the day.