April 3 is Find a Rainbow Day

A beautiful ukelele version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

When the sun’s rays are refracted through the Earth’s atmosphere at a certain angle, the light disperses and forms a colorful arc across the sky, called the rainbow. The basic science behind a rainbow was first explained by Issac Newton with his Prism dispersion experiment.

Colors of the rainbow
Each a different hue
Beautiful together
To let the sun shine through

Magical when we see it
God's promise after rain
A hope for better times ahead
with more joy and less pain

Red, orange, yellow, green,
blue, indigo and violet.
What you see is what you get.




Senior Medical Advice

Use as needed.

SENIOR’S MEDICAL ADVICE

I don’t understand why prescription medicine is allowed to advertise on TV or why anyone would think of trying one of the medicines after listening to the laundry list of warnings of possible side effects.  But this is definitely an exception!

Do you have feelings of inadequacy?

Do you suffer from shyness?

Do you wish you were a better conversationalist?

Do you sometimes wish you were more assertive?

Do you sometimes feel stressed?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist about Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cabernet Sauvignon is the safe, natural way to feel better and more confident.  It can help ease you out of your shyness and let you tell the world that you’re ready and willing to do just about anything.

You will notice the benefits of Cabernet Sauvignon almost immediately and, with a regimen of regular doses, you’ll overcome obstacles that prevent you from living the life you want.

Shyness and awkwardness will be a thing of the past.  You will discover talents you never knew you had.

Cabernet Sauvignon may not be right for everyone.  Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use it, but women who wouldn’t mind nursing or becoming pregnant are encouraged to try it.

Side effects may include:

Dizziness, nausea, vomiting, incarceration, loss of motor control, loss of clothing, loss of money, delusions of grandeur, table dancing, headache, dehydration, dry mouth, and a desire to sing Karaoke and play all-night Strip Poker, Truth Or Dare, and Naked Twister.

Warnings:

The consumption of Cabernet Sauvignon may make you think you are whispering when you are not.

The consumption of Cabernet Sauvignon may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them.

The consumption of Cabernet Sauvignon may cause you to think you can sing.

The consumption of Cabernet Sauvignon may create the illusion that you are tougher, smarter, faster, and better looking than most people.

Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Scotch, Vodka, or Bourbon, and of course Beer may be substituted for Cabernet Sauvignon, with similar results.

Please feel free to share this important information.

Life is a Cabernet old chum.

November 30 is National Personal Space Day

This is the third year of National Personal Space Day.

National Personal Space Day “November 30th promotes kindness toward sensitivities and supports healing by recognizing everyone’s right to decide when and how to be touched, or not.

Touch can hurt. Germs can harm.

The day provides an opportunity to be aware of a person’s unspoken need for space or a gentler touch. When you see someone wearing the peach symbol, forgo the handshake or hug and offer a genuine smile instead and offer another way to show you care.”

All we are saying is give Peach a chance.

How Showing Up Became My Super Power

When I was in high school, I only missed one day in four years–my stepmother had just had her third child, my grandmother had a stroke and I had to stay home to babysit a half brother and sister. I already knew that being at school was better than being a stay-at-home babysitter.

At college, I did cut a few classes, but never enough to miss an assignment or a test.

Four years after graduation from college, I did take a break from working full time to attend library school, where I worked part time and attended school full time. Library school was two summers and one year; it was the last year before the University of Washington began its two-year Master of Librarianship program. I was married by this time and my husband supported my desire to become a librarian. Fortunately, his ship was sent to the shipyard in Seattle. We lived in government quarters and got in-state tuition (both helped make graduate school a debt-free experience).

After graduation, I worked a series of part time jobs as a substitute librarian for San Diego Public Library, a substitute library technician for San Diego County Library, and a substitute librarian/teacher for the San Diego Unified School District.

When we moved to Athens, GA, I was a substitute teacher for a teacher who had to unexpectedly take a temporary leave of absence because of a problem pregnancy.

Next, we moved to Norfolk, Virginia where I worked as a librarian for a Defense contractor before getting my first federal librarian job, first as a temporary and then in a permanent position. I got each of these jobs because I showed up every day and found ways to expand what the job could entail.

By developing a strong reputation for reliability, hard work and imagination I was fortunate to never have a break in service or experience a civil service downgrade when moving to a new city when my husband got orders. I was also active in professional library associations (both SLA and ALA).

The downside was that I was frequently tasked with other duties as assigned, which provided me an opportunity to show a willingness to work with others, flexibility when accomplishing tasks outside my area of expertise, and the probability of success when temporary promotion opportunities became available.

My goal was to run a post library, which I accomplished in five years. After that I transferred to the National Defense University which gave me experience in academic libraries. I was able to switch from running one type of library to becoming a systems librarian and eventually leading the section that oversaw both systems and technical services (cataloging, acquisitions, and serials management).

After retirement and relocation from Washington DC to San Diego, I was fortunate enough to become a volunteer for the USS Midway(CV-41) Research Library where I was once again able to create a niche for myself by combining what they needed with some ideas of my own.

Showing up and being flexible in what you are willing and/or able to do can be a winning combination. You never know what job skill or experience that you pick up may be the winning combination for a future opportunity.

Stop Robo-calls

Scammers maybe the worst of all
But second worst are robocalls.
Some machine calls your phone
but the mechanical voice won't leave you alone

There may be a way to end this abuse
Fill out the pettition, don't make an excuse


The petition is put out by the nonpartisan Consumer Reports, the same folks that do not take money for their unbiased reporting on many consumer goods including cars, furniture, foods, and consumer products.

Petition to stop robocalls

The Trouble with Reflections

Have you ever gazed upon your reflection in either a mirror or in your thoughts?

Whether you gaze inwardly (thoughts) or outwardly (a mirror) what you see is a distortion. Your reflection is you backwards and reversed.

Am I distorted
or is that my reflection?
What is my truth
without interjection?
Do I have time
for a midlife correction?
Or do I need a 
new course of direction?

To myself
I try to be true
What works for me
may not work for you.
Trust in yourself
You're all that you've got
You'll always be with you
Believe it or not.

Reblog: Mental Health Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is a physical way to provide White Space for the Body.

From the post , “Every Yoga pose has a specific purpose and perspective. In Yoga, the intensity of the actions is felt inwards rather than outwards. That is why most Yoga classes start with slow movements. It’s like taking a moment from the busy/noisy world and pause to think before reacting.”

White Space Expanded

The literature scholar Alan Jacobs argues that we need to embrace “not a permanent silence, but a refusal to speak at the frantic pace set by social media.” He calls silence “the first option — the preferential option for the poor in spirit, you might say; silence as a form of patience, a form of reflection, a form of prayer.”

How I learned to shut up and be still Author Headshot
By Tish Harrison Warren

White Space is the blank space left around a PowerPoint, print on a page, or words in a lecture or sermon. It provides a respite from thick block of text, graphics, or words and allows us the chance to absorb what we have just seen, heard, or experienced.

After reading this thoughtful essay that someone shared from the New York Times, I realized that White Space could also be extended to our lives as well as our various activities.

“Candle Flame” by Sam Bald is licensed under CC BY 2.0
As Thomas Kildare writes, “Advocacy in support of the oppressed, the poor, the marginalized and the pursuit of peace requires action. Particularly in a democracy, we have a responsibility to raise our voices to call for a more just and compassionate society for all people.
But the practices of silence, contemplation and stillness are essential disciplines in Christian spirituality. If you survey the advice of the saints from the past two millenniums, a consistent piece of advice emerges: Shut up. Be still.
If we fail to engage in active practices, Alcántara says, “we risk becoming distant, aloof, and detached from the world around us.” But he also says, “if we fail to engage in receptive practices, we risk becoming distant from ourselves, offering living water to others while we die of thirst.” 
By Thomas Kildare

Recopied from a Facebook post on Cancer Awareness Month

From the American Association for Cancer Research

January

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

February

National Cancer Prevention Month

Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancer Awareness Month

March

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Kidney Cancer Awareness Month

Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month

April

Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month

Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month

Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

May

National Cancer Research Month

Bladder Cancer Awareness Month

Brain Cancer Awareness Month

Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month

June

National Cancer Survivor Month

July

Sarcoma and Bone Cancer Awareness Month

August

September

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

Uterine Cancer Awareness Month

October

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Liver Cancer Awareness Month

November

Carcinoid Cancer Awareness Month

Gastric Cancer Awareness Month

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

December

From the Facebook Page:

After chemo (and immunotherapy) treatment, it’s true that it can take years until you feel alive again … With the side effects of chemo and radiation, you will never be 100% again because your immune system is weak. Ruins marriages, families and relationships with friends. Because you’re not the same again after cancer and treatments.In the hardest moments you know who your real friends are or who the people are who appreciate you.Unfortunately, like with most friendships, Facebook friends will leave you in the middle of a story. They want a post to ′′like′′ for the story, but they don’t really read your message when they see it is long.More than half have stopped reading. Someone may have already gone to the next post in their newsfeed.I have decided to publish this post in support of close family, friends and relatives who have fought this horrible disease.Now I’m focusing on those who take the time to read this post to the end … a little test, just to see who reads and who shares without reading.Cancer is a very aggressive and destructive enemy of our bodies.Even after treatment, the body is devastated. It’s a very long process.I would like to know who I can count on and who takes the time to read this.When you have finished this, write ′′Done′′ in the comments.Sadly, cancer is still the illness of the century. Unlike others, this little petition will not have the effect of removing friends from my list. As I have a personal interest in the effects of cancer, I want to see who reads and who shares without reading! If you’ve read everything, select ′′Like′′ so I can put a thank you on your profile. I know 97% of you won’t broadcast it but my friends will be the 3% who will. Please, in honour of someone who died, or who is battling cancer. Everyone says, ′′If you need anything, don’t hesitate: I’ll be there for you.′′ So I’m going to make a bet, without being pessimistic: I know my family and friends will put it on their wall. You just have to copy (not share)!!! It’s awareness month for this disease. I did it for someone very very special! We all know someone who stood before us, and who has fought or who is fighting this battle. #CancerAwarenessMonth. Shirl Smith, Christopher French, and William Fitch Jr

To be Nimble with Bimble

I learned a new word and found a new app after reading Easy Malc’s Top Ten Places to See In Torbay.

From his blog:

9. Broadsands to Elberry Cove

This easy walk is a delightful way to bimble along next to the sea for anyone who can’t, or doesn’t want to walk too far.

Although the word is accurately implied in the context of the sentence, I still looked it up.

bim·ble/ˈbimbəl/ Learn to pronounce informal•Britishverbverb: bimble; 3rd person present: bimbles; past tense: bimbled; past participle: bimbled; gerund or present participle: bimbling

  1. walk or travel at a leisurely pace.”on Sunday we bimbled around Spitalfields and Brick Lane”

nounnoun: bimble; plural noun: bimbles

  1. a leisurely walk or journey.”we were enjoying a pleasant bimble over the rocks”

Thanks to Google, I also found that is an app available for both Google and Android

I joined Bimble on line and have found it to be easy to use, with a comment block for your comments. You can make your Bimble records private or public.

The Woes of Woo

She really understand me, and that’s not easy.” –Brian

Wooing

1. seek the favor, support, or custom of

2. try to gain the love of (someone), especially with a view to marriage.

Liz said she loves the “State of Woo”. She never defined exactly what that is but it seems to be when two individuals meet and are attracted to each other. Each day is a wonderful discovery into an unknown package of delights. You want to know what is in the package and unwrap each layer with anticipation and appreciation. Inevitably you fall out of woo and reality seeps in.

His tender looks start to glaze over or develop an acquisitive gleam.

Her soft laughter turns from trilling to shrilling.

What once enchants eventually annoys.

As projection of perfection morphs into perceived realities the idealized one no more exists.

Focus shifts from no faults to magnified imperfections.

Many people flee the decay of their fantasies without waiting to see if its replacement may be a more worthy object of affection.

Enjoy it while it lasts; the sun will set on the state of woo.

Doing the Right Thing, Even When We Don’t Want To

Suck it up, Buttercup.

I had company this past weekend which left me tired, more than ready for the visit to be over, and arguing with myself that it is better to suck it up and do the right thing.

This person was invited and stayed from Thursday to Monday. We did a lot of local things which I knew the person would enjoy. We paid for everything, except lunch on Sunday–which the person offered to pay for. We each had a salad and an alcohol drink (1 wine and 2 gin and tonics), and shared an order of french fries. The bill came to about $65 which the person paid in cash.

The only reason I know this is because the waitress followed us into the ladies’ room saying that person had left $65 for a $75 dollar bill. (This is a place we go to often, I know the waitress, and this has never happened before.) Fortunately I had a $10 and some some $20s in my purse so I gave the waitress $30 to pay the rest of the bill and a nice tip for her troubles. I never said a word about this to the person (although I wanted to on several occasions–but what purpose would it have served?)

Today, I received a supposed comedy sketch (which I am guessing is from Monty Python) in an email. Some people thought it was hilarious but I found it as leaden as trying to run in metal shoes. I deleted it before the end and felt since others like it, no one wanted the benefit of my opinion to the contrary. (Again what purpose would it have served?)

Have you ever had to hold your tongue, suck it up, or force yourself to stay quiet because the incident was not important enough to cause an argument or hurt someone’s feelings?