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Restaurant Guide

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


I found this site which contains a lot of nutritional info for many restaurants.

Just thought I'd share. It's always good to know what you're going to order before you get there, and to place your order first, before the orders of everyone else get too tempting!


If you have any other sites for restaurant nutritional information, feel free to share!


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FISHINGLADY66 9/23/2009 12:37PM


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SERENITYSEL 9/23/2009 11:52AM

    Thanks, it is good information. I don't eat out a lot anymore since my granddaughter left for Basic Training, but good to know in case I do. Have a wonderful day. And a pain free day!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 9/23/2009 9:31AM

    this is one of my "saved" sites. It is really handy.

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BELTONWALKER67 9/23/2009 9:25AM

    Great site! emoticon

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Hand In Hand

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Diversity and Tolerance

Quotations on the difference in us.

Bernice Johnson Reagon
There is nowhere you can go and only be with people who are like you. Give it up.

Felix Adler
People may be said to resemble not the bricks of which a house is built, but the pieces of a picture puzzle, each differing in shape, but matching the rest, and thus bringing out the picture.

John F. Kennedy
If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.

Lillian Hellman
Since when do you have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?

Madame de Stael
Wit lies in recognizing the resemblance among things which differ and the difference between things which are alike.

Mark Twain
It were not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse races.

Mohandas K. Gandhi
I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stiffled. I want all the cultures of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any.

Martin Luther King Jr.
Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

Mohandas K. Gandhi
It is the duty of every cultured man or woman to read sympathetically the scriptures of the world. If we are to respect others' religions as we would have them respect our own, a friendly study of the world's religions is a sacred duty.

Pearl S. Buck
We send missionaries to China so the Chinese can get to heaven, but we won't let them into our country.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
In the matter of religion, people eagerly fasten their eyes on the difference between their own creed and yours; whilst the charm of the study is in finding the agreements and identities in all the religions of humanity.

Rene Dubos
Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue; it makes it a requirement for survival.

Robert F. Kennedy
Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.

Thomas Paine
My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.

Spark People is surely a gathering place for diversity. That's why I like it here.

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JUDY1676 9/20/2009 11:41PM

    Great things and really thought provoking!

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FISHINGLADY66 9/20/2009 9:56PM

    Thanks for sharing these emoticon quotes. I really enjoyed reading them.
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GOALIEGRANDMA3 9/20/2009 4:46PM

    All True

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LADYNLI 9/20/2009 3:48PM

    Great quotes! Definitely thought provoking.

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SERENITYSEL 9/20/2009 3:10PM

    Funny you should blog about diversity. This is one of my biggest belief's (in addition to teamwork). I lead the Diversity Team for two solid years, in one of my jobs. What I tried to get everyone to understand is diversity means many things, but the most important thing we can take from it is, we don't have to agree with everyone's viewpoints/opinions, but you should respect the fact that they have something they believe in and want to share with you.

Too many people think someone is a "Know It All" because they voice a different opinon. Myself, I respect their opinons, not always agreeing, but I respect that they trusted me enough to share their knowledge with me. I generally ask questions, about the subject, that way I can learn from them.

Thanks Karen, this is a very very important mess you sent. emoticon

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KOOCH4 9/20/2009 10:16AM

thanks, great blog emoticon

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--KREN 9/20/2009 10:02AM

    Thanks, REILLYGIRL64, wherever you are, lol. My best friend's name is Reilly. Wonder if you're related? -Kren

Nancy, I think that's my favorite also! - Kren

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NANCY- 9/20/2009 9:55AM

    Great quotes. Loved the Thomas Paine one.

You are so right about SparkPeople being diverse. We all have different paths that we must take, no one journey is the right one for all. It is wonderful when we can find some light amongst the path.

"My country is the world, and my religion is to do good. "

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REILLYGIRRRL 9/20/2009 9:47AM

  Great post.

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Unexpected Culprit

Friday, September 18, 2009

I finally had my orthopedic appointment yesterday afternoon. The moment the Dr. set foot in the door, my mouth fell open. He looks just like my oldest son! I see people all the time who look like my younger son. I guess he has a common body type/face. But I've only met one other person who looks like my older son, until I met this doctor. Really surprising.

I was there a long time and asked a lot of questions and covered a lot of things concerning my chronic pain. But the main issue is this hip pain I've been having that has brought me to a complete standstill for the past 3 months. And right there on my MRI where even I could see it, is a very long bone spur, growing off the top of the ball and socket joint that is my right hip!

If you point your index finger, then crook it downward, the side view of it is what the spur looks like. Like a FANG from some wild animal, and it's biting me in the . . . hip. lol I feel like Phyllis Diller, complaining about Fang. lol

The cartilage in my hip joint is fine, except where this spur grows downward off the top of the socket. It curves and narrows so that it is scraping away any cartilage there, and restricting the movement of my hip. My hip can't move properly, so everything else compensates or tries to, anyway. Muscles in the back, side and front of my leg all the way down to my knee, compensate, trying to keep my body moving the way it should even when my hip isn't working properly. Lots of muscle knots and pain.

First option - a "guided injection" of cortisone into that area. That should relieve the pain right away and last for 3 months. If not, I'm to call my Dr./son-look-alike right away and he'll refer me on to a surgeon to remove the spur. He even wrote his name, his secretary's name and phone number on a card and handed it to me. A very big plus in this huge hospital system that is my HMO.

I stay away from drugs all I can and am usually completely drug free. But I'd rather try the cortisone than have surgery. Also, if the pain persists, then it means something else is causing it, and maybe I'll see the nerve and muscle specialist next.

I have his blessing to exercise even while in pain, as long as I don't do anything outrageous. I'm never sure when to work through the pain and when to stop. So he gave me a better understanding of what to do in that respect.

Now I wait for them to call and schedule me with my consult for this injection. Everything takes time...

Not moving hasn't been my only problem. Why is it true that -

The more we HAVE on our plate, the more we PUT on our plate?

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JUDY1676 9/20/2009 11:45PM

    It's always good to know why--even though we don't always like the why! Good luck to you and I hope the injection will help. I'll be anxious to hear as I'm going to the Dr. next week and hippain is one thing on my plate,also!

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FISHINGLADY66 9/20/2009 9:59PM

    Sorry I missed this blog. It is good to know there is a reason for your pain. I wish you the best in getting rid of it.
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LADYNLI 9/18/2009 1:25PM

    A least now you have a diagnosis. I don't know what that injection is like, but I have arthritis in both hands in the thumb area. I have had injections several times for the pain and it really helps. It stings like the devil when I get them, but after a day I am pain free for quite awhile. Hope your injection works for you. They say I will need surgery eventually, but they consider me too young for it now...who ever thought 60 would be considered too young for anything!!!

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SERENITYSEL 9/18/2009 10:05AM

    I know this is not a good diagnosis, but at least you have some options.

Thank you so much for sharing, and I know you will do great. I've had many cortisone injections.

I'm glad they found something that is not life threatening. You are always in my prayers! Good luck and the injection will hurt a little, LOL

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NANCY- 9/18/2009 9:54AM

It good to know the reason for your pain. Having a "Fang" in your hip would explain a lot of the pain.


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--KREN 9/18/2009 9:18AM

    Linda and Martha, you're both right. KNOWING is worth a lot! Karen

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 9/18/2009 9:16AM

    You must be relieved to have an answer to what has been your problem. It is also a relief to know there are options.

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BELTONWALKER67 9/18/2009 8:55AM

    Sounds like you have found a great doctor with the added bonus of looking like your son. I'm glad they have finally discovered what is causing your pain and hope the injection will let you have months of pain free living. Knowing is one-half the battle as we tend to imagine more than is really there. Here's to Sparking without any pain! emoticon

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Does your cat do cute things?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mr. Harry Kitty, aka Jungle Kitty, who has passed on and can be seen on my photo page, was a very handsome fellow, always ready for a special occasion in his black and white tux. A police officer friend rescued him from a very busy highway! I guess the first 4 weeks of his life were very traumatic. Who knows what happened to his mommie?

This explains, maybe, his habit of sucking his tail, lol. He'd get on my lap, start that circling pattern, going round and round until it felt just right and his long tail was trailing behind him enough so he could get it in his mouth! Down he'd plop and suck happily, like a contented baby with his pacifier! He'd also get under the covers with me and do the same thing.

If you petted Mr. Harry, you had to watch out for his soppy wet tail!

Rosie, my current kitty, gets on my lap, stretches out on her belly, and scoots up towards my face a closely as she can. Then she settles down and looks me right in the eye with a look of utmost adoration, lol. Makes me feel like I'm the most important person in the world.

She's also a licker! Licks my hands, my arms, my feet, my face... Will NOT lick anyone else, thank you very much, so there!

Care to share any cat cuties of your own?


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SERENITYSEL 9/16/2009 11:14AM

    That was so funny. Yes she does suck on my earlobe. Onry did too, but I got her to stop by "growling" at her and she would stop.

The one good thing about Lucky, once she falls asleep, she is good. But we play a regular game when I get into bed. She will jump on my arm until I put it under the covers then she will lay on my hip and swat at my hand. Or she climbs on my headboard and dive bombs my head!!!! But I honestly do love her and wouldn't get rid of her. I get her spayed the 29th of Oct so I am praying she will calm down then.

As soon as I get in from work, she is waiting and mewing, so I have to put my stuff down and pet her, then feed her. We do play some, but the minute I stop, she wants more attention. I think deep down she has some separation problems from being left in the dumpster. (Is that a good excuse) Thanks, I love your kitty stories.

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--KREN 9/16/2009 11:00AM

    Sharon, I LOVE the part about her sucking on your ear!!! LOL.

We had a cat like that once. A stray. Don't remember how he got to us. Solid black long hair. Lots of good names for him, but he quickly became.............KITTY MONSTER!!!! He deserved every letter in that name, lol. He'd sit by the bed, like an angel, and wait for us to sleep. Then SUDDENLY, he'd jump on any part of us that twitched even a little and you'd have to fight him off, lol. Many more stories, but he disappeared one day when he was only about 6 months old. We lived in a very rural area... have no idea what happened to him.

I'll think back to some of my ex-friends I don't like so much, and see if they want a KIND, LOVING kitty, lol. - Karen

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SERENITYSEL 9/16/2009 10:50AM

    Rosie sounds like the cat I would LOVE to have. I had a cat, named Onry, for 14+ years. She was a calico and I loved her dearly. She was my friend, my companion and my baby. She got an aggressive form of bone cancer, which spread rapidly, even after having some of her toes removed.

I had to put her down November 2006. I swore I would NEVER EVER have another cat. Well, I was lonely and got a black mixed kitty that was found in a dumpster with her brothers and sisters.

Her name is Lucky. I named her that because she was lucky to be alive. Now I am going to have her name "legally" changed to either Diablo or Spiteful.

She IS the cat from hell. If you could see my arms and legs you would think I had some kind of skin disease, because of her. When she is loving, she is very loving, HOWEVER, that is far and few between. She will sit on my shoulder (after climbing up my back as I am sitting, with her claws OUT), and will sit there like a bird and sucks on my ear lobe.

She has more toys then the kids down the street. LOL What does she play with? My arm and fingers. She is so spiteful, if I am on the phone or computer, she can't stand it and will jump up and bite me or knock everything off the desk. Sometimes I will be loving her and petting her, and all of a sudden she will turn on me and spit at me as she bites me. It is a very quick motion.

She is constantly walking on my table, and I detest this. Onry NEVER did any of these things. If I told Onry no, she went about her business and just figured "oh well, mommy said no". Not Lucky, she actually lies in wait for me. My biggest fear is I have severe varicoise veins on my left leg and I am scared she will rip them to shreds.

I've tried everything I can think of. I even bought Good Cat from PetSmart, which is supposed to calm them down. Oh NO way, it made her worse. Last night I was eating a piece of turkey and I swear, she flew up at me and grabbed it just as I was putting it to my mouth. Well, the spray bottle was out and the newspaper and she got BOTH.

I am seriously ready to throw in the towel. I have always loved cats and I miss Onry so much. She was a 28 lbs big old calico with so much love and life.

I love Lucky, I just don't know what to do anymore. The vet said to spray her with vinegar water, but she doesn't care. Like I said, when she wants to be loving, she is and purrs so loud.

Sorry Karen, I think I just overcame your blog. Thanks for asking and if you know of anyone who wants a very LOVING KIND kitty (5 months old) let me know!!!!! LOL
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HOPE2BE 9/16/2009 8:49AM

    I was never one to keep cats long because they all got killed but one day I went to the Humane Society and bought a blue Russian kitten. He was strange to begin with. When he got older he always climbed up to the window of the room I was in and wanted in. At night I had a coverlet that had little knots on them and he'd suck on those knots before going to sleep. One day I came home with a new boyfriend and he was 2 blocks away and when we passed he headed running for home and when we got there he jumped in the car. I called him pyschic. I had him for 7 years until a tornado killed him.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009




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SHASTA11 9/15/2009 10:42PM

    A very Happy Birthday to you Linda. May your life always be filled with good things or things that are easily fixed.

Hope you had a great day!

Hugs, Joan

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KOOCH4 9/15/2009 3:22PM

    Karen, thanks for sending the birthday reminders.
Hope you enjoy your massage, I had one last week, and am ready for another.
Have a wonderful day!

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BELTONWALKER67 9/15/2009 2:28PM

    Thank You Karen and all you lovely "Over 60's" members for a very lovely birthday. I just finished a lunch catered from Applebees here at the office. Had Brocolli Cream Soup which is a NO NO..but very delicious and an Oriental Chicken Salad. For dessert we had a Chocolate Ice Cream Cake to die for! My waistline on my pants is tight! Now, to get through Jose Peppers tonight with miminal damage. Tomorrow is back on track!
Thanks again Everyone! emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 9/15/2009 12:24PM

    emoticon Happy Birthday Linda!! Your the Best!!
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