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Dastardly Dan

Sunday, February 14, 2010

(I was 24 when I wrote this. Please make allowances, lol.)

Dastardly Dan was a handsome man,
Dashing and debonnaire.
Sweet Sara McGuire
Was a young lassie with fire,
Who spread her fair charms here and there.

Dastardly Dan was an honest young man,
And one night to Sara he said,
Your body so supple
Will get me in trouble!
It makes my heart pound in my head.

Dastardly Dan was a wise young man
And he knew Sara had many beaus.
But he clung to her side
To which she replied,
“You must know where I go, trouble goes.”

Now Dastardly Dan was a patient man,
And he said, “I’m sure you’ll soon see,
That once I declare
You are mine, then beware!
For no man can take you from me.

Dastardly Dan was a brave young man
And he got in a barroom brawl.
When one night he sat
Where sweet Sara was at,
And took them on, one and all.

Now Dastardly Dan was a famous young man,
A legend in his own time.
But she had beaus a plenty,
(Quite a few more than twenty)
Who to fight for her would stand in line.

Young Dastardly Dan was no foolish young man
And he saw his own future quite clearly.
“Sweet Sara” he said,
“I’ll not fight ‘til I’m dead,
Though you must know that I do love you dearly.”

Now Dastardly Dan is an old, old man
And he looks back on days of his youth.
“I shall never regret
She was so hard to get.
I’ve forgotten her name. That’s the truth!”

Kren - 1972

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JUSTJO66 2/15/2010 7:39AM

    I think Garth Brooks had a song something along this line. LOL Something about thank God for unanswered prayers. :o). Isn't it amazing what we fight so hard for in our youth....Doesn't always seem to stand up to the test of time. Your poem is very amusing and true. :o). What wisdom you showed at 24..... Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed your poem.

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SERENITYSEL 2/14/2010 4:01PM

    I really enjoyed reading this. Happy Valentines Day. Sharon emoticon

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    ROFLMBO!! Love it!!!

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PJSTIME 2/14/2010 12:39PM

    Thank you for that Valentine Message. PJ

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NJDIETZ 2/14/2010 12:10PM

    Thank You!! emoticon

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BELTONWALKER67 2/14/2010 12:08PM

    That was good & very appropriate for Valentine's Day! Just goes to show you never know what tomorrow might bring! Happy Valentines Day, Karen! You are a very talented lady! emoticon

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--KREN 2/14/2010 12:06PM

    LOL. Something I wrote long ago as a joke for my husband! Karen

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FISHINGLADY66 2/14/2010 11:28AM

    Very nice. You have a wonderful way with words. Thanks for sharing your talent. emoticon emoticon

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What's your name?

Monday, February 08, 2010

This is a re-post of an old blog. I think names are so important. How would you feel if no one knew your name?

What's in a name?

Most people will agree that the best thing about Spark People is all the Spark Friends we find here! The experience would be very different if we had no friends. We get our ideas, support and encouragement, and the chance to give our support to others from our friends.

I could go on and on with a list of all the benefits of having Spark Friends. But you already know all of it.

Think of the friends you have in real life. You know the first name of every one of them, don't you? How could you be friends, have conversations, address email notes, etc. etc. if you didn't know their name.

Here, where we often don't even have a photo of our Spark Friend, it's more difficult to "see" friends in our minds.

NAMES help put some sort of identity to a friend we can't see.

We won't even go into USER names, handles, nicknames, etc. that we create when we sign up on any site. Many times we use very cryptic names because we don't feel safe putting our name out there in the ether of the internet, or because all the Marys and Anns, etc. are already taken.

However, once we've joined a team and begin to make friends, especially when that friend list gets really long and many user names are very similar except for added numbers to make them unique, it becomes really difficult to KNOW THE NAME of the friend you want to message, or write to, or call attention to in a post on the forums, or send a message that begins, "Hi _______".

I keep a list in my ADDRESS BOOK, where I add the address of everyone I know and put the name they want to be called right by it. But when you are posting many replies a day, it's hard to open another window (so you won't lose your place) and go to your address book to find the name of the person you have in mind.

It would be so good if everyone signed their name after each post, but often we are pressed for time and just don't do it. So, PLEASE, for the sake of all your Spark Friends, new and old and not yet found, try this little helpful trick so we will all know who you are and be more able to "see" you as an individual friend, just like a real person! LOL.

Go to your Spark Page and click on EDIT MY SPARK PAGE.

Scroll down, look on the right side, and stop where it says PERSONAL SIGNATURE:

No matter what you have there already, just leave it there, but add a line to the very top that says "My Name Is _ _ _ _ _ _"

THEN, you have to go to the very bottom of the page and click on SAVE YOUR CHANGES.

NOW, everyone will know what name YOU prefer to be called. I promise you will see you name in more posts and emails. People won't be just sending words out there to some unknown entity.

We'll all feel more noticed and appreciated for the unique person we are!

And I, personally, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!


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RAJASHREE108 2/9/2010 8:42PM

    Thanks Karen, sometimes I am lazy to sign my name but it is in my id so I let it pass.

Very good point.


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  Good Idea Karen, thanks for reposting it! emoticon

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SHASTA11 2/8/2010 9:20PM

    OK. Good idea. emoticon

Hugs, Joan

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READINGDOC 2/8/2010 2:05PM

    Great idea! Thanks. Lynda

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FISHINGLADY66 2/8/2010 10:43AM

    Me too. I agree. Great idea.

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GLO-RI-A 2/8/2010 10:39AM

    I agree, that's a great idea! emoticon

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DUMBELLE 2/8/2010 10:29AM

    That's a very good idea. Susan

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ANNANN63 2/8/2010 10:24AM

    Lovely post. Great ideas.

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MOOKBALL 2/8/2010 9:43AM

    I guess more people think of me as
Mookball than Ruth.

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PJSTIME 2/8/2010 9:06AM

    I took your advice the first time and put names next to their names in my address book. Thanks again for the idea. Onward and Downward in 2010. PJ

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NANCYRUBIO 2/8/2010 8:50AM

    I don't know if I could ever be as organized as you. I might start it and then forget to enter names after a month or so.

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GABY1948 2/8/2010 8:50AM

    I agree so heartily, Karen. I do the same as you and put given names by their spark name in my address book...and I have my name (Gaye) in my signature yet some people don't look that far...so I also still try to sign everything I post.
Good reminder to all!

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The Tree

Sunday, January 31, 2010

There is a tree. It's bark is gray and its leaves are cool and rustling and thickly clustered. The bark is not smooth, but layered in thick leaf-life segments, lapping over one another from top to bottom and bottom to top. There are three places on the trunk where the bark swirls together and reaches outward; gray whirlpools of wood, forming knotholes which release the inner juices of the tree and attract a variety of crawling and flying life. One of them has been hollowed out by worms and bugs and birds, stopping to refresh themselves on the tasty sap and sometimes tasting each other. The hollow is now a nursery for a litter of tiny, hairless squirrels, cared for by their mother who herself feasts from the fruit of the tree.
Swaying in the heights from a skinny branch she concentrates on that most desired treat, the pecan. She keeps one eye open for the jaybird who dives at her relentlessly when she scampers too near another nursery hidden in the leafy greenness of the tree.
The tree is old. Its roots are huge and knurled, twisting and turning below the earth, then upward again; finally reaching far, far away from the base of the tree; reaching and searching for water and minerals to sustain the life which travels up, up, above the earth, into the air, reaching for the heavens.
In the damp earth among the giant roots, an armadillo has dug her burrow and lies curled, asleep after foraging for grubs and plants with her sniffing snout.
The life in the tree is young, is the present. But the tree itself speaks of years past, years gone. Some good. Some bad. But the past is so strong in the tree that it exists also in the present and can tell of many, many things. Like the tree.
One of the upper branches of the tree grows down and out and up, away from the trunk, bowed like the rocker from a rocking chair. When the tree was young, and this branch low and supple, a small child swung from it. Her tiny hands wrapped around its narrow girth as she bravely lifted her bare feet from the warm earth and swung her legs forward as hard as she dared. Daily she whiled away the hot afternoons under the shade of the small tree. After a while, the branch was too low for her to swing from it. She had outgrown it. But she stopped growing one day and the tree did not.
Now both the woman and the tree are close to a century old. The tree is large and powerful. The woman is small and frail. She sits in its shade. Her hands and feet are knurled and twisted like it's roots; her face rough and uneven like its' bark. In her arms she holds young life, as does the tree. Her grandchild's daughter, the sole member of the nursery. There is a similarity between the women, young and old. It lies in the completely innocent look of the eyes, neither of which see anything but goodness in their view of the world. The child has experienced nothing else. The woman has forgotten all else. Their smiles too, are alike, lopsided and toothless and slightly drooling. They present no defense to the world, but sit protected under the tree. The child can only smile and play, but the old woman, like the tree, can tell of many, many things.


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SERENITYSEL 2/1/2010 10:02PM

    I love the painting.

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JUSTJO66 2/1/2010 8:07AM

    Beautiful anology. You have a talent for descriptive writing...I really enjoyed reading this. Love the picture,too. :o)


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DAISES2 1/31/2010 2:49PM

    this was beautiful emoticon

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CATHY629 1/31/2010 2:41PM

    lovely story karen,have you ever thought to write a book.

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DOXIELADY52 1/31/2010 12:47PM

  As a pagan person your story really touched my heart on so many levels. It is so beautiful! Thank-you for sharing it! emoticon

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BELTONWALKER67 1/31/2010 12:17PM

    A very lovely story. Thank You for sharing with us.

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FISHINGLADY66 1/31/2010 9:35AM

    Beautiful Blog Karen. You are so talented in writing. You really know how to paint a picture and tell a story in words. Thank you for bringing a smile to my face with your writings.

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PJSTIME 1/31/2010 8:02AM

    Wonderful Karen. You are a woman with many talents. THank you. PJ

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CHRYS13 1/31/2010 7:08AM

    Beautiful....I think of my Mom, her wisdom, her love, and her innocence in "the goodness of the world." Sigh...

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GABY1948 1/31/2010 6:49AM

    Beautiful, thanks.

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Lessons from Week 3 of 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

Well, well, who knew that eating sensibly could become a habit at my age?

This 3rd week of the Win in 2010 challenge I'm in was the easiest yet. I'm basically eating the same breakfast every day and happy with it. I don't think about lunch until it's about time for lunch, instead of dwelling on it all morning. It's the biggest meal of my day.

Dinner has been reasonable and I even told Joe I didn't want him to make popcorn last night.

I have had a few urges to eat after dinner, but guzzled down more ice water and ignored the urge to eat and it went away.

I go to bed happy each night, knowing I'll have a small gift when I get on the scale next morning.

So three weeks and the good habits are settling in; staying on plan is not as hard and the rewards are wonderful. I'm down almost 8 lbs for the year and 1.5 " smaller in my waist.
Most of all, I'm feeling good!


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DGILBRIDE1949 1/25/2010 9:25PM

    Way to go!

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JUSTJO66 1/23/2010 10:19AM

    emoticon You are smokin'........ 1.5 inches in the waist that is awesome. Sometimes those scales can be fickle...but those inches don't lie. You are doing a great job. 8lbs. WOW!! Keep it up....

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BELTONWALKER67 1/23/2010 9:31AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonYou are doing a fantastic job!

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CHRYS13 1/23/2010 8:36AM

    Congratulations! Your enthusiasm is evident!
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  Great Job Karen! Congratulations!!!!

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SERENITYSEL 1/22/2010 11:26PM

    Good for you. I've found out a lot of things also, Sharon

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 1/22/2010 4:28PM

    You are doing better then I . I still have to have snacks at night.

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JORETTAH 1/22/2010 3:52PM

    emoticon You are such an inspiration to me. Thanks for being here.

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GABY1948 1/22/2010 9:42AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI know how you feel...I have done the same...even my trip to ds's and I never veered. For me it was the dreaded doctor's appt! I share you happy feeling, Karen!

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FISHINGLADY66 1/22/2010 9:33AM

    Developing good habits gives you more incentive to keep the streaks going and makes for a happier and healthier you . What a emoticon job your doing. emoticon

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PJSTIME 1/22/2010 8:45AM

    I do think it gets easier as we start seeing how much better we feel and the plus of seeing the scale go down. PJ

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ALPOPLUP 1/22/2010 7:33AM

    congrats and good luck

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Lessons from Week 2 of 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010

This week I really "got" the fact that I can eat one of those small, 1 oz bags of chips and be happy! I used to sit the giant, family sized bag next to me and munch away at it while I ate my sandwich. I cannot even imagine how many calories, fat and sodium I used to consume at those times.

Also, I realized that I have not eaten any added sugar since January first! Sugar-free gum and/or a strong menthol cough drop goes in my mouth the MINUTE I have finished my allotted food!

I always think, I'll have some chocolate a little later, but once I get the gum or menthol drop in me, I never go back for that sweet stuff. It's like a miracle, lol.

AND, I have eaten everything Joe has cooked, but I have stuck with ONE SERVING which I measured.

I haven't felt deprived at all and the weight is coming off. That is a great emotional reward, but also my body is telling me it's feeling so much better eating these sensible meals.

Who knew "sensible" would turn out to be so "satisfying" and "sensational"!


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GINNAR 1/16/2010 2:47PM

    You are doing a fantastic job. I need to practice your habit of eating just one premeasured serving. I have a bad habit of allowing myself to have that "little bit more" which really adds up when one needs to lose.

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PJSTIME 1/16/2010 11:04AM

    Oh your doing a great job. Thats such a treat when someone cooks for us. Keep it up. PJ

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FISHINGLADY66 1/15/2010 8:52PM

    Great Job. emoticon, Yes we can. I'm so proud of you. Keep it up. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SERENITYSEL 1/15/2010 5:40PM

    You go girl!!! Congratulations. Sharon

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DGILBRIDE1949 1/15/2010 4:27PM

    Good Job! emoticon

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  Awesome! Sounds like you have had a great week! Keep up the great job Karen, I"m really proud of you pretty lady!!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 1/15/2010 9:56AM

    Karen, I had an individual bag of Thunder Chips ( kettle potato chips) last night myself. It was 140 calories, and 10 g of fat. I was slight on the fats in y balance sheet, and had enough calories and carbs to do the chips.

For chocolate, I drink Krogers dutch cocoa sugar/fat free and 1/8th cup of slivered almonds which I have tossed into a container with cocoa and splenda. I just mixe them up ahead of time and measure my 1/8 cup. Sometmes, whole almonds, eat 15 at a time in the cocoa splenda mixture.


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BELTONWALKER67 1/15/2010 9:18AM

    Good Job! emoticon

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    Awesome revelation! Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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