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Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken

Saturday, October 06, 2012

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost

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SPARKFRAN514 10/11/2012 5:30PM

    emoticon for the reminder we just do one step at a time

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CATIATM 10/10/2012 10:19PM

    Thanks for sharing this gem with us!

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PATTIE441 10/9/2012 7:13AM

    You are awesome! Thank you so much! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GOSPELCLOWN 10/7/2012 9:09AM

    Perfect time of year to remember that poem. Our leaves are starting to fall...

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YAFENELRA 10/6/2012 4:34PM

    Love it!!

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BABY_GIRL69 10/6/2012 12:51PM

    Beautiful poem for a beautiful day! Thank you for sharing & reminding us the road less travel may be filled with bumps & bruises but at the end of the journey is our just reward.

God bless,


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NANAW12001 10/6/2012 10:40AM

  thanks for sharing.

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STRINGI719 10/6/2012 10:36AM

    Reminds me of Matthew 7:13-14...
"Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that lead to life, and few find it."

We need to be willing to go against the flow, to ignore the crowds that tell us we're going in the wrong direction because we're not doing what everyone else is doing. When they are all doing what seems easy and fun, but leads to eventual pain, we need to stick to our guns and keep making the tough choices now that lead to long term benefits.

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LIBBYG7 10/6/2012 9:25AM

    Love that poem also.....
In my lifetime - I often took the 'road not taken' - and was the better for it. But, alas, too often - I took the road well traveled ...... and have some regrets.

Lovely photos.....I tried to import one of mine - similar to yours - but couldn't seem to do it. I love to look at that photo --- it makes me think.

Thanks for the blog.....


Comment edited on: 10/6/2012 9:26:31 AM

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FLEURGARDEN 10/6/2012 8:39AM

    I've always loved that poem...

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Happy heart (reflections)

Thursday, September 06, 2012

I mowed the lawn, came in and hydrated, pulled out an ice pack and took an Aleve.
The fitness assessment two day ago is catching up with me.
First (after the intake - medical history, measurements, goals and the like) was the 6 minute "run" for distance. My pulse was where I expected but my blood pressure was really high (glad I don't check that while I'm exercising, smile).
Then I was to do pushups and squats. Since the trainer had mentioned the squats would be timed (one minute), I assumed that was how the pushups would be as well. My left shoulder is still giving me trouble from both an old "cheerleading" injury (I had to take PT for a year to be able to lift my arm overhead) and some new changes I have chalked up to aging. So I told the trainer I didn't think I could do as many regular or modified pushups as I was capable of because of the shoulder issue (and my body weight, frankly), so I wanted to do the wall pushup option instead. When we got in position, THAT is when I learned it wasn't how many I could do in a minute, it was how many I could DO. Okay... I started, and she counted...and counted...and counted...I felt sorry for her after a while...until FINALLY I could tell I was not going to be able to keep going AND hold proper form for much longer. By then we were already in the 90s, and I was able to get some more in over 100. Take THAT, body-that-I-can-no-longer-claim-is-29! emoticon emoticon emoticon
Ahh, but I am paying the price in delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). It was worth it! Wonder how I will do in 12 weeks at the postcheck?
So the yard is cut, and as I sit here, emoticon a total downpour is occurring.
SO HAPPY I finished and am nice and dry inside! Great timing. emoticon
So have a wonderful day, everybody.
Picture yourself in the following photo.


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CATIATM 9/18/2012 2:25PM

    Ahh, that DOMs is a monster, but good for you for doing a great job!!!

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COMPUCATHY 9/8/2012 10:23PM

    Awesome! WTG! Love the visualization picture! Hope you are having a great weekend! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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DUKEFAN86 9/8/2012 5:36PM

    Great work on the fitness assessment AND the mowed lawn!!!!!

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APACHESTEVE 9/8/2012 4:36PM

    Great read my friend, thank you for sharing.

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HEALTHYLISA 9/6/2012 10:25PM

    emoticon and what a wonderful picture !

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BOGUSANNIE 9/6/2012 10:15PM

    I must be drunk...all the alcohol in the picture is missing...LOL

DOMS sux...but I always feel proud of myself when it happens to me :)

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BABY_GIRL69 9/6/2012 6:30PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon God bless, Dee

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REJ7777 9/6/2012 4:05PM

    That sure is great news! emoticon emoticon

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STRINGI719 9/6/2012 3:57PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JO28352 9/6/2012 3:27PM

    emoticon Keep it up!!!

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September is here...some of my motivational quotes & pictures

Saturday, September 01, 2012

I'm glad to have made it this far.
Joining a 12 week challenge at the gym - goal for me is to start losing, aiming for a pound a week.
In the meantime, here are some pictures I like - enjoy!

My teammates and my future abs (in my dreams)

Ernestine Shepherd at 73 (future me in my dreams)

If it's not fun, why do it? (OK, OK, Just Do It Anyway!)

Starting today...

Special thanks to all my SparkFriends and Facebook friends whose pictures I am sharing!

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JUSFOLK 9/9/2012 10:40PM

    I love the FitBetty.com one about making excuses or making changes...how true!

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COMPUCATHY 9/4/2012 10:36PM

    Those were very cool! Happy Tuesday! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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BE-THE-CHANGE 9/4/2012 6:50AM

    Great pics ~ thanks for sharing!

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JUNEPA 9/2/2012 12:59PM

    Great blog !!
I like the " No more excuses " pic

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BYEFATNANNY 9/2/2012 11:44AM

    Thanks that was motivational!!! Look at that Ernestine at 73..... I want to be in shape in my senior years (yes they are already here) so that I can continue gardening. She is somthin'

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PATTIE441 9/2/2012 9:05AM

    Wow! What an amazing and inspirational blog! Thank you so much! You totally rock! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STRINGI719 9/2/2012 8:48AM

    I was so amazed by that pic of Ernestine Shepherd that I had to call my hubby over to see it! He can NOT believe she's 73!

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SUNSET09 9/2/2012 7:50AM

  Very motivating and I just had to share! Thanx for sharing with us! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BEFIT014 9/2/2012 5:52AM

    Ernestine Shepard--isn't she amazing?!

Have a GREAT September!

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CLWALDRO 9/1/2012 9:20PM

    I hope September bring you the success you desire and closer to the future pictures of you at the beginning. emoticon

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 9/1/2012 8:51PM

    Thanks for sharing these!

I LOVE Ernestine Shepherd! I first saw a picture of her last January, and after reading about her I couldn't get her out of my mind. To be her age and in such awesome shape! It motivated me to finally get started. I'll never be as fit as her, but she still inspires me!

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 9/1/2012 8:29PM

    Love these! You've got some pretty awesome goals in mind. Work those abs, girl!

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SUSANHGREENE 9/1/2012 8:01PM

    LOVE IT!!!!!! Thanks for posting - these are great reminders!

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BOGUSANNIE 9/1/2012 7:21PM

    Great ...I love the SMILING one!!!!

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DrB - Cow Wrangler (photos)

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Cow Parade NC 2012 has arrived in the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill), and I helped "wrangle" the statues to their Chapel Hill locations. emoticon
Cow Parade is a public art project that has been held on 6 continents. Our "herd" will be on display for 3 months, then an auction will raise additional funds for the Children's Hospital.
I have really enjoyed volunteering with this project and look forward to visiting the different locations to see the cows "out to pasture."
Here is the link to the Facebook Page:
or try this link (it doesn't have the most up to date posts)

Having trouble uploading my pictures, but will try later.
Here are some of my favorite cows.
Lady Carolina Bloo by Paula MacLeod

Alexander Moolian Bowvine (someone has already stolen his bow tie, unfortunately)

Ramooses - unable to upload picture, go to link

Moosai warrior -unable to upload picture, go to link

Mookey -sock monkey

Binary Bovine - this one moos when you scan the bar code on her face!

9/6/12 UPDATE: There IS an app for that! (Go to link above if interested)

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GOSPELCLOWN 10/7/2012 9:12AM

    Our town had orca whales decorated all over town! I like the cows too.

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HEALTHYLISA 9/6/2012 2:51PM

    How cool ! What a fun way to enjoy art ! Mooooo re pictures please. emoticon emoticon

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SIMOFDIM 8/26/2012 11:44AM

    Good for you! Can't wait to hear more!

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TATTER3 8/26/2012 6:17AM

    I LOVE this!!! Would love to try one! I collect pigs and will start in my own garden with my concrete renditions. Thanks for sharing!

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RAINBOW_LADY 8/26/2012 1:34AM

  Link wouldn't work for me either emoticon
Looking forward to seeing more photos

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LJCANNON 8/25/2012 10:21PM

    I couldn't get the Link to work, but I did find their Facebook Page and those are some WILD Cows!! emoticon

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TJCADDO 8/25/2012 9:47PM

    Wow! You did this? Amazing!

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Sparkle - worth the admission price

Friday, August 17, 2012

I went to see the (remake of the) movie Sparkle today.

It is the last movie Whitney Houston performed in before her untimely and tragic death.

So many emotions ran through me watching her performance. So much pain.
I could imagine her dear mother, Cissy, watching her and serving as an inspiration for her character as mother of three talented girls.
I could imagine her daughter, Bobbie Christina, watching her and crying from missing her so very much.

I thought she was terrific in The Bodyguard, for a first effort. The role suited her.
Personally, I thought she ruined Waiting to Exhale. When her lover was making excuses over lunch for why he couldn't leave his wife, I wanted to see her character get MAD. I couldn't see that emotion on her face. Between Angela Bassett setting that car on fire and Loretta Devine walking away from Gregory Hines, I thought Whitney was thoroughly upstaged.

But this movie...wow. She was a presence.

So when Sparkle sings the song "Broken Wing" dedicated to her Sister, I thought of dear Whitney, an angel with a broken wing, victim of the lifestyle shown in the film.

Rest in peace Whitney. Thank you for blessing us with that marvelous voice of yours while you were here. Hope you are singing in the Heavenly Choir, soaring on both wings.

The following are publicity photos for the movie found on the Web -
I have no claim on these.

"His Eye Is On The Sparrow"


With Jordin as Sparkle

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BABY_GIRL69 8/18/2012 3:58PM

    Thank you for the review. I'm still on the fence as the first Sparkle blew my mind...it saddened me...God bless, Dee

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SETAGOAL1 8/18/2012 12:47PM

    This wonderful tribute to Whitney I agree with all you shared. I will see the movie.

Thank you


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ILOVEROSES 8/18/2012 6:12AM

    Haven't heard of this movie. Thanks for the review.

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BOGUSANNIE 8/17/2012 10:48PM

    haven't decided if I want to see this or not. Thanks for the review.

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MJ7DM33 8/17/2012 9:46PM

  Thanks for the review! I want to go see this movie also!

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HANAVAS 8/17/2012 9:00PM

    Nice review, I'm definitely planning to go see!

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