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Meeting For Dinner

Sunday, April 18, 2010

A group of 40 year old buddies discuss where they should meet for dinner. Finally it is agreed they should meet at "Le Papillion" because it is very fancy and the waitresses are very attractive.

Ten years later, at 50 years of age, the group again discusses where they should meet. Finally it is agreed they should dine at "Le Papillion" because the food there is very good and they have a fine wine selection.

Ten years later at age 60, the group again discusses where they should meet. It is agreed they should meet at "Le Papillion" because they can eat there in peace and quiet and the restaurant is smoke-free.

A decade later, at 70 years of age, the group again discusses where they should meet. Finally, it is agreed they should dine at "Le Papillion" because the restaurant is wheel chair accessible and they even have an elevator.

Ten years later, at 80 years of age, the group again discusses where they should meet. Finally it is agreed they should meet at "Le Papillion" because they have never been there before.

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A Sparkling Diamond of Spark Friends!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

When I look closely at a diamond, it amazes me how the facets are cut. The precision of the angle cuts and the number of shiny surfaces are amazing.

I was thinking how I often log into Spark People and read and write to an amazing number of helpful folks. Your input often adds a happy glow (like a diamond) to my day.

I came up with 16 names in under a minute, people that I have never met, BUT who add comments and encouragement on my Spark page or blogs. Thank you my dear friends.

LINGUISTMARIE has encouraged me to try some different ingredients and has offered recipes which I have tried and really enjoyed. She chats about books in our Victoriana group. Marcie, you are a sweetie!

LORIKB is a great leader with lots of fresh ideas but she doesn't realize this of course. She is an encouraging 'mother hen' in our groups and I wish more of our ladies would converse and let her know that you are out there! Hugs to Lori!

SPARKPIXIE is a gal with pioneer spirit! Life has bashed away at her and over and over again this sweet gal survives and perseveres. If you want someone in your corner... it would be Pixie!

SOCKGIRL1991M is a delight to read about and discover what she has been up to. I never went to college, but I get a dose of it as she does all the assignments and I peer into her discoveries. I am encouraged that she is setting an example in her family of better health habits. WAY TO GO!

ELANASAN is getting her herbs ready for the summer growing season. I think I will try growing different ones like Elana does. She is always up to different things. Keep us in the loop, OK?

LACEEJO11 has a heart for little children and teaches them as she looks after them during the day. Families who have her influence upon their kiddies, are fortunate indeed. Lacee is one gal who will pray, pray, and pray some more for you during the rough times! This is one genuine friend!

YATMAMA is an encourager too and I know she has been praying for me at various times. She wants Spark-lers to come on down and visit next February, so you KNOW she is gifted with hospitality!

My local friend, L*I*T*A, is also planning a get-together for Spark friends. She has a fun side and gets involved in games within the group. I am looking forward to cementing our date/ time and location for our brunch event. YEAH!

PEWILK is a neighbour too. I want to talk about pedometers with her at the brunch! (LOL)

FREDDY1232 is a tea drinker extraordinare! She has a party coming up that I am hoping she enjoys to the max! Go Freddy!

I have to go to bed now, but I also wanted to mention EMSSBEARS, EARTHSEAME, MOMMA_BEAR69, CANBDONE and PEPPERLEAH. Gals-- you are a delight to correspond with. I am sorry that I am running out of time tonight!!

Each of you are gems shining in the dark. Let your light shine!

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PEWILK 4/19/2010 11:40PM

  Hey we didn't talk pedometers yet! Must meet again soon. :) Did allude to that wonderful jump rope though!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/18/2010 11:46PM

    Karen, thank you for including me in your wonderful tribute to your great friends. I am honored to be mentioned. Your assessment of everyone is right on!!!
However you are always here for us also, leaving encouraging and inspirational comments on our blogs, threads and pages,...you name it, your are there for us. I know you are always there for me. That is what Spark People is all about. you are one TERRIFIC lady and I am blessed to have you as my friend!!!
Blessings and hugs,
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L*I*T*A* 4/14/2010 11:00PM

    what a beautiful lady you are too.....am so honored to be your spark friend...see you soon.........blessings and hugs........lita

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MSLZZY 4/13/2010 2:19PM

    And you are a gem without price! Let your light shine and your Spark glow!

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FREDDY1232 4/13/2010 12:53PM

    Karen that was a very beautiful blog. You are beautiful person. And I am honored to be you friend..... emoticon

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IUHRYTR 4/13/2010 9:38AM

    It takes an open mind to receive compliments and comments from others. Here at SP we encourage and support and build up and try to inspire. But it works both ways. We are blessed, also, by your support and encouragement. I hope you have a wonderful week. -- Lou

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GABY1948 4/13/2010 5:58AM

    What a wonderful tribute to friends you have gained on spark. It is amazing how we can come to depend on our virtual friends. I have made two wonderful friends from other countries that have taught me so much and enriched my life. It all makes the world a bit smaller doesn' it?

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SOCKGIRL1991M 4/13/2010 1:20AM

    Oh, Karen. You're too sweet. I dunno what to say. Reading that brought tears to my eyes! I didn't know that you enjoyed those little glimpses into my world so much. I always thought that I was just sharing something that I found fun and exciting! That little blurb you posted about me has really made my evening.

Thank you, Karen.

I'm going to print this out and tape it to my mirror to look at every day.

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LITTLE_QUEEN 4/13/2010 12:39AM

    Awwww..... emoticon that was so sweet of you Karen, and I mean it!

Now I want to report that karen is a wonderful sparker, When I think of the word "lady" I think of Karen, and she is always there commenting on our pages or blogs, or even threads on teams, plugging away and doing her part to keep the team active.
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How To Be Happier

Sunday, April 04, 2010

A lot of research has been done in the past about depression and human disappointment. Much less work has been focused on what makes people happy.

I have read a few articles on ways to "up" your happiness quotient and the guidelines are as follows:

- surround yourself with people you like. Friends and family can make you happier.
- ditch the "Keeping up with the Joneses" mentality. Instead try the "More fun/ less stuff" approach
-forgive easily
-find an activity that you can lose yourself in. Absorbing activities can help you be more self satisfied
-pursue personal growth. Whatever interests you... learn more about that topic.
-focus on gratitude. Keeping a journal and listing things that you are grateful for, can aid your happiness.

Other points that the articles mentioned, include a side note that stated, about half of our ability to be cheerful is genetic. Some of us are wired to be happier / crankier than others.

Lonely people are the least happy on average.

People who can find their 'signature strength' are happier than those who never experience "flow". Folks who get lost in their music, their reading, helping others, dancing.... are blessed with happier lives.

Can you measure your life by your own yardstick, instead of comparing yourself to other people's expectations? If you are able to do that, you may open a door to happiness.

How easy is it for you (most of the time) to be happy and satisfied???

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MSLZZY 4/4/2010 8:58PM

    I grew up with parents who struggled to make ends meet and was taught to be happy with what you have. I am content because I know what luxuries I have are paid for and I have no debts because I needed a "new" car, boat, camper, etc. I can buy clothes at a rummage sale and call it new to me. My idea on happiness is to count my blessings and live each day to the
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FREDDY1232 4/4/2010 6:51PM

    those are all all good things. And I like to keep that attitude. But sometimes my BP takes over then I have to work my way back up to seeing the positive in all things......My current thoughts are accentuate the positive. This is very good way to eliminate the negatives. emoticon

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IUHRYTR 4/4/2010 12:16PM

    Even though times are tough, I try to find the positives in all situations and circumstances. Sure, life may be in the dumps right now, but that doesn't mean we have to be. I hope you have a terrific Easter Sunday. -- Lou

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It's Friday- Sunday's Coming!

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Have you ever heard a sermon that Tony Campolo remembered and then repeated? I first heard this on a tape recorder and now it is on Youtube and also on various 'pages' on the internet.


or check this one out: (go to bottom left of the page and click on "Sundays Comin"


If this link works, it will be worth 3 minutes of your time. Turn your speakers on!

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GABY1948 4/4/2010 6:27AM

    Thanks for sharing! Have a GREAT Easter, full of Jesus!

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L*I*T*A* 4/3/2010 10:29PM

    very nice....thanks for sharing..........wishing you the blessings of Easter.........blesisngs and hugs...........lita

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NELLIEC 4/3/2010 10:13PM

    Amen!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon Sundays coming!!! Praise the Lord!!!

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Go Karting

Saturday, March 27, 2010

When was the last time you thought of those little go karts that buzz around the track, the drivers intent on passing the karts in front of them, with only 4 inches of clearance of the ground?

Around this house, go karts and the race track is the topic of conversation quite often. We volunteer as flag persons in two of the four corners of the local raceway. Our cousin prepares the track by setting up dozens of 'tire walls' to protect the racers and then we show up to organize the walkie talkies, the flags (yellow, green and red) that are held in plastic buckets, and other safety ropes that direct the big vehicles.

The age of the drivers in our club are as young as six-years old to, well, let's say some of the drivers have been grandparents for a decade. (Is that kind enough???) Yes, one fellow is eighty-eight!

As organizers and volunteers, we attempt to have fans park their cars away from the go kart track. It is a safety precaution because little karts can be driven under a truck or SUV and kill the kart racer. The tire walls that I mentioned are an attempt to keep kart drivers on the track and away from light standards and poles.

To put this into context, these are not the go karts you might take your family to on a Saturday night at an amusement park. Our club races national and international standards and are capable of speeds close to 70 miles a hour!

As a volunteer, the hours sometimes are very wearing (on me) physically. I try to focus on the two other flag men that I am able to see. I try to anticipate problems and kart wrecks so that I can alert other drivers by throwing a cautionary flag. The wind, rain and sun take their toll on me even though I try to dress in layers.

I drink my water. I wear a hat, earplugs and gloves. Long pants and long sleeves are a must even in the hottest weather. (Did I mention that we run ten months a year???) My pockets have a granola bar, lip balm and anything else I can think of because I often feel as if I am in survival mode.

Our track is located in a low area surrounded by many hills and it is windy all the time. I stand out in the open as if I am 'waiting for a bus' that takes 4 hours (and never arrives.) There is no place to sit, nothing to lean on and exposure (hyperthermia) is often my concern.

Why do we do it? Volunteering has its rewards...

Even though we receive no pay, we try to tap into the excitement of the drivers. The young people are learning how to drive and they have much to realize about the weight and power potential of their karts. The adult drivers are developing strategies to drive safely and try to pass their opponents. I can see improved driving skills week in and week out.

It feels good to help out an organization. I get to watch others have fun. I get an opportunity to wave at other buddies around the track. I like the arbutus trees and rock formations of my region and I look around me between the races.

Yes, it may be incredibly loud and very stinky with exhaust. The gravel of the track is blown into my face by the passing of the vehicles. There is little opportunity for a bathroom break and the food & beverages are nasty. And yet, the weekend is here and we will be there---- again.

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SINGLEMOM1960 3/29/2010 4:43PM

    Wow, amazing. It sounds like hard, long, dirty work, but also a lot of fun and probably very rewarding. Do you ever get behind the wheel yourself and take a kart out for a spin? If not, I strongly suggest you do. Sounds like a blast to do and will bring out the kid in you. 70 mph? whoowhee. I hope the younger kids are in full protective gear. What about you? Safety goggles, bullhorn, whistle, protective umpire-like padding? Keep up the excellent job, many people appreciate it, though they may not show it.

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MSLZZY 3/28/2010 11:20PM

    Good, clean (?) fun!

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FREDDY1232 3/27/2010 4:38PM

    Karen, I think your volunteer job is great! I know that special rewarding feeling each time you volunteer.

Actually My husband and I went go carting.. I was 57 years old. Hubby
Was 67.. We may be older but I loved it. Such a feeling of adventure and a real rush to your brain..Keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon

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GABY1948 3/27/2010 3:53PM

    Volunteering of any sort is worthwhile to me so I applaud you. Actually it even sounds like fun to me, I envy you!

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IUHRYTR 3/27/2010 1:37PM

    I think I'd take me a stool and an umbrella, maybe a small cooler chest. I admire how much you offer the kids. You serve as a positive role model that will have an immense effect on them. Hope you have a terrific weekend. -- Lou

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