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Saturday, July 10, 2010

I find family history very interesting. Even when I was younger I kept the cards my Aunt sent from Poland for Christmas and Easter. I now have them framed on my wall below the Polish Crest that had belonged to my parents.

I am the daughter of a Polish Immigrant mother and an American born son of Polish Immigrants. My mother's family name is on the memory wall at Ellis Island to commemorate her side of the family finally settling in the USA after several trips to and from Poland. My father's parents came over separately in their late teens through Ellis Island and met a few years later at church. My father was their first born child on 4 July 1917.

I was born a Navy brat as my Dad was a flier and served in both WW2 and Korea. His missions were mainly in the South Pacific and he received the Distinguished Flying Cross as did his younger brother for his service in the Army Air Core as a Bombadeer. Their younger brother, my Uncle Walter, died a young man over the skies of England. There is a monument near the Air Base in the south of the country dedicated to those Americans (and others) who fought and lost their lives in protecting the shores of the country I now live.

I mention all of this because my daughter was so moved by all the stories she heard last month (from my brothers while I was visiting) that she created the picture you see above. It is of my Dad, and my two uncles. My Uncle Walter is the young airman in the front. (My dad on the left) To the left of the photo is an image of the distinguished flying cross and the USN seal and a map of the South Pacific including GuadalCanal where my Dad was stationed.

The quotation that this picture centers around is: "A solider is someone who at one point in their life wrote a blank check made payable to our country for an amount up to and including his or her life. That is honor, and there are too many people in this country today who no longer understand that fact."

My father died 19 years ago on 5 July and I think my daughter did an outstanding job to honor her dziadzi(grandfather), and great uncles' memories.

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WILMA42 8/5/2010 4:06PM

    thanks for sharing your story and picture...I am also of Polish descent & my dad was born on July 4th (1942)....its amazing to feel connected and makes the world a much smaller place

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KALILA1229 7/29/2010 10:15AM


You have left me speechless, I LOVE what you wrote and the sharing of the picture.

So totally touched.

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ANNERBEES 7/23/2010 10:52PM

What a great tribute to your family! The pic is awesome and what amazing stories we hold in our heritage!! Thank you for sharing!

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SUCHAHOOT 7/23/2010 1:50PM

    This si so very beautiful and touching. Of course I cannot help but think of my own father who served in the Navy in WWII. Your daughter did a marvelous job. Thank you for posting.

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LYNNANN43 7/23/2010 1:33PM

    Your tribute brought tears to my eyes as I thought of my family and every family who has family members who have served or are serving now.

The picture of your 3 family members is so beautiful and the way your daughter put together the whole picture is AMAZING!

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SWDOTB2 7/23/2010 8:47AM

    We remember them and your daughter captures this tribute well in this collage' Your father looked very distinguished and handsome in his uniform, and your uncle Walter has a spark of fun-lovingness in his eye. We mourn his loss, their loss and pay tribute with you,

And my husband and I are thankful that his son returned from Afghanistan this summer and my son served his tour with the Marines and became a civilian again just last year. My father would have been so very proud of our sons, and I miss talking with my father very much. Will be five years in October since he took his long journey...Mary, we come from a long line of warriors! We're strong women!

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TERJEGOLD 7/11/2010 12:51PM

    That is so lovely! I am in love with family story and family oral histories.

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    How wonderful of you to share your story!

Sadly not much of the background can be seen. Do you have this uploaded to your photos? I shall go take a peek.


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JILLWILSON2102 7/10/2010 11:59AM

    How wonderful Mary to be able to share your family history and have your own family acknowedge the specialness of it. It is reassuring to know that what is important to you has also passed down to be important to your children...and the legacy shall continue!

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Friday, July 02, 2010

As I turned over the page on my perpetual calendar that sits on my kitchen counter, (I have used the same one for years!!) I had to turn it around to see today's reading. That was a realization that I am standing on the half way point of 2010.

This simple act brought me to take a closer look at the goals I set for this year and where I am in relation to them. Some are physical goals and others are accomplishment goals. Some I have made major progress on (like running marathon 7 and preparing for training for marathon 8) and others are slowly progressing, (seeing my weight finally moving downward again, working on next Health & Safety qualification) and others await my start (counted cross stitch projects).

I remember a saying I learned years ago; Half measures avail us nothing. I think of it often and of the things I have started and then just left; weight goals, projects of various types, well meaning ideas....

Staying at the half way point will not get me to the goal I am wanting. Just as I turned the calander around, so I too turn and move towards the goals I have set for myself to accomplish this year. I take action, not just plan; I cross items off my "to-do" list, not just keep adding to the list. I see progress and not worry about the perfection in it.

Welcome to July, welcome to the half way point that I am using as a way-point in my journey. Just as I use my Garmin when I run to measure my distance and then see where I have been on my journeys, I use today as point of reference to see what I have accomplished and what I lies ahead....and then I take that step into the remainder of my day, my year, my life. Thanks for stepping with me.

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PELESJEWEL 7/12/2010 12:36PM

    Whooo..great blog! I especially liked your attitude towards progress.

"I see progress and not worry about the perfection in it"

That spoke to me. Thanks for that!

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LYNNANN43 7/2/2010 1:30PM

    I was just pondering the halfway through the year point too.

Thanks for sharing!

Have a wonderful 4th of July! (I dare say- NOT celebrated over there;-)
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TERJEGOLD 7/2/2010 9:27AM

    Nice way to look at it.

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I saved a life.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

I saved a life the other day!

Yep! I was getting the dogs' food ready in the kitchen when this whopper of a fly was flying around the window right over the kitchen sink. I tried swatting it with a towel, that didn't work. Then I took the plants and fruit out of the window to make it an easier target, still couldn't get it. I came close and it ducked away.

Finally I swatted it in such a way that it landed inside a small empty vase on the window sill. Ah! My moment!! With one hand over the top of the vase I picked it up and with visions of turning on the water faucet I moved the vase near the spicket. Then, before turning the water on as I looked at the fly, I let go of the spicket and walked out of the kitchen to the back door, hand still over the top of the vase. I then opened the door and released my hand to let the fly escape into the outdoors. As it flew away, I realized I made a pretty neat choice!

You see guys, it is all about the choices we make. They can be a split second action or a timely thought out decision, but in the end, they are our choices. What kind of choices are you making today? I hope they enrich your life.

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LYNNANN43 7/1/2010 4:22PM

    Life most certainly is about those moment to moment choices!

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JILLWILSON2102 7/1/2010 12:18PM

    Mary, great to hear from you. Yes, choices are unique, individual, and have life-changing consequences (i.e. the fly). Thank you for the reminder to really consider each choice we make, and make it count!! emoticon

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TERJEGOLD 7/1/2010 9:08AM

    That's cool. My kids almost always excort bugs out of the house. Fortunately, at our elevation there are not many to find but moths are often shown the door.

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VEGEFARMER 7/1/2010 4:40AM

    nice blog.

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VEGEFARMER 7/1/2010 4:40AM

    nice blog.

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

It's here!! IT's time!! And it only happens every 4 years!!
Your team has to qualify to make the 32 that actually participate!!
USA not only made it, it's now in the knock out stage!!

But that's not the only exictment for me this weekend!! Nope, Living here in England where Football (not soccer!) is a religion to many folks; there is a knockout match to be held as well!

I don't know how many of you have been following the World Cup play, but it has been exciting!! It looked like USA would be going home in the first stages but then, an amazing 92 min goal and exitment!! Just check out this link!


I was so excited the folks next store must have heard me cheering!!! I'm hoping that will be repeated today (tonight for me) as USA goes against Ghana!! I''m flying the colors over here!!

Then on Sunday...It's ENGLAND v Germany!! A classic match up and all to play for! The flags are definatly flying from the houses, the cars, windows, and atop flagpolls! It will be an amazing match to watch! COME ON!!!

I do love my running, but this time of year, every 4 years, I become a super football fan!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon GO USA!!! GO ENGLAND!!! emoticon emoticon

So very disappointed about the USA going out against Ghana! Now it's Sunday and it's all up to ENGLAND to do the magic!! COME ON!!

England has been defeated by Germany today and are out as well. So disappointing and what a disaster score! 1-4!! There is always the next WC in 4 years!

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TERJEGOLD 6/26/2010 10:07PM

    Go US and England! Love Soccer. Love football too but that's a fall sport! LOL (Had to get a dig in on my lovely English friends)

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JERSEYGIRL24 6/26/2010 8:44PM

    i am definitely bummed out that the USA was knocked out. emoticon

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HILLRUNNER 6/26/2010 6:29PM

    It's a deal!!
Check your page!
I left a message for you and yep! Challeng on!
Here's to Sunday!

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HAPPYLILIMOON 6/26/2010 12:01PM

    You enthusiasm is contagious!!!

I am not a football/soccer fan YET, but I do catch glimpse of the World Cup this year. I have to say I am cheering for Germany... and I will watch the entire match on Sunday!

What about a friendly competition? If UK wins on Sunday, I do 100 crunches. Same for you if Germany wins. Or it could be 20 crunches for every goal the other team scores against our team, whichever you want (or if you have suggestion, go ahead!!).

I did this with team members during the NHL playoffs and it was a very fun thing, it made the games even more exciting!

What do you think?

In any case, enjoy the World Cup!!!!


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Ramble Runs: Another way to be Extreme

Friday, May 28, 2010

Living in the North West countryside area of England provides me with many opportunities to leave behind the asphalt when I head out for my almost daily run.
I've recently taken advantage of the slightly warmer and dryer weather to explore a bit more of the local public footpaths. I am going to call these my "Ramble Runs". You can see the "ramblers" out and about on just about any given day. They are usually groups of walkers with sticks, packs, maps, hats, boots, etc! Way too much gear for my liking.

I prefer to go it alone, with my hydration waist pack, my Garmin,a map and some music softly playing in my ears to encourage me along. Before setting out I do a bit of computer research to find a footpath map of where I am wanting to explore. I don't want to get out there and not be able to find my way across an expanse of land.

Some of the best paths I've found are the ones that snake through the woods and present you with a fairyland type setting. The ground is carpeted with bluebells and decorated with various others flowers and ferns.
When the path crosses over a stream often a footbridge is a pleasant surprise.

With footpaths criss crossing this area I know there are many "ramble runs"for me to explore. It's no wonder that each year I look forward to the Lakeland Trail Series up in Cumbria. Simply amazing races/challenges that utilize some of the more rugged and terrain challenging paths of approximately 12K-17K. Looking forward to the Kentmere event on 5 June.

Why not have a look around where you live and do a bit of rambling of your own!!

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JILLWILSON2102 5/28/2010 4:54PM

    I love it Mary. Thank you for sharing your countryside! The pics are beautiful. emoticon

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CHARLIE215 5/28/2010 11:51AM

    It looks lovely Mary

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BUFFEDSTUFF_ 5/28/2010 11:23AM

    beautiful scenery, for a beautiful. Keep enjoying and sharing the blessings.

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2BERUNNING 5/28/2010 10:23AM

    Absolutely beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 5/28/2010 9:56AM

    Wonderful blog and pictures. Thanks for sharing. I think I'll get out and explore this weekend!

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TERJEGOLD 5/28/2010 9:42AM

    Beautiful scenery to make any run more enjoyable. Thanks for sharing, Mary.

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ISLANDGIRL2013 5/28/2010 8:46AM

    What a lovely place to run!

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ALLDAY 5/28/2010 7:15AM

    How fun to run amongst the fairies! I love that little bridge! Thanks for sharing your beautiful countryside Mary.

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