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Carpe' Diem

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

One day I had a date with friends for lunch. Mae, a little old "blue hair" about 80 years old, came along with them---all in all, a pleasant bunch.


When the menus were presented, we ordered salads, sandwiches, and soups, except for Mae who said, "Ice Cream, please. Two scoops, chocolate."

I wasn't sure my ears heard right, and the others were aghast. "Along with heated apple pie," Mae added, completely unabashed.



We tried to act quite nonchalant, as if people did this all the time.. But when our orders were brought out, I didn't enjoy mine.




I couldn't take my eyes off Mae as her pie a-la-mode went down. The other ladies showed dismay. They ate their lunches silently and frowned.

The next time I went out to eat, I called and invited Mae. I lunched on white meat tuna. She ordered a parfait.
I smiled. She asked if she amused me
I answered, "Yes, you do, but also you confuse me.

How come you order rich desserts, while I feel I must be sensible? She laughed and said, with wanton mirth, "I'm tasting all that is Possible.

I try to eat the food I need, and do the things I should. But life's so short, my friend, I hate missing out on something good.


This year I realized how old I was. (She grinned) I haven't been this old before."
"So, before I die, I've got to try those things that for years I had ignored.
I haven't smelled all the flowers yet. There are too many books I haven't read. There's more fudge sundaes to wolf down and kites to be flown overhead.

There are many malls I haven't shopped. I've not laughed at all the jokes. I've missed a lot of Broadway hits and potato chips and cokes.


I want to wade again in water and feel ocean spray on my face. I want to sit in a country church once more and thank God for His grace.

I want peanut butter every day spread on my morning toast. I want un-timed long distance calls to the folks I love the most.


I haven't cried at all the movies yet, or walked in the morning rain. I need to feel wind in my hair. I want to fall in love again

So, if I choose to have dessert, instead of having dinner, then should I die before night fall, I'd say I died a winner, because I missed out on nothing. I filled my heart's desire. I had that final chocolate mousse before my life expired.."

With that, I called the waitress over.. "I've changed my mind, " I said. "I want what she is having, only add some more whipped cream!"

This is my gift to you - We need an annual Friends Day! If you get this twice, then you have more than one friend. Live well, love much & laugh often - Be happy.

SHARE THIS WITH YOUR FRIENDS including me if I'm lucky enough to be counted among them.

Be mindful that happiness isn't based on possessions, power, or prestige, but on relationships with people we love and respect. Remember that while money talks, CHOCOLATE SINGS!

  


Pursue Opportunity!

Monday, February 01, 2010

The future belongs to the risk takers, not the security seekers. The more you seek security, the less of it you will have and the more you pursue opportunity, the more security you will achieve.
Brian Tracy

It is truly amazing what people are willing to give away in order to get perceived security. After having sacrificed everything, they realize that they have not obtained security but servitude.

I stole the following verse from the late Leo Buscaglia and it zeroes in on the value of risk:

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out for others is to risk getting involved.
To show your feelings is to expose your humanity.
To place your ideas and dreams before the crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To hope is to risk pain, and to try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing has nothing and is nothing.
He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, live or love.
Chained by his certitudes, or his addiction, hes a slave.
He has forfeited his greatest trait, and that is his individual freedom.
Only the person who risks is free.

Pursue Opportunity

  


The Great Pizza Bake-Off Part Deux

Sunday, January 31, 2010

The first family pizza bake-off is history. bobby Flay did not show up! There must have been 25-30 different pizzas made by the several contestants. Fortunately, most of them were of the "personal" size (10" diameter) so the slices were small. I limited myself to "half slices of several; of the pies. the worst one there was fantastic! Pizza was complemented by Buffalo Wings, Asian Wings, funnel cakes, a copncoction my grand niece made which consiste of putting Oreos and cream cheese in a blender, making little balls of the result and dipping them in white chocolate (bad, mixed with naughty and covered in sinful) The day finished off with brownies, lemon squares and my son's soon to be famous home made spumoni. A good time was had by all and we are looking forward to this summer when we have the great chicken and pork grill off.

Hey, a Sicilian family cannot gather without food. A la famiglia!

  


The Great Pizza Bake-Off

Saturday, January 30, 2010

My father-in-law owned and ran a pizzeria for several years and each of his daughters came into possession of the secret recipes for dough and sauce which they dutifully passed on to their children. My son-in-law remarked one day that it was interesting that while everyone was using the same recipes as a basis, all of the pizza tasted different. Thus was born the Great Pizza Bake-Off. The weatherman threatened the event but the sleet and snow passed north of us and the great event is on!

There has been a bunch of slap talk back and forth and it promises to be a fun event. The difficult part will be to keep near the veggie pies and to avoid pepperoni, sausage and other fat laden toppings. The pizza has been foreseen and planned for with a light breakfast and lunch so all I can say is "Bring It On"

  
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A36A8BA 1/30/2010 12:04PM

    Mama Mia... Enjoy ;) YUMMY!

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Spark is Life!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Each day, I take about thirty minutes and go down the menu of available Spark Points and reflect on yesterday and prepare for today.

What strikes me is that the Spark Ploints plan is a good road map for life in general. Studies have shown that the most successful people are those who have clear, succinct, written goals. By sitting down at the end of the day, or the beginning of the day, to review the day just passed and plan the day upcoming, your give yourself an advantage over everyone else.

In today's world, you need an advantage so take it. Spark is Life!

  
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HOPEFULOSER 1/28/2010 8:47AM

    That is so true, and it helps that it is a great way to regain our lives. weight loss and life management are too big goals for me and i am really happy they are both available in one easy to use package.

good luck on your journey.

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