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Friendship and Life............

Saturday, April 25, 2009

I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend. I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making
my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn't need, but looks so avante garde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 &70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love ... I will.

I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set.

They, too, will get old.
I know I am sometimes forgetful.
But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers,
or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and
compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face.
So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their
hair could turn silver.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore.
I've even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever,
but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be . And I shall eat dessert every single day(if I feel like it).



blessings and hugs................lita

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SAMODER 4/28/2009 9:10PM

    LITA, how true was this. My friend and I were just talking about this the other day. I wouldn't mind having a younger body without some of the aging - but I've earned all those stretch marks!!!!

Thank you also for being such a good friend. You are one of those who I can always count on to support me on my blog. And I get so inspired reading yours.

Love, Sam

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SHERI1969 4/26/2009 9:48PM

    You got it down right. You have to enjoy the moment because you don't know what the next one holds for you. I once read a sign that said LIVE LIKE CHRIST DIED YESTERDAY, ROSE TODAY AND IS COMING BACK TOMORROW. In other words, live like you have no more days ahead of you! Sounds like you got that down now!

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DINA:-) 4/26/2009 4:50PM

    LOVED the blog, lita! how true it is.


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APACHE85 4/25/2009 11:49PM

    You have done it again my dear Lita!! Another amazing blog that gets me right in my heart! So much of what you say is also how I feel-though I have fun when my husband tells me I'm getting grey hair, I laugh and tell him, "well, I didn't have any before YOU!" He just laughs along with me!! I am learning the lessons that you speak of-about not caring so much how or what others think of me, enjoying life even in the midst of my mistakes... all that!
I am getting better at the goals I have set for myself-and checking in more often with my Spark friends is one of those goals!! Thank you so much for this new poetry from you!! FANTASTIC!!

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CINNIEMAY 4/25/2009 11:53AM

    Hooray for you !!! I love it!!

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KUROSMOM 4/25/2009 11:09AM


Well said; I agree with every word, every sentiment!


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COLEMANSR 4/25/2009 10:08AM

    emoticon as always. I count it all joy to call you friend. emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 4/25/2009 7:40AM

    Hi Lita,
What a wonderful, beautiful blog! You are a lovely person both inside and out. Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us. You've made my day!

Love and blessings to you,

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    This blog... all of it so true. Too bad we don't get it until we have so much experience under our belt. I guess I should say, Thank God we finally got it!

Once again a very touching post. emoticon


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HAPPYTRAVELER1 4/25/2009 6:17AM

I do not know why I choose this blog to read but I am so glad I did. It was lovely. I love the saying at the end.

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KELISE_1 4/25/2009 1:29AM

  L*I*T*A* I read this and it is very touching it brought tears to my eyes but it is very truthful.Kristen

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If Today Was Your Last Day

Sunday, April 19, 2009

these are the words sung by the group called Nickelback
sometimes we don't hear /listen to the words so i thought i would post them as the words are truly wonderful to apply to our daily lives............

If Today Was Your Last Day

My best friend gave me the best advice
He said each dayís a gift and not a given right
Leave no stone unturned, leave your fears behind
And try to take the path less traveled by
That first step you take is the longest stride

If today was your last day
And tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past
Donate every dime you have?
If today was your last day

Against the grain should be a way of life
Whatís worth the prize is always worth the fight
Every second counts ícause thereís no second try
So live like youíll never live it twice
Donít take the free ride in your own life

If today was your last day
And tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past
Donate every dime you have?
Would you call old friends you never see?
Reminisce of memories
Would you forgive your enemies?
Would you find that one youíre dreaminí of?
Swear up and down to God above
That you finally fall in love
If today was your last day

If today was your last day
Would you make your mark by mending a broken heart?
You know itís never too late to shoot for the stars
Regardless of who you are
So do whatever it takes
ĎCause you canít rewind a moment in this life
Let nothiní stand in your way
Cause the hands of time are never on your side

If today was your last day
And tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?

Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past
Donate every dime you have?
Would you call old friends you never see?
Reminisce of memories
Would you forgive your enemies?
Would you find that one youíre dreaminí of?
Swear up and down to God above
That you finally fall in love
If today was your last day.


i have my blood work back and there is no change as yet with the thyroid so now am on 40mg twice a day for another 6 weeks and am hoping there will be some progress by then.............other wise i continue to plod along as best as i can..................blessings and hugs.................lita

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SAMODER 4/23/2009 10:24PM

    I am hoping that this new dosage will give you the results you and your doctor want. Our bodies are such a complex miracle.
Love, Sam

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CINNIEMAY 4/22/2009 7:07AM

    Great song! I am praying for some change by the end of the next six weeks (for the better)! Smile you are doing great!

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DINA:-) 4/21/2009 7:39PM

    sorry to hear there were no changes in your blood work. i hope things work out. i'll have you in my prayers.

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COLE771 4/20/2009 5:21PM

    Wow Lita - good thought to ponder! We are not promised a tomorrow, but many times we act like it! Thanks for the reminder. I'll pray for your thyroid problem today! :)

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    Once again my dear you have out done yourself on finding material that really hits home. My son is a Green Beret stationed in Afghanistan right now. He has this son on his My Space page. I couldn't quite catch all the words but now thanks to you I have them. big thanks and many hugs to you.
Hope the thyroid gets better soon. My friend has had so much trouble with hers. she finally had to have it removed and stay on the meds only. I think she is better from it now. emoticon

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COLEMANSR 4/20/2009 10:31AM

    Thanks another great blog. Hope the Thyroid problem get straighten out soon.

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1AVERY 4/20/2009 10:08AM

    Thanks LITA makes you think doesn't it. I am lost in the past I listen to the golden oldies or country music so sometimes I miss these new bands stuff. You take care and hopefully you get your thyroid straightened out. People don't realize how much control the thyroid has over all your hormones. We all know about the thyroid making people gain and lose weight but it also plays an important part in your memory and all hormone fluctuation. I only found this out because my daughter had thyroid cancer and had to have hers removed. She can't keep her nutrients like calcium etc. controlled and when they went to do the biopsy a surgeon said he wouldn't do it because he didn't do it often enough. He was the one that said about all the hormone control etc. by the thyroid. Thanks again LITA you are always there was something new and informative. Teri emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HAPPY-DESTINY 4/19/2009 11:04PM

    WonderfuL. . .absolutely Wonderful!

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AUNTC321 4/19/2009 11:00PM

    Lita, I really appreciate your persistance. There have been many times I would like to quit but seeing others stick with it during discouraging times really helps. Thanks. Chris

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ETAGGEL 4/19/2009 10:54PM

    Thank you for sharing this. I often wonder what I would do if I knew it was my last day. I wonder but I still don't have any answer.
Sorry about your blood work, I hope it works out for you. You are in my prayers


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Have a Wonderful Easter Season!

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Have a Wonderful Easter Season!

Jesus Crucified Jesus Risen
"Eloi, Eloi,
Lama Sabachthani" *
by Keith Clayton, Jr.
(1968 - 1998)

* A cry uttered by Jesus Christ
while dying on the cross,
preserved in the original Aramaic:
"My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?"

Now the sun is risen,
I thank Thee for Thy silent strength
Given me in my hour of despair--
When the darkness
Seemed to smother,
And the tears
I selfishly shed
For my own pain
And trivial troubles
Shut out the light,
And I rendered myself

Now Thy Son is risen,
I thank Thee for allowing One
So much greater than I
Thine Only Begotten,
Flesh of Thy flesh,
To complete a task so
Wonderful and
By leaving Him

In the garden green of Olivet,
In the still and solitude
The Creator of everything
Offered up all He had,
And submitted Himself
To all the vengeance of Hell;
And in His hour of need,
The Friend of the friendless
Was forsaken,
For what?
Although the spirit was willing
The flesh indeed was weak;
And they slumbered,
Leaving Him,
The Balm of mortal pain,
To suffer,

In the beauty of that desert place,
The Savior of mankind
Faced all the ugliness
His charges could offer:
The pain, the hate,
The sin, the sorrow,
The waste, the wickedness,
The pride, the poverty,
The deceit, the ignorance,
The doubt, the fear,
The betrayal
--And even the

As His immortal, righteous blood
Was spilled, like sweat
From every pore
And fell to the thirsty earth below,
I cannot hide
My honor and my awe
At His great love for me;
Neither can I hide
My shame,
And regret. For
How many of those precious drops
Am I responsible for?
--As He suffered
The bitter cup,

The longest night
the world will ever know,
The solstice of eternity,
Fell on Emmanuel
And by the light of torches
The Light of the world,
The very God of Love,
Was betrayed by a kiss,
Enslaved by strangers,
Rejected by His own,
Denied by those who
Knew Him best,
And led away
In chains

How it must have hurt Thee
To witness the sufferings
Of Thy Beloved
Inflicted by Thine other children--
Those whom He had come to save;
To steadfastly persevere,
And answer not a word,
Amidst the jeers
The blows,
The spit
And scorn;
To see His perfect body torn,
His perfect soul rent in anguish,
Staggering and fainting beneath
The evil and imperfection
Of all mortality

And Thou,
Beyond the grasp of human pain
Did surely mourn at the
Mocking of His misery
By so many witnesses and
Beneficiaries of His
Miracles and ministry--
Those who knew better;
Who unworthily
And ungratefully
Bore Thy birthright;
Those with whom Thou had
Cut they covenant
Now cut the flesh of Thy Son
And in the crowded mob
He wept

Down the winding passages of
The City of Peace,
Stumbled the Prince of Peace.
Plaited thorns adorned His crown;
Stripped of all but His
Mantle of Duty;
How it must have burdened Thee
To see Thine Own,
Who in innocence
Did glorify Thy name,
Bearing a scapegoat's load--
The weight thereof
Not unfamiliar to Thee,
Which could so mercifully have been loosed
By Thy Omnipotence;
Yet in the name of mercy
Didst Thou allow
This charade of justice
To continue.
At a crossroads He was lifted up
Upon the cruel cross.
And in His torment,
When He needed Thee most,
Thou left Him

In the vastness of Thy creations,
was there any place large enough
To contain the immensity
Of Thy sorrow?
Was there any place small enough
And far enough away
To hide from the pleas and cries
Of Thy suffering Son?
Until the moment He pronounced
"It is finished."
Triumphing, at last

In olden times, the Scriptures say
Thou wert a jealous God described;
I think I know now why--
Jealous lest man ever
Or with anything replace
The memory of the Sacrifice
Made by Thy Son

O Father,
I thank Thee
For sacrificing Thy
Fatherhood for Thy
Godhood, by
Giving us Thy Son
To pay the ransom we could not.
And by so doing,
Thy righteous heart was broken also--
For what Father could bear to see
His helpless child suffer
And not rush to his aid?
--Instead, to leave him

O Father,
I thank Thee
That through the tears that fell
From His eyes
And from Thine,
That my tears may be dried
And my eyes opened
To the Hope of my Salvation,
And the reassurance of my
Eternal worth
--In spite of myself--
That my meager life
Was worth dying for.
And He died
For me, and
Because of me,
That I might live for Him,
In all my days serving Him
As tool and ambassador
Of the love He had for us;
The love that gave purpose to His life
And life to His purpose.
Father, I acknowledge my
Hungering need
To bear and be borne by the
Unconditional Love of Christ,
Who unselfishly serves all those who but
Come unto Him.
As Counsellor,
And Friend;
That neither I,
Nor any of us
Need ever be

Let me let Him in!
Let His Light fill the recesses of my soul,
That darkness and evil
Find no place.
Let me always make room
For Him for Whom the inn was full.
Let your Spirit make me wise enough
To seek the King of Kings
As the Magi did;
And as
Wise men
Still and
Always do.
Let me ever joy
In that same glory
That was witnessed
To lowly shepherds
Long ago.
Praise be
To the Father
And the Son!
The glory be
To Him and Thee

Please bless me,
Dear Father,
That I may live my days
In remembrance
Of Him Whose hands
First sculpted me in clay.
Whose hands now rest in Thine;
Those hands
Thou once suffered
To be pierced
For my sake.
Father, wouldst Thou bless me,
That as He bore my burdens,
I may lift all those around me
With whom I share this
Borrowed existence--
For Thy sacrifice,
And His,
Was not for me

Copyright 1998 Connie Clayton
For the author
Keith Clayton, Jr.
(1968 - 1998)

Reprinted with permission
Free to duplicate and distribute free of charge.
(please include site address)

Keith's poem has touched those from around the world, and I'm grateful to him for allowing me to share it with all of you. If you enjoyed the poem and would like to let his family know, just email us and we'll forward your note.


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CINNIEMAY 5/4/2009 11:49AM

    thanks for sharing!

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DINA:-) 4/15/2009 7:57PM

    beautiful poem, lita! thank you for sharing!

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LILYPEARL 4/11/2009 10:12PM

    That was marvelous! Thank you so much for sharing!

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AQUAGIRL08 4/11/2009 2:07PM

    That was lovely! Thank you so much Lita, for sharing it with all of us.
It depicts the true meaning of Easter.

Happy Easter,

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    Beautiful! emoticon

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COLEMANSR 4/10/2009 9:09AM

    Thank you, Beautiful blog. Thanks for sharing with us. emoticon

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    Thank you for sharing this very nice poem. Hope you and your family have a Happy Easter.


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friend's prayer

Friday, April 03, 2009


Dear Lord,
I know you're watching over me
And I'm feeling truly blessed
For no matter what I pray for
You always know what's best!

I have this circle of E-mail friends,
Who mean the world to me;

Some days I "send" and "send,"
At other times, I let them be.

I am so blessed to have these friends,

With whom I've grown so close;
So this little poem I dedicate to them,
Because to me they are the "Most"!

When I see each name download,
And view the message they've sent;
I know they've thought of me that day,
And "well wishes" were their intent.

So to you, my friends,

I would like to say,
Thank you for being a part;
Of all my daily contacts,

This comes right from my heart .

God bless you is my prayer today,
I'm honored to call you "friend";
I pray the Lord will keep you safe,

Until we write again.

"Good friends are like stars...You don't always see them, but you know they are always there."

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HAPPY-DESTINY 4/9/2009 6:38PM

    "Friends are like calculators . Some just seem to set there and do little . .but you can always count on them!"
~Happy Destiny~

So . . If I write you and thank you for the prayer . .Does that mean I answered your prayer by writing to you . .or you answered mine by writing it? emoticon

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SHERI1969 4/6/2009 10:28PM

    The last quote of your blog is very true...you may not always see you friends...internet, other cities, states, provinces...but they are always there when you need them. You are a wonderful star that is always there as well, and I'm fortunate to have you!

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SAMODER 4/5/2009 4:52PM

    This was wonderful. I have so many different types of friends. They meet different needs... My hubby, my best girlfriend, my work friends, my dance friends, and last but not least my Sparkfriends.

Thnaks you for putting it all in words for us.
Love, sam

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DINA:-) 4/4/2009 7:47PM

    i love the last quote especially- very true. thanks for sharing!

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    emoticon Thank you for such a lovely poem

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CINNIEMAY 4/4/2009 9:06AM

    I am proud that you have tied our friendship to you! I feel the same! Life is so much easier with friends! I am glad that have you in my circle of friends!

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APACHE85 4/3/2009 11:24PM

    I've got you tied to my wrist too! Don't want to lose you either!! Friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COLEMANSR 4/3/2009 11:06PM

    emoticon emoticonFriend.

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Friday, March 27, 2009


We may not always realize
That every thing we do,
Affects not only our lives
But touches others, too!

For a little bit of thoughtfulness
That shows someone you care,
Creates a ray of sunshine
For both of you to share.

Yes, every time you offer
Someone a helping hand ...
Every time you show a friend
You care and understand ...

Every time you have
A kind and gentle word to give,
You help someone find beauty
In this precious life we live.

For happiness brings happiness
And loving ways bring love;
And Giving is the treasure
That contentment is made of.

By Amanda Bradley

i continue to plod along ever so slowly and am starting to feel a little bit better in the last few days........thanks again and again for all your contined support,motivation and ongoing inspiration
without it i would not have been able to keep going as long as i have ..................
blessings and hugs....................lita

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SHERI1969 4/3/2009 10:58PM

    This poem is much like the one I wrote, THE RIPPLES OF OUR LIFE. And we are here to support and motivate each other and lift each other up when we are down!

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JAZZYJUDE 3/30/2009 10:29AM

    GREAT post Lita! I am glad you are feeling much better!
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CINNIEMAY 3/29/2009 8:30PM

    I love the poem! I am glad that you are doing better! Take care my friend!

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DINA:-) 3/29/2009 4:30PM

    i'm glad you are doing better! thanks for another great blog!

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SAMODER 3/28/2009 11:23PM

    Thank you for another inspirational blog.

I pattern my life after this philosophy. I feel it is especially important to see how you affect others when you are a teacher.

You are an inspiration to me and have touched my life.


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COLEMANSR 3/28/2009 3:09PM

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COUNTBYFIVE 3/28/2009 9:18AM

    YOu are the one who adds sunshine to my day. YOu are a very kind and motivating person. I am glad that some of that came back to you when you needed it most. Hugs, CB5

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    I am happy that you are feeling better. We all love you and feel motivated and inspired. You are a great person. emoticon

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