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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

by John McCrae, May 1915
Poppies (©greatwar.co.uk)

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CATIATM 11/13/2010 7:43AM

    Thanks for the important reminer, Lita. emoticon

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/11/2010 8:55AM

    Thank you Lita...I am living this day in honor of my dear Daddy..who fought bravely in WW2..Normandy, Battle of the Bulge, and he was one of the Liberation troops. Thank you Vets no matter where or when you served!!!

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TRYINGHARD1948 11/10/2010 4:33PM

    it's good to remember those who have given their lives. Thank you Lita.

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CHANGE4FIT 11/10/2010 9:54AM

    Thank you for reminding us to be thankful for their sacrifice for our freedoms.
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COOLMAMA11 11/10/2010 6:57AM

    Thank you for sharing Lita..we will remember our soldiers who gave their lives for their country!

Hugs Elaine emoticon

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KELPIE57 11/10/2010 5:37AM

    Tomorrow, I shall be remembering, the injured and dead from all wars.........

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NSPLADY 11/9/2010 11:29PM

    That was beautiful.... Thanks Lita


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_MAOMAO_ 11/9/2010 9:07PM

  Thanks for the reminder, Lita! emoticon

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RAGGEDY_ANN 11/9/2010 8:18PM

    Thanks for the reminder Lita! We should never forget. (I'm from the Netherlands where they just love the Canadians...).
Hugs, Wilma

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Gently With the Flow..........

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Gently With the Flow..........

If the sky above seems cloudy, and you are left out in the rain,
If you are searching for a rainbow, but the colors bring you pain,

If your world is not revolving, and there is no end in sight,
If you are looking for the sunshine, but all you see is night,

If all around are smiling, but all you can do is frown,
If you are tired of all this living, when life just brings you down,

Then look beyond your teardrops, at the wonders of this land,
The beauty of a flower, like velvet in your hand.

Feel the air around you, the smell of new mown hay,
Laughing children in the park, the innocence there at play,

Imagine floating with a butterfly, as she flutters between the trees,
Or the whispers of the ocean, on warm hot summer's breeze,

Think of the taste of candy floss, as it melts upon your tongue,
Or the melody of morning birds, as they greet each day with song,

Remember words of beauty, told in your mother's embrace,
Feel the gentleness of her touch, as she softly kissed your face,

Seek the good within you, cast the clouds from your sky,
Don't look toward the pavement, but hold your head up high,

Think not what life owes you, but of all you have to give,
Forget about tomorrow, then you can start to live.

So bless this age you are living in, with the gifts you can bestow,
Don't disregard the stream of life,
Go gently with the flow.

~ © Shawnee Kellie

have been having more knee pain of late and am now trying a different combination of medication so will see in a few weeks if it helps etc............i haven't lost any pounds of late stayed on a plateau i thought was over but somehow have managed to gain 3 pounds.................maybe it the meds???
i have increased the exercise and changed it around and well as the calories in and out too........there seems to be no rhyme or reason any more and am just continuing to plod along day by day.............
am still waiting to see the orth dr's have been waiting since July and to make this a short story found out last week i need to be refered by to see these same dr's again so that now means many many more months of waiting.............
thanks so much for all your help and support as without it i surely would have given up a long long time ago.............
thank you from the bottom of my heart................
much appreciation and love.......blessings and hugs....................lita

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AHOLLAND0108 11/8/2010 10:20AM

    Hi Lita, I pray that God continue to give you strength and peace as you go through. Keep you head up, your heart open and your spirit lifted. This too shall pass.


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TEXASGIRL48 11/8/2010 6:58AM

    Lita I really hope you get some relief from your painful knees. I can really understand it. I don't have pain in my knees but in my back. My back is still bothering me a lot. Everytime I think it is better I overdo it and it begins to hurt again. I haven't been able to exericse for over two months now.

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KELPIE57 11/8/2010 4:37AM

    Lovely peom, take care of yourself!

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TRYINGHARD1948 11/8/2010 4:28AM

    I do hope the ortho can find a remedy for the knee. Wishing you all the best, hugs.

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_CYNDY55_ 11/8/2010 12:59AM

    Hello And Good Evening "~*Lita*~".
Great Poem...Loved The Words emoticon
Wishing You Well! ~With The Knee Replacements~*!*
...Many Huggs And Blessings To "~*You*~"!
All The Best...Many {{HuGGs}}


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SHARON10002 11/8/2010 12:46AM

    “Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand – relax. If you relax, it comes. If you relax, it is there. If you relax, you start vibrating with it.” ~Osho

Continue to relax into the flow. . .


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GOSPELCLOWN 11/7/2010 11:42PM

    Thanks for the posting. It is the rainy month and so easy to get depressed if we don't see any sunshine.

Best wishes for a speedier visit to your doctors.


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COOLMAMA11 11/7/2010 11:35PM

    Hello Lita, sorry to hear about your knee, I know what that is like, I have one knee replacement, and waiting for another..sure slows down my exercising...Keep the faith, things will turn around...

Hugs Elaine emoticon

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Saturday, October 30, 2010


Drop a pebble in the water: just a splash, and it is gone;
But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on,
Spreading, spreading from the center, flowing on out to the sea.
And there is no way of telling where the end is going to be.

Drop a pebble in the water: in a minute you forget,
But there's little waves a-flowing, and there's ripples circling yet,
And those little waves a-flowing to a great big wave have grown;
You've disturbed a mighty river just by dropping in a stone.

Drop an unkind word, or careless: in a minute it is gone;
But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on.
They keep spreading, spreading, spreading from the center as they go,
And there is no way to stop them, once you've started them to flow.

Drop an unkind word, or careless: in a minute you forget;
But there's little waves a-flowing, and there's ripples circling yet,
And perhaps in some sad heart a mighty wave of tears you've stirred,
And disturbed a life was happy ere you dropped that unkind word.

Drop a word of cheer and kindness: just a flash and it is gone;
But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on,
Bearing hope and joy and comfort on each splashing, dashing wave
Till you wouldn't believe the volume of the one kind word you gave.

Drop a word of cheer and kindness: in a minute you forget;
But there's gladness still a-swelling, and there's joy circling yet,
And you've rolled a wave of comfort whose sweet music can be heard
Over miles and miles of water just by dropping one kind word.

~ By James W. Foley (1874-1939) Poet-laureate of North Dakota 1930-1939

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SHARON10002 11/2/2010 10:31PM

    Very nice. . . There's a ripple effect for every thought, word, or action that originates from each of us.

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CATIATM 11/1/2010 2:32PM

    Words to remember. Thanks, Lita!

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FREEDANCER 11/1/2010 1:54PM

    You are Beautiful emoticon Thank you emoticon

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GERISE 10/31/2010 9:12AM

    Love it......I always tell my daughter action speak louder than words.. emoticon

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KELPIE57 10/31/2010 5:20AM

    Thank you for reminding us that every action has a result

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ABRANNEWME2014 10/31/2010 1:14AM

    Thanks for sharing this Lita it's beautiful


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TRYINGHARD1948 10/31/2010 12:29AM

    And you, my friend, send ripples of love and joy around the world. Thank you, hugs.

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    I enjoyed reading that very much. Thank you.

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MS5835 10/30/2010 8:07PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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ROSEWCI 10/30/2010 7:49PM

    LOVE this! emoticon Rose

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Go After Your Dreams ........

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Go After Your Dreams

You're good, but you're going to be great.

You're the best, but you're going to get better.

Sometimes the paths we take are long and hard, but remember: those are always the ones that lead to the most beautiful views.

Challenges come along inevitably: how you respond to them determines who you are - deep down inside - and everything you're going to be.

Increase the chances of reaching your goals by working at them gradually. The very best you can do is all that is asked of you.

Realize that you are capable of working miracles of your own making. Remember that opportunities have a reason for knocking on your door, and the right ones are there for the taking.

You don't always have to win, but you do need to know what it takes to be a winner.

It's up to you to find the key that unlocks the door to a more fulfilling life.

Understand that increased difficulty brings you nearer to the truth of how to survive it - and get beyond it.

Cross your bridges.

Meet your challenges.

Reach out for your dreams, and bring them closer and closer to your heart.

Get rid of the "if only's" and get on with whatever you need to do to get things right.

Go after what you want in life, with all the blessings of all the people who care about you. And find out what making your wishes come true really feels like.

~ Collin McCarty ~

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KELPIE57 10/27/2010 2:49AM

    As always, an inspiration, thank you emoticon

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CATIATM 10/26/2010 3:35PM

    I'm going! I'm going! How about you?

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_CYNDY55_ 10/25/2010 11:47PM

    ♥•*´¨`*•♥ emoticon ♥•*´¨`*•♥
And So Right On~~Loved Your emoticon

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LYSALYSSA 10/25/2010 1:54PM

  Hi I cannot sparkmail yet --thanx for the welcome I am considering Lap Band and I need some facts and reassurance from people with similar problems PLEASE tell me does it really help you and how does it help?

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WILLOW49 10/24/2010 11:50PM

    Wonderful blog as always!

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TRYINGHARD1948 10/24/2010 7:52PM

    Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.
- Anonymous

Your blogs are always so life affirming, thank you, you add sparkle to my day. emoticon

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FASTFREDDY1 10/23/2010 9:58PM

  Love this post! Inspirational and uplifting. If only and what ifs are the kiss of death!!

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GERISE 10/23/2010 9:56PM

    that was very moving thanks lita

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GANDERRUN 10/23/2010 7:30PM

    You are so right! I needed to add some of that to my daily self pep talk. thanks!

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Seize The Moment ...

Friday, October 15, 2010

Seize The Moment ...

Too many people put off something that brings them joy
just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule,
didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.

I got to thinking one day about all those folks on the Titanic
who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back.
From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible.

I cannot count the times I called my sister and said,
"How about going to lunch in a half hour?"
She would gasp and stammer, "I can't."

"I have clothes on the line."
"My hair is dirty."
"I wish I had known yesterday."
"I had a late breakfast".
"It looks like rain".
And my personal favorite: "It's Monday".

Because we cram so much into our lives, we live on a sparse diet of promises
that we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect.
We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Stevie toilet-trained.
We'll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet.
We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.

Life has a way of accelerating, as we get older.
The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer.
One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of
"I'm going to," "I plan on" and "Someday, when things are settled down a bit."

When anyone calls my 'seize the moment' friend,
she is open to adventure and available for trips.
She keeps an open mind on new ideas.
Her enthusiasm for life is contagious.
You talk with her for five minutes, and you're ready to trade your bad feet
for a pair of Rollerblades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.

It's the life that you are living that is the most wonderful creation.
Make every second count and live your life as a work of art.
Paint and sculpt your life with care and become a
masterpiece of inspiration.

Now, go on and seize the moment ...
Do something because you WANT TO ....
Not because it's on your SHOULD DO list.

~ Author Unknown

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PRAIRIECROCUS 10/19/2010 2:44AM

    Thanks for posting this inspiring blog !

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AHOLLAND0108 10/18/2010 10:23PM

    This is so be-fitting right now. I got news that a childhood friend passed away today. I can only wonder if there were things or life that my friend put off. Live today as if it is your last day. I love it, I live it.

Thanks for your words to live by.

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GOSPELCLOWN 10/18/2010 12:46PM

    I shall take this wisdom and use it TODAY!

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CATIATM 10/17/2010 3:33AM

    Carpe diem!

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ROSEWCI 10/16/2010 6:48AM

    Thank you for this important message that life IS too short & we must live for today. How does that song go? Live as if you were dying...?

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TRYINGHARD1948 10/15/2010 4:30PM

    Lita, I love this blog, what a wonderful reminder that we do not have all the time in the world, and we should 'go for it'. emoticon

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DETERMINEDJANET 10/15/2010 12:48PM

    Great words to live by!

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HOPESINGH 10/15/2010 11:55AM

    Wonderful! Thank you for this one and I'm sending you lots of love emoticon just because you reminded me of the really important things.

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WILLOW49 10/15/2010 11:48AM

    Thanks, Lita! You're the best!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/15/2010 6:32AM

    wonderful as always, and so are YOU!!

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KELPIE57 10/15/2010 6:21AM

    So true, and a wise note from a dear friend, "you're keeping it for 'good', who's better than you!"

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MSHUFFNPUFFN 10/15/2010 6:16AM


I am printing this out and it's going on my fridge. I need to be reminded constantly that tomorrow is not promised--DO IT today, SAY IT today, LIVE today. Thank you for sharing the message with us. :)

God bless you on your journey,


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