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  • 25 Dec 2016
    Normally I don't make New Years resolutions but this year I'm afraid I have to, to keep my sanity. As my Mom used to say -- is going to Hell in a handbasket. You can fill in the blank with whatever you like. The town I live in is all a mess. They think small while making believe it's a big deal. The state the town is located in is very busy fighting over who can go to the public restrooms. The nation is in big trouble. The "electorate" has chosen the wrong people to run things on a promise to make big changes. Unfortunately the changes that are going to be made are all "smoke and mirrors" as my Dad used to call false promises. So my resolution is to start talking to anyone who will listen. Maybe I can get them to see the light of truth and maybe they will talk to others and start the ball rolling for a better tomorrow. Happy New Year  
    688 Posted by Mary Grace
  • Normally I don't make New Years resolutions but this year I'm afraid I have to, to keep my sanity. As my Mom used to say -- is going to Hell in a handbasket. You can fill in the blank with whatever you like. The town I live in is all a mess. They think small while making believe it's a big deal. The state the town is located in is very busy fighting over who can go to the public restrooms. The nation is in big trouble. The "electorate" has chosen the wrong people to run things on a promise to make big changes. Unfortunately the changes that are going to be made are all "smoke and mirrors" as my Dad used to call false promises. So my resolution is to start talking to anyone who will listen. Maybe I can get them to see the light of truth and maybe they will talk to others and start the ball rolling for a better tomorrow. Happy New Year  
    Dec 25, 2016 688
  • 03 May 2015
    Lately I've been questioning myself about my painting. I have always painted what I see or what I feel like painting. I'm not a commercial artist -I don't make a living painting. I just do it for self satisfaction. Recently I've been looking at other people's painting and they are making a statement or expressing their feelings in their work. That idea shatters my concept of why I paint - should I express my feelings? Do I have anything to say? Does anyone care about what I think. Should I care about what others think?  I don't express my opinions openly for fear of getting things thrown at me....or some such reaction. I think I might try it but what if I become an outcast?  I think I have always been the "odd person out." So, I think I'll start expressing my opinions about my life, my community, my country, politics and possible religion. I'm not certain about religion because that really rattling the cage - so to speak. Well I glad I got that off my chest and I appreciate the opportunity to.....?
    1398 Posted by Mary Grace
  • Lately I've been questioning myself about my painting. I have always painted what I see or what I feel like painting. I'm not a commercial artist -I don't make a living painting. I just do it for self satisfaction. Recently I've been looking at other people's painting and they are making a statement or expressing their feelings in their work. That idea shatters my concept of why I paint - should I express my feelings? Do I have anything to say? Does anyone care about what I think. Should I care about what others think?  I don't express my opinions openly for fear of getting things thrown at me....or some such reaction. I think I might try it but what if I become an outcast?  I think I have always been the "odd person out." So, I think I'll start expressing my opinions about my life, my community, my country, politics and possible religion. I'm not certain about religion because that really rattling the cage - so to speak. Well I glad I got that off my chest and I appreciate the opportunity to.....?
    May 03, 2015 1398
  • 23 Apr 2015
    There was a song which had/has the words "traveling down the highway" - well thats about the way I feel. My life so far has been traveling down the road. I'm not complaining. True, looking back there are things I wish could have happened some time ago. But when I think about those events in my life I have to ask "would I have handled them any differently?" I probably wasn't ready for those changes.  In reviewing my life's changes I can now accepts where I am and how I got here. About 25 years ago I had my horoscope read and the person who did the reading told me change was coming. She said my life to that point was like moving through a mine field and I had reached the end of it. She said according to my scope I had a lot of traveling to do. Well, she was right on. I have journeyed a lot over the past quarter century and I feel that I've got a ways to go. I had a few stumbles - stroke, heart attack, a few bumps and bruses, lost a few friends and made some new friends. I used to kid and say I haven't reached my potential yet. I hope I don't reach my potential - that would mean I learned all my lessons. I still have a lot to learn. Sorry I ramgle sometimes xxxooo
    946 Posted by Mary Grace
  • There was a song which had/has the words "traveling down the highway" - well thats about the way I feel. My life so far has been traveling down the road. I'm not complaining. True, looking back there are things I wish could have happened some time ago. But when I think about those events in my life I have to ask "would I have handled them any differently?" I probably wasn't ready for those changes.  In reviewing my life's changes I can now accepts where I am and how I got here. About 25 years ago I had my horoscope read and the person who did the reading told me change was coming. She said my life to that point was like moving through a mine field and I had reached the end of it. She said according to my scope I had a lot of traveling to do. Well, she was right on. I have journeyed a lot over the past quarter century and I feel that I've got a ways to go. I had a few stumbles - stroke, heart attack, a few bumps and bruses, lost a few friends and made some new friends. I used to kid and say I haven't reached my potential yet. I hope I don't reach my potential - that would mean I learned all my lessons. I still have a lot to learn. Sorry I ramgle sometimes xxxooo
    Apr 23, 2015 946
  • 15 Nov 2014
    I've led a quiet life. I have tried not to offend anyone but that doesn't seem to matter. People in general try to walk over me. Am I a door mat? No! I say- I'm not a doormat (I don't know wether thats one word or two). Anyway what s been bothering me at present besides not having any money. Well - since I'm in the company of friends - let me tell you. For some reason my nipples have been bothing me. They seem to want attentiion. They don't seem to connect to anything of importance - they just seem to want attention, So I give the a rub now and then but the now and then seems to be getting more NOW.  Not that I have any semblence of breasts. I'm probably a minus triple A. Pitty me!  I used to wear fakes but they tore apart, rough handling I guess. So now I'm a flat chested cross dresser. Oh that sounds terrible. There used to be a joke about having a treasure chest - sunken - that is.  That's me! So here I sit - fiddling with my nipples. Leave tham alone I keep telling myself - they won't grow. Do you think Vodka is affecting my thinking or writing?
    855 Posted by Mary Grace
  • I've led a quiet life. I have tried not to offend anyone but that doesn't seem to matter. People in general try to walk over me. Am I a door mat? No! I say- I'm not a doormat (I don't know wether thats one word or two). Anyway what s been bothering me at present besides not having any money. Well - since I'm in the company of friends - let me tell you. For some reason my nipples have been bothing me. They seem to want attentiion. They don't seem to connect to anything of importance - they just seem to want attention, So I give the a rub now and then but the now and then seems to be getting more NOW.  Not that I have any semblence of breasts. I'm probably a minus triple A. Pitty me!  I used to wear fakes but they tore apart, rough handling I guess. So now I'm a flat chested cross dresser. Oh that sounds terrible. There used to be a joke about having a treasure chest - sunken - that is.  That's me! So here I sit - fiddling with my nipples. Leave tham alone I keep telling myself - they won't grow. Do you think Vodka is affecting my thinking or writing?
    Nov 15, 2014 855
  • 25 Sep 2014
    Language is confusing - I'm not referring to foul or abusive language but just everyday spoken language. I was with a group the other day and this subject can up. It brought to mind that if we're taught a language other than what we speak we don't get the whole picture. Language is like a virus it evolves. For example we can read a book written one hundred years or more and understand it. Yes, there maybe some words we'll have to look up in the dictionary but we can understand it. But the fashion or style it's written in is not how we speak. Another example is I can read a newspaper from another "English" speaking nation and understand most of it but not all - the idioms are different from place to place. Just though I'd get that written - deep thinking?
    1530 Posted by Mary Grace
  • Language is confusing - I'm not referring to foul or abusive language but just everyday spoken language. I was with a group the other day and this subject can up. It brought to mind that if we're taught a language other than what we speak we don't get the whole picture. Language is like a virus it evolves. For example we can read a book written one hundred years or more and understand it. Yes, there maybe some words we'll have to look up in the dictionary but we can understand it. But the fashion or style it's written in is not how we speak. Another example is I can read a newspaper from another "English" speaking nation and understand most of it but not all - the idioms are different from place to place. Just though I'd get that written - deep thinking?
    Sep 25, 2014 1530
  • 20 Dec 2007
    Had a scary experience last evening. My bride and I were (temporarily) locked out of our own house. Somehow the lock on the doorknob was turned and when the door was closed it locked. We were sitting on the patio enjoying an alcoholic beverage and sharing a fine cigar. My wife got up from her chair to check on the supper which was cooking on the stove. Lo and behold the door was locked. I checked the other doors and they were locked too. I don't know what triggered it but I had a panic attack. I told my wife I didn't feel well and she went to a neighbor's to call for a locksmith. Luckily, the locksmith arrived within minutes. I didn't let my wife know I had been hyperventilating. This never happened to me before. I'm usually the one who is cool-headed and thinks of calling a locksmith. I think I must have uncovered something from my past which I've kept buried. Of course, the temperature was dropping and I was outside without a sweater or jacket. Then again, could it be the booze and the cigar? Nah!I going for the dramatics. Is fainting next?
    1151 Posted by Mary Grace
  • Had a scary experience last evening. My bride and I were (temporarily) locked out of our own house. Somehow the lock on the doorknob was turned and when the door was closed it locked. We were sitting on the patio enjoying an alcoholic beverage and sharing a fine cigar. My wife got up from her chair to check on the supper which was cooking on the stove. Lo and behold the door was locked. I checked the other doors and they were locked too. I don't know what triggered it but I had a panic attack. I told my wife I didn't feel well and she went to a neighbor's to call for a locksmith. Luckily, the locksmith arrived within minutes. I didn't let my wife know I had been hyperventilating. This never happened to me before. I'm usually the one who is cool-headed and thinks of calling a locksmith. I think I must have uncovered something from my past which I've kept buried. Of course, the temperature was dropping and I was outside without a sweater or jacket. Then again, could it be the booze and the cigar? Nah!I going for the dramatics. Is fainting next?
    Dec 20, 2007 1151
  • 01 Jan 2010
    I hope everyone survived last night. What with the celebrating - seems we can't have fun without alcoholic beverage- in moderation naturally - but the scary part was the Blue Moon. When I was out earlier it seemed as if the full moon was effecting the other drivers - stop signs were being ignored and to make matters worse - I got behind some driver who was going 20 MPH in a 40 MPH zone. Naturally, I wasn't speeding I just like to obey the law and drive at the minimum speed limit of 40 MPH.Happy New Year
    1234 Posted by Mary Grace
  • I hope everyone survived last night. What with the celebrating - seems we can't have fun without alcoholic beverage- in moderation naturally - but the scary part was the Blue Moon. When I was out earlier it seemed as if the full moon was effecting the other drivers - stop signs were being ignored and to make matters worse - I got behind some driver who was going 20 MPH in a 40 MPH zone. Naturally, I wasn't speeding I just like to obey the law and drive at the minimum speed limit of 40 MPH.Happy New Year
    Jan 01, 2010 1234
  • 31 Dec 2009
    I realize there is a difference between speaking and writing. When speaking the listener can interpret what's being said by watching body language, facial expression and also listening to the tone and loudness of voice. The written word can be easily misinterpreted. Unfortunately, the reader applies the written word to their own demeaner and sometime completely misses the train of thought of the writer.Perhaps this has been a problem from the time mankind started writing things down. I understand that Plato didn't like writing because it would stop people from memorizing. Maybe language is going through the same transition with the advent of texting and tweeting. We'll see.PS I neither text nor tweet. Guess I'm a misanthroupe
    1331 Posted by Mary Grace
  • I realize there is a difference between speaking and writing. When speaking the listener can interpret what's being said by watching body language, facial expression and also listening to the tone and loudness of voice. The written word can be easily misinterpreted. Unfortunately, the reader applies the written word to their own demeaner and sometime completely misses the train of thought of the writer.Perhaps this has been a problem from the time mankind started writing things down. I understand that Plato didn't like writing because it would stop people from memorizing. Maybe language is going through the same transition with the advent of texting and tweeting. We'll see.PS I neither text nor tweet. Guess I'm a misanthroupe
    Dec 31, 2009 1331
  • 30 Dec 2009
    Wow
    As Inspector Gadgit used to say "Wowzers" I got control buttons...I'll have to test them to see what they all do. Now to the blog I wanted to send.Things are not the same as they used to be. Things like coffee pots or rather coffee makers, wrist watches and garbage disposals.  Within the past month these three things broke. Could they be repaired -NO. What was the solution? Throw them away and get a new one. Replacement parts are not made for the coffee pot. The garbage disposal was sealed, no way to open it, so it had to go. The wrist watch is kaput -reasons unknown so it's bound for the trash heap. Used to be that companies manufacturing these "household treasures" took pride in their work. Things were made to last. Not anymore. Take clothing, as another example, the workman (or workwoman)-ship is poor and overpriced. Oops - not overpriced- our money is inflated.What's the solution. Bring back "cottage industry" but make it affordable to the buyer and maker. Maybe "quality" will be returned to the marketplace.That's my speech for the end of 2009HAPPY NEW YEAR
    1157 Posted by Mary Grace
  • Wow
    As Inspector Gadgit used to say "Wowzers" I got control buttons...I'll have to test them to see what they all do. Now to the blog I wanted to send.Things are not the same as they used to be. Things like coffee pots or rather coffee makers, wrist watches and garbage disposals.  Within the past month these three things broke. Could they be repaired -NO. What was the solution? Throw them away and get a new one. Replacement parts are not made for the coffee pot. The garbage disposal was sealed, no way to open it, so it had to go. The wrist watch is kaput -reasons unknown so it's bound for the trash heap. Used to be that companies manufacturing these "household treasures" took pride in their work. Things were made to last. Not anymore. Take clothing, as another example, the workman (or workwoman)-ship is poor and overpriced. Oops - not overpriced- our money is inflated.What's the solution. Bring back "cottage industry" but make it affordable to the buyer and maker. Maybe "quality" will be returned to the marketplace.That's my speech for the end of 2009HAPPY NEW YEAR
    Dec 30, 2009 1157
  • 19 Dec 2009
    I must be one of the world's worst gamblers. I've played in Vegas - did ok. Played in Reno - did ok. Played in Tahoe - did pretty good. BUT played on TW - ooops.I getting the feeling that the computer has a superiority complex and knows a succer when I go to the tables.
    1281 Posted by Mary Grace
  • I must be one of the world's worst gamblers. I've played in Vegas - did ok. Played in Reno - did ok. Played in Tahoe - did pretty good. BUT played on TW - ooops.I getting the feeling that the computer has a superiority complex and knows a succer when I go to the tables.
    Dec 19, 2009 1281