Archive for December, 2006

007…more exciting than the movies!

December 30, 2006

by Florence Ondré

007 is near.

Can you hear the James Bond music playing in the background?

The notes have the air of mystery and anticipation of a light, engaging experience which comes always to a positive end where romance meets romance, chase scenes are spectacular, scenery is eye popping, everyone looks fantastic, good triumphs and the endings always bring on million mega watt smiles .

You hear the intro and you know the ride will be exciting and fun and the outcomes will be positive.

Remember those movies of daring, romance and joi de vivre? You never knew how the outcomes of life’s adventures would look up there on the silver screen and yet you knew they would be positive in ways you mightn’t imagine.

I’ve been saying for years, let the outcomes be better than I can imagine and my friend, Cindy, a writer of inspirational aphorisms, adds…better than the best I can imagine!

I say let’s look for those Double 07 threads and results in our own lives in the new year.

I feel the anticipation of a year upon us which has all those components of a sense of surety and strength which comes from knowing you are

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Day In Haiku

December 29, 2006

Holiday blu-oos
Along with merry and gay
Terpsichore my floor

Quote For The Day

December 28, 2006

“The only gift is a portion of thyself.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)

Giving and Receiving

December 28, 2006

by Florence Ondré

I’m grateful for a time when I didn’t feel much gratitude at all.
That may sound odd and yet it’s true.

Looking back to when times were particularly challenging; seeming like the bottomless pit of despair swallowed me whole, I can see not only how difficult it was to put one foot in front of the other but how the mere basic of breathing was an act of courage.

What I also see is where humility and acceptance of help from others was a large part of the lesson of beingfor me to work through.

In years of days of being ill with Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome; so flat-out exhausted from even a whispered thought of putting foot to floor to balance bed encompassment; where holidays were a mere memory of musings from another world beyond aching joints and muscles, swollen glands, constant low grade fevers and inability to speak or act without wishing I had enough energy to scream at the injustice of the ravaging disease, one special day stands out.

When my resources of body, mind, spirit and finances were at lowest ebb; with the holiday a mere day away and no route seen wherein I could have anything for my kids, there came a knock at my door.

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Quote For The Day

December 21, 2006

“My aim is to agitate and disturb people. I’m not selling bread, I’m selling yeast.” Miguel de Unamuno, writer and philosopher (1864-1936)

Beef Boor-gignon…or size isn’t all that matters!

December 21, 2006

by Florence Ondré

The question of the day is why do men driving big vehicles on the road find it necessary to make as much noise as possible, grab as much asphalt as available, rage in rudeness and, all in all, make honking hogs out of themselves in every possible way?

To what purpose is the pushing and shoving of moving metal and rubber to the injury and insult of everyone else around?

It’s one thing to have to put up with this innapropriate and unsafe behavior on the road. Too many days and nights have seen me arrive home in a sweat or lather in fear or outrage after enduring the scare tactics and thoughtlessness of some neanderthal at the helm of an SUV, Hummer or 18 wheeler, sitting for blocks – and sometimes miles – on the ass end of my little Acura. Me doing the speed limit while they wanted to bump me up to 80mph or shove me off the road altogether…this with their high beams on of course.

Don’t you guys get it? That does nothing but slow us speedbumps in your life further down to almost zero. Hey, schmuck! You’ll never accomplish your move-your-ass-get-out-of-my-way goals with those tactics. We can’t see. You’ve shoved your high beams up our eyeballs through our rear… view mirror!

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Quote For The Day

December 21, 2006

“”Words are chameleons, which reflect the color of their environment.”
Learned Hand, jurist (1872-1961)

Day In Haiku

December 21, 2006

Not complaining here
Winter wonderlandlessness
But where’s it hiding?

A Rose By Any Other Name…

December 21, 2006

by Florence Ondré

“Oh, honey, I heard you making sleepy noises last night. You sounded soooo cute!”

That was my body’s gasping for life breath during the night of sleep; also known as the little death.

Isn’t it humorous how love can change even the worst gargling sounds into coos; the most unimaginable ralings into adorable traits and the human body’s hoots and toots into something to chuckle about?!

Whistles, eeks and squeaks and pit stop rests in between ee aws and lip quavering brrrs are anything but cute folks.

Let’s be honest here…it’s snoring!
Plain and simple, not too attractive noise that rocks and rolls the house, shakes the bed and rattles your bones!

It’s serious stuff. People can stop breathing. You can lose loved ones – from your sleeping quarters and your life. (Isn’t there a box under the ’cause’ heading you can check nowadays when filing for divorce that says, “Irreconcilable Snoring?”)

Can you remember a time when you thought, “Oh, it’s not me. It’s only the other person who makes those silly sounds?” And now, here you find yourself facing the stone cold, hard truth….It’s you!!!!!!!
You’ve become the in-residence noisemaker.

How could that have happened? You’ve been dainty all your life and now you are in the buzz saw category without so much as a by-your-leave from the Gods!

Here’s what you’ve come to in life:

The only saving grace is that you have someone who loves you who thinks you’re
making ‘sleepy noises’… and you’re cute.


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