Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Patrick Swayze

I was sadden to hear about the death of Patrick Swayze yesterday.... he died Monday at 57 after waging a valiant public battle against pancreatic cancer.

He was not the greatest actor that lived, but to so many young woman he was the hero who rescued baby, "no one puts Baby in the corner," and the passionate love to Molly in Ghost .... and can anyone really forget the scene of Molly sitting making her pottery vase and Patrick (as a ghost) behind her with the the song Unchained Melody playing .... was there a dry eye in the house!!!!???

It's hard to accept that the guy with the rough-hewn features and carnal soulfulness who hoisted the likes of 1989's testosterone-heavy hoot-fest Road House and 1990's weeper Ghost and Dirty Dancing into the category of pop-culture classics is gone.

Barbara Walters asked if he were scared, Swayze said to Walters: "I will be either truthful or stupid and say no, but immediately when I say that, I say yes I am. I don't know what's on the other side."

Patrick I for one will miss you and eveytime I channel surf and come across one of you movies I will stop and think of you.

I hope the "other-side" is good!!

RIP ...

Monday, September 14, 2009

Makes A Mom Proud!!

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Proud of my daughter ...
she just completed her THIRD Triathlon
and did very, very well!!
This on was held Sunday in Sandy Hook, N.J.

AG: 57/322
Overall: 212/1551
Time: 1:20:22
Swim .5 Mile, Bike 11 Miles, Run 3 Miles

Finsh Line~ 1:20:22

Relaxing after the race!

(Pictures gently lifted from my daughters blog ... thanks G

Friday, September 11, 2009

9/11 - Foto Friday

I know this is Foto Friday ... but had to write today!!

I woke up today and hung my flag outside and thought, my, my, so it's been that long? Eight years have passed since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Memories of the attacks may have faded for some, but for others the pain of that day will never leave them.

The Commander in chief three years ago called 9/11 "Patriot Day" .... Let's see what has been done since 9/11. We went into Iraq for NO reason at all, forget about Osama Ben Linden; remember him and his donkey in the hills? We can't seem to capture any of them! the US murdered over 35,000 Iraqis (these we can forget) for revenge, despite the fact they had absolutely NOTHING to do with 9/11. We have lost close to 5,000 GIs, again for a big FAT nada. Now along w/the victims of 9/11, our total comes out to 7,500 dead Americans. Some trade, eh folks!

But still “Every Sept. 11, I take a deep breath and reflect,” remembering the terrified call I received from my daughter that morning from NYC, she having witnessed the second plane strike. Then a call from my husband saying the towers had been hit, WHAT, I thought!!! Then another call saying they had collapsed! I had no visual or mental concept of this; I could not even bring it into my thoughts ... huh?? ... Are these people all "on something" outside this business where I sit, and everyone around me was working!! And just wondering if the world was all crazy outside the confines of my 9x9 office ... Finally an announcement over the PA system came on stating that there was a strike of two planes hitting the WTC (yes, they were not on top of announcements first, first was that security was in place since I worked for government contractor.)

Once home and seeing the films on TV that afternoon, that were shown over and over and over again of the strike of the planes and collapse of the towers was just so surreal to me. I use to watch the towers being built; you could even see them from Jones Beach as they towered over the south end of Manhattan Island.

A few weeks later I was down in NYC visiting my daughter and we went down to the site. The devastation at the site was indescribable. Just imagine a 110-story building collapsed into about three stories of melted, twisted metal. We went to a store front "museum" of sorts with photos, everyone was weeping, and outside you could hear the F-15 jets flying over ever so often - keeping NY from another attack ????
Construction is now underway at Ground Zero for a 9/11 memorial, and this is encouraging. I saw the building rising last time I was in the city. I also have stopped to touch many iron beams set up in memorial, in and around the city and Long Island, as well as Syracuse, and each time the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, I get goose bumps, I shudder and tears come to my eyes for the horror of it all. Somehow I hope the Ground Zero Memorial will be a positive way to overcome all the pain that plagues the lives of those of us who were left to carry on.

This is the Memorial in Syracuse

And a final picture ... this is our flag which we place in front of our home. It is a very, very, very special flag since this flag flew over the United Staes Capital in Washington, DC in memory of our daughter Jodi.

Click to enlarge certification:

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Power of Nine

Today is 09-09-09!!!

Today is a cylindrical anomaly, it represents the last set of repeating, single-digit dates that we'll see for almost a century (until January 1, 2101), or a millennium (mark your calendars for January 1, 3001), depending on how you want to count it.

Modern numerologists - who operate outside the realm of real science - believe that mystical significance or vibrations can be assigned to each numeral one through nine, and different combinations of the digits produce tangible results in life depending on their application.

As the final numeral, the number nine holds special rank. It is associated with forgiveness, compassion and success on the positive side as well as arrogance and self-righteousness on the negative, according to numerologists. Sept. 9 also happens to be the 252nd day of the year (2 + 5 +2=9).

Nine o'clock on 09-09-09 = 6561nine minutes past nine (0909 09-09-09) = 59,049 = 9 x 9 x 9 x 9 x 9 = Nine to the power of five = 3 to the power of sixOK so here are a few other things I learned!!

Significance of 9/09/09
This date holds very special energy with a great deal of promise. The number nine plays an important role in many spiritual traditions....
Nine is considered a feminine number by many because of the nine months a child is in the womb before birth.

In Catholicism, novenas are nine days of prayer. There are nine doors to the holiest part of the temple in Jerusalem. In Judaism, The Nine Days are the first nine days in the month of Av, a time of intense mourning commemorating the destruction of the first and second temples in Jerusalem. Norse Mythology - is filled with nine zymology. Perhaps most notably, when Odin sacrificed himself to himself, he hung upon upside down upon Yggdrasil, the World Tree that holds together earth, heaven and hell by its roots and branches, for nine days and nine nights and in return received the gift of the runes. Yggdrasil supports nine worlds. Mayan mythology – Nine gods of the nine underworlds Bahá’í - The Bahá’ís consider this “number of perfection” sacred.

One of the interesting qualities of this number: Nine is unique among the digits in that no matter what you multiply it by you can always add the result and return it to a nine. For example, 9 x 11 = 99 / 9 + 9 = 18 / 1 + 8 = 9.

OR if you are into Numerology this may interest you!
NumerologyFirst we must look at the year. From the perspective of numerology, we move through our lives in nine-year cycles. To determine the global position in nine-year cycle, we add 2 + 0 + 0 + 9 = 11. We can further simplify by figuring 1 + 1 = 2. Therefore, the year 2009 adds up to 11/2. The 11/2 energy of year 2009 indicates the global energy for the year. To see potentials for the year, we look at both vibrations, that of eleven, a powerful master number, and two. Eleven Energy: Visionary, inventive, idealistic, powerful, inspiring, creative, able to see “big picture” Two Energy:Cooperative, sensitive, sincere, fair, balanced, able to see all sides, peacemakingWhile the number two symbolizes duality, the number eleven represents enlightenment and mastery.

As it happens, 9/9/2009 is an "11" day (9 + 9 + 2 + 0 + 0 + 9 = 29 / 2 + 9 = 11) in an "11" year. More obviously, it is highly charged with the energy of "nine."

Typically we write the date as 9/9/09. With three nines in the date, this is clearly the most profound energy available. Nine Energy:Completion, release, global consciousness, humanitarianism, spirituality, resolution of past issues, passion, wholeness, wisdom, service Putting all the significant numbers together, we have "9" and "11" and "2" vibrations.

Therefore, from the standpoint of numerology, we have the potential to:
significantly release the old paradigm, resolve past issues, raise global consciousness,
connect to our wholeness and spiritual essence (9), balance the masculine and feminine,
embrace peace through cooperation and fairness (2) and awaken the visionary, creative aspect of our beings to powerfully manifest a new paradigm (11).

The Rays of LightSecond ray energy is that of Wisdom, Illumination, Beauty, Inspiration/Creativity. Eleventh ray energy is that of Balance, Integration and Divine framework; it balances masculine/feminine, self and Higher Self. Ninth ray energy embodies joy and potential (once the eighth ray work of purification is accomplished). On this day, let us join together to Open to wisdom, Illuminate and clear personal issues , embrace creativity,
Focus thoughts on beneficial outcomes, Gratefully and joyfully shine light into the world
Integrate the Divine into all aspects of our lives, Claim a future of wholeness, Begin to LIVE the Oneness and experience balance in all aspects of life!

So how ever you look at it, to me it is just another day, some babies will be born, and others will die, and tomorrow will be 09/10/09 and I hope I am here to see it!! BUT today on 09/09/09, I think I shall have breakfast at nine minutes past nine!! With nine things, a slice of bacon, an egg, slice toast, berry jam, butter, slice of pear, and 2 pancakes, seltzer water! = nine items! I will tell you if the power of nine made a difference!!!

    Tuesday, September 8, 2009

    Happy Anniversary Regina and Tom!!!

    Today is my daughter's wedding anniversary to a great man in her life by the name of Thomas! The years fly bye, and swiftly our lives change in so many directions!! Who would of even thought I would once be a grandma one day to baby toots!! SOOO Regina and Tom, today I send my anniversary wishes to you both, for not only today but many, many, many more .... have a very Happy Anniversary!!

    They were married in Cold Spring, N.Y., a sleepy little town located on the Hudson River.

    The bride ........

    The church is called Chapel of Our Lady of RestorationThe Chapel of Our Lady Restoration is on the beautiful Hudson River Valley. The Chapel is an architectural gem in the Greek Revival style, dramatically situated on a rock bluff overlooking the Hudson River. It was designed in 1833 and, when consecrated in 1834 as The Church of Our Lady of Cold Spring, was the first Roman Catholic Church in the New York Archdiocese north of 14th Street, Manhattan. In 1970, a group of concerned citizens organized and raised funds to purchase and restore the ruin. Their work accomplished, the building was re-dedicated on September 18, 1977 as a Chapel for people of all faiths. Today, the Chapel is not affiliated with any church or religious organization. It is administered by a volunteer Board of Directors which is pleased to offer it as an ecumenical setting for weddings and other significant events. The restored structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Entering the tiny church

    Waiting inside the church were three long-stem red roses, Regina stopped and added each rose to her bouquet, one each for her two grandfathers, and one for her sister who passed away.

    The bride and her maid of honor, her sister Danni listen to the words of Father Meehan

    A small elegant receptions was held at the Monteverde at Old Stone Manor, in Courtlandt Manor, NY

    Here are the newlyweds after a moon-lite walk down to the river ...

    The couples first dance of the evening ...

    Here are some of the stunning flowers from the wedding! The wreath hung on the church doors ...

    SO REGINA AND TOM ~~ HAPPY ANNIVERSARY and Many, Many, Many, Many more to come!!

    We love you!!

    AND thanks for baby toots!!

    Monday, September 7, 2009

    What Is Labor Day?

    Someone said to me over the weekend, why do we celebrate Labor Day?? Does anyone know? I thought and gave a basic answer which was some-what true, but realized I needed to read more on this ... so here it is!! I know you have all been waiting for this post!!

    Labor Day: How it Came About; What it Means

    Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

    Founder of Labor Day

    More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

    Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those "who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold."

    But Peter McGuire's place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

    The First Labor Day

    The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

    In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

    Labor Day Legislation

    Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From them developed the movement to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

    A Nationwide Holiday

    The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take were outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations" of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

    The character of the Labor Day celebration has undergone a change in recent years, especially in large industrial centers where mass displays and huge parades have proved a problem. This change, however, is more a shift in emphasis and medium of expression. Labor Day addresses by leading union officials, industrialists, educators, clerics and government officials are given wide coverage in newspapers, radio, and television.

    The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.

    Saturday, September 5, 2009

    New Member to The Family

    Meet Seamus (Sha-mus) the new addtion to our family!! He is a rescue kitten, his mom died when he was three days old, so he has been bottle fed. I forget what it is like to have a funny kitten around the house, and he has made me laugh all day!! He is ony 5 weeks old ... so he needs lots of love! Will post more pics later!!