870. A hug makes you feel good all day. ~Kathleen Keating

Beautiful post…. From a beautiful person. Please check out her blog, you will be glad you did.

Sacred Touches

A hug delights and warms and charms;
that must be why God gave us arms.
~Author Unknown

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A hug is the perfect gift:
one size fits all, and
nobody minds if you exchange it.
~Irvin Ball

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Love is a circular emotion
that surrounds you, like a hug,
~Jarod Kintz

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One word can end a fight;
One hug can start a friendship;
One smile can being unity;
One person can change your entire life!
~Israelmore Ayivor

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Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. ~Proverbs 4:8  ✝

**images via Pinterest; collages by Natalie

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Great Scott!

Well, last night was something else.  The rain decided to make a surprise visit and brought along an unwanted guest.  A powerful thunderstorm.  The party went on for the next hour.  It wasn’t just one lightning bolt,  here and there, we are talking multiples over and over.  So, you had your typical lightning, from the sky down to earth.  After that, things got crazy, just like in “Back to the Future” where Doc and Marty take off in the DeLorean.

The lightning bolts were all over the place.  Some straight across the sky, then back again like a boomerang.  Others looked like spider webs, while some were as pink as cotton candy. I didn’t mind the lightning, but you know with lightning comes thunder.  The thunder was so loud, I jumped right out of bed and screamed, “Great Scott!”  No, but I wish I had, it is was more like, “I’m scared!”  I ran off to get my lantern, just in case the lights went out.

The storm reminded me of the time, when I drove from California to Florida.  I was able to experience the wonders of mother nature, during the rainy season.  Arizona and Texas had beautiful lightning shows, that lite up the sky.  One day while in Texas, I stopped at a gas station and was told a tornado was about 100 miles away.  It was already windy, so I decided it was time to get out of there.

On to jazzy Louisiana, now there’s a thunderstorm!  I remember the first night, that I had arrived at the hotel, just as I get into bed… Boom!  The room lite up, like the 4th of July.  The thunder was so loud, I thought someone had blown up the parking lot.  I looked out the window, expecting to see the worse disaster.  It was just the thunder, saying “welcome to Louisiana.”  The next day, I  finally reach my destination, sunny Florida.

Don’t be fooled, by Florida’s beautiful weather.  One minute it will be sunny and blue, then the next minute, the sky will be gray, pouring down buckets of rain.  The thunder and lightning can be pretty intense.  You should know, that this will happen every three to four hours, through out the day.  If you plan it right, you can go swim or fish, then run back inside when the rain starts, then run out when it stops.

So, back to last night, at my place.  Lets welcome back, the thunder of hell.  After, I put my lantern down by the bed and got comfy watching TV, that is when hell broke loose.  Man, oh man it was loud.  I heard this terrible rumble, similar to an earthquake noise, but much louder.  The thunder was getting louder and louder.  It was so loud, that my house was shaking.   I just froze, wondering what is next.

It was not for a second, the thunder seemed to go on forever.  I found out the closer the thunder, the closer the lightning.  I will always remember that noise and frightening feeling of helplessness.  It sounded like the earth had cracked open.  All I could do, was sit there with my lantern, my minion blanket (yes, I have one) and enjoy the show.  Actually, the lightning was the only part of the show, that I enjoyed.

So, do you have a story to tell?  I’d love to hear anyone, share their thunderstorm experience.  Pictures anyone?

Time for sleep

I sleep with one eye open, trying to get some rest

It doesn’t matter what I do, I’ve tried my best

Trees scratch on the windows pane, I think I’m going insane

Neighbors are home, kid is screaming, because he got a new drone.

I wish I could tell the kid off, but he’s not my own

I get up to make sure the window is closed

Back to bed, I’ll have another go

Five minutes later, the damn phone rings

I try to drown out the noise, but it won’t stop

I jump up out of bed and trip on my shoe

I’m laying on the floor, I yell “F You!”

I make my way to the phone, but nobody is there

I look at the phone, it was a blocked number

Phone is now off the hook, won’t be a bother

Next minute you know, someones at the door

Screw this, I’m going back to bed

I need my rest, before I…

I’m back in bed, with no distractions

Here I go, 1, 2, 3…

10 minutes later, I need to pee

Once Upon a Time…

I found a wonderful blog by Clarissa W. Atkinson. Great posts…. Enjoy!

The Oldest Vocation

In 1955, right out of college, I found one of those jobs in publishing so dear to history and English majors who could afford them. We were paid almost nothing, which was considered OK for girls, at least if they had parents who could give them a winter coat for Christmas and bail them out in an emergency. Health insurance wasn’t necessary in those days, when a visit to the doctor or a prescription for an antibiotic cost very little. If you shared space, you could even rent an apartment in Manhattan; with three roommates, I lived near Second Avenue in the80s. We had a duplex two-bedroom apartment in a funky old house with a lot of charm – and a lot of cockroaches, but who cared? Right above the bathtub on the second floor there was a skylight that offered dirty and difficult access to the roof. We…

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The Old Man and the Blackbird 



The blackbird sits by the window.

Waiting for his friend to rise.

The old man wakes up and walks slowly to the window.

He opens it just slightly to let his friend in.

“How are you feeling,” the blackbird asks.

“Tired, but fine my friend,” the old man replies.

The blackbird shakes his feathers and looks the old man up and down.

“You haven’t been eating much, have you,” says the blackbird.

The old man answers, “just a little here and there.”

“You have to keep your strength up, so you can enjoy this beautiful day,” the blackbird replies.

“I really don’t feel like going outside.  I feel tired today. It’s been a long week.  I can’t stop thinking of Martha.”

“Martha will always be with you my friend.  I promised her, I would watch over you.”

The old man stops for a moment to think, then answers, “I remember when I found you under the tree, you were so small.  I brought you home and Martha made you a tiny bed.  As you got older, you would go outside, but always come back.”

The blackbird replied, “you and Martha will always be my family.  Now it’s time to take care of you.”

“What will happen when my time comes, my friend, where will you go?”

“I will still be with you, just like Martha.  You need not worry.  Now, please eat something.”

So, the old man sat down at the table, took a sip of wine and sliced some bread. He tore a piece of bread, to give to his friend.  That night the old man celebrated with a plate of sausage and cheese.

His mind was now at ease, knowing the blackbird was indeed a true friend.


(C) 2015 ACV

How To Be Happier And Enjoy Life

Check out “The Return of the Modern Philosopher.” Austin is a fantastic writer.

The Return of the Modern Philosopher

bad dateI’ve received many emails from Modern Philosophers who aren’t out in the dating world, asking me to write a dating tips style post to help with other life issues.

I tasked the interns with contacting all of you to see what kind of life tips you’d like, but since this blog has almost 14,000 followers, one of them might not have gotten to you yet.  Please be patient.

In the meantime, an overwhelming number of those contacted asked for tips on how to be happier and better enjoy life.

Challenge accepted, Modern Philosophers!

I don’t think this is a problem that can be solved in one post, so tonight’s article will focus on identifying the things that might be making you unhappy.  Once you figure out what’s causing the unhappiness, you can work on being happy.

Make sense?  Good.  Here’s my best guess as to what’s got you down…

happy 1You…

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I’m Finnish

I love to read blogs, that can make me laugh.  Here is a post from a blog called, “Storytime with John.”  The writer has a way with words, that will keep you amused.

Storytime with John

I’ve been asked to provide five possible short stories, which display language errors – for a Korean made English language book – I suppose the aim is to point out possible mistakes that could be made, so that English learners don’t have to make them personally! Anyway, I have to get them done by Sunday! Phew, that’s a lot of work! So yeah, rough and ready; here is the 3rd of 5*: 

It’s great teaching younger children English if their language level is advanced – as they possess the same playful imagination you can always expect from kindergarten kids – but they can also express themselves properly through their spoken words too!

I remember with my class last year, we used to have a running joke which I’d orchestrated in order to try and correct some bad grammar they’d picked up from another teacher. You see, any time they had completed their…

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Ode to Veruca

As I started thinking, of all the different candy that is made, it made me think of Veruca in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

So, this one is for you Veruca…

I want it now, I want it now!

It’s mine, It’s mine!

I want candy, all the time.

Peanut brittle, give me more.

Candy corn, here I go.

Bubble gum, yum yum.

Toffee and lollie’s, make me jolly.

Candy is yummy, sweet for my tummy.

I want Butterscotch and peppermint sticks.

Malted balls, that will do the trick.

More salt water taffy and cotton candy!

Jelly beans any kind, I don’t mind.

Carmel and gobstoppers, now I’m in trouble.

Feeling sick, darn those goobers and pixy sticks.

Oh my, what’s next?

No black licorice for me, but I’ll try a chocolate kiss.

I love Bon bons and white chocolate.

Peanut butter cups, are the best.

I forgot the rock candy, sitting in the dish.

Jaw breakers, might do me in.

I’m getting sick as sin.

Chocolate nuts and chocolate bars, I think I have taken this too far.

What’s that noise? Oh, its mom!

I have a candy wrapper stuck to my arm!

I jump in bed, sick as can be.

Mom comes in and looks at me.

What’s that smudge on your check?

Oh, I just ate one of my sweet treats.   😉