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Published on October 11 2005

Still trying to recover from the weekend, lol--although in this case, it's going to take awhile. There were a lot of highs and lows, from the incredible high of seeing everyone again to a semi-low of RAIN RAIN RAIN RAIN.... emotional highs and lows --the rollercoaster I never was able to ride before. I think maybe I can cross #4 off the list now. This was a highlight--just LOOK at all of us!! 77 and 78 and this was a moving moment for me, finally seeing this just a few hours before my plane left: wall (Did I mention it rained?)

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Published on October 3 2005

Oct. 4 ‹ St. Francis Day ‹ Christian ‹ Honoring one of the most beloved saints, who renounced family wealth to follow the Gospel. He soon founded the Franciscans, stressing humility and poverty. He is patron saint of Italy, animals and animal welfare agencies. Oct. 4 ‹ Ramadan begins ‹ Islam ‹ The month in which the Holy Quran was revealed. It is a time to honor self-discipline and the commands of God by fasting: Food, drink and sexual activity are prohibited between dawn and dusk each day. Oct. 4 ‹ Navaratri begins‹ Hindu ‹ A nine-night harvest festival that exalts the motherhood aspect of God and the triumph of good over evil. It celebrates goddess Durga, who destroyed the demon Ahishasura. The festival is considered an auspicious time to start new ventures.
And of course, yesterday was:
Oct. 3 ‹ Rosh Hashanah ‹ Jewish ‹ The Jewish New Year, also called Days of Awe or the High Holy Days, a time for spiritual reassessment of one's life. A ram's horn, or shofar, is blown in synagogue, alerting worshipers to ethical self-examination.

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Published on September 25 2005

1 - number of times I did the whole Hazelhurst to Tomahawk on the Trek. 2 - piles of bear...um, "scat"...I saw this summer. Yes, I know where the big bear poops. Right in the MIDDLE of the bike trail. 3 - number of deer I saw this evening on my ride. 4 - number of suicidal squirrels I've almost squooshed this summer on rides. 5 - number of times I got soaked by rain while riding. 6 - the number of gears on my 24-speed bike that I actually used! 7 - 8 - number of times I did the full Bearskin trail 9 - 10- average miles per day since I started riding at the end of May. . . . . 645- number of times I heard Ben Folds' "Landed" on the 'pod. How ONE purchased song managed to replicate itself on every single playlist (even my audiobooks file!!) is beyond me. Some kinda virus, I guess.

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Published on September 3 2005

Mitch at Shot in the Dark, a good Northerner even though not from Wisconsin, wrote a great tribute to a great record album released thirty years ago this weekend. Can it really be that long since we heard the screen door slam for the first time? Tramps Like Us
Born to Run is one of those rare records that feels as good today as the day it was released; it hasn't aged or dated itself one iota; one of those bits of art that will long outlive its creator. One moment at a time.

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Published on July 24 2005

Google Earth - Home
Google Earth – Explore, Search and Discover Want to know more about a specific location? Dive right in -- Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips.
This is the coolest program I've seen in quite awhile!! My town is in the center of the pic, and work is down in the lower left. The resolution isn't the greatest for this area, but I suppose they didn't want pictures of individual trees. town One of the houses I lived in out in Maryland: bowie Hmmmm, Waldorf seems to be at the edge of good resolution, and I can't even find the Port Tobacco house, although I can picture the road to it: st. Charles Then, we have Wales--I haven't a clue where the house was, since I didn't really live there. hwest This is where I lived then: LCHS Lotsa fun playing with this program!!

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Published on April 9 2005

Knocked up This picture was taken in February of 1985, the day I found out I was pregnant with #1 kidlet ( who, by the way, thinks this picture is a little weird). Notice the slightly dazed, slightly terrified look on my face?? The "oh-my-god-what-have-I-done" look? It's still there, most days..... :-)

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Published on April 8 2005

Dad This is the guy who's been giving me all these old family pics; in Gieblestadt, Germany in the AirForce about 1958. (Yes, I know I probably butchered that spelling...) What a handsome dude, eh? :-D Mom And this is Mom in 1953, about the time she met my Dad. I see so much of this picture in my daughters' faces.

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Published on April 7 2005

I spent some time over the last couple of days with my Dad, going through large--extremely large--tubs of photographs and papers, and old valentines, and.....etc. I have this project in mind of scanning all of these old faded photos, and trying to make a little sense out of them. Thankfully, most of them are marked on the back as to WHO the subjects of the photos are. I'd be in a lot of trouble if they weren't already captioned, and in some cases, dated. Click for bigger pictures: PettisFamilyRock This picture is of the Pettis family, taken about 1880 or so. Left to right is Sarah Crandall Pettis, grandson Willie, and Albert Munson Pettis. The Pettis' were my 3x great-grandparents on my father's side. Note the little rock on the bottom shelf of the plant stand in the photo. Looking at the photo, I thought it was a concrete chicken, and I asked why they had a chicken in their photo. My dad laughed, and retrieved a treasure from a shelf in the next room. the Rock Look familiar?

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Published on February 21 2005

Was a wonderful weekend, for quite a few reasons. I think it may always be a good time when the old gals get to hang out together, but this was a truly special one. I guess maybe it's just another example of how things don't always work out the way we planned or hoped, but they work out the way they are supposed to. After all, who would have thought old friends could hook up again after so many years? Whatever...lol, it's been a ride I have loved and will always treasure.... here's to all of you.....

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Published on December 31 2004

Furniture re-arranging...... blue room Hehehe, maybe now I'll quit smashing my toes trying to get into bed... On the other hand, out of view is the desk, which is probably a day's work all by itself.

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