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1907

Posted on December 26, 2007. Filed under: Inspiring Each Other | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

One of the more inexplicable aspects of growing older is that the years seem to rush by. It’s ironic that the less time you have remaining on the planet, the faster it goes.

Nevertheless, even though we are getting older, boomers have a lot for which to be grateful. We were children during a time of growth, prosperity, and great optimism. Better yet, we were the first generation to grow up with the sense that we were special.

After surviving the Depression and Word War II, our parents focused their lives on growing families and enjoying the newly available luxuries of the Fifties and Sixties. As children, we were lavished with previously unheard of treats. We ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches out of colorfully covered lunchboxes, held birthday parties complete with games and goodie bags, watched hours of “Leave it to Beaver” and the “Mickey Mouse Club,” twirled hula hoops, and, for the very lucky among us, vacationed at Disneyland.

Yes, the timing of our births was fortunate, indeed. Had we been born even half a century earlier, things would have been quite different. So, as we are about to say “farewell” to another year, here are some thoughts to contemplate:

The Year 1907

The average life expectancy was 47 years.

Only fourteen percent of homes had a bathtub.

Only eight percent of homes had a telephone.

There were 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

The average wage was twenty-two cents per hour.

Sugar cost four cents a pound. Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

Two out of every ten adults couldn’t read or write and only six percent of Americans graduated from high school.

The American flag had 45 stars.

The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 30.

More than ninety-five percent of all births took place at home.

Ninety percent of all doctors had no college education. Instead, they attended medical schools, many of which were considered substandard.

And, worst of all, not one single person in the entire country ever once used the word, “groovy!”

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Some Very Special Words

Posted on December 17, 2007. Filed under: Inspiring Each Other | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

My last couple of posts have been about surviving the hustle and bustle of the holidays. It is true that our “to-do” lists seem to grow by leaps and bounds and there’s never enough time to get it all done.

However, just when I was beginning to hyperventilate holiday style, I got this poem from a friend. A teen-age girl, who has cancer and is thought to have about six months to live, wrote the piece. She will never need to run around shopping, decorating, or preparing holiday meals. Nor will she ever graduate from high school, marry, have children of her own, or fret over wrinkles and age spots.

Her words seem especially appropriate this time of year. They are a reminder to savor these special moments and give thanks for just how blessed most of us truly are.

SLOW DANCE

Have you ever watched kids

On a merry-go-round?

Or listened to the rain

Slapping on the ground?

 

Have you ever followed a

Butterfly’s erratic flight?

Or gazed at the sun into

The fading night?

 

You better slow down.

Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short.

And the music won’t last.

 

Do you move through each day

Running on the fly?

When you ask, “How are you?”

Do you hear the reply?

 

When the day is done,

Do you lie in your bed

With the next hundred chores

Running through your head?

 

You’d better slow down

Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short.

And the music won’t last.

 

Ever told your child,

“We’ll do it tomorrow”

And in your haste,

Not see his sorrow?

 

Ever lost touch,

Let a good friendship die

Cause you never had time

To call and say, ”Hi.”

 

You’d better slow down.

Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short.

And the music won’t last.

 

When you run so fast

To get somewhere

You miss half the fun

Of getting there.

 

When you worry and hurry

Throughout your day,

It’s like an unopened gift…

That’s thrown away.

 

Life is not a race.

So do take it slower

Be sure to hear the music

Before the song is over.

 

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One Funny Lady

Posted on December 13, 2007. Filed under: Meno-chuckles | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I ended my last post with the rather dubiously celebratory words: “ho-ho-humbug!” Granted, not the most festive of greetings… I guess I must have been feeling more than my share of seasonal stress. 

Nevertheless, I’m now happy to report that I’ve either gone numb, gone totally off my rocker, or, far less likely, I’ve got things under control because I’m not experiencing my usual holiday meltdown.  Actually, crowds, cards, cookies and all, I seem to be enjoying myself!

I do know, however, that the crazies could be lurking behind any jingle bell—ready to strike stress and frenzy into my every thought and deed.   So, I recommend following the advice from one of my readers: take some time to relax and do one great thing for yourself every day—especially this time of year. 

To these ends, I must introduce you to Mrs. Hughes.  A friend sent me her video and this is one funny lady. You’ll find yourself chuckling at her cheeky thoughts on marriage, children, and menopause. The video takes about five minutes so sit back, grab a cup of coffee, a holiday treat, and enjoy.

My very best wishes to each and every one of you!

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Holiday Hassles

Posted on December 4, 2007. Filed under: Of Mind and Matter | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The holiday rush is just beginning… yet I can already sense that old familiar feeling of December panic. Yes, December—with its sleigh bells ringing, chestnuts roasting, crowds a-rushing, and stress arising. Many of you, like me, have cards to write, gifts to buy, cookies to bake, and a house to clean and decorate. Even more, exhausted as we may become, we need to accomplish our many activities with smiles on our faces and joy in our hearts.  After all, it ‘tis the Season!

 In reality, how can we keep our attitude positive and upbeat… especially when we’re feeling more than a bit “bah-humbug?” It’s not like we haven’t been through this for years and years. Sometimes, the holiday hustle and bustle can feel downright depressing.

Yes, I find plenty of opportunity to get more than a bit cranky this time of year.  I roam the stores with as much courage and determination as I can muster, all the while praying for divine inspiration, only to encounter throngs of other harried hunters of the “perfect gift.” The looks on the faces of these fellow merry makers seem to point to the undeniable fact that there is much to be done and stress abounds. So, when my varicose veins start throbbing as I wait in endless lines, I have to wonder how all this tension is affecting my body.

Happily, I came upon and article on Web MD that provides some answers to help avoid the ever-dreaded holiday meltdown. Their common sense approach is several pronged and looks pretty good to me. I’ve decided to give their suggestions a try as I head out to the mall later this week. 

So, this December, let’s keep our holiday bells jingling and our nerves from jangling. (Okay, that last line was pretty pathetic—It must be that the good old holiday crazies are already setting in—BIG TIME!) 

HO-HO-HUMBUG!!  

 

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