Saturday, September 30, 2006

Connected By Love And Life

I got an email today from my sister that a friend of ours had passed away from cancer yesterday. It was one of those swift cancers, where he died not long after he was diagnosed. My sister knew him much better than I did as they had been friends for 25 years. They went to the same Unitarian Universalist church for years, which is also where I knew him from. He was a super guy, and he will be missed.

My sister said that she saw him the morning before he died, and sang him a popular Unitarian Universalist song called Connections. It has a beautiful thought. It goes like this,

There is something between us that words can't define.
Existing in memory and outside of time.

Though we just can't forget with the passing of days,
There's still a connection that won't slip away.

CHORUS~ We're connected by love, we're connected by life, we're connected by stories and tears in the night. We're connected by memories, connected by friends. Feel deep the connection made strong once again.

I have opened myself to the sound of the lute
and where once I heard chatter, right now I am mute.
Rejecting the noise of the usual hour,
I feel in the stillness this union of ours.
(and then the chorus again)

She said it comforted him she thought. I think it probably did also.

Goodbye my friend, many are going to remember and miss you.


Monday, September 25, 2006


Today while my daughter was taking about her job, for some reason my mind drifted back to a memory 23 years ago. At that time, I ran and operated an Employment Agency, and a man that did videos of weddings and other important affairs, approached me about doing a VHS video interview of one of my customers. He was curious to see how well this idea would work for job hunters. I thought this was a pretty good and new idea, so I agreed and put together an Interview that followed real close to a resume of what I would ask the interviewee. And asked one of customers that I remember interviewed real well upon their first interview, and she agreed to be our genie pig. The interview went real well, and viewing the tape, it was really impressive.

Now, remember, this was 23 years ago, and in the long run, this did not work out as well as we had expected. Reasons were the expense of the tape itself and having to make multiple tapes, packaging and shipping, plus finding businesses to send the tape too that had available jobs that she was looking for, was very time consuming. All in all, pretty much not worth the whole idea.

But, in today's age with the Internet so available, I think it would be a great idea. The Internet has hundreds of job sites available with every kind of job you can think of. And seeing someone pretty much in person, seems to me that it would be an asset for companies, and less expensive for the job hunter as well as the company or business looking to hire. The expense of the job hunter would be much cheaper due to the ability of burning CD's or actually just sending a file to the contact person. And less time consuming due to all the job listings available on the Internet.

So, I googled some keywords to search on, and was surprised to find very little on this. Maybe I did not put in correct keywords to find more on this.

My question is this~Are any of the readers familiar with this idea, and what are your comments concerning how well you think this might work? Pros? Cons?


Sunday, September 24, 2006

Saturday, September 23, 2006


Hi everyone, first blog is up at If you get a chance, check it out and let me and Indigo know what you think.


Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Trolls, Flame Wars & Cyberstalkers ~ New Blog

I opened a new blog today, titled Trolls, Flame Wars & Cyberstalkers.

I wanted to separate Thoughts And Considerations from blogs that deal with these subjects. I want Thoughts And Considerations to be a more positive blog that deals with different subjects. Also, many of my readers (at least right now) do not have predator, troll, flame wars, cyberstalking or psychopath behavior problems with others.

The new blog is only in test condition right now, and I will be working on it (with some help) the next few days or so. I do have a lot of blogs I have been working on and promised to write on for people. I also have some blogs that I need to finish concerning the Internet behavior from people that many of my readers know.

Like I said before, the new blog is in construction right now, and I will have a header page and am looking for a title. (Katie's Louge works great for Thoughts & Considerations, but I need something different for this new blog. Any suggestions?)

I have many blogs that I am also working on for Thoughts & Considerations, and at first when I put a blog on Trolls, Flame Wars & Cyberstalkers, I will alert the readers here that a new blog is on.

BTW readers, Fighter from Cyberpaths, wrote an excellent article today on Cyberbullies. Very informative, important and has excellent links. I encourage all to read this and check out the links provided in the blog.

Have a great evening.


Sunday, September 17, 2006

The Good ~ The Bad & The Ugly ~ PART ONE

The Good ~ The Bad ~ The Ugly! Part 1

I wanted to start with the GOOD of our moving adventure, which is our new home and being near our daughter and her family, as the rest of our moving experience pretty much falls under The Bad and The Ugly.

We live way out in the country, with the closest city being 20 miles away. We will not be going to the city often! The home sits on 1.3 acres of beautiful property. Thank goodness we have a riding lawn mower. The property is nestled among pine trees and the prior owners also had planted many different types of trees and flowers on the property. One of my biggest ambitions now is to learn about gardens of all types and to do some planting and growing myself. Mid, if you are reading this, I noticed that your interest falls into gardening and I might need some tips from you.

See below pictures for more details.

The above picture is of our 2 car carport. It has a light sensor that comes on should anyone drive up. It also has a sign on the gate from the previous owners that has a picture of a dog and reads "I can get here in 3 seconds. Can you?" Pretty neat since we have a dog that can do just that. LOL

The above is a picture of our rock garden and pond. Water comes out of the frogs mouth. Not sure if I am going to put gold fish in there or not, as our dog loves to jump in the pond.

The above picture is a front view of the home. It is a modular home designed by the prior owners. (I am sure Shawn Desrochers is probably saying "See, I told you that they would live in a trailer!" LOL.) I did want to give some information on a modular home. They are built by design and then moved to the property. They are permanent structures and increase in value. They do not have wheels under them and cannot be moved. Still I go back to the same thing that Shawn said about living in trailers. Does he think that people who lives in trailers are beneath him, or that he is superior to them? Give me a break!

The above picture is a back side view of the home. It did not come out real well in the picture, but beside our back screened in porch are several rose bushes. Yesterday a beautiful orange rose bloomed. The rose bushes have many colors. Red, white, pink, and as we discovered yesterday, orange.

The above picture just shows a view from our back porch. We really are enjoying the back porch. We have our swing on one side of the back porch and a sitting area on the other side.

The picture above shows the banana plants that surround the deck of the pool. They actually produce bananas.

The above picture shows some other plants around the pool. Not sure what they are, but I intend to find out.

The above picture shows a chicken in our yard. Behind our house on a dirt road and a little way down is a chicken farm. The roosters are very loud in the morning. Our dogs love to chase the chickens out of the yard.

The above picture shows flowers I picked from the yard. I do this about every other day now. It is so nice to have real flowers in the house, and the roses smell just wonderful.

The above picture shows the family room where we spend our time eating popcorn and watching movies, or just chatting. Very spacious and comfortable room.

The above picture shows the dinning area and part of the kitchen. The floor design is hardwood, which I really like. Behind the kitchen is the laundry room, which is also where our upright freezer is and this room leads out onto the back porch. I am wanting to put swing doors (or door) or something between the kitchen and laundry room, as I do not like it not closed off. Tacky to me. Any suggestions?

The above room is our living room. As you can see, it is pretty empty. We sold or tossed away all our living room furniture as it was not the right color for the room. The only thing we brought from our old living room are our paintings. Jim and I both love art, and many art pieces are also done by my family.

The above picture shows some of our bedroom. I am glad it is a large room, as our bedroom before was large and we collect oriental items, and they all went great into this bedroom. The bedroom also has a very large walk in closet.

The above picture is of our bathroom, which is off our bedroom. We really have enjoyed it. Behind the door is where the shower is. There is a HUGE walk in closet behind the bathroom. More like a little room actually. (We are using it for stuff we have not put out yet, right now.)

The above picture shows the skylight above the garden tub. Jim hung my stained glass butterfly in the skylight window, and it just glows with colors in the room when the sunlight first hits it. This skylight brings in a great deal of light into the room. We are always trying to turn the light out in the bathroom, only to realize it is not even on. We have to close the bathroom door at night as the light is so bright in the morning, it wakes us.

This little entry hall coming off the family room, leads to the guest bath and the other two bedrooms, which one we use as an office.

This is our office. We still have a great deal we need to do in organizing it. Our desk sits between the window, and right outside our window is the rock pond. It really is nice to have something to look at.

Well, that's it. We finally made it and had to give up and sacrifice a great deal to move here, but I must say, in the long run it was worth it. I hope you enjoyed the tour.


Saturday, September 16, 2006

History Lesson Of What a Century Makes

My brother sent this to me via email, and found it so interesting and thought I would share it with the readers. Things have changed a great deal in 100 years.

There was no information about who put this all together (heck, it could have been my brother for all I know) so I have no links to this.

History Lesson --- 1906

SHOW this to your children and grandchildren.

?? THE YEAR 1906??

This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine! The year is 1906. One hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes! Here are some of the U.S. statistics for the Year 1906:

The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 years.

Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S. had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

A three-minute call from Denver to New York City
cost eleven dollars.

There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S., and only 144 miles
of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more
heavily populated than California.

With a mere 1.4 million people, California was only the 21st
most populous state in the Union.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!

The average wage in the US. was 22 cents per hour.

The average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year .

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births in the U.S. took place at HOME.

Ninety percent of all U.S. doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which
were condemned in the press AND the government as "substandard."

Sugar cost four cents a pound.

Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used
borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from
entering into their country for any reason.

Five leading causes of death in the U.S. were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza 2. Tuberculosis 3. Diarrhea 4. Heart disease 5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii, and
Alaska hadn't been admitted to the Union yet.

The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was only 30!!!!

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea
hadn't been invented yet.

There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

Two out of every 10 U.S. adults couldn't read or write.

Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over
the counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists
said, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind,
regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian
of health." ( Shocking? DUH! )

Eighteen percent of households in the U.S. had at least
one full-time servant or domestic help.

There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !

Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.


Thursday, September 14, 2006


Hello everyone!! I hope your life has been well. Today we finally got our phone service. Talk about slow business! When we ordered the service, it was supposed to be 2 to 5 days, but as it turned out, it was 14 working days. And since it is dial up, life on the Internet Super highway is a whole lot slower. I guess that is what we get for living so far out in the country.

Not long into the move, I had a name for my first blog, and I was going title it "Nothing According To Plans", but as time when on, and things kept happening, I decided it would be almost book length by the time I got done with it. You will just have to trust me when I say that we faced many obstacles and challenges concerning this move. Right now you could probably find our picture under the definition of "Murphy's Law".

But I wrote this while sitting on my back porch, before putting it into blog form, and it is a beautiful day, and overlooking the property is a comforting and calming feeling. Of all the things that did not go as planned or expected (or happened when unexpected for that matter), I must admit that it was worth it all. We are very happy with our new home and surroundings, and life is good.
I just wanted to let everyone know that I am back, have missed everyone and will write more when I can.