Cicero was a very wise man….

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“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear.”

~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Random thoughts from a Ghost

“To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.” ~ Confucius

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Caught that bee coming in for a landing…LOL

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Well, hello again! It’s been a while since I’ve been able to actually post anything of my own.  Each time I get on to try to catch up on reading all the blogs I enjoy, it takes hours, which I usually don’t have to spare. By the time I’m finished reading, I’m so tired I just want to get off and get moving… Sorry I’ve been so slow. I know it’s seems I’m a ghost… and some days I truly feel like it.  :D

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I just like this one …. from my time at the beach.

As some may notice, I periodically go back and delete some of my older posts…. no reason really other than I feel like it at the time and they’re just sitting there collecting dust. :D. I’ve also tried to delete any pictures/photos from other artists (except Marcello) that I may have used to accompany my attempts at poetry.  Many were very old and I was not able to link back to the artist or photographer. I felt like, only to be fair, I’d delete them all, so you may see where some are “missing”.

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A beautifully restored (I think still used) old Primitive church in Cade’s Cove.

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I’ve been trying to go through my pictures on my computer so I can delete duplicates, so haven only knows what that has done to any of my blogs…lol, however, I thought I’d post just a few of my own pictures that when I found them again, I liked for one reason or another. Hope you enjoy them, remember I have none of the cool software to manipulate the photos as I’d like cuz my computer is close to an antique. LOL

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My grandmother use to tell me about fairies living in lush, green forest when I was a child. This reminded me of the image I had in my head.  Didn’t see any fairies this trip, but then it was pretty hot to be outside.

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Smile, and remember each day is a new day! (I have had two new caps put in this week, oh yippee.  I told my dentist that he was actually putting my “new ipad” in my mouth as I had to pay him over $800 that could have gone for a new ipad, alas… not meant to be. : (  Now I can’t eat my favorite Halloween candy either because it’s peanut butter taffy.  With my luck, it would snatch those caps right back off… I have to give them time to decide they are in there for good first.

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My granddaughter’s grand adventure with her first toy box. They ended up all over the floor, and she ended up inside the toy box.

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The pictures are random, like my thoughts seem to be lately…LOL  Oh, finally got the legal issues (Civil ones) of my mothers case underway, so waiting for all “hell to break loose” on that front.  It would be such a nice surprise if they didn’t become furious. I hate that it has had to come to this, but after 32 years of marriage, my mother deserves what my step-dad wanted her to have. He would be rolling over in his grave if he knew how the treated my mother and then robbed her of all that was left to her. She lost her hearing, sense of balance and part of her vision due to the stroke.  They had no right to steal from her or put her through the emotional cruelty that they did during all of 2013.  Still haven’t gotten around to the criminal issues, but hope to soon.

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At the Beer Brewery….  A restaurant in Charlotte, NC where they brew their own beer.

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My baby

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Just relaxin’ on the bed while mom reads…

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Oh, and NOW they’ve decided that smoking pot can cause Cognitive disability in teens. I have been trying to tell people that for years… no one believed me. My opinion was just formed from being around so many kids in High School and college who smoked pot a lot and eventually began to have trouble with simple sentences, not to mention they were boring as all get out. (But that was just from my experiences) I’m all for it medicinally, and as an adult with a fully developed brain, if you decide to do that, that’s your business, just don’t do it around me please.

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I know not everyone enjoys Halloween, and if you’re one of those people, you will need to STOP right here and not look at the other pictures. These are Halloween through the years. I made most of the ones for my son and daughter, yes, that was my wedding dress that I cut down to her size so she could be a bride that year. Needless to say, they are not all here, but enough to celebrate Halloween.  Unfortunately, Grandma was too far away from my little grand-daughter to make hers.

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Indian Amanda

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Yes, it honestly was my wedding dress before.  She absolutely loved it.

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He didn’t like being the little Angel too much either. He usually smiles all the time. LOL

Amanda in the 50's

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Halloween Amanda (5-6) & Johnathon

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Katya as Ladybug by Punpkin 10-2005

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Katya on Halloween

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Life is just a “Walk in the Park” right?

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The groom’s mom & my grand-daughter.

I have just returned from my nephews wedding a couple of states away, and haven’t felt so great this week.  I have tried to comment of as many of your blogs as possible, but I know I’m terribly far behind, so please bear with me.

While out of town for the wedding, I was able to see my brother’s little grandson for more than 15 minutes. LOL We walked to a park about a block away from his house and let him play for a while.  Children seem to have such boundless energy… I will mention that instead of just the ground or saw dust under the playground equipment, they had shredded pieces of old tires.  It made it springy when you walked on it and if the kids fell down, they were less likely to get hurt.  I’m sure some of you know of this already, but I had never seen it before (and I worked in Elementary schools for 30 years) and thought it was such a cool idea.

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I wonder when we all lost the INNOCENCE OF CHILDREN ?????

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Before video games, when the kids would play outside all day without fear of being snatched. We had rope swings, played hide and seek, pretended we were cowboys &/or Indians (Yes, that is when my brother tied me to a tree with rope… and left me there), we played dress up in the bags used by cleaners cuz they printed Disney dressed on them(just imagine me running around in a white, crinkly, cleaners bag pretending to be Cinderella we only had to cut holes for neck and arms, one of the most fun things we did was pull off LONG streamers of toilet paper and watch it curl up in a spiral as it was lifted up to through the attic fan, we even walked around the lake & went fishing. All things that kept us busy back then for hours, or at least until dinner. Until mom or dad rang the dinner bell or whistle for us (yes, like dogs..LOL).

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Oh, still looking for a new (to me) house…. Seems like my hubby and I just can’t agree.  Guess I’ll never be able to get an old house like I’d like.  Oh well… What is life without COMPROMISE?

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I am needed elsewhere so need to go… Wishing everyone a wonderful week as we go through an try to live each day as if it were our last. Don’t rush through your life… if you do, you look back and see that you have missed SO much!

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Football, Pet Peeves, & Growing older all with Humor

Have you ever tried to hold in a giggle or a smile?

It’s really harder than you might think.

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My kind of cat

Now THIS is MY kind of cat!  :D

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It’s finally FRIDAY!!!!!!  Yippee….

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I’ve thought several times this week to try to take the time to write something in my blog….  What can I say?  I’ve spent 4 days out of 5 with my mom… which have been nice days, but as my kids tell me….” there are times mom when you act like Grand-mother”… OH MY GOSH, while I love my mom 100%, there are several “habits” or “behaviors” that accompany her personality that I REALLY don’t want to have.  I begged my kids to tell me cuz I really don’t want to drive them crazy when I get older.  Yikes……

What if I fall?

(I just love this picture, have no idea where it came from, but it’s perfect in my opinion!)

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They were NO help what so ever….. Sooooo, I thought I’d just post blurbs, pet peeves, photography, and favorite posters.

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Just in case any of you wanted to know about Blood Pressure numbers…..

(My mom has Orthostatic blood-pressure…..  Where you BP changes depending if you’re sitting, standing, or laying down.  It’s annoying, and can be tricky cuz it can easily cause one to loose consciousness or blackout.

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This I would LOVE to do so I could honk at all those idiots who NEVER use their BLINKERS! They are NOT  optional, they are put there FOR A REASON! This is obviously a pet peeve since I spend way too much time waiting for cars in the other lane, coming toward me, to pass me so I can turn left.  If I KNEW they were gonna turn left I could have surely made the turn without incident.

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Just because I love my country, even though I do sometimes disagree with some (okay, the majority) of our leaders.  But then, since I don’t get the money they’re paid…. I try to be “Concerned” about things instead of “Worrying” about things, especially if it’s something I cannot change.

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Fairy Tales - Einstein

This is SO true!  You would be amazed at how many kids come to school without ever having heard a single fairytale.  The have distinct problems trying to use their imagination to write “pretend” stories….

They just have NO imagination!

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It’s good to set a few GROUND RULES in a relationship before diving in!

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Life is a memory about to happen

Life is filled with Memories….. Try to make as many GOOD ones as you can.  One day they will be all that’s left.

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Don't judge her-God

Do NOT let yourself JUDGE others!

You never know what they’re going through at home, work, in their personal life, or faith.

Everyone is NOT the same…. Only those who live in glass houses can throw stones.

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Happy Book Victim

Well, I’m going to go READ and enjoy my evening.

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Tomorrow is FOOTBALL…. yeah…

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Go Big Blue (Univ. of Michigan) – my hubby

Go Yellow Jackets (Georgia Tech) – my father

Go Dogs (Univ. of Georgia) – too many people in the family to list…LOL

Go Tigers – Auburn – (my sister)

Go Game Cocks – University of South Carolina – my son & his wife… my daughter for Masters

I’m probably leaving someone out but…..

My favorite NFL is The Detroit Lions…. CALVIN JOHNSON aka MEGATRON is my absolute favorite.

(Nope, never met him, but he played for Ga. Tech, and he always seems so level headed in interviews.)

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HOPE EVERYONE HAS A WONDERFUL WEEKEND & A GREAT WEEK NEXT WEEK!

The Choice is Yours….

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Controlling your Destiny….

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The only thing that stands between you & your destiny, is if you feel that you have limitations. If you begin to doubt yourself, you doubt your ability to make your dreams come true. Your destiny will be waiting for you on the other side of the mist of indecision & self-doubt.

We are not born doubting ourselves or believing that we have limitations. Have you ever watched small children? The are filled with such boundless energy, confidence & curiosity. They are not afraid of failing until someone inadvertently teaches them to be afraid. That someone could be their friends, classmates, teachers, daycare workers or even well meaning parents. Once we learn about the possibility of failure, our destiny becomes limited because we believe we have limited potential, therefore we form our own limited expectations.

In my opinion, failing is NOT failing unless you do not try at all. If one tries something and fails… even many times, it is always a learning experience because then you know what DOESN’T work & you can keep trying & trying until you get it right!

As Theodore Roosevelt said, “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure.”

You have the ability to re-claim your destiny by envisioning your dreams and goals. You CAN create the life or destiny you dream of .

Did you realize that even Colonel Sander (Kentucky Fried Chicken) faced repeated numbers of rejections before he finally found someone willing to take a chance on his “dream”? He refused to allow other peoples expectations or judgements to determine his destiny.

Remember Albert Einstein, he was labeled as stupid, slow, unable to read, & thus was thought nothing would never become of him. All the time his undiagnosed dyslexia was interfering with his learning, making things three times as difficult for him. He did not listen to, or believe the doubters in his life & he went on with his life to become a great man.

Both of these men refused to allow other peoples expectations or judgements to determine their destiny or define their dreams. They created the destiny they wanted. The destiny they had always dreamed of & pictured in their mind’s eye.

“If you want to be happy, be.” ~ Tolstoy
” God has entrusted me with myself.” ~ Epicteus

From the above quotes, what I feel Tolstoy and Epicteus were trying to say, is that you can be happy if you want to be. It is your choice. You are the one who decides to be happy by focusing on the present – living, loving & achieving in the present. Focus on being happy & being the person you want to b. That way you are creating your own destiny.

Everyday you are alive is a miracle – a priceless gift that is yours to squander or mold into a future you desire. Spend less time worrying about things you cannot change, regretting choices you made instead of spending time appreciating what you have & the possibilities of creating & achieving even more.

To become fearless, you must spend less time being fearful or depressed. You must try to fill your days with more time being joyous & doing the things you wish to do. If you can do that, then you will be able to spend the majority of your time living your dream & less time getting ready to live your Life.

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Dost though love life?
Thy do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.”
~ Benjamin Franklin

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“Many people die with their music still in them.
Why is this so?
Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live….

in stead of actually living.” 

~ Oliver Wendell Holmes.

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The act of Doing is the cornerstone of creating your own, personal destiny. True joy is in the dreaming, imagining, considering & conceiving what you want. The actions you take produce the outcome of your destiny.

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“Life is not lost by dying;
life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day,
in all the thousand small uncaring ways.”
~ Stephen Vincent Benet

“Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.”
~Laertius Diogenes

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Imagine your destiny. Focus on what your dreams are, then create your destiny with Pride. Others may try to downplay or ruin your dream by trying to steal or belittle your pride. You must have passion, resolve, dreams innovations & last but not least…. ethics.

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“Passion is the fire that energizes your life,
and without passion, without fire, without energy,
your true destiny will always be unfulfilled.
It will die of indecision, inaction and indifferences.”
~ Rex Bennett

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When you couple talent, dedication, hard work & passion for what you are doing, your success will arrive sooner than you think.  You must have passion connected with your dream.  Passion, as you well know, is that inner force that drives you to be the very best that you can be.  Never let anyone steal your passion for life!

For example, one of my good friends has a passion, dedication & talent for making beautiful dolls.  She spends hours on end to ensure she has every detail perfect, so the doll actually looks real!  She doesn’t even seem to mind the hard work necessary to do such a great job, because she has that inner passion guiding her towards her dream, her destiny.

Another example could be myself.  People ask me all the time why I won’t get an Administrators degree or a Phd. so that I can “move up” in the education field.  The problem is, I don’t want to move up, I love what I do, working with children on such an intimate level.  I would have to give up my wonderful experiences with the children to become the disciplinarian.  I love the hugs I get walking down the hall, the cards they make for me, & the fact that every time they see me somewhere (especially out in public – which drives my kids crazy) they yell out my name & run up and grab me & to give me a big hug. (True, their parent’s kinda wonder what’s going on if they don’t personally know me.. LOL)

My passion is helping children – especially those that everyone seems to have given up on, or who are going through a rough time in their life & need an advocate to intervene on their behalf in order to help them out.

Whatever it is that you decide to do in life, even if it is just a temporary job until you are able to actually begin to accomplish your dream, do it with passion & enthusiasm …. even if it is something you have to do, rather than want to do.

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Wherever you go, go with all your heart”
~ Confucious

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What if you have no idea what your passion is or how to tap into it?
If you have a goal or a dream, approach it & everything you do, do with a good attitude…
If you do this, your passion will come & find you.

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“Without passion, the fire of your life dies.”
~ Rex Bennett

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“Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
~ Helen Keller

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“Passion is like genius, a miracle.”
~Rolland

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“They say that death kills you,
But death doesn’t kill you
Boredom and indifference kills you.
~Iggy Pop

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“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished
without passion.”
~G.W.F. Hegel

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“There is no end.
There is no beginning.
There is only the infinite passion
of life.
~Frederico Fellini

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“Only passion,
great passion can elevate the soul
to great things.”
~Dennis Diderot

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“Every man dies. Not every man really lives.”
~ William Wallace in the movie Braveheart

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“What is passion? …
Most of your being is at best, unlived.
In passion the body & the spirit seek self-expression…
The more extreme & the more expressed passion is,
the more unbearable does life seem with out it,
we are partly dead, & that soon,
come what may,
we will be wholly so.”
~John Boorman

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These are some pictures I took a few years back. It’s here in Georgia, but not highly advertised. It was once a beautiful, grand, Victorian looking manor house. It was partially burned many, many, years ago after there was a murder committed in the house. I thought it odd that the actual room where the murder took place, was not entirely burned. You could still see a faint outline of the blood stains on the floor.

The gardens were, and still are, as far as I know, intricately designed and manicured. They were beautiful enough by far to have been found behind one of the European castles.  

Hold fast to your Dreams and don’t become hopelessly enslaved…

“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”
~ Goethe

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“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.”

~Langston Hughes

A flibbertigibbet ????

 

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“The greatest way to live with honor in this world

is to be

what we pretend to be.”

~Socrates

 

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Regret?

Distorted truth
translucent harm
degenerate soul,
full of darkest charm.

Unvarnished lies
disturbed by thought
whispered, not spoken
hidden, not sought.

invisible pain,
unveiled regrets,
desolation masked,
as hearts forget.

Like shattered glass,
the familiar light
of promises frozen,
escape the night.

(c) Kathryn Elizabeth Green

All rights reserved

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“When you cease to dream, you cease to live.”

~Malcolm S. Forbes

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(All photos are mine…. most were taken in the Smokies a few weeks ago, but the weeping angel is not far from where my father is buried here in town. Obviously, I need to get a tripod cuz I can’t hold the camera still long enough.)

 

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“I am free, no matter what rules surround me….

I am free because I know that I alone

am morally responsible for everything I do.”

~Robert Heinlein

 

Baby Elephant(A cute little baby elephant from the Cincinnati Zoo about 10 or 12 years ago on a school trip)

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