C is for Chevrolet

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Do you think it was my seat in the back of the car?

No, it was not.

                                         My older sister sat in that seat behind my mother. My younger sister sat in the middle. My brother sat on my mothers lap. Yes, you read that right. He was 2 years old then. It was before car seats for children were mandatory. If there had been an accident, he would have been mashed potatoes. The dashboard on the old cars were as hard as a wall.

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                                             I was in the back seat but on the other side right behind my father. There wasn’t any air conditioning. The windows were wide and rolled down the minute you got in the car.
For me, it was always ‘The ride from hell’. My fathers was a chain smoker. He smoked the best ones from that era. You know ‘Camels’. The unfiltered cigarette kind. They were very short which meant you had to pop another one in your mouth as soon as the first one was finished. I had the pleasure of inhaling nicotine and carcinogen chemicals on every car ride. As the wind blew into the car, along came the smoke and ashes right at me.

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I have. It’s disgusting.

I was always car sick. There were many times he had to stop the car so I could vomit. It wasn’t pretty. Everyone would mock me for my delicate system and the tactics I had of spoiling everyones enjoyment of their Sunday drive.

                                                    The seats in the summer were always burning hot. There wasn’t a summer day I didn’t scorch my skinny legs on those seat. Eventually, after a lot of complaining, my mother decided to take a towel and lay it on the seat for us just before we’d leave. But only after spoiled favorite daughter #1 – the oldest – complained.

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                                        We’d arrive at our destination – a park, the beach or one of their friends house and I’d have to sit until the dizzy feeling would pass. Seltzer was the beverage I had to drink in order to settle my stomach while the others drank cokes.

I think about the fact that I do have those Sunday drives as a memory.
I just wish they could have been more fun for me.

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Sunday Stills – Letter C


Nurture Yourself – Believe in Love

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Take my Hand – Believe in Love

Take my hand
and walk with me
in quiet places;
where butterfly wings
create a melodic song.


Sing and play
in secret meadows;
where grasses sway
with soft summer breezes
from dusk to dawn.


Share with me
a simple life
of placid days
and starry nights;
where we can lie
on yielding grasses
while waiting for
the morning light.


Take my hand
and dance with me,
until stars twinkle
brightly in your eyes.
For simple pleasures
love can hold;
even when
winter’s edge grows bold.


In Your Arms – Kina Grannis

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Meg Evans

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Nurture Yourself – Radiate Light

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     Burst Inside   2014©art by Isadora

Mix your reality with a bit of fantasy.
Allow your feet to come off the ground for a little while.
Give yourself a rest.
Take some time to meditate and clear your mind of your daily worries.
Calming, relaxing activities are the best way to spend your day.
Spend time taking walks with friends.
Feel free to go deep into conversations regarding outlandish subjects.
Allow yourself to dream.


Life Dance  – created by Oneness


The person, who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing.

He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.
~Leo F. Buscaglia

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Meg Evans
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Opera – O Sole Mia

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Luciano Pavarotti – José Carreras – Plácido Domingo

The Three Tenors … three of operas maestros.


Luciano Pavarotti was born on October 12, 1935, on the outskirts of Modena in north-central Italy. The son of an amateur tenor he gave up a career in teaching in the mid-1950s and, after years of study, began his professional singing career in 1961. Italian tenor, Luciano Pavarotti, made his operatic debut at the Teatro Reggio Emilia in 1961, performing as “Rodolfo” in La Boheme. He then made his international debut at the Royal Opera House in London in 1963, and, two years later, made his American debut in the Miami production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Pavarotti went on to become a hugely popular and internationally known opera star, achieving a large following due to his recordings and television appearances, and ultimately helping expand the popularity of opera worldwide. He died in Modena in 2007, at the age of 71. He was the most well-known opera singer of his lifetime.


Josep Maria Carreras i Coll was born in Barcelona, Spain on the 5th of December 1946, He began singing as a child. By the mid-1970s, he was a leading tenor who had performed in operas around the world. Diagnosed with leukemia in 1987, he was successfully treated, and soon created a foundation to fight the disease. He is particularly known for his performances in the operas of Verdi and Puccini. Born in Barcelona, he made his debut on the opera stage at 11 as Trujamán in Manuel de Falla’s El retablo de Maese Pedro and went on to a career that encompassed over 60 roles on the stages of the world’s leading opera houses and in the recording studio.


Jose Plácido Domingo Embil is a Spanish-Mexican born on the 21st of January 1941, popularly known as Plácido Domingo. He is a tenor and conductor best known for his powerful and versatile voice while possessing a ringing and dramatic tone throughout its range. Both of Domingo’s parents were singers in Spain. Domingo began his study of music on the piano but when the power of his voice was revealed he became a singer. He made his debut at the New York City Opera in 1965 and has since won 11 Grammy Awards, performed around the world.


Andrea Bocelli – O Sole Mia

Andrea Angel Bocelli was born on the 22nd of September 1958 in Lajatico, Tuscany, Italy. He is an Italian tenor and singer-songwriter. Visually impaired from birth, Bocelli became blind at the age of 12 following a football (soccer) accident. As a child, he learned to play the piano, flute and saxophone. His 1995 album Bocelli did well in Europe and 1999’s Sogno became an international hit. He remains one of the world’s most popular singers today.


Il Volo – O Solo Mia

IL Volo (English: The Flight) is an Italian operatic pop trio, consisting of singers: tenors Piero Barone and Ignazio Boschetto, and baritone Gianluca Ginoble.

Youth taking the reins of the maestros.

Don’t let the baby faces throw you off they are wonderful singers.


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  Each Tuesday, Frizz, is walking us through the alphabet A – Z. This week is the Letter O  – to join the challenge click on the image or Letter O


Nurture Yourself – Don’t Take Anything Personally

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If you missed my previous post on one of the Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz you can click on Nurturing Yourself – with Impeccable Words and it will take you to it.

The Second Agreement : Don’t take Anything Personally

This agreement concerns itself with the behavior of other people. It opens us up to explore the realization that the way people act towards us isn’t always about the issue that are going on at the time between you and the other person, but more about the way the person is reacting towards you based on his or her own persona. If someone is spoiled, selfish or has feelings of entitlement they will react in a different manner then someone who has a greater attitude of compassion towards others who they interact with.

Many times, it’s difficult to put this agreement into effect. If you’re a sensitive person by nature you believe that everything that’s happening is because the other person doesn’t like you. You begin to feel you’re not good enough or pretty enough or thin enough. You think it must be that my clothes are wrong, my hair isn’t stylish or straight, my skin color is offending. You start to grab all of the negative messages  from your minds treasure chest. Before you know it, you crumble before them and give them your power.

All of the things that are going on between you and the other person could have had nothing to do with you. But, it’s much easier for us to think we’ve created this because of all these issues we think we have.
The fact is that everyone has bags full of issues. How we carry our bags determines our self-assurance in ourselves. With greater confidence, we can stand strong in who we are and diminish the power we’re giving to another. Everyone has opinions along with beliefs or biases. Most are based on how they were instilled in us while growing up. As we mature, we begin to see some flaws in what we were taught. Once we begin to see the value in ourselves, the opinions or the comments of others aren’t emotionally painful anymore nor do they mean anything to us any longer.


Because they are entitle to their own thoughts, opinions and beliefs but they’re not entitled to destroy us.

My mantra is : It’s not about me; it’s about them.

Do you have a mantra you tell yourself while in the midst of an argument or negative discourse?


2014©written by Isadora


These are The Four Agreements 

The First Agreements is : Be Impeccable with Your Word
The Second Agreement : Don’t take Anything Personally
The Third Agreement : Don’t make Assumptions
The Fourth Agreement : Always Do your Best


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On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea

Meg Evans

Tea and Paper

Tao of Scrumble

Laurie’s Gentle Healing Notes

Crowing Crow Joss

Hug Mamma


New Orleans Jazz Styles

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                                        Jazz historian Al Rose defined jazz as “two or more musical voices improvising collectively in two-four or four-four time on any known melody and ‘syncopating.’ ” Though this definition does not include soloists like Louis Armstrong, it describes the creative freedom of this style that centered and flourished on the streets of New Orleans.

Tuba Skinny New Orleans Hot Jazz Band perform at Barbes Bro

New Orleans Jazz has a swinging, stomping, syncopated beat that makes you want to dance! It also has a simple melodic quality.

Congo Street – [The Nevile Brothers]

Congo Square In 1764, when the Spanish took over New Orleans, the Creoles needed work, which led to many of them becoming traveling musicians. These musicians were the inventors of early jazz, through their expression of African dancing and music. On Sundays, they would gather on a grassy plain on the northwestern edge of the city, where slaves were allowed to dance. This area became known as the Congo Square because of the use of African cultural elements and dances.

For more information on New Orleans Jazz Styles

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Each Tuesday, Frizz, is walking us through the alphabet A – Z. This week is the Letter N


Karaoke Smile

“Katy Sue is next and will be singing ‘Crazy’ by Pasty Cline,” the DJ announced.

Butterflies fluttered in her stomach. They always did.

When was she going to be rid of these nervous feelings?

But, she got up from her bar stool and started making her way up to the stage.

She had to walk past that bar fly. He was a permanent fixture there and a creepy boar.

He grabbed her arm and gave her his yellow toothed smile. She cringed.

“Take it away Katy Sue,” the Dj said.

She put on the smile.

Katy Sue loved the stage.

2014©written by Isadora


The prompt this week for the 100 word challenge from Julia’s Placethe smile


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