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Blossom

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The difference between a flower and a weed is a judgement.

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Friday Fictioneers – The Lie

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The lawn chairs were rapidly filling spaces on the grass.

Shari looked down and focused on her book. She was hoping to disappear.
Maybe, no one would notice her. She hadn’t wanted to attend the concert.

“People will ask about you”, Bart raged. He was adamant about her going.
The seething fury in his eyes said it all.

She was startled back by a syrupy voice.

“Are you excited about Bart’s solo tonight? Marjorie asked.

“Sure she is”, Kathy mimicked Marjorie’s syrupy tone.
“Did you break your arm Shari?”

“The dog,” Shari said meekly. “The dog tripped me”.

Another lie.

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Word Count – 100
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Nurture Yourself – Don’t make Assumptions

A mind at peace, a mind centered and not focused on harming others,

is stronger than any physical force in the universe ~ Wayne Dyer ~

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Nurture Yourself – Don’t make Assumptions

If you missed my previous two posts on the

Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz you can read

Nurture Yourself – Be Impeccable with Your Word

and Nurture Yourself – Don’t Take Anything Personally

by clicking on each title.

Do you judge others?

Are you snubbing your nose at the way another looks or lives their life?

It’s difficult to admit that we may have done this.

But, we all make assumptions about others based on our own beliefs and experiences.

With little thought, we continue with the assumptions and then believe them.

The story that follows says it best.

The Window from which We Look

A young couple moved into a new neighborhood.
Another couple, who resided across from them, was having breakfast the next morning.

The woman watched as her neighbor hung the 
wash outside.

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“That laundry is not very clean,” she said.

“She doesn’t know how to wash correctly.

Perhaps, she needs better laundry soap.’



Her husband looked up from his newspaper, but remained silent.

Every time the neighbor would hang her wash out to dry,

The woman would make the same comments.

About one month later, the woman was surprised to see

nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband:

“Look, she has learned how to wash correctly.

I wonder who taught her this.”

The husband said, “I got up early this morning and
 cleaned our windows.”

And so it is with life.

What we see when watching others

depends on the purity of the window through which we look.

Namaste, Isadora
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The Four Agreements  
The First Agreements : 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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Pondering from Mabel – Why did the Chicken cross the Road?

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You can’t miss seeing Spring here at my assisted living home. The gardeners have
been out there planting lots of flowers and hosta ground cover to showcase a picture
perfect painting of Spring.

Recently, the farmer’s market has been coming to our facility
every Thursday. I look forward to it. I can get fresh fruits and vegetables. When Fred and I
lived on the farm, we never had to buy much. Whatever we didn’t grow our neighbors grew.
We shared the fruits of our labors. Our chickens produced the biggest and best tasting eggs.
Fred was big on breakfast. Everyday, he’d have 4 eggs and a big slice of fresh ham. He loved
to soak up my homemade gravy with biscuits. If there wasn’t a biscuit on his plate he knew
I was sick.It was healthier eatin’ then.

Some of the students over at the Trade School have been coming to our
facility on Wednesday’s to give us free hairstyles. Bless their hearts for doing that.
The teacher says we’re helpin’ them to perfect their skill. Of course, we always give them
a little something for their good work.

Now, who doesn’t like to get dolled up?

They gave Mary Lou Cho a cute little bob cut. Her hair is real shiny and moves as she walks.
She’s a tiny little thing. It fits her real well. They gave Audra Bodinet a perm of curls.
Her grey hair is as fluffy as a cotton ball. It looks real pretty and suits her well.Now me,
I’ve been wearing my hair in an upswept bun for years.I wasn’t about to change that. But, this charmin’ young gal made my traditional hairstyle look real modern by the time she was done.

My friends and I decided we’d add lunch to our afternoon. This way we’d be able to show offer
new hairstyles. We got to talkin’ about the farmer’s market and how much we enjoy the fresh
tastin’ foods. When I mentioned our fresh eggs at the farm Audra wanted to know if we could
remember some of those ‘Why did the chicken cross the road jokes?

We did …. here are some of them.

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Why did the chicken cross the road?

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BARACK OBAMA:
 The chicken crossed the road because it was time for a CHANGE!   The chicken wanted CHANGE!

JOHN McCAIN:
 My friends that chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road!

HILLARY CLINTON:
 When I was First Lady, I personally helped that little chicken to cross the road. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to ensure — right from Day One! — that every chicken in this country gets the chance it deserves to cross the road. But then, this really isn’t about me …..

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DR. PHIL:
 The problem we have here is that this chicken won’t realize that he must first deal with the problem on ‘THIS’ side of the road before it goes after the problem on the ‘OTHER SIDE’ of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he’s acting by not taking on his ‘CURRENT’ problems before adding ‘NEW’ problems.

OPRAH:
 Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I’m going to give this chicken a car so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.

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GEORGE W. BUSH:
We don’t really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not. The chicken is either against us, or for us. There is no middle ground here.

COLIN POWELL:
Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road…

ANDERSON COOPER – CNN: 
We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.



JOHN KERRY:
 Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken’s intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.

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NANCY GRACE:
 That chicken crossed the road because he’s GUILTY! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.

PAT BUCHANAN:
 To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.

MARTHA STEWART:
 No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer’s Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.

DR SEUSS:
 Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I’ve not been told.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY: 
To die in the rain. Alone.

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BARBARA WALTERS: 
Isn’t that interwesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, forw the firwst time, the heart warming storwy of how it experienced a serwious case of mowlting, and went on to accomplish its lifelong dweam of cwossing the woad.



ARISTOTLE:
 It is the nature of chickens to cross the road. Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace.

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BILL GATES: 
I have just released eChicken2007, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your checkbook. Internet Explorer is an integral part of the Chicken. This new platform is much more stable and will never cra…#@*&^(C% ………reboot.

ALBERT EINSTEIN:
 Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?

 

BILL CLINTON
: I did not cross the road with THAT chicken. What is your definition of chicken?

AL GORE:
 I invented the chicken!

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I hope you had another FUN visit with me today.
Ya’ll come back and visit to see what else I’m pondering.
Live Live, Mabel

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
I don’t want to brag or make anyone jealous or anything,
but I can still fit into the earrings I wore in high school.
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  ***** Mabel is a character I’ve developed for the purpose of writing about life with a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor from a seniors citizens point of view.   

Want more Pondering by Mabel

Pondering from Mabel – Ladies Luncheon

Pondering from Mabel – Aids Warning


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Awakening Garden

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Listen to the buzzing bees
Hear the bird sing
The garden is awakening
Because It’s Spring
It’s Spring.

I ask not for a larger garden
Nor for special seeds
But, for soil to grow
Vivid flowers in Spring
In Spring.

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 La Primavera – (di Antonio Vivaldi)

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Blog Advice 1: Increasing Your Traffic

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This post by Susie@ suzie81speaks.com has a great deal of information worth reading. 😊

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Friday Fictioneers – Deception

rachel-bjerke.web Rousing from a pain induced sleep, Elsa tries to remember where she is.

She remembers Gerard telling her about the moss covered building. How goats cheese was made there.

Her head throbs; her body aches. She is naked on a dirt floor chained to a pole. She can’t see inches in front of her eyes. A hint of light squeezes through the edge of the window.

Images race through her head like a slideshow.

Her mother warned her. An internet romance is dangerous.

“Why Gerard?”, she screams.

Money.

He throws clothes at her. Let’s go. You’re a white slave now.

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Word Count – 100

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Nurture Yourself – with Gratitude

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When the sun shines
and brings it’s warmth
When your petals glisten
after a gentle rain
When your blossoms
flourish before me
I will be grateful
for your colorful light.
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Pondering from Mabel – Aids Warning

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It’s been real nice down by the lake now that Spring is around the corner. The swans are swimming ‘round in circles, dancing to the sound of the waterfall. They keep this assisted living facility real nice for us folks.

Just yesterday, Bubba came by when I was watchin’ them and told me he liked watching the swans too. “It’s real peaceful”, he said. I told you about Bubba last time we visited. He’s taken a likin’ to me. Bless his heart. I enjoy talking to him but my Fred has my heart and I still miss him.

We talked about ole crabby George. He was taken from his place a few days after our Valentine’s Day dance. Looks like he had prostrate cancer. We wondered why he’d gotten so thin. He was a grumpy ole codger. Didn’t like talkin’ to folks. He made a fuss about everything. But, no reason to talk ill of the dead. We both figured he might be happier now. Well, enough of that sad talk.

Bubba’s a funny guy. He’s always tellin’ me jokes. I thought you might like hearin’ one.  Here goes:

~~~~~~~~ There’s an Aid’s Warning out ~~~~~~~~

To all of you approaching 55 years or older – this is a warning for you
Seniors are the leading carriers of AIDS!!!
Gardening aids
Hearing aids
Band Aids
Walking aids
Medical Aids
most of all Monetary Aids for their kids.
Not forgetting HIV …. Hair is Vanishing!!!
And finally, the most dreadful Aids : Acute Income Deficiency Syndrome

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Wasn’t that funny? I love seein’ my friends here at the assisted living home smilin’.
Heck, if we can’t laugh at ourselves than we’re really old farts. Tell someone a joke from time to time. It makes the day go better when we can see ourselves in a humorous way.

Come back and see what else I’m pondering …..
Live Life, Mabel
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

 Life is too short to be anything but happy. 

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***** Mabel is a character I’ve developed for the purpose of writing about life

with a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor from a seniors citizens point of view.

A few other Ponderings from Mabel:

 Pondering from Mabel – Love is in the Air at my assisted Living

Pondering from Mabel – Recalling Love and Marriage

Pondering from Mabel – Be Kind to the Elderly

 

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