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Thank you Jesse Jackson or How I spent my birthday

Friday was my birthday and I had planned to celebrate with a group of my girlfriends.  A number of these friends are teachers or work for the city.  They called me that afternoon to tell me that they were protesting –our new governor who apparently has lost his mind — and asked me if would like to come down and join them.  I immediately said yes. I have always wanted to protest a worthy cause, be part of history making event and then to have the chance to see Jesse Jackson was the icing on the cake.  He has long been someone whom I admire and yes I know he is not perfect.

When I arrived, they informed that one of my friends had a contact and that she would get me as close to Jesse as she possibly could.  I won’t give you every step, but needless to say we were able to into the inner circle.  I was able to shake his hand, thank him for coming and he even wished me a “Happy Birthday”.   However by the time this happened all of our phones were dead. (I know there is a very important lesson to be learned here)  I did ask a professional to take a picture. Keep your fingers crossed that he comes through.

I have posted a few articles about the importance being positive, saying what you want, believing in your self, etc..  Here is one of the cases where I used these skills. 1. It never occurred to me that I would not get close. 2. I imagined what I would say & do when I did see him.

Thank you Carla, Dawn, Sue and especially Pat.



Try something different

1st GOOD NEWS: I have found a local printer and will have prints from my posts available in a about a week (meaning in time for the holidays), at my Etsy shop.

Sometimes doing the same thing the same way gets a little, dare I say, boring. Sometimes you have to look at the same old thing in a new and different way.  Sometimes you just have to ….

You can not expect new results when you keep doing the same old behaviors.

Todays photographs are all in Sepia tones.

I forgot to mention that the counting hands in yesterday’s post were curtesy of my top executives (my grandchildren, they are two and four.)

Count your blessings

As I have gotten older it bothers me more and more that we seem to go right from Halloween to Christmas.  What happened celebrating to Thanksgiving.  Giving thanks.  My daughter suggests that the reason Thanksgiving is not celebrated more is because there is nothing to sell.  What has happened to us that we as a people have minimized giving thanks.  So on this “Anything Goes” Thursday I am suggesting that we all take a few minutes and count our blessings.

Do not wait for a crisis to be aware of the blessings in your life.

Sometimes blessings are in disguise

Count your blessings instead of your crosses; count your gains instead of your losses.

Autumn Blues or Mood Indigo

Today I am in Door County in Wisconsin. (Translation …this will be a short post)  My best friend is moving to Arizona for six months or more and another friend and I are going to eat, drink and pack.  I will miss her therefore I have the blues.  Please enjoy my version of Autumn Blues (or mood indigo) from “The Garden”.


The Garden

Last week I went to the Olbrich Botanical Gardens here in Madison.  Here after referred to as “The Garden”.  I think this one of the highlights of Madison and the cost is just a donation.

I was so excited to be able to go, for a number of reasons.  The trees were almost at peak color, the temperature was in the 70’s which is very warm for Wisconsin in the fall and I had the time, equipment and opportunity to be able to take advantage of such a fine day.  I was so filled with joy that it almost made me a little misty-eyed.


Today is the first day of the first Doon Art Blog  GIVEAWAY.

Prize:  In Your Hands 5 – Post Card Package

  • Prize Value:  $10.00
  • Number of winners: 1
  • Ending date of giveaway: 10/31/2010
  • Winner announced: On Doon Art blog Monday 11/01/2010
  • The prize is from: DoonArt.etsy.com

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