Friday, May 31, 2019


One of the things that often amazes a newcomer to the halls of Alcoholics Anonymous is the amount of laughter that is present. It is definitely true...we are not a glum lot.

We know we are fighting a deadly that will kill us if we are not diligent. However, laughter is our saving grace. It allows us to laugh at ourselves, to face our fears and our misdeeds and to put our lives and our past into perspective. A type of “gallows humor” I guess … here's a sampling:

I would rather go through life sober, believing I am an alcoholic, than go through life drunk…trying to convince myself that I am not.”

The bluebird of happiness is not another swallow.”

Overheard at a funeral service: Poor boy, he tried everything to stop drinking but he never could.” “Did he try AA?” “Oh, my, no,  …he never got that bad !”

The 12 Steps are like 12 wrenches…they will fit any nut who walks through the door.”

If you’re wrapped up in self you make a very small package.’”

The discussion topic was “half measures avail us nothing” and one member was listing all the reservations he had about the AA program and sobriety. An old-timer piped up and said, with that many reservations you are bound to soon take flight.”

A warning to newcomers in AA: If you’re looking for a relation-ship in AA odds are good you’ll find one. But beware…it often follows that the goods will be odd.”

And one of my favorites: We didn’t get to AA by singing too loud in church.”

Sunday, May 26, 2019

This AP photo says it all …

5/26/19 Here you see the United States President awarding a special Trump trophy to the winning Sumo wrestler Asanoyama. It stands 54 inches tall and weighs 60 to 70 pounds. The honor to present the award was part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's carefully scripted list of events to keep our President happy.

How thoughtful is that?

First a 16 hole golf match followed by the wrestling event and then lunch. On the menu, another Trump favorite … DOUBLE CHEESEBURGERS.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Is problem solving easier in the AM ?????

Recently I heard the results of a new study claiming there is now proof that we, as humans, are more intelligent in the morning … so I decided to research it. Of course that brought up reams of info to the contrary (heavily backed up with “proof”, also) so there seems to be no end to the controversy.

However, I have my own research to fall back on. For many years I have worked on a nightly crossword puzzle. I am hoping that it will stave off Alzheimer’s or, at the very least, help to keep me half-way alert in my old age !
  Anyway, I often find (especially with the NY Times puzzles) that I can get most, but not all, of the answers. It’s frustrating but I’ve learned not to let it become a big deal. I simply put the puzzle aside and hope I can finish it in the morning.

What amazes me is that usually I can ! Those troublesome clues seem crystal clear to me in the early hours of a new day. I will fill in the answers and wonder why in heaven’s name I couldn’t bring them up the night before !

So it certainly does seem (for me anyway) that I am more intelligent in the morning; but, what about you? Let’s have our own little independent “blogger poll” and see what it reveals.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

My all-time favorite movie

If you have not seen “Enchanted April” you are in for a treat. It never fails to lift my spirits and I find it a much needed antidote to all the hatred and underhanded business that we are living through right now.

Set in the 1920's “Enchanted April” is the story of 4 women from London who join their resources in order to rent a villa in Italy for the month of April. The women leave a cold and drizzly London and find themselves at a dark and foreboding Villa. They are dismayed to see that it is raining there too.

I love the scene that follows. It is the next morning and we are in the bedroom of one of the girls. She goes to the window and slowly opens the heavy wooden shutters. All of a sudden the room is infused with sunlight and we look out on a view that stretches for miles and ends at the water line below.

This is just the first of the magical moments that make up this gem of a film. I truly did not want it to end and won't give away the plot because you deserve to experience it on your own. The film premiered 28 years ago and chances are you may have seen it but, if not, take it from me that it will
lift your spirits too.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Twinkies get a sales boost from Walmart

I saw an article today that said Hostess Brands, the maker of  TWINKIES,  just got an upgrade by J P Morgan thanks to record sales at Walmart.   I guess this is good for the company but it makes me wonder about us, the consumers.

Part of the sales pitch for TWINKIES is the fact that they are soft and appealing but take a gander at the 37 ingredients that make them that way …

Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour [Flour, Reduced Iron, B Vitamins (Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Folic Acid)], Corn Syrup, Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Water, Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable and/or Animal Shortening (Soybean, Cottonseed and/or Canola Oil, Beef Fat), Whole Eggs, Dextrose. Contains 2% or Less of: Modified Corn Starch, Glucose, Leavenings (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Baking Soda, Monocalcium Phosphate), Sweet Dairy Whey, Soy Protein Isolate, Calcium and Sodium Caseinate, Salt, Mono and Diglycerides, Polysorbate 60, Soy Lecithin, Soy Flour, Cornstarch, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Sorbic Acid (to Retain Freshness), Yellow 5, Red 40.

Sugar, water, eggs, flour and salt are about the only ingredients that I recognize. Are the other 32  harmless?  After all, it's TWINKIE, the treat that's been with us since 1930.  

Here's a copy of a 30'S ad for TWINKIES.  Kind of tugs at your heartstrings doesn't it ?

And now to really get your taste buds salivating  Walmarts has added a new delight.  It's 
DEEP FRIED TWINKIES …"flash fried before being frozen"  Yum,Yum, I can't wait 

Monday, May 06, 2019

My '69 Camaro

50 years ago my husband Dick and I and our three children were living in a small town in Dutchess County, NY.  We had a "Mom & Pop" real estate business which basically meant that we did our own listings and when we made a sale the entire commission came directly to us. 

I will never forget the day that he drove home in a brand new Camaro SS coupe that looked just like the one in the picture except that it was a gorgeous shade of burnt-orange.  He'd sold a large farm and the commission was large too.  Evidently he'd had his eye on the car for some time and the car salesman, a friend, offered him a price he couldn't refuse if the farm sale went through.

Dick presented the Camaro to me.  He would use the Blazer for hauling children and clients, he said and I could do the light stuff.  It didn't take long for me to become very enamored of the car.  I got a lot of admiring looks when I drove it.  I was no longer a dowdy old housewife and I reveled in that. I like to think that I was still a good wife and mother then but I have to admit that I loved the attention too.

About 3 months later my husband started to expand the building area of his Real Estate business.  It meant that he was doing a lot of hauling and he was using his Blazer to the max. I'll never forget the night that he sat me down and told me that we had a serious thing to talk about.  He explained that we were in desperate need of a truck and that the only way we could afford this would be to sell my car.

So there you have it.  We sold my gorgeous car and bought a dark green flat-bed truck.  I took over the Blazer and went back to hauling groceries and dogs.  It was a wake up call for me too.  I soon came to realize that it was the Camaro getting all the attention … and not me!

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

The Moore Free Care Clinic ...celebrating 15 years !

Here is a picture of my  "boss" Tony Price.  As most of you long time blogger friends know I was in on the opening of the Free Care Clinic back in 2004 and I've seen and lived through the struggles and victories that we've faced over the years. The Clinic was designed to serve the 15% of our counties adults who are under the poverty level and uninsured. It's been a life-saver for so many of them.   

I literally can't believe that it's been 15 years.   I remember so clearly the first three years when the  Clinic was getting started.  We were housed in one room (approx. 20x20’) at the local Health Dept.  It was incredibly short of space and we literally tripped over each other... not to mention that there was no privacy for the volunteer  doctors and their patients.  

4 years after we opened the doors we were able to move to the spacious offices that we now occupy. This came about with the aid of grant funding and the incredible generosity of the owners of a very large warehouse.  Local developers John O'Malley and his son Jim lease the space to the Clinic for $1.00 a year !

I can't remember the date when Tony came on board but I do remember the year that we almost went under for lack of funding.  Luckily Tony saved us from that and his leadership is an inspiration. He is a great fund raiser but is not above handling all the menial tasks too.   Now plans are going forward to double our space from 3,000 ft. to 7,500 ft.  

Yikes … I go in twice a week now to computerize the paper work that gets labeled and put in the patient's charts.  I can barely keep up with it and can't imagine how it will be after the expansion.   I may just have to  "hire" a secretary !