“18”-Happy Birthday, Daddy


Summer breeze, makes me feel fine-Seals and Crofts “Summer Breeze

Thursday June 9, 2016 7:08 am
Thousand Oaks, California

For as long as I can remember, I’ve woken up June 9th and my very first thought has always been “Today is Daddy’s birthday”.

I’m 52 years old and my dad died a long, long time ago; when I was just 17 and he was only 39 so I doubt that will ever change. This is on my Top Five Things I Am Finest About In My Life.

Today’s “18” are some of the things my dad gave to me that made me, his oldest daughter, into the woman I became after he went away. They’re the things I hope to have given to my children, his grandchildren, as well.

My dad’s legacy is his forever gift to me.

Keeping that alive is mine to him.

Happy Birthday, daddy.

  1. A value system, moral code and ethics based on being honest, responsible and respectful
  2. My sense of humor
  3. My intellect
  4.  And valuing it
  5. Tenacity, Strength, Fortitude And Never Let Them See You Sweat
  6. My Leadership Skills
  7. Loyalty. Till the wheels fall off.
  8. A little bit of great is better than a lot of not so great
  9. My sense of adventure
  10. Never settle for second best. In anything. For anything. Ever.
  11. The Fine Art of being A Unapologetic High/Over Achiever
  12. Work as hard as you play. In that order.
  13. Hang In There, Baby.
  14. Family First
  15. Love Big,  Love Hard.
  16. Sympathy is between “Shit” and “Syphilis” in the Dictionary (but not in real life)
  17. Actions speak louder than Words
  18. Never put off today what you can do five minutes ago (see #11)

“The 18”-Mac and Cheese Movies


“Remember how small the world was before I came along? I brought it all to life: I moved the whole world onto a 20-foot screen.” -D. W. Griffith

Thursday  June 2, 2016  5:04 am
Thousand Oaks, California


macandcheesemoviesSeabiscuit ( “You don’t throw away a whole life just ’cause he’s banged up a little”)

macandcheesemoviesErin Brockovich ( “They’re called boobs, Ed.”)

macandcheesemoviesGone With The Wind ( “With enough courage, you can do without a reputation”)

macandcheesemoviesFinding Nemo ( “Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming.”)

macandcheesemoviesGoodfellas (“Will you leave him out of this? He’s suffered enough, already. The man hasn’t been able to digest a decent meal in six weeks!”)

macandcheesemoviesPatton (“Rommel… you magnificent bastard, I read your book!)

macandcheesemoviesThe Right Stuff (“Sounds dangerous. Count me in.”)

macandcheesemoviesSuzanne Farrell-Elusive Muse (“I could work out a lot of my emotions by going to class and dancing”)

macandcheesemoviesWild (“What if I was never redeemed? What if I already was?)

macandcheesemoviesThe Natural (“I guess some mistakes you never stop paying for”)

macandcheesemoviesAlmost Famous (“This is explains. So much”.)

macandcheesemoviesFerris Bueller’s Day Off (“Hey batta batta batta hey batta batta batta SWING batta”)

macandcheesemoviesMagnolia (“Sometimes people need a little help. Sometimes people need to be forgiven. And sometimes they need to go to jail.”)

macandcheesemoviesThe Big Short (“Just don’t fucking dance.”)

macandcheesemoviesRaging Bull (“So gimme a stage, where this bull here can rage…”)

macandcheesemoviesmacandcheesemoviesAmerican Hustle (“From the feet up, right? Baby.”)

macandcheesemoviesThe Virgin Suicides  (Doctor: “What are you doing here honey? You’re not even old enough to know how bad life really gets? Celia: “Obviously, Doctor, you’ve never been a 13 year old girl”)

macandcheesemoviesThe Graduate (“Oh No, Mrs. Robinson. I think you’re the most attractive of all my parents’ friends .”)

“The 18”-Ways I Get To Be A Friend


” My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake” 



1.daisyhear2 Don’t Ask. Let Them Tell.

2.daisyhear2 Don’t Tell. Let Them Ask.

3.daisyhear2 Hear When You Listen.

4.daisyhear2 Try A lot of Tenderness.

5.daisyhear2 Turn. Off. Your. Phone.

6.daisyhear2 Be Patient.

7.daisyhear2 Remember That Love Is An Action Word Too.

8.daisyhear2 “To err is human; to forgive, divine”- Alexander Pope

9.daisyhear2If You Wouldn’t Say It To Them, Don’t Say It About Them.

10.daisyhear2 Don’t Minimize.

11.daisyhear2 Or Be Dismissive.

12.daisyhear2 Stand in Your Most Quiet, Strongest Place.

13.daisyhear2 Be Graceful.

14.daisyhear2And Brave.

15.daisyhear2 Provide Shelter From The Storm.

16.daisyhear2 Platitudes and Clichés? Not So Much. (See   daisyhear2#10 and   daisyhear2 #11).

17.daisyhear2 Remember Someone Who Blessed You With Friendship.

18.daisyhear2 And Be This Blessing.