“18”-Happy Birthday, Daddy

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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)
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Vote It Like You Live It

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“Politics is how you live your life, not whom you vote for”- Jerry Rubin
Tuesday June 7, 2016  4:50 am
Thousand Oaks, California

I, along with The Dude and my fellow Californians, will go to the polls today and vote in our primary.

I will vote the way I have voted for the last 35 years; responsibly and  informed, choosing leaders in which I have confidence will carry America forward with experience, integrity, sound intellect and, perhaps most importantly, great heart.

This is not an easy year to do this.

One of the greatest intellectual minds of our time, Noam Chomsky, had this to say to The Guardian recently when asked how he would cast his vote in this year’s Presidential election:

 “If I were in a swing state, a state that matters, and the choice were Clinton or Trump, I would vote against Trump. And by arithmetic that means hold your nose and vote for Clinton.”

Hold my nose and vote?

Flatter me and call me old-fashioned but…that stinks.

I refuse to hold my nose. Or any other part of my anatomy, even though two of the three candidates sicken me all the way to the gutter they’ve dragged our country to during this Presidential Primary.

When it came down to choosing a candidate, I finally went with a quote I heard a long time ago about politics. Jerry Rubin, an American activist and 1960’s counterculture icon, once said: ““Politics is how you live your life, not whom you vote for”.

My hope is that he said that before he became a successful businessman  in the 1980’s.

Like a lot of the other iconic 1960’s counterculture activists.

So it’s Bernie Sanders for me. (Even though the only thing I think this country will ever allow him to lead is a Passover Seder ). Bernie Sanders’ has his aware, solutions-based feet planted in the present, with an intelligent eye towards the future based on a watchful and learned eye on the past.

The important thing is this: Voting is not only my right and civic duty as an American, it’s also my voice.

Even when nobody’s listening.

Which, I’ve learned in this life I have to make, is sometimes when its most important for me to speak the loudest of all.

The Glatitude List- June 3

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A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones – Proverbs 17:22

Friday, June 3, 2016 6:15 am
                                                                                                                       Thousand Oaks, California

Glatitude 18 Bunny List

May 28 – June 3 2016

 

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God’s Gifts of Life, Love, and Forgiveness

 

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The Dude Can (and does) Cook!

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Adding “Acceptance” to Restoration,  Meaning, Purpose, Freedom, Choice, Clarity, Peace and Calm to This Life I Have To Make

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No Space Heater on The Terrace This Morning

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La Bell is A Nice Lady

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Summer, My Favorite Season. ETA: Very Soon.

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GordoDarls and The Mrs. Have Arrived Home From Their Vacation Safely

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And The Dude, The Cat and I Survived Cat Beat (especially The Cat)

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My Sobriety

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Watching A Three Hour and Fifty Eight Minute Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Documentary with The Dude (which is almost enough Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Almost.)

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Learning to Create a Pingback and Participating in My First Daily Prompt (Angry) (#newbloggerpride)

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Baby Shark Shark Shark Making a Mama Shark Shark Shark Proud

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Joke Of The Week: What’s the difference between a hippo and a Zippo? (See Bunny #18 for answer)

 

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Grateful for My Left Hand (since some “surgeon” sliced up my right hand yesterday in a “hospital” wielding a “cleaver” while I was “sedated”. AND screaming my safe word) Anyhow, left hand is fine.  Again, I’m grateful.

 

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Haha! The Dude has hijacked the Glatitude List on account of The Bride’s one-handed, half-speed typing.  She had a sleeve released around a tendon in her wrist.

 

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No one is threatening to build a wall in my relationship with The Bride and coercing me to finance it.

Evil Bunny

 

Lists of 18 don’t necessarily have to be 18 items long…unless you actually number them.

Evil Bunny

 

I have the most awesome, beautiful wife…even with a right arm that looks like a pink Q-Tip

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Item “18”: A hippo is big and heavy.  A Zippo is a little lighter.

 

bunniesinacupAnd then, there’s The Unspoken Bunny. Which is a deep, indescribably fulfilling glatitude for glatitude itself-the awareness that this, in and of itself, this thankfulness is the essence that carries me, from strength to strength, in this life I have to make.

 

“The 18”-Mac and Cheese Movies

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“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 .”)