What I’ve Learned

What I’ve
Learned…

I’ve learned that I like my teacher because
she cries when we sing “Silent
Night” – Age 6

I’ve learned that our dog doesn’t want to eat my broccoli either- Age 7

I’ve learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what

they are doing and wave back – Age 9

I’ve learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom makes me

clean it up again – Age 12

I’ve learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try

cheering someone else up – Age 14

I’ve learned that although it’s hard to admit it, I’m secretly glad my

parents are strict with me – Age 15

I’ve learned that silent company is often more healing than words of

advice – Age 24

I’ve learned that brushing my child’s hair is one of life’s great

pleasures – Age 26

I’ve learned that wherever I go, the world’s worst drivers have followed

me there – Age 29

I’ve learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live

so that no one will believe it – Age 30

I’ve learned that there are people who love you dearly but just don’t know

how to show it – Age 42

I’ve learned that you can make someone’s day by simply sending them a

little note – Age 44

I’ve learned that the greater a person’s sense of guilt, the greater his

or her need to cast blame on others – Age 46

I’ve learned that children and grandparents are natural allies – Age 47

I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life

does go on, and it will be better tomorrow – Age 48

I’ve learned that singing “Amazing Grace” can lift my spirits for hours –

Age 49

I’ve learned that motel mattresses are better on the side away from the

phone – Age 50

I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he handles

these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree
lights – Age 52

I’ve learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet

full of pills – Age 52

I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you

miss them terribly after they die – Age 53

I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life


Age 58

I’ve learned that if you want to do something positive for your children,

work to improve your marriage – Age 61

I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance – Age 62

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catchers mitt on

both hands You need to be able to throw something back – Age 64

I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you But if you

focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people,
and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you – Age 65

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually

make the right decision – Age 66

I’ve learned that everyone can use a prayer – Age 72

I’ve learned that it pays to believe in miracles And to tell the truth,

I’ve seen several – Age 75

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one – Age 82

I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone People

love that human touch-holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on
the back – Age 85

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn – Age 92

I’ve learned that you should pass this on to someone you care about

Sometimes they just need a little something to make them smile –
Age
less

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The Costume Party

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The Costume Party

A couple was invited to a swanky masked Halloween Party. She got a
terrible headache and told her husband to go to the party alone. He,
being a devoted husband, protested, but she argued and said she was
going to take some aspirin and go to bed, and there was no need for his
good time being spoiled by not going. So he took his costume and away he
went.The wife, after sleeping soundly for one hour, awakened without
pain. As it was still early, she decided to go to the party. Since her
husband didn’t know what her costume was since she had gotten them from
the shop, she thought she would have some fun by watching her husband to
see how he acted when she was not with him.

She joined the party and soon spotted her husband cavorting around on
the dance floor, dancing with every nice chick he could, even copping a
little feel here and a little kiss there. She contained her anger and
sidled up to him and, being a rather seductive babe herself, he left his
partner high and dry and devoted his time to the new stuff that had
just arrived.

She let him go as far as he wished — and why not, since he was her
husband?! Finally he whispered a little proposition in her ear and she
agreed, so off they went to one of the cars and had a little bang, still
keeping their masks on.

Just before unmasking at midnight, she slipped away and went home and
put the costume away and got into bed, wondering what kind of
explanation he would make for his behavior. She was sitting up reading
when he came in and asked what kind of a time he had. He said, “Oh, the
same old thing. You know I never have a good time when you’re not
there.”

Then she asked, “Well, did you even get any dancing in?” she asked, knowing how much he enjoys dancing.

“Well, I have a confession to make, honey,” he says. Here we go,
she thinks. “Sweetie, I never even danced one dance. When I got there, I
saw Pete, Bill and Johnny, so we went into the den and played poker all
evening. But I’ll tell you: the guy I loaned my costume says he sure
had a good time!”

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He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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The wisdom of our ancestors

The wisdom of our ancestors

There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world,
I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice more often.
It is in this light I have decided to publish some of my random thoughts based on the views of our ancestors

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Tips for staying Young

Tips For Staying
Young

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes
age, weight
and height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why you
pay him/her.

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches
pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the
computer, crafts,
gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. “An idle mind
is the devil’s workshop;” the devil’s name is
Alzheimer’s.

4. Enjoy the simple things. When the children
are young,
that is all that you can afford. When they are in college,
that is all that you can afford. When you are on retirement,
that is all that you can afford!

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until
you gasp for breath.
Laugh so much that you can be tracked in the store by your
distinctive laughter.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and
move on. The only
person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be alive
while you are alive, don’t put out a mailbox on the highway
of death and just wait in residence for your mail.

7. Surround yourself with what you love,
whether it is family,
pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your
home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health. If it is good,
preserve it. If it is unstable,
improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get
help.

9. Don’t take guilt trips. Go to the mall,
the next county, a
foreign country, but not to guilt country.

10. Tell the people you love, that you
love them, at every
opportunity.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER, Life is not measured
by the
number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take
our breath away.

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The Wealthy Man

The Wealthy Man

One day, a wealthy family man took his son
on a trip to
the country so he could have his son see how poor
country people were. They stayed one day and one night
at the farm of a very humble farm family.

When they got back home the father asked the son, “What
did you think of the trip”? The son replied, “Very nice Dad.”
Dad said, “Did you notice how poor they were?” “Yes”.
“So, what did you learn from this trip?”

“I’ve learned that we have one dog in the house, and they
had four. We have a fountain and imported lamps in our
garden, they have a stream with no end and the stars in
the sky. Our garden goes to the edge of our property, they
have the entire horizon as their back yard.”

At the end of the son’s reply the father was speechless
and then his son said, “Thank you Dad, for showing me
how poor we really are.”

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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alcohol

In today’s world, many resort to abusing drugs and alcohol, why are so many becoming addicted and not only destroying their lives but the lives of others around them as well?

The Thunderstorm

The Thunder
Storm

When a mother saw a thunderstorm forming
in mid-afternoon,
she worried about her seven-year-old daughter who would be
walking the three blocks from school to home.

Deciding to meet her, the mother saw her
walking nonchalantly
along, stopping to smile whenever lightning flashed.

Glimpsing her mother, the little girl ran to her, explaining
enthusiastically, “All the way home, God’s been taking my
picture!”

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The Hobo

The Hobo

It was a cold winter’s day that Sunday. The
parking lot to the church
was filling up quickly. I noticed as got out of my car fellow church
members were whispering among themselves as they walked in
the church.

As I got closer I saw a man leaned up against the wall outside the
church. He was almost laying down as if he was asleep. He had
on a long trench coat that was almost in shreds and a hat topped
his head, pulled down so you could not see his face. He wore shoes
that looked 30 years old, too small for his feet, with holes all over
them, his toes stuck out. I assumed this man was homeless,
and asleep, so I walked on by through the doors of the
church.

We all fellowshipped for a few minutes, and someone brought up
the man laying outside. People snickered and gossiped but no one
bothered to ask him to come in, including me.

A few moments later church began. We all waited for the Preacher
to take his place and to give us the Word, when the doors to the
church opened.

In came the homeless man walking down the aisle with his head
down. People gasped and whispered and made faces.

He made his way down the aisle and up onto the pulpit where he
took off his hat and coat. My heart sank. There stood our preacher
…he was the “homeless man”.

No one said a word. The preacher took his Bible and laid it on his
stand. “Folks, I don’t think I have to tell you what I am preaching
about today.”

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The Images of Mom

The Images of
Mother

4 YEARS OF AGE My Mommy can do
anything!

*
8 YEARS OF AGE My Mom knows a lot! A whole
lot!

*
12 YEARS OF AGE My Mother doesn’t really know
quite everything.

*
14 YEARS OF AGE Naturally, Mother doesn’t know
that, either.

*
16 YEARS OF AGE Mother? She’s hopelessly
old-fashioned.

*
18 YEARS OF AGE That old woman? She’s way out
of date!

*
25 YEARS OF AGE Well, she might know a little
bit about it.

*
35 YEARS OF AGE Before we decide, let’s get Mom’s
opinion.

*
45 YEARS OF AGE Wonder what Mom would have thought
about it?

*
65 YEARS OF AGE Wish I could talk it over with
Mom…..

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The Ham Sandwich

The Ham
Sandwich

As ham sandwiches go, it was perfection.
A thick slab of ham, a fresh bun,
crisp lettuce and plenty of expensive, light brown, gourmet mustard. The
corners of my jaw ached in anticipation. I carried it to the picnic table
in
our backyard, picked it up with both hands but was stopped by my wife
suddenly at my side. “Hold Johnny (our six-week-old son) while I get my
sandwich,” she said.

I had him balanced between my left elbow and shoulder and was
reaching
again for the ham sandwich when I noticed a streak of mustard on my
fingers.
I love mustard. I had no napkin. I licked it off. It was not
mustard.

No man ever put a baby down faster. It was the first and only time
I
have sprinted with my tongue protruding. With a washcloth in each hand, I
did the sort of routine shoeshine boys do, only I did it on my
tongue.

Later my wife said, “Now you know why they call that mustard
‘Poupon.'”

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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alcohol

In today’s world, many resort to abusing drugs and alcohol, why are so many becoming addicted and not only destroying their lives but the lives of others around them as well?

 

The Flat Tire

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The Flat Tire

On my way to visit a sick person in the parish,
a little red car sped
around my pickup. The driver pointed to my back
left wheel. Just at that moment, I realized the tire was going
flat.

I pulled into a driveway and got out of the truck to look at the
tire.
All of a sudden, the red car zipped into the driveway. A young
man got out. “Sister,” he said, “get back in the truck. I’ll fix the
tire.”

As he changed the tire, I talked with him. “You remember me,” he
said.
“Mike Sinn. You visited me in the hospital.”

It occurred to me that this was probably the first time that Grace
was
saved by Sinn.

Knock,Knock Jokes

 

(By Sister Carol Ann Grace, in
Catholic Digest)

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

The wisdom of our ancestors

The wisdom of our ancestors

There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world,
I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice more often.
It is in this light I have decided to publish some of my random thoughts based on the views of our ancestors.

 

The Class of 2005

The Class of
2005

Just in case you weren’t feeling old enough
today, this will
certainly change things. Each year the staff at Beloit College in
Wisconsin puts together a list to try to give the Faculty a sense
of the mindset of this year’s incoming freshman. Here is this
year’s list:

The people who are starting college this
fall across the nation
were born in 1983. They have no meaningful recollection of the
Reagan Era and probably did not know he had ever been
shot.

They were prepubescent when the Persian
Gulf War was waged. There
has been only one Pope in their lifetime. They were 10 when the
Soviet Union broke apart and do not remember the Cold
War.

They are too young to remember the space
shuttle blowing up.
Tianamen Square means nothing to them. Bottle caps have always
been screw off and plastic and there have always been ball point
pens.

Atari predates them, as do vinyl albums.The
statement “You sound
like a broken record” means nothing to them. They have never owned
a record player. They have likely never played Pac Man and have
never heard of Pong.

They may have never heard of an 8 track.
The Compact Disc was
introduced when they were one year old.

They have always had an answering machine.
Most have never seen a
TV set with only 13 channels, nor have they seen a black and white TV.
They have always had cable.

There have always been VCRs, but they
have no idea what BETA was.
They cannot fathom not having a remote control. They don’t know what
a cloth baby diaper is, or know about the “Help me, I’ve fallen and I can’t
! get up” commercial.

They were born the year that Walkmen were
introduced by Sony.
Roller skating has always meant inline for them. Jay Leno has
always been on the Tonight Show. They have no idea when or why
Jordache jeans were cool.

Popcorn has always been cooked in the
microwave. They have never
seen Larry Bird play. They never took a swim and thought about
Jaws.

The Vietnam War is as ancient history
to them as WWI, WWII and the
Civil War. They have no idea that Americans were ever held hostage
in Iran. They can’t imagine what hard contact lenses
are.

They don’t know who Mork was or where
he was from.(The correct
answer, by the way, is Ork) They never heard: “Where’s the beef?”,
“I’d walk a mile for a Camel,” or “De plane, de plane!”

There has always been MTV. They don’t have
a clue how to use a
typewriter.

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