A great journey in progress!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Strong Women

I've been reading a book about different women in the world who were brave, strong, patient, and resilient in their lives or still are. I thought I'd share some of them, that I their stories to be amazing and caught my admiration.

1. Mary Magdalene is a woman that is mentioned in the bible a lot, she stood by Jesus. I want to read the Gospel of Mary Magdalene. Like many women have been during certain periods of time, she was banished and her gospel was not put into the bible. I found this site dedicated to her and it's information is truly interesting.

2. Boudicca was a Celtic queen who fought with the Brittish and the Roman soilders. I just admired her bravery.

3. Mary Wallstonecraft is a woman who fought for women's right in the 1700's. She wrote a book called "A Vindication Of The Rights Of Women."

4. Harriet Beecher Stowe the woman who wrote "Uncle Tom's Cabin". Anyone who is against slavery and is brave enough to write about it, is truly brave...

5. Susan B. Anthony another strong woman, fighting for women's liberation.

6. Mary Cassatt I like her images of art...

7. Marie Curie a scientist of physics.

8. Virginia Woolf I love her books and writing.

9. Ameila Earhart A woman aviatar.

10. Margaret Bourke-White a photographer

11. Dorothy Hodgkin another woman scientist, who got the nobel prize in Chemistry.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Sunday Serenity #9

I'm On The Run

Heart Of The Matter

Quote Unquote...

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein

“Life is too short, and too long, to spend it being miserable. Life may indeed be short, but it is, for a fact, wide. It is high time we started settling for more.” Jill Conner Browne

“Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life.” Buddha

“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Tag You're It!

I got this in an email today, I liked it. Thought I'd share.

I Resign!!!

I am hereby officially tendering my resignation as an adult.

I have decided I would like to accept the responsibilities
of an 8-year old again.

I want to go to McDonald's and think that it's a four star restaurant.

I want to sail sticks across a fresh mud puddle and
make ripples with rocks.

I want to think M&M's are better than money because
you can eat them.

I want to lie under a big oak tree and run a lemonade
stand with my friends on a hot summer day.

I want to return to a time when life was simple.

When all you knew were colors, multiplication tables,
and nursery rhymes,

but that did not bother you, because you didn't know what
you didn't know and you didn't care.

All you knew was to be happy because you were blissfully unaware

of all the things that should

make you worried or upset.

I want to think the world is fair.

That everyone is honest and good.

That differences in people are a good thing.

I want to believe that anything is possible.

I want to be oblivious to the complexities of life and
be overly excited by the little things again.

I want to live simple again.

I don't want my day to consist of computer crashes, mountains
of paperwork, depressing news,

how to survive more days in the month that there is
money in the bank, doctors bills, gossip, illness,
and loss of loved ones.

I want to believe in the power of smiles, hugs, a kind word,
truth, peace, dreams, the imagination, mankind, and making
angels in the snow.

So... here's my checkbook and my car keys, my credit cards and
all my responsibility.

I am officially resigning from adulthood.

And if you want to discuss this further, you'll have to
catch me first, "cause,

"Tag! You're It."

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

More Quotes To Ponder

"There are no rules here. We're just trying to accomplish something" Thomas Edison

"The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off" Werner Erhard

"All human unhappiness comes from not facing reality squarely, exactly as it is" Buddha

"Knowledge speaks but wisdom listens" Jimi Hendrix

"All great things begins as blasphemy." George Bernard Shaw

I am on a quoting spree this morning. I woke up this morning, after only getting 5 hours of sleep, feeling energized. I have to leave for work in a few minutes. Edna, is a fascinating lady and I enjoy going to her home and helping her out. After work, I plan on going grocery shopping and enjoy the reprieve from the rain and the sunshine that is in its place. Thank you for the sun...

Quotes For Today

"Believe in yourself, And believe that theres a loving Source-a Sower Of Dreams-just waiting to be be asked to help you make your dreams come true." Sarah Ban Breathnach

"Dreams grow holy, put in action" Adelaide Anne Proctor

"Intuition is a spiritual faculty, and does not explain but simply points the way" Florence Scovel Shinn

"Revelation is the marriage of knowing and feeling" Marya Mannes

"If we go down into ourselves we find that we possess exactly what we desire" Simone Weil

"Being grateful. That's the first step to the path of joy" Sarah Ban Breathnach

"Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest things on the earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth." Katherine Mansfield

Monday, October 22, 2007

Every Day


I like this. I love Stevie Nicks.

I Am

I Am Strong
I Am flawed
I am open minded
I am not perfect
I am willing to try
I am full of potential
I am not believing the hype
I am loved
I am gifted
I am fascinating
I am woman

My sister Vickie sent me a card with this on the frong of it. She always, somehow knows when I need an uplift, and here it was in my mail box today. Oh, before I forget it is on American greeting cards.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

I Want To Know What Love Is

I couldn't find a Wynonna version of this song, but it was on my same CD. Foreigner wrote and sang the song first. I remember it when I was a kid. It hit me hard, like it did today.

I Will Be!

Lately, a looming black cloud's been around me. Things are a changing and a certain person, whom I care deeply for, has decided to do another disappearing act and blame me for it. While, driving to work this morning, I put in my Wynonna Cd, one of 4 CDS that was not stolen a few weeks ago, and this song came on. I love the words and it put a brightness into my soul that I needed. Thank you, Wynonna and whoever wrote these lyrics...


"I Will Be"

Been caught in a downpour of a rain of stones
Felt like an exile in the world I had known
So I sought the shelter of my own soul
And stayed inside

I found no comfort in placing blame
I saw the hope that lay just beyond the pain
The past is a prison and I won't wear those chains
And I won't hide, oh no

I will be here
I will be strong
I'll face my fears
When the night is long
And still go on
I will be brave
I will be bold
Follow my faith
To a higher road
And I'm not there yet
But I will be

I could choose to keep my feet upon the beaten path
Never cross the open field for the one snake in the grass
But I'd rather risk my heart then never get the chance
To find my way, to find my way

[Repeat Chorus]

Music, Music, Music

Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without. –
Confucius, 551-479 B.C., Chinese Thinker and Social Philosopher

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

I will survive

I actually found the song....

Strong Enough

I like this song, it is happy, encouraging, like the Gloria Gaynor song "I Will Survive."

Neil Young - Heart of Gold

Neil YOung reminds me of my nephew Ric. He is only 3 years younger than I am. He used to listen to Neil Young and I would listen to Cass Elliot. I have some fond memories of Ric. When we were younger he and I would make cities for his toy cars, play fuse ball, ride our bikes around Longview, eat ice cream at the palor, play laser tag, and many other things. I remember when he was a baby, my first experience at the age of three holding a baby. He was my first baby. Vickie said, do you want to hold your baby? So, I did. He wasn't like baby dolls, he squirmed and cried. Strangly, he didn't cry while I was holding him, but he opened his eyes and looked at me and grabbed my finger, with his tiny hand. Our relationship is strand, a lot of crap has happened since we were children. Time, distance, and things that shouldn't have happened, did happen. I miss and I do love him.

Call Me When You're Sober - Evanescence

Enough Said...

Monday, October 08, 2007

Mother Theresa

"People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have,
and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis,
it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway."

~ Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

Sunday, October 07, 2007

At The End Of The Road

Writing, it scares me. I am not that great in the English department. I do not do well in spelling, grammar, punctuation, and all those other critical important things that it takes to be a writer. For some odd reason, my inner voice is telling me, “Jamie, Write.” I am saying this to myself “What the hell am I suppose to write about?” Yes, to be frank, I’ve lived enough lives of several different people, switching, transcending, and changing that I have lived in several different worlds. Still, despite many setbacks, death experiences, and treacherous people, I survived it all. I’m not the only person, Vickie has too and I’m sure many others. I don’t feel done yet, “Wow that sounds like I’m being put on the grill like St. Thomas”.
I feel intimidated, because, if you read my blog, you know about my sister/friend Joy. She is a writer, and though she does encourage me, I still feel intimidated by her talent. I actually, feel intimidated by a lot of people and their talent. Vickie, with her love of cooking, nature, and organization, Amber with her artistic ability and her singing, Joy with her writing, Monte with his musical talent, and I could go on forever. I’m not going to.
I have been reading about writing, Joy’s suggestion, and the first is finding your inner voice. I don’t know where my inner voice went? I think, she is here somewhere among the crap. I’ve dug her up a couple of times, she is actually looking kind of pale and frail from not being exposed to her true potential.
So, like the song “Sober” by Kelly Clarkson “And I don't know
I could crash and burn but maybe
At the end of this road I might catch a glimpse of me
So I won't worry about my timing, I want to get it right
No comparing, second guessing, no not this time” I am going to try this approach. No second guessing my inner voice, or comparing myself to other people in my life, and be open to whatever happens. I’m taking a chance on my talent, discovering what it is and how to rope it in and do something with it.
So, here I go. A new road, a new path, and maybe peace, tranquility, and hope can be found with current relationships and future ones, and most importantly with me.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Sunday Serenity #11

I found this while I was searching for something. As my family and some friends know, I'm not happy right now and I'm searching for some peace of mind. I saw this and it helped me for a brief moment. I just typed the word serenity into the youtube search engine and this is one of a couple of things I found.

Bouncing Off Of Clouds

This Sunday isn't easy for me to find something that brings me peace. I was looking forward to seeing her in concert in December with a good friend, Monte. That has been dashed, yet again, like it was for me two years ago. I gave it up, because well, we are fighting. It hurts a bit, because we've done this before. It is hard to accept the end of something, someone that I felt close to, liked, could talk to about anything, and now have him say it didn't mean anything to him at all, and have him basically say, I want to be just your acquaintance now, instead of a friend. I'm not sure anymore. He is feeling stressed, honestly, I do not believe I am the cause of all of his stress, maybe some of it, but not all of it as he has claimed. Something else is going on and he doesn't want to talk to me about it and he doesn't have to. i'm sorry that he is going through so much and things are changing. Isn't friendship about excepting the changes we are going through and letting each other go through them without the anger. I can't think about him or talk to him any longer. It isn't healthy for me and it will bring the tears that I am trying hard to hold back. I wish him lucky in his life, I hope he finds the peace and understanding that he wants and needs in his life. I will always love and care about him. That is all I know for now.