Speaking one’s truth takes courage in a world where finger-pointing, shaming, and blaming are the favorite games of many. But the truth will be spoken. It may at times be drowned out by a cacophony of cynics, hate-mongers, and naysayers, but even whispers of truth will eventually be heard in the quiet moments of exhaustion or reflection. At those times, we all have a choice to make. May we choose wisely. One of the hardest truths to hear and to speak is that we may be guilty of much that which we condemn in others.

With Love,

Live & Learn


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Proud Papa With Riley

Riley is our first granddaughter after four grandsons, and another wish come true. Heidi and are I are delighted and blessed by them all.

With Love,



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Chewbacca and Happy Hollow

Our son Brian sent a link that included this interesting fact from Wikipedia:

Chewbacca’s dialogue was created from recordings of walrusescamels, bears, and badgers from Burtt’s personal sound library. One of the most prominent elements was an American black bear living in the Happy Hollow Zoo in San Jose, California. These sounds were mixed in different ratios to create different roars.[32]

We often visited Happy Hollow when our children we young, and we now take our grandchildren there. We’ll view the black bear there with even more respect in the future.

With Love,




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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from a man with Kiley blood.
With Love,

bluebird of bitterness

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St. Patrick’s Day Groaners

Q: Why do people wear shamrocks on St. Patrick’s Day?
A: Regular rocks are too heavy.

Q: Why can’t you borrow money from a leprechaun?
A: Because they’re always a little short.

Q: How can you tell if an Irishman is having a good time?
A: He’s Dublin over with laughter!

Q: What would you get if you crossed Christmas with St. Patrick’s Day?
A: St. O’Claus!

Q: Are people jealous of the Irish?
A: Sure, they’re green with envy!

Q: What would you get if you crossed Quasimodo with an Irish football player?
A: The Halfback of Notre Dame!

Q: Why are leprechauns so hard to get along with?
A: Because they’re very short-tempered!

“I married an Irishman on St. Patrick’s Day.”
“Oh, really?”
“No, O’Reilly!”


Happy St. Patrick’s Day! With Love,


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Before Smartphones and Computers Kids Had Real Fun

Source: Before Smartphones and Computers Kids Had Real Fun

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Playing His Game

A Texan was taking a taxi tour of London and was in a hurry. As they went by the Tower of London the cab driver explained what it was and that construction of it started in 1346 and was completed in 1412.

The Texan replied, “Shoot, a little ol’ tower like that? In Houston we’d have that thing up in two weeks!”

Next they passed the House of Parliament – started in 1544 and completed in 1618.

“Well boy, we put up a bigger one than that in Dallas and it only took a year!”

As they passed Westminster Abbey the cab driver was silent.

“Whoah! What’s that over there?” asked the Texan.

The driver replied, “I don’t know, it wasn’t there yesterday.”

[forwarded by Adon Brownell]


With Love,


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