Always Something New

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012 my  first art east event!  Finally, I get to  participate in something in my  hometown!


As a small  child I used to talk to my  grandparents  on the  telephone  before  going to bed. Before saying  good bye my  grandfather would tell me he was blowing me a kiss . I remember him asking  ,"  Can the phone cord reach the back  porch?  I replied," yes". He said," that is wonderful. Now go stand on the porch and tell me when you are ready!" 'Once on the porch he would say,"  okay  I am  blowing you a  kiss let me know when you  get it. " Sometimes it would  be  seconds , other times  minutes and  sometime I would tell him you missed me! 
45 years later when  I feel the wind on my  face I  think of someone blowing me a kiss. If I  stop to pay close attention I  swear I am catching some of those kisses I missed so many years ago.  

Saturday, June 23, 2012

 Thirty  32 years a go a  boy  by the name of David  Ponis  gave me a totem as a birthday gift.
When I left  to  join the army I  left it with a  friend. That friend  died this month and so I have brought the totem home. 
In an  envelope  taped to the  back of the totem I  found this: 

The eagle is symbol of the zenith.
A great reminder of your own ability to soar to great heights.

Eagles are messengers from heaven and are the embodiment of the spirit of the sun.

Those with an Eagle totem need to have an involvement with creation;
a willingness to experience extremes;
a willingness to use your ability
even if it means getting "scorched" a little as you fly high;
a willingness to seek out your true emotions.

A demanding totem, but one that offers so much reward at the end of the journey.

Its four-toed feet remind you to stay grounded even went soaring high;
Its talons remind you to grasp the things of the earth;
Its sharp beak shows you when to speak, how much, and how strongly.

This totem will show you opportunities and how to ride the winds to your benefit.
Eagle people can live in the realm of the spirit
yet still remain connected and balanced within the realm of the Earth.

You must become much more than you ever dreamed possible.

Friday, November 11, 2011

An Experiment, working for a living

Is it just me or has the new generation of young adults taken on an attitude of self entitlement?

I have spent the past few weeks looking at job pages. There seems to be thousands of jobs out there. Now don't get me wrong these jobs are just that jobs not dream careers.

I started thinking about America jobless because I have been taking coffee and cookies down to Seattle's Occupy headquarters. I have been shocked at how many young people are there. I was talking to a young girl yesterday and she actually told me," I am tired of working crap jobs!" She told me she collects food stamps for her and her baby and she lives with friends.

As a parent I understand the need to care for ones offspring but when I see over 300,000 jobs listed on job sites I have to wonder if the unemployment rate is so high because our children are just spoiled rotten?

I was told by another occupy protester that you had to know someone to get a job.So I decided to come home and do a little experiment.
Last week I made my self a gmail account under an alias. Then I made a simple resume with no work experience and typed up a cover letter with the skills a high school student has. I applied for a dozen jobs and so far I have been offered interviews for 8 of them. The hours might might not be perfect the work my not be as fun as playing rock band but work is just that work! These jobs pay between $1500-3500 a month they do not require a degree!

In my search I have found that pretty much every cell phone company has at least 4-8 job openings.
yes, you might have to deal with some grumpy customers,but, hey dealing with grumpy people is a good life skill to have!

I recently told my own offspring, "They can't hire you if you don't apply for the job!" What is the worst thing that can happen? Well they can say no, so you move on to the next place.

On a personal note 18 years ago my husband was job hunting he applied for a position and got the thanks but no thanks letter. He applied again with a new resume changing some key words and adding a new cover letter and eh got the job. Moral of the story:
Sometimes we need to fail so that we can succeed! Don't be afraid to put yourself out there.

A Candy Apple Army Experience

My first duty station was at Walter Reed Army Medical Center which was considered the candy apple army. I was supposed to go to Korea first but that is another story for another time. My job in the finance office was pretty easy so I got permission to get a part time job as a bartender in the NCO / Officer’s club.
One Friday afternoon I was stocking the cooler preparing for boss 's night, when I turned to help a polite soldier who had come in for a drink. As I turned to help him I about came out of my own skin.
This soldier has been hit by a scud missile, from the elbows down he had no arms, his face was more terrifying than any Hollywood horror movie monster, skim melted off, he had no legs. He used his elbows and mouth to open out a small coin purse and asked me to count out enough for a beer.

Living on base at WRAMC had its plus points, our mess hall was the hospital cafeteria, and being the hospital in DC the food was pretty good so I ate there most the time. What I remember most about being at WRAMC was the people I would meet at the hospital, in the cafeteria, elevators and in the hospital smoking areas. I spent hours visiting people in their rooms and sneaking then up booze in mouth wash bottles. (It was one of those sneaking booze into the hospital when Peter saw me for the first time).

Now back to that young soldier that lost both arms facial skin and his legs. He was only 19, to young to have a drink. He showed me his exit papers he was only getting 30% disability! I served him a drink anyway, it was on the house!


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I am who I am because of thousands of life experiences