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When the kids were young we used to watch Barney—you know—the purple dinosaur and he had a bag much like Mary Poppins…everything would fit in the bag. It was magical.


“Barney at Universal Studios” by Peter Dutton (link) via flickr

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We teach people to go after their dreams, to find their passion, to treat people right…with respect…to have manners, but do we really expect them to stand up for what THEY believe in? We tell them we do but I don’t think so. We expect them to stand up for what WE believe—not for what they believe because many times they believe differently than us.


When my children were little I used to wonder what they could tell me that would shock me—I wanted to be prepared. I thought of various scenarios like jobs they wanted to pursue or if I could handle them telling me they had chosen a different lifestyle, etc. I wasn’t going to be one of those parents who put their child out of the house because they chose something I didn’t agree with. If they were caught with drugs they understood they would sit in jail overnight. Other than that stipulation, I love them unconditionally and I still love them—drugs or not. There were times where they made choices I didn’t agree with and sometimes I had to step back and let them make mistakes. We all make mistakes and hopefully, we learn. I wanted to be prepared so I could help them through whatever.


I have had friends support me but more and more I realize they have supported me as long as I chose what they wanted me to choose. For instance, religion. I made a choice a few years ago that I would try to bridge a gap so that people would see we should have a choice in what we believe for religion—that we cannot hate others for what they believe or what they do not believe. I have been more vocal about choices in religion and it has caused friction in my life. This, I don’t understand because my belief is that we are to love all people. My friends have professed that but when it comes down to it, they cannot love all people. Acceptance is the first step and many of my friends do not accept others who are different from them. I have been ostracized from my church. I wrote about it—that it might happen and it did much like I thought. It’s unfortunate—not for me but for them because people will follow those who they believe have power. They will do what they are told to do without believing in what it is they are doing. Some animals will do the same. It’s like when whales beach themselves. There can be no apparent reason other than the leader does so and they follow along.


A friend asked me about facebook groups this week. I am a member of a few groups—mostly harp types of groups 😀 . This friend wanted to know how groups worked compared to friends or followers. I explained and then asked what groups he was looking into. One was a hate group for a particular religion. I disagree with facebook allowing such groups. I have complained about them but they are still around. Anyway, I gave my opinion that there should exist no such hate group and that we should give people respect. I told him that if he wanted someone to respect his views, then he needed to respect others’ views. Of course that did not go over well.


And it continues…what I think is important is mocked by my friends. They think it is ok and I don’t. I find that I’m just an acquaintance rather than a friend. I have changed. I am constantly evolving. I like things to stay the same but I know that we have a changing world and therefore we must adapt to overcome. That’s the rule of life. To survive, we must change and adapt to different ways of life. I choose this way because to stay the same means that I don’t accept others and that is not acceptable.


Happy Friday and Happy Gardening! 🙂

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🙂 My rock roots are showing through…

When the world and I were young,
Just yesterday.
Life was such a simple game,
A child could play.
It was easy then to tell right from wrong.
Easy then to tell weak from strong.
When a man should stand and fight,
Or just go along.

But today there is no day or night
Today there is no dark or light.
Today there is no black or white,
Only shades of gray.

I remember when the answers seemed so clear
We had never lived with doubt or tasted fear.
It was easy then to tell truth from lies
Selling out from compromise
Who to love and who to hate,
The foolish from the wise.

But today there is no day or night
Today there is no dark or light.
Today there is no black or white,
Only shades of gray.

[Instrumental interlude]

It was easy then to know what was fair
When to keep and when to share.
How much to protect your heart
And how much to care.

But today there is no day or night
Today there is no dark or light.
Today there is no black or white,
Only shades of gray.
Only shades of gray.


  • Shades of Gray recorded by The Monkees
  • Songwriters:  Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
  • Lyrics copies here from http://www.lyricsfreak.com/ with 2 corrections


Shades of gray…sometimes it is simple…sometimes it isn’t.

Happy Gardening and may your week be so very blessed! 😀


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The Closer



Tonight is the night… I tried to watch this show when it first came out, but the southern accent sounded so fake it made my skin crawl. The accent improved over time and I tried again to the point that I got hooked on the reruns enough to get attached to the show. I liked the way Sedgewick’s character would not take ‘no’ for an answer and how she could get a confession; oh, and how she could piece things together so quickly–excellent reasoning skills.


After Sedgwick received her award the other year, she announced that it was time for the show to stop. I thought they could have built on her award status but she wanted to do other projects. I can understand but I don’t like it when actors elevate themselves above everything else—enough about the actress and back to the character.


Last summer, there was a topic that was introduced that began to rattle the very backbone of the show. Actually, a shadow of this topic has been apparent for a while but was kept in check. Things had come to a head in the episode called, “War Zone” which aired the year before. Brenda—with her expertise—deduced that a gang member attempted to kill what he thought was another gang member as payback for killing a store owner and little boy–crossing the line of the gang code since the store was off limits. Three US Army Rangers were killed instead, one being a twin brother of the guy who did the “Shootin Newton” murders. Other parties involved in the investigation (sort of), granted (influenced) immunity to the twin to get at the truth. In short, it was like tying her hands behind her back and telling her to shoot her way out of a frontal attack. She could not do anything to the “Shootin Newton” murderer because of this deal and was obligated to protect him from his other gang members. They were still after him so Brenda helped them by allowing some phone calls…  What she said as they drove away after dropping him at his home has been the heart of the matter for a year–moreGabriel, Sanchez, and Brenda were the ones in the car so logic says one of these said something to someone who informed to Goldman, the attorney bringing a lawsuit against Brenda and the city.


Speculation of who the leak is has been all over the board, but this is the dynamic going into Monday night’s revealer…Brenda, Gabriel, and Chief Pope are leaving the show. It is more than likely it is what Gabriel said to someone that led to the lawsuits. I want Pope to get his in the end and I don’t have enough space to tell why, but I don’t want him killed. I want him to suffer from his own consequences and not something Brenda did. I don’t know if Brenda’s parent(s) will figure into her leaving but her husband is said to be in the spinoff occasionally or regularly or something. This all complicates things as I try to surmise what will happen. I have gone through each character to see who the leak is–even Brenda and Fritz… I have been doing this for a year…


And, this is what Duff revealed last week,

And speaking of the loss of identity, Sharon Raydor finally unmasks the leak. The detectives of Major Crimes, and Brenda herself, must pause and consider how this terrible reveal will change their relationships. Certainly, their identity as one, cohesive unit has been altered forever.


While our crimes are more often ripped from the heart than torn from the headlines, the underlying basis of our leak comes from a true story. That law enforcement professionals can never truly take off the badge means detectives and investigators must sometimes completely surrender their personal identity for the sake of the communities they serve. Yet another reason to remember how much we expect from our guardians, and how little we often give them in return.


I honestly cannot see ‘the leak’ continuing to remain with the squad and spin-off, Major Crimes. Though it could make for interesting story lines for a while I don’t think that would be good for the new show. It has been long-suspected that the leak was Gabriel but was it too obvious when they showed his girlfriend the other week? I want Pope to be implicated or something–sorry. He is a lowlife scumbag at times. Gabriel has been so loyal except for those times he went over Brenda’s head. If he is the leak—unintentionally, thinking he was speaking in confidence—then what will happen? Will he try to kill himself or does he kill himself when he finds out what his actions have done? Will Brenda be carried off to the loony farm because of this? Or, does Brenda shoot Pope and is then taken to jail? Hmmm. There are so many scenarios that have been rattling around in my brain. It will be a nail biter for the next 2 weeks! I have the party supplies ready—I REALLY cannot wait. This is more exciting than all of the drama cliff-hangers of the 80s.


One last thing, Brenda might have her faults but Pope was the one who put her in place to do what she does best–get confessions. He was the one to bring her in to make himself look good for his own gain. Now that he is being bumped up, he wants her to go. He has used her up and doesn’t want anything she does in the future to hurt his career. That part where he said he was looking after her–like he had her interests at heart…give me a break! Will Pope has one agenda–Will Pope. Oh, and last week’s final scene… I knew it was going to happen—just had that feeling since she wanted to talk to Brenda all of those times—but seeing her lying there was awful–have seen that look too many times. Seeing her like that was not what I expected them to show. WOW! And, very good promoting on the TNT’s part before the episode aired. 


I hope you have a Happy Garden and in the most southern drawl you’ve ever heard, “Thank-you. Thank-you so much.” 😀


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Andy Griffith

Andy Taylor and Barney Fife from wikipedia

In the states, if you do not know this name, you have probably been living either a hermit’s lifestyle or under a rock or both. This was a man whose demeanor on and off the stage helped to carve out an existence that was so close to many a heart because we could relate to the wholesome characters that he portrayed. I, like many kids, grew up whistling the song of the Andy Griffith Show. I think of it every time I see his face. Aunt Bee, Opie, and Sheriff Taylor were all a part of my family.

There were other shows and movies but there is one memory that is very special to me. The family loaded up in the car one night and drove to our nearby drive-in movie theater to see Angel in my Pocket. I love this movie! If you have never seen it and you are a Griffith fan, I urge to see it sometime if possible. It is a treasured memory from my childhood with good times.

I am saddened to hear of Andy Griffith’s death but I am not surprised. I am so thankful for all of the good times he gave us through his acting and his music. Godspeed, Andy. You will be so missed.


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from wikipedia

I sat down Tuesday night to watch probably my favorite show on TV (NCIS-the original) — ok, one of my favorites….there are so few. I took my pain meds just before it started and ended up lying in bed trying not to fall asleep.

The plot of the story that is spanning the last several episodes of the season—

The team—Team Gibbs—is looking for who has been targeting US Navy ships in order to blow them up. They discovered the name of the suspect who was at the top of the master plan and were told he had a southern accent meaning that he was born in the south. McGee was going through the names of the ones listed—a woman who lived in Chattanooga, a 2nd grader in Arkansas, an elderly gentleman in a nursing home for retired clergy, …

I was about to doze off when I heard, “Augusta, Georgia.” What? Wait. Play that again. Augusta?

My ears perked up and I awoke from my stupor. Great. The big criminal mind behind this storyline that spans several episodes is said to be from here? Not to burst anyone’s bubble, but we don’t produce many masterminds. Why did the writers not pick Atlanta, Macon, or anywhere else in Georgia—even Savannah? Hey, what about Athens? That would be a more likely scenario. Why not choose another place in the southeast? Charlotte is a good one or even Nashville or possibly Birmingham or 1000s of other places but Augusta? Why?

I just had to share this. But really, … Augusta? Maybe they should have invented a name. That would have been fine with me. It would not be the first time. And, finally, I would like to say that not everyone who has been born “here” (or in the area) has that thick southern drawl that you think off when you hear Paula Deen speak, but that’s another story for another day. Hope you have a great day!


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