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The other side of fear


Excellent blog!!

Originally posted on Cristian Mihai:

fear“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”Jack Canfield

Let me tell you about fear. It’s poison. It’s poison for your mind. It makes you lose control, it makes you freeze, it makes you take the wrong decision. When you let fear take over, you’re just an echo of your former self. An empty shadow and nothing more.

But we’re all afraid, aren’t we? Even the brave are afraid. There’s no such thing as fearless. There’s always something to be afraid of. What will happen, what might happen, what we might lose, what we might never gain.

So… what is there to be had on the other side of fear?

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Your Duck is Dead

I just received this email and had to share it. It’s hysterical!! I’m still chuckling. ~enjoy~

A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgeon.
As she laid her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird’s chest.
After a moment or two, the vet shook his head and sadly said, “I’m sorry, your duck, Cuddles, has passed away.”
The distressed woman wailed, “Are you sure?”
“Yes, I am sure. Your duck is dead,” replied the vet.
“How can you be so sure?” she protested.
“I mean you haven’t done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something.”
The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the room.
He returned a few minutes later with a black Labrador Retriever.
As the duck’s owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and sniffed the duck from top to bottom.
He then looked up at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head.
The vet patted the dog on the head and took it out of the room.
A few minutes later he returned with a cat.
The cat jumped on the table and also delicately sniffed the bird from head to foot.
The cat sat back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly and strolled out of the room.
The vet looked at the woman and said,
“I’m sorry, but as I said, this is most definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck.”
The vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill, which he handed to the woman..
The duck’s owner, still in shock, took the bill. “$150!” she cried, “$150 just to tell me my duck is dead!”
The vet shrugged, “I’m sorry. If you had just taken my word for it, the bill would have been $20,
& with the Lab Report and the Cat Scan, it’s now $150.”  (the new Obama care)

Hodge Podge


I love Peter’s laid back way of writing. He found a quote and used that to intertwine with his thoughts!

Originally posted on Life Unscripted:

“As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser
than he who has never left his own doorstep,
so a knowledge of one other culture
should sharpen our ability
to scrutinize more steadily,
to appreciate more lovingly,
our own.”

– Margaret Mead,
Cultural Anthropologist

It’s the end of the week and I’m exhausted.  That’s not entirely the Forest Service’s fault; a good part of my present state of body-mind-spirit is because I’m still feeling disjointed after the move from one RV to another.  So, today’s blog will be a little disjointed as well.

A lot has happened this week and I’m kind of stuck in a whirlwind.

One of my ‘new volunteers’ failed to show up on Thursday.  That leaves me in trouble at one of our biggest campgrounds and I’m scratching my head for a solution.  I’m going to give a try at bringing someone in early who indicated…

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It is what it is

Originally posted on Ramblings From A Mum:

the chapters of her life
read like a book
the page will be turned
the sentences read
paragraphs unfurl
and life at times will halt
as the full stop that she stares
at, when the sentence ends
a comma, gives time to ponder
semi colon her world; her life
she’ll ask if she’ll get through

the cover opens, held in her hands
she begins, unknowing what
paths will be taken
indeed what will be learnt
the synopsis preamble of
what may lie ahead

and will the ending matter
this life is hers she owns
she learns, make errors
two steps back – one forward
she will tread, uncovering
her story will be told
regardless of the words
and perhaps some chapters in
is where she will see
this is the book that had to be

copyright JMTacken 20.4.2014

Forgive me those who read, I haven’t written for a few days…

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John Wayne Casserole

This was better the second time I made it! The first time I used plain tomatoes and skipped the jalapeno peppers because we thought it might be too hot. The other day I used one can of Rotel’s tomatoes with green chilis in place of the sliced tomatoes and jalapenos. Wow! That made it pop! I’ll do it that way from now on. I rarely have fresh tomatoes so canned ones are a big help. My husband thought an extra half-can more Rotel would have made it better.

This makes a lot and gave the 3 of us two meals. It’s a lot of work and I have to have an assistant, but the flavor makes it worth it. I hope you try it and enjoy it as much as we do. It will become a regular.

        2 pounds ground beef, cooked and drained
        1 (1.25-ounce) packet taco seasoning [we prefer Taco Bell brand]
        4 ounces sour cream
        4 ounces mayonnaise
        8 ounces Cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
        1 yellow onion, sliced [I halved the slices]
        2 cups biscuit mix
        2 tomatoes, sliced
        1 green bell pepper, sliced [we prefer ours cut up chunky]
        1 (4-ounce) can sliced jalapeno peppers
        1. Heat oven to 325ºF. Brown ground beef and add taco seasoning and water, according to packet instructions; set aside.
        2. In a separate bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, 4 ounces of cheddar cheese, and half of the onions; set aside.
        3. Stir biscuit mix and water (directions on box) to form soft dough. Pat dough on the bottom and one-half-inch up the sides of an 9 x 13 in. greased casserole dish.
        4. Saute remaining onions and bell peppers until slightly tender.
        5. On top of biscuit mix, evenly distribute ingredients in the following order: ground beef, tomato slices, green peppers, onions, jalapeno peppers, sour cream mixture and end with remaining shredded cheese.
        6. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until edges of dough are lightly browned

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Grease a 9 x 13 cake pan
Take a box of Angel Food Cake mix (just the contents of the box, no need to follow the directions on the box)
combine it with a 20 ounce can of crushed pineapple in its own juice.
(No need to use a mixer, just stir it with a spoon)

When you do this, something magical happens.
The mixture starts to froth & it turns into an amazingly airy, fluffy bowl of deliciousness right before your eyes.

Add coconut – could sprinkle generously on top just before popping into oven, or serve sprinkled on individual servings with whipped cream.

Pour it into the pan

Bake at 350ºF for 30 minutes  [I always check my cakes about 5 minutes before end time, just to be sure they were not done already. I use a cake tester, but a non-flavored toothpick works well, too.]

NOTE: I had to use a little pineapple juice (about 2 tablespoons), just enough to wet down all the cake mix. The brand of pineapple I bought had very little juice. That’s not a bad thing; it simply wasn’t good for this recipe. If you find yourself in the same predicament and don’t have any juice, I imagine a bit of water would work.
If you’re worried that water might dilute the flavor too much, put a few tablespoons water into the empty can, swish it around, and that will help pick up the pineapple flavor.

The cake had a good flavor and texture. I will make it again when I need a cake for a ladies’ function.

The original directions had nothing about adding coconut, but I thought it might be helpful. I’ll leave how much to use up to you. My problem with this recipe was that all the pineapple ended up at the bottom. Some coconut might have helped boost the flavor.

I guess I’m trying to disguise the angel food. To me, angel food smells funny so I rarely eat it, and when I do, I’m always trying to hide it with fruit.

This recipe came from an old hand-written one I had stuffed in my cookbooks. Unfortunately, it didn’t have my friend’s name on it, but I typed it up the same as she wrote it with the exception of the coconut. The paper looked like it was 20 years old!!

Easter 1950′s Style


Happy Easter one and all

Originally posted on pacificparatrooper:

A child's Easter card from the '50s

A child’s Easter card from the ’50s

I wish ALL who pass by here to have a wonderful weekend, no matter what your religious belief – we are ALL one.  I hope this site enhances your memories or knowledge of the eras I speak of and you will try to Remember.  I sincerely Thank each and everyone of you for your past and hopefully future cooperation.  HAPPY EASTER, FOLKS!!!


Typical ads in the '50s

Typical ads in the ’50s

Ready to take that Easter picture '50s style?

Ready to take that Easter picture ’50s style?

Fancy baking in the '50s!!

Fancy baking in the ’50s!!

Have a 1950's Doris Day kind of Easter?

Have a 1950′s Doris Day kind of Easter

Observe a Passover seder.

Observe a Passover seder.


Captain Emil Kapaun, Chaplain, POW, Hero; Korean War

Captain Emil Kapaun, Chaplain, POW, Hero; Korean War

Men from many countries fought for you.

Men from many countries fought for you.

Further information on Father Kapaun can be located at my site which will lead you to Wiki.

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