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Interesting, Beautiful, and Fun Links

I found some delightful posts, but they were either too long or a video which I still haven’t figured out how to do; therefore, I opted for links. Get a drink and click away! ~ Connie

The Green Side of the Grass is a funny song about growing old and the aging process that we go through in life. I’m thankful each day I wake up because it means another day on top of the green side of the grass. Of course, some days it feels like that grass is green because of the organic fertilizer some people feel compelled to put on my little patch of grass. No worries, tomorrow is always another day and any day I’m not six feet under is a good day. If you like this you might also enjoy listening to the Senior Moments Brain Farts song.
Green Side Of The Grass
A funny song about growing old and the aging process that we go through in life.
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A Video For Mom
“Mom!” is something every mother has heard her kids say when she is being a mother to her child.
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A Song For Mom
“Mom” from vocal band Home Free is the perfect song to share with your Mom on Mother’s Day. If you can’t share it with your Mom then hopefully it will bring back many fond memories you have of your mother. I hope all the moms out there have a Happy Mother’s Day! If you enjoyed this and want to see another wonderful music video from Home Free then watch Everything Will Be Okay.

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Surreal Real Beauty
by Peter
I’ve never messed around with time lapse photography, but this is brilliant.  URL: http://wp.me/p4gGe-asm
The Grand Canyon

45 Things Heart Doctors Do to Protect Their Own Hearts
Heart disease is the biggest killer in the United States, more than all cancers combined. Here, the heart health habits cardiologists follow to prevent heart problems for life.
Reader’s Digest By CHARLOTTE HILTON ANDERSEN
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These Are the Ages You’re Best at Everything, According to Science
Though our youth is steeped in promise, scientific studies have shown that we go on to excel at various skills well into middle age and beyond. Like a fine wine, some things just get better with age. Let’s take a look.
Reader’s Digest BY ALEXA ERICKSON
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Armed Forces Day 2017

My thanks and appreciation to all who are serving and have served. May God bless you all.

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The longest parade in the U.S. for Armed Forces Day is Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Here’s what’s planned for this year’s extravaganza…….

Hamilton County and the Chattanooga Area Veterans Council will sponsor the 68th annual Armed Forces Day parade and luncheon on Friday, May 5, at 10:30 a.m. in downtown Chattanooga.

The parade highlights a different branch of service every year, with the Air Force featured on Friday. The parade will begin with a flyover of two F-16s piloted by Lt. Col. Dave Snodgrass and Maj. Gen. Richard Scobee.

A small peek at 2016

Scobee, son of Chattanooga resident June Scobee Rodgers, is a command pilot with more than 3,800 flight hours, including 248 combat hours. He is the 10th Air Force commander, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base.

His command includes all fighter, bomber, special operations, rescue, airborne warning and control, fighter and bomber flying-training missions…

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Just Be

My apologies for forgetting that today is Friday. I hope you find this as interesting as I did. May you have a blessed day. ~ Connie

Life Within Him

I used to work so hard at all the things I thought Christians were supposed to do. I lost my identity as a son and began to try and please God instead of understanding that He’s already pleased with me.

It’s easy to suddenly discover a calling or gift, and it becomes our identity. We might not even realize it at first. The enemy is sneaky like that.

If our identity slowly becomes what we do and not from our right standing with the Father, everything gets jacked up.

Just be.

Have you ever read the first part of Matthew 5? It’s the beatitudes, not the do-attitudes. When we say “yes” and surrender, we start to be transformed back into His image, and we become those things. We don’t have to try and act like them.

Jesus said for those who are weary and worn down by life…

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Floating Docks of WWII

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SS Artisan (ABSD-1) w/ Antelope (1X-109) & LST-120 in the dock at Espiritu Santo, 8 January 1945 SS Artisan (ABSD-1) w/ Antelope (1X-109) & LST-120 in the dock at Espiritu Santo, 8 January 1945

The United States Navy, during World War 2, decided to create a temporary forward base utilizing service stations; these stations meant the United States Navy could operate throughout the huge Pacific Ocean for more sustained amounts of time.

Creating these pretty much meant they could have a major naval base within a short distance of any operation carried out in the area. The base was able to repair; resupply and refit, meaning fewer ships had to make the journey to a facility at a major port, which allowed them to remain in the Pacific for up to a year and beyond.

This was vitally important as if ships were damaged enough (either by storms in the area or damage from the enemy) they would usually have to travel thousands of miles to get…

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Coasting

Maybe this is something more of us need to do. I’ve been getting rid of things for a few years now. Unfortunately, I’m too slow about it to make much of a difference. I grew up poor and learned to hang onto things. Currently, I’m clearing out books. I’ve already taken two boxes to the library and have another one ready to go. ~ Connie

Life Unscripted

When I was younger, and a bit of a speed demon, I not only liked driving fast I also liked seeing how far I could coast.  I know you’re not supposed to do it, but I used to kick my VW (back in days when you didn’t worry about what “model” VW you had because there were only “Bugs” and “Kombi’s”) out of gear and see how far I could coast.

More often than not I did it as we approached a stop light.  I’d try to gauge how far we were from the light when it turned red and kick it out of gear and coast so we were still going at a safe speed when it turned green.  Of course that was in the days when there was significantly less traffic than today!

I always liked the idea of coasting.  If you read yesterday’s blog about waiting you…

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A Little Writing Humor

WRITER’S BLOCK?
My eldest son John made a comment about a story idea. The basic premise is what would America be like if the Vikings had settled here and not Columbus. He mentioned how he’s had the idea for years, but just couldn’t think of anything past the idea. We chatted a bit. I encouraged him to research it and see what he learned, explaining that might give him ideas about what to write. I told him if he got started, his characters might talk to him and tell him what they wanted.
He answered, “That’s the problem. They’re talking in Norse and I don’t understand them.”

A screenwriter comes home to a burned down house. His sobbing and slightly-singed wife is standing outside.
“Oh, John, it was terrible,” she weeps. “I was cooking, the phone rang. It was your agent. Because I was on the phone, I didn’t notice the stove was on fire. It went up in seconds. Everything is gone. I nearly didn’t make it out of the house. Poor Fluffy is–”
“Wait, wait. Back up a minute,” The man says. “My agent called?”

A visitor to a certain college paused to admire the new Hemingway Hall that had been built on campus.
“It’s a pleasure to see a building named for Ernest Hemingway,” he said.
“Actually,” said his guide, “it’s named for Joshua Hemingway. No relation.”
The visitor was astonished. “Was Joshua Hemingway a writer, also?”
“Yes, indeed,” said his guide. “He wrote a check.”

A writer died and was given the option of going to heaven or hell.
She decided to check out each place first. As the writer descended into the fiery pits, she saw row upon row of writers chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they were repeatedly whipped with thorny lashes.
“Oh my,” said the writer. “Let me see heaven now.”
A few moments later, as she ascended into heaven, she saw rows of writers, chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they, too, were whipped with thorny lashes.
“Wait a minute,” said the writer. “This is just as bad as hell!”
“Oh no, it’s not,” replied an unseen voice. “Here, your work gets published.”

What’s the difference between a Northern fairytale and a Southern fairytale?
A Northern fairytale begins like this: “Once upon a time.”
A Southern fairytale begins like this: “Y’all ain’t gonna believe this!”

Yes, English can be weird. It can be understood
through tough thorough thought, though.

If you hear voices inside your head, and they talk like you’re not even there…you’re probably an author.

What if we are all characters in a book? What if when you forget what you were going to say it’s the author backspacing?!?
Writer’s Block: when your imaginary friends won’t talk to you.

What do you call a snobbish criminal walking down stairs?
A condescending con descending.

“If the English language made any sense, Lackadaisical would have something to do with a shortage of flowers.” ~ Doug Larson  on Grammarly blog