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Useful Advice and Thoughtful Quotes


This Summer is one that has brought an overbearing heat wave to the Emerald City

It is so hot you could fry an egg on the Tin Man’s head!

The water well is barely hanging on so therefore the garden had been left to die….

….all this oppression has made it difficult to run about in the Enchanted Forest and gather fodder for this blog!

I did run across these wonderful tidbits of advice and some marvelous quotes; I thought you might enjoy…

Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.


There is a very fine line between “hobby” and “mental illness”

People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.

You should never confuse your career with your life

Nobody cares if you can’t dance well…..just get up and dance!

Never lick a steak knife

You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason

why we observe daylight savings time

You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she is pregnant

unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment

There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. 

That time is age eleven

The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside,

we ALL believe that we are above average drivers

A person, who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person

Never be afraid to try something new…….remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. 

A large group of professionals built the Titanic

“I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls.  They always say because it’s such a beautiful animal.

There you go.  I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her.”

Ellen DeGeneres

“A lady came up to me on the street and pointed at my suede jacket: 

“You know a cow was murdered for that jacket?!?!!”, she sneered.

I replied in a psychotic tone,

“I didn’t realize there were any witnesses, now I’ll have to kill you too!”

Jake Johansen

“If your parents never had children, chances are you won’t either.”

Dick Cavett

“Thou shalt not kill.  Thou shalt not commit adultery.  Don’t eat pork. 

I’m sorry, what was that last one??  Don’t eat pork.  God has spoken

Is that the word of God or is that pigs trying to outsmart everybody?”

Jon Stewart

Reflections-A visit to Pennsylvania


When our lives begin, what dreams do we have, what vision for our future………..what shall we become?
I often ponder our existence and the it’s meaning.

In the realm of the universe….even of our mere planet; we a so very insignificant, and yet we place such great importance on our every word and action……….what are we really?

When I was very young I read Plato‘s “Allegory of the Cave” from The Republic, Book VII,  and have often wondered if we are only viewing the shadows of reality.

The Wise and Noble Plato

You see, in the allegory of the cave, prisoners are tied up and only allowed to face forward where they see shadows on the wall……..shadows played out by actors behind them.


Are we those prisoners, watching a two-dimensional scenario being played out before us, or are we the prisoner who escaped and saw reality. I suppose this question rises to the surface in a more intense manner each year there is a presidential election in the U.S. The grandstanding, the lies, the shadows on the wall become so very intensified that I begin to question my own reality.  Having been raised in an isolated German community, where we still spoke German and our values and culture were German and not “American.” 

I often wonder if I moved from the sunlight to the cave when the isolation of my community disappeared and we integrated into this society. 
What is shadow and what is sunlight?

I had the great priviledge of meeting someone who undid my shackles and drug me out of the cave in 1980.

She was my undergraduate English teacher and so powerful was her gift of enlightenment….

…..  we have remained close friends ever since.

Recently I had the great privilege and joy of traveling to Pennsylvania to spend time with her.

The Marvelous, Magical Mary

She now lives in Media, Pennsylvania, in a most marvelous and charming neighborhood with her wonderful husband Jim and two enchanted dogs: Lily and Sir Winston. How grand it was to reenergize with people who are so vital and have become such close family.

You see Plato was arguing that anyone who holds a truth has an obligation to share that truth, and that is what my most wonderful Mary did.

Dining at the Table of Wisdom

It was a wonderful visit, but as all wonderful visits, much too short.

Mary and Jim
Happy in Media

We so enjoyed exploring Media, meeting Mary and Jim’s new friends, cooking and visiting.

Is it possible that many may embrace reality but few accept the perception of that same reality?

We can only say that our lives have had the shackles thrown off, even if for a bit, and we were able to see the sunlight…..

…. so when that last shadow is cast we might hold those moments in appreciation…..

…………and those ruby slippers, once so important… are no longer needed