Crossing into another year; nothing to fear

No this isn’t a poem just your standard prose regarding the crossing into a new year. Let’s not greet the new year with trepidation and anxiety for after all at least you were here to see it. Alas,  this past year we all lost heroes in virtually every sector especially our entertainers like David Bowie. Don’t be too sad at least you have their efforts to be seen and or heard again through audio and video.

The big question everyone ponders is what New Year’s resolutions do we make? Who isn’t looking to make improvements? Considering those resolutions what kind of goals have you set for the short term and the long term? Or, are you saying resolutions are made to be broken? A lot of people do take this laidback approach like well at least my new diet took off several pounds. That was a good thing for wasn’t it the holidays that attributed to the extra weight.

Looking ahead we’ve already crossed the bridge and the new year does present us with new opportunities, new things to do and maybe places to see. Whatever path you choose simply chose wisely and things will work out. Fearing the future; thinking that way is like fearing every breath you take. Taking a confident sure can attitude will help you scale mountains. Think I can and you will. Welcome to 2017.

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All is calm and certainly brighter in Arizona

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen I was a kid I heard my parent’s play Jimmy Dean’s Christmas card album every Christmas. I loved how he summed up the history of the song while a guitar softly plays Away in a manger before he sings Silent Night. In 1818 at St. Nicholas a small church in Austria the song was born. The music director Josef Mohr had written a poem about the nativity scene and for the Christmas Eve service, he asked the organist Franz Xaver Gruber if he could come up with a melody to accompany the poem. The church organ was broken so the congregation heard it for the first time on Gruber’s guitar.

Weeks later well-known organ builder Karl Mauracher arrived at the church repairing the organ. He had Gruber test his work and he did so with Silent Night. Mauracher was so impressed with the song he brought the poem and music back to his Alpine village home, Kapfing where two well-known families of singers the Rainers and the Strassers proceeded to add it to their Christmas season collection. Both groups spread the song across Europe and twenty years after it was written The Rainers brought it to the United States. The song has been written in 300 languages around the world where it’s a Christmas classic.

Arizona, Phoenix, in particular, doesn’t have the snow to accompany the Christmas classic but we have enough sun to brighten up your day. The Christmas spirit is well represented here for if you fly over here at night this time of year you’ll see a dazzling display of colors below.  Local residents that have relatives (only two hours away)in the higher elevations of 5,000 to over 7,000 feet often visit them to see a snow glistening sight. All is calm, and all is bright.

Tis the season for mythical creatures

Thanksgiving has yet to arrive but everywhere you turn you see that it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. What embodies Christmas more than Santa? The question in children’s minds as they grow up is is there a Santa Claus? Here’s my favorite that my parents played for me every year, Yes, Patricia, There Is a Santa Claus by Jimmy Dean.

St. Nicholas was born in the third century between Europe and Asia and his popularity rose to the point where he was the most popular saint when the Renaissance arrived. The legend arrived in America in the 1770’s in New York with the Dutch using Sinter Klaas, a shortened form of Sint Nikolaas (Dutch for Saint Nicholas). Also in the 18th-century German and Swiss Christkind or Kris Kringle was believed to deliver presents to well-behaved children. Pere Noel is responsible for filling the shoes of French children with holiday treats and other countries had their own names for St. Nick.

Other assistants, elves, and Mrs. Claus came about in time and this year Rudolph turns 77 and the song by Gene Autry has endured 67 years while the movie narrated by Burl Ives is played for its 52nd year. Speaking of time, tonight in Chicago the 103rd Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place.

So as you travel about town and you see the Santa figures in the streets or in front of your favorite store remember the Salvation Army has been sending Santa Claus-clad, bell ringing, donation collectors into the streets since the 1890s.The money collected in those kettles is used to pay for the free Christmas meals they provided to needy families. Behold, an opportunity for anyone to serve as St. Nick through the Salvation Army.

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Bludgeon, Halloween leftovers

Halloween may be over but many of us have to wait until the weekend to take down the decorations we put up. This Halloween I had the first that I recall anyway, a parent dressed up as a torturing bully carrying a big bludgeoning stick with many spikes on it. It was intimidating and convincing at the same time. This year we saw yet a different crop of candy seekers. There were the classics, the superheroes and a lot of clever unique creations that were fun and humorous.

Myself, I dressed as Darth Vader and saw the Princess and some storm troopers that paid tribute. I noticed from another blog from someone in a European country where they said they wished they had trick or treat. As Thanksgiving is now on the horizon it may be expressed that I am grateful for the freedom that we have in America. I’m also grateful to all the military people that have defended freedom over the years some giving their very lives.

So, ghouls and goblins make way for sincere gratitude for all the things we all take for granted. Be thankful for life itself, love, family and the company of others. Be thankful for the roof over your head, the food on the table and be very grateful for your health. Pray for those that are unable to partake in any of the above blessings. On Thanksgiving Day after you’ve done all you can to express your sincere gratitude you can gear up for the next event caroling.

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Stop the burn-have a safe 4th

In the southwest especially this time of year when we’re essentially on the equator you learn to prevent the burn during your time outdoors exposed to the sun’s rays. Of course there will be days when you’re caught off guard and get sunburned and then you seek the soothing aloe derived from the Aloe Vera plants that grow all around this area. This year we’ve broke a lot of record high temperatures already and summer has just started.

This holiday weekend there will be countless cases of people that spend their time outdoors and all too many will be sore-fully unprepared with sunscreen. People will be out on the lakes skiing, fishing, playing volleyball and just sun bathing. Others will be swimming, golfing, playing tennis or working in their yards with similar stories. If you don’t use a waterproof sunscreen you still may end up being a casualty of sunburn and begin bearing the lobster look- be sure to use a body gel that has vitamin E and aloe to cool the burn.

This Independence Day weekend, have an enjoyable, exciting and great time; keep hydrated and revel in celebration, enjoy the fireworks honoring America’s freedom. Wherever you are I bid you a safe and happy holiday weekend. Have fun at whatever you do and remember to “be careful out there.”

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Post Holiday Blues

It’s January 9th and we finally put Christmas away. Like most this includes getting the boxes from the attic, sorting through the presents that still laid under the tree, cleaning the tree skirt of kitty fur where COCO lived during the holiday. The list goes on and on.

Best Case Scenario:  We are in a brand new year and we have a roof over our heads, and in relatively good health. We enjoyed all the brights and decorations all around town, it was nice while it lasted. We could win the lottery, (Of course we will call all our friends).

Worst Case Scenario, I could have fallen off the ladder. Could have a heart attack if we won the lottery.

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New year,ageless attitude

Technology has made aging almost a thing of the past. Today 50 is the new 30 and so long as you take care of yourself you can generally expect to outlive your parents and subsequently keep the younger attitude going through life.

Now as we head into the new year I know I’m working to stay young at heart by keeping busy, working out and taking care of myself. Besides hanging out with people our own age we have some younger friends and try to keep good relations with the kid and friends.

“Our generation the baby boomers have always been the driving force”  Christie Brinkley said regarding the aging phenomenon. Clearly that’s been the case since they took the stage in the 60’s so it comes as no surprise with the aging boomers. This year the millennials outnumbered the boomers finally so the future may not be driven the same way, who can tell?

I know I’m thinking with a healthy, wholesome and young approach from day to day. Happy New Year!

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From the beginning after Labor Day

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Refreshing, relaxing mountaintop view.

Breathe it in, the peaceful and wonderfully sweet aromatic, fragrant air you’ll only find in Hawaii. Let the sunshine down on you be it in a dream vacation or experiencing the awe and beauty only found on our fiftieth state. The sights and views are breathtaking and abound so much that you should consider two weeks there instead of one because you’ll miss too much and when will you be back again?

All this is on Oahu the island with Honolulu, the capitol and there’s Pearl harbor with the USS Arizona memorial. The other islands hold even more adventures sure to take your breath away. There are all kinds of tours that cover most all of the island some including a luao party with music, dancing and food.

Sure this all sounds like a plug for a Hawaiian vacation but it’s actually a sample of just one form of writing you come across every day it’s called “copywriting”.