Monday, September 30, 2013

October 1: A Very Important Day. . .

Seth Benjamin Raymond Chapman

Seventeen years go quickly
You turn around...
Just yesterday you knelt down
To look him in the eye.

Seventeen years fly by
Look over your shoulder
The toy store
No longer is the same.

Seventeen years are gone
He has become
All that you wished for
When he was but a babe
In arms. He's grown,
'prednear a man!

Happy, Happy Birthday, Seth!

September 29 & 30: Challenges: Fame and Fortune

September 29 Challenge: If you were to ever become famous, what would it be for?

What is it I want to be remembered for?

(photo taken some 40+ years ago)

They make life worthwhile!

And on September 30 the Challenge reads: Favourite Photo, the reason this is definitely one of my favourites is self-explanatory, I would say.

You all have a great week.  Look close beside you for the blessings in life.
And above all, be well.

Monday, September 23, 2013

September 23: Monday Morning Inspiration

Today the Challenge reads: Why did you start blogging?

"When you do things from your soul, 
you feel a river moving in you, a joy."
- Rumi

(early morning sky, near Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico  November 3, 2007)

Sunday, September 22, 2013

September 22: Challenge . . . Shopping!!

Now this is a challenge that I should be able to fill quite easily.  In olden times I could do it faster but I find that the older I get the less I buy. Maybe it has something to do with the 'less-is-more' books I have been reading.

The Challenge says: Top Five Places to Shop for Yourself, Your Children and Grandchildren

*Amazon - online store for gifts and gadgets, etc. etc. etc.

Dillard's - department store in AZ built for me... similar to Nordstrom, somewhat less on the scale

The Hudson Bay Co. - Canada's answer to department store needs

*Annabelle's Attic - a fun 2nd hand store on Speedway in Tucson

The Bookman - 2nd hand books galore on Speedway in Tucson

*Zappo's - the best place for me to buy shoes... they will send for free and I can return for free

*Chintz's - fu-fu for home

Munroe's Books - top notch store for books in Victoria

*Opus - art supplies in Victoria

Hobby Lobby - in Tucson we just got a brand new that opened just before we left to come home

Did you think I could stop at five?

As you can see I did not include any store for the food and household departments.

In Canada I would pick Costco for fresh fruits and veggies.

In USA we use Costco for some, Fry's (we have a brand new one just down the street) for the basics and we love Sprouts (used to be Sunflower Market)

If you will come visit me in Tucson I promise you a trip through town on what is known as "Gail's Trap Line".  Friend, Gail Booth, has made a list of 2nd hand stores that are a lot of fun to browse through. And there is always a great place or two to drop in for lunch!  

If you come to Tucson at the right time of the year there may be a book sale on for the Pima County Library System where you can buy books by the shopping bag ($5.00 for a shopping bag full of books).

If you would come to Calgary, Alberta with me, sister Marilyn would take us to the most fabulous shops in western Canada... The top of the list would be Rubiyat, then all the shops at Chinook Centre on Macleod, and of course, we could always go to Holts downtown (a look/peek, don't touch store).

What else can I tell you about shopping?  I haven't even started on furniture stores. Or the fabulous shopping mall at the north end of Tucson that has everything a mercenary little heart could desire!

But this is a good start.

You all have a great day in a new week, making your shopping lists!! And be well.

* this means these are the five most fun places, not necessarily the most used

Saturday, September 21, 2013

September 21: Challenge of the Day!

Today's Challenge: How has blogging or social media changed me?

In April, 2010 I began chronicling my journey on this blog.  And when I feel I have nothing to say I remember just that. I want to look back years from now and remember where I have been.

For many years I had this desire to do something to express 'me' and slowly I am finding ways to do just that. I remember people like Grandma Moses, Winston Churchill and many others who started the creative process late in life.

The changes I have felt in my heart and mind have been pushing me forward.

In just the past few weeks son Shelby introduced me to a book, The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. If you are having the same struggles I have had/still have with letting out your creative 'me', read this.  Excellent book and most encouraging.

Allowing myself to say 'yes' to me, that is one of the biggest changes. And I am braver!  Not so afraid of my own shadow.  Ready for a new day, a new tomorrow!

Thank you all who have encouraged me in this endeavour.

Be well.

Friday, September 20, 2013

September 20: Challenge. . . Gratitude

R ight now I am most thankful for all the garden work I was able to do this week.  It seemed like a good time to take a break from painting boards and now as I listen to the rain pound on the roof I can see I made a good decision.

At the beginning of the week I decided now is the time to simplify my gardens, make them less work intensive and easier to manage.  So I have dug and transferred and given away to my heart's content.  I can see it coming together.

Looking back on the Challenge list I can see I missed a lot of fun at the computer for 3 days.  Loved the corn salads over on Sherilee's blog.  Click here to see what she had...

As I was out playing in the dirt and fixing irrigation I thought of the Challenge about what it was I wanted to grow up to be. Don't think I really twigged into career ideas until I became a teenager and thought there may be possibilities out there.

But it was the Challenge for Wednesday that gave me the most food for thought. The Challenge read: Show us your happy place.  That morning we rose around 5 to get the 7 am ferry to town for the day so at that time my happy place was my bed.

After much thought and smiling to myself I decided my happy place is really my desk where I can do fun creative stuff.

A close runner-up has to be some of the garden work.  The weed pulling is not my happy place but anything to do with planning and planting and rearranging my yard is definitely a happy place for me. And the zinnias are blooming so that is a good thing.

For all of the above I am grateful, and so much more.  It is good to think about what makes my heart full of gratitude... reminds me of my place on this earth.

"Do not spoil what you have 
by desiring what you have not; 
remember that what you now have 
was once among the things you only hoped for."
_ Epicurus

Wishing for you a Sabbath rest and above all, be well.

Monday, September 16, 2013

September 16: Monday Morning Inspiration . . .

Our challenge today is to confess what it is we would like to do better than we do now.

After yesterday's blog challenge I realized that I could learn to take advice more easily. Time to shuck the pride and look for, seek out, and follow good advice when given in a spirit of intelligent loving kindness. Or am I being too picky regarding the intelligent loving kindness?

advice n. opinion about what could or should be done about a problem

"The trouble with good advice is that it usually interferes with our plans."

Seriously, what I would really like to be able to do better is to express myself easily when I am face to face.  When I am in a situation where I feel I am being 'put on the spot', I would like to be able to clearly articulate my opinion.

Right now there are two instances where I feel I need to go clean up behind myself because I did not say what I intended, but all this other stuff came rolling out! And if I were to scratch around in the memory a bit I could come up with a long list of verbal blunders.

"Language exerts hidden power, 
like a moon on the tides."
- Rita Mae Brown

"Speak clearly, if you speak at all; 
carve every word before you let it fall."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

September 15: Best Advice Received...

A dvice, what is that?  There are those among us who are chock-a-block full of advice, ready to hand it out, whether you want it or not.

Actually, when I am in certain circles I simply close my ears and let the words flow...

I know, advice can be a valuable commodity, when the timing is right.  How many times do we stop to think about the other person before we start dishing it out?

Over the years I suppose I have received a lot of advice.  These come to mind:

Advice No. 1: As a teenager preparing to leave for boarding school, already missing my friends from home, my oldest sister told me I should take a good look at a fellow that she thought would suit me fine.  Hmmm... guy's name was Sherwin Goerlitz and look how that ended up. We have had an adventurous, crazy life together and have two of the most delightful children anyone could ask for.

I know when we got married there were bets that we would never make it, which makes me want to smile at the bettors when I happen to see them.  But I won't be prideful.  God has taken care of us in many marvellous ways.

Advice No. 2: At that same boarding school I happened to get into a bushel of trouble one weekend because I allowed myself to be used by some conniving 'girls' who wanted to get off campus.  Long story short, I was given a term of detention and had to sign in and out all day with a professor/advisor.  Part way through the term of my punishment he told me I was done.  He could see I was very sorry for what had happened and I probably didn't need his advice but he said, "Careful who you hang around with, OK, Shirley?"

Advice No. 3: The most recent piece of advice I received from my daughter, Sherilee. She knew I was writing an article and I told her I had too many words for the spot. She said, "Edit, edit, edit!"

Advice can be a wonderful thing if given and received in love and care.  My advice for you all is this: if you don't have a loving relationship with the person you are wanting to advise, think again.  You want a soft heart ready to receive the words.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

September 14: News That Gets Me Going . . . Or Not

efore I get going on any news item from the last week or so, let me tell you that I firmly believe that 99.9999999% of the news is getting way too much air time as it is without me going on a rant about any of it.  But that is just my opinion.  

Recently we have seen a lot of the USA vs. Syria issue and just yesterday Tiger Woods received 2 penalty points for a bit of foolishness on the golf course.  Both stories make me roll my eyes and start raising my voice.

But, I choose not to give them so much as a nod today. Around here they prefer me with quiet eyes and a lowered voice so I think I will move out of the news arena and send you good wishes with this quote today.

"If you don't go
when you want to go, 
when you do go, 
you'll find you're gone."

- Burt Monroe (played by Anthony Hopkins in The World's Fastest Indian)

This past week Sherwin and I watched three movies that deal with old age, death and preparing to die. All three highly worth the view.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Get Low
The World's Fastest Indian

Even for those of you who are very young or consider yourself very young, see and ponder.

This posting wasn't news in the strictest sense but I did feel a bit of a rant coming on...

Love to you all, and above all, be well.

Friday, September 13, 2013

September 13: Quotes to Match The Gratitude . . .

"Never lose an opportunity 
of seeing anything that is beautiful, 
for beauty is the handwriting of God."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"If the Spirit of God 
detects anything in you that is wrong 
He does not ask you to put it right; 
He asks you to accept the light 
and He will put it right."
- Oswald Chambers

"Oh who can tell the range of joy
Or set the bounds of beauty?"
- Sara Teasdale

"I don't think of all the misery, 
but of all the beauty that still remains."
- Anne Frank

"The longer I live 
the more beautiful life becomes."
- Frank Lloyd Wright

"The more closely we can focus our attention 
on the wonders and realities 
of the universe about us, 
the less taste we shall have for destruction."
- Rachel Carson

"I come to my solitary woodland walk 
as the homesick go home. 
I thus dispose of the superfluous 
and see things as they are, 
grand and beautiful."
- Henry David Thoreau

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, 
he finds it attached to the rest of the world."
- John Muir

As the week comes to an end I am grateful for all of the above scenes which I have snapped just this past week.  The last photo was our sunset tonight. And I did not alter it in any way.  The sun was setting as the fog was rolling in.

Tonight I find myself especially thankful for you all, my friends and family, who don't know how much you buoy me up.  

God be with you all and be well.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

September 12: A Recipe . . . Disaster on Heck Hill

So, I decided to find you some fun quotes about food to put a smile on your faces!

"One cannot think well, love well, 
sleep well, if one has not dined well."
-Virginia Woolf

"If more of us valued food 
and cheer and song above hoarded gold, 
it would be a merrier world."
- J. R. R. Tolkien

"Popcorn for breakfast! Why not? 
It's a grain. It's like, like grits 
but with high self-esteem."
- James Patterson

If you all could pop over for dinner tonight you would get Veggie Burgers and corn on the cob!  The Veggie Burgers taste fine but they took WAY too long to put together for me to be able to conscientiously recommend them to anyone.

Hope you all had a great day.

Above all, be well.

p.s.  Do any of you have words of wisdom about Avocado Oil? 

I saw it used on a show on the Food Network, thought it looked great and so bought a bottle when I next visited Costco.  Let me know what you know, OK?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

September 11: Remember When . . .

On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was sitting at my desk, when I glanced at my computer and saw something very odd.  It appeared as though the top of the World Trade Centre in New York City was on fire. Hmm...

Turning up the volume I heard frantic voices that didn't make much sense to me and since I was busy with my 'morning routine' at my desk I turned down the volume and went back to what I thought was important.

Soon thereafter, Sherilee called from San Diego (?) where she was attending a conference, and asked if we knew what was going on...

No, we really didn't.  We do try to avoid the news as much as possible but when she alerted us to the disaster in NYC we turned up the volume and watched with horror.

I remember being Very Thankful that Shelby and Kim and Maizy had moved west from NYC just months before (a mother's mind and heart).

I remember thinking of the tourists who had chosen to take the elevator to the very top of the World Trade Centre that morning on 9/11 as Shelby, Sherwin and I had done some months before...

We take so much for granted... never thought of there being danger standing on top of the NYC world taking in the view as we toured with Shelby.

My heart is with those people who lost loved ones twelve years ago today.

God be with you and be well.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

September 10: Book, Place, Movie and Product Review

The Challenge of the day was to review either a book, a place or a product

Tale of the Godfather . . .

Two of the locations that were used in Sicily for the filming of The Godfather (book made into a movie) were the little villages up high on the hills, Savoca and Forza d'Agro. Let's take a brief look...

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name 'Sicily'? Listen to this music as you scroll down the next few photos...

It seemed that if I was going to be in Sicily (a small island off of Italy, which makes it a place) I should take a look at these villages...

Our tour guide for the day placed the flag of Sicily at the front of the bus...

The lady in the centre of their flag is none other than Medusa, a goddess of Greek mythology, known for her ugliness. But Medusa was not always ugly, in fact she was very beautiful until she became very jealous and angry with Athena, a more powerful goddess, who turned Medusa into a very ugly woman with snakes in her hair. Interesting centre piece for a flag.

We had a beautiful blue-sky day for our trip. As we headed south and started up into the mountains to the villages we looked at Mt. Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe. That is the far away mountain you see in the middle of the photo... It is in an almost constant state of activity. As recently as April 15 Etna gave up smoke and ash.

The roads were steep, winding and very narrow.  It was amazing to see the bus drivers make the corners without backing up.

It seems the buses have a special steering capability in the front that allows them to turn sharply sideways even as they are moving forward.

The tour began in Savoca...

with a hike up the hill to the church at the top...

This church was used in the wedding shots of Michael and Apollonia, from 'The Godfather' movie. Apollonia was Michael Corleone's first wife. This is what we saw...

You will recognize this doorway in the very opening scenes of the wedding in the clip below.

Now look at the street scene of Michael and Apollonia's wedding...

Their reception scene was filmed in front of the Bar Vitelli where we stopped for a local specialty drink, granitas...

and cannoli (the product).

The next scene will impress on you the importance of cannoli... even used as partial payment on work rendered.

"My father made him an offer he couldn't refuse."
-Michael Corleone

Everywhere you turn there is some reminder that Francis Ford Coppola and his movie happened here.

We travelled another half hour to visit Forza d'Agro.  The village was as hilly as the last one with churches...

and views...

and homes very similar.

This next church...

was being used while we were there so we were unable to take a look inside...

though it gave the whole place a rather authentic 'Godfather' feel.

The economy of those remote villages has been greatly enhanced over the years since Mr. Coppola first dropped in. They do make lovely cannoli. The views are forever and the granitas were perfect on a hot June day.

But Sicily is probably one of those places in the world that was never on 'my list' of places I was dying to see. And I won't be trekking back there any too soon.  I was there.  I saw where it took place and I am done.

           "My father taught me many things... 

He taught me, keep your friends close 
but keep your enemies closer."
- Michael Corleone

Be well.
See you tomorrow!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Playing Catch-Up!

Wow, how time flies when you are having fun...

There has been so much happening here that I have run behind in the blog challenge sent out by my daughter, Sherilee on Sweet Tea & Sunshine. Click here to see her wonderful post today.

Well, I can do a little catching up here tonight since we are home again.

September 7:  When did I first meet my dearest friend?  Trouble is I have more than one dear friend.

Sherwin: we met as 4 year olds and jumped on the sofa together.

Carole: we met at a Halloween party in 1973.

Merilyn: we met in the dorm at Canadian Union College Academy as 11th graders and next door neighbours.

Linda: a new friend I just made last winter in AZ.  She is part of the photo club and the book club.

Cousin Jeanne: probably in one playpen or another in northern Alberta.

... and many more.

Can I tell you that my son and daughter, Shelby and Sherilee are two of my dearest friends and their spouses and their children?

What makes a friend for me is someone I can sit down with after many months and even years of being apart and picking up right where we left off.  We chat and laugh and sometimes cry together but basically we value the same things in life.

Which tells me I cannot leave out my three sisters, Sheila May, Roberta Joan and Marilyn Joy!  We have grown closer as adults and know each other better than most.

All I can say is thank you to all who have given me their hand in friendship.

"Never refuse any advance of friendship, 
for if nine out of ten bring you nothing, 
one alone may repay you."
-Madame de Tencin

September 8: Who would I like to meet that may be famous, may be passed away, someone I have only met through the internet?

Well, most of you, knowing me will know that I would not easily meet someone I have only talked with on the internet.  But in the past few years I have met a number of people that have been very encouraging and inspirational.  

One lady in particular is Helen Teague of Because of Grace, her blog.  Click here to see what she has. So you see, I am not completely adverse to meeting someone from the world wide web!  Some day Helen and I will meet.

Somebody famous, well known, who I would love to meet would be Maya Angelou; not just meet her, but take a class from her. I would also take a class from Stephen King.  

And for someone I have missed out on because they have already passed?  Oh there is a long list here... everyone from Dr. Seuss to Winston Churchill, Jimmy Stewart and even Elvis (though I think he could still be alive). Sherwin is sitting here beside me, rolling his eyes and shaking his head... saying, 'You know he's not alive!!!'

OK, caught-up, sort of...

Today is September 9: Monday Morning Inspiration: I was gone since yesterday afternoon so this turns into...

Monday Evening Inspiration

The challenge today suggested I share with you how I would spend 3 months of my life if I had no restrictions, nothing to stop me from whatever I wanted to do. Since it is already late and my bed is calling after a very full 48 hours, I will be very brief here... more to come later.

Month 1: Cinque Terre, Italy... sketching, painting and cooking.

Month 2: India... taking photos of the colours!

Month 3: Paris... the few weeks I was there 2 years ago went by so quickly.  I may need all three months there.  I haven't travelled much in my life but Paris has a certain light about it that is magical.

This topic grabs me and requires thorough time devoted to it. Thanks for getting me thinking about this, Sherilee.

So off to bed, this sleepy-head. Wishing you all sweet dreams too.
And above all, be well.

Friday, September 6, 2013

September 6: What 10 Things Make Me Happy

Recently I read an article about 10 things that are scientifically proven to make you happy:

1.   Exercise
2.   Sleep more
3.   Move close to your work/shorten your commute
4.   Spend more time with friends and family
5.   Go outdoors
6.   Help others
7.   Practice smiling
8.   Plan a trip but don't take a trip
9.   Meditate
10. Be grateful

Great list, right?  But some don't apply so I decided to make up my own '10 things' that DO make me happy.

1.   Family... my beautiful family.

2.   Reading and Meditation

"A reader lives a thousand lives 
before he dies, said Jojen. 
The man who never reads lives only one."
- George R. R. Martin

3.   Writing, every day, if only just 15 minutes.

4.   Sketching/painting (not painting with a roller on a ladder against a wall of one sort or another)

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.  Art is knowing which ones to keep"
- Scott Adams

5.   Gardening

6.   Plan and take a trip... even if it is just down the road.

7.   Good sleep

8.   Exercise

9.   Good food

10. Gratitude and Worship...

"The worship most acceptable to God 
comes from a thankful and cheerful heart."
- Plutarch

Wishing you all well.
See you tomorrow.  

Thursday, September 5, 2013

September 5: One Thing I Have Learned Outside of School . . .

"When I was 5 years old, 
my mother always told me that happiness 
was the key to life. 
When I went to school, 
they asked me 
what I wanted to be when I grew up. 
I wrote down 'happy'.  
They told me 
I didn't understand the assignment, 
and I told them they didn't understand life."
- John Lennon

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

September 4: The Recipe . . .

Challenge no. 4: The Recipe...

"Ask not what you can do for your country. 
Ask what's for lunch?"
- Orson Welles

How would it be if we started with a menu...

We were just traveling in Italy so would like to play in that arena to gain some experience before I rent a villa for a month or two and live there.  Big Smile!! (that was an out-loud written day-dream)

Three Course Italian Lunch

Salad... we will do that salad with slices of tomato, buffalo mozzarella, leaves of basil between each slice and then sprinkled with olive oil and salt and pepper. You make the salad into a 'log' shape and everyone just helps themselves to as much or as little of the 'log' as they like. Salad is called Caprese Salad and you can get it everywhere in Italy... well, wherever I was. If you are in doubt about my description look it up on Google. Excellent source.

Pasta... another time we will learn how to make our own pasta and pesto sauce but for this meal we will use Squash filled Ravioli with a creamy pesto sauce, thanks to our friends over at Costco.

Dessert with Coffee... aha! Here is where you get your recipe. Since my husband is constantly looking for the cookie jar, I thought I better expand my cookie base. Besides, Christmas is coming and I want to be prepared.

Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup Nutella
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (choice of country of origin of the vanilla in another blog post!)
3/4 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts

Preheat oven to 375

In medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In another medium bowl combine butter, Nutella, sugar and brown sugar. Using an electric mixer, cream the ingredients together about 4 minutes.  Add the egg and vanilla, beat until smooth, about a minute.  Using a wooden spoon, stir in the flour mixture until just combined. Add the hazelnuts and stir until just combined again. Be gentle!

This part is different than I have usually used in the making of biscotti but I like it... it is a little less costly in the time department.

Using a tablespoon measure, spoon out the cookie dough onto a cookie sheet, spacing the mounds about 4 inches apart.  Use the tines of a fork to flatten the cookie then bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges of your cookies are a little golden at the edges.  Cool on a wire rack and enjoy with coffee.

While in Italy I said Italian coffee was one of two foods I wanted to enjoy like the Italians so I ordered espresso at breakfast some days.  I had very good, wide awake mornings (I usually do not drink coffee) and the other food was gelato but that is for another blog too.

So enjoy the cookies and please, be well.

"All you need is love. 
But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt."
- Charles M. Schulz

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

September 3: School Days... Dear Old School Days

A challenge has been given; I have accepted.

Daughter, Sherilee, has set down a blogging challenge for the month of September to enter a post every day of the month. Hmm... I already missed Day 1 and Day 2 but here I am, running to catch up.  To see Sherilee's blog and read her challenge, click here

Day 3 Challenge: What did you love about 'back to school' and how do you translate that to your adult life?

My school days were long ago and far away but I do remember ...

Probably the one thing I most enjoyed about school was the fact that school meant books.  In my day, on the first day of school the text books would be distributed and you could look into those books that would carry you through the year. I would arrange my books ever so carefully in my desk, and I would bet that my eyes were larger than usual as I peeked inside each one. Even if the books were used and beat up I would love the feel, examine the binding, look at the words that were there for me to devour.

Books and reading were an important ingredient in my childhood. I remember specific books that I believe helped shape who I am today but that is for another blog post...

Ask anyone today who has spent time with me in the used book stores and they will tell you that it is an important stop. The musty old ones bring back the smells of old school books.  I love it when someone hands me a book and says, "I loved it.  I think you will too."

I have to say that holding a prospective read in my hand is about as thrilling for me as being in any situation where there is a lot of colour swatches/fabrics/samples laying about.  A real high!!

Last week my sister Bobbi and I were going through part of my library so I could lend her some books. As we walked along the wall where some of the books are shelved I touched the books carefully and said things like, "Oh you will love this one!", or "Oh you will love this author" or "I cannot really remember the story in this one but I know I loved it at the time".  

So if I were to tell you what one thing I remember most about returning to school, it would have to be that I was very excited about all the books, even those musty old, used text books. 

"What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us.  The greatest university of all is a collection of books."
-Thomas Carlyle

Where in the world (in this photo) is Shirley Ann?  Hint: I was in 2nd grade here.

Can you see Mother (she also taught me 1st and 2nd grades). And my sisters, Sheila May and Bobbi?

"Learning is a treasure 
that will follow its owner everywhere."
- Chinese Proverb

So, go read a good book... if you need some suggestions just come on by for a visit.

And above all, be well.