"The ultimate determinant in the struggle now going on for the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas-a trial of spiritual resolve: the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish and the ideals to which we are dedicated."
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where
men were free."
"I call upon the scientific community in our country, those who gave us nuclear weapons, to turn their great talents now to the cause of mankind and world peace: to give us the means of rendering these nuclear weapons impotent and obsolete."
28 September 2008
27 September 2008
"Look all the world over there's no one like me..no one like me.. no one like me. Look all the world over there's no one like me... There's no one exactly like me."
Sorry the pics are blurry! (my phone)
26 September 2008
25 September 2008
22 September 2008
- This is the view from the pier to the house.
- And another from the house out into the sound.
- The sound is in the backyard and the beach is right across the road.
- Aunt Lisa, Uncle Dennis, and Philip stopped by in Philip's boat. My awesome little cous took us out for a ride in the sound. That was the most relaxed I've been in a long time.
Fishin', Fishin', and more Fishin'..... Here's mama aiming to catch some of the "wierd" fish caught this year. I'll post some more scenic pics later. (You have to buy a fishing license now to fish at Topsail.) Back in the day you just bought shrimp and squid, laced it on the hook, and tossed it out to see what you could catch.
- Cowboy Amy peering off the pier. Amy and David took the kayaks out into the sound. There's a sandbar in the middle of the sound. We saw a big group having a get together on the sandbar while we were on our boat tour.
- Christy sitting on the porch steps. This was a treat. Christy has been going to the beach with me for years, but the pictures are few and far between ;) She has been a great friend and beach time with me has been a "learning" experience for her :)
- The other shot is Lucy and me. This was Lucy's first trip to the beachhouse and she did well. She loves to curl up in front of a window and there are a ton of them there.
- Last but not least....Sadie Mae! She's loves the beach. The hard part is keeping her out of the water.
01 September 2008
How often do you pass a homeless man on ths side of the street or just look the other way? How often to you help an elderly person load their groceries into their car? How often do you leave a big tip for a server who has done an excellent job? How often do you say thank you to the cashier, the young man who bags your groceries, or your mailperson? Do you buy a brownie from a family who "needs" to sell them? When someone asks you how you are doing do you answer and then ask about them? Do you hold doors open for people?
These are the little things that matter. I can't count how many times I've received a startled look in response to a "thank you." We often overlook people. We all know how it feels to be overlooked and none of us like it. Yet, we do it to others multiple times a day. Some of the biggest blessings you will receive come from your blessing others.
Possibilities are everywhere. In the grocery store: picking up an item that someone else drops, helping out a mom with her hands full, bagging your own groceries, or putting up discarded carts. At the Food Lion Saturday there were carts everywhere around the return. People had just shoved them without trying to consolidate. It took me approximately thirty seconds to straighten them and put them away. By the end I had two others helping and each had a smile on their face. It makes you feel good to help others. Just try it.