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Love and gratitude

A bumpy start to Christmas Eve and an incredibly crooked railway of emotions.
Started the day with wishing Kevin a safe ride as he headed out on his bike. Moments later, the screaming sirens jolted me from bed (waaaay too close for comfort). Out the door in my sweats to clear my mind of the unthinkable fear that those sirens were too close to home. As I got to the end of the street and a flood of police cars filled the intersection, I was relieved to realize the screeching of tires and screaming of sirens were not for him. Perhaps my heart sat a little stiller into my chest. However that stillness dissipated quickly as it appeared the police cars were arriving in front of my neighbors home (a Palm Desert Police officer). No dear God, please.

It wasn’t until later in the day we were informed that the swarm of police were in response to the arrest warrant for a different neighbor who allegedly beat his girlfriend, my son’s teacher, to death. No! in our quiet neighborhood? A woman who was adored and respected by her students and peers? At Christmas time? So incomprehensible.

Please, all of you, despite any shortcomings or disagreements or differences, give thanks for those around you. Give thanks for the moments spent together.

Sadly, we never know if these may be our last. With a deep heart for the family of Ms Grant, her students and all those missing loved ones this holiday season and with incredible gratitude for those who surround me and my family with love, please embrace these moments. And spread the love.

The Dangers of Joshua Tree National Park

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The Dangers of Joshua Tree National Park

Great documentary film (with a brief appearance by our dear friend Sharon Ollenberger of DSSAR).  It’s a National Park that is underestimated by most but the dangers are real.  Video produced by Marilyn Chang at The Desert Sun, Palm Springs, California. 

When Irish eyes are smiling!

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There is no doubt that I am of Irish decent.  It’s quite obvious by my red hair, my fair toned & freckled skin and my blue/green eyes!  Not to mention the slightly demented sense of humor and distinct love from beer!!!  So, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day I would like to share my favorite Irish blessings (in no particular order):

“May you be an hour in heaven before the Devil knows you’re dead.”

“May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you’re going, and the insight to know when you’ve gone too far.”

“Here’s to a long life and a merry one. A quick death and an easy one. A pretty girl and an honest one. A cold beer and another one!”

“May God grant you always…A sunbeam to warm you, a moonbeam to charm you, a sheltering Angel so nothing can harm you. Laughter to cheer you. Faithful friends near you. And whenever you pray, Heaven to hear you.”

“May those who love us, love us; and those who don’t love us, may God turn their hearts; and if He doesn’t turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles so we’ll know them by their limping.”

“May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live.”

“May God give you…For every storm a rainbow, for every tear a smile, for every care a promise and a blessing in each trial. For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share, for every sigh a sweet song and an answer for each prayer.”

Ta Mile Failte!

War Zone Fun

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This is just plain funny!  Gotta admire these guys for being able to have fun in a war zone!!!!