Belated Happy Birthday Neville!
Fab Three
The Wizard and I
Thank you JK Rowling!

"The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in."---B.K. S. Iyengar

Guess I need to stop eating crap.

Years later, I'm still devastated by this musical.

"Something feels funny, I must be thinking too hard."---Winnie the Pooh

Receiving a box that says "The Best Chocolate Cake in the World"...

...but not finding a chocolate cake inside:( Thanks for the cookies anyway, R!

"The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist, the opportunity in every difficulty."---L.P. Jacks

"If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment. How do you carry joy in your heart? Help another to feel it. Release the joy that is inside another, and you release the joy that is inside of you."---Neale Donald Walsch

"Long words bother me."---Pooh

"I am safe, my loved ones are safe, and my entire world is safe." And so it is!---Doreen Virtue

"Activity conquers cold, but stillness conquers heat."---Lao Tzu

Thanks Captain Obvious.

...that within each heart is a spark of the Divine. These sparks of divinity and love can reach into the darkness and transform it. However, there may be times when you need to shine your heart extra brightly because others may be struggling to keep their spark alive. Let your light bring hope to a situation that feels dark and hopeless.

  • Lily Potter: "Harry, be safe. Be strong."
  • Harry Potter: "Why are you here, all of you?" Lily Potter: "We never left."
  • Harry Potter: "You'll stay with me?" Lily Potter: "Always." Sirius Black: "Until the end."

  • I went to Dunkin' Donuts wearing my Deathly Hallows t-shirt. The girl at the counter said, "Nice shirt!". I said, "Thanks!" and don't know why I volunteered the information that I went to the midnight screening. She excitedly said, "Me, too!" and showed me the Dark Mark tattoo on her left forearm.
  • Cashier at grocery store: "I like your shirt." Me: "Thanks! Did you see it yet?" HER: "I went to the midnight showing." Me: "Me, too!" HER: "Did you cry?" Me: "Lots of times." HER: "Me, too!"

These things make me happy.

"I can't believe this is the last Harry Potter movie. It's the end of an era. Who knows, maybe someone will turn it into a book."---The Ellen Degeneres Show

"Getting away from it all," many people want that, and of course ultimately the only way to get away from it all is to go within, now.---Eckhart Tolle

"Where there is great love there are always miracles."---Willa Cather

Cute kitteh!

"God can be realized through all paths. All religions are true. The important thing is to reach the roof. You can reach it by stone stairs or by wooden stairs or by bamboo steps or by a rope. You can also climb up by a bamboo pole."---Ramakrishna

Princess Catherine fulfilling Diamond Marshall's dream of meeting a real-life princess.

"Once or twice a day, I am enveloped inside what I like to call the Impenetrable Shield of Melancholy. This shield, it is impenetrable. Hence the name. I cannot speak. And while I can feel myself freeze up, I can't do anything about it."---Sarah Vowell, The Partly Cloudy Patriot

OK, I hope this will be my last rant about the Casey Anthony verdict. She will be freed next week. I heard an interesting thing on Dr. Drew's show today: Jane Velez-Mitchell said Casey spent 1043 days in jail, while Caylee lived 1042 days. And that after the sentence was read, lightning struck in the area where Caylee's body was found. Even God was displeased.

But I digress. This is about the jurors starting to give interviews. "Not guilty doesn't mean innocent"? WTF? That they are sick to their stomachs over their decision? Then why make that decision? That they didn't know how Caylee died so they couldn't convict? Marcia Clark said something to the effect that circumstantial evidence cases are actually easier to convict than direct eyewitness ones because people make mistakes in their testimonies. How could those 12 jurors look at the photos of the child's skull with duct tape over the mouth and nose, the internet chloroform searches, Zanny the nanny, the smell of decomposition in the car, borrowing the neighbor's shovel, the lack of a 911 call the day she went missing, and not overcome their reasonable doubt? What reasonable group of people would come up with the verdict that they did?

Friend A asks Friend B to take a picture of her with other friends. Camera gets dropped on the sand and stops working. Friend A tells Friend B it's only fair that he pay half of the repair bill, which amounted to $65. After much arguing, Friend B agrees to the arrangement and even apologizes, but secretly blogs about it. Now Friend A doesn't really read his blog (and I only occasionally do, because it is full of negativity. I have been the subject of a blind item in there at least once as far as I could tell). Friend C also read his post and we tell her about it.

Now Friend A gets the camera repaired but doesn't immediately ask for the payment. Friend B emails her to ask if the camera has been fixed yet, and how much it was. But he then goes on to say "Can you use your fixed camera to take a picture of the receipt. Thanks." Friend A gets insulted, and all she could think of was ' WTF for? So that he can post it and rant on his blog?' I did find the email rather insulting, as if she would swindle him out of his $32.50, and needs proof. (In the meantime, he always brags about how rich he is, even calling Friend C to tell him about his latest shopping spree.) To be fair, maybe it wasn't his intention or his actual tone, so I told her maybe it was her expectation of him behaving badly that made her interpret the email that way. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to convince her otherwise. She gets so riled up that she calls him up, lashes out, and tells him why does he need the photograph, so he can post it and rant on his blog? She ends up telling him to forget about paying for the camera.

Then I get a voicemail message from him, purportedly to discuss our plans for their trip here in Sept. I called him up, got his machine, and left a message. He ends up calling and calling but since I do not answer the phone after 9 PM, I let it be. Undeterred, he sends me an FB message saying "my question is this. i know u read my blog and pinky does not. she does not care enough to. but were u the one who told her about my blog entry on "take your own picture". the beach camera dropping incident? if not, then all is ok. if u did mention it to her, i ask that u dont anymore in the future. thanks" Now it's my turn to go WTF?!!! I am so inclined to send an angry email back, I couldn't even sleep last night. I still haven't called or written a reply. I am not denying that I told her about his blog posts. But how can he not stand by what he's written? If he didn't want anyone to read it, then make it private. He even told her that he changes the names of the people anyway. Which is sooo not the point. It's his blog and he can write whatever the heck he wants. And now I'm upset that I'm upset about all this. Which had nothing to do with me in the first place.

I'll keep you posted...

This poor little kitten was thrown from a moving car on the Verrazano Bridge. WTF? Thankfully, he was rescued and survived. Good luck, Verrazano! May you find a loving, forever home.

Florida needs to be on Stephen Colbert's On Notice board, as well as Anderson Cooper's Ridicu-List. What the hell is wrong with Florida? They keep messing up important stuff.

I am still shocked over the Casey Anthony not guilty verdict. Little Caylee is dead, and her mother got away with it. Circumstantial evidence? Reasonable doubt? Why couldn't those jurors have used their common sense instead? The mother's guilty of lying? Of course she is. That's why she should at least have been found guilty of child endangerment and the abuse. Because she was trying to cover up the death, whether it was accidental or not. And now she gets to celebrate her victory? It makes me sick to my stomach to even imagine what that poor little girl went through. And now Casey gets what she wanted: no child to ruin her Bella Vita. She'll get hers in the end. Now please get her friggin' face off the television, the internet, and newspapers.

Caylee never got to live HER bella vita. RIP and sleep with the angels. God bless you.

I spent 4th of July at the Van Cortlandt Manor then went to get hotdog and fries from Five Guys. I went to a local ice cream place across from the town park. I was enjoying a kid-size cone of Mocha Madness and a lady walked by. She told me "Now, that's the way to celebrate a holiday!"

I'm thankful to live in a democratic society.

Not to be a killjoy on Independence Day, but of all July 4th traditions, the Coney Island hotdog eating contest is the strangest and crassest. Competitive eating? Most of the world's population is starving. Yet another example of Western decadence and cluelessness.

The end is near...

"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together."---Vincent Van Gogh

Is this the change you were looking for?

And so it ends...


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