SENIOR SALON 2017

 

 

 

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We have walked our paths a long time and have a lot to offer. Come and reveal your artistic vision.

The SENIOR SALON is dedicated to showcasing the talents of the post 9 to 5 generation. The generation who finally has time to get in touch with the right side of their brain.  The SENIOR SALON features art, music, writing, poetry, photography, creative cooking, creative fashion, and anything else that you can dream up.   Allow YOUR muse to guide you into a new creative endeavor or enhance an existing creative endeavor.

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Cousin Dotsie’s Reunion and Other Nice Stories

A post filled with thankfulness for the small but important moments in life.

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Cousin Dotsie ‘s family reunion took place yesterday at a little house in Windsor,  a small town about twenty minutes north of the rabbit patch.  Reunions seem to be the sole purpose of the old house, as Cousin Dotsie has another residence in Windsor, as well.  All of  her last minute details unfolded as if she had labored over them a fortnight.  It was a lovely occasion, to say the least.

Somehow, there was barbecue, chicken, many sides and a sideboard full of desserts. I arrived a bit after twelve, straight from the woods.  I had been cutting elder flowers, mint and other such  things, to take to Elizabeth City.  I used coolers to transport them and had wanted to wait to the last minute, to cut them.

Cousin Alice was there from New York.  I met her a little over a year ago but,  it was as if…

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Thankfulness Mondays – “In Their Thoughts!”

Dianne writes with thankfulness about the many caring people in her life.

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Week 48 (of 52)…… I’ve been posting along with Bernadette of Haddon Musings and others, of the many things in our lives we have to be thankful for, sometimes they are small and may go unnoticed, and other times they can be very obvious. We hope that by doing so, it may offset for us and others, the negative areas in our lives.

Today I’m thankful for those in my life, who I know are available when I need advice, prayer or when I just need to realize that I am in their thoughts.

It is important not only for me but I believe many, when there is an area of concern in our lives; that someone makes us aware that they care and are willing to listen. Sometimes that’s all that is necessary. Actually since I first mentioned that my husband and I were moving, and the various issues and concerns I had…

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Sunday in Ostpark

Lady Lee writes about being thankful for love and a afternoon in the park.

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Hello everyone! We cycled to Ostpark yesterday and spent the morning by the lake, drinking beer, eating ice-cream, looking at the ducks and swans and just enjoying a lovely day.

This week we are celebrating the first wedding anniversary of HRH the son and his beautiful K. They are now in Barcelona and last night they watched the game at Camp Nou. FC Barcelona won, yay! Best wishes to the couple and many more years to share together. We love you.

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52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 48

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  Perhaps if enough of us join together we can change the negative climate that exists and is overtaking our planet. Together we can move our fellow citizens of to a better, higher and finer place.

Last week my son, Steve, came to visit.  Life hasn’t been easy for Steve.  He has had to wrestle with many demons and live with the consequences of losing many of those wrestling matches.  But through it all he has somehow managed to keep his magical sweet personality and loving attitude toward his family and life in general.  I am thankful that Steve keeps on fighting the good fight and I am thankful that Steve is my son.

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On the Beach

Watching the Daisies

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I purchased a little, open fronted beach tent two summers ago; it has been such a blessing – I can now spend quality time by the seaside in inclement weather.

The beach called me last Wednesday, so I packed my tent and a picnic, before heading out to a quiet cove. A few clouds graced the Donegal skies:

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Then the day began to brighten, yet the beach remained deserted…

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My sister joined me, and we spent several hours relaxing, savouring our picnic and listening to the sounds of the ocean.

I enjoyed sitting on a mighty rock settee…

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I photographed more rock features:

Finally, we packed my tent and headed home. I felt quite rejuvenated.

If you want to participate in Bernadette’s 52 Weeks of Thankfulness writing prompt, please tap the frog at Haddon Musings

Deb at Once Upon A Hot Flash writes beautiful daily grateful posts.

Please call round and say “Hello.”

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52 Weeks of Thankfulness, Week 18 Students We Nailed it!

Sharon is thankful to have participated in her student’s success.

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This week I am so proud of my students. Many are working adults, from all walks of life, who squeeze time in for classes. Together they embarked on a literary journey to lay claim to a required course credit. Since the class IS required, I was quite surprised many left expressing they had a deeper appreciation for literature and a lessened fear of writing. Now that is something to raise my arms up in the air about! I want to power pose, snap my glasses on and proclaim…ohhh yeahhh! 

Truly I am ecstatic and humbled. I had so many rock-star students this year, and I am honored they have a new outlook on literature and writing. Of course I’m not naive; many will not go on to pursue a literature degree and this is what I express:

“So you know what this means? Use the critical thinking skills you gained in…

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52 Weeks of Thankfulness – Week 11

Miriam is grateful on Mother’s Day for her daughter’s healthy pregnancy and looking forward to the addition to their family.

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This is the 52 Weeks of Thankfulness – Week 11 at Haddon Musings

My husband I spent Mother’s Day weekend with Mercy and Will in Portland, Oregon. We went to The Salty’s for a seafood buffet brunch on Saturday instead of Sunday.

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After brunch, we went to Kelley Point Park and enjoyed our walk in this fresh green park full of sky tall trees. At one corner of the park, we found an old dock with an abandoned anchor.

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I am thankful that Mercy has a healthy pregnancy. She and Will are leaving tomorrow to go on a 2-week vacation in Canada before the baby joins their family.

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Please visit and join us to show our thankfulness at  Bernadette – 52 Weeks of Thankfulness

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Thankfulness Mondays – A Gift This Mother’s Day

Dianne’s post telling us about her son knowing the true meaning of a gift for Mother’s Day.

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Week 47 (of 52) along with Bernadette of Haddon Musings and others, posting of things to be thankful for in our lives ‘big and small’ to offset some of the more negative areas of life.

This Mother’s Day we had lunch with our two sons, which was very nice. Our daughter and her family live near Chicago, in Illinois so couldn’t come. What was even nicer was that one of our son’s usually goes away most weekends to their cottage, but stayed home in order to come and see me.

That is special in itself, but he also came to church with us this morning. While our children, 2 sons and 1 daughter are Christians, they don’t usually attend church. They used to, but like so many of this generation they don’t do so now. There are many who like them, don’t see the need. They believe in God and they pray. but I guess…

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MOTHER’S ROCK!

I seem to be stuck on writing about mothers this month.  I started to wonder about mothers of more offbeat people and stumbled upon this list.  I love the story about poor Mrs. Capone and Minnie Schoenberg sounds like someone you would like to have a drink with and listen to her stories.  I hope you will enjoy it.

Ludwig van Beethoven

As a girl, Maria Magdalena Keverich worked as a chambermaid in the homes of the wealthy. Johann van Beethoven was her second husband. She was described as “rather tall, longish face, a nose somewhat bent, spare, earnest eyes and kind. A little colorless perhaps — raised to a passion only for the occasional quarrel with the neighbors.”

Alexander Graham Bell

Eliza Grace Symonds Bell was the daughter of a surgeon in the British Royal Navy and was a talented portrait painter. Although somewhat deaf, she played the piano well. Her deafness inspired her son’s research into hearing, although it was said she did not have a lot of faith in his work.

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Though poor, Ida Stover was determined to go to college. She scraped together enough money to attend Lane College in Lecompton, Kan., where she met fellow student David Eisenhower. She was known as a firm but gentle disciplinarian and was deeply religious. It is said she once won a prize for memorizing 1,365 Bible verses. As a pacifist, she was not in favor of her son attending West Point but decided to let him go.

Henry Ford

Mary Litogot grew up on a farm, and met her future husband, William Ford, when she was 12 and he was 26 and came to work on the farm. They married nine years later. Mary was self-sufficient and a diligent worker. Henry later attributed his clean factories to her belief in cleanliness. She encouraged his interest in machines early on. He later said, “I have tried to live my life as my mother would have wished. I believe I have done, as far as I could, just what she hoped for me.”

Napoleon

Letizia Ramolino Bonaparte grew up during the Corsican struggle for independence from Genoa and imparted to her children an early interest in politics. When Napoleon was crowned emperor in 1804, she was feted everywhere as “Madame Mere.” At one time, she had three sons who were kings and one daughter as a queen, but she continued to obsess over accumulating wealth. “I may one day have to find bread for all these kings I have borne,” she said. Letizia outlived most of her famous children.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Alberta Williams King was both the daughter and the wife of Baptist preachers. She taught her children to “always remember you are as good as anyone.” Violence and tragedy became a part of her life. In 1968, Martin Luther Jr. was shot; in 1974, her son Alfred drowned; and in 1974, she herself was killed by a deranged gunman while she was playing the organ in church.

Louisa May Alcott

Abigail May became the patient and long-suffering wife of Bronson Alcott and supported him in all his radical views on education and utopian living. She served as the model for Marmee in “Little Women,” but Louisa always claimed that “Marmee, good though she was, was still not half good enough to do justice to the real woman who inspired her.”

Al Capone

When her son, Alphonse, was found guilty of tax evasion, Teresa Capone came to see him in jail with a big dish of macaroni, tomatoes and cheese. Teresa, who came from Italy as a young woman, could not speak much English, and when her son was transferred to the Atlanta Penitentiary, she could only look at him and mutter a few words; foreign languages were not permitted. She always maintained that Al was “a good boy.”

George Washington

Mary Ball Washington was a strict, authoritarian figure. George always addressed his letters to her with “Honored Madam.” When he wanted to join the British Navy, Mary refused her permission. Shortly after that, George left to live with his brother at Mount Vernon. When news came that he was elected president, he stopped on his way to the capital to give his mother the news — it was the last time he ever saw her.

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Minnie Schoenberg was the daughter of a magician and a harpist in Germany. She left that country as a teen to come to New York, where she married a somewhat successful tailor. She encouraged her sons to go into vaudeville. In 1923, although Groucho did not agree with her, she figured they were ready for Broadway — and they were. While being fitted for a dress for opening night, Minnie fell and broke her leg. She was carried to the theater on a stretcher for the opening night show.

Source: “Mothers: 100 Mothers of the Famous and Infamous,” edited by Richard Ehrlich; Paddington Press Ltd.

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The quotes in this article came from: “Mothers: 100 Mothers of the Famous and Infamous,” edited by Richard Ehrlich; Paddington Press Ltd.