delray beach: Delray Beach- Graduation Time - 05/19/17 10:58 AM
Delray Beach- Graduation Time
 
This is the time of year when many will be taking the next step in the adventure known as life.  Some will go to high school, others will be leaving the security of high school and all of the friends they’ve known for perhaps all of their lives, and then there are those embarking on a career or even more school when they graduate from college.
 
 
The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values. William S. Burroughs
 
 
 
This weekend we’ll be attending all of the festivities for a special young lady we’ve known since … (28 comments)

delray beach: Delray Beach- Mother’s Day Weekend - 05/12/17 03:21 PM
Delray Beach- Mother’s Day Weekend
 
To all mothers and those who are like mothers to others...Happy Mother’s Day.
It is a time to honor the wonderful ladies who helped to make us who we are...
 
God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers. Rudyard Kipling
 
 
 
To the many mothers who held our hands when we walked along the sidewalk to our first day of school...
 
Nothing is really lost until your mom can’t find it.    Unknown.
 
 
 
 
To those who made sure there were cookies fresh out of the oven when we returned from school…
 
The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the … (38 comments)

delray beach: Delray Beach- Balance - 05/05/17 03:45 PM
Delray Beach- Balance

Thanks to Jeff Dowler s May Challenge, I was focused on balance this week.
If you haven’t entered, there’s still time (May 31) and don’t forget the other challenges hosted by Dick Greenberg and Carol Williams.
 
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. Albert Einstein
 
 
 
 
We have had some much needed rain this week but thankfully, Mother Nature was kind enough to wait until the afternoon so we could get in our morning walks.
 
Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.
Thomas Merton
 
 
Man maintains his balance, poise, and sense … (20 comments)

delray beach: Delray Beach- May Flowers - 04/28/17 05:42 PM
Delray Beach- May Flowers
 
This has been a very busy week and I am scratching my head wondering where April went. It was a reminder that with the coming of May, for many up north it means May flowers...brought on by April showers.
I tied this orchid to a tree two years ago and it finally bloomed!  

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine for the soul.Luther Burbank
 
There are always flowers for those who want to see them. Henri Matisse
 
This one is for Barbara Todaro ...we saw this gentleman working out on the beach. … (26 comments)

delray beach: Delray Beach- Celebrating Earth Day - 04/21/17 03:58 PM
Delray Beach- Celebrating Earth Day
 
Today is a day for celebrating this great planet on which we live.  And, every day that I am lucky enough to walk along our beach in Delray Beach makes me appreciate how beautiful Mother Nature is.
 
 
Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. John Muir
 
 
Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans. Jacques Yves Cousteau
 
 
 
 
 
I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.
                                           Frank Lloyd Wright
 

 
  … (26 comments)

delray beach: Delray Beach- Easter Weekend - 04/14/17 05:00 PM
Delray Beach- Easter Weekend

What a busy week!  Thursday we had an informal ActiveRain Meetup up in Palm Beach Gardens.  We met Joe Pryor and his lovely wife, Charlene, and had to opportunity to see old friends- Donald Urschalitz, Mark Loewenberg, who brought new agent and member Neil Archer, Eileen Burns and Elyse Berman.
 
 
We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining - they just shine. Dwight L. Moody
 
 
 
Last week we attended the Delray Affair and there was a good turnout!
 
Those … (34 comments)

delray beach: Delray Beach...Brothers and Sisters - 04/07/17 05:16 PM
Delray Beach...Brothers and Sisters
 
We spent a fun week with Larry’s sister and her husband, in for their annual visit from Peculiar, MO.  Yes, you read that correctly...Peculiar!
 
 
 
Their trip got off to a rocky short because just when they were leaving a stray cat got into Steve’s man-cave and wouldn’t come out.  They left it there, knowing that a friend would be by to check on the other cats.  Food and water were left daily and replenished and no harm seemed to have been done.  
 
 
Siblings are the people we practice on, the people who teach us about fairness and cooperation and … (28 comments)

delray beach: Delray Beach- Tennessee Williams - 03/31/17 05:43 PM
Delray Beach- Tennessee Williams
 
While organizing some old stationary and cards this week I came across a notecard depicting Tennessee William’s Key West home. I thought about how much I’ve enjoyed his works...A Streetcar Named Desire, Sweet Bird of Youth, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
 
 
So allow me to share some of my favorite quotes of his, and a few photos from Delray Beach.
 
When so many are lonely as seem to be lonely, it would be inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone. Tennessee Williams
 
 
 
 
 
Oh yes, and speaking of Delray Beach...our spring lasted maybe two weeks, during which we had perfect … (26 comments)

delray beach: Delray Beach- Champions - 03/24/17 05:32 PM
Delray Beach- Champions
 
March Madness is getting intense.  We are now down to the Elite Eight.  And tonight, we’ll find out if the Jayhawks will make it into the Final Four.

I marvel at all of the athletes... to be able to pull it all together in front of thousands.  Yes, I know this is what they train and practice for but it’s not just that, it’s their mindset.
 
 
 
A champion is someone who gets up when he can't. Jack Dempsey
 
I filled out 11 brackets and there are a few that are still standing...one slight breeze could topple them.
 
 
 
 
My problem is that … (24 comments)

delray beach: Delray Beach...Spring is Here! - 03/17/17 05:24 PM
Delray Beach...Spring is Here!
 
It may seem a bit ludicrous to talk about spring coming while we sit here in Florida with our flip-flops on but Monday, March 20, is the first day of spring!
 
Mother Nature, in her infinite wisdom, decided to give those of us in the land of 80-degree weather a reminder of just why we moved here. This past week we awoke to temperatures in the 50’s.
 
Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June. Al Bernstein
 
 
Yes, I see you laughing and I can’t blame you.  Actually, most of us loved it!  We got to wear clothes … (24 comments)

delray beach: Delray Beach - Springing Ahead to March Madness - 03/10/17 05:14 PM
Delray Beach - Springing Ahead to March Madness
 
Just as my body clock had recovered from Falling Back, it now has to Spring Ahead.  If you’re reading this on Saturday, don’t forget to adjust whatever electronic and non-Cyber connected gadgets you have.
 
If you’re not reading this until Sunday, I hope you sprang forward yesterday.  If not, shut your computer...you’re probably running late!
 

 
Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself. Paul Bryant
 
 
 
Besides springing ahead, March Madness begins this week.  Tomorrow is Selection Sunday and even if you are not interested in basketball, do not watch … (33 comments)

delray beach: Delray Beach- A Windy Week - 03/03/17 04:41 PM
Delray Beach- A Windy Week

Living in Florida, we pay attention to the weather to see how hot it will be, how humid it will be or if there is rain in the forecast, and how windy it will be.
Now you may wonder why on earth we are concerned with the wind but Florida = water activities and wind can determine whether or not you will be taking part in those water activities.
 
Years ago before we would go fishing or diving, we’d look out the window to see if our flag was blowing. We determined early in our boating efforts … (36 comments)

delray beach: Delray Beach- Clouds...and Lots of Them - 02/24/17 05:24 PM
Delray Beach- Clouds...and Lots of Them

Every day at the beach is different.  Yes there’s sand and yes, there’s the ocean.  But everything else changes daily. The skies may be grey and open up with wind and rain. And on some there is not a cloud in the sky.
 
And on some of those lucky days, we are offered clouds.
 
And from the midst of cheerless gloom
I passed to bright unclouded day.
Emily Brontë
 
We were treated to some much needed rain on Wednesday and on Thursday, I couldn’t take enough pictures of the beautiful clouds that were left behind.
 
 
Complaints are like the clouds … (28 comments)

delray beach: Delray Beach- Friends - 02/17/17 04:47 PM
Delray Beach- Friends
 
We’ve had a week of beautiful weather in Delray Beach.  It was hard trying to stay inside, so when we could we were at the beach walking or out at Green Cay.
 
 
Friendship... is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything. Muhammad Ali
 
 
 
It was also a sad time because we’d learned of the passing of a friend.  His untimely death took us by surprise and was another reminder of how precious our friends are.  
 
 
 
Nesting season is a few months off at Green Cay so no nests … (26 comments)

delray beach: Delray Beach...Leading Up to the Big Heart Day - 02/10/17 04:17 PM
Delray Beach...Leading Up to the Big Heart Day
 
We have been blessed with absolutely gorgeous weather this past week.  So much so that it’s been hard to stay indoors. The big red hearts have been up on the street lights along Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach for a few weeks.
 
If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love. Maya Angelou
 
 
They say you can always tell how cold the temperatures are up north by the number of out-of-state license plates you see.  It must have been cold earlier this week because while walking along A1A (the … (22 comments)

delray beach: Delray Beach- Staying Positive - 02/03/17 05:24 PM
Delray Beach- Staying Positive
 
What a week!  Don’t laugh but we were cold this week!  We awoke to temps in the mid to high 50’s!  Everyone we passed on our walks at the beach was bundled up and excited to have some cool temps.
 
 
Finally, the kind of weather that warranted homemade chili or soup!
Finally, weather cool enough for some of our “winter” clothes.
Finally a chance to order a cup of hot chocolate and not feel guilty.

 
Being positive does not mean ignoring the negative. Being positive means overcoming the negative.    Unknown

 
 
 
If constructive thoughts are planted, positive outcomes will be the … (35 comments)

delray beach: Delray Beach- That Smile... - 01/27/17 04:36 PM
Delray Beach- That Smile…

In the 70’s, I was guaranteed a smile and a chuckle at least once a week on Saturday nights.  If you were a fan of Mary Tyler Moore then you’ve probably been humming the song … You’re going to make it after all… since the news of her passing.
 
 
Sometimes you have to get to know someone really well to realize you're really strangers. Mary Tyler Moore
 
 
Before Mary Richards, there was Laura Petrie.  One of my favorite episodes was when she disclosed to the world that her husband’s boss, Alan Brady/Carl Reiner was bald.
 
 
Take chances, make mistakes. … (34 comments)

delray beach: Delray Beach- A Tragic Start to the New Year - 01/06/17 05:53 PM
Delray Beach- A Tragic Start to the New Year

What I planned to write about went out the door with Friday’s shooting at the Ft Lauderdale Airport.  I can’t even begin to comprehend what happened.
 
Young people, families, children, groups...all heading towards home or planning a special trip. And then, a sick someone inserts his troubled madness into the lives of everyone at the airport.  
 
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. Mahatma Gandhi
 
 
 
 
Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best … (35 comments)

delray beach: Delray Beach- A New Year - 12/30/16 05:54 PM
Delray Beach- A New Year
 
This is trite, I know, but where did 2016 go?  It’s been a busy week
in Delray Beach because not only is it The Season but it’s the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
You can always gauge how cold it is up north by how crowded the beach gets.  
It doesn’t matter, though, because it just makes it more festive.
 
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
 
 
The beach chairs were lined up and waiting for beachgoers early one morning.
 
 
 
 
 
...but that wasn’t the only thing waiting … (34 comments)

delray beach: Delray Beach- Merry Hanukkah, Happy Christmas and More Pecan Pie, Please. - 12/23/16 04:58 PM
Delray Beach- Merry Hanukkah, Happy Christmas and More Pecan Pie, Please.
 
It is Christmas Eve and the first night of Hanukkah.  Whatever you celebrate, and even if you don’t I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah.

By the way, if you want to wish me a Happy Hanukkah, I will not be insulted, and by the same token, if someone wishes you Merry Christmas, please don’t take it as an insult.
 
It is my believe that we say these phrases to others as a way of wishing them the joy and happiness that goes with the season.
 
 
 
Christmas … (35 comments)

 
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