Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Prayer for Alzheimer's Care Givers

A Prayer for Alzheimer's Care-Givers 

God give you patients, as you care for loved ones,
a smile to warm the heart,
moments of tender memories until they fade away.

Strength for today and tomorrow,
and rest when you are weary. 

May you find moments of laughter, through the tears.

God give you joy,
the kind that only he can give.

Amen.


This prayer is for Mrs. Watson and all those caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's.
The link below is to a great organization.  Their tools to help care-givers are a life saver.


A special note of gratitude to those who support care-givers. 
God bless the waitress at Red Lobster for her support to her family and friends.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Cherry Blossoms




It is Cherry Blossom time!
Spring is coming in waves.
I look forward to more blossoms.


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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Regional Books

I love to read!  Mysteries, bibliographies, short stories, fiction, nonfiction, and regional books.  I think regional books are somewhat neglected where they ought to be treasured.  In Western Pennsylvania though, regional books are appreciated and there are a great many wonderful books to read.  I have accumulated several over the years.  Recently, I borrowed the book, The Horseshoe Curve: Sabotage and Subversion in the Railroad City by Dennis P. McIlnay.  If you like history, mysteries, and railroad stories you will not be disappointed, "The Horseshoe Curve: Sabotage and Subversion in the Railroad City," is a page turner full of history and intrigue.

Friday, March 25, 2011

A Wonderful Bordeaux




























This Reserve Speciale' Bordeaux 2009, Barons de Rothschild, is a delight.   It is has a light bouquet  with a touch of citrus and no spicy notes.  A great dinner wine that will compliment red meat or chicken well.  A clean finish that is appreciated.  Bravo!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Right Whale


The North American Right Whale in an endangered species.  Seeing them is a thrill, I know personally.  It has been several years now, but it is like a video in my memory, when I viewed a pod of five juvenile males playing in the surf off of 37th Street for about twenty minutes.  

I had gone to the beach to read one day in early March and upon looking up from my book, for a moment, I saw a couple of waterspouts.  I looked back down and realized what I just saw.  Looking up, I, along with other observers watched them play close to shore.  

Later that summer at the library, a man named Frank gave a talk about the Right Whales.  He spoke about the five juvenile males who had been observed playing along the shore from about Marineland near Saint Augustine, Florida to Saint Simons Island, Georgia.

Click on the Marie land link to learn more about the Right Whale and Marine land Right Whale Project 2011.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Great Blue Heron Crane


Saturday morning as I was heading out for coffee I spied a Great Blue Heron Crane overhead flying south. They are a graceful bird and beautiful to watch.  Early in the morning and evening you may spy one near the edge of a lake, creek, or river feeding on frogs, fish, and other small animals.  They winter in the south but migrate up into Canada in the summer.  I am sure the one I saw is one of several in the area that fly between several small lakes.  We have several small Green Heron Cranes in the area, but I have not spotted them yet this year.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

By The Light of the Silvery Moon

Alas, not one of my full moon photographs turned out this evening.  It was a good evening to take photographs, but none of mine were clear, sharp, or decent in composition.  Below is one photograph I had fun playing around with in Photoshop.  I have taken better shots of a full moon, just not tonight.



Click on the play button to see a great science video about the "Super Full Moon."


Friday, March 18, 2011

Blue Jays

I am a birder.  I share this passion with my family for many years.  One year for Christmas my nephew bought me a bird clock, my mom bought me binoculars, and my dad got me Birdwatching for Dummies.  I enjoy watching birds everywhere I travel.

My greatest joy is sharing the love of bird watching with my family.  My mom, who is 89, kept calling me the other morning because she was excitedly watching a bird sitting on a branch on the apple tree in our backyard for several minutes.  It turned out to be a Blue Jay. 

To learn more about these courious birds click here http://www.northrup.org/photos/bluejay.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

BOOKSHELF

Did you ever come across a book, an author, you have not read before and feel as if you have discovered a treasure?  I have.  The book is The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman.  She is marvelous!  Her web-site is delightful and engaging.  The link is embedded in the book and author listed above.  "She truly is a modern day Jane Austen!  It is not what you expect...it more than you have imagined."

The Cookbook Collector  

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Song Sparrows



















I enjoy listening to the Song Sparrows early in the morning.  They are delightful small birds, brown and tan streaked, with a variety of calls.  Click here for more information.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tufted Titmouse



This morning as I was out and about I heard some birds chirping and saw them flitting about in my neighbor's tall Silver Maple tree.  Three Tufted Titmouse birds were in a territorial dispute or rather fighting over a female.  It did seem to be a two male to one female score.   When you are outside take some time to enjoy all the bird activities.  It is spring and a good many song birds have returned already.  Below is a video of a Tufted Titmouse.  Enjoy!

Great photograph by Luther Goldman!
Thank you.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Western PA Bluebirds Rebounding

I have noticed in the last couple of years an increase in the number of sightings of Bluebirds.  They are beautiful not only to see, but to hear.  The Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania has a lot of great information about Bluebirds and will be holding several conferences in the state.  Below is information and a link concerning up coming events:

13th Annual Conference  April 1 - 2, 2011 - Penn Stater Hotel at State College PA.
See Events Calendar page for more info.
Mark Your Calendars for future Annual BSP Conferences!
14th Annual Conference - April 13-14, 2012 - Penn Stater Hotel at State College, PA.



When you are out and about this spring I hope you spy these wonderful and delightful birds.  I have been birding for sometime now and have enjoyed the numerous sightings I have had thus far this year.  Happy birding!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

William Wordsworth: Daffodils




I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:

I gazed -- and gazed -- but little thought
what wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude?

And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

By William Wordsworth (1770-1850)