Swing dance at our Reception

Swing dance at our Reception
Dancing to Come on Come on: by Mary-Chapin Carpenter:

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Happy Anniversary

The plaque pictured here was seen during our 15th wedding anniversary celebration. My wife, swingdancer Donna, asked in advance if I would mind an entire day itinerary that she planned for our celebration. Of course I agreed. After our usually paced morning of personally blended coffee for me and oolong tea for she, fruit and of course watching Ellen (Degeneres), we ventured out on our anniversary adventure.

The first stop was Pamela's Diner in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The restaurant is known for candidate as well as President Obama visiting when in Pittsburgh. Our meals demonstrate the extremes of our mixed marriage. My wife blessed with a perfectly functioning insulin system had the strawberry crapes. She's know for being able to eat plenty of pasta at one sitting and stay thin as a rail. I on the other hand, managing a malfunctioning insulin system had the spinach and feta omelette. Of course we exchanged morsels in order to experience the other's meal.

Of course any celebration worthy of the name has to include a visit to a bookstore. Today's visit was to the Journeys of Life bookstore there in Shadyside. Here is where we saw the plaque pictured here. Posting this picture continues a practice I started several years ago where I take pictures of 'stuff' that I would like to possess. More often than not the image alone satisfies and no 'stuff' needs to be accumulated. Try it you might like it.

Then we proceeded to our hike for the day at Frick Park on the eastern boundary of the City of Pittsburgh.  We spent an hour walking the trails and sharing the paths with fellow walkers many with their dogs. We made a wrong turn on the way back to our vehicle that proceeded deeper into a valley than we had started, so, when we began to recognize we had not seen this before had to do a return climb before we could return to where we started. It really tired these too aspiring sages, so when we got home we decided to cancel the evening plans that she had. Thank goodness!

My wife doesn't call this kind of day 'soulful.' It's just living. This is why I love this woman. Get out of her way and get ready for the ride of your life: always exciting, always challenging, always surprising.

Happy Anniversary, Sweetheart. I love you.

Blurred Lines

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Perform 'Blurred Lines' 

I really love this song performed on The Ellen Show.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Source of Real Strength

"In every situation you need your deep, non-ego strength. Not force, but a strong strategic warrior's power."

~~ Thomas Moore's Twitter Feed.