Wednesday, October 31, 2012

~Meditations on Friendship~

"Friend"_defined as one with whom one enjoys mutual affection and regard."Friendship" is the relationship between friends.Friendship is a concept always in flux,with many interpretations as individuals count its blessings and disappointments.There's woman to woman,woman to man, man to man,summer friendships(fair weather friends) even animal to human and so on.....Friendships can be positive or negative,complicated or highly valued! Whatever the circumstances may one of my friends says_"It is what it is".

I'm reflecting upon this notion of "Friendship"as a result of two events that happened recently in my life. One of which can be summed up as George Chapman said_"Trust not a reconciled childhood friend,for good turns cannot blot out old grudges"! The second event_the passing of a Best Childhood/Friend/Classmate. My meditations on the subject matter had me reaching for my favorite book on Friendships. Of course,that is the essence of a "Sage Book Whisperer "_there's always a book! 

 Here's a few perceptive musings on the "Essence of Friendship".

One friend in a lifetime is much;two are many;three hardly possible. ~Henry Adams~

Talking with a friend is nothing else but thinking aloud.~Joseph Addison~

"Stay" is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary.~Bronson Alcott~

I have three chairs in my house;one for solitude,two for friendship,three for company.
~Henry David Thoreau~

A true friend is one Soul in two bodies.~Aristotle~
Forsake not an old friend,for the new is not comparable to him.A new friend is as new wine:when it is old thou shalt drink it with pleasure.~The Bible(Old Testament)

Friendship is a word,the very sight of which in print makes a heart warm.~Augustine Birrell~

Have no friends not equal to yourself.~Confucius~

What is a friend?I will tell you.It is a person with whom you dare to be yourself.~Frank Crane~

The best way to keep your friends is never borrow from and never lend them anything.
~Paul De Kock~

The only way to have a friend is to be one.~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

When our friends are present we ought to treat them well;and when they are absent,to speak of them well.~Epictetus~

He's a friend that speaks well behind our backs.~Thomas Fuller~

'Tis hard to find a man of great estate,that can distinguish flatterers from friends.~Horace~

Be slow to fall into friendship;but when thou art in continue firm and constant.~Socrates~

Friendships are discovered rather than made.~Harriet Beecher Stowe~

A friend is one who dislikes the same people that  you dislike.~Proverbs~

I will miss the voice of my friend,our long thought-provoking conversations,ending with a scripture to read,our childhood memories,the laughter,the hugs at Class Reunions,the early morning Happy Birthday song we sang to each other on our birthdays_never forgetting those dates,EVER! and always at the end of our phone chats_I Love You More was our signoff.

My husband understood this signoff throughout the years and became friends with Jackie as well!Ah,he had no choice :-)!  BUT,I get the last say_"Love You More",Jackie.True Friends,Forever!

"If you have a friend worth loving,Love him.Yes,and let him know...That you love him,ere life's evening...Tinge his brow with sunset glo.Why should good words ne'er be said ..Of a friend till he is dead? ~Daniel W.Hoyt~

In Remembrance of my Friend/Classmate Class of 1967
    #10 QB_Ralph J.Bunch High School,Crockett,Texas
                      ~ R.B."Jackie Boy"Jones Jr.~ 

             Precinct 4 Houston County~ City Councilman R.B."Jackie Boy" Jones Jr.

Friday, October 26, 2012

~This Week's~ErMg!Moments~

ErMG!...It's that time of the year_AgAiN~All HaLLoW's EVe_aka "Halloween 2012"
So here's a few "Costume" suggestions _taking the Web By Storm!!
Big Bird in the News ..Who knew that in a Presidential election season,BB which is the Sesame Street character became a cause celebrity on the topic of government spending! Said candidate cited affection for the bird while adding government shouldn’t subsidize the public broadcaster that airs him (or is it her?) and his stuffed cohorts.So,BB costumes are HOT! Don't Mess With PBS!

Wear the shoes above _are you could wear another Season Favorite...Flip Flop aka Flerp-Flerps!

Heck,Kevin Levasseur ran the recent Baltimore Marathon in 2:46:58 while wearing Flerp-Flerps!

ErMG!...But you could dress like a NAKED~GERMAN~ MONK on Berries..Warning:Add this Berry to your "Do Not Eat List" while Camping.

ErMG!..Ladies if you wanted to surprise your "man"with a "Special" little outfit from Victoria Secret_as in_ "Sexy Little Geisha" his ticket to an exotic adventure.. NO CAN DO! Why?

This Sexy Little Geisha  Far East Ad Campaign Got Pulled...Sorry,Charlie NO Tuna tonight!Did I say that?

ErMG!...Location,Location,Location! Now this could be a little awkward to wear this year! UK Olympic Diver Tom Daley wearing trunks with Sponsorship Logo strategically placed_British Gas!What were they thinking?..check out their company's placement on his swimsuit.

ErMG!...Best Costumes this Election Year_"Shirtless Biden"..let's hear it for the girls! Weee,Looker, To Sexy for my shirt,%$#&*)^'s all good!

OR..we could wear this in "RomneyLecter"

Or this one...."RE-DIB:OBAMA"

BUT ,NEVER EVER WEAR THIS ONE.."PALINATOR" Now ,that is very scary!

ErMG!Coming in at a TIE(no pun intended) for Best ErMG! Moment_"Sugar Noose" made from candy!

After we all consume PURE SUGAR for Halloween in 57 disguised  forms:

We shall all wear this "MORNING AFTER HANGOVER"..A Sugar-High.
 Hey,baby..whats-up? What happened in SugarLand last night,Stays in Sugarland!  

ErMG!.. Now this is Creative...Back Art trending now...

Here's more choices for BACK ART...Pick Your Style. 

Then again ,you could join the crowd that's into a "Neck Corset"...I'll Blog about this trend later.Take a look_where colorful ribbons are stitched into one's neck,back,etc...OUCH!No Can Do...

ErMG!...As an added feature to your look a"Diamond Nail Polish Manicure"cost $250,000...a must have for any up & coming "Halloween Queen"!

Kelly Osbourne_ decided to get a $250,000 black diamond manicure for the 2012 Emmy's.

ErMG!...Halloween to scare up an estimated $8 BILLION in sales of Costumes,Candy,Decorations and Other?(pets are even in on it)...

ErMG!...All because Adults & Children long to be someone Else for a Night!
Mmm,let's see...think I'll imagine myself in Venice at Carnival!
I shall be the "Masked Sage Book Whisperer"at the Ball!

                          Be very Afraid!

                 ~BE Safe & Have Fun~

                 "Happy All Hallows Eve"

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

"Still Life On the Rails~

There' feeling better than an Adventure on a train_Riding the Rails!

One of my favorite Art forms in the Sixties was making a Collage of fun times or things I loved! My friends would hide from me_camera in hand...they knew they'd be plastered on my latest Collage! 

Collage morphed into Decoupage,Picture Boards,Dream Boards,PhotoMontage,Photographic Mosaic_now in this Era_Digital Collage! So, I decided to present my "Amtrak Wine Country Vacation "in the form of a Collage of Photos & Videos(kinda sorta). Drum Roll,Please....
                                                     "Still Life On The Rails"! 

                             ******PHOTOS & VIDEOS******

West Texas_Train stop in Alpine,Texas

                                         ~Last car on the train view~

       ~Writing in Journal while sipping Wine on "SWAYING" train ~Difficulty 10+ ~ 
Don't get me wrong_because I like this "Swaying Thingie"_Like a lazy ocean hugs the shore.......

                             ~Tuscon,Arizona Sunset from Observation Lounge~

                             ~Start of "The Salad Bowl"_the greens of Simi Valley,California~

                              ~Entering Santa Babara,California ~ Pacific Ocean Coastline~

                 ~Low Rider Biker at Carpinteria State Beach~ they waved to us~Cool!

                                             ~Postcards from the Edge~

                                               ~Santa Barbara Tourist Hostel~

~Passing Train on a Steep Grade~The Engineer was a Woman!She Rocked it~

            ~The Hills are Alive with Green Food Group,I need a Salad right now!~

                         ~Train nearing the Station_next stop_San Luis Obispo~

Note:Sitting in my room,enjoying early evening reading & wine_kinda dark out_all of a SUDDEN a LIGHT appears,rumbling is felt & this BAD Boy fly's by at 300 mph_Whew!WT??...first time it happened_scared the Hell outta me!Ah,the second,third,fourth,etc...scared the S%^#T outta me! They look like Monsters_Not to be played with!

~This is where the fun begins.First of two Horseshoe Curves powered by Amtrak's 2 GE P42 Locomotives~

                   ~Highway 101 in view from the Observation Lounge below the train~

~My Recordings~ 

~So many Wineries..what's a girl to do?~Drink No Wine Before it's Time!~

~Niner Wine Estates ~ We had a great Picnic Lunch here~that's me having fun below holding My Wine Journal_ah,each page is filled with ZEE-Grape in my French accent!~

                          ~Niner Wine Estates~

                                     ~Wine Signs at every twist & turn of the road~

                                                    ~Wine Making Machinery~

                                         ~Last minute Antiquing~

Depot for Train _next to The Wine Wrangler~Tour Guides~Waited on the train surrounded by WINE....First Class Outfit!Headed back....

                             Found this video_much better than my amateur one,Enjoy!

Arriving in LA Union Station_boarding the train back to Texas_I must say "What a Ride"! Book your Amtrak Train ride soon at

As the train rolls towards Texas_I feel a sigh of sadness as I checked out the sunset at Amtrak Maricopa,Arizona Train Station...

                               "Still Life on the Rails"
Check out Blog Post for other photos,etc ...HERE>
                     ~What a ride!!!!~