Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas 2015 and MS Tornadoes

Mississippi was unseasonably warm and wet Wed., Dec. 23rd. Fourteen tornadoes ravaged 150 miles of MS. The Governor declared a State of Emergency. Along US 49 and 322, in our Clarksdale area, homes, a church and a crop duster's business were severely damaged.

Tornadoes traveled northeast clocking winds in excess of 150 miles an hour. I55 was closed between Batesville and Como after multiple truck accidents.

Holly Springs was ravaged the worst before the storm tore into Tennessee. Topped trees look like tall pencils. A car was trapped under a twisted tractor trailer and the occupants were found alive.

The death toll rises. It could take weeks logging damages. It put a pall on Christmas, but there were miracles, too. Three people left their house and piled into their truck. Before they could get away, it blew the truck into a tree saving their lives; the house was destroyed. Many homes were wiped off their foundation. Victims concurred the tornado sounded like a raging freight train.

Our hearts go out to all. Google MS tornadoes 12-23-15 for more information. If you want to help, contact the Red Cross.

Wed. evening I watched I Love Lucy reruns I haven't seen since 9/11. They provide light moments that shore us up for coping with life's monsters. Speaking of monsters, I do not hate those who hate us. Hating makes a negative mark on the hater's soul. Peace cannot live there. Loving creates a positive mark on the soul.

Peace and Grace to all and to all a Good Night. May your Christmas be Merry and the New Year super!

Love,
Maeann

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veterans Day 2015 and Europe in 1993

Remember the Veterans

Europe in '93
Maeann B Jasa

We thought the wars over
'til we laid down to rest
guns, tanks, barking dogs
were heard in our heads

Germany, Luxembourg,
Holland, France
war haunted our sleep
how could it last

From out of the heavens
came this command
"Free these dear souls
from the hell of the past."

Walking battlefields, cemeteries
my sister and I
acknowledged, telepathed 
with those who were dead

Thousands took notice
 piled weapons in heaps
ten abreast they crossed over
the Bridge to the Light

Military, civilian
all countries alike
God welcomed each one with
"Come home. Rest."

The pain and the warring
were gone from the air
peace was on their side
and we felt it here.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

For the fourth year, I'm volunteering to read to Ms. Green's 2nd grade class at Kirkpatrick School, Clarksdale, MS where hugs, kisses, smiles and kind words fill their buckets and mine.

Carol McCloud wrote "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?" David Messing illustrated. Good for any age, it raises awareness by explaining that every person has an invisible bucket, and we are either bucket fillers or bucket dippers. When we do something nice for someone, we fill the other person's bucket and vice versa. Bullies are bucket dippers. They take away the other person's good feelings, and they don't get good feelings put in theirs.

It has been translated into French, Braille, Japanese, Turkish, Korean and Chinese, and won 15 awards from 2007-2013. bucketfillers101.com

Carol collaborated with Caryn Bulzke and illustrator Glenn Zimmer to create "My Very Own Bucket Filling from A to Z Coloring book." It took First Place in the 2015 Dragonfly Book Awards.

Go to Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com to buy.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Pearl Seas Cruises, Cuba Cultural Cruises and Hemingway

My foot is itching bad. The only treatment is travel. Pearl Seas Cruises leave south Florida for ten nights and eleven days to "Discover Cuba 2016." Sailing beings March 6, 2016. The last trip is May 5, 2016. It'a s six-deck cruise ship with over 100 rooms. Ship Registry: Republic of the Marshall Islands.
PearlSeasCruises.com/cruises/Cuba-Cultural-Voyage/

Imagine walking through Havana's five Plazas hearing local music, or is it that our Country Western? Colorful fresh produce is piled high giving off 'come hither vibes.' Take me home with you. I want to nourish your body, mind and spirit.
Check out Huffingtonpost.com/news/cuban-food/

Hemingway loved Cuba. hemingwaycuba.com/finca-la-vigia.html takes you to his home.

For fishing, check out hemingwaycuba.com/hemingway-fishing-tournament.html

If you have $200K looking for a home, and you're interested in an autographed, used/First Edition of E Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises," run, don't walk, to
http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?Ernest+Hemingway&bi=0&bx=off&ds=50&pics=on&recentlyadded=all&sortby=1&x=57&y=8. There's only one.
.
Don't expect Cuba to be like home. There will be inconveniences. My sister-in-law said," If you want the comforts of home, stay there."
Princess Di told her boys not to make a fuss when their meal wasn't just like home; 'People will get the idea you are hard to get along with.'

It's been so long since we had a relationship with Cuba, I pray all who go there enter humbly with open hearts and kindness toward all. How we treat them will determine whether they want us to come back or send our money and stay home.

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Pearl Seas Cruises, Cuba Cultural Cruises and Hemingway

My foot is itching bad. The only treatment is travel. Pearl Seas Cruises from south Florida for ten nights and eleven days to "Discover Cuba 2016." The first sailing is March 6, 2016. The last is May 5, 2016. It'a s six-deck cruise ship with over 100 rooms. Ship Registry: Republic of the Marshall Islands. PearlSeasCruises.com/cruises/Cuba-Cultural-Voyage/ for the details.

Imagine walking through Havana's five Plazas hearing local music, or is it that our Country Western? Colorful fresh produce is piled high giving off 'come hither vibes.' "Take me home with you. I want to nourish your body, mind and spirit."
Check out Huffingtonpost.com/news/cuban-food/

Hemingway loved Cuba. hemingwaycuba.com/finca-la-vigia.html takes you to his home.

If you like to fishing, the 66th Ernest Hemingway International Bill fishing Tournament will be held June 13, 2016. hemingwaycuba.com/hemingway-fishing-tournament.html

If you have $200K looking for a home, and you're interested in an autographed, used/First Edition of "The Sun Also Rises," run, don't walk, to http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?Ernest+Hemingway&bi=0&bx=off&ds=50&pics=on&recentlyadded=all&sortby=1&x=57&y=8. There's only one.
.
Don't expect Cuba to be like home. There will be inconveniences. My sister-in-law said," If you want the comforts of home, stay there."
Princess Di told her boys not to make a fuss when their meal wasn't just like home; people would get the idea they were hard to get along with.

It's been so long since we had a relationship with Cuba, I pray all who go there enter humbly with open hearts and kindness toward all. How we treat them will determine whether they want us to come back or send our money and stay home.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Viking Cruises Solo Travelers


We could "solo" cruise in one of these and maybe do our own paddling. The Gondolier might be at a loss for music, but Opera would do.

According to AARP, "There are five Norwegian cruise ships that now have studio cabins priced far less than double occupancy." I called and asked which ones, but they never got back to me. They suggested I book a cruise first. I'll take one of each!

Tauk has a few solo cabins. Check other Cruise Lines also. They would rather have more passengers than empty rooms.

I like to travel solo sometimes. When, not if, I take a solo cruise, I will let you know the details. As long as I can see the shore, I don't get seasick. Maybe I should confine my water experiences to the bathtub, but that's not as interesting as the Venice shoreline. One day I'll tell myself, Just do it!

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Stauer Stick

The Stauer site states: This is how to walk the talk. The must-have men's accessory once carried by kings, presidents, barons and billionaires is back - and can be yours.

The stick is made of imported Sheesham (Indian Rosewood) with engraved silver-finished brass features, and a rubber tip on the end. All the better to steady his steps and yours Cinderella, when he is on dirt, asphalt, marble floors and Persian rugs.

My romantic self is having a field day. The stick makes me think of powerful gentlemen who don't need to raise their voice to get something done. Boulevard strolls after dinner. Top hats to tip, Concierge's full attention. Fine dining. Vintage convertible rides with the top down. Picnics for two on linen in the country shade. First class accommodations. Sigh.

stauer.com specializes in men and women's vintage accessories. "Arm yourself with Artistry."

Excuse me. My dreams are calling.

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Friday, July 03, 2015

Happy Fourth of July 2015


Blessings to all 
this 4th of July
May peace be
the order of the day
and 
explosions
fireworks only.

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