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To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. - Buddha
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No Finer Man

February 27, 2014 Leave a comment


Two weeks ago tonight, my father broke free of the pain he encountered in this world and returned home. I prayed he would be released but didn’t want to let him go. Now life goes on without him by our side, and I don’t know how or why. I do know the outpouring of love for my father and my family is what sustains us through this more than difficult time and that one day we will all be together again.

In memory of my father, Jimmy French, who passed on Valentine’s Eve. We sang The Parting Glass at his mass, and then again with all our family in a night of songs that my Pa loves. Love you, Pa. xoxo

Oh all the money that ere I spent, I spent it in good company.
And all the harm that ere I’ve done, alas it was to none but me.
And all I’ve done for want of wit, to memory now I can’t recall.
So fill to me the parting glass. Goodnight and joy be with you all.

Oh all the comrades that ere I had, are sorry for my going away,
And all the sweethearts that ere I had, would wish me one more day to stay,
But since it falls unto my lot that I should rise and you should not,

I’ll gently rise and I’ll softly call, Goodnight and joy be with you all.

God bless.”

RIP Pa xoxo

Categories: In Memoriam

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,400 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 23 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Make a Difference When Gift Giving, Give a Goat

December 11, 2013 Leave a comment

ground_bag_03If you’re like many of us, you’re not sure what gifts to pick up for friends and family. Why not give a gift that will be sure to please the recipient and make life better for others? It’s easier than you think. The best way to help your local community is to buy local and buy products made in the USA. Another way to invest for the greater good is to purchase products from nonprofits. Either of these choices will make a positive impact in our communities and are sure to make your family and friends appreciate your thoughtfulness.

If you’d like to raise some eyebrows while making a difference, give a goat, a share of a goat or another animal through Heifer International. It doesn’t stop there. You can make this a family tradition, and get a different animal each year to celebrate the holidays or to remember and honor a loved one.

You can shop gift stores online at the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, Bread for Life, Best Friends Animal Society, Do Good Buy Us, Handcrafting Justice, Human Rights Campaign, NPR, National Wildlife Federation, PBS Sierra Club and St. Judes are just a few of the fine nonprofit gift shops to choose from, and all of their respective links are available here: Online Gift Stores That Benefit Nonprofits

Lastly, my thanks to ABC News for compiling an updated list of American-made products. To check out products made in the USA, click here: Made in America 2013: Gift Ideas

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” ― Mother Teresa

Are We Truly Honoring Our Vets?

November 11, 2013 Leave a comment

Maureen French:

Are We Truly Honoring our Vets?
By John Moyle, US Veteran

Originally posted on St. Louis PowerCast:

honoring those who served

Monday is Veterans Day, a day we honor those men and women whom at one time wore the uniform to defend our country.    Veterans come in all shapes and sizes.  Some served during times of peace, some during war.  Some are combat veterans, some are not.  Some came home whole, and others sacrificed parts of their body while serving our nation.   On Monday we honor them all.

Something that has troubled me for a while is the lack of support I see from people who believe they support veterans.  I run into people every day that say they “support our troops”, regularly thank veterans and active military members for their service, etc.   As a vet, while I appreciate these gestures I find it odd that many of these same people work hard in support of politicians and policies that bring harm to our vets and their families.  It’s hard…

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Citizenship Doesn’t Stop at Voting

October 28, 2013 8 comments


If you’re like many Americans, you’ve had enough with the politics of the day intruding upon and negatively impacting our daily lives. Some wonder why government and its elected officials don’t just do their jobs. At times like these, it’s important to remember that we are citizens who have a job to do as well – not unlike those before us. Each of us has to fight for what’s right in our country. Yes, citizenship doesn’t stop at voting.

Get involved with your local community boards and learn the facts about what is happening in your neighborhood. Then move up the ladder and investigate what is impacting your town, city, state, country, and our world.

Then see if you can you imagine…

a world where people make, at the very least, a living wage.

Then see if you can you imagine…

our soldiers receiving proper care and being at home more often than not.

Then see if you can you imagine…

living in an environmentally-friendly world with no fear of fracking our environment.

Then see if you can you imagine…

you and your family receiving proper healthcare.

Then see if you can you imagine…

a world with gun control.

Whether you can or can’t imagine these possibilities, contact your elected officials and tell them what you are for and against. If you are in a party, re-investigate what the party platform is and ask yourself if you still align with the party line. Remind your elected officials that they need to focus on what can be agreed upon. Advise them to stop the partisan bickering and find common ground. Ask them to consider citizens’ issues – not party politics. The influx of “artificial emergencies” over the debt ceiling, sequestration and government shut down spark real emergencies for the rest of us, and it has to stop. Remember, the squeaky wheel gets the oil. If you don’t use your voice, then your elected officials are not hearing your concerns. Instead, they’re hearing the voices and concerns of others.

Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.  - John F. Kennedy

Healthcare Enrollment Starts Tomorrow

September 30, 2013 1 comment


If you’re uninsured, then tomorrow is the start of a new life. Online enrollment for healthcare is available on October 1st; insurance starts on January 1st. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes a Patient’s Bill of Rights for all of our citizens. It provides protective clauses for people with pre-existing conditions. It allows parents to insure their children up to the age of twenty-six. It ends life-time limits on coverage, and guarantees your right to an appeal. To review all of your rights, please review the Patient’s Bill of Rights, and for more information about ACA, please visit or call 1-800-318-2596. This website will give you the opportunity to find out general information regarding your healthcare. Moreover, after you answer a few questions, it will direct you to your local state exchange to obtain specific information about your state healthcare exchange.

“He who has health, has hope. And he who has hope, has everything.”

-Thomas Carlyle


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