Header taken from "Messenger" - Art by Kurt Vonnegut

Well we've been open for a while now & already had our first Art Show. It was a great success & I can't wait to have more! We've got more cleaning up in the back half of the bottom floor that we should be finished with soon & then we can start on the top floor, again. Our goal is to remodel the small bathroom that is already upstairs, so that we can go ahead and move in! So in about 6 months, we should be living Downtown!!

The Loft
Before & After
Our Wedding



Wha wha whaaAAT?

I thought my head was seriously about to pop off while reading this.

I am whole heartily appalled and speechless at this type of unrelenting, malevolent, loathsome behavior on the part of so-called Christians... at least someone is fighting the good fight. way to go PGR.

I'm amazed that people think this type of behavior is helping, when in fact it only adds to the hurt. Shame on them for attempting to put guilt on someone who's already lost so much. If I was to speak to these people face to face, I would obviously have to say 'if they want to help, then perhaps they should consider their primary respsonsibility to others is to leave them the hell alone.'


Happy B-Day!

Happy 3rd/21st Birthday


None Too Bright

We roll out of bed, like a slumbering fool.

We brush and we scrub, but mostly we drool.

We put on our skins and adjust our wigs.

We leave our homes, I call it, my digs.

We plant our bottoms in the seat of our cars.

We pop into traffic as if we're from Mars.

We brake with force then we give it a gas.

We do nothing too cautiously, except maybe pass.

We have finally done it, we've entered the race.

We speed through life at an ungodly pace.

We are driven to live, or so we should be.

We sit pondering the future, alone but free.

We work by the hour, hoping not to be seen.

We visit the cooler and converse, not to be mean.

We end our day with enthusiasm, but alas, begin a new.

Who knows what tomorrow will bring, perhaps, the flu.


Helping our Children

After a long break from the blog posting world I thought I would let everyone know that Joe hasn’t killed me yet...I am still here :)Just thought I would update everyone on what I have been up to!
Well first off, my second semester of Accounting started and it has started to kick my little bootie already! Thankfully I'm not the only person in the class not flying through like I did last semester! We did get a little break when our teacher's son got really sick and she had to miss two days of classes...thankfully he has gotten much better and its back to class as normal. We are actually doing all the corporation accounting this time and it’s a lot more complicated then you would think! We were assigned to pick one corporation that we wanted to do research on and follow their stocks and news releases for the whole semester. I was tossing back and forth either going with a company that I wanted to find out more stuff about so when I argue with people about why they should not support Abercrombie and Fitch I would have more ammo and be able to tell just how bad they are probably ripping you off....not to mention all their bad morals....but I decided to go with a company whose products I love and Josiah and I have given as a gift every chance we get! Leapfrog Enterprises! So far I have found out even more great stuff that they do which makes me want to support them even more! They are actually out there doing good things for the community, instead of basically promoting porn and selling inappropriate clothing to children and teenagers! I think that every child I have gotten a present for recently it has been Leapfrog...with the exception of Ace (my fav kiddo ever!) which I have also given some really really Cute clothes too! :)
Leapfrog started when a father couldn’t find any good educational toys for his son and decided to develop the toys himself. They now offer systems for the classrooms and I believe they actually care about the future generations! Like the Alphabet Bus we got Ace for his bday...he loves playing with that and its teaching him his ABC's and what sounds the letters make, I've also seen him enjoy his LeapPad (which his grandparents got him for his bday) which is teaching him words and many other things...if it gets set in his head at this early of an age that learning is fun it will probably stick with him better than the kid who grows up doing nothing at all but watching TV constantly (not that I am saying kids who watch TV are going to be stupid...you know what I mean). To get to my point....LeapFrog enterprises is a WONDERFUL company who has their heads in the right place! Our children are the future and don’t you want to see them grow and make our country and our world a better place than it is today! So next time you need another gift for a child and you just don’t know what they like...go to your local store and pick them up any of the leapfrog systems and I promise the smiles that will follow will be worth it a thousand times over!
And second...well....there is nothing else...school and work is about it....and nothing exciting really ever happens at work...


Boiling -made a- Point

I got this in an email today, you've might have got it too, but if you didn't, please read it. I'm not sure who the original author is, and I think it's been on the Internet for a while because there are alot of websites that have it. I think it warrants being posted more often so it can get read that much more, it's a great story and not only does it teach forgiveness, it's much more than a lesson on life.
A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil, without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me, what do you see?"

"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied. Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg. Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, "What does it mean, mother?"

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity ... boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?"

Think of this:
Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength? Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.


A Message In Song

No Bravery

I found this linked on a blog I read most often and found it to be a beautiful song about such terrible tragedies.

Give it a listen, there are so many messages hidden in the lyrics.


United We Come Unhinged

Most people, who know me, know that I love the movie, Good Will Hunting, and I was recently reminded of a scene in the movie, from a blog that I frequent, that now seems to ring truer than ever, despite the fact that the movie was made in ’97. read on.

"Why shouldn't I work for the NSA? That's a tough one. But I'll take a shot. Say I'm working at the NSA, and somebody puts a code on my desk, something no one else can break. Maybe I take a shot at it and maybe I break it. And I'm real happy with myself, ‘cause I did my job well. But maybe that code was the location of some rebel army in North Africa or the Middle East and once they have that location, they bomb the village where the rebels are hiding... Fifteen hundred people that I never met, never had no problem with get killed. Now the politicians are saying, Oh, "Send in the marines to secure the area", ‘cause they don't give a shit. It won't be their kid over there, getting shot. Just like it wasn't them when their number got called, ‘cause they were pulling a tour in the National Guard. It'll be some kid from Southie over there taking shrapnel in the ass."He comes back to find that the plant he used to work at got exported to the country he just got back from. And the guy who put the shrapnel in his ass got his old job, ‘cause he'll work for fifteen cents a day and no bathroom breaks. Meanwhile he realizes the only reason he was over there in the first place was so that we could install a government that would sell us oil at a good price. And of course the oil companies used the little skirmish over there to scare up domestic oil prices, a cute little ancillary benefit for them but it ain't helping my buddy at two-fifty a gallon. They're taking their sweet time bringing the oil back, of course, maybe even took the liberty of hiring an alcoholic skipper who likes to drink martinis and fucking play slalom with the icebergs, it ain't too long till he hits one, spills the oil and kills all the sea life in the North Atlantic."So now my buddy's out of work. He can't afford to drive, so he's walking to the fucking job interviews, which sucks, because the shrapnel in his ass is giving him chronic hemorrhoids. And meanwhile he's starving ‘cause every time he tries to get a bite to eat the only blue plate special they're serving is North Atlantic scrod with Quaker State. So what did I think? I'm holding out for something better. I figure fuck it, while I'm at it why not just shoot my buddy, take his job, give it to his sworn enemy, hike up gas prices, bomb a village, club a baby seal, hit the hash pipe and join the National Guard? I could be elected President."
-- Will Hunting, Good Will Hunting, 1997

Sure, it sounds a bit egotistical and self righteous, but it’s also a bitter sweet reminder that despite the shock and awe story mentioned above, we are worse off now then we were in ’97.

Now we have exposed ourselves to radicalism that is beyond horrific, despite the fact that it’s religiously motivated which makes me really wonder just how much more oxymoronic can human beings really get. How about we all just kill anyone who disagrees with us or mocks us or down plays our religion in the name of God, because God is so great, and we are sooo stupid. I feel for those who are persecuted for their beliefs, but give me a break. I guess THIS is what God wants? ‘you provide the fuel, and I’ll provide the rage’.


Answer Not With Sin

When we sin
We rebel against God
Spirituality lost
Against Him forsaken

‘Original Sin’ is ours
Forever we’re doomed
Till we stand at last
A lost cause

Mistakes widely made
Illusions portrayed
Reality lost
Imagination is blamed

Distant dreams abound
Fragrant blooms aloft
Pleasures consumed
Death sent to mock

Pleasant dreams are had
Distant laughter heard
A spell is uttered
Silent prayer

Why we sin
Not ours to answer
Everything is nothing
Until condemnation

Blessed are the sinners
As are we all
Tossed are the lives
To Heaven and to Hell

"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind"

Mahatma Gandhi    

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