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Media Musings-Movies "Ghost Town"

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"Only a life lived for others is worth living" Albert Einstein

I have to admit this is one of my favorite movies.  Yes, it is about ghosts but so much more.
It starts off with the story of a rude, antisocial dentist.  Such an unhappy man.  He seems to have no hope, no purpose, just getting by in life with zero joy.  During a routine hospital procedure he dies.  They bring him back after seven minutes and he seems fine only now he can see dead people.  He sees all the folks that have died and have unfinished business here on earth and thus can't move on.  When they notice Dr. Pincus can see them the push is on to get him to help them on their pursuit to tie up their loose ends

Then of course you have Frank, he is so cute but what a jerk. He is a successful man in business but not in his personal life.  He is a liar, an adulterer, a narcissist, yes a jerk. He has no problem denying and justifying the pain he causes others. (Personal note: Wait, I know someone like that.)


Gwen …

Road Scholar Adventure...Seneca Lake in NY...

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My Road Scholar trip continues with an excursion to Seneca Lake.  We had a perfect day for our visit.  Clear skies and gentle warm breeze.  Beautiful.   Seneca Lake is the largest of the glacial Finger Lakes of the U.S. state of New York,  and the deepest lake entirely within the state.  At 38 miles long, it is the second longest of the Finger Lakes. It has an average depth of 291 feet a maximum depth of 618 feet,  Wikipedia 
It is promoted as being the lake trout capital of the world, and is host of the National Lake Trout Derby Wikipedia I wonder if he was fishing for trout? Captain bills Stroller IV We lined up for our boat ride...


It is fed by underground springs and replenished at a rate of 328,000 gallons per minute. These springs keep the water moving in a circular motion, giving it little chance to freeze over.  Wikipedia My dad had a boat that he stored off the Maryland coast.   He would call this type of water "like a sheet of glass".  The best day to go out!  Some sights o…

Books...Quotes by Mark Twain...."Exercise is loathsome"

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I am casually reading a book I picked up on my travels to theFinger Lakes area of NY.  I learned a bunch about Mark Twain on my visit and picked up a book called "Mark Twain's Guide to Diet, Exercise, Beauty, Fashion, Investment, Romance, Health and Happiness."


I just read the chapter on exercise and selected 2 quotes to share.
"I have never taken any exercise except sleeping and resting, and I never intend to take any.  Exercise is loathsome.  And it cannot be any benefit when you are tired,  and I was always tired." Speech 1905
I can relate to that Mark.  It is difficult to convince yourself that you need to exercise.  "Rest and sleep" sound so much more inviting.  I would tell Mark, if he were here today, that when you force yourself out there and make yourself expend energy that you feel so much better about  everything:-)
"Get a bicycle.  You will not regret it.  If you live." "Taming the Bicycle"
I do enjoy a good bike ride, I just d…

Watkins Glen Park, New York Travels with The Road Scholars....

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Getting ready to descend the gorge at Watkins Glen Park in NY.  My new buddies and I were ready with cameras in hand and over 800 steps ahead of us.
So let's get started.  As usual I will have informational quotes by Wikipedia in italics... Watkins Glen State Park/Wikipedia Watkins Glen State Park is located outside the village of Watkins Glen,  New York, south of Seneca Lake in Schuyler County
 A friend of mine was looking at my photos and asked if I walked across on the log in the photo below.
The answer to that would be "No!", that did not even enter my mind:-)

The centerpiece of the 1000-acre park is a 400-foot-deep (120 m) narrow gorge cut through rock by a stream – Glen Creek – that was left hanging when glaciers of the Ice age deepened the Seneca valley. 

The Road Scholars are all about education.  They taught us all about the types and layers of rock we would see on this journey.  It made me pay a bit more attention to detail as I walked down the hundreds of stairs t…

Doggie Dress up on Halloween....Brodie is a Triceratops:-)

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Clothes make a statement. Costumes tell a story.  ~Mason Cooley I think if Brodie told a story about his costume it would be along the lines of..."This is not my idea, but I would do anything for you, mom":-) I decided to check out Amazon for some fun costumes... Here is what I found.

There are a ton of animal costumes on Amazon.  Even some for cats.
If you are planning to dress up your pet please keep safety in mind.

Advice from Banfield Hospital If you want to dress your dog up, keep it simple. Your dog doesn’t necessarily have to be put in a full costume. Think about a bandanna or decorative collar. These may be just the right touch. If your dog can tolerate wearing a full costume and actually likes it, pick one that fits comfortably. If it is too tight, it could cut off circulation, restrict movement, obstruct breathing or cause sore spots. If the costume is too loose, your dog can trip or become tangled. Accessories such as strings, capes, belts, etc., can get caught on obj…

Monday Morning Motivation..He Comes Alongside Us:-)

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On Sunday morning, I like to sit down indian style on the couch with my computer in my lap and a cup of coffee in my hand and listen to an online sermon.  This week I decided to listen to a sermon on the Summit Church website.  The scripture for the sermon was found in John 14.  I could easily choose scripture for my life (The Beginning, The Journey, The Joy),  in those words.  
The Beginning (of the pain/trauma) "I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you" John 14:18 At the beginning of my trauma I guess you could say I felt like an orphan.  The person that swore to love me forever just left.  Leaving me shocked and in a state of despair.   What a blessing to know that God will not leave us alone in our situation but will come to us.  Remember he is with you no matter what you are going through.
The Journey "And I will ask the Father and he will give you another counselor to be with you forever" John 14:16 In the sermon, the counselor is described in many ways…

Road Scholar Trip Continued....Cowles Hall Elmira NY

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Exploring Elmira College with the Road Scholars.  I loved this building.  The stained glass in the chapel was stunning and seemed to tell a story.  Beautiful!


Cowles Hall - The original building of the campus, built in 1855 and designed by a man named Farrar to have an octagonal center, seventy feet in diameter, and four arms in the shape of a Greek cross. Only three of these wings were built; the eastern and western arms were completed in 1855, while the northern arm was built in 1880. Its cornerstone, containing a copy of the college's charter and various other documents, was laid on July 6, 1854 during a ceremony. The location of this part of the building is unknown. In 1882, construction on the north arm of Cowles Hall was completed. As the first building of the college, Cowles Hall served as a dormitory, dining hall, and classroom. It has recently been renovated and is being used again for academics and student activities. On May 10, 1917, the building was dedicated to Dr. Au…