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And Our Flag Was Still There

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

I just wanted to share this photo a friend sent me that she took from her condo in Boston. She had dozed off in her chair last night and awoke at about 1:30 AM. She looked across the Charles River where MIT is (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). They had turned one of the buildings of the college into this:

Boston has great heart.

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LUVZ2BAKE 6/12/2013 8:50AM

    And our flag will always be there!! I hope our country never loses its compassion in the time of tragedy and the support it always shows to those that suffer!

Thank you for posting this, it is like a candle on a dark night!!
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LJCANNON 5/13/2013 12:20PM

    emoticon What a Beautiful Way to show their Support! One of the buildings in Oklahoma City did that after the Oklahoma City Bombing. It was Very moving. They have continued since then to light up a Cross on the side of the building every year on the Anniversary of the Bombing and at Christmas Time.

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NORASPAT 5/13/2013 9:59AM

    MIT can do anything, but doing this in such a short time is amazing.
I speak with an English accent and i often spell things the English way but the day DH and I were naturalised I felt amazing.
All three of our sons are US born and ENGLISH by descent, dual citizens.
DH and I are dual citizens by choice, but this is home to us.
I just wish the language could be AMERICAN, it sure is not ENGLISH- Just ask your computer!.
American soil, American Flag, American Language.
Why should immigrants learn the language of another country when they come to the US.
If they spoke American it might make them happier to SALUTE our American FLAG. emoticon
HAPPIEST in the USA emoticon
But there will always be an ENGLAND in my heart. emoticon


Comment edited on: 5/13/2013 10:01:29 AM

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1BEACHWALKER 4/25/2013 4:25AM

    What a great tribute-really cool how they were able to do that! I am so glad no one you knew was hurt and that you weren't there! Such a tragedy for those that were and the lives lost and the ones who suffered! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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ADDISONS-NANA 4/22/2013 9:37AM

    I am Canadian and so very proud of my neighbours in the husband and I were driving through the US on our way to Nova Scotia when all this heart and prayers go out to all of the injured, the grieving and the citizens of the USA who have been once again traumatized by terrorism. I am so sorry emoticon

God Bless America emoticon

Love from your Neighbours in emoticon

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MSANITAL 4/19/2013 8:51AM

    Proud to be an American.. God Bless

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GEMINI-SKY 4/18/2013 9:54AM

    So Glad to be an American !!!!

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CTUPTON 4/18/2013 9:45AM

    What a wonderful photo--and blog. Thanks for sharing this!

Chris (of the Buddhism blogs)

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    Maybe someday it will be realized that this country is made of stronger stuff than any terrorist or terrorist group can diminish but never take away....Semper Fi!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/18/2013 8:32AM

    Thank you for sharing this! We are made of stern stuff. Our spirits will never be brokjen.

Hugs, prayers, peace.

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SHIRAZSOLLY 4/17/2013 11:15AM

    Your title is great, too. Thanks for sharing it and the photo.

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SEAGLASS1215 4/17/2013 4:23AM

    What a beautiful way to show support!

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HICKOK-HALEY 4/17/2013 2:22AM

    Great! emoticon

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CHICOMOM55 4/16/2013 10:39PM

    What an awesome thing to do!

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HISOWN1 4/16/2013 8:40PM

    AMEN to that and to all our unsung heroes who went to the rescue of the injured people!

PRAYING for our City and Country

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LALMEIDA 4/16/2013 7:51PM

  emoticon God bless Boston and America

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Boston Explosions

Monday, April 15, 2013

My heart is sick, and I am shaken by the explosions this afternoon. I was JUST there on Boylston Street on the weekend looking at all the preparations, buying running shoes at the New Balance Store, checking out the special marathon store where the first bomb went off. On a sunny Marathon Day - Patriots Day in Massachusetts - evil struck. Reports of children with legs blown off - it is beyond comprehension. If you pray, please pray for these children and the others killed and injured. Thank you.

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FLASUN 4/22/2013 9:49AM

    Such a terrible day, and this day will not be forgotten. So glad they have the two who were responsible for this awful thing that happened. Prayers still going out to the injured and families who lost loved ones.

So glad you are safe. emoticon

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MSANITAL 4/19/2013 8:52AM

    I am glad you are safe.. God Bless

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CAPECODLIGHT 4/16/2013 7:54AM

    Thank you all for the outpouring of sympathy and prayers for the victims and the first responders in Boston. By the evening, I was able to verify that everyone I know was safe, including a runner who was diverted from the finish line area as he had not finished yet.

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CATE195 4/16/2013 7:29AM

    Such a sad day for Boston, and the world. Prayers for those hurt and families of those lost. Also prayers for the police, fire fighters, and all the responders.

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ANGIE_MAC7 4/16/2013 5:13AM

    Definitely praying for the survivors, and the loved ones of those who didn't survive. What a terrible and senseless tragedy! I hadn't heard about the children, so heartbreaking! God bless them all.

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SEAGLASS1215 4/16/2013 4:45AM

    So sad...why do people do these things? Innocent victims, praying for them, this world is a crazy place, nothing is safe...glad you are okay!

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ILOVEMALI 4/16/2013 2:05AM

    I can't even comprehend it.

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SHIRAZSOLLY 4/15/2013 11:56PM

    I am glad to hear you are ok. I pray that Boston's medical personnel are strong and able, that help comes from many sources, that the perpetrator is found and locked up immediately, and that those who can be healed are healed.

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REBECCAMA 4/15/2013 10:27PM

  Absolutely scary. This is going to hit a lot of close to home. I won't know until tomorrow I guess if everyone I know is okay.

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BEWELL48 4/15/2013 10:02PM

    Horrific indeed!

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BLUEROSE73 4/15/2013 9:47PM

    It's so heartbreaking.

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MARYELLEN301 4/15/2013 8:07PM

    So glad I don't have a TV. It's bad enough listening to it on the radio. There are too many sicko's in the world, that's for sure. Prayers going out for all who were injured or witnessed the carnage.

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CATLADY52 4/15/2013 7:15PM

    We have some sick people in this world. emoticon

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NHES220 4/15/2013 6:47PM

    It is just unfathomable that this would happen. With so many runners and so many spectators. Patriots Day is really a holiday in Boston with so many kids off school and people off work going to see the Marathon. I pray for those killed and injured and for their families. Now they are saying since there was nothing on the wires about it that it may be domestic terrorism. Luckily the found the 3rd device before it detonated.

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LALMEIDA 4/15/2013 6:34PM

  emoticon Prayers and thoughts to Boston.

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SUGARSMOM2 4/15/2013 6:23PM

  turned the news on they where talking about the bombing . what a terrible thing to happen . what a shame . they are also starting to stab people when they go shopping .

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LOPEYP 4/15/2013 6:16PM

    The photos are horrible. I am praying for all involved.

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JACKIE542 4/15/2013 5:43PM

    So terrible that these things happen, sending many prayers. emoticon

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3G1RLS4ME 4/15/2013 5:26PM

    praying so so hard one of the trainers that ive been following ran the boston marathon today and finished before the bombs went off I also pray that the people who could help the injured did.

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What about Exercise?

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

The American Heart Association has been publishing infographics on how to prevent heart disease. The series called "Life's Simple 7" features a different aspect of life - diet, cholesterol control, smoking, etc.
I like the infographics easy to read, right to the point approach. You can print them out and keep posted where you can see them on a daily basis. They offer some tools to help you achieve your goals.
Here's the one just out on exercise:

I know I could be better on the exercise. How about you?


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ILOVEMALI 4/9/2013 11:19AM

    I'll try to get a walk in!

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FARRAH511 4/9/2013 9:47AM

    Yes, I could be better too, I try to do as much as possible though....

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LJOYCE55 4/9/2013 8:21AM

  Great link - it has me rethinking my weight training schedule. thank you for posting this.

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If It Works for Worms...

Monday, April 08, 2013

Here's an interesting article about a study that showed the commonly used diabetes medicine, Metformin, increased the worms' life by a third.

What is more interesting is the potential it shows on preventing or treating obesity and diabetes.

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1BEACHWALKER 4/8/2013 3:03PM

    Very interesting!! Diabetes is a terrible disease. My husband does really well on that medication! emoticon emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 4/8/2013 11:47AM

    interesting info -- thanks!

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PYNETREE 4/8/2013 9:46AM

    emoticon Thanks, great info! Good share!

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ANNIE924 4/8/2013 8:55AM

    Thank you. Since I take Metformin this was an interesting article for me. Hope it's true.

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YMWONG22 4/8/2013 8:51AM

  Interesting information. Thank you for sharing.

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I want a smaller seat

Thursday, April 04, 2013

... to fit into my seat at Fenway Park. I have just gotten tickets to see Paul McCartney there on July 9th. I am psyched! When I was in 8th grade, Paul was my favorite Beatle. I used to fantasize about meeting him and going on a date - the dreams of youth...

The un-refurbished areas in Fenway have some seats on the small side. A few years ago, I remember going to a game in August and being miserable because I was spilling over my seat and trying very hard not to touch the person next to me. This caused me to lean toward one of the people i was with. It was so hot and muggy, we started sticking to each other. Gross.

I heard a guy on a cell phone a few rows back during a rain delay talking to his wife. He said, "Honey, they are going to need to use the Jaws of Life to get me out of this seat." I turned around, and he was even larger than me.

I am happy to report that every year since then I have gone to Fenway a bit smaller. I still am grateful when it is a little kid sitting next to me, but I hope by July 9th I'll be even smaller and I won't stress about the seat at all.

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SHIRAZSOLLY 4/8/2013 2:16AM

    Never been to Fenway, but we have some grand old theaters in Eugene and Portland, Oregon where I have waited with great anticipation for a performance and then been so uncomfortable during it that it was difficult to enjoy the show.

I'm not even THAT large, even though I am much larger than I was in my 20's... but clearly the weight I was in my 20's is the weight that these seats were built for. Also, people were shorter then, and they didn't have bad knees, ankles and hips that required them to straighten out their legs periodically. They certainly weren't seated next to men who had such poor manners they sat splay-legged all night long, crotch exposed and knees akimbo, taking up half of the leg space of both of the people beside them. Moreover, people then mustn't have been very TALL, either, because otherwise you couldn't have seen over them to the stage.

At a couple of shows, I have feigned not being able to see and moved when it was clear that a few seats would remain empty, just to get away from the men with the splay legs. Or my husband and I would trade places and he would splay his legs right back, which would make the offending man quite irritated, and he would draw them in.

So it's not just YOUR seat size... it's the actual design of the place, too... and the behavior of the people all around you. It definitely helps to be able to melt into a smaller area, though. I'll bet you will!

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1BEACHWALKER 4/6/2013 2:09AM

    Oh, do I know that feeling!! Some of these older movie theater seats are so small! I was embarrassed one night years ago, I couldn't stay in the seat- I literally was squished into it and I was so miserable I had to leave. I left my husband (I insisted- so he stayed--he wanted to see that movie more than me anyway) and went shopping and came back to pick him up. When I left I told the theater people you need larger seats, I cannot sit in it-they were nice enough to refund my money. The movie theater was from the 1950's! Do you know not long after that, maybe a year or so, they upgraded with stadium seating! emoticon
I do believe you and I both will be able to fit in those smaller seats really soon!! That is awesome to get tickets to see Paul M.!! emoticon

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EXPOGIRL50 4/4/2013 11:08PM

    I've never been to Fenway...bucket list item, but I would march through hell to see Paul McCartney!! I'm sure you're going to be pleasantly surprised that by July 9th you will be in even better shape. emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 4/4/2013 8:01PM

    You will do this!

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LABOSOXGIRL 4/4/2013 12:03PM

    Oh how badly I want to go to Fenway this year! I had the same experience, the seats in the section behind home plate, not the field boxes but the next level. OY, embarrassing to sit there! You really make friends with your neighbor LOL

I'll take the seats behind the dugout! Like those much better!

Have a great time at the concert, I love the Beatles music too!

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SEAGLASS1215 4/4/2013 11:20AM

    I feel your pain with those seats! My husband and I went to Fenway for a Yankee/Redsox game (I hadn't been since I was a kid) and I was mortified by how tight the fit was in the seat. I wasn't the only one, mostly everyone there was squished in, but it made me sad to realize how much bigger we all these days (supersized meals = supersized baseball fans!). I don't know that I'll ever get small enough to fit comfortably in the stadium seating but I hope to have a bit more breathing room next time we go.

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