Thursday, July 2, 2009

Happy 4th of July

Posted in fun, Liberty, Life, Pursuit of Happiness tagged , , , , , , , at 5:45 am by Elaine Petrowski

by LIz Noffsinger from www.freedigitalimages.com

by LIz Noffsinger from http://www.freedigitalimages.com

Here’s a link to a terrific little video with some gorgeous photos of our country. ( It opens with a shot of  the Arizona Memorial, in Pearl Harbor, near Honolulu, HI, which is as solemn, moving, eerie and haunting a place as you will ever visit. Just seeing the photo produces a lump in my throat.)

The background music is “America, The Beautiful”, which, if I had my way, would be our national anthem.

Though I’m not sure how it sits with Native Americans — when you read all the words, and not just the verses we sang in school — I’d much rather we’d be known around the world for “amber waves of grain, purple mountain’s majesty, fruited plains and brotherhood, (though just plain personhood would be nice to acknowledge. But that’s yet another post!)  then for “rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air.”

On the 4th, we’ll be waving at friends who are marching in the parade here in Ridgewood, NJ and then reconnecting with other dear old friends at the July 4 bash they’ve hosted for more than thirty years.

And, there’s no RAIN in the forecast. Perfect.

What are YOU doing for the 4th? (Leave a comment, below so I know someone’s out there.)

Enjoy the day.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Ode to the Poinsettia – The Holiday Gift That Just Won’t Die

Posted in Humor, Life tagged , , , , , at 2:15 pm by Elaine Petrowski

HAPPY NEW YEAR.  Wishing peace and prosperity to you all.

Here’s a piece I wrote some time ago for a now-defunct magazine. (Wonder if things like the typo in the headline were a contributing factor?)  And while my opinion of the ubiquitous plant has not changed, it does seem I will make it through the holiday season WITHOUT one this year.

poinsettia

Anyone else share my view?


Sunday, December 14, 2008

Are You Spending Less on the Holidays?

Posted in Pursuit of Happiness tagged , , , , at 7:00 am by Elaine Petrowski


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Posted in Pursuit of Happiness tagged , , , at 8:24 pm by Elaine Petrowski

What are you grateful for?

for the thanksgiving table

on our Thanksgiving table

Here’s a fun way to wile away a few minutes just before drifting off to sleep the night before Thanksgiving, or any other night, for that matter. Try coming up with an alphabetical list of things you are grateful for.

Don’t think too hard. Just mentally stroll through the alphabet and write down the first thing, or things, that pop into your head.

Here’s my list: Read the rest of this entry »

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Who Took Thanksgiving Off the Table?

Posted in Pursuit of Happiness tagged , , , , , at 7:58 pm by Elaine Petrowski

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

Is it my imagination, or are we rushing the Christmas thing just a bit more than usual this year?

I first noticed it the day before Halloween, when I visited a local nursery to find some pumpkins and gourds… and they were gone. Everyone who was working there was too busy to stop and ask me what I was searching for. They were all unpacking cartons and decorating Christmas trees …. on October 30.

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