Who’s mad?

This brought a smile to my face and those of  the women who were standing nearby.

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~Photo Lori Greer~

 

Living Today

Early morning thoughts as I look across the harbor in Victoria, BC.  as the sun comes up.

It is a beautiful scene.  It is wonderful to be alive.   Continue reading “Living Today”

Bye Bye Summer

September 1.

The end of summer.

The true beginning of the new year in some respects. Continue reading “Bye Bye Summer”

What is Rome?

The passage “What is Rome?” below is from Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr.

I read a few pages of his book every few days.  It is like sitting down with a friend.

I am learning a lot from his experiences living in Rome with his wife and twins.

This was a book club selection for my Italian Book Club.*  Some loved this book.  Some found it boring.

Read reviews at Four Seasons in Rome….

Four Seasons in Rome

“What is Rome? …

“It’s like America before coffee was “to go”, when a playground was a patch of gravel, some cigarette butts, and an uninspected swing set; when everybody smoked, when businesses in your neighborhood were owned by people in your neighborhood; when children still stood on the front seats of moving cars and spread their fingers across the dash.

“It’s a health-care service that ensures assistance to both Italians and foreigners in an equal manner and allows a doctor to make a decision such as keeping Shauna overnight without having to worry about costing her several thousand dollars.

“It’s our friend Cristiano Urbani, who is the first male in his family in at least four generations not to become a fishmonger…..

“It’s an economy in recession, the lowest birthrate in Europe (1.3 children per woman), 40 percent of thirty-to thirty-four year olds still living with their parents.

“It’s a place where stoplights are open to interpretation, lattes should never be ordered after lunch, and a man is not considered a failure if he’s forty years old and still spinnig dough in a pizzeria.

“It’s a country where parents let their kids play soccer in the streets and walk home from school unaccompanied, where your first thought when you see an adult man talking to a child in the street is not necessarily child molester.  ”   Four Seasons in Rome

 

Why This Passage?

I miss the somewhat “good old days” when kids walked to school, we did not lock our houses or cars and people knew their neighbors.

I miss small stores where I could receive help before and after the purchase. The owners were often on the premises and lived in town.

I miss Walter Cronkite.

 

No Place Is Perfect.

I grew up with opportunities.

I grew up safe, fed and clothed.

I want the same for all children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anthony Doerr

Italian Book Club

The Sun Rises

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Portland, Oregon August 2017 ~Lori Greer

An early morning walk…

The perfect start to my day.

Just my dog and me.

Quiet and cool along the water.

Continue reading “The Sun Rises”

Breakfast of Champions #1

Good morning!

Here’s a healthy breakfast to start the day.  Continue reading “Breakfast of Champions #1”

Why I Walk…

Enjoy being outdoors.

Meet and greet other walkers.

Spend time with my dog Ginny. Continue reading “Why I Walk…”

Fine Tuning

 

Strong social support is one of the keys to happiness and good health. Making an effort to improve relationships with people already in your life is one way to increase your social support.”— Jeanne Graner Krochta, L.P.     Mayo Clinic

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Photo from http://www.pexels.com/Gianne Karla Tolentino

I have an acquaintance whose hobby is collecting “friends”.

She is warm and friendly.  She has amusing conversations.

She flutters from one friend to another.

She undoubtedly has hundreds of Facebook friends.

She finds no lasting joy in friendship, only the excitement of making a new friend.

Or, rather, making an acquaintance.

Continue reading “Fine Tuning”

Faith Family Friends

All of my life I have enjoyed the comfort of my faith, my family, and my friends.

My faith has diminished and grown over the years as I deal with life’s ups and downs.

My family, while not TV family perfect, are there for me.

My friends, although scattered across the world, are there for me.

 

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Flowers from Carole.  Candles from a boutique in Florence, Alabama.  ~Photo Lori Greer

Continue reading “Faith Family Friends”

Just Walkin’

I go  walking often.

My sweet dog Ginny accompanies me.

Regardless of the weather, walking refreshes and restores me. Continue reading “Just Walkin’”