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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
By Mauverneen Blevins
London Phone booths
has been getting a lot of attention recently – the wedding of Will and Kate,
the Queen’s Jubilee, and the BIG EVENT – the Summer Olympics.Lucky people who not only get to see history
being made, but the hustling, bustling, beautiful city of London
I had a 24 hour stopover in London and wondered exactly what I could see
in that short a time. After doing enough walking to give myself blisters on the
bottoms of my toes, I can tell you that with a little advance planning you can
actually see quite a bit.
“The best color in the whole world, is the one that looks good, on you!” ― Coco Chanel
Ever get asked what your favorite color is? Maybe it’s one
of your ‘secret questions’ that you have to answer when you forget your
password. Most people probably answer right away. It’s not supposed to be a
trick question. But me? I can never quite decide.
I like red – tomatoes, apples, watermelon, roses and fire
Hall of Mosses
But I like green too. And there are so many shades of green
– mint green, moss green, forest green, emerald green, chartreuse. Grass is
green, although not necessarily greener on the other side. Trees are green – at
least in spring and summer. So are avocados. And lettuce. And Kermit. Is teal
green? Or is it blue?
I was in the middle of getting my blog ready when my
youngest daughter called to tell me they had to put one of their dogs to sleep.
So I decided to dedicate this week’s blog to Dixie
and to all of our pets who add richness to our lives by just being.
Somehow, when I was in the second grade, I acquired a
goldfish.I named it Marilyn.It didn’t last long, but that was my first
pet. After that I tended to stick with dogs.We’ve had several over the years, my first being a little orange
Pomeranian named Sheba.
She was sweet and gentle and prone to seizures but she lived to a
ripe old age.
Summer – the word positively steams with heat, especially
this summer.Summer school, summer camp,
summer solstice, summer job, summer home and the dog days of summer. But I think what most people associate with summer is –
vacation!The kids are out of school so
pack up the car and let’s hit the road.
Trips out West used to be a big thing
for a lot of Midwesterners – probably still are.I know some of my cousins made several trips
out there when we were younger. My uncle had a movie camera and when they got
back we always got to see them on Pike’s Peak in the middle of summer making
snowballs, or scary videos of them riding the mules down into the Grand Canyon.My own memorable summer vacations as a kid included
going to a Wisconsin dude ranch and a couple of trips to Mackinac Island, in Michigan.
Happy Independence Day!July 4th – the day we Positively Celebrate
our freedom as a nation.
when I hear the word freedom I get this ringing in my head –
“freedom…freedom…freedom…” It’s Aretha Franklin belting out those words in her song ‘Think’! "Freedom
– freedom – freedom – yeah freedom…"It always makes me want to dance, which I
don’t think is too inappropriate for today.
There are different forms of
freedom – freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from oppression,
freedom from a dictator, freedom from an abusive spouse or parent.Freedom of and freedom from.Freedom brings responsibility; being
accountable for one’s self and not infringing on other people’s rights - even
when they don’t believe the same things we do.
After Positively falling in love with Paris,
we continued on to Germany –
flying into Frankfort
and renting a car. The itinerary was Frankfort
to Heidelberg to Heilbronn
to Rothenburg to Dachau to LakeConstance and back to Paris - with stops along the way as time allowed.It was a lot to try to cram into a short
amount of time but we were going to give it our best effort.
Tuesday, May 8th found us in old Heidelberg, our first
stop.Situated along the river Necker, it is lovely
with it’s rolling hillside, cobblestone streets and tile roofs, the castle towering
overhead.When it came time to go, I hated
to leave Heidelberg,
but we had to move on and I was assured of even better things to come.