Monday, June 29, 2009

De Touch

Ever wanted to look glamorous in your photos ? Didn't like the way a pictured turned out with the subject looking not like you wanted ? Have you wanted to look like you had smoother skin , a flatter tummy , tight abs , long,long legs in a picture ? Check out this new program called The Art of De Touch to learn how to touch up your photos like a pro . It is so cool !

Saturday, June 27, 2009

The End Is Coming in '2012'?

The 21st of June was the summer solstice and it was roundly celebrated I read in the news .While reading the news , one story lead to another and I read about the end of the world ... again . Some one is always predicting the END somewhere . What with the news of the bubonic plague here in Libya , I can almost believe the news but...... NOT REALLY ! By the way since June 17th , there hasn't been any other word on the plague and what has happened here in Libya , so am guessing we are all ok , hum ?

There is a new movie coming out that predicts the END IF THE WORLD 12-21- 2012 .This isn't a new prediction for the end of the world . It has been foretold by the ancient Chinese fortune telling text the I-Ching , the Mayan calendar ,astronomers abound through out the ages , and various sages and "prophets " , down to precipitating the dawning of the Age Of Aquarius .Read all about these theory's and the movie below just for chuckles and grins :

The End Is Coming in '2012'?

by Jonathan Crow    June 17, 2009

2012 Few people have destroyed the world more than Roland Emmerich. In his mega-hit "Independence Day," aliens laid waste to pretty much every metropolitan center on the planet, and in his eco-thriller "The Day After Tomorrow," much of the northern hemisphere finds itself buried under ice. In his third crack at presenting the apocalypse, this fall's "2012," Emmerich taps into the angst of thousands of astrologers, doomsday enthusiasts, and conspiracy theorists who fear that a massive cataclysm will strike the earth on December 21 of that year. Yet unlike previous dates tied to the Earth's expiration, this one has its roots in various sources throughout history including interpretations of the Mayan calendar, astrology, and the ancient Chinese fortune-telling text the "I-Ching."

The Mayan Calendar
2012 gained the patina of doom with the best-selling 1966 book "The Maya" by Harvard archeologist Michael D. Coe. He noted that the Mayan culture's famously complex "Long Count" calendar simply ends on 12/21/12, speculating that civilization might come crashing down on that date. Other scholars argue, however, that the Mayan calendar would merely flip over like an odometer that reached 100,000 miles.

Galactic Alignment
Astrologers have also pointed out that during the winter solstice of 2012, the orbital planes of the solar system and the twelve Zodiacal constellations will intersect with the "Dark Rift" -- a black bit of the Milky Way located next to Sagittarius. Some argue this intersection is precisely why the Mayans -- who were brilliant astronomers -- ended their calendar when they did. But other astrologers believe that this conjunction will usher in a great shift in consciousness.

Timewave Zero
And then there's ounterculture thinker Terence McKenna whose Timewave Zero theory -- drawing off of elements from the "I-Ching," the teachings of philosopher Alfred North Whitehead, and modern fractal mathematics -- which determined that 12/21/12 is, you guessed it, the exact date of a profound change in world. Roughly speaking, the Mayans, astrologers and McKenna are all predicting global doom or the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.

Sunspots and Pole Problems
So if the apocalypse is set just in time for holiday shopping season three years from now, how exactly will the world end? One theory that actually has some traction in the scientific community is that a solar flare will cause a sudden shift in the magnetic orientation of the Earth's poles, causing all kinds of planetary problems like volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. NASA is predicting strong solor activity around 2012 and there's evidence that the magnetic poles are slowly weakening, something that reportedly presages a reversal. Of course, most scientists think that this reversal will take centuries, not days, to occur.

So how does Roland Emmerich end the world in his upcoming epic "2012"? "Pole reversal," he said in an interview this week. "All kinds of stuff going on. But it's basically major earthquakes and volcano eruptions which kind of cause this global flood .

"We found this obscure theory of 'Earth crust displacement,' written in the '50s by someone called Professor Hapgood. Albert Einstein wrote the foreword to his book. It pretty much [says] every X number of years the whole Earth's crust shifts, all together. We thought that that was a great underlining theory that can explain why there can be a flood."

And what is the director going to do in preparation for that fated date? When asked he said, "I'm a pretty down to earth guy. Even [though] I made movies about aliens, I don't believe in aliens. And I don't believe that the world will come to an end in 2012, but it's a great scenario."

To get a peek at the devastation Emmerich is bringing to the screen in "2012," which he says has more visual effects than any of his previous films, watch the exclusive trailer below.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Red Shoes Painting

I thought it was time for a change of profile pictures . I had a picture of Tagura beach that Khadijateri took . I have had many lovely comments about that picture . But I felt like spicing things up a little .So I have replaced it with painting .

I mentioned in a post recently, I have a on going love affair with RED SHOES .I found artist Jacqui Faye, who paints pictures of red shoes , among other things . Imagine that ! So , I thought I would feature her painting named " On The Road To Morocco " as my profile picture .

I love the thought of a woman sitting on a camel and wearing high heeled red shoes . Can't you just see her on the camels back moving through the desert and those bright red shoes sticking out on the side ? OMG ! What a scandal that would be ! LOL!

Monday, June 22, 2009

What Do You Think ?

I am sure that most of you have read / heard and / or seen somewhere by now , this story .......

"UK ratifies prisoner transfer deal with Libya, could have implications for Lockerbie case ?"

How do you personally feel about this political deal ? Were you expecting this to happen ? If so , why ? Let's hear from you and how you think this will happen .Don't forget you may make your comments anonymous .

Sunday, June 21, 2009

One More Time !

Ok , let me try this one more time ...... HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all you dads out there ! I know I falsely reported that June 7th was the day but THIS TIME I am absolutely SURE it is really FATHER'S DAY , ok ?

This is a important day . A day to honor those men in all our lives that made a difference to us . That was there for us when we needed them .Maybe he just gave you a look that said Atta-girl / Atta-boy when you most needed one . It could have been the time he kissed your boo boo and said don't cry , that things will be all better now . Or what about the time you woke him up at 4am to say you has a ant in your ear and he got out the magnifying glass and flash light to check it out , just to humor you ?Maybe it was that special smile he gave you when you thought no one cared .1,000,000 things your dad has done over all the years, with each and every one saying "I love you so much " .

I had several dads in my life . Men that made a positive mark in my life .One was a brother in law that is no longer with us . He had a large hand in raising me . A big influence over my way of thinking about men . He taught me that I could trust men . He made me feel safe and loved .He taught me that family was the most important thing in the world . Without it , you are lost .

The other " Father" was my father in law . He was my true father and I loved him with all my heart . From the very 1st moment I meet him , I loved him . He accepted me as I am .He never tried to change me .He treated me as a equal and with respect . He turned a blind eye to all my glaring faults .The highest compliment he ever paid me was to be his self around me and not try to be "the man" everyone always expected him to be 24/7 .We could and did discuss every topic under the sun together with out any embarrassment to either one of us . We were honest with one another . He was always there , always . He was a great man and I was so lucky to have had him in my life .

So , Dads Of The World , this is your day ! Some one out there loves you . Someone knows all you have done to make their life special , either already , or they will one day in the future . Rejoice and celebrate !

Thursday, June 18, 2009

38 Years And Counting

Today Moe and I will have managed to stay married for 38 years . What a miracle ! We were talking about the day we were married last night . Remembering all the turmoil and drama of getting married . But the one thing we remembered the most is how much we wanted to marry each other .

Thank God whenever we have reached a bad time in the union , one of us has had the good sense to not give in to the temptation of divorce . NO MATTER HOW MUCH WE MAY THINK IT IS A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME , lol !

It has been a amazing 38 years which has seen us through all sorts of good and bad times , richer or poorer , in sickness and in good health . Maybe these have been the easy years and the time ahead of us are gonna be the hard times ? Only time will tell .

38 years , WOW , I still can't get my head around that ! And I still love that man . That is the most amazing thing , to still love some one you have lived with for 38 years . Unbelievable !

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Thought For The Day

Never .......

Ever ......

take a laxative


a diuretic ......

both on the same day .......

and then SNEEZE !

Friday, June 12, 2009

Dazed And Confused For Days !

This will really make you think " How In The World Did I Ever Learn English !" Read the below and laugh .


Read all the way to the end.............. This took a lot of work to put together!!!

You think English is easy???

Read to the end . . . a new twist

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce .

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse .

4) We must polish the Polish furniture.

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

7) Since there is no time like the present , he thought it was time to present the present .

8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object.

11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row

13) They were too close to the door to close it.

14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.

15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France . Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

PS. - Why doesn't 'Buick' rhyme with 'quick' ?

You lovers of the English language might enjoy this.

There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is 'UP.'

It's easy to understand UP , meaning toward the sky or at

the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP? At a meeting, why does a topic come UP ? Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a repo rt ?

We call UP our friends. And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver; we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car. At other times the little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses. To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.

And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP. We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.

We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!

To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions. If you are UP to it, you might try building

UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more. When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP . When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP .

When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP .

When it doesn't rain for awhile, things dry UP .

One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP , for now my time is UP , so...

it is time to shut UP !

Oh . . . one more thing:

What is the first thing you do in the morning & the last thing you do at night? U-P

Da Bob

I woke up the other morning to find the world I live in all wrapped up in grey cotton candy floss . It was the fog . It was a silent ghostly hushed world . Not a sound anywhere .
In Libya the fog is called DaBob . I love the way that sounds .Like fog has a nick name .
I learned the poem "Fog" by Carl Sandburg , when I was very little and it always comes to mind when ever I see fog .Thought I would share it with you here .

by Carl Sandburg

The Fog comes
on little cat feet .
It sits looking
over the harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on .

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Sunday, June 7, 2009


Am I red in the face !!!!! I realized this morning that today ISN'T Father's Day after all ! OH well ! What can I say ? Just consider the previous post a advance greeting for all you dads out there . Father's Day will be June 21st this year .Good intentions and all that jazz , lol !

Happy Father's Day

Wishing all the fathers out there a very happy and joyous day filled with wonderful memories of your children . OTE

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

New Treasure

Moe bought this lamp and it's twin for me as a early anniversary present . I have had my eye on them for over a year now . I would drive by the store and tell myself , " there are my lamps " . Never thinking I would one day own them .All I can do is sit and stare at them , lol . I love the vivid colors and the rich textures . Makes me feel as if I have a box of jewels sitting on the table next to me .

Monday, June 1, 2009

Red Shoes

I have had an on going love affair with red shoes ever since I got my first pair when I was 3 years old .They were a brilliant pair of red cowboy boots that I wore even to sleep .

I remember wanting those boots more than a candy bar . I thought I might die from sheer happiness when they were given to me as a surprise present .I wore them in the summertime with shorts and little tops that did NOT match the boots at all , lol . My mother would try her best to get me to wear sandles , but I never would .

I cried when I had to stop wearing them because my feet had out grown them .I kept them hidden at the back of my closet for many years long after I had to stop wearing them .Every once in a while I would drag them out to hold them close , like long lost friends .
When I saw this painting , it reminded me of those red cowboy boots . I just wonder where those red shoes are taking the woman in the picture .