See You Later Florida

Love coming to Florida. 


Not a far flight.


Sun shines bright.


Water is blue. 


Birds, fish, and animals like a zoo. 


Nature is peaceful.


Shopping is plentiful. 


Activities day and night.


Swimming makes me feel right. 


Go to the beach.


Eat a peach.


Florida is the place to be.


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Life Is Like A Sailboat

Planning is a critical aspect of making progress toward your goals.


As they say;

If you fail to plan, plan to fail. 


However, planning is subject to life–and life happens!


One colleague of mine compared it to a sailboat, and our dialogue went something like this:

You set out on a course. But the wind and ocean current takes you here and there. Even as you try to steer the boat with the sails and rudder, sometimes you land on Gilligan’s Island!


Hence, life is like a sailboat.  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Life Cycles For Carnivores

I thought this was interesting-funny in terms of the the food life cycles for us carnivores:


For meat, it’s:

“From farm to fork.”


And for seafood, it’s:

“From boat to throat.”


Either way, we end up eating it. 


Just plain hungry or only the strong survive. 


Vegetarians and vegans can ignore this post. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Best of the Caribbean

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Wow, I love this artwork from Haitian artist, Alix Baptiste, who works out of Savannah, Georgia. 


This one is called “Best of the Caribbean”–and I think it really is!


The colors and style he uses is so amazing. 


Someone else I know had one his artworks called, “Island Living” and it was so spectacular.


Somehow it feels like being there…almost. 


Baptiste has a website where you can see and shop from some of his other originals and lithographs.


I am so glad I found this…it really makes me happy. 


Thank you G-d for the beauty of life and in art!


(Source Photo: here with attribution to Alix Baptiste) 

Improving The Lot and Lives Of Women

I saw this women dancing openly on top of this boat moored to the docks in Florida. 


I don’t know why she was doing this (simply entertainment?) and whether this was completely out of her free choice (or at all coerced), especially while these 2 guys on board apparently leered and even recorded her.


But it made me think that we definitely need to better respect and improve the lot and lives of women in society. 


Yes, beauty is something to be appreciated, but there is also something to be said for modesty and showing proper respect.


Further, while people can be physically attractive, they are not just objects, but rather complex, thoughtful, and productive wonderful human beings.


Each person is a whole world and they bring that to the table of life.


There is much to admire, but women (and men) need to provided every opportunity to break through the glass ceiling and not just dance on it. 😉


(Source Video: Andy Blumenthal)

Attempting A Serenade

This was a really crazy Memorial Day weekend:

1. When I was kayaking, a guy in another boat races after us. He yells out about his wife leaving her keys in the boat. He gets so excited he falls in the lake…this really happened.

2. A couple getting married in the park are taking pictures by the lake. The photographer eggs the lady on to go down to the bank of the water with her new adoring husband. She hesitates, but finally gives in and then falls on her butt in the mud in her beautiful gown… oops.

3. This must’ve been the weekend for outdoor weddings, because we saw another couple getting married on the hiking trail’s overlook. It was a beautiful place for a ceremony and quite economical too. We wondered what they had planned if the weather hadn’t cooperated and it had rained–perhaps, “Ah, why don’t we get married next week instead!”

4. A couple comes up to me asking if I’ve seen their lost dog. They are screaming into the woods to see if they can locate the Airedale Terrier, Rosie. I asked what happened to their dog, and they explain that the dog saw some deer and chased after them into the woods and didn’t come back. They are there with their extended family with walkie-talkies and all searching and putting up signs. The next day, I am surprised to see the lady sitting on a stoop in the woods with the dog wagging its tail. I ask if this is the lost dog and what happened. And she tells me how the dog found its way out of this enormous park and walked along the side of the road home, until the neighbors sighted her and called them with the news.

5. And finally in this video, I just sort of spontaneously burst out into serenading this lovely lady. All’s well that ends well. 😉