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Me with Papa & Granny

If my Granny had to be given a name that described her well, it would be Zenia.  It means hospitality or hospitable.

She was the consummate hostess.  Everything was ready and organized before the first person knocked on the door.  She made sure everyone had what they needed until they got in their car to leave.  No one went without in her home.  She thought of every little thing.  Well, except for the one time she forgot rice to go with Papa’s chili.  I teased her about that for years.

She rarely sat while she was entertaining.  She was a whirlwind going through and checking on food, drinks, and guests.  When she did sit, she was watching everyone.  If someone got up for a refill or to take an empty plate to the kitchen, she was up before they could take a step and taking care of it for them.

She was the best role model. I couldn’t ask for a better one.  She taught me so many more things than just being a good hostess before she passed away almost 7 years ago.  Taking care of others in my own home is what rings true for me most.  It’s what I think of when I think of her and she is who I strive to emulate when I entertain.

She left us quite a legacy.

I love you, Granny, and I miss you all the time.


Posted by on April 30, 2011 in Uncategorized


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Yoda is badass.  There is no denying it.  He beats out Shaft.

You hear about his prowess with the lightsaber before you even get to see him battle Count Dooku.  Granted his character was pretty much CG effects in the movie.  There are martial arts masters and sensei out there like Yoda. Possessing the wisdom of the ages and the agility of a teenager when in action.  One with the Force.  Yes, yes.  With him the Force is.  Quite zen if you ask me.  He reminds me of a samurai.  He knew how to avoid fighting, but knew when it was necessary to engage in battle.

He is my favorite character in Star Wars.  Well, he’s tied with Chewbacca and Leia. When you see him in action it’s easy to see why he’s revered by all Jedi.

Yes, I realize I talk about him as if he’s real.  I know he’s just a character on a screen, but he’s just so full of awesomeness.  It’s easy to get lost while watching him on screen or reading about him in the novels.  I think we all have a character that we do that with.  Mine just happens to be Yoda.  Well, he’s just one of them.  He’s just the most badass “alien” of them.


Posted by on April 29, 2011 in Uncategorized


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Torch Ginger

Torch Ginger

My Xanadu is home.  There is no place like it.  Vibrant colors.  Fragrant flowers.  Abundance of fruits. Crystal blue ocean. Amazing hiking trails with gorgeous views.  It is where my heart yearns to be.


Posted by on April 28, 2011 in Uncategorized



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