Jeanne's Bliss Blog

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Happy Father's Day Tomorrow

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When a Father takes the child by the hand
he takes the Mother by the Heart♥

Famous Quotes for Fathers

“Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope”
~Bill Cosby

“The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them”

“Are we not like two volumes of one book?”
~Merceline Desbordes-Valmore

“It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn’t”
~Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother”

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Food for Thought Justin and Ahram

Soon my son and his lovely lady will be sharing meals together
as she goes to visit him in New Zealand soon.
How wonderful indeed to share a meal with one you love

My son is a superb cook and his presentations are divine~

All photographs courtesy of Ahram for Justin's food
and the pictures of Justin in the Garden and he with Ahram
courtesy of my son.

The One-Minute Graduation Speech 465.4
I’ve given lots of commencement addresses and, despite the silly hat, it’s a head-swelling experience to tell a captive crowd how they should live their lives. The problem is, speakers are to graduations what turkeys are to Thanksgiving, except people are much more interested in a turkey on a platter than a turkey behind a podium. What we need is a good one-minute graduation speech. Here’s my platitude-stuffed effort:

"Okay, folks, you got your degrees. It’s a good time to set goals and devise a plan. Remember, failing to plan is planning to fail. You need a roadmap, but be prepared for unintended detours, confusing signs and closed roads. Don’t be afraid of change or be unwilling to change. Enjoy the journey, wherever it takes you, because that’s your life.

"Chances are, success and happiness are among your goals. But be careful, they’re not the same -- all successful people aren’t happy and all happy people aren’t successful. If you have to choose, choose happiness.

"Take control of your life by taking control of your attitudes. Pain and disappointment are inevitable, but suffering is optional and tough times are always temporary.

"Live within your means, and when you mess up, fess up. When you’re in a hole, stop digging.

"Listen to both your heart and your head. Pursue your passions, but don’t confuse feelings with facts, fun with happiness or pleasure with fulfillment.

"Don’t sacrifice a thousand tomorrows for a few todays, and don’t settle for a little life. Live with purpose and for significance. Respect yourself and others, avoid self-righteousness and be kind rather than right."

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.

Autumn Baby

My Fabulous Friend Dani creates such amazing pieces...........
This one especially calls to me as our relatives in Nova Scotia
they are expecting a new little daughter this September
and are going to name her Autumn.
How fabulous is that..........
(click on Artful Thoughts link in my sidebar)
It will transport you to Dani's marvelous site.

More than words letters mingle souls.

Happy 67th Birthday Paul McCcartney


Thanks Dani for this link
Love you

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Love is the only magic I believe in

I loved her Book Eat Pray Love and cannot wait for the movie

Paul McCartney

Tomorrow is Paul McCartney's birthday
This is one of my favorite songs
as well as My love
Ram On
and the Long and Winding Road
and Let it Be

Love you ♥

If your life were a soundtrack
What songs would you be?♥

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

“Every one of us is called upon, probably many times, to start a new life. A frightening diagnosis, a marriage, a move, loss of a job . . . And onward full tilt we go, pitched and wrecked and absurdly resolute, driven in spite of everything to make good on a new shore. To be hopeful, to embrace one possibility after another -- that is surely the basic instinct. . . Crying out: Hide tide! Time to move out into the glorious debris. Time to take this life for what it is.”
-- Barbara Kingsolver,
High Tide in Tuscon

From This months O Magazine
Live your Best Life Page
I love the quotes each month.

I love Koop

One of my favorites

~ By Margery Williams ~

"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but Really loves you, then you become Real."

"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.

"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."

"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"

"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get all loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

I never get tired of reading this.
One of my favorites

All photographs courtesy of my friend Greg
Red Bull races on the Detroit River Waterfront this past weekend

Monday, June 15, 2009

Love and Prayers for Vincent Bourdeau and Family

It was a relative of my husbands who drowned at Point Pelee on Friday.
It is in today's paper under Vincent Bourdeau.

Our love and prayers for all the family at this time of loss.

Two Stories

"Won't you come into my garden? I would like my roses to see you."
~ Richard Sheridan

Two Stories BOTH TRUE - and worth reading!!!!


Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago . Capone wasn't famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.

Capone had a lawyer nicknamed "Easy Eddie." He was Capone's lawyer for a good reason. Eddie was very good! In fact, Eddie's skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for a long time.

To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well. Not only was the money big, but Eddie got special dividends, as well. For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day. The estate was so large that it filled an entire Chicago City block.

Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him.

Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son that he loved dearly. Eddie saw to it that his young son had clothes, cars, and a good education. Nothing was withheld. Price was no object.

And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong. Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was.

Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn't give his son; he couldn't pass on a good name or a good example.

One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted to rectify wrongs he had done.

He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al "Scarface" Capone, clean up his tarnished name, and offer his son some semblance of integrity. To do this, he would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great. But, he testified.

Within the year, Easy Eddie's life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago Street . But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he could ever pay Police removed from his pockets a rosary, a crucifix, a religious medallion, and a poem clipped from a magazine.

The poem read:

"The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour. Now is the only time you own. Live, love, toil with a will. Place no faith in time. For the clock may soon be still."


World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O'Hare.

He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington in the South Pacific.

One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank.

He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship.

His flight leader told him to return to the carrier. Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet.

As he was returning to the mother ship, he saw something that turned his blood cold; a squadron of Japanese aircraft was speeding its way toward the American fleet.

The American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenseless. He couldn't reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet. Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger. There was only one thing to do. He must somehow divert them from the fleet.

Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes. Wing-mounted 50 caliber's blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another. Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent.

Undaunted, he continued the assault. He dove at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible, rendering them unfit to fly.

Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction.

Deeply relieved, Butch O'Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier

Upon arrival, he reported in and related the event surrounding his return. The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane told the tale. It showed the extent of Butch's daring attempt to protect his fleet. He had, in fact, destroyed five enemy aircraft.

This took place on February 20, 1942 , and for that action Butch became the Navy's first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to win the Congressional Medal of Honor.

A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29. His home town would not allow the memory of this WW II hero to fade, and today, O'Hare Airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great man.

So, the next time you find yourself at O'Hare International, give some thought to visiting Butch's memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honor. It's located between Terminals 1 and 2.


Butch O'Hare was "Easy Eddie's" son.

(Pretty cool, eh!)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Flower Power

All photographs courtesy of the lovely Ahram
Taken in Seoul
Thank you
I love you ♥


Scenes from our gardens here in Lakeshore Ontario Canada

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Thanks a latte Ahram

The top photograph is the Starbuck's I visit here in Lakeshore.
The rest of the Starubuck's photographs are courtesy of Ahram
Taken in Seoul and in BC.
I love you
Thanks for all you do for me♥

Ahram and I were both visiting our Starbucks yesterday
We are always close in heart although miles apart
Her in Seoul and me her in Lakeshore Ontario

Her pictures of Starbucks in Seoul
and a few of BC as well
Thanks a latte.........
Where have you bean all my life?

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Did you Know?

Beautiful creative piece from my gorgeous and talented friend Dani~
I love you ♥

Did you know that those who appear to be very strong in heart, are real weak and most susceptible?

Did you know that those who spend their time protecting others are the ones that really need someone to protect them?

Did you know that the three most difficult things to say are:

I love you,Sorry,and Help me.

Did you know that those who dress in red are more confident in themselves?

Did you know that those who dress in yellow are those that enjoy their beauty?

Did you know that those who dress in black are those who want to be unnoticed and need your help and understanding?

Did you know that when you help someone, the help is returned in two-fold?

Did you know that it's easier to say what you feel in writing than saying it to someone in the face? But did you know that it has more value when you say it to their face?

Did you know that if you ask for something in faith, your wishes are granted?

Did you know that you can make your dreams come true, like falling in love, becoming rich, staying healthy, if you ask for it by faith, and if you really knew, you'd be surprised by what you could do.

But, don't believe everything I tell you, until you try it for yourself, if you know someone that is in need of something that I mentioned, and you know that you can help, you'll see that it will be returned in two-fold.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Do it Anyway

Do It Anyway

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered;

Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;

Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;

Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;

Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;

Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;

Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will forget tomorrow;

Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;

Give the world the best you've got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God.

It was never between you and them anyway.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009


Thank you Flickr and Flickr Toys

“Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.”

Monday, June 08, 2009

Garden Scenes

Almost all are of our gardens but a few of the neighbors as well.

It is the sweet simple things of life which are the greatest of them all.

I love you Ahram

I can hardly wait to see you side by side with Justin in New Zealand.........
I love you ♥

Saturday, June 06, 2009

A phone call from my son last night I am in Heaven

Every time I see and hear my son on skype receive phone calls from him or hear from him my heart has wings
Today I am in Heaven reliving every word from his phone call last night.
With his very heavy and saturated schedule time is precious and spare time is rare.

I am just thrilled for him and so very proud to be his Mother........
Soon his lovely lady Ahram will visit him from Seoul.
They are counting the days.

Such lovely things to look forward to...........
I love you my SON shine♥

Friday, June 05, 2009

Happy Birthday Iris
We love you

A few pictures of Justin in New Zealand for you

Taken by his friends via Facebook

In the end what matters most is
How well did you live
How well did you love
How well di ou learn to let go

Don't worry baby

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

June the month to celebrate Grads and Dads

My cousins son Bryan is a proud new graduate.
Congratulations to a very fine young man.


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!

--Rudyard Kipling

Monday, June 01, 2009

Rabbit Rabbit

All Photographs courtesy of Ahram
Thank you
Love you ♥
Thank you Flickr Toys for the use of your fabulous
tools to make this calendar
See my link to Flickr in my sidebar

"We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have."

- Frederick Keonig

Rabbit Rabbit

June time to celebrate Grads and Dads and June Brides
and bouquets of beauty from our gardens