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“We write to taste life twice,

in the moment and in retrospection.”

–Anais Nin
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yellow radiance

sun seems a little brighter

watching us today
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simply: LIFE IS GOOD

no matter what: LIFE IS GOOD

difficult tenet

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Beauty never dies

I met her just twice….

(but ”knew” her through my husband)

cancer….. just a “snag”.

Beautiful woman.

Beautiful in her yellow.

Beautiful spirit.

A teacher to all…

about living, and dying,

working and playing.

Beautiful young wife.

Beautiful friend and human.

Beautiful sister.

A teacher to all…

Perhaps this was her purpose!

Doesn’t ease our pain.

Beautiful teacher.

Please pray for her family.

She is at peace now.

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on July 13, 2009 at 10:30 am Leave a Comment
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Size matters !

large family…. can

field several football teams

some members will come.

this large family…

lives close; visits… are easy

occasions abound.

our small family…

we are only eleven

hope someone can come.

this small family…

900 miles apart

occasions are few.

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I grew up “with” Michael Jackson

same age as Michael

and the same age as Donnie

just couldn’t decide

poster-covered walls

Jackson 5 and the Osmonds

Bobby Sherman, too

the Monkees were there

a special place for Davey

he still tours, you know!

a birthday present

first stereo and speakers!

“Let’s see how it works!”

“A… B….C…” he sings,

“as easy as… 1…2…3″

volume is cranked up!

that song “takes me back”

to my childhood bedroom…

stereo and stand

dad and I… giggling

Michael belting… A.B.C

two great memories

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That goodbye moment

A n t i c i p a t i o n.

L o g i c. E m o t i o n. A t O d D S.

That “goodbye moment”.
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straight and narrow road

gives way to two curvy lanes

locals drive so fast !

lush, green, farmland hills

an occasional farm house

blood pressure– dropping 🙂

must be attentive

thick woods and shadows– shroud deer

they travel in pairs

The scent of smoked meat…

from a personal smoke house.

I wonder what kind.

updated entrance

vandals broke fixture again

such a special place !

spaghetti dinners

quilt sales and raffle tickets

“build” their post office

basketball goals– gone

great for remote control cars

had hopes they would fix

we always turn left

so many houses and names

each– a memory

Our old neighbors… there

that rude priest…over there… and

the only A-frame.

Open garage door

his bright red truck barely fits.

Wow, what a craftsman!

St. Louis friends- there

they discovered this lake first.

shared “heaven” with us.

She warned of the bugs;

he is “ecstatic”– when here.

somehow- made it work

There’s our Realtor–

helped us buy a lot; now he’s

helped us sell our home.

now, over the dam–

Lake Anne is so beautiful !

trespassers– Beware !

“Ah…. hurry, Meyer!”

“Hurry, Meyer”, I repeat.

He came in second.

Executive– there,

high school principal, next door

then, local banker.

Paramedic, and

two volunteer firemen…

some of our neighbors.

Our next-door neighbors–

welcoming and delightful

same– K.C. high school

Same boat- but his worked.

Early morning speed demon…

anchored and read news

Ex-tearoom owner,

and an airplane engineer

they found “heaven”, too.

much time spent working

kids abhor our lake visits

ten years pass quickly

I ‘birthed’ our home’s plan.

Hard to say goodbye, but it’s

time to cut the cord.

leaving– we turn right

more friends, sights and memories

maybe… we’ll see Kate

New house– faulty drive.

Just how could that have happened?

Wasn’t our builder!

Yellow, weekend home,

pontoon boat and Cadillac.

Elderly couple.

Cedar home– too dark.

Glad we didn’t purchase it!

Had musty “lake” smell.

The Taco Bell house–

such an interesting place.

Criminal once owned.

Boat slip under house,

a drug dealer’s get-a-way…

fast boat… his escape.

Plain house, with no trees.

Owner customizes cars

for Jay Leno- yes!

Cute, ”Goose’s Cottage”

hospitality– galore

will truly miss them

She, “loves my husband–

because he is so, so sweet.”

She’s seventy-plus.

Beautiful stone. A

seawall, built by two women–

talented, good friends.

Plantation-style house…

with ever-blooming gardens.

Hoped…. to know better.

community beach,

picnic area and dock

always a party

creek bridge is ahead–

(spot known for water snakes)

trip almost complete

Playground, and pool area–

we never even used once!

Too much work to do.

Small lake on the left.

It’s home to our two turtles.

We are all happy!

Time to bid adieu.

Don’t plan on returning soon.

I stop, and survey…

to the left… the “store”

sells worms and pizza– no gloves

small but functional

to the right…the “sign”

same billboard for these ten years

local Realtor

He’s our Realtor–

helped us find our dream, and he’s

helping us move on.

Work and seldom play.

Our dreams not quite realized.

Hearts in the right place.

It’s now, half past two.

on June thirtieth, ‘09.

New owners have “closed”.


Highway fifty-five at “O”.

Always in my heart.

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Conan O’Brien

Conan O’Brien:

Androgynous look. Coiffure

like Vanilla Ice.

Vanilla Ice- Ha!

A rapper? I don’t think so!

A poor substitute.

Conan O’Brien

Adept talk show host? Nay, Nay.

A poor substitute.

Tarja Halonen

Startling likeness to Conan

Perhaps….. she could…… nah.

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daily seasonality

springtime may be here

but, oh what a thunderstorm

winter memories
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Springtime– home renovation!

cold, dark, long winter

I return home to springtime

memory fails me

little things– delight

bright colors replace the drab

sometimes– giddiness

how could i forget?

it was such a long, long fall…

and lonely winter.

structure is surveyed

support from skilled architect–

re-framing master

home renovation…

problematic joist system

authorized the work
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Secret – Hidden Command Line Switch

Instructions – Go to “Start”, “Run” and Type defrag c: -b to defragment the Boot and Application Prefetch information. Similar to what BootVis invokes.


Secret – Image Trails

Instructions – Open an image and hold down Shift then drag the image around to create an image trail.

Secret – 10x Zoom

Instructions – Open an image and select the magnifying glass icon. Left-Click exactly on the line below the 8x.

Game Secrets


Secret – Instant Win

Instructions – Hold down Ctrl + Shift + F10 during game play. Then you will be asked if you want to Abort, Retry or Ignore. Choose Abort, then move any card to instantly win.

Secret – Hidden Game Modes

Instructions – In the “Game” menu choose “Select Game”. Enter -1 or -2 to activate the hidden game modes.


Secret – Reveal Mines

Instructions – Minimize or close all running applications. Launch Minesweeper, then type xyzzy. Next hold down either shift key for one second. Now when you move the mouse cursor over a Minesweeper square you will see a tiny white pixel in the top left corner of your desktop screen. This pixel will change to black when your mouse moves over a mine. You may need to change you desktop background to a solid color other then white or black to see the pixel.


Secret – Extra Balls

Instructions – Type 1max at the start of a new ball to get extra balls.

Secret – Gravity Well

Instructions – Type gmax at the start of a new game to activate the Gravity Well.

Secret – Instant Promotion

Instructions – Type rmax at the start of a new game to go up in ranks.

Secret – Skill Shot

Instructions – Launch the ball partially up the chute past the third yellow light bar so it falls back down to get 75,000 points. There are six yellow light bars that are worth a varying amount of points:

First: 15,000 points

Second: 30,000 points

Third: 75,000 points

Fourth: 30,000 points

Fifth: 15,000 points

Sixth: 7,500 points

Secret – Test Mode

Instructions – Type hidden test at the start of a new ball to activate Test Mode. No notification will be given that this is activated but you can now left-click the mouse button and drag the ball around.

Secret – Unlimited Balls

Instructions – Type bmax at the start of a new ball. No notification will be given that this is activated but when a ball is lost a new ball will appear from the yellow wormhole indefinitely. Once this is activated you will be unable to activate other secrets without restarting the game.


Secret – Instant Win

Instructions – Press Alt + Shift + 2 during game play to instantly win.

Secret – Draw single cards in a Draw Three game

Instructions – Hold down CTRL + ALT + SHIFT while drawing a new card. Instead of drawing three cards you will only draw one.

OS Secrets


Secret – Hidden Uninstall Options

Instructions – Warning: Proceed at your own risk! Browse to C:\Windows\inf\ and make a backup copy of sysoc.inf. Then open the original file C:\Windows\inf\sysoc.inf in notepad. Go to “Edit” and select “Replace”. In “Find what:” type ,hide and in “Replace with:” type , then select “Replace All”, save and close the file. Go to the control panel, “Add/Remove”, select “Add/Remove Windows Components”. You will now see many more Windows components to uninstall. Do not remove anything with no label or that you do not recognize or fully understand what it does. Doing so can break certain functionality in Windows.

Control Panel

Secret – Hidden Control Panel Extensions

Instructions – Download and install TweakUI, launch, go to “Control Panel” and check any item not selected, then “Apply” and “OK”. You will now see the hidden control panel extensions.

Device Manager

Secret – Hidden Devices

Instructions – Go to the control panel, “System” icon, “Hardware” tab and select “Device Manager”. Select View and Show hidden devices.


Secret – Music from the Installer

Instructions – Browse to C:\Windows\system32\oobe\images\title.wma and play.


Secret – Display Hibernate Option on the Shut Down dialog

Instructions – Go to “Start”, “Turn Off Computer…” and press either Shift key to change the “Stand By” button to “Hibernate”.

Support Tools

Secret – Over 100 Windows XP Support Utilities are on the install CD

Instructions for Pre-SP2 users – If you do not have SP2 installed, put the original Windows XP CD in the CD-ROM Drive, run the D:\Support\Tools\setup.exe
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