Christmas Eve Thoughts – Part Two(2)

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Written December 27, 2015

Christmas Eve is a very very active time for my mind, brain, soul and busy hands of the past!

How in H__l does this toy go together! Dammit, where are the instructions! As the years went by I sorta’ learned how to read Japanese, Chinese, Korean and finally dispense with the instructions all together! My natural gift of mechanical ability finally started to take over! Of course I expected awards and cheers … I settled for smiles, screeches and WOW’s. That was better!

However, as I grew up, I was terrible getting up in the morning … mainly for one reason I think that I used to remember. Now, after the years and illnesses I don’t recall so good!

That has been one of my most terrible habits … going to bed late and getting up late … Just that bad habit alone can really mess up your life! Trust me! How does that work for you? I’d like to hear that myself.

What started this bad habit of mine? Why do I still recall part of the cause on Christmas eve?

Sometimes now I can see glimpses … 1st early mass required only one server (alter boy) … I recall ‘old men’ smells. I wish I could get rid of that too! After 5 MI’s and 6 strokes I don’t think much more is going away. I still have nightmares and dreams about that and other times.

I always thought for decades, that everyone went through that in some form or another?

So you see, Christmas eve is a good time since we can make new decisions, and start new traditions and make promises to ourselves and future families as we go on! It is noted as one of , if not , the most joyous times of the year for many and sadly, for too many it is the time when hopelessness can creep in. Sometimes we remember that as well.

That’s why I always tell everyone to smile to everyone. It can bring in the light to chase away the darkness. I think that just might be the best New Years resolution. It costs little. We all own one. Each one is a special gift no one else can give. And it’s easiest to be given on Christmas and we’ll thank ourselves for it the rest of the year (others too)!

Come to think of it New Year’s Resolutions are overrated! I think by now we all knew or suspected that! I suspect we all come up with “I should’s” the whole year! Why don’t we start when we first think that “This or It” might be a good idea? I want to hear your opinion. It’s neither good or bad … it’s yours and you are important! Stop being afraid! What have you go to lose? Come to think of it, I’m writing a book by that title!

It is truly a work in progress since it has and is changing as it reaches completion. Funny, but that’s what each of us are! Someplace in the Bible is says that – Google that! I’m retired.

Now what have I or You left out?

Just maybe all this will help us find more happiness for you and me. Maybe we’ll discover new abilities and gifts to help each other! It happens as we go on to the next ‘ah ha’ moment. In fact it is this in-between series of moments that make up the successful breakthroughs that we have yet to find.

Just think about New Year’s Resolutions! New Year’s is celebrated all over this world albeit with different customs. Many cultures make resolutions of course. I ask you what are most of the US cultures doing?

Making lasting decisions perhaps should be with a clear mind and by persons that will remember them … Yes? Perhaps that’s why most New Years Resolutions at least around here fail?

So very long ago I found Peace, Safety, Comfort, Hope and Forgiveness on Christmas Eve. You’re welcome to join me anytime. I promise you can too!

There is one thing we have to remember. My wife got me this sign that says Don’t Quit! I’ve wanted to many times and yet I haven’t. None of the things we want or think we want come from quitting.

Actually, these are some of my favorite things on Christmas Eve. It just takes action, more action and repeated good actions after that! Oh, it starts with a good decision to begin with! There’s yet one more group of memories and thoughts I find worthwhile on Christmas Eve.

Care to learn more as I do? My last one for today is if I’m doing all the right things then why am I still looking for some secret that I believe is missing?

God Bless and see you in a bit! Rick =)

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Don’t Quit!

Too much to do & see ... so there's eh door

Too much to do & see … so there’s one door …

Don’t give up! Perhaps it is what it is which is so often said. Never did like that saying, but after many years I think I am understanding it … sorta.

I also apologize to you simply because there were some topics you might have wanted to consider but I’ve been too busy with life! I had to take time to get rock solid permission for the last picture. I believed that if I didn’t get permission I was fearful the world would end! Mine at least! I was afraid plain and simple. My wife used to say you know too much, which makes you think too much! Finally, I agreed.

What do you believe or think and how do you process each and every thing? Do you have control over all the processes? Did you just fail miserably or just a little? How many times has this happened this morning? I hope a lot!

I think it means you’re busy living or trying to live! That’s good don’t you think?

We can’t do it all. There’s simply too much so pick!!!

Pick one thing and finish it despite whatever is in front of you that seems to be stopping you! Most of all tell fear you will do whatever it takes to make it happen over it’s dead body!

It will either hurtle you forward to experience joy and happiness, because you will succeed or fail! Either way, it’s behind you and you can take one step forward … Simon says so!

You’ve accomplished it and you know you’ll do it better the next time! Or, you’ve failed and now you know it doesn’t work that way but you’ve gained wisdom! I can promise you that both are satisfying! You can only lose if you quit!

I go through this so many times during the day. I want to quit or be lazy and think why bother!

My excuses are that I am really sick. I have a heart attack and then I am stuck in the hospital to have them recover me so to speak! I am depressed and I don’t think of it much … I just don’t want to do anything … ever been there? However we have life and we forget to be thankful for that gift! Each and everyone of us!

I discovered what depression really is. WE tell people to just get over it … WRONG! I really and truly wanted to go to heaven and be with my wife … I wanted to die because to be alive was not an option. I quit hundreds of times a day and yelled at God! I don’t care if you have something for me to do yet! That’s a lame excuse! You hear me!

Yet in between I have helped my daughter though she doesn’t see and I have helped my son and he sees. I have helped so many and that helps me. It is what I do and is one gift I have for anyone. Truly it helps me to help you. Is that selfish?

Why I am not dead today is a miracle! It’s also only by God’s grace – a gift. I have thrown so many gifts back at God and said no thanks! Get out of my life now!

Today I am so glad He ignored me! What about tomorrow?

My suggestion is Don’t Quit!

My wife gave me that sign before she died almost 20 years ago! I have to look at it almost every day but it helps me to remember you.

Sending smiles to you today! Rick

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Yom Kippur 2015

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Israel Repenting

Yom Kippur is about many things with the stated first point as atonement. Atonement, like making restitution. Perhaps one could say reconciling with an individual.

I thought that for years like saying I am sorry and that takes care of it for the 237,000 times you hurt someone.

Do you remember all them?

Many of you who know me pretty well, often think I can be a bit off. My mind works differently than most people. Maybe because I have so many interests and talents.

I’m not bragging, but having been told that a lot over the years it’s possible. I think they might be right even though they all make fun of me and it’s ok!

One day a year we jews can be washed white as snow. Our memory of all wrongs and sins are sent away as far as the west is from the east. Who has promised us that? My God and His Son.

Who of us can make fun of God or would even dare. Heylel or Lucifer did even with all he knew?! What kind of lunatic would do that. Lucifer! He spent billions of years, perhaps trillions or more working in God’s service and with Him, so he knew God! I think he was perhaps the most foolish being that ever existed. He got kicked right out of heaven never to return.

Nope there were no do-overs for ‘him’. Yet according to the law we can be forgiven for everything. We get a do-over and get another chance this year.

Catholics per Rome, Christians and their versions; we can get do-overs weekly or daily even!

Have any of the Faiths really thought about that. What truth do we allow to sink in. I don’t think a lot and that says it all!

Saying ‘sorry’ doesn’t really cover it. Growing up as a Catholic I thought an act of contrition did it all … along with a 100 Our Fathers and 350 Hail Marys. I was a bad … bad boy.

I was an alter boy and wondering did I forget something? If I served Mass on Sunday would I be vaporized? No kidding I really did have these and many other thoughts. Looking back, I got a LOT OF DO-OVERS!

I wasted maybe a half million do-overs so far and never had anyone given me a reason to think what more could I do?

Teshuva a Hebrew word for Repentance. It was explained to me that what I was asking to be forgiven for meant nothing unless I was hell bent (sorry) on never ever doing it again. Not like fasting and after today or 6 weeks from now I could do it again … not a big deal. Right? Forever never occurred to me even after discovering I was supposed to repent (still working on figuring that out). Didn’t matter how much penance I did. It was what my heart decided.

As a Christian I can ask for forgiveness and be forgiven … every day! As a Jew I reap that benefit once a year? As a Jew I am comfortable with Yom Kippur because I really think about not doing whatever, really really seriously!

I may have hurt you but I sinned against G_D and HE gave me a do-over!

Blessing to all Faiths today and I hope your do-over is as wonderful as mine!

Thanks for listening and God Bless ! Rick

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Remembering Kitty with Love

August 23, 2015

I was reading news, internet articles and hearing the TV in the background; all about the goings on.

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Scarlet Anne lost to the flu earlier this year…KOMO

So much is about fighting, and deaths and so many other tragic losses which brought me to think of my family’s losses as well.

Just recently a young girl of 10 and her mom died in a car crash.Almost immediately the 5 y.o. son made a 911 call to announce the accident and lead the rescuers to them. There are so many more children lost

Then the image of Kitty initiated overwhelming sadness, and the almost unbearable loss that comes with the tragic loss of yet another young child!

I had the privilege of writing about Kitty before in an earlier blog.

Loss is more it seems, with a child and I couldn’t begin to number the reasons. We have all lost family like mothers and fathers, brothers, grandparents and more which indeed evokes great sadness and grief.

Still the loss of a child is more. So I once again prayed for her mom and dad and the whole family. I don’t know what more I could do except each time I recall, to pray for Mom and Dad and the family. What else can any of us do except share in the grief and sadness at the time. It helps I believe.

It’s maybe a couple hours later and I went back to re-read my previous post where I found out about Kitty from my good acquaintance Brittany and her family.

I just finished praying how to, in some way, be able to ease the terribly tragic loss of Kitty. She was a bright promising young lady who just celebrated her 5th Birthday this past April.

No one knows what happened with Kitty … perhaps she fell in the water and in trying to get up … it was dark she got turned around after hitting hit her head? No matter what, it is tragic. We all ask why and we all start to lay blame which helps no one.

What has comforted me with Kitty and so many other losses in our own lives was my wife Connie knew they were safe now and we would see them again.

It makes it no less hard for sure!

I guess now that is partly why I am writing my latest thoughts on Faith. We’re all so lost without it along with needing to share it.

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We both (Connie & I) shared whatever we could do together, but she’s home now with Jesus like so many of our loved ones, maybe working from the other side!

Please continue to pray for Kitty’s and Scarlet’s family and I hope this helps you and all of us left behind!

I want to thank Brittany, Scott, Isla, Hailey and Mira for their help in this post. Check them out to hopefully add a bright spot into your life! The Windtraveler Blog!

God Bless … Rick

PS: Don’t forget to hug, call, email, send a smile to a loved one today!

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Almost Two Weeks!

May 24, 2015


I last published or sent my last work out around Mother’s day – the title of the last blog. It wasn’t what I had planned, which you know already if you read it!

I wanted to get into what I will cover today. It’s a selfish interest at first look, but I hope and believe it will be for your benefit more. I need to get to a point where I can handle the tech part much more easily (like I used to). I used to program and teach programs and software from Apple to Microsoft. My job at the local BOCES is what gave me the idea initially and the confidence that people would pay for what I knew.

This all stemmed from being the “go to” guy for everyone that knew me … I was the forerunner of Google! I read a lot – emphasis on a lot!!!

Over the years my knowledge extended to many things like how to use ebay and later craigslist along with word processing software and more! I was pretty good, but now … I don’t like the details so much. I move better and understand more of the ‘whole picture’! I came to hate programming

Studied physics and then mechanical engineering and electrical via high school (except not so much after I discovered girls!). I have always been a helper or having a gift of helping. Others have seen it and told me I should take better care so I can help others!

They have a point!

After my recent April marathon I said I was going to get pics on my blog and maybe figure out how to separate them. I have been working too slowly in my opinion but my son who is working with me tells me to take it step by step or 1 step at a time. I know he’s right of course, but I am still too impatient even after all these years!

What’s next?

Two things really!

Should I get photos from places like creative commons or use ones that I have had for decades? What do you think? Remember it is extra work and I am only one person and the precise reason I am not further ahead than I am!

I will continue to work on placing pics to make it all more enjoyable for all of us. As it comes together I can concentrate on more matters that apply to each of you. There’s no reason to go through life being gullible as I have. Remember my motto to “Question Everything…”.

I hope to lead the way discovering and revealing information to help each and everyone of you how to avoid wasting time, money, energy and protecting yourself in ways you haven’t thought of nor have I!

Years ago, the Commissioner of patents ( Charles H. Duell) said in effect that everything that has been invented has been invented! He hadn’t heard of Steve Jobs yet and others! I want to work in finding truth that will help everyone and myself in the process!

By the way, here’s a fact that I have believed for at least 25 years or more. Everything is not digitized and too much is missing already. It’s going to be missed forever if we rely only on transcribing electronically to save it all! We need to keep books and memories as they are irreplaceable!

I mention this as it has been later found that Mr. Duell didn’t say what he is credited with. Someone else found something in a 1899 comedy magazine attributing it to a JOKE in this magazine! Yet Google couldn’t find any reference to the above prior to 1980. Oh oh!

Things are being increasingly lost. So much of my education came from the Library of Congress whether by brown photocopies (way back when) or other means afforded a young student! Most often it was to verify items like Camillus , NY was the birthplace of the Republican Party! I can attest to that!

Help me to find someone that can offer help for me to move forward! I believe we will all benefit! Yea!!!

Oh, I will keep asking for help so that I can return in kind, to you all!

Blessings to you all! Rick =)

PS I wrote a couple weeks ago and couldn’t / forgot to publish … health and such – sorry 🙁

PSS I apologize for being so self serving and I really do hope it will be of benefit for a great many! Thanks! Rick =)

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April 30, 2015 Thursday – Celebration!

Well, it’s been 30 days of mixed feelings of hope, fear, happiness, sadness and many more emotions and persevering! We all made it! I am sure I am no more surprised than any of us!

Many are wanting to continue I see and I hope Nicole will work something out! It’ll be good and if it’s continued I will make a post from time to time. I can’t tell any of you how great it has been for me as you already know from your experiences!

I believe for many of us if not most, it could be considered a journey of all the emotions mentioned above. I hope it has been rewarding for us all as we discovered new parts of us worth building on. I know I did. For that I am thankful as well.

For some of us fear will be a little more afraid of attacking us! Sadness will find a little more joy in those days and know recovery is just outside the door! Hope I think will have grown maybe 3 inches this month!

Of course, Happiness will be doing her Happy Dance too! Better than before!

Of course, this is all awesome and many of us will continue to add a smile to everyone we meet and extend a kindness which will build on our relationships with each other here and those we meet!

After all the only thing that matters in this world is each other.

Nothing else!

Let’s use each of our talents and gifts to encourage each other every day! Then as we go on down our respective paths we will leave and discover a little “awesomeness” each and every day!

I’ll be looking for the May flowers! Hugs to you all and especially smiles! Rick =)

PS Always go for that extra Smile!

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April 28, 2015 Tuesday – My Son…

is one of my most important persons in the world, as are my other children. Jesus was God’s most important person to Him. Let face it that people are all that’s important in this world and they all are or can be Awesome! That’s what I and everyone else in this awesomization nation Facebook group are or have been discovering.

I believe what many of us have discovered thus far can be expanded upon. Perhaps we can find additional like voices and we can all grow even more. What do you think?

All of us have many gifts and talents that we might share to help build a forum of like minded people that will and can help ourselves and others! Really!

I have benefitted from this exercise immensely. I did this out of selfishness. Yes you heard that correctly.

It’s ok to be selfish. You’ve all heard these statements that if you don’t take care of yourself no one will. More importantly if you start to fail in business or in your health and so on you can’t help someone else. That’s very very true.

In fact, I’m going to be asking Nicole for help for me and it will be also for her since I came to this by her putting this month forward or out there for us all!

Check out The Awesomization Nation on facebook .. I think you can get in there by asking to be allowed. I can recommend it with full confidence. It may or may not be the time for you but read what others are finding for themselves. Please let me know your thoughts as I am interested!

Sending many blessings to you all today! Rick

PS. Sorry I didn’t post yesterday. Wrote it early and forgot (first time ever). Right! LOL

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April 26, 2015 Sunday-Thanks for little things

Today is a day I have spent mostly praying and not because it’s Sunday. Maybe a little more as I’m tired today . I do it everyday as we all should be doing to my way of thinking. God’s a pretty good friend to have. Who better!

Within the last year another church member came up to me and told me I was a friend of God and then walked away ( I still don’t know who he was). However, I had just finally finished Ray Stedman’s Friend of God. It was about Abraham and I can recommend it highly! If you have a best friend you talk with them every day and I think it’s no different with God. Sorry, I got off track … the little things yes?

Today I have been also thinking about the little things we ignore including the chores or whatever. Have you done that lately and then forgot about it? Ultimately they add up and cause us to be uneasy, fearful and we don’t know why!

Probably, we’ve all got 50 or a 100 things we mean or need to do … later. We forget, but they’re still there and add up. They slow us down and can ultimately stop us from doing our best. It’s not just people that can nag!

So I am going to keep cleaning the bathroom and hope to finish tonight. Send a letter to my son. Take a shower since it’s 6 PM on Sunday and I need to get dressed! Write the rest of today’s post. Order some new socks that don’t have holes in them. I have written very little on my book since I have been posting this month. Figuring I’d get to it except I haven’t. Finish my exercises as they aren’t done for the day. Send love to you all. Pray for my kids and their children. Can you think of other little things you need to catch up on?

Yup! Thank you Jesus for all the little things as they are my awesome legacy. What makes up your awesomeness? Blessings to you all too! Rick =)

PS – After this I will be going back to my old posts to add pics finally. Maybe I can find out how to make links purple or blue so you can get to where I’m telling you about easier?!

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April 21,2015 – Boo boo!

I don’t know how awesome today is except I am ok. I didn’t do much this day as I fell in the morning while getting out of the shower. I’ve been falling more and more lately this past year or so. I was better before until Worker’s Compensation stopped my benefits for the 50th time give or take.

I am not complaining, but it’s a process all about money and a very corrupt one at that! It helped to kill my brother in 2012 at 49 and I knew a great many others. Maybe I hsold write a book about that.

Anyway this morning as I was getting out my left hip gave out and I started to go down and hit my head pretty hard banged my right shin and fell on my left shoulder again. It’s taken several weeks to get swelling down but still hurting and ‘cracking’ and now this. I apparently also did some kind of split. I tore the skin just below the tail bone. It still hurts and bleeds a bit.

So, I will quit for today and post my ‘activities’ asap. That’s it for today.

Awesome for today is I didn’t get injured worse than I did! Thanks for listening … Rick still here! =)

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April 16, 2015 Thurs – We need happy!

Well, most of us made it through Tax Day! It’s a day filled with dread, massive worry, and the what am I going to do!?!? In a word … Fear. It doesn’t have to be. We all have choices.

We need more happy. We need lots more happy and I am the worst example. I see hurts to be bandaged, and sadness to be alleviated, children to be rescued and so much more! My wife and I shared those interests up until she went home to be with Jesus the summer of ‘96.

She was my go to when I needed to lift my spirits. She might suggest work on my cars or in the workshop. She’d say go sing along with one of my tapes or go for walk up in the hills! That was 20 years ago. I don’t do any of that only rarely. I get caught up with life – good or bad! We all do and sadly it’s toward the negative usually.

A friend mentioned this to me about 2 weeks ago and I agreed and been thinking about it. We all need HAPPY!

Sing a song. Visit a grandchild. Go up to the lake. Go to Facebook. You name it for you … but do it. However, everything needs to be in moderation. I’m all work and no play! I have been called dull and boring at times but don’t tell anyone!

This morning I got up and saw or rather heard “Everyone is Lonely”. It made me happy! Are you different too? Funny how and when happiness appears. Here’s a link to that via Huffington.

It impressed me to the point of finding out who sang it as the voice made the happy part and her name is Liz Beebe. .

She also sings with the Dustbowl Revival! A group I believe will become a top ten at least here in the US! I have a knack for that.!sights/cypa Check out their newest song “Whiskey in the Well” from SF! There’s more videos there too!

Liz is the lead singer there and she is in other groups. I think a very talented young woman to watch! Check her out!

I believe you will see the awesomness growing up all around her! It needs to be watered is all.

Hope I helped you to smile today and take a break … Look up and look around … Tomorrow’s Friday and for most it means a break so prepare! Love you all! Rick =) in case the other doesn’t link up! =)

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