Monday, July 16, 2012

Another Cool Car I Have Owned, (continued)


If you look around on my blog, you will find another article with the similar title.  I just traded in my 2008 Scion xB for a 2012 Honda Accord.


To the right, you will see the Scion xB I just traded in on a new Honda Accord.  I really have a hard time trying to decide which one I really like better, the Scion xB, or the Honda Accord.

"Pugsly," my Scion is for sale on the used car lot at Honda of Temecula, along with other good cars they have taken in trade.  Be assured, they don't keep just any trade in for that lot.  Most go to the auction.  They only keep the cream of the crop for resale on their lots. She has just over 50K miles, and only under 6,000 miles on her in the past 16 months, too.



Here's my new car.  They are both really good vehicles, with good reports on both.

If I had anything to do with who buys my Scion, I would make sure that "Pugsly" (the Scion) gets a good, loving home.  It a vehicle with lots of get up and go, and it can easily pass anything that is trying to hog the road, or holding up traffic, too.

If you are interested in my sweet little Scion, go to Honda of Temecula, and ask for Brandon.  He's the salesman who made my deal.  Tell him you want to see "Puglsy the Scion." Honda of Temecula and also known as DCH Honda, and DCH Honda of Temecula, as well.  They made a good deal for me, and I'm sure you will also get treated well by Brandon, too.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Rattlesnake Season is Here Again


Rattle Snake Killed by This Writer Yesterday at the Home of a Friend

Paint Stud Horse
Paint Racing Breed
This year summer has come about two months earlier than normal in southern California.  Yesterday, I killed my first Rattler.  Though it was out of necessity, I still feel bad that this poor creature had to die.  But, it was near the home of a friend, and residents of apartments on her property.  There are cats, dogs, horses and goats in the area, and even though this Rattler was only about two feet long, it is actually more venomous than that of a larger Rattler's venom.
Coyote

I will be eating the meat, and nothing will go to waste.  Such a pretty pattern, and the poor thing had nothing in it's stomach, either.


Yellow Banded California King Snake
Though many people confuse these
snakes with Rattlers, these snakes are
immune to the toxicity of Rattlesnake
 venom.   These snakes actually kill
and eat Rattlesnakes.
Many Rattlesnakes are found on residential property in this area every year, as it is near the Cleveland National Forest, which also has Mountain Lions, Bob Cats, Coyotes, and many Rattlesnakes were also out much earlier this Spring, instead of waiting for July as usual, since we have been getting summer weather two months ahead of normal this year.  We have actually had temperatures of 109 degrees (F) on more than one occasion the year already.

I previously wrote about a friend who also has killed two Rattlesnakes on her property already this Spring (several weeks ago).

Southern Pacific Rattlesnake
Southwestern Pacific 
Rattlesnake
Wherever you live, stay alert and informed, so you can identify poisonous snakes that may live in your area of the country.  When the first come out of their dens in the warm weather, they are hungry, and will bite anyone or anything which makes them feel threatened.  Avoid them, and they will leave you alone.  You are too big to eat, and they are certainly frightened if anything that may approach is large.  Snakes have poor eyesight, and depend on the heat sensors around the mouth area, which tells them some warm-blooded creature is nearby.  They smell by flicking their split tongue, which allows them to recognize the scent of whatever is approaching, or that they may be tracking.
Night Rattlesnake

To enlarge these photos, click on one, and they will change into an album, with large, easier to see photos.

Following are photos of a few different colored King Snakes
Head of a Speckled King Snake

Speckled King Snake

Black Banded King Snake

King Snake

This snake is often confused with the Coral snake, which is venomous.
Here, the red and black touch (Non-poisonous) ▲
Coral Snake of United States    
Here, notice the red and black are not touching (Poisonous)


Here's a little rhyme to help remember the difference between a coral snake and a king snake which is the same colors:

Red with black,
A friend of Jack.

Red with yellow
can kill a fella'

PK Hawk

Monday, June 25, 2012

Monsignor William Lynn of the Catholic Church Jailed, Wearing His Priest's Collar

A Catholic Church in Mexico

    news article:     
By MARYCLAIRE DALE Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA June 22, 2012 (AP)Original 
A Roman Catholic church official was convicted of child endangerment but acquitted of conspiracy Friday in a landmark clergy-abuse trial, making him the first U.S. church official branded a felon for covering up abuse claims.
Monsignor William Lynn helped the archdiocese keep predators in ministry, and the public in the dark, by telling parishes their priests were being removed for health reasons and then sending the men to unsuspecting churches, prosecutors said.
Lynn, 61, served as secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004, mostly under Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua.
"Many in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia hierarchy had dirty hands," Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said. "They failed to realize...
To read the rest of the article, click on the link below:

Try to get a photo of St. Mary's
School, and you get this instead.
INTERESTING?
Image from Wikipedia


Sunday, June 17, 2012

How Do You Feel About Tattoos?

Large Tattos
Tattoos are a very personal thing for many people. Most people with tattoos take pride in their display of tattooed body art.  However, many people who wear tattoos may also have difficulty in getting a job, if their tattoo is not covered by clothing.

I have seen both beautifully executed art in the form of tattoos as well as some pretty ghastly ones.  In my personal opinion, art is best displayed on walls and as statues.



NO,



NO 

and

NO NO NO 




I would not mark my body with tattooed art, but once, I did consider getting tattooed, permanent makeup done, for my eyebrows and eye liner.    But a friend did it, and it was messed up from the beginning.  Now, some years later, her "permanent makeup has faded to a gray/blue, which is more blue than gray, and it looks ridiculous on her, though she seems fine with it. 


Tattoos are expensive to apply, and even more expensive to remove, should you change your mind and decide to have them removed.  I understand it is also quite painful as well to have a tattoo done.  So, if you are dead set on getting an artistic tattoo, I would certainly suggest you first get a rather small on, and see not only how you like it, but also if you can bear the pain.  Some people are much more sensitive to pain than others.


Another consideration should be the fact that all tattoos eventually fade, and if you want it to stay, you may have to have it touched up ever several years.  If you notice the photo above, you can see the tattoo the arm of the male model, and see that is it noticeably faded, in comparison to his other tattoos.


Eyeliner 
I have a neighbor, "P" who has been an esthestician for many years, and a friend who has been a hair stylist, also for many years.  My neighbor is now an expert at applying permanent makeup.  My friend, "C.N." has been a stylist more than twenty years, and she would also like to take the course in applying permanent makeup.  I know she is very detail oriented, and would also do a very good job.   I really hate applying and wearing makeup, as it being so time consuming, now that I am older, it is even difficult to do, with my glasses on, or off.  Over the past ten years of so, I have been considering having my eyebrows and eyeliner done.  She said she would do mine as a combination of a favor, and her test to qualify, once she is ready for that part of the testing.  I know I can depend on her to do a nice application, so I am considering it again.

If you are considering getting permanent makeup done, I would recommend that you go to a qualified person, trained as esthestician who is not a tattoo artist, as the two may appear on the surface to be alike, but believe me, they are definitely not the same think at all.  You want to go to someone who is trained in applying makeup properly, not just someone who knows art tattoos.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

More On Religion and Politics Butting Heads-This Time it's in The United States

"Catholic bishops sound battle cry for religious liberty"


Pope Benedict 

The Catholic church realizes their religious freedom is at stake.

The following it an excerpt from the article linked to below:

On Jan. 20, the Health and Human Services Department issued a mandate compelling nearly all religious organizations — including Catholic hospitals, universities, schools and charities — to provide their employees with free birth control, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs. This is a direct assault upon the conscience rights of numerous Christian groups, compelling them to violate their central religious beliefs or face massive penalties. The HHS ruling was clear: comply or go out of business. The Obama administration is striking at the very heart of the First Amendment. It is an unprecedented attack on religious liberty.

Read more:http://times247.com/articles/12catholic-bishops-sound-battle-cry-for-religious-liberty3#ixzz1wkHNbYRn

German Cathedral est. c 800 A.D.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Norway Abolishes CHURCH OF NORWAY - Reposted from Norway News

[16.05.2012, 08:26pm, Wed. GMT]
In a move that has taken many by surprise, the Norwegian Parliament is set to separate church and state when it carries a constitutional amendment to abolish the Church of Norway. The nation will become secular, with no official religion, and the government will not participate in the appointment of church deans and bishops. Svein Harberg, the spokesman for the Church, Education, and Research Committee stated that the decision is historic both for the Norwegian Church and for the politicians in Parliament.

A parliamentary committee report presented Tuesday contains a unanimous recommendation to have the state permanently separate from the church.


All 169 members of the seven parties in Parliament, including 10 representatives from the Christian Democratic Party and 30 from the Conservative Party are said to be behind the move, according to a report from TV2.

The government will no longer have a minister of churches, and the state will no longer be responsible for the appointment of bishops and deans. Instead, Norway will treat all religions and philosophies equally.

The state will no longer engage in religious activities, but support the Norwegian church, national church and other religious and belief communities in line with it, reports NRK.

The amendments are expected to be formally passed on Monday

The Church of Norway was formed after the Lutheran Reformation in 1536, and was officially called the Lutheran State Church. The state meddled very little in church matters, only quelling unrest when it had to, chose high church officials, and financially supported the church.  
Opposition from secular groups arose in the 1970s when Norway's economy boomed and the church benefited.
Stave Church in Norway
Traditionally, every citizen of Norway became a member of the Church of Norway upon baptism. 79 percent of Norwegians are registered members, but only about 20 percent make religion a large part of their lives and only two percent attend church regularly, according to 2009 and 2010 data. A 2002 study done by Gustafsson and Pettersson revealed that 72 percent of Norwegians do not believe in a personal God.

Terry Sanderson, president of the National Secular Society, said: This gives us hope that one day our own Government and indeed, the Church of England will realise that Establishment of one particular church is unjust and anachronistic. Breaking the link between church and state in Britain, however, would be an enormous task that could well take generations to achieve even if there was will to do it, which there isn't.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Margarine VS Butter-You Decide


Pure Unsalted Sweet Creamery Butter
This a reprint written by: Jim Fortner


Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back.
It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow coloring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavorings....

DO YOU KNOW.. The difference between margarine and butter?
Read on to the end...gets very interesting!

Both have the same amount of calories.

Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams; compared to5 grams for margarine.

Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study.

Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods.
Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few and only because they are added!
Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavors of other foods.

Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years.

And now, for Margarine..
Very High in Trans fatty acids.
Triples risk of coronary heart disease ...
Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol)

Increases the risk of cancers up to five times..

Lowers quality of breast milk

Decreases immune response.

Decreases insulin response.

And here's the most disturbing fact... HERE IS THE PART THAT IS VERY INTERESTING!

Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC... and shares 27 ingredients with PAINT

These facts alone were enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance).

Open a tub of margarine and leave it open in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will notice a couple of things:

* no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something)

* it does not rot or smell differently because it has no value ; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weeny micro-organisms will not a find a home to grow. Why? Because it is nearly plastic. Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?

Share This With Your Friends.....(If you want to butter them up')!

Chinese Proverb:
When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others.

Pass the BUTTER PLEASE



~Jim Fortner
By: All Vegan. All Delish.

Butter and Sour Dough Bread
or
 Toast, Topped With Pure Butter
and
Unfiltered Raw Honey.
A healthful and delicious treat.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

NEWS ARTICLE: Catholic Church Faces Disruption and Banishment as Irish Cardinal Set to Resign (Reposting)

Just in case you have not yet heard about this movement, this blog is reposting it for your information.  This blog makes no comment on this information, but this is important world news.  Have you even heard a word about this on the nightly news?

Catholic Cathedral
(Stock image added by blog; photo not included in original news article)

May-04-2012 15:37printcomments

Catholic Church Faces Disruption and Banishment as Irish Cardinal Set to Resign

Kevin D. Annett Salem-News.com
Breaking News for Global Release: A Communiqué from ITCCS International.
ITCCS Ireland Protest outside the Dail, Dublin, April 2010



(BRUSSELS AND DUBLIN) –
The Roman Catholic Church faces permanent disruption and banishment in at least five countries if it does not comply with ten “non-negotiable measures” by September 15, 2012, according to a global coalition of survivors of church rape and torture.

The list of measures was issued today at a meeting in Dublin, Ireland between Archbishop Dermot Martin and representatives of Anti Catholic Church Activists Worldwide (ACCAW), Magdalene Laundry survivors, and the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State – Ireland (ITCCS).

The measures demanded of the Catholic Church include the defrocking of all child raping priests, the licensing of all other clergy as public servants, the return of the remains of all who died under Church care, the annulment of tax exemptions and other Church privileges, and the return of all of the Church’s wealth generated by the exploitation of children.

The full statement outlining these measures is reproduced below, including an attached audio recording of the statement.

Issued on the eve of the impending resignation of the head of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady, for his protection of child raping priests, the statement was delivered by John Deegan of ACCAW and ITCCS Ireland members Gerry O’Donovan and Dave O’Brien, who confronted Archbishop Martin with the demands.
20,000 people oppose Pope Benedict's visit to England, London, September 2010


The Ten Point statement was issued by The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State, an umbrella organization of over fifty organizations in the United States, Canada, Ireland, England and Australia. (The Anglo-American World Power?)

“Pope Benedict and his Bishops have until midnight on September 15 to start complying with these measures” said ITCCS Secretary Kevin Annett today. “After that, we will begin actions to halt the normal operation of the Roman Catholic Church around the world, and we will seek indictments against Pope Benedict and other Vatican officials for crimes against humanity and criminal conspiracy.”

The ACCAW, ITCCS and other groups have staged high profile occupations of Catholic churches during their regular services, and plan to escalate these actions into “a permanent campaign of non-violent disruption and civil disobedience aimed at the Roman Catholic Church … until the Church’s reign of terror over children is ended.”
Issued May 4, 2012 by ITCCS International – Brussels

Information: genocidetribunal@yahoo.ca or 250-591-4573 (Canada) and cliogarvin@hotmail.com or godonothing@gmail.com (Ireland)

An Open Letter to Archbishop Dermot Martin and the Bishops and Clergy of Ireland, from The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State
Issued to a meeting with Archbishop Martin on May 4, 2012

My name is Kevin Annett and I am the Secretary of the five-nation body known as The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS). I am speaking on behalf of the ITCCS and our affiliate organization in Ireland.
Our coalition represents over fifty organizations in Canada, the United States, Ireland, England and Australia, including many survivors of church terror.
We have also been recognized by seven aboriginal nations in North America, and been authorized by them to recover the remains of their relatives who died in Catholic Indian residential schools and orphanages; and to bring to justice those responsible for the death of over 50,000 children in these church-run institutions.

Let us state clearly that the time for polite talk is over.

The Roman Catholic Church has imposed and is perpetrating a reign of terror and crimes against humanity on generations of children, is actively concealing those crimes and protecting child rapists and murderers in its ranks, and has shown no desire or capacity to change the policies or practices that allow these unspeakable crimes to continue.

Nevertheless, on behalf of the nations and survivors we represent, and the Executive Council of the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State, I have been authorized to give the Church a final opportunity to change, by presenting the following demands to the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, as we have already done to Pope Benedict, Joseph Ratzinger, and Vatican officials.

The following concrete actions by the Church are required if justice is to be won for its victims and if the crimes it has committed and continue to cover up are to end.
If the Church fails to abide by these basic commandments of humanity and the law, we will take permanent action to end its criminal regime.

  1. The Church must issue full reparations to all of its victims, including by paying for all of their medical and counseling bills, the cost of their rehabilitation and retraining, and for any of their disabilities and losses.
  2. The Church must surrender for a proper burial, without conditions and at its own expense, the remains of all those who died in its institutions or while under its care.
  3. The Church must return all land and property taken from its victims, and restore all of the wealth generated by its exploitation of them as children, including the wealth created from their unpaid or low paid labor.
  4. The Church must surrender without conditions all of the evidence of its crimes against children, and all of those persons responsible for committing these crimes and concealing them, including its highest officials. The Church must fully disclose this evidence and participate without conditions in all public investigations into its crimes.
  5. The Church and its guilty parties cannot hide behind so-called diplomatic immunity or other privileges to evade justice and avoid prosecution. The Vatican must end its official cover up and annul its policy known as Crimen Sollicitationis, which compels Catholic clergy to conceal crimes committed against children in their parishes.
  6. The Church must immediately expel and defrock all known child raping priests, officials and employees in its ranks, and defrock any clergy who harms a child or conceals such harm.
  7. All clergy and Church officials must agree to be licensed and monitored as public servants, and take a legally binding, public oath to protect without conditions the rights and sanctity of children and disclose any harm done to them.
  8. The Church must forgo and withdraw from all of the tax exemptions, financial concordats and agreements, and other special privileges presently granted to it under the laws of nations.
  9. The Vatican must agree to the annulment of its status as a so-called state, and free its congregations and dioceses from its authority so that they may act according to the wishes and needs of their respective communities and their faith, and not the political and financial requirements of the Vatican.
  10. All of the wealth accumulated by the Church and the Vatican Bank through land theft and conquest, and from tax exemptions, concordats, and from its operations around the world that have harmed children through the exploitation of their labor, such as the Magdalene Laundries and Indian residential schools, must be returned to its victims and to the poor in general through a direct, public redistribution of that wealth, as Christ himself commands.

We have been instructed to inform the Bishops of Ireland, as we have notified the Vatican, that they have until September 15, 2012, to agree to these demands and implement these ten measures. If they fail to commence to do so by midnight of that date, we will enact the following measures:
  1. The Roman Catholic Church will be formally and forever banished from our communities, and measures will be taken to legally and practically prevent it from operating;
  2. Roman Catholic churches, agencies and offices around the world will be permanently disrupted and occupied as part of an ongoing campaign of non-violent civil disobedience; and
  3. Our International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State will reconvene its court, and will seek the immediate detaining for questioning of the highest officials of your Roman Catholic Church, including Pope Benedict, on charges of obstruction of justice, criminal conspiracy, and crimes against humanity.
It is time for all people of conscience within the Church to choose who they will serve: a self-governing, criminal church system that sets itself above the law and God – or its suffering victims, and justice. We urge Catholics to choose life, by making these ten steps a reality. Otherwise, the Roman Catholic Church will have forfeited its right to operate in our communities and in our world.
By this declaration, we are lending our active support to the Irish survivors of rape and torture by the Roman Catholic Church who are meeting with Archbishop Martin today. These survivors include members of ACCAW, the ITCCS, and Magdalene laundry victims.
We stand as a united front with these brothers and sisters, and with all victims of Church terror anywhere in the world. We will never stop until justice is achieved, and the reign of terror against children everywhere is ended.
We will be sharing this letter with our affiliates around the world, as well as with the global media, judicial bodies, and governments.
We welcome a formal response from the office of Archbishop Martin, and we call upon the Church to accept the demands and wishes of the Irish survivors who are meeting today with Archbishop Martin.

Signed on behalf of The Executive Council of The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State.
Reverend Kevin D. Annett, ITCCS Secretary
Gerry O’Donovan, ITCCS Ireland
Dave O’Brien, ITCCS Ireland
Issued May 4, 2012 by ITCCS International (Brussels)

hiddenfromhistory1@gmail.com

Read the truth of genocide in Canada and globally at: 

www.hiddennolonger.com
(includes documentary film Unrepentant

www.KevinAnnett.com

"I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man"
- Thomas Jefferson


See this introductory video on The Canadian Holocaust:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqPIh-267fg&feature=related
______________________________________________________

A Canadian clergyman, Kevin Annett has for nearly twenty years led the movement to bring to light and prosecute atrocities in Christian “Indian residential schools”, and win justice for survivors. Expelled in 1995 from his former United Church of Canada for exposing murders in that church’s Indian residential schools, and persecuted and blacklisted for his efforts, Kevin is now an award-winning film maker, author, social activist and public lecturer who works with victims of church violence and genocide all over the world. In 2009, he helped to establish the five-nation International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State, which is seeking to indict church and government leaders for crimes against humanity.

As a result of Kevin’s tireless efforts on behalf of native people, the Canadian government was forced to issue a public “apology” and reparations program concerning Indian residential schools, in July of 2008. In giving him the name Eagle Strong Voice in 2007, Anishinabe elder Louis Daniels declared, “Kevin Annett is doing what few of his people have done, and that is to speak about the crimes they committed against many of our nations and their children. He has earned a place forever in our hearts and history. He is a brave and prophetic man. I ask everyone to welcome him and heed his voice.” And scholar Noam Chomsky wrote in 2006, “Kevin Annett is more deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize than many of those who have received it.”

For more information on Kevin and his work, contact him at
hiddenfromhistory1@gmail.com, and see these sites:



Saturday, May 12, 2012

Things I Always Wanted to Do

This was Me in my plans, a woman on horseback, traveling the wide open places
Having given this prompt due consideration, I think I have already done most things I wanted to do, with the possible exception of riding horseback across the United States, and riding from the Mexican Border northward to the Border of Canada, through California, Oregon and Washington state. 


Since I am not physically able to even ride a horse any longer, that is more than a long shot, it's just plain impossible. It would not be the same to ride in a cart or a buggy, so I guess those dreams will have to remain inside my head and heart. 


I have always wanted to travel the outback of Australia, also on horseback, but that will not happen either. 


I also had wanted to ride horseback to Alaska, and return, which is no longer something I am physically able to do.  It isn't because I am too old, but with my neck injuries, and two neck surgeries, doctors have laid down the law, that I am no longer to ride horses.  The injury is not related to my riding, in any way, shaper or form, but horseback riding could mean landing in a wheelchair, or being a quadriplegic, or even death if my horse simply shied, and jumped sideways, jerking my head.


Still, these thing are in my head and heart, and if it were possible, I would still do it, even at the ripe ol' age of 67 years.
  
The sight of mountains beckons to me.
It has called me since I first ascended
them as a child.
 Then, there's the little item I have to add to this list. Another trail ride I never got to take. That is riding the mule train from the top to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. You spend the night at the bottom of the canyon, and ride back to the top the next day. Once I attempted to get a reservation for this ride, but the waiting list was something like three years. I really did not have three years to spare, so I would have taken one of the other trails I mentioned. 


While time passes, we have a life to live, and a family to raise, and work that must be done in order to achieve the tasks at hand. I did enjoy the work I did, working with my late husband running our contracting business, running the office, and negotiating contracts with the Army Corp of Engineers, and working with other contractors who appreciated me as an equal, not only a little woman doing as her husband said. 


I was way ahead of my time in this industry, and now that I look back, I was really well involved in what was truly considered a man's domain

Thursday, May 10, 2012

A New York Taxi Driver's Story

This is a repost of a story which has made the rounds on FaceBook, apparently many times.  This is the first time I have read it though.  I feel I must share this story, as it has an important message, and will affect your feeling and thought for at least the rest of the day, if not for a lifetime.

A NYC Taxi driver wrote: (Name unknown)

The Last Fare of the Day
I arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few minutes I honked again. Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift I thought about just driving away, but instead I put the car in park and walked up to the door and knocked.. 'Just a minute', answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor.

After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90's stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940's movie.

By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets.

There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard
box filled with photos and glassware.

'Would you carry my bag out to the car?' she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman.

She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.

She kept thanking me for my kindness. 'It's nothing', I told her.. 'I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated.'

'Oh, you're such a good boy, she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked, 'Could you drive
through downtown?'

'It's not the shortest way,' I answered quickly..

'Oh, I don't mind,' she said. 'I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a hospice.

I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. 'I don't have any family left,' she continued in a soft voice..'The doctor says I don't have very long.' I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.

'What route would you like me to take?' I asked.

For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.

We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.

Sometimes she'd ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.

As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, 'I'm tired.Let's go now'.
We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico.

Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move.
They must have been expecting her.

I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.

'How much do I owe you?' She asked, reaching into her purse.

'Nothing,' I said

'You have to make a living,' she answered.

'There are other passengers,' I responded.

Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug.She held onto me tightly.

'You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,' she said. 'Thank you.'

I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light.. Behind me, a door shut.It was the sound of the closing of a life..

I didn't pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day,I could hardly talk.What if that woman had gotten an angry driver,or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?

On a quick review, I don't think that I have done anything more important in my life.

We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.

But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.


"PEOPLE MAY NOT REMEMBER EXACTLY
WHAT YOU DID, OR WHAT YOU SAID ~BUT~THEY WILL
ALWAYS REMEMBER HOW YOU MADE THEM
FEEL."