Monday, November 3, 2008

Picture of the Day - 11/03/08

Religious freedom is an absolute right,
and includes the right to practice any religion of one’s choice,
or no religion at all,
and to do this without government control.
Your rights to Freedom of Religion and the free exercise thereof means:


The Freedom of Religion is an inalienable right.


The First Amendment provides for the Freedom of Religion for all Americans.


The Free Exercise Clause provides that government will neithercontrol nor prohibit the free exercise of one’s religion.The government will remain neutral.





October 05, 2001

Bordering on Israel and Saudi Arabia, Jordan is a key U.S. ally in the Middle East.

Virtually all of Jordan's residents are Muslim.

Their 31 year old Queen Rania says now more than ever it is important to clarify misconceptions about her religion, Islam and Muslim women.

"Unfortunately, the means that they have used are ones that are condemned all over the Arab world.We do not approve of these terrorist acts or any gruesome activities like the ones we saw on September 11. The American people have to realize that the whole world is with them, they feel with them."



Oprah: You were recently here in New York, and as I understand it, you went to Ground Zero with Mayor Giuliani. What was that like?

Queen Rania: I think for the past couple of weeks we've all been struggling with what happened on September 11, trying to understand it, trying to make sense of it. We've all been glued to our televisions trying to comprehend what happened. It really made a difference to me when I was actually there, when I went to Washington and New York, and visited some of the family centers.I had the opportunity to speak to some of the families of the victims, some of the children who have been orphaned and some of the workers who had been working day in and day out. I began to really understand and appreciate the enormity of the tragedy, and the extent of it, and just how many people were affected by it. It was very, very difficult for me, but I was very inspired by the resolve and the strength of the people that I saw.

Oprah: I've heard you say that as we attempt to fight this war against terrorism, whether it is militarily, diplomatically, through other resources, that this is an opportunity for the United States to perhaps reach out to other disenfranchised countries. Is that true?


Queen Rania: Absolutely. I think that this is a new chapter in human dialogue between the United States and the rest of the world and between countries all over the world. For the first time in history, we all have a combined objective. We all have this common enemy, terrorism. We all need to draw our resources together and fight the common war, each [country] in its own area of expertise, whether it's through intelligence, militarily or economically. It's very important that we all come together on this issue and really fight this war together.


Oprah: When this first happened on September 11, I think it came as a shock to so many of us that other people in the world hated us so much. Can you help explain that to us?


Queen Rania: I think it's very important that you realize that for the majority of Muslims, they do not hate Americans. They do not hate the American way of life. In fact, many countries look at the American model as one that needs to be replicated, one that they aspire to achieve.We are talking about a minority of people who feel that they have been unjustly treated by the United States. Some of them feel that U.S. foreign policy might have been partial and not completely fair to all parties involved, and they wanted their voice to be heard. Unfortunately, the means that they have used are ones that are condemned all over the Arab world.We do not approve of these terrorist acts or any gruesome activities like the ones we saw on September 11. The American people have to realize that the whole world is with them, they feel with them. They are not hated by the rest of the world. Some people feel unfairly treated, but I think that dialogue is the way to understand each other and to reach out to each other.


Oprah: What we're trying to do on this show today is to bring about an understanding of what it's like to be Muslim in the world, and what is Islam. I think there's a lot of confusion. You're very westernized, and then we see women wearing the hoods, the burqas and the hijabs. What makes one acceptable, and the other not? Are you accepted in your country not wearing the scarves? What does the scarf represent?

Queen Rania: I'd really like to commend you for having Islam as the subject of your show. I think this is the right time to reach out and have this open, ongoing dialogue about different religions.[Just] like in Christianity, there are different interpretations of Islam, and there are different degrees of conservatism. It's a personal choice. Some people are more conservative than others. The important thing is the spirit of Islam. That is all about tolerance, about doing good, diversity, quality, and human dignity.The fact that Islam is very tolerant means that it doesn't impose anything on other people. You are supposed to behave in a certain way, or dress in a certain way out of conviction, not because somebody imposes their own ideology on you. I believe one's relationship with God, and how one chooses to practice religion, is an intensely personal choice.

Oprah: So you as an individual choose whether or not you want to be robed or not robed, or wear your head covered or not? That's not imposed upon you by your religion?
Queen Rania: In our country, that is what we believe. We give women the choice to wear the headscarf or not. It's a personal choice. As I said, it is not the state that is supposed to impose on individuals what they believe in. That is their own personal choice.

Oprah: Are you a practicing Muslim?

Queen Rania: Yes, very much so. Muslims are required to pray five times a day. We fast the holy month of Ramadan, which is, I guess, equivalent to Lent in Christianity. We are meant to give to charity. Once in our lifetime, we have to make a pilgrimage to the holy site of Mecca. These are the basic principles and practices of Islam. But more importantly, Islam is about spiritual fulfillment, about morals, about trying to purify your soul. That is something that has to be very much emphasized.


Educate yourselves. Not all Muslims are evil or are out to kill Americans. They're are a few extremists Muslim's just as there are in any religion. Do we hate all white people because of the KKK? Do we hate all Germans because of the Holocaust? There are extremist out there in every belief system and they DO NOT AND SHOULD NOT represent the whole.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Picture of the Day - 9/10/08

DO NOT LET CHILDREN PLAY WITH FLIP PHONES!
A new study has revealed that flip phones can cause very serious side
effects to the reproductive development of young children.

Keep all flip phones out of the reach of children.

Please pass this safety warning on to everyone on your email list.

If it prevents even one injury to an innocent child, it will have been
worth it.

Do not delete this message!


Forward it to everyone you know.Do it for the sake of the children.

If you doubt the importance of this warning, please scroll down...


Ouch!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Picture of the Day - 7/22/08

Holy Shit!
The chain of life, I guess??






Sunday, July 20, 2008

Picture of the Day - 7/20/08


Wow, Is this Mary Kay from Mary Kay's Cosmetics house?? It looks like it would be! It kinda looks a big mound of cotton candy. I would definitely live in this house, and even though I like pink, I would change the color.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Picture of the Day 7/19/08

Isn't this just the most charming little house! It kind of reminds me of the Little Tykes girls bedroom set. It isn't thing I would ever own, but it makes me feel happy just to look at it and it just seems kind of magical!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Picture of The Day - 7/14/08

Did any one catch fireflies (lightning bugs) and put them in a jar when they were kids? I did and I remember having so much fun chasing them around trying to catch them, put them in my jar and then just watch with amazements as the those little insects would put out the most amazing glow. I can sit on my porch now and see the lightening bugs flashing their little lights in the park across the street and I still watch with amazement!
photo by www.timladwig.com

Friday, July 11, 2008

Picture of the Day 7/11/08

Wouldn't it be so much easier if we could just squirt the house down to clean it and then have one of those car wash blower things dry it up real quick???

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Picture of the Day 7/10/08


Who agrees with this?? I do! I Do!! I don't have time to do housework, damn it!! Why can't I just wake up to a frickin' clean house?? All I want is a clean house and time to still do the things I want to do! What's wrong with that? So instead, my house suffers.......so sad :(

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Picture of the Day - 7/09/08

Well, if all else fails and I can't think of anything to post about,
Why not post pictures of Johnny Depp!



OMG, look at those eyes!!
Johnny Depp has some of the most amazing eyes I have ever seen!
He's just so cute!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Picture of the Day - 7/08/08

Isn't this just the coolest picture! What else can I say? Cool!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Picture of the Day - 07/02/08

When Graphic Designers Get Bored
I received these in an email and thought they were pretty cool!
A plant that they turned into roosters

The Cat and Mouse Game

I wish I could be so creative with photography! I think Graphic Design is really a neat thing!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Picture of the Day - 6/27/08

The Cheetah Girls One World

The Cheetah Girls One World, which continues the highly popular saga about a singing group called The Cheetah Girls, will premiere on the Disney Channel Friday, August 22. The soundtrack is set to be released on August 19 by Walt Disney Records, and the "One World" music video will premiere tonight (Friday, June 13 at 5:55 p.m., ET/PT). http://kidstvmovies.about.com/b/2008/06/13/the-cheetah-girls-one-world-new-info.htm
I like the Cheetah Girls and I am excited for the new movie. I think the Indian dress and dances are so pretty! I love the little jewelry the woman wear on their forehead's. I think the colors and dances are going to make this movie so good!!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Picture of the Day - 6/26/08

Wouldn't it be great to lay there and have your belly rubbed just for being cute!
I think it would be kinda nice!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Picture of the Day 6/25/08

Oh, Silly Me!!
I'm Nana Lola from Hannah Montana
Why is it hard for me to be goofy? I am pretty goofy at home around the kids. I make lots of weird sound effects and stuff, but for some reason it's hard for me to just be silly and have fun. I WANT TO BE SILLY, GOOFY, AND FUNNY sometimes!!!


Saturday, June 21, 2008

Picture of the Day - 6/21/08

I've never had my nails done before. Is this how they do it?

Friday, June 20, 2008

Picture of the Day 6/20/08

Superhero's??


Personally, I think these are two superhero's that we could all do without!! What do you think? Would you like to be rescued by this Spiderman or this Wonder Woman? Not me, unless I was being attacked by snakes, then I might be okay with it. I hate snakes!!!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Picture of the Day - 6/19/08

Ha! Ha! This would be me but with a fatter belly and my boobs would fall to the side!



Monday, June 16, 2008

Picture of the Day 6/16/08


How true is this anymore?? Isn't the price of gas ridiculous!! We have had to limit our running around trips to almost nothing. We try to do as much as we can in one trip. Just to get Earl to work and back is costing us a fortune. We aren't going to be able to eat before long. No Joke!! Something has to give before long!!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Picture of the Day 6/15/08

Look at the picture closely

The soldier is washing off his foot, but take a look at where his boots are? Isn't it weird how he put his boot right there and it looks like he has 3 feet? Pretty cool picture!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Picture of the Day 6/06/08

Who doesn't love a cowboy? Aren't these little guys just too cute!! They are from Kathleen Francour's photo's. Love them!!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Picture of the Day 6/04/08


One of my favorite new artists is Blake Lewis. I love the beat box music that he does. Blake puts a pleasant and unexpected change to old songs and his new songs are wonderful!! I love his voice and his music!

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Picture of the Day 5/31/08


This raincloud pretty much describes my life right now! I'm trying to stay cheerful, but this damn raincloud keeps following me around. I know there has to be a silver lining around it somewhere, so I'm begging you Mr. Raincloud, if your going to keep following me around I need to see the silver lining behind you soon! Please!! Pretty Please!!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Picture of the Day 5/30/08

Norah Jones
Norah Jones was born Geetali Norah Jones Shankar. Her father is Indian and her mother American. I never realized she was Indian, see what you learn when you do a little research. Anyway, I love Norah Jones music and her voice is so pretty. I saw her on David Letterman, which I never watch, it just happened to be on, which is pretty weird because my little guy usually stays up late and we are still watching Noggin at that time of night. Anyways, she was so sweet on the show. I liked her even more after watching it.

I like her short haircut too. I also never realized that she is only 5' 1" . I'm only 4'9 1/2" and I used to always get the short jokes. I wonder if she did?? If you haven't listened to any of Norah Jones music there is some here on my Blog.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Picture of the Day 5/29/08

When I was a little girl I always wanted to be a cowgirl, a nurse and a mommy. I did become a mommy at an early age and I did have my LPN license at one point, but I never became a cowgirl and I'm sure that I never will now. I think there is something so romantic about cowboys and cowgirls.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Picture of the Day 5/27/08


I was just curious about the symbolic meaning of butterflies. It's one of those subjects that you know a little bit about what it means but you never really had it explained to you. Anyway, I just thought I would look up the symbolic meaning and share it with you.
In ancient Greek the word for butterfly is "Psyche", which translated means "soul". This was also the name for Eros' human lover and when the two figures are depicted they are often surrounded by butterflies.
In one of the Russian dialects, butterflies are referred to as "dushuchka" which is a derivative of the word "dusha" also meaning soul.
There is also an Irish saying that refers to the symbolic meaning of butterflies. This saying is: "Butterflies are souls of the dead waiting to pass through purgatory".
There is a small town in Mexico that also associate butterflies with souls. It is to this town that Monarch Butterflies migrate every year, around the holiday known as the Day of the Dead. The people of this town see these butterflies as the returning souls of the deceased.
Dreaming of the butterfly relates to rebirth and metamorphosis. Often when we dream of butterflies it indicates we are going through a transition in our lives. Here the subconscious is telling us to be mindful of the changes taking place. These changes are natural, and we should do our best to appreciate the shifts as they come (rather than fighting the changes).

Butterfly animal symbolism speaks of:
1. Resurrection
2. Transition
3. Celebration
4. Lightness
5. Time
6. Soul

I love butterflies! They are so delicate and beautiful! I love when girls put those little butterfly clips in their hair, it looks so cute! Such a thing of beauty!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Picture of the Day 5/26/08

Dan Blocker
Bonanza
Dan Blocker
I love cowboys and westerns. Bonanza was a great show. My favorite actor in the show was Dan Blocker who played Hoss Cartwright. I loved his sensitive side and his adorable smile! He was like a big teddy bear.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Picture of the Day 5/25/08

Samantha Who?





One of my favorite t.v. shows is Samantha Who which is on Monday nights on ABC. Christina Applegate stars in it and she is just sssoooooooo cute! I love her facial expressions and her innocence that she has on the show, plus it is just too funny!! Check it out, I think you'll enjoy it too!!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Picture of the Day 5/12/08

Impostor Penguin
I always wanted to be a penguin!!! How do I look?

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Picture of The Day 5/04/08

Every Mother's Nightmare!
I have a couple of boys that I can see trying this. Not only when they were little but maybe even now that they are 26 and 28. My 2nd and 3rd boys have always been pretty daring. It does look like it would be fun, but I would die if I saw my kids trying it!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Picture of the Day 4/25/08

It is good to be in love! I am so blessed to have Earl. He is such a wonderful man and I love him with all my heart! Being in love is such a wonderful feeling!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I AM GETTING VERY FRUSTRATED WITH BLOGGER!!!!

I am so frustrated with Blogger!! I can't get it to post pictures or add or delete page elements on my blogs or my kids blogs. I am so damn mad!!!!! I have asked the "Help Group" with "NO" help!!! Does anybody have any great ideas to help me????? I'm getting really mad!!!!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Picture of The Day 4/20/08

FUNKY HIGH HAIRDO'S!

These are my 2 daughters. Do you like their high hairdo's? There is no hairspray or gel on it. This only took them about 2 minutes to fix. Can you guess how they did it? I was amazed the first time I saw my oldest daughter do this, but it doesn't take much to amaze me either.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Picture of The Day 4/19/08

I have always wished I could dance. Not necessarily ballet, but just dance. I've never had the confidence to dance in public. Even at weddings during group dances I feel very self conscious. I have always wished I could just dance, besides around the house with my toddler.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Picture of The Day - 4/18/08

As of right now Blogger won't let me add a picture. Do they not realize this screws up my "Picture of The Day" theme?? Come on Blogger, get with the program, I have a busy day today. I guess I try back later.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Picture of the Day - 4/17/08

My daughter gave me a bag of these Wildly Cherry M&M's the other night and they are so yummy!! They are a delicious blend of cherry and chocolate! Yum!Yum!Yum! You should definitely "Get Wild" and try these quick, because unfortunately, they are only out for a limited time. The good stuff is always temporary!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Picture of the Day 4/16/08



I Love, Love these pictures. They are by Kathleen Francour the same photographer that does the Flitterbyes. These photos are from the Way Out West series. I love cowboy and cowgirl stuff and these are just to cute!

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