“Looks like DADDY’s BIRTHDAY will be here… before you can say…”
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“And NOW… performing – – a very young man from OHIO!”
This is Denny H. McClarren Sr., – he was still in the ARMY – and before he ever came to Missouri – and before he married my Mother!
When Daddy had finished his three stints in the Army – he was traveling on a train from California to Missouri and the next destination to his home in OHIO! While traveling on the train – he met some of the family relatives – the FLEMING cousins – to my Mother – and in a get-to-gather – to welcome “HOME” all the boys in the service – who were friends – there was a party and of course my Mother – a most beautiful young lady – was introduced – and the rest of the story is “NOW” in our “HISTORY BOOK!”
The above picture of Daddy looks a little like – “George Raft” a movie star – that my Mother liked – and who was a terrific dancer – but I guess when I was in High School – I told my Mother that – I thought Daddy looked like “Clark Gable” – – and in fact – if you ever watch the movie “Any Number Can Play” – my Daddy could pass for “Clark Gable!” Something about the way they move and especially when you see them smoke – they could pass for twins – they were both born in Ohio and near each other – so maybe – we can just guess??? Their birthdays are just a day or two apart –
“So – here is wishing – DADDY a Happy Birthday – that will be on 02-02-17 – and there will be lots of fun – where ever you you are???”
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“Before you read this… Do “you”…. ALREADY know what – – “the “10” most used words are?”
What is the GOOD WORD for today?
Some days – when listening to the conversation of the people around me – I have to start wondering – “are they listening to their-selves?” “Is what they are saying – just to get someone to react – and give them a word or two – of some other way to express their selves – and – maybe just take the conversation – somewhere else?”
If my Mother were alive – she would let you know – “under no circumstances – do I want to hear that kind of language!” My Mother knew her words – and there was not a word that she could not spell and when she would take dictation – she could take the entire conversation down in shorthand and then type the whole conversation from her notes – and since she worked for the government – there was not a mistake anywhere! Letter perfect – and without mistakes.
Just listening to a program the other day about WORDS and that there were ten (10) words that are used more often than all the rest of our WORDS. “Once upon a time” – the first four of the ten words – is the beginning of almost all of the stories that we hear. In fact – as I remember when as a small child – almost every story that – I would start to tell – would start with the “Once upon a time!” Still, today it is so easy to start to tell a story or most any little interesting item of idle conservation with the “Once upon a time” just to start the mouth talking in the fashion of saying something – and letting the listeners know this is a story!
“I LOVE YOU!” Those are the next three (3) words. Since February 14th is just around the corner – “I LOVE YOU” will be communicated at least a million times or more?? Everyone knows that if you can say – “I LOVE YOU” – no matter what you did – either right or wrong you are forgiven – and you are now the best thing, since sliced bread!
“I’m SORRY!” These two words will clear your slate – once and for all causes – no matter what – you are accused of doing – so that now you will be waited on – just as if you are the “KING of Hears!” The only problem with most of us HUMANS – is that we just do not know up front – the miraculous power for the words – “I’m SORRY!” If and when there comes a situation that starts to brew into something that – will soon start maybe WWIII – “I’m SORRY” will splash water on that fire so fast – and the best of things will soon follow.
“I” – this is the last “one” word making up the ten most used words – and for me to add more to the “I” than to let you know – something in LIFE – the only best way to use the “I” – is to say “I LOVE YOU!” “And – the fact is that – – I do LOVE you!”
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Tomorrow – the 29th – makes “21” years since my sister, Karen died. This was just two weeks before her 50th Birthday and almost 35 years married to her husband, Jim Scott. When one says that LIFE is too short – – must have also experienced this same thing… as someone in the family having everything going for them – – – wonderful family and home and taking vacations to Hawaii – – – no fear of very long distance flying – and health that was very good. One wonders what really happened?
Is it true that you could be a carrier of cancer and never know it? It would seem to me that there is something – – – that would call for further attention – – – in the yearly medical exams that one has – that would surely show up with some kind of tell-tale-sign – – – at least giving someone a small clue that something is brewing inside the body – so that – we could start getting better medical exams and the best of advice – – for the situation?? What can be done when you and… or a member of the family – is told that – they have “pancreatic” cancer? The only thing “my sister” was told is that – – – “there is nothing that can done – – – once it is detected?” “In… just “Eight to Ten” weeks and you are gone.”
As you can see in the above “PHOTO” of Karen and her husband, Jim – they are very “HAPPY” and they are having a very good time in “Hawaii!” – on VACATION – – not knowing “the TIME CLOCK” for her LIFE … is running out of TIME – – – – I only wish… that my sister, Karen could have lived just a little longer?”
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Have to remember my sisters, Kathleen McClarren and her identical twin, Eve Karen Francesca McClarren Scott (01-31-1996). Life here is… just too short – also, in remembering … both of you – had Masses said at St.Francis Assisi on Telegraph road. Have to believe that you are both with the “Angels and Saints”, spending time with the Almighty Yahweh! – – – And Now… our brother, DENNY Jr., is with you both.
“Little KAREN and big brother, DENNY on his GRADUATION DAY and PICNIC – – a real good day to be celebrating!”
Will have to post the pictures of you and Tom when we went bowling, and when we went ice-skating I think Tom was home on military leave at the time? It’s good to take pictures to help remember all the good fun times – so long ago? – – -Well… LUCKY me… found this photo of us at the BOWLING ALLEY – – BIG Brother TOMMY is taking this PHOTO… and that is “ME” sitting… waiting my turn – – – while TOM “shoots” this PHOTO – – that man standing and watching is wondering if we have a real “Professional” youngster – – bowling – – since we are taking photos!
Also, was looking at that “notebook” the “BLUE” one that you used to write all of your stories, and… now – – Alyssa , my grand – daughter will have to do all of the art work and help to get that published for you. Alyssa can work wonders illustrating the stories, and with an original work like “your book” – it is just what the “writer’s market” wants today!
So… Karen, and Kathleen, just so you know – neither one of you will ever be forgotten! Every one who ever met you and even anyone… I tell about you – always ask for more information – since you have a real story that needs to be told!
I can only say … “you” may be absent from the body, but I do know… you are both in the presence of the Almighty, our Creator. May blessings… be with you both… forever more!
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It Can Be Done When You Master These 3 Skills
If there’s one thing that has the power to encourage and motivate us unlike anything else, it’s the feeling of accomplishment and the momentum it brings.
It’s a feeling we all want, but one that often eludes us. The busyness of the day takes over, and instead of celebrating the day, proud of what you’ve accomplished, you look back and wonder what exactly you were able to get done.
If this sounds familiar, then you’re not alone.
The momentum gained from past accomplishment is quickly lost when you go day-after-day seeing (what looks like) a lack of progress.
The good news is, ending every day feeling accomplished is attainable. All it takes is mastering these three skills: productivity, discipline, and focus.
You’ve likely set a number of big goals for this new year—both personal and professional. Productivity, discipline, and focus are the skills that will help you accomplish those goals and take your business and life to the next level.
Here’s exactly how you can start mastering these three skills today and start ending every day feeling accomplished:
Productivity. It’s not enough to just get random things done. You have to accomplish tasks that really matter to you and your business.
It’s no secret that increasing your productivity will lead to faster results. But how do you actually become more productive? You have to have a plan.
You may not be a project manager or someone who is great at the details, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take small steps towards increasing your productivity.
One way to do this is to start planning for your day the night before. Each night before you end your work day simply write down one task or project you must complete the next day that matters to you and your business.
When you have a plan for exactly what you’ll work on the next day, there’s no wasting time or guessing about how to get started the next morning.
Discipline. Setting and sticking to a plan of action is not easy to do. Distractions, opportunities, shiny objects—they’re everywhere.
Guess what? Those are all excuses, and it’s time to stop making excuses. It’s up to you to choose. It’s up to you to make the commitment to become more disciplined.
The first step is to make sure you have a clear picture of what your next most important steps are based on the task or project you’re working on.
Once you have the next two or three steps laid out, put time deadlines on each of them and hold yourself accountable to staying focused in order to meet those deadlines.
- Focus. When I say “focus,” I mean to follow one course until you find success and remain distraction-free in the process.
If you had to guess, how much focus time do you have throughout any given day? Thirty minutes? Two hours? None?
Focus time is integral to helping you master productivity and discipline, because without it, no matter how good your plan is or how well you fend off distractions, you’ll end up doing busy work.
To help you improve your ability to focus on the task or project at hand, use an online timer like e.ggtimer.com.
Give yourself set time blocks to achieve specific steps in your plan. During these time blocks, do not let anything push you off course. If a distraction pops up or something comes to mind you want to remember, write it down and immediately get back on task.
Ending every day feeling accomplished is something we all strive for. And it’s attainable!
I challenge you to never end another day by looking back and wondering what exactly you were able to get done.
Remove busy work from your vocabulary completely. Choose to get rid of all distractions and excuses. Allow productivity, discipline, and focus to take your business and life to the next level.
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