“Grandson Alan” BIRTHDAY” JULY 1st…

Alan Aldrich – This is the exciting face of  my “Grandson” –  When your child looks this happy, you know that Almighty Yahweh….   gets  all the credit!

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This is that… Exciting LOOK… that you just love to see your children and  “GRAND-CHILDREN” have – – You just know that they are as “HAPPY” as a “CHILD” – – as all young children… should be.

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When I look at this PHOTO of  “LITTLE ALAN” – – at the “DAY CARE’ – – I have to just marvel at the “due diligence’  — – that “ALAN” is applying to the development  of  his  creating a “MASTER PIECE of ART” to take home to his MOTHER. Everything about this PHOTO  – – has me wondering – – how marvelous it is…  to have a very young child  – – know and understand – – how to write your own name – – how to stand and hold the poster paper – – to  use colors  artistically  in design and the best part – – to know your own NAME and be able to spell it out – – to be read by everyone – – that LOVES to admire his “works of ART!”

These are “GOLD STAR” – – wonderful works of ART – – these PHOTOS of ALAN are  stored in the best of the best  “BANKS” – – “My MEMORY BANK” – – which…  I can take into the next realm of LIFE… when I leave this one. The “MEMORY” is the one and only thing you can take from this world to the next- – check me out – – look into your BIBLE – – let me know … if you  will  – – that you know – – where of I speak.

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALAN” – – and you…  can celebrate all week – – I said so.   *****Everyone is celebrating already with “Fire-Crackers” – – America loves you  and are helping you to have FUN – – with lots of NOISE. *****

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“Happy Birthday – – ALAN”

This Parade… on the streets of  “Downtown Saint Louis” – – is just for you, ALAN – –  and… on your BIRTHDAY… July 1st, 2017 – – and guess what????  “Yes sir reeeeeee  – — everyone is invited to share this “HAPPY DAY” with you!”



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“For ‘Goodness Sake’ alive”

On this day of your life
 I believe God wants you to know…

…that love means never having to say you’re sorry.
Erich Segal said that and he was right. 
God loves you, and that is why you never have to say
you’re “sorry” to God. If you love someone, relieve
them of the need to apologize to you for anything.
The need for an apology is the signal of a person
who is mistaken about him-or-herself.
You cannot be damaged by another, you only imagine
that you can. It is all in your head. It is all in your
thought about it. Go back to love and give up
your need to forgive others for anything.

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On this day of your life

 I believe God wants you to know…

…that you must be good to yourself if you are
ever going to be any good for others.
This means take a day off once in a while
when it’s not scheduled.  Eat of piece of chocolate
when it’s not recommended.  Take a nap
when it’s just not possible.
Get your face into a good book for an hour
when you can’t afford to. Soak in a tub
when there’s no time to. Stop everything
when you’re not supposed to. Do this now,
right now, for goodness sake.
Love, your Friend ..

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“Remember to Pass…GOOD DEEDS…Forward”


10 Ideas for Good Deeds

Sometimes, it can be hard to be kind to other people. Many people are so arrogant and self-centered that you may think, “Why would I ever want to do a good deed for them?” Well, even if you don’t get any appreciation back, you will still feel good about the act. You will still be putting good energy into the universe – and that can only benefit you in the long run.

This list is meant to get the ball rolling on your own personal good deeds. Once you start thinking in ‘good deed mode’ you will notice that there are many things you can do every day.

1. Offer an Unexpected Smile – This is a simple act that can change someone’s day. If a grumpy, angry, or upset person offers you a frown, offer them a smile. Often, this simple smile can cause them to feel better. In fact, many people mirror other people instinctively, and if you offer a smile they may instinctively smile, as well. And we all know that a smile can make us feel better, no matter what kind of mood we are in.

2. Give a Compliment – I find that many people are hardwired not to give compliments, even to their best friends or family members. It’s as though a compliment will detract from their greatness, but this is not true. If you give someone a compliment for a job well done, you will not be detracting for the awesomeness that is you – instead, you will be adding to it and making someone else feel good at the same time.

3. Recycle What You Can – There is no excuse not to recycle anymore. Everywhere you look there are bins and bags to recycle in. Plus, every day that you recycle, you are doing a good deed for the Earth and EVERYONE and EVERY LIVING THING on it! You can’t reach too many more people with one good deed than that! Maybe you are even impacting people in other words…just saying – you don’t know!

Good Deed: Make The World a Better Place!

4. Spare Some Change – Almost every day you will have an opportunity to do good deeds involving money. The homeless man or woman on the street, the old woman in the grocery line who is short 60 cents, and the kid who wants that extra piece of candy but doesn’t have the extra few cents to buy it. If you got some extra change doing nothing in your pocket, you might as well do a good deed with it.

5. Let Someone Else Go First – It seems that we as a society have become so rushed that we are constantly trying to cut each other off with our cars and with our bodies. And not many of us give way to someone else when they are trying to cut us off.

But think of it like this, if someone is trying to get ahead of you, then they may have a real good reason like:

  • A sick loved one that they are trying to get to.
  • An important meeting that could make or break their career.
  • Something else that they don’t have time to stop and talk about with you.

Letting people go ahead is a good deed that becomes addictive, because not only do you give others a chance to get on with their day, you also feel more relaxed because you are not in such a hurry with yours.

6. Help Someone Getting Bullied – Bullying with kids and online has been in the news a lot lately, but bullying happens all over the place including the workplace and even just out and about during the day. I’ve seen people being yelled at by bullies for stupid reasons – and I do mean stupid – as I’m sure you have as well.

The person being bullied likely feels alone in their struggle, and since bullies tend to have a dominant personality, you standing beside someone who has a less dominate energy can help dilute the energy and stop the bullying from happening.

This doesn’t mean that you should become the bully, but it does mean that you should stand by someone who is getting bullied and take part in making their day better.

7. Give Your Pet Some Extra Love – Yes, I consider this a very good deed. Actually I consider this an excellent good deed. Pets need love and lots of it, and since you took on the responsibility of caring for their lives, you are the ultimate person to do a good deed for your pet.

You can take your dog for a walk, play some games with them, teach them a new trick and get their mind working, give them an extra treat for the day, or just hug them extra long for the day. Whatever you do, choose something that will please your pet.

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8. Hold That Door/Elevator! – How many times have you been walking through a door with your hands full and had it slam into your arm? This happen to a lot of people every day.

Chances are that if you are walking through a door, then someone else will not be too far behind you. Take a second to be aware of the people around you and hold the door open for all people who coming in.

Same goes for the elevator. If you are one of those people who hits the ‘door close’ button over and over while someone is running towards the door, then try a change and hold the ‘door open’ button. You will make someones day, and you will feel better about yourself if you do. It’s such a simple good deed!

9. Spread The Word – This applies to online and offline business and organizations. Most of them require people to spread the word about them in order to succeed. Even articles (such as this) can benefit greatly from the share buttons that Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest provide. If I like something, I share it. I want them to succeed, because – hey, I like them!

Don’t hide all the good things for yourself or deny people your approval because you are jealous of their success, share the love!

Good Deed: Share Content Online

10. Have Patience With Stressful People This is not only a good deed for the person you are exhibiting patience towards, but it is also a good deed for yourself! Imagine that, a good deed for yourself!

For example, when someone is purposely trying to push your buttons by doing something annoying, stupid, or rude, you can choose to act with patience and understanding instead of anger. This will benefit you by keeping your blood pressure low and your stress levels low, as well, which we know are two health issues that many people are suffering from today.

Really this point on patience could be a whole article in itself as to why it is a good deed to you and others around you. I will let you come up with your own reasons for now.

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3 Things Eisenhower Got Right About Storming the Beaches


3 Things Eisenhower Got Right About Storming the Beaches

D-Day is known as a great victory for the allied forces, the beginning of the end for the Nazis as over 150,000 troops pushed into Europe in the first wave of an invasion by sea. But it easily could have gone the other way. We can learn a great deal from the difference.

A draft letter by Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Dwight Eisenhower shows us what kind of leadership it took to invade at Normandy on June 6, 1944. He didn’t take victory for granted and was fully prepared to take the blame if his plan failed.

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Mea Almost Culpa

From the National Archives come these incredible words in Eisenhower’s own handwriting:

“Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops,” he wrote.

He explained that the “decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that Bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone.”

The general obviously had a lot on his mind that day, because he accidentally misdated it for July!

There are 3 lessons that leaders of organizations can take from Eisenhower’s never delivered mea culpa.

1. Eisenhower practiced extreme ownership.

Extreme ownership is an idea that the civilian sector has borrowed from the military and we can see it on full display in Eisenhower’s own writing. It’s hard to get any clearer than “any blame or fault…is mine alone.”

Eisenhower was the general in charge. He had decided to invade in this place at this time. If it didn’t work out, he was going to get blamed anyway. He didn’t see any point in denying it or trying to deflect blame on the troops who he was already putting in the line of fire.

The general was prepared to do this because it was second nature to him. When we find ourselves facing great challenges in our organizations, we ought to be just as forthright in owning the problem and thereby owning the solution.

2. He used contingent thinking.

Eisenhower understood that should this go wrong, he was going to have to say something. He didn’t want to come up with something on the spot, so he committed thoughts to paper.

This is similar to what I mean when I say that activation triggers are so important. The letter is evidence of contingent thinking (“if x, then y”), which is an incredibly important tool for reaching your goals.

It helps if you think things out in advance, so that you do fewer stupid things in the moment. This isn’t being a fatalist, it’s acknowledging that there are going to be obstacles in our paths. We’ll fare better if we have some contingency, or kernel of a plan, for how to deal with those obstacles. In this case, he would have withdrawn the troops and looked for a better opening.

3. He addressed the downside.

There are limits to what we can know. We can’t see the future. Even with good information, we can only guess what other people are going to do.

In many ways, Eisenhower won on D-Day not by ignoring the downside of what his army was about to undertake, but by understanding exactly what was on the line—and working diligently to prepare them for invasion using all the means at his disposal.

One of those means was misdirection. He used a broken German cipher and props, including fake, portable tanks, to convince the planners of the Third Reich that the invasion would happen elsewhere. The ruse gave allied forces a fighting chance on the beach that morning.

Eisenhower thought the D-Day invasion was a good plan, and it was. About 5,000 troops died in the first wave of the invasion in an assault that could easily have cost tens of thousands of lives.

Yet it was a better plan than it otherwise would have been because he took the possibility of failure, and his role in it, so seriously. Leaders today could learn a lot from his example.

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“Are YOU Making these 10 SLEEP Mistakes”


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Are you getting enough sleep?

Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for so many reasons. However, it can be harder to do than it sounds.

Luckily, we have a wonderful infographic that will help you avoid sleep mistakes that can rob you of those precious restorative hours.


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Infographic supplied by poundplace.com
Have you got any tips for a great night’s sleep? Share them in the comments.

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