Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.

Does God Bring Us Adversity?

January 30th, 2015

You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good. Genesis 50:20

Since arriving in Palm Beach County, I have happily been busy visiting friends. I am lucky enough to have friends of many different cultural/religious backgrounds and interests. Yet, something I’ve noticed in my conversations is that every one of them has been up against some adversity over the past year. One dear friend, knowing I’m a believer, asked me if God brought on the struggle.

Joseph’s life story instantly comes to mind when people ask me about God’s role in the midst of adversity. I think his clearly illustrates how God uses adversity to accomplish ultimate good.

Joseph’s brothers hated him, left him for dead AND sold him into slavery to an officer of Pharaoh, where he rose to a place of power. Pharaoh’s wife falsely accused him of rape and Joseph was thrown into prison where he correctly interpreted Pharaoh’s dream after years of imprisonment. In His time, God reversed Joseph’s adversity. After interpreting the dream, Pharaoh made Joseph prime minister and he was able to use his authority to help his family through the famine.

So even in the dark and painful times, Joseph realized that God had been in control at all times. Likewise, nothing happens to us apart from God’s will and plan. As believers we will face adversity, but it remains subject to God’s Grace. He never leaves us. He never loses control over our circumstances.

We must understand that God sometimes permits adversity to enter our lives. He uses adversity to fulfill His purposes in us and through us in His time. It’s not if we’ll have adversity, it’s when and how we’ll handle it with Grace.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

January 28th, 2015

Last night I attended the premier of Kingsman: The Secret Service. Yes, I went to a movie based on a British comic book. The Kingsman tells the story of a super-secret gentleman spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

Licenced to thrill, Kingsman is almost a love-letter to the James Bond films. It’s not a parody, like Austin Powers, but a clever homage to the franchise combining 007 with Men in Black with an edge. Fans of both movies are certain to love Kingsman with all the rollercoasters of action, comedy and espionage, complete with a bucket of winks, references and nods to the world of spy movies. And just like the colorful, gadget ridden Bond films of the 1960’s, Kingsman is great fun to watch, with ‘wham, bam, thank-you ma’am’ style of mayhem, and one- liners to take home.

Portraying the lead character of ‘Eggsy’, Taron Egerton, proves to be an outstanding newcomer as he brings the character to life with an energizing street vibe with a glimmer of gentleman within much like a young Will Smith. Alongside, and tackling the role as gentleman mentor, is Colin Firth like you have never seen him before! In fact, Colin Firth worked out for 6 months to get into shape to portray Harry Hart, and performed 80% of his stunts. Samuel L. Jackson was fantastic as an over-the-top, fun to watch as the villain with a lisp.

Please keep in mind Kingsman is rated R for sequences of strong violence and amazing martial arts set to music that should make the Matrix franchise jealous, some language throughout and a bare female bottom at the end.

I can safely predict Kingsman won’t win any major awards, but I can guarantee that you will be entertained from start to finish by this original throw back to the old spy movies.

Fun trivia about Kingsman: The black designer bulletproof umbrella Harry uses was nearly a reality. Back in 1978 Bulgarian author Markov was assassinated by poisoned pellet being shot from an umbrella developed by the KGB.

 

 

 

 

 

Black Sea

January 27th, 2015

As you know, I arrived back in South Florida yesterday afternoon. My friend picked me up from the airport and we drove directly to the movie theater for the first movie premier of the week. What a dandy way to begin my Florida visit!

However, watching Jude Law as a tough, revenge-seeking submarine captain searching the depths of the Black Sea for rumored gold, wasn’t inspiring. As submarine movies go, Black Sea is probably the best one this year. That it may be the only one certainly helps.

There’s nothing remarkable about Black Sea. It lacks the tension of Das Boot and doesn’t quite hit the adventure of The Hunt for Red October. In fact, the angst, betrayal and underhand tactics become repetitive and predictable.

The Black Sea rattles along with the odd explosive scene and even managed one or two funny quips. The director establishes a crew of embittered men on opposing sides without serving a purpose. There are missing beats and some clunks as logic and reason tumble down the gangway. There is little to surprise but, and hopefully the viewer isn’t too bothered by historical or scientific accuracy, otherwise they’ll be disappointed.

Jude Law creates a grizzled hero though he isn’t given enough to add depth to his character. The soft flashbacks and memories of his estranged wife and son are intended to add meat to his bones but there isn’t enough in them to make us really care and they are more distracting than affecting. We understand and care more about Tobin’s (Bobby Schofield) emotional predicament through a brief exchange between captain and junior than the entirety of flashbacks from Robinson.

Black Sea has the feel of a movie released in February because it’s not good enough to feature during summer blockbusters, too low budget to compete against Hollywood’s big studio flicks and doesn’t even pretend to have any merit for awards season. Maybe it does well for the British sitting at home on a cold, damp winter’s evening in dire need of entertainment. I wouldn’t even bother seeking out the DVD.

Good thing I was happily nestled between friends to save the evening.

 

 

 

American Sniper

January 25th, 2015

I spent my last day in Reno with friends, one of which I went to see Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper with. In Eastwood’s latest film, real life Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle’s pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend that he never asked to be. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.

It’s one of those powerful movie experiences when you walk out of the doors seeing the world a bit differently. American Sniper left that eerie feeling with me. Thankfully, most of us don’t know what it’s like to face the mental and physical challenges our troops and their families face during war. We’ve never been in the middle of a sand storm fire fight. This movie provides the viewer with a small glimpse into what our troops face overseas and stateside.

While Clint Eastwood didn’t break any ground with direction, he was a perfect choice for this film and did an incredible job telling Kyle’s story without putting politics on the screen. This is a rough story to watch no matter your political views. War is hell on all sides.

Bradley Cooper bulked up his shoulders and took on the very difficult role of Chris Kyle. And he played the role believably and with utmost respect to Kyle, his family and the Navy SEALS.

I believe you will walk out of the theatre with many thoughts after watching American Sniper. Personally, it brought many emotions about the courageous servicemen and their families that have touched my life.

American Sniper was very well made, however if you decide to see it be aware this is a very powerful movie about a serious subject, and includes some graphic wartime violence. It’s not for children, and not a replacement when the comedy you wanted to see is sold out.

To the Kyle family, all veterans and their families, thank you for your sacrifice and courage. Your stories inspire us to strive for peace.

How Can We Demonstrate Trust?

January 24th, 2015

The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you” Genesis 12:1

It’s easy to say, “Give your cares to the Lord and trust Him” when everything in life seems to be going well.  It’s easy to say, “I trust you Lord with everything I own” when bills are paid.

However, what if God told you to leave the job that’s paying your bills, would you trust the Lord enough to do it?  Would you trust God even when you don’t understand why you’re being sent to a freezing cold land in the winter and just the thought hurts?  If God told you to leave the familiar and enter the unfamiliar, would you trust Him? Would you trust Him when your friends and family are telling you’re nuts? I have my moments of thinking He’s got a sick sense of humor for sending me to the Upper Peninsula in February, but my trust in Him wins out and I do some more packing.

Has this ever happened to you? He has taken you from what’s “oh so familiar” and redirected your paths into the unfamiliar, and possibly downright uncomfortable?  You don’t understand what’s happening in your life, or where you’re going to live.  The only thing you know is that the Lord gave you a word (instruction, a promise, vision, etc.) and the only thing you have to hold on to is that word.

God told Abraham to leave everything he knew, was familiar with and to enter into the unfamiliar.  Abraham didn’t know where he was going. Abraham could have easily said, “But God, where will I go? What will I eat and drink?”, but he didn’t.  He chose to trust God and be obedient and as Christians we must learn to do the same.

As much as we would like God to give us “what, where, when and how” upfront all the time, God doesn’t operate like that.  Most of the time God will place you in a satiation where you have to trust Him to meet your needs.

As a person who’s been in this situation, and is busy packing for a new adventure, I’ll tell you that this only increases your faith as you learn to walk by faith and not by sight. Lean not on your understanding, but trust in the Lord with your whole heart and peace will be yours.

 

 

Tales of Florida

January 21st, 2015

Gather around my friends. I’m about to share tales of a distant land called Florida. A land of dreams, eternal youth and overgrown reptiles. Let’s get started …

Once upon  a time a retired couple from Michigan were driving their RV across Florida and were nearing a town called Kissimmee. They noted the strange spelling and tried to figure how to pronounce it — KISS-a-me; kis-A-me; kis-a-ME?

They grew more perplexed as they drove into the town. Since they were hungry, they pulled into a restaurant to get something to eat. At the counter, the man said to the waitress; “My wife and I can’t seem to be able to figure out how to pronounce this place. Will you tell me where we are and say it very slowly so that I can understand?”

The woman looked at him and said; “Buuurrrgerrr Kiiiinnnng.”

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Once upon a time in the Kingdom of Heaven, God was missing for six days. Eventually, Michael, the archangel, found him, resting on the seventh day. He inquired of God, “Where have you been?”

God sighed a deep sigh of satisfaction and proudly pointed downwards through the clouds, “Look, Michael, look what I’ve made.”

Archangel Michael looked puzzled and said, “What is it?” “It’s a planet,” replied God, “and I’ve put Life on it. I’m going to call it Earth and it’s going to be a great place of balance.”

God explained, pointing to different parts of earth. The Archangel, impressed by God’s work, then pointed to a large land mass and said, “What’s that one?”

“Ah,” said God. “That’s Florida, the most glorious place on earth. There are beautiful lakes, rivers, streams and climate. The people from Florida are going to be modest, intelligent and humorous and they are going to be found traveling the world. They will be extremely sociable, hardworking and high achieving, and they will be known throughout the world as diplomats and carriers of peace.”

Michael gasped in wonder and admiration but then proclaimed, “What about balance, God?” You said there would be balance!”

God replied wisely, “Wait until you see the idiots I’m sending them from the North every winter!

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A friend of mine told me the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is currently advising all hikers, fisherman, and golfers to take extra precautions and keep alert for alligators while in Palm Beach, Broward and Dade Counties. They advise people to wear noise-producing devices; such as, little bells on their clothing, to alert, but not startle, the alligators unexpectedly.

They also advise the carrying of pepper spray in case of an encounter with an alligator. It is also a good idea to watch for fresh signs of alligator activity.

People should recognize the difference between small young alligator and large adult alligator droppings: Young alligator droppings are smaller and contain fish bones and possibly bird feathers. Adult alligators droppings have little bells in them and smell like pepper spray.

How Can We Overcome Changes?

January 19th, 2015

When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me?” Genesis 29:25

Have you ever had one of those weeks that everything seems to be falling into to place? You made plans based on the groundwork laid and the next day you woke up and everything changed? Is it just me, or have you had your goal close enough to see, then something happens that moved the goal even further away from your grasp. That can be so frustrating. It’s those detours that can make us doubt whether we’ll ever succeed in our efforts.

For Jacob it was the moment he realized the sisters had been switched and he had married Leah instead of Rachel, as agreed upon. For the disciples, it was when Jesus was crucified. What was it for you? Did your company reorganize and let you go just as you were up for a promotion? Has some illness or financial problem impeded your progress? It can be any number of setbacks that break your heart and crush your spirit.

Yet, and it may be hard in the moment, God hasn’t failed you. He has a better plan than you realize. Though the detour IS difficult, you will see that it was worth it in the end.

Remember, God had a greater plan for Jacob. Leah and her maid bore sons that led 8 of the twelve tribes of Israel. From a detour came greatness. For the disciples, three days after they saw Jesus die on the Cross, they discovered His resurrection. And He has a plan for you.

We need to evaluate if the goals we have been pursuing are more important than our relationship with God. Will you still trust Him, even though you cannot see how to reach your goal? Trust Him, friends. Surely the Lord will take care of all that concerns you.

 

Monday in San Francisco

January 17th, 2015

In the Sunday in San Francisco we left off, after a long and fulfilling day of sightseeing, with me retiring to bed at Fort Mason. Let’s continue with the following morning.

Monday morning I had plans to meet with my cousin at Pier 33 and take the ferry to Alcatraz Island. We were both very excited to have the chance to see each other after a 35 year lapse, and seeing Alcatraz was a bonus.

When we hear the word Alcatraz most of us think of the various federal inmates. However, I quickly learned the island offers a close-up look at the site of the first lighthouse, U.S. fort and was only later a federal penitentiary. Rich in history beyond the Hollywood version, there’s also a natural side to the Rock, with gardens and beautiful bay views on a clear day.

We weren’t able to see the bay due to heavy fog, however we enjoyed the cellblock audio tour. Our visit coincided with the site specific art exhibit by Al Weiwei. The exhibition explores questions about human rights, freedom of expression and responds to the multilayered history of Alcatraz as a place of detainment and protest. The large-scale sculpture, sound, and mixed-media works are installed in the two-story New Industries Building where “privileged” inmates were permitted to work and the main and psychiatric wards of the Hospital. It was very unique and provocative.

Did you know? Alcatraz Island was originally called Alcatraces after the Brown Pelican seen in the area by Spanish explorers? Or how about that in 1895 19 members of the Hopi Tribe were imprisoned by the U.S. Army on Alcatraz for resisting policies to Americanize their children? Shame on us.

It was strangely fascinating. I’m very glad we went and would encourage anyone visiting San Francisco to explore the Rock.  You can see my photos at http://emiling.com/photos/san-francisco/

On the drive home I had plenty of time to reflect on San Francisco and would like to share some thoughts with you. I’ve confirmed these are all true with patients and co-workers:

You are probably in San Francisco if a really great parking spot can move you to tears.

You are probably in San Francisco if you’re thinking of taking an adult education class, but you can’t decide between a Yoga, Channeling or Building Your Web Site class.

You are probably in San Francisco if your co-worker says they have 8 body piercings and none are visible.

You are probably in San Francisco if there are far more Rainbow flags in the city than the California State flag.

You are probably in San Francisco if you realize the only Republicans you know are your Aunt and Uncle in Texas.

Enjoy your personal adventures!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Can We Overcome Anxiety?

January 15th, 2015

Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Matthew 6:27

The new year is not even a month old, and some of us are fretting. God didn’t design us to be anxious. In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told the crowd, “Do not worry about tomorrow.”

Still all of us have already worried something. About our job or relationships. Maybe where we live, what food to buy, what to wear, what others think about us. In the end, all these worries come down to a matter of trusting God. Do we really believe He’s in charge, or do we think we’re in charge? The answer has everything to do with anxiety levels.

The most common analogy I can think of is the mouse running inside its wheel. The faster it runs, the faster the wheel moves. He doesn’t make progress or even have the sense to get off the wheel! I had one run himself to death years ago.

That’s what anxiety does to us. We run faster and faster, trying harder and harder to meet worldly demands and we don’t have control over the circumstances. We never will. So when something doesn’t go as we want it to our frustration level increases even more.

Let’s get off the wheel of anxiety this year. We know God longs for us to cast our cares unto Him. Throw your cares on Him and leave them there! Trust Him for the answers to prayer. Trust that God will reveal what to do and take care of the consequences for your sake.

 

Sunday in California

January 13th, 2015

After living in the Nevada desert for 3-1/2 months I felt a desperate need to be near the ocean. So this weekend I drove to San Francisco. The last 14 miles to my hostel was absolutely horrendous, but the ocean air revived me instantly.

I chose to stay in a military hospital turned hostel at Fort Mason National Park, a unique oasis in the midst of a world-class city. The location is stunning with beautiful views of the city, the bay and Alcatraz. It’s also only a short walk away from Fisherman’s Wharf and Golden Gate Bridge.

Instead of walking the entire city of San Francisco, and not being sure of what I was looking at, I booked myself on a City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off tour. (http://www.city-sightseeing.us/all-san-francisco-tours.html) My adventure began at Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghiradelli Square area and headed downtown through the Barbary Coast Historic District. The district was notorious for bawdy forms of entertainment before becoming an important shipping port. Today the nine block area features many live entertainment clubs.

In the center of downtown is Union Square with an extensive collection of luxury retail shops, upscale hotels, art galleries and cafes all surrounding the beautiful urban park. Built in 1850, Union Square was the gathering sight for pro-Union demonstrations on the eve of the Civil War. Today, the Square continues to be a political and cultural gathering place. It’s also home to the first underground parking lot in the U.S.

A few blocks north of Market Street is Civic Center, built after the earthquake of 1906 destroyed ¾ of San Francisco, contains many of the city’s largest government and cultural institutions. It has two large plazas and a number of buildings in classical architectural style. In 1951 the Treaty of San Francisco was signed here that officially ended the Pacific War with the Empire of Japan. The dome on City Hall is the fifth largest in the world – taller than that of the United States Capitol by 42 feet.

Continuing on through the Nob Hill region, we breached the gates of San Francisco’s Chinatown, which is the largest Chinatown outside Asia. The Chinese have been in San Francisco since the beginning in 1848 and have a rich history in the area. After the 1906 earthquake thousands of Chinese immigrants spend weeks and months detained, undergoing rigorous interrogations by U.S. immigration officials. Chinatown was rebuilt to look like the American’s wanted it to look by an architect from Columbus, Ohio. Strange.

Adjacent to Chinatown is the North Beach Italian District. The neighborhood is San Francisco’s little Italy and has historically been home to a large Italian American population. There are some amazing scents in the air as I passed the Stinking Rose restaurant. This area was also the historic center of the beatnik subculture. Today, North Beach is one of San Francisco’s main nightlife districts as well as a residential neighborhood populated by a mix of immigrants. This is where I saw the Saints Peter and Paul Church at 666 Filbert Street. Yes, a church with the address 666! It’s also where Joe Dimaggio and Marilyn Monroe had their wedding photos taken.

I was on the famous crooked Lombard Street, however on the western end near the Presidio and Cow Hollow. We didn’t venture up the steep hairpin turns because tour buses have been banned driving down the hill. The eight sharp turns were incorporated in 1922 to reduce the steep 27% grade that was too steep for most vehicles of the time and a hazard for pedestrians.

We were however, able to drive into the Presidio, which served as an army post for three nations for over 218 years. World events, fairs and major earthquakes have left their mark. The fog was still lifting as I reflected on the National Cemetery and walked along the tree lines path to admire the Golden Gate Bridge and centuries of architecture. This is the only area in San Francisco permitted to have greater than 1’ of space between houses.

After seeing the Golden Gate Bridge, named after the Golden Gate Straights, I hopped another bus to drive me to the Golden Gate Park. The park was my personal favorite area of San Francisco and a true treasure. It took 7 years to prepare the soil and it 20% larger New York’s Central Park. Visitors can go horseback riding, bicycling, hiking, and walking for days to discover the park’s gardens, lakes, and monuments in its entirety. http://sfrecpark.org/parks-open-spaces/golden-gate-park-guide/

Stay continued for more on my visit to San Francisco later in the week.. Please check out the photos at: http://emiling.com/photos/san-francisco/

 

 

 

 

Friday Fun with Puns

January 9th, 2015

I know I just had “Midweek Fun with Puns”, but the puns just keep coming. I may be laughing all by myself, but they’re punny! Take a look for yourself …

I wondered why the football was getting bigger. Then it hit me.

Did you hear about the guy who had his left side amputated? He’s all right now.

My patient told me they don’t trust the stairs because they’re always up to something.

Another said they didn’t trust people that perform acupuncture. He thinks they’re backstabbers.

Did you know I thought about being a banker? I lost interest.

Did you hear about the patient who got hit in the head with a can of soda? He’s lucky it was a soft drink.

I’m glad I know sign language, it’s pretty handy.

And for my brother: Police were called to a daycare where a toddler was resisting a rest. LOL!

Midweek Fun with Puns

January 7th, 2015

The following pun fun has been tried and tested on patients over the past week. Some had to be explained, however I’ve left them in for your pleasure. (smile)

I tried to catch some fog. I mist.

When chemist die they barium.

Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.

I worked with a patient addicted to brake fluid. He said he could stop any time.

I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me.

A woman at the theater thought she recognized me from her vegetarian club, but I’d never met herbivore.

I’m reading a book on anti-gravity. I can’t put it down.

They told me my patient had type A blood, but it was a type-O.

A cross-eyed teacher lost her job because she couldn’t control her pupils.

When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.

Broken pencils are pointless.

I might take a second job at a local bakery. I knead the dough.

and finally … Velcro – what a rip-off!

The Gambler

January 5th, 2015

Today I took a gamble on Mark Wahlberg’s “The Gambler”. The Gambler tells the story of Jim Bennett, a degenerate associate professor of literature with a dangerous and seriously self-destructive addiction to gambling at underground casinos in the underbelly of Los Angeles. His addiction soon begins to affect his professional and personal life to severe and deadly consequences.

To be honest, I like Walhberg as an actor, and I think he’s a good actor. This role was a different step for him. I never thought I would see the day when Mark Walberg appeared in a mediocre movie. Yet, the script was so poorly written, it was as if it was written by a college student, and the director added a terrible soundtrack. On top of that the movie was actually boring. with gratuitous use of the F-word, and the ending just simply doesn’t fit and feels more like a studio ending rather than something that would be true to the film.

The only redemption was the superb acting by Walberg and Goodman, but they didn’t come anywhere close to saving this movie. Certain scenes could have been more intense, while others could have been left out. Just like the gambling theme of the movie, seeing the movie will be a gamble. Wait for the DVD.

 

 

 

 

 

How Do we Handle Nagging Doubts?

January 5th, 2015

Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” He said, “why did you doubt?”  Matthew 14:31

This year, like years past, we need to be prepared that Satan is going to use fear and doubt against believers. He knows if he can get us to question God, then maybe we’ll give up and abandon His will for our life’s. Feelings of fear often precede feelings of doubt and if left unattended, these emotions can cause us to stop trusting God to provide for us.

As believers we need to defuse doubt as soon as possible, and we do that by determining its origin. Is this a legitimate doubt? Many times we struggle with feelings that have no validity when we think about it.

Reading God’s Word is another great way to combat fear & doubt. Many read the Book of Psalms because it highlights David’s personal battles over emotions such as fear, doubt and discouragement through very difficult circumstance, and still God never failed to provide.

Prayer is also essential to fight fears. I like to think of prayer as faith in action. We pray because we know God is wise and holds the solution to what we face.

Always be honest with God in your prayers, He knows it all anyway. Honesty breaks the pattern of doubt. And the last thing Satan wants us to do is go to God in prayer. He knows that God loves us with an eternal love and that if we go to Him for help, He will give us everything we need. Amen!

New Year Jokes

January 2nd, 2015

The time is past for new year wishes. Now it’s time for a laugh. After all I remember 2014 like it was last week.

Dear Lord, it’s already January 2nd and so far this year I’ve done well. I haven’t gossiped, I haven’t lost my temper, I haven’t been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or overindulgent. I’m very thankful for that.  But in a few minutes, Lord, I’m going to get out of bed, and from then on I’m probably going to need more help. Amen

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As in many homes on New Year’s Day, Janet and Nigel, a happily married couple, faced the annual conflict of which was more important: the football match on television, or the lunch itself.

Hoping to keep the peace Nigel ate lunch with the rest of the family, and even lingered for some pleasant after-lunch chat before retiring to the lounge to turn on the television.

Some minutes later, Janet looked in to see how he was and graciously even bought a cold beer for Nigel. She smiled, kissed him on the cheek and asked what the score was. Nigel told her it was half time and that the score was still 0-0.

‘See?’ Janet said happily, ‘You didn’t miss a thing.’

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Jemima was taking an afternoon nap on New Year’s Eve before the festivities. After she woke up, she confided to Max, her husband, ‘I just dreamed that you gave me a diamond ring for a New Year’s present. What do you think it all means?’

‘Aha, you’ll know tonight,’ answered Max smiling broadly.

At midnight, as the New Year was chiming, Max approached Jemima and handed her small package.  Delighted and excited she opened it quickly. There in her hand rested a book entitled: ‘The meaning of dreams’. (Oh, not good Max!)

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What do you tell someone you didn’t see at New Year’s Eve?  I haven’t seen you for a year!

Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to.

New Year’s is just a holiday created by calendar companies who don’t want you reusing last year’s calendar. LOL

 

 

 

Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.