Learn How To Be A Real Pretender Part II


Comfort 1

It took years before I discovered that I could do it … I
could change myself. I could tap into the power of
my brain to be what I wanted.

This is a gift from God.  We all have it. He has given
us something so magnificent that we are unaware of
its power.

Still, there is no such thing as free.

In order to reap the benefits from the power of the mind
I had to be willing to do the work.

This went beyond a challenge, more than a tug-o-war. It
was off the charts.

It started slowly. I would approach someone at work, make
a compliment about her hair or his shirt. It would take a week
before I could bring myself to say something again.

Forcing myself to join a group conversation nearly caused
a panic attack. Everyone was so engaged in talking they
didn’t notice that my hands were gripped so tightly my
knuckles were white.

The work was endless. Yet, I kept at it every chance I got.
Not always talking but joining.

Eventually, people came to know
me, called out to me.

I called back, waved, used their names.

Then it happened.

Comfort 2
One day the smell of pizza caused me to stop and
lean my head into the doorway of the lunchroom,
“Hey, got an extra slice for a starvin’ mate?”

Someone held up the box, while the group invited me to join
them. As I zipped across the room, the wall of fear crumbled
at my feet.

The feeling of comfort was real, there was no more need to pretend.

My work had taken four and one-half years.

May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

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A Word To The Smug

From The Smooth To The Rough

Smooth 01“Check this out. I can talk the ladies into
anything with this smooth, sweet talker.”

Smooth 2“Yeah, but ya gotta be a rough-talkin’
menace to scare off your rivals.”

May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

My buddies in the LBC have their own tales to tell:
Ramana,Shackman,The Old Fossil

Scar 001

News From Home: The stitches are out but arm still swollen. Neurosurgeon is pleased, everything looks great. I will see him
May 11th to schedule surgery on right arm. Let us pray.

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You Can Be A Real Pretender


comfort 2When I was a skinny, blond-haired kid there wasn’t much talking goin’ on. I was kinda quiet and low-keyed.

At school, I would inhale the giggles and chatter that bounced off the blue-tinted walls and floated ‘round the classroom.

Still, I was accepted because we were in a school where classmates stayed together. We just changed rooms each year; it created a closeness.

Then came High School and nothing would ever be the same.

comfort 6I had to leave my beloved school for a stone, cold building that looked like a for-real castle. It had stories that climbed up toward the clouds.

On the first day it took five minutes before I had the nerve to go inside.

It was bedlam.

My heart pounded, sweat dripped onto my lashes as hundreds of
people ran up and down the hallways like ants settin’ up a home front.

Bells rang … all the time. It was rowdy and raucous. And scary. I was never able to participate, was glad to leave.

I don’t know if the school ever changed but I did.

(Find out how in Part II)

May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

News from home: Hi y’all. Pray everyone is okay. I’m doing good, not
too much pain. The stitches come out Thursday 9th. Do my best for Fri.
Real Pretender? Sounds like an oxymoron.

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The Joy Of Easter

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Dancin’ With The Stars


Dancin 2“Is it bad?”

Hi Y’all.  Gotta tell ya, I am sooo glad to be able to give you an update even if I do have to hunt ‘n peck with one hand.

The surgery went great, no problems.

I have to admit  the pain was brutal the first few days. Yet, gradually the
constant, unbearable ache began to ease.

Yesterday morning when I awoke it took a few moments to realize that my elbow was not on fire with pain. Didn’t feel too bad actually.

I slid off the edge of the mattress and gently stepped all around the room. Nothing changed. I mean, there’s pain but nothing to whine about.

Oh yeah, I was toe tappin’ with the stars.

Monday the surgical bandages will be removed; April 9th the stitches come out. Within weeks I will have surgery on the right arm and finally, after years of pain, it will be over.

God is good.

May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

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Oh No, I Won’t Go


Yeah, that’s what we all say until…
the pain drives us into the operating room.

On Thursday March 26th, this is
where I will be gettin’ ready for…


Surgery 2

May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

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10 Glorious Sunsets To End Your Day

Look outside your window and imagine…

Sunset 1Sunset 2Sunset 3Sunset 4Sunset 5Sunset 6Sunset 7Sunset 8Sunset 9Sunset 10

May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

(photos from Corel Paintshop Pro)

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Puppy Love Ain’t Real

One of my favorite posts from the past:

When we’re young and that first special someone lights our heart afire no one can convince us love won’t last forever; until reality comes aknockin’…

 Pup 0Hey, I know you

Pup 1Don’t try to make up for bitin’ my tail

Pup 2Sorry, I won’t call you any more names

Pup 3I don’t care if you are a kitty kat

Ain’t love grand!

 May Your Glass Always Be Half Full


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10 Historic Tree Tunnels of The World

Every day I think to myself I have to put this post up again; it is the most popular of any post I have ever done. Viewers come every day to gaze at these beauties…

 10 Tunnel10. Cherry Blossom Tunnel, Germany
These Cherry Blossoms trees are a sight to behold on a
street in Bonn, Germany. The floral will create a brilliant
pink archway for 7 to 10 days, depending on the weather.

 9 Tunnel 9. Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho, Brazil
I could spend the day beneath the richness of these giant Rosewood.
There are more than one hundred Tipuana (Rosewood) trees along Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho in Porto Alegre, Brazil. In 2006, Mayor Joseph Fogaça decreed this street a part of Brazil’s historical,
ecological and environmental heritage.

8 Tunnel 8. Autumn Tree Tunnel, USA
These trees are ablaze with the fiery colors of autumn on a street
near Smuggler’s Notch, a Vermont State park. The spectacle
begins in the North and spreads South throughout the season.

7 Tunnel 7. Ginkgo Tree Tunnel, Japan
This is dedicated to you, Fossil. The Gingko Biloba tunnel is a
blazing beauty, one of the most revered trees in all of Japan. Some
of these trees survived the Hirsoshima bombing; they are known
as “the bearer of hope” or “the living fossil.”

 6 Tunnel6. Yew Tree Tunnel, UK
The Yew Tunnel in Whales, UK has been an inspiration to writers since 1470. It’s a popular tourist attraction of the medieval Aberglasney House. The tunnel was nearly destroyed due to neglect; it took nine years to restore the archway. People believe the Yew Tunnel was created by the Dyer family in the 18th century.

5 Tunnel 5. The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland
This intriguing walkway has the feel of a book cover. James Stuart planted the Beech trees in the 18th century. The story is he wanted to impress guests as they drove toward his “Gracehill House.”
Another part of the tale is the “Grey Lady” who was a maid in a nearby mansion. She died under suspicious circumstances and now haunts the country road.

4 Tunnel4. Bamboo Path, Japan
This tunnel in Sagano Bamboo Forest in Arashiyama takes me away. It’s a nationally designated historic site and The Agency for Cultural Affairs has declared Arashiyama a “Place of Scenic Beauty.” The forest is close to famous temples and shrines. One of the most preserved sounds in Japan is the sound of the wind as it blows through the gigantic bamboo trees.

3 Tunnel 3. Tunnel of Love, Ukraine
There is a tale that couples ride through this tunnel of love to make
a wish. If their love is strong and pure, the wish comes true. It’s a private rail that serves a woodworking plant near Klevan, a city in western Ukraine. The train runs three times a day … I’m gettin’ my ticket.

 2 Tunnel2. Jacarandas Walk, South Africa
If you like purple this tunnel is designed for you. Johannesburg, Africa has a man-made forest with more than 10 million trees.  Tropical trees from Uruguay, Brazil, Peru and Argentina were imported with 49 species of Jacaranda. The land is littered with blue and purple in October when the flowers are in bloom.

 1 Tunnel1. Wisteria Tunnel, Japan
It would feel like royalty to stroll beneath this Wisteria draped tunnel. The blooms hang like tufts of grapes as soon as the Cherry blossoms retire. Each spring the Japanese celebrate the “Fuji Matsuri” or Wisteria Festival in Tokyo, Shizuoka and Okazaki. The Ashika Flower Park is the place that harbors
the most different varieties of Wisteria.

May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

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Some Folk Have A Lotta Nerve

Forgive me for changin’ up on LBC Friday
but I have to squeeze this in while I’m able.

It’s very difficult to type lately
‘cause of a big, fat pain in my…

Nerve 2Ulna Nerve

Nerve 1drashokshyam.hubpages.com

Cubital tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the ulnar nerve when it passes under a bony bump (medial epicondyle) on the inside portion of the elbow. In this area, the nerve is relatively unprotected and can be trapped between the bone and the skin in a tunnel called the cubital tunnel.

Though it is not an actual bone, this area is commonly called your “funny bone.” When you hit the “funny bone” just the right way, you have actually hit the ulnar nerve. This contact sends a sensation of tingling, numbness and pain along the inside of your arm and down to the ring and little fingers.

When the ulnar nerve is compressed, it causes the same type of symptoms. The ulnar nerve can be pinched at any point along its length, but the most common site of compression is on the cubital tunnel.

(Y’all can tell I didn’t write that part.)

Actually, the pain shoots down my arm and flies offa my finger tips. Soooo, I’m awaitin’ for the phone to ring. You know the one,  your surgery time is… My left arm will be first and then the right.

Let the fun begin.

May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

Update:  Surgery on my left arm will be Thursday the 26th.
Not lookin’ forward to this one but no use whinin’.

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