Saturday, October 1, 2011


Barbara Ward-Finneran
When doubts creep in - be still and wait until your heart and mind can act with unity and courage. 

Look to walk in beauty and allow grace, love and wisdom to surround you. 
Open your heart to find the peace and truth that dwells in your soul. 
When you foster these positive things, your fears and sadness are chased away as hope shines through! 

Keep the promises that you make to yourself!
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1967 - Pink Floyd arrived in New York to begin their first U.S. tour.

1967 - The BBC aired Radio One for the first time.

1970 - Jimi Hendrix was buried in Seattle, WA.

1970 - Curtis Mayfield left the Impressions for a solo career.

1972 - Jon Mark (Mark Almond Band) lost his left ring finger. The remainder of the tour was canceled.

1975 - Al Jackson (MG's) was shot and killed by an intruder at the age of 39.

1977 - Elton John became the first rock & roller to be honored in New York City's Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame.

1980 - "One Trick Pony," the semi-autobiographical film of Paul Simon, premiered in New York City.

1984 - The album "Apollonia 6" was released.

1991 - The white crystal-beaded glove worn by Michael Jackson was stolen from the Motown Museum in Detroit. M.C. Hammer offered a $50,000 reward for its return

1992 - The revival of the musical "Oba Oba '93" opened.

1995 - Nearly $1 million was raised at the Farm Aid concert in Louisville, KY. The musicians that performed were Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Hootie and the Blowfish, and The Dave Matthews Band.

1996 - The Nirvana live album "From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah" was released.

1998 - John Fogerty received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Marion Pellicano Ambrose

Chief Judge Belvin Perry ordered the release of the video of Casey Anthony’s reaction to seeing a video announcement of Caylee’s remains being found. Perry agreed with a local TV station that the once-secret recording is public record and the original reason for sealing it (concerns it would influence jurors in her murder trial ) is no longer a factor.
Anthony was acquitted in July of charges she killed her daughter Caylee Marie in 2008.
"The jail video is a public record subject to disclosure. The reason for sealing — Ms. Anthony's right to a fair trial — is no longer applicable…" Perry wrote in his order.
He also said there is no expectation of privacy in jail.
The ruling is the latest setback for Anthony and her defense team. Last week, Perry ordered her to pay $217,000 to authorities for costs related to investigating Caylee's disappearance.

The Orlando Sentinel downloaded the video and put it on its website.


These four gents go out to play golf one sunny morning. One is detained in the clubhouse, and the other three are discussing their children while walking to the first tee. "My son," says one, "has made quite a name for himself in the homebuilding industry. He began as a carpenter, but now owns his own design and construction firm. He's so successful in fact, in the last year he was able to give a good friend a brand new home as a gift."

The second man, not to be outdone, allows how his son began his career as a car salesman, but now owns a multi-line dealership. "He's so successful, in fact, in the last six months he gave a friend two brand new cars as a gift."

The third man's son has worked his way up through a stock brokerage and in the last few weeks has given a good friend a large stock portfolio as a gift.

As the fourth man arrives at the tee box, another tells him that they have been discussing their progeny and asks what line his son is in.

"To tell the truth, I'm not very pleased with how my son has turned out, he replies. "For fifteen years, he's been a hairdresser, and I've just recently discovered he's a practicing homosexual. But, on the bright side, he must be good at what he does because his last three boyfriends have given him a brand new house, two cars, and a big pile of stock certificates."


Marion Pellicano Ambrose

In a recent interview with Andrea Reiher (Pop 2 it, Culture, Celebrity, With a twist) William Shatner voiced his opinion that Star Trek was better than Star WarsHe cited his major reason: Star Trek dealt with relationships, humanity and philosophical questions, and Star Wars was all special effects. He also stated that Star Trek now outdid Star Wars in special effects leaving the latter with nothing to recommend it over Star Trek.  Discussing female stars, Shatner said that even though Princess Leia was beautiful and Carrie Fischer was a good actress, she just couldn’t compare to the heroines of Star Trek.

So, Kirk or Han Solo; Spock or Chewbacca? Uhura or Padme’? Check out the Shatner interview and let us know where YOU stand. Are you a Trekkie or a Star Warrior?


Patty B
We have all seen the shows where one person or family is so compulsive with keeping EVERYTHING from wrappers and empty cartons to a zillion beanie babies. Where family and friends have a hard time engaging with that individual. When your compulsive addiction to keep things overwhelms your life and that is "hoarding".

Thursday, September 29, 2011


Barbara Ward-Finneran
Transform your life, by believing that can live up to your unique and limitless potential. All that you have the courage to dream, is yours for the taking, if you dare to create the actions to make it possible - one goal at a time.

Keep the promises that you make to yourself!
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WANNA LAUGH?!?! ... - New Years Addition

On Rosh Hashanah morning, the Rabbi noticed little Adam was staring up at the large plaque that hung in the foyer of the synagogue. It was covered with names, and small American flags were mounted on either side of it. The seven-year old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the Rabbi walked up, stood beside the boy, and said quietly, "Good morning, Adam." "Good morning, Rabbi," replied the young man, still focused on the plaque. "Rabbi Resnick, what is this?" Adam asked. "Well, it's a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service." Soberly, they stood together, staring at the large plaque. Little Adam's voice was barely audible when he asked: "Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur service?"


Marion Pellicano Ambrose

On a dark Chattanooga night, the glow of the lights and the sound of music beckons you. As you approach the old brick building, the aroma of sizzling steaks, crusty calzones and the enticing bouquet of micro brewed beer fills the air.  You’ve come to The Terminal Brewhouse for a fantastic meal and a fun evening, but you may find much more. You might find spirits of a different kind!
The building was built in 1909 as a hotel to serve the Terminal Station across the street, during the golden age of rail travel. Many important people rode the “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and stayed at the hotel. After travel by automobile became popular, the train station closed and the hotel failed.  It was used at one time or another as a speak easy, illegal gambling establishment, and even a bordello. Some say even more “unspeakable” activities went on behind closed doors. . Sometime in the 1940’s an enterprising luggage handler at the station named Chester Davis, had saved his tips and eventually purchased the building.
Eventually, the building fell into disrepair. Its metal stairways and cold brick walls were covered in dust and shadows. No one wanted to enter the building because of the eerie sounds and shadows within. Finally in 2006, a local raconteur began restoring the property. Two friends became interested in the Historic building and the three of them entered the building together. The walls and the rafters seemed to cry out to the men. They felt the presence of those spirits who had lived and died there, and wanted the building to come to life once more. As a result, the men decided to create a Brewhouse and restaurant. The eerie sounds continue, especially at night when the brewer is alone and brewing the many fine ales and beers served at The Terminal.  I spoke to one waitress who believes that the building is definitely haunted and reports that the wait staff have seen or heard mysterious things, but they all feel that the spirits are content and friendly. Visitors to the Brewery sometime sense the “residents”, but it doesn’t take away from the pleasure of a fabulous meal, great music and some of the best beer you’ll ever taste.
If you’re ever in Chattanooga, stop by The Terminal Brewery at No.6 East 14th Street, right across from the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Who knows who you might meet!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Marion Pellicano Ambrose
No one has been able to explain to me why young men and women serve in the U.S. Military for 20 years, risking their lives protecting freedom, and only get 50% of their pay. While Politicians hold their political positions in the safe confines of the capital, protected by these same men and women, and receive full pay retirement after serving one term. It just does not make any sense.
On Fox news they learned that the staffers of Congress family members are exempt from having to pay back student loans. This will get national attention if other news networks will broadcast it. When you add this to the below, just where will all of it stop?
35 States file lawsuit against the Federal Government
Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon them. It only takes 38 (of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention.
This will take less than thirty seconds to read. If you agree, please pass it on.
This is an idea that we should address.
For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform... in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn't seem logical. We do not have an elite class that is above the law. I truly don't care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop.
Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: "Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States .."
Now, what are you going to do about it? Read and move on, or work for reform? Use social media... Share on the wall of EVERY congressman, representative, governor, the white house!!!!! Pass it around!!! Make calls, send fax's and email's...............BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE!


Barbara Ward-Finneran
The next step is always yours to take. 
Just look forward and begin. 
Know where you want to go, get up and go there.
It may not always be easy but it will always be worth it!!!

Keep the promises that you make to yourself!

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Patty B

If exercise is so much fun, why is it called "working out?"

Fitness rhymes with witless. Coincidence?

If you eat pizza in the forest and no one sees you, do the calories still count?

Cast out your fat demon: have your own exercise-ism.

If God wanted me skinny, why did he invent stretch pants?


Rosh Hashanah Comments

Rosh HaShanah (ראש השנה) is the Jewish New Year. It falls once a year during the month of Tishrei and occurs ten days before Yom Kippur. Together, Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur are known as the Yamim Nora’im, which means the Days of Awe in Hebrew. In English they are often referred to as the High Holy Days


Marion Pellicano Ambrose
My son, the doctor!”, “My daughter is studying to be a lawyer!”, “He’s an engineer, and she’s an architect!” All highly respected careers, wouldn’t you say? Each one is enough to make a mother proud!
Well, why is it you never hear the same respect and awe for a teacher? As a matter of fact, teaching is the most criticized career in America. That’s odd because in other countries around the world, it’s a most revered and honored profession. It’s also no coincidence that in those countries that value teachers and provide the respect and salaries they so rightly deserve the level of education and the all- important test scores are higher.
 “The United States will become a second-rate economic power unless it can match the educational performance of its rivals abroad and get more of its students to achieve at the highest levels in math, science and literacy.” (Brent Staples, NY Times )

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Barbara Ward-Finneran
Challenge is an opportunity to build strength and confidence. Overcoming the fear of defeat empowers the treasure of the triumph. For what is gained through your own success is priceless.

Keep the promises that you make to yourself!

Photo Courtesy of Barbara Ward-Finneran and Drawn 2 Design, LLC
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WANNA LAUGH?!?! ... Rated M for "Mature Language"

Editors Note - Author/Illustrator Origin Unknown.  


Marion Pellicano Ambrose
I read the following post on Yahoo News. Almost as interesting as the article were the comments that followed. I wondered how our DRL readers would react. What do you think? Please consider a comment here!

A California students' group has sparked a racism and sexism row over plans for a bake sale in which people are charged according to their ethnic background and gender.

Campus Republicans at the University of California, Berkeley say critics have overreacted to their event planned for this week, which they insist is a protest over affirmative action.

The group's Facebook page lists the price of baked goods at the sale according to race: $2 for whites, $1.50 for Asians, $1 for Hispanics, $0.75 for blacks and $0.25 for Native Americans.

"$0.25 FOR ALL WOMEN!" it added.

Campus Republican President Shawn Lewis said the idea of the "Increase Diversity Bake Sale" was to highlight a legislative bill to let California public universities consider race and gender in their admissions process.

He said they planned to go ahead with the sale on Tuesday despite protests and threats. "We didn't expect the volume, the amount of response that we got," he told CNN.

"In the first few hours, hundreds of posts on our Facebook page. And the tone of some of the responses -- we expected people to be upset. We didn't expect personal threats to be made.

"They were implicit and explicit threats made to the organizers of the event, from burning down the table to throwing our baked goods at us and other kinds of physical threats."

But the famous US college's student Democrats president Anais LaVoie has asked for an apology.

LeRoy M 30 minutes ago
Bars have been giving discounts to ladies for decades. Isn't that sexism too?
shystrength about an hour ago
This is going to be the best bake sale ever.
Its Time 46 minutes ago
The only smart people in the entire school. ahahahahaha ahahahahaha ahahahahaha
Pure genius !!!!
Rat Fink McRoy 46 minutes ago
It's okay for universities and employers to do exactly that but not okay at the bake sale? Maybe if they just call it a Diversity Bake Sale no one would complain. That's how the Universities and Companies do it.
thumper_scott 8 minutes ago
Well, it certainly proved one thing: people sure are sensitive these days.
tom 12 minutes ago
The truth aggravates the liars and uninformed. I thought some famous person once said something about his kids being judged by their character and not their color of their skin. Probably some white racist guy I bet!
Stoopid Yanks 17 minutes ago
fokking racist yanks, nothing new here
k.p. 34 minutes ago
Commendable motives to diversify Congress, piss poor planning and implementation.
lightspeed 53 minutes ago
do they give out free slaps to ?? lol how you get it depends on gender or race !
Moondog 31 minutes ago
p.s I'm not a bigot I hate evryone equally.
jill_roberta about an hour ago
I applaud these people for showing up the absurdity of what AA has morphed into. It's really sad how America has become a place obsessed with race and gender........rather than ability, talent and qualifications........
Moondog 34 minutes ago
what about the black caucus all of the black expose and other stuff that excludes and evryone else,I live in Fl, it's rampant, if you were to try to have an all white group or assemblee the blacks would scream to the high heaven's that it's ufair becouse there are no blacks, but if you leave them... More
wes t 4 hours ago
Imagine the reaction if the price scale was reversed.
fixit 4 hours ago
All the white men will be sitting in the car and the women will do the buying of the goodies! That would work for me! And i am white,by the way!
Roller about an hour ago
The truth is a painful thing isn't it? Those students should be applauded for exposing the perennial stupidity of political correctness and leftist nanny-state social engineering that has brainwashed millions worldwide. That thinking is not of the people comrade!
abulemic 4 hours ago
Many seem to be missing the point that it is a racially inspired piece of legislation that they are parodying. The legislation is racist and the parody is a potent political tool.
Get some insight and maybe a sense of humor.


Tony Walker
An old friend from high school found me on Facebook last week. The last time I saw this girl was at her wedding. Her wedding was in 1988.... the year we graduated high school!!!
This girl graduated early & was married about a month later. She wasn't pregnant or anything like that. As far as I know she just wanted to marry this man.
Now she is divorced & on her second marriage.
Of course my thought was, "That's what happens when you marry so young!" But that's stupid of me. Who am I to judge? How the hell would I know what's too young? I married at 23 the first time. I obviously didn't know what I was doing!
My wife married her first husband when she was 26. They weren't even married a year when she said to herself, "I don't wanna do this anymore. I don't love this man. I think there is a balding, overweight, future cancer patient waiting for me!" (OK so I made the last part up)
Then again some people get married in their thirties & still get divorced. Some marriages go 20, 30, 40 years & end up in divorce.
But you hear it all the time right? "That's too young!" "I told you they'd never last!" blah blah blah.
Tell us what you think. Do you think age is a factor to failed marriages?

  * * * * * * * Click below for a Post by Jillian B Hart on a similar topic * * * * * * *

SHE SAID... He asked, I'm answering.

Monday, September 26, 2011


A cop pulls a young guy over:
"Hello officer" said the smart aleck kid.
"Young man did you see that stop sign?" asked the cop.
Yup, but I didn't see you!


by Phyllis Schlafly

Whole Language vs Phonics
Every few years a new fad sweeps across the public schools. We've had self-esteem, new math, whole language, New Age, outcome-based education, school-to-work, mental health screening, school-based clinics, global education, diversity, multiculturalism, and early childhood education.
The newest public school fad was announced last week on the front page of the New York Times, so educators must be taking it seriously. If it hasn't come to your town yet, no doubt it will come soon.
New Math

Freshmen at Dwight Morrow High School in New Jersey, starting this fall, must declare a major, and they must take at least one course in that subject every trimester for four years. The major will be noted on their diploma.

How many kids between the ages of 14 and 18 do you think ever change their minds about what they like and don't like? Let's rephrase my question: do you know any teenagers who don't change their minds frequently?

Most teens have a hard time deciding what to wear, what to eat, and with whom they will go to the prom. Probably most students haven't even selected their lifetime career when they start college.

But at Dwight Morrow, those who change their minds are out of luck. If they find they don't like their original choice, they can't change unless they produce a "compelling reason," but even that may not be sufficient.

In preparation for this "choose major" plan, students were asked to write essays about what they wanted to specialize in. The most popular subject chosen was sports management.

The Times quoted a girl named Akelia who at 14 declared she wanted to be a lawyer, but after two years realized how much work she would have to put in studying "boring" cases, so she tried to switch to computers. Alas, she found she was locked into her major and not permitted to change.

Don't worry about students' difficulty in making a decision. They will be assisted by a school guidance counselor whose task is to map out a six-year career path that even includes the first year of college.

If a teen is a world-class genius like Michelangelo, it could be a good thing to get started developing his talent early. But most of us are not Michelangelos, and we can't count on the "choose major" experiment to produce modern Michelangelos.

Most teens are not ready to lock into a lifetime career so early; they need to explore and investigate options and opportunities. Anyway, there are magnet schools for those who are ready for specialization.

It is customary for educators to initiate their new fads in poorer schools where they feel they have a better chance to con parents and students into believing that they are getting the most modern improvements in education. The Dwight Morrow classrooms are ridiculously labeled Harvard, Yale and Rutgers.

Dwight Morrow is a high school with low test scores and racial tensions. Three-quarters are black or Hispanic, and 60 percent qualify for free or reduced lunches.

This "choose major" fad seems to have spread nationwide under the radar without prior publicity. Apparently some hundreds of high schools now require students to specialize, but most are not so rigid as to require a major.

Mississippi has a pilot program to have ninth graders choose one of seven career paths from construction to technology.

Like any new school fad, "choose major" of course requires more taxpayer funding. The New Jersey district has hired five new teachers, and set up advisory boards for each track that include performing artists, doctors, and lawyers.

Public schools should teach all first-graders to read by the time-tested phonics system, and teach all schoolchildren to know and use the fundamentals of arithmetic by the end of the third grade. This would end the shocking epidemic of illiteracy that now permits students to get into high school and even graduate without being able to read, write or calculate change at the grocery store.

Choosing a major won't solve the problem of high school dropouts who can't read, write, add, subtract, multiply, or divide. Public schools will remain a national embarrassment unless and until the fundamentals are taught in elementary classes.

About Phyllis Schlafly:

Phyllis Schlafly has been a national leader of the conservative movement since the publication of her best-selling 1964 book, A Choice Not An Echo. She has been a leader of the pro-family movement since 1972, when she started her national volunteer organization now called Eagle Forum. In a ten-year battle, Mrs. Schlafly led the pro-family movement to victory over the principal legislative goal of the radical feminists, called the Equal Rights Amendment. An articulate and successful opponent of the radical feminist movement, she appears in debate on college campuses more frequently than any other conservative. She was named one of the 100 most important women of the 20th century by the Ladies' Home Journal.
Mrs. Schlafly's monthly newsletter called The Phyllis Schlafly Report is now in its 45th year. Her syndicated column appears in 100 newspapers, her radio commentaries are heard daily on over 600 stations, and her radio talk show on education called "Eagle Forum Live" is heard weekly on 75 stations. Both can be heard on the internet.

Mrs. Schlafly is the author or editor of 20 books on subjects as varied as family and feminism (The Power of the Positive Woman and Feminist Fantasies); the judiciary The Supremacists: The Tyranny of Judges and How to Stop It; nuclear strategy (Strike From Space and Kissinger on the Couch); education (Child Abuse in the Classroom); child care (Who Will Rock the Cradle?); and phonics (First Reader and Turbo Reader).

Mrs. Schlafly is a lawyer and served as a member of the Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, 1985-1991, appointed by President Reagan. She has testified before more than 50 Congressional and State Legislative committees on constitutional, national defense, and family issues.

Mrs. Schlafly is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Washington University, received her J.D. from Washington University Law School, and received her Master's in Political Science from Harvard University. In 2008 Washington University/St. Louis awarded Phyllis an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

Phyllis Schlafly is America's best-known advocate of the dignity and honor that we as a society owe to the role of fulltime homemaker. The mother of six children, she was the 1992 Illinois Mother of the Year.