Life... in the key of songs.

"Some days you get the bear..."

The best recent photo I have of myself includes the best friend I ever had in Oklahoma. This is Reggie(the horse) who lived across the street from me and her owner who thought that I was the coolest neighbor she has ever met.


A horse and a kid who loved me! That's a great life! But change is inevitable. Their "Dad" is an itinerant Baptist preacher who took on a church many miles south of here. There are no neighbors here that even speak to me now. I am, however, not alone or lonely. I have my pets and "The Universe" to amuse and keep me company.

I live out here in the middle of nowhere, on an acre of land with my husband and a small menagerie. We have five dogs and a cat right now. We take in strays so that number is always subject to sudden change. There’s not enough room on this page for their introductions so… read my “Pet Story” here.

It wasn't easy to get here from where I came from. Life is a journey and I'm a survivor...

I have survived:

1. My own conception and birth... Thanks to a mother who forgot her diaphragm and a father who never wanted children who was fool enough to trust my mother.

2. A dysfunctional family and a very weird childhood. I lucked out here. I discovered in mid-life that bi-polar disorder was responsible for all the dysfunction. Bi-polar disorder is hereditary. I got it from my Dad wich explains a lot about my childhood. See?

On bi-polar disorder...
Now I'm old and un-medicated... and relatively "normal" whateverthatis.

3. The 40's, the 50's, the 60's, the 70's, the 80's, the 90's... and Y2K!

4. The attack on Pearl Harbor, the Oklahoma City Bombing, (and the jury selection in the trial of said Bomber http://www.livejournal.com/users/jubal51394/101154.html), and the attack on the World Trade Center.

5. A World War, a Cold War, South Korea, Vietnam, the War on Drugs(barely), two invasions of Iraq(one justified, one not), Bosnia, Afghanistan... Wait! Some of these were not wars, They were "Police Actions", hard to tell the difference.

6. Eleven presidents http://www.livejournal.com/users/jubal51394/202452.html

7. Marriage to "Fonzi" (an irresponsible, manipulative, but adorable child), then a second marriage (to another irresponsible, manipulative alcoholic), currently surviving a third marriage to "a duck" (another irresponsible, manipulative, but adorable child... Literally! Sometimes I think this one is growing up to be a real husband, sometimes I think he's just a duck who looks great to me in comparison to his predecessors.).

8. The birth of 5 children, the non-birth of one, the marriage to one step child, the one in the distance who never really existed except in our minds, the killing of one(by a hit and run driver who was identified but never prosecuted. Go figure! The wheels of justice?)

I have survived all of this... and what I have learned is... Life sucks... and then... they don't let you die!

I am grateful for these gifts, my tools for survival:

1. Lynn Woods, where I grew up, found God, and myself
2. My mind (IQ),
3. Piano lessons followed by organ lessons, followed by lots of "Amazing Grace"
4. http://www.griefnet.org/ Where Grace Happens,
5. THE Father, and my three fathers, http://www.livejournal.com/users/jubal51394/188572.html
6. THE Son,
7. THE Holy Spirit,
9. MY DOGS... my dogs are my reason for living.
10. A stroke AND a heart attack!

"Strokes are different. You get no warning. You just suddenly become aware that it is hours or days past where you thought you were and nothing makes any sense… and if you’re lucky you can still walk and talk and go to the bathroom by yourself… maybe even still read music… if you didn’t drive yourself and your grand daughter off a cliff.

Life is as dear to the mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not to die, so do other creatures. ~ His Holiness The Dalai Lama

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George Carlin's views on aging... (http://www.livejournal.com/users/jubal51394/126259.html)

Keep learning. Never let the brain idle. "An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's. ~George Carlin

"I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it." ~A Lincoln

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Some days you eat the bear, and some days the bear eats you -- but you dare not discount the bear! -- Winston Churchill