Monday, January 31, 2011

Time to Give Willie Nelson a Nobel Peace Prize for Farm Aid

As many of you know, Willie Nelson made the news again recently and many jokes about Willie are going around.  Willie, however, is no joke.  As an avid fan of Willie  I just want to help make people aware of all the good he does and all the hard work he has done, and is doing, to make our world a better place to live in.
"Willie should receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on agriculture issues, alternative fuels and world peace initiatives. A longtime supporter of the family farms in America, he founded the Farm Aid concert program over 25 years ago, and has also started the Willie Nelson Peace Research Institute, an organization dedicated to helping promote global peace.

Willie has also been an avid supporter of the protection of wild horses, working on behalf of the animals as Tennessee and other states try to legalize the slaughter of horses. He supports the federal Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, which would ban horse slaughter in the U.S. and stop the current practice of exporting horses out of the country for slaughter in Mexico and Canada." (

"John Mellencamp is campaigning to get Willie Nelson a Nobel Peace Prize. The interview took place on SIRIUS XM Willie's Place at Farm Aid 25 in Milwaukee, Wisc.":

Let's show support for Willie for all he has done. Please click on the following link to "Nobel Peace Prize for Willie Nelson for Farm Aid" on Facebook and press "Like".  It's that easy!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

My Time at the historical 1964/65 World's Fair New York

I am so grateful to my Godfather Uncle Paul and Aunt Estelle for taking me to the 1964/65 World's Fair at Flushing Meadows Carona Park in Queens, New York.  It was one of the largest World's Fairs to be held in the United States.  I was very young but I clearly remember the Unisphere, Belgian Waffles, the debut of the Ford Mustang and millions of people. The Unisphere can still be seen today and everytime I drive past it on my way to New York City it brings back wonderful childhood memories.  It is a 12 story high spherical stainless steel representation of Earth.  The theme of the World's Fair was "Peace Through Understanding" and the Unisphere represented the theme of global interdependence.

My old photo of the Unisphere:

Me (in pink sweater on the left), my sister Liz on the right & friends Susie in the front  & Jill in the back at World's Fair in the Chrysler Pavilion section in the Transportation Area. We were all wearing the classic feathered souvenir hats!):


Friday, January 28, 2011

The Spirit of Willie Nelson

I took a look recently at Willie Nelson's website and was surprised to find out that his "Spirit" album was released 15 years ago in 1996.  As the article states this is a masterpiece and I totally agree.   I remember when it was released like it was yesterday and saw a whole different side of Willie, other than the portrayed "outlaw".  It was the Spirit album that started me on the path to being one of Willie's biggest fans.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Time to thank Willie for Farm Aid

Farm Aid 1985

Back in  September of 1985 (two months after my oldest son Robert was born) Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp held their first concert to benefit family farmers. In 1987 Willie and John brought family farmers before Congress to testify about the state of family farming.  Congress passed the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987 to help save family farms from foreclosure.
Farm Aid is an organization that works to increase awareness of the importance of family farms, and puts on an annual concert of country, blues and rock music with a variety of stars. The board of directors includes Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews. Last October the 25th Anniversary concert was held in Wisconsin. 

Living on the Eastern End of Long Island, New York, I grew up with the luxury of buying and eating fresh fruits and vegetables from road side farm stands.  Good work Willie and gang! This is just another reason why I am a big fan of Willie!

Willie signing autographs after the concert at Westbury Music Fair, Long Island, New York:
Check out this link to find out more about Farm Aid:

Monday, January 17, 2011

A Poem About Time....

The Wait

Today, I waited…
for the alarm to go off,
while lying awake in bed,
wondering whether I
really wanted to get up;
for the water to get hot,
while starting to shave,
trying not to notice how
the mirror makes me age!
for the kettle to get filled,
while standing at the sink
yawning, scratching, and
loosely planning my day;
for the water to heat,
while trying to select a tea,
and wondering why such
choices seem so hard now;
for the tea to brew,
while mindlessly dipping
the tea bag down and up,
down and up, down and…
for the tea to cool a bit
so I could sip it…
blowing, testing,
blowing, testing…
for the eggs to cook,
the cheese to melt,
the bacon to fry, and
the toast to pop up;
for the shower to get hot
while debating over
using soap today, or
sandalwood body wash;
Okay, okay, you tired
of waiting?
I’ll try to speed it up:
I also waited…
in the line at the bank,
at the cleaners,
to be seated for lunch,
for my food to come,
for the server to return,
at the register to pay;
at home for the mailman,
for my computer to log on,
for the phone to ring,
for the evening news,
for the late show,
for the late-late show;
in bed for sleep to come,
for yet another sunrise,
for an eternity I hope takes
its sweet time to get here!
Because, you know, when it
comes right down to it:
I really don’t mind the wait.

~g tristan tarot

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Winter time - time for comfort food!

Comfort food means different things to different people.  For some it could be either fast foods, sweets and desserts or a special home cooked meal they remember their Mom used to make. I miss my Mom for many reasons but I sure do miss her cooking!  After spending time outdoors in the snow and cold I cooked the family a comfort meal of roasted chicken, gravy, broccoli with cheddar & creamed corn.

Rumor has it that one of Willie Nelson's favorite comfort meals is a pot roast supper. (No pun intended!)

When my son Matt was younger his comfort food was his Mom's french toast.

There is nothing like a good warm home- style meal on a cold Winter day. 
Whatever it is that brings you comfort and a sense of well being ~ enjoy!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Time to spoil the Basset Hound

Since the passing of our sweet "sugar bear" Clyde the Basset Hound....
Our five year old Basset Hound Opie has been very lost without his buddy.
They used to do everything together - eat, sleep & play.

Right after Clyde passed away,  Opie started howling in the middle of the night.  I had read somewhere that it was a dog's way of calling out to other dogs to let them know they are lonely.  This went on for a week or two until..........
                                 Along came Charlie!!
...and the permission to sleep on a blanket on the couch (have to spoil him a little bit)...
Thanks Charlie Brown!  Now we can all get our beauty sleep.


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Don't Say You Don't Have Enough Time....

"Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein."

Quote by -- H. Jackson Brown

There never does seem to be enough time.  Are we really that much more busier today than years ago? Our parents were just as busy - working and raising children yet Sundays relatives and friends would all get together.  Everyone would bring a dish.  The grownups would visit (drink and laugh and tell stories) and me and my cousins would play everything from red light green light, marbles, tag - you name it.  All outdoors, no video games, no computers. My generation grew up knowing and being friends with our cousins.  Sadly my children don't really know their relatives. I guess we have to stop blaming it on not having the time and just make the time - because we never know how much time we have!


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Winter Time Used To Be So Much Fun

When my sisters and I were little we couldn't wait to get all bundled up and play for hours in the snow until the snow was caked on your gloves and hat and you could no longer feel  your fingers and toes.
There was nothing like coming back inside and sipping on a delicious cup of hot chocolate that our Mother would make from real cocoa and homeade whipped cream...

I suppose things are just more fun when you are a kid!  No worrying about digging the cars out, rising fuel  bills and making a path for the mail carrier. 
 After getting hit with 12 inches of snow last night I am trying to find the fun.  It is beautiful though.  I don't know, now that I am older I just may have to fly south. 

                                         Last nights storm

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

On the road again....

Well, my oldest son Robert is heading back up to college this afternoon after his long holiday break that seemed to fly by so quickly.   I savor each and every moment when all three birds are back in the nest.  It is hard to see them go..but you have to let them fly....

Monday, January 10, 2011

Time in a bottle

If I could save time in a bottle

The first thing that I'd like to do

Is to save every day

Till Eternity passes away

Just to spend them with you

If I could make days last forever

If words could make wishes come true

I'd save every day like a treasure and then,

Again, I would spend them with you

But there never seems to be enough time

To do the things you want to do

Once you find them

I've looked around enough to know

That you're the one I want to go

Through time with

If I had a box just for wishes

And dreams that had never come true

The box would be empty

Except for the memory

Of how they were answered by you

But there never seems to be enough time

To do the things you want to do

Once you find them

I've looked around enough to know

That you're the one I want to go

Through time with

(Words and Music by Jim Croce

Copyright © 1972 Jim Croce, Atlantic Records. All rights reserved.)

Great words & song about time by Jim Croce - wouldn't it be nice if we could save time in a bottle?  That is my obsession with photography.  Saving moments in time.  It still amazes me how it works.  People get annoyed at functions when you are acting like Paparazzi but then they enjoy looking back and seeing those moments captured.  Just keep snapping away even if you annoy your friends and family. They will appreciate those photos one day. 

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Time For A Fresh Brewed Cup of Coffee With Willie

"Everyone needs personal time. Those who say they don't need time for self are probably the ones who need it the most. We all need time to let the dust settle, to evaluate how life is going, to plan for the future, to focus on that which is spiritually authentic."

-- Richard A. Swenson, M.D., "Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives"

...I don't know about you but I don't mind being everything to everybody but I need "me time" to regroup with myself.  My very favorite time of the day for "me" time is early morning before everyone is awake.  Don't even think of talking to me before I have had my cup of coffee with Willie and a few minutes to "defrag" my brain.  I am working on losing the coffee - switching to herbal tea and instead of sitting at the computer possibly doing a little yoga.  I will think about it some more tomorrow morning while I sit at the computer and listen to motivational music!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Once upon a time.............

I have to say I am absolutely enjoying Facebook!   You meet so many people in your lifetime, stay connected with a few and lose contact with many.  Facebook has made it possible to reconnect with people that stood out in your memories but you just go in different directions over the years and lose contact.  I think the older you get the more fun it is to reconnect with people that share your space in time when life seemed simplier and carefree.  If you connect with someone you knew when you were five - you become 5 years old again.  You go back to that space in time.  Once you "friend" each other again you begin to share memories - some you remember, some you don't.  The more you chat, the more you begin to remember.  You start to dig through old pictures, scan and send them and share in laughter.  I think it is like putting together a puzzle of your life.  Connecting with important pieces of what made you who you are today.  I have reconnected with early childhood friends, middle and high school friends, old co-workers, relatives and even relatives I never really got the chance to know before we became "friends" on Facebook. Think back, who stands out in your memories of your childhood and past that you would like to share history with.  Reach out and see if you can find them.  I bet they will be glad you did! 

Friday, January 7, 2011

Your time is limited, don't waste it.......

“Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Speaking of time........

This blog used to known as another name..."Nancy Ann's Corner".  I started it a year ago and only had one entry.  A friend pointed this out to me yesterday.  I couldn't believe a year had passed. I forgot all about this blog.  My goal is to help people appreciate the time they have and to make every moment count! I learned really young in life how quickly you can lose a loved one.  My Mother Beatrice RIP was killed by a drunk driver in 1980.  The one thing I can say is I never ever had regrets that she didn't know that I loved her. I am grateful for the time I had with her although it was too short.

Have no regrets....

Every moment we get to share with our loved ones is to be treasured.  Never miss an opportunity to let them know they are loved, special and that they matter.