2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 30,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 7 Film Festivals

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Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them



Gifts that Ripple through Time

Are you looking for something for someone special to give them this year?  Do you know how to bless your family and friends?

It is a season of gift giving and there can be a lot of pressure to get just the right gift for each and every one and not to forget anyone either.  It can be really hard too because some people already seem to have everything and some people seem to need everything and you do want to bless and give and not offend and not forget.  May I suggest you stop and ask the Lord how to bless your family and friends.  Then you might actually ask the person who you are struggling with in your mind, how you can bless them.  You might even be surprised at the answer.

Sometimes the best gifts are family treasures passed on appropriately.  Sometimes they are the gift of time and talents and then there is a touch and a smile and a hug.  There is a loving word at the right moment.  There are planned events and times together sharing laughter and tears and memory of other special times together with friends and family — special moments that last forever!

I am wanting to give my family some little family treasures.  They aren’t gold and silver (most of them) but momentos from my mom and dad that part of the gift is researching the meaning behind the momento and documenting the story for the family.  I will share some of them here and show you what I mean over time, but right now I want to tell you about a very special gift that I received from my sister and her husband last night.  Years ago when in DC on political affairs and going from meeting to meeting trying to get Congressmen to ‘do the right things’ and build bridges to effective networks, I viewed the Kennedy Center from afar.  I always wanted to go there and last night we did.  The family had perfect seats for a wonderful musical/dance story full of history and entertainment.  We saw “Billy Elliott: The Musical.”

Paula and Tim Caswell (upper left) and Tracy and Byron Caswell (upper right); Ceiling chandelier (center) and Hall of States Flags (lower right)

It was a wonderful evening and the fulfillment of a dream for me!  

Thanks to my family for making it possible for me to go and be a part of the adventure with me!

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

My dog teaches me about politics

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I got this from a friend of a friend with no real attribution (via email).   I didn’t write it and merely share it here as tremendously insightful. You know what they say about cats having staff and dogs having masters; well this explains one step further about dogs and their politics.  Enjoy!/sc


My dog sleeps about 20 hours a day.
He has his food prepared for him.
He can eat whenever he wants, 24/7/365.
His meals are provided at no cost to him.
He visits the Dr. once a year for his checkup, and again during the year if any
medical needs arise.

For this he pays nothing, and nothing is required of him.

He lives in a nice neighborhood in a house that is much larger than he needs,
but he is not required to do any upkeep.
If He makes a mess, someone else cleans it up.
He has his choice of luxurious places to sleep.
He receives these accommodations absolutely free.
He is living like a king, and has absolutely no expenses whatsoever.
All of his costs are picked up by others who go out and earn a living every day.
I was just thinking about all this, and suddenly it hit me like a brick in the head,

oh my gosh,

my dog is a democrat!

Stay tuned for the cat comeback . . .

and a few recommendations for those paying the dog’s way!

Special thanks to Hatchlings on Facebook for the cute graphics and if you haven’t played the game – the graphics on the eggs and hatchlings are top notch!

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