I live in Florida & last year I tried to use as an excuse that it’s just too hot to exercise… You see my apartment has ceiling fans & cross ventilation so I haven’t turned the air on in two years… I’m starting to appreciate that sweating is a good thing, it reminds me that I’m alive & taking more showers these days… I’m just getting into this & the concept is nothing more than common sense…
I’m looking forward to getting on my Joy Rider by Trailmate… I’m now 75 years old & lost my husband to cancer over 4 years ago… It’s like I’ve been living in a fog since then…
Robin Williams death affected me tremendously… He was my favorite comedian/actor… That made me realize that I can no longer take my life for granted… I’ve always been an active person until I lost my Billy… I’ve gone through some really tough times since 2006… I thought his passing was the worst, but then I discovered that I could no longer afford to keep our home… I gave that back to the bank because we got caught up in that housing mess & I discovered that I wasn’t giving up that much… In order to move into an apartment it meant that I would have to find suitable homes for our two Great Danes, “Bubba” & “Patch”, named after Patch Adams… I was put in contact with a Great Dane Rescue in our area & they placed them each in a wonderful home… Anyone who knows me knows of my love for animals, especially dogs… That was like the straw that broke the camel’s back, having to surrender our two “Babies”… I had to pray for strength to follow that through, especially after having lost my Billy, but I did it…
My husband was a Vietnam Veteran who served “In Country” for 37 months… He was a Navy Seal… Needless to say he suffered from PTSD so I can attest from first hand knowledge the difference our dogs made in his life…
I was a self taught clown & did all of the parades in our county… I met Billy when I was in my clown character on Christmas Day, 1994… What an odd couple we were I suppose… We were very good for each other because we had differing, but not opposing views… He was the smartest man that I’ve known, however he had his demons to fight… He was a recovering heroin addict who’d been straight for 10 years & that was good enough for me… I was a recovering alcoholic who’d been sober for 3 1/2… AA made me a believer in second chances, or however many it takes… I learned a lot from my Billy & will always be grateful for that… We were together for 15 years & married for 7… I miss him tremendously, but now Robin is there with him to make him laugh… They would have been well suited as friends…
I’m learning how to take better care of my health… I must be doing all the right things because my doctor told me that my heart is as strong as a bull’s… I do have 6 herniated discs from my neck down to my lower back so any exercise I want to do I need to modify to suit my needs… Physically I’m in great shape, but structurally, if I were a building I would be condemned…
Through Medicare I am a member of Silver Sneakers so I have something else to be grateful for… In the city where I live our Park & Rec Dept. has an Olympic size swimming pool less than 4 miles away where I can go for water aerobics in the summer… I discovered that my SS Advantage Insurance covers Silver Sneakers at my favorite Women’s Fitness Center… There is a pool & a gym there for my convenience when I want to reward myself for sticking with my program this winter so that problem is solved… I need to do this if I want to maintain the quality of life that I desire…
I went shopping last month for summer clothes that were on sale & bought a bunch of new tank tops, which I haven’t worn in years because of my upper arms… Self consciousness can be so limiting… No more… They’re right who say not to focus on image… The focus must be on the newly found freedoms that I’m discovering… I got Jon Gabriel’s free book on weight reduction… He’s such a marvelous inspiration, I decided to become an affiliate so I could spread the word… I’m also starting to lift weights with another program & learning to eat healthier with yet another program… Though I’m just into my first month I’m having a very good feeling that these will work for me… If you’d like to see what it is that I’m doing you can check it out at:
Now I am where I am because I’m making a new start in my life… I have done enough research on this subject to know that this is right for me… Keep coming back to see my progress…
That’s all for now… Warm regards ’til next time…
Linda Michel White
May it be my theme from now on, since I seem to be drawn to it more each day…
I have set some new goals for myself today & this blog post was one of them… I am grateful for the Divine Guidance that is providing the words that I’m using to help me to reach this goal…
I once read about this person who had always led an active life, while in advancing age, had prayed that despite any challenges that life might have in store for her that when it came her time that they write on her headstone, “She died climbing”… I would like that to be my epitaph when my time comes also…
I want to thank those of you who take the time to read my blog… I’d like to invite you to visit my new FB page,
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I like to believe that Divine Guidance is what has brought me this far & at 75, I love where I’m at today…
At 67 I was involved in an accident that left me physically unable to perform my duties for the best job I ever had… I was with the company for 17 years… I lost my job… While struggling to keep our heads above water, (the housing crises was in progress), we discovered that my husband Billy needed a triple bypass… He had just reached retirement age so he thankfully he was covered by Medicare… One month later he underwent surgery for a tumor that was on his spine… They discovered that he had Stage 4 Melanoma… August of 2010 we didn’t know that anything was wrong with him… By November of that year he was gone… Towards the end I prayed that God take him quickly so that he would no longer have to suffer… Our doctor was like his guardian angel who helped him see this through, our doctor & Hospice who I can’t thank enough for making him comfortable in his final day here on earth… It was like now that he was finally comfortable that he could let go…
Billy was a Navy Seal who served our country for 37 months in Vietnam… We had been together for 15 years & married for 7… He was the best thing that ever happened to me in my life… I am so proud of him & his service… He was the smartest man that I’ve known & I learned so much from him… Unfortunately I wasn’t eligible for any benefits because we would have to have been married for 10 years before I could receive anything through the VA… His Social Security was cut from our SS check because we weren’t married long enough…
I was already behind in our house payments… I knew that I couldn’t maintain our little house… Billy had so many projects that were left unfinished because he had gotten sick, but I tried so hard because we had two Great Danes that were like our kids… If anyone doesn’t believe that dogs can make a difference in a Veteran’s life I’d like to tell them a story about dogs & PTSD,,, It was my privilege to see that miracle happen with my own eyes after we had gotten together… In my heart I knew that I would have to move to an apartment & that meant that I would have to surrender our beloved “Bubba” & Patch… While I dreaded doing that, I knew that I couldn’t keep them… I moved forward with “Mission Impossible” & it was through a friend of ours that I learned of Southwest Florida Great Dane Rescue… These wonderful people reassured me that they would find good homes for each & they did… Now I was ready… I gave the house back to the bank because we had no real equity in it, I surrendered our two babies & found an apartment immediately, almost without looking & it suited my needs perfectly… It was a little complex in our neighborhood that we had always found remarkable in the way that it was maintained… It just so happened that they had a for rent sign out front & I rented it immediately… Talk about Divine Guidance… I’ve been here for over two years now & just renewed my lease for another two years…
Though I’ve seen some pretty rough times I have always been provided with, while not necessarily all of my wants, but definitely all of my needs… I’m forever grateful that my Faith was strong enough to see me through all of this… I feel that I have now come out on the other side… This is the reason for my forever gratitude…
That’s all that for now… Warm regards ’til next time…
Linda Michel White
Let’s make it an awesome year from
my little corner of the world to yours…
Linda Michel White
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I’ve been a self taught clown, a poet, and now a Senior Netrepreneur. I am retired, but keep myself busy so I don’t get stagnant. I’m promoting my best ventures ever since the invention of sliced bread!
Born and raised in Milwaukee I had to post this video shot in my home town. This video includes behind the scenes footage of the Playing For Change Band exploring Milwaukee before their show at the Pabst Theater on November 4, 2009. Also included is a sound check rehearsal of “Children Of The World” at the Pabst.
Moments in Milwaukee
Playing For Change Band
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Music I enjoy listening to Al Jarreau, Boston, & Steely Dan. Grover Washington, Jr., Quincy Jones, & Euge Groove.
Movies I enjoy, With Honors, My Cousin Vinny, The Reading Room, The Green Mile & Titanic!
Books I enjoy are mostly inspirational, and motivational. The Bible, Emmett Fox, Emerson, Napoleon Hill, Joel Osteen, & Robert Schuller.
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The 45 Lessons That Life Taught Me
Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of
The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio
“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:”
1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
8. It’s OK to get angry with God.. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
24. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ”In five years, will this matter?”.
26. Always choose life.
27. Forgive everyone everything.
28. What other people think of you is none of your business.
29. Time heals almost everything.. Give time, time.
30. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
31. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
32. Believe in miracles.
33. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
34. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
35. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
36. Your children get only one childhood.
37. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
38. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
39. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
40. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
41. The best is yet to come.
42. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.
Remember that I will always share my spoon with you! Friends are the family that we choose for ourselves.
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Let's make it an awesome year from
Let's make it an awesome year from
my little corner of the world
my little corner of the world
Linda Michel White
Linda Michel White