SAVING LIVES WITH ORGAN TRANSPLANTS

My dear friend Tony suffered from liver failure and desperately needed an organ transplant.  He had slipped into a coma for the third time and we all thought it was over.  Finally, at the last moment, a suitable liver was found and Tony was blessed with 10 extra years of life.  After he died, his organs were donated to save someone else.

 ♥ Ode  to Tony

There are far more people in need of organ transplants than people willing to donate.  This can be attributed to fear, ignorance, religious objections, apathy, etc.  

The world-renowned Mayo Clinic in the U.S. addresses some myths and misconceptions:
[Please note:  Costs mentioned in the article are applicable to the U.S.A. only.]

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MOODY – PHOTO FRIDAY

 Welcome to another edition of Photo Friday.

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The objective is to post your own images, based on a prompt provided by the Photo Friday staff.

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MOODY:

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#MusicMonday: THE MOODY BLUES

Welcome to

♫ Music Monday ♫

animated band gif I’m on a concert high once again, having just attended The Moody Blues 50th Anniversary tour, “Timeless Flight”.

This band is indeed timeless, and sounds as good now, as in the past.  It was a magical night!

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FROM NATURE – PHOTO FRIDAY

 Welcome to another edition of Photo Friday.

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The objective is to post your own images, based on a prompt provided by the Photo Friday staff.

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FROM NATURE:

Mother Nature offers splendid vistas all over the world.  These are a few I experienced in Greece.

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REFLECTIONS ON FRIENDSHIP

Welcome to the Write Tribe Blog Carnival, 2nd edition.

[If you missed the 1st edition, see it HERE.]

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It’s an honour to be hosting this week.
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 To commemorate International Friendship Day (celebrated annually, the first Sunday in August), my topic of choice is a natural:

♦♦ FRIENDSHIP♦♦

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO US! 41 YEARS ALREADY?!

It was 41 years ago today!

On August 4, 1973 my husband and I got married.  There was opposition from all sides and one of his aunts even cursed us!  We had been living together and decided to get hitched on impulse. I had an anti-marriage bias and this was a “now or never” type of situation.  With only two months lead time, we managed to pull together a formal Italian style reception, complete with live band and multi-course feast.  Everyone had a blast!

Anniversary - 41 years ago

High Park, Toronto
August 4, 1973

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PORTRAIT – PHOTO FRIDAY

Welcome to another edition of Photo Friday.

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The objective is to post your own images, based on a prompt provided by the Photo Friday staff.

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PORTRAIT:

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#MusicMonday; REBEL SONGS

Welcome to

♫ Music Monday ♫

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I’ve always been a “Rebel Rockchick”, so this week’s feature is:

REBEL SONGS

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#8Sunday WEEKEND WRITING WARRIORS JUL. 20/14

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors’

** 8 Sentence Sunday Blog Hop **

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A weekly festival of writers sharing excerpts from their work.  Many different genres; something for everybody.  Enjoy!  

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This week, I’m returning to my Swiss boarding school memoir, “Internat Adventures”.  Previous instalment HERE.

Preamble –  My first year of high school was spent in a co-ed Swiss prison, er, boarding school, (there were actual bars on the windows!) which in German is called an “Internat” (short for International School). Last semester; Apr. – Jun., 1969:   Losing one’s first serious boyfriend to a bitter rival was such a heartbreak!  Said rival had previously injured me by shoving me from behind while I was changing a razor blade (this was before disposable razors).  The blade was driven bone-deep into my thumb, leaving a permanent scar.

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SOLITUDE – PHOTO FRIDAY

Welcome to another edition of Photo Friday.

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The objective is to post your own images, based on a prompt provided by the Photo Friday staff.

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SOLITUDE:

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DEAD TREE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE YARD

There’s a dead maple tree right in the middle of our otherwise lovely backyard.  Not being arborists, we didn’t heed the signs and now it’s too late.  

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BLACK and WHITE – PHOTO FRIDAY

Welcome to another edition of Photo Friday.

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The objective is to post your own images, based on a prompt provided by the Photo Friday staff.

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BLACK and WHITE:

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MOURNING THE END OF AN ERA

It’s true that everything comes to an end.  Sad when it’s something that has been part of your life for many years.

Hubby and I just got back from an overnight stay in Niagara Falls.  It’s less than an hour away and a frequent “go to” place for us, when seeking a little R & R.

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GRAVITY! AN ODE TO AGEING

SUNG TO THE TUNE OF THE BEE GEES’ “TRAGEDY”

Here’s the original, to give you the melody.  

♫♫♫ GRAVITY ♫♫♫

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#8Sunday WEEKEND WRITING WARRIORS JUL. 6/14

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors’

** 8 Sentence Sunday Blog Hop **

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A weekly festival of writers sharing excerpts from their work.  Many different genres; something for everybody.  Enjoy!  

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Continuing this week with “The Visitation”; a short story based on actual events from the summer of 1971.   Thanks to the excellent advice given so far, there will be a re-write in future. Continue reading

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SUNLIGHT – PHOTO FRIDAY

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The objective is to post your own images, based on a prompt provided by the Photo Friday staff.

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SUNLIGHT:

It’s summer and the warmth of the sun is so welcome after our long, hard winter!

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SPIDERS ON DRUGS

The secret lives of spiders!
I was going through some old posts, looking for inspiration and found this. Still funny, don’t you think?
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#8Sunday WEEKEND WRITING WARRIORS: JUN. 29/14

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors’

** 8 Sentence Sunday Blog Hop **

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A weekly festival of writers sharing excerpts from their work.  Many different genres; something for everybody.  Enjoy!  

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This is a continuation of “The Visitation”; a short story based on actual events that happened in the summer of 1971.   Last week, I received many excellent suggestions and may do a re-write in future.  Thank you Marcia, Teresa and Jess for your advice.

Previous instalment HERE.

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GREEN – PHOTO FRIDAY

Welcome to another edition of Photo Friday.

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The objective is to post your own images, based on a prompt provided by the Photo Friday staff.

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GREEN:

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BLOGGERS: PLEASE ADD YOUR TWITTER NAME TO YOUR TWITTER SHARE BUTTON

I’ve been kicking around the Blogosphere for a few years now and try to be a good citizen in regards to sharing on social media, Twitter especially.  You know the premise.  The idea is to share others’ posts more often than your own, and they in turn, will share your posts. Maximum exposure and everybody wins, yes? Here’s the problem……
Unless you have set up your Twitter share button to include your Twitter name (@TwitterName) , you will not be aware that your post has been shared and neither will your followers!  Only the person doing the sharing and their followers can see it, but it looks like the sharer wrote it, not you!  Oh sure, they could click on the link for more info, but wouldn’t you rather get the recognition you deserve, immediately?  Don’t you think those doing the sharing would also like you to return the favour? Altruism is a wonderful quality, up to a point!
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