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Friday, February 23, 2018

ON ARMED GUARDIANS IN SCHOOLS - A FACEBOOK COMMENT

JC Leahy

The following reply to a comment was rejected by Facebook, so I publish it here to link back to Facebook.  

Hi Alicia. Sorry to be tardy in responding. I was celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary (Yay!! 40 years!!!), then dealing with a health issue, and then dealing with a bit of a family tragedy. Life! There is good and there is bad!

Now, where were we? Oh, yes, we were focused on the bad. Thank you for joining the conversation. It is wonderful to hear from you! Ellen had just asserted that there were 19 school massacres thus far in 2018. I had responded by pointing out, among other things, that statement was grossly bogus – which is to say inaccurate and misleading. You came to Ellen’s defense on that point and gave your perspective on the school massacre problem as a teacher.

On the 19 massacres statistic, I am reluctant to spend many words on this. There simply have NOT been anywhere near 19 school massacres in 2018. The statistic that Ellen referred to came from an organization called Everytown for Gun Safety, and was popularized by tweets from Bernie Sanders, Bill de Blasio, a guy named Jeff Greenfield, and several actors and musicians. Unfortunately – or fortunately – the statistic is bogus. The Washington Post’s Fact Checker gave some sort of Pinocchio award for Everytown for Gun Safety’s figures, meaning that the figures are a lie.. For example, on January 3, a 31 year old man in his car parked in a school lot phoned police and said he was armed and suicidal. He then killed himself. There were no teachers or students in the elementary school. In fact, the school had been closed for 7 months. In late January, someone reportedly fired a gun in the parking lot at a high school basketball game. No one was hurt, it was 8pm, and classes had long before ended for the day. Another incident involved a police officer. Apparently a 3rd grader crept up on him and pulled the trigger of his holstered handgun. Naturally, everyone was startled, but no on was hurt. Another involved a licensed peace officer who ran a college justice club of some sort. A club member accidentally pulled the trigger of a real gun rather than a training gun. Again, everyone was startled by no one hurt. These are NOT the kinds of incidents that qualify as “school massacres.” Indeed, all in all, it is my understanding that only 5 of the 18 (not 19) incidents occurred during school hours and resulted in any physical injury.

It makes me sad to see statistics like that so distorted because it draws us into focusing on (arguing about) the terms of the debate rather than actually solving the problem, which is school massacres. Criminal violence in schools is a big enough problem that it requires no dishonest exaggeration.

You also recounted emotionally how you have hidden in dark closets with children during active shooter drills. I agree that this is not good for the emotional well being of children. I, myself, remember participating in such drills when I was in elementary school. We were hiding from a nuclear attack, crouched down in the hallways in neat little rows of children, kneeling with our hands clasped over the backs of our necks. I doubt that this would have helped us in the event of a nuclear attack. I heartily agree with you that such drills may not be helpful, and probably are not good for the happiness of the children involved.

I also agree that children should have more support, food, and lots of other things at home. I myself grew up in a ramshackle, rodent infested old house with only-sometimes running well water, in a dangerous neighborhood, a long walk on a dusty road away from the nearest food store. That’s life. I was happy anyway. The lack of things didn't, however, make me go out and shoot kill anyone. It would, however, have been nicer to have more support, food, and lots of other things. So we agree.

I agree also that it is distasteful to see armed guards everywhere. My wife and I visited her native Philippines in 2006. The main thing I didn’t like about the Philippines was that there were armed guards EVERYWHERE. Every little shopping center had a uniformed guard with a machine gun. The bank had neatly uniformed guards armed with shotguns, inside and outside the bank, and to get into the bank you had to talk to the guard outside, who talked to the guard inside, who opened a big security gate to let you and only you in. At the grocery store, similar to a Giant Food or Safeway, I counted no fewer than five armed guards posted near the checkout counters. We went to a hotel at one point, and the porter who carried our luggage carried a shotgun in his other hand. There were armed guards everywhere, and it made me uneasy. So, I agree with you again.

Now that we agree on so many things, let’s focus on the problem at hand: which is, school massacres. Columbine was the first, and since Columbine we have made absolutely no changes in the way schools are patrolled and guarded!!! We know that virtually all school shooters are under 25 years old. We know that the perps use a variety of weapons, including handguns and military-looking semiautomatic rifles. In the Florida instance, the 19-year-old perp actually bought the weapon legally himself. Your proposal is that what we need is more counselors, nurses, psychologists, etc. in schools. You also want to ban military-looking semiautomatic weapons. I simply think that so many counselors, nurses, psychologists, etc for every school in America would cost so much that it is very unlikely to happen at all. If it DID happen, it is doubtful that the extra resources would solve the problem, although they might help. The main consideration is that this solution is SO expensive that it is very unlikely to happen. The other part of what you want, banning military-looking semiautomatic weapons is unlikely to solve the problem. Other weapons are available to killers. For example, the Benton, Kentucky shooting which you cited, in which 20 people were shot and 2 killed, was carried out with an ordinary handgun. Banning certain “mean looking” rifles will simply not solve this problem.. Which leaves the terrible problem unsolved.

So, what to do? We do know that most of these young perps come from dysfunctional (fatherless) homes. There is no easy solution for that. We also know that all or nearly all of the school massacre perps are under the age of 25. It seems obvious that it would be helpful to keep firearms out of the hands of persons under the age of 25. I know from experience that there are just too many hormones powerfully at work prior to that age to make gun unsupervised gun possession safe. The Florida perp had no criminal record and purchased his gun legally at the age of 18, for crying out loud! We also know that a number of these perps were taking psychiatric drugs. Some psychiatric drugs have documented behavioral side effects, including “homicidal ideation.” I think that bears serious looking into.

For, for do-able actual solutions, I say (1) ban the sale and possession of firearms for persons under the age of 25 and make parents or guardians responsible if they get a gun from home, and (2) have some sort of armed guardian presence in schools. I THINK THAT WOULD GO A LONG WAY TOWARDS SOLVING THE PROBLEM. I hate seeing armed guards everywhere. I even hated it when the Alexandria high schools hired “bouncers” in the early 1970's to control unruly students after racial integration, but the situation was dire and required bouncers. They do arm some teachers in Israel, and that seems to work for them. In America, it might have to be police officers because a lot of teachers would be uncomfortable with the guardian role. I understand that perfectly. I’m a registered nurse. I have been asked by hospitals more than once to eject unruly visitors, and my response has always been that dealing with violent persons is not my job; that is for hospital security to handle. So I can understand a teacher not wanting to take on the role of protecting children. However, the situation is dire, and SOMEONE has to do it. Police are expensive, but police may be the way to go. Some teachers might be willing to be trained to carry concealed weapons. I have a concealed carry permit, myself, and it’s not that big a deal. A few armed teachers could save the day in a situation like the Florida massacre, and their presence would probably be a deterrent. If not teachers, then we need to assign police. Also, the psychiatric drug angle needs serious looking into. We have to do SOMETHING, and it must be something that will likely solve the problem of school killings, rather than something that just makes us feel good or accomplishes some pre-existing aim

Friday, February 16, 2018

ON THE FLORIDA SCHOOL MASSACRE

JC Leahy

My own humble opinion goes like this: Donald J. Trump did not cause the Florida school massacre. The Florida shooting is very upsetting, heartbreaking. I am eager to learn more about the shooter so I can form more of an opinion about what caused this. I do agree with those who suggest that posting a reasonable number of armed personnel, police, in schools is, at this point, a no-brainer, and would go a long way towards solving this terrible problem. The Israelis have armed personnel (teachers in the Israeli case) in each school and there are no school killings. Police would be more do-able in America. However, I think that there must be deeper social issues at work in America. When I was in high school, many of us young men had guns (at home mostly) but there were no problems with school shootings. There were even shooting clubs at some schools, but not at my particular high school. We need to understand what has changed to truly solve this problem. My money is on the lack of a stable mother-and-father family, especially when bringing up boys is involved. The NRA? It's been around for a long time, is an absolute expert on safety matters, has wholesome intentions, pretty decent members as far as I can see, and is not the problem. The National Rifle Association actually offered to train school security personnel nationwide. Also, let's be too focused on the type of weapon. Without going into excessive detail, the AR-15 is not a military grade rifle, and the difference between it and many standard hunting rifles is PURELY cosmetic. In point of fact, Nikolas de Jesus Cruz could have done equal damage with a standard pump-action shotgun loaded with standard 00 buckshot and a pocketful of extra shells. (Just feed shells from your pocket a few at a time as you go, and your gun is NEVER empty.) I say (1) place a reasonable number of armed police in each school, and (2) do not allow anyone younger than 25 years old to buy any gun or possess any gun except possession with direct and immediate parental supervision. Hormones are running too high and maturity too low before the age of 25. THOSE 2 MEASURES WOULD HAVE PREVENTED VIRTUALLY ALL PAST SCHOOL KILLINGS!!! STOP with all the acrimony and foul language!! Those 2 measures could be accomplished more easily and with less political anguish and foul language than draconian gun control measures! But you still have to take a hard look at underlying social issues. Just a constructive suggestion.

ON ASSAULT RIFLES -- THE LEAHY SOLUTION

JC Leahy

 "Assault rifles" that are legal to buy are not military grade rifles, and the difference between them and many standard hunting rifles is PURELY cosmetic. In point of fact, Nikolas de Jesus Cruz could have done equal damage with a plain, old-fashioned pump-action shotgun loaded with standard 00 buckshot and a pocketful of extra shells. (Just feed shells from your pocket a few at a time as you go, and your gun is NEVER empty.) The problem, or one of the problems, is that Nikolas de Jesus Cruz had ANY gun at all!! 

I do agree with those who suggest that posting a reasonable number of armed personnel, police, in schools is, at this point, a no-brainer.  It would go a long way towards solving the terrible problem of school massacres. The Israelis have armed personnel (teachers in the Israeli case) in each school and there are no school killings. Police would be more do-able in America. However, I think that there must be deeper social issues at work in America. When I was in high school, many of us young men had guns (at home mostly) but there were no problems with school shootings. There were even shooting clubs at some schools, but not at my particular high school. We need to understand what has changed to truly solve this problem. My money is on the lack of a stable mother-and-father family, especially when bringing up boys is involved. 

The NRA? It's been around for a long time, is an absolute expert on safety matters, has wholesome intentions, pretty decent members as far as I can see, and is not the school massacre problem. 

My own humble  solution: (1) place a reasonable number of armed police in each school, and (2) do not allow anyone younger than 25 years old to buy any gun or possess any gun except possession with direct and immediate parental supervision. Hormones are running too high and maturity too low before the age of 25. THOSE 2 MEASURES WOULD HAVE PREVENTED VIRTUALLY ALL PAST SCHOOL KILLINGS!!! 

I have been told that restricting gun purchases for those under the age of 25 would unfairly discriminatory.  First of all, the school killings situation calls for some do-able solutions and personal-liberty/discrimination argument seems to call for inaction. After all, if states can forbid the sale of alcohol to adults under the age of 21, SURELY they can restrict the sale of guns to adults under the age of 25. This wouldn't discriminate against anyone because everyone who is under 25 will be 25 in due time. If the actual situation is that a 19 year old cannot buy a bottle of whiskey because of his lack of maturity, but he can  buy a firearm, there's something wrong with that  picture.  In the spirit of being serious about a do-able solution , I advocate to not allow anyone younger than 25 years old to buy any gun or possess any gun except possession with direct and immediate parental supervision.

 The NRA actually offered to train school security personnel nationwide, and was rejected. It seems to me that the NRA could be part of the do-able solution! Just my opinion, of course, but it does seem like a no-brainer, given the gravity of the situation and the need for an ACTUAL SOLUTION.  Time to get serious!

RESPONSE TO BERNIE SANDERS ON CANADIAN HEALTH CARE:

JC Leahy

Bernie Sanders has apparently been asserting that Canadians do not wait long times for needed health care.  I can only say that my wife's relatives in Canada are very pleased with their Canadian health care system. In fact, a certain E.C. and his wife visited us here in Silver Spring, Maryland a while back and mentioned that he had recently had cardiac bypass surgery. He said he only had to wait 7 days and his total cost was only $7. Wow! I was impressed, and I told him so. I said that I had read that there was a BIG business in the US providing cardiac surgery for Canadians who couldn't get timely surgery in Canada. So I was really impressed to hear about E's short wait time.
E said, "Well, I went standby."
"Standby?? What do you mean 'stand
by'?" I asked.
"You have to know the system,” said E with a sly look. “ I was lucky that my doctor knew the system well. It's like flying standby on an airline. You sign up to take a surgical slot in case someone else cancels."
I was amazed, and asked, "Sooo....somebody else cancelled, and you got to take his spot, and you only had to wait 7 days for this to happen?"
"Yes."
"Well, why did he cancel?"
"Oh, he died."
"How long was he waiting?"
"Oh, he was waiting for a long time."
 "So he died waiting for a long time for cardiac surgery, and you snapped up his spot in line, and you only had to wait 7 days?  Do you see anything wrong with that picture, E ?"
 "No. I only had to wait 7 days. It worked out for me."

 Footnote: to get medical treatment on a "standby" basis, you pretty much have to be in the immediate vicinity of Toronto or one of the other big cities. If you live elsewhere, this administrative trick won't work for you because you have to be at the hospital STAT when your standby slot “opens.”. Although I’m happy that my relative E got his cardiac surgery so quickly in Toronto, the system strikes me as unfair to the guy who had to die waiting, as well as for those who don’t live in Toronto or some other big city.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

POLITICAL QUIZ

If you want a tough question here's one: Let's just say for the sake of consideration that some American presidential candidate went through his or her lawyer to hire a firm to hire a British ex-spy to collect fake dirty facts from a hostile foreign power, say Russia, and other nefarious sources, and disguised those fake facts as intelligence reports, combined the fake reports into a dossier, leaked the fake dossier to the press, and fed it to the FBI and Justice Department. who in turn KNOWINGLY used the fake dossier, along with news reports about the fake dossier, to defraud the FISA courts 4 times to obtain 360 days of wiretapping and surveillance of the opposing presidential candidate at the height of a close presidential election, then hatched a plan to fix that US presidential election and undermine the dis-favored candidate if he should win. I mean, I know it sounds like unlikely fiction, but let's just say....In that case would you agree that the responsible folks in the Justice Department, FBI, and the offending presidential campaign would NEED to be prosecuted for the sake of the integrity democracy in America? Leave a comment to let me know your opinion.  --  JC Leahy

Thursday, January 4, 2018

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARAYLAND -- A SANCTUARY COUNTY

In these times, just remember: In a statement dated January 11, and released by e-mail Saturday, January 13, Montgomery County's Ike Leggitt and the County Council declared that Montgomery County police will play no role in enforcing immigration law!!!  That makes Montgomery County, Maryland a Sanctuary County.  The announcement came within a day or so of an illegal alien causing a multiple-car accident on the Capital Beltway, through drunken driving.  The news media never made the connection between Mg. Leggett's announcement and the tragic deaths.  Very sad.

Statement by Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett: The Montgomery County Council on Deportation Threats Against County Residents

For Immediate Release: Monday, January 11, 2016
Our nation faces a significant humanitarian challenge in how we deal with the thousands of children and families fleeing violence in Central America. Current conditions in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras merit granting special temporary protection to these children and parents who have legitimate reason to fear for their lives if returned to their countries.

We recognize that the recently announced federal policy is narrowly crafted to apply only to those who have been issued final orders of removal by an immigration court. But the obvious truth is that many of these children and parents have not had adequate legal representation in these proceedings. No deportations should take place without ensuring that the person to be deported received adequate representation and due process of law under our Constitution.
Imagine being a teenager in a formal process in a forbidding setting in a strange land where they speak a language you do not understand. What chance would you have?

These children and parents deserve an opportunity to have their cases presented properly as they seek refuge in our nation. And for those ordered to be deported after receiving due process, no deportations should take place unless the federal government guarantees legally required family reunification and support to help them live in their own countries safely. Failure to guarantee these essential protections is unthinkable as it will deliver them back to the very violence and human trafficking that caused many of them to flee to the United States.

We in Montgomery County, especially our public safety officers, have worked extremely hard to build trust with our immigrant population. We are convinced this is the key to reducing crime and building a thriving, welcoming community where all can live in peace.

We are very concerned that any federal enforcement actions in our county not undermine this trust and threaten public safety in our community.
We want all of our community members to know that they are free to go about their daily life, to go to schools and work, social service agencies, hospitals and medical clinics, community organizations and public buildings, as well as grocery stores and other commercial areas.

We respectfully recommend that federal authorities proceed with great caution and respect for the values of our country and requirements of our Constitution. Please take the time necessary to ensure that any deportation is based on a court action only after due process and, if the deportation is ruled to be appropriate, carried out with the protections required by law. Please assure us that our residents are free to go to school and work, attend services at their faith congregations, seek needed medical attention, and ask for help from our police without fear. A warrant to arrest one person must not be used to round up many.

We applaud the recent federal budget commitment to spend $750 million to address the root causes that have led people to flee Central America. We ask that the federal government dramatically step up the pace of the existing Central American Minors Program to provide a legal in-country path for children with parents lawfully in the United States. And we ask that local governments here in the United States be given adequate federal support for receiving these children and helping them reunite with their parents.

To the members of our Montgomery County community who are justifiably concerned about the federal government’s most recent deportation actions, we encourage you to go about your daily activities free of fear.
Go to your schools, work, and faith congregations, social service agencies, hospitals and medical clinics, community organizations and public buildings, as well as grocery stores and other commercial areas.

Continue helping us work hard every day to make Montgomery County one of the very best places to live, work, play, and age with dignity in the nation.

Please know that our county police will play no role in enforcing federal immigration law. If you have reason to need help from our police, do not be afraid to call on them.
We will continue to work closely with our community-based nonprofit and faith based partners to develop ongoing “know your rights” training around the county, increase pro bono legal support, and develop and distribute educational materials as part of a bilingual public information campaign.

We are proud of the people who have come to Montgomery County from every corner of the globe. You have enriched our community, and you will always be welcome here. Some of us have had the privilege of traveling to our Sister City in Morazán, El Salvador where we experienced the beauty of Central America and the graciousness of its people. We know that if we all act with calm and dignity and work together, we have the capacity to get through these difficult times and improve the lives of those who have come to our country and those who remain in their native lands.
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Release ID: 16-007
Media Contact: Patrick Lacefield 240-777-6507 

Juan Sanchez Jailed 1/14 after causing a 9 car crash on the beltway 1/11 which killed

 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/4-Injured-in-Serious-Accident-in-Upper-Marlboro-365276591.html

Monday, January 25, 2016

$5,000 REWARD / BOUNTY -- STOLEN LOG SPLITTER

For the Arrest and Conviction of Thief


JC Leahy will pay $5,000 cash bounty for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever stole a Craftsman Log Splittter from the Leahy home in Silver Spring, Maryland.  The log splitter, pictured below, is Craftsman model # 247.77661, possible serial number 3776508. There may be a small lock on the trailer hitch.   If you have information, contact Officer E. Glass, Montgomery County Police regarding case #16004152, at telephone 240-773-5500.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

FLOWER TALK: THE MEANING OF FLOWERS

JC Leahy

Whether at Valentines Day, or Easter, or at any time of the year, the giving and receiving of flowers has traditionally carried hidden meanings.  Many of the meanings of flowers which are recognized today seem to date from the Victorian Era.  I have compiled the following list of flower meanings from a number of different sources.  Enjoy it, and bookmark it for future reference!
 
Acacia - Concealed love, beauty in retirement, chaste love
Amaryllis - Pride, pastoral poetry
Ambrosia - Your love is reciipocated
Anemone - Forsaken
Apple blossom - Hope, good fortune, better things to  come
Arbitus - Thee only do I love.
Aster - Symbol of love, daintiness
Azalia - Take care of yourself for me, temperance, fragile passion. Chinese symbol of womanhood.
Bachelor button - Single blessedness
Begonia - Beware, a fanciful nature
Bellflower - Gratitude
Bells of Ireland - Good luck
Bittersweet - Truth
Bluebell - Humility
Blue periwinkle - Friendship
Blue Violet - Modesty, faithfulness
Bluebells - Constancy
Cactus - Endurance
Cala lily - Splendid Beauty
Camellia (in general) - Loveliness, gratitude
Camellia (pink) - Longing for you
Camellia (red) - You're a flame in my heart
Camellia (white) - You're adorable
Carnation (in general) - Distinction, fascination, woman love
Carnation (pink) - I'll never forget you
Carnation (red) - My heart aches for you, admiration
Carnation (purple) - Capriciousness
Carnation (solid color) - Yes
Carnation (striped) - No, refusal, sorry I can't be with you, wish I could be with you
Carnation (white) - Sweet & lovely, innocence, pure and ardent love, woman's good luck gift
Carnation (yellow) - You have disappointed me, rejection
Cattail - Peace, prosperity
Chrysanthemum (general) - You're a wonderful friend, cheerfulness & rest
Chrysanthemum (red) - I love you
Chrysanthemum (white) - Truth
Chrysanthemum (yellow) - Slighted love
Crocus - Cheerfulness
Cyclamen - Modesty, shyness, or resignation & goodbye
Daffodil - Regard, unrequited love, you're the only one, The sun is always shining when I'm with you
Daisy - Beauty & innocence, loyal love, purity, I'll never tell
Dandelion - Faithfulness, happiness
Fern - Fascination & sincerity, magic, confidence & shelter
Fir - Time
Flax - Domestic symbol
Flowering almond - Hope
Forget-me-not - True love and memories
Forsythia - Anticipation
Gardenia - Secret untold love, you are lovely
Geranium - Stupidity, folly
Gladiola - Give me a break, I'm really sincere, Flower of the Gladiators
Globe amaranth - Unfading love
Gloxinia - Love at first sight
Heather (lavender) - Admiration, solitude
Heather (white) - Protection, whishes will come true
Hibiscus - Delicate beauty
Honeysuckle - Devoted affection, generosity
Holly - Defense, domestic happiness
Hyacinth (in general) - Loveliness, rashness, games & sports, flower dedicated to Apollo
Hyacinth (blue) - Constancy
Hyacinth (pink or red) - Play
Hyacinth (purple) - I am sorry, please forgive me
Hyacinth (white) - Loveliness, I'll pray for you
Hyacinth (yellow) - Jealosy
Hydrangea - Boastfulness, thank you for your understanding, frigidity, heartlessness
Iris - Warmth & affection, my compliments, Fleur-de-lis, Emblem of France; Your friendship means so much to me; faith, hope wisdom, and valor
Ivy - Eternal Fidelity, wedded love, fidelity, friendship, affection
Jasmine (white)  - Amiability
Jasmine (yellow) - Modesty
Jonquil - Love me, affection returned, desire, sympathy, desire for affection returned
Larkspur (in general) - Laughter, an open heart
Larkspur (pink) - Fickleness
Lemon blossom - Fidelity in love
Lilac - First love
Lilac (white) Youthful innocence
Lily (in general) - Majesty
Lily (white) - Virginity, purity, majesty: It's heavenly to be with you.
Lily (yellow) - I'm walking on air; False and gay
Lily (Calla) - Beauty
Lily (Day) - Coquetry, Chinese emblem of mother
Lily (Eucharis) - Maiden charms
Lily (Tiger) - Wealth, pride
Lily-of-the-valley - Return of happiness, sweetness, tears of the Virgin Mary; You're made my life complete.
Magnolia - Perseverance; nobility
Marigold - Affection; cruelty, grief, jealousy
Mimosa - Secret love
Mistletoe - Kiss me, affection, to surmount difficulties; Sacred plant of India
Monkshood - Beware, A deadly foe is near
Moss - Maternal love, charity.
Myrtle - Love and remembrance; Hebrew emblem of marriage
Narcissus - Egotism; Formality; Stay as sweet as you are
Nasturtium - Conquest, victory in battle
Oleander - Caution
Orange blossoms - Purity, innocence, eternal love, marriage and fertility
Orange mock - Deceit
Orchid - Rare beauty, love, refinement, beautiful lady; Chinese symbol for many children
Orchid (Cattleya) - Mature charm
Palm leaves - Victory and success
Pansy - Thoughtful recollection
Peach blossom - Captive
Peony - Bashfulness, shame; happy life; happy marriage
Petunia - Resentment, anger; Your presence sooths me
Pine - Hope, pity
Poppy (in general) - Eternal sleep, obivion, imagination
Poppy (red) - Pleasure
Poppy (white) - Consolation
Poppy (yellow) Wealth, success
Primrose - I can't live without you, young love
Primrose (Evening) - Inconstancy
Rose (bridal) - Happy Love
Rose (Bouquest of mature blooms) - Gratitude
Rose (Single rose in full bloom) - I love you, I still love you
Rosebud - Beauty and youth, a heart innocent of love
Rosebud (Moss) - Confession of love
Rose (tea) - I'll always remember
Rose (thornless) - Love at first sight
Rose (hibiscus) - Delicate beauty
Rose (leaf) - You may hope
Rose -- All colors say, "I love you," but each color has a specail meaning.
Rose (burgundy) - Unconscious beauty
Rose (dark crimson) - Mourning
Rose (orange or coral) - Desire
Rose (pink) grace and gentility, perfect happiness, please believe me
Rose (red) - Passion, I love you
Rose (red rosebud) - Pure and lovely
Rose (red & white together) - Unity; Flower emblem of England
Rose (sweetheart roses) - Darling, Dear, or Honey
Rose (white) - I am worthy of you; innocence and purity, charm and innocence
Rose (white,dried) - Death is preferable to loss of virtue
Rose (white rosebud) - Girlhood
Rose (white rosebuds) - You're too young for love
Rose (yellow) - Joy; Decrease of love, jealosy, try to care
Rosemary - Remembrance
Smilax - Loveliness
Snapdragon - Deception; gracious lady
Spider flower - Elope with me
Stephanotis - Happiness in marriage; desire to travel
Stock - Bonds of affection; promptness; You'll always be beautiful to me.
Sweet Pea - Delicate pleasures, blissful pleasure, departure, good-bye, thank you for a lovely time
Tuberose - Dangerous pleasure
Tulip (in general) - Love, you are the perfect lover; Flower emblem of Holland
Tulip (red) - Believe me, declaration of love
Tulip (yellow) - Hopeless love; there's sunshine in your smile
Tulip (variegated) - Beautiful eyes
Verbena - You may get your wish
Violet (in general) - Modesty, affection, faithfulness
Violet (blue) - Watchfulness, faithfulness, I'll always be true
Violet (white) - Let's take a chance
Zinnia (magenta) - Lasting affection
Zinnia (mixed) - Thinking of an absent friend
Zinnia (scarlet) - Constancy
Zinnia (white) - Goodness
Zinnia (yellow) - Daily remembrance

The following sources are recognized: gifts.com, perfumia.com, and Phillip's Floral

Friday, August 14, 2015

Changing Your Thinking - E-Mail Forwarded to Me By My Wife - Food for Thought


Makes you appreciate the good things in
> life:
 Change Your Thinking

> It will take just 37  seconds to read this and change your thinking..
> Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room.
>  One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each
> afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room's only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.
>
> The men talked for hours on end.  They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs,
> their involvement in  the military service, where they had been on vacation..
>
> Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the window could
> sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the
> things he could see outside the window.
>
> The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour
> periods  where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the
> activity and colour of the world outside.
>
>
> The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake.  Ducks
> and swans played on the water while children sailed their  model boats. Young
> lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every colour and
> a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.
>
> As the man by the window described all this in exquisite
> details, the  man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and
> imagine this picturesque scene.
>
> One warm afternoon, the man by the window described a parade
> passing  by.  Although the other man could not hear the band - he could
> see it in  his mind's eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed
> it with descriptive  words.
>
 Days, weeks and months passed.   One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their
> baths  only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who
> had died peacefully in his sleep.
>
> She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take
> the body away.
>
> As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he
> could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the
> switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.
>
> Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to
> take his first look at the real world outside.
> He strained to slowly turn to look out the window besides the bed.

> It faced a blank wall.
>
> The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his
> deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside
> this window.
>
> The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not
> even see the wall.

 She said, 'Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.'

> Epilogue:
>  
> There is tremendous happiness in making others happy,
> despite our own situations.
>
>
> Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared,
> is doubled.
>
> If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have
> that  money can't buy.
>
> 'Today is a gift, that is why it is called The Present


> The origin of this letter is unknown, but it brings good
> luck to everyone who passes it on. .

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Deal Breaker --- The Mower Man

JC Leahy


 I tried The Mower Man because of good online reviews. I phoned The Mower Man and specified to Pat EXACTLY what was wrong with my lawn tractor; namely, an oil leak at the crankcase gasket.   She gave me a price of $265 plus parts.  My wife stayed home to be there for the repair.  When the Mower Man mechanic showed up,, he said (surprise!)  I had an oil leak at the crankcase gasket.  That was a big job and he'd have to charge me over "at least four-hundred-something" dollars plus parts.  He admitted that the repair was exactly what I had agreed with Pat, but Pat just hadn't charged me enough money.  Neither he nor Pat would listen when I protested that a deal was a deal and that's why they got the job.  My wife had stayed home to be there.  The mechanic left without doing any work and I had to call Sears Home Services.  What colossal a waste of time!!!!!!!!




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