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Amazing Grace

There are probably very few people that are not familiar with the song Amazing Grace. It has been sung by countless choirs, recorded by numerous artists in multiple languages, enjoyed by young and old, and dubbed the most popular song on earth.

After listening to this awesome rendition of Amazing Grace, venture over to Awakenings, catnipoflife‘s sister site for a bit of history behind this remarkable song. If you are seeking a good movie for this Sunday afternoon, check out The Amazing Grace @Awakenings.

Elaine's Random Thoughts

Sung by an amazing 7 year old Gospel singer!

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Sometimes you read something and just know it needs to be shared. Diane Reed writes from the heart and in her own words, “In my lifetime, I have realized that a lesson is worth nothing unless you pass it on. My blog is a lot about learning lessons. Some I am still learning, some I would like to share with others.”

Visit Diane @The One Thing I know For Sure not only to read this post in its entirety [which you must read to the very end for that is where this life lesson lies] but also to peruse her many other writings: A soft place to fall, some poetry, some stories, some random thoughts but most of all a place that I hope blesses those who stop by.

To get the true perspective of this life lesson, be sure to read it on Diane’s blog!

The One Thing I know For Sure

I am but a vessel

that houses who I am


A symbol of the outside

where inside my soul lands

jumping in his arms

I’ll only love you if I really do

breaking up

won’t fake it if I don’t

holding hands over ears

my ears have believed

a thousand lies

closed eyes2

but my eyes…

well, they just won’t.

woman at the mirror

seems as if I’ve spent a lifetime

being someone

everyone wished I’d be

fake people quote

but suddenly

I’ve become

the most authentic

part of me!

my portfolio from the seventies

Diane Reed


Lately, I have done a lot of soul searching. Who are we really? I will tell you what I think. We are not the vessel we are wrapped up in. That is just a shell that carries us through out our journey. We are what is inside the package. A bunch of memories, joys, and tears, triumphs and mistakes, goals and dreams. A heart and soul and series of lessons learned. It is not what is…

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Personal Reflection: The Teardrop

Not sure if it is proper etiquette to reblog one of your own posts, but today this one seemed most fitting. It has been over a year since the hospital incident referenced here. In fact, almost a year to the day, another incident, much more serious, landed my husband, Jim, in a hospital bed for a month. Now, home for the past two weeks has still presented hardships and catastrophes unexpected.

He is my life, my soul mate, and continues to capture my heart on a daily basis. Even in times of unimaginable pain, he finds a way to focus on others, not himself. I love this story and I will never forget The Teardrop!


hospitalteddybearWhen a loved one is ‘out of sorts’ so to speak, all energies go toward making that one special person feel as comfortable as possible – spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally. While endeavoring to meet all of the daily demands and maintain sanity, thoughts of one’s self seem to somehow become insignificant yet that ability to sustain self does not go unnoticed.

This hit me right between the eyes during my stay in the hospital with my husband. He had already been in our small town hospital for almost a week. The chair that did pull out into a small cot offered little or no comfort other than providing me the time and place to be beside him during his most uncomfortable and painful moments. Then, he was transported to a different hospital and to both our surprise was placed in CCU. Of couse, that meant no cot for the night! Thus, the 80-mile…

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The Darwins Are Out


What could possibly be better catnipoflife than humor?! Not just simple humor that brings on a smile but side-splitting humor that just makes you keep on laughing and laughing and laughing! Don’t stop until you have read the very last one…


Thank you, Don in Massachusetts!

A Pondering Mind

I sometimes wonder if this stuff is true, or partially true…. You decide.

The Darwins are out!!!!
Yes, it’s that magical time of year again when the Darwin Awards are bestowed, honoring the least evolved among us .

Here is the glorious winner:

1. When his 38 caliber revolver failed to fire at his intended victim during a hold-up in Long Beach , California would-be robber James Elliot did something that can only inspire wonder. He peered down the barrel and tried the trigger again. This time it worked.

And now, the honorable mentions:

2. The chef at a hotel in Switzerland lost a finger in a meat cutting machine and after a little shopping around, submitted a claim to his insurance company. The company expecting negligence sent out one of its men to have a look for himself. He tried the machine and he also lost a finger. The…

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What a novel idea and it came from the brilliant Penny Coho. If you do not know Penny, I suggest you let this post be a mere sample of her wild and wonderful imagination that soars with inspiration. Welcome to the land of Bloggaria!

The Why About This

Once upon a time, in a kingdom far away, (I always wanted to write those words) there lived a beautiful princess and a handsome prince. But this story is not about them. We already know they lived happily ever after, as is the way with such things.

This cute and sweet, yet powerful and moving tale takes place in Bloggaria where the land proliferates with active and happy Bloggers. A most joyous place to be. There were constantly those from elsewhere always relocating to Bloggaria. Yahooians, even people from the mighty Googlanations would show up with all their talents requesting refuge, the Youtubians most frequently.

Of course the Bloggarians (henceforth known as bloggers) never said no, filled with love and tenderness they never turned anyone away. They were gentle and big hearted people who loved to share their land with others. Their motto “Ad blog est ad amorem, ad blog…

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Awakenings: Kick Back Moments: The President Kennedy, James Bond & St. Patrick’s Day Connection

See on Scoop.itAwakenings: America & Beyond

Peggy Strack’s Kick Back Moments features The President Kennedy, James Bond & St. Patrick’s Day Connection. I dare say I would have never put these three together as having any kind of connection. Maybe JFK and St. Patrick’s Day because of the Irish connection. But James Bond? Um-m-m-m? Now that raises some eyebrows.

How much do you know about James Bond or his creator Ian Fleming? Do you think Mr. Fleming’s books were an instant success? Did he reach #1 best seller with his first book? Were his works ever criticized?

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

My favorite James Bond will always be Sean Connery. How about you?

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AStopintheParkPeggy Strack is the author of A Stop in the Park. “An engaging and hope-filled novel.”—Kirkus Reviews

“This was one of those books, that as soon as I put it down, I couldn’t wait to get back to it. Each reader can find a message that speaks to her/him. Gives us all food for thought.” Just one of 45 5-star reviews!


Just a quick little funny to end the day. Thank you, Alastair. Some are quite hilarious while others make you go “Aw-w-w-w! Poor thing!” I don’t like the one where the man tries to kick the cat sad emoticon My faves are the cat climbing the wall and the one moving the ottoman. Priceless! Of course, the animal world is full of surprises for both man and beast! ENJOY! mrgreen

Which is your favorite?

A Mixed Bag

I YouTube compilation of dogs and cats to brighten your morning (or afternoon)

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The best Recipe!

Hugs across the miles sent with joy and smiles!

Ute smile

That is me……  but don’t eat me……just hug me….


I love teddies and soft toys here are my favourites.


This is Petzie and Retzi. Petzie is a German Steiff Teddy which is actually my sister’s and is over 50 years old dressed in our baby clothes. Retzie lives in London but was allowed to visit Germany, he does have his own passport.

TeddyMc Fluff (2)

This is Teddy Mac Fluff, our cool teddy.

Another collection:

Teddies are patient, loving, cuddly, soft, fluffy, cute and always happy.

I hope Manny from Marsha’s blog  likes all his friends here.


Wishing you a day full of Sunshine, if not in the sky then in your heart!

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Resonant Chamber

Don’t Like or leave without listening to the music! The methodology is totally awesome…phenomenal…magical!


See on Scoop.itIn and About the News

I published this a while back, but I thought it deserved another appearance. I find the music haunting. There’s just something about it. It is amazing and beautiful. Turn up your speakers, then watch, listen and be awestruck!

Click on the graphic (above) to see the entire production.

Animusic specializes in the 3D visualization of MIDI-based music. Founded by Wayne Lytle, it was originally called Visual Music. It became Animusic in 1995.

The company is famous for its futuristic computer animations in which the music actually drives the animation so that the visual and the music precisely correspond. This is as close to “seeing music” as you can come.

Although other musical animation productions exists, there are differences. The models for Animusic are created first, then are programmed to do what the music “tells them.” Instruments appear to be…

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Announcing: The Beauty of a Woman BlogFest II!

This is a great opportunity for bloggers to come together, make new acquaintances and share their writing. NOT just for women…men definitely have an eye for the beauty in a woman!


Announcing: The Beauty of a Woman BlogFest II!

Words, stories and music… I struggle to think of entities more powerful. When I was enduring the darkest time of my life, the eating disorder I shared in my last post, this poem struck me like a dart between the eyes, pinning me to a wall of “What if?” What if its words hold true—not just rationally or solely for other people, but in my heart, soul and beliefs? What if we’re all beautiful and the truest, deepest beauty has little to do with shape or size? What if the “something more” so many of us long for exists inside of us, waiting to be unlocked and cherished? What if I wasn’t afraid of being large, but living large? And in doing so, missing out on the most remarkable beauty of all? Read MORE. . . and SIGN UP!


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