You Have The Right...It's Universal

The ultimate measure of a person
is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience,
but where the stand in times of challenge and controversy.
~~Martin Luther King, Jr.

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First Snow

Dost thou love life?
Then do not squander time,
for that is the stuff life is made of.
~~Benjamin Franklin

With the first snow falling last night and weather forecasting for more this week, anticipation, or hopeful, for a better ski season in Mt. Bachelor. Light snowfall began last night and continued through early dawn at higher elevations with additional precipitation expected. The late snow has area resorts and local skiers on edge, waiting impatiently for its grand opening.

If you're a die-hard fan of Twilight series, by Stephenie Meyer, like me and my 12-year-old daughter (who has read the series more than five times) and you can't wait for your reserved copy to arrive from your local library, here is your chance...Chapter 1 of Twilight, the first book:

Thanks, Klara, (click here for direct link) for making all four books of the series available. I encourage you to read the books first before heading to the theater for its first movie.

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What Really Matters

To live is like to love
all reason is against it,
and all healthy instinct for it.
~~Samuel Butler

Thanksgiving came and went. We had a swell time with hubby and his families in Eugene (except for the part when he spent 3-day fixing/replacing MIL's toilet, seriously!) Now with Junior Lego League and Campfire fundraising craft fair behind us, I am shifting into high gear in making gifts for family, close friends, and the needy.

As a surprise, we were blessed with our friend Catalina's 4-day stay as our guests since last Thursday.

Besides geocaching,

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...watching the Christmas Parade (took photos very selectively with dog leashes on one hand, eyes on two active 9- and 11-year-old boys) while my children were on the Campfire float

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...playing at First Street Rapid with Damien and Dakota (my children's favorite park,)

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...cheering for our homeschool friends' Lego Robotic team who took 3rd place in the 2-day tournament, with over 30 team-participants. Congratulation, Firebird. See you in Portland in January for the State Competition.

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...touring around town, dining at Anthony's and Fireside Red was a plus--awesome food and terrific companies.

Life is Good even when everything around us looks gloomy. It's time to forever more strengthen my relationship with Him and loved ones--that really matter.

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True learning-learning that is permanent and useful,that leads to intelligent action and further learning, can arise only out of the experience, interest, and concerns of the learner.
John Holt
Real heroes are men who fall, fail and are flawed, but win out in the end because they stayed true to their ideals, beliefs and commitments.
Actor Kevin Costner

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