Wednesday, August 31, 2011

SUNRISE - August 31, 2011

August 31, 2011 a very long and interesting
way from August 31, 1947
Sunrise 6:07 am

When I'm 64

Doing the garden, digging the weeds,
Who could ask for more?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I'm sixty-four?

Excerpt from: Living a Five Star Life,
by Betty Mahalik
64 years later
Kyan Daniel Welton
In this day and age, we are surrounded by messages that virtually scream, "Your life would be perfect if..." My life would be perfect if I had a different job, a different house, car, nose, spouse, bank account (fill in the blank). Or my life would be perfect if I could be like some celebrity whose life appears so well-ordered and perfect-o. This week I encourage you to stop playing "my life would be perfect if," and start playing "my perfect life." What's the difference? Three things: being in the present, an attitude of gratitude, taking action with what's available now.

When we're caught up in the "my life would be perfect if" trap, we've lost touch with the present. And the moment we detach from the present, we can no longer practice gratitude. Think about it:  it's difficult to be grateful for what you don't have...and what you don't have is always somewhere out in future-ville.

Look around you right now. Think of 10 things you're grateful for. Do you have a roof over your head and food to eat? I'm guessing the answer is yes. Do you have at least a few good friends or close relationships? Then appreciate them too, right now. Keep going, and practice being in the present and being grateful for what is here and now at least a couple times a day.

You're also probably sitting there thinking "yes but." Yes, but I want more money, a better relationship, more time to travel, to be thinner, happier or whatever. It's one of the great mysteries I'll never figure out. The minute you stop focusing on what you lack, start focusing on what you've already got, and add the "magic" ingredient of action, you actually begin to attract more of what you want. It's an amazing formula for really living your perfect life!

Let's say you want to lose weight or get in better shape, but you don't have an hour a day to spend exercising at the gym. Therefore, you've pretty well resigned yourself to not losing weight or getting in shape. What if you had five minutes though...just about everyone can find five minutes to exercise, stretch, walk around the block or walk the dog. Would you be willing to be grateful for five minutes and make the best possible use of it? Therein lies the beginning of your perfect life!
A simple formula may help you remember how to apply this principle:
·         The present
·         + an attitude of gratitude
·         + positive action
·         = my perfect life.
Try it for a day.
Each time you start dreaming about how perfect your life would be if...come back to this moment, give thanks for what is, and do one thing to perfect what you have and who you are right now. There's a saying that "when the student is ready, the teacher appears." If you're ready to start perfecting your life, your teachers are all around you.

My life is PERFECT.  Thank you to ALL my teachers!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

SUNRISE - August 30, 2011

August 30, 2011  - Sunrise 6:08 a.m.

“When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold.  They believe when something has suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful”. 
Barbara Bloom

Monday, August 29, 2011

SUNRISE - August 29, 2011

August 29, 2011 Sunrise 6:07 a.m.
Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time which every day produces, and which most men throw away”.  ~ Charles Caleb Colton

Sunday, August 28, 2011

SUNRISE - August 28, 2011

August 28, 2011 Sunrise 6:06 a.m.
"Time flies and draws us with it. The moment in which I am speaking is already far from me."

Saturday, August 27, 2011


August 28, 2011 Sunrise 6:05 am

    “A bend in the road is not the end of the road… unless you fail to make the turn.” - Unknown

Friday, August 26, 2011

SUNRISE - August 26, 2011

August 26, 2011 - Sunrise 6:32 a.m.

"The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down."  - T.S. Eliot

Thursday, August 25, 2011

SUNRISE - August 25, 2011

AUGUST 25, 2011  Sunrise 6:31 a.m.

"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages." 
William Shakespeare 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

SUNRISE - August 24, 2011

August 24, 2011 Sunrise 6:30 a.m.
Ocean inlet kayaking Juneau, Alaska 
"Always laugh when you can, it is cheap medicine. Merriment - it is the sunny side of existence." ~ Lord Bryon

"Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.” ~Mark Twain

"I am a firm believer in the healing power of laughter."

Laughter has not been FDA approved for the treatment of cancer or any other medical condition (except maybe depression, and if it's not, it sure as hell should be).

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

SUNRISE - August 23, 2011

August 23, 2011 Sunrise 6:29 a.m.

As snow accumulates its structure changes. Newly fallen snow is very light and porous,with a density from 50 to 300 kg/m³, but as the snow becomes buried by subsequent snowfalls the ice crystals that make up the snowflakes partially melt and sublimate, particularly at the delicate points of the flakes. The vapor then condenses, and over time the flakes change into granular ice crystals called firn, which has a density greater than 500 kg/m³.

As more time passes the firn becomes buried even deeper under more fresh snow and firn, and the weight above it compresses it into solid ice with a density of approximately 900 kg/m³. This is the typical 'blue' ice of glaciers.

The time needed to change snow in to glacial ice in this way depends on several factors such as how warm or cold it is and how much new snow is added each year. In fact, it can take anywhere from 5 years in an ideal site, to over 3000 years.”

Monday, August 22, 2011

SUNRISE - August 22, 2011

August 22, 2011 Sunrise 6:28 a.m.

"A glacier is a consolidated ice mass that moves over time, usually as a result of gravity, and glaciers form by compacted snow and the buildup of ice that generally does not melt over time."

Sunday, August 21, 2011

SUNRISE - August 21, 2011

August 21, 2011 Sunrise 6:27 a.m.
"If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, 
then maybe we can all learn from them.
When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? 

We have two options, medically and emotionally: 
give up, or Fight Like Hell."  ~
Lance Armstrong

Saturday, August 20, 2011

SUNRISE - August 20, 2011

August 20, 2011 - Sunrise 6:26 a.m.

“My cancer scare changed my life. I'm grateful for every new, healthy day I have. It has helped me prioritize my life.”  ~Olivia Newton-John


Friday, August 19, 2011


Alaska bound Princess Cruises 2011
Sunrise today was 6:25 a.m.

"Since I came to the White House, 
I got two hearing aids, 
a colon operation, skin cancer, 
a prostate operation, and I was shot. 
The damn thing is 
I've never felt better in my life.”
~Ronald Reagan

The quality of our time is definitively what we 
choose to make of it.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

sunrise - AUGUST 18, 2011

I posted this before, but it is too good to just read once...

"Most people think life sucks, and then you die. Not me. I beg to differ. I think life sucks, then you get 
cancer, then your dog dies, your wife leaves you, the cancer goes into remission, you get a new dog, 
you get remarried, you owe ten million dollars in medical bills but you work hard for thirty-five years and 
you pay it back and then -- one day -- you have a massive stroke, your whole right side is paralyzed, 
you have to limp along the streets and speak out of the left side of your mouth and drool but you go 
into rehabilitation and regain the power to walk and the power to talk and then -- one day -- you step off 
a curb at Sixty-seventh Street, and BANG you get hit by a city bus and then you die. Maybe.”

~ Dennis Leary

Alaskan Glacier - thousands of years old - then one day it drops into the sea and is gone forever...
Sunrise was 6:25 a.m. today

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

SUNRISE - August 17, 2011

Sunrise over Glacier Bay
Sunrise today was 6:23 a.m.
"Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal." 
Arthur Schopenhauer 

"Change before you have to."
Jack Welch 

"Change brings opportunity." 
Nido Qubein 

"Change in all things is sweet." 

SUNRISE - August 16, 2011

Kayaking on Alaska fjord
Sunrise was 6:22 a.m. today

"Like all of us in this storm between birth and death, I can wreak no great changes on the world, only small changes for the better, I hope, in the lives of those I love."Dean Koontz

Monday, August 15, 2011

SUNRISE - August 15, 2011

Glacier Bay, Alaska
If you want to see what your friends and family think of you, die broke, and see who comes to your funeral.Gregory Nunn 

Sunday, August 14, 2011

SUNRISE - August 14, 2011

"Let your life mean something. Become an inspiration to others so that 

they may try to do more and to become more than they are today." 

Thomas D. Willhite

August 14, 2011 Sunrise Vancouver

Friday, August 12, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

SUNRISE - August 11, 2011

August 11, 2011 Sunrise Alaska Cruise
“Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So, love people who treat you right, forgive the ones who don’t, and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it’d be easy, they just promised it’d be worth it.”

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

SUNRISE - August 10, 2011

August 10, 2011 Cruise Alaska Sunrise
“When some things go wrong, take a moment to be thankful for the things still going right.”

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

SUNRISE - August 9, 2011

August 9, 2011 Sunrise Alaska

“People hold on to memories because unlike people, they never change.”

Monday, August 8, 2011

SUNRISE - August 8, 2011

“The only people who truly know your story are the ones that helped you write it.”

August 8 , 2011 - Sunrise Glacier Alaska

Sunday, August 7, 2011

SUNRISE - August 7, 2011

August 7, 2011 - Sunrise Alaska
“Because we’re mortal, because any moment might be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again.”  - Achilles

Saturday, August 6, 2011

SUNRISE - August 6, 2011

"Our lives are really rather simple. It’s about what do we want people to remember about our time here.."

August 6, 2011

Friday, August 5, 2011

SUNRISE - August 5, 2011

August 5, 2011 Sunrise 6:13 a.m.

"I will act now. I will act now. I will act now. Henceforth, I will repeat these words each hour, each day, everyday, until the words become as much a habit as my breathing, and the action which follows becomes as instinctive as the blinking of my eyelids. With these words I can condition my mind to perform every action necessary for my success. I will act now. I will repeat these words again and again and again. I will walk where failures fear to walk. I will work when failures seek rest. I will act now for now is all I have. Tomorrow is the day reserved for the labor of the lazy. I am not lazy. Tomorrow is the day when the failure will succeed. I am not a failure. I will act now. Success will not wait. If I delay, success will become wed to another and lost to me forever. This is the time. This is the place. I am the person."   Og Mandino

Thursday, August 4, 2011

SUNRISE - August 4, 2011

August 4, 2011 Sunrise 6:12 a.m.
"You know a dream is like a river, ever changing as it flows.
And a dreamer's just a vessel that must follow where it goes.
Trying to learn from what's behind you and never knowing what's in store
makes each day a constant battle just to stay between the shores.
And I will sail my vessel 'til the river runs dry.
Like a bird upon the wind, these waters are my sky.
I'll never reach my destination if I never try,
So I will sail my vessel 'til the river runs dry.
Too many times we stand aside and let the water slip away.
To what we put off 'til tomorrow has now become today.
So don't you sit upon the shore and say you're satisfied.
Choose to chance the rapids and dare to dance the tides."
Garth Brooks

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

SUNRISE - August 3, 2011

August 3, 2011 Sunrise 6:11 a.m.

"Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results."  – ANON

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Monday, August 1, 2011

SUNRISE - August 1, 2011

"Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice." -  Wayne Dyer 
August 1, 2011 Sunrise 6:09 a.m.