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Beauty and Pain


“Behind every beautiful thing, there’s been some kind of pain.”

~ Bob Dylan 150w, 300w" alt="Beauty and Pain" width="640" height="589" data-attachment-id="20308" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="" data-orig-size="640,589" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Beauty and Pain" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" />

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Greatest Strength

“Our greatest strength lies in the gentleness and tenderness of our heart.”

– Rumi 118w, 237w" alt="Greatest Strength" data-attachment-id="20305" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="" data-orig-size="505,640" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Greatest Strength" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" />

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True Friend

“A true friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.” 150w, 300w" alt="True-Friend" width="640" height="427" data-attachment-id="20299" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="" data-orig-size="640,427" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="True-Friend" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" />

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The Light

”Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light?”

~ Maurice Freehill 150w, 300w" alt="The Light" data-attachment-id="20296" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="" data-orig-size="600,401" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="The Light" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" />

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“I am a part of everything that I have read.”

~ Theodore Roosevelt 150w, 300w" alt="Reading" width="640" height="401" data-attachment-id="20293" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="" data-orig-size="640,401" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Reading" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" />

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Taking Action

“It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action.”

~ Honore de Balzac 150w, 300w" alt="Taking Action" width="640" height="360" data-attachment-id="20287" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="" data-orig-size="640,360" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Taking Action" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" />

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Emotional Firsts

“Never apologize for being sensitive or emotional. Let this be a sign that you’ve got a big heart and aren’t afraid to let others see it. Showing your emotions is a sign of strength.”

~ Brigitte Nicole

Yesterday started off like most Wednesdays when I volunteer at the hospital where I had my heart transplant. I have a 65 mile drive, which requires me to take some time (and patience) and be ever vigilant for the “texters”, the “NASCAR” drivers and others on the road that don’t seem to be fully awake.

“The Cooler” – I arrived at the hospital and parked in the parking deck and as I exited the garage I could hear sirens wailing in fairly close proximity. The hospital has its own police department and most mornings and officer is positioned at the main intersection in front of the hospital. As the sirens screamed louder I watched the officer move to the middle of the intersection and he, somehow, stopped ALL traffic ……… then I saw a police vehicle (SUV) rapidly enter the intersection, siren SCREAMING, lights flashing as it flies through the intersection and into the “Cul de sac” in front of the hospital. Mesmerized, I watched and wondered ……. before the vehicle even came to a dead stop, I saw doors flying open and a couple of folks in hospital scrubs hurriedly exit the vehicle …….. then I saw “it” …… in the hand of one of the folks was “cooler” …. unmistakable to me, even at 150 yards, the cooler contained an organ for transplant.

I’ve heard of these events, but it was the first time I witnessed one. I have no video, no pictures as I was living in the moment ….. I did cross the street and I then I stopped on the sidewalk and said a prayer for that donor, that donor’s family and for the recipient.

It was an awe-inspiring event that lasted maybe 45 seconds. 150w, 300w" alt="Cooler" data-attachment-id="20381" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="" data-orig-size="400,266" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Cooler" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" />

“The Call” – Just a bit of background before I continue – In the transplant community, if you hear the two-word phrase “The Call” ….. it usually means that a specific patient matched with a potential donor and had been called by their transplant center to either come to the hospital or await further instructions. It’s an emotional time on so many levels.

A while after “The Cooler” incident, maybe 90 minutes or so, I was about to visit a patient and just as I was going to knock on the door, I see a lady , that I recognized walking toward me. She was a patient that I had visited with a number of times over the past couple of years. Seeing her at that exact moment and area was out-of-place so stopped and I said hello, and asked what she was doing here. Her answer was very simple and matter of fact, “I’m here to get a heart today. But I’m lost.” I could see that she was obviously anxious (understatement of the year) so I asked where she needed to go within the hospital. She told me, and it was fairly close by so I escorted her and her family members to her required destination. I’ve seen many patients in the hospital soon after they received “The Call” but I never saw one walking into the hospital after getting “The Call”. She was go grateful and even mentioned that it was destiny for me to be there for her at that exact moment. As we parted, I told her that I’d see her soon ………. as the doors closed I stopped …….. I could feel the angels close by ….. and I said prayer for her, her donor, and her donor’s family. So, this was also an emotional event for me …… just to be able to help this lady, even as small as my gesture was, within the big scheme of her day is something I’ll never forget. 124w, 248w" alt="Call" data-attachment-id="20382" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="" data-orig-size="529,640" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Call" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" />


Just as a side note ……. the timing was off from the two incidents, so it’s extremely unlikely that either of the events are related.

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Can Cheap Essay Writers Be Trusted?

For composing impeccable essays, the assistance of a professional writer can be of great help. There are many cheap essay writers, as well as, the expensive ones available online. Now, this question might come into your mind if you can rely on their service or not. Whenever we come across something that comes at a much cheaper rate, we start to question that. But, the service of the cheap essay writers can be trusted upon. The reasons behind this are given below:

Price as a parameter to evaluate the quality of a service

Did you know that by seeing the price of an academic help service, you can assess its quality? Yes, you can indeed. Only the best service providers keep the cost much lower than others. It is made possible because of the constant demand of such services. Due to this steady demand from the students, they can keep the price low, and do not need to make it too expensive to make a profit. The reason behind this constant flow of orders is again the superior quality of their work.

Well-paid writers

Even though you are getting the service for a lower price, the writers associated with these services are always paid well. This works as a motivation for the writers to give their best while composing the assignments. So, by availing these services, you can be sure that you will receive only high-quality works which will ensure that you get satisfying grades.

Free revisions

Academic help companies that provide their service for cheap always have well-defined revision policy. According to this, you can ask for revisions for a time period of one month, and you will not have to pay a single buck for this. Thus, you will not have to pay for each time you will request for a revision. This is a feature that you might not get with the expensive academic writing services.

An easy way of communication

A fraud company which takes a lot of money for their poor service will always make sure that they cannot be contacted after the payment is done.  They will also ensure that the communication method is too complicated, and have specific times only when you can contact them. On the other hand, the essay help providers make it very convenient for its clients to contact them. They stay available 24/7 so that any student can reach out to them at any time. Also, they offer live chat service which makes it much easier for anybody to get in touch with them.

If you are still sceptical about the academic assistance providing companies that provide cheap service, then, you can get rid of all doubts. They are a perfect blend of low price and quality work, so, it can be a great deal for you.    


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“I’ve never known any trouble than an hour’s reading didn’t assuage.”

~ Arthus Schopenhauer 150w, 300w" alt="Benefits of Reading" width="640" height="426" data-attachment-id="20281" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="" data-orig-size="640,426" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"5.6","credit":"unknown","camera":"Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT","caption":"","created_timestamp":"1197740049","copyright":"","focal_length":"17","iso":"200","shutter_speed":"0.0125","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Benefits of Reading" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" />

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Nothing Changed

“Despite the fact everything is different, nothing has changed.” 129w, 257w" alt="Nothing Changed" data-attachment-id="20278" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="" data-orig-size="530,618" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Nothing Changed" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" />

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Saying and Doing

“Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.”

~ Iris Murdoch 150w, 300w" alt="Saying and Doing" data-attachment-id="20275" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="" data-orig-size="600,390" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"18","credit":"Graham Whiles","camera":"Canon EOS 20D","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"70","iso":"200","shutter_speed":"0.008","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Saying and Doing" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" />

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Gratitude - Each and Every Day

“Grant me daily the grace of gratitude, to be thankful for all my many gifts, and so be freed from artificial needs, that I might lead a joyful, simple life.”

~ Edward Hays

I just wanted to affirm how deeply grateful I am each and every day for the many gifts God has given me. I could have a “woe is me day“, or a “why me” day, or complain about this, that and everything …… but I will NOT!!


For I have friends that are truly suffering ….. in pain and agony, fighting with each breath, with each heart beat to SIMPLY stay alive. Do you think they are worried about anything political? Do you think they are thinking about making signs and marching in protest, or celebrating a victory over a foe? I can assure they are NOT. Some may be in a coma, some are praying until it hurts …… just for extra time with their loved ones.

I was given an amazing gift …. the gift of life and with that gift I was given something special ……. a heart filled to the brim with God and with gratitude.

I AM FOREVER GRATEFUL, not just today, but every day ……. and that heart is FILLED is also filled with LOVE!

I’m sending some love to YOU and may God Bless you! 150w, 300w" alt="Gratitude-Daily" width="640" height="496" data-attachment-id="20352" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="" data-orig-size="640,496" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"1448617891","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Gratitude-Daily" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" />

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Intelligence and Illusion

“A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.”

~ Saul Bellow 150w, 300w" alt="Intelligence - Illusion.jpg" width="640" height="608" data-attachment-id="20272" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="" data-orig-size="640,608" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Intelligence – Illusion" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" />

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Frame of Destiny

“We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny. But what we put into it is ours.”

~ Dag Hammarskjoid 112w, 224w" alt="Frame of Destiny" data-attachment-id="20269" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="" data-orig-size="478,640" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Frame of Destiny" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" />

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Grateful Mirror

“Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only.”

~ Samuel Butler 150w, 300w" alt="Grateful Mirror" data-attachment-id="20266" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="" data-orig-size="600,460" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Grateful Mirror" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" />

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“Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party.”

~ Herbert Hoover 150w, 300w" alt="Honor" data-attachment-id="20263" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="" data-orig-size="620,260" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Honor" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" />

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Rescue Me

Whatever you do, don’t ever play my game
Too many years being the king of pain
You gotta lose it all if you wanna take control
Sell yourself to save your soul
Rescue me from the demons in my mind
Rescue me from the lovers in my life
Rescue me from the demons in my mind
Rescue me, rescue me, rescue me
Rescue me
Whatever you do, don’t ever lose your faith
The devil’s quick to love, lust and pain
Better to say yes to never know, oh, oh
Sell yourself to save your soul
~ Thirty Seconds To Mars
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“A face full of Botox is a face with no story; what’s wrong with wrinkles? They’re a record of every smile.”

~ Russell Howard 150w, 300w" alt="Wrinkles" width="640" height="496" data-attachment-id="20240" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="" data-orig-size="640,496" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Wrinkles" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" />

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My dear Friend Susy - a double lung transplant survivor is in need of a Kidney Angel (O positive blood type).  If you can be Susy's Hero- contact her at Thank You So Much!