Monthly Archives: September 2009

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Listen to the mustn’ts, child.  Listen to the don’ts.
Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts.
Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me . . .
Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.

 – Shel Silverstein

1905 – 1993



        thinking about you and missing you every day, gram.  i love you. 
        happy birthday.


“Good-bye is only truly painful if you know you’ll never say hello again.”
 – anonymous

agreement #2

Take nothing personally.

Wherever you go you will find people lying to you and as your awareness grows you will also find that you lie to yourself.

Do not expect people to tell you the truth because they also lie to themselves. If other’s lie to you, it’s OK. They are lying to you because they’re afraid. They are afraid that you will discover they are not perfect. It is painful to take off that social mask.

If others say one thing and do another, you’re lying to yourself if you do not listen to their actions If someone is not treating you with love & respect, it is a gift if they walk away from you.

Don Miguel Ruiz

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a life well lived

while so many people are here missing her, i know sis is in really good company on the 68 anniversary of her birthday.   happy birthday, sis.



“some lives let you know that there is a very definite goodness in this world.”
 – anonymous

is tv insane? or do insane people watch tv?

i see commercials occassionally for all of the absurd tv shows on these days. i try not to think about them as it really makes me sad when i think about the mental state of the people who actually watch them.  i found “untold stories of the e.r.” and i’m actually embarrassed to say i thought it may be interesting. the first story was about a 22 year old girl who goes to the emergency room on a regular basis for abdominal pain. she’s been there 9 times in the last 6 months. she also eats 6 rolls of toilet paper daily.

it is so interesting to me that enough people actually watch these shows to keep them on air. i looked up how many reality tv shows are currently on.  what i found is astounding – here is the list:

The $25 Million Dollar Hoax
Fear is Real
16 & Pregnant
18 Kids & Counting
30 Days
30 Seconds of Fame
50 Cent: The Money and the Power
8th & Ocean
A Double Shot at Love
A Model Life with Petra Nemcova
A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila
Adventures in Hollyhood
Age of Love
The Agency
All American Girl
The Amazing Race
America’s Most Smartest Model
America’s Next Muppet
America’s Next Producer
America’s Next Top Model
America’s Toughest Jobs
American Chopper
American Gladiators
American Hot Rod
American Idol
American Loggers
American Dream Derby
American Inventor
American Juniors
Amish In The City
The Anna Nicole Show
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Anything For Love
The Apprentice
The Celebrity Apprentice 2
The Apprentice: Martha Stewart
Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?
Are You Hot?
Armed & Famous
Arranged Marriage
The Ashlee Simpson Show
Ashley Paige: Bikini or Bust
The Assistant
Average Joe
Ax Men
The Baby Borrowers
The Bachelor
The Bachelorette 5
The Bad Girls Club
Baldwin Hills
Battleground Earth
Battle of the Network Reality Stars
Beauty And The Geek
Beg, Borrow & Deal 2
Being Bobby Brown
The Benefactor
Better Half
The Beverly Hillbillies
Big Brother
The Biggest Loser: Special Edition
Big Man on Campus
Bindi: The Jungle Girl
The Block
Blonde Charity Mafia
Blow Out
Boarding House: North Shore
Boot Camp
Born Country
Boy Meets Boy
Brat Camp
Breaking Bonaduce
Bridget’s Sexiest Beaches
Britain’s Got Talent
Britney And Kevin: Chaotic
The Buried Life
But The Sex Is So Good
Cake Boss
Can You Duet?
Canadian Idol
The Casino
Celebrity Circus
Celebrity Cooking Showdown
Celebrity Duets
Celebrity Fit Club
Celebrity Fit Club 5
Celebrity Mole Hawaii
Celebrity Mole Yucatan
Celebrity Rap Superstar
Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew
Change of Heart
Chasing Farrah
The Chopping Block
The City
Clash of the Choirs
The Club
Cold Turkey
College Life
College Hill
The Colony
Combat Missions
The Complex
Confessions of a Matchmaker
Confessions of a Teen Idol
The Contender
Criss Angel Mindfreak
Croc Hunter Challenge
The Crocodile Hunter
Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants
The Cut
Daisy of Love
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
Dance Machine
Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann
Dance Fever
Dancing with the Stars
Date My House
Dating in the Dark
The Dating Experiment
DEADeadliest Catch
Deal Or No Deal
Deion & Pilar: Prime Time Love
Denise Richards: It’s Complicated
Destination Truth
Destroyed in Seconds
The Detonators
Dice Undisputed
DietTribe Dinner: Impossible
Dirty Jobs
Dog The Bounty Hunter
Dog Whisperer
Dog Eat Dog
Don’t Forget the Lyrics!
Double Exposure
Dr. Steve-O
Dream Job
Dress My Nest
Driving Force
Eddie Griffin: Going for Broke
ego trip’s The (White) Rapper Show
Engaged and Underage
Estate of Panic
Ex-Wives Club
The Exterminators
Extreme Makeover
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
The Family
Family Foreman
Family Business
Family Plots
Farmer Wants a Wife
The Fashion Show
The Fashionista Diaries
Fast Cars & Superstars
Fat March
Fear Factor
The First 48
Flavor of Love
Flip This House
Flipping Out
Food Detectives
For Better Or For Worse
Forever Eden
For Love Or Money
From G’s to Gents
Funniest Mom in America
Gay, Straight or Taken?
Gene Simmons Family Jewels
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters International
Gimme My Reality Show!
The Girls Next Door
Giuliana & Bill
Giving Hope
Gone Country
Gone Too Far
Grease: You’re the One That I Want
Great American Road Trip
Greatest American Dog
Growing Up Gotti
Hard Knocks
Harlem Heights
Have Fork, Will Travel
Hell Date
Hell’s Kitchen
Here Come the Newlyweds
He’s A Lady
Hey Paula
HGTV Design Star
High School Musical: Summer Session
High School Reunion
The Hills
Hit Me Baby One More Time
Hogan Knows Best
Hole in the Wall
Holmes on Homes
Homeland Security USA
Hooked Up
Hope for Your Home
House Rules
How to Look Good Naked
Howie Do It
Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling
I Can Make You Thin
I Love Money
I Love New York
I Propose
I Survived a Japanese Game Show
I Wanna Be a Soap Star
I Want To Be A Hilton
I Want to Work for Diddy
I’m a Celebrity – Get Me Out of Here!
I’m From Rolling Stone
I’ve Got Nothing to Wear
Ice Road Truckers
In Harm’s Way
In Search of the Partridge Family
Into the Unknown with Josh Bernstein
Invasion Iowa
Iron Chef America
The It Factor
The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency
Joe Millionaire
The Joe Schmo Show
Jon & Kate Plus 8
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List
Keeping Up with the Kardashians
Kell on Earth
Keyshawn Johnson: Tackling Design
Kid Nation
Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane
King of Cars
King of the Crown
Kitchen Nightmares
Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami
LA Ink
Lady or a Tramp
Laguna Beach
Last One Standing
The Last Resort
Launch My Line
The Law Firm
Leave it to Lamas
Life of Ryan
The Little Couple
Little People, Big World
The Littlest Groom
Living Lohan
Liza & David
The Locator
Looking for Love: Bachelorettes in Alaska
Love Cruise
Love Shack
Luke’s Parental Advisory
Mad Mad House
Make Me a Supermodel
Making It Home: Greensburg
Making Menudo
Making News: Texas Style
Making The Band
Man vs. Wild
Married By America
Master of Dance
Maui Fever
Meerkat Manor
Meet Mister Mom
Meet My Folks
Meet The Barkers
Megan Wants a Millionaire
Miami Social
Million Dollar Listing
The Millionaire Matchmaker
Miracle Workers
Miss America: Reality Check
Model Citizens
Models NYC
The Moment of Truth
Momma’s Boys
Monster Garage
More to Love
Moving Up
Mr. Personality
Mr. Romance
Murder in Small Town X
Must Love Kids
My Big Redneck Wedding
My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad
My Super Sweet 16
My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss
My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance
My Fair Brady
My Life Is A Sitcom
Nanny 911
NASCAR in Primetime
Nashville Star
The Mole
National Bingo Night
New York Goes to Hollywood
Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica
Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County
The Next Best Thing
The Next Great American Band
The Next Iron Chef
Next Action Star
The Next Great Champ
The Next Joe Millionaire
No Boundaries
NYC Prep
The One: Making a Music Star
One Big Happy Family
One Ocean View
The One Who Got Away
On The Lot
Oprah’s Big Give
The Osbournes
Outback Jack
Outsider’s Inn
Pageant Place
Pam: Girl on the Loose
Pantry Raid
The Paper
The Next Food Network Star
Paranormal Cops
Paranormal State
Paris Hilton’s My New BFF
Parking Wars
The Partner
Party Monsters: Cabo
Pepsi Play for a Billion
Perfect Match: New York
Performing As…
The Pick-Up Artist
Pimp My Ride
Pirate Master
The Player
Playing It Straight
Police Women of Broward County
PoweR Girls
The Price of Beauty
The Principal’s Office
Project Runway 6
Property Ladder
Push, Nevada
Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll
Queer Eye For The Straight Girl
Queer Eye For The Straight Guy
R U The Girl With T-Boz & Chilli
Race To The Altar
The Rachel Zoe Project
Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew
Project Greenlight
Real Chance of Love: Back in the Saddle
The Real Gilligan’s Island
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Real Housewives of New York City
The Real Housewives of Orange County
The Real Roseanne Show
The Real Wedding Crashers
The Real World: Austin
The Real World: Back to New York
The Real World: Boston
The Real World: Brooklyn
The Real World: Chicago
The Real World: Hollywood
The Real World: Key West
The Real World: Las Vegas
The Real World: Los Angeles
The Real World: New Orleans
The Real World: New York
The Real World: Paris
The Real World: PhiladelphiaThe Real World: San Diego
The Real World: San Francisco
The Real World: Seattle
The Real World: Sydney
Reality Racing – The Rookie Challenge
The Rebel Billionaire
Renovate My Family
The Restaurant
Rich Guy, Poor Guy
Rich Girls
Road Rules
Road Rules: South Pacific
Road Rules: X-TREME
The Road To Stardom With Missy Elliott
Rob & Amber: Against the Odds
Rob and Big
Rob And Amber Get Married
Rock of Love Bus with Bret Michaels
Rock of Love Charm School with Sharon Osbourne
Rock of Love with Bret Michaels
Rock the Cradle
Rock Star: INXS
Rock Star: Supernova
Run’s House
Running in Heels
Say Yes to the Dress
Scare Tactics
The Scholar
Scott Baio is 45… And Single
Scream Queens
The Search for the Next Elvira
The Search For The Most Talented Kid In America
Second Chance: America’s Most Talented Senior
The Secret Life of a Soccer Mom
Secret Millionaire
Secret Talents of the Stars
Sell This House
Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew
Sex in the Itty Bitty City
Shaq’s Big Challenge
The Shark Tank
She’s Got the Look
Shear Genius
Shooting Sizemore
The Simple Life
The Singing Office
Skating With Celebrities
Smash Lab
Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood
So You Think You Can Dance
Sorority Life
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search
The Springer Hustle
The Stagers
The Starlet
Star Search
Starting Over
Step It Up & Dance
Storm Chasers
Street Customs
Style Her Famous
Sunday Best
Sunset Tan
Super Millionaire
The Superstars
Superstars of Dance
Superstar USA
Surf Girls
The Surreal Life
Survivor 20
The Swan
Tabatha’s Salon Takeover
Table For 12
Take Home Nanny
Taquita & Kaui
Taxicab Confessions
Temptation Island
That’s Amore
There Goes the Neighborhood
There’s Something About Miriam
Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen & Dave
Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style
Toddlers and Tiaras
Todd TV
Tommy Lee Goes To College
Tool Academy
Top Chef
Top Chef Masters
Top Chef: Las Vegas
Top Chef: New York
Top Design
Top Gear
Tori & Dean: Inn Love
Tough Love
Tough Enough
Toughest Race on Earth: Iditarod
Trading Spaces
Trading Spouses
Treasure Quest
Treasure Hunters
Trick It Out
Trick My Truck
Trick My Trucker
Trista & Ryan’s Wedding
True Beauty
Tuesday Night Book Club
The Two Coreys
Ty Murray’s Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge
UFO Hunters
The Ultimate Coyote Ugly Search 3
Undercover Boss
Under One Roof
Varsity Inc.
Victoria Beckham: Coming to America
The Victoria?s Secret Fashion Show
Viva La Bam
Walk the Lion
Wanna Bet
WCG Ultimate Gamer
The Weakest Link
Welcome to the Parker
Welcome To The Neighborhood
Whale Wars

it should be noted that while watching these shows, people are deluged with commercials for things like pizza with cheese stuffed crusts or giant pasta filled bread bowls with free cake for dessert, all you can eat buffet restaurants, pepto bismal, tums, every available prescription drug on the market and coming attractions for new reality shows.


“My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there”
 – Charles F. Kettering

9-11 eight years ago

it still seems like yesterday.  once again i will keep the tv on until all of the victims names have been read in the annual memorial service.

Thomas Sept 11

world trade center site 2001

world trade center site 2002


sept 11








“The city is going to survive, we are going to get through it, It’s going to be very, very difficult time. I don’t think we yet know the pain that we’re going to feel when we find out who we lost, but the thing we have to focus on now is getting this city through this, and surviving and being stronger for it.”
–Rudolph Giuliani

ny post

why everyone should start their day by reading the ny post:

It was an assault on the senses.

An Austrian man was hit with a $100 fine when he farted loudly while being questioned by police, causing passers-by to break into hysterics, humiliating the officers.

“This was no accident. He clearly intended to make a laughingstock out of the officers and deserved what he got,” said a police spokesman.


“It’s good to know that if I behave strangely enough, society will take full responsibility for me.”
 – Ashleigh Brilliant

ny post daily horoscope

pisces daily horoscope for today:

“The planets promise that although things may be tough for you at the moment they will be much better in the long-term, so hang in there and don’t give up. The sacrifices you make now will bring happiness and prosperity later in the year.”

i’m sure this isn’t the first time i’ve heard this one.

“Prosperity is a way of living and thinking, and not just money or things. Poverty is a way of living and thinking, and not just a lack of money or things.”
 – Eric Butterworth



it’s official

summer is over.  it was actually only here for about two weeks this – year which is ok since i had no real exciting plans to be ruined by the lousy weather. today is labor day. i will spend the day gathering up all the clothes i never wore this summer and anything else i haven’t used in the last year, take pictures and post them on e-bay for sale. it’s time to start over again. another new beginning.


They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
 – Andy Warhol

sweet sixteen

lauren 2009

lauren 2009

happy birthday, lauren!

lauren 1993

lauren 1993

“The first sign of maturity is the discovery that the volume knob also turns to the left.” 
~Jerry M. Wright

ready for pick up

prepping for pick up

prepping for pick up


the drive back into the city was amazing. it was a beautiful sunnny day and the sun roof was wide open. i now have the shiniest new car in the garage – thanks dad!


“The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.” 
~John E. Southard