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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Spring Forward!

Happy Spring! (and happy Autumn for all our pals south of the equator!)

Spring officially begins here on March 20th (at approximately Midnight - fyi), but I count the first spring related activity (in this case, setting the clocks ahead one hour) as my own preemptive launch into a season of rebirth.

Though there have been some great things to come out of this winter, it is refreshing to shed that season and start with a vigorous spring cleaning of our homes, habits, and perspective on life.

So happy Spring and happy St. Patrick's Day -may ye all have a bit o the luck o the Irish!


All Things Possible,


  • At 6:47 PM, March 17, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Spring Greetings forum friends,
    It has been a while since I have had a chance to sit and "visit". I have been farm sitting the horse farm where we keep our horses for the last two months so the owners of the property can spend the winter out west in a warmer climate. Only a few more weeks to go and I get my life back LOL.

    Two of my brothers have been dealing with cancer. Both have had surgery and both seem to be on the road to recovery. I was shocked to learn that prostate cancer kills more men than breast cancer kills women. Big brothers pressured "little" brother into going for a physical, the first since I was in high school. I am very happy to say that Dr "Feel Good" gave me a clean bill of health and I am now on a once a year "inspection" program. For the guys in the forum family, if you are near or above 40 and have not been checked out recently...think about doing it. My one brother (52) is a marathon runner and found out just a few days after the Chicago Marathon that he had to have his prostate removed. He had not had a physical in a few years and felt fine even during the run. His goal for this year is to run the marathon cancer free.

    Spring seems to have sprung here in the midwest. The crocus are in full bloom, tulips are up, the geese and sandhill cranes are flying north, the horses are all shedding and best of all....the snow is gone...for now. I am not sure what the temp got up to today but it was warm enough that I ended up shirtless and sweaty while doing farm chores. You can get a good work out pushing wheelbarrows full of manure through 6 inches of mud. By the time I was done I was filthy and stunk to high heaven but loved every minute of it. They are predicting snow by the weekend so I will enjoy the warm moment now.

    It doesn't seem possible that we are just a few short weeks out of April but the reality is that we are. As Chris mentioned, spring is the season of rebirth so to honor that, I have bought another border collie puppy. After the loss of our oldest dog last fall, the house just seemed too quiet with just three large dogs so I decided to do something about it. The puppy should arrive "home" sometime next week and then the fun begins.

    I have a positive outlook for this year. Things are looking up from where they were a couple of months ago. I hope that you all can share in that this spring


  • At 6:42 AM, March 18, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Tim, so good to hear your voice again on the forum. My Internet was having problems the past couple of days. I'm on again, and thought maybe someone had posted, and there you are! Been wondering how things are going. Got used to the weather report from the west:) Of course, Alex keeps us posted from across the pond! Yes, so delightful this week in Michigan. Gotta enjoy while we can. Heard about the snow, too. Off to walk today with Clayton Klein, outdoors at the park. Dave's been wondering about you too, as I'm sure everyone was. He's had many challenges this winter, as has Tanya and the rest of us, too. So, rebirth sounds like an ATB thing for all of us this spring. Your story makes me remember my intention to emphasize living healthier...something always to work on...and it's wonderful to have a positive-thinking forum family to share with...a little corner of the web where All Things Are Possible. Have to keep reminding ourselves, so it's nice to be able to stop in here for an ATP energy boost.

    When my Internet was intermittent, I managed to catch an email from Amazon. It was reminding me that Big Game is available...however, it said only one copy. So, I was going to write, who gets it first? :) Dave, maybe. Of course, there are more on the way it said. Hope to hear more about all the film projects. Best ATB wishes on Radio America :)

    Speaking of rebirth, the eaglets in the nest at the Maryland Wildlife Refuge, I'd posted about, are looking perky's the link again in case you'd like to enjoy for a reminder of the beautiful cycle of rebirth and rising about our challenges, and holding our soar on eagles' wings :) Sunny days and hearts to you ... Sue

  • At 9:36 AM, March 20, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    First day of spring and I am shoveling snow....whats wrong with this picture? LOL


  • At 10:54 AM, March 20, 2010 , Anonymous Jaschenka said...

    Hello Forum Family!

    Good to hear from you Tim- well wishes to your brothers for a full recovery. Lots of strength for that!
    Farmsitting sounds interesting. I guess that does not include online virtual farming, like I do? ;) It's good to get outside and get some air again. Winter has been too long for my liking. We had some lovely Spring days already. But, since these are the Netherlands, we are obviously back to rain again. Lots of crocusses too. Snowbells were few this season though.
    And..Border Collie!!! (or as my grandma once accidently called them: 'Corder Bollie'.) Too quiet with just three dogs? Wow. I thought my little place was crowded with one and sometimes two. My 'little' Sam is doing agility on a higher level now on a different training centre. Very cool. Enjoy your puppy. They grow up so fast.
    Sue- keep walking! Loved the eagle link too.

    If you get to read this before nightfall on the 20th AND have clear skies, be sure to lookout for an extraordinary equinox with rare Moon & Stars alignment at sundown.

    Ostara Blessings, happy Spring you all.

    Be Inspired!

  • At 2:19 PM, March 20, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Tim - shoveling snow? Oh, I don't like the sounds of that...maybe it will miss us in my neck of the woods. Glad to hear that your brothers are feeling well and that you are still "clean."

    Jaschenka, thanks for the reminder to look to the skies tonight. Unfortunately, I may be inside at sundown today. Believe it or not, I'm part of a dance concert tonight! Fear not, I'm not dancing, it's an acting "gig" thought I'm not getting paid, helping out a friend with her dance troupe. Kind of fun and interesting to be part of this function - I have to give credit to dancers!

    And Sue, last I checked there were no copies of "Big Game" did you get it?


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  • At 8:15 PM, March 20, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Tim, I wondered what Dave meant about snow! I missed your post. It didn't get here yet. How much did you have? Yes, yesterday was shirt sleeves and Florida/California mild..and today plunged back into the "March madness.” Couldn't resist. It seems to be the topic around here today! My husband isn't happy with his picks.

    Jaschenka, I love your drawing there. And it reminds me to tell everyone that your Elfwood link is featured this month on Henry Reed's Intuitive Connections Network webazine page (under links for creative art). Hope you get some folks visiting your art site. Last month I had Chris' InvertEgo link, and hopefully someone checked out the tees. I still have mine from way back and I love it. Besides being very creative, it reminds me to "shape up" when I get into a "snit" you might say. :)

    Look forward to someday more tees from there, and art from the Netherlands! Thanks, both of you for allowing me to showcase your links. -- Guess I'd better give you the link!

    PS it was too cloudy here for the astronomical event, but I did see the moon the night before, hanging so beautifully there in the western sky. Only didn't wait long enough to see the star alignment. Very rare event, they say.

    Dave, no, sorry to say, "twern’t me"! You scriptwriters will have to tell me how to spell that. But you know what I mean. I wonder who got the last one!:) So, how do we add to our collection...wait patiently I guess. Look forward to news of the other DVDs and about the showing of Complacent.

    Seems like an update could be in order from the source. An ATB/P very fun update. Happy Spring everyone…Sue

  • At 2:28 PM, March 24, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Sorry I have been quite. Happy Spring!!! I hope this find you all happy and healthy. Things are looking up and I'm trying to stay positive.


  • At 6:58 AM, March 29, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Happy Easter week to everyone...
    I saw this Wordsmith week emphasis on German words, and thought you'd enjoy, although I think maybe everyone subscribes already. But, it made me think of the forum, and the many word topics we've had, given the varied background of all who post here, and the global outlook.

    Ute, what do you think? This is quite a word! Need to get back into word study. How are you coming with your Dutch? We have lots of languages represented here.
    I've always appreciated the multi-cultural perspective. Now to learn a little German, Italian, Dutch and Turkish;)

    Have a beautiful week. It really is springtime! Sue

  • At 3:40 PM, March 30, 2010 , Anonymous Alex said...

    Hi all!

    I send you all best wishes for a beautiful spring and lot of strenght, support, prayers again to Tanya, Dave and everyone who is going through rough times.

    Dave, condolances on the passing of your friend, best of luck to your nephew, for your job and life. Tim, best of luck to your brothers for a full recovery; thank you for remembering the importance of prevention.

    Thanks for sharing here your thoughts and well wishes, for this season, Chris; we hope to hear from you more news soon.

    After a cold winter there, enjoy even abnormally warm days in Michigan and other states around this week.

    Have a Happy Easter everyone next weekend!

  • At 12:32 PM, April 05, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Hi Chris and everyone,
    Jotting a note in cyberspace here, hoping all is well in Southern California after the earthquake. Probably some other posts will be here, as I know Dave said he'd posted. Don't know when you'll see this, but sending ATB thoughts to you. Thinking much about the earthquakes lately, especially knowing our daughter will be back in California later this year. And to Tim and Dave, thinking, too, about the more active tornado season predicted this spring/summer. Hope everyone is enjoying the newness of spring, however. May your creative spirit blossom in beautiful ways...Sue

  • At 9:24 AM, April 07, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Thought forum family would enjoy
    this link about "Superman's Hometown"
    Metropolis and the effort for a bone marrow transplant drive for the editor of the newspaper there.

    Hope the posting mechanism is working, look forward to Dave's post.

    Well, the article brought back memories to me, so I imagined it would to all of you, as well :)
    April ATB wishes ...Sue

    Oh, and Dave, email from Amazon re Big Game, so they must have more in now! Hope to hear news of Parfection and the other new films

  • At 1:42 PM, April 07, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Sue
    Thanks for the warning about the tornado season. Wish I would have read your post before the storm came through the other night. It was pretty ugly. The neighbors tree came down thankfully falling where nothing major was in the way. Another one of their trees is leaning towards my garage at a less than wonderful angle...I hope no one sneezes. My yard is full of debri from our trees and we are missing a few shingles here and there. Something large hit the truck and dented the hood and we were without electric for 18 plus hours so lost all of the food in the freezer. Small price to pay, the house is still standing and no one was hurt. Thanks again for the warning though Sue, had I not realized I would have figured it our pretty quick LOL. Gotta love spring in the midwest.

  • At 5:50 PM, April 07, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said... sorry to hear about your storm damage. We had a warning near here yesterday. Yes, it looks like the predictions may be correct about the storm track this spring. Glad you are OK. And power outages are no fun.
    Neither is losing all the food in your freezer. Knowing you went through this, will make me keep on higher alert, I'm afraid. I absolutely hate tornadoes. Although earthquakes can't be much fun either. I wonder if there is any place on the planet with perfect weather. Hmmmm. Alex?

    Dave, hope your post comes through. You've got me really curious, now!

    I love it when Chris says, "Take care of each other," so I'll say it now....I was just reading my email Daily OM
    an online community with lots of ATP stuff on it that you may already get, but if not, I highly recommend it. Today's message is about taking care of each other..
    it made me think of the forum.

    So, take care, be safe in the storms of life, and keep on keeping on with ATP:) Sue

  • At 8:34 PM, April 07, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey everyone, I've been having trouble posting for some reason so this one is just a test - for the most part!

    I'm enjoying the same stormy weather as Sue right now. I say enjoying because the first actual thunderstorm of the season seems to say to me that spring is really here! Of course, Tim may not share my optimistic view of storms right now. Sorry to hear that you had such a rough one already. Hang in there!


  • At 3:29 PM, April 13, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey Chris! Love the new site! I have been busy with finishing up filming as an extra for a CBS pilot. It will probably air in Fall. I will let you know for sure :) I was just thinkin' about ya and hope all is well in your world. ~Linds

  • At 8:01 PM, April 23, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Oh my! Things have gotten quiet around here. Must be now that spring is in full bloom everyone is off gardening and enjoying the outdoors.

    I'm deep into rehearsas for "Romeo and Juliet" which I'm directing for my theatre group and having a blast. The cast is younger than I had planned on (in other words a lot of teenagers) but they are bringing an energy and enthusiasm to the immortal bard's play that I've rarely seen. Should be fun as we move towards production! What's everyone else up to?

    Chris - how's your current project coming along? Any news to share yet?

    Take care everyone - ATP!


  • At 2:15 PM, April 26, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey Dave, things are quiet but that is probably because of the nice weather people like me are outside away from electronic communications. Almost May now.

    Anyone want a raccoon? I have six baby ones living in my roof eave. Cute little things. Don't know where mom is but I will be reaching into the void to drag them out....hopefully she will be out shopping and not waiting in a corner filing her teeth!

    What is everyone else up to??


  • At 7:56 PM, April 26, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Dave, Tim, Linds... happy quiet forum days :)

    I'm sure it's just the calm before the SuperNova SuperStorm of SuperCharged Surprises and that someone is SuperBusy and SuperActive in SuperProjects in this SuperSpeeded up Spring we're having!

    At least I hope so. Thanks for catching us up Dave on your play and wishing you ATB with that. And Tim, Love your raccoon story. Surprised we haven't seen them yet here...soon as I say that, we will. Keep us posted on the drama.
    Hmmm... may you need a web cam! :)
    I've been watching the eagle cam regularly in MD and the eaglets are so big now. They've named them Aquila and Avis. It's neat watching the eagle cams. You begin to imagine you are an eagle:)

    I'm adding a little bit more writing to my queue of projects. Had been blogging for my former boss and my kind of new boss, different enterprises...and now they're collaborating on a joint little paper, and my former boss asked me if I'd write a little bit.
    So I'm trying it out. Hoping at least it might pay for some ink and things needed in a writer's attic!

    Yes, someday, don't laugh Chris, I will have that book underway:)

    Hoping to hear about Complacent etc etc etc soon.

    Tim you need to be on Facebook so we can find you there sometimes:)

    ATP to all of you. This is the ATP true-blue loyal fan club, nearing the five-year anniversary. We need a virtual party. Any suggestions?

    Be well everyone...and stop to smell the spring flowers;) Sue

  • At 8:04 AM, April 27, 2010 , Anonymous Jaschenka said...

    Hey Forum Family!

    Super Spring (loved that, Sue!) blessings to you all. Hope it's fun things that's keeping you all busy. Weather has been mild over here and we had lovely clear blue skies despite the Icelandic volcano ashes up in the air. Lots of nature awakening going around too. Here's an addition to natures webcam collection that you might find interesting. Click on any of the 'direct stream' links for various sites.

    @Tim: How's the puppy? Not too keen on raccoons actually, although it's not a native animal over here it got my 'puppy' Luna sick at the age of 6 months. Or so we suspect. Still not sure how it worked but she came down with the 'Coonhound virus'. Worth reading into for any dogowner in raccoon areas. :S

    Good luck with 'Romeo&Juliette", Dave. Sounds great! :)

    Sue- you can share my sewing attic as a writers attic! That's right- I got my own little place to sew working for the local fantasy shop doing costumes. It's a trainee sort of contract and only temporarily but I love doing it and who know's what comes of it..

    Looking forward to mid-May when I am having Ute over for a little party-weekend. :D We'll be sure to have some fun to celebrate the forum anniversary!

    Sending you all sewing-Pixie hugs! Be Inspired!

  • At 7:40 PM, April 27, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Sue, tonight would have been called Super Stupid. As I had to work late the planned capture of baby raccoons has been put off until Wednesday. Still, I thought it would be a nice thing to check up on the little screamers (they make tons of 1 am in the morning) so I crawled out on my roof and looked into the hole. There were only two that I could see so I lowered my self over the edge just a little bit more and that was all mom coon needed to see. She charged but I didn't see her until it was too late. While I did not get bit, I did have raccoon spit on my face. Note to self...don't do that again! New plan is to catch mom FIRST then deal with the little ones.



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