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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Adding Value

Regardless of which holiday, if any, you may celebrate, happy holidays! The holidays always offer a good excuse to get together with family and loved ones to celebrate another year on the planet together. Now I don’t know about you, but for SOME of us, it can be a hectic and stressful time as well. We have all complained at some point about the increasing commercialism that capitalizes on the holiday mindset and distracts from the real spirit of the season (haven’t we?) Yet most of us still fall into the trap of trying to buy our way into the holiday cheer.

To be fair, most of us get a delightful feeling when we can give to the people in our lives as a way to show that we love them. It’s a lovely way to say “Thank-you for making my life special” and an important tradition to exercise generosity. However, there are many ways to add value into the lives of those we love. One of those ways is to show how much value our loved ones have added into our lives.

For example:

You, my extended forum family and internet community, are a wonderful part of my life. I enjoy the thoughts you share in the forum about your interests and goals. I love the compassion you have all shown in some way towards each other, animals, and your fellow humans. I am inspired by the amazing things you all have achieved and done with your talents. Though I may not always comment, I always read your notes. Your contributions have influenced me in many ways – to laughter, to contemplation, to curiosity, and to awe. Those of you who have not yet written in the forum, you still contribute by being a witness to our experiences together – which is one of the best explanations I have heard for why we need other people in our lives. You are all important to me and I would miss you if you weren’t there. I wish you all a fulfilling holiday season. May you marvel at how much you’ve grown and all you have become in the past year, because I have marveled in witnessing that arc of humanity with you. May your dreams for next year be greater that you could ever possibly achieve so you’ll always have something to look forward to and live up to.

Happy Holidays,

All Things Possible,


  • At 3:45 PM, December 14, 2011 , Anonymous Alex said...

    What a nice post and gift you put on this forum, Chris!! Thanks for sharing such lovely thoughts and wise words here! I agree with you!

    May you all have safe and Happy Holidays!

    Take care everyone.


  • At 10:46 AM, December 15, 2011 , Blogger Tanya said...

    Thank you Chris and well said! We all appreciate you and your talent as well. With your All Things Possible attitude, you inspire me to believe that.

    I appreciate all the forum family and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and pray your dreams come true.

    Come fly with me - Tanya

  • At 7:45 PM, December 19, 2011 , Blogger Tanya said...

    Thought I would post the link to my Christmas performance.

    Come fly with me - Tanya

  • At 7:46 AM, December 20, 2011 , Blogger Tanya said...

    Sending a very Happy Birthday to Jaschenka. Have a blessed day!

    Come fly with me - Tanya

  • At 6:08 AM, December 23, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Howdy everbody! An MARY KRISSMUSS!! An Hannukah, an Kwanza, an inny uther a them human holidaze owt thar cummin' up! Alas, I'm afraid I am a bit of a Scrooge, and glad when it's OVER every year! I git REAL frustrated trying to git gifts fer folks--after fifty years or so, you kinda run outta ideas! THANK GOD( and I really mean thank you, Lord!) fer thuh invinshun uv GIFT CARDS!! But I AM always thankful for getting together with family(my human one, that is--my canine family is ALWAYS around!)--though often sadly sentimental for the ones who are now gone who used to make the holidays so special(sigh...)--And yeah, this is a purty speshull blog you keep going, Chris, so that's a year-long Xmas present for us all! And to all you-un's out there reading/writing in too! And I think a SPECIAL thanks to the Sue-nami for continuously resusitatin' the conversations!....L.B.

  • At 1:19 PM, December 23, 2011 , Anonymous Jaschenka said...

    Hi forum friends!
    Sending out a warm winterhug to the entire forum family from this side of the globe! Although I 'talk' to some of you more than to others (mostly online), I can honestly say I love this little corner of the internet for meeting up and catching up.

    The past year has been amazing. I got to meet up with Angi, and with Ute (twice!!). Got inspired by our flying forum member, grateful to have worked with that, Tanya!-and thank you for the bday wish. And it's always so much fun to read all your thoughts.

    So, what do you think..on to another year of forum fun, friends and fandom?! Happy Holidays everyone and Yuletide Blessings from the Netherlands. Here's some light in dark days for you all. Be Inspired to do All Things Possible!!

  • At 4:40 PM, December 24, 2011 , Blogger Tim said...

    Just wanting to wish everyone the happiest of holidays...Merry Christmas


    (tanya-great video, you guys are crazy LOL)

  • At 5:22 AM, December 25, 2011 , Anonymous Alex said...

    Hi everyone. Hope you all are well.

    Congratulations Tanya for your Christmas performance! Happy belated birthday Jaschenka!

    Merry Christmas and a Happy, Safe 2012 to all of you and yours!

  • At 2:07 PM, December 25, 2011 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Hello everyone -- Sue-nami wave here:)
    Thanks Lane, for the thanks:) I've been preoccupied with ZuZu and family holiday events mainly, so hadn't posted yet, but this is a BEAUTIFUL topic. I agree with Tanya about ATP inspiring us throughout the years, and blessing the space between us. Loved the aerial performance and look forward to seeing you perform in person sometime. Jaschenka, thanks for bringing us the lady with the light:) We're into the light now, thankfully, and soon it will be full speed ahead to brighter days. I like to think that too, about the forum as a gathering place for old friends to catch up. Love that image. Tim, hope your dog shows are going great. I'm hoping the dog You Tube videos I'm subscribe to our yours:) Alex, Merry 2012 to you and to all of us. With ATP, it will be merry and fun! Before I forget, an ATP side note: Our daughter gave me a beautiful floor mat with the Mark 29:3 verse
    "All things are possible if you believe." -- Thanks, Chris for all the ATP vibes you send us, even when your life is supernova busy:)....Sue

  • At 8:02 PM, December 27, 2011 , Blogger Tanya said...

    Sending all of you blessings for the New Year and I hope you all had wonderful holidays!

    Great to hear all that is going on and see a little more action here.

    Thank you for the Mark 29:3 verse Sue. I'm going to keep that in my heart.

    Come fly with me - Tanya

  • At 5:35 AM, December 30, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Happy New Year(2012!!!) everbody! Let's hope the Mayan calendar was just that they didn't git around to writin' down any more than 2012, rather than it being the END OF THE WORLD! It is becoming a WARMER world--at least us'ns here in North Carolina are having a VERY mild Winter this year--I've only had one day cool enough so far, that coincided with a day off from work, to run my husky team--I have a cart with wheels(specially made for running sled dogs--it came from a place in Michigan, in fact--"Risdon Rigs" is the company's name) for when there is no snow--which around here is most of the time! ESPECIALLY since "Global Warming"! I don't run the huskies if it is much above 50 degrees F, to prevent overheating--because, man, my guys BUST IT when they git hooked up! And the FIRST run of the year is always WILD! This year was no exception! I could barely hang on! But it's lots of fun, and my 4 rescued Siberian Huskies can REALLY get a good run and burn up the trail! I do have a real wooden dogsled IF we get a decent snow(I got it out a few times last year....)--And hey Chris! Talk about coincidences--we just got a new statue donated to the N. C. Zoo where I work--it was installed UNDER one of our larger bridges with a walkway beneath--can you guess what it is?......Yup, the "Billy Goats Gruff"! It's purty neat--all three goats crossing a bridge with the troll beneath--I'm already referring to the largest billy as "Showerman"! Wish I knew how to/could send a picture on this !@##$%^&*()(*(&*&^%$#@! contraption!(but I don't)....L.B.

  • At 8:00 PM, December 30, 2011 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    You are welcome, Tanya:)
    I like it that ATP is there...and ATB..."He has made everything beautiful in its time." in Ecclesiastes 3:11. I love my new floormat, but don't want to walk on it!
    Happy New Year of course, to all. And hope you can go see War Horse. Wow, what an epic film, and a beautiful story of the bond between humans and animals. War Horse (Joey) and the young man who raised him are truly examples of ATP...and the bond between humans and animals. Just an awesome story on the big screen. Had a bit of trouble getting through the war scenes, even though some of the best parts of the film. Actually I think I stopped breathing for the whole two hours;)
    That's the impact it had on me. So hope you all will go see it...ATB New Year hugs...Sue

  • At 1:55 PM, December 31, 2011 , Anonymous Craig said...

    Chris, your incredible spirit and character shine through you, no matter what role you play.
    May you hold as a trophy every dream come true, and may you be multiplied a thousand times more than you are!
    Have a wonderful new year!!!

  • At 6:41 PM, December 31, 2011 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Thank you ALL for the great comments! I look forward to sharing another phenomenal year with you all. Welcome Craig!! Great to see a new "Face" in here!!
    I agree with Lane that the Mayans probably just didn't get around to extrapolating their calendar out beyond 2012. That would have been like us having a calendar that went until the year 4000 right?
    Sue, thanks for the tip on War Horse. We'll definitely have to see that. We have heard a lot of great things about that movie. Loved my "Winter Hug" Jaschenka - Thanks! Tanya, we're all looking forward to your next fantastic flying role!
    Thanks Alex and Tim for your eternally positive and caring energy. Health and happiness to you both in the new year.

    May you all be fulfilled in the coming year!

    All Things Possible,

  • At 12:02 AM, January 01, 2012 , Anonymous Ute said...

    Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all got into 2012 safely.
    Great post Chris! It's very easy to forget that often the little things like a smile, a kind word or a sympathetic ear can be the greatest gifts. Although I admit I also love giving 'real' presents if I know the person receiving it will really enjoy it!
    Wishing for a wonderful, healthy, happy, joyous year 2012 for us - and many more to come.
    Big New Year's Hugs to everyone.

  • At 2:46 PM, January 01, 2012 , Anonymous Alex said...

    Thank you Chris and all for such great thoughts and comments!

    In spite of all the big changes, tough situations and times may you all have a happy, healthy, safe year 2012!

    Take care everyone!

  • At 9:23 PM, January 01, 2012 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Wow, this beautiful forum is lighting up for the New Year! Welcome, Craig...and hope you'll feel at home here among we diehard ATP fans:)

    Ute, I'll take your New Year hugs...all of them! Good to hear your voice!

    Chris, LOL as they say, two movies in two days. War Horse followed by Sherlock Holmes for Christmas Eve with friends. Another wonderful film. And, again, I don't think I breathed for the whole two hours:). Hope to hear some good movie talk on the forum in the coming year and, of course, loads of ATP inspiration!

    Blessings everyone, for a beautiful and FUN 2012! Sue

  • At 6:12 PM, January 03, 2012 , Blogger Tim said...

    Happy New Year...three days in. Hope everyone is doing well. Its great to hear from those of you abroad as well as stateside. I for one am happy that the holidays are over and I can get back to a regular schedule. I had to use up some vacation days so ended up not having much to do and not enough time to start any projects.

    I did have some excitement while driving one morning. I hit some black ice and did a nice donut off the road into a ditch that was taller than my jeep. Scared the hell out of me as I thought I was going to roll it over but thankfully that did not happen. I got out and crawled up the embankment to assess the situation. Not good. I was way down in there but at least front end was pointing up and all four wheels were on the ground. The only option was a tow truck...or drive it out. I locked it into four wheel drive and with the help of a nice guy who stopped to make sure I was OK (he signaled me the coast was clear) I feathered the clutch and gunned it. The engined raced, the wheels spun, mud and rocks flew and that little beast dug its way back out onto the road. I am new to the whole jeep culture but I get it now when they say "Its a Jeep Thing". I have been bitten. I am looking forward to this spring when I can put the jeep back into a ditch (intentionally) and have some real fun.

    Sue, not sure the videos you are looking at are mine but here is my channel. The user name is a combo of the dogs nicknames (everyone asks)

    Take care folks. I'll check back soon

  • At 10:35 PM, January 03, 2012 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Glad you and your jeep are tough and ready for the year ahead! What a story! Yes, let's hope the next ditch digging is intentional:)....and yes, that's the channel I'm subscribed to. I was pretty sure it was yours:) I'm GailParch on the sub list I see there. Happy New Year, and let's keep the flurries quiet from your direction:)

    I didn't post this yet here. ZuZu decided to leave me last night. She was on my lap while I was at the computer. It's been a surreal day today. Our son summed it up in a text message of condolence to mom: "She was a sweet kitty." That's her in a nutshell... a sweet kitty:)I love your dog video...just amazing!

    Have a great year with your shows!


  • At 10:37 PM, January 03, 2012 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...


    I'm so sorry to read about the loss of your cat. We lost both of our dogs late last year and I know how devastating it is to lose a family member like that. My condolences.


  • At 9:11 AM, January 04, 2012 , Blogger Tim said...

    Not sure what happened with the blog on the last two posts but thanks for both signing them so I know who wrote them as it looks like Chris penned them both :-)

    Sue/Chris, sorry to hear about your "family" members. It is tough to lose the most nonjudgmental members of the household. Memories are a good thing.

  • At 2:15 PM, January 04, 2012 , Anonymous Alex said...

    Sue, i'm sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet kitty ZuZu.
    Condolences to you and again to Chris and Natasha for the loss of your two dogs. Well said Tim and Chris! We all know what means losing rare and very special family members.

    Take care everyone!

  • At 2:48 PM, January 04, 2012 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Tim - that is a fantastic video - your dogs are smarter than a lot of the drivers out here!! If you haven't seen Tim's videos, check them out!


  • At 3:48 PM, January 04, 2012 , Blogger Tim said...

    Thanks Chris, had one of them been driving the other day, I might not of ended up in that ditch!

  • At 6:07 PM, January 04, 2012 , Blogger Dave W said...

    Happy New Year Everyone,
    I don't have much to say beyond this as I haven't been feeling very verbose lately. Just enjoying the glow of being with family for the holidays and now staying busy with work and looking forward to an upcoming vacation or two!

    I echo the sentiment of your current post Chris, I never dreamed when I first started frequenting this site that I'd become close friends with people I have yet to meet in person - but I feel that I know you all (except Craig who I'm sure we'll all get to know). But I can't imagine life now without the mantra of ATP and, thanks to Sue, ATB as well!

    The best is yet to come, Mayan calendar or no Mayan calendar (ha!).


  • At 5:39 AM, January 05, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Gosh, Sue, sorry to hear about ZuZu....At least she had love and compassion and care at the end(?), which she would not have had without you. The Lakota have a belief that children that die young are spirits that return only briefly to experience love and caring that they did not know in a previous existence-I think of young animals in the same way, that I have cared for but didn't live to be very old. And Chris, I didn't know you had lost BOTH your dogs--for which I am sorry to hear also. Any plans to aquire more?(and exactly what type of dogs WERE those guys?)....L.B.

  • At 3:00 PM, January 05, 2012 , Blogger Tanya said...

    Sue,I already left my condolences on facebook, but I just wanted to you know that I'm thinking of you and my prayers are with you.

    Tim glad you are OK, maybe my prayers need to be with you.

    Come fly with me - Tanya

  • At 8:14 AM, January 06, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    .....And I went last night to see "War Horse"--YES, that was also one movie I had planned to see on the BIG screen! Since it IS a "war" movie to a large extent, it is sad and tragic throughout--but indeed inspiring. Although it had me blubbering off and on throughout--yeah, THANKS for letting me publicaly embarrass myself, Mister Spielberg!--it is well worth seeing, I thought. Gosh, some of the huge vistas and sunsets were WELL worth catching on the big screen! And although war is tragic for everyone, there is nothing like an innocent animal's perspective to really bring out the waste, futility, and STUPIDITY of war! Reminds me somewhat of(uh oh, here I go again with another book recommendation!) "Bel Ria" by Sheila Burnford, a poignant, beautiful story about a little dog and a monkey companion(of all things!) caught up in the horrors of World War 2 Europe--it could be a SPLENDID movie, too! Sheila Burnford, you will remember, wrote the classic "The Incredible Journey" which HAS been made into several movies......Anyway, seeing "War Horse" makes me want to read the book it was based on now! One thing that aggravates me about movies about or utilizing animal characters, is that they usually get VERY unrealistic in portraying animal behaviour and abilities(little wonder the general public can be SO unrealistic in their views regarding critters)--"War Horse" didn't go overboard like that at all--highly recommended by moi....L.B.

  • At 1:24 PM, January 08, 2012 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Dear forum family,
    I'm overwhelmed by your kind and compassionate words about my experience with ZuZu. I've been trying to write about it, but it's beyond words in many ways, as I know you all know from your own times of losing family pets. I've been thinking about losing two so close together, Chris, and that must be so hard at times, when you think of a memory. Thanks for sharing that with us. I hope this year will be smooth sailing for all of us, and for our "creatures great and small" -- It's amazing how a small critter can have a huge impact on your life. I like Lane's take on it, and will try to keep that in my heart. I love Tim's videos. Those dogs are special! You're right about non-judgmental. What lessons they can teach us.

    Alex, Tanya, Dave, thanks for all the encouraging words and prayers. Dave, good to see you here and I can appreciate sometimes not feeling verbose. I'm grateful for all the forum family in my life, too. Thinking back, it's hard to imagine life without you all here.
    Even if we get busy with life, we know we're still around. And welcoming new faces and fans is fun. My writing spot, LivingstonTalk, is going to be renamed, they say, to LivingstonPost. So, I'll add my words about ZuZu as my first post on the new site. A little emotional. But, that would be the real me writing as I see things.

    Glad you saw War Horse, Lane. What a movie! And, after Sherlock, we also saw TinTin. I'd always been curious about that character, so that was fun. What a wild ride! Lots of wonderful movies to take my mind off my grief. And, so, that's my advice to anyone going through a loss...go to the movies! So, Chris, keep them coming for us:)...hugs of ATB to all...Sue

  • At 7:35 AM, January 13, 2012 , Blogger Tanya said...

    ‎13 Steps To The Gallows... 13 Feet The Guillotine Falls... 13 Knots On A Hangman's Noose... 13 People At The Last Supper... Be Safe Today... Friday the 13th.

    Come fly with me - Tanya


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