Sunshine Award


Live and love the colors of our lives.

Live and love the colors of our lives.






Thank you, my dear friend Dr. Rex, for nominating me for this word.  It is especially lovely coming from you, as you bring sunshine to my live every day!

The rules of this award are as follows:

Use the award logo in a post and/or on your blog.
Include a link back to whoever nominated you.
Offer 10 pieces of random information about you.
Nominate 6 other bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.

Let your nominees know about their much deserved award.

  1. Inavukic
  2. 2summers
  3. JazzyBeatChick
  4. Prewitt1970
  5. Himani B
  6. K.A. Brace

1. I am a  sunshine lover, but watch sun and skin

2. I am a collector of hand blown glass

3. I collect pottery

4. I love to read. I read more non-fiction than fiction

5. I love to read poetry, but I don’t write it

6. I love to cook.

7. I am a nester.

8. I love movies

9. I paint, but seem to spend more time blogging than painting lately

10. I love to be in the French Quarter. I have been many times and always stay in the quarter.

Humanitarian Award

I created this award several days ago, and now here I am again, spreading it out to more worthy people. I can do it because I designed it.

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The Rules:

To be eligible for this award, a blogger must blog about the importance of One World, One Family of Mankind, and One Love.
Recipients should Nominate 5 people who have demonstrated through their writing a love of the Human Family that encompasses all without regard for differences.
Give credit and thanks to the person who passes the award to you.

The my next 3  nominees for this award are:

  1. RoSy
  2. Dr. Rex
  3. Shaun

Fox Nation Readers React To Death Of Nelson Mandela With Racism, Death Wishes For Obama

This is free speech but it is filled with hatred and mean evil energy. It is just the opposite of the concept of one world.

The Fifth Column

Some might ask why bother to publish this stuff.  To that, I reply, why not?  Why protect the SOBs by not publicizing their inanity?


Fox Nation posted a respectful article about Nelson Mandela’s death – and many of their readers responded in kind. But many erupted in such shocking racism and/or death-wishing hatred for President Obama that words fail us. You really need to see them for yourself. (H/T Andrew S.) UPDATED

This is what passes for “tolerance” and “civil discourse” on Fox Nation:






















UPDATE: Apparently, Fox is embarrassed enough by their own readers that they have now removed the comments section along with the previously existing comments.

H/t: DB

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The 2013 Honour Role.

This is very wise.

The Paperbook Blog

So, as you are all probably aware by now, the final Issue of The Paperbook Collective for 2013 has been published.

It’s been quite a journey! Despite a few hurdles we have managed to put together five issues of this creative, collaborative magazine. Suffice to say it has far exceeded the humble expectations I had for it back in July. I honestly envisioned a magazine of perhaps five pages, mostly my work with perhaps one or two articles contributed by other bloggers. The response I have had to this magazine has been overwhelming, it has achieved exactly what I hoped to design: a magazine that showcases creative talent from across the globe.

Yesterday I spent several wonderful hours visiting as many contributor blogs as I could to write a little personal note of thanks for being a part of The Paperbook Collective in 2013. But there are several contributors who…

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It is not failing that leads to our success

We are all unique and that is brilliant

Social Action 2014

It is not failing that leads to our success

“It is not failing that leads to our success but rather it is what we learn from the outcome of the situation that motivates and inspires our success. For we never fail at anything when we get out there and try because experience is our greatest teacher that shows us what works best for us as we find a better way to do something, build upon it, and improve it’s results to where it helps us achieve our goals and make them happen. Every one of us has different gifts and abilities so it’s never failing when we don’t do something as well as someone else or if we don’t get it right the first time; it’s just discovering how we can put our own gifts and abilities to use as we create and make our own change and difference in the world.”

Jenna Kandyce Linch

Copyright © Jenna…

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Pearl Harbor

Newspaper headlines

Newspaper headlines

This attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was a sneak attack against the United States.

This attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was a sneak attack against the United States.

Pearl Harbor Raid, 7 December 1941 
Overview and Special Image Selection

The 7 December 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor was one of the great defining moments in history. A single carefully-planned and well-executed stroke removed the United States Navy’s battleship force as a possible threat to the Japanese Empire’s southward expansion. America, unprepared and now considerably weakened, was abruptly brought into the Second World War as a full combatant.

Eighteen months earlier, President Franklin D. Roosevelt had transferred the United States Fleet to Pearl Harbor as a presumed deterrent to Japanese aggression. The Japanese military, deeply engaged in the seemingly endless war it had started against China in mid-1937, badly needed oil and other raw materials. Commercial access to these was gradually curtailed as the conquests continued. In July 1941 the Western powers effectively halted trade with Japan. From then on, as the desperate Japanese schemed to seize the oil and mineral-rich East Indies and Southeast Asia, a Pacific war was virtually inevitable.

By late November 1941, with peace negotiations clearly approaching an end, informed U.S. officials (and they were well-informed, they believed, through an ability to read Japan’s diplomatic codes) fully expected a Japanese attack into the Indies, Malaya and probably the Philippines. Completely unanticipated was the prospect that Japan would attack east, as well.

The U.S. Fleet’s Pearl Harbor base was reachable by an aircraft carrier force, and the Japanese Navy secretly sent one across the Pacific with greater aerial striking power than had ever been seen on the World’s oceans. Its planes hit just before 8AM on 7 December. Within a short time five of eight battleships at Pearl Harbor were sunk or sinking, with the rest damaged. Several other ships and most Hawaii-based combat planes were also knocked out and over 2400 Americans were dead. Soon after, Japanese planes eliminated much of the American air force in the Philippines, and a Japanese Army was ashore in Malaya.

These great Japanese successes, achieved without prior diplomatic formalities, shocked and enraged the previously divided American people into a level of purposeful unity hardly seen before or since. For the next five months, until the Battle of the Coral Sea in early May, Japan’s far-reaching offensives proceeded untroubled by fruitful opposition. American and Allied morale suffered accordingly. Under normal political circumstances, an accommodation might have been considered.

However, the memory of the “sneak attack” on Pearl Harbor fueled a determination to fight on. Once the Battle of Midway in early June 1942 had eliminated much of Japan’s striking power, that same memory stoked a relentless war to reverse her conquests and remove her, and her German and Italian allies, as future threats to World peace.

–Naval History & Heritage Command

My father was traumatized by the attack on Pearl Harbor. I remember him showing me the newspapers with the headlines blazing with the news. He told me it was so hard for people to grasp. He told me that America didn’t want to enter WWII. Isolationism really was the public thinking. But the attack changed all of that. And history shows that for the rest of the world it would be a turning point in the war. Many good men died in Pearl Harbor. Some went down in their ships and are “buried” there. Those men and women who were killed that day are every bit as much heroes as the men and women who served and worked through the rest of the war to free the world. I remember my Father tearing up telling me about the attack. His family had immigrated to America, but he considered himself an American. He was not called up to fight but he followed all of the news of the day.  December 7, 1941, was a Sunday morning and the Japanese planes came out of nowhere and bombed all of the Navy ships as they were docked at Pearl Harbor. A veteran, any veteran gives up a huge piece of himself when he/she goes off to fight a war. “The Great War” was the last time that veterans came home to parades and pride for opening up the camps and letting out the Jews, Poles and Gypsies. They freed France and many men died.

My father was very upset by Pearl Harbor, but I didn’t understand why.  On 9-11, when we were once again attacked, I understood. It had happened again. My Father had passed some  20 years before, and I wish I’d been able to tell him that, now, I understood completely.

Air attack on Pearl Harbor

Air attack on Pearl Harbor

Old War-Dreams

In midnight sleep of many a face of anguish,

Of the look at first of the mortally wounded,  ( of that indescribable look, )

Of the dead on their backs with arms extended wide,

I dream, I dream, I dream

Of scenes of Nature, fields and mountains,

Of skies so beauteous after as storm, and at night the moon

so unearthly bright,

Shining sweetly, shining down, where we dig the trenches

and gather the heaps,

I dream, I dream, I dream

Long have they pass’d, faces and trenches and fields,

Where through the carnage I moved with a callous composure,

or away from the fallen,

Onward I sped at the time — but now of their forms at night,

I dream, I dream, I dream

—-Walt Whitman

Pearl Harbor attack

Pearl Harbor attack

I have an inch of snow

I have an inch of snow. First snow for the season.I have been working on how many days there are until spring. I hate winter. Why am I here? Well, I will be doing my “real” retirement in Asheville, NC. My best friend of 35 years lives there. I decided to share with you some Carribbean sunsets at sea. I hope you will enjoy. Here come warm breezes and beautiful colors.


Carribean sunset at sea. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio

Carribean sunset at sea. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio


Stirrup Cay beach

Stirrup Cay beach


Caribbean sea at dusk after a beautiful day. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio


sunset from the ship. Photograph taken and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio

Sunset from the ship. Photograph taken and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio


Well it is back to cold and snow now.