November 21, 2012
During Thanksgiving, let us not forgot to take a moment and reflect, celebrate and give thanks for those things that are truly the most important and of the most value to us… our life, our health, our families, and our friends.
We personally give thanks and celebrate each day of our lives that we are blessed with our lives and a caring, loving family!
July 4, 2012
We must never forget who gets the credit for the freedom we have… of which we should be eternally grateful.
I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform –
So young, so tall, so proud.
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He’d stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil;
How many mothers’ tears?
How many pilots’ planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves?
NO, FREEDOM ISN’T FREE!
I heard the sound of Taps one night
When everything was still.
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That Taps had means ‘Amen.’
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands,
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea.
Of unmarked graves in Arlington;
NO, FREEDOM ISN’T FREE!
When you read this, please stop for a moment and think long and hard of our service men and women. Reach out and thank them in any way you can.
Happy 4th of July — have fun, but most of all be safe!
June 26, 2012
FREE ‘lightweight’ surgeries are now available at the main animal shelter at 6851 Van Buren Boulevard in Riverside! ‘Lightweights’ are defined by the County to be dogs that weigh 20 pounds or less. Only pet owners in Riverside County qualify for the free surgeries. Pet owners can book up to two free surgeries.
Thanks to grant funding by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), this targeted spay and neuter event is being held this Thursday, June 28th, and Friday, June 29th — plus an additional two dates in July. All told, 100 ‘lightweight’ surgeries will be provided at no cost to pet owners.
Pet owners should request an appointment by calling Stefanie Rubio at (951) 358-7545. The appointments will be booked on a first-come-first-served basis. Pet owners can also email Stefanie directly at SARubio@rivocha.org (please put “FREE LIGHTWEIGHT SURGERY” in the subject line and provide the best number to reach the pet owner). You can help speed up the booking process by providing Stefanie with the following information: Name of pet owner, best phone number to each pet owner, dog’s age, dog’s breed, and dog’s sex.
One dog at a time… we WILL eliminate the homeless pet population!!!
June 17, 2012
We’d love to take this opportunity to wish all fathers a Happy Father’s Day!
Today, we will spend the afternoon with our father just talking, laughing, and going for a drive. Even though we see him all the time, today will be HIS day to choose where and what he wants to do, even though we suggested renting segways at the beach, a picnic at Lake Arrowhead, or a drive to San Diego. We have yet to see what he’s chosen…
The photo above is Tara’s little girl, Brooklynn, 4 1/2, holding her father’s hand while overlooking a vineyard in Temecula. It’s one of my favorite photos, not only because it’s so sweet, but because of the shadow of their hand-holding. The day this photo was taken was of significant importance: Here was Eddie holding his youngest daugher’s hand, and later that day he gave away his oldest daughter’s hand in marriage.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
May 27, 2012
On this Memorial Day, we honor all Americans who valiently served and died in service to their country.
Even though many celebrate Memorial Day as the beginning of summer as a long weekend devoted to family gatherings, fireworks, beach trips, etc., we will reflect upon the fallen for their ultimate sacrifice.
Poem entitled “Forget Me Not” by Bill Chance:
Remember rockets red glare, bombs bursting in air
gave proof through the night that our flag is still there.
Our forefathers’ reminder of a price to be paid and responsibility to inherit the United States.
Rockets red glare, bombs bursting in air
Words fallen on ears unwilling to hear.
Deaf no more we all know now the price of freedom, the price of war.
Freeborn children listen and see a new generation paying for you and me
Don’t be so blind or so deaf to the sights and sounds Americans have left
Let freedom scream in our ears and minds, never forget those left behind
Freeborn children stand stall and see! Does the banner Old Glory yet wave for thee.
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!
May 13, 2012
A TRIBUTE TO ALL MOTHERS
Mother’s Day is a day to spend extra thoughts of, or money on, or time with, your mother (grandmother, aunt, or a woman who’s like a mother) whether she’s nearby, has passed, or lives miles away. The photo in this post is of us (Tara on left) with our mother, Ruth. Cat-eye glasses and beehive hairdos were popular at the time, and even though our mother cringes today at what the styles were years ago, we still think she’s as beautiful today as she was yesterday.
Our wish is for everyone to enjoy an extra special Mother’s Day!
The final photo is of three generations: Grandmom Ralph (our maternal grandmother), April, Tara, and Ruth (our mother).
–Tara and April
April 8, 2012
H A P P Y E A S T E R
“The Sister Team“
April (left) and Tara (right)
as little girls on Easter morning.
March 17, 2012
May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
February 14, 2012
Love comes in many shapes and sizes. Whether you have a sweetheart or not, embrace the wonders of nature and share your love and compassion this Valentine’s Day with a lonely neighbor, a retired veteran, a homeless person, or a shelter pet.
Volunteer your time at an old-age home, wash someone’s car or bring their trash cans in, deliver some cookies, write a letter to a service man or woman, give a hug, share a good cry, smile at a stranger … but most of all, take a deep breath and breathe in life!!
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!
January 18, 2012
CALLING ALL COLLEGE STUDENTS!
This Sunday, January 22, 2012 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, take part in a college scavenger race involving the four higher education campuses in the City of Riverside and vie to win money for books! Discover some of Riverside’s treasures while competing for money in a race against time and peers!
Teams of 3 with college ID only costs $20.00. Free t-shirts for the first 150 teams to register! There will be a scavenger hunt, prizes for the top five teams, food and fun! Grand prize: Each member of the winning team will win a $500 book scholarship.
Click here to register today! For more informtion, please call (951) 826-2436.
The College Council of Riverside (CCOR) is an advisory group of students from the four higher education campuses (UCR, RCC, CBU, LSU) working to promote Riverside as a “university community” by elevating quality off-campus experiences, engaging in activities that encourage a “college” culture, and connecting students and recent alumni to the region’s workforce through internships.