Take time out to enjoy..

Take time out to enjoy..
Relax, renew, regain, regrow, reflect

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Special blessings for today.. giving you 6 of my best..

New buds on my magnolia tree.. means that summer is on the way..
hope you have good weather today, wherever you are in the world..

A gift of some roses from a girl friend.. hand delivered - wish I could come over and deliver some roses for you!
A fun pair of shoes to be healthy enough to walk a mile today..have good health my friend
A spoil under my shower this morning.. special fragrance to be with me all day to remind me of my blessings..'count your many blessings, name them one by one.. '

Prayer flags to think of others today, .. with special prayers..
A pink bicycle to get on and ride away from any troubles.. at the same time good exercise  .. Enjoy a good weekend..

Friday, July 29, 2011

15 ways to experience opulence, splendor, & warmth in Vietnam

South China Sea beckons me in to experience her warmth..
I've never enjoyed a sea swim as much! You can swim for hours.

Breathtakingly beautiful, the bays of Halong.. with her amazing limestone outcrops, splendor!

Opulent hotels make you feel very 'at home', with your every whim and request being taken care of instantly.

Boudoirs to dream of.. dark wooden furniture, crisp white linen.. wowie.. yes please!
Cafe's to sit and savor those amazing baguettes, croissants, coffee, or a Vietnamese Salad,
this is where memories are made!

French Colonial Architecture to astound you.
Soak up some good R&R time here, relax, reflect, regain, and regrow...

The Perfume River in Hue.. and this splendor Hotel, will be home for two nights in indulge! 
A spa treatment here is sure to indulge all those Six Senses!

Simply splendid Nam Hai.
The beach at Nam Hai

Even nature is more colorful, brighter here.. this waterlily produced a special bloom for me just before we left Hoi An - and in fact, planted a seed in my heart to return one day!
The very graceful and delicate bloom of the Lotus flower.. simply stunning! Breathtaking for sure.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Turning the hands of time back today.. American War

If only we could turn the hands of time back so easily!.... we take time out today, to reflect on the American War in Vietnam.. 

Vietnam War  From Wikipedia,

Vietnam War
Part of the Cold War and the Indochina Wars
Bruce Crandall's UH-1D.jpg
A UH-1D helicopter piloted by Maj. Bruce P. Crandall climbs skyward after discharging a load of US infantrymen on a search and destroy mission.
Date 1 November 1955 – 30 April 1975 (19 years, 180 days)
Location South Vietnam, North Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos
Result North Vietnamese victory
Unification of North and South Vietnam under North Vietnamese rule.
Anti-Communist forces:  South Vietnam
 United States
 South Korea
 New Zealand
Cambodia Khmer Republic
Laos Kingdom of Laos
 Republic of China
Supported by:
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Communist forces:  North Vietnam
Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam NLF
Cambodia Khmer Rouge
Laos Pathet Lao
People's Republic of China People's Republic of China
 Soviet Union
 North Korea
Supported by:
 Czechoslovakia[citation needed]
Commanders and leaders
South Vietnam Ngô Đình Diệm
South Vietnam Nguyễn Văn Thiệu
South Vietnam Nguyễn Cao Kỳ
South Vietnam Cao Văn Viên
United States Lyndon B. Johnson
United States Richard Nixon
United States William Westmoreland
United States Creighton Abrams
South Korea Park Chung Hee[1]
South Korea Chae Myung Shin[1]
Cambodia Lon Nol
...and others
North Vietnam Hồ Chí Minh
North Vietnam Lê Duẩn
North Vietnam Võ Nguyên Giáp
Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam Hoàng Văn Thái
North Vietnam Văn Tiến Dũng
Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam Trần Văn Trà
Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam Nguyễn Văn Linh
Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam Nguyễn Hữu Thọ
Cambodia Pol Pot
...and others
~1,830,000 (1968)
South Vietnam: 850,000
United States: 536,100
Free World Military Forces: 65,000
Republic of Korea: 50,000
Australia: 7,672
Thailand, Philippines: 10,450
New Zealand: 552
North Vietnam: 287,465 (Jan 1968)
PRC: 170,000 (1969)
Soviet Union: 3,000
DPR Korea: 300–600
Casualties and losses
South Vietnam South Vietnam
220,357 (low est.) – 316,000 dead (highest est.); 1,170,000 wounded
United States United States
58,220 dead; 1,687 missing; 303,635 wounded
South Korea Republic of Korea
5,099 dead; 10,962 wounded; 4 missing
Australia Australia
521 dead; 3,000 wounded
New Zealand New Zealand
37 dead; 187 wounded
Thailand Thailand
1,351 dead
Laos Kingdom of Laos
30,000 killed, wounded unknown
Total dead: 315,384 – 412,000
Total wounded: ~1,490,000+
North VietnamProvisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam North Vietnam & NLF 1,176,000 dead or missing (highest est.); 600,000+ wounded
People's Republic of China P.R. China
1,446 dead; 4,200 wounded
Soviet Union Soviet Union
16 dead
Total dead: ~1,177,462 (highest est.)
Total wounded: ~604,200+
Vietnamese civilian dead: ~200,000 – 2,000,000
Cambodian civilian dead: 200,000 – 300,000*
Laotian civilian dead: ~20,000 – 200,000*
Total civilian dead: ~420,000 – 2,500,000
Total dead: ~1,912,846 – 3,992,846

* indicates approximations,
For more information see Vietnam War casualties
The Vietnam War was a Cold War-era military conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. This war followed the First Indochina War and was fought between North Vietnam, supported by its communist allies, and the government of South Vietnam, supported by the United States and other anti-communist nations.[25] The Viet Cong, a lightly armed South Vietnamese communist-controlled common front, largely fought a guerrilla war against anti-communist forces in the region. The Vietnam People's Army (North Vietnamese Army) engaged in a more conventional war, at times committing large units into battle. U.S. and South Vietnamese forces relied on air superiority and overwhelming firepower to conduct search and destroy operations, involving ground forces, artillery and airstrikes.

What a cruel thing is war:  to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in this world; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors, and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world.  ~Robert E. Lee, letter to his wife, 1864

In Flanders fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place, and in the sky,
The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
~John McCrae

You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.  ~Jeanette Rankin

Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood.  ~Gandhi, Non-violence in Peace and War, 1948

The military don't start wars.  Politicians start wars.  ~William Westmoreland