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Family Reunion Planning

Family reunion planning can get in you in a whole lot of trouble…if you let it. And, I let it. I always offer to do more than I really have time for. Every year I swear I won’t offer to do a thing… but in the planning meeting, my resolve seems to fly off to another planet.

The DiStefano Family Reunion is always held the second week-end of July. Some of the members of the family meet in May to put the final touches on the family reunion plans and that’s when I get duped.



But… just take a look at those Mafia Dons… who wants to mess with them? Don’t you think Jack (the one with the gray and black beard looks like Michael in the God Father?) Who would want to cross Michael. And…look at Bill… He means business!

Anyway… we have a WOP ing good time and I give you a full report when I get back in a few days.

Till Later
Kathy Griffiths
Insightfulnana.com

P.S. Just take a lot at those “noses.” Is it any wonder why we’re DiStef a nose.

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Glenn Beck Book Signing

Did I meet Glenn Beck? Yep… I did. I went to my first book signing… ever… and I met him. I hadn’t meant to do it…but somehow I just ended up there after attending the 4th of July Balloon Fest, the Freedom Festival Parade and lunch at my daughter-in-law’s folks home. I guess I was feeling pretty patriotic.

My home is close to the University Mall, where Glenn Beck was signing his books at Deseret Book. As I drove by…I thought… “I wonder if there’s a crowd lined up to have books signed?” Sure enough there was a line… a very long line… spilling out the door of the store and down the sidewalk for several blocks.

I rolled down my window and ask someone in the crowd if the line was slow… or moving fast. “Moving very fast.” someone said. Just so happened that a car pulled out of a parking space right in front of me. And, of course, I read it as a “sign” to get out and join the crowd. Couldn’t miss a chance of getting a good parking spot.

I soon found myself in line with all the other folks… waiting to see this guy and get his “John Henry” in a book. I enjoy this guy’s radio show… but sometimes he scares the living daylights out of me… and some of the time I don’t entirely agree with this politics. But, since I don’t like to miss out on things… there I was.

As fast at the line was moving… he was gracious with everyone… even with those who insisted on having their photos taken with him, although that was against the “rules” that were written on a paper handed to us as we entered the door. I’m not always a “rule” keeper… but I respected this one.

Judging by the fact there were 3 police officers standing very close to Glenn… along with his personal body guard, tells me Beck has a few enemies. See the big guy with the tan shirt on… Yep… he’s the one. His eyes roved the crowd continuously. When Beck took a break… his body guard latched on to the back of Glenn’s shirt. “Don’t mess with us,” was the clear message.

It really is too bad that a point of view… even radical point of view… can’t be expressed without stirring up so much hate and vengeance that you would have to secure a body guard to protect you. After all… it’s just an expressed point of view! I happened to respect the fact that “Freedom of Speech” still reigns in this country.

A Liberal, I’m definitely not… nor am I a far right Conservative. Is there such thing as a Conservative Moderate Conservative? If there is… that’s me.

Now that I have my book… my signed book that is… I guess I’ll take the time to read it. Hmmm… looks pretty good.

Till Later

Kathy Griffiths

Insightful Nana

P.S. Glenn Beck is almost young enough to be my son… I don’t like that. Can I protest?

P.S.S. Did you notice his “John Henry”… No wonder the line moved so fast.

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Enjoy The Present Moment

“Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.”

William Feather
1889-1981, Writer

Boy… do I understand this one…. Sometimes, I’m so busy with my nose to the grindstone, I don’t appreciate and enjoy all the blessings I receive, my precious family, good friends and neighbors in present time. So much is an after thought…. I vow to do better!

Join me in enjoying the special moments of this day.

God Bless!

Till Later

Kathy Griffiths

Insightful Nana

P.S. On my way to enjoy…. and appreciate a good meal!

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A Little 4th Of July Trivia

We all know the history of the 4th of July centers around the Declaration Of Independence from the England, the motherland. But…here’s an interesting little story I’d like to share with you on this great day of celebration! So sit back… and enjoy!

Benjamin Franklin was the first to be asked by the Continental Congress to draft a declaration that would sever ties with England … but because of illness, he could not. John Adams was asked to draft the document but argued that Thomas Jefferson had greater writing skills. So the responsibility rested on the shoulders of Jefferson.

Since Jefferson was not a speaker, John Adams presented the draft to the Congress on July 2, 1776. On July 4th, after revisions had been made, 56 signers added their names to the bottom of The Declaration Of Independence… which ultimately lead to the birth of this great Nation.

It may have been the last time Adams and Jefferson agreed on anything. They stood strongly opposite each other on political issues and argued through letters and debates.

After George Washington, they both ran for the office of the President Of The United States… and Adams won by a narrow margin. Jefferson became the Vice President, but choose not to support Adams…so he stayed at his home in Virginia and Adams toughed it out alone. After his first term, Adams was not re-elected and Jefferson was victorious. Adams went home dejected.

The war of ideas, between the two men, went on well into their old age. A friend finally convinced the two to patch things up… and in the last years of their lives, they wrote to each other.

John Adams was 7 years older than Jefferson. However, he was determined to out live the younger man. “I will out live Jefferson,” he declared.

On the 50th anniversary of the Day Of Independence, Thomas Jefferson died about mid morning. A messenger was dispatched from Virginia to the Adams home in Massachusetts, bearing the bad news.

Later that evening, a messenger was sent from the Adams home to Virginia, to relay the message that John Adams had died in the late afternoon. The messengers crossed paths along the way.

Adams’ final words were, “Thomas Jefferson survives.” Little did he know, he out lived his enemy and friend.

So… on the 4th of July, 1826, both architects of a new Nation, Adams and Jefferson, died within a few hours of each other.

Just though you might like to know.

Till Later,

Kathy Griffiths
Insightful Nana

P.S. By the way….James Monroe, our Nation’s 5th President died on July 4, 1831.

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4th Of July Hot Air Balloon Festival

The morning sun had not crested the east mountains at Provo’s 4th of July Hot Air Balloon Festival, when several hundred people gathered to see the launching of the balloons. Me… included. Every year, hot air balloons arrive from all over the country with their pilots and crew to entertain the crowd.

Usually, I don’t get out of bed to see the actual launching. Waiting until I can hear the “whoooshing” sound above my house, is my clue to arise from my bed and take a look toward the sky. I see a lot of balloons because there are several open areas near my home… so pilots can land safely.

This year, I braved the early morning (6:00) and ventured down to see the launch. What! people are up at this hour… including kids? It was worth it. It’s exciting to watch, as the pilots pulled their levers, and a blast of flame heated the air in the balloon… and I really enjoyed the event.

This whole idea was started by a couple of French boys who sent a duck and a pig skyward. No propane to heat the air in their makes shift balloon… so they used straw and manure. The animals survived… which convinced the king the mode of travel was safe for humans. Not to long after that, another Frenchman took the first flight.

Hot air rises when it’s next to cool air… that’s the reason balloons are launched in the cool of the morning. The pilot catches the wind current and directs the balloon. However, since it’s not an exact science…they can’t land back in the exact spot. They watch for an open area and lower the balloon. The crew follows the balloon from the ground to see where it lands. They drive the truck to the landing spot… and pack up the balloon until the next launch.

Last year, a balloon landed a block from my house. My granddaughters, Ella and Claire and I, ran over to take a look. I was surprised to see the balloon stuffed into such a small container. Like stuffing a sleeping bag into a small sleeve. We joined the crew in their celebration by drinking a toast to the journey. Martinellis all around.

Till Later,

Kathy Griffiths

Insightful Nana

P.S. I did a little video taping of the hot air balloons to share with you. It would help if I remembered how to use the camera. I thought the red dot in the viewer meant stop… and the green meant go. Makes sense to me. But no… just the opposite. So I have videoed my feet, the grass and heavens knows what all. I think it was just a little too early for me. Maybe I’ll go back in the morning…. I said, “Maybe.”

P.P.S. Enjoy the rest of the photos.

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LOOK AT THIS MESS

Look at this mess… no kidding… did I ever pull a foolish one. I got into the backend of my site… you know… where all the html stuff is and I accidentally pulled the plug on my site. I’ve been just sick and learned a lesson to keep my mitts off the the html. My wonderful webmaster, Eve, is going to pull me out of this. She’s busy for a few days so please be patient with us. We’ll be back… up and running properly… in no time at all.

In the mean time… keep coming back and checking to see if we’re “Whole” again.

Till Later

Kathy Griffiths-Insightful Nana

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Glenn Beck at Americas Freedom Festival At Provo

Last night, I went to hear Glenn Beck speak at the “Patriotic Service” sponsored by America’s Freedom Festival at Provo. My friend, Pasty, gave me a call and persuaded me to attend… (I usually avoid large crowds.. but made an exception to my rule… and I’m glad I did.)

The evening was filled with singing… emotion… good speakers… emotion… a wonderful band… emotion and emotion. I have to tell you… my heart was full, and I couldn’t help my tears from flowing freely along with thousands of others… including Glenn Beck.

World renown operatic singer, Michael Ballam, treated us all with beautiful renditions of “The Star Spangled Banner,” “God Bless America,” My Country Tis of Thee,” and several other patriotic songs. We even sang along with a few. I remember learning those songs in elementary school… so every word came flashing through my mind as clearly as if I were back sitting in Miss Hiatt’s second grade class. Do teachers still teach those songs to the kids?

When the band played the “Theme Song” of each of the military divisions… Navy, Army, and such… the former vets stood. I look around and noticed a”World War II” vet standing especially tall… at attention… and my heart said, “Thank you for your service.” Bawl… Bawl.

Glenn Beck seemed to be especially emotional and didn’t refrain from letting the tears flow down his cheeks as he reminded us that “Freedom isn’t free.” It takes us… as the people… to wake up and pay attention and recommit ourselves to do, as the founding fathers did… pledge our lives, our fortunes and sacred honor to be the new bearers of the country’s sacred trust.

I have a tendency to be a little cynical when it comes to “Washington,” and I grumble about going to vote… wondering if it will make any difference. But… voting is something I do because, it’s an opportunity few other countries have.

Beck said, “People are dying in the desert to have just a small piece of what we take for granted everyday. We just have to remember who we are.” I do remember… I remember what it was like to land in San Fransisco, arriving from main land China… and wanting to hug everyone I saw and kiss the ground.



Flag Day Glitter Graphics

With Beck’s encouragement, I renewed my appreciation for the freedom I enjoy in this country and made a commitment to myself not to grumble.

Till later,

Kathy Griffiths

Insightful Nana

P.S. I just loved hearing the band play “Stars and Stripes Forever.” In my minds eye, I could see myself marching and twirling my baton on the front lawn of our home…for the neighbors…hmmm…the boys… the Stars and Stripes blaring in the background. Don’t you just love the piccolo? What a blast!

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Out Of The Mouths Of Babes

Sweet Ella, my granddaughter, who is six years old, attended church with me last Sunday. She attended her Sunday School class and presented me with this drawing when we returned home. “Out of the mouths of babes.” Take a look… I needn’t say more!

Blessings!
Till later,
Kathy Griffiths
Insightful Nana

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Cost Of Chinese Fireworks Explodes

Yesterday, I was in Costo and noticed a fireworks display. Wow! The cost of Chinese fireworks explodes! Last year you could purchase a giant box of fireworks for about $69.00 at the discount stores. Now the the price is up about 30 percent.

The media claims that fewer fireworks are being shipped from China this year. The claim is that fewer Chinese fireworks are being made… because of the danger… and ships, carrying the explosive cargo, are back off transporting the stuff that goes “boom.”

It’s hard to know what to believe these days. It doesn’t make sense to me that the Chinese, after thousands of years of producing the explosives, are now deciding to produce less because they’re dangerous to make. Since when was China concerned with human rights… let along employee protection at firework factories? When I was there, employee protection was minimal in most of the factories visited.

Provo Utah’s Freedom Festival celebration, who has one of the largest firework displays in the nation, had no problem receiving their shipment for this year’s firework show. Hmmm!

What ever the reason for the increase in price for fireworks, we all are at the effect of rising prices. Anyone and everyone seems to be jumping on the bandwagon to increase the prices of their products.
Makes you wonder…when it will end.

Till Later
Kathy Griffiths
Insighfulnana

P.S. For me… I guess we’ll be sticking with cheap sparklers and the few left over fireworks from last year. Sorry kids… short show.

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Here’s a Bunch Of Crocs

You’d think a bunch of people live at my house by the looks of my back door step. Just look at those shoes. But nope… it’s just me. I just love “Crocs”… so comfortable.

When my kids gave me a pair for mother’s day a few years ago… they sat in the closet for a couple of months before I ventured to put them on. When I did… I found them a bit too small… so back in the closet they went for a time.

I finally got around to getting up to the store to make an exchange. (I just hate to return things… just such a bother… and since shopping is not one of my favorite things to do, returns are a double pain in the neck.)

Anyway… once they landed on my feet… Oh my gosh… such a treat. I’ve be forced to wear shoe orthotics for some time due to bone spurs… but now the spurs have disappeared and the “Crocs” seem like heaven after having my feet cooped up in tight shoes and hard soles.

Since I got new carpet… I’m trying not to wear my shoes in the house…so they land on the doorstep.
Better get them moved before all the grandkids come. I cuss them out when they leave their shoes laying around.

Till Later,
Kathy Griffiths
Insightful Nana

P.S. I have to confess… not all of my shoes are the “Croc” brand. Whatever! I saw some wonder colors at Costco recently. Hmmm!