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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Asiatic Lilies, Cicada and June bugs..

In the South, summer is in full bloom and so are my Asiatic Lilies. Last winter was so brutal, we had doubts lilies would even survive. A lot of plants  did not make it through the winter but Asiatic Lilies have never bloomed better.

It is not just lilies, Cicadas, June Bugs and at night Fireflies are in abundance too, (we were told a hard winter means less bugs). Guess no one knows the secrets of mother nature.

It is 94 F (34.5 C) outside and I have to hand water a lot of plants, thanks to the watering restrictions by our town, can't turn on the sprinkler system today, but the plants are thirsty.  If I can drink water when I am thirsty why can't they?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Life Change Ballroom, OKC

Every year in May, my club and the Jaguar club organize a car show to raise money for a local charity. This year we had a very unique organization selected as beneficiary, “ Life Change Ballroom”.  Vision of a person who herself did not know anything about dancing. Life Change is working in the inner city, mostly in low-income areas to keep elementary to high school children out of trouble by offering free classes in ballroom dancing. Some of these kids escaped gangs and turned their lives around.

The mission statement of Life Change Ballroom is, “This program teaches young children teamwork, sportsmanship, social awareness, confidence, self-esteem, goal-setting, the value of hard work, manners, etiquette, trust and mutual respect.  We are raising our expectations of these children.  We believe when we expect more, they will produce more”.  

A group of students from Life Change performed for one fifty of our members and guests at the awards dinner after the car show and brought a lot of joy. We raised $14,600 by the end of the evening.  Though it is not a lot of money but for an organization that is not recipient of big grants, it was a great deal.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Wedding at Woolaroc Lodge

Woolaroc is a 3,700 acre ranch and wildlife reserve some 12 miles southwest of Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Frank Philips, founder of Philips Petroleum Company established this ranch in 1925, and said the following to describe it;
"This isn't all a dream about something, but a place where I can get back to nature. The great difficulty with the American people today is that they are getting too far away from the fundamental things in life. Too much time and money are spent on things which leave no record and which add nothing basically to the present nor to the future. To build permanently and wisely is to benefit all mankind. The conservation of wildlife now will mean much to future generations."
Ranch consists of a lodge, museum of Western and Native American art/artifacts and of course a wildlife refuge for native and exotic animals.
Recently we attended our friend's, wedding at the lodge. Bride and groom had their first date at Woolaroc and love nature and Western lifestyle, therefore they wanted the wedding  right there at the lodge. A small gathering of family and friends as well as the bride and the groom had a great time.
(Sadly I forgot my camera, had to use my phone instead.) Here are a few pictures of the ranch and the ceremony, please enjoy!

No, these are not Nazi symbols :)
Balcony inside the lodge

AN Indian Chief's head dress

Bride and Groom exchanging the wows

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou

I was going to do today's post on a recent visit to Woolaroc, Oklahoma, but then the news of beloved Maya's passing away. It is a tragic loss, what a sad day....

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

He Took Me Under His Arm!

I have been running full speed for quite some time, not for any meaningful purpose but just for the sake of it. Last week a dear friend of mine (a Neurologist by profession) invited me to join her and her dear husband at her hospital for a lecture on "Mindful Living" by a prominent Psychiatrist.

It was a pleasant surprise to find out that it was not a typical and complicated "shrink" talk. Rather, Dr. Krishna's message was simple; slow down, calm down and start enjoying the moment.

In my slowing down moment I came upon this poem of Rumi, I have read it before but it did not stir me up the way it did now. Since all good things should be shared with family and friends, here it is, who knows it may stir you up too:

He Took Me Under His Arm

I was dead, but came back to life.
I was the cry, but I became the smile.
Love came and turned me
into everlasting glory.

Here’s how it happened:

He said to me, “You don’t belong in this house.
You’re not nearly crazy enough.”
I went and became raving mad
and bound myself in chains.

He said to me, “You are not drunk. Get lost.
You’re not from this land.”
I went and got pie-eyed drunk
and filled my life with music and dance.

He said to me, “You’ve never annihilated yourself
so music and dance can’t touch you.”
I passed out of myself right in front of him
and fell to the ground.

He said to me, “You’re a sensible, learned man,
full of reflections and opinions.”
I became a silly fool
and cut myself off from people.

He said to me, “You’re a candle,
The light to these people.”
I gave them all up.
I became smoke and spread myself around.

He said to me, “You’re the Sheikh, the head
the one who walks at the front,  the guide.”
I told him I’m neither Sheikh nor guide.
I’m the follower of your order.

He said to me, “You have arms and wings.
I don’t give anything to you.”
I told him that I desire his wings so that
I can cut mine.

His glory then spoke to me and said,
“Don’t give up now, you’re almost there.
I’ll soon grant you the favor you seek
and come to you.”

And so he said to me, “O old love of mine
Don’t ever get out from under my arm.”
And I said, “Yes,” and I stayed there.


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Memorial day

Have a good Memorial Day everyone. Will be back soon in the blog world.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Boy Scouts and their car show!

As a car-classic/antique car enthusiast I try to visit car shows whenever I can. Last weekend of March, along with some friends I had the opportunity to visit to Enid. Enid is a small town approximately 90+ miles northwest of Oklahoma city. This very well organized show was a fund raising  event for and by Boy Scouts. It was a pleasant surprise for a lot of us to see some very interesting and impressive cars. But then Enid has a lot of oil and agriculture money.

Interestingly I was not very well organized as I discovered that my camera ran out of batteries after few shots, and I had no spare batteries with me. However here are a few interesting cars that would like to share. (The event was indoors and the most of the cars were parked very close , it made it difficult to get clean shot of a particular car.)

1937 Cord. The same color actor Tom Mix had


1933 Packard-1937 Cord

1937 Packard

Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster and 190SL

1973 Mercedes-Benz 450SL

Chevrolet Corvette

1912 Geronimo a car made in Enid, Oklahoma.
620+ were produced
Geronimo has hand made wooden wheels

1937 Packard 120

Ford Thunderbird
Buick wheel with chrome and white wall tire

Perhaps from the movie "Transformers"