I was thumbing through a magazine the other day, when I came across an article written about the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS. The good thing about this article was that it included a web site listing all the vehicles rated as a Top Safety Pick or better for 2014. A check of the web site includes vehicles from previous years. I was very pleased to see my car listed in the 2013 listing. I suspect that the inclusion of 10 air bags goes a long way toward making it a safer than average car. To see if your car is listed, or one you might be interested in buying is there take a look at the site, it goes all the way back to 2006: IIHS

They don’t make ém like they used to! Thank goodness!

In the same magazine I learned for the first time that Jim Flaherty had passed away at home of a heart attack on April 10. We were in the middle of the Pacific Ocean at the time and were not much into watching TV, and frankly it was unlikely we would have heard if we did. Jim had recently retired as the Finance Minister for Canada, a position he held since 2006, and while he was staying on as an MP for his riding until the next election, he had decided it was time for him to leave politics, and would not run again for election.

I am 80, and in my short time I have seen finance ministers come and finance ministers go, and frankly Jim was in my opinion the best we ever had. Under his guidance seniors got improvements to their after retirement income, a reduction in the GST from 7% to 5%. and the best banking system of the G7 members. Canadians, and our economy fared extremely well during the world crisis of 2008 and after. Canadian will certainly miss his dedication toward public service. It is too bad that there are not more politicians like him who have his dedication.


If it were up to the candidates for president on the Republican side, we would be driving foreign cars.  They would have let the auto industry in America go down the tubes.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

I got this bit from a friend a while ago, and thought that it was worth sharing as a philosophy. Enjoy

Imagine that you had won the following*PRIZE* in a contest: Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in your private account for your use. However, this prize has rules:

The set of rules:
1.  Everything that you didn’t spend during each day would be taken away from you.

2.  You may not simply transfer money into some other account.

3.  You may only spend it.

4.  Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400 for that day.

5.  The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say,“Game Over!".  It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.

What would you personally do?

You would buy anything and everything you wanted right?  Not only for yourself, but for all the people you love and care for.  Even for people you don’t know, because you couldn’t possibly spend it all on yourself, right?

You would try to spend every penny, and use it all, because you knew it would be replenished in the morning, right?


Shocked ???  YES!

Each of us is already a winner of this *PRIZE*.  We just can’t seem to see it.


1.  Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life.

2.  And when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is NOT credited to us.

3.  What we haven’t used up that day is forever lost.

4.  Yesterday is forever gone.

5.  Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time WITHOUT WARNING…

SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?

Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars.  Think about it and remember to enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think.

So take care of yourself, be happy, love deeply and enjoy life!
Here’s wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day.  Start “spending" …….

Have a Great Day, and be nice to one another.

Ross Smile


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Older type, enjoys computer, cruising, photography, fishing, travel, good food and movies

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