From my files:


The longer I live, the more I realize
the impact of Attitude on life.

Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.
It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.

It is more important than appearances, talent, or skill.
It will make or break an organization, a church, a home.

The remarkable thing is we all have a choice every day regarding the Attitude we will embrace for that day.

We cannot change our past.
We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have; and that is our Attitude.

I am convinced that life is 10% what happens TO me and 90% how I react to it.

We, alone, are in charge of our Attitudes.

by Charles R. Swindoll

Crystal Cruises and the SS United States

At the mention of Crystal Cruises name on the news, last night, my attention was drawn to the TV to hear the news that Crystal had announced an option to restore the SS United States to its original glory as a trans-oceanic luxury cruise liner.

Crystal is, by far, our favorite cruise line – having sailed on both the Serenity and Symphony from Dubai to Turkey, originally, and currently booked on an Alaska cruise later this year.

The option on the SS United States runs for 9 months. It will be interesting to follow the decision and the estimated $700 million investment to restore the ship for service in 2018. And maybe…

From the February 5, 2016 Philadelphia Inquirer
Can SS United States again sail the seas?