Yolanda – Hero Twice – no, make that Thrice

Golden lab service dog Yolanda and her master Maria Colon help take care of each other. Maria is in her 60’s and  has been blind  for the last 23 years. Yolanda connects her to the outside world.

Early Thursday morning, Maria awoke from her sleep because of the smell of smoke. She gave her dog, Yolanda, the code word “Danger” and Yolanda called the police on a special phone she had learned to use. She then guided Maria downstairs and safely out of the house before police arrived.

Both Yolanda and Maria were hospitalized for smoke inhalation, and Yolanda also suffered an injury to her cornea.

But, this wasn’t the first time Yolanda has helped her owner. Last year, Maria fell in the house and was knocked unconscious. Yolanda, on her own, dialed the police who came and took care of Maria.

As they say in the commercials “But wait –  there’s more”. In the previous year, 2013, while her owner was sleeping upstairs, Yolanda heard men inside the house talking downstairs. Yolanda started growling, closed the bedroom door, went downstairs and bravely chased the men away. As they were leaving, one of the men turned on the stove’s gas.

When Yolanda’s owner came down to find out what all the  barking and noise was about, she smelled the gas and called the police. Turns out they were on the way – Yolanda had already called them.

She’s definitely  a keeper.


Source: The Daily Mail

Don’t ever take yourself out of the game.

“Nations go to war over women like you –
its just a form of appreciation”  –  “Strut” – Shena Easton


“I spent half my life looking for you.” – borrowed from song “Cotton Eye Joe”

“It’s easy being with you,
sacred simplicity,
as long as we’re together,
there’s no place I’d rather be.”- Clean Bandit – “Rather Be”

Rather Be:


“Is there a brown eyed boy in my future?…
I will plant my heart in the garden of my dreams, and I’ll grow up where I wander wild and free..
How do you keep your feet on the ground
when you know that you were born to fly.”

Born to Fly by Danielle Bradbery:

Don’t ever take yourself out of the game.

Too often in life, in one of our least productive pastimes,  we worry about being judged by others. Am I going to measure up, be worthy, be loved? Sometimes, we fear rejection by someone who is important to us and it’s easy to think ” She’s (He’s) so _______, and I’m so _______”,  or “this position needs _______ and I’m not up to speed with that”, and conclude “this is not going to work.”

Coming from a position of fear, it’s not hard to be negative and jump to an expectation that it isn’t going to work, and in the least bad case, give up hope and expectation, and  adopt the feel of losing, – losing the energy, losing the anticipation, losing the joy and transmitting those vibes. In the worst case, it’s like pulling a plant out of the earth while it’s still alive and before it’s even resolved that it’s necessary to do it.

The major problem is that we’re not in the other person’s head and don’t know what they think, what they feel, what they’re hoping for. The other person may very well say no, but, then again, they may very well say yes. They may understand how far you have actually traveled. You don’t know what their tolerance range is. You don’t know if they think the differences and strengths you have might actually  compliment the other person or the situation.

For those reasons, never make a negative decision for another person when it concerns you. Make your own decision from your point of view based on what you want, Be positive. Be expectant. Then, let the other person make their decision. They’re a big person and can do that for themselves, and you want them to choose freely.

If you don’t act on what you want, you take yourself out of the game.  –  Jennice Vilhauer

So, never make a negative decision in life for someone else -Especially, if it is something that is really important to you and that you really want to go forward. You can control half of the equation. Make your decision the way you want it to be. Let them make the other half of the decision. If you want to be in the game, decide to be in the game, take action and play it hard. If it works, Great! If it doesn’t, stand up, dust yourself off, and  change your focus. You will see those open doors that are now available to you – but Never take yourself out of the game.

Happy Birthday Song – Mexican Style

In Mexico, they sing a different birthday song than our “Happy Birthday to you”. The song is called “Las Mañanitas” about the morning (mañana) songs and celebrating the day of the Saint for which they have been named.

For those of you born in this month, imagine yourself awaking to a cheerful, lively mariachi band with a dozen singers and players  in their dark black outfits with their beautiful embroidery, sparkling silver trim, large sombreros and trumpets and big, bass guitars playing outside your window on a beautiful, sunny morning – just to wish you sincerely a Happy Birthday – pa tí.


Las Mañanitas – 151020