They make peoples lives better …..

In these turbulant times in our country and our world, it is enlightening, to say the least, to know someone like Ray Vinson who, along with his friends, strives to make the worDSC00350ld a better place. Ray Vinson and his dedicated crew of good Samaritans have worked for 25 years building ramps for those in need.  Ray stated that his group is comprised of 10 to 15 guys who help regularly to try and build two ramps a month.  According to Ray, “We do not charge for either materials or labor. We pay for the materials generally with money we donate ourselves. although occasionally we have received reimbursement via fedearal grants.  Home Depot gives us some really good discounts and helps alot. I don’t really know where people get our  names, we are not listed anywhere, but I almost always have a iist of 3 to 5 who have a need.”

The motto for Ray and his crew of ramp builders is “We make peoples lives better.” Ray stated that his group does not judge –  “If there are beer cans everywhere and they drive a new car, that has nothing to do with the fact that someone in the house has a problem, and we can help make their lives better. 

Hats off to Ray and his friends who give so generously of themselves and their resources to help others who are in need. They are among the army of folks who help others asking for no recognition or praise. There are definitely angels amony us.  If you know of an angel that you would like for me to include in a blog post, pleaes send me an email to  


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Who is this Man?



If you received my recent “Tennis Tips and Real Estate Clips” newsletter or read my Facebook post featuring the newsletter, you would know who this man is. Be the first to text me and win free movie passes. You can find my cell phone number at the end of the newsletter. Good luck – Ruthie

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Wouldn’t It Be Nice ….

Wouldn’t it be nice if all of the peoples of the world could just simply get along? My granddaughters sent me a picture of this plaque that they saw in an Atlanta garden

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It was tagged “for Mamie” knowing that I am a gardener at heart.  It is so precious the way they are each pointing their little fingers at the plaque.  From L to R: Becca, Alexandra and Lucile.

What a sight it would be to see the leaders of the world standing in a beautiful garden full of colorful flowers signing a peace agreement that would bring peace to all those who inhabit our planet

Promoting Peace in the World Through the Universal Language of Gardens

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Spring has Sprung

Officially, Spring has Sprung in my front yard. Take a look at my fabulous southern Dogwood that made it through our recent cold spell in Columbus, GA. Here in the South, there is one tree deserving of all of the springtime adulation it gets – the flowering dogwood (Comus florida). For us, more than any other tree, they herald spring.

No ornamental flowering tree is so beautiful in so many seasons. In spring, cruciform blossoms of white, pink, and red (yes, red) adorn leafless branches. Though summer isn’t its best season, its layered branches and broad, rounded form give it a tidy and classic look. Autumn is high time for dogwood once again. Among the first trees to show fall color, its leaves turn scarlet to deep wine-crimson. And there’s the added benefit of the delightful red berries that turn bright red about the same time as the leaves begin to change. They remain as long as the birds will let them. Believe it or not, the dogwood is beautiful in winter, too, with it’s biscuit-shaped flower buds, tiered lacy branches, and gray-brown, pebbled bark. A dogwood’s silhouette in winter is pure sculpture.

Healthy dogwoods have few problems. Stressed trees sometime fall victim to borers that chew holes in the bark near the base of the tree. But most bark problems come from careless people who mow or weed-whack too close to the tree and strip off the bark. If your dogwood won’t bloom, it’s most likely that it is planted in too much shade. Flowering plants always do better with adequate hours of sunshine.

My dogwood tree is beautiful, indeed, but it’s even more wonderful against that robin’s-egg blue backdrop.  Blue skies up above ………..


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Super Bowl LI Outside the USA

It seems that not everyone was tuned into last Sunday’s Super Bowl VI.  Perhaps Maggie Smith was having a cup of tea or a stronger libation.  I thought that this picture  was a clever take on the knowledge of the Super Bowl from our neighbors across the ocean. Unfortunately, the Falcons were not tuned in and Tom Brady turned up the notch on his and his team’s play in the second half. Missed opportunity for the Falcons indeed. Just one field goal while we were down on the Patriots’ twenty yard line.  Oh well, hindsight is 20/20!!!  Enjoy your cup of tea !superbowl

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Falcons and Patriots: Their Mascots

Can it really be the FIFTY-FIRST Super Bowl ?!!  This year’s match up is certain to be a duel between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots. Game time is Sunday, February 5 at 6:30 EST on FOX at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. How about their mascots – who are those goofy looking mascot figures that are on the sidelines at each of their games.  None other than Freddie Falcon and Pat Patriot!

falconsFreddie Falcon is the official mascot of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. He was Atlanta, Georgia’s first mascot and has entertained fans for more than 35 years. He has performed in Las Vegas, Orlando, NYC, LA and at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. He has toured Egypt, Puerto Rico, Guam, Japan, Hawaii, and Cuba visiting various military bases and has been showcased in ESPN commercials.

You can spice up your next event with the addition of the world’s greatest mascot, Freddie Falcon. His current rate is $300/hour or $200 for 30 minutes. He offers a discount rate of $175/hour for non-profit organizations, if approved by the Atlanta Falcons. During the season at home games, Freddie can visit you at your tailgate before the game or in your seats during the game. He charges $100 for his 3-5 minute appearance. 

Pat Patriot is the mascot of the New England Patriots, a NFL franchise based in Foxborough, Massachusetts.  He is depicted as a soldier of the Americanne-patriots Revolution. The logo version of Pat wears a tricorne hat and a Continental Army uniform . He was created by Worcester Telegram -Evening Gazette cartoonist Phil Bissell in 1960. The live mascot, Pat, wears the Patriots’ home uniform (currently navy blue jersey with silver pants). He has represented the Patriots as the team’s mascot in Super Bowls: 36,38,39,42,46, and 49. According to one fan, “Unfortunately, in my humble opinion, the NE Patriots mascot is rather freakish looking when translated into an actual mascot costume.”

Most likely, the readers of this blog post are overwhelmingly Falcon fans. On Sunday, look for  Freddie and Pat on the sidelines and impress your fellow Super Bowl watchers with a little mascot trivia.  Have fun and GO FALCONS and FREDDIE!!

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Mascots of Missouri and Mississippi State

This is the last installment in my series on the mascots of the SEC. It has been fun for me to learn about the various traditions of fellow teams in the SEC. This last post will review the mascots of Missouri and Mississippi State. 

Soon after Missouri’s first football team was formed in 1890, the athletic committee adopted the nickname “Tiger” in official recognition of a group of local Civil War militia called “The Missouri Tigers.” Their fighting spirit is now embodied in MU’s official mascot, Truman the Tiger.” Originally, MU had two tiger mascots, a male and a female, missouribut neither had a specific identity. A contest to name the mascot was held in 1984. the winner, a student, submitted the name “Truman” (after Missouri-born President Harry S. Truman. Early historical references make mention of MU using crimson and gold as its school colors. But all Tiger fans know that the official colors for Mizzou are black and gold, in keeping with the colors of the Bengal Tiger. Truman is a popular part of Mizzou tradition and makes over 35 appearances a month including all MU football and basketball games, civic functions, and visits to hospitals and schools.

Bully is the official mascot of the Mississippi State University Bulldogs in Starkville, and the name is given to both the costumed mascot and the live bulldog that appears at State games. The live mascot Bully is an American Kennel Club registered English Bulldog, and each dog is given the inherited title of “Bully.”ms-state-mascot The name “Bully” is traditionally  considered a title and not the official name of the specific dog that holds it. Mississippi State’s athletics teams have had a variety of different nicknames throughout the years. The teams were called the “Aggies,” as a reference to the school’s agricultural roots as Mississippi A&M College. When the school officially became Mississippi State College in 1932, the teams adopted the nickname “Maroons,” as that was the color of their uniforms. “Bulldogs” became the official nickname for State teams after the school was granted university status in 1961, but use of the nickname dates back to at least 1905.  A few examples of the given names of Bully, include: Beau Legg, Mr. Muggs, Joker, Rebel, Sissy, and Lucky Be Happy. The current Bully (number 21) is named Cristil’s Golden Prince named after long-time radio voice Jack Cristil.  Bully I, Ptolemy, was struck and killed by a campus bus in 1939 and was buried under the bench at the Scott Field 50-yard line. The funeral was so elaborate that it was covered by LIFE magazine!   The first costumed mascot also named Bully, appeared in 1964 and continues to appear at MS State athletic functions. 


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