The Meeting Place


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Borrowed from  AL Hirschfeld..American caricaturist..




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             92-year-old doctor shares her secrets to a long and happy life

                Prince Harry performs haka during day with NZ military

G'day Sophie, thank you for the Freddie song. Great entertainer and very much missed.

You're welcome Reagan :)

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We cannot fashion our children after our desires, we must have them and love them as God has given them to us. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up – Pablo Picasso

A child can always teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to be always busy with something and know how to demand with all his might what you want. – Paulo Coelho

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. – Martin Luther King

Treat your kid like a darling for the first five years. For the next five years, scold them. By the time they turn sixteen, treat them like a friend. Your grown up children are your best friends. – Chanakya

The secret of genius is to preserve the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm. –  Aldous Huxley

Children are natural zen masters; their world is brand new in each and every moment. – John Bradshaw

Children learn to smile from their parents. – Shinichi Suzuki

Children are the world’s most valuable resources and its best hope for the future. Happy Children’s Day!

Love the quotes, love the music and thank you for remembering Sophie :)

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                   Enjoy your Sunday for you Reagan:)



Reagan won't be able to enjoy it until he returns Sophie, but I am loving it.

Love that song and the scenery.

Love NZ! Thanks and have a beautiful Sunday :)

Bet he's having a great time in the Land of the Long White Cloud! Had a spectacular time at Mindarie Marina last night. Wish you and Reagan could’ve been here and joined a bunch of excited adults and kids (including Sophie and husband) splashing in the water enjoying the Bioluminescence event:

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Credit: Daniel Pardini Photography

PS. sorry KIAH meant to say the other night, not last night!

Thank you  KIAH..I'm glad you enjoyed the music. Have a lovely day :)

Micha, I read about that phenomena in the paper. Would have loved to join you guys! 


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Fe del Mundo, the first woman to be admitted to Harvard University in 1936, has been honoured with Google's latest doodle.

However, Dr Del Mundo was a historic first in more ways than one throughout her life. The Filipino paediatrician, who passed away aged 99 in 2011, is credited with revolutionising medicine in the Philippines, founding its first paediatric hospital as well as The Children’s Medical Centre Foundation in 1957, which provided medical care to rural communities lacking insurance. 

A humanitarian and award-winning inventor, the doctor pioneered treatment for children with jaundice, creating a series of studies and inventions that led to jaundice-relieving devices and improved incubators. 

She broke through Harvard’s tradition of solely accepting men, two years after they officially started to accept women. She recalled in her biography how she was assigned to live in a male dormitory:

“[Del Mundo] humorously relates that when she arrived in Boston and went to the dormitory assigned her in a letter from the director of the hospital housing, much to her surprise she found herself in a men’s dorm. Unknowingly the Harvard officials had admitted a female to their all-male student body. But because her record was so strong the head of the pediatrics department saw no reason not to accept her. Thus, upsetting Harvard tradition, she became the first Philippine woman and the only female at the time to be enrolled at the Harvard Medical School."

From The Independent..

                 Music for relaxation..enjoy


What an achievement. I never heard of this lady, but then, there must be so many brillliant people we've not heard of Sophie.

Love the relaxing music, after having to hold the fort for a few days, I needed that :)


This year's white house christmas trees. Nice hats 


Good one Lottie!

I believe Melania borrowed those bonnets from Lotta!

ha ha,  LOthario,    that is a good show,  

Now this is an environmentally friendly hat, made from a cabbage leaf, hmm

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very nice micky,    thank you for thinking of my welfare in this heat,    

you're welcome.

SEE,   it DOESNT hurt to be nice,    keep it up,   

I am always nice, so nice that I am sending you condolences about your dog. 

thank you,  


Queensland we're thinking of you..

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                                                    Every life is precious

Photo Source..QFES

I saw that touching picture on the news this morning Sophie. Reminds me of a previous bushfire when a fireman helped a koala.

So sad what's happening in Queensland.

Yes sad. My heart goes out to those Queenslanders. According to reports..we are going to have a very hot dry Summer and warnings are already being issued in Perth City itself with so many parks and leafy suburbs there is a great danger of fires spreading..

Meet our new "Emergency Ward in the Sky". 

Patients in regional Australia can soon be treated by doctors on medical jets, saving crucial time and lives.

Swiss company Pilatus have spent three years designing the $13 million purpose-built jets for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).

The first of the new PC-24s arrived in Western Australia at the weekend, with one based at Perth's Jandakot Airport and the other to be based in Broome.

A third medical jet is scheduled to arrive in Adelaide in February, servicing both South Australia and the Northern the rest here..

The first of three new RFDS jets arrived in Broome yesterday.

Fantastic news for the RFDS Sophie.  Wonder if there's an aircraft for Victoria?

I don't honestly know KIAH..hope so :)

Such a brilliant service.

:) The new planes are very big compared to the original.

Allan Vickers, left, was the first permanent flying doctor for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. ABC.

In 1928, Reverend John Flynn formed the Australian Inland Mission Aerial Medical Service, a one-year experiment based in Cloncurry, Queensland. This experiment later became the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Qantas signed a contract to operate medical flights on demand with a four-passenger DH50A aircraft, VH-UER named “Victory”.

This photo of VH-UER shows a stretcher-patient accommodated under the large hatch between the pilot's cockpit and the engine.



                      Melania's White House Christmas



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                                        Enjoy...and.. Happy Weekend!


Love the video of the White House decorations Sophie and the Michael Buble song.

You have a wonderful weekend too :)

Hope you and Micha are having a very enjoyable weekend Bijou

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and also any others that celebrate the Jewish festival of lights.

From us too Sophie and partner and Micha and Bijou and any other members who are Jewish :)

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Thank you my friends, we're having a ball, this is no time to be on a diet!

Two celebrations in one lucky can one get :)


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                  Time to be good..Santa's about to check his list!


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                                         Have a great day!

I'm trying to be good. Somehow I don't think it's going to last Sophie, not after this!

Dressing the tree with your best friend can be a lot of fun, LOL

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So cute......

Hi KIAH, love the video of Gordon Ramsey and mom in the kitchen. That recipe for christmas pud looks simple, now that Hanukkah is over I'll give it a go. 

Hopefully we'll get our tree trimmed this evening!

I hope Micha lent a helping hand :)

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The kings they came from out the south, 

   All dressed in ermine fine; 

They bore Him gold and chrysoprase, 

   And gifts of precious wine.


The shepherds came from out the north, 

   Their coats were brown and old; 

They brought Him little new-born lambs,

   They had not any gold.


The wise men came from out the east, 

   And they were wrapped in white; 

The star that led them all the way 

   Did glorify the night.


The angels came from heaven high, 

   And they were clad with wings; 

And lo, they brought a joyful song 

   The host of heaven sings.


The kings they knocked upon the door, 

   The wise men entered in, 

The shepherds followed after them 

   To hear the song begin.


The angels sang through all the night 

   Until the rising sun, 

But little Jesus fell asleep 

  Before the song was done.


By Sara Teasdale

Beautiful Sophie, thank you :)

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