Friday, April 17, 2009

I have a feeling mine will be of food....

So when I was looking up the last words of Napoleon to double check I had them right... I found this site with people's last words. I thought it was kind of interesting!

Especially those of people that were getting excuted, some were jerks till the end...

Kiss my ass.
Who: John Wayne Gacy
Note: Those were Gacy's last words before being executed by lethal injection.

I did not get my Spaghetti-O's, I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this.
Who: Thomas J. Grasso, d. March 20, 1995, executed by injection, Oklahoma.

Remember, the death penalty is murder.

Who: Robert Drew, d. August 2, 1994
Note: Executed by injection, Texas

...some thought they were comedians, not murderers.

Well, gentlemen, you are about to see a baked Appel.
Who: George Appel, executed by electric chair in 1928.

Hey, fellas! How about this for a headline for tomorrow's paper? 'French Fries'!
Who: James French.
Notes: French, a convicted murderer, was sentenced to the electric chair. He shouted these words to members of the press who were to witness his execution.

Yes...A bullet-proof vest
Who: James W. Rodgers
Note: Asked if he has any last requests before facing a firing squad.

Now for the law abiding citizens last words.

...some funny

Am I dying, or is this my birthday?
Who: Lady Nancy Astor
Note: In her final illness, she awoke on her deathbed to see her family at her bedside.

Now, now, my good man, this is no time for making enemies.
Who: Voltaire (attributed), when asked by a priest to renounce Satan

Leave the shower curtain on the inside of the tub.
Who: Conrad Hilton when asked if he had any last words of wisdom.

...some that are just too good, they must of thought of them before hand.

Now comes the mystery.
Who: Henry Ward Beecher evangelist, d. March 8, 1887

All my possessions for a moment of time.
Who: Elizabeth I, Queen of England, d. 1603

Thank God. I'm tired of being the funniest person in the room.
Who: Del Close, improviser, teacher and comedian, died 1999

.... some you know they weren't planned.

I can't sleep.
Who: J.M. Barrie, author of works including Peter Pan.

Can this last long?
Who: William III of England, when his doctor told him that he was ill.

Wait a minute…
Who: Pope Alexander VI

...some just sad.

I'm going to go be with Gloria now.
Who: Jimmy Stewart, speaking of his late wife

Who: Graham Chapman, Monty Python's comedian, to his adopted son who had just arrived at the hospital.

I'll finally get to see Marilyn.
Who: Joe DiMaggio, talking about his former wife, Marilyn Monroe

....and some of food.

That was the best ice-cream soda I ever tasted.
Who: Lou Costello

I just wish I had time for one more bowl of chili.
Who: Kit Carson, American frontiersman

I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.
Who: Humphrey Bogart

Let me change that, I have a feeling mine will be of chocolate!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Josephine B

The Josephine Bonaparte Collection by Sandra Gulland
The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B.
Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe
The Last Great Dance on Earth

Her website and more on the books

I have never read historical fiction before and the French were the good guys, so I really enjoyed this series. It's written in a journal format, the journal being Josephine Bonapartes. I haven't read anything on Napoleon before either, and basically knew he was short with a big tummy,lost at Waterloo and was exiled to an island. That was the extent of my knowledge, the guy has gotten a bad rap it seems in general, he wasn't that short 5'6", he won way more than he lost, and he's named in an ABBA song, who could ask for more?


The story is basically of Josephine's relationships with family, her island upbringing, her first husband, her children, Napoleon, and Napoleon's wacky family. It seems Napoleon's sister Pauline was known as a bit of a floozy, you know the type that let's her nips show in paintings of herself.


Josephine is portrayed as a lovely person actually, a wonderful mother and a faithful wife to Napoleon, and she spends quite a bit of money.
She wasn't suppose to be beautiful but it's said she had a beautiful voice. The exact same thing is said of Cleopatra. I'm guessing as much as they had bad teeth in those days, that they maybe had bad eyesight too. *grin*


So these types of stories always gets me googling. There is so much on Napoleon that you could spend years on here and never read it all. He talked .... a lot! Quotes of him are everywhere, he said this...

"Women are nothing but machines for producing children.”

I'm thinking he said this when he was around a bunch of guys, you know how men talk when they are soldiering and their wives are safely in another country! Since Josephine saved his letters we also know some of his quotes from letters to her. Things like.....

"Goodbye, goodbye! I shall go to bed without you, sleep without you. Let me sleep, I beg you. For several nights I have felt you in my arms; a happy dream, but it is not you."

"Oh, my adorable wife! I don't know what fate has in store for me, but if it keeps me apart from you any longer, it will be unbearable! My courage is not enough for that."

Napoleon divorced Josephine because she couldn't produce any children, he thought it was him until his mistress had his baby. Although whatever I've read it says that Josephine did have an affair. It tells after the divorce of Napoleon's little visits to see Josephine just to talk, since they had a friendship as well. I'm not sure if this happened, but would of been nice if it did.

So in my googling for pictures of Josephine, this picture came up....

you might not recognize that, but if you are a devoted follower of Heloise and Abelard you would! You've heard me talk of them before, and I have a website dedicated to a historical fiction novel about them. Well, Jospehine heard or read of their story and had their bodies brought to Paris and buried together. I'm guessing she was a bit of a romantic, but not sure if that explains the male and female mummies, relics of the Napoleons Egyptian campaign, she bought.

If I had to make a decision on whether I liked the lady or not on one thing... her bringing Heloise and Abelard together again would put on the "like" side.

I will leave you with Napoleon's last words...

France, army, Josephine...

Monday, April 6, 2009

Maggie with the waggily tail...

It was about 12 years ago, I was bestowed an honor, I got to pick out a puppy for my sister Georgia's family. Gretchen had a wonderful black lab named Hank. Hank's breeder was Cheri in New Lenox, and that's the breeder I went to to pick out Georgia's black lab.

We lived in Granger at the time, so when Ian was at school, Collin and I made the trip to Chicago to pick out a puppy! I don't remember how many were in the litter, but I do remember we got to pick from quite a few. I don't even know how old they were when we went to pick them out. If you know me in the slightest bit, you know that being surrounded by puppies is pure heaven to me.

Georgia wanted a black female, because she just loved our Lieber.

There was one female that stood out from all the rest, she had a little colic running down her nose. I thought that was kind of a nice feature in an all black dog, something to set her apart from the others. Collin and I knew, this was our girl or their girl.

That little black girl with the messed up hair on her nose became Maggie. When we moved to Indy, Maggie would stay with us most times during family vacations. I called her the "Human Speed Bump", she would just plop down anywhere and you moved.... not her. For a girl she had a really low "woof", and it sounds just like that ... woooof! Just one woof, no need to expel more energy than necessary.

Really tall for a lab too, we were thankful she didn't want to sleep in our bed at night, but was content to sleep on her little blanket from home on the floor by us. Maggie was just happy, all the time, her tail never stopped wagging.

..... and then comes the call out of the blue, that Maggie is gone. And all you feel is sadness. Not only for the loss of Maggie, but for Maggie's family, because you know what they are going through and unbearably hard it is to get through.

But you know, from losing two of your precious pups that all the tears now are worth all the years you had with your pup. That if given the chance again, to go through what you have to go through now with their death to have the 12 previous years of their love, companionship and comfort, that you would do it all over again in a minute.

We will miss you Maggie here in our home, I can't imagine how much you will be missed in yours.

God Speed Maggie!

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