His Words Speak for Themselves

Today I learned a couple things: number one, we lost a beautiful American icon, Lawrence “Yogi” Berra, and two, he was nicknamed Yogi because a buddy said he resembled a Hindu yogi. Yogi was a multi-faceted individual and wore many hats (and they all fit) in his long life, and my guess is he will be remembered the best and the longest for the treasure chest of “Yogi-isms” with which he gifted us. Here are a few:

“If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”

“In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.”

“A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”

“You can observe a lot just by watching.”

“It ain’t the heat it’s the humility.”

“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

“It ain’t over til it’s over.”

“It’s like deja-vu all over again.”

‘No, I don’t go to that restaurant anymore, nobody goes. it’s too crowded.”

“Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.”


What Makes a House a Home

What Makes a House a HomeThe home I grew up in was humble, small and dated. But the experiences I shared there with friends and family are forefront in my mind to this day; the memories are a rich tapestry that still envelope me and warm me and comfort me. That little box of a house was a real home.

The kitchen was open to a family room where we shared many meals, watched TV, played cards, fought, argued, laughed, entertained friends and had parties. Every morning, my folks would get up early, make coffee, read the paper at the kitchen bar, and get ready to go to work. The front door was usually left open in the late afternoon to allow in the breezes and the sounds of the neighborhood. Opposite the front door in the living room was a large picture window overlooking the backyard where we would play and where my dad panted the elm tree and orange trees when he first moved in to the home. We were at the same time part of a charming, friendly neighborhood, privy to the goings-on, and yet had private unlimited access to those cherished things unique to our family. Both were a constant; always there, always within reach.

Orange County HomesI usually tell my homebuyers that it will hit them right when they walk in the front door that they have found the right home for them. At that moment they may not be thinking of price or affordability, if the home has the right type of counter tops or the view they imagined or the proximity to a park they like. At that moment, they are coming home. They are feeling welcomed; they sense the light and space and mood, and inexplicably it just “feels” right. They can see themselves doing this in that room; they can fit a favorite piece of furniture in just the perfect space; or a specific feature of the home will captivate them, and they just have to have it.

If you are a buyer looking at the long term, finding a HOME that speaks to you will most likely bring you the most happiness and probably the best return on your investment. And best of all, a treasure chest or memories to last a lifetime.

What Makes a House a Home

Celebrate Independence Day – Freedom

“Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.” ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  ~Thomas Jefferson

“True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.” ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” ~George Washington

“I’d like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free and wanted other people to be also free.” ~Rosa Parks

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ~Benjamin Franklin

“I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet.” ~Susan B. Anthony

“He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself.  ~Thomas Paine

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.  You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” ~Erma Bombeck

Independence Day Thoughts and Quotes

I work in real estate as an independent contractor. I raised my sons on my own, have had my own business, had a successful career in civil engineering in a male-dominated field, bought and sold several homes on my own, and in all this, was free to fail or succeed on my own. What a great opportunity! I am not sure I could have done all this anywhere else but in the United States. In gratitude, here are some thoughts and quotes about this great nation:

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” ~Elmer Davis

America is much more than a geographical fact.  It is a political and moral fact – the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality.”  ~Adlai Stevenson

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”  ~Abraham Lincoln

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” ~ John F Kennedy

“The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ~Benjamin Franklin

“It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.” ~George Washington