Andre Rieu Edelweiss.mp3


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The song playing today was

one of my Dad's favorites.

 Edelweiss is a hardy mountain flower and is a small plant that blooms in the Alpine Mountains. It became famous worldwide as the subject of the song "Edelweiss" in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound Of Music," but this tiny flower has a deeper meaning all its own .....


  • The edelweiss plant is a hardy, low-growing perennial that lives in the European mountains. The foliage is covered in felt, which protects it from drought and wind. The central yellow edelweiss flower has five or six tiny flower heads around it, and these are surrounded by bright white, star-shaped leaflets.


  • In German, “edel” means noble and “weiss” means white. The scientific name is Leontopodium alpinum.

  • General Meanings

    • The symbolic meanings of the edelweiss flower are daring, courage and noble purity. These meanings are derived from the plant’s ability to grow in harsh mountain climates and from its pure white coloring.

    Cultural Significance

    • The edelweiss has had cultural significance to military operations in the Alps. In 1907, the Austrian-Hungarian Army made the edelweiss the symbol of its Alpine divisions. A metal badge depicted the flower on soldiers' caps. During World War II, German soldiers stationed in the Alps sought edelweiss to wear on their uniforms. Edelweiss was considered a symbol of bravery because it was dangerous and difficult to climb up to the high, craggy areas where the flowers grew to obtain them.

    National Symbolism

    • Edelweiss is the national flower of Austria. It is pictured on one of the nation's Euro coins and is popular among the country's gardeners.

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of yesterday 
and the worries of tomorrow, 
you have no today 
to be thankful for.
And do remember, there is no
such thing as a un-important
day, each day is a gift,
open them .... be thankful for what
you do have -- and live.

When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry,
 show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.
~ unknown

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Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of
other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's
opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most
important, have the courage to follow your heart and
intuition. They somehow already know what you truly
want to become. Everything else is secondary. "
- Steve Jobs

Use your health, even to the point of wearing it out.
That is what it is for. Spend all you have before
 you die; do not outlive yourself.
~ George Bernard Shaw

Roll a ball of sugar cookie dough in colored sugar.
Snip it in half with scissors and then
snip each half into three petals.
Gently spread the petals
apart and lay flat.
Place an M&M in the center :)

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