Friday, March 30, 2007
NANCY PELOSI HEADING FOR SYRIA!!!
I have to tell you this
because the weekend is coming and I don't usually post a blog on Saturday or Sunday. And since I know a lot of you don't
catch the news on broadcast TV, or cable, or read the newspapers, you need to know this.
The most outrageous bit
of news to cross the wires in a while has just come off Associated Press and that is that Nancy Pelosi is going to Syria.
The State Department has advised her not to do it. This is not a good time. It is not a safe time, with her being
3rd in line in the succession to the presidency.
What in the world is going through her head!?!! Congressmen and
women are not empowered to meet make foreign policy or make treaties of any kind with leaders with foreign countries, especially
those that are specifically designated as terrorist regimes.
An outcry of treason ought to be the very least that
happens, immediately followed by a groundswell from one end of this country to the other demanding her arrest for the felonious
Here's the definition of treason:
Article III, Section 3, Paragraph 1, of the
Constitution of the United States:
"Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War
or, in adhering to their Enemies, giving them aid and comfort.
The "aid and
comfort" prong of treason has been interpreted
by SCOTUS as requiring proof of four elements:
1. an intent
to betray the United States (which can be inferred from);
2. an overt act;
3. witnessed by two people; and
that provides aid and comfort to an enemy of the United States.
In addition to treason, how about the
betrayal of the servicemen and women who are in the Middle East right now? It certainly does not serve their interests or
their safety to have a congresswoman running around over there talking with leaders who are known harborers of terrorism.
In my view, it just shows how little they know about the gravity of their behavior. These are not nice guys, as Sean
Penn said after he visited Saddam Hussein.
They don't even have enough sense to realize that the manipulative
scumbags of the earth are pulling the wool over their eyes.
My prayer is that when the servicemen and women get
back to the United States, they will consider running for congress and boot the freeloaders out. There's much work to
be done in these United States and there's plenty to go around, but first some really good people need to step up to the
task of governing.
That's something that apparently congress has forgotten that they are supposed to be doing.
About all you can say about this little junket of Nancy Pelosi is that it's her idea of spring break.
THE CONGRESSIONAL MEGA-SQUATS HAD BETTER GET BEHIND THE MILITARY WITH A TON OF
SUPPORT AND BANKNOTES TO PROVE UP
It amounts to nothing more than double-speak.
say they support the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Then they turn around and say -- or rather congressionally demand --
that our military personnel turn their heads in shame and retreat no later than March 8 of next year.
and retreat are two words that definitely do not describe the finest military on the face of the planet.
and retreat are the watchwords, however, of the big fat liberals who have infested the hallowed halls of congress. They
have turned the chambers of congress into a big garbage dump. They think they can pass a bill that, in essence, says "Wrap
it up boys, because after next March, there's not going to be any more money."
But they can take advantage
of the full-fledged support of Americans all across this land who want more money budgeted for our men and women in harm's
way. So what they did was add a bunch of ridiculous pork projects of their favored campaign donors into the military
package. And don't forget their national conventions -- $50 million each to the Democrats and Republicans. Does that say
military emergency funding package to you?
They have turned on our Commander in Chief and left him to practically
single-handedly fight the battle of terror in Washington by himself. Because of the March 8, 2008 deadline, they know that
he will veto the bill. How do they know that? Because he has told them so. More than once he has told them that. "No
way, not while I'm Commander in Chief," he says.
What do you think they'll do next? Here's a
thought. Bush will veto the package just like he said he would. Then they'll run around on their campaign trails saying
things like, "Your president doesn't even think the military needs more money. After all he vetoed the one bill that
would have given the military the money it needs."
But with the vetoed bill send back to congress, and congress
not having the votes to override the presidential veto, they're just going to have to get busy and come up with a spending
package that will not be vetoed. That's how they're supposed to work with the Commander in Chief.
exactly why the framers of the Constitution specifically did not give these goony birds under the Dome the power that they
delusionally think they have.
The domed ones think they can sit around and tsk tsk the American people. "They
just don't get it," they probably say to themselves.
Oh, but we do get it. We get it and we remember it
Remember the Clinton years and how he scraped the military assets back to bare boned skeletons?
Take for instance body armor. When Clinton was Commander in Chief, none of his soldiers had body armor. Nada. "Be safe,"
he waved them off. And what? Don't step in front of a bullet? What kind of a commander is that?
Take for instance,
armored Humvees. When Clinton was Commander in Chief, there were 1,300 armored Humvees. Bush has brought that number up to
26,000. A much healthier start.
There are other atrocities done to the military's equipment budget.
Now, I'm no military expert. Don't claim to be.
But I do know a few things about human behavior.
That's my field and that's what I've studied. And I therefore have some serious questions about the candidates
in the 2008 election.
Namely, there's Hillary Clinton. It's going to be impossible for her to ever convince
the American people that they will be safe if she becomes Commander in Chiefet of the American military. We weren't safe
when her husband was Commander in Chief and we would never be with her in the Oval Office.
It's not even cute
to suppose that something as deadly would ever come to pass.
It's not even about gender. It's about her
not having the guts to protect America in the War on Terror.
So listen up, America. If you want to be safe in
your beds at night, support a candidate who will be committed to your safety. And if that means fighting the War on Terror
over there instead of over here, then so be it.
In that event, you're darned tootin' we ought to supply
our fighting men with sleeping pads. We ought to give them food that actually tastes good. They like spaghetti and meatballs,
so give it to them. And tons of Oreos and chocolate chip cookies and bullets and body armor and tanks and Humvees that
will sustain blasts from IEDs.
There's a lot of ways we can support our military. Maybe voting the cowards
out of congress is the biggest and best way to start. The American people absolutely believe that our military are the finest.
No hands down. The most awesome best.
The Hollywood types don't. Not if you believe the likes of Sean Penn
and Barbra Streisand.
The Washington liberals don't either.
That takes care of the fringes out on
the coasts. Then there's this giant sea of red in the middle of the country. We love America and we love our military.
So let's get ready to elect a president next year who isn't afraid to tell the politicians to back off and
get back to work and do the job you were elected to do.
Start asking hard questions. Make the politicians get off
their talking points and do some spontaneous talking about the hard topics.
End of sermon. For today, that is.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
DEMOCRATS THINK THEY CAN OVERRIDE VETO
Hope springs eternal,
an old saying goes.
So Nancy Pelosi tells the president in a letter that "Congress is taking the responsible
course and responding to needs that have been ignored by your administration and the prior Congress."
along the line, I do believe that Aunt Nancy thinks she has become the moral compass of what is right and what is wrong about
America. Perhaps she believes that this is evidenced by the fact that the Democrats got to name her as speakeress of the house
because of a very slim margin.
That is not a mandate, Aunt Nancy.
There are two reasons why President
Bush will veto your Iraq bill.
First of all, it contains a pull-out deadline. He's not going to allow that.
Non-military people have no business telling the military how to do its job of protecting these United States. Problem is,
Aunt Nancy appears to see President Bush as a politician -- like she is -- and not as the President of the United States,
of which she is definitely not his equal. Nor does she even get a glimmer of him as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.
Aren't you glad that our founding fathers had the wisdom to separate Aunt Nancy from President Bush when they
wrote the constitution?
And secondly, all the excess bacon in your emergency spending package for Iraq makes the
thing look like a Bacon-Lettuce-Tomato Sandwich. You guys just got busy and tagged on "little" multi-million dollar
projects for your little piggy friends back home.
You put in a whole bunch of projects that have nothing to do
with Iraq expenses. I listed some of them in a prior blog.
But the one thing that really aggrevates me the most
is the $100 million line item for the national conventions next year.
Tell me what in the world that has to do
with our men and women's needs in Iraq and Afghanistan!
So you see, Nancy Pelosi, you are not doing the right
thing. All of you sitting up there in D.C. under the Dome have 72% of the voters out here who can't believe that
you don't get it. Don't tell us that you do. And that you're doing the right thing. Not! You are stabbing every
military person in the back with this bill.
You can't explain it. But I can tell you something about all this
-- it's why the approval rating for congress is around 28%. That's right up there with used car salesmen.
To put it another way, there are 72% of the voters in this country who disagree with what congress is doing and are
chomping at the bit for the new election.
It's a real world over there in Iraq and Afghanistan. You don't
live in a real world, apparently. And you are so disconnected with the voters in this country.
My only consolation
is the visual in my head of you turning over the gavel to your successor after the next election.
Read more in
the Associated Press article: http://breakingnews.nypost.com/dynamic/stories/U/US_IRAQ?SITE=NYNYP&SECTION=HOME
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
GOOD RELATIONSHIPS DEPEND ON THESE THREE THINGS --
going to put on my mental health counselor hat for a few minutes. Mainly to talk about three key ingredients that you need
to really keep in good supply in your relationships.
They are: empathy, sensitivity and reciprocity.
those nice big words that sound important? That's because they are. And if you don't have them in your relationship,
you will have this horrible, gnawing feeling that something is dreadfully wrong.
Doesn't matter if it's
a marriage relationship, or a boyfriend/girlfriend, or a parent/child relationship. These three elements are the building
blocks of a really strong basis to grow something great between you.
So what exactly is empathy?
simply means that you can identify with your partner somehow. If your partner is trying to explain how he or she is feeling,
you need to listen really carefully and absolutely avoid saying something stupid like, "You shouldn't feel like that."
Frankly speaking, you don't have the right to tell your partner how to feel. If your partner has been insulted
-- by anybody, even you -- don't make matters worse by saying, "You shouldn't feel that way."
you have even the slightest little clue about what your partner is saying, you might offer something like, "That sounds
like you're really frustrated." Or, "Your feelings are really hurt, aren't they?"
point, hopefully, your partner will say, "Well, yeah -- " Then you could try to fish for more information.
The second leg of this three-legged stool is sensitivity. People who spend a lot of time caring about each other have a
very sensitive relationship. I guess you could say their barometers are up. They're looking for ways to show they care.
They also affirm their partner's presence. By affirming, I mean showing that they value their partner's presence in
Married couples should tell each other every single day that they are glad they are married to each
other. Don't just say it like you mean it. Mean it. This is no time to be faking each other out. Before you go to sleep
each night, say to your spouse, "Thank you for marrying me." Or "I'm so glad we're married to each
And finally, there's this business about reciprocity. I don't know where people get the
idea that when they get home from the honeymoon, it's okay to just sit down and quit doing anything for their partner
Look, if you want your wife to come and watch you play "Home Run King" at the softball field,
you'd better be in their helping with some household chores, because she's taking hours out of her schedule to come
watch you and help pump up your ego.
Don't tell me that's not what's happening. It is. She's watching
and she's probably glad to be there, but she's also making lists of things she ought to be doing somewhere else.
So you'd better get used to making it worth her while to come watch you. At the very least, take her out to her
favorite restaurant for a get-dressed-up-for-a-date dinner, or go someplace fancy.
But then, maybe she's the
softball star, so the same goes for her in reverse.
So when couples come in for help with their marriage, I ask
them if the marriage is on life support or is it DOA. Sometimes couples have allowed their marriage to get so far off the
track that all three of the above elements are missing. It's not the kiss of death to the marriage. But it does require
a lot more work.
So get in there and work hard on your marriage. It is absolutely worth it. But you may have to
let some notions about your gloriosities go by the wayside.
The news is there is no fairy who can sprinkle
sparkly dust on your marriage. The sooner that notion goes away, the quicker you can get a strong reality base going for you.
Twenty-fiveyears from now, when you're tickling your toes on some sandy beach in the South Pacific, you can wink
at each other and say, "I really am glad we're married. Let's go for the gold!"
And one of these
days I'll tell you about the four kinds of intimacy. You have to have an intimate relationship in four different areas
if you're ever going to enjoy the three elements above.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
HERE COME THE PIGGIES
The emergency war fund bill just keeps
growing and growing and growing.
It started as a presidential request for extra money for the troops in Iraq and
The House version is $21 billion more than the president asked for.
The Senate version
is $18 billion more.
So the piggies have stuck on their add-ons. You can call them pork. You can call them earmarks.
You can call them whatever you want, but they have nothing to do with the emergency funding measure for our troops in harm's
Take for instance there's a little $100 million add-on to pay for each party's national convention
in 2008. The Democrats will be in Denver, while St. Paul is hosting the Republicans. $50 million each. What does that have
to do with Iraq and Afghanistan?
And how about a $13 million add-on for ewe replacement and retention. Huh?
Then there's a $24 million add-on for sugar beet growers, and $95 million for dairy farmers.
D.C. gets $3.5 million for the guided-tour program.
And Senator Harry Reid's state of Nevada gets a $20 million
add-on for insect infestation control.
And there's more. Much much more. We can't forget $14 billion for
Hurricane Katrina aid. Now, I'm not saying that Katrina aid shouldn't be funded. But in an emergency bill for our
soldiers? Why can't congress fund Katrina aid in its own separate bill?
Well, I'm not naive that I don't
know how they get each other to cooperate. It's called the Congressional Law of Reciprocals. You know -- you vote for
my little piggy and I'll vote for yours.
And by the time the emergency funding package for our military makes
it through congress and lands on the president's desk, it will be a big fat bloated pig.
This is a clear call
for line item vetoes. Then the president could get out his red-ink pen and start lining out the little piggies that are running
around all over his desk and making a big mess.
I mention this because I know some of you are sitting in Baghdad
reading this blog, and on bases in other parts of the world. I appreciate your interest in what's going on back here at
God bless and stay safe.
ABOUT THE WEBB GUN CHARGE
You've probably all heard
by now that an aide to Senator Jim Webb (D-Va) was arrested in Washington, D.C. about 10:30 Monday morning for packing.
Nobody gets to carry a gun inside Washington, D.C. except our illustrious senators and representatives (who still
need a permit to carry though), and, of course, the law enforcement good guys, members of the military and licensed dealers.
So who is this aide who "forgot" that he had a gun on him until the buzzer went off as he was trying to
go through security at the Senate Office Building?
Apparently he has been identified as Philip Thompson. He had
been a campaign worker in Webb's run for the senate. Besides, it wasn't his gun, he says. Nope. Belonged to the boss.
And where is the boss?
Oh, he's out parking the car.
So let me get this straight. You're
job is to get your boss, the illustrious Senator Webb, from Point A to Point B, change his wing nuts when they get loose,
remember lots of details for the senator so that his mind won't have to get cluttered up, and drive him around sometimes.
And you want me to believe that you were hired to be a sometimes-driver, but your boss is parking the car? And
you forgot that you have a 9mm in your pocket? Don't they weigh about ten pounds? About? Oh, and it's fully loaded?
And you have two extra clips?
Just what does your boss do all day that he needs that kind of firepower?
Are all those guys (and gals) packing when they're sitting in their little senatorial gatherings they call hearings?
Don't ever make them mad. Be sure they're all sitting in a circle before you come into their august chamber.
Just don't sit in any hot seat in the middle of their circle. Not that they could ever hit anything they're aiming
at. On second thought, that may be the safest place to sit.
I'd like to know how many of the hundred senators
we have up there on the hill who show up for work everyday with fully loaded pieces. That's quite a little army, don't
UPDATE: In an article by Jeremy Jacobs in The Hill moments ago, Senator Webb denies that he
gave his gun to Philip Thompson to carry for him. Webb says he never carries his gun in the Capitol Complex.
Not only that, but Webb says he had gone out of town on Friday and didn't return until Monday evening.
If that's the case, then he's saying he wasn't out there parking the car. There goes Thompson's alibi.
Monday, March 26, 2007
NICE TO BE BACK -- TROUBLE WITH COMPUTERS EARLIER TODAY
DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE'S 500 TONS OF URANIUM IN IRAQ?
the United States says it's going to move the uranium. Somewhere safe. Outside Iraq.
The uranium is at
Tuwaitha. None of it is enriched enough to be used for nuclear weapons, says James Glanz in an article published by the New
York Times News Service.
The villagers went looting. Hmmm. Nice barrels. We could use those for washing our clothes
in. They's make nice big stew pots too. And we could also use them for storing water.
So they dumped the uranium
sludge and started using their new glow-in-the-dark water barrels.
Fortunately, all but a tiny little bit of the
uranium was recovered and most of the barrels.
Truthfully, only 1.8 tons of the uranium is classified as low-enriched
uranium. We certainly wouldn't want that to get into the wrong hands.
As for the rest of the uranium, it's
mostly yellowcake. That's the way uranium grows in the wild and it would take nearly forever to convert that much yellowcake
into weapons grade.
Unless, of course, the Iraqis started sharing with their neighbors, the Persians, and they
all got into a big fat hurry and started making mistakes.
AT LEAST JON STEWART ADMITS HIS SHOW IS FAKE NEWS
broadcast today, Rosio O'Donnell likened the Iranian's detention of fifteen British military personnel to the Gulf
Even with freedom of speech and her right to express herself, I have a couple of problems with her pontifications.
First of all, the doesn't know anything about the incident save what she's read in the press or heard
on the news. She's certainly not privy to any classified information that the British military might have on the matter.
Hopefully, the ship or boat that the men were on have some kind of satellite detection system that can verify exactly where
the boat was. And that will be the end of that.
Secondly, I doubt very much if she knows what Captain Marmalade,
the leader of Iran, is up to or why he does anything. He's just a nincompoop from a deadbeat country that can't
even pay its bills on time. (I'm talking about the money Iran owes Russia for help building a nuclear reactor supposedly
for electricity.) I think I did see somewhere that Iran started making the payments to Russia again though. So all is well.
Until the next time.
So is Rosio saying that it never happened? Or is she saying that Bush is going to go to congress
and ask for a broad resolution that would allow Bush to go to the aid of any country in the middle east.
needs to pay more attention to the real news. Last I heard, congress isn't exactly approving of Bush's handling of
Iraq. So enlighten us, Rosio, about how you think this is all a hoax so that Bush can invade Iran.
know that it's congress -- not Bush -- that declares war?
Oh, but wait, you're involved with another conspiracy
theory too, aren't you? Something about how the United States government, and specifically Bush, are the real instigators of
Sorry, Rosio. You and your buddy, Sean Penn, and Charlie Sheen, and Alex Young can all jump in some little
boat and sail away if you think America is such a horrible place to live.
But I'd make a bet that none of you
could make a living anywhere else in the world. Go on over to the middle east and see how long you last. Wait 'til your
show's ratings start to plummet, or movie receipts dry up. You're boring. All of you.
If you lack relevance,
your audience dries up and goes away. And when that happens, there goes advertising revenue. And there goes the show. Ask
the publishers of Life magazine how that happened. The last issue for this giant magazine will be April 20.
Without relevance you get no traction. And that's the truth.
Friday, March 23, 2007
APPROVAL RATINGS FOR CONGRESS DIPPING (AGAIN)
Many of the
newbies rode into town and thought they were going to shine like radiant little stars. After all, they had been promised --and
had promised the taxpayers back home -- that they were about to solve all the problems of the western world. And maybe even
Antarctica, since that was a subject that also warmed their hearts.
Little did they realize that there would actually
be people in Washington who did not agree with them. Nobody ever told them that. Here they thought they'd be insulated
from those mean old Republicans and others, even some in their own party, who disagreed with them.
the way, they actually had to confront regular, ordinary taxpayers who also did not agree with them.
had happened to their world? The grandeur of their innocence suddenly started to smell just as bad as the very people
they replaced. They were actually taking all that PAC money that seemed to be just falling out of the sky.
have some more," the PACmasters gleefully told them. "You've got all those campaign debts to pay off. Why not
start off with a clean slate when you get sworn in."
"Are you sure?" the newbies asked.
"Sure, I'm sure," the PACmasters whispered in their cute little ears.
"Is it legal?"
the newbies asked.
"Of course, it's legal," the PACmasters assured the newbie baffoons. "Would
I lie to you?"
"I guess not," the innocent little newbies said, tentatively.
then, and this is now.
They rode into town and joined the Big Mess on the Potomac. There are Democrats who'd
rather be caught dead than be caught actually speaking to a Republican.
And there are Republicans who run the
other way when they see anything that looks like a Democrat coming their way.
Then there are all those protestors.
How did they get into the back hallways anyway?
How are we supposed to sneak out of the chamber and slink back
to our offices if there are all these newspaper types and protestors hanging around back there ready to pounce on us?
Get them out of here. They can't tell us what to do. We are the Congress!
Sure you are. And your approval
rating is slipping again. Didn't you hear?
In fact your approval rating is actually less than that of the president.
You know, the guy you've all been told to disagree with. How do you like that?
So just remember that Gallup
says only 28% of the American taxpayers actually approve of what you're doing up here under the Dome. Yes, newbies, that
President Bush's overall leadership approval rating has jumped up to 41.6%. So next time you think
the people in the United States don't like him or approve of the job he's doing, just remember that he's nearly
twenty points ahead of you Domed Ones.
Oh, and by the way, the Republicans? The taxpayers gave a 75.9% approval
rating for the ones you apparently don't want to emulate since they're on the "wrong side" of the aisle. (Investors
Business Daily, March 2007 poll).
From a historical perspective, Truman left office with a 22% rating.*
Johnson left office with ratings in the low 30s.*
Bush 41 left office with ratings at 28%.*
43? He's doing okay. Just remember, his approval is better than yours.
Don't crow too much. Unless you
want to be a one-term newbie. That could happen too. Especially if you let Aunt Nancy whip you into her image. She's gonna
be a one-term speaker, probably.
She's only just kidding when she says she's the most powerful woman in
America. She doesn't really believe it. And you shouldn't either. She can't even keep her troops in line.
Why just today, for instance, the big fat initiative to de-fund the troop needs in Iraq and Afghanistan failed in Aunt Nancy's
House. Out of all that political rhethoric that's been flying around, when the final votes were counted, it was 218 to
fund, and 212 to not fund.
That means our soldiers get more ammo, food, and armor from the taxpayers back home.
Not from the domed ones. The troops over there will remember that you guys under the dome were going to leave
them high and dry because you thought you were supposed to play political war games with their Commander in Chief.
The groundswell you hear in the background is called Troop Surge.
Of course, you realize that this whole deal
will be vetoed if your bill, which carries a March 2008 deadline, goes through the Senate. Since none of you guys are military
experts, how in the world do you presume to tell our best and our brightest how to win a war? Or how long it ought to take?
So just get back to doing the job you were elected to do. If you had wanted to run a war, you should have joined
the military. Politicians do not know how to do that, so leave it to the experts who are trained to be the best fighting
team in the world.
HOW ALL BUSINESS PHONES SHOULD BE ANSWERED!
from Alice Stubbe
Good morning, welcome to the United States of America.
Press "1" for English.
"2" to disconnect until you learn to speak English.
And remember -- only two defining forces have ever
offered to die for you.
Jesus Christ -- and the American Soldier.
One died for your soul, the other
for your freedom.
HERE'S WHAT AUNT NANCY THINKS ABOUT PROTESTORS
might just as well have said, "Get out of my house!"
They were protestors from that little pink group.
In fact, I think they call themselves "Code Pink."
Well, they actually thought they were going to march
into the office of Nancy Pelosi, the self-proclaimed most powerful woman in America, and play a version of "pin the tail
on the donkey." The pinkies called it "pin the war on the Donkey."
Problem is, those mean old Capitol
Police wouldn't let them tape a drawing of a donkey to the wall outside Pelosi's office.
a pinkie to do? They sat down on the floor and started crying. And crying. And wailing. And crying some more.
Madam Queen Pinkie Medea Benjamin said, "We're just heartbroken that Nancy Pelosi has
decided to keep funding George Bush's war, and now the war belongs to the Democrats as well as the Republicans."
See how out of step they are!
In the first place, it isn't George Bush's war. It's called the
War on Terror. It happened while George Bush was president. But it could have happened when Clinton was in the Oval Office
if he had done anything -- anything at all -- to pick up Osama the bin in Laden and charge him with murder when his own little
pinkie group decided to bomb our embassies overseas.
Last I heard, embassies are sovereign U.S. buildings, no
matter which country they're located in.
If Lardhead Laden had been stopped at that point, think of all the
thousands of murdered 9/11 people there would not be.
So keep on crying, pinkies. You don't get
to put up your little paper doll donkey on the walls at the Capitol Building. Defacing public property is not freedom of speech.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
THE SUN IS A DYING STAR -- D0 I REMEMBER THAT RIGHT FROM GRADE SCHOOL?
When I was in grade school -- maybe fourth or fifth grade -- I remember being struck with great fear
when our teacher informed the class that the sun was a dying star.
How in the world were we going to fix that,
The JAXA/NASA photo above gives plain old picturesque evidence that the sun is doing something out
there. Maybe exploding out into space. Is that a prelude to imploding into itself. Will the sun do something nova-like and
just fade out? (JAXA stands for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.)
Don't know. And neither do you. Not
for sure, any of you. Not yet. And especially Owlgore doesn't know. At the very most, all any of us can do is make
an educated guess. But some scientists think they're better guessers than other scientists.
I personally reserve
judgment until some big-brained astrophysicists weigh in for a debate. And I mean a real debate where they do point-counterpoint
discussions according to rules of order. Not like those talking heads on TV who won't even give each other the courtesy
of not interrupting. They're too immature for me and too annoying to listen to. So I don't.
What I do find
most interesting is the joint project that was launched last September by the U.S., European and Japanese space agencies and
Britain's Particle Physics Astronomy Research Council.
Now, this group promises to bring new scientific data.
The spacecraft they launched is called Hinode. It's from the Japanese word which means sunrise.
if this new study is going to allow us the ability to look at how the sun is layered and what effect such information may
have on our planet, we ought to be able to get some good answers to questions about how solar storms blisters the earth.
Hurry please! Because in the meantime, all we have down here on earth is the old tried and true -- Owlgore selling
panic and snake oil. He can't seem to get much credibility going for him in the real scientific community so now he's
up there on Capitol Hill talking to the domed ones sucking up the oohs and ahs of the Senate's Kabuki Court. Dr. Owlgore's
diagnosis: the earth has a fever.
Like fever as in heat? Like heat from solar storms? Or would that be heat from
Owlgore's megamansion, and Feinstein's baronial estate and the release of senatorial gasses going up to the sky?
Please hurry, Mr./Ms. Scientists. I'm not sure the planetary plebes down here can swallow much more snake oil.
I'd rather wait for a report from Hinode. It's an international mission that uses a suite of three scientific
instruments -- the Solar Optical Telescope, X-ray Telescope and Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrometer.
my husband Quint's specialty was in spectrometry in his studies in physics/chemistry at Colorado State University, I'll
wait and see what he has to say when the data comes in, rather than ordering an Owlgore snakeoilshake.
not panic yet, folks. The sun probably has a few dozen millenia left. And maybe the earth will be around that long too. What
I do know, for certain, is that there is only one person who knows for sure and that is God above. My Bible says that only
God knows when the end of time will be.
Not Owlgore. In fact, he sounds sacreligious, doesn't he? Or is he
getting close to blasphemy?
read more: http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/space/03/21/sun.images.reut/index.html
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
AL GORE AT SENATE: DEMANDS SPECIAL TREATMENT (AGAIN)
he isn't actually there yet. Word is that he will be about two hours late. He will not be present to hear the Republican
opening remarks about his global warming theory.
So the deal is this: Owlgore's office sent word yesterday
that the Senate should not expect to receive any statements of what material Gore plans to cover until Wednesday.
But wait. This is the day of the hearing.
Yeah? And so? This is none other than Owlgore. He can do whatever he
wants to do. This is the same guy who gets to by-pass airport security detectors just because some little cutie
says, "Aw, ya'll don't have to. Come over here. I'll swipe my security card through this little machine and
ya'll can just go on through." So there went the entire Al Gore entourage. Good thing they weren't al-Quaeda
types who had gone through a Hollywood type makeover to look like Gore & Company.
So it appears that the Majority
-- that would be the Democrats -- got their copy of Gore's statement late last night. Like very late. Maybe about midnightish.
And the Minority -- the other guys -- got Gored at about sun-up this morning.
So Gore had demanded that
the 48-hour rule be waived. He's not going to supply any stinkin' statement ahead of time. Are you nuts? And have
those mean old Republicans picking the statement apart and coming up with stupid stuff like scientific evidence that would
be inconvenient to my fast-eroding truth?
If your name is Owlgore, of course you expect the rules to be sliced
and diced and waived if need be. What good are rules if you can't wave a little political muscle to show everybody that
I've still got it.
And so it goes. Owlgore starring at the Senate Kabuki Theater.
read more: http://www.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressRoom.Blogs&ContentRecord_id=71E7E4C1-802A-23AD-4C16-02E25ED1BFD3 (Marc Morano's article entitled Al Gore Continues to Demand Special Treatment)
In a blog posted
on the Senate Committee's Environment & Public Works web site, only last week, March 16, 2007, there was a big
two hour debate over in New York City. Very high profile. Finally somebody came up with the idea to get a whole bunch of scientists
in the same room to talk about global warming.
Marc Morano, the author of the article, says that a pre-debate poll
showed that 57.2% to 29.9% of the audience believed that global warming was a sure enough, big deal crisis.
the debate, those numbers changed to 46.2% to 42.2% in favor of a more skeptical view.
Wow! The fear mongers lost
Morano even quoted author Michael Crichton who suggested that the environmentalists and Hollywood
liberals stop their hypocritical concerns about global warming and enact a ban on private jet travel.
also be applied to politicians, Mr. Crichton?
In another debate presented by Scientific American (www.scientificamerican.com) David Biello wrote, "The proponents of a climate crisis seemed underarmed for the debate..."
to a ban on private jet flights, Crighton also called for the NRDC (National Resources Defense Council), the Sierra Club and
Greenpeace to make a rule that all of their members get their un-green houses in order and live the way they're telling
the rest of us that we have to.
MIT's Professor of Atmospheric Science Richard Lindzen said, "Now, much
of the current alarm, I would suggest, is based on ignorance of what is normal for weather and climate."
more at: http://www.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressRoom.Blogs&ContentRecord_id=5AC1C0D6-802A-23AD-4A8C-EE5A888DFE7E (article entitled Scientific Smackdown: Skeptics Voted The Clear Winners Against Global Warming Believes in Heated
Kenneth E. F. Watt had this to say on air pollution and global cooling, Earth Day 1970: If
present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees
colder by the year 2000 ... This is about twice what it would take to put us in an ice age.
alarmist said (thirty years ago) that we were all about to freeze to death.
Lowell Ponte said in The Cooling
(1976) that this cooling has already killed hundreds of thousands of people. If it continues and no strong action is taken,
it will cause world famine, world chaos and world war, and this could all come about before the year 2000.
that it's 2007, shouldn't we all just be thrilled that we have frozen to death?
Maybe, just maybe, all
this global warming has something to do, at least in part, with all the hot air flowing through senate chamber meeting rooms
about global warming.
Don't those senators have real job work to do? Do they think we really elected them so
that they could put on their best attempted face of being serious scientists and try to convince us that they know what they
are talking about?
Get back to work and make Owlgore go back to his zinc farm in Tennessee.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
IF THE PRESIDENT CAN APPOINT, HE CAN ALSO FIRE
that make sense?
This whole business about Attorney General Alberto Gonzales firing eight attorneys has sparked
a big contest between the White House and congress. I do not understand what all the fuss is about.
the federal government is the single, largest employer in the nation. The latest number of federal employees I could come
up with is 14.6 million. That number is a 2006 number cited by Paul C. Light, a government professor at New York University.
read more at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/05/AR2006100501782.html
With those numbers on the payroll, doesn't eight lonely little attorneys seem like a very small group of
Another part of this picture that's important to keep in mind is that each United States attorney
is subject to removal by the President. (U.S. Code, Title 28, Part II, Chapter 35, §541)
In the code, you can also see that Each United States attorney shall be appointed for a term of four years.
On the expiration of his term, a United States attorney shall continue to perform the duties of his office until his successor
is appointed and qualifies.
So, truthfully, had the eight attorneys' terms expired?
they political fodder?
Hey, folks, these are supposed to be bright people. Don't you think the idea ever occurred
to them that after their terms were up, then they could have been pastured out? That's what happens with political employees.
In any political organization, you have to watch your back. Constantly. Especially if you're a political appointee.
Ask all those 93 lawyers who were pastured out when the Clintons came to town. If you were a Republican who had been
appointed by Herbert Walker Bush, then I can tell you how much time was left in those terms. Until about fifteen minutes after
the swearing in ceremony on January 20 when the new guys ride into town.
It's going to be like this until the
2008 elections have come and gone. Bush will propose this; congress with threaten that.
Taxpayers/voters get so
disgusted that they throw their hands up in the air and say, "Why bother voting?"
Hmmmm. Could this be
part of a big plan to keep conservatives away from the polls?
But wait! Just only today, the Senate voted in a
94-2 count to cancel a provision in the Patriot Act that had allowed the attorney general to appoint U.S. attorneys without
All of a sudden, because Bush fired these 8 lawyers, he is accused of abusing this privilege
of replacing attorneys with some White House loyalists.
But isn't that what Clinton did when he fired
alllllll 93 of them when he rode into town?
And isn't it also curious that John McCain was a no-show for the
roll call vote? Biden the Bloviator was also absent.
The two holdouts were Hagel (Nebraska) and Bond (Missouri).
By the time the Senate gets done with what they think is their Divine Right of Kings, we won't have anything left
that looks like separation of powers.
Looks more and more like Rome, folks.
Monday, March 19, 2007
THE EAGLES HAVE LANDED
There were 30,000 of them. Fox
News says that figure will probably be adjusted considerably higher. This was proclaimed A Gathering of Eagles. And oh
what a beautiful sight when the Eagles unfurled Old Glory on the National Mall. From San Francisco they came -- and were
joined by many rallies in many towns along the way.
People came to rallies and donated flags. Many joined the
caravan as it made its way from one coast to the other. They did it without big corporate bucks.
They did it with
what looked like a virtual media black-out. NBC, ABC, CBS were all missing. Just exactly what they constitute as news is anybody's
guess, actually. But then, with their readership falling off the cliff (and taking advertisers with them), it's no surprise
that the mainstream media is so completely and totally out of touch with mainstream America.
They paid their own
They were not going to let this March 17 remain in history as the day of war protests. March 17 marked the
anniversary of an anti-war protest rally for the Vietnam War many years ago.
The protestors were hoping for another
huge gathering that would equal the numbers they had way back then.
Didn't happen. Jane Fonda was a no-show.
In fact, the big-mouthed Hollywood types couldn't have been bothered. Maybe it was too cold. Maybe they don't spew
out political pontifications in bad weather. Maybe they didn't want to be a part of something that had them so clearly
outnumbered. Maybe they're getting sick and tired of Cindy Herselfness Sheehan. Anyway, they could only muster up 10,000
people from Rent-A-Crowd, Inc.
And did anyone else notice that the antis were carrying yellow posters?
The irony of this puny little anti-war protest is that the Vietnam vets came out in abundance to
protect the memorials on the National Mall when it was feared that the protestors would do to the memorials what they had
done a month or so ago when they desecrated the Capitol Building.
Hey antis: graffiti is not freedom of speech.
It's a federal crime to desecrate buildings that belong to every citizen in the United States. You don't have the
right to go spray paint your venom on the sides of our buildings.
Freedom isn't free. It has been bought and
paid for by American blood that was left in the soil of countries all around the world.
And on the same weekend
that the Eagles gathered in Washington, D.C., another eagle -- the feathered kind -- returned to Philadelphia. It has been
200 years since an eagle's nest was located in Philadelphia.
I think there's poetry here -- the American
Bald Eagle has come home to the town that gave us the birthplace of freedom in America.
Maybe the Bald Eagle was
celebrating the Gathering of Eagles!
I like that thought.
Some videos that were posted
on You Tube about the Gathering of Eagles:
(Moonbat Safety Video)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tVGip5L5HE&mode=related&search= (National Anthem)
http://www.gatheringofeagles.org/ (Angela Lashley performs "I Remember When" at Gathering of Eagles
Thursday, March 15, 2007
JESSICA LUNSFORD'S MURDERER GETS DEATH PENALTY RECOMMENDATION
There wasn't a little girl who was safe anywhere in the county when John Couey walked around on the outside of jail.
Jessica Lunsford wasn't even safe in the cuddly warmth of her little bed. This horrible, despicable man walked into her
house on the morning side of midnight and took her from the safety of her home where she nestled in a sound
John Couey confessed to the crime of her murder but his confession was inadmissible in court because he
said he had requested an attorney the day before he confessed.
This was a man who should not have been out on the
streets. Period. He had recently been arrested in Augusta, Georgia, for a probation violation. That should have put him back
in jail for his unserved time.
But he got out of jail -- again -- and hightailed it down to Homosassa, Florida,
where his half-sister or step-sister or sister -- who knows and I guess it doesn't really matter -- because he was staying
with her. This was a man who had been arrested 24 times in 30 years!
Wouldn't you think someone in this little
town of 2,200 people would have noticed a slimy, dirty old man who had just moved into their quiet little neighborhood
in a quiet little town on the gulf side of the state.
Beaches nearby. Warm sunshine. A place where you think
raising kids would be a safe thing to do around there.
Another woman also was staying in his Sis' house.
And two men. Wouldn't you think someone would find it enormously curious and want to keep an eye on five adults all strangely
living together. It was a little place. Not a big ten room house. What were they all doing in there?
has happened to our society that we pass freaky people by without wondering what they're up to? They live in our neighborhoods.
Don't we have the right to be snoopy? Well, we ought to. Our lives -- our children's lives -- our grandchildren's
lives could be at stake.
All these adults in that house over there were all arrested but later
released. The authorities couldn't find any evidence that they had been involved in Jessica's death or burial. Not
one of them noticed a little girl who just appeared one day?
What were they doing in there, then?
about the cover up? What about not reporting a felony? Like kidnapping. They could have saved Jessica's life if they had
spoken up -- before the abduction turned to murder. They could have spared an innocent nine-year-old girl the horror of being
raped by this sleazeball of a creep.
He just kind of sort of forgot to register as a sex offender when he showed
up at Sis' doorstep. Sister dear lived about a hundred yards or so from where little Jessica lived with her father
and grandparents. You can easily see that far away. It's within earshot too. The sound of children squealing with delight
can easily travel over a distance of a hundred yards.
What is in this man's head that would give him
the idea of raping a little girl in the dark of night after he had just woke her up at 3 am? Then he went to sleep and
woke her up again to rape in the morning?
What manner of evil would have him hide her in a closet while
he went off to work at his day job? For three whole days he kept her there. Then he tied her up and stuffed her into a garbage
bag and buried her alive.
For three days? What were those other people doing that they wouldn't notice that
this creep had a little girl in the house. A little girl who did not belong there!
Couey buried her alive and left
her in a shallow grave to suffocate. The coroner said she most likely suffocated in a couple of minutes. Do you think? I doubt
it. Her fingers were "skeletonized" because she tried to claw her way out of the plastic bags. Can you do that in
a "couple of minutes?"
Quick to respond to the horror of this crime, Florida lawmakers passed a bill --
the Jessica Lunsford Act. That's all well and good but there were already laws on the books that, if enforced, would have
kept this man out of her life and out of bedroom.
He had violated his probation. For that he should have been
sent back to jail to serve the time. Period. And there already was a law on the books against murder.
What we really
need to do to these guys is put them behind bars for life if they are convicted of sexual crimes against a child under the
age of 12.
I don't care if the jails are overcrowded. Put some tents up out there in the swamps. If the snakes
and 'gators don't get them, maybe the hurricanes will.
Jessica's father said, "We have gone through
hell and come out the other side with a mission. That mission is holding lawmakers accountable for allowing this open season
on our children. We're coming to Washington. We are bringing with us a dedicated plan for a federally funded, federally
strategized and nationally waged war on child predators. We will force them to listen." (CNN-Mar 15, 2007)
jury recommends the death penalty. Judges usually go along with the jury's recommendations. Somehow, I think this judge
Articles of interest for this column:
America's Most Wanted:
CNN older story:
NEWT GINGRICH SAYS 2008 CAMPAIGN IS ABSURDLY LONG
I could not agree more.
In fact, I've
been harping about it for a little while. But aside from being bored to death already with the politicos running around take
potshots at each other and showing their true lack-of-class colors, I have other concerns.
First and foremost, they are elected officials and are supposed to be someplace else -- not at the chicken salad
event that provided the lunch they're chomping on, or the fried chicken dinners they're wolfing down as they rush
from one gig to another. I call it a gig because their campaigns are sucking in the donations by the millions!
All those senators who are, as it turns out, really just presidential wannabees.
Remember back in the old days when the senators were running for their 2006 election, or re-election? Some newsies
asked them, "Are you going to run for president?" Coyly they responded, "I'm just going to concentrate
on being the best senator that I can be for the state of --- (fill in the blanks)."
How quickly they forgot.
Okay, so maybe it's none of my business what Hillary does. After all, she probably thinks that as long as she
represents her beloved state of New York, it's only between her and them.
But not so fast, Ms. Hillary. Once
you got yourself sworn in as a senator, didn't you say something about senating for the whole USA?
If you had
any kind of a real job anywhere else, you'd have to take a leave of absence to go jet-setting about the country making
speeches, eating chicken, shaking the money trees hither and thither.
Same goes to the Obama. Since I live in Illinois,
I do have something to say about his hithering and thithering. But then, I didn't vote for him anyway, so it's not
likely that he'll be particularly bothered by any opinion of mine.
But I do have a serious opinion and that
is this: Theft of time and theft of services. Since I am a U.S. citizen, I do have something to say about all the federal
employees under the Dome who are supposed to be doing the business of governing the country.
Ask any attorney who
represents a corporation that is firing an employee who either doesn't show up for work, or when he/she does show up,
spends most of the day doing something other than what the employee was hired to do. In other words, collecting a paycheck
and not being at work when they're supposed to be and not doing the job they were hired to do.
Theft of time.
Theft of services.
I don't think senators or any other elected officials should be out there campaigning when
they're supposed to be at their offices doing the job of governing like they were hired (elected) to do. They ought to,
at the very least, take an unpaid leave of absence. Goodness knows they'll get fed plenty. All they have to do is show
up and "sing" for their supper -- or lunch -- or breakfast.
But to start out two years early. Let's
see - out of a six year term of office for the senators, that means two years that they're pretty much out from under
Oh sure, they fly back to Washington when they have to show up for a vote using up jet fuel as if there
were no such thing as this global warming that they're supposedly so excited about. Maybe they're the biggest consumers
of carbon gasses, or greenhouse fuels, or something like that. Global warming is a political debate anyway, so I guess it's
okay if they don't take it any more seriously than they do.
They'll tell you that they have staff editing
and revising their legislation and getting it ready to put out there on the senate floor.
Maybe we ought to elect
their administrative aides and clerks. When was the last time that any of these senators actually researched and wrote a piece
of legislation? All by themselves, without the aid of their $80,000 aides.
If you think that's what senators
do, then I'm here to tell you that you're pretty naive. They have staff to do all that drudgery blue pencil work.
Now back to Gingrich. I don't think he's truly electable. I appreciate his political insightfulness
though. He's proposing a 16 to 18 week campaign period during which time there would be nine political debates, ninety
minutes each. And that's it.
He was speaking to a packed house at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland. Standing
ovations too. He hasn't announced his candidacy. Says it's way too early. His speaking fee was paid for by one of
the parents of a student at Goucher.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
DOES AMERICA HAVE TO MAINTAIN ITS IMAGE OF DIRTY POLITICS?
is back at it -- whining about something that happened during the 2002 primary in New Hampshire when a bunch of Republicans
jammed the telephone lines of the Democrat offices.
So let's see -- criminal charges were brought against
two people -- not a "bunch." Two people! And son of a gun, they turned out to be mean old Republicans.
Out of a very big group of Republican workers, there were only two who had cirminal charges brought against them. And because
of this, Hillary continues her diatribe about the vast, right-wing conspiracy against all things Democrat.
Yeah? And so?
Guess that would also mean there's a vast-left-winged conspiracy that's working to make
sure their candidates and not the Republicans get elected.
Isn't that what we used to a call a political campaign?
Don't misunderstand me, folks. I'm not condoning what two political workers did. Jamming phone lines
with hang-up calls is not in the interest of good sportsmanship, now is it? That's what they did. Hillary calls them thugs.
(My dictionary says a thug is a vicious and brutal gangster.)
But this is election time. Candidates can and will
say anything and everything. They will accuse opponents of horrific things. Some candidates, like Jon Edwards, will have truly
unkind comments made about them. Edwards recently had aspersions cast on his sexuality. And he's been called the "Breck
Girl." What does that mean?
Running a nice political campaign doesn't sell newspapers and tv/radio time.
In order to be news, it's got to have a lot of mean-spiritedness skulking about. Apparently that includes name calling
stuck in amongst the political rhetoric.
Even when the candidates or their representatives are interviewed, they
don't answer questions put to them. Instead, they drag out their mental list of talking points and keep hammering away
at that, regardless of what was asked.
Where does that get them?
Let me see. Viewership is way down.
And as long as God has invented the clicker, I'm safe. If the politicos ever figure out how to come up with some kind
of jamming device that would stop channel changing during interviews, I can always turn off the radio or TV. If that doesn't
work, pulling the plug always will.
The big city newspapers across the country are starving to death too. Readership
is down. So much so that the big papers are actually laying off reporters.
Didn't the publishers consider
that Clinton's horrible right-wing conspiracy, as she calls it, is part of the paying public?
us. Yoo hoo. We're the ones who actually put coins in the curbside machines and pay for the papers we take out. This vast,
right-wing conspiracy represents about half the voters in the United States.
The other half, then, must be the
vast, left-wing conspiracy.
Doesn't freedom of expression mean that I get to disagree with the liberal's
point of view? Or even the libertarian's if I want to?
When did the conservative point of view get stripped
out of the national dialogue?
God forbid that only Democrats end up debating Democrats during the national elections.
What fun would that be? They'd only complain about the silent majority again. Remember those days?
When the conservatives became more vocal, the liberals looked around and said, "Where did those guys come
from? How dare they disagree with us. It must be a conspiracy of some sort. We can't have that. We need to fix
My opinion is that these yokels -- all of them -- have started their campaigns way too early. There's
no way in the world that I'm going to listen to their political silliness for the next nineteen months. At the very most,
I only need a couple of weeks before the election to figure out who I'm going to vote for. I can figure out a lot of things
in that length of time.
The silent majority has found its voice. It's just too bad if the liberals think that
we have the nerve to disagree with them.
Speech is one of my favorite freedoms. And no, I do not require everyone
to hold the same point of view as mine. It would be nice but it's not a perfect world.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
OH, CAMILLA -- YOU ARE REALLY MESSING UP HIS CHARLESNESS CARBON FOOTPRINT
It seems that Camilla and His Charlesness were supposed to be dining with senior members of the Kuwaiti royal
Then, an "off with her head" moment appeared when apparently the Lady-In-Waiting who's
in charge of Cammy's shoes packed the wrong ones.
Why, I never!
There was nothing to do except go 'round
to her shoe closet and get the right ones and jet them over. I mean, after all, she is married to the future King of England.
So that's what happened. 3,000 miles later, the correct shoes that were supposed to be packed arrived just
in the nick of time. Her Cammyness' wardrobe dilemma was rescued.
Unfortunately, the word got out. And
now Charlesyness has to explain why his carbon footprint just went through the roof.
Well, to her credit, Cammy
didn't actually ask for the shoes to be flown over. Rather, the Lady-In-Waiting put the word out back at the palace
that the shoes were on the wrong continent at the wrong time.
They just kind of took it upon themselves to fix
the problem for Her Whimsiness.
Turns out that Cammy didn't wear the shoes anyway.
Off with their
heads! And give us back your environmental award. I'll bet you spent more on fossil fuels for the private jet than it
would have cost to buy gold plated, diamond studded slippers for Her Fanciness.
This was a Monty Python skit, right?
Please say yes.
RUSSIA WARNS ITS DEADBEAT CUSTOMER: IRAN
So Captain Marmalade in
Iran is a deadbeat. Russia is not happy.
In fact, Russia says that if they don't get some money soon from the
Iranians, "there are going to be irreversible consequences." (Agence France Presse)
what that means?
I don't think I'd go messing around with the Russians. They have ways, you know.
Anyway, it's all about this so-called nuclear reactor that's supposed to be just for supplying electricity in
Iran/Persia. (I can now say Persia since most of you probably went to see 300 and you know that Persia renamed itself
to Iran. I guess to clean up its image. Then the Iranians took all those hostages from the American embassy in Tehran, so
we're not on the best of terms with them right now.
I don't know what they're going to call themselves
next. Maybe candlepower?
If the Persians don't pay up real soon, the Russians say they are not going to send
nuclear fuel anytime soon for this big Bushehr project.
BLUE DOG DEMOCRATS -- THE NAME SOUNDS FAMILIAR BUT WHAT ARE THEY?
They've even got their own decorative patch.
Wikipedia describes them as "conservative to moderate Democratic Party members of the United States House of
There's 44 Blue Dogs jumping off the porch.
That's a pretty hefty voting block. In fact, it's enough to keep the far left liberals from running away with the
piggy bank when it comes to spending packages. There's even one Blue Dog sitting on the House Ways and Means Committee.
You did know that all tax packages start out in the House of Representatives, didn't you? So when the Senate
runs around on their gerbil-looking campaign trails when they're supposed to be back in the Senate doing to work they
are being paid to do, and they promise that if they are elected they're going to make all sorts of tax packages spring
to life, don't believe them.
All tax packages originate in the Ways and Means Committee in the House
of Representatives -- not the Senate -- and not the White House.
primary mission of the Blue Dogs is the promote fiscally responsible budget reforms and bring back some accountability to
the taxpayers who elected them. In many cases, they come from pretty liberal districts, so how they even got elected is amazing
all by itself.
I could sleep a lot better if the Blue Dogs had about fifty more members. The way it is right now,
I have to lock my purse and hide it under my pillow, lest there be liberals skulking about.
A Cajun -- George Rodrigue of Lafayette, Louisiana, -- was apparently a favored artist of Louisiana representatives
Billy Tauzin and Jimmy Hayes. Rodrigue's pictures were hanging all over their office walls when the original group
of Blue Dogs met in their offices. Rodrigue painted a series featuring an unusual blue dog.
Good enough for
them. They were looking for a motto anyway.
Rep. John Tanner from Tennessee says that Blue Dogs are simply "yellow
dogs that have been choked by extremes in both political parties to the point that they have turned blue." (source: C-Span)
There have only been two so-called Blue Dog presidents -- Harry Truman
and Lyndon Johnson.
Just as a little point of history, there are also
Yellow Dogs. These are Southern Democrats who are so loyal to the party that (it's said) they'd rather vote for a
mangy yellow dog than anything Republican.
So the Blue Dogs entered
the picture in 1994 for the 104th Congress.
Somebody had to bring
some sense to the whole process, they thought. The Blue Dogs have been trying to strike a balance in the Congress ever
since. They've picked up some power along the way and their numbers are such that they are in a position to swing votes
toward a conservative approach to responsibility and accountability.
like their region is growing. Jane Harman from California is among their numbers. So is Stephanie Herseth from South Dakota,
who is the Blue Dog Whip. Democrats from Pennyslvania, Kansas, Colorado, and Utah also joined the Blue Dogs.
So you don't have to be southern -- just conservative.
When you get ready to go to the polls, you want to ask the right questions and vote for a conservative
if you're bent that way politically. There are conservatives in both parties, so just voting for one party or the other
doesn't necessarily mean you'll get a conservative.
How can you tell? Look for fiscal accountability first.
That's the best place to start.
I don't think Aunt Nancy likes Blue Dogs.
I personally think
that the presidential candidates started their run for the White House way too soon. By the time election day rolls around,
we're going to be pretty sick of their mud-slinging and anybody who brings a little style and grace to the campaign, with
some freshness, will run away with the election.
If you want a
full list of the Blue Dogs in the 110th congress, go to this web site:
Monday, March 12, 2007
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE SHOWS BIG SUCCESS FOR 300
was out this weekend for its debut. $70 million worth. It's a movie about the 300 Spartans and their battle with
the Persians. (Did you know that in the olden days, Persia was what we now call Iran? The Iranians are not happy about how
Persia was portrayed in the movie.)
Anyway, the History channel has been running some really good programs about
the Spartan/Persian battle. Except that the History channel programs are not rated R, believe me. It's good history
So if you have On Demand, you ought to be able to watch the segments about the Spartan battles. Good graphics
In second place, Wild Hogs collected $27,601,291 for its second week.
And bringing up
third place was Bridge to Terabithia with $6,779,315.
OSAMA BIN LADEN -- IF YOU'RE STILL ALIVE, YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED!
And I, for one, want to dance on your head. I'll even buy a new pair of spiky stilettos just for our dance.
In an article published in The Australian, a new kind of searcher persons (not going to call them spies)
is going over the Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to train the local border units.
This special team is called the Shadow
Wolves. They are made up of people from the Navajo, Sioux, Lakota and Apache nations.
Just to put you on notice,
OBL, you are in big trouble now!
Our ancestors are smarter than you and all your ancestors put together. You've
already been convicted of murder in the United States for the gleeful, willing part you played in the massacre of our people
here on September 11. We saw the corrupted glee of people dancing in the streets laughing at Americans.
is nothing new to the Shadow Wolves. They've been hunting down smugglers out there in the desert southwest.
Two of the Shadow Wolves -- Harold Thompson and Gary Ortega -- are experts at "cutting sign." This is the Indian
method of finding and following minute clues from a barren landscape. They can detect twigs snapped by passing humans or hair
snagged on a branch and tell how long a sliver of food has been laying out in the dirt.
Oh, there has been a whole
bunch of criticism about this group. And no -- they will not be sprinkling "hoobie dust" on the trails (whatever
that is). And they won't be scattering bones around. That only works in the movies.
But as the daughter of
a full blood Cherokee who was also an expert hunter -- I can tell you that Osama is in big trouble. In fact, I'd be willing
to say his days just got to be a lot shorter on this earth. I would also bet that my father is among many like him who have
gone across the Great Divide who will be guiding the Shadow Wolves as they go about their task of training others on tracking.
It's true that we have multi-million equipment. But that equipment -- with the precious cargo of American soldiers
-- is being blown apart by IEDs that probably didn't cost $15!
PRESIDENTIAL PARDONS: FORGIVENESS OR POLITICS?
thing has stirred up a hornet's nest. Looks like the country is lining up behind Libby and lobbying Bush to get out his
GW is not all that generous with his pardons. Even when he was governor. According to Jim Snyer, in
an article today in The Hill, Bush granted only 18 pardons during his term.
In his six years as president,
Bush has granted 113 pardons.
His dad pardoned only 77 during his entire term of office.
You want to
know who was the pardoningest president? It was none other than FDR. He got 3,600 people out of the pokey just with one fell
swoop of his pardon pen.
Clinton pardoned 396 people by the time his two terms were up. One of those turned out
to be pretty controversial. Clinton pardoned Marc Rich who was a commodities trader. Rich snuck out of the country while he
was being prosecuted for tax evasion and doing business with Iran during the hostage crisis. That was a big no-no!
Geffen, out in Hollywood, is still upset about that pardon and he brings it up everytime a Clinton asks him for money. Remember
Geffen. He just recently arranged for a big fundraiser for Obama. If memory serves me, the fundraiser was worth more than
Then The Hillary said to Geffen, "Where's mine?" I'm not privy to their private
conversation. Maybe it was a conversation between Bill and Geffen. Maybe it was a conversation between Hillary's
office help and Geffen. Whoever got ahold of Geffen, she, of course, would not know anything about it.
Do you believe that?
But next thing you know, Geffen is blabbing about the Marc Richards
thing again. And next thing you know, he's saying that maybe he'll host a fundraiser for The Hillary.
is forgiven, says Hillary.
Here's your $2 million says Geffen.
That's how politics works.
The Clintons are so very poor, you know.
ON-LINE VOTING ON DICK MORRIS' SITE SENDS SOME INTERESTING MESSAGES
To date, some 62,516,000 votes have been cast. Morris says he's going to send the vote results of how I voted
to my senators and representative from my district.
The results were very interesting. The question Should
the Senate pass the nonbinding resolution to block the Iraq troop surge? got an 89% vote for NO and only 11% favored
Another question Democratic bill would have troops out of Iraq by fall of 2008: Should Bush veto?
got an 89% vote for YES, with 11% voting NO.
Here's one that I find really interesting: U.S. senators
who are candidates for president: Should they miss roll call votes to campaign? got 97% for NO and only 3% said it would
be okay for senators to miss votes while they are out there campaigning. So get back to work. In fact, I don't think they
ought to be allowed to campaign while the senate is in session.
There are other questions that you may be interested
in. These were the three that I voted for. (if you want to vote on any of a number of topic questions, to to www.dickmorris.com )
I don't have much interest in Guiliani's fractured relationship with his son. But as a mental health
counselor, I can only hope that whatever their discord is, they will get it resolved and while they're working on it,
we don't need to fan the flames of their discontent with each other by gossiping about them.
I don't believe
the public owns the right to all the juicy details of the private lives of candidates.
Think tomorrow, not
yesterday. But let the Guilianis have space to reach some kind of accord. That's my prayer.
UPDATE ON MARCH 17 -- GATHERING OF EAGLES
The caravan is
covering territory today! Midland, Dallas and Little Rock, as they wend their way to Washington, D.C.
Lots of update
information is available at www.gatheringofeagles.org
The maps below will be very helpful if you plan to join the caravan at the D.C. location. If you are not able
to attend, then you can send along a petition that you will be with this gathering of patriots in spirit and will be praying
So far, there are some 755 who plan to be in attendance. We were #3079 who have signed in for those with
them in spirit.
The web site has lots of information about hotels, etc., as well as messages from veterans groups.
Check it out.
Friday, March 9, 2007
SO HILLARY FORGOT A FEW MINOR DETAILS IN FILING HER ETHICS REPORT
if I were secretary/treasurer of a family foundation, I think I'd remember mentioning that when I filed my ethics report.
Okay, anybody can slip up and miss one year.
But five years in a row?
Tsk tsk tsk.
You'd think that the lawmaker would at least follow the very law that she creates!
Tom Fitton, president
of Judicial Watch, says that Hillary has been cited before.
She kind of forgot to include some campaign contributions
in her senatorial re-election campaign. That infraction cost her $35,000.
This new violation, uncovered by Judicial
Watch, could mean as much as $10,000 for each occurrence. That's hardly a drop in the bucket for Team Hillary.
She's out there on the campaign trailing shaking the money tree and picking up bushel baskets of greenbacks. Not only
that, but as a senator, she earns a whopping $162,500 a year. Plus expenses, which probably top that.
definitely not going to have to round up a bake sale for Hillary. The point is, she ought to have to follow the same rules
and laws that everybody else does, don't ya think?
OBAMA NOW CRYING POOR MOUTH
But wait. Didn't Geffen just
arrange for Obama to vacuum up millions in California?
And now, in an article published in today's The
Hill, Obama's campaign opted out of sending South Carolina any money for its Path to the Presidency
kick-off. Obama's mouth says the campaign coffers are in frugality mode. They apparently don't have all that much
money to spend on things they want -- just things they need.
Hillary donated $25,000 to South Carolina. So did
her best buddy, Christopher Dodd. And not to miss any photo op anywhere in the western hemisphere, they both showed up to
shower praises on leading Democratic officials.
How nice. They didn't by any chance planepool, did they? That
would do a little bit to save the environment that they're insisting we little people are killing. Like we little
people are going to knock off planet earth!
(I thought Aunt Nancy, the most powerful woman in America, was
going to move the sun back a few feet to eliminate global warming!)
Anyway, even though bama bama Obama's campaign
is very very frugal and he can't afford to send $25,000 like his dembuddies did, he was offered the chance to buy the
very first, hot off the press, mailing labels for all the voters in the state for a measly $65,000. The money was hotwired
within 24 hours.
Man, that's what I call poor. Or frugal. Or something like that.
But wait. If
memory serves me right, if these candidates run around the country collecting huuuuuuuuuge campaign funds and somehow have
some left over because they run a really frugal campaign, don't they get to transfer leftover money to political
action committees? Like maybe the Obama's Giant Care of the Earth and Other Things Political Action Committee?
Remind myself to check up on that.
AUSTRALIANS APPARENTLY AREN'T BUYING IT ALL, MR. GORE
article in the Sydney Morning Herald suggests that Australians may not be buying Gore's premise. In fact, they
seem just about as turned off as those of us who live in the United States.
Hawking a really big hoped-for
2-1/2 hour blockbuster, Cool Aid, on Sunday night proved to be a really big disaster. At its highest point of viewers
during the program, only 618,000 viewers tuned in. Across the entire country, Cool Aid only averaged 464,000 viewers.
That compared to 1.6 million each for Grey's Anatomy and CSI.
Oh my, my, my. Beverley
McGarvey, head of programming at Ten's network, expressed confusion as to why. She said, "They didn't come. It's
not like they came to the show, sampled it and went away. They didn't come."
And why not? After all, the
network sent out study guides to schools, had the full support of the print media and advertisers. Still, the viewers didn't
McGarvey said they spent a fortune to get the audience to tune in. It didn't work.
frontman for Gore's documentary, John Dee, says about 5 million homes are going to get a mail-out. He goes on to point
out that so much of the government rhetoric about climate change has been about costing jobs and damaging the economy.
That may all be well and good, Mr. Dee, but I suggest there are other reasons floating around.
until the government officials get off this "Do as I say and not as I do," then maybe the average bungalow down
the block will have more green products on the pantry shelves.
Mr. Inconvenient Truth Algore seems to find it most
inconvenient to reduce his carbon footprint. He says he's got some green programs in mind that will lower his megamansion's
I have a different suggestion. It's changing some immediate behaviors that would have an
immediate impact: get rid of your big honkin' SUVs and give up your private charter jets. And maybe you could lump some
of your trips together so you weren't flying coast to coast and back and forth so much. That seems awfully wasteful to
Saving ten gallons of heated water for showers is nothing compared to what your jets consumed in fossil fuels
for just one of your trips. (Please keep taking your showers though, Algore.)
Thursday, March 8, 2007
OFFICE FOR POPE JOHN PAUL II's SAINTHOOD RUNNING OUT OF MONEY
I did not even know that there was such an office in Rome that's in charge of promoting the sainthood cause
of Pope John Paul II.
The office has already run over budget for mailing expenses because more and more people
are requesting prayer cards and relics of the late pope.
In an article dated March 2, 2007 by the Catholic
News Service, there used to be about 50 requests for the cards and relics. Then, for some reason, practically overnight,
the requests jumped to 500 -- then 1,000.
Would it surprise you that the largest majority of requests are coming
from the United States (by e-mail).
The relic that's requested is a small piece of one of the white cassocks
worn by the late pope. Some requests are for an entire parish!
But it takes about $5 to mail each request to the
United States, says Brother Gaffrey.
That would be for one request -- that is, one prayer card and one snip of
The web site is www.JohnPaulIIBeatification.org
The web site has had some difficulties because of the increased traffic.
IT LOOKS LIKE OBAMA IS REALLY REALLY SERIOUS ABOUT RUNNING
can always tell when politicians start to get really really serious about their campaigns. They start paying off old fines.
That's just what Obama is doing.
According to Reuters, all of a sudden Obama has decided to pay
nearly $400 in old parking tickets he got when he was a law student at Harvard. There was $375 he paid for 17 tickets in a
two year period ending in 1990. Seventeen years ago?!! And he just now miraculously discovered them?
So, do you
think his Arrogantness parked in a Handicapped spot or just stayed too long at the dance? He even paid a $45 late fee for
parking tickets that were unpaid.
Then there was a $73 car excise tax he paid to the City of Somerset.
He must be going through some old shoeboxes while packing for his move into the White House. Do you think?
then there's that other matter of thousands and thousands of dollars of shares of stock in companies that he helped push
legislation through. Naturally, he had no idea that his blind trust had bought any of those shares. It's all perfectly
legit, he says.
If the trust is all that blind, how come a measley little reporter was able to uncover the pretty
It doesn't matter if it's $400 or $50,000. Neither of the above pass the smell test!
CARAVAN ROUTE: THESE COLORS DON'T RUN
March 8 -- San Francisco, Lafayette, Vacaville, Sacramento, Stockton, Fresno, Bakersfield
March 9 --
Bakersfield, Los Angeles (caravan from San Diego meets up in LA), Palm Desert, Palm Springs
March 10 -- Palm Springs,
March 11 -- Tucson, El Paso, Monahans, Midland/Odessa
March 12 -- Midland/Odessa, Dallas,
March 13 -- Little Rock, Memphis, Atlanta
March 14 -- Atlanta, Columbia, Charlotte, Concord,
March 15 -- Raleigh, Richmond, Washington, D.C.
6:00 pm -- caravan arrives at Hyatt Regency Wash DC Capitol Hill Hotel
March 16 -- all day -- set up "Flag City" on Capitol Mall
Evening -- Please join the pro-troop vigil at Walter Reed Medical Center
Organized by Free Republic
March 17 -- 11 am - 5 pm -- Patriotic/Pro-Troop Rally with Move America Forward, Gathering of Eagles, Free Republic,
Rolling Thunder, Vets for Victory and others. Located on Capitol Mall in Washington, D.C.
For a very detailed map of dates, time and events, go
The caravan is on the move, as we speak! God bless them and we pray for safe travels
-- keep the goons, troublemakers and ne'er do wells away from them as the caravan proceeds in its path to draw attention
to the great honor that we hold for our troops who are in harm's way.
For a very detailed map of dates, time and events, go to www.moveamericaforward.org
The caravan is on the move,
as we speak! God bless them and we pray for safe travels -- keep the goons, troublemakers and ne'er do wells away from
them as the caravan proceeds in its path to draw attention to the great honor that we hold for our troops who are in harm's
CARAVAN LEAVES WEST COAST TODAY FOR WASHINGTON, D.C.:
Somewhere along the way, Cindy Sheehan decided she was speaking for all Americans
when she tried her best to develop a war protest.
Then Jane Fonda joined her. And they went to Washington, D.C.
with as many of their buddies as they could muster.
Then a few of their kind broke loose and took off for the Capitol
Building where they spray painted their graffiti messages on the building.
Now this self-proclaimed up-to-nogood
duo has announced that on March 17 they will march on the Pentagon. They plan to step off from the Vietnam Memorial.
Well, hey, not so fast, say the Vietnam Vets. This is sacred territory. This memorial is where we come to honor our fallen
brothers and sisters. Don't even think about spray painting your ugly little Un-American messages onto our wall.
Patriotic organizations like These Colors Don't Run, Move America Forward, Rolling Thunder, The Gathering of Eagles,
Free Republic and Vets 4 Victory will be "planting" a sea of Old Glory around the memorial on the National
Mall in D.C. These flags are being collected as the caravan moves about the country along this route:
There are rallies planned all along the 3,500 mile route. People will join the caravan. People will drop
off American flags. These flags can be store-bought or homemade. Flags. Flags. The caravan is collecting flags. So far, 500
flags have been collected.
After the pro-troop, pro-patriot giant rally on March 17, 2007 in Washington, D.C.,
the flags are going to be sent to individual persons serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is not so much an anti-protest
protest as it is a protection of a place of honor in the hearts and minds of all who have served in the military of the United
States or who have loved ones who have, or who believe that our military needs to be supported in the work they do to protect
photos posted on Free Republic (www.freerepublic.com) by trooprally
Big flag arrives in Olney, Maryland, for rally to honor military troops-- Operation Infinite FReep.
A giant rally is planned for Friday, 3/9/07 in Los Angeles at Griffith Park at 4730 Crystal Springs Drive at Noon.
Get on board!
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
WILL CHENEY RESIGN? WHO COULD BUSH POSSIBLY GET TO REPLACE?
Cheney's health is failing. Halliburton's not the company he left a number of years ago,
especially since George Soros bought mega millions in Halliburton stock.
Not that Cheney would ever want to go
looking for a job anyway. His ostrich egg sized net worth President Bush's look like an Easter egg.
But if Cheney found it necessary to resign, because of his failing health and owing to the call of the Wyoming green sticks,
he'd have to be replaced. I mean, no one would expect George to go it alone with just about half a term left.
So my silly little mind is trying to wrap itself around all the possibilities and there is one that I just about salivate
over. That is, Mr. Lieberman.
Just think of it. The Democrats in Connecticut wouldn't slate him. So he took
a hugely brave stand and launched a senatorial bid as an independent. And he won! By a big big majority.
my readings of what he's been up to, he's more conservative than some of the Republicans who claim to be on the right
side of the aisle.
Wouldn't that be fun to watch? A senate hearing on the appointment of Lieberman as vice
president to George Bush?
He could certainly stand up to the senatorial fire and mockery of what they would consider
fair play. Not that the senators would even have a clue as to what that means.
Then, after his confirmation, his
senatorial seat would be vacated.
Then the governor of the State of Connecticut would have to appoint someone
to fill Lieberman's vacated seat, since Lieberman would move up to the post of President of the Senate -- as vice president.
Don't you just love a good show? I'll bet the networks could sell out the commercial spots. It would have
more viewership that the recent trainwrecks we've watched in the recent past.
I'd even pay to watch the
senators sitting up there smoldering and wondering, "Why not me? What's Joe got that I don't have?"
It could happen.
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
OF COURSE LAWMAKERS OUGHT TO PAY INCOME TAX ON GIFTED TRIPS
Everybody knows that for years and years and years, lawmakers have taken their spouses along on their little junkets.
The travel, meals and hotel rooms have fair market value that the rest of us little people would find ourselves taxed on.
So why should the lawmakers think they're so much different from the rest of us.
Who really needs to go to
Peru anyway? Just to look at an Incan mountaintop? How could that possibly have anything to do with the official business
of running the U.S. Senate?
And why did you have to take a huge entourage that included your wife, Mr. Senator
Reid? That was not a fact-finding trip -- it was a vacation. Your part of the cost ought to have been taxable too.
In an article by Mike Soraghan posted in The Hill this morning, there have been complaints filed with the IRS that
lawmakers have been getting away with this kind of abuse far too long and it ought to stop.
Soraghan quoted Craig
Holman, the Public Citizen lobbyist who lodged the complaint. Holman said, "The IRS isn't going to let me not pay
taxes on income like that."
Soraghan says that spouses and family members went out on about 9% of sponsored
trips. That's according to a study of congressional travel by the Center for Public Integrity. The Center found that in
the year prior to July 2006 corporations and trade and nonprofit groups spent more than $5.4 million to send lawmakers and
congressional staffers on about 2,700 trips.
But wait, that's down from 4,700 trips that cost $10.3 million
the year before.
And I'll just bet you that if people who accompany the lawmakers have to start paying taxes
on their little vacations, it will go way way down from that figure.
We can only hope. I say the way to start reducing
the budget is one dollar at a time. Or maybe that's a million at a time. Heck, they've got so much money out there
in Maybeville, what's a few more zeroes of voterbucks.
Maybe that's what we ought to tell them. It's
our taxes they're spending. Voterbucks.
Monday, March 5, 2007
WEREN'T THE EARMARKS SUPPOSED TO GO AWAY?
the self-proclaimed Most Powerful Woman in the Country, promised to end earmarks -- or what we used to call pork.
Well, not so.
According to Taxpayers for Common Sense, there are no less than 2,646 earmarks in the Department
of Defense budget for 2007. They come up to a grand total of $10.5 billion.
Among other items, there is a $1.5
million earmark for the Revolutionary 1.5 Volt Alkaline Battery.
$1 million for the Thin Lithium-Iron Disulfide
Primary Batteries obtained by Rep. Graves.
$2 million for alcohol breath detectors made by WNCK, Inc. of The Woodlands,
Texas. This earmark is in the district of Rep. Kevin Brady.
$1.6 million for enhanced situational awareness and
analyses of Geospatial Enterprise Infrastructure.
$2.25 million for electroconversion of energetic materials which
is run by the Nanomaterials Discovery Corporation of Laramie, Wyoming.
$2.6 million for a grant for the Center
for Applied Science and Technologies at Jordan Valley Innovation Center in Missouri. This grant was obtained by Rep. Roy Blunt
to renovate the MFA Mill and the center will bear Rep. Blunt's name. Blunt is currently House Minority Whip.
$1.6 million for the Weapons of Mass Destruction Marking Set -- Rex Systems in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. This is in David
Obey's district. He's the House Appropriations Committee Chairman.
Ryan Alexander, president of Taxpayers
for Common Sense, says "The era of earmarking funds for everything from additional aircraft to studies of hibernation
genomics must come to an end. We call on Congress to make the FY 08 spending process a model of transparency and restraint."
The Defense budget did include an earmark for $1.2 billion for 20 F-22a aircraft.
Taxpayers for Common
Sense is a non-partisan budget watchdog group. This group says its "vision is for a federal government that costs less
and lives within its means..."
Since 1995, the Taxpayers for Common Sense has saved federal taxpayers more
than $5 billion by playing a key role in stopped these and other boondoggles:
Since 1995, TCS
has saved federal taxpayers more than $5 billion by playing a key role in stopping these and other boondoggles:
- Auburn Dam (SAVINGS: $711 million)
California water projects (SAVINGS: $300 million)
- Red Rock
Crossing bridge, AZ (SAVINGS: $30 million)
of royalties for oil drilled on federal lands (SAVINGS: $660 million)
- NASA Russian space monkey program (SAVINGS: $4 million)
- Forest Service Purchaser Road Credit Program (SAVINGS: $1 billion)
- Forest Service highway bill road slush fund (SAVINGS: $1 billion)
- Advanced Liquid Metal Reactor (SAVINGS: $200 million)
- US 161 road expansion, MI (SAVINGS: $400 million)
- US 23 road extension, MI (SAVINGS: $400 million)
Access Road, AK (SAVINGS: $232 million)
MY FAVORITE DUTCHESS HAS SURGERY
Okay, I'll show a little
mercy as Herself Camilla recuperates from recent surgery -- a hysterectomy. She will spend an entire week in the hospital,
after which she will be recuperating for six weeks.
All her personal appointments have been cancelled for the duration.
She's resting right now at the exclusive King Edward VII hospital. That's where Herself the Queen had knee
surgery not too long ago.
Must be very nice digs.
We will the Dutchess sincere good wishes for returning
health and all that. I'm being nice.
FROM BOX OFFICE MOJO:
The biggy this weekend was Wild
Hogs raking in $38,000,000.
Following that, in second place was Zodiac, also in its debut weekend.
It grossed $13,100,000 -- a long way from its $65 million budget.
Ghost Rider was in third place. It brought
in $11,500,000. It came out last weekend. So far, it's grossed $94,757,000. It's in its 3rd week, and has almost made
its $94,757,000 budget.
We went to the movies this weekend -- saw Reno 911!: Miami. It fell to 9th place
from 4th last weekend. It grossed $3,750,000 for the weekend, bringing it to total sales of $16,413,000. Not bad for a budget
of $10 million. Reno 911 has been a hit on Comedy Central for a couple of years now. It's hilarious. It's fun. But
it's not for everybody. The movie is rated R. Take them at their word. It's R! But it's an almost nude funny R
-- not a foul mouthed language R. If that makes a difference. For all my buddies across the pond, get ready. The next movie
for these Keystone Kop types will be an invitation to come to Scotland Yard for a visit. Trust me -- England will never be
For more movie news, go to www.boxofficemojo.com. You can get complete listings and reviews in case you want to know what a movie is all about.
WHY ARE POLITICIANS MAKING POLITICAL SPEECHES IN CHURCHES?
spoke from the Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma, Alabama.
Hillary, not to be outdone, spoke from another church
a few blocks away.
Hillary is being roundly ridiculed for trying her best to sound southerny. Kind of like condescending,
patronizing, I-wanna-look-like-you every-word-is-two-syllables southerny.
As if the audience can't tell the
difference. But since the only time southern folks ever see real live politicians is when they are either running for
something or shaking the money tree, they sit around and listen and look glad for getting some attention.
abide all that phony stuff. What I can't wrap my teeny little brain around is this notion that the politicians are making
their speeches from churches!
We can't say prayers in school. The politicians are trying to make the Ten Commandments
look like they've gone out of style by banning them in public places. All the while they scream "separation of church
I am Christian. I am Lutheran. I am really happy that I went to a Lutheran school 'til 8th
grade. We had morning prayers and said the Pledge of Allegiance with all the great fervor that came from me and my fellow
Before we go poking the pig of "church/state separation," we ought to look at just
how entertwined the two become when it is convenient for the politicians to weave them together. Like when it's a money
thing. For instance, how many polling places are located in churches? Wouldn't that be a church-and-state thing?
Shouldn't the IRS be looking into all those churches that have politicians making political speeches from their pulpits?
In the meantime, it looks like the biggest hypocrisy is the church politicos.
Saturday, March 3, 2007
THIS WALTER REED MESS IS A NATIONAL DISGRACE!
is supposed to be a medical haven for our soldiers who have fallen in harm's way. Instead, they got tripped up by the
very people who are supposed to be committed to their healing return to health.
It appears to be a decrepit old
building with chipping paint and moldy stowaways in every nook and cranny. We probably have better looking buildings in the
ghettoes here in Chicago. In fact, I remember some old buildings that were so falling down awful that the only solution was
just to tear them down. Boom. Problem solved.
Everybody's scurrying off this stinking ship now. Those who haven't
quit will be fired. If they're fired for cause, don't they lose their pensions? I sure hope so.
financial misery is nothing to compare with the awful stuff they've put our soldiers through.
I don't understand is how anybody could have gotten away with the building falling into such disrepair. Weren't there
maintenace people filling out forms for buckets of paint? Or building engineers putting in budget requests for maintenance
I would just love to see what the building maintenance budget looked like.
Did they only take
care of the hallways that visitors came through? Or did they have ship-shape routes for the President when he came to bestow
Purple Hearts? Didn't anybody ever do a "white glove walk through?"
I'm sure there's
a high falootin' congressional committee or sub-committee that has something to do with checking out hospitals that are
dedicated to the healing and care of our servicemen. Don't the congress critters ever do anything useful like actually
getting out there in the field to see what's going on?
They certainly have enough time to go flying off to
scenic spots around the world looking for clues about how civilizations in South America fell. They go flying off to Iraq
for photo ops with anybody who'll sit down with them.
Guess they'd rather look for gold, not mold.
Friday, March 2, 2007
GORE KNOWS BETTER -- WITH HIM NOTHING IS INADVERTENT
but anybody who has flown in an airplane since 9-11 knows one thing for sure: get to the airport plenty early because there
are long lines at security checkpoints.
If you have to go through Chicago's O'Hare Airport like we do,
you are more than slightly aware of that.
Wouldn't you think that someone as conversant in all things great
and small would know that surely an airport like the one in Nashville would have a metal detector in its post 9-11 security
After all, didn't Al Gore invent all that stuff? Including the rules for everything necessary for anyone's
So here he comes with a teeny tiny entourage of two people.
His alibi -- by way of his
official publicist mouthpiece -- is that a security guard recognized him and pulled him out of the security line. "Pssst,
over here, Mr. Kilowatt House Sasquatch." Then she leads him around the metal detectors.
That's a huuuuuuuge
gigantic no-no. Not to mention that it's against the law. Not that that ever stops the celebs. But no matter. There she
goes, leading the Gorenesses over to a security door where she swipes her security card no less than three times.
Oops. Pobably just a mistake, right?
Not. Busted. Now get back in line.
Thursday, March 1, 2007
DOESN'T FREEDOM COUNT FOR ANYTHING ANYMORE -- EVEN IF IT'S FIGHTING FOR
SOMEONE ELSE'S FREEDOM?
My grandfather, Arthur Stubbe, fought valiantly in World War I. He
was in Europe. He was fighting for someone else's freedom. Like my grandfather, my father-in-law, Dean Reinheimer, was
also in the U.S. Army and was in Europe.
My uncle, and godfather, Arthur Stubbe, Jr., fought in World War II.
He was in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific. So was uncle, James Stubbe, a U.S. Marine.
My brothers, my cousin,
a son. All joined the U.S. military -- either as marines, sailors, or soldiers.
I should not have been surprised,
then, when McCain announced his run for the presidency. Oh sure, I've seen the movie bio that put him at the Hanoi Hilton
and the suffering he went through as a POW.
But I was absolutely aghast when he said on David Letterman that "Americans
are very frustrated, and they have every right to be....We've wasted a lot of our most precious treasure, which is American
I do believe that one life lost is one too many.
What I absolutely
do not believe is that lives spent in procuring freedom for any oppressed people are wasted.
To jump back
to a previous war -- the United States was roundly critized because we didn't get into Europe fast enough in World War
II. We could have saved millions of lives from the gas chambers, we were belatedly told.
Yet, when we went into
Iraq after hundreds of thousands of Kurds had been slaughtered, we're now criticized because we've helped a people
that lived under the tyrannical rule of a madman who apparently thought nothing of shooting people right between the eyes
for disagreeing with him.
It hasn't been that long -- 1994 -- since nearly a million Tutsis were massacred
in Rwanda. The Rwandans begged for help. We didn't go.
The United States people is the richest, most benevolent
country on the planet. As long as we are strong, we will always be asked to intervene on behalf of the week.
that the first duty of the strong? To intervene on behalf of the weak? Who else would be able to intervene in their behalf
if we just blindly look the other way and pretend we don't notice when whole cultures are being massacred?
am so proud of all the men and women in our armed forces who help bring freedom to the world.
God bless each
and every one of them.
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This video is the most beautiful depiction of what happens
in the womb when the baby is developing and growing. The video was developed by Yale professor Alexander Tsiaras. Just beautiful.
Warning, though. Some of the images are graphic. But nothing gross. It is just a reminder to me that life is a beautiful baby
and life is absolutely precious. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKyljukBE70&feature=player_embedded#!
July 29, 2012
Update on Quint: He
is making an incredible recovery. The skin cancer is essentially gone. When we met with the surgeon for a post-op appointment
on Friday, we learned that the biopsy of the frozen section shows all the cancer was removed. The incision is healing nicely.
It's about a 6" incision down the side of his face in front of the left ear. The doctor put so many stitches in that
any scar is hardly visible. Thanks to all for prayers you have been lifting up for his health. The surgeon says there are
dissolving stitches in three levels of tissue. We also met with our oncologist last week and he says the lymphocitic/leukemia
will continue to make Quint vulnerable to skin cancers. Please keep him in your prayers so that all his cancers, and mine
as well, will remain in remission.
I received the following about a child's reason for why he believes in God
from our friends, John and Sherre, in Wichita, KS:
Little Boy's Explanation of God
He wrote it for his third grade homework assignment,
to 'explain God.'
I wonder if any of us
could have done as well?
'One of God's main jobs is making people.
He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there
will be enough people to take care of things on earth. He doesn't
make grownups, just babies. I
think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way he doesn't have to take up
time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and fathers.'
'God's second most important job is listening to prayers. An awful lot of this goes on, since some
people, like preachers
and things, pray at times beside bedtime. God doesn't have time to listen to
the radio or TV because of this. Because
he hears everything, there must be a terrible lot of noise in
his ears, unless he has thought of a way to turn it off.'
'God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere which keeps Him pretty busy. So you
shouldn't go wasting
his time by going over your mom and dad's head asking for something they said you
'Atheists are people who don't believe in God. I don't think there are any in Chula Vista [California]. At least
aren't any who come to our church.'
'Jesus is God's Son. He used to do all the hard work, like walking on water and performing miracles
and trying to teach
the people who didn't want to learn about God. They finally got tired of him
preaching to them and they crucified him.
But he was good and kind, like his father, and he told his
father that they didn't know what they were doing and to forgive
them and God said O.K.'
'His dad (God) appreciated everything that he had done and all his hard work on earth so he told him
he didn't have to
go out on the road anymore. He could stay in heaven. So he did. And now he helps
his dad out by listening to prayers
and seeing things which are important for God to take care of
and which ones he can take care of himself without having
to bother God. Like a secretary, only more
'You can pray anytime you want and they are sure to help you because they got it worked out so one of
them is on duty
all the time.'
'You should always go to church on Sunday because it makes God happy, and if there's anybody you want to
Don't skip church to do something you think will be more fun like going to the beach. This is wrong. And
sun doesn't come out at the beach untilnoon anyway.'
'If you don't believe in God, besides being an atheist, you will be very lonely, because your
parents can't go everywhere
with you, like to camp, but God can. It is good to know He's around you when
you're scared, in the dark or when you can't
swim and you get thrown into real deep water by big
'But. . .you shouldn't just always think of what God can do for you. I figure God put me here and he can
take me back
anytime he pleases.
And...that's why I believe in God.'
July 13, 2012
Quint is recuperating
from surgery on July 11, 2012. Surgeon removed a growth on left cheek that turned out to be squamous cell cancer. Prognosis
is good because doctor says he got good margins. Please continue to pray for him. He has a 4" incision on left cheek
from about the corner of his eye all the way down to jawbone. Looks worse than it is.
In another matter, this
link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2172551/Art-genius-Nine-year-old-painter-tipped-greatness-buyers-world-snap-work.html shows some incredible artwork that a young, 9-year old in England, artist has painted and his work is beginning to sell
July 1, 2012
I'm a Lutheran
and I sure wish the Lutheran Church had authored this video or one like it: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=D9vQt6IXXaM&hd
No matter, it's a message that needs saying so hats off to the Catholic church!
On another subject,
the temperature here in Middle Illinois at 6 p.m. as 102.8 degrees. That's really hot.
Stay safe out there. If
you do not have air conditioning, or if your AC goes out in this heat, sit in a tub of cool water. It will do wonders pulling
heat out of your body. And let's remember in prayers all those folks on the eastern seaboard who don't have electricity. They
don't even have fans to plug in.
Kind of reminds me of going to church when I was a kid. Oh, was that hot. And
remember those hand fans that funeral homes gave out free to churches? We wore ours out.
June 24, 2012
The heat is
the story here in the Midwest part of the United States. I can't tell you when the last time there was rain, but the corn
stalks are starting to look pretty wilted. The word "parched" comes to mind. The beans don't look any better either.
So the big conclusion that some people have arrived at is that God is punishing the United States because so many
people have turned away from Him?
And how many?
and doomers pontificate about how we're all going to die and go to hell can't give any numbers. Can't offer any hope.
Well, folks, don't you believe it. God is a God of love. He wants all of us to be saved.
And to those people
who think they can define the reasoning of God are being sacrilegious. They are talking when they should be listing to God.
My God is a God of love. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to die for our sins. Because of that, we are
assured of salvation and life eternal.
But there are those who are going through these crises of faith. They're
noisy. When God talks to you, listen to Him. It's that still, small voice inside you. And don't believe the naysayers who
think they have he last word on what means and what God intends to do. They don't know. They just don't know.
faith is what will bring you closer to God. Let Him into your hearts and listen to Him.
June 6, 2012
We don't laugh enough.
We are not light hearted enough. Way too serious. Oh, there are times when serious is good for you, but there are many more
days when we just are not enjoying a good laugh.
So someone sent me a link to Mark Lowry. He's a Christian comedian
and good for a real belly laugh, I can guarantee you.
Here's the link: http://jesus-loves-you.org/?p=6641
I'm going to You Tube and search for him and see if he's got other material. He's really funny.
May 15, 2012
Our U.S. Constitution
is not flawed. It's not dead. It's not irrelevant!
Those who think it's out of touch with today's "modern
thought" fail to realize that the U.S. Constitution is modernized each time the United States Supreme Court reviews a
law or an incident and decides whether the rights of our citizens are abridged or impeached.
The language of the
U.S. Constitution does, in fact, reside in a little book small enough to fit inside a man's jacket pocket or in a lady's handbag.
However, volumes and volumes of interpretive material fills libraries. Interpretation by the sitting Justices keeps our Constitution
May 12, 2012
Our God is awesome!
God controls the waters and the seas. Take a look at this video of the angry sea. http://www.dump.com/angryseas/
May 10, 2012
I am in the process of researching the involvement and the role that the National Road (U.S. 40) played in military
activities -- specifically troop movements. If you know of any such movements, please email me at email@example.com and put "National Road info" in the subject line. I'd be ever so grateful. If you do not want your name used, be
sure to tell me. Otherwise, I'd like to share that you found the information. This is for a funding opportunity for Effingham
County and it will focus on the role that the National Road has played in the significance of Effingham.
April 27, 2012
Well, that was
a nice little rest.
Since I've last posted, I've fretted that frost would get my lovely irises. It didn't. Nor
did the frost chip away at my roses. I have never had roses blooming in April before. They have exploded into full bloom.
Bright red blooms against our white house. Wow!
And the irises are just as beautiful. I have some really deep purple
irises, light lavender, some two-toned purple and white, bright yellow, a lighter lemon chiffon color, a pink iris and a peach
colored one that is a double.
The spirea finally decided it would bloom too.
All in all, considering
that I did absolutely nothing last year in the flower bed, it's amazing that my little troopers have done as well as they
have. The irises apparently are no longer upset with me for snipping them back at the end of January and early February. Again
in March when they started sending up things that looked like they'd bloom.
We've still had frost tucked in between
80 degree days but nothing serious enough to hurt my darling little flowers.
Quint and I are doing well. We continue
to see our oncologist every three months and get blood work to check markers for cancer that might have decided to invade
us again. So far, so good. Platelet counts are coming back to normal and we're working on our stamina.
I do have
to take some medication for five years -- well, four years now -- that inhibits estrogen. It will keep breast cancer from
recurring. Problem is, it makes the long bones in my legs and muscles in the thighs really ache. Nothing that can't be tolerated
though. Compared to the benefits of what the medicine does for me, I'd say I came out the winner at this point.
lymphoma is still in remission too, so we're pretty health for the shape we're in.
And now I'm going to fix us
a snack of yogurt, sliced strawberries, sliced bananas and walnuts. Then we're going to watch some spy thrillers on Netflix
Nice to be back and thank you for not giving up on me.
April 10, 2012
I am getting
over the grandaddy of all colds. I expect to be better by morning, after having laid around all day today. Finally just gave
it up and stayed in bed.
Until now, that is.
And you know how I love kids and their entrepreneural spirit.
Well, here's a video of a young lad in east LA who build an arcade out of cardboard boxes in his dad's auto parts store. His
name is Caine and he's 9 years old. It's just precious! http://games.yahoo.com/blogs/unplugged/nine-old-cardboard-arcade-launches-college-fund-182844242.html
Oh, and one other thing before I head back to my comfy easy chair. We have frost warnings for tonight. 30 degrees!
My irises and roses are blooming. Wonder how that's going to set with them.
I just thought I'd mention something
about all those spam emails and telemarketer calls you may be getting. Even if you're signed up for "do not call"
lists, you still can get calls. Here's how. If you take part in an online voting request, or if you call to participate in
a TV vote, you are setting up what is known as a "special relationship." Special relationships with a state allows
any advertiser of that station of promo outfit to put you on their callers who are exempt from the "do not call"
If you live in Illinois and you get a telemarketer call, just tell the caller that Illinois is a "do
not call" state and you do not want to be on their lists. They are required to hang up at that point. I've tried it and
Also, here's a tip for getting rid of all those preapproved gimmicks that find their way into your mailbox.
When I get the offers, the first thing I do is draw a big diagnonal line through the offer and write VOID on it. Then I stuff
the document back into the self-addressed postage paid envelope that they provide. The advertisers are going to stop sending
you stuff pretty quick rather than pay postage twice.
April 5, 2012
Thursday - the first part of the Easter trilogy.
Maundy Thursday was the night when Jesus shared bread and wine
with his disciples and commemorated the event that we've followed in the Lutheran Church for ages since that time.
When I was confirmed on Palm Sunday many years ago, Maundy Thursday was the first opportunity I was given as a new confirmant
to take my first communion. It was an awesome experience then, and it continues to be every chance I get.
that it is the same for you as you draw near to the Easter story.
Tomorrow is Good
Friday. Part 2 with the significance of Christ dying on the cross for our sins.
And then, of course, there's Easter
Sunday when we celebrate Christ's resurrection.
Sin and death no longer have a hold on us because Christ died for
April 4, 2012
Ready to watch
a miracle? Here's a video showing a woman in an SUV sinking. She couldn't swim. The SUV sank. But the miracle is not that
she was somehow pulled from the SUV but the after-story: http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2012/04/woman-drowning-in-her-suv-is.html --
May the blessings of Easter catch you up in the miracles going around you every day. Life is a miracle.
God brings miracles to us today just as He did thousands of years ago when Jesus died and rose again. I pray that you will
get caught up in the miracle of the Easter story all over again. Christ died for our sins and rose again, and because He rose
again, we have eternal life guaranteed to us by our Heavenly Father.
April 2, 2012
Want to know what
video of a couple of famous dancers has gotten more than 118 million hits? None other than the big routine from Dirty
Another trivia question that some of you may know the answer to has to do with the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's
failure at sea. April 15 is the date of this tragedy. If you thought most of the folks on board perished in the icy waters,
you'll be surprised to learn that only half died. Well, maybe "only" is not a good word. One would be too many on
a ship that was touted as unsinkable. There were 2,223 passengers and crew. 1,517 died. A little more than half.
April 1, 2012
If you haven't
heard this song by the Barn Again Gang -- On My Father's side -- am sure you'll enjoy it. And thanks to you, Joyce
from Frankfort, IL for sending: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5ddoyfn6g4
And here's Kaitlyn Maher, a 4-year old, singing in America's Got Talent. Mind you, she's had 26,585,501 hits on
her debut on the national stage. She is absolutely adorable! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwAbtizFCzo&feature=related
Kaitlyn Maher again, this time singing Ave Maria - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CR0AXNtwqZE&feature=related
And she got to sing for President and First Lady Laura Bush: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fpt_UU96EG8&feature=related
Here she is singing the National Anthem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhD9kKb3hSM&feature=related
I have not ever heard the story about the "Praying Hands" so I am especially thankful to
Cody in Warrensburg, MO for sending Back in the fifteenth century, in a tiny village near Nuremberg, lived a family with
eighteen children. Eighteen! In order merely to keep food on the table for this mob,
the father and head of the household,
a goldsmith by profession, worked almost
eighteen hours a day at his tradeand any other paying chore he could find in
Despite their seemingly hopeless condition, two of the elder children, Albrecht and
Albert, had a dream. They both wanted to pursue their talent for art, but they knew
full well that their father would
never be financially able to send either of them
to Nuremberg to study at the Academy.
After many long discussions
at night in their crowded bed, the two boys finally
worked out a pact. They would toss a coin. The loser would go down
into the nearby
mines and, with his earnings, support his brother while he attended the academy.
Then, when that
brother who won the toss completed his studies, in four years, he
would support the other brother at the academy, either
with sales of his artwork or,
if necessary, also by laboring in the mines.
They tossed a coin on a Sunday
morning after church. Albrecht Durer won the toss and
went off to Nuremberg.
Albert went down into the dangerous
mines and, for the next four years, financed his
brother, whose work at the academy was almost an immediate sensation.
etchings, his woodcuts, and his oils were far better than those of most of his
professors, and by the
time he graduated, he was beginning to earn considerable fees
for his commissioned works.
When the young
artist returned to his village, the Durer family held a festive
dinner on their lawn to celebrate Albrecht's triumphant
homecoming. After a long and
memorable meal, punctuated with music and laughter, Albrecht rose from his honored
at the head of the table to drink a toast to his beloved brother for the
years of sacrifice that had enabled Albrecht
to fulfill his ambition. His closing
words were, "And now, Albert, blessed brother of mine, now it is your turn.
can go to Nuremberg to pursue your dream,and I will take care of you."
All heads turned in eager
expectation to the far end of the table where Albert sat,
tears streaming down his pale face, shaking his lowered head
from side to side while
he sobbed and repeated, over and over, "No ...no....no ..no."
Albert rose and wiped the tears from his cheeks. He glanced down the long
table at the faces he loved, and then, holding
his hands close to his right cheek,
he said softly, "No, brother. I cannot go to Nuremberg. It is too late for me.
... Look what four years in the mines have done to my hands! The bones in every
finger have been smashed at
least once, and lately I have been suffering from
arthritis so badly In my right hand that I cannot even hold a glass
to return your
toast, much less make delicate lines on parchment or canvas with a pen or a brush.
No, brother ....for
me it is too late."
More than 450 years have passed. By now, Albrecht Durer's hundreds of masterful
pen and silver-point sketches, water colors, charcoals, woodcuts, and
copper engravings hang in every great museum in
the world, but the odds are great
that you, like most people, are familiar with only one of Albrecht Durer's works.
More than merely being familiar with it, you very well may have a reproduction
hanging in your home or office.
One day, to pay homage to Albert for all that he had sacrificed, Albrecht Durer
painstakingly drew his brother's
abused hands with palms together and thin fingers
stretched skyward. He called his powerful drawing simply "Hands,"
but the entire
world almost immediately opened their hearts to his great masterpiece and renamed
his tribute of
love "The Praying Hands."
March 30, 2012
I have to
share with you that the operators of this web site have become increasingly frustration to work with. The way I see it, I
have two choices: (1) shut down the site altogether and discontinue the blogs, or (2) find a site that is more responsive
to what I want from a web site.
In the meantime, one of the questions that Jesus asked is #80 -- If you do not
believe Moses' writings, how will you believe me? (John 5:47)
Old Testament writings often come under fire as being
"irrelevant" or "out of date" or just "too old."
All of those excuses are flawed,
in my view.
In the first place, the Word of God is eternal.
Because the Word is eternal, it transcends
time and space.
For that reason, when you read the Bible, the breath of God is still on the paper; still on the
words. The Bible is the Word of God. It will never get "too old" or "out of date."
the Word. Absorb it; take it in. If you find any challenge whatsoever about understanding what some passages mean, then the
Counselor will be sent to you, just for the asking. Just pray that Jesus will send you His Counselor to assist you in your
Blessings to you in your spiritual journey through the Word of God.
March 27, 2012
Here is one
of the most precious tapes I've ever heard of a child: http://www.maniacworld.com/stay-calm-dad.html From my friend Shirley in Arizona. It's just precious!
This is a video I found on my own. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rtt-TmReaw&feature=related I love the innocence of this little girl. I pray that she will hold onto her dreams all her life and never let anyone
snatch them away from her.
God keeps the dreams of children in his right hand pocket. And woe be to those who
steal the dreams of a child.
Today I am going to discuss Question #66 from Luke 18:7 -- Will not God then
secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night?
In the first place, I consider myself
one of God's chosen ones because I claim the inheritance of being a child of God.
And how did I get to
be a child of God? Simple. I believe that Jesus Christ, God's only Son, died for my sins and offered me salvation. By doing
this, He names says that I share in the inheritance of God's richest blessings.
And you most certainly can enjoy
this same inheritance and become a Child of God by believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins too.
that simple. You have only to believe.
This is my right, in God's own words. He says: Will not God then secure
the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? I believe that because I know that God does not lie.
He's good for His promises and when He says He's going to secure my rights, what do I have to fear?
And do I call
out to God day and night? Yes. In my car when I head out to work. I pray that some idiot does not plow into me head-on. I
pray that I don't get tee-boned by someone running a red light or a stop sign.
I pray that when I enter that miraculous
place of empty thoughts of what seems to be unconsciousness, that the veil will be lifted in the morning and I will re-awaken
to a new day. Sleep itself is a miracle. We fall into a mindless abyss every night and awaken refreshed to a new day. Is that
a miracle or what? How does God do that?
I remember reading or hearing this "what if" thought that when
you awaken in the morning, what if the only things you had in your life were the things you thanked God for yesterday! Kind
of put a new perspective on things for me. Instead of just nagging and nagging -- which I can be pretty good at -- for things
I think I want, or things I think I need -- I stop every day and thank God for what He gives me. The gifts are enormous and
I only get them because He is a gracious God. I certainly deserve nothing.
But all day and all night I talk to
God. We have an ongoing conversation. Help me with this, please. Oh, and thank you for that. Or how about all those problems
that you just can't seem to solve. Then He says, "I can help you with that." Or, after the problem is solved and
I nod a quiet thank you, He says "All you had to do was ask."
God is my friend. This King of the Universe
took notice of me when I was about four years old. That's when I started talking to Him in my head. I knew it was God because
I learned about Him in Sunday School. My Sunday School teacher told me I could just talk to God simply like he was an ordinary
person. I took her at her word and have never thought of God as anything but.
Even though I know for sure, now
that I have a few more years on me, that God is nothing ordinary at all. But I also know that He is never too busy to secure
my rights as one of His chosen ones.
Enjoy your day and rest easy in your sleep, dear friends. God is watching
out for you.
March 26, 2012
#32 that Jesus asked was, "Could you not watch for me one brief hour?" -- Matt. 26:40
There are lots
and lots of ways to travel through the Lenten season on the way to Calvary. And the reasons for doing things differently are
many and varied.
People offer up the thought that they can worship anywhere. They feel just as close to God, they
say, when they are listening to a beautiful piece of music, or walking through the woods in the late afternoon.
things are true.
But it seems to me that if you want to go down that path to Calvary, you ought to do it the way
that Jesus wants you to do it. Not the way you think, in your not-so-infinite pseudo-wisdom of coming up with these cute
little excuses. Cute, you think.
Truth is, Jesus wants you to go to your church, or your temple and watch
with him there, in that place.
This question that Jesus asks from Matthew sounds like a plea to me. Couldn't
you watch with me one hour?
Well, sure you could, if you thought it was important enough.
and I go to Lenten services and the church is not even half full. Where is everybody? Working? Playing? Doing homework? Driving
around? Out to dinner? Where are you? Those who couldn't come to this worshiping place to watch with Jesus one hour.
What if I told you that I had learned that Jesus was going to make one of those rare earthly appearances for one week only.
He was actually going to come to church because He wanted to talk to me.
I'd move heaven and earth to get there
on time. I want to meet this man while He's still alive. You bet I'd watch with him an hour. In fact, I'll stay up all night
if he stuck around to talk to me.
And talks to me He does. When I'm sitting in that pew, I can almost feel his
eyes burning a hole in my skin. Kind of at the back of my neck. I can almost feel his hand on my shoulder while he bends around
to look at me and whispers to me, "I'm so glad you came tonight. I'm doing this all for you, you know."
He's my Savior. We're connected. It must break His heart to see so many empty pews when they should be overflowing with
people who are willing to give Him one hour of their busy schedules.
"Why couldn't you watch with me one
hour?" He asks. It's a question you'll have all of eternity to answer Him one day.
March 25, 2012
Now this is precious!
It's a two year old dancing to Jailhouse Rock. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wt824D1Bqg He's got some good moves too.
March 24, 2012
At this time
of year, one of my favorite places on earth is Kentucky when the dogwood and redbud are in full bloom -- and nowhere are they
more beautiful than my home town -- Paducah, Kentucky.
Just look at these gorgeous photos and you'll see what I
These quips come from my cousin who lives in a small town not too far from Houston -- well, in Texas, 200 miles
is a "small distance" I think: THE POSITIVE SIDE OF LIFE:
Living on Earth is expensive,
but it does include a free trip
around the sun every year.
How long a minute is
depends on what side of the
bathroom door you're on.
Birthdays are good for you;
the more you have,
the longer you live.
Happiness comes through doors you
didn't even know you left open.
Ever notice that the people who are late
are often much jollier
than the people who have to wait for them?
Most of us go to our grave
with our music still inside of us.
If WalMart is lowering prices every day,
how come nothing is free yet?
You may be only one person in the world,
but you may also be the world to one person.
Some mistakes are too much fun
to only make once.
Don't cry because it's over;
smile because it happened.
We could learn a lot from crayons:
some are sharp, some are pretty,
some are dull, some have weird names,
and all are different colors....but
they all exist very nicely in the same box.
A truly happy person is one who
can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
Have an awesome day, and
know that someone
who thinks you're great
has thought about you today!..
"And that person was me.".....
Please don't keep this message
to yourself.....send it to those
who mean so much to you.... "NOW".
Thank you, Frances. I love the one about some mistakes. Hope you don't have too many people
out there who are all to eager to point each and every little mistake you make. Those, I think, are the ones who go to
their graves with the music still living inside them. It's just too much "vinegar energy" to look for flaws in people.
And God knows I have more than my share, it seems. But here's the thing: I don't make mistakes on purpose and I never
make mistakes with the idea of making someone's misery index go up. I just thank God that I am surrounded by true
friends who cut me some slack. You know the ones. They really care about you. I like the idea that we are all living in a
big crayon box. That has to be one of those lessons learned in kindergarten. But then, I'm old enough to realize that
we didn't have kindergarten when I started school.
I celebrated kicking off my educational pursuits by going down
the big slide on the playground with a somersault from the top. I was grounded from recess for the rest of the week.
These beautiful thoughts also come from Frances:
JUST TO LET YOU KNOW THAT IT IS CHRISTIAN
PERSON WEEK AND YOU SHOULD SEND THIS TO
ALL BEAUTIFUL CHRISTIAN PEOPLE
When I say that 'I am
a Christian', I am not shouting that 'I am clean living. I'm
whispering 'I was lost, but now I'm found and forgiven.'
When I say 'I am a Christian' I don't speak of this with pride. I'm confessing that
I stumble and need Christ
to be my guide.
When I say 'I am a Christian' I'm not trying to be strong. I'm professing that I'm
need His strength to carry on.
When I say 'I am a Christian' I'm not bragging of success. I'm admitting I have
failed and need God to clean my mess.
When I say 'I am a Christian' I'm not claiming to be perfect. My flaws
are far too
visible, but God believes I am worth it.
When I say 'I am a Christian' I still feel the sting
of pain. I have my share of
heartaches, so I call upon His name.
When I say 'I am a Christian' I'm not holier
than thou, I'm just a simple sinner who
received God's good grace, somehow!
Today is Beautiful Christian Person's
Pretty is as Pretty does but, Beautiful is just plain Beautiful..
I'm supposed to send this to Beautiful
and you are one of them!!!
March 21, 2012
sermon text at our 5th Midweek Lenten Service in Matthew 28:16-20 comes the command of Jesus that we are to go into all the
world and make disciples of all men.
Well, I don't know about you but I can't go to the airport and get a ticket
to go to some faraway place and work in a mission field. But those very words are the marching orders of the church.
What I can do is partner with the Lutheran Women's Missionary League and be a supplier of stuff that missionaries
can use. Quilts, for instance. Quilts are made in Lutheran churches all across this country. They find their way into orphanages.
In hospitals. In remote villages where they are placed over a low branch and become the roof of a home. If the villager is
lucky, a second quilt could be a floor. We need more quilts -- more than the 355,000 that have been made this winter. That
means there will be an unmet need.
Our church is going to put baby kits together. These baby kits will have a few
diapers in them. Some tee shirts. Some tiny little caps. Diaper pins and little sleepers. We're making the receiving blankets
and it will have a bunch of baby supplies in it, then pinned with the diaper pins. Missionaries can take these baby kits and
go into villages and give them to new mothers who often don't have clothes for newborn babies. And if they have a receiving
blanket at all, it was made from their old clothes that were too worn out to use anymore. Imagine the joy when a new mom gets
a bright, colorful receiving blanket that has been made with so much love and joy and prayers!
Yes, the women of
the Lutheran Women's Missionary League can partner with missionaries who are in a position to tell others first-hand what
Jesus has done for them. They can ground others by bringing them the Word of God.
And how long are we supposed
to do all this?
Jesus says "Until the end of the age." That is, we're supposed to keep on keeping on
until Jesus comes back for us.
In the meantime, there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of ways that
I can reach out to people around the world and spread the wonderful message that Jesus Christ died for our sins and because
of his death on the cross, we can claim salvation as a child of God.
So this is the reason I write this blog. It's
my way of going around the world to talk to people about what Christ has done for each one of us. That would be you. And it
would be me. My computer is my magic carpet and on it, I can ride through cyberspace to reach you in 23 countries so far this
God bless each and every one of you.
March 20, 2012
results in Illinois: http://www.wthitv.com/subindex/elections/results Not all results are in at this writing.
If you are anywhere near middle Illinois on March 23, you could do
yourself a favor and go to the Effingham Performance Center at 8:00 p.m. and catch the show headlined by Scott Wattles of
Blue Suede Crew. Tickets are $5. He's an incredible performer for those of us who wax nostalgia over Elvis, Roy Orbison, Marty
Robbins, and a host of others. What a voice!
We had an opportunity to hear him for the first time on Sunday evening.
All Gospel songs. And a standing ovation for How Great Thou Art!
If I tried that it would come under the
category of making a joyful noise, but I am filled with appreciation for anyone who can sing really well. We are fortunate
because own Pastor Rensner is also a wonderful vocalist. I love listening to someone who loves to sing. And both these gentlemen
Earthquake near Acapulco registers 7.6! That's a really hefty earthquake even if it is about 200 miles
from Acapulco. God is sure rattling the earth these days. Two hundred miles is nothing when an earthquake ripples its way
through the earth.
It is still 78 degrees in the house. And Quint mowed the grass -- or part of it -- yesterday
afternoon. Don't remember that happening in March. Ever. We sure do enjoy having the windows open and soft warm breezes blowing
across us when we're sleeping though.
We pray for God's blessings to all of you. Some of you are living in dangerous area and you are especially in our prayers.
And we thank you for prayers too.
March 19, 2012
quote: PEOPLE MAY NOT REMEMBER EXACTLY WHAT YOU DID, OR WHAT YOU
SAID ~BUT~THEY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HOW YOU MADE THEM
It's time for a patriotic song and this just arrived from Shirley, my favorite snow bird who has not
returned from Arizona yet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TPgJSZf5Vw&feature=youtu.be
And here's a cute little story sent by our friends John and Sherre in Wichita:
Subject: A New Pet
A single guy decided life would be more fun if he had a pet.
So he went to the pet store and told the owner
That he wanted to buy an unusual pet.
After some discussion, he finally bought a talking centipede,
(100-legged bug), which came in a little white box
To use for his house.
He took the box back home, found a good spot for the box,
And decided he would start off by taking his new pet
To church with him.
So he asked the centipede in the box,
"Would you like to go
To church with me today?
We will have a good time."
But there was no answer from his new pet.
This bothered him a bit, but he waited a few minutes
And then asked again,
"How about going
To church with me
And receive blessings?"
But again,there was no answer
From his new friend and pet.
So he waited a few minutes more,
Thinking about the situation.
The guy decided to invite the centipede one last time.
This time he put his face up against
The centipede ' s house and shouted,
"Hey, in there!
Would you like to go
ARE GOING TO LOVE THIS ......
Came out of the box,
"I heard you the first time!
I ' m putting my shoes on!"
March 17, 2012
the day when the whole world is Irish. That includes my cousin, Mark, who sends this blessing. It's beautiful poetry by Phil
Coulter and narrated by Roma Downey. I thank you Mark for this beautiful blessing and, in turn, send it along to all my friends:
http://www.andiesisle.com/ThisBlessingIsForYou.html Looking at the beautiful photos, I am reminded of a wonderful vacation that Quint and I took to Ireland a few years
ago. It's a beautiful country and I got an answer to why the green grass is so vibrant and emerald colored. Supposedly it's
because of the high level of minerals in the soil, most particularly calcium. And that's one of the reasons why Queen Elizabeth
sends here pregnant horses to Ireland to deliver. Munching on good Irish green grass makes for healthy bones for the baby
horse in the mom's womb, and also when the little baby horse starts to grow and develop. The grass really is emerald colored.
They aren't just kididng.
Ready for a little humor? This comes from my friend Cody in Warrensburg, MO:
Billy Graham was returning to Charlotte after a speaking engagement and when his
Plane arrived there was a limousine
there to transport him to his home.
As he prepared to get into the limo, he stopped and spoke to the driver.
'You know' he said, 'I am 87 years old and I have never
Driven a limousine. Would you mind if I drove
it for a while?'
The driver said,
'No problem. Have at it.'
Billy gets into the driver's
seat and they head off
Down the highway.
A short distance away
Sat a rookie State Trooper operating his
first speed trap.
The long black limo went by him doing 70 in a 55 mph zone.
The trooper pulled out
And easily caught the limo
And he got out of his patrol car to begin the procedure.
The young trooper walked
up to the driver's door
And when the glass
Was rolled down,
He was surprised to see
Who was driving.
He immediately excused himself and went back to his car
And called his supervisor.
'I know we are supposed
To enforce the law....
But I also know that
Given certain courtesies.
I need to know what
I should do because
I have stopped a
The supervisor asked,
'Is it the governor?'
The young trooper said,
he's more important
The supervisor said,
'Oh, so it's the president.'
'No, he's even more
Important than that.'
The supervisor finally asked,
then, who is it?'
The young trooper said,
'I think it's Jesus,
Because he's got Billy Graham
for a chauffeur!'
Smile - God loves you! I ask the Lord to bless you, as I pray for you today;
To guide you
and protect you, as you go along your way
God's love is always with you, God's promises are true.
you give God all your cares, believe with all your might that God will see you through.
March 16, 2012
I see a lot
of anxious people who come for counseling. And even though anxious people want very much to not be anxious anymore, they resist
doing the very thing that un-anxious people know all about. That is, un-anxious people live their lives on a foundation of
faith. Christ lives in their hearts. The Holy Spirit is used as a daily ever-ready counselor.
In going down the
list of 100 Questions That Jesus Asked, I come to Luke 12:26 which asks: If even the smallest things
are beyond your control, why are you anxious about the rest?
It's a humbling thought that we don't
have all that much control over the external events of our lives. For instance, there's that old Liar, Satan, who likes to
poke his nose into every facet of our business. He'd like to think we're easy pickings for his nasty little harvest. And beware
that you say such things as, "I'd give anything ..." Satan is the one who will seize that opportunity and yes, he
can grant your wishes, too. Many times he does. Then he comes back for payment from you a nickel at a time.
want wealth? Satan will give it to you. Then what? How many lives have been ruined by winning the lottery? But you say you'd
like to just try it? Don't bother. Satan doesn't play fair. He wants to own you, lock stock and barrel.
on the other hand, says, Do my work and I will prosper you. God is not against prosperity. It's not money that gets
people in trouble. Rather, it's the love of moneythat leads to sin. The love of money leads to greed and corruption.
People who are thousandaires strive to become millionaires. Millionaires strive to become billionaires. No matter how weather
they are, they are never satisfied with what they have. Prosperity, on the other hand, comes with contentment.
we are prosperous we thank the Lord that we have enough to spare and some left to share.
Lots of people are anxious
about money because they have this idea that they want more and more and more, and never realizing that they don't have enough,
and probably will never have enough to suit them.
But money isn't the only thing that causes so much anxiety. It's
the fear that we're never going to be in control of situations or events in our lives.
When you look at your life,
what is it that you think you do have control over? Your children? Your addicted spouse? Your job? Your ability to drive down
the street and not have an accident? Your shopping for food and making the assumption that the food hasn't been tampered with
by an idiot who has figured out a way to slip a poison into your food without it being detected until you get sick and are
rushed to a hospital? Or you order and egg at a restaurant and get a dose of salmonella.
How's that control thing
working out for you?
But here's what you do. First of all, get down on your knees and pray to God. Pray to Jesus
Christ. Ask the Holy Spirit to come into your heart and help you figure things out better. God likes our prayers better when
we are reverent, I've found. That's why kneeling is best; it's humbling.
Don't want to do that? Well, you don't
have to. Life can continue the way it's been going for you if you are filled with fears and anxieties. But if you want your
life to change, let Jesus Christ into your heart. He has solutions for you that you can't even imagine.
Master of the universe and it's Jesus Christ who is the agent of change in your life, not you.
March 15, 2012
Oh my, what
a beautiful day we had today. It warmed up to a perfect 74 degrees. Soft, gentle breezes. Then there was this dark, ugly row
of clouds that I had my eye on as I drove to work. It was about twenty miles away. Never did get a drop of rain. The clouds
scooted east and stayed out of my way. The storm must have hit Detroit. I saw some pretty ugly video of tornadoes over there
late this afternoon. Lots of damage and rubble. Hope there were no casualties.
On another subject, I have been
thinking about compassion a lot these days. The people who are able to express and share it with others are so welcome in
my world. Here's the deal. We all have to fashion our responses to other people similarly to what our Lord and Savior, Jesus
Christ, would do.
Compassion and gentle tenderness. And love and kindness. And helping one another.
comes from good friend Shirley all the way from Arizona:
This is SIMPLY AWESOME!I’ve never seen this
before! Whoever put “The Resume of
Jesus Christ” together is surelya blessing to us all! Please share
it! The last
sentence says it all...
The Resume of Jesus Christ
Phone: Romans 10:13
Website: The Bible . Keywords: Christ, Lord, Savior
My name is Jesus -The
Christ. Many call me Lord! I've sent you my resume because
I'm seeking the top management position in your
heart. Please consider my
accomplishments as set forth in my resume.
I founded the earth and established the heavens, (See Proverbs 3:19)
formed man from the dust of the ground, (See Genesis 2:7)
I breathed into man the breath of life,
(See Genesis 2:7)
I redeemed man from the curse of the law, (See Galatians 3:13)
The blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant comes upon your life through me, (See
I've only had one employer, (See Luke 2:49 ).
never been tardy, absent, disobedient, slothful or disrespectful.
My employer has nothing
but rave reviews for me, (See Matthew 3:15 -17)
Skills Work Experiences
Some of my skills and work experiences include: empowering
the poor to be poor no
more, healing the broken hearted, setting the captives free, healing the sick,
sight to the blind and setting at liberty them that are bruised, (See
am a Wonderful Counselor, (See Isaiah 9:6). People who listen to me shall dwell
safely and shall not fear evil,
(See Proverbs 1:33 ).
Most importantly, I have the authority, ability and power to
cleanse you of your
sins, (See I John 1:7-9)
I encompass the entire breadth and length of knowledge,
wisdom and understanding,
(See Proverbs 2:6).
In me are hid all of the treasures
of wisdom and knowledge, (See Colossians 2:3).
My Word is so powerful; it has been
described as being a lamp unto your feet and a
light unto your path, (See Psalms 119:105).
I can even tell you all of the secrets of your heart, (See Psalms 44:21).
I was an active participant in the greatest Summit Meeting
of all times, (See
Genesis 1:26 ).
I laid down my life so that you may live, (See
II Corinthians 5:15 ).
I defeated the arch enemy of God and mankind and made a
show of them openly, (See
Colossians 2:15 ).
I've miraculously fed the poor, healed
the sick and raised the dead!
There are many more major accomplishments, too many
to mention here. You can read
them on my website, which is located at: www dot - the BIBLE. You don't need
Internet connection or computer to access my website.
Believers and followers worldwide will testify to my divine healing, salvation,
deliverance, miracles, restoration and supernatural guidance.
Now that you've read my resume, I'm confident that I'm the only candidate
qualified to fill this vital position in your heart. In summation, I will properly
direct your paths,
(See Proverbs 3:5-6), and lead you into everlasting life, (See
John 6:47 ). When can I start? Time is of
the essence, (See Hebrews 3:15 ).
Send this resume to everyone you know,
you never know
may have an opening!
Thanks for your help.
March 14, 2012
I just got
this link from my friend in the Quad Cities area in northern Illinois. It's an eagle mom sitting on her nest. And the article
points out that the nest if seven feet in diameter! http://www.alcoa.com/locations/usa_davenport/en/info_page/eaglecam.asp
Got this from Mary, a friend who lives in Springfield. It comes to her from an attorney. And just an aside, when
your credit card is stolen, you do know that you have to file the report in the police department where the fraud/theft took
place, don't you? There's lot of good advice here and I thank you, Mary, for sending this. I'm going to write "photo
ID required" on each card as I receive new ones. That's a great idea!
All Credit Card Users Advice
Advice for all credit card users posted by Bluwolf at Caps Corner
Sunday morning 03/11/2012
bluwolf] Read this and make a copy
for your files in case you need to refer to it
we should all
take some of his advice! A corporate attorney sent
the following out to the
employees in his
1.Do not sign the back of your credit cards.
Instead, put 'PHOTO ID REQUIRED.'
you are writing checks to pay
on your credit card accounts, DO NOT put the complete account number on the
line. Instead, just put the last four
numbers. The credit card company
knows the rest of the number, and anyone
who might be handling your check as it
passes through all the check processing
channels won't have access to it.
3.Put your work phone # on your checks instead of your home phone. If
you have a PO Box use that instead
of your home address. If you do not have a PO
Box, use your work address. Never have your SS# printed on your checks.
You can add it if it is necessary. But if you have It printed, anyone can get
the contents of your wallet on photocopy machine. Do both sides of each
license, credit card, etc. You will know what
you had in your wallet and all of
the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel. Keep the photocopy in
a safe place. I also carry a photocopy of my passport when I travel either here
or abroad. We've all heard horror
stories about fraud that's committed on us in
stealing a Name, address,Social Security number, credit cards..
Unfortunately, I, an attorney, have firsthand knowledge because my
wallet was stolen last month. Within a week, the
thieves ordered an expensive
monthly cell phone package, applied for a VISA credit card, had a credit line
to buy a Gateway computer, received a PIN number from DMV to change my
driving record information online, and more.
But here's some critical information to limit the damage in case this happens to you or someone you know:
5.We have been told we should cancel our credit cards immediately.
But the key is having the toll free numbers and
your card numbers handy so you
know whom to call. Keep those where you can find them.
6.. File a police
report immediately in the jurisdiction where your credit cards, etc.,
were stolen. This proves to credit providers you
were diligent, and this is a
first step toward an investigation (if there ever is one). But here's what is
most important of all: (I never even thought to do this.)
Call the 3 national credit reporting organizations
immediately to place a fraud
alert on your name and also call the Social Security fraud line number. I had
heard of doing that until advised by a bank that called to tell me an
application for credit was made over the Internet
in my name. The alert means
any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen, and they
to contact you by phone to authorize new credit.
By the time I
was advised to do this, almost two
weeks after the theft, all the damage had
been done. There are records of all the credit checks initiated by the thieves'
purchases, none of which I knew about before placing the alert. Since then, no
additional damage has been done,
and the thieves threw my wallet away this
weekend (someone turned it in). It seems to have stopped them dead in their
Now, here are the numbers you always need to contact about
your wallet, if it has been
2.) Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742
3.) Trans Union : 1-800-680 7289 1-800-680 7289
4.) Social Security Administration
(fraud line): 1-800-269-0271
We pass along jokes on the Internet; we pass along
just about everything. If you are willing to pass this information along, it
could really help someone that you care
March 13, 2012
It has been
a really long day at an all day board meeting for Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML). The location of the meeting is
some 95 miles from home. We passed a resolution for mission grants in the amount of $75,000.
The women of the LWML
are amazing. They collect small amounts of change on a regular basis and add them all together and pretty soon, there are
thousands of dollars in our district, and almost two million at the national level. Then the money is sent all around the
world to help feed hungry children, start new churches, help church workers go to school, and a wide variety of projects that
One of the member groups, called Societies, is finishing up some 170 quilts they have been making
this winter. Another group, from my zone, has made 127 quilts. These quilts will be sent to Lutheran World Relief and shipped
to people around the world wherever they are needed.
It's a long day to meet for quarterly board meetings but
it's refreshing to partner with so many other women of faith who share a single commitment to help make the world a better
place to live in.
We had a mission pastor speak at our church last Sunday and he tells of the horrible poverty
in Central America. Did you know that there are children who do not have clothes to wear. And they eat maybe once every two
or three days?
Why aren't more people on fire with a passion to join in a partnership with churches that are working
hard in these poverty-stricken countries? These are the groups that make sure almost 100% of any money that's collected goes
right where it's needed. And much of that money is spent distributing the goods that are collected.
Pray for the
hungry and the naked children who live in squalor and poverty.
God bless you, each and every one.
March 11, 2012
the day when it feels like we've moved into another time zone -- one just to the west of us because the sun stays up longer.
My dear friend Joyce sent me this link to a video that is nothing short of adorable.
It's about a mother black bear and her three newborn cubs getting tagged in the wilds of Ontario. The commentator
is pretty funny too. Thank you, Joyce.
Here's another one from Joyce. It's about a young woman who's talking to
her grandpa about the ipad she gave him. He assures her that he's using it and knows all about the apps, etc. Watch this:
-- See, don't tell fibs.
And this comes from my cousin, Frances, in southern Texas:
How children perceive their Grandparents......
1. She was in the bathroom, putting on her makeup, under
eyes of her young granddaughter, as she'd done many times before.
After she applied her lipstick and
started to leave, the little one
said, "But Grandma, you forgot to kiss the toilet paper good-bye!" I
probably never put lipstick on again without thinking about
kissing the toilet paper good-bye....
2. My young
grandson called the other day to wish me Happy Birthday.
He asked me how old I was, and I told him, 80. My grandson was
for a moment, and then he asked, "Did you start at 1?"
3. After putting her grandchildren
to bed, a grandmother changed into
old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair. As she
children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience
grew thin. Finally, she threw a towel around her head and stormed
their room, putting them back to bed with stern warnings. As she left
the room, she heard the three-year-old
say with a trembling voice,
"Who was THAT?"
4. A grandmother was telling her little granddaughter
what her own
childhood was like. "We used to skate outside on a pond. I had a swing
made from a tire; it hung
from a tree in our front yard. We rode our
pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods."
The little girl
was wide-eyed, taking this all in. At last she said,
"I sure wish I'd gotten to know you sooner!"
5. My grandson was visiting one day when he asked, "Grandma, do you
know how you and God are alike?" I mentally
polished my halo and I
said, "No, how are we alike?'' "You're both old," he replied.
6. A little
girl was diligently pounding away on her grandfather's
word processor. She told him she was writing a story.
it about?" he asked.
"I don't know," she replied. "I can't read."
7. I didn't know
if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so I
decided to test her. I would point out something and ask what color
was. She would tell me and was always correct. It was fun for me, so I
continued. At last, she headed for the
door, saying, "Grandma, I think
you should try to figure out some of these colors yourself!"
When my grandson Billy and I entered our vacation cabin, we kept
the lights off until we were inside to keep from attracting
insects. Still, a few fireflies followed us in. Noticing them before I
did, Billy whispered, "It's no
use Grandpa. Now the mosquitoes are
coming after us with flashlights."
9. When my grandson asked me how
old I was, I teasingly replied, "I'm
not sure." "Look in your underwear, Grandpa," he advised "Mine
I'm 4 to 6."
10.. A second grader came home from school and said to her
guess what? We learned how to make babies
today." The grandmother, more than a little surprised, tried to keep
her cool. "That's interesting." she said... "How do you make babies?"
replied the girl. "You just change 'y' to 'i' and add 'es'."
11. Children's Logic: "Give me a sentence
about a public servant,"
said a teacher. The small boy wrote: "The fireman came down the ladder
The teacher took the lad aside to correct him. "Don't you
know what pregnant means?" she asked.
said the young boy confidently. 'It means carrying a child."
12. A grandfather was delivering his grandchildren
to their home one
day when a fire truck zoomed past. Sitting in the front seat of the
fire truck was a Dalmatian
dog. The children started discussing the
"They use him to keep crowds back," said one child.
"No," said another. "He's just for good luck.."
A third child brought the argument to a close."They
use the dogs," she
said firmly, "to find the fire hydrants."
13. A 6-year-old was asked where
his grandma lived. "Oh," he said,
"she lives at the airport, and when we want her, we just go get her.
Then, when we're done having her visit, we take her back to the
14. Grandpa is the smartest
man on earth! He teaches me good things,
but I don't get to see him enough to get as smart as him!
Grandparents are funny, when they bend over, you hear gas leaks
and they blame their dog.
March 7, 2012
Got this earnest
prayer from a dear friend, Diane, who lives in Hidalgo:
Hi Lord, its me.* *We are getting older and
things are getting bad here.*
*Gas prices are too high, no jobs, food and heating costs too high.* *I
have taken you out of our schools, government and even* *Christmas,
but Lord I'm asking you to come back* *and re-bless
America .* *We really
need you!* *There are more of us who want you than those who don't!* *Thank
Lord,* *I Love you.* *If you agree, send it on---if not just delete.*
*Only you & the Lord will know.*
*"Life without God is** **like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point."*
As a side note, there
is a prayer group that stops to pray at 8:00 p.m. Central Standard Time. The prayer is for America to return to its Christian
roots and rid Washington, D. C. of all corrupt politicians. People all over the country are joining together in this common
prayer. Join in if you can.
Last night was Ladies Aid at church. What a privilege it is to meet with other women
of like Christian values and to share God's word in a Bible Study, then our hostess for the evening, Melissa, made a wonderful
spread of fresh fruit. She also made cookies but I didn't have any. It seems that sugar has become my enemy since learning
that I have gout that settled in my lower back and my right thumb. The medicine that I now take is for people who specifically
took Cytoxan as a chemo treatment for breast cancer. So, no sugary desserts. But then, since Quint is diabetic,
Splenda has become my friend. And I can also get chocolate covered cherries from Figi's and have them shipped to me. Yummmmmmy!
It's really windy here. So bad that the windmill has blown over twice in the last day or so. I also heard that
there were 90 mph gusts in Las Vegas. Not that anybody who goes to Las Vegas goes outside to stand on the sidewalks to enjoy
the weather. I mean, they don't even have clocks in the casinos. They'd probably like it if people took their watches off,
but that's not happening much either.
Got this from both cousins, Mark and Alan, so you know it's serious
Can't eat pork,
Can't eat chicken,
Can't eat Beef, Mad cow
Can't eat eggs, Salmonella.
eat fish, heavy metal poisons in their waters.
Can't eat fruits and veggies E coli, insecticides and herbicides.
I believe that leaves Chocolate
and ice cream!!!!!!!!
Remember - - - 'STRESSED'
March 5, 2012
Got this poignant
story from cousin Mark. Enjoy! Gratitude is a acquired pleasure.Have a great day full of love and happiness.
Change Your Thinking
Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room.
One man was allowed
to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain
the fluid from his lungs.
His bed was next
to the room's only window.
The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.
The men talked
for hours on end.
They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement
military service, where they had been on vacation..
Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the window could
sit up, he would pass
the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the
The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world
would be broadened and enlivened
by all the activity and colour of the world
The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake.
Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young
lovers walked arm in arm amidst
flowers of every colour and a fine view of the city
skyline could be seen in the distance.
As the man by
the window described all this in exquisite details, the man on the
other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine
this picturesque scene.
One warm afternoon, the man by the window described a parade passing by.
the other man could not hear the band - he could see it in his mind's eye
as the gentleman by the window portrayed it
with descriptive words.
Days, weeks and months passed.
One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring
water for their baths only to find the
lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep.
She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.
As soon as it seemed appropriate,
the other man asked if he could be moved next to
the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making
sure he was
comfortable, she left him alone.
Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to
take his first look at the
real world outside. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window besides the bed.
It faced a blank wall.
The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had
described such wonderful things outside this window.
The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not
even see the wall.
She said, 'Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.'
is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations.
Shared grief is half the sorrow, but
happiness when shared, is doubled.
And these quips from "kids in church" comes from dear friend,
Cody, in Warrensburg, MO:
A little boy was in a relative's wedding.
As he was coming down the aisle, he would
take two steps,
stop, and turn to the crowd.
While facing the crowd, he would put his hands
up like claws and roar.
So it went, step, step, ROAR, step, step, ROAR, all the way down the
As you can imagine, the crowd was near tears from laughing so hard
by the time he reached the pulpit.
When asked what he was doing, the child sniffed and said,
"I was being the Ring Bear."
Sunday in a Midwest City ,
a young child was "acting up" during the morning worship hour.
The parents did their best to maintain some sense of order in the pew
but were losing the battle.
Finally, the father picked the little fellow up
and walked sternly up the aisle on his way out.
Just before reaching the safety of the foyer,
the little one called loudly to the congregation,
me! Pray for me!"
One particular four-year old prayed,
"And forgive us our trash baskets
as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets."
A little boy was overheard praying:
if you can't make me a better boy, don't worry about it.
I'm having a real good time like I am."
School teacher asked her little children, as they were on the way to church
service, "And why is it necessary to
be quiet in church?"
One bright little girl replied, "Because people are sleeping."
A little boy opened the big and old family Bible with fascination,
at the old pages as he turned them.
Then something fell out of the Bible.
He picked it
up and looked at it closely.
It was an old leaf from a tree that has been pressed in between the pages.
look what I found," the boy called out.
"What have you got there, dear?" his mother asked.
With astonishment in the young boy's voice he answered,
"I think it's Adam 's suit".
The preacher was wired for sound with a lapel mike,
and as he preached, he moved briskly about the platform,
the mike cord as he went.
Then he moved to one side,
getting wound up in the cord and
nearly tripping before jerking it again.
After several circles and jerks,
a little girl
in the third pew leaned toward her mother and whispered,
"If he gets loose, will he hurt us?"
old Angie , and her four-year old brother, Joel , were sitting together in
Joel giggled, sang
and talked out loud.
Finally, his big sister had had enough.
"You're not supposed to talk out loud in church."
"Why? Who's going to stop me?" Joel asked.
Angie pointed to the back of the church and said,
those two men standing by the door?
My grandson was visiting one day when he
"Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?"
polished my halo, while I asked,
"No, how are we alike?"
"You're both old," he replied.
A ten-year old, under the tutelage of her grandmother,
was becoming quite knowledgeable about the Bible.
Then, one day, she floored her grandmother by asking,
"Which Virgin was the mother
of Jesus ? The virgin Mary or the King James Virgin ?"
A Sunday school class was studying the
They were ready to discuss the last one.
teacher asked if anyone could tell her what it was.
Susie raised her hand, stood tall, and
"Thou shall not take the covers off the neighbor's wife."
March 3, 2012
your hearts in prayer for the victims of this horrible rash of tornados today. These are killer winds. In addition to fatalities
reported, there's dangers with houses being lifted off their foundations. It's a good night to stay in, be safe, and
pray that God will embrace all those people who are suffering with heavy losses. Harrisburg, in southern Illinois, was particularly
hit, it seems to me. But there are other areas, with just as deadly outbreaks. I heard on one of the news channels that this
year would be as bad as the tornado season in 1978.
We pray steadfastly, also, that our nation will return to
its Christian roots on which it was founded.
I look forward to going to church on Sunday and hearing a message
from the Gospel lesson that, at least in part, says For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and
sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
I think there are a whole bunch of people out there who have kind of postponed thinking about what
they're going to do with all this Christianity stuff. "I'll worry about all that when I get older," they seem to
Well, think of Andrew Breitbart, who now lays cold and quiet at the tender age of 43.
He was one of my favorite reads. He was the kind of journalist that Pulitzer hoped to reward for courage through the printed
word. I pray that he was okay with God before he took his last breath. I have a feeling that he was.
But what about
all the other people out there? You know the ones -- they don't want the children to pray in school. They don't want to say
the word "God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. They don't want to hear anything that sounds like Christian talk. Woe
be to those who turn their backs on God. This verse in Mark tells them exactly what God will do in retaliation. And don't
think for one minute that they can appease God with some half-witted excuse like, "I didn't mean it. You know I wasn't
serious, don't you?"
It's time to pray like you mean it. It's time to spend your days thinking about God.
Oh, you don't have to jump up out of your chair screaming "Hallalujah." But you can think about the Great and Wonderful
Creator of the Universe who allows you to take each breath throughout every day of your life. Be thankful for that.
I have always wondered about the people who want to go to heaven. Don't they realize that they will spend their time praising
and worshiping God? If they are looking forward to the time when they are able to do that, wouldn't you think they could spend
more time worshiping and praising God every day, in some way?
There are so many things a person can do to worship
God. He sees us when we are kind to others. He sees us when we are compassionate and generous. He sees us when we try with
all our heart to lead a life as free as sin as we possibly can - not that we'll ever be totally sin-free, what being human
and all. But we ought to try as best as we can to avoid temptation and sin in our lives.
God likes it when we strive
to do that.
February 29, 2012
to ask yourself --
Can you tell the difference between being tested and being tempted?
When you're tempted, it involved a sin of some sort.
Being tested is a form of discipline. Discipline makes
you grow in faith. It enriches you and tempers your faith into a tool as strong as steel.
The passage that started
all this thinking about being tempted was from the Epistle lesson a week or so ago. It's from the Book of James, and
says: Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am being tempted by God," for God cannot be tempted with evil, and
he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. -- James 1:13-14
So if you feel like you're being tempted, who do you think might be the culprit?
Another easy answer
-- Satan himself.
Satan is the author of evil. Not God. God does not tempt us, Satan does. Temptations involve
sins. Testing involves love through discipline.
This notion that there is a person named Satan reared its head
out on the campaign trail a few weeks back. Santorum made the comment that "...Satan had his eye on Washington."
What a firestorm that set off. Here came the spindoctors who tried to make Santorum look like a religious kook. Until some
organization did a survey and found that 70% of Americans believe -- truly believe -- that Satan really does exist.
Remember way back in Sunday School days hearing that the best trick Satan has going for him is that he convinces people
that he does not exist. Well, that doesn't happen in the United States.
We're a Christian nation and we know he's
real. And his favorite game is Gotcha!
If you want an inkling about who Satan is, take a look at the Book of Job.
In the very first chapter, in verse 6, we read: One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord,
and Satan also came with them. The Lord said to Satan, "Where have you come from?"
Satan answered the
Lord, "From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it."
Then follows a conversation
recorded between the Lord and Satan. So if the Lord recognizes Satan and calls him by name, who are we to even think that
he does not exist?
Rest safely in the arms of the Lord, my friends, and pray fervently for his protection from
Satan and all that is evil.
February 28, 2012
I go off in a different direction, you have to watch this video of the Daytona 500. Talk about races, burning cars, fast bumps,
and one big brewhaha. One spill took out six cars: http://news.yahoo.com/video/turnerweekendtop5-20497430/weekend-top-5-daytona-28446636.html#crsl=%252Fvideo%252Fturnerweekendtop5-20497430%252Fweekend-top-five-homestead-27337497.html
Here's a video that is precious. It's about Pastor Ed Dobson, who developed ALS. He talks about his new role as
a different kind of pastor now that he no longer has an active church. http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/02/18/tending-the-garden-one-person-at-a-time/
Pastor Rensner talked about how come God, who has the power to stop the storms in our lives, doesn't do that.
Pastor said that sometimes God calms the person going through the storm rather than calming the storm. And why would He do
that? His reasons are his own and they are not my ways.
I am working on a thesis of the difference between being
tested and being tempted. I hope to have it finished by this time tomorrow, so I hope you'll come back to read it.
Blessings, prayers and hugs,
February 27, 2012
This story comes from
Connie today. She says it will give you the chills....... GOOD chills. See if you agree.
A young man had been
to Wednesday Night Bible
Study. The Pastor had shared about listening to God and obeying the Lord's voice
The young man couldn't help but wonder, 'Does God still speak to people?'
After service, he went out with
some friends for coffee and pie and they discussed
the message. Several different ones talked about how God had
led them in different ways.
It was about ten o'clock when the young man started driving home. Sitting in
his car, he just began to pray, 'God...If you still speak
to people, speak to me. I will listen. I will do my best to
As he drove down the main street of his town, he had the strangest thought to stop
and buy a gallon
of milk. He shook his head and said out loud, 'God is that you?' He didn't get a reply and
started on toward home. But
again, the thought, buy a gallon of milk.
The young man thought about Samuel and how he didn't recognize the voice
and how little Samuel ran to Eli. 'Okay, God, in case that is you, I will buy the milk.' It didn't seem
like too hard
a test of obedience. He could always use the milk. He stopped and purchased the
gallon of milk and
started off toward home.
As he passed Seventh Street, he again felt the urge, 'Turn Down that street.' This
is crazy he thought, and drove on past the intersection.
Again, he felt that he should turn down Seventh Street
At the next intersection, he turned back and headed down Seventh.
Half jokingly, he said out loud, 'Okay,
God, I will.'
He drove several blocks, when suddenly, he felt like he should stop He pulled over
to the curb
and looked around. He was in a semi- commercial area of town. It wasn't
the best but it wasn't the worst of neighborhoods
either. The businesses were closed and most of the houses looked dark like the people were
already in bed.
Again, he sensed something, 'Go and give the milk to the people in the house across
the street.' The young man looked
at the house. It was dark and it looked like the
people were either gone or they were already asleep. He started to open
and then sat back in the car seat.
'Lord, this is insane. Those people are asleep and if I wake
them up, they are going
to be mad and I will look stupid.' Again, he felt like he should go and give the
Finally, he opened the door, 'Okay God, if this is you, I will go to the door and I
will give them the milk.
If you want me to look like a crazy person, okay. I want
to be obedient. I guess that will count for something, but if
they don't answer
right away, I am out of here.'
He walked across the street and rang the bell. He could
hear some noise inside. A
man's voice yelled
out, 'Who is it? What do you want?' Then the door opened before the
young man could
The man was standing there in his jeans and T-shirt. He looked like he just got
of bed. He had a strange look on his face and he didn't seem too happy to have some
stranger standing on his
doorstep. 'What is it?'
The young man thrust out the gallon of milk, 'Here, I brought this to you.' The man
took the milk and rushed down a hallway.
Then from down the hall came a woman carrying the milk toward the kitchen.
was following her holding a baby. The baby was crying. The man had tears streaming
down his face.
The man began speaking and half crying, 'We were just praying. We had
some big bills this month and we ran out of
money. We didn't have any milk for our
baby. I was just praying and asking God to show me how to get some milk.'
His wife in the kitchen yelled out, 'I ask him to send an Angel with some. Are you
young man reached into his wallet and pulled out all the money he had on him
and put in the man's hand. He turned and
walked back toward his car and the tears
were streaming down his face.
He knew that God still answers prayers.
This is so true. Sometimes it's the simplest things that God asks us to do that
cause us, if we are obedient
to what He's asking, to be able to hear His voice
more clear than ever. Please listen, and obey ! He will bless you (and
February 25 -- 26, 2012
adding this video at the front. It's from my cousin Mark and it's a video showing an owl coming in for a landing on a security
tower. http://www.dogwork.com/owfo8/ It's unbelievable footage showing the owl "putting on the brakes," so to speak. And look at those wing maneuvers!
It's only a minute long, but fascinating.
Beautiful photograph by Paul Bunyard, set to music -- called Chasing
the Light. It's a four and a half minute respite! http://www.dogwork.com/bnpcduk8/
One of my favorite videos -- this is a dog in a contest -- apparently the judges don't give him very high marks
because he can't seem to get it right. But then, just wait until the amazing end! http://www.dogwork.com/tconmv8/
This is a video (1:40) of cranes flying over Venice, Italy. Fascinating photography of the landscape below, but
also of the cranes communicating with one another while flying: http://www.dogwork.com/crafly9/
Here's a video, also from dogworld.com that shows a little bird coming into a bluegrass festival and sitting on
the lead singer's guitar. Too funny! http://www.dogwork.com/blugrs9/
Now, before you watch this next one, please realize that dogs are not supposed to stand upright and walk, much
less dance. But here's a cute little dog doing a Paso Doble. Yes, dancing: http://www.dogwork.com/psdqwk8/
Danica Patrick crashed intot he wall at Daytona today: http://www.breitbart.tv/danica-patrick-crashes-at-daytona/
Oh dear. This video shows someone getting creamed by an oncoming traffic. Just another reason why I don't do any
road ranging during ice and snow and black ice weather: http://www.breitbart.tv/nissan-frontier-shattered-into-bits-by-oncoming-semi/
Here's a recently discovered amateur video of the shuttle that exploded. After watching it, the videographers
didn't really understand what had happened. It seemed like they thought the crash was the booster rocket separating. http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2012/02/24/vo-challenger-amateur-video.newscientist
And this final video is about a man named Omar and his seeing eye dog Salty. Omar was working on the 71st floor
of the World Trade Center when the building was hit. Watch this video of this remarkable dog rescuing and saving his best
friend, Omar: http://www.dogwork.com/arfp8/
February 24, 2012
know that 2012 is a leap year, don't you? Just thought I'd bring that up, in case you overlooked the fact that February has
29 days in it this year.
So it's Friday night here at home. It's cold outside with the wind whipping around the
corner of the house. And we're about ready to settle down to a good old mystery on Netflix streaming and Quint asks from the
kitchen, "You want popcorn with that?" Who could say no? Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks.
3-2-1 cakes for dessert. If you remember, I have a big plastic bag into which I mixed together a sugar-free yellow cake mix
and an angel food cake mix. Really mix them well. Then, whenever you want a quick little cake, you mix 3 tablespoons of this
cake mix and 2 tablespoons of water. Microwave that for 1 minute and you have this unbelievable little cake.
I got fancy, I did. I put about 1/2 tablespoon of margarine and 1/2 tablespoon of brown sugar blend (with Splenda). Microwave
that for about 5 seconds until the butter is melted. Stir that up and put in 1/2 tablespoon of crushed pineapple. Then add
the mixed up 32-1 cake mix and microwave that for 1 minute. Yummmy!
I'm going to see if sliced strawberries in
the bottom of my little dish (which is about the size of a ramekin), then put the 3-2-1 mixed up cake mix and see if it passes
for a strawberry short cake. It might. Or it might be close enough to pass for a suitable substitute.
the subject, the weather here has taken a dive down to 36 degrees. This time yesterday it was almost 60 degrees. For those
of you who just joined us from the United Arab Emirates, it probably doesn't matter that much. You have heat all year round.
But you also have sand. I don't know if I could really get used to living on a sand hill. It just looks - well, dry.
But since readers are from all over the world, it's probably a curiosity for some who never experience snow. (You're not
missing much at all.)
And as a side note, I'm so glad that you liked the blog from a few days ago about the man
praying the Lord's Prayer. It's unbelievable how many emails I've gotten in favor of this prayer. And how it's made you pause
and think about what you're saying when you pray. You know, God really is right around you every minute of the day. And he
cares about you, so keep on praying.
My prayer for you is that you will be blessed with many wonderful people
and opportunities that God will put in your life today. Enjoy each and every one of them.
February 23, 2012
was Ash Wednesday service at church. It marks a time when we begin a remembrance of the death of Jesus Christ and his resurrection
three days later at Easter. It's a somber time and as I sat in church and looked around me, I saw the usual faithful worshipers.
I felt closer to them than I do at other times of the year. The imposition of ashes reminds us that we came from dust and
it is to dust that we will return. In the meantime, we are to live our lives as Christians and walk through life behaving
as if --
...as if Christ were right beside us, visibly point out pitfalls,
... as if Christ were steering
us around the misdeeds we might otherwise get ourselves into,
... as if we remember that we are never alone,
... as if we realize consciously that Christ is watching us,
... as if we remember that it is Christ who
sits at the right hand of God interceding for us on our behalf,
... as if we remember, also, that it is Christ
who will judge us when we catch up with eternity,
... as if we always remember that we are to pray to God, our
heavenly father, and we can only get there through Jesus Christ,
... as if we want more than anything to please
God and Jesus Christ,
and finally, as if we are truly sorry for all our sins.
This isn't one of the
questions that is listed as having been asked by Jesus, but sometimes, when I do really silly stuff, I have this vision of
Jesus asking, "What in the world did you do that for?" It helps me not to do things anymore that I really don't
want to do and know that I shouldn't do.
February 21, 2012
feel the earthquake this morning? It registered 4.0 on the Richter Scale. I'll have to tell Quint that it wasn't the wind
that was rattling the windows that woke him at 4:00 am, but rather, the temblor shifting around close to the New Madrid fault
line. Here's a map that shows exactly where the earthquake was: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsus/Maps/US10/32.42.-95.-85.php
But if you really want to see something, take a look see at this map of the United States -- 806 earthquakes in
the last 24 hours. California and Alaska are always feeling a lot of shaking going on.
Stay safe out there, my
Changing the subject, back to the List of 100 Questions that Jesus Asked:
Question #79 -- How
is it that you seek praise from one another and not seek the praise that comes from God? John 5:44
this question with me for a moment. Remember the last time you went to get a new outfit? You found something that you thought
would look good on you. You looked in the 3-way mirror to make sure the outfit draped across your body just the way you wanted
it to. And why is that?
Simple. When we buy something new to wear, we're thinking of what others will think of
it. Then they'll tell us how nice it looks.
We'll get praise.
But hold on here for a moment. The question
that Jesus is asking is how come you're thinking about what others think?
How come you aren't all that concerned
about what God thinks of you?
I think there might be a couple of answers to this question.
One of the
thoughts I have is that because we don't physically see God, it's sometimes hard to imagine that he's right here, right now,
in this very room, reading over your shoulder. Maybe watching you curiously to see how you get through your day. But, our
humanness sometimes fails us spiritually because we aren't always consciously thinking that God is present everywhere
at the same time.
How can that be? I don't know the answer to that. My brain can't get wrapped around that possibility,
but I know it's true because the Bible says so.
I know that after Quint and I finish our breakfast and we join
hands for our daily prayers, God is in the room with us. And I also know that it pleases God when his children talk to him.
That's what we do. We let him know what we're thankful for because he does so much for us. We wouldn't have a thread to wear
if it weren't for God's grace. Oh, I don't mean that he puts a hanger with clothes on it in our closet. But he makes provisions
for us to get the things we need as we go through our lives. And it's been like that since the day we were born.
God has always been a stellar provider. He has never failed to provide us with what we need.
By the same token,
he puts situations in our paths to see what we're going to do about them. He brings people to us to see how we're going to
react to them.
We need to always think about what we are doing so that we live our lives in ways that please God.
To me, that's a lot more important than whether someone else likes a dress I bought.
I care what God
thinks. I most definitely care what he thinks. And I hope that anything and everything I do in life tickles him. He is
not a person I ever want to be displeased with at me!
February 20, 2012
couldn't use a bit of humor in these harried political days? Got this one from my cousin Al in Virginia Beach:
female journalist heard about a very old Jewish man who had been going
to the Western Wall to pray, twice a day,
every day, for a long, long time.
So she went to check it out. She went to the
Western Wall and there he was,
walking slowly up to the holy site.
him pray and after about 45 minutes, when he turned to leave,
using a cane and moving very slowly, she approached him
for an interview.
"Pardon me, sir, I'm Rebecca Smith. What's your name?
"Morris Feinberg," he replied.
"Sir, how long have you been coming to the Western Wall and praying?"
"For about 60 years."
"60 years! That's amazing! What do you pray
"I pray for peace between the Christians, Jews and the Muslims."
"I pray for all the wars and all the hatred to stop."
"I pray for all our children to grow up safely as responsible adults and to
love their fellow man."
"I pray that politicians tell us the truth and put the interests of the people
of their own interests."
The reporter then asked, "How do you feel after
doing this for 60 years?"
"Like I'm talking to a wall."
And our good friend Joyce sends us this cost analysis of how much it costs to run a
Volt. Can you tell that Joyce is a banker by trade?
Subject: Cost to operate a Chevy Volt
Take a few
minutes to read thru this analysis. This is truly an economic failure,
until technology improves to change these costs!
This is what the Obama
Administration is pushing in his new budget! Just another "cash sink hole", from our
taxes, and huge debt!
Eric Bolling (Fox Business Channel's Follow the Money) test drove the Chevy Volt
the invitation of General Motors.
For four days in a row, the fully charged battery lasted only 25 miles
Volt switched to the reserve gasoline engine.
Eric calculated the car got 30 mpg including the
25 miles it ran on the battery.
So, the range including the 9 gallon gas tank and the 16 kwh battery is
It will take you 4 1/2 hours to drive 270 miles at 60 mph. Then add 10 hours to
charge the battery
and you have a total trip time of 14.5 hours.
In a typical road trip your average speed (including charging time)
would be 20 mph.
According to General Motors, the Volt battery hold 16 kwh
of electricity. It takes
a full 10 hours to charge a drained battery.
The cost for the electricity to charge the Volt is never mentioned
so I looked up
what I pay for electricity.
I pay approximately (it varies with amount used and the seasons)
$1.16 per kwh.
16 kwh x $1.16 per kwh = $18.56 to charge the battery.
$18.56 per charge
divided by 25 miles = $0.74 per mile to operate the Volt using the
Compare this to a similar
size car with a gasoline engine only that gets 32 mpg.
$3.19 per gallon divided by 32 mpg = $0.10 per mile.
The gasoline powered car cost about $15,000 while the Volt costs $46,000.........
So Government wants
us to pay 3 times as much, for a car that costs more that 7
times as much to run, and takes 3 times longer to drive across
- I have a question. After the battery just up and dies, how much will it cost to
destroy it? I doubt if the batteries will be allowed in landfill. I mean, if you can't even put an old, dead cell phone in
the landfill, what are you going to do with the Volt battery?
But what if you keep the Volt and decide to replace
the battery. I read somewhere a couple of years ago that the battery alone cost $25,000. Can that be right? Does anybody know?
If you do could you shoot me an email. Please.
this from my dear cousin Frances in Broaddus, Texas:
We need to show more sympathy for these people.
* They travel miles in the heat.
* They risk their lives crossing a border.
* They don't get paid enough wages.
* They do jobs that others won't do or are afraid to do.
* They live in crowded conditions among a people who speak a
* They rarely see their families, and they face adversity all day
~ every day..
I'm not talking about illegal Mexicans ~
I'm talking about our troops!
Doesn't it seem strange that so many are willing to lavish all
kinds of social benefits on illegals, but don't support
Wouldn't it be great if we took the $360,000,000,000 (that's
billion) we spend on illegals every year, and spend it on
February 17, 2012
one of the best versions of an interactive Lord's Prayer that I've ever read. It's sent to us from my dear friend
Cody in Warrensburg, MO. I do pray that it will enrich your life today and that you will think about this when you pray the
THE LORD'S PRAYER- Rather cleverly done. This is in two parts,
The prayer(in blue
type) and GOD(in red type)-in response.
It is very, very good.
Father Who Art In Heaven.
Don't interrupt me. I'm
But -- you called ME!
No, I didn't call you..
Our Father who art in Heaven.
There -- you did it again!
"Our Father who art in Heaven"
Well, here I am..
What's on your mind?
But I didn't mean anything by it.
I was, you know, just saying my prayers for the day.
say the Lord's Prayer.
It makes me feel good,
Kind of like fulfilling a duty.
Okay, Hallowed be thy name .
it right there.
What do you mean by that?
"Hallowed be thy name"?
It means, it means .. . Good grief,
I don't know what it means.
in the world should I know?
It's just a part of the prayer.
By the way, what does it mean?
means honored, holy, wonderful.
Hey, that makes sense..
I never thought about
what 'hallowed' meant before.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Do you really mean that?
Sure, why not?
What are you doing about it?
Why, nothing, I guess.
I just think it would be kind of neat if you got
of everything down here like you have up
There. We're kinda in a mess down here you know.
Yes, I know;
But, have I got control of you?
Well, I go to church..
That isn't what I asked you.
What about your bad temper?
got a problem there, you know.
And then there's the way you spend
Your money -- all on yourself.
And what about
the kind of books you read ?
Now hold on just a minute!
Stop picking on me!
just as good as some of the rest
Of those People at church!
you were praying
For my will to be done..
If that is to happen,
It will have to start with the ones
are praying for it.
Like you -- for example ....
Oh, all right. I guess I do have some
Now that you mention it,
I could probably name some others.
I haven't thought about it very much until now,
But I really would like to cut out
some of those things.
I would like to, you know, be really free.
We'll work together -- You and ME.
I'm proud of You.
Lord, if you don't mind,
I need to finish up here.
This is taking a lot longer than it usually does.
this day, our daily bread.
You need to cut out the bread..
You're overweight as it
Hey, wait a minute! What is this?
Here I was doing my religious duty,
all of a sudden you break in
And remind me of all my hang-ups.
Praying is a dangerous
You just might get what you ask for.
Remember, you called ME -- and here I am.
too late to stop now.
Keep praying. ( pause .. . )
Well, go on.
Scared? Of what?
I know what you'll say.
Forgive us our sins,
As we forgive those who sin against us.
See? I knew it!
I knew you would bring her up!
Why, Lord, she's told
lies about me, spread stories.
She never paid back the money she owes me..
I've sworn to get even with her!
But -- your prayer --
What about your prayer?
-- mean it..
Well, at least you're honest.
But, it's quite a load carrying around all
bitterness and resentment isn't it?
Yes, but I'll feel better as soon as I get
even with her.
Boy, have I got some plans for her.
She'll wish she had never been born.
you won't feel any better.
You'll feel worse.
Revenge isn't sweet.
You know how unhappy you are --
I can change that.
You can? How?
I'll forgive you;
And the hate and the sin,
will be Ann's problem -- not yours.
You will have settled the problem
as far as you are concerned.
Oh, you know, you're right.
You always are.
And more than I want revenge,
I want to be right with You . . (sigh).
All right, all right . .
I forgive her.
How do you feel?
Well, not bad.
Not bad at all!
In fact, I feel pretty great!
You know, I don't think I'll go to bed uptight
I haven't been getting much rest, you know.
Yeah, I know.
not through with your prayer, are you?
Oh, all right.
And lead us not
but deliver us from evil.
Good! Good! I'll do that.
put yourself in a place
where you can be tempted.
What do you mean by that?
You know what I mean.
Yeah. I know..
Go ahead. Finish your prayer.
For Thine is the
and the power,
and the glory forever.
Do you know what would
bring me glory?
What would really make me happy?
No, but I'd like to know.
I want to please you now...
I've really made a mess of things.
I want to truly behave like Christ
I can see now how great that would be.
So, tell me .. . .
How do I make you happy?
February 15, 2012
a break from the questions that Jesus asked, I have to share with you that Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) took Secretary (Health
and Human Services) Sebelius to task today about whether or not she had consulting with any bishops before drafting the contraceptive
order for the White House. Her response was that she had not, but assumed that the folks over at the White House must have.
Well, that wasn't quite good enough to Hatch who then made the statement that he believed all religious organizations
should be exempted from the contraception demand. (See article at: http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2012/02/15/sebelius-didnt-consult-bishops-on-contraception-deal/)
There are several layers to this argument, if you ask me. One is that of whether you believe women ought to be
able to buy contraceptives.
The other is a question of honoring all religions who are opposed to abortion and believe
that abortion is about killing an unborn child. In that event, then the "morning after pill" would make the trip
down that slippery slope.
Then there is the constitutional camp which is inhabited by people who believe that the
government has no right in tampering with freedom of religion. Forcing organizations, whether directly with religious
organizations, or imposing on the insurance companies who insure employees of religious organizations makes no difference.
The question isn't about who pays for the contraceptives -- the religious organization or its insurance company. It's about
whether the government has the right to mandate any such behavior.
Clearly there is not a lot of wiggle room with
folks who believe strongly that they have a right to hold onto their religious beliefs without interference from the government.
And yes, of course, the fed have overstepped its constitutional boundaries.
Bet this one makes it to the Supreme
February 14, 2012
question that Jesus asked is in Mark 8:12 -- Why does this generation ask for a miraculous sign?
was when Jesus was meeting with the Pharisees and they wanted to test him. Guess they wanted to see if he could really perform
some good magic tricks. They asked him in verse 11 for a sign from heaven. You know that Jesus must have been a bit perturbed
because verse 12 starts out with Jesus sighing deeply.
Well, if you were the Son of God and you knew you could
move a mountain if you just wanted to, wouldn't you get just a bit exasperated with people trying to put you on the spot all
Why couldn't people just believe that Jesus was the Son of God? Would you? If you were expecting the
promised Messiah to be more, well, kingly, would you still believe a person who arrived on the scene dressed in something
that looked like a homespun robe? So he went around doing miracles. These were real miracles. They weren't magic signs that
could be explained by a slight of hand.
No, no. Jesus healed the sick. He made the lame walk. He even touched the
leper and made him clean. And he saved his best miracle to last when he raised a dead man back to life.
Not really. Because the very idea that he had brought a man back to life was used to prosecute him.
If you were reading the Galilean Daily Chronicles and there was this banner headline about a dead man walking again,
wouldn't you call to get a ticket to this man's next event?
Of course you would. And you'd probably try to get
a front row seat so that when this guy Jesus asked if anyone in the audience would like to come down to the front and ask
for anything they wanted, you'd hop on down there. What would you want? Win the lottery? Cure for your arthritis? A baby for
your barren womb? A fairy tale, drop dead gorgeous superman for a husband? A shiny new Corvette to tool around the Galilean
countryside? A big fancy yacht to troll around the Sea of Galilee, catching fish and stuff?
If you could have anything
you wanted, what kind of a sign would satisfy you that Jesus is the true Son of God. In fact, he's the only Son of God.
Jesus must have grown weary of people who had to have this proof that he was who he said he was.
think it's any different now -- 2,000+ years later? Aren't people still looking for a sign?
Can you just accept
in your hearts that Jesus is Lord? No signs are needed for those who believe.
And for those who do not believe,
there aren't enough signs in the whole world to bring the proof that they require.
It's all about faith. And believing.
February 13, 2012
my hands on a wonderful list called 100 Questions that Jesus Asked.
What a wonderful
springboard for our conversations here on this thread.
Eventually I want to go all the way through the questions
that Jesus asked. And the first one is from Matthew 6:27 -- Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your lifespan?
My recent - and I call the last two years of my life as recent -- bout with breast cancer jumps up and out of
the depths of that rusty barrel that houses my brain.
I will say that never during that entire ordeal did
I feel desperate and anxious about living or dying. That was because of a couple of reasons, not the least of which is the
verse quoted above. I know that somewhere in Jeremiah, there's a reference to the fact that God said he knew me when I was
still in my mother's womb. In another verse way back there in the Old Testament, probably from a psalm, there's a reference
to God knowing how many hairs I have on my head, and also how many days I will spend here on earth.
view those cancers for both Quint and me as God specifically not answering our prayers. I take a counter view because we have
both gone through that long, black tunnel of chemo. Radiation added for me. When we talked it through, all the way to the
core, we came to understand that God had, in fact, answered our prayer. You see, at our age, if there was to be cancer, it
was far better to get it out of the way, so to speak, before we got really old. Advanced age puts severe limitations on what
chemo you can get and what you can't tolerate. We are blessed to have gone through all that and are now in remission. In fact,
we just may be in better shape now than a lot of people who are incubating cancerous cells and don't know about it.
So, knowing that God knows all those details about my life, I have little to fear because I also know that he walks with
me through all my days.
Besides, God doesn't seem to put the same sense of desperation on dying that we humans
do. Perhaps that's because God thinks of death as the death of a soul. I figure that he's elated when a person's body dies
because those persons get to come back home to be with him in heaven. Who could cry about that?
It doesn't mean
we don't go through a grieving process when we lose our loved ones. And there might even be a few people who will be said
when my creaky old bones end up in the fiery pits of a crematorium. But I hope they will be overjoyed when death finds me
skipping through that tunnel that near-deathers describe.
After all, as Pastor Rensner says, "What are you
going to do, threaten me with heaven?"
So, no worries. Enjoy each and every little sunbeam as you travel down
the road of life. And get down on your knees and thank the good Lord above for all the blessings he has given you in this
life, right now.
February 12, 2011
Navy Seal quote
of the week
Dana Perrino ( Fox News) describing an interview she recently had with a Navy SEAL .
all the countries he had been sent to, she asked if they had to
learn several languages?
"No ma'am, we don't go there to talk."
February 9, 2012
ran over a hawk on the way home from work this afternoon. How could I ever explain how I could kill a bird on the wing! But
sure enough, the silly thing flew right in front of me about a foot higher than the hood of the car. He got real close to
the edge of the air.
That's Quint's reason for airline crashes. Planes crash when they go past the edge of the
Changing the subject, I'm making cookies for little kiddos at church. We have an after school program and
offer the kiddos a snack when they get off the bus and come into the play area with tummies that have caved in from hunger.
They get a half sandwich, a cookie and a piece of fruit. Then they go charging around the gym and burn it all off and go home
starved for supped.
I'm making cookies from a cake mix. To do that, you out two eggs into 1/3 cup oil and mix well.
Then, mix that into the dry cake mix. Makes a bit more than 2 dozen little cookies. The cookies are baked at 375 degrees for
6 - 8 minutes.
I got a confetti cake mix since little darlings adore confetti and sprinkles.
I got this beautiful story from my cousin Mark:
Tell me this one doesn't put life in perspective.
In Phoenix , Arizona , a 26-year-old mother stared down at her 6 year old son, who was
Although her heart was filled with sadness, she also had a strong feeling of determination.
Like any parent, she wanted her son to grow up and fulfill all
his dreams. Now that was no longer possible.
The leukemia would see to that. But she still wanted her son's
dream to come true.
her son's hand and asked,
'Billy, did you ever think about what you wanted to be once you grew up
Did you ever dream and wish what you would do with your life ?'
Mommy, 'I always wanted to be a
fireman when I grew up.'
Mom smiled back and said, 'Let's see if we can make your wish
Later that day she went to her local fire Department in Phoenix , Arizona, where she met Fireman
who had a heart as big as Phoenix .
She explained her son's final wish and asked if it might be possible
to give her
6 year-old son a ride around the block on a fire engine.
Fireman Bob said, 'Look, we can do better
than that. If you'll
have your son ready at seven o'clock Wednesday morning, we'll
make him an honorary
Fireman for the whole day. He can come down to the fire
station, eat with us, go out on all the fire calls,
the whole nine yards !
And if you'll give us his sizes, we'll get a real fire uniform
for him, with a real
fire hat - not a toy one with the emblem of the
Phoenix Fire Department on it, a yellow slicker
like we wear
and rubber boots.'
'They're all manufactured right here in Phoenix , so we can get them fast.'
Three days later Fireman Bob picked up Billy, dressed him in his uniform and escorted him from his hospital
bed to the waiting hook and ladder truck.
Billy got to sit on the back of the truck and help steer it
to the fire station. He was in heaven.
There were three fire calls in Phoenix that day and Billy
go out on all three calls.
He rode in the different fire engines, the Paramedic's' van, and
the fire chief's car. He was also videotaped for the local news program.
Having his dream come true, with
all the love and attention that was lavished upon him, so
deeply touched Billy, that he lived three months longer than
any doctor thought possible.
One night all of his vital signs began to drop dramatically and
the head nurse,
who believed in the hospice concept - that no one should die alone, began to
call the family members to the hospital.
Then she remembered the day Billy had spent as a Fireman, so
she called the Fire Chief and asked if it would
be possible to send a fireman in uniform to
the hospital to be with Billy as he made his transition..
chief replied, 'We can do better than that. We'll be there in five minutes. Will
you please do me a favor ?
When you hear the sirens screaming and see the lights flashing, will you announce
over the PA system that
there is not a fire? 'It's the department coming to see one of its finest members one more time. And will you open
the window to his
About five minutes later a hook and ladder truck arrived at the
hospital and extended its
ladder up to Billy's third floor open window --------
climbed up the ladder into Billy's room!
With his mother's permission, they hugged him and held him and
him how much they LOVED him.
With his dying breath, Billy looked up at the fire chief and
'Chief, am I really a fireman now?'
'Billy, you are, and The Head Chief, Jesus, is holding your hand,' the chief
With those words, Billy smiled and said, 'I know, He's been
holding my hand all day, and the angels
have been singing.'
He closed his eyes one last time.
February 8, 2012
this mountain of mud sitting at the edge of the yard. It's the residue from the sewer line repair the other day. Rather than
spread it out flat with the rest of the yard, we were told that the spring rains would pound it down so that the trench would
eventually be filled in. Sounds reasonable to me, but I think I'll get out there with a rake one of these days, all of the
same. Otherwise, I'm going to go out there in the next day or so and find a ski lift with very little people using the little
mound for their winter fun.
It got cold in the last day or so. Even had a dusting of snow. We are woefully behind
with our snowfall. According to the old wives' tale, since we had our first snowfall on the 27th of December, we can expect
27 snowfalls in total. Last night's dusting was only #4. Now, mind you, I don't mind not having 27 snowfalls. It's not like
it's a goal or something.
Oh, another thing. Changing the subject, NASA says that the oceans are not rising, but
rather, the level of water went down a bit. According to the weather/climate change/global warming gurus, weren't we told
that because of global warming, the ice sheets would be melting and we'd have so much more water in the oceans that our eastern
coast would be flooded. So how come the water level is going down? Faulty theory = flawed results. But then, just maybe because
the Russians drilled a hole in the ice sheet in Antarctica to get to an underground lake, maybe water is draining down into
the hole. Hey, it could happen!
Quint took me to lunch at Cracker Barrel today. When we were coming out to go back
to the car, we noticed that there had been a bunch of pansies in bloom before they got frosted. Now, who would plant blooming
pansies in the middle of winter? Sure enough, they got frostbit last night. I love the meatloaf at Cracker Barrel. If I close
my eyes, I can imagine that I'm back at Grandma Stubbe's boarding house in Paducah. Cracker Barrel's meatloaf tastes just
like hers. Maybe they found her recipe somewhere. It's delicious. So is their Cream of Potato Soup which is my favorite soup
And now my client has arrived for a session. I see her pulling into the driveway now.
February 6, 2012
world to be a better place? Then do something. Think about joining the huge group of volunteers in America.
this is old data, but it's the source I found when I went looking. It's a research article on volunteerism in America written
by Richard D. Young. He cited a Bureau of Labor Statistics report that says 59% of people in the United States who are 16
years old or older volunteered for an organization in some capacity. And that was for the year way back in 2001 to 2002.
that was 27.6% of the American population.
most often donate their time to religious organizations (33.9%). Second on the list is educational organizations who get 27.2%
of the volunteers. But it's the old folks who are 65 and older who donate
the most time to churches -- 45.2%.
Further, the Bureau of Labor Statistics identifies several
activities in which volunteers engage in consistently. The list below shows which activities are most predominate.
or coaching (24.4 %).
Canvassing, campaigning, or fundraising (22.9 %).
making, serving, or delivering goods (22.2 %).
● Serving on a board, committee, or
neighborhood association (16.3 %).
Providing care or transportation (12.3 %).
● Consulting or
administrative work (14.0 %). So this ties in with the Gospel lesson at church yesterday.
It's from Mark 1:29-39 and tells the story of Jesus healing Peter's mother-in-law from a fever. What's the first thing she
did when her fever went away? She got up and began to serve them.
Not because she had to, as Pastor Gillet said.
But because she wanted to.
When it comes to serving in the Kingdom of God, it's something we get to do.
We don't have to, but rather, we are allowed to serve.
In another article, again pulling data
from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we read that ... nearly 63 million Americans, slightly more than a quarter of the
population, volunteered for charities last year, providing services valued at nearly $173-billion. That’s down from
2009, when 63.4 million adults, or nearly 27 percent of the population, donated their time. The volunteer rate has not changed
significantly since 2006, hovering around 26 percent. Volunteerism reached nearly 29 percent from 2003 to 2005 and has been
as low as 20.4 percent in 1989, says a report by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which is based on annual
and monthly surveys of roughly 100,000 Americans age 16 or older, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor
What's neat about this article is an interactive map of the United States that compares the percentage
of volunteers in a state and compares it to the national average when you move your cursor over the state. http://philanthropy.com/article/Volunteerism-Holds-Steady-in/128565/
So get out there and be a good neighbor. While you're at it, volunteer to help out at your church too.
February 4, 2012
and I headed over to Culvers after closing up the junior quilting shop at church. When we started looking for a spot to sit
down at, I heard a familiar voice say, "Jane." It was the vice president of the Effingham/Shelby Zone and she invited
us to sit with her and her husband. They were just finishing up the flavor of the month (chocolate eclair) ice cream, so we
After talking about a dizzying list of favorite subjects, Chris and I then started talking about cake
recipes. I told her I was going to start visiting churches in the Zone. Tomorrow is my first outing. It's at a church where
the church council is making soup for lunch. I told her I was going to make a yellow cake with a peach pie filling and after
sharing that quick recipe with her (it's on the recipe page over there on the left), she said, "I'll tell you how to
make a cake."
She explained, first you mix a cake mix with an angel food cake mix. It can be any kind of cake
mix you want, but it has to be with an angel food cake mix.
Then, when you get those two cake mixes mixed well,
mix 3 tablespoons of the dry mix with 2 tablespoons of water and microwave for 1 minute.
She says it's easy to
remember because it's 3-2-1.
When I got home I mixed a sugar free yellow cake mix with an angel food mix that I
picked up on the way home.
Sure enough, it works! So I have this cake mix in a ziploc bag ready to make a cake
in a minute.
I even bought one of those new cans of frosting mix that Pillsbury has. It looks like a whipped cream
container where you kind of bend a plastic tip a bit and out comes the frosting.
What an amazing age we live in!
I remember when I was a little girl my grandmother would send me to the bakery to buy two layers of a yellow cake
if she didn't have time to bake a cake for a church event. And she thought that was cheating. But no one ever knew. She always
covered it with her famous 7 Minute Frosting so who would have ever been able to tell.
One of my other favorite
memories of my grandmother was her little forest of African Violet leaves. She had a big pan of sand which she kept wet. Then
she would take leaves from her African Violets and stick them in the sand. After some mysterious length of time, she'd know
when to take the leaves out because they'd have roots developed. She'd plant them in little pots and after a while, little
baby African Violets would pop their little faces up through the dirt. Eventually, she'd cut the big leaf off and put it back
in the sand to make a new generation.
I got up enough nerve to try that this year. A nurse at the oncology center
assured me that this method would work so I gave it a try. I now have a beautiful purple and another pink African Violet and
when I get a little new plant, I give them to clients who want them.
Except that I only use African Plant Food
water. That makes them bloom like happy little campers. Pretty much all the time too.
February 2, 2012
groundhog can be believed, we don't have to worry about winter weather so much. We had fog as thick as pea soup. Not only
could the rat not see his shadow, I doubt if he could see his cute little paw in front of his face. Yay! Go groundhog.
I received this from my friend Cody in Warrensburg, MO:
One of the best I've seen lately........
Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?
What if we
carried it around in our purses or pockets?
What if we flipped through it several times a day?
if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?
What if we used it to receive messages from the text?
What if we treated it like we couldn't live without it?
What if we gave it to Kids as gifts?
if we used it when we traveled?
What if we used it in case of emergency?
This is something to make
you go....hmm...where is my Bible?
Oh, and one more thing.
Unlike our cell phone, we don't have to
worry about our Bible being
disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill.
Makes you stop and think 'where
are my priorities? And no dropped calls!
When Jesus died on the cross, he was thinking of you!
I read another article today on the web warning about yet another scam. This one has to do with jury duty. Supposedly someone
sends you an email or calls you to let you know there's a warrant for your arrest because you didn't show up for jury duty.
After you pick yourself up off the floor and start to explain that you never got a summons to appear for jury
duty, then the most helpful scam artist at the other end of the phone asks you for your social security number and birthday
so it can be double checked against the list of warrants. Now, we aren't going to give anybody that kind of information, are
Please say you won't.
Scam artists are mean. They're usually crooks who need to go where other criminals
If you live in Illinois, you need to know that Illinois is a "do not call" state. That means if
you get an annoying telemarketing call, immediately tell the caller that you are aware that you live in a "do not call"
state and want your name taken off the list he/she is calling from. The caller has to stop the conversation immediately.
Also, there's a link on the Links page on this website to put your phones on the "Do not call list." I probably
need to do that again because I'm starting to get calls again. Putting your phone numbers on the list is not a permanent solution
but when you start to get calls again, just go back in and renew your numbers.
February 1, 2012
through the Bible at an accelerated pace in our Sunday morning adult discussion class. It's an ambitious undertaking because
we're actually going to go from Genesis to Revelation in a 10-week segment. Oh, for sure, we aren't going to do any really
in depth stopping over points. We can always go back and focus on aspects of the textbook we're using individually at a later
One of the quick points that was made in an early chapter was that Genesis 15:1 was the first time that
the term "the word of the Lord came to..."
In this particular instance, the reference was to Abraham.
He was the first man to whom the word of the Lord came. Abraham was a prophet. In this particular instanc, the word prophet
means one who receives the word of the Lord.
Don't you think it would be exciting to pick up the Bible and get
into the Word? Page after page after page of the Word brings us richness and depth to our soul. It's a blessed journey to
walk every day with the Lord.
There's mending to be done when we weep from heavy grief. Our soul yearns for healing
and it's right there, in between the covers of the Book.
There's learning that jumps off the pages with so much
history. The Bible is not a complete history of what was going on in the world. For instance, from 1250 to 1190 BC the Greeks
and Trojans were fighting the famous Trojan War. It happened. We know that from recorded history. But it's not a Bible story.
And did you know that from 1750 - 1040 BC, China's Shang Dynasty had a system of writing. They organized a bunch
of armies too.
There were earthquakes too. From 1150-950 BC, earthquakes rattled the area around Cyprus.
Accupuncture was first introduced during the Chou dynasty at 1030 BC.
For sure, there were people in other places
doing other things. Their stories were not captured in the Bible.
What the Bible does bring us is the bloodline
of Jesus all the way back to Adam and Eve. The Bible traces this lineage through the House of David, through his line of history
to a little town of Bethlehem.
There's much in the Word to sift through and think about. Absolutely no other book
in the history of mankind has had the impact as the Word of God. Nor has any one single individual, save Jesus Christ, had
as much of an impact on civilization than the Son of God who came from heaven to become flesh and blood and to live among
us. Then he died as a sacrifice on the cross for the sins of each one of us.
This month we recognize Ash Wednesday
as the beginning of the season of Lent. It's a time when we stop what we're doing and ponder the miracle of God's great love
which he so graciously gifts us with.
Let the Word of God come to you. Pick up the Bible and just hold it in your
hands. Then open it and start to read.
Prepare to be amazed.
January 31, 2012
It's hard to
believe that here in Middle Illinois, it's 58.1 degrees. Highly unusual for January 31. Only two days 'til Ground Hogs Day
and this year, do I dare say, "Who cares?"
Actually, when you think about it, it doesn't matter whether
the rat sees his shadow or not. Spring is six weeks away no matter what. Just count the days on the calendar.
I left you last night I was talking about the bad rap that controlling and manipulating people have gotten over the years.
We've put a negative connotation onto those two words when, in fact, they can be life-saving.
I mentioned that
the reason people are controlling is because they want life to be predictable. And who doesn't want that?
we're asking for trouble in trying to control people, places and events that we don't have any business messing with. There's
all kinds of attempts at controlling that could even land you in jail. For instance, if you forged someone's signature because
you wanted to control your ability to get out of debt so you think stealing someone's identity and/or money is acceptable.
That's not even close to be included in this discussion.
What you can control, though, is your
behavior. How you react to events and people in your life can be a healthy way to control your environment.
for instance, who smile and giggle at you make it awfully easy and heartwarming to pick them up and cuddle them. They've learned
at a very early age that positive behaviors get more favorable attention from the big people in their lives. In a small way,
they've figured out how to control someone to come over and pick them up.
I remember when my daughter and her husband
were trying to get back to Los Angeles when, for some reason, their flight was abruptly cancelled. No new flights were
scheduled at that airline. So she went over to another airline and said to an already overstressed service attendant that
she realized the burden that this lady was under and she certainly didn't want to push her for help, but she was hoping ever
so much if there was anything that she could do to get them on a plane. She engaged the lady in a few light moments and the
next thing you know, she and her husband were on a flight, with a "Thank you so much. You are a lifesaver." And
off the went to the other end of the airport where the other airline's terminal was.
She learned when she was
a little girl that when you're reasonable, you're more able to operate on your environment and more often than not, get the
results you want.
Call it whatever you want, but being pleasant will get you farther along than being pushy and
ignorant and belligerent and demanding.
When you wake up in the morning, look at the daylight and say, "Today
is going to be a great day. I'm going to have some adventures and come in contact with people I enjoy being with." Then
get up, get dressed, and put your very best smile on your face as you out to operate on your environment. Make things happen.
But in a pleasant way that shows people you care about them.
January 30, 2012
in between clients right now, so this will be a bit brief. I'll finish my thought tomorrow in a bit more detail.
What I want to discuss before the thought goes too far away is this whole idea that controllingness and manipulation is
a bad thing. I say -- not necessarily.
The reason we need to control or manipulate things is to make life more
predictable. We all need predictability in our lives. So the question really wraps itself around why we feel insecure when
our lives are not predictable.
Jean Piaget, the psychological guru who developed the school of cognitive development,
says we all learn how to "operate" on our environment and the people in it.
It does not make you a bad
More about this after I've had a good night's rest.
About the time I think there's not
much new under the sun, this comes to my email. It's from Linda over in Lawrenceville. Thank you, Linda!
Monday Morning Message
This is SIMPLY AWESOME! I've never seen this
before! Whoever put The Resume
of Jesus Christ together is surely a blessing to us all! Please share it!
sentence says it all... Send this resume to everyone you know, you
never know who may have an opening! Powerful!
Have a blessed day!
of Jesus Christ
Address: Ephesians 1:20
Phone: Romans 10:13
Website: The Bible . Keywords: Christ, Lord, Savior and
My name is Jesus -The Christ. Many call me Lord! I've sent you my
because I'm seeking the top management position in your heart. Please
consider my accomplishments as set
forth in my resume.
I founded the
earth and established the heavens, (See Proverbs 3:19 )
I formed man from
the dust of the ground, (See Genesis 2:7 )
I breathed into man the breath
of life, (See Genesis 2:7 )
I redeemed man from the curse of the law, (See
Gal at ians 3:13 )
The blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant comes upon your
life through me,
(See Galatians 3:14 )
only had one employer, (See Luke 2:49 ) .
I've never been tardy, absent, disobedient,
slothful or disrespectful.
My employer has nothing but rave reviews for me,
(See Matthew 3:15 -17 )
Skills Work Experiences
of my skills and work experiences include: empowering the poor to be
poor no more, healing the brokenhearted, setting
the captives free, healing
the sick, restoring sight to the blind and setting at liberty them that are
(See Luke 4:18 ) .
I am a Wonderful Counselor, (See Isaiah 9:6 ) . People
who listen to me
shall dwell safely and shall not fear evil, (See Proverbs 1:33 ) .
Most importantly, I have the authority, ability and power to cleanse you of
your sins, (See I John 1:7-9 )
I encompass the entire breadth and length of knowledge, wisdom
understanding, (See Proverbs 2:6 ) .
In me are hid all of the treasures
of wisdom and knowledge, (See Colossians
2:3 ) .
My Word is so powerful;
it has been described as being a lamp unto your feet
and a light unto your path, (See Psalms 119:105 ) .
I can even tell you all of the secrets of your heart, (See Psalms 44:21 ) .
I was an active participant in the greatest Summit Meeting
of all times,
(See Genesis 1:26 ) .
I laid down my life so that you may
live, (See II Corinthians 5:15 ) .
I defeated the arch enemy of God and mankind
and made a show of them openly,
(See Colossians 2:15 ) .
fed the poor, healed the sick and raised the dead!
There are many more major
accomplishments, too many to mention here. You can
read them on my website, which is located at : www dot - the BIBLE.
don't need an Internet connection or computer to access my website.
Believers and followers worldwide will testify to my divine healing,
deliverance, miracles, restoration and supernatural guidance.
In Summ at ion
Now that you've
read my resume, I'm confident that I'm the only candidate
uniquely qualified to fill this vital position in your heart.
I will properly direct your paths, (See Proverbs 3:5-6 ) , and lead you into
everlasting life, (See
John 6:47 ) . When can I start? Time is of the
essence, (See Hebrews 3:15 ) .
Send this resume to everyone you know,
you never know who may have an opening!
Thanks for your help.
September 26, 2012
one-liners from friend Cody in Warrensburg, Missouri:
Don't let your worries get the best of you;
Moses started out as a basket case.
Some people are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited
you try to sit in their pews..
Many folks want to serve God,
But only as
It is easier to preach ten sermons
Than it is to live one.
The good Lord didn't create anything without a purpose,
But mosquitoes come close.
When you get to your wit's end,
You'll find God lives there.
People are funny;
They want the Front of the bus,
the Middle of the road,
And Back of the church.
Opportunity may knock once,
But temptation bangs on the front door forever.
Quit griping about your church;
If it was perfect, you couldn't belong.
If a church wants a better pastor,
It only needs to pray for the one it has ..
God Himself doesn't propose to judge a man until
he is dead. So why should you?
Some minds are like concrete
Thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.
starts with a smile.
don't know why some people change churches;
does it make
which one you stay home from?
lot of church members singing 'Standing
on the Promises'
Are just sitting on the premises.
Be ye fishers of men.
You catch 'em - He'll clean 'em.
Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.
Don't put a question mark where God put a period.
fruits create many jams.
God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
God grades on the cross, not the curve.
But probably prefers 'fruits of the spirit' over
promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.
who angers you, controls
If God is your Co-pilot, swap seats!
Don't give God instructions, just report for duty!
The task ahead
of us is never as
great as the Power behind us.
Will of God never takes
you to where the
Grace of God will not protect
The message changes us.
You can tell how big a person is
it takes to discourage him.
The best mathematical equation I have ever seen:
+ 3 nails = 4 given .
Do you think the US Navy would ever name a ship after an army guy, even if he
is a Green Beret? Well, if your name is Roy Benavidez, it would. Benavidez got the Medal of Honor too. You have to see his
story to believe it. This comes from cousin Mark: http://biggeekdad.com/2010/01/tango-mike-mike/
Oh my goodness - what fun! This letter from a New Orleans attorney provides, in addition to a good
argument, a bit of history at the same time. Thank you, Mark:
You have to love this lawyer.......
Part of rebuilding New Orleans caused residents often to be challenged with the task
of tracing home titles
back potentially hundreds of years. With a community rich
with history stretching back over two centuries, houses have
been passed along
through generations of family, sometimes making it quite difficult to establish
a great letter an attorney wrote to the FHA on behalf of a client:
A New Orleans lawyer sought an FHA loan for
a client. He was told the loan would be
granted if he could prove satisfactory title to a parcel of property being offered
as collateral. The title to the property dated back to 1803, which took the lawyer
three months to track down. After
sending the information to the FHA, he received
the following reply:
(Actual reply from FHA):
review of your letter adjoining your client's loan application, we note that
the request is supported by an Abstract
of Title. While we compliment the able
manner in which you have prepared and presented the application, we must point
that you have only cleared title to the proposed collateral property back to 1803.
Before final approval can
be accorded, it will be necessary to clear the title back
to its origin."
Annoyed, the lawyer responded
"Your letter regarding title in Case No.189156 has been received.
I note that you
wish to have title extended further than the 206 years covered by the present
application. I was
unaware that any educated person in this country, particularly
those working in the property area, would not know that
Louisiana was purchased by
the United States from France, in 1803 the year of origin identified in our
For the edification of uninformed FHA bureaucrats, the title to the
land prior to U.S. ownership was obtained from France,
which had acquired it by
Right of Conquest from Spain. The land came into the possession of Spain by Right of
made in the year 1492 by a sea captain named Christopher Columbus, who had
been granted the privilege of seeking a new
route to India by the Spanish monarch,
The good Queen Isabella, being a pious woman and almost
as careful about titles as
the FHA, took the precaution of securing the blessing of the Pope before she sold
jewels to finance Columbus's expedition...Now the Pope, as I'm sure you may
know, is the emissary of Jesus Christ, the
Son of God, and God, it is commonly
accepted, created this world. Therefore, I believe it is safe to presume that God
also made that part of the world called Louisiana. God, therefore, would be the
owner of origin and His origins date
back to before the beginning of time, the world
as we know it, and the FHA. I hope you find God's original claim to be
Now, may we have our loan?"
The loan was immediately approved.
September 24, 2012
I do another thing, I want to share a link with you from a friend of mine. It's an outstanding vocalist, a ten year old young
lady named Jackie Evancho. You know how I love to watch and hear people who excel at anything, regardless of their age. Just
listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foUrBztgzZA She was on America's Got Talent, and boy does she!
Changing the subject, today was the day when one of those
mega-mega-zoom-zooms arrived from our sun to lay havoc with the Earth's magnetic fields. Even Delta Airlines re-routed some
of its flights to dodge the solar winds from the Coronal Mass Eruption. http://www.space.com/12581-stunning-photos-solar-storms-flares-sun-weather.html
Wow! The northern lights must have danced quite a little Texas Two Step.
Now, on to other matters of
some import. It's all about retraining your communications ability so that you don't fall victim to people who want to get
and keep you on the defense.
In the first place, don't think you have to jump in and answer someone who demands
an immediate answer. No no no. Take a deep breath and give yourself a bit of time to send a response back over the fence,
so to speak.
Yes, it's more than okay to answer a question with a question. In fact, it's how you get out of all
those defense-intended maneuvers that are being shot at you. You simply do not have to answer with all that immediacy.
For instance, when someone says to you, "Why don't you want to talk to me?"
Your response could
be, "About what?"
Or, "Why didn't you call me?"
"Was I supposed to?"
"Who said that?"
Slow down a bit and give yourself time to frame
Try it. It will take some time to get in the habit of allowing yourself to proceed slowly. In the
long-run, it will help you set your boundaries and maintaining them. Especially if you get the inkling that someone is trying
to invade your peace of mind by demanding that you defend yourself.
And how can you recognize defense maneuvers?
Aside from your gut reaction, densive maneuvers usually start with the word "Why."
are not part of polite conversation. The intent is for one person to try to get and keep the upper hand over someone else.
September 23, 2010
is one of those off the beaten path pieces of information that you may not have known. I didn't either until today's issue
of American Profile arrived.
The there it was on Page 12. Yet another reason that Chicago can claim to
be a winner at something.
The Field Museum in Chicago has won the 2011 America's Best Restroom Award.
So what, you may ask, does a "best restroom" have going for it that would beat out other competitors? Well, for
starters, it has little people potties. And there's a nursing room complete with a sofa in it.
So congrats, Chicago.
'Nuff said about that.
Now it's official. Quint is in remission from his chronic lymphocytic/leukemia. We
made our trip to the oncologist today and learned that the results of the CT scan he had a couple of weeks ago show that the
lymph nodes have returned to normal. Thank you for answered prayers. We're both now on the once-in-three-months regimen. I
did have a new medication to the list of what the doctor has in my file. That's Allupurinol. So when I told him, he said,
"Oh, you've got gouty athritis."
Yep. That's me. The medication is specifically for people who has been
given Cytoxa for chemo with breast cancer.
But then I found out that eating cherries -- only 6 a day -- will help
out a lot. Sure enough, we found cherries in the produce aisle. Fresh from Chile. They are delicious. After only a week of
cherry snacks, I've seen an improvement. I can now bend my thumb with no pain at all. That's the only place, plus my back,
that seems to be bothered. Oh, it's just a nuisance. Nothing fatal. I'll take nuisances.
January 20, 2012
just jumping up and down for joy watching those pink icy, wintry mix patches float by on the weather map. And up north, oh
my goodness. I remember those days when a six inch snowfall was kind of sort of ordinary.
We do not miss it.
Here is a link to a beautiful young girl who is a prodigy -- Akiane Kramarik. She has been painting since
she was very young, age 4. Her paintings are incredible. And thanks to friends in Wichita, John and Sherre for the link: http://www.shangralafamilyfun.com/prodigy.html
Here's a link to Gene Simmons of KISS performing for the troops: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=5MtdIO23MKM Makes me want to stand up and march around the dining room. Thanks, Mark, for sharing.
January 20, 2012
just jumping up and down for joy watching those pink icy, wintry mix patches float by on the weather map. And up north, oh
my goodness. I remember those days when a six inch snowfall was kind of sort of ordinary.
We do not miss it.
Here is a link to a beautiful young girl who is a prodigy -- Akiane Kramarik. She has been painting since
she was very young, age 4. Her paintings are incredible. And thanks to friends in Wichita, John and Sherre for the link: http://www.shangralafamilyfun.com/prodigy.html
January 18, 2012
so here's my ignorance showing. I don't know where either of these teams are from -- Trinity and Millsap -- but this link
that my cousins Al and Mark sent to me shows one of the most phenomenal football plays I have ever seen in all my born
Talk about teamwork! This one play won the game. Wow!
And Mark sends these tips too:
1. I think part of a best friend's job should be toimmediately clear your computer
history if you die.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an
argument when you realize you're wrong.
3. I totally take
back all those times I didn't want to
nap when I was younger.
4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.
5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?
6. Was learning cursive really necessary?
7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on #5. I'm pretty sure I know
how to get out of my neighborhood.
I especially like #7.
As for the second point, I'll have to see if Quint can even remember a time when
he was wrong. About anything. ha ha
Me? I try to keep my mouth shut unless I know pretty much what the answer is.
Reminds me of a fella in grad school who had a most unique form of discipline. He says it's more effective than time
outs and has been using it since his kiddos were real little. He makes them sit down so that he can tell them the entire
history of slavery. All total, it takes about 45 minutes.
January 17, 2012
from 61 degrees this morning to a cool 28 now. There's a raw wind blowing that makes it feel like 2 zillion below zero.
Thank goodness Ground Hogs Day is only weeks away. That's the day I first celebrate spring.
when I was a little girl the teacher would pass around those mimeographed pictures for our class to color. After I became
an adult, I realized that the ground hog is nothing but a big rodent and the whole thing used up all my brown color crayons.
My irises did die back again though. Poor little things. I can hear them shivering under their little
dirt shoes. I have a huge variety of colors. Some are yellow, a peach color that's really a double. Looks pretty and
frilly. Various shades of purple, one almost black. And finally a pink iris. I like irises. They remind me of Vincent Van
Gogh. He painted irises for the whole year that he was in the asylum. People sometimes comment about how they must have been
Van Gogh's favorite flower. The truth is, they were the only flower planted at the asylum. So of course he painted irises.
What else were there? Besides, by that time he was probably tired of doing self-portraits, being one ear shy of having a full
face and all.
Thank you for all your "as if" comments. It was very interesting to hear about how you
are using the same concept. Actually it's little more than positive thinking. But it works. People who are negative get dumped
on a lot. They aren't any fun and they suck all the air out of relationships, out of the sky and out of their hearts. So lighten
up everybody and live your lives as if you are the successful person you want to be!
January 16, 2012
Live your life as
It's a Biblical concept. Believe you will get what you pray for, and it is yours, we are promised.
It's the underlying principle of the best-seller The Secret.
So let's all put a whole bunch of
positive energy out there. The idea is that if you send positive energy out from yourself, it will come back to you.
That's where you embrace the idea that you'll do better in life if you live your life as if.
married couples who live their lives as if can somehow keep a vibrancy alive in their relationship. Remember
those days when you tried to do all the thoughtful, courteous things you could to attract this handsome guy, or gorgeous lady,
into your life? If you're going to be late, do you call and let somebody know you're being detained? If you're living your
life as if, then you're going to do such thoughtful things like making a call.
Or how about getting that
dream job? What happens when you are sitting in your cubicle doing some grunt project and wishing the clock would advance
a few hours so you could get out of there? Well, if you're living your life as if you'd just gotten into an interview
and were trying to convince a prospective boss that you really wanted the job, you'd go ahead and do the best you could do,
even if every day isn't always exciting and creatively challenging.
Or how about parenting. Remember those days
when you couldn't wait for Little Baby Ten Toes to arrive? Live your life as if those days beckon you and you back
to the days when you promised yourself that you'd be the best parent you possibly could be to the new baby yet to be born.
Living as if will help you get through long, fright-filled nights when you're waiting for an errant teenage to wander
on back home.
And most of all, live your life as if Christ were headed this way from the other side of
the universe and he is just about ready to come down out of the clouds. Living your life as if he were just about
here just may change your life choices.
Good luck with that. Think about ways you could live your life as if.
January 13, 2012
Yes, we got the snow. Not
much. Just a couple of inches. Then it stopped for a few hours. I reminded Quint that when the snow started up again, it counted
as a new snow. At least for my reckoning. He doesn't have to count the snows separately if he doesn't want to. It's just that
if you don't, you end up with some extra snowfalls anticipated by the end of the season.
Yesterday I saw a red
fox loping along across the neighbor's yard across the street. At first I thought it was a dog, but then, that tail is a giveaway.
Red fox it was. Pretty good sized one too. We have some woods behind our house. Figure he lives back in there with the deer
who come out every once in a while looking for good chow, like when the neighbor's beans are about ready to pick. I told her
to get a bottle of Liquid Fence at the hardware store, last year. It works. It's kept deer, squirrels and rabbits away from
my garden goodies ever since I planted a garden down here. Not too cheap, but it does the trick. You spray around the perimeter
of the garden, not on the veggies. A quart bottle lasts most of the season.
It even works on those naughty dogs
who like to hike up their legs and take a leak on my rose bush out front. Actually they're probably marking their territory.
Doesn't matter, me and my Liquid Fence go out there and give the bush a squirt where the dogs squirted. They don't come back
so much. Nothing to reclaim if they can't get a whiff of their aroma.
Tomorrow I'm going to my first meeting of
the Christian Writers Group here in town. Looking forward to meeting others who are plying their craft too.
anxious to see if anyone else uses what I call the Ernest Hemingway approach -- you know, three to four word sentences. He
was a master at it and I figured if he made it work, so could I. Problem is, my spell checker does not like fragmented sentences.
But hey, that's the way people talk. So I say I write "conversationally." ha!
Oh, changing the subject.
What do you think the stock markets are going to do on Monday morning, now that Standard and Poors has downgraded the financial
houses of Yerp? France and Austria lost their AAA ratings. A total of 15 European nations' ratings were cutting in the
S&P slash and burn come-uppance move. One of these days, the US is going to get downgraded again if we don't get a grip
You can't spend all your money!
I watched one of those news interview programs, maybe
a Jay Leno man on the street. Not sure. Anyway, the commentator was asking the people where they thought money came from.
One lady said she thought the president printed the money in the basement of the White House. Unfortunately, she was serious.
She even knew who the president was.
God said something about wasting the blessings He gives us. We'd better all
listen up and pay attention, folks.
January 11, 2011
glad that Netflix survived the stupidest marketing debacle yet -- raising money on top of money by doing a double tier charge
system. Never could figure out what they were going to charge so we canceled everything but the streatming, which we used
mostly anyway. We do get one video still, though. What we have both come to really like is the video of a fireplace burning.
That's all it is. Just a fireplace burning. It makes the living room seem warm and cozy. Okay, so it doesn't make the room
actually warm, but the crackling fire and licking flames do okay by me.
Just in time, too, for a winter storm heading
our way. I fear that this one isn't going to miss us. We might get several inches out of it. It's heading SSE out of Iowa
and looks to cut a big swath across Illinois as it heads east. I guess that's the end of our 40 degree winters.
well, it was nice while it lasted.
Now, on to Groundhog's Day which is February 2. Somehow I don't think the little
groundhog is going to be a harbinger of spring. This is going to be one of those winters where it's going to be snowing for
Easter, I'll bet. When the girls were little tykes I remember them hopping through snow on the way to the church on Easter
Sunday. Didn't do their little patent leather slippers any good.
Not much news going on except politics, in case
you haven't noticed. Politics in the US has become a mult-billion dollar business. So the ads and speeches and debates and
spin doctoring are going to continue until November.
One good thing did come out of the Supreme Court today. Believe
it or not, the justices reaches a unanimous decision that says churches can hire people of their own choice - whether it's
a priest, pastor, rabbi, or imam. The supremes said the government had to "butt out" in so many words.
Well, it's about time.
And my cousin Frances in Texas says the jonquils are sprouting and the bluebells are really
thick, though not blooming just yet.
I will add that my irises are totally confused. I have cut them back twice
now and could cut them back again but I'm not gonna. If they decide to bloom when it snows, I'll take a photo for posterity.
And with that, no matter where you are, please drive carefully. I know that some parts of the midwest are supposed
to get 10" of snow or more, but the rest of us can expect 1 to 2 inches of the white stuff. I don't care if we only get
one inch of snow. If it's sitting on icy pavement, it can still be deadly.
Prayers for safety for all of you.
January 9, 2012
Had he lived,
today would have been my brother, Allison's, 67th birthday. His middle name was Wallace, probably named for some long lost
relative I've never heard of. So we called him A.W. because that's what people in the south do. There's usually at least one
first degree relative identified only by initials. So wherever you are, A.W., I hope you're enjoying the choirs of angels
and that at the last moments on your deathbed you begged forgiveness for a life filled with sins. I suspect that you did get
that idea as you lay dying of lung cancer. But I don't know that. I just pray that you did because I would love to see you
Changing the subject, I have received more than quite a few emails about this Mayan thing and what's
going to happen at the end of 2012.
In the first place, the Bible reference to the end of the world is very clear
about who knows what. I believe it's in Revelation where the verse says that no one knows when the world will end except the
Father. Even His Son, Jesus Christ, does not have that information.
Yep. It says so in the Bible. Look it up.
Or if you don't have a Bible with a good commentary that can point you to the verse, go to www.ask..com and type in a question like, "Where in the Bible does it say ............................................"
You'll get a reference.
That's exactly what I did this evening before I started this writing. I knew that somewhere
in the Bible, there was an answer to some prophet who asked God how he would end the world the "next time" since
he'd promised in a covenant after the flood that he would never destroy the population with a flood again. Then he put a rainbow
in the sky. To this day, when I see a rainbow, I am reminded of God's promise not to send a flood again.
about this point that the Mayans supposedly thought the world was going to end? Did they actually say that? Not really, unless
you interpret their writings to fit into that concept. But what if it'd the Mayan calendar, not the world, that is supposed
to end in December 2012? After all, we have Bible texts that say only the Father knows. If He didn't get around to telling
His much beloved Son, Jesus Christ, do you really believe He would have told some Indians out there on the Yucatan Peninsula.
So what did God tell the prophet?
In the New International Reader's Version, in Hebrews 12, we
25 Be sure that you don't say no to the One who speaks. People did not escape when they said
no to the One who warned them on earth. And what if we turn away from the One who warns us from heaven? How much less will
26 At that time his voice shook the earth. But now
he has promised, "Once more I will shake the earth. I will also shake the heavens."—(Haggai 2:6)
27 The words "once more" point out that what can be shaken can be taken away. I'm talking
about created things. Then what can't be shaken will remain.
We are receiving a kingdom that can't be shaken. So let us be thankful. Then we can worship God in a way that pleases him.
We will worship him with deep respect and wonder. 29 Our "God is like a fire that burns everything
There are also references to
God shaking the earth in Psalm 115:3 and Haggai 2:6.
I am reminded of the reference in Verse 28 that "...we
can worship God in a way that pleases him." That pretty much takes care of people who say they don't go to church because
they believe they can worship God in a forest, or somewhere else. In fact, God tells us that he wants us to meet in assembly
with fellow believers.
So get up on the Sabbath, get dressed and make your way to church where you can "assemble"
with "fellow believers." Just do it. Don't say "no" to God.
And then there's
this Tebow guy. Don't you love him?! Over the weekend he rushed 316 yards. That was the accumulated passes he threw and I
think he ran the ball some too. When he heard the stats broadcast with his last winning throw of the day that he was responsible
for 316 yards that won the game for the Denver Broncos, what does he do? Did he swell up and sing, "How great I am?"
Not on your life. He dropped to his knee and thanked God for his blessings. He later explained that when he heard that,
all he could think of was John 3:16.
January 7, 2012
I'm stuck at the weight
where I've plateaued so Quint and I headed for the gym today. That's how you get off those plateaus - either drastically cut
back on calories or step up the exercise.
Well, since our life is pretty sedentary as it is, just walking out
the door to get intot he car is an improvement on the sedentary lifestyle. So, since we're Silver Sneakers on our Humana insurance,
we headed for the gym where we used to go faithfully before all this cancer nonsense started. We walked on the treadmill for
a big fat 20 minutes. We got all the way up to a 27 minute mile. Then we did some work on the strength training machines.
I got on the machine that works the hamstrings. I personally think my hamstrings have completely atrophied, but that could
be just a bit hyperbolic. Truth is, I don't like needing to hang onto something just to stand up, for crying out loud.
Okay, so I don't expect to jump up out of my seat, but I would like to look less like an invalid. I'll work up to
walking for an hour, or get up to five miles. I remember when I was a Girl Scout leader I used to go on five mile hikes with
frequency. But then, those were called "all day hikes" for Brownies.
Oh well, we're expecting it to
take some little while to get some semblance of stamina back.
On our way home, we stopped at Walgreens where I
got my flu shot. The doctor only had one left when we were there for our last checkup, so Quint got it.
stocked up on sugar free candy. Russell Stover is my friend!
Changing the subject, I can always rely on my cousin
Mark to send the Darwin Awards for the previous year. And here they are:
THE 2011 DARWIN AWARDS
You've been waiting for them with bated breath, so without further ado, here are the
2011 Darwin Awards:
In Detroit , a 41-year-old man got stuck and drowned in two feet of water after
head first through an 18-inch-wide sewer grate to retrieve his car keys.
San Francisco stockbroker, who "totally zoned when he ran",
accidentally jogged off a 100-foot high cliff on
his daily run.
While at the beach, Daniel Jones, 21, dug an 8 foot hole for protection
wind and had been sitting in a beach chair at the bottom, when it collapsed, burying
him beneath 5 feet
of sand. People on the beach used their hands and shovels trying
to get him out but could not reach him. It took rescue
workers using heavy equipment
almost an hour to free him. Jones was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Santiago Alvarado, 24, was killed as he fell through the ceiling of a bicycle shop
he was burglarizing.
Death was caused when the long flashlight he had placed in his
mouth to keep his hands free rammed into the base of his
skull as he hit the floor.
Sylvester Briddell, Jr., 26, was killed as he won a
bet with friends who said he
would not put a revolver loaded with four bullets into his mouth and pull the
After stepping around a marked police patrol car parked at the front door, a man
walked into H&J Leather & Firearms intent on robbing the store. The shop was full of
customers and a uniformed
officer was standing at the counter. Upon seeing the
officer, the would-be robber announced a hold-up and fired a few
wild shots from a
The officer and a clerk promptly returned fire, and several customers also
their guns and fired. The robber was pronounced dead at the scene by Paramedics.
Crime scene investigators
located 47 expended cartridge cases in the shop. The
subsequent autopsy revealed 23 gunshot wounds. Ballistics identified
rounds from 7
different weapons. No one else was hurt.
47, and his wife Bonnie were bored just driving around at 2 A.M. so
they lit a quarter stick of dynamite to toss out
the window to see what would
happen. Apparently they failed to notice that the window was closed.
Kerry Bingham had been drinking with several friends when one of them said they knew
a person who had
bungee-jumped from a local bridge in the middle of traffic. The
conversation grew more excited, and at least 10 men trooped
along the walkway of the
bridge at 4:30 AM. Upon arrival at the midpoint of the bridge, they discovered that
one had brought a bungee rope. Bingham, who had continued drinking, volunteered
and pointed out that a coil of lineman's
cable lay nearby. They secured one end
around Bingham's leg and then tied the other to the bridge. His fall lasted 40
before the cable tightened and tore his foot off at the ankle. He miraculously
survived his fall into the icy
water and was rescued by two nearby fishermen.
Bingham's foot was never located.
AND THE WINNER IS....
Zookeeper Friedrich Riesfeldt ( Paderborn , Germany ) fed his constipated elephant
22 doses of animal laxative
and more than a bushel of berries, figs and prunes
before the plugged-up pachyderm finally got relief. Investigators
Friedrich, 46, was attempting to give the ailing elephant an olive oil enema when
the relieved beast
The sheer force of the elephant's unexpected defecation knocked Mr Riesfeldt to the
he struck his head on a rock as the elephant continued to evacuate 200
pounds of dung on top of him. It seems to be just
one of those freak accidents.
January 9, 2012
lived, today would have been my brother, Allison's, 67th birthday. His middle name was Wallace, probably named for some long
lost relative I've never heard of. So we called him A.W. because that's what people in the south do. There's usually at least
one first degree relative identified only by initials. So wherever you are, A.W., I hope you're enjoying the choirs of angels
and that at the last moments on your deathbed you begged forgiveness for a life filled with sins. I suspect that you did get
that idea as you lay dying of lung cancer. But I don't know that. I just pray that you did because I would love to see you
Changing the subject, I have received more than quite a few emails about this Mayan thing and what's
going to happen at the end of 2012.
In the first place, the Bible reference to the end of the world is very clear
about who knows what. I believe it's in Revelation where the verse says that no one knows when the world will end except the
Father. Even His Son, Jesus Christ, does not have that information.
Yep. It says so in the Bible. Look it up.
Or if you don't have a Bible with a good commentary that can point you to the verse, go to www.ask..com and type in a question like, "Where in the Bible does it say ............................................"
You'll get a reference.
That's exactly what I did this evening before I started this writing. I knew that somewhere
in the Bible, there was an answer to some prophet who asked God how he would end the world the "next time" since
he'd promised in a covenant after the flood that he would never destroy the population with a flood again. Then he put
a rainbow in the sky. To this day, when I see a rainbow, I am reminded of God's promise not to send a flood again.
So what did God tell the prophet?
In the New International Reader's Version, we find:
Be sure that you don't say no to the One who speaks. People did not escape when they said no to the One who warned them on
earth. And what if we turn away from the One who warns us from heaven? How much less will we escape!
26 At that time his voice shook the earth. But now he has promised, "Once more I will shake the
earth. I will also shake the heavens."—(Haggai 2:6) 27 The words "once
more" point out that what can be shaken can be taken away. I'm talking about created things. Then what can't be shaken
28 We are receiving a kingdom that can't be shaken.
So let us be thankful. Then we can worship God in a way that pleases him. We will worship him with deep respect and wonder.
29 Our "God is like a fire that burns everything up."—(Deuteronomy 4:24)
January 4, 2011
this could be the beginning of a developing article about recognizing saboteurs within an organization. You know -- they're
the ones we refer to as alligators. Every organization has them. And they show their true colors more prominently than you
Here's an old maxim as you start your new year: If you want people to like you, you have to make yourself
That takes care of the bossy ones. People run from these guys. They sit in their chairs and issue edicts
and "fetch orders." "Get me this," or "get me that" seems to be their motto. You don't see these
people surrounded by a big crowd of people, do you? Organizations are full of these little chiefs.
So what can
you do to make people like you? Easy. If you want something, go get it yourself. That's for starters. The world does not raise
citizens who wait for you to beckon them.
That is, unless you're a politician or a monarch, or something that
gives your blue-blooded attitude the self-imposed right to sit on a chair and make demands.
Tied to likability
is another maxim: Good leaders make good followers. You can spot the good leaders in your organization by looking around to
see who the workers are. They're the ones who make the good leaders. The people who don't want to do any real work in a group
are the same ones who will keep the organization at the status quo. No growth. They say, "I liked it better when we were
smaller." All too often, these little-minded people have a secret agenda of their own. They seldom do anything to help
the organization grow. Does the definition of passive aggressive come to mind?
Just remember, aggression
is always a hostile act.
And passive aggression is disguised as sabotage. Each and every time. Passive aggressive
people are on a perpetual search for power. And what do they want the most? Whatever strength you've got. They're
trying to run a little micro counter-culture in your organization.
But there's good news. You reward (reinforce)
the behavior you want to continue. That's behavior modification rule #1. If you find yourself surrounded by people who
don't share your values, then for your own sense of well-being, find another venue. There are plenty of organizations and
opportunities out there in this big, wide wonderful world that welcome hard workers.
It's even Biblical to shake
the dust from your sandals and walk away. Whatever happened between the "shake the dust from your sandals" theory
and the "turn the other cheek motto?"
Well, that thesis can be bridged with a good sermon. I'm
not a pastor so I'll leave that one for theologians to wrestle with.
January 2, 2012
be it resolved -----
I don't ordinarily make New Years resolutions. But this year is an exception.
can trace my weight gain all the way back to 1985 when my thyroid was removed. I had what's known as a "thyroid storm"
at work and was taken by ambulance to Northwest Memorial Hospital from the law firm where I worked. An endocrinologist diagnosed
Graves Disease, an autoimmune nuisance. Problem was I had my daughter's wedding gown about half done and was looking down
the barrel of her wedding in about two weeks. I finished the gown, had the thyroid ablated with a radioactive iodine. Quint
said I glowed in the dark. The doctor released me much earlier than he would have ordinarily because I promised to return
post haste after the wedding for quick checkups. That only entailed a quick cab ride over to his office from the law firm
where I was back at work.
The problem was, my weight started to slowly rise. At about a 60 degree slope upward.
I put on seventy pounds in a year!
I tried lots of diets. All the wrong ones. Low carb diets, for instance, are
never any good. I don't care who recommends them, they are not good for your body's chemistry. The human being is meant to
eat grains and grain products. Problem was, I wasn't eating anything differently than my pre-ablation days.
in 2006 Quint and I moved. We bought a Cape Cod. People thought I was nuts to move into a house that had three levels when
we had lived in a condominium that was all on one level. Not to mention that my knees were giving me fits. But after we moved
I started to lose weight. Slowly. Ever so slowly. After about six months my knees were not giving me any problems at all.
I wasn't doing anything much different except I was out from under the sedentary lifestyle that came with my counseling practice.
I was walking around more. I enjoyed the physical activity. At the end of a year I was 49 pounds lighter.
is the year I'm going to take off the rest of the 25 pounds that I packed on. And how am I going to do this? Simple. Give
up most of the flour products I eat.
Following a gout diet is not that difficult. Sugar is my enemy. Yeast products
are also my enemy. Meat is my enemy too. No more bacon with my eggs. No more smoky links that are stuffed with cheddar cheese
and jalapeno peppers.
No more cookies. At least not more than two at one sitting. Ice cream is okay so it's a
good thing that I really like Eskimo Pies -- sugar free that is. This afternoon I'm going to make a cookie that has a chocolate
turtle stuffed inside. The cookie dough is a Pillsbury sugar free cake mix and the chocolate turtles are sugar free from Russell
Stove. I'll cut the turtles into quarters to make them go farther. Does it cost more to make them? You bet. But it's cheaper
than all the medicines that you have to take if you're diabetic. I can have a couple of cookies with impunity.
cheeses and cottage cheese are also very good for me. And for some reason, tart cherries are also good for the gout diet.
They are low in purines. The lower the purines in the bloodstream, the lower the risk of too much uric acid in the blood.
Fresh apples and oranges and bananas are good for the low purine diet too. But I seldom eat bananas. Once in a while we'll
put them on cereal for breakfast. (Did you know that a serving of banana is only 1/2 of the banana?) It has too much sugar
in it. I learned that from Quint's diabetic diet.
Two weeks ago I started a lifestyle change that will allow me
to get control of the gout. I've now lost 5 and a half pounds.
I'm looking forward to being at least ten pounds
lighter by the end of January. That's the only resolution that I've made so far.
I'm thinking about slowing down
a bit. Especially now that I'm working at a job that I really enjoy in the afternoons. It's working for a dual parish church
office. Fortunately, the pastor I work with was a friend of mine before I started working with him.
I'm not willing
to give that up. But I am willing to give up my "over-do" list. It's too easy for people to mistake my generosity
with my time and energy. So I'm going to step back this year and let other people do some of the things that I used to
do. In the meantime, I have joined a Christian Writers Group that meets here in Effingham County. It's a group of about ten
people who are writing for publication.
And I have a couple of grants that I promised to write for some business
people here in the county. I like writing grants. It keeps my paralegal skills honed. And I like helping business people get
their enterprises off the ground.
I also want to continue with my own writing projects.
And that should
keep me busy and productive in the new year.
That's only two resolutions. They're two that I can commit to that
I know I will follow faithfully. That's the key to success when it comes to re-inventing yourself. Pick a re-invention project
that you are willing to commit to completely. And don't take on too many projects at the same time. You'll only frustrate
yourself. Pick a project that you are motivated to work on. For me, it was the dreaded fear that if I kept on gobbling away,
I'd hit 300 pounds. That's just something that I'm not willing to embrace. Besides, losing weight is all about math. If you
eat more calories than you use up, you'll gain weight.
I've watched people who claim that they "just can't
lose weight." They'd have you believe that they have tried everything. Yet, when you look at their plates, there's potatoes,
noodles, and bread and butter. Then there's the entree and maybe, just maybe a little bit of green vegetable. Never ever eat
potatoes and bread in the same meal. And I don't know what they think they're doing by dumping noodles or dressing onto the
plate. After all, you're not required to eat everything on the menu. So, if you're an adult, make a fist. That's about a cup.
Half of that amount would be a serving. If you're eating a closed fist size of mashed potatoes, you're eating too much. Oh,
you could have that much in green beans. That's for sure. But not if the beans are highly seasoned with butter and bacon bits,
I figure you've probably seen this letter that my cousins Mark and Al sent to me, but
it's worth another read through:
Our 14-year-old dog Abbey died last month.
The day after she
passed away my 4-year-old daughter Meredith was crying and talking
about how much she missed Abbey.
She asked if
we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God
would recognize her.
I told her that I thought
we could so, and she dictated these words:
Will you please take care of my dog?
She died yesterday and is with you in heaven.
her very much.
I ' m happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.
I hope you will
play with her.
She likes to swim and play with balls.
I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will
know that she is my dog.
I really miss her.
We put the letter in an envelope with a
picture of Abbey & Meredith , addressed it
We put our return address on it.
several stamps on the front of the envelope cause she said it would
take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way
to heaven. That afternoon she
dropped it into the letter box at the post office.
A few days later, she asked if
God had gotten the letter yet.
I told her that I thought He had.
Yesterday, there was a package wrapped
in gold paper on our front porch addressed,
'To Meredith' in an unfamiliar hand.
Meredith opened it.
was a book by Mr. Rogers called, 'When a Pet Dies.'
Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to
God in its opened
On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:
Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help and I recognized
Abbey isn't sick anymore.
Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart.
loved being your dog.
Since we don't need our bodies in heaven, I don't have any pockets to keep your
so I ' m sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and
have something to remember Abbey by.
Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it
and sending it to me.
a wonderful mother you have.
I picked her especially for you.
I send my blessings every day and remember that
I love you very much.
By the way, I'm easy to find.
I am wherever there is love.
January 1, 2012
What a beautiful
message I've received from my cousins, Mark and Al:
WHAT HAPPENS IN HEAVEN WHEN
> This is one of the nicest e-mails
I have seen :
> I dreamt that I went to Heaven
and an angel was showing me around. We
> walked side-by-side inside a large workroom
filled with angels. My angel
> guide stopped in front of the first section and said,
'This is the
> Receiving Section. Here, all petitions to God said in prayer are received.
> I looked around in this area, and it was terribly
busy with so many angels
> sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets
and scraps from
> people all over the world.
> Then we moved on down a long corridor until we reached the second section.
> The angel then said to me, "This is the Packaging
and Delivery Section.
> Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed
> delivered to the living persons who asked for them." I noticed again how
> busy it was there. There were many angels working hard at that station,
> since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged
> for delivery to Earth.
> Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the door of
a very small station. To my great surprise, only one angel was seated
> there, idly
doing nothing. "This is the Acknowledgment Section, my angel
> friend quietly admitted
to me. He seemed embarrassed.
> "How is
it that there is no work going on here? I asked."
"So sad," the angel sighed. "After people receive the blessings that they
asked for, very few send back acknowledgments."
"How does one acknowledge God's blessings? "I asked.
> "Simple," the angel answered. Just say, "Thank you, Lord."
> "What blessings should they acknowledge?" I asked.
> "If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof
> overhead and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of this world.
> If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish,
> you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy, and if you get this on
your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that
> "If you woke up this morning with more
health than illness.. You are more
> blessed than the many who will not even survive
> "If you have never experienced
the fear in battle, the loneliness of
> imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs
of starvation... You are
> ahead of 700 million people in the world."
> "If you can attend a church without the fear of
> torture or death you are envied by, and more blessed than, three
> people in the world."
> "If your parents are still alive and still married.... you are very rare."
> "If you can hold your head up and smile, you are
not the norm, you're
> unique to all those in doubt and despair......."
> "Ok," I said. "What now? How can I start?"
> The Angel said, "If you can read this
message, you just received a double
> blessing in that someone was thinking of you as
very special and you are
> more blessed than over two billion people in the world who
cannot read at
> Have a good day, count your blessings , and if you care to, pass this
along to remind everyone else how blessed we all are..........
> ATTN: Acknowledge Dept .
"Thank you Lord, for giving me the ability to share this message and for
me so many wonderful people with whom to share it."
If you have read this far, and are thankful for all that you have been
> blessed with,
how can you not send it on?
thank God for everything, especially all my family and friends.
do you know how many pearly gates there are? -- If you guessed 12, you'd be correct. See Revelation 21.)
here's a profound story from my friend Linda, in Lawrenceville:
Read it before but just as powerful the second or third time.
GOD BLESS. Please do not forget the real reason for the
This is so beautiful!
A little boy was selling newspapers on the corner, the people
were in and out of the cold.
The little boy was so cold that he wasn't trying to sell many
He walked up to a policeman and said, 'Mister,
you wouldn't happen to know where a poor boy could
find a warm place to sleep tonight would you?
You see, I sleep in a box up around the corner there and down
the alley and it's awful cold in there for tonight. Sure
would be nice to have a warm place to stay.'
The policeman looked down at the little boy and said, 'You go
down the street to that big white house and you knock
on the door. When they come out the door you just say John
3:16, and they will let you in.'
So he did. He walked up the steps and knocked
on the door, and a lady answered. He looked up and said,
'John 3:16 .' The lady said, 'Come on in, Son.'
She took him in and she sat him down in a split bottom rocker
in front of a great big old fireplace, and she went off..
boy sat there for a while and thought to himself:
John 3:16 ....I don't understand it, but it sure makes a cold
Later she came back and asked him 'Are you hungry? 'He said,
'Well, just a little. I haven't eaten in a couple of days,
and I guess I could stand a little bit of food,'
The lady took him in the kitchen and sat him down to a table
full of wonderful food. He ate and ate until he couldn't
anymore. Then he thought to himself: John 3:16...
Boy, I sure don't understand it but it sure makes a hungry
She took him upstairs to a bathroom to a huge bathtub
filled with warm water, and he sat there
and soaked for a
while. As he soaked, he thought to himself: John 3:16 ...
I sure don't understand it, but it sure makes a dirty boy
clean... You know, I've not had a bath, a real bath, in my
whole life. The only bath I ever had was when I stood in
front of that big old fire hydrant as they flushed it out.
The lady came in and got him. She took him to a room,
tucked him into a big old feather bed, pulled the covers up
around his neck, kissed him goodnight and turned out the
lights. As he lay in the darkness and looked out the
window at the snow coming down on that cold night,
he thought to himself: John 3:16 .....I don't understand it
but it sure makes a tired boy rested.
The next morning the lady came back up and took him
down again to that same big table full of food. After he
ate, she took him back to that same big old split bottom
rocker in front of the fireplace and picked up a big old Bible.
She sat down in front of him and looked into his young face..
'Do you understand John 3:16 ? ' she asked gently. He replied,
'No, Ma'am, I don't. The first time I ever heard it was last
night when the policeman told me to use it,'
She opened the Bible to John 3:16 and began to explain
to him about Jesus . Right there, in front of that big old
fireplace, he gave his heart and life to Jesus. He sat there
and thought: John 3:16,“I
don't understand it, but it sure makes a lost boy feel safe.
You know, I have to confess I don't understand it either,
how God was willing to send His Son to die for me, and how
Jesus would agree to do such a thing. I don't understand the
agony of the Father and every angel in heaven as they watched
and die. I don't understand the intense love for ME that kept
Jesus on the cross till the end. I don't understand it,
it sure does make life worth living.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not
perish, but have everlasting life....
If you aren't ashamed to do this, please follow the
Jesus said, 'If you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of
you before my Father.' Pass this on only if you mean it.
I do Love God . He is my source of existence... .. He keeps
me functioning each and every day. Phil 4:13 If you love
and are not ashamed of all the marvelous things he has done
for you, send this on..
Take 60 seconds & give this a shot ! Let's just see if Satan
stops this one.
All you do is:
1) Simply say a small prayer for the person who sent you
this, 'Father, God bless this person in whatever it is that
You know he or she may be needing this day. In Jesus' Name,
Amen ! '
2) Then send it on to other people. Within hours many people
have prayed for you, and you caused a multitude of
pray to God for other people. Then sit back and watch the
power of God work in your life for doing the
thing that you
know He loves.
(This is a good example of what I call Network Prayers. It really makes me feel
great to know that people are praying for me, and I love to pray for others too. Thank you, Linda, for sending.)