Friday, June 29, 2007
FROM THE PAW PAW PATCH --
We're down here in Effingham
-- and as Brian Drees says (the plumbing contractor who came buy to give us an estimate for bringing a line from the
gas meter to the kitchen), we will be southerners officially on July 16. That's the day Two Men and a Truck show up at
our office in Tinley Park to remove all furniture and any whispers of our ever having been there.
through all my anxiety attacks of giving up the counseling practice in Tinley Park. This was helped enormously by insurance
company provider relations people calling to get the phone number in Effingham (217-690-8870).
Today, Quint is
going to change the primary address for all the insurance providers from Tinley Park to our Effingham address.
I was kind of laid low by a sinus thingy. I'm better today. I'd better be. We have a full week in Effingham. First
thing I plan to do is -- what else -- paint, of course. This is going to be the wall that will be behind the deep freeze in
I have to get ready for the canning season. A garbage disposal is one of the requirements for my
refurbishing the kitchen, or, The Food Lab. So is a ceiling fan. So is a gas range with a turbo charged burner that will heat
up my 21 gallon water bath/canner, as well as a dishwasher. None of these items were in the house when we made our purchase.
But then, it's a 50-year-old house and we expected to bring improvements into the picture.
So my Food Lab will
be up and running eventually. Probably sooner than later, since Quint enjoys my culinary contributions to his lifestyle.
We're off to Wal-Mart here shortly. We have a Super Wal-Mart here in Effingham. That's great because a Jasmine
bush is on my list, as well as everything I need for this week's menus.
For the meat, I like
to go to Kroger. There's the nicest butcher there who will cut me off some meat from something hanging in the back. I
need pork chops and I do not the thin cut variety, so I'm guessing he'll go back there where he has a pig hanging
on a hook. Same for steaks from a side of beef.
But first, I have to tell you -- if you didn't hear about it
already -- the immigration bill was roundly defeated in the senate yesterday. I don't have all the details yet but I'll
check it out after lunch.
Quint also tells me that Russia has laid claim to the North Pole. And all the gas, oil,
and diamonds that might be underneath it.
Can they do that? Well, I guess so. Who would stop them? Harkens back
to the days many years ago when Great Britain laid claim to the land now called the United States. Did they ask the American
Indians if they'd give the Brits the land?
Not really. The Brits had guns. No match for the American Indians.
And since my people on my father's side were Cherokee, I don't get into land disputes with people who have big guns.
Germans are on my mother's side. My great-great-great grandfather Leopold Stubbe hailed from Pottsdam,
Germany, in 1846. There's a story there but I never heard what it was and anyone who did know is now pushing up daisies.
But on our grave-tending trip to Paducah recently, I did learn that my grandfather, Arthur Stubbe, was a medic
in World War I. I knew he was a most brave, honored veteran, but I did not know he was a medic until I really down close and
looked at his headstone as I was cleaning it before the flowers were "installed."
Well, I'm off for
a whirlwind shopping trip. Be back later.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
FROM THE PAW PAW PATCH -- I hear thunder rumbling overhead. It's
going to be a rainy day in the Chicago area.
That's a good thing. We are surrounded by a belt of green --
forest preserves -- around the city and suburban boundaries. So we don't want a drought because so many homes in the suburban
areas scoot right on up to the forest lines.
That would be about as dangerous as what's happened in the Lake
Tahoe area if our forest preserves ever caught fire.
The big gurus at the Forest Land Management Department --
or whatever they call themselves -- do not thin out the underbrush from the forest preserves. They do not clear out dead wood
from the forest preserves. In other words, they just let things lay around. Fully natural, you know.
Fire is natural
too. Like lightning that can quickly ignite tender little twigs and dead trees that lie about.
So I'm hoping
that all the environmentalists that espouse all this natural dead stuff lying around in the forest preserves will just quit
getting all those court orders that protect dead and dying trees.
The owners of some 275 homes that were utterly
destroyed by the Lake Tahoe fires are thinking of doing just that. Take the Sierra Club to court because they got an injunction
against the land management people in the Lake Tahoe area to prohibit the forest people from cleaning up the scrub and other
Same thing happened in New Orleans back in the late 90s. The Army Corps of Engineers was going to
upgrade the levee system in New Orleans all the way up to at least a Cat 3 hurricane, the Sierra Club went to court and got
an injunction on the premise that the lowlands and wetlands would be ruined forever.
Well, Sierra Club, so were
the lives of all those people who died. And the survivors who were left behind were changed forever too.
be rebuilding New Orleans for ten years. It may never get back to where it had been before Hurricane Katrina.
whole lot of death and destruction came out of that bit of wild nonsense sponsored by the Sierra Club.
Sierra Club used to have these court proceedings on their web site. Don't know if they still do or not. But I downloaded
it right after Katrina went on a murderous rampage through the south. It's packed away somewhere in my research type
belongings that's going south.
MADE IN CHINA -- FOODS COULD BE DANGEROUS
Formaldehyde, illegal dyes, and industrial wax were used in candy bars, pickles and God only knows what else.
That's why China decided it would be a good idea just to go ahead and shut the food factories down.
It's in an article that CNN released. Han Yi, a mucky muck who works in the Quality Supervision, pre-empted
the overseas sale of a whole bunch of food and hygiene items -- toothpaste most recently. Seems that the Chinese
manufacturers were using a secret ingredient that really belonged in the manufacture of antifreeze.
Han Yi investigated
when lots of people got sick, and worse yet, some died.
Not to mention the pets that died because of Chinese gluten
But get this -- China shut down 180 food factories.
In the CNN article under
today's date (which was really copyrighted by the Associated Press) says that another regulating agency, China's
State Administration for Industry and Commerce, said it closed 152,000 unlicensed food manufacturers and retailers last year
for making fake and low-quality products.
This would be a really good time to stick with American made products.
Especially when it comes to what you're eating.
If you want to read the entire article, go to this web site:
TOM DELAY'S CHARGE DISMISSED
In a statement made
by Tom DeLay, the former congressman from Texas who stepped down when indictments were brought against him, had
this to say in response to his appeal in criminal court being dismissed: "The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals today
ruled that I was wrongfully indicted by Ronnie Earle, the Mike Nifong of Texas, on laws that didn’t even exist. The
court affirmed the decision to throw out the conspiracy indictments because they were based on laws that weren’t even
on the books."
Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSN2741633120070627?feedType=RSS&rpc=22&sp=true
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
FROM THE PAW PAW PATCH -- It's going to be a long hot summer --
today. Hot, steamy, sweaty. The kind of a day that builds into a thunderstorm late in the afternoon, possibly.
those of you in the southern hemisphere, that's not your worry today. You'll be bundling up and looking for sweaters
and mittens for the kiddos before they head out the door.
It is truly amazing to me that so many of you from lots
of different places around the world click in every day -- and throughout the day. I guess the antics of our politicians are
laughable the world 'round.
If they weren't such do-nothings, it would be funny here too. But they are
a pretty expensive lot to support with tax dollars and pretty arrogant at that. I think some of them are trying to bring a
ruling class back to the American political landscape. Maybe they figure if they have enough money they can buy their way
into a pseudo-monarchy.
I pray that your day will be blessed with peace and joy.
GREAT! NOW WE HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT SECURITY AT O'HARE AGAIN
It's about security badges that belonged
to employees of Mesa Airlines. More than 3,000 are supposed to be missing, according to a CBS investigation -- 2 Investigation.
Details are on today's web site:
According to the to the 2 Investigation report, the Department of Aviation fined Mesa from $47,000 because of
the missing badges.
I have a better idea. Make the airline -- any airline that has these kinds
of security breaches -- recall and replace all access badges for current employees. And fire whoever is not retrieving
access badges from employees when they either quit or are fired.
This is not that hard to do. Time consuming?
Maybe? But isn't security breach always a possibility with a disgruntled former employee. Retrieving those security badges
usually falls into the Human Resource area in big companies like airlines.
Too bad if the turnover keeps the HR
people busy. High turnover, in itself, says something about how great it is to work for a company. Or not so great, as the
case may be.
I've worked for a couple of big, multi-national corporations that had pretty streamlined procedures
for getting all the company property, including security badges, back when I left their employ. It's called the Exit Interview.
Turn your stuff in.
Then you get your final check and you sign your 401(k) or Savings Plan documents. After
you turn company property in.
In the meantime, O'Hare is at risk because there is a possibility that someone
sitting in Human Resources at an airline isn't doing his or her job by getting company property back from former employees
-- like their secure area access badges.
Where'd the badges go? Who has them? Who knows?
NEW SUPREME COURT RULING LETS THE "OCTOBER SURPRISE" BACK INTO PLAY FOR POLITICAL CANDIDATES
Muzzling political ads within 30 days of an election is unconstitutional, so says the United States Supreme
It was called the McCain-Feingold Act. It was passed in 2002. In a recap of the act in The
Hill this morning, "...it banned corporate- and union-funded ads that mentioned a federal candidate within 30 days
of a primary and 60 days of a general election."
Now corporations and unions can spend millions of dollars
alerting the general public about bills that are pending before congress that may or may not be sponsored or supported by
a particular candidate.
What the ads can't do is use advertising that calls for the defeat of an elected official.
Okay, so we can figure that out just by the tone of the ad. Especially now that corporations and unions can openly
And why shouldn't these organizations be allowed to criticize candidates? Voters need
to know what their elected representatives have been doing or not doing.
Maybe -- just maybe -- this proviso will
make elected officios more accountable. Do you think?
Should make for some pretty interesting viewing come election
Monday, June 25, 2007
FROM THE PAW PAW PATCH -- It was a misty, hot and humid drive north
this morning. But I'll tell you -- the farmers needed the rain.
So if you like your corn on the cob in the
summertime, be glad that Mother Nature saved the corn crop. Some of the corn has alredy tassled out down south. That is, around
the Charleston area. That seems early to me. But then, I'm not a farmer.
My little "farm patch"
of four tomato plants and green bell peppers and sugar snap peas is doing very well. We ate our first harvest of sugar snap
peas this weekend. Was really good. Combined the juice of mandarin orange sections (canned) with the peas. After the peas
were done cooking, I added a few mandarin orange sections, then sprinkled some chopped peanuts on them. Yum yum!
So we're about ready to pull up stakes here in northern Illinois. Two more trips south and one of those will be with
the moving truck -- Two Men and a Truck. If you ever need to move, consider these movers. They are excellent.
had gotten bids from four movers. It is sooooooo important to check with the state where you live and run the Department of
Transportation license number through state agencies. The other three movers had long lists of complaints filed against their
licenses -- from everything to low balling the estimates to unresolved claims from broken items.
Two Men and a
Truck, on the other hand, did not have a single complaint filed against them in the State of Illinois. And the price quoted
was the price we paid. And it was the same price as the one mover that had a low ball complaint against its license.
I am looking forward to being able to spend more time with the writing after we move. Especially the devotionals which take
a bit more time to develop than my reactions to what's going on in the news. I am really looking forward to bringing devotionals
to our Christian friends from China who log on regularly. Thank you so much for being so patient.
My first devotional
will focus on Ephesians 2:10.
INTERESTING ARTICLE FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES
ABOUT RUPERT MURDOCH
He's the guy who wants to buy Dow Jones, the parent publisher of The Wall
Some people are getting nervous. They're wondering how apolitical this guy can be. Especially
with a tricky election coming up in 2008.
I mean, there are about a third of the Democrat's strength who would
vote for a Democratic candidate if it were some lame dogcatcher who, through the miracles of fate, rose meteorically to national
Same is true of Republicans.
It's that tricky little 1/3 remainder that presidential candidates
really go after. Oh for sure, they want to keep their voters-in-the-bag happy, but they also want to get the biggest chunk
of that 33% group.
So if you were a presidential candidate, it would behoove you to buddy-up next to a bigwig publisher
who would be in a position to grab onto voters and magnetize them to your point of view.
Well, not so fast here.
That 1/3 voting block that's left over isn't all that gullible. That's the group -- I like to think -- that does
a lot of research before going to the polls.
That's the group that reads underneath the headlines.
That's the group that researches biographies of the candidates.
I mean, on election night, the candidates
can stand around and wonder "wha' hoppen?" all they like, but the informed voters were not fooled by all
the political rhetoric. Or promises of things that candidates cannot deliver -- even if they wanted to.
So it doesn't
really matter so much who publishes a bigshot newspaper, or what political persuasion he or she is. It isn't all that
much different than national radio.
That's another issue that's got the liberals really steaming. Supposedly,
talk show radio is too conservative.
That just will never do, you see.
So radio is conservative. TV
is liberal. Wouldn't you think the one would balance the other out? Or do the piggy liberals want to hog all the air waves?
No, that's not it. The problem for the liberals is that the TV news shows are losing viewership. Radio talk shows
are growing profusely.
But back to Rupert Murdoch. The Democrats supposedly don't like him because he owns
Fox News. Democrats are reported to have once said that they can't get their story out because of Fox News.
he has deep pocket ties to the Clintons and Trent Lott, whose book about herding cats they published. Herding cats? Well,
it sold 12,000 copies. There's probably that many political workers in Lott's army in Mississippi, so big deal.
If you want to read a really good article about Murdoch's rush to fame and fortune in America, go to this web
HOLLYWOODIES SAY WE (OUT HERE IN THE HEARTLAND) DON'T GET IT, BUT WHEN ARE THEY
EVER GOING TO LEARN?
A Mighty Heart came in 10th place for its debut weekend, with a really anemic
$4 million box office.
And Sicko, the newest offering of untruths, near truths and inconvenient truths
by Michael Moore, gleaned a grand total of $70,000 for its debut weekend.
Check out these titles and others in
the top 39 at Box Office Mojo: http://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/?yr=2007&wknd=25&p=.htm
What to make of two films that just plain old got trashed. Someone on the radio said it was just a dumb idea to
release Truth in June instead of September. Who would make such a dumb decision? The production company is owned by Angelina
Jolie's husband, so you'd think that he wouldn't allow such a decision if it weren't sterling.
all, they share houses and babies and probably money too. So if she loses, it touches him.
Maybe there's another
So what do these two people have in common: Jolie graduated from high school. Michael Moore dropped out
of college. And these two people think they can espouse political opinions to learned folks?
I don't think
so. Hollywoodies, for the most part, are shallow attention magnets. One of these days they're going to get the idea that
people are interested in them in the same way as they are interested in watching a train wreck.
Then maybe they'll
slink off to the Hollywood Hills in a state of embarrassment and perhaps -- just perhaps -- reconsider the idea that it would
be a good idea if you married your partner before you started having babies.
ALI" SENTENCED TO HANG
Ali Hassan al-Majeed, cousin of Saddam Hussein, was sentenced to death by
hanging for the part he played in the genocide of some 182,000 Kurds in 1988, according to this article in Reuters:
For all the naysayers who insist that Saddam never had weapons of mass destruction, this nerve gas was more than
Also sentenced to death in the part he played in this genocide was Sultan Hashim who was commander
of the Task Force Anfal and Iraqi Army First Corps and later defence minister in Saddam's regime.
GET READY FOR MORE AND MORE RIDICULOUS POLITICAL RHETORIC
Political speeches used to be
abundant in what was called "the silly season."
But now the silly season is not just a season. It's
And who do the greedies think they are kidding? If you run for office for two years, you get to collect
more money since political campaign donations cap out at a "per annum" amount.
And with a two year campaign
we can get sick and tired of all the candidates over an extended period of time.
They may have started out with
fresh debate material, but they've used all the good stuff up. Now they are resorting to stuff that's way far out
Like this quote from Obama: "Faith got hijacked, partly because of the so-called leaders of the Christian
Right, all too eager to exploit what divides us," the Illinois senator said.
So who hijacked his faith?
See what's happening. If you happen to disagree with any of these candidates, you are going to get branded with
doing something despicable. You can't just disagree with them. Oh no. If you do that, you're going to be branded and
So watch out. I guess you ought to be especially careful if you go to church and worship regularly once
a week. Now you're a hijacker.
And Obama thinks this may endear him politically to whom?
I'm going to ask some people at church if they know they are considered hijackers. And if they look at me like they don't
know what I'm talking about, then I'm going to explain that our senator from Illinois thinks we've hijacked our
I hope they get the idea that this nincompoop senator has become as big a political blowhard as the person
he replaced. That's okay. His term will be finished someday. Maybe we'll replace him with someone who won't accuse
us of hijacking our faith just because we worship regularly.
As if we could hijack anything!
Obama article on MyWay: http://apnews.myway.com/article/20070623/D8PUOPQ80.html
Saturday, June 23, 2007
FOR AN INCREDIBLE SET OF PHOTOS STRAIGHT FROM THE FRONT IN IRAQ, GO TO THIS WEB
SITE TO SEE WHAT OUR BRAVE HEROES ARE DOING:
FROM THE PAW PAW PATCH -- We finished the last of the painting in the office late yesterday
afternoon. So the condo is freshly painted for the new owners, and the office is freshly painted.
That only leaves
the house. Tonight, after we arrive at the paw paw place, I am going to paint -- of course. I have made a room divider out
of a lattice half wall. That separates my laundromat in the basement from Quint's hardware store and screwdriver collection.
He was taking a shelf down in the office yesterday so that we could finish up the painting and -- guess what -- he
didn't have a screwdriver the size that he wanted, so off to Ace again for a screwdriver. I immediately called them. They
are mine. He does not need one more screwdriver. Besides, these are a nice electric orange handled set. I'll be able to
spot them very easy. I have very few screwdrivers and the ones I do have are the female variety. That is, they are nice little
flower handled things that aren't built for actually making things. So I need them, Quint.
Seriously, I do
have a nice Black and Decker battery operated screwdriver. I think every woman should have one. And I got a turbocharged Dremmel
a month or so ago. It has a zillion little tool attachments that I haven't even started to wonder about.
I do have an attachment for a drill bit. I use that for making pilot holes in wood and the screwdriver to finish the job.
That's about as mechanically independent as I care to become.
So we're heading out after I finish
the morning schedule. And since we now have lightning speed internet at the house, I'll be able to check out the news
over the weekend.
UH OH -- LADY BIRD JOHNSON IN HOSPITAL
94 years old. Not a stroke this time, her doctors say.
In a CNN report, the former first lady is in the hospital
for tests. (http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/06/22/lady.bird.hospitalized.ap/index.html)
Some of you may remember that Lady Bird practically single-handedly formulated the Highway Beautification Act
that says advertisers can't clutter up the landscape with all those billboards. Billboards are allowed, but they have
to be within a designated mileage of a commercial area.
I want to say it's fifteen miles, but my memory has
trouble stretching back to last week, much less back to the early 70s when all these ugle clutter debates were taking place.
Anyway, prayers lifted for you Lady Bird. I may have disagreed with you on a few political points, but I still pray
for your health and healing and comfort.
Besides, your grandchildren still need you around to tell them all those
interesting family stories that are part of their family history.
God bless you, Lady Bird.
BRITISH PILOT SPOTS A HUGE UFO
Forget the Mile High Club. This UFO is what British pilot
Ray Bower of Aurigny Airlines is calling the "Mile Wide Club."
He, along with other members of the crew
and the passengers, spotted the UFO that hovered for about nine minutes. The pilot says he also saw another UFO, identical
in shape, but it appeared smaller. He reckoned that it was because it was farther away.
Interesting story in the
London Daily Mail at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=463637&in_page_id=1770
AH, NEW TAX HANDLERS SAY THEY ARE LOOKING FOR EQUITY; THEY AREN'T TRYING TO SOAK
And they say they aren't trying to penalize success.
Charles Rangel, Chairman
of the House Ways and Means Committee, is bringing a new plan forward. His bill is co-sponsored by Sander Levin of Michigan
and 12 other Democrats to tax the income earned by private equity funds and hedge funds at the ordinary income rate (35%)
rather than at the capital gains rate (15%).
Hey, congressionals: this kind of news doesn't make Wall Street
happy. The Dow fell 185 points after hearing this news.
The full article is offered by JENNY ANDERSON and ANDREW ROSS SORKIN at the New York times. For more details, read: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/23/business/23tax.html?ex=1340251200&en=1c27fdc437b3ceed&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
PARIS HILTON GETS OUT OF JAIL NEXT TUESDAY
June 26 will mark the
end of her serving out the 23 days in jail.
And guess what? None of the broadcast stations -- ABC, CBS and NBC
-- have any interest in interviewing her. They've all denied the rumors floating around that there was a bid war starting
at $1 million.
For what? To interview a criminal who's getting our of jail?
I think all the celebrities who complain about news people ought to be left out there in the middle of nowhere with
no interest expressed in their silly, spoiled antics.
I read somewhere yesterday -- don't remember where --
that her Mercedes has been repossessed.
Oops, supposedly she "forgot" to make two payments, so the repo
man came and got her car. What's a Mercedes SRL worth? $200,000? $500,000? Don't know.
be curious if it's true. So she was in jail for only 23 days. That only explains 23 days not 60.
Here's where I heard about the repo man: http://people.monstersandcritics.com/news/article_1320963.php/Paris_Hiltons_car_repossessed
Friday, June 22, 2007
FROM THE PAW PAW PATCH -- We sat sipping our coffee ever so quietly
this morning, watching for the Mommy Deer and Bambi to nibble their way through the area downstairs.
But they didn't
Maybe the mom sensed that they were being watched. Animals are wary, after all, and somehow they know when
they've been spotted.
I'd like to get a picture of this beautiful twosome -- mom and baby deer -- then
print and frame it and leave it as a welcome present for the woman who bought our condo.
Well, so much for that.
We won't give up. Tomorrow morning starts another day, after all.
I like mornings. The days are fresh and don't
have mistakes in them. It's like God comes along during the night and erases all the mistakes from the
blackboard of my life when I sleep.
CIA IS ABOUT TO DECLASSIFY DECADES OF DOCUMENTS
You just know that reports are going to land on these reports that have not been available to them even under
the Freedom of Information Act.
Next week. On your mark ...
If you really hurry on over, you can get
enough of the good stuff to rush a book just in time for the Christmas shopping rush.
In a Washington Post
article this morning by Karen DeYoung and Walter Pincus, the most treasured and sought after record of CIA spying abuses are
known as the "family jewels."
These documents wrap up twenty-five years of assassination attempts, kidnapping
and infiltration of leftist groups, and break-ins and thefts, and all sorts of government agency nonsense.
now we're probably going to find out what really happened behind closed doors in Washington.
It will all get
digested by news reporters and authors who will, most likely, camp out at whatever government office is going to host the
papering process, then regurgitate it back to the general public for us to read in more comfortable settings (like our easy
Here's the article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/21/AR2007062102434.html?hpid=topnews
JUST A FOOTNOTE ABOUT MEDIA BIAS
It may have been yesterday when
I posted a column about media bias. Bias leaning toward the left of center.
This was an updated piece of research
that pretty much parallels other stories and polls that delivered similar conclusions from previous decades. You can read
the entire story from an Investors Business Daily editorial cited below.
One quote that jumped off the
page at me, though, was this one:
This bias infects coverage top to bottom — from Iraq stories dwelling only
on U.S. casualties and allegations of atrocities and torture to the abysmal coverage of the economy in which the media studiously
avoid any mention of the fact that we are in the middle of an extraordinary boom.
So what's the big deal?
Bias infects our points of view. Biased reporting is not journalism. It's not news reporting. It's column
writing, or editorializing.
Now, don't get me wrong here. There's nothing wrong with editorials. All newspapers
have them. But editorials should not parade around disguised as news reports.
Some people actually can't tell
They believe the editorials as if they were facts. They are not. Editorials are points of view
that are filtered through a person's political points of view.
Here's the article: http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=267317841195838
SO IF WE DON'T TRUST CONGRESS, WHO DO WE TRUST?
that question gets answered.
The United States Armed Services gets an approval rating of 69% according to a recent
Following that, small businesses come in at 59%. These are the employers of mainstream Americans --
the mom and pop operations -- owned by people who work 50+ hours a week, six days a week or more, and hire your sons and daughters
during school breaks. If you use whatever they are selling and you aren't satisfied, they alone can make it right. They
don't need to get permission from a board of directors or a committee, etc. They are the trustworthy shopowners on Main
Street and they do the job right because they know that one unsatisfactory customer can undo all the advertising they did
in the last six months. We trust these business owners.
What surprises me is that banks only got an approval of
41%. Could that be because banks are getting bigger and bigger and gobbling up little banks? Don't know. Used to be that
banks were the cornerstones of a community. Maybe we don't trust them as much because we see them building all those little
buildings that never seem to be busy. Why do they need all those buildings? Isn't that an expensive way to do business?
Why do we need an Amalgamated Bank on every corner. They're starting to resemble Walgreens -- everywhere you look.
The Surpreme Court, public schools, and medical care deliverers/the medical system didn't do well at all. Americans
don't trust them. A 30% approval rating is bad. That means 70% of Americans don't trust them. Tsk tsk tsk. This group
has a lot of fence-mending work to do.
This last group is right down there with congressionals. We don't trust
them either. Mainly because they lie.
Presidential candidates are running around promising all sorts of things.
Like lowering taxes. Or changing this or that. They're promising do so things as if they could. None of those changes
they're talking about actually start in the Oval Office.
The president of the United States cannot legislate
a tax reduction. Even if the president requests that the congressionals reduce taxes, it triggers a debate that gets kicked
up one aisle of congress and down another, but it has to come from the House Ways and Means Committee.
So if any candidate promises you that he/she is going to lower taxes, they're lying. They just can't do it. It's
not within their constitutional province.
The editorial that runs in today's Investors Business Daily
also outlines some really icky instances of some congressional's corruptive behaviors.
Here's the editorial
Thursday, June 21, 2007
FROM THE PAW PAW PATCH -- We have not had any rain since I don't
I'm curious how the corn crop is doing along I-57. If it gets any worse, we won't have to
worry about corn shortages because of ethanol production. There just won't be any nice juice kernels -- just old dried
up corn cobs hanging on the stalks.
So let's pray for rain. For the flowers. For the farmers and for the good
of the earth.
We got an offer on our condominium. The clock begins for the countdown to closing. That's scheduled
for July 13, tentatively. If not then, July 20 for sure.
Fortunately we have an excellent attorney who can represent
us on July 20 whether we're there or not. The movers are coming to take our office furniture on July 16 whether I'm
ready to depart or not. Quint says they'll roll me out sitting on my chair, or I can get in the car.
just kidding. I think. I'll be ready to go. My petunias are calling me. Maybe the tomatoes will be ripe by then. I have
to get my food lab finished before canning season.
Then all will be in the paw paw patch.
RECIPROCITY -- A $10 WORD BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
Reach back to your high school days when
you had all that fun with algebra. Do you remember the teacher talking about reciprocal, that is, what you do
to one side, you have to do to the other to keep everything equal.
Life is often like that -- a study in reciprocals.
That is, if you want me to do something for you, you run a better chance of getting your expectations met if you also are
willing to do something for me.
For instance, ask me about the lecture Quint and I went to at Fermi Lab several
years ago. The topic was quarks and leptons. The lecturer was none other than Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman. With
his wry sense of humor and his knowledge of his subject matter, it was actually kind of interesting. But by the time I got
to the car I couldn't have explained what the difference between the two were, much less define either one.
no matter. The tradeoff was an evening at Grant Park for the opening season of the outdoor symphony. It featured Beethoven's
Ninth Sympthy -- my all-time favorite, especially the chorale at the end which has been popularized by the song Ode to
Married couples do well when they practice reciprocity in some way
My point -- and the reason I even bring it up this morning -- is two separate headlines that made the
The first headline is from an MSNBC article: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19113485
This article discusses how much newspaper reporters donate to congressional candidates, particularly Democrat
The article says: "Most of the newsroom checkbooks leaned to the left: 125 journalists gave to
Democrats and liberal causes. Only 17 gave to Republicans. Two gave to both parties."
So what, you may ask.
This is America. I can donate to any candidate or cause I want.
That's true. Indeed you can. It's certainly
your right to state your political preference, or not, by donating your money.
So the liberal left lets go of their
political campaign budgeted money more frequently than the conservative right, it appears. Like about 9 to 1.
there's this other headline from Think Progress. The actual headline says The Right Wing Domination of Talk Radio
and How to End It. The lead paragraph in this report says, "The Center for American Progress and Free Press today
released the first-of-its-kind statistical analysis of the political make-up of talk radio in the United States. It confirms that talk radio, one of the most widely used media
formats in America, is dominated almost exclusively by conservatives."
Hmmm. The article goes on to wonder
about whether talk-radio is America is serving the listening needs of all Americans.
According to the story, 91%
of talk radio is conservative, and 9% is liberal. That's 10 to 1.
And what conclusion did this report draw:
"The report recommends that national radio ownership not be allowed to exceed 5 percent of the total number of AM and
FM broadcast stations, and local ownership should not exceed more than 10 percent of the total commercial radio stations in
a given market."
So the conservatives support their candidates ideologically, but not financially.
It's one thing to listen to the radio and support the ideals of the candidates.
It's another thing entirely
to support the candidates with their campaigns. Ideologies are puff patterns in the wind if you don't register to vote
and make plans to go to the polls on election day.
Life is a participatory sport, not an observational one. If
you don't vote, you are just an observer.
Here's an article about journalists who donated: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19113455
REPLACEMENT SENATOR IN WYOMING TO BE NAMED
Wyoming state treasurer
Cynthia Lummis, is one of the three persons named as possible replacements for Sen. Craig Thomas (R), who died earlier this
month after losing a battle with leukemia. The other two named to be considered are state Sen. John Barrasso and former Assistant
U.S. Attorney General Tom Sansonetti.
Gov. Dave Freudenthal wrote the three candidates a letter and asked them
to come on over for a chat. He also gave them a list of issues that he wants to discuss with them individually.
has five days to make up his mind about which candidate he'll send to Washington as a replacement for the late Senator
read the whole story in this article in The Hill: http://thehill.com/campaign-2008/personal-politics-surface-as-three-names-head-to-wyoming-governor-freudenthal-2007-06-21.html
WELL WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THAT? HOUSE REPUBLICANS WANT TO RESTRICT NANCY PELOSI'S
TRAVEL TO TERRORIST STATES
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) brings an amendment to the $34 billion State and Foreign
Operations bill that would prohibit Nancy Pelosi from traveling to nations that support terrorism, specifically Cuba, Iran,
North Korea, Sudan or Syria.
In an article published today in The Hill, Jackie Kucinich says that King believed
Pelosi was in violation of the Logan Act, a 1799 law signed by President John Adams that prohibits unauthorized U.S. citizens
from interfering with relations between the United States and foreign governments.
King says that Pelosi overreached
her role as Speaker of the House when she traveled to Syria recently, despite President Bush's request that she not travel
to a terrorist state.
So what do you think Pelosi's reaction to this might have been?
kind of blew it off. Her spokesperson, Nadeam Elshami, said “This amendment is a cheap political stunt that just
And this is just one of the reasons why the congressional disaproval rating is soaring.
It's at 71% now. That's nearly three quarters of Americans who disapprove of the way the congressionals are handling
read the entire story at: http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/house-republican-wants-to-restrict-pelosis-travel-2007-06-21.html
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
FROM THE PAW PAW PATCH -- Actually, this note comes to you from northern
Illinois today. We won't be heading south to the pawpaw patch until the weekend.
But I have to tell you that
even in a condo -- on the second floor, mind you -- we saw a beautiful mommy deer this morning. And trotting along very close
behind her was a fawn. Looked like Bambi, for sure.
Mommy Deer and Baby Fawn were taking their good old ever-lovin'
when they got the the little copse of trees between our building and the one that is about a hundred feet south of us. I think
Mommy Deer has decided she likes to nibble on the hostas that the ladies downstairs have so tenderly nourished with their
When the deer get to the safety between our buildings, the mom nurses Little Bambi, after
which they go galloping off toward the woods about three blocks away. Ah, the joy of living in a condo.
this spring, right after the swimming pool had been filled up, a Mommy Duck decided that water was a nice, clean place to
take her little brood of babies for a swim. Problem is, once they were in, they couldn't get out.
ducks from the swimming pool must come under "other duties as requested" for the maintenance guys. The two guys,
Steve and Rick, very quickly built a little ramp with several cross pieces for easier footing. The little wet web footed
duckies eventually figured out how to get out of the water. It took some nudging from Mommy Duck though.
you'd think we all had something more exciting to do than stand around and watch this duck rescue project. But no, it
was quite a little adventure to watch.
71% OF AMERICANS DISAPPROVE OF HOW CONGRESS
IS DOING ITS JOB
In a new Gallup Poll that was conducted from June 11 - 14, 2007 by telephone to 1,007
adults aged 18 or over, the approval rating of congress continues to sink lower and lower.
In fact, it's lower
now than just before the election in 2006, when the disapproval rating was 63%.
The media is quick to point blame
on the president and the economy. And the political rhetoric continues to ramp up to near-shrill levels as Hillary says, "We
need to fix that."
So unemployment is getting lower and lower. What needs fixing?
way under control. I think it's resting between 2 and 3%. (Don't have the exact figure in front of me.) What
The economy continues to grow, although the rate of growth is slowing down. It would seem to me that
this would mean the economy is not overheating to inflationary levels. So what needs fixing?
of how the economy is doing can be gauged by the stock market, particularly the Dow. It's heading for 14,000, folks. And
with inflation under control and the economy continuing to grow through the Gross National Product, tell me what needs fixing!
In my view, I think the political rhetoric is getting boring. The Democrats and their mouthpiece cousins, the mainstream
media, are not proposing solutions that are favorable to the American people. Instead, they sit in their elitist ivory towers and
point fingers at George Bush and the economy.
Well, saying it doesn't make it so. The economy is not in
dire straits as they are claiming. And George Bush can't entirely be blamed for the war in Iraq. He cannot declare
war on another country without the approval of congress.
Congress passed all the approvals necessary to go to war
based on a report provided by the National Intelligence Estimate -- it was a 92-page report. Only 22 senators say
they read the report in its entirety prior to voting. That's according to an article from The Hill, which you
can read in its entirey by clicking on the link below.
But wait. Isn't this part of their job? How can
they make informed decisions if they don't read the backup information?
The American taxpayers are
paying each of them $162,500 to make such decisions and handle affairs of governing for us! At the very least, we
expect congress to show up for work every day and do their jobs.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
FROM THE PAW PAW PATCH -- This is the continuing story of a box turtle
that lives somewhere near our backyard.
Actually Mrs. B. (as I call her) might be living somewhere in the yard
for all I know.
I first met Mrs. B. a few weeks ago when I found her sitting on a new clematis I had planted. It
was to be a brilliant purple flowered vine, so I planted it close to a new trellis purchased for just such a plant. I even
put a couple of bricks in front of it to protect the fragile new plant from marauding lawnmowers.
Imagine my surprise
when I went to water the clematis and found Mrs. B. sitting squarely on top of the now defunct clematis. Couldn't tell
if she was trying to encubate the plant or kill it.
Didn't matter. I moved the turtle -- which is about six
inches long -- way down to the back of the yard.
I thought that would be the end of it.
Then last weekend
I was backing out of the driveway. My rear wheel rolled over something. "What was that?" I asked Quint.
Don't know why I would do such a thing but I pulled forward to where I had been parked. Rolled over whatever it was
a second time.
You guessed it. Mrs. B. had shown up again.
I got out of the car, feeling pretty bad
that I had rolled over her not once, but twice.
We stood there in the driveway trying to figure out if she had
been damaged. There was no way she was going to poke her head out at me to give me an all clear sign.
gingerly set her down at the edge of the driveway. We watched for a while, hoping to see scrawny wrinkled up little legs pop
out and carry her away, but nothing happened.
"How tough are those shells," I asked.
know. But it doesn't look like anything is broken," Quint said.
So we went on our way. When we returned
from our shopping trip, Mrs. B. was gone.
Apparently she's still out there, maybe in the ravine that runs
along the back of the property. Maybe she has a headache. Hope not.
I expect to find her again one day. In the
middle of a flower bed.
READING NONSENSE INTO POLLS AND HOW HEADLINES CAN FOOL YOU
Okay, listen up. Everybody knows that 100% is a number that represents all of something.
start with that teensy little piece of logic, then maybe we can have a conversation with the rest of this particular blog.
An article showed up in Editor & Publisher today that headlined "7 in 10 Americans Say Economy is
How could that be, I wondered.
Unemployment is low. Inflation is under
control. The stock market is on the rise. In fact, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see a $14,000 Dow before the next
So I figured that somebody must be reading a different cup of tea leaves than I'm reading.
I read further into the article and here is where I part company with the focus of article.
What were people
(there were just 1,000 respondents in the poll) citing as their reasons for a gloomy report card on the economy.
According to the poll, 16% said health care costs were mentioned. So 100 minus 16 equals what? 84% of the people being polled
did not mention health care costs.
The poll also says that 13% of the people polled also mentioned low
wages. Wow. Now we've got 87% of the people who didn't mention low wages as a concern.
And how about the
price of gas and oil? Well, 11% mentioned that topic as a cause of concern. Then that must mean that 89% didn't mention
it as a concern.
It reminded me of my first day in an undergrad statistics class. The prof warned us to be
wary of how we read statistical data. He said, for instance, that we could say that suburbanites own more automatic
washing machines than their city cousins.
And in another survey, a report said that suburbanites had more
marital sex than people who live in the city.
But, he said, you could not conclude that suburbanites had more
marital sex than city people because they who owned automatic washing machines.
Right away I figured
that statistics was going to be an interesting class. It was.
So the headline in the magazine says that 70% of
Americans think the economy is getting worse. Yet the examples cited in the article don't say why.
not sure 1,000 surveyed people can give a clear picture of what the 300,000,000 people in the United States really think about
the economy. But then, if the survey is truly random, it does provide a legitimate statistic.
My concern is that
the items cited were positive even though the cites were stated as negatives.
For instance, what are
70% of the people in the United States concerned about?
There's too much information missing about what
people's concerns are that would support the headline.
read more: http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003600551
SEN. REID CRACKS THE WHIP -- THERE'S WORK TO DO AND WE MIGHT HAVE TO CANCEL THE
4TH OF JULY RECESS
Oh really? The senators might be asking. Well, I'm not going to be here. I have
a bunch of picnics that I'm supposed to speak at, not to mention campaign fundraising watermelon munching photo ops that
my presidential volunteers have signed me up for. So, sorry. I won't be here.
Then Reid says if you miss out
you may luck out (my words, not an exact quote.)
When it comes to ultra important issues like immigration and energy
issues, the holiday recess is going to be cancelled if the senators don't get all their work done.
ladies and gentlemen, is the first time I have ever agreed with anything that Harry Reid has ever said.
just see if he cancels the holiday. And if he does, how many super-important senators will duck out of Washington, D.C. and
head for the barbecue pits of Iowa.
We shall see.
Monday, June 18, 2007
FROM THE PAWPAW PATCH -- The gypsy winds are calling us. Boy, are
we ready to hit the old dusty trail -- otherwise known as the interstates. Guess you could say we're getting white line
So we headed for Paducah, Kentucky, over the weekend. Beautiful days for traveling -- just going hither
We had two purposes in mind. The first was to put flowers on family graves at Maplelawn
Cemeter in Paducah.
Then we went for a nice long visit in the afternoon with our good friend Antoinette,
who is celebrating her birthday on June 19th.
The trip is only 165 miles from our house in the middle of
Illinois. So about 3 p.m., we headed on back toward home.
Didn't even care that the northbound interstate was
being resurfaced. After all, we were on an adventure. We were directed to a detour, unless we wanted to stay and sit in the
middle of a 60 minute delay while the asphalt trucks unloaded and wait for those big squishy wheeled things to spread
out the hot steaming street tops.
That has to be a killer job when it's 92 degrees out there.
We just kind of ambled our way through towns that had populations of 2000 or less. Saw a lot of gazebos and downtown
centers. In one town, we noticed three Italian restaurants and a pizza place on one city block. And that was in
a town of 1200. You'd think they could all get together and make on big Italian restaurant.
going to head out onto the open road again right after we retire. Might stay out a week or so. Might not. Might wait until
my great big crop of three tomato plants produce their bounty. That means making tomato sauce and canning.
First thing we're going to do in the house is get the food lab up and running. I've had the used furniture
man come get the electric range, so the plumbing contractor needs to come in and run a line from our gas meter to the kitchen.
Then a new range.
But first, new flooring. We had some water damage from the sink last winter. Quint says
he knows how to fix that.
Then a deep freeze that will go in the basement for the rest of nature's bounty,
much of which will be purchased at farm stands. I do have a couple of sugar snap bean bushes. What we don't
eat will get frozen.
We have very generous neighbors who live across the street. Their garden looks like it could
supply a truck farm. It's huge.
When we were headed out of the driveway this morning, Don came over with
a bag of freshly harvested green beans. Hit reverse. Back in the house. This won't take an hour, I said to Quint.
By the time we left, we had packaged six baggies with two services each of our neighbor's bounty. So they're
in the refrigerator freezer for now.
I planted yellow summer squash. It's in a hanging pot on the clothesline
that I inherited with the house. The dainty little tendrils are hanging onto the clothesline and blooming to beat the
band. Plus, there are already three squash. They're tiny little babies for now.
On the other clothesline are
pickles. I am going to get a recipe for sugar free bread-and-butter pickles. Maybe from Splenda.
We already scarfed
up one green bell pepper in a salad. I'm growing the lettuce in 6" pots. Every Sunday afternoon I plant another pot
of lettuce. They grow indoors on the window sill. Have fresh lettuce all year round that way.
Now back to my other
life of seeing counseling clients -- until July 16th. That's the day the movers arrive to take us and our furniture
for one last trip to southern/central Illinois, however you want to designate Effingham.
AL GORE SEEMS TO THINK HIS TOPIC IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN PARIS'
About all I can say
for either Al Gore or Paris Hilton is that they would evaporate into nonessential ingredients if the flashbulbs stopped popping.
Gore is still trying to convince anybody who'll listen that the earth is in distress and it's all man's
He still can't explain why the planet Mars' polar icecaps are thawing also. Is he suggesting that
earthlings to all the way to Mars and brought global warming to the Martians as a Welcome Wagon gift?
Then in an
interview with Victoria Newton he tries to make the threat that the earth only has ten years before something horrible starts
to happen. See, if he can keep all this hocus pocus going -- and all these little mysteries that only he knows the answers
to -- he can just sit down there in Tennessee and pump out all the diatribes his heart can muster.
of like Stephen King sitting somewhere out there on the east coast type type typing away with one bestseller after another.
All they need is a typewriter and paper so they can empty out their heads. And why not? They're both
geniuses at writing fiction.
Oh I have no doubt that there's something going on with global warming. But no
one has convinced me yet that it's man's doing.
My bet is that there are solar storms. Our heat source
comes from the sun. Anything that man does is pretty insignificant. Al Gore just wants more money. He needs a nervous public
who buy into his snake oil theories about global warming.
As far as Stephen King is concerned, he never claimed
to write anything but fiction. I think I did read somewhere once that his plots are gifted from his nightmares.
that's the case, I hope he never writes an autobiography.
Where Paris Hilton is concerned, I think she ought
to spend every cotton picking second of her sentence in jail. Take her cell phone away from her. Make her wear the same scratchy
undergarments that other jail inhabitants have to wear and most of all, get her into those little pumpking colored jumpsuits.
Her hair is yellow. Goes good with pumpkin colors.
I shudder to think that she's supposed to be a role model
for 5th grade girls in this country. What do you suppose they're learning from this dingaling?
Read more of
Victoria's article in The Sun:
YOU DIDN'T REALLY BELIEVE THE POLITICANS, DID YOU?
anything that cows and chickens really like in Washington, D.C., it's the safe haven for them, because this is a pork-craved
In total, there are $23 billion worth of pork -- those little slabs of political bacon that got slatered
onto legislation that might or might not have had anything to do with what the pork project was all about.
Lambo writes in an article in The Washington Times (http://www.washingtontimes.com/commentary/20070617-080234-4516r.htm) that there are 32,000 slabs of bacon on new legislation -- that amounts to about 74 pork projects for each of the
435 members of congress.
For the first time, Democrats are getting worried about their porky little seats getting
taken away from them.
Gee, do you think they might wish they could go back to right after the election when it
was time to make good on campaign promises of reform and transparency about those old pork barrel earmarks that Nancy Pelosi
now wants to call "legislative requests?"
That didn't happen. There is no transparency. It's
the same old policitally hacked-up story. David Obey of Wisconsin (He's the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.)
has reneged on any transparency promises about earmarks. He now says that all pork projects are going to be kept secret until
the appropriations bill passes through the House.
Hey, it's not just the Democrats, folks. Republican lawmakers
have earmarks too. Problem is, that appropriations bill is sitting out there in all the political heat just blooming. You'd
think it was a big dough ball bloating over with a yeast infection, for crying out loud. It just keeps getting bigger and
bigger and bigger.
President Bush may just veto the bill. It's got $23 billion more than he requested. And
he just may not sign a bill that gives him no clue of what he's approving payments for.
That's one of the
really big reasons why congress doesn't like our president.
For some reason, they seem to think he's one
of their employees.
They need to go back and re-read the U.S. Constitution if they believe that.
I THOUGHT THEY JUST WANTED TO WORK HERE!!
There was something
like 34 illegals arrested in New Haven, Connecticut.
So all the protest marchers came out in full force.
About a thousand of them.
Now they're gonna tell me that the illegals are here to do the job that Americans
don't want to do. Like protest marching? But that seems to be the long-lost hippies' favorite way to spend an afternoon.
They, the protesters, were carrying signs that said, "No human being is illegal."
What a bunch
of baloney. In the first place, every sovereign nation on the planet has the right to determine who and how many immigrants
live within its borders.
It's not a question of whether you're a legal person or not. If you weren't
born in the United States, you aren't a citizen.
If you aren't a citizen, you can't stay here and eat
all our beans. And corn. And steak. And hot dogs.
If you aren't a citizen, you can't waltz into my kitchen
and sit down at my dinner table and demand food. I decide who can come and go in my house.
We, the people of the
United States, also decide who gets to come and go in and out of our country. We do that by employing border patrol agents.
And if the patrol agents get overrun, then I think we ought to go on ahead and let the national guard in the border
states help out the border patrol.
And build the biggest, tallest fence we can.
No, that is not like
the iron curtain. The intention of the iron curtain was to keep citizens in the country. Not keep immigrants out.
The citizens of the United States are not risking life and limb to try to escape from this country.
Everybody in every country in the world would love to live in the United States. There isn't another country like
it on the planet.
That's because we're good.
And yes, we are a Christian sovereign. And don't
you forget it for one minute. I don't care what your religion is or how you practice it, you will never take Christianity
away from the people of the United States.
And if you are an illegal alien, you have no right to be here. But you
are a legal person who ought to be living somewhere -- like in the country where you were born. That's where you are a
citizen. Not here. Not until you wait until you're maybe 68 years old and have filled out reams and reams of forms and
requests for admission.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
FROM THE PAWPAW PATCH--
Oh the joy of finally getting our
computers back up and running. Quint and I both have wireless computers and we had the cable/tv/dsl installed in the house
today. Quint's been tweaking the system for a bit here, so here I am.
Tomorrow morning we are heading to Paducah,
Kentucky, the town where I grew up. We are taking a dear friend out to lunch for her birthday. Then we'll come back home
and by that time my poor little flowers will need another drink. They get so thirsty when the temperature is in the 90s.
Boy, I'll tell. We've been out of touch for less than twelve hours and what a day it's been. I can't
leave things alone for a single day.
First there was Angolina banning Fox News from the premiere of the movie she's
in about the Wall Street Journal reporter who was killed early on in the war. From what I read rather quickly, when the Associated
Press and one other big news organization (I think it was USA Today) learned of Jolie's antics, they complained about
how the press was being treated. Jolie relented and Fox News got to cover the premiere.
Boy, I'll tell you.
These arrogant Hollywood types really forget how they got to be so popular in the first place. I think it would do them good
if all the media just ignored them for about a month. No coverage of any of their arrogant temper tantrums. See how they'd
like that. They forgot how to be nice, but I guess they figure they don't need to be nice since they're so rich.
But the news that's disturbing to me is that there apparently is a military coup in progress at this very moment.
Abbas dissolved the government, calling for a state of emergency. Hamas says it's taken over. Sure hope thing settle down
In the meantime, a couple of very tired people are going to try to find a decent movie, then go to
But I'll be back tomorrow.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
STRAIGHT FROM THE PAWPAW PATCH --
The first rule of behavior
modification is to reinforce/reward the behavior you want to continue.
"Finally," I thought. This blonde
bombshell who shall remain nameless except for a hint that her last name is a huge hotel chain manages to get herself and
her brainless antics into the headlines all the time.
Yet we watch. And we talk. And it's dumb. Each headline
is a reinforcer for behavior that begs for attention. No matter if it's negative or positive. A headline is a headline.
I mean, who else would have her cosmetic artist come over an do her makeup for a court appearance?
one, am tired of watching a perpetual trainwreck so until she decides to do something useful with her life, you won't
see her name on my web site anymore.
We should, instead, applaud those people who make the world a better place.
Who give of themselves by volunteering with countless organizations that are richer because of them. There are so many organizations
that, frankly, just could not exist without volunteers.
Can you spare just four hours a week? If so, give an agency
a call. It may be something you'd need training for -- like working a hotline at a crisis shelter, or even a suicide hotline.
Or maybe you could work at an agency's resale shop. Or an animal shelter, if little animals grab at your heart.
Whatever it is, get out there and do something for the rest of humanity. You'll feel so much better for it. Your
self-esteem will improve and you'll have the satisfaction of doing what you can to make the world a better place.
For starters, get in touch with someone at your church. Churches can always use volunteer help.
Some new research
says that people who go about the task of caring show great improvements in their feelings of worth. Mind you, I'm not
saying "taking care of" someone -- but rather, caring about someone. You can do this in a number of ways. Being
a part of a prayer circle is a good place to start. We all know the beneficial aspects of being prayed for.
you may be surprised to know that the pray-or gets a benefit too. The research says a person's body chemistry responds
changes when they care about somebody or something.
Hmmm. Maybe even gardening? I like taking care of my little
pretties. I think they bloom better. And goodness knows, they make me smile.
Time to get started. Time to get out
of yourself and get into caring and being concerned about someone or something else.
DAYS OF DO-NOTHING
It's just not good enough to say "that's the way it's always been
This new congress -- the 110th congress -- promised that they were going to put an end to cronyism.
But they didn't. Maybe they couldn't. Apparently they don't have all this power that they thought they had.
Power that they bragged about. Nancy Pelosi herself said, "I'm the most powerful woman in America."
Well, she lied. She isn't.
Congress can't seem to muster up enough votes, either from the Republican side
or the Democrat side of the aisle to get any legislation passed. What they have passed have been a whole bunch of resolutions.
Oh, wait. They finally did do something about the Iraq spending bill. Probably because they were besieged by phone
calls from back home giving them their marching orders.
They rejected a proposal that would allow expansion of
much-needed refineries in the United States while, at the same, criticizing refineries for not having enough capacity to meet
the energy needs of the taxpayers. But wait. This was exactly what the proposal would have solved. You know -- the one you
You can read about all the resolutions that this illustrious body of well-paid do-nothings do to earn
a salary of $162,500 (times 435 members of the House) equals $70,687,500, or about $35,343.75 a day. That does not include
their expensive aides who actually read all those bills and draft them. Some legislators have admitted that they don't
even get around to reading the bills before voting for them.
Guess they don't need to read all those pages
of typed words if the party boss says vote for this or vote for that. It's a partisan world if you live under the dome.
If you want to read more about what the congress does all day, check out this site:
They spend days and days and days passing lots of resolutions, none of which amounts to legislation.
6.9 EARTHQUAKE OFF THE COAST OF GUATEMALA
Fortunately no one was injured.
But you have to know that buildings were rattling around in Guatemala and El Salvador. Buildings swayed in Guatemala City
and authorities asked people to stay out of tall buildings.
The region has scary memories of earthquakes. It hasn't
been all that long ago when twin earthquakes a month apart killed more than 1,000 people in El Salvador in 2001. Most of the
dead were in the mudslide that followed the earthquakes.
In 1976, a 7.5 in Guatemala killed over 23,000 people.
Many of the dead in this quake were killed under the crush of adobe houses.
read more at: http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N13387972.htm
EARMARKS -- THEY JUST WON'T GO AWAY
Remember Nancy Pelosi
saying she was going to reform the House ethics and sweep away all that unethical behavior?
And she was going to
start with doing earmarks different -- make them more transparent -- make the representatives actually put their name on the
pet pork projects?
Well, it didn't happen folks. Are you surprised?
There are no less than 32,000
earmarks in the Homeland Security spending bill.
Let's see -- we used to call them pork projects. But that
got to be nasty sounding and riddled with hints of corruption.
So the pork projects were renamed as earmarks.
It's the same thing, folks. They just tried to make it sound cleaner.
Now Ms. Nancy wants to call earmarks
"legislative directives." Still smells like bacon, though.
She was going to drain the swamp. She was
going to change the climate of corruption.
read more: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1849792/posts
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
STRAIGHT FROM THE PAWPAW PATCH
According to the senate website (www.senate.gov), here are the Republicans who voted with the Democrats for a no-confidence vote against Attorney General Gonzales: Coleman,
Collins, Hagel, Smith, Snowe, Specter and Sununu.
Hmmmm. McCain didn't
vote. Nor did Brownback. I think if I were running for president, I'd make lots more efforts to be in the chambers when
votes are called.
It's just a thought. Makes a person look like they're serious about being a productive
employee of the people. And if they aren't productive senators, what kind of president would they be?
they'd just like to tiptoe through the rose garden or skip across the lawn to board Marine One, the helicopter that takes
the president and first lady to Camp David on weekends.
In some ways, it seems to be like politics has become an
industry all unto itself in this country. It is absolutely ridiculous to start a presidential campaign two years prior to
the election. That means the senators, who get elected for six-year terms end up being pretty nonproductive for 1/3 of their
And for all the hoopla about the funding bill for Iraq, I read somewhere and I wish I could remember where
I saw this, but most of the senators didn't even read the funding bill before they voted! Seems to me that if the senators
are relying on their aides and assistants to read the bills for them, and draft the bills for them, then maybe we ought to
be electing their assistants. Give them the $162,500 instead of the politicians who are senators in name only.
THIS OUGHT TO BE A SCREAMING BANNER HEADLINE!
So I'm moving it to the top of
The good news is that the federal deficit is 34.6% lower than it was this time last year,
according to the U.S. Treasury. The original article was written by Martin Crutsinger, an Associated Press Economics
Writer that was carried in a feature story on Breitbart.com.
There, now I got all the credits out of the way.
The treasury department is saying that the improvement came about because the IRS is getting better (more efficient)
at collecting taxes.
So the federal budget year ends on September 30. The Congressional Budget Office is projecting
a total deficit of $177 billion. That figure would be down from last year's number of $248.2 billion.
are the naysayers who are quick to point out that President Bush isn't counting big ticket items like the war in Iraq.
And all those baby boomers -- 78 million of them -- are going to push Social Security into bankrupt oblivion.
who says the baby boomers are going to collect Social Security? Many boomers are paper millionaires who tend to be super-achieving
workalots. (Notice that this like-to-workalot person didn't use the "workaholic" term.) What would they do if
they retired? Probably start up something entreprenurial and make even more money.
But be careful out there. Senator
Hillary Clinton wants 4.3% of your income if you make more than $500,000 a year.
Anyway, the economy is rolling
along. If FDR were here, he'd strike up the band and start singing, "Happy days are here again..."
We have a Dow at $13,400+ and it will probably go to $14,000 by the time the election gets here. Unemployment is at a giant
record low, inflation is tamed down. In short, I have a lot of more confidence in the American economy with a Yale educated
MBA than I do all the lawyers in congress piled on top of one another.
Then we could spray paint them green and
pretend they're a pile of money.
Read more about the serious article at: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8PNF8600&show_article=1
UH OH -- HERE COMES TROUBLE TO PARADISE
Chavez, in an article
that CNN picked up from Reuters this morning, is urging his faithful followers to start giving up the "extra" that
they don't need. Things like that second refrigerator, or TV, or maybe even a car.
He wants a purely socialist
regime down there.
Doesn't it kind of remind you a little of Hillary Clinton's urging that the rich in
this country ought to pay a surtax of 4.3%? For once, I'm actually glad I don't make $500,000.
once the principle of the rich paying an extra tax on their wealth passes -- if it passes, which I doubt -- then the threshold
can be toyed with. Could even go as low as $200,000. It would depend on what the legislators define as "rich."
And since they have their income sheltered to avoid paying taxes, their income will probably be exempt.
I think this surtax proposal by Clinton is going to be part of her undoing. There are a couple of reasons that I believe
that. Mainly because it sounds way too Marxist to ever get past the majority of the voters in this country.
MORATORIUM ON ETHANOL PRODUCTION (IN CHINA, THAT IS)
have figured out that if we were going to take huge amounts of corn production and funnel the corn into fuel production, it
would cause a shortage in something.
I figured that out all by myself and I don't even have a big rocket science
size big brain.
So an article in The Times out of the UK says that Beijing is realizing that the costs
of food supplies is going up because the amount of corn and grain is going into short supply because of increased demand for
Well, I figured things would get bad. But how bad?
The article says that just to
sustain the present demand in the United States, that is, an additional 129,000 square miles of really good grain land the
size of Kansas and Iowa would be needed.
Maybe, now this is just another thought from my not so giant sized brain,
it would be a good time for either one of two things to happen.
First of all, maybe there could be a lot of people
working at home and sending their work product over the information superhighway's fast lane rather than the interstate
highways that are overburdened already.
Or, another thought that gets very little push, go back to car-pooling
and give up this notion that each and every one of us has to drive our own separate vehicle to work. We could immediately
reduce the demand on new road construction and fuel by 75% if we have four people in a car instead of one.
another statistic that you don't hear about. It's a piece of datum that I used when I was doing road rage workshops.
In the last decade in the United States, there has been an increase of 3x in the number of drivers. How many new lanes of
roads have been added in that same time period? 10%. That's all, folks.
But that's road rage. If we take
that statistic and say that there are three times more drivers in the last ten years, I'd be willing to bet that there
hasn't been an increase of 3x in the amount of fuel.
So quit using my corn on the cob for your gas tanks. It's
one of my favorite summertime treats. Green Giant already knows this. The Giant has nibblers all year long now. But if I have
to pay more for the nibblers than I do for the steak, I'm going to be really mad at the politicians. Probably will sue
them for $10 million.
Here's the whole story: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/china/article1917927.ece
TOP OF BUILDING BLOWS OFF IN LONDON -- CLOSE TO SCOTLAND YARD
was part of a renovation project.
Fortunately only one person has been taken to the hospital.
A spokesman said it was an office
building with different kinds of offices in the building.
Good thing there weren't a lot of people milling
Read more at: http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23400308-details/Building+collapses+after+'explosion'+in+central+London/article.do
Space shuttle launch as seen from the International Space Station from 220 miles up. Somebody on one
of the blogs says the altitude is too low; that the photo was from a chase plane. I certainly do not know, but I can tell
you that the photo of the launch is stupendous all by itself. You can read blogs at this site:
photo credit to Warren Ellis
Uh oh. The thermal blanket is ripped. Now what? It's a four inch tear. The rip occurred when the shuttle
launched. NASA engineers say they aren't concerned at this point. Well, I guess now. The shuttle is in space. But wouldn't
friction from re-entry be a problem? Just asking.
Below is the shuttle launched at the International Space Station
with the earth in the background. Amazing! I love science. Thank you NASA for super dooper photos.
Okay. So I have
a question. Where was the photographer standing when he took this picture?
See other fascinating photos of earth from this site:
Monday, June 11, 2007
JUST IN -- The senate vote of no confidence regarding Attorney General Gonzales
failed. The vote of 53-38 failed to meet the 60 votes needed. Read the whole story at breitbart.com: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8PMSMMG0&show_article=1
STRAIGHT FROM THE PAWPAW PATCH -- So it wasn't just former president Bill Clinton who
got in on the million dollar giveaway by Mr. Gupta, president of Info USA. Word now surfaces that none other than Nancy Pelosi's
son also got in on the political perks. Paul Pelosi, Jr. is now sitting at a desk that will pay him $180,000 for developing
strategic planning for the name/mailing label giant.
Supposedly, if you're an elderly person, your name just
might be on a list of elderly people who are easy to fleece. That is, you might be identified as a person who has little or
no sales resistance.
Bill Clinton is a consultant for Info USA -- to the tune of more than $3 million in the last
five years. Now what in the world could he possibly tell Gupta and his ilk about fleecing anybody?
planning -- doesn't that have something to do with growing future sales and market share? Do they really need to find
more gullible old folks who can be easily fleeced?
So next time you are asked to fill in one of those information
registrations on the internet before you'll be able to get onto a web site, just remember -- Clinton and Pelosi are getting
big bucks when you add your name to InfoUSA's mailing lists.
As far as I'm concerned, they already have
Seems like all they have to do is spit into the wind and it comes back to them as loose change.
YOU COULD SAY THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAD A BRIEF SESSION-- EXCEPT FOR COMMITTEE
They met at 4:00 pm on Friday and adjourned at 4:05 pm.
What a job! And they get $162,500
Talk about a do-nothing congress. Over at http://thomas.loc.gov where they keep track of such things, it appears that "there were no nay-and-year votes, and there were no recorded
votes. There were no quorum calls."
I'd be just a little bit curious to know if there even was a quorum.
Bet not. That's how they could finish counting what was supposed to be a pretty good crowd of legislators in five minutes.
The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (subcommittee on domestic policy) did host a phot-op hearing
to discuss Big Oil's Double Standard for Measuring Gasoline. Now that ought to be a hotbed of interest.
have another suggestion for everybody out there traveling the information superhighway -- check with your local taxing bodies
to see how much tax gets added on your gallon of gasoline every time taxing jurisdictions change. Like federal, then down
to state, then down to county, and maybe even township, then down to local.
For instance, in our new hometown in
downstate Illinois, we paid $3.17 a gallon for the same brand that we will pay $3.61 for here in the Chicago area.
If you ask someone in the know -- supposedly -- you get an answer like, "Things cost more in Chicago."
I knew that.
And why is that? Remember, I'm probably not on Clinton's/Pelosi's InfoUSA's
list of gullible old folks. Let me hazard a guest. Things cost more in Chicago because taxes are higher.
the simplified version. The gas doesn't cost anymore. BP is BP is BP is BP. Same company. Same summertime additives added.
That's because of the EPA regulations that force the summertime switchover. For whatever reason the EPA foisted
off on the American consumer, the end result is higher gas costs.
And over in the senate today, this august body
is going to try to float a "no confidence" vote for Attorney General Gonzales. They're still mad at him because
8 of his associate attorney generals -- or whatever their job title is -- were fired. But never you mind that when Bill Clinton
first became president, he somehow managed to see the overwhelming need to fire all 93 assistant lawyers or at the Attorney
So Gonzalez got rid of 8. Out of how many? 93? That's less than 10%. There's probably
that many incompetent people running around in any organization. So what's the big deal. It's not like he fired all
of them like Billyboy did.
Can't the senate find anything else to work on since the immigration bill got pushed
out to oblivion. Most of you know by now that the vote to stop debate on the immigration bill failed last week.
have an idea. It's a real simple idea. That's probably why it hasn't occurred to anyone else but us taxpayers.
That is, let's enforce the laws that are on the books.
There's already a law on the books that says illegal
aliens can't come into this country illegally.
There, that wasn't hard, was it? And we didn't even
have to waste the time of 100 senators who are also making $162,500 a year. Each.
It's not just Mexicans who
are sneaking into the country across the border. There are terrorists among them. They get into the country in El Salvador
and make their way north to the good old Rio Grande. From there, it's one illegal hop-skip-and-a-jump to the southernmost
climes of the United States.
As for the other illegals who have been here for a long time, like 12 million supposedly,
let's deport them and make them start all over. They should have to go to the back of the line and get behind all those
other people who applied for visa status and have been waiting.
Remember what you learned in kindergarten? It's
not nice to jump in line.
But don't you think that if we know enough to say there are 12 million illegals
already here, somebody must have counted them. I'll bet that person knows where the illegals area. Let's make that
guy tell where they are.
My solution is to send them back to whatever country they are citizened at. No jail time.
Just send them home. But get a DNA sample first.
Then if you sneak across the border on your hot little stealthy
feet again, you go to jail.
In Maricopa County, Arizona, where you get to sleep in a tent out in the desert
and all you get to wear is a pair of pink boxer shorts. Day and night. That's what Sheriff Joe does to his lawbreakers.
Try that for ninety days. Then get deported again.
Then, if you come back for the third time, it's three times
and you're out. You go to jail for life. It's cheaper to keep you healthy in jail than to let you roam around the
streets of our big cities getting shot.
Neurosurgeons are not cheap and when you take a bullet to the head, we're
kind of obligated to be humanitarian and help you heal.
We are a Christian country, you know. Regardless of all
that garbage you may have read in the mainstream media about Americans losing their religiosity. Don't you believe it.
There are 85% of us who very definitely have a place for God in our lives. And He fits in very nicely. And we keep Him very
close to us, in our hearts.
Friday, June 8, 2007
STRAIGHT FROM THE PAWPAW PATCH: We don't have special treatment
of the rich in the United States, do we?
And poor little rich girl, Paris Hilton, didn't get out of jail because
she was all that fragile. Never you mind, folks. This little chicky is as tough as nails. She always gets what she wants and
she has tricks she's probably never used yet.
So what was her fragile mental state that prompted the Los Angles
Sheriff to allow her to go home and hook her up to an ankle bracelet for the rest of her jail term?
of all, she was so upset that she had to be in jail that she cried herself to sleep every single night -- all three of them
-- as she started to serve her 45 day sentence (that had been reduced to twenty-five days). And she just couldn't abide
that jail chow. Yuk. That stuff must have been just absolutely horrible. Not exactly the gourmet food the little celebutante
is obviously used to. And it's not one of those humongous Hardees cheeseburgers that she got paid to endorse.
Instead, she gets to go home. She gets to sit around her nice cool, refreshing pool in Southern California sipping wine
with her friends from crystal stemware. Now that's wha I call a jail term, don't you?
Last I heard, the
judge and the prosecuting attorney are furious. The judge wants Paris to show herself back to court.
all that fragile and in danger of suicide, then she needs to be in a hospital where she'll be safe and get the psychiatric
care that she needs.
That is, if she truly is suicidal.
Otherwise, go back to jail, serve your term,
and quit whining.
I can fully understand why anyone would not want to be in jail. In fact, just the thought of
having to serve time in jail or prison is what keeps a lot of people on the straight and narrow. The prospect of jail helps
a lot with the good choice/bad choice selection.
For instance, if you are drunk and you get behind the wheel of
your $200,000 Christmas present that you bought for yourself and go charging about the public thoroughfares, then you can
expect bad news when Mr. Policeman pulls you over.
THE SENATE IMMIGRATION BILL IS DEAD
It's designation is S1348. It would have been the biggest boondoggle foisted off on the U.S. taxpayers
since I don't remember when.
But late last night, the senate failed to muster enough votes to close debate
and get a vote going. (Called cloture)
The senate needed 60 votes (super majority) to close debate. They could
only get 45. There had been a call for cloture earlier yesterday but it failed too.
Oh, there were lots of amendments
to try to make the bill more palatable. But, like melting pork fat, they couldn't get enough votes either, so they were
Even Clinton and Obama tried to get into the act and do some lifesaving amendments for the immigration
Obama's amendment had to do with a merit-based evaluation system. He also wanted to put a date into
S1348 about a date for terminating American competitiveness. Amendment was rejected. Guess we won't hear him crowing about
his amendment during campaign speeches.
Clinton tried to tag on an amendment about reclassifying spouses and children
of legal immigrants as immediate relatives. Amendment was rejected. Guess she doesn't get bragging rights for this either.
Bingaman's amendment to limit the allowable visas for entry 200,000 a year did pass.
can read more about what the senators are up to by going to their very own web site and see for yourself what senators tried
to tag onto S1348:
S1348 is dead for now. It's been banished to the land above the north pole, or whereever the Senate Majority
Leader sends embarrassing legislation that didn't have a prayer.
This, though, was one mean mess of political
rhetoric. The U.S. taxpayers got behind a real push to let their senators know about a huge discontent rumbling around out
here in the red states. Phone lines, fax lines, and mail messages bombarded the senators. Especially when it became known
that the senators had installed an 800 "helpline" for illegal aliens to call. When taxpayers couldn't get through
on the senate "taxpayer" lines (that is, lines for the public), the taxpayers started using the "emergency
line" that had been installed for the illegals.
NEW PROPOSAL FOR A SUR TAX
OF 4.3% ON THE RICH
And how is the rich defined? Well, at least in this bill that's being proposed
by Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass) it's families with income of more than $500,000. There are about a million families who
fall into that category in the United States.
By the time the bill gets down to a $250,000 definition of "rich,"
there would be about 90 million households.
So this will be an interesting House bill to watch. It's still
in the proposal state, and hasn't made its way up to the House Ways and Means Committee yet. You do remember that it's
the House Ways and Means Committee where tax money issues must come from don't you?
Tax matters don't start
out in the senate, and they certainly don't come from the White House. So when you hear all these political candidates
running around promising to lower taxes, don't you believe them. They do not have the authority to do that.
fact, the good old senators couldn't even rustle up enough votes to stop the debate on the immigration bill and call it
to the floor for a vote. Even if they had the constitutional authority to start the tax matter process, they'd probably
amend it to death and it wouldn't look anything like a tax appropriations bill.
Now I'm not saying the
senate doesn't get a chance to pork up a tax appropriations bill. You can bet your bottom dollar they do. And by the time
an appropriations bill gets out of the House Ways and Means Committee in the House, goes over to the Senate, then gets to
a joint resolution committee, it has so many little piggies attached to it by way of pork projects, that a $10 billion package
can swell up to a $100 billion just because all the lawmakers add their favorite little earmarks to the original bill.
We absolutely need to get rid of the earmarks. No doubt about it.
By way of justification, you
hear the lawmakers say that there are too many items that need to be considered. They couldn't vote on just one at a time.
And why not?
That's how the senate votes on federal judges. One judge at a time. A motion comes
to the floor and gets a vote. Yes or not.
So why not a matter of -- say, building a $3 million power plant
in Peoria, Illinois. Bring a resolution to the floor and get a vote. Yes or no.
There, now did that take so
Time. Let's see -- that's one of the things you're being paid for out there in Washington,
D.C. If you had to spend a lot of time in the House or Senate chambers, you wouldn't have time to do what?
get rid of the earmarks. And let's have some more transparency in how you are spending the taxpayers money. Let's
have motions for your projects and get them on the floor for debate if need be.
I think it's time that
the lawmakers realize just whose money they're spending. It certainly isn't theirs.
Thursday, June 7, 2007
THE IMMIGRATION BILL IS DEAD, AND I'M GLAD TO HEAR THAT
maybe not DOA -- but certainly on life support.
Oh, the mighty, august ones in the senate are still acting
surprised up on Capitol Hill. Thought they'd slip a fast one past the taxpayers in this country, but it didn't work.
Then there was the 800 number that congress installed for the use of illegal aliens. Once that number was
made public, taxpayers loaded up the phone lines with "vote no" instructions to anyone who answered the phone.
The Senate is trying to muster up enough votes but it's not working. The Republicans are trying to find at
least 41 votes so that they can announce that the bill is going down and is beyond repair.
A trial, test-run vote
to stop debate already failed earlier today. And Mr. Himself Harry Reid says there's going to be another vote at 5:30
this afternoon. If that one fails, then who knows what will happen. Either the Senate will go into a fillibuster mode or Reid
will move the bill off to a committee that meets twice a year up near the north pole.
But for now, the senators
are trying to sweeten the pie for each other by adding amendments that will make the bill more tasty. Although there was an
amendment by Mr. None Other Obama that failed.
Minority Whip Trent Lott is not very happy about all the proposed
amendments that haven't hit the floor yet. His point of view: just get the vote done or let's all go home.
ABOUT ALL THAT CICADA RACKET IN YOUR BACKYARD
The 17 year variety
is known as Brood X.
They begin to emerge when the soil temperatue reaches 64 degrees.
have different life cycles. Some come out in smaller numbers every year. This variety usually pops up out of the soil at the
end of summer.
According to Gene Kritsky, biology professor at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Dehli Township
(Ohio), all of Kentucky, two-thirds of Indiana and the southwest corner of Ohio will have some of the heaviest concentrations.
A small portion of West Virginia, Illinois, Tennessee and southern Michigan, as well as a pocket in the East that includes
Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Long Island, New Jersey, parts of the Carolinas and northern Georgia.
So let me see. If you took the area east of the Mississippi River and pretty much eliminated the southern portion,
and made a kind of convertible of the rest of the area, you'd have Cicadaville. Kind of.
Both varieties have
emerged where we live in Palos Hills, Illinois. There's that low hum that sounds like a yoga call. And there's another
kind that sounds like someone has a loose fanbelt.
The cicada season lasts about 6 weeks. So from about the end
of May would mean that we're in for it until mid-July, or thereabouts.
They don't bite, but they have little
bitty claws on their legs that can pinch pretty good.
And yes, they do fly. But if you've ever watched them,
it's more like a reluctant training exercise flying bug. Very slow and quite awkward. Nothing like the dive-bombing blackbird
flight. Those birds must have sonar!
Cicadas are not locusts. Locusts belong to the grasshopper family. Cicadas
are more closely related to aphids, says Kritsky.
Cicadas don't kill flowers or bushes. They may do minimal
damage to little trees that aren't yet six feet tall. Kritsky recommends putting a net around the crown of baby trees
and tie it at the bottom so that the cicadas can't get up in the branches.
Other than that, enjoy the songfests
of summer. You're not going to hear the Brood X melody for 17 more years. But then, by the time mid-July rolls around,
you'll be glad to be rid of them.
Thanks Fireman Bill for the information.
PROBABLY WON'T SEE THIS IN THE NEWS ABOUT FORD
Remember the slogan for Ford? "Built Ford Tough."
Quint and I have driven Fords for nearly thirty years now. We like Ford engineering and we have come to trust Ford's
products. I do wish they'd spend more money on advertising though. They have good news to tell.
the 2007 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study placed 5 Ford products at the top of their quality categories.
you missed it in your local newspaper, here's where Ford placed as the best:
Ford Mustang -- most problem-free
"Midsize sports car"
Lincoln Mark LT -- top-ranked SUV
Mazda MX-5 Miata -- top-ranked "compact spors
car" -- Ford owns a controlling interest in Mazda
Mercury Milan -- highest ranked midsized car
-- top-ranked "entry premium car"
Ford's Jaguar placed 6th in the Ruropean luxury car brand -- tied
The overall top brand, though, was the Porsche with 91 problems per 100 vehicles. The average car in
this J.D. Power survey had 125 problems per vehicle.
To be fair, I have to mention GM products, since they claim
to be the "Heartbeat of America." GM's best-ranking brand was the Buick with 127 problems per 100 vehicles.
And there's Ford's Land Rover. Didn't perform worth squat -- with 170 problems per 100 vehicles.
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
WHAT IN THE WORLD DOES A FAMILY OF 3 DO IN A 28,000 SQFT HOUSE?
it's none of my cotton pickin' business. Just curious though. Let's see, two adults and one kiddo. And 28,000
square feet of North Carolina roaming brick and mortar estate.
Sorry, but I don't like to dust all that much.
I thought Michael Jordan was a bit ostentatious with 25,000 square feet, but that included a basketball court
-- of course -- and no doubt a swimming pool. Heck, with that much square footage, you could put in a bowling ally too.
I wonder -- if you have a house that big, does that include servant quarters? Maids do get their own rooms, don't
I wouldn't know. Never made enough money to hire a maid.
But with a house that big,
I could have a separate room for each of my hobby types. And a gardening library room. And a writing room with my favorite
books at arms length. The other books would be in the library.
Let's see, neither Quint nor I smoke, so we
wouldn't need a salon to repair to after dinner for a brandy and a smoke. I suppose we could put a TV in that room but
neither of us watch all that much TV. Don't know. I'd have to leave that room empty until I decide.
in a 28,000 square foot house, there would probably be a lot of empty rooms.
I guess we'd just have to start
traveling more. Maybe a trip around the world. Then I could buy stuff and make a room for each country we visit.
But that's the problem. Americans are so boring, going overseas and throwing all that money around. No wonder nobody
likes us. We're so boring. Just spend, spend, spend.
Incidentally, Buckingham Palace has 828,818 square feet.
But The Queen needs all those extra rooms for her ladies in waiting. She needs them to serve her whims and stuff.
And Windsor Castle is 484,000 square feet. But there's a big church in Windsor Castle. And a gift shop and stuff like
that. I suppose there's a right grand horse barn too, but I wouldn't think the square footage for that would be added
in with the people footage.
So back to the Edward's rather humble manor house, by Elizabethan standards. Madam
Edwards is just going to have to truck it along with her paltry 28,000 square feet, I guess.
Meanwhile, Mr. Jonathan
is running around the country on the campaign trail talking about how horrible it is that there are poor people in this country
who have to suffer because they have little more than two nickels to rub together.
Here's a clue, Mr. Edwards:
give them some of your nickels. And quit promising them the sun, moon and stars if you get elected. You're just running
for president. We don't have a king in this country so you wouldn't get to do whatever you like just because you want
TURKEY SAYS IT WAS IN HOT PURSUIT OF KURDS WHO TAKE POTSHOTS AT THEM
okay, the Turks didn't use the word "potshots." But they did say "hot pursuit."
to the Turkey people in Ankara, the Kurds have strike bases just across the border in northern Iraq. From these strike bases,
the Kurds take their potshots at the Turks.
But wait. Turkey says it's not an invasion. Or an incursion.
But if the Kurds are attacking from their strike bases, aren't they inside Iraq? That's where they live.
In their little villages in the hills of northern Iraq.
"Hot pursuit" would suggest that the Kurds had
gone into Turkey, taken their potshots at the Turks, then were headed back across the border into Iraq. That would make it
a hot pursuit, wouldn't it?
This web site will give you more details: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/T/TURKEY_IRAQ?SITE=COBOU&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT
All the major news agencies are reporting the Turkish move into Kurdish territory, but they're basically culling
the information from the Associated Press. So you can go straight to the news source and read for yourself.
AL QUAEDA IN IRAQ? SAY IT ISN'T SO! OH YES IT IS AND THEY ARE USING CHLORINE GAS
According to the Department of Defence, the first documented use of chlorine gas in Iraq by the terrorist group Al Quaeda
was Octber 21, 2006 in Ramadi. That involved two 100-pound chlorine tanks.
Then another in Taji where terrorists
detonated a 5-ton truck packed with 100 pounds of high explosives and two 1-ton chlorine tanks.
attacks occurred in Fallujah, Balad and Ramadi.
The most recent was June 3 against Forward Operating Base Warhorse
in the Diyala province. This involved a homicide bomber who used two tanks of chlorine and 1,000 pounds of explosive. Service
personnel got sick with this one but they were later released and returned to duty.
Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman
said that the car bombs themselves are designed to target innocent civilians. It reflects the brutality of the enemy we are
facing and the total disregard of life to use [chlorine] in such an indiscriminate nature.
For more details about
how chlorine gas is used in Iraq, read the DoD article here: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=46311
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
WILLIAM JEFFERSON, THE INDICTED ONE, SAYS HE'S TAKING A "TEMPORARY LEAVE"
FROM HOUSE BANKING COMMITTEE
And according to The Hill, he already got his walking papers from
the House Ways and Means Committee. He'll be giving up his other 16 committee assignments too.
need to be focusing on his defense. He's probably going to just about move into his law firm's office and camp out
at the end of the conference room table.
I know, I know, he's innocent until he's proven guilty, but it's
really hard to think of him being innocent when there's a 94 page indictment stuck to the middle of his forehead. And
the FBI says his money scams were global.
UH OH -- BUSH HAS FOUND HIS VETO PEN
And according to Gerald Warburg, an appropriations lobbyist, we can expect more vetoes (article in The Hill by
Jim Snyder = http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/bush-now-has-taste-for-vetoes-lobbyist-2007-06-05.html. )
So it's going to be like this, folks. Whenever congress sends over a spending bill that's more than
the president has asked for, he'll probably veto it.
Somewhere along the line -- and this is just suspicious
conjecture on my part -- but it seems like congress has the idea that the president of the United States is one of their employees.
This, of course, is not the case, since it's the American people who elected the president, not congress.
going to be interesting. I hope you all remember how it's supposed to work from your civics, or humanities, or political
It's the President of the United States of America who is the most powerful person in the
world, not Nancy Pelosi, the wannabee king.
BIG CYCLONE (HURRICANE) HEADED FOR
IRAN AS WE SPEAK
There is one big huge cyclone -- or hurricane as we say in this hemisphere -- headed
for Oman as we speak. Sustained winds are 160 mph, with gusts up to 195. See the storm track at this web site: http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/na200702_flashtool.html?extraprod=flashtool#a_topad -- It looks pretty organized from where I sit, not that I'm a weather expert, mind you. But we can be thankful for
any temperature cool down in that area of the world. And I'm sure our soldiers wouldn't mind a bit of rain either.
It's a Cat 3 now, but landfall usually slows a cyclone down somewhat.
Or you can go to this site:
http://www.nrlmry.navy.mil/tc_pages/tc_home.html then click on Tropical Cyclones. This one that's headed for Iran is called Gonu.
And for all of you who are interested, this map was posted on www.freerepublic.com. This map may be helpful if you use it in conjunction with the Wunderground track of the hurricane.
the big deal? Well, we don't exactly buy our oil from Iran, but they do put it on the open global market. Any shortage
of oil in Iran could spike the price of already high gasoline costs here in the United States.
Does anybody remember
when the last time in history there was a cyclone/hurricane in this area of the world? I'm thinking maybe back to the
time of Noah?
Here's an updated tracking from www.theoildrum.com -- with credits also to Chuck Watson of KAC/UCF.
Exclusive--Must credit THE OIL DRUM and
Chuck Watson of KAC/UCF.
KAC/UCF and Chuck Watson are forecasting, based on their damage models, that the Qalhat (Sur) LNG terminal will be out for 20-30 days and the Mina
al Fahal oil terminal will be down for 10-15 days--all of this assuming they are built to US standards.
Monday, June 4, 2007
FDA SAYS TO THROW OUT THE CHINESE TOOTHPASTE
At first the
FDA was reluctant to do anything harsh like actually just come out and say that Chinese toothpaste had too much diethylene
glycol in it.
The FDA said it was going to check a whole bunch of Chinese toothpaste. And until it was absolutely
determined, 100% true, that the Chinese toothpaste sold in the U.S. was contaminated, like it was in other countries, we --
the American consumer -- was just supposed to keep our cool and keep on brushing.
And then, in Miami at a Dollar
Plus store, there it was. Just sitting there on the shelf trying to behave like all the other toothpastes. Cooldent Fluoride,
Cooldent Spearmint and Cooldent ICE. But these toothpastes were manufactured by the Goldcredit International Trading Company
Quint says the diethylene glycol (DEG) would most likely be used as a sweetener, not for anything
sinister like intentionally killing anybody.
That may be, but just last year, there were some 40 deaths in Panama
because DEG was found in cough medicines, syrups and sedatives.
Here's a tip for all you out-of-the-country
travelers: there are reasons why you aren't allowed to bring foreign stuff back into the U.S. There's probably better
reasons why you shouldn't be taking the medicines in the first place.
Okay, so yeah it's cheaper to buy
the medicines out of the country. Other countries can't compare with the FDA in the United States. It's an agency
that does a pretty good job looking out for all of us citizens who chomp on things like food and medicines.
not another country in the world that has anything that rivals the FDA. And yes, it's costly. And yes, the consumer absorbs
a lot of the costs. And yes, it's worth it because it's our lives and our lifestyles that the FDA protects in the
If you're running around Mexico or Panama or anywhere else you're going in Latin America,
and you have a big list of drugs you want to get so you head off to the local drugstorio, just hold off for a moment. What
you get could well be cheaper but it won't be deducted from the cost of your funeral.
WHOLE IMMIGRATION STORY IS REALLY HEATING UP
Politicians are lining up on both sides of this question.
If it matters to you -- and hopefully it will matter to all of you for one reason of other -- like your tax dollars
are work. Or, if not, then down the drain.
You really need to find out which one of the candidates running for
president has a similar voting record as you do. Don't be misguided by what they promise either. Look up their voting
Hate to say it but the American taxpayers get taken all the time. It's mainly because, in my view,
they believe the promises of politicians as if they were currencies that could be put in the bank.
It does not
work that way, my friends. Go to the records. Find out how your candidates voted in the past. That will give you a pretty
clear idea of what they believe.
When you run into presidential candidates at their little hand-shaking soirees,
ask them hard questions. See if you get a straight answer or if you get a talking point.
I vote for conversational
candidates who have voting records I can check. And I can assure you that any presidential candidate has voting records
somewhere that can be checked. I do not vote for talking-point-heads.
But back to the immigration question. Here's
a web site that you can go to that will give you up-to-the-second information as far as how many illegal immigrants are in
the United States, how much money is wired back to Mexico, how much is wired back to Latin America, the cost of social services
for illegal immigrants since 1996, the number of children of illegals in public schools, the cost of illegals in K-12 since
1996, how many illegals are currently incarcerated and the cost of that, how many illegal immigrants are fugitives, how
many anchor babies have been born since 2002, and how many skilled jobs have been taken by illegal immigrants.
Anchor babies are children born in the United States to illegal immgrants. They are citizens of the U.S. because they
were born here, regardless of whether their parents are here legally or not.
The very last statistic is about skilled
jobs. It's an important number because we hear the argument tossed around that we ought to let the illegals stay here
because they are doing jobs that American workers either don't want to do or won't do. This figure talks about skilled
jobs that illegals are doing -- not the brussel sprout pickers.
HAS TO EXPLAIN A BIG PILE OF COLD CASH
The indictment is in. According to a FoxNews story, sixteen counts
have been handed down against the congressman from Louisiana. The indictments involve racketeering, obstruction of justice
He could deny the charges all he wanted but his biggest problems are a couple of guys who are in
prison as we speak who testified against Jefferson. They said that they solicited bribes on Jefferson's behalf.
Now, if you had $90,000 in ill-gotten gains, couldn't you think of a more creative place to put it
than your deep freeze?
Gives a whole new meaning to "cold cash."
And Jefferson wants the documents
that were seized from his congressional office returned to him? Sorry, guy. Some of this stuff could be good for evidence.
Most of it is probably boring, though. At any rate, you can't have the documents back.
So just go on over to
the prison store and get yourself measured for your new suit.
Friday, June 1, 2007
IN THE LAND OF THE NEW POLITICS, THERE APPARENTLY IS NO RECIPROCITY
I have to admit that I was shocked when I learned that the Smartest Woman in the World, aka Hillary, did not pass
the bar exam in Washington, D.C. in the70s. It's not that I care all that much. If you took a survey of all the lawmakers
in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, there'd probably be more who didn't than those who did.
Fortunately President Bush is not a lawyer. But I can tell you one thing -- getting an MBA from Yale doesn't put him
at the bottom of the potato pile in the root cellar.
John Kerry may have tried to make George Bush sound dumber
than a box of rocks, but when the truth came out and military entry records were compared, it was John Kerry who had an IQ
of 120 and George Bush bested him with 128.
Isn't it amazing that the IQ story just kind of died down after
Now, mind you, both Kerry and Bush have IQs that are outside the range of "normal." The standard
deviation for IQ is 15 points. They are both 120+. So all of you who are trying to make George Bush into a dummy, just sit
down and be quiet. That is, unless you'd like to show us your IQ card -- if you even know what your IQ is.
point is, there's no reciprocity in the new age politics.
When I was teaching psychology at both Moraine Valley
College and Joliet Junior College -- and only Psy101 at that -- one of the things I made sure that my students all got a good
grasp of was reciprocity, dialectical thinking and perspective taking.
Politics used to be about how good government
springs up out of good compromises. Compromise has a lot to do with reciprocity. And seeing perspective from the other point
of view is the precursor to compromise.
In the new age politics, we can't let George Bush make a
mistake. Each time he does anything that even looks like an error, it's a banner headline.
Yet, the MSM chooses
to gloss over the fact that the Smartest Woman in the World failed the bar exam. She apparently did pass the Arkansas bar
because she was a working attorney in a lawfirm down there.
In its purest form, that certainly does not qualify
as a reciprocal attitude.
The new age politicians are just getting meaner and meaner. No reciprocity. No attempt
at seeing the other side's point of view.
That's the reason why there's no ability or attempt to work
with the colleagues across the aisle.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.)