Tuesday, July 31, 2007
MY LIFE IN INK --
I want you to know that the ceiling fan
is up and running in the kitchen. It took us between four and five hours. For someone who may be used to putting those things
up, it probably wouldn't take but a couple of hours at the most.
The problem is we keep dropping those tiny
little screws. And the screws have locknuts that have to be put on too. They're even tinier. So we spent a good extra
hour down on our hands and knees looking for little pieces of metal.
But it's up and we are enjoying the cool
breezes in the kitchen.
The repair is coming along great with the carport. But that's being done by a pro who
knows what he's doing. We're just watching. In amazement.
Quint and I have determined that we should just
stick with what we're good at and not even try to become something else.
Quint spent his career years as a
research chemist. I have been a legal secretary, then got my paralegal certificate, then went back to school to get a masters
in psychology. Then I became a mental health counselor. Now I am doing some counseling/coaching over the phone.
the insurance companies will realize that we have changed our address and that will be the end of our retirement. But that's
okay. It's what I love doing. That, and writing. And Quint will continue his accounting for the practice -- something
he picked up after he retired from chemistry.
Today I'm going to make sugar free frozen peach preserves. That's
a good project for an afternoon that threatens to be 90 degrees outside.
HEAR THAT ROBIN ROBERTS HAS BREAST CANCER
She just announced the cancer on this morning's show with
Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America. Early detection counts very much with breast cancer, so let's pray that
she did, indeed, catch the cancer/lump early enough to treat the cancer aggressively.
Read here: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=3430554
In the meantime, we can all keep Robin in our prayers for a healthy, speedy recovery.
like to send her a message, you can do so at the link provided above.
WOW! CBS REALLY
ON THE DOWNWARD SLIDE
A year ago the net income was $781 million.
This year, in the second
quarter, a comparable figure is $404 million.
So what's going on, do you suppose?
Maybe -- just
maybe -- thinking people don't like to be spoonfed opinions from reporters and/or anchors.
to the days when journalists would just report what was going on instead of delivering an editorial and calling it news.
Big surprise that people get turned off and then turn off their sets.
And then the liberals say the news
isn't fair and balanced. What are they saying? That the audience is not being fair because we don't listen to the
garbage that the liberal media warlords are putting out there?
And now, the liberals are saying they're going
to launch a campaign to write letters to the advertisers on Fox News and try to get them to withdrawn their advertising money
from Fox News shows.
Well, I say that can work both ways. It's possible that a whole bunch of people will
start writing the sponsors and advertisers on Fox News and thank them for supporting the shows we watch.
LOVE STORY: PETER AND EDNA -- from Alice Stubbe
Just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to, doesn't mean they don't
love you with all they have.
Ralph and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital. One day while they were
walking past the hospital swimming pool, Ralph suddenly jumped into the deep end. He sank to the bottom of the pool
and stayed there.
Edna promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled him out.
the Head Nurse Director became aware of Edna's heroic act she immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital,
as she now considered her to be
When she went to tell Edna the news she said, "Edna,
I have good news and bad news. The good news is you're being discharged, since you were able to rationally respond to
a crisis by jumping in and saving the life of the person you love. I have concluded that your act
displays sound mindlessness.
The bad news is, Ralph, hung himself in the bathroom with his bathrobe belt right after you saved him. I am so sorry, but
Edna replied, "He didn't hang himself, I put him there to dry. How soon can I go
LITTLE CHART -- from Brenda Moore
God has a positive
answer to your questions:
You say: "It's impossible"
God says: All things are possible
God says: I will give you rest
You say: "Nobody really loves me"
(John 3:1 6 & John 3:34 )
God says: My grace is sufficient
Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)
You say: "I can't figure things out"
God says: I will direct your steps
God says: You can do all things
You say: "It's not worth it"
God says: It will be worth it
You say: "I can't forgive myself"
(I John 1:9 & Romans
You say: "I can't manage"
God says: I will supply all your needs
God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear
You say: "I'm always worried and frustrated"
God says: Cast all your cares on ME
You say: "I'm not smart enough"
God says: I give you wisdom
You say: "I feel all alone"
I will never leave you or forsake you
Monday, July 30, 2007
MY LIFE IN INK --
It's been a busy weekend. On
Saturday I made sugar-free freezer strawberry jam. And picked up 15 ears of corn which I made into niblets for the deep freeze.
Then I made some sugar-free corn relish, a favorite of Quint's and me. And since Quint is diabetic, I make a lot of sugar-free
food for us.
Actually I'm very proud of Quint. He's one of the 15% of the diabetic population who is compliant
with medical advice. Can you believe that 85% of diabetics do not comply with their doctors' advice?
to our new church home on Sunday morning. It's not the same as the church we had really really liked in Tinley Park. But
change is inevitable in life and I have no doubt that this new church will be just fine once we get to know the folks.
Today the carpenter is coming over to begin repairs on the carport. It appears that someone, probably the former owner,
kind of ran into the back wall of the carport. Didn't do a great deal of damage -- just nudged the wall out a bit. So
the carpenter is going to replace that wall, and make a 4' closet in that will go the entire width of the carport. That
will give us room to put all our lawn toys, bikes and golf clubs. He's also going to put a nice big door on the closet
with a lock on it.
This afternoon we are going to put in a ceiling fan in the kitchen. I had one in the condo and
miss not having one here. That's especially true now that the summer harvests are coming in. I made a sauna in my kitchen
Just wait until I start making tomato sauce and get my 21-quart canner bubbling.
now, let's see what's going on in the world.
RAISES FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE TO $7.25/HOUR -- NOW WANTS TO RAISE CONGRESSIONAL PAY TO $170,000
see now -- there are 2,000 work hours in a year.
So the $7.25 per hour comes to $14,500 a year. But that won't
happen until 2009.
Right now, the new hike went from $5.15 to $5.85 an hour. That's a raise of $.70 an hour.
Congress wants to give itself a raise of $4,400 a year. That's a $2.20 per hour raise.
I guess Congress
figures it needs the raise all at once. Right now.
What you're going to hear them say is that the American
worker got a raise from $5.85 an hour to $7.25. That's a raise of $1.40 an hour. But average ordinary workers have to
wait until 2009 to get it all. That's two more years.
That is, if my math is correct.
So not only
is Congress arrogant, but they're greedy too.
I knew that.
But there are some congressionals who
think this whole raise deal for them is "ill-timed." (http://www.miamiherald.com/884/story/186647.html)
Opponents said a raise for Congress would be ill-timed. ''According
to the recent polls, Americans don't like the Congress,'' said Rep. Howard Coble, a North Carolina Republican.
"Our numbers, lower than President Bush's numbers, are in the tank. To enact this [cost-of-living increase] will
do nothing, in my opinion, to improve our already diminished reputation.'' (from the Miami Herald article
Well at least some of the congressionals are thinking about the fact that new polls show only a 14% approval
rating. This is definitely not a time to think of congratulating themselves by giving themselves a big raise.
THIS IS HARD TO BELIEVE BUT CONRAD HILTON IS DERAILING
HIS GRANDDAUGHTER PARIS' INHERITANCE
I wasn't sure that Conrad Hilton was still around, but apparently
he's a 79-year-old with some pretty strong opinions about how Paris has sullied the family name.
Poor little rich girl may jus have to get a real job. Doing real work. Getting paid real money.
It's in an article posted today on NineMSN: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=281722
The elder Hilton says he's going to make sure that Little Miss SansiePantsies won't see
a dime of her $59 million inheritance. He's going to give the money that she would have gotten to charities instead. Same
is true of all his other grandchildren. They aren't getting any money either.
Guess they're just going
to have to polish up the old resumes and get to work. That is, get real jobs.
Hilton just sold a big part of his
assets to Blackstone. Like $2.4 billion worth.
Wasn't Conrad married to Zsa Zsa Gabor at one time? I think
I read that somewhere.
CONGRESS GOES OUT FOR AUGUST RECESS
It used to be in days of long ago that the lawmakers headed out of a hot, steamy city to bask in the cool
shady breezes of somewhere else.
Probably wherever there was a good bunch of fans and servants to fan them.
They were the wealthy upper crust. They just could not abide the horrors of physical discomfort. And, well, sweat.
It's just not polite.
So the lawmakers did what every good old person could do, of course. They left town.
The beachfront properties of New England beckoned. Or maybe something more forested would be better. Anything but the steambath
of a city along the Potomac.
They still do it. Come August, they can't get out of town fast enough.
Problem is, we now have this amazing invention. It's called air conditioning. A person does not even have to
leave the steambath of a city and be inconvenienced by all that packing up and dragging a person's body over to a private
jet sitting on a runway that you could fry an egg on.
Nope. If a person were really diligent and serious about
doing the job that the taxpayers paid him or her to do, why they'd just stay put and crank up the air conditioner, roll
up their cute little designer sleeves and get to work.
Maybe then their approval rating would start to improve.
Instead, it appears to be in a free fall on its way to zero.
vs. SOUTHERN FRIENDS -- from Brenda Moore
Never ask for food.
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Always bring the food.
FRIENDS: Will say "hello".
FRIENDS: Will give you a big hug and a kiss.
FRIENDS: Call your parents Mr. and Mrs.
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Call
your parents Mom and Dad
FRIENDS: Have never seen you cry.
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Cry with you.
Will eat at your dinner table and leave.
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Will spend hours there, talking, laughing, and just
FRIENDS: Know a few things about you.
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Could write a book with direct quotes from
FRIENDS: Will leave you behind if that's what the crowd is doing.
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Will kick the
whole crowds' back-ends that left you.
FRIENDS: Would knock on your door.
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Walk right
in and say, " I'm home!"
FRIENDS: Are for a while.
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Are for life.
NANCY PELOSI IS A POST TURTLE -- from Alice Stubbe
While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old California rancher, whose hand was caught in a gate while working cattle,
the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man.
Eventually the topic got around to Nancy Pelosi and her elevation
to speaker of the house. The old rancher said, "Well,
ya know, Nancy is a post turtle."
Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a 'post
turtle' was. The old rancher said, "When you're
driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a post turtle."
The old man saw a puzzled look on the doctor's face, so he continued to explain.
she didn't get there by herself, she doesn't belong there, she doesn't know what to do while she's up there,
and you just want to help the dumb thing get down."
PREAMBLE TO THE CONSTITUTION -- from Mark Stubbe
This is probably the best
e-mail I've seen in a long, long time. The following has been attributed to State Representative Mitchell Kaye from GA.
This guy should run for President one day...
"We the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance
of justice, avoid more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior, and secure the blessings of debt-free liberty
to ourselves and our great-great-great-grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines
for the terminally whiny, guilt ridden, delusional, and other liberal bed-wetter's. We hold these truths to be self evident:
that a whole lot of people are confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim they require a Bill of NON-Rights."
ARTICLE I: You do not have the right to a new car, big screen TV, or any other form of wealth. More power to you
if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything.
ARTICLE II: You do not
have the right to never be offended This country is based on freedom, and that means freedom for everyone -- not just you!
You may leave the room, turn the channel, express a different opinion, etc.; but the world is full of idiots, and probably
always will be.
ARTICLE III: You do not have the right to be free from harm. If you stick a screwdriver
in your eye, learn to be more careful; do not expect the tool manufacturer to make you and all your relatives independently
ARTICLE IV: You
do not have the right to free food and housing. Americans are the most charitable people to be found, and will gladly help
anyone in need, but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generation after generation of professional couch potatoes
who achieve nothing more than the creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes. (This one is my pet peeve...get an education and go to work....don't
expect everyone else to take care of you!)
You do not have the right to free food and housing. Americans are the
most charitable people to be found, and will gladly help anyone in need, but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generation
after generation of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the creation of another generation of professional
couch potatoes. (This one is my pet peeve...get
an education and go to work....don't expect everyone else to take care of you!)
ARTICLE V: You do not have the right to free health care. That would be nice, but from the looks of public housing,
we're just not interested in public health care.
ARTICLE VI: You do not have the
right to physically harm other people. If you kidnap, rape, intentionally maim, or kill someone, don't be surprised if
the rest of us want to see you fry in the electric chair.
ARTICLE VII: You do not
have the right to the possessions of others. If you rob, cheat, or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don't
be surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where you still won't have the right to a big
screen color TV or a life of leisure.
ARTICLE VIII: You do not have the right to a job. All of us sure want
you to have a job, and will gladly help you along in hard times, but we expect you to take advantage of the opportunities
of education and vocational training laid before you to make yourself useful. (AMEN!)
ARTICLE IX: You do not
have the right to happiness. Being an American means that you have the right to PURSUE happiness, which by the way, is a lot
easier if you are unencumbered by an over abundance of idiotic laws created by those of you who were confused by the Bill
ARTICLE X: This is an English speaking country. We don't care where you are from, English is our language. Learn it or go
back to wherever you came from! (Lastly....)
This is an English speaking country. We don't care where you are from, English is our language. Learn it or go
back to wherever you came from! (Lastly....)
ARTICLE XI: You do not have the right to change our country's
history or heritage. This country was founded on the belief in one true God. And yes, you are given the freedom to believe
in any religion, any faith, or no faith at all; with no fear of persecution. The phrase IN GOD WE TRUST is part of our
heritage and history, and if you are uncomfortable with it, TOUGH!
Friday, July 27, 2007
MY LIFE IN INK --
We went to Bloomington, IL, yesterday for
an all-day workshop. The topic had to do with growing up in a dysfunctional family. It's part of Cross Country University's
offerings for this year and I got 6 of the 18 continuing education credits that I need for my license. The bonus was that
this was a very informative workshop and I got a lot of information that I will be able to integrate into my own practice.
I'm really enjoying the telephone therapy sessions. It's very convenient -- both for me and for the clients.
They don't have to spend 20-30 minutes to get to the office and I commute to my upstairs office. It's a win-win for
everybody. Then they just click on their Pay Pal account -- don't even have to bother with writing a check.
the wonders of modern technology.
And now I'm going back to the low tech environment in a few minutes. We are
heading out to the country to see if we can find some produce. The sweet corn is coming in and so are the beans. Time to start
filling up the deep freeze for winter. I'm can tomato sauce later.
On Wednesday morning Quint put up a pole
in a storage area. It's actually part of what has become a utility room with floor to ceiling shelves for a variety of
things like pots and pans that I don't use with any great frequency. Some had belonged to my mom and perfect for cooking
one particular dish, like her chicken frying skillet. Quint has his Dad's fudge pot. Etc etc etc.
pole is floor to ceiling. I then painted it and put hooks on it. Now about twenty coffee mugs have a permanent home. We do
not ever ever ever need any coffee mugs. From anybody.
THE NORTH VS. THE SOUTH -- thank
you Mark Stubbe
The North has Bloomingdales,
The South has Dollar General
has coffee houses,
The South has Waffle Houses.
The North has switchblade knives,
The South has Lee Press-on
The North has double last names,
The South has double first names.
The North has Indy car
The South has stock car races.
North has Cream of Wheat,
The South has grits.
has green salads,
The South has collard greens.
The North has lobsters,
The South has crawdads.
The North has the rust belt,
The South has the Bible Belt.
FOR NORTHERNERS MOVING SOUTH . .
In the South: --If you run your car into a ditch, don't panic. Four men in a four-wheel drive pickup truck with a tow
chain will be along shortly. Don't try to help them, just stay out of their way. This is what they live for.
Don't be surprised to find movie rentals and bait in the same store....do not buy food at this store.
Remember, "y'all" is singular, "all y'all" is plural, and "all y'all's"
is plural possessive.
Get used to hearing "You ain't from round here, are ya?"
all manner of bacon grease. You will be instructed later on how to use it.
Don't be worried at not understanding what
people are saying. They can't understand you either.
The first Southern statement to creep into a transplanted
Northerner's vocabulary is the adjective "big'ol," truck or big'ol" boy. Most
begin their Southern-influenced dialect this way. All of them
are in denial about it.
pronunciation you learned in school is no longer proper.
Be advised that "He needed killin." is
a valid legal defense here.
If you hear a Southerner exclaim, "Hey, y'all, watch this,"
you should stay out of the way. These are likely to be the last words he'll ever utter.
If there is the
prediction of the slightest chance of even the smallest accumulation of snow, your presence is required at the local
grocery store. It doesn't matter whether you need anything or not. You just have to go there.
Do not be
surprised to find that 10-year olds own their own shotguns, they are proficient marksmen, and their mammas taught
them how to shoot.
In the South, we have found that the best way to grow a lush green lawn is to pour gravel
on it and call it a driveway.
AND REMEMBER: If you do settle in the South and bear children,
don't think we will accept them as Southerners. After all, if the cat had kittens in the oven, we
call 'em biscuits.
Send this to four people that ai n't related to you, and I reckon your life
will turn into a country music song 'fore you know it.
Your kin would get a kick out of it too!
THE DEMOCRATS ARE AT IT AGAIN -- THIS TIME THEY WANT A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR TO INVESTIGATE GONZALES
Alberto Gonzales, as Attorney General, can fire any prosecutor he deems inadquate or incapable of doing the
job that Gonzales wants from a prosecutor.
Gonzales fired eight.
Now the senators want an investigation
to look into whether or not Gonzales lied.
Well, let's back up for a minute, folks.
If the senators
are so anxious to root out liar-liars, how about Hillar's denial that she knew anything about Peter Paul's giant,
hard-money election fund-raiser. She says "Peter who?" Or "Don't know anything about it." Or "My
campaign people handled all those details."
Like we're supposed to believe that she didn't hire a
whole bunch of lawyers who are financial compliace experts. As the moderator on this tape points out, this Hillary mess is
the biggest election lawbreaking in history. These aren't soft money donations, like getting a corporate jet to fly you
around from campaign stop to campaign stop. Or hosting a little dinner for your entourage of 50 or so who get soooo hungry
and thirsty while out there on the old dusty trail.
Nope. This is hard cash. More than a million. And it didn't
just trickle in. It was kind of like "Hand it over time. My campaign is broke and I need money."
But take a few moments to listen to this tape and make up your own mind: http://youtube.com/watch?v=qcbg72tK_ks
What surprises me is that she hasn't been able to get this tape pulled from You Tube. Maybe there is such
a thing as freedom of expression/speech in this country after all, and maybe those expressions transcend political power.
I sure hope so.
WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THERE WERE NO MORE EARMARKS?
Earmarks used to be called pork projects. Then the taxpayers caught on and pork got re-named into something that congress
hoped we wouldn't recognize.
As if we couldn't read.
As if we couldn't figure really simple
things like that out.
Now that the taxpayers have caught on to, and are following the list of earmarks, congress
wants to re-name it again. They want to call it something like "congressional discretional funding."
if taxpayers aren't watching what congress is doing with this one.
So it goes like this. If a representative
from Alabama gets a request for $300,000 from a medical clinic in his district for a new wing, the rep can stick on an earmark
of $300,000 to any old appropriations bill that comes along. He doesn't have to say what it's for. He (or she) doesn't
have to say the $300,000 is his earmark. He just sticks in onto the bill.
An appropriations bill that starts out
as a $10 billion package might grow into something bloated by earmarks adding up to another $20 billion. Next thing you know,
the congressionals have sent over a $30 billion appropriations bill to the White House.
As if President Bush is
going to sign it. Nope -- here comes the veto pen.
Then there's a signing memo. The congressionals really yammer
about that one. "It's not fair," they say.
"He's abusing power. We're going to investigate.
He can't do that. It's unconstitutional."
Blah blah blah.
Nobody whines better than congressionals.
They're like three year olds begging to cookies about a half hour before suppertime.
So President Bush vetoes
the spending package and sends it back with a veto and a signing memo that says, "Look, I told you guys that I wasn't
going to stand for this. Now send me an appropriations bill that doesn't have all this bloat in it."
if congress ever learns.
"That old mean President Bush," they say. "We're going to get even.
We'll just show him who's boss around this town."
Remember what President Jefferson said? Thomas Jefferson
wrote that “just” government rests on “the consent of the governed.”
We, the taxpayers,
are the governed. We, the governed, do not want earmarks or pork projects or whatever else congress wants to call it.
Here's an idea: If the congressionals want money for a pet project for their district, they should identify the project
and request the money. Be up front about it. Make the request subject to a debate on the floor of congress.
of this back room smoke and mirros stuff anymore.
But oh the squealing I've heard about. "These are very
Nobody said they weren't. Most hospitals can always use a new wing. But is that a federal
government project? Wouldn't a local hospital do better to get funding from its state legislature?
that's too close to home. Maybe if a state legislature got involved with the hospital request, they'd say something
like, "We just gave you $300,000 last year and you haven't even broken ground yet."
too hard to be scrutinized if a hospital's budget request gets lost in a federal appropriations bill that the president
doesn't even have a line item veto for.
Maybe a whole bunch of congressionals wouldn't automatically get
re-elected if they couldn't bring home the bacon to their districts.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
MY LIFE IN INK (used to be "From the Paw Paw Patch") --
are headed to Bloomington, Illinois, later this afternoon for an all-day conference tomorrow about surviving the trauma of
It ought to be very interesting.
I think one of the really big blessings of
having grown up in a dysfunctional family is learning how to forgive. If you have not forgiven family members for their dysfunctionalities,
then you aren't a survivor yet.
If you have forgiven dysfunctional members of the family you grew up in, then
the blessings are yours to enjoy.
Those blessings include, among other things, peace and joy and the enormous capacity
to love with depth all the way down to your squiggly little toes. Growing up in a dysfunctional family required you to swim
upstream to get those blessings. They're yours to keep and share.
ELIZABETH EDWARDS SAYS SHE'S GIVING UP TANGERINES
At first I read the headline and thought
"who cares what the wife of a no-shot at the White House" thinks.
The idea is that she's giving
up something that's grown and shipped from many miles away, thereby using up precious fuels for those big trucks to haul
the crates of tangerines to her supermarket in wherever her mansion now is.
But why tangerines? Will she also give
up coffee and/or tea? How about bananas and avocados. Coconuts? Cheeses? No more parmesan on her spaghetti? No more corn-fed
beef from the great midwest, as in steaks?
You mean she's going to have to give up her Vidalia onions and eat
just plain old regular onions like the rest of us?
What exactly do the farmers raise in North Carolina that she
This is another one of those out-of-touch, you should have thought before you opened your mouth tricks.
I'll tell you, folks, the Democrats started their campaigns ways too early. We don't need a two-year dog-and-pony-show
from these yokels. By the time the election rolls around, they're gonna be cannabalizing each other. You just wait and
It's just starting to get interesting -- as in the You Tube debate the other night. And they actually
call that a debate.
It was a simultaneous set of monologues. All the candidates had their little
talking points. You'd get the same information if you wrote, called, or e-mailed their mighty offices on Capitol Hill.
WARD CHURCHILL GETS FIRED
First he said he was an Indian. A Cherokee.
Why is he picking on my people? Then the Indians said he wasn't one of them.
Then he tried to pass
off someone's copyrighted works as his own.
And then the University of Colorado at Boulder fired him.
The Board of Regents vote was 8-1.
Today he's going to sue. For what? Wrongful termination? I'm not a lawyer
but it seems to me that if what you said about yourself was a pack of lies, then there's probably some probably cause
underneath that mountain of hokey.
But we shall see. If you want to read more, it's here: http://www.9news.com/rss/article.aspx?storyid=74224
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
MY LIFE IN INK -- used to be "From the Paw Paw Patch"
just to be sure I'm not infringing on someone's copyright, I changed the name. Used to be called "My Moment of
Zen" but then I realized that Jon Stewart closes his show with "Here's your moment of zen" -- Surely "My
Life in Ink" will be safe and I won't step on anyone's toes.
Didn't get around to deadheading
my Petunias yesterday. We went to the bank instead to activate our new ATM cards. The ATM machine was being worked on, so
we drove to another ATM. That worked even if they did charge $2 for the transaction. The debit card/ATM card didn't activate
by calling a number like a credit card -- you just have to use the card at an ATM machine.
That took the best part
of an hour because the password for the bank account doesn't work for the ATM card. So we had to go into the bank lobby
to get a new password for the ATM set up.
Today we are going to burn some of the huge pile of yard trash that
we inherited with the property. The pile is a mixture of limbs that have fallen during many old storms and smaller limbs
that were pruned probably. So we'll sit in the shade by the fire pit at the back of the property while we sip iced
tea and poke at the fire.
Quint spent the best part of a half hour yesterday getting my new stove level. The
guy who had installed the range had leveled it. At least, his level on the oven shelf was level. But when I was cooking yesterday,
all the cooking oil went to one side of the skillet. Turns out that the burners were just a tad off. Putting the level on
the skillet when it was sitting on the burner produced a different, very unlevel result.
YOU'RE A PATTON (GEORGE C. SCOTT) FAN, LISTEN TO AN IMPERSONATION OF HIM TELLING YOU WHAT HE'D DO ABOUT THE WAR ON
TERROR IF HE WERE ALIVE TODAY
BOTULISM SCARE NOW SPREADS WORLDWIDE
It started at Castleberry Food
Co. -- a division of Bumble Bee Foods -- in Georgia.
Mostly involved not dog chili sauce at first but has since
been expanded to other products like stews, chili, hash and even pet foods distributed under various names.
is potentially deadly. So far only a couple of people in Texas are in the hospital and they are in serious condition.
Symptoms include dizziness, double vision, difficulty in breathing and abdominal problems.
broke the story this morning: http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSN2337595620070723?feedType=RSS&rpc=22&sp=true
MISSIONARIES STILL LIVE IN HARM'S WAY
They go to the farest
reaches of the world -- putting their lives in peril as they make their way to the spiritually hungry.
Ha wrote an article in The Globe and Mail that describes the adversities that these marvelous warriors for Christ
live with every day. (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070723.AFGHANSIDE23/TPStory/TPInternational/Asia/)
The missionaries set up a kind of underground railroad to help people who want assylum and freedom from persecution.
The missionaries run the risk of deportation from the host country, capture, prison, even beheading.
details ..."South Korean Christians have been warned by their government that they run the risk of provoking Muslims
when they venture into volatile, unstable areas, especially after the killing in June of 2004 of Kim Sun-Il, a South Korean
translator who had planned to do missionary work. Islamic militants in Iraq linked to al-Qaeda adducted and beheaded him."
Satan does not like warriors for Christ.
Pray for the missionaries around the globe who are doing God's
work wherever they go.
THE DEMOCRATS HOST SOMETHING THEY CALL A DEBATE
I'd rather watch the Three Stooges than this herd of clowns.
Instead, Quint and I watched an old Die Hard
The Democrats' simultaneous monologues get rehashed and respunt out anyway just in time for the morning
For instance, one questioner on You Tube asked Obama about meeting with "...the leaders of Iran, Syria,
Venezuela, Cuba, and North Korea, in order to bridge the gap that divides our countries..."
Obama said, "I
And then his spin doctor, David Axelrod, got ahold of Obama's statement and has this
to add: "... Obama didn’t mean any such meetings would actually take place..."
And there you have
a big reason why the congressional approval rating is in a free fall -- not at 14%.
Politicians just talk. That's
all they do. Apparently they don't mean what they say.
Byron York filed this story today for National Review:
Another good recap of the debates was filed by Wesley Prudent for the Jewish World Review. Prudent is
Editor in Chief for the Washington Times. You can read his recount of the "debate" at: http://www.jewishworldreview.com/cols/pruden072407.php3
Pruden called the "debate" the Democrats' gong show.
They're not just tired, and
stretching all their etiquette muscles to just be in the same room together.
I think they're about ready to
start cannibalizing each other.
In a way it's already started. Hillary and Edwards have pretty much decided
that they ought to be the only real recognized candidates who have these debates. Get rid of all those "little guys"
who don't matter so much.
"It'll just be you and me, babe," they whisper to each other.
But wait, they haven't even had the primaries yet. Isn't that what the primaries are supposed to do? Narrow the
field down to the most viable candidate.
Who told Hillary and Edwards they could do that way on the outskirts of
Their arrogance will get them in the end.
Monday, July 23, 2007
FROM THE PAW PAW PATCH --
I'm not sure if using paw
paw patch is a copyright infringement, so if it does, I'll switch this news piece to my family and friends to My
Life in Ink.
There -- fixed it.
More and more publishers are really sticking to their copyright.
I don't blame them. There are people who really take advantage of the "fair use rule" which limits quoting something
that's copyright to about 150 words. The work still has to be cited which some people don't want to take the time
or give the credit for doing.
Since I also write, you can bet I fully support the publishers' and authors'
Well, here we are sitting in our house. Not having to worry about the three hour dash back to the Chicago
area this fine Monday morning. It's about 73 degrees here and the humidity is 49%. Is that about a perfect day or what?
I mowed the grass yesterday. We have a new electric lawnmower. It took a bit of time and practice before I finally
got the hang of it without running over the power cord. I was getting more than a little frustrated at first because my electric
orange power cord kept getting tangled up in my feet.
I must have looked like a big tall meatball with bright
orange spaghetti wrapped around my legs. After I figured out how to whip the cord over to where I had just mowed -- when I
turned to head back -- it worked out much better.
Quint came to my rescue -- from myself -- and helped me get untangled. At
least he was a gentleman and didn't roll on the ground laughing. But then again, maybe that's why he headed back to
the house so fast. Did he have a giggle fest without inviting me? Not that he'd ever tell me.
going to mow the front yard. Glad I got that cord thing figured out. Then I'm going to deadhead the Petunias, and
my neighbor across the street -- Rosemary -- said she'd gladly share some of her Honeysuckle with me. Must be like
my Trumpet Vine -- goes everywhere.
I was mowing Trumpet Vine sticker uppers in the backyard for a good ten
feet out from the mother vine. No wonder those things want to take over the world, one backyard at a time. I remember
Honeysuckle being like that. I'm going to transplant the Honeysuckle not too far from the Jasmine which already has
little white blooms on it. Smells delicious too.
Sure is nice to have our own dirt.
CONGRESS CAN'T/WON'T PASS ANY LEGISLATION -- SO NOW THEY'RE GOING TO PUNISH/CENSURE BUSH OR YAMMER ABOUT
IMPEACHMENT -- IT'S ALL A WASTE OF TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS
In the words of an old folk sonk, ...when
will they ever learn?
Russ Feingold (D-Wisc) wants to censure President Bush because he disagrees with how
Bush is handling the war in Iraq. Apparently his party leaders back home aren't all that interested in what their congressional
has in mind.
This isn't the first time Feingold has tried to censure Bush. Last time was in 2006. Had something
to do with warrantless spying on suspected terrorists. That attempt to censure didn't go anywhere either.
more at http://apnews.myway.com/article/20070722/D8QHQTJG0.html
Censuring a president is a kind of do-nothing condemnation. It's no surprise that both the Democrats in the
Senate, under the leadership of Hisness Harry Reid, have done nothing but condemn the president since Bush's inauguration.
Censureship doesn't have any legal consequences, nor does it have any constitutional basis. It's what
blow-hards do when they lose the did so/did not battle.
And now the city of West Hollywood joins some
80 other municipalities around the country to join the impeach Bush garbage pickers. They seem to think that because
of Bush, the U.S. Constitution is in peril because of warrantless spying on terrorists. The municipalities also say that Bush
is guilty of torturing prisoners.
Actually, the call for impeachment from these 80 some municipalities have
bundled Bush and Cheney together. So what exactly is their goal? To get Bush and Cheney out of the way so that America's
Surrogate Queen of Mean Nancy Pelosi could then succeed to what she perceives is a throne over there in the White House.
I'm just curious as to whether all those 80 municipalities are in California where Pelosi is from. Or are they
kind of peppered about on the east coast and west coast.
They can't bring charges of high crimes and misdemeanors
against either Bush or Cheney so they sit around and waste taxpayers' money by making a lot of noise and getting their
names in the national press.
This was a story that broke today in United Press International: http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Top_News/2007/07/22/west_hollywood_joins_call_for_impeachment/4685/
I'm just curious, though. Bush has 18 months to go before his second term is up. I wonder if he's counting
the days until he can get back to his Texas ranch and just plain old relax on his own dirt. Maybe go out back after breakfast
and kick a few Sidewinders around. Wonder if he's named any of them.
MIKE COOLBAUGH KILLED BY HARD FOUL BALL
Coolbaugh played for the St. Louis Cardinals until 2002.
On July 3 he started his new coaching job for the Tulsa Drillers.
Not even a month later, he was killed
by a hard-hit foul ball in a game in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
What a tragedy. Prayers lifted for Coolbaugh
and all his family and friends who will mourn his death.
Photo and article are at Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,290335,00.html
While he played for the major leagues -- first the Milwaukee Brewers, then the St. Louis Cardinals, he made 44
professional appearances, either as a third base coach or a pinch hitter.
The Tulsa Drillers are affiliated with
the Colorado Rockies.
ONE STEP CLOSER TO HELPING ALZHEIMER PATIENTS GET BETTER
Great news for victims of Alzheimers -- biologists at the University of St. Andrews, working with scientists from
the United States, have developed a medicine that "...has successfully prevented the disease killing brain cells, improving
memory and learning ability that was already damaged..."
That's about the best news I've read so far
about Alzheimers. Around the world, population is getting older. Finding this kind of solution to the ravages of Alzheimers
is like finding the holy grail, the article says.
Read more about what these medicial geniuses have discovered
I ALWAYS WONDERED IF THE SHOES WERE GUARDED DURING PRAYERS
kind of like checking your coat at one of those fancy schmancy restaurants. The coat room is kind of guarded by a coatroom
hostess who makes sure that non one gets your coat by mistake.
And that's how you can always tell that my fur
is faux. They won't check real fur. Besides, it would take hundreds of those poor little creatures to make a full length
coat. I'd much rather have them frolicking about -- or whatever it is that minks do when they're happy.
when Muslims go into their mosques for prayers or sermons, who watches the pile of shoes at the door?
minds want to know.
Apparently the shoes are not always guarded.
That's what happened to Hamas Prime
Minister Ismail Haniyeh while he was attending Friday prayers in Gaza City (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1870278/posts).
But it's all better now because the shoes were discovered later. A kid admitted he stole the shoes.
WHO ARE THEY KIDDING? IT'S A GREAT SCHEME TO LAUNDER THEIR MILLIONS
Mandela is forming a new club. And he's invited some roving nitwits to join him.
It was the occasion of Manela's
89th birthday. He's calling his group "The Elders."
They include Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, and
Mary Robinson so far. They're going to be bankrolled by Ted Turner's piggy bank as well as British tycoon Richard
Jimmy Carter says they're going to fill vacuums, not deliver bedpans to malaria patients.
Just a thought, but how can vacuums fill vacuums?
With that, I'd better quit while I'm ahead. You
can tell I'm no fan of Jimmy Carter.
But you can read the entire article in Front Page Magazine article that's
excerpted on Free Republic at: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1870240/posts
Saturday, July 21, 2007
FROM THE PAW PAW PATCH --
I usually don't post on Saturday,
but am anyway because I didn't get a chance to last Monday -- which was moving day.
Besides, I try to remain
We're still looking for lots of things. I found all the books but not the bookends. Now why would
I pack them in different places?
Who knows what I was thinking that day.
So Quint was registering my
new range online. He had the nerve to ask me what the brand was. To which I responded: it's white with black trim, has
a turbocharged burner that gets really really hot, and a self-cleaning oven. What brand? I do not know. But it works really
good. Does it matter that it's a GE or a Hotpoint. Only sales people at those stores would make those claims. I like what
I got. It's sitting in my kitchen/food lab.
Today I'm going to mow some more grass, deadhead the petunias,
weed the rose garden, dig up and transplant some honeysuckle from my neighbor, Rosemary, across the street, and take brick
clips down to Camilla, my other neighbor. That way, she can hang bags of flowers or whatever on her bricks.
had used them in the office to hang pictures on. Can't use them now because we have a sided house which my next door neighbor,
Mr. Grumpy, says is ugly. What the heck -- there's a grump in every neighborhood.
I remember a little poem
I learned in fourth grade that goes like this:
Heretic, rebel -- a thing to flaut
He drew a circle that
shut me out.
But love and I had the wit to win,
We drew a circle that took him in.
So much for Mr.
HOW TO MANAGE ANGER BEFORE IT GETS OUT OF CONTROL
nation of hurried, harried people, we really ought to relax and learn to be nice to others, for goodness sake.
instance, out in California, the construction season is in full commuter grip. There's not much worse than having a daily,
one-way commute of 45 minutes to an hour. But when the freeway gets minimized during rush hour traffic, someone is going to
One commuter got so frustrated that he threw a burrito at a construction worker! Yes, folks, a burrito.
Okay for you, says the state. The burrito was the final straw. We tolerated the death threats. And construction workers
put up with your BB guns. But when you start throwing burritos at our workers, that's just too much abuse.
are you going to do about it?" you ask.
"Simple, we're going to close the whole thing down until
the work is finished. Now you'll have to go down those windy bendy roads like you used to and it'll take you at least
another half hour each way."
But there's more in this Associated Press article that appeared in today's
Then there was this guy in New York who ran over a 72 year-old woman with his shopping cart, continued to push
her out of the store, then ran off without paying for his groceries.
Guess she was taking too long to process her
debit card -- he bumped her and there were words spoken. Then he got really upset, I guess, because he knocked her down with
his cart and ran over her.
What a chump. Don't ever hit somebody's grandma, much less run over her with
your shopping cart.
Well, the workers ran out of the store to help Grandma, and they got his license number and
make of the car. Duh.
Police didn't have a great deal of trouble solving that one.
Read more at:
If you're going to manage anger, you have to first realize that there are specific stages that trigger anger,
keep it going, and accelerate to violence.
The stages are:
1. You frustrated me from getting what I
2. You have no right to frustrate me.
3. People who frustrate me are mean.
4. Mean people deserve to
Civilized, well-mannered people are able to calm themselves down, divert their anger before it builds
at eight Steps 1 or 2.
If you let it go on to Step 3, you're already building a rationale that you think justifies
If you get to Step 4, you're planning ways to get even.
a grip on your psyche and realize that you can't have everything you want all the time. That's for babies who are
still learning the way the world works. Hopefully somewhere along the way toward maturing to adulthood, babies learn that
when you do something to someone, something gets done to you.
THIS MIGHT HELP WITH
GLOBAL WARMING -- DUMPING SPACE JUNK
It isn't just any bit of space junk, mind.
a 1,400 pount tank the size of a refrigerator that was used to store a coolant at the International Space Station.
Hmmmm. If the spacemen dump it into the earth's atmosphere where they're hoping the whole package will burn
up on its way to earth, is it possible that it could be the trigger to start the earth to cool?
On the other hand, maybe it will be the tipping point that will start the next mini-ice age.
to take the spacemen about six hours to take out the trash. And the kids used to complain about this task taking them only
a few minutes.
But six hours? Exactly how much trash are they talking about here?
The first person
who starts singing, "Raindrops keep falling on your head," is going to get some of my very practiced ugly,
meany faces that I learned in first grade. And I may just sue you for $10 million dollars if any of that stuff hits me or
falls through the roof of my house or creates a crater in my backyard that later becomes a national park with one of
those little tourist attraction brass plates out front that says "Here lies the first official piece of space junk that was
jettisoned from the International Space Station."
Read more at: http://www.reuters.com/article/scienceNews/idUSN1942489120070720?feedType=RSS&rpc=22&sp=true
There, I feel better. And I'm not even at the Meany First Step.
GORE III CAUGHT WITH 140 VICODIN PILLS
Wow! That's a felony.
See, it wasn't the 100
MPH traffic ticket that you had to worry about, so much as the possibility of doing hard time to two felony counts of drug
possession, some soft time for misdemeanor counts of having drugs without a prescription and I don't know how much marijuana
he had with him. Plus Xanax, Valium, Soma, Adderal. Adderal? But that's for ADHD.
He is scheduled for
arraignment in Laguna Niguel on August 1st.
That ought to be interesting. Let's see, drug counseling? Did that
already. But that was in Virginia. He was a student at Harvard then. Maybe the California counseling will be better for him.
After all, the California version cures all those Hollywood types in just a few days. But then, they go partying again
on their way from rehab, so there's a real question about efficacy in my mind.
Friday, July 20, 2007
FROM THE PAW PAW PATCH --
Yesterday was a lazy, lazy day.
From the looks of things, today is not going to be much different.
Yep --we're liking retirement a lot.
When (and if) the time comes that we get bored, we will take short road trips to visit friends who are nearby. Or
just go for a drive in the country.
I'll be looking for freshly harvested produce. My little container garden
did very well. We're having tomatoes for salads that are very ripe and yummy. But we're just about able to stay caught
up with salads using our own tomatoes. We like tomatoes-provolone-basil salads. I have my own tomatoes and basil. Not going
to make my own cheese, though.
I remember milking a cow (only once) when I was a kid. I can tell you that grabbing
onto those little dangly things on the cow is not a bit thrilling -- or interesting -- not even if you're a very bored
So I'll leave cheese-making to those other people who do cow things to make cheese.
getting a late start today, so I'd best get at it and see what the weird world of headlines looks like.
SNIPS AND SNAILS AND...
A few little headling blips that caught my eye --
In a Fox News release this morning, sources close to bin Laden are now saying that their leader died from an untreated
lung infection. Supposedly these people attended his funeral. Read the article at: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,41576,00.html.
Hmmm, untreated lung infection -- buried somewhere in the Tora Bora Mountain region.
there's that "won't go away" story about Natalee Hollaway. Now there's a story about her dying
because of a cardiac arrest as a result of cocaine overdose. How can Fox News make that claim? There isn't a body to autopsy.
But supposedly there are some very reliable sources close to the investigation that have revealed what they know to Fox. Here's
the link in case you want to read more: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,290093,00.html
And what else. Oh yeah, the Tamme Faye story. This one came and went off the radar screen before
I could get back to the link where I read the story. Tammy is supposed to be weighing in about 65 pounds now. She started
out with colon cancer that has since spread to her lungs. I believe the article says that she is not being medically treated
at this point and has turned her life and death over to the Lord.
NEW ZOGBY POLL SAYS
CONGRESSIONALS HAVE SUNK TO A 14% APPROVAL RATING
And who in the world could be surprised?
Reid is rude -- even by a fellow senator's opinion. Arlen Specter, for one, was mighty unpleased with Reid's pushy
attitude when he said in a Desert News article, "The leadership is setting a dictatorial tone," Specter,
R-Pa., said Thursday, still furious over his treatment the day before. "Senators didn't get here to be pushed around."
-- read more at: http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,695193497,00.html
You tell him, Mr. Specter, although rude is not exactly the word I would use to describe the senate these days,
especially the so-called Majority Something Or Other. Sorry, but "leader" is not a word I would ever use to describe
Reid the Democrat from Nevada.
Same goes for Her Speakerness Pelosi over in the House. She's supposedly writing
her memoirs. As if she has done anything worth mentioning. Continuously getting yourself re-elected just means you've
learned how to play the game. Looks like the only ones who are better off with your terms are you and your husband Paul.
Mother Teresa she is not. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen a picture of her walking through a homeless
shelter, or trying to get underage prostitutes off the streets of San Francisco. And even if she did go through shelters,
they'd have to make disruptive room for her entourage of 25 or so people. She never goes anywhere without them, I'll
OBAMA SAYS PREVENTING GENOCIDE IS NOT A GOOD REASON TO STAY IN IRAQ
think he ought to go over to Baghdad and ask the Iraqis what they think about that.
In an Associated Press article
that published on Breitbart, Obama says "United States cannot use its military to solve humanitarian problems and that
preventing a potential genocide in Iraq isn't a good enough reason to keep U.S. forces there."
It's a good thing Obama wasn't around when the U.S. forces went into the death camps in Germany and Poland
and stopped the genocide there. To have it Obama's way, the Jews probably would all have been murdered instead of just
That's okay. Keep on talking Mr. Obama. The more you talk, the more the voters of this country
will see you as the uncaring, sinister fake that you truly are.
You'll never get my vote. And hopefully the
thousands who read this column will agree with me, not you.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
FROM THE PAW PAW PATCH --
This morning I hear thunder rumbling
off in the distance. Maybe a good summer shower would cool things down a bit.
It's hot and sticky. Kind of
a Tennessee Williams "long hot summer" heat where the air sticks to the skin and holds it captive until you get
underneath a fan.
I remember when I was a kid that was one of the main advertising sources for the local funeral
home -- supplying hand fans for churches. And calendars for the new year. But how many times did I cool off with a funeral
home fan while sitting in pews that way back then were not padded like they are today.
Those were not the good
old days. In fact, whenever I think how romantic it would be to have lived back in the good old days of Elizabeth I of England,
I remind myself that they didn't have automatic washing machines -- rather, the clothes were washed by hand, then laid
out on the grasses in the meadows to sun dry.
Just a weird thought came into my head. What did they do about birds
having "accidents" when they flew around over the meadows? Did they have to haul the now soiled clothes back to
the castle washroom for a new sudsing?
Nope. This is better. These are the good days. I have a microwave, even
a turbo-charged gas ranged that was installed yesterday. My new range even has a furnace blaster on one of the burners for
big jobs -- like my water bath which is a 21-quart pot for canning tomato sauce. It even has a little simmering burner. I
guess that's in case I forget how to turn the other burners down.
My food lab is nearly complete. We have yet
to install a ceiling fan. That will, for sure, be one of our next projects. That project is high on our priority list, believe
me. Manana. It's not that much of a big hurry project.
So now let's see how the congressionals are doing.
Somehow I don't think Harry Reid's pajama party in the senate worked out quite the way he envisioned.
REID PULLS DEPT. OF DEFENSE SPENDING BILL
That's the pajama party agenda item.
We saw pictures in the news and blasted across the TV screens showing workers hauling rollaway beds into the crooks
and crannies of the Lyndon B. Johnson Room in the senate area. My question is: if it was supposed to be an all-night debate,
why did they need beds in the first place.
Guess those beds were for the senators who don't have a "home
away from home" retreat.
If you're a senator with lots of clout, you have one of those rooms.
It's like a little hideaway that the senators can go to when they needs to have some kind of a getaway from the clammering
noise of their constituents who keep calling office switchboards and filling up voice mails with messages like, "What
do you mean you're going to vote for this bill -- or that bill? You just wait 'til election day and you'll find
out that you're supposed to be up there representing us, your constituents."
Well, senators, who are all
little miniature presidential wannabees, just don't like to hear all that clammering noise, so they have little hidey
holes somewhere in the building where they can go and contemplate what they're going to do next.
And just how
dare the little voters back home think they can call up here and try to intimidate me. After all, I am a United States Senator
and will not be intimidated, as Trent Lott from Mississippi might say.
Well, voters aren't trying to intimidate
anybody. We just want our voice to be heard and the time is now -- not fifteen days before the next election when you bring
your greasy little hand out to your district and beg for money and votes and try to make us believe promises that you never
intend to keep.
We, the voters, have something else in mind. We'll do what we do best. It's called an election.
But this latest attempt by the senators to pass a Department of Defense Appropriations bill was dirty politics at
its worst. It would have put President Bush into quite a dilemma because the bill, most likely, would have been vetoed.
Why, you may ask.
Because the DoD bill also included a troop withdrawal deadline date. That's something
that congress does not have the authority to do. If, in fact, the Senate wants this war to end, they can de-fund it. But they
can't impose deadlines. That's something that the Commander in Chief decides, along with the best advice of his military
out in the field.
But then, as I said, the senators think they're miniature presidents.
And what was Billy Bass Big-Mouth Reid's reaction to his loss of a cloture vote (for the 44th time in this congress)?
Reid said, "“At the risk of sounding like a broken record, this is extraordinarily discouraging.”
Read more in the article published this morning in The Hill: http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/reid-pulls-the-dod-bill-2007-07-19.html
Well, Mr. Reid, consider it a learning experience. Intelligent people do not continue to do things the same way if
the first way didn't work. They change tactics. You, on the other hand, keep bringing up these motions for cloture that
don't get passed.
If I may be so bold as to explain something to you, you ought to pull out all the amendments that
have nothing to do with the topic of the bill itself.
Take for instance the tag on amendment about the deadline
for pulling the troops out of Iraq. Whose idea was that?
This bill was supposed to be about a Department of Defense
spending package. You know, bullets for the guns and body armor for our soldiers and anything else they need to get their
job done so that they can come home safely when the generals say we're done in Iraq.
The bill looked
pretty bloated out with amendments that you thought you could sneak in under the radar.
Just remember, you
have one job and one job only. That job is to run the country for the taxpayers. We, the taxpayers, are your boss,
not the other way around. So get back to work and pass a spending bill that will give our military all the tools they need
to get the job done and quit politicizing the war in Iraq.
RUSSIA KICKS OUT BRITISH
Is a cold war looming over the horizon again?
Moscow says the British started it.
In an article on My Way.com, the Russians say it has to do with "...a confrontation mounted between Moscow and
London over the murder of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko."
Uh oh. We'll want to keep our eyes peeled
on this one, folks. Read more at: http://apnews.myway.com/article/20070719/D8QFLO701.html
Litvinenko, if you may recall, was the spy who died of some kind of poison in his system that was discovered in
a British hospital where he went and died. Russia refused to extradite a named poisoner back to London to stand trial in Litvinenko's
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
FROM THE PAW PAW PATCH --
I love summer. Next to spring and
winter and autumn, it's my favorite season.
Our house has central air conditioning but we seldom use it. Quint
and I both would rather have the windows open with curtains billowing in the summer breezes, and sounds of summer like lawn
mowers running off in the distance, and birds chirping and other blended sounds that make up the summer din.
only turn on the air conditioning when the humidity gets too too high. I doubt if we save any money by not using the air because
we have electric fans turned on to move the air around. Then we can sit around sipping our iced tea saying "I love summer."
Today's agenda includes welcoming the plumber. We learned that our hot water heater is not in code. We have to
And we're going to have a gas line run from the meter to the kitchen so that when my new range arrives
in the next day or so, it can be right properly installed. The electric range is gone. History. Out of here.
empty out some more boxes, eat lunch and take a nap. Maybe I'll paint some more later this afternoon. There's still
walls in the basement as well as 3/4 of the basement floor to paint yet. Then I'll go outside and paint lattice and trellises.
I like to paint. It's good therapy.
Quint has to put the new electric lawnmower together. One of our neighbors
mowed the front yard yesterday afternoon. At least we don't look so overgrown.
HAVING A PAJAMA PARTY -- STARTED TUESDAY NIGHT AND KEEPS ON GOING ...
It'll be an all-nighter at
the senate end of The Dome.
Workers have been hauling in cots so they can catch a snooze if they need to.
Hmmmm. Wonder if they are all parked in one long hallway or do they separate the men from the un-men.
enough, it's the anniversary of another all-nighter that Senator Ted Kennedy ran through in 1969. Up to that point in
time, his biggest traffic violation had been running red lights. (See: http://www.ytedk.com/drivingrecord.htm).
After that infamous day when he drove into the drink and killed Mary Jo Kopechne, running red lights must have
seemed a bit minor.
A week after the incident, Kennedy actually pled not guilty to leaving the scene of an
But what's tonight all about in the senate.
Well, Himself, The Mr. Reid from Nevada, announced
the pajama party, or all-nighter because they're doing it again -- filibustering that is. They'll all be blabbering
about anything they want to say and nobody can stop them because, at least so far, there aren't enough votes to block
And what's the point of the filibuster?
Who knows? They're senators and they
think they can do anything they want to and they keep getting re-elected, so they must look at that as an approval of
what they're doing.
In case the senators haven't looked recently, the congressionals'
approval rating has sunk to an all-time low of 24%. And it looks like the approval rating is in a free fall. Pretty soon
it will hit single digits and they'll probably just think the American taxpayers are joking around.
be the elections. They actually believe they cannot ever be kicked out from under The Dome.
never happened before!
POLITICAL DONATIONS AREN'T VOTES
least not among the Hollywood types.
For instance, Barbara Streisand donated the maximum $2,300 each to Hillary,
Edwards and Obama.
Indecision is such a curse, don't you think?
If you want to see what some of
the other biggies are doing with their campaign donations, read this article: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,289718,00.html
Another really good web site, if you're following the money, is http://www.opensecrets.org/
I'll tell you -- what with the Freedom of Information Act, these congressionals have a lot more transparency
than they probably would like. At the Open Secrets site, you can go all the way down to your local congressman in Washington
and see who's sending him/her money.
Actually, the donations add up to more than the maximum allowed by law
so these companies set up political action committees (PACs) and employees donate money through this cute little political
NEW STUDY: IT'S NOT THE MEGA VEGGIES DIET THAT PREVENT BREAST CANCER
A new study just completed looked at some 3,000 breast cancer survivors who had been concentrating on getting those
five servings a day of fruits and vegetables and really really curtailing fats in the diet, especially fats from meat products.
And you know what? These fastidious dieters didn't do any better than the rest of us who really have to work hard
to get our five or seven recommended servings a day.
Actually I shouldn't be so hard on myself because one
of my salads is probably three servings of lettuce all by itself. I did take a cue from the French women, though, and now
get my salad dressing on the side, dip my fork into the dressing then spear my lettuce or tomato or cucumber or mushrooms.
The first time I did this, I will admit, was for a lark.
Kind of like one of those "yeah, right" responses
that my mother used to say was smart alecky.
Well, you know what? I had almost all of the salad dressing left in
the side dish and was perfectly happy with the way my salad tasted.
So I don't dump all that salad dressing
on the greens anymore.
Truthfully, I probably get five servings of fruits and vegetables in every day. But it has
taken some doing. But it's not that hard to put a half cup of blueberries onto cottage cheese, or roll strawberries around
in Splenda if they aren't sweet enough.
This particular study, published at CNN's web site this morning,
was talking about a breast cancer study:(http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/conditions/07/17/diet.breast.cancer.ap/index.html)
I still think it's a good idea to eat all those veggies and fruit. After all, that's why God made them.
There's still colon cancer to worry about, and the roughage is good for that, I'm sure.
So keep eating
And your fruit.
I've tried all the diets -- Atkins, Mediterranean, South Beach, low
fat, low carb, high protein, etc.
I find that the best diet for me is the Garden of Eden diet. What would Adam
and Eve eat? Fruit, nuts and veggies. Do you suppose they ate chicken with their Waldorf Salad? Would they even be able to
get their hands on tuna for tuna salad? Or steak.
Can't you just see Adam at the grill now, yelling to Eve
who's whipping up a batch of potato salad, "Hey, Eve, how do you want your steak?"
Speaking of which,
did they have supermarkets back then to do all that butchering, or do you suppose they just skipped over the meat and went
straight to the dessert course, which might have been a plate of fruit and cheeses?
INFO AND DOCS SUBJECT OF LAWSUIT
Okay, so the records go back to the time when she was First Lady.
Things like daily office diary, schedule, day planner, telephone log book, and chronological file.
Watch filed suit July 16, 2007, in a federal district court for all those pages and pages and pages of records. Fifteen months
ago Judicial Watch requested the same documents under the Freedom of Information Act but Hillary's office hasn't gotten
around to satisfying the request, so the lawsuit was filed requiring her to hand the stuff over.
is a group that investigates corruption and prosecutes government officials for not doing everything on the up and up.
I'll just bet we'll be hearing more about this.
Not that I really know, but I'll just
bet they're looking for any kind of information that would indicate that Hillary did, in fact, know all about the money
she picked up in California for her re-election campaign as a senator from New York. So far she's said her finance campaign
chairman was at fault.
And we're supposed to believe that she was too busy or too "somewhere else"
to have any cares or concerns about how the money collections were going.
We haven't heard the last of this
story, I'd wager.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
FROM THE PAW PAW PATCH --
And finally moving day arrived.
Our great anticipation woke us up at 5:30 a.m. Eyes wide open. We woke up staring at each other like a couple
of pre-schoolers who were greeting the first day of vacation.
"I'm too excited to sleep," I sounded
like the kids in the Disney ad.
So we got out of bed and jumped into our clothes. We didn't even make coffee
at home -- stopped at White Castle for coffee and one of their great breakfast sandwiches (egg, sausage and cheese).
It felt really weird turning the locking the door behind us after nearly 29 years of wedded bliss at the same address. Oh
the fun we've had. It's the only place we've ever lived since we got married.
We have continued to
be amazed at how much stuff we've accumulated. We definitely have too much stuff.
And that was at the condo.
Then we went to the office. Too much stuff there too.
Now all our stuff is in one place. Our poor little Cape Cod
in Effingham is bulging at the seams. Clearly we need to divest some of our belongings. But first we have to find everything.
Our belongings are hiding under cover in boxes or plastic bags.
Quint says it will be a great winter time project.
He doesn't know it yet, but the great discoveries are going to happen way before winter.
our first day on the job of being retired persons, we took a nap after lunch. Then I got caught up on Free Republic to see
what I'd missed yesterday when we were busy with Two Men and a Truck, which, by the way, we highly recommend if you're
We checked Two Men and a Truck with the Illinois Department of Transportation and three other
movers that we found on the internet. You should always check to see if there are complaints against movers' licenses.
Two Men and a Truck was the only mover that did not have any complaints.
The other movers had complaints
for various things like unresolved complaints and/or low balling estimates.
None of that happens with Two Men
and a Truck. They're honest, efficient and oh so helpful and accommodating.
What worried me was the desk Quint
made for me. It came with a 29-page instruction booklet. It was in a box about eight inches thick and was the exact dimension
of the top of the desk.
After Quint put that thing together I promised him I'd never ask him to make anything
from one of the "some assembly required" kits again. In my entire life. Never.
And I haven't. But
I cherish the desk he made for me. He has already made a lateral file that matched.
So the movers went to pick
it up. From the expression on their faces, you'd have thought it was nailed to the floor, or sitting in concrete that
had set up years ago.
"Oh we'll get it on the truck," Mark the Mover said. "We've moved
Then I shared with him that the desk was going in a office on the second floor. "Then
we'll rest up for that one," he said.
"Resting up" meant moving Quint's rolltop desk to his
basement office. I have a desk down there too. In case I get lonely and want to go down there and keep him company.
This retirement thing may turn out to be a hoot. And then the phone rang. Turns out Quint gave our new phone number to all
the insurance companies that had credentialed me as a provider.
Am I accepting new patients? the caller asked.
Yikes. Now we've really got to get serious about getting all those canyons of boxes unpacked and off the first
REMEMBER JOHN KERRY? HE BELIEVES THERE ARE 60 SENATORS WHO WOULD VOTE FOR A
CHANGE IN STRATEGY IN IRAQ
There are 76% of the American voters who disapprove of how
Congress is handling the business of the American people.
In an article in The Hill today, Kerry -- of
presidential-loss-fame from 2004 -- hinted that his senatorial colleagues are whispering in hallways about what they'd
like to do about Iraq.
Kerry says it's time for these -- supposedly 60 -- to kind of step up to the plate.
Yeah, right, John boy. Maybe they're just telling you that because (a) it's what they think you want to hear,
and/or (b) it will make you go away and quit bugging them about anti-Bush stuff.
The world knows that if Bush said
the sky was blue, you'd argue that it was Miss Pickle Green.
Read more at: http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/kerry-more-than-60-senators-support-change-of-course-in-iraq-2007-07-17.html
THE DOW CROSSED THE $14,000 MARK THIS MORNING
True, it didn't
stay there for very long, but in less than two months -- 58 days to be exact -- the Dow went from $13,000 to $14,000+.
However, with crude hitting a $75+ mark, it's not exactly "Happy Days Are Here Again." And if you live
in Chicago, you pay more for gasoline than anywhere else in the country. It's at least twenty cents more a gallon than
we have here in Effingham.
We're so glad we don't live in Cook County, Illinois, anymore. That's where
the greenbacks only flow one way.
SEE, TAXPAYERS' NOISE DOES WORK!
After all the noise and angst about earmarks, you'll be happy to know, Mr. and Mrs. Taxpayer, that there are a whole
bunch of earmarks that have not been claimed. $7.5 billion, in fact. Senators just haven't gotten around to claiming all
Like they don't have time to go pick up the money!! Problem is, the moment they do, someone
over at the Taxpayers for Common Sense will make a note of it and put them in a report.
I just love accountability,
One of my favorite watchdog groups, the Taxpayers for Common Sense, keeps a close eye on the congressionals.
It isn't so much that the projects may or may not have validity. That's not the point.
The point is that
money that is request for projects that are included in the appropriations bill should be named -- both by project and by
congressional lawmaker sponsor. None of this backroom politics stuff that's been going on for centuries.
a new deal, so to speak.
No longer "I'll vote for your bill or amendment if you make sure my earmark
gets your vote."
Nope. Instead, it's a question of getting the projects out there on the floor where they
can be looked at, scrutinized, and debated. It's not about passing pet projects that will guarantee that a politician
will be elected if he brings home the back (pork/earmark) for his district.
“Part of the whole effort
of transparency is to move the budget out of the shadows and into the light,” said Steve Ellis, the group’s [Taxpayers
for Common Sense] vice president for programs. “The public deserves to know what Congress and the administration
are doing with their tax dollars.”
Maybe, just maybe, if Congress started playing by
a new set of ethical rules, their approval rating would start to rise. As it is, the approval rating is now down around 24%
and still descending as if it were in a freefall.
Gee, do you think they'll finally get the message when it
hits single digits. It will probably be in the single digits by the time the old election rolls around.
in mind that most of the liberals who are running for office are current office holders. That does not say "good presidential
material" to me.
Think of it: if they are members of the same congress (110th) that has 76% of the American
taxpayers disapproving of their antics, why would anyone want them to be president?
Clearly, a non-incumbent would
have a better chance. Especially if it were someone who is ethical and Christian. And that's my take on that.
Read more from The Hill: http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/7.5b-earmarks-unclaimed-2007-07-17.html
MOTHER EARTH IS SHAKING AGAIN
This time it's a 6.8 quake in
Japan. Problem is, the epicenter is near a 7 tower nuclear power facility.
Ooops. Some water leakage. Some busted
pipes. Whole lot of shaking going on.
Are we worried?
I would be, and I don't care who told me
there was nothing to be concerned about. They aren't the ones who would be glowing in the dark in the aftermath of all
that damage. There were some 1,200 gallons of radioactive water "inadvertently" dumped into the Sea of Japan.
Didn't they say the same thing about Chernobyl at first?
So do you think there will be new species
discovered, like super giant squids in non-squid colors?
I like to get out the globe and figure where, if I could
extend a line through the globe, where it would come out on the other side. True, there are some scientists who poo-poo that
idea, but you just watch. Somewhere off the eastern coast of northern Brazil? We'll see.
In fact, there's
a specific theory, the name of which I no longer remember, that purports that this exact thing happens. Listen, I can't
Read the Associated Press release picked up by Fox News at: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,289549,00.html
According to the International Herald Tribune, Japan has closed the nuclear facility in question. http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/07/17/news/japan.php
And a whole bunch of drums that contained radioactive stuff fell over and the disgorged its contents. That's
definitely not a good thing.
Here's a list of other earthquakes, just for today!
For other earthquakes, go to the USGS
site at: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/quakes_all.php
Saturday, July 14, 2007
FROM THE PAW PAW PATCH --
We're almost absolute "stick
a fork in me" done packing up the condo.
Quint is getting pretty keen on saying "this is the last time
that..." -- I have no doubt that come Monday morning I will be hearing things like "last time to shave in this bathroom,"
and "last time we make coffee here," etc. etc.
Moving is hard. Oh, not the packing up stuff. It's
the years of joy we've had in our home. Not that we won't have joy and happiness and contentment in our new home.
In fact, we are very comfortable and contented when we're there on weekends.
But we'll leave one place
to go to another. And truthfully, as long as we're together we'll be happy anywhere.
Today and tomorrow
will be gathering up the odds and ends, and, as Quint says, the last time to do a lot of things.
So Monday morning,
the movers arrive. Not sure if I'll be able to get a blog posted. But I'll bet I manage to squeeze that in.
Friday, July 13, 2007
FROM THE PAW PAW PATCH --
This has been a weird week. It
started on Monday when we arrived in Tinley Park about noon only to discover that our DSL had been deactivated.
ten days ago, Quint called AT&T to let them know that our moving day would be July 16th and at that time, to disconnect
the telephone service and the DSL (the two were bundled together).
Well, the phone worked but the DSL had been
deactivated on the day Quint called. Except that we didn't know about it because we spent the week in Effingham.
Oh they were chagrined. And they were embarrassed. And they were apologetic. And they promised to have us up and running
by Wednesday. That hardly seems logical for a company that prides itself on being ultra-high tech! You need 48 hours to reactivate
Well, sorry, sir. It's the best we can do.
And here we are on Friday, at noon, and we're
reactivated. Thank you very much. Now don't forget to turn the thing off on 7/16. We aren't going to pay an extra
day and if you don't quit harrassing me, I'll sue you for $10 million dollars for all the angst you've put me
Right? Well, maybe not. So now, where to begin. So much news. So little time.
THE STOCK MARKET IS POSTURING ITSELF TO GO OVER THE $14,000 MARK
It might not be today, but
it will be soon.
The Dow hit $13,910 in trading. Remember that number because you're going to hear a lot of
political rhetoric from the politicians on the left side of the mark telling would be voters that the American economy has
gone you know where in a hand basket.
Don't believe them, folks. That new high water mark is a non-inflationary
That's what tax cuts do to an economy. Remember a few years ago when the economy was dragging its
heels and Bush proposed a tax cut? The theory was that tax cuts would trigger new growth in the economy. It always works that
way. Less tax money going out the door means companies have more money to put back into their businesses.
exactly what they do. New desks for workers. New forklifts for workers. New tools. New new new new new. There are workers
manufacturing all that new factory stuff, and then it gets shipped and delivered.
I have no idea how the liberals
will be able to paint a gloom and doom picture of the economy since it's chugging along rather robustly. But one thing
I know for sure -- they'll figure out a way to twist things around.
But listen, folks. A $14,000 Dow is awesome.
Especially when it's coupled with full employment. And it's also coupled with a high percentage of folks who own their
Oh, for sure, bankruptcies are on the rise too. And home foreclosures. So what's that all about?
Well, maybe it means people are living just a bit too high on the hog. Just because the economy is rolling along in record
territory does not mean you can go out and buy a $500,000 house if you can't afford it.
But a $14,000
NEW AP POLL SAYS THAT CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL RATING IS AT 24%
a new low.
To put it another way, 76% of Americans disapprove of the way the congressionals are handling the affairs
of our government!
For one thing, Senator Barbara Boxer is running around saying things like "impeachment
for George Bush should be on the table."
That is total nonsense. Impeachment is reserved for elected officials
who commit crimes. -- You know, "high crimes and misdemeanors." And just because Bill Clinton was impeached does
not give Barbara Boxer the right to threaten a Republican president. It's not the same as "do unto others."
Bill Clinton was impeached because of high crimes and misdemeanors -- what crime, you may ask? Lying under oath for
That's a crime.
And he was disbarred in the State of Arkansas. I think for a period
of five years. He has since been reinstated, but he was, in fact disbarred.
So what do we call "lying under
Perjury, that's what. Perjury is a crime.
And just what crimes would Barbara Boxer bring
against Bush? Let's hear it, Boxer. It's time for you and your ilk to put up or shut up.
Indeed! It's a lot easier to sit on the sidelines and yammer away with idle little threats than to come forward with a
charge. Mainly because there is no charge that you could bring against this president.
So just go away.
OPEN MIKES -- NOW THEY'VE CAUGHT HILLARY AND EDWARDS
A Fox News reporter
captured these two actually talking about how to get the numbers of the Democratic presidential down to a smaller, more serious
Guess they don't like the whole field hogging all that air time in debates. Better to just have the
two of them with mikes.
How arrogant can you be, Hillary and Edwards.
Don't forget Obama. Are you
classifying him as someone not so serious. I'd be careful about that, if I were you. He outfunded his campaign in the
2nd quarter, way past either one of you.
Actually, all that hot air going into the open mikes from the likes of
you two will make it just that much easier for the conservatives to make a good commercial about how arrogant you both
So in that regard, I say keep it up!
See you at the polls, oh buffoony ones.
a stupid stunt. And arrogant. You're going to find out what the American people do to arrogant politicians.
thing I know your public relations mouthpieces are going to try to explain everything away and try to make it sound like you
meant something else.
(Read more at: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1865498/posts)
Sunday, July 8, 2007
FROM THE PAW PAW PATCH --
I am happy to say that the ant
problem is no more. And the snails have moved to other places -- except the ones that hung around for happy hour and beer,
then fell into the butter tub.
We head back north tomorrow morning. We'll probably leave about eight
in the morning. That would be right after the garbage collectors make their weekly visit and Quint gets our garbage can back
where it belongs. Three hours later, we will be back in the office for our last week, then Monday, the 16th the movers show
up to cart up, lock stock and barrel back down here to stay.
Oh, we'll make trips north again -- we have a
daughter and her family in New Lenox, and my sister in Evergreen Park. All good reasons to make the trip north.
watched The Illusionist on TV last night. It's a really good story. If you haven't seen it yet, it's
on On Demand -- Starz, I think. I love a good mystery. And there's a twist at the end that you probably would never expect.
And now for some headlines. Yesterday was the big deal Concert Earth or something like that. So we'll see. That,
and other stories before we get a shelf put up in Quint's hardware store area of the basement. I say that because he has
the world's largest screwdriver collection.
MADONNA SHOULD LIVE WHAT SHE PREACHES
But then, that's the hypocrisy of all the Hollywood types. And you can still call her a Hollywood type
even if she does live in Britain. "Save the planet?" Indeed. She's reportedly using 100x the carbon footprint
as ordinary Brits and she wants to haul her you know what in front of a live audience and preach about saving the planet.
Read the Reuters article at: http://ca.today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=entertainmentNews&storyID=2007-07-08T112412Z_01_L06597373_RTRIDST_0_ENTERTAINMENT-CONCERT-COL.XML
This entire Live Earth concert was a bust pretty much around the world.
Hmmmm. I wonder why.
Do you think it could be that logical, well-meaning people are siding with the scientific community that is saying that
the global warming is part of a climate chance cycle that is not caused by us humans who live here on Earth?
really interesting video produced by Australians is hot-linked on my home page. It's 51 minutes long and it refutes the
people-caused phenomenon of global warming.
But in the meantime, Al Gore will be taking potshots at all
who disagree with his point of view.
Hang it up, Al. You are not the center of the universe. And neither
is the earth. Copernicus refuted that claim years ago.
We are all at the mercy of the solar cycles, specially,
Coronal Mass Ejections.
If you want to get some pretty basic information about how solar activities, and CMEs,
affect the earth, go to this NOAA article: http://www.sec.noaa.gov/primer/primer.html -- there's also some awesome photos of CMEs at the site also.
THE VOTES HAVE
BEEN COUNTED -- NEW LIST OF 7 WONDERS OF THE WORLD
First on the list is the 4,500 mile Great Wall of China.
I guess I'm surprised that the Great Pyramid at Giza didn't make the cut.
Nothing in the United
States made the list of 7.
South America has Rio with the 125 foot statue of Christ. But we have a 198 foot cross
in Effingham. That ought to be worth at least an honorable mention.
The list also includes:
Petra in Jordan
• Brazil's statue of Christ the Redeemer
• Peru's Machu Picchu
Mexico's Chichen Itza pyramid
• The Colosseum in Rome
• India's Taj Maha
want to refresh your memory as to what these wonders are and they look like, there's a photo gallery at: http://www.cnn.com/2007/TRAVEL/07/06/seven.wonders/index.html
AND HERE COMES THE CARBON TAX
Congress proposes a 50 cent per
gallon tax. The new tax is being proposed by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.).
In an article pubished in The Hill, Dingell says he doesn't think the American taxpayers will be willing to
bear the cost of the carbon tax but he's just kind of trying to see how it will fly.
he remember all those e-mails and telephone calls that jammed switchboards and voice mails a week or so ago about the immigration
bill that the senate tried to shimmy through and get past the voters?
Read more at: http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/dingell-to-propose-50-cent-gasoline-tax-increase-2007-07-07.html
THE HOUSE RECONVENES ON TUESDAY AT 2 PM
Ah yes, they'll be
hurrying back to Washington from their rubber chicken circuit riding in their districts, and all those golf outings, and kissing
The House starts back to work on Tuesday afternoon. That's in keeping with Nancy Pelosi's
promise to get a 5-day work week out of the congressionals. But that promise went the way of all the other political promises
-- into the "dead promise file."
The House is taking a long weekend because of their Independence Day
And they don't have anything scheduled by way of committee meetings
on Tuesday either. So just exactly what will our most august congressionals be doing? Who knows?
be taking any phone calls from taxpayers, though. They don't like to do that anymore. We ask too many snoopy questions
about what they're up to.
The senate will convene on Monday, July 9, even if it's at 2 pm. Is that the
beginning of the workday for congressionals?
Has anybody ever heard of starting the workday at 9 am? Who said
they could work the afternoon shift? We don't have flex time under the Dome.
On second thought, I guess we
do. At least they seem to think so. But then, our congressionals have somehow gotten the misguided notion that they are the
ruling royal class in America.
I can't wait for November 2008.
IS A 24-HOUR SITE NOW, AND AD CLICKS ARE INCREASING
Apparently, five o'clock in the morning is when
all you readers are getting some shut-eye. At least for now, that's the only hour of the day that we're not getting
readers to the site. No doubt that will change as the month progresses.
But what really surprises me is the number
of clicks on the ads. I don't pick the ads so I'm always curious about the topics of the ads. Somehow I think they're
related to the blogs posted for the day because the ad topics change as the blog topics change.
I'm not quite
sure how the ads work but I can get a report every day of how many clicks were made on how many ads and it gets re-translated
into pennies per click. I don't think clickers have to actually buy anything, just click. Actual purchases probably get
more than pennies, I'd imagine.
But at any rate, I'd like to thank all of you for continuing to read the
blogs every day. And thank you, too, for your e-mails. Just remember, though, when you send me an e-mail to put some kind
of tie to the blogs in the subject line. I do not open e-mails unless I know who you are.
LAST, BUT NOT LEAST, THERE'S FRED THOMPSON
Not yet an official candidate, but sounding more like it
everyday, Fred Thompson is out there making speeches and wowing audiences.
Fox News says he energized a group of
young people who had gathered to listen to him in Hollywood, Florida. He was speaking before the Young Repubicans National
While it may be true that young people generally don't go to the polls on election day, this group
of Young Republicans is one group that will.
And they like what they hear from Fred Thompson.
I do too. The more I hear, the more I'd like to see him in the White House.
Friday, July 6, 2007
FROM THE PAW PAW PATCH --
Now that the snails are under control,
we are besieged with ants.
The little critters remind me of anxieties -- if you don't get all the way to the
root cause of the hidden fears, anxieties will attach to something else. Fear or tornados can shift to fear of spiders, or
ants, or whatever. All the while, that fearful little shadow lives hidden in the cave of our psyche. That is, unless you figure
out just exactly where the fear is coming from.
But back to the ants. We've lived on the second floor in the
condominium for so many years -- nearly thirty -- that we've forgotten what it's like to live on the ground floor
so close to Mother Nature.
So I sprinkled some Tide -- my grandma's trick -- onto the counter tops and let
them run around in it, get it all over their little feet, and track it back to their nest. That is, those that made it out
of the Tide.
This morning was a mop-up. Haven't seen a single ant yet today.
The Eagles Nest is
really shaping up. Quint has pulled out the carpet and I washed and waxed the floor. It has a gorgeous shine to it. Today
I'm going to paint the part of the window sill between the window and the storm window. Then I'll wash the curtains
and sheers and rehang them. Then, voila, we're ready for the furniture on the 16th.
We planted two more rose
bushes by the front door. That gives us four out there. Then we mulched them and hosed everything down. I use newspapers for
the underlayment before the mulch goes on. It works like a charm. If you use about four or five sheets thick, then put the
mulch on top of that, it really keeps the weeds out.
We're going to town to pay the water bill, mail a couple
of thank you notes for people who remembered my birthday, run by the police department to see what the burning rules are.
Then we're going to have lunch at one of the restaurants in town. Nice buffet.
Then I'll come back and
post a few blogs after I have a chance to read some of the headline stories.
LIVE AID CONCERTS OUGHT TO RAKE IN ZILLIONS FOR HIS NONPROFIT "SAVE THE PLANET AWARENESS" ORGANIZATION
Call me a sourpuss if you want to, but the big superstars flying around the world have flown over 222,000 miles
-- in the aggregate -- to get to their song stages.
That's nearly nine times the circumference of the earth.
How many carbon footprints do you think they are using up to bring Gore's music of planetary disaster set
Well, according to the London Daily Mail, that number would be 31,500 tons of carbon emissions
if you count in all the performers and the audience members.
Am I missing something here or is Al Gore just being
an attention-getting media hog again?
Read the entire store in this article, if you want more noteworthy details
-- tra la la -- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1861989/posts
UH OH, HILLARY'S CAMPAIGN FINANCE CHAIRMAN FORGOT TO FILL OUT THE FORMS PROPERLY
-- HE'S INDICTED -- DO YOU THINK SHE'LL BE INDICTED TOO?
Let's see now. I have a business
administration undergrad too. Let's pretend that I applied for the job of Campaign Manager for Hillary's reelection
as New York's senator. It might go something like this:
Hillary: How well do you know campaign finance laws?
Me: Oh, I'm very familiar with them.
Hillary: Can I trust you to keep my campaigns absolutely pristine
with no hanky panky at all? You know those other guys are always looking for the slightest little bitty infraction of even
the most mundane breach of ethics and campaign laws.
Me: I certainly understand that. I certainly agree with both
the letter and the spirit of the campaign laws in the United States. Your campaign finances will be absolutely in order.
Hillary: What if I want to look at the records at any time?
Me: They're your records and they will
always be available to you at any time.
Hillary: What about all those high flying high rolling Hollywood types?
Will you keep me posted especially about how those donations are coming in?
Well, I certainly don't want to be embarrassed by asking the same people to donate more than once, especially if they've
reached their annual cap-off.
Me: I'll give you a weekly list of donations as they're coming in, if you
Hillary: I'd defintely like that. But I think I'd prefer having that list every day. I like to keep
track of how the money is flowing in.
Me: Of course. Not a problem.
Hillary: You don't get
creative with records, do you? You know, it's my neck, not yours that will be in the indictment noose.
Oh, I understand completely. I keep a perfectly honest and accurate set of records. You'll never have to worry about an
indictment with me at the cash register.
Hillary: That sounds great. It sounds like we are going to work together
as long as you promise to be perfectly honest with me. All the time.
Me: Of course.
And that's how
campaign workers are hired.
Now Hillary is going to break press with an absolute denial of any of the wrongdoings
and goings-on by her former campaign finance chairman.
Tsk tsk tsk. Let the little employee be the fall guy.
He goes to jail, and Hillary actually believes that she's going to the White House.
NBC broke the story
with all the little details at this site: http://www.wnbc.com/politics/4063107/detail.html
Thursday, July 5, 2007
FROM THE PAW PAW PATCH --
We installed the ceiling fan in
the Eagles Nest without mishap. I probably shouldn't say this for fear of jinxing future installations, but we're
getting pretty good at such installations.
Quint got me a handy-dandy power screwdriver (pretty orange Black &
Decker) for Christmas last year. And for Mothers Day, he got me a battery powered Dremmel. It has a zillion attachments, although
we did have to go back to the hardware store for a drill bit set so I could make pilot holes for the shelf brackets.
We have put up -- and are continuing to put up -- lots of shelves in basement areas. My power tools come in really
handy for that. Quint still uses his tried and true electric drill and electric screwdriver.
Later this afternoon
I'm going to get some kitty litter and use as a mulch around my Asiatic lilies. I read in another gardening magazine "tip
column" that snails do not like bumpy terrain to crawl over. So between the kitty litter and the beer in the evening,
I ought to get them under control pretty quick here.
Since I can't get my hands on crushed seashells, the kitty
litter is the second choice.
I continue to declare war on Japanese Beetles. I saw one on the wing yesterday before
the rains started. It landed on a most beautiful white, fully blooming rose. I ran for the Sevin and gave him a quick little
squirt. He rolled off the rose and landed in the mulch, kicking little feet in the air. Then he was no more. Now he's
part of the mulch and will become fertilizer. The rose can now feed on him/her. Waste nothing in nature.
project today is to wash and wax the hardwood floor in the Eagles Nest. Carpeting had hidden the beautiful reddish honey-colored
hardwood. Then the Eagles Nest will be ready to receive my desk, lateral file and a couple of side chairs when the movers
bring all the rest of our stuff down from the office in Tinley Park on the 16th.
The place is shaping up. We have
truly enjoyed a week's "vacation" down here. So this is what retirement is going to be like. For a couple of
"oldies," this is going to be just great.
45 MUSLIM DOCTORS COOKED UP TERROR
PLOT IN U.S.
In an article released by the Telegraph in the U.K., the terrorists had this to say about
this monstrous plan: "...We are 45 doctors and we are determined to undertake jihad and take the battle inside America...."
The terrorists went on to say that one of their initial sites would be the home port of the Kennedy. No doubt, they
are talking about the USS John F. Kennedy in Jacksonville, Florida.
The article goes on to describe the
activities three of the terrorists who were recruiting other terrorists over the internet. They've been busy cooking up
their demonic little plans for some time, apparently.
And yes, they espouse some kind of allegiance to bin-Laden's
jihadist ideals of blowing up the entire western civilization, it appears.
Read the chilling account from the Telegraph
GORE'S SON LIKES TO GO FAST
If he likes to go so fast, maybe
he should consider flying. Oh, wait, he was flying. Kind of close to the bottom edge of the air, though.
Even on Orange
County (California) freeways, you can't drive 100 mph. Even if your father is named Al Gore. Even if you're a Prius.
None of that will get you any speeding credits from the California Highway Patrol.
So he got pulled over for speeding.
What was he thinking when he floored his little toot-toot mobile? A free pass because his name was Gore?
The officer smelled the wafting aroma of marijuana. That gave him probable cause for a search.
Then, lo and behold,
guess what else was in the car? Prescription drugs including Valium, Xanax, Vicodin, Adderall and Soma. There were no prescriptions
So let's see, why would a person need two different anti-anxieties like Valium and Xanax, a pretty potent
pain killer like Vicodin, and an ADD/ADHD medication like Adderal, and Soma -- a muscle relaxant. Hmmmm.
to post his $20,000 bond at 2:15 a.m. and is now on his way to rehab.
Now, I'm no fan of Al Gore's, but
for his son's sake, I hope he can get his mess worked out. That is a lot of drugs to have in your going-to-a-party bag.
Someone should say a big prayer of thanks to God Almighty that this 24 year-old didn't go home and down those drugs with
AND JUST WHO IS CRITICIZING THE BUSH WHITE HOUSE FOR MAKING ONE PARDON FOR
None other than former president, Bill Clinton. In an Associated Press release from Iowa,
the Bill said, "You've got to understand, this is consistent with their philosophy; they believe that they should
be able to do what they want to do, and that the law is a minor obstacle."
Read article at: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,288194,00.html
Don't these people realize that making such a ridiculous statement will end up as a sound byte?
could something like this: Follow the quote from the paragraph above, then another sound byte of Clinton saying, "I did
not have sex with that woman." Then go to another clip showing the vote for Clinton's impeachment for lying under
oath to prosecutors.
Well, friends, George W. Bush may not be "Washington chic," like the Clintons and
he'd never get on Pelosi's A-list, but you can sure that there are no little interns running around bragging that
they bedded down the Chief Executive in the Oval Office, or anywhere else for that matter.
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY TO ALL AMERICANS -- AND TO ALL WHO ARE WAITING TO GET
ON THE FREEDOM TRAIN!
FROM THE PAW PAW PATCH --
I am happy to report that beer does work
for the snail pestilence. One of the three containers that were filled is covered on the bottom with former snails. The other
two containers are turned over and emptied out.
What that means, I'm not sure of.
a besotted skunk roaming around. We did become aware late last night that there was a skunk in the neighborhood. Maybe he
drank all the beer in the two containers and wandered off to the woods at the back of the property. And then attacked the
air with his don't-mess-with-me-fragrance.
I thought Japanese beetles and those ugly little green worms on
tomatoes would be the worst of things for my backyard gardening experience. Snails never entered into my compute.
It does appear, though, that Quint has won the battle with the squirrels. He upended a plastic wastebasket on the pole of
the shepherd's hook just underneath the bird feeding station.
On the first day, a couple of the squirrels
did try to climb the pole and they got up the wastebasket and couldn't maneuver around it. It has been four days now and
the squirrels have relegated themselves to eating on the ground with whatever generosities the little birds throw out of the
feeder to the ground below.
Feeding birds is one of Quint's joys. We couldn't feed wild animals when we
lived in the condominium. Rules said "no no." And it made sense because birds weren't the only wild things that
got into the bird chow. Raccoons were in abundant supply and they would somehow get into the attics of the buildings and make
very expensive nests. Did a lot of damage.
So much for the report from the wild side of Illinois. Now I'll
take a look at other wild things -- like politicians and terrorists. Actually not all politicians are wild. Some have rather
genteel, statesmanlike qualities, but they are few and far between.
LIVE EARTH CONCERT
ONLY SOLD HALF THE TICKETS IN HAMBURG
Just 22,000 concert tickets have been gobbled up -- and most of
those are being given away to tourists as a way of hyping good old Al Gore's panic stream about global warming's man-made
Scientists especially are weighing in on the side of scientific inquiry, not political rhetoric.
Global warming, yes. Man-made, no.
Get real. The sun goes through these cycles. Has been doing so for eons. Will
continue to do so by all calculations.
So who's going to volunteer to take a giant water hose on a space ship
to the sun to cool it down. I think we ought to send Al Gore. But where would he stand? And how much water would he need?
Probably all of the Atlantic Ocean, for starters.
Read this articlel published by the National Association of Manufacturers:
GORDON BROWN WANTS ALL DOCTORS CHECKED OUT
And that's what
the MI5 (Britain's equivalent to the FBI) is doing right now.
It seems that 40% of the medical doctors in the
National Health Service are foreign born.
Then there were those failed bomb attempts in London. And a car bomb
at the airport in Glasgow. All the people rounded up in connection with those events were doctors, or people with medical
training of some sort.
Hmmmm. Don't foreign doctors also have to take a Hippocratic Oath before they can start
practicing medicine? Wouldn't being a part of a terrorist cell that was cooking up a bomb with the plan to kill hundreds
of people violate that oath?
And what about the foreign born doctors here in the United States? Has anybody checked
I think we ought to follow Britain's lead and start asking really snoopy questions of any and all
foreigners who want into this country for any reason.
News article was published in www.news.scotsman.com. Here's the link for this particular story: http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=1042682007
5.1 EARTHQUAKE IN IRAN SHAKES THINGS UP A BIT
So far just
a bunch of rattling roofs in Behabad, a town of about 10,000 people. It follows another quake of 4.7.
Not much damage unless, of course, it's your house that's got big cracks in it.
In that event, it's
a major problem.
Iran has several fault lines running through it. Makes for a wiggly land mass.
reported in the Scotsman: http://news.scotsman.com/latest_international.cfm?id=1042692007
AND THIS JUST IN FROM COUSIN ALICE STUBBE:
A NEW DOCTOR...WHO DOESN'T RUN A BUNCH OF EXPENSIVE TESTS..
woman went to the GP's group, where she was seen by a young, new doctor.
After about 3 minutes in the
examination room, the doctor told her she was
pregnant. She burst out of the room and ran down the corridor
An older doctor stopped her and asked what the problem was; after listening
to her story,
he calmed her down and sat her down in another room.
Then the doctor marched down the hallway to the
first doctor's room.
"What's wrong with you?" he demanded. "This woman is 63 years
old , she has
two grown children and several grandchildren, and you told her she was
The new doctor continued to write on his clipboard and without looking up
still have the hiccups?"
AND THIS JUST IN FROM COUSIN MARK STUBBE:
UNITED STATES MAP - Short But Good!
A father wanted to read a magazine but
was being bothered by His little girl, Shelby. She wanted to know what the United States looked like.
Finally, he tore a sheet out
of his new magazine on which was printed the map of the country. Tearing it into small pieces, he gave it To Shelby and said,
"Go into the other room and see if you can put this Together. This will show you our whole country today."
After a few minutes, Shelby
returned and handed him the map, correctly fitted and taped together. The father was surprised and asked how she had finished
so quickly. "Oh," she said, "on the other side of the Paper is a picture of Jesus. When I got all of Jesus
back where He belonged, then our country just came together."
And I'll leave you with this YouTube funny to make your day. It's a song performed by Aaron Wilburn entitled If
My Nose Was Running Money. Enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egCeIwjIuZM
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
FROM THE PAW PAW PATCH --
Imagine my grrrrr when I found
that my Asiatic Lilies are infested with either snails or slugs. Don't know which. They're little black things and
they are ugly. My handy dandy book called Garden Essentials says that snails love beer. In fact, they'll drink
themselves to death.
The recommendation is to take a butter tub and dig a little hole at the base of the infested
plant just so that the plastic "dish" has only about a half an inch exposed above ground, then fill it with beer.
Since snails are night wanderers, it's apparently better to do this at the end of the day. Guess you could call it the
snail's version of happy hour.
We're off today to get a six-pack for the little slime balls that are living
on my yet-to-bloom lilies.
I need some beer anyway for Italian Beef that I'm cooking up tomorrow. If you have
a crock pot, you have to try this recipe.
Pour 2 12-ounce cans of beer into a crock pot. Dissolve
two Italian Seasonings envelopes and stir to make sure all the spices and flavorings are dissolved nicely. Then put in a 4
pound roast and let it cook for about 5 hours. It is absolutely delicious. Pulls apart with a fork. And you have a nice, sturdy
au jus for dipping. Pick up some sturdy rolls at the store and pile the beef on.
GRANTS EXECUTE CLEMENCY TO SCOOTER LIBBY
Oh the firestorm of outrage from Hillary. She said, "In
this [Bush's] administration, cronyism and ideology trump competence and justice."
In an article
released today by the Associated Press, http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/C/CIA_LEAK_QUOTES?SITE=7219&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2007-07-02-20-24-17 a lot of presidential contenders were quoted. They were predominantly from Democratic politicians with the exception
of Fred Thompson, Rudy Giuliana and Roy Blunt from Missouri.
Hillary didn't say much, though, about her husband's
list of pardons. It forgives everything from "knowingly making under oath a false declaration regarding a material fact
before a Grand Jury (Joseph A. Yasack, 1988)," to lots of drug distribution charges, mail fraud, bank fraud, assault
with a dangerous weapon, and a long list of other convicted felons that were sentenced to prison.
even pardoned someone all the way back to a sentencing date of 1891 for a court martial (Henry Flipper) for conduct
unbecoming an officer.
To read the entire list of Clinton's pardons, go to this Department of Justice file
at http://www.usdoj.gov/pardon/clintonpardon_grants.htm. I didn't count them but it looks like hundreds of individual pardons.
Now, what was it that Hillary said
You can read her comment and those of all her presidential wannabee buddies at this AP site: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/C/CIA_LEAK_QUOTES?SITE=7219&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2007-07-02-20-24-17
So just how is executive clemency different from a presidential pardon? Keep in mind that Bush did not pardon
Granting Libby clemency will allow him to proceed with his appeal. It just isn't all that unusual for
a person to be out of jail while a case in going through the appeals process.
Like, for instance, Kenneth Lay.
Lay eventually had a heart attack and died before his appeal was finished, but he definitely was not in jail or under house
arrest or anything like that. In fact, he was in some nice resort in Colorado.
THE SAUDIS HAVE BEEN BUSY ROUNDING UP TERRORISTS
While presidential wannabee Jonathan Edwards says there
is no such thing as global terrorism, the Saudis -- on the other hand -- have rounded up about 9,000 terrorists linked to
al-Quaeda since 2003. They still have over 3,000 in custody.
Breitbart ran the article at http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=070702091224.1misxgx2&show_article=1.
The Saudis figure they were successful in frustrating some 180 terrorist plots.
You can be sure
they are going to continue to beef up their security. The terrorists would just love to do anything they can to disrupt the
oil supply going to all parts of the world.
IS THAT A SOUR NOTE OR IS THE FAT LADY
Ron Goldman's family just won a stupendous battle in Miami courts. They bought the rights
to O.J. Simpson's failed publication If I Did It.
Goldman's father plans to re-release the book
and call it Confessions of a Double Murderer.
Goldman also won own the copyright, media rights and movie
rights. They also acquired Simpson's name, likeness, life story and right of publicity in connection with the book, according
to court documents.
The story was run on CNN.com. You can read the details, if you're interested, at http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/law/07/03/simpson.suit.ap/index.html.
If you recall, Simpson was acquitted of the murders of his wife, Nicole, and Ron Goldman. Goldman's father
went into civil court and got a $33 million judgment against Simpson that has yet to be satisfied.
NOW CHINESE BABY FOOD AND FAKE BLOOD SHIPMENTS SEIZED
40% of 100 children's snacks
-- including soft drinks, candied fruits, gelatin desserts and some types of crackers have too many additives in them. And
some of the sweet little goodies have too much artificial sweeteners in them.
As if that weren't bad enough,
some 420 bottles of fake blood protein were also seized.
So far it doesn't look like any of these items have
gotten into the U.S. market, but how would you know? China sells to U.S. distributors and that's the address information
that's on the food labels. Nowhere on the label does it say anything about whether an item is actually manufactured
I'm limited by how much I can quote under the fair use doctrine of copyright laws, but you can take
a look at the entire article on Fox News at http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,287868,00.html.
If you have any questions as to whether any items you may be purchasing are coming from China or not, I would
go to the company's web site. I am especially leery of food items, especially baby foods.
Monday, July 2, 2007
FROM THE PAW PAW PATCH -- We are 99.5% moved to our little Shangrila
in central Illinois. We're spending the 4th of July week here in our new home getting things ready for the final surge
which will be July 16th when the office furniture gets moved here. At the end of this week, we'll head back to Tinley
Park for the last week of client sessions.
So this week our things to do list includes -- you guessed it -- painting
one of the bedrooms upstairs where my desk and a couple of bookcases are moving to. Then a ceiling fan is going to be installed
up there. And a ceiling fan will be installed in the laundry area. And about 25 other smaller tasks that we'll get done,
hopefully, this week.
Then we'll be southerners, as Brian Drees, the plumbing contractor says. Except that
I grew up in Paducah, Kentucky, so I was already a southerner -- and proud of it, I'll have you know.
for that. Now let's see what the congressionals are up to.
McDERMOTT (D-Wash) WANTS
TO IMPEACH VP CHENEY
Impeachment. That's allowed when an elected official is guilty of "high
crimes and misdemeanors."
In an article written by Chris Good in The Hill this morning, "McDermott
cited Cheney’s refusal to cooperate with the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO), which, pursuant to an order
signed by President Clinton, oversees the handling of classified documents by executive agencies. McDermott denounced a 2004
claim that Cheney’s office is not part of the executive branch."
Sounds to me like there's a challenge
to a constitutional definition to determine duties of office. Is that a high crime or misdemeanor? Doesn't sound like
it to me.
What do you think?
Read the entire article at: http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/mcdermott-to-cheney-resign-or-face-impeachment-2007-06-29.html
OBAMA SAYS HE'S COLLECTED $32 MILLION IN 2ND QUARTER
$5 million more than Hillary.
So what's he saying? Because he got more money, he's gonna be president?
Does more money really mean more voters?
It seems to me like all these candidates are out there just
raising money. I have yet to hear any one of them come up with a plan that they, as a potential president, would have the
authority to bring to fruition.
Everything that comes out of their mouths falls into either one of two categories:
1) It's all George Bush's fault, including global warming which the scientific community is leaning toward solar activity
as the cause, or 2) they are going to lower taxes, "fix" the mean old conservative domination of talk
radio, and a zillion other things that they would not, as president, have the constitutional authority to do.
for sure, they will tell you that they plan to put all these fixes in because they are going to work "hand in hand"
with their colleagues across the aisle.
But wait. That's what they said in 2006. It's not happening.
Since all the Democratic candidates are part of the house and senate majority party, don't you think that if they
could get anything done, it would be now when they have the majority?
If they can't do it now, they sure as
heck aren't going to be able to do it after the Republicans take back the house and the senate and keep the White House
That's my prediction. I believe that the conservatives are going to get the voter support they need
because people are getting pretty sick and tired of a bunch of politicians who can do little else but blame somebody else
if something doesn't suit them.
Hey, that's what adolescents do. If something goes wrong, the first tactic
is to look around for someone to blame.
But a mature adult sees a problem and sets about trying to find a solution.
The congressionals -- especially the presidential wannabees -- fall into the blame category.
a bunch of big whiny babies. And they want your vote. But if they can't get your vote, they'll be perfectly happy
to take your money.
Read more: http://thehill.com/campaign-2008/obamas-32.5-million-beat-clinton-in-second-quarter-2007-07-01.html
CONGRESSIONALS SAY: THERE IS NO GLOBAL TERRORISM. WELL, SAYING IT DOESN'T MAKE
I guess the congressionals are just so filled with themselves that they actually believe saying
something makes it a fact.
Like when they said not too long ago that there just isn't a global war on terror.
How grossly unfortunate that these nitwits would put an entire culture of our United States at risk. And what a shame
that they think -- in their delusion -- that they are representing the people of the United States.
fire-bomb car at the Glasgow Airport in Scotland and the two foiled, but connected car bombs in London, a great big huge connection
to a global war on terror and fanatical Islamic terrorists exist.
In an article by Hassan Butt in today's London
Daily Mail, comments as a former Islamic radical. He explained it this way:
"For centuries, the reasoning
of Islamic jurists has set down rules of interaction between Dar ul-Islam (the Land of Islam) and Dar ul-Kufr (the Land of
Unbelief) to cover almost every matter of trade, peace and war.
"But what radicals and extremists
do is to take this two steps further. Their first step has been to argue that, since there is no pure Islamic state, the whole
world must be Dar ul-Kufr (The Land of Unbelief).
"Step two: since Islam must declare war on unbelief,
they have declared war upon the whole world."
Doesn't that say global to you?
that when you hear all the politicos running around saying there is no global war on terror.
Let's make sure
we get someone in the White House who takes all this terrorist stuff very seriously. I want to be safe and I want my children
and grandchildren to be safe. And I want everyone I love to be safe.
And I especially want Christians everywhere
to be safe in the practice of their Christian faith without having to worry about some radical Islamic saying we are "unbelievers."
There's a lot more information at this web site:
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Greece, Hungary, India, Latvia, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden,
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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.)