Saturday, December 31, 2005

Mz E's message for the New Year

"Truth makes a new creature, in whom old things pass away and 'all things are become new.'"

Yes! Yes! Yes! This is for me.
The new me now - in fact, a new me every day
would be wonderful.
I don't make "resolutions"
I Do look forward to
more Truth demonstrated
in/through my life.

How are you doing?
Got any new thoughts to share?


Thursday, December 29, 2005

Near You

The Daily Word today is "Near You."
That's good, except, the thought accompanying was personal.
I can't begin to feel it is sincere.
I would have discounted it altogether except there are people I feel that way about.
My thinking does not (yet) extend to everyone I know
(maybe the author of the thought today is able to do that.
Now, that kind of LOVING is certainly worth considering as a personal goal.
Still, I can not yet believe - or do that- YET)
Still, there are many -
in fact, most, people I know or encounter -
or even learn about through some story or media -
I feel that way towards. I stop and pray for them,
with them if they seem to be reaching for the Spiritual in the story I am knowing.
So, I can consider thinking this way towards and about others.
What I am most able to do is KNOW God is NEAR ME -
God is near Us.
This thinking is easy enough for me.
Even when my thinking separates us,
God does not. God Loves us all -
individually and collectively as if each one of us was a personal favorite.
Completely and Eternally - that's the best part.
When I can't believe or accept that the stranger is communicating to me -
I KNOW God means it - He is always Near.
This works for me -
God is Near Me
God is Near You
God is With Us.
(In Us, Beside Us, Through Us, As Us)
Here's my favorite thought for a moment -
2006 is the Glory Year
It's a modern prophesy
I choose to accept:
"There will be times when the glory cloud falls and completely fills a church. It will boil out of the doors of the church and go all over the neighborhood. People will be standing out in the street and won't be able to see one another. It will glisten and be so glorious that people will see sickness and disease running off of their bodies." He also said, "It is a time that we've all been praying for. So rejoice and enjoy it saith the Father, because I do all things for you to enjoy. So have fun in the glory and heal the sick and raise the dead and go with Me and see if you can stay up with Me saith the Lord." - Kenneth Copeland
Isaiah 60:1-2 "Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee."
It reads to me - that it's time for
"These Things and Greater Things You Will Do"
What do you think?

Monday, December 26, 2005


Hanukkah - Kwanza
Lights - Candles

We went out to do a couple of chores.
There were so many people out doing similar things.
Places were crowded.
It was interesting trying to keep some kind of inner balance.
How did Jesus do it?
Well, first of all, he didn't.
He didn't look at mall parking lots with a hired security directing the flow
and trying to keep people from expressing themselves violently.
He didn't have this media push to purchase 'til you drop.
I bet Jesus would be surprised to see some of the stuff -
most of it has some type of loving expression to it -
but, lots of it is done with the idea of Jesus as it's originator.

It's easier to see how people would get ruffled up by the "Jesus" idea when they feel pressure to purchase. Plenty of people will purchase so much they will still be paying on the bills this time next year. C'mon. That can't be balanced. That isn't anything close to what's mentioned in the gospels.

I admit, I'm not the best with crowds. people never believe me when I admit this because I've been an entertainer all my life. Still, it's true.

I'll go for the idea of the candles, the lights, the hope, joy illumination.
Give me a carol to sing and a quiet place to read, or think, or write.

Thank You for being in my heart, Lord.
I love You.
I know all the rest will sort itself out.

'bye for now.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Buena Noche

We are at Unity Christ Church this evening at 7p.
There will be candle lighting and caroling.
You are invited to join us.
In fact, I want you to know I hope you will be there.
I'll be watching for you.
You can join your hopes and dreams with ours.
It will be beautiful.
If you can't be with us.
I still hope you hold your hopes and dreams in your heart
and I will add mine and it will still be beautiful.
Blessed Christmas.
Love to You.


Friday, December 23, 2005

Can You Join Us?

So many unexpected changes have occurred this year. I started out KNOWING how everything would work out a certain (wonderful) way. It is, afterall, the "Year Of Overflow." Well, overflow, it certainly has. I mean, this year has been a virtual FLOOD. By Valentine's Day I realized the plan I had so carefully put into place wasn't going to come to pass - at least, not in any recognizable way. Then I moved from adventure to adventure - always fully supported by My Lord - (as we say "The Lord of My Heart.") Here I am, looking at the celebrations coming up and preparing my heart for More Christ - I understand this year better and I'm overwhelmed by God's tremendous LOVE for me - for us all. Yes, just as Promised, this year is overflowing with God's Goodness and This Plan is so much better, happier, fuller than the one I thought I wanted.

I hope you are looking back and finding LOTS & LOTS totally directed by God and that your heart is feeling flooded with gratitude. I just hope you are happy.

Anyway, we are participating in a Unity Candlelighting Service Christmas Eve - I want to invite you. If you don't live close, I invite you to a service somewhere close to your home. You'll like it, I'm pretty sure. You don't have to be Christian to enjoy it. The celebration is MORE than a religion thing. It's a GOD thing, a LOVE thing, a LIGHT (Illumination) thing - and, if you are predisposed to love a spiritual life, you'll be comfortable. Besides, I'd personally like it if you would lend your light to mine. I'm learning to do the same for you - where ever you are.

Here's where we'll be: - It's Saturday evening, 7p.
I'll remember to think about you - even if you can't make it - when I light my candle and place it next to the others. Merry Christmas - Happy Happy whatever YOU may be celebrating this time of year and . . . . A wonderful year of fulfillment in the days to come -


Thursday, December 22, 2005

Joyful Thursday

I'm learning it doesn't matter what anyone says - or has to offer - especially if they "slam" you. What matters is your own heart. What matters most is what God has to say. God is LOVE. God is YES! and SO IT IS! Anyone having any other action or word to express - well, they are just sharing a limited opinion - generally because they are full of their little ideas and want to be right, in control or feel more important than everyone around them. That's unfortunate - but - it's "error thinking" and there isn't a single one of us that has to accept it. We don't even have to take offense, or point it out, or "discuss' or view. If, like me, you are still working out your own path, you can mull it over, or take it to Spirit and let it be worked out. What a PERFECT time to go about personal, Spiritual growth - here during the time of JOY. I aim to "fan the flame of JOY." I aim to become what is possible for me. (I hope to do so in a positive, way showing manner so I eventually demonstrate God's Peace.)
I first saw this picture on the Scotsman website - I tried to purchase a copy to put on my wall - but, it didn't work out. That was a very long time ago - maybe two years. I was overjoyed to see it again. It was on a seller page on eBay - of all places. It wasn't for sale, just an expression to generate attention - doesn't it look happy? I really enjoy this view. If I DO find it for sale. I'll still put it on my wall.

That silver headed lady with the Saint - it's me.

Every year I get to introduce Saint Nicholas to the children Guess what? They understand His message so well,

they bring gifts for Him to distribute to others -

I really enjoy helping.


Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Thank you, Andrea

"Those of you who are scattered,simplify your worrying lives. There is onerighteousness: Water the fruit trees,and don't water the thorns." Rumi

"Mad with thirst, he can drink from the streamrunning so close by his face. He's like a pearlon the deep bottom, wondering, inside his shell,Where's the ocean?" Rumi

Exactly What I needed today.


Monday, December 19, 2005

What a day!

I had a perfect day and an interesting night. Have I forgotten this is the week of JOY? Yes, I think maybe I'd let it slip. Sunday it was suggested I take a prescription - the kind you can't overdose on and the more you take it - the better life gets. The idea is to think the improved thought. For instance, since I noticed I let the celebration of JOY slip, I can now remember and think, "I fan the flame of JOY which replaces sorrow. I am bubbling over with JOY right now!"

Okay, I'm doing that right now. Did you remember theweeks included "Gifts of the Heart?" They are:
Hope - Peace - Love - Joy.
I sure could use a dose of Christ right now.
"I listen to the voice of Christ in my life."
Hurry up Christmas, be born brand new in me. . . please.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Monday, December 12, 2005

Three Candle Monday

Have we not all One Father? Hath not one God created us?
How's Advent going for you? Are you seeing great things while you "watch?" Do some of your days seem better than others? (Oh, that might mean I'm not the only human out here.) Are you looking to make a better life for yourself in the near future? (I am.) How are you going about it? Are you being that future person in some way now? (I am.) Well, don't give up and I won't either. Then we both know somewhere we have a partner believing. Well, happy three candle week.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Saturday, December 10, 2005

S&H vii:1-2

To those leaning on the sustaining infinite,
today is big with blessing.

Mz E


Wednesday, December 07, 2005

S&H 494:10-11

Divine Love
always has met and
always will meet every
human need.
Mz. E

Monday, December 05, 2005

Saint Nicholas Eve

He came again this year.
He knows how much
the children of Saint Louis love him
and somehow he always finds time to visit with us.
I'm told (on good authority) that he arrives on earth
via a golden chord somewhere in Czechoslovakia.
I don't know how he gets here so fast, but he does, every year.
Thank you Dear Saint Nicholas for another wonderful (if brief) visit.


Sunday, December 04, 2005

Friday, December 02, 2005

First Friday

I am looking at the many ways Love has improved my life. I am remembering all the adjustments in my thinking and actions and I am thinking of all the beautiful things I have experienced on ordinary days. There have been plenty of times people have waved, smiled, shared and connected especially during the bus rides throughout the city. I know this is LOVE (Christ) in action. I want to tell everyone of the Good implemented in my world through and because of this Love.

I'm looking for Christ with my eyes, heart and words.

Happy Advent.


Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Star of Wonder

That's the chorus I was singing to myself last night when the cat decided to jump onto the table where the lit candles for Advent were shining. Golly! Cat went one direction, candles went another. The cat leapt away due to my surprise and displeasure and not due to some flammable episode (thankfully.) My Advent season has started out wacky. What's up with that? This morning I found my favorite full text quarterly (Hurray! I did without one last month and felt a little lost.) But, the thought that really made an impact was the idea that life is measured to us according to the way we measure. My teacher would point out that we must have a "mental equivalent" when we are praying (or, doing treatment work - that's how some people refer to proper prayer.) This morning I distinctly felt it has to do with how I am inside myself when I do things (even things that take a lot of time or effort for other people - maybe even MOSTLY those things we do for others.) Gulp! I suddenly wanted a "redo" on some recent activities. I must watch my heart . . . I'm thinking today that's what "watch and pray" means for me.

Expecting Christ.


Monday, November 28, 2005

Alternate Reality

What a fascinating experience. Yesterday we decided to go to the movies. We arrived early so we walked through the hotel. Outside one of the clubs there was an advertisement about upcoming Holiday events and there was a full color photograph of an older woman in a full length white, shimmering, sequined gown. She also wore a full feather boa and maybe, (but about this I am not so clear, as I became entranced and horrified simultaneously) matching white feathers in her hair. She was standing on a carpeted spiral stairway with her right hand lightly placed on the railing. Her hair was dark and her face was made up (I actually checked to see if it was someone in drag because I'm not used to that look any longer.) The ad informed us she will be delighting us at the piano bar and, after 10p. there will be an open mike.

My mother tried valiantly to convince me that would be the best, "classiest" career path for me, if I insisted in pursuing the arts. Since it was something she suggested, it was one of the things I could guarantee I would NEVER do. I even stopped playing piano and took up guitar just to cinch the idea. I couldn't help shivering inside seeing that photograph. It felt as if some other girl-child lived the idea out instead. Oh golly - it creeped me out.

It must be that this lady has a happy life. Perhaps she even manages to self-support - or at least she has a life that is satisfying. I hope she doesn't have to sing "Feelings" every hour.

The movie we saw was beautiful. The coffee we had before hand was perfect.
My first full day of Advent '05. Was I watching? Well, yes - did I spot Christ?


Sunday, November 27, 2005

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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Loved This Film. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

You Put Your Belly In - You Put Your Belly Out

Jazzy Storytime. I am the happiest lady I know.

Friday, November 11, 2005


Saint Nicholas loves the children of Saint Louis so much he comes to visit them every year on the eve of his saint day. You are invited. It's free but we ask everyone to register.
The link is:
We hope to hear from you by December 1st.
Nicholas visits on December 5th.
See you there?


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Monday, November 07, 2005

This is one of my favorite definitions of love:

"When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth."

Billy - age 4

Friday, November 04, 2005

Perfect Sleep - Little Sheep

Hurray!!! Today's the day. I've been saving for weeks and finally I'll get to have a bed. I've been sleeping in a recliner which was a real blessing because I'd broken my shoulder and it needed support while it healed. Before then I was sleeping in a double bed that was so uncomfortable that when I tried to turn over the springs poked through the fabric. It was really ouchy. When we moved I opted not to bring the monstrosity and started saving for something nice. Late this afternoon I get to take the bus over to
"Weekends Only" and pay cash for a Serta. (If you are looking, you'll learn mattress sets are REAL PRICEY - and, if you do your homework, you'll see the best prices (a little more than half) - at least in this region - are here.

My friend is going to load the new bed into his truck and bring it home. Yeah!!!!!

Do you wonder about my schoolwork?
I wonder, too. What kind of student have I turned out to be?
Am I "un-cooperative?"

Well, I DO have to curb my artistic instincts - which takes a lot of the fun out of things. It's difficult for me to retain "literal" stuff. It has less meaning for me when I am required to quote someone else's words.
I do, however, realize that is a "classical" way of teaching. I've been blessed to attend classes where we were all encouraged to learn the material in order to become our unique selves.

So, I don't guess I'm the most popular student.
I'm wending my way through the material. Often I answer things twice - quoting the page and phrase required then giving an answer in my own words because the information itself is thrilling.

I'll make it.
Will my enthusiasm lose its luster?
I guess that remains to be seen.

How's your week?
I'd love to hear.


PS - Today a bed - next - shoes with no holes . . . . it's a good world.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Dear Pops,

Happy November!
Well, today has been a doozy - and it's only noon.

I had a little forewarning - so, except for the part where I behaved badly - it's okay.

The owner of the business I've been working at is unusual. Lately he's been doing odd things and blaming me (it isn't personal, he goes through employees like some folk use Kleenex.) This morning he had stuff on my desk with sticky notes showing where I'd made a mistake. Ooooh! I had enough already. These papers were from early September and they were each clearly marked in my handwriting - indicating where he'd underpaid his insurance by six dollars. I'd left it on the desk so he'd know - and eventually he filed it - He put it in the business folder - instead of the vehicle folder where it was supposed to go.

When he realized it was clearly marked and I had handled it correctly he started going through all kinds of papers saying I'd done them all wrong - I proved it was not so and he got worked up - then he insisted everything done yesterday was mishandled and I'd cost him money - he said he wasn't even in the office yesterday . .

Pops, that's when I behaved poorly. The man was in the office - on the computer I use from 9a to 11:45 - (he was on eBay purchasing stuff - his favorite sport) he left the office because I got a call from a past customer who somehow received a forty thousand check from an insurance company that was meant to pay for a job -

The owner took paperwork to prove it was rightfully his because he did not want the customer to send the check back -

The owner returned at 4:15 yesterday and sat at the desk I use all day - and this morning there were three sheets of checks ready to be mailed that he did after hours.

So, telling me he was not there and could not have made any errors - Pops, I started to raise my voice - pointing out the error of his reasoning - he tried to communicate with me - but, I'd already past the reason stage - he told me to lower my voice (I became un-cooperative) - he tried to SHOUT - (not wise, but, it was his choice - I countered with and ear splitting yell - It's really unfair - you know, martial artists need to show caution with his physical ability - a vocalist is flat out able to make herself heard.)

I was already looking for another part time position - so, we all knew - it just turned out . . nutty.

I apologized to the gentlemen in the office for making the place unpleasant. (They were all cheering.)

I put Osa on her leash - she was ready to go - Mr. Dill drove me home. I called the lady who prays with me when I get stuck. She had a client when I first called. By the time I called her back I'd already prayed myself through to some understanding and peace. She pointed out that I should get over this thinking in "lack." (You know, part time, little paying . . . . )

I explained the other things I do actually make enough - I just don't see much extra - and, since I'm doing school - it will turn out super . . . but, she's right. Our Father already has PLENTY prepared for me. So, I will remember Love is reflected in Love.

When I talked with God - (thinking I was horrid) - He pointed out even Jesus needed a whip . . . .

Lynne, my prayer lady - said it is good for me to be out of that "unholy" place. I should bless them and move on.

I'm okay. It's silly - I behaved childishly - (it was kind of fun) - I was most concerned about the environment because I'd been praying to see improvement - and it really showed. Lately the owner has been ripping the peace apart there - and causing strife in his workers . . . .

So, I wasn't an angel today.
I'll try to do better tomorrow.

Know what I reminded myself of?
I need to believe in my writing more.
By itself it can make more than enough to cover the few dollars that place paid. I'm so accustomed to being self supporting, I'd certainly be happier . . . . I need to practice some confidence.

So, how's your day going?
Is November looking pretty good?
Mine is the beginning of an adventure.

All My Love,

Monday, October 31, 2005

A grateful heart a garden is
Where there is always room
For every lovely God-like grace
To come to perfect bloom.
1932-Christian Science Board of Directors.

Friday, October 28, 2005


"Truth is not introduced into the individual from without, but was within him all the time." — Soren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher (1813-1855).

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

New Home

How did she know? This is exactly how "Harmony Cottage" looks.

I was given a new "happiness in your new home" card with this picture. It makes me happy - so, I'm pretending that's me bringing breakfast home on Saturday Morning.


Sunday, October 23, 2005

Lessons from Noah

One: Don't miss the boat.

Two: Remember that we are all in the same boat.

Three: Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.

Four: Stay fit. When you're 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.

Five: Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.

Six: Build your future on high ground.

Seven: For safety's sake, travel in pairs.

Eight: Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.

Nine: When you're stressed, float a while.

Ten: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.

Eleven: No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting...

Thursday, October 20, 2005


My favorite day of the week.
It's raining. I enjoy inclement weather.
I got to take the dog to the groomer.
The world is about as perfect as it could get, at least from my perspective.

I've started two new classes.
They are both about effective prayer.
I've taken the Tuesday evening course before.
We could not find a record of the credits.
That's probably a good thing.
It never hurts to review stuff like this.

There is some kind of challenge going on where I study.
I'm looking forward to the resolution - not that I'm any kind of anxious. I am not at all concerned. It's just been offered to me as a challenge, so I watch for the resolve as if it were a story intriguing enough to read to the end.

All in all, things are good.

My teacher told a dramatic story about pistol packing people who believed themselves to be reincarnated dinosaurs.

Some schools are different.


Sunday, October 16, 2005

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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Forwarded Autumn Message

My friend Jodi sent this forwarded message. It's a good thought, and I need a good thought so I'm posting it to share with you. Here goes:

Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin. God lifts you up, takes you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. He opens you up, touches you deep inside and scoops out all the yucky stuff-- including the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc. Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside you to shine for all the world to see. This was passed on to me from another pumpkin. Now, it is your turn to pass it to a pumpkin. I liked this enough to send it to all the pumpkins in my patch. Happy Fall!

I could use a good scooping out, that's for sure.


Thursday, October 13, 2005

Better Thinking

Golly, I got frustrated today. I decided I'd better borrow a bit of better thinking from someone else for a bit. I found this:

"Follow the grain in your own wood."

It's by Howard Thurman (1900-1981)

Those words are a perfect find for me at the moment. I am in need of a good dose of just being myself. How about you?


Monday, October 10, 2005

From The Zohar

"Come and see the pure love of the Blessed Holy One for Israel. A parable: There was a king who had a single son who kept misbehaving. One day he offended the king. The king said, 'I have punished you so many times and you have not [changed]. Now look, what should I do with you? If I banish you from the land and expel you from the kingdom, perhaps wild beasts or wolves or robbers will attack you and you will be no more. What can I do? The only solution is that I and you together leave the land.' So . . . the Blessed Holy One said as follows: 'Israel, what should I do with you? I have already punished you and you have not heeded Me. I have brought fearsome warriors and flaming forces to strike at you and you have not obeyed. If I expel you from the land alone, I fear that packs of wolves and bears will attack you and you will be no more. But what can I do with you? The only solution is that I and you together leave the land and both of us go into exile. As it is written, 'I will discipline you,' forcing you into exile; but if you think that I will abandon you, Myself too [shall go] along with you."'


Saturday, October 08, 2005

Rev. Dr. Angelo Pizelo

The month of October is empowering because it reminds, us through nature, that we have the opportunity to let old ideas, old beliefs and concepts that do not serve us well, fall away, and thus, allow the growth of a consciousness of faith, trust and abundance to spring forth in our lives.

His Affirmation for the month:
"I am an offspring of the Divine and accept all the spiritual qualities of harmony, love, wholeness and abundance that are available to me now."

And So It Is.

(From Rev. Dr. Angelo Pizelo's October Newsletter)


Friday, September 23, 2005


"The Key To Failure is trying to please everybody."
- Bill Cosby -

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

"Lead, Kindly Light"

"I do not ask to see the distant scene;
One step enough for me."

John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801 - 1890)

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Thomas Troward

My favorite class this month is from the teachings of Judge Thomas Troward. I'd heard the name before but never studied any of his works. It's exciting stuff. This month we are considering his approach to understanding bible stories. It's super. It will be sometime next year when I get my next taste of his work. I'll be looking forward to it. In fact, that book is already on my shelf waiting for me.

What are you studying this week?


Sunday, September 11, 2005

I Stand For Love

I wish I had a button maker.
I would like to make one with this saying.
Maybe I'd like to make a new button everytime
I wanted to consider a thought for a while.

I Stand For Love.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Affirmation for those affected by Hurricane Katrina

We affirm peace, protection, healing, and divine order.

The love of God comforts and soothes you;

The light of God guides you and keeps you safe;

The life of God heals and renews you;
The power of God works through you to restore order and rebuild your life.

You are sustained in body, mind, and spirit by the ever-renewing presence of God.
- Affirmative prayer from Silent Unity

Thursday, September 01, 2005

The Voice of Truth

The Voice of Truth speaks to me and through me. The Voice of Truth guides me and keeps me on the Path of the Perfect Day. I will listen to the Inner Voice and It will tell me what to do in the hour of need. I shall be told everything that I ought to know when the time of need arrives,and I shall not be misled. The Voice of Truth cannot lie, but always speaks to me from On High. Nothing enters but This Voice, for it isThe Voice of God.
– Dr.Ernest Holmes

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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

This Love of which I speak is slow to lose patience -

it looks for a way of being constructive.
It is not possessive:
it is neither anxious to impress
nor does it cherish inflated ideas of its own importance.
Love has good manners
and does not pursue selfish advantage.
It is not touchy.
It does not keep account of evil
or gloat over wickedness of other people.
On the contrary, it is glad with all good men when truth
Love knows no limits to its endurance,
no end to its trust,
no fading of its hope;
it can outlast anything.
It is, in fact, the one thing that still stands when all else has
fallen . . .
In this life we have three great lasting qualities -
faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of them is love.

(I Cor. 13:4-8, 13, J.B. Phillips translation)

Do Not Fear

for I am with you; do not be dismayed,
for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced;
those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish.
For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you,
Do not fear; I will help you.

-Isaiah 41:10,11,13
New International Version

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Friday, August 26, 2005


"Excellence is an art won by training and habitation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then is not an act but a habit."
- Aristotle

Friday, August 19, 2005

Good Thinking

"I thatched my roof when the sun was shining, and now I am not afraid of the storm."
- George F. Stivers

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

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Keep It Tuned

I am working on an article that's been swimming about in my noodle for a long while. There are scholars who have come to believe the stories we tell about Saint Nicholas are unfounded. If they happened at all, they say, it happened through a collection of men named Nicholas. The thing is, he has inspired so much, I don't think it matters what is "real" or not about the story. I think contemplating the story all these years has brought about many marvelous qualities in mankind. I'm still working on the idea -

I've just started reading "Al Capone Does My Shirts." It is highly acclaimed. I hope I enjoy it. Have you read it already? What did you think? Will I want to share this with my friends? I certainly do miss working in the book store. Who would have ever guess that was such a good fit for me?

The last snippet I want to share is from a class that ended a week ago. We learned handy things about stress. The truth is, if I'd had better skills in that arena, I would still be at the book store. Better yet, If I'd handled stress well, I'd be on a major label now - Oh well, I am so happy with my life the way it's turned out, it no longer matters what or how I did before. Anyway, one of the many things we considered is how stress is natural. Since I played guitar for so many years, I obviously remember that every string needed to be precisely stretched for the instrument to be in tune. Remember Mz E saying to "keep in tuned?" Golly, I like what I've learned from and about Mz. E. I know the path I'm on now will bless a lot of people, especially me . . . .

Keep It Tuned

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Summer Class - Emmet Fox

Here's the textbook for the class we are now taking. Our teacher knew how special this opportunity was as soon as the book was announced and purchased as many as he could afford. If you are in the area, you may want to join the discussion. It's only for this month (August, '05) so, you need to decide soon, but we'd be happy to have you. The first class we heard an overview of Mr. Fox's life story. A few of my classmates had questions. I find it interesting when classmates share. Their view is often one I had not yet considered. Sometimes it ends up in us all taking a different "thought path" for a bit. I see why a class is referred to as "mental exercise."

I want to share that this new release is the first publication of the notes Emmet Fox used to teach his classes.

More on this topic later.


Saturday, August 06, 2005

Courtly Love

In class last night we practiced "Courting Love."
If we build a relationship with God, God will respond.
To me it's like I was taught when I was a child.
"Seek Ye First the Kingdom and All Else Will Be Added Unto You."
I like to think of God as "My Father."
So, it's easy for me to know that, when I show love, affection, gratitude
or just seek time, companionship with "My Father,"
God rejoices and showers me with His Love -
which is more than I can think or imagine.


Last night in class I learned some interesting things.
One is the rule of "Innocence." It is suggested, and now I fully believe, that we have never made a mistake. We were only experimenting with Life, like scientists finding, for ourselves, what does and does not work. I was reminded of infants. Have you ever observed a baby notice (discover) their hand? They find it, and taste it, stretch it out and close it into a fist. They lose it, forget it's there and find it all over again. It is not s mistake, or error, or sin - they are learning about their hand and uses for it.

I have learned it is the same with us. We discover concepts and try it out until we find best usage. We behave or believe the way we do until we learn a better way.

In "world" law we are often taught "ignorance is no excuse."
In Spirit we are allowed to claim "Innocence." This way we can easily grow without having to take the longer process of "Forgiveness."

We are welcome to take that path, if necessary - find a "mistake," claim it, confess it, be forgiven - or claim "Innocence" (like a child) and continue to grow.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

"I Keep the Promise"

I Keep the Promise

I shall keep the promise that I have made to myself.
I shall never again tell myself that I am poor, sick, weak nor unhappy.
I shall not lie to myself any more, but shall daily speak the truth to
my inner Soul, telling it that it is wonderful and marvelous: that it is
One with the Great Cause of all Life, Truth, Power and Action.
I shall whisper these things into my Soul until it breaks forth into
songs of joy with the realization of its Limitless possibilities.

I shall assure my Soul.
-Ernest Holmes

Monday, August 01, 2005

Trying the New Photo Posting

Too entirely fun. I just learned there is a new way to post pictures.
I've put this one up before.
This lovely girl is Ms. Osa Magillicutty Happy Pants.
She came to keep me company
so i wouldn't have a broken heart when I gave Budmire back to God.
I didn't want to feel alone.
The vet said Osa needed a miracle and, since i believe in them (miracles)
Osa and I might be good companions.
She's sweet. I hope she's okay with the idea of me for a mom.
We've been companions for over two years now.
Well, this new photo posting is great. I hope to use it often.


Royal told me a story about a cowgirl. When I was little, I was a pretend cowgirl, so i listened with my heart. He told me when I was little, other people told me how they believed and I repeated that information to my horse (sub-conscious mind.) It turns out, after a while I learned that the first information was not right for me to follow. So, I began to retrain my horse. My horse is a marvelous animal and it does exactly as asked. It had no trouble learning the new commands. The problem is, when I get "lost" or "confused" my horse can't understand what I want. So, it automatically goes back to the first rules until I can clearly communicate my deep desire to follow the path I have chosen. If I stay confused, i could get hurt because the horse is so big and powerful, and I am in my own way when I get scared. As soon as I remember I am a champion trainer, my horse rapidly obeys and our life together is brilliant.

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Friday, July 29, 2005


I've been challenged by the unresponsive relationship with the Rehabilitation Institute.  It's turned out to be a great favor, though.  I asked Dr. Bob for assistance and already my arm is more comfortable, I am happier and I even believe that everything is going to be alright in my world . . . . that's wonderful.
I am not thrilled with my new writing coach.  Isn't that strange?  I have wanted this course for a long time.  I've been paying in advance, especially when I knew the hospital bills would threaten to overwhelm me.  Still, I haven't turned in lesson two.  My new teacher said that making a living writing is difficult.  If she could make a living solely by writing, she would not teach.
Would you want a teacher who would rather not teach?  Well, that's actually not why I'm not thrilled.  She pre-decided what kind of material I should write - casually dismissing my ideas altogether.  I have admitted I may not have communicated my thoughts completely or clearly.  I wrote her a letter to explain but i have not heard back.  So, lesson two - undone - although i am having a good time studying a subject that captured my imagination.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

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