Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Happy Hanukkah

Happy Hanukkah

A woman goes to the post office to buy stamps for her Hanukkah cards. She says to the clerk, "May I have 50 Hanukkah stamps?"

The clerk asks, "What denomination?"

The woman exclaims, "Oy veh! Has it come to this? Give me 6 Orthodox, 12 Conservative, and 32 Reform."

Monday, November 27, 2006

This is the text of George Washington's October 3, 1789 National Thanksgiving proclamation, issued while he was President (as printed in the Providence Gazette and Country Journal, October 17, 1789).



Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation;
for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war;
for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed;
for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;
for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;
and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions;
to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually;
to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed;
to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord;
to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us;
and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.
GIVEN under my Hand, at the city of New York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.


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Thankful People

We often forget the Source from which the blessings of fruitful years and healthful skies come....No human wisdom hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God....I therefore invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States...to observe the last Thursday of November as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.
Abraham Lincoln, 1863
Congress recommends a day of . . . thanksgiving and praise so that the people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts . . . and join . . . their prayers that it may please God, through the merits of Jesus Christ, to forgive our sins and . . . to enlarge His kingdom which consists in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. (Continental Congress, 1777 Written by Signers of the Declaration Samuel Adams and Richard Henry Lee)

I appoint...a day of public Thanksgiving to Almighty God... to ask Him that He would...pour out His Holy Spirit on all ministers of the Gospel; that He would...spread the light of Christian knowledge through the remotest corners of the earth;...and that He would establish these United States upon the basis of religion and virtue. (Governor Thomas Jefferson, 1779)

I...appoint...a day of public thanksgiving and praise...to render to God the tribute of praise for His unmerited goodness towards us...by giving to us...the Holy Scriptures which are able to enlighten and make us wise to eternal salvation....And to pray that He would forgive our sins and...cause the religion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to be known, understood, and practiced among all the people of the earth. (Governor John Hancock, 1790)

Saturday, November 25, 2006

A pleasant vineyard, sing about it!
I, the Lord, am its keeper;
every moment I water it.
I guard it night and day
so that no one can harm it;
I have no wrath.
Isaiah 27:2-4
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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Herewith a few confessions from my beating heart: I have no freaking clue who Nick and Jessica are. I see them on the cover of People and Us constantly when I am buying my dog biscuits and kitty litter. I often ask the checkers at the grocery stores. They never know who Nick and Jessica are either. Who are they? Will it change my life if I know who they are and why they have broken up? Why are they so important?
I don't know who Lindsay Lohan is either, and I do not care at all about Tom Cruise's wife.
Am I going to be called before a Senate committee and asked if I am a subversive? Maybe, but I just have no clue who Nick and Jessica are. ?If this is what it means to be no longer young? It's not so bad.
Next confession:
I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. ? And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees.
It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, "Merry Christmas" to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.
I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution, and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.
Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship Nick and Jessica and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too.

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Monday, November 20, 2006

A Free Heart

" . . . to do those things you yearn for in life, to follow the dreams that dance in your heart, is itself an act of courage to which you can commit yourself. After all, courage is not the absence of fear; it's caring for something with a passion greater than your fear of pursuing it."

Paul & Sarah Edwards - the Practical Dreamer's Handbook

Friday, November 17, 2006

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

There is always room at the top. - Daniel Webster

Friday, November 10, 2006

"Children should be allowed to remain children in knowledge, and should become men and women only through growth in the understanding of man's higher nature."
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Thursday, November 09, 2006


Living in harmony with others, I fulfill my part in a divine plan.
All around me I see harmony at work on earth. Every living thing has its place to fill in God's creation. From the smallest of beings to the great whales of the sea, each being was created for a reason—to fulfill its purpose in a divine plan.
I, too, have a purpose to fulfill, and I go about doing this in harmonious ways. I work in harmony with those around me—in my home, my workplace, or wherever I may be. With the thoughts I think and the words I speak, I am a harmonizing influence on those within my circle of family and friends.
God uplifts me in being a harmonizer. I am in my right place in God's world, going about doing what is mine to do, fulfilling the role that I was created to fill.
"Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus."—Philippians 2:4-5

Copyright © 2006 Daily Word.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Population 11/08/06 @ 2:46 (central time)


From Dee


Tuesday, October 31, 2006

World Population

and counting

"A share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion."
(Amplified Bible)

Thursday, October 26, 2006

More On Frogs

I've been giving frogs a lot of thought and a bit of research lately.
No, not Frogs - like kinds and colors, I've been considering the story in Exodus.
(And reading several translations looking for treasure)

So, in the Old English there is word usage "entreat."
That was a cool find.
MZ E uses "Treatment"
Prophets use "Prayer."
The reason some people don't like to use the word "Prayer," it seems to me, is nowadays people use that word for wishful thinking, like "it would be nice to have frosting on my cake." _ okay, I'm being a little silly - but, what the Prophets and MZ E mean is Effective, Powerful Prayer. Getting Good Result from their conversation with God.

So, okay, okay, back to the story.
Moses (Moshe in my favorite translation) asked the Ruler when he'd like to have the frogs removed. Moshe was going to show out God's Grace over All - by letting the Ruler decide. Well, the odd first odd thing is - here are these frogs - they multiplied so that they were everywhere, in the cereal bowls and on the floor and in people's hair - just Everywhere.
(How they got there? Well, that's another story. You can find it in Exodus.)
The Ruler wanted to keep these frogs (bothering everyone in his kingdom) for another day.
Moshe even said the Ruler could name the day so the people could always remember the day God saved them.
I guess the ruler just said "tomorrow." I would have given it a spiftacular name . . . like "leap-no-more" or "ribit-rid" and built a festival around it. Now that I think of it, where did the term "Leap Year" come from . . . oh, here I go, getting off track again.

But, Moshe talked (prayed, treated, entreated) with God and all the frogs went back to the river where they belonged.
(Okay, in case you think I didn't read the actual accounts - the frogs that were not in the river died and rotted in the streets - now, don't you think I said it nicer?)

Now, this story becomes more and more peculiar because when the ruler saw life without frogs was better - he decided to return to his old ways and be meaner than before - now, that's part of the bigger story - you remember, in Exodus.

Here's what I'm working on.
I've got a few little "frogs" to handle in my own world.
I don't want to wait until tomorrow to get rid of them (by the way, I have nothing against frogs, the cute little things God created - I'm talking about bothersome challenges that I'd like gone from my life.) I will talk and listen to God so they go back where they belong. And, unlike the story king - I will keep God Ruler in my life - so frogs - or any other pest stay away.

Wouldn't that be lovely? A Pest Free Life?

I'd like to hear from you.
'bye for now . . .
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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

"When shall I intreat for thee, and for thy servants, and for thy people, to destroy the frogs from thee and thy houses?"
(Exodus 8:9)

I'm thinking about frogs - more on this later -


Friday, October 20, 2006

this is awesome - you might want to check it out.

"In Christian Science there is never a retrograde step, never a return to positions outgrown."

from MZ E - a brilliant quote to travel with me through this day. We never slip around - God has us in His Hand.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Today from Andrea:

"Suffering is not holding you. You are holding suffering. When you
become good at the art of letting sufferings go, then you'll come to
realize how unnecessary it was for you to drag those burdens around with
you. You'll see that no one else other than you was responsible. The truth
is that existence wants your life to become a festival."


Isn't she brilliant?


Saturday, September 30, 2006

High Recommend

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You might want to check out the author site:

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-1929?)

"A woman hid herself behind some thick trees in her garden
and her little son came out in search of her, crying as he walked.
He searched the whole garden but found no clue of her anywhere.
The servant said to him:'O, son why are you crying?
Quit pursuing your mother! See how sweet are the mangos of this tree . . .
I'll pick some and bring them right now.'
The child said,
'No,no. I want my mother.
My beloved mother is sweeter than those mangos by far . . .
Actually, this garden and all its fruits and flowers are mine,
since whatever belongs to my mother also belongs to me.
I want only my mother.'
The mother who was sitting in the bushes and listening to all this
immediately got up and grasped her child to her breast
and began to kiss him.
That garden became a paradise for the boy."

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Why we love Children

Why We Love Children!

I was driving with my three young children one warm summer evening when a woman in the convertible ahead of us stood up and waved. She was stark naked! As I was reeling from the shock, I heard my 5-year-old shout from the back seat, "Mom! That lady isn't wearing a seat belt!"

On the first day of school, a first-grader handed his teacher a note
from his mother. The note read, "The opinions expressed by this child
are not necessarily those of his parents."

A woman was trying hard to get the ketchup out of the jar. During her
struggle the phone rang so she asked her 4-year-old daughter to answer
the phone. "Mommy can't come to the phone to talk to you right now.
She's hitting the bottle."

A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself in the women's
locker room. When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with
ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little boy watched in
amazement and then asked, "What's the matter, haven't you ever seen a
little boy before?"

5) POLICE # 1
While taking a routine vandalism report at an elementary school, I was
interrupted by a little girl about 6 years old. Looking up and down at
my uniform, she asked, "Are you a cop?" "Yes," I answered and continued
writing the report. "My mother said if I ever needed help I should ask
the police. Is that right?" "Yes, that's right," I told her. "Well, then," she said
as she extended her foot toward me, "would you please tie my shoe?"

6) POLICE # 2
It was the end of the day when I parked my police van in front of the
station. As I gathered my equipment, my K-9 partner, Jake, was barking,
and I saw a little boy staring in at me "Is that a dog you got back
there?" he asked. "It sure is," I replied. Puzzled, the boy looked at me and then towards the back of the van. Finally he said, "What'd he do?"

While working for an organization that delivers lunches to elderly
shut-ins, I used to take my 4-year-old daughter on my afternoon rounds.
She was unfailingly intrigued by the various appliances of old age,
particularly the canes, walkers and wheelchairs. One day I found her
staring at a pair of false teeth soaking in a glass. As I braced myself
for the inevitable barrage of questions, she merely turned and
whispered, "The tooth fairy will never believe this!"

A little girl was watching her parents dress for a party. When she saw
her dad donning his tuxedo, she warned, "Daddy, you shouldn't wear that
suit." "And why not, darling?" "You know that it always gives you a headache the next morning. "

While walking along the sidewalk in front of his church, our minister
heard the intoning of a prayer that nearly made his collar wilt.
Apparently, his 5-year-old son and his playmates had found a dead robin.
Feeling that proper burial should be performed, they had secured a small
box and cotton batting, then dug a hole and made ready for the disposal
of the deceased. The minister's son was chosen to say the appropriate
prayers and with sonorous dignity intoned his version of what he thought
his father always said: "Glory be unto the Faaather, and unto the Sonnn,
and into the hole he goooes."

A little girl had just finished her first week of school. "I'm just
wasting my time," she said to her mother. "I can't read, I can't write
and they won't let me talk!"

A little boy opened the big family bible. He was fascinated as he
fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the
Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old
leaf that had been pressed in between the pages. "Mama, look what I
found," the boy called out. "What have you got there, dear?" With astonishment in the young boy's voice, he answered, "I think it's Adam's underwear."

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year
'Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.'

And he replied, 'Go into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way!'

from "The gate of the year" a poem written by Minnie Louise Haskins in 1908

Sunday, September 10, 2006

This prayer was written by Reverend Lyndon Harris, who directed relief efforts at St. Paul's Chapel at Ground Zero in New York after 9/11

"O God, our times are in your hand. In the midst of uncertainty lead us by your never-failing grace as we seek to be agents of healing and hope. Walk with us through difficult times; watch over us in danger; and give to us a spirit of love and compassion for those who suffer and mourn. And finally remind us that you have promised never to leave us, so that even in the valley of the shadow of death your love may be felt, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

"The Return of the Dove to the Ark"

Painting "The return of the Dove to the Ark." by Sir John Everett Millais, 1851

Can I be as the dove? Yes!
Where there seems nothing to hold on to,
I can return to a spiritual sanctuary.
When I find a small symbol of hope,
I will treasure it and revisit my sacred store.
When I am free of limitations,
Then I will see a "bow of promise on the cloud"
And know His perfect provision of peace.

by Sally Lessiter, from her poem "The Return of the Dove to the Ark"

Thursday, September 07, 2006

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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Punny stuff

1. Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The ceremony
wasn't much, but the reception was excellent.

2. A jumper cable walks into a bar. The bartender says, "I'll serve you, but
don't start anything."

3. Two peanuts walk into a bar, and one was a salted.

4. A dyslexic man walks into a bra.

5. A man walks into a bar with a slab of asphalt under his arm and says, "A
beer please, and one for the road."

6. Two cannibals are eating a clown. One says to the other, "Does this taste
funny to you?"

7. "Doc, I can't stop singing 'The Green, Green Grass of Home.'" "That
sounds like Tom Jones Syndrome." "Is it common?" Well, "It's Not Unusual."

8. Two cows are standing next to each other in a field. Daisy says to Dolly,
"I was artificially inseminated this morning." "I don't believe you," says
Dolly. "It's true, no bull!" exclaims Daisy.

9. An invisible man marries an invisible woman. The kids were nothing to
look at either.

10. Deja Moo: The feeling that you've heard this bull before.

11. I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day but I couldn't find

12. A man woke up in a hospital after a serious accident. He shouted,
"Doctor, doctor, I can't feel my legs!" The doctor replied, "I know you
can't - I've cut off your arms!"

13. I went to a seafood disco last week... and pulled a mussel.

14. What do you call a fish with no eyes? A fsh.

15. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. The one turns to the other and says

16. Two Eskimo s sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the
craft. Unsurprisingly, it sank, proving once again that you can't have your
kayak and heat it too.

17. A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in
the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour,
the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse. "But why,"
they asked, as they moved off. "Because", he said, "I can't stand chess-nuts
boasting in an open foyer."

18. A woman has twins and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a
family in Egypt and is named "Ahmal." The other goes to a family in Spain;
they name him "Juan." Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his
birth mother. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she
wishes she also had a picture of Ahmal. Her husband responds, "They're
twins! If you've seen Juan, you've seen Ahmal."

19. Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which
produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little,
which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad
breath. This made him ...(Oh, man, this is so bad, it's good)... . A super
calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.

20. And finally, there was the person who sent twenty different puns to his
friends, with the hope that at least ten of the puns would make them laugh.
No pun in ten did.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Mother Theresa

May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content knowing you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

I'm feeling funky for sure.
I thought I'd want to dance around the building singing wicked tunes - but I don't. I feel bad. I'm sorry they didn't turn things around in time. I'm sorry people were hurt. I know the minister meant to teach "Truth" and just got stuck along the way.

They were willing to throw me away for pointing out the obvious - instead of finding answers that work. I should be happy . . Celebratory.

he treated me rudely - badly - and was willing to lie - or resort to manipulation rather than adjust to the principles he claimed to understand.

Their "center" (church) is closing this week. It should be closed - because they thought they knew more than God and could do everything their own way.

Still, It's sad.

It's also God's statement that - while their community fought and fell apart - believing themselves holy, totally advanced in understanding, in "consciousness" -and now is disappearing altogether - right across the street - for everyone to see - a Korean, Presbyterian Church has had to expand, taking the better part of a block to fit their new buildings - hiring police and security to assist people in parking -

God Wins.
He always does.
He always will.

I'm singing praises - grateful, thankful, happy - I know God is ultimately in control and
All Is Well.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

There's such a shift between thinking in partnership and thinking singularly. I'm thrilled for the new understanding but struggle with the everyday re-training of myself to know I'm okay, capable and allowed to look out for me.

I was looking at art supplies when I suddenly remembered the words to a Fred Small song," You can be anybody you want to be . . . . " That's nice. I used to sing that to and for everyone else. What a gift to have that pop up in my mind for me. It's true, as long as I'm willing to keep on, I can be anything . . . .

Life Is Good


Monday, August 14, 2006

I was listening to Pastor George last night

He had a Word that "Vision is being raised from the dead."
Golly! That's GREAT news to me.
It's time to brush off my spiritual knees
(because they've been pretty scuffed up lately)
and renew my vision.
My vision is coming alive!
we were reminded:
moves to the next level
I'm encouraged.

Friday, August 04, 2006

"Mercy, Peace and Love be yours in Abundance."

Jude 1:2 NIV

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Good Morning

It's been a while since I've had anything of my own to share.
Still, It's time to "check in."
For years I've been considering building a "classical life" for myself. Lately I'm become serious about it. Since I live in a smaller community, I wait for the Thursday Evening Paper and scour the help wanted ads. I've found a few things that look really interesting. I know something GOOD is about to happen to me. I'm getting excited. I'll let you know when a new life is secure.

I'm finishing an article about the "Sprinkler Skirmishes."
My teacher had a great title, "The Hydrophile Family."
That's why she's the teacher and I'm the literary hopeful.

'bye for now!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Thank you, Father,
I know You always guide me.
You satisfy my needs in parched places.

(Isiah 58:11)

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

A Beautiful World

That's what God created - a beautiful world.

I start to wondering why there's so much dissonance. I have no clue how we can help in the Middle East if my new neighbor and I have skirmishes over sprinklers.

That's what I'm working on this week - the "Sprinkler Skirmishes of '06."

How could there be any battle over something so wonderful? Don't you remember running through the spray when you were a kid and being happy? I've learned lately some people can use it as a weapon, instead of using words - or, better yet, prayer.

What's going on in your neighborhood?


Thursday, July 13, 2006

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

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"We know that a desire for holiness is requisite in order to gain holiness; but if we desire holiness above all else, we shall sacrifice everything for it." - From Science and Health by MZ E

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

"The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, 'Look, here it is!' or 'There it is!' For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you."--Luke 17:20-21

Monday, June 26, 2006

"Above all, clothe yourselves with love,
which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,
to which indeed you were called in the one body."
--Colossians 3:14-15

Thursday, June 22, 2006

"Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy."
--Psalm 126:2

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

World Refugee Day

One Day!
How nice it would be if the suffering was one day long and then, everyone could go to the home of their heart and live a peace filled, prosperous life.
We remember One Day.
Maybe we'll send some money.
Hopefully we'll pray
because turning these issues to God is the most powerful thing we can do.
Well, That's what i believe.
I believe Our Father can do Anything.
Do you know more than 50% of the refugees in the world are children?
What kind of a life are they having?
Do you realize there are still refugees from the Tsunami?
June 20th
World Refugee Day
This beautiful "Blue Marble"
Floating through space is our home.
Perhaps we are all refugees -
At least, as long as we forget Love Rules the World.
Until we allow Love to rule our hearts -
Too Big for me to think all these things.
Dear Father, You have "Many Mansions"
My heart is breaking for those who have no home.
Please tell them You are Home for Everyone.
Let the Healing Begin.

Monday, June 19, 2006

I asked finally, "How did your family eat dinner? Was it always quiet?" he gave me a crooked look, as if he thought I'd gone mad. "Yes, we were quiet. We just ate our food. But, when we got older we sat in front of the TV. We watched sports. Dad liked to watch sports."

How intriguing. I asked if their mother got to cook, and serve, clean up and do other chores while everyone ignored her, watched games. His face already told me he thought it an odd question. In his yes I could see he thought that's what women are for.

I said, "I bet your mother was a happy woman."

I didn't mean it, and he knew. His mother had, at times, to go to a hospital to recuperate. They thought there was something wrong, unbalanced about her.

I think she wanted someone to talk to. Someone to see her. Someone to recognize her value.

This place is odd.

Friday, June 16, 2006

"If then your whole body is full of light,
with no part of it in darkness,
it will be as full of light
as when a lamp gives you light with its rays."
--Luke 11:36

Saturday, June 10, 2006

"Let your eyes look directly forward,
and your gaze be straight before you.
Keep straight the path of your feet,
and all your ways will be sure."
--Proverbs 4:25-26

Thursday, June 08, 2006

"Prayer is the most effective method of renewal and transformation,

because in prayer humankind associates with God

and not with the problem."

Catherine Ponder

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Story Lady - That's me!

Wednesday is Tiny Tots Story Day. I've been having a great time picking out projects for "my kids" that go with the theme of bugs. That's right! Every Wednesday in June we are celebrating Bugs. Today we colored spider pictures and learned some things about them. When we learned there is a "wolf spider" we all howled. I rather doubt wolf spiders really howl but, hey! most of these kids are three-ish.

Anyway. One of the artists this morning took time out to do my portrait. I didn't "sit" for it - she drew a live action moment. Don't I look positively splendid?

Friday, June 02, 2006

From Duke

In life it seems we hit speed bumps, road blocks and detours
on a regular basis so what do we do? Most people just want to
complain about the obstacles and keep all their energy there-if
you are stuck there you can't go anywhere else.

I even knew a group of kids once that didn't like a neighborhood
speed bump and spent all night pouring gasoline on the asphalt
bump so they could break it up and tear it apart. By morning
light they had succeeded, but what did they gain? Actually
they lost a night of sleep and within days the bump was back.

People who focus on the problems never get very far.

If something happens to throw you off in life you are left
with choices:
1. Focus on the problem and complain
2. Look for an even better opportunity

Personally I look at my life as "blessed" meaning that I believe
God is doing everything in the universe to help me succeed. So
if something comes up like a project falling through, or someone
not doing what they said, I expect an even greater result to be
on the horizon. Maybe the timing was not right, maybe other
elements were not in place whatever it may be. I don't try to
figure it out and I don't just through up my hands and say "It
was destiny, maybe it was not meant to be" I expect something
equal or better (usually better) to come along and I haven't
been disappointed yet.

Now take a deep breath and don't throw chairs at your computer
and don't get mad at me, but I going to say something a lot of
people don't like to hear. I do not believe that God uses
tragedy or misfortune to get your attention, teach you lessons
or punish you. I know people talk about all the good that can

come out of tragedy, but there is still the tragedy to deal
with I don't believe that is God's way. He is love and He is
light and in Him is no darkness at all so that can't be His
way. Now I could go on to do an hour or so presentation on
this but for now just consider it. There are enough evil forces
at work in the world without God having to cause misfortune.

If any good does come from tragedy it is simply because people
made a choice to look for something better and not dwell on the
tragedy. My point here today is not to argue about this but to
point out that we should never let blocks in life keep us down.
We should just look for an escape, a way out to a great path of
success-if you look hard enough it will always be there.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Pastor with Guts

This Pastor has guts!! Thought you might enjoy this interesting prayer given in Kansas at the opening session of their Senate. It seems prayer still upsets some people. When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard:

"Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
We have killed our unborn and called it choice.
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem.
We have abused power and called it politics.
We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of _expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.
Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen!"

The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest. In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church, where Rev. Wright is pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively. The church is now receiving international requests for copies of this prayer from as far away as India, Africa, and Korea.

Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, "The Rest of the Story," and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired. With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and whole heartedly become our desire so that we again can be called "one nation Under God."

Monday, May 29, 2006

Thank You

God's spirit is within every person, place, and situation.
Honoring the sacred in all, we honor our vision of world peace.
"The Lord bless you and keep you . . . ;
the Lord lift up his countenance
upon you, and give you
Numbers 6:24, 26

Be Magical

Be Well

Saturday, May 27, 2006

"the depth, breadth, height, might,
majesty and glory
of infinite Love fill all space."


Thursday, May 25, 2006

I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name,
O Most High.
Psalm 9:2

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

This man (on the left,
wearing a fabulous
vintage chiffon-lined Dior gold lamé gown
over a silk Vera Wang empire waist tulle cocktail dress,
accessorized with a 3-foot beaded peaked
House of Whoville hat,
and the ruby slippers Judy Garland wore
in the "Wizard of Oz")
is worried
that The Da Vinci Code might make the Roman Catholic Church look foolish.

Monday, May 22, 2006


is joining us Sunday, May 28th
33 N. Skinker
Clayton, MO 63105
Services are 9:30 & 11:00 A.M.
The second thing I want to tell you is
we have a new web address:
I hope you visit often.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

"If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there."

Lewis Carroll

Wednesday, May 17, 2006


I thought i had something to say, a question to ask, maybe even a complaint.
But, taking the advise offered in the previous post
I choose to Keep Quiet
Know God is in control
I am Divinely Guided
All Is Well

Monday, May 08, 2006

Keep Quiet

"A fool uttereth all his mind:
but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards."
(Proverbs 29:11)

Sunday, May 07, 2006

James Redfield
Best Selling Author of "The Celestine Prophesy"
Coming to
The Soul Esteem Center
NEXT Sunday, May 14th and Monday, May 15th
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. both evenings
Speaking on The Deeper Meaning of "The Celestine Prophecy"
Music by Dasha Ray
(Tim Mead and Brad Smith)
Reserved Seat Tickets $20. per person (per evening)

Friday, April 28, 2006

“Do you know the balancings of the clouds,
the wondrous works of the one whose knowledge is perfect?”
—Job 37:16

I like this a lot

"Finish each day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely
and with too high a spirit to be encumbered by your old nonsense."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Have faith in God.
He is the All-Sufficient One.
His resources never diminish
and His love never fails.

Monday, April 24, 2006

You have made the moon to mark the seasons;
the sun knows its time for setting.
Psalm 104:19

A favorite Quote from MZ E

"'God is Love.' More than this we cannot ask, higher we cannot look, farther we cannot go."
-From Science and Health
by Mary Baker Eddy6:17-18

Friday, April 21, 2006

Duke Said:

Celebrate prosperity and you will start to attract prosperity.
I agree. What do I have to say today? I'll know what i think when I get home. Right now I get to "scrub up" and put in a few applications. You probably know by now I'm looking for a position. I found a brilliant opportunity in the paper and there's plenty of time to apply before the decision is made - here's the rub. I ride Metro. My option is to take a bus that will drop me almost a mile away from the place. Not necessarily a good option. I'll have to think about that. I miss the either or - you know, either in a big city amenable to people and their needs - or a small town where everyone knows one another and things are close. This place is neither. Oh well, if there was anyone on the planet good with challenges, it would be me.
The cats are racing around the joint and yeowling like it's a wild rumpus. I wonder what's up. perhaps they are teasing the dog. She loves to play with them, and they know it, so they tease her.
Well, have bus pass - will travel.
Celebrate? You bet. I'm having the time of my life.
When I get home, well, I WILL write - but probably not on the blog. I have an article to clean up and send and a chapter to rewrite. See ya all later.


"We live in an age when pizza gets to your home before the police. "

Jeff Marder


I enjoy my visits to this site.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Mythology may, in a real sense, be defined as other people's religion.
And religion may, in a real sense, be understood as a popular
misunderstanding of mythology.

Joseph Campbell, Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor

Happy Resurrection Day!

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Oh, Make Me Laugh Posted by Picasa
"What we are doing to the forests of the world
is but a mirror reflection
of what we are doing to ourselves
and to one another."
-- Mahatma Gandhi, Indian spiritual/political leader.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Cherry Ames

There was an article in the New York Times about a lady who'd put her copies of Cherry Ames on a shelf and forgot about them, until she had another child (in 1997.) That new reader is now old enough to find these out of print books and ask what they are about. Oh, Glory!!!! These were wonderful stories for those of us glued to the adventures so many years ago. These same books would probably be considered outdated for most publishers but, to this mom's new reader, they were as riveting as they were to the fans of last century. This mom was scouring used book sites to find copies that match her own books so she can "fill in the blanks" for her daughter who wants to know "the rest of the story."

Golly, this brings back a lot of good memories for me.
These were good days for me. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Got Tips?

I'm not doing well.
Most of my life I've been able (blessed) to express myself in a meaningful way. I've had my own business and traveled the nation telling my stories, singing my songs and being joyful. I realize everything has changes, cycles, to it. I haven't made this transition gracefully and I find myself in trouble (at least an inner turmoil.) My fingers stopped playing guitar and suddenly i need to depend on a partner to perform, even for Praise & Worship which is my passion. This wouldn't be so bad if I were in a city where arts were honored but, I am not. So, I haven't a partner with an understanding of professionalism, business or - heck even what partnership is about. This has been devastating. (No, that's not dramatic, devastating is correct word usage.) After all this time, I haven't been able to rally and now I'm stuck. I want a position where i can be happy and move on with my life. I need to be able to move on - move along. I could use a cheering section, or - better yet, some tips.


Saturday, April 08, 2006

Monday, April 03, 2006

Home Again! Thank You, Father. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Rev. Sallie Fox Tinsley

Saturday, April 01, 2006


"Some people like the Jews, and some do not. But
no thoughtful man can deny the fact that they are,
beyond any question, the most formidable and the most
remarkable race which has appeared in the world."

-- Winston
"The Jew is that sacred being who has
brought down from heaven the everlasting fire, and has
illumined with it the entire world. He is the
religious source, spring, and fountain out of which
all the rest of the peoples have drawn their beliefs
and their religions."

--Leo Tolstoy

"It was in vain that we locked them up for several
hundred years behind the walls of the Ghetto. No
sooner were their prison gates unbarred than they
easily caught up with us, even on those paths which we
opened up without their aid."

--A. A. Leroy Beaulieu, French
publicist, 1842

"The Jew gave us the Outside and the Inside -
our outlook and our inner life. We can hardly get up
in the morning or cross the street without being
Jewish. We dream Jewish dreams and hope Jewish hopes.
Most of our best words, in fact - new, adventure
surprise, unique, individual, person, vocation, time,
history, future, freedom, progress, spirit, faith,
hope, justice - are the gifts of the Jews."

--Thomas Cahill, Irish

"One of the gifts of the Jewish culture to
Christianity is that it has taught Christians to think
like Jews, and any modern man who has not learned to
think as though he were a Jew can hardly be said to
have learned to think at all"

Rees-Mogg, *former Editor-in-Chief for //The Times of
and a member
of the House of Lords
"It is certain that in certain parts of the
world we can see a peculiar people, separated from the
other peoples of the world and this is called the
Jewish people.... This people is not only of
remarkable antiquity but has also lasted for a
singular long time... For where as the people of
Greece and Italy, of Sparta, Athens and Rome and
others who came so much later have perished so long
ago, these still exist, despite the efforts of so many
powerful kings who have tried a hundred times to wipe
them out, as their historians testify, and as can
easily be judged by the natural order of things over
such a long spell of years. They have always been
preserved, however, and their preservation was
foretold... My encounter with this people amazes

--Blaise Pascal, French

"The Jewish vision became the prototype for
many similar grand designs for humanity, both divine
and man made. The Jews, therefore, stand at the center
of the perennial attempt to give human life the
dignity of a purpose."

--Paul Johnson, American

"As long as the world lasts, all who want to
make progress in righteousness will come to Israel for
inspiration as to the people who had the sense for
righteousness most glowing and strongest."

--Matthew Arnold, British
poet and critic

"Indeed it is difficult for all other nations of
the world to live in the presence of the Jews. It is
irritating and most uncomfortable. The Jews embarrass
the world as they have done things which are beyond
the imaginable. They have become moral strangers since
the day their
forefather, Abraham, introduced the world to
high ethical standards and to the fear of Heaven. They
brought the world the Ten Commandments which many
nations prefer to defy. They violated the rules of
history by staying alive, totally at odds with common
sense and historical evidence. They outlived all their
former enemies, including vast empires such as the
Romans and the Greeks. They angered the world with
their return to their homeland after 2000 years of
exile and after the murder of six million of their
brothers and sisters.

"They irritated mankind by building, in the
wink of an eye, a democratic State which others were
not able to create in even hundreds of years. They
built living monuments such as the duty to be holy and
the privilege to serve one's fellow men.

"They had their hands in every human
progressive endeavor, whether in science, medicine,
psychology or any other discipline, while totally out
of proportion to their actual numbers. They gave the
world the Bible and even their "savior".

"Jews taught the world not to accept the world
as it is, but to transform it, yet only a few nations
wanted to listen. Moreover, the Jews introduced the
world to one God, yet only a minority wanted to draw
the moral consequences. So the nations of the world
realize that they would have been
lost without the Jews. And while their
subconscious tries to remind them of how much of
Western civilization is framed in terms of concepts
first articulated by the Jews, they do anything to
suppress it.

"They deny that Jews remind them of a higher
purpose of life and the need to be honorable, and do
anything to escape its consequences. It is simply too
much to handle for them, too embarrassing to admit,
and above all too difficult to live by.

"So the nations of the world decided once
again to go out of 'their' way in order to find a
stick to hit the Jews. "The goal: to prove that Jews
are as immoral and guilty of massacre and genocide as
some of they themselves are.

"All this in order to hide and justify their
own failure to even protest when six million Jews were
brought to the slaughterhouses of Auschwitz and
Dachau; so as to wipe out the moral conscience of
which the Jews remind them, and they found a stick.

"Nothing could be more gratifying for them
than to find the Jews into a struggle with another
people (who are completely terrorized by their own
leaders) against whom the Jews, against their best
wishes, have to defend themselves in order to survive.
With great satisfaction, the world allows and
initiates the rewriting of history so as to fuel the
rage of yet another people against the Jews. This in
spite of the fact that the nations understand very
well that peace between the parties could have come a
long time ago, if only the Jews would have had a fair

"Instead, they happily jumped on the wagon of
hate so as to justify their jealousy of the Jews and
their incompetence to deal with their own moral
issues. When Jews look at the bizarre play, taking
place in The Hague, they can only smile as this
artificial game once more proves how the world
paradoxically admits the Jews uniqueness. It is in
their need to undermine the Jews that they actually
raise them.

"The study of history of Europe during the
past centuries teaches us one uniform lesson: That the
nations which received and in any way dealt fairly and
mercifully with the Jew have prospered; and that the
nations that have tortured and oppressed them have
written out their own curse."

--Olive Schreiner, South African novelist and social
"If there is any honor in all the world that
I should like, it would be to be an honorary Jewish
Rowse, authority on Shakespeare and Elizabethan

' A closed mouth gathers no foot'

Friday, March 31, 2006

"Be kinder than neccessary,
for everyone you meet
is fighting some kind of battle..."
- K.C.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Jill Carroll

Thank You, God.
All My Love,

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

"I keep the telephone of my mind open to peace, harmony, health, love, and abundance. Then, whenever doubt, anxiety, or fear try to call me, they will keep getting a busy signal and soon they'll forget my number."

Edith Armstrong

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

"Turn to me and be saved,
all the ends of the earth!
For I am God, and there is no other."
--Isaiah 45:22
I was reading a message from Duke.
He reminded us all about the 1906 Earthquake in San Francisco.
His point was that when the plates of the earth move a little at a time, the pressure is relieved and a major explosive action is no longer necessary.
So, thinking about my own life,
If I remember every day to "delete" negative thoughts & feelings
I will diminish the possibility of an upset.
I think about that a little.
I could paint, or write, or walk.
I could think "happy thoughts"
or go to a movie.
I could turn to God.
I could talk and listen to Him
or as the course in Miracles suggests
"The Voice for God."
The "Course" says
"There is nothing to sing but the song of God"
"Nothing to Hear but the Voice of God."
I wrote,
"The Song of God goes on & On Forever and a Day."
All I know is,
God is my Love, Life,
Strength & Song.
All I know is
That's my answer,
my health,
my hope,
my life.
Dr. Chironna said
"There is only One person in the Universe
and I'm not it."
I turn to God
There is no other.

The closed doors

A dog had followed his guardian to school. His guardian

was a fourth grader at a public elementary school.

However, when the bell rang, the dog sidled inside the

building and made it all the way to the child's classroom

before a teacher noticed and shoo'ed him outside,

closing the door behind him.

The dog sat down, whimpered and stared at the closed

doors. Then God appeared beside the dog, patted his

head, and said, "Don't feel bad fella'....

they won't let ME in either."