Tuesday, December 12, 2006
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."
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
By THE PRESIDENT
OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
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.
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, 1863Congress 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
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.
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.
Monday, November 20, 2006
Paul & Sarah Edwards - the Practical Dreamer's Handbook
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Friday, November 10, 2006
Thursday, November 09, 2006
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
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Thursday, October 26, 2006
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 . . .
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Friday, October 20, 2006
Saturday, October 14, 2006
"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
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Thursday, September 14, 2006
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."
4) MORE NUDITY
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
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"
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
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
Thursday, August 24, 2006
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 -
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
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
Friday, August 04, 2006
Thursday, August 03, 2006
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
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
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?
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Monday, June 26, 2006
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Monday, June 19, 2006
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
Saturday, June 10, 2006
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
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
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
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
"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
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Monday, May 22, 2006
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Monday, May 08, 2006
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Friday, April 28, 2006
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Friday, April 21, 2006
"We live in an age when pizza gets to your home before the police. "
I enjoy my visits to this site.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Click on the link and enjoy this article.
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Friday, April 14, 2006
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.
Thursday, April 13, 2006
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
Sunday, April 02, 2006
Saturday, April 01, 2006
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."
"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."
"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
"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
"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
"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'
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"Turn to me and be saved,
all the ends of the earth!
For I am God, and there is no other."
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."