Thursday, May 19, 2016

Caution: Time For Spring Cleaning

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Every now and then it is good to sit and look at things and tweak what is not working, remove political junk, and anything else not really related to the motto of the website. Hence, I will be working on the website for a few weeks and not really posting much, but editing mostly.  Hope you will come back again, give it a few weeks and things will be better than ever...I hope!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

LOVE For A Good Book!

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“There are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only a hundred. There are even remedies—I mean books—that were written for one person only…A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy. Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments: that’s how I sell books.”

Exquisite, simply exquisite. This read is like no other. Nina George is a lyrical writer whose prose is beautiful, sensual, and filled with such sensory language one is whisked away into the moving narrative. I could not put the book down for more than an hour. I disliked every moment I had to stop reading. Check out Barnes and Noble for this book and more.

"A story that reflects all the romance and sweetness of Paris itself."
San Francisco Book Review

Friday, April 8, 2016

BOOM! Crackle and Then Silence

Raymond loved driving his truck. Ever since he was a boy, he wanted to be like his dad. In third grade, he did a report on his dad being a coal truck driver and how he wanted to follow in his footsteps.

Today, sitting in the cab of a shale fracking water truck he was living a very profitable life with a schedule that fit his modern lifestyle. Being a gamer, he was home by eight and on the computer until mid-night. Sleeping until seven and out the door by seven thirty, he had his schedule down to a science.

With the invention of the smart phone and his love for new technology, he had learned to multi-task. Driving and texting was a matter of coordination and he was very good at it. He had one rule, no texting and driving over thirty-five miles per hour.

Texting and driving is never good at any speed and Raymond was about to find out. It was early one spring morning and they had been on this routine for several weeks now at the new drill site.

Rounding the top of  Saint Rose Hill and heading down Route 982 through the sleepy community of Loyalhanna, Ray opened his window for a breath of fresh air. He was also texting a friend about the game tonight when a bee buzzed through the window and got jammed in his ear.

Looking up from his phone he saw the huge rocks and sign, he had no time to pull back, BOOM! Crackle and then silence.

He slammed into the rocks and sign at seventy miles an hour his foot on the pedal full throttle. With the bee buzzing in his ear, he hit the gas instead of the break. Texting, hitting send. His life over, in just seconds.

The sign said:

Remember you can't control
what happens. 
You can only control your 
response.
In some cases, you can't control your response either.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Are you a YENTA?

If you do not know what a YENTA is look it up!



Never mind, here is the definition:

noun

1. yenta - (Yiddish) a woman who talks too much; a gossip unable to keep a secret; a woman who spreads rumors and scandal.

2. gossiper - a person given to gossiping and divulging personal information about others gossipmonger, newsmonger, rumormonger, rumourmonger, gossip communicator - a person who communicates with others.

3. catty chatter is a spiteful woman gossip; "what a cat she is!"

4. scandalmonger - a person who spreads malicious gossip blabbermouth, talebearer, taleteller, tattler, tattletale, telltale - someone who gossips indiscreetly.

Remember the GOLDEN RULE: "If you can't say something nice, do not say anything at all!"

Two things about a small town is large mouths and stupid minds who need to mind their own business. Really are you bored with your own life. How sad!

I live in "Mr. Rogers neighborhood" and you'd be hard pressed, heroin and gossip are killers here.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Risen and Coming Again

Christ Is Risen!

He Is
Coming Again 
In The Power of Love!

Today when you hear his voice harden not your heart, but open your heart, confess Him as your Savior and Lord, and be reconciled to God! 

Get into a church that preaches the goodness of Jesus Christ, teaching His Word, and has a supportive fellowship of believers. 

Friday, March 25, 2016

GOOD FRIDAY

Good Friday is the day on which Christians commemorate the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross, the act that brought salvation to all who believe.

The God of Sinai and of the Sanctuary.
To the Chief Musician.
A Psalm of David.
A Song.
PSALM 68 

Let God arise, and His enemies be scattered; Let those who hate Him flee before Him.

2 As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; As wax melts before the fire, So let the wicked and guilty perish before [the presence of] God.

3 But let the righteous be glad; let them be in good spirits before God, Yes, let them rejoice with delight.

4 Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Lift up a song for Him who rides through the desert— His name is the Lord—be in good spirits before Him.

5 A father of the fatherless and a judge and protector of the widows, Is God in His holy habitation.

6 God makes a home for the lonely; He leads the prisoners into prosperity, Only the stubborn and rebellious dwell in a parched land.

7 O God, when You went out before Your people, When You marched through the wilderness, Selah.

8 The earth trembled; The heavens also poured down rain at the presence of God; Sinai itself trembled at the presence of God, the God of Israel.

9 You, O God, sent abroad plentiful rain; You confirmed Your inheritance when it was parched and weary.

10 Your flock found a dwelling place in it; O God, in Your goodness You provided for the poor.

11 The Lord gives the command [to take Canaan]; The women who proclaim the good news are a great host (army);

12 “The kings of the [enemies’] armies flee, they flee, And the beautiful woman who remains at home divides the spoil [left behind].”

13 When you lie down [to rest] among the [a]sheepfolds, You [Israel] are like the wings of a dove [of victory] overlaid with silver, Its feathers glistening with gold [trophies taken from the enemy].

14 When the Almighty scattered [the Canaanite] kings in the land of Canaan, It was snowing on [b]Zalmon.

15 A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan; A [high] mountain of many summits is Mount Bashan [rising east of the Jordan].

16 Why do you look with envy, mountains with many peaks, At the mountain [of the city of Zion] which God has desired for His dwelling place? Yes, the Lord will dwell there forever.

17 The chariots of God are [c]myriads, thousands upon thousands; The Lord is among them as He was at Sinai, in holiness.

18 You have ascended on high, You have led away captive Your captives; You have received gifts among men, Even from the rebellious also, that the Lord God may dwell there.

19 Blessed be the Lord, who bears our burden day by day, The God who is our salvation! Selah.

20 God is to us a God of acts of salvation; And to God[d] the Lord belong escapes from death [setting us free].

21 Surely God will shatter the head of His enemies, The hairy scalp of one who goes on in his guilty ways.

22 The Lord said, “I will bring your enemies back from Bashan; I will bring them back from the depths of the [Red] Sea,

23 That your foot may crush them in blood, That the tongue of your dogs may have its share from your enemies.”

24 They have seen Your [solemn] [e]procession, O God, The procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary [in holiness].

25 The singers go in front, the players of instruments last; Between them the maidens playing on tambourines.

26 Bless God in the congregations, [give thanks, gratefully praise Him], The Lord, you who are from [Jacob] the fountain of Israel.

27 The youngest is there, Benjamin, ruling them, The princes of Judah and their company [the southern tribes], The princes of Zebulun and the princes of Naphtali [the northern tribes].

28 Your God has commanded your strength [your power in His service and your resistance to temptation]; Show Yourself strong, O God, who acted on our behalf.

29 Because of Your temple at Jerusalem [Pagan] kings will bring gifts to You [out of respect].

30 Rebuke the beasts [living] among the reeds [in Egypt], The herd of bulls (the leaders) with the calves of the peoples; Trampling underfoot the pieces of silver; He has scattered the peoples who delight in war.

31 Princes and envoys shall come from Egypt; Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands [with the offerings of submission] to God.

32 Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, Sing praises to the Lord! Selah.

33 To Him who rides in the highest heavens, the ancient heavens, Behold, He sends out His voice, a mighty and majestic voice.

34 Ascribe strength to God; His majesty is over Israel And His strength is in the skies.

35 O God, You are awesome and profoundly majestic from Your sanctuary; The God of Israel gives strength and power to His people. Blessed be God!

Footnotes:
Psalm 68:13 Or cooking stones or saddlebags.
Psalm 68:14 I.e. a dark, wooded hill near Shechem.
Psalm 68:17 Lit multiples of ten thousand.
Psalm 68:20 Heb YHWH (Yahweh), usually rendered Lord.
Psalm 68:24 A reference to the procession bringing the ark of the covenant to Mt. Zion.

Amplified Bible (AMP) Copyright © 2016 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Comet P/ 2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS)

I got to see comet 2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) sweeping past our planet early this morning about 4:20am on the right side of the moon as I was facing southwest. Very cool to observe! My brother would have had his telescope out for sure. TYR!

  

Comet 252P/LINEAR is safely flying past Earth on March 21, 2016, at a range of about 3.3 million miles (5.2 million kilometers). On March 22, comet P/2016 BA14 safely sweeps past by our planet at a distance of about 2.2 million miles (3.5 million kilometers). Image via NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Ministry of Reconciliation

2 Corinthians 5:11-21
Amplified Bible (AMP)

11 Therefore, since we know the fear of the Lord [and understand the importance of obedience and worship], we persuade people [to be reconciled to Him]. But we are plainly known to God [He knows everything about us]; and I hope that we are plainly known also in your consciences [your God-given discernment].

12 We are not commending ourselves to you again, but are giving you an occasion to be [rightfully] proud of us, so that you will have an answer for those who take pride in [outward] appearances [the virtues they pretend to have] rather than what is [actually] in heart. 13 If we are out of our mind [just unstable fanatics as some critics say], it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for your benefit.

14 For the love of Christ controls and compels us, because we have concluded this, that One died for all, therefore all died;15 and He died for all, so that all those who live would no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and was raised for their sake. 16 So from now on we regard no one from a human point of view [according to worldly standards and values]. Though we have known Christ from a human point of view, now we no longer know Him in this way.

17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life]. 18 But all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ [making us acceptable to Him] and gave us the ministry of reconciliation [so that by our example we might bring others to Him], 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting people’s sins against them [but canceling them]. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation [that is, restoration to favor with God].

20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His appeal through us; we [as Christ’s representatives] plead with you on behalf of Christ to be reconciled to God. 21 He made Christ who knew no sin to [judicially] be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we would become the righteousness of God [that is, we would be made acceptable to Him and placed in a right relationship with Him by His gracious loving-kindness].

It is with sincerity of heart that you be reconciled to God through His son Jesus Christ. I hope that this Lenten Season you would meditate up His word, 2 Corinthians 5:11-21, and accept what Christ did and be saved, renewed in mind, and refreshed in spirit.

 Live Easter, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, now and forever.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

More Blossoms!

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2016

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Forcing Blossoms

I took a clean old olive jar and filled it with filtered cold water and flower preserver. Then using a pair of kitchen shears I set out to cut some tender branches of azalea, forsythia, and lilac bushes, trimming buds below the waterline of the jar to keep the water from getting grimy.  Replace and keep the water clear, re-trimming branches every week. Blossoms will appear in about three weeks. I am looking forward seeing this year's blossoms because this is the first time I am forcing blossoms from three types of plants.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Beauty of the Blossom

Blossoms are beautiful! 
Each unique to its own family of fauna.
Forsythia, yellow and bright first of the spring flowers, what a sight!
Crocus, daffodil, tulip, and lilies of the valley pop up next.
Lilac, with its many colors and perfumes.
The "Red Bud" with its purple blossoms, unfurling heart shaped leaves.
Fruit trees of cherry, apple, peach, plum, and nectarine, come last.
Blossoms are beautiful, especially in Spring!





Thursday, February 25, 2016

H2O

water
the 
basic 
element
of 
life
energy

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Prayer Flag of Faith 2016

What is faith? 
It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. 
It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, 
even though we cannot see it up ahead.
Hebrews 11:1
Starting with a remnant piece of material, I then cut and formed the word "FAITH" from a blue silk flowered ribbon and tacked it down with clear gel "Tacky" fabric glue.  

Next, I traced my hands, cut them out, and then glued them to the material.  Finding a scroll pattern I liked and using an old world font, I printed Hebrews 11:1 from the Living Bible cut and pasted it to the material as well.  

Last, I took a tomato stakes from last summer's garden and trimmed it to a reasonable size, and looped it through the brass circles at the top of the fabric, and hung it in the dining room.

Faith is the certainty...

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Deeply Saddened and Grieving: The Burn Pits By Joseph Hickman

I am deeply sadden today after reading about this. The grief is overwhelming. But, I wanted to share it with you and ask you to pray. First for soldiers and their families, others who may have been harmed, and for our country's leadership. We need loving, caring, action to meet the needs of our military families in crisis! We need leadership to step up and take the actions necessary to meet needs and reform military policies. Too many dying because of thoughtlessness and greed. We as US citizens need to change Washington, NOW! 

TERM LIMITS for congress and put a LEASH on "big business."



Monday, February 15, 2016

Captain Beatrice Lamont

Beatrice Lamont was a captain on the high seas, a fisherman that knew the seasons by the tides and the weather. She was waiting patiently for the tide to change. For a while now the ocean tides and the Earth's climate had been in flux, making it more difficult to fish. Schools that ran in particular patterns were now nowhere to be seen. Fishing was a greater challenge than ever!

Persistence would pay well for the boat with the catch. How to read the signs and make the best guess as to where to go was as much an art as a science now.  Captain Lamont wanting so desperately to catch and haul in a load of fish for her crew, her town, and her business, sought the best source for favor. They were all in need of a good catch. A good payday.

She prayed. “God, show me where to go.” 
What happens next? You write the ending to this story and name the fishing vessel. Submit it in the comments and I will most likely post it.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

...and the greatest of these is LOVE!


show love by what you do
sacrifice
gifts of help
comfort
healing
hugs and kisses
holding hands

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY 2016

Friday, February 12, 2016

Puff Up

Ever watch birds? I do. I love birds. I have been a bird watcher for as long as I can remember. Yesterday, as I was driving, I caught out of the corner of my eye as I was rounding a corner, an owl in a tree. I was thrilled. He sat there so majestic surveying his territory most likely looking for something to eat. 

It is cold and going to be even colder this weekend. Birds puff up trapping heat in their feathers to keep warm. Therefore, if you see a bird that looks fat, he may just be keeping warm by puffing up his feathers.

Birds puff up for other reasons as well. For more information about birds in the winter, check out http://smithsonianscience.si.edu/2015/01/keeping-warm-winter-birds.

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2014

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Tapped On The Shoulder : Flash Fiction


Enjoying her daily routine after retiring, Margaret was up by five and out the door by five fifteen for her morning walk along the beach. Finishing her walk, she stopped at the Cafe Java for a coffee and sausage biscuit. Picking up a newspaper and spying her favorite table open, she slide into the seat and began pursuing the paper.  "Wonder if there is any estate sales this weekend," she wondered to herself.  

Polishing off the last of the biscuit and coffee, suddenly a stranger tapped her on the shoulder. "I hate to bother you, but I have something important to ask of you."

Margaret listened attentively to the stranger across from her as he told her how he had come into an inheritance of his great aunt's house, a bed and breakfast, in the old fishing village of Destin, ten miles down the road from here.  Having a deep love for his beloved Great Aunt May, he could not just list this gem on the open market. Did she know someone who loved antiques, a slow-paced life that moved with the ebb and flow of the tides?

Margaret smiled, "And that's how I ended up being the proud owner of Aunt May's Bed and Breakfast of Destin Florida."

Monday, February 1, 2016

Droll-man or Troll-man or Just Plain Wicked Man

I saw a droll man today with a wicked sneer and knitted cap upon his head wearing an old worn jacket as he jogged up past the house Wednesday. He thinks he is clever practicing parlor tricks. In the end though, his life counts as nothing. It will be as he did not even exist. Pride goeth before a fall, especially off the precipice of life.
The choices we make for what, I ask. 
Power perhaps? 
Money?
Man's choices are a mystery.
Then he is no more.
He is a dead man.

Ice Fishing

Frank is an old man sitting in a rickety wooden chair, fishing through a hole in the ice on a frozen lake in Minnesota. His family has fished this lake for four generations. Suddenly, a loud crackling reverberates across the lake’s surface, and he feels the ice shift beneath him. He scurries, but the hole expands too quickly, and he goes into the icy water.

What happens next? Write your ending in the comments.
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Love The Birdies

Sparrows waiting their turn at the bird feeder. Who invited the Starlings?

Sunday, January 31, 2016

"Kiss of Death"

Psychologists say that there is one behavior in particular that is the 'kiss of death' for any relationship and that is contempt.

Contempt
noun

the feeling that a person or a thing is beneath consideration, worthless, or deserving scorn 

"he showed his contempt for his job by doing it very badly"
synonyms: scorn, disdain, disrespect, scornfulness,contemptuousness, derision; More disregard for something that should be taken into account.

"he is guilty of contempt of court"
synonyms: disrespect, disregard, slighting

Do you treat others with contempt?

Do you give others the silent treatment? 

Are you constantly critical of another person?

CAREFUL with a contemptible attitude you are going to ruin relationships.

University of California at Berkeley psychologists Gottman and Levenson found that found that this single behavior is so powerful that they can be used along with the negative behaviors of criticism, defensiveness, and stonewalling (the silent treatment) to predict divorce with 93% accuracy and the end of any relationship in general including family ties.

"Contempt," says Gottman "is the kiss of death in relationships."

Gottman suggests that each person in the relationship is a source of his or her own musical (or emotional) vibrations. If each partner is closed off to the other person's vibes (or emotions) and more interested in unleashing their own feelings and/or superiority, these negative vibrations will resound against one another, escalating a bad situation "until something breaks."

If you have noticed yourself or your partner exhibiting this type of behavior, good, being aware that you are doing, something that could negatively affect your relationship is the first step to actively combating it.

If you can figure out how to replace this behavior with a more positive one or avoid this type of behavior all together, you will likely greatly improve the relationship and increase your chances of staying together.

Key in any relationship is good, clear, and honest communication. Breathe life into your relationships today by being aware of what and how you speak to others and yourself.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Wow!

I just finished reading a story by Squid McFinnigan titled Tick-Tock. It is a great read. You get pulled in and...you will have to read the story now to understand.  Enjoy!

Friday, January 22, 2016

"She Who Knows"

'She who knows' likes to dance with the wind,

And swim with the river otters.

Running through the prairie grass chasing the clouds,

She loves to be at play.

'She who knows' countenance changes like the tides.

"What is coming and who is coming," she whispers to her elders.

'She who knows' saw the white man coming,

The long winter and the dead buffalo,

The snake on tracks, scaring the land,

The flying lead, men falling dead.

'She who knows knew, and is no longer.

Her spirit dances upon the wind and runs through the prairie grass.

'She who knows' is home with the white buffalo and The Great Spirit.
PJFARR
2016


Photo By http://www.stjo.org

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Prayer Flag of Hope 2016


Thank you, The Tin Goat and friends, for inspiring me to create a prayer flag.

“And now, Lord, for what do I expectantly wait?
My hope [my confident expectation] is in You."
Psalm 39:7(AMP)


I started with a remnant piece of material that I had graciously received from a furniture store salesperson who gathered and gave me a bag of sample materials for my various art projects. I am grateful for her gift and thoughtfulness.

Next, I cut and then formed the word "HOPE" from a white flower patterned wired ribbon and tacked it down with clear gel "Tacky" fabric glue.  I added blue beads and white linen flower doilies with blue centers.

Then I made a pattern for the birds and traced them out on a page from a favorite magazine. I cut them out and glued them in place adding a blue bead for each eye.

Finding a scroll pattern I liked and using an old world font I printed Psalm 39:7 (AMP) out on the paper I used to trace and cut out the birds on, adding gold embellishments along the edges.

Last, I took one of the tomato stakes from last summer's garden and trimmed it to a reasonable size, and looped it through the brass circles at the top of the fabric, and hung it in the dining room.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Oh When The Weather Outside Is...

frightful...have a stack of books, coffee, and chocolate at the ready...toilet paper, bread and milk as well. :)

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Waiting for the Bloom to Awaken

Georgia is a lovely girl with curls, blonde, bouncy, long and flowing.  Her smile is warm and her eyes twinkle with an inner glow you wish you had. She could be a beauty queen, but shy and a bit timid she remains a quiet gem.  A lover of books, antiques, and impressionistic art, she has flawless taste and dreams of 
   
Waiting for the bloom to awaken.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Small Indulgences

Gwen's mother Jean sold Mary Kay. In her teenage years, Gwen, became her walking billboard wearing Journey, Sun Blossom lip-gloss, and chatting to all she met about the latest sales in this month's brochure.

Using an antique white bureau to organize her samples and demos it was a treasure chest of beauty products. In the bottom drawer, lay large polka dot sized eye shadows of Robin-egg Blue, Lavender, and Lime Green. Floral lipsticks of Sparkling Rose, Tangerine Pop, and Coral Bliss. Mini samples of hand creams, perfumes, and bubble bath took up the middle drawer. The top drawer was set up with embroidered linens artfully arranged for demoing new products and giving impromptu makeovers.

The bureau was a mini spa, full of small indulgences.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Death of a Newspaper

Damn and blast! No morning paper! How did this come to be?

Who'd a thunk such a thing could happen?

But, it has and none are too happy about it. Friday the first of the New Year 2016 greeted us with no local newspaper to peruse.

Rural deliveries are no more, a thing of the past.

Subscribers with internet services can read the paper online for just $6.99.

It is not the same as when you unfurl with a snap and flip to the inside first page. The cheap ink transferring from paper to one's coffee mug. Remembering the smudges.

How will you know who died? The obits is a favorite with older folks.

Death of a newspaper, how sad!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Happy 2016!

It is the New Year! Happy it is here! After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it is good to be at home and to be at rest. There are the usual routine things to do, grocery shopping, laundry, and household chores, that offer a bit of structure after jostling about with festivities. Now, do not get me wrong, it is fun to be out and about, to see and to be seen. But, there is something to the rhythm of everyday life that we enjoy and strange as it may seem, crave.


Love the holidays, and had a good time last year.  However, it is a new year; may she be a happy one for all!