Sunday, September 19, 2010

It Just Keeps Blooming

Relationships are strange. They change with time. Sometimes they fade away and sometimes, they become stronger. That is the relationship I have with my brother, Ross. It just keeps blooming and getting stronger with age.
Today is his 68th birthday. I called and sang Happy Birthday to him. I made the mistake of calling on my cellphone which doesn't always last so I didn't talk very long but the love was there as it always is.
I love my bro. The love just keeps blossoming into something better and better. Please God, bless my bro and keep him safe. Oh, and THANKS for giving him to me in the first place.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

I Don't Want to Be Angry Any More

I have been known for holding a grudge but tonight I wish to release this anger. I have been mad at my minister because I gave him a picture and he ignored it.
He was just returning to the pulpit after suffering a heart attack two Decembers ago. I wanted to do something nice for him so I gave him one of my pictures of a sunrise and suggested that he go to Utube and type in the Celtic Women/ Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring. If you haven't heard this, you should listen to it. It is haunting. I thought it would make him feel really good. I am proud of my photography and I wanted a little acknowledgement. A really lousy reason to give a gift. I never heard anything from him and I was hurt. I did ask him but he didn't remember it. He said he would look but he never did so I have been angry with him ever since. How dumb is that?
Well, no more. I release this anger. Tonight it is gone. If you are going to give a gift, you should not have any expectations on how it will be received. Just give it from the heart and let it go.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Explanation of Life

I received this from my softball organization and thought it was just right for the blog.
"On the first day, God created the dog and said: 'Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of 20 years.'
The dog said: 'That's a long time to be barking. How about only 10 yrs and I'll give you back the other 10?'
So God agreed. On the 2nd say, God created the monkey and said: 'Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I'll give you a 20 yr life span.
The monkey said: 'Monkey tricks for 20 yrs? That's a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back 10 yrs. like the dog did?
And God agreed. On the 3rd day, God created the cow and said: 'You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves, and give milk to support the farmer's family. For this, I will give you a life span of 60 yrs.
The cow said: 'That's a tough life for 60 yrs. How about 20 and I'll give you back the other 40?
And God agreed again. On the 4th day, God created man and said: 'Eat. sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this I'll give you 20 yrs.
But man said: Only 20 yrs? Could you possibly give me my 20, the 40 the cow gave back, the 10 the monkey gave back and the 10 the dog gave back; that makes 80, okay?
'Okay,' said God, you asked for it.'
So that is why for our first 20 yrs we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next 40 yrs we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next 10 yrs, we do monkey tricks for the grandkids to entertain them (or nephews and nieces in my case). And for the last 10 yrs, we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone. That's me.......I'm barking.........WOOF!
Life has now been explained to you.

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Today, at 3:15PM, I officially turned 62 years of age. I started my day by getting up to take my sister to the airport at 3:45am. I returned home and went back to sleep. I awoke to a cheerful "Happy Birthday" from my cousin, Margaret calling from Virginia. Shortly thereafter, I received a delightful call from my brother, Ross. Elinor followed suit with a call from Nebraska telling me she had arrived safely. I got a call from an OA pal, emails from a Golden Girl teammate, facebook greetings from a great nephew and two great nieces, three birthday cards, a invite to lunch with the Domino Queens, and 20 days of gifts from my sister and roommate, Elinor.
I am truely blessed.
It was topped off by a dinner cooked by my niece, Maureen, who made the MOST DELICIOUS lasagna I have had in many moons. She invited two couples to join in the celebration. We had salad and garlic bread as well as several desserts. The best dessert was brought over by our dear friend, Cherrie-Sue. She made the most fabulous pear pie. I have never eaten one in my life but I am hooked. All in all, it was a delightful day. To those who took the time, Thank you from my heart. I truely appreciate your love.

Thursday, September 9, 2010


If you have been listening to the news lately, then you have heard about the Florida preacher who wants to burn the Koran on Saturday. I would like to say something to this guy. First of all, you are not being a good shepherd. You are leading your flock astray. Jesus Christ said .....You will love the Lord your God with all your might. This is the first commandment. Second, you will love thy neighbor as thyself. How is burning the Koran loving thy neighbor? If we have not learned this lesson, then all those people will have died in vain.
I do not want to forget 9/11. I want to remember those people.......the victums and the
rescuers. We must lift ourselves up and honor those who were there.