July 5th, 2015 No comments

Self-Help by Helping Others

July 5th, 2015 No comments


 BS, Viola, Duke Gardens, Durham, N.CarolinaI hope your pain is less than it was yesterday and more than it will be tomorrow.

Why would I just automatically assume you are in pain? I guess because I am aware that pain is a companion for many people, hopefully you are not one of them.

Many people are also lonely and feel irrelevant. We may all feel this way from time to time, but we can do something about it.

Reaching out to others through a kind word or deed will make you feel better about yourself and others.  

This world is such a time of ‘me, me, me’ that a kind act or giving while expecting nothing in return is sometimes looked upon with suspicion, but try it any way. Give, and enjoy the act of giving whether you get a thank you in return.

The blessing comes from the intent, not the response.

We pray:

God help us to deal with our daily challenges of pain and loneliness, feelings of irrelevancy by reaching out to others.  Cover us with your precious love and keep us warm in your presence.

 In Jesus’ name, Amen

photo by Bill Stice


July 5th, 2015 No comments

Rudy HagoodOur good friend and Bible instructor, Rudy Hagood, has accepted a position as executive pastor  in San Diego.  That means of course that he won’t continue as instructor of our Bible study group.

I teased him by saying it was just like a guy, to come along, make us fall in love, and then leave.  He just grinned that big grin, gave me a bear hug and promised to keep in touch. 

May God continue to bless you Rudy!

The 4th Of July – Independence Day

July 4th, 2015 No comments


Happy 4th everybody!


Let’s take time today to really appreciate

what we have as citizens of this great country.

Let’s also pray : for  leaders on every level from

local to around the world –  that they will have

wisdom, and the best interest of their people in

mind – that they will seek to hear God’s voice and

His will for this planet we call home.

Pop Quiz on Independence Day!

July 4th, 2015 No comments


1.   How many men signed the Declaration of Independence?

2.   Where and when was the first flag with 50 stars flown?

3.   What is the purpose of the fourth of July holiday celebration?

4.    Where can you see the actual Declaration of Independence on display?

5.   What are the first words of the Declaration of Independence?

6.   Which 3 presidents died on July 4th – Independence Day?





1. 56

2. Philadelphia, 1960

3. To celebrate the American independence from Great Britain

4. It is on display in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

5.  “When in the course of human events  . . . “

6. Thomas Jefferson 1826, John Adams 1826, James Monroe 1831


Drippy popsicle on a hot 4th of July? Here’s a clever solution!

July 4th, 2015 No comments


Three days before his 19th birthday, George H.W. Bush became the youngest aviator in the US Navy.

July 3rd, 2015 No comments


On This Date in History

July 3rd, 2015 No comments


 On this date in history . . .

senile clock maker starts tocking to himself.

Something good for you, and Not so good for you.

July 3rd, 2015 No comments

What food is loaded with magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc, and phosphorus, all important for strong bones; that may also help hydrate the skin, lower blood pressure and sharpen thinking?

Believe it or not, it is Chocolate!   I am so happy it can do something good for you cause  I LOVE it!

Just one quarter of an ounce a day of dark chocolate, that is made up of at least 70% cocoa, is very good for you!

Now, I can NOT say this recipe is good for you, but it is good!  

Cracker Barrel Cherry Chocolate Cobbler

  • 1−1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cups butter
  • 1 (6 oz.) pkg. Nestle’s semi−sweet chocolate morsels
  • 1/4 cups milk 1 egg
  • 1 (21 oz.) can cherry pie filling
  • 1/2 cups nuts, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 350F. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter; cut with pastry blender until crumbs are size of large peas.

Melt over hot (not boiling) water, Nestle’s semi−sweet chocolate morsels. Remove from heat and cool slightly at room temperature (about 5 minutes).

Add milk and egg to melted chocolate and mix well. Blend chocolate into flour mixture.

Spread cherry pie filling in bottom of 2 quart casserole. Drop chocolate batter randomly over cherries. Sprinkle with chopped nuts.

Bake at 350 F for 40 − 45 minutes. Serve warm with heavy cream.



Grandma and Juliana at around 3 months. I still have the little booties crocheted by my grandmother. Juliana is wearing a dress made by her great grandmother.

July 2nd, 2015 No comments
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