I had the privilege to speak at University Christian Church’s annual cookie exchange event held at the church. There were 60 or 70 women there I’m not sure and the room was decorated beautifully to reflect the Christmas season. Each woman brought two dozen cookies and then took home two dozen cookies.
After a delicious salad we had a time of singing Christmas carols. What beautiful music and women’s voices are so light and angelic it was very pretty. Once the singing was enjoyed it was my time to speak. I shared for about 20 minutes from my life and the life of the young woman chosen to be the mother of God. It was a time of reflecting on how different it was for Mary, traveling 90 miles on a donkey during the last 10 days of her pregnancy, to get to Bethlehem for the required census; and for me twice her age living in Southern California with all the conveniences of a modern hospital.
The talk was well received and I felt honored to have been a part of such a nice evening with my spiritual sisters.
It is reassuring to me that even in my later years I can still serve the Lord through my writing and speaking. It is a blessing for me personally and I accept the role of still being relevant at 74. I pray that I will remain healthy and that I will take advantage of opportunities afforded me to share my love of God. I hope you will do the same.
Wouldn’t it have been fun to be in the audience to watch Lucy, Desi, Ethel and Fred tape their TV show? This is a shot of Desi, ‘Ricky Ricardo’ and his orchestra. No doubt Lucy was in the wings ready to come out and get some laughs.
Guest Writer: Stan Hicks, St. Louis, Missouri
This time of the year starts Carolyn and me planning for Christmas greeting via snail mail and Christmas cookies.
Our Christmas letter started many years ago and we would try and have it ready to mail ASAP after Thanksgiving. It seems each year this becomes more and more a challenge to keep it short,with children and grand children bragging to a minimum.
It is also written to keep everyone up to speed as to our goings and comings, good news, bad news, a thank you to our military, and a wish to all for a Blessed Christmas Season.
Baking Christmas cookies is not taken lightly around the Hicks Home. Due to careful pre-shopping for sale items, it looks like the cookie deal is on for another year. Carolyn’s first fear was when the cost of nuts just about doubled, along with flour , sugar, and most all baking supplies. The cookie recipient list is around 12 to 15 which is a bunch of cookies and candy . A tray is 3 to 4 dozen cookies dozen pieces of home made candy or coated fruit. All on a beautiful wrapped tray.
I think if Carolyn didn’t get to send the cookies she’d be more upset than those who didn’t get them. I could be wrong, because I’m sure they look forward to them. I get to eat the rejects which there isn’t a lot of, by the way. They sure are good!
What a wonderful way to show your love at Christmas time. Carolyn, I bet you have the best smelling kitchen in all of Missouri! Yummy!
I was paying for a service to tell me how many people came to the blog each day. For years I would write down the number. I haven’t done that for sometime now. So I really don’t know if I have tens or hundreds or thousands perhaps ha ha coming to visit every day.
Whatever number it is, I appreciate each person who takes the time to stop by. I hope you will find something interesting in the categories that are listed. There are more than 8500 posts for you to see. Don’t forget to check out the prayers that are written for many areas of life that confront us at different times. The prayers are short but sincere. You can find them above, as Prayers from the Heart.
Blessings on your day, be safe out there.
I spent the week in Arizona with my daughter-in-law’s family. They have a large house and their generosity matches that big house. We had a wonderful time and felt grateful for many things in life.
Our Juliana Loved being with her three young cousins. She is still learning the social graces such as give-and-take, right and wrong, yours and mine. In her almost 2 years the world has pretty much revolved around her, and so it is understandable that she has a hard time realizing that concept of sharing. But she is a fast learner and I am sure by the time they get together again she will have improved her social skills, no more hair pulling or grabbing something out of someone’s hands.
Now if the world could love each other and improve their reaction to differences and then sharing it would be a much improved world. Hope your Thanksgiving was a good one and that you are now up to the task of facing the stress and strain connected with Christmas. Have a good day everybody.
No black Friday for me. I can’t think of anything I want enough to fight the crowds today.
So, our family trip will be to the zoo. I have not been to the zoo in many years and I’m looking forward to it very much. Of course I always fight that feeling of entrapment for the animals, and wish they didn’t have to be away for their natural habitats. Many, however would not survive without the protection of zoologists, with food and medication, who have saved many on the endangered list.
Whatever you choose to do today, make it fun or relaxing. Life is short. Giving thanks makes it worth living.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
The furcula (“little fork” in Latin) is a forked bone found in birds and thecodonts, formed by the fusion of the two clavicles. In birds, its function is the strengthening of the thoracic skeleton to withstand the rigors of flight.
When I was a little girl I always requested one piece of the chicken – the pulley bone. I think Mama must have left extra chicken on it for me. After eating it clean, I would wash and dry it and keep it in a little box with the others I had collected. Sounds odd now, but my grandmother used to crochet around the bone and make a pretty little decorative piece.
Up until around 1900 Americans and Brits called it ‘Merrythought”, today it is called wishbone or as in the south where I grew up, it is referred to as pulley bone, especially when served as a piece of chicken with meat from both adjacent breasts attached.
Instead of collecting the bones, traditionally, the wishbone, once removed from the turkey or chicken and dried, is then held between the little fingers of two opposing “wishers”. Once the wish has been made the bone is pulled by each person. The wisher who breaks off a larger section of bone is assumed to have his wish granted.
Alternately, the winner of this contest may choose to transfer the fragment of the wishbone, along with the wish, to a person of his choosing.
Because this is commonly a Thanksgiving tradition, this bone is also called the Thanksgiving bone. By whatever name, it is a tasty little morsel.
Thanks to my next door neighbors, Larry and Annick, for letting Tom pose for me.
Tom, you’dbetter enjoy the day because you’ll soon be replaced by Santa !
Well I just renewed my domain name for another two years. That cost $50 because I include a protection of privacy of my information . I also pay a hosting fee which is over $100. I’m not sure if it cost me any more than that or not.
I have debated whether to wrap it up and call it quits, but at least I will have it available for two more years if I choose to continue. For a long time it was like ” my baby”. It was the first thing I checked every morning and I worked on it all during the day. It was a wonderful place to add my writings and artwork. It’s still is, but I am just not as excited about it as I was In 2009. During that time I became fascinated with almost everything and was eager to share my findings with anyone who would come to my website.
As I stated many times, my goal was to inform, inspire, and amuse. I said it would be patriotic but not political. I said I would share my faith but not my political leanings. Of late that has changed. I see now that I cannot be patriotic without being political. Unfortunately they go hand-in-hand. I used to worry that people would not come to my blog if I expressed an opposing view, but I’m not going to worry about that anymore.
Hope fully I will get my curiosity back and look for more things to share instead of just expressing my opinion about daily events. But that actually is what a blog is supposed to be, a journal, one man or one woman’s opinion expressed in written form on electronic media.
I want to thank you for reading and I will do my best to keep an open mind as our future unfolds collectively. I still trust in Almighty God to rescue us one more time.