Archive for February, 2010

A Trade: Your Burden for His Rest

February 28th, 2010 Comments off



Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,

and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Matthew 11:28-30 NIV


Vengan a mi’ todos ustedes que esta’n cansados y agobiados, y yo les dare’ descanso.

Carguen con mi yugo y aprendan de mi’, pues yo soy apacible y humilde de corazo’n,

y encontrara’n para su alma. Porque mi yugo es suave y mi carga es liviana.

Mateo 11: 28-30

The Twelve Apostles

February 28th, 2010 Comments off
Let’s work on our memory, okay?
Can you name the twelve apostles?

I alphabetized them to help me remember. ( from Matt: 10:2-4)

  1. Andrew (brother to James
  2. Bartholomew
  3. James (The son of Zebedee
  4. James
  5. Judas Iscariot (who betrayed him)
  6. John
  7. Matthew (the tax collector)
  8. Philip
  9. Simon (Peter)
  10. Simon (The Canaanite)
  11. Thaddeus
  12. Thomas

Two sets of brothers were among the twelve:  Simon Peter and Andrew ; James, son of Zebedee and John.

Thinking of Layla Grace Marsh, With Love

February 27th, 2010 Comments off

Dear Tante,

I don’t know how to tell you why I’m sending this — I guess, just because this little girl has touched me.  I don’t know her, I don’t know her parents.  I got the link from one of my sorority sisters and I don’t know if she knows them or not.  But after reading it, my heart has been so deeply touched and I can’t explain it.  If you feel led, please share her story on The Schoolmarm.

The little girl’s name is Layla Grace Marsh. She is a beautiful 22- month old little girl who is fighting stage 4 Neuroblastoma. The cancer has not responded to treatment and new tumors have grown.  Doctors have told her parents there is not much time left at all.

She is at home under hospice care.  She has a Facebook page and a Twitter page.  I have been amazed at the number of people who have joined their pages and are following them on Twitter.   I’m not on Twitter, but you can follow her page without joining.   Over 25,000 are following her on Facebook and almost 25,000 on Twitter.

It may be too sad of a story to put on there.  And of course, we are all praying for God to perfom a miracle. But we know our prayers for her healing may be answered by her being taken to Heaven where she will be whole again. And, like I said, I don’t know her or her family.

I just know that she is a beautiful, sweet little girl who has touched me.  I know too that if she passes, I will be heartbroken– I’m crying even as I type this.  Maybe there are some people who pass through our lives — even on the perimeter — who teach us something, remind us to love deeper or pray harder or live better.  Maybe that’s Layla Grace’s purpose here on earth.

Love, Lori

Thank you Lori, I can hear your heart, the heart of a young mother, crying out for this child.  We will join our prayers with yours and the thousands of others who are thinking of Layla Grace.  Tante

UPDATE: 3/16/10

My heart is breaking today at the loss of Layla Grace Marsh, the little girl in my profile photo. This precious, beautiful blue-eyed girl went to be with her Heavenly Father early this morning.

Through her He made us better people, and brought people closer to their children, their families & their God. I know I will never forget her. And I rejoice that Heaven has a beautiful new angel today, named Layla Grace.


Dreaming: by Jimmy L. Simpson

February 27th, 2010 Comments off


As we say goodbye to February, A poem of love, by Jimmy L. Simpson.


I dreamed a lot of dreams today,

The way I always do;

To keep my soul well occupied,

While daytime minutes flew.

I did not dream about the sun,

Nor fishes in the sea;

And never once considered why,

Bright clouds passed over me.

I did not contemplate the scene,

Of trees against the sky;

And overlooked the birds in flight,

That tried to catch my eye.

I could have dreamed of many things

And made my heart forget;

As each new moment tried to grow,

Upon my mind, and yet;

Instead I dreamed one special way,

And watched them coming true;

For all the dreams I had today,

Were each concerning you.




Misquotes: Joe Theisman

February 27th, 2010 Comments off


“The word genius  is not applicable to football.

A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.”

Joe Theisman, NFL Quarterback and sports analyst

shhh, Joe, shhh

From the Files of: Dear Abby

February 27th, 2010 Comments off

Remember this one?

Dear Abby,

A couple of women moved in across the hall from me.  One is a middle-aged gym teacher and the other is a social worker in her mid-twenties. These two women go everywhere together and I’ve never seen a man go into or leave their apartment.  Do you think they could be Lebanese?

Jack LaLanne

February 26th, 2010 1 comment

Jack LaLanne is 95 years old. The fitness expert and Chiropractor said in an interview I heard, that he had sex almost every day.

“Really? ”  The interviewer asked.

“Yes, almost on Monday, almost on Tues, almost on  . . .”

From Wikipedia:

At the age of 95, LaLanne continues to work out every morning for two hours. He spends 1½ hours in the weight room and half an hour swimming or walking. LaLanne and his wife Elaine (83) live in Morro Bay, California When interviewed by Katie Couric on NBC’s Today show, LaLanne said his two simple rules of nutrition are: “if man made it, don’t eat it”, and “if it tastes good, spit it out.” He often says, “I cannot afford to die, it will ruin my image.” Interviewed on his 93rd birthday, he said his feat of strength was going to be “towing my wife across the bathtub.”

Jack may have lost some things, but he still has his sense of  humor.  He had heart bypass surgery in December of 2009.  I hope he is making good recovery.

His televised exercise program helped me regain my figure 35 years ago, after giving birth to my baby boy. I wish someone could inspire me now, the way he did back then.

Thanks Jack!

Misquotes: Dan Quayle

February 26th, 2010 Comments off

“I love California.  I practically grew up in Phoenix.”

Dan Quayle, while campaigning

The price of fame: your gaffes are recorded, and people never let you forget.

Dr.’s Orders

February 26th, 2010 Comments off

Clarence and Joe:

So, Joe, the doctor said you need absolute rest and quiet?

Yeah, I’ve got prescription for tranquilizers and sleeping pills.

How many will you take?

Oh, they’re not for me, they’re for my wife.

oh oh

Geri Jewell

February 25th, 2010 Comments off

homepagepic.jpg (46053 bytes)“You know the hardest thing about having cerebral palsy and being a woman It’s plucking your eyebrows. That’s how I originally got pierced ears.”– Geri Jewell

This comedian confronts her disability quickly, before the audience has time to come up with a judgment.  She puts you at ease and says it is okay to laugh.  You are laughing at jokes about her condition, not about her.

In a time when we have hopefully become more sensitive, and good for us, it is reassuring to have someone guide us in our response to a disability.

Sometimes a person in a wheelchair wants to manage by himself, other times he might appreciate help.  Being available to help, but not over solicitous seems to be appropriate to anyone, especially a person with a disability.  The goal for all of us should be to see the person first, not the disability.

Geri Jewell, who is working in a brutal business that thrives on appearance, is making it, thanks to her talent.  Shouldn’t that be all that matters . . . the talent?

Go to her website to learn more about her career:

from Wikipedia: Geri Jewell (b. September 13, 1956, Buffalo, New York) is an actor and comedian born with cerebral palsy.  She is most famous for her roles on the television program The Facts of Life and on HBO‘s Deadwood. Jewell also works as a motivational speaker.  In 2006, she was awarded a National Rehabilitation Hospital Victory Award.

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