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Paul’s Deer Park, Tunica, Mississippi

May 29th, 2011 Comments off

Searching for Dry Land

God, please help the animals affected by the floods. Help the people who are trying to rescue them.  Let the waters recede quickly. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen

Name this Spice!

May 29th, 2011 3 comments

Carowinds, Charlotte, North Carolina

May 28th, 2011 Comments off

Thunder Road

Thunder Road is a wooden roller coaster. It opened to much media attention in 1976.

The coaster is built across the Carolinas state line. The coaster begins in South Carolina and then crosses into North Carolina.

Wheeeeeeeeeee, here they go……………..

The brakes release the trains and the riders are taken on a gentle downward turn.

The turn goes back under the brake run and meets with the backward- or forward-facing train.

The chain soon latches on and the trains are carried up 93 feet (28 m). As you are lifted up the hill, there are four signs that make the sentence “Grit your teeth, bear the load, enjoy your ride on Thunder Road.”

The drop of 88 feet (27 m) is followed by several small to medium-sized “bumps” giving riders the feeling of air-time.

Following the small bumps, a large hill with a turn begins the train’s journey back to the station. The tracks diverge and cross more small and medium-sized bumps.

A tunnel covers the last drop and hill, which is immediately followed by a long brake run where the tracks meet up again.

Go ahead. I think I’ll just wait for y’all right here.

Creative Incarceration

May 28th, 2011 Comments off

An old man lived alone in Idaho. He wanted to spade his potato garden, but it was very hard work. His only son, Bubba, who used to help him, was in prison.The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament.

Dear Bubba:I am feeling pretty bad because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my potato garden this year. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. If you were here, all my troubles would be over. I know you would dig the plot for me. Love, Dad

A few days later, he received a letter from his son.

Dear Dad:For heaven’s sake, Dad, don’t dig up that garden. That’s where I buried the BODIES.Love, Bubba

At 4 a.m. the next morning, FBI agents and local Police showed up and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologized to the old man and left.That same day, the old man received another letter from his son.

Dear Dad:Go ahead and plant the potatoes now. It’s the best I could do under the circumstances.

Love, Bubba


Oprah

May 28th, 2011 1 comment
For years I watched Oprah, often getting home from work just in time to catch the last few minutes.
When I was given  a five inch TV  I kept it at school.
I would plug  it in at 3:00, after dismissal to see what she was going to talk about.
Many days I stayed late just to see the whole program while preparing for the next day. ( These were the days before TIVO.)
During the summers, when I visited my Mother, we usually watched Oprah.  That was where I saw the greatest influence of her show.  Mama became informed about many women’s issues and other social issues that she had either never thought about or hadn’t been given adequate information to make a judgment.
We would discuss the subject matter that we might never have discussed if  Oprah had not opened the discussion to broaden our range of conversations. I think Mama would agree with the majority of women who watched the show, that Oprah had become her teacher too.

Oprah developed a comfort level with people of all races, creeds and colors.  She entered into many homes where a person of color had never been.  I believe, and certainly hope, that she changed a lot of minds, enlightened generations, by not fitting the stereotype that was expected.
OWN  is  channel 219 on my cable station, and I have already started recording some of the programs.  Oprah may not be waiting for me every day at 3:00, but her influence will definitely still be around.

Rose Deficiency? Inhale this Beauty.

May 27th, 2011 Comments off

 

Thanks to Marty Greenberger for the photo, “Sprinkled Rose”

Arrivederci Afrodite

May 27th, 2011 Comments off

Each year 400,000 people visit the Getty Museum in Malibu.  One of the attractions was the massive statue of Aphrodite.

When it was discovered that Aphrodite had been obtained illegally from Italy, it had to be returned. (It had been purchased by Getty in 1988 for $18 million dollars in spite of the fact that it had been recently looted and smuggled out of Italy.)

Now about 10,000 visitors a year will gaze upon the magnificent statute, in its new home at the museum in Aidone, Italy, near Sicily. They are hoping to increase the number tenfold since the lady has returned.

I’m glad I got to see Aphrodite when she was in Malibu.  Standing next to the enormous 7 foot tall goddess of limestone and marble, I talked with one of the guards and he told me that she would be leaving.

I was sorry to hear we were losing her, but not as sorry as if it had been the Getty Bronze – ” Victorious Youth”.

The young athlete has his own climate controlled room and he stands at the ready to run a great race.

The male figure at its most beautiful,  in the early twenties, healthy, perfectly formed and beautifully captured by an artist 100-300 BC, is captivating to view up close.

I imagine Adam would have looked much like this when he was first created, while innocence surrounded him in the garden of Eden.

Source : LATimes  photo credit:Aphrodite by Ralph Frammolino

Photo: Getty Youth by Wtin Wikipedia Commons

Not a Good Idea!

May 27th, 2011 Comments off

My parents were saying goodbye to friends who were in their car ready to leave.   While they were talking at the car windows, my eight year old brother  and I had a brilliant idea:  we thought it would be great fun to hold on to the bumper of the car until  it started moving.

Apparently no one noticed as we knelt and held on to the back bumper. When the car engine started to rumble my brother let go as planned.  I, on the other hand,  ‘froze’ clinging to the bumper.  I could not let go. (Obviously not a well thought-out plan by five year old me.)

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As I was being dragged down the rough asphalt street, I heard everyone screaming for the car to stop.  It did, but not before my knees had taken a beating and I was asking myself what had happened.

I don’t remember much more about the incident except  for Daddy physically carrying me to and from the doctor. (We didn’t have a car.) On the half-mile walk he reassured me that I would be okay.  He was right, there did not appear to be any permanent damage.

On my long list of ‘dumb things I have done’, this tops the list.  Of course there is still time . . .

 

Rejection Increases Inflammation

May 27th, 2011 Comments off

Isn’t it a terrible feeling to be snubbed, ignored, made to feel small and insignificant? Rejection cuts into our self-esteem and ‘hurts’.

Now we learn that being snubbed in social situations increases the same inflammatory proteins that drive conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, depression, and cardiovascular disease.

For the study, 124 participants were put into two situations designed to create the feeling of being rejected by other people.  In the first, a difficult public speaking task, two researchers dressed in lab coats expressed frustration and disapproval at participants’ abilities.  In the second, participants were dropped from what they thought was a group video game.

Before and after the experiments, blood tests measured inflammatory proteins and MRI scans measured brain activity in areas related to feeling stressed and rejected.

Rejection increased levels of tumor necrosis factor alpha and interleukin-6, proteins that spur body-wide inflammation.

“The way you think about the world can have very serious implications for your personal health and well-being,” says study author G.M.Slavich, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology.

source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online Aug,2,2010

Whenever you feel this way, remember that God loves you and that is the greatest love of all.  He will never snub you, or make you feel anything but precious, in the Bible he calls you ‘the apple of his eye.’

Butterflies for Norma Sue

May 26th, 2011 Comments off

Love My Sister!

 

 

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