Archive for July, 2011

A Butterfly for Sister, With Love.

July 31st, 2011 1 comment

This is for my sister Norma Sue, who loves

butterflies.  We had a long talk and

it was great!  As I told her, when you almost

lose someone (in her case to illness)

you realize just how precious they are to you.

I thank God for her recovery, and sincerely thank

each of you who offered a prayer in her behalf.

Encourage Yourself – Count Your Blessings

July 31st, 2011 Comments off
  1. When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
    When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
    Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
    And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

    • Refrain:
      Count your blessings, name them one by one,
      Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
      Count your blessings, name them one by one,
      *Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.
      [*And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.]
  2. Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
    Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
    Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
    And you will keep singing as the days go by.
  3. When you look at others with their lands and gold,
    Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
    Count your many blessings—wealth can never buy
    Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.
  4. So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
    Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
    Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
    Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

By Johnson Oatman, Jr.

New Mama’s Pride and Joy

July 30th, 2011 1 comment

What? Yes, it was a planned pregnancy!  Now mind your own business!

Elaine’s News Tidbit: Bill Gates

July 30th, 2011 Comments off

Bill Gates Wants A Better ‘John’

Bill Gates (the Gates Foundation) has earmarked $41.5 million  to develop a sustainable toilet to be used in the developing world.

He is challenging universities to build something better – latrines that are hygienic, generate energy and don’t require running water or a septic system.   As Gates observes, a sustainable toilet could save lives in developing countries.

The World Health Organization reports that poor sanitation leads to 2.2 million diarrhea-related deaths every year, mostly in children. Contaminated water can spread viruses, bacteria and parasites when used for bathing, drinking or cooking, and it can penetrate the food supply when used for irrigation.

I’m glad to see the rich giving back.  This is a small world, so giving to humanity in one part of the globe is giving to us all.  So, good for you, Mr. Gates!  Elaine

Ruth and Billy Graham: Love that Endures

July 29th, 2011 2 comments

“I am so grateful to the Lord that He gave me Ruth, and especially for these last few years we’ve had in the mountains together. We’ve rekindled the romance of our youth, and my love for her continued to grow deeper every day. I will miss her terribly, and look forward even more to the day I can join her in Heaven.” – Billy Graham, June 14, 2007

Billy and Ruth Graham

Evangelist Billy Graham, left, and his wife Ruth Graham sit for an interview in their Montreat, N.C., mountaintop home in this Aug. 11, 2003, file photo. Ruth Graham, who surrendered dreams of missionary work in Tibet to marry a suitor who became the world’s most renowned evangelist, died Thursday, June 14, 2007. She was 87. (AP Photo/Asheville Citizen-Times, Steve Dixon, file)

Statement released by Billy Graham the day before she died:

“Ruth is my soul mate and best friend, and I cannot imagine living a single day without her by my side. I am more in love with her today than when we first met over 65 years ago as students at Wheaton College.”



In the Moment

July 29th, 2011 Comments off

Hey Ralphie!

His mouth waters at the sight of the white box.  His tail wags. He knows a treat is inside.

I take out the large dog biscuit and give it to him.  He’s a happy boy!

He doesn’t know or care that the box also contains the medication for his heart that is helping to keep him alive.

He doesn’t know or  care that it cost $88.00.

It’s a dog’s life . . . he just lives in the moment and enjoys what he has.

I’ll try to do the same.

Rockwell Painting of Ruby Bridges in White House until October 31, ’11

July 29th, 2011 Comments off

I had the opportunity to meet  Ruby Bridges when she came to our school a few years ago.   She was a lovely woman who spoke of the past without bitterness, but frankly and honestly.  This painting captured one moment in the year long struggle of a child against a system that she helped to change.
The White House’s recent addition of a Norman Rockwell painting has prompted a serious discussion of civil rights. Rockwell’s 1963 painting, “The Problem We All Live With,” shows a young girl on her way to first grade after the school board mandated the desegregation of two New Orleans schools in 1960.

To commemorate the piece, President Obama received a visit from Ruby Bridges, the student depicted in the painting. At six years old, Bridges was escorted by Federal Marshals to William Frantz Public School as its first African American student, thereby signaling the beginning of the integration of the local public school system.

President Obama took time out of his day to meet with Bridges and representatives of the Norman Rockwell Museum in order to discuss the painting, which has become an icon in the civil rights era.

She described the experience to ABC News: “Driving up I could see the crowd, but living in New Orleans, I actually thought it was Mardi Gras. There was a large crowd of people outside of the school. They were throwing things and shouting, and that sort of goes on in New Orleans at Mardi Gras.”

The painting will be on display in the West Wing of the White House outside of the Oval Office until October 31st. Another Rockwell painting depicting the Statue of Liberty donated to the White House by Steven Spielberg in 1994 hangs in the same room.


Yogi Said . . .

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“Nobody goes there anymore because it’s too crowded.”

– Yogi Berra

But who’s counting?

July 28th, 2011 Comments off

Hip, Hip, Hooray!

As you can tell by the picture, someone likes what Google Analytics

has to say about this past month’s statistics:

1,711 visits

from 873 different people

3,422 pageviews

They have found us from all over the world and every state!

I greatly appreciate those of you who have told your friends about us and helped the schoolmarm cyberfamily to grow. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

With a smile for you each day . . . Mary the ‘Marm

Elaine: News from the Past

July 28th, 2011 Comments off

Elaine looks back for a news tidbit.

This was big news 66 years ago today but many people have never heard about it. I know it was news to me.  Elaine

It was  July 28,  1945,  9:40 a.m.on a Saturday, that  a B-25 Mitchell bomber, piloted in thick fog by Lt. Col. William Franklin Smith, Jr., crashed into the north side of the Empire State Building, between the 79th and 80th floors.

One engine shot through the side opposite the impact and flew as far as the next block where it landed on the roof of a nearby building, starting a fire that destroyed a penthouse.
The other engine and part of the landing gear plummeted down an elevator shaft. The resulting fire was extinguished in 40 minutes. Fourteen people were killed.
Elevator operator  Betty Lou Oliver  survived a plunge of 75 stories inside an elevator, which still stands as the Guinness World Record for the longest survived elevator fall recorded.
Despite the damage and loss of life, the building was open for business on many floors on the following Monday. The crash helped spur the passage of the long-pending Federal Tort Claims Act of 1946, as well as the insertion of retroactive provisions into the law, allowing people to sue the government for the accident.

I’ll have to ask my grandma if she remembers anything about this. Thanks for reading.  Elaine

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