Archive for June, 2013

Paul’s inspired words to the Philippians are meant for us too.

June 30th, 2013 Comments off

Philippians 4:8-9

New International Version (NIV)

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 

Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.



An update from Mary

June 29th, 2013 Comments off

Photo on 2011-10-19 at 13.02 #2 Hello Friends,

If you have missed my personal touch on the blog then I will explain.  I have been in Arkansas for the last six weeks helping my brother Jamie who is recovering from cancer.

I will be a long time  processing what I experienced as a caregiver.  It is very hard to see someone suffering.  You do what you can, follow directions from the doctors as best as you can, and in my case, you pray a great deal.

I am happy to report that Jamie is making good progress, but each day is filled with challenges. With the continued loving help of his dearest friend, Louise, he is staying in his home, receiving home health care from a local agency.  They provide nursing, physical therapy, speech therapy, personal care (bathing) and light housework.  

Jamie is on a feeding tube until he is able to take food by mouth.  This is a most unpleasant arrangement for him and this is where we are focusing our prayers. . .  that he will regain his swallow reflex.  Chemotherapy and radiation saved his life but also damaged good cells along the way.  He has to be able to swallow correctly or he will aspirate and get pneumonia.  So please join us in praying for him.

Prayers are also with Louise.  We made a good team, working together for Jamie’s well being, and in the meantime we became friends.  So, that was an unexpected bonus.

Thanks for being a faithful reader.  I had scheduled posts for you every day for two months, so I did not have to work on the blog while in Arkansas, but now I will start working again to bring you new and interesting things for July.  God Bless You Always!

Quick Cobbler

June 29th, 2013 Comments off


cakeJackie Lynne Shaffer:
Frozen berries, dry cake mix, and 1 can of sprite. yummy cobbler. It sounds so easy – and it is good and weight watcher friendly! Ingredients
Two 12-oz bags frozen mixed berries
1 box white cake mix (no pudding)
1 can of diet 7-up or sierra mist (clear soda)Instructions
Place frozen fruit in a 9×13 baking dish. Add dry cake mix over the top. Pour soda slowly over cake mix. DO NOT stir the cake mix and the pop – this will give you a ‘crust’. If you stir the two, you will hsve a cake like topping.Bake 350 for 45-50 min.

You may be able to use frozen peaches instead of mixed berries.

Serves 16; 4 PointsPlus

Kleven, Ukraine

June 29th, 2013 Comments off


The leafy green Kleven train tunnel is a beautiful example of what happens when nature is allowed to grow freely around manmade infrastructure. The tunnel was made over many years as the passing train molded the trees’ lines. The train turned a luscious piece of woodland into aunique passageway as it traveled back and forth 3 times a day over several years.

In addition to serving as a train route, the tunnel is used by lovers to make a wish – it is said that if they are sincere in their love, their wishes will come true. If you are out and about Ukraine, don’t miss this fantastic green passageway – whether you are with a loved one, or on your own.

source: blogspot

Someone has a sense of humor . . .

June 29th, 2013 Comments off


Crystals Mine, Naica, Mexico

June 28th, 2013 Comments off

Naica Mine

Mexico’s Cave of Crystals stunned geologists when it was first discovered in 2000. The underground chamber contains some of the largest natural crystals ever found – some of the selenite structures have grown to more than 10m long.

Google it to read more.  It is really an interesting place.

Naica Mine, Mex

Disney Hall, Los Angeles

June 28th, 2013 Comments off


Walt Disney Concert Hall


Walt  Disney Concert Hall, downtown Los Angeles, may be known more for its unusual exterior design by Frank Geary, but the interior is worthy of admiration as well.

A good book turns into a good snooze . . .

June 28th, 2013 Comments off


Baby Pygmy Marmoset

June 27th, 2013 Comments off


Baby Pygmy Marmoset Born at South Korea’s Everland Zoo. Photo by zoo publicity – Pixdaus

Elvis, bullied and discounted as a kid, he still believed in himself and his music.

June 27th, 2013 Comments off

Elvis Presley may be remembered now as a music icon, but did you know that he got a C in music when he was in the eighth grade? At that time, he was attending Humes High School. His high school life was quite difficult because he experienced being bullied.

For all the hurtful words or actions that were thrown his way, the young Elvis would turn to his passion, which was music and the people who showered him with so much love and affection, his parents.


His music was his solace, so he found it hard to accept when his own music teacher told him that he had no talent for singing. At the time, Elvis would listen to the radio every time he was being bogged down by his problems at school. The other kids picked on him for being different. No matter what he did, like joining the R.O.T.C., playing football, and working as an usher at a local movie house, the other kids would still find reasons to degrade him. He was often being picked on for being a mama’s boy.

Aside from listening to music often, the young Elvis would buy records and befriend aspiring musicians who lived in the area near their home in Memphis Tennessee. He listened to various kinds of music genre, even to African-American artists at such time when color discrimination was still quite blatant.

It was hard for him to accept, not only the grade, but also his teacher’s lack of enthusiasm with his singing talent. He brought his guitar to class the next day. This guitar was quite special because it was given to him by his parents on his eleventh birthday, a proof that the people whom he loved the most believed in his talent and passion for music. His parents did not dissuade his love for it. They allowed him to spend time at their church where Elvis listened to music and taught himself how to play the piano.

The young Elvis wanted his teacher to realize that he was good. He played his guitar in class while singing a popular song at the time entitled Keep Them Cold Icy Fingers Off Me. The rest as they say, is history. The incident posed as a challenge to Elvis. He did not accept that he was not good. For him, his teacher did not like his style, but it did not mean that he was bad. It only meant that they had different preferences, and later on when Elvis had already gotten big in the industry, a former classmate related that the teacher concurred that Elvis was right with such analysis.

No one could doubt the passion that Elvis had for music. He never had any formal lessons and training, mainly because his parents could not afford to pay for such, although they supported his endeavors and passion. He generally self-studied, reading and playing music. He started playing by ear. He met certain people when he grew up, who helped him practice his music skills and people who guided him as to where to go in order to be the kind of star that he will forever be remembered even by the generations to come.

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