Archive for April, 2014

Creative Food Play – Veggie Bike

April 30th, 2014 Comments off

I am constantly amazed at how clever people are.  This is another example of someone ‘playing with their food’ .  Great imagination and artistic ability combined. Rates a ‘cool’ from me. Unknown-16

George Washington’s Rules of Civility, Authored by French Jesuits (51-60)

April 30th, 2014 Comments off

51. Wear not your clothes foul, or ripped, or dusty, but see they be brushed once every day at least and take heed that you approach not to any uncleaness.

52. In your apparel be modest and endeavor to accommodate nature, rather than to procure admiration; keep to the fashion of your equals, such as are civil and orderly with respect to time and places.

53. Run not in the streets, neither go too slowly, nor with mouth open; go not shaking of arms, nor upon the toes, kick not the earth with your feet, go not upon the toes, nor in a dancing fashion.

54. Play not the peacock, looking every where about you, to see if you be well decked, if your shoes fit well, if your stockings sit neatly and clothes handsomely.

55. Eat not in the streets, nor in the house, out of season.

56. Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company.

57. In walking up and down in a house, only with one in company if he be greater than yourself, at the first give him the right hand and stop not till he does and be not the first that turns, and when you do turn let it be with your face towards him; if he be a man of great quality walk not with him cheek by jowl but somewhat behind him, but yet in such a manner that he may easily speak to you.

58. Let your conversation be without malice or envy, for ’tis a sign of a tractable and commendable nature, and in all causes of passion permit reason to govern.

59. Never express anything unbecoming, nor act against the rules moral before your inferiors.

60. Be not immodest in urging your friends to discover a secret.


April 29th, 2014 Comments off


We are shocked by the violence of the tornadoes that ripped through Arkansas, destroying homes and taking lives.  We can not speak from a place of understanding why God allows these things to happen.  No one can explain why one house is left and another is taken.  

I was just listening to Family Life Today from Little Rock, AR on KKLA 99.5 .  It is the show that follows my daily listening to Allistair Begg.  The very likeable hosts Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine bring great guests to the mic to discuss family and home issues.  

Today they changed their programming to talk about the loss of one of their production team members and two of his daughters, when a tornado hit their house yesterday.  You can hear it online at www.  

Facebook helped me learn about one of my high school friends living in Vilonia, AR who lost her home. Belva is a sister to our poet friend Jimmy Simpson, who also lives there.  He and his family are safe and their house was not hit.   It is no small thing to see your home reduced to rubble.  Please keep Belva in your prayers.  

Vilonia is a small town so I am sure almost everyone knew the ones who lost their lives in that  terrible few seconds of terror.  No one will go unscathed in some manner.  I think of the children who must be terrified by it all.  When I was in MO recently I got just a tiny glimpse of what it was like to hear the sirens go off in the night and know you might be in the path of that unforgiving wind.

I couldn’t help but think of Mama’s requested song for her funeral, “Keep me safe, till the storm passes by.”  Although I was deeply concerned about Jamie, Louise and my other friends and family, I knew Mama was not scared, not confused, not in harm’s way.  Mama was safe for evermore, just as we hope to be one of these days.

Our Heavenly Father,  As in so many other times of what we call natural disasters, we have a mix of people who will be praising you for the protection they found and others will be questioning you about the lives that were taken.  We know that we must cling to hope and trust you with our very lives, but that for those who truly believe, being ‘lost’ to this world only projects us to a more perfect world and that we would not come back to this one if given the chance.  We love you an trust you God, Amen


Fred Cunningham, ‘Our Dog Brownie’

April 29th, 2014 1 comment

Guest Writer: Fred Cunningham

Our three young sons enjoyed playing in the empty field near us. Along with neighborhood kids they dug out the earth and covered  their excavations with boards and dirt to make a place to play. One day they excitedly brought home  a little brown stray, a Pug Terrier Mix they dubbed ‘Brownie’.

We agreed to keep him, but there was a problem; we were leaving on vacation. We decided to put Brownie in the pound, just  until we got back.  After the trip I went to retrieve her and was told that she wasn’t there. I couldn’t accept that, so I  searched through all the dogs and was greatly relieved when I found her.

Not long after moving in Brownie got Distemper.   Dogs don’t always recover from that, but  Brownie did the seemingly impossible and survived. My Aunt Dorothy  (knowing our financial situation) offered to  pay  the Veterinarian. 

 Without me knowing it Brownie was being fed under the table all the food the kids didn’t like. She considered food in anyone’s hands to be  rightfully hers and took action to acquire it.  If she could get to the garbage she would eat it, aluminum foil and all!  That dog would eat anything!

 Occasionally she would escape out the front door, make a swift run through the neighborhood and gobble up all cat food in sight. On one of her runs the Dog Catcher chased her home. I was on the porch. Brownie looked so pitiful and exhausted from evading the Dog Catcher that my anger took over. When the guy started lecturing me,  I cut him short, asking “Haven’t you got anything better to do than chase a poor little old dog causing no harm?” He left.

Whenever we spotted a cat depositing a present in our back yard we opened the door and yelled, “Go gettum Brownie!”  Barreling out she would chase them away . One neighbor’s cat, however, called her bluff. When she came tearing out, much to Brownie’s consternation, the cat  just sat there.

On our many family camping trips Brownie was included. She liked nothing better than to get out
and run when we took our hikes from the campgrounds. 

 After eighteen good years she got so feeble that she couldn’t even manage the stair ramp I’d made for her. When it was time for her departure from us, I just couldn’t take charge. Our son Dan volunteered to take her for that final visit to the Vet. I admit that tears were in my eyes when she left. 

Good things may eventually come to an end but memories of them don’t.

From the Lens of Bill Stice

April 29th, 2014 Comments off


Bill Stice photo

Bill Stice’s Picture of the Day:

“Just returned from a week in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and here is a shot of the creek at the Chimney’s Picnic Area with the snowfall we had while there. It is on the Tennessee side about half way between Newfound Gap and Gatlinburg.”

Just Being Jana

April 28th, 2014 Comments off
JanaWhile watching Dancing With The Stars with Mike, I observed the women he commented on, complimented most and just enjoyed watching them dance, were the rather large girls. Not the thin ones. I’m really close to putting my finger on some type of association here but not quite there yet. I’ll get back to you after I finish my cupcake….
 Jana Caldwell can be found on FB; Sales Associate with Carter City and County Realty;  and   If you enjoy Jana’s humor, check out her new book, “Thursday Night Confessions” available on Amazon.


Look Who Got the Game Ball! Way to go Patrick Borland!

April 27th, 2014 Comments off


Borgund Stave Church: Norway

April 27th, 2014 Comments off


The Borgund Stave Church in Laerdal is the best preserved of Norway ‘s 28 extant stave churches.

Sunday Special: Here is an unusual church that most of us will never see in person.  I wonder if my friend Greta, from Norway, has seen this one.

Borgund was built sometime between 1180 and 1250, and has had no major reconstruction since it was built.

It is called a stave church because its walls were formed by vertical wooden boards, or staves. The 4 corner posts were connected to one another by ground sills, resting atop a stone foundation. The rest of the staves then rise from the ground sills, each stave notched and grooved along the sides so that they lock into one another, forming a sturdy wall. 


Windy wow!

April 26th, 2014 Comments off

Strong winds hammered my town last night. I have a palm growing near my bedroom window and all night it kept slamming against my window as if to say let me in! Let me in!

my flag had been left out and I expected this morning to hear it was in Arizona, but no I see it is still hanging there. Good for you American flag !

I woke up early and feel fairly rested for such a wild and windy night!  I hope there was  Not real damage done beyond interrupting our sleep. I bet there will be lots of midafternoon naps today .

Before the Real Thing Hits: Keep Prayed Up!

April 26th, 2014 Comments off

 First posted in October, 2010, it is still a good reminder for us today! The group has changed considerably in the last four years. I enjoy looking at the pictures of how we used to be.

Today was California’s Shake Out Drill.  Over 8 million people registered to participate on 10-21-10.   Since I was in Bible Study group at that time I explained that I would be diving under the table at 10:21.  I was very impressed with the group’s willingness to become a part of the drill along with me. Freddie, our timekeeper, was the first to get under the table. Others, Pastor  Perry included, hit the floor as well.  Some chose to cover their heads at the table, but everyone was involved for the 60 seconds of drill. As Californians we realize the potential is great and all of us have experienced earthquakes to a lesser or greater degree. Wherever you live, please consider getting involved with the emergency preparedness in your area.  Be sure to have an out of state contact, bottled water for three days at least, and food to get you through a few days without going to the market. Oh yeah, and the ban on praying in schools and public places   will be  unofficially lifted, because no one will be able to stop it that day! Thanks Perry and the Bible Study Group!

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