Archive for October, 2016

A Favorite Picture of My Father

October 31st, 2016 Comments off


Daddy always got dressed early for Sunday School and Church  but had to wait for the rest of us slow pokes. We made him late many times and I am sure he didn’t like that.  We lived within walking distance of the church but had to hustle to get there before the first song.

Although he has been with the Lord since 1995  I still feel very close to my Daddy.  A man of few words, his life spoke volumes of what it was like to be  a true Christ follower, to be a devoted husband, to be a caring and loving father. 

I miss you Daddy. I celebrate the day of your birth with love.

Te Amo

October 31st, 2016 Comments off

Juliana is adding words to her vocabulary every day. Saturday  I taught her the word bubbles, as we blew soapy bubbles into the backyard air.  She is being taught Spanish but she is also picking up English words as she goes along. I am learning a few more Spanish words as I go along, too.

I have been saying to her “te amo”  which means I love you, but getting little response. Last night, however, when we were doing FaceTime together, and I called out to her “Te Amo”  . . . she said it back to me. How sweet!

Even if she does not know for sure what it means now, she will in time. Love, no matter  how you say it,  is beautiful to the ears, especially from your one and only precious grandbaby.

Dear God I thank you so much for that sweet baby and how much she means to me. Thank you for bringing her into my life at a time to add such joy. Please bless all the grandparents out there and the grand children who love them. Let us all make beautiful memories to enjoy now, and to treasure in the future. Amen

let the Son shine on a cloudy day!

October 30th, 2016 Comments off

 It is an overcast day in Los Angeles and you know we don’t like that too much. We are used to the sun shining brightly and it is almost an offense when  The sun chooses to stay hidden from us. It would be nice if it intends to bring us rain which we need desperately, but who knows? Well we know who really knows, but aside from our Lord and Savior, who knows what’s going on this crazy world? 

 I’m getting dressed to go where the  Son  is shining brightly and that is my church. I don’t go out of obligation or as a ritual but I go because I love being with people who share the same beliefs as I do,  and the opportunity to worship together. It is after all one of the founding principles of our country that would have such a privilege. 

 So whether the sun in the sky is shining brightly where you are today or if it is overcast as it is here, let the Son of God shine brightly in your heart and let’s make this world a better place through him. Love to all, the schoolmarm, Mary 

Servanthood – The Lord’s Shocking Example

October 29th, 2016 Comments off

John 13:1-17 NLT

Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end. It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus.  Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God.  So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.

When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.

“No,” Peter protested, “you will never  ever wash my feet!”

Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.”

Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!”

Jesus replied, “A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet, to be entirely clean.  And you disciples are clean, but not all of you.” For Jesus knew who would betray him.  That is what he meant when he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “do you understand what I was doing?  you call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am.  And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet you ought to wash each other’s feet.  I have given you an example to follow.  do as I have done to you.  I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master.  Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message.  now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.


“Self-Portrait Without Beard”, 1889, A gift for ‘Mom’.

October 29th, 2016 Comments off

Vincent_van_Gogh_self_portrait Vincent  Van Gogh painted 37 self portraits between 1886 and 1889.

“Self-portrait without beard” from 1889 is the last self portrait van Gogh painted.

It was given to his mother as a birthday gift.

The painting is an oil on canvas, 40 cm × 31 cm (51 in x 12 in)


I wonder what his mother thought when she received the painting.  Did it disturb her to see him  looking so vulnerable and sad or was she content to just get the likeness of him? Knowing he was well enough to paint may have consoled her some. Her dear Vincent was brilliant, and yet suffered from severe mental illness that would eventually drive him to suicide.  It must have broken her heart.

Good Tip for you avocado lovers. (I am one of you!)

October 28th, 2016 Comments off


Dr. Randy Harwood

October 28th, 2016 Comments off

Dr. Randy Harwood, on breaks from giving his clients (like me) excellent dental care, travels the world as an underwater photographer.  In this photo he is shown on a stroll with his Buddhist monk host, and a magnificent tiger.  It was taken at Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua (the Tiger Temple), Kanchanaburi province, Thailand.

This is just one photo in Randy Harwood’s latest Underwater World 2011 Calendar.  To obtain one go to

For more of his work featured on this website, enter his name in the search box.  Beautiful, beautiful photographs.  You’ll see.

Facts About You – That You May Not Know

October 27th, 2016 Comments off

Sneezes regularly exceed 100 mph. There’s a good reason why you can’t keep your eyes open when you sneeze–that sneeze is rocketing out of your body at close to 100 mph. This is, of course, a good reason to cover your mouth when you sneeze.

Coughs clock in at about 60 mph. Viruses and colds get spread around the office and the classroom quickly during cold and flu season. With 60 mph coughs spraying germs far and wide, it’s no wonder.

Women blink twice as many times as men do. That’s a lot of blinking every day. The average person, man or woman, blinks about 13 times a minute.

A full bladder is roughly the size of a soft ball. No wonder you have to run to bathroom when you feel the call of the wild. The average bladder holds about 400-800 cc of fluid but most people will feel the urge to go long before that at 250 to 300 cc.

Approximately 75% of human waste is made of water. While we might typically think that urine is the liquid part of human waste products, the truth is that what we consider solid waste is actually mostly water as well. You should be thankful that most waste is fairly water-filled, as drier harder stools are what cause constipation and are much harder and sometimes painful to pass.

source: ican’


Apparently it rains often in Britain. Never fear, the Queen is kept dry and in stylish elegance.

October 27th, 2016 Comments off


My Tree

October 26th, 2016 Comments off


I guess I was a weird kind of kid to claim a tree as mine, but I did.  When Daddy  planted a scrawny start to a  tree in our front yard, for some reason I decided it was my tree. Why I thought it belonged to me, I don’t know; but I do know that I loved that little nothing of a tree and took pride in its growth,  measuring myself by standing beside it.  As you can see in this picture, it had outgrown me by the time I went to college. 

We had 3/4 of an acre of land to the side and back of the house, but the front yard was tiny and sat very close to Burrow Street.  If Daddy  told me he  thought it was going to be too big for the small yard, I didn’t give it much thought. If he  mentioned that the large leaves were creating extra work for him, I disregarded it. If he said he might cut it down, I didn’t believe him. So I was in for a big shock when I came home from ASU one weekend and the front yard looked different.  Where was my tree?  How could my tree just disappear?  

An ugly stump remained where my slender, beautiful  tree had stood.

 The odd thing is, I don’t remember much more about the incident.  It seems I have blocked it from my memory.  I am sure, however, that  I was terribly upset and disappointed.  I am also sure that Daddy was sorry, but could not understand my attachment to a tree.  I doubt if any one understood.   Maybe I don’t even understand it myself, except it was a living thing and I had watched it grow.  I had compared myself to it for years and I thought it would be around forever.  I was wrong in assuming it was mine when it was really Daddy’s, and Daddy had to look at the big picture not the small one.  It would have been nice if he had talked with me first, but then as I said, maybe he did and I didn’t listen.

I forgave my daddy for cutting down the tree because I realized it was not really mine,  but it still hurt.   Now that I’m a homeowner I have had to remove trees from my place and I never wanted to do it,  but like daddy I did what I felt I had to do. I had to look at the bigger picture too.

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