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No Do-Overs, Mr. Groundhog

February 2nd, 2017 Comments off

Groundhog Day! Have you seen the movie? It is pretty good.  How maddening would that be to relive the same day over and over.

Makes you stop and think what you might do differently if you had the chance to relive a certain day.  Some days that were so wonderful that just the thought of those days make you smile or maybe laugh out loud. They would be wonderful to relive. I would love to relive sitting at my family table with mama and daddy and all the kids .

How wonderful it would be to go back in time to sitting in the little rock church around the corner from our family home, sitting close to my parents, feeling their warmth as the songs of faith are instilled into my young life and become a part of me forever.

I’ve had several I would like to redo. . . a do-over!  When people say they wouldn’t change a thing about their past, I can’t identify with that. No, I would definitely improve on many things if I only had the chance. But, the past is just that,  over and gone just like  last year’s weather.

Whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not, life will go right on and weather will come and go, just as our lives,  with the good, the bad, and of course the ugly. As far as the weather goes, we can’t do a whole lot about that  so let’s just make the best of what we have, so we won’t want a do-over!

A Song That Brings Tears to Homesick Sons and Daughters, Husbands, Wives and Sweethearts

December 20th, 2016 Comments off

Living far away from my parents and siblings has been one of the most difficult challenges of my life. For years I battled homesickness, especially at the holidays.  This song used to be sheer torture for me. I remember standing in the aisle of a grocery store and breaking into tears as it played over the speaker.  I desperately missed my Mama and Daddy.

 Although I still miss them, I no longer suffer the way I did when I was younger.  That original ‘home’ that drew me back so poignantly no longer exists in reality, but looms large in my memory.  Today, my home is here, where I live.  

For many people this ‘merriest of seasons’ brings back moments of sadness, disappointment, heartache and pain. Some folks carry a lot of baggage from childhood.  The challenge is to put that baggage down and refuse to pick it up again.  It is just too heavy!

So let the song play.  Go ahead . . . wipe away the tears, and create good memories this Christmas, wherever you are!  Remember the old saying, “Home is where the heart is.”

I’ll Be Home For Christmas by Gannon & Kent

I’ll be home for Christmas
You can plan on me
Please have snow and mistletoe
And presents on the tree

Christmas Eve will find me
Where the lovelight gleams
I’ll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams

I’ll be home for Christmas
You can plan on me
Please have snow and mistletoe
And presents on the tree

Christmas Eve will find me
Where the lovelight gleams
I’ll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams

John Hayter’s Mexican Créche

December 18th, 2016 Comments off







My Mexican Créche is hand painted by the Tarascan Indians.  I’ve had it for many years. In each Mexican chéche there is a “Tree of Life” (a Mexican cactus) with a Dove of Peace at the top,  The Holy Family, an Angel, The Three Wise Men, A village woman and a little girl, and the animals – sheep, a cow, and a donkey.  I made the cloth-of-gold blanket they are standing on.  Thanks John.  It is beautiful!

Today is Earth Day . . . Here are7 Suggestions to ‘Think Green’

April 22nd, 2016 Comments off

 Believe it or not even when appliances are turned off, if they are still plugged in they still use electricity. Cell phone chargers are another way to unknowingly drain electricity. So unplug them.

Lower Cooling Costs by running ceiling fans to help air circulate.

Changing from incandescent lighting to fluorescent lighting will save you money in the long run. Fluorescent lights last 10 times longer than incandescent lights. 

 Simply turn off lights when you don’t need them.  

Clean off the coils in the back of your refrigerator.  Clean up the dirt, dust, and pet hair that has collected underneath. This can save you on your cooling costs.

Use Natural Light during the day instead of electric lights. Open the blinds and shutters. Use  natural light by placing a large mirror in a strategic location to spread the light. 

Use Timers  to automatically turn things off.  You won’t have to remember. 

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What is Ash Wednesday?

February 10th, 2016 Comments off

240px-CrossofashesAsh Wednesday is the first day of Lent. Its official name is “Day of Ashes,” so called because of the practice of rubbing ashes on one’s forehead in the sign of a cross. Since it is exactly 40 days (excluding Sundays) before Easter Sunday, it will always fall on a Wednesday—there cannot be an “Ash Thursday” or “Ash Monday.” The Bible never mentions Ash Wednesday—for that matter, it never mentions Lent.

Lent is intended to be a time of self-denial, moderation, fasting, and the forsaking of sinful activities and habits. Ash Wednesday commences this period of spiritual discipline. Ash Wednesday and Lent are observed by most Catholics and some Protestant denominations. 

While the Bible does not mention Ash Wednesday, it does record accounts of people in the Old Testament using dust and ashes as symbols of repentance and/or mourning (2 Samuel 13:19Esther 4:1Job 2:8Daniel 9:3). The modern tradition of rubbing a cross on a person’s forehead supposedly identifies that person with Jesus Christ. 

Should a Christian observe Ash Wednesday? Since the Bible nowhere explicitly commands or condemns such a practice, Christians are at liberty to prayerfully decide whether or not to observe Ash Wednesday.

If a Christian decides to observe Ash Wednesday and/or Lent, it is important to have a biblical perspective. Jesus warned us against making a show of our fasting: “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen” (Matthew 6:16-18). We must not allow spiritual discipline to become spiritual pride.

It is a good thing to repent of sinful activities, but that’s something Christians should do every day, not just during Lent. It’s a good thing to clearly identify oneself as a Christian, but, again, this should be an everyday identification. And it is good to remember that no ritual can make one’s heart right with God.

December 25th, 2015 Comments off


How’s this for a Christmas sweater?

December 22nd, 2015 Comments off


Breaking News From Cork, Ireland !!!

October 30th, 2015 Comments off
Young American student’s true identity is revealed as he impulsively makes the decision to share his status with his Irish friends.  I mean, who would know . . .  Oh wait . . . there’s Facebook!

 Nerdy tank + glasses + suit = a Happy Halloween from Clark Kent/Superman/ Christopher Reimann!





June 21st, 2015 Comments off

Father's Day

Memorial Day History From Almanac.Com

May 25th, 2015 Comments off

Memorial Day History

The custom of honoring ancestors by cleaning cemeteries and decorating graves is an ancient and worldwide tradition, but the specific origin of Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it was first known, are unclear.

In early rural America, this duty was usually performed in late summer and was an occasion for family reunions and picnics. After the Civil War, America’s need for a secular, patriotic ceremony to honor its military dead became prominent, as monuments to fallen soldiers were erected and dedicated, and ceremonies centering on the decoration of soldiers’ graves were held in towns and cities throughout the nation.

After World War I, the day expanded to honor those who have died in all America wars.

No less than 25 places have been named in connection with the origin of Memorial Day, and states observed the holiday on different dates. In 1971, Memorial Day became a national holiday by an act of Congress; it is now celebrated on the last Monday in May.

Since it all started with the Civil War, you might want to brush up on your knowledge of this event by visiting the Library of Congress Civil War collection, which includes more than a thousand photographs.


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