It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Chapter 13, Page 31, Book13




 All of life comes down to the many wonderful choices we make each day. Let's use them to choose a lifetime of love, joy, peace, happiness, goodness, delight, and oneness with God for ourselves. Let's use them to bless the world, help others, and bring truth, joy, love, and light to everyone we meet. 


Joseph J. Mazzella

Life is filled with many mysteries.

The flowers pictured in my post today are called Mystery Flowers.  In the Spring, leaves come up and then they die down and come August this flower comes up on a long stalk without any leaves.  They are a mystery.

I think that perhaps people are the most mysterious things on earth, We are special and unique. There is really no one quite like you or me. No one has our looks, our fingerprint, our personality, our gifts and talents, our likes and dislikes or our way of doing things. Every person is complex and fragile. 

Love is the central mystery of life. You can’t see inside the heads of other people or into their hearts.  You can barely know your own thoughts.



Life is a mystery to be lived, not a problem to be solved.


 Soren Kierkegaard


A mystery will always have bits of the unknown. I don't think that we need to have all the answers. 



Life is short. Life is strange. Life is beautiful. life is a mystery.

Author Unknown


Just to be on the journey and walk with someone we love is one of the greatest gifts we can give and receive.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

Dr Martin Luther King Jr.



Friday, August 30, 2013

Chapter 8, Page 30, Book 13



WAIT

Worship God and show gratitude for what God’s done in your life .Set aside time each day to worship God through prayer, meditation, or even gathering with others to share your faith. I personally love listening to Christian meditation podcasts before I go to sleep at night. No matter the manner, find ways to worship!

Accept God’s timing. If you haven’t gotten what you want yet, chances are it’s either not for you right now, or it’s not for you at all because something different is even more perfect for you. Live in the present moment and find peace where you are. Slow down and take notice of what’s happening around you. Rather than worrying about tomorrow, really hone in on whatever you are doing today. Regardless of whether you are in your ideal place in life, today is still a day that the Lord has made.

Inspire and encourage yourself. Instead of having a pity party, lift yourself up by lifting others up. Give to those in need. Perhaps donate some unused clothing to a charity, volunteer at a homeless shelter, or visit an older relative in a nursing home.

Trust God’s will. How do we really trust? You have to completely surrender what you think is possible and give it over to God. Release the worldly concept of likelihood and remember the astonishing miracles Jesus performed. Realize that through God, anything is possible. Have faith that the best is yet to come.

Author Unknown



Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite.  Or waiting around for Friday night or waiting perhaps for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil or a better break or a string of pearls or a pair of pants or a wig with curls or another chance.  Everyone is just waiting.  

Dr. Seuss


Waiting is hard for us all and more often than I'd like, I find my self waiting for things to happen…it's one thing we all do at one time or another.  The W.A.I.T. message above shows us what we can do while we're waiting.  We don't want life to come to a screeching halt while we wait things out.

I know the best way to live is in the present moment and not put life on hold while we wait and I think that there are times that I look ahead and forget to enjoy and appreciate where I am today.

 Instead of waiting by the phone or looking at your watch, we need get off the bench, get into the game of life, and make a difference.

Don't give up! Don’t stop believing! Stay full of hope and expectation. 

Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch. 

E.B. White, Charlotte's Web

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Chapter 8, Page 29, Book 13




If nature has made you a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart. And though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that.

Frances Hodgson Burnett


The getting and the giving…

From almost the time they can talk, children start to negotiate. If I eat my dinner, will I get dessert? If I clean my room, can I go to the park? The trend doesn’t stop there, however. As they grow up, enter the job market, and go into business, the question remains, What do I get?

For me, it is not what will I get, but what can I give, that makes a huge difference in my life.  Giving is always better than getting and I do love to give to others.  

You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world's happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged.

Dale Carnegie

My problem is that as far as materialistic things, I don't have much to give away, but things like smile, compliments and hugs are what I try to give.  Sadly not everyone in my life appreciates them.  They are looking for the gifts of money and things.

 I think that very time we express love or kindness or even a little compassion, we spark hope in another person. So every day I make a special effort to look at the people around me with love. Our choices can change history in ways we might never know or imagine.  In our materialist world finding out what truly matters make life much more worthwhile.

You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.  

Author Unknown

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Chapter 8, Page 28, Book 13




10 commandments to get along with people. Even one or two of these could be a great help to us on our daily journey!

(1) Say less than you think. Cultivate a calm voice, how you say it often means the most.
(2) Make promises sparingly, keep them faithfully.
(3) Never lose opportunities to say a kind word to or about somebody. Praise work well done.
(4) Be genuinely interested in others. Let everyone you meet feel that you regard them as if they are the only person that matters in the world.
(5) Be cheerful as best you can.
(6) Keep an open mind on all debateable questions. There's a big difference between discussing something and arguing something.
(7) Don't give in to gossip. It is so destructive.
(8) Respect the feelings of others.
(9) Pay no attention to those who think less of you. There are always knockers in this world but know that there are many more people willing to uplift and encourage.
(10) It won't cost you anything, smile!!

Getting along with others isn't always easy especially when some we meet only want to argue or grumble. 

I know I've met a few that were very hard to get along with but because I had to work with them it was better for me if I tried to do so.

I've never been a person to make waves, but still when something offends me or I hear something untrue, I wind up speaking my mind about it. I know now that it is how you say something at times like that does make a difference.

I've heard some that are very smooth talkers and I've often wished that I could be like them.  They always have the appropriate thing to say no matter what the situation.  Well, that is one thing out of many that I'm still working on.  Maybe just one of these days I'll get it right.  Mean while, lets all try to get along with others, it's worth a try.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Chapter 8, Page 27, Book 13





Blessed are the cracked,
for they shall let in the light.

 Groucho Marx

I think the little quote above is a heartfelt reminder that being a little bit broken is an opportunity to find ways to be thankful.  Thankful people always seem to shine a little brighter than the rest of us.

It's when we're down and out that we really need to be counting our blessings.

 If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. 
   
2 Corinthians 4:7, The Message

The Gratitude Syndrome seems to be going around now and many of us have caught this infection.  It makes you desire what you already have rather than always needing to have what you think you desire.

You see, I have defects, flaws, and cracks as do most of us. It could be that  like me, you have spent most of your time, energy and effort trying to hold it all together,    It is when I got to the lowest, darkest point of my life that I learned to count my blessings and pretty soon the world got a whole lot brighter.

No doubt about it, I have the syndrome of gratefulness.

I want to be chronically grateful, don’t you?

AND REMEMBER: 

Good friends are like stars. 
You don't always see them but 
you always know they are there. 

BLESSED ARE THE CRACKED 
FOR THEY ARE THE ONES 
WHO LET IN THE LIGHT! 

Life is like a roll of toilet paper 
The closer it gets to the end, 
the faster it goes.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Chapter 8, Page 26, Book 13




Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them.  

Robert Jarvik

Many of us make daily decisions based on the odds. If there’s a 20 percent chance of rain, we may ignore it. If there’s a 90 percent chance, we’ll take an umbrella. The greater the odds, the more our behavior is affected because we want to choose wisely and be successful.

The odds are…

The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one. 

Erma Bombeck 

Years and years ago, when my children were small,  I read an article that said one out of 5 people will have cancer.  I thought about that and wondered who out of my family of 9 would have cancer in their lifetime.  As it turned out, it was my youngest son who at the age of 21 found himself the victim of cancer.  Long story short, as of right now he is cancer free and has been since his surgery now 12 years ago. What a blessing!

If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them.  When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope?  We have two options, medically and emotionally:  give up, or fight like hell.  

Lance Armstrong

The odds are it could return, but everyday I'm thankful for the good health he is experiencing right now.  

 Never mind the odds against you.  If you doubled your effort, what would the odds against you do - send for reinforcements?  

Robert Brault

Odds could be that he'll live a long life and a happy one, but who knows?  Only the dear Lord, I'm thinking. Can you count with odds without passing over to possibilities? I believe nothing is impossible for God.

When I googled Counting All the Odds, 3 things came up - gambling, politics and infertility.

In my lifetime, I've seen some faced with infertility problems too.  After counting all their odds, My DD and her hubby were blessed with a beautiful little boy last year.  A miracle!  Of course God had a hand in it!

In our family we don't count the odds much at all but we do count our blessings often! And are very thankful for them.



God is always in control behind the scenes.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Chapter 8, Page 25, Book 13



An old picture of my 2 sisters and I, probably sometime in the 1950's

When going through old family albums, my family and I often laugh about which physical characteristics we’ve inherited. We notice primarily the negative ones: short legs, crooked teeth, unruly cowlicks. All of us can easily identify in our ancestors our own least favorite body part. In addition to physical attributes, we also inherited character traits.  There are always some good ones as well as bad ones

Isn't if funny how we try all kinds of methods to overcome physical imperfections by exercise routines, weight loss programs, makeup, hair coloring, cosmetic surgery. But instead of trying to overcome our character flaws, we tend to use them as an excuse for behaving badly. I suppose this is because changing our looks is easier. But I imagine we’d be if we put our energy into character development
.

One of my sons does caricature drawings.  He selects the most prominent part of someones face and enhances that part in his drawings.  Thereby bringing out the character of a person.  It may be their eyes or nose or even their ears.  I've been surprised to see what he selects to the most prominent part of a persons face in his drawings.  He does have a keen eye.

I've never been a good judge of character.  Like most I suppose I draw my conclusions by the outside appearance of a person.  I remember my mom saying she always noticed peoples eyes and could tell a lot about a person by looking at them.  I suppose I'm always drawn to someone with a beautiful smile.  

But looks are deceiving and sometime the person with the warmest smile might be a person in the worst kind of pain.  

More and more I try to give everyone an equal chance.  We all deserve to be judged by more than the outside appearances.

Appearances are deceptive

Aesop

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Chapter 8, Page 24, Book 13




Here I am with my 3 youngest grandchildren


AN AUTHENTIC LIFE 

Fear is perhaps the greatest enemy of candour. How many men fear to follow their consciences because they would rather conform to the opinion of other men than to the truth they know in their souls? How can I be sincere if am constantly changing my mind to conform with the shadow of what I think others expect of me? Others have no right to demand that I be anything other than what I ought to be in the sight of God.

Thomas Merton 

The pursuit of wealth and the energy that our lifestyle choices require often distracts us from what truly matters in our lives.   Too often we are like overburdened camels. We are the cluttered, the preoccupied, too busy to attend to what is important.   Encumbered with hollow values telling us how to behave, what to buy, it seems we loose our focus.  And I think sometimes, we are afraid to be ourselves and not like everyone else.

The treasures and values of this world are not a true measure of our worth. I am very thankful for those who love us for who we are, not for our possessions or popularity.

I've found we need have the courage to be honest with ourselves and the strength to endure. If we can be honest about who we are and hang on a blessing will come.

...there are really only as many days left as you actually really live.

Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts

When I find myself in  unhappy circumstances, I need to remember not to give up or give in, I do  have the power to change the direction of my life.  If we don't live our own life, others will live it for us.

Take stock of what you have in your life. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, put your attention to the rewards you have already received and those that are all around you waiting to be appreciated.

The art of really celebrating life isn’t about getting it right in others eyes …just as making a home is not about making perfection, but filling it with love.

 
Allow yourself to feel the wonder, to drink in the beauty and to experience the special time and place where you are. Life is always special, so live it accordingly.
 Ralph Marston

Friday, August 23, 2013

Chapter 8, Page 23, Book 13





A word spoken at the right time is like golden apples on a silver tray.

Proverbs 25:11 


Of Morals and Morale….

Seldom is heard an encouraging word…


In order to raise someone's morale, we have to do one of two things:  
1. We praise them
2. We encourage them

I believe that by giving encouragement to someone,  we are adding courage to that person. We are helping a person stand firmer and go farther. On the other hand to discourage a person is to take away a person’s courage.

So often it happens, that we open our mouths and insert our foot. We want to say the right thing , but as we start to speak it comes out all wrong. Even when we don’t really mean to say the wrong thing, our words will sometimes get all twisted around. 

We never know when even a small gesture of encouragement might make a very significant difference.

I know that very often the quotes I read encourage me and I hope that at some point they offer encouragement to you too. I am very thankful that the  many beautiful written words, words in book and song and story, are still inspiring men and making the world fragrant with their beauty!

There is no effect more disproportionate to its cause than the happiness bestowed by a small compliment.  

Robert Brault

Compliments are a powerful force for positive good for both the giver and receiver, most people are pretty stingy with them. It would be wonderful if we could change that and start lifting each other up more often with encouraging words.


God was just showing off when he created you.  

From the movie Keeping the Faith

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Chapter 8, Page 22, Book 13



I am always content with that which happens, for I think that which God chooses is better than what I choose.

 Epictetus 

A Curse or a Blessing? 
Much food for thought


( sorry this is a long one but well worth the read )

There was an old man who lived in a tiny village. Although poor, he was envied by all for the beautiful white horse he owned. Even the king coveted his treasure. People offered fabulous prices for the steed, but the old man always refused. This horse is not a horse to me, he would tell them. It is a person. How could you sell a person? He is a friend, not a possession. How could you sell a friend? The man was poor and the temptation was great, but he never sold the horse.

One morning, the horse was missing from the stable. All the village came to see the old man. "You old fool" they scoffed. We told you that someone would steal your horse. You are so poor, how could you ever hope to protect such a valuable animal? It would have been better to have sold him. You could have gotten whatever price you wanted. Now the horse is gone, and you've been cursed with misfortune.

The old man responded, Don't speak so quickly. Say only that the horse is not in the stable. That is all we know, the rest is judgment. How can you know if I've been cursed or not? How can you judge?

The people contested, Don't make us out to be fools! We may not be philosophers, but great philosophy is not needed to know what's happened here. The fact that your horse is gone is a curse.

The old man spoke again, All that I know is that the stable is empty and the horse is gone. The rest I don't know. Whether it be a curse or a blessing, I can't say. All we can see is a fragment. Who can say what will come next?

The people of the village laughed. They had always thought the man to be a fool; if he wasn't he would have sold the horse and lived off the money. Instead he was a poor woodcutter, living hand to mouth in the misery of poverty. Now he had proven that he was, indeed, a fool.

After 15 days the horse returned. He hadn't been stolen, he had run away into the forest. Not only had he returned, he had brought a dozen wild horses with him. Once again the village people gathered round the woodcutter and spoke, Old man you were right and we were wrong. What we thought was a curse was really a blessing. Please forgive us.

The man responded, Again you go too far. Say only that the horse is back. State only that a dozen horses returned with him, but don't judge. How do you know if this is a blessing or not? You see only a fragment. Unless you know the whole story, how can you judge. If you read only one page, how can you judge the whole book? All you have is a fragment! Don't say that this is a blessing. No one knows. I am content with what I know, I am not perturbed by what I don't know.

Maybe the old man is right, they said.. But deep down they believed he was wrong. They knew it was a blessing. Twelve wild horses had returned with the horse. With a little bit of work the animals could be broken and trained and sold for much money.

The old man had a son, an only son. The young man began to break the wild horses. After a few days, he fell from one of the horses and broke both legs. Once again the villagers gathered around the old man and cast their judgments.

You were right, they said The dozen horses were not a blessing. They were a curse. Your only son has broken his legs, and now in your old age you have no one to help you. Now you are poorer than ever.

The old man spoke again, Don't go so far in your judgments. Say only that my son broke his legs. Who knows if it is a blessing or a curse? No one knows. We only have a fragment of the whole.

A few weeks later the country engaged in a war against a neighboring country. All the young men of the village were required to join the army. Only the son of the old man was excluded because he was injured. The enemy was strong and people feared they would never see their sons again. Once again, they gathered around the old man crying and screaming because their sons had been taken. You were right, old man, they wept. God knows you were right. This proves it. Your son's accident was a blessing. His legs may be broken, but at least he is with you. Our sons are gone forever.

The old man spoke again, Why do you always draw conclusions? No one knows. Say only this: Your sons went to war, and mine did not. No one is wise enough to know if it is a blessing or a curse. Only God knows.

The old woodcutter was content with what he knew and not disturbed by what he couldn't understand.

We're never too old to learn new lessons in life.The presumed hardships of our life necessarily a curse as we may perceive them, or a blessing in disguise? Be open to the possibilities...and trust that all is unfolding as it should.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Chapter 8, Page 21, Book 13




Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow. 

Douglas Pagels, These Are the Gifts I'd Like to Give to You

The slide rule

Every day there is a good chance that we'll do a little back sliding or that we'll let something slide right on by.  I know I do it and chances are some of you to do.

There are days I can feel my self sliding right down hill.  On Wednesdays I can feel myself sliding right in to the weekend.  

Truthfully, I can slip up and slide most any day of the week. There are many times I catch myself back sliding like a a calf on a muddy slope 

One of my favorite songs is about the Landslide, that brings you down…

Oh if you climb a mountain and you turn around. If you see my reflection in the snow covered hills. Well the landslide will bring you down, down…

Well sometimes it does seem as if the whole world is tumbling down around us, but one thing I know for sure, and maybe two, is that even though I may be getting older, I can always pick myself up and dust myself off and start all over again.

We might have big dreams and schemes and sometime it looks like we're caught in a landslide.

 Can the child within my heart rise above…

I may be getting older, but I hope wiser.  I've learned how to keep my balance to offset all that sliding around.  I think to rise above the calamities of life we have to have faith that this too is going to pass and there will be brighter days ahead.

The swift years slip and slide adown the steep;
The slow years pass; neither will come again.
William Sharp

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Chapter 8, Page 20, Book 13


TRAVEL LOG - ENTRY 7 

 


Just over the Ohio State Line not too far into north eastern Indiana is the Amish town of Shipshewana.   It is full of shops, mainly run by the Amish.  They are well renown for their crafts and their good food.  Most of the shops are open from 9 till 5 and the town virtually closes up after 5:00. 




The highway through town and those surrounding have four lanes on them.  Two lanes for car and truck traffic and 2 lanes for horses and buggies and bicycles.   The Amish do ride bikes a lot in that part of the country.   




Gift shops abound as well as do restaurants.




But the thing we really enjoyed there was the Flea Market.  It had hundreds of vendors with any thing and everything. I had no trouble at all in finding some treasures there.




I found toys for the grandchildren to play with when they come to visit



and this great sign for my back door 




and some wonderful Amish baked goods too!



It was well worth the trip!



Monday, August 19, 2013

Chapter 8, Page 19, Book 13




Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it. 

 Lewis Carroll

Driving home from her office one summer day, a woman noted that there were four places within two blocks of her home where she could stop and buy a five-cent glass of iced tea.  Each little stand had two or three youngsters behind it, all eager to serve any customer who came their way.  During the next two weeks, the woman managed to stop at each of the stands to encourage the entrepreneurs.  In each case the tea was very good.  Small talk revealed that all the youngsters were selling tea made by their mothers, who used tea leaves and real lemons in making the tea. 

One day the woman discovered that only one stand was operating. Behind it was the new kid on the block.  She stopped and ordered a glass of tea.  It was served in a paper cup and it cost 10 cents. Some conversation brought out the fact that the young man's father was a lawyer who specialized in mergers, which had inspired the boy to buy out his competitors, bartering with baseball cards, marbles, and stuff he had laying around in his garage.  

His first act, he explained, was to raise the price of the iced tea, and cut costs.  He was using a powdered tea mix from the supermarket, he said, which eliminated buying real lemons as well as the bother of squeezing them or putting them in the juicer.  He didn't have to brew real tea either, he pointed out. 

 He had plans to cut costs further, he said, and with his competitors out of the market, he expected sales to grow.  Intrigued, the woman made a half dozen more stops at the stand and became aware that the tea was getting weaker and weaker. 

One day the young man confessed that sales were dropping and he attributed this to the fact that he was using less and less of the powdered-tea mix. Then one day he went out of business, as attempts to turn things around failed. 

The moral of this story is:  Honest Tea' is the best policy!


Of morals and morale...

 As a noun moral refers to the lesson or principle taught by a story or event.

The noun morale ,stress on the second syllable, means spirit or attitude.

A moral is the lesson of a story. Add an 'e' and you have morale : the spirit of a group that makes everyone want to pitch in and do better.

I do love stories that teach lessons, but even though I've read many of them I know that I still have a lot to learn. 

The older I get the more I find that I have a lot to learn.  Just about the time I think I have it figured out, someone changes the story around.

It’s easy to get stuck in the mud with old ways of doing things. If we continue to learn, we have at least a chance of keeping up to date.

The other day I read that you can heal a paper cut and stop the pain by applying chap stick.  Wonder who ever thought of that ?  

Next time I get one, I'll have to try it out….that is I can find my chap stick.

I want to keep on learning every day, but I think there are some things worth remembering too.  The old tale of honesty is the best policy, is one I won't be forgetting. Maybe you have some you'd like to share too.


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Chapter 8, Page 18, Book 13





Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.
Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

Helen Keller

Sometimes we wish our lives away.  Research shows that we spend a lot of time ruminating about the past, or speculating about the future. To make things worse, much of this non-present thinking is negative. To live a happy, positive life we cannot be surrounded by the negative things.   To assure ourselves of a better future,  we have to first make the most of what we have right now.

There is only the moment.  The now.  Only what you are experiencing at this second is real.  This does not mean you live for the moment.  It means you live in the moment.         

Leo Buscaglia

Perhaps one of the greatest lessons we can learn is that we really only need to take care of today.  It takes courage to let go of painful memories or circumstances.  But when you do it surely does feel great!

Dear Father in Heaven, In the endings show me the beginnings.  
In the beginnings help me to let go of the endings.

I read the little prayer shown above and thought to share it with you all today.  I know I'll be praying it and trying to live more in the present moment each day.

Too much time has been spent on the past, and the future is unknown.  


If you worry about what might be, and wonder what might have been, you will ignore what is.  

Author Unknown

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Chapter 8, Page 17, Book 13




Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment; cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.  

Joseph Addison

Specially blended for laughter…


With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come. 

William Shakespeare

Enjoy the good moments and forgive the bad.

We live in an incredibly fascinating world that provides all sorts of events daily; some of them we expect and others we don’t; like some of the upheavals around the world of late.  

I didn't have any pictures of flashes of lightning but the picture today shows the sun bursting out of the fog on one of my trips recently,

I’ve had my share of surprises, good and bad, and have been assured that they are all part of life. The good ones make us happy and we cherish and revisit them. 

One of my favorite memories are of the campfires we would have on Friday nights.  We'd all be tired out and often frustrated after a long week of work, but the joy of knowing that we now had a weekend to rest and relax brought lots of fun and laughter all around.

Seems to me that we could all benefit from a Friday night campfire.  We really don't need to be out camping, but in our own homes we could do the same…be filled with joy because we have a weekend at home filled with family and friends and plenty of laughter.

Why is it that so many of us feel we need a special place to enjoy feelings of mirth and joy?    For one thing, many of us really don't take advantage of being at home to feel happy.  I know that when I worked, I'd spend the weekend working at home and was so busy I didn't take the time out to relax and enjoy the company of the others at home.  Family and friends had to wait until the work got done.  

Maybe we'd all benefit from a little preparation ahead of time so we could do just that…rest and relax and have some fun on the weekend. I know that when I was camping I'd have everything packed and ready to go when I left work on Friday afternoon.  I got it ready ahead of time just so I could relax later.  Good times with family and friends that love and support us just can't be beat and are worth a little extra work ahead of time.


I'm wishing you all some laughter and fun to cheer your days.  Don't wait for a special place or time...


Since Time is not a person we can overtake when he is gone, let us honor him with mirth and cheerfulness of heart while he is passing. 

Johann von Goethe

Friday, August 16, 2013

Chapter 8, Page 16, Book 13



What a man does for pay is of little significance. What he is, as a sensitive instrument responsive to the world’s beauty, is everything! 

 H.P. Lovecraft

I'm back to my regular blog posts for a short while.  Back to posts about morale and morals, as my blogger friend Jacks says.  I really never thought of my entries quite that way but it's true.  Most of my blog posts are about encouraging myself as well as others to do better and to enjoy life to the fullest.  As one wise man said, Life is a gift, we just have to untie the ribbons…

There is truly beauty all around us.  Each and every one of us has something in our lives that is beautiful.  It can be a person or a place.  There is just no excuse, in my opinion, for not finding something beautiful in each day.   

I'm blessed with a large family and while I may not see them every day, they are all just the most beautiful creatures alive. I'm sure you all think of your loved ones as beautiful too.

 One thing I do see every day in the summertime is the beautiful blooming flowers outside my house.  They do delight me with their beauty.  There is beauty in each leaf, each flower, the bird song and the sky all around us. I'm so very thankful for all the beauty in this world.

Hope you all have a beauty filled day!


Embrace today for all it is, and resolve to live it fully. Give your absolute best, and what you get will be even better.

Ralph Marston

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Chapter 8, Page 15, Book 13




I know no way of judging of the future but by the past.

 John Adams

Isn't that the truth. We do base our decisions on what we have learned in the past.  

Because of my past experiences, I've found that there is always hope for the future.  We never know how things are going to turn out, but because I've seen some miracles happen, I have hope that there will be more good things coming.

I'm not saying that what I think is the only way either.  Sometimes it is wise to follow the advice of others when dealing with decisions.  Someone else's sound advice is always appreciated.  Everybody uses judgment every day in the decision making process and we often counsel one another from what we've learned through our mistakes.  Whether it was good judgment or bad judgement depends on who you ask, so we have to be careful in that respect.

I believe that the dear Lord gives us wisdom when we pray.  He is the wisest judge of all and never leads us astray.  His Word is always the truth.   With that in mind, you can believe that you are in a better position to make decisions for yourself. 

It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are. 

Roy Disney

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Chapter 8, Page 14, Book 13



The home of President Rutherford B. Hayes is pictured above

Instead of taking the Ohio Turnpike to return home, we decided to take Route 20 home and it was there in Fremont Ohio, we discovered the home and library/museum of Ohio's 19th president, Rutherford B. Hayes.  It was a delight to walk around the grounds there.  Just about any tree you can imagine has been planted on the estate and it is said that he named the trees for the friends who visited there.  There were little signs with different names on them all around.  


Further on across Route 20 we spied this cute little frozen custard stand along the way.  For those that don't know,  Frozen custard is a cold dessert similar to ice cream, but made with eggs in addition to cream and sugar.  Many people call it soft ice cream.  It is delicious, but melts very fast.  If you've ever had a ice cream cone of this stuff, you learn to lick pretty fast on a hot summer day.  It usually comes in only chocolate or vanilla, but I have seen strawberry too.  The picture below is of one of my little grandsons who obviously enjoyed some of the chocolate variety recently. 





For those that don't know, I do live in the northern part of Ohio.  Centrally located a little west of Cleveland, Ohio.  




The trip I just completed started in southern Ohio at the Ohio River town of East Liverpool and we traveled west by the Ohio Lincoln Highway which is state Route 30 in many cases and the Old Lincoln Highway in others.  



This is the end of this part of my travel log for now and regular blog posts will continue tomorrow.  But there will be more trips coming.  We'll be having more lovely weather between now and when the snow flies so I hope to make the most of them

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Seeing some beautiful sights in and near Ohio is just one of the ways I'll be doing that.