Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Wishing Each and Everyone a Very Happy New Year!!!


I know for many this has been a rough year but
it has held so many blessings for me...
Those blessings include so many wonderful people
brought together here on our home away from home!
I would like to go to each one of you and wish you a very
Happy New Year but time with this work week will not allow that.
I do wish many blessings to each of you and much love and
happiness in this new year!!!!!

Silver Linings
May you find peace, hope,
and beauty in all of
your silver linings.
"As I gaze upon the faces of my
family and friends,
I thank my lucky stars above for
love that never ends,
No matter where I travel or
how far away I roam."
~marie d jones

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Loving life again . . .


Dave was struggling through a bus station with two huge and obviously
heavy suitcases when a stranger walked up to him and asked, "Have you
got the time?"

Dave sighed, put down the large and cumbersome suitcases and spoke to
his wristwatch. "Time please."

"The time is five thirty," came a voice somewhere in the timepiece.

"Wow! What a watch!" exclaimed the stranger.

Dave brightened a little. "Yeah, it's not bad. Check this out. The
time in Japanese, please." The watch responded in Japanese. Then Dave
asked for German and Swahili and a realistic voice gave the time in
those languages. And then, "What time is it in London," Dave asked,
"with a British accent?" The device gave it to him.

The stranger was incredulous. "Watch this," said Dave. "Home monitor,"
he said to the wrist-watch. Immediately a 3-dimensional hologram
projected in the space between the two men that perfectly displayed
his living room. He could even see a half inch of coffee in the bottom
of a cup he'd left on the table earlier in the day.

"Unbelievable!" said the stranger.

Then Dave spoke to the device. "Leave a voice message for Sharon that
the bus is late and send flowers to my sister for her birthday. And
give me the 5 O'clock news."

"Done, done and done," the voice confirmed. Suddenly a high-resolution
hologram screen appeared in front of Dave. The two men felt as if they
were sitting in the television studio watching the newscast.

The stranger was struck dumb with admiration. The display was of
unbelievably high quality and the voice was simply astounding.

"Now, look at this -- `wedding photos'" Dave said the timepiece.
Photos of his recent wedding appeared in front of them as if they were
floating on air. "And play Bach," he said, and music filled the space
as the wedding album scrolled.

"This timepiece is a super powerful voice-activated computer. In
addition, it is in contact with most of the world's major satellites.
And it is also a two-way radio that reaches halfway around the globe."

"I want to buy that watch!" said the stranger.

"Oh no, it's not ready for sale yet; I'm still working out the bugs,"
said Dave.

"I've got to have that watch!" said the stranger.

"No, you don't understand; it's not ready…."

"I'll give you $10,000 for it!" interrupted the stranger.

"Oh, no, I've already spent more than…."

"Then make it $20,000!" the stranger blurted. "Or just name your

"But it's just that…."

The stranger pulled out a fat wallet. "All right -- $50,000. I'll give
you the cash now."

Dave blinked. He could always make another device and $50,000 would
give him a nice profit.

The stranger thrust the money at Dave. "Here, take it! I have to catch
my bus."

Dave made his decision. "Okay," he said, and took off the timepiece.

The stranger smiled and hurried away. "Hey, wait a minute!" called

The man turned back warily. Dave pointed to the two suitcases he'd
been trying to wrestle through the bus station and said, "Don't forget
your batteries."

I think life is like that for some people. What should be wonderful
and exciting is complicated and burdensome. It is as if they are
dragging heavy baggage wherever they go. They feel tied down (to a
job? to a lifestyle? to a relationship?) and long for simpler times.

Many people wish their lives were less complicated. They remember a
carefree time and dream of returning to a simpler day. They yearn for
more freedom. Less worry and more laughter. If only they could trade
some of today's complexity for yesterday's simplicity.

American essayist and novelist Charles Dudley Warner said, "Simplicity
is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough."

Rudyard Kipling yearned for less when he said, "Teach us to delight in
simple things."

Author Augustus Hare observed that "the greatest truths are the
simplest -- and so are the greatest men."

Maybe it's time to make a decision for greatness; a decision for
simplicity. Maybe it's time to let go of that which weighs you down
and walk with a lighter step. Maybe it's time to love life again.

-- Steve Goodier

Sunday, December 14, 2008

We Need Each Other. . .




Another Inspirational story by Steve Goodier from Your Live Support!  I always love these little stories and love to share them because they are always a reminder of something that doesn't need to be taken for granted or something which we have forgotten because we can't see the forest for the trees.  And how very true this is...  We Need Each Other


Many living things need each other to survive. I have lived for most of my life near trees known as Colorado aspens. If you are familiar with this tree, you may have noticed that it does not grow alone.
Aspens are found in clusters, or groves. We're told that the reason for this is because aspens can multiply from the roots. They send up lots of new shoots every year. These become saplings that grow quickly and make new baby aspens of their own. In some groves, all of the trees may actually be connected by their roots. It is as if they are one tree.

Another tree, the giant California redwood, may tower 300 feet into the sky. We've seen pictures of tunnels carved into massive trunks wide enough to drive an automobile through. It seems they would require the deepest of roots to anchor them against strong winds. But instead their roots are actually shallow -- they spread out wide in search of surface water. And they reach in all directions, intertwining with roots of other redwoods. Locked together in this way, all the trees support each other in wind and storms.

Aspens and redwoods never stand alone. They need one another to survive.

People, too, are connected by a system of roots. We grow up in families that nurture and guide us. We learn early to make friends who support us in different ways. We are not meant to survive long without others. And like the giant redwoods, we do best when we hold onto one another and help each other to keep standing through life's storms. We need others to hold us up, encourage us and to stand with us.

When I'm not doing well, it is often because I am going it alone. I don't always let others in. I forget to ask for help; I keep my problems to myself. And though I may not see it, others around me
might be doing the same thing.

It helps to remember how much like those trees we really are. It might be time to let someone else help hold you up for awhile. Or perhaps
someone needs to hang on to you.

~ Steve Goodier






It's my cat's world. I'm just here to open cans.





Thursday, December 11, 2008

Love Me Like A River Does... Meloday Gardot

JohnOh introduced me to a new young singer that is just wonderful today...
We checked out music and watched video's across the miles... Thought
this one was just amazingly beautiful..... The subject ~ Love... What could be more important?

Love Me Like A River Does
by Melody Gardot.

Love me like a river does
Cross the sea
Love me like a river does
Love me like a river does
Baby don’t rush you’re no waterfall
Love me that is all
Love me like a roaring sea
Swirls about
Love me like a roaring sea
Wash me out
Love me like a roaring sea
Baby don’t rush you’re no waterfall
Love me that is all
Love me like the earth itself
Spins around
Love me like the earth itself
Sky above below the ground
Love me like the earth itself
Baby don’t rush you’re no waterfall
Love me that is all

Friday, December 5, 2008




from... Danceinsilence' page....

Thank you, Bill, it is beautiful....

A wonderful lesson for some of us

And a beautiful reminder for many of us!!!




One day a while back, a man, his heart heavy with grief, was walking in the woods. As he thought about his life this day, he knew many things were not right.  He thought about those who had lied about him back when he had a job.

His thoughts turned to those who had stolen his things and cheated him.  He remembered family that had passed on.  His mind turned to the illness he had, that no one could cure.  His very soul was filled with anger, resentment, and frustration.

Standing there this day, searching for answers he could not find, knowing all else had failed him, he knelt at the base of an old oak tree to seek the one he knew would always be there. And with tears in his eyes, he prayed:

'Lord- You have done wonderful things for me in this life.  You have told me to do many things for you, and I happily obeyed. Today, you have told me to forgive. I am sad, Lord, because I cannot, I don't know how.  It is not fair Lord, I didn't deserve these wrongs that were done against me and I shouldn't have to forgive.  As perfect as your way is Lord, this one thing I cannot do, for I don't know how to forgive.  My anger is so deep Lord, I fear I may not hear you, but I pray you teach me to do the one thing I cannot do:  Teach me to forgive '

As he knelt there in the quiet shade of that old oak tree, he felt something fall onto his shoulder.  He opened his eyes.  Out of the corner of one eye, he saw something red on his shirt.  He could not turn to see what it was because where the oak tree had been was a large square piece of wood in the ground.  He raised his head and saw two feet held to the wood with a large spike through them.

He raised his head more, and tears came to his eyes as he saw Jesus hanging on a cross. He saw spikes in His hands, a gash in His side, a torn and battered body, deep thorns sunk into His head.  Finally he saw the suffering and pain on His precious face.  As their eyes met, the man's tears turned to sobbing, and Jesus began to speak.

'Have you ever told a lie?'  He asked?

The man answered, 'Yes, Lord.'

'Have you ever been given too much change and kept it?'

The man answered, 'Yes. Lord.'  And the man sobbed more and more.

'Have you ever taken something from work that wasn't yours?' Jesus asked?

And the man answered, 'Yes, Lord.'

'Have you ever sworn, using my Father's name in vain?'

The man, crying now, answered, 'Yes, Lord.'

As Jesus asked many more times, 'Have you ever'?  The man's crying became uncontrollable, for he could only answer, 'Yes, Lord'.

Then Jesus turned His head from one side to the other, and the man felt something fall on his other shoulder He looked and saw that it was the blood of Jesus. When he looked back up, his eyes met those of Jesus, and there was a look of love the man had never seen or known before.

Jesus said, 'I didn't deserve this either, but I forgive you.'

It may be hard to see how you're going to get through something, but when you look back in life, you realize how true this statement is.

Read the following first line slowly and let it sink in.

If God brings you to it ... He will bring you through it.

When Jesus died on the cross, he was thinking of you!  If you are one of the 7% who will stand up for Him, post this with the Title: 7%.