August 31, 2008

Just A Note

Just a note to express my thanks to all of my friends who commented, or sent emails, expressing their condolences.

I'm still quite sad about the death of my Aunt Polly, but she would be the first to say that life goes on, and that we should face each day as it comes, whatever it may bring.

She certainly did that in her own life, facing tragedy after tragedy, but she did it with such grace.

She never gave up hope, even in the face of her final one, saying only a few days before her death: "Maybe this won't kill me." And she laughed.

That was my Aunt Polly.

I am writing this with a smile, remembering that..and that's just the way she would want it, I know.

August 27, 2008

My Aunt Polly

August 21, 1931-August 22, 2008

Strength and honor are her clothing; she shall rejoice in time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness. She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “ Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all.” Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.

Proverbs 31:10-25

That was the Aunt Polly I knew, and will always love.

August 19, 2008

On Saddleback Faith Forum

I can't stop thinking about the Saddleback Faith Forum between Senator Obama and Senator McCain which was moderated by Reverend Rick Warren, last night.

Listening to Obama's answers, or explanations, concerning his stance on abortion, I was disgusted, and horrified at some of his statements. Even knowing how he has voted concerning the issue of partial birth abortions, actually hearing him speak about it sickened me even more. The one about it being above his pay-grade took the cake, though! But still, there were those who sat on news panels today, and tried to explain what he was really saying when he said that.

His cronies and devoted followers, and advisors can sugar-coat his words, say that he was really saying 'this', when he was saying 'that', and praise him to high Heaven, but it still does not change the fact that he is an inherently evil man, if he can condone such a thing as partial birth abortion. He may not think so, or even realize it, but who, or what, could endorse something that evil, if not being just as evil?

I came across some videos on here a couple of years ago, quite by accident, showing aborted babies, some of which were actually 'live' births, but killed while still partially in the womb, and it was horrifying! Some of them actually have their brains sucked out, and their little bodies are hacked to that anything but evil, and does this country realize that? Do we care? I'm wondering how really informed most citizens are about such things? I think many just go around day-to-day, in their own little world, totally unaware of the real world, and what is happening on a daily basis.

Infanticide isn't taking place only in other is happening right here in the United States of America. In this great country which has been the guardian of life for so many, we are actually trying to get a man elected who will think nothing of allowing the taking of lives of innocent babies, in a most heinous manner. If we aren't all crying, we should be.

On another note, Reverend Warren, was on Larry King tonight, trying to clarify whether or not Senator McCain had actually been isolated from hearing the questions asked of Senator Obama. While he was speaking, he actually clarified something for me concerning a question asked of Obama.

Thinking that neither of the candidates were to be informed of the questions which were to be asked, I was surprised when Reverend Warren asked Obama about approving some kind of fund to help orphans, and Obama laughingly replied that he had cheated, somewhat, and had done some research on the subject, before coming on the show. Then tonight, Warren actually said that he had given the question to him before the show, because it didn't seem fair to catch him off-guard, or something like that. He said that he had not given the question to McCain, because he had gotten there late.

So, now I know that at least one of them had prior knowledge of at least one question, but what was the real deal? Did they, or did they not have access to the questions to be asked, before the show?

Whatever it was, Senator McCain far outshone Senator Obama in all of his answers, and in his presentation.

Senator McCain has his own weaknesses, and whether or not I agree with all of his policies, there is one thing on which we both agree.

When asked, "At what point is the baby entitled to human rights?"

Senator McCain, without hesitation, answered: "At the moment of conception."

That gets my vote.

August 15, 2008

So True

A 92-year-old, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock, with his hair fashionably coifed and shaved perfectly applied, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.

After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home,he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready. As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window.

"I love it," he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.

"Mr. Jones, you haven't seen the room; just wait."

"That doesn't have anything to do with it," he replied.

"Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn't depend on how the furniture is arranged's how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it."

"It's a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice;I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I'll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I've stored away. Just for this time in my life."

"Yes, old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you've put in. So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories!"

I don't know the origin of this was sent to me as an email, but I find much truth in what is said..when it comes right down to it, I guess, happiness really is a state of mind.

August 11, 2008

Happy Birthday.. me!

Yep, today is my first birthday in the world of blog!

I will admit that I have not been the the most faithful blogger, so it is no surprise that no one remembered. Heck, I just now remembered it, myself!

Anyway, the year has had a lot of ups and downs..a lot of good things on here, and a lot of disappointments, too.

I admire anyone who can post, faithfully, day after day, no matter how they may be feeling. I thought that would be the way I would be, but that didn't happen.

Many days, though, I did post, but deleted them before anyone had a chance to read them, and I have many in draft, that I never posted. Why, you may be asking? Well, mainly, because I am my own worst critic. Another reason is because I thought that it could possibly offend someone that I didn't want to offend, for whatever reason.

I guess I could go on and on, making excuses, but I won't. I won't even promise that I will try to do better, because I don't know whether, or not, I will.

There's one thing that I know for sure, though, and that is the fact that I have made some wonderful friends on here this past year. I think I even made at least one enemy, but I certainly didn't mean to do that, and it hurts me to think that I did.

Now..keep coming back, if you will. You may not always find anything new, but then you just might find something interesting every once-in-awhile!

You know you're always welcome!

August 09, 2008

Words Of Wisdom

While researching something, I came across this really neat site, which I enjoyed. It features words of wisdom of several women from many years back.

Just click on the picture of each of the women featured, to see what they have had to say.

I have a quote of my own, which I have posted before, but I thought I might as well add my two cents worth here, too.

A word is such a powerful thing,
Can lift a heart, or break it.

Be very careful what you say,
Once said, you can't retake it.


August 08, 2008

Go Forward With Courage

Go Forward With Courage

When you are in doubt, be still, and wait;
when doubt no longer exists for you, then go forward with courage.

So long as mists envelop you, be still;
be still until the sunlight pours through and dispels the mists– as it surely will.

Then act with courage.

White Eagle~Ponca