Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
- “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
- “At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.”
- “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
- “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”
- “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
- “Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.”
- “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
- “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
- “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
- “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but it comes through continuous struggle.”
- “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.”
- “When we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!’”
As Amanda observed when I showed her the calendar, isn't it sad that fifty years after King's death, we are still struggling with man's inhumanity to man. No one person can end that struggle, and it's not likely any movement or philosophy can. But that is no reason each of us individually should not do everything in our power to ease the burdens and lift the spirits of our fellow man.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The snow gave our local birds a greater appreciation for our feeder.
Obviously, there was no fire in this chiminea today.
To use the self-timer, I had to go "dashing through the snow!"
The prayer garden swing is waiting for warmer weather.
One of my favorite spots is our "tunnel."
Good thing this wood is for next winter!
Our shy neighborhood cat didn't realize I could follow its tracks. It really covered a lot of territory yesterday.
It may look like this tire is carefully balanced in the snow, but it's actually a tire swing gently resting on the five inch snow.
Still hard to beat the simple image of a snow-covered dogwood tree. In ninety days its white blossoms will replace the snow. But there may well be more snow before then!
Monday, January 19, 2009
I expect this to be my last blog post BEFORE IT SNOWS BIGTIME! We'll see.
Load Dumper is the "gift that keeps on giving." It gets an incredible workout throughout the year, but especially during the winter. This year we had acres of timber cut, and lots of hardwood was left for firewood.
Now, I've hauled countless loads across that bridge. I never could have gotten a vehicle through there.
Don't get me wrong; it's still work! But Load Dumper is like my partner!
Let's GO, JuJu!
Tomorrow, Load Dumper gets the day off. Somehow, I think our sleds will be much more appropriate! Which reminds me. . . I'd better doublecheck that number for 9-1-1.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Thank you for all the good prayers that have gone up for us and Mama. They have been heard and answered. We appreciate you all and would like to pray for you when you and your family go through times like these. Whenever I'm in Atlanta I'll be away from e-mail and the blog for a few days, but I'll try to get news out to you through contacts at school or church.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
I encourage you to visit Jennifer's and Amanda's blogs (click on the sidebar--Green Grass and The Talbert Report). They have been telling about some of our Christmas time in Atlanta and have many other day-to-day topics of interest.
Judy and I have tried to catch up on things around the house this week. Besides frequent phone check-ins with Buddy and Daddy, and the obligatory three meals a day, we've had time to play a few card games. Our new favorite is "Five Crowns," and I doubt if anyone else in North Carolina except Amanda ever heard of it, but it's great. We also started a medium-challenging puzzle with 88 film celebraties of Hollywood's golden age. The hard part is, there's no picture to go by. I haven't done a jigsaw like that before. We're trying to get back into a walking routine and not use chilly weather for an excuse. I'm not one for New Year's resolutions, but I have taken a few more baby steps toward a healthier diet. Even more fruits, plus lots of almonds. Smaller quantities--sometimes--and trying to be conservative about finishing all those Christmas snacks that are still around. I've gotten a variety of exercise this week, plus plenty of sleep. I've tilled the garden, split wood, and done a little pre-Spring cleaning.
Well, I know this sounds boring to you guys, because it sounds somewhat boring to me! But believe me, retirement is something that allows you to take a deeper-than-usual pleasure in the simple things, and I'm striving to master that! No pictures to liven up this post, but I have more interesting blog posts in the works!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Your mom should be an inspiration to all of us! We'll keep her in our prayers.
I know that you treasure every day that you have her here on this earth with you. Don’t we learn so very much from these wise folks! I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
It has been said that the Good Lord wants the good ones too, but even though your mother is one of the dearest, he does have other plans for her here on this earth.
What a powerful word of a living epistle being written in these last days. My/our prayers are with you, but if you could place me on HER prayer list I will humbly be obliged. God bless you all for your perseverance and holding fast in so many issues of life. We really are praying on this end.
What a testimony. May God bless you all with many more years. I am sure God is not through with your mama here on earth yet or he would have let her slip away quietly with all of you by her side.
The Lord is leaving your mama here because He knows she has lessons still to teach all of us. What a faith story! She is such an example of how to live a Christian life. She still has messages and lessons to teach (and good food to eat!
We were blessed reading about your amazing mother and awesome testimony she reveals reaching others, like us, who don't know her, nevertheless, touched by her spirit and love for the Lord and others through a wonderful description of your love for her. You have truly been blessed to have a mother like her and we will keep you and your family in our prayers even though she is in His perfect hands already.
Wonderful news...I love it when elderly people beat the doctor's odds!!
That's enough for me to share today. To paraphrase the song, "I don't know what tomorrow holds, but I know Who holds tomorrow." Thank you all for your prayers and kind words of encouragement. God bless you!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Of Mama's countless favorite scriptures, one she draws strength from is from Philippians 4:8:
1. Lord, help me live from day to day
In such a self forgetful way
That even when I kneel to pray
My prayer shall be for Others.
2. Help me in all the work I do
To ever be sincere and true
And know that all I'd do for You
Must needs be done for Others.
3. Let "Self" be crucified and slain
and buried deep: and all in vain
May efforts be to rise again,
Unless to live for Others.
4. And when my work on earth is done,
And my new work in heav'n's begun,
May I forget the crown I've won,
While thinking still of Others.
Chorus: Others, Lord, yes, others,
Let this my motto be,
Help me to live for others,
That I may live like Thee.
Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things
are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever
things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue,
and if there be any praise, think on these things.